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by Jonathan Grunzweig
November 18th, 2019, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Corton-Charlemagne as grand a Grand Cru as the others? Please discuss!
Replies: 36
Views: 2025

Re: Is Corton-Charlemagne as grand a Grand Cru as the others? Please discuss!

A very fortunate gentleman just posted this CC "tasting story" on CT, with his key takeaways summarized below the link: https://www.cellartracker.com/event.asp?iEvent=43185 1) Corton Charlemagne can produce great wines - generally quality level was high but at times a bit variable. 2) Coche 99 was W...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
September 15th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pichon Lalande 1961-2000
Replies: 18
Views: 1626

Re: Pichon Lalande 1961-2000

Kudos, Mark. Your passion and kindness of spirit really show through. I love when our love for wine combines with a commitment to the greater good. Your wine karma bank overfloweth, sir.

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
July 25th, 2019, 7:45 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 942
Views: 50564

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I wanted to give a shout-out to a place I don't recall having seen mentioned here, which I tried for the first time last night: Margot, in the heart of ridiculously-hipster Culver City: https://www.margot.la/. High-energy rooftop venue, casual but with ambitious, small-plate food intended for sharin...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
July 22nd, 2019, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1981 wine
Replies: 37
Views: 1490

Re: 1981 wine

On the high end of being "wide open as to price," I love 1981's Unico, and it tends to be virtually indestructible. Somewhat less pricey is the 1981 La Mission Haut-Brion (WS Pro shows one retail offering for <$200 and several not too far above that), which is generally considered to outperform the ...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
June 22nd, 2019, 9:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 156
Views: 11447

Re: Top US Syrahs

Robert Dentice wrote:
June 22nd, 2019, 5:03 pm
Shocked no one has mentioned Kongsgaard.
See post 56 — great minds and all... 🤓
by Jonathan Grunzweig
June 19th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 156
Views: 11447

Re: Top US Syrahs

A bit surprised not to see Colgin and Kongsgaard on there. They would be part of my top five domestics, alongside Ovid, Jonata and Donelan. Just missing would be Araujo. I haven't tried my Tynan yet.

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
June 10th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle condition - signs of seepage
Replies: 38
Views: 2477

Re: Bottle condition - signs of seepage

Thanks to all of you who are weighing in. To be clear: I would not worry about holding on for any recovery -- rather, I am querying whether one can expect the heat-affected wine to hold steady from here, even if undamaged despite the seepage, or if the seepage itself indicates an unsustainable envir...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
June 10th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle condition - signs of seepage
Replies: 38
Views: 2477

Re: Bottle condition - signs of seepage

Reviving this old thread as an appropriate place to seek advice on the following (asking for a friend...): A handful of trophy wines, all magnums if that matters, are evidencing some seepage, which he says is unquestionably due to short-term (and relatively modest) heat exposure which occurred over ...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
May 30th, 2019, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?
Replies: 67
Views: 4513

Re: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?

I had a very rewarding experience with this exact wine about 6 weeks ago, despite a low-shoulder (borderline below) fill. My TN follows. Good luck! Jonathan "My second of two bottles. Whereas the prior one was flawed, marred by some sort of mold, this was a very different story, notwithstanding a te...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
May 25th, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: .
Replies: 1
Views: 317

Re: FS: 2011 Biondi Santi Riserva BdM

Karl K wrote:
May 25th, 2019, 6:30 am
Have 6 btls of 2011 Biondi Santi BdM Riserva for sale from VA.
Sorry, how do you know they have VA?! (sorry couldn't resist -- good luck with the sale)

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
May 18th, 2019, 6:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 50
Views: 2453

Re: Impossible burgers

Stephen, I believe it is on the menu now at Root 246, should that appeal.

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
April 13th, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1947 Quinta do Noval Porto Vintage -- Advice on When to Decant
Replies: 9
Views: 510

Re: 1947 Quinta do Noval Porto Vintage -- Advice on When to Decant

I just had a beautiful bottle of 1963 that needed no decanting (and didn't budge for four days). I would not see any harm in decanting, of course, as long as you plan to consume it within, say, 24 hours, as opposed to nurse it over several days (bear in mind that Port tends to be consumed in small p...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
April 10th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s)
Replies: 15
Views: 1623

Re: TN: The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s)

Awesome, my friend. Did others share your enthusiasm for the same wines? And did you come to the 'perfect' conclusion pretty quickly or after watching the wines evolve over the evening? Interesting query, thanks. It did take me a little while to acknowledge the greatness of the CdP, maybe twenty mi...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
April 8th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s)
Replies: 15
Views: 1623

Re: TN: The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s)

FWIW, neither of the Bordeaux had any sediment, nor did the CdP. There was a tiny amount in the Jaboulet, and of course plenty in the Port.

