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by Greg Mitrakas
December 13th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tn: 2001 Ridge Lytton Springs
Replies: 9
Views: 510

Re: Tn: 2001 Ridge Lytton Springs

Todd, you make your way to Boston, let me know and I will pop some older Ridge Lytton and Geyserville corks. 1992 Geyserville was my first "wow" wine circa 1994 or so and the wine that set the hook for this great hobby.
by Greg Mitrakas
December 12th, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tn: 2001 Ridge Lytton Springs
Replies: 9
Views: 510

Re: Tn: 2001 Ridge Lytton Springs

Thanks Todd was trying to correct it on my phone and magically you beat me to it!! They are so tasty young.
by Greg Mitrakas
December 12th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tn: 2001 Ridge Lytton Springs
Replies: 9
Views: 510

Tn: 2001 Ridge Lytton Springs

In magnum purchased on release. Perfect cork and color looked half its age. Ripe plum, Pepper and bramble; soft but not at all flabby, juicy and delicious. Only distraction is that there was a little funk on the nose that never really blew off. Wasnt sure how this would show but in mag format still ...
by Greg Mitrakas
December 10th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some-or-a
Replies: 6
Views: 646

Re: TN: Some-or-a

Really useful notes. Thanks for posting
by Greg Mitrakas
December 9th, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Looking for tenderloin roast rec
Replies: 13
Views: 944

Re: Looking for tenderloin roast rec

Yup, I think the smart way to do this is go choice and save the difference. Going higher grade isn't likely to translate into anything recognizably better. Plus I like the idea of getting a couple 4 pound center cuts equal sized so they cook and come out at the same time and flavor up with a couple ...
by Greg Mitrakas
December 8th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Looking for tenderloin roast rec
Replies: 13
Views: 944

Re: Looking for tenderloin roast rec

Some great recipes and tips, thank you!! I am looking for a retail source to purchase the tenderloin. Costco sounds like a good option Mike, will.have to see if ours has prime. Thanks.
by Greg Mitrakas
December 8th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Looking for tenderloin roast rec
Replies: 13
Views: 944

Looking for tenderloin roast rec

We are hosting Christmas this year and I've been requested to do a beef tenderloin roast for our main. Not a roast I have purchased in some time. I love Flannerys but am wondering if anyone has any other sources for some great tenderloin. I don't need Kobe level but a high quality, well butchered fu...
by Greg Mitrakas
November 28th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the BEST wine holiday?
Replies: 26
Views: 984

Re: What’s the BEST wine holiday?

Greek easter for me
by Greg Mitrakas
November 28th, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Marie-Noëlle Ledru Champagne Grand Cru Brut Millésimé
Replies: 0
Views: 172

TN: 2006 Marie-Noëlle Ledru Champagne Grand Cru Brut Millésimé

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Always love to open a nice bottle of champagne Thanksgiving morning to enjoy while cooking with my wife. Had tasted this on release and loved it and thought it worthy of further cellaring. On opening, a darker gold color than I'd have guessed and it smelled a bit advanced....
by Greg Mitrakas
November 25th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 6071

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

I bring wine for 20, so I'll use the opportunity to prune the cellar a bit, wandering through and putting a mixed case of things to go well with all the side dishes. Criteria are neutral or unoaked wines of modest alcohol. Definitely will be some bubbles, a couple rose's, cru Beaujelais, some white ...
by Greg Mitrakas
November 24th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 08 Delamotte Bdb
Replies: 2
Views: 386

TN: 08 Delamotte Bdb

Best QPR for an 08 I've tried to date. From what I've read 08 supposed to be a pinot vintage but damn this is still a fine champagne. Beautiful fruit and balance, fruit not as buried as some of the other 08's that I've tried, juicy acidity, seems mid dosage in terms of balance, lip smacking good rig...
by Greg Mitrakas
November 24th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 70 Paternina Rioja Vina Vial
Replies: 0
Views: 150

