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by Bob Hughes
July 28th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alto Piemonte Books??
Replies: 13
Views: 548

Re: Alto Piemonte Books??

Alfonso's blog is great. I loved Ian's first book, and will definitely be getting this one. Thanks for the head's up!
by Bob Hughes
July 26th, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 52
Views: 2784

Re: Wines of Etna

I actually find Nerello Mascalese more similar in weight/palate presence to Nebbiolo from, say, northern Piemonte (think Carema or Boca) or Lombardy than Sangiovese. And I would certainly question Dennis' comment on relative value - for example, most of the Passopisciaro Contrada wines are over $50 ...
by Bob Hughes
July 20th, 2019, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 330
Views: 20064

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Yeah, I've posted three separate TNs on the '16 Richard's, the last one about two weeks ago where I described it as " pure Chardonnay deliciousness".

The only problem will be keeping my hands off of it!
by Bob Hughes
July 15th, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings
Replies: 48
Views: 2042

Re: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings

For us, usually Chianti or Brunello.
by Bob Hughes
July 14th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 52
Views: 2784

Re: Wines of Etna

What Markus said - while I enjoy the various Occhipinti wines, they are not from Etna.

Bonavita Faro is another wine that I have found interesting - not Etna, but relatively close geographically, and the same grapes.
by Bob Hughes
July 14th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 52
Views: 2784

Re: Wines of Etna

The bottle variation on Cornellissen's wines is such that it's no surprise that CT notes are all over the place. I personally own more Passopisciaro than any other producer, but wouldn't say they are necessarily similar in style. If they were easier to track down, I would own a lot of Benanti, and I...
by Bob Hughes
July 8th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Two 1990 Bordeaux
Replies: 7
Views: 1226

Re: TNs: Two 1990 Bordeaux

Brad, she does drink Barolo - I brought a couple 90's to an Italian restaurant last time we got together, but this time we were eating French, so I wanted the wines to follow the theme. We ended up finishing the night with a '90 Rieussec that was drinking great [cheers.gif]
by Bob Hughes
July 5th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Two 1990 Bordeaux
Replies: 7
Views: 1226

TNs: Two 1990 Bordeaux

Today is my oldest daughter's birthday, so I decided to open a couple birth year wines. I have enjoyed the '90 Angelus multiple times over the years, usually side-by-side with the '89, so I was surprised to see how much more I preferred the overall balance of the La Conseillante today. 1990 Château ...
by Bob Hughes
July 2nd, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Passetoutgrains
Replies: 26
Views: 1954

Re: Passetoutgrains

I think I still have a bottle or two left of the '07 Lafarge L'Exception, and it has aged okay - certainly not tired, at any rate.
by Bob Hughes
June 30th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia
Replies: 5
Views: 554

Re: TN: 2016 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia

Thanks for the note, Dale. I haven't tried any of mine yet, but definitely enjoyed the '15 on release, so if you think this is better, potentially high praise in my mind.
by Bob Hughes
June 29th, 2019, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 330
Views: 20064

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Had a 2014 Durant Chardonnay tonight with dinner - IMO, drinking very well right now, with no end in sight. It does still have a marked reductive note on the nose - nothing that gave me trouble, but my wife preferred the '15 Chidaine Bournais.
by Bob Hughes
June 28th, 2019, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Montenidoli Canaiuolo Rose', 2017 Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Fiore
Replies: 6
Views: 320

Re: TN: 2018 Montenidoli Canaiuolo Rose', 2017 Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Fiore

Brian, have you tried her Vernaccia Carato? That is her oak-aged bottling, and a totally different animal than the Fiore. I like both, but the Fiore is one I can drink out on the deck, whereas the Carato is a wine that demands your attention - something similar to one of Tissot's Chards from the Jur...
by Bob Hughes
June 17th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?
Replies: 50
Views: 1711

Re: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?

