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by Hank Victor
November 14th, 2019, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite USA Gamay?
Replies: 29
Views: 799

Re: Your favorite USA Gamay?

Keep the suggestions coming. I'll update the list soon.

Thanks all
by Hank Victor
November 14th, 2019, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article
Replies: 16
Views: 411

Re: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article

People don't understand the concept of "corkage" in these establishments. From my experience many people don't like to be told that $15 will be added to the sticker label of the bottle they have in their hands.
by Hank Victor
November 13th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite USA Gamay?
Replies: 29
Views: 799

Re: Your favorite USA Gamay?

If you've never had a USA Gamay that impressed do you believe that quality potential is possible? I don't see how someone could have any negative opinion. What would it possibly be based on? You mentioned one from the Finger Lakes - that's an area I'd look at and also Michigan. The main problem is ...
by Hank Victor
November 13th, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite USA Gamay?
Replies: 29
Views: 799

Your favorite USA Gamay?

Turkey Day is right around the corner and the poster child grape for Thanksgiving is Gamay so what are you drinking? Sure, there is an endless supply of outstanding quality Cru Beaujolais that would be perfect for your Thanksgiving meal except for the fact that they're French. This Thanksgiving #dri...
by Hank Victor
November 13th, 2019, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 134
Views: 6435

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

Wes, Thanks for the reply. Pax was pretty clear that 17 was not fully carbonic but 16 was. That alone would create a marked different wine, no? I think we just need to share a few bottles when we get together next . . . reading what you posted from Pax, it sounded like both had LOTS that were fully...
by Hank Victor
November 13th, 2019, 5:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines helped by climate change
Replies: 45
Views: 1113

Re: Wines helped by climate change

Southern England might be the biggest short term winner.
by Hank Victor
November 12th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Insider: Inside New York’s Exclusive Billionaire Wine Tastings
Replies: 20
Views: 2388

Re: The Insider: Inside New York’s Exclusive Billionaire Wine Tastings

Inside New York’s Exclusive Billionaire Wine Tastings
by Hank Victor
November 12th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you always taste before you buy?
Replies: 27
Views: 1209

Re: Do you always taste before you buy?

No. I tend to research producers or tasting notes on CT. If not I just take a chance... Havn't been burnt too bad yet.
by Hank Victor
November 12th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trying to find Mumm Cordon Rouge disgorgement date
Replies: 4
Views: 197

Re: Trying to find Mumm Cordon Rouge disgorgement date

John, Depending on how old the bottle is, this may or may not work, but it should work for just about anything released since the late-90s. How to decode the disgorgement date from a bottle of Mumm or Perrier-Jouet (any cuvee) 1. On each bottle, there is a lot number printed on the glass. It is nor...
by Hank Victor
November 11th, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 60
Views: 4109

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

Adam Frisch wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 12:40 pm
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by Hank Victor
November 7th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN fun: what variety is this?
Replies: 36
Views: 1206

Re: TN fun: what variety is this?

92 points Wilfred Wong.
by Hank Victor
November 7th, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanters for ballers only
Replies: 15
Views: 1183

Re: Decanters for ballers only

Imagine dropping $1,000 on a decanter lol.

Big Ballers only
by Hank Victor
November 6th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: N.Y. Times article on " the rising star sommelier" - Anthony Cailan
Replies: 51
Views: 4731

Re: N.Y. Times article on " the rising star sommelier" - Anthony Cailan

Pretty bad allegations for Mr. Cailan.... But back to Will Gladstone's original post I don't see anywhere Mr. Cailan self-proclaimed himself a star. All the praise seems to be from people established in the industry. He has worked at some notable establishments and apparently has a done a good job. ...
by Hank Victor
November 6th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100
Replies: 45
Views: 2005

Re: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100

Dinesh are you located in the USA or UK?
by Hank Victor
October 31st, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 134
Views: 6435

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

For those interested the 2017 Pax Armagh was released today. 2017 Pax Syrah, Armagh Vineyard, Sonoma Coast The Armagh Vineyard is planted on a south-westerly facing slope in Chileno Valley, west of the town of Petaluma in one of the coldest sections of the Petaluma Wind Gap. This tiny block of vines...
by Hank Victor
October 31st, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 83
Views: 4910

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

I've been blessed to taste a lot of great wine and share with friends and family.

Elvio Cogno "Ravera" Barolo 1999 and the meal that accompanied it was very special.

