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by Mike Evans
November 19th, 2019, 5:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 André Brunel Châteauneuf du Pape Les Cailloux
Replies: 9
Views: 417

Re: TN: 1990 André Brunel Châteauneuf du Pape Les Cailloux

I don't know what Selections Reflets refers to, but it is on all their CdPs ( or at least used to be) as well as on the neck labels of other wines (Clos du Mont Olivet for example). It doesn't mean the wine is a late release since it is on their new releases. Or was: I stopped buying the Les Caillo...
by Mike Evans
November 18th, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best American cheese I have tasted.
Replies: 66
Views: 2258

Re: Best American cheese I have tasted.

I tried the Rogue River Blue next to their normal Oregon Blue last night and preferred the normal, which will be good for my wallet since it is $15 less per pound. The River was fine, but had a little sweetness and a gamy edge that I don’t prefer.
by Mike Evans
November 14th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ponsot...in general
Replies: 36
Views: 2207

Re: Ponsot...in general

I’ve had bad luck with the 2008 Charmes-Chambertin and a very disappointing 1999 Clos de la Roche in recent years, along with a corked 1998 Clos de la Roche which I put in a different category as bad corks are more universal.
by Mike Evans
November 13th, 2019, 6:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineHunter: 1996 Domaine de l'Aigueliere Montpeyroux Cote Doree, $25
Replies: 12
Views: 676

Re: WineHunter: 1996 Domaine de l'Aigueliere Montpeyroux Cote Doree, $25

I think I’ll avoid for the reasons Alf identified, but this was a mighty fine wine on release and for several years after, if you like that classic NR peppery syrah thing, and this was the first vintage of this or the Rousse I ever had. If properly stored, I suspect it’s held up well. Since they lo...
by Mike Evans
November 12th, 2019, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN fun: what variety is this?
Replies: 36
Views: 1288

Re: TN fun: what variety is this?

The thing with being bothered about variety vs varietal is they aren't either one. They're cultivars (the variety is Vitus Vinifera). No one uses varietal for apples/etc because varietal became a noun (from an Adj.) from varietal wine. And hey...if we aren't allowed to turn adjectives into nouns wi...
by Mike Evans
November 8th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Replies: 16
Views: 654

Re: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Thanks to all for the great responses, I’m making a list. Any suggestions for winter non-skiing activities? I’m planning on some skiing, but will need to pace myself and take some days off because of a less than perfectly sound knee.
by Mike Evans
November 7th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Replies: 16
Views: 654

Re: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Anyone have any recent recommendations or warnings for Jackson Hole? I’ll be there in late December and am staying in Teton Village, if that makes a difference.
by Mike Evans
November 2nd, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Finca Sandoval (Spain, Castilla-La Mancha, Manchuela)
Replies: 8
Views: 317

Re: TN: 2004 Finca Sandoval (Spain, Castilla-La Mancha, Manchuela)

I went through a decent number of those from the early 2000s and enjoyed them, but it’s been a long time now. Wasn’t it a project of some wine writer or critic? Victor de la Serna But go on, who was he or what did he do outside of that project? Victor is a founder, former deputy editor, and still a...
by Mike Evans
November 1st, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 121
Views: 3389

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

Sounds like a classic case of premox. [cry.gif] But isn't 15 years pushing it for a white wine that isn't labeled "riesling"? I sort of assume some whites I open over 10 years of age outside of certain categories will begin to slow down and fade a little, with some of that giving various degrees of...
by Mike Evans
October 28th, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of 14 Paso Robles Cabs
Replies: 18
Views: 1115

Re: Blind tasting of 14 Paso Robles Cabs

You're mean--funny, but mean :) Lots of fun to read about the older wines in this blind, Blake---I have zero experience ageing any Paso Cabs---or any wines from there for that matter. Used to love Justin, not as much anymore. My friend Bernie is a huge fan of Austin Hope. The Daous sound big, but a...
by Mike Evans
October 22nd, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best American cheese I have tasted.
Replies: 66
Views: 2258

Re: Best American cheese I have tasted.