TN: 70 Paternina Rioja Vina Vial

Very good fill and cork had a good seal and came out complete with a Durand. Slo ox for a couple hours before sampling first glass. In excellent condition. Pale, limpid reddish brick in color, but the body is fuller than the visual would indicate. Forest and floral in aroma, very good balance, more ...
by Greg Mitrakas
November 17th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Pibarnon blanc
Replies: 0
Views: 171

TN: 2016 Pibarnon blanc

From magnum. The color of a young sauternes. Flowers and honey with some mineral on the nose. On the palate absolutely bone dry Yet soft and refreshing with juicy acidity On finish. Neat how the wine looks and smells like it should have RS but none detectable. No real experience aging these but I do...
by Greg Mitrakas
November 17th, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 08 VC La Grande Dame and 98 La Mission Haut Brion
Replies: 3
Views: 512

TN: 08 VC La Grande Dame and 98 La Mission Haut Brion

Couple of nice bottles before we headed to dinner last night. Have not had a LGD since the 88 so limited experience with this wine; but they have a winner in 08. Lithe, elegant and delicate but with a crystal clean and packed core. Not showing much in terms of aromatics but the structure is there. T...
by Greg Mitrakas
November 7th, 2019, 3:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Chave Hermitage Vintage Preferences?
Replies: 14
Views: 1062

Re: Domaine Chave Hermitage Vintage Preferences?

If all these wines are available at half off and provenance is good, I would buy some of every vintage. We had a red and white Chave tasting a year or so back and the most impressive aspect of the tasting was the consistency of excellence of Chave in all tasted vintages, (12 vintages spanning roughl...
by Greg Mitrakas
October 26th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Pairing for Beef Pho
Replies: 16
Views: 813

Re: Wine Pairing for Beef Pho

I concur beer is probably the best match but I made a homemade batch of beef stock and made pho Thursday and matched it with a young white rhone and it went really well. I would fight the urge to do a red with beef pho and go white. White is a better match for spice and heat IMO. Let us know what yo...
by Greg Mitrakas
October 26th, 2019, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great customer service by Irongate Wine
Replies: 2
Views: 395

Great customer service by Irongate Wine

Wanted to share a very positive experience that I recently had with Irongate Wine out of NY. I participated in their recent online sale and among other things ordered a 2011 Chateau de la Tour Clos Vougeot VV. When the wine came in, the bottle shipped was the regular Clos Vougeot and not the VV. I t...
by Greg Mitrakas
October 21st, 2019, 4:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Vintage Champagne Ten Years After Release?
Replies: 15
Views: 1528

Re: 2008 Vintage Champagne Ten Years After Release?

Maybe I'm just on a bad streak but last bottle of 96 krug for me about 4 months ago a bit tired, last swc a year of so ago was clearly on downslope, 96 salon as well but not to the extent of SWC. 96 clos des goisses this friday was very good but still showing advanced color and weight. Jeremy, had n...
by Greg Mitrakas
October 20th, 2019, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 120
Views: 6138

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

Most impressive champagne this year is 08 Cristal.
by Greg Mitrakas
October 20th, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Vintage Champagne Ten Years After Release?
Replies: 15
Views: 1528

Re: 2008 Vintage Champagne Ten Years After Release?

I think it's a great question. 10 years should be no problem. 20 may be a different story. The last great vintage for long term aging was probably 88. I'm not thrilled with the way 96 Salon, Krug, Clos des Goisses, and SWC have aged, and I see some general similarities between 96 and 08 vintages, wi...
by Greg Mitrakas
October 14th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sad Passing of one of the great wine importers to the US
Replies: 9
Views: 1776

Re: Sad Passing of one of the great wine importers to the US

That's very sad news. I remember going to his table at Boston wine expo back in the 90s and early 2000s and it was always a highlight table. One year I happen to be in wearing a number 3 Dale earnhardt cap and he lit up and really engaged me in some race talk and turns out he was a race car driver b...
by Greg Mitrakas
October 7th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2414

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

Congratulations!! I would suggest a search for a magnum or larger of Ridge Geyserville with a few years or more of age on it. You'll have a lot of money left over for other items in the gift bag and a big bottle is always more festive.
by Greg Mitrakas
September 29th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 98 Beaucastel and 05 Eyrie PN
Replies: 8
Views: 617