JG
by Jonathan Grunzweig
April 8th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s)
Replies: 15
Views: 1623

TN: The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s)

THE NIGHT I GAVE OUT MY FIRST PERFECT SCORE(S) - Santa Monica, CA (4/7/2019) While I had high hopes for this eagerly anticipated gathering with three great friends, I didn't expect to give out my first-ever 100-point score, let alone encountering two bottles I deemed perfect. The Rhone Flight 1990 ...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
March 21st, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When your mother turns 75...
Replies: 34
Views: 2010

Re: When your mother turns 75...

john stimson wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 9:36 pm
My mother's last words as she lay dying at age 92 were (this is the truth), "what I'd really like is a glass of champagne".
That made me smile! Thank you.

--Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
March 11th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?
Replies: 68
Views: 4155

Re: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?

For me, Soldera stands alone, in purity, ageability and distinction from any other, as well as for pure enjoyment.

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
February 8th, 2019, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first Keller gmax
Replies: 86
Views: 4867

Re: My first Keller gmax

I'm really enjoying this thread. I've never had a G-Max, and while the dominant share of my spend and of my wine pinnacle moments has each been with reds, not whites, I've found that great Rieslings tend to 'wow' me more than any other red or white, perhaps because of my relative inexperience with, ...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
December 3rd, 2018, 8:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: 2018 White Truffles
Replies: 35
Views: 2625

Re: 2018 White Truffles

Foodies Rejoice as White Truffle Prices Sink: https://www.wsj.com/articles/foodies-re ... lista_pos2

I am noticing some relative benefit in restaurants -- anyone else?

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
November 16th, 2018, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty
Replies: 32
Views: 1841

Re: Michel Abood Article from Seven Fifty

The only drawback for from clicking through to this very nice article is that he is pictured, smiling and non-demonic, meaning I have to drop the illusion that his avatar is not how he actually looks [cheers.gif]

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
November 15th, 2018, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Top 10 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 8078

Re: Wine Spectator Top 10 2018

Not sure if they meant to show numbers 2 - 4 in announcing 4 (2005 La Rioja Alta 890 Gran Reserva), but that's what is viewable on their website. 3 is 2015 Castello di Volpaia and 2 is 2015 Canon-La Gaffelière.
by Jonathan Grunzweig
October 30th, 2018, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Safest White Burgs
Replies: 87
Views: 4694

Re: The Safest White Burgs

edwardmilstein wrote:
October 30th, 2018, 4:58 am
Start storing all your white burgundy at 48 degrees
Edward, have you done this for long enough to form a view on how this affects their development, apart from staving off premox?

Thanks in advance,
Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
October 30th, 2018, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lisa Perotti Brown - 34 x 100 p in the new WA issue
Replies: 164
Views: 9094

Re: Lisa Perotti Brown - 34 x 100 p in the new WA issue

Benoit Touquette - Realm '13 Dr. Crane, Absurd and Bard were all scored 100 pts by RP. Miseed that. blush Mike’s first 3 were for ‘13 wines as well. brian you also 'miseed' RB getting 3x100 pts for 2014 as well, TRB getting 3x100 for 2013, and brad grimes getting 3x100 for 2013 as well. champagne.g...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
October 30th, 2018, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 10-29-18
Replies: 7
Views: 652

Re: Wine Impressions 10-29-18

Glad to see the praise for Piedrassasi. I have the impression these wines are generally under-the-radar, albeit small production, but I love many of them, and am never disinterested even if some fall slightly short of others.

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
August 28th, 2018, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: One Fun-Filled Afternoon Spent Poolside with Friends
Replies: 5
Views: 729

TN: One Fun-Filled Afternoon Spent Poolside with Friends

ONE FUN-FILLED AFTERNOON SPENT POOLSIDE WITH FRIENDS - Los Olivos, CA (8/26/2018) It was family day for our tasting group, with beautiful weather and fine contributions to the potluck. I provided the bottles, with the reds organized in pairs intended to pose a relatively restrained wine against a c...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
August 25th, 2018, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What happened to Robert Parker? State of Wine Criticism in 2018
Replies: 89
Views: 6442

Re: What happened to Robert Parker? State of Wine Criticism in 2018

As far AG. His website crushes it for content. Frequent postings, active on Twitter (as is Jeb), restaurant reviews (which was invaluable on my Piemonte trip). I'm not sure how my palate aligns on CA with his. He is a great writer. ST I feel pushes scores down as others have recently inflated them....
by Jonathan Grunzweig
August 24th, 2018, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOYLsf ?
Replies: 74
Views: 3182

Re: WOYLsf ?

