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by Kelly Flynn
January 21st, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Léoville Barton, 1996 Bel Air-Marquis d’Aligre
Replies: 9
Views: 504

Re: TN: 1996 Léoville Barton, 1996 Bel Air-Marquis d’Aligre

Thanks, Rudi. I think Leoville Barton has been the most consistent classified growth bdx for me (75-03). They have all been delicious.
by Kelly Flynn
January 21st, 2020, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Château Sociando-Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau
Replies: 35
Views: 1918

Re: 2001 Château Sociando-Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau

With NYC friends in town, had another SM 2000 over the weekend, with ribeyes off the grill. Decanted about three hours. Interestingly, quite a different experience this time. More advanced than any SM I've ever had (though I only go back to 82), but in a very good way. Soft body, silky texture. Clas...
by Kelly Flynn
January 13th, 2020, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Older Alban Reds..(long/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 648

Re: TN: Some Older Alban Reds..(long/boring)

Hi Tom, I enjoyed the notes. I have been on and off the Alban list over the years (Glenn was nice enough to reinstate me after a "technical issue"), have enjoyed many, and still have some youngish bottles squirrelled away. Like you, these are no longer really "my style", but I do appreciate them for...
by Kelly Flynn
January 11th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations on a 1940 wine, port, madeira, etc?
Replies: 21
Views: 876

Re: Recommendations on a 1940 wine, port, madeira, etc?

Robert: I haven’t looked but you might consider something in the Banyuls/Rivesaltes area. They are delicious, relatively reasonably priced and live forever.

I might have a 1940. And you have cornered the market on SMJG. Hmmm... :)
by Kelly Flynn
January 6th, 2020, 5:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
Replies: 11
Views: 728

Re: TN: 1999 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

Let me add my voice to the all hail Dunn chorus.

Two questions: (1) Has anyone had an over the hill Dunn, or does such a thing even exist? I have had some from the mid 80s that weren't even tired. (2) Do folks find a discernible difference between the Howell and Napa bottlings? Honestly, I haven't.
by Kelly Flynn
January 4th, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1986 Backus
Replies: 3
Views: 314

Re: 1986 Backus

Thanks, gentlemen. Buzz, it sounds like either I’m an easier grader than you or our different expectations drove the respective scores. :) John, I very much agree on that all star lineup in those years for Phelps, and that relative value can still be had in the Backus. Interestingly, this 86 Backus ...
by Kelly Flynn
January 3rd, 2020, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1986 Backus
Replies: 3
Views: 314

1986 Backus

I am always a fan of Phelps "Backus" cabernet , but wasn't so sure when I (cleanly) pulled the cork about two hours before seafood Bolognese and NY strip steaks. Dusty and not much else, it seemed to me, so, fearful of a near-death wine I pushed the cork back in and waited for dinner. When it came t...
by Kelly Flynn
December 28th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haut Bailly vs. Les Carmes Haut Brion
Replies: 35
Views: 2705

Re: Haut Bailly vs. Les Carmes Haut Brion

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
December 28th, 2019, 11:55 am
I grabbed some as well.

The ‘59 Calon Segur was quite tempting . . . .
Yes. Ditto the 82 CS and 59 Pichon mag!
by Kelly Flynn
December 28th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haut Bailly vs. Les Carmes Haut Brion
Replies: 35
Views: 2705

Re: Haut Bailly vs. Les Carmes Haut Brion

FWIW Chambers St as of this morning has decent quantity of 1998 LCHB @ $75.
by Kelly Flynn
December 27th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard
Replies: 17
Views: 662

Re: TN: 1991 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard

Nice note, Buzz. It very much mirrored my recent experience with 85 Backus. Though I suppose my expectations were lower. My recollection of those Backi (?) is ferocity in their youth -- but frankly, they seem to mellow more quickly than I would have guessed. I have a 97 3L that I can't wait to uncor...
by Kelly Flynn
December 23rd, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 1982
Replies: 33
Views: 1204

Re: Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 1982

Julian -- great note, as always! In fact, as a result I was inspired to open my first 2000 BAMA over the weekend, which I very much enjoyed! Though quite different from the handful of other BAMA vintages I've tried -- a little more "2000" and a little less "savory tomato", if you know what I mean. I...
by Kelly Flynn
December 13th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Château Sociando-Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau
Replies: 35
Views: 1918

Re: 2001 Château Sociando-Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau

I found 2000 SM and JG to be quite different animals. Or, put better, 00JG=00SM^2.

