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by Mike Evans
July 12th, 2020, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 107
Views: 4677

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

Most of the major regions of California in 2012. Hardy Wallace also mentioned Northern California in 2012 and when two people in the trade have the same view it gets my attention. Can you go into more detail into the nature of your disappointment? I’m curious, as I’ve been very impressed with a num...
by Mike Evans
July 12th, 2020, 9:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In praise of leftovers
Replies: 16
Views: 458

Re: In praise of leftovers

A great Key lime pie is even better the next day, though in my family of four we generally only got that when my mom made two pies. A great Key lime pie means that it is made correctly with juice from fresh Key limes, a pastry crust, and topped with meringue, not the graham cracker crust monstrosit...
by Mike Evans
July 11th, 2020, 6:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: In praise of leftovers
Replies: 16
Views: 458

Re: In praise of leftovers

A great Key lime pie is even better the next day, though in my family of four we generally only got that when my mom made two pies. A great Key lime pie means that it is made correctly with juice from fresh Key limes, a pastry crust, and topped with meringue, not the graham cracker crust monstrosity...
by Mike Evans
July 9th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Potato Chips - What's your Favorite?
Replies: 51
Views: 1863

Re: Potato Chips - What's your Favorite?

I strongly prefer plain salted chips to pretty much any flavored chip, though I have the occasional craving for Lay’s classic BBQ chips. My current favorite is Simply Lay’s, a thicker chip with good potato flavor. I agree with those who have noted that Lay’s Kettle are surprisingly good for a mass p...
by Mike Evans
July 9th, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Clos Roche Blanche Touraine Cuvée Gamay (France, Loire Valley, Touraine)
Replies: 6
Views: 225

Re: TN: 2014 Clos Roche Blanche Touraine Cuvée Gamay (France, Loire Valley, Touraine)

Thanks for the note. A friend and I have been planning a CRB night soon and your notes will help me decide on my contributions.
by Mike Evans
July 9th, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Musar on Winebid.com
Replies: 50
Views: 2689

Re: Buyer Beware 1990 Musar on Winebid.com (Broadbent Selections on front label)

What are some good older vintages of Musar I should look out for? Not really old but these are some of my favorites from the period I was buying: 1989, 1991*, 1993, 1995**, 1997, 1999*, 2000 * extra special ** of the bottles I've opened 4 were very good though not up to 1991 or 1999, the most recen...
by Mike Evans
July 7th, 2020, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unicorn Wine: D&R Legends...Where to find?
Replies: 21
Views: 3050

Re: Unicorn Wine: D&R Legends...Where to find?

Any other notes on this? Here's my mini-note from tonight. Warning - I am indeed a D&R freak and there might be just a tinge of effusive enthusiasm here: Gorgeous nose, up there with the best D&R's in my memory - elegant floral tarragon juicy red framboise. Man, just so balanced and deep and intere...
by Mike Evans
June 30th, 2020, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The History of Wine Forums and Social Networking
Replies: 230
Views: 8657

Re: The History of Wine Forums and Social Networking

The AOL community is where Allen Meadows became BurgHound. he was just a guy back then and of course everyone on AOL used fake names like that! I remember 2 guys that really dominated the AOl forum - a guy who called himself Chambolle and another guy named Eno. And a guy from the NW that just went ...
by Mike Evans
June 27th, 2020, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 40
Views: 1077

Re: What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?

Renardat-Fâche Vin du Bugey-Cerdon, an off-dry, relatively low alcohol rosé blend of Gamay and Poulsard that is pure liquid joy.
by Mike Evans
June 27th, 2020, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Clos Roche Blanche Touraine Cuvée Pif (France, Loire Valley, Touraine)
Replies: 8
Views: 321

Re: TN: 2013 Clos Roche Blanche Touraine Cuvée Pif (France, Loire Valley, Touraine)

Keith Levenberg wrote:
June 26th, 2020, 6:56 pm
I need more friends who drink that much CRB
We all do.
by Mike Evans
June 27th, 2020, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boxes that smell corked
Replies: 21
Views: 770

Re: Boxes that smell corked

As one more data point, as a child we drove past a paper mill near Rome, GA at least 15 to 20 times a year on the way to my grandmother’s house and the reek was definitely of sulfur and its mercaptan derivatives.
by Mike Evans
June 24th, 2020, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...
Replies: 131
Views: 4030

Re: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...

