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by Chris V.
December 4th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard Blanc de Blanc sparkler
Replies: 28
Views: 2487

Re: Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard Blanc de Blanc sparkler

Exactly my point. Weren't both the Bearwallow and the Horseshoe at one point en tirage? Your original post lead my to believe that the Bearwallow was somehow never aged en tirage. Sorry Chris, now I understand. The Bearwallow BdB was aged about 3 years en tirage. The Horseshoe has aged en tirage lo...
by Chris V.
December 4th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard Blanc de Blanc sparkler
Replies: 28
Views: 2487

Re: Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard Blanc de Blanc sparkler

I can understand how someone might be confused! We do have a "tirage" bottling of Horseshoe BdB but have not decided when or if we will release it. Our first sparkling release is the 2015 Bearwallow Blanc des Blancs. It drinks very well right now so I wouldn't hesitate to pop one. FWIW, I plan to s...
by Chris V.
December 3rd, 2019, 4:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard Blanc de Blanc sparkler
Replies: 28
Views: 2487

Re: Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard Blanc de Blanc sparkler

I can understand how someone might be confused! We do have a "tirage" bottling of Horseshoe BdB but have not decided when or if we will release it. Our first sparkling release is the 2015 Bearwallow Blanc des Blancs. It drinks very well right now so I wouldn't hesitate to pop one. FWIW, I plan to s...
by Chris V.
December 2nd, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent tastings (Selosse, Duband, Rayas, ...)
Replies: 13
Views: 804

Re: Recent tastings (Selosse, Duband, Rayas, ...)

I tried some Duband wines for the first time earlier this year and really liked them. Good reminder to try to buy some when I can find them.
by Chris V.
November 18th, 2019, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California wine most like Latour?
Replies: 34
Views: 2326

Re: California wine most like Latour?

Ridge Monebello would definitely have the finesse to blend in. Some find it's American Oak to stand out, I don't really. I actually find it to have higher acid than most Bordeaux so that may stand out. Similarly, I might expect Dunn Howell Mountain to have a bit too much acid, being a mountain site....
by Chris V.
November 13th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Wings - positive review
Replies: 14
Views: 1038

Re: Wine Wings - positive review

I just lay a t-shirt out flat on a bed, roll each bottle in one t-shirt to wrap it, pack them tight together in a standard suitcase. I use other items to pad the edges of the suitcase (shoes, toiletries), then use larger clothing items to pad between layers of bottles. In a medium suitcase I can fit...
by Chris V.
November 13th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article
Replies: 31
Views: 1042

Re: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article

Noticed a few of these in SF when I was there last week and I'm a fan. Most let you open anything in the shop for a minimal corkage fee ($5-$10). Good way to try something while out without paying a massive restaurant markup.
by Chris V.
November 11th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs Burgundy Focused Evening: Bereche, Hebrart, Bouchard, Williams Selyem, Lafon, Rhys, Gouges
Replies: 0
Views: 362

TNs Burgundy Focused Evening: Bereche, Hebrart, Bouchard, Williams Selyem, Lafon, Rhys, Gouges

BURGUNDY FOCUSED EVENING AT DAVE'S - (10/26/2019) NV Bérêche et Fils Champagne Brut Réserve - France, Champagne [Tasted Single Blind] First time trying this producer. Pours clearly darker than champagne 2 with a gentle pink hue. Killer nose on this right out of the gate. Lightly oxidized red apple,...
by Chris V.
November 7th, 2019, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: HALPERN 2019 GRAND CRU WINE FESTIVAL
Replies: 13
Views: 900

Re: TNs: HALPERN 2019 GRAND CRU WINE FESTIVAL

Nice discussion of this event on here. I wasn't aware so many Berserkers were there. I'm probably a little more positive on this event than others. Compared to other tastings that cost money, this one is free and IMO there are higher end wines being poured here. Pol Roger: missed the SWC, but I'm al...
by Chris V.
October 30th, 2019, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! (but do you care?)
Replies: 12
Views: 761

Re: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! (but do you care?)

