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by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 23rd, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Jean Foillard - Morgon "Côte du Py" (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)
Replies: 18
Views: 1069

Re: TN: 2011 Jean Foillard - Morgon "Côte du Py" (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)

2011 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon (7/27/2019) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over a couple hours -- NOSE: carbonic; cherry; cherry Twizzlers; not funky; hint of spearmint/camphor. BODY: cherry red color of medium depth with very slight bricking...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 23rd, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 3
Views: 203

TN: 2015 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

2015 Domaine de Chevalier - France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan (5/11/2019) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over 2 days -- -- 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot -- NOSE: oaky, with piercing dark red fruit aromas and floral tones; boysenberry; exp...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 23rd, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 66
Views: 2207

Re: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs

Modern Times - "Space Ways" NEIPA ---- very happy to see this seasonal shelfie come back around! Nelson hops FTW!

El Segundo - "White Dog" IPA ---- DDH w/Nelson. First time I've seen this in cans. Excellent.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 22nd, 2019, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1000
Views: 53578

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I looked at it, too. Recent (and not so recent) CT notes make it sounds like it's well past peak. Took a little look at the Percarlos, too, but notes on those weren't too hot, either.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 22nd, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: tablas creek 2006 Panoplie
Replies: 7
Views: 280

Re: tablas creek 2006 Panoplie

Hmmmmm, interesting. I have a mag. of this. Perhaps time to drink? I've some other vintages, too ... man, I always thought this would be a long ager! Now I'm a little panicky.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 21st, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben-Thanisch) - Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
Replies: 8
Views: 237

Re: TN: 2015 Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben-Thanisch) - Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

This is my first go with a Thanisch, as well. It has become exceedingly obvious to me that I have a major crush on 2015 German Rieslings --- to the extent that I probably love wines in that vintage that I wouldn't otherwise love. Just as an FYI.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 21st, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Pichon Lalande - Réserve de la Comtesse (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 4
Views: 504

Re: TN: 2016 Pichon Lalande - Réserve de la Comtesse (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

hmmmmm ... I'll have to try the Bellegrave. For my preferences, the only Bdx. that is cheaper (current release) that I think is better is Cantemerle, and that's really a toss-up. Obviously, my opinion is only re: the wines I've had. FWIW, wines with "an herbal thing" tend to appeal to me, so there's...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 21st, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine de la Pépière - Muscadet "Les Gras Moutons" (France, Loire Valley, Pays Nantais, Muscadet)
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine de la Pépière - Muscadet "Les Gras Moutons" (France, Loire Valley, Pays Nantais, Muscadet)

Brian in this context what did you mean by “loose”? When I see that word I think “flabby” but then with the strong acidity I wouldn’t think that would be it. Hi Jason, Yes, you are right that I wouldn't call this flabby. I called it "loose" because it doesn't seem well-put-together; I have the sens...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 21st, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben-Thanisch) - Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
Replies: 8
Views: 237

TN: 2015 Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben-Thanisch) - Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

2015 Wwe. Dr. H. Thanisch (Erben-Thanisch) Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Kabinett - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer (7/17/2019) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over a few hours -- -- AP #: … 05 16 -- NOSE: medium-light petrol; slightly honeyed, with light fruit flavors; nectarine is the only s...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 21st, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Pichon Lalande - Réserve de la Comtesse (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 4
Views: 504

TN: 2016 Pichon Lalande - Réserve de la Comtesse (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

2016 Réserve de la Comtesse - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac (7/16/2019) -- decanted immediately before initial taste -- -- tasted non-blind over three hours -- NOSE: blackberry jam; medium oak; nice little savory streak; smells like it will have good acidity on the palate; hint of spearmint aft...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 20th, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine Guiberteau - Saumur Rouge (France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur)
Replies: 8
Views: 321

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine Guiberteau - Saumur Rouge (France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur)

I’ve never been moved by this Domaine. Nice wine but not distinct or interesting enough to me to justify the price. Fair enough. Just so we're clear, this bottle costs about $25. I think it's a neat alternative to Pinot or Gamay (or a D&R Mourvedre; or any other light-bodied red). Some of the singl...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 20th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine Guiberteau - Saumur Rouge (France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur)
Replies: 8
Views: 321

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine Guiberteau - Saumur Rouge (France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur)

hi Brodie,

Thanks for chiming-in! I believe I have a lone bottle of the '14 Motelles --- I've not tried any vintage of that bottling. I was probably going to give it at least a couple more years, unless I shouldn't ... ?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 20th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Domaine Huet - Vouvray Pétillant Brut (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)
Replies: 8
Views: 292

