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by Andrew Hamilton
November 6th, 2019, 11:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 Piedmont Retrospective: Giacosa, Monprivato, Accomasso
Replies: 8
Views: 777

Re: TN: 1989 Piedmont Retrospective: Giacosa, Monprivato, Accomasso

Thanks for the notes Todd. I'm with you on the Monprivato re the sweetness of the fruit and it being comparable to Giacosa in that respect.
by Andrew Hamilton
September 8th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: access to past Graperadio podcasts?
Replies: 16
Views: 864

Re: access to past Graperadio podcasts?

Hi Dennis, I had a look and sadly I don't believe I've got the episodes you're after. It appears like I've only got episodes from 2013 onwards. The 2014 episodes are still available whereas the 2013 episodes aren't even listed anymore. The three specific 2013 episodes I have are as follows. GR-EN-US...
by Andrew Hamilton
September 5th, 2019, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 385
Views: 22068

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

Apologies if I shouldn't be wading into an argument when I've got no skin in the game, but is it possible that the two importers had their wines stored in two separate reefers when they came across the pond? If so, isn't it possible that the reefer containing the Polaner allocation had a temperature...
by Andrew Hamilton
September 5th, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traveling Wine Glasses
Replies: 14
Views: 646

Re: Traveling Wine Glasses

The Riedel O series is the obvious alternative to those you mentioned. I use them, and like them. The only ones I have compared them to are much cheaper brands like Darlington Glass, and the Riedels are a lot better, though for occasional use I'd say the cheaper ones are OK too. +1. I also use the ...
by Andrew Hamilton
September 5th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: access to past Graperadio podcasts?
Replies: 16
Views: 864

Re: access to past Graperadio podcasts?

Dennis Borczon wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 5:27 am
Really would like to listen to the Krankl interview again, the Jefferson wine podcast would also be fun. If I knew they would be going into storage I would have downloaded a bunch of them...
I'll have a look tonight Dennis.
by Andrew Hamilton
September 5th, 2019, 12:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: access to past Graperadio podcasts?
Replies: 16
Views: 864

Re: access to past Graperadio podcasts?

Dennis, are there any specific episodes you're after? I don't like streaming and prefer to download web based media locally before watching/listening. Plus I rarely delete anything I download and would most likely have a folder of GrapeRadio podcasts on an external drive at home. I could have a look...
by Andrew Hamilton
September 2nd, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Domaine G. Roumier / Christophe Roumier Chambolle-Musigny
Replies: 3
Views: 592

Re: TN: 2008 Domaine G. Roumier / Christophe Roumier Chambolle-Musigny

Thanks for the note David. I've had a few of these over the years that I picked up from a local retailer a few years back for $125AUD each iirc. They've always drank very well and I've still got one in the cellar. I suspect I'll give it another 5-10 but your note is prompting me to second guess that...
by Andrew Hamilton
August 28th, 2019, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some impressions on the 2015 Barolo vintage
Replies: 73
Views: 8697

Re: Some impressions on the 2015 Barolo vintage

I think 08's are approaching early drinkability. A 2008 Vajra Albe I had several weeks ago was very good, a model of the vintage, with great aromatics, and a crunchy, sappy cherry palate. IIRC the Albe is made to be more approachable in youth.* I had the '13 over Christmas and it was very good. *Ac...
by Andrew Hamilton
August 26th, 2019, 12:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Barolo/Barbaresco should I open?
Replies: 23
Views: 1479

Re: Which Barolo/Barbaresco should I open?

Open the PdB and don't even look at the Monprivato!
by Andrew Hamilton
August 21st, 2019, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings
Replies: 62
Views: 3801

Re: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings

For mine I can't go past a simple margherita paired with a Freisa or Dolcetto. I'm surprised no one has mentioned Freisa so far in the thread tbh.
by Andrew Hamilton
August 20th, 2019, 12:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Another lost Friday afternoon gathering – 88 DRCs, 90 Bordeauxs, Raveneaus, Dauvissats and etc.
Replies: 33
Views: 2463

Re: TN: Another lost Friday afternoon gathering – 88 DRCs, 90 Bordeauxs, Raveneaus, Dauvissats and etc.

