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by K John Joseph
June 18th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 198
Views: 11463

Re: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]

I have 5 of my 6 1855s still alive. If you've seen any of my prior posts about glasses, our new dish washer, and our cleaning lady and nanny, you'll know that's a tremendous feat. My GGG and Zaltos have all been destroyed. All user error, by the way. My 1855s are holding up very well due in large pa...
by K John Joseph
June 14th, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '95 Leoville Las Cases; 07 Pagau CdP :( :(
Replies: 21
Views: 765

Re: TN: '95 Leoville Las Cases; 07 Pagau CdP :( :(

When it was unveiled, I began to wonder if this was the result of early experimentation at LLC with reverse osmosis. I've often found that RO'ed Bordeaux have these coarse tannins, and LLC was an early adopter of the technology. Do you find similarity with Dunn, because I believe he practices r.o. ...
by K John Joseph
June 13th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: bead and mousse
Replies: 12
Views: 596

Re: bead and mousse

I’ve also noticed a better mousse once Champagnes have had a lot of air. Recent case in point for me was a bottle of Pol Roger Brut NVs that was about 2/3 consumed on day 1 and then put in the fridge overnight. Next day the bead was much more fine and the mousse was significantly more creamy. Repea...
by K John Joseph
June 13th, 2019, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No dosage champagne
Replies: 20
Views: 1161

Re: No dosage champagne

We spent a couple of days in Champagne recently. Tried a no dosage at Ployez Jacquemart and really liked it. It was the first we had tried. We live in Austin, and apart from one producer at Total Wine I haven’t been able to find any no dosage champagne. Is it really that limited in the states? You ...
by K John Joseph
June 13th, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Went nuts and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2295

Re: Went nuts and ...

I've had 9 bottles of 2005 Cos because I have no problem killing em young. It's sensational. Ignore this "spoof" bullshit. That wine is big, I'll readily admit, but it's Bordeaux, it is not syrupy, and it is super complex and aromatic. I'll bring a 2005 Le Dome if you guys want to do this. KIDDING! ...
by K John Joseph
June 11th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: bead and mousse
Replies: 12
Views: 596

Re: bead and mousse

I am not an expert, but I think fine bubbles are a hallmark of better made sparklers. Tell your daughter it is a slippery slope... Size of bead is an issue of debate in champagne. According to Delamotte and Salon's cellar master, the key to a perfect fine bead is secondary fermentation at a control...
by K John Joseph
June 11th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 749
Views: 33230

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

2016 Peay Pinot Noir Scallop Shelf Vinous 92 "The 2016 Pinot Noir Estate Scallop Shelf comes across as a bit shy in the way it speaks with a hushed voice. Inward and not especially expressive , the 2016 doesn't have either the depth of the Ama not the energy of the Pomarium. Instead, the Scallop Sh...
by K John Joseph
June 6th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Gimmonet, Roederer, Jacquesson, Rivers-Marie +
Replies: 18
Views: 951

Re: TNs: Gimmonet, Roederer, Jacquesson, Rivers-Marie +

2009 Louis Roederer Champagne Brut Nature Cuvée Starck - France, Champagne Served blind next to 4 other champagnes (also blind). Lime, green apple, and a big cut of citrus that goes right through the wine. Finishes with slate and saline, lime skin and excellent structure. A genius wine, damn good. ...
by K John Joseph
June 5th, 2019, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 658
Views: 38929

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Yesterday, I had multiple tastings of: 08` Cristal 07` Salon 08` Dom 07` Taittinger CdC MV Krug Grand Cuvee 167eme Thoughts on 08 Cristal v 08 Dom, and how was the new 167 release from Krug? John, the 08` Cristal is just not ready. I had tastes from a few different bottles throughout the day and ha...
by K John Joseph
June 4th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 658
Views: 38929

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Blake Brown wrote:
June 3rd, 2019, 6:00 pm
Yesterday, I had multiple tastings of:
08` Cristal
07` Salon
08` Dom
07` Taittinger CdC
MV Krug Grand Cuvee 167eme
Thoughts on 08 Cristal v 08 Dom, and how was the new 167 release from Krug?
by K John Joseph
June 3rd, 2019, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 749
Views: 33230

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

And, as a bonus: 97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate The 2018 Palme r is composed of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot. Grapes were harvested September 13 to October 15, and the wine has a 3.83 pH and 14.3% alcohol. Very deep purple-black in color, the nose is a little r...
by K John Joseph
May 30th, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?
Replies: 57
Views: 3041

Re: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?

