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by Mattstolz
April 23rd, 2019, 3:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 70
Views: 4034

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

Laurent Gibet wrote:
April 22nd, 2019, 11:58 am


Cos d’ Estournel, Saint Estèphe, 1995 : 18/20
I had this wine a couple weeks ago and I can definitely agree. one of the best I've had in a while as well.
by Mattstolz
April 22nd, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?
Replies: 20
Views: 593

Re: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?

to get really to the point of the post, its a style decision but not a quality decision. Whether its an indication for quality for you depends on whether you like reductive wines or not. I personally really like them (for chardonnay at least), along with some of the flavors and aromas that tend to g...
by Mattstolz
April 22nd, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Italy wine shop recs
Replies: 9
Views: 335

Re: Italy wine shop recs

my two favorite wine shops in Florence are Flli Zanobini, which is RIGHT by the central market (a must visit for the downstairs at least for sure) and Enoteca Alessi's downstairs (I didn't really check the prices, but its just cool down there). I really enjoyed the prix fix lunch at Enoteca Pitti Go...
by Mattstolz
April 20th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé
Replies: 30
Views: 1542

Re: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé

This wine was stacked up at the specialty grocery store I was at this morning. Didn’t check the price as I’m pretty sure I already have it but probably less than $50. there was a ton of the '13 Riservas (as well as '15 normale) at Vinopolis as well. none with prices that good though as I remember.
by Mattstolz
April 20th, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé
Replies: 30
Views: 1542

Re: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé

so are there Riservas for 13,14, 15, and 16 in the works?

Im really wanting to grab a few 15s for anniversary bottles, but im guessing ive still got another year to wait? i always forget how long after vintage Produttori releases riservas. 5 years?
by Mattstolz
April 18th, 2019, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 70
Views: 4034

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

my best of the year so far is 1993 Felsina Vin Santo. just ridiculous. and the value...!
by Mattstolz
April 17th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?
Replies: 68
Views: 3398

Re: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?

Served blind last night in Brescia, I guessed Giacosa 1978. Revealed, it was the 1988 Le Pergole Torte. I suppose if the guess is Giacosa, it's a win, either way. Great bottle, extremely elegant, with good>very good freshness, still. My top? No, but excellent nonetheless. A 2004 of this same bottle...
by Mattstolz
April 17th, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 277
Views: 15003

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

we had a tasting with the Goodfellow crew the other morning. Such a great time. so accommodating and knowledgable, and all the wines we had were so delicious. The lineup was awesome! 2017 (I think) Whistling Ridge Blanc blend 2016 Goodfellow Durant Chardonnay 2016 Richards Chardonnay 2016 Fir Crest ...
by Mattstolz
April 16th, 2019, 8:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sending bottles home from Napa
Replies: 36
Views: 1152

Re: Sending bottles home from Napa

Visiting Napa for first time next month. Going to celebrate a birthday and figured it may be fun to pick up some bottles while out there to bring home for future celebrations. Do the wineries offer their own shipping methods while out there? As in, can I buy some wine and have them ship it home for...
by Mattstolz
April 16th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...
Replies: 161
Views: 3923

Re: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...

Even though I am a confessed Francophile my disgust with goop from California is measured only against California of old. Why can’t they make anymore the wines they were making before 2002? Napa from the 70’s and 80’s are some of the most profound wine experiences I’ve ever had. The goop is just ca...
by Mattstolz
April 11th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore
Replies: 2
Views: 352

Re: TN: 2016 Bruno Giacosa Nebbiolo d'Alba Valmaggiore

shoot! I saw this on envoyers website YESTERDAY and passed on it due to an upcoming trip, but now its sold out.

loved the 13 I had a few months ago.
by Mattstolz
April 8th, 2019, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia
Replies: 4
Views: 338

