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by Nick Christie
January 17th, 2020, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice Bottles Don't Necessarily Make Good Pairings: Exhibit "A".
Replies: 32
Views: 1522

Re: Nice Bottles Don't Necessarily Make Good Pairings: Exhibit "A".

I love this kind of thread...

When looking for magic, the honesty of it is part of that thrill. Certain of us will fake it a bit on a great name, but the more one is in this world of wine and flavors, we generally move towards honest reflection... if, on occasion, tactfully so :).
by Nick Christie
January 12th, 2020, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1982 Pichon Lalande
Replies: 20
Views: 1360

Re: 1982 Pichon Lalande

You really love your wife!! It would be really interesting to see how the imperial performed relative to a 750. It was incredibly delicious. We took a private room at Carbone in NYC and had about 30 guests. About 1/3 the guests had not much interest in wine (but lots of interest in cocktails) so I ...
by Nick Christie
January 12th, 2020, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another tribute wine for Burt Williams: 97` Williams Selyem Rochioli
Replies: 21
Views: 645

Re: Another tribute wine for Burt Williams: 97` Williams Selyem Rochioli

Fantastic stuff. So glad it showed so well. What a great thing to share with his daughter, Blake. Thanks for posting.
by Nick Christie
January 11th, 2020, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1982 Pichon Lalande
Replies: 20
Views: 1360

Re: 1982 Pichon Lalande

As a reminder, should anyone wish to drink a beautiful '82 Bordeaux with a genuine human product of 1982 (you know, for symmetry's sake), I offer my '82-ness Nationwide... :)

Great Note, Kelly. And Cheers.
by Nick Christie
January 2nd, 2020, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1964 Cote-Rotie: John Harvey and Sons Limited (N.Rhone, France).
Replies: 13
Views: 748

Re: TN: 1964 Cote-Rotie: John Harvey and Sons Limited (N.Rhone, France).

As others have noted, this is a tremendous note :). Very poetic.
by Nick Christie
December 25th, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere
Replies: 52
Views: 2284

Re: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere

It is a good season to think of our friends. They are with us, always.
by Nick Christie
December 12th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burt Williams RIP with added remarks
Replies: 80
Views: 3222

Re: Burt Williams RIP with added remarks

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and memories, Blake. They are very much what we love about wine and the ways it channels our special feelings towards our dear friends.
by Nick Christie
December 8th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs from tonight: 97 Chave, 00 Cristal, Chartogne-Tallet
Replies: 22
Views: 900

Re: TNs from tonight: 97 Chave, 00 Cristal, Chartogne-Tallet

Candidate for Linguistics Threat of the Year... :) Enjoyed the notes. It's always very intriguing when a famous producer/wine shows a bit differently or underwhelming than we'd hope, as is the ensuing curiosity/difficulty of describing said struggles. Certainly that was part of my experience with an...
by Nick Christie
December 6th, 2019, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard Blanc de Blanc sparkler
Replies: 45
Views: 3636

Re: Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard Blanc de Blanc sparkler

I think the fair comparison that Humberto and I discussed was this sparkling vs. an Ultramarine '15 that we had in September... I believe our sentiments were that the front-end fruit for this rhys might be more becoming than that on the Ultramarine, but that the bubbles/texture/finish of the Ultrama...
by Nick Christie
December 4th, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Weekend at Berto's II -- 04 Dom Rose, 07 Grand Annee, 67 Barolo, 89 Grange, 10 Boillot, Others
Replies: 15
Views: 898

Re: TNs--Weekend at Berto's II -- 04 Dom Rose, 07 Grand Annee, 67 Barolo, 89 Grange, 10 Boillot, Others

Boxler Found!

