Poll-ish, What wine(s) in your cellar are you most excited about opening?

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Re: Poll-ish, What wine(s) in your cellar are you most excited about opening

Postby Tom V » Fri Jun 16, 2006 1:55 am

It amazes me how fast bottles in my cellar have become 10 and 20 years old! Some of those older bottles that I am anxious to sample are:
1.) Hargrave Vineyard (now Borghese for about the last 5 yrs) 1996 (a
great year on long island NY) Reserve Merlot and QED (it means
something impressive in Greek?) Cab Sauv Bottlings. They both came
in two different versions having been aged in either Alliers or
Wisconsin oak.
I am curious to see how they've aged and what the differences are
between the French and American oak.

2.) Some of the 1985 Cabernets that I purchased way back around 1987
as futures when '85 was being touted as the California vintage to end
all California vintages (ha! there have been dozens of these since from
all over the map, but I was young and impressionable!) Most of the
vintage charts I've seen still list these wines as TANIC!
So I am anxious to see how my 85's are in 2006...among others,
Carmenet, Laurel Glen, all the Phelps bottlings, & Diamond Creek
Volcanic Hill...will definitely be interesting. I should invite Robert
Parker! His unbridled enthusiasm for this "greatest California vintage"
convinced a young me to snap these up before it was too late! Hmmm
...sounds like 2005 Bordeaux, every year there's a new one!

3.) 1989 Kalin Cellars Livermore Valley Chardonay. This one has been
in the cellar for a bunch of years. I remember reading long ago that
Kalin produced a Burgundian Chardonay that was quite likely capable
of long and fruitful cellaring...we shall see.
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Re: Poll-ish, What wine(s) in your cellar are you most excited about opening?

Postby Graeme Gee » Fri Jun 16, 2006 4:38 am

Almost any of the recent top-notch local wines closed with screwcaps: 01 Cullen Cab-Merlot, 02 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling, 04 Tyrrells Vat 1 Semillon, in about 20 years - I'll be thrilled to see how they're going.

Also the next bottle of 98 Domaine A pinot - Oz pinot is not especially known for it's aging abilities, but this Tasmanian wine's an exception I reckon. Only two of the 6-pack have been sacrificed since purchase in 2000 - I think I can hold out for another 3-4 years for the next one.

And lots of quality wines once they get some more years on them: 96 Wendouree Shiraz, 02 Tahbilk Marsanne (although these are quite a frequent pleasure, I'll admit), 96 Penfolds St Henri.

Another bottle of Lindemans 1970 Hunter 'Burgundy' - I'm saving it for my wife's 40th, which will test the wine (Robin might remember this from 2004?).

THere's a lot of good South Australian wine from 1996 which will be a pleasure to drink starting in about 2011...

cheers,
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Re: Poll-ish, What wine(s) in your cellar are you most excited about opening

Postby Sam Platt » Fri Jun 16, 2006 9:54 am

Cam Wheeler wrote:It's a birthyear wine for me and I love aged Riesling...


Cam, I have only tasted an aged Riesling (1988) on one occasion and it was corked to high heaven. We drink more Riesling than any other wine, and the stuff seems to burn a hole in our cellar after a short period of time.
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Re: Poll-ish, What wine(s) in your cellar are you most excited about opening

Postby Manuel Camblor » Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:12 am

Cam Wheeler wrote:A '81 Trimbach Clos Ste Hune Riesling that I'm going to open with friends tomorrow night. It's a birthyear wine for me and I love aged Riesling, so I'm really looking forward to it.


Well, happy birthday, Cam, if it's your birthday you're pening this Hune for... Should be rilliant stuff, as Hune always tends to be. And at its age it's probably still quite young, considering what bottlings from similar vintages in the '70s I've tried recently have been like.
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Re: Poll-ish, What wine(s) in your cellar are you most excited about opening

Postby Manuel Camblor » Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:13 am

Sam Platt wrote:
Cam Wheeler wrote:It's a birthyear wine for me and I love aged Riesling...


Cam, I have only tasted an aged Riesling (1988) on one occasion and it was corked to high heaven. We drink more Riesling than any other wine, and the stuff seems to burn a hole in our cellar after a short period of time.


Then can you really say you've "tasted an aged Riesling"? :)
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Re: Poll-ish, What wine(s) in your cellar are you most excited about opening

Postby Sam Platt » Fri Jun 16, 2006 10:49 am

Cam Wheeler wrote:Then can you really say you've "tasted an aged Riesling"?


Sniffed and recoiled from an aged Riesling is an accurate description of what took place.
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Re: Poll-ish, What wine(s) in your cellar are you most excited about opening

Postby Eric Ifune » Fri Jun 16, 2006 2:45 pm

Ones I'm waiting on:
A single bottle of 1959 Y'quem. Not sure when yet.
1990 Chave Hermitage
1990 Robert Weil TBA
2000 Trimbach Clos St Hune
These are the ones I've not tasted yet.
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