I don't think its technically a Bojo Nouveau, but I've been enjoying Lapierre's 2018 Raisins Gaulois this summer.
by Chris V.
October 29th, 2019, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Toronto Saturday night: Italian reds & other delights
Replies: 5
Views: 483

Re: A Toronto Saturday night: Italian reds & other delights

I was sad to have missed this one, Andrew. Sounds like you had a great time and a nice lineup.
by Chris V.
October 21st, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saint Aubin 1er Crus versus Meursault Lieux-dits for value
Replies: 11
Views: 1176

Re: Saint Aubin 1er Crus versus Meursault Lieux-dits for value

Leaving aside the fact that I often find better value in Chardonnay from other parts of the world (South Africa, Ontario, California, Australia)... Whenever I can I'll taste for myself. Otherwise I'll rely on reviewers I trust to decide between St Aubin 1ers and Villages Meursaults on a case by case...
by Chris V.
September 23rd, 2019, 4:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1988 Chateau Meyney
Replies: 21
Views: 760

Re: TN: 1988 Chateau Meyney

Nice note Andrew. I've never had the '88 but have gone through at least 8 bottles of the '89. Great classic Bordeaux at an affordable price.
by Chris V.
September 18th, 2019, 3:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Outside of the Northern Rhone Box: Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes
Replies: 32
Views: 2673

Re: Outside of the Northern Rhone Box: Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes

We had the '16 Jamet last January and thought it was awful, just purple and under-elevaged tasting, I think we sinked it. I've had this twice. First time about a year or more ago I would agree. Another bottle a couple months ago was beginning to show some syrah character after a couple hours. IMO t...
by Chris V.
September 8th, 2019, 5:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scalette Piantonaia - Galloni 50 Pt TN
Replies: 18
Views: 938

Re: 2016 Scalette Piantonaia - Galloni 50 Pt TN

Wow, that's so strange. Barrel sample from a bad barrel?
by Chris V.
September 8th, 2019, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1978 Azienda Bricco Rocche (Ceretto) Barolo Villero (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 1
Views: 279

Re: TN: 1978 Azienda Bricco Rocche (Ceretto) Barolo Villero (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

Thanks for sharing. Had a lovely '97 from Ceretto last weekend, which has some similarities to what you've noted. 1997 Azienda Bricco Rocche (Ceretto) Barolo Bricco Rocche - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo (8/31/2019) (Tasted double blind) Pours completely transparent with medium plus bricking. The ...
by Chris V.
September 3rd, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real Wine for $12.99 - and it's a Pinotage!
Replies: 8
Views: 571

Re: Real Wine for $12.99 - and it's a Pinotage!

It's not just Pinotage. South Africa has lots of real wine at wildly low prices. Unbeatable in the ~$10 category.
by Chris V.
August 27th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Tenute Loacker Brunello di Montalcino Corte Pavone
Replies: 1
Views: 193

TN: 2011 Tenute Loacker Brunello di Montalcino Corte Pavone

Had this last night at a local Italian place to celebrate our wedding anniversary (2011). I thought it was fabulous and traditional. Doesn't seem this producer gets a lot of love on here, but it should. 2011 Tenute Loacker Brunello di Montalcino Corte Pavone - Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di...
by Chris V.
August 24th, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo
Replies: 13
Views: 878

Re: TN: 2009 R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo

Anyone had the 2010 Cubillo? Coming out here in a week and I'm thinking of stocking up.
by Chris V.
August 23rd, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy question: brett vs earth
Replies: 22
Views: 1124

Re: Burgundy question: brett vs earth

I'm also of the school of thought there is a trait commonly found but unique to Red Burgundy that makes me think of freshly tilled damp soil (which I suppose is geosmin) and I don't think it's brett. To answer the question above I think I've had a very small number of bretty burgs. Like well under 1...
by Chris V.
August 23rd, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Rhys Pinot Noir San Mateo County
Replies: 1
Views: 374

