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by K John Joseph
October 9th, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine
Replies: 22
Views: 975

Re: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/09/wine-harvest-dates-earlier-climate-change/ Interesting they have records that old. 1540 was an Alfert year. Rolland killed it Uncle Rollo, descendant of Duke Rollo of Normandy, went medieval all over that shit! Mega-Purple back then was called the ...
by K John Joseph
October 9th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent visit in Piemonte - some thoughts
Replies: 30
Views: 1814

Re: Recent visit in Piemonte - some thoughts

In Italian, a G followed by an E or an I is pronounced like a J in English. The H indicates it's a hard G. Etymological/pronunciation trivia: The same rule is carried over into English in words of Latin/French/Italian origin where a G is followed by an E or I: genetics, gelatin, ginger, Geneva, Gen...
by K John Joseph
October 9th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2142

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

Nobody has yet suggested any wines from Virginia . Nor will we. But they're really perfect. Just so luxurious. Anyone will tell you. They're really fantastic, the very best wines. Try one. So perfect. I opened one and it's just perfect. Each time its perfect. Now I'll tell you, they're really somet...
by K John Joseph
October 9th, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Rhones - What are you buying??
Replies: 257
Views: 20204

Re: 2015 Rhones - What are you buying??

I just bought JL Chave St Joseph (original) based on producer reputation. Hope it is any good. Anybody tasted? Yes. My takeaway was that for the price, you can probably do better in Rhone, though all prices for 2015 have become inflated (at every retailer in Dallas). My note from a previous thread:...
by K John Joseph
October 9th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2142

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

With a $500 budget, also consider some good vintage Diamond Creek.
by K John Joseph
October 9th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2142

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

For one bottle under $500, maybe a Colgin? Otherwise I think Schrader is one of the most representative American wines for the price - over the top and flamboyant yet interesting and delicious. If you want a representative example of American enterprise in the wine industry, a Caymus and Meomi with...
by K John Joseph
October 9th, 2019, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2142

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

1994 Dominus 1996 Ridge Monte Bello 2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002 Shafer Hillside Select Those would be the 4 US wines that I would try to find. I have had many J. Schrams now, including some of their late disgorged with nearly 20 years of age on them. I like them a lot, but think that a Napa Cab...
by K John Joseph
October 8th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent visit in Piemonte - some thoughts
Replies: 30
Views: 1814

Re: Recent visit in Piemonte - some thoughts

g.colangelo wrote:
October 8th, 2019, 2:23 pm
Lange
ge like in "get"
So "lan-geh" with a hard G?
by K John Joseph
October 8th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting heat damage data point
Replies: 13
Views: 1053

Re: Interesting heat damage data point

My dad stored wine in a spare room at his home for nearly 15 years, many of which were high end Napa cabs bought from the winery. I have had some of those bottle against similarly direct-purchased and 55 degree cellared bottles. I do think there is a difference. Not glaring, perhaps, but maybe a bit...
by K John Joseph
October 8th, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent visit in Piemonte - some thoughts
Replies: 30
Views: 1814

Re: Recent visit in Piemonte - some thoughts

How do you pronounce "Langhe"?
by K John Joseph
October 8th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A merry lunch with many merry Merlot
Replies: 1
Views: 333

Re: A merry lunch with many merry Merlot

Monbousquet gets plenty of grief for becoming very Pavie-like as the vintages passed, but that 98 and 99 were gateway drugs for me as I shifted from Cali cabs to other wines. Having since had all sorts of sensational bordeaux, I still think they're really enjoyable wines.
by K John Joseph
October 8th, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 70
Views: 2593

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

Been a fun year for champagne. 04 Comtes; 07 Comtes; 04 and 06 Dom Ruinart; 2002 Piper Rare; 1985, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009 Dom Perignon; Krug 164, 165, 166; Cristal 2009; 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007 Bolly GA and 2002 Bolly RD; and many, many other really lovely bottles. Last two years have bee...
by K John Joseph
October 8th, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eleven Madison Park wine
Replies: 20
Views: 2650

Re: Eleven Madison Park wine

I’ve trusted the wine pairings at Piazza Duomo in Alba (3star) and at Taniere3 in Quebec City. I think if you’re “geeky” trusting the pairings can be fun & rewarding. If you’re particular maybe go for something else. I like geeky, but I also like good wine and think that the "pairing" focus gets va...
by K John Joseph
October 7th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eleven Madison Park wine
Replies: 20
Views: 2650