Re: TNs: 98 Beaucastel and 05 Eyrie PN

Great note on the 98. Ive seen significant bottle variation, but when it's on it's really nice. Glad yours was singing.
by Greg Mitrakas
September 1st, 2019, 5:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few choice dinner wines: 02 DP, 04 Krug, 08 Rougeard, 94 Hommage, 00 Sorrel, 07 red label
Replies: 31
Views: 1546

Re: A few choice dinner wines: 02 DP, 04 Krug, 08 Rougeard, 94 Hommage, 00 Sorrel, 07 red label

I did, and nuts. I like Rougeard, but at that tab I'd much rather have a top tier right bank Bordeaux or something like a PLL with a trophy vintage premium. Did a dinner a few months back comparing some Rougeards to Cheval Blancs. Rougeards were great, but not on the same level. At that price or th...
by Greg Mitrakas
August 28th, 2019, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1983 JJP wehlener sonnenuhr auslese LGK
Replies: 4
Views: 434

Re: 1983 JJP wehlener sonnenuhr auslese LGK

I remember being blown away by the regular auslesen of this wine for the first time probably 20 years ago. Sourced and enjoyed many more bottles of it thereafter. Nectar of the gods and RS not at all in your face. 83 was an excellent vintage for this wine and would have thought LGK would have really...
by Greg Mitrakas
August 27th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 10 Cantenac Brown, 07 Clerico, 16 William and Mary
Replies: 9
Views: 967

Re: TN: 10 Cantenac Brown, 07 Clerico, 16 William and Mary

Glad your CMG showed well. I have entirely too many of these from 96 to 01 in my cellar, purchased on basis of scores, and IMO ive yet to see how those vintages have earned the scores they achieved.
by Greg Mitrakas
August 27th, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 15 latour martillac 03 malescot st exupery
Replies: 0
Views: 276

TN: 15 latour martillac 03 malescot st exupery

Both from 375 and purchased on release. 1st bottle of martillac corked and n.r. 2nd bottle pale yellow, nose indicating good underlying acidity, lemon, stones and the commencement of waxiness. Light and airy in mouth but good body still with acidity mostly buried under the fruit. Good finish and nic...
by Greg Mitrakas
August 10th, 2019, 9:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Roc d'Anglade Rouge
Replies: 0
Views: 177

TN: 2015 Roc d'Anglade Rouge

Popped and poured, enjoyed half the bottle over two hours. Deceptively light colored but has plenty of stuffing. Primarily Carignan, very elegant and earthy, with no over extraction or hard edge to be found and a very long finish. Great winemaking and a really pleasant surprise. Should age for many ...
by Greg Mitrakas
August 10th, 2019, 3:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN:08 Veuve Cliquot Vintage Champagne Brut
Replies: 3
Views: 420

Re: TN:08 Veuve Cliquot Vintage Champagne Brut

Try the Grande Dame ! champagne.gif I have 6 on order and await a fall delivery! I can't wait to try it. At the price point of the 08 vintage brut, its a very good value for the quality in the bottle. I have not had any VC bubbly in the cellar for a long long time, but this 08 brut bottling is good...
by Greg Mitrakas
August 9th, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN:08 Veuve Cliquot Vintage Champagne Brut
Replies: 3
Views: 420

TN:08 Veuve Cliquot Vintage Champagne Brut

Vinous and full bodied. Rich, soil inflected nose with bread and a lemon underpinning. An ocean of soft acidity gives it freshness and lift. I honestly am not sure if this will make the longest of bones but it is excellent now and should improve over the next several years as the components meld. I ...
by Greg Mitrakas
August 2nd, 2019, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 02 Bollinger GA; 10 Mt. Eden Chard; 34 Santorini, 98 Voge VV, 01 Altare Brunate 06 Ridge MB.....
Replies: 0
Views: 361

TN: 02 Bollinger GA; 10 Mt. Eden Chard; 34 Santorini, 98 Voge VV, 01 Altare Brunate 06 Ridge MB.....

