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by Matthew King
January 16th, 2020, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White Burgundy under DIAM
Replies: 26
Views: 1760

Re: White Burgundy under DIAM

Montille
by Matthew King
January 15th, 2020, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MTN: Two Powdered Milks...(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 679

Re: MTN: Two Powdered Milks...(short/boring)

This is great!

Notes about tired CA syrahs from the ‘90s is one thing ...

But who can resist a report about camel’s milk?

I’m surprised you didn’t pick up any “lactic” notes!

Your idiosyncratic tastes and dry humor are appreciated here.
by Matthew King
January 14th, 2020, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard Sonoma Coast
Replies: 20
Views: 989

Re: TN: 2016 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard Sonoma Coast

A few thoughts: The wines can be a tad rich and four-square upon release. They straddle the line between Rochioli and Rhys to my taste. They do soften and blossom with age. I have gravitated to the Anderson Valley bottlings. They are a touch more red fruited, lighter on their feet and have a savory ...
by Matthew King
January 13th, 2020, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard Sonoma Coast
Replies: 20
Views: 989

Re: TN: 2016 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard Sonoma Coast

I bought Littorai for several vintages based on multiple positive sources of information. I don’t get it. I keep trying to like the wines, and I just don’t get it, especially at the price points. What do you not find to your liking specifically? The pricing? Or what’s in bottle? Too rich? Tad sweet...
by Matthew King
January 11th, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine "budgeting" - tips?
Replies: 64
Views: 2955

Re: Wine "budgeting" - tips?

I appreciate the serious responses above, it's personally helpful to see how other folks have approached this. I guess I find the fiscal budgeting side easier in general, than trying to work out what size cellar I should budget for... Most of the wines I really like benefit, if not downright need, ...
by Matthew King
January 11th, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine "budgeting" - tips?
Replies: 64
Views: 2955

Re: Wine "budgeting" - tips?

I'm another one of the spreadsheet guys. Sometimes down to the specific wine, but mostly just down to the category (Bordeaux, Burgundy, etc.), so I have some flexibility within the category when a great deal pops up. On the assumption that you (like me) have a finite amount of storage space and a f...
by Matthew King
January 10th, 2020, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Domaine Ramonet Bâtard-Montrachet
Replies: 42
Views: 2161

Re: TN: 2010 Domaine Ramonet Bâtard-Montrachet

Of course, it is the randomness of premox bottle to bottle that is so vexing...in the sense that an unaffected bottle that is great reminds you of what you are missing and makes you sad and makes you consider buying WB again, and an affected bottle is of course sad in and of itself and if dumped ra...
by Matthew King
January 10th, 2020, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 32
Views: 1956

Re: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Michael S. Monie wrote:
January 10th, 2020, 6:03 pm
Sushi
En Magnum
by Matthew King
January 9th, 2020, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Questions you ask on a winery tour/tasting visit?
Replies: 26
Views: 968

Re: Questions you ask on a winery tour/tasting visit?

Like many of the job interviews I’ve led over the years with prospective hires, I learn a lot from winemakers when I ask this question: What’s a noteworthy mistake you’ve made professionally and what did you learn from it? That’s obviously not first question you ask ... Also: I like to ask them what...
by Matthew King
January 6th, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Domaine Ramonet Bâtard-Montrachet
Replies: 42
Views: 2161

Re: TN: 2010 Domaine Ramonet Bâtard-Montrachet

The curious thing for me is that a number of 2010s aren't premoxed, but advanced. And many that aren't advanced are gaining weight and turning flabby. Now maybe that's just a function of time and 2010s will be full-on oxidized with enough time in bottle, but the vintage does strike me as having a b...
by Matthew King
January 6th, 2020, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Barthod Bourgogne
Replies: 34
Views: 1513

Re: TN: 2015 Barthod Bourgogne

Jeremy Holmes wrote:
January 6th, 2020, 3:02 pm
I would happily buy every bottle of that '15 Bourgogne I could find at $50.

Are those Aussie dollars? [wink.gif]

I always buy her Bourgogne when I see it. Village Chambolle-Musigny in sheep’s clothing.

I listed it as one of my 3 overall value plays in previous thread.
by Matthew King
January 5th, 2020, 8:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your favorite part of drinkin Bubbly?
Replies: 17
Views: 840

Re: What's your favorite part of drinkin Bubbly?

