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by MitchTallan
July 19th, 2019, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 67
Views: 6926

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

mitch - i take it you didnt order A month or two back, Florida Jim Cowan tasted through three or four SQN's and expressed my sentiments. I've tasted about ten of them. I was right there when Rudy drove in at the exact moment a half-barrel of HdR SQN Grenache came up at auction to scoop it up irresp...
by MitchTallan
July 18th, 2019, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 67
Views: 6926

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

Gil H wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Does anyone have pictures of the labels and box?
Classic. When you get your first shipment, be sure to take pics for your scrapbook. In the privacy of your abode you can even rub yourself on the bottles.
by MitchTallan
July 9th, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinots with some age, a surprise and a shocker
Replies: 20
Views: 1970

Re: Pinots with some age, a surprise and a shocker

Jim Prosser's wines don't get much mention here, not as much as they deserve. I have a hard time keeping up with the vineyard designations. I have them in the cellar dating back to '02 and other than the Provocateur (a little too monolithic and fruit forward though enjoyable enough), I have loved ev...
by MitchTallan
July 5th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 134
Views: 7646

Re: Top US Syrahs

IMHO, the saying "there are no great old wines, just great bottles of old wine" applies equally to Syrah. To a lesser extent, Tom Hill's saying about pet that you "need to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince(ss) applies too. When a Syrah misses the mark, it is incredibly boring. But when Syrah hits...
by MitchTallan
June 29th, 2019, 6:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is the Weber Genesis still the best?
Replies: 25
Views: 1253

Re: Is the Weber Genesis still the best?

I picked up one of these this Spring and love it https://www.amazon.com/Weber-15502001-Performer-Charcoal-22-Inch/dp/B00N634VD0/ref=asc_df_B00N634VD0/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=167145798705&hvpos=1o3&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8475776126421578765&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvloc...
by MitchTallan
June 21st, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Norlan whiskey glass
Replies: 10
Views: 644

Re: Norlan whiskey glass

I have 4 of these I received for my birthday last year. I don’t notice a difference as compared to a normal glencairn type glass Bob Same here. My wife bought me a set and I don't think they do anything. They are annoying though; if you soak them or place them in a dishwasher, there is a small hole...
by MitchTallan
June 16th, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette/McMinnville
Replies: 21
Views: 1694

Re: Willamette/McMinnville

I guess your BSA summer camp does not have scary ghost stories told in grave yards late at night. Ours did. My parents had to make a three hour drive in the middle of the night to rescue my younger brother who was unconsolable with dread that zombies would enter his tent and that his throat would be...
by MitchTallan
June 15th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Gems from OR (under $40 too) 16 B. House 'Cascadia' Chard - 16 Kelley Fox Momtazi Pinot
Replies: 4
Views: 503

Re: TN: Two Gems from OR (under $40 too) 16 B. House 'Cascadia' Chard - 16 Kelley Fox Momtazi Pinot

Drinking the '13 KF Momtazi as I type this and it is similar to what you describe though I must ask you, what are the characteristics of aldehyde? (other than chubbiness). Or to ask it differently, how does one detect aldehyde? Anyhow, the '13 poured the lightest shade of red one will see this side ...
by MitchTallan
June 12th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Patricia Green Estate
Replies: 5
Views: 817

Re: 2017 Patricia Green Estate

Mitch, great note. The Balcombe vineyard is in the Dundee Hills and the PGC Estate is in the Ribbon Ridge. The Bonshaw and Etzel bottlings are from the PGC Estate. James Aww crap. You are right of course. As I was typing I was questioning myself on that but felt confident enough to hit send without...
by MitchTallan
June 12th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Patricia Green Estate
Replies: 5
Views: 817

Re: 2017 Patricia Green Estate

The '17 Estate is unusually "classy". I don't know how to define what makes a certain wine "classy" as opposed to most other similar wines though I know what I mean. Powerful, graceful, refined, and polished all at the same time. I have 2002 Balcombe 1B left in my cellar and this wine reminded me of...
by MitchTallan
June 12th, 2019, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Patricia Green Estate
Replies: 5
Views: 817

2017 Patricia Green Estate

I believe there was a thread on the '17 Reserve recently. Haven't had it. But I did open a bottle of this last night. Picked up at an Ohio retailer for $37. Being a wine club member I have two cases of upper tier '17 PG's in the cellar and don't intend to open any of those for a while. Having been a...
by MitchTallan
June 10th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: When Tom Hill comes to town
Replies: 11
Views: 1140