The cork looks like it is pushed up and is stretching the foil. Combine that with a low fill and what you can buy for $900 and I would pass. You can buy truly spectacular bottles of wine for $900 that are in perfect condition. The desire to drink is a FOMO desire. You want to say you've had a glorio...
by K John Joseph
May 29th, 2019, 5:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing
Replies: 72
Views: 3968

Re: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing

Dominus is the first that comes to mind, going from under $100 to more than $225 in the Dallas market. Shafer HSS, Phelps Insignia are two other Napas. But even stuff like Bergstrom and Rhys single vineyards have steadily gone up and up and up. Other sad ones are Dom and Krug, which seem determined ...
by K John Joseph
May 28th, 2019, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leaving wine overnight versus aging
Replies: 37
Views: 1764

Re: Leaving wine overnight versus aging

A few months ago there was a group that slow o’d two 2011 barolos that made them appear slightly riper at a tasting 12 hours later, leading some to declare these wines were given too much air / may not age well. Conversely some believe these wines will age just fine or even spectacularly. And so I ...
by K John Joseph
May 24th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Anyone really into drinking Tea?
Replies: 201
Views: 9067

Re: Anyone really into drinking Tea?

Mark, I drink tea inconsistently but got into it for a while. I'd suggest getting a nice teapot that has a mesh filter. If you want something easy, get a mesh ball scooper and an electric kettle (about as fast as microwave, but can do multiple cups and adjust to appropriate temp). When she heard I w...
by K John Joseph
May 22nd, 2019, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2293

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

Visited Napa last fall and considering the size of the fees being charged, I would not consider tipping. So this was my deal. I get pinched into a tasting at Hall for various reasons that don't matter here. Tasting is $125 a pop for my wife and me. I buy a six pack of fairly expensive stuff while w...
by K John Joseph
May 22nd, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Morgan’s Shirt??
Replies: 22
Views: 1855

Re: Morgan’s Shirt??

Cute sissy pad on that shirt.
by K John Joseph
May 22nd, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is the New World equivalent of Chablis
Replies: 52
Views: 2623

Re: Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is the New World equivalent of Chablis

I DID NOT SAY that these wines are similar. They are not remotely similar. ... they are equivalent Similar : resembling without being identical Equivalent : equal in value, amount, function, meaning, etc. synonyms : equal, identical; similar , parallel, analogous, comparable, corresponding, corresp...
by K John Joseph
May 22nd, 2019, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Chateau Magdelaine, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Replies: 21
Views: 638

Re: TN: 2002 Chateau Magdelaine, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

A Chinon lover’s Bordeaux. And never further from the truth in this leaner vintage. But for the menthol top note, I would confuse this vintage for a Loire Cab Franc. Has a lithe, red-fruit profile with a prominent, leafy ground cover note. Crisp red fruits spanning the range from briary to ripe, fi...
by K John Joseph
May 21st, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne (France, Champagne)
Replies: 5
Views: 812

Re: TN: 2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne (France, Champagne)

2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne - France, Champagne (5/20/2019) First reg 08 DP, as the last two bottles of Legacy I've had have been brilliant! No down shift here...amazing out of the gate balance...pure crystalline freshness of citrus, orchard fruits...just a tad under picked pucker...energized bubbl...
by K John Joseph
May 20th, 2019, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Krug 166, Dom 2008, Rare 2002, Nicky Francois 2002, Bolly GA 2007
Replies: 3
Views: 351

Krug 166, Dom 2008, Rare 2002, Nicky Francois 2002, Bolly GA 2007

Family got together to celebrate a series of birthdays with a champagne, fried chicken, and inappropriate games night (What do you Meme? and Cards Against Humanity). Ante was one fancy bottle of champagne per drinker. 2008 Dom Perignon -- Showing a seamless and beautifully complex mix of pear, chalk...
by K John Joseph
May 16th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I had a long day, and Fu pissed me off, so I popped a 2016 Gonon St Joe
Replies: 73
Views: 2840

Re: I had a long day, and Fu pissed me off, so I popped a 2016 Gonon St Joe

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
May 15th, 2019, 7:14 pm
Texas is for chumps, except for K-John. But he drinks Cali.

In lieu of guns, however, I have Golden Retrievers.
I would just like to say that I very much like this post even if I disagree that Texas is for chumps.

Your dogs are adorable and I want to pet them.
by K John Joseph
May 16th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 7109

Re: Robert Parker retires

Similar thoughts. I hope he enjoys his retirement, his endless appearance opportunities, his fine wine collection, and his family and friends. Love him or hate him, he revolutionized the fine wine market, led many of us to many incredible wines (and Monkey 47 gin), and is certainly worthy of the Win...
by K John Joseph
May 15th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give up salt or give up wine?
Replies: 52
Views: 1503

Re: Give up salt or give up wine?