Re: TN: 2013 Domaine Huet - Vouvray Pétillant Brut (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)

I was not aware there is a reserve; I'll keep an eye out for it. About how much should I expect to spend on it?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 20th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine Guiberteau - Saumur Rouge (France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur)
Replies: 8
Views: 321

TN: 2017 Domaine Guiberteau - Saumur Rouge (France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur)

2017 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur - France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur (7/10/2019) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over a couple hours on Day 1, and then revisited on Day 6 -- Some garrigue on the Nose, which didn't have loads of classic Cab. Franc bell pepper; no brett on the Nose...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 20th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine de la Pépière - Muscadet "Les Gras Moutons" (France, Loire Valley, Pays Nantais, Muscadet)
Replies: 4
Views: 267

TN: 2017 Domaine de la Pépière - Muscadet "Les Gras Moutons" (France, Loire Valley, Pays Nantais, Muscadet)

2017 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Les Gras Moutons - France, Loire Valley, Pays Nantais, Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine (7/8/2019) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over a couple hours -- NOSE: savory and high-toned; gooseberry, but not to be confused with ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 20th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Château Canon (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Replies: 6
Views: 253

TN: 1996 Château Canon (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)

1996 Château Canon - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (7/5/2019) -- decanted immediately before initial taste -- -- tasted non-blind over a couple hours -- NOSE: black tea; camphor; eucalyptus; strong mineral earthy; plenty of tertiary character to go around here. BODY: dark garn...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 20th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Southing (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)
Replies: 9
Views: 871

Re: TN: 2007 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Southing (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)

2007 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Southing - USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills (6/19/2019) -- decanted immediately before initial taste -- -- tasted non-blind over 2 – 3 hours -- NOSE: high-toned (perhaps some lift from the alcohol); mostly red-fruited (ripe red berries), veering just a bit t...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 20th, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Faustino González - Fino En Rama Cruz Vieja (Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry)
Replies: 0
Views: 71

TN: NV Faustino González - Fino En Rama Cruz Vieja (Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry)

NV Bodegas Faustino González Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Fino en rama Cruz Vieja - Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry (6/13/2019) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over a couple hours -- -- Lot 17310 (presumably, this means it was bottled in November of 2017) -- NOSE: rich; slightly honeyed Fino...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 20th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Domaine Huet - Vouvray Pétillant Brut (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)
Replies: 8
Views: 292

TN: 2013 Domaine Huet - Vouvray Pétillant Brut (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)

2013 Domaine Huet Vouvray Pétillant Brut - France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray Pétillant (6/13/2019) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over a couple hours -- Bright pale yellow color. Bubbles mostly dissipated within a few minutes of opening. Dry and crisp. Very nice, but lacking anyt...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 20th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Mas de Boislauzon Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 4
Views: 334

Re: TN: 2007 Mas de Boislauzon Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2007 Mas de Boislauzon Châteauneuf-du-Pape - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (6/12/2019) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over 2 – 3 hours -- -- 80% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre, 10% Syrah -- NOSE: very ripe red and purple fruits; a bit earthy, with some black licorice lean...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 19th, 2019, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trying to locate a 2008 Domaine de Chevalier rouge.
Replies: 10
Views: 602

Re: Trying to locate a 2008 Domaine de Chevalier rouge.

Could also do a WTB post in the Commer Corner.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 18th, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399139

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

I think black licorice is a hallmark of the Centennial hop.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 17th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399139

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Well, hell ... nice pull, Bud!!

I'm having one of my Bloom & Blossom right now. It seems to have gone a little black licorice-y over the past week, which garners no complaints from me.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 17th, 2019, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Renardat-Fâche Vin du Bugey-Cerdon (France, Savoie, Vin du Bugey-Cerdon)
Replies: 24
Views: 489

Re: TN: 2017 Renardat-Fâche Vin du Bugey-Cerdon (France, Savoie, Vin du Bugey-Cerdon)

Intriguing! Thanks for posting. This is one I've never heard of --- it looks and sounds nice. Is it purely fruity, or are there some other tones, as well?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 15th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Haut Brion
Replies: 11
Views: 599

Re: 2005 Haut Brion

What are you missing? At least 20 additional years of patience.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 14th, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red/white blends have you tried?
Replies: 54
Views: 1258

Re: What red/white blends have you tried?

