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by Greg Mitrakas
July 3rd, 2020, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Raffault Chinon Les Picasses
Replies: 12
Views: 301

Re: TN: 2014 Raffault Chinon Les Picasses

Chris V. wrote:
July 3rd, 2020, 7:33 am
Assuming this is Olga Raffault, and not JM Raffault?
Correct
by Greg Mitrakas
July 3rd, 2020, 4:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Raffault Chinon Les Picasses
Replies: 12
Views: 301

Re: TN: 2014 Raffault Chinon Les Picasses

Follow up comment: After a couple hours of air, this wine softened and expanded a good deal and was more approachable, although it never really got to the point of being
enjoyable. Pleasure for this one is remains on the horizon.
by Greg Mitrakas
July 3rd, 2020, 4:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Baudry 2019 Chinon Les Granges
Replies: 11
Views: 657

Re: TN: Baudry 2019 Chinon Les Granges

Doc Charles, thanks!! I am just now cutting my teeth on some of these producers and their lines. Recently sourced a few aged Olga Raffault Les Picasses (not yet delivered) that I'm anxious to try and will definitely share one with you the next time we are next able to taste together. Happy 4th. Greg
by Greg Mitrakas
July 2nd, 2020, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Baudry 2019 Chinon Rose
Replies: 12
Views: 337

Re: TN: Baudry 2019 Chinon Rose

I have not tried the olga rose before but opened a 14 les picasses tonight. The pricing on Olga rose locally is about $10/bottle less than Baudry and was wondering if it was a buy. Sounds like I need to pick up some. Thanks for the lead!
by Greg Mitrakas
July 2nd, 2020, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Baudry 2019 Chinon Les Granges
Replies: 11
Views: 657

Re: TN: Baudry 2019 Chinon Les Granges

Hi Fred, thanks for the note. I have no experience with the Guion, so not sure how he vinifies but this Baudry is made in a way that almost reminds me of a really good Beaujolais, with a different flavor profile. I don't think the rest of the Baudry wines are made in quite a "young and fresh" style ...
by Greg Mitrakas
July 2nd, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Raffault Chinon Les Picasses
Replies: 12
Views: 301

TN: 2014 Raffault Chinon Les Picasses

Infantcide. I had no idea these wines were so backward in their youth. I love the purity and tension of the fruit, you know good things lie ahead. Really tight and impressive core of fruit without any weight. 12.5% alcohol and all components seem in balance; I can't wait to see what this is like at ...
by Greg Mitrakas
July 2nd, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Baudry 2019 Chinon Rose
Replies: 12
Views: 337

Re: TN: Baudry 2019 Chinon Rose

Good pickup Ramon. Let us know what you think. I think you will drink those faster than you would like!!
by Greg Mitrakas
July 2nd, 2020, 2:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Baudry 2019 Chinon Rose
Replies: 12
Views: 337

Re: TN: Baudry 2019 Chinon Rose

Baudry's website says it's limited production although they don't list numbers. Young vines from a few different plots, manual harvest. Direct press, fermentation in unlined cement vats. And plenty of freshness/life to this wine, no sign of 19 heat.
by Greg Mitrakas
July 1st, 2020, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?
Replies: 73
Views: 1891

Re: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

1962 Unico with pristine provenance, courtesy of a generous friend. My birthyear and a perfect wine to my palate.
by Greg Mitrakas
July 1st, 2020, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Baudry 2019 Chinon Rose
Replies: 12
Views: 337

TN: Baudry 2019 Chinon Rose

1st time drinking a Baudry Chinon Rose. A real delight. Love the vinification. Totally dry, 13.5%, but soft, feather light, with a natural touch of underlying sweetness from the fruit. Floral and elegant, a really lovely wine. I wish I had bought more and will do so next vintage.
by Greg Mitrakas
June 16th, 2020, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Baudry 2019 Chinon Les Granges
Replies: 11
Views: 657

TN: Baudry 2019 Chinon Les Granges

PNP. Dark Purple colored, on the nose it reveals what should be a lightish wine, but you can tell the significant core of fruit lying beneath. On the palate, pure young unadultrated cab franc with lots of different tones--meat, fruit, flowers, chocolate--in other words, some actual complexity for a ...
by Greg Mitrakas
June 16th, 2020, 5:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Back to Basics: 1996 Ch. Sociando Mallet
Replies: 12
Views: 593

Re: Back to Basics: 1996 Ch. Sociando Mallet

Excellent note Ramon and spot on with my experiences with this 96. I love the style of this wine as well, and S/M punches way above its weight class in 96, and in 00.

