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by A. So
October 18th, 2019, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei
Replies: 50
Views: 1844

Re: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei

No. Gotta keep my verticals.
by A. So
October 16th, 2019, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barbera d'Alba (Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d'Alba)
Replies: 16
Views: 464

Re: TN: 2015 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barbera d'Alba (Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d'Alba)

Thanks for the note. I really love the G Rinaldi barbera -- it's probably one of the best examples I've had of the grape. It's a shame they tend to be so hard to find here in the US.
by A. So
October 10th, 2019, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Survey of Allemand
Replies: 34
Views: 1542

Re: TN: A Survey of Allemand

Mattstolz wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 2:32 pm
I'm curious if there was a reasoning behind the order/pairing of these vintages? Im not incredibly familiar with N Rhone vintages, was there any rhyme or reason based on expected wine styles?
It's roughly lightest to heaviest, with some exceptions to keep the horizontals together.
by A. So
October 10th, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Survey of Allemand
Replies: 34
Views: 1542

Re: TN: A Survey of Allemand

scamhi wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 12:36 pm
great notes Adrian. I am a fan. I have an 07 Reynard on the lineup in the next few days.
Report back! Always useful to get a sense of how the "older" ones are doing.
by A. So
October 10th, 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Survey of Allemand
Replies: 34
Views: 1542

Re: TN: A Survey of Allemand

That so-called rule of 15 seemed to have worked well for the 2004 Allemand Reynard. I will look to consume one of mine from the remote storage. 2004 is at absolute peak right now -- it's been one of the most enjoyable vintages these last few years. Chave, Allemand, Clape, Sorrel, Jamet are all abso...
by A. So
October 10th, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Survey of Allemand
Replies: 34
Views: 1542

Re: TN: A Survey of Allemand

Thanks for the notes Adrian, as always. Out of curiosity, how much air did you have the 13 open for? I’ve had it a couple of times this year and I think after a couple of hours in a decanter it’s in a great place. Very much agree with your thoughts on the 11. We didn't have the 13 -- did you mean 1...
by A. So
October 8th, 2019, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Survey of Allemand
Replies: 34
Views: 1542

TN: A Survey of Allemand

Q: Is Thierry Allemand one of the best winemakers in the world? 2012 Pierre Péters Champagne Grand Cru Cuvée Speciale Blanc de Blancs Les Chetillons - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru As far as young Chetillons goes, this is fairly accessible and one of my favourites at release. The fruit is g...
by A. So
October 7th, 2019, 9:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 46
Views: 2260

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

John Glas wrote:
October 4th, 2019, 2:38 pm
You can get six of these for one Chave.
I'll take the Chave.
by A. So
October 2nd, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Orin Swift 8 Years Release
Replies: 21
Views: 1016

Re: Orin Swift 8 Years Release

Mark Y wrote:
October 2nd, 2019, 3:46 pm
Oh wow.. what a special tasting experience... :D
"special"
by A. So
October 2nd, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Orin Swift 8 Years Release
Replies: 21
Views: 1016

Re: Orin Swift 8 Years Release

A better question might be: Why do critics give these wines high marks? Large wine publications have an obligation to not call out bad wine, as it hurts the feelings of their readership and you gotta sell/keep those subscriptions. Not to mention the massive conflicts of interest they have in not up...
by A. So
October 2nd, 2019, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Orin Swift 8 Years Release
Replies: 21
Views: 1016

Re: Orin Swift 8 Years Release

Theodore Anderson wrote:
October 2nd, 2019, 7:05 am
Sounds like you don't understand these wines.
Sounds right.
by A. So
October 2nd, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Orin Swift 8 Years Release
Replies: 21
Views: 1016

Re: Orin Swift 8 Years Release

Hank Victor wrote:
October 2nd, 2019, 8:34 am
The average wine drinker adores these wines. They didn't pour the "Blank Stare" ?
Nor the Papillon. I somehow get the feeling I didn't miss much either way.
by A. So
October 2nd, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Orin Swift 8 Years Release
Replies: 21
Views: 1016

Re: Orin Swift 8 Years Release

Anton D wrote:
October 1st, 2019, 9:57 pm
Thanks for taking one for the team.

