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by James Billy
January 15th, 2020, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greenock Creek Creek Block
Replies: 17
Views: 722

Re: Greenock Creek Creek Block

William, if you described them as balanced and elegant I would have lost all faith in you! [wink.gif] [rofl.gif] The thing I remember most is the intense blackcurrant aroma, strongly reminiscent of the British soft drink Ribena. The wines were not dead or even tired, they are just impossible to con...
by James Billy
January 15th, 2020, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greenock Creek Creek Block
Replies: 17
Views: 722

Re: Greenock Creek Creek Block

Not super recent, but had the 1998 and 2001 in London a few years back - very rich, confectionery blackcurrant fruit - true crème de cassis - and still lively. Will be interested to hear your report back. William, if you described them as balanced and elegant I would have lost all faith in you! [wi...
by James Billy
January 15th, 2020, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Understanding the dumb phase and aging
Replies: 63
Views: 2784

Re: Understanding the dumb phase and aging

Thanks for the detailed response. That's very interesting and useful for this debate.

It's all a bit Schrödinger's cat if you are only opening a few bottles over an extended period. [wink.gif]
by James Billy
January 15th, 2020, 3:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faury st. Joe vv brett
Replies: 16
Views: 804

Re: Faury st. Joe vv brett

The latest vintage (released earlier this year) is very clean.
by James Billy
January 14th, 2020, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Understanding the dumb phase and aging
Replies: 63
Views: 2784

Re: Understanding the dumb phase and aging

As hippy-dippy as it sounds, there have been winemaker explanations as far flung as barometric pressure due to storm fronts to vibrational wave cancellation like in sound. It is real, and chemistry hasn't been able to figure it out, unsurprisingly. As much of a hassle as it is I like that it makes ...
by James Billy
January 8th, 2020, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!
Replies: 29
Views: 2078

Re: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!

I started using it to open a bottle and then stopped as I was scared it might explode or squirt....
by James Billy
January 7th, 2020, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!
Replies: 29
Views: 2078

Re: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!

OK. Obviously I was being a bit tongue in cheek, I've only uses it once after all, but I'm glad I started this thread. The device seems a bit hit and miss (true for all cork screws to one degree or another.) I guess with experience I'll learn when to use it and when to be careful. TBH I've had so ma...
by James Billy
January 6th, 2020, 5:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!
Replies: 29
Views: 2078

Re: Well...

I have one, James. But seldom use it. Whn it works, it works fine. But on an older cork that may not have a tight seal, it can push the cork into the btl. For the hard composite corks, doesn't always penetrate the cork easily. And one, on an older wine that was well-stuck in the btl, as I continued...
by James Billy
January 6th, 2020, 5:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!
Replies: 29
Views: 2078

Re: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!

I have one I received as a Christmas gift 2 years ago. It still works fine. Has its limitations. Opened over 400 bottles. Use it all the time. BTW it’s been around for at least 8 to 10 years. Thanks. Very useful. Amazing, in fact. Why didn't you tell me before? I almost bought a Durand! [wow.gif] S...
by James Billy
January 5th, 2020, 11:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!
Replies: 29
Views: 2078

Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!

I've only tried it once - with a 5 year old DIAM sealed still wine - but the result was spectacular! Stick the needle in. Pump that baby. Pop! Out comes the cork Dom Perignon-style! champagne.gif If it does this with regular old corks, broken, falling into the bottle and other cork mishaps are a thi...
by James Billy
December 31st, 2019, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100% tariffs - effect on other regions’ prices ?.
Replies: 29
Views: 1707

Re: 100% tariffs - effect on other regions’ prices ?.

... We were notified of a pending price increase from LVMH, kicking in on the 1st of February, right across their range (from 3-7%). Perhaps other markets will cop discretionary price rises so that the Champagne houses can offset some of the tariff caused increases in The States? Interesting "share...
by James Billy
December 30th, 2019, 4:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100% tariffs - effect on other regions’ prices ?.
Replies: 29
Views: 1707

Re: 100% tariffs - effect on other regions’ prices ?.

How about if we just whisper?
by James Billy
December 29th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100% tariffs - effect on other regions’ prices ?.
Replies: 29
Views: 1707

Re: 100% tariffs - effect on other regions’ prices ?.

Ron Erickson wrote:
December 29th, 2019, 9:45 am
I could see a whole new group of destination restaurants opening up just across the border.
Good point. How about clandestine wine imports from there?

Maybe Trump needs to build another wall? [rofl.gif]
by James Billy
December 29th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 58
Views: 4348

Re: Wines of Etna

Thanks Matthew!
by James Billy
December 24th, 2019, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1109
Views: 57261

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Well, they could just take the wines off the market for a few months until tariffs kick in and the put them back on the market and who would know when they were imported and hence if they are price gouging or not?
by James Billy
December 24th, 2019, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 166
Views: 15072

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

This has to be the last big bargain before the big tariffs kick in? Back up the truck!
by James Billy
December 23rd, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 red burgundy premier cru..... sucks
Replies: 66
Views: 5076

Re: 2008 red burgundy premier cru..... sucks

Jay Miller wrote:
December 23rd, 2019, 11:08 am
I'd like to play but am trying not to touch my 2008s for another 10 years or so. Loved them on release and expect to love them when they're ready.
This
by James Billy
December 23rd, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 red burgundy premier cru..... sucks
Replies: 66
Views: 5076

Re: 2008 red burgundy premier cru..... sucks

I'm finding only simplest, lowest level reds are drinkable. The rest need time....
by James Billy
December 23rd, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allemand Bretty?
Replies: 86
Views: 3742

Re: Allemand Bretty?

