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by Yao C
May 19th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: which syrahs are retirement worthy?
Replies: 43
Views: 2216

Re: which syrahs are retirement worthy?

We are making a leap here that you may like some N Rhône wines, but it’s worth a Small investment now to find out. And since you’ve been drinking lots of Syrah, you really should find out now! Buy a 15/16 Vincent Paris 30/60 and see if it scratches your Syrah itch. If it does, you've just opened up...
by Yao C
May 19th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?
Replies: 103
Views: 2713

Re: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?

I find cellartracker's design about as compelling as a toad biscuit [rofl.gif] This actually makes me glad because I've disliked it this whole time and thought it was just me People who state that "Excel works, why change?" are like people staying with typewriters ("still types") when there are mod...
by Yao C
May 19th, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you sort of loose your producer label mojo drinking in Europe?
Replies: 19
Views: 832

Re: Do you sort of loose your producer label mojo drinking in Europe?

It's a great point. Getting 3.5 euro glasses of house red in the French countryside, enjoying the food and the companionship; those experiences are somehow just as magical in my memory as whatever $$$$ unicorn extravaganza (if not more so)
by Yao C
May 18th, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?
Replies: 103
Views: 2713

Re: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?

The tools we use shape us. I don’t want to use any more software than I absolutely need So I use a Google spreadsheet. I can access my list from anywhere and make updates to it from anywhere. I’ve built the reporting that I need. It’s easy and fast for me to use. I understand everything I’ve built a...
by Yao C
May 16th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 96
Views: 4316

Re: Robert Parker retires

I wish him well too. We take it for granted, but after a lifetime of professional wine criticism I bet it's hard for him to just sit down and enjoy a wine in an uncomplicated way. I'm sure it's also taken a toll on his health. These are real sacrifices that he's made. Not to mention his intentions -...
by Yao C
May 16th, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Among the Big Houses, Who Makes the Best Corton Charlie
Replies: 18
Views: 972

Re: Among the Big Houses, Who Makes the Best Corton Charlie

Rauno E (NZ) wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 5:51 pm
BdM is a benchmark and appears pretty much recovered from its premox issues.
Which vintage would you say is the turning point for BdM with respect to premox? I have a few bottles and would love to better calibrate my drinking window
by Yao C
May 15th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 618
Views: 29955

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

One can't help palate differences, but writing is a craft. If you write thousands of TNs a year, you should in theory improve if you work at it. I may not agree with Jancis Robinson's palate but man she can write. One of the best ever from Galloni (lol): "The 2008 Dom Pérignon is fabulous... <snip> ...
by Yao C
May 15th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Starting a collection and going to Napa, which wines can I only get at the vineyard?
Replies: 8
Views: 330

Re: Starting a collection and going to Napa, which wines can I only get at the vineyard?

Shafer offers a port that they only sell to visitors. It’s not bad but a bit spendy
by Yao C
May 15th, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Humidity question in wine fridge
Replies: 3
Views: 149

Re: Humidity question in wine fridge

It’s really the average humidity that matters; I wouldn't sweat (ha!) it at all
by Yao C
May 15th, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10907
Views: 486919

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

It’s Francois. I don’t know anything about Cotat rose other than someone told me to try some; what are the differences?
by Yao C
May 14th, 2019, 10:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10907
Views: 486919

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2017, 2016 and 2014 Cotat Rose

And my husband has agreed to lug a double mag of 2009 PYCM Chassagne Remilly from Hong Kong. I’m very thankful to have such enablers in my life
by Yao C
May 11th, 2019, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century
Replies: 69
Views: 2023

Re: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century

Victor Hong wrote:
May 11th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Why bother to drink non-vintage-of-the-century Bordeaux, when harder to find than vintage-of-the-century Bordeaux?
Cheaper and in some cases actually better? Cf 2005, which tastes oddly samey to me, apart from being ridiculously priced
by Yao C
May 11th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century
Replies: 69
Views: 2023

Re: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century

1983 and 1986 have been great for me. I have fond memories of a bottle of 1983 Mouton from last year. This century I like 2008
by Yao C
May 10th, 2019, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2244

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

At first glance I thought this was a pure troll thread. But, no. This comes down to your own subjective POV on what “better” is. I’d think ‘lighter’ wines are usually considered less complex. And isn’t complexity generally considered better? So I’d vote no on this thread. Of course if you like ligh...
by Yao C
May 9th, 2019, 12:48 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: 2244

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

Al Osterheld wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 7:28 am
Less expensive wines may show better on release, higher end bottlings are often intended for longer aging.
This hits the nail on the head for me. I suspect too often we drink higher-end cuvees before they’re ready
by Yao C
May 9th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday lunch with some serious classics
Replies: 9
Views: 1253

Re: Friday lunch with some serious classics

Great notes Tom! I shall have to put off the drink date for my lone bottle of 1986 Mouton :)
by Yao C
May 7th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?
Replies: 66
Views: 2562

Re: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?

