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by Matthew King
October 19th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: German AP Numbers
Replies: 8
Views: 478

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: 88
Views: 2594

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: 2951

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: 945

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: 515

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: 41
Views: 3336

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!

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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: 768

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: 656

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: 656

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.
by Matthew King
September 17th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: More Bottom Feeding @ Total Wine...(short/boring)
Replies: 33
Views: 1708

Re: TN: More Bottom Feeding @ Total Wine...(short/boring)

If you'd watched my posts closely over the years, you'd have realized that there were more smilies behind the curtain. [haha.gif] [beee.gif] [beg.gif] [suicide.gif] Not picking on you John but I hate that suicide simile. I wish Todd or mods would remove it. My family has been shattered by gun-relat...
by Matthew King
September 17th, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: More Bottom Feeding @ Total Wine...(short/boring)
Replies: 33
Views: 1708

Re: TN: More Bottom Feeding @ Total Wine...(short/boring)

If you'd watched my posts closely over the years, you'd have realized that there were more smilies behind the curtain. [haha.gif] [beee.gif] [beg.gif] [suicide.gif] Not picking on you John but I hate that suicide simile. I wish Todd or mods would remove it. My family has been shattered by gun-relat...
by Matthew King
September 15th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Travelogue: Georgia (the country)
Replies: 33
Views: 1123

Re: Travelogue: Georgia (the country)

Thanks for the detailed notes, Otto. I know how long these types of post take! One question for you. And I know it's a broad one. What are the Georgian people like? Outgoing or quiet? Curious about outsiders or guarded? It may be impossible question to answer. But there are cultural differences betw...
by Matthew King
September 14th, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any recs for lunch in or around Beaune?
Replies: 22
Views: 1165

Re: Any recs for lunch in or around Beaune?

Le Cellier Volnaysien if you want a bigger lunch with excellent wine and are willing to drive to Volnay. La Dilettante in Beaune if you want a lighter lunch with excellent wine. This is a small bar with an excellent owner named Lolo (used to own Caves Madeleine) Brasserie Le Belena in Beaune is you...
by Matthew King
September 13th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?
Replies: 34
Views: 2266

Re: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?

Her Syrah from Santa Cruz Mountains in 90s remains my favorite expression of the grape in CA to date ...
by Matthew King
September 10th, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting in Burgundy/Rhone
Replies: 113
Views: 3399

Re: Tasting in Burgundy/Rhone

This gives contact information for growers and merchants and tells who speaks English. Don't expect to see DRC listed here. https://www.bourgogne-wines.com/our-expertise/passionate-men-and-women/the-producers-behind-the-reputation-of-the-wines-of-bourgogne,2507,9363.html If you make an appointment ...
by Matthew King
September 4th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated burgundy vintages
Replies: 76
Views: 3575

Re: Underrated burgundy vintages

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
September 4th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Anyone had lesser 01 grand crus lately?

Not sure what your definition of lesser Grand Cru is ... but I have really enjoyed 01 Lambrays in past year.

On 01 top end, Gibourg Clos de Vougeot, Dujac CSD and Rousseau Clos de la Roche have been outstanding. My preference in that order ...
by Matthew King
August 23rd, 2019, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 15 Fourrier, 17 PYCM
Replies: 16
Views: 1318

Re: TNs: 15 Fourrier, 17 PYCM

Did you just rag on Littorai? neener Not really. I have Littorai in my cellar and enjoy them with age, esp the Anderson Valley bottlings. Fourrier would be an ideal gateway wine into the minefields of Burgundy for someone that likes quality CA pinot from producers like Littorai, Rochioli, WS, et al.
by Matthew King
August 22nd, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 15 Fourrier, 17 PYCM
Replies: 16
Views: 1318

Re: TNs: 15 Fourrier, 17 PYCM

Claus Jeppesen wrote:
August 22nd, 2019, 11:00 am
And pricey?
No
Claus, I’m paying US prices. I’m not saying it’s not a nice glass of wine, but for $40 I can spend my money better in Chablis, which fits this wine’s flavor profile.

Different strokes. I know this bottling has been getting a lot of love by perceptive tasters on this board.
by Matthew King
August 22nd, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 15 Fourrier, 17 PYCM
Replies: 16
Views: 1318

TNs: 15 Fourrier, 17 PYCM

Last night's wines: 2015 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vigne A bit concerning on first PnP sip. A little Californication going on, with a somewhat candied feel – like a Littorai. Noticeable oak. Uh-oh has Fourrier crept toward the dark side? Confirmation bias creeping in? But with some ...
by Matthew King
August 9th, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27194

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
August 9th, 2019, 3:26 am
GregT wrote:
August 9th, 2019, 12:35 am
Mark Y wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 9:41 pm
This thread has probably run its course.
Of course! [rofl.gif] [rofl.gif] [rofl.gif] [rofl.gif]
It’s discharging a lot of sentiment. ;)
I’m am tired of all the stream of consciousness...
by Matthew King
August 8th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27194

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

now feel unequivocally that one day the entire story will come out about this vineyard development project and its violations and Rhys will appear in a dramatically different light. it is pretty hard to find "wetlands" at an elevation of 2000 feet on a property that tops out at 2100 feet above sea ...
by Matthew King
August 4th, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 145
Views: 6980

Re: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...

