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by Kelly Flynn
February 26th, 2021, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr auslese riesling 2005
Replies: 1
Views: 120

Dr. Loosen Wehlener Sonnenuhr auslese riesling 2005

In terms of when to drink, needless to say, there is a lot to be said for timing. For me this wine was at a perfect point in its evolution last night, with my wife's "Bang Bang" chicken. An "old fashioned" auslese that could have easily been mistaken for a spatlese. The sweetness...
by Kelly Flynn
February 10th, 2021, 3:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing suggestions — cioppino?
Replies: 17
Views: 926

Re: Pairing suggestions — cioppino?

Thanks. Didn’t realize this has been discussed recently.

Rose is an inspired suggestion.
by Kelly Flynn
February 9th, 2021, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing suggestions — cioppino?
Replies: 17
Views: 926

Pairing suggestions — cioppino?

So I am fortunate that my wife makes a killer cioppino. But how to pair it? A First World problem, clearly. A few nights ago I went with a Felsina Rancia Chianti with some age, which was great! The acid met the red sauce head on in brilliant fashion. I had the strangest inkling, though, to open a 37...
by Kelly Flynn
February 9th, 2021, 6:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne
Replies: 40
Views: 1860

Re: TN: 2008 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne

Great (relative) value in CC.

I have also had good luck on the premox front -- my experience only goes back to 1990, but not a single premox.

By the way, try that 1990 if you ever see it!
by Kelly Flynn
January 19th, 2021, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best pairings
Replies: 83
Views: 3596

Re: best pairings

Bone marrow and Auslese. Great one! About two years ago I had bone marrow with a 1990 auslese on a whim, and it was a revelation. So many other great ones here — classics and innovations. My one contribution would probably be Kibbeh and 20+ year Musar. And for the adventurous, kibbeh nayeh (lamb ta...
by Kelly Flynn
January 12th, 2021, 9:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
Replies: 10
Views: 588

Re: TN: 1998 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion

LOVE IT! But 90? Et tu, Roberte?
by Kelly Flynn
January 8th, 2021, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1975 Château Montrose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe)
Replies: 10
Views: 843

Re: TN: 1975 Château Montrose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe)

Thanks, guys. The fills on my 75s are almost too good to be true. (Maybe a separate string: "Did Rudy ever waste his time on something as pedestrian as 70s Montrose?")

I have had one bottle of the most killer 1970 Montrose, and also a completely DOA 1970. As they say, only good bottles...
by Kelly Flynn
January 7th, 2021, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1975 Château Montrose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe)
Replies: 10
Views: 843

Re: TN: 1975 Château Montrose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe)

UGH! I have two I've been waiting to open. Thanks (sort of). :)
by Kelly Flynn
January 3rd, 2021, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Banyuls: what do you all think
Replies: 21
Views: 852

Re: Banyuls: what do you all think

1. These things are immortal. I’ve had Banyuls from the 30s and 40s that tasted ten years old. 2. For what they are, they represent real value IMHO. (Given 1 and 2, therefore they also make great birth year gifts.) 3. As another poster noted, they are maybe the best vinous foil for chocolate that I ...
by Kelly Flynn
December 29th, 2020, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: post cv wines
Replies: 5
Views: 595

Re: post cv wines

Thanks, guys. Getting quickly back in form.

On to the burgs tonight — a 2002 F Magnien charmes chambertin with a chicken and shiitake casserole. As I swirl it in the decanter, I wonder if the annoying metallic has simply been overwhelmed by new wood? :)
by Kelly Flynn
December 29th, 2020, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: post cv wines
Replies: 5
Views: 595

post cv wines

Apologies if this topic has been covered already, but having recently recovered from a rather nasty case (asthma as major complication) I thought it might be worth a brief discussion. First, I am fortunate not to have any major olfactory or other effects; however, I do have the slightest metallic se...
by Kelly Flynn
December 22nd, 2020, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva, Selección Especial
Replies: 23
Views: 1779

Re: TN: 2010 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva, Selección Especial

Nice work Rich! My case is currently sleeping.

