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by Chris V.
January 9th, 2021, 5:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Tenuta Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino
Replies: 1
Views: 144

Re: TN: 2011 Tenuta Corte Pavone Brunello di Montalcino

Nice note. I love this wine and it really flys under the radar, but the '11 is fabulous just like you say. I had it in 2019 and sadly only have one bottle left.

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by Chris V.
January 2nd, 2021, 5:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Castellare di Castellina I Sodi di S. Niccolò Toscana IGT
Replies: 16
Views: 1120

Re: TN: 2016 Castellare di Castellina I Sodi di S. Niccolò Toscana IGT

Definitely a fan of this bottling. First loved it around the '09 or '10 vintage. Will look out for this one.
by Chris V.
January 1st, 2021, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Consigners, Inc. -Anyone used them recently?
Replies: 9
Views: 1033

Re: Wine Consigners, Inc. -Anyone used them recently?

Good to hear Chris. If they’re willing to hold wines for shipping weather these days, that would be a major improvement as they have many old, hard to find wine that I’d be interested in. Not sure if it's just because I'm a regular customer but they've held for me for a few months before, including...
by Chris V.
January 1st, 2021, 5:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Consigners, Inc. -Anyone used them recently?
Replies: 9
Views: 1033

Re: Wine Consigners, Inc. -Anyone used them recently?

I'm a big fan of them as a retailer. I work with Hannah (who I think might be the daughter of the aforementioned owner) and have probably acquired 60 - 80 bottles from them in the past 3 or so years. They seem to source most or all of their older inventory from auctions so of course provenance can't...
by Chris V.
December 24th, 2020, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva, Selección Especial
Replies: 23
Views: 1692

Re: TN: 2010 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva, Selección Especial

Popped one of these a few weeks ago and was blown away. Stunning.
by Chris V.
December 18th, 2020, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Small 2005 Bordeaux Horizontal (Calon Segur, Rauzan Gassies, Dominique, Lagrange, Haut Bages Liberal)
Replies: 4
Views: 495

TN: A Small 2005 Bordeaux Horizontal (Calon Segur, Rauzan Gassies, Dominique, Lagrange, Haut Bages Liberal)

Last night a small local group decided to try (for the first time) a tasting over Zoom using 4oz 'Boston Round' style bottles (as has been discussed extensively here). It turned out quite well and was a handy way to taste through a line-up in a safe way. With snow on the ground, the prospect of an o...
by Chris V.
December 16th, 2020, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 17 Ramonet Clos Saint-Jean rouge
Replies: 10
Views: 543

Re: TN: 17 Ramonet Clos Saint-Jean rouge

With my December deliveries from the west coast I've been able to try Jean-Marc Pillot and Paul Pillot's version of the same wine in the last couple of weeks, and even though I thought Paul Pillot's CSJ was qualitatively on par with Ramonet, it was missing that herbal quality and restraint that I l...
by Chris V.
December 16th, 2020, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Never has a video encapsulated my wine loves more than this
Replies: 34
Views: 3298

Re: Never has a video encapsulated my wine loves more than this

Hysterical. And speaks to me! Except the Left Bank Bordeaux. Whaaaa.....?
by Chris V.
December 14th, 2020, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Entry-level Muscadet under $15 [poll added]
Replies: 30
Views: 1241

Re: Best Entry-level Muscadet. CHANGED: under $15 (was under $20)

Back to the OP. Anything from Domaine de l'Ecu is my answer.
by Chris V.
December 13th, 2020, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Two 2017 White Burgs (William Kelley got it right!)
Replies: 7
Views: 1033

Re: TNs: Two 2017 White Burgs (William Kelley got it right!)

....and that is just the regular Pouilly Fuissé. Try the Tetê de Cru tier. I'd say a pro just confirmed what previous amateurs said in that thread. [whistle.gif] William is a very gifted gentleman though and generous with his time and opinion. D'oh! It was the Clos des Prouges Tête de Cru. Grabbed ...
by Chris V.
December 13th, 2020, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Two 2017 White Burgs (William Kelley got it right!)
Replies: 7
Views: 1033

TNs: Two 2017 White Burgs (William Kelley got it right!)

