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by Greg Gardner
December 9th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12261
Views: 589330

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Mixed case (4 ea) of the 2015 Vajra single vineyard Barolos - Ravera, Bricco delle Viole, Coste di Rose
by Greg Gardner
December 8th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Philipponnat Clos de Goisses
Replies: 14
Views: 609

Re: 2001 Philipponnat Clos de Goisses

Hmm, two of the best bottles I had this year were 96 Clos de Goisses and 02 Pierre Peters Chetillon.
by Greg Gardner
December 3rd, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 113
Views: 4758

Re: Barolo Sediment

Re: paper taste imparted by coffee filters, just rinse the filter in water before using it to filter wine sediment. This is a common practice for pourover coffee, which can also pick up a papery taste from an unrinsed filter. Rinsing it in water first mitigates this, though I don't know the chemistr...
by Greg Gardner
November 27th, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie
Replies: 58
Views: 1829

Re: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie

Ha, that’s the story of my entire cellar. Stuff I love but the vast majority I look at and think, “now what here can I serve at a dinner party? Hmm, almost nothing is a crowd pleaser”. Although I did open a 2017 Lambert Breze for a few people recently and everyone loved it. One of the most floral Ca...
by Greg Gardner
November 25th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: BonnyDoon Thanks Semillon '16...(short/boring)
Replies: 9
Views: 842

Re: TN: BonnyDoon Thanks Semillon '16...(short/boring)

Tried one this weekend, and I really liked it (or at least more than others on this thread). The low abv (11% or so) definitely makes for an unusual mouthfeel - you expect it to be heavier on the palate, especially a lower acid grape like Semillon. But after it had been open for a couple of hours, a...
by Greg Gardner
November 24th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Barolo Thoughts?
Replies: 11
Views: 952

Re: 2001 Barolo Thoughts?

Cristian Dezso wrote:
November 22nd, 2019, 6:46 pm
Greg Gardner wrote:
November 22nd, 2019, 5:48 pm
In the past 18 months I’ve had the Giacosa Villero.
I assume it must have been another Giacosa, right? The last Villero was 1996.
Whoops, you are correct - went back and looked at my notes and the Villero was a ‘95.
by Greg Gardner
November 23rd, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FedEx tries to give my wine the Madeira treatment
Replies: 8
Views: 1232

Re: FedEx tries to give my wine the Madeira treatment

Had a shipment coming from southern CA that was meant to be delivered to my office in Seattle yesterday. At 4:00 pm the status suddenly changed from ‘out for delivery’ to ‘date pending’. I think to myself “I should have just had this held at a FedEx Office in the first place” and change it to ‘hold ...
by Greg Gardner
November 22nd, 2019, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Barolo Thoughts?
Replies: 11
Views: 952

Re: 2001 Barolo Thoughts?

In the past 18 months I’ve had the Giacosa Villero, and the Falletto di Serralunga d’Alba. Both were pretty open for business. Second the ‘01 Produttori. I’ve also had the Giacosa Barbaresco Asili, drinking well. On the other hand, the Cavallotto Riserva Bricco Boschis was pretty shut down back in F...
by Greg Gardner
November 19th, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting White Wine
Replies: 17
Views: 826

Re: Decanting White Wine

I opened a 2011 Collier Saumur Blanc (the baseline bottling) recently and it seemed oxidized right out of the gate. I put it back in the fridge and two days later it was showing well. In fact I need to update my CellarTracker note on it.
by Greg Gardner
November 4th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!
Replies: 55
Views: 3875

Re: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!

Just took delivery of mine...looking forward to trying a Falstaff very soon.
by Greg Gardner
November 2nd, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 117
Views: 8481

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

02 Rougeard Bourg
02 Rougeard Poyeux
13 Laurel (Priorat) mag
01 Jamet C-R (mag)
by Greg Gardner
November 1st, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: BonnyDoon Thanks Semillon '16...(short/boring)
Replies: 9
Views: 842

Re: TN: BonnyDoon Thanks Semillon '16...(short/boring)

Hmm, I also grabbed several to fill out a case. Maybe I'll roll the dice and hold 'em for several years to see if it puts on weight as Randall claims they will.
by Greg Gardner
October 31st, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1989 Marc Sorrel Greal- old seepage high fill
Replies: 22
Views: 687

Re: 1989 Marc Sorrel Greal- old seepage high fill

I would pass. I’m ok with seepage on certain wines notorious for it even with good storage conditions (German Riesling, vintage port). But even with that fill level, the seepage points to heat damage at some point.
by Greg Gardner
October 26th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 112
Views: 8893

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

Cracked one of the ‘14 Cigare Blanc...I’m digging it. It has that waxy lanolin thing that good Chenin and Trebbiano has. Not clunky/ flabby the way cheap CdR blanc can be. Glad I grabbed 6 of the 375s, will be a good weeknight sipper, or maybe solid pairing with potato/leek/sausage stew?
by Greg Gardner
October 25th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 112
Views: 8893