From a combination of getting into wine when I was just 22 back in 1993 and, more important, being fortunate enough to have been able to drink with many extraordinarily generous people, there are very few wines that have been mentioned that I haven’t been able to try. The only three wines I can thin...
by Mike Evans
June 24th, 2020, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Bordeaux suggestions
Replies: 58
Views: 3309

Re: 2019 Bordeaux suggestions

Robert thinks he's too old to buy young Bordeaux. I’m a decade older and either braver or crazier. My 2019 buys: Clinet Conseillante Carmes Haut Brion Haut Bailly Haut Brion Lynch Bages Montrose Palmer Pichon Baron Pichon Comtesse Pontet Canet Talbot And to serve to the ripe fruit junkies: Tour St....
by Mike Evans
June 22nd, 2020, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Caves Duplessis Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos
Replies: 21
Views: 643

Re: TN: 2014 Caves Duplessis Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

I don’t have much experience with recent vintages, but my bottles of 1995 MdT and Clos that Dan imported have aged brilliantly.
by Mike Evans
June 20th, 2020, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and logistics
Replies: 19
Views: 1410

Re: Wine and logistics

I like the Vincent Chardonnay Tardive a lot, but find it more similar to ouillé Jura than to Chablis as it has a cool funk to with the crispness.
by Mike Evans
June 18th, 2020, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?
Replies: 164
Views: 5420

Re: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?

2005 Domaine Francois Lamarche La Grande Rue (corked) and 1999 Domaine Francois Lamarche La Grande Rue (far too advanced for this age and level). Does anyone think this is a great wine when sound??? A friend opened a 1999 La Grande Rue last year and I wasn’t impressed. My note read “I can’t get pas...
by Mike Evans
June 17th, 2020, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert Fall Release - Save the Date
Replies: 30
Views: 1889

Re: Aubert Fall Release - Save the Date

In this day and age of calendar creep where Christmas ads start appearing before Halloween, it was inevitable that we would see a “fall” offer in mid-July, more than two months before the autumnal equinox.
by Mike Evans
June 12th, 2020, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Racines
Replies: 11
Views: 1431

Re: Racines

Dave McIsaac wrote:
June 12th, 2020, 2:07 pm
Isn't David Lilly from Chambers Street part of the ownership group?
I don’t think the winery has any connection to the NYC restaurant.
by Mike Evans
June 12th, 2020, 5:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6901

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

The best examples of viticulture/winemaking being the primary discriminator in all of burgundy are probably: 1) La Grande Rue 2) Louis Latour So, you think, for example, that at Hudelot-Noellat (a producer I know that you (and I) like) the Bourgogne Rouge is as good as the Romanee St. Vivant? As I ...
by Mike Evans
June 9th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you ever tell a friend the wine he proudly poured had died?
Replies: 38
Views: 1727

Re: Do you ever tell a friend the wine he proudly poured had died?

I once had to tell a friend that the magnum of 1945 Latour with perfect provenance that he’d gone through extraordinary effort and expense to share at a special dinner was corked. I don’t think the corked magnums of 1982 Mouton and either 1966 or 1970 Latour earlier that night that other people brou...
by Mike Evans
June 9th, 2020, 7:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help me plan my vacation meals (Myrtle Beach)
Replies: 13
Views: 623

Re: Help me plan my vacation meals (Myrtle Beach)

