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by Bob Hughes
July 1st, 2020, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?
Replies: 73
Views: 1887

Re: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

Yeah, for better or worse, I've been drinking a lot of wine since St. Patty's Day, which was the day we went into "stay-at-home" here on the East coast. Two of the best have been the 2000 Giacosa Santo Stefano and the 2010 Stella di Campalto Brunello Riserva . And the '86 & '82 Gruaud Larose that I ...
by Bob Hughes
June 24th, 2020, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A foursome of Domestic Chardonnay's (Ian Brand, Goodfellow, Walter Scott) and a few Rose'
Replies: 16
Views: 930

Re: TN: A foursome of Domestic Chardonnay's (Ian Brand, Goodfellow, Walter Scott) and a few Rose'

Interesting info, James. I've never heard of Brian McClintic before, but just checked out the Viticole website. So in this case, does that mean the wine was "undersubscribed" by the Viticole wine club, which resulted in it being available for us? Not that I'm complaining, as I loved the wine when I ...
by Bob Hughes
June 21st, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sunday afternoon TNs: Three CC's from Castell'in Villa
Replies: 3
Views: 168

Re: Sunday afternoon TNs: Three CC's from Castell'in Villa

Hey, how about that, Arv - your link is to another thread I started on NYE 2014 about the ‘08, ‘09 (which I still have in the cellar) and ‘10. I love this producer, so I guess our palates don’t align. I guess one thing hasn’t changed in the past 5+ years, though - I see I was complaining about the d...
by Bob Hughes
June 21st, 2020, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sunday afternoon TNs: Three CC's from Castell'in Villa
Replies: 3
Views: 168

Sunday afternoon TNs: Three CC's from Castell'in Villa

A little mini-vertical of Castell'in Villa Chianti Classico. If the distribution of this wine ever improved on the East Coast, I'm sure I would drink it more often, but it seems like for most vintages you have to be a Winehunter to track them down - and the Poggio delle Rose remains a true unicorn w...
by Bob Hughes
June 18th, 2020, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Nigl Riesling Privat (Austria, Niederösterreich, Kremstal)
Replies: 7
Views: 213

Re: TN: 2002 Nigl Riesling Privat (Austria, Niederösterreich, Kremstal)

Agreed, Doug - probably one of the more underappreciated great white wines. I think part of the problem is that you really need to be on the lookout for these wines, because at least IMO, distribution can be a little iffy. And if you haven't tried it, the Hochacker bottling is also very good, if not...
by Bob Hughes
June 17th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 18832

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Boy, I don't think I've ever agreed more with a post on this Board than the one Jay just posted!

Thank you, Jay, for saying this far better than I ever could.
by Bob Hughes
June 17th, 2020, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 18832

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Wow - some pretty interesting posts here (and I, for one, hope this doesn't get moved to Politics). But I would like to think that at the end of the day, we would all do this to one degree or another when we make our purchasing decisions. To use the most extreme example I can think of, if Hitler mad...
by Bob Hughes
June 16th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tuesday night TNs: Chicken Marsala & two 2016 Chianti
Replies: 5
Views: 330

Tuesday night TNs: Chicken Marsala & two 2016 Chianti

2016 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva - Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG (6/16/2020) Very, very good - the bottle I opened yesterday was corked, but this one reminds me why I bought a case of this wine. Good acidity and persistence, red & black fruits on both palate and t...
by Bob Hughes
June 14th, 2020, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saturday afternoon TNs: Four Brunelli
Replies: 5
Views: 396

Re: Saturday afternoon TNs: Four Brunelli

Rich, while they have never been bargains, the rate of price escalation has seemingly increased over the past 2-3 years, and actually tracking them down has become more of a chore as well. This is exacerbated by the fact that this is a pretty small producer - usually less than a 1,000 cases of Brune...
by Bob Hughes
June 14th, 2020, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saturday afternoon TNs: Four Brunelli
Replies: 5
Views: 396

Re: Saturday afternoon TNs: Four Brunelli

Can't say, Joshua. For reasons I can no longer recall, I didn't buy much from the '04 vintage.

I do think that '01, '04, '06 and '10 are the four best vintages for Brunello in that decade, but I'm not sure how I would rank them other than to say I've had a lot of nice wines from each year.
by Bob Hughes
June 13th, 2020, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saturday afternoon TNs: Four Brunelli
Replies: 5
Views: 396

Saturday afternoon TNs: Four Brunelli

Gorgeous sunny day in the Delaware Valley today, and I'll be grilling up some pork and polenta later today, so I decided to go with some of my stock from Brunello. I posted a thread a couple weeks back on 2009 Chianti - this was a hot vintage in Chianti, and in general, the wines haven't aged all th...
by Bob Hughes
June 9th, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux - WOW WOW
Replies: 42
Views: 1673

Re: TN: 2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux - WOW WOW

I'll have to check a bottle out - the last time I tried it (Sept. 2018) I was underwhelmed.