This thread reminds me of a small scene in “The Deer Hunter”: Bobby DeNiro’s character returns to Saigon to rescue Christopher Walken’s deranged character from the Russian Roulette gambling club. The French proprietor is put off by De Niro’s gruff manner and insistence on seeing Walker immediately. ...
by Matthew King
January 4th, 2020, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your favorite part of drinkin Bubbly?
Replies: 17
Views: 840

Re: What's your favorite part of drinkin Bubbly?

I usually drink Champagne with a group of people. I like the festive anticipation that comes with popping a cork, an augur of good times ahead.

It’s a symbol of fellowship, bonhomie and enjoying the finer things in life.
by Matthew King
January 2nd, 2020, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Wine Resolutions
Replies: 60
Views: 2679

Re: 2020 Wine Resolutions

I’d like to be more conscious about consumption that does more harm than good, to be honest. Many of us like to say we enjoy a glass or two at night, but in reality exceed that. I don’t drink most nights but when I do ... My challenge is that one glass is not enough of a good wine, two feels great, ...
by Matthew King
January 2nd, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your wines of the 2010s?
Replies: 46
Views: 2035

Re: What are your wines of the 2010s?

Wait a minute, Fu. Do you consider the year 2010 to be in the 2010s? [wink.gif] Red: 1969 Leroy Chapelle Chambertin. Animale and sous bois in a lascivious package at multi course tasting at Melisse White: 2004 Raveneau Clos four summers ago with perfect small Maritimes oysters on an outdoor patio wi...
by Matthew King
December 25th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere
Replies: 52
Views: 2277

Re: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere

Evocative post that is rich with detail. Thank you for posting.

Are there any photos you can share?
by Matthew King
December 23rd, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Fantastic Value!"
Replies: 83
Views: 5697

Re: "Fantastic Value!"

Apologies in advance for being a wet blanket, but I struggle to see the merit in tossing out a bunch of wine names without explanation regarding why it's a fantastic value. For those of you who have done that, bravo. Fair point. Let me elaborate on my earlier selections. I opted to focus on more pr...
by Matthew King
December 22nd, 2019, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Fantastic Value!"
Replies: 83
Views: 5697

Re: "Fantastic Value!"

Donnhoff GGs in top vintages

Loire Chenin Blanc from top producers ... Guiberteau Breze and Huet Vouvray 1er Tries

Barthod Bourgogne Bon Bontons
by Matthew King
December 21st, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Once & Future Wine Zinfandel Forcini Vineyard
Replies: 9
Views: 649

Re: TN: 2016 Once & Future Wine Zinfandel Forcini Vineyard

Thx David. That was my impression too. Your rec here has spurred me to give them another shot.
by Matthew King
December 21st, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Once & Future Wine Zinfandel Forcini Vineyard
Replies: 9
Views: 649

Re: TN: 2016 Once & Future Wine Zinfandel Forcini Vineyard

Good to hear. I haven’t been that impressed with the other O&F wines. I will give this a try! Which were you not that impressed with? Opened a ‘15 Bedrock and Frank’s Block recently both damn damn good. I bought Teldeschi zin and Oakley mataro in their debut release. Just a little rich and dark to ...
by Matthew King
December 20th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allemand Bretty?
Replies: 86
Views: 3778

Re: Allemand Bretty?

I have written a haiku on this site about bretty Alemands released in past four years that I bought and disliked. Tread cautiously if you have low tolerance for any Band-Aid notes, as I do. I’ll take all your allemand! At Before Fu or After Fu pricing? Oh don’t worry. He’d have to pay all the Kermi...
by Matthew King
December 18th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allemand Bretty?
Replies: 86
Views: 3778

Re: Allemand Bretty?

I have written a haiku on this site about bretty Alemands released in past four years that I bought and disliked.

Tread cautiously if you have low tolerance for any Band-Aid notes, as I do.
by Matthew King
December 17th, 2019, 10:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Once & Future Wine Zinfandel Forcini Vineyard
Replies: 9
Views: 649

Re: TN: 2016 Once & Future Wine Zinfandel Forcini Vineyard

Good to hear. I haven’t been that impressed with the other O&F wines. I will give this a try!
by Matthew King
December 9th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An Evening With Several Arnoux Suchots
Replies: 5
Views: 645

An Evening With Several Arnoux Suchots

Some tastings are like trips to the racetrack. Favorites run to form. There are few surprises or upsets. That’s not always a great scenario for gamblers betting on longshots. But when it comes to thoroughbred Burgundy it’s perfectly fine for the chalk to come in. When the wines shine, the vintage an...
by Matthew King
November 30th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falanghina Fan Club
Replies: 26
Views: 1440

Re: Falanghina Fan Club

My wife loves the wine.