So much impatience... this is art as well as science. Maybe I should just drink it now this afternoon over some Premier League? I mean, you'll be just as happy with the Skrewball, right?
by Nick Christie
December 3rd, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Arcadian Syrah Robert O. Fleming Cuvée Garys' Vineyard
Replies: 14
Views: 620

Re: TN: 1999 Arcadian Syrah Robert O. Fleming Cuvée Garys' Vineyard

Fleming is a legend and he never believes how much he is beloved and missed. What a label! If there are any left over or framed on etsy, I want one...
by Nick Christie
December 3rd, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Weekend at Berto's II -- 04 Dom Rose, 07 Grand Annee, 67 Barolo, 89 Grange, 10 Boillot, Others
Replies: 15
Views: 898

Re: TNs--Weekend at Berto's II -- 04 Dom Rose, 07 Grand Annee, 67 Barolo, 89 Grange, 10 Boillot, Others

The Krug was Grand Cuvee (164)... and was a freaking delight. We've drank through them too fast, but, you know, they are delicious. This one was truly singing, particularly with an opulent egg brunch. Smooth-skinned Oracle though he may be, I think Tran's overly harsh on the Grange. For one, it's un...
by Nick Christie
December 2nd, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Weekend at Berto's, Nov 19--08 Dom, 08 Cristal, Others
Replies: 10
Views: 900

Re: TNs--Weekend at Berto's, Nov 19--08 Dom, 08 Cristal, Others

As ever, Tran's thoroughness is impressive! We even get a note on Peanut Butter Screwball Whiskey (shutters [help.gif] )... The two '08 Champagnes were the stars of today (and in the top 4 for the weekend). As I had to admit to my host, I went Team Cristal as my preference for a pop and consume, as ...
by Nick Christie
December 2nd, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Weekend at Berto's II -- 04 Dom Rose, 07 Grand Annee, 67 Barolo, 89 Grange, 10 Boillot, Others
Replies: 15
Views: 898

Re: TNs--Weekend at Berto's II -- 04 Dom Rose, 07 Grand Annee, 67 Barolo, 89 Grange, 10 Boillot, Others

As to the '89 Grange... You know, I do not know what to make of this wine. The nose is deep with soy, and over several hours the juice is still 'loud'... I drank a little each hour for like 5 hours, and then had a touch left at 8 hours. The wine benefits from the softness, but then I missed the nose...
by Nick Christie
December 2nd, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Weekend at Berto's II -- 04 Dom Rose, 07 Grand Annee, 67 Barolo, 89 Grange, 10 Boillot, Others
Replies: 15
Views: 898

Re: TNs--Weekend at Berto's II -- 04 Dom Rose, 07 Grand Annee, 67 Barolo, 89 Grange, 10 Boillot, Others

Eden Dorta as Annie is worth a drive for those in a, oh, say 5-hour radius away from Meadville... ;) Now on to discussion points: The Beautiful conversation about the 2004 Dom Rose rests upon a tremendous block of acidity. As in, served blind, you could call it Salon. To be fair, as this was shared ...
by Nick Christie
November 6th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: N.Y. Times article on " the rising star sommelier" - Anthony Cailan
Replies: 51
Views: 5184

Re: N.Y. Times article on " the rising star sommelier" - Anthony Cailan

This post already has incredible thread drift, but that Draymond Green quote (which I highly recommend watching and remember watching the night it was given) has inspired me to participate... On the one hand, I envy and truly admire people who have the capacity for self-belief and hard work to push ...
by Nick Christie
November 6th, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--"Special Dinner" Take 2019: 05 Maillard, 06 Rousseau, 16 Bachelet-Monnot, 08 Muller-Cat
Replies: 7
Views: 458

Re: TNs--"Special Dinner" Take 2019: 05 Maillard, 06 Rousseau, 16 Bachelet-Monnot, 08 Muller-Cat

I know these people! Always good to see a meeting over dinner between two of the Historic Clans of Scotland, McDougall and Wong. Both key families in the Scottish rivalries of Independence in the early 14th century. Clan McDougall famously sided against Robert the Bruce, while Clan Wong mostly staye...
by Nick Christie
October 21st, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike on Mini-Tour--Odds and Ends (Prum, Wines at Fred's, Prager, Closing German Sweetie)
Replies: 6
Views: 323

Re: TNs--Mike on Tour--Odds and Ends (Prum, Wines at Fred's, Prager, Closing German Sweetie)

Dennis Atick wrote:
October 21st, 2019, 11:44 am

Good to meet you Nick You guys sure did some good drinking that weekend. Glad I was there for some it [cheers.gif]

