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by Mike Evans
April 22nd, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?
Replies: 43
Views: 1053

Re: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?

Got it. That's helpful...thank you. Do winemakers purposefully adjust exposure to oxygen in the winemaking process? It would seem to me that, in general, oxygen exposure would be avoided at almost any cost in most winemaking situations. Do some Chardonnay producers allow a little bit of exposure, a...
by Mike Evans
April 22nd, 2019, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lunch with 16 Bordeaux, 1 standout and 10 not so good/ flawed wines on a beautiful day
Replies: 12
Views: 804

Re: Lunch with 16 Bordeaux, 1 standout and 10 not so good/ flawed wines on a beautiful day

The photo under your note for the 2005 Rieussec is of the 2007 Doisy-Védrines. Did you have both wines?
by Mike Evans
April 20th, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 134
Views: 5275

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

Let's not forget Squires - and his shirts - when doling out accountability for what happened at eBob. https://www.dailydot.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/jeff-goldblum-jimmy-kimmel-live-1024x512.jpg And he banned my avatar! He was pretty solid for Port I have to admit though. Squires was just the h...
by Mike Evans
April 19th, 2019, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10373
Views: 336008

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

I was too busy visiting to take notes, but the wines were all good to excellent. BCA4FD07-B3DD-43E1-BD7A-62E191816D61.jpeg 24ED5998-1EC1-4905-B61D-C67A5CAC84FF.jpeg 960CBB0C-5C74-42DD-B116-5E3325B62841.jpeg 9479EA9C-02F7-4693-B975-FB79045448AC.jpeg A649B370-28BD-446A-80E4-C95281C37B0C.jpeg
by Mike Evans
April 18th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dig through this wine list challenge.
Replies: 41
Views: 1511

Re: Dig through this wine list challenge.

I made the mistake of looking over the list while waiting to have my blood pressure checked. The under $75 category is a pleasant addition from the last time I saw their list, assuming that those are for 750ml bottles, but so many of the markups are so obscene (rapacious pricing at 4x retail or more...
by Mike Evans
April 15th, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 4-15-19
Replies: 16
Views: 1039

Re: Wine Impressions 4-15-19

Any thoughts about the Tempier La Tourtine's future aging prospects (in magnum)? I got some of all three 2004 Tempier cuvees in magnums as birth year wines for my daughter, so wondering how long they should last. They should last as long as you need them to. A 2004 Migoua a couple of weeks ago was ...
by Mike Evans
April 15th, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 4-15-19
Replies: 16
Views: 1039

Re: Wine Impressions 4-15-19

I’m surprised that you found the Ulysse Collins too sweet, as they tend to be very low dosages.
by Mike Evans
April 9th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Heft- Do you care?
Replies: 65
Views: 1920

Re: Bottle Heft- Do you care?

I care and I while I merely dislike heavy bottles, I hate oversized bottles that don’t fit in my racks. There are a lot of bottles that look classy and expensive but that are still fairly light. For examples among current wines, I think EMH’s silkscreened bottles look great. For bottles with labels,...
by Mike Evans
April 9th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s)
Replies: 15
Views: 1488

Re: TN: The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s)

While I also find a lack of sediment unusual, I’ve had some older bottles in recent years in which the sediment had adhered solidly enough to the base of the bottles that they showed little sediment until I rinsed the bottles out and the sediment came out in chunks. In most cases it seems like it to...
by Mike Evans
April 8th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s)
Replies: 15
Views: 1488

Re: TN: The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s)

I’ve had the 1990 Les Cailloux Centenaire several times side by side with most of the other top 1989 and 1990 Chateauneufs (including Rayas, all of the Bonneau cuvées, Beaucastel regular and Hommages, Marcoux VV, etc.), and I think it was among the top 3 every single time. While it has never hit the...
by Mike Evans
April 6th, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with liver
Replies: 48
Views: 1254

Re: Pairing with liver

Especially because the correct answer is Amarone (in the book). Which based on my limited experience with mammal liver would be a much better pairing than Chianti. For chicken liver, the preparation matters a lot, but I’ve loved 1998 Austrians (both Riesling and GV) with chicken liver mousse, as th...
by Mike Evans
April 6th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Memorious
Replies: 53
Views: 2767

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Memorious

“Memorious,” the -ious word that Jim and Patty were smart enough not to use when naming cuvées. Hell, I didn’t even know it was a real word. I actually had to look it up. Well, if we need another -ious suffix wine I will know not to choose that. We have Notorious, Nefarious (can’t use that anymore)...
by Mike Evans
April 6th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1223
Views: 130793

