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by Tim Heaton
October 16th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 64
Views: 948

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: 64
Views: 948

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.
by Tim Heaton
October 12th, 2019, 5:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 italian wine suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 814

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: 854

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: 450

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: 545

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...
by Tim Heaton
September 6th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Replies: 1
Views: 347

TN: 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico

https://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=3228056 Association (Viticoltori di) San Donato in Poggio (Castello della Paneretta, località Monsanto II, Barberino val d'Elsa, FI): Very impressive, and after some minutes with this, my mind keeps echoing 'mini Cepparello'. Generous, yet structured, th...
by Tim Heaton
September 6th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 La Spinetta (Rivetti) - Barbaresco Vigneto Bordini (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)
Replies: 5
Views: 586

Re: TN: 2009 La Spinetta (Rivetti) - Barbaresco Vigneto Bordini (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)

Brian, sorry you got a hold of a bad bottle. I've had many of that bottling over the years and all of them have been energetic and pleasurable, not to mention a fine surprise from Giorgio.
by Tim Heaton
September 6th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blockchain fraud solution
Replies: 2
Views: 488

Blockchain fraud solution

seems pretty brilliant to me, congrats, Maureen https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2019/09/wine-vault-opens-the-fight-on-fakes "The process starts by entering the details of a bottle into the Chai Vault system via the company's TCM inspection protocol, which lists 90 individual identifiers, from produc...
by Tim Heaton
September 4th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FranceCave Shipping Damage
Replies: 5
Views: 315

Re: FranceCave Shipping Damage

pretty obvious forklift incident, good luck
by Tim Heaton
August 26th, 2019, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Barolo/Barbaresco should I open?
Replies: 23
Views: 1408

Re: Which Barolo/Barbaresco should I open?

Which to open? Treat yourself to a great Champagne. Which is another way of saying that the aforementioned, save the PdB, which will show nicely but not wonderfully, are many, many years away from true enjoyment. Patience isn't always so easy 😔
by Tim Heaton
August 15th, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase
Replies: 37
Views: 1579

Re: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase

I like my vinguard valise. Same. A full case of 750ml non-champagne bottles comes to about 47-48 lbs with the VGV. I've never gotten more than 10 bottles in a VGV, ever, which is why we stopped distributing them at The Wine Check. A case of wine is typically 40-44lb, and the VGV is 13-14lb. Vino Vo...
by Tim Heaton
July 24th, 2019, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Teroldego from West of Temperance
Replies: 8
Views: 394

Re: 2014 Teroldego from West of Temperance

John Morris wrote:
July 24th, 2019, 8:05 pm
Most important thing I learned at the LDM imports tasting last year is that the stress is on the second syllable. It's tear-AHL-deh-go.
teh-rohl-deh-goh
by Tim Heaton
July 15th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings
Replies: 53
Views: 2785

Re: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings

Lambrusco di Sorbara
by Tim Heaton
June 22nd, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to buy NOW to drink 2030 onwards
Replies: 30
Views: 2091

Re: What to buy NOW to drink 2030 onwards

Most Cru Barolo from 2013 vintage
Most Brunello wines from 2013 vintage, especially from traditional producers.
Franz Hirtzberger wines from just about any vintage you can find right now
by Tim Heaton
June 18th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Rome: RIMESSA ROSCIOLI Wine Tasting Options
Replies: 8
Views: 1771

Re: Rome: RIMESSA ROSCIOLI Wine Tasting Options

Hi, Paul if you're not able to book Roscioli, my recommendations are to look at Emma and/or Per Me - Giulio Terrinoni. Both are very likely to exceed your expectations. To answer your question, no, I've not done the Taste the Legends option; not something I'd ever consider outside of my home, or wit...
by Tim Heaton
June 17th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you drink zero alcohol wine
Replies: 116
Views: 3380

Re: Would you drink zero alcohol wine

" still dont get the result, i understand that zero alcohol wine tastes like crap so nobody would drink it"

