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by Joshua Kates
April 22nd, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad, MacDonald, Ridge, Dalla Valle
Replies: 6
Views: 905

Re: Myriad, MacDonald, Ridge, Dalla Va

The Myriad seems to be made in a soft, easy-drinking style. I've had friends wonder whether there was any Cab in it, since they were looking for something more structured and herbal. Some folks love it and it's the product of careful wine making, but it's the outlier of the group for sure. From som...
by Joshua Kates
April 21st, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad, MacDonald, Ridge, Dalla Valle
Replies: 6
Views: 905

Myriad, MacDonald, Ridge, Dalla Valle

Some from last evening: 1) 2014 Myriad Beckstoffer G III--in a very good place; open with blueberries followed by milk chocolate; the tannins seem almost non-existent. Everything is in place, so I doubt this wine will improve. 2) 2013 MacDonald—at first was closed, though already decanted for approx...
by Joshua Kates
April 17th, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Matthiasson Chard MichaelMaraVnyd '15...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 249

Re: Yup..

TomHill wrote:
April 16th, 2019, 4:27 pm
His Cabs/Merlots do not appeal to me much..but I'm not a big fan of those varieties.
So I've gleaned, Tom :). Don't mind them myself and in fact have some nice ones I'll be drinking soon...just not his.

Enjoy!
Josh
by Joshua Kates
April 17th, 2019, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red Burg, Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot and a terrific Albarino surprise
Replies: 11
Views: 822

Re: Red Burg, Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot and a terrific Albarino surprise

Dan Kravitz wrote:
April 16th, 2019, 4:18 pm
The palate had the real Jesus in velvet trousers texture I rarely find outside of Burgundy.
Nice!
by Joshua Kates
April 16th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Matthiasson Chard MichaelMaraVnyd '15...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 249

Re: TN: Matthiasson Chard MichaelMaraVnyd '15...(short/boring)

I've always loved his mixed blend, Napa Valley White, and his Ribolla Gialla; I have to say I haven't fallen hard for his chards or the little cab that I've had. Maybe too dialed down for me? (I know he works all over, so should have access to some of the best grapes, and I think he grows his own Me...
by Joshua Kates
April 16th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your house champagne?
Replies: 77
Views: 2141

Re: What's your house champagne?

Ulysse Collins, usually Maillons, or Billecart-Salmon Rose, though I'm liking the Larmandier Bernier Rose a lot lately as well.
by Joshua Kates
April 16th, 2019, 4:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Drinking In Burgundy Is Good
Replies: 39
Views: 2431

Re: Wine Drinking In Burgundy Is Good

+1, Herwig! Btw, is this the place that Francois A. frequents?
by Joshua Kates
April 15th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which red burg vintage (1999-2010) showing well now?
Replies: 93
Views: 3599

Re: Which red burg vintage (1999-2010) showing well now?

Yes, I had a '96 of this about a month back. Quite promising, but seemed still very young.
by Joshua Kates
April 15th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?
Replies: 32
Views: 656

Re: Favorite (non-psychedelic) mushrooms to eat?

Morels are my outright favorite, but can be tricky to cook. Cut off hard bottoms of stem, and then cut open to make sure there are no little worms and also to remove silt. If possible avoid wetting, use only a brush. Cut into length-wise strips, approximately 4 per mushroom. Sautee in an ample mixtu...
by Joshua Kates
April 15th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo dinner last Thursday
Replies: 10
Views: 986

Re: Barolo dinner last Thursday

Yes, nice notes, thanks for posting! Good to know about the Parusso, as I have a couple of '04's that I was beginning to have doubts about it, owing to the style. Guess they just need more time? Have some, well really one Marchesi Riserva, 1990; perhaps that needs more time as well?
by Joshua Kates
April 14th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '99 Red Burgundies comin' round the mountain??
Replies: 21
Views: 1343

Re: '99 Red Burgundies comin' round the mountain??