I’d make a batch of chicken bog, which is the signature dish of Horry County. Garden & Gun’s recipe is pretty close to how a good friend’s mom made it when I visited them in Conway. For two people on vacation, I’d simplify it by starting with a rotisserie chicken, making chicken salad from the breas...
by Mike Evans
June 7th, 2020, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday TNs: Three 2017 Oregon Chardonnays
Replies: 10
Views: 712

Re: Friday TNs: Three 2017 Oregon Chardonnays

Tonight’s 2017 Goodfellow Chardonnay: 2017 Goodfellow Family Cellars Chardonnay Dundee Hills - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills (6/7/2020) Matchstick, minerals, and Meyer lemon, a lovely balance of richness and austerity and it takes on more depth and dimension with Greek roasted sea bas...
by Mike Evans
June 3rd, 2020, 9:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar
Replies: 201
Views: 8095

Re: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar

Keith Levenberg wrote:
June 3rd, 2020, 7:53 pm
34 bottles left of 2014 CRB Pif, followed by 17x 2000 Leoville Barton, everything else is a case or less.
Damn, and I’d thought I bought a lot of 2014 Pif.
by Mike Evans
June 3rd, 2020, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar
Replies: 201
Views: 8095

Re: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar

The only wines I’ve ever bought more than a case of are 2013 Patricia Green Berserker Cuvée (2 cases), 2014 Clos Roche Blanche Pif (15 bottles), and Vilmart Cuvée Rubis NV (19 bottles of assorted disgorgements). I’ve bought a case of a handful or so of other wines. My preferences are sufficiently br...
by Mike Evans
June 1st, 2020, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine Léon Barral Faugères Jadis
Replies: 21
Views: 587

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine Léon Barral Faugères Jadis

I've had some vintages of Mas de Daumas Gassac and all have been quite nice but clearly the style is totally different from the Jadis as you say. I have a bottle of the 2010 in the cellar and have been wondering whether it might be peaking soon (probably not as most of the time I seem to open every...
by Mike Evans
May 30th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Special Zoom--Bertrand Gautherot of Vouette et Sorbee + special documentary movie (May 29th and May 30th)
Replies: 68
Views: 2042

Re: Special Zoom--Bertrand Gautherot of Vouette et Sorbee + special documentary movie (May 29th and May 30th)

Frank, I enjoyed the Zoom session and appreciated getting to know Bertrand better. I pulled a 2015 Fidele two weeks ago to drink during the session but hurt my knee yesterday and didn’t want to mix it with pain meds. One thing I came to realize as I reflected further on the documentary are my own mi...
by Mike Evans
May 30th, 2020, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Special Zoom--Bertrand Gautherot of Vouette et Sorbee + special documentary movie (May 29th and May 30th)
Replies: 68
Views: 2042

Re: Special Zoom--Bertrand Gautherot of Vouette et Sorbee + special documentary movie (May 29th and May 30th)

I haven't watched the film, but I did watch the trailer and while the film looks beautiful, it always does strike me as bizarre that winemakers who depend so much on demonstrable, applicable scientific principles for their work can also genuinely insist that a cow's horn is an antenna that harnesse...
by Mike Evans
May 30th, 2020, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Special Zoom--Bertrand Gautherot of Vouette et Sorbee + special documentary movie (May 29th and May 30th)
Replies: 68
Views: 2042

Re: Special Zoom--Bertrand Gautherot of Vouette et Sorbee + special documentary movie (May 29th and May 30th)

I’ve been drinking “natural wines” regularly for more than 25 years and have literally hundreds if not thousands of bottles of them in my own cellar. The lesson I take from the documentary is that once you start believing magical bullshit, it is easy to view everything through a lens of magical bull...
by Mike Evans
May 22nd, 2020, 8:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 5249

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

I have used a stick burner for roughly 25 years years and it took me 15 of those years to develop proficiency. They are definitely more time intensive and require a much higher skill set than a pellet smoker. The crux of the arguments against pellet smokers tend to fall into 2 categories. One of th...
by Mike Evans
May 22nd, 2020, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What should the retailer do here?
Replies: 29
Views: 2241

Re: What should the retailer do here?