I love saying the name.
by Matthew King
November 22nd, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The label for 2017 Mouton is, well, titillating
Replies: 42
Views: 2391

Re: The label for 2017 Mouton is, well, titillating

PaulMills wrote:
November 22nd, 2019, 10:09 am
I am reporting this post for sexual content.
Breasts are not exclusively sexual objects ...
by Matthew King
November 13th, 2019, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!
Replies: 83
Views: 4217

Re: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!

No, not because I have more than enough to last me until I die, and not because I’m so old that I will die before any new-release stuff I would buy will be fully mature. Rather, it’s just that Garagiste and Fass shipments arrived on the same day and I had to carry seven cases of wine in from the ca...
by Matthew King
November 9th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Fattoria Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino
Replies: 5
Views: 390

Re: TN: 1999 Fattoria Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino

“Old church pew”

Good one!
by Matthew King
November 8th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amazing Rhones - so good, it ended with a Climax
Replies: 61
Views: 2864

Re: Amazing Rhones - so good, it ended with a Climax

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Best thread all season
Todd, as the OP, you can’t decide this, bro.

It’s like claiming a one-foot wave or declaring yourself “woke.”

It’s just not done ...
by Matthew King
November 6th, 2019, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: N.Y. Times article on " the rising star sommelier" - Anthony Cailan
Replies: 51
Views: 5168

Re: N.Y. Times article on " the rising star sommelier" - Anthony Cailan

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
November 6th, 2019, 7:48 pm
TLDR

Honestly I saw this guy at domaine LA a couple years ago and he was talking to some west side basic about rose in a can, I had no idea he was even a somm.
Ah, these young kids today. Can't even be bothered to read something longer than a tweet ... [wink.gif]
by Matthew King
November 6th, 2019, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Ceritas and Matthiasson w/ some age
Replies: 5
Views: 610

Re: TNs: Ceritas and Matthiasson w/ some age

I guess I like Matthiasson Merlot and Ridge Lytton a lot more than you do. Pretty insulting backhanded compliment. Why is it insulting? I wouldn't take it personally ... They both are very well-made wines that appeal to many people with very good taste (including you!), just not me at this point of...
by Matthew King
November 6th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Ceritas and Matthiasson w/ some age
Replies: 5
Views: 610

TNs: Ceritas and Matthiasson w/ some age

Decided to stretch some atrophying wine muscles with two lower-alcohol wines from California this week. 2013 Ceritas Pinot Noir Hellenthal Vineyard Old Shop Block I’m a big fan of Ceritas’ white wines for their chiseled restraint but I’ve always been a bit underwhelmed by the pinots for some reason....
by Matthew King
November 5th, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?
Replies: 51
Views: 3271

Re: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?

FWIW: Given house style, I enjoy the wines in less solar years. Tones down the burliness and extraction. Here’s my note from recent 01 Bonnes Mares: About the most transparent Vogue or Bonnes Mares wine I have ever had. Fabulous nose of crushed raspberry and soil. Super elegant but structured in a s...
by Matthew King
November 1st, 2019, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews
Replies: 83
Views: 5613

Re: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews

Katz’s >>> Luger’s I still love Katz’s. Best part of Luger’s has always been the bacon. You don't feel ripped off at Katz's, even if the pastrami isn't first class. It's still real -- glaring fluorescent lights and all. My only complaint the last time I was there, a year or so ago, was that it was ...
by Matthew King
October 28th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore
Replies: 57
Views: 3640

Re: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore

Zin is now one of the few CA varietals that I drink regularly. I’ve become an insufferable French wine snob so most CA versions of Pinot, Chard, Syrah and Cab are just too rich for me — speaking generally. But I do like leaner Zins because no one else in the world makes them. Not counting Primitivo ...
by Matthew King
October 24th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2 village Burgs -- 17 Dujac and 15 Carillon
Replies: 0
Views: 345

TNs: 2 village Burgs -- 17 Dujac and 15 Carillon

2017 Domaine Dujac Chambolle-Musigny I like Dujac wines. They are like hermaphrodites to me. I know that sounds strange, so let me explain. They seem equipoised between masculine and feminine. There’s a yin-yang symmetry to them. Sturdy, sappy elements are balanced by delicate, spicy notes. They ca...
by Matthew King
October 23rd, 2019, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which grand cru
Replies: 16
Views: 1832

Re: Which grand cru

Lambrays in sweet spot. Had it earlier this year. Red fruited and airy ...
by Matthew King
October 23rd, 2019, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Few Recent Tastes I
Replies: 3
Views: 564

