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by Jeff Vaughan
February 20th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)
Replies: 26
Views: 524

Re: TN: 2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)

I've only had the 07 Fontalloro once, about two years ago. I remember being disappointed, but I was getting over a cold so it could have been me. I've been seeing Bob Hughes post some notes on the 07 recently. It seems like it might be ready, but I am leaning towards holding for a while because I on...
by Jeff Vaughan
February 20th, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)
Replies: 26
Views: 524

Re: TN: 2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)

Interesting. I haven't opened a bottle of the 15 CCR yet, but I really like the 13. So much so, I bought two cases, and I never do that. Part of that was knowing that 2014 might not be very good, or even be made. This is my house Italian red.
by Jeff Vaughan
February 20th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)
Replies: 26
Views: 524

Re: TN: 2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
February 20th, 2019, 5:59 am
On a recent trip to Torino (I go there for work) I was able to try current vintages of all four wines (not the Colonia) over a two day period. My least favorite was the CCR.

Rancia is still my favorite of the four.
David what vintage was the CCR? 15?
by Jeff Vaughan
February 20th, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage
Replies: 57
Views: 3653

Re: TSA lifted wine from checked luggage

About ten years ago, my business partner and I took a trip to St. Lucia. We each checked a case of wine. As we sat on the plane waiting to get off, we watched the two cases come off the plane. When we went to baggage claim, only one was there (thankfully the one with my wines). They claimed they had...
by Jeff Vaughan
February 19th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)
Replies: 152
Views: 7061

Re: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)

I paid $34 for the 2015 Barb and $17 I think for the 16 Langhe. I haven't looked for the 17 Langhe, and probably won't. Morrell is the only Cru offer I have seen. At $75, I am not a buyer. I hope to find them in the mid fifties.
by Jeff Vaughan
February 14th, 2019, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Futures
Replies: 65
Views: 1806

Re: Futures

Yep. CT pending delivery.
by Jeff Vaughan
February 8th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
Replies: 12
Views: 820

Re: 2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

My note from a couple months ago mentions a roasted quality. I think the warm vintage is showing. 2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco (12/12/2018) Aldo Vacca recommends drinking the 09's so I figured I'd open one. I popped one open a month ago, and that on...
by Jeff Vaughan
February 6th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should I buy lesser ‘16 Bords?
Replies: 74
Views: 2581

Re: Should I buy lesser ‘16 Bords?

Robert, I haven’t. I’ve only tried the 2000 and 2010. The 2010 is great. I keep seeing 2014 pop up somewhere. Maybe winebid? I need to pick some of them up.
by Jeff Vaughan
February 6th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Piemonte
Replies: 25
Views: 705

Re: Piemonte

Not Michelin Star, but Bovio is excellent in La Morra. More e Macine, also in La Morra, is a nice little lunch spot. Campamac in Barbaresco was very good. We also had a nice lunch at L'Aromatario in Neive. There are many great restaurants. Attached is a list that may be helpful.
by Jeff Vaughan
February 6th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should I buy lesser ‘16 Bords?
Replies: 74
Views: 2581

Re: Should I buy lesser ‘16 Bords?

Ron, Robert turned me on to Cambon La Pelouse. Senejac is another that is more traditional in style.
by Jeff Vaughan
February 6th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 133
Views: 3292

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

I agree about the whites, especially when you include Chablis in the mix, Burgundy has some of the best bang for your buck whites I can think of. Also true when including Aligote. Can’t argue this one for now. Give is another 5-10 years and it will be MUCH closer. The gap is narrowing already, quli...
by Jeff Vaughan
February 5th, 2019, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 133
Views: 3292

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

For reds I think definitely Oregon in that price range. There are a (very) few good red burgundies under $30 (assuming US retail pricing) but there are quite a few really good Oregon Pinot Noirs at under 30 even under 20. For Chardonnay I’m going to say burgundy though, particularly if you include ...
by Jeff Vaughan
February 3rd, 2019, 4:51 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Piemonte
Replies: 25
Views: 705

Re: Piemonte

Monforte is a cool town, but I would recommend La Morra or Alba as they are more centrally located.
by Jeff Vaughan
February 1st, 2019, 5:18 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals
Replies: 119
Views: 2755

Re: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals

Jay, sunny side up, flipped but with soft yolks, or even scrambled. I also drizzle it on my toast instead of using butter. I usually have fresh spinach with my eggs too and I drizzle the olive oil on that with a little salt and pepper.
by Jeff Vaughan
January 31st, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First...1st Growth
Replies: 87
Views: 3992

