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by Mike Evans
June 11th, 2019, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine with grilled octopus?
Replies: 47
Views: 1599

Re: What wine with grilled octopus?

This past weekend, a 2017 Viña Reboreda Godello paired brilliantly with grilled octopus with chorizo, white beans, and crème fraiche.
by Mike Evans
June 10th, 2019, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: FWG Lunch with Gaia Gaja
Replies: 9
Views: 750

Re: TN: FWG Lunch with Gaia Gaja

Thanks for sharing the notes and the experience. One question, though. You describe the 1961 Barolo as “Explansive in the mouth.” Typo or portmanteau?
by Mike Evans
June 7th, 2019, 5:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 49
Views: 1356

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

The LA Times in their best fries article put it well: And bringing up the rear is In-N-Out. Before you tell me there’s a way to “hack” these fries, or somehow make them better, either by loading them with American cheese and secret sauce, or by ordering them well-done, I will grant this: It certainl...
by Mike Evans
June 3rd, 2019, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese
Replies: 8
Views: 639

Re: TN: 1999 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese

A bottle of the 1999 WS Auslese last week was pretty incredible as well, with a fair bit of petrol on the nose, lively fruit, and the prismatic interplay of sweetness and tartness that makes these wines so versatile and compelling.
by Mike Evans
May 29th, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I won't go into specifics but...
Replies: 39
Views: 2958

Re: I won't go into specifics but...

Based on recent bottles of 1988 and 1999 Eyrie PG, that is a shame, as both were exceptional.
by Mike Evans
May 29th, 2019, 4:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing
Replies: 72
Views: 3948

Re: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing

d’Angerville Ducs when it went over $80 Roumier chambolle when it went over $72 Roumier Cras when it went over $95 Roumier Bonnes Mares when it went over $110 Bachelet Charmes when it went over $120 Mugneret-Gibourg Ruchottes when it went over $115 Mugneret-Gibourg Feusellottes when it went over $8...
by Mike Evans
May 24th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10505
Views: 343774

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Quite a few last night:

by Mike Evans
May 22nd, 2019, 5:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Gonon
Replies: 48
Views: 3287

Re: 2017 Gonon

Did Fu piss you off too? Not yet [cheers.gif] When he does I will open a 1996 Allemand Reynard. It might now be within the window I have a not-so-secret crush on N. Rhône wines from 1996. Sounds like a reason to travel to Orlando for the first annual Fu You Offline. I have a fair assortment of 1996...
by Mike Evans
May 21st, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some more wines - Rougeard, Latour a Pomerol, Lahaye, Bise...
Replies: 28
Views: 1712

Re: Some more wines - Rougeard, Latour a Pomerol, Lahaye, Bise...

Shame about the Buster, the 1998 and 1999 have been pretty special in recent years. I’m also looking at the last of my 1996 and 1997 Pierre-Bise Coteaux de Layons and will miss them when they’re gone.
by Mike Evans
May 20th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GG's - What to drink young and what to age
Replies: 90
Views: 3246

Re: GG's - What to drink young and what to age

Mike, I have a bunch of GGs . We need to taste them. Don Having never had a GG from anyone, but following this thread with interest and seeking a reference point, would it be fair to analogize some of the criticisms of Keller to those of F.X. Pichler about 10 years ago (and maybe continuing to the ...
by Mike Evans
May 18th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 207
Views: 11953

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Had dinner last night with Eric Baugher, winemaker and COO of Ridge. He was upfront about the cutbacks. He was not happy that they had to do it, but the MB selection was only 30% of the harvest, so much less than normally anticipated. He said it was normally closer to 50%. Did he discuss things the...
by Mike Evans
May 17th, 2019, 4:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1345
Views: 145563

Re: Official Costco Thread

ykwon wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 10:40 am
Corey N. wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 10:36 am
Mike Evans wrote:
May 15th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Plenty of 2008 Dom P at the Brookhaven Atlanta Costco last night for $137.99.
How many cases did you grab, big baller?
Mikes daily drinker I bet
I wish. I resisted temptation and left it all for others.
by Mike Evans
May 15th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1345
Views: 145563

Re: Official Costco Thread

Plenty of 2008 Dom P at the Brookhaven Atlanta Costco last night for $137.99.
by Mike Evans
May 12th, 2019, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 308
Views: 17714

