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by jcoley3
May 13th, 2019, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It Just Gaudichots You
Replies: 14
Views: 1054

Re: It Just Gaudichots You

Sounds like the Cacheux Croix Rameau is getting better as the vines age.
by jcoley3
May 11th, 2019, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines
Replies: 75
Views: 2121

Re: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines

Two Cal Cabs that I hawk at retail and haven't seen mentioned: True Myth out of Paso Robles and Requiem out of Washington.
by jcoley3
May 8th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Killer Deal Alert: Pax North Coast
Replies: 18
Views: 2061

Re: Killer Deal Alert: Pax North Coast

Ah now see that makes sense. It was definitely a noticeable green olive note so if you don’t like the taste in general that would be a problem. Just finished my first bottle of this over 3 nights. I would say it's much more than just a note of green olive, it is way up front and so pronounced that ...
by jcoley3
May 4th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which varietal is least and which is best suited to new oak?
Replies: 55
Views: 1351

Re: Which varietal is least and which is best suited to new oak?

Can you imagine how potentially awesome it would be if Janasse didn't use any new oak for the Vieilles Vignes cuvée and picked it just a bit less ripe?? Probably the "best" Grenache I've ever tasted that seemed capable of absorbing the new oak was one from SQN...even then, just no. Yeah, that one i...
by jcoley3
May 4th, 2019, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which varietal is least and which is best suited to new oak?
Replies: 55
Views: 1351

Re: Which varietal is least and which is best suited to new oak?

Worst: Grenache +1 Other grapes may strive to reach the depths of an oaky Grenache, but none can surpass it. +2. I was surprised I had to scroll down as far as I did before someone mentioned it. Nothing trashes a red grape like new oak trashes Grenache. I've been unable to keep from cringing at CdP...
by jcoley3
May 1st, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 9826

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

I have been watching Guigal, as I have a few older ones coming up at auction. Once the most expensive Rhone, prices seem very soft. I keep getting pricing from various European and US merchants, and it’s clear other Rhones have caught up and surpassed them. Remember in the old days how hard they we...
by jcoley3
May 1st, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 9826

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

I have been watching Guigal, as I have a few older ones coming up at auction. Once the most expensive Rhone, prices seem very soft. I keep getting pricing from various European and US merchants, and it’s clear other Rhones have caught up and surpassed them. Remember in the old days how hard they we...
by jcoley3
April 28th, 2019, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Here’s a Retailer that doesn’t hold back what he’s thinking
Replies: 29
Views: 2919

Re: Here’s a Retailer doesn’t hold back what he’s thinking

I kind of appreciate the DGAF aspect of it all.
by jcoley3
April 28th, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you rank the five first growths
Replies: 54
Views: 2129

Re: How would you rank the five first growths

1) Lafite
2) Haut Briton
3) Latour
4) Margaux
5) Mouton

With the caveat that my most limited experience with the 5 is HB.
by jcoley3
April 28th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ojai 2014 'John SebastianoVineyard' Santa Barbara County Syrah
Replies: 2
Views: 155

Re: TN: Ojai 2014 'John SebastianoVineyard' Santa Barbara County Syrah

Nevermind - I just saw that it was Syrah that you were posting about... Jim - I am a big fan (just turned on in the last couple of years) of what Foxen does with the John Sebastiano fruit. Your note is spot on. I love the savory side of that vineyard. Regarding Ojai, I have not sampled very many Pi...
by jcoley3
April 27th, 2019, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ojai 2014 'John SebastianoVineyard' Santa Barbara County Syrah
Replies: 2
Views: 155

TN: Ojai 2014 'John SebastianoVineyard' Santa Barbara County Syrah

Among many reasons I will have to kick myself in the future will be that I do not have more Ojai Syrah in my cellar. I love what Adam Tolmach does with this grape. I'm also liking this vineyard a lot. I've really enjoyed multiple examples of Pinot Noir from Siduri and Adam Lee, but this is the first...
by jcoley3
April 26th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can you saber sparkling juice with a bottle cap?
Replies: 34
Views: 701

Re: Can you saber sparkling juice with a bottle cap?

Also, when I read the thread title I did briefly imagine using a bottle cap to whack open the bottle.
by jcoley3
April 26th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can you saber sparkling juice with a bottle cap?
Replies: 34
Views: 701

Re: Can you saber sparkling juice with a bottle cap?

