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by Matthew King
June 19th, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2130
Views: 131004

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: 80
Views: 2523

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: 28
Views: 2333

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: 1679

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: 1679

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: 1167

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: 1167

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: 3777

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: 3293

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...
by Matthew King
May 18th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?
Replies: 113
Views: 3439

Re: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?

I have a several thousand bottles split between my home cellar and a storage facility, which are located thousands of miles apart. I manage them with two spreadsheets. Over the past decade, my experience is that the spreadsheets are wrong less than 5% of the time. Most of these errors are insignifi...
by Matthew King
May 15th, 2019, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best $20-$25 wine
Replies: 16
Views: 889

Re: Best $20-$25 wine

Bedrock old vine Zinfandel can be had for $25 and is a consistent crowd pleaser in a big group setting ... full fruit, no rough edges, easy and juicy but enough winemaking skill to keep it savory and with some lift.
by Matthew King
May 14th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino
Replies: 20
Views: 545

Re: TN: 1995 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino

Well John, I have a Burg-oriented palate and I certainly enjoy Stella’s wines. I find them red fruited and succulent, with a savory/herbal quality ... characteristics I associate with people who like Burg. They seem less brooding and monolithic than most BDMs, with some lift. Particularly her sheep-...
by Matthew King
May 14th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino
Replies: 20
Views: 545

Re: TN: 1995 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino

Keep your eyes open for wines from Stella di Campalto during your trip. Her wines have a savory edge and lighter touch that would appeal to your Burg-loving palate.
by Matthew King
May 13th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Frédéric Magnien Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Charmes"
Replies: 7
Views: 447

Re: TN: 2002 Frédéric Magnien Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru "Charmes"

FWIW. I love the 2002 vintage; maybe in my top 3 red burg vintages I tasted young. It all "there". But, one that I pulled out last week ( a Georges Mugneret Bourgogne) tells me that the vintage will need a full 20 to begin showing well...and...perhaps a full 25 to hit any peaks. Not what I was hopi...
by Matthew King
May 9th, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Bourgogne Blanc (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc)
Replies: 14
Views: 1358

Re: TN: 2017 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Bourgogne Blanc (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc)

Nowell Karten wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 12:06 am
According to Skurnik's website, Matt, it's from 65% St. Aubin and 35% Puligny-Montrachet:

https://www.skurnik.com/sku/bourgogne-b ... y-2-3-2-2/
Hat tip to you Nowell! [cheers.gif]
by Matthew King
May 8th, 2019, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Bourgogne Blanc (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc)
Replies: 14
Views: 1358

Re: TN: 2017 Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Bourgogne Blanc (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc)

Does anyone know where the grapes from this bottling are sourced from?

Is it a negoce wine?

There is different Bourgogne bottling labeled as coming from Beaune grapes as well, right?

TIA.
by Matthew King
May 7th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Potpourri -- Mostly French
Replies: 1
Views: 199

TNs: Potpourri -- Mostly French

Brief impressions of wines consumed over past three weeks, a la Cowan. Moreau-Naudet & Fils, Chablis, Vaillons 1er cru, 2015 Correct, but a bit flabby. Lacks a second gear. A wine of the vintage. Barthod, Bourgogne, Bons Batons, 2016 Volume, clarity and complexity that belies its Bourgogne status. S...
by Matthew King
May 2nd, 2019, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 69
Views: 1253

Re: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?

Alaska has several wineries. But they all import their grapes so not sure if that counts in this exercise.
by Matthew King
April 29th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you rank the five first growths
Replies: 54
Views: 2139

Re: How would you rank the five first growths

In that vein, a Burg lovers list:

Margaux
HB
Latour
Lafite
Mouton
by Matthew King
April 29th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you rank the five first growths
Replies: 54
Views: 2139

Re: How would you rank the five first growths

Neal.Mollen wrote:
April 29th, 2019, 4:46 am
I don't think I have had enough of any of them to make that judgment.
That hasn’t stopped anyone on WB before. Fake it til you make it! [stirthepothal.gif]
by Matthew King
April 28th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1993 Domaine Michel Gaunoux Beaune (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune)
Replies: 5
Views: 338

Re: TN: 1993 Domaine Michel Gaunoux Beaune (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune)

In my limited experience with Gaunoux I find myself similarly rationalizing. You see lots of library releases but they rarely excite me. Always a bit stingy ...
by Matthew King
April 27th, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Server Corkage Etiquette?
Replies: 53
Views: 2489

Re: Server Corkage Etiquette?

