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by Justin S
November 21st, 2019, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day
Replies: 86
Views: 4000

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: 39
Views: 1574

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: 1573

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: 937
Views: 50318

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: 716

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: 145
Views: 7674

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: 1577

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: 50
Views: 2382

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: 1694

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: 1577

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: 798

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: 798

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: 145
Views: 7674

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: 521

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: 521

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: 5761

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: 929

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: 112
Views: 8850

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: 2320

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: 205

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: 969

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: 115
Views: 8972

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: 115
Views: 8972

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: 115
Views: 8972

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: 6160

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: 856

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: 1460

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: 5174

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: 1739

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: 339

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: 115
Views: 8972

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: 115
Views: 8972

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: 798

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: 1386

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: 1386

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: 1333

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: 2778

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: 2376

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: 115
Views: 8972

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: 2076

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: 1317

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: 1148
Views: 63986

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: 1204

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: 1204

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: 575

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: 5298

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 937
Views: 50318

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: 4278

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 937
Views: 50318

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: 3026

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.

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