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by Joshua Kates
February 27th, 2021, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Los Angeles River Wine Co
Replies: 7
Views: 741

Re: Los Angeles River Wine Co

Anyone tried these? The Lone Wolf vineyard sounds fascinating. Honestly I would love MTP to get some of this fruit and see what he would do with southern CA old vine vineyards. Abe’s stuff with Scholium was kinda all over the place for me 10-15 years ago, but he’s working with a very different type...
by Joshua Kates
February 24th, 2021, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Thomas Frères--anyone know'em?
Replies: 5
Views: 252

Re: Domaine Thomas Frères--anyone know'em?

Jeremy Holmes wrote: February 24th, 2021, 2:22 pm Just looking back on my notes Joshua and a '98 Pommard was very decent, as was a '73 Volnay. I reckon your bottles should show well.
Thanks, Jeremy, and Keith,

I will try to report back, though it may be a while. They now need to rest.
by Joshua Kates
February 24th, 2021, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Thomas Frères--anyone know'em?
Replies: 5
Views: 252

Re: Domaine Thomas Frères--anyone know'em?

Thanks, Jeremy,

Some '83 Malconsorts and '83 Beauxmonts at a very sharp price--seemed worth the risk.
by Joshua Kates
February 23rd, 2021, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Thomas Frères--anyone know'em?
Replies: 5
Views: 252

Domaine Thomas Frères--anyone know'em?

Just backfilled some red burg from nice sites from this producer. I have never heard of them before and the usual suspects give no background, though Coates has a positive note on one of their whites. Any info would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
by Joshua Kates
February 18th, 2021, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot: Rhys v. Rochioli v. Aubert v. CA Others v. Burgundy
Replies: 99
Views: 6516

Re: Pinot: Rhys v. Rochioli v. Aubert v. CA Others v. Burgundy

Peay, Calera, for Oregon, in addition to those named, Patricia Greene Cellars deserves a mention. Great wines up and down the range on the lower end are great value.
I personally like Rochioli when I am in the mood, but it's kind of a different beast, no?
by Joshua Kates
February 17th, 2021, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba
Replies: 11
Views: 690

Re: TN: 1998 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba

Love '98 Giacosa; Ken Vastola brought one to an offline and I started backfilling.
by Joshua Kates
February 17th, 2021, 12:28 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BEAU RIVAGE WINES - 6PK VERTICAL
Replies: 164
Views: 6574

Re: BEAU RIVAGE WINES - 6PK VERTICAL

Waiting for mine, tomorrow, Tues 2/16. Supposed to be 8" of snow and 15 degrees. I actually did an experiment last night: left three bottles outside in styrofoam and cardboard, and three bottles totally uncovered, overnight. Hit a low of 7F and was 11F at midnight, so pretty cold (for Texas, a...
by Joshua Kates
February 17th, 2021, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Was The First CA Winery To ‘Get’ Pinot Correctly?
Replies: 67
Views: 4107

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

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. I like the idea of Calera but always felt their wines were planted too far inland and in a ...
by Joshua Kates
February 15th, 2021, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with Rayas?
Replies: 24
Views: 1062

Re: Pairing with Rayas?

Thinking of opening one in a couple of weeks--it's the '08, so I don't want anything too overwhelming. Maybe pheasant? Thanks in advance! Try squab pigeon or rack of lamb, served pink. Or even a nice roast chicken or guinea fowl for that vintage. Thanks, William, squab is a big favorite, so I might...
by Joshua Kates
February 15th, 2021, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with Rayas?
Replies: 24
Views: 1062

Pairing with Rayas?

Thinking of opening one in a couple of weeks--it's the '08, so I don't want anything too overwhelming. Maybe pheasant?

