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by Justin S
February 19th, 2019, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)
Replies: 26
Views: 524

Re: TN: 2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)

I had the ‘11 Fontalloro about 1.5 years ago and it was full of unresolved barrel spice and tobacco. Definitely needed more time, but it seemed overdone for my palate, so glad to see this vintage coming around.
by Justin S
February 19th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food and Wine Pairing is Bullsh*t . . .
Replies: 46
Views: 1611

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

I tend to agree that there can be too much emphasis on finding a perfect pairing. The closest I've ever had to perfect pairings (i.e. I enjoyed both the food and wine more because of the other) was at Alinea in Chicago. Otherwise, wine and food are pretty flexible, as long as the wine is food friend...
by Justin S
February 18th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 50
Views: 3603

Re: Rhys offer

Decided to feel out Rhys with only 4 bottles, first-time buyer this year. Couldn't decide between how many pinot vs. chard, but decided on 3 Alpine PN and 1 Horseshoe Chard.

Given that I have 3 Alpine PN, was thinking of popping one upon receipt to calibrate to the winery as suggested above.
by Justin S
February 16th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Beaujolais
Replies: 25
Views: 1823

Re: 2017 Beaujolais

2017 Metras Fleurie last night. My first bottle, so no way to know how representative this was given the widely discussed bottle variation. Couldn't have been any more different than the 2017 Lapierre Morgon, very lean on the palate, and very herbal. After 2 hours of air, started to gain some weight...
by Justin S
February 11th, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs from a blind tasting of 2010/2011 Piedmonts
Replies: 13
Views: 889

Re: TNs from a blind tasting of 2010/2011 Piedmonts

As a data point, the 2011 Vajra Bricco delle Viole was drinking really well in the last quarter of 2017 (had two bottles a few months apart). If you guys think the 2011s are starting to shut down, that is disappointing. Maybe I'll open the next one in 2021.
by Justin S
February 8th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have your best wine experiences been with white or red?
Replies: 23
Views: 764

Re: Have your best wine experiences been with white or red?

Red for now, but I think my incorrect biases and purchasing habits have led to this result more than anything. My cellar is about 70% red, but lately, my consumption is more like 50/50. White wines go with a lot of food better than reds. This means that I am drinking a lot of young whites and not ag...
by Justin S
February 8th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
Replies: 12
Views: 818

Re: 2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

I have not had that vintage of the wine, but since 2009 was warmer year, it could be a characteristic of the wine.
by Justin S
February 6th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Cuvée Camille (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)
Replies: 4
Views: 318

Re: TN: 2016 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Cuvée Camille (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)

Your comment about the Camille cuvee not having any tannin is the reason I prefer the standard Morgon. The latter wine feels a bit more substantial and therefore also seems a bit more versatile in being able to pair with meats.
by Justin S
February 5th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry January: Lessons Learned
Replies: 51
Views: 2473

Re: Dry January: Lessons Learned

I agree with Justin. Losing five pounds in a month, with no other apparent lifestyle changes, is significant. Just for a point of reference, I probably swung 3-5 pounds during the cycle. So it varied a bit. No idea what “water weight” is ... The body retains water in the muscles, fat cells, and in ...
by Justin S
February 4th, 2019, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dry January: Lessons Learned
Replies: 51
Views: 2473

Re: Dry January: Lessons Learned

I didn’t lose a lot of weight. I only dropped about 5 pounds. I think I may have compensated for cutting out the alcohol and sugar in wine by sneaking other treats. I have largely eliminated soft drinks and most desserts out of my life, but I did treat myself a bit more this month. One note: I didn...
by Justin S
February 3rd, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 321
Views: 9372

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

I have not followed this that closely, but I would think that summer associates at large firms might be making $3,000-$4,000 a week, depending on location. Yes, summers usually get paid the same as first-year associates on a pro-rated weekly basis. I think it's $190k a year these days in big law (u...
by Justin S
February 2nd, 2019, 11:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Nicklicious--Dinner in Toronto with Nick and Friends, and some still-young Rieslings
Replies: 2
Views: 277

Re: TNs--Nicklicious--Dinner in Toronto with Nick and Friends, and some still-young Rieslings

2013 Nino Negri 5Stelle Sfursat Fun bring from Jeff, Nick hasn't had one of these and I've not had this vintage (my last one was a 2009, I believe). This is a nebbiolo from Lombardia, but made in the appassimento style. That mix of stuff is evident on the profile, with strawberry jam and fruit vyin...
by Justin S
January 31st, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sushi and Champagne
Replies: 19
Views: 2206

Re: Sushi and Champagne

There are different schools of thought on this and I agree it's hard to go wrong, particularly given that there are pros/cons to different styles of champagne. For me though, I prefer something with a lower dosage, to allow the subtle fish flavors to shine through a bit more.
by Justin S
January 31st, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Memorious
Replies: 49
Views: 2006

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Memorious

This is a bummer considering the '12 and '14 DDLC Ste. Rita Hills appellation level wines (that are less expensive) are pretty decent. Hopefully, it's just a matter of needing a lot of time for remaining bottles, but considering that people taste recently bottled Bordeaux and Barolo and still give t...
by Justin S
January 28th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where's the good, cheap Sangio?
Replies: 48
Views: 2645

Re: Where's the good, cheap Sangio?

