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by Kris Patten
January 24th, 2021, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4096
Views: 430995

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Today's offer seemed like a pretty good price on a wine I wanted to try. The 2015 Clos du Val “Three Graces” . I loved the line about how the wine-making has taken a 360 degree turn. It's been a little while since I took geometry, but ... [scratch.gif] Tried to go more modern and flashy a few years...
by Kris Patten
January 24th, 2021, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vermouth?
Replies: 55
Views: 1526

Re: Vermouth?

Our house is pretty much Dolin all the time. Especially with Negronis being the most prevalent cocktail we drink. That said, there are quite a few locally produced Vermouths, and the recipe for success mostly seems to be the same as for small wineries. Stay enthused in your work, and plan on/hope f...
by Kris Patten
January 24th, 2021, 5:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best carbonara recipe?
Replies: 53
Views: 4839

Re: Best carbonara recipe?

Dennis Atick wrote: January 24th, 2021, 4:27 am This worked well! And followed the technique and recipe in the video Jan posted on first page of thread.
Dolcetto or Barbera are sentimental favorites. I also like Barolo or Chianti Classico/Riserva.

I could see Arneis or Gavi working too.
by Kris Patten
January 24th, 2021, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Trio of Chablis
Replies: 3
Views: 384

Re: TN: Trio of Chablis

D@ve D y r 0 f f wrote: January 24th, 2021, 11:36 am Hah! I ordered all three of these as well (also the '16 Race Montmains), though only the Vrignaud has been delivered. Thanks for the notes - looking forward to all of them!
$20 1er Chablis is pretty much an error proof purchase.
by Kris Patten
January 24th, 2021, 3:21 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Cellar sell off
Replies: 9
Views: 811

Re: Cellar sell off

Great reason to sell off wine. Look forward to seeing list.
by Kris Patten
January 24th, 2021, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8148
Views: 573098

Re: de Negoce offer

lol @ when people thought this was a potential ponzi scheme There is 0% chance in my mind that Cam set this up as a scheme. It is naive to think any wine business can't become insolvent quickly....a pandemic only enhances that risk. Good reason for the old saying "how do you make $1 million in...
by Kris Patten
January 24th, 2021, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Beze and Suchots
Replies: 3
Views: 423

Re: TN: Beze and Suchots

I am a big fan of Suchots....had a couple 2014 Drouhin Laroze wines that need a lot of time, lots of crunchy red fruits and high acid. Don't think they'll ever be generous fruit driven wines, not the style, but will age into something in a decade+.
by Kris Patten
January 24th, 2021, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Trio of Chablis
Replies: 3
Views: 384

TN: Trio of Chablis

Dug into some recent arrivals from Garagiste. 2017 Denis Race 1er Mont de Milleu definitely shows the acid driven, mineral, citrus side of Chablis. Loads of lemon and green apple. Killer for $20. 2017 Denis Race 1er Montmains riper, rounder version that remains tamed by the vintage. Far from flabby,...
by Kris Patten
January 23rd, 2021, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm
Replies: 19
Views: 1324

Re: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

Well I'm just looking at it from the end customer perspective. If these were $39 back in the 90's and they're $37 today, flat over a generation is a soft market the way I see things. I do respect that for true lovers of their wine, this is a feature not a bug. (I feel that way about the wonderful c...
by Kris Patten
January 23rd, 2021, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bollinger PN VZ15
Replies: 11
Views: 572

Re: TN: Bollinger PN VZ15

We sold every bottle we got in a heartbeat...I should have held on to a few.
by Kris Patten
January 23rd, 2021, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm
Replies: 19
Views: 1324

Re: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

Rimmerman is flogging this today - 2017 Dead Arm for $37 . That's less than what I remember paying back in the 90s. Sounds like the market for these has collapsed. Wholesale on these hasn't really changed in 20 years. Only retail pricing has returned to normal margins, not sure why you'd think mark...
by Kris Patten
January 23rd, 2021, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BBM: Bienvenue Batard Montrachet.
Replies: 44
Views: 1408

Re: BBM: Bienvenue Batard Montrachet.

