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by James Billy
December 3rd, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love a good screw
Replies: 15
Views: 1797

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: 1797

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: 7
Views: 603

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: 1041

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: 1797

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: 7
Views: 603

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: 64
Views: 2933

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: 514

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: 1092

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: 1364

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: 3997

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: 1364

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: 1364

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: 3997

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: 503

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: 1364

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: 3997

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: 1631
Views: 195306

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: 1631
Views: 195306

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: 3997

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: 3997

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: 2845

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...
by James Billy
November 16th, 2019, 5:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 121
Views: 3648

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

"If" premox is solely due to a cork issue, then why aren't red wines affected at that same rate, or even at all?? Actually, I think there is a red burgundy producer where we are seeing premox in. Glorious young wines but the 2006s have a high rate of being oxidized, the 2008s I’ve tried were bricke...
by James Billy
November 12th, 2019, 12:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 121
Views: 3648

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

Are you saying screw caps are impermeable? If so, you couldn't be less well informed. Screw caps allow air in. You can choose how much or how little depending on the liner you use.

Let's just stay with traditional and have lots of nice wine go down the drain....
by James Billy
November 11th, 2019, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 121
Views: 3648

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

That doesn't follow. It just means that natural corks are a necessary condition for premox. It doesn't seem that they were a sufficient condition (i.e., the cause on their own), because premox is a relatively new phenomenon. As Mel's post suggests, there are a number of contributing factors, no one...
by James Billy
November 4th, 2019, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Jean Gautreau
Replies: 2
Views: 473

RIP Jean Gautreau

Sociando Mallet founder Jean Gautreau dies aged 92

https://www.decanter.com/wine-news/soci ... L_NW_daily
by James Billy
October 27th, 2019, 1:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weekend wines (Gimonnet, Domaine du Colombier)
Replies: 2
Views: 266

Re: Weekend wines (Gimonnet, Domaine du Colombier)

Gimonnet Special Club champagnes are often very good indeed. 2008 and 2012 (IIRC) spring to mind.
by James Billy
October 24th, 2019, 1:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which grand cru
Replies: 16
Views: 1780

Re: Which grand cru

alan weinberg wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 8:42 pm
Kris Patten wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 8:28 pm
Mugneret followed by Lambrays.
+1
+1
by James Billy
October 24th, 2019, 1:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 13 NZ Pinot Noirs
Replies: 8
Views: 648

Re: 13 NZ Pinot Noirs

Lamb and a Pav is a pretty good start to NZ cuisine. Probably only a Hangi could be considered more traditional fare.... But hard to do and even harder to do well (probably a bloody good match for pinot though). There are a few wines there that I might have expected to perform better, the Ata Rangi...
by James Billy
October 22nd, 2019, 5:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upright or on its side: A Theory
Replies: 56
Views: 2402

Re: Upright or on its side: A Theory

The second clause assumes away the question, doesn't it? The consensus(-1) here seems to be that laying bottles down is vastly more space efficient. No, it doesn't, and no, I don't see a majority consensus except for me. Please go on thinking you're correct and superior though. Solicitors. rolleyes...
by James Billy
October 21st, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upright or on its side: A Theory
Replies: 56
Views: 2402

Re: Upright or on its side: A Theory

Wine wasn't stored in bottles until the 17th century, and those bottles were short and squat. Wine bottles didn't come in the current shape until the early 19th century, which means storing choices analogous to today's only go back that far. It may be that storage lying down is much more efficient,...
by James Billy
October 21st, 2019, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How Long can a Finish Last?
Replies: 15
Views: 871

Re: How Long can a Finish Last?

Victor Hong wrote:
October 21st, 2019, 9:56 am
Are you talking about wine?
[rofl.gif]
by James Billy
October 20th, 2019, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Vintage Champagne Ten Years After Release?
Replies: 15
Views: 1499

Re: 2008 Vintage Champagne Ten Years After Release?

Jim Stewart wrote:
October 20th, 2019, 2:17 pm
glass half-empty kind of guy ?
Unnecessary.
by James Billy
October 20th, 2019, 2:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 65
Views: 2845

Re: Aglianico

There's a pretty good YouTube video called 'Know Wines in No Time' on aglianico.
by James Billy
October 19th, 2019, 11:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 65
Views: 2845

Re: Aglianico

Thanks, Ian!
by James Billy
October 19th, 2019, 11:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?
Replies: 39
Views: 2041

Re: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?

