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by jcoley3
October 30th, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! (but do you care?)
Replies: 12
Views: 739

Re: Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé! (but do you care?)

I don't think its technically a Bojo Nouveau, but I've been enjoying Lapierre's 2018 Raisins Gaulois this summer. Haven't had the '18 but this can be an excellent wine. Maybe a bit more serious than Nouveau, or at least can last longer. I bought a bunch of the '12 on closeout for $40/case and can c...
by jcoley3
October 19th, 2019, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: John Fox (PC) Update
Replies: 33
Views: 3641

Re: John Fox (PC) Update

ybarselah wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 9:32 am
lol.... john fox is on pre-arrival
Free storage tho’.
by jcoley3
October 15th, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TS: 1999 Chateau Musar (aka "My First Musar")
Replies: 20
Views: 765

Re: TS: 1999 Chateau Musar (aka "My First Musar")

Fun stuff. Great wine, too.
by jcoley3
October 15th, 2019, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sad Passing of one of the great wine importers to the US
Replies: 9
Views: 1720

Re: Sad Passing of one of the great wine importers to the US

Sad news. My first great CdP experiences were wines imported the Junguenets, and one of my favorite wine memories was having dinner with them at La Beaugraviere.
by jcoley3
September 22nd, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caol Ila 18
Replies: 11
Views: 847

Re: Caol Ila 18

This is the non-peated Malt, yes? It's delicious.
by jcoley3
August 4th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 145
Views: 7032

Re: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...

Alcohol is and ever was a poison ... too much of it is not good for the health - period. Help: 1. drink a lot of water in between your sips of wine - A LOT ! 2. learn to spit ... it´s almost no loss of taste and pleasure (almost), but will minimize the alc consumed 3. drink less wine generally I do...
by jcoley3
July 7th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone buying '08 Bollinger Grand Annee?
Replies: 8
Views: 1001

Re: Anyone buying '08 Bollinger Grand Annee?

Too many excellent grower 08s that were/are in the same price range. I'm glad to hear they're apparently righting the ship here, but I wasn't willing to take the risk.
by jcoley3
July 5th, 2019, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2312
Views: 150158

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

The 15 Nervo is beautiful over two nights. Probably better on the second.
by jcoley3
July 5th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 145
Views: 7032

Re: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...

Alcohol is and ever was a poison ... too much of it is not good for the health - period. Help: 1. drink a lot of water in between your sips of wine - A LOT ! 2. learn to spit ... it´s almost no loss of taste and pleasure (almost), but will minimize the alc consumed 3. drink less wine generally I do...
by jcoley3
July 5th, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 14170

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

ybarselah wrote:
July 5th, 2019, 8:11 am
i'm happy your singular experience is positive, as is mine generally (i'm tangentially ITB), but on a regular basis, i run into folks that are here lurking but would NEVER post anything.
WHAT'S YOUR HIDDEN AGENDA, THO'!?!
by jcoley3
July 4th, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Happy 4th with 2015 Bedrock Nervo
Replies: 0
Views: 362

TN: Happy 4th with 2015 Bedrock Nervo

Paired with a grass-fed and -finished ribeye. Pretty perfume of black cherry, raspberry and blueberry. A hint of stock and dry-agey beef funk. Juicy. sappy red and dark fruit. Tannins are buried in the wine's texture. Rich flavor, but a wine of elegance and finesse. Balanced in the way these unique ...
by jcoley3
July 4th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone opening good wine for the 4th, or is it a beer day ?
Replies: 57
Views: 2261

Re: Anyone opening good wine for the 4th, or is it a beer day ?

NoahR wrote:
July 4th, 2019, 11:38 am
Opened a 2013 Bedrock Nervo. Have some 1977 Sercial Madeira to sip. Beyond that, maybe tmzome Tiki cocktails. It’s hot as hell in DC!
Opened the 15 Nervo in tribute to the most American of wine styles. It's rocking.
by jcoley3
July 4th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 14170

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

Thanks, guys. Brad touched on what I had previously gathered to be a possible advantage it had over this one; namely, that there was more ITB participation. there's a strange culture on this board that treats all ITB folks as a combo of the enemy, shilling, ulterior motives, etc. It's odd to say th...
by jcoley3
July 3rd, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 141
Views: 10650

Re: 2008 Salon

My two cents is that the wine is way too inconsistent for the price asked, and there are simply too many great growers/micronegociants in the Cote de Blancs making gorgeous wine to make me want to play in this league even when the wine is showing as it should.
by jcoley3
June 27th, 2019, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Jose Dhondt Champagne Grand Cru Mes Vieilles Vignes Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 10
Views: 513

Re: TN: 2011 Jose Dhondt Champagne Grand Cru Mes Vieilles Vignes Blanc de Blancs

Sc0tt F!tzger@ld wrote:
June 27th, 2019, 1:55 pm
How much better are these over their NV wines?
The vintage wine is very good, but I think the spread is much more noticeable in great years. The 10 Was very good, but I was just as happy with the NV based on better years for less.
by jcoley3
June 23rd, 2019, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I won't go into specifics but...
Replies: 44
Views: 4145

Re: I won't go into specifics but...

Yup. As much as I like PG from Marcus, Kelley and a few others, I’ve had awesome Chardonnay from a broader swath of producers at different price points. Seems like a no brained for various reasons mentioned in this thread that PG plantings finally fall back to reality while Chardonnay increases. He...
by jcoley3
June 19th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pol Roger/Winston Churchill Dinner @ Atera
Replies: 29
Views: 2870

Re: Pol Roger/Winston Churchill Dinner @ Atera

Wow. Never even seen the rosé.
by jcoley3
June 17th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you drink zero alcohol wine
Replies: 116
Views: 3389

Re: Would you drink zero alcohol wine

I would for simple health reasons. I already pretty much spit everything these days.
by jcoley3
May 13th, 2019, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It Just Gaudichots You
Replies: 14
Views: 1194

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: 80
Views: 3088

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: 2241

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: 1691

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: 1691

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: 11187

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: 11187

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: 34
Views: 3790

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: 2502

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: 179

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: 179

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: 896

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: 896

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: 1062

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: 258

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: 268

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: 9256

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: 9256

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: 2001

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: 2392

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: 9256

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: 9256

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: 2688

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: 9256

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: 9256

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: 9256

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: 1618

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: 933

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: 3813

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: 3813

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: 2688

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: 3537

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.

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