Re: TN: 2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia

JC J o u a s wrote:
April 8th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Mattstolz wrote:
April 8th, 2019, 5:48 pm
I've never met a Felsina that I didn't like.
The Chardonnay is pretty unremarkable.
haven't met that one yet.
by Mattstolz
April 8th, 2019, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Luís Seabra Vinhos Xisto Cru (Portugal, Douro)
Replies: 6
Views: 250

Re: TN: 2014 Luís Seabra Vinhos Xisto Cru (Portugal, Douro)

Did you listen to Luis on the "I'll Drink to That" podcast. Fascinating. He covers a wide range of topics regarding the Douro but applicable world wide. Episode 458. I listened to it and immediately looked for some of his wines. turned out there wasn't anything around me available and then the CT n...
by Mattstolz
April 7th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 817
Views: 37437

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

nothing about this Barolo cellar that hit my email an hour ago??

I grabbed a '64 Fontanafredda but I wanna know who took a shot at the Mascarello.
by Mattstolz
April 7th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10726
Views: 476559

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

'04 Giacosa Vigna Croera
'15 Colombera and Garella Lessona
'15 Salvo Foti Vinuptera
by Mattstolz
April 7th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Drinking In France Sucks
Replies: 53
Views: 4064

Re: Wine Drinking In France Sucks

wine drinking in France is dead at retail
by Mattstolz
April 4th, 2019, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Angels share/devils cut
Replies: 1
Views: 388

Re: Angels share/devils cut

its a little different with wine because, unlike whiskey, you keep a wine barrel topped off. the air that replaces the liquid as it evaporates is typically not wanted with wine. Also, wine is kept temp controlled and cooler than typical room temp, whereas whiskey is purposely stored in a building th...
by Mattstolz
April 4th, 2019, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: what is too hot for shipping?
Replies: 18
Views: 890

Re: what is too hot for shipping?

personally, I think the temp depends a little bit. 75 is OK if its overcast, but a big problem if its a sunny day (especially here in the south) especially in a brown UPS truck. I know my black car on a 75 degree day is much warmer than 75 when I get in it after work.
by Mattstolz
April 4th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with liver
Replies: 48
Views: 1254

Re: Pairing with liver

im gonna go a different direction here and say I normally pair liver (and pate) with a riesling with a little bit of RS.
by Mattstolz
April 4th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT Etiquette Question
Replies: 21
Views: 1041

Re: CT Etiquette Question

I don’t put in a note until I finish the bottle. That basically solves all issues and ensures one note per bottle. I do the same. that way I have a better feel for the bottle before posting and can post the note and move onto the next wine I want to drink. inevitably, I would forget to edit a note ...
by Mattstolz
April 3rd, 2019, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT Etiquette Question
Replies: 21
Views: 1041

CT Etiquette Question

Let's say you open a bottle of wine and have a glass or two, then put it away and have another glass or two on a subsequent night. Do you post ONE note and one rating for that bottle, or do you rate each encounter with it and give them each their own note? also, which do you find more helpful when l...
by Mattstolz
April 1st, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine Deals this year! 2019 Edition
Replies: 62
Views: 5005

Re: Best Wine Deals this year! 2019 Edition

went 2/2 on KILLER deals at dinner last night:

1970 Gaja Barbaresco "Infernots" $110 because of a pinhead sized "capsule stain" was just so good
1993 Felsina Vin Santo 500mL for $33 knocked my socks off.

both are on the list for WOTY at this point and both were steals
by Mattstolz
March 28th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé
Replies: 30
Views: 1542

Re: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
March 28th, 2019, 9:41 am
I would open a bottle, but I was only allocated 2 bottles of Pajé.
same. gonna wait on my first one until its at least 10-15years old I think
by Mattstolz
March 28th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.
Replies: 41
Views: 1654

Re: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.

got all my shipments sitting in my cellar at this point! ya never know in SC. spring normally lasts 5 days, then we have winter again, and then its summer.
by Mattstolz
March 27th, 2019, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé
Replies: 30
Views: 1542

