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by Robert Pavlovich
January 16th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Walker Wine Company
Replies: 24
Views: 1026

Re: Walker Wine Company

Also can vouch for Walker being a good dude, with good experience, and really pays attention to provenance when sourcing.

Formerly running his business as Boutellier, there was another group who wanted that name and so he came up with Walker Wine Co., which I think will serve him better anyhow.
by Robert Pavlovich
January 14th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ponsot & the synthetic closure. Where are they now?
Replies: 18
Views: 1326

Re: Ponsot & the synthetic closure. Where are they now?

Considering the Ponsot Grand Cru's often need 25+ years, the jury's still out.
by Robert Pavlovich
January 13th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Le Montrachet really a notch above the other hyphenated ones?
Replies: 42
Views: 2978

Re: Is Le Montrachet really a notch above the other hyphenated ones?

Lamy's Criots is a stunner, probably tops for that vineyard right now. I like the mix of power and elegance found in good Batards. Have had less success with BBM, but still early days for me.
by Robert Pavlovich
January 12th, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA Rieslingfeier 2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1761

Re: PSA Rieslingfeier 2019

Wish I could attend this...will be living vicariously.
by Robert Pavlovich
January 10th, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paulee 2019
Replies: 23
Views: 1505

Re: Paulee 2019

The trend is no doubt due to the rising value of these bottles. Just a couple years ago it seems like DRC and Roumier were about half the price they are now. Ditto for shares of Amazon. They've kept the grand tasting and verticals pricing increases fairly modest, but because of that, quality had to ...
by Robert Pavlovich
January 4th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 232

Re: TN: 2017 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill Vineyard

2017 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill Vineyard - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (1/4/2019) From the get go, this was expressive, complex, and blows the door off most other OR Pinot Blancs (or Alsatian for that matter). A powerful sense of minerlaity works hand in hand with ripe pear and ot...
by Robert Pavlovich
December 29th, 2018, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Aging Bourgogne
Replies: 21
Views: 1006

Re: Poll: Aging Bourgogne

Good for drinking on release, and to gauge vintages/producers, but they can also surprise with age.

Had a 97' Montille at about 16 years of age, and an 05' Faiveley a year or so back (12 years). Both some of my better red Burg memories.
by Robert Pavlovich
December 21st, 2018, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Vogue Musigny - 2013/2014/2016?
Replies: 19
Views: 781

Re: de Vogue Musigny - 2013/2014/2016?

The Chambolle 2er supposedly is just younger vine Musigny. That's true - vines younger than age 25. Since they haven't replanted much lately, they are not sure what will happen to the cuvée in the future. Interesting...They could drop a bit of the young vine Moose into the village or make two Musig...
by Robert Pavlovich
December 20th, 2018, 10:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Vogue Musigny - 2013/2014/2016?
Replies: 19
Views: 781

Re: de Vogue Musigny - 2013/2014/2016?

Probably worth adding that you could buy plenty of great Burgundy for the tariff of a few bottles of de Vogüé Musigny, and that in 2016 there are lots of great wines to choose between. I was going to suggest, if he has access to the Chambolle 1er at equally good pricing, that would be a good pickup...
by Robert Pavlovich
December 18th, 2018, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne TNs: Marguet, Marie-Courtin, Savart and bunch of CA reds, too
Replies: 8
Views: 565

Re: Champagne TNs: Marguet, Marie-Courtin, Savart and bunch of CA reds, too

Following up, here are some of my notes and thoughts on the tasting. I went in with a plan to focus on the Marguet and Savart SV's, and therefore didn't taste or look to write a detailed note on everything. 2012 Marguet Ambonnay Very fruity, red ripe fruit, slightly tangy, showing good medium acidit...
by Robert Pavlovich
December 17th, 2018, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne TNs: Marguet, Marie-Courtin, Savart and bunch of CA reds, too
Replies: 8
Views: 565

Re: Champagne TNs: Marguet, Marie-Courtin, Savart and bunch of CA reds, too

Heck of a tasting, thanks again for making this happen Frank!

Was very educational to taste through these champagnes and producers in the same afternoon. Will follow up with some notes in a bit.
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by Robert Pavlovich
December 16th, 2018, 9:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AG scores for Napa 2016 Part 1
Replies: 56
Views: 4390

Re: AG scores for Napa 2016 Part 1

A couple of things to consider: 1) No 2 reviewers review the same bottle of wine and no 2 reviewers review wines in the same setting. When and where you taste DOES affect how a wine tastes - regardless of how one thinks differently. 2) There is no such thing as an 'objective wine review' - that's a...
by Robert Pavlovich
December 16th, 2018, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Vosne-Romanée
Replies: 3
Views: 287

Re: Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Vosne-Romanée

This is one that's no doubt benefitted from a few years in bottle...can recall hearing some complaints about how this was showing a year or two ago. I'll probably drink mine 2021-2025
by Robert Pavlovich
November 30th, 2018, 12:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."
Replies: 81
Views: 3728

Re: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."