Thanks in advance!
by Joshua Kates
February 15th, 2021, 9:08 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BEAU RIVAGE WINES - 6PK VERTICAL
Replies: 164
Views: 6574

Re: BEAU RIVAGE WINES - 6PK VERTICAL

Waiting for mine, tomorrow, Tues 2/16. Supposed to be 8" of snow and 15 degrees. I actually did an experiment last night: left three bottles outside in styrofoam and cardboard, and three bottles totally uncovered, overnight. Hit a low of 7F and was 11F at midnight, so pretty cold (for Texas, a...
by Joshua Kates
February 15th, 2021, 6:56 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BEAU RIVAGE WINES - 6PK VERTICAL
Replies: 164
Views: 6574

Re: BEAU RIVAGE WINES - 6PK VERTICAL

Waiting for mine, tomorrow, Tues 2/16. Supposed to be 8" of snow and 15 degrees.
by Joshua Kates
February 15th, 2021, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2 red Burgs
Replies: 11
Views: 1416

Re: TN: 2 red Burgs

Interesting, Alan! I have avoided A.F.Gros/Parent for these reasons (though this may have recently changed); I have never had Anne, though I thought she performed somewhat better--and Clos Vougeot somehow seems to evoke this sort of treatment. (Reminds of an H. Boillot I tried recently, which was in...
by Joshua Kates
February 13th, 2021, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine Jean Chartron Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Pucelle
Replies: 4
Views: 264

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine Jean Chartron Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Pucelle

Thanks for the strong note. Would *love* to source some of these.
by Joshua Kates
February 12th, 2021, 5:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Roulot Bourgogne Blanc (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc)
Replies: 19
Views: 1021

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Roulot Bourgogne Blanc (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc)

Claus Jeppesen wrote: February 12th, 2021, 4:10 am I am sure that once the material was partly Puligny-Montrachet partly Meursault or 100% Meursault. The 2014 and 2010 are great
+1 on the 2014; I've been drinking them with great pleasure. The tariff was not *too* terrible--around $60. They've doubled since then, though.
by Joshua Kates
February 11th, 2021, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1964 Casa Ferreirinha Barca Velha (Douro, Portugal)
Replies: 19
Views: 941

Re: TN: 1964 Casa Ferreirinha Barca Velha (Douro, Portugal)

Nice, Tomás!
Amazing color for a wine that old.
Sounds lovely.
by Joshua Kates
February 9th, 2021, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 1945 Grand Paladin
Replies: 5
Views: 1189

Re: The 1945 Grand Paladin

Richard Boone's favorite wine, no doubt:)
by Joshua Kates
February 9th, 2021, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Di Costanzo 18’s drop Tuesday
Replies: 39
Views: 3216

Re: Di Costanzo 18’s drop Tuesday

NickRut wrote: February 9th, 2021, 4:08 pm Brian - would you say it’s made in a more classic style or big Napa? Sounds more classic but my reading comprehension is just so so.
Not Brian,

Obviously, but yes, classical, but still recognizable as from its place. Really love these wines and for what they are they continue to be great QPR.
by Joshua Kates
February 8th, 2021, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '05 Burguet - VR - Les Rouges du Dessus - '05 Burgs ?
Replies: 2
Views: 237

Re: '05 Burguet - VR - Les Rouges du Dessus - '05 Burgs ?

Burguet is a wonderful producer, who does not, I believe, have many high-end plots. His G-C Mes Favorites is great wine and great value, when you can find it.
by Joshua Kates
February 8th, 2021, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Chateau Montrose
Replies: 5
Views: 511

Re: TN: 1996 Chateau Montrose

Yes, thanks, I have a couple of these also. Interesting that you think it's time to drink'em. I figured they would be good to hold for a while.
by Joshua Kates
February 8th, 2021, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Domaine Georges Roumier Chambolle-Musigny
Replies: 21
Views: 1316

Re: TN: 2001 Domaine Georges Roumier Chambolle-Musigny

Yes, great note, Kent,

Thanks! I don't get to drink as much Roumier as many on this board--or who post on this thread!--but when I do, I am always struck by their classicism: remarkable balance and purity. Somehow reminds me of 1st growth Bordeaux.
by Joshua Kates
February 7th, 2021, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoked meat/ Pastrami wine match?
Replies: 60
Views: 2279

Re: Smoked meat/ Pastrami wine match?

