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by Tvrtko C.
March 25th, 2017, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 12 maturing Sagrantinos (Bea, Caprai and others)
Replies: 14
Views: 709

TN: 12 maturing Sagrantinos (Bea, Caprai and others)

Markus S wrote: This sounds spot-on to me. [thumbs-up.gif]
Thank you, Sir [cheers.gif]
by Tvrtko C.
March 25th, 2017, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 12 maturing Sagrantinos (Bea, Caprai and others)
Replies: 14
Views: 709

TN: 12 maturing Sagrantinos (Bea, Caprai and others)

I've been following and, to a minor extent, cellaring Sagrantino for about 15 or so years (vintages going back to the late '90s). Provisional conclusion: while there is some interesting potential, most of it is just not for me. Favourite producers; Bea, Antano, followed by Antonelli. I like Antonell...
by Tvrtko C.
March 24th, 2017, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impact of critics on the prices of wines during the Bordeaux Primeurs campaign
Replies: 29
Views: 2005

Impact of critics on the prices of wines during the Bordeaux Primeurs campaign

I definitely applaud this. The day of the omnipotent critic is dead. His/her carcass may still be trollied around like Weekend at Bernie's, and have a few more spasms, but the critic is effectively dead. Roosevelt was correct: "Man in the Arena". [cheers.gif] Which might well be the case, and hoora...
by Tvrtko C.
March 20th, 2017, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Girolamo Russo Etna Feudo (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 11
Views: 581

TN: 2011 Girolamo Russo Etna Feudo (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

I've spent years trying, but, at this point, I think I simply don't "get" Girolamo Russo's cru bottlings. Not for me. On the other hand, I really like the entry level A' Rina and their white Nerina.
by Tvrtko C.
January 17th, 2017, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: David White lead Champagne dinner
Replies: 11
Views: 1367

TN: David White lead Champagne dinner

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:I have had Laval. I have enjoyed Laval. I cannot get up the enthusiasm to pay for Laval.
My feelings exactly :-).
by Tvrtko C.
January 17th, 2017, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Terra di Lavoro Roccaminfina
Replies: 11
Views: 355

TN: 2005 Terra di Lavoro Roccaminfina

David K o l i n wrote:Sicily?
Campania.
by Tvrtko C.
January 15th, 2017, 2:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagnes similar to René Collard and De Meric (Ginsburg era)
Replies: 17
Views: 920

Champagnes similar to René Collard and De Meric (Ginsburg era)

Mary, try and see if you can get hold of Alexandre Filaine. I sometimes find Filaine a little Collard-like, even if not so much in terms of detail, more in terms of the overall 'Gestalt'. Good bottles of Filaine can be quite memorable.
by Tvrtko C.
December 18th, 2016, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Again a wonderful 1964 Barolo and some Karthauserhof from the 80's
Replies: 8
Views: 613

Again a wonderful 1964 Barolo and some Karthauserhof from the 80's

On day 2 the Rieslings have gained a lot of complexity and weight as expected. They will presumably be best tomorrow after being opened 36-48 hours ... as, of course, almost anyone with any real experience with these wines would come to expect. (On a side note, I kind of miss Anders. Fabulous enter...
by Tvrtko C.
December 6th, 2016, 3:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Damiano Ciolli Cesanese di Olevano Romano Silene
Replies: 1
Views: 81

TN: 2014 Damiano Ciolli Cesanese di Olevano Romano Silene

I love this wine! Chianti + Trousseau... not a bad way of putting it :-)
by Tvrtko C.
November 27th, 2016, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)
Replies: 16
Views: 1006

TN: 2009 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)

No, thank YOU for a clear and timely TN. Caught myself looking at these recently when I was in my cellar.
by Tvrtko C.
November 27th, 2016, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)
Replies: 16
Views: 1006

TN: 2009 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)

I think in this case you are perhaps overinterpreting my "too fruity" a little. I don't mind fruit generally, quite the contrary. I simply said I'd found too much of it in this specific vintage at that early stage. And I certainly didn't feel it was an "inherent flaw", which is the reason I have hel...
by Tvrtko C.
November 27th, 2016, 2:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)
Replies: 16
Views: 1006

TN: 2009 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)

My first impression of the '09 three or four years ago - too fruity. Glad to hear it seems to be developing more of the savoury stuff. Will hold off on the few remaining bottles, though. I've seen this comment on several vintages of Gonon. The answer is time. You guys are ripe for a parody of the A...
by Tvrtko C.
November 26th, 2016, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)
Replies: 16
Views: 1006

TN: 2009 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)