There was a board favorite wine that this may have applied to, and certainly did in my case. It was Dirty & Rowdy's 2012 Semillon. The first bottle I opened was on June 30th, 2013 and it was excellent. Tried another 5-6 months later, then a third bottle over a year later and didn't find the same fr...
by Robert Pavlovich
November 29th, 2018, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."
Replies: 81
Views: 3728

Re: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."

Funny you should ask, I feel like today's wines are going to have a tough time aging as they did in the decades and generations that came before. Tannin management: Older wines had a lot of pips/seeds in the tannin mix. Much less so now. Oak: "The demonization of new oak" A recent trend has been to ...
by Robert Pavlovich
November 28th, 2018, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Iron Gate Wine (Buffalo)
Replies: 19
Views: 560

Re: Iron Gate Wine (Buffalo)

Just one purchase, but was impressed with their communication and promptness.
by Robert Pavlovich
November 28th, 2018, 4:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Domaine Dujac Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts
Replies: 13
Views: 911

Re: TN: 2007 Domaine Dujac Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts

Good to know...and with Dujac taking over in 2005, it makes sense they needed some years to get the farming up to their high standards.
by Robert Pavlovich
November 27th, 2018, 9:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Keller Rieslings victims of speculation
Replies: 165
Views: 5702

Re: Keller Riesling like Louis Vuitton – I said it long ago.

Keller is the SQN of Germany. It's a good thing to have a lightning rod wine like these to attract the big spenders, and leave all the other equally great (or better, for my tastes) wines to the rest of us mere mortals. Your post reminded me you still have some Keller for me. LOL I had to chuckle a...
by Robert Pavlovich
November 27th, 2018, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tenuta delle Terre Nere
Replies: 14
Views: 732

Re: TN: Tenuta delle Terre Nere

Another thanks here. Plus, I never did get around to trying the whites and you don't make me feel too bad about neglecting them.
by Robert Pavlovich
November 27th, 2018, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Tercero Gewürztraminer The Outlier
Replies: 9
Views: 276

Re: TN: 2014 Tercero Gewürztraminer The Outlier

Such an awesome CA white.
by Robert Pavlovich
November 27th, 2018, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Domaine Dujac Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts
Replies: 13
Views: 911

Re: TN: 2007 Domaine Dujac Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts

Heard in Jeremy's interview with Levi that the Malconsorts seems to get better with each passing vintage. The 10' was the best to that date, then the 12' eclipsed that, and so on. Seem to recall the vines are starting to mature. Not sure how much Gaudichots makes it in to the wine, but it looks like...
by Robert Pavlovich
November 26th, 2018, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Jean Grivot Vosne Romanee
Replies: 10
Views: 451

Re: TN: 2015 Jean Grivot Vosne Romanee

These wines didn't wow me in the past. 2014 and 2015 are super wines. They have gotten my attention, for sure! Thanks for the note, and reminder to keep seeking for these wines. I have really enjoyed the 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015 versions of these. The 2010 is more advanced than I thought it would ...
by Robert Pavlovich
November 23rd, 2018, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Friday deals 2018
Replies: 60
Views: 4630

Re: Black Friday deals 2018

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
November 23rd, 2018, 7:46 am
Sokolin had Fenocchio cannubi for 37 but I guess I was too slow :(
Ridiculous deal.
by Robert Pavlovich
November 20th, 2018, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some 2018 Musings
Replies: 36
Views: 2222

Re: Some 2018 Musings

Continuing to pick my spots in Burgundy and Piedmont. Trying a little harder to pick off Mags and more whites, though Germany was definitely a bit of a breakthrough this year and Champagne saw a bit of an increase. Trip to Tokaj was big...there is a ton of good European wine out there in the shadows...
by Robert Pavlovich
November 19th, 2018, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 JF Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny
Replies: 21
Views: 714

Re: TN: 2008 JF Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny

I would add Ghislaine B Village in the mix. It is most often superb... 3 wines, 3 styles. How are you doing back across the pond Brady? This tells me you are safe from the fires. [cheers.gif] Don't forget the little engine that could ... Bertheau. [cheers.gif] If you served the wines blind, I think...
by Robert Pavlovich
November 17th, 2018, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 JF Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny
Replies: 21
Views: 714

Re: TN: 2008 JF Mugnier Chambolle-Musigny

As I always like to point out, about half of the wine comes from the 1er vineyard les plantes, and the rest from a classy village piece in la Combe d'orveau.
by Robert Pavlovich
November 16th, 2018, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Classic inoculated terroir!
Replies: 8
Views: 483

Re: Classic inoculated terroir!

