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by Blake Brown
Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:47 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TNs: recent cabs- Spring Mountain, La Jota, St. Jean, Montellena, Clark Claudon
Replies: 4
Views: 2853

TNs: recent cabs- Spring Mountain, La Jota, St. Jean, Montellena, Clark Claudon

Our monthly lunch group met at the Santa Barbara Club yesterday and were treated to a marvelous 5 course meal that was paired with mostly cabernets from vintages 97` and older as follows: 1985 SPRING MOUNTAIN NAPA- very nice; still youthful purple color; medium body plus with plums, sweet prunes, sp...
by Blake Brown
Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:10 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: When a wine is so good, it leaves you speechless!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 6816

Jeff, I missed your post until this moment and immediately knew why you wrote about the 85` La Turque. It was this wine that completely turned me on to the magnificence of the La Las. A few years ago, I was biding on a live auction lot against someone on the opposite side of the table for a 3 day st...
by Blake Brown
Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:06 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TNs: Krug, Gravner, Solaia, Ornellaia, Sassicaia, Gaja Sperss, Sandrone, Pio Cesare,
Replies: 2
Views: 3093

[Quote] You do not describe any oxidation on the Joly, Coulee de Serrant. I have not tasted the 86, but have tasted many vintage the last three years to find out when the style changed. The 84 below had oxidation, but not to badly as the ones from after 2000.[Quote] There was definitely no oxidation...
by Blake Brown
Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:58 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TNs: Saint Emillions
Replies: 6
Views: 3078

Angélus verticale, april 2007. For me a great Angélus 1989 (95/100). As Jeff says, you probably had a fake. Do you mean Cadet-Piola ? The wine we had was the 89` Chateau Angelus from St. Emilion [please excuse the misspelling in the post]. I had not had it before, heard enough to expect more and, a...
by Blake Brown
Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:36 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TNs: Champagnes, La Turque, La Chapelle, Brunel, Morey Blanc, Raveneau, Drouhin RSV
Replies: 4
Views: 2626

Wayne Smith wrote:First Leve writes about a night of Guigal Turque, and now you do too. Where is the jealous greamlin? I am green with envy as I've never had any La La yet.

Wayne, just do it! Even the 02`s rock from the "off" vintage and can be had at much less fare.
by Blake Brown
Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:33 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TNs: Champagnes, La Turque, La Chapelle, Brunel, Morey Blanc, Raveneau, Drouhin RSV
Replies: 4
Views: 2626

Hi Blake Great tasting. As you can see, I am a big fan of La Turque as well! http://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/forums_new/showthread.php?472-When-a-wine-is-so-good-it-leaves-you-speechless !!! Jeff, I missed your post until this moment and immediately knew why you wrote about the 85` La Turque. I...
by Blake Brown
Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:48 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TNs: Champagnes, La Turque, La Chapelle, Brunel, Morey Blanc, Raveneau, Drouhin RSV
Replies: 4
Views: 2626

TNs: Champagnes, La Turque, La Chapelle, Brunel, Morey Blanc, Raveneau, Drouhin RSV

A recent dinner at the home of a dear friend, a great winemaker and chef who prepared this one for the 6 of us included the following wines: NV RUINART BRUT ROSE- consistently stellar, this wine was one of my favs of all the Champagnes I drank during a week of touring the region last year and we had...
by Blake Brown
Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:35 am
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TNs: Saint Emillions
Replies: 6
Views: 3078

Blake, 1961 Troplong! Wow! I hope to taste a wine that old one of these days. Do you think the wine they make today will age as well? I honestly cannot speak to current vintages from this producer as I`ve had very few. I have to think the 61` was an extra special bottle, stored righteously and simp...
by Blake Brown
Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TNs: recent Champagnes
Replies: 0
Views: 1610

TNs: recent Champagnes

A few of us had dinner recently at a local seafood restaurant in Santa Barbara with a Champagne theme and the following: NV COUTIER CUVEE HENRI lll BRUT- as stated by the one who brought it, this is rare as only 2,000 cases was made; 100% pinot noir, this is really pleasant and refreshing with honey...
by Blake Brown
Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TNs: Saint Emillions
Replies: 6
Views: 3078

TNs: Saint Emillions

Our monthly luncheon group had a wonderful meal at a local restaurant yesterday that featured wines from Saint Emillion as follows: 1961 TROPOLONG MONDET- we started with old to young and this one shined and was my WOTD even though there were really no standouts, just a lot of good wines; since this...
by Blake Brown
Tue Jul 19, 2011 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TNs: Krug, Gravner, Solaia, Ornellaia, Sassicaia, Gaja Sperss, Sandrone, Pio Cesare,
Replies: 2
Views: 3093

TNs: Krug, Gravner, Solaia, Ornellaia, Sassicaia, Gaja Sperss, Sandrone, Pio Cesare,

I enjoyed a fabulous evening with some of my best friends on the planet in the private and stellar dinning room of Quince, a San Francisco Italian treasure with the following wines: MV KRUG GRANDE CUVVEE- 1.5L- showing beautifully, this was a toasty, buttery, hint of nutty caramel delight which just...
by Blake Brown
Sat Jul 16, 2011 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TNs: 85`Krug, 02` Dom, 07` Dagueneau, 97`Sassicaia, ABCs, Brewer Clifton, a lot more
Replies: 0
Views: 1818

TNs: 85`Krug, 02` Dom, 07` Dagueneau, 97`Sassicaia, ABCs, Brewer Clifton, a lot more

The 27th annual Central Coast Wine Classic`s auction on July 9 was a high energy and fun time as usual. Some of us endeavor to make an auction lot out of the day by bringing good wines to share in addition to the plethora of fine wines that are graciously poured throughout the event. Some of our bri...
by Blake Brown
Sat Jul 16, 2011 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TNs: World Class Syrah/ Shiraz- Grange, La Landonne, Two Hands, Cayuse, Sanguis et al
Replies: 3
Views: 2911

Very interesting tasting. How did you think the different bottles compared being from so many areas of the world? Did some that you would have thought to be outstanding not fare well when compared to the rest of the group? or were there any surprises in a positive way? Scott, you ask good questions...
by Blake Brown
Sat Jul 16, 2011 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TNs: Harlan, Opus, Dunn, Diamond Creek, Pavie, Abreu, Pride, Maybach, Shafer, more
Replies: 1
Views: 2480

TNs: Harlan, Opus, Dunn, Diamond Creek, Pavie, Abreu, Pride, Maybach, Shafer, more

One of my dinner groups met at a local restaurant with the wine theme of high end red wines from Napa and Bordeaux. We had 23 wines in all and the 18 reds were brown bagged: NV PLOYEZ-JACQUERMART EXTRA BRUT PASSION- after reviewing Brad Baker`s encouraging notes in his most recent Champagne Warrior ...
by Blake Brown
Mon Jun 27, 2011 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine & Food Talk
Topic: TNs: World Class Syrah/ Shiraz- Grange, La Landonne, Two Hands, Cayuse, Sanguis et al
Replies: 3
Views: 2911

TNs: World Class Syrah/ Shiraz- Grange, La Landonne, Two Hands, Cayuse, Sanguis et al

Our dinner group met at a local steakhouse and enjoyed the following wines from a primary theme of world class syrah/shiraz: 1996 POL ROGER EXTRA CUVEE DE RESERVE- the 3rd bottle I`ve had of this in the past month or so; this was different and a cross between the first 2; the first bottle was oxidiz...