I can’t speak for others, but I BYOB for several reasons: 1. I know what I like to drink. 2. I don't like ordering unfamiliar bottles off a wine list. 3. I have a ton of wine in my basement, and it needs to be consumed in a timely manner (before it goes bad, and within my lifetime). 4. To save mone...
by Matthew King
April 26th, 2019, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Server Corkage Etiquette?
Replies: 53
Views: 2489

Re: Server Corkage Etiquette?

Thanks for sharing. I’ve been trying to avoid getting stressy about these type of niggling service mistakes as they happen in real time. I often would feel myself getting agitated and unable to fully enjoy the company of friends because I was bird-dogging bottles. My wife would pick up on my distrac...
by Matthew King
April 21st, 2019, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner wine for tonight: 1959 La Mission Haut Brion
Replies: 46
Views: 1827

Re: Dinner wine for tonight: 1959 La Mission Haut Brion

Hey Victor. I’m still trying to decipher all the inside jokes about you from the East Coast crew. You have a large persona here, based on your parsimony and various forms of chagrin/bemusement about your fellow NYers ... as far as I can tell. I don’t recall you posting a lot about actual wines. But ...
by Matthew King
April 20th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Drinking In Burgundy Is Good
Replies: 62
Views: 4491

Re: Wine Drinking In Burgundy Is Good

Thanks for peek at Rion wines, one of the better value plays in Burgundy. Good to hear a nice note about a Chaumes, also one of the better value plays in Burgundy when done right. I like Georges Noellat’s take. But what the heck are red jelly crystals? I need my Aussie google translator when I read ...
by Matthew King
April 15th, 2019, 9:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 François Raveneau Chablis (France, Burgundy, Chablis)
Replies: 8
Views: 399

Re: TN: 2009 François Raveneau Chablis (France, Burgundy, Chablis)

Thx for info team. For some reason, I don’t see these too often at retail here in LA but lots of WS hits ...

That IS rather pricey but not surprising when you consider what the PCs go for now Stateside!
by Matthew King
April 15th, 2019, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 François Raveneau Chablis (France, Burgundy, Chablis)
Replies: 8
Views: 399

Re: TN: 2009 François Raveneau Chablis (France, Burgundy, Chablis)

Appreciate notes. I have a few bottles of this.

I’ve heard that Raveneau’s simple AC bottle is a bit of a rare find on US shores, much like Roumier Bourgogne.
by Matthew King
April 13th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What green vegetable goes best with red wine
Replies: 56
Views: 1438

Re: What green vegetable goes best with red wine

Agree w Scott definitely NOT asparagus! Kills every wine! I’m going to be contrarian here. If you grill the asparagus over an open flame and then finish with good olive oil, sea salt and grated lemon it tames the greenies. Great with a tri tip or sea bass, so works with a Northern Rhône or high aci...
by Matthew King
April 12th, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What green vegetable goes best with red wine
Replies: 56
Views: 1438

Re: What green vegetable goes best with red wine

Green huh? Sprinkle some chopped parsley on your deliciously slow roasted Nantes carrots! [wink.gif]
by Matthew King
April 10th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Louis Jadot Moulin-à-Vent Château des Jacques
Replies: 3
Views: 264

Re: TN: 2009 Louis Jadot Moulin-à-Vent Château des Jacques

I was half-joking, but ...

