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by Justin S
July 7th, 2020, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 163
Views: 14320

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

Greg K wrote:
July 7th, 2020, 10:14 am
I'm pretty indifference to Rose, but Clos Cibonne does age well and is a serious wine. I wouldn't open it over dry wine if it was up to me, but if I was drinking rose, it's good.
Why do you make the distinction against dry wines? Do you not consider rose to be dry?
by Justin S
June 25th, 2020, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904
Replies: 15
Views: 958

Re: 2007 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904

Joseph, Ditto John's advice re veggies. I don't think you have to get too particular or specialized here as long it's not some subtle French-style veggie mousse / foam that is extremely subtle or delicate. A couple of other options John didn't mention specifically: - broccolini pan-roasted with salt...
by Justin S
June 25th, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904
Replies: 15
Views: 958

Re: 2007 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904

To me, a steak cooked on the grill and grilled veggies. The oak and savory flavors of this wine seem to go well with that kind of food.
by Justin S
June 22nd, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Bernabeleva Vinos de Madrid Arroyo del Tórtolas
Replies: 1
Views: 259

Re: TN: 2016 Bernabeleva Vinos de Madrid Arroyo del Tórtolas

Some of their more inexpensive cuvees can show alcoholic heat on the finish, but this didn't at all. It reminded me of something Italian, just far less tannin. Very elegant wine.
by Justin S
June 22nd, 2020, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Atalier by Raul Perez, Rias Baixas
Replies: 23
Views: 907

Re: 2018 Atalier by Raul Perez, Rias Baixas

Totally agree...I absolutely love this wine. I paid $23. But this has Chablis 1er Cru levels of minerality, so at that price it feels like pretty stellar QPR. I also like Zarate's village bottling for $20. Overall I'm finding 2018's pretty stellar in the region for drinking now. The 2017 of this Ata...
by Justin S
June 20th, 2020, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Perignon Serving Suggestion
Replies: 15
Views: 579

Re: 2008 Dom Perignon Serving Suggestion

I like my champs a bit warmer side like 65 degrees. Open, take sip and Air for 30min or so. Drink. Sometimes I even put them in a decanter and back in to bottle. That's warmer than I drink many of my reds. I find even cellar temp too warm for champagne, at least to start. 65 degree is not at all fo...
by Justin S
June 1st, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom event--Benoit Marguet of Champagne Marguet, Saturday June 13th @ 10am PT / 1pm ET
Replies: 34
Views: 1123

Re: Zoom event--Benoit Marguet of Champagne Marguet, Saturday June 13th @ 10am PT / 1pm ET

With the 10am PT start time and champagne, I believe this calls for some egg dishes.
by Justin S
May 26th, 2020, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1448
Views: 86915

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I had inquired with a retailer about the 2016 about a year back. They told me that unlike in prior years, they were being required to take a bunch of other wine in order to get access. So that must be compounding the hype. You could definitely get the 2013 under $100 if you shopped smartly, but I al...
by Justin S
May 24th, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sec Wines in Portland
Replies: 85
Views: 5697

Re: Sec Wines in Portland

Eric @ Sec is great. My card number has changed 2-3 times over the years causing some charge declines when shipping weather arrived and Eric was chill about it.
by Justin S
May 21st, 2020, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Walter Scott Wolfpack
Replies: 58
Views: 3743

Re: Walter Scott Wolfpack

Tempted as well, but I think two cases a year might be too much. Our cellar is around 350 bottles with no plans to go much above that. We consume around 60-70 bottles a year, so that kind of commitment would make it hard to enjoy the rest of the wine world. 6-12 bottles is more reasonable.
by Justin S
May 18th, 2020, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75
Replies: 139
Views: 8440

Re: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75

Another vote for Domain Eden (<$50) and Mount Eden (around $75).
by Justin S
April 30th, 2020, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need some new Summer Whites Recs
Replies: 36
Views: 1232

Re: Need some new Summer Whites Recs

M a x S w o m l e y wrote:
April 30th, 2020, 10:25 am
I love having albarino around, great for food and you can get decent stuff for pretty cheap.
+1. Decent ones can be had for close to $10, but even ones I'd "rate" at 90+ points can be had for $20 (Zarate and Raul Perez).
by Justin S
April 30th, 2020, 12:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1143
Views: 63791

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Auburn also closed.

