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by Rory K.
September 15th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: San Sebastian
Replies: 114
Views: 8134

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: 31
Views: 3014

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: 31
Views: 3014

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: 147
Views: 6418

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: 347
Views: 21434

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: 12412

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: 315

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: 12412

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: 12412

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: 1407

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: 12412

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: 2225
Views: 145105

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: 2271

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: 10040

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: 109
Views: 6660

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: 571

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 :/
by Rory K.
July 10th, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Generally speaking, what type of wine is the best food wine?
Replies: 46
Views: 1689

Re: Generally speaking, what type of wine is the best food wine?

I mean you can't really choose a region like this. Good acid and moderate abv are +++, heavier, higher abv, more extracted wines limit you and also you just can't drink as much of those! Champagne and Chianti are the most likely (and versatile) choices for me.
by Rory K.
July 10th, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Rabajà
Replies: 2
Views: 571

TN: 2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Rabajà

2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Rabajà - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco (7/10/2019) A fabulous, ethereal Barbaresco that is in a perfect place for my own taste, but will go for a couple decades more. TLDR, don't be ashamed to open this one now with a decant if you like a bit ...
by Rory K.
June 30th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: San Sebastian
Replies: 114
Views: 8134

Re: San Sebastian

This is a very helpful post! I'm heading to San Sebastian on a little solo trip in September and am planning on lunches at Martin Berasategui, Kokotxa, Elkano, and Alameda, with an eye towards Bodegon Alejandro too. Would love any updated impressions anyone has, I'd almost like to cut one of those o...
by Rory K.
June 30th, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sunday discussion time only $17.73 to spend today.
Replies: 38
Views: 1372

Re: Sunday discussion time only $17.73 to spend today.

Perhaps a Louis Martini Sonoma Cab? A Felsina Chianti Classico might be a dollar too much so you'd need a coupon, but Monsanto CCR at Costco will do, or pretty much any white wine from Friuli!
by Rory K.
June 27th, 2019, 10:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 347
Views: 21434

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

For the debates tonight, opened the 2012 Whistling Ridge Chardonnay (n/k/a Richard’s Cuvee) and the 2013 Richard’s Cuvee Chardonnay. My last bottle of 2012 and my first of four bottles of the 2013. Opened both about an hour before drinking. The 2012 did not have the matchstick note that many have c...
by Rory K.
June 24th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about mildly aged (early 2000s) Zind-Humbrecht
Replies: 9
Views: 933

Re: Question about mildly aged (early 2000s) Zind-Humbrecht

OK, thanks guys for the responses so far. The 01 Muscat was particularly distressing ("shrill" is the adjective I'd use) because it was such a tremendous year in Alsace (at least for my tastes). What were the flaws you encountered? Shrill sounds like it could just be a matter of taste, but I don't ...
by Rory K.
June 16th, 2019, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth
Replies: 57
Views: 3427

Re: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth

Demand more of the public? I regret to inform you, "the public" are not the target market of these 1st growth Chateaux.... It has been a long while since the average consumer of fine wine was the goal of these establishments, it has seemed to me, for a decade at minimum, that these Chateaux target a...
by Rory K.
May 27th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 3391

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

Bio-dynamics unfortunately has a lot of voodoo, for lack of a better word, but the approach and goals are great IMO. Even if the benefits were proven only to be environmental and not related to taste I would be all for it, however as a regular gardener I have a hard time believing that focusing on a...
by Rory K.
May 20th, 2019, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?
Replies: 62
Views: 3331

Re: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?

I think it has gone too far, but hopefully time and the consumer will have a net postive influence. Burgundy has had centuries for those vineyards to develop a track record/reputation/history. California's situation is single-vineyard=more $$$, so just invent vineyards and block names as you go alon...
by Rory K.
May 18th, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 50 italian wines (report in french)
Replies: 11
Views: 987

Re: 50 italian wines (report in french)

Thank you for such a thorough and eclectic report. I love seeing some many Italian wines in one place! Porta de Vertine was a very interesting Chianti project that is unfortunately closed down, but they made a fierce Chianti and a delightful Rosato.
by Rory K.
May 16th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Failed Master of Wine Dissertations (from Hosemaster of Wine)
Replies: 41
Views: 2267

