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by Justin S
October 14th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party
Replies: 30
Views: 981

Re: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party

Agree that low tannin is better. My votes: - a light-bodied cabernet franc like 2017 Domaine de la Bergerie Anjou "La Cerisaie". About $20. Had this in NY last month. I read online somewhere that cabernet franc clashes with tumeric dishes though; - 2016 Domaine Jean Foillard Morgon Les Charmes Epony...
by Justin S
October 14th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Krug 168eme, 2006 DomP, 2008 La Grande Dame...
Replies: 7
Views: 655

Re: TN: Krug 168eme, 2006 DomP, 2008 La Grande Dame...

.5 miles is walking distance!
by Justin S
October 13th, 2019, 10:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Krug 168eme, 2006 DomP, 2008 La Grande Dame...
Replies: 7
Views: 655

Re: TN: Krug 168eme, 2006 DomP, 2008 La Grande Dame...

I recall that GC in half bottles comes out earlier than the 750s.
by Justin S
October 12th, 2019, 9:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 46
Views: 2228

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

Had this with three cups chicken (a Taiwanese dish) tonight. Surprisingly good pairing. There is an astringency to this wine that worried me upon opening and never completely went away. Maybe that’s the acid people talk about. It didn’t go away entirely but certainly, the wine did improve with a few...
by Justin S
October 12th, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva
Replies: 6
Views: 437

Re: TN: 2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

Thanks Greg. I'm a bit hesitant to devote more space in my cellar to LRA because of how much '08 Ardanza and '07 904 I bought, especially since I think the oak masks the fruit just a tad.

But the '10 904 is getting glowing reviews, so I might pick some of that and wait for the '10 Ardanza.
by Justin S
October 11th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva
Replies: 6
Views: 437

Re: TN: 2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

Did you like the '09 better than the '08?
by Justin S
October 9th, 2019, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 83
Views: 3279

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

K John Joseph wrote:
October 8th, 2019, 9:58 am
2002 Billecart Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois.
I always have so much fun drinking this one. It's very powerful and just alive on the palate. It's so electric that more subtle wines tasted next to it probably suffer a bit, but I seem to love this more than others.
by Justin S
October 8th, 2019, 9:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Bricco delle Viole Vertical with Giuseppe Vaira
Replies: 12
Views: 811

Re: TN: A Bricco delle Viole Vertical with Giuseppe Vaira

Good to see the ‘10 coming along. I have yet to try any of my ‘13s but sounds like it hasn’t shut down yet.
by Justin S
October 4th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 67
Views: 4865

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

Anyone try the sparkling vermentino?
by Justin S
October 2nd, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Odd email from Aeris Wines re:2015
Replies: 29
Views: 2240

Re: Odd email from Aeris Wines re:2015

I had been reading a lot about Aeris bottle variation here on WB, so this makes sense. '16 is a better vintage for Etna IMO, so not a bad trade.
by Justin S
September 25th, 2019, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dom.Bergerie LaCerisaie AnjouRougw '15...(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 179

Re: TN: Dom.Bergerie LaCerisaie AnjouRougw '15...(short/boring)

Had the '17 tonight, really nice wine for the price. Weightless, good acidity, fresh, and it had enough fruit (especially with air) to be enjoyable, but definitely on the earthy side. Lovely.
by Justin S
September 25th, 2019, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014: The Mascot
Replies: 9
Views: 900

Re: 2014: The Mascot

09 was tannic beast and tough to enjoy even with a few days open. 10 was much better. Haven't had since but may grab some 14 I didn't find that to be the case with the '09 in May 2018, but then again it was from 375 mL and I had it with a fatty meat. Maybe pop n pour is the way to go rather than de...
by Justin S
September 25th, 2019, 6:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Beaujolais
Replies: 104
Views: 7972

Re: 2017 Beaujolais

What kind of fish? I often enjoy Beaujolais with grilled salmon or pan seared tuna. Preferably Beaujolais from the more classic years, like 2014. Grilled Halibut with mushroom risotto. Budget was $20 / bottle or less and I was able to find some of the Cuvee Tardive for that. My favorites like Thivi...
by Justin S
September 25th, 2019, 5:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Beaujolais
Replies: 104
Views: 7972

