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by Tim Heaton
April 25th, 2021, 6:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 3 days, 5 visits (Napa)
Replies: 28
Views: 2353

Re: 3 days, 5 visits (Napa)

Tim...So sounds like this is for a friend. In terms of "old guard," Shafer and Pride both offer nice visits for a reasonable fee if not on their lists. Since it sounds like your friends may not be on the lists of highly-allocated wineries, a couple more that come to mind are Outpost and B...
by Tim Heaton
April 25th, 2021, 5:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 3 days, 5 visits (Napa)
Replies: 28
Views: 2353

3 days, 5 visits (Napa)

Ok, here's the scenario: You have three days to make five quality, and hopefully, intimate visits. You've been going to Napa once or, more likely, two times a year for a about a week (not all of the time there is spent making winery visits) over the past 20 years; you'd like to visit some new(er) na...
by Tim Heaton
April 22nd, 2021, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Calif Cab at $49.95...
Replies: 173
Views: 10866

Re: Best Calif Cab at $49.95...

someone opened the 2007 Frog's Leap this past weekend in Boston - it came across as precisely what you've outlined. Really spoke of its place; loads of Rutherford dust. For any that might be holding some, I'd be drinking these 07s sooner than later. Zero sweetness factor, fwiw.
by Tim Heaton
April 16th, 2021, 10:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Touriga producers in California?
Replies: 22
Views: 864

Re: Touriga producers in California?

Chris Seiber wrote: April 15th, 2021, 2:50 pm So does this really make it Touriga Internacional?
oh, I totally see what you did there!

well played
by Tim Heaton
April 15th, 2021, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Killer frosts again - Cote D'Or 2021
Replies: 147
Views: 12015

Re: Killer frosts again - Cote D'Or 2021

As there may be/is some overlap between buyers of Burgundy and Langhe, I'll post this, from the Consorzio: Limited frost damage in Barolo and Barbaresco area Alba, April 14th 2021 – Between April 7th-8th there has been a drop in temperatures due to cold drafts coming from Northern Europe, which caus...
by Tim Heaton
April 7th, 2021, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Killer frosts again - Cote D'Or 2021
Replies: 147
Views: 12015

Re: Killer frosts again - Cote D'Or 2021

Was chatting with Fabio Alessandria a few hours ago, we both agreed, obviously, that the frost (threat) in Langhe in this moment eclipses the nottue (caterpillars). Dangerous times. The blackness of death, the following day is gutting.
by Tim Heaton
April 6th, 2021, 11:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "If You Irrigate, It's Not Terroir..."
Replies: 258
Views: 9783

Re: "If You Irrigate, It's Not Terroir..."

Alan Rath wrote: April 6th, 2021, 8:24 pm Well, I absolutely believe in the significance of terroir. But I don’t think the distinction between rain and irrigation is nearly as big a factor as soil, temperature, and sunlight. A grower can mimic rain, but none of those other factors.
canopy management?
by Tim Heaton
March 31st, 2021, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "If You Irrigate, It's Not Terroir..."
Replies: 258
Views: 9783

Re: "If You Irrigate, It's Not Terroir..."

Thanks for posting this, it's discussion worthy, at least. I've been here, did a single-blind tasting, met the brothers during harvest, seen their vineyards, purchased and enjoyed their wines for a several decades now, etc. That said, I put this (quote?) into the category of "believe half of wh...
by Tim Heaton
March 29th, 2021, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Top 5 Italian White Wines
Replies: 117
Views: 6090

Re: Your Top 5 Italian White Wines

Selvadolce - Aris is a genius Walter Mattoni - crazy, super fun, super talented grower/winemaker Paolo/Gianpiero Bea - no introduction necessary - whites, for sure, but also the reds from these producer/growers Also, fwiw, agree with Otto re: Pecorino's heights/potential. Not too much more than Pass...
by Tim Heaton
March 27th, 2021, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus
Replies: 168
Views: 17198

Re: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus

John Morris wrote: March 26th, 2021, 9:49 am FYI, John Gilman is very high on the '16 Produttori reservas:

Riserva. Not plural (a fantasy term), not Reserva, fyi.
by Tim Heaton
March 23rd, 2021, 3:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High QPR Nebbiolo?
Replies: 59
Views: 3892

Re: High QPR Nebbiolo?

