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Snooth User: JonDerry

Gift Exchange Reveal/Drink Date

Original post by JonDerry, Nov 30, 2012.

Well most everyone has received their wines and have had them resting for a while. Unfortunately, we had a few shipping issues along the way, but all in all I think we did pretty good. Foxall is the only one not to have received anything yet, while Shi's SS wasn't heard from, but luckily an elf stepped in and sent her some wine. Finally, it looks like Eric's shipping saga appears to have come to a close today. 

Assuming two weeks from now works for most of us, here are some potential dates for us to open these wines and reveal who gifted what to who (for those that don't already know).

Tuesday, 12/12 - Wednesday, 12/13 - Thursday, 12/14

As far as how we get together, the least we could do is create a thread here to post on...some could take it a step further and make a video of what they thought of their gifted wine/s. Ideally, we could have a virtual tasting on Snooth but I haven't heard back from GdP so we'll have to see about that. Alternatively, we could try a Google hangout, that could accommodate up to 10 people, or any other ideas people might have.

I'd assume for most West Coasters, we'd be ready to go by about 6-630, which would make it 9-30 for those out East. Obviously, the hope is that we can get as many people as possible to participate, so whatever works for everyone. Looking forward to it.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Dec 11, 2012.

OT, based on other threads, would've been a pretty safe bet that EG was sending either a Gigondas or something Ital. 

Last night we popped the cab--here's a pic:

This was tannic as all get out when we opened it, but settled down nicely.  I think it was still kind of young at a mere 6-ish years old.  (That spring harvesting still throws me off--it is fall in Chile then.)  But everyone had seconds with their latkes and burgers--I do like a Bordeaux varietal with my burgers, and then there's that whole Hannukah thing, so we had friends over and devoured. 

There was a label on the back of the box from a prior use of the shipper that gave away my SS.  Thanks, Jakob, for a lovely bottle.

Now, when Eva checks in, she can tell everyone about the voicemail message and the note left at her office's reception area.  If I had gotten any closer, I could have been arrested for stalking. Amazing how little security these NY doormen provide!  Best part of dropping it off while I was in NYC is that her building is about two short blocks from my old apartment, but, man, has the neighborhood changed. Looking forward to actually catching up with Eva and the Snooth folks (yep, that was me in the lobby--your security is pretty weak, too) next time I get back there.

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Reply by shsim, Dec 12, 2012.

This is great! Thanks for sharing guys! Haha Foxall, becoming quite the professional secret santa delivery man huh! Maybe just in New York. Although im sure your skills will do you well anywhere. ;)

Hmm so was my SS GdP or was he my elf?

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Reply by JonDerry, Dec 12, 2012.

Don't think we've heard from GdP since the draw when I was in NY. Hope he's got a hot new girlfriend or something! More likely he's got a heavy workload, guess we'll find out sooner or later.

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Reply by outthere, Dec 12, 2012.

 

I know some of this is a repost but I wanted to keep the whole thing in perspective.
 
2010 Montirius Gigondas Terres des Aines
Day 1, dark ruby red. On pop n pour the nose is muted and not giving off anything. Palate showing ripe blackberry, a touch of vanilla and tart dried cherries up front but kinda closed up till it finishes off with gritty green tannins. 2 hours in the nose is hinting at some fruit but is still pretty darn quiet. Palate is dark red tart fruit. Recorked and sent to the cellar.
 
Day 2,  the nose is still restrained, fruit went from blackberry to strawberry and maraschino cherry with a creamy texture, nice acidity and still pretty powerful tannins. Needs another day to settle down but coming around. That maraschino cherry note caught me off guard. Kinda cool.
 
Day 3, Come to Papa! I knew she had it in her. The Mourvèdre is enticing the nose with its leathery animale. The palate blows up with delicious creamy red and black cherry, juicy blueberry and some spice all framed with great acidity and mouthcoating tannins that dissipate fairly quickly.  Finishes tart and juicy with a little green bitterness on the back of the throat.
 
Overall a very enjoyable wine. Young but with some patience it rounded out nicely. Good choice for my first dip in the Gigondas pool. Ill surely keep this appellation in my radar moving forward. Thanks EG for showing me new options!
 
OK, who's next?
 
Oh BTW, I left a stain in the grout just for you eMark. ;)
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Reply by Mike Madaio, Dec 12, 2012.

I had a 2010 Montirius Vacqueyras recently - it was awesome.

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Reply by Eric Guido, Dec 12, 2012.

They can take some time to open up, but when they do--beauty!

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Reply by EMark, Dec 13, 2012.

TY for the thought, OT.  I'm not sure it counts, though, if you leave it there on purpose. 

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Reply by Eric Guido, Dec 13, 2012.

My Secret Santa wines need to sit a little longer.  I just came down with a head cold today... BUMMER.

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Reply by Mike Madaio, Dec 14, 2012.

Yeah the bug hit my house this week as well - could be a bit before we're up for popping that beauty. Wouldn't want to waste it!

