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by Ian Sutton
December 9th, 2018, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many bottles when purchasing? (with poll)
Replies: 39
Views: 1104

Re: How many bottles when purchasing? (with poll)

As you say, lots of variables and lots of variation. It's been as high as 23, but I answered 1, because I am a vinous magpie at heart, enjoying trying lots of different wines, so multiples are only really where I'm convinced I'd love the wine e.g. a combination of one or more of wine appellation / p...
by Ian Sutton
December 9th, 2018, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me
Replies: 49
Views: 1731

Re: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me

Like others, I find plenty to like in Chianti (and some to dislike). I had a lucky introduction, taking a punt on a couple of mature lots at auction, and finding some gems already pre-matured. Don't expect Brunello (unless the new Gran selezione wines are heading that way) or Vino Nobile. For me Chi...
by Ian Sutton
December 9th, 2018, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Snob or Wine Geek? Take The Test
Replies: 56
Views: 1960

Re: Wine Snob or Wine Geek? Take The Test

I found the article to be rather supercilious in the manner of "I'm a wine geek, and aren't I much cooler than that stupid wine snob". That especially rang true with the final 'question', which is very much an arrogant assertion about 'our club' being popular (and frankly I don't agree with it). I'd...
by Ian Sutton
December 8th, 2018, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me
Replies: 49
Views: 1731

Re: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me

Nathan Smyth wrote:
December 7th, 2018, 8:39 pm
PARKERIZED Chianti: 2009 Selvapiana Bucerchiale Chianti Rufina Riserva
I'm surprised by this comment. I would have thought it would have been far too rustic and far less luscious than would fit the bill for the Parker ideal
by Ian Sutton
December 5th, 2018, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We're not normal : )
Replies: 29
Views: 1404

Re: We're not normal : )

OT Sometimes I feel happy to be Italian. Here is a very partial list of wines under 30$ (27 €) in my supermarket: Produttori del barbaresco barbaresco Adriano barbaresco Nervi gattinara Banfi brunello di montalcino Sella e Mosca marchese di Villamarina Mastroberardino Taurasi Ratti nebbiolo Ochetti...
by Ian Sutton
December 5th, 2018, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Il Chiosso Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo 2010
Replies: 14
Views: 351

Re: TN: Il Chiosso Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo 2010

I'd definitely like to try their Vespolina - indeed I wonder whether in 5-10 years the grape might make a real name for itself. Ian, I like them, But if I were a Novarese wine grower, I’d mainly plant Nebbiolo. And to paraphrase Tom, I don’t see this grape being planted up and down the coast of Cal...
by Ian Sutton
December 5th, 2018, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1992 Azienda Agricola Montevetrano Montevetrano Colli di Salerno IGT
Replies: 3
Views: 151

Re: TN: 1992 Azienda Agricola Montevetrano Montevetrano Colli di Salerno IGT

Hi Kevin
Thanks for the note, and I must admit it rings true to the one experience I had with this wine, where it was easy to call it 'fine wine', but it just seemed to be polished (and veneered) into anonymity. In no way a bad wine, but one that was more forgettable than I had hoped.
Regards
Ian
by Ian Sutton
December 5th, 2018, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Critic wines v drinkers wines
Replies: 29
Views: 1082

Re: Critic wines v drinkers wines

Hi Alan I do very much understand what you're saying, and it takes me back to the first tasting group I joined. I knew the square root of zero about wines back then, so they didn't need to be blinded. The one game we played, was to "guess the price of the bottle" and that was such a great way of foc...
by Ian Sutton
December 5th, 2018, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We're not normal : )
Replies: 29
Views: 1404

Re: We're not normal : )

OT Sometimes I feel happy to be Italian. Here is a very partial list of wines under 30$ (27 €) in my supermarket: Produttori del barbaresco barbaresco Adriano barbaresco Nervi gattinara Banfi brunello di montalcino Sella e Mosca marchese di Villamarina Mastroberardino Taurasi Ratti nebbiolo Ochetti...
by Ian Sutton
December 4th, 2018, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ripeness in Wines by Jamie Goode
Replies: 27
Views: 1317

