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by Keith A k e r s
April 19th, 2021, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: USA Chardonnay that might impress a French zealot of white Burgundy?
Replies: 48
Views: 1585

Re: USA Chardonnay that might impress a French zealot of white Burgundy?

flexible on both, Keith Thanks this just makes it fun [cheers.gif] I don't know what's available locally for you, but if you're going a more french-ish route, then definitely put some Walter Scott or Goodfellow in front of them (Liquid Farm as well). people have mentioned Ceritas as something more ...
by Keith A k e r s
April 19th, 2021, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: USA Chardonnay that might impress a French zealot of white Burgundy?
Replies: 48
Views: 1585

Re: USA Chardonnay that might impress a French zealot of white Burgundy?

I list my few on-hand bottles of American Chardonnay below. I am looking for suggestions on which of these might impress a French guest who loves white Burgundy. Beyond that, I would welcome other suggestions for USA Chardonnay that might be “eye-opening” (in a good way) for a French white Burgundy...
by Keith A k e r s
April 17th, 2021, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your "hit rate" for old Nebbiolo?
Replies: 18
Views: 993

Re: What is your "hit rate" for old Nebbiolo?

I think my success rate with Nebbiolo older than 1982 is probably about 30%, with 40% of wines being crap, and the remainder fair to middling, which is probably just the way the wines were and not due to storage. I have also become less forgiving of shitty old wines, and have found that some people...
by Keith A k e r s
April 12th, 2021, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Piedmont Vintages Are You Backfilling?
Replies: 37
Views: 1878

Re: What Piedmont Vintages Are You Backfilling?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: April 12th, 2021, 5:08 pm
I am actually happy that I have a decent amount of 2007. It tastes good now!

^completely this. I never open an 07 expecting a classical Barolo/Barbaresco, but they sure can be tasty and enjoyable. If I want something to drink now, I'm happy to buy or open an 07
by Keith A k e r s
April 10th, 2021, 5:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Cristal now a grower champagne?
Replies: 62
Views: 2466

Re: Is Cristal now a grower champagne?

Is there a case production that you think of as qualifying a producer to be “grower”? That’s kind of how I think of it. In addition to thinking a grower champagne should be able to show some sense of vineyard origin, which a half a million bottle cuvee cannot do in my mind. The definition of a grow...
by Keith A k e r s
April 9th, 2021, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Cristal now a grower champagne?
Replies: 62
Views: 2466

Re: Is Cristal now a grower champagne?

I think we should just be looking at the quality of the work, from the vineyard to the glass. This makes the most sense (as expected from William). I believe the legal definition of grower (RM) and negociant (NM) is what should determine how we refer to them, but that doesn't mean that you can't ha...
by Keith A k e r s
April 9th, 2021, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Cristal now a grower champagne?
Replies: 62
Views: 2466

Re: Is Cristal now a grower champagne?

William Kelley wrote: April 9th, 2021, 12:03 pm
I think we should just be looking at the quality of the work, from the vineyard to the glass.
completely agree. It's why in the past couple of years I've done my best to look past what worked in the lexicon a decade ago and focus on what's actually in the glass
by Keith A k e r s
April 9th, 2021, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Cristal now a grower champagne?
Replies: 62
Views: 2466

Re: Is Cristal now a grower champagne?

By that logic, Clos des Goisses, Clos de Mesnil, Clos d'Ambonnay, and a whole host of other tete-de-cuvees would be grower champagnes too. Why aren’t they? There are grower champagnes we know and love that also make negotiant wines. Are Prevost facsimile and beguines no longer grower champagnes bec...
by Keith A k e r s
April 8th, 2021, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum James Berry Vineyard ... Collectible ?
Replies: 41
Views: 1528

Re: Saxum James Berry Vineyard ... Collectible ?

