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by Doug Lee
January 26th, 2020, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......
Replies: 68
Views: 1757

Re: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......

Roederer and Ulysse Collin.
by Doug Lee
January 22nd, 2020, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eric Guido To Join Vinous
Replies: 53
Views: 3297

Re: Eric Guido To Join Vinous

Very best to Ian, and congrats to Eric. Look forward to reading what he has to say!

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
January 22nd, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any must have rieslings on this list?
Replies: 41
Views: 2787

Re: Any must have rieslings on this list?

Lots of good advice on this thread. I would personally be intrigued by the Nigl and Nikolaihof offerings (need to look up the vintages).

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
January 16th, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Michel Lafarge, 1928-2020
Replies: 25
Views: 2120

Re: RIP Michel Lafarge, 1928-2020

True. A great man. Deep condolences to the family.
by Doug Lee
January 14th, 2020, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2007 Chevillon Les Cailles
Replies: 1
Views: 338

Re: TN 2007 Chevillon Les Cailles

Cory,

This is a delicious wine. I became a fan of Chevillon after tasting it on release. Thanks for the progress note.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
January 12th, 2020, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba
Replies: 2
Views: 392

Re: TN: 2001 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba

Kris,

Thanks, breaking bread would be good. As for the cellar, being Medicare-aged has its advantages.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
January 12th, 2020, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy Grand Cru dinner: Toronto Jan 9, 2020
Replies: 11
Views: 1221

Re: Burgundy Grand Cru dinner: Toronto Jan 9, 2020

Hi Andrew,

Thanks for this. I've been reticent to start sampling my somewhat limited number of 2006 red burgs, particularly grand cru bottlings. However it seems that your two examples showed very well. Maybe it is time to do a bit of research.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
January 12th, 2020, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba
Replies: 2
Views: 392

TN: 2001 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba

2001 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo (1/11/2020) Decanted for 3 hours. Medium garnet color with lightening at the edges. Dense, potent nose of salty earth, camphor, soy, asphalt, violets, alpine air, damp cellar. Integrated layers of autumnal str...
by Doug Lee
January 3rd, 2020, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Solaria - Brunello di Montalcino (Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino)
Replies: 2
Views: 170

Re: TN: 1995 Solaria - Brunello di Montalcino (Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino)

Brian,

Nice! Glad you got to it when you did. I have some 1995 Brunello but kind of forgot about them. Time to dig them out.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
December 31st, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Blanc
Replies: 2
Views: 205

Re: TN: 2002 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Blanc

Suzanne,

I’ll say. This and the 1979 rouge were highlights of the year for us.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
December 31st, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Blanc
Replies: 2
Views: 205

TN: 2002 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Blanc

2002 Joseph Drouhin Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches Blanc - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Beaune 1er Cru (12/30/2019) Popped and poured to accompany cracked Dungeness crab. Cork stained on the top, a very ominous sign, but fill was good. Medium golden color, with a pure nose of hyacinth, sea ai...
by Doug Lee
December 30th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Tasting of the Champagnes of Eric Rodez
Replies: 14
Views: 623

Re: A Tasting of the Champagnes of Eric Rodez

David

Will be on the lookout. Anticipate research will be rewarding!

Doug
by Doug Lee
December 30th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Tasting of the Champagnes of Eric Rodez
Replies: 14
Views: 623

Re: A Tasting of the Champagnes of Eric Rodez

David,

Thanks for writing this up. I have seen exactly two bottles of Rodez champagne (same store) available locally in recent months and both are the Crayeres bottling. However, after reading your post I am tempted to scratch the itch.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
December 30th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Tasting of the Champagnes of Eric Rodez
Replies: 14
Views: 623

Re: A Tasting of the Champagnes of Eric Rodez

duplicate post. Please delete.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
December 30th, 2019, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard
Replies: 5
Views: 322

Re: TN: 2005 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

Joe,

Great to hear from you. Trust and hope you are doing well. Happy New Year to you and yours also!

