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by Dennis Borczon
January 21st, 2020, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley
Replies: 18
Views: 2500

Re: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley

Wow, lots to digest here. The role of a wine critic is unique in a lot of ways. If you rate a restaurant, you go there, buy a meal, and write. Limited financial outlay. If you are denied access to many wineries, buying independently sourced bottles of wine to rate them can be costly, and influenced ...
by Dennis Borczon
January 20th, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1167
Views: 61469

Re: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

well, well, it seems that Macron does have a bit of a soft spot and is willing to defer to the OECD. I guess he is having his hands full with the transit workers strike and doesn't want a lot of grape farmers parking tractors on the paris peripherique. Davos man is evolving!
by Dennis Borczon
January 20th, 2020, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 4
Views: 552

Re: Napa and Sonoma

Going back for the first time in 5 years. What are not miss places in either? Or should I just post this in travel? Trying not to spend a fortune on tasting rooms but I know that has become more difficult now. We like most everything so nothing particular out of bounds. Thanks in advance for any he...
by Dennis Borczon
January 18th, 2020, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paris Bound in February
Replies: 20
Views: 1242

Re: Paris Bound in February

Skip the Eiffel Tower. Get a pic in front, dodge the hustlers selling cheap souvenirs, and by all means don't stay in the neighborhood (boring and really all about tourists). No reason to stand in a long cold line (yes shorter in Feb) and go through security and pay a fair amount of euro just to loo...
by Dennis Borczon
January 18th, 2020, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 122
Views: 4747

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

In addition to the acidity question, Otto, we should also be talking about what happens to the tannins of physiologically over-ripe grapes. Clark Smith has this to say about field oxidation and its impact on a wine's redox chemistry: http://postmodernwinemaking.com/field-oxidation Very cool. Yet an...
by Dennis Borczon
January 16th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Bruno Clair Morey-Saint-Denis En la Rue de Vergy Blanc
Replies: 10
Views: 475

Re: TN: 2012 Bruno Clair Morey-Saint-Denis En la Rue de Vergy Blanc

Looks like this vineyard has little soil, almost all limestone on upper slopes. Probably not too bad for chardonnay in a hotter year. Interesting that there must be some white interplanted with pinot noir as winelagen identifies this as a pinot noir vineyard.
by Dennis Borczon
January 15th, 2020, 5:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Screaming Eagle
Replies: 60
Views: 6951

Re: 2017 Screaming Eagle

Mark Stevens wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 1:30 pm
No ‘17 mag for me, and I have been buying every vintage since the 1996. Sigh.....

I DID receive an allocation of a 3 pack of 2006 for $4800. I think that I paid $2250 for three when it was originally released.

Secondary market prices are still higher...
by Dennis Borczon
January 15th, 2020, 5:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 32
Views: 1962

Re: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Sold off mine. 2010s are better for me. Still was listening to Parker at that time
by Dennis Borczon
January 15th, 2020, 5:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White Burgundy under DIAM
Replies: 26
Views: 1822

Re: White Burgundy under DIAM

Talked to one winemaker in Burgundy who still thinks Diam imparts a "minty" taste to WB. Still using cork...
by Dennis Borczon
January 10th, 2020, 5:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine "budgeting" - tips?
Replies: 64
Views: 2980

Re: Wine "budgeting" - tips?

Up until now I'm pretty much bought what I'm interested in and drink, with only some rough adherence to price and quantity. Quantity has become a problem - not that I can't store it, but I realize I don't need to be buying 50-100 more bottles/year than I'm drinking (while I can age to some degree I...
by Dennis Borczon
January 10th, 2020, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1167
Views: 61469

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

I am convinced that the whole process is going to grind forward. It seems doubtful that a handful of complaints from individual or small businesses will make much of a difference. Sad but true. Once this lurches forward I am not sure that even a change in the occupant of the White House will reverse...
by Dennis Borczon
January 2nd, 2020, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?
Replies: 37
Views: 2352

Re: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?

Agree with the Rhone votes, although I understand the sparkling wine fans. But it just seems to me, no matter how meticulous the process, that CA sparkling just does not quite capture the essence of a good Champagne. It is good, and if the tariffs outlast my ability to drink up a hoarded stock of Ch...
by Dennis Borczon
December 31st, 2019, 5:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 78
Views: 4853

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

2013 Monfortino I prefer Barolo to be 20 years or older before I drink them. Ditto. Drinking young barolos is such a different experience. Might as well drink young gattinara to get about the same impact, and it is way cheaper. I only really get the full tar and roses thing with 20 years and there ...
by Dennis Borczon
December 30th, 2019, 4:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100% tariffs - effect on other regions’ prices ?.
Replies: 29
Views: 1716

Re: 100% tariffs - effect on other regions’ prices ?.

