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by Mike Evans
December 10th, 2018, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 Domaine Combier Crozes-Hermitage Clos des Grives
Replies: 0
Views: 22

TN: 1997 Domaine Combier Crozes-Hermitage Clos des Grives

1997 Domaine Combier Crozes-Hermitage Clos des Grives - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage (12/10/2018) Pretty raspberry and blackberry and evergreen, showing an impressive level of complexity, a very good example of well-aged Syrah from the east bank of the Rhône. I had an incredible ...
by Mike Evans
December 10th, 2018, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zalto Question (Again)
Replies: 23
Views: 951

Re: Zalto Question (Again)

I've never used the GG before, but it is amazing to hear people talk about it being lighter than the Zalto, which, to me, is virtually weightless and even too much so if anything. A glass this light is a tipping risk. Don't get me wrong; I love them and use them constantly (and have broken only one...
by Mike Evans
December 10th, 2018, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Not a bad Saturday afternoon
Replies: 2
Views: 288

Re: TN: Not a bad Saturday afternoon

No, no alligator arms in that lineup, Mike. Shame about the 06 CdL. I can make a fair guess as to who brought the Giroud Charmes and the Krohn [grin.gif]. Didn't I see the Percristina in October too? ;) nice lineup with always-great notes. A bientot Mike Thanks. Your guess would likely be correct o...
by Mike Evans
December 10th, 2018, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Not a bad Saturday afternoon
Replies: 2
Views: 288

TN: Not a bad Saturday afternoon

NOT A BAD SATURDAY AFTERNOON - (12/8/2018) Saturday's theme was bring whatever you want, as long as it is an old world wine and at least 10 years old (unless it is Burgundy, in which case young wines are fine too). The host added the caveat that since the year is coming to a close, bring something ...
by Mike Evans
December 9th, 2018, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 (12/5 - 12/12) Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Riesling for Dakin Humane Society
Replies: 39
Views: 722

Re: Week 3 (12/5 - 12/12) Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Riesling for Dakin Humane Society

Another Riesling from yesterday: 2000 Nikolaihof Riesling Federspiel Vom Stein - Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau (12/8/2018) I wasn’t sure what to expect from an 18 year old federspiel, but what we got was a thing of beauty. Apricots and slate with a touch of petrol and a tangy finish, it combines...
by Mike Evans
December 7th, 2018, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 (12/5 - 12/12) Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Riesling for Dakin Humane Society
Replies: 39
Views: 722

Re: Week 3 (12/5 - 12/12) Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Riesling for Dakin Humane Society

1998 Nigl Riesling Privat - Austria, Niederösterreich, Kremstal (12/7/2018) It’s been a while since a wine stopped me in my tracks. It happened tonight with the 1998 Nigl Riesling Privat. From a forgotten vintage between the heralded 1997 and 1999, this is as complex a Riesling as I have ever taste...
by Mike Evans
December 7th, 2018, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 (12/5 - 12/12) Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Riesling for Dakin Humane Society
Replies: 39
Views: 722

Re: Week 3 (12/5 - 12/12) Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Riesling for Dakin Humane Society

Tonight’s Riesling: 2002 C. H. Berres Kinheimer Hubertuslay Riesling Kabinett - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer (12/7/2018) Still fairly young and fresh, with clear light yellow color, it isn’t that complex, but is very pleasant offering green apple with a twist of lime and a mouth-watering tangy finish. ...
by Mike Evans
December 7th, 2018, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Domaine Gramenon Côtes du Rhône Cuvée A Pascal S.
Replies: 12
Views: 347

Re: TN: 1995 Domaine Gramenon Côtes du Rhône Cuvée A Pascal S.