Re: Official Costco Thread

bradkaplan wrote:
March 31st, 2019, 12:56 pm
Atlanta (Brookhaven) now with the 08 Dom at $138. Good deal.
They now have 2008 Dom out at the Sandy Springs Costco for $138 as well. I resisted the urge to pick up a couple more and need to stay out of Costco for a while to try to maintain self-discipline.
by Mike Evans
April 4th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with liver
Replies: 48
Views: 1254

Re: Pairing with liver

A nice Chianti ... with some fava beans. I am shocked it took 8 posts to get here. Especially because the correct answer is Amarone (in the book). Which based on my limited experience with mammal liver would be a much better pairing than Chianti. For chicken liver, the preparation matters a lot, bu...
by Mike Evans
April 2nd, 2019, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine-related 'gadgets' you can't live without
Replies: 88
Views: 3387

Re: Wine-related 'gadgets' you can't live without

Add me to the list of Durand skeptics turned convert. I’d used friend’s Durands occasionally but persuaded myself that my jury rigged version with a Monopol two prong and Pulltap was just as good. After a generous friend gave me a Durand, I realized that I was wrong and that it really is an indispen...
by Mike Evans
April 1st, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1223
Views: 130793

Re: Official Costco Thread

Atlanta (Brookhaven) now with the 08 Dom at $138. Good deal. Thanks, this was good news as I’ve been waiting to see if it would turn up at Costco at the same price as the 2009 (I was worried that they’d crank up the price for the 2008 like Total Wine did). As of an hour ago there was at least one b...
by Mike Evans
April 1st, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Les Perrières
Replies: 7
Views: 323

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 Mike Evans
March 30th, 2019, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN's: Alesia/Rhys Tasting
Replies: 21
Views: 1262

Re: TN's: Alesia/Rhys Tasting

Not from this tasting, but here is an assortment of my notes on older Alesia’s: 2004 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Kanzler Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (7/11/2018) Just beautiful, tart red fruit, a touch of stems bring a bit of menthol and spice, it just makes me happy. (92 pts.)...
by Mike Evans
March 29th, 2019, 5:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN's: Alesia/Rhys Tasting
Replies: 21
Views: 1262

Re: TN's: Alesia/Rhys Tasting

Wow, great tasting. I still have bottles left of most of the Rhys/Alesias you had that night and have also had many of the Alesias in the past few years as well. I’ve been pretty happy with almost all of them. Would be fun to revisit some of the older Rhys/Alesia wines from that night. I know where...
by Mike Evans
March 28th, 2019, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN's: Alesia/Rhys Tasting
Replies: 21
Views: 1262

Re: TN's: Alesia/Rhys Tasting

Wow, great tasting. I still have bottles left of most of the Rhys/Alesias you had that night and have also had many of the Alesias in the past few years as well. I’ve been pretty happy with almost all of them.
by Mike Evans
March 28th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Latour 2009 Chambertin
Replies: 24
Views: 1401

Re: Louis Latour 2009 Chambertin

The only red worth purchasing from Louis Latour is their Corton Grancey. It's a blend of four Grand Cru vineyards, and with a little bottle age can be somewhat interesting. I had a '79 recently that was quite nice. And only if you can get it at a bargain price. I would kindly have to disagree, thei...
by Mike Evans
March 28th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle
Replies: 56
Views: 2569

Re: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle

The Calluna recommendation is a solid one. I’d also look for Hobo’s Cabernet or one of their Zins.
by Mike Evans
March 28th, 2019, 11:12 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!

Donations of appreciated wines are generally a bad deal for the donor. Wine is a collectible, so if you donate it to a charity and it is either (a) used by the charity in its exempt purpose but sold by the charity within 3 years of the donation or (b) not used by the charity in its exempt purpose, t...
by Mike Evans
March 28th, 2019, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Say you know someone and they only think wine is red...
Replies: 52
Views: 1774

Re: Say you know someone and they only think wine is red...

The chromatically challenged are simply to be pitied. I tend just to sigh and tell them they'll probably grow up eventually. It's surprising, though, how common that divide is among civilians. I would say that ~90% of the time, when someone hears I'm a wine lover, the first question I get is "white...
by Mike Evans
March 26th, 2019, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oily substance on top of wine?
Replies: 18
Views: 757

Re: Oily substance on top of wine?

Maybe ropiness?
by Mike Evans
March 26th, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ardea closures on Carillon - what do you think?
Replies: 50
Views: 1427

Re: Ardea closures on Carillon - what do you think?

A. So wrote:
March 26th, 2019, 7:11 pm
The 08 Ponsot Griotte has completely fallen apart. I don't know if that's the closure or the wine, though.
The ‘08 Charmes-Chambertin has grown increasingly disappointing over the past several years as well.
by Mike Evans
March 26th, 2019, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers, what color are your bottles?
Replies: 4
Views: 372

Re: Winemakers, what color are your bottles?

