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by Kelly Flynn
March 30th, 2020, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Georges Descombes Régnié Vieilles Vignes
Replies: 1
Views: 68

2015 Georges Descombes Régnié Vieilles Vignes

As a relative nouveau -- if you'll pardon the expression -- to bojo, I didn't know quite what to expect here, and I'm sure I lack the proper vocabulary to articulate the experience, but this wine had been highly recommended to me by someone "in the know". This wine was so delicious with a smoked chi...
by Kelly Flynn
March 28th, 2020, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1995 Chateau Musar
Replies: 7
Views: 301

Re: 1995 Chateau Musar

Love the 95! Wish I had more...

My experience has been consistently like your previous bottles. Bottle variation or a function of a little more time? The mysteries of wine...

And thanks for doing it justice with lamb! The only way to Musar IMHO.
by Kelly Flynn
March 25th, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first premoxed German riesling
Replies: 10
Views: 440

Re: My first premoxed German riesling

Chris, this is a fascinating subject. I have had dozens of the most delicious German rieslings -- from trocken to auslese and beyond -- with decades of age, sometimes badly beaten up in shipping, and not once have I experienced what you describe. Just lucky? Yet on the other hand my "problem bottle"...
by Kelly Flynn
March 11th, 2020, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Good Tuesday, Vol IV: Italians ('07 Valentini, '15 Emidio Pepe, '04 Giacosa Rabaja, '86 Bertani Valpolicella)
Replies: 14
Views: 541

Re: TN: A Good Tuesday, Vol IV: Italians ('07 Valentini, '15 Emidio Pepe, '04 Giacosa Barbaresco, '86 Bertani Valpolicel

Great stuff Dennis! I recently had a Pepe trebbiano 2006. Fascinating wine -- tar, smoke, wax, orchard fruit. Somebody said "it's a white that drinks like a red", and honestly I can't think of a better description. And recioto is so underappreciated. A recent Bussola TB 2004 had the sweet/savory qua...
by Kelly Flynn
March 3rd, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sociando-Mallet - an example of proper customer service
Replies: 5
Views: 578

Re: Sociando-Mallet - an example of proper customer service

Thanks Julian. This makes me even more of a SM fan.

Though if they truly valued their customers they would ship more JG stateside. :)
by Kelly Flynn
February 24th, 2020, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?
Replies: 106
Views: 5633

Re: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?

OK, this is embarrassing. Kinda sorta. Back in the day I punched way over my weight and rolled with some serious wine dudes in nyc. Regular BYOBs at Craft and the like, and rarely were Second Growths in attendance -- if you know what I mean. (I still don't really know why they let me hang out, since...
by Kelly Flynn
February 19th, 2020, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau Musar 2012-1997 vertical
Replies: 44
Views: 2448

Re: TN: Chateau Musar 2012-1997 vertical

Yesterday my wife was inspired to make her Sheik al Mehsheh for the first time in quite a while. Inspired by this thread, I thought, yes! Perfect with Musar! 2000, I decided, for no particular reason. Sadly that dreaded Musar bottle variation, which fortunately hasn't hampered too many of my Musar e...
by Kelly Flynn
February 11th, 2020, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau Musar 2012-1997 vertical
Replies: 44
Views: 2448

Re: TN: Chateau Musar 2012-1997 vertical

Wow, what awesome notes! I am a real Musarophile, and you have articulated so much of this fascinating wine’s personality in a way I have never been able to do. Bravo! The youngest Musar I’ve tried was 2001. FWIW my experience with 00 and 01 has been much more positive. I am delighted to see the re...
by Kelly Flynn
February 11th, 2020, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau Musar 2012-1997 vertical
Replies: 44
Views: 2448

Re: TN: Chateau Musar 2012-1997 vertical

Wow, what awesome notes! I am a real Musarophile, and you have articulated so much of this fascinating wine’s personality in a way I have never been able to do. Bravo! The youngest Musar I’ve tried was 2001. FWIW my experience with 00 and 01 has been much more positive. I am delighted to see the rev...
by Kelly Flynn
February 10th, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1979 Ch. Figeac - a wine from another era
Replies: 46
Views: 2089

Re: 1979 Ch. Figeac - a wine from another era

LOVE the old Figeacs!

Martin, I recall scoring the 1982 off the list at Alta in nyc (great tapas; great and reasonable wine list) maybe ten years ago for a song. I've been hooked ever since.

Cheers
K
by Kelly Flynn
February 10th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: first go with the new Grassls...
Replies: 0
Views: 370

first go with the new Grassls...

Wife away at a girls weekend, kids ensconced in front of a Star Wars movie, six new Grassl 1855s having just arrived (shout out to Chris Freemott!), had a few guys over for dinner and some terrific (single-blinded) wines. With truffled mushroom risotto a 2009 Rapet Corton Charlemagne and a 1996 Perr...
by Kelly Flynn
January 28th, 2020, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dom. de Chevalier 01 vs Cuvée JG Sociando-Mallet 01
Replies: 10
Views: 476

Re: Dom. de Chevalier 01 vs Cuvée JG Sociando-Mallet 01

Julian -- many thanks for enduring this undoubtedly painful science experiment! :)

Two wines I adore. No surprise at all on the winner. Though Margaux in JG does come as a surprise.

Also more evidence of the current pleasure of 2001 bdx.
by Kelly Flynn
January 27th, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)
Replies: 195
Views: 11494

Re: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)

Thanks, Chris. Order from newbie customer just west of you.

Six 1855s + I had been looking for a mag decanter -- all look great!

Best, K
by Kelly Flynn
January 26th, 2020, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1986 Ch Canon St Emilion
Replies: 9
Views: 452

Re: 1986 Ch Canon St Emilion

I got to try some of the 1986 Canon a few months ago and had a similar experience, though I think the ‘82 is a fair amount better. Also have enjoyed late 80’s L-P’s over the last couple of years which I find provide superb value. On a similar note, I open 1978 Canon and Figeac last night to do a li...
by Kelly Flynn
January 26th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your most memorable wine experience
Replies: 50
Views: 2721

Re: Your most memorable wine experience

When my Dad died at Christmas 2006 my friend from childhood brought a 1929 Latour to my parents’ house. He slowly ah-so’d and decanted and left it in a spare bedroom where we would occasionally escape the crowd and imbibe. Pairing note: It went like glove-in-hand with lasagna and chips and dip. :)
by Kelly Flynn
January 24th, 2020, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1986 Ch Canon St Emilion
Replies: 9
Views: 452

1986 Ch Canon St Emilion

What a pleasant surprise this old magnum proved to be, with charcuterie, cavatelli and NY strip steak at a local Italian restaurant, a posto. Very healthy fill at bottom neck and a quick decant. I believe this is 70 merlot/30 cab franc, which yielded a quite savory and earthy nose. My wife, whose no...
by Kelly Flynn
January 21st, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Léoville Barton, 1996 Bel Air-Marquis d’Aligre
Replies: 10
Views: 742

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: 2115

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: 717

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: 937

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: 768

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: 324

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: 324

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: 2772

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: 2772

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: 689

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: 1241

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: 2115

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: 2115

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: 1098

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: 1116

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: 1116

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: 1116

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: 1046

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: 1046

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: 1387

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: 579

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: 369

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: 369

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: 1139

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: 579

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: 62
Views: 2415

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: 450

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: 26
Views: 1700

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: 26
Views: 1700

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: 3723

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: 257

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: 2073

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: 2665

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.

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