Caves Coopératives de Donnas Donnas

also, look to Roero
by Tim Heaton
March 20th, 2021, 10:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Varietals similar to Nebbiolo?
Replies: 88
Views: 2931

Re: Varietals similar to Nebbiolo?

John Morris wrote: March 20th, 2021, 9:53 pm
Tim Heaton wrote: March 20th, 2021, 4:21 pm Spanna
Chiavennasca

...
[scratch.gif]
Spanna and Chiavennasca are just the local names for Nebbiolo.
you know, I've been to both regions a dozen+ times, each, and I never figured that out. But I'm glad you got to be right tonight. Sad.
by Tim Heaton
March 20th, 2021, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Varietals similar to Nebbiolo?
Replies: 88
Views: 2931

Re: Varietals similar to Nebbiolo?

Spanna
Chiavennasca

Xinomavro +1
by Tim Heaton
March 18th, 2021, 4:37 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB. Sandrone "Cannubi Boschis" and 'Vigne'
Replies: 5
Views: 415

Re: WTB. Sandrone "Cannubi Boschis" and 'Vigne'

ciao, Peter

by any chance did you crack that mag I sold you?

Good luck in your quest.

hope you're well
by Tim Heaton
March 17th, 2021, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 François Pinon Vouvray Silex Noir (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)
Replies: 17
Views: 605

Re: TN: 2015 François Pinon Vouvray Silex Noir (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)

I, too, am a fan of, and very much appreciate your notes/writing style. Thank you. That said, here's my note from nearly a year ago, fwiw. Happy to have a few more in the cellar. "PnP, served non-blind over 3 hours. Medium straw color, bright, and clear. Not the woolen version of Chenin Blanc, ...
by Tim Heaton
March 17th, 2021, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: when drunk how to sober up ?
Replies: 71
Views: 4521

Re: when drunk how to sober up ?

get thrown in the drunk tank, works every time! [snort.gif]
by Tim Heaton
March 15th, 2021, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Podere le Boncie (Giovanna Morganti) 5 Toscana IGT (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)
Replies: 3
Views: 282

Re: TN: 2018 Podere le Boncie (Giovanna Morganti) 5 Toscana IGT (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)

Big fan of her, her husband, their farming and the wines. I was tempted to grab a sixer, but am buying mostly whites in 2021. Or that's the plan, anyway. Thanks for the note.
by Tim Heaton
March 15th, 2021, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who is using DIAM?
Replies: 152
Views: 8919

Re: Who is using DIAM?

dougwilder wrote: March 15th, 2021, 2:10 am Bibiana is using Diam 5 on her Alma de Cattlaya wines.
is she also using them at Alma de Cattleya? [snort.gif]
by Tim Heaton
March 13th, 2021, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine aged in mesquite
Replies: 32
Views: 1250

Re: Wine aged in mesquite

A Ligurian producer I know uses, to good effect, acacia, ash, cherry. Mesquite, yeah, sounds a bit too novelty, but the only way to know is to taste.
by Tim Heaton
March 13th, 2021, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zachys DC 60% off Italian
Replies: 7
Views: 1000

Re: Zachys DC 60% off Italian

Thanks Tim. Just picked up some of the Poderi Bussia. It sounds terrific and right in my wheelhouse. Heck of a price. thanks for posting. Some fun things. e.g. Perfect for that post Covid summer bash, ages fine, too - Prà - Soave Classico Vigneto Monte Grande 2015 (1.5L), $37 The 2017 Guido Marsell...
by Tim Heaton
March 13th, 2021, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zachys DC 60% off Italian
Replies: 7
Views: 1000

Re: Zachys DC 60% off Italian

thanks for posting. Some fun things.