Similar, but not identical situation for me. Recently received some wines, with a couple of additional bottles that i'd previously ordered and already received. Shipper's mistake, and I don't think they realized it except when I told them. Offer was keep the bottles for about a $10 discount each or...
by Mike Evans
May 22nd, 2020, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux
Replies: 92
Views: 3746

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux

I have quite a bit of 1996 to 2002 Bretons left and most that I’ve opened in the past several years have been exceptional. On the other hand, I have very few recent vintages while I have a lot of recent Baudry. One important reason for the difference is that I haven’t seen many discussions about re...
by Mike Evans
May 22nd, 2020, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux
Replies: 92
Views: 3746

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
May 22nd, 2020, 5:41 am
Joe Chanley wrote:
May 22nd, 2020, 5:30 am
buy a case and it's below $30 per [berserker.gif]

Ha, exactly. And for the quality, it’s still ridiculously well-priced.
I had no problem grabbing half a case at that price, along with some of their consistently fabulous rosé and some Les Granges.
by Mike Evans
May 21st, 2020, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux
Replies: 92
Views: 3746

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux

Ramon C wrote:
May 21st, 2020, 4:10 pm
Assuming I got the same email, but $32 for the Baudry '18 Le Grezeaux?

First time I can recall, that it's gone to the 30s.

In some ways, reminds me a bit of the Gonon SJ trajectory.
I suspect the tariffs account for much of the increase.
by Mike Evans
May 21st, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux
Replies: 92
Views: 3746

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux

I’m confused. I first bought Breton’s 1996s at Kermit’s shop back in ‘98 and ‘99 when I lived in the Bay Area. Plain white labels with script. You can see examples of the old label on cellartracker. Did it go from KL to LDM and then back? I think Kermit just had CA at that point, or may even have o...
by Mike Evans
May 20th, 2020, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux
Replies: 92
Views: 3746

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux

First, I think their reputation doesn’t seem to be as strong as it used to be, particularly when compared to Baudry and Clos Rougeard which used to be part of the same portfolio. I’m also not convinced that Kermit’s wider distribution serves Breton any better than LDM’s, as their wines don’t seem t...
by Mike Evans
May 20th, 2020, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux
Replies: 92
Views: 3746

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux

Sorry, LDM is Louis Dressner McKenna, who originally imported the Breton wines until they switched to Kermit Lynch, which I’ve long believed to be a mistake. Mike, is this just because of pricing? I believe KL has a lot better nationwide distribution than LDM, but I'm guessing there. I guess we'd h...
by Mike Evans
May 20th, 2020, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux
Replies: 92
Views: 3746

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux

Since you brought it up and to get a sense of Breton wines and with my lesser experience with them, can you differentiate/compare Baudry and Breton? I know that Breton dabbles beyond Chinon. I would call Breton a Bourgeuil producer who dabbles in Chinon. I have little experience with their wines af...
by Mike Evans
May 19th, 2020, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux
Replies: 92
Views: 3746

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux

Haha I misread that as stating that Baudry was not comparable to Breton. The Rougeard makes sense and explanation I agree with! Since you brought it up and to get a sense of Breton wines and with my lesser experience with them, can you differentiate/compare Baudry and Breton? I know that Breton dab...
by Mike Evans
May 19th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75
Replies: 120
Views: 5943

Re: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75

I’ll join in the recommendations of Di Costanzo’s DI CO and throw in Korbin Kameron’s Moon Mountain Cabernet.
by Mike Evans
May 19th, 2020, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?
Replies: 52
Views: 3838

Re: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?

