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by Robert Love
August 23rd, 2019, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 15 Fourrier, 17 PYCM
Replies: 16
Views: 1227

Re: TNs: 15 Fourrier, 17 PYCM

John Ammons wrote:
August 22nd, 2019, 11:17 pm
Did you just rag on Littorai?
Littorai, Fourrier, and PYCM ... ouch.
by Robert Love
August 22nd, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 15 Fourrier, 17 PYCM
Replies: 16
Views: 1227

Re: TNs: 15 Fourrier, 17 PYCM

Huh, I really like the 2017 PYCM Bourgogne Blanc.

Have to take it in the context of what it is, of course, but I find it quite drinkable — I ended up buying a case for summer drinking. It has nice cut and a lot of minerality, as if PYCM produced a village Chablis.
by Robert Love
August 14th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Walter Scott Fall Release
Replies: 11
Views: 1503

Re: Walter Scott Fall Release

Ordered all the Chardonnay bottlings.
by Robert Love
August 7th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 32
Views: 1341

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

I've had a poor experience with the 2014. Three out of four bottles were advanced. (The one correct bottle was beautiful, so I know what this wine is capable of.) Looking at CT , even many TNs that do not call the wine out as flawed don't sound right, citing apple flavors and a heavy/oily texture. M...
by Robert Love
July 24th, 2019, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Replies: 49
Views: 2630

Re: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Anton D wrote:
July 24th, 2019, 7:52 am
I don't know the price points of the Kongsgaard chards, but they were always sufficiently high that I never bought any.
Kongsgaard The Judge, their most expensive bottle, was $200 I believe in the last offer.

Peter Michael Point Rouge was $225. Close but no!
by Robert Love
July 24th, 2019, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Replies: 49
Views: 2630

Re: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

I wouldn't be surprised if your Peter Michael Point Rouge suggestion is correct. It is quite limited — it is a reserve blend of the best lots from their various vineyards — and priced accordingly. If you weren't looking for the most expensive single bottle, but rather expensive line up of CA Chardon...
by Robert Love
July 19th, 2019, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pronunciation
Replies: 40
Views: 1543

Re: Pronunciation

Mikko R wrote:
July 19th, 2019, 6:37 am
I thought it was Chateauneuf-du-Poop
Prior to 2000 or so only.
by Robert Love
July 19th, 2019, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IG (Instagram) from WBers?
Replies: 170
Views: 8117

Re: IG (Instagram) from WBers?

Bumping with a recent post:
by Robert Love
July 15th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Disappointing Huet
Replies: 53
Views: 2394

Re: Disappointing Huet

Had a 1945 Moelleux Le Haut-Lieu a month back that didn’t have a whiff of oxidation — not a drop, despite being completely browned through. Was absolutely gorgeous. They don’t make ‘em like they used to!
by Robert Love
July 14th, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boston Retail Scene?
Replies: 34
Views: 1951

Re: Boston Retail Scene?

by Robert Love
June 26th, 2019, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why No Phenolic Character in Reds??
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: Why No Phenolic Character in Reds??

There are a couple things here. First, red wine does have phenols, but they are different: anthocyanin, for example. Even tannin is a polyphenol. But when we talk about a “phenolic quality” in wine, we’re generally referring to the phenols found in white wine. In other words, it isn’t that red wine ...
by Robert Love
June 16th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1945 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Le Haut-Lieu
Replies: 7
Views: 552

Re: TN: 1945 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Le Haut-Lieu

Frederico L e e wrote:
June 16th, 2019, 6:00 pm
Wow! That color [wow.gif]
Yes! This is what stood out to me too. Bricked, even browned, through, yet no oxidation in sight. In the bottle it looks like red wine!
by Robert Love
June 16th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1945 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Le Haut-Lieu
Replies: 7
Views: 552

Re: TN: 1945 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Le Haut-Lieu

Hah, looks like I wasn't clear — I'm the dad who is a wine and WW2 nut. champagne.gif
by Robert Love
June 16th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1945 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Le Haut-Lieu
Replies: 7
Views: 552

TN: 1945 Domaine Huet Vouvray Moelleux Le Haut-Lieu

Nice Fathers' Day treat for the dad who is both a wine lover and World War 2 nerd. L’année de la victoire is among the greatest Vouvray vintages ever. May 1st frost—one of the latest ever recorded—helped reduce yields before producers regularly green harvested. From an ex-cellar bottle. https://inst...
by Robert Love
June 14th, 2019, 6:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best Young Beaucastel!
Replies: 19
Views: 1984

Re: The Best Young Beaucastel!

