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2015 Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina during dinner prep tonight and it is singing. Very light and pale color, super grassy and mineral-driven and of course, slightly spritzy which makes it extremely appropriate to drink on a hot Texas summer night. I can never have enough of this at the house. $20 at Central Market here in Austin, but usually not many bottles available.
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Verve Amado Fernandez is a fine if slightly one dimensional coffee. I tasted mostly caramel, nuts and chocolate. Slightly lower on acidity than I typically like, but still very good. All in all, this still beats the pants off most coffees sold in the US (even among great roasters), but I have had better and I think I am beginning to understand that Honduras may not be my thing in coffee.
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2003 Château Malescot St. Exupéry with seared duck breast. Lovely food and wine pairing. This is riper and more velvety in texture than I would expect from more typical vintages, but in the context of 2003 in Bordeaux, it could actually be considered a constrained wine. Lovely balance and incredibly floral violets, cassis and cigar box. Almost reminiscent of St. Julien in its flavor profile. The wife and I both thought this was flat out delicious.
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2005 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Bousselots with our sushi at Tomodachi in Austin to celebrate my daughter’s birthday tomorrow. This wine is absurdly good. Much bigger and brawnier than I expected. Came out of the bottle angry and packed with power but mellowed into a very pretty and silky texture as it got more air. Cherry, blackberry, earth, tobacco and some herb undertones gave this tons of complexity. Masculine in style and able to cellar for another 10-20 years in the case of my bottles. Awesome. Oh and the food wasn’t too shabby either😉.
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Yamazaki 12 Year to coast into the weekend. Crazy how expensive this has gotten. I bought this years ago when it was still relatively inexpensive…obviously the word is out. Cinnamon and maple syrup notes with a creamy texture. Pretty remarkable stuff.
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2013 François Raquillet Mercurey Vieilles Vignes. This is a super delicious and “gluggable” wine. Pure cherry and strawberry balanced by bracing acidity. Maybe a little rustic on the texture and finish, but I think that is more of a feature than a bug. Ultimately a crazy value and one that is easy to justify buying a case of.
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Verve Chelchele is a fantastic coffee. Incredibly floral, earthy, nutty and wild…borderline animale. Makes a very pretty and interesting cup and is also great for making ice coffee on hot summer days like these. This is made from heirloom varieties and the beans are tiny as is typical for heirloom coffes of Yirgacheffe like this one. What is impressive is how Verve Coffee managed to roast this so that one can really taste nothing but the purity of these beans.
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2003 Château Canon-la-Gaffelière is one of those wines that I expected to be good…but was even better than I could have hoped for. Despite the record heat in Bordeaux in 2003, Canon-la-Gaffelière made a beautifully balanced wine that is bursting with cherries, plum and spice and a pretty, velvety texture that veers into silkiness with added aeration. Lots of room to improve, but this nevertheless drank seemingly close to perfection. This follows the 2001 which is also outstanding and establishes a style of the property for me that I find charming. 55% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.
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2000 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie is simply magic in a bottle. Pure violets and bacon fat, this has the texture of Grand Cru Burgundy. All silky and seductive. Perfect balance, and still ample structure and fruit to keep improving. This is the kind of wine that really proves the rewards of cellaring. So insanely good.
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2015 Weingut Gold Cabernet Sauvignon Großheppacher. I really want to like this. I have tried it multiple times now and no matter how, when and how many times I try, it just doesn’t grow on me. Not that there is anything obviously wrong with it…it just feels too one-dimensional and frankly rough around the edges (almost rustic) and with a shrill and wild kind of acidity. One of the VERY few wines in the Fass portfolio that I just don’t like.
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2004 Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Renaissance. Unbelievably good. Followed over the course of two nights. 70% old vine Grenache from vines planted before WW1. This has a depth, power and complexity that is really very special. Super balanced but I might have preferred a touch more acidity. Raspberry liqueur, cherry and dried spices on the palate. Finish goes on and on. And this has the legs to improve further, I believe. Stunner of a wine.
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Chromatic Guatemala El Socorro. I find this to have chocolate and nut flavors with a caramel finish. A bit lower on acid than I typically like and roasted a tad more than the Verve Guatemala of recent days. Still a delicious coffee, and one that REALLY benefits from being brewed by the Hario V60 over other methods based on my trials. @chromaticcoffee delivers yet again.
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2003 Château Beausejour Duffau and 2004 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin to celebrate with our good friends Kiko and Ron on Saturday night. Both wines are just beginning to show well and have room for improvement. The Beau is a very typical example of the old school style of Beausejour before the recent change in the winemaking team. Shockingly high acidity given the ultra hot vintage and everything is in perfect balance. Amazing how they were able to make a wine with this much freshness. One that can and will continue to develop for years and even decades. The Janasse was the real star in my opinion. This is the old vines cuvee of theirs and it blew me away. Kirsch liqueur, sweet cigar tobacco and spices galore. But despite all that dark fruit, there was pretty acidity balancing things perfectly. I think this is drank as well as it possibly could.
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2005 Charles Joguet Chinon Franc de Pied Les Varennes du Grand Clos. One of the greatest wines made in the Loire. Unfortunately, the vines that used to produce this wine had to be uprooted after the 2006 vintage because they had been ravaged by phylloxera. This is ultra deep and dark and shows pretty tobacco and black pepper to add to the inky blackberry flavors. Mid palate and finish for days. Too bad this was my very last bottle.
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