Re: Eleven Madison Park wine

I found the pairing underwhelming but it changes. I would either bring or buy a bottle of champagne and a glass or red, but that’s just me. That’s my usual strategy with tasting menus. 12 Chetillons or Crayers seems to be a good choice or bring vintage or nv krug. I've found this to be the case for...
by K John Joseph
October 7th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3592

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

Where do they put the extra grocery stores? In Dallas, Tom Thumbs (large grocery chain) are starting to be mainstay anchor tenants on the ground floor of large high rise apartment/condo buildings in the Uptown area just north of Downtown. They have a captive market, and feed off of the surrounding ...
by K John Joseph
October 3rd, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Noir 12 Ways for Big Brothers Big Sisters Charity
Replies: 0
Views: 212

Pinot Noir 12 Ways for Big Brothers Big Sisters Charity

Each year I auction off a couple of in-you-home wine tastings for charities, usually Big Brothers Big Sisters and Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. Big Brothers Big Sisters is my primary charity and a truly life-changing and worthwhile cause. This spring I auctioned off a tasting for 10 that was sc...
by K John Joseph
October 2nd, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 390
Views: 18288

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

Uh-oh. Time to stock up. The US government announced this this afternoon. It's 10% on aircraft and 25% on other EU "industrial and agricultural products," including "Irish and Scotch whiskies; wine, olives, cheese; as well as certain pork products [OMG! Prosciutto??], butter and yogurt," to take ef...
by K John Joseph
October 1st, 2019, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 1996 Dalla Valle Napa Valley Cab
Replies: 18
Views: 877

Re: TN 1996 Dalla Valle Napa Valley Cab

I love Dalla Valle from the early to mid 1990s. Andy, I found the 2005 to be riper and higher in alcohol. I much prefer the older ones. Dalla Valle from the mid-90s were relatively affordable even in the late 2000s. I've had a number of 95s and 96s and they are well built to age, with a pretty stou...
by K John Joseph
September 30th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of good, not so much great
Replies: 54
Views: 1832

Re: Lots of good, not so much great

Nope - we self-sabotage more than the average consumer. We set even more unreasonable expectations. For those of us who are not in the Top 1% of 1% of 1% financially, the unreasonable expectation was that the phenomenon of the world's Central Banksters, acting in unison, to flood the world with Fak...
by K John Joseph
September 30th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of good, not so much great
Replies: 54
Views: 1832

Re: Lots of good, not so much great

Are we just spoiled with all of our good wine and have lost touch with true mediocrity? Curious to hear other opinions. Scott, Limit yourself to a $20 budget and drink wine from the grocery store for the next month. Then let me know what you think about that $50 cali pinot. I think that we drink so...
by K John Joseph
September 27th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6214

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Lincoln himself knew he had no Constitutional authority to prevent secession so he did it as a kind of warlord and that's why the Fourteenth Amendment explicitly made federal authority pre-eminent. Just a few years off This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in purs...
by K John Joseph
September 27th, 2019, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 158
Views: 7633

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

Nope. Same thing. Mid-pallet onset of surgical bitterness, followed by a hint of new rubber pool toys. Slightly more refined than a supermarket one, but basically the same as a $10 Chard, for me. 18 months on 78% new oak. Part of me is starting to question - is it oak in the Chard config that someh...
by K John Joseph
September 26th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 791
Views: 52025

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

NV Billecart Salmon Sous Bois The most recent release. This is my first rodeo with this wine. It has a fairly crisp entry with lemon, chalk, saltine, marzipan, and then a big spicy note. The oak presence here is real, and that undercurrent of oak spice lingered. It was not a bad thing, but it is no...
by K John Joseph
September 24th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers
Replies: 76
Views: 4076

Re: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers

The idea that Corison could be thought of as "highly modern" blows my mind. The idea that it doesn't have a strong tannic structure blows my mind. The wine spends 20 months in about 50% new french oak, and is picked at lower sugars than most to ensure higher natural acidity and lower alcohol. If the...
by K John Joseph
September 24th, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers
Replies: 76
Views: 4076

