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by Nick Christie
September 15th, 2020, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LA visit Part 1:Bonville BdB,96`de Venoge Louis XV,10`Drouhin Batard,03`Laurent Clos de Beze,78`Leroy Mazi, 27`Warre
Replies: 6
Views: 433

Re: LA visit Part 1:Bonville BdB,96`de Venoge Louis XV,10`Drouhin Batard,03`Laurent Clos de Beze,78`Leroy Mazi, 27`Warre

A just reward for our intrepid explorer as he #KeptTrudging through all the old Champagne and trudged all the way a magical set-up in LA :). So happy for you, Blake. Great notes.
by Nick Christie
September 13th, 2020, 5:17 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2306
Views: 197680

Re: Steak Porn

Kotowski! "Listen up, steaks. You want a spot on this Board? You show me something. This Board doesn't say 'fine.' It says 'Kotowski.'" It's totally obnoxious, but I LOVE IT!!! Eating a steak by hand off of this cutting board is now on my post-pandemic Bucket List.... https://media.giphy.com/media/...
by Nick Christie
September 13th, 2020, 2:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2306
Views: 197680

Re: Steak Porn

Tri-tip night at the AKGrill (my porch). Only four of us, which is why I didn’t slice the whole thing down... but I had to show off that center, which can be rough to cook consistently because of the shape of the cut. Kotowski! "Listen up, steaks. You want a spot on this Board? You show me somethin...
by Nick Christie
September 3rd, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 3 champagnes incl 93`Cristal; 4 white Burgs: 6 red Burgs and 2 dessert wines
Replies: 3
Views: 444

Re: 3 champagnes incl 93`Cristal; 4 white Burgs: 6 red Burgs and 2 dessert wines

A friend entertained a few others for a pot luck type dinner on the fresh air outside patio of his home. Grilled meats and lobster tails highlighted the main entrees and the wine theme was for champagnes, white and red Burgundy. We ate and drink well and often. ..... 1995 DOMAINE RENE ENGEL CLOS VO...
by Nick Christie
August 31st, 2020, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1988 Château Pape Clément (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 7
Views: 232

Re: TN: 1988 Château Pape Clément (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

maureen nelson wrote:
August 31st, 2020, 5:59 pm
  • 1988 Château Pape Clément - France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan (8/31/2020)
    This was pretty tasty for Bordeaux. Mature, with some lift and good fruit.
Posted from CellarTracker
Hahahaha. Riveting note.

Beautiful wine, though. Meditative even :)
by Nick Christie
August 30th, 2020, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1203
Views: 56388

Re: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)

"The constrained flavor layers are just waiting to explode; it's framed by firm, exquisitely ripe, rounded [redacted] and this vineyard's signature freshness, finishing with epic length and depth. Quaking with latent power and shimmering with a kaleidoscope of electric flavors...." https://media.gi...
by Nick Christie
August 30th, 2020, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Coche-Dury Meursault-Perrieres, Corton Charlemagne, La Tache, Rousseau, Roumier, Dujac
Replies: 8
Views: 590

Re: TN: Coche-Dury Meursault-Perrieres, Corton Charlemagne, La Tache, Rousseau, Roumier, Dujac

Yeah, that 2000 Roumier Bonnes Mares.. wooof, that gets one going sensually :).

Awesome notes. Glad so many showed well, but this one especially.
by Nick Christie
August 30th, 2020, 8:08 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2306
Views: 197680

Re: Steak Porn

LOL - 7:43 AM here and I’m coming to post pics... then I saw that pic and felt exactly the same. Dinner last night below. I always find porterhouses to be more challenging, at least when you’re trying to get a good crust AND a consistent Med Rare without a gray bar around it. Last night worked out ...
by Nick Christie
August 29th, 2020, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN--(Super) birthday Syrah--2016 Myriad Halcon Syrah
Replies: 3
Views: 268

Re: TN--(Super) birthday Syrah--2016 Myriad Halcon Syrah

Halcyon Birthday Syrah :)

All of my Love to the Grammers.
by Nick Christie
August 29th, 2020, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 82` Salon, 06` Dom Ruinart, 06` Dom Perignon, a Gruner, 2 Brunellos and a Fontodi, an 89` Clerico Barolo
Replies: 9
Views: 607

Re: 82` Salon, 06` Dom Ruinart, 06` Dom Perignon, a Gruner, 2 Brunellos and an 89` Clerico Barolo

#KeepTrudging, Blake

So glad the '06 duo was splendid; Charlie Brown noises for yet another 80's missed football. Be safe, my friend. And be thankful for outside get togethers. I am going crazy in isolation with all of my own best drinking companions so far away...
by Nick Christie
August 24th, 2020, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Krug
Replies: 46
Views: 1810

Re: TN: 2004 Krug

I had the 2004 Krug about 8 weeks ago and did not love it that evening. Saved about 1 very large glass in the bottle (with a Champagne stopper) and had it the next day at lunch. It was the best wine I have had a lunch in years. Based on my experience (and a sample size of 1 is reliable, right?), I ...
by Nick Christie
August 23rd, 2020, 7:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2306
Views: 197680

Re: Steak Porn

f*ck me, but that's a beautiful plate, Michael.