Nothing to add on the sangiovese side. For alternatives, I had 2017 Elena Walch Lagrein from Alto Adige last year and it as lovely for $17: https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/elena+walch+lagrein/2017/usa Wouldn't say the wine is as high toned as your typical chianti, but worked quite well with Itali...
by Justin S
January 27th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Beaujolais
Replies: 25
Views: 1823

Re: 2017 Beaujolais

Personally, of the vintages 2012-2016, I find the 2015's least likable. Too ripe and not enough acidity. The few 2017's I've tried, Lapierre and Thivin, are excellent and, I believe, better than the 2016's. No extremes and definitely not overripe. Curious as to what you liked about the 2017 Lapierr...
by Justin S
January 25th, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 723
Views: 32767

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

I'm going to take the wife to The Broad museum on Valentines Day and was looking for a good lunch spot after. I have reservations at Otium, is this a good choice or is there something better? Haven't been in a while, but Otium should be solid and is conveniently next to The Broad. Would probably st...
by Justin S
January 23rd, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets
Replies: 20
Views: 938

Re: TN: 2002 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets

Your post just reminded me of how inherently goofy this hobby is ... buying a wine roughly 15 years ago and sitting lovingly on it like a hen on an egg. And still many, many miles to go before you can approach it. It's like raising kids -- a leap of faith that it will all turn out OK in the end! [c...
by Justin S
January 22nd, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much Wine do we drink a year?
Replies: 42
Views: 1482

Re: How much Wine do we drink a year?

80-90 bottles a year from my own cellar for dinners with my SO, parties at my home, or family get togethers. I don't consistently log wine purchased at restaurants or tasted at a friend's home. For health reasons, I try not to open more than one bottle a week, so the rest comes from sharing with oth...
by Justin S
January 22nd, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Beaujolais
Replies: 25
Views: 1823

Re: 2017 Beaujolais

I'm interested in this as well, though I'll probably pop a bottle of '17 Lapierre Morgon soon to see for myself. From what I've been reading, it generally seems a bit less structured than '16, but not as extreme in ripeness as '15. Like last year, hail was again a big issue in '17.
by Justin S
January 16th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Cuvée Camille (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)
Replies: 8
Views: 655

Re: TN: 2016 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Cuvée Camille (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)

Lapierre seems to be very strong in 2016. Have you tried the Cuvee Marcel Lapierre btw and if so, is it worth the extra tariff over the base bottling?
by Justin S
January 15th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How did your tastes in wine change?
Replies: 30
Views: 1139

Re: How did your tastes in wine change?

1) Way more whites and sparkling due to how well they match certain foods. My consumption is about 50% whites or champagne, though my cellar is only at 30%, since reds generally need more age and many whites can be drunk when young. 2) Lower abv. Trying not to buy anything over 14%, and preferably n...
by Justin S
January 10th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1087
Views: 115367

Re: Official Costco Thread

A 5L bottle is the most Coscto appropriate thing I've seen in this thread.
by Justin S
January 9th, 2019, 8:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Second-Favorite Wine with Scallops
Replies: 50
Views: 1423

Re: Your Second-Favorite Wine with Scallops

Etna Bianco (carricante).
by Justin S
January 9th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Accessible Barolo Vintages
Replies: 73
Views: 2519

Re: Accessible Barolo Vintages

Lots of good comments above. It does vary depending on your personal preference. Here's my take on recent vintages: 2014 - Needs time - mixed results - some great wines, some producers faced massive loss (e.g. 70% at Rinaldi) which appears to have affected quality. Some (e.g. Brovia) blended their ...
by Justin S
January 9th, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 723
Views: 32767

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Tom Yum onion - a party of 2 cannot eat this alone. We were stuffed with onion at the end. If you have a larger group, just the "ranch" whip is enough to order the dish. Bummer, my gf was really looking forward to this dish, perhaps we take the rest home (or find some friends to go with, which woul...
by Justin S
January 8th, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 723
Views: 32767