Had some very memorable meals at both Bon Temps (including picking up pastries on weekends) and Auburn.
by Justin S
April 29th, 2020, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Evolving note on mystery wine...Revealed
Replies: 29
Views: 935

Re: TN: Evolving note on mystery wine

Fun idea. Two fun things for you to post about (before the reveal) would be perceived abv and also how much you think the wine costs.
by Justin S
April 23rd, 2020, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Am I Buying Wine?
Replies: 42
Views: 2569

Re: Why Am I Buying Wine?

Learn how to cook. I can understand if your buying has decreased or shifted to less expensive wines, but even your big hitters will go well with a well cooked meal at home. Some of the best restaurants in my area are also doing takeout. Wine has always been a part of connecting 1:1 with my spouse ov...
by Justin S
April 23rd, 2020, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Jean Fournier Marsannay Les Langeroies
Replies: 7
Views: 280

Re: TN: 2017 Jean Fournier Marsannay Les Langeroies

Charles Audoin also has a pretty good Marsannay Les Langeroies. Not hugely complex, but so fresh and lithe, good QPR these days.
by Justin S
April 23rd, 2020, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Walter Scott Chardonnay X-Novo Vineyard
Replies: 20
Views: 1812

Re: TN: 2018 Walter Scott Chardonnay X-Novo Vineyard

Has anyone tried the X-Novo Pinot noir?
by Justin S
April 21st, 2020, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay
Replies: 5
Views: 326

Re: TN: 2017 Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay

I like this wine too, it's better than the Santa Barbara bottling. Here is my note on the 2015: A compelling wine that is almost like a stylistic caricature of what it wants to be (French) rather than the real thing. A textural wine, the acidity is rounded off a bit, but you get a pretty generous an...
by Justin S
April 20th, 2020, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Edmunds St. John Syrah North Canyon Road Fenaughty and Barsotti Ranch
Replies: 7
Views: 283

Re: TN: 2013 Edmunds St. John Syrah North Canyon Road Fenaughty and Barsotti Ranch

Thanks for the note. Sounds like this hasn't budged one micron since I tasted it about two years ago. Went well with bbq beef rib btw!
by Justin S
April 14th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Arnot-Roberts Syrah Clary Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 6
Views: 374

Re: TN: 2013 Arnot-Roberts Syrah Clary Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

Differences: These AR syrahs don't have the carbonic notes that Pax Hillside can have, nor the natural wine issues that can come with no sulfur. I wouldn't say these are as red-fruited either. Not as Beaujolais like. Similarities: Low abv, lightweight, acid-driven. The AR wines feel pretty early pic...
by Justin S
April 9th, 2020, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 163
Views: 14320

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

Thanks to Scott, got my wines today, pretty darn nice haul. Lopa offerings are right up my alley.
by Justin S
February 11th, 2020, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys 2020 Spring Offer
Replies: 21
Views: 2285

Re: Rhys 2020 Spring Offer

I was only allocated the 2 bottles of the Alpine PN and the new Mt. P offerings. Rest on wishlist. But I don't want the Mt. P offerings, so there's no way for me to meet the 4 bottle minimum. Weird.... (last year was my first year on the list)
by Justin S
February 7th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Marcel Lapierre - Morgon "Cuvée Camille" (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)
Replies: 5
Views: 446

Re: TN: 2018 Marcel Lapierre - Morgon "Cuvée Camille" (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)

'16, though not a "highly rated" vintage, is still my favorite over the last handful of vintages of this cuvee. '17 was a bit candied in flavor, though not at all hot or alcoholic. This sounds like a mess.
by Justin S
February 3rd, 2020, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point
Replies: 45
Views: 3157

Re: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point

Domaine Eden Cabernet at $35-40 (as opposed to their flagship Mount Eden State Cab which is in the $70+ range). This is of course a Santa Cruz cab and maybe not as lush as you might want from the avg. Napa cab.
by Justin S
February 1st, 2020, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Burgundy?
Replies: 87
Views: 4874

Re: QPR Burgundy?

