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by Rory K.
January 14th, 2020, 9:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1739
Views: 210779

Re: Official Costco Thread

The Atwater Village Costco (near Glendale, CA) until recently had a relatively poor wine selection and just expanded it (probably twice the size as it was before). The usual suspects (Oyster Bay, Guidal CdR) but plenty of new drinkable standards to explore too. Very happy that this location rectifie...
by Rory K.
January 13th, 2020, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Chateau Lanessan. This is why we do it.
Replies: 44
Views: 1643

Re: TN: 1999 Chateau Lanessan. This is why we do it.

K&L sold a tranche of these a couple years ago and I jumped on it, its what turned me on to Lanessan!
by Rory K.
January 4th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Understanding the dumb phase and aging
Replies: 64
Views: 2923

Re: Understanding the dumb phase and aging

Hi Joseph, I've not found a clear and consistent way to predict it other than experience. It tends to happen most with thin skinned varieties like Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo, and with more traditional producers rather than those described as modernist, but again these are generalizations. Kirk's sugge...
by Rory K.
January 4th, 2020, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Understanding the dumb phase and aging
Replies: 64
Views: 2923

Re: Understanding the dumb phase and aging

Hi Joseph, I've not found a clear and consistent way to predict it other than experience. It tends to happen most with thin skinned varieties like Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo, and with more traditional producers rather than those described as modernist, but again these are generalizations. Kirk's sugges...
by Rory K.
December 26th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Better Than Average Kabinett
Replies: 49
Views: 1659

Re: Better Than Average Kabinett

Someone around here turned me on to Carl Loewen herrenberg Kabinett, which is readily available for 16-22$ in most areas. I enjoy it quite a lot
by Rory K.
December 5th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
Replies: 2
Views: 371

TN: 2012 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

Will we ever have a vintage where they don't make the riservas again? Maybe '17, but who knows... This definitely shined tonight, the best bottle of PdB I've had in a while. 2012 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco (12/4/2019) Just about hitting it's stride for...
by Rory K.
November 29th, 2019, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falanghina Fan Club
Replies: 26
Views: 1438

Re: Falanghina Fan Club

Falanghina, Fiano, Greco di Tufo, Southern Italian whites are fun
by Rory K.
November 25th, 2019, 8:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Asili
Replies: 19
Views: 1669

Re: TN: 2011 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Asili

Just a data point but the '11 Ovello I opened yesterday was tight as a clam. Acid was very robust, and I like tart wines, but this took 4-5hrs to open and never really was very giving. Maybe warmer crus like Rabaja and Asili are doing better
by Rory K.
November 21st, 2019, 12:01 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

It depends what you want from aging wine, if all you're looking for is for some of the hard edges and structure to soften and open up then sure it's 'sufficient', but Barolo can transform as it ages, and that takes much longer. It's common these days to make a wine that is very good on release or af...
by Rory K.
November 18th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: William and Mary 2017 Save the Date
Replies: 55
Views: 4818

Re: William and Mary 2017 Save the Date

Any thoughts on opening up a 17 proprietary red this young? Would it be a complete waste? I haven't tried this producer yet and I'd like to get an early look now that they've arrived. Rory, open one. Smile and enjoy it. I'm sure you'll enjoy it, but I'd decant it for MANY hours. 4 hours double deca...
by Rory K.
November 18th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 5760

Re: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

The list is always fairly unsurprising in how commercial and mainstream it is, but this year seems to go a lot further. Pretty boring spread of wines even for them, at least no price hikes for the good stuff! I think that is part of what goes into picking the list. WS wants to list wines that the U...
by Rory K.
November 17th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Asili
Replies: 19
Views: 1669

Re: TN: 2011 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Asili

Well that's great to hear, the two 8s I've had (Rabaja and Pora) were both youthful beasts, still nice to drink but not there yet. Maybe I'll mark down my '11 Ovello to try next.
by Rory K.
November 16th, 2019, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me understand this flaw.
Replies: 19
Views: 916

Re: Please help me understand this flaw.