I don't know. Unless the juice bottle is the same design as a Champagne bottle (quality glass, seam along the side, ridged attached top) this seems like it probably won't work as planned.
by jcoley3
April 26th, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there ever a stay of execution?
Replies: 18
Views: 937

Re: Is there ever a stay of execution?

For sure. I have an area with wine stood up for (in theory) near-tie consumption where some things in practice might hang out for a while and even go back into real storage if I have a change of heart. Even though I have the core regions and styles I love, I'll go on random kicks where I'll move thi...
by jcoley3
April 24th, 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Von Winning 2010 Kalkofen Riesling Grosses Gewachs
Replies: 2
Views: 227

TN: Von Winning 2010 Kalkofen Riesling Grosses Gewachs

TN: Von Winning 2010 Kalkofen Riesling Grosses Gewachs - Surprisingly good, and aging rather well. Has taken on a nice, mature, more golden color. IIRC, these were a little controversial because of their use of barrels, but there's nothing "oaky" about the wine. Aromas of golden grahams, honey, apr...
by jcoley3
April 24th, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Cappellano Barbera d'Alba Gabutti (Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d'Alba)
Replies: 6
Views: 236

Re: TN: 2011 Cappellano Barbera d'Alba Gabutti (Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d'Alba)

I lucked into a few bottles of the one off AB Normal release from Cappellano. Long cask aging of an 04 Barbera (IIRC) - so long they had to come up with a fantasy name for it as it didn't fit the rules. Wine is still youthful and delicious. Granted, I have always had a soft spot for the grape, but w...
by jcoley3
April 24th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 8256

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

Was it really the threat from Tanzer integration that broke the deal or the sharing of community notes in general? Bob had frequent paranoid episodes leading to rants about "Blobbers" and the internet's propensity to give anyone with connectivity a voice in wine opinion... It would not surprise me ...
by jcoley3
April 23rd, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 8256

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

If nothing else I think the WA is a fascinating case study in how a business can handle growth and evolution in so many ways - improving technology, social media, evolving brand, etc. Granted, I think it was more often than not an example of what not to do, or some of the unseen pitfalls businesses ...
by jcoley3
April 22nd, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Champagne?
Replies: 40
Views: 1712

Re: Decanting Champagne?

Splash decanted a young Ulysse Colin yesterday. No loss of effervescence.
by jcoley3
April 21st, 2019, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michelin restaurants and fabulous wines: Inside the secret team dinners that have built the Spurs' dynasty
Replies: 29
Views: 2208

Re: Michelin restaurants and fabulous wines: Inside the secret team dinners that have built the Spurs' dynasty

I was lucky enough to have a glass on Friday next to Becky Hammon, one of the assistant coaches for the Spurs since 2014. I asked her what Pop thought about the article. She also thought it was flattering toward him, but said that he hates having private family business discussed openly (which I th...
by jcoley3
April 21st, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 8256

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

Beauty of wine Jim, we can disagree and it's just wine, although if vintages like 2004 and 2008 are your favorites for Northern Rhone stylistically, I get why 2003 could be a total whiff. Ultimately those days at TWA and Parker were my formative years in wine and getting in the business and I learn...
by jcoley3
April 21st, 2019, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 8256

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

He never called 2003 a great vintage (assuming you mean bdx). This myth is constantly propagated but it has no basis. He said, truthfully, that there were some epic left bank wines made, esp. in Paulliac and St Estephe. For the vintage, he rated margaux/pessac/graves 88, pomerol 84, and St Emilion ...
by jcoley3
April 20th, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Shocking finds at a Miami Costco today
Replies: 12
Views: 1686

Re: Shocking finds at a Miami Costco today

I don't think KB should mind much - it's not like it's a 'fire sale' price, and anyone who buys it may decide they like it sufficiently to get on the KB mail list (making them a recurring client for KB), so when you think about it, they should actually actively promote placing it in the high-end se...
by jcoley3
April 20th, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 8256

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

I'm still at WA because of William and Luis. I think Luis doesn't get enough credit for his Spanish reviews, haven't found anyone else besides Peñin in Spain covering Spain with much detail as Luis. What I've seen of his coverage has looked pretty good. I found other avenues to learn about Spain af...
by jcoley3
April 20th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 8256

