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Snooth User: zufrieden

What's your Choice of Wine Tonight and Why?

Original post by zufrieden, Nov 13, 2018.

This Topic is partially intended to start a new thread on daily wine drinking as the earlier topics are just too long and too general.  How about telling us more about your choices and helping me start a new thread for the next generation, so to speak?  The "why" is the interesting part for some of us - but pictures are always welcome; after all, a picture is worth...

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Reply by RandyFisher, Dec 17, 2018.

We celebrated an early Christmas yesterday. I gave my son in law full access to my racks to pick something that interested him. He chose well.

Old school in style it matched well with the beef tenderloin that was served.

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Reply by EMark, Dec 17, 2018.

Agree, Randy.  You're s-i-l is a keeper.

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Reply by GregT, Dec 19, 2018.

Full access huh?

You're right - he chose well.

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Reply by EMark, Dec 19, 2018.

A couple months ago my nephew, Eric, and his buddy came over for dinner.  A week, or so, prior I sent Eric a copy of my inventory and told him to pick out some things.  It really worked well.  He made some good choices, and I had a reason to pull out some of the older wines that I had.  If you wait for that "perfect" event for some of these, you'll never get to them.,

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Reply by RandyFisher, Dec 20, 2018.

Full access huh?

You're right - he chose well.

 

Yes, but that's relative. My total inventory is only sixty bottles. Nothing like some of you. He does have a knack for picking my better bottles even though his knowledge is limited. But I'm working on that.

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Reply by zufrieden, Dec 21, 2018.

Not a bad inventory, actually.  We slightly older types need to keep the quantiy to a level we know we can manage; when I was a a decade younger, well, I might have more in storage, but then it was a bit of an obsession.  Now it is just a pleasantly lingering desire which I allow to take control just enough to make life slighly more pleasurable.

Cheers.

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Reply by GregT, Dec 23, 2018.

Yeah, except I got a note from my wife last week that seven cases were delivered. Imagine her surprise when three more came the next day. Somehow they just accumulate.

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Reply by zufrieden, Dec 23, 2018.

That's a lot of wine (120 bottles odd) to arrive in a couple of days, GT.  I guess I had a couple hundred in the cellar at one time, but now like to keep it around 6-8 cases in total.  And then I may be moving, so only the best of the last can be expected to remain.

I could store about 600 bottles I guess, but I don't hold enough parties to drink it all.  If I move to a condominium, the limit will be about 75 -100.

 

 

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Reply by rckr1951, Dec 24, 2018.

I'm sitting on 300 plus or minus, so since I have a bunch of agers I just need to plug in some dailies here and there and drink down my cellar.  Don't feel like carrying a bottle while I'm in my rocker/walker so buying agers is pretty much at an end.

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Reply by dvogler, Dec 24, 2018.

Zuf, a decent fridge can hold 120-150 bottles and tuck nicely into a nook in a condo.  Or, even a 40-50 smaller fridge would be ideal for you.  It makes sense to not buy agers that one might not get to fully appreciate, especially since there's plenty of wine ready to enjoy right now.  A couple of biggies for special occasions is reasonable.

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Reply by outthere, Dec 25, 2018.

Now I see why you wanted my “Whatcha drinking tonight?” thread to die a slow death, because you wanted to start one of your own. Why didn’t you just come out and say so?

Last night while playing Mouse Trap with our Grandkids. Why? Because it’s Christmas and we’re a bunch of drunks. Merry Christmas all of you!

 

Bricking strawberry and black tea with a hint of alcohol.

 

En magnum, has years and years left.

 

Nutty, slightly oxidative, very nice.

 

A baby but packed with goodness.

 

Pretty darned tasty mountain fruit.

 

Because we could.

Not pictured is a late entry before we came home. A 2005 Chateau La Grange Clinet which was a very non-descript Merlot.

 

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Reply by RandyFisher, Dec 25, 2018.

Very nice OT. I’d of been asleep in the chair long before that Patron came out.

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Reply by outthere, Dec 25, 2018.

At one point in the evening my Step-Son asked me “How much do I have to pay you?” I looked him puzzled and he added “For babysitting that glass of wine!” I was there participating but not to the degree of the other two guys. Yeah 6+ bottles between 3 guys.

