I went to Bermuda for my 30th birthday and brought 3 champagne bottles with me I had been holding for 2-3 years. They were all vintage bottles, each 10-15 years old.
1998 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin La Grande Dame Brut, a Canada find for 30% off due to the exchange rate. This was more earthy with a lot of really dry grape-skin and kiwi in the middle. Would most certainly have this one again.
Tarlant Cuvee Louis Extra Brut, this was a magnum i picked up in early 2015 in France at Tarlant. I believe it was 130 Euros so around 150 USD at the time. Split 6 ways. It needed a lot of time to breathe but it was an exceptional wine. Cheese, funk, wood, must, apples, some citrus tinge at the end. Really beautiful.
2004 Dom Perignon Brut, honestly I can never tell these vintages apart. It’s a hyped, huge volume vintage champagne that never fails to impress me (except that one Rose we had over Christmas). Remarkable brightness with lots of oak and a bit of mustiness that fades after breathing a bit.
I just noticed the photos I took last month weren’t posted here. Sorry about that. Here they are!
I was lucky enough to be asked to pour-beer this year. I always volunteer but pouring is usually reserved for brewers. I was at the Casey booth and had a blast!
AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
After a day of pouring Casey beers yesterday at Hill Farmstead, I had to open this one up. Bottled in July of 2015, acquired in a trade last Fall, sat upright in the fridge for about 6 months and still the yeast was settled but not very solid, started moving around as soon as I moved the bottle.
A – Good cork pop but not vibrant. Formed a 2 finger solid white creamy head on the pour then faded fast. It’s a gorgeous blood-red appearance, nice translucency.
S – Has a tinge of fecal aroma, tree-bark earthy aroma with a sharp acidity.
T – Cherry throughout, like holding nothing back cherry. Has a candy syrup flavor from how sweet it is. There is some vinegar here, fecally sulphur flavors, loads of earthy funk and a good lemon zest and lime juice flavor as well. There really is a ton of cherry in this beer but the flavor is a far departure from cherry lambic but could be related similarly to Cherry Flora from HF.
M – Good mouthfeel, thin, juicy, low carb
O – Nice balanced beer for sure. I wish it was slightly less acidic but I do get what Troy was going for here.
AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Most recent batch. Paid $13.99 at local Co-Op. Dark red pour. 3 finger egg white head that faded to a single One finger. Smells great. Cereal, cherries, plum and wood. Hmm. This is pretty darn good. Cherry is sweeter than I expected. Juicy, tart. Very sour in the middle. Finish is cherry salad, vinegar, oak, wine and Brett. Nice mouthfeel fro, the bottle conditions. This will age very well I think. It’s very sweet now but that’s temporary.