I must say though a bit surprised it can stand up so well to BBQ. Obviously far from a “precious” wine.
by Kelly Flynn
December 11th, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: Bob Dylan Needed A New Pair of Shoes
Replies: 42
Views: 662

Re: Bob Dylan Needed A New Pair of Shoes

Glenn L e v i n e wrote: December 11th, 2020, 8:33 am I saw RTR in Connecticut when very young. Folks thought I was at a basketball tournament.

I barely remember anything but Isis and Coffee, two songs I loved then and still love. I think Desire is very underrated.
Love Desire. Certainly in my Top 5, maybe even #2 depending on my mood.
by Kelly Flynn
December 11th, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: Bob Dylan Needed A New Pair of Shoes
Replies: 42
Views: 662

Re: Bob Dylan Needed A New Pair of Shoes

Like others I saw Dylan a bunch of times (he toured incessantly my whole adult life) but the forever memory is the late show, opening night, at House of Blues Las Vegas. Guessing early 99, as I was moving to Mammoth Lakes, CA at the time. An old buddy, big player from a loaded family (beer distribu...
by Kelly Flynn
December 7th, 2020, 8:56 am
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: Bob Dylan Needed A New Pair of Shoes
Replies: 42
Views: 662

Re: Bob Dylan Needed A New Pair of Shoes

This could be pretty fun. "Tangled up in Blue" viagra tablets? And I will leave "It's alright Ma (I'm only bleeding)" to the imagination. But seriously, it will be fascinating to see what, if anything, happens to the proceeds received by this fiercely independent guy. I will only...
by Kelly Flynn
November 29th, 2020, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ch Beychevelle 1975
Replies: 9
Views: 577

Re: Ch Beychevelle 1975

Opened a really nice 1966 this summer (not from the Zachys lot!). I’ve really enjoyed Beychevelle - most of the vintages I’ve had were from the 80s. I frequently find older Beychevelle in mixed Bordeaux lots at HDH. In fact, just going through the last several auctions I have bottles of 1961, 1986,...
by Kelly Flynn
November 27th, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ch Beychevelle 1975
Replies: 9
Views: 577

Ch Beychevelle 1975

Isn't it nice to be pleasantly surprised? From a 375, procured fairly recently at a quite reasonable price, mid shoulder fill and a decimated cork, my expectations were not high. But the initial nose was somewhat promising, so I strained and decanted. My wife thought I was nuts making such an effort...
by Kelly Flynn
November 25th, 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most impractical wine in the cellar?
Replies: 77
Views: 3788

Re: Most impractical wine in the cellar?

That's a tough draw. Maybe if it was marketed in advance to wedding venues as a dessert accompaniment, that would draw attention in a general market. Can give it a go for charity. Might be more of a game of "no backsies" for the lucky winner that doesn't realize what they are getting. 3 L...
by Kelly Flynn
November 25th, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most impractical wine in the cellar?
Replies: 77
Views: 3788

Re: Most impractical wine in the cellar?

6L bottles of d’Yquem are usually what I most closely associate with “impractical”. I have a 15L 1994 Rauzan Segla that would generally fit the bill. I’m not even sure how to physically decant it (though I found a helpful YouTube video). Mark, if you can somehow bring that big boy on your next trip...
by Kelly Flynn
November 25th, 2020, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most impractical wine in the cellar?
Replies: 77
Views: 3788

Re: Most impractical wine in the cellar?

Ha! A related question might be: How about an utterly impractical bottle in your cellar that you don't even like? Somehow a few years back I found myself holding a 3L Bellevue Mondotte from 2003 -- spoof on steroids from the spoofiest year! (Apologies to any BM fans out there, but not my cup of tea....
by Kelly Flynn
November 25th, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most impractical wine in the cellar?
Replies: 77
Views: 3788

Most impractical wine in the cellar?