Re: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé

I appreciate your sacrifice. although, it sounds like it wasn't too terrible for you either!
by Mattstolz
March 27th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More reasons to hate FedEx
Replies: 53
Views: 1957

Re: More reasons to hate FedEx

shipping is most definitely the worst part of my wine habit. it makes me nervous and anxious every time.
by Mattstolz
March 26th, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More reasons to hate FedEx
Replies: 53
Views: 1957

Re: More reasons to hate FedEx

Honestly, the more I think about it, the more likely I am to just drop every winery that uses FedEx, and let them know that’s why. funny, I already did that for those that use UPS. Ive actually ended up having both FedEx and UPS shipments just sent directly to either the UPS distribution center or ...
by Mattstolz
March 26th, 2019, 3:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday
Replies: 19
Views: 1978

Re: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday

I know, it was a big surprise when I got the sales flyer. My guess is they started them out way too high and got little action then decided to put them out at near cost to clear rack space? my receipt says they were originally $189 which would have been kinda a high for not a critically acclaimed v...
by Mattstolz
March 26th, 2019, 3:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The King in the North!
Replies: 20
Views: 1064

Re: TN: The King in the North!

do you find that all N Rhone blancs are challenging to understand or just the Chave blancs? the only aged Roussanne I've ever had was a couple weeks ago now and I'm still trying to figure out what I thought about it.
by Mattstolz
March 24th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday
Replies: 19
Views: 1978

Re: How I almost lost my chance to buy 3 '05 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le-Coste yesterday

I just want to know what shop you're in that 1st HAS both 05 and 11 Rinaldi and 2nd puts them on sale!?
by Mattstolz
March 24th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 817
Views: 37437

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Log-in page? I literally don’t even know what you’re talking about. I only check it when I see people posting about offers on here that I didn't get an email about. For example: didn't get an email about Jasmin recently so went to make sure I was signed up for N Rhone emails. you can also (kind of)...
by Mattstolz
March 24th, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 817
Views: 37437

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I just need to tell someone my biggest gripe with Envoyer and I'm really hoping it changes with the new site: I probably have less than a 50% success rate at the security code on the login page. I have never seen a more ambiguous one of those. Its Case Sensitive, but yet ONLY uses letters where the ...
by Mattstolz
March 24th, 2019, 6:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Say you know someone and they only think wine is red...
Replies: 52
Views: 1774

Re: Say you know someone and they only think wine is red...

I think it would depend on their favorite reds.

if they like Barolo and new-wave California then I'm gonna suggest something different than if they like shiraz and cult Napa cabs
by Mattstolz
March 23rd, 2019, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: great vintage available but bad year for you
Replies: 25
Views: 1012

Re: great vintage available but bad year for you

I feel lucky that at this point I can't think of a year bad enough to avoid buying wine from, but I can imagine there being reasons why someone might. if that was the case, there is too much good wine out there to get stuck on a single one
by Mattstolz
March 23rd, 2019, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 817
Views: 37437

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I just got some Chambolle village; was tempted by the Beze but I’m trying not to stockpile stuff that’s needs lots of time in the cellar till I free up more space. I requested the same, but as I haven't heard, I figure I was, six minutes after the offer came in, too late. Oh well. so if you don't h...
by Mattstolz
March 22nd, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Re: TN: 2014 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

John Glas wrote:
March 22nd, 2019, 5:30 pm
I can't believe Matt I am buying this for $30 in Minneapolis. Becomes an every day drinker.
yeah what a steal!!
by Mattstolz
March 22nd, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Re: TN: 2014 Le Vieux Donjon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

had the 2010 the other day and it blew me away. great producer! stood out to me in a 14 bottle lineup of some of the best going back to 1998
by Mattstolz
March 22nd, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 birth year
Replies: 59
Views: 2332

