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by Dave McCloskey
June 17th, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10512
Views: 344520

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Thomas Rivers Brown was 0-2 this weekend for me. 2016 Rivers Marie Thieriot Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay: This Chard was like drinking a Granny Smith apple bomb... green, tart, sour and not what I'd expect from Rivers Marie. Structurally, I've probably jumped the gun by 8-10 years, because I thi...
by Dave McCloskey
June 15th, 2019, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 08`Legras & Haas BdB, Girardin Corton,Dublere Volnay, lots of Guigals incl Hermitage, Vieux Telegraphe,St. Joseph
Replies: 6
Views: 594

Re: 08`Legras & Haas BdB, Girardin Corton,Dublere Volnay, lots of Guigals incl Hermitage, Vieux Telegraphe,St. Joseph

Do you think the 2006 DOMAINE du VIEUX TELEGRAPHE “LA CRAU” CHATEAUNEUF du PAPE is past it's peak? Cellartracker TN seem to indicate this, but they're also all over the map in the last 10 months. FWI Avg. score is a 91. I just bought a Magnum of this wine and hoping I didn't make a mistake. Dave, t...
by Dave McCloskey
June 12th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 08`Legras & Haas BdB, Girardin Corton,Dublere Volnay, lots of Guigals incl Hermitage, Vieux Telegraphe,St. Joseph
Replies: 6
Views: 594

Re: 08`Legras & Haas BdB, Girardin Corton,Dublere Volnay, lots of Guigals incl Hermitage, Vieux Telegraphe,St. Joseph

Do you think the 2006 DOMAINE du VIEUX TELEGRAPHE “LA CRAU” CHATEAUNEUF du PAPE is past it's peak? Cellartracker TN seem to indicate this, but they're also all over the map in the last 10 months. FWI Avg. score is a 91. I just bought a Magnum of this wine and hoping I didn't make a mistake.
by Dave McCloskey
June 12th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A surprising white and a minor miracle
Replies: 4
Views: 656

Re: A surprising white and a minor miracle

2015 Guido Marsella Fiano di Avellino - Nice review. I've got two bottles of this wine, so I'm now excited to try it.
by Dave McCloskey
June 10th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?
Replies: 62
Views: 3619

Re: What's the nest top end non-DRC red Burgundy?

Aside from the excellent suggestions above you might try Liger Belair. My experience is limited to their VR Reignots. edited to add: I see Eric ninja'ed me on the LB suggestion. The 2015 vintage are going anywhere from $4K - $8K according to Wine Searcher. Wow, last time I looked it sold for $500-6...
by Dave McCloskey
June 10th, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?
Replies: 62
Views: 3619

Re: What's the nest top end non-DRC red Burgundy?

Jay Miller wrote:
June 6th, 2019, 11:40 am
Aside from the excellent suggestions above you might try Liger Belair. My experience is limited to their VR Reignots.

edited to add: I see Eric ninja'ed me on the LB suggestion.
The 2015 vintage are going anywhere from $4K - $8K according to Wine Searcher.
by Dave McCloskey
June 7th, 2019, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This puts Spinal Tap to shame
Replies: 20
Views: 1703

Re: This puts Spinal Tap to shame

This wine is part of a trilogy in Latour Minor.

by Dave McCloskey
June 7th, 2019, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 7548

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

when do diminishing returns set in?!!!! I can drink a wine for $50, I enjoy it, I'm not likely to love a wine for $75 that much more to justify the added cost. [winner.gif] I think there's a variety of factors that should come into play when purchasing wine; such as wine maker, vintage and site loc...
by Dave McCloskey
June 7th, 2019, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 7108

Re: Robert Parker retires

Most influential wine critic, possibly in history. A truly remarkable career- wish him nothing but 100+ pointers in retirement. +1 Whether you agree or disagree with a lot of his stuff, he had an utterly remarkable career that I dare say probably anyone here would kill for . So true. Think about th...
by Dave McCloskey
June 3rd, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perfect Night: 2002 Chave | 1973 Latour | 1989 Raffault | 2005 Rougeard |1985 Magdelaine
Replies: 55
Views: 1622

Re: Perfect Night: 2002 Chave | 1973 Latour | 1989 Raffault | 2005 Rougeard |1985 Magdelaine

Sounds like a fantastic evening, well done. I recently had a 2009 Chave Hermitage Blanc served with Alaskan King Crab. Knockout!
by Dave McCloskey
June 3rd, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Chateau de Pibarnon - Bandol
Replies: 2
Views: 434

