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by Kirk.Grant
October 17th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions Offer
Replies: 45
Views: 3569

Re: 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions Offer

What's the ETOH on the EBA's this year?
by Kirk.Grant
October 15th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?
Replies: 53
Views: 1493

Re: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?

Interesting poll, while my answer is now the last option as some point in my life I've also been:

ITB: Supply chain buyer (distributor, wholesaler, or retail)
ITB: Consumer buyer (for restaurant, events, etc.)
ITB: Front of the house (Somm, service, etc.)
by Kirk.Grant
October 14th, 2019, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 84
Views: 3425

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

Scott Brunson wrote:
October 12th, 2019, 3:41 am
96 Salon
96 Dom
02 Krug

I have an event with some heavyweights in early Nov.
I have not popped 08 Cristal yet--worth the infanticide?
Scott, I would say no based on my experience with the 2008 Cristal.
by Kirk.Grant
October 14th, 2019, 6:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TS: 1999 Chateau Musar (aka "My First Musar")
Replies: 20
Views: 674

Re: TS: 1999 Chateau Musar (aka "My First Musar")

Overall impressions . I paid a lot of attention to this wine. I enjoyed the wine by itself and the experience of the wine opening up and developing over several hours. I don’t think I have ever experienced so dramatic a development and all in a positive direction. My wife and I still enjoyed the wi...
by Kirk.Grant
October 14th, 2019, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TS: 1999 Chateau Musar (aka "My First Musar")
Replies: 20
Views: 674

Re: TS: 1999 Chateau Musar (aka "My First Musar")

Appreciate the note. I have a mag of the '99, and now I need to find an occasion to open it. D@vid, I just opened a magnum of the '99 Musar at my wedding in early September. It was the one wine (I think) that everyone enjoyed. There was none left a few hours later. It was surrounded by other stella...
by Kirk.Grant
October 12th, 2019, 11:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Patricia Green Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard 2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1143

Re: TN: Patricia Green Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard 2014

I think what I love so much about these wines is that they’ve always showed restraint, and the folks that seem to love them are “my kind of people” that all seem passionate and excited about sharing great wines and creating amazing experiences. Jim has always been so kind & generous with his time an...
by Kirk.Grant
October 12th, 2019, 11:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Patricia Green Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard 2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1143

Re: TN: Patricia Green Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard 2014

And some of your own favorites these days are? (I have the Olenik and Etzel Block in the same year and same format, but I thought they needed still more age than the Balcombe.) Or is that like asking a mother which she loves the most? Josh, based on the vertical of the Etzel Block we did in June th...
by Kirk.Grant
October 12th, 2019, 11:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Thomas letter??
Replies: 14
Views: 1561

Re: 2017 Thomas letter??

My mailer arrived today. $770 for a case including shipping. Tom Opening one of my 2011's tonight to check in on them. I'd love to know what you think. Obviously that's a benchmark vintage for me. They will still improve with time sideways. I plan to check in again in 2 years. It’s still very vibra...
by Kirk.Grant
October 12th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Patricia Green Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard 2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1143

Re: TN: Patricia Green Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard 2014

Don’t doubt it, know it. 27 Pinot Noir bottlings in 2017 and 2018 with 22 and 23 single vineyard bottlings respectively. Rare is the person beyond the staff that tries them all. Crazy in Oregon, but nothing I guess in comparison to Drouhin, Bouchard, or Jadot in Burgundy. And some of your own favor...
by Kirk.Grant
October 12th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Thomas letter??
Replies: 14
Views: 1561

Re: 2017 Thomas letter??

Tom Lee wrote:
October 12th, 2019, 2:30 pm
My mailer arrived today. $770 for a case including shipping.

Tom
Opening one of my 2011's tonight to check in on them.
by Kirk.Grant
October 12th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 77
Views: 3031

Re: Barolo Sediment

I have roughly 12-15 bottles standing up at any given point in time. I have a small NY apartment with a 20 bottle wine fridge. While I rarely drink a whole bottle (maybe actually one bottle every 4-5 weeks) but often taste 3-4 oz. just enough to have an impression and write a tasting note. Are you ...
by Kirk.Grant
October 12th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 77
Views: 3031

Re: Barolo Sediment

I have no idea why you would want "kinda pristine" when you could have pristine, especially when the difference is so little volume. Convenience of not needing to stand up a wine 90 days in advance to enjoy it. I have roughly 12-15 bottles standing up at any given point in time. While I rarely drin...
by Kirk.Grant
October 11th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 77
Views: 3031

Re: Barolo Sediment

Doug is referencing me in the post above. I do rest ALL reds with any age that is sufficient enough to have created some sediment (or if there was some left from the bottling process). I find that all sediment in reds tends to leave the wine tasting more bitter. I also think that there is differing ...
by Kirk.Grant
October 11th, 2019, 5:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 84
Views: 3425