- which is to say you understand nothing
by Tim Heaton
June 10th, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: North Denver and/or Casper, WY Wine Shop Recommendations
Replies: 4
Views: 399

Re: North Denver and/or Casper, WY Wine Shop Recommendations

small detour from I-25 & C470 interchange
Total Beverage
9359 Sheridan Boulevard #A, Westminster, CO 80031
(303) 426-4800
https://maps.app.goo.gl/FFVibazp9EBwywnDA
they will have what you need/want
by Tim Heaton
June 6th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: London Recos
Replies: 21
Views: 2361

Re: London Recos

Le Meridien Hotel, Piccadilly - close to everything
Sketch, for a dinner to remember
by Tim Heaton
May 24th, 2019, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 832
Views: 40102

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

In the wake of Parker’s retirement, and clearly wanting to out-do Leve and his liquid sex, Lisa Parody Brown now brings us sex on a rug: 97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate The 2018 Pontet-Canet is made up of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Picking ...
by Tim Heaton
May 17th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2618

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

brodie thomson wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 8:46 pm
Only in the United States is this even a question.
bingo [winner.gif]
by Tim Heaton
April 30th, 2019, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 832
Views: 40102

Re: It's critic bingo! ("pixelated fruit")

"The 2017 Ausone is a total stunner. That's all there is to it . 95-98 points" Antonio Galloni ...at a loss for words? This might honestly be his best note to date! He didn't wade too deep into the miry lexicon. and, by covering 4 of the possible 12 points, he blanketed a lot of territory. But real...
by Tim Heaton
April 30th, 2019, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 562
Views: 28726

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Jim Erwin wrote:
April 1st, 2019, 6:07 am
YTD +41
Mar 2019
Purchased 34
Consumed 28
Net Mar 2019+6
ahem...we talked about this, right?
by Tim Heaton
April 22nd, 2019, 11:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Italy wine shop recs
Replies: 12
Views: 706

Re: Italy wine shop recs

If you’re willing to drive, it’s less than an hour from Florence to Lucca, I recommend Enoteca Vanni (http://www.enotecavanni.it). Looking through their underground cellar, I found many, many good/aged buys. Parking isn’t great in Lucca; but worth it. small world, visiting this enoteca today as i u...
by Tim Heaton
April 15th, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Visit to Piemonte, Burgundy and Condrieu
Replies: 70
Views: 5531

Re: 2018 Visit to Piemonte, Burgundy and Condrieu

Great notes Howard! Regarding Brovia, I thought Alex’s wife was the winemaker? Definitely Alex is the winemaker. His wife's family are the historic owners, but Alex is winemakers. I've tasted with him several times - truly wonderful guy and some fantastic wines! I don't think that's right. I think ...
by Tim Heaton
April 14th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 32
Views: 2034

Re: Florence recommendations

re : OP, in San Gimignano, consider: Cum Quibus Ristorante, Il Ceppo Toscana, and Montenidoli for winery.
by Tim Heaton
April 14th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 32
Views: 2034

Re: Florence recommendations

Heading there next month. Is the osteria worth doing for dinner or is the enoteca sufficient? I strongly recommend the Osteria. The place is comfortable from beginning to end - service, atmosphere, selections, food, etc. I go there several times a year, and I leave planning my return. Which pretty ...
by Tim Heaton
April 14th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: April Frost in Burgundy
Replies: 64
Views: 4211

Re: April Frost in Burgundy

I'm in Sondrio/Valtellina tonight, supposed to get to 1C or so; I think they'll dodge a bullet as things will likely warm from tonight forward.
by Tim Heaton
April 13th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m in der- Pfalz need wine recommendations-last minute
Replies: 8
Views: 295

Re: I’m in der- Pfalz need wine recommendations-last minute

Koehler-Ruprecht (with lunch today in sunny, warm Tirano)
Darting
Knipser (the Syrah and **Chardonnay can be special)
by Tim Heaton
April 9th, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Shops in Frankfurt & Milan
Replies: 14
Views: 712

Re: Wine Shops in Frankfurt & Milan

Ciao, Brodie
enoteca Dal Zovo Oreste, if you prefer the convenience of centro, is probably your best bet.