Re: My First...1st Growth

Tim, Swigg is only a mile or two up Concord Pike from Kreston's. They are close to each other. Not much older stuff, except maybe a few Piemonte wines, but a nice selection of artisanal, geeky wines. Dave Govatos is the owner there. Jim Potrako is the guy to talk to at Kreston's. Sign up for their e...
by Jeff Vaughan
January 31st, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First...1st Growth
Replies: 87
Views: 3992

Re: My First...1st Growth

Karl, good luck with the bottle. Hope it delivers for you.
by Jeff Vaughan
January 31st, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First...1st Growth
Replies: 87
Views: 3992

Re: My First...1st Growth

I am so glad this thread resurfaced! I have been trying to remember the place you sourced this bottle from the past few weeks and I couldn’t for the life of me remember what the post title or bottle was to use the search function. I think I’ll be making a trip to Greenville this weekend just to bro...
by Jeff Vaughan
January 31st, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals
Replies: 119
Views: 2755

Re: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals

I use it on salads/dressings, pasta, bread dipping, on my eggs at breakfast, veggies, drizzled on smoked salmon.
by Jeff Vaughan
January 31st, 2019, 5:36 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals
Replies: 119
Views: 2755

Re: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals

Until purchasing this olive oil over the last few years, it never dawned on me that, just like wine vintages, the olive oil can be different each year. It has been fun trying the different vintages. As Robert said, the 16 is still very good, and I still like it slightly more than the 17, I think. We...
by Jeff Vaughan
January 27th, 2019, 8:31 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Goodfellow Family Cellars BD 10 offerings
Replies: 55
Views: 2070

Re: Goodfellow Family Cellars BD 10 offerings

Marcus, email sent for a Bob Hughes and a 6 pack of the Berserker Cuvee. Thanks.
by Jeff Vaughan
January 22nd, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Lanessan (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)
Replies: 28
Views: 2017

Re: TN: 2014 Château Lanessan (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)

Tonight the wine has put on a little weight. The fruit has turned a little darker and the wine is silky. It is perhaps a little less complex, but still pretty tasty. I am going to pick up some more and I would like to try the 2015 again, but based on one bottle of each, the 14 is more my style of wi...
by Jeff Vaughan
January 21st, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Lanessan (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)
Replies: 28
Views: 2017

Re: TN: 2014 Château Lanessan (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)

I went to Total Wine to pick up some 16 Capbern. They were sold out, but I found these for $17 with a coupon. Popped and poured, I am going to try to follow this over a few days. I skipped the 11, 12 and 13 vintages and didn't like the one bottle of 15 I tried. This is a lighter vintage with the fru...
by Jeff Vaughan
January 20th, 2019, 6:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premox'd White Burgs Turn Great? (per Jasper Morris)
Replies: 117
Views: 3892

Re: Premox'd White Burgs Turn Great? (per Jasper Morris)

If I remember correctly, I think he said something like he had opened some bottles from the same case or batch that were all premoxed. He quit opening them for some period of time and then when he started opening them again, they showed well. Still, no way of knowing if the latter bottles were fine ...
by Jeff Vaughan
January 16th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Starting New
Replies: 20
Views: 1150

Re: Starting New

Welcome to the board. It sounds to me like you are already off to a start. I am not sure where you are located, but find a good wine shop and start dabbling in other areas. There are also lots of good threads on this board about affordable options in most areas. There is a good search function above...
by Jeff Vaughan
January 16th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drink that shitty wine night for Laura's House/Falltacular Through 1/27/19 LAST CALL
Replies: 84
Views: 3198

Re: Drink that shitty wine night for Laura's House/Falltacular 1/11/19-1/13/26 UPDATED DATES

Sorry for the delay! Here is mine. CT score of 85.9. That is a point or two too generous, I think. Not offensive, but charmless, simple and boring. NV Boisset Saint-Reine Blanc de Blancs Brut - France, Burgundy (1/16/2019) Tastes like a cheap Prosecco. Light and appley. Drink with a good chill becau...
by Jeff Vaughan
January 15th, 2019, 5:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1087
Views: 115368

Re: Official Costco Thread

It is always fun when you unexpectedly, and randomly run into a Berserker somewhere. I once met one at a winery in Long Island at the tasting bar. I overheard her saying something, I think about Italian wine varietals, and then asked her if she ever heard of Wine Berserkers. Sometimes you just know ...
by Jeff Vaughan
January 13th, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drink that shitty wine night for Laura's House/Falltacular Through 1/27/19 LAST CALL
Replies: 84
Views: 3198