Robert M yers wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 7:57 pm
Are these now safe for us Brett averse drinkers? I’ve always stayed away due to my uncertainty.
Beaucastel has been clean for awhile now.
by Robert Love
June 13th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best Young Beaucastel!
Replies: 19
Views: 1984

Re: The Best Young Beaucastel!

YLee wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 9:55 am
Jon Chan wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 9:41 am
Consensus is to buy a case and forget about it for 20 years? Or drink early?
Buy a case and drink 1 bottle every year or so.
+1 based on my 2015 sample
by Robert Love
June 13th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best Young Beaucastel!
Replies: 19
Views: 1984

Re: The Best Young Beaucastel!

I had a similar reaction to 2015 Beaucastel too. Perfumed and lifted, almost with a whole cluster quality.

Quite a turn from the previous decade and a half.
by Robert Love
March 24th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fevre: Checking In
Replies: 22
Views: 1322

Re: Fevre: Checking In

dr0ch wrote:
March 23rd, 2019, 2:47 pm
Maybe just me, but I've had substantially more advanced/oxidized bottles of Clos than any other of the Fevre grand crus. Mostly 04, 07 and 08 vintages.
Same here. 2008 Les Clos was the worst: 10 out of 12 bottles in the case were oxidized.
by Robert Love
February 7th, 2019, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Vintages of Clos Rougeard?
Replies: 22
Views: 1128

Re: Best Vintages of Clos Rougeard?

Top recent vintage in descending order: 2010, 2005, 2004, 2007.
by Robert Love
February 5th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Michael vs Aubert
Replies: 31
Views: 2594

Re: Peter Michael vs Aubert

While both Aubert and Peter Michael are big, full-scale wines with 100% oak, I find Aubert more balanced. Some Peter Michael cuvées can veer into sunscreen lotion with the toasty oak and tropical notes, while I've had new-release Aubert where the oak already seems fully integrated.
by Robert Love
December 10th, 2018, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zalto Question (Again)
Replies: 33
Views: 2073

Re: Zalto Question (Again)

I'd also go for the Bordeaux, were you only to get one. However I think the Burgundy is the better glass, albeit less versatile.
by Robert Love
December 7th, 2018, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chenin experts - is this wine premoxed or not?
Replies: 13
Views: 755

Re: Chenin experts - is this wine premoxed or not?

Your tasting note definitely suggests oxidation, but also some Loire particularly Savennières has botrytis, even if dry, which would contribute to that color and also a weightier texture that could come across as oxidation. In general, without knowing that producer, it is hard to say: Loire Chenin b...
by Robert Love
December 7th, 2018, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy - why is it so often cloudy?
Replies: 42
Views: 2281

Re: Burgundy - why is it so often cloudy?

Does the cloudiness in Burgundy affect the smell and taste of the wine, or is it just a cosmetic issue? In Barolo, the fine sediment cloudiness in older bottles can have a significantly negative effect on the taste of the wine, making it bitter and harsh. My experience with old Burgundy is very lim...
by Robert Love
December 5th, 2018, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somm 3
Replies: 98
Views: 8006

Re: Somm 3

A big flaw in the Pinot blind tasting was the use of 2015s for the Burgundy wines, which can come across rather ripe and concentrated right now. It was doubly odd since they used 2014s for (at least some of) the American wines. Another takeaway was the same as the Judgement of Paris: The more access...
by Robert Love
November 6th, 2018, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reductive vs Sulfur
Replies: 48
Views: 2059

Re: Reductive vs Sulfur

So for someone that loves the matchstick nose on a Chardonnay...anyone got any producers less expensive than Coche that routinely hits that mark?? I love well-integrated matchstick reduction, too. In Burgundy, PYCM, Roulot, and, to a lesser extent, Lamy. Older (90s) but not newer Leflaive. In the U...
by Robert Love
November 2nd, 2018, 9:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2154
Views: 127872

Re: New York City Restaurants

I know that I’m in the minority here, but I thought UPN was very good but not earth shattering. And it’s very much at the top end of the price spectrum. Went last week for the first time. I thought the dough was excellent but the pizza overall was quite bland and undersalted. The cheese in particul...
by Robert Love
September 20th, 2018, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 vintage throughout France.
Replies: 39
Views: 2440

Re: 2018 vintage throughout France.