In thee thread linked below I realized I had been confusing JJ VIncent and JA Ferret in Pouilly-Fuissé and William Kelley set me straight. And man was he right! Really lovely bottle of white burgundy here form JA Ferret. I poured it next to a de Montille C-M Villages for a baseline comparison (the M...
by Chris V.
December 11th, 2020, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Bunch of Recents (Hugel, Chaintres, Godmé, Caillou, Chasse-Spleen, Ardanza, Rolet, Drouhin, Chanson, Ramonet)
Replies: 2
Views: 518

Re: TNs: Bunch of Recents (Hugel, Chaintres, Godmé, Caillou, Chasse-Spleen, Ardanza, Rolet, Drouhin, Chanson, Ramonet)

Thanks Mike, you too! I should note that some of these are available through the LCBO. Several have inexplicably popped up for purchase on lcbo.com outside of a normal release, so a lot of folks don't know they can be purchased. Both of the '17 Samurs were 6-pack purchases for me at $26 and $27. Als...
by Chris V.
December 8th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Bunch of Recents (Hugel, Chaintres, Godmé, Caillou, Chasse-Spleen, Ardanza, Rolet, Drouhin, Chanson, Ramonet)
Replies: 2
Views: 518

TNs: Bunch of Recents (Hugel, Chaintres, Godmé, Caillou, Chasse-Spleen, Ardanza, Rolet, Drouhin, Chanson, Ramonet)

A smattering of recent notes I thought I'd share. The Chaintres were both lovely. A producer who should be on Berserkers' radar. The Coutures was also lovely though a bit more bombastic and fruit forward. First time I can remember having Godmé and I was impressed. Would seek out. Chasse-Spleen has b...
by Chris V.
November 24th, 2020, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Oddero Barolo
Replies: 4
Views: 734

Re: TN: 2016 Oddero Barolo

Which Oddero?
by Chris V.
November 20th, 2020, 5:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 2011 Pavelot Dominode
Replies: 8
Views: 611

Re: TN - 2011 Pavelot Dominode

Nice note. Buying more Pavelot lately, so this is helpful to hear.
by Chris V.
November 17th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 PYCM
Replies: 11
Views: 1207

Re: TN: 2018 PYCM

Thanks for the notes. I have some of the latter on the way so this is helpful.
by Chris V.
November 8th, 2020, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tempranillo BYOB
Replies: 11
Views: 727

Re: TN: Tempranillo BYOB

Thanks for the notes, Otto. I have to say I am somewhat in disbelief on the '96 Condado de Haza Crianza. As you might have noticed, you and I are usually nearly always aligned on scores. I've had this twice in the past 3 years and I've consistently loved it (notes under CT handle Wine Canuck). I don...
by Chris V.
November 6th, 2020, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Domaine Rapet Père et Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
Replies: 1
Views: 252

Re: 2018 Domaine Rapet Père et Fils Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

Odd to see that kind of a gap. While I haven't had the '18 I had the '17 a few weeks back and it was more on the latter score wise ~93 for me. Quite a beautiful bottle and a relative bargain in the realm of Grand Cru White Burgundy.
by Chris V.
November 6th, 2020, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 7
Views: 644

Re: TN: 2008 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

I also tried this, a week ago. Tasted blind and it took me a few minutes to get to Rioja as I found the American oak influence not immediately apparent. Eventually a little coconut and the signature tempranillo strawberry notes emerged. Definitely a good wine, but I think for my palate it's a notch ...
by Chris V.
November 4th, 2020, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help an Ignorant Fellow - Wines from Portugal?
Replies: 12
Views: 687

Re: Help an Ignorant Fellow - Wines from Portugal?

I'll second that on Tomas' presence on here. Very helpful and knowledgeable. I recently had this and posted about it: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=172948 Great value for $20 CAD. It's obviously it's own thing but the best parallel I can think of would be a traditional...
by Chris V.
November 4th, 2020, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Levet Cote Rotie
Replies: 19
Views: 1315

Re: Levet Cote Rotie

I've had their Cote Roties from '13, '14, '15, and '16 young and disliked what they were showing at that time. Tight, darkly fruited with very little secondary character at all. Very similar to Otto's impressions above. Never had one with age on it, but I suspect some aging is required...
by Chris V.
November 3rd, 2020, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If only one country...
Replies: 103
Views: 3513

Re: If only one country...

Portugal, though that's assuming they make decent sparkling which I have never actually tried. Seems these days a half decent sparkling can be made nearly anywhere in the world.

Honorable mentions... South Africa, Canada, and Greece.
by Chris V.
October 5th, 2020, 5:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Il Poggione Brunello
Replies: 8
Views: 921

Re: TN: 2010 Il Poggione Brunello

Thanks for sharing, Martin. Your note excites me for the 6 pack I have waiting. Probably going to wait at least 5 more years to open my first.
by Chris V.
October 2nd, 2020, 5:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 7
Views: 790

Re: TN: 2005 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

I've had mostly disappointing experiences with Vieux Donjon, however I had this 2005 last fall and it was fabulous.
by Chris V.
September 28th, 2020, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does wine flipping pencil out?
Replies: 102
Views: 6346

Re: Does wine flipping pencil out?