Greg,

I think you will be pleased. Hope you have several so you watch the arc over the next decade or so.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
December 29th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard
Replies: 5
Views: 322

Re: TN: 2005 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

Len,

Thanks for this. Joe is as you described him and his wines are delicious even with 17-18 years on them (& maybe more). This 05 will be no exception.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
December 29th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard
Replies: 5
Views: 322

TN: 2005 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

2005 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands (12/29/2019) Darker ruby color. Young, fresh nose of mulberry, cherry pits, raspberry, damp cellar. Vibrant fruit on the palate yielding layers of Bing cherry, mulberry, and red raspberry cut wit...
by Doug Lee
December 27th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico
Replies: 18
Views: 871

Re: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico

John,

I tend to agree with you. I have recorded 11 tasting notes in CT comprising the 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2004 Rancia, and the vast majority were rated in the 89-91 range. Tasted a 1997 in August of 2016, as well as a 1999 in July 2019, both scored 91. We’ll see.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
December 26th, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Japan Experts Help Please
Replies: 32
Views: 3987

Re: Japan Experts Help Please

We recently returned from an 8 day trip to Tokyo/Kyoto, our first to Japan. Stayed at the Cross Hotel in Kyoto and had a great experience. The hotel opened 1-2 years ago in a converted bowling alley and has a terrific staff and location a block from the Pontocho neighborhood. Breakfast array is amaz...
by Doug Lee
December 26th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 4
Views: 494

Re: TN: 2000 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Hah, I actually have some of this. Need to dig around in the cellar to find some. Thanks for the encouraging note, Jeff.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
December 26th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Eastside Tasting Group End of Year Extravaganza
Replies: 6
Views: 534

Re: TN: Eastside Tasting Group End of Year Extravaganza

Eric,

I enjoyed the pithy immediacy of your tasting notes. Sounds like quite a night.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
December 26th, 2019, 12:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico
Replies: 18
Views: 871

Re: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico

Doug,

Thanks for the heads up regarding the 2016 vintage. Will cellar appropriately.

Jeff,

I wish I had more than 1 bottle left! Please post your thoughts if you sample it.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
December 25th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico
Replies: 18
Views: 871

Re: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico

Doug,

I have not tasted the 2016 but it appears to be a great vintage. I will be looking to source some.


Neal,

Wish I had had the presence of mind to acquire the 2004 (did purchase some Rancia, though). It indeed should be rounding into view.


Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
December 25th, 2019, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere
Replies: 52
Views: 2288

Re: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere

Beautifully written and moving to read. Thank you, Dan, for sharing this.

Doug
by Doug Lee
December 25th, 2019, 12:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico
Replies: 18
Views: 871

Re: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico

David,

I have one left also. If you go for it I would be interested in your findings.

Cheers (and Happy Holidays),
Doug
by Doug Lee
December 24th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico
Replies: 18
Views: 871

Re: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico

John, John, and Ian:

In my mind, this and other Chianti Classico offerings can occupy a similar space to Kabinett bottlings in the white wine world: very fairly-priced, seem to age forever, shine with food, often fly under the radar.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
December 23rd, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico
Replies: 18
Views: 871

Re: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico

Loren,

Sounds good. The wine exhibited lots of vibrancy and IMHO could evolve positively for quite a while. Scores high in the QPR department.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
December 23rd, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico
Replies: 18
Views: 871

TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico

2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico - Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG (12/23/2019) Medium garnet color. Lovely nose of cherries, leather, forest floor, damp cellar. Elegant layers of pure, modestly tangy black cherry and blackberry fruit on the nicely-structured pala...
by Doug Lee
December 21st, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Domaine Alain Burguet Gevrey-Chambertin Mes Favorites Vieilles Vignes
Replies: 0
Views: 258

