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by Joshua Kates
December 10th, 2018, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Annual truffle dinner at Ben-and-Wendy’s.
Replies: 8
Views: 567

Re: Annual truffle dinner at Ben-and-Wendy’s.

Good to hear about the '98 Santa Stefano Riserva,

I've got a couple of those, after Ken twigged me to how well Giacosa did that year!
by Joshua Kates
December 10th, 2018, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bruno Giacosa Tribute Dinner
Replies: 5
Views: 453

Re: TN: Bruno Giacosa Tribute Dinner

Yes, thanks for the notes,

Like the Giacosa great stuff!
by Joshua Kates
December 9th, 2018, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent wines
Replies: 13
Views: 534

Re: Recent wines

Thanks, Jim, Much appreciated, especially since I fear I "borrowed" your usual subject heading. As I mentioned above, I've only had one other carricante, and I think it had storage issues so I wasn't able to judge its quality. Maybe some of the Italian specialists--Ian Sutton, Gary York, Oliver Crum...
by Joshua Kates
December 9th, 2018, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent wines
Replies: 13
Views: 534

Recent wines

2014 Aeris (Rhys) Carricante Etna Bianco Superiore 2014 First of three of these and only second time with this grape. Somewhat closed at first, melon and other yellow fruit with the midpalate slightly reminiscent of orange wine, as well as some lanolin. Pretty unctuous mouthfeel. Wasn’t as crazy abo...
by Joshua Kates
December 8th, 2018, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Non-malolactic white wines
Replies: 28
Views: 764

Re: Non-malolactic white wines

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
December 8th, 2018, 5:20 am

(And turn on your sarcasm detector...)
Hung over are we?
by Joshua Kates
December 8th, 2018, 4:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Non-malolactic white wines
Replies: 28
Views: 764

Re: Non-malolactic white wines

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
December 7th, 2018, 6:00 pm
Just drink Riesling, and save all the technical back and forth.
But it's interesting, David,

Not to mention the "technical" issues in finding Riesling that's actually dry :)
by Joshua Kates
December 7th, 2018, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Non-malolactic white wines
Replies: 28
Views: 764

Re: Non-malolactic white wines

Thanks, Eric, and Larry, For the explanationa and really interesting link. I see that the taste I perceive could not be from the malolactic: "Chablis isn't buttery (i.e. diacetyl) from the ML because if you delay killing the ML bacteria (i.e. adding SO2), they'll convert the diacetyl into something ...
by Joshua Kates
December 7th, 2018, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Non-malolactic white wines
Replies: 28
Views: 764

Re: Non-malolactic white wines

This is all very helpful; the status of malo is also something I've often wondered about and I have tended to think that more Cali chards for whatever reason block or inhibit it than do French. Occasioned by Michaels' post below, I have a question about how this corresponds to how a wine tastes. Spe...
by Joshua Kates
December 4th, 2018, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ripeness in Wines by Jamie Goode
Replies: 27
Views: 1327

Re: Ripeness in Wines by Jamie Goode

Surprised this has not been posted yet. Interesting piece by Jamie, looking at historical measurements of ripeness and changes that have occurred over the past 20 years. And can't wait for installment 2 where he'll be talking with CA winemakers [soap.gif] [swearing.gif] [stirthepothal.gif] http://w...
by Joshua Kates
December 4th, 2018, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 504
Views: 22213

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

The Bouzeron sold out at $38 a go? That's crazy. It's good but it's no way $38 a bottle good. Agree, seemed silly, though I guess not so much to go around in 2016? Anyway got any of the 2016 Ramonet? Charlie? Man, those went fast! I no buy ramonet. Do you not like them? Not so much cut or even inte...
by Joshua Kates
December 4th, 2018, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 504
Views: 22213

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Anyway got any of the 2016 Ramonet? Charlie? Man, those went fast!
by Joshua Kates
December 3rd, 2018, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three Matthiassons...(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 401