Re: TN: When Tom Hill comes to town

I hope he did not show your kids his codpiece. They would need intensive psychiatric intervention. My first sight of Tom was at a Templeton B&B at HdR 2001 and he was playing basketball with the host's son whom I want to recall as "Connor" or "Spencer" but I am sure I am wrong. Tom was wearing short...
by MitchTallan
June 2nd, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jaffurs futures release
Replies: 13
Views: 1047

Re: Jaffurs futures release

Drank a Jaffurs Viognier five or six nights ago. 2016 I think. I have grown pretty critical of most Viogniers. This one made the grade. It had cut to it.
by MitchTallan
May 28th, 2019, 4:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy treachery
Replies: 68
Views: 4011

Re: Burgundy treachery

1) Ever since my first older red burgundies I had as a teenager, red burgundy has always had both the reputation and the practical effect of being 'beautifully inconsistent.' Bottle variation, vintage weirdness, a bottle that Sings angelically followed by a wine from the same case that is 'fine.' T...
by MitchTallan
May 16th, 2019, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two From Prima IlConsorzio..(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 153

Re: TN: Two From Prima IlConsorzio..(short/boring)

I just had the '17 Chidaine Touraine last night. Picked it up for $13.99 Ohio Unfair Trade Maximum pricing. I noticed no bubbles or metallic character but otherwise had the exact same impression. The fleshy body and yet evident minerality was a very nice surprise given the price. I would rank this a...
by MitchTallan
May 15th, 2019, 5:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: HORL - knife sharpener - Made in Germany
Replies: 33
Views: 1551

Re: HORL - knife sharpener - Made in Germany

Mine arrived yesterday. First, it is a beautiful product and is designed incredibly well. It comes with a card that appears to bear the genuine signatures of the father and son team behind it. Please trust me, I would not let it's outward appearance affect my appraisal of its performance. It takes s...
by MitchTallan
May 10th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2455

Re: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings

First, I am probably stirring the pot a little and for that I apologize. I mean well. Promise. acid peeks through a bit more as the tannins subside I think I know what you meant to say, but tannins are acidic. and the aromatics absolutely blossom This does sometimes happen but the adjective "absolut...
by MitchTallan
May 10th, 2019, 4:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2455

Re: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings

Less expensive wines may show better on release, higher end bottlings are often intended for longer aging. -Al Moreso than any other variety (save maybe pet), the idea that extended aging will allow a new world pinot to evolve to a point of beauty is false. Some rough edges may diminish, a wine tha...
by MitchTallan
May 9th, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2455

Re: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings

I would hope this is false for the majority of wineries in the world. “Lighter,” maybe in terms of acid and tannin structure but “better”? Someone is doing a poor job if that’s the case. I sure hope my winery is not falling into that category as that would make me question my palate in an enormous ...
by MitchTallan
May 9th, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2455

Re: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings

Well, I think there is a lot of truth to this. It does not hold true with Au Bon Climat; the less expensive bottlings are not as elegant as the top. But it holds true more often than not, even in Oregon. I mostly ignore Calif pinot. Cameron and Belle Pente get more elegant as you go up the hierarch...
by MitchTallan
May 9th, 2019, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2455

Re: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings

Well, I think there is a lot of truth to this. It does not hold true with Au Bon Climat; the less expensive bottlings are not as elegant as the top. It’s funny you should say that. ABC is exactly the winery I was thinking of where I agree with the premise. La Bauge is my favorite. The higher end Pi...
by MitchTallan
May 8th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2455

Re: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings

Well, I think there is a lot of truth to this. It does not hold true with Au Bon Climat; the less expensive bottlings are not as elegant as the top. But it holds true more often than not, even in Oregon. I mostly ignore Calif pinot. Cameron and Belle Pente get more elegant as you go up the hierarchi...
by MitchTallan
April 25th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Hosting a Hi Fi Club meeting, what to cook?
Replies: 18
Views: 752

Re: Hosting a Hi Fi Club meeting, what to cook?

They listened to stuff from Meatloaf, Fiona Apple, Phish, and Humble Pie. Then they got into an argument about whether cables matter and someone got a shotgun blast of Salt-n-Pepa to the face. Anton is freaking out because his homeowners policy won't cover it and he no longer sees retirement in his ...
by MitchTallan
April 8th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 4-8-19
Replies: 19
Views: 1368

Re: Wine Impressions 4-8-19

Thank you Jim. I won't give particulars as to why I am move to thank you, but thank you, thank you, thank you.
by MitchTallan
April 6th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
Replies: 25
Views: 1456

Re: TN: 2013 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

Consumed the 2013 over a period of 3 days. My particular bottle was unflawed and showed fresh and red fruited...lots of cranberry and red briar fruit with secondary OR "woodsy" notes and hints of black cherry. The fruit is sweet but not jammy or raisined. Plenty of balancing acidity. No noticeable ...
by MitchTallan
April 4th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
Replies: 25
Views: 1456