I could see a whole new group of destination restaurants opening up just across the border. Good point. How about clandestine wine imports from there? Maybe Trump needs to build another wall? [rofl.gif] Clandestine? Planning on breaking the law? OK you can all just stop talking right now....
by Dennis Borczon
December 24th, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A toast to Burt Willaims: 86` Sonoma County Pinot
Replies: 15
Views: 906

Re: A toast to Burt Willaims: 86` Sonoma County Pinot

Thx for the responses. I will have to sample some of the branch wineries off of the Burt tree. With European Pinot prices scheduled to go up to even more painful levels of cost, having alternative wines to try would be interesting. Many of the newer and more famous RRR wineries seem to have higher a...
by Dennis Borczon
December 21st, 2019, 4:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A toast to Burt Willaims: 86` Sonoma County Pinot
Replies: 15
Views: 906

Re: A toast to Burt Willaims: 86` Sonoma County Pinot

This is an awesome thread. Plan to join the tribute this week! Better question for discussion. ... If Burt could produce these wines, with converted dairy equipment, using an old barn " the bat cave" , why cannot modern wineries in the RRR do the same? Or are there some who still do? It would be nic...
by Dennis Borczon
December 19th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine auction businesses, if tariffs persist.
Replies: 14
Views: 1574

Re: Wine auction businesses, if tariffs persist.

Goooood time to have a deep cellar of US wines. Uh, no Good time to have a deep cellar of European wines, I think is the intent... It is distressing to have to see this senseless trade action that does not directly impact the industries involved. Do we really think that by hurting hundreds of small...
by Dennis Borczon
December 4th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1167
Views: 61469

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Well I have hunkered down with lots of Champagne for now to last through the current madness. California alternatives are not too shabby, but the still don't quite rival most of the elite producers. When Cali can produce a bubbly that tastes like Krug 164, then I am all in ..
by Dennis Borczon
November 26th, 2019, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee 2020
Replies: 23
Views: 2157

Re: La Paulee 2020

"in 2014 he poured Gevrey-Chambertin, Lavaux St. Jacques, Clos de la Roche, and Chambertin :) Roumier was there in 2013 to pour his 2010s: Chambolle-Musigny, Chambolle Les Cras, Morey Clos de La Bussière, and Ruchottes-Chambertin" That was before Rousseau Chambertin was selling for $2,000.00+ per bo...
by Dennis Borczon
November 25th, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee 2020
Replies: 23
Views: 2157

Re: La Paulee 2020

Considering the latest offering for a Rousseau dinner in NYC was $2,950.00 per person, I kind of doubt they will be pouring in a walk around tasting. Roumier...perhaps. Christophe has some lesser cuvees that could be poured...
by Dennis Borczon
November 24th, 2019, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: All Italian Wines at Grappa Restaurant in Toronto
Replies: 6
Views: 586

Re: TNs: All Italian Wines at Grappa Restaurant in Toronto

Nice notes. You have now inspired me to take a trip to Toronto and eat at Grappa. Just curious, what is the corkage policy? I have a 2000 Giacosa Red Label that needs a good occasion to open.
by Dennis Borczon
November 23rd, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 21112

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

. . . How much longer will the Parker name be meaningful? . . . A very interesting question if taken seriously. Frank Schoonmaker, a wine writer and famous wine personality, invented the idea of putting the name of the variety on the bottle instead of calling it "Hearty Burgundy." He had Schoonmake...
by Dennis Borczon
November 19th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Pépière Muscadet Sur Lie "La Pepie"
Replies: 11
Views: 711

Re: TN: 2018 Pépière Muscadet Sur Lie "La Pepie"

We’ve been fans of Pépière Muscadet since being introduced to it decades ago by Joe Godas at our local wine store. In 2007, we made an unscheduled visit to the property after a lunch of "moules et frites" in Nantes. After arriving at the property, we ended up waiting for Marc as he was off on an er...
by Dennis Borczon
November 19th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Sea Smoke - Pinot Noir "Ten" (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)
Replies: 22
Views: 1633

Re: TN: 2007 Sea Smoke - Pinot Noir "Ten" (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)

