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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: 1529

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: 2
Views: 329

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: 484

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: 3400

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: 922

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: 28
Views: 1270

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: 28
Views: 1270

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: 2090
Views: 127026

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: 1571

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: 860

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: 1712

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...
by Rory K.
February 2nd, 2019, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 1712

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 Liguri...
by Rory K.
February 1st, 2019, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some impressions on the 2015 Barolo vintage
Replies: 29
Views: 3592

Re: Some impressions on the 2015 Barolo vintage

Thanks for the report! I've only tried a couple 15s and from Barbaresco not Barolo, Ca' Nova and Produttori, and can confirm, they are quite fruity but plenty of energy and personality, not like typical 'hot' vintages.
by Rory K.
January 31st, 2019, 11:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11251

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Well I'll chime in as a 32yo outlier... My generation isn't killing wine, but ostentatious 'luxury goods' more than anything (other than appelbees or straws apparently). I spend more on wine than anyone I know (per bottle or overall), but I retch at the thought of a wine described with words like lu...
by Rory K.
January 28th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where's the good, cheap Sangio?
Replies: 48
Views: 2906

Re: Where's the good, cheap Sangio?

Castellina is great, so is Felsina's base Chianti is solid for around 20-24, though I normally just get the riserva cause it's only a few dollars more usually, though it's less widely distributed. While you're right that most decent Chianti's have climbed north for 20$ these days, quality has genera...
by Rory K.
January 24th, 2019, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Sean Thackrey Orion Rossi Vineyard (Short/Boring)
Replies: 8
Views: 277

TN: 2011 Sean Thackrey Orion Rossi Vineyard (Short/Boring)

2011 Sean Thackrey Orion Rossi Vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena (1/24/2019) Haven't had an Orion before. 2011 was the first vintage I bought of any Thackrey wines. This was an outstanding bottle. Had a weight and a power behind it that wasn't rich or fat, just balanced and deep. ...
by Rory K.
January 22nd, 2019, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Beaujolais
Replies: 25
Views: 2004

Re: 2017 Beaujolais

Just had 16 Thivin a couple months ago and thought it was just fantastic, I'll take more of that over anything. Hopefully 2017 shows well against that.
by Rory K.
January 12th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great wines, fugly labels
Replies: 68
Views: 2960

Re: Great wines, fugly labels

A. Rafanelli, looks like something off a mid-60s italian restaurant menu
by Rory K.
January 8th, 2019, 11:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology
Replies: 35
Views: 1159

Re: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology

The rating system is so all over the place with how different folks use it that I just have given up. No scores, just written notes that emphasize helping another know if they would enjoy it/if it is ready to drink. Some people think 93pts is just 'good' and for others that's 85, still another might...
by Rory K.
January 7th, 2019, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2090
Views: 127026

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Last night, 2013 Dolinsek Heritage -- wow, talk about savory & meaty! Quite the rich & hearty example of Dolinsek, had a slightly roasted quality to the fruit as well. Although enjoyable, I think it could use a few more years to sort itself out. 13's buddy. Feel like they're finally starting to com...
by Rory K.
January 7th, 2019, 9:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Port
Replies: 18
Views: 899

Re: 2016 Port

I've always enjoyed Graham's, we still have a stock of '94s lying around we're slowly working through. I also highly recommend Quinta do Noval, while their Nacional is $$$$$$$, their regular vintage Port is superb at ~100$.
by Rory K.
December 30th, 2018, 9:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Feel like I'm losing my taste for dry wine - it sucks
Replies: 13
Views: 950

Re: Feel like I'm losing my taste for dry wine - it sucks

Maybe it is your consumption, I used to be in the restaurant business and when I was tasting wines constantly, what I really enjoyed at the end of the day were the most tart and palate cleansing wines. When you drink less, you can handle the bigger, riper reds without getting fatigued.
by Rory K.
December 23rd, 2018, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you serving with your holiday dinner?
Replies: 39
Views: 1435

Re: What are you serving with your holiday dinner?

Given how few of my family now drink, my list is for the whole holiday week,

Dagueneau Silex 2014
Big Table Farm Chardonnay 2016
Melville Sandy's Pinot Noir 2015
Arcadian Pisoni Pinot Noir 2005
A. Rafanelli Cabernet 2012
Silver Oak Napa Cabernet 2006
Diznoko 5 Puttonyos Tokaji 2008
by Rory K.
December 19th, 2018, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux Tasting Tour in NYC
Replies: 26
Views: 1003

Re: Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux Tasting Tour in NYC

I attended the 2014 UGC in LA and there were no 1st growths, I believe Lynch-Bages was there but they were out by the time I got to the table. The ticket for 2016 listed on Wallys website does not mention any such producers, though it could be incomplete. I'll definitely be attending next month and ...
by Rory K.
December 7th, 2018, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me
Replies: 75
Views: 3282

Re: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me

+1 for Le Trame by Podere Boncie, stellar wine though I think it may no longer be in the Chianti DOCG, they declassified it I had thought. Rancia is another one, though they need to age a long long time. To be honest, I love Chianti but it's not where I go for the profound. They can be great values,...
by Rory K.
December 4th, 2018, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How Long Lived Are Top Brunellos From Outstanding Vintages?
Replies: 42
Views: 1709

Re: How Long Lived Are Top Brunellos From Outstanding Vintages?

