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by Rory K.
September 22nd, 2020, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo
Replies: 49
Views: 1778

Re: Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo

Haven't had the 16s but this is an undervalued, traditional-leaning producer that I'm a big fan of. I've had a couple 11s and 10s (Bussia) and was delighted by them. Given the consistent quality in 16, you probably can't go wrong if the price is right for you. Their Villero is the best for long aging.
by Rory K.
August 30th, 2020, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Marc Hébrart Champagne Sélection Brut Premier Cru (France, Champagne)
Replies: 1
Views: 169

TN: NV Marc Hébrart Champagne Sélection Brut Premier Cru (France, Champagne)

I'd gone looking for this producer after enjoying a Jean-Paul Hebrart Premier Cru Brut NV in Spain (Azurmendi) last september and this has the been the first Hebrart that I've picked up since. Sad I missed the enovyer offer in May, but it's a pretty lovely classic champagne. NV Marc Hébrart Champagn...
by Rory K.
August 25th, 2020, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite QPR wine under $25
Replies: 63
Views: 3569

Re: Favorite QPR wine under $25

Unfortunately Sarah, the Vallana Boca and Gattinara are almost never available for under 25 in the US (especially in CA), otherwise that'd be a more regular buy I said around $25. I don't know about CA, but I recently bought 2016 Boca for $27.50 and have accumulated cases and cases of the Gattinara...
by Rory K.
August 25th, 2020, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite QPR wine under $25
Replies: 63
Views: 3569

Re: Favorite QPR wine under $25

To reiterate some above suggestions, Vina Alberdi, Ode to Lulu Rose, and Pieropan Soave are all awesome choices and regulars for me (also Pra 'Otto' Soave equally delightful). I'd add Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva, terre nere etna rosso, and the Carl Loewen Longuicher Herrenberg Kabinett Unfortu...
by Rory K.
August 25th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2042
Views: 268219

Re: Official Costco Thread

2018 Jermann Pinot Grigio 15.99, @ the Los Feliz/Atwater location in LA. WS has places out east for this low but mostly when I see it in California its ~$22-25
by Rory K.
August 17th, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 581
Views: 40773

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Have folks bought from the terroir emails Marcus has sent out? I keep missing the deadline. I don’t recall seeing any discussion about these bottles but I may have missed it. I've pieced a case together from them so far, a lot of familiar releases, just sent out in a different manner than before. I...
by Rory K.
August 14th, 2020, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine has the most prominent forest notes?
Replies: 16
Views: 715

Re: What wine has the most prominent forest notes?

Recently a 2008 Produttori Barbaresco 'Pora', had beautiful notes of pine, wintergreen, sage etc. I also felt that way about a recent Sagrantino from Paolo Bea though I can't recall which it was. When I think of decaying leaves, mushroom, moss, I see those often in older Pinot and Nebbiolo. Camphor ...
by Rory K.
August 13th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo : what to buy in en-primeur
Replies: 144
Views: 18426

Re: 2016 Barolo : what to buy in en-primeur

Thanks Martin and Lorenzo. New producer for me but the notes and pricing are very attractive. Saratoga Wine Exchange has the whole line up for those on the east coast. Fully agree. I have tasted the entire current line-up with Gianpaolo three times, last time last Saturday. Everything he’s made in ...
by Rory K.
August 5th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay - why so hard to pair with food?
Replies: 50
Views: 1990

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

When I think about all the foods Chardonnay can pair with (in its many forms), I also realize there is usually another white I would prefer. Chardonnay is never my first choice pairing if I'm going off of the food alone. So when I drink Chardonnay it's because I want that wine, not because it's the ...
by Rory K.
July 30th, 2020, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with Saxum?
Replies: 68
Views: 6302

Re: What's wrong with Saxum?

I just got the notice too that I was going to get an allocation in August... I forgot I was on the wait-list. My email records indicate I've been on since 2014. I guess now I have to decide if I want to plunk down that kind of money
by Rory K.
July 18th, 2020, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 140
Views: 13961

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

Less Zin, more Sangiovese, more Oregon Pinot. Same steady supply of Nebbiolo and Italian whites.
by Rory K.
July 17th, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you can "afford"?
Replies: 159
Views: 7544

Re: Wines you can "afford"?

