TN: forgotten wines- Loire, CA, Gevrey, alto Piemonte

Ah, the joys of finding stuff you bought long ago and forgot
2007 Pepiere ?Clos des Briords? Muscadet This was never supposed to be a long lived Briords, but this is just fine over 3 nights. Sweet lemon, saline/seashell, light and refreshing. B+
2002 Tortochot ?Lavaux St. Jacques? Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Don?t really know producer,but must have bought for a reason (HDH, 2008,. $27). Nicely balanced, black cherry with some Gevrey dirt, just a touch of tannin remaining on finish. Nice, and I?ll drink other bottle soon. B+/B
2003 Sella Lessona Don?t think I would have picked this for Nebbiolo if blind, but it was tasty and surprisingly balanced for a 2003 (13.5%). Round red fruit, smoky, soft acids, maybe (since I know Piedmont), I can think I detect a little tar. B/B+
2000 Lava Cap ?granite Hill? Petite Sirah Blueberry jam meets cheap plum brandy. Hot, cracking up. Maybe better 10 years ago. Maybe not. C/C+
3 out of 4 not bad.
Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine, B a good wine, C drinkable. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a party where it was only choice.Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.
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Thus begging the question of whether 13 years old is long lived for Briords :)
This would have been produced during Cristiano Garella's tenure at Sella, so it may be the '03 effect. Two years ago, I had an '01 Sella Lessona San Sebastiano allo Zoppo that was a swoonworthy example of Alto Piemonte nebbiolo.
Nice bin ends you had there, Dale! Mark Lipton
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