Fred Bower wrote:
January 31st, 2020, 7:00 am
The Marsannays from Charles Audoin are all great values and I prefer them over the base Bourgogne bottlings from a lot of producers.
Fantastic with sushi the other night from someone who normally prefers whites.
by Justin S
January 31st, 2020, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 446
Views: 37090

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

How is wine.com with weather holds? If I pick a date two weeks out for shipment and the weather isn’t appropriate for shipping, will they automatically hold it? I don't think they will change a shipping date automatically in my experience. However, their staff is very responsive via the pop-up chat...
by Justin S
January 23rd, 2020, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Schott Zwiesel "Air" Series
Replies: 11
Views: 1177

Re: Schott Zwiesel "Air" Series

They are really nice glasses. A great combination of being thin and precise, yet fairly sturdy being made of Tritan crystal and more substantial than Zaltos. They were on clearance at Williams-Sonoma last year. Considered buying some, but have too many glasses. SZ's are great all arounders because y...
by Justin S
January 14th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Enthusiast 2020 Vintage Chart
Replies: 22
Views: 2532

Re: Wine Enthusiast 2020 Vintage Chart

I guess I prefer "off" vintages.
by Justin S
November 21st, 2019, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day
Replies: 92
Views: 5682

Re: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day

I've had a number of 04s that are quite approachable. But I think there are two distinct issues which O'Keefe doesn't distinguish: 1. Are the wines more approachable young? Yes. 2. Are the wines now displaying at, say, 10 years, the complexity you want for in the very best wines? I think the answer...
by Justin S
November 13th, 2019, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite USA Gamay?
Replies: 50
Views: 3030

Re: Your favorite USA Gamay?

I liked the Arnot Roberts better than the ESJ, but those are the only two that I've tried. Gros Ventre has a pinot/gamay blend that looks intriguing.
by Justin S
November 6th, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 28
Views: 1723

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

Sounds like the type of wine you could serve at a dinner party and have people actually enjoy it. :p I have purchased a few different recent vintages, but have yet to try it.
by Justin S
October 29th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1143
Views: 63791

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Benny P wrote:
October 29th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Does anyone have any experience dining at the Alameda Supper Club around the Arts District area of DTLA?
Yes, it's pretty solid food, particularly the pastas and the bread. Though if you are in the Art's District, I would prefer to dine at Bon Temps.

Really enjoy the ROW generally.
by Justin S
October 25th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 RIDGE Monte Bello
Replies: 5
Views: 757

Re: TN: 2004 RIDGE Monte Bello

Thanks for the note.

Your cork picture reminds me that my '12 MB has the cork soaked about 1/4th the way up the cork. Does that indicate heat damage?
by Justin S
October 24th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 155
Views: 10117

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

Certainly a degree of VA, but not at the level anyone called it out that I heard. I'm thinking some other lactic acid bacteria faults along with it. The high-level description of the '17 seems pretty consistent from post to post, but how bothersome that acid is seems to vary. Just to complete the p...
by Justin S
October 17th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party
Replies: 42
Views: 1754

Re: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party

https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/tenuta+di+arceno+il+fauno+di+arcanum+toscana+igt/2015 2015 Tenuta di Arceno Il Fauno Di Arcanum Toscana IGT - Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT (10/16/2019) Day 1: $32 at Hennepin Lake with tax. Hello! Great at the tasting but wow on the nose. Blue currants, minerals, s...
by Justin S
October 17th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 78
Views: 5352

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

I had a similar experience as Laurent with the Macarello Barolo '13. I had it from Coravin and not a huge pour, so I didn't have many sips to burn before the wine had a chance to open. But it did seem closed down and so perhaps air would not help, only time.
by Justin S
October 17th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge announcement - White Rhone Release
Replies: 28
Views: 1767

Re: Ridge announcement - White Rhone Release

Just by way of example, the LRA 904 that most everyone can agree shows that American oak profile utilizes 4-year old barrels, but the wine stays there for 4 years. By 4-year old, I think they are implying it was used 4 times before, but cannot be sure.
by Justin S
October 14th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party
Replies: 42
Views: 1754

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: 942

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: 942

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: 155
Views: 10117

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: 565

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: 565

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: 120
Views: 6459

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: 1077

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: 118
Views: 10463

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: 2458

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: 232

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: 10
Views: 1361

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: 119
Views: 10667

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...

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