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Reply by outthere, Dec 15, 2012.

It's right here Eric. 

 

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Reply by Eric Guido, Dec 15, 2012.

 

I'm not sure what happened to the Secret Santa opening bottle thread but i can't find it, so I'm posting here for now.

I opened up bother bottles that I have:

The, 2011 Arnot-Roberts Syrah North Coast, was the first to be tasted.  This will be paired with an Olive Chicken later on tonight.  Upon opening, the nose showed crushed raspberry with a hint of blueberry, chalky minerals, mountain herbs and cracked pepper. On the palate it was medium-bodied with flavors of cranberry, tart dried cherry and black pepper. The finish was long with intense wild berry fruit and lingering herbal notes. (I scored it 90 points at this point, but as always, I will be checking in on this in a few hours to see if it opens more of develops.)

The 2008 Glenelly Estate Lady May, has also been opened but I'm waiting to taste it for notes because it was very tight right out of the gate.

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Reply by Eric Guido, Dec 15, 2012.

All I can say for the 2008 Glenelly Estate Lady May, is WOW!  The nose was at once sweet and savory with black currant, cherry, charred meat, tobacco, underbrush and bell pepper. It entered the palate like velvet, then turned to intensity as red and black currant fruits, airy menthol and green pepper notes saturated the senses. It's compact structure flexed it's muscle on the long finish as tart berry fruit was turned even drier by fine grain tannin. I can only imagine that this wine will one day bloom into something extraordinary with it's posed structure and concentration of fruit. 

 

I was really impressed with this wine and plan on buying a few bottles to put away in the cellar.  I served this to a few long-time wine lovers who were thoroughly impressed.  They were even more impressed when i explained it was from South Africa.

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Reply by jtryka, Dec 16, 2012.

JD sent me a wonderful bottle of 2009 Soos Creek Campoux Vineyard Red Blend from the Horse Heaven Hills AVA of Washington's Columbia Valley.  I am a huge fan of Washington wines, and this is a new one to me, so I was thrilled to try it. 

I opened it tonight and had two glasses, I'll try to finish the rest tomorrow to see how it responds to the night air.  But tonight the nose had a lovely combination of leather, tobacco, and a wonderful combination of sweet fruits, cherries, blackberries that just seem to play around the edges.  Surprisingly, this is not a particularly fruit forward wine, instead I experienced a rush of floral notes at the outset, which was then followed by some very subdued flavors of ripe berries.  The finish was quite nice, with some earthy notes accented by some cedar and a hint of anise, as the rather young tannins made for a bit of tightness that might open up with a bit of time, hence part 2 tomorrow!

In any event, a big thank you to my secret Santa for a wonderful bottle!

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Reply by JonDerry, Dec 16, 2012.

Awesome, glad and relieved both wines showed well...

Eric, funny enough that wine was a Garagiste purchase, guess I won't be giving any more of those away!  Too lazy to look it up right now, but I believe a prominent ownership family or team who also have a solid presence in Bordeaux is behind the brand. That and the eye catching ST score, along with the reasonable pricing got me to bite. Shi got the 09', so looking forward to hearing how hers shows.

JT, interesting notes...I had a similar impression though I thought it was a touch on the hedonistic side, but not over-done at all, remember really enjoying it with steak.

 

 

 

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Reply by Eric Guido, Dec 16, 2012.

Thanks Jon, I scored an '09 from AllStar wines that I'll taste it a few weeks after it arrives.   Got it from Garagiste huh?  Oh well, at least it's not impossible to find.  I'm still happily secure in my Garagiste hiatus.

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Dec 16, 2012.

Soos Creek is making some outstanding wines at great prices.  I featured the 08 Champoux v. Left Bank Bordeaux at the end of the Tour de France in July.

The Soos Creek does show off what I like so much about Washington wines - bold, lush flavors without being over the top.  The 08 developed nicely over the couple of days I had the bottle open. 

I don't have notes on my Secret Santa wine yet.  I was riding my bike to work on Wednesday and got hit by a car.  One cracked rib some cuts etc.  The worst is that I have something pressing on a nerve in my back that is causing some intense pain.  The pain killers don't seem to help, but are nixing my wine tasting.  I keep repeating the mantra "it could have been worse..."

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Reply by JonDerry, Dec 16, 2012.

Damn Lucha, sorry to hear that but glad it wasn't worse all the same. Here's to a speedy recovery...

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Reply by EMark, Dec 16, 2012.

Very sorry to hear about your accident, Lucha.  Please take care of yourself.  I'm looking forward to the next battle of wines.

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Reply by jtryka, Dec 16, 2012.

Sorry to hear of your accident Lucha, here's to a quick and long lasting recovery!

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Reply by jtryka, Dec 16, 2012.

Day 2, seems like there are a few more strawberry notes today, but really not a huge difference in taste from yesterday, still a wonderful bottle!



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