Hi Stuart, I've recently had an Arnoux (Robert) NSG Clos des Corvees Pagets and a Drouhin Charmes Chambertin, both of which I thought not ready. I'm not sure how good a wine the latter will be, figured it was ok to try being a Charmes, but the first had serious promise, just still needed time, shut ...
by Joshua Kates
April 11th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Throwin' it down
Replies: 11
Views: 1126

Re: Throwin' it down

Great notes, Patrick,

Thanks for posting--love your experienced perspective on the bottles, to which I cannot hold a candle.
by Joshua Kates
April 9th, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 178
Views: 8735

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Talking to a few people who were there, the mildew really hurt the properties that practice Biodynamics. Incredibly low yields at Palmer, and Pontet Canet, and lower than normal at Margaux. I have heard mixed reviews on the Palmer and Pontet Canet. Obviously their buried cow horns were not sufficie...
by Joshua Kates
April 8th, 2019, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dujac Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Combottes 1er Cru 2011
Replies: 0
Views: 219

TN: Dujac Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Combottes 1er Cru 2011

Powerful note of black cherry, mushroom and dirt combine in this classic expression of Gevrey; started out a touch green in the nose, but none in the palate and was at once a little shut down and also suprisedly aged—bricking, the mushroom note—perhaps because it was out of 375. After an hour in the...
by Joshua Kates
April 7th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1993 Bertheau Chambolle Musigny
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: TN: 1993 Bertheau Chambolle Musigny

Buzz and I split a small stash years ago. I got the corked ones and he got the good ones. Somehow this good one slipped into my grasp. Lovely nose of beetroot and forest floor, the fruit was dark cherry, at first a bit sour but cleaned up nicely, 93 acids well-integrated, tannins resolved. Lots of ...
by Joshua Kates
April 5th, 2019, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA Chevalier Fine Wines- Chicago
Replies: 7
Views: 874

Re: PSA Chevalier Fine Wines- Chicago

Good to know!
by Joshua Kates
April 5th, 2019, 4:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JamieGoode: The Privilege of Tasting BDX en Primeur
Replies: 27
Views: 1482

Re: JamieGoode: The Privilege of Tasting BDX en Primeur

Interesting, John,

Thanks for the insight; I think it would indeed be a lot of work.
by Joshua Kates
April 5th, 2019, 4:24 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: .
Replies: 8
Views: 658

Re: FS: Leroy, Salon, Ente, Comtes

Train left the station.
by Joshua Kates
April 4th, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA Chevalier Fine Wines- Chicago
Replies: 7
Views: 874

Re: PSA Chevalier Fine Wines- Chicago

Yes, I, too, have had positive experiences, though it took a few calls/emails. Sad to hear that they seem to be going down the tubes.
by Joshua Kates
April 3rd, 2019, 4:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2141

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

For sweet, I'd have to go with Avignonesi Vin Santo; I had a '94, tremendous complexity, like port squared, while also being the most viscous wine I have ever encountered. On non-sweet, there are so many and so many different styles,a number of which have been mentioned above. Pieropan is certainly...
by Joshua Kates
April 3rd, 2019, 4:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2141

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

Generally, I avoid Tuscan whites and most vermentino, but I may be missing something. It has been interesting to me to explore the Montenidoli bottlings. I’ve especially liked the Vernaccia Tradizionale and Templare (vernaccia+trebbiano gentile+malvasia blend...the poor man’s tondonia blanco!). Bac...
by Joshua Kates
April 1st, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2141

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

For sweet, I'd have to go with Avignonesi Vin Santo; I had a '94, tremendous complexity, like port squared, while also being the most viscous wine I have ever encountered. On non-sweet, there are so many and so many different styles,a number of which have been mentioned above. Pieropan is certainly ...
by Joshua Kates
April 1st, 2019, 4:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Chenin Blanc Lodi (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)
Replies: 4
Views: 342

Re: TN: 2017 Sandlands Chenin Blanc Lodi (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)

John Davis wrote:
March 31st, 2019, 5:57 pm
Got three. Won’t make it to summer. May is in question. Great stuff.