I drank my last 1995 Laurentides a few years ago and it was very good. I still have a little 1997 Sierra del Sud and 1998 Sagesse and Laurentides that I probably ought to drink.
by Mike Evans
December 6th, 2018, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN's: Krug, Cristal, Leflaive... at Marea
Replies: 16
Views: 669

Re: TN's: Krug, Cristal, Leflaive... at Marea

Great notes on great wines. You missed another downside on the Dujac, though, which is that it was so captivating and seductive in its youth that I don’t have any left to see it at this point in its evolution, though at least I have a little Clos de la Roche remaining. Also, thanks for the data poin...
by Mike Evans
December 6th, 2018, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: White Truffle Extravaganza
Replies: 12
Views: 731

Re: TN: White Truffle Extravaganza

Rob, it was a pleasure to meet you as well, I look forward to drinking and dining with you again. The Emidio Pepe was a fantastic treat. Mike, I think you know most, if not all, of the truffle gluttons in attendance.
by Mike Evans
December 6th, 2018, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: White Truffle Extravaganza
Replies: 12
Views: 731

Re: TN: White Truffle Extravaganza

Amazing dinner. On another note - shocking to me that a couple of Atlanta berserkers don't know each other. Given the size of metro Atlanta (about 6 million people spread out over an area roughly the size of Massachusetts), I'm not surprised that there are local Berserkers that I don't know, as I'v...
by Mike Evans
December 5th, 2018, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: White Truffle Extravaganza
Replies: 12
Views: 731

Re: TN: White Truffle Extravaganza

Mike, One of these days we are going to make it to a dinner together. I was trying to make this one, but could not work it out to be there. Looks like you all did ok! Thanks for the vicarious thrills with great notes and pics. Cheers. Sorry you couldn't make it, but I agree, one of these days we wi...
by Mike Evans
December 5th, 2018, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: White Truffle Extravaganza
Replies: 12
Views: 731

TN: White Truffle Extravaganza

WHITE TRUFFLE EXTRAVAGANZA - Aria, Atlanta, GA (12/4/2018) I was honored and thrilled to be invited to a white truffle dinner featuring about one pound of fresh white truffles for a group of seven of us, with some old friends and a couple of new ones. Aria lived up to its usual standard of excellen...
by Mike Evans
December 4th, 2018, 8:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Best holiday food . . .
Replies: 23
Views: 539

Re: Best holiday food . . .

I started making these for my jewish FIL. With a robust whole grain mustard they are the bomb. What!? Mustard on latkes? Mustard goes on pastrami and corned beef. Sour cream (when a dairy meal) or applesauce (with a fleischik meal) is the correct pairing. You can make a pastrami sandwich subbing th...
by Mike Evans
December 4th, 2018, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Burgs, Rhones, Piedmont, and Krug
Replies: 2
Views: 569

Re: TN: Burgs, Rhones, Piedmont, and Krug

There was about 20% of the bottle of the 1985 Fonsalette remaining after the tasting, which I threw in the fridge and tried again last night and it was still showing very well. I’m very disappointed that this was my last bottle, as it still has plenty of life left in it.
by Mike Evans
December 3rd, 2018, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Burgs, Rhones, Piedmont, and Krug
Replies: 2
Views: 569

TN: Burgs, Rhones, Piedmont, and Krug

BURGS, RHONES, PIEDMONT, AND KRUG - (12/1/2018) The theme for Saturday's tasting was shotgun (aka bring whatever you'd like) and we had a decent assortment of wines. White Burgundy A mixed bag of white Burgundies. The Ramonet was only lightly oxidized and even showed the trademark peppermint until ...
by Mike Evans
December 1st, 2018, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A new favorite Rosé Champagne, and a refute of the validity of travel shock.
Replies: 6
Views: 471

Re: A new favorite Rosé Champagne, and a refute of the validity of bottle shock.

Not to be overly pedantic, but there is a world of difference between bottle shock and travel shock, and your bottle only relates to the possible existence of the latter. There seems to be much more consensus and a scientific basis for bottle shock, that is, that wines need time after bottling to sh...
by Mike Evans
December 1st, 2018, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are 2016 3rd growths as good as 1970 firsts ?
Replies: 113
Views: 2694

Re: Are 2016 3rd growths as good as 1970 firsts ?