There is a flaw, at least in our opinion, that we refer to as stinky/cheesy feet. We have noticed this most often in older (10+ years bottle age) right bank Bordeaux. Our best description is varying degrees of stinky, cheesy feet. Most of the affected wine have previously been lower price producers...
by Rory K.
November 16th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 5760

Re: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

6 cabs, no pinot, no nebbiolo, no syrah (short of a GSM blend), no riesling? especially with how good 2015s and 2016s released this year are in some of those varieties... #notmytopten The list is always fairly unsurprising in how commercial and mainstream it is, but this year seems to go a lot furt...
by Rory K.
November 15th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: William and Mary 2017 Save the Date
Replies: 55
Views: 4818

Re: William and Mary 2017 Save the Date

Any thoughts on opening up a 17 proprietary red this young? Would it be a complete waste? I haven't tried this producer yet and I'd like to get an early look now that they've arrived.
by Rory K.
November 13th, 2019, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines helped by climate change
Replies: 45
Views: 1533

Re: Wines helped by climate change

The frequency of excellent vintages in Barolo/Barbaresco seems to be increasing, but as mentioned, this is a short term benefit as the frequency of hot vintages is also on the up
by Rory K.
November 13th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2341
Views: 154607

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2014 Hudson Vineyard South Syrah T'n'S Block I've been opening up more Bedrock to make room for some deliveries, and now I'm kicking myself for not adding Hudson to the latest order. Delightful right out of the gate. Shifting profile of violets, olive tapenade, saucisson, and blackberry. Similar, if...
by Rory K.
November 10th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--TABULATIONS COMPLETE (OP)
Replies: 193
Views: 14717

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

Sad to say no real discoveries this year but the top wines I can remember Paolo Bea Sagrantino Passito 2006 Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva 'Pora' 2008 Sean Thackrey Orion 2011 A. Rafanelli Zinfandel 2013 Now that I think about it my discovery is that I'm drinking more California wine than I used ...
by Rory K.
November 6th, 2019, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2341
Views: 154607

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Lot of action on this thread! I just grabbed four from offsite to try and clear some room for the two deliveries I'm waiting on from Bedrock. 2017 Dolnsek An awkward start, but after 20 minutes in the glass this was all strawberry and rhubarb, with a touch of plum jam, and something medicinal. Snapp...
by Rory K.
November 6th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2341
Views: 154607

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2016 Bedrock Evangelho Vineyard Pure class in a glass. Such an elegant Zin. Medium-bodied and dipping into the red range of fruits, with lift, polish and grace. An almost floral nose, like pepper-fruit, if that makes any sense. Popped the 2017 tonight. Really, is there a more elegant, silky Zin mad...
by Rory K.
November 6th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 vintage: Chianti Classico, Montalcino, etc.
Replies: 4
Views: 659

Re: 2019 vintage: Chianti Classico, Montalcino, etc.

Thank you for the update Tim! Glad to hear of your travels. With CC has had a few very nice vintages out of the past handful, and our cup runneth over
by Rory K.
October 29th, 2019, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: visit to Paolo Bea
Replies: 6
Views: 674

Re: visit to Paolo Bea

Very jealous Tim, sounds like a good visit!
by Rory K.
October 26th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions
Replies: 119
Views: 6763

Re: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions

Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon is around 15-17 depending on where you are. Chile/Argentina are great sources of more inexpensive Cabs and Cab blends too.
by Rory K.
October 26th, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Pairing for Beef Pho
Replies: 16
Views: 811

Re: Wine Pairing for Beef Pho

dry Riesling or a crisp light white wine would work (off-dry if spicy), though beer is better.
by Rory K.
October 18th, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 65
Views: 2971

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 Rory K.
October 17th, 2019, 10:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 65
Views: 2971

Re: Aglianico

For Aglianico de Vulture, I love Elena Fucci, see if you can find one at auction that's 10 years old or more, they tend to be a bit wild young. I hate the term nebbiolo of the south, while Aglianico can be very long lived and complex it's a complete different style of wine
by Rory K.
October 16th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 69
Views: 1891