I've always felt this way. I also felt that the Australian tastings seemed to also show more pre mox. TAKE THAT BACK! Not trying to be insulting. Just an observation. Apologies Nick, that was meant to be read sarcastically. I'm on the far end of the Aussie supply chain as everything that comes in c...
by Andrew Hamilton
August 14th, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best recent Bourgognes
Replies: 24
Views: 1658

Re: Best recent Bourgognes

2012 Hudelot Noellat
by Andrew Hamilton
August 14th, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 09 Wine
Replies: 41
Views: 2286

Re: 09 Wine

2009 Roulot Meursault Perrieres and 2009 Rousseau Clos St Jacques were both outstanding last year at Epicure in Paris. Thanks Jerry, I've got a single of the 09 Rousseau CSJ. Open sooner or later? I was expecting to give it at least another decade but I could be tempted to open earlier if warranted.
by Andrew Hamilton
August 13th, 2019, 11:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Another lost Friday afternoon gathering – 88 DRCs, 90 Bordeauxs, Raveneaus, Dauvissats and etc.
Replies: 33
Views: 2463

Re: TN: Another lost Friday afternoon gathering – 88 DRCs, 90 Bordeauxs, Raveneaus, Dauvissats and etc.

Nick Gangas wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 8:42 pm
I've always felt this way. I also felt that the Australian tastings seemed to also show more pre mox.
TAKE THAT BACK!
by Andrew Hamilton
August 5th, 2019, 11:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?
Replies: 90
Views: 4552

Re: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?

I think your real question is whether we should ban Instagram. neener That's what I thought as well of when reading this thread. Recently over there I saw someone get dressed down for posting a Bourgogne bottle photo. Something along the lines of "It's just a Bourgogne Blanc". You can probably gues...
by Andrew Hamilton
August 1st, 2019, 10:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--various from 2 weeks...Huet, Rudius, Carlisle, Rivetti, 07 Graham's, Cullen Rose
Replies: 2
Views: 482

Re: TNs--various from 2 weeks...Huet, Rudius, Carlisle, Rivetti, 07 Graham's, Cullen Rose

2017 Cullen Wilyabrup Dancing in the Moonlight Rose Get this---Merlot, Malbec, CS and Petit Verdot (in descending percentages order). It makes, I'm afraid, for a clashy beast of a wine--it has character, sure, but the problem is that the character is schizophrenic. I left this as well for about a w...
by Andrew Hamilton
July 28th, 2019, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who's going to wear the black hat?
Replies: 121
Views: 4752

Re: Who's going to wear the black hat?

I'm more of a red hat. (I bet hackers especially hate Trump as this could be confused with something else...) I'm not sure about that. Given IBM now owns them and given IBM's historical penchant for working with some of the worst the 20th century has to offer in some ways it's quite appropirate. I'...
by Andrew Hamilton
July 25th, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It was 107F in Champagne today
Replies: 36
Views: 4231

Re: It was 107F in Champagne today

Caviar > threads. Glad to see your priorities are in order Charlie!
by Andrew Hamilton
July 23rd, 2019, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Growing Season (France/Italy)
Replies: 7
Views: 748

Re: 2019 Growing Season (France/Italy)

Anecdotally the 2019 growing season looks suboptimal, at least to my palate. There's already been one heat wave in June that broke all sorts of records. Yesterday in Bordeaux it was 41.2C (106.1F) which broke the record set in 2003. And we're not even into August when historically most late summer h...
by Andrew Hamilton
July 22nd, 2019, 9:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about excessibe balla nights
Replies: 678
Views: 32068

Re: Question about excessibe balla nights

Bump for Alan. Creating new nomenclature in wine consumption. +1. Anytime someone I know baby kills a GC burg or First Growth I always make mention of how excessible it is and how much of a balla they are. I've never received anything in response other than blank stares. Par for the course I guess.
by Andrew Hamilton
July 16th, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine du Chateau de Meursault Meursault 1er Cru Charmes
Replies: 7
Views: 672

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine du Chateau de Meursault Meursault 1er Cru Charmes

billnanson wrote:
July 15th, 2019, 5:47 am
...if still some strong affinity to oak in their production.
That was also my take away Bill. I've only ever had one, IIRC it was the '14 Perrieres in August of last year. Ample oak on both the nose and palate.
by Andrew Hamilton
July 15th, 2019, 12:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine du Chateau de Meursault Meursault 1er Cru Charmes
Replies: 7
Views: 672

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine du Chateau de Meursault Meursault 1er Cru Charmes

alan weinberg wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 9:32 am
agree. Only had a couple and wasn’t impressed. But 14 is a great vintage. Still those big bottles?
Yes unfortunately.
by Andrew Hamilton
July 11th, 2019, 9:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red wine in cola: no longer a joke or stereotype
Replies: 18
Views: 1331

Re: Red wine in cola: no longer a joke or stereotype

John Morris wrote:
July 11th, 2019, 3:22 pm
What beverage combination containing alcohol did not taste good in college?
Graves and room temperature cans of the beast. Granted they're not beverage combinations but I shudder every time they come to mind...
by Andrew Hamilton
July 11th, 2019, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinots with some age, a surprise and a shocker
Replies: 20
Views: 2180