There is no logic here - it has more to do with tradition IMHO than anything else. Also, unless it's pinot or cab-based, can it really be 'collectible' domestically in many folks' eyes? Does production volume come in to play? Cheers Idk, northern rhone seems pretty collectible atm. Northern Rhone i...
by Keith A k e r s
April 7th, 2021, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ponzi Vineyards purchased by Bollinger
Replies: 48
Views: 2268

Re: Ponzi Vineyards purchased by Bollinger

Seems to be a different sort of reaction to this than when KJ buys stuff up here. Just saying. Gallo would've gotten an awful reaction as well. But, we haven't really seen Bolly disrespect a brand that they have purchased (that I can think of). So, the lack of vitriol makes sense. That said, I do h...
by Keith A k e r s
April 3rd, 2021, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we BYOB? (Post-COVID)
Replies: 115
Views: 5079

Re: Should we BYOB?

i have always viewed corkage as an overall plus for the restaurant when I utilize it. if I buy a bottle off the list, it will likely be A BOTTLE and likely one of the cheaper ones. When we bring something for corkage, typically we dont feel bad about getting a cocktail first, or a glass or two to p...
by Keith A k e r s
April 1st, 2021, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Ca'Növa
Replies: 10
Views: 671

Re: La Ca'Növa

I’m not all too surprised that a 14 from them may be shut down right now. It was a cooler and more classic vintage for Barbaresco and there’s a good bit of nuance to the wines. If you let others sleep for a few more years, I think you’ll be quite happy with what you have
by Keith A k e r s
April 1st, 2021, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind
Replies: 160
Views: 8459

Re: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind

Blind tasting Oregon vs burgundy isn’t really something I feel accomplishes much outside of patting oneself on the back. Actually, quite the opposite....unless humility and back patting somehow go together. [berserker.gif] RT Exactly! It accomplishes knowing whether or not they really do “provide c...
by Keith A k e r s
March 31st, 2021, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Pierre Peters Champgne l'Esprit
Replies: 0
Views: 222

TN: 2015 Pierre Peters Champgne l'Esprit

2015 Pierre Péters Champagne Grand Cru l'Esprit - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (3/30/2021) Nose: The nose is fragrant and balanced with white fruits, green apples, lemon peels, peaches, almonds, acacia flowers, biscuits, warm dough, crushed rocks, and baking spices. There is excellent dep...
by Keith A k e r s
March 30th, 2021, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent Cristals
Replies: 29
Views: 2634

Re: Recent Cristals

I have no idea. Have 12 and am seeing 13 for sale, heard a rumor . . . wondering. Trying to get a thread going about Cristal. It’s getting better and better. as a vintage, the producers I met and talked to two years ago really liked what 12 brought slightly more than what 13 brought. I've liked the...
by Keith A k e r s
March 28th, 2021, 10:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind
Replies: 160
Views: 8459

Re: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind

We have a lot of room for elevation gain. but, does elevation really help here? Pinot Noir clearly ripens beautifully already in the willamette and does Pinot really require the elevation gains that thick-skinned grapes need? I'm not exposed to much Central Otago Pinot here in Chicago, but I don't ...
by Keith A k e r s
March 28th, 2021, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind
Replies: 160
Views: 8459

Re: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind

I hope that the BF team is still around. They came out to visit a few years ago, and were a really wonderful group. I can’t speak for the whole team, but Mia has definitely been on some of the education zooms I’ve been on and is still in minny the last time I noticed. I do hope that many of them ha...
by Keith A k e r s
March 28th, 2021, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind
Replies: 160
Views: 8459

Re: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind

Red Burgundy and Oregon Pinot provide completely different experiences and that's the fun of it for me. Taste enough of them blind and together (especially young) and you might be surprised how often the experiences aren't easily differentiated. Everyone is confident of their tasting knowledge and ...
by Keith A k e r s
March 28th, 2021, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind
Replies: 160
Views: 8459

Re: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind

That has to mean you know more about Oregon Pinots than Burgundy. I have the exact opposite history. Sounds good. We don't get great Burgundy in MN so educate me on these great wines under $50.00. giving blanket recs without knowing what is and isn't available can be tough when going from state to ...
by Keith A k e r s
March 28th, 2021, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind
Replies: 160
Views: 8459

Re: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind

I drink them differently, pair them with different foods. Great wines, that I have shared with friends over Zoom. I like having both in the cellar. this quote right here is why I'm glad I read through the thread before posting, ha! This also perfectly sums up the problem with the argument itself. W...
by Keith A k e r s
March 24th, 2021, 8:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"
Replies: 104
Views: 5346

Re: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"

