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by Tim Heaton
January 18th, 2020, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT
Replies: 1
Views: 190

TN: 2010 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT

2010 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT - Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT (1/6/2020) Too young; it's entered a secondary phase, but it's still holding back. Medium-dark ruby core, no sign of age. The nose offers trace soil, some vanilla, and creme de cassis - but these need coaxed even after the bottle's ...
by Tim Heaton
January 17th, 2020, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 41
Views: 1147

Re: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

" I've never had a natural red that I liked"

find 2011 Paolo Bea Piparello Riserva, as just one example; mind, changed.

If you can't find one, try any G. Rinaldi or Cappellano.
by Tim Heaton
January 17th, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Scarpa Casascarpa Barbera d'Asti
Replies: 0
Views: 55

TN: 2015 Scarpa Casascarpa Barbera d'Asti

2015 Casa Scarpa Barbera d'Asti - Italy, Piedmont, Asti, Barbera d'Asti (1/16/2020) Totally in my wheelhouse, very good. Elements of soil, leaves, stones, forest - they're all there, and much more. If looking for a fruity barbera, look elsewhere. That said, by the end of the second hour (this was a...
by Tim Heaton
January 15th, 2020, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12523
Views: 603757

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2014 Cos d'Estournel, $114.99 at my local (Park Meadows) Costco; cleaned them out. Good use of various, unused cash cards we'd accumulated. You didn’t save any for me! Any other good deals there? I haven’t been in a few weeks. 1998 Archery Summit Arcus Estate Pinot Noir 2012 Hall Kathryn Hall Caber...
by Tim Heaton
January 14th, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12523
Views: 603757

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2014 Cos d'Estournel, $114.99 at my local (Park Meadows) Costco; cleaned them out. Good use of various, unused cash cards we'd accumulated.
by Tim Heaton
January 13th, 2020, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1739
Views: 210879

Re: Official Costco Thread

B. Buzzini wrote:
January 12th, 2020, 9:10 pm
Tim Heaton wrote:
January 12th, 2020, 3:01 pm
Aaron Klink wrote:
January 10th, 2020, 9:00 pm
SF tonight with

2008 Dom $156
2008 La Grande Dame $127
2008 La Grande Dame Rosé $267
and at K&L Krug 168eme x7 @ $137
How??? It’s been $169 at K/L since arrival? [scratch.gif]
typo, sorry (actually $167, a combo of $169/$165 I paid at two sources)
by Tim Heaton
January 13th, 2020, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1118
Views: 58269

Re: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Does anyone know when (day/time) there will be be disposition on this?
by Tim Heaton
January 12th, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1739
Views: 210879

Re: Official Costco Thread

Aaron Klink wrote:
January 10th, 2020, 9:00 pm
SF tonight with

2008 Dom $156
2008 La Grande Dame $127
2008 La Grande Dame Rosé $267

at my local Costco (Park Meadows), or AJs, just bought:

2008 Dom x 12 @ $137
2008 LGD x2 @ $137
2008 LGD Rose @ $249 x 1

and at K&L Krug 168eme x7 @ $137
by Tim Heaton
January 12th, 2020, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12523
Views: 603757

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 12th, 2020, 7:36 am

Leve rated it 88, so I know I will love it!
yeah, pretty easy math
by Tim Heaton
January 12th, 2020, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine "budgeting" - tips?
Replies: 64
Views: 2953

Re: Wine "budgeting" - tips?

Remove yourself from any and all "lists", immediately.

Set, and adhere to, an actual budget. Not any more difficult than that.
by Tim Heaton
January 9th, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Questions you ask on a winery tour/tasting visit?
Replies: 26
Views: 968

Re: Questions you ask on a winery tour/tasting visit?

[dance-clap.gif] "OTOH, rather than ask for scripted questions, you can just have a real conversation" bingo! [dance-clap.gif] Where do you like to go out to eat? (a local's opinion means so much more than someone that's been there for a few days on holiday that got board recommendations to begin wi...
by Tim Heaton
January 2nd, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11152
Views: 410433

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1999 Cepparello, PnP, that was magical approaching excellent; med. bodied, fully mature, nicely complex.
by Tim Heaton
December 29th, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Oddero Barolo Mondoca di Bussia Soprana (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 15
Views: 412

Re: TN: 2007 Oddero Barolo Mondoca di Bussia Soprana (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

In October, I met Jonathan and Victor in NYC - I brought the 2005 of this wine. Sadly it was only aerated in decanter for ~ 45 minutes (ty Gramercy Tavern), but still, I thought it quite lovely, very elegant. It's a nice time to visit these if you're sitting on any, even if it'll hold, and positivel...
by Tim Heaton
December 18th, 2019, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sabrage on a half bottle?
Replies: 12
Views: 990

Re: Sabrage on a half bottle?

