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With various meals recently:

2011 Navarro Rosé 'Mendocino' (13.5% ABV)
nose: minerals, fresh strawberry
palate: crisp acidity, light body, lightly fruity

This wine was a pale salmon color and probably the finest rosé from CA
that I've tasted (sorry, Steve E!). It's not a profound wine by any
stretch but it's delicious now and hides its (for me) high ABV well.
Any wine that makes me think of Baudry's Chinon Rosé is all right in my
book. No idea what grapes go into this, but it's a winner and decent
QPR ($15 from the winery).

1998 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
nose: pencil lead, brambly dark berry fruit
palate: chalky tannins, medium body, balanced acidity

With grilled ribeye steaks, this was a fine example of a restrained
CalCab. Much less fruit-driven than the norm from the region and also
less fruity than other years, it was a fine example of a savory CalCab.

2008 Dom. de Terres Dorées (J.P. Brun) Côte de Brouilly
nose: tart red fruits, juicy
palate: bright acidity, light body, slightly hot finish

Without food, this was strikingly tart, but with roast chicken it
rounded out beautifully and seemed much richer. We probably drank this
too young, but Jean wanted gamay and the rest of our Beaujolais are from
'05, '09 and '10.

Mark Lipton

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On Wednesday, October 3, 2012 10:53:41 AM UTC-6, Mark Lipton wrote:
With various meals recently:



2011 Navarro Ros� 'Mendocino' (13.5% ABV)

nose: minerals, fresh strawberry

palate: crisp acidity, light body, lightly fruity



This wine was a pale salmon color and probably the finest ros� from CA

that I've tasted (sorry, Steve E!). It's not a profound wine by any

stretch but it's delicious now and hides its (for me) high ABV well.

Any wine that makes me think of Baudry's Chinon Ros� is all right in my

book. No idea what grapes go into this, but it's a winner and decent

QPR ($15 from the winery).



1998 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

nose: pencil lead, brambly dark berry fruit

palate: chalky tannins, medium body, balanced acidity



With grilled ribeye steaks, this was a fine example of a restrained

CalCab. Much less fruit-driven than the norm from the region and also

less fruity than other years, it was a fine example of a savory CalCab.



2008 Dom. de Terres Dor�es (J.P. Brun) C�te de Brouilly

nose: tart red fruits, juicy

palate: bright acidity, light body, slightly hot finish



Without food, this was strikingly tart, but with roast chicken it

rounded out beautifully and seemed much richer. We probably drank this

too young, but Jean wanted gamay and the rest of our Beaujolais are from

'05, '09 and '10.



Mark Lipton



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Odd markings in your posting. Don't know what that was. Still have the '99 Montelena two unopened bottles. One of my favorites.
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On 10/3/12 2:09 PM, lleichtman wrote:


Odd markings in your posting. Don't know what that was. Still have
the '99 Montelena two unopened bottles. One of my favorites.


The odd markings result from Giggle Groups' inability to correct read
character encoding headers. The one word was rose (with an accent on
the e) and the other words were Dorees (with an accent on the second e)
and Cote (with a circumflex over the o).

I liked the '99 when I tasted it side-by-side with the '98 and '00, but
the '98 was my favorite at that time. Would be interesting to taste
them side-by-side now.

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On Oct 3, 12:53*pm, Mark Lipton wrote:
With various meals recently:

2011 Navarro Ros 'Mendocino' (13.5% ABV)
nose: minerals, fresh strawberry
palate: crisp acidity, light body, lightly fruity

This wine was a pale salmon color and probably the finest ros from CA
that I've tasted (sorry, Steve E!). *It's not a profound wine by any
stretch but it's delicious now and hides its (for me) high ABV well.
Any wine that makes me think of Baudry's Chinon Ros is all right in my
book. *No idea what grapes go into this, but it's a winner and decent
QPR ($15 from the winery).

1998 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
nose: pencil lead, brambly dark berry fruit
palate: chalky tannins, medium body, balanced acidity

With grilled ribeye steaks, this was a fine example of a restrained
CalCab. *Much less fruit-driven than the norm from the region and also
less fruity than other years, it was a fine example of a savory CalCab.

2008 Dom. de Terres Dor es (J.P. Brun) C te de Brouilly
nose: tart red fruits, juicy
palate: bright acidity, light body, slightly hot finish

Without food, this was strikingly tart, but with roast chicken it
rounded out beautifully and seemed much richer. *We probably drank this
too young, but Jean wanted gamay and the rest of our Beaujolais are from
'05, '09 and '10.

Mark Lipton

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Montelena is still an all time favorite of mine. Thnaks for the notes
Mark. I still have one more bottle of 1978.


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