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by Yao C
April 23rd, 2019, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A few nice wines with fellow Berserkers
Replies: 3
Views: 373

Re: TN: A few nice wines with fellow Berserkers

Thank you for the notes Alan! And thank you for having the discipline to spit and write detailed notes :) Reflecting on the Monte Bello, which I'm sure I'll never taste again, what impressed me is that there was enough structure left that the wine didn't feel thin or shapeless. You couldn't really t...
by Yao C
April 23rd, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("pixelated fruit")
Replies: 551
Views: 27701

Re: It's critic bingo! ("pixelated fruit")

Otto Forsberg wrote:
April 23rd, 2019, 5:09 am
But that pixelated red fruit note.

Just what.
Yes I've been curious about that too. Sometimes it's been rendered as "pixilated"
by Yao C
April 23rd, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stand aside Tyrannosaurus Rex, the new dinosaurs may be Bordeaux and Burgundy
Replies: 11
Views: 1118

Re: Stand aside Tyrannosaurus Rex, the new dinosaurs may be Bordeaux and Burgundy

I think DRC and things of that tier aren't there yet, but it is going that way, and if they lose some of their luster among people who actually care about wine and only become this thing people in the VIP pop to impress their friends, I do think something substantive about them will be lost You kno...
by Yao C
April 23rd, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stand aside Tyrannosaurus Rex, the new dinosaurs may be Bordeaux and Burgundy
Replies: 11
Views: 1118

Re: Stand aside Tyrannosaurus Rex, the new dinosaurs may be Bordeaux and Burgundy

It's entirely possible that these great wines will never be tasted by another generation... Talk to young people these days and they have no great hope of ever tasting these wines, even those who are in formal wine training This may be true for unicorns such as Leroy Musigny etc, but way too much B...
by Yao C
March 24th, 2019, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 277
Views: 15009

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Paul W organized a comprehensive blind tasting of 19 Oregon chards from 2013 (plus 2 ringers) and the Goodfellow Durant came top for me. Zippy and limey and complex, it made me think of Roulot. The Richard's Cuvee also showed well. I've never had Goodfellow, or even most Oregon chards, so this was q...
by Yao C
March 17th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 72
Views: 4128

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

For me 1999 Maurice Ecard Narbantons, with strong competition from 2002 Pierre Peters Chetillons and 1990 Verset The 1919 is one of the best old Clos des Lambrays vintages I have tasted. It is not as ethereal or elegant as the 1923, rather it's in the style of the 37 or 47 - broad, powerful and mult...
by Yao C
March 7th, 2019, 10:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 558
Views: 33180

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Ray, for me, the 02 Chetillons is still very primary. Lots of acid and tight fruit. I agree.. come back in a decade. FWIW I cracked a bottle a couple weeks ago that I bought on the secondary market. While nowhere near peak it was reasonably open, and starting to develop some richness and aged compl...
by Yao C
February 24th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10727
Views: 476660

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
February 24th, 2019, 5:39 am
1985 Chateau Lynch Bages
Nice, please post a note when you taste it. Wondering if I should hunt down this particular vintage
by Yao C
February 23rd, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Portland OR - any burg lovers want to drink with the newbies?
Replies: 13
Views: 848

Re: Portland OR - any burg lovers want to drink with the newbies?

I’ve also just moved to the area and would be interested in anything that gets organized :)
by Yao C
February 21st, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food and Wine Pairing is Bullsh*t . . .
Replies: 60
Views: 2517

Re: Food and Wine Pairing is Bullsh*t . . .

Scott G r u n e r wrote:
February 21st, 2019, 10:26 am
2) When in doubt, drink champagne. Champagne goes with everything.
Sauternes goes with more things than Champagne does. It goes for the same reason that Coke goes with everything. Now if they made a fizzy Sauternes... champagne.gif
by Yao C
February 20th, 2019, 10:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10727
Views: 476660

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Visiting the Willamette Valley...

2013 Evesham Wood Le Puits Sec
2016 Evening Land Vineyards Anden
2009 & 2008 Evening Land Vineyards Summum

and a 1996 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr GK Auslese from rummaging in a shop [wink.gif]
by Yao C
February 19th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food and Wine Pairing is Bullsh*t . . .
Replies: 60
Views: 2517

Re: Food and Wine Pairing is Bullsh*t . . .