Re: 2013 birth year

Graduated medical school in 2013 as well. Just now finishing fellowship and at the point I can splurge a little. Was going to buy a few Biondi Santi Brunello, A barolo, champagne and possibly a few 1st growth Bordeaux to celebrate. Then I need to look at 2017 (year I was married) and 2019 (year my ...
by Mattstolz
March 21st, 2019, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 birth year
Replies: 59
Views: 2332

Re: 2013 birth year

There are still some 2013 Produttori Rabaja available online. That's a sure winner and affordable. Also, 2013 Brunello Riservas are hitting the market, don't miss them. I would be all over Italian wines for 2013 birth years. For one that is not too expensive, I liked Vajra Bricco delle Viole I'm ri...
by Mattstolz
March 20th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 birth year
Replies: 59
Views: 2332

Re: 2013 birth year

I would be all over Italian wines for 2013 birth years. I think I've reluctantly accepted that Barolo is "just not my thing," for the prices they command. But Brunello --- that's another thing! Thanks for your post. [cheers.gif] a 2013 biondi santi? heck. yes. 2013 Pergole Torte? Oh yeah. on the mo...
by Mattstolz
March 20th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 817
Views: 37437

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

John J wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 4:50 pm
So who brought the set of Mascarello Barolo 'Artist series' across 18 vintages?
it was beautiful even in the email.
by Mattstolz
March 20th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 birth year
Replies: 59
Views: 2332

Re: 2013 birth year

I would be all over Italian wines for 2013 birth years.
by Mattstolz
March 20th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Killer Deal Alert: Pax North Coast
Replies: 13
Views: 1263

Re: Killer Deal Alert: Pax North Coast

Did a quick search for the 2017 North Coast Syrah in either Washington or Oregon. Found it at a retailer in Portland. They're offering it at $59! The Hermit for $45! Yeah... that’s a terrible price. That’s more than I paid for the Sonoma hillsides. No, I haven't had that one yet. It could just come...
by Mattstolz
March 20th, 2019, 3:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Foreign Language CT Notes
Replies: 57
Views: 1411

Re: Foreign Language CT Notes

if the wine is from France, is it the reviewer whose note is in French thats in a foreign language, or the one that is in English? just had a really funny image in my head of a personified wine being terrified because it only knows French and everyone is sitting around judging it in a language it do...
by Mattstolz
March 20th, 2019, 3:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Killer Deal Alert: Pax North Coast
Replies: 13
Views: 1263

Re: Killer Deal Alert: Pax North Coast

Funny. I just went through the same line up locally after buying Valdigue and Trosseau Gris sight unseen (and really loving both on tasting) and I just could not get with the Syrah. I love North Rhone savoriness. I love Syrah. And I just found the wine unbalanced. It was like drinking dirty martini...
by Mattstolz
March 19th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Killer Deal Alert: Pax North Coast
Replies: 13
Views: 1263

Re: Killer Deal Alert: Pax North Coast

The North Coast Syrah is essentially the replacement for the Wind Gap Sonoma Coast Syrah, with a few little twists (per Pax on Facebook this AM). makes sense. I love the Wind Gap North Coast Syrah. If thats an indication, I should hold onto a couple of these if I can get my hands on a enough becaus...
by Mattstolz
March 19th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Fantastic CdP dinner with a couple additions
Replies: 14
Views: 890

Re: TN: Fantastic CdP dinner with a couple additions

Would love to try some old Clos des Papes. The 12 and 15 tasted in their youth have been among the best CNdP I've enjoyed to date. While I don’t know if 1995 Clos des Papes CdP would qualify as “old”, the one I had this past mid-December was, to me, the best of the night for pairing with the main c...
by Mattstolz
March 19th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two New Bedrocks...(short/boring)
Replies: 8
Views: 1041

Re: Well....

Matt, A little hard to describe. Like ShenandoahVlly or ContraCosta or Lodi, it's just a signature taste/smell the HeckerPass Zins show. It must be that "terroir" thing that wine geeks blabber about all the time. HeckerPass Zins (and I get it in the Grenaches) just seem to have more of a raspberry ...

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