Re: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers

I think that Forman used to be a really lovely classically styled wine, but it's been pretty modern in frame and weight since the late 2000s. It regularly clocks in at all black fruit and right around 15% alcohol. Long gone are the days of bright red cherries and cigar box and 13.5% abv. If I recall...
by K John Joseph
September 24th, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers
Replies: 76
Views: 4076

Re: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers

Pride Mountain should be on this list. Good call. Pride is back to sanity after a roller coaster of stylistic shifts over the last fifteen years. They rose to fame with Robert Foley and massive, delicious "hedonistic" reserves, then bottomed out, reverted to a more restrained style, and are putting...
by K John Joseph
September 24th, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers
Replies: 76
Views: 4076

Re: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers

I believe O'Shaughnessy meets all of your criteria. In my experience, O'Shaughnessy is about as modern styled as you get. They are all extracted, rich, chocolate laced, high abv, and heavily black fruited. Don't get me wrong, they can be really damn good, but they are not "sane, old-school" wines.T...
by K John Joseph
September 23rd, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beautiful Morning With Champagne Jérôme Blin
Replies: 17
Views: 661

Re: Beautiful Morning With Champagne Jérôme Blin

Charlie Carnes wrote:
September 21st, 2019, 2:09 pm
It could also be called a cholesterol bomb. Haha!
Na man. The champagne dissolves all of that. Everyone knows that.
by K John Joseph
September 23rd, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Excessible Ballin With Tignanello
Replies: 12
Views: 1136

Re: Excessible Ballin With Tignanello

Holy shit. 39 wines, eh? But what's for dessert?
by K John Joseph
September 23rd, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do I need to be drinking my Bordeauxs younger?
Replies: 54
Views: 2260

Re: Do I need to be drinking my Bordeauxs younger?

Mixed bag on this. When they're oldish and they're on, they're wonderful. But I've had much more consistent results at 20-25 than at 30-40. I also think things are trending to being more accessible young. So
by K John Joseph
September 20th, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 J.L. Chave St. Joseph
Replies: 1
Views: 451

2015 J.L. Chave St. Joseph

2015 Chave St. Joseph Nice midweight wine with blackberry, grilled meat, pen ink, and licorice. Good balance of lovely, sweet fruit and good acidity and minerality to keep it clean. Fair structure suggests the potential for a decade or two of aging. Strikes a really nice balance between sweet fruit...
by K John Joseph
September 19th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 screaming eagle the flight
Replies: 20
Views: 1791

Re: 2016 screaming eagle the flight

I don't get the point of the professional tasting note for a Napa Cult.. either you're willing to pay for it or not. I can think of a few reasons. (I) you want to buy something special to tuck away in your collection for a few big moments but know that sometimes a well known cult may decline, have ...
by K John Joseph
September 19th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate
Replies: 62
Views: 3803

Re: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate

What a silly thread. Robert Parker's notes probably still make up the majority of notes on the site's archives. You can read his hedonist report's, articles, notes, and vintage guides on the site. So if the majority of the content is still Robert Parker's, why not have Robert Parker Wine Advocate? T...
by K John Joseph
September 18th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 La Fete du Champagne
Replies: 20
Views: 1527

Re: 2019 La Fete du Champagne

Prevost dinner looks cool (if not a bit expensive) - what the heck is the IOTA????? Vigneron Jérôme Prévost will share a unique dive into his cellar to share some very rare and coveted bottles from his cult estate La Closerie in the village of Gueux. This unprecedented evening will give guests an o...
by K John Joseph
September 18th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: DFW - Oct. 12 or 19 -- Any interest
Replies: 21
Views: 1298

Re: DFW - Oct. 12 or 19 -- Any interest

Would November 9 be easier for folks?
by K John Joseph
September 17th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: DFW - Oct. 12 or 19 -- Any interest
Replies: 21
Views: 1298

Re: DFW - Oct. 12 or 19 -- Any interest

I cannot do October 12 with college buddies coming in town for the Texas OU game.

I can do October 19. Beijing Bros in Coppell/Irving for Peking Duck and BYO wine? Any interest there? Open to other locations. I think that wipes out Scott and Joe, though, and both are wonderful company.
by K John Joseph
September 16th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Hooker House, Bedrock Wine Co. raises the bar.
Replies: 11
Views: 1818

Re: A visit to Hooker House, Bedrock Wine Co. raises the bar.