Re: 2017 Beaujolais

Thanks Jayson. Some have said CT has a bit of Rhône quality to it which also turned me off fish.
by Justin S
September 24th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Beaujolais
Replies: 104
Views: 7972

Re: 2017 Beaujolais

Thanks Jayson. Is the '18 CT more on the black-fruited end of the spectrum or is it more red-fruited? I'm considering buying a case of it for a family function early next year, but would have to buy blind. We are serving fish as one of the food options, so that is a concern.
by Justin S
September 7th, 2019, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 5995

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

Are all of the wines that now taste bad from the same store? Could be that the wines were mishandled by the store and were already starting to turn. Apart from that, more investigation is needed to isolate the variables.
by Justin S
August 29th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best cheap glasses?
Replies: 17
Views: 803

Re: Best cheap glasses?

I agree on the Crate and Barrel suggestion. They have probably 2-3 different styles of glasses under $4, pick your poison. I recall there is a discount for buying in multiples of 8 as well.

Got Nattie Red wine glass, 8 for $22 ($2.75/ea.) or $3.16/ea. when purchased individually.
by Justin S
August 25th, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Barolo/Barbaresco should I open?
Replies: 23
Views: 1408

Re: Which Barolo/Barbaresco should I open?

Frankly opening any of them would be infanticide so to speak. None of these wines were released more than 2-3 years ago. That said, sometimes wines will show surprisingly well on release. I’d go with #5 or 6. The produttori is pretty tight last I tasted it, but it’s the least expensive on your list....
by Justin S
August 18th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 77
Views: 4914

Re: Napa Cab under $100

Recently saw some back vintages fo Chateau Montelena "Estate" cab from the 2000's for around $110. See K&L website, they have a handful. I'm not at all a Napa cab drinker normally (so can't give other recommendations), but these seem like a decent value as far as Napa goes and already have some age ...
by Justin S
August 18th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Arnot-Roberts Spring Release
Replies: 32
Views: 1705

Re: Arnot-Roberts Spring Release

Anyone go for the new Cabernet Franc or Falanghina in the summer release?
by Justin S
August 16th, 2019, 9:23 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD: 2016 Pax Sonoma Hillsides x 2
Replies: 0
Views: 324

SOLD: 2016 Pax Sonoma Hillsides x 2

Selling two 750mL bottles of 2016 Pax Sonoma Hillsides. Rated 100 points by Vinous.

Stored in professional wine storage since release. Located in Los Angeles, CA. Happy to hand off locally. Buyer pays shipping otherwise.

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks.

EDIT: SOLD
by Justin S
August 14th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Beaujolais
Replies: 104
Views: 7972

Re: 2017 Beaujolais

Thanks William, that is very helpful. Unlike Bordeaux, Napa and Rhône, a bit more ripeness in Chinon and Beaujolais can be nice. While you had to be selective in 2015, as in 2009, there were some major winners. The 2017 vintage, for my palate, has been a hit on every wine that I have tried. Thanks, ...
by Justin S
August 13th, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Beaujolais
Replies: 104
Views: 7972

Re: 2017 Beaujolais

Is a 2017 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly considered a Cru Beaujolais? I truly don't know the answer. I've had one bottle and thought it was fantastic. I wish I'd bought more. From early results I have preferred '16s to '17s in Beaujolais, but both are good. I'm hearing lots of hype about '18, but ...
by Justin S
August 7th, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 05/06`Taittinger CdC,12`Bonville Belles Voyes,,05`Bollie GA,07`Gaston-Chiquet,96`WS Sonoma Coast Pinot,00`Guigal Landonn
Replies: 18
Views: 774

Re: 05/06`Taittinger CdC,12`Bonville Belles Voyes,,05`Bollie GA,07`Gaston-Chiquet,96`WS Sonoma Coast Pinot,00`Guigal Lan

I like the Bonville Belles Voyes. It's at once super toasty and dry, which is not something I'm always in the mood for, but good QPR.