My only question, for the OP and others, is why does my approach impact you in the least? Are you hoping to have someone convince you that your (ostensibly well thought out) approach is wrong? Or convince me that mine is wrong? +1 Count me as one who is confused as to the point of this whole thread...
by Rory K.
July 10th, 2020, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Steak pairing: '10 LRA Vina Ardanza or '16 Produtorri Del Barberesco
Replies: 13
Views: 1070

Re: Steak pairing: '10 LRA Vina Ardanza or '16 Produtorri Del Barberesco

Kerry W. wrote:
July 10th, 2020, 2:56 pm
Thanks all, will go with the LRA this weekend. JohnK, appreciate the alternative pairing suggestions for the barbaresco..that'll be for next time
Good choice! I had the 09 Ardanza late last year with roast lamb, terrific wine
by Rory K.
July 5th, 2020, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Brut Rosé (France, Champagne)
Replies: 32
Views: 2089

Re: TN: NV Marc Hébrart Champagne Premier Cru Brut Rosé (France, Champagne)

I had a Jean Paul Hebrart Premier Cru Brut last year, is that a related producer or a new generation?
by Rory K.
July 4th, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin @ Neiman Marcus
Replies: 18
Views: 1561

Re: Coravin @ Neiman Marcus

The neon model one is there for a good price as well, $98
by Rory K.
June 30th, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro
Replies: 6
Views: 439

Re: TN: 2008 Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro

Charlie Gierling wrote:
June 30th, 2020, 8:51 am
Pagliaro is a vineyard?
Yes I believe it's their home estate, which is mostly mixed agriculture with a third or less planted to vines. They also have another higher altitude vineyard (or subplot?) called Cerrete that they started bottling in '07.
by Rory K.
June 29th, 2020, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about sweet tobacco/cigar box notes in Bordeaux
Replies: 52
Views: 1844

Re: Question about sweet tobacco/cigar box notes in Bordeaux

Perhaps I'm misinterpreting the aroma, but I frequently find a lovely sweet tobacco note in red wines outside of Bordeaux too, like in Brunello, and some Chianti. In my case it is not, to address Mel's point above, a euphemism for leafy/stemmy, but very much like a sweet pipe or rolling tobacco. Usu...
by Rory K.
June 29th, 2020, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro
Replies: 6
Views: 439

TN: 2008 Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro

2008 Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro - Italy, Umbria, Montefalco, Sagrantino di Montefalco (6/28/2020) This Sagrantino was a bit of a tease throughout the evening, but very nearly delivered everything I asked. At first medium bodied, savory, medicinal, with cigar smoke, amaro, and...
by Rory K.
June 22nd, 2020, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Produttori del Barbaresco Riservas 2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1862

Re: Produttori del Barbaresco Riservas 2015

Reupping this thread. Who has had these? Can't find non-professional notes anywhere. It's like they don't even exist! Can't remember a quieter release than these. Well current events have been a tad distracting! They've only just been released in some markets so the timing isn't great for generatin...
by Rory K.
June 20th, 2020, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas pushback
Replies: 68
Views: 5548

Re: Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas pushback

Yes the culture sounds more than a bit behind the times, by a century or so. Fortunately they aren't quite the gatekeepers they are perceived to be. Working as a sommelier in NYC, I think the running estimate was maybe half the working somms were certified in any way.
by Rory K.
June 20th, 2020, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me
Replies: 70
Views: 3281

Re: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me

im curious if the above suggestions were all made specifically for someone who enjoys Veuve, or as good places to start with non-supermarket champagne in general? Im also in the process of trying to taste and educate myself about Champagne but am not necc excited about Veuve. Good point, no they we...
by Rory K.
June 16th, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?
Replies: 164
Views: 5778

Re: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?

1982 Margaux. Had it a couple years ago and it was quite faded and dull, perhaps I overestimated its longevity
by Rory K.
June 14th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Brunellos
Replies: 57
Views: 3883

Re: Best Brunellos

In the early part of this decade I took a pretty deep dive into the wines of Montalcino. O'Keefe's quite useful but opinionated book had just been published and the 06s were being released. I looked at CT this morning and found I have 152 notes from Brunellos I have drunk, mostly from that time per...
by Rory K.
June 14th, 2020, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Brunellos
Replies: 57
Views: 3883

Re: Best Brunellos

I love the more midweight, non-riserva Brunelli from producers like il marroneto brunello, Altesino, Fuligni, Barbi. I agree with Tom re: riservas. It's not universal of course, but I tend to prefer the regular Brunello from many producers. I haven't had the opportunity to try the traditional 'best'...
by Rory K.
June 13th, 2020, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon Pinot for $15.00 Yes Sir!
Replies: 7
Views: 1025

Re: Oregon Pinot for $15.00 Yes Sir!