My first impression of the '09 three or four years ago - too fruity. Glad to hear it seems to be developing more of the savoury stuff. Will hold off on the few remaining bottles, though.
by Tvrtko C.
November 25th, 2016, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Ferrando Bianca Carema Nebbiolo
Replies: 24
Views: 870

TN: 2007 Ferrando Bianca Carema Nebbiolo

Has anyone opened the 2006 Ferrando Bianca recently? I have a couple of these left, but it's been a few years since I last tasted them. These used to be around $30 a bottle a few years ago. Now closer to double that. Probably still worth it. Opened an '06 recently - yes, earlier this year (April or...
by Tvrtko C.
November 25th, 2016, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Ferrando Bianca Carema Nebbiolo
Replies: 24
Views: 870

TN: 2007 Ferrando Bianca Carema Nebbiolo

Thanks, Tvrtko. Carema is on the way whenever I drive from/to Italy. I once tried to visit Ferrando during one of these trips, but ended up in the enoteca Ferrando in Ivrea... Have you ever managed to visit them? Sadly, somehow it never worked out when I was there, for one reason or the other. I'd ...
by Tvrtko C.
November 24th, 2016, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rieslings and Reds
Replies: 6
Views: 761

Rieslings and Reds

Violets are blue :-)

(Great post, as ever - )
by Tvrtko C.
November 24th, 2016, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pavie '03
Replies: 72
Views: 4493

Pavie '03

I thought it was some kind of transmitter :-).
by Tvrtko C.
November 24th, 2016, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Am I drinking too much Champagne...?
Replies: 30
Views: 1470

Am I drinking too much Champagne...?

Honestly, I'm much more likely to wonder why I ever drink anything else :-)
by Tvrtko C.
November 24th, 2016, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Am I drinking too much Champagne...?
Replies: 30
Views: 1470

Am I drinking too much Champagne...?

"Too much Champagne" is a contradiction in terms. "Not enough Champagne" covers just about everything else.
by Tvrtko C.
November 24th, 2016, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Ferrando Bianca Carema Nebbiolo
Replies: 24
Views: 870

TN: 2007 Ferrando Bianca Carema Nebbiolo

(BTW, Orsolani's Le Tabbie is very good as well, but , sadly, I only ever seem to come across it every once in a blue moon).
by Tvrtko C.
November 24th, 2016, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Ferrando Bianca Carema Nebbiolo
Replies: 24
Views: 870

TN: 2007 Ferrando Bianca Carema Nebbiolo

Thanks all for sharing your thoughts. Tvrtko, I'm glad I have some 2010 (haven't tried it yet) and some 2009 (had one bottle so far, nice). What's your take on Ferrando vs Produttori? Hi, Gilberto! Incidentally, I just opened one of my last bottles of the '06 Produttori Riserva some weeks ago. A lo...
by Tvrtko C.
November 24th, 2016, 5:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Pierre Gerbais Champagne Prestige Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 4
Views: 305

TN: NV Pierre Gerbais Champagne Prestige Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut (France, Champagne)

Fabulous wine. Gerbais has improved by leaps and bounds over the last ten or so years. I find the whole range quite compelling, particularly Prestige and L'Audace (BdN).
by Tvrtko C.
November 23rd, 2016, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Ferrando Bianca Carema Nebbiolo
Replies: 24
Views: 870

TN: 2007 Ferrando Bianca Carema Nebbiolo

That's another thing about these. Drinkability off the charts.
Truly beautiful wines.
by Tvrtko C.
November 23rd, 2016, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Ferrando Bianca Carema Nebbiolo
Replies: 24
Views: 870

TN: 2007 Ferrando Bianca Carema Nebbiolo

Re: the need to age, basically what Laurent said. The Etichetta Nera almost always requires significantly more bottle age to reveal more (I'd say probably at least 10-12 years as a baseline). On the other hand, I have consistently found the Etichetta Bianca to be fully enjoyable and ready to drink q...
by Tvrtko C.
November 23rd, 2016, 3:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Ferrando Bianca Carema Nebbiolo
Replies: 24
Views: 870

TN: 2007 Ferrando Bianca Carema Nebbiolo

I share your enthusiasm. Truly gorgeous, unique wines. If you come across the 2010, don't hesitate. One of my favourite Etichetta Bianca vintages ever.
by Tvrtko C.
November 20th, 2016, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ansgar Clüsserath - MOSEL Riesling for a song
Replies: 13
Views: 712

Ansgar Clüsserath - MOSEL Riesling for a song

To me it reads almost like a succession of free ads.
by Tvrtko C.
November 14th, 2016, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Antonio Vallana e Figlio Boca (Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Boca)
Replies: 25
Views: 881