One more thing: it’s obvious that food and wine pairing is first and foremost a profit-driving strategy by restaurants. In many restaurants, I’m sure the somm and chef put effort into finding good pairings. But $$ is the driver. No, it is not obvious at all. I’ve eaten at just about every 2 and 3 M...
by Yao C
February 19th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food and Wine Pairing is Bullsh*t . . .
Replies: 60
Views: 2517

Re: Food and Wine Pairing is Bullsh*t . . .

"Echoing Sarah Heller MW’s opinion, Hanni warned that those who believe food and wine pairing has potential in China will be in for an unpleasant surprise. “Thinking wine and food pairing will work in China will cause one of the biggest disasters in the wine industry we’ve ever seen,” he said. In a...
by Yao C
February 14th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which white burg
Replies: 10
Views: 573

Re: Which white burg

Wouldn’t the Jadot be the one to pick for highest premox risk? I’ve found PYCM to resist premox quite well, even from as early as 2005 (earliest I’ve had from them)
by Yao C
February 10th, 2019, 10:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consolidated off-the-beaten-path Burgundy TNs
Replies: 312
Views: 28415

Re: Consolidated off-the-beaten-path Burgundy TNs

2014 Ramonet Bouzeron Inasmuch as any bottle of Ramonet can be considered 'off-the-beaten-path,' this was a nice value find on a wine list; a powerful nose of lemon then salty with a refreshing grip from the acidity; linear and thrusting with not an ounce of fat to spare, yet never painful nor aust...
by Yao C
February 10th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Last 10 wines you drank. Tells us something about what you like.
Replies: 192
Views: 8970

Re: Last 10 wines you drank. Tells us something about what you like.

1995 Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque 2015 Marquis Koshu Dry (from Japan!) 2017 Pascal Cotat Mont Damnes Sancerre 2009 Collier Saumur Blanc 2016 Gonon St J 2015 Dominus 2015 Dominus Napanook 2015 Pichon Baron MV Clicquot Extra Brut Extra Old 2012 Robert Craig Howell Mountain 2008 Thierry Allemand Cornas C...
by Yao C
February 8th, 2019, 10:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10373
Views: 336003

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2015 Pichon Baron: caught this on a youthful peak - rich, lush red fruit without any stewed / pruney character; savory nuances to keep things interesting and a touch of grip from the silky tannins; no heat at all on the nice long finish
by Yao C
February 3rd, 2019, 5:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11252

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

My anecdotal experience, in the hope of transmitting another millennial perspective across the chasm of the generations: 1) I hosted wine tastings as a fun diversion at my last job. I’d pour 4-6 classic wines, usually blind, and turn it into an educational thing. The level of interest in these event...
by Yao C
January 29th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Growth Bdx style question
Replies: 33
Views: 1433

Re: First Growth Bdx style question

I tasted 1995, 2009, 2010 and 2014 Mouton at a tasting + dinner K&L hosted last year. I would say they tend towards the more glossy, "hedonistic" end of the spectrum, especially compared to the older vintages, and yet they retain a certain balance and most importantly an incipient complexity. IMO it...
by Yao C
January 28th, 2019, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1998 Australian wines...more or less
Replies: 20
Views: 651

Re: 1998 Australian wines...more or less

I am slightly ashamed to say - when I saw that Verset on the table I knew I wanted to drink that when my palate was completely fresh, and it was a tremendous bottle that made it difficult for the Aussies to follow. My husband did prefer the 1998 Paul Hobbs to the Verset; I'm not sure if that's a goo...
by Yao C
January 28th, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
Replies: 49
Views: 1420

Re: Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27

Thank you again George for organizing this; it was amazing :)
by Yao C
January 27th, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to drink under $50?
Replies: 34
Views: 1506

Re: What to drink under $50?

I wanted to keep it kind of vague and open-ended on purpose because I don't necessarily want to drink similar wines but want to open up my horizons, but I made a short list earlier of wines that I currently enjoy: Burgundy, Riesling with some age on it, Cru Beaujolais, and new world Pinot Noirs (qu...
by Yao C
January 27th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 558
Views: 33180

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

And now, champagne #2 out of 3 in this weekend's lineup MV Jacques Selosse Cuvée Exquise (Sec) disgorged 04/27/2017; nose needs some coaxing but comes through with the spice I've come to expect from Selosse, as well as citrus, apple and butterscotch; there is an expansive hit of sugar on the midpala...
by Yao C
January 26th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 558
Views: 33180

