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by Belgian
Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:56 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
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Château de Marsan 2016

Château de Marsan 2016

Another pretty OK Bordeaux red. Typical flavors, medium body. Has some boysenberry and blueberry fruit depth and minerality. Medium acidity, solid tannins.
by Belgian
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:03 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
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Château des Landes Cuvée Prestige 2016

Château des Landes Cuvée Prestige 2016

Decent Bordeaux, it's OK. It has some aroma going on with cassis cranberry and cedar. Taste is tart and tannic-dry with red berries, blackberry, black plum and cranberry and cassis and green herbs, some forest floor. Touch of oak vanillin.
by Belgian
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
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Château d'Anglès Classique La Clape GSM 2018

Château d'Anglès Classique La Clape Syrah/Grenache/Mourvèdre blend 2018 This is a juicy and tasty Rhone-blend red with berry acidity, tealike dryness and some nice campfire in the aromas and finish. Nice wild herbals and dark florals. A different style of wine, showing off natural character and com...
by Belgian
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:28 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS
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Re: Orval the hills and far away...

Not to dip our toes into other importers' beer, but... unsure about your claim of Chimay dumbing down the formula. We haven't noticed any changes over the years (we stick to Blue and tend to buy it to cellar for 5-10 years). It's still a fine brewer. My understanding is their methods changed : Unti...
by Belgian
Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:48 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 1119
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Cantina del Nebbiolo Barbaresco 2016

Cantina del Nebbiolo Barbaresco 2016 I love Nebbiolo. Lots of berry-cherry and tartness, good tannins... woody herbals and liquorice, eucalyptus, and a suggestion of tar. Lots of character and styl, acidic structure. * As it opens up I'm getting the olive and cedar. * More lithe than the Cantina de...
by Belgian
Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:39 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
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Carmes de Rieussec 2015 Sauternes

Carmes de Rieussec 2015 Sauternes Bordeaux This is a Bordeaux Blanc that's famously both sweet and packed with a lot of flavor - delicate floral honey, mango-pineapple jam, dried apricot, honeysuckle, candy citrus and some petrol, maybe coconut. A little countering dryness and acidity. This is a wi...
by Belgian
Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:21 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
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Cantina del Nebbiolo Barbaresco 2016

Cantina del Nebbiolo Barbaresco 2016 Well isn't this nice, Barbaresco Red from Piedmont, IT. Tightly-wound acid-cherry-berry fruit with good tannic edge and bit of cider-like acidity. Some tar and herbals. licorice, earth but a hit of that acid freshness. It's not a giveaway for $30 but it's a soli...
by Belgian
Sat Feb 20, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS
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Re: Orval the hills and far away...

This batch didn't strike me a especially different. But if memory serves, we wouldn't normally see Orval quite so fresh. More Brett is always a good thing, let's hope it builds up to a sweet spot in the coming months. (And we see more batches). My favorite Orval is most the bright, dry and firm 'fr...
by Belgian
Thu Feb 18, 2021 5:46 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
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Rabl Langenlois Grüner Veltliner

Rabl Langenlois Grüner Veltliner 2019 From a recent Vintages release. Good Austrian Grüner Veltliner is worth tracking down. This one ($19) isn't particularly interesting to me - it has some pale stone fruit and pineapple and herbs, but the palate, structure and aromas seem pretty basic. Skippable ...
by Belgian
Tue Feb 16, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: LCBO, Beer Store and Grocery Stores
Topic: New Arrivals at LCBO & TBS
Replies: 4947
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Orval the hills and far away...

Hey, anybody had a few of the recent Orval? Mine is 25/09 2020... same BD as me, and this is the mellowest batch or Orval I can remember in 17 years, it's kind of spicy and fruity and caramelly. There's still some signature funkiness and hop dryness. Orval prides themselves on never making exactly t...
by Belgian
Sat Feb 13, 2021 9:14 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
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Antinori Ris. Chianti Classico 2016

Villa Antinori Riserva Chianti Classico 2016 Here's a beautiful 'Riserva' Chianti red, made with the famous Tuscan Sangiovese 'and a tiny bit of Merlot to soften out the edges.' This is a beefier and more refined wine than some Chianti. It has inviting warm and lightly peppery-sandalwoody spice and...
by Belgian
Sat Feb 13, 2021 12:22 am
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
Replies: 1119
Views: 238488

Nuiton-Beaunoy Le Prieuré Hautes Burgundy 2018

Nuiton-Beaunoy Le Prieuré Hautes Côtes de Nuits 2018

A nice Burgundy Pinot Noir, maybe my first Côtes de Nuits. All kinds of tart cherry plus some gently stemmy tannins and some stony mineral and dry herbs.
Acidic!
by Belgian
Fri Feb 12, 2021 2:08 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
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Re: Ommegad! Clearout priced bottles

I reached a similar conclusion, though didn't pick up any veal stock in the Watch... For the Throne, by contrast, was a real winner. These were my tasting notes . Cheers! I've noticed that umami meat-stock note in a few of their other beers (maybe Mars, Abbey, 3 Phils?) It's not bad, maybe it's a c...
by Belgian
Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: Uncorked-Wine and Spirits Appreciation
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Secret Wines at Cooper St.

Scored a bottle of Chateau Meyney 2017 Saint-Estephe I notice there are sometimes wines in Vintages (like this ^ particular Bordeaux) that do not seem to be part of the regular Vintages release program. I wonder if this was an online exclusive or a private order partial return - or a defaulted order...
by Belgian
Fri Feb 05, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: Random Talk
Topic: What're you drinking right now?
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Ommegad! Clearout priced bottles

Ommegang Game of Thrones: For the Throne Ommegang Game of Thrones: My Watch Has Ended I've kind of ignored this series as many of Ommegang's beers, while good seem a bit same-y. Watch Has Ended definitely had a very typical 'house' character, a bit mineral and umami like veal stock. For The Throne ...

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