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

Everything that's come to mind has been said for me, Schiopetto, Elena Walch, Terlan, Jermann. I also enjoy Ermacora. Good Pinot Grigio is a wonderful thing, though rarely a 'serious' thing... shame about its reputation.
by Rory K.
October 11th, 2019, 9:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 391
Views: 25834

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Anyone commit infanticide on a 2017 Whistling Ridge or Durant Pinot Noir yet? :) Yep, opened a '17 WR, very delicate red berry fruit, wild strawberry, touch of thyme, medium to light weight and overall very easy to drink, not nearly as complex as the '15 I had two months ago. More medicinal and min...
by Rory K.
October 11th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 italian wine suggestions
Replies: 23
Views: 948

Re: 2014 italian wine suggestions

Difficult year in many regions, but Barbaresco did very well, so did Sicily (esp Etna Rossos). Barolo, Tuscany, and Veneto will have more variability. That's my 2c off the top of my head
by Rory K.
October 10th, 2019, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 4020

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

What surprised me is that they plan on keeping San Francisco and Marin Counties electricity going when all of the counties around them are shutdown. How are they routed through other counties and not endangering them is a mystery for me (Sonoma, mendicino, Napa). Well I don't know about SF but Mari...
by Rory K.
October 5th, 2019, 10:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Bigger, Bolder” Oregon Pinots
Replies: 24
Views: 2024

Re: “Bigger, Bolder” Oregon Pinots

I've never thought of Big Table Farm as that big and bold. I wouldn't call it light and shy or necessarily AFWE, but is it consensus this is a big Oregon Pinot? Not really the first impression I've had. Big for Oregon IMHO, and that't not meant as a slight in the least. That's why I felt they were ...
by Rory K.
October 4th, 2019, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Bigger, Bolder” Oregon Pinots
Replies: 24
Views: 2024

Re: “Bigger, Bolder” Oregon Pinots

Big Table Farm is made by some former Napa folks, nice and full bodied, I'd even say lush at times, but still quite balanced.
by Rory K.
October 2nd, 2019, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 1118
Views: 58107

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

I managed to get a whole suitcase full of Rioja, Sherry, and little cans of foi gras out of Madrid two weeks ago and customs waved us all through, now I wish I'd done two suitcases!
by Rory K.
October 1st, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: William and Mary 2017 Save the Date
Replies: 55
Views: 4818

Re: William and Mary 2017 Save the Date

Grabbing three of the Proprietary Red, haven't tried any so this will be a good starting point to see if they're my speed.
by Rory K.
September 15th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: San Sebastian
Replies: 114
Views: 8687

Re: San Sebastian

Reupping this thread as I have just (or nearly just) completed my first trip to the region. I traveled solo, so Extebarri was unfortunately not possible as they do not allow 1p rez, but I had wonderful meals at Azurmendi, Elkano, Bodegon Alejandro, and Alameda. Sharing my notes for referenced... Azu...
by Rory K.
September 4th, 2019, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 barbaresco buying intentions?
Replies: 49
Views: 5294

Re: 2016 barbaresco buying intentions?

I'm watching the 2016 Produttori trickle onto California shelves (digitally). If I can find a good price I'll be going for a case of that (which is very, very rare occurrence for me). We'll see if I can push my local Total Wine to order it for something like the 29-31$ price they for the prior vint...
by Rory K.
August 29th, 2019, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 barbaresco buying intentions?
Replies: 49
Views: 5294

Re: 2016 barbaresco buying intentions?