Re: Ripeness in Wines by Jamie Goode

It reads well, with a fair voice for people at different ends of the spectrum.
by Ian Sutton
December 4th, 2018, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Il Chiosso Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo 2010
Replies: 14
Views: 351

Re: TN: Il Chiosso Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo 2010

I'd definitely like to try their Vespolina - indeed I wonder whether in 5-10 years the grape might make a real name for itself.
by Ian Sutton
December 4th, 2018, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Futures
Replies: 59
Views: 1249

Re: Futures

I need to educate myself more on the typical times different wines can age. Any thoughts on a rough timeline list for a variety of wine? This is a complex question because wine aging goodness is highly dependent on your subjective tastes/preferences. For example I’m drinking a 1996 Chablis tonight ...
by Ian Sutton
December 3rd, 2018, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Futures
Replies: 59
Views: 1249

Re: Futures

I think mostly I cellar that closely resembles my wife’s and I taste. Which is a very good strategy indeed! Why not have a buying strategy that goes something like... When you try a wine and really enjoy it, commit to buy 2-3 more of it, or 2-3 more from the same region. Let the growth happen natur...
by Ian Sutton
December 3rd, 2018, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Il Chiosso Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo 2010
Replies: 14
Views: 351

Re: TN: Il Chiosso Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo 2010

Fara-Sizzano-Ghemme are all on the same pretty straight road (SP299) and it's only 5.5 km between them. Plenty of argument that they ought to get amalgamated, but history will I'm sure hold out. Gattinara about 5km from Ghemme as the crow flies, but it's a bit further by road in order to cross the S...
by Ian Sutton
December 3rd, 2018, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consumption if wine had no alcohol
Replies: 46
Views: 1371

Re: Consumption if wine had no alcohol

A difficult question. I suspect the same, on the grounds that ability to drink more in a session would start off being attractive but would quickly lose interest. Sometimes the effect is pleasing, having a relaxing evening with friends and letting the slow effect of the alcohol help that relaxation,...
by Ian Sutton
December 3rd, 2018, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Futures
Replies: 59
Views: 1249

Re: Futures

Hi James Welcome to the forum. At $1000 for around 20 wines, you should be able to get some decent wines, though one problem with futures is it's limiting you to 12 (or these days perhaps 6) bottles of a single wine, so you don't get a lot of variety. Predicting what you'll like in the future is qui...
by Ian Sutton
December 2nd, 2018, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional vs. Modern Barolo / Barbaresco
Replies: 388
Views: 51548

Re: Traditional vs. Modern Barolo / Barbaresco

J Dove wrote:
November 27th, 2018, 4:50 pm
I've had a couple of bottles of the 2006 Kye from Vajra in the past few weeks. It's drinking great...
Hmm - I do keep meaning to buy a bottle of this to try, preferably pre-aged.
by Ian Sutton
December 2nd, 2018, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: New to boards
Replies: 2
Views: 74

Re: New to boards

Welcome Daniel, and feel proud that you stand by your tastes, even if the style of those fruit bombs gets dissed by others (including me on occasions). Sorry I can't help on the Champagne question, as it's one area that rarely excites (I really like Krug, but it's priced beyond what I'm happy to pay...
by Ian Sutton
December 2nd, 2018, 1:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs -- A Taste of Russia at Le Notre Bistro
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Re: TNs -- A Taste of Russia at Le Notre Bistro

A very interesting food selection - many thanks for posting this. How was the herring and foie gras? In my mind it sounds an incongruous match, but such matches can surprise.
by Ian Sutton
November 26th, 2018, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines that requires 24 hours+ of air exposure before drinking
Replies: 10
Views: 798

Re: Wines that requires 24 hours+ of air exposure before drinking

Claus Jeppesen wrote:
November 26th, 2018, 1:59 am
I drank 2 yesterday:
2008 LDH Gravonia Blanco Crianza (24 hours in fridge)
Shows much more balance and intriguing acidity. A REAL bargain in white wine
... and never drink it cold.
by Ian Sutton
November 25th, 2018, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Do the French Drink Their Wines at a Younger Age?
Replies: 10
Views: 398

Re: Do the French Drink Their Wines at a Younger Age?