I would say that the insider choice here, which hasn't even been mentioned, would be Jean-Claude Bachelet et Fils. Great viticulture, serious winemaking with two winters on the lees. They made the best BBM that I tasted in the 2017 and 2018 vintages. Their Blanchot Dessus is fast becoming one of my...
by Kris Patten
January 22nd, 2021, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumées Clos de la Truffière
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: TN: 2018 Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumées Clos de la Truffière

Niellon whites are at top of their game....17s are pure, crystalline Chards, look forward to 18s. Don't skip the reds if you want a more masculine expression compared to Ramonet reds.
by Kris Patten
January 19th, 2021, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy
Replies: 100
Views: 3791

Re: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy

My suggestion is to put aside two sets of wines. One set is a gift to give them and they can do what they want with it-sell it if it makes sense for them. One set is wines you can drink with them when they and you are older. I would choose wines from a variety of classic regions that could age base...
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 9:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mangalitsa boneless strip loin
Replies: 3
Views: 417

Re: Mangalitsa boneless strip loin

Where'd the meat come from?
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Venison Wellington food pairing...
Replies: 21
Views: 704

Re: Venison Wellington food pairing...

Cornas came to mind or Hermitage.
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Cuvée Marcel Lapierre - WOW
Replies: 9
Views: 522

Re: TN: 2014 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Cuvée Marcel Lapierre - WOW

Awesome note. I wish I had 50 cases of Cru Bojo in my cellar....maybe 100.
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WB 'Wine Rules' To Consider
Replies: 25
Views: 1520

Re: WB 'Wine Rules' To Consider

Michael Martin wrote: January 18th, 2021, 4:54 pm Wines not from CA, OR or WA can’t be good.
Is that a double negative....so a positive?
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WB 'Wine Rules' To Consider
Replies: 25
Views: 1520

Re: WB 'Wine Rules' To Consider

My favorite that I see people post on is "drinking corked wine is okay, and you can sense the quality thru the TCA."

I have never once found that to be the case.
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Corton so inexpensive?
Replies: 24
Views: 2197

Re: Why is Corton so inexpensive?

DRC farmed the vineyard before just taking over and producing their first vintage the first year they farmed it. Tried the inaugural vintage and a couple more.....it has always been an outstanding Corton as DRC is excellent at tannin management and their viticulture practices produces ripe fruit tha...
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy
Replies: 100
Views: 3791

Re: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy

My process has been to buy reds in magnum, German Riesling and Huet Vouvrays in 750ml and then 3 bottles of Sauternes.
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: Top vintage for red Bordeaux 1980 - 1999
Replies: 41
Views: 1738

Re: Top vintage for red Bordeaux 1980 - 1999

Had to vote 1989 as I have very little experience with 1982, and i prefer the structure in 1989 vs. 1990.
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for Bordeaux Lovers
Replies: 46
Views: 1822

Re: Question for Bordeaux Lovers

Totally agree, but it is one way to see what might be considered consistent wines rather than just "the best" Bordeaux. Also, if you include the idea of QPR, I think being forced to give one per level is an exercise that would help me (and others hopefully) notice certain producers that h...
by Kris Patten
January 17th, 2021, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for Bordeaux Lovers
Replies: 46
Views: 1822

Re: Question for Bordeaux Lovers

First growth is hard to pin down (Latour doesn’t offer EP any longer) - most consistent IMHO is Lafite Rothschild 2nd. Leoville Barton or Poyferre depending on what style you prefer (Poyferre is more austere) 3rd. Giscours offers good value as well as Kirwan (Have a soft spot for Margaux that punch...
by Kris Patten
January 17th, 2021, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not much Australia talk here...
Replies: 88
Views: 4232

Re: Not much Australia talk here...

Eurocentric site. Plenty of info here from knowledgeable Aussie fans that live in Australia.

Hunter Sems, Margaret River, Barossa, Coonawarra, and McClaren Vale all get a bit of play.