Some brief impressions on some of the wines on the table last night. 02 Bollinger Grande Annee: I have had less than stellar bottles of this before but this was showing young and vibrant. A larger scaled champagne but still plenty nimble. Excellent. 10 Mt. Eden estate Chardonnay: A treat. Balanced, ...
by Greg Mitrakas
July 27th, 2019, 3:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Complex wines and simple ingredients are kind of boring!
Replies: 33
Views: 1404

Re: Complex wines and simple ingredients are kind of boring!

I have to agree with sentiment of others here - drink what you like and eat what you like. Are there pairing that are 'magical' and truly make for a unique combination? Of course - and all of you probably have discovered you own. But in reality, a good chef to make any wine 'go' with any good based...
by Greg Mitrakas
July 17th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Selosse, Gosset, Valentini, 98 Cheval Blanc, 04 Rougeard Poyeux, 82 Mouton
Replies: 20
Views: 1148

Re: TN: Selosse, Gosset, Valentini, 98 Cheval Blanc, 04 Rougeard Poyeux, 82 Mouton

Nathan, I think it would have been the 15 then, I would have remembered the number 21. As you mention it was great with cigars. And Tom, agreed--I have heard that Eduardo Valentini had always maintained his favorite of the three wines he made was the Cerasurolo. I've had a few vintages over the year...
by Greg Mitrakas
July 17th, 2019, 11:55 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: 569

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

Thanks for the TN. I had tried some of his 05's on release and found them a little too big scaled and extracted for my palate so I have not tasted his wines since. Sounds like he has hit the zone however, will have to revisit this producer.
by Greg Mitrakas
July 17th, 2019, 4:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Selosse, Gosset, Valentini, 98 Cheval Blanc, 04 Rougeard Poyeux, 82 Mouton
Replies: 20
Views: 1148

Re: TN: Selosse, Gosset, Valentini, 98 Cheval Blanc, 04 Rougeard Poyeux, 82 Mouton

Robert, have never tried the 00 CB so can't help you there, sorry. Glad to do a side by side comparison if you bring the 00 though!
by Greg Mitrakas
July 16th, 2019, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Selosse, Gosset, Valentini, 98 Cheval Blanc, 04 Rougeard Poyeux, 82 Mouton
Replies: 20
Views: 1148

Re: TN: Selosse, Gosset, Valentini, 98 Cheval Blanc, 04 Rougeard Poyeux, 82 Mouton

Joe Vuckovich wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 10:30 am
Interesting lineup, thanks for the notes. I realize this is technically a wine thread but what was the rum?
It was an El Dorado rum I think 17 years old? Had never tried before, very nice and smooth, went great with the R&J.
by Greg Mitrakas
July 16th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner with 08` Moet & Chandon Rose and 94` William Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot
Replies: 3
Views: 355

Re: Dinner with 08` Moet & Chandon Rose and 94` William Selyem Sonoma Coast Pinot

Congratulations! And thanks for those notes and pics, great job with the pairings.
by Greg Mitrakas
July 16th, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Selosse, Gosset, Valentini, 98 Cheval Blanc, 04 Rougeard Poyeux, 82 Mouton
Replies: 20
Views: 1148

Re: TN: Selosse, Gosset, Valentini, 98 Cheval Blanc, 04 Rougeard Poyeux, 82 Mouton

scamhi wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 6:59 am
which Selosse did you drink?
Yes, the Initial. I'll update my post.
by Greg Mitrakas
July 16th, 2019, 5:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings
Replies: 62
Views: 3869

Re: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings

Probably the best food wine pairing I have had in 2019 was a marguerita pizza at Lucalis with 1999 Soldera Brunello
by Greg Mitrakas
July 15th, 2019, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Selosse, Gosset, Valentini, 98 Cheval Blanc, 04 Rougeard Poyeux, 82 Mouton
Replies: 20
Views: 1148

Re: TN: Selosse, Gosset, 98 Cheval Blanc, 04 Rougeard Poyeux, 82 Mouton

Hi Ramon. I have had the 04 Poyeux probably 5 times since release, last one probably 4-5 years ago, but this is the first time it has shown this level of fullness and richness; it's still vibrant, but the wine has changed much for the better since my last tasting. If you have a couple in storage, no...
by Greg Mitrakas
July 15th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some more wines - Rougeard, Latour a Pomerol, Lahaye, Bise...
Replies: 29
Views: 2260

Re: Some more wines - Rougeard, Latour a Pomerol, Lahaye, Bise...