Re: Failed Master of Wine Dissertations (from Hosemaster of Wine)

Eric Egan wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 11:27 am
The Harvest Yogurt; Effects of the Bearded Vigneron's Microbacterial Cultures on the Fermentation Process.
You joke but....
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rogue_Beard_Beer
by Rory K.
May 14th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino
Replies: 20
Views: 688

Re: TN: 1995 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino

Never a better time to love Brunello! Problem with those mid to late 90s bottles however, is many producers were hardcore spoofing their Brunelli. There are a number of estates in Montalcino that have the same narrative of going all in on big, dark, barrique aged Sangiovese in the 1990s, and then di...
by Rory K.
May 14th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley)
Replies: 5
Views: 573

Re: TN: 2013 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley)

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
May 14th, 2019, 8:38 am
I have a few of these remaining, as well as Lytton Springs - trying to keep my hands off them and see how they age but it's really difficult to do so.
I empathize, I only have two left and based on this bottle it will keep improving for another 10 years.
by Rory K.
May 14th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The search for a “wow” Rosé
Replies: 129
Views: 5358

Re: The search for a “wow” Rosé

I'll +1 to Emidio Pepe and Valentini's Rosato, but neither are easy to find.

In the US, I also love Tercero and Ode to Lulu, and can recommend Unti's Rose as well.
by Rory K.
May 14th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1905

Re: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?

I mean while Sake IS a beer, I'd say it outranks Cider as the closest thing to wine, not because of specific flavors, but because of how people drink it, talk about, savor it etc. There are a huge range of aromatic compounds in Sake to geek out on, it's a more intimidating world to me than wine. Wh...
by Rory K.
May 13th, 2019, 9:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley)
Replies: 5
Views: 573

TN: 2013 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley)

2013 Ridge Geyserville - USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley (5/13/2019) Opened for Game of Thrones night, and this was the highlight! No decanting needed it was beautifully layered with spiced red and blue fruits, sagebrush, mint, soil, and a beautiful salinity that I remember from my...
by Rory K.
May 13th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1905

Re: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?

I mean while Sake IS a beer, I'd say it outranks Cider as the closest thing to wine, not because of specific flavors, but because of how people drink it, talk about, savor it etc. There are a huge range of aromatic compounds in Sake to geek out on, it's a more intimidating world to me than wine.
by Rory K.
May 12th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are 1982 Bordeaux past peak?
Replies: 26
Views: 1727

Re: Are 1982 Bordeaux past peak?

A single data point as I don't play in this sandbox often, but the 82 Ch. Margaux I opened 2 years ago was mostly gone, a whiff of magical something for a few seconds then fell apart (it was bought on release and stored in one place)
by Rory K.
May 11th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines
Replies: 80
Views: 3037

Re: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines

Jim Brennan wrote:
May 11th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Glen Gold wrote:
May 11th, 2019, 9:55 am
Ones I've had at that price point, which you can still find, and which did not make me sad have been Chateau Senejac, Jax Y3 Taureau, The Fableist Paso Robles and Lanessan.
He very clearly indicated that his interest was California wines.
No, the op did not.
by Rory K.
May 11th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines
Replies: 80
Views: 3037

Re: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines

For Bordeaux, I'll echo Lanessan and Senejac as great <20 Medoc Cabernet blends. For California the only one I've had was Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet. Surprisingly bright and elegant for the price and producer.
by Rory K.
May 8th, 2019, 9:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2569

Re: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings

I would say lighter almost always, but better? I don't notice that, just different. More expensive cuvees are more often made to be aged and so have greater structure, or just done in a more 'masculine' style because consumers associate that with 'premium' wine. As a result the less expensive PN mig...
by Rory K.
May 7th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Chateau Lanessan Sung by OutKast, “So Fresh, So Clean”
Replies: 33
Views: 1190

Re: 2014 Chateau Lanessan Sung by OutKast, “So Fresh, So Clean”

Claus Jeppesen wrote:
May 7th, 2019, 8:34 am
Brilliant note Robert
The 2014 is more expensive than 2015 around here! (A few cents only)
When did Bouard became winemaker?
I believe he started with '15
by Rory K.
April 27th, 2019, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé
Replies: 41
Views: 2784

Re: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé

Vinopolis has some 14s but they are not 99 for regular 750s, in the 50s and 60s for those. Winex too. Just grabbed a mix 6 of my favorites, my wine budget is officially zero at the moment currently so these are off the books!!
by Rory K.
April 10th, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Suckling back at the WS? What's up with all the 94 plus scores for CCR lately?
Replies: 15
Views: 1653

Re: Is Suckling back at the WS? What's up with all the 94 plus scores for CCR lately?

