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by Kirk.Grant
May 23rd, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 06 Billecart-Salmon "Cuvee Louis" Brut Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 3
Views: 169

Re: 06 Billecart-Salmon "Cuvee Louis" Brut Blanc de Blancs

This is a more oxidative style of Champagne than I like as I've tasted more Champagnes. I haven't tasted this since the 1999 & 2000 Vintages sometime around 2011 or 2012.
by Kirk.Grant
May 21st, 2019, 3:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie La Chavaroche
Replies: 11
Views: 677

Re: TN: 2012 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie La Chavaroche

Pat Martin wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 9:56 pm
Nice, the 2012 sounds great. So nice to get a new-ish one already in the zone.

Drift here, but any skinny yet on the 2016 Levets?
Buy them while they’re still affordable...that’s the only advice I have.
by Kirk.Grant
May 20th, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne (France, Champagne)
Replies: 5
Views: 642

Re: TN: 2008 Dom Pérignon Champagne (France, Champagne)

Is there an expected down shift from legacy to this regular bottling? I had read that it was purely label difference, and the juice is identical? This is what I heard too. I did splurge for 3 Legacy & a 6 pack of the normal. Which is about 2-3x what I might normally buy. I'd buy more...but I got a ...
by Kirk.Grant
May 20th, 2019, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie La Chavaroche
Replies: 11
Views: 677

Re: TN: 2012 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie La Chavaroche

I think this is the most open vintage that I’ve experienced with Levet. Has some serious game to play out, as well. Nice note! Yea, As wide open as this was I'll be drinking all my 12's while I wait on my last 2005 & 2010's. The next time I want Syrah I'm going to have a hard time not pulling a bot...
by Kirk.Grant
May 20th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie La Chavaroche
Replies: 11
Views: 677

TN: 2012 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie La Chavaroche

2012 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie La Chavaroche - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie (5/20/2019) This is in a lovely spot. I have to say I'm a bit surprised it was so easy to enjoy on the PnP. A translucent ruby, with scents of smoke, dehydrated beef, lavender, and black pepper this is exactly w...
by Kirk.Grant
May 20th, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Boston in June: 2004, 2005, & 2007-2017 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Estate Etzel Block Vertical & blind gathering
Replies: 34
Views: 1274

Re: Boston in June: Patricia Green Pinot Noir Estate Etzel Block Vertical & blind gathering

Blair Ridley wrote:
January 9th, 2019, 9:16 am
Kirk -

I think you missed me. I'd love to be on the waiting list. Thanks.
Blair, if you can join us...there is room. Please PM me about location & blind drop off.
by Kirk.Grant
May 20th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Boston in June: 2004, 2005, & 2007-2017 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Estate Etzel Block Vertical & blind gathering
Replies: 34
Views: 1274

Re: Boston in June: Patricia Green Pinot Noir Estate Etzel Block Vertical & blind gathering

Mike Grammer wrote:
January 7th, 2019, 9:01 am
I'm going to tag this thread for myself on the very outside chance that I could coordinate a visit to Boston sometime in that time period. If I can, I would love to join!

Mike
Mike, if you can join us...there is room.
by Kirk.Grant
May 19th, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GG's - What to drink young and what to age
Replies: 90
Views: 3198

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

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 present, though I haven't seen them)? My recollection is ...
by Kirk.Grant
May 19th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It’s raining again/still, time to do a cellar inventory.
Replies: 19
Views: 693

Re: It’s raining again/still, time to do a cellar inventory.

I've never understood why people don't enjoy doing their inventory. Usually about once a year I find a bottle stashed someplace I forgot I put it and I love that feeling. Granted I've only got about 600 bottles...but I find it peaceful and relaxing.
by Kirk.Grant
May 19th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: which syrahs are retirement worthy?
Replies: 43
Views: 2343

Re: which syrahs are retirement worthy?

I have long been a new world syrah lover and over the years I have managed to get on what I consider to be the primo lists. But retirement is upon me and I really can't afford to buy all of the wine I'm being offered. I should cut back by about half. So who stays and who goes? Alban - my first grea...
by Kirk.Grant
May 18th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Clos des Carmes Monopole
Replies: 10
Views: 668

Re: TN: 2010 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Clos des Carmes Monopole

2010 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc Clos des Carmes Monopole - France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur (5/18/2019) This was such a deep golden hue in the bottle that I opened it and I'm glad I did. It seems to be advancing faster than I had hoped currently. This is such a deep golden hue that i...
by Kirk.Grant
May 18th, 2019, 4:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?
Replies: 61
Views: 3372

Re: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?