Arianna! Indeed. Nice piece. Will sales spike? Just got an email blast from Woodland Hills for her Frappato. RT After greatly enjoying a 14 Frappato in January, I have been checking WS Pro frequently, and Illinois just sucks. And alky can't be shipped into state from retailers. Robertito, Take a lo...
by Keith A k e r s
February 25th, 2021, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo - Rising Stars
Replies: 65
Views: 7144

Re: Barolo - Rising Stars

we can now stop talking about them before people figure out how good the wines are [cheers.gif]
by Keith A k e r s
February 25th, 2021, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo - Rising Stars
Replies: 65
Views: 7144

Re: Barolo - Rising Stars

John, I recently drank Brezza's 2007 Sarmassa and found it to be, although quite well made, on the rich and polished side. Is that a function of the warm vintage or the winemaking? I think that's what the vintage brings as opposed to winemaking. Brezza is about as a traditional as it gets and their...
by Keith A k e r s
February 12th, 2021, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christophe Mignon's Champagnes?
Replies: 9
Views: 815

Re: Christophe Mignon's Champagnes?

Adam Bitker wrote: February 12th, 2021, 7:56 am Very well made and terrific value imo
when the f*ck did you start posting here? champagne.gif


^what adam said is spot on. Their base NV and rose are pretty available and well worth drinking
by Keith A k e r s
February 5th, 2021, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Marc Hebrart Rive Gauche/Rive Droite Extra-Brut
Replies: 0
Views: 186

TN: 2012 Marc Hebrart Rive Gauche/Rive Droite Extra-Brut

2012 Marc Hébrart Champagne Grand Cru Rive Gauche / Rive Droite Extra Brut - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (2/4/2021) Nose: The nose is deep and complex, filled with red apples, pears, mint, chamomile, quince, cinnamon, crushed rocks, green tea, biscuits, stone fruit, yellow flowers, vanil...
by Keith A k e r s
February 3rd, 2021, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Brunellos!
Replies: 54
Views: 6589

Re: 2016 Brunellos!

Have you tasted Baricci 2014? Producer, arguably the most traditional Producer in all of Montalcino, and terroir, the only Producer in Montalcino with 100% of vineyards in Montosoli, transcend vintage generalizations. While I’m more than certain tbere were a few good 14s, on the whole, it’ll be a b...
by Keith A k e r s
February 3rd, 2021, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Brunellos!
Replies: 54
Views: 6589

Re: 2016 Brunellos!

Arguably some successes if you like the style in 2008. I wouldn't take any chances vs 2014 Have you tasted Baricci 2014? Producer, arguably the most traditional Producer in all of Montalcino, and terroir, the only Producer in Montalcino with 100% of vineyards in Montosoli, transcend vintage general...
by Keith A k e r s
February 2nd, 2021, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Egly-Ouriet Champagne Les Prémices (France, Champagne)
Replies: 9
Views: 697

Re: TN: NV Egly-Ouriet Champagne Les Prémices (France, Champagne)

Hi Illkka, As it would be I recently had this as well. Looking at their description and the price point I kinda felt like this would be their version of what Bereche’s Brut Reserve is. Maybe that isn’t fair to Egly, but this is at a higher price point than Bereche and isn’t as good as Bereche (thoug...
by Keith A k e r s
February 1st, 2021, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Brunellos!
Replies: 54
Views: 6589

Re: 2016 Brunellos!

What’s the vintage supposed to be like? Have any of you tasted any of these yet? I was lucky enough to be out there at harvest and producers were completely buzzing about the vintage. I know I know I know, we expect them to say that. But, the ones I went to were very honest about 11/12/13/14 and I ...
by Keith A k e r s
January 28th, 2021, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Domaine Faury St. Joseph
Replies: 2
Views: 404

Re: TN: 2018 Domaine Faury St. Joseph

L e e H olland wrote: January 28th, 2021, 10:53 am Thanks for the note. I will try to hold off trying mine for a few years.