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

88 krug from mag 95 cristal from mag 96 taittinger comtes 96 dp oeno 02 vilmart coeur de cuvee Biggest disappointment easily 96 salon The 1996 Taittinger Comtes was probably my favorite Champagne of this year. It's also the wine we opened with our wedding party once we got back to the rental house ...
by Kirk.Grant
October 7th, 2019, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eleven Madison Park wine
Replies: 20
Views: 2703

Re: Eleven Madison Park wine

I’ve trusted the wine pairings at Piazza Duomo in Alba (3star) and at Taniere3 in Quebec City. I think if you’re “geeky” trusting the pairings can be fun & rewarding. If you’re particular maybe go for something else.
by Kirk.Grant
October 6th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 52
Views: 3749

Re: Winebid revised.....

Thanks for the message Russ. Instead of everyone calling, it seems that Mark Thompson suggested a good alternative. Grandfathering in all the purchases to date would be amicable, and start with the auction beginning 10/6. This is actually a really good idea. While I'm not one that likes changes...t...
by Kirk.Grant
October 3rd, 2019, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Domaine François Cotat Sancerre Les Culs de Beaujeu
Replies: 10
Views: 471

Re: TN: 2008 Domaine François Cotat Sancerre Les Culs de Beaujeu

As always, a nice note and beautiful photo. Also got me thinking that maybe there is no need to drink all my Sancerre on the youngish side. Jim, with the right producer they're really worth aging. I'd also suggest you check out Gérard Boulay. His wines need a little time, but are very, very special...
by Kirk.Grant
October 2nd, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 13
Views: 832

Re: TN: 2008 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut (France, Champagne)

I opened this side by side with the 08 Dom Perignon and the Dom was the unanimous favorite. Maybe things will be different in 20 years. I hope so...this bottle cost me $79 at the NH state Liquor store. Are you sure that wasn't Ca'del Bosco Franciacorta in that golden plastic wrap? $79 doesn't even ...
by Kirk.Grant
October 2nd, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Thomas letter??
Replies: 14
Views: 1561

2017 Thomas letter??

Anyone gotten theirs yet??
by Kirk.Grant
October 2nd, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 13
Views: 832

Re: TN: 2008 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut (France, Champagne)

I opened this side by side with the 08 Dom Perignon and the Dom was the unanimous favorite. Maybe things will be different in 20 years. I hope so...this bottle cost me $79 at the NH state Liquor store.
by Kirk.Grant
October 1st, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 67
Views: 6158

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

Has anyone seen them in 375s? I’ve never seen a half bottle of Dom before - not at the caves or retail.. don’t think they are produced.. I don't know if they did or not, but I've heard stories of "small bottles" of Dom Perignon at a Golf Course. Given that it was my father (who is not "into wine" y...
by Kirk.Grant
September 26th, 2019, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Delta Skyclub
Replies: 41
Views: 3333

Re: Delta Skyclub

Are you paying 10,000 points/glass or for a full bottle?
by Kirk.Grant
September 22nd, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Vatan Clos la Neore so expensive?
Replies: 23
Views: 1796

Re: Why is Vatan Clos la Neore so expensive?

I snagged a single bottle while in WA on vacation for $95. It seemed to blow up after that release. I've heard they need a lot of time, so I'm waiting...as best as I can.
by Kirk.Grant
September 22nd, 2019, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 26
Views: 1605

Re: TN: 1996 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)

...literally dumped half of the Salon down the drain. Could different disgorgement dates really explain such variability, or might there be some other cause? In that general era, there were some terrible problems with heat-damaged champagne, at least on the East Coast of the U.S. For a few years th...
by Kirk.Grant
September 22nd, 2019, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tignanello Recommendation?
Replies: 20
Views: 1930

Re: Tignanello Recommendation?

I just opened my last 2004 of three bottles and it was the very best Tig I've had. I would imagine that it's easy to find and a wine that's in a great spot at 15-16 years.
by Kirk.Grant
September 12th, 2019, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beaujolais, where have you been my whole life?
Replies: 42
Views: 2205

Re: Beaujolais, where have you been my whole life?

I never started aging them until 2009...but I've been lucky to have a few 96's & 2000's along the way. I don't think it will be too long before the better producers are allocated and buying history may impact your ability to get what you want (or 1/3 of what you used to).
by Kirk.Grant
September 4th, 2019, 4:22 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Quebec City - seeking restaurant suggestions
Replies: 14
Views: 724

Re: Quebec City - seeking restaurant suggestions

I've booked reservations at:

IX Pour Bistro
Restaurant L'Initiale
Restaurant Tanière 3

I'll post some impressions when we settle in and return.
by Kirk.Grant
September 4th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Canadian Wine Laws?
Replies: 2
Views: 239

Canadian Wine Laws?