Re: TN: 2015 Rhys Pinot Noir San Mateo County

Thanks for sharing. I'm typically a big fan of this bottling. I love how on release it often has nice red fruit and spice and is so accessible right away. I bought a few of the '15 and wasn't crazy about my first bottle, but it was an end of the night bottle popped and poured... 2015 Rhys Pinot Noir...
by Chris V.
August 19th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Méo-Camuzet Frère et Sœurs Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)
Replies: 3
Views: 434

TN: 2016 Méo-Camuzet Frère et Sœurs Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)

Never had a Meo Camuzet, so I decided to give this a whirl yesterday. 2016 Méo-Camuzet Frère et Sœurs Bourgogne - France, Burgundy, Bourgogne (8/18/2019) Very enjoyable Bourgogne which far exceeds it's appellation. The nose is fairly low intensity but what is there is gorgeous. Notes of dark cherry,...
by Chris V.
July 26th, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 R. Lopez Heredia Rose - Vina Tondonia
Replies: 55
Views: 2778

Re: TN: 2009 R. Lopez Heredia Rose - Vina Tondonia

May I ask where you found this? My entire state (TX) gets a case of this per year, I’m told Our local Ontario importer. Everything must be sold in full cases when bought directly from importers here by law or else I'm sure they would have been allocating it by the bottle. I guess I was just in the ...
by Chris V.
July 26th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 R. Lopez Heredia Rose - Vina Tondonia
Replies: 55
Views: 2778

Re: TN: 2009 R. Lopez Heredia Rose - Vina Tondonia

Just ordered my 6 pack for $50CAD/$38USD. Gotta rub it in as we usually get awful pricing here. May I ask where you found this? My entire state (TX) gets a case of this per year, I’m told Our local Ontario importer. Everything must be sold in full cases when bought directly from importers here by l...
by Chris V.
July 26th, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 R. Lopez Heredia Rose - Vina Tondonia
Replies: 55
Views: 2778

Re: TN: 2009 R. Lopez Heredia Rose - Vina Tondonia

Just ordered my 6 pack for $50CAD/$38USD. Gotta rub it in as we usually get awful pricing here.

Question: what temp do people recommend drinking this at? I think most would drink their whites around cellar temp or slightly above. Same for this?
by Chris V.
July 22nd, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Baudry
Replies: 22
Views: 1617

Re: 2017 Baudry

Wait until you taste the '18s ... I drank several bottles of the '18 Domaine while in Chinon a few weeks ago and it was fantastic. Can't wait for the Croix Boissee. I agree with your comment that the '17s should drink earlier than the '15s and '16s. They opened an '06 Les Grezeaux for me during my ...
by Chris V.
July 22nd, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Baudry
Replies: 22
Views: 1617

Re: 2017 Baudry

I have very little tasting experience with Cab Franc, but I am interested in trying some and Baudry's gets some good words here. Do you think the Grezeaux will likely provide you drinking pleasure over the next few years or is more time likely to be needed to enjoy this wine? While I know there is ...
by Chris V.
July 19th, 2019, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Baudry
Replies: 22
Views: 1617

Re: 2017 Baudry

Took delivery of my case of Les Grézeaux this week and of course immediately popped a bottle to check in. It's very nice. I have it right in line with the '16 in terms of quality, though perhaps even more immediately drinkable. I think the '15 is the best of '15-'17 and I think it has the best long-...
by Chris V.
July 17th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 François Lumpp - 1er Cru Clos du Cras Long (France, Burgundy, Côte Chalonnaise, Givry 1er Cru)
Replies: 7
Views: 551

Re: TN: 2016 François Lumpp - 1er Cru Clos du Cras Long (France, Burgundy, Côte Chalonnaise, Givry 1er Cru)

I had a similar experience with the 2016 Brulee, which was the first Lumpp wine I tried. They're coming in at about $66CAD/$49USD all-in here, and I immediately went back for more. My note: 2016 François Lumpp Givry 1er Cru La Brûlée - France, Burgundy, Côte Chalonnaise, Givry 1er Cru (3/14/2019) Be...
by Chris V.
July 16th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tempier Rose - worth extended cellaring?
Replies: 32
Views: 2076

Re: Tempier Rose - worth extended cellaring?