I assumed he meant 2002 (although I generally do not think 2002 and 2009 are as good overall as 1999, 2005, 2010 and 2015). I would think 2003 is to inconsistent for anyone to call it a great vintage although are great wines from that year I was latching on more to the "fleshier/more fruit forward"...
by Robert Love
September 20th, 2018, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 vintage throughout France.
Replies: 39
Views: 2440

Re: 2018 vintage throughout France.

Marcus Stanley wrote:
September 20th, 2018, 8:40 am
if you like fleshier/more fruit forward vintages you could almost add 2002 and 2009 to the "great" list for reds in Burgundy, although I realize that would be more controversial.
I assume you mean 2003, not 2002?
by Robert Love
September 20th, 2018, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Willi Schaefer "Graacher Domprobst" Spätlese - Holy shit!
Replies: 15
Views: 1536

Re: 2017 Willi Schaefer "Graacher Domprobst" Spätlese - Holy shit!

I recently enjoyed the 2016: 2016 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5 - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer (9/15/2018) A stop-everything-and-check-this-out nose: Apricot, lime, lime blossom, crushed stone. Round, rich, balanced palate with flavors of apricot and an energetic, mineral line ...
by Robert Love
September 18th, 2018, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Arnot-Roberts Chardonnay Trout Gulch Vineyard
Replies: 2
Views: 282

Re: TN: 2013 Arnot-Roberts Chardonnay Trout Gulch Vineyard

Possible it was lightly corked or otherwise off?

The wine is fermented in steel and raised in old, neutral oak. I've found these wines, including the 2013, quite austere and Chablis-like. No indication of oak.
by Robert Love
September 14th, 2018, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Three "Mostly Montrachet" – March 7, 2018 at Melisse
Replies: 16
Views: 1220

Re: 2010 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Three "Mostly Montrachet" – March 7, 2018 at Melisse

2010 Ceritas Porter-Bass Chardonnay (Ringer #2) Light gold color with greenish tinges; aromas of tropical fruit and a hint of a green vegetable ; very nice on the palate – very good acidity and yet some richness; the acidity is almost the “prickly pear” variety – as though a little unsettled; brigh...
by Robert Love
August 13th, 2018, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IG (Instagram) from WBers?
Replies: 170
Views: 8117

Re: IG (Instagram) from WBers?

Brian Tuite wrote:
August 13th, 2018, 3:16 pm
At first glance I thought it said rearlove. [wow.gif] Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Let there be no doubt why you are Berserker of the Year ... [cheers.gif]
by Robert Love
August 13th, 2018, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IG (Instagram) from WBers?
Replies: 170
Views: 8117

Re: IG (Instagram) from WBers?

Me:

by Robert Love
June 10th, 2018, 6:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Akelarre - Still a solid 3 Michelin stars
Replies: 5
Views: 582

Akelarre - Still a solid 3 Michelin stars

Akelarre is excellent, an underrated gem. Not sure why it doesn't get the attention of the other three-star restaurants in Spain.
by Robert Love
May 29th, 2018, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone had a premoxed Fevre that came back to life?
Replies: 19
Views: 807

Has anyone had a premoxed Fevre that came back to life?

Paul H Galli wrote:I've had about two dozen bottles of Fevre from the 2004-2005 vintages with not a hint of Pre-Mox.
Guess I'm lucky in that regard...
I haven't had any oxidized 2004s or 05s. In my experience the awful vintage — nearly 100% shot — is 2008. I've also had some oxidized 2007s and 2009s.
by Robert Love
April 16th, 2018, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White Burgundy Premox
Replies: 87
Views: 3865

White Burgundy Premox

So, I ask you..and others: how do you account for the random intact/fine bottles if you think it's the wine?? What could the variable be IN THE WINE that causes some to go bad and leaves some pristine? One hypothesis is that premox is caused by a combination of corks and some other change e.g. chan...
by Robert Love
March 23rd, 2018, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dauvissat and "premox"...a lesson learned..yet again
Replies: 87
Views: 4452

Dauvissat and "premox"...a lesson learned..yet again

The struck match aroma is a reductive compound...and the smell of SO2 is quite different. It's too bad, I like the struck match thing, in very very limited amounts. It'd be nice if it were an easy thing to add, but you need to get the wine in the right precarious reductive state for it to happen, a...
by Robert Love
March 10th, 2018, 4:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 33511

Chicago Restaurant Thread

George Hejna wrote:Try Proxi. Salero.
Thank you, George. These look like what I was looking for. I'll check them out.
by Robert Love
March 8th, 2018, 10:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Chicago Restaurant Thread
Replies: 631
Views: 33511

Chicago Restaurant Thread

I'll be in Chicago in a week. Anything new worth trying?