No prob! I need to re-up on some of these to age. I really like what’s here, but it just needs to shed some baby fat
by Keith A k e r s
January 28th, 2021, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Domaine Faury St. Joseph
Replies: 2
Views: 404

TN: 2018 Domaine Faury St. Joseph

2018 Domaine Faury St. Joseph - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph (1/9/2021) Nose: There is a juiciness to the nose with a good bit of black cherries, raspberries, and blackberries accompanied by tones of violets, black pepper, and crushed rocks. Even with it seeing a lot of air, this does ...
by Keith A k e r s
January 25th, 2021, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2019 Donnhoff GGs+2011 GK friends
Replies: 14
Views: 992

Re: TNs: 2019 Donnhoff GGs+2011 GK friends

Thank you so much for putting this tasting together Keith. Great notes too. Most wines were very good but some were exceptional. I didn’t take formal notes but the two 2011s were fantastic. I put the 2011 Brucke as my WOTN. I did not get the leve of aromatics for the 2019 Hermannshohle as you did. ...
by Keith A k e r s
January 25th, 2021, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storing wine in a passive cellar
Replies: 43
Views: 2432

Re: Storing wine in a passive cellar

Don't worry. As long you won't intend to store for more than 50 years.. . It's ok. ^pretty much this. To put it into reference, for nearly a decade I used my mom's unfinished basement for passive storage. It was slightly colder than what you listed, but there were two big floods that KO'd the HVAC ...
by Keith A k e r s
January 25th, 2021, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2019 Donnhoff GGs+2011 GK friends
Replies: 14
Views: 992

Re: TNs: 2019 Donnhoff GGs+GK friends

Great notes, thanks Keith. I've got the 2019 versions of all them except the Roxheimer coming soon! One comment - you could clarify the title , as I thought the GKA notes you were posting were also for 2019... and I almost missed that they were the 2011s. I was about to comment on the infanticide.....
by Keith A k e r s
January 25th, 2021, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2019 Donnhoff GGs+2011 GK friends
Replies: 14
Views: 992

TNs: 2019 Donnhoff GGs+2011 GK friends

2019 DONNHOFF GGS+GK FRIENDS - Zoom, Chicago, IL (1/16/2021) Ben was in town and Jordan J had expressed a strong desire to dig into more riesling in 21. This felt like a great spot to combine the both 2019 Dönnhoff Roxheimer Höllenpfad Riesling im Mühlenberg Großes Gewächs - Germany, Nahe Nose: Eve...
by Keith A k e r s
January 23rd, 2021, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone else prefer Champagne to not be overly yeasty?
Replies: 51
Views: 2839

Re: Does anyone else prefer Champagne to not be overly yeasty?

The closest good wine store to me is Total Wines. I live in New York so there are a lot of good wine shops in the boroughs, but I live in the suburbs and the standard selection in my vicinity is very subpar (just Moet, Cliquot, and Dom). I use Wine.com and for my birthday, I have an order of Lauren...
by Keith A k e r s
January 23rd, 2021, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone else prefer Champagne to not be overly yeasty?
Replies: 51
Views: 2839

Re: Does anyone else prefer Champagne to not be overly yeasty?

Hi Lowell, I’m definitely someone who prefers more fruit and mineral driven champagne. While there will be growers/small houses like Egly-Ouriet who will go long on the lees contact (that’s where you are getting the yeasty notes), many need cash flow and won’t go as long. To start, look towards the ...
by Keith A k e r s
January 20th, 2021, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not much Australia talk here...
Replies: 90
Views: 5428

Re: Not much Australia talk here...

I'd say because a lot of the really good ones which people here would be interested in are not only expensive but almost impossible to find. Try to track down Mount Mary, Wendouree, Cyril Henschke, etc. in the US and see how far it gets you. ^this is the answer really. Add in that the talented wine...
by Keith A k e r s
January 14th, 2021, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Burgundies as winnings from a FF League: what do I have? (Chavy, Parent)
Replies: 9
Views: 939

Re: Two Burgundies as winnings from a FF League: what do I have? (Chavy, Parent)

Awesome. Thanks, Chris and Robert. The entire 8-person league ante'd the following in total, so it's a fun league for sure. 2016 Chateau Clerc Milon Pauillac 2014 Chateau Malescot St. Exupery 2 x 2012 Domaine Parent Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots 2015 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion Pessac-Leognan 2013 ...
by Keith A k e r s
January 13th, 2021, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Rocche Costamagna Barolo Rocche Dell'Annunziata
Replies: 0
Views: 133