Re: 2013 Chateau de Pibarnon - Bandol

.... I'm not sure how much improvement I'll see with additional age. ... A huge improvement imho, but only with enough patience (9-12+ years). I have a couple more bottles, so I'll let them rest and relax. I just resampled after 48 hr. air time and the rough edges have been smoothed out and the win...
by Dave McCloskey
June 3rd, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 658
Views: 38897

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne! Très bon.
by Dave McCloskey
June 3rd, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Chateau de Pibarnon - Bandol
Replies: 2
Views: 434

2013 Chateau de Pibarnon - Bandol

Someone on the Mouvedre thread asked me to provide my impressions of the 2013 Chateau de Pibarnon (100% Mouvedre). On Saturday I popped open a bottle to accompany a Q'd Prime Top Sirloin. Unfortunately I didn't give the near enough air time, because it was tighter than a bulls ass in fly time. After...
by Dave McCloskey
June 3rd, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11084
Views: 494805

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

3x - 2017 Janisse CdP Blanc.
by Dave McCloskey
June 3rd, 2019, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 2735

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

Unless someone out there produced wine from same rows, same vintage, same vinification down to barrels, but grown differently, how do you gauge it, one way or the other? I think burying those manure filled horns makes all the difference in the world! [tease.gif] As long as manure itself is organic,...
by Dave McCloskey
May 30th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 330
Views: 16911

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
February 21st, 2019, 6:12 pm
This was showing very well tonight.
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Over the last couple of months I've tried two D&R Chenin Blancs. Spotted them at a cool restaurant in Athens Ga. Very nice wine with good minerality.
by Dave McCloskey
May 30th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 330
Views: 16911

Re: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

This week I took delivery of 3 bottles of 2013 [thankyou.gif] Chateau de Pibarnon from Bandol. It wasn't the vintage I was looking for, but I thought I'd give it a try. Thanks for the heads up, Dave!!! Please do share your thoughts when you pop one open (I imagine it'll be a while)! I'm going to gi...
by Dave McCloskey
May 30th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11084
Views: 494805

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2 - 2016 Bachelet-Monnot Puligny-Montrachet Just out of curiosity how many people look at what other people list in this thread for future purchasing considerations? I followed your lead and bought 3 bottles of the same wine...have you opened one or do you try to age your White Burgs? No not yet. H...
by Dave McCloskey
May 30th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Mixing and Matching Wine with Liquor
Replies: 6
Views: 285

Re: Mixing and Matching Wine with Liquor

I get epic hangovers if I mix alcohols, so I select either alcohol or wine and go with it the entire evening. That said, I get hangovers no matter what I'm drinking. The curse of the Irish.
by Dave McCloskey
May 30th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Best way to try aged wine?
Replies: 9
Views: 436

Re: Best way to try aged wine?

Paul Jaouen wrote:
May 17th, 2019, 9:44 am
Tasting groups with people with nice cellars. This week I got to taste a 61 Latour, 52 Cheval, 61 Aldo Conterno Barolo, a 66 Bonnes Mares....all thanks to friends who brought them.
Man you've got some nice friends! [cheers.gif]
by Dave McCloskey
May 30th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 2735

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

GregP wrote:
May 25th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Unless someone out there produced wine from same rows, same vintage, same vinification down to barrels, but grown differently, how do you gauge it, one way or the other?
I think burying those manure filled horns makes all the difference in the world! [tease.gif]
by Dave McCloskey
May 30th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11084
Views: 494805

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2016 Domaine Pierre Gelin Fixin
by Dave McCloskey
May 30th, 2019, 5:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: London wine bar recommendations sought
Replies: 17
Views: 756

Re: London wine bar recommendations sought

She should try this place https://www.les-110-taillevent-london.com/ Over 100 wines by the glass with plenty of high end stuff If she wants to visit a BYO restaurant in the west end I would recommend Noize https://www.noize-restaurant.co.uk/ I've been to 110 Taillevent in Paris. Finest Risotto I've...
by Dave McCloskey
May 30th, 2019, 5:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diamond Creek Offer - Only the rich need apply
Replies: 79
Views: 3626

Re: Diamond Creek Offer - Only the rich need apply

Shhhhhhhh, Realm Cellars "The Bard".
by Dave McCloskey
May 30th, 2019, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?
Replies: 68
Views: 2850

Re: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?