Not sure what you are going for here if it's the 'sabre show', if it's a formal/informal event, but if it's just a casual thing with some friends you can use a butter knife - which works quite well on a normal sized bottle as well.
by Tim Heaton
December 11th, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--TABULATIONS COMPLETE (OP)
Replies: 193
Views: 14730

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

tonight I finish my 3month trip in Italia. In depth visits to 6 regions, each with a special message. My 'last meal' wine choice tonight... 2018 Burlotto Aves my DOTY is a 100% Cannaiolo from San Casciano in Val di Pesa- as close as one can get - with this variety - to a really nice 1er rouge. 1459 ...
by Tim Heaton
December 5th, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo and Barbaresco World, NYC, Feb. 2020 - are you going?
Replies: 14
Views: 1348

Re: Barolo and Barbaresco World, NYC, Feb. 2020 - are you going?

what levels of wines are poured / do the wine makers visit these types of events? It's my understanding that new release wines will be the dominant focus (2016 Barolo and Barbaresco, a very good vintage), but, as can happen, other bottles sometimes find their way in - often behind the front, i.e. o...
by Tim Heaton
December 4th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo and Barbaresco World, NYC, Feb. 2020 - are you going?
Replies: 14
Views: 1348

Re: Barolo and Barbaresco World, NYC, Feb. 2020 - are you going?

R. Frankel wrote:
December 4th, 2019, 8:00 am
I am interested in attending, but it seems like this is for people ITB only? Anyone know?
There are 2 components - one for trade (small part of total program), and one for the public. Hope this helps.
by Tim Heaton
December 4th, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo and Barbaresco World, NYC, Feb. 2020 - are you going?
Replies: 14
Views: 1348

Re: Barolo and Barbaresco World, NYC, Feb. 2020 - are you going?

I have written to them asking if there is a portal/website to register. When I receive a reply, I'll post it here.

wow, that was quick https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barolo-bar ... 6501583295
by Tim Heaton
December 4th, 2019, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Floral barolo recs
Replies: 45
Views: 2051

Re: Floral barolo recs

As some have already mentioned, my first answer was Barbaresco. As I considered the question in the conrext of Barolo, examples that came to mind included Podere e Cantina's Classico, E. Grasso Chiniera, and B. Giacosa. But, it can depend on a number of factors, which means it's less consistent, for...
by Tim Heaton
December 4th, 2019, 12:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo and Barbaresco World, NYC, Feb. 2020 - are you going?
Replies: 14
Views: 1348

Barolo and Barbaresco World, NYC, Feb. 2020 - are you going?

https://www.langhevini.it/en/the-consortium-representing-barolo-barbaresco-announces-first-world-opening-in-the-u-s-market-with-2016-and-2017-vintages/ I know there are lots of enthusiasts, and wondering how many will plan to attend part/all of this, first-ever, event that will span 3 days. Plenty ...
by Tim Heaton
December 1st, 2019, 4:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?
Replies: 41
Views: 3225

Re: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?

Hi, Craig some really special wines I've tasted since ProWein this past March, or during my collective 7 weeks in Langhe since then (will be there again tomorrow night), and some that you may not have had recently/ever: Massolino Vigna Rionda Cavallotto Riserva San Giuseppe (the most recent release ...
by Tim Heaton
November 28th, 2019, 12:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Tenuta Le Calcinaie Vernaccia di San Gimignano
Replies: 1
Views: 197

TN: 2018 Tenuta Le Calcinaie Vernaccia di San Gimignano

2018 Tenuta Le Calcinaie Vernaccia di San Gimignano - Italy, Tuscany, San Gimignano, Vernaccia di San Gimignano (11/27/2019) Cracking good. Purchased yesterday in San Gimignano for Euro 10 (including 22%IVA), and consumed with butter and cheese pasta last night in Verona. I mention this because the...
by Tim Heaton
November 26th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Vintage - How Is It Looking?
Replies: 22
Views: 2037

Re: 2016 Barolo Vintage - How Is It Looking?

