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    Mark Lipton Guest

    Default [TN] '89 Beaucastel

    Last night, after a topsy-turvy day of canceled dinner invitations and
    re-invitations, Andrew ended up going over to a friend's house for a
    sleepover and Jean and I had dinner at home to celebrate our 23rd
    anniversary the following day (i.e., today). For dinner, I cooked a
    roast leg of lamb and sauteed locally grown asparagus with late-season
    (this year) morels from Minnesota. With this, I opened a wine from the
    year of our marriage, the 1989 Ch. Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

    Our second (and last) bottle of this, when opened it revealed some
    maderization on the nose, indicative of some heat damage somewhere in
    the transport chain (not unheard of in this era for Ch. Beaucastel).
    That did abate with time and what remained was a remarkably fresh wine,
    tasting of cherries and only a slight hint of meat/game with very fresh
    acidity. It had thrown a bucketload of sediment, but a decant did
    wonders for this wine. Quite tasty with dinner, but not nearly as
    awe-inspiring as the earlier bottle, alas.

    Mark Lipton

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    lleichtman Guest

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    On Apr 29, 5:07*pm, Mark Lipton <not...@eudrup.ude> wrote:
    > Last night, after a topsy-turvy day of canceled dinner invitations and
    > re-invitations, Andrew ended up going over to a friend's house for a
    > sleepover and Jean and I had dinner at home to celebrate our 23rd
    > anniversary the following day (i.e., today). *For dinner, I cooked a
    > roast leg of lamb and sauteed locally grown asparagus with late-season
    > (this year) morels from Minnesota. *With this, I opened a wine from the
    > year of our marriage, the 1989 Ch. Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
    >
    > Our second (and last) bottle of this, when opened it revealed some
    > maderization on the nose, indicative of some heat damage somewhere in
    > the transport chain (not unheard of in this era for Ch. Beaucastel).
    > That did abate with time and what remained was a remarkably fresh wine,
    > tasting of cherries and only a slight hint of meat/game with very fresh
    > acidity. *It had thrown a bucketload of sediment, but a decant did
    > wonders for this wine. *Quite tasty with dinner, but not nearly as
    > awe-inspiring as the earlier bottle, alas.
    >
    > Mark Lipton


    Too bad, that was a really nice wine in the past. Late season morels
    in April?

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    DaleW Guest

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    On Sunday, April 29, 2012 7:07:23 PM UTC-4, Mark Lipton wrote:
    > Last night, after a topsy-turvy day of canceled dinner invitations and
    > re-invitations, Andrew ended up going over to a friend's house for a
    > sleepover and Jean and I had dinner at home to celebrate our 23rd
    > anniversary the following day (i.e., today). For dinner, I cooked a
    > roast leg of lamb and sauteed locally grown asparagus with late-season
    > (this year) morels from Minnesota. With this, I opened a wine from the
    > year of our marriage, the 1989 Ch. Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
    >
    > Our second (and last) bottle of this, when opened it revealed some
    > maderization on the nose, indicative of some heat damage somewhere in
    > the transport chain (not unheard of in this era for Ch. Beaucastel).
    > That did abate with time and what remained was a remarkably fresh wine,
    > tasting of cherries and only a slight hint of meat/game with very fresh
    > acidity. It had thrown a bucketload of sediment, but a decant did
    > wonders for this wine. Quite tasty with dinner, but not nearly as
    > awe-inspiring as the earlier bottle, alas.
    >
    > Mark Lipton


    HAppy Anniversary!
    89 Bo is quite variable (there is a story, that I've heard a dozen times though no personal knowledge, that a significant portion of US allotment got caught in a dock strike in summer).

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    Mark Lipton Guest

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    lleichtman wrote:

    > Too bad, that was a really nice wine in the past. Late season morels
    > in April?


    This was the year that Winter didn't happen in the Midwest and a Spring
    that began with weather in the 80s. Of course, we were in New Zealand
    for all those warm temperatures, so now we're getting rain and
    temperatures in the 50s.

    Mark Lipton

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    st.helier Guest

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    "Mark Lipton" wrote ..........

    > This was the year that Winter didn't happen in the Midwest and a Spring
    > that began with weather in the 80s. Of course, we were in
    > New Zealand for all those warm temperatures, so now we're getting
    > rain and temperatures in the 50s.