I think it all depends on what you're looking for from auction. There are still some great deals out there...if you're patient and willing to buy "relatively unknown wines". Let's say you don't know if you like aged wines or not. There are some great little finds for under $50 on wined.com if you're...
by Kirk.Grant
May 14th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Boston in June: 2004, 2005, & 2007-2017 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Estate Etzel Block Vertical & blind gathering
Replies: 34
Views: 1274

Re: Boston/Portland/Bangor? Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Estate Etzel Block VERTICAL

Tariq K wrote:
January 4th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Ah crud - didn't see this right away. Please put me on wait list. Thanks!
Have you seen my last PM??
by Kirk.Grant
May 10th, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 02 dp p2 $399-thoughts?
Replies: 34
Views: 1876

Re: 02 dp p2 $399-thoughts?

You can still find the ‘96 Oenotheque for that price...why buy the 2002 P2 when you can backfill the 96 Oeno?
by Kirk.Grant
May 5th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTT: My 2014 Keller Abts E® GG
Replies: 1
Views: 312

Re: WTT: My 2014 Keller Abts E® GG

Bump...if you want I'll offer one 2014 & one 2015 for two bottles of the 2017.
by Kirk.Grant
May 5th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help to pick unusual wines
Replies: 32
Views: 948

Re: Help to pick unusual wines

Alan Eden wrote:
May 4th, 2019, 11:33 am
Need help picking a few bottles for a tasting, topic is very unusual places. Wines need to be reasonably available. So think Greece, Croatia etc. prefer dry wines so nothing overly sweet, can be red or white, sparkling is fine as well.

Please give a price limit...
by Kirk.Grant
May 2nd, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 69
Views: 1241

Re: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?

I've had some surprises...Here are the wines that really stood out for me. CA: 2002 Teachworth Cabernet Sauvignon Manzanita Hill Vineyard (750ml in 2008) OR: 1990 Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Noir Reserve (750ml in 2010) WA: 1994 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (750ml in 2013) ME: 2005 Bartlett Bluebe...
by Kirk.Grant
April 30th, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant
Replies: 19
Views: 645

Re: TN: 2013 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant

I too don't want to sound like a jerk, but that info you just typed is a little off. La Grande Rue & Clos De Tart are monopoles; but they are not their own AOC like Chateau-Grillet, Romanée Conti, & Coulée de Serrant. There is a difference...and maybe I’m wrong; with the recent shift from AOC to AO...
by Kirk.Grant
April 29th, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant
Replies: 19
Views: 645

Re: TN: 2013 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant

2013 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant - France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Savennières-Coulée de Serrant (4/26/2019) How special is this 7 hectare Chenin Blanc vineyard? It is one of only 3 vineyards in France that is an appellation unto itself (the others are Romanee-Conti in Burgundy an...
by Kirk.Grant
April 29th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant
Replies: 19
Views: 645

Re: TN: 2013 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant

Thanks for the note. I have two bottles of the 2011, but have never had this wine before. The CT notes are generally not encouraging, with complaints of excessive sweetness, oxidation, alcoholic heat, and so forth. I have no idea whether I should be drinking these now before they get worse, or if t...
by Kirk.Grant
April 28th, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTT: My 2014 Keller Abts E® GG
Replies: 1
Views: 312

WTT: My 2014 Keller Abts E® GG

I'm hoping that I can find someone that was able to buy some 2017 Keller Abts E® Riesling Großes Gewächs. I want to trade my 2014 for your 2017. It's become so hard...near impossible to find these...but this year has been particularly challenging. Please PM any leads you may have. Thanks in advance....
by Kirk.Grant
April 28th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on this list of PYCM lower end 2017’s
Replies: 14
Views: 1220

Re: Thoughts on this list of PYCM lower end 2017’s

Yep, at those prices...buy whatever you can afford. You won't be upset later in time. I still regret not buying more Keller GGs "back when"...
by Kirk.Grant
April 28th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pitching in to buy a rare bottle (questions?)
Replies: 16
Views: 1098

Pitching in to buy a rare bottle (questions?)