I suspect there have already been threads on this subject, but I was looking for a particular wine the other day and was confronted with this massive 3L 2002 Dr. Loosen Bernkasteler Lay eiswein. It's nearly as tall as a couple of my kids. I mean, I really do like riesling in all its manifestations, ...
by Kelly Flynn
November 24th, 2020, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My 55th with Some Great Friends and Killer Wines
Replies: 87
Views: 4367

Re: My 55th with Some Great Friends and Killer Wines

Happy belated birthday, Robert!

Saving the SMJGs for the really big b-days I see...
by Kelly Flynn
November 17th, 2020, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia
Replies: 21
Views: 1738

Re: TN: 2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia

If there’s a better Chianti out there than Rancia, with some age, I am all ears.
by Kelly Flynn
November 17th, 2020, 5:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional vs. Modern Bordeaux?
Replies: 564
Views: 44578

Re: Traditional vs. Modern Bordeaux?

I find Pontet Canet pretty boring and universal in style. Drink it side-by-side with say a Leoville Barton of the same vintage, and it shows. I think I have cleared out every single bottle of PC from my stash. I would not call it spoofy like a Lascombes, Pape Clement or Troplong, but it definitely ...
by Kelly Flynn
November 16th, 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional vs. Modern Bordeaux?
Replies: 564
Views: 44578

Re: Traditional vs. Modern Bordeaux?

I find Pontet Canet pretty boring and universal in style. Drink it side-by-side with say a Leoville Barton of the same vintage, and it shows. I think I have cleared out every single bottle of PC from my stash. I would not call it spoofy like a Lascombes, Pape Clement or Troplong, but it definitely ...
by Kelly Flynn
November 15th, 2020, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1983 Hugel Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive (France, Alsace)
Replies: 3
Views: 220

Re: TN: 1983 Hugel Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive (France, Alsace)

Love it! I have a 76 of this one and you might have finally inspired me to open it soon.
by Kelly Flynn
November 13th, 2020, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 G Mascarello "Monprivato" (short/boring)
Replies: 40
Views: 1916

Re: 1997 G Mascarello "Monprivato" (short/boring)

1997 barolo update -- the Veglio "Castelletto" was quite nice last night with my wife's initial (and quite successful) take on veal stew. Decanted for about half the day. Still somewhat aromatically restrained, with prevailing menthol. Light on its feet, yet a good deal of underlying power...
by Kelly Flynn
November 9th, 2020, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 G Mascarello "Monprivato" (short/boring)
Replies: 40
Views: 1916

Re: 1997 G Mascarello "Monprivato" (short/boring)

Markus S wrote: November 9th, 2020, 3:39 pm
Kelly Flynn wrote: November 9th, 2020, 12:09 pm When I next get my hands on some osso bucco (not easy to find in IA!) ...
Too much oink and not enough moo out there?
Lotsa moo too but infanticide doesn’t play so well in these parts. :)
by Kelly Flynn
November 9th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 G Mascarello "Monprivato" (short/boring)
Replies: 40
Views: 1916

Re: 1997 G Mascarello "Monprivato" (short/boring)

Thanks, folks, for all the notes. I will add that the 1997 Elvio Cogno Barolo "Vigna Elena", drunk recently, was markedly worse than the G Mascarello of the original post. But thankfully not all is lost in 1997 Italy -- the Altesino "Montosoli" brunello (from mag) was absolutely ...
by Kelly Flynn
November 2nd, 2020, 5:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If only one country...
Replies: 103
Views: 3622

Re: If only one country...