Scott G r u n e r wrote:
May 15th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Let's go back to a real hypothetical like consuming zero sodium chloride in any shape or form.
To be fair to Mark, he came off that hypo pretty early and switched to no added salt and assumption of satisfaction of dietary needs.
by K John Joseph
May 15th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give up salt or give up wine?
Replies: 52
Views: 1503

Re: Give up salt or give up wine?

Would you give up wine or TV? To clarify: By TV, I mean any viewing of TV, whether news, sports, programming, watching streaming content, watching DVDs, anything. The ban would include when you're out in commercial establishments or at someone else's house. But it wouldn't mean that you can't be at...
by K John Joseph
May 15th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your house champagne?
Replies: 90
Views: 3076

Re: What's your house champagne?

Anything good under $40. There is a code for Wine.com that I used yesterday: getwine Gives you $100 off a $300 purchase. I loaded up on Ayala brut and the net net price after taxes and shipping was way below that. Closer to $30, actually. Enabler. Really though. What an effective coupon for me. $10...
by K John Joseph
May 15th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your house champagne?
Replies: 90
Views: 3076

Re: What's your house champagne?

Russ Williams wrote:
May 7th, 2019, 5:47 pm
Anything good under $40.
There is a code for Wine.com that I used yesterday: getwine
Gives you $100 off a $300 purchase. I loaded up on Ayala brut and the net net price after taxes and shipping was way below that. Closer to $30, actually.
by K John Joseph
May 15th, 2019, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give up salt or give up wine?
Replies: 52
Views: 1503

Re: Give up salt or give up wine?

I think this is an Anton joke, but how in the world can one both "give up added salt" and then use soy sauce? This is like giving up all sugar then drinking cokes 4 times a day. I'd give up wine. I have wine a few times a week. I eat seasoned food 3 times a day. And while there are other ways to sea...
by K John Joseph
May 14th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Flying with Champagne/Sparkling wine
Replies: 9
Views: 348

Re: Flying with Champagne/Sparkling wine

Warren Taranow wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 7:41 am
We fly with champagne all the time; no problems
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That champagne rare is good stuff. I'm flying to Hawaii this summer with the family in tow. I'll be doing the same with my Wine Check By Todd French.
by K John Joseph
May 13th, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 4332

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

No MacDonald? I don't have adequate experience with it or its reputation other than it's supposed to be great and it's a board darling like no other. But given my lack of experience with it, I wasn't comfortable putting it up there. One could say the same for Screagle, but there we have nearly 30 y...
by K John Joseph
May 9th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 4332

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

This is fascinating. First Growths are First Growths in Bordeaux because of an 1855 ranking (with an amendment for Mouton). We're ranking these today, right? If we looked at Napa today and said, let's take the past 20-30 years because many have changed hands and many up and comers have since establi...
by K John Joseph
May 9th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wine Gods Are Angry - May 2019 FKA Leo's Blind Tasting Group
Replies: 33
Views: 1457

Re: The Wine Gods Are Angry - June 2019 FKA Leo's Blind Tasting Group

Jay Miller wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 8:15 am
Final TCA score 4 bottles out of 15.
Was everyone able to happily enjoy them anyway or were they more than "slightly corked?" Asking for a friend.

Really though, bad luck. Looked like a great and very interesting lineup.
by K John Joseph
May 3rd, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 643
Views: 38674

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Tried Bruichladdich Islay The Organic 2009 -- Nice rather light scotch with grassy citrus, fruit, salinity and cashew. Silky smooth. Perhaps a bit light of body, but nicely balanced and an easy drink. I know this is unpeated and all, but I swear there is just the faintest hint of islay smoke. Bruich...
by K John Joseph
May 3rd, 2019, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jackson Family Wines CEO calls for protections against imports
Replies: 23
Views: 1344

Re: Jackson Family Wines CEO calls for protections against imports

If you can't beat em, don't let them play.
by K John Joseph
May 3rd, 2019, 4:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?
Replies: 109
Views: 1569

Re: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?

Yes, john. You prove over and over and over that you're a binary thinker. Above, you completely misrepresent what I said in order for you, yourself, to be able to ignore and dismiss it. Hopefully you're only referring to me being a binary thinker about this, slow ox, the NBA thread Steph Curry - Au...
by K John Joseph
May 2nd, 2019, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?
Replies: 109
Views: 1569

Re: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?

You're dancing around a bit here. You keep stating as an absolute that any corked wine is a fatal flaw, without qualification. The original question relates to if "slightly corked" is a valid term. The debate stated was between a camp who think it's a valid term, presumably because it's not always ...
by K John Joseph
May 2nd, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?
Replies: 109
Views: 1569

Re: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?