From Cameron's website, writing about white wine vinification: The wines are fermented with indigenous wild yeasts from the respective vineyards and finished with a French yeast to assure dryness. I love the honesty here. There are plenty of wine makers I know that do Native fermentations but have ...
by Robert Pavlovich
November 15th, 2018, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why do people in Napa still do Sauv Blanc
Replies: 34
Views: 2039

Re: Why do people in Napa still do Sauv Blanc

Cash flow, diverse tasting options, higher margin, suitable sites, all mentioned above. From a tasting room/ hospitality stand point, it does help to have a lineup of different wines, and just not a bunch of Cab or Cabs. In Piedmont there is still some Dolcetto growing in the middle of high end Baro...
by Robert Pavlovich
November 14th, 2018, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8-Decade Barolo Tasting- San Diego 11/15 @ 12pm
Replies: 24
Views: 1642

Re: 8-Decade Barolo Tasting- San Diego 11/15 @ 12pm

Given the rain and hail of 2014, which can be quite localized, it wouldn't be surprising if the character of the two wines was atypical. Good point, plus Cannubi is better suited to rainy years due to the sandy soils (less so in Cannubi Boschis). Burlotto's holding is in Cannubi Valletta, though wo...
by Robert Pavlovich
November 14th, 2018, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8-Decade Barolo Tasting- San Diego 11/15 @ 12pm
Replies: 24
Views: 1642

Re: 8-Decade Barolo Tasting- San Diego 11/15 @ 12pm

John Morris wrote:
November 14th, 2018, 8:22 am
JohnP wrote:
October 6th, 2018, 5:43 pm
What do you think will be WOTN?
When you get back before the '80s, I think it's very hard to predict. It's such a bottle-by-bottle thing.
True, the 61' and 71' look pretty formidable.
by Robert Pavlovich
November 12th, 2018, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN; 2002 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges !er Cru Les Bousselots
Replies: 35
Views: 1020

Re: TN; 2002 Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits St. Georges !er Cru Les Bousselots

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
November 12th, 2018, 9:57 am
I would not spend that much. I can get lovely vintages of Chevillon LSG for under $100 with easy to find discounts.
Pulled off something similar with the 08' a year or two back but nothing I'd ever expect to find these days.
by Robert Pavlovich
November 11th, 2018, 11:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 99 Clos de la Roches
Replies: 7
Views: 527

Re: TN: 99 Clos de la Roches

c fu wrote:
November 11th, 2018, 12:16 pm
Man. When Ponsot is on it’s on. Just wish for more consistency
Have had just one go with the 93' and 99' and both corked. Nice to hear of a 99' in good shape.
by Robert Pavlovich
November 11th, 2018, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Buying and Consuming BURGUNDY
Replies: 109
Views: 5196

Re: Thoughts on Buying and Consuming BURGUNDY

Had a long post lost in the ether, so will work on brevity. Experience is the best teacher, and though it can be key to be pointed in the right direction, don't subscribe to any one source exclusively, as your goal should be finding your own command of Burgundy and your own tastes, which are normall...
by Robert Pavlovich
November 10th, 2018, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: d'Yquem vs. Tokaji & Others
Replies: 46
Views: 1677

Re: d'Yquem vs. Tokaji & Others

6 Puttonyos probably translates best to the sugar levels found in Sauternes, normally coming in at 150 - 220 g/l. GregT's post (from many years ago) implied perhaps 5 Puttonyos would be also comparable? Definitely listen with open ears to all Greg has to say on the subject. He's forgotten more than...
by Robert Pavlovich
November 9th, 2018, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: d'Yquem vs. Tokaji & Others
Replies: 46
Views: 1677

Re: d'Yquem vs. Tokaji & Others

There are difference in Tokaji. Maybe someone who knows better that I can explain the 3-6 Puttanyos vs. Eszencia? 6 Puttonyos probably translates best to the sugar levels found in Sauternes, normally coming in at 150 - 220 g/l. Those who prefer Tokaj (and German sweet wines) appreciate the higher a...
by Robert Pavlovich
November 9th, 2018, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: d'Yquem vs. Tokaji & Others
Replies: 46
Views: 1677

Re: d'Yquem vs. Tokaji & Others

I'd recommend grabbing a solid 99' Tokaj as an intro.
by Robert Pavlovich
November 9th, 2018, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: With Burgundy...sometimes you just get lucky
Replies: 24
Views: 1212

