Vintage Vino

House of Arras

Grand Vintage Champagne Blend 2007

Comprehensive notes from 24 weeks ago still apply. Definitely Australia’s best sparkling I think, from Tasmania. Straw and hay aromas with fresh bread. With over 7 years on lees giving this quality and complexity if it was French you would be paying a couple of $100. Champion wine of the Brisbane Wine Show in 2016. — 5 days ago

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Silver Jubilee Vintage Port 1977

David T

Allen Brothers Lava Cakes/Soufflé & 1977 Port. Pinch me!

Whenever I have wine this old, I always ask the people I share it with, what were you doing in 1977?

The beautiful thing about really old Port is how it softens all the edges & the elevated ABV. Smooth as silk.

This was a 375ml and farther along than a 750ml. The color was more Tawny than Port at this point. Wine on the leaner side. The fruits were; Thompson raisins, dates, figs, prunes, and some dried blackberries. Caramel, molasses, melted brown sugar, Cognac & Brandy presence, subtle wood shaving, nuts, butterscotch, graham cracker, dark withering flowers with beautiful acidity. The long finish was; rich, polished, well balanced, smooth and persistent for minerals.

If we had gone out for this dinner, it would have been $2500 plus tip & it wouldn’t have been this good which, is why we choose to cook rather than go out.

Cheese Course $25 pp
Salad $18 pp
Allen Brothers 6oz Ribcap $85 pp
Carrots $9 pp
Crispy Potato Wedges $12 pp
Soufflé $20 pp
Launois "Veuve Clemence" Brut Blanc de Blancs N/V Champagne $150
Glass of 2017 Pierre Boisson Bourgogne Blanc $25 pp
2018 Enderle & Moll Pinot Rose $75
1967 Bertani Valpolicella Amarone $625
2003 Chateau Lascombes $325
1977 Dow Port 375ml $275
Glass of Ruinart N/V Rose $35 pp
$2591 plus tax and gratuity
7 Hour Dinner

Nor would the music & ambiance been as good.

Interesting exercise penciling it all out.

Photos of; the boats used to transport Port from Douro to Oporto called a “Barcas”, grape stomping in a Lagare and our Allen Brothers Lava Cake/Soufflé.
— 20 days ago

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You had a nice evening. Beautiful described 👍
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I chose not to do the math on many evenings...
In '77 I was soiling cloth diapers.

Cantine Dei

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Sangiovese 2015

Very fresh and balanced Montepulciano. Medium body with lots of fruit and dry but soft tannins. P/q + vintage 2016 ++ — 21 days ago

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Vintage Port Blend 1994

Brown sugar, stewed prunes and sour cherries, alcohol has integrated well, this is melange of smooth velvety waves of textures ... not just flavors — 2 days ago

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Cantina Viticoltori Senesi Aretini

Gatto Grasso Vino Rosso

This wine was well described to me by Vino By The Sea in Rockaway Beach. Fruity, cherry nose. A bit of zippy acidity. Solidly medium bodied with enough character to keep it engaging. Throughly easy to enjoy. Well balanced. Cherry carries throughout. — 5 days ago

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Società Agricola Gradizzolo

Buriana Vino Bianco

Blend of Pignoletto, Trebbiano, SB, and Verdicchio from Monteveglio near Bologna. A dry but fruity orange wine that’s quite delicate and 11% abv. Very old vines, (69-90 yrs) grown wild. Buriana is derived from “Burian”, a Siberian stormy, cold wind. Azienda Gradizzolo is a very small family-run winery known for bringing together regional wines and food - can’t wait to visit ! — 11 days ago

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Pol Roger

Vintage Brut Champagne Blend 2012

Followed the Lallier Ouvrage and wasn’t that impressive. Good but not differentiated. — 11 days ago

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Vintage Porto Port Blend 1972

Port pair with Gramercy Tavern cookie. — 5 days ago

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Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

Vintage Rich Champagne 2004

Oh yeah. Now I understand why someone would want to age a vintage champagne. Oh baby. That aged wine flavour is present in such a subtle and pleasant way. — 17 days ago

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