Not my highest scoring wine necessarily, but the one I can taste "on demand" and call up to memory at any time is a 1982 Chateau Lafleur I had in late 2016, so pure and seamless! Still well in drinking range so I hope to tackle it again someday... One plea for those enjoying this thread as I am woul...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
August 6th, 2018, 7:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2294
Views: 136942

New York City Restaurants

I enjoyed my visit there very much though it’s a bit pricey. Worthy of a visit imho. My friend Gael Greene wrote up our visit there. http://www.insatiable-critic.com/Article.aspx?ID=3197&keyword=Bouley+at+Home I've heard worse epitaphs than how you were captioned: "a charming bon vivant who likes g...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
August 2nd, 2018, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zachys goes to 23% commision for buyers.
Replies: 54
Views: 4716

Zachys goes to 23% commision for buyers.

I may be missing it elsewhere in this thread, but is it clear to everyone that the increase is only from 23% to 23.5%? The email I received read as follows: "As of August 1, 2018, Zachys will be increasing the buyer’s premium in all auctions globally, online and live, by 0.5%, to 23.5%. Thank you fo...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
July 16th, 2018, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ten most influential wines
Replies: 91
Views: 7010

Your ten most influential wines

"I like wine!" 2004 Barrel Monkeys Shiraz , McLaren Vale - in college (90 pts Parker!) "I hate some wine" - 2005 Barrel Monkeys Shiraz - I was so puzzled. "Wine can be super complex!" - 1996 Taluau Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil (tasted 2008) - I tasted it recently - still an amazing vintage. "Rhone Sy...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
April 15th, 2018, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HDH’s Burgundy auction today
Replies: 75
Views: 4783

HDH’s Burgundy auction today

None of my bids hit but I priced cautiously, relatively speaking. One thing that jumped out to me is that René Engel wines seem to have taken another significant step up in price. Not a lot of discrimination by vintage or cru. I can't imagine the Chinese are chasing these, and also wonder how many o...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
April 6th, 2018, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Krugs, Dom, 14 1er cru, GC white and red Burgs, Sassaaia, SQN, Dal Forno, d`Yquem- 28 wines in all
Replies: 18
Views: 1970

Krugs, Dom, 14 1er cru, GC white and red Burgs, Sassaaia, SQN, Dal Forno, d`Yquem- 28 wines in all

Inspired by Blake's tasting note on the 2014 Morey-Coffinet, I managed to source two of Chassagne-Montrachet. Blake, I can only say that your observations around precision, balance and persistence were in good force here as well. I am particular drawn to the expansive and very lengthy finish, but it...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
March 8th, 2018, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12283
Views: 590456

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

As I buy wine very often I did not write on this discussion at every buy, as it would be boring. But I have made a buy which is probably the buy of one's life. In a property owned by the same family for more than 4 centuries, some years ago the owners wanted to change the disposition of some rooms ...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
February 25th, 2018, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Wynns John Riddoch
Replies: 8
Views: 406

TN: 1990 Wynns John Riddoch

Thanks Jonathan. Lovely wine from very fine, albeit hot vintage. based on past experiences with Wynns wines, would suggest will hold on for another 2 or 3 decades. No discernible changes when revisited the next day, consistent I think with your assertion of a long remaining drinking window. Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
February 24th, 2018, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Wynns John Riddoch
Replies: 8
Views: 406

TN: 1990 Wynns John Riddoch

The first of four bottles bought for a song at auction. Even though in pristine condition from all appearances, I chose the one with the lowest fill and opened it with some trepidation. No need to have worried. If anything, this was a bit primary, at least until some jamminess blew off, leaving a se...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
February 23rd, 2018, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Springtime in Winter: A Napa Valley Trip Report
Replies: 42
Views: 4164

Springtime in Winter: A Napa Valley Trip Report

Tom. How much was the MACDONALD on the list. It's $165 from the winery. Looks like it’s around $500 on their list While obviously a big markup over release, this may be a rare bargain as TFL goes. Macdonald routinely resells for more than this, and my WS Pro search shows only one cheaper retail or ...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
February 15th, 2018, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine to pair with lemon shrimp pasta?
Replies: 35
Views: 2001

Wine to pair with lemon shrimp pasta?