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

@bryan c: That sounds like an awful experience at Vespertine! I have read mixed reviews and gather that the chef doesn't really want you to know what you are eating (and drinking), preferring that guests just focus on the tasting. Maybe a case of art over pleasure. By contrast, at Somni, the somm an...
by Justin S
January 7th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 723
Views: 32767

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

No worries at all haha! I was worried for a bit as my wife had purchased the prepaid reservation tickets already. Great to hear that you thought Somni was excellent as you seem very in tune with the LA food scene during my search through the message boards. Did you try a wine pairing by any chance ...
by Justin S
January 4th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Accessible Barolo Vintages
Replies: 73
Views: 2519

Re: Accessible Barolo Vintages

One last point is that nearly every winemaker in Piemonte will tell you they drink their Barolo's with ~10 years of age, even in big vintages. Not sure I agree, but I've heard the comment MANY times over the years You hear that from Vacca at PdB too (8-12 years is his recommendation, with more for ...
by Justin S
January 2nd, 2019, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perfect wine or perfect pairing (feat. Cedric Bouchard and Mouton Rothschild)
Replies: 8
Views: 625

Re: Perfect wine or perfect pairing (feat. Cedric Bouchard and Mouton Rothschild)

People can be overly fussy about pairings, but this situation seemed like an extreme case going in the opposite direction. I don't understand the sushi / syrah / Robert Parker joke that some people make on this forum, but maybe it has some applicability here.
by Justin S
January 2nd, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perfect wine or perfect pairing (feat. Cedric Bouchard and Mouton Rothschild)
Replies: 8
Views: 625

Perfect wine or perfect pairing (feat. Cedric Bouchard and Mouton Rothschild)

We had a lovely meal of "kappo" style Japanese food on NYE: tofu/uni/caviar; fermented lobster; sashimi; fish tempura; shrimp dumplings in miso soup; rice; and choice of grilled yellowtail or grilled wagyu (we got one of each to share). Knowing in advance that this meal would have subtle flavors and...
by Justin S
December 31st, 2018, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with cardboard tubes
Replies: 14
Views: 395

Re: Help with cardboard tubes

I like the convenience of tubes, but they take up precious space. Visited my locker today, which is designed to hold around 144 bottles (12 cases). The configuration of the locker is three cases wide, slightly over two cases tall, and two cases deep. So if you store using cardboard boxes, you can ac...
by Justin S
December 31st, 2018, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impression 12-31-18
Replies: 8
Views: 718

Re: Impression 12-31-18

El Jaleo - I liked the '16 very much on release and nowadays its structure has come out a bit and the fruit has settled down, so I'm letting it sleep for 3-4 years before trying again. Can't find the '17 in my local market, but sounds like it's even more ready to go than the '16. Need to try that He...
by Justin S
December 12th, 2018, 4:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: James Suckling Teaches Wine Appreciation | Official Trailer | MasterClass
Replies: 46
Views: 2156

Re: James Suckling Teaches Wine Appreciation | Official Trailer | MasterClass

What brought me to the cackling stage is just how Suckling has essentially made his career on being a bit stuck up and pretentious that could/would make it more intimidating for the beginner. Now, he's trying the opposite approach and it just seems sooooooo disingenuous. I met him briefly at one of...
by Justin S
December 12th, 2018, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Beaujolais TN thread - post notes here
Replies: 114
Views: 10252

Re: 2015 Beaujolais TN thread - post notes here

Justin, Thanks for the thoughts. What have you heard about the 2017 vintage? I opened the 15 to help me make a buying decision on the 17's. I have not heard much about 2017 in terms of the characteristics of the wines, other than that yields were down again this year due to hail (like in 2016). Thi...
by Justin S
December 11th, 2018, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Beaujolais TN thread - post notes here
Replies: 114
Views: 10252

Re: 2015 Beaujolais TN thread - post notes here

2015 Yvon Metras Fleurie: Popped, poured, and then drank over 3 hours. Gorgeous translucent magenta out of the bottle, followed by a little funk on the nose which I always enjoy. Juicy red and dark ripe fruit that needed some acidity to counter balance. Not sure if it was just a product of the vint...
by Justin S
December 9th, 2018, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zalto Question (Again)
Replies: 33
Views: 1813

Re: Zalto Question (Again)

I'd go with the Bordeaux if you can only choose one glass. It's more "universal" than their Universal, still big enough for use with pinot/burgundy, and is also the easiest to clean among the three.
by Justin S
December 3rd, 2018, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How Long Lived Are Top Brunellos From Outstanding Vintages?
Replies: 42
Views: 1602

Re: How Long Lived Are Top Brunellos From Outstanding Vintages?