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

It’s around 11%. I’m definitely gonna hold most of my bottles for quite a while before opening...
by Greg Gardner
October 25th, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 112
Views: 8893

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

Yeah, the low ABV is gonna be interesting. Popping one tonight.
by Greg Gardner
October 23rd, 2019, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 112
Views: 8893

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

Mine is meant to arrive tomorrow. Definitely popping one of the Semillons despite the warning that it’s meant to be a long ager. I got a bunch.
by Greg Gardner
October 11th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia
Replies: 14
Views: 1045

Re: TN: 2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia

I committed infanticide on a 6 pack of these, probably finishing them off by 2010. There was a thread a couple of months ago about the 04 Rancia and no consensus as to “did this go through a dumb phase or nah”. Clearly I thought not. Such a great wine - wish I had held on to a few bottles for the lo...
by Greg Gardner
October 8th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Domaine Petit Clocher Anjou Blanc
Replies: 1
Views: 161

Re: TN: 2018 Domaine Petit Clocher Anjou Blanc

Yes, Petit Clocher's wines are direct imported by a local grocery store chain here in the Seattle metro area (PCC) so we regularly see the blanc, rouge and a couple of different roses here. I've always found them to be excellent values and the Cab Franc drinks well young as well as with some age. Pr...
by Greg Gardner
October 8th, 2019, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 120
Views: 5778

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

96 Clos des Goisses, maybe 02 Pierre Peters Chetillons
by Greg Gardner
September 27th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Box-wine and Camping
Replies: 51
Views: 1987

Re: Box-wine and Camping

Hoping some ITBers will weigh in with insights, but I would guess the stigma of box wine is exponentially greater than what had to be overcome by screwcaps 15 years ago. But I completely agree that it would make a ton of sense for by the glass programs. Then again, canned wine is way bigger now than...
by Greg Gardner
September 27th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Box-wine and Camping
Replies: 51
Views: 1987

Re: Box-wine and Camping

Yeah, Black Box is not on the list. The Jenny and Francois 'From the Tank' wines are solid options, though.
by Greg Gardner
September 27th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Box-wine and Camping
Replies: 51
Views: 1987

Re: Box-wine and Camping

I regularly take 3L or even 5L box wines on backpacking trips. Remove the bladder from the box and it can fit in the top flap part of your pack. It goes against every aspect of how you are meant to load a backpack, and the hike in really sucks with the extra weight, but it's pretty nice to have wine...
by Greg Gardner
September 3rd, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the wine that changed your life?
Replies: 166
Views: 8380

Re: What's the wine that changed your life?

1989 Suduiraut and 1985 Musar at the same meal in 1998. I had never realized the aromatic complexity wine could achieve.
by Greg Gardner
August 9th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Felsina Fontalloro
Replies: 17
Views: 973

Re: 1997 Felsina Fontalloro

The 2004 Rancia drank great on release and never really shut down. I went through a 6 pack by 2012 and every bottle was fantastic. Maybe that vintage was an outlier? In January this year, a friend opened a 1988 Fontalloro. It was in a great place - completely mature but not at all in decline. Loads ...
by Greg Gardner
May 24th, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CdP ???
Replies: 10
Views: 1080

Re: CdP ???

by Greg Gardner
May 24th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CdP ???
Replies: 10
Views: 1080

Re: CdP ???

Some also have a pope's hat for the embossed area, I think.
by Greg Gardner
May 7th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 11254

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

Ironically, that book quote summarizes the essence of privilege. The author in question had the means to live abroad as an expat, return to the US when war came to his adopted country...and then opine on what was missing in his life at that point. Meanwhile the French farmers he left behind were liv...
by Greg Gardner
May 7th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords
Replies: 28
Views: 1118

Re: TN: 2005 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords

I had a magnum of the '05 (acquired for $24 on release) that was singing last summer. Didn't seem tired at all in the larger format. But, that was also nearly a year ago.
by Greg Gardner
April 30th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant
Replies: 19
Views: 810

Re: TN: 2013 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant

I had the '96 in 2008 and it was spectacular with about 3-4 hours of air. The most recent vintage I've had was the '02 in maybe 2014...also a spectacular bottle. I clearly like these with a decade or so on them. Agree that these can have bottle variation and in any event, this isn't a wine for every...
by Greg Gardner
April 25th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7232
Views: 445181

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

CJ Beazley wrote:
April 25th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Busy day, have any .375’s rolled?
There was a $7 grenache too, can't recall producer
by Greg Gardner
November 8th, 2010, 7:48 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: RRBC Supplication ale... Really?
Replies: 13
Views: 834

Re: RRBC Supplication ale... Really?

The RRBC Supplication ROCKS - best domestic example I've tried, and a good 'beginners' intro to the style, as it's not SUPER sour or Bretty by any means (as opposed to Hanssens, et al). Cantillon is still my gold standard for Kriek, though. Adam - Just stopped by Bottleworks earlier this evening and...
by Greg Gardner
October 26th, 2010, 9:42 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: RRBC Supplication ale... Really?
Replies: 13
Views: 834

Re: RRBC Supplication ale... Really?