JD
+1 John!
by Joshua Kates
March 31st, 2019, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux Echezeaux
Replies: 25
Views: 1369

Re: Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux Echezeaux

Barry Rothof wrote:
March 31st, 2019, 12:21 pm
Joshua Kates wrote:
March 31st, 2019, 11:25 am
Interesting--not to be a pain in the butt, but I don't think I have really tasted "espresso" in a red burgundy. (Bordeaux and cab, yes, of course.) But maybe that's just me?
Joshua,- this was high-quality espresso refined and delicate !! [cheers.gif]
Fair enough, Barry,
Enjoy!
by Joshua Kates
March 31st, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux Echezeaux
Replies: 25
Views: 1369

Re: Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux Echezeaux

Interesting--not to be a pain in the butt, but I don't think I have really tasted "espresso" in a red burgundy. (Bordeaux and cab, yes, of course.) But maybe that's just me?
by Joshua Kates
March 28th, 2019, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ellman Family Vineyards Offer?
Replies: 0
Views: 74

Ellman Family Vineyards Offer?

This is now live, heavily touting their new winemaker Andy Erickson. Offering their Jemma (slightly more of a Bordeaux blend, most, but not all, estate fruit); anybody know more about this, tasted? Someone must, since I can't imagine where else I could have heard about them than from this board, unl...
by Joshua Kates
March 26th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Walter Scott X - Novo Chardonnay
Replies: 13
Views: 1057

Re: TN: 2017 Walter Scott X - Novo Chardonnay

Still waiting for this year's shipment to arrive--sounds like it's worth giving them some rest, so thanks!
by Joshua Kates
March 26th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More reasons to hate FedEx
Replies: 53
Views: 1957

Re: More reasons to hate FedEx

David, In my experience, when you can't redirect, it's because shippers have chosen that option. Did you check with yours? Obviously, the woman's response was ridiculous, and I may be mistaken, but there apparently have been scams where people order wine w/stolen credit card, have shipped to proper ...
by Joshua Kates
March 24th, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offered to donate a wine tasting for charity - REJECTED!
Replies: 19
Views: 2000

Re: Offered to donate a wine tasting for charity - REJECTED!

I have done something similar for the school, public, that my son use to attend. It was not at this level of seriousness, maybe $250 and we would serve six wines (some Chablis, SB, Pinot, Cab, and so on), as well as food. Even so, we got a similar response, might be too pricey for people. We ended u...
by Joshua Kates
March 22nd, 2019, 4:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère
Replies: 5
Views: 370

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère

I haven't had the '15, David, so you may well be right, but in my experience with this wine, it takes time for that minerality and some of what Meadows calls "dry extract" to show through. This was even true of the '09, which was initially not such an interesting wine, but has recently blossomed, al...
by Joshua Kates
March 17th, 2019, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bonneau du Martray 2016-1994 vertical
Replies: 13
Views: 802

Re: Bonneau du Martray 2016-1994 vertical

Thanks for the notes, Stas,

I'm a fan of this wine also.The '14's weren't that expensive (@$150), maybe because Alan's stopped buying them all? :)
by Joshua Kates
March 17th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Old North Rhone Night - Chave, Jaboulet and Guigal
Replies: 8
Views: 772

Re: Great Old North Rhone Night - Chave, Jaboulet and Guigal

Thanks for the great notes, Jim, Interesting that "cut wheat/toasted grain" thing; there's a note I find in older burgundy that I never have a name for that this might fit. Do you get it there as well? (I think of it sometimes as a kind of brown/tan spice, but NOT vosne spice, which is altogether di...
by Joshua Kates
March 17th, 2019, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where Are The Franconia Wines???...David??
Replies: 14
Views: 636

Re: Where Are The Franconia Wines???...David??

Eric Ifune wrote:
March 17th, 2019, 4:10 pm
If you think Riesling is unfashionable, what about Sylvaner!
+1 (And there may even be a reason for that--did not love them when I was in Bavaria last year.)
by Joshua Kates
March 15th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Today Is ENIAC Day..Celebrate w/ a Ridge..(long/historical/boring)
Replies: 14
Views: 704

Re: Today Is ENIAC Day..Celebrate w/ a Ridge..(long/historical/boring)

Hi Tom, Thanks for the great story. BTW, I've never heard von Neumann referred to as Johnny before; did you know him? NYT Mag just had a big story about women in programming...Of course, I did not know of the Hewett Crane/Ridge tie in. Might get to a Montebello, maybe a '92 next weekend and have a t...
by Joshua Kates
March 14th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne refrigerator
Replies: 31
Views: 1418