I am afraid for me this is the poster child for Pinot as syrah winemaking. Do they really want to pursue this style? Is it just the site? Competition for the Meiomi slice of the market? Just seems like the opposite of what Pinot can be
by Dennis Borczon
November 19th, 2019, 5:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting White Wine
Replies: 17
Views: 860

Re: Decanting White Wine

Top shelf Chablis. I don't find Riesling needs it so much. +1 recently opened a 2007 Vrignaud Fourchaume Chablis for a wine tasting group. No decant and several of the group thought it was older and going over the hill. Re-corked the half bottle and put in a cold garage temporarily. 2 days later I ...
by Dennis Borczon
November 14th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions Offer
Replies: 84
Views: 7604

Re: 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions Offer

Or Henri Jayer could be resurrected and start making Vosne again!
by Dennis Borczon
November 14th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions Offer
Replies: 84
Views: 7604

Re: 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions Offer

Don't want to sound morbid about this guys, but SQN peaked in price on the secondary market when Manfred had his accident and it was not clear he would recover. This is common in the art market when it is known an artist is about to die or just passed on. They are not making any more pieces of art s...
by Dennis Borczon
November 13th, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Insider: Inside New York’s Exclusive Billionaire Wine Tastings
Replies: 20
Views: 2682

Re: The Insider: Inside New York’s Exclusive Billionaire Wine Tastings

Here is his full bio https://www.markoldman.com/about/full-bio/ Any one read any of his books? Never heard of any of them. Wow, Stanford lawyer, pillager of Bernie Madoff wines, award winning author, how has this guy flown under the radar. Only thing he left out is being one of Oprah's best friends..
by Dennis Borczon
November 13th, 2019, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines helped by climate change
Replies: 45
Views: 1536

Re: Wines helped by climate change

Ontario, Great Lakes regions in US generally. Producers used to have to hang reds to dehydrate and get sugar levels up. Now fruit is ripening along the razors edge that used to be Burgundy. With money and time, equipment and techniques are getting better allowing for even better handling of fruit th...
by Dennis Borczon
November 12th, 2019, 5:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Insider: Inside New York’s Exclusive Billionaire Wine Tastings
Replies: 20
Views: 2682

Re: The Insider: Inside New York’s Exclusive Billionaire Wine Tastings

And savvy somms will know exactly what we're doing...ruining a good pinot noir! OMG this is hilarious. This guy must have started in the porn industry.
by Dennis Borczon
November 12th, 2019, 5:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Insider: Inside New York’s Exclusive Billionaire Wine Tastings
Replies: 20
Views: 2682

Re: The Insider: Inside New York’s Exclusive Billionaire Wine Tastings

And he is a builder...put that wine sanctuary together brick by brick. what an awesome guy!!
by Dennis Borczon
November 4th, 2019, 5:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning a trip to the Loire Valley
Replies: 16
Views: 963

Re: Planning a trip to the Loire Valley

Absolutely agree with all of the above. We fell into a nice routine, Chateau in the mornings, wineries in the afternoon. Keep in mind the driving distances are much greater than in a place like Burgundy. It will take awhile to get where you are going. For a nice little restaurant, there is a local p...
by Dennis Borczon
November 3rd, 2019, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eleven Madison Park wine
Replies: 57
Views: 5643

Re: Eleven Madison Park wine

Take that four gras off the menu! Mayor DiBlasio does not want those poultry to suffer...before we eat them!
by Dennis Borczon
October 31st, 2019, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The polemic St-Emilion Pavie 2003
Replies: 53
Views: 2679

Re: The polemic St-Emilion Pavie 2003

The 2001 was the real last vintage of this wine that was approaching reserve and "balance". It is actually aging ok. Like many big big wines, and many overdone members of the opposite sex, age tends to show the ugly wrinkles a lot more. Hey, people still buy it...
by Dennis Borczon
October 26th, 2019, 5:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers respond to climate change.
Replies: 10
Views: 769

Re: Winemakers respond to climate change.

you can register, get 10 free articles a month. Then they annoy the s*** out of you with solicitations
by Dennis Borczon
October 22nd, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: John Fox (PC) Update
Replies: 33
Views: 3693

Re: John Fox (PC) Update

+1 it is the criminal action in the first place who is responsible. Like arguing about a toxic waste spill and then complaining about the cost of the cleanup crew to haul away the mess..
by Dennis Borczon
October 22nd, 2019, 5:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 65
Views: 2972

