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by Mike Francisco
November 26th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 5887

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

2018 Stirm Los Chuchaquis Sparkling Albarino
2017 Bastide Blanche Bandol Rose
2019 Pierre Marie Chermette Griottes Beaujolais Primeur
2015 Vinca Minor Old Vines Carignan
by Mike Francisco
November 15th, 2019, 6:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite USA Gamay?
Replies: 39
Views: 1575

Re: Your favorite USA Gamay?

Jim Cowan wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 12:47 pm
ESJ
Preach brother
by Mike Francisco
November 15th, 2019, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Place to buy a good cold bottle of Champagne in Naples Fl?
Replies: 2
Views: 343

Re: Place to buy a good cold bottle of Champagne in Naples Fl?

Thanks, John
Leaving in about an hour looking forward to it. It's all snow and ice in Michigan.
by Mike Francisco
November 14th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Place to buy a good cold bottle of Champagne in Naples Fl?
Replies: 2
Views: 343

Place to buy a good cold bottle of Champagne in Naples Fl?

Heading to Naples for my in-laws 50th this weekend and wanted to pick up a bottle on the way from the airport, any ideas?
by Mike Francisco
September 5th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Le P'tit Paysan 2016
Replies: 14
Views: 848

Re: TN: Le P'tit Paysan 2016

Ian Alper wrote:
September 4th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Agree with Wes, Ian really is a great winemaker and does a great job sourcing fruit in our area.
+1
Hard to miss with any of Ian's wines.
by Mike Francisco
August 29th, 2019, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Phases of Aging Riesling
Replies: 57
Views: 2405

Re: Phases of Aging Riesling

Age is the #1 most important thing for German riesling, in my opinion. I think $20 90 point kabinett at age 20 is not only better, but far better, than $60 95 point spatlese when young. Young riesling is a sweet grape beverage which tastes nice, but isn't really a wine experience to me. And I think...
by Mike Francisco
August 27th, 2019, 5:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Châteauneuf-du-Pape producers
Replies: 46
Views: 2075

Re: Châteauneuf-du-Pape producers

I would add Raymond Usseglio's regular bottling to that list.
by Mike Francisco
August 7th, 2019, 5:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?
Replies: 90
Views: 4550

Re: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?

Howard,
It's just the man trying to keep you down, he's always going to try and keep you down. Fight the power!
by Mike Francisco
July 17th, 2019, 5:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Asimov on Wine Lexicon
Replies: 12
Views: 1057

Re: NYTimes: Asimov on Wine Lexicon

Do tasters reach for ever more esoteric and therefore worthless and often bafflingly specific terms? Yes If descriptors are overly vague are they equally useless? Yes Minerality, is just an example, salty, wet cement, flinty & chalky tell me very different things about a wine. On the other hand do I...
by Mike Francisco
June 19th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 156
Views: 11421

Re: Top US Syrahs

Edmunds St. John Big ol' +1 on ESJ Arcadian Arnot Roberts (a little more hit or miss but when they're on, they're really on) Bedrock (same as A-R) Gramercy (same as BR & A-R) Less serous but a whole lot o' fun to drink frech and with a slight chill Haarmeyer Stirm (carbonic) I know that's more then...
by Mike Francisco
June 10th, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2319
Views: 151537

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2014 Sherman's Gold Zinfandel all dried up and lacking energy. Kind of early for this to be slipping down hill don't you think?

Very disappointing.
by Mike Francisco
March 20th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Foreign Language CT Notes
Replies: 57
Views: 1885

Re: Foreign Language CT Notes

Just read them to yourself very loudly and slower!!!
by Mike Francisco
March 20th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine chemistry question?
Replies: 17
Views: 805

Re: Wine chemistry question?

Mike - In simplest terms my guess is that your wine has a higher pH(3.0-3.5) and some residual sugar that cuts some of the acidity you might taste. The solubility of tartaric acid is a function of pH, concentration, and pairing ions. It's not the only acid found in wine. Gary, Greg & Larry Thank yo...
by Mike Francisco
March 19th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine chemistry question?
Replies: 17
Views: 805

Re: Wine chemistry question?

harmless tartrates that precipitate out in cold. Tartaric acid. The loss of this acid, to my palate, doesn’t change overall wine acidity perception. I get that, but to my understanding of the chemistry involved is that acid in the liquid needs to reach a level of supersaturation for the cold to for...
by Mike Francisco
March 19th, 2019, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine chemistry question?
Replies: 17
Views: 805

Wine chemistry question?