    Mark, we were in Central Otago for a few days on the weekend.

    Primarily went so that Almarie could experience the wonderful autumn
    colours - did not disappoint.

    Beautiful fine weather - clear skies - temps in early/mid 20sC - some snow
    in the high country on the day we left.

    The only winery we visited was Amisfield (on your recommendation) - brought
    home a couple of the '08 PN.

    --

    st.helier



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    st.helier Guest

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    Happy Anniversary :-)

    89? What a great year :-)

  7. #7
    Mark Lipton Guest

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    DaleW wrote:

    > HAppy Anniversary! 89 Bo is quite variable (there is a story, that
    > I've heard a dozen times though no personal knowledge, that a
    > significant portion of US allotment got caught in a dock strike in
    > summer).



    Yeah, that's the story I recall as well. Repetition of a falsehood
    doesn't make it true, but anecdotally at least there seems to be reason
    to believe it. Add to that that we purchased this bottle in Florida for
    a fairly attractive price and it does make one wonder (our other bottle
    was purchased at Sam's in Chicago).

    Mark Lipton

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    Mark Lipton Guest

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    st.helier wrote:
    > "Mark Lipton" wrote ..........
    >
    >> This was the year that Winter didn't happen in the Midwest and a
    >> Spring that began with weather in the 80s. Of course, we were in
    >> New Zealand for all those warm temperatures, so now we're getting
    >> rain and temperatures in the 50s.

    >
    > Mark, we were in Central Otago for a few days on the weekend.
    >
    > Primarily went so that Almarie could experience the wonderful autumn
    > colours - did not disappoint.
    >
    > Beautiful fine weather - clear skies - temps in early/mid 20sC - some
    > snow in the high country on the day we left.
    >
    > The only winery we visited was Amisfield (on your recommendation) -
    > brought home a couple of the '08 PN.


    Good on ya, St. H. We loved that '08 PN when we had it at Mt. Cook
    (nah, the setting couldn't possibly have made that wine seem any better
    than it was) but the barrel samples of the '11s that we tried there were
    really exceptional. Steph seems to be on her game, as it were.

    Cheers!
    Mark Lipton

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    Bi!! Guest

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    On Apr 30, 8:05*am, Mark Lipton <not...@eudrup.ude> wrote:
    > DaleW wrote:
    > > HAppy Anniversary! 89 Bo is quite variable (there is a story, that
    > > I've heard a dozen times though no personal knowledge, that a
    > > significant portion of US allotment got caught in a dock strike in
    > > summer).

    >
    > Yeah, that's the story I recall as well. *Repetition of a falsehood
    > doesn't make it true, but anecdotally at least there seems to be reason
    > to believe it. *Add to that that we purchased this bottle in Florida for
    > a fairly attractive price and it does make one wonder (our other bottle
    > was purchased at Sam's in Chicago).
    >
    > Mark Lipton


    I've seen a lot of "heat" type issues with "89 Beaucastel. I was just
    discussing that very issue with a friend this weekend. FYI, our
    morels were plentiful in late March through the first week or so of
    April but are long gone. Lot's of lettle yellows this year.

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    lleichtman Guest

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    On Apr 30, 8:09*am, "Bi!!" <rvwr...@aol.com> wrote:
    > On Apr 30, 8:05*am, Mark Lipton <not...@eudrup.ude> wrote:
    >
    > > DaleW wrote:
    > > > HAppy Anniversary! 89 Bo is quite variable (there is a story, that
    > > > I've heard a dozen times though no personal knowledge, that a
    > > > significant portion of US allotment got caught in a dock strike in
    > > > summer).

    >
    > > Yeah, that's the story I recall as well. *Repetition of a falsehood
    > > doesn't make it true, but anecdotally at least there seems to be reason
    > > to believe it. *Add to that that we purchased this bottle in Florida for
    > > a fairly attractive price and it does make one wonder (our other bottle
    > > was purchased at Sam's in Chicago).

    >
    > > Mark Lipton

    >
    > I've seen a lot of "heat" type issues with "89 Beaucastel. *I was just
    > discussing that very issue with a friend this weekend. *FYI, our
    > morels were plentiful in late March through the first week or so of
    > April but are long gone. *Lot's of lettle yellows this year.


    Ours are just coming in now along with the Chanterelles.

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