Just ask.
by Kris Patten
January 17th, 2021, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for Bordeaux Lovers
Replies: 46
Views: 1822

Re: Question for Bordeaux Lovers

Haut Brion
Pichon Baron
Palmer, but way too expensive, so d'Issan
Talbot
Pontet Canet or Lynch Bages
by Kris Patten
January 17th, 2021, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best pairings
Replies: 83
Views: 3158

Re: best pairings

Tomas,

If the store cannot help you how do you know your soak is long enough? Taste it? If it were to take 4 days how often do you change the water, daily, 2x a day?
by Kris Patten
January 17th, 2021, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN : 2018 Bouland Chiroubles "Chantenay"
Replies: 1
Views: 180

Re: TN : 2018 Bouland Chiroubles "Chantenay"

Cru Beaujolais is probably the greatest red wine region on earth to find your favorite producers, buy every year, and enjoy a peek into the vintage that is captured in every bottle, while not breaking the bank, and knowing quality will always be there. 17s and 18s have been delicious with more than ...
by Kris Patten
January 17th, 2021, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Chateau La Providence, Pomerol
Replies: 7
Views: 264

Re: TN: 2011 Chateau La Providence, Pomerol

Mattstolz wrote: January 17th, 2021, 6:58 am ive seen these offers come through quite a bit in the last 6 months. ill have to pull the trigger on the next one.
All that closed out or discounted stock Stateside is long gone. Had the chance to take a few chunks of inventory when they were first offered to distributors.
by Kris Patten
January 17th, 2021, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 7
Views: 432

Re: TN: 1989 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Nice note...still have a single of this. Not sure if I am more impressed with note on wine or that you've had 10 WOTY candidates 17 days into the year!
by Kris Patten
January 16th, 2021, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best pairings
Replies: 83
Views: 3158

Re: best pairings

Sushi and Sauvignon Blanc BBQ and Zinfandel Salmon and Pinot noir Nicely charred steak with Cabernet Sauvignon Champagne with anything And of course the classic as said foie gras and sauternes Maybe due to PNW salmon being so fatty I don't find Pinot to be as good pairing of a pairing as Bordeaux o...
by Kris Patten
January 16th, 2021, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best pairings
Replies: 83
Views: 3158

Re: best pairings

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: January 16th, 2021, 3:39 pm Sushi and CdP, but only en magnum
In all seriousness I like CdP with salmon, tuna, and eel.
by Kris Patten
January 16th, 2021, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best pairings
Replies: 83
Views: 3158

Re: best pairings

Roast chicken and Chinon
Champagne and potato chips/popcorn
Burger and Napa Cab
Duck and Bordeaux
Dry-aged beef and aged Auslese
by Kris Patten
January 16th, 2021, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: American CdP
Replies: 19
Views: 567

Re: American CdP

For WA give the following a try...

Betz Besoleil
K Vintners The Boy
K Vintners Charlotte
Orr
Owen Roe Sinister Hand
Force Majeur Parvata
B. Leighton Gratitude
Kevin White Fraternite

Won't break bank either.
by Kris Patten
January 16th, 2021, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Tercero Mourvèdre Larner Vineyard
Replies: 5
Views: 349

Re: TN: 2013 Tercero Mourvèdre Larner Vineyard

2013 Tercero Mourvèdre Larner Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Ballard Canyon (1/13/2021) Can you really say "popped and poured" when the wine is under screw cap? Well anyway, I opened the bottle, and started in. I was immediately struck by a lighter, more delineated expression ...
by Kris Patten
January 14th, 2021, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 340
Views: 24473

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

Can't find the original thread, but props to Woodland Hills for delivering on the $125/btl 08 Comtes offer from November 2019. I never feared I'd be out the money, but when I saw the wholesale prices here & overseas, I estimated my chance of actually receiving the wine at the pre-arrival price ...
by Kris Patten
January 12th, 2021, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
Replies: 10
Views: 573

Re: TN: 1998 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion

I love this wine, its launch into the price stratosphere has been disappointing, albeit well deserved.
by Kris Patten
January 12th, 2021, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few good sips: fizz and burgs
Replies: 8
Views: 1091

Re: A few good sips: fizz and burgs

Thanks Kris. I wouldn't lump Dugat-Py into the modern camp. Serious vine age, extremely low yields, long elevage and wines that are absolutely built for the cellar. I definitely flipped on my incorrect assumption. That and you just don't see them where I live so never really got to test my assumpti...
by Kris Patten
January 12th, 2021, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Getting ready for Pouilly-Fuissé
Replies: 14
Views: 1173