Tom Taylor wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 3:39 am
So you see more potential with 2018 than 2016 Tim?
for my palate, yes
by Tim Heaton
November 26th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Langhe wine producers association proclaims '19 a "classic" year
Replies: 7
Views: 684

Re: Langhe wine producers association proclaims '19 a "classic" year

just one data point, but I was there from the week before picking began, until the week after; I've been in other regions since this time. I will be there again 2-6 Dec., but I'm seeing a good vintage (normal distribution of highs and lows, based solely on fruit, etc.), nothing more. Of course, thes...
by Tim Heaton
November 24th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo recs
Replies: 51
Views: 2494

Re: Barolo recs

burlotto, g rinaldi, and cappellano. definitely not this. These aren't starter/introduction type wines. If you have very little experience with Barolo wines, I'd ask about your experience with Nebbiolo in general, e.g. have you had many Langhe Nebbiolo, and or Nebbiolo d'Alba? If so, what were thos...
by Tim Heaton
November 20th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice Needed: Young Nervi
Replies: 14
Views: 1186

Re: Advice Needed: Young Nervi

Drank another one of these in Florence tonight; intentionally opened last night, and re-corked after 2 hours to be enjoyed tonight, which it was. Insofar as I thought this might have enough air to show a few more secrets, it wasn't until the 2nd hour after 24 hours open that the voice became lovely,...
by Tim Heaton
November 18th, 2019, 12:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice Needed: Young Nervi
Replies: 14
Views: 1186

Re: Advice Needed: Young Nervi

Haven't had this since release - until this week, with two in Rome (€33 @ enoteca), both showed well at the 90 minutes open mark (no additional aeration). I picked up two more that no doubt will show greater complexity in time, though there's an understated elegance that's easily appreciated now, too.
by Tim Heaton
November 13th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Vintage - How Is It Looking?
Replies: 22
Views: 2037

Re: 2016 Barolo Vintage - How Is It Looking?

John Morris wrote:
November 12th, 2019, 9:18 pm
It's kind of premature to ask for opinions since the wines are still a year away from release. How many people have any basis for an opinion?
io

but, to answer your question, not many
by Tim Heaton
November 13th, 2019, 3:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Vintage - How Is It Looking?
Replies: 22
Views: 2037

Re: 2016 Barolo Vintage - How Is It Looking?

2018, Tom
by Tim Heaton
November 13th, 2019, 3:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Vintage - How Is It Looking?
Replies: 22
Views: 2037

Re: 2016 Barolo Vintage - How Is It Looking?

I have been following this vintage since 2017, with dozens of tastings from Barbaresco in the north, to Monforte in the south; winegrowers are quite happy. Recent tasting was during the first two weeks of October; I'll return again from 27 nov until 2 Dec., for a few more data points. Plans include ...
by Tim Heaton
November 11th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2600

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

"Open container laws are motor vehicle laws"

really? So it has nothing to do with walking in public with an open container of some alcoholic beverage?

rhetorical
by Tim Heaton
November 7th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Moris Farms Morellino di Scansano
Replies: 6
Views: 396

TN: 2016 Moris Farms Morellino di Scansano

Some may see a bottle of wine from this region, and, seeing its price point, make the safe pivot into Chianti Classico - that could be unfortunate, as this wine, like several others from the area, is just lovely. In no way do I disparage CC, rather I suggest this (mostly) little known area. After on...
by Tim Heaton
November 7th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Florence & Rome
Replies: 18
Views: 1454

Re: Florence & Rome

Always reliable, and tucked away from the tourist paths, lunch today (first time, have always visited for dinner) with a friend at Osteria del Porcellino was quite good: mixed crostini, and a plate of pici pasta with duck ragù. Place is 95% locals this time of year, and it was completely full. Highl...
by Tim Heaton
November 6th, 2019, 1:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 vintage: Chianti Classico, Montalcino, etc.
Replies: 4
Views: 659

2019 vintage: Chianti Classico, Montalcino, etc.

Today is roughly the mid-way point of my 3 month stay in Italia. To this point, I've spent the majority of my time in Chianti Classico zone, though I've had 3-14 day visits in Langhe, Umbria, Lazio, and even a brief moment in Liguria (to help celebrate a fellow board member's nuptials). Having met w...
by Tim Heaton
November 4th, 2019, 10:26 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Pre-Christmas in Europe
Replies: 15
Views: 1225

Re: Pre-Christmas in Europe

Strasbourg
by Tim Heaton
November 1st, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rao's NYC - need some help/luck
Replies: 16
Views: 1573

Re: Rao's NYC - need some help/luck

thanks everyone for your time, very nice of you. I've shared this with our daughter, kind of prepared her. She understands, but ever since that first jar of Rao's years ago at home, she's still starstruck with their products. No dad wants to say "sorry kid", not happening", but here we are; she unde...
by Tim Heaton
November 1st, 2019, 1:00 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rao's NYC - need some help/luck
Replies: 16
Views: 1573

Re: Rao's NYC - need some help/luck

thank you to all that have responded/PMd. I'm guessing we (ok, my daughter) might roll the dice and try the bar, though she's just turning 19, and so she'll be pretty bored at the bar watching others eat - at some point, anyway. She's making all A grades so far at UC Boulder, and so even if we don't...
by Tim Heaton
October 31st, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rao's NYC - need some help/luck
Replies: 16
Views: 1573