I don’t know that I’d say the best, but my favorite is probably Old Chatham’s Hudson Valley Camembert. The tang from the sheep’s milk adds another dimension that I find hard to resist. I’m also a fan of the Sweet Grass Dairy lineup, though again I don’t know that I’d call them the best.
by Mike Evans
October 22nd, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1578
Views: 188191

Re: Official Costco Thread

Finally the 08 Dom has landed in ATL. $141.79 plus our county tax which is the lowest in the area. Cumberland store in Atlanta. This is a very good price. I picked up a couple to add to my stash. They didn’t have it at Brookhaven yesterday but had at least 6 bottles at $149.99 at the Peachtree-Dunw...
by Mike Evans
October 21st, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike on Mini-Tour--Dirty & Rowdy Comprehensive in Atlanta
Replies: 20
Views: 956

Re: TNs--Mike on Mini-Tour--Dirty & Rowdy Comprehensive in Atlanta

All of the Mourvedres and Petite Sirahs I brought (the Skinners, Shake Ridge, the 2015 Antle, Evangelho, Mourvedres and Rosewood Mourvedre and 2015 Petite Sirahs) were double decanted about 2 hours before the tasting. Don’s 2013 Rosewood Mourvedre and 2012 Rosewood PS were double decanted when the t...
by Mike Evans
October 21st, 2019, 5:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike on Mini-Tour--Dirty & Rowdy Comprehensive in Atlanta
Replies: 20
Views: 956

Re: TNs--Mike on Mini-Tour--Dirty & Rowdy Comprehensive in Atlanta

Mike, thanks for accepting the task of scribe and posting your notes. A couple of corrections, it is “Shake Ridge,” and the sparkling wine was the Traditional Method, which was also made in 2013 and 2015, along with a Pet Nat in 2013. Personal favorites included the Stoney Creek, Shake Ridge, and An...
by Mike Evans
October 18th, 2019, 6:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 65
Views: 2648

Re: Aglianico

I can’t think of any appellation that is more fun to say than Aglianico del Vulture.
by Mike Evans
October 17th, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 50
Views: 2306

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

For Barolo, it’s a toss up between 2004 and 2005 Giacomo Conterno Monfortino Riserva. For Barbaresco, it is the 1996 Giacosa Asili Riserva, followed by 1995 and 1997 Giacosa Santo Stefano.
by Mike Evans
October 17th, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mike on Mini-Tour--Blinds at Randy's Place
Replies: 13
Views: 936

Re: Mike on Mini-Tour--Blinds at Randy's Place

>> BLIND #7: (Randy's first red): Smoky, meaty, blackberry. Super-primary. A wall of tannins. A lot of wood chips. Needs decades. I say Argentinian Malbec. Hah, nice try. 2006 Roberto Voerzio Langhe Nebbiolo. Wow, is this *every* tight. Is this what you'd normally expect from a Nebbiolo? Sincere qu...
by Mike Evans
October 15th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 298
Views: 14802

Re: Ravenswood library offer

I got: 2 Ravenswood 1990 Sonoma County Merlot $25.00 each 1 Ravenswood 1991 Sangiacomo Vineyard Merlot 100% Merlot $45.00 each 1 Ravenswood 1994 Sangiacomo Merlot 100% Merlot $45.00 each 1 Ravenswood 1994 Sonoma County Petite Sirah $25.00 each 1 Ravenswood 1988 Dickerson Vineyard Zinfandel 100% Zinf...
by Mike Evans
October 15th, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
Replies: 28
Views: 927

Re: TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

Wes Barton wrote:
October 14th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Excellent Pinot Noir producer, too.
And Zinfandel. A 2001 Shale Terrace over weekend was still quite enjoyable.
by Mike Evans
October 15th, 2019, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mike on Mini-Tour--Blinds at Randy's Place
Replies: 13
Views: 936

Re: Mike on Mini-Tour--Blinds at Randy's Place

One minor correction, the Scherrer was the Shale Terrace.
by Mike Evans
October 13th, 2019, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mike on Mini-Tour--Blinds at Randy's Place
Replies: 13
Views: 936

Re: Mike on Mini-Tour--Blinds at Randy's Place

Mike, nice notes. It has been a while since I’ve tasted blind with people whose cellars I don’t know which added to the fun.
by Mike Evans
October 12th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give CO wine a taste...
Replies: 148
Views: 6147

Re: Give CO wine a taste...