None. Stopped buying Ridge futures in 2002. At some point, you just move on. There's absolutely nothing I have to have. The last few days we tasted through nearly a hundred wines that I've never tried before. There's always something new on the horizon and life is too short to drink the same thing ...
by Dave McCloskey
March 20th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chiltern Firehouse
Replies: 4
Views: 295

Re: Chiltern Firehouse

I just checked the Michelin star guide for London (2019) and you're correct. Hmmmm, I read somewhere that it had 3 Michelin stars. The head chef is formerly of elBulli. Well, that explains some things. Nevertheless, it was quite good and have no issue recommending it. Having looked at the Michelin g...
by Dave McCloskey
March 20th, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chiltern Firehouse
Replies: 4
Views: 295

Re: Chiltern Firehouse

Bravo on the Chiltern Firehouse, for me it was the culinary highlight to our London trip, followed shortly by Chutney Mary's. The Chiltern is a very hip and fashionable place. There's multiple rooms including a courtyard area. The menu is more traditional format with Starters, Main Course and Side D...
by Dave McCloskey
March 8th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chiltern Firehouse
Replies: 4
Views: 295

Chiltern Firehouse

Flying across the pond next week and I'm very much looking forward to dining at the Chiltern Firehouse. I will provide a review upon my return.

champagne.gif [cheers.gif]
by Dave McCloskey
March 8th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Slowly Getting Priced Out Of The Wine Experience
Replies: 16
Views: 1483

Re: Slowly Getting Priced Out Of The Wine Experience

Schrader and Maybach are still reasonably priced and on a good vintage will compare favorably with Colgin and Screaming Eagle. There are other high end Cab makers that are also under the $400, Hundred Acre, Tor, Pride, O' Shaughnessy and many others.
by Dave McCloskey
January 31st, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: What have you learnt on your wine journey?
Replies: 70
Views: 7414

Re: What have you learnt on your wine journey?

That's a great question. Here's just a few things I've learned over the years. A.) Embrace changes in palate. What I like today is significantly different than 5 years ago. This has occurred through being exposed to a broader array of varietals and regions. I expect it will continue to change and ev...
by Dave McCloskey
January 31st, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How do you control your alcohol intake?
Replies: 68
Views: 7265

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

This month I abstained from all forms of alcohol for 3+ weeks. During the Holidays I was drinking almost everyday and didn't like the way I was feeling. I'm glad I cleared my system out, because I slept better, had fewer headaches and felt mentally sharper. Moving forward I'm going to limit my consu...
by Dave McCloskey
January 31st, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Where does your personal rating system bottom out?
Replies: 41
Views: 2630

Re: Where does your personal rating system bottom out?

Like the title asks. A wine is totally undrinkable. you hate it. everyone else hates it. what do you rate it? also the flip side. whats it take to be a 100 point, 20/20 wine to you? does it have to be a WOTY? wine of a lifetime? best wine ever made? I'll try and run through your questions in order....
by Dave McCloskey
January 28th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Where does your personal rating system bottom out?
Replies: 41
Views: 2630

Re: Where does your personal rating system bottom out?

Like the title asks. A wine is totally undrinkable. you hate it. everyone else hates it. what do you rate it? also the flip side. whats it take to be a 100 point, 20/20 wine to you? does it have to be a WOTY? wine of a lifetime? best wine ever made? I'll try and run through your questions in order....
by Dave McCloskey
January 28th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 658
Views: 38897

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2006 Taittinger Comtes... sublime! I must have picked up the good bottles.
by Dave McCloskey
January 28th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Foie gras ban in California
Replies: 19
Views: 1157

Re: Foie gras ban in California

Jay Miller wrote:
January 8th, 2019, 7:08 am
This is old news. Idiotic news, but old.

Though now I'm curious, can you mail order foie from out of state?
You could, but you might get a knock on the door from Nancy Pelosi and the Foie gras Police. [tease.gif]
by Dave McCloskey
January 28th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1913
Views: 153528

Re: Steak Porn

K_F_o_l_e_y wrote:
January 8th, 2019, 11:15 am
Ribeye steaks from Wegmans, pre-seared briefly, then sous vide 135°F x 90 min in ChefSteps' Sauce au Poivre, with sous vide herbed baby Yukon Gold potatoes, baby onions, broccoli rabe
Now that is some serious steak porn. Tip of the cap there buddy!
by Dave McCloskey
January 28th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Good dining in San Diego?
Replies: 22
Views: 1629

Re: Good dining in San Diego?

I'll be in San Diego this weekend. The Addison, Et Voila and Fish 101 all look interesting to me.
by Dave McCloskey
January 28th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Atlanta????
Replies: 9
Views: 537

Re: Atlanta????