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

1988 Krug for a quiet birthday dinner with my husband at Benu in SF. A serious wine that unfolds a kaleidoscope of scent: toast, apple, lime, smoke, touch of mushroom, honey, nutty oxidation; the whole array grounded by intense concentration, a powerful acidic drive, and great length; it's all very...
by Yao C
January 24th, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 817
Views: 37450

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I happily snagged an ‘85 Figeac :)
Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
January 24th, 2019, 4:44 pm
Jeremy,
I can't remember exactly, but it had something to do with Envoyer not being able to recoup their costs. So I was basically refunded Envoyer's profit.
That’s super kind of them, wow!
by Yao C
January 23rd, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10727
Views: 476660

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Honest question, how do you guys stick to a budget? I set a budget and then something exciting comes up, e.g. Aubert, and then blow through it [oops.gif] What’s a budget? [cheers.gif] I don’t budget either but I go through periods where I restrict myself to only buying things on a preset shortlist ...
by Yao C
January 21st, 2019, 10:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 2005 Allemand Cornas les Chaillots
Replies: 13
Views: 820

Re: TN- 2005 Allemand Cornas les Chaillots

Ordered two bottles of the same off a wine list in SF last year; the first had big VA and the second had mild VA that got worse over time. So sad :(
by Yao C
January 21st, 2019, 10:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: O.K. I'm ready for some bubbles
Replies: 51
Views: 1522

Re: O.K. I'm ready for some bubbles

I'm loving the necromancy For most of Peters' vintage wines (Millesime and Cuvee Speciale), you need to let them sit a long time for them to truly bloom. This also comes into play when making recommendations as not everyone just getting into Champagne wants to sit on their bottles for a decade or tw...
by Yao C
January 21st, 2019, 9:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visiting Krug
Replies: 29
Views: 1349

Re: Visiting Krug

I will admit to being utterly starstruck (or perhaps it was the wine) [wink.gif]
Mark Y wrote:
January 21st, 2019, 8:28 pm
how much was that? 2500 euro for two or 2500 PER person, so 5000 euro for 2?
1 night hotel/a meal/tour for 2500 seems legit for that experience.. for 5000 euro would be a bit high
2500 for two :)
by Yao C
January 21st, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visiting Krug
Replies: 29
Views: 1349

Re: Visiting Krug

Ask the person you buy the most Krug from to arrange it. Though to be frank it’s not the best visit in Champagne. This is the best approach. What you get to taste will be in function of your perceived importance... Given my perceived (and actual) importance is nil, maybe this isn't a good idea. All...
by Yao C
January 13th, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10727
Views: 476660

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
January 12th, 2019, 10:50 am
1 bottle of 2015 Beychevelle for a test drive.
Lovely choice and one of my favorites from the 2015 UGC tasting :)
by Yao C
January 9th, 2019, 10:20 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
Replies: 49
Views: 1420

Re: Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27

I'll be there with Winfred! Looking forward to it :)
by Yao C
December 23rd, 2018, 10:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone cool wine trades lately?
Replies: 22
Views: 1340

Re: Anyone cool wine trades lately?

Daniel recently swapped me 2013 and 2015 Juge for 1990 Verset. Glad to have the help to build a little vertical :)
by Yao C
December 23rd, 2018, 3:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: One Too Many Burgs
Replies: 17
Views: 1599

Re: One Too Many Burgs

Thanks for the notes

Nice to see that you liked the Prince Florent; had the 1999 Clos du Roi a few months back and liked it. Decent QPR for burgundy I feel
by Yao C
December 22nd, 2018, 4:52 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Osaka / Hiroshima
Replies: 6
Views: 316

Re: Osaka / Hiroshima

Many thanks for the recs!
by Yao C
December 22nd, 2018, 4:12 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Osaka / Hiroshima
Replies: 6
Views: 316

Re: Osaka / Hiroshima

Osaka is the most food obsessed city I have ever encountered in any country, anywhere. It's almost impossible not to eat well. What kind of food are you interested in? It's not impossible. We managed it. Though your recommendation of the food market helped a lot. My main Osaka rec is don't trust Go...
by Yao C
December 22nd, 2018, 4:11 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Osaka / Hiroshima
Replies: 6
Views: 316

Re: Osaka / Hiroshima

Osaka is the most food obsessed city I have ever encountered in any country, anywhere. It's almost impossible not to eat well. What kind of food are you interested in? Don’t have any hard requirements Looking for a place to go for dinner; something with more of a unique local flavor would be greatl...
by Yao C
December 21st, 2018, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are wine investment funds good investments?
Replies: 47
Views: 1713

Re: Are wine investment funds good investments?