Ended up having a '94 Turley Hayne Petite Syrah with my Dad [cheers.gif]
by Bob Hughes
June 14th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 330
Views: 20064

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

For those who subscribe to Vinous, Josh Raynolds just reviewed all of Marcus' 2015 and 2016 SVD Pinots (including the Heritage selections) and all the wines were rated from 92 to 94 points - pretty impressive consistency across multiple vineyards, IMO. [cheers.gif]
by Bob Hughes
June 14th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '95 Leoville Las Cases; 07 Pagau CdP :( :(
Replies: 21
Views: 979

Re: TN: '95 Leoville Las Cases; 07 Pagau CdP :( :(

Interestingly enough (and for whatever value this is worth), every TN posted on CT in 2019 for the '95 LLC has been between 92 and 95 points (9 notes, eight different tasters). Of course, the last TN posted in 2018 was rated 70 points, but even in 2018 the majority of the notes are very favorable. Y...
by Bob Hughes
May 29th, 2019, 4:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 330
Views: 20064

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

So after reading the description for the new Dundee Hills Chardonnay, what is the difference between it and the Durant bottling?

Rich, I haven't tried any of my '16 Pinots yet, so thanks for notes.
by Bob Hughes
May 7th, 2019, 1:21 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: 1040

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

I'm in the camp that there's really no reason to age these - it's certainly not a transformative process like you see with Nebbiolo or Pinot Noir. More persistence as opposed to improvement. But as some folks have said, if you like them a little less edgy/energetic, no harm in doing so either.
by Bob Hughes
May 4th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 330
Views: 20064

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

I opened the 2013 Fool's Journey today. Not bad, with the caveat that I'm not the biggest Syrah fan. Unless it's Chave!

This still feels like it has time in front of it.
by Bob Hughes
April 1st, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2757

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

Valentini's Trebbiano, Benanti's Pietramarina and Terlan's Vorberg are all worthy of consideration as one of the best whites made in Italy. On my last trip, I was also able to try a couple bottles of Emidio Pepe's Pecorino. Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge not exported to the states, but t...
by Bob Hughes
February 26th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ideas for Downsizing My Cellar
Replies: 30
Views: 2345

Re: Ideas for Downsizing My Cellar

Yeah, I would agree with what Scott said, especially considering the fact that you have some high end stuff like the Bartolo, Monprivato and SQNs, I'm sure someone like HDH would have an interest. And if you're local, they might even arrange to pick the collection up for you - all you'll need to do ...
by Bob Hughes
February 5th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2067

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

Gary already mentioned it, but the Native Wine Grapes of Italy by Ian D'Agata is a great book if you want to immerse yourself in Italian grape varieties.
by Bob Hughes
February 3rd, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2067

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

I've been drinking and collecting Italian wines for 30 years and still wouldn't claim that I "know" Italian wine. But no reason why this needs to be a one year experiment unless you find that you don't like the wines. I'm going to second Matt Stolz' suggestion about focusing on a region, and given y...
by Bob Hughes
January 28th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 9054

Re: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?

BTW, while I didn't view all the various offerings, IMO the coolest one of the day had to be Goodfellow's return/rebirth of the Berserkers Cuvee! I think my Mom & Dad went through three cases of Jim Anderson's 2014 version, and even if we can't do it every year, it's great to see this continue to oc...
by Bob Hughes
January 28th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them
Replies: 244
Views: 14206

Re: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them

Yeah, if the BD price is still being offered today, I would be in for some glasses myself. Six of the cru & six of the mineralite.
by Bob Hughes
January 26th, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Goodfellow Family Cellars BD 10 offerings
Replies: 59
Views: 3253

Re: Goodfellow Family Cellars BD 10 offerings

BTW, Marcus, very cool of you to follow in the "Jim Anderson" tradition with a Berserkers Cuvée - I will be definitely in for a case of this.
by Bob Hughes
January 26th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Goodfellow Family Cellars BD 10 offerings
Replies: 59
Views: 3253

Re: Goodfellow Family Cellars BD 10 offerings

Hey, hey, I was just thinking that I need to reload on the '16 Chards and lo & behold, the "Bob Hughes" appears [cheers.gif]
by Bob Hughes
January 24th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: BD10 Sponsor Features
Topic: BD SPONSOR FEATURE Goodfellow Family Cellars
Replies: 29
Views: 1705