Brett isn't an issue for 99% of Northern Rhone IME. Wow, I can’t even say that, and look at my signature! ;) I'm very sensitive to Brett. Most of my tasting has been in France. I haven't tasted many board favourites there (including the OP Domaine.). Either it's an issue with certain top Domaines o...
by James Billy
December 20th, 2019, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allemand Bretty?
Replies: 86
Views: 3742

Re: Allemand Bretty?

Brett isn't an issue for 99% of Northern Rhone IME.
by James Billy
December 20th, 2019, 2:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allemand Bretty?
Replies: 86
Views: 3742

Re: Allemand Bretty?

Tasting young Northern Rhone's isn't fun on the whole. Many reduced wine/reduction.
by James Billy
December 16th, 2019, 10:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Jadot Clos St. Denis - Domaine Gagey versus Negociant bottlings
Replies: 50
Views: 2476

Re: Louis Jadot Clos St. Denis - Domaine Gagey versus Negociant bottlings

Because there is no Domaine Jadot version of the Clos St. Denis. Just for clarification, while there isn't any 'Domaine des Héritiers Louis Jadot' Clos St Denis, there is a 'Domaine Andre Gagey' CSD...and many people refer to both of those as Domaine Jadot. Just to clarify the clarification, in add...
by James Billy
December 16th, 2019, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Jadot Clos St. Denis - Domaine Gagey versus Negociant bottlings
Replies: 50
Views: 2476

Re: Louis Jadot Clos St. Denis - Domaine Gagey versus Negociant bottlings

You really need to be a geek to under these wines. Then it's straightforward [snort.gif]
by James Billy
December 12th, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Jadot Clos St. Denis - Domaine Gagey versus Negociant bottlings
Replies: 50
Views: 2476

Re: Louis Jadot Clos St. Denis - Domaine Gagey versus Negociant bottlings

Thanks. Why are the Domaine Jadot wines not being discussed in this thread?
by James Billy
December 12th, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Jadot Clos St. Denis - Domaine Gagey versus Negociant bottlings
Replies: 50
Views: 2476

Re: Louis Jadot Clos St. Denis - Domaine Gagey versus Negociant bottlings

Where does Domaine Louis Jadot fit in with the Domaine Gagey Vs Negociant debate?
by James Billy
December 3rd, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love a good screw
Replies: 15
Views: 1921

Re: Love a good screw

No idea what you're on about.
by James Billy
December 2nd, 2019, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love a good screw
Replies: 15
Views: 1921

Re: Love a good screw

And your wines don't develop? Strange.

At least you can open one when it's 50 years old and say, "wow! This wine is amazing! Tastes like it's still young!"

And you can save on those expensive wine storage facilities [wink.gif]
by James Billy
December 1st, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series
Replies: 8
Views: 835

Re: TN: 2016 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series

Thanks, Jeremy.

I tried both and thought the '15 had amazing depth and concentration. Haven't had them side by side, though.

I usually find Giaconda more tightly coiled and, often, marked by oak, needing many years to show its best.
by James Billy
December 1st, 2019, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Burgundy Village Wines !
Replies: 11
Views: 1145

Re: 2005 Burgundy Village Wines !

alan weinberg wrote:
November 30th, 2019, 5:06 pm
funny. Mortgage your home. I did that to buy 99 DRC after tasting them in barrel still the domaine. Great decision.
Sell them. Pay off your mortgage. Buy lots of regular Burgundy with the remainder champagne.gif
by James Billy
December 1st, 2019, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love a good screw
Replies: 15
Views: 1921

Re: Love a good screw

Todd, When screwcaps are scientifically proven to allow air into the bottles at rates predetermined by the manufacturer, why would you just come out and say only corks allow wines to develop in a reasonable amount of time? Australians like Jeremy have been cellaring wines under screwcap for around 2...
by James Billy
December 1st, 2019, 4:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series
Replies: 8
Views: 835

Re: TN: 2016 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series

Jeremy, nice note.

What do you think of the 2015 vintage?

If Leeuwin is Australia's Batard, what would you say Giaconda is?

Cheers! [cheers.gif]
by James Billy
November 29th, 2019, 9:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?
Replies: 65
Views: 3312

Re: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?