Oh you went to Hooker House? How's your mom liking her digs?
by K John Joseph
September 10th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 832
Views: 40075

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

8224E2FE-7271-4415-8EC6-8B554CC8C219.jpeg Johnny - There is quite a difference, academically speaking. You googled that shit and found an article where some recipe brit just made that "cambridge" marmalade business up. So does it mean darker in color, or darker in color and thicker in texture, or i...
by K John Joseph
September 10th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 832
Views: 40075

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

Back to the topic at hand, here's a great example of why flavor descriptors are pretty useless in reviews. There is virtually no overlap in the flavors the seven critics used to describe this wine. There are a few terms that come up more than once -- "plum," "black currant," "wet earth," "leather,"...
by K John Joseph
September 10th, 2019, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 5984

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

I find it interesting that Chuck hasn’t commented on the one point folks keep coming back to - is he drinking the wines at too cold a temperature? That’s the simplest and most likely answer, as posited by a number of folks. Would be helpful to get his thoughts. Good question, but he said they taste...
by K John Joseph
September 10th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 5984

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

Everytime I see the subject heading of this thread, I think: Bartle and Jaymes? https://imagez.tmz.com/image/da/o/2015/10/27/da7dd55d7c9a5285987a1b72523b2eba_md.jpg Whenever I hear Bartles and Jaymes I think of this: https://youtu.be/Pi7gwX7rjOw?t=66 References at 1:10. By the way, I think these th...
by K John Joseph
September 10th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?
Replies: 154
Views: 8771

Re: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?

Aubert, Rhys, Ceritas, and Mount Eden. Not saying that you can't appreciate and enjoy all styles of Chardonnay, but I find Rhys and Ceritas to be made in a much more restrained style than Aubert or Mount Eden. The Aubert and Mount Eden would fit into the "Best" category for me. Cheers! See this is ...
by K John Joseph
September 9th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 3 Day Transformation
Replies: 8
Views: 609

Re: 3 Day Transformation

How was it on day one?
by K John Joseph
September 9th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What happened to Beringer Knights Valley cabernet?
Replies: 35
Views: 3376

Re: What happened to Beringer Knights Valley cabernet?

The top end Beringer wines are still really good. Which ones? The Private Reserve has gone for a large lush profile that does not at all resemble the bordeaux esque wines of the 80s-90s. I still enjoy the 92-96s, which can be backfilled for a fairly reasonable price, but have been really disappoint...
by K John Joseph
September 6th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Your Gin?
Replies: 349
Views: 29572

Re: Your Gin?

Uncle Val's Botanical Gin I don't like this gin. I learned after the fact that this is a compound gin. London Dry gins are distilled with botanicals, and cannot have any flavoring or additional botanicals added after the distillation process. The result is an infusion of flavors, and typically a li...
by K John Joseph
September 6th, 2019, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 242
Views: 17684

Re: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]

GReat glasses, and Chris offers super customer service as well! Want to give Chris a little shout out here. I ordered 6 1855s. I received 6 1855 tubes, but one had a Cru in it. I already have some 1855s and didn't really need a full 6 more so was honestly quite happy to have a Cru. I let Chris know...
by K John Joseph
September 6th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 791
Views: 52025

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2006 Dom Perignon I always forget Dom even made a 2006 (and 2003) given what I consider the nice successes of 2002, 2004, and the great 2009. This, though, is really very good and a classic Dom. Beautiful notes of pear, lemon, white peach, and flowers, with good acidity but that classic creamy Dom ...
by K John Joseph
September 3rd, 2019, 10:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 88
Views: 3742

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

KFC is not for my palate. Nor Church's. Church's is extremely poor man's Popeyes. KFC is in a different category. That said, I love fresh, hot, just fried KFC before the skin gets soggy. Actually, I love nearly any fresh, hot, just fried chicken, but prefer Popeyes. And the red beans and rice...oh ...
by K John Joseph
September 3rd, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanisch, Produttori, RAEN, and ...Domain Serene?
Replies: 3
Views: 462

Thanisch, Produttori, RAEN, and ...Domain Serene?

My wife and I got together with friends on Saturday evening for peking duck, wine, and Longhorn football (Hook Em!). Friends brought an interesting set of wines, of which we opened a 2015 Domain Serene Evanstad Reserve and a Thanisch Bernkastler Doctor Kabinett. I opened a 2016 RAEN Royal St. Robert...

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