Lebanon. I could drink Musar every day.
by Kelly Flynn
October 26th, 2020, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: B21 Wine in FL - Major Disappointment, Ending my 25+ Year Relationship with Them
Replies: 147
Views: 15256

Re: B21 Wine in FL - Major Disappointment, Ending my 25+ Year Relationship with Them

Sorry to hear that, Robert, but thanks for sharing. Over the years I have found that fulfillment is a part of the business that few seem to get quite right -- which is odd considering how essential fulfillment to in the overall value proposition. As I type I have a case of older rioja held hostage, ...
by Kelly Flynn
October 26th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)
Replies: 24
Views: 1432

Re: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)

My only experience with this wine was the 2006, which I found captivating. Sounds flawed to me. Here was my humble take on this unusual wine: Served blind, though I've never had it before I thought the Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo 2006 might be "hit or miss". Fortunately it was the former. Ver...
by Kelly Flynn
October 9th, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: 900 sq. feet, $645,000. Man, you gotta REALLY want to live in Manhattan
Replies: 87
Views: 1302

Re: 900 sq. feet, $645,000. Man, you gotta REALLY want to live in Manhattan

It all depends on what you want. We decided to stay in the city (when kids hit school age we looked in Westchester burbs). Personally I hate the burbs and loath commuting. My wife didn't mind the burbs or commuting but felt that commuting meant far less time with the kids as both our jobs were in t...
by Kelly Flynn
October 9th, 2020, 8:54 am
Forum: The Asylum
Topic: 900 sq. feet, $645,000. Man, you gotta REALLY want to live in Manhattan
Replies: 87
Views: 1302

Re: 900 sq. feet, $645,000. Man, you gotta REALLY want to live in Manhattan

I hear his entry hallway has an entry hallway Neal, you are embarrassing yourself, please stop. That’s the mudroom, the side entry to the entry. I mean really, one needs some transition from the garage to the foyer, no? Let’s me pass by one of the wine fridge’s before i get yelled at and asked ques...
by Kelly Flynn
October 5th, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Montrose/Dame
Replies: 18
Views: 989

Re: Montrose/Dame

Thanks for the note. What would you say are similar 2nd wines that are good or as good as the dame here? Looking to buy more Bordeaux in the $40-75 range with some age. Thanks! A very good question, Rodrigo. I wish I had an answer. I remember buying the Carruades de Lafite and Pavillon Rouge (Marga...
by Kelly Flynn
October 5th, 2020, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Montrose/Dame
Replies: 18
Views: 989

Montrose/Dame

A few months ago a friend opened a 2000 Montrose (one of my fav producers). I had bought a case on release but haven't touched them. I remember thinking I'm glad to have waited, as the wine has great potential but just is not ready yet. Well...enter La Dame de Montrose 2000, which I opened last nigh...
by Kelly Flynn
October 5th, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: more Sociando (short)...
Replies: 12
Views: 998

Re: more Sociando (short)...

Cheers guys - well the good news, Kelly, is that your ones should be OK after all: I had kept about half a bottle, which I finished last night. At first, there was no change, the wine was lightly fruity but monotonous, stuck in second gear. Then all of a sudden, as I was sipping the final glass, it...
by Kelly Flynn
October 4th, 2020, 10:59 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: For Sale, old world, 300+ bottles
Replies: 23
Views: 3028

Re: For Sale, old world, 300+ bottles

alan weinberg wrote: October 4th, 2020, 9:12 am Email sent and nothing received.
I thought I had as well.
by Kelly Flynn
October 4th, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: more Sociando (short)...
Replies: 12
Views: 998

Re: more Sociando (short)...

Sorry your 95 didn't show better, Kelly - I share your pain - I was similarly underwhelmed by SM Cuvée Jean Gautreau 1995 on Friday, which was the most disappointing JG tasted yet. Mine had plenty of fruit but no complexity, it was very one-dimensional. I kept expecting it to take off - but it neve...
by Kelly Flynn
October 3rd, 2020, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: more Sociando (short)...
Replies: 12
Views: 998

Re: more Sociando (short)...

If it is anything like the case of 1995 Calon Segur I bought maybe 4-5 years ago, I’d bet on it improving. I frankly thought the case might have been stored poorly when I opened the first few bottles, but I’m not convinced it was just shut down. The last couple of bottles have been better, though I...
by Kelly Flynn
October 2nd, 2020, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: more Sociando (short)...
Replies: 12
Views: 998

more Sociando (short)...