* There are always more exciting producers to buy than Jadot
* There are always more exciting regions to buy than Beaujolais
* Put the two together, well ...
by Matthew King
April 9th, 2019, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Louis Jadot Moulin-à-Vent Château des Jacques
Replies: 3
Views: 264

Re: TN: 2009 Louis Jadot Moulin-à-Vent Château des Jacques

These are wines I refuse to buy on General Principles. But whenever I happen to have one, I'm reminded how darn tasty and age-worthy they are!
by Matthew King
April 8th, 2019, 9:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which red burg vintage (1999-2010) showing well now?
Replies: 93
Views: 3739

Re: Which red burg vintage (1999-2010) showing well now?

I agree with kudos, but I do have one nit and/or question about description of 08.

Can acids really ever soften? Yes, the wine may “soften” but it’s probably something other than the acids. Right?
by Matthew King
April 6th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy
Replies: 48
Views: 1710

Re: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy

Something that perhaps you may not have thought about yet. Palate shift. It happens to most of us along the way during our wine journey. In 10 years you may not like those wines you have lovingly cellared so long. Be careful to not build your collection too quickly. You could end up doing a lot of ...
by Matthew King
April 4th, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gift Giving Wines
Replies: 27
Views: 855

Re: Gift Giving Wines

High-end SVD CA pinot like Rochioli or Littorai. Drinks plush but not spoofy. That touch of sweetness appeals to the unwashed masses. Plus it’s not hard to “understand.”
by Matthew King
April 4th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: French TNs: Dujac, Voge, Mugnier
Replies: 4
Views: 634

Re: French TNs: Dujac, Voge, Mugnier

J Wei wrote:
April 3rd, 2019, 5:31 pm
Thanks for the notes Matt. Impatient you are with the 2016 I see.
Well, I do need something to drink while waiting for my '17s come in! [wow.gif]
by Matthew King
April 4th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with liver
Replies: 48
Views: 1291

Re: Pairing with liver

A nice Chianti ... with some fava beans.
by Matthew King
April 3rd, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: French TNs: Dujac, Voge, Mugnier
Replies: 4
Views: 634

French TNs: Dujac, Voge, Mugnier

A few bottles I opened this week after weeklong hiatus from wine ... Domaine Dujac, Morey St. Denis rouge, 2016 A precocious wine that is utterly charming right now. Very Morey-ish, with dark fruits, soil and savory herb notes. Nice spice and stems. Nothing tight or heavy here. It’s open-knit and de...
by Matthew King
March 18th, 2019, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines from tonight (updated for round 2)
Replies: 28
Views: 1307

Re: Wines from tonight

Within 20 minutes of posting a photo on my instagram (with no location tag or mention of the place that must not be named) of a bottle I consumed, I was told by someone there to delete my photo. This was a couple of months ago. It was such a good wine too and it was on their list online. =( And did...
by Matthew King
March 18th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is a "polished" wine
Replies: 52
Views: 1261

Re: What is a "polished" wine

Thought provoking question. Some things I like polished: a just-bought surfboard, a wedding ring, concise prose (think Didion or Fitzgerald) Others I do not: sales executives, guitar solos, hipster restaurants (Upon being handed a menu: “Are you familiar with our dining concept?”) I put wine in the ...
by Matthew King
March 12th, 2019, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Various Vougeot
Replies: 8
Views: 718

Re: Various Vougeot

Thanks for the notes Jeremy. I've never had a white Vougeot before.

I like the late Denis Mortet's CVs. I still have a few bottles left.

But the sisters Gibourg are the top-shelf producers. But you already knew that, I bet! [cheers.gif]
by Matthew King
March 12th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post wines that tastes like cheese please!
Replies: 26
Views: 948

Re: Post wines that tastes like cheese please!