TN: 2007 Antonio Vallana e Figlio Boca (Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Boca)

Honestly, I'm not sure there is anyone around who can speak with any kind of authority as to their future. It's probably all in the realm of hypothesis and personal belief/impression for the time being. I think we might have more of an idea about it in 10 or 15 years' time, at best.
by Tvrtko C.
November 13th, 2016, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saturday afternoon pre-pizza TNs: A trio of Brunelli
Replies: 11
Views: 837

Saturday afternoon pre-pizza TNs: A trio of Brunelli

Agree on Agostina Pieri. Just not what I look for in a Brunello.
As for '04, my success rate over the last months is 50%: Nello Baricci was grumpy, Pian dell'Orino was wide open and singing.
by Tvrtko C.
November 13th, 2016, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Antonio Vallana e Figlio Boca (Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Boca)
Replies: 25
Views: 881

TN: 2007 Antonio Vallana e Figlio Boca (Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Boca)

They swear it was not, and that they never would have been able to afford trucking Aglianico up from the south back in those days. I think they taste a little different because they are no longer a field blend. I have more on this at the end of my write up of a Vallana vertical: http://www.finewine...
by Tvrtko C.
November 13th, 2016, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Antonio Vallana e Figlio Boca (Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Boca)
Replies: 25
Views: 881

TN: 2007 Antonio Vallana e Figlio Boca (Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Boca)

Rumours abounded, I'm perfectly aware of that. What's more... "ostracised" is perhaps a bit strong, but even today, in my personal experience, many Alto Piemonte producers either clam up and clearly prefer not to discuss the issue, or get downright dismissive when an outsider like me brings up Valla...
by Tvrtko C.
November 13th, 2016, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Antonio Vallana e Figlio Boca (Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Boca)
Replies: 25
Views: 881

TN: 2007 Antonio Vallana e Figlio Boca (Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Boca)

Frank, I have had the 2010 as well. It is clearly, to me, a better all around wine than the 2007, but less open. That said, I advise you not to decant it. I found the 2010 closed down at about the 1 hour mark. The first 45 minutes were the best. It is a very good wine and a steal for the price. Agr...
by Tvrtko C.
November 13th, 2016, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Antonio Vallana e Figlio Boca (Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Boca)
Replies: 25
Views: 881

TN: 2007 Antonio Vallana e Figlio Boca (Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Boca)

Unfortunately it doesn't seem the current Vallanas, nice as they are, will age like the old ones did, which are basically supernatural phenomenons. I've been thinking about that as well and basically my provisional conclusion is that I have no clue whether they will or not. Why do you think they wo...
by Tvrtko C.
November 7th, 2016, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Ulysse Collin Champagne Rosé Les Maillons (France, Champagne)
Replies: 6
Views: 565

TN: 2013 Ulysse Collin Champagne Rosé Les Maillons (France, Champagne)

I hear you. I have long given up on his rose' bottlings, and have also found the quality of his other wines to be inconsistent. Each high (and some highs early on were very high indeed, which is why I started buying and even visited) was typically tempered by several bottles that were dull or muted.
by Tvrtko C.
October 31st, 2016, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Morgeot"
Replies: 15
Views: 697

TN: 2014 Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Morgeot"

I felt the '14 white Boudriotte, while clearly displaying its exceptional pedigree, was still quite tight and somewhat ungiving back in August.
by Tvrtko C.
October 31st, 2016, 3:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A couple of highly polished rieslings
Replies: 69
Views: 2841

TN: A couple of highly polished rieslings

That's not a bad idea either. Should you elect to take that course of action, it might be helpful if you happen to have a drip lying around. You could then proceed to attach one end to the freshly opened bottle of Steingarten 2014 and see if you can somehow try and hook Professor Waterhouse up the o...
by Tvrtko C.
October 30th, 2016, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Morgeot"
Replies: 15
Views: 697

TN: 2014 Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Morgeot"

Not sure whether there is a red too, but I've only ever had white Boudriotte by Ramonet, while I've had both red and white Morgeot.
by Tvrtko C.
October 29th, 2016, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1985 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Vintage Reserve (France, Champagne)
Replies: 4
Views: 290

TN: 1985 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Vintage Reserve (France, Champagne)

Fred C wrote: Champagne is excellent with the frito misto.
You can say that again! Great note -
by Tvrtko C.
October 29th, 2016, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Here's A New One: Pinerolese
Replies: 4
Views: 361

Thanks...

