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by Justin S
April 18th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 F. Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi Riserva
Replies: 16
Views: 1612

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: 16
Views: 1612

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.
by Justin S
April 18th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 F. Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi Riserva
Replies: 16
Views: 1612

Re: 2013 F. Rinaldi Barolo Cannubi Riserva

What is the difference in character between the cannubi and Brunate? Think of getting some of each for 2015.
by Justin S
April 17th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red Burg, Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot and a terrific Albarino surprise
Replies: 11
Views: 835

Re: Red Burg, Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot and a terrific Albarino surprise

Thanks for the notes. I seem to be finding a lot of great Albarinos from Rias Baixas in the $20 range that are really fantastic, even price aside. 2017 Zarate and 2017 Raul Perez Atalier. Definitely a region more people should be looking into, especially with summer approaching.
by Justin S
April 10th, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bartolo Mascarello Barolo : 2013/2004 verticale (all magnums)
Replies: 17
Views: 1204

Re: Bartolo Mascarello Barolo : 2013/2004 verticale (all magnums)

Laurent - It's interesting that your scores are almost the opposite of what one would expect based on vintage reputation, with the 2013, 2006 and 2004 toward the bottom end, though the vintages are generally very good. And you liked 09 and 11 (quite warm years) and 2012 (a cooler year), which are g...
by Justin S
April 9th, 2019, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some More New Calif Wines...(long/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 687

Re: TN: Some More New Calif Wines...(long/boring)

Thanks for the notes. The 2016 rendition of the Arnot-Roberts Old Vine White was super joyous to drink, so I bought some of the 2017, despite the higher price this year.
by Justin S
April 8th, 2019, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Champagne?
Replies: 26
Views: 1167

Re: Decanting Champagne?

95% of the time I just pour a glass, swirl it around before each sip, and don't refresh the glass until it is empty so that I can full watch its evolution through the bottle. At some point, I won't keep the bottle on ice anymore. Like any good white, sometimes you don't want to serve it too cold to ...
by Justin S
April 7th, 2019, 10:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy
Replies: 48
Views: 1639

Re: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy

As someone who also recently (less than 2 years ago) started this hobby, I say keep your current wine fridge to store the "next in line" for drinking bottles and then go for off-site storage for the remainder. Or buy a used Le Cache or equivalent. It mainly comes down to spending the first six month...
by Justin S
April 6th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Memorious
Replies: 53
Views: 2767

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

Ok, I finally had this wine. On PnP it was pretty good. I did not find the acid to be too high at all, it was starting to integrate and I got some limestone flavor on the finish. But yes, the fruit flavor was almost hard candy jolly rancher like. Similar to some very popular beaujolais, but with mor...
by Justin S
April 1st, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs Recent--14 Rhys, 15 Larrivet Blanc, 14 Beaune Blanc, 05 Suduiraut, 10 Veleta, 12 Zins
Replies: 1
Views: 210

Re: TNs Recent--14 Rhys, 15 Larrivet Blanc, 14 Beaune Blanc, 05 Suduiraut, 10 Veleta, 12 Zins

What I appreciated about the '05 Suduiraut when I had it last year was its relative freshness and energy. I am not a fan of dessert wine and rarely partake in it, but thought it was fresher than the '05 Climens tasted a month prior. Memory can be deceiving, especially when the two wines are tasted s...
by Justin S
March 31st, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three Arneis..(short/boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 342

Re: TN: Three Arneis..(short/boring)

Yes the Correggia, meant to quote.
by Justin S
March 31st, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three Arneis..(short/boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 342

Re: TN: Three Arneis..(short/boring)

The ‘16 of that Arneis was drinking pretty well in the fall of last year. I’d even call it quite typical, though I tend to like a bit more acidity in my whites. Thanks for the heads up on the ‘17.
by Justin S
March 31st, 2019, 12:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
Replies: 180
Views: 8379

Re: TN: 2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne

Kobrand bottle with dinner tonight. I’ve had a taste of this cuvée twice before but refrained drawing a conclusion based on mere tastes. After following this over an hour or two, this wine just doesn’t do much for me. With food it feels just a touch too heavy and imprecise, maybe the dosage has yet ...
by Justin S
March 30th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle
Replies: 56
Views: 2568

Re: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle

LA, but I need to ship the wine to Arizona anyway, so I can reasonably buy from anywhere that ships into that state. One of my go-to shops out of state is SEC Wines.
by Justin S
March 29th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé
Replies: 30
Views: 1545

