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by P L owet
September 23rd, 2019, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tignanello Recommendation?
Replies: 15
Views: 1350

Re: Tignanello Recommendation?

The ‘97 was great, but agree with others that it’s risky now and that 2004 Tignanello is a great bet. I’ve never had the 2007 but I prefer 2004 vintage generally for super Tuscans.
Good luck,
Peter
by P L owet
September 19th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Almost Great and Hideously Undrinkable
Replies: 16
Views: 1992

Re: Almost Great and Hideously Undrinkable

Am I the only one who initially assumed Dan was describing a single wine in his title?🤪
Regards,
Peter
by P L owet
September 19th, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys with Kevin
Replies: 133
Views: 4023

Re: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys with Kevin

Thanks again for the warm welcome to an out-of-towner with a yak palate! I was very impressed by the 2001 Home. Not the best wine of the night, but if that's what the recent vintages will eventually evolve into, we're in for a ride! Yes! We took the 2009 Family Farm home and had it last night. I rea...
by P L owet
September 15th, 2019, 8:20 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys with Kevin
Replies: 133
Views: 4023

Re: Bring cash and stems: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys

Can someone bring a couple of extra stems for me? Not picky - any hand blown stems designed specifically for Santa Cruz Mtn pinot would be fine! [wow.gif]
Thanks,
Peter
by P L owet
September 14th, 2019, 7:41 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys with Kevin
Replies: 133
Views: 4023

Re: Bring cash and stems: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys

I’m in. Happy to bring the 2006 Alpine Hillside unless there’s a different hole to fill.

I’ll be coming from Los Altos. Let me know if anyone wants to share a ride.
Thanks,
Peter
by P L owet
September 10th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys with Kevin
Replies: 133
Views: 4023

Re: As of 9/9: Please re-confirm: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys

I'm an out-of-towner who is coincidentally helping my freshman daughter with college move-in the next morning. I should be done with Bed Bath & Beyond trips by 9/17 dinnertime so would love to join you if you end up taking folks off the waitlist.[wow.gif] I have some older (and newer) Rhys so let me...
by P L owet
September 9th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 12
Views: 929

Re: TN: 2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard

We opened the Rhys 2009 Pinot Noir Horseshoe last night. Showed very well but more in the "easy drinker" category than something you want to analyze. Based on my tasting at release, I suspect 2012 may be a half-step up, but that's not to be dismissive of the tasty 2009.
Regards,
Peter
by P L owet
August 27th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some impressions on the 2015 Barolo vintage
Replies: 73
Views: 8297

Re: Some impressions on the 2015 Barolo vintage

I think 08's are approaching early drinkability. A 2008 Vajra Albe I had several weeks ago was very good, a model of the vintage, with great aromatics, and a crunchy, sappy cherry palate. I have had 7 or 8 2008 Nebb in the past year, and only Monprivato and Cascina Francia were not very forthcoming...
by P L owet
August 26th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 82
Views: 2309

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bages Libéral (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Christopher, Can you remind me which wine you're talking about? [wink.gif] Thanks for comparing the heat on this thread to the John Fox one. Now I realize that you have a healthy perspective on Alex's alleged ethical shortcomings. If this is the worst difference of opinion you've come across on any ...
by P L owet
August 26th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: weekend pomerols
Replies: 1
Views: 381

Re: weekend pomerols

Thanks, Kelly. I like the ZH pinot gris Rangen sometimes too. Don't think I've had or own the 2007, but have drunk 2002/2004. It's just hard to find the right time to open a wine that you accurately describe as "quite oily and viscous." Good descriptors too for the Certan de May. "Sturdy, burly" are...
by P L owet
August 21st, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some impressions on the 2015 Barolo vintage
Replies: 73
Views: 8297

Re: Some impressions on the 2015 Barolo vintage

... all of the usual traditional suspects made very good wine but the vintage is not in the same league as 2001, 2004, 2008, 2010, or 2013... Tom, Thanks for the comments. I'm surprised that you include 2008 in your list of top 21st century vintages while excluding 2006. I have very limited experie...
by P L owet
August 2nd, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?
Replies: 130
Views: 6736

Re: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?