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

He never called 2003 a great vintage (assuming you mean bdx). This myth is constantly propagated but it has no basis. He said, truthfully, that there were some epic left bank wines made, esp. in Paulliac and St Estephe. For the vintage, he rated margaux/pessac/graves 88, pomerol 84, and St Emilion ...
by jcoley3
April 20th, 2019, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 8256

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

I think it's interesting to look back on Parker's big calls in his last few years at the helm - most of which have turned out to be highly debatable. Like the "great" 2003 vintage, the supposedly tannic and overrated 2005 vintage, and 2009 being better than 2010. He never called 2003 a great vintag...
by jcoley3
April 18th, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dublere being sold
Replies: 18
Views: 1453

Re: Dublere being sold

I know this is one of your favorites Howard. Do you think the new owners will be producing a significantly different wine? I didn’t know anything about the producer and was intrigued to learn from the link that Blair Pethel was not a native Burgundian, and got his start there less than 2 decades ag...
by jcoley3
April 17th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
Replies: 10
Views: 833

Re: TN: 2008 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

Just opened the 2012 after the secondary fermentation marred 2012 described above. Beautiful and fresh and complex but it needs time for the gentle oak to integrate. Big but perfectly balanced. Wait five years. Sounds a lot like the 2015 I had a couple of days ago. I wouldn’t quite say “big”, but n...
by jcoley3
April 16th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your house champagne?
Replies: 90
Views: 3075

Re: What's your house champagne?

J. Rock wrote:
April 16th, 2019, 6:15 pm
I'm still new to exploring Champagne, but my current favorite entry level Champagne is Pierre Moncuit Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut (NV).
Also a good one. Try the 1er bottling too.
by jcoley3
April 16th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your house champagne?
Replies: 90
Views: 3075

Re: What's your house champagne?

Hmm. Things that have fit this category:

1) Hure Freres Invitation Brut and Insouciance Rose.
2) Marc Hebrart Cuvee Reserve
3) Larmandier-Bernier Longitude (worth the extra $$ over Latitude)
4) Lilbert (when I can)
5) Mousse Fils (can't remember the name of their base BdN)
6) J.M. Seleque 7 Villages
by jcoley3
April 15th, 2019, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Shocking finds at a Miami Costco today
Replies: 12
Views: 1686

Re: Shocking finds at a Miami Costco today

Just a WAG but I wonder if the distributor of KB in FL had to move x number of cases some wine and the buyer for Costco say "Hey I can help you out if you give me something good for my top stores." I bet it went to only a couple of stores. And I bet the KB people aren't happy with the distributor w...
by jcoley3
April 10th, 2019, 9:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 3033

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

b. c@stner wrote:
April 10th, 2019, 5:51 pm
Coincidence? I've seen some pretty hefty discounts on Estancia, Mark West, Black Box and Clos du Bois the last couple of weeks.
Probably not coincidental.
by jcoley3
April 10th, 2019, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
Replies: 10
Views: 833

Re: TN: 2008 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

Thanks for the note, Jason. I have a loner of this that I was just looking at yesterday. Sounds like it may be prime time.
by jcoley3
April 8th, 2019, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Champagne?
Replies: 40
Views: 1712

Re: Decanting Champagne?

I think it can often help younger vintage Champange - decanting helped a 2014 Ulysse Colin BdN a lot this past holiday season. I don't like using a super wide bottom decanter - something more like a water pitcher works best for me. But even in a ship decanter you won't lose nearly as much CO2 as you...
by jcoley3
April 8th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 E. Fuligni (Cottimelli) Brunello di Montalcino
Replies: 4
Views: 332

Re: TN: 2010 E. Fuligni (Cottimelli) Brunello di Montalcino

Thanks Dennis. Will try to stay away from mine for a few more years.
by jcoley3
April 6th, 2019, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Napa cabs
Replies: 22
Views: 1509

Re: 2011 Napa cabs

Yeah, I'm amazed by how well the 98s turned out a few years after the vintage, once all the negative hype died down and many people realized that some of the blockbuster years weren't aging particularly well.

Oh. Wait. Sorry. 2011.