I wouldn’t choose by grape but by producer, and I’d select Kenny Likitprakong as that producer.
by Mike Evans
May 19th, 2020, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 548
Views: 44887

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

Berserker Day was my introduction to Di Costanzo and based on my first sample I’m very happy. 2016 Di Costanzo Cabernet Sauvignon DI CO - USA, California, Napa Valley (5/17/2020) Nice pure blackberry and cassis fruit with just a dash of brown sugar. While it has plenty of fruit, it has a savoriness ...
by Mike Evans
May 18th, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 426
Views: 27616

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Last night I had a 20 oz. Flannery California Reserve dry aged ribeye that I dry brined in the fridge for a little over two days that was outstanding. I have a before picture but not one of it after cooking as I was in a hurry to get on a Zoom dinner and tasting. The steak had been in the freezer f...
by Mike Evans
May 18th, 2020, 11:01 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 426
Views: 27616

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Last night I had a 20 oz. Flannery California Reserve dry aged ribeye that I dry brined in the fridge for a little over two days that was outstanding. I have a before picture but not one of it after cooking as I was in a hurry to get on a Zoom dinner and tasting. The steak had been in the freezer f...
by Mike Evans
May 18th, 2020, 7:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 426
Views: 27616

Re: Another Flannery PSA

Last night I had a 20 oz. Flannery California Reserve dry aged ribeye that I dry brined in the fridge for a little over two days that was outstanding. I have a before picture but not one of it after cooking as I was in a hurry to get on a Zoom dinner and tasting. The steak had been in the freezer fo...
by Mike Evans
May 15th, 2020, 7:18 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: SALE ENDS MAY! 35% OFF - Astrea caviar deals. Freshly tinned!!
Replies: 22
Views: 2865

Re: CAVIAR RESTOCK! 35% OFF with LOW (or even FREE!) SHIPPING COST- SHIPPING ON 5/20 - Astrea caviar deals. Freshly tinn

Charlie, can you describe how the Oscietra Hybrid compares in flavor to the other caviars you offer (and to the traditional Russian trio if you can)? To give a little context for my preferences, after tasting through the three that you offered on BD, I had a strong preference for the Schrenkii follo...
by Mike Evans
May 14th, 2020, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Livestream Session - Bryan and Katie Flannery! May 23rd, 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern
Replies: 105
Views: 4178

Re: Zoom Livestream Session - Bryan and Katie Flannery! May 23rd, time TBD

I think it would be fun to see them break down a rib primal and run through the differences from the chuck end (the location of the marvelous spinalis laden Jorge) to the loin end, the various cuts that can be made from the primal and their similarities and differences, and how they decide how each...
by Mike Evans
May 12th, 2020, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have you ever gone out and purchased every available bottle of a wine?
Replies: 84
Views: 5599

Re: Have you ever gone out and purchased every available bottle of a wine?

I bought 15 bottles of 2014 Clos Roche Blanche Pif, which was as many as I could find.
by Mike Evans
May 12th, 2020, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: SIP Wines: Mostly Italians...Rattalino, Quintarelli, Mascarello, Quantico, Russo, Foradori, Elena Walch...
Replies: 4
Views: 349

Re: TN: Sheltering Wines: Mostly Italians...Rattalino, Quintarelli, Mascarello, Quantico, Russo, Foradori, Elena Walch..

An eclectic group of wines, most of which I’m not familiar with. The note on the Kerner intrigued me enough to pick up a couple of bottles, so thanks for that. [cheers.gif] Hope you dig it. When things get back to normal it would be fun to do a dinner with some wines we all don't drink so often lik...
by Mike Evans
May 12th, 2020, 6:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: SIP Wines: Mostly Italians...Rattalino, Quintarelli, Mascarello, Quantico, Russo, Foradori, Elena Walch...
Replies: 4
Views: 349

Re: TN: Sheltering Wines: Mostly Italians...Rattalino, Quintarelli, Mascarello, Quantico, Russo, Foradori, Elena Walch..

An eclectic group of wines, most of which I’m not familiar with. The note on the Kerner intrigued me enough to pick up a couple of bottles, so thanks for that.

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