Re: TN: Three Matthiassons...(short/boring)

FWIW, I also did not love the Mara chard that I tried; I forget the year. The Napa Valley white, with alot of ribolla, on the other hand, is always a winner.
by Joshua Kates
November 30th, 2018, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner with many fine wines especially some top Super Tuscans such as Redigaffi,Ornelaia,Solaia,Flaccianello,Cavalli ++
Replies: 13
Views: 600

Re: Dinner with many fine wines especially some top Super Tuscans such as Redigaffi,Ornelaia,Solaia,Flaccianello,Canalli

I have the '04 of Tua Rita bordeaux blend, the Giustu di Notra. It has also never disappointed over the years.

As always, thanks for the fun and informative notes!
by Joshua Kates
November 29th, 2018, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Iron Gate Wine (Buffalo)
Replies: 19
Views: 530

Re: Iron Gate Wine (Buffalo)

How do you define region? I was talking about Buffalo specifically. Still condescending. I was not intending to be condescending. My point was that there has to be some reason that a shop like this opened in Buffalo. I was born and raised in Buffalo and still have family there and go back 2-3 times...
by Joshua Kates
November 28th, 2018, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Iron Gate Wine (Buffalo)
Replies: 19
Views: 530

Re: Iron Gate Wine (Buffalo)

I can tell you there is absolutely no local market for the wines they have. It looks like there is a Canadian angle. According to linkedin most of the people who work there are located in Toronto/Canada. As someone who grew up in the region, I can assure you there is a local market. Also, good luck...
by Joshua Kates
November 28th, 2018, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Some fun ones in Montreal-04 Allemand+10 Roulot Luchets
Replies: 11
Views: 345

Re: TNs: Some fun ones in Montreal-04 Allemand+10 Roulot Luchets

Kris Patten wrote:
November 28th, 2018, 7:04 am
. Lots of #, impressive commitment to the #.
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by Joshua Kates
November 25th, 2018, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two NapaVlly Vermouths...(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 199

Re: TN: Two NapaVlly Vermouths...(short/boring)

Curious why you'd drink these for the price over what is available in Italy and Spain. For my part, Kris, Also curious, but the Mathiasson turned out to be quite different from the ones I've had from Italy, which are not many. (I intended to go to a "vermouth bar" in Barcelona, when I was there, bu...
by Joshua Kates
November 25th, 2018, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two NapaVlly Vermouths...(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 199

Re: TN: Two NapaVlly Vermouths...(short/boring)

Love the one from Matthiasson, Tom,

Definitely complex, but a bit pricier.
by Joshua Kates
November 24th, 2018, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: requesting wine info: Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards
Replies: 42
Views: 1682

Re: requesting wine info: Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards

Thanks for the informative post, Mike,
And welcome to the board!
by Joshua Kates
November 22nd, 2018, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Ovello
Replies: 29
Views: 1132

Re: TN: 2004 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Ovello

I agree with most of what is said here, I would just throw in that I have found '04 generally in Piedmont to be an exceptional vintage; the wines have been fun to drink at least for the last 5 years or more. At the same time, I am not opening the few '04 Produttori Riservas I have for a while--thank...
by Joshua Kates
November 20th, 2018, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Tasting Fees
Replies: 87
Views: 6287

Re: Napa Tasting Fees

My limited experience tasting at wineries throughout France is that, more often than not, wine is not even available for purchase; and, when it is available, there's not the same pressure/expectation to buy as there is in the States. Granted, folks who live in the States have to travel half way aro...
by Joshua Kates
November 19th, 2018, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Laurent Black Label Significance?
Replies: 7
Views: 348

Re: Laurent Black Label Significance?