That color is what would be known in the business as "Antique Green" Does that mean it's green per the waste management folks? I haven't the foggiest. Dead leaf Green is really mostly yellow. Champagne Green is most definitely green. Flint is clear. We're almost as creative as the paint folks! Than...
by Mike Evans
March 26th, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers, what color are your bottles?
Replies: 4
Views: 372

Re: Winemakers, what color are your bottles?

I’ve renamed the post in hopes of drawing attention from those who are most likely to have an answer.
by Mike Evans
March 26th, 2019, 5:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Consistently superb: Flannery
Replies: 57
Views: 1876

Re: Consistently superb: Flannery

I won't order because I don't eat frozen meat. So surprised everyone here does. I’d much rather eat Flannery that I’ve frozen than fresh beef from pretty much any other source I agree. I’ve also found that the reduced moisture content from dry aging makes a real and positive difference in how well ...
by Mike Evans
March 25th, 2019, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michael Broadbent on old Bdx
Replies: 68
Views: 3499

Re: Michael Broadbent on old Bdx

With the discussion of 1973s, I’ll throw out a pleasant recent experience: 1973 Château La Dominique - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (3/9/2019) I didn’t expect much from this wine, but thought it would be fun to celebrate my brother’s birthday by sharing a birth year wine with ...
by Mike Evans
March 25th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers, what color are your bottles?
Replies: 4
Views: 372

Winemakers, what color are your bottles?

My city requires that we sort glass by color for recycling, with the options being clear, green, and brown. Most bottles are easy to classify, but I find that most wine bottles these days seem to be either greenish brown or brownish green and don’t fall neatly within either category. I don’t want to...
by Mike Evans
March 21st, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Atlanta Does Rhys Yet Again
Replies: 19
Views: 1121

Re: TN: Atlanta Does Rhys Yet Again

For 2011, both Syrahs are still on the young side. I haven’t had any of the 2011 Rhys Pinots since June 2014, so I need to revisit them. I’ll probably try a Bearwallow in the next couple of weeks because I have quite a few left.
by Mike Evans
March 21st, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Atlanta Does Rhys Yet Again
Replies: 19
Views: 1121

Re: TN: Atlanta Does Rhys Yet Again

I've also had high hopes for the Rhys syrahs based on a few late 00s Horseshoes. But I too has a 2011 Skyline over the weekend and while the nose had some mild intrigue on the palate there was just nothing to hang your hat on. Either a dumb phase or just not a wine for me. Honestly my first thought...
by Mike Evans
March 21st, 2019, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Huet - Old Label Question
Replies: 10
Views: 374

Re: Domaine Huet - Old Label Question

I drank my last 1971 a couple of years ago which I’m pretty certain was from the same release (and probably same store) as Jayson’s and it has the same label:
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by Mike Evans
March 21st, 2019, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two 2002 Donnhoff Spatlese served side by side
Replies: 7
Views: 476

Re: TN: Two 2002 Donnhoff Spatlese served side by side

Thanks for these. I have the kupfergrube, norheimer dellchen and niederhauser hermannshohle. Have you had the latter two? I’ve had both in the last couple of weeks. My note on the Hermannshohle was “The gold color is consistent with the scintillating richness, sweetness, and freshness, brilliant an...
by Mike Evans
March 20th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Atlanta Does Rhys Yet Again
Replies: 19
Views: 1121

Re: TN: Atlanta Does Rhys Yet Again

Mike, here are the notes from round 1: https://www.cellartracker.com/m/stories/41167.

And here is round 2: https://www.cellartracker.com/m/stories/35116.
by Mike Evans
March 20th, 2019, 5:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses
Replies: 17
Views: 869

Re: TN: 2014 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses

A 2012 Baudry Domaine a few weeks ago was young but singing.
by Mike Evans
March 19th, 2019, 9:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Atlanta Does Rhys Yet Again
Replies: 19
Views: 1121

TN: Atlanta Does Rhys Yet Again

ATLANTA DOES RHYS YET AGAIN - Atlas Restaurant, Atlanta, GA (3/19/2019) A group of us gathered at Atlas for another exploration of Rhys wines and included the Home Vineyard and Syrahs for the first time. Tonight reinforced my lofty opinions of the Horseshoe Chardonnay and Syrah and Skyline Pinot, e...
by Mike Evans
March 19th, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Blind tasting of mostly Northern Rhone
Replies: 31
Views: 1590