I don't buy $200 1er crus so I can't really add to the new-release alternatives. However, I have really enjoyed older H. Lignier MSD VV such as the 1993. IMO the 1998 was also very nice for the vintage. My surprise tangent: We recently opened magnum of the 2004 L&A Lignier Morey St Denis 1er cru Cuv...
by P L owet
July 21st, 2019, 5:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Older Bordeauxs 50+ years vs newer <50 year old?
Replies: 37
Views: 2470

Re: Older Bordeauxs 50+ years vs newer <50 year old?

I recently had the great pleasure of sharing a 1947 Chateau Haut Brion and 1981 Chateau Haut Brion side by side, both from WineBid, both with perfect provenance and condition. Russ, You might want to take this opportunity to explain your comment. How did Winebid authenticate provenance and genuinen...
by P L owet
June 27th, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pescatarian/Vegetarian Pairings with aged Bordeaux
Replies: 36
Views: 1172

Re: Pescatarian/Vegetarian Pairings with aged Bordeaux

If you don't mind a few carbs, a spectacular match is acorn squash stuffed with a wild mushroom (we use crimini and shiitake), breadcrumb, parmigiano (not much) filling. Include a few pats of butter so it's rich, moist and delicious.
Regards,
Peter
by P L owet
June 20th, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about mildly aged (early 2000s) Zind-Humbrecht
Replies: 9
Views: 933

Re: Question about mildly aged (early 2000s) Zind-Humbrecht

Mike,
We had a flawed 2002 Z-H Brand Riesling 5 years ago out of 375ml. More recently, we drank a very good 750ml bottle of the same wine. Both purchased at same time (release) from same source.
Regards,
Peter
by P L owet
June 20th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I've never read a more terrifying tasting note
Replies: 28
Views: 2876

Re: I've never read a more terrifying tasting note

Paraphrasing best descriptor I ever read (maybe from Lonely Planet 30 years ago?): looks like sh*t, smells like sh*t, tastes like sh*t. When trying it at a roadside stand in Thailand back then, I hated it. What was worse, the next day at breakfast, we were served a lovely fruit bowl and I could swea...
by P L owet
May 28th, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $9.99 Back-Up-The-Truck Merlot
Replies: 5
Views: 1364

Re: $9.99 Back-Up-The-Truck Merlot

Nathan, Thanks for the detailed TN. It just goes to show subjectivity in wine preferences: one person's back-up-the-truck is another's hard pass. While I don't doubt that some Pomerol/St. Emilion $100 wines have over-ripe fruit and/or RS, I wouldn't buy those either. I suspect the best right-bank me...
by P L owet
May 13th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?
Replies: 67
Views: 4557

Re: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?

In Burgundy there seem to be fairly few old wines being sold at auction for much less than the retail price of current vintages. Why would you expect mature burgundy to cost less than the same wine from a current vintage (assuming comparable quality reputation)? That type of arbitrage always seems ...
by P L owet
April 15th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo dinner last Thursday
Replies: 10
Views: 1081

Re: Barolo dinner last Thursday

Thanks for posting, Ross. Nice Thursday! Where are you and Grappa restaurant located? Is that a risotto dish with black truffles? flirtysmile IMO the Luigi Pira wines can be excellent values. Not surprised that yours over-delivered. Meanwhile, I wish I owned the G. Conterno 1999 Cascina Franca. [swe...
by P L owet
April 1st, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Les Perrières
Replies: 7
Views: 380

Re: TN: 1989 Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Les Perrières

Had the 2002 version of this tonight and after tracking it through the evening it is likely my #1 so far for 2019. Complete bottle of wine. Marc, I have one bottle left of their 2002 Chinon Les Picasses with the label signed by Pierre that I've resisted opening. Based on your note on the Bourgueil,...
by P L owet
March 29th, 2019, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 469
Views: 37403