The oak treatment at the time was pretty scary, but the ones that I have had from the 90's of late have showed very nicely.
by Joshua Kates
November 17th, 2018, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions 11-17-18
Replies: 4
Views: 511

Re: Impressions 11-17-18

Yeah, surprised about the Giacosa, but a little a bit also about the Chevillon. Aquarium nose? (What is that, chemically? I've never had one, aquarium, not Chevillon).
by Joshua Kates
November 17th, 2018, 4:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dallas Offline - Post Your Notes Here
Replies: 36
Views: 1273

Re: TN thread - 2018 Dallas-Fort Worth Wineberserker Fest Weekend

Thanks for the notes, Tom,
You're take on the SQN is especially helpful to me, as I have not had any, but am thinking about dipping my toes in the water. Sounds like a great time!
by Joshua Kates
November 16th, 2018, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Bordeaux to open?
Replies: 35
Views: 1086

Re: Which Bordeaux to open?

Hi Maureen,

I opened my last '82 Gruaud last month; it was an extraordinarily good bottle, drinking wonderfully right now (at least mine was) --so I'd put in my two cents for that.
by Joshua Kates
November 16th, 2018, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you could only keep 3 online retailers...
Replies: 46
Views: 2135

Re: If you could only keep 3 online retailers...

Same as Matt's:
Envoyer
Chambers
JJB (Geoff)
Used to be K&L but shipping got complicated (w/Chambers, too, now I only pick up in NYC) WHWC Woodland Hills also a good one from time to time.
by Joshua Kates
November 12th, 2018, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the top 1977 Port picks these days
Replies: 76
Views: 3431

Re: What are the top 1977 Port picks these days

I've been drinking through a stash of Messias '77 that I recently acquired. I don't know much about them, and glean that they may not be top tier, but boy, what's in the bottle is really in the zone. Between brown and clear in color, but huge nose, complex in the mouth (not too sweet) and long, long...
by Joshua Kates
November 7th, 2018, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reductive vs Sulfur
Replies: 48
Views: 1591

Re: Reductive vs Sulfur

The H2S produced during fermentation will readily combine with any number of carbon-containing compounds which is why there is confusion in characterizing exactly what that reductive smell is like – there are a range of different compounds in different quantities in different wines. We used to use ...
by Joshua Kates
November 7th, 2018, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Jean Paul & Benoît Droin Chablis Montee de Tonnerre 2005
Replies: 6
Views: 213

Re: TN: Jean Paul & Benoît Droin Chablis Montee de Tonnerre 2005

Yes, I, too, am a big fan, feel like they don't get so much attention here--more in France if price is an indication, but maybe it's the premox thing. laid down some of their '14 Blanchot, so I am hoping for good results.
by Joshua Kates
November 6th, 2018, 5:20 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC - Burgundy GC Reds @ Little Frog (12/13)
Replies: 51
Views: 1603

Re: NYC - Burgundy 1er Reds (12/5), GC Reds @ Sutton Inn (12/13)

Yes, unfortunately I can't make the 13th either; I won't be back in NYC until the following week. Sorry to miss it.
by Joshua Kates
November 6th, 2018, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1978 Domaine Louis Jacob Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Vergelesses
Replies: 4
Views: 239

Re: 1978 Domaine Louis Jacob Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Aux Vergelesses

The nose had some Hoisin, freshly tilled black earth and florals. It was sweet and vinous with a lacy feel. There was so much savoury nuance. Only moderate of weight but great balance and a thoroughly satisfying bottle of mature red Burgundy. Reminds me of a '78 Savigny, I picked up last year in Pa...
by Joshua Kates
November 6th, 2018, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Lignier, George Clos de la Roche 1990
Replies: 14
Views: 539

Re: TN: Lignier, George Clos de la Roche 1990

One of my regrets has long been that I did not stock up on Georges Lignier wines...especially from 1988-1996, as I always thought they had potential...and my notes reflect they almost always came through...with some age or aeration. (I also had a beautiful Hubert Morey ST. Denis vieilles vignes 199...
by Joshua Kates
November 5th, 2018, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Suggestions - Grenache (update!)
Replies: 60
Views: 1618