Marcel's is a French steakhouse. It's got a very good wine list and the Somm is great. The side dishes are superb. The steaks are cooked over wood and finished off French style in an iron skillet. The best I've had in Atlanta. If you like sleazy tattooed strippers, then The Cheetah is the place for ...
by Dave McCloskey
January 28th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: London Eateries?
Replies: 24
Views: 701

Re: London Eateries?

I can highly recommend William's suggestions too but these are fine dining and non traditional interpretations of both British Indian and genuine Indian food. Consider breakfast at Dishoom if you want to keep the India theme going in a more casual way. I also agree with Harwood Arms as an excellent...
by Dave McCloskey
January 28th, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: London Eateries?
Replies: 24
Views: 701

Re: London Eateries?

William Moy wrote:
January 23rd, 2019, 12:21 pm
Had wonderful meals at The Cinnamon Club - http://cinnamonclub.com/ and Gymkhana - https://gymkhanalondon.com/
I've been to the Cinnamon Club, which is a fantastic twist on Indian cuisine. Very nice. For our Indian fix we've decided on Chutney Mary's!
by Dave McCloskey
January 28th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: London Eateries?
Replies: 24
Views: 701

Re: London Eateries?

Le Gavroche. The cheese soufflé is spectacular. Ahhhhh, yes one of my favs in London. I had a wine epiphany there in 2015 with a mind blowing Northern Syrah. The cheese shuffle was not on the menu for lunch, however, one of the guests was a long time patron and she asked the chef to make it special...
by Dave McCloskey
January 28th, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: London Eateries?
Replies: 24
Views: 701

Re: London Eateries?

M.Kaplan wrote:
January 22nd, 2019, 11:16 am
My favorite in London is Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs. They received their second Michelin Star this year.
They were also featured on The Wine Show, last episode of Season 2.

Thanks, I'm collecting all these great ideas! champagne.gif
by Dave McCloskey
January 19th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: London Eateries?
Replies: 24
Views: 701

Re: London Eateries?

Noize, 39 Whitfield Street W1. No view or Michelin star but better than many I have eaten at with 1*. Great food, service and an interesting and varied wine list in an interesting part of town. Mathieu Germond is the owner and manager and a wine lover. Ask for a table on the ground floor. Sounds in...
by Dave McCloskey
January 14th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: London Eateries?
Replies: 24
Views: 701

London Eateries?

I'm traveling to London with some friends to go see a rugby match in March. Our first night in town we have reservations at Nuno Mendes' (formerly of El Buli in Catalonia) Chiltern Firehouse. We're looking for something fun an interesting for the second night in town. As all of us lived in London, w...
by Dave McCloskey
January 9th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Rivers-Marie Spring Offer
Replies: 66
Views: 7289

Re: 2019 Rivers-Marie Spring Offer

I'm suffering from a case of PN burnout, so I'm passing this year.
by Dave McCloskey
January 9th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert Spring Release
Replies: 74
Views: 4992

Re: Aubert Spring Release

Charles Hetzel wrote:
January 9th, 2019, 11:58 am
The offering doesn't go live until 1/15 - curious how you 'put in a request for CIX Vineyard'?
Friend received an email from Aubert, sent it out to a small group and I told him what I wanted. Been doing it this way for years.
by Dave McCloskey
January 9th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SQN Questions
Replies: 107
Views: 9756

Re: SQN Questions

got the offer today as well....finally got offered for set of mags! champagne.gif I'm still waiting... been about 5-6 years so far. I use to get periodic emails from SQN telling me how great they are and how I'm missing out on their next release. Haven't seen one of those in a while, so maybe they ...
by Dave McCloskey
January 9th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Meiomi PinotNoir '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 30
Views: 2036

Re: TN: Meiomi PinotNoir '17...(short/boring)

I call that stuff "Mommy Crack".
by Dave McCloskey
January 9th, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert Spring Release
Replies: 74
Views: 4992

Re: Aubert Spring Release

I put my request in for CIX vineyard.
by Dave McCloskey
January 9th, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you need to drink lesser wines to appreciate the great ones?
Replies: 96
Views: 1951

Re: Do you need to drink lesser wines to appreciate the great ones?

At some point, yes, for a point of reference. But once you’ve got adequate experience, it doesn’t have to be repeated regularly to continue to appreciate the great ones. One of the great advantages of being in a blind tasting group for the last 21 years is that I taste stuff from up and down the qu...

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