TN: 2005 Domaine Alain Burguet Gevrey-Chambertin Mes Favorites Vieilles Vignes

2005 Domaine Alain Burguet Gevrey-Chambertin Mes Favorites Vieilles Vignes - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin (12/20/2019) Decanted for an hour straight out of the cellar and allowed to reach room temperature. Darker ruby color. So much going on with the nose: almost searing high-...
by Doug Lee
December 15th, 2019, 12:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 05 Drouhin Chambolle 1er, 00 St I Seven Springs, 16 Cristom Mt. Jeff, NV Roederer
Replies: 6
Views: 385

Re: TNs: 05 Drouhin Chambolle 1er, 00 St I Seven Springs, 16 Cristom Mt. Jeff, NV Roederer

Kris,

Have not had the pleasure of going to Cafe Presse yet. Will remedy that soon.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
December 14th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 05 Drouhin Chambolle 1er, 00 St I Seven Springs, 16 Cristom Mt. Jeff, NV Roederer
Replies: 6
Views: 385

Re: TNs: 05 Drouhin Chambolle 1er, 00 St I Seven Springs, 16 Cristom Mt. Jeff, NV Roederer

Same to you Kris. While we waited we sampled the head cheese and mini-charcuterie, which filled the hour nicely. We are so lucky in this town.

Doug
by Doug Lee
December 14th, 2019, 4:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 05 Drouhin Chambolle 1er, 00 St I Seven Springs, 16 Cristom Mt. Jeff, NV Roederer
Replies: 6
Views: 385

Re: TNs: 05 Drouhin Chambolle 1er, 00 St I Seven Springs, 16 Cristom Mt. Jeff, NV Roederer

Kris,

It takes an hour to prepare (which is actually pretty miraculous) but that roast chicken is so worth it. We always try to bring a nice red burg to pair with it. Hope you get there soon.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
December 14th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 05 Drouhin Chambolle 1er, 00 St I Seven Springs, 16 Cristom Mt. Jeff, NV Roederer
Replies: 6
Views: 385

TNs: 05 Drouhin Chambolle 1er, 00 St I Seven Springs, 16 Cristom Mt. Jeff, NV Roederer

2005 Joseph Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru (12/14/2019) Brought to Le Pichet and paired with roast chicken. Popped and poured. Darker ruby. Deep nose of black cherry, raspberry, violets, damp cellar, forest floor, plum pits. Powerful a...
by Doug Lee
December 2nd, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leroy Beaux Monts vertical, 1990-2002
Replies: 14
Views: 1230

Re: Leroy Beaux Monts vertical, 1990-2002

Happy Birthday to Dr. Grenley!

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
November 27th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Chateau Musar Musar Jeune Red (Lebanon, Bekaa Valley)
Replies: 0
Views: 208

TN: 2015 Chateau Musar Musar Jeune Red (Lebanon, Bekaa Valley)

2015 Chateau Musar Musar Jeune Red - Lebanon, Bekaa Valley (11/27/2019) Purchased in Poipu and paired with grilled burgers. Dark garnet. Nose of damp cellar, dark currant, earth, tapenade, black pepper. Surprisingly dense and delicious on the tongue with layers of smoky black currant, graphite, bri...
by Doug Lee
November 26th, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old Hermitage Blanc - what to serve with it? (and decant?)
Replies: 31
Views: 1344

Re: Old Hermitage Blanc - what to serve with it? (and decant?)