Re: TN: 2013 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

Flawed bottles are par for the Thomas course. The highs can put them near the top of the OR heap. On average, they're on par with a fairly large group of producers that I consider to be the "usual suspects". You'll also encounter appreciably more duds. John Thomas is eccentric, fairly reclusive and...
by MitchTallan
April 4th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
Replies: 25
Views: 1456

Re: TN: 2013 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

Searching the Berserker site for mentions of Thomas Pinot, I saw this. I bought a case of the 2014 and interestingly I also noted the spritz/tang (not the usual nomenclature to describe wine, but apt!). I thought this made the wine very unique and that it actually had a positive contribution toward...
by MitchTallan
April 2nd, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Forlorn-Hope Nodosaur '13...(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 108

Re: TN: Forlorn-Hope Nodosaur '13...(short/boring)

I was a big fan at one time and my enthusiasm has waned. I have a lot of FH and I'm drinking them up except for the Tennebrink Pet. They are hit and miss, IMO, particularly the whites. I have always liked Matthew Rorick's grenache and carignan. His small lot offerings and handwritten thank you notes...
by MitchTallan
March 29th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN; '17 Biale Party Line North Coast Zin
Replies: 3
Views: 197

TN; '17 Biale Party Line North Coast Zin

TN; '17 Biale Party Line North Coast Zin; medium dark, big black fruited fresh fruit nose bordering on primary, slightly sweet and viscous, full bodied but a bit simple, slight kick of tannic grip and acid on the finish. Stayed the same over four hours. Fun to drink and solid for the price point but...
by MitchTallan
March 22nd, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Sineann Pinot Noir Resonance Vineyard (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 15
Views: 589

Re: TN: 2002 Sineann Pinot Noir Resonance Vineyard (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

Good to hear that the 2002 Resonance has finally turned the corner! Like Mitch, I've found it short in the finish. I was kicking myself every time I opened one as I was committing infanticide. 2002 was one of our great vintages here in Oregon (like 1999 and 2008), and like those vintages, the wines...
by MitchTallan
March 20th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Sineann Pinot Noir Resonance Vineyard (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 15
Views: 589

Re: TN: 2002 Sineann Pinot Noir Resonance Vineyard (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

I had six of these. Last one opened around 2015. I like Sineann's lower priced reds (pinot, red blends) but I did not dig the Resonance. I got some of the flavors you describe but not the finish is exceptionally long and satisfying part. In fact, everyone of the five bottles I opened across time-I g...
by MitchTallan
March 15th, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite Instant Pot recipes?
Replies: 90
Views: 4750

Re: Favorite Instant Pot recipes?

I despise fads. If y'all are still talking instapots five years from now, I will give it a harder look and still likely say "nah". Sous vide baths/sticks? No thanks. Portable high heat steak broilers? No thanks. Pizza ovens? No thanks. My oven, range, pots, and knives do all I need. Zojirushi? What ...
by MitchTallan
March 15th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Burger Porn
Replies: 95
Views: 4650

Re: Burger Porn

i tried au cheval in chicago last fall and do not understand the hype. the burger was perfectly adequate but honestly nothing special. i would take a shake shack or five guys over it any day. luckily i did not have to wait to get a seat at the bar. a couple days later i had a burger at acadia, not ...
by MitchTallan
March 12th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tribute to Grace Grenache SBC '16...(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 233

Re: TN: Tribute to Grace Grenache SBC '16...(short/boring)

I've been wanting to try some too. If you think the blend is pricey, I can't wait to hear what you think of the QPR of the single vineyards which are around $50. Btw, every once in a while Chris Brockway makes a "Cassia" Grenache. Not to be missed imho. Also, fwiw, this is one of my current favorite...
by MitchTallan
March 9th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Official kitchen knife thread
Replies: 634
Views: 46917

Re: Official kitchen knife thread

I just bought some Geshin knives from japaneseknifeimports and Jon called me after receiving my order to make sure I knew what I was buying. In particular, he asked if I was familiar with Japanese knives (yes and no I answered, I have owned a ton of Globals but not artisinal knives of this caliber) ...
by MitchTallan
March 2nd, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Really expensive Cast Iron Skillets
Replies: 33
Views: 1895

Re: Really expensive Cast Iron Skillets

I have had this for 20 years and love it (along with a collection of Lodge). We use it mostly for brick spatchcock chicken. http://www.chasseur-brandshop.com/epage ... 3131-rubis
by MitchTallan
February 28th, 2019, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gigondas is More Enjoyable than Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Fight me!
Replies: 66
Views: 2443

Re: Gigondas is More Enjoyable than Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Fight me!