I fondly remember Stangeland from when I lived in Portland. Really terrific wine, I guess I never see them on the shelves in Southern California so they fell off my radar. Thanks for reminding me of them!
by Rory K.
June 7th, 2020, 11:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me
Replies: 70
Views: 3281

Re: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me

I give a +1 to Delamotte, Hebrart, Tattinger
by Rory K.
June 3rd, 2020, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Retailer Quoting a 79 Point Rating?
Replies: 18
Views: 1456

Re: Wine Retailer Quoting a 79 Point Rating?

Back when I got those Garagiste emails, I remember him spinning a low score like that once in a while, like a sort of reverse psychology, or 'just look at how wrong they got it!' I got tired of his rhetorical style after a year or two
by Rory K.
May 30th, 2020, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What could cause Barbarescos to be valued more highly than Barolos in the future?
Replies: 21
Views: 1921

Re: What could cause Barbarescos to be valued more highly than Barolos in the future?

Excellent points here, thought it should be noted that Barbaresco is quite a bit smaller, which could lead to a greater demand dynamic as consumers become more and more aware of its quality. Plus, as someone discussed above with the Kirkland photo, the continuing rush to produce more value Baroli co...
by Rory K.
May 27th, 2020, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Late Spring Impromptu Release - April 21
Replies: 194
Views: 13454

Re: Bedrock Late Spring Impromptu Release - April 21

Received mine here in LA, already popped the Karatas and Lulu, both in good form.
by Rory K.
May 25th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which is a better Nebbiolo deal, Barolo vs. Barbaresco?
Replies: 13
Views: 934

Re: Which is a better Nebbiolo deal, Barolo vs. Barbaresco?

Oof hard call! Just because of the age and price I'd go with the Barolo. I love the style of the producer and that is a tough price to beat for a '10.
by Rory K.
May 24th, 2020, 10:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $225 Cab discussion
Replies: 99
Views: 5818

Re: $225 Cab discussion

If you can afford it and enjoy it, then why waste time talking about market valuation? Wine is not a stock, if you treat it like a commodity to be valued and priced as such you won't find much enjoyment out of it, IMHO. I know that wasn't your exact question but I feel the need to mention it. I'm on...
by Rory K.
May 22nd, 2020, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry high acid white recommendations?
Replies: 30
Views: 1207

Re: Dry high acid white recommendations?

Verdicchio, Sartarelli for something minerally, citrusy, and fresh. I'm sitting on a case of Pieropan Soave Classico as well that I adore, fresh orchard and citrus fruit, good acid.
by Rory K.
May 15th, 2020, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2042
Views: 268219

Re: Official Costco Thread

Saw some 375s of Warres 2017 Vintage Port for 29.95 at the Atwater Village Costco, great deal considering the 750s are $100+
by Rory K.
April 14th, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo or Barbaresco. Which and Why
Replies: 17
Views: 1384

Re: Barolo or Barbaresco. Which and Why

The only reason I tend to collect Barbaresco over Barolo is because of price, once you get to Valtellina or Gattinara I see more stylistic differences, but between the two Bs its about producer and vineyard.
by Rory K.
April 10th, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Prices Reset Due to Covid-19 Recession
Replies: 79
Views: 5203

Re: Wine Prices Reset Due to Covid-19 Recession

Just a data point, my local grocery store has started putting clearance stickers on a dozen or so wines (75% off). No gems, the kind of wines a grocery store would sell, but still 40$ wines going for 10-12$. Haven't seen them do that before, at least not with such a steep discount.
by Rory K.
April 6th, 2020, 12:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2867
Views: 191814

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Has anyone opened a 2013 Bedrock Syrah Griffin’s Lair recently? Need any decant? Last '13 I opened was in February of 2019, going strong and needed a decant. "Yikes this is brooding all right. Big smoky nose of black pepper, violets, some faint, under ripe blackberry, oak spice, and a bit of alcoho...
by Rory K.
March 30th, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: 1997 Mouton
Replies: 0
Views: 313