BTW Randy, the only Lagier Meredith I have left in my cellar is a 2009 Syrah. Probably still a youngster?

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Reply by RandyFisher, Dec 25, 2018.

OT I don’t have a ton of experience with aged wines but I’m working on it. It didn’t have a lot of primary fruit but I don’t think it was anywhere near peak.

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Reply by EMark, Jan 1, 2019.

Over the years I have posted here on Snooth about wines that my brother-in-law has found in the course of his business of the disposition of estates.  Last weekend he gave me a stash that looked like it might have some potential.  The first three that I opened did not really make the grade.

  1. 1995 Alexander Valley Bordeaux Blend-- knew this one was trouble.  It had a leaky cork.  When I opened it, it had the most disgusting odor I have ever encountered from a wine.  I actually gagged.  Right down the drain.
  2. 2001 Beaujolais--I was actually able to take a sip of this wine before I poured it down the drain.
  3. 2011 New Zealand Pinot Noir--Getting better.  I drank an entire glass telling myself that it was drinkable.  Then, I asked myself, "Why?"  I dumped the rest and opened up a Seghesio Zin,

Which brings us to last night.

I'd never heard of this winery, but, heck, 2001 was a very good year for Napa Valley Cabs,  The bottle and cork appeared to be in pretty good shape, but I've been fooled before.  As I started screwing in the corkscrew I though, "Uh-oh, this feels pretty soft.  I probably should have used the Ah-so."  (I don;t have one of those $125 Durand goobers, which, I agree, would have been really useful.)  When I started pulling it out, it slid easily.  Too easily.  I could tell that the cork had broken.  Sure enough, the top 3/4 of the cork came out with the corkscrew.  The bottom 1/4 was still in the neck of the bottle.  I could not reach the remaining portion with the worm of my corkscrew.  So, I just pushed it down into the wine,

Now, at last, the story gets better.

I poured some into a glass and was very pleased with the color--a very nice red plum with no bricking.

The nose was subdued but pretty good--some fruit but with some sourness that concerned me a bit.

On the tongue, nothing but good.  Unsweetened dried black fruit--currant, blackberry.  Some leather and a bit of a chalky mouthfeel,  Completely resolved tannin and acid.

Not a great wine, but for the $0 that I paid for it, winner, winner,

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Reply by Really Big Al, Jan 3, 2019.

Glad to hear that 2001 cab was a decent bottle.  Hey, has anyone heard from Zuf since the 21st of December?  I wonder if he ended up moving to that condo he was talking about.

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Reply by dvogler, Jan 3, 2019.

Nothing yet, but I think a move will take some time.  He said he would be looking at coming to the island.

 

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Reply by zufrieden, Jan 8, 2019.

I did not care about their being similar threads in the past (like yours) OT, it was just getting tedious to get to the end when there are several thousand entries.  There's certainly nothing wrong with just talking about a most recent purchase; that's mostly what we're all here for.  A while back I was also getting a bit testy, I guess - I wanted a bit more variety and depth... sort of like the old days.  But in truth, you may not be able to go back; things change and so do the people.  I guess I just like a little analysis and thinking... along with the drinking. But that's just me.

;-)

Anyway, Happy New Year to all, if it isn't too late to say so.

Z.

 

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Reply by zufrieden, Jan 17, 2019.

I am enjoying a veritable find of sorts.  My wife received a Charles Smith wine from a parent of one of her charges (who is a primary school teacher); the wine is Cs 2016 (Charles Smith Wines).  It costs around 14.95 US plus tax, perhaps, but a steal.  See my review on this site.  Some reviewers have waxed effusive and given 93 points.  I don't think it is quite up to those numbers, but 88-89 seems about right.

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Reply by EMark, Jan 17, 2019.

Solid wine, Z.

 

I'm going for another one from my b-i-l's estate sale,

 

OK, the provenance of this wine is questionable.  However, the cost to me was ZERO.  With that in mind it is easy to be objective.

A big mouth-filling wine.  Dark fruit on entry and, then, a kind of minty sensation.  Very much resolved tannin.  Some sensations of oxidation on the rear palate.  Not a truly great wine, but a lot of fun, tonight.

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