1970 was a good to excellent vintage in Bordeaux if I understand well. The Latour and Petrus are absolutely stunning. I can't imagine that other first growths wouldn't have been at least excellent in 1970 despite the Parker scores. There is no 3rd growth that can compare for sure with the first two...
by Mike Evans
December 1st, 2018, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on stems / whole cluster...
Replies: 67
Views: 2319

Re: Thoughts on stems / whole cluster...

A headache after watching part of Twilight definitely rings a bell. OTOH, I can’t recall any effects from drinking whole cluster wines, and I drink quite a few of them.
by Mike Evans
December 1st, 2018, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1992 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage)
Replies: 9
Views: 396

Re: TN: 1992 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage)

I can’t think of a producer anywhere who excels in “off” vintages as consistently as Chave.
by Mike Evans
November 30th, 2018, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Keller Rieslings victims of speculation
Replies: 127
Views: 4091

Re: Some Keller Rieslings victims of speculation

My remaining 1997 Clos des Briords still bear their $9.99 price stickers.
by Mike Evans
November 30th, 2018, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Toddlering" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed
Replies: 60
Views: 1909

Re: "Babykilling" dot com - yes, 2013 Ridge Monte Bello...had to do it, and NOT disappointed

I suppose that “vinfanticide” raises the same concerns as “babykilling”?
by Mike Evans
November 25th, 2018, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 4570

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

Here is one more:

2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Bjornson Vineyard - Tart dark cherry, still on the young side with a fair bit of fine tannin, it really needs more cellar time.
by Mike Evans
November 24th, 2018, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Domestic Pinot Noir: Better or just different?
Replies: 134
Views: 7596

Re: Aging Domestic Pinot Noir: Better or just different?

A friend opened a 1990 Hanzell Pinot Noir last night that was sensational, showing a brightness of fruit and touch of mint that spoke of California but with age bringing tertiary complexity and depth.
by Mike Evans
November 24th, 2018, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: requesting wine info: Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards
Replies: 42
Views: 1682

Re: requesting wine info: Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards

I just happened upon this old link and thought I would add to it. Years ago, while the Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyards winery was still active, I was a regular purchaser. My wife and I spent about two hours one day sitting with Ken Burnap at his dining room table listening to tales of his life. Both ...
by Mike Evans
November 23rd, 2018, 10:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 4570

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

Two more from tonight, and they couldn’t be more different: 1990 Hanzell Pinot Noir - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley (11/23/2018) A little earthy, but still with plenty of fruit, a little mint, pretty fantastic and complex. (94 pts.) 2015 Sojourn Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Vineyard - USA, ...
by Mike Evans
November 22nd, 2018, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 4570

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

  • 2016 Arterberry Maresh Pinot Noir Old Vines - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills (11/22/2018)
    Cranberry and cherry with a little smoke and spice. Bright and fresh, but with substance. An excellent match for Thanksgiving dinner. (92 pts.)
by Mike Evans
November 19th, 2018, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Universal Wine Glass
Replies: 108
Views: 6218

Re: Best Value Universal Wine Glass

So you hang the glasses down from the top rack, without much of anything on the bottom rack? No, sorry, I put them bowl down on the top rack. I mentioned the clearance for the bottom rack because with some dishwashers when one lowers the top rack, it puts it too close to the bottom rack to be able ...
by Mike Evans
November 19th, 2018, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Universal Wine Glass
Replies: 108
Views: 6218

Re: Best Value Universal Wine Glass

Really dumb question: For those using the dishwasher's upper rack, aren’t the stems too tall to stand up? If you lay them down, doesn’t that leave water pooled inside the bowl? My Maytag has an adjustable top rack and GGGs fit just fine with the rack at its lowest setting, while still leaving enoug...
by Mike Evans
November 18th, 2018, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Universal Wine Glass
Replies: 108
Views: 6218