Just posted a quick TN on the 04 Poyeux
by Greg Mitrakas
July 15th, 2019, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Selosse, Gosset, Valentini, 98 Cheval Blanc, 04 Rougeard Poyeux, 82 Mouton
Replies: 20
Views: 1148

TN: Selosse, Gosset, Valentini, 98 Cheval Blanc, 04 Rougeard Poyeux, 82 Mouton

Some brief tasting impressions from these wines enjoyed on Sat night. The Selosse Initial was 2017 disgorgement and very clean with a thick mousse. Excellent, distinctive, but I'd be buying other champagnes at this price point. The Gosset Grand reserve was heavy, gold and monolithic; was not a good ...
by Greg Mitrakas
July 11th, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Troplong Mondot
Replies: 7
Views: 681

Re: TN: 1998 Troplong Mondot

Nice TN. Last had this a year or so ago and I think your note is spot on. Glad you enjoyed.
by Greg Mitrakas
July 11th, 2019, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 18 lobsters hanging on the wall..
Replies: 47
Views: 2553

Re: 18 lobsters hanging on the wall..

Lucky to live in Massachusetts this time of year. Great prices all over the place.

Put me squarely in the camp for preferring hard shells; and I prefer claw meat to tail meat. I'm probably in the minority in both these positions. Last big feed we had, I asked and 8 out of 10 prefer the tails.
by Greg Mitrakas
July 7th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Schott Zwiesel bar glass deal
Replies: 3
Views: 757

Re: Schott Zwiesel bar glass deal

Ordered six of the bar glasses, they look great. Thanks for the link!
by Greg Mitrakas
July 5th, 2019, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 08 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill
Replies: 1
Views: 604

TN: 08 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill

First of six. PNP at about 50 degrees. Pretty tight nose, but showed a kaleidoscope of aromas when you swirled and went looking. On the palate, the mousse was very soft and deceptively approachable. No "in your face" bracing acidity but the acidity is there, albeit in the background. Beautifully bal...
by Greg Mitrakas
June 27th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Jose Dhondt Champagne Grand Cru Mes Vieilles Vignes Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 10
Views: 540

Re: TN: 2011 Jose Dhondt Champagne Grand Cru Mes Vieilles Vignes Blanc de Blancs

I have a handful of the 2014 in Mag. Your note on a lesser vintage gives me high hopes for these Mags and sounds like I should be a bit patient. Haven't had the 14 yet, but younger and in mag, one would think it certainly would make sense to give at least a couple years before a pop. Although every...
by Greg Mitrakas
June 27th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Jose Dhondt Champagne Grand Cru Mes Vieilles Vignes Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 10
Views: 540

Re: TN: 2011 Jose Dhondt Champagne Grand Cru Mes Vieilles Vignes Blanc de Blancs

Thanks. I agree with your TN, purchased a few from Woodland and popped my first a couple months back. I do find that I prefer these on the earlier side as opposed to several years of age after purchase. The youthful vibrancy is to me better than the notes that develop as they mature. Have you or any...
by Greg Mitrakas
June 23rd, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Azienda Agricola Valentini Trebbiano d'Abruzzo
Replies: 9
Views: 690

Re: TN: 2013 Azienda Agricola Valentini Trebbiano d'Abruzzo

Great TN and a singular great winery. I picked up a few of the Trebbiano 2013's recently as well but have not popped a cork on one. They are very ageworthy as well, I had a 1998 around Christmastime that was complex and singing. Now you have been bit by the Valentini vampire!

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