That said, I really liked SM 2000.
by Kelly Flynn
December 13th, 2019, 5:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Château Sociando-Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau
Replies: 35
Views: 1918

Re: 2001 Château Sociando-Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau

Excellent note, Robert, as always! Your verbiage brought me back to the 2000 JG, which I consumed a few months back and described here nowhere near as eloquently. I missed this last night as I was out with another 2001 -- Leoville Barton -- which was not too shabby either, though undoubtedly not in ...
by Kelly Flynn
December 11th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 22 world class wines incl 2 Dom Ruinart,PYCM Batard,DRC,Dujac,Gros,VCC,85`Sassacaia,Dal Forno,d`Yquem, lots more
Replies: 14
Views: 1072

Re: 22 world class wines incl 2 Dom Ruinart,PYCM Batard,DRC,Dujac,Gros,VCC,85`Sassacaia,Dal Forno,d`Yquem, lots more

Yowza indeed. Given the posts I've seen from you, that's pretty serious praise for the 85 Sass! I'm not sure if this is still the case, but Hearth in nyc used to have it on the list, with a special notation that anyone who bought it would have a meal for four gratis. What a terrific variety of great...
by Kelly Flynn
December 9th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cult cab con chilli?
Replies: 10
Views: 1106

Re: Cult cab con chilli?

My guess would he that the wine was substantially changed, and for the worse, by that pouring plus six months. But I can only speculate, I haven’t done that and wouldn’t. Anyway, interesting story. Thanks for sharing it. I would have thought so as well, but if the "re-corking" had an adverse effect...
by Kelly Flynn
December 8th, 2019, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cult cab con chilli?
Replies: 10
Views: 1106

Re: Cult cab con chilli?

Jonathan, my friend tells me he does this often and his experience has been that the “new 750” is as if the wine were untouched (he hasn’t tried it beyond six months), and last night I would not call it anything close to “bad”. I certainly enjoyed it, but it just wasn’t my style of wine. Anton, it a...
by Kelly Flynn
December 8th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cult cab con chilli?
Replies: 10
Views: 1106

Cult cab con chilli?

My friend invites my wife and me over last night to meet his new girlfriend, asks me to bring "a big red" that might work with his chilli. So I bring a 2013 Ridge Petit Sirah "Lytton Springs" , which represented pretty well. As he tends to do, as we polished off the Ridge he then proceeds to grab ne...
by Kelly Flynn
December 5th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: new Rhone (for me)
Replies: 7
Views: 1036

Re: new Rhone (for me)

Thanks, guys! Will let you know how it fares on Day 2.
by Kelly Flynn
December 5th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: new Rhone (for me)
Replies: 7
Views: 1036

new Rhone (for me)

Drank just over 1/2 btl of the 2015 Gripa "Le Berceau" last night, with pulled pork and some (more!) Thanksgiving leftovers. Certainly the best St. Joseph I've ever had. A big wine, inky dark, and very Old World profile. Had the feral and smoky qualities of Cornas, with the spiciness of Crozes-Hermi...
by Kelly Flynn
November 26th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old Hermitage Blanc - what to serve with it? (and decant?)
Replies: 31
Views: 1343

Re: Old Hermitage Blanc - what to serve with it? (and decant?)

edwardmilstein wrote:
November 24th, 2019, 6:35 am
butter poached lobster should work well
A 2005 Chapoutier "Le Meal" blanc (mag!) was heavenly with lobsters on Cape Cod this past Summer. An interesting change of pace from our traditional Corton Charlemagne.
by Kelly Flynn
November 25th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Guigal St. Joseph Lieu Dit Rouge
Replies: 12
Views: 556

Re: TN: 2015 Guigal St. Joseph Lieu Dit Rouge

I have enjoyed many BeB's dating back to 1967 (which was rocking when I got married in 2007). The older ones are delicious and distinctive, they can live very long, and they also represent "relative value". A couple of years ago on a whim I purchased a 2009 mag, and brought it to dinner with friends...
by Kelly Flynn
November 22nd, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: random Thursday dinner -- (mostly) Old World
Replies: 2
Views: 358

Re: random Thursday dinner -- (mostly) Old World

Hi Todd -- Just looked up the L'Arlot -- sorry, $80 from Flickinger this past AUG. Alas, I don't see any more today. :(

The SQN roussanne was absolutely off the charts. Probably more comparable to the greatest Alsatian SGNs than Sauternes though.
by Kelly Flynn
November 22nd, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: random Thursday dinner -- (mostly) Old World
Replies: 2
Views: 358

random Thursday dinner -- (mostly) Old World

At a favorite local restaurant, started with 1990 Eugen Muller Forster Kirchenstuck riesling auslese (500 ml) with charcuterie and then a rather decadent bone marrow over toast. The color is an appropriate old gold. Waxy and honeyed. More evolved, and not as much acidity or petrol, as I had expected...
by Kelly Flynn
November 18th, 2019, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Léoville-Poyferré 2003
Replies: 15
Views: 1131

Re: Léoville-Poyferré 2003

Very well played, Julian!