How did you run into THAT tasting obligation?
Hardly an obligation, but definitely something of academic interest.
by A. So
October 2nd, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Orin Swift 8 Years Release
Replies: 21
Views: 1016

Re: Orin Swift 8 Years Release

jbray23 wrote:
October 1st, 2019, 9:17 pm
Dude, you love pain... glad to see something other than 93’s....
It's an entire world of wine I know nothing about, so it was very enlightening.
by A. So
October 1st, 2019, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Orin Swift 8 Years Release
Replies: 21
Views: 1016

Orin Swift 8 Years Release

2017 Orin Swift Mannequin - USA, California, Napa Valley The party line is that this is called Mannequin because you can dress chardonnay however you like. Well, why you gotta dress it up like [redacted]? There is no acidity -- all lipids here. Extremely bitter oak and a goopy texture. (💩 pts.) 201...
by A. So
September 28th, 2019, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 339
Views: 16019

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

There was an 04 Sorrel Le Greal at this dinner. I fought it was great, but I also thought it wasn’t at its peak (or even particularly close). As is almost always true for wine, YMMV. One of the wines of the vintage. I’m counting on it. I think he does really well in “leaner” vintages. It’s a shame ...
by A. So
September 28th, 2019, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 339
Views: 16019

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

Greg K wrote:
September 28th, 2019, 12:33 pm
There was an 04 Sorrel Le Greal at this dinner. I fought it was great, but I also thought it wasn’t at its peak (or even particularly close). As is almost always true for wine, YMMV.
One of the wines of the vintage.
by A. So
September 24th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 339
Views: 16019

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

Robert Panzer wrote:
September 24th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Yaacov, you need to let your conspiracy nonsense go.
And then is heard no more: it is a tale. Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing.
Would that the first clause be true
by A. So
September 22nd, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie)
Replies: 8
Views: 923

Re: TN: 2010 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie)

If ever a vintage screams rule of 15, it’s definitely 2010. It’s the one Rhône vintage that I really did stick in deep storage. Have not even tried the Clapes, Allemand or Jamet. Thanks for the check in. I might make a case for 2009... but both of these epic vintages definitely need lots of time.
by A. So
September 22nd, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie)
Replies: 8
Views: 923

TN: 2010 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie)

2010 Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie (9/22/2019) Easy [redacted]-point potential in this wine; it's just a question of letting it age some more. Is there any Côte-Rôtie these days that comes close? It'd be news to me. The nose is all olive brine, black fruit, an...
by A. So
September 20th, 2019, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 26
Views: 1606

TN: 1996 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)

1996 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut - France, Champagne (9/19/2019) It's been eight years since I've had this and boy has it developed into something really, really good. Just incredibly intense and powerful, tons of chalk, lots of fruit, so balanced with the acidity and minerality. There's s...
by A. So
September 11th, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: thoughts on decanting a 1975 Yquem?
Replies: 22
Views: 1175

Re: thoughts on decanting a 1975 Yquem?

A decant is a must for Yquem. It is a wine that needs incredible amounts of air. Often it is opened for dessert as an afterthought, but it is a wine that should be put into a decanter when dinner starts, or even before. Agreed.. definitely decant.. but how long for a 75? any fears of falling apart?...
by A. So
September 11th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: thoughts on decanting a 1975 Yquem?
Replies: 22
Views: 1175

Re: thoughts on decanting a 1975 Yquem?

A decant is a must for Yquem. It is a wine that needs incredible amounts of air. Often it is opened for dessert as an afterthought, but it is a wine that should be put into a decanter when dinner starts, or even before.
by A. So
September 10th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pizza wines: 82 Magdelaine, 06 G Conterno, 81 LdH, 15 Jamet etc.
Replies: 37
Views: 1385

Re: Pizza wines: 82 Magdelaine, 06 G Conterno, 81 LdH, 15 Jamet etc.

Mark Golodetz wrote:
September 10th, 2019, 5:09 am
D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
September 10th, 2019, 5:02 am
Markus S wrote:
September 10th, 2019, 4:58 am
Pizza night is certainly different where you live. You've mentioned the wines, but what about the pies?
Digiorno ;)
And it got a 93
The pizza was 93+
by A. So
September 9th, 2019, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pizza wines: 82 Magdelaine, 06 G Conterno, 81 LdH, 15 Jamet etc.
Replies: 37
Views: 1385

Re: Pizza wines: 82 Magdelaine, 06 G Conterno, 81 LdH, 15 Jamet etc.

c fu wrote:
September 9th, 2019, 9:26 pm
I feel the jl Jamet seems so open cause it has great minerality
Definitely possible. Overall I think it's a bit lighter too. Not as concentrated as the Dom. Jamet
by A. So
September 9th, 2019, 9:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pizza wines: 82 Magdelaine, 06 G Conterno, 81 LdH, 15 Jamet etc.
Replies: 37
Views: 1385

Pizza wines: 82 Magdelaine, 06 G Conterno, 81 LdH, 15 Jamet etc.