Re: Pinots with some age, a surprise and a shocker

The Jadot Boudots is a real sweet spot in their extensive line-up for me. Price-wise it's relatively affordable, and is always a high quality wine a tad under the radar for many folks. Estate vines (I think there is maybe also a non-estate bottling--Gerhard would likely know), and a wine that pulls...
by Andrew Hamilton
June 12th, 2019, 12:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Magic Night of Aged Burgundy
Replies: 19
Views: 1772

Re: Magic Night of Aged Burgundy

Glad to see y'all are still on the struggle over east! /s

Thanks for sharing Jeremy.
by Andrew Hamilton
February 26th, 2019, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jamie Goode reviews natural wines
Replies: 12
Views: 916

Re: Jamie Goode reviews natural wines

Timely post John. The group I taste with met up last week and looked at "alternative whites". I took a natural field blend made in 2016 from a cultish producer in Tasmania. It was terrible. Below is the group TN. Yellow in colour and very cloudy. Sulphides, burnt rubber, stale cider granny smith ap...
by Andrew Hamilton
February 26th, 2019, 12:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jamie Goode reviews natural wines
Replies: 12
Views: 916

Re: Jamie Goode reviews natural wines

Timely post John. The group I taste with met up last week and looked at "alternative whites". I took a natural field blend made in 2016 from a cultish producer in Tasmania. It was terrible. Below is the group TN. Yellow in colour and very cloudy. Sulphides, burnt rubber, stale cider granny smith app...
by Andrew Hamilton
February 20th, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 43 Barolos from 2013 -- and a very dry mouth to show for it
Replies: 49
Views: 4089

Re: TN: 43 Barolos from 2013 -- and a very dry mouth to show for it

So I had the 2013 Rivetto over the weekend John. I picked up a 3 pack based on your note above. [cheers.gif] Does this make me an "influencer"? And, if I add that to my LinkedIn profile, will people start sending me free samples? I suspect text notes don't readily equate to a true influencer John! ...
by Andrew Hamilton
February 18th, 2019, 12:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 Piedmont Retrospective
Replies: 6
Views: 577

Re: TN: 1989 Piedmont Retrospective

[*] 1989 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Riserva Collina Rionda - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo 2019 Alt Festa night 2 '89 Barolo and Barbaresco More floral and subtly perfumed compared the the more overt and fantastic Falleto Riserva. A nose that is truly lung filling with roses, white truffle, spice, bals...
by Andrew Hamilton
February 17th, 2019, 11:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 43 Barolos from 2013 -- and a very dry mouth to show for it
Replies: 49
Views: 4089

Re: TN: 43 Barolos from 2013 -- and a very dry mouth to show for it

Rivetto - Serralunga d'Alba: A producer I'm unfamiliar with, but this showed very well. Perfumed -- sort of unusual for Serralunga. "Elegant with lots of grip," I wrote. 91-ish. So I had the 2013 Rivetto over the weekend John. I picked up a 3 pack based on your note above. That said it was so long ...
by Andrew Hamilton
February 10th, 2019, 11:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs from a blind tasting of 2010/2011 Piedmonts
Replies: 13
Views: 1099

Re: TNs from a blind tasting of 2010/2011 Piedmonts

Hi Brian, Whilst I understand the logic in the wine service conceptually in application I think it was a bit short of the mark. When it comes to Barolo my service methodology is as follows. 1-2 years from bottling - pop and pour. Be prepared for the wine to shut down in 1-2 hours and plan accordingl...
by Andrew Hamilton
February 10th, 2019, 11:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking Excessible Barolo
Replies: 32
Views: 2120

Re: Seeking Excessible Barolo

Neal.Mollen wrote:
December 30th, 2018, 2:04 pm
Greg K wrote:
December 30th, 2018, 11:50 am
Michael S. Monie wrote:
December 28th, 2018, 3:32 pm
Does anyone still buy B. Giacosa?
Bruno Giacosa is dead at retail.
In pretty much every phase
And I just ordered a 6 pack. If everyone could stop buying Giacosa besides me that would be swell. flirtysmile
by Andrew Hamilton
February 10th, 2019, 11:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking Excessible Barolo
Replies: 32
Views: 2120

Re: Seeking Excessible Barolo

Both G. Conterno and Giacosa are making Riserva Barolo in 2014 (Monfortino and the Riserva Falletto Vigna Le Rocche). I guess Roberto and Bruna are partial to dilute riservas. [stirthepothal.gif]
by Andrew Hamilton
February 9th, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 or 2010 Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
Replies: 13
Views: 910

Re: 2016 or 2010 Domaine Armand Rousseau Pere et Fils Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

Unless I was going to drink it today I'd buy 2010. Pobega-ing Rousseau? Next level. Fair enough. My expectation is that the '10 would be shut down somewhat despite Rousseau's reputation for being fairly accessible wines when young. So today the '16 could be better in glass. I'd be hard pressed to o...
by Andrew Hamilton
February 6th, 2019, 11:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 5120