Craig G wrote:
November 25th, 2018, 7:22 am
Sorry, I didn’t intend to be rude, and there is no problem posting this question. I just wanted to re-post the joke. The thread I linked to does have some discussion of the topic, though.
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by Ian Sutton
November 25th, 2018, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Do the French Drink Their Wines at a Younger Age?
Replies: 10
Views: 398

Re: Do the French Drink Their Wines at a Younger Age?

I do enjoy older wines, including some that even I would call over-mature. An overly generalistic summary would be: - Youth typically offers the greatest intensity and freshness, but can be simpler than older wines, and sometimes can be a bit 'all arms and legs' - As wines age they lose some intensi...
by Ian Sutton
November 24th, 2018, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Do the French Drink Their Wines at a Younger Age?
Replies: 10
Views: 398

Re: Do the French Drink Their Wines at a Younger Age?

To be honest I think it's best to be decent to other in all the forums (though I accept that's never going to be a consistent feature of the politics forum!) I commend Craig on remembering a thread from 7 years ago, which I'm sure I couldn't do. However I reckon it's perfectly fair to raise a simila...
by Ian Sutton
November 22nd, 2018, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Ovello
Replies: 29
Views: 1132

Re: TN: 2004 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Ovello

john stimson wrote:
November 21st, 2018, 6:27 pm
I do wonder if the more recent vintages may age differently from the older wines.
Ditto
by Ian Sutton
November 20th, 2018, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1 for 3: A Nice 2010 Daniel & Julien Barraud Pouilly-Fuissé En Buland Vieilles Vignes
Replies: 7
Views: 194

Re: 1 for 3: A Nice 2010 Daniel & Julien Barraud Pouilly-Fuissé En Buland Vieilles Vignes

FWIW Macon, and Pouilly-Fuisse in particular, has felt like a safe haven for me, as we've had a good number of bottles and yet to find one that was at all advanced, let alone full-on *oxidised. Luck of the draw I guess. Regards Ian * Well to be fair, there was a bottle of 1988 Ch Fuisse VV Pouilly-F...
by Ian Sutton
November 20th, 2018, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: What have you learnt on your wine journey?
Replies: 67
Views: 6191

Re: What have you learnt on your wine journey?

Hi Rajiv I'm not Berry, but for my own part I'd say I had quite the opposite view on 1, and whilst I have more agreement with your point number 2, there comes a point in many styles where preferences are so strong (either way) that I don't especially have the desire to have a discussion about qualit...
by Ian Sutton
November 14th, 2018, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Tannin Descriptions
Replies: 9
Views: 998

Re: Tannin Descriptions

Following up on Ian’s post, the best way I've found to understand structure in wine is to start with a pot of strong tea. Drink some straight, and you get the unmistakable mouth-drying feel and bitterness of the tannin. Add some sugar and the bitterness is moderated. Add some lemon juice and you bo...
by Ian Sutton
November 14th, 2018, 1:55 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wineries in the City of Montepulciano
Replies: 6
Views: 417

Re: Wineries in the City of Montepulciano

You'll be fine! Do wear decent shoes though as even just walking around the historic centre can be surprisingly taxing on the feet, but if strolling down to San Biagio and back up, then you'll appreciate the meaning of 'hilltop'. That said, a steady walk up the hill is a great way to get the digesti...
by Ian Sutton
November 13th, 2018, 2:50 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wineries in the City of Montepulciano
Replies: 6
Views: 417

Re: Wineries in the City of Montepulciano

Plenty have tasting rooms that you can just pop into, more than are showing on Google maps. It's easy to stroll around and taste, though personally I still prefer the engagement of a pre-arranged apppointment. There is a listing here https://www.stradavinonobile.it/en/wineries-vino-nobile/ I will re...
by Ian Sutton
November 11th, 2018, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help reducing of my Cali releases-allocations
Replies: 32
Views: 1670