Maybe it (and the Val d'Osola) are a good place for me to visit next year. Tom You could definitely do a lot worse. If you do the Val di Susa, wherever else you go, don't miss the Sacra di San Michele: one of the most mesmerising places I've ever been. If you go to the Val d'Ossola, there's a lot t...
by Tvrtko C.
October 29th, 2016, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pure expression of Sangiovese?
Replies: 116
Views: 7586

Pure expression of Sangiovese?

The 2004 and 2006 Selvapiana Bucerchiale are some of my favorite Chiantis ever. I've not tried later vintages, but gosh the '04 and '06 are special and right in my wheelhouse. World-class QPR as well, but that's no surprise given the region. Agreed. '10 as well for me, which I think now drinks very...
by Tvrtko C.
October 29th, 2016, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MORIC 2001-2015 - among the best wines in the world
Replies: 9
Views: 754

MORIC 2001-2015 - among the best wines in the world

My concerns regarding ageability are for Blaufränkisch in general, not reg. Moric, he makes wonderful BF. I have tasted BF as old as 25 years and even older (and many between 1989/90 and 2002) ... and my impression is that it holds very well ... until a certain point when the acidity comes more and...
by Tvrtko C.
October 29th, 2016, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pure expression of Sangiovese?
Replies: 116
Views: 7586

Pure expression of Sangiovese?

I also didn't like the 2009 Bucerchiale at all when I tasted it and bought zero as a result. I do have the impression, however, that this was something vintage-related: I find the 2010 brilliant. BTW, I think Selvapiana hit it out of the park with the regular '13 Chianti Rufina. One of the best valu...
by Tvrtko C.
October 28th, 2016, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A couple of highly polished rieslings
Replies: 69
Views: 2841

TN: A couple of highly polished rieslings

To those of you who know the wine: Any idea about the proper drinking window and the characteristics of the 2014 vintage? I had hoped to get something that it made reasonable sense to open right away but I am not sure if that's a good idea with a high-caliber wine with just two years on it. As a ru...
by Tvrtko C.
October 28th, 2016, 1:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Here's A New One: Pinerolese
Replies: 4
Views: 361

Here's A New One: Pinerolese

Yes on both counts. The area is pure magic and Coutandin's wines are definitely worth trying, based on my small sample. Extremely difficult to find, even in Italy. Hard to compare it to anything else, but perhaps a fine, elegant Torrette Superieur (Anselmet?) wouldn't be wide of the mark.
by Tvrtko C.
October 24th, 2016, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Borgo del Tiglio (Nicola Manferrari) Collio Friulano
Replies: 16
Views: 548

TN: 1996 Borgo del Tiglio (Nicola Manferrari) Collio Friulano

Sarah, if you've had the wines of i Clivi, how does this compare with those? Looking to explore more in Friuli. Not Sarah, obviously :-), but I'm familiar with both producers. I'd say there are more similarities than differences between these two producers. Manferrari uses more wood, but I don't fe...
by Tvrtko C.
October 23rd, 2016, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Borgo del Tiglio (Nicola Manferrari) Collio Friulano
Replies: 16
Views: 548

TN: 1996 Borgo del Tiglio (Nicola Manferrari) Collio Friulano

Great note, Sarah. Who said Borgo del Tiglio wines don't age?! These are some of the best, most serious white wines being made anywhere in Italy. Most tend to be very structured when young, at least in my experience. I've had a fair number of Manferrari's wines over the years that were between 10 an...
by Tvrtko C.
October 23rd, 2016, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cantina Roberto Voerzio Sold?
Replies: 14
Views: 1363

Cantina Roberto Voerzio Sold?

Ken V wrote: When I mentioned the possibility of "a large corporation" to Bill Klapp, he suggested it might the Coca Cola Corp, "since he uses more or less the same formula". [snort.gif]
[rofl.gif]
by Tvrtko C.
October 22nd, 2016, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Francois Carillon Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Murgers des Dents de Chien
Replies: 7
Views: 491

TN: 2014 Francois Carillon Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Les Murgers des Dents de Chien

I haven't had a chance to try Francois Carillon's version, but Ramonet, same vineyard, same vintage, all the zing you could possibly wish for and more. Just a brilliant wine.
by Tvrtko C.
October 15th, 2016, 2:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two of the better wines of the year
Replies: 151
Views: 7411

Two of the better wines of the year

R_Gilbane wrote:Anders, tell me with a straight face that this picture doesn't excite the hell out of you. Come on old boy, try some of this with me and enjoy life!
Could be rephrased as: wake up and smell the loss of valuable aromatic compounds. Oh you tempter, you.

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