The first time I ever met Tom Hill was at HdR in 2001. Prior to that I had followed his posts and learned that he stayed at a certain B&B in Templeton. So I booked a room at the same B&B for me and my wife so as to enable me to stalk "The Great Tom Hill" as I imagined him from his epic posts back th...
by MitchTallan
February 22nd, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Merry Edwards sold
Replies: 24
Views: 2118

Re: Merry Edwards sold

There's a name that mysteriously does not get as much mention as it deserves. At one time, Merry Edwards was right up there with the other top names in Calif pinot during the height of the pinot-bubble. I have one or two of the more expensive bottlings hiding in my cellar somewhere. I forget that my...
by MitchTallan
February 21st, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Those that are owed wines from Maison Ilan, please fill out this linked form
Replies: 18
Views: 3028

Re: Those that are owed wines from Maison Ilan, please fill out this linked form

I have no stick in this fire as I was never remotely interested in MI despite being a Burgundy lover and buyer. I am disturbed by the rambling and largely incoherent nature of the post. If it was written for the sake of investors' confidence in the new Bourbon project (my mind reels), how is this go...
by MitchTallan
February 8th, 2019, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What happened to Cold Heaven Cellars?
Replies: 5
Views: 841

Re: What happened to Cold Heaven Cellars?

At the risk of being tres gauche, but true, Scott Manlin.
by MitchTallan
February 7th, 2019, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind Tasting Oregon vs. California (Predict the winner)
Replies: 42
Views: 2503

Re: Blind Tasting Oregon vs. California (Predict the winner)

Yeah I gotta say Mr. Glas, you come across as far more astringent than the wine you seem to "not get". I once had one of my best friends taste a wine I really loved and say "I just don't get this wine". I respected his diplomacy mixed with wisdom. He possessed the diplomacy not to call me wrong and ...
by MitchTallan
January 30th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod / Barthod-Noëllat Bourgogne Les Bons Bâtons
Replies: 15
Views: 1046

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod / Barthod-Noëllat Bourgogne Les Bons Bâtons

For it's level I have no doubt, but what about it's $50 price? I realize it's half the price of Leroy Bourgogne but...
by MitchTallan
January 28th, 2019, 5:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: London Eateries?
Replies: 24
Views: 794

Re: London Eateries?

Wow, thanks Mark.
by MitchTallan
January 27th, 2019, 7:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: London Eateries?
Replies: 24
Views: 794

Re: London Eateries?

Julian;
Thank you!
by MitchTallan
January 27th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: London Eateries?
Replies: 24
Views: 794

Re: London Eateries?

I am going to be there for a couple weeks in late May and June. When we travel (my wife and I), I like to find the high value hole-in-the-walls, street vendors, or simple under-appreciated solid stand-by's. I'll be hunting for good curry, fish and chips, simple fare. Same holds for Paris where we wi...
by MitchTallan
January 26th, 2019, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andrew calling it quits?
Replies: 47
Views: 3957

Re: Andrew calling it quits?

Greg P is back in the game? Someone please give him the advise to stay off social media. a) everybody deserves a second chance after time has passed; b) all said and done, Greg was abrasive but not over the line. In retrospect, his rants and raves were amusing. I look back at some of the exchanges ...
by MitchTallan
January 24th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 570
Views: 29490

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Has anyone here smoked a whole duck? Any pointers before I dive in and put one on my BGE? I have. I don't think 'mercan smoking (i.e. redneck good-ol boy backyard Q) is good with duck. I don't know the Chinese Camphor smoking process and my efforts to smoke duck with fruit wood just results in an a...
by MitchTallan
January 24th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andrew calling it quits?
Replies: 47
Views: 3957

Re: Andrew calling it quits?

I find myself agreeing with Greg, this shouldn't sound like a eulogy. Winemaking is like the restaurant business-nothing lasts very long.
by MitchTallan
January 23rd, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andrew calling it quits?
Replies: 47
Views: 3957

Re: Andrew calling it quits?

Andrew was a good man. I have some old photos of visiting him when he was doing wine in San Francisco a decade ago. He was part of the crew that was part of my early ascent in CA wines, along with Loring, Dain, Siduri and Copain. He made wines in screw cap, ala Loring, and made pinot from some of t...
by MitchTallan
January 20th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon pinot vintage update?
Replies: 69
Views: 3819

Re: Oregon pinot vintage update?

Thanks Jim for doing what you are doing with 2016 Morte Cook. Great cause. We have four dogs instead of one or two because of animal rescues. One of them was so abused that he is certifiably insane. There was a great podcast recently about Ira Glass and his demented lifestyle due to his demented dog...

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