You were good company, Dennis. We were too. Have a lovely Fall :).
by Nick Christie
October 21st, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike on Mini-Tour--Dirty & Rowdy Comprehensive in Atlanta
Replies: 20
Views: 1039

Re: TNs--Mike on Mini-Tour--Dirty & Rowdy Comprehensive in Atlanta

For a guy with the serious Sunday task of taking a Princess to a Pumpkin Patch, Hardy put together some remarkably cogent thoughts. Excellent to get a few flights of dialogue, and he was especially helpful with some of the altitude-related questions we had. Mike Evans is a top-notch wine enthusiast,...
by Nick Christie
October 21st, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike on Mini-Tour--Odds and Ends (Prum, Wines at Fred's, Prager, Closing German Sweetie)
Replies: 6
Views: 323

Re: TNs--Mike on Tour--Odds and Ends (Prum, Wines at Fred's, Prager, Closing German Sweetie)

Our Atlanta Travels were really special. Magical wines with our magical friends. Fred's House of Music and Bordeaux is what a grown up kid dreams about. Listening to Miles Davis with a '95 Angelus and your good friends on a rainy day in the South is just an utter delight. That '05 W.S. Beerenauslese...
by Nick Christie
October 21st, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike on Mini-Tour--Odds and Ends (Prum, Wines at Fred's, Prager, Closing German Sweetie)
Replies: 6
Views: 323

Re: TNs--Mike on Tour--Odds and Ends (Prum, Wines at Fred's, Prager, Closing German Sweetie)

Putting all the odds and ends from the Atlanta trip into this thread. 2001 J.J. Prum Wehlehner Sonnenuhr Ries Spat Maybe a mite too sweet for me, but no denying its expressiveness. Mike's talked a Big Game these last few years about finally understanding German Riesling and then he writes this... h...
by Nick Christie
October 20th, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Ramey Jericho Canyon Napa Valley
Replies: 6
Views: 473

Re: TN: 2001 Ramey Jericho Canyon Napa Valley

Victor Hong wrote:
October 20th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Big oak brushes.
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by Nick Christie
October 13th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mike on Mini-Tour--Blinds at Randy's Place
Replies: 13
Views: 987

Re: Mike on Mini-Tour--Blinds at Randy's Place

You know... this was a lot of Fun! A good lineup for a Blind tasting, i.e. some interesting wines, and a few curveballs. As a whole, I don't do a lot of Blinds, but it's good to work that muscle from time to time in the right crowd. Particular good to do so with Randy and Mike Evans. They are both s...
by Nick Christie
July 17th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Zind Lynch Palmer Mouton
Replies: 12
Views: 777

Re: TN: Zind Lynch Palmer Mouton

Will be sure to look for that! I had a particularly memorable experience with a '70 Mouton back in 2009 that had been abused/kept in less than ideal circumstances... it was hanging on for dear life when opened, but silky and quite interesting for a good 30 minutes. One of the few wines I've had in m...
by Nick Christie
July 17th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Two 1990 Bordeaux
Replies: 7
Views: 1332

Re: TNs: Two 1990 Bordeaux

Very useful side-by-side, Bob! I'm an '82 so birthyear side-by-sides have been the highlights of my family wine nights with my well-planning father... Intriguing thoughts on the Angelus. I have not had that wine, so very valuable to see your comments on tasting evolution and thoughts on current lush...
by Nick Christie
July 17th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Brut champagne dying out?
Replies: 71
Views: 3165

Re: Is Brut champagne dying out?

Yes, glad to see some good observations in this thread. A good one to have started, Blake. Your champagne threads are always gold-star worth. I am always for mouthful, balance, and richness of flavors (and shudder at losing them in spirit of 'dryness' particularly in Germany), so these dryness/techn...
by Nick Christie
July 17th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Zind Lynch Palmer Mouton
Replies: 12
Views: 777

Re: TN: Zind Lynch Palmer Mouton

Fantastic lineup. Greatful to see the '81 note. So glad to see the 70 hanging on... As to the Moutons, let them rest :).