Look, I made steak twice these last three days (20oz local grassfed strip and then a nice skirt sliced over a warm heirloom tomato melange), and now I want more steak. Like, a lot more.
by Nick Christie
August 23rd, 2020, 7:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2306
Views: 197680

Re: Steak Porn

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
August 22nd, 2020, 8:45 am
Flannery 24 oz NY
I'm giving you side eyes for that Cutting Board, Kotowski...

Big eyes for that delicious piece of meat. But side eyes on that board :)
by Nick Christie
August 23rd, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '12 Egon Muller QbA and '01 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese
Replies: 10
Views: 476

Re: TN: '12 Egon Muller QbA and '01 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese

Thanks for reading everyone. While I think this will drink extremely well for another decade plus, and has some room for positive development (if you like them more mature), it is so good right now there is no reason to wait. Also, look for the 01 Kabinett. It is drinking extremely well now. Too ma...
by Nick Christie
August 22nd, 2020, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '12 Egon Muller QbA and '01 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese
Replies: 10
Views: 476

Re: TN: '12 Egon Muller Qba and '01 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese

Yes! Bring forth that Riesling Truth into this Corrupt World!

*Also good notes. Looks a good time.
by Nick Christie
August 22nd, 2020, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Three Chassagne-Montrachet parcels compared (2020)
Replies: 39
Views: 1494

Re: Three Chassagne-Montrachet parcels compared (2020)

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(This is very informative stuff. Super fascinating.)
by Nick Christie
August 22nd, 2020, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns
Replies: 110
Views: 8053

Re: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns

It appears that most of what has been burning in the Santa Cruz Mountains is underbrush, scrub trees, and buildings. The former two accumulate when there hasn't been a fire for decades. As has been mentioned in other years, i's a challenge of living in a wooded area, can't do controlled burns but v...
by Nick Christie
August 19th, 2020, 8:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 / 1990 Bordeaux, including all 3x 1990 Leoville wines
Replies: 12
Views: 1047

Re: TN: 1989 / 1990 Bordeaux, including all 3x 1990 Leoville wines

How wonderful to get to try all '90 Leoville at the same time! So glad they showed so well.

Epic evening.
by Nick Christie
August 18th, 2020, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NSG Fans?
Replies: 43
Views: 1965

Re: NSG Fans?

The sentiment makes it sound like my problem is not going old enough! I had some 99 L'Arlot Clos des Forets recently but maybe I should go older. I will definitely try some Chevillon. With regions of real class, that's kind of my default answer :). I like my burgs older, in general, but NSG, especi...
by Nick Christie
August 18th, 2020, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Krug
Replies: 46
Views: 1810

Re: TN: 2004 Krug

This is a very interesting thread (because of the lack of consensus). Thanks for starting, Michael!

It's important to be able to put one's thoughts out (especially on AAA wines) with honesty. We can only taste what we taste. Very fascinating to see the divergence.
by Nick Christie
August 18th, 2020, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 Alzinger Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Loibner Weingarten
Replies: 9
Views: 319

Re: TN: 1997 Alzinger Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Loibner Weingarten

Beautiful wine! Beautiful note :).

"Beeswax, and fresh linen with undertones of honeydew." Like a Jane Austen character off on mid-morning walk pondering nature's comforts.

Keep your Gruners! Let let them get these wonderful secondary evolutionary treats.
by Nick Christie
August 17th, 2020, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: midwest offline -- donnhoff, sociando, magdelaine, vcc, et al
Replies: 11
Views: 778

Re: midwest offline -- donnhoff, sociando, magdelaine, vcc, et al

Oooooh, now I want Mark Thompson to come and visit me... Magic man with the Magic Bordeaux 80s Bordeaux is so awesome. Love when someone is truly surprised by a particularly fresh one. So glad the the '83 Old Chateau was on Song! 1990 Sociando (as you say) is a tremendous wine on its own, but when y...
by Nick Christie
August 17th, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale
Replies: 33
Views: 1602

Re: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale

William Kelley wrote:
August 17th, 2020, 10:23 am
So far, we are seeing a lot of fat and / or oxidized whites, and a lot of rather oaky, extracted reds; to the extent that the vintage's reputation is increasingly made by the exceptions to the rule...
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by Nick Christie
August 17th, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale
Replies: 33
Views: 1602