I think it transforms into an eye opener. It becomes a totally different and imho a better wine. Yes, you will lose that just bottled freshness, but you gain depth, complexity, and some unique characteristics. The oldest Tempier Rosé I have had was 31 yrs old. For me, and the other winemakers I was...
by Chris V.
July 10th, 2019, 5:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '95 Jadot Chouacheux, '83 GPL, '16 Marchand Morey Clos des Ormes
Replies: 3
Views: 400

Re: TN: '95 Jadot Chouacheux, '83 GPL, '16 Marchand Morey Clos des Ormes

I'm with you on the Tawse Marchand wines. Dark, overextracted. Boring and lacking freshness.
by Chris V.
July 5th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corkage Etiquette for Older Bottles?
Replies: 23
Views: 1562

Re: Corkage Etiquette for Older Bottles?

Another idea that hasn't yet been mentioned yet is to drop the bottle off hours or days ahead of time and ask for it to be decanted a few hours early. As mentioned some jurisdictions prohibit corkage of an open bottle, but as long as you're going somewhere with decent wine service you should be fine...
by Chris V.
July 5th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?
Replies: 57
Views: 3701

Re: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?

Not that bad compared to others on here... In the past few years I've been getting into PYCM whites. I've bought various Saint Aubins in France, the US and from the local importer here. Love the style for the $50 - $80 price point. While in New York last summer I decided I'd like to splurge on a Cha...
by Chris V.
July 5th, 2019, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)
Replies: 18
Views: 1538

Re: TN: 2011 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)

Tasted this on release at Monte Bello and was absolutely floored with it. Definitely felt like a throwback style with secondary notes galore. My note is also in CT, giving it a conservative 95. Nice thing is I think it was overlooked with '11 being a "weak" vintage. At least here in my market it was...
by Chris V.
June 21st, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--memorable all-whites evening at Langdon Hall
Replies: 10
Views: 1046

Re: TNs--memorable all-whites evening at Langdon Hall

Langdon. What a great place. Thanks for sharing.
by Chris V.
June 16th, 2019, 5:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Wine Would you Get?
Replies: 34
Views: 1856

Re: What Wine Would you Get?

Why can't every wine list be more like this one?

I'll be in Boston in a month or two. Might you be willing to PM me the location?
by Chris V.
June 13th, 2019, 6:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best Young Beaucastel!
Replies: 19
Views: 2041

Re: The Best Young Beaucastel!

Surprised to see someone with your palate write this, Jeremy. Young Beaucastel's I've had 2001 - 2012 have almost always been dark, alcoholic, extracted, and sometimes stewed (except for 2008, oddly). No real secondary notes and they've almost all felt like they've lacked the finesse and potential f...
by Chris V.
June 9th, 2019, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ruppert-Leroy, Heidseick, Marc Morey, PYCM, Mouton, Pommard, By Farr, Barret, Pialade, Rhys
Replies: 5
Views: 909

Re: TN: Ruppert-Leroy, Heidseick, Marc Morey, PYCM, Mouton, Pommard, By Farr, Barret, Pialade, Rhys

funny—that 85 Chateau de Pommard was wonderful young and cost little, then seemed to fall apart as it aged. Must have been just closed. Drank that vintage a lot in the 90s, never see the stuff now. Good memory. Not sure what distribution has looked like over the years, but presently it's only sold ...
by Chris V.
June 7th, 2019, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ruppert-Leroy, Heidseick, Marc Morey, PYCM, Mouton, Pommard, By Farr, Barret, Pialade, Rhys
Replies: 5
Views: 909