Musar's rosé
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 14th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399139

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Pizza Port - "Swami's" IPA
Firestone- "Mind Haze" NEIPA
Monkish - "Bloom and Blossom" NEIIPA
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 12th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399139

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

LOL!!

Yeah, Rick has painted himself deeeep into the No IPA corner.

You know who else did that, once upon a time? Monkish. And now ... well ... you know. :)
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 11th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25719

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Has anyone discussed how the Haut Medoc came to be a wine growing area?? Dutch engineers drained marshes and turned swampland into famous vineyards. They did similar work near Poitiers and the result is the Marais Poitevin.... And various different wonderful things have been done and built by slave...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 11th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25719

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Yes, it's true. Being environmentally-conscious is difficult, inconvenient, and expensive. It's also important and necessary. I'd rather sacrifice a little now, and have greater levels of success, than sacrifice more later with lower levels of success.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 11th, 2019, 1:12 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399139

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Gentle Reminder is excellent. I particularly like it on the colder side.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 9th, 2019, 9:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16237
Views: 399139

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

That beer is not supposed to be a NEIPA, Andrew. It's probably my favorite of their lineup. Or, more precisely, it's not supposed to be a "hazy", as the term is used these days.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 9th, 2019, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan
Replies: 45
Views: 1738

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan

I get what Robert is saying. "Interesting" and "good" are not the same things, and they're not always found together. In fact, sometimes you get more of one in exchange for less of the other.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 9th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2014 & 2015 Carl Loewen - Longuicher Maximiner Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
Replies: 7
Views: 223

Re: TNs: 2014 & 2015 Carl Loewen - Longuicher Maximiner Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

David, are these the same "Herrenberg" vines Von Schubert has access to? (Von Schubert Maximin Grünhäuser Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett) And *I* wasn't going to "go there" with an aggressive longevity opinion, but I don't doubt your opinion at all. These '15s are just sooooo damn good ... hard to kee...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 9th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature
Replies: 43
Views: 1393

Re: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature

For how long as Marguet been no sulfur? I have to admit, that does scare me a bit.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 9th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2014 & 2015 Carl Loewen - Longuicher Maximiner Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
Replies: 7
Views: 223

TNs: 2014 & 2015 Carl Loewen - Longuicher Maximiner Herrenberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

A couple years ago I took a flyer on a bottle of the '15, and it has been my all-time favorite Kabinett since that time. I've explored the immediately adjacent vintages, both of which are very nice, and are great QPRs in their own right, but the '15 is simply in its own class. I've purchased two and...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 8th, 2019, 11:27 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Breweries to visit in San Diego?
Replies: 16
Views: 541

Re: Breweries to visit in San Diego?

+2 (or 3) re: MT coffee being good. If you're a coffee geek, however, it's probably more a B- to B than it is an A.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 8th, 2019, 5:54 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Breweries to visit in San Diego?
Replies: 16
Views: 541

Re: Breweries to visit in San Diego?

Enjoy, Scott! The pizzas are good, too.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 8th, 2019, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Grands Carmes de Simone Vin de Pays des Bouches-du-Rhône (France, Provence, Vin de Pays des Bouches-du-Rhone)
Replies: 0
Views: 202

TN: 2014 Grands Carmes de Simone Vin de Pays des Bouches-du-Rhône (France, Provence, Vin de Pays des Bouches-du-Rhone)

2014 Grands Carmes de Simone Vin de Pays des Bouches-du-Rhône - France, Provence, Vin de Pays des Bouches-du-Rhône (5/5/2019) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted non blind over a couple hours on Day 1; revisited a day or two later, too -- NOSE: apple; "winey"; light notes of wool, hay, and grass; aga...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 8th, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature
Replies: 43
Views: 1393

Re: 2014 Marguet Le Parc Grand Cru brut nature

Thanks, Claus. My '14's are still on pre-Arrival, and they represent my first dance with Marguet's wines. The Le Parc is the one I'm most looking forward to.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 8th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25719

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

There are tests you can take to see if you are a racist. They're pretty damned clever. [...] I seriously doubt that more than a tiny minority of Americans could pass those tests with flying colors. Those tests are fascinating, and for people willing to submit to taking one (or more) and acknowledgi...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 8th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Breweries to visit in San Diego?
Replies: 16
Views: 541

Re: Breweries to visit in San Diego?

Ummmmmm... Pizza Port!!! They do many different beer styles, but they especially shine with their IPAs. It would be criminal for you to not visit them when you're in town.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
August 8th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1000
Views: 53578

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

A '98 La Grande Dame I had last year had not aged very well at all, imo.

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