Same thing.
by jcoley3
April 5th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HiddenCllrs ----> DNA Cellars (a bit of history)
Replies: 4
Views: 230

Re: HiddenCllrs ----> DNA Cellars (a bit of history)

Huh. I would've guessed Lolonis as the label you were looking for. Interesting bit of wine history, either way.
by jcoley3
April 4th, 2019, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 3033

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Ravenswood, and Others

Did anyone provide solutions? The omission of that was a terrible oversight. Still my favorite press release/corporate-speak turn of phrase. Somewhere on my computer I think I still have the Word Doc of the prospectus a consulting firm sent to the tech company I worked for during the Internet 1.0 e...
by jcoley3
April 4th, 2019, 9:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Congratulations to the high bidder
Replies: 21
Views: 2260

Re: Congratulations to the high bidder

alan weinberg wrote:
April 4th, 2019, 6:46 am
Tom Reddick wrote:
April 4th, 2019, 12:56 am
So why is a $30K bottle of Leroy Musigny in a plastic baggie and cardboard box?
because real wine lovers don’t give a s**t about packaging.
There's at least one guy in the Scarecrow Box thread who would beg to differ...
by jcoley3
April 3rd, 2019, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 3033

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Ravenswood, and Others

It's interesting what the Constellation press release stresses: "approximately 30 brands from its wine and spirits portfolio principally priced at $11 retail and below...." “This decision will help enhance organizational focus on a more premium set of wine and spirits brands that better position ou...
by jcoley3
April 3rd, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Examples of "restrained" To Kalon Vneyard wines
Replies: 28
Views: 1760

Re: Examples of "restrained" To Kalon Vneyard wines

I've found some of the Carter wines from To-Kalon to be on the more elegant side of Napa. Their older vintages (early to mid 2000s) weren't that big. But I do think that the Carter style evolved into a richer, bigger style as the 2000s progressed. The BTK wines are no routinely 14.9-15.1% listed AB...
by jcoley3
April 3rd, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Examples of "restrained" To Kalon Vneyard wines
Replies: 28
Views: 1760

Re: Examples of "restrained" To Kalon Vneyard wines

I've found some of the Carter wines from To-Kalon to be on the more elegant side of Napa.
by jcoley3
March 31st, 2019, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Les Narvaux Meursault's best non-1er Cru Vineyard?
Replies: 19
Views: 1021

Re: Is Les Narvaux Meursault's best non-1er Cru Vineyard?

Just want to throw out Caillot and Jobard 'En La Barre' into the mix.
by jcoley3
March 31st, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bottom Feeding at TotalWines...(short/boring)
Replies: 26
Views: 2113

Re: TN: Bottom Feeding at TotalWines...(short/boring)

Just to be clear here I am a former part time employee of TW a very long tine ago (although it was called a different name in MD). Like most large size companies involved in wine they take their share of slings and arrows here and I am not here to defend them. But they do provide a service to the n...
by jcoley3
March 29th, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stuck Cork in Sparkling Wine
Replies: 27
Views: 1166

Re: Stuck Cork in Sparkling Wine

Sabering is quite safe when done properly. It needs to be traditional method, though. If it is, watch some videos online and make sure the bottle is VERY cold. I wouldn't do it with Prosecco. A friend of mine in the trade told me of a colleague (presumably not a clown like the guy in the video abov...
by jcoley3
March 29th, 2019, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good news! I was wrong again
Replies: 7
Views: 954

Re: Good news! I was wrong again

Huge fan of Andrew Will. Only wish I had the sense to age a few bottles.
by jcoley3
March 28th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Domaine Robert Groffier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses
Replies: 3
Views: 398

Re: TN: 2001 Domaine Robert Groffier Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses

they get an unfair rap for being overoaked. Never intrusive in an aged bottle. We used to pound a stash of the 78 Beze and BM bought on the cheap. Those were great times. $100/bottle in the late 90s. That always drove me nuts on the Parker Board. There were a few voices that repeated that mantra ov...
by jcoley3
March 26th, 2019, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SF Chronicle Article: Dirty & Rowdy Tragedies in 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 1867

Re: SF Chronicle Article: Dirty & Rowdy Tragedies in 2017

We've used multiple D&R Mourvedres as my still red BTG pour at my bubbly bar (one just went on tonight) and they have been wildly popular with staff and guests. We used Unfamilar a few times this Winter, and I just shared this story with my staff as an example of why its best to never be too rigid i...
by jcoley3
March 20th, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow OWC Issues?
Replies: 102
Views: 7537

Re: Scarecrow OWC Issues?

I sure hope everyone sleeps well tonight.

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