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by Jonathan Grunzweig
July 26th, 2020, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice dinner for a milestone birthday.
Replies: 10
Views: 1226

Re: Nice dinner for a milestone birthday.

Dave, you are a master of understatement. How about some TNs or commentary on the reds please? I'm envious.

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
July 4th, 2020, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction Of Chateau Margaux etc: proceeds to go to Jose Andres World food kitchen
Replies: 7
Views: 945

Re: Auction Of Chateau Margaux etc: proceeds to go to Jose Andres World food kitchen

Mark, you set a stellar example for us all, not just your charitable efforts but those are indeed especially worthy of praise. Thank you!

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
July 2nd, 2020, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Lafleur, opinion please.
Replies: 32
Views: 1732

Re: 2019 Lafleur, opinion please.

My understanding is that Lafleur didn't send samples. The only note I have seen is from Jane Anson (Decanter): "Never the most exuberant during En Primeur, this is deep inky purple in colour with a violet rim. On the palate you get touches of iris, with an earthiness alongside, coupled with a grip o...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
June 25th, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...
Replies: 131
Views: 4238

Re: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...

Andrew K. wrote:
June 24th, 2020, 5:17 pm
a premoxed Leflaive
You (and a few others in this very cool thread) must not be superstitious... unless you meant to add "this month", not true for me even then though.

For my account, a few aspirational wines I have yet to have:

Any Roumier
Keller G-Max (will change that soon)
DRC RC

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
June 22nd, 2020, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19628

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

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Reminds me of Jeremiah 18:12 " blessed be the ignore button"
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In the spirit of keeping this wine-related, can I suggest you perhaps means to refer to 18:55?

Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
June 19th, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction
Replies: 40
Views: 3583

Re: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction

I found this link and you can also click through from that page to the E-catalogue, but bidding is not yet open: https://www.christies.com/salelanding/i ... saletitle=


Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
March 12th, 2020, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8795
Views: 1301051

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

I remember at least a couple of years, and probably a lot more before the Ponsot auction talking about how obviously faked some of the “Leroy” capsules coming from Rudy were. I also remember a vendor describing a bottle as “post Hardy pre Rudy.” It was an open secret something was not right there. ...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
February 23rd, 2020, 9:32 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Sardinia - why not? Advice requested.
Replies: 12
Views: 828

Re: Sardinia - why not? Advice requested.

Mark, speaking from extensive (albeit dated) experience, I find early September to be an absolutely optimal time for Costa Smeralda. The hoi polloi are gone but things have yet to shut down; the water warms up beautifully; and things are just easier. In terms of which property there, Pitrizza is for...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
January 22nd, 2020, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help finding the right Volnay.
Replies: 47
Views: 3073

Re: Need help finding the right Volnay.

Just wanted to tip my hat and give thanks for this thread. Without exception, those who are participating are sharing real knowledge with a generosity of spirit that exemplifiesthe best of what this website can produce. I look forward to learning more.

Appreciatively,
Jonathan
by Jonathan Grunzweig
January 5th, 2020, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?
Replies: 99
Views: 3071

Re: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?

An indirect answer to the question in my case, but the main impact is indirect too. I don't drink much in the way of spirits. However, my eldest, in his mid-20s, is much more drawn to collectible bourbons than he (and the vast majority of his cohorts) is to collectible wine. The result is modest tap...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
January 4th, 2020, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1971 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Riserva (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 11
Views: 614

Re: TN: 1971 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Riserva (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

Not to hijack this very nice thread, but I would like to contribute notes from the two 1971s enjoyed in preparation for my lovely wife's upcoming 49th, if I may. I have had great success with this vintage (wine- and spouse-wise!) and hope to sustain that heading into her 50th, for which I have been ...
by Jonathan Grunzweig
December 24th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Agharta black label 2009 notes
Replies: 14
Views: 1004

Re: Agharta black label 2009 notes

Not the black label, but I finally got around to popping a 2009 white label Mountain Terraces cab., and loved it. I bought this from the winery in a late release offering in 2012. Here are my notes. happy holidays, all, Jonathan "A beautiful Cab., with notes of savory plum and cassis, complemented b...
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: 2315

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: 1736

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: 1143
Views: 63641

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: 1642

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: 12024

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: 12024

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: 3188

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: 3188

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: 4697

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: 331

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: 2683

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: 521

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: 1660

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: 1660

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: 1660

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: 2069

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: 4534

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: 5972

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: 2853

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: 1908

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: 8248

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: 5104

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: 9554

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: 684

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: 750

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: 110
Views: 9361

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: 3303

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: 2500
Views: 155075

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: 4944

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: 154
Views: 12127

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: 4879

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: 1997

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: 14038
Views: 682614

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: 440

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: 440

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: 4342

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 ...

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