I've seen a number of assertions that TCA exists in all wines but haven't seen anything to back that up. Is there some concrete source for that assertion? Not denying it's the case, just curious where it's coming from.
by K John Joseph
May 2nd, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?
Replies: 109
Views: 1569

Re: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?

This fight over phrasing used to describe what is actually measurable levels of a chemical makes this a great Berserker thread. For me, slightly corked seems to fit just fine. I understood the question not to be "are there varying levels of TCA contamination in wine" but is "slightly" corked a fata...
by K John Joseph
May 1st, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 9841

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

I have been watching Guigal, as I have a few older ones coming up at auction. Once the most expensive Rhone, prices seem very soft. I keep getting pricing from various European and US merchants, and it’s clear other Rhones have caught up and surpassed them. Remember in the old days how hard they we...
by K John Joseph
May 1st, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Formerly Known as Leo's Blind Tasting Group - April 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 881

Re: Formerly Known as Leo's Blind Tasting Group - April 2019

Selosse Substance - definitely flawed, I said TCA but got little support for my position. They were wrong. A tragic loss that diminishes us all. It was probably only slightly corked, and since others didn't perceive TCA, it wasn't corked. Joking aside, that's a wine tragedy. That's such a special c...
by K John Joseph
May 1st, 2019, 5:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?
Replies: 109
Views: 1569

Re: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?

This fight over phrasing used to describe what is actually measurable levels of a chemical makes this a great Berserker thread. For me, slightly corked seems to fit just fine. I understood the question not to be "are there varying levels of TCA contamination in wine" but is "slightly" corked a fata...
by K John Joseph
April 30th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Joseph Phelps...thoughts?
Replies: 23
Views: 1432

Re: Joseph Phelps...thoughts?

My question to folks who stopped at 2002 Insignia. Was it the price increase after or the wine?

As for Backus, it's a big, massively oaked Cab. I like it, but the oak load is intense. If you're oak sensitive it may not be for you. If you can tolerate quite a bit, it's stout stuff.
by K John Joseph
April 30th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?
Replies: 109
Views: 1569

Re: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?

I already said my piece on this. I don't enjoy corked wine, even slightly corked, but if other's want to drink it I won't stop them. I guess if you get a mild cold, you still lie in bed for 3 days even if you only feel a little off? Makes sense. Just like when the TV is on, we only turn it to the o...
by K John Joseph
April 30th, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?
Replies: 109
Views: 1569

Re: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?

If you don't know you have cancer until it's stage 4, do you actually have cancer? Sounds like a dumb philosophical POV when applied to reality. Trying to live in absolutes is so freaking silly. And using cancer as an analogy to the extent of which a wine is corked is [rofl.gif] [head-bang.gif] Oh ...
by K John Joseph
April 30th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?
Replies: 109
Views: 1569

Re: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?

So, then, what you really need is a guide-palate so other people can tell you your perceptions! "This wine seems fine, but it may, in fact, be corked. I will ask my guide-palate to actually render my impressions." There are levels of effect and perception. ETS Labs says analytical sensitivity and a...
by K John Joseph
April 30th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?
Replies: 109
Views: 1569

Re: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?

Is it 'corked' if it is beneath your threshold of perception? Yes for all of the reasons I stated above. If you open two bottles and they taste differently and you don't know why, and it's because one has TCA, it's still corked just because you can't discern WHY the two bottles taste differently. S...
by K John Joseph
April 30th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?
Replies: 109
Views: 1569

Re: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?

But here's my take. TCA affects the wine. If you cannot tell that it is TCA that affects the wine, okay, you can't perceive it. But the wine is affected. You may have a different take away about the wine (it's muted, good earth and leather, slight funk I'm digging) but it's not what the wine would ...
by K John Joseph
April 30th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?
Replies: 109
Views: 1569

Re: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?

But here's my take. TCA affects the wine. If you cannot tell that it is TCA that affects the wine, okay, you can't perceive it. But the wine is affected. You may have a different take away about the wine (it's muted, good earth and leather, slight funk I'm digging) but it's not what the wine would ...
by K John Joseph
April 30th, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?
Replies: 109
Views: 1569

Re: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?

If I read it correctly it affects all wines in a similar fashion -- but different people may have different levels of sensitivity. given this sentence, i don't think that's right: all haloanisoles have similar odors, but their sensory impacts in wine vary with the specific compound and wine charact...
by K John Joseph
April 30th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Joseph Phelps...thoughts?
Replies: 23
Views: 1432

Re: Joseph Phelps...thoughts?

They're not what they used to be, in my opinion. That is not to say that their wines are not good but they are not as good or special as they once were and they're prices are significantly inflated. I used to buy at least some bottles of Insignia every year but I stopped at 2007. I've had most of t...

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