2020 Birthday Week Wines, from Opus One to Pontet Canet

This year I've turned 43. Wow, what an incredible week it was.


It all started at Alex & Jen's house for an Italian Evening which was kinda also like a birthday party on the Saturday before my birthday!


The list of wines I had that week is long, delicious and very expensive so here goes. Hopefully, you enjoy this list as much as I did. It will likely not be replicated again.





Antinori Tenuta Guado al Tasso Il Bruciato Bolgheri 2016

Poggio Antico Altero Brunello di Montalcino 2010

Benanti Il Monovitigno Nerello Cappuccio 2017

Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco 2013

Rocca di Montemassi Calasole Vermentino 2018

Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva 2016

Caparzo Brunello di Montalcino 2011

Rocca di Montemassi Maremma Toscana 2015

Renieri Brunello di Montalcino 2013

Poggio Antico Altero Brunello di Montalcino 2010

Ampeleia Costa Toscana 2015

Zonin Prosecco Cuvée 1821 2015



An excellent evening with good friends and amazing food.


Then Tuesday night & It was First Tuesdays With Frank. We drank some wine...



The list of wines I had that week is long, delicious and very expensive so here goes. Hopefully, you enjoy this list as much as I did. It will likely not be replicated again.


Cain FIVE 2000 $119

Sparkman UNDERWORLD Red 2012 $ -

Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 $55

La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 $114

Trinchero Mario's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 $49

GAJA Ca'Marcanda Bolgheri 2013 $139

Eisele Vineyard Altagracia Red 2012 $ -

Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 $140

The next day I was treated to an Opus One tasting with lunch at Capital Grille in Plano. Here were the wines.


Opus One 2008 $485

Opus One 2012 $402

Opus One 2013 $406

Opus One 2016 $364

Post lunch & Opus One tasting we headed down to Buon Vino & were treated to a few more amazing wines by Owner Gerald Morgan. That was fun & delicious.

The fun didn't stop there. Later that evening everyone showed up at my house & we threw some steak in the Sous Vide & we opened more amazing wines. Some still from the afternoon BV session and some new ones.

After the sous-vide we seared the steaks off on the grill & added Danish Blue Cheese to some and garlic butter to the others. They were amazing.

Thursday night was the Bordeaux Tasting at BV with Chateau Mazerat & Le Dome. Both right back but one was Merlot-based & the other Cabernet franc. Both were delicious.

Vieux Château Mazerat Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2010

Vieux Château Mazerat Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2011

Vieux Château Mazerat Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2012

Vieux Château Mazerat Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2013

Vieux Château Mazerat Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2015


Le Dome Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2011

Le Dome Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2012

Le Dome Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2012

Le Dome Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2013


These all retail for between $100 & $200


Saturday Night Barolo Party!


Mauro Sebaste Tresuri Barolo 2015 $39

Marchesi di Barolo Sarmassa Barolo 2011 $80

Mauro Sebaste Ghè Barolo Riserva 2012 $99

Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2012 $129

Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne 2013 $153

Gaja Sperss Langhe 2009 $299

Michele Chiarlo Tortoniano Barolo 2013 $47

Parusso Barolo Bussia 1990 $190

Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2012 $64

Castiglion del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino 2013 $54

Tenuta Sette Ponti Oreno Toscana 2011 $71

Valdicava Brunello di Montalcino 2010 $139


What an amazing week, thank you all who shared it with me. All these wines were amazing and it will be a week to be remembered for a long long time.







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