Way late here but for the record, I'd go with a crisp & youthful Grechetto given the lemon accents noted. Buon appetito, for next time,
JG
by Jonathan Grunzweig
January 25th, 2018, 4:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 942
Views: 50564

Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

c fu wrote:
ybarselah wrote:have you guys been to the nyc nomad? curious to get your comparison if so.
Have not been unfortunately.
Nor have I, sorry.
by Jonathan Grunzweig
January 24th, 2018, 12:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 942
Views: 50564

Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I also tried out The Nomad Mezzanine last night (sorry to miss you, Charlie), and will add my two cents: Impressive design, with that right balance of energy and elegance -- a good vibe overall I think. Top-notch service, with glitches nicely (and generously) handled. Charlie's food notes match mine...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
January 13th, 2018, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TRB hired as Consulting Winemaker for Cab program at Ferrari-Carano
Replies: 28
Views: 1453

TRB hired as Consulting Winemaker for Cab program at Ferrari-Carano

Riccardo Cotarella had 50-something clients not too long ago, have not heard any recent count
by Jonathan Grunzweig
December 10th, 2017, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for central coast?
Replies: 10
Views: 611

Recommendations for central coast?

As far as places to go that take reservations for that many folks for dinner, are you looking g for something casual or fancier? If casual, the Tap Room at the Firestone Walker Brewery in Buellton is a great choice - and they have a fairly varied menu. Not fancy and more beer than wine but it works...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
October 31st, 2017, 9:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monday night dinner party with Marcassin, Kongsgaard, Cheval Blanc, L'Evangile, and Pavie
Replies: 12
Views: 830

Monday night dinner party with Marcassin, Kongsgaard, Cheval Blanc, L'Evangile, and Pavie

Thanks Jim! We are taking one of our girls to a predominantly seafood restaurant for her birthday on Saturday and I was looking for a California chard to pair with the PYCM Meursault "Narvaux." The Marcassin sounds perfect! Cheers! Marshall [cheers.gif] you better leave mine alone. Your girls, or y...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
October 27th, 2017, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cathiard and Coche Dinner
Replies: 12
Views: 1223

Cathiard and Coche Dinner

by Jonathan Grunzweig
September 17th, 2017, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Changes To TWA With The Michelin Buy In?
Replies: 4
Views: 853

Any Changes To TWA With The Michelin Buy In?

Here's a recent announcement that seemed to me to be conflict-laden, yet skated below the radar as far as I can tell (I don't think it is behind the pay wall): https://winejournal.robertparker.com/announcing-rpwa-s-new-extraordinary-winery-awards Would be curious of others' [substantive] views. In p...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
August 22nd, 2017, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Pinot Producers in Sta. Rita Hills?
Replies: 33
Views: 2353

Best Pinot Producers in Sta. Rita Hills?

Among the newer ones, I've liked Crawford Family (which has a friendly walk in tasting room in Buellton - in a medium-lower ABv style). FYI, the public tasting room for Crawford Family is now in Los Olivos, though to your point I do think they will book private tasting appointments at the Buellton ...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
August 16th, 2017, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Eclectic, Spectacular Wines
Replies: 6
Views: 1001

TN: Some Eclectic, Spectacular Wines

CJ Beazley wrote:Jonathan, were either of the Henschke wines under screwcap?
Neither, in these instances.
by Jonathan Grunzweig
August 15th, 2017, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Eclectic, Spectacular Wines
Replies: 6
Views: 1001

TN: Some Eclectic, Spectacular Wines

Looks like a fantastic selection of wines, my friend! Was that Abbot's Prayer one that you've opened for me or 'us' in the past? My guess is that it is. Love the eclecticness of the selections - and interesting notes on the SQN. Did you try on Day 3 to see if it's changed? It would be pretty 'atypi...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
August 15th, 2017, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Eclectic, Spectacular Wines
Replies: 6
Views: 1001

TN: Some Eclectic, Spectacular Wines

SOME ECLECTIC, SPECTACULAR WINES - Santa Ynez Valley (8/13/2017-8/14/2017) A visit from great friends led to some sweet drinking over the course of two consecutive evenings. The contrast amongst the bottles was especially notable. Night 1 1988 Fiorano (Boncompagni Ludovisi) Sémillon Botte 47 Vino d...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
August 8th, 2017, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?
Replies: 330
Views: 18996

What, No Mourvedre Appreciation Delegation?

Colin Murphy wrote:Ah jeez, remind me to update those bottle shots. Ugh.
I think what you should update is the score. Didn't this get 95 from Wine Enthusiast, oh modest one?

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