Leaving Verona tomorrow, 12th, and probably final VinItaly for me. Happy hunting to you.

Also, check out La Piazzetta if looking for a new resto.
by Tim Heaton
April 8th, 2019, 11:14 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 32
Views: 2034

Re: Florence recommendations

Enoteca Pitti e Gola in Florence - they also have an Osteria. Fun team and a good wine stop. My favorite wine bar in the world. I recommend it every chance I get, and have never had anything other than great feedback... Heading there next month. Is the osteria worth doing for dinner or is the enote...
by Tim Heaton
April 8th, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvée Ste. Catherine
Replies: 10
Views: 548

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvée Ste. Catherine

2016 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvée Ste. Catherine - France, Alsace, Alsace Grand Cru (3/31/2019) Opened at Granor Farms. This wine is made from 60 year old vines grown on granite soil in the Schlossberg Vineyard. I purchased this on sale for $25. Pale straw color. This was a well bala...
by Tim Heaton
April 7th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Shops in Frankfurt & Milan
Replies: 14
Views: 712

Re: Wine Shops in Frankfurt & Milan

Been coming since 1991 (in Veneto now), about 4-5 months each year, with current favorites:

Enoteche a Milano: HIC ENOTECHE (Spallanzani), CANTINE ISOLA, VINOIR, N'OMBRA DE VIN, BICERIN, PECK
by Tim Heaton
April 3rd, 2019, 5:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2830

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

Of those handful of Nascettas I've had, Germano's have been the best. Rivetto and Diego Conterno Nascettas have been very good as well, while San Silvestro's Ghercina Naschetta was a rather uninteresting effort. Then I've tasted some wines that fit somewhere there in-between, but I've yet to taste ...
by Tim Heaton
April 3rd, 2019, 4:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Possibly the best $13 bottle
Replies: 64
Views: 6414

Re: Possibly the best $13 bottle

PnP one of these tonight. Jammy, pretty thin mid-palate to finish for me. Nothing amazingly special but easy enough to open for a party or casual dinner. I agree. So you are not seeing this wine at 94 points? I have never thought much more than an 85 for this wine on any vintage. that's rather the ...
by Tim Heaton
April 1st, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2830

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

Top? Don't really think in those terms as simple wines with soul and beauty can be tops in the proper setting. As an example, today I am in Sirmione, and a Turbiana (2016, 2013, and a late-release 1999), and a Chiaretto flat out knocked my socks off on a warm early Spring day. So for today, they wer...
by Tim Heaton
March 25th, 2019, 10:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bombino Bianco
Replies: 8
Views: 370

Re: Bombino Bianco

Tom, yes it is.

I'm not taking about Pagedebit from E-R, talking about Bombino Bianco from Puglia. The former holds no interest for me, the latter - yesterday's example anyway - is a great picnic wine, no doubt a good value, too.
by Tim Heaton
March 25th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bombino Bianco
Replies: 8
Views: 370

Re: Bombino Bianco

Tom, small world, I suppose. Last Friday I had a few vintages of this at Fattoria Paradiso in Emilia-Romagna. It's not a variety that I had any interest in tasting again; too simple. From that region, anyway. And FP's is probably one of the better examples.
by Tim Heaton
March 25th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bombino Bianco
Replies: 8
Views: 370

Re: Bombino Bianco

danupdike wrote:
March 25th, 2019, 10:58 am
I've been to the Rivera winery. Beautiful area. Do they still make a Bombino Nero rose'?