Certainly the best have a mammoth aging curve, but even the average modern day Brunello annata for me requires a minimum of a decade. I am very surprised anyone ever told you the opposite. Brunello does suffer from tremendous variability but the number I've tried that needed to be consumed that youn...
by Rory K.
November 24th, 2018, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are people drinking for Thanksgiving?
Replies: 216
Views: 7782

Re: What are people drinking for Thanksgiving?

A lovely lineup for a big meal and company of diverse tastes. Merry Edwards Olivet Pinot Noir 2012 Big Table Farm Wirz Pinot Noir 2014 Hirsch Heiligenstein Kamptal Riesling 2015 Toro Albala Don PX 1934 Convento L.Opimio Nice! How was that 1934 Toro Albala? I recently grabbed a 55 to share with my M...
by Rory K.
November 23rd, 2018, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are people drinking for Thanksgiving?
Replies: 216
Views: 7782

Re: What are people drinking for Thanksgiving?

A lovely lineup for a big meal and company of diverse tastes.
Merry Edwards Olivet Pinot Noir 2012
Big Table Farm Wirz Pinot Noir 2014
Hirsch Heiligenstein Kamptal Riesling 2015
Toro Albala Don PX 1934 Convento L.Opimio
by Rory K.
November 20th, 2018, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Rivers-Marie All Right?
Replies: 24
Views: 2187

Re: Is Rivers-Marie All Right?

Got my shipment right on time last week, based on the 2015 NV I tried earlier this year, I'll try to keep my hands off the 16s.
by Rory K.
November 16th, 2018, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Top 10 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 7448

Re: Wine Spectator Top 10 2018

Sassicaia 2015, another perspective: "The 2015 Sassicaia is powerful and dense in the glass, with a level of concentration that is unusual. In most vintages, Sassicaia is a wine of restraint. Although the 2015 is by no means overdone, it exudes richness and textural resonance in all of its dimensio...
by Rory K.
November 14th, 2018, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall Release - November 13th
Replies: 67
Views: 4979

Re: Bedrock Fall Release - November 13th

JulianD wrote:
November 14th, 2018, 3:52 pm
Surprised no one has mentioned the limerick lane
My budget is pretty limited, but I ordered 1 of the limerick to see how it is.
by Rory K.
November 12th, 2018, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This is interesting: Suckling puts his favorite 100 point wines in order of preference.
Replies: 63
Views: 3022

Re: This is interesting: Suckling puts his favorite 100 point wines in order of preference.

While it's far from a realized goal, I think you can separate personal preference and score, so some wines could meet the technical threshold while you would have personal preference for one over another, you're not required to love each 100pt wine equally. Obviously most critics fail to achieve tha...
by Rory K.
November 12th, 2018, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Congratulations to Bedrock on Top 10
Replies: 20
Views: 1592

Re: Congratulations to Bedrock on Top 10

Philip N. Jones wrote:
November 12th, 2018, 11:18 am
So which wine was it? And the score?
The 2016 Bedrock heritage, 95pts
by Rory K.
November 12th, 2018, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Congratulations to Bedrock on Top 10
Replies: 20
Views: 1592

Congratulations to Bedrock on Top 10

Well it looks like Bedrock nabbed a spot on WS top ten, as silly a list as it is, I'm happy for their success and recognition, they've certainly worked hard for it!

https://top100.winespectator.com/2018/wine/10-bedrock/
by Rory K.
November 5th, 2018, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Suggestions - Grenache (update!)
Replies: 60
Views: 1859

Re: Need Suggestions - Grenache (rules apply)

Cannonau de Sardegna would be great, definitely good options under 30 bucks in that area
by Rory K.
November 3rd, 2018, 11:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino
Replies: 8
Views: 527

Re: TN: 2013 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino

I just popped one of these two weeks ago, loved the style. Not a blockbuster, life changing Brunello, just super-solid, fresh and elegant.
by Rory K.
October 17th, 2018, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weekly Wine Consumption Poll
Replies: 30
Views: 1151

Re: Weekly Wine Consumption Poll

I am in the only wine drinker in my household currently, and I drink about half a bottle per night, taking 1-2 days off when I'm feeling righteous and pure.
by Rory K.
October 16th, 2018, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is pre phylloxera better ?
Replies: 32
Views: 1215

Re: Is pre phylloxera better ?