Re: Need Suggestions - Grenache (rules apply)

Yeah, Spain,

I just got some of these: 2016 Comando G Bruja de Rozas (@ $22 each). Haven't popped one yet, but definitely looking forward to doing so.
by Joshua Kates
November 5th, 2018, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Lignier, George Clos de la Roche 1990
Replies: 14
Views: 539

Re: TN: Lignier, George Clos de la Roche 1990

Since ‘08, when the nephew Benoit took over, there seems there seems to have been a marked improvement to the quality of the wine. Still good value, the Bonnes Mares 2015 I bought was still around $150. in the early 90s, the grand crus were only premier cru level quality. Glad to see an upswing. I,...
by Joshua Kates
November 4th, 2018, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Lignier, George Clos de la Roche 1990
Replies: 14
Views: 539

TN: Lignier, George Clos de la Roche 1990

Nose opens with kirsch and serious spice…in the mouth somehow very Morey St. Denis; dark tones, intense spice, a certain viscosity or denseness; later a little dust and maybe truffle and the finish lengthens. Not a great bottle, but still a treat and no doubt drinking as well as it ever will. Over t...
by Joshua Kates
October 30th, 2018, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tignanello Recommendation?
Replies: 6
Views: 572

Re: Tignanello Recommendation?

Yes, Ron,

I just popped an '07 recently; it drank very well, beautiful wine. Still on the young side, imho, but a little decant (.5=1 hour) opened it up.
by Joshua Kates
October 29th, 2018, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: dinner with 8 winemakers bringing their own wines, a summit of my year
Replies: 19
Views: 1506

Re: dinner with 8 winemakers bringing their own wines, a summit of my year

Joshua, Aubert de Villaine brought when he came : Grands Echézeaux Domaine de la Romanée Conti 1953 Montrachet Domaine de la Romanée Conti 1979 La Tâche Domaine de la Romanée Conti 1990 La Tâche Domaine de la Romanée Conti 1962 Magnum de Richebourg Domaine de la Romanée Conti 1946 La Tâche Domaine ...
by Joshua Kates
October 29th, 2018, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: most indelibly etched on your memory?
Replies: 53
Views: 2080

Re: most indelibly etched on your memory?

1983 Rousseau Chambertin
1989 Lynch-Bages (in top condition. a few years ago)
by Joshua Kates
October 28th, 2018, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: dinner with 8 winemakers bringing their own wines, a summit of my year
Replies: 19
Views: 1506

Re: dinner with 8 winemakers bringing their own wines, a summit of my year

Marcus Dean wrote:
October 28th, 2018, 4:50 pm
Joshua Kates wrote:
October 28th, 2018, 4:19 pm


P. S. I notice no Jadot? Did F. Barnier not contribute anything?
magnum of 99 Batard is mentioned from Jadot
Whoops, yes, of course, you're right--even have some of the '07!
by Joshua Kates
October 28th, 2018, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: dinner with 8 winemakers bringing their own wines, a summit of my year
Replies: 19
Views: 1506

Re: dinner with 8 winemakers bringing their own wines, a summit of my year

Stunning dinner and notes even for you, Francois, Among so many other things that could be asked and wondered about--I had never heard of the S. African before--was the notable age of the red and white wines poured. One often hears that winemakers like their wines younger; was it in deference to you...
by Joshua Kates
October 28th, 2018, 4:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2006 DRC Vosne-Romanee 1er 'Cuvee Duvault Blochet'
Replies: 15
Views: 818

Re: 2006 DRC Vosne-Romanee 1er 'Cuvee Duvault Blochet'

Yes, great that the 2006 came through. (I have never had this wine and probably never will, but have other '06 red burg, so the "data point" is encouraging.)
by Joshua Kates
October 25th, 2018, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Blast from the Past: CharlesKrug Claret '68..(short/boring)
Replies: 6
Views: 399

Re: TN: A Blast from the Past: CharlesKrug Claret '68..(short/boring)