Re: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé

Even 2011 Barolos, I'm popping and pouring. Towards the end of a meal, you can sense it's starting to shut down a bit, but usually, they are so delicious that it isn't a problem.
by Justin S
March 28th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Wally’s sale
Replies: 20
Views: 2449

Re: PSA: Wally’s sale

A bit off topic, but since you bring up Wally's, has anyone been to Wally's Annual California All-Stars Grand Tasting? As someone that's just starting to get serious about wine, I'm wondering if it'll be worth my while and $85. It looks promising, but I'm wary of wine "fests" and such that favor fu...
by Justin S
March 28th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle
Replies: 56
Views: 2568

Re: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle

Thanks all, I knew this would be an easy one for WB-ers. Since the family reunion is out of state for me, I've contacted my favorite online shops for any recs. The wine has to be shipped anyway...
by Justin S
March 28th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle
Replies: 56
Views: 2568

"Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle

Got a family reunion coming up next month and am responsible for buying about a half case of red wine for a steak dinner (ribeyes, skirt steaks). Budget is around $30 / bottle, any suggestions? Stylistically, I really like Mount Eden cab, but that is over budget. I've also liked the '08 La Rioja Alt...
by Justin S
March 27th, 2019, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Arnot-Roberts Spring Release
Replies: 25
Views: 1023

Re: Arnot-Roberts Spring Release

Loving all the AR whites lately, I'm a buyer of them each year. Can someone tell me the price of the 2018 Rose' was offered at. I'm curious how that compares to Flatiron's $23.99 offer. That's a fair price, I think it was $26 or $28 directly if I recall. K&L has it for that. Price seems to have gone...
by Justin S
March 23rd, 2019, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?
Replies: 66
Views: 2365

Re: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?

I could only justify keeping at most one of the $4500 bottles you have. That kind of money buys a nice trip to Europe that will be a heck of a lot more memorable than an hour with a bottle of wine. Of course if you are more time limited than cash limited, you might feel differently. Or if $20-30k ma...
by Justin S
March 22nd, 2019, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Moccagatta Barbaresco Bric Balin (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)
Replies: 1
Views: 234

Re: TN: 2011 Moccagatta Barbaresco Bric Balin (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)

I had the 2013 tonight. Absolutely lovely and no hard edges.
by Justin S
March 19th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 763
Views: 35776

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Looks like a restaurant bar at a nice restaurant. Feel like naming it a wine bar detracts from its serious food destination. But maybe that’s what they are going for. Shrug. Apparently, the name of "Kass Wine Bar + Restaurant" was to differentiate the place from his more serious prior restaurant. K...
by Justin S
March 18th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is a "polished" wine
Replies: 52
Views: 1207

Re: What is a "polished" wine

It is indeed all about context. A new release Napa cab: "Super polished and glossy, this wine is ready to drink now" --> If reading that, I would pause to wonder if this wine has a lack of structure. Liking or not liking polish in one region over another, or in all regions is fair. But polish is a ...
by Justin S
March 18th, 2019, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is a "polished" wine
Replies: 52
Views: 1207

Re: What is a "polished" wine

It is indeed all about context. A new release Barolo: "...impressively polished tannins for a wine of this age..." --> This could be a positive for me here, so long as it is a traditional leaning producer. I know the tannins aren't harsh and I could derive some pleasure in opening one now vs. having...
by Justin S
March 18th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saturday Dinner: ‘99 Pétrus, etc.
Replies: 20
Views: 923

Re: Saturday Dinner: ‘99 Pétrus, etc.

+1, enjoyed reading this.
by Justin S
March 18th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 763
Views: 35776

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Any intel on this brand new spot Auburn?
https://www.auburnla.com/menu
by Justin S
March 18th, 2019, 7:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 763
Views: 35776

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

+1 on Kass, nice food. Didn't look at the wine list too much since we brought our own. Totally agree with you as well on the Dopolavoro wine selections, very point and shoot. Prices are not great, but I suppose that's the tradeoff for having someting like that at your fingertips in DTLA. Kind of lik...
by Justin S
March 11th, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Honorio Rubio Anadas.
Replies: 5
Views: 175

Re: Honorio Rubio Anadas.

The 2014 Honorio Rubio Lias Finas Crianza I had last year was like a baby LdH Tondonia, just less oxidized. Seems to be a good producer.
by Justin S
March 10th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas VS Arnot-Roberts
Replies: 24
Views: 1607

Re: Ceritas VS Arnot-Roberts

Recently (and accidentally) dropped a bottle of Arnot Roberts chardonnay on a concrete floor. Bottle was fine. Brittle wax cap shattered into a ton of pieces.