e.g. Perfect for that post Covid summer bash, ages fine, too - Prà - Soave Classico Vigneto Monte Grande 2015 (1.5L), $37
The 2017 Guido Marsella Fiano for $18, crazy good.
Poderi Colla - Barolo Bussia Dardi Le Rose 2016, $49. Uh, hell yeah
by Tim Heaton
March 11th, 2021, 2:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus
Replies: 168
Views: 17198

Re: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus

It looks like the 2017 Produttori normale got the same score as 2016 from AG (94) and a higher score than 2015 (90+). Is this grade inflation? Or is there another factor here? Everywhere I look 2017 appears to be a more normal vintage compared to 2016's amazing vintage. Is this possibly because the...
by Tim Heaton
March 10th, 2021, 4:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Piedmont suggestions
Replies: 73
Views: 3072

Re: 2014 Piedmont suggestions

Tom Taylor wrote: March 10th, 2021, 1:59 am I’ve always been under the impression Guido Porro is traditional in style
def not modernist
by Tim Heaton
March 7th, 2021, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's Time For Wine Critics To Stop Defending Themselves........
Replies: 51
Views: 2806

Re: It's Time For Wine Critics To Stop Defending Themselves........

Michael S. Monie wrote: March 7th, 2021, 6:31 pm Hey, he lives in Tuscany. Give him a brake.
brake? yes, of course
by Tim Heaton
March 7th, 2021, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Piedmont suggestions
Replies: 73
Views: 3072

Re: 2014 Piedmont suggestions

Elio Grasso. I was there for 5 weeks at pre/release - of the 12 weeks I was there - during the spring, tasted probably 75% of them; tasted again during various European wine fairs. Quite fine early/mid-term Barolo.
by Tim Heaton
March 7th, 2021, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 Barolo
Replies: 86
Views: 8949

Re: A.G. On 2017 Barolo

This is a really bizarre thread. I don't know Lorenzo, but his extraordiarily aggressive stance is odd. Antonio and I had our own back and forth years ago about scores for full disclosure. We agreed to disagree. In this instance, I very much appreciate that Antonio was/is willing to join this conve...
by Tim Heaton
February 28th, 2021, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Denver Metro Area Wine shops
Replies: 46
Views: 1636

Re: Denver Metro Area Wine shops

I second the Vineyard Wine Shop in Cherry Creek. The gang there are well versed in wine and have lots of incredible small producers. Argonaut is a larger store in Denver with lots of stuff. And if you re headed south of Denver Parker Payless liquors in Parker CO. has a huge selection. Parker Payles...
by Tim Heaton
February 25th, 2021, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo - Rising Stars
Replies: 65
Views: 7288

Re: Barolo - Rising Stars

John, I recently drank Brezza's 2007 Sarmassa and found it to be, although quite well made, on the rich and polished side. Is that a function of the warm vintage or the winemaking? I think that's what the vintage brings as opposed to winemaking. Brezza is about as a traditional as it gets and their...
by Tim Heaton
February 20th, 2021, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus
Replies: 168
Views: 17198

Re: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: February 20th, 2021, 10:39 am
John Morris wrote: February 20th, 2021, 9:02 am Lyle Fass is offering the wooden case set of all nine 2016 reservas for $980, or almost $110 a bottle.
I saw that and nearly spat out my wine.
that's nearly a full 3x what I paid at the cantina, fwiw
by Tim Heaton
February 14th, 2021, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Was The First CA Winery To ‘Get’ Pinot Correctly?
Replies: 67
Views: 4365

Re: What Was The First CA Winery To ‘Get’ Pinot Correctly?