Favorite discovery was Cremisan Wine Estate, Star of Bethleham.
by Hank Victor
October 29th, 2019, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 134
Views: 6435

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

Just opened a bottle for the first time since last December. Showing WAY better. Tart but considerably less. Feels heavier. Floral and bright fruit. Going to follow the bottle over the next two days.
by Hank Victor
October 29th, 2019, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 507
Views: 27221

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Many of our Mediterranean producers are submitting samples to certified laboratories so that they can relabel from 14% to 14.1% =- 14.5%. As mentioned, a year ago the tax category of 'table wine' in the U.S. was expanded from 7 - 14% to 7 - 16%. Under French law, growers are allowed a half point of...
by Hank Victor
October 29th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice on producers I should try at La Fete du Champagne?
Replies: 35
Views: 1484

Re: Advice on producers I should try at La Fete du Champagne?

I would try and taste Philipponnat.
by Hank Victor
October 25th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 134
Views: 6435

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

I tried this wine again recently. This time, a few of us did find subtle VA, not enough to ruin the wine, but enough to comment on. That's a little troubling. I also noticed that it was sealed with a synthetic stopper, so I will not be buying any to lay down. He uses Nomacorc closures for the Hills...
by Hank Victor
October 24th, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Walgreens Fedex
Replies: 45
Views: 1431

Re: Walgreens Fedex

I've done it a few times. No issues whatsoever .
by Hank Victor
October 24th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"
Replies: 41
Views: 1637

Re: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"

I find the whole category "Natural" wines confusing. As far as I know, there is no formal definition so I have no clue what "Natural" wine is. Is it anything but a marketing term to attract Millennials to wine? From the reading I have done, there is a wide disparity in the dos and donts of making a...
by Hank Victor
October 24th, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"
Replies: 41
Views: 1637

Re: Would you consider technology use to be "natural?"

I find the whole category "Natural" wines confusing. As far as I know, there is no formal definition so I have no clue what "Natural" wine is. Is it anything but a marketing term to attract Millennials to wine? From the reading I have done, there is a wide disparity in the dos and donts of making a...
by Hank Victor
October 24th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: new carlisle offer cab and pinot!
Replies: 106
Views: 5231

Re: new carlisle offer cab and pinot!

Rich,

From my experience there wasn't a wait list last year. I joined and was immediately offered an allocation in their upcoming release.
by Hank Victor
October 23rd, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12089
Views: 579446

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Lakewood Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2018 x 9
Lakewood Vineyards Lemberger 2017 x 3

Gearing up for Thanksgiving.
by Hank Victor
October 23rd, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 68
Views: 4035

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

Lakewood Vineyards Pinot Noir , Finger Lakes direct from the winery would be a great choice for Thanksgiving PN under $30.

You can buy directly from the winery and have it shipped depending on what state you're from.
by Hank Victor
October 23rd, 2019, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FRUIT ABUNDANCE
Replies: 11
Views: 1208

Re: FRUIT ABUNDANCE

Blending is HARD WORK!!!!! For a blend of three different cultivars [e.g. A% of Cabernet Sauvignon, B% of Merlot, and C% of Cabernet Franc], if you were super diligent, then over the course of a FULL YEAR, you might be able to taste all of the "Whole Number" combinations of A% + B% + C% = 100% But ...
by Hank Victor
October 19th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12089
Views: 579446

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Ravenswood Cooke Vineyard Zinfandel 1993
Ceritas Peter Martin Ray Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Balgera Valtellina Superiore Sasella 2005

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by Hank Victor
October 18th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 59
Views: 2206

Re: Aglianico

Galardi Roccamonfina Terra di Lavoro 2012 94 RP "From a ten hectare vineyard, the 2012 Roccamonfina Terra di Lavoro touches on many of the glory points that made this such an important cult wine for Campania. Although 2012 was a hot vintage, this wine shows an impressive sense of balance and eleganc...
by Hank Victor
October 16th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 66
Views: 1292

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

Terlan
Elena Walch
by Hank Victor
October 15th, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party
Replies: 42
Views: 1551

Re: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party

Finger Lakes Blaufrankisch
by Hank Victor
October 15th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 284
Views: 13472

Re: Ravenswood library offer

in for 1 bottle of birth year zin
by Hank Victor
October 9th, 2019, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 134
Views: 6435

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

The 2017 Hillsides is 100% whole cluster.