Re: Help reducing of my Cali releases-allocations

Hi Bill Do you have any friends local to you who would love to get hold of the wines on these lists? If there are, why not take a sabbatical, by sharing your allocation at cost with the friend(s). It might be especially useful for any wines that you're unsure whether you want to drop off their list....
by Ian Sutton
November 4th, 2018, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I hate big bottles - I cannot lie
Replies: 32
Views: 1810

Re: I hate big bottles - I cannot lie

This provoked me to wonder what else people find crass in wine bottle design. Faustino's frosted glass?, traditional fiaschi for Chianti? squared off designs a la the relaunch of Rosemount or a Lambrusco producer I know? Ostentatious wax seals? Wire cages popular in Rioja? Clear glass bottles of som...
by Ian Sutton
November 4th, 2018, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Producers that make Barolo and Barbaresco
Replies: 39
Views: 1162

Re: Producers that make Barolo and Barbaresco

Another to add to the list - Borgogno
by Ian Sutton
November 4th, 2018, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Producers that make Barolo and Barbaresco
Replies: 39
Views: 1162

Re: Producers that make Barolo and Barbaresco

To be fair, Adrian asked for producers who made both, with a view to including them at a tasting. No mention of a hypothetical *quality threshold. Indeed given that a high proportion listed were ex-negociants (or indeed current ones), it might make an appropriate comparison to put these up against e...
by Ian Sutton
November 3rd, 2018, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1995 Felsina Chianti Riserva advice
Replies: 19
Views: 596

Re: 1995 Felsina Chianti Riserva advice

Agreeing with the above, that the leather is to be expected and on it's own should be either pleasant complexity, perhaps as far as understandable over-maturity (which I'd say I wouldn't expect a refund for on an old wine). However it does sound like TCA has scalped the rest of the wine, leaving tha...
by Ian Sutton
November 3rd, 2018, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: most indelibly etched on your memory?
Replies: 53
Views: 2080

Re: most indelibly etched on your memory?

I've forgotten [wink.gif]

joking aside, probably an old Chateau Chalon. Indelibly etched isn't always a good thing.
by Ian Sutton
November 3rd, 2018, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT ready to drink report
Replies: 8
Views: 356

Re: CT ready to drink report

Aren't the drink windows established by the community? Yes unless you put your own window in, which then takes precedence in what you see. FWIW I always put my own window in, partly because I tend to prefer wines further down the maturity path than the average CT user, but also it means that a wind...
by Ian Sutton
November 3rd, 2018, 5:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Producers that make Barolo and Barbaresco
Replies: 39
Views: 1162

Re: Producers that make Barolo and Barbaresco

Bigger ex-negociant / modern day negociant companies invariably do (adding Marchesi di Barolo, Ascheri,Terra da Vino and Prunotto to the earlier list). There will be plenty of no-name negociants as well, at the bottom end of the scale.

Castello di Verduno (by way of marriage) do both
by Ian Sutton
November 2nd, 2018, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lisa Perotti Brown - 34 x 100 p in the new WA issue
Replies: 164
Views: 7269

Re: Lisa Perotti Brown - 34 x 100 p in the new WA issue

I would not follow any critic or any committee, though I'm prepared to listen to what most have to say. It's too easy to fall into treating opinion as fact, and scores as an easier to digest fact. Many starting out on their wine journey make this mistake, but I'm not criticising them, as the mystiqu...
by Ian Sutton
November 1st, 2018, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Beaujolais makes me happy
Replies: 4
Views: 444

Re: TN: Beaujolais makes me happy

Hi Otto Competent typicity can indeed be all that's needed for some occasions. We get what we seek and it fits the setting. Cool. I think an appreciation of this concept is amplified when compared to wines where in an attempt to glam the wine up, that typicity gets hidden by winemaking influences th...
by Ian Sutton
November 1st, 2018, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Matter of Taste event in NYC
Replies: 22
Views: 1675