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

Thanks Andrew. Would you say that Oregon pinots can often taste more like Burgundy than Australian versions, but when it comes to Chardonnay, the opposite is often true? Them’s some fightin’ words(regarding Chardonnay)! [wink.gif] But I would love to know which Australian Chardonnays I should be lo...
by Andrew Hamilton
February 6th, 2019, 11:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 5120

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

It certainly can’t hurt. The entry level J. Christopher wine is usually great. If you can make it my way, I’ll be happy to show you a few really solid sub-$30 wines(although not all Pinot Noir). I’ll keep you in mind for the next trip. I always bring some bottles with me when I visit the states so ...
by Andrew Hamilton
February 6th, 2019, 11:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 5120

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

Thanks Andrew. Would you say that Oregon pinots can often taste more like Burgundy than Australian versions, but when it comes to Chardonnay, the opposite is often true? I wouldn’t say that to be honest James, primarily because there’s so much difference between producers in each region that you ca...
by Andrew Hamilton
February 6th, 2019, 10:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 5120

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

Andrew, AUD30 is about $20. It's interesting that you used $50 as a benchmark in the US. That's more than double your Australian benchmark! Don't worry, I'm painfully aware of the current exchange rate. [soap.gif] Sorry for the confusion, I was using the $30 AUD price point to attempt to provide a ...
by Andrew Hamilton
February 6th, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 5120

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

Andrew, it really depends where you look. For value wines, wineries and tasting rooms are typically not the best bet. Producers tend to want to highlight their "better" (i.e.: more expensive) efforts. Supermarkets and wine shops can offer better value. I just browsed through the inventory at a Port...
by Andrew Hamilton
February 6th, 2019, 9:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 5120

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

Hi Andrew, I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t see many inexpensive Pinot Noirs during your visit to the Willamette Valley. There’s been a good number of producers making a good-great entry level Pinot Noir on the thread, so I won’t restate them. But I rarely pour the Willamette Valley bottling($23) ...
by Andrew Hamilton
February 6th, 2019, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 5120

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

Hi Andrew, I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t see many inexpensive Pinot Noirs during your visit to the Willamette Valley. There’s been a good number of producers making a good-great entry level Pinot Noir on the thread, so I won’t restate them. But I rarely pour the Willamette Valley bottling($23) ...
by Andrew Hamilton
February 4th, 2019, 11:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 5120

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

A slight tangent but I'm finding it harder to find sub $30 AUD Pinot Noir domestically here in Australia. I was over in the Mornington Peninsula early last year and my plan was to find as many under $30 AUD pinots as possible that suited my palate as a daily quaffer. My reasoning is that from ~$40 A...
by Andrew Hamilton
January 9th, 2019, 5:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Burgundies: a hodgepodge
Replies: 33
Views: 3244

Re: 2017 Burgundies: a hodgepodge

Thanks Mark. I've come across quite a few reports stating that 2017 is an exceptionally variable vintage and quite hard to judge without firsthand knowledge. I won't have the opportunity to taste before applying for allocations so I most likely go with the same producers I buy each year to ensure my...
by Andrew Hamilton
December 30th, 2018, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking Excessible Barolo
Replies: 32
Views: 2120

Re: Seeking Excessible Barolo

There was no Monfortino made in 2003 but it was made in 2002 which by any standard was a miserable vintage for Barolo. Yep, my mistake. I was thinking 2002. In regard to 2014, the issue appears to be one of dilution rather than heat or coolness. Yes, I understand that. But are you genuinely asserti...
by Andrew Hamilton
December 30th, 2018, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking Excessible Barolo
Replies: 32
Views: 2120

Re: Seeking Excessible Barolo

It's simply reflective of an undesirable vintage. So was 2009 and it's now selling for more than anyone would have thought. I disagree that 14 was undesirable or comparable to 09. One was a hot vintage while the other was a cool and classic one. 12 was overlooked due to 13 hype and there are still ...
by Andrew Hamilton
December 30th, 2018, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking Excessible Barolo
Replies: 32
Views: 2120

Re: Seeking Excessible Barolo

There are 10 listings of 2014 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo on the free version of Wine Searcher in the US under $200 right now. Sure it's not cheap but I balk at describing that price point as "ostentatious excess", especially given the wine. Same for G. Conterno, there are ~25 listings of the Francia ...
by Andrew Hamilton
December 28th, 2018, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Accessible Barolo Vintages
Replies: 90
Views: 5304

Re: Accessible Barolo Vintages

John Morris wrote:
December 27th, 2018, 7:45 pm
That's made to be approachable young. Not sure what they do differently -- presumably shorter maceration among other things.
Cheers John, I wasn't aware it was made for early drinking.

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