Calon Segur (passive cellar) drinking superbly well.
by James Billy
November 25th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Guigal St. Joseph Lieu Dit Rouge
Replies: 12
Views: 553

Re: TN: 2015 Guigal St. Joseph Lieu Dit Rouge

One benefit of Guigal wines is that they show very well young. Many Northern Rhones are heavily reduced when young and pretty undrinkable.
by James Billy
November 24th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perception of Acidity in Wine Over Time
Replies: 20
Views: 1147

Re: Perception of Acidity in Wine Over Time

3. Some high acid wines (e.g., Burgundy, nebbiolos from Northwest Italy, some Northern Rhone syrahs) can develop a kind of sweet fruit with age that balances out the acidity that may have been conspicious young. This is counter-intuitive, since it's more common for wines to show their fruitiness wh...
by James Billy
November 24th, 2019, 1:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New plantings in Barolo to be halted for 3 years starting in 2020
Replies: 18
Views: 1398

Re: New plantings in Barolo to be halted for 3 years starting in 2020

GregT wrote:
November 24th, 2019, 12:16 am
Yes!

It's the influencers!

Get out there man and post some hot selfies and stuff on Instagram!
You know who I'm talking about [wink.gif]
by James Billy
November 23rd, 2019, 11:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day
Replies: 86
Views: 4147

Re: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day

Possibly nebbiolo is more of a crapshoot in the cellar than other major wines, but I suspect at least part of the variability of old Barolo is not on account of the crapshoot but on account of those older wines just having been flawed from birth - too much unattended time in cask indifferent to int...
by James Billy
November 23rd, 2019, 11:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New plantings in Barolo to be halted for 3 years starting in 2020
Replies: 18
Views: 1398

Re: New plantings in Barolo to be halted for 3 years starting in 2020

Jeff Vaughan wrote:
November 23rd, 2019, 3:57 pm
I agree with Eric. Who knows where the best sites may be 50 years from now. The best sites 50 years ago were in warm spots, where the snow melted first. Now some of those sites are challenging in the hot years. Hard to say 50 or 100 years from now.
This, too!
by James Billy
November 23rd, 2019, 11:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New plantings in Barolo to be halted for 3 years starting in 2020
Replies: 18
Views: 1398

Re: New plantings in Barolo to be halted for 3 years starting in 2020

The entrenched are trying to protect themselves. They may end up with surplus. But it's a dumb move anyway. If a producer feels that "Barolo" is generic enough that some schmuck can come in and compete that easily, then maybe that producer shouldn't be in business himself. And if they're worried ab...
by James Billy
November 23rd, 2019, 9:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day
Replies: 86
Views: 4147

Re: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day

Just a guide. A starting gambit. You drink one after 8 years. Make a judgement based on that bottle. Ready? Nearly read? Moving in the right direction? Still needs lots of time? Infanticide? Repeat at suitable intervals. Bottles that NEED 30 years are the exceptions. Plenty of bottles are still soun...
by James Billy
November 22nd, 2019, 10:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Day out in Sauternes Nov. 2019 - 12 châteaux
Replies: 6
Views: 531

Re: Day out in Sauternes Nov. 2019 - 12 châteaux

Nate Simon wrote:
November 22nd, 2019, 8:33 am
Amazing. I can’t imagine the toll taken by trying that many sweet wines in one day.
Spit!
by James Billy
November 22nd, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New plantings in Barolo to be halted for 3 years starting in 2020
Replies: 18
Views: 1398

Re: New plantings in Barolo to be halted for 3 years starting in 2020

Maybe regrafting to nebbiolo from other varieties could be stopped, but replacing old nebbiolo with new should be allowed.
by James Billy
November 22nd, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day
Replies: 86
Views: 4147

Re: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day

8-20 years is a good guide.

Not sure I'd agree that terroir is blurred by age, though. The very top Burgundy GCs are often smoothered by new oak when young only to reveal themselves with age.
by James Billy
November 22nd, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1738
Views: 210427

Re: Official Costco Thread

I'd much rather drink the Kirkland over the Fever.
by James Billy
November 22nd, 2019, 4:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1738
Views: 210427

Re: Official Costco Thread

John Kight wrote:
November 21st, 2019, 9:17 am
s.nellessen wrote:
November 21st, 2019, 8:48 am
Any tn’s on the ‘17 Kirkland Chablis 1er?
Nope, but it's always a stellar value (though something I would view as a "drink now" wine and not consider cellaring for more than 2-3 years).
2-3 years? [swearing.gif]
by James Billy
November 22nd, 2019, 3:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day
Replies: 86
Views: 4147

Re: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day

Mel Knox wrote:
November 21st, 2019, 12:53 pm
When the Moonie hits your eye
Like a big pizza pie
That s LaMorra!
FIFY
by James Billy
November 22nd, 2019, 3:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day
Replies: 86
Views: 4147

Re: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
November 21st, 2019, 11:37 am
I saw it on Facebook and vehemently disagree with the suggestion that 2004 and 2010 are 'ready' or 'pop n pour' - no way.
+1
by James Billy
November 18th, 2019, 9:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 65
Views: 2970

Re: Aglianico

So, I guess that California Cabernet and SOUTH Australian Shiraz cannot taste modern because the grapes have been around for a long time? Or are these wines traditional because they are sweet and have water added to them to get the alcohol under control (doubt they use lead). [scratch.gif] [stirthe...

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