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

I really enjoyed our first ever bottle of Lagier Meredith Syrah. The 2013 was open for business and lovely. Midweight, brambly fruit. No heat, thank you.
Regards,
Peter
by P L owet
March 20th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Atlanta Does Rhys Yet Again
Replies: 19
Views: 1250

Re: TN: Atlanta Does Rhys Yet Again

Thanks, Mike. I really enjoy Rhys chardonnay, but do find some variability in their earlier vintages. Opened a 2009 Horseshoe chard last week that was somewhat tired, minimizing the minerality and acidic cut that you reference. Some bottles can be terrific. We also drank the 2009 Horseshoe Syrah rec...
by P L owet
March 18th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saturday Dinner: ‘99 Pétrus, etc.
Replies: 20
Views: 1059

Re: Saturday Dinner: ‘99 Pétrus, etc.

N, I hate to ask this, but was the cork branded? (In the photo, all one sees is "Pomerol".) Even if i could afford Petrus, I'd probably be afraid of purchasing a 15 year old bottle due to fraud risk. That said, glad you had a lovely family dinner with great wines. Count me as a fan of "off-vintage" ...
by P L owet
March 14th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heeee's Back - Gary V.
Replies: 32
Views: 2393

Re: Heeee's Back - Gary V.

I like Gary. I have had dinner with him and he is incredibly generous with what he shares with others, has an excellent palate, and is a great person to talk to. I have also tailgated with him at Jets games and if you think he is a bit hyper about wine, you ain't seen nothin' compared to Gary in th...
by P L owet
March 9th, 2019, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent TNs: mostly organic/biodynamic
Replies: 3
Views: 349

Re: Recent TNs: mostly organic/biodynamic

Thanks for posting these TNs, Joe. Interesting set of (mostly unfamiliar to me) wines. I’m surprised that the 2013 CdP was such a complete wine, given the vintage.
Regards,
Peter
by P L owet
February 15th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino
Replies: 8
Views: 659

Re: TN: 2010 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino

Thanks, Jay and Michael. We recently opened the 2012 Lisini as part of a brunello tasting. Too young, but not really shut down. Glad I have more... to open 5-10 years from now. I'd imagine the 2010 and 2013 versions are even better. I'd recommend Lisini to folks who don't want to spend more than $4...
by P L owet
February 15th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino
Replies: 8
Views: 659

Re: TN: 2010 Lisini Brunello di Montalcino

Thanks, Jay and Michael. We recently opened the 2012 Lisini as part of a brunello tasting. Too young, but not really shut down. Glad I have more... to open 5-10 years from now. I'd imagine the 2010 and 2013 versions are even better. I'd recommend Lisini to folks who don't want to spend more than $40...
by P L owet
January 29th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where's the good, cheap Sangio?
Replies: 48
Views: 3280

Re: Where's the good, cheap Sangio?

Go north. The best in Colli Fiorentini are great and cheap. Go north of the apennines to the hills of Romagna. The wines are dead cheap. Quality has improved drastically the last 5 years and no one notices. So they will continue to be cheap. Specific recommendations? Hope at least some of these are...
by P L owet
January 29th, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 24
Views: 976

Re: TN: 2001 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

I was similarly impressed by a 2001 Beaucastel on Christmas: 12/25/2018 Cellared since release. Perfect cork and fill. Opened an hour without decanting, then drunk over 2 days. Dark red core, lightening at the rim. Potent nose of blackberry, plum, black cherry, fresh earth and floral notes with a m...
by P L owet
January 3rd, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haut Bailly: style?
Replies: 11
Views: 1157

Re: Haut Bailly: style?