I recently opened a 2015 Russian River Chardonnay that had thrown a significant amount of acid crystal deposit. No biggy, just means I should look forward to a high acid wine right? To my surprise the wine was rich, round and very ripe, it lacked energy and brightness. As far as I know the wine was ...
by Mike Francisco
March 12th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fine Disregard Spring Release
Replies: 19
Views: 1215

Re: Fine Disregard Spring Release

First timer, but looking forward to trying all three. Price points are reasonable & Ian Brand recommended them.
by Mike Francisco
March 4th, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?
Replies: 48
Views: 2214

Re: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?

I have been really liking most of what I have had from Haarmeyer.
by Mike Francisco
February 19th, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food and Wine Pairing is Bullsh*t . . .
Replies: 60
Views: 2942

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

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
February 19th, 2019, 2:29 pm
That "article" contributes nothing to the ongoing conversation on this topic. The article is terribly short, conclusory, and condescending. Click-bait garbage.
+1

Tim Hanni is just throwing a bunch of Bullsh*t against the wall and hoping some will stick.
by Mike Francisco
February 19th, 2019, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The taste and smell of rocks
Replies: 33
Views: 1633

Re: The taste and smell of rocks

So much of this really comes down to your reference point. If you are a geologist and you spend or spent months or years studying rocks and soil and immersed yourself in the smells of these, you are bound to 'find them' in wines more than folks who really never concentrated on those smells. Are the...
by Mike Francisco
January 20th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hangover Prevention - supplements
Replies: 45
Views: 1883

Re: Hangover Prevention - supplements

I don't think it's thought police to suggest avoiding a hangover in the first place. For thought police we have the politics forum and the asylum. I drink wine every day and haven't had a hangover since I was a kid and thought the point of drinking was to get drunk. If you end up with a hangover, w...
by Mike Francisco
January 20th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hangover Prevention - supplements
Replies: 45
Views: 1883

Re: Hangover Prevention - supplements

This whole site is dedicated to the enjoyment of an alcoholic beverage, so the level of self-righteousness is a little surprising. I would bet that many here have "over done it" at least once, in the last year. So I would give 2 bits of advice to those who would judge. 1. If you don't care about the...
by Mike Francisco
January 16th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology
Replies: 35
Views: 1444

Re: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology

We need to start a group who will adhere to the same guidelines when rating a wine. 85 is not a score that says do not swallow. That is a 70-75. But people don't want to attach these low scores to a wine and then their user identity. Don't forget about ego, so many tasters on CT don't want to admit...
by Mike Francisco
January 11th, 2019, 2:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Second-Favorite Wine with Scallops
Replies: 50
Views: 1783

Re: Your Second-Favorite Wine with Scallops

Good fresh Albarino like Granbazan Verde or even La Marea from Monterey
by Mike Francisco
January 9th, 2019, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology
Replies: 35
Views: 1444

Re: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology

If you have a totally different impression of the wine, then indeed you should not have the same score. But if you think similar things as another taster's note, the better outcome is for two similar point scores versus one at 90 and one at 80. There are so many reasons why that is just not reality...
by Mike Francisco
January 9th, 2019, 5:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology
Replies: 35
Views: 1444

Re: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology

So your goal is for your scores to conform to those of the average CT poster? That isn’t a goal I would personally pursue. Scores and TNs are primarily for me. That may be a bit selfish, but I’ll usually add some context to give a reader an idea of where my palate is. That’s more important than a s...
by Mike Francisco
January 8th, 2019, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology
Replies: 35
Views: 1444

Re: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology

[winner.gif] Tasting Notes and Ratings Tasting notes are one of the core components of CellarTracker; in fact, we currently have over 5 million user-generated reviews in our database! They offer a way for users to share their thoughts on how a particular wine is tasting at any given point in time. T...
by Mike Francisco
January 6th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with cherry-picking?
Replies: 95
Views: 3980

Re: What's wrong with cherry-picking?