I find this is the easiest way to remove the wax.
by Justin S
March 7th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Possibly the best $13 bottle
Replies: 64
Views: 5855

Re: Possibly the best $13 bottle

I've had this wine a few times during the Xmas holiday party season. Very decent wine, particularly when most wine at this price is not.
by Justin S
March 6th, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 124
Views: 7379

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

This blackmail tactic by Ridge is not good, wineries that tie lower level wines to get the allocated ones should be dropped. If enough people drop them then they will lose the arrogance, their are to many nice people to buy wine off in California to be putting up with this bullshit. It only seems t...
by Justin S
March 6th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Proprietà Sperino Uvaggio
Replies: 10
Views: 343

Re: TN: 2015 Proprietà Sperino Uvaggio

Big fan of this winery, especially the Lessona bottling. Will be on the lookout for this as it is released into the USA.
by Justin S
March 2nd, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Arnot-Roberts Spring Release
Replies: 25
Views: 1023

Re: Arnot-Roberts Spring Release

Some will trickle into retail, but it is very hit or miss given the low production. Prices without shipping are comparable, sometimes retail is a few bucks higher than release or the same.
by Justin S
February 28th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 124
Views: 7379

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Semi-OT, but has anyone compared the Arnot Roberts Fellom Ranch cabs? Grown one ridge over, they sell for about $100. French Oak and less of it new.
by Justin S
February 26th, 2019, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The search for a “wow” Rosé
Replies: 113
Views: 3332

Re: The search for a “wow” Rosé

I know it’ll be dependent on the producer, vintage and how it’s stored, but is there a hard cut off for roses to be drank? I know my first 2 year old rose recently and it was the best I’ve had. Do most roses get better with a year or two under belt? I would say no, "most" roses do not get better wi...
by Justin S
February 26th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 124
Views: 7379

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Only asked for 2 bottles, we shall see. I would not have bought the estate wines otherwise, so kind of a bummer to be "stuck" with those (as good wines as they may be...). This is my fear with joining the futures list. How much were the three estate bottles shipped this year? Haven't been charged y...
by Justin S
February 26th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 124
Views: 7379

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Only asked for 2 bottles, we shall see. I would not have bought the estate wines otherwise, so kind of a bummer to be "stuck" with those (as good wines as they may be...).
by Justin S
February 25th, 2019, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 124
Views: 7379

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Do I understand the marketing materially correctly in that to get Monte Bello futures you have to take bottles of Estate Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay? But, the quantity can be one of each? My understanding is that long-time buyers have been grandfathered in and can just buy MB. Newer folks need ...
by Justin S
February 25th, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)
Replies: 44
Views: 1571

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

Does the barrel spice of the Fontalloro that I experienced with the '11 age out and make the wine a bit more elegant?
by Justin S
February 24th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 763
Views: 35776

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Robert Dentice wrote:
February 24th, 2019, 11:01 am
Breakfast at Tartine - Excellent but not yet at the same level as SF. I was told there is a 2 month wait for dinner and the place is huge.
Definitely not true for Tartine Bianco, easy to get a reservation at the moment. Maybe they were referring to something else.
by Justin S
February 23rd, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Slowly Getting Priced Out Of The Wine Experience
Replies: 16
Views: 1182

Re: Slowly Getting Priced Out Of The Wine Experience

This has been creeping up on me but I'm getting close to being priced out of the CA wine market. I'm lucky enough to have started my collection in the mid 90's. Abreu, Bryant, Colgin, Harlan, Screagle & Shafer HSS all at around $100 or under. Still have some of these in my cellar. I understand thro...
by Justin S
February 23rd, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 'Badass, aged red wines' at APL Hollywood, 2/21/19
Replies: 41
Views: 2061

Re: 'Badass, aged red wines' at APL Hollywood, 2/21/19

How was the 403 day aged strip? When I saw that APL was selling > 1 year meat, it honestly didn't appeal to me, as seemed like it would be too much funk.
by Justin S
February 23rd, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 San Giusto a Rentennano 'La Ricolma' Merlot
Replies: 8
Views: 421

Re: 2015 San Giusto a Rentennano 'La Ricolma' Merlot

Luca came to a local wine shop, where I was able to taste most of the lineup. Traditional wines that I plan to start opening at age 10. I preferred the Sangiovese wines to the merlot, but the merlot did not have as much polish as other Bordeaux-varietal Tuscans like Saffredi. Good sense of place. Wi...
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: 44
Views: 1571

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: 60
Views: 2517

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: 51
Views: 4057

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: 2004

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: 943

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: 802

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: 859

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.

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