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by erikportanger
June 13th, 2019, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti)
Replies: 5
Views: 566

Re: TN: 2009 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti)

I had the 09 Pie Franco recently and it was an absolute rockstar wine, punching way above its weight for the vintage..
by erikportanger
May 31st, 2019, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti)
Replies: 30
Views: 1721

Re: TN: 2006 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti)

FWIW, the 2009 Pie Franco is a rock star wine, punching well above its weight for the vintage...
by erikportanger
May 3rd, 2019, 11:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 11085

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

Personally, I think the La Las are pretty cheap. They are among the very best wines from one of the great wine regions of the world. They also have tiny production. This is the same recipe that has seen prices of top wines from Burgundy and Barolo hit the stratosphere.. I just think they are out of ...
by erikportanger
April 21st, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 9178

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

I would also add that the reason I left TWA a few years ago was because of the complete disregard that it demonstrated to its users. It used to drive me crazy that they would send out an editorial calendar with dates when articles would be posted and, very frequently, the deadline wasn’t met and no ...
by erikportanger
April 21st, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 9178

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

Well, it's true that Parker flip flopped on the 05s. He started out loving them, then he rescored them lower because of concerns about the tannins - something that the prices have never really recovered from - then he did a big 2005 retrospective blind tasting where he loved them again (and incident...
by erikportanger
April 20th, 2019, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 9178

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

I think it's interesting to look back on Parker's big calls in his last few years at the helm - most of which have turned out to be highly debatable. Like the "great" 2003 vintage, the supposedly tannic and overrated 2005 vintage, and 2009 being better than 2010.
by erikportanger
February 3rd, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More Reviewer Changes at the Wine Advocate
Replies: 56
Views: 3942

Re: More Reviewer Changes at the Wine Advocate

If I want to know what a bunch of unknown wine critics think about a particular wine I'll just go to Cellartracker... TWA is about as relevant to me now as Wine Spectator and Suckling. Kind of sad how steep and swift the decline has been. But I guess they can milk the name for a few more years. I sh...
by erikportanger
January 31st, 2019, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR: 2009 Bonneau Reserve des Celestins
Replies: 4
Views: 401

TNR: 2009 Bonneau Reserve des Celestins

Hi, has anyone tasted this? I have a case but haven't cracked it open yet and am starting to worry that that the 09s in the southern Rhone might be a bit fat and alcoholic for me, a la 2007... I know Bonneau is not your average southern Rhone winemaker and probably did better than most in creating a...
by erikportanger
December 23rd, 2018, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are wine investment funds good investments?
Replies: 47
Views: 1981

Re: Are wine investment funds good investments?

Why on Earth would anyone who knows anything about wine hire someone else to buy wine for them - and pay them a ton of money for the privilege?
As for the fees, buying wine is not like running a hedge fund. Not even close. So those fees are laughable..
by erikportanger
November 12th, 2018, 5:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 99 Clos de la Roches
Replies: 7
Views: 604

Re: TN: 99 Clos de la Roches

I’ve had quite a few bottles of the Ponsot, including quite recently, as I slowly work through a case. Every bottle so far has been too young. The wine is monolithic. I am confident it will be something special one day but I think my case, at least, needs a lot more years before it offers much enjoy...
by erikportanger
October 26th, 2018, 10:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Ramonet Ruchottes
Replies: 21
Views: 1031

Re: TN: 2010 Ramonet Ruchottes

I had so much premoxed Ramonet that I stopped buying it completely. A case of 1999 Ruchottes was more than 50% premoxed. Made me cry...
But that was quite a few years ago now. Sounds like maybe they've sorted out their premox issues and I should take another look?
by erikportanger
October 26th, 2018, 1:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: great wine wknd: DRC, Raveneau, Dauvissat,Ente, Rinaldi, Monfortino, Mugneret-Gibourg, Grange, Masseto, Chave, Scarecrow
Replies: 19
Views: 1840

Re: great wine wknd: DRC, Raveneau, Dauvissat,Ente, Rinaldi, Monfortino, Mugneret-Gibourg, Grange, Masseto, Chave, Scare

I've never actually had a Monfortino that was ready, whereas I've had plenty of amazing Rinaldis and Giacosas.
I just don't get the fuss about these wines. Emperor's new clothes?
by erikportanger
October 6th, 2018, 5:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Red Burgundy
Replies: 32
Views: 1933

Re: 2012 Red Burgundy

I guess it depends on how you define charm. The ones I’ve had have been nicely ripe and accessible, but just a bit unexciting. I guess I like my burgs a bit lighter and with more transparency.
by erikportanger
October 6th, 2018, 12:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Red Burgundy
Replies: 32
Views: 1933