I'm watching the 2016 Produttori trickle onto California shelves (digitally). If I can find a good price I'll be going for a case of that (which is very, very rare occurrence for me). We'll see if I can push my local Total Wine to order it for something like the 29-31$ price they for the prior vinta...
by Rory K.
August 24th, 2019, 11:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 163
Views: 9317

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

Yes, this was a lower end Chard, for sure. Mass market. Don't even recall what producer, I suppressed it. But a few months back I had Stag's Leap (which was also on the cheaper side, admittedly) - same thing. And numerous other ones. It's what's kept me away from Chards over the years and only by t...
by Rory K.
August 20th, 2019, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 391
Views: 25834

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

PSA-it feels like the 2015s are starting to shut down a bit. The vintage has enough fruit to have a presence now, but some bottles are closing up. Thanks for the PSA! I just drank a 2015 Whistling Ridge Pinot of yours. Still plenty of fruit in this bottle, a tad hesitant on the nose, but all the ri...
by Rory K.
July 29th, 2019, 11:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 13010

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

Jeff_D wrote:
July 29th, 2019, 6:21 pm
I have not received any notice yet of wish list. Been a long time list member.
same, no email of any kind. I bought 11 bottles and wished for 1!
by Rory K.
July 26th, 2019, 10:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Paolo Bea Umbria San Valentino (Italy, Umbria)
Replies: 4
Views: 351

Re: TN: 2009 Paolo Bea Umbria San Valentino (Italy, Umbria)

Glad to see some Paolo Bea make the board. I just picked up some 2011 Pipparello and Pagliaro. Haven’t had the SV before. Anyone have a lot of experience with the different wines they produce? Would be interested in perspectives on some of the others. Still haven't tried the Cerrete I have in my ce...
by Rory K.
July 26th, 2019, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 13010

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

I haven't received my offer yet since I have not previously purchased from the winery directly. My only experience with Bedrock was through the 2015 OVZ which Wine Spectator built up with their 93 point rating and ranking as #12 on their top 100 wines of the year in 2017. I'm afraid that WS built u...
by Rory K.
July 24th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 13010

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

Anything I absolutely have to get in this release? I have a massive allocation for some reason, so I should have an opportunity to grab anything. I'd like to keep it 12 bottles or under, however. Everything seems so tantalizing though... Just click “Purchase Allocation” and be done with it. newhere...
by Rory K.
July 24th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Bordeaux
Replies: 20
Views: 1512

Re: 2015 Bordeaux

While many Bordeaux nuts will say 14 and 16 are better vintages [stirthepothal.gif] ... 2015 is a great vintage for someone still getting to know Bordeaux, as there are a lot more early drinking examples. 16 is shaping up to be terrific, and 14 very classic, but the ripeness of 15 will be a good bri...
by Rory K.
July 23rd, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 13010

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

Mixed case for moi has well, with old hill and grenache, and Wish list evanghelo single block, this was a bigger order than I had planned on, but oh well
by Rory K.
July 23rd, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2341
Views: 154607

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Found a '17 Lorenzo on a local shelf and grabbed it. Surprisingly open given what I remember from the pick up tasting. Big plummy red fruit, licorice, tobacco, smoke...Plenty of sandy tannin. Delicious over two days
by Rory K.
July 20th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help a newbie with 2016 BDX in the ~$50-$75 range
Replies: 47
Views: 2364

Re: Help a newbie with 2016 BDX in the ~$50-$75 range

Cantemerle and Gloria are good options
by Rory K.
July 14th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone using Weinboxes?
Replies: 154
Views: 10657

Re: Anyone using Weinboxes?

How high can these be stacked safely? I see that Carlos has them 8 high, but would anyone who has them have any concerns about 9 or 10 high stacks? I'd say only a problem if the stack was free standing with room around for it to wobble side to side. Wedged up against one another with a wall behind ...
by Rory K.
July 10th, 2019, 9:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 168
Views: 14171

Re: Downstream Wines

And here I thought 'downstream' had a negative connotation... [scratch.gif]
by Rory K.
July 10th, 2019, 9:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Rabajà
Replies: 2
Views: 589

Re: TN: 2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Rabajà

Warren Taranow wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 8:56 pm
Rabaja is the only riserva I don't have from 2008. : (
I backfilled from Vinopolis a couple years back, the Rabaja and Asili were at quite the premium :/

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