I think producers are generally far more careful with corks for larger formats. To the extent that corks have something to do with premox (and we know DIAM helps), that could help reduce the premox risk. Personally I am buying at least one 3L PYCM to hold for a couple of decades. I'll either get a t...
by Yao C
May 6th, 2019, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party
Replies: 28
Views: 691

Re: Help me with a sparkling wine tasting party

LMD Ermitaño wrote:
May 6th, 2019, 4:34 am
You may want to try out one from Bugey Cerdon.
I suggest you don't overlook this, or pet nats in general (petillant naturel, otherwise known as methode ancestrale)

They're fun, typically off-dry and lower in alcohol
by Yao C
May 6th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Issues w/ Wine Larder NYC merchant not fulfilling wine orders
Replies: 27
Views: 1843

Re: Issues w/ Wine Larder NYC merchant not fulfilling wine orders

Did you use a credit card? I'd suggest getting a chargeback if so
by Yao C
May 6th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Didn't want to like it but...
Replies: 39
Views: 2327

Re: Didn't want to like it but...

2012 Vina Vik, a Cab/Carmenere/etc blend from Chile that my boss gave me. I expected expensive blueberry milkshake but it was all juicy red/black fruit, finesse and restraint. I’m not going to get more but I have a newfound respect for it (and my boss’s taste)
by Yao C
May 4th, 2019, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 618
Views: 29955

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

I could see it; durians are distinctly sulfurous. At least there's a real thing that the taste can be compared to (unlike say 'beams of tannin')
by Yao C
May 3rd, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?
Replies: 66
Views: 2562

Re: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?

Yes because I’m young, chasing the magic that comes with age, and optimistic about DIAM and other things that have been done to address the premox plague :)
by Yao C
May 2nd, 2019, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 69
Views: 1230

Re: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?

I’ve had quite decent wine from AZ even if it was 3.9 pH lol. Don’t remember what it was but it was a Rhône varietal

Also NY and NM
by Yao C
May 2nd, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brett in Burgundy - the red wine premox?
Replies: 60
Views: 2746

Re: Brett in Burgundy - the red wine premox?

Does Brett increase over time in an individual bottle? I.E., if a bottle is a little bretty on release, does the bacteria grow over the next 20YRs to become a brett bomb? Very unpredictable since it all depends on so many factors. Isn't it true though that high temperatures are a necessary precondi...
by Yao C
May 1st, 2019, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10907
Views: 486919

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Fell off the wagon after several months of being good (ow my wallet)

2011 PYCM Meursault Perrieres
2002 Roulot Tessons
by Yao C
May 1st, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite non-first growth Bordeauxs?
Replies: 56
Views: 2554

Re: Favorite non-first growth Bordeauxs?

Pichon Lalande for me by a considerable margin. Then Lynch Bages and LMHB and VCC in no particular order Ducru Beaucaillou has always been more a wine of the head than of the heart for me. I respect it, but it doesn't move me emotionally. Same for Gruaud Larose. I'm not rich (or old) enough to have ...
by Yao C
April 30th, 2019, 10:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Four Awesome Clos
Replies: 8
Views: 708

Re: Four Awesome Clos

I enjoyed your post vicariously :)

So I'm hardly a Burgundy expert but no love for 1985? The few I've had from that year were really good
by Yao C
April 29th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 618
Views: 29955

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

As for transparency vs translucency, since we've already established that Galloni uses words he doesn't understand, should we assume he mean the former but used the latter under the false assumption they mean the same thing? So if "transparency" is what he meant, I wonder how Mr. Galloni thinks it ...
by Yao C
April 28th, 2019, 9:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Here’s a Retailer that doesn’t hold back what he’s thinking
Replies: 29
Views: 2901

Re: Here’s a Retailer doesn’t hold back what he’s thinking

Yes same I'd love to receive marketing emails that have actual entertainment value
by Yao C
April 27th, 2019, 10:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1993 Domaine Michel Gaunoux Beaune (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune)
Replies: 5
Views: 337

Re: TN: 1993 Domaine Michel Gaunoux Beaune (France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune)

I agree; when I tried this last year the main thing for me was the shrillness. There were a few moments when there was a happy accord with the food and it showed some glimmers of being pretty good. A fun buy from Envoyer but one's enough for me
by Yao C
April 27th, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why are you into wine ?
Replies: 35
Views: 1385

Re: Why are you into wine ?

Mainly because when I get lost in the smell of a wine it is like stepping outside of time

But also because there's no better way to pass the time than dinner with friends and a few good bottles
by Yao C
April 25th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: what do you mean when you write "struck match" as a descriptor?
Replies: 16
Views: 663

Re: Poll: what do you mean when you write "struck match" as a descriptor?

That split second when the matchhead is still flaring and there isn't any smoke yet. it's less a smell and more a feeling just like gunpowder which I get a lot in clos des goisses Yes precisely this. It makes me think of being at the shooting range. It's definitely not smoke or toasted oak or toast...
by Yao C
April 24th, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 618
Views: 29955

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

"Pixelated" and "pixilated" are different words. The first means what it is used to mean in this thread, fruit appearance reproduced by pixels. Why this would be thought to be a positive quality is also a mystery to me. The second is a 19th and early 20th century Americanism meaning somewhat addled...
by Yao C
April 23rd, 2019, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A few nice wines with fellow Berserkers
Replies: 3
Views: 472

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! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 618
Views: 29955

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: 1199

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: 1199

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: 296
Views: 16244

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: 95
Views: 5429

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: 622
Views: 36290

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: 10907
Views: 486919

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: 15
Views: 1004

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: 2558

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: 10907
Views: 486919

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: 2558

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: 2558

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: 579

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: 28548

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: 9051

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...

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