First congrats to the OP! And glad it worked out. But I can't get over this: a tasting at Katz's. WTF! For those who don't know, this is a cavernous space, very dated, usually jammed (maybe not during Covid>), which has a throwback system where you get a card punched when you order on the line (or f...
by Joshua Kates
February 2nd, 2021, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?
Replies: 60
Views: 3529

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

I associate this heavily with Santa Maria pinots, even more than RRV. I drank a lot of these in the 90's--Foxen, Melville, Talley, others. I enjoyed them, but it was almost a tell. I associated it with the terroir or maybe the youthful vines, but the suggestions above obviously may be spot on.
by Joshua Kates
February 1st, 2021, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cali Cab cellar management 2012-2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1380

Re: Cali Cab cellar management 2012-2018

Agree--I just had a '16 Greer. Definitely needs more time.
by Joshua Kates
January 30th, 2021, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: DRC Grands Echezeaux Vertical
Replies: 12
Views: 1443

Re: TN: DRC Grands Echezeaux Vertical

Great notes, Alex,

Really insightful and gives a nice sense of the wines. Almost like being there. Well ALMOST...but still...thanks!
by Joshua Kates
January 30th, 2021, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee "Online and Around the World"
Replies: 12
Views: 733

Re: La Paulee "Online and Around the World"

I'd be up for that--some sort of Fu method tasting. The pricing for the Mugneret-Gibourg two-pack on Zachy's, with the Amex pre-sale %10 discount, is not bad. Just saying...
by Joshua Kates
January 30th, 2021, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee "Online and Around the World"
Replies: 12
Views: 733

Re: La Paulee "Online and Around the World"

I agree with others--I sympathize, but hard to sign on. The Zachys connection also does not help, though, again, necessity no doubt calls. Probably, it was not feasible, to break down bottles into small pours, but without a range of tastes that do not involve spending north of $1000 or even $10 gran...
by Joshua Kates
January 29th, 2021, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Squirrel Preservation Decanter. Am I Nuts....
Replies: 22
Views: 1485

Re: Wine Squirrel Preservation Decanter. Am I Nuts....

Nice (and nice storage)---how much do they run? I have a Coravin, which I like a lot, but I agree with you about its limitations.
by Joshua Kates
January 27th, 2021, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ponsot Vertical 02, 05, 10
Replies: 14
Views: 783

Re: TN: Ponsot Vertical 02, 05, 10

Thanks for the notes, very insightful. Any recent experience with the '01?
by Joshua Kates
January 27th, 2021, 12:08 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Old Saint Emilion and new Burgundies
Replies: 4
Views: 1476

Re: Old Saint Emilion and new Burgundies

Too bad, Phillipe,
I'm in IN or I would have jumped on the Jenniard; had some of his Chambolle last time as I was in Paris. Fantastic and quite reflective of its site, imho.
by Joshua Kates
January 26th, 2021, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '96 D'Angerville - Champans
Replies: 3
Views: 514

Re: '96 D'Angerville - Champans

Good to hear the '96's are coming around, Josh.
by Joshua Kates
January 24th, 2021, 4:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Cerbaiona (Molinari) Brunello di Montalcino
Replies: 10
Views: 665

Re: TN: 1999 Cerbaiona (Molinari) Brunello di Montalcino

Yup, wonderful stuff and hard to find (and pay for). The 2015 VDT Rosso, the last vintage he made, supposedly *is* the Brunello juice, if you can find it.
by Joshua Kates
January 24th, 2021, 4:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: End 2020 - Beginning 2021 interesting wines (and also a few relative disappointments)
Replies: 10
Views: 1473

Re: End 2020 - Beginning 2021 interesting wines (and also a few relative disappointments)

Thanks for these, helpful and interesting as always. I had an '05 Clape Cornas recently that was also quite good and surprisingly approachable. Very nice to hear about the '08 Rayas, as well. My only one and I am intending to drink it on my birthday later this year.
by Joshua Kates
January 19th, 2021, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1 night, 2 people, 7 bottles of 2014 white burgundy.
Replies: 30
Views: 2028

Re: 1 night, 2 people, 7 bottles of 2014 white burgundy.

Yes, terrible...and terrifying: I own a fair amount of '14.
by Joshua Kates
January 19th, 2021, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grand Puy Lacoste 1985 and 1996
Replies: 10
Views: 752

Re: Grand Puy Lacoste 1985 and 1996

Nice post as usual, Julian, thanks!
I have some '95; any recent experience there? (I take it less might be expected, but you never know.)
by Joshua Kates
January 19th, 2021, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Other Ligniers
Replies: 11
Views: 880

Re: Other Ligniers

I've liked the G. Lignier CsD (Clos St. Denis), but only older ones, from the 90's, which have been truly nice. I haven't had anything more recent.
by Joshua Kates
January 18th, 2021, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 G.Roumier Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Clos de La Bussière
Replies: 10
Views: 742