TN: Ruppert-Leroy, Heidseick, Marc Morey, PYCM, Mouton, Pommard, By Farr, Barret, Pialade, Rhys

A SPRING SATURDAY AT DAVE'S PLACE - (6/1/2019) NV Ruppert-Leroy Champagne Pinot Noir Brut Nature Les Cognaux - France, Champagne Very nice champagne here. It pours a slightly deeper gold than the average. The nose reveals a somewhat oxidative leaning style: lightly bruised apple, pastry, mint, lano...
by Chris V.
June 4th, 2019, 4:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 PYCM Pernand Vergelesses 1er Cru Sous Fretille
Replies: 3
Views: 700

Re: TN: 2015 PYCM Pernand Vergelesses 1er Cru Sous Fretille

Agreed. Jeremy. Quite enjoyed the '15 Saint Aubins I've tried.
by Chris V.
May 8th, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Pricing - Canada and US
Replies: 30
Views: 1388

Re: Wine Pricing - Canada and US

Owen, I live in Ontario and generally agree. We often pay more for for just about everything, but many Italian producers are cheaper here. I don't know why but suspect it has to do with mark-ups. Perhaps distributors and retailers have higher margins on Italian wine in the US, whereas here in Ontari...
by Chris V.
May 3rd, 2019, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vegas Dining....Wine Related
Replies: 12
Views: 1122

Re: Vegas Dining....Wine Related

Ate at the Factory Kitchen at the Venetian and the list was slightly expensive, but well selected. Good food too.
by Chris V.
May 3rd, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?
Replies: 66
Views: 3080

Re: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?

I've never cellared white burg, but a couple years ago was bitten by the bug with PYCM. Been buying lots of St. Aubin, and drinking them slowly. Not intentionally trying to age them but conserving them may cause me to test out aging some of them. Seems that PYCM is on the lower premox risk side of t...
by Chris V.
May 2nd, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 13 vintages of Sociando-Mallet
Replies: 10
Views: 867

Re: TN: 13 vintages of Sociando-Mallet

1989... the real vintage of the century.
by Chris V.
April 28th, 2019, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on this list of PYCM lower end 2017’s
Replies: 14
Views: 1517

Re: Thoughts on this list of PYCM lower end 2017’s

Haven't tasted any from 2017, but your pricing here looks pretty sharp. I'd certainly all I could justify/afford. Based on my experiences with past vintages I'd focus on La Chateniere and Remilly. They were both sold out in my market so I ended up with a six pack of the Cuvee Marguerite, and I appea...
by Chris V.
April 26th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Small blind flight of 2017 Chardonnay - Dauvissat, Walter Scott and PYCM
Replies: 8
Views: 787

Re: Small blind flight of 2017 Chardonnay - Dauvissat, Walter Scott and PYCM

Thanks for the notes. I loved the one Walter Scott chard I tried (BTG at Eleven Madison Park). I recently pre-ordered a six pack of that PYCM, so I'm glad to see it's on form if lacking a little on the palate.
by Chris V.
April 25th, 2019, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New WA winery opening- owned by Bodegas Valdemar
Replies: 12
Views: 701

Re: New WA winery opening- owned by Bodegas Valdemar

I had never heard of Valdemar until I took a flyer on an 1989 Gran Riserva last year. It was beautiful! Not unlike a Lopez de Heredia in how traditionally made it felt.
by Chris V.
April 20th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We pay 30% more to buy to buy a bottle of Taylor Port in the US.
Replies: 17
Views: 1211

Re: We pay 30% more to buy to buy a bottle of Taylor Port in the US.

Being released here in Canada next month for $297CAD/$222USD, taxes in. We generally pay far higher prices for most wine. You're getting screwed.

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