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by Kelly Flynn
October 16th, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 66
Views: 1199

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: 16
Views: 1395

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: 822

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: 252

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: 272

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: 4988

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: 4988

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: 4988

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: 1992

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: 1575

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: 50
Views: 2061

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: 50
Views: 2061

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: 50
Views: 2061

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: 2583

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: 1072

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: 50
Views: 2061

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: 1464

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: 1072

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: 1072

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...
by Kelly Flynn
August 26th, 2019, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: weekend pomerols
Replies: 1
Views: 401

weekend pomerols

Wife's birthday weekend, so FRI night, for a nice crowd, had to pull out what my kids call a "big boy" (3L) of Certan de May 1995 . My expectations were somewhat muted, as Cellartracker commentary is not so positive. Moreover, the retailer from whom I bought it, while historically trustworthy, has s...
by Kelly Flynn
August 20th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1970 Chateau Calon Segur!
Replies: 5
Views: 426

Re: TN: 1970 Chateau Calon Segur!

WOW what a steal and a great note. I've enjoyed that one before but sure didn't pay $45. Nice work!
by Kelly Flynn
August 14th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 59
Views: 2920

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

Last time I was out that way we visited Mayacamas and Hanzell. Both great winemakers, extensive and fun tours, and beautiful mountain locations.
by Kelly Flynn
August 8th, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 3341

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

Folks, there is a solution to still owning certain monstrosities acquired in our less considered youth: charity auctions.

Last year one got $1,000 for my 3L of 2003 Bellevue Mondotte. The reviews said it all: mocha, caramel, nougat. I hope the buyer (donor) likes it. A win/win/win.
by Kelly Flynn
August 8th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1969 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 20
Views: 1245

Re: TN: 1969 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Nice! I had the 66 blind a few years back and was absolutely floored upon reveal.
by Kelly Flynn
August 8th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visits to Sociando-M, HBL, Gruaud and Lafon-Rochet - rather long!
Replies: 13
Views: 733

Re: Visits to Sociando-M, HBL, Gruaud and Lafon-Rochet - rather long!

Seriously. Jealous.

So that’s where all the JG is hidden? I sure wish the shop had a website.

(You and I, methinks.)
by Kelly Flynn
July 24th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNS: 2000 Chateau Leoville Barton, 1999 Chateau Musar
Replies: 29
Views: 1992

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

Robert: This makes me happy to own 1/2 case 2000 Leoville Barton, which I haven't yet touched.

And I love your Musar description. The 1999 is, in my view, just coming into its own.
by Kelly Flynn
July 22nd, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 Ornellaia
Replies: 1
Views: 411

2004 Ornellaia

I have often found that it is just when seemingly at the point of maximum pessimism about a region, or a specific grape, that a bottle tends to come along and knock me back into a state of oenophilic madness. Such was the case when on Saturday night, after dinner, I opened a 2004 Ornellaia, with an ...
by Kelly Flynn
July 19th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Raffault "Les Picasses"
Replies: 3
Views: 380

1990 Raffault "Les Picasses"

I have been fortunate enough to have had several bottles of this one over the years, and I have always enjoyed them. Last night's version, though, at a favorite local restaurant -- my last one (sniff) -- took it to an entirely new level. Don't get me wrong. I am generally a fan of the funk, barnyard...
by Kelly Flynn
July 12th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner with 15 Spanish wines, some older, some younger, all good
Replies: 28
Views: 1246

Re: Dinner with 15 Spanish wines, some older, some younger, all good

Blake: An awesome lineup, as always! And needless to say quite jealous of the upcoming trip. If my one very memorable dinner hosted by Maria Jose at Cru nyc about 15 years ago is any indication, the hospitality will likely be off the charts. I have had, or own, several of these wines, and the pictur...
by Kelly Flynn
July 12th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thirstday dinner (kitchen sink)
Replies: 1
Views: 428

Thirstday dinner (kitchen sink)

A rumor was circulating that my favorite local restaurant was closing, so the only thing to do was...bring them a lot of (blind) wine and beg them to reconsider. The fill on the J Lauerburg Bernkasteler Dr Auslese 1983 was on the low side, though an ah-so got the cork out in one piece. The color was...
by Kelly Flynn
July 11th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 18 lobsters hanging on the wall..
Replies: 47
Views: 2465

Re: 18 lobsters hanging on the wall..

Cape Cod in 2 weeks. Lobster on the brain. Question is how I get a 3L corton charlemagne through TSA?
by Kelly Flynn
July 10th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1998 Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre
Replies: 14
Views: 1177

Re: 1998 Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre

A brief postscript on the 1998 BAMA: We opened another last night, with veal, and it was quite different, leading me to conclude that first bottle (OP) was indeed flawed. I think, at long last, I "get it". The word I would use is "idiosyncratic". It had the nose of Margaux, but other than that, to t...
by Kelly Flynn
July 9th, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: weekend wines
Replies: 0
Views: 463

weekend wines

I am a fan of Bea's "Pagliaro" (sagrantino), but had never before tried the Bea "Pipparello" , which I believe is 60 sangiovese/25 montepulciano/15 sagrantino. The 2006 was delicious with lamb chops off the grill. Though the color was a tad strange, with streaks of blood orange and mahogany, in the ...
by Kelly Flynn
July 8th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone up for 200% new oak
Replies: 27
Views: 1715

Re: Anyone up for 200% new oak

Funny...I just drank their 93 Estate Reserve cab last week, and it was just delicious. In a classic Cali sort of way.
by Kelly Flynn
June 27th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about mildly aged (early 2000s) Zind-Humbrecht
Replies: 9
Views: 938

Re: Question about mildly aged (early 2000s) Zind-Humbrecht

I have had the premox issue with various aged "dry" ZHs over the years, though I can't ever recall it in a VT or SGN.