Re: Matter of Taste event in NYC

Hi David Assuming there are similar wines presented, here are some comments from the London leg of the Matter of Taste tour: https://wine-pages.com/community/threads/a-matter-of-taste-london.7083/ I didn't go, but the common theme of the thread seemed to be (as ever with any big event) to plan what ...
by Ian Sutton
November 1st, 2018, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo / Barbaresco
Replies: 33
Views: 1735

Re: Barolo / Barbaresco

p.s. and a warm welcome to Kris and Jeff. Hope you enjoy it here.
by Ian Sutton
November 1st, 2018, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo / Barbaresco
Replies: 33
Views: 1735

Re: Barolo / Barbaresco

Hi Jim Too kind, but thank you. Have you tried Cascina Ballarin's langhe nebbiolo? One of the first 'basic' langhe nebbiolos that I tasted and enjoyed, as it very much carried recognisable traits seen in their Barolo wines, yet at a fraction of the price, including a hint of truffle that seemed to b...
by Ian Sutton
November 1st, 2018, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Accomasso
Replies: 11
Views: 721

Re: Accomasso

We visited a good few years ago, without any introductions, but with the usual pre-arranged appointment that is common in Italy. I am very glad we visited. My Italian was a lot weaker than it is today (I am still a long way from fluency), but we persevered. I think the visit lasted between 90 mins a...
by Ian Sutton
November 1st, 2018, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lisa Perotti Brown - 34 x 100 p in the new WA issue
Replies: 164
Views: 7269

Re: Lisa Perotti Brown - 34 x 100 p in the new WA issue

While these reviewers claim to be 100% independent I have hard time believing there isn't anything funny going on behind the scenes. If you're a reviewer and like a wine whats stopping you from giving a wine a good score if you know a free case will show up? wine ratings isn't a business regulated ...
by Ian Sutton
November 1st, 2018, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo / Barbaresco
Replies: 33
Views: 1735

Re: Barolo / Barbaresco

Hi Kris I'm not into the trophy wines, so no great aspirations other than to continue to taste as widely as I can, and follow what I enjoy. Special enjoyment comes from a new discovery, and doubled if it's a winery off the radar of the usual critics. I love the grape, and not just from the Langhe bu...
by Ian Sutton
October 27th, 2018, 4:42 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 36
Views: 1125

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

Hi George
No reason why you couldn't combine the two (and maybe that's a regular approach for you already?), e.g. starting with a cruise where the finish point (or somewhere nearby) is somewhere you really want to stay and explore, so you grab 4-5 days there before heading home.
Regards
Ian
by Ian Sutton
October 26th, 2018, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Biggest Bottle
Replies: 51
Views: 1534

Re: Your Biggest Bottle

A few magnums but nothing bigger, and nothing overly fancy amongst them. The intention is to drink most of them with friends who appreciate the format as a 'special occasion' in its own right.
by Ian Sutton
October 26th, 2018, 10:37 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 36
Views: 1125

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

The point of the thread is that you and others believe you are superior to those who go on cruises. At no point was this thread polite and generous. I found it highly insulting from the first post. Hi Howard I've re-read the posts and no-one, not a single person, has expressed superiority over thos...
by Ian Sutton
October 22nd, 2018, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The joys of cheap, everyday wine...
Replies: 21
Views: 1556

Re: The joys of cheap, everyday wine...

Bravo Nick It's a lesson that I took a while to learn, as whilst I'm never a player at the proper top end, I was invariably leaning towards the fancier bottlings almost by default. Some of those turned out to be over-ripe, over-oaked and overweight bottles that were less enjoyable to drink than thei...
by Ian Sutton
October 22nd, 2018, 12:26 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 36
Views: 1125

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

You might not be able to view this in the US, but on the offchance, it's a small article about the cruise ships and mass tourism's effect on Venice https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p06p2jqn/focus-the-venetians-trying-to-reclaim-venice Most striking was the film comparison of tourist volumes now...

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