Hm I think there’s a misunderstanding here. I have not read the fund docs but I would be shocked if fees were charged on NAV (i.e. current asset value of portfolio) as opposed to AUM (i.e. amounts invested), which is standard
by Yao C
December 20th, 2018, 6:40 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Osaka / Hiroshima
Replies: 6
Views: 316

Osaka / Hiroshima

This might be a long shot, but I wonder if anyone has food/wine recommendations for either of Osaka / Hiroshima. Will be passing through in the next week or so and have done a bunch of research, but I figured it couldn’t hurt to ask

Thanks in advance [cheers.gif]
by Yao C
December 20th, 2018, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are wine investment funds good investments?
Replies: 47
Views: 1713

Re: Are wine investment funds good investments?

Good lord 2 and 20 with a 7.5% placement fee on top. SMH

Can we get Victor in this thread?
by Yao C
December 20th, 2018, 1:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fantastic lunch in my cellar with Krug executives and amazing wines
Replies: 16
Views: 1390

Re: Fantastic lunch in my cellar with Krug executives and amazing wines

I think I’ve said this before but it bears repeating; I always treasure your reports and appreciate the time & energy it must take for you to compile them :)

By the way do you have a photo of the depigmented Latour? Would be fascinating to see
by Yao C
December 20th, 2018, 1:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Pichon Comtesse - maybe the best since 1982
Replies: 56
Views: 3890

Re: 2016 Pichon Comtesse - maybe the best since 1982?!

Somewhat late to this party, but I recently attended a K&L-hosted dinner that featured PL among others, and had a chat about shift away from Merlot with someone from the chateau. They were the first to bring it up (we were tasting the 1996 and 2006), and as Jeff mentions, cited the suitability of th...
by Yao C
December 20th, 2018, 12:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best box/shelving storage for magnums
Replies: 3
Views: 190

Re: Best box/shelving storage for magnums

I use Weinboxes for magnums; they generally fit 6 Bordeaux / Burgundy-style mags each. However, much to my chagrin, German Riesling magnums won’t fit :(
by Yao C
December 20th, 2018, 12:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10373
Views: 336003

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1991 Chapoutier La Mordoree: sweet dark tertiary fruit; seamless and graceful; you await this complexity that you’re sure will unfurl with a few more minutes in the glass... and it never comes; good not great, and an excellent place to stop buying Chapoutier
by Yao C
December 19th, 2018, 10:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10727
Views: 476660

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2016 Beaucastel
2016 H-N Bourgogne
2009 Juge (not sure whether to laugh or to cry)
by Yao C
November 23rd, 2018, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: most compact way to store wine under the stairs
Replies: 24
Views: 1254

Re: most compact way to store wine under the stairs

Does anyone have a better way to store btls under the stairs Sorry dude, but best idea I came up with, apologies in advance, is to drink the wine and then pee under the stairs. Smash the bottles under there too. They stack much more efficiently when they're little shards. Capital idea! I think this...
by Yao C
November 23rd, 2018, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pick a champagne
Replies: 16
Views: 624

Re: Pick a champagne

I would take the Krug 164; imo the most satisfaction today, unless you can find some 165 :) I’ve enjoyed the 164 I’ve had in half bottle but the full bottles I’ve tried have been pretty tight; will it open up in time? If you open the bottle as early as you can and linger over it, it ought to unwind...
by Yao C
November 23rd, 2018, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pick a champagne
Replies: 16
Views: 624

Re: Pick a champagne

I would take the Krug 164; imo the most satisfaction today, unless you can find some 165 :)
by Yao C
November 23rd, 2018, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HDH 15% Off
Replies: 45
Views: 2771

Re: HDH 15% Off

champagne.gif

Selosse
by Yao C
November 20th, 2018, 4:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Top 10 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 7448

Re: Wine Spectator Top 10 2018

Her note is horrid. Completely disjointed and contradictory. Hard to argue that. Had it a few weeks ago and her note contradicts my experience. It’s neither especially dark fruited nor richly textured From my note: “acid driven; a decent drink but didn't seem hugely special; decent plus.” Perhaps I...

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