Paired a 1996 Chave Hermitage Blanc with pesto several years ago (the recipe article recommended a white CdP). Went very well.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
November 18th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 9
Views: 607

Re: TN: 1999 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

Robert, Thanks for your reply. Yes there is certainly a lot of detail and texture to the palate which I have enjoyed when sampling Sandrone. And the nose on this showing was incredible. Diane, We also had the privilege of visiting the winery, back in 2004. Luca spent three hours with us (we sampled ...
by Doug Lee
November 17th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 9
Views: 607

Re: TN: 1999 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

Hi John, Diane, Michael, I thought this bottle showed very well, and 93 points is pretty high for me I guess (same score as 2001 Meo Clos de Vougeot and 1993 Pio Cesare Barbaresco Il Bricco in the last year for example). I also think the wine will improve significantly, as most 1999's will in my est...
by Doug Lee
November 17th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 9
Views: 607

TN: 1999 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

1999 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo (11/16/2019) Decanted for 4 hours and followed for several hours more paired with simple pasta, Parmesan, and olive oil. Medium garnet color with rusty scarlet hints. Striking, insistent nose of rose petals, camphor, tar, and e...
by Doug Lee
November 6th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNS: 2012 Raveneau Chablis MdT and 2014 Ceritas Chardonnay Trout Gulch
Replies: 4
Views: 412

Re: TNS: 2012 Raveneau Chablis MdT and 2014 Ceritas Chardonnay Trout Gulch

David,

If you go for it, hope it shows well like this bottle. With oysters, oh Mama.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
November 6th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNS: 2012 Raveneau Chablis MdT and 2014 Ceritas Chardonnay Trout Gulch
Replies: 4
Views: 412

Re: TNS: 2012 Raveneau Chablis MdT and 2014 Ceritas Chardonnay Trout Gulch

You’re welcome, Mike. I’m trying the whites a bit younger these days.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
November 6th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNS: 2012 Raveneau Chablis MdT and 2014 Ceritas Chardonnay Trout Gulch
Replies: 4
Views: 412

TNS: 2012 Raveneau Chablis MdT and 2014 Ceritas Chardonnay Trout Gulch

2012 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre - France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru (11/5/2019) Popped and poured to accompany oysters and clams. Pale white gold hue. Nose of sea air, flint, grapefruit, and apple core. Initially almost creamy on the palate, with eventual emergenc...
by Doug Lee
October 31st, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Jean-Michel Gerin Côte-Rôtie Champin le Seigneur
Replies: 4
Views: 467

Re: TN: 1999 Jean-Michel Gerin Côte-Rôtie Champin le Seigneur

Markus,

That’s what I have heard and read also, but then again I am not a frequent sampler of Northern Rhone wines. This bottle thankfully did not have any oak influence that I could detect. It was a soulful wine. Waiting 20 years after the vintage certainly did no harm.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
October 30th, 2019, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Jean-Michel Gerin Côte-Rôtie Champin le Seigneur
Replies: 4
Views: 467

Re: TN: 1999 Jean-Michel Gerin Côte-Rôtie Champin le Seigneur

Todd,

I really enjoyed it. Please post notes on your experience if able.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
October 28th, 2019, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Jean-Michel Gerin Côte-Rôtie Champin le Seigneur
Replies: 4
Views: 467

TN: 1999 Jean-Michel Gerin Côte-Rôtie Champin le Seigneur

1999 Jean-Michel Gerin Côte-Rôtie Champin le Seigneur - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie (10/27/2019) Darker, almost opaque garnet hue. Nose of black pepper, smoke, black plum, damp cellar. Well-delineated layers of plum, brambles, beef blood, licorice, and black pepper on the palate. Ampl...
by Doug Lee
October 23rd, 2019, 5:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: seems like 06 red burgs have tightened up lately...
Replies: 23
Views: 1520

Re: seems like 06 red burgs have tightened up lately...

Hi Paul,

FWIW I sampled 06 Mugnier NSG Clos de la Marechale for the first time recently and it was very open and enjoyable.

Cheers,
Doug
by Doug Lee
October 20th, 2019, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 0
Views: 310

TN: 1995 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

1995 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia - Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja (10/19/2019) Glistening ruby color with slightly brown edges. Voluminous nose of red currant, plum pits, hyacinth, leather, old oak, cinnamon. Bell-like clarity to the layers of elegantly lithe and vivaciou...
by Doug Lee
October 19th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Bousse d'Or
Replies: 