Another winelover here who has never had a J/G
by Greg Mitrakas
May 5th, 2020, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Muscadet Visits: Domaine de la Louvetrie and Domaine de la Pepiere
Replies: 14
Views: 1168

Re: Muscadet Visits: Domaine de la Louvetrie and Domaine de la Pepiere

Scott Brunson wrote:
December 28th, 2012, 8:26 am
Thanks Richard
Planning to sit on 05 Granite for quite a while still
I have tried four bottles out of my case and they have painfully pure fruit but have all been shut down hard. This one is one for the ages.
by Greg Mitrakas
May 5th, 2020, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Baudry La Croix Boissee Chinon Blanc
Replies: 10
Views: 624

Re: TN: 2014 Baudry La Croix Boissee Chinon Blanc

Very cool thread, and nice work in calling up your original note and recent note Ramon.

I have purchased some of the 17 Boisse and their regular 18 cuvee, never have tried either, and await delivery.
by Greg Mitrakas
April 21st, 2020, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roberto Conterno on Vinous Live...
Replies: 3
Views: 416

Re: Roberto Conterno on Vinous Live...

Thanks a bunch for this share, I look forward to seeing it.
by Greg Mitrakas
April 19th, 2020, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ZOOM: Virtual wine dinner with Boston & Philly friends
Replies: 12
Views: 699

Re: ZOOM: Virtual wine dinner with Boston & Philly friends

Hi Kevin sounds great and hope all is well. I figured from the lineup before even seeing the pics that you did the Monte Bello!! Hey that chicken and potato setup looks great, nicely done. Have done a couple zoom tastings and it beats the alternative of no tastings!!! Be well
by Greg Mitrakas
April 18th, 2020, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 329
Views: 15521

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

So in the interests of science opened a 2016 Baudry les clos Guillot. Savory and delicious. Needs many years obviously, but what a wonderful core of pure rich savory cabernet franc with a firm acid frame. Not an ounce of heaviness. Really distinctive and delicious. Happy Saturday.
by Greg Mitrakas
April 17th, 2020, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Nervi Conterno Gattinara
Replies: 12
Views: 812

Re: TN: 2016 Nervi Conterno Gattinara

Bob Hughes wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 4:59 pm
You guys all suck - at my age, the last thing I should be doing is buying more Nebbiolo.

Just ordered a case.
HA Love this!!! Bob, this is the perfect buy because you can enjoy right now and also enjoy it all the years going forward. I just don't imagine this wine ever not being pleasurable.
by Greg Mitrakas
April 17th, 2020, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 329
Views: 15521

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

So quick notes on 96 Joguet clos de la dioterie. If you have 'em time to do the deed. Tannins fully resolved, fruit is just a bit ripe but still lots of aromatics on swirl, not a trace of heaviness, good complexity, love the 12.5.
by Greg Mitrakas
April 17th, 2020, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Nervi Conterno Gattinara
Replies: 12
Views: 812

Re: TN: 2016 Nervi Conterno Gattinara

I bought four more of the 2016 yesterday, so I could cellar some and enjoy a few more in their youth.
by Greg Mitrakas
April 17th, 2020, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 329
Views: 15521

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Thank you to all the posters for this incredibly useful and informative thread. I only now realized that this section of my cellar is woefully under represented. Not having a lot of experience with most of these producers, based on this thread, I picked up a mixed case of Baudry, Breton, and Olga Ra...
by Greg Mitrakas
April 16th, 2020, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Nervi Conterno Gattinara
Replies: 12
Views: 812