Generally I see different schools of thought. flipping and investing. The OP seems to be talking more about investing than flipping. As mentioned above I don't think investing pans out very often. You'd be better in the market especially when you consider the fees involved to sell. But if you can bu...
by Chris V.
September 25th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Essential canon of mid-priced "value"
Replies: 49
Views: 3410

Re: Essential canon of mid-priced "value"

Rioja - LdH, CVNE, La Rioja Alta, Pecina Cali Cab - Ridge Estate Cab (creeping out of this bracket) Pinot Noir (USA) - Arcadian, Rhys San Mateo, Domaine Eden/Mount Eden (depending on pricing) Bordeaux - Grand Puy Lacoste, Cantemerle, Sociando Mallet, Older Lanessan Piemont - Vietti Perbacco, Produt...
by Chris V.
September 25th, 2020, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Essential canon of mid-priced "value"
Replies: 49
Views: 3410

Re: Essential canon of mid-priced "value"

Rioja - LdH, CVNE, La Rioja Alta, Pecina Cali Cab - Ridge Estate Cab (creeping out of this bracket) Pinot Noir (USA) - Arcadian, Rhys San Mateo, Domaine Eden/Mount Eden (depending on pricing) Bordeaux - Grand Puy Lacoste, Cantemerle, Sociando Mallet, Older Lanessan Piemont - Vietti Perbacco, Produtt...
by Chris V.
September 18th, 2020, 5:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Jean Bourdy Côtes du Jura Rouge (France, Jura, Côtes du Jura)
Replies: 7
Views: 301

Re: TN: 2006 Jean Bourdy Côtes du Jura Rouge (France, Jura, Côtes du Jura)

Sounds awesome. We visited the tiny cellar last summer and were welcomed by one of the Bourdy brothers. Dank and cobwebby, gnarly looking barrels, all sorts of old stuff for sale. Wines all tasted pristine. Walked out with a vin jaune but would have bought a couple cases if it was feasible to lug b...
by Chris V.
September 11th, 2020, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône La Pialade
Replies: 20
Views: 813

Re: TN: 2012 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône La Pialade

These wines are totally singular. The combination of spice, bright red fruit and citrus give them a real Burgundian appeal. I'm also saddened by what has happened to the price as when I was first buying Pialade 10ish years ago it was ~$30USD and I would buy as much as I could. The new normal of $100...
by Chris V.
September 4th, 2020, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Quinta Do Mondego Dão (Portugal, Beiras, Dão)
Replies: 3
Views: 216

Re: TN: 2012 Quinta Do Mondego Dão (Portugal, Beiras, Dão)

Agreed Thomas. The average dry Douro red I've had has been quite overripe, though of course there are exceptions. This was quite nice and encourages further exploration for me.
by Chris V.
September 3rd, 2020, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Quinta Do Mondego Dão (Portugal, Beiras, Dão)
Replies: 3
Views: 216

TN: 2012 Quinta Do Mondego Dão (Portugal, Beiras, Dão)

2012 Quinta Do Mondego Dão - Portugal, Beiras, Dão (9/3/2020) Pours somewhere between pale and medium ruby with the faintest hint of bricking at the rim. The lovely nose is pleasantly restrained in terms of fruit ripeness compared to what I often perceive coming out of Portugal. Also no discernible...
by Chris V.
August 22nd, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Domaine de l'Ecu / Les Temps des Copains tasting
Replies: 12
Views: 619

Re: TN: Domaine de l'Ecu / Les Temps des Copains tasting

Thanks for these notes. I have to say that l'ecu makes my favorite Muscadet. Even more so than what I've had from Pépière, which I think is a minority opinion in this board. But that's fine by be as they're easier to source. Coincidentally I have 6 bottles of the '18 Granite arriving for me soon and...
by Chris V.
July 25th, 2020, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone from Quebec, Canada?
Replies: 5
Views: 333

Re: Anyone from Quebec, Canada?