Re: Champagne refrigerator

They are 5” x 24” I go 2 deep on mine. I bought them from the Wine Grotto in Pasadena when I used to store my wine there. I wanted to use a smaller tube, but quite a few of the champagnes I have just wouldn’t fit in the smaller diameter tubes Very helpful, Dennis, thanks, Would help my top storage ...
by Joshua Kates
March 13th, 2019, 4:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 817
Views: 37387

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Tried for the '16 C. Moreau Chablis Le Clos magnums, having fallen in love with this wine, though not this vintage, at La Paulee. Not fast enough, darn. Any lucky souls here? I tried within minutes but also missed out. I’m obsessed with C Moreau. Close to Raveneau/Dauvussat for me. Yep, I love thes...
by Joshua Kates
March 12th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Various Vougeot
Replies: 8
Views: 705

Re: Various Vougeot

Andy B wrote:
March 12th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Thanks for the notes, Jeremy.
I was particularly interested to see the positive note on the '29 as I'm sitting on a single bottle of it as well as the same house's '29 Chambertin.
Hi Andy,

That's cool--should be even better than the CV. Be sure to post when you pop it!
by Joshua Kates
March 12th, 2019, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 817
Views: 37387

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Tried for the '16 C. Moreau Chablis Le Clos magnums, having fallen in love with this wine, though not this vintage, at La Paulee. Not fast enough, darn. Any lucky souls here?
by Joshua Kates
March 11th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee: did anybody go to the gala dinner?
Replies: 65
Views: 3244

Re: La Paulee: did anybody go to the gala dinner?

I skipped it and indeed had several wonderful alternative dinners. Definitely worth checking in with NY retailers you buy from to see if anything is planned. But my favorite dinner was a small gathering of friends, some of whom I met here :). Wine of the week? Very kind people did share some wonder...
by Joshua Kates
March 5th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Done
Replies: 6
Views: 551

Re: Extra La Paulee Grand Tasting Entry 3/9

Hi Joshua, I sent an email but did not hear back. Is the ticket still available? Hi Shawn, I just saw your email; let me get back to you later this evening by email--need to confirm something related. But no, the ticket has not been sold. Best Josh P. S. I am a real person, lots of stuff on cc, not...
by Joshua Kates
March 4th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?
Replies: 48
Views: 1825

Re: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?

Also a Sandlands fan--not quite Chidaine perhaps, but when it's on it can be very distinctive, lovely mouthfeel and aromatics, with good acidity and nice depth of fruit. Sometimes, for whatever reason I, too, have found it a little bit flat and muted, but when on, it's outstanding.
by Joshua Kates
March 4th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Done
Replies: 6
Views: 551

Re: Extra La Paulee Grand Tasting Entry 3/9

Time is running short--one more bump! (Asking $300 for $375 ticket.)
by Joshua Kates
March 3rd, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 8
Views: 494

Re: TN: 1995 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Nice note--very helpful, including as to timing. Have one, I think, so I'll give it some more time.
by Joshua Kates
March 3rd, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Done
Replies: 6
Views: 551

Re: Extra La Paulee Grand Tasting Entry 3/9

Bump again!
by Joshua Kates
February 28th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Done
Replies: 6
Views: 551

Re: Extra La Paulee Grand Tasting Entry 3/9

Bump!
by Joshua Kates
February 27th, 2019, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 3 Balltearers
Replies: 15
Views: 1145

Re: 3 Balltearers

Yes wondered about this, too, and looked it up; but is the etymology what one would think? Great notes as always, and thanks, of course.
by Joshua Kates
February 25th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few notes from the Heritage Blind Wine Tasting Finals in Las Vegas
Replies: 11
Views: 996

Re: A few notes from the Heritage Blind Wine Tasting Finals in Las Vegas

Thanks for the notes, and the tale, Jay,

Was in Vegas last summer for the first time in 30 years, seemed to me an absolute hellhole, though it was summer. In any case, thanks for representing WB and the write-up.
by Joshua Kates
February 25th, 2019, 3:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BYOC Oregon Chardonnay/Taylor Shellfish throwdown
Replies: 12
Views: 676

Re: BYOC Oregon Chardonnay/Taylor Shellfish throwdown

Thanks, Marcus,

Love what Oregon is doing with Chardonnay these days, more even than with Pinot, I must say. I've got some of that Walter Scott in the pipeline, so your it's good to get your preview.

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