Alcohol is and ever was a poison ... too much of it is not good for the health - period. Help: 1. drink a lot of water in between your sips of wine - A LOT ! 2. learn to spit ... it´s almost no loss of taste and pleasure (almost), but will minimize the alc consumed 3. drink less wine generally I do...
by Matthew King
August 3rd, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27194

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Here's the press release: https://www.courthousenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Rhys.pdf The various articles seem to shade things a little differently. But in law, there are always questions of knowledge and intent, which determine the severity of the offense. Someone may cause great harm comp...
by Matthew King
July 24th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?
Replies: 130
Views: 6956

Re: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?

Charlie -- We enjoyed the '01 together, so you know I'm all-in on these wines when I see them. That said, others I'd put in the same league when it comes to that price point: Barthod Fuees or Cras; Dujac also makes a good MSD 1er cru that is the relative value play in the portfolio. But if I'm hones...
by Matthew King
July 20th, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Gouges NSG 1er Cru Les Pruliers
Replies: 16
Views: 916

Re: TN: 2002 Gouges NSG 1er Cru Les Pruliers

Thx Doug. Encouraging note. I have a 96 Pruliers I am terrified of opening. [wink.gif]
by Matthew King
July 15th, 2019, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tempier Rose - worth extended cellaring?
Replies: 32
Views: 2045

Re: Tempier Rose - worth extended cellaring?

Can I offer a contrarian opinion? Yes, they hold up, but for me the beauty of Tempier (and why I pay the tariff) is the fireworks of floral, spicy fruit when they're young. There's sometimes more or less of that, depending on vintage, but it all disappears after a year or so (in my experience, afte...
by Matthew King
July 11th, 2019, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 TN: A non-Cornas-like Cornas from Gilles
Replies: 16
Views: 1471

Re: 2016 TN: A non-Cornas-like Cornas from Gilles

Thanks for info, Alan. I guess it makes sense. If you served me this blind, I'd be hard pressed to identify it as N. Rhone I bet ...
by Matthew King
July 11th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 TN: A non-Cornas-like Cornas from Gilles
Replies: 16
Views: 1471

2016 TN: A non-Cornas-like Cornas from Gilles

2016 Guillaume Gilles Cornas Nouvelle R Les Rieux I'm hard to please when it comes to Cornas. Some bottles are just too traditional -- rustic, a tad hard, and too much barnyard. Others are too modern -- glossy, a tad ripe and a bit indistinct. Gilles is usually a sweet spot producer for me. But thi...
by Matthew King
July 8th, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction Finds
Replies: 39
Views: 2688

Re: Auction Finds

Maybe he’s the seller .... [wink.gif]
by Matthew King
July 6th, 2019, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?
Replies: 57
Views: 3606

Re: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?

A few years ago, I scored a great deal on two bottles of 1990 Cos at a charity blind auction in NYC...and then left them in the cab... The hurt hasn’t dulled with time. I hear ya. Years ago I bought a bottle of 2002 Lafite at Costco. Forgot to take it out of the trunk overnight, and someone stole i...
by Matthew King
July 3rd, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 145
Views: 6980

Re: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...

My concierge physician happens to be in our wine group. All of us are over 50, athletes, and all work too hard, push too hard . For himself, and us, he’s been doing a lot of research on this subject, and has outlined some pretty basic tenets to balance these things. His central point is that deep, ...
by Matthew King
July 3rd, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favourite Quality in a wine
Replies: 61
Views: 1840

Re: Favourite Quality in a wine

Succulence
by Matthew King
June 30th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: books ?
Replies: 21
Views: 1327

Re: books ?

Given your MidWest roots, I recommend the culinary/life musings of Jim Harrison.

“The Raw and the Cooked” is a collection of his food writing for Esquire. He was a poet and screenwriter (Legends of the Fall) with a hilarious and cutting take on haute cuisine.
by Matthew King
June 30th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many wines a day?
Replies: 31
Views: 1868

Re: How many wines a day?

Shockingly, having tasted around 6,000 wines in my first year at The Wine Advocate, I would need an option for >16 on average. There are very few days when I don't taste. William — it must be hard to do that. I would imagine that wine must often feel like work to you. When I was an editor at The Ho...
by Matthew King
June 27th, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 00`,13`, 17` Whitcraft Pinots + 94` Williams Selyem Olivet Lane Pinot Noir et al
Replies: 5
Views: 569

Re: 00`,13`, 17` Whitcraft Pinots + 94` Williams Selyem Olivet Lane Pinot Noir et al

Thanks Blake. I have a singleton of 98 Hirsch from Whitcraft. I’m sentimental about it as it’s last bottle I have of one of Chris’ wines. But your note tells me it’s time to open it!
by Matthew King
June 26th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 145
Views: 6980

Re: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...