Re: Getting ready for Pouilly-Fuissé

One of the big challenges faced in the US is getting out of the rut of discussing region and the historical Chardonnay hierarchy, it's less relevant today than ever, and discuss the quality of what is in the bottle. Great Chardonnay is just that, great Chardonnay. The diatribe that it is from Macon ...
by Kris Patten
January 11th, 2021, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few good sips: fizz and burgs
Replies: 8
Views: 1091

Re: A few good sips: fizz and burgs

RyanC wrote: January 9th, 2021, 12:20 pm Nice! Dugat-Py has become underrated.
I think I lumped Dugat-Py with Claude Dugat, Dominique Laurent, Perrot-Minot and a few others accused of being modern Burgundy.
by Kris Patten
January 11th, 2021, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel
Replies: 15
Views: 1030

Re: TN: 2016 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

B. Buzzini wrote: January 10th, 2021, 9:23 pm
Kris Patten wrote: January 10th, 2021, 8:26 am I forget how much I love this wine....ages well too.
Don’t know why...but I have a lone bottle of 89? Wonder how it compares to the legend big bro?
I think I have 1 1989 big bro left. If you make it north and it's still around bring the baby and I'll RIP it open.
by Kris Patten
January 11th, 2021, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 27
Views: 1989

Re: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs

I'm no scientist, but I found that leaving the stopper off (or loose) left me with more bubbles in the wine at the end of the day than if I sealed it tight and then released it at each account. Maybe the pressurization and subsequent release is worse for the wine than just a slow, natural release? ...
by Kris Patten
January 11th, 2021, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 27
Views: 1989

Re: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs

Day 3 and the fizz finally fizzled and left me with essentially a still Chardonnay. I never found the brioche or cream notes some have mentioned, too young of a wine IMO to develop those notes. It's definitely a high acid wine with lots of citrus and spice, while I am glad it tried it, will bury the...
by Kris Patten
January 10th, 2021, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 27
Views: 1989

Re: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs

Thanks for the note. I'm not a big champagne guy but I bought a couple of these to sock away. As I am innocent in the ways of champagne, I had imagined that it goes flattish if you leave it open for hours. Not so? How long can excellent champagne stay open before tragedy like that strikes? This win...
by Kris Patten
January 10th, 2021, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 27
Views: 1989

Re: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs

Thanks for the note. I'm not a big champagne guy but I bought a couple of these to sock away. As I am innocent in the ways of champagne, I had imagined that it goes flattish if you leave it open for hours. Not so? How long can excellent champagne stay open before tragedy like that strikes? Will let...
by Kris Patten
January 10th, 2021, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel
Replies: 15
Views: 1030

Re: TN: 2016 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

I forget how much I love this wine....ages well too.
by Kris Patten
January 9th, 2021, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 27
Views: 1989

TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs

Finally grabbed a case after talking about it and price for so long in other thread. Will follow it for a couple days but day 1 is over so notes below. Opened at 10am, followed for 10 hours. On opening very primary with notes of lemon and green apples back in fridge to revisit with some air. After 5...
by Kris Patten
January 9th, 2021, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Volpaia Chianti Classico
Replies: 13
Views: 864

Re: TN: 2015 Volpaia Chianti Classico

CC all day while your Riservas age.
by Kris Patten
January 9th, 2021, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few good sips: fizz and burgs
Replies: 8
Views: 1091

Re: A few good sips: fizz and burgs

Yes, great sounding wines from such a humble store. I don't know Martenot so well, but Tillers is a good vineyard. Javillier has a big holding and makes good wines that cost peanuts if you buy them in Burgundy. They even have a shop in the centre of the village where you can taste and buy wines as ...
by Kris Patten
January 9th, 2021, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Date Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 2615

Re: First Date Wines

I've done it a few times, if a girl said she was interested in wine, but never with any kind of lecture and certainly never with any kind of thought as to what the score of the wine is. Usually it's something that's going to be interesting enough not to annoy a somm but not interesting to detract f...

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