Not really proud to say this, but I would bet a good bottle that most French people who don't actually know how it is pronounced would butcher it. You could go from "Pee-perrr Hide-sickkkkk" to "Piii-pair Hid-sec" depending on the folks. Edit: so the good news is you can't really be wrong when talk...
by James Billy
October 19th, 2019, 2:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 65
Views: 2845

Re: Aglianico

I think if we've made it to this part of this thread it's safe to assume that you're not averse to tannins. [wow.gif]
by James Billy
October 19th, 2019, 1:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?
Replies: 39
Views: 2041

Re: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?

Neal.Mollen wrote:
October 18th, 2019, 12:47 pm
YLee wrote:
October 18th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Maybe depends on which part of France they are from?
Condom is a town in France.

Remulak. It's a small village.
by James Billy
October 18th, 2019, 10:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 65
Views: 2845

Re: Aglianico

Rory, how would you characterise aglianico? More like a N. Rhone Syrah! That said, you're probably right that barolo of the south is more about it being a serious/ageworthy wine, rather than a direct comparison. While I drink Nebbiolo (and the Nerellos) out of Burgundy bowls, I drink Aglianico out ...
by James Billy
October 18th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 65
Views: 2845

Re: Aglianico

I'm so glad I started this thread. The wealth of knowledge is overwhelming! Too many great posts to reply to individually. Thanks for all your thoughts! flirtysmile champagne.gif
by James Billy
October 18th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 65
Views: 2845

Re: Aglianico

Thanks, Rory. I take nebbiolo of the south in the loosest form. I mean, I'm sure it's nothing like it really, but just the mere suggestion (to me) means it's a serious variety that has something to excite the serious wine drinker even if the two varieties are quite different. Maybe I should have as...
by James Billy
October 18th, 2019, 2:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 65
Views: 2845

Re: Aglianico

Rory, how would you characterise aglianico?
by James Billy
October 18th, 2019, 2:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 65
Views: 2845

Re: Aglianico

Thanks, Rory. I take nebbiolo of the south in the loosest form. I mean, I'm sure it's nothing like it really, but just the mere suggestion (to me) means it's a serious variety that has something to excite the serious wine drinker even if the two varieties are quite different. Maybe I should have ask...
by James Billy
October 17th, 2019, 10:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 65
Views: 2845

Re: Aglianico

Many call aglianico the nebbiolo of the south. Very different profile but the complexity can reach highs. There are aglianico from various southern regions but I find those from Campania to be my preferred. Mastroberardino Radici and Feudi de San Gregario's various offerings. The Vulture are very c...
by James Billy
October 17th, 2019, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 65
Views: 2845

Aglianico

Ok. So I love Barolo/Barbaresco/Langhe Nebbiolo. Very keen on Etna Rossi. Don't mind a bit of Brunello and Chianti Classico. But where next? I've tasted a few Aglianicos and they look promising. Maybe a bit 'big', but it has complexity and interest (IMO.) Is this a good direction to go? Are there be...
by James Billy
October 17th, 2019, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 50
Views: 2381

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

Probably the 2015 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo Monvigliero. Had a bottle in a restaurant in Serralunga last week, then tasted it with Fabio at the winery a couple of days later. Incredible perfume, silky texture, voluminous and so long. Wide open and giving for now. Had to bust one from my cellar las...
by James Billy
October 14th, 2019, 1:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Carlisle, Pavelot, PG, Campesino . . .
Replies: 3
Views: 526

Re: TN: Carlisle, Pavelot, PG, Campesino . . .

Recent interesting bottles: Pavelot 1er Cru Les Gravains Pinot Noir 2005. No nose, tart, light cherry on the palate, acidic. I don't get anything resembling the dense fruit, earthy notes on CT. Doesn't seem to have enough fruit to age into something better. Little pleasure in this so maybe I'm not ...
by James Billy
October 14th, 2019, 1:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 71
Views: 2653

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

I think refering to fruit flavours/aromas as primary non-fruit ones in young wines as secondary and flavors/aromas that appear as the wine ages as tertiary makes it a lot simpler.

But that's just my opinion.

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