We just had an '82 (bought on release, so kept well) and loved it most with an 8-hour decant!
by Nick Christie
May 24th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy treachery
Replies: 68
Views: 4341

Re: Burgundy treachery

The older I get, I view engaging on palate or cellar advice like I do love advice: No one 'really' wants my opinion, even if they might ask for it ;) I do feel like you're asking in earnest, Kelly, so I shall share a few thoughts: 1) Ever since my first older red burgundies I had as a teenager, red ...
by Nick Christie
April 27th, 2019, 11:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Champagne?
Replies: 40
Views: 2108

Re: Decanting Champagne?

(Shrugs) Personally I don't think even the average 'experienced' wine drinker experiments/samples enough with serving temp, decanting, glassware, and other techniques. It's your wine, do as you wish with it... I've never gone Full Myhrvold (Robert Downey Jr. says to never go full Myhrvold), but if y...
by Nick Christie
April 27th, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Weekend at Berto's, Spring 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 817

Re: TNs--Weekend at Berto's, Spring 2019

We decanted/gave these wines a lot of time, so some thoughts on how a few evolved... 1) The '07 Paul Clouet benefited immensely from pop and wait... was fine when opened, but when the 2nd half was pulled from the fridge 5 hours later, it was exceptional. Much, much better integration from front to b...
by Nick Christie
April 22nd, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lunch with 16 Bordeaux, 1 standout and 10 not so good/ flawed wines on a beautiful day
Replies: 14
Views: 1260

Re: Lunch with 16 Bordeaux, 1 standout and 10 not so good/ flawed wines on a beautiful day

Wonderful notes, Blake... very revealing/interesting and definitely a journey of an afternoon.

#KeepTrudging would be fantastic crest for a wine group :)
by Nick Christie
April 22nd, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Champagne?
Replies: 40
Views: 2108

Re: Decanting Champagne?

Opened a 2002 Pol Roger Blancs de Blancs yesterday at Humberto's... Needed 4+ hours of air to really blossom into something. Had a half glass every hour, but honestly should have shown even more patience and just let it alone for at least a full 3. Particularly as Humberto (who wasn't back from doin...
by Nick Christie
April 10th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which red burg vintage (1999-2010) showing well now?
Replies: 93
Views: 4378

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

My broad brush stroke thoughts, mainly at village and Premier level. 1999 - great vintage, starting to drink really well after sullen period. 2000 - delicious - a point 2001 - a bit leaner and finer, some blossoming, some yet to fully unfurl. 2002 - fleshy, sweet fruited, ageing nicely 2003 - surpr...
by Nick Christie
March 22nd, 2019, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Breaking a fast with Krug
Replies: 8
Views: 971

Re: Breaking a fast with Krug

Love this. Utterly love this.

I've been fortunate to drink some wonderful things in my life, but beyond that, many of my great wine bottles came after weeks (intentional or unintentional) of pause. Going fully nubile into a Krug is just a joy.

Thanks for posting, Blake.
by Nick Christie
March 21st, 2019, 6:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two 2002 Donnhoff Spatlese served side by side
Replies: 7
Views: 562

Re: TN: Two 2002 Donnhoff Spatlese served side by side

Very much enjoying your Riesling notes, David. I've been opening a variety of 01 and '02 Spat from the top suspects this past year and they've been delightful. Glad to see your notes, too.

These wines being so youthful and in wonderful balance as they approach 20 is just a treasure.
by Nick Christie
February 16th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1982 Cristal
Replies: 10
Views: 515

Re: 1982 Cristal

Great note! Good to know my birth year can offer something still... Like a lot old Champagne, I feel like I'm lost too much of my verve.

Good to see Cristal rocking out.
by Nick Christie
February 7th, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner at Providence with 00` Cristal, 09` Caillot Batard and 09` Drouhin Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet
Replies: 16
Views: 725

Re: Dinner at Providence with 00` Cristal, 09` Caillot Batard and 09` Drouhin Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet

Blake Brown wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 5:48 pm
alan weinberg wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 11:21 am
lovely evening.
Alan, it was the kind of evening most of us live for.
Indeed. Would make a great quote for a crest :).

Glad to see such a fun grouping.
by Nick Christie
January 13th, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Medium aged Bordeaux: Pick 2
Replies: 14
Views: 878

Re: Medium aged Bordeaux: Pick 2

Would join the chorus advocating for leaving the 2000 vintage alone for quite some time... Like 10+ years :).