It took a while to get to one of the wines from last year, but here we go: 2016 Bookcliff Vineyards Tempranillo - USA, Colorado (10/12/2019) Note: The bottle was a free sample from the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Ripe plummy fruit with a burned rubber and baking spice finish, it has a fair b...
by Mike Evans
October 12th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mike on Mini-Tour---Atlanta Dinner at Pyng Ho
Replies: 7
Views: 488

Re: Mike on Mini-Tour---Atlanta Dinner at Pyng Ho

Mike, I’m always impressed that you are able to produce cogent notes after a dinner like last night. My 1998 - 2002 Austrians have been aging brilliantly and the Alzinger was no exception, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I didn’t find a lot of standout wines last night but also very few that weren’t enjoya...
by Mike Evans
October 9th, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Gonon St Joseph Vieilees Vignes - and some side by sides
Replies: 33
Views: 1786

Re: TN: 2010 Gonon St Joseph Vieilees Vignes - and some side by sides

Will you be taking your Gonon to South Beach? I have not had the 2010 (or the 2009), but the 2006 and 2007 VV are ridiculous wines. Good to see someone drinking it. I had the 2006 VV over the weekend and it was indeed ridiculous. Most intense note of briny black olive that I can remember in a wine....
by Mike Evans
September 25th, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard
Replies: 13
Views: 1107

Re: TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard

I’m in for a D&R tasting!
by Mike Evans
September 25th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard
Replies: 13
Views: 1107

Re: TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard

Dennis, I have a few left after drinking one on Saturday so I’ll try to remember to bring one at some point. I love the crispness and minerality of Dirty and Rowdy’s Chardonnay, some of which is from the producer but a lot seems to be Alder Springs terroir.
by Mike Evans
September 23rd, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heritage Auction - Familiar Cellar Name
Replies: 104
Views: 7253

Re: Heritage Auction - Familiar Cellar Name

I ended up with 9 of Mark’s lots and two other lots. I spent more in total than I intended but I filled some holes in my cellar and managed to resist the temptation to chase a few lots past the limits I’d set for them so I’m happy.
by Mike Evans
September 23rd, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heritage Auction - Familiar Cellar Name
Replies: 104
Views: 7253

Re: Heritage Auction - Familiar Cellar Name

The amount of work and time that it would take to photograph every bottle that goes in to a sale would be daunting. You can't use stock photography. Imagine having to open every OWC and professionally photographing it? You are talking thousands of bottles. When I first started following Heritage, t...
by Mike Evans
September 23rd, 2019, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Fall Horror Story: Carbonation in.....Zinfandel?!!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 1315

Re: A Fall Horror Story: Carbonation in.....Zinfandel?!!!!

Light carbonation maybe unusual for a zin, but it’s not unheard of for reds. The usual solution is to put your thumb over the neck and give it a bit of a shake. And hope you didn’t underestimate the carbonation like I did once with a California Viognier from a producer I generally like that had som...
by Mike Evans
September 21st, 2019, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 23,000 Leflaive GC and Pucelles bottles pre 2014 reconditioned at the Domaine...
Replies: 32
Views: 3083

Re: 23,000 Leflaive GC and Pucelles bottles pre 2014 reconditioned at the Domaine...

I might be alone in this, but there is something sad and crass about the idea of opening up all these decades-old bottles and subjecting them to these technological manipulations. There is this loss of authenticity and integrity and connection to the past that is deplorable. I had this same viscera...
by Mike Evans
September 13th, 2019, 5:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beaujolais, where have you been my whole life?
Replies: 42
Views: 2246

Re: Beaujolais, where have you been my whole life?