Keith Levenberg wrote: February 14th, 2021, 10:59 am Calera and Mt Eden certainly got it right way back. Can't say if they were the first though. Dunno if anyone in CA beat David Lett to it, either.
These were the very first names that came to mind here, also.
by Tim Heaton
February 13th, 2021, 3:51 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 2002 Flora Springs Trilogy 3.0L (SOLD)
Replies: 2
Views: 212

Re: 2002 Flora Springs Trilogy 3.0L

I used to drink a lot of Flora Springs from this era. This is a solid deal for people that need/want large format bottles. great minds think alike! champagne.gif Seriously, this has been aged to perfection (and for several more years, no problem), and including shipping, tax, I'm selling it for cos...
by Tim Heaton
February 13th, 2021, 12:01 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 2002 Flora Springs Trilogy 3.0L (SOLD)
Replies: 2
Views: 212

2002 Flora Springs Trilogy 3.0L (SOLD)

Purchased at the winery on release and held here in Colorado under ideal conditions since that time. Years ago, when I drank a heck of a lot more California wines than I do today, I was a fan of (former) winemaker Ken Deis; so much so that I bought a 3.0L. Actually, I bought two of them. Well, it's ...
by Tim Heaton
February 10th, 2021, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?
Replies: 60
Views: 3687

Re: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?

Maybe it's a by-product of all the Velcorin? [snort.gif]

neener
by Tim Heaton
February 2nd, 2021, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the deal with double decanting?
Replies: 73
Views: 2879

Re: What's the deal with double decanting?

Corey N. wrote: February 2nd, 2021, 8:07 am
Robert.A.Jr. wrote: February 2nd, 2021, 7:59 am
Corey N. wrote: February 2nd, 2021, 7:51 am

You really want to be driving around with an open container of alcohol, counselor?
I am a very persuasive talker.....
Some would say a cunning linguist.
(mic drop) [winner.gif]
by Tim Heaton
January 14th, 2021, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Lamborghini (La Fiorita) Umbria Campoleone
Replies: 10
Views: 838

TN: 2000 Lamborghini (La Fiorita) Umbria Campoleone

Very good. Cork soaked half way, great fill; med/dark ruby color shows minimal bricking. Very powerful nose (PnP), with slightly more secondary than tertiary aromas at this point. (bright) Aromas of soil/place, some sappy cherry, red currant, loam, tobacco, etc. The palate is med+ bodied, with excep...
by Tim Heaton
January 14th, 2021, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Notes (added Vajra Barolo Ravera & Coste di Rose)
Replies: 161
Views: 18689

Re: 2016 Barolo Notes (added Vajra Barolo Ravera & Coste di Rose)

Thanks everyone for organizing these great notes! I'm newish to piedmont wines, and I'd like to compare a few entry level 2016 barolos of different styles. Are there any 2016s that have stood out to you as being the most intensely floral on the nose? From the comments it sounds like potential conte...
by Tim Heaton
January 7th, 2021, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Anniversary Release
Replies: 28
Views: 1222

Re: TN: 1997 La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Anniversary Release

I recall deeply enjoying a 1995 about 5-6 years ago. It was so good, I hunted from some the next few years, but the price kept steadily rising, and I gave up, and was content to have enjoyed it in such a fine moment. Part of that hunt involved finding 3 well-kept (great fill, cork, etc) 1997. I open...
by Tim Heaton
January 6th, 2021, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Primitivo sub $30
Replies: 35
Views: 1420

Re: Best Primitivo sub $30

prego
by Tim Heaton
January 6th, 2021, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Primitivo sub $30
Replies: 35
Views: 1420

Re: Best Primitivo sub $30

20++ years ago, I was drinking Cosimo's wines at least a few times a week. Tremendous value, and in a style I loved. But, when he suddenly passed away, and the kids took over, the style shift for me was an assault to my senses. Modern goo. They may have well corrected the style toward something Cosi...
by Tim Heaton
January 6th, 2021, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Primitivo sub $30
Replies: 35
Views: 1420

Re: Best Primitivo sub $30

Natalino del Prete's Negroamaro (was trying to avoid thread drift) are among my favorites. But, you should know beforehand, these are not for those that drink /prefer modern styles.
by Tim Heaton
January 6th, 2021, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Primitivo sub $30
Replies: 35
Views: 1420