I can get a Parmesan rind note in White Burgs of a certain age ...
by Matthew King
March 10th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 17 Metras, 89 Raffault
Replies: 8
Views: 439

Re: TNs: 17 Metras, 89 Raffault

Decided to take a walk on the wild side this week ... Metras, Beaujolais, 2017 My first Metras. I approached this bottle with a bit of trepidation, given all the noise I have heard about how variable these wines are. Has always sounded like Wheel of Fortune. Step and spin … you can win natural nirv...
by Matthew King
March 9th, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 17 Metras, 89 Raffault
Replies: 8
Views: 439

TNs: 17 Metras, 89 Raffault

Decided to take a walk on the wild side this week ... Metras, Beaujolais, 2017 My first Metras. I approached this bottle with a bit of trepidation, given all the noise I have heard about how variable these wines are. Has always sounded like Wheel of Fortune. Step and spin … you can win natural nirva...
by Matthew King
March 5th, 2019, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Good Monday: Sichuan & Riesling...Donnhoff, Prum, Weil, Haag, Pichler Unendlich, Von Schubert, Kracher...
Replies: 15
Views: 660

Re: TN: A Good Monday: Sichuan & Riesling...Donnhoff, Prum, Weil, Haag, Pichler Unendlich, Von Schubert, Kracher...

I’m now officially hungry!

You guys have fun down there in Hot ‘lanta, no?

Need some champagne though ...
by Matthew King
March 5th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear & Loathing in Buellton: UPDATE 2 -- Dinner with Joe Davis /Arcadian
Replies: 28
Views: 2216

Re: Fear & Loathing in Buellton: UPDATE 2 -- Dinner with Joe Davis /Arcadian

Thanks for all the kinds words from those who enjoyed the travelogue.

Greg and I are already planning our next trip. Our next dispatch may be from the Willamette Valley .... or Rioja!
by Matthew King
March 3rd, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear & Loathing in Buellton: UPDATE 2 -- Dinner with Joe Davis /Arcadian
Replies: 28
Views: 2216

Re: Fear & Loathing in Buellton: UPDATE 1 -- AMV Visit

And our story comes to an end .... Our next stop was the Arcadian tasting room, about a half-hour west of Foxen Canyon. Many smaller wineries have set up small production and tasting facilities in a non-descript industrial park at the edge of town lovingly dubbed in the Wine Ghetto. After the pictu...
by Matthew King
March 2nd, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Getting Laughed At.
Replies: 10
Views: 1605

Re: Getting Laughed At.

This reminds me of another favorite Churchill quote:

"A magnum of Champagne is perfect for two people. .... As long as one of them isn't drinking."
by Matthew King
February 28th, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear & Loathing in Buellton: UPDATE 2 -- Dinner with Joe Davis /Arcadian
Replies: 28
Views: 2216

Re: Fear & Loathing in Buellton: S.B. Trip Report

Next installment: Sneaking around the backroads with Andrew Murray After rolling out of bed, we ambled over to Ellen’s for a hearty breakfast ahead of a full day of wine tasting. Only in California – the land of immigrants – can you get a two-fer of machaca scrambled eggs and a side of Danish panca...
by Matthew King
February 27th, 2019, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear & Loathing in Buellton: UPDATE 2 -- Dinner with Joe Davis /Arcadian
Replies: 28
Views: 2216

Re: Fear & Loathing in Buellton: S.B. Trip Report

But I’m getting ahead of myself. After lunch, Greg and I waited for our mild buzz to wear off before motoring up PCH to Buellton. The setting sun reminded me of the colors of a Big Stick popsicle, melting over the sea. The winds had died down, and the ocean was smooth as glass. With a little Wilco ...
by Matthew King
February 26th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear & Loathing in Buellton: UPDATE 2 -- Dinner with Joe Davis /Arcadian
Replies: 28
Views: 2216

Fear & Loathing in Buellton: UPDATE 2 -- Dinner with Joe Davis /Arcadian

It’s somewhat embarrassing that I had never been to Santa Barbara wine country, despite the fact that it’s a mere 120 miles away. Not to mention that I have consumed hundreds of bottles made from grapes that grow in its various valleys, hills and microclimates. Part of the reason I hadn’t visited is...

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