Bombino Bianco is pretty much just another Italian curiosity. Besides Rivera's wine the only other varietal Bombino Bianco I have seen is one by Giancarlo Ceci called "Panascio". About $15.
they sure do
by Tim Heaton
March 25th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bombino Bianco
Replies: 8
Views: 370

Bombino Bianco

late this morning, I was at Az. Vin. Rivera, in the Castel Del Monte region of north Puglia. The beginning wine of the tasting was their Bombino Bianco. At first, it reminded me of Favorita (e.g. body, simplicity). But with 5 minutes in the glass (i.e. temperature increased) more complexity and mine...
by Tim Heaton
March 22nd, 2019, 12:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burlotto Barolo Monforte d'Alba
Replies: 3
Views: 504

Burlotto Barolo Monforte d'Alba

Fabio tells me his family has acquired a Cru parcel in the Monforte commune. No doubt this will be exciting. More, later, headed to Emilia-Romagna now.
by Tim Heaton
March 21st, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 F. Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi Riserva
Replies: 19
Views: 2419

Re: 2013 F. Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi Riserva

@John
Paola just replied, busy bee even at 21.09 hours

"Ciao Tim,

thank you for comming to us ! No we follow a “ agricoltura ripensata” but we have no bio certification.

Grazie.

Paola"
by Tim Heaton
March 21st, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 F. Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi Riserva
Replies: 19
Views: 2419

Re: 2013 F. Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi Riserva

@John, good question, I have just sent Paola an email and I will post the reply.

@Gilberto, borderline emotional, and flat out exciting. All that is special in this Cru.
by Tim Heaton
March 21st, 2019, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 F. Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi Riserva
Replies: 19
Views: 2419

Re: 2013 F. Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi Riserva

It was bottled from a single Botti, so just over 3500 bottles produced. Paola Rinaldi let it rest one more in barrel compared to her regular Cannubi from the same vintage, and it's the first Riserva bottling in modern times. It's a great, great wine. I tasted it twice six weeks ago and scored both ...
by Tim Heaton
March 17th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Proprieta Sperino Rosa del Rosa
Replies: 2
Views: 127

TN: 2018 Proprieta Sperino Rosa del Rosa

2018 Proprietà Sperino Lessona Rosa del Rosa - Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Lessona (3/17/2019) {ProWein 2019} Only in bottle for some days, this is already quite special. Medium body, pale garnet with orange and silver rim. Soil, woodland, strawberry, and cherry on the nose. Silky palate wi...
by Tim Heaton
March 13th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?
Replies: 68
Views: 4031

Re: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?

It's interesting to read about people's preferences in this thread. My wife and I have tried many different vintages of Valdicava. Just doesn't do anything for us. Too modern and oaky for our palates. +1. Though the 2001 was surprisingly good. Patrick, I have 2 left from release, let's drink; back ...
by Tim Heaton
March 13th, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?
Replies: 68
Views: 4031

Re: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?

Served blind last night in Brescia, I guessed Giacosa 1978. Revealed, it was the 1988 Le Pergole Torte. I suppose if the guess is Giacosa, it's a win, either way. Great bottle, extremely elegant, with good>very good freshness, still. My top? No, but excellent nonetheless. A 2004 of this same bottle ...
by Tim Heaton
March 9th, 2019, 11:58 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 43
Views: 2615

Re: Tuscany

Any one tasted or planned tastings at wineries in Bolgheri that I should visit? Hi, Michael as with all things, it depends what you like. My personal highlight last week was a visit with Michela at Grattamacco. Full transparency, I've been a fan of Piermario for decades, and simply had to see where...
by Tim Heaton
March 8th, 2019, 4:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Elio Grasso, some new releases
Replies: 1
Views: 370

Elio Grasso, some new releases

60s, brilliant sunshine and a visit to Elio Grasso, terrific way to start to the day (even if it began with heavy fog). Tasted through the lineup, and ended up taking: a few more 2014 Barolo several 2015 Barolo Gavarini Chiniera a case and a magnum of 2016 Barbera which is to say I highly recommend ...

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