Re: Best Primitivo sub $30

If you're looking for Piedirosso ( not Piedrosso), an excellent, transparent expression can be found with La Sibilla Piedirosso in the tiny Campi Flegrei; in the top ranks of my 20 years of vineyard visits. Very traditional style. Inexpensive, terrific food wine.
by Tim Heaton
January 5th, 2021, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Primitivo sub $30
Replies: 35
Views: 1420

Re: Best Primitivo sub $30

Regarding 'best', I submit https://wp.me/p7fulH-PG That aside, having travelled extensively throughout Puglia over the course of the past five+ years, the wines I'm most endeared to are those from Natalino del Prete. https://wp.me/p7fulH-2bM . With 13 VinItaly behind me, and, as I said, having gone ...
by Tim Heaton
January 3rd, 2021, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Point of Vieux...
Replies: 22
Views: 1323

Re: TN: Point of Vieux...

Great post, Marshall, thank you. I stopped buying this with the 2006 vintage, age and all. If you get anxious to open that 3.0L, my 75th is a mere 20 years away - it'll be ready then, too! in 2008, during a visit, they blind tasted me, and I nailed the '94, and the '95 they opened for me. Blind squi...
by Tim Heaton
January 3rd, 2021, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Castellare di Castellina I Sodi di S. Niccolò Toscana IGT
Replies: 20
Views: 1636

Re: TN: 2016 Castellare di Castellina I Sodi di S. Niccolò Toscana IGT

Thanks for the note, it's not a wine i've had before and I'm now curious to seek one out to try. It's not a 'cheap' wine - starts around $70, with an avg CT price in the States closer to $85. So, I'm also curious how folks who've had it feel it about it from a QPR and/or cost trade-off perspective,...
by Tim Heaton
January 2nd, 2021, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Castellare di Castellina I Sodi di S. Niccolò Toscana IGT
Replies: 20
Views: 1636

Re: TN: 2016 Castellare di Castellina I Sodi di S. Niccolò Toscana IGT

Like Juan above, I recently picked up the 2015 at retail (K&L). Would love to hear someone's take on how the 2016 compares. Keeping in mind there are lots of preferences/palates already in this thread, I'll try to clarify. Upon release of the 2015, after having tasted it at the cantina with Ale...
by Tim Heaton
January 1st, 2021, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Castellare di Castellina I Sodi di S. Niccolò Toscana IGT
Replies: 20
Views: 1636

TN: 2016 Castellare di Castellina I Sodi di S. Niccolò Toscana IGT

I'm posting this here for a few reasons: this is a really terrific, age-worthy, beautiful wine. It's also a wine for those that drink (pretty much) exclusively reds from CA and WA; something you might want to try if you've been thinking about or tried (and mostly failed) to crossover. It's not sweet...
by Tim Heaton
December 31st, 2020, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Brunello di Montalcinos are amazing. Change my mind.
Replies: 33
Views: 1931

Re: 2015 Brunello di Montalcinos are amazing. Change my mind.

Tim, I've had a couple of 17s Rosso which we nice, but a bit riper... What's the read on 17, 18, 19? Are 18 and 19 like 16 😳😳 speaking generally here, but yes, those vintages can be compared to '16. Which is to say there will be many great successes in those vintages. I personally prefer '18 to '16...
by Tim Heaton
December 31st, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Brunello di Montalcinos are amazing. Change my mind.
Replies: 33
Views: 1931

Re: 2015 Brunello di Montalcinos are amazing. Change my mind.

Asher, no arguing that the vintage hype machine gets irrationally exuberant four or five times a decade in many areas. That said, I have been drinking Sangiovese for the better part of 40 years, and in my personal experience I can’t ever recall two back to back vintages that I have enjoyed more on ...
by Tim Heaton
December 23rd, 2020, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stony Hill Sold.....Again?!
Replies: 52
Views: 5306

Re: Stony Hill Sold.....Again?!

I think they realize what's at stake here, and therefore the only thing most people have to worry about is the money that someone felt was being left on the table. I'm guessing it's not going to be better (on balance), but I'm thinking it is going to be more expensive; same for all other 'touch poin...

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