Anyone on the Forums that knows the wine laws in Canada? I'm heading to Quebec City and I'm wondering if it's ok to take the remainder of a bottle bought bought and not finished at a restaurant?

Thanks in advance!
by Kirk.Grant
September 2nd, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Full vertical tasting of Klaus Peter Keller Pettenthal GG (2009-2017) + X
Replies: 12
Views: 963

Re: Full vertical tasting of Klaus Peter Keller Pettenthal GG (2009-2017) + X

German auction wine. Its a special event it’s sold at. The sticker shows it. Fu, I get it's a special event that the wines are sold at. What I don't understand is are all of them sold to one individual, are they sold as case lots, and sold until they're all bought, or something else. I think what I...
by Kirk.Grant
September 2nd, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Full vertical tasting of Klaus Peter Keller Pettenthal GG (2009-2017) + X
Replies: 12
Views: 963

Re: Full vertical tasting of Klaus Peter Keller Pettenthal GG (2009-2017) + X

Last Saturday I had the chance to attend a tasting with a full vertical of Klaus Peter Keller Pettenthal GG 2009-2017 and Kühling-Gillot Pettenthal GG 2008-2014. Keller bought a tiny parcel in the famous Pettenthal vineyard which is part of the “Rote Hang” (red slope) in Nierstein. First vintage wa...
by Kirk.Grant
September 1st, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the wine that changed your life?
Replies: 166
Views: 8289

Re: What's the wine that changed your life?

1990 Ducru Beaucaillou, in 2003. I was 15 and it's the first wine I ever remember really *tasting*, paying attention to. Of course, the wine demanded it of me. 2005 Grans Fassian Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Spatlese, in 2008. I was 19 years old in my 2nd year of college. I bought it because it ...
by Kirk.Grant
September 1st, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the wine that changed your life?
Replies: 166
Views: 8289

Re: What's the wine that changed your life?

2005: 2002 Joseph Phelps - The wine that made me realize I would be happy to pay $35/bottle. I was drinking mostly yellowtail Shiraz, and Robert Mondavi Cabernet. I told myself that I was "a real wine drinker" now that I no longer drank Wild Vines "Blackberry Merlot". This wine was just so damn amaz...
by Kirk.Grant
September 1st, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats the Earliest White Burg PreMox?
Replies: 31
Views: 1554

Re: Whats the Earliest White Burg PreMox?

I had a 2010 Patrick Piuze Bougros Côte de Bouqueyreaux in 2013 that was horribly pre-moxed.
by Kirk.Grant
August 31st, 2019, 5:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Vintners in Savoy?
Replies: 22
Views: 907

Re: Favorite Vintners in Savoy?

IlkkaL wrote:
August 31st, 2019, 12:20 am
Domaine des Ardoisieres
Denis et Didier Berthollier
Chateau de la Mar
Jean-Claude Masson
Gilles Berlioz
Domaine des Ardoisieres is at the top of my list. I've liked everything that I'd had from them.
by Kirk.Grant
August 28th, 2019, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Dijon 115 Freedom Hill Vineyard - GREAT juice!
Replies: 7
Views: 648

Re: TN: 2013 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Dijon 115 Freedom Hill Vineyard - GREAT juice!

Todd,

They just started selling their commemorative bottling of 2017 Pinot to remember Patricia Green on their webpage. While I haven't tasted it yet, I'd have to imagine that given the meaning behind the bottling it's going to be filled with the best juice possible from the vintage.
by Kirk.Grant
August 27th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?
Replies: 92
Views: 4919

Re: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?

In fact, 2008 was prob the fan favorite and id imagine most tasters would be confident that it has lots of life left. 08 is a vintage, by and large, that everybody thought would be "long-lived". The most structured young new world Pinots that I've ever encountered. The question remains, can the fru...
by Kirk.Grant
August 27th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)
Replies: 59
Views: 1905

Re: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)

Reds
Pinot Noir
Nebbiolo
Syrah
Sangiovese

Whites
Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc
Chardonnay
Chenin Blanc
by Kirk.Grant
August 27th, 2019, 5:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Châteauneuf-du-Pape producers
Replies: 46
Views: 1987

Re: Châteauneuf-du-Pape producers

With Chateauneuf du Pape I try to stick to two producers: Vieux Telegraphe & Beaucastel.
by Kirk.Grant
August 26th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Barolo/Barbaresco should I open?
Replies: 23
Views: 1408

Re: Which Barolo/Barbaresco should I open?

