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by A. So
December 3rd, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Protecting your $$$$$ wines
Replies: 45
Views: 2298

Re: Protecting your $$$$$ wines

It's not as easy as that. By buying pristine labels only you increase the probability that the bottle is good because only wine freaks which bought and stored wine with the intention to sell it one day, are protecting the labels (and store the wines properly). So the wine label gives you another hi...
by A. So
December 2nd, 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 167eme
Replies: 18
Views: 1172

Re: TN: N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 167eme

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
December 2nd, 2019, 5:05 am
A. So wrote:
December 1st, 2019, 9:10 pm
This beats 166 and 163 hands down. Jury's out on 164. 165 and 162 and before are too hard to find to be in contention.
163 on release or 163 now? That’s my fav of the grand cuvees at the moment.
Both.
by A. So
December 1st, 2019, 9:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 167eme
Replies: 18
Views: 1172

Re: TN: N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 167eme

Karl K wrote:
December 1st, 2019, 9:48 pm
How about 168?
Haven't tasted that yet.
by A. So
December 1st, 2019, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 167eme
Replies: 18
Views: 1172

Re: TN: N.V. Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 167eme

This beats 166 and 163 hands down. Jury's out on 164. 165 and 162 and before are too hard to find to be in contention.
by A. So
November 26th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Château L'Evangile (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol)
Replies: 40
Views: 1660

Re: TN: 2010 Château L'Evangile (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol)

Recently had the 2015, and it too is modern and spoofy.
by A. So
November 14th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines helped by climate change
Replies: 45
Views: 1369

Re: Wines helped by climate change

Mosel/Nahe 2010s are great in the Auslese+ Prädikats. Anything lower is too shrill with the acids.
by A. So
November 14th, 2019, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ponsot...in general
Replies: 36
Views: 2354

Re: Ponsot...in general

The best of the bottles I've tasted are passable. Many are muddy. Certainly not worth the price, they are on my Do Not Buy list.
by A. So
November 13th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article
Replies: 31
Views: 1041

Re: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 2:27 pm
it isn’t any more work to pour from a more expensive bottle than a cheaper one, imo.
This is specious. It's not more work to serve a Miyazaki A5 entree than it is to serve a chicken breast.
by A. So
November 12th, 2019, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines helped by climate change
Replies: 45
Views: 1369

Re: Wines helped by climate change

Mosel
by A. So
November 12th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 881
Views: 58153

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Yao C wrote:
November 12th, 2019, 8:33 am
A. So wrote:
November 12th, 2019, 8:21 am
alan weinberg wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 7:49 pm
anyone buying or trying 07 Taittinger CdC? Thoughts?
This may or may not be controversial but I like 07 CdC more than 06.
Interesting; what about it do you like more?
Tastes more like chardonnay.
by A. So
November 12th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 881
Views: 58153

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

alan weinberg wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 7:49 pm
anyone buying or trying 07 Taittinger CdC? Thoughts?
This may or may not be controversial but I like 07 CdC more than 06.
by A. So
November 11th, 2019, 5:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AG: 2016 And 2017 Barbaresco And Point Inflation
Replies: 31
Views: 2134

Re: AG: 2016 And 2017 Barbaresco And Point Inflation

ybarselah wrote:
November 9th, 2019, 10:03 am
"More recently, the wine reviewing world has become populated by tasters who award wines absurdly high scores that those wines have no chance of ever actually living up to."
John 8:7
by A. So
November 4th, 2019, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?
Replies: 50
Views: 2845

Re: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?

Just tasted both 2017 Musigny. Very impressive wines. The blanc may well be worth the price of admission.
by A. So
October 26th, 2019, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dom Perignon 2006 and Palmer 1966
Replies: 5
Views: 544

Re: Dom Perignon 2006 and Palmer 1966

The last bottle I had of 1966 Palmer was oxidized but five years ago I opened an Army & Navy Stores bottle that was flat out stunning.
by A. So
October 22nd, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 03 Pavie Macquin
Replies: 20
Views: 743

Re: 03 Pavie Macquin

Richard Albert wrote:
October 22nd, 2019, 10:59 am
16 of the 17 hottest years on this planet have been since 2000, where have you been?
Chinese hoax
by A. So
October 22nd, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Bollinger Dinner - brief notes
Replies: 12
Views: 908

Re: Champagne Bollinger Dinner - brief notes

K_F_o_l_e_y wrote:
October 21st, 2019, 9:22 pm
Merrill, sounds like a fun dinner. I've never had the VVF, but I enjoy Tarlant's equivalent (IIRC these are the only two non-greffee champagnes that are made, or at least they used to be).
At least N Maillart, Bereche, and Chartogne Taillet also make champagne from ungrafted vines.
by A. So
October 18th, 2019, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei
Replies: 81
Views: 3985

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: 561

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: 40
Views: 2213

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: 40
Views: 2213

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: 40
Views: 2213

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: 40
Views: 2213

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: 40
Views: 2213

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: 145
Views: 7668

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: 1149

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: 1149

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: 1149

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: 1149

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: 1149

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: 1149

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: 1149

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: 385
Views: 21900

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: 385
Views: 21900

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: 385
Views: 21900

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: 967

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: 967

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: 1659

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: 1209

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: 1209

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: 1437

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: 1437

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: 1437

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: 6437

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: 1466

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: 1466

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: 1466

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: 1466

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...

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