Re: BD SPONSOR FEATURE Goodfellow Family Cellars

I can highly recommend his '16 Chards (both Durant & Richard's Cuvee). Marcus' higher-end chardonnay can be a little reductive, but at least IMO, his '16 vintage dials that back a bit, and the wines are as delicious as any vintage I can recall in terms of "Pobega-style" drinking in their youth.
by Bob Hughes
January 24th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany
Replies: 40
Views: 1381

Re: TN: My Pouilly-Fuissé epiphany

I will echo William's recommendation of Barraud, and also mention that at least IMO, while their single vineyard PF's are clearly the top of the qualitative hierarchy, I also enjoy their releases from St. Veran (especially Les Pommard) and Macon (especially their Vergisson). [cheers.gif]
by Bob Hughes
January 13th, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drink that shitty wine night for Laura's House/Falltacular Through 1/27/19 LAST CALL
Replies: 84
Views: 3950

Re: Drink that shitty wine night for Laura's House/Falltacular 1/11/19-1/13/19

Thank you for your assistance, brother - and thanks to Ann for taking those pictures [cheers.gif] . I think most of us agreed that it wasn't the worst thing we had ever put down our gullets, but it also wasn't a wine that we'd need to do more than once either [bleh.gif] Brian, we were in a restauran...
by Bob Hughes
January 1st, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brief TNs - mature Prum, Sullivan, Fontalloro
Replies: 8
Views: 565

Re: Brief TNs - mature Prum, Sullivan, Fontalloro

What is white Bolognese?
by Bob Hughes
December 30th, 2018, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Mosel Producers
Replies: 44
Views: 1886

Re: Recommendations for Mosel Producers

Very educational thread for those of us newer/less experienced with Mosel Riesling. Schloss Lieser is made by Thomas Haag, right? Any relationship to Fritz Haag (whose wines I'm not familiar with)?
by Bob Hughes
December 22nd, 2018, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker archetypes
Replies: 121
Views: 5501

Re: Cellar Tracker archetypes

You have friends? [cheers.gif]
by Bob Hughes
December 14th, 2018, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Nikolaihof Riesling Federspiel Vom Stein (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)
Replies: 18
Views: 734

Re: TN: 2006 Nikolaihof Riesling Federspiel Vom Stein (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)

For a young wine, the 2015 was drinking great when I last had a bottle earlier this year. That 2006 is a winner, but I think I drank through my stash.
by Bob Hughes
December 5th, 2018, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Gérard Boulay Sancerre La Comtesse Monts Damnés
Replies: 7
Views: 599

Re: TN: 2016 Gérard Boulay Sancerre La Comtesse Monts Damnés

Kirk, the "regular" Mont Damnes from 2016 is also deelish. [cheers.gif]

Congrats on the upcoming marriage.
by Bob Hughes
November 30th, 2018, 5:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Rush Creek Reserve!
Replies: 206
Views: 11031

Re: Rush Creek Reserve!

We had our first wheel of the season tonight, and paired it with a wheel of Harbison. With all due respect to George's cheese palate, it wasn't much of a contest - in fact, my wife didn't care for the Harbison at all, and while I wasn't that critical, the Rush Creek was still a clear winner in my bo...
by Bob Hughes
November 23rd, 2018, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday night pizza TNs
Replies: 0
Views: 311

Friday night pizza TNs

2011 Bonavita Faro - Italy, Sicily, Faro (11/23/2018) I don't know whether it's the different microclimate (Faro versus Etna), but these wines seem more rustic and not as "light on their feet" as some of the Etna Rossos I'm familiar with. That said, if you don't allow a preconceived notion of what ...
by Bob Hughes
November 12th, 2018, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Old Italians and a claret
Replies: 7
Views: 500

Re: TN: Old Italians and a claret

Interesting, Markus - I still have a few bottles of the '11 & '12. I definitely liked them young, and automatically assumed that they would age. I will have to try one soon.
by Bob Hughes
November 11th, 2018, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: TWEC (TM) Le Notre Bistro Tasting with Hizzoner: Cali Sparklers and Reds, Local Wines and Port
Replies: 5
Views: 253

Re: TNs: TWEC (TM) Le Notre Bistro Tasting with Hizzoner: Cali Sparklers and Reds, Local Wines and Port