Re: 2012 Red Burgundy

I have quite a few 2012s and my initial impressions are that it's just on the right side of being overripe, but a bit lacking in charm. So far I have actually preferred the 2013s I've tasted to the 2012s. I find them lighter and more ethereal, and more representative of their terroirs. They probably...
by erikportanger
April 4th, 2018, 4:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Dujac update
Replies: 4
Views: 742

2007 Dujac update

I've had quite a few bottles of the 07 Clos de la Roche and have always found it borderline underripe with vegetal notes in its otherwise very floral and complex nose.
I want to love it but invariably find myself incapable of drinking more than a glass or so.
by erikportanger
January 29th, 2018, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Brunello di Montalcino, new releases Part I
Replies: 16
Views: 1555

2012 Brunello di Montalcino, new releases Part I

Why the doubt on Poggio di Sotto?
by erikportanger
February 20th, 2015, 11:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AG's Take On 2010 Brunello: Fair And Balanced?
Replies: 180
Views: 11648

AG's Take On 2010 Brunello: Fair And Balanced?

I think most reviews are mostly padding, using the same old go to phrases. That said, I don't find them entirely useless. The choice made by the reviewer of his/her favorite go to phrases to describe a wine is still insightful. I am looking mainly for wines with purity and finesse rather than lots o...
by erikportanger
November 1st, 2014, 9:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking For 2010 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo?
Replies: 30
Views: 2032

Looking For 2010 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo?

I tasted the 2010 Rinaldis in Piedmont a week ago. They were off the charts sensational, and surprisingly accessible. I'm sure they'll shut down at some point but, for now, wow.. It's not only about points chasing when it comes to these wines. They are becoming culty for a reason..
by erikportanger
November 1st, 2014, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking For 2010 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo?
Replies: 30
Views: 2032

Looking For 2010 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo?

I'll trade someone a case of the 10 Bartolo for a case of Rinaldi's Brunate...! It would have to be a trans Atlantic swap though..
I'd even pay the difference in the ex cellar price. Can't find Rinaldi for love nor money in the U.K...
by erikportanger
September 29th, 2014, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11698
Views: 558231

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A case each of the 2004 and 2006 Poggio di Sotto Brunello.. Love these wines... Plus a case of 2011 Coche Dury Meursault.
by erikportanger
March 5th, 2014, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which G. Conterno Barolo C.F. To Purchase?
Replies: 16
Views: 1098

Which G. Conterno Barolo C.F. To Purchase?

There was no Monfortino made in 2007, so all the grapes went into Cascina Francia.. It's an atypical year, though. Quite warm and round and more powerful thank your usual CF, thanks to the Monfortino grapes. The 08 is supposed to be fabulous, and I'm sure the 10 will be equally great, if not better....
by erikportanger
March 1st, 2014, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundian Barolo?
Replies: 58
Views: 2173

Burgundian Barolo?

I have always thought that Elio Altare's Barolo Arborina is very burgundian in style - perfumed, pure, elegant.. Like all barolos they take a wile to come around though. The 1999 is stunning now..
by erikportanger
January 7th, 2014, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Piemonte Going To Be The Next Hot Area?
Replies: 66
Views: 3086

Is Piemonte Going To Be The Next Hot Area?

Don't forget Altare and Grasso....
by erikportanger
September 11th, 2013, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boltons Investments - defunct?
Replies: 5
Views: 442

Boltons Investments - defunct?

Peter, I don't like to be the bearer of bad news... The reason for my post, apart from unloading some of the anger I still feel toward this guy, is to suggest that you not hold back in hiring a lawyer if you are owed money or wine... There is no reason to expect goodwill or professionalism on his pa...
by erikportanger
September 11th, 2013, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boltons Investments - defunct?
Replies: 5
Views: 442

Boltons Investments - defunct?

I can't tell you if they're defunct or not, but I have made a point of not buying anything from them since a nightmare experience a few years ago with the owner's previous company - Bordeaux Connoisseurs - where I had to call in lawyers.. The owner, a guy by the name of Vincenzo, made me an offer fo...
by erikportanger
February 14th, 2012, 10:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 01 and 02 Clos de Tart and 03 Clos de la Mouchere
Replies: 38
Views: 631

Re: TN: 01 and 02 Clos de Tart and 03 Clos de la Mouchere

I tried the 01 about a year ago and found it very new worldy in style with lots of bright red fruits in an almost confected style.. It was certainly long but not what I'm looking for in grand cru burgundy.. If I want a new world pinot - which I do on occasion - I'll buy one from NZ at 1/10th of the ...
by erikportanger
February 12th, 2012, 2:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upcomming burg book from Bill Nanson?
Replies: 90
Views: 4294

Re: Upcomming burg book from Bill Nanson?

I also bought the book and think it looks excellent. I am enjoying the producer profiles a lot and think the photos are very helpful in visualising who these people are etc.. The only slight disappointment for me is that the profiles don't delve a little more into the winemakers' style, what their w...

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