Re: TN: Blind tasting of mostly Northern Rhone

Most of my experience with LM has been with the 1998, but I’ve always thought it fit much better in a blind tasting of Hermitage than of Côte Rotie or Cornas.
by Mike Evans
March 19th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Choosing an expensive wine for a special occasion
Replies: 53
Views: 2019

Re: Choosing an expensive wine for a special occasion

I am trying to make this general rather than specific. But for those interested he is going with a 1983 Margaux, and when he mentioned to the host, he volunteered a 1982 to pair it against. This is the game theory optimal play! Pick a major wine in a "bad" year that is classic year adjacent, which ...
by Mike Evans
March 19th, 2019, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dishwasher and Wine Glasses
Replies: 56
Views: 1913

Re: Dishwasher and Wine Glasses

I only use the dishwasher for my GGGs and Grassls on a normal cycle with a Cascade pod at the same time that I’m washing a normal load. I’ve found that the rinsing agent can result in a natural wine funk but either a quick rinse with water after I pull them from the dishwasher or a rinse with wine a...
by Mike Evans
March 19th, 2019, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?
Replies: 61
Views: 1294

Re: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?

The incredible range of non-fruit flavors and aromas that wine can exhibit, running the gamut from black pepper and bacon to flowers to salinity to baking spices.
by Mike Evans
March 16th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Want to know why you can't ship wine to your state?
Replies: 10
Views: 678

Re: Want to know why you can't ship wine to your state?

The amounts appear to represent the industry as a whole, so I suspect that much of the California and Oregon spending is from producers trying to avoid regulation that would be a burden to their production and promoting regulation that protects them from competition. The vast majority of Georgia’s s...
by Mike Evans
March 10th, 2019, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10727
Views: 476665

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

I've been bad. Krug Rosé 21eme 2012 Louis Roederer Brut Rosé 1989 & 1990 Olga Raffault Les Picasses 2000 Château Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre 2017 Y. Clerget Volnay Clos du Verseuil and Caillerets, and Pommard Les Rugiens 2009 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Coeur de Cuvée 2002 Piper-Heidsieck Cuvé...
by Mike Evans
March 9th, 2019, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 148
Views: 5186

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

Well stated, my friend. There is no doubt that with the name chosen, they were 'implying' certain things that were not true. Just as Franzia had put the word 'Napa' on a wine that was not from the Napa area. Some things seem so plain to see - how this made it through the TTB when they won't let me ...
by Mike Evans
March 7th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jamie Goode on brett, TCA, ladybugs, smoke taint and mousiness
Replies: 62
Views: 1980

Re: Jamie Goode on brett, TCA, ladybugs, smoke taint and mousiness

The key point here is that I really don't like when people say or write "mousy smell", because in probably 99% of the cases there is no mousy smell. When tasting the wine you technically smell the compound, yes, but if it happens retronasally, your brain doesn't think you've smelled something, but ...
by Mike Evans
March 5th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Good Monday: Sichuan & Riesling...Donnhoff, Prum, Weil, Haag, Pichler Unendlich, Von Schubert, Kracher...
Replies: 15
Views: 641

Re: TN: A Good Monday: Sichuan & Riesling...Donnhoff, Prum, Weil, Haag, Pichler Unendlich, Von Schubert, Kracher...

Thanks for posting some notes, I’m impressed, as I didn’t even try to keep up with note taking as the food, wine, and conversation were moving at such a rapid pace. One correction, the 2002 Dönnhoff was the Norheimer Dellchen. The Selbach-Oster was a 2005 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese***, which was cl...
by Mike Evans
March 3rd, 2019, 7:10 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Anchovies
Replies: 28
Views: 991

Re: Anchovies

I had a terrific dish made with these anchovies at Rue Cler in Durham about a year ago: https://www.gustiamo.com/salted-anchovies-from-cetara-by-nettuno/. Also, some hazelnuts from Gustiamo were a revelation, I don’t think I realized until tasting them that it had been years since I’d had a hazelnut...
by Mike Evans
February 25th, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Which type of German rieslings do you usually prefer?
Replies: 86
Views: 1872

Re: Poll: Which type of German rieslings do you usually prefer?

What producers make dry auslese? How does one know whether a German wine is dry, half dry,... fully sweet? The alcohol level provides a rough guide to the sweetness of the wine. If it is labeled “auslese” and is 7.5% alcohol, it will be generally be fairly sweet, if it is 13% alcohol then it is lik...
by Mike Evans
February 25th, 2019, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jamie Goode reviews natural wines
Replies: 12
Views: 821

Re: Jamie Goode reviews natural wines

Jamie has also written reams of praise for wines that fall into the natural wine category, so he’s not just taking cheap shots at natural wine and that context matters to me. Here’s an example of a more nuanced post: http://www.wineanorak.com/wineblog/natu ... e-thoughts.

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