Rao's NYC - need some help/luck

Some may know that I'm in Italia Oct- Dec. I fly into JFK on 12, and our daughter, who is 18 has asked if she could meet my there (she's a freshman in Boulder). Rao's is, I suppose, notoriously difficult to get into, so I'm asking if anyone here might have a way that the 2 of us might be able to che...
by Tim Heaton
October 31st, 2019, 5:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"
Replies: 41
Views: 1752

Re: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"

I find the whole category "Natural" wines confusing. As far as I know, there is no formal definition so I have no clue what "Natural" wine is. Is it anything but a marketing term to attract Millennials to wine? From the reading I have done, there is a wide disparity in the dos and donts of making a...
by Tim Heaton
October 29th, 2019, 5:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: visit to Paolo Bea
Replies: 6
Views: 674

visit to Paolo Bea

Really wonderful time this morning, with nearly equal parts of it spent with Sergio (agronomist), and Giampiero; learned quite a lot, including that Paolo's driving license was recently renewed, even at 90 years. As Sergio and I made our way from the new cellar to the old one, under the home of Paol...
by Tim Heaton
October 28th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Perugia and Orvieto help requested
Replies: 18
Views: 1260

Re: Perugia and Orvieto help requested

In Perugia, have had good/very good successes: Osteria a Priori Locanda del Morlacchi Il Cantinone Antica Trattoria San Lorenzo Simone Ciccotti weather begins to really change tomorrow, as you know. I think the rain here (I'm near Spello just now) will begin in about 36 hours - and at this point it'...
by Tim Heaton
October 27th, 2019, 2:06 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Perugia and Orvieto help requested
Replies: 18
Views: 1260

Re: Perugia and Orvieto help requested

Sitting in the Piazza della Republica (Orvieto), now, just having had a great (caffè Vergnano at cafe dolceamaro) start to the day after driving over early this morning from Assisi/Spello. In Orvieto I can strongly recommend Antica Cantina, and Trattoria del Moro Arrone. don't miss the falls, if pos...
by Tim Heaton
October 18th, 2019, 4:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any wine store recommendations for Rome, Milan & Venice?
Replies: 21
Views: 1015

Re: Any wine store recommendations for Rome, Milan & Venice?

another vote for N'Ombra de Vin Via S. Marco, 2, 20121 Milano MI, Italy +39 02 659 9650 https://maps.app.goo.gl/hPsCeHB766e3zVzK8 quite a good selection for the average wine geek, prices are competitive. I visit 2-3x/yr, and always leave with a few things. Peck is wine porn - for all but the 1%. OK ...
by Tim Heaton
October 16th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 69
Views: 1896

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

Chris Seiber wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 12:11 pm
I third the recommendation of Schiopetto. A good wine, and not just “good for pinot Grigio”
excellent recommendation, all sustainably grown, too.
by Tim Heaton
October 16th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 69
Views: 1896

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

this, of course

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A bottle of Borgo del Tiglio Collio Studio di Bianco with a few years of age can make lots of folks pretty happy. (even if it's a white blend)
by Tim Heaton
October 12th, 2019, 5:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 italian wine suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 948

Re: 2014 italian wine suggestions

2014 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Gran Selezione Il Poggio, superb 2014 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino, brilliant any of the Produttori, including the classico 2014 Lisini Brunello, drank again 2 nights ago in Priocca, fantastic after 1 hr of air 2014 Giorgio Pelissero ...
by Tim Heaton
October 8th, 2019, 5:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White Truffles and Barolo
Replies: 4
Views: 948

Re: White Truffles and Barolo

I'm sitting in Barolo now, waiting for an (my only, to pick up my wines) appointment at CBM. Some have already finished, some began only today (was in Ovello this morning). Most Nebbiolo that's not already harvested, should be within next 10 days. Have been tasting in vineyards since 1 week ago; som...
by Tim Heaton
September 29th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Christoffel Erdener Treppchen Spatlese
Replies: 10
Views: 531

Re: 2001 Christoffel Erdener Treppchen Spatlese

loved it, Patrick, thanks for sharing!

the nose was equal parts intoxicating, and beguiling complexity; the palate, sheer joy, and so damn good/versatile with food
by Tim Heaton
September 27th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Last minute change of program, NYC, tomorrow (28) night.
Replies: 2
Views: 588

Last minute change of program, NYC, tomorrow (28) night.

Making my move back to Italia for another 3 months (arrive Tuesday, return home 18 Dec.), and passing through New York City for a few nights. However, a change of plans has me solo tomorrow night (I'm in Denver now), and I'm wondering if anyone has any availability or interest for dinner tomorrow ev...

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