The trick with aging Beaujolais is not to drink it young. :) Even among the AFWE for lack of a better term, including many friends, they don’t let their Beaujolais age. Or don’t want to. Should we create a poll? Who has aged Beaujolais more than 20 years after vintage? My oldest are just getting th...
by Mike Evans
September 10th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you eat grapes?
Replies: 49
Views: 1797

Re: Do you eat grapes?

Just picked up a basket of scuppernong grapes to snack on. It is an indigenous variety to eastern NC and is in the muscadine family. Large, very thick skinned and juicy with each grape have one or two large seeds. I look forward to the brief season each year. Interesting bit of trivia. The scuppern...
by Mike Evans
September 4th, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Muscadine from Napa Valley?!?
Replies: 9
Views: 552

Re: Muscadine from Napa Valley?!?

The highest and best uses for V. rotundifolia grapes are eating out of hand (both red and white varieties are delicious when ripe and spitting the seed is fun) and making jelly (primarily the red varieties as scuppernong jelly tends to lack the complexity of a good muscadine jelly). I’m not as parti...
by Mike Evans
August 31st, 2019, 7:07 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 129
Views: 5987

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

I ate my lifetime's allotment of chicken sandwiches at Wendy's in the 70s and 80s [wow.gif] Pretty sure that Wendy's did not introduce chicken sandwiches until 1990. Their website seems to confirm this. 1990 is when they introduced a grilled chicken sandwich. They already had fried and spicy chicke...
by Mike Evans
August 31st, 2019, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What price per bottle do you use in cellar tracker?
Replies: 73
Views: 1878

Re: What price per bottle do you use in cellar tracker?

bob poirier wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 11:15 am
Howard Cooper wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 4:01 am
I track cost (including shipping and taxes) because it gives me basis numbers for wines I donate to charity auctions and for the rare times I sell any wine.
+1
I also enter my wines at their cost basis for exactly the same reason.
by Mike Evans
August 31st, 2019, 6:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 14 small growers tete du cuvee event featuring Vilmart, Pierre Peters, Goutorbe, Marie Courtin, J. Lassalle, Paul Bara++
Replies: 34
Views: 1061

Re: 14 small growers tete du cuvee event featuring Vilmart, Pierre Peters, Goutorbe, Marie Courtin, J. Lassalle, Paul Ba

Allegeance is the Rose, which I have found to be hard to find but I do have a bottle. Eff is from the bottom of the slope, while Resonance is top of slope. Presence is Chard/Pinot Blanc (had a bottle a few weeks ago, it was again excellent). I'm one oponion, but I have a couple dozen TNs on these w...
by Mike Evans
August 29th, 2019, 10:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT attorneys, interest in helping a winery collect
Replies: 29
Views: 3050

Re: CT attorneys, interest in helping a winery collect

In most states the distributors essentially own the legislators and effectively write the laws for their own benefit.
by Mike Evans
August 29th, 2019, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese
Replies: 21
Views: 674

Re: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese

While everything was good, the 2001 Prum and the fish and tofu in pickled pepper sauce were definitely the stars of the evening.
by Mike Evans
August 28th, 2019, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't I buy more Louis Michel Chablis?
Replies: 36
Views: 2227

Re: Why don't I buy more Louis Michel Chablis?