Then again, I was not raised in an outhouse in the Loire, so I may be at a disadvantage in appreciating this wine.
by Bob Hughes
June 9th, 2020, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sunday "TNs": Felsina's Rancia
Replies: 17
Views: 1133

Re: Sunday "TNs": Felsina's Rancia

Alan, this was a 750, but we both commented that over the four or so hours that we were doing this, it did seem to tire with time. So I would say fully mature, probably drinking great from magnum, no decant, and plan on drinking in the near term.
by Bob Hughes
June 8th, 2020, 5:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sunday "TNs": Felsina's Rancia
Replies: 17
Views: 1133

Sunday "TNs": Felsina's Rancia

Got together with a fellow drinking buddy and our spouses for the first time since the inception of the "stay at home" order in PA. I had been wanting to do a vertical of Rancia for some time, and there's no time like the present, right? We had the following vintages: 1997 2004 2005 2011 2012 2013 P...
by Bob Hughes
June 6th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saturday TNs: Three Chardonnays from Tissot
Replies: 2
Views: 182

Saturday TNs: Three Chardonnays from Tissot

Hot & humid today in the Delaware Valley, so we need something thirst quenching. Given how infrequently folks on the board post about wines from the Jura, I believe these may be the least known great white wines. The Clos de la Tour de Curon was intense in focus, and just mind-blowing in every respe...
by Bob Hughes
June 5th, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday TNs: Three 2017 Oregon Chardonnays
Replies: 10
Views: 711

Friday TNs: Three 2017 Oregon Chardonnays

I decided to open this trio to pair up with some take-out sushi later on. I believe my first time trying out the two Durants side-by-side. And while I don't think Walter Scott makes wine from the Dundee Hills AVA, I threw the Justice in there as well to see where it was at. Not sure how the respecti...
by Bob Hughes
June 3rd, 2020, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wednesday afternoon pre-pasta TNs: Three 2009 Chianti
Replies: 2
Views: 291

Wednesday afternoon pre-pasta TNs: Three 2009 Chianti

My better half is making pappardelle with a bolognese, so I decided to pair that up with some fresh bread and a trio of Chiantis from 2009. This has been a vintage that in my experience (along with 2008 for different reasons) is one of the weaker ones from the past decade, and I have been slowly dri...
by Bob Hughes
May 30th, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 2
Views: 244

Re: TN: 2001 Giuseppe Rinaldi Barolo Brunate Le Coste (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

When you read through the CT tasting notes, this is a real Jekyll & Hyde wine - glad to see that you opened a "good" one. [cheers.gif]

My stash has been buried since I got them, but one of these days I'm going to have to find them and open up a bottle just to see what I think.
by Bob Hughes
May 30th, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saturday TNs: A mini-vertical of Zilliken's Bockstein Kabinett
Replies: 2
Views: 159

Saturday TNs: A mini-vertical of Zilliken's Bockstein Kabinett

Grilling up some heritage pork chops later today that are currently marinating in some mustard & soy sauce, and I thought some German Riesling might do the trick in terms of a wine & food pairing. The only wine that "stood out" here was the 2012 - more "blowsy"/less focused, noticeably sweeter and o...
by Bob Hughes
May 25th, 2020, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Italy - basics, white and red
Replies: 4
Views: 540

Re: Northern Italy - basics, white and red

Dan's geography is a little rusty [wow.gif]

But Austria is pretty close, so he should get some credit for general proximity [cheers.gif] .
by Bob Hughes
May 25th, 2020, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Two Bordeaux
Replies: 12
Views: 797

Re: TNs: Two Bordeaux

Ramon, it was fine for what it was, but just a bit over the top for me - I actually preferred the Calon with the steaks. For me, and with the added caveat that I really don't look to buy Bordeaux anymore, Angelus hit their peak with the '89 & '90 vintages - after that, the drive for "Parker points" ...
by Bob Hughes
May 24th, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Two Bordeaux
Replies: 12
Views: 797

Re: TNs: Two Bordeaux

The Flannerys are on the grill, and the nose on this Calon has really opened up - getting that cedar/sandalwood/cigar box note that I associate with this wine - really nice.
by Bob Hughes
May 24th, 2020, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them
Replies: 112
Views: 4094

Re: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them

Never drink them at home, as my wife detests sweet wines and I can't do even a 375 by myself. But I still enjoy a nice Sauternes with a foie gras course when dining out, and as some folks have pointed out, they can be delicious with cheese. Most of my stuff in the cellar is from the '86-'90 period, ...
by Bob Hughes
May 24th, 2020, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Two Bordeaux
Replies: 12
Views: 797