FS: 1997 Mouton

I have a single bottle of 1997 Mouton available, good fill. $400 OBO

It's in storage, which is by appointment only right now, but if someone is interested I will retrieve it and send a photo to confirm the condition for you. Los Angeles Area.
by Rory K.
March 24th, 2020, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great value plays in 2016 Barbaresco
Replies: 20
Views: 1709

Re: Great value plays in 2016 Barbaresco

La Ca Nova is an easy choice, the 2016 Barbaresco should be about 30 bucks, and I see their Montefico and Montestefano for around 40 or less sometimes. Depends on your local availability.
by Rory K.
March 22nd, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle
Replies: 160
Views: 11281

Re: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle

In the spirit of this thread, I cracked a 2009 Continuum I was given some years back. Delightful, loads of sweet tobacco and herbs. Way outside my comfort level in style and price point but zero regrets!
by Rory K.
March 21st, 2020, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 581
Views: 40773

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Opened a 2017 Ribbon Ridge Chardonnay last night, enjoyable but young! 2017 Goodfellow Family Cellars Chardonnay Ribbon Ridge Cuvée - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge (3/19/2020) A lean, tonic nose of lemon, grapefruit, asian pear, and wet stone. Light toast, very subtle oak notes. Palat...
by Rory K.
March 21st, 2020, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 581
Views: 40773

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

duplicated
by Rory K.
March 17th, 2020, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2867
Views: 191814

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

I've opened up a couple while under quarantine, a 2015 Griffin's Lair (good fruit and freshness with a dense smokey quality, but a bit of heat and felt off balance, nothing has beaten the '13 of this yet) and the 2016 Esola (very pretty soft red fruit, candied cherry, spice, red licorice? Not quite ...
by Rory K.
March 16th, 2020, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chianti Classico new releases, from the Collection tasting event
Replies: 5
Views: 658

Re: Chianti Classico new releases, from the Collection tasting event

Is this a new development? I buy Monsanto frequently, would be a shame if they stop exporting it to the US. He's referring to the "normale" (non-Riserva). The Chianti Classico Riserva is the one exported to the U.S., along with the Il Poggio single vineyard Riserva (which may now be designated as G...
by Rory K.
March 16th, 2020, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chianti Classico new releases, from the Collection tasting event
Replies: 5
Views: 658

Re: Chianti Classico new releases, from the Collection tasting event

2018 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Translucent britk red, bright and clear. Exciting, soil and red-fruit driven nose; lightly closed, today, but a great sense of place, and character already. Medium-bodied, with excellent tension, structure, and purity. This is a case/muti-case purchase can...
by Rory K.
March 14th, 2020, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino report
Replies: 23
Views: 2202

Re: the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino report

Thanks for the notes Tim, there are worse places to be holed up than Chianti, stay well!
by Rory K.
March 1st, 2020, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Castelli Vineyards Nebbiolo Estate Nebbiolo
Replies: 5
Views: 418

Re: TN: 2014 Castelli Vineyards Nebbiolo Estate Nebbiolo

Grabbed some on Beserkerday and opened a Fosco, really really good Nebbiolo. Can't wait to try one of these.
by Rory K.
February 29th, 2020, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the stigma of cali 2011's-sine qua non excluded
Replies: 28
Views: 2298

Re: the stigma of cali 2011's-sine qua non excluded

Yea sometimes vintage reputation from a more talked about area bleeds into surrounding regions, even if their vintage experience was different. I've had quite a few wonderful 11s, but now that I think of it they were all socal/central coast
by Rory K.
February 24th, 2020, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)
Replies: 3
Views: 632

Re: TN: 2018 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)

Thanks for the early look, sounds good. This is going for ~$25 in California, about what I paid for the 2014 Barbaresco!!!
by Rory K.
February 24th, 2020, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring 2020 Release Save The Date
Replies: 143
Views: 12770

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring 2020 Release Save The Date

Sadly had to hold my ground and skip this release. Budget is just too tight
by Rory K.
February 21st, 2020, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1208
Views: 56824

Re: It's critic bingo! (Shake your Medoc booty!)

That's surely distinctly repulsive? Yes, it is right up there with moist for words that make me cringe... Mercifully moist doesnt come up much in tasting notes Rory, I'll remind both my readers in my next note that the wine was "Excitingly moist", just for you! D. And snot-loads of fruit, please

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