YLee wrote:
August 28th, 2019, 5:54 am
When thinking about the best chablis producer, is there 1 that really stands above the rest?
Raveneau and Dauvissat have generally been viewed as the top two producers which is reflected in their pricing.
by Mike Evans
August 27th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Châteauneuf-du-Pape producers
Replies: 46
Views: 2047

Re: Châteauneuf-du-Pape producers

What about Gigondas? While I did get some Pape--my two favorite producers might be Domaine du Cayron Gigondas and Domaine Saint-Damien Gigondas. Yes to Saint Damien. I find Cayron too variable, though I was a fan in the 90s. After that, the ones I drink regularly are Gour de Chaule, Raspail d'Ay, D...
by Mike Evans
August 27th, 2019, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two friends sharing three bottles of wine - Part 4
Replies: 17
Views: 1455

Re: TN: Two friends sharing three bottles of wine - Part 4

Just three bottles among two people? Do you think you can actually appreciate the quality of the wines without several other bottles at the same time for comparison and to keep your palate from getting burned out from just drinking the same few wines? Mike, We only drank less than half of the 07 CD...
by Mike Evans
August 26th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two friends sharing three bottles of wine - Part 4
Replies: 17
Views: 1455

Re: TN: Two friends sharing three bottles of wine - Part 4

Just three bottles among two people? Do you think you can actually appreciate the quality of the wines without several other bottles at the same time for comparison and to keep your palate from getting burned out from just drinking the same few wines?
by Mike Evans
August 24th, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dauvissat, Marionnet, Pavelot, Chave
Replies: 2
Views: 485

Re: TN: Dauvissat, Marionnet, Pavelot, Chave

I had the 2011 Provignage last Friday and it was both interesting and enjoyable. On the nose and finish it was a dead ringer for Budwine (a now-defunct Georgia cherry soda that predated but was very similar to Cheerwine). It would have been fun to try blind in black glasses, as I probably wouldn’t h...
by Mike Evans
August 23rd, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Is Pronunciation Such An Issue??
Replies: 71
Views: 2361

Re: Why Is Pronunciation Such An Issue??

It’s actually Pineau d’Aunis.
by Mike Evans
August 21st, 2019, 4:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?
Replies: 161
Views: 7988

Re: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?

I posted this on August 7 in a different thread: I’ll throw out a Repour data point from tonight. I had about half a bottle left of a 1994 Mondavi Reserve CS from a tasting on July 20 so I stuck a Repour in it and threw it in the fridge. I poured it tonight with a Flannery ribeye and it hadn’t faded...
by Mike Evans
August 20th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Renardat-Fâche Vin du Bugey-Cerdon (France, Savoie, Vin du Bugey-Cerdon)
Replies: 24
Views: 726

Re: TN: 2017 Renardat-Fâche Vin du Bugey-Cerdon (France, Savoie, Vin du Bugey-Cerdon)

“Pure joy in a bottle!” It’s funny we have been drinking these for a long time now, and I have no idea if it ages more than a couple years. My recollection is: it did not used to get a vintage designation officially; and vintage wasn’t anywhere on the old label. So you would have had to keep track ...
by Mike Evans
August 19th, 2019, 5:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Renardat-Fâche Vin du Bugey-Cerdon (France, Savoie, Vin du Bugey-Cerdon)
Replies: 24
Views: 726

Re: TN: 2017 Renardat-Fâche Vin du Bugey-Cerdon (France, Savoie, Vin du Bugey-Cerdon)

“Pure joy in a bottle!” It’s funny we have been drinking these for a long time now, and I have no idea if it ages more than a couple years. My recollection is: it did not used to get a vintage designation officially; and vintage wasn’t anywhere on the old label. So you would have had to keep track ...
by Mike Evans
August 17th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10933
Views: 398469

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Lots of Loires last night:

by Mike Evans
August 8th, 2019, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 93
Views: 2883

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

There is no protective layer. Gases don’t behave like liquids and form layers, which is good because 1% of air is argon. What about CO2? You read about it forming a blanket over fermentation tanks, and occasionally someone is asphyxiated when they fall in a tank. And I saw bees dropping dead over a...
by Mike Evans
August 8th, 2019, 5:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?
Replies: 93
Views: 2883

Re: Wine preservation systems - which do you recommend?

We have tested using Coravin and Repour in our tasting room. I was high on both initially but both have limitations for commercial use. We still sell Repours and I think they are good for home use if you don’t finish a bottle. We now use the Coravin for library wines only, while at home I use my Co...

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