A warm ripe year for sure, which drives scores. I think there are a lot of good wines in Tuscany, even if you prefer structure and acids over ripeness. I've been surprised by the few 15s I've tried , the 2015 Felsina CCR (not rancia) did not drink like a 'hot' vintage Chianti, and was ridiculously g...
by Rory K.
March 26th, 2019, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château Lanessan (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)
Replies: 9
Views: 1156

TN: 2016 Château Lanessan (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)

My case of this just arrived in California, felt like opening one right away. 2016 Château Lanessan - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc (3/26/2019) Very classic Medoc style. Good fresh red currant fruit, with strong oak spice, pepper, and bay leaf. Palate is quite dry, with great freshness and a m...
by Rory K.
March 22nd, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie
Replies: 9
Views: 571

Re: TN: 2012 Il Marroneto Brunello di Montalcino Madonna delle Grazie

Many Brunello Riservas also somehow show less typicity and elegance than the normale (more oak, more concentration). Count me as a huge fan of Maronetto's Brunello normale, no particular need to spend $$$$$ on the Madonna.
by Rory K.
March 12th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?
Replies: 68
Views: 4002

Re: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?

Under $100 I would say il marroneto Brunello is straight classic. Full of that sweet pipe tobacco, dried mint, and black cherry I love in Sangiovese.
by Rory K.
March 12th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post wines that tastes like cheese please!
Replies: 26
Views: 1086

Re: Post wines that tastes like cheese please!

Just had a 2015 vino di sasso robola de cephalonie, a natural wine from greece. A nice white with citrus and orchard fruit but also a solid bloomy rind cheese note, like a touch of brie. Though that was aroma not taste.
by Rory K.
March 4th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amore for Amarone?
Replies: 50
Views: 2778

Re: Amore for Amarone?

I'd also love to hear pairing suggestions. We have a single bottle of 2007 Villa Canestrari Amarone della Valpolicella 1888 Riserva that my wife received from a charity wine pull. Not really sure when to drink or what to pair with it. Ribs (not spicy though)! or a simple braise. My favorite is just...
by Rory K.
March 2nd, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amore for Amarone?
Replies: 50
Views: 2778

Re: Amore for Amarone?

Amarone has a bit of the same branding problem as port in that it seems somewhat stuffy and old fashioned to like it. I think it's due for a comeback. They do age well, but don't require it like great Barolo. I love the ones with more of that glycerol texture to them.
by Rory K.
February 20th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2225
Views: 145105

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Just opened a 2013 Griffin's Lair Syrah. Super smokey, dark and brooding, under ripe blackberry, black pepper, violets. Palate was still fairly tight, savory, and tannic even with a long decant. Recommend opening either younger or older than this!
by Rory K.
February 19th, 2019, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)
Replies: 44
Views: 1846

Re: TN: 2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)

Colonia was the only felsina wine I thought was a real dud the one time I've tried it. I love the straight Chianti Riserva however, that's a stunning good deal for under 30$
by Rory K.
February 8th, 2019, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
Replies: 12
Views: 942

Re: 2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

My note from may of 2018 (seemed a bit roasted, but with lots of air it came together): Overall a lovely middle aged, warm vintage Barbaresco that despite some concerns is a lovely drink. Some cooked black fruit aromas were apparent immediately out of the bottle, but that dissipated with an hour or ...
by Rory K.
February 3rd, 2019, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2179

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

OH man, that's a big ask, but I love this. I traveled to Italy to study wine back in 08 (I remember there was a rally in Florence when Obama won the election). For reasons of either poor/limited wines or redundancy with neighboring region, I would skip Molise and Lazio, you could even cut out Ligur...

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