Re: Aglianico

However, to my understanding, resin was only used to seal the amphorae airtight. Coating the amphorae with resin sounds weird, since to my understanding, resin is dissolved into wine. Coating the amphorae with beeswax sounds more sensible, because it really doesn't flavor the wine nor is it dissolv...
by Dennis Borczon
October 21st, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 172
Views: 7129

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

Ouch! Someone is in need of a bump in their anti depressant. I guess those ceramic crappy coffee mugs that get shipped across the Pacific ocean from China should be banned to save the planet...
by Dennis Borczon
September 30th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bollinger 04 LBW
Replies: 3
Views: 465

Re: Bollinger 04 LBW

Well I grabbed one for research purposes. Many stores are going to get this as a pre-arrival wine at the same price for about the same tariff if you spring for 6 bottles. It is interesting that most all professional reviews are very positive, high 90's scores. I will have to do a search to turn up s...
by Dennis Borczon
September 30th, 2019, 4:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bollinger 04 LBW
Replies: 3
Views: 465

Bollinger 04 LBW

Just a psa. Bolly 04 RD is up on lbw for $169 all in w free shipping. Just thought some bubbleheads woy want to know
by Dennis Borczon
September 26th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with buying a magnum of Burgundy near Beaune
Replies: 7
Views: 570

Re: Help with buying a magnum of Burgundy near Beaune

I predict in the future the prices will be higher....if you find out anyone who does this, let me know. I suspect that there is little interest in futures offerings with most producers. If they have a good reputation, practically everything from name producers is fought over by importers these days ...
by Dennis Borczon
September 25th, 2019, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heritage Auction - Familiar Cellar Name
Replies: 104
Views: 7535

Re: Heritage Auction - Familiar Cellar Name

When the tide goes out...we will see who is drinking and who was just waiting for a bigger wave to wash in. The 18's and now the 19's in Burgundy may be quite good, and Hong Kong may have other things on its mind!
by Dennis Borczon
September 22nd, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2019 report
Replies: 29
Views: 4502

Re: Burgundy 2019 report

Despite the crazy temperatures and drought conditions, the red wine chemistry is actually pretty classical. I'm making a couple of barrels of Chambolle-Musigny this year—the best way to understand the vintage—and picked on Thursday. Potential alcohol is around 13.5% with a pH of 3.2 before malolact...
by Dennis Borczon
September 21st, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2019 report
Replies: 29
Views: 4502

Re: Burgundy 2019 report

Despite the crazy temperatures and drought conditions, the red wine chemistry is actually pretty classical. I'm making a couple of barrels of Chambolle-Musigny this year—the best way to understand the vintage—and picked on Thursday. Potential alcohol is around 13.5% with a pH of 3.2 before malolact...
by Dennis Borczon
September 20th, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Turque
Replies: 3
Views: 671

Re: La Turque

Might be helpful to have a bit of context. Was the occasion dinner? Wine group? Friday night curiosity? Did you decant at all...etc. Some sense of the wine in a bit of expanded tasting note would also be helpful. Texture, tannic structure, secondary developed notes, balance, heat...etc. These should...
by Dennis Borczon
September 15th, 2019, 5:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: which SQNs are drinking well right now
Replies: 43
Views: 3222

Re: which SQNs are drinking well right now

Just drank a 5 Shooter Syrah last night. Decanted for 5 hours and it was still pretty young, but a lot of the oak had integrated. Really not noticing the alcohol at 15.5%. Still think it has a long way to develop secondary character, mostly primary black fruits. Texture was quite meaty and firm. But...
by Dennis Borczon
September 15th, 2019, 5:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines for 25+ years of aging
Replies: 39
Views: 2009

Re: Wines for 25+ years of aging

He’s the best critic writing right now for the wines I drink

+1
by Dennis Borczon
September 15th, 2019, 5:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines for 25+ years of aging
Replies: 39
Views: 2009

Re: Wines for 25+ years of aging

JonathanG wrote:
September 14th, 2019, 8:59 pm
I even bought some 6L, 9L, and one 15L 2018 EP that i am hoping I can use for her wedding someday.

Except for the fact that in 25 years there will be no post-millenials getting married anymore...
by Dennis Borczon
September 13th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Metayage
Replies: 17
Views: 1059

Re: Metayage

Anyone ever get an explanation why Ponsot is bottling wine that can age for decades with a plastic Cork? Come on they must be smarter than that. I can appreciate Diam or even a well tried screwcap with a good liner, but plastic, PLASTIC?

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