I've had more than a handful of wines from ungrafted vines, either high elevation (Belluard, FdSG Serpico Taurasi) or from super sandy soils (Evanghelo), and while many (but not all) are great, I never felt any magical difference to them, though I fully acknowledge the futility of judging such a sub...
by Rory K.
October 12th, 2018, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Transitioning to reds - seeking off-dry, fruity
Replies: 14
Views: 673

Re: Transitioning to reds - seeking off-dry, fruity

Yea it sounds like you're looking for fruitier reds that are less tannic (which would give that drying sensation in the mouth that many people are referring to when they say 'dry', while technically incorrect, it's a very common usage). Off dry implies actual residual sugar as in Riesling or Lambrus...
by Rory K.
October 9th, 2018, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wagyu wine pairings
Replies: 26
Views: 1835

Re: Wagyu wine pairings

An old Chinon or Nebbiolo would be excellent, though of course that is assuming a simple preparation.
by Rory K.
October 9th, 2018, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall Release 2018
Replies: 140
Views: 9417

Re: Bedrock Fall Release 2018

Quantity Item 1 Bedrock 2017 Bedrock Vineyard Heritage Red Wine, 1/750 1 Bedrock 2017 Dolinsek Ranch Heritage Red Wine, 1/750 1 Bedrock 2017 Esola Zinfandel, 1/750 1 Bedrock 2017 Evangelho Heritage Red Wine, 1/750 2 Bedrock 2017 Old Vine Zinfandel, 1/750 1 Bedrock 2015 York Creek Red Wine, 1/750 If...
by Rory K.
October 9th, 2018, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are You Buying 2014 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo?
Replies: 17
Views: 1494

Re: Are You Buying 2014 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo?

Well I have an impulse control problem and last night opened one of my three 2014s. Here is my note: "On opening, this immediately showed very expressive red cherry and rosewater perfume, with an asphalt undercurrent. Evolved quickly with notes of crushed leaves, spearmint, strawberry and plump red ...
by Rory K.
October 8th, 2018, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are You Buying 2014 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo?
Replies: 17
Views: 1494

Re: Are You Buying 2014 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo?

As a blended Barolo, the quality is quite a bit more consistent than your typical cru. Production was down 40%, so I'm not convinced the 14 will taste like an off vintage, definitely a cool one though. I'll withhold judgment until I taste.
by Rory K.
October 4th, 2018, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cave Dog thoughts?
Replies: 8
Views: 558

Re: Cave Dog thoughts?

It is somewhat riper than the 90’s Bourriquot but I’m not convinced that it won’t age into something similar. I also have 2001 Bourriquot and it shows flashier than the older ones. It may just take some time. I'm a buyer and I agree 100% with Craig's assessment. Glad to hear that from both of you o...
by Rory K.
October 2nd, 2018, 10:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cave Dog thoughts?
Replies: 8
Views: 558

Re: Cave Dog thoughts?

Jim Cowan has had a few of Cave Dog's wines and posted about them, generally pretty positive as I recall. Search will get you to them, of course Yes thank you, I did search. Mostly a few tasting notes about the white wines plus 1 thread from two years ago. I thought it was worth asking how people f...
by Rory K.
October 2nd, 2018, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cave Dog thoughts?
Replies: 8
Views: 558

Cave Dog thoughts?

I read about Michael Haven's Cave Dog project when it started and grabbed a couple of bottles of the first vintage, 2014. 2016 was just released and was curious as to the community feeling on this project. I really found a lot to like in the '14 (tasted 7/18), though it was quite young. Anyone in fo...
by Rory K.
October 2nd, 2018, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we just forget Brunello and buy Rosso di Montalcino?
Replies: 38
Views: 2455

Re: Should we just forget Brunello and buy Rosso di Montalcino?

I think there are a lot of good producers making delicious wines at prices that are quite reasonable compared to wines of similar quality from most other places around the world, and you can often find discounting and bargains that push you into the $30-50 price range for good wines from good vinta...
by Rory K.
October 1st, 2018, 9:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we just forget Brunello and buy Rosso di Montalcino?
Replies: 38
Views: 2455

Re: Should we just forget Brunello and buy Rosso di Montalcino?

I agree with many of the above comments. If I want a nice affordable Sangiovese, chianti is the more interesting choice for me, not RdM, and that's coming from someone who loves Brunello, despite the difficulties the region has had. Also too much crap from the valley floors, no proper subzones, clum...
by Rory K.
September 28th, 2018, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)
Replies: 152
Views: 7631

Re: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)

wspohn wrote:
September 28th, 2018, 11:29 am
Yeah - I really had to scrounge around quite a bit to get all 9 Riservas. A couple of them were only going to restaurants.
Vinopolis in OR has all but the Asili for 2013s
by Rory K.
September 28th, 2018, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)
Replies: 152
Views: 7631

Re: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)

2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC (2/28/2018) Fresh floral and red fruit elements show significant depth on the palate. It’s beautiful to smell and surprisingly suave in the mouth. There’s some backbone there, so combined with the depth of fruit it...

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