Re: TNs: Two Bordeaux

Both bought long ago, Tomas - the '95 Angelus would have been bought as a future, so I'm guessing I didn't take delivery until '98 or so. The Calon was not a futures purchase - bought at retail somewhere around '87.
by Bob Hughes
May 24th, 2020, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Two Bordeaux
Replies: 12
Views: 797

TNs: Two Bordeaux

I've got a couple of those Flannery Rudd steaks from Berserker Day to throw on the grill later, so I thought I would open up a couple of older Bordeaux to pair up with them. The Calon Segur is really nice today, right in my wheelhouse in terms of balance. The Angelus is a little more "high octane", ...
by Bob Hughes
May 23rd, 2020, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The anomaly that is Chateau Palmer.
Replies: 84
Views: 5578

Re: The anomaly that is Chateau Palmer.

If I read Mark's comment correctly, have to admit I'm pretty surprised anyone would call the '86 LLC disappointing. Then again, probably more shocked that Jayson apparently thinks more highly of Giscours, so I guess one more example of how subjective palates can be. The tasting that always sticks in...
by Bob Hughes
May 22nd, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: National Chardonnay Day! What are you drinking?
Replies: 52
Views: 1703

Re: National Chardonnay Day! What are you drinking?

Like Joshua, one day late, but I'm sitting here listening to the Jerry Garcia Band with a glass of the 2017 Walter Scott Seven Springs.
by Bob Hughes
May 21st, 2020, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Some recent Tuscans
Replies: 0
Views: 255

TNs: Some recent Tuscans

1998 Castell'in Villa Chianti Classico Riserva Poggio delle Rose - Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG (5/21/2020) Maybe a bit past peak - better on the palate, with decent acidity for lift, albeit a bit short on the finish. The nose has a slightly raisined edge to it. But I don't want t...
by Bob Hughes
May 16th, 2020, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saturday afternoon TNs: Three Chardonnays from Burgundy
Replies: 3
Views: 364

Saturday afternoon TNs: Three Chardonnays from Burgundy

A lot of my recent Chardonnay drinking has been focused on Oregon lately, so I decided to mix it up today and head back to France. Oh, and in case Brad pops in and asks, listening to Stan Getz & Kenny Barron, The Complete People Time Recordings [cheers.gif] . 1999 Domaine de la Bongran (Thevenet) Mâ...
by Bob Hughes
May 15th, 2020, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday afternoon pre-pizza TNs: Three Italians
Replies: 7
Views: 386

Re: Friday afternoon pre-pizza TNs: Three Italians

Ha! Right now I am listening to Idle Moments, but when you originally asked, Grantstand.

What Giacosa are you drinking?
by Bob Hughes
May 15th, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday afternoon pre-pizza TNs: Three Italians
Replies: 7
Views: 386

Friday afternoon pre-pizza TNs: Three Italians

2011 Passopisciaro Sicilia Passopisciaro - Italy, Sicily, Sicilia (5/15/2020) So since we've been "social distancing", I've been making an effort to dig out some things that we don't usually drink, and one of my recent focuses has been Sicily. I think this is the 3rd bottle of this wine I've had in...
by Bob Hughes
May 10th, 2020, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sunday TNs: Three 2018 Oregon Chardonnays
Replies: 4
Views: 320

Re: Sunday TNs: Three 2018 Oregon Chardonnays

I had a very good Oregon "sensei" to lead the way [cheers.gif]
by Bob Hughes
May 10th, 2020, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sunday TNs: Three 2018 Oregon Chardonnays
Replies: 4
Views: 320

Sunday TNs: Three 2018 Oregon Chardonnays

A beautiful, sunny Spring day here in the Delaware Valley. Just got back from a walk with my bride and I decided to tap into some recent deliveries to check them out. A lot of fun, and something I may replicate with the 2017 vintage soon. 2018 Goodfellow Family Cellars Chardonnay Berserker Cuvée Whi...
by Bob Hughes
May 8th, 2020, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 125
Views: 5547

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

How can you even pretend to comment intelligibly on things like Goodfellow & Walter Scott if your palate hasn't experienced the savory goodness of a double quarter pounder with cheese? I'll have to make a mental note to myself to now discount any further TNs that you might post to the Board in the f...
by Bob Hughes
May 7th, 2020, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 125
Views: 5547

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

Now wait just a damn minute, Marshal - did I read that right? You don't like McDonald's??

Many a Hughes hangover has been put to rest by a double quarter pounder with cheese, large fries and a coke.