On the '06 Comtes, I feel a bit left out. Both bottles I've tried have been just fine to my palate, wonder if my 3rd will be as good as everyone says.
by Justin S
August 5th, 2019, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 32
Views: 1369

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Yes. I know it is from Italy, just wondering how it compared to other Etna producers given the top of market pricing.
by Justin S
August 5th, 2019, 8:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 32
Views: 1369

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

Always wanted to try this wine, but it’s just about more expensive than any other carricante coming out of Italy. Wonder if those that own this wine have compared to the best Italian producers. what would be the best food match? I love grilled seafood with it. Carricante tends to have a salty lemony...
by Justin S
August 4th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Keeping unopened white wine in the fridge
Replies: 13
Views: 1179

Re: Keeping unopened white wine in the fridge

I'd rather keep wine in a conventional food fridge for a few months than at room temperature during the summer, especially if your home can get above 75 degrees F.
by Justin S
July 26th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 R. Lopez Heredia Rose - Vina Tondonia
Replies: 55
Views: 2628

Re: TN: 2009 R. Lopez Heredia Rose - Vina Tondonia

Nice looking cellar.
by Justin S
July 23rd, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy - why is it so often cloudy?
Replies: 42
Views: 2306

Re: Burgundy - why is it so often cloudy?

I think it is a symptom of two things, First- as others have noted, not letting a bottle sit long enough after transport for the wine to fully settle. It can take weeks. But many serve the bottle anyway. I have a '00 Jadot CSJ that I'd like to drink at a restaurant this coming Friday. Before standi...
by Justin S
July 22nd, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Beaujolais
Replies: 104
Views: 7972

Re: 2017 Beaujolais

I had a bottle of the 2017 Lapierre Morgon with N stamp a week ago. It seemed quite ripe for such a young Morgon, but perhaps this was due to bottle variation in the no-sulfite-added form. The wine was delightful and bursting with red and blue fruit, but I didn’t see it having the longevity of vint...
by Justin S
July 15th, 2019, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tempier Rose - worth extended cellaring?
Replies: 32
Views: 2042

Re: Tempier Rose - worth extended cellaring?

I think this depends on how much cellar space you have. For me, the wine definitely improves, but not into something profound. Perhaps I needed to lay it down for a few more years, but I think my limited cellar space is better devoted to aging other categories of wines, and then drinking less expens...
by Justin S
July 8th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zalto Champagne vs. White
Replies: 21
Views: 1284

Re: Zalto Champagne vs. White

What's with the Zalto decanters? How do they justify high prices? Surely it has no useful features and is just attractive at best? Same can be said for virtually any decanter. A $1 plastic pitcher works just about as well as decanting as anything else, so beyond that you are just paying for handblo...
by Justin S
June 13th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1086
Views: 59836

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Dennis Atick wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 2:23 pm
Was that NOT a great price on the Produttori or am I missing something?
Hard to say, the price has been going up the last few vintages.
by Justin S
June 7th, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Gimmonet, Roederer, Jacquesson, Rivers-Marie +
Replies: 18
Views: 1188

Re: TNs: Gimmonet, Roederer, Jacquesson, Rivers-Marie +

The '09 Roederer Starck is pretty darn lean and tastes more shrill that zero dose wines I've had from Laherte and Bouchard (the latter two feeling as natural as a still white wine). By contrast, the Starck is definitely a bit enamel stripping, but tolerable. I liked it with sushi, especially since ...
by Justin S
June 7th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Gimmonet, Roederer, Jacquesson, Rivers-Marie +
Replies: 18
Views: 1188

Re: TNs: Gimmonet, Roederer, Jacquesson, Rivers-Marie +

The '09 Roederer Starck is pretty darn lean and tastes more shrill that zero dose wines I've had from Laherte and Bouchard (the latter two feeling as natural as a still white wine). By contrast, the Starck is definitely a bit enamel stripping, but tolerable. I liked it with sushi, especially since i...
by Justin S
June 7th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Reserva Prado Enea
Replies: 7
Views: 558

Re: TN: 2005 Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Reserva Prado Enea

I love the Prado Enea and buy it most every year, when I can find it for a reasonable price. (I suspect it's only got a couple more years before it's in the $100 range, and which point I quit buying almost any wine). I'm currently watching actively for the 2010...On a recent trip to Spain I drink t...
by Justin S
June 5th, 2019, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Accessible Barolo Vintages
Replies: 90
Views: 5229

Re: Accessible Barolo Vintages

Justin - I found a lot of '09 and '11 Barolo/Barbaresco to0 high in alcohol. The vintages were similar in that way. The exception among those I tasted was the '11 Produttori Barbarescos, which were excellent. Has anyone tried any '12s of late? I haven't tried any of mine, and I'm curious if they've...
by Justin S
May 28th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47759