I'm interested to see if anyone here ever thinks about, or maybe even often will pitch in to get a rare, expensive, or hard to find wine so that more people can experience the wine. As I'm reading articles about millennials that have "given up" on tasting the rare/great wines of the classic regions ...
by Kirk.Grant
April 27th, 2019, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can I put a (small) wine cellar in this room?
Replies: 12
Views: 928

Re: Can I put a (small) wine cellar in this room?

I would just buy a Eurocave...probably can be done for less too.
by Kirk.Grant
April 27th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Champagne?
Replies: 40
Views: 1698

Re: Decanting Champagne?

Back in 2010 or 2012 I decanted a bottle of the 1995 Charles Heidsieck Champagne Blanc des Millénaires. Not only was it better, it also seemed to ratchet up the complexity as the wine did truly "open".
by Kirk.Grant
April 27th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hospice de Beaune labels
Replies: 9
Views: 673

Re: Hospice de Beaune labels

How much does a barrel cost?? That sounds expensive...but it might be cool to gather a group of friends to buy a barrel if you can get it in a reasonable price range. Do you get to request magnums & 3L??
by Kirk.Grant
April 27th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SAQ Quebec City ??
Replies: 2
Views: 195

SAQ Quebec City ??

I'm planning a trip to Quebec City in September and I'm wondering if there are any recommendations for SAQs to hit or restaurants that may also have some cool hidden gems. I remember the last time I was in Canada (Montreal I think) I found a restaurant that had the 1996 La Tache for $2,500 CD. While...
by Kirk.Grant
April 27th, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Suggestion for trip to Quebec City
Replies: 9
Views: 674

Re: Suggestion for trip to Quebec City

It's been some time since this was discussed. Has anyone had any recent experiences in Quebec City? I'm planning to go there in September. Thanks in advance.
by Kirk.Grant
April 25th, 2019, 5:10 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Should you buy most of your wine from one place?
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Re: Should you buy most of your wine from one place?

I have bought from many stores over the years. However, I started to benefit more once I started consolidating my purchases with one store and shop. I started getting better access to the wines I wanted. We're living at a time where more people are interested in, and want wines that sometimes strugg...
by Kirk.Grant
April 25th, 2019, 3:57 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: 85 Dom with questionable storage history
Replies: 4
Views: 221

Re: 85 Dom with questionable storage history

I might be willing to part with $50 to try the bottle...maybe if the color looked ok. You're not missing out in my mind.
by Kirk.Grant
April 25th, 2019, 3:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should I buy lesser ‘16 Bords?
Replies: 85
Views: 4116

Re: Should I buy lesser ‘16 Bords?

I’m not a huge Bordeaux drinker but I’m intrigued by the hype. I was very happy with several mixed cases of $20 2000 Bords and suspect that 2016 may offer similar opportunities. The catch? I’m 62 years old. I hope that I’ll have a decent palate for 10+ more years but my kids have no interest and I’...
by Kirk.Grant
April 24th, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Done
Replies: 3
Views: 373

Re: WTB 2016 Thomas Pinot

I bet if you just wrote John Thomas you could buy them directly...the 2016 is awesome. Worth picking up, for sure.
by Kirk.Grant
April 23rd, 2019, 5:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?
Replies: 53
Views: 2214

Re: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?

JordanL, Assuming that you're in the US I'd suggest Oregon. If you're someplace else in the world then where you are will heavily impact these answers. My first trip to wine country was to the Willamette Valley and if I had to start over again I'd do it exactly the same as I did before. If you're lo...
by Kirk.Grant
April 21st, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?
Replies: 211
Views: 7684

Re: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?

I think I commented in this somewhere in the past, but missed it while reviewing if I did. We definitely enjoy drinking Sauvignon Blanc and appreciate it in many styles (Dagueneau, Boulay, Cotat, Patricia Green, & Vineyard 29). If we drank wine more often I'm sure our consumption would be more than ...
by Kirk.Grant
April 19th, 2019, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 397
Views: 33828

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

Ha ha! Sorry....I thought the subject was post your Selfie Cellar Pics (which is way more fun) ;) I see you tend for being California-centric, as do I. What year is that Sutter Home zin? I've saved some from the early 70's. Love them! Lovely cellar! That I do, my friend! And the 3L Sutter Home is a...
by Kirk.Grant
April 18th, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 2018

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

There were some 2015 GG's that I drank like they had the cure in them during 2017 while I was buying them...I think it's going to come down to site & producer. Out of the 3 cases I stashed for the vintage only 7 bottles are Auslese level sweet and everything else is dry. There are some that will nee...
by Kirk.Grant
April 17th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)
Replies: 8
Views: 1094