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

A 2008 Matello Bishop Creek PN last night was corked. Shoot! I will see if I can dig out another bottle to replace the corked one. If I don’t, We can either refund you or exchange a different library bottle for you. Sounds good, thanks! I really like your wines, so I’d rather have a replacement of ...
by Mike Evans
May 12th, 2019, 5:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 308
Views: 17714

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

A 2008 Matello Bishop Creek PN last night was corked.
by Mike Evans
May 8th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords
Replies: 28
Views: 864

Re: TN: 2005 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords

I'm in the camp that there's really no reason to age these - it's certainly not a transformative process like you see with Nebbiolo or Pinot Noir. More persistence as opposed to improvement. But as some folks have said, if you like them a little less edgy/energetic, no harm in doing so either. A re...
by Mike Evans
May 8th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Jailbreak Wine Dinner - 08 Cristal, 16 PYCM Remilly and etc.
Replies: 10
Views: 1007

Re: TN: Jailbreak Wine Dinner - 08 Cristal, 16 PYCM Remilly and etc.

Just to pile on with how well the 1986 Talbot is drinking, a few of us had it alongside wines like 1989 Las Cases and 1989 Lynch Bages at a dinner party in January, and it easily held its own--with several of us having it right at the top. I wish I had some in the cellar. -Michael Michael, nice to ...
by Mike Evans
May 8th, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Jailbreak Wine Dinner - 08 Cristal, 16 PYCM Remilly and etc.
Replies: 10
Views: 1007

Re: TN: Jailbreak Wine Dinner - 08 Cristal, 16 PYCM Remilly and etc.

Piling on with more praise for the 1986 Talbot, it was one of the first wines I ever bought and it has remained one of my favorites over the past 25 years. I’m unfortunately down to my last two bottles and it will be a blow when I drink my last.
by Mike Evans
May 2nd, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 9831

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

I’ve long been critical of Guigal, but recent bottles in blind tastings of the 1995, 2000, and 2008 La Landonne and a 2008 La Mouline have ranged from very very good to exceptional. The 2000 La Landonne is particularly interesting, as the last one was quite nice and not showing a lot of wood while a...
by Mike Evans
May 1st, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Formerly Known as Leo's Blind Tasting Group - April 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 881

Re: Formerly Known as Leo's Blind Tasting Group - April 2019

I drank my last 1985 Fonsalette Syrah last year and greatly enjoyed it: 1985 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône Château de Fonsalette Cuvée Syrah - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône (12/1/2018) Burgs, Rhones, Piedmont, and Krug : A brilliant aged Syrah more reminiscent of Cote Rotie than anyth...
by Mike Evans
April 29th, 2019, 5:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you rank the five first growths
Replies: 54
Views: 2133

Re: How would you rank the five first growths

Kris Patten wrote:
April 28th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Haut Brion
Latour
Lafite
Margaux
Mouton
This is my order as well.
by Mike Evans
April 27th, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11077
Views: 494575

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

I broke down for a couple more 2008 Dom Pérignon, as Costco’s $137.99 price is just too tempting. Which one has it? The one by the galleria has 09s last I went I grabbed the last two off the rack at Brookhaven but didn’t check to see if they had more under the rack. I previously got some at the Per...
by Mike Evans
April 27th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11077
Views: 494575

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

I broke down for a couple more 2008 Dom Pérignon, as Costco’s $137.99 price is just too tempting.
by Mike Evans
April 27th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Server Corkage Etiquette?
Replies: 53
Views: 2482

Re: Server Corkage Etiquette?

I can’t speak for others, but I BYOB for several reasons: 1. I know what I like to drink. 2. I don't like ordering unfamiliar bottles off a wine list. 3. I have a ton of wine in my basement, and it needs to be consumed in a timely manner (before it goes bad, and within my lifetime). 4. To save mone...
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: 48
Views: 1422

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: 14
Views: 1127

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: 167
Views: 8257

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: 10505
Views: 343774

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: 1566

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: 1088

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: 1088

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: 1988

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: 1512

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: 1512

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: 1290

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: 2840

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: 1345
Views: 145563

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: 1290

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: 3512

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: 1345
Views: 145563

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: 330

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: 1277

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: 1277

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: 1277

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: 1427

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: 2664

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: 2029

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: 1859

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: 799

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: 1471

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.

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