Bumping due to shared interest in responses.
I recall enjoying the 1996 version several years ago. I purchased some 2015 based on its old reputation + high scores (mea culpa) + not unreasonable price + ignoring actuarial realities.
Thanks,
Peter
by P L owet
January 3rd, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brief TNs - mature Prum, Sullivan, Fontalloro
Replies: 8
Views: 569

Re: Brief TNs - mature Prum, Sullivan, Fontalloro

Mike Grammer wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 7:32 pm
I have a 93 Graacher Himmelreich Spat up to bat for later this month that I'm well aware is not mature, but we'll open it anyway for some fun.
I hear the '71s are approaching maturity and beginning their 50 year plateau. [wink.gif]

Happy and healthy new year, Mike!
Regards,
Peter
by P L owet
January 1st, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brief TNs - mature Prum, Sullivan, Fontalloro
Replies: 8
Views: 569

Re: Brief TNs - mature Prum, Sullivan, Fontalloro

I knew the Mosel-heads here would get on me for using the term “mature.” neener It was really fresh but more complex than a new release. I would’ve had had no clue if blinded on the wine and asked vintage. [tease.gif] What is white Bolognese? Seved at DC restaurant Centrolina with homemade pappardel...
by P L owet
December 31st, 2018, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brief TNs - mature Prum, Sullivan, Fontalloro
Replies: 8
Views: 569

Brief TNs - mature Prum, Sullivan, Fontalloro

Here are 3 wines this month that really worked for me. None were expensive, and they all made me smile and appreciate cellaring. Even better was that they were all consumed at family dinners. JJ Prum 2004 Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese - though not from a special vintage, this wine hit the spot. Only...
by P L owet
December 31st, 2018, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New year wine resolutions
Replies: 47
Views: 2035

Re: New year wine resolutions

For me this year it is more about the people than the wine. I am going to stop inviting people to tastings who pull no-shows without any advance warning or apology after the fact- especially those who no-show to events where there were waiting lists. I am also going to stop reaching out to people- ...
by P L owet
November 30th, 2018, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Revisiting Rhys Chardonnay 2006 - 2011
Replies: 14
Views: 1582

Re: Revisiting Rhys Chardonnay 2006 - 2011

I have loved the Rhys ‘08 Alpine chard, although I think it’s time to drink up. The ‘07 and ‘09 chard’s have not performed at the same level. I also agree with the poster who is impressed with the ‘12. Maybe it will surpass earlier efforts? More generally, I think the Rhys chard winemaking has impro...
by P L owet
October 24th, 2018, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pergole Torte Riserva 1990 Magnum -- FAKE or REAL?
Replies: 19
Views: 1388

Re: Pergole Torte Riserva 1990 Magnum -- FAKE or REAL?

Barry, I know next to nothing about authentication, but you already know the answer. This quacks just like a FAKE. Why would a collector who only buys on release cut the capsule in order to benignly check the cork? This wine has become a legend, but no one would have been suspicious in 1992 (when fi...
by P L owet
October 8th, 2018, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Suggestions for a Very Specific Venue
Replies: 74
Views: 2347

Re: Wine Suggestions for a Very Specific Venue

I agree with others about the appeal of California chardonnay. Rombauer makes a lot of sense at your price point. I wouldn't choose a "high-end" label from a producer that also sells a much cheaper wine (e.g. Beringer PR vs. regular), because it wouldn't impress folks who recognize the brand but are...
by P L owet
October 8th, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Bordeaux: a Gilman "profound" Bordeaux vintage - Your Recommendations?
Replies: 118
Views: 5415

Re: 2008 Bordeaux: a Gilman "profound" Bordeaux vintage - Your Recommendations?

Didn't Parker later back off somewhat from his very positive initial notes/scores? I bought a few bottles at the time, since the recession seemed to influence pricing more than RP did. IIRC it was the first Bordeaux vintage since RP's rise in which his en primeur TNs didn't clearly move the market. ...
by P L owet
October 8th, 2018, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe
Replies: 1
Views: 357

Re: 2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe

Thanks, Scott. FWIW we opened a 2012 Family Farm last weekend. Like your Horseshoe, red-fruited. Nice, but definitely reticent as compared to release, when it was flamboyantly aromatic. I'll probably wait 1-2 years before checking in again on any of the Rhys 2012s.
Regards,
Peter
by P L owet
August 16th, 2018, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favre-a-thon 7.0
Replies: 8
Views: 678