Re: Drink that shitty wine night for Laura's House/Falltacular 1/11/19-1/13/19

Steve, that would have been funny to see the reactions at that table. I have to say I felt bad when I saw the face of one of the kitchen staff that was washing dishes when we poured the wine out. It's easy to forget how fortunate we are to be able to eat and drink so well, when others would be thril...
by Jeff Vaughan
January 13th, 2019, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drink that shitty wine night for Laura's House/Falltacular Through 1/27/19 LAST CALL
Replies: 84
Views: 3198

Re: Drink that shitty wine night for Laura's House/Falltacular 1/11/19-1/13/19

Brian, please keep it going. My liver needs a break after this weekend, but I have one I need to purge. I don't plan on wanting to drink it, so I will get it open later today during the football games.
by Jeff Vaughan
January 13th, 2019, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drink that shitty wine night for Laura's House/Falltacular Through 1/27/19 LAST CALL
Replies: 84
Views: 3198

Re: Drink that shitty wine night for Laura's House/Falltacular 1/11/19-1/13/19

Posting on behalf of Bob Hughes, who is technically challenged when it comes to posting pictures. Last night fellow Berserkers Bob Hughes, Rich Trimpi, Dave Mosko and myself had dinner at a local BYO at the kitchen table. Literally, in the kitchen. Bob brought his shittiest bottle of wine to share w...
by Jeff Vaughan
January 11th, 2019, 7:04 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Philadelphia, PA
Replies: 459
Views: 84082

Re: Philadelphia, PA

Speaking of good pasta, what restaurants do you recommend? I'm craving some tajarin with porcini mushrooms, like what you would find in Piemonte.
by Jeff Vaughan
January 11th, 2019, 6:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 CdP
Replies: 10
Views: 571

Re: 2014 CdP

I've only had Pegau, but it is very good if you like them smaller scaled and more restrained than the bigger, hotter years.
by Jeff Vaughan
January 9th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drink that shitty wine night for Laura's House/Falltacular Through 1/27/19 LAST CALL
Replies: 84
Views: 3198

Re: Drink that shitty wine night for Laura's House/Falltacular 1/11/19-1/13/19

I have limited space so I take most of these bottles to work and give them away or open at office happy hours. Or give them to my 25 yr old daughter who is happy to receive them. There are plenty of people who enjoy what we don’t want.
by Jeff Vaughan
January 9th, 2019, 6:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pelaverga, Freisa and Ruche (and other lesser known Piedmont grapes)
Replies: 59
Views: 2440

Re: Pelaverga, Freisa and Ruche (and other lesser known Piedmont grapes)

Mark and Bill, please report back. A local wine shop has Scarpa's La Selva di Moirano Freisa (2009). I am going to pick one up today to try soon. I bought a 2017 G. Rinaldi Freisa while in Barolo earlier this year. Can I open that soon, or should I cellar it for a while?
by Jeff Vaughan
January 8th, 2019, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional vs. Modern Barolo / Barbaresco
Replies: 390
Views: 55499

Re: Traditional vs. Modern Barolo / Barbaresco

Interesting quote from speaking with Guiseppe Vajra the other day on how to figure out who are modern vs. traditional producers, "All you need to do is see who produces Freisa. Those are the traditionalists. Not to say that this is a perfect list, but merely a list of producers that must be include...
by Jeff Vaughan
January 8th, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pelaverga, Freisa and Ruche (and other lesser known Piedmont grapes)
Replies: 59
Views: 2440

Re: Pelaverga, Freisa and Ruche (and other lesser known Piedmont grapes)

2015 Cavallotto Langhe Freisa - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC (1/3/2019) Tasted blind. Lighter bodied, a lot of acidity and quite a bit of fine tannin. Red fruited with mineral notes. I was thinking Nebbiolo, or possibly even Nerello Mascalese. Ended up guessing Nebbiolo. I liked the wine and...
by Jeff Vaughan
January 8th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you need to drink lesser wines to appreciate the great ones?
Replies: 96
Views: 1860

Re: Do you need to drink lesser wines to appreciate the great ones?