But when they are on they sure are terrific.
by Kelly Flynn
June 19th, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 156
Views: 11236

Re: Top US Syrahs

Like many others here, I love Alban, but no idea what it becomes in the long run.

For the $ Stolpman is terrific.

But, like pinot noir, IMHO syrah is a grape in which even the best American versions cannot compare with the greatest French counterparts.
by Kelly Flynn
June 19th, 2019, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Martinelli Muscat Alexandria Jackass Hill
Replies: 4
Views: 436

Re: TN: 2018 Martinelli Muscat Alexandria Jackass Hill

Looks great, Mike. Muscat can be tricky but in the right hands can be sublime IMHO. Even more so than gewurz, the grape seems to get little respect. Zind Humbrecht makes a stunning version from the Grand Cru Goldert vineyard that is very much worth seeking out, and quite reasonably priced as well. I...
by Kelly Flynn
June 18th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FRI dinner
Replies: 2
Views: 619

Re: FRI dinner

Thanks, Hank. Way too much wine but a lot of fun!
by Kelly Flynn
June 18th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FRI dinner
Replies: 2
Views: 619

FRI dinner

Wife out of town and kids ensconced in front of a movie, I had a few wine friends over for a very simple steak dinner and a lot of wine. Please forgive the brevity. Given the wine/guest ratio, I hope it is understandable. The Burklin-Wolf "Gaisbohl" riesling GG 2011 (mag) was a great way to get thin...
by Kelly Flynn
June 17th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?
Replies: 50
Views: 1808

Re: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?

After an exhausting weekend of kids' baseball (albeit culminating in a championship), it was a 2008 Mayacamas merlot with ribeye steak leftovers. In a very nice place now. One of the best New World merlots I've ever had. Some sex appeal but also quite structured. Cab masquerading as merlot.
by Kelly Flynn
June 14th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Ch. Calon-Ségur - what a beauty
Replies: 49
Views: 4084

Re: 2016 Ch. Calon-Ségur - what a beauty

Martin: Thanks for the note, but I am amazed it drinks so well, so young. I love CS, and it is typically a bargain, but I have always found it needs real time.
by Kelly Flynn
June 11th, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine with grilled octopus?
Replies: 47
Views: 2133

Re: What wine with grilled octopus?

Love the albarinho idea. Or, keeping with the Iberian theme, vinho verde?

I also have a fond recollection of octopus and a Donnhoff GG.
by Kelly Flynn
June 4th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: weekend wines
Replies: 10
Views: 833

Re: weekend wines

Yes, I am a boomeranger. Spent my years since HS in various spots on the East Coast (mostly NYC), where this little avocation took hold of me. Moved back here three years ago.

Where are you now, Mark?
by Kelly Flynn
June 4th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: weekend wines
Replies: 10
Views: 833

Re: weekend wines

....Sunday night we opened a 2010 Domaine Georges Vernay Cote Rotie La Blonde du Seigneur , with kufta off the grill. I love the Northern Rhone, but have been set back somewhat by some recent duds. This one, however, has made me a believer once again. The perfume is pronounced without much coaxing,...
by Kelly Flynn
June 4th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: weekend wines
Replies: 10
Views: 833

Re: weekend wines

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
June 4th, 2019, 8:52 am
CJ Beazley wrote:
June 4th, 2019, 8:49 am
Sorry, I just can’t figure out what ‘DSM’ is supposed to mean.
https://pitch-perfect.fandom.com/wiki/Das_Sound_Machine
Ha! DSM = Des Moines
by Kelly Flynn
June 4th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: weekend wines
Replies: 10
Views: 833

weekend wines

Friday night we brought a 2005 Kistler "McCrea Vyd" chardonnay and 1988 Leoville Barton (mag) to Proof DSM, with scallops and rib eye steaks. The Kistler was in very nice shape (though not as nice as an 05 McCrea I had a year ago), with the richness and smoke and nuttiness that typically make me thi...
by Kelly Flynn
June 3rd, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1998 Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre
Replies: 14
Views: 1177

Re: 1998 Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre

Kelly, I didn't write anything initially because I value your judgement, since our tastes often overlap, but also because I wanted to try one first. I only bought one bottle of 98 last year out of curiosity. When I read your note I suspected it may have been a dud bottle, which is a risk with BAMA,...
by Kelly Flynn
May 30th, 2019, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1970 Magdelaine
Replies: 6
Views: 465

Re: 1970 Magdelaine

Awesome! You folks have inspired me to consider opening a 1985 Magdelaine mag tomorrow night (which would be my first). Does anyone have experience with it?
by Kelly Flynn
May 28th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1998 Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre
Replies: 14
Views: 1177

1998 Bel Air-Marquis d'Aligre

Taking the learned counsel of several WBers, this weekend I uncorked my first BAMA. Perfect cork and fill. Decanted three hours and served with grilled rib eyes. The wine is murky and cloudy, and initially not so appealing on the nose. Sort of tart, like a strawberry-rhubarb pie. There is nothing cl...
by Kelly Flynn
May 25th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy treachery
Replies: 68
Views: 4253

Re: Burgundy treachery

Have been on a brief trip since the OP. Thanks folks for all the (occasionally divergent) POVs and also the advice and empathy. Why have I purchased/opened the ones I have? I would say a mosaic comprised of my modest past experience with producer/terroir/vintage, recommendations and, in a pinch, a j...

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