Adam, I've recently relocated to Seattle from Boston - what are some good shops where I can find a decent selection of sours and gueuze beers? I'm particularly partial to Cantillon.
by Greg Gardner
October 14th, 2010, 6:57 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Gueuze and Lambics
Replies: 260
Views: 15717

Re: Gueuze and Lambics

Seattle heads - what shops have good beer selections around here? Just relocated from Boston and so far haven't found anything with the depth / breadth of choice found in the Boston area...can haz Gueuze in Seattle?
by Greg Gardner
October 1st, 2010, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Setubal serving temp?
Replies: 3
Views: 178

Re: Setubal serving temp?

Peter - hope so! I've had this bottle for several years and figure now is as good a time as any to pop it...
by Greg Gardner
September 29th, 2010, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Setubal serving temp?
Replies: 3
Views: 178

Setubal serving temp?

Cellar temp, or sightly chilled ala Sauternes?
by Greg Gardner
September 1st, 2010, 6:09 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: More Saturday Retail Funnies
Replies: 1814
Views: 177569

Re: More Saturday Retail Funnies

Last week's brow-furrower:

Customer: 'I can't find wine 'X'. Can you show me where it is?'

Me: 'Sure, I'm happy to show you'. (I start walking over to where wine 'X' is).

Customer (now annoyed): 'No, no, I can find it myself, just show me where it is'.

Me: ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
by Greg Gardner
April 19th, 2010, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old Bordeaux Hunter- 78 Prieure Lichine - cases of it!
Replies: 11
Views: 579

Re: Old Bordeaux Hunter- 78 Prieure Lichine - cases of it!

Interesting that Chambers' writeup doesn't mention 1971 - a pretty good vintage on the Right Bank, anyway...
by Greg Gardner
April 12th, 2010, 5:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do I go about selling 500 or so bottles of wine?
Replies: 12
Views: 880

Re: How do I go about selling 500 or so bottles of wine?

Nathyn, Errol - Not sure why either of you think this. There are plenty of people who buy via auction who aren't slavishly devoted to critics' scores. Based on personal experience, I can say I had no problem selling around 1000 bottles in relatively short order (about six weeks) and many of them did...
by Greg Gardner
February 25th, 2010, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What kills your palate?
Replies: 72
Views: 1559

Re: What kills your palate?

Zachary Ross wrote:zinc lozenges.

+1 . Whole Paycheck sells these zinc lozenges that are basically just zinc and citric acid, as far as I can tell. They literally stay on your palate for hours and you can't really taste anything.
by Greg Gardner
February 17th, 2010, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decent Trader Joes whites?
Replies: 45
Views: 1630

Re: Decent Trader Joes whites?

Steve, maybe you were thinking of La Vielle Ferme? Labels are somewhat similar.
by Greg Gardner
January 26th, 2010, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Sudden popularity of wines
Replies: 9
Views: 1690

Re: Sudden popularity of wines

I never get that - customers who get pissed off that a given wine isn't in stock. It's as if you broke the law by not having what they wanted. I think some people really don't realize just how many wines are out there, and that it just isn't possible to stock everything. Of course, the indignant one...
by Greg Gardner
January 26th, 2010, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid: please read if you buy from them
Replies: 34
Views: 1812

Re: Winebid: please read if you buy from them

A few weeks back, some chump consigned several bottles there and clearly set his/her own prices - they were asking $40 for 2001 Louis Bernard CdR, and $200 for 1976 Macon - you could see how brown it was in the photos.
by Greg Gardner
October 25th, 2009, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vegan Champagne or Sparkler?
Replies: 34
Views: 1110

Re: Vegan Champagne or Sparkler?

Duval-Leroy is vegan, too.
by Greg Gardner
October 16th, 2009, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: in search of reisling maggie
Replies: 3
Views: 813

Re: in search of reisling maggie

DeeVine Wines in SF almost always has a selection of German Riesling Mags in stock - http://www.dvw.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Greg Gardner
September 20th, 2009, 12:09 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Free styro wine shippers - Belmont, MA
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Re: Free styro wine shippers - Belmont, MA

Yep, between Payson Park and Grove St Park.

Still a few left!
by Greg Gardner
September 19th, 2009, 9:30 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Free styro wine shippers - Belmont, MA
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Free styro wine shippers - Belmont, MA

Approx. 24 styro shippers, from singles to full cases. First come first served - take 'em all if you want. They are on the sidewalk at the corner of Fairview and Worcester in Belmont, MA.
by Greg Gardner
September 17th, 2009, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Priorat Wines
Replies: 16
Views: 591

Re: Favorite Priorat Wines

Another vote for Mogador, as well as the 'Manyetes' bottling from Mogador. I don't think it is a second wine.

I've always found the wines from Rotllan Torra to be very Bretty. The 97 Tirant was practically undrinkable.

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