Re: TN: With Burgundy...sometimes you just get lucky

c fu wrote:
November 8th, 2018, 11:15 pm
Robert Pavlovich wrote:
November 8th, 2018, 10:48 pm
I don't know, this seems awful close to the Cathiard epiphany. What were some of the duds inbetween?
Opened a 69 dujac msd that was on absolute fire with Todd. Guess he wasn’t impressed :(
Sounds like someone's in de Nile.
by Robert Pavlovich
November 8th, 2018, 10:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: With Burgundy...sometimes you just get lucky
Replies: 24
Views: 1212

Re: TN: With Burgundy...sometimes you just get lucky

I don't know, this seems awful close to the Cathiard epiphany. What were some of the duds inbetween?
by Robert Pavlovich
November 8th, 2018, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Jadot Meursault Charmes, when to drink?
Replies: 28
Views: 694

Re: 2014 Jadot Meursault Charmes, when to drink?

Ian Dorin wrote:
November 8th, 2018, 9:37 am
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
November 7th, 2018, 8:11 pm
Yeah the Charmes was $60, so I don’t mind letting it sit a bit, but 400/pop for the Montrachet maybe not so much.
$400 for Full Monty 2014? That's a great price.
Looks good on paper, though it's negociant and not a highly regarded source from what I understand.
by Robert Pavlovich
November 7th, 2018, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Jadot Meursault Charmes, when to drink?
Replies: 28
Views: 694

Re: 2014 Jadot Meursault Charmes, when to drink?

Yeah, though it might need plenty of air. Some of my 10's were awesome on day 2. Excellent wine when you get a good bottle.
by Robert Pavlovich
November 5th, 2018, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2009 Dm G. Roumier CM villages - yum
Replies: 12
Views: 404

Re: 2009 Dm G. Roumier CM villages - yum

Still remember first tasting the '90 at a poker game in 93 or 94. That was the first time I tasted Roumier, and I remember thinking- wow , this is good. Went back and bought sherry lehman out. Think it was $27.Finished that off , although I still have some of the '02 That must've been killer. Some ...
by Robert Pavlovich
November 2nd, 2018, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent red B’dy vintages that drink great now?
Replies: 56
Views: 1576

Re: Recent red B’dy vintages that drink great now?

Wouldn't open DRC, Roumier, or the like but lots of 2010's are drinking right now, solid 1er's and below. Chevillon in particular I'd encourage getting in to. I dare say their NSG Village almost seems to be on the way down. 2 recent bottles with this result, and a 1er Perrieres was pretty dang open ...
by Robert Pavlovich
October 31st, 2018, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Domaine Heresztyn-Mazzini Gevrey Chambertin Clos Village
Replies: 11
Views: 336

Re: TN: 2013 Domaine Heresztyn-Mazzini Gevrey Chambertin Clos Village

Burgundy is affordable and can be great qpr, you just need to drink unfashionable producers and/or vintages.
by Robert Pavlovich
October 31st, 2018, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing Burgundy with Rib Eye
Replies: 41
Views: 1765

Re: Pairing Burgundy with Rib Eye

Only way is to taste. Faiveley's Beze figures to have avoided most of 11's issues, being such a warm site (and warmer than Chambertin), but it's become such an unsexy vintage for geeks and collectors that hardly anyone is taking an interest to continue to taste and follow the wines.
by Robert Pavlovich
October 30th, 2018, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wondering about Charvin
Replies: 23
Views: 1421

Re: Wondering about Charvin

Opened a 10' recently...nice enough but low on complexity and didn't seem like it needed additional age at all.
by Robert Pavlovich
October 27th, 2018, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1er Cru white burg vineyards
Replies: 48
Views: 1725

Re: 1er Cru white burg vineyards

So many good ones...

Chassagne 1er Blanchots Dessus is a fun rare one.

Good Meursault LD's I'd take over many Chassagne 1ers, as sometimes I feel the village of Meursault is all underrated about 1/2 level. Tessons, Tillets, Narvaux, Gruyaches, and the most overlooked 1er may be Goutte d'Or.
by Robert Pavlovich
October 25th, 2018, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Serving advice - 2004 Salon
Replies: 10
Views: 409

Re: Serving advice - 2004 Salon

Recently tasted an 82' that was pretty awesome, and a 99' that was very closed, so I'd think 15 more years in a cellar is ideal, though sounds like you're going for it no matter what and that's just fine. That said, I'd open it the night before and follow a half glass or so over a few hours, sipping...
by Robert Pavlovich
October 23rd, 2018, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2009 Roumier Bonnes Mares
Replies: 25
Views: 1716

Re: 2009 Roumier Bonnes Mares

I guess collectors have regarded this wine as pretty squarely in the same class as DRC's GC's...anywhere from the middle of the hierarchy to as high as 3rd. Price has been getting closer and closer to reflecting this it seems.

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