An interesting and oft-debated point about buying wines from an individual with a less than stellar reputation. To use an extreme example, I would like to think that if Adolf Hitler had owned a vineyard and made great Riesling during WW2, there is no one on the Board here who would excuse his other ...
by Bob Hughes
November 4th, 2018, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo / Barbaresco
Replies: 33
Views: 1988

Re: Barolo / Barbaresco

To my way of thinking, Barolo & Barbaresco are perfect wines to buy by the case because they change so dramatically over the years. One reason why I so often recommend Produttori for folks just starting out - a case will fit into almost any wine budget, and even the Normale is a wine that will provi...
by Bob Hughes
October 25th, 2018, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give CO wine a taste...
Replies: 122
Views: 5212

Re: Give CO wine a taste...

I will echo Anton's recommendation - I took advantage of Kyle's offer two years ago, and it was interesting to try some different shtuff.
by Bob Hughes
October 23rd, 2018, 4:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 le Gras Mouton de la Pepiere Muscadet
Replies: 5
Views: 306

Re: TN: 2009 le Gras Mouton de la Pepiere Muscadet

Would agree with your general comment, Alan - I've yet to see any material improvement in the wines via the aging process. And given that one of the joys of Muscadet is that edgy vibrancy when young, one could argue that the fact that the wines soften is a detriment.
by Bob Hughes
October 17th, 2018, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weekly Wine Consumption Poll
Replies: 30
Views: 1299

Re: Weekly Wine Consumption Poll

This is an interesting question when paired with the "how many bottles in your cellar" question - I tend to think that a cellar of 300-500 bottles is too small/limited, but I guess if you only drink one bottle a week, that's six+ years worth of wine. My wife and I tend to drink wine at dinner, so I'...
by Bob Hughes
October 12th, 2018, 5:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 330
Views: 20064

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Opened a bottle of the 2016 Richard's Cuvée Chard last night - in a word, delicious. For a young wine, I didn't sense all the structure you normally get with Marcus' wines, but it's possible that it is currently overwhelmed by all that delicious fruit. As I posted in my note on CT, probably the best...
by Bob Hughes
October 11th, 2018, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three Dolcetti
Replies: 5
Views: 339

Re: TN: Three Dolcetti

Now you've got to follow that up with notes on three Barbareschi followed by a trio of Baroli. 🍷
by Bob Hughes
October 6th, 2018, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taking a Vintage Off- Any Tips?
Replies: 35
Views: 1302

Re: Taking a Vintage Off- Any Tips?

I think everyone but Brian got the gist, Alan [wink.gif]
by Bob Hughes
October 3rd, 2018, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Gérard Boulay Sancerre Monts Damnés
Replies: 5
Views: 207

Re: TN: 2010 Gérard Boulay Sancerre Monts Damnés

I had a bottle of this in August and still thought that it was too young. But 2010 was a high acid vintage in Sancerre, so I guess it's possible that the wines will never come into a decent balance.
by Bob Hughes
October 2nd, 2018, 4:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we just forget Brunello and buy Rosso di Montalcino?
Replies: 38
Views: 2720

Re: Should we just forget Brunello and buy Rosso di Montalcino?

Still a Brunello fan - I buy Stella di Campalto virtually every vintage, and also like Conti Costanti and Salicutti as well. But I do see the merits of buying some Rosso as well - same grape, less elevage, earlier accessibility - and as someone has already mentioned, some of the Rossos from better p...
by Bob Hughes
September 28th, 2018, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 330
Views: 20064

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Just pulled the cork on the newly-arrived 2016 Chardonnay Durant Vineyard . As might be expected, still pretty primary, but I like the potential here. We get that typical struck match note on the nose, and the wine has good acidity and fruit on the palate. I also put a 2016 Richard's in the fridge a...
by Bob Hughes
September 24th, 2018, 4:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2005 Sanctus St Emilion, Bordeaux, France
Replies: 5
Views: 322

Re: TN 2005 Sanctus St Emilion, Bordeaux, France

Wow, a TN on an ultra-modernist Bordeaux?? Who kidnapped Rich Trimpi and stole his WB log on ID 😎

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