Two Way Range

Les Caves du Sieur d'Arques

Toques et Clochers Océanique Limoux Chardonnay 2008


Light yellow golden color and white stone fruits with hints of oil and salinity carrying through to acidic biting palate with lively if not elegant texture and good length. Surprised to see on back label as 100% Chardonnay which in retrospect makes sense. Excellent. Checked list, was GL 2010 13.6 value, only two bottles with one gone to Maria/Ali so no more! Also two of same from Haute Vallee instead of Oceanique which hopefully still in stash. Made exactly the same way but from district vineyard terroir. Too bad can’t make direct comparison. — 5 days ago

Domaine des Malandes

Vau de Vey Chablis 1er Cru Chardonnay 2014

Still way young. This one needs at least two more years before popping open again. — 2 months ago

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Napa Valley Merlot 1996

A lesson in one’s wine evolution. Pahlmeyer was one of the first mailing lists I joined . This was the first case purchase of my life. Told to wait 2-3 years before drinking, I did exactly
that. I opened a few bottles over the years and really disliked it. Probably around 2005 a friend asked if I had some wine to donate to charity. Of course I said here is 5 bottles of Pahlmeyer merlot.
That left 3 bottles that I stashed in storage . Fast forward to 2010 and I opened a bottle for a friend who owned a wine store . The two of us looked at each other like deer in the headlights, we were dumbfounded by how good this was. I drank my remaining bottles and have not had this wine since 2016. Thanks to a generous friend who recently said go to the cellar and you pick out wine for dinner. For my palate along with ‘91 Dominus, ‘91 Seavey ‘91 Togni and ‘95 Insignia the best California wines from the ‘90’s. By the way the lack of tasting experience also had me pooh poo ‘91 Dominus.
On the nose a little bit of funk that quickly blew off. Red fruit and plums on the nose give way to a palate of complex and long lasting fruit surrounded by earth and tannins. The wine’s structure leads me to believe that well stored bottles can bring pleasure over the years to come. I would love to taste this out of magnum.
— a month ago

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Stuart Scheff

Stuart Scheff

Great story. Thanks for sharing
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@Stuart Scheff thanks for reading
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@Russ W I would be remiss If I did not include Ridge & Montelena on my list

Paolo Bea

Riserva Pipparello Montefalco Rosso Sangiovese Blend 2008

Every grape in this blend is doing its job. The color is outstanding. The Sagrantino gives the Sangio significantly more backbone without overpowering the flavor and dominating the blend. The Montepulciano gives you a full finish. I have another bottle of this, which I am thrilled about. This is way up there, possibly the best wine I’ve drunk in 2020. Paolo Bea and Enzo Pontodi are two of the greatest wine makers in my version of Italy. — 4 days ago

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Gundlach Bundschu

Rhinefarm Vineyard Estate Bottled Merlot 1982

S Butterfield

Rock star. Decanted two hours and still a beast. Bordeaux-dust nose finally giving way to fruit and dead leaf. Muscular still. Impeccably structured, like a coliseum that’s a thousand years old. — 24 days ago

Champagne Jacques Robin

Secret de Sorbée Brut Champagne Blend

Lyle Fass

Now we are getting into the serious cuvees at Robin and this is a doozy. What a nose. Insane lime. It’s so so vivid. Green apple skin. Superb minerality and expansiveness. Gorgeous clarity. Really firing on all cylinders. Much more of what I look for. Cheap champagne can be good but I prefer mid range and high end for drinking and selling. Candied but in a super rocky way. The most clear minerality you can imagine. 9.5 nose. What a palate. It’s crazy. I never had anything like it. It’s got a crazy attack and then this elite finesse than low tide waves crashing for 45 seconds finish with superb finesse. It’s crazy wow. Great mouthfeel and wowza acids and freshness. Concentrated but not too much and never heavy. So floats on the palate but has serious structure. Hits you in the molars and stays there. This wine changes like crazy in 10-15 minutes. It’s a total think piece champagne and it’s so unique. Super geeked and super delicious. Bravo. The Sorbee, indeed, does have a secret. Textured and so juicy with such a great three acts. — 2 months ago

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Gonzalez Byass

Tio Pepe Dos Palmas Jerez Palomino Fino

Tio Pepe Dos Palmas, a selection of only two barrels that has been aged 8 year (an abnormally long time under the flor) Get the best Jamon Iberico you can get your hands on, sit back and enjoy the ride
It opens up like a fino on steroids, bruised apples, hay, almonds, sour dough and dusty chalk, But very soon you can hint a slight oxidative note of walnuts everything encapsuled in a salty and fresh sea breeze. Bone dry on the palate with a highly concentrated intensity and a long balanced finish. In my opinion the best of the Bodegas Palma range.
— 2 months ago

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Sonoma County Pinot Noir 1974


Astonishing that this very old wine is drinking just great! The ‘74 Cab from Souverain was my very first early favorite way back then. Got this single sample and figured must be vinegar by now but be good for nostalgia for the long gone vineyard. Instead this is a delightful shock! Labels look great. Cork has top layer of crap but in good shape though the very bottom broke off. Wine has nice garnet color with little hint of its age. Still lively, well balanced and tasty even if not super complex. Nose is just straight out attractive with very ripe dark red fruits as background for the foreground earth and field and hay. No way I’d have guessed 46 year old Sonoma Pinot! Kept sniffing and satisfied even before tasting. Palate is light and lean but still lively and texture is firm and acidic carrying over to good finish. Like an aged but still athletic and elegant ballerina showing off. What a pleasant and memorable shock in these crazy times! Lot of 4 oldies from 70s, Sutter Home Zinfandels (2) Montevino and primarily for these but this Pinot already made it worthwhile for AA20. Adding two to 9.3 for the age! Back label says ‘74 was great vintage and wine ready to drink but will still be good in 3-4 years with proper storage. Ha! Day two still standing strong in Eto and dancing with delight. Enough for one last glass in day or two. Day three drank without food before dinner. Kept sniffing and sniffing. Elegant and complex nose with notes of sour plum and very ripe dark fruits. Only possible in such well aged vino! Memorable. Too bad only bottle. — 16 days ago


Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Kukupa or kakapoo,
Either way,
I like you,

I dig your label,
I like your flavour,
And even on my best behavior,
I’ll drink you up,
No I don’t need a cup

Kukupa or kakapoo,
Not one bottle, but two...

— 2 months ago

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