I'd like to pick the brains of all you wine experts! Having a "fine wine" event on Wednesday and I am tasked to bring a bottle; which of the following would be the most "ready" for opening at this stage (August 2019)? (1) Roagna Paje Barbaresco 2012 (2) Mascarello Monprivato 2012 (3) Elvio Cogno Ra...
by Kirk.Grant
August 25th, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1999 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Cuvée Nicolas-François Billecart
Replies: 11
Views: 617

Re: 1999 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Cuvée Nicolas-François Billecart

This is a more oxidative style than I've liked...but I know what you're saying about your apprehension that it will start to show it's age. Thanks for the note.
by Kirk.Grant
August 24th, 2019, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two friends sharing three bottles of wine - Part 4
Replies: 17
Views: 1436

Re: TN: Two friends sharing three bottles of wine - Part 4

How awesome to get a chance to taste those. One day...I hope I'll get a chance to. It's always nice to have things to look forward to. [cheers.gif]
by Kirk.Grant
August 18th, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NY Times "From Wild Blueberries and Maine Terroir, Fine Sparkling Wine"
Replies: 4
Views: 527

Re: NY Times "From Wild Blueberries and Maine Terroir, Fine Sparkling Wine"

Nathan Smyth wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Kirk.Grant wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 5:26 pm
I can't imagine how...
You never read the NY Times for the text.

You always read it for the sub-text.
newhere
by Kirk.Grant
August 18th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which wines to bring back from Europe?
Replies: 26
Views: 1528

Re: Which wines to bring back from Europe?

In Italy I'd recommend that you buy any Accomasso that you can find. I think I paid €55 for a bottle of his Barolo that sells for $225 here in the US. I'd also recommend Poggio di Sotto, Emidio Pepe, and Bartolo Mascarello.
by Kirk.Grant
August 15th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NY Times "From Wild Blueberries and Maine Terroir, Fine Sparkling Wine"
Replies: 4
Views: 527

NY Times "From Wild Blueberries and Maine Terroir, Fine Sparkling Wine"

There's an interesting article in the NY Times. I can't imagine how an article like this would miss that Maine's First winery focused on making blueberry wine for decades before this little venture started up. But it's an interesting read... https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/15/dining/drinks/blueberry...
by Kirk.Grant
August 14th, 2019, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hi everyone in Boston
Replies: 12
Views: 812

Re: Hi everyone in Boston

New to the board and new to Boston. I am looking forward to some great wine experiences and will cross post in the event planner to find out more about tastings. My passions are Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Craft Beer. Thanks again Welcome to the forum, you're in a good spot to love wine and Boston ha...
by Kirk.Grant
August 13th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Patricia Green Patty Green Cellars Commemorative Willamette Valley
Replies: 0
Views: 360

PSA: Patricia Green Patty Green Cellars Commemorative Willamette Valley

I thought everyone on the board would like to know that they're selling these at the winery now.

$62 and a blend from 25 vineyard sources from Ribbon Ridge, Dundee Hills, Chehalem Mountains, McMinnville, & the Willamette Valley.
by Kirk.Grant
August 13th, 2019, 4:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 L. Aubry Fils Champagne Premier Cru Aubry de Humbert
Replies: 7
Views: 411

Re: TN: 2008 L. Aubry Fils Champagne Premier Cru Aubry de Humbert

Thanks for the fine TN, Kirk. From this past May, just the NV bottling: " Aubry de Humbert NV Champagne On the very crisp and crystalline side, which softens a little with air, there is authority here and quite the nice long spine. I might want a little bit more fruit, but it's not absent. Very ref...
by Kirk.Grant
August 11th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau Musar Rosé
Replies: 9
Views: 405

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau Musar Rosé

Great wine. And can easily age a decade. Call it a poor man’s LdH Rosado I've had the '95 of this...and that's the benchmark for aged rosé for me. You may have to do the aging...but these babies can last. However, as good as this was, I'm going to have a hard time not drinking the last three bottle...
by Kirk.Grant
August 11th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau Musar Rosé
Replies: 9
Views: 405

TN: 2016 Chateau Musar Rosé

2016 Chateau Musar Rosé - Lebanon, Bekaa Valley (8/11/2019) This is more of a pale rosé in color. Initially scents of watermelon, yellow delicious apples, and nectarine are noted. On the palate this is light as flavors of white peach, kiwi, and melon persist and transition into a lingering finish. ...
by Kirk.Grant
August 11th, 2019, 5:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10834
Views: 393030

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2015 A. J. Adam Drohner Hofberg Riesling Kabinett. This was simply a pleasure to drink with an early evening cheese plate on the back porch. . Not focusing on words to describe it, just accepting what it gives: balanced fruit and acid, very slight sweetness, drinking enjoyment! Great with the chees...

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