For me, had I done this I would have missed some of the best and sometimes profound wine experiences I have had. Just a few that come to mind; 1964 Mouton (from a magnum it the 1980s) 1975 Beaulieu George de Latour (also in the 1980s) From resent vintages 2008 Charvin Chateauneuf du Pape 2010 Heyman...
by Mike Francisco
January 5th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker archetypes
Replies: 121
Views: 5717

Re: Cellar Tracker archetypes

One thing I will be doing more of this year as I did last year is having a wider range on scoring. An 85 is a good score if the wine is $15. The WA, Suckling, WS have a range of about 90 to 100. I have seen 90 point scores on Cellar Tracker where the reviewer points out several flaws. Really that i...
by Mike Francisco
January 3rd, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year
Replies: 189
Views: 7880

Re: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year

For me it was a tie.
2011 Vissoux Poncie Fleurie
2014 Poe Sparkling Rose
by Mike Francisco
January 3rd, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rose in winter
Replies: 13
Views: 1038

Re: Rose in winter

Bandol Rose has everything you need to warm a Michigan soul this time of year. [cheers.gif]
by Mike Francisco
December 25th, 2018, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unpopular tasting note?
Replies: 22
Views: 1635

Re: Unpopular tasting note?

Damn Mike you got me there man!! Didn’t realize that on CT’s scale. I stand corrected then. B+ it is :) Perhaps an 85 would of been more appropriate to just good. Joe, Sorry, if I came off harsh, that was not my intent. I was more interested in, after reading the note, how you came to the score. I ...
by Mike Francisco
December 24th, 2018, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unpopular tasting note?
Replies: 22
Views: 1635

Re: Unpopular tasting note?

It’s not a bad wine Oliver just not totally my style. Mike I wish you were my teacher in school. An 86 is a B+? Haha, I could of used you for my math grade in high school!! It’s a well made wine and has some good characteristics such as good fruits and not an oak bomb. I am typically a generous sco...
by Mike Francisco
December 24th, 2018, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unpopular tasting note?
Replies: 22
Views: 1635

Re: Unpopular tasting note?

Oliver V wrote:
December 24th, 2018, 8:55 am
86 points for a wine you couldn't drink more than a glass of? That's pretty generous.
+1
that's a solid B+?
by Mike Francisco
December 21st, 2018, 3:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Congrats to Ian Brand...
Replies: 19
Views: 1988

Re: Congrats to Ian Brand...

I think they did a nice job of relaying both the dream and challenge of making and selling real wine with a sense of place at affordable prices. Keep up the good work and congratulations! champagne.gif
by Mike Francisco
December 20th, 2018, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bonne: The Wines Must Tell a Story
Replies: 22
Views: 1073

Re: Bonne: The Wines Must Tell a Story

I think "the story" Jon is referencing is as much in the bottle as on the winery website. There a allot of wines out there that are engineered to please but say nothing about where they are from and are manufactured for no other reason then to sell and make money. Yes a wines first job is to taste g...
by Mike Francisco
December 11th, 2018, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker archetypes
Replies: 121
Views: 5717

Re: Cellar Tracker archetypes

I lost track of the numbers so let's go with [wow.gif] 13) The Shill: hypes wine after wine from the same one or two wineries like they're the best thing sense pants with pockets. "Are you sitting down? Well you should be because this the best wine I have ever tasted. This wine proves that God does ...
by Mike Francisco
December 3rd, 2018, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who are the star up and coming US winemakers
Replies: 33
Views: 2601

Re: Who are the star up and coming US winemakers

Frank Murray III wrote:
December 2nd, 2018, 6:14 pm
Sam Sheehan, Ian Brand and Steve Clifton are not new to this. Nor is Jamie in comparison if those names are part of the photo.
Well I guess we in the fly over Midwest are just a little late to the party. champagne.gif
by Mike Francisco
December 2nd, 2018, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who are the star up and coming US winemakers
Replies: 33
Views: 2601

Re: Who are the star up and coming US winemakers

Mike Francisco wrote:
December 2nd, 2018, 7:06 am
Here are a few from California I think are worth watching.
Jason Charles (Vinca Minor)
Ian Brand (I Brand & Family, La Marea, La P'tit Paysan)
Craig Haarmeyer (Haarmeyer)
Samantha Sheehan (Poe)
There you go. [cheers.gif]
by Mike Francisco
December 2nd, 2018, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who are the star up and coming US winemakers
Replies: 33
Views: 2601

Re: Who are the star up and coming US winemakers

Here are a few from California I think are worth watching.
Jason Charles
Ian Brand
Craig Haarmeyer
Samantha Sheehan
by Mike Francisco
November 16th, 2018, 3:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your worst wine of the year? Well, mine's blue!
Replies: 45
Views: 2546

Re: What is your worst wine of the year? Well, mine's blue!