Re: TN: A Few Recent Tastes I

Dude, if those are not the detailed tasting notes I’d love to see the encyclopediac versions! I also love to see your catholic taste in wines ... trip around the world. It takes a lot of effort to record and write up your impressions. It’s appreciated. And as an Angerville nut, I’m always slightly l...
by Matthew King
October 21st, 2019, 10:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upright or on its side: A Theory
Replies: 56
Views: 2469

Re: Upright or on its side: A Theory

For the chemists out there: is it likely that avoiding wine/cork contact reduces tca contamination? I read somewhere that we can sense just a few ppb of TCA, so my intuition is that if a cork is bad the bottle has had it Very true. I learned years ago that it's OK to cut into a steak on the grill t...
by Matthew King
October 21st, 2019, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upright or on its side: A Theory
Replies: 56
Views: 2469

Re: Upright or on its side: A Theory

I've loved reading about that in cooking. For example, it turns out that most of the cooking truisms about steak are incorrect, and a lot of people have wasted a lot of effort fretting about doing and avoiding certain things when it really was never necessary. Very true. I learned years ago that it...
by Matthew King
October 20th, 2019, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: One Too Many
Replies: 6
Views: 1125

Re: One Too Many

Nice brace of wines.

Is the Balthazar open and giving at this stage of its brooding, brutish life, given the vintage? We may have to check in ...

I also assume you had one too many cleansing ales as well! [truce.gif]
by Matthew King
October 19th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: German AP Numbers
Replies: 14
Views: 1413

Re: German AP Numbers

From Mosel Fine Wines website: The AP number is the number given by public authorities to each wine submitted for commercialization. In the example here above, the numbers represent the following: 2 = code for the testing station (2 stands here for Wittlich). 596 = code for the village of the produc...
by Matthew King
October 18th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 172
Views: 7127

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

The well-known mantra “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” is constructed in hierarchical order. But as Chris notes far too often we embrace the latter two practices in vain attempt to absolve our sins of overconsumption. Rather than debating whether styrofoam can be reused or recycled we should be thinking ...
by Matthew King
October 1st, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jadot Clos Saint Denis 1996
Replies: 53
Views: 3067

Re: Jadot Clos Saint Denis 1996

If it's any value, we had the 06 CSJ and 06 Pouget last night as well, and I did not find either ready for business at all. Good wines, both, but they seemed to have more coiled black fruit and earth than I would have expected. I have found this dark fruit, earth character, and grumpy character in ...
by Matthew King
September 26th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Grouse Combination
Replies: 9
Views: 1005

Re: A Grouse Combination

That pairing, that location, this time of year sounds like heaven!

I have a few 93 d’Angerville Fremiets, so your note is very encouraging. I just love the subtlety and red-fruited transparency of the house style. “Calm” is a very apt descriptor.
by Matthew King
September 26th, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with buying a magnum of Burgundy near Beaune
Replies: 7
Views: 569

Re: Help with buying a magnum of Burgundy near Beaune

From my report on a Burgundy trip a few years back: Mon Millesime carries the latest vintages from some of the best producers. Prices are fair. But the real action is downstairs in their cellar area. There are no steals to be found, but it’s an amazing collection of wines they have sourced from loca...
by Matthew King
September 26th, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Delta Skyclub
Replies: 58
Views: 4943

Re: Delta Skyclub

I love you guys. This thread is hilarious. Exhibit A when we are tried in the court of public opinion for our punctilious, nerdy and insufferable hobby/obsession!

[cheers.gif] champagne.gif
by Matthew King
September 23rd, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Dom Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet "Clos de la Mouchere"
Replies: 12
Views: 820

Re: TN: 2010 Dom Henri Boillot Puligny-Montrachet "Clos de la Mouchere"

[swearing.gif] Had a 2012 Mouchere last week that was corked put not pox’d...
by Matthew King
September 19th, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Domaine Jacques Carillon Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet
Replies: 19
Views: 715

Re: TN: 2012 Domaine Jacques Carillon Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet

c fu wrote:
September 19th, 2019, 8:27 am
Matthew King wrote:
September 19th, 2019, 8:25 am
We had the 09 last week. I feared pox or vintage flabbiness. But neither appeared. Delightfully floral, but chiseled.
hate
Hate is such a strong word, Charlie. neener

Birds who don’t fly the coop get the late worms!
by Matthew King
September 19th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Domaine Jacques Carillon Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet
Replies: 19
Views: 715

Re: TN: 2012 Domaine Jacques Carillon Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet

We had the 09 last week. I feared pox or vintage flabbiness. But neither appeared. Delightfully floral, but chiseled.

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