Re: TN: 2013 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)

I pulled out a bottle of this the other day... 2013 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph (4/16/2019) This was showing so very different from the last bottle I had. Scents of smoked meats, olive brine, provincial herbs, and dark fruits. The palate was lean yet with a de...
by Kirk.Grant
April 17th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '96 & '98 Musar side by side
Replies: 11
Views: 549

Re: '96 & '98 Musar side by side

Not too old...just different.
by Kirk.Grant
April 17th, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '96 & '98 Musar side by side
Replies: 11
Views: 549

Re: '96 & '98 Musar side by side

Kirk I did not thank you really for this poetic and precise note. I am drinking anothe one now and I also taste decayed fruit (and strawberries) and I know there is no reason to worry about keep cellaring these. But what is your view on this? Claus, I think that these are wines that survive when ot...
by Kirk.Grant
April 17th, 2019, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...
Replies: 161
Views: 4144

Re: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...

Insignia is an excellent example for this discussion. It changed in the early 1990s from a great and interesting wine, to a modern Napa wine, which I disliked intensely. We haven’t changed, the wines did. Sounds like I need to get to taste some +25-yo Insignia then. I guess easier said than done. S...
by Kirk.Grant
April 14th, 2019, 5:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT handles
Replies: 412
Views: 17007

Re: CT handles

J a y H a c k wrote:
March 22nd, 2019, 2:26 pm
Due to all the whining about CT cellar secrecy, I thought I'd bump this.
Why were people complaining?
by Kirk.Grant
April 13th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?
Replies: 71
Views: 2340

Re: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?

Howard Cooper wrote:
April 12th, 2019, 4:43 pm
For the people voting over $100, how many bottles of Champagne do you have?
I'm over $100/bottle and I've got close to 50 bottles. I will also share that well over a case is closer to the $50-$65 price range.
by Kirk.Grant
April 13th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How is your average cost per bottle trending?
Replies: 27
Views: 852

Re: How is your average cost per bottle trending?

That's a fascinating story of developing wine interest (and expenditures) Kirk ! And over a relatively brief time frame from my perspective. [cheers.gif] -Jim Jim, I think an interesting component to this shift in price is also that from 2006 my income grew close to 10x that by 2018. I feel like th...
by Kirk.Grant
April 13th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How is your average cost per bottle trending?
Replies: 27
Views: 852

Re: How is your average cost per bottle trending?

2019 ($85.ish): I've finally reached a point where my cellar feels balanced and where I want it. I'm actively at a place where I'm buying wines to replace what I drink or keep a few favorites going. 2018 ($95.ish):..... 2006 ($10.ish)... Holy crap! Do you keep a diary?! Wish I had this kind of deta...
by Kirk.Grant
April 13th, 2019, 5:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How is your average cost per bottle trending?
Replies: 27
Views: 852

Re: How is your average cost per bottle trending?

2019 ($85.ish): I've finally reached a point where my cellar feels balanced and where I want it. I'm actively at a place where I'm buying wines to replace what I drink or keep a few favorites going. 2018 ($95.ish): Another year of refining what I wanted. No real regrets...but maybe; just maybe I wis...
by Kirk.Grant
April 13th, 2019, 5:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m in der- Pfalz need wine recommendations-last minute
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: I’m in der- Pfalz need wine recommendations-last minute

I've had wines from the Pfalz from these producers and really loved them. I'm not sure if they're all located in the Pfalz though.

Meßmer
Dr. Bürklin-Wolf
Rings
Reichsrat Von Buhl
by Kirk.Grant
April 12th, 2019, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What green vegetable goes best with red wine
Replies: 56
Views: 1427

Re: What green vegetable goes best with red wine

If they have to be green then I'd go with zucchini with some seasoning, butter, and a little cheese. I have cooked up Brussels sprouts with coconut butter in the past and they became much more savory with a a little seasoning.
by Kirk.Grant
April 10th, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: old musar and chinon
Replies: 22
Views: 1055

Re: old musar and chinon

Around $65 here in the US unfortunately. Still a good value but not quite so much of a screaming deal. To me, finding a wine of that complexity at $65 is still a screaming deal. Then there’s the likelihood that sometime in the next few years it will suddenly jump for $65 to $120ish and people will ...

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