His 2018 Valdiguie is carbonic. His Trousseau Gri is also partly carbonic as well as his Gamay Noir(whole cluster and partial carbonic maceration)
by Hank Victor
October 9th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine list help - Frasca October 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 390

Re: Wine list help - Frasca October 2019

I love Frasca. In my view, the main strength of the restaurant is the level of service. The food itself is ranges from "very good" to "outstanding" (only occasionally truly exceptional). The wine list is lengthy, but it's also pricey and strangely lacking in selections under $100, especially reds.....
by Hank Victor
October 9th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Psa: vinguarde valise 50% off
Replies: 11
Views: 632

Re: Psa: vinguarde valise 50% off

YLee wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 1:23 pm
Can these hold 12 burgundy bottles?
yes
by Hank Victor
October 9th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine list help - Frasca October 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 390

Wine list help - Frasca October 2019

I'll be dining there this weekend with 3 friends who appreciate wine but are not geeks. We will be ordering off there 4 course menu. https://www.frascafoodandwine.com/menus/#quattro-piatti Budget is $400 Aim is for 3 different bottles. The group leans more new world but are open to anything. I was t...
by Hank Victor
October 9th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 71
Views: 2539

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

I think one of the biggest challenges here is agreeing that we are experiencing the same flavors/aromas and agreeing what we are experiencing. In addition, in looking at that WSET list of aromas, I think there is room for 'disagreement' on some of these - for instance, I tend to get cinnamon elemen...
by Hank Victor
October 9th, 2019, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 71
Views: 2539

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

Thank you too, John. Very useful. The "tasting" is what I vaguely had in mind and is what I will do. Cheers -Jim Hey Jim, On the second page of the link I posted below you can some descriptors fleshed out and categorized by primary, secondary, tertiary. While obviously not a complete list it is a s...
by Hank Victor
October 8th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 71
Views: 2539

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

Hank, so your are saying ALL wines have both primary and secondary characteristics? Can't some of those examples you cite of so-called tertiary characteristics sometimes be present in a wine almost from the beginning without much maturation? A cheap sauv blanc from nz that just sees stainless steel...
by Hank Victor
October 8th, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 71
Views: 2539

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

Primary - all the characteristics coming from the vineyard and grape (fruit, floral, herbaceous)
Secondary - all the characteristics coming from the wine making process (oak, malo, lees contact, etc)
Tertiary - all the characteristics coming from maturation. (graphite, mushroom, forest floor)
by Hank Victor
October 8th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 134
Views: 6435

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

What was bad about it? The 2017 was much more raw/unformed on release than the lauded 2016. It has mostly rounded into form now. extremely under ripe, fuchsia color and briney. Acid way out of balance. In its defense it was pitted against a 93 Turley Hayne Vineyard Petite Sirah, an 06 Spring Mounta...
by Hank Victor
October 8th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 134
Views: 6435

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

Had 1 bottle last December and it was really bad.... Sitting on 5 more and waiting for the right moment. Cellartracker scores are all over the place.
by Hank Victor
October 8th, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any must have rieslings on this list?
Replies: 22
Views: 1442

Re: Any must have rieslings on this list?

Trimbach 07 and the Alzingers would be my first choices.
by Hank Victor
October 7th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $200 Champagne-The Most Pleasure NOW...?
Replies: 23
Views: 1478

Re: $200 Champagne-The Most Pleasure NOW...?

95 CH is amazing. The 04 is good but not on the same caliber now.

2008 DomP is young but still showing great.

Its a win win imo.
by Hank Victor
October 7th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 60
Views: 4109

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

Anyone know production size for the 16 cab? I am under the impression that they only make sub 100 cases of this.
by Hank Victor
October 6th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 3 buddies, 7 wines, great Italian food= grand evening
Replies: 11
Views: 987

Re: 3 buddies, 7 wines, great Italian food= grand evening

I really enjoy the Bruno Giacosa Arneis. What's your opinion on Carizze? Worth the tariff? I had a long discussion with a tasting group recently about this classification of Prosecco. Some really like the style and think its lightness / freshness goes unmatched while others prefer other sparkling wi...
by Hank Victor
October 6th, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot
Replies: 82
Views: 3370

Re: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot

TN: 2017 Von Winning Riesling: Green apples, green apples and then some more green apples. A little citrus maybe? From Pfalz region. Recommended by K&L as a "really dry" Riesling and imported by Skurnik. Was (of course) not at all dry, but rather sweet. The 12% ABV was a warning sign, perhaps. Take...
by Hank Victor
October 4th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mobley: The Grape Recession?
Replies: 1
Views: 326

Re: Mobley: The Grape Recession?

The huge yield of the 2018 vintage + the Gallo & Constellation deal was the kiss of death for plenty of farmers.
by Hank Victor
October 4th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give CO wine a taste...
Replies: 148
Views: 6142

Re: Give CO wine a taste...

I'll be in Denver/ Boulder next weekend. Any close by recommendations? Bookcliff has a tasting room in Boulder. I highly recommend the 2017 Reserve Malbec and the Petit Verdot. West of Denver in the cute mountain town of Evergreen is Creekside Cellars. She makes great whites and reds, especially a ...
by Hank Victor
October 4th, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give CO wine a taste...
Replies: 148
Views: 6142

Re: Give CO wine a taste...

I'll be in Denver/ Boulder next weekend. Any close by recommendations?

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