TN: 2015 Rocche Costamagna Barolo Rocche Dell'Annunziata

2015 Rocche Costamagna Barolo Rocche Dell'Annunziata - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo (1/12/2021) Nose: It took a good 5+ hours of being open to really express itself, but there is a lovely red-fruited femininity to the nose with red cherries, raspberries, licorice, mint, crushed rocks, violets, m...
by Keith A k e r s
January 12th, 2021, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Classifying farmer fizz
Replies: 100
Views: 4888

Re: Classifying farmer fizz

Howard, If I had to rank the producers who I think are in the top tier in Champange they would be the six that follow. I enjoy wines from all of these producers, but not all of them are my personal favorites. My top tier is based on a mix of historical track record, respect for vision/practices, an...
by Keith A k e r s
January 11th, 2021, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Port aged in "Pipes?"
Replies: 5
Views: 466

Re: Port aged in "Pipes?"

it's a traditional port aging cask that is around 550L


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by Keith A k e r s
January 11th, 2021, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tragedy at Celler Vall Llach in Priorat
Replies: 15
Views: 1718

Re: Tragedy at Celler Vall Llach in Priorat

That is awful, I have really enjoyed some of their wines in their fruity youth. I didn't even know that Priorato could get snow? Isn't it a Mediterranean clime? it's actually a continental climate and it can see up to 50 degree swings in temps during the season. It effectively exists in a bowl with...
by Keith A k e r s
January 10th, 2021, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP
Replies: 145
Views: 10006

Re: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP

oh my god. Wow. RIP Frank
by Keith A k e r s
January 9th, 2021, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Benjamin Leroux Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embazées
Replies: 0
Views: 197

TN: 2017 Benjamin Leroux Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embazées

2017 Benjamin Leroux Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Embazées - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru (1/6/2021) Nose: The nose is fresh and balanced with pears, vanilla, apples, meyer lemons, oils, mineral tones, white flowers, limes, and saline notes. There is very good ...
by Keith A k e r s
January 4th, 2021, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 6 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Sparklers - Nate M for International Justice Mission - DEC30 - JAN6
Replies: 80
Views: 2359

Re: Week 6 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Sparklers - Nate M for International Justice Mission - DEC30 - JAN6

2013 Champagne Suenen Champagne Grand Cru "Les Robarts" Extra Brut Millésime - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (1/1/2021) New Year's Day Hair of the Dog-Grower Champagne style (Newk's hideout, Bucktown, Chicago, IL) : Nose: And next to the La Montaigu, this is exactly what I expect...
by Keith A k e r s
December 31st, 2020, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Green hue in my Chardonnay - what does it mean?
Replies: 30
Views: 2652

Re: Green hue in my Chardonnay - what does it mean?

It's a young wine. Probably is picked relatively early and / or hasn't seen much oak or aged that long in oxidative environment, because those tend to make the color more yellow. Most white wines have a green hue to them in their youth - some have more, some less. ^this is the answer a green hue in...
by Keith A k e r s
December 31st, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "a crisis unlike anything the Champagne region has ever seen"
Replies: 46
Views: 3886

Re: "a crisis unlike anything the Champagne region has ever seen"

I think this is the third of these types of articles that have been discussed here; this is an issue that’s going to affect mass market bottles, not the stuff the board discusses. My purchases of Marguet, Collin and Taittinger weren’t significantly cheaper this year, lol. nor were Bereche prices no...
by Keith A k e r s
December 31st, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Classifying farmer fizz
Replies: 100
Views: 4888

Re: Classifying farmer fizz

I think both Lanson and Jacquesson buy grapes even if the latter mostly farms theirs so strictly speaking they are not supposed to be here (Lanson especially so). Bereche also purchases fruit. Damn, you’re so right and I totally forgot. I’ve only had one of their nego wines and didn’t find it to ha...
by Keith A k e r s
December 31st, 2020, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Classifying farmer fizz
Replies: 100
Views: 4888

Re: Classifying farmer fizz

I think both Lanson and Jacquesson buy grapes even if the latter mostly farms theirs so strictly speaking they are not supposed to be here (Lanson especially so). Bereche also purchases fruit. Such are reasons that I have disdained the term grower and have focused more on referring to such producer...

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