Re: TN: 2016 Nervi Conterno Gattinara

If I had but one I would hold off as well. Based on this 16 I can see this being an annual purchase until the price gets out of whack. If you have tried Roberto's dolcetto and barbera, sylistically this is in the same mold and those age really well.
by Greg Mitrakas
April 15th, 2020, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Nervi Conterno Gattinara
Replies: 12
Views: 812

TN: 2016 Nervi Conterno Gattinara

I was anxious to see what Roberto was able to do in this vintage, having purchased a six pack from RWC. So in the interests of science I opened a bottle two days ago. PNP, pale crimson in color, very aromatic, and superb, uber-pure fruit. I don't know much of the back story on this wine, I thought C...
by Greg Mitrakas
April 5th, 2020, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Müller-Catoir Gimmeldinger Mandelgarten Riesling Spätlese
Replies: 11
Views: 377

Re: TN: 2004 Müller-Catoir Gimmeldinger Mandelgarten Riesling Spätlese

That is a great note Doc!!! Nice that you have more in the cellar too!
by Greg Mitrakas
April 3rd, 2020, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Angerville Bourgogne Blanc -- ugh
Replies: 1
Views: 421

Re: 2017 Angerville Bourgogne Blanc -- ugh

Bummer. I have not tried their Bourgogne blanc before and as you, would have definitely taken a roll on one to see what it was like. Would not have guessed it would be like that.

Sorry it came up snake eyes.
by Greg Mitrakas
April 3rd, 2020, 5:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 JF Fichet Bourgogne Rouge
Replies: 0
Views: 127

TN: 2017 JF Fichet Bourgogne Rouge

Tried a bottle tonight and was very impressed. Blind this was in all respects a young and very good Volnay village level wine from an excellent vintage. Pure fruit, admirable concentration, yet weightless and no rusticity to be found. And $25 a bottle!! Having tried and really loved his whites, alth...
by Greg Mitrakas
March 1st, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses
Replies: 91
Views: 4074

Re: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses

Wow there is a whole lot of thinking going on in this thread. My .02 is: Love the suggestion of a gift. Get a six pack of good versatile stems, nothing too high end, something on sale, bring them over as a host present, and break them in with your bottles. It may be a little more than the usual host...
by Greg Mitrakas
January 28th, 2020, 4:00 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)
Replies: 206
Views: 14526

Re: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)

Screen shots worked great Chris. All orders in via your website!! Thanks again and can't wait to try the new stems!! Greg
by Greg Mitrakas
January 27th, 2020, 6:33 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: *** ASTREA CAVIAR - HIGH END CAVIAR DEALS FOR BD11- FRESHLY PACKED FOR THIS SALE PRICING GOOD ALL FEB***
Replies: 68
Views: 3103

Re: *** ASTREA CAVIAR - HIGH END CAVIAR DEALS FOR BD11- FRESHLY PACKED FOR THIS SALE***

Order in for WB package #2. Looking forward to the sampling!! Am bringing one each of the 3 tins to do a little caviar tasting this Thursday--what specifically would you recommend for a cracker or other vessel, if any? And an extra brut champagne might be the best beverage match? I've heard ice cold...
by Greg Mitrakas
January 27th, 2020, 5:31 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)
Replies: 206
Views: 14526

Re: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)

Hi Chris. First time order placed. Had likely self induced issue with placing additional order on website for some 1855's, so I emailed you. Thank you and can't wait to try these stems. Greg Mitrakas
by Greg Mitrakas
December 13th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tn: 2001 Ridge Lytton Springs
Replies: 9
Views: 522

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: 522

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: 522

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: 662

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: 1828

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: 1828

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: 1828

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: 1026

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: 209

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: 6572

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: 392

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: 179

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: 202

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: 521

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: 1092

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: 862

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: 414

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: 1573

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: 6376

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: 1573

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...

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