So, of your choices, Decant seriously the '95 and '01 (i.e. hours and hours) and see what happens. Hopefully good things!
by Nick Christie
January 13th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fun with Chave
Replies: 4
Views: 748

Re: Fun with Chave

By Accident, Humberto and I have had a pretty cool weekend with European Whites which play by their own rules.... This afternoon we've gone through a 2001 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann. The Chave is listed as 14.5%, this 14. I think the Z-H tastes like the lighter wine, but it is plenty ...
by Nick Christie
October 27th, 2018, 4:51 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD - 1988 Sauternes half / 375ml bottles
Replies: 3
Views: 407

Re: 1988 Sauternes half / 375ml bottles

Also sent a PM :). Very interested.
by Nick Christie
January 1st, 2018, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nobody Liked My Levet, or Lynch Bages for that matter, Hundred Acre and Hobbs To Kalon a Hit
Replies: 39
Views: 2366

Nobody Liked My Levet, or Lynch Bages for that matter, Hundred Acre and Hobbs To Kalon a Hit

Look, never apologize for getting a room with a Lynch Bages and just exploring the space. Glad you found the cool chick in the corner for New Year's.

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by Nick Christie
January 1st, 2018, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Nice Last-Minute Holiday Dinner with Bordeaux & Champagne, plus some other assorted TNs
Replies: 1
Views: 313

TNs--Nice Last-Minute Holiday Dinner with Bordeaux & Champagne, plus some other assorted TNs

I fond, fond memories of 02 Palme D'or in the ATL with some dry-rubbed ribs that had been smoking all day... I also have fond memories of 2000 Palmer, but that had been opened for 2 days :). I'm afraid to comment on a Palmer opened and drank so quickly. Haha, but you know me. Cheers to the Toronto c...
by Nick Christie
January 1st, 2018, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1989 CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD PAUILLAC
Replies: 13
Views: 908

1989 CHATEAU LAFITE ROTHSCHILD PAUILLAC

Pretty amazing wine to end a year of turmoil, Blake. Well done. So glad it was the Lafite of dreams.
by Nick Christie
December 31st, 2017, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A 2017 Observation About 1980s Vintage Bordeaux
Replies: 211
Views: 5590

A 2017 Observation About 1980s Vintage Bordeaux

Neal seems like a great dude, very funny and all that... I enjoy his posts so much.

But, man, you've stunned me with the Sociando slander, Neal.

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by Nick Christie
December 30th, 2017, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A 2017 Observation About 1980s Vintage Bordeaux
Replies: 211
Views: 5590

A 2017 Observation About 1980s Vintage Bordeaux

This is very fascinating and intriguing thread. A good one to end the year with! I will say, one of aged Bordeaux's best features is just how much it generates curiosity, skeptics and lovers alike. I certainly owe my wine love to my father having old Bordeaux around all my life. Being born in 1982 h...
by Nick Christie
December 18th, 2017, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to tell the difference between high pH and high alcohol
Replies: 71
Views: 2096

How to tell the difference between high pH and high alcohol

This is an amazing thread, featuring some amazing people who I adore. It's a topic about which I am greatly curious. And it has Dylan Thomas. Words cannot describe how fond I am of this thread.
by Nick Christie
December 18th, 2017, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to tell the difference between high pH and high alcohol
Replies: 71
Views: 2096

How to tell the difference between high pH and high alcohol

Robert.Fleming wrote:
John Morris wrote:
I think you're in a losing battle on this one, Robert.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.


~ Dylan Thomas
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by Nick Christie
December 17th, 2017, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NV Krug Brut Rose
Replies: 16
Views: 858

NV Krug Brut Rose

Your stories are great, Blake. A wine in the middle of an experience tastes differently than a wine in a lineup. Krug stories with a best friend or partner are great stories.

Deep breaths by the ocean, my friend.
by Nick Christie
December 15th, 2017, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NV Krug Grande Cuvee 163eme Edition at sunset
Replies: 5
Views: 525

NV Krug Grande Cuvee 163eme Edition at sunset

This is a better-written love story than Titanic. Also, I think you would have moved over and let the Krug on the Door with you.

Lovely evening, Blake.

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