Notwithstanding all the fear and loathing surrounding 2003 bdx, I have yet to be disappointed. And I agree we are still very early years.

My first guy was born 2008, I loaded up on the bdx, and I am cautiously optimistic there as well.
by Kelly Flynn
November 13th, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Monte Real Gran Reserva tasting
Replies: 8
Views: 535

Re: TN: Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Monte Real Gran Reserva tasting

Markus S wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 5:28 am
So Mannie is still taking his show on the road, huh? I thought he stopped doing these out-of-town (bay Area) dinners? Riojanas is an underrated producer.
Very much agree on the last point!

The 1964, though, was as good as it gets for me. Considering splurging for more at CSW.
by Kelly Flynn
November 13th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie
Replies: 58
Views: 1987

Re: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie

What a great note and introduction (for me) to a new Loire CF!

I am officially on the lookout.
by Kelly Flynn
November 6th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA -- Renaissance
Replies: 0
Views: 425

PSA -- Renaissance

I know there have been at least a few strings here over the years on Renaissance Winery, in the Sierra Foothills. I recently got an email with outstanding pricing on a number of back-dated cabs/blends, in various formats, and subsequently put in an order. John is the contact person: John Brooks Rena...
by Kelly Flynn
November 1st, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Raffault "Les Picasses"
Replies: 24
Views: 1389

Re: 1990 Raffault "Les Picasses"

Thanks, Julian. Great news — recently scored two more from Chambers St. At about $70 per, an absurd bargain IMHO. Ha, you beat me out. And I reached out to them pretty quickly on that recent of that email. The 89s were gone lickety-split. Yes, I noticed. Though 89 is more heralded, 90 has been cons...
by Kelly Flynn
November 1st, 2019, 3:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Raffault "Les Picasses"
Replies: 24
Views: 1389

Re: 1990 Raffault "Les Picasses"

Thanks, Julian. Great news — recently scored two more from Chambers St. At about $70 per, an absurd bargain IMHO.
by Kelly Flynn
October 29th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore
Replies: 57
Views: 3643

Re: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore

Popped open a bottle of 2012 Ridge Lytton Springs last night. My note on my last bottle in April sung its praises. Bottle last night was grapey and not enjoyable. Not any apparent flaws, but I didn’t like it. I checked my recent zin notes over the past few months and found similar experiences. An o...
by Kelly Flynn
October 25th, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TH dinner -- some Ital's
Replies: 0
Views: 241

TH dinner -- some Ital's

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. Very cloudy, rather light yellow in appearance. The nose is unlike any white I've ever had. One guest noted "tar", and I think I agree. A lot going on here...
by Kelly Flynn
October 16th, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 69
Views: 1907

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

Does pinot gris count? I believe it is the same grape. I had a terrific Zind Humbrecht "St Urbain Rangen de Thann" 2007 recently.
by Kelly Flynn
October 5th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 Léoville Barton
Replies: 28
Views: 2620

Re: 2002 Léoville Barton

I love this thread. I am a big fan of Second Growths/equivalents in “unsung” vintages. Generally at a relatively palatable price point, and ready to drink sooner — what’s wrong with that? Recently 04 Pichon Baron, 93 Montrose and 01 LB
Were terrific.
by Kelly Flynn
October 4th, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Montrose 2008
Replies: 9
Views: 871

Re: Montrose 2008

Birth year of my oldest kid as well!

I bought a case on a couple of recs. I am a Montrose fan, but they always do need time. Probably just opening when our kids become legal drinkers.

Probably a good bet at that price point.
by Kelly Flynn
October 1st, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: weekend wines (chard/bdx/cali/bojo)
Replies: 0
Views: 337

weekend wines (chard/bdx/cali/bojo)

Dinner Saturday: The Mt. Eden Estate chardonnay 2011 was sublime with seared scallops. That wonderful combination of power married to elegance. Lemon curd flavor. Wood perceptible but in the backseat. Quite long. Certainly in the top tier of Cali chards, and IMHO arguably within spitting distance of...
by Kelly Flynn
September 25th, 2019, 6:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Tour Figeac 2000
Replies: 3
Views: 310

La Tour Figeac 2000

Though I am not usually crazy about St. Emilion, and other vintages (95, 01) of this property tasted recently have been rather uninspiring, this wine was firing on all cylinders last night with pulled pork. The nose could only be right bank bordeaux. Fine-grained tannins provide a silky mouth feel. ...
by Kelly Flynn
September 19th, 2019, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 72
Views: 5227

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

I haven't been to Sparks in years, but I remember being frequently impressed with the (relative) value on their wine list.