I've seen a few folks post from Montreal. A bunch of of from Ontario on here too.
by Chris V.
July 21st, 2020, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Domaine Duclaux (Famille Quiot) Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 5
Views: 313

Re: TN: 1998 Domaine Duclaux (Famille Quiot) Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Thanks for the pointers. Doesn't really give me a lot of confidence they're still being made in this style.
by Chris V.
July 17th, 2020, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Domaine Duclaux (Famille Quiot) Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 5
Views: 313

TN: 1998 Domaine Duclaux (Famille Quiot) Châteauneuf-du-Pape

1998 Domaine Duclaux (Famille Quiot) Châteauneuf-du-Pape - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (7/17/2020) [Tasted Double Blind] Pours fairly light in the glass, transparent, pale garnet with medium bricking. The nose is immediately appealing and rustic, undoubtedly some brett which ...
by Chris V.
July 9th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 J.A. Ferret Pouilly-Fuissé
Replies: 14
Views: 631

Re: 2017 J.A. Ferret Pouilly-Fuissé

I think I found that as I worked my way up the ladder I actually liked the wines less. In my view they became too large scaled, and I actually liked this entry level bottling best. Interesting to hear you say this. Which vintage was being shown? While the wines certainly do gain in texture and conc...
by Chris V.
July 8th, 2020, 5:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 J.A. Ferret Pouilly-Fuissé
Replies: 14
Views: 631

Re: 2017 J.A. Ferret Pouilly-Fuissé

One of my favorite estates in the Macon. When Madame Jeanne Ferret owned the estate (20+ years ago) we used to visit regularly. Her single vineyard wines were a revelation to taste - and she was something special. Haven't had any of the wines since Jadot purchased the firm, good to see the wines ar...
by Chris V.
July 4th, 2020, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Raffault Chinon Les Picasses
Replies: 13
Views: 559

Re: TN: 2014 Raffault Chinon Les Picasses

eweininger wrote: July 3rd, 2020, 8:09 am
Chris V. wrote: July 3rd, 2020, 7:33 am Assuming this is Olga Raffault, and not JM Raffault?
JM is no substitute for Olga.
I agree, but the note didn't specify.
by Chris V.
July 3rd, 2020, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Raffault Chinon Les Picasses
Replies: 13
Views: 559

Re: TN: 2014 Raffault Chinon Les Picasses

Assuming this is Olga Raffault, and not JM Raffault?
by Chris V.
June 25th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monbousquet 1994
Replies: 4
Views: 323

Re: Monbousquet 1994

I happened to buy the '94 on the secondary market about 8 years ago and really enjoyed it. Had many of the traditional bordeaux elements. I figured they hadn't gone fully modern yet.
by Chris V.
June 23rd, 2020, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine de la Pépierè Clos des Briords
Replies: 16
Views: 703

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine de la Pépierè Clos des Briords

Nice note Sean. I have a single bottle of this I picked up a few years back when traveling to NY. I feel like I saw this on a pricelist of an agent, but I forget which one.
by Chris V.
June 17th, 2020, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No, the other Noellat (not Charles or Alain)
Replies: 17
Views: 861

Re: No, the other Noellat (not Charles or Alain)

I took a flyer on a bottle of 1998 Domaine Michel Noëllat Morey St. Denis at a shop in Beaune. Very boring. Realized why this producer is a not so famous Noellat. Maybe they've improved?
by Chris V.
June 12th, 2020, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Pearl Morissette Cuvée Roselana Rosé
Replies: 1
Views: 156

Re: TN: 2019 Pearl Morissette Cuvée Roselana Rosé

Good to know. Thanks for sharing. I noticed this offer but generally buy Provence Rosé. I had some of the Roselana's they did a few years back. Interesting but not terribly compelling.
by Chris V.
June 12th, 2020, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Boudriotte
Replies: 15
Views: 735

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine Ramonet Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Boudriotte

Did you buy it from the agent here? I presume you must have with the lack of recent travel. I was tempted but these sure aren't cheap. I did get some '17 Ramonet whites.
by Chris V.
June 12th, 2020, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me pick wines off a wine list
Replies: 39
Views: 1709

Re: Help me pick wines off a wine list

I remember what it was like you be in your shoes. First getting into wine and eager to try classic reference point stuff. You want to try good stuff, yet are still somewhat more price sensitive than others on here. This place looks awesome. As others have pointed out there are some high end selectio...
by Chris V.
June 11th, 2020, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux - WOW WOW
Replies: 42
Views: 1936

Re: TN: 2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux - WOW WOW

Thanks for sharing, Robert.

Good news is I have two of these. The bad news is I only have two of these.
by Chris V.
June 11th, 2020, 5:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--10 Poggio Al Vento Brunello Riserva, 11 Rhys Alpine Chard, 17 Roche Aux Moines Savennieres
Replies: 1
Views: 176

Re: TNs--10 Poggio Al Vento Brunello Riserva, 11 Rhys Alpine Chard, 17 Roche Aux Moines Savennieres

Sounds like a good time, Mike.

If it is in fact Domaine Aux Moines the agent is That's Life Gourmet. They actually had some inventory of the '99 available at a reasonable price last year that I picked up and it's drinking really nicely.

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