Re: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale

'05 remains very, very curious... Absolutely. The potential was clearly there, as evidenced by the great wines that were made by the likes of Coche and Mugnier; but equally, I think a lot of that potential was wasted. Tasting 2005s today, the wines often feel more like the vintage that marks the en...
by Nick Christie
August 17th, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale
Replies: 33
Views: 1602

Re: TN: 2005 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale

It is funny to think that, tasting Mugnier's 2005 reds and Coche's 2005s whites, one would arrive at an entirely unrepresentative impression of the vintage. The question is, is that because they did everything right, or because many other producers did everything wrong? I like this Question! A lot....
by Nick Christie
August 16th, 2020, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opinions on the 325 CE vintage? World's oldest bottle of wine
Replies: 31
Views: 1071

Re: Opinions on the 325 CE vintage? World's oldest bottle of wine

Yeah, I have to give you guys credit... Most of these jokes are pretty solid :).
by Nick Christie
August 16th, 2020, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1986 Chateau L'Arrosee
Replies: 2
Views: 147

Re: TN: 1986 Chateau L'Arrosee

That wine glass horizontal is super cool. Thanks for sharing the experiment, Anthony.

Very glad the old girl still had some '86 spine to carry her into 2020.
by Nick Christie
August 16th, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Unusual Suspects '10 Smith-Madrone Riesling, '08 Grower Champagne
Replies: 1
Views: 266

TNs: Unusual Suspects '10 Smith-Madrone Riesling, '08 Grower Champagne

Some fun unusual Whites this weekend with The Old Greek (my dad), who has a penchant for unusual stuff. 2010 Smith-Madrone Spring Mountain District Riesling This is my favorite Smith-Madrone to date. Conceptually, I have always been a proponent of S-M, but have had trouble putting my money where my ...
by Nick Christie
August 15th, 2020, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1985 Dominus Estate (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 7
Views: 513

Re: TN: 1985 Dominus Estate (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Love this note, Jay. Exceptionally evocative.

Also love mid-80s Cali Cabs that have mid-80s Bordeaux feel...
by Nick Christie
August 14th, 2020, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Increased corkage post-COVID?
Replies: 265
Views: 10203

Re: Increased corkage post-COVID?

c fu wrote:
August 14th, 2020, 8:48 pm
Can’t remember the last pairing that I had where I thought “not a bad deal” let alone “this is a good deal”
Ditto. So much Ditto.

Hell of an evening, Andrew :)
by Nick Christie
August 14th, 2020, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please
Replies: 88
Views: 3953

Re: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please

Wow Brad! This is the kind of stuff I'm looking for and some of it is coming together and making some sense. I also appreciate knowing how certain producers make their wines and the outcomes after tracking them over time. I may not be drinking a lot of "older" champagnes, but I'm eating this dialog...
by Nick Christie
August 13th, 2020, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rotenberg (France, Alsace)
Replies: 5
Views: 351

Re: TN: 2002 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rotenberg (France, Alsace)

2002 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rotenberg - France, Alsace (8/13/2020) This was in a really great spot. Holding on to just a tiny bit of r.s. With a delicious core of burnished fruit and framed with sufficient acid to give lift to the rich fruitiness. Perfect with fish in tomato-chili broth with fri...
by Nick Christie
August 13th, 2020, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: books ?
Replies: 74
Views: 4436

Re: books ?

It was more as a corrective to the latter that I recommended Hitler's Vineyards , as opposed to something one might enjoy on the beach or whatever. William Kelley sitting on a beach reading his copy of Hitler's Vineyards with an ice bucket of Private Cellar Krugs he buys through the illicit underwo...
by Nick Christie
August 13th, 2020, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please
Replies: 88
Views: 3953

Re: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please

I'm really trying to find the love for aged bubbly while enjoying these young dudes; thus, the thread. Oh, I think it's a great topic, because there is a Massive difference between 1) Old Champagne flavor profiles and potentially more tired bubbles compared with a young or adolescent all-star and 2...
by Nick Christie
August 12th, 2020, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please
Replies: 88
Views: 3953

Re: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please

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I was going to give William a few more hours before a PM, but thankfully... he sensed the call. Do you have any thoughts, William, about the mid-90s Krugs (95 and 96, particularly) vs. this 70s, 80s period that you describe above?
by Nick Christie
August 11th, 2020, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amazing dinner and wines
Replies: 7
Views: 758

Re: Amazing dinner and wines

That Mushroom Pan! Even the earth moved that morning in anticipation... [rofl.gif] Why yes it did? Did you feel it? Slept right through :). Our bed in Asheville was a bit rickety anyway, so I think my body didn't find anything off-putting... felt in the Triangle, though, as I woke up to a few funny...
by Nick Christie
August 11th, 2020, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amazing dinner and wines
Replies: 7
Views: 758

Re: Amazing dinner and wines

That Mushroom Pan!

