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by Tim Heaton
June 22nd, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to buy NOW to drink 2030 onwards
Replies: 24
Views: 1123

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: 6
Views: 215

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: 113
Views: 2333

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: 326

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: 13
Views: 595

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! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 786
Views: 34369

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: 2301

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! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 786
Views: 34369

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: 437
Views: 19726

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: 585

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: 4806

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: 28
Views: 1155

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: 28
Views: 1155

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: 3844

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: 238

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: 543

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: 28
Views: 1155

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: 474

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: 543

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: 2278

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: 5981

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: 2278

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: 301

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: 301

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: 301

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: 301

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: 472

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: 16
Views: 1717

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: 16
Views: 1717

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: 16
Views: 1717

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: 94

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: 3532

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: 3532

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: 38
Views: 1749

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: 344

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 ...
by Tim Heaton
March 7th, 2019, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 E. Fuligni (Cottimelli) Rosso di Montalcino Ginestreto
Replies: 2
Views: 149

TN: 2017 E. Fuligni (Cottimelli) Rosso di Montalcino Ginestreto

2017 E. Fuligni (Cottimelli) Rosso di Montalcino Ginestreto - Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Rosso di Montalcino (2/27/2019) {winery visit} Absolutely remarkable Rosso wine. Blind, I'd say Brunello, moreover, I'd say high-quality Brunello. Superb med>med+ texture, unending acidity that caresses and li...
by Tim Heaton
March 7th, 2019, 3:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Proprietà Sperino Uvaggio
Replies: 10
Views: 358

Re: TN: 2015 Proprietà Sperino Uvaggio

To be clear, this is not premiere or GC Burgundy; obviously. But the thrill that often comes with sound examples of those wines, can also be found here. The nose took me off my feet, the palate kept me off my feet. Doug, I hear you on the 2010. However, this wine, at least a week ago when I tasted i...
by Tim Heaton
March 6th, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Proprietà Sperino Uvaggio
Replies: 10
Views: 358

TN: 2015 Proprietà Sperino Uvaggio

2015 Proprietà Sperino Uvaggio - Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Coste della Sesia (3/1/2019) {Tuscany} At lunch today; my highest possible buy recommendation . This begins as Premier Cru, and moves into Grand Cru Burgundy by the second glass. Elegance, personified. One of the most stunning nos...
by Tim Heaton
March 6th, 2019, 1:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Legs form, the real answer...
Replies: 27
Views: 1132

Re: Why Legs form, the real answer...

Perhaps yeast has something to do with 'legs'?

In any event, who cares? [berserker.gif]
by Tim Heaton
March 4th, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: buds and tears
Replies: 0
Views: 297

buds and tears

I arrived in Toscana on 7 Feb, and just one day ago I moved from there to here in Langhe. Have to say, with buds/tears reports coming from all over, including Nebbiolo in Lessona area, there's a lot of time yet to pass before winter is officially dead. A freeze, or two, between now and early May cou...
by Tim Heaton
February 25th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ProWein - are you attending?
Replies: 11
Views: 522

Re: ProWein - are you attending?

Oh, you're on Instagram? Offer rescinded.
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by Tim Heaton
February 25th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ProWein - are you attending?
Replies: 11
Views: 522

Re: ProWein - are you attending?

I will be traveling to ProWein for my first time in a few weeks. Are any of you attending and would like to get together for dinner one evening? Or if you know the Dusseldorf area, any must-try restaurants or wine bars? Ciao Jeremy, I am again at ProWein, including the Tre Bicchiere on Saturday. We...
by Tim Heaton
February 24th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 4272

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

The last thing Burgundy wants is to be associated with Beaujolais. I don't think that's the case any longer; otherwise why would so many Burg producers make wines in Beaujolais? When Beaujolais' reputation was poor I'm sure that was the case, but with opportunity to expand in the Cote limited, and ...
by Tim Heaton
February 24th, 2019, 12:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 4272

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

Sicily My experience is limited, but based on what I’ve had, the $20-30 wines from Sicily are better than the more expensive ones :-) We had a beautiful $25 Etna Rosso that was a Burgundy lover’s dream, and every time I tried to find something better, they were more muscular and/or oaky and not ver...
by Tim Heaton
February 23rd, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 San Giusto a Rentennano 'La Ricolma' Merlot
Replies: 8
Views: 462

Re: 2015 San Giusto a Rentennano 'La Ricolma' Merlot

Kirk is spot on; obviously knows these wines quite well. The 2009 (ostensibly a less than vaunted vintage in the zone), is just now at peak. If you're buying a current release, bury it deep in the coldest part of your cellar, and open in a decade, or two - for ALL of the fireworks, that is. They onl...
by Tim Heaton
February 23rd, 2019, 1:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 San Giusto a Rentennano 'La Ricolma' Merlot
Replies: 8
Views: 462

Re: 2015 San Giusto a Rentennano 'La Ricolma' Merlot

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-XmknXqG/0/71bb8d46/L/i-XmknXqG-L.jpg Luca and Bettina are such lovely hosts. Every single time. https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-WC8xsmS/0/b2acf097/L/i-WC8xsmS-L.jpg Part of the tasting https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-m9xbqKP/0/c54ae0d2/L/i-m9xbqKP-L.jpg a...
by Tim Heaton
February 23rd, 2019, 12:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 San Giusto a Rentennano 'La Ricolma' Merlot
Replies: 8
Views: 462

Re: 2015 San Giusto a Rentennano 'La Ricolma' Merlot

Yes, a favorite of mine. I visited them this week, an extensive tasting, including this (a winner), and 2009 & 2013 La Ricolma, and lots more, including, iirc, my first ever Vin Santo from 2002 vintage; from here, at least. All were excellent for different reasons. Luca is such a fine grower, person...
by Tim Heaton
February 10th, 2019, 11:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Casa Emma Chianti Classico
Replies: 8
Views: 420

Re: 2017 Casa Emma Chianti Classico

Martin, they are two totally different wines, each a great representative of the vintage. For me, '17 is to enjoy now and next 5 years. '16, I am in no hurry to open any as yet.

at this point, no 2015 CCR is in USA, but will be before too long
by Tim Heaton
February 10th, 2019, 10:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Casa Emma Chianti Classico
Replies: 8
Views: 420

Re: 2017 Casa Emma Chianti Classico

Jeff, I tasted that last night as well. Double underlined in my notes is "elegant masterpiece". I will be purchasing a lot. The new release of Gran Selezione wine was bottled last June, and will release in the next few months. Starkly different than the '17 Classico, as expected; I think it needs 1-...
by Tim Heaton
February 10th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Casa Emma Chianti Classico
Replies: 8
Views: 420

2017 Casa Emma Chianti Classico

2017 Casa Emma Chianti Classico - Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG (2/10/2019) tasted just before the Anteprima event that begins tomorrow morning here in Florence. Having tasted / drank these wines with great regularity since the 1997 vintage, I have to say this redefines this estate...

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