Also, to others -- spitting and dumping out wines at big tastings or wine dinners works wonders. As does making sure you have a leisurely three hours for the dinner and drinking water throughout. I agree about the three hours and lots of water (at least one glass of water for every glass of wine co...
by Matthew King
June 25th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Ghosting Incident
Replies: 79
Views: 6692

Re: Retailer Ghosting Incident

This thread is like "Out of Africa." I just want to get to the end and know what happens ...

Or maybe "Hamlet." I want our hero to take action! No more suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. [wow.gif]
by Matthew King
June 23rd, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Bedrock Dolinsek Ranch field blend
Replies: 5
Views: 698

Re: TN: 2013 Bedrock Dolinsek Ranch field blend

John, thanks for your for this post. It confirms I'm not crazy. I recently posted a tasting note in the running Bedrock thread about a bottle of the Belle du Jour zin -- also 2013. I hesitated in my note to refer to textural similarities to an aged Volnay for fear of looking like yet another myopic,...
by Matthew King
June 23rd, 2019, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tips for visiting Valle de Guadalupe?
Replies: 14
Views: 640

Re: Tips for visiting Valle de Guadalupe?

I can’t second Alan’s suggestion more heartily. Tecate border crossing took us 20 mins as opposed to typical 2-hour wait on summer weekend in TJ. You have to jog inland a bit out of the way but so worth it. As to wineries to visit, here is great post about some of the new guard of natural winemaking...
by Matthew King
June 22nd, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to buy NOW to drink 2030 onwards
Replies: 30
Views: 2092

Re: What to buy NOW to drink 2030 onwards

Love the power of positive thinking here! I have a vision of prisoner Xing out his calendar each day. No idea of your budget, but I would celebrate 2030 with some Donnhoff Hermannhole GG from 2015 or 2016 and some H. Lignier Morey St. Denis VV 1er Cru from same years. Oh yes, and 165eme Krug Champag...
by Matthew King
June 19th, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2280
Views: 147384

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Excuse this Burg "snob" for intruding: neener Zinfandel, Belle du Jour Vineyard, 2013 I had a very good Zin last night that appealed to my dirt-and-twigs instincts -- the 2013 Bedrock Belle du Jour. Very red-fruited, not the brambly blackberry flavors I've had in other Bedrocks. Tannins have softene...
by Matthew King
June 19th, 2019, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 156
Views: 11227

Re: Top US Syrahs

From the vault:

If you can find them, Dehlinger and Kathryn Kennedy from the late 90s prove that CA Syrah can age nicely. Fully fruited but savory ...
by Matthew King
June 18th, 2019, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter
Replies: 33
Views: 3506

Re: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter

Purple prose, yes. But I’ve seen worse ...
by Matthew King
June 11th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Case of the Clape
Replies: 29
Views: 2021

Re: TN: Case of the Clape

Adrian gets grief but astute readers will appreciate the thread title and number of wines reviewed! I agree about the tasting notes. The joke about Clape is a very old one. I’m not praising the tired joke ... I just noted he reviewed 12 wines. So appropriate to talk about CASE of Clape ... twist on...
by Matthew King
June 11th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Case of the Clape
Replies: 29
Views: 2021

Re: TN: Case of the Clape

Adrian gets grief but astute readers will appreciate the thread title and number of wines reviewed!
by Matthew King
June 7th, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: some Frenchies -- Tempier, Tremblay, C. Bouchard, Montille
Replies: 8
Views: 1338

Re: TNs: some Frenchies -- Tempier, Tremblay, C. Bouchard, Montille

Montille, Volnay 1er cru, Les Brouillards, 2006: Just OK. Light body, crunchy strawberry fruit. Just a tinge of brown sugar at end that distracts. A wine of the vintage. Is this dismissive of the vintage in Burgundy? From your words, I would say 'drink up'. Markus -- 06, at least in reds, is a mixe...
by Matthew King
June 5th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: some Frenchies -- Tempier, Tremblay, C. Bouchard, Montille
Replies: 8
Views: 1338

TNs: some Frenchies -- Tempier, Tremblay, C. Bouchard, Montille

Some bottles from last week, in ranked order: Domaine Tempier, Bandol rose, 2018: Still drinking like the world’s best rose to me and worth the $40 tariff. Lots of just-ripe canteloupe and garrigue this year, with great cleansing acidity. Alluring nose. Perfect summer food wine. Cecile Tremblay, Bou...
by Matthew King
May 26th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy treachery
Replies: 68
Views: 4251

Re: Burgundy treachery

Re: the notion that the last glasses of a particular botlle of Burgundy are often the best. The cynic in me believes that the taster may just be buzzed rather than the wine appreciably changing because of more air! Let’s just say his/her critical faculties may change with more wine and ensuing mirth...
by Matthew King
May 23rd, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Gonon
Replies: 48
Views: 3666

Re: 2017 Gonon

I have a not-so-secret crush on N. Rhône wines from 1996. Sounds like a reason to travel to Orlando for the first annual Fu You Offline. I got a 96 juge! I have a 96 Verset, bought on release. Will someone cover my airfare to Florida? neener I have a 96 Clape Cornas. Will someone cover my busfare t...

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