And, yes, the wines look good too ;) I think '95 Krug is super underrated. Beautiful, beautiful evening. Even the earth moved that morning in anticipation...
by Nick Christie
August 10th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 85` Cristal Rose, 86` Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose, 15` PYCM La Comme, 03` Raphet Charmes
Replies: 24
Views: 801

Re: 85` Cristal Rose, 86` Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rose, 15` PYCM La Comme, 03` Raphet Charmes

#KeepTrudging

I feel you with the 80s disappointments, my friend. Less experience than you; similar results. I feel you. So bizarre.
by Nick Christie
August 8th, 2020, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming
Replies: 64
Views: 3104

Re: Explain Like I’m Five: The Method to Your Madness in Standing Wines Up Before Consuming

c fu wrote:
August 8th, 2020, 1:42 pm
I disagree. I think older wine actually needs air to shine. If it's a well stored wine of high quality, air won't hurt it.

All anyone needs is a trip to Berns where they decant pretty much everything
#TeamInfluencer on this age-old thread question.
by Nick Christie
August 8th, 2020, 6:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 1970 Borogno Barolo, 1970 Chateau la Gaffeliere, 2009 Lopez de Heredia Rosado Gran Reserva
Replies: 12
Views: 607

Re: TNs: 1970 Borogno Barolo, 1970 Chateau la Gaffeliere, 2009 Lopez de Heredia Rosado Gran Reserva

[*] 1970 Château La Gaffelière - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (8/6/2020) First got stuck on Gaffeliere after an other-worldly '47 at Bern's a few years back. Since then my brother buys up all he can find, and I reap some of the benefits as I'm not really a Bordeaux guy. The '...
by Nick Christie
August 7th, 2020, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!
Replies: 109
Views: 5945

Re: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!

Hurray for being back! Great news :)
by Nick Christie
August 7th, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett
Replies: 6
Views: 263

Re: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett

It is good to see this wine getting the reverence it deserves :). Lucky you to have them with patience and tranquility.
by Nick Christie
August 7th, 2020, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upcoming 2020 Burgundy vintage
Replies: 91
Views: 7564

Re: Upcoming 2020 Burgundy vintage

I understand the surprise you express in your last paragraph, but it might be lessened if you knew the true extent of chaptalization in the '60s, '70s and early '80s. We are talking about three or four degrees being quite commonplace. Max Léglise, the region's leading oenologist back in the day, in...
by Nick Christie
August 6th, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not enjoying wine at the moment.
Replies: 51
Views: 2487

Re: Not enjoying wine at the moment.

robert creth wrote:
August 6th, 2020, 12:37 pm
Not really enjoying much of anything. Dragged myself out for a vigorous hike after posting. Did it without headphones or music and just let my thoughts run.
Very glad hear you got out in nature. More hiking. If you feel you need to let the suffering out, Nature is the best listener.
by Nick Christie
August 6th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Nice Lunch
Replies: 12
Views: 1058

Re: A Nice Lunch

1976 Charles Noellat Clos Vougeot, Grand Cru: It opened closed, but then got going. There’s just a hint of mushroom from the cork and plenty of undergrowth development. Had was bright and measured in the mouth, with delicious cherry fruits and plenty of earth. There’s some pine needle sap and a gen...
by Nick Christie
August 6th, 2020, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Wines with Friends During Covid and Riots
Replies: 8
Views: 941

Re: Great Wines with Friends During Covid and Riots

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^How Kelly felt (beneath the wry facade) when writing this... [rofl.gif]
by Nick Christie
August 6th, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upcoming 2020 Burgundy vintage
Replies: 91
Views: 7564

Re: Upcoming 2020 Burgundy vintage

Well, firstly, natural sugars are not always so high as you seem to think. In 2017, many Côte de Nuits wines came in with natural alcohols in the high elevens or low twelves. There was a story of some Echezeaux grapes being so low in potential alcohol that they were rejected by the négociant who wa...
by Nick Christie
August 5th, 2020, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay - why so hard to pair with food?
Replies: 50
Views: 1982

Re: Chardonnay - why so hard to pair with food?

[worship.gif] Ok now we’re talking! None of this scallops and butter or shucked oysters. Too obvious! But homemade chicken/bacon fat jam for the win! I can imagine that spread on a quality baguette with a glass of Lamy St. Aubin. I bow down to you sir. As usual, all roads lead back to bacon. https:...

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