A few months ago, I had a bottle of 2005 Ucceliera (so a "poor" vintage). It was drinking really great and didn't taste "old." Would it last another 7 years to make its 20th? Don't know, but it would make it's 15th quite easily. While some wines are going to last longer than others depending on the ...
by Justin S
November 29th, 2018, 11:14 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: 2016 Prisoner in magnum format
Replies: 0
Views: 204

FS: 2016 Prisoner in magnum format

For sale:
1 magnum of 2016 Prisoner. $80.

Bottle located in Los Angeles. Thanks!
by Justin S
November 20th, 2018, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The perfect red wine glass?
Replies: 71
Views: 2587

Re: The perfect red wine glass?

Sh@an, I like the GGG a lot, but find it a bit small for wines that I'd ordinarily want to pour into a large bowl, like barolo. It will work fine in the GGG though, especially if you are okay with smaller pours. In terms of Zaltos, I use the Bordeaux stem the most and find it to be the most "univers...
by Justin S
November 17th, 2018, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Pax Sonoma-Hillsides 100pts Vinous
Replies: 104
Views: 7404

Re: 2016 Pax Sonoma-Hillsides 100pts Vinous

I would double decant, either starting the night before or in the morning.
by Justin S
November 16th, 2018, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides - offer is live
Replies: 48
Views: 2248

Re: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides - offer is live

Diam (or at least that is what I recall about the 2016, haven't received my 2017 yet).
by Justin S
November 15th, 2018, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting help: 2008 Roagna, 2010 Vajra
Replies: 3
Views: 411

Re: Decanting help: 2008 Roagna, 2010 Vajra

Following up on this, how would you treat a 1996 Roagna Barbaresco normale from 375mL? Would think that the small bottle makes it more advanced, but sometimes wines need some time to "wake up".
by Justin S
November 11th, 2018, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick! Wine pairing with Balsamic marinated Portobello Mushrooms
Replies: 6
Views: 224

Re: Quick! Wine pairing with Balsamic marinated Portobello Mushrooms

The devil is in the details, i.e. what are the attributes of the particular wine. I’d be inclined to pick a lower abv Nebbiolo from Alto Piemonte.
by Justin S
November 6th, 2018, 9:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Suggestions - Grenache (update!)
Replies: 60
Views: 1741

Re: Need Suggestions - Grenache (rules apply)

Planetes de Nin Amfora if you can find it. Might be $35 though. https://www.klwines.com/p/i?i=1351618 IMO, the Bernebeleva wines punch way above their weight. I haven't had this particular bottling, but the $15 bottle is screaming value and their 2 top cuvees (Arroyo del Tortolas and Vina Bonitas) a...
by Justin S
November 6th, 2018, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consolidated 2016 Beaujolais TNs
Replies: 50
Views: 4890

Re: Consolidated 2016 Beaujolais TNs

Lapierre's Julienas-was that a one vintage production due to low volumes that year, or will he be producing more from that site? Online articles said it was a one-time bottling due to low volumes (hail), but I noticed one retailer selling a 2017 bottling. There was hail in 2017 as well, so makes se...
by Justin S
November 6th, 2018, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines of 2018
Replies: 31
Views: 2512

Re: Best wines of 2018

1982 Château Léoville Las Cases from jeroboam; 2008 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos; 2005 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino I think I've actually enjoyed other wines more due to the right circumstances of sharing with my solely with my SO or family, but I don't think those wines wer...
by Justin S
November 5th, 2018, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Arterberry Maresh 2016 Old Vines Pinot Noir
Replies: 9
Views: 721

Re: TN: Arterberry Maresh 2016 Old Vines Pinot Noir

Thanks Jim.

Mitch and Scott, how would you describe why you like Kelley Fox's Maresh PN better?
by Justin S
November 5th, 2018, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great customer service from K&L wines
Replies: 41
Views: 1841

Re: Great customer service from K&L wines

That's good to know because a bottle of 2008 Roagna Barbaresco I recently purchased seemingly has the cork protruding a few mm. I asked if this indicates the bottle was mistreated when I picked it up at the store. The clerk said it was more likely to be a bottling issue, the wine is fine. So let's s...
by Justin S
November 5th, 2018, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Arterberry Maresh 2016 Old Vines Pinot Noir
Replies: 9
Views: 721

Re: TN: Arterberry Maresh 2016 Old Vines Pinot Noir

I understand this is a new cuvee. How do you find it compares to the pure Maresh Vineyard bottling? I recently had the '14 Maresh and wasn't overly impressed with it, but I gather it was just incredibly young. Seemed incredibly primary. That said, I'm not great at rating wines on potential other tha...

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