Sometimes I just don't get folks around here?
by Bob Hughes
May 7th, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Biondi-Santi Riserva vertical
Replies: 19
Views: 1097

Re: Biondi-Santi Riserva vertical

Great notes, Paul - I drink a lot of Sangiovese, but not a lot of either Biondi-Santi or Soldera. Must have been a great evening.
by Bob Hughes
May 1st, 2020, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday night "sausage & peppers" TNs: Three from Stella di Campalto
Replies: 2
Views: 237

Friday night "sausage & peppers" TNs: Three from Stella di Campalto

Taking a break from pizza tonight, as my youngest daughter was complaining about our typical Friday night theme. So sausage, peppers & onions on grilled baguette tonight. With the caveat that I may not be totally unbiased as I love Stella's wines, but trying these three back-to-back tonight, I was p...
by Bob Hughes
May 1st, 2020, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Franz Hirtzberger Riesling Smaragd Hochrain (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)
Replies: 17
Views: 382

Re: TN: 2013 Franz Hirtzberger Riesling Smaragd Hochrain (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)

While I will agree with Jayson that there is a lot of vintage variation in the Wachau, interestingly enough, the last time I tried the 2012 & 2013 Hochrain's side-by-side, I found them pretty similar. A few years back, another Berserker and I got together for dinner with our wives and I brought the ...
by Bob Hughes
April 30th, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Franz Hirtzberger Riesling Smaragd Hochrain (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)
Replies: 17
Views: 382

Re: TN: 2013 Franz Hirtzberger Riesling Smaragd Hochrain (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)

It's funny that for Hirtzberger, Singerriedel seems to get most of the praise, yet I almost always prefer Hochrain, which is the vineyard directly below it's more famous counterpart. I think I still have this in the cellar, along with a few other vintages going back to 2002. And while I do like the ...
by Bob Hughes
April 29th, 2020, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where to look to next, cellar development
Replies: 56
Views: 2461

Re: Where to look to next, cellar development

More Chianti - 2015 & 2016 are great vintages, and more often than not, the wines drink well young, old and in the middle, plus they are good QPR and very food-friendly.
by Bob Hughes
April 26th, 2020, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Willamette Valley AVA's
Replies: 65
Views: 4068

Re: The Willamette Valley AVA's

I saw this thread got resurrected - lots of good information here to mull over. But I have to be honest and question the whole premise of Kirk's original question - irrespective of age, why would one limit their collecting/drinking to just one producer in each AVA? I mean, hypothetically, if the fiv...
by Bob Hughes
April 26th, 2020, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday night Pizza TNs: three 2011 Contrade from Passopisciaro
Replies: 4
Views: 281

Re: Friday night Pizza TNs: three 2011 Contrade from Passopisciaro

Don, I opened a 2009 and 2010 Passopisciaro Sciaranuovo today. As I commented in the CT TN of the 2009, it's the first time I can recall tasting one of his contrade wines that felt fully mature (not that I am implying any immediate decline - just that the wine felt like it was holding nothing back)....
by Bob Hughes
April 24th, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday night Pizza TNs: three 2011 Contrade from Passopisciaro
Replies: 4
Views: 281

Friday night Pizza TNs: three 2011 Contrade from Passopisciaro

My wife is a little finicky when it comes to Sicilian reds, but in the last few months, she has been surprisingly enjoying the 2011 Passopisciaro Normale, so I decided to step our game up this week by checking out a few of the contrada releases from the same vintage. I also opened a Rampante that wa...
by Bob Hughes
April 24th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Joh. Jos. Christoffel - Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese ** (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
Replies: 16
Views: 446

Re: TN: 2002 Joh. Jos. Christoffel - Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese ** (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

David, I'm curious - what is about the * that you prefer to the other releases - to be honest, I'm not 100% clear what the stars even mean for this producer, but I do have bottles of the '02 * UW Auslese in the cellar (as well as a UW Auslese with no stars from that vintage).
by Bob Hughes
April 18th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saturday afternoon TNs: Three more Chardonnays from Goodfellow
Replies: 4
Views: 233

Re: Saturday afternoon TNs: Three more Chardonnays from Goodfellow

I believe Marcus still has some Chardonnay in stock [cheers.gif]
by Bob Hughes
April 18th, 2020, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saturday afternoon TNs: Three more Chardonnays from Goodfellow
Replies: 4
Views: 233

Saturday afternoon TNs: Three more Chardonnays from Goodfellow

Since I've been buying Goodfellow wines, I have tended to focus my Chardonnay purchasing on the Richard's Cuvee and Durant bottlings. But in the last two vintages Marcus started releasing higher end bottlings besides those two wines - to the best of my recall, prior to today I hadn't tried any of th...
by Bob Hughes
April 17th, 2020, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Nervi Conterno Gattinara
Replies: 12
Views: 812

Re: TN: 2016 Nervi Conterno Gattinara

You guys all suck - at my age, the last thing I should be doing is buying more Nebbiolo.

Just ordered a case.

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