Re: Favre-a-thon 7.0

Everything kicked off on a gorgeous rooftop with a bottle of 69 DP P3 courtesy of the most generous Mr. England. https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1817/44030334992_9a5421d4bb.jpg Wow, looks like an amazing event! Not sure though that providing the Dom was so generous -- it has a finger floating in it!...
by P L owet
August 16th, 2018, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tasting 14 Brunellos + 4 other wines in the home of a gracious host
Replies: 17
Views: 839

Re: Blind tasting 14 Brunellos + 4 other wines in the home of a gracious host

Thanks, Blake! Hard to believe, but brunello looks more and more like excellent value in today's wine world. A couple of random comments: 2005 CAPARZO BRUNELLO di MONTALCINO- once revealed, I was surprised to find this was an 05` since it had a definitive cloudy signs of aging browning ruby color; i...
by P L owet
July 12th, 2018, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Recs for a Gateway Red (Zinfandel?)
Replies: 57
Views: 1490

Need Recs for a Gateway Red (Zinfandel?)

Sorry to propose elongating the transition process, but I would suggest a fuller bodied rose. Serving it chilled will provide familiarity and reduce sense of alcohol. Meanwhile, the taste profile (e.g. pinot noir or rhone blend) can be a nice gateway.
Good luck,
Peter
by P L owet
July 9th, 2018, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A friend's 40th birthday wine bash
Replies: 17
Views: 1544

A friend's 40th birthday wine bash

C’mon man!
How was the Groffier ‘93 Beze?
Peter
by P L owet
July 4th, 2018, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weekend debauchery - June 29-30; long, boring impressions
Replies: 1
Views: 650

Weekend debauchery - June 29-30; long, boring impressions

Thanks for the notes, Jim. Can’t wait to try the Hebrart.
Regards,
Peter
by P L owet
June 29th, 2018, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lamarche La Grande Rue
Replies: 42
Views: 2469

Lamarche La Grande Rue

Barry, I really appreciate your tasting notes, especially since you don't seem swayed by label/vintage reputations. Surprised to hear that the '99 was showing age at less than 20 years. Provenance? 'Off' bottle? I've never had this wine at more than 15 years, but it always seemed to me to be at leas...
by P L owet
June 20th, 2018, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 11942

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

$75 off the shelf for ‘15 is a great price, I think. It is $100+ even at the discounters in many places here. Regarding thing up money on futures, I think that is a matter of scale to a large extent. Purchasing case lots- for sure. Small purchases, it is pretty irrelevent. Jim, Agree. I didn't "nee...
by P L owet
June 19th, 2018, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 11942

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

I am on the fence right now. 2017 is the birth year of my first child and I am leaning toward waiting until they are released to get a few. Very mixed reviews on the '17 Bordeauxs right now. I will say that Barton seems like a good deal for 75 bucks. It's been years since the chateaux have removed ...
by P L owet
June 18th, 2018, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Caparzo BdM - any good?
Replies: 7
Views: 448

2013 Caparzo BdM - any good?

In the past, I thought the reputation was that the La Casa and Riserva bottlings were significantly better, and that the normale is meh. I have little direct experience with any of them (although I liked the '99 Riserva and '06 La Casa). Any recent winery changes or is 2013 simply VOTC? [cheers.gif]...
by P L owet
June 18th, 2018, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Poderi Luigi Einaudi Barolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 2
Views: 251

TN: 2004 Poderi Luigi Einaudi Barolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

Thanks, Craig. Sounds excellent. I don't own this wine, but do have singletons of the Costa Grimaldi and Nei Cannubi from that year. Is there a difference in winemaking between the normale and single vineyard baroli, e.g. heavier oak treatment?
Peter
by P L owet
June 6th, 2018, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leoville Barton1996 from half bottle
Replies: 16
Views: 974

Leoville Barton1996 from half bottle

Just a quick follow-up to my earlier post. For our son's graduation dinner, we opened the 1996 Leoville Poyferre. Decanted immediately before serving, the nose was surprisingly open with classic St. Julien aromas. The palate didn't fully deliver, although it didn't seem backwards per se. Indeed, bal...

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