Yes. I think it can work in the opposite direction, too. I mean appreciating the very good wines, from small family operations, that might be a tier down, but aren't all that far off the top wines in the class and are priced reasonably. I think you need to taste at all levels for context and underst...
by Jeff Vaughan
January 8th, 2019, 5:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drink that shitty wine night for Laura's House/Falltacular Through 1/27/19 LAST CALL
Replies: 84
Views: 3198

Re: Drink that shitty wine night for Laura's House/Falltacular 1/11/19-1/13/19

Mine is 2010 Domaine Roger Belland Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot Clos Pitois Rouge at 85.5. Three notes, two scores. A 78 with no note and a 93 with a note. This doesn't feel like it meets the spirit of the OP, because I've had it, and it doesn't suck. Next up would be NV Boisset Saint-Reine ...
by Jeff Vaughan
January 8th, 2019, 5:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar
Replies: 186
Views: 7471

Re: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar

Mine is 2010 Domaine Roger Belland Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot Clos Pitois Rouge at 85.5. Three notes, two scores. A 78 with no note and a 93 with a note.

A great example of why it is more important to know the tasters abilities and preferences than to rely on CT scores.
by Jeff Vaughan
January 7th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Inexpensive Bordeaux
Replies: 53
Views: 3156

Re: Inexpensive Bordeaux

The Cambon La Pelouse hardly changed on the second day. Held up well. Thanks for all the recommendations. There are two Total Wines near me. One has the 15 and 16 Capbern. I'll try to pick up each to compare. The other has the 14 Lanessan. I'll ok for some of the others mentioned too, including Caro...
by Jeff Vaughan
January 6th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Inexpensive Bordeaux
Replies: 53
Views: 3156

Inexpensive Bordeaux

I am sitting here watching the Eagles game enjoying a 2010 Cambon La Pelouse Bordeaux that I bought by the case for $19/ea. For my tastes, a very nice wine, and a great value that will drink well for a long time. 2009 and 2010 presented a good opportunity to buy very good, inexpensive wines. I picke...
by Jeff Vaughan
January 5th, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Philadelphia, PA
Replies: 459
Views: 84082

Re: Philadelphia, PA

Thanks Lee. Good to know. We haven't been back. I second Bob's recommendation of Andiario. We have had a couple really nice meals there.
by Jeff Vaughan
January 5th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Raffault, Dehlinger, Rossignol, Anthill, Cavalloto and William & Mary
Replies: 8
Views: 680

Re: TNs: Raffault, Dehlinger, Rossignol, Anthill, Cavalloto and William & Mary

Finally home and settled back in. Thanks again for putting this together Frank. The wines were fun, but what I enjoyed the most about the night were the people, food and conversation. A really nice group of people. Thanks again guys. My notes were pretty brief, but here were my impressions: 15 Caval...
by Jeff Vaughan
January 5th, 2019, 5:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 5
Views: 436

Re: TN: 2014 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

I'll have to keep an eye out for this. I also liked the 14 Pegau because it seemed lighter in style.
by Jeff Vaughan
January 4th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Accessible Barolo Vintages
Replies: 73
Views: 2519

Re: Accessible Barolo Vintages

John, I am with you. Sometimes old wines are amazing. Often they are just old. Everyone's sweet spot is different, I guess.
by Jeff Vaughan
January 4th, 2019, 5:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Accessible Barolo Vintages
Replies: 73
Views: 2519

Re: Accessible Barolo Vintages

Some good advice here in terms of drinkability of recent vintages. I had the 2013 Fratelli Alessandria Barolo (base) for NYE and it was fully open and expressive. I just love this vintage. Interesting. I had a bottle of this about 6 months ago, and I thought it was very tight and closed. I buried m...
by Jeff Vaughan
December 25th, 2018, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy is dead at retail
Replies: 88
Views: 4946

Re: Burgundy is dead at retail

Gary, what is easy to sell? (Real question). My guess would be varietal labeled wines, with lots of fruit, soft or no tannin, and a touch of residual sugar, but I am not ITB and that is a total guess.
by Jeff Vaughan
December 25th, 2018, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy is dead at retail
Replies: 88
Views: 4946

Re: Burgundy is dead at retail

Matt, no doubt Total Wine has the best Bordeaux selection around me, but I could walk into other stores and come out thinking something foolish like "Bordeaux is dead at retail."
by Jeff Vaughan
December 25th, 2018, 6:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy is dead at retail
Replies: 88
Views: 4946

Re: Burgundy is dead at retail

Alan has a knack for at creating thread titles that will irk people and get responses. Some stores are strong in some areas, and others in different regions. Probably depends on a lot of things like the area demographics, owner's preferences, etc. There is a store near me where the Burgundy section ...

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