Thanks, Tom,

Great (and esoteric) notes, as usual!
by Joshua Kates
October 25th, 2018, 4:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux Tasting --- K&L Wines, SF 10/06/18
Replies: 6
Views: 518

Re: Bordeaux Tasting --- K&L Wines, SF 10/06/18

Mark Y wrote:
October 24th, 2018, 9:16 pm
Was this a ticketed event? Or open to all customers?? If ticketed how much was the entrance fee?
Dang I wish Seattle stores hosted this level of tasting events.
If those stores did the business K&L does, they could and would, no?
by Joshua Kates
October 23rd, 2018, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you drink the most of
Replies: 78
Views: 2487

Re: Wines you drink the most of

1) 2014 white burgundy (lots of V. Dancer Les Corbins and Lamy St. Aubin, as well as various BB's from Ente, Roulot, and Chantereve)--can barely drink anything else without first popping one of these 2) Aged, often back-filled red Burgundy at all levels (Bachelet, Jadot, Fourrier, Mugneret-Gibourg, ...
by Joshua Kates
October 22nd, 2018, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Ampeau et Fils Tasting
Replies: 10
Views: 413

Re: Robert Ampeau et Fils Tasting

Yes, I have also been more impressed with the whites. Had a '93 Les Combettes, which I opened at a La Paulee type thing in Chicago; it blew away everything on the table, except for a Coche and a Rousseau Chambertin (including some DRC's). Truly stunning white.The 1990 Savigny Les Lavieres was less i...
by Joshua Kates
October 19th, 2018, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bubbles, Burgs, and a nice NZ Chard at Noreetuh
Replies: 1
Views: 225

Re: TN: Bubbles, Burgs, and a nice NZ Chard at Noreetuh

Thanks for the notes, Dale,

I live Noreetuh. Hard to argue with Dujac; btw, imho, you actually are not an easy grader, at leas in these days of grade inflation, which is fine, even good. But just look at the grades above :)
by Joshua Kates
October 15th, 2018, 3:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chefs Restaurant-Buffalo, NY: Spaghetti Parm
Replies: 4
Views: 308

Re: Chefs Restaurant-Buffalo, NY: Spaghetti Parm

When I lived in Buffalo in the 80's, there were a lot of classic red sauce places, led by Santasiero's which is still there--was the go to for pasta fazoul. Could never eat the spaghetti, which was always overcooked, in any of them, but the shrimp-veal parma combo, in a place no longer there, it see...
by Joshua Kates
October 14th, 2018, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Night w/ 82' 99' Salon, 93' Georges Mugneret, 01' Hudelot-Noellat, 64' Giuseppe Rinaldi
Replies: 7
Views: 459

Re: Great Night w/ 82' 99' Salon, 93' Georges Mugneret, 01' Hudelot-Noellat, 64' Giuseppe Rinaldi

Nice notes, Robert,

Thanks for posting; your description of the Bouchard Montrachet, which I've had a few times in different vintages, really nails it. Interesting that you found the H-N RSV less elegant, if that's the right word than the Richebourg. How much air the did the Baroli get?
by Joshua Kates
October 13th, 2018, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy vintage rankings
Replies: 63
Views: 2647

Re: Burgundy vintage rankings

Howard, the la paulee list of producers looks weak though. With the high prices, the lineup should be much better. http://www.lapaulee.com/winemakers-index/ That's last years list, no? Already happened. One in NYC tends to get a deeper selection of vignerons, though I agree these are by no means sh...
by Joshua Kates
October 12th, 2018, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy vintage rankings
Replies: 63
Views: 2647

Re: Burgundy vintage rankings

I will wait to rank 2016 until I taste more in March at the Paulee. Of the others, I would put 2015 at the top, 2011 way below the other four, and 2012, 2013 and 2014 as comparable in quality but not in style. 2013 is a more tannic vintage that has good density but needs more time. 2012 is a richer...

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