When I first moved to nyc in 1990, every time I talked to my Dad he would implore me never to go to Sparks, since Paul Castellano was assassinated there.
by Kelly Flynn
September 19th, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 72
Views: 5227

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

Mark Golodetz wrote:
September 19th, 2019, 7:03 am
Probably spoilt by Flannery and Peter Luger.
Keen's is the way to roll in nyc. IMHO.
by Kelly Flynn
September 16th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 72
Views: 5227

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

Sounds like a great evening! Though also bittersweet as it seems the mother of all arbitrages, at long last, has come to an end. After hearing about Bern's for years, in the mid-00s I finally had the chance to go there. At the time my company had an office in Tampa, and, well, of course we need to s...
by Kelly Flynn
September 16th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNS: 2000 Chateau Leoville Barton, 1999 Chateau Musar
Replies: 29
Views: 2167

Re: TNS: 2000 Chateau Leoville Barton, 1999 Chateau Musar

The 1999 Chateau Musar was lovely. Once you blew off some of that VA these bottles always seem to throw. And it’s still barnsy, horsey, but in an intoxicating perfumed sort of way. Like east meets west, Bordeaux meets Chateauneuf. Meat market meets a fruit market meets a spice market. An odd but co...
by Kelly Flynn
September 15th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pichon Lalande 1961-2000
Replies: 18
Views: 1659

Re: Pichon Lalande 1961-2000

Nice! I’ve had the 89 and 96 recently and very much agree on both. 2001 also recently really exceeded my expectations. Duck is the perfect way to do Pichon. Cheers, K
by Kelly Flynn
September 13th, 2019, 4:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: For BAMA fans...
Replies: 56
Views: 2768

Re: For BAMA fans...

Old school Medoc more than Margaux, IMHO. Definitely Bordeaux. Nothing else. What else could it be? For me, it's very much Margaux. It's just the sort of Margaux that you read about in old books—floral, perfumed, elegant, fine-boned but concentrated and flavorful—rather than what one typically tast...
by Kelly Flynn
September 12th, 2019, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: For BAMA fans...
Replies: 56
Views: 2768

Re: For BAMA fans...

I’m not familiar with this producer. Do people think the wines taste true to place? Bordeaux or specifically Margaux? Some of what I think of as the classic signature of ageworthy/aged Bordeaux comes from oak. Doug, I suspect there will be a variety of opinions here, but I bet nobody here is guessi...
by Kelly Flynn
September 12th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: For BAMA fans...
Replies: 56
Views: 2768

Re: For BAMA fans...

As the OP, I say nota bene and take full responsibility.
by Kelly Flynn
September 12th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 37
Views: 2778

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

Just now catching this. The 2010 Ardanza at $33 is beyond stupid. I'm just about to pull the trigger myself. Just not sure when to open it. Had the 2005 "regular" reserva last weekend with duck, and it was heavenly. Lopez is probably my gold standard, though it does take time. If the 94 GR a few mon...
by Kelly Flynn
September 9th, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Donnhoff/Faustino/Sociando
Replies: 15
Views: 1148

Re: Donnhoff/Faustino/Sociando

Great to hear, Dave! Those older Berberanas can be great! I had a 1952 Gran Reserva recently that was stunning. Please let us know how the remainder worked out...
by Kelly Flynn
September 9th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: For BAMA fans...
Replies: 56
Views: 2768

For BAMA fans...

Chambers St has a new offering this morning -- 95, 96, 98, 00, 01, 05, 09, 10
by Kelly Flynn
September 4th, 2019, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1983 dunn napa
Replies: 26
Views: 1575

Re: 1983 dunn napa

Is there such a thing as an “over the hill” Dunn? Seriously, either bottling? Though I only go back to 85 with them, every older one has been a heavyweight champ.
by Kelly Flynn
September 3rd, 2019, 5:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Donnhoff/Faustino/Sociando
Replies: 15
Views: 1148

Re: Donnhoff/Faustino/Sociando

Thanks, guys. Yes that Sociando was surprising. I have had the 2000 several times prior, and it has typically been as Robert described -- not at all a bad thing IMHO. Agreed on the need to decant older rioja. A few years back I remember bringing a 1929 Patermina gran reserva (blind) to a tasting at ...
by Kelly Flynn
September 2nd, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Donnhoff/Faustino/Sociando
Replies: 15
Views: 1148

Donnhoff/Faustino/Sociando

Our favorite local restaurant is reopening -- hooray! -- and we were invited for a sneak preview, so a few choice bottle were in order... First, a Donnhoff Dellchen GG 2009 . Hugely intense, with shimmering near-effervescence even after open two hours. Sharp on the palate, with a lime and saline fla...

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