I'm mostly interested in places I can sit at the bar and enjoy good food & drink after work. No need for BYOB.

Recently I've enjoyed Elske and The Loyalist.
by Robert Love
March 6th, 2018, 12:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Boston North End
Replies: 17
Views: 744

Boston North End

Robert Love wrote:There isn't much good food in the North End.
Oh, if you'd be happy with "good restaurant that serves fish" as opposed to one that focuses on it, Prezza is quite good and usually has at least a fish or two on the menu. Go for the option from the wood grill, which was swordfish last I was there.
by Robert Love
March 6th, 2018, 11:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Boston North End
Replies: 17
Views: 744

Boston North End

What’s the best place in the North End for Italian food that takes reservations and has fresh fish. Wine list not important that night There isn't much good food in the North End. Neptune Oyster is an exception—excellent raw bar and wine—but doesn't take reservations. Daily Catch is great seafood b...
by Robert Love
February 24th, 2018, 2:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2154
Views: 127872

New York City Restaurants

Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ wrote:Funny because several dinners near us were emphatically huge fans of Hemlock, kind of what you hear from Robert above. Scratch it up to different strokes / folks etc...
Sorry it didn't work out for you, Faryan.
by Robert Love
February 22nd, 2018, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinous scoring on Aldo Conterno,Vendetta or Reality?
Replies: 91
Views: 5011

Vinous scoring on Aldo Conterno,Vendetta or Reality?

Kris Patten wrote:Well, the other option is buy them yourself and make your own call. Everyone here hates critics anyways, right?!
I thought it was somms we were supposed to hate???
by Robert Love
February 15th, 2018, 4:37 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2154
Views: 127872

New York City Restaurants

For the vegetarian inclined: has anyone tried either Hemlock or Avant Garden ? Hemlock appears to be a team that is ex Casa Mono (sous chef) while Avant Garden is ex Bergen Hill / Death Co (drinks side). Both have been on my radar... Hemlock is excellent, particularly for vegetables, but everything...
by Robert Love
February 5th, 2018, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Skunk Nose
Replies: 34
Views: 911

Skunk Nose

I checked with Oliver and he confirmed that dolcetto does tend toward reduction. So perhaps a New World producer who wasn't as familiar with the grape didn't control that as well as he/she might have. Preemptive apology for the thread hijack but does anyone understand why certain grapes tend toward...
by Robert Love
February 2nd, 2018, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Festa del Barolo Gala Dinner- Who's going?
Replies: 11
Views: 871

Festa del Barolo Gala Dinner- Who's going?

I'll be at Saturday's tasting/lunch but not Friday's gala dinner.
by Robert Love
January 18th, 2018, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Fevre Clos -- I was wrong
Replies: 29
Views: 1512

TN: Fevre Clos -- I was wrong

Domaine William Fevre, Grand Cru Chablis, Clos, 2010 The recent thread about poxed Raveneau Chablis Please tell me this is an error. Please. He must mean Dauvissat, allthough there is ZERO resemblance Not Raveneau too? I think we need to be careful about talking about premox in the context of a sin...
by Robert Love
January 18th, 2018, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Fevre Clos -- I was wrong
Replies: 29
Views: 1512

TN: Fevre Clos -- I was wrong

Agree on both points. I prefer the Dauvissat Preuses to his Les Clos. It’s got a lovely mineral infused and spice laden character that is really compelling. I’ve also had better luck with premox on his Preuses. I drank a 2002 Dauvissat Preuses last night that was gorgeous: 2002 Vincent Dauvissat (R...
by Robert Love
January 15th, 2018, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Scene in Boston/Cambridge?
Replies: 84
Views: 4273

Wine Scene in Boston/Cambridge?

Ken V wrote:I live all the way past the other end of the state near Albany, NY, but do let me know when you are planning a Boston offline. I have family outside Boston and wine to pick up there.
Well if Ken is in, sign me up.
by Robert Love
January 12th, 2018, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blogger or Not???
Replies: 30
Views: 1410

Blogger or Not???

No. Bulletin boards aren't blogs. Posting on them isn't blogging.

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