Re: TN: 2002 G.Roumier Morey St. Denis 1er Cru Clos de La Bussière

'07 was ready last year; I found it a little more red-fruited than Jeremy described. Beautifully balanced, classical pure wine--almost no signature, but *that's* his signature.
by Joshua Kates
January 11th, 2021, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How about a slightly harder wine pairing: Kalbi beef
Replies: 51
Views: 4009

Re: How about a slightly harder wine pairing: Kalbi beef

Reviving this thread, as I have some Kalbi coming (and traditional accompaniments) coming from Cote NYC this weekend (by way of Goldbelly). I hear rosé champagne, but partner does not like drinking champagne with meals. (Go figure.) So right now I am thinking either a 2003 Lopez Heredia Vin Tondonio...
by Joshua Kates
January 11th, 2021, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two from the weekend: 2017 Walter Scott Cuvee Anne and 2005 Clape Cornas
Replies: 0
Views: 211

Two from the weekend: 2017 Walter Scott Cuvee Anne and 2005 Clape Cornas

2017 Walter Scott Cuvee Anne: First time with one of their higher end bottlings and the difference showed, though I think their basic chardonnay may be the best deal out there for this variety. Notable material here, real density to the wine, with rounded golden fruits, almost slightly honeyed, yet ...
by Joshua Kates
January 10th, 2021, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 07 Ramonet Batard
Replies: 5
Views: 344

Re: TN: 07 Ramonet Batard

Nice note, Alan,
Wine and food sound magnificent. Only have drunk his lower level stuff, so I can only imagine how great this is.
by Joshua Kates
January 9th, 2021, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard
Replies: 1
Views: 273

Re: TN: 2014 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard

Yes, I use these smaller sizes in the same way. I recently opened a '14 Horseshoe, which was showing very nicely. Loved the complexity from the stems and the velvety mouthfeel.
by Joshua Kates
January 8th, 2021, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau Meyney 1989
Replies: 6
Views: 630

Re: TN: Chateau Meyney 1989

Loved these back in the day..."bay leaf" a good call!
by Joshua Kates
January 6th, 2021, 4:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Anniversary Release
Replies: 27
Views: 1047

Re: TN: 1997 La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Anniversary Release

Yuo, remember these wines from that time also--was drinking lots of Napa Cab in the 90's.
by Joshua Kates
January 6th, 2021, 4:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: A Burg night to start off 2021
Replies: 3
Views: 854

Re: TNs: A Burg night to start off 2021

Thanks for the nice and helpful notes, Melvin,
Still waiting to open some of my '08s from some of these producers--sounds like there is no hurry.
by Joshua Kates
January 5th, 2021, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 PYCM Ancegnieres
Replies: 8
Views: 761

Re: TN: 2012 PYCM Ancegnieres

Yes, love this bottling. The 2014's were/are brilliant--didn't pay exorbitantly for them, but haven't been offered any recently. I still get Chevenottes albeit now north of $100.
by Joshua Kates
January 4th, 2021, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Domaine Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint Jacques
Replies: 3
Views: 503

Re: TN: 2002 Domaine Louis Jadot Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint Jacques

Thanks for the note, Kent,

I have a '96 of this; is this the year to open it? Kirk?

Thanks in advance!
by Joshua Kates
January 4th, 2021, 5:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Leonard Maran - Berserker
Replies: 26
Views: 2195

Re: RIP Leonard Maran - Berserker

Yes, I also always appreciated his posts. Interesting story and condolences.
by Joshua Kates
January 4th, 2021, 4:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo
Replies: 6
Views: 1168

Re: TN: 2016 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo

Wish I was comfortable with current pricing; love her wines.
by Joshua Kates
January 3rd, 2021, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Paul Bara Special Club and 1985 Labogerce Margaux
Replies: 2
Views: 272

Re: 2005 Paul Bara Special Club and 1985 Labogerce Margaux

Nice note. Always a treat to read non-mainstream wines like 1985 Labegorce-Zede (spelling in full for those who may eventually need to do a local search) doing good. Thanks, Ramon. It was a beauty. Confusingly, however it was not the Labegorce-Zede, but Labegorce. (See pic below.) If I have the sto...

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