Double decanted the 1995 (mag) three hours prior. Bottle in perfect condition. First, what a nose! Blown away by the cassis. Consumed with roasted duck breast with figs. (OK, probably not the perfect pairing.) Sadly, this was the least enjoyable SM I've ever had -- which is not to say, of course, th...
by Kelly Flynn
October 2nd, 2020, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Keller Scheurebe trocken
Replies: 10
Views: 799

Re: TN: 2019 Keller Scheurebe trocken

Martin, my mouth was watering as I read your note. Well played.

I love scheurebe, but my only experience with Keller scheurebe has been in spatlese form one Thanksgiving -- also very highly recommended!
by Kelly Flynn
September 29th, 2020, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ZH/Janus/Dunn/etc.
Replies: 0
Views: 267

ZH/Janus/Dunn/etc.

A small quasi socially distanced dinner on Saturday. First, with charcuterie, a Zind Humbrecht Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain Grand Cru gewurztraminer 2009 . I am so thankful these brilliant wines remain underappreciated and thus quite accessible. What a terrific way to begin an evening. Such an in...
by Kelly Flynn
September 20th, 2020, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Dominus Estate
Replies: 9
Views: 832

Re: TN: 2009 Dominus Estate

Nice work Robert! Taking it for the team with the Youngins. Not only have I never had a negative experience with a Dominus, but I’m not even sure I’ve ever heard anything negative about Dominus (other than prices creeping upward). 95 mag sits in prime real estate of the cellar, awaiting the right oc...
by Kelly Flynn
September 17th, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Zooms: Sociando Mallet 1982 and François Cotat Monts Damnes 2008
Replies: 10
Views: 447

Re: Two Zooms: Sociando Mallet 1982 and François Cotat Monts Damnes 2008

Excellent on the 82 SM! I've had this puppy a couple times in recent years -- both 750 and mag -- and, while your description is middle of the fairway Sociando, honestly, my 82s have been considerably more tired than what you describe.
by Kelly Flynn
September 16th, 2020, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some recent '05 Bdx
Replies: 10
Views: 1504

Re: Some recent '05 Bdx

Great to hear on the Olivier! I have 1/2 cs in storage. In the "great" years it can be quite the bargain, and long life to boot. 1989 still going strong IMHO.
by Kelly Flynn
September 16th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Cellar Sell Off - Portland, OR (CA, OR, WA, IT, FR)
Replies: 23
Views: 4939

Re: Cellar Sell Off - Portland, OR (CA, OR, WA, IT, FR)

Hi Carter, sent you a PM. Thanks, k
by Kelly Flynn
September 16th, 2020, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1998 Les Carmes Haut Brion
Replies: 6
Views: 461

Re: 1998 Les Carmes Haut Brion

Thanks for the perspectives, folks. I guess these different bottles and opinions are a large part of why we keep coming back for more! Robert, I will be on the lookout for more -- and nota bene on pre 2012. Neal, I was going to say "gazpacho" but I thought that sounded overly hyperbolic. L...
by Kelly Flynn
September 15th, 2020, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1998 Les Carmes Haut Brion
Replies: 6
Views: 461

1998 Les Carmes Haut Brion

A two-hour decant was perfect for this unexpected treat, with a simple flank steak. I don't have much experience with this property, but I really enjoyed a recent Larrivet Haut Brion 2000, so I was in a Gravesy mood and decided to give this one a try. Not particularly Graves-like, but so delicious i...
by Kelly Flynn
September 8th, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 'Cordeloux' / WTF Happened to Benetiere?
Replies: 14
Views: 1334

Re: TN: 2011 'Cordeloux' / WTF Happened to Benetiere?

Anyone had the 12 lately? Yes. Surprisingly open for business. Don't touch the 13 though. I’ve found many of the 12 N Rhônes have been rather open and enjoyable. The 12 Benetiere is really nice but I do think 10, 11 and 13 are much better. Definitely hold on 13. Last weekend we drank the 2012 basic...

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