Re: Best Value Universal Wine Glass

Has anyone gone from GGG to Zalto Universal? Or the other direction? And why? I drink a lot of riesling, and after my trip to the Mosel this year and seeing everyone there swearing by the Zalto Universals I’m tempted to get a glass or two to try out. I prefer the GGG to Zalto Universals. The Zaltos...
by Mike Evans
November 18th, 2018, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Revisiting Rhys Chardonnay 2006 - 2011
Replies: 14
Views: 1410

Re: Revisiting Rhys Chardonnay

I opened a 2009 Alpine Chardonnay on Wednesday: Drinking younger than the last bottle I tried, well integrated oak, pure Chardonnay fruit with a twist of tangerine, and refreshing acidity on the finish, very good.
by Mike Evans
November 18th, 2018, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNS: Batailley 06, Clos de l'Echo 03, Dom. de Chevalier 01
Replies: 5
Views: 215

Re: TNS: Batailley 06, Clos de l'Echo 03, Dom. de Chevalier 01

Nice notes, but I think you meant to write in the first sentence of the 2001 DDC review that it never fails to impress.
by Mike Evans
November 16th, 2018, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Universal Wine Glass
Replies: 108
Views: 6218

Re: Best Value Universal Wine Glass

Just as a data point, I’ve washed my GGGs on the top rack of my dishwasher dozens of times with no breakage so far. Most impressive was when a friend knocked one of his GGGs from a high table onto a tile floor and it didn’t break. Unfortunately for him, it shattered when he knocked it off the table ...
by Mike Evans
November 14th, 2018, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear of 2011 Napa Cabernet
Replies: 203
Views: 11558

Re: Fear of 2011 Napa Cabernet

The 2011 EMH Black Cat Special Selection in April was terrific: Double decanted for about 4 hours, it is a beautiful wine, pure red currant with a little spice and just a touch of herbaceousness adding complexity, a fantastic effort for 2011 and I preferred it to the 2011 Ridge Monte Bello tasted w...
by Mike Evans
November 13th, 2018, 9:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear of 2011 Napa Cabernet
Replies: 203
Views: 11558

Re: Fear of 2011 Napa Cabernet

The 2011 EMH Black Cat Special Selection in April was terrific: Double decanted for about 4 hours, it is a beautiful wine, pure red currant with a little spice and just a touch of herbaceousness adding complexity, a fantastic effort for 2011 and I preferred it to the 2011 Ridge Monte Bello tasted wi...
by Mike Evans
November 13th, 2018, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So how about if the lawyers here get serious - Amicus Brief in Byrd v. Tennessee
Replies: 80
Views: 2828

Re: So how about if the lawyers here get serious - Amicus Brief in Byrd v. Tennessee

David K o l i n wrote:
November 13th, 2018, 4:35 pm
Can we slip Palsgraf in there, too?
I had a brilliant but somewhat erratic colleague who went through a period where he found a way to cite the Magna Carta in virtually every brief he touched. I was particularly impressed when he worked it into a motion to dismiss a qui tam complaint.
by Mike Evans
November 10th, 2018, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help reducing of my Cali releases-allocations
Replies: 32
Views: 1670

Re: Help reducing of my Cali releases-allocations

At the risk of being labelled a heretic, I see no reason to be on Carlisle, Turley, Limerick Lane AND Bedrock. Skinny that down to two. Good point...I need to check the local wine ships to see how accessible they are locally and eliminate a few from there. Hilarious, you're going to reduce mailing ...
by Mike Evans
November 9th, 2018, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: d'Yquem vs. Tokaji & Others
Replies: 46
Views: 1637

Re: d'Yquem vs. Tokaji & Others

SGN's from Alsace and late harvest Chenin from the Loire can also be excellent. I'll toss in Austrian late harvest wines as well. As good/better than d'Yquem? I posted notes on CT from a tasting I attended 20 years ago where we had 4 vintages of Yquem. We had a very unusual result for the group in ...
by Mike Evans
November 8th, 2018, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you waiting for shipping season to start?
Replies: 159
Views: 4738

Re: Are you waiting for shipping season to start?