2013 Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Meritage Yountville It smelled of burned bacon fat, cocoa powder and sweet ceder with no fruit. Tasted mostly of landscaping mulch fresh from the chipper with a little bit of milk chocolate and dried fruit maybe plum, hard to tell, very faint. Incredibly over oaked...
by Mike Francisco
November 5th, 2018, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I hate big bottles - I cannot lie
Replies: 32
Views: 2121

Re: I hate big bottles - I cannot lie

The carbon footprint alone irritates me. Impressive maybe, but it has nothing to do with what's in the bottle. +1 Take away the first world problems of storage, it's just wasteful without any added value. Extra material, extra fuel needed to ship to market (so added cost to the end user). I would l...
by Mike Francisco
November 2nd, 2018, 1:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines of 2018
Replies: 31
Views: 2833

Re: Best wines of 2018

Either my tastes or my budget are much more humble then many here, but so far in slightly descending order 2011 Domaine du Vissoux Fleurie Poncié 2011 Chapelle St. Theodoric Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Guigasse 2014 Arnot-Roberts Syrah, Sonoma Coast 2012 Talley Vineyards Pinot Noir Rosemary's Vineyard 20...
by Mike Francisco
October 30th, 2018, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wondering about Charvin
Replies: 24
Views: 1849

Re: Wondering about Charvin

I don't think they show that well until 10 to 15 years from vintage, depending on the vintage. If you have some or can find it, the 08 is drinking beautifully right now. Was going to say the same thing, particularly with regards to CDP - I'm enjoying my '08's right now I envy you, drink my last of ...
by Mike Francisco
October 30th, 2018, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Who am I? Wine-wise
Replies: 4
Views: 774

Re: Who am I? Wine-wise

Hey everyone! I've been drinking wine for far too long to not understand what kind of wine Im actually drinking. I drink at least 2-3 bottles a week during fall and winter, then switch to beer for summer. I stick to the Trader Joe's selection under $10 and its always hit or miss for me since I kind...
by Mike Francisco
October 30th, 2018, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lisa Perotti Brown - 34 x 100 p in the new WA issue
Replies: 164
Views: 9092

Re: Lisa Perotti Brown - 34 x 100 p in the new WA issue

Neal.Mollen wrote:
October 30th, 2018, 5:11 am
I know others take glee in TWA's downfall, but I don't. It was not on;y the most important wine-related periodical of all time, but it had a direct and on-balance enormously positive influence on my appreciation of wine. It saddens me to see what has happened there.
Same here.
by Mike Francisco
October 30th, 2018, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wondering about Charvin
Replies: 24
Views: 1849

Re: Wondering about Charvin

I don't think they show that well until 10 to 15 years from vintage, depending on the vintage. If you have some or can find it, the 08 is drinking beautifully right now.
by Mike Francisco
October 27th, 2018, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do we think about this tasting note from a not-ready wine?
Replies: 55
Views: 2293

Re: What do we think about this tasting note from a not-ready wine?

I would rather read this person's honest assessment of a young wine, then fanboys gushing about wines from their favorite wineries that are either way to young to enjoy (that much anyway) or just not that good, but are still scored in the mid 90s.
by Mike Francisco
October 26th, 2018, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do we think about this tasting note from a not-ready wine?
Replies: 55
Views: 2293

Re: What do we think about this tasting note from a not-ready wine?

Name and date removed to protect the, well if not quite innocent, at least good faith taster. The wine in question is a 2017 red wine, that very few would expect to be all that good right now. I was entering it into CT and was surprised to see the CT "consensus" (from this one note) at an 87. I say...
by Mike Francisco
October 20th, 2018, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinca Minor Wines?
Replies: 14
Views: 1179

Re: Vinca Minor Wines?

2015 Old Vines Carignan, Redwood Valley Black cherry, lilac and cola on the nose with dark chocolate, fresh herbs, talc, hand cream and railroad gravel. Tasted of brambly raspberry, apple skin and fruit leather with herbal tea, bay leaf and cracked black pepper. Bright acid with soft tannin way in t...
by Mike Francisco
October 17th, 2018, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2319
Views: 151537

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2013 Alder Springs Syrah Cranberry, blood orange and lilac with sweet tea, mint and a hint of olive on the nose. The mouth explodes with fruit, very ripe plum and peach, black cherry and blackberry with weak coffee and sweet tobacco. Tannin takes a back seat to the bright lively acid, mid-weight and...

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