Listed in descending order of preference. 1982 Château Magdelaine - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru If you try this wine and you don't like it, you don't actually like Bordeaux. This is as archetypical as it comes. This bottle was even better than the bottle I had last year with ...
by A. So
September 4th, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 6220

Re: Worst wines you've had?

Recently, 2012 Greer
by A. So
September 2nd, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few choice dinner wines: 02 DP, 04 Krug, 08 Rougeard, 94 Hommage, 00 Sorrel, 07 red label
Replies: 31
Views: 1414

Re: A few choice dinner wines: 02 DP, 04 Krug, 08 Rougeard, 94 Hommage, 00 Sorrel, 07 red label

Blake Brown wrote:
September 1st, 2019, 7:27 am
Happy to know someone has had some god 96` Krug lately as the last 4 bottles of 2 6 packs I bought were oxidized. Two 98`s were fabulous.
Sounds like poor storage; I've not experienced nor heard of oxidized 96 Krug.
by A. So
September 2nd, 2019, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few choice dinner wines: 02 DP, 04 Krug, 08 Rougeard, 94 Hommage, 00 Sorrel, 07 red label
Replies: 31
Views: 1414

Re: A few choice dinner wines: 02 DP, 04 Krug, 08 Rougeard, 94 Hommage, 00 Sorrel, 07 red label

Do you have a guess about when the 2002 Dom will reach a drinking window? I always enjoy and learn from your notes. I am 80 and want to grow up to be you. Prognostication is a fool's game, but I would not open any of my own bottles for at least 3-5 years. As always, other people's bottles are fair ...
by A. So
September 1st, 2019, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few choice dinner wines: 02 DP, 04 Krug, 08 Rougeard, 94 Hommage, 00 Sorrel, 07 red label
Replies: 31
Views: 1414

Re: A few choice dinner wines: 02 DP, 04 Krug, 08 Rougeard, 94 Hommage, 00 Sorrel, 07 red label

i think the 04 krug is the best krug brut they've put out since 96. It's the best Krug they put out since 2002. :P I like the 95, 98, and 00 more, though that may be more of a function of the bottle age. (96 is obviously the top.) I still think the 03 should not have been made, but then again, ever...
by A. So
August 30th, 2019, 9:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few choice dinner wines: 02 DP, 04 Krug, 08 Rougeard, 94 Hommage, 00 Sorrel, 07 red label
Replies: 31
Views: 1414

Re: A few choice dinner wines: 02 DP, 04 Krug, 08 Rougeard, 94 Hommage, 00 Sorrel, 07 red label

Kris Patten wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 4:04 pm
What are you thinking by long haul on Giacosa, Adrian, have a mag that would like some feedback.....
Good question. Prognostication is nobody's strong suit but I wouldn't consider opening a 750 of this for at least 10 years, and that's just to check in. Other people's bottles though...
by A. So
August 30th, 2019, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few choice dinner wines: 02 DP, 04 Krug, 08 Rougeard, 94 Hommage, 00 Sorrel, 07 red label
Replies: 31
Views: 1414

Re: A few choice dinner wines: 02 DP, 04 Krug, 08 Rougeard, 94 Hommage, 00 Sorrel, 07 red label

I love Sorrel's wines, and think he is the second best producer of wine from the hill these days (no points for guessing who is first). Guess you won't object to checking out a '95 Greal in October then. It's not the same level but I have a lone bottle of the 95 regular that would make for a fun si...
by A. So
August 29th, 2019, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few choice dinner wines: 02 DP, 04 Krug, 08 Rougeard, 94 Hommage, 00 Sorrel, 07 red label
Replies: 31
Views: 1414

A few choice dinner wines: 02 DP, 04 Krug, 08 Rougeard, 94 Hommage, 00 Sorrel, 07 red label

2002 Dom Pérignon Champagne - France, Champagne It's been around a year since I last tasted this; I don't think it's changed much. There's a slight bit of reduction still, and this is a really tightly coiled wine. Fabulous concentration and complexity, with a good sense of ripeness, but I just get ...
by A. So
August 28th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some impressions on the 2015 Barolo vintage
Replies: 73
Views: 8495