The shipments I’ve gotten from Groskopf Logistics have been from Dirty and Rowdy.
by Mike Evans
November 5th, 2018, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Tannin Descriptions
Replies: 9
Views: 998

Re: Tannin Descriptions

Following up on Ian’s post, the best way I've found to understand structure in wine is to start with a pot of strong tea. Drink some straight, and you get the unmistakable mouth-drying feel and bitterness of the tannin. Add some sugar and the bitterness is moderated. Add some lemon juice and you bot...
by Mike Evans
November 2nd, 2018, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys 2016 Pricing
Replies: 87
Views: 6420

Re: Rhys 2016 Pricing

Kevin, with the addition of the 2016 Alesia Anderson Valley Chardonnay and SCM Pinot Noir to the recent release, will this be the only offer of these wines or will there be another separate offering in the future?
by Mike Evans
November 1st, 2018, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Jadot Savigny 1er Cru 'Dominode'
Replies: 59
Views: 1256

Re: 2011 Jadot Savigny 1er Cru 'Dominode'

By the way, welcome to the community. Jim, thank you. It's more like a large family gathering, you say something innocuous but somehow everything is your fault. It’s more like being a guest at another family’s gathering, making broad and judgmental statements without knowing much about your audienc...
by Mike Evans
October 30th, 2018, 6:50 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Whisky Note Makes Even John Gilman's Worst Look Like Praise
Replies: 3
Views: 272

Re: Whisky Note Makes Even John Gilman's Worst Look Like Praise

It’s the “fading traces of damned souls” that really takes the review to perfection. I’m going to have to steal that.
by Mike Evans
October 29th, 2018, 5:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 9892
Views: 315101

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

A magnum of 1997 Giacosa Barbaresco Santa Stefano that was horribly corked and a lovely 2015 Dirty and Rowdy Familiar Blanc that wasn’t. At the same tasting, we also had a corked magnum of 1986 Latour. We don’t have magnums of Latour very often. In fact, the last time I can recall one with this grou...
by Mike Evans
October 25th, 2018, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give CO wine a taste...
Replies: 108
Views: 3991

Re: Give CO wine a taste...

I’d like to give some a try if any are still available.
by Mike Evans
October 25th, 2018, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you drink the most of
Replies: 78
Views: 2485

Re: Wines you drink the most of

According to my Cellartracker data, which covers 2006-present: My top 3 (multiple cases of each): 1. Clos Roche Blanche 2. Dirty and Rowdy 3. Dönnhoff The following are all clustered pretty close together (more than a case, but less than 2 cases each): 4. Domaine Bernard Baudry 5. Joseph Drouhin 6....
by Mike Evans
October 24th, 2018, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you drink the most of
Replies: 78
Views: 2485

Re: Wines you drink the most of

Here are my top producers: Clos Roche Blanche Since they are now out of business, you must have had quite a stash saved of these. Lucky boy! I was an early adopter, so I still have more than 2 cases from 2002 and older, along with another 5 cases of more recent vintages. The question is whether I h...
by Mike Evans
October 24th, 2018, 5:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you drink the most of
Replies: 78
Views: 2485

Re: Wines you drink the most of

Here are my top producers:

Rhys
Clos Roche Blanche
Cowan
Pepiere
Briceland
Dirty and Rowdy
by Mike Evans
October 22nd, 2018, 3:07 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 147
Views: 9097

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

Georgia pricing was a little more than last year: Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year - $89.97 Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year - $99.97 Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 15 Year - $129.97 Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20 Year - $199.97 Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 23 Year - $359.97 Thomas H. Hand...
by Mike Evans
October 22nd, 2018, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Rising Price of Cornas
Replies: 175
Views: 6802

Re: The Rising Price of Cornas

Voge has, for a long time, been on the riper end of the spectrum for the region. In leaner years (like 2011) it can be very, very good, otherwise it's a tasty wine, but somehow misses the Cornas-ness I seek from the region. Much like the Rémizières in Hermitage (also easily found and quite affordab...

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