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I really liked the food and will go back. We did corkage, not sure what they charged. The list is small but had a few things I would be happy to drink, no higher-end bottles. I recall that corkage is $50/bottle. That may not stop people with high-end bottles, but my sense is that Auburn is trying t...
by Justin S
May 24th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy treachery
Replies: 68
Views: 4251

Re: Burgundy treachery

Also, imo, red burgundy is better with less/no decanting, assuming it can be open enough to be enjoyable. Eric, For example, next burg I'm likely to open is a '00 Jadot CSJ. It's bit sitting sideways for months, but I may need to stand it up for the sediment to settle. Is this something you would d...
by Justin S
May 23rd, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47759

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Ok LA denizens need Japanese recommendations for lunch this upcoming Friday (5/24). I usually go to Sushi Gen. Food quality is of utmost importance, corkage a very big plus, somewhat close to downtown would be an added plus but not necessary. For next time, you can also try Hayato's bento box. You ...
by Justin S
May 23rd, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is the New World equivalent of Chablis
Replies: 52
Views: 3012

Re: Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is the New World equivalent of Chablis

I enjoy the Arnot Roberts chards. From what I recall, the Trout Gulch bottling is more similar to Chablis in style than say Mount Eden, but both are distinctly Californian. This is a timely thread because I was recently looking at adding more Chablis to my cellar.
by Justin S
May 23rd, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Replies: 19
Views: 1890

Re: TN: 2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico

John,
I store Rancia in the Bordeaux section of my cellar. :D
by Justin S
May 21st, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Pairing for Peking Duck
Replies: 58
Views: 2724

Re: Best Pairing for Peking Duck

I just drink rose or a clean white like reisling or chenin blanc. Typically when I eat peking duck, I'm also having other Chinese food at the same time, and pinot noir doesn't work for me in that case.
by Justin S
May 20th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 208
Views: 14016

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Ryan, appreciate you posting here. I had canceled my MB membership back in March because of the uncertainty in receiving an MB allocation. Turns out that was the right move for me because I do not want to purchase the Estate wines w/o receiving an MB allocation and currently your system does not all...
by Justin S
May 15th, 2019, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give up salt or give up wine?
Replies: 52
Views: 1838

Re: Give up salt or give up wine?

Giving up wine would be both healthier* and tastier overall for me. Don’t need a lot of salt in my food but I do need some to bring out the flavors whereas wine is less essential to everyday life. * That salt is so bad for you has been overblown IMO. At one time we thought a high fat diet was bad too.
by Justin S
May 15th, 2019, 5:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino
Replies: 20
Views: 698

Re: TN: 1995 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino

Dennis, you probably should be looking at wines from Chianti rather than Brunello. Just less oak, sometimes less alcohol, and brighter tarter red fruit. Of course there are exceptions but Brunello is where I go for a more heavy handed wine. I don’t think you will have a transcendental experience but...
by Justin S
April 26th, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Edmunds St. John Syrah Fenaughty
Replies: 7
Views: 331

Re: TN: 2012 Edmunds St. John Syrah Fenaughty

Similar to ESJ ‘13 Syrahs except I could sense the tannic structure more. Enjoyable but simple at this stage. Glad to have tried one. Put the rest at the back of the cellar.
by Justin S
April 25th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé
Replies: 41
Views: 2803

Re: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé

2014 riservas are now hitting the market in Europe - around 40 EUR all-in per bottle for a mixed set. Any thoughts on quality? Better to wait for 2015s? If you don't want to buy both vintages, it probably just depends on whether you like the '14 or '15 Normale better. Between the two, the '14 norma...
by Justin S
April 18th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 F. Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi Riserva
Replies: 19
Views: 2417

Re: 2013 F. Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi Riserva

Thanks Ofer. I was able to get some of the '13 Cannubi Riserva already. Sounds like the Cannubi will drink a few years earlier than the Brunate, which is consistent with notes I've seen online.
by Justin S
April 18th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 F. Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi Riserva
Replies: 19
Views: 2417

Re: 2013 F. Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi Riserva

Ofer Refaeli wrote:
April 18th, 2019, 12:23 pm
In general or regarding Francesco Rinaldi Barolo ?
Specifically to this producer, as I was deciding between the two 2015s, but even a general explanation would be helpful.

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