Re: Some impressions on the 2015 Barolo vintage

Rob M wrote:
August 28th, 2019, 1:09 pm
on a more general note I think Vajra (as well as a handful of other producers - i.e. Elio Grasso) is if anything at an equal to higher quality level than G. Rinaldi at this point, as of 2013/2014 vintages.
Yeah, no.
by A. So
August 17th, 2019, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker scores by region
Replies: 19
Views: 969

Re: CellarTracker scores by region

Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
August 17th, 2019, 4:49 pm
A. So wrote:
August 17th, 2019, 8:01 am
JBucholz wrote:
August 17th, 2019, 7:50 am
One of the checks I make before pulling the trigger on a particular wine is the CellarTracker score.
Well, that's your mistake right there.
I rely on your WB scores.
Those are more valuable than the notes.
by A. So
August 17th, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker scores by region
Replies: 19
Views: 969

Re: CellarTracker scores by region

JBucholz wrote:
August 17th, 2019, 7:50 am
One of the checks I make before pulling the trigger on a particular wine is the CellarTracker score.
Well, that's your mistake right there.
by A. So
August 8th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 3338

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

I love Unico and Penfolds Grange
by A. So
August 7th, 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel
Replies: 1
Views: 302

TN: 1997 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel

1997 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Brücke Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel - Germany, Nahe (8/7/2019) #15-98, 8.5% abv. From half-bottle. Pretty much almost at BA/eiswein intensity here; this is Prädikat creep in the best sense of the word. The nose has a very lovely herbal element, as well as some fresh stone fr...
by A. So
July 26th, 2019, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR, 1983 Dujac CdlR
Replies: 15
Views: 776

Re: TNR, 1983 Dujac CdlR

Had it about two years ago. Pretty meh, and certainly wouldn't pay the associated price of entry. But as the adage goes, no great wines, just great bottles.
by A. So
July 25th, 2019, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?
Replies: 130
Views: 6958

Re: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?

Incidentally the 2016 is a stunningly gorgeous wine and clearly a step up from the already killer 2015.
by A. So
July 25th, 2019, 6:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?
Replies: 130
Views: 6958

Re: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?

In the past few months I've had the 2001, 2006, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV and they've all been glorious burgundy shooting way past their price point of $170-200. The last few vintages have been utterly spectacular as Laurent is fine tuning it more and more. I'm try...
by A. So
July 23rd, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: arumred - anyone heard of it?
Replies: 17
Views: 889

Re: arumred - anyone heard of it?

Hilario!
by A. So
July 15th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Print version of WA: Dead
Replies: 13
Views: 1361

Re: Print version of WA: Dead

Killing the print version is truly a sign of the time having been passed because it was on hand in most retail wine shops in NYC at one point. The owners liked to know what scores where when placing orders. I guess w/out Bob, nobody really cares any more. The distributor just give you a shelf talke...
by A. So
July 15th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Print version of WA: Dead
Replies: 13
Views: 1361

Re: Print version of WA: Dead

Killing the print version is truly a sign of the time having been passed because it was on hand in most retail wine shops in NYC at one point. The owners liked to know what scores where when placing orders. I guess w/out Bob, nobody really cares any more. The distributor just give you a shelf talke...
by A. So
July 15th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR - 2015 Chave St. Joseph
Replies: 11
Views: 727

Re: TNR - 2015 Chave St. Joseph

A bit of a miss in my opinion, especially at the going rate. It's a bit chunky, from what I remember. The 2011 was brilliant but the subsequent vintages haven't been to that level.

For what it's worth, the Clos Florentin wasn't too compelling at the price either.
by A. So
July 14th, 2019, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?
Replies: 57
Views: 3075

Re: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?

White Claw
by A. So
July 12th, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Generally speaking, what type of wine is the best food wine?
Replies: 46
Views: 1728

Re: Generally speaking, what type of wine is the best food wine?

Jim: Question, what kind of bear is best?
Dwight: That's a ridiculous question.
Jim: False. Black bear.
Dwight: That's debatable. There are basically two schools of thought.
Jim: Fact. Bears eat beets. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.
by A. So
July 12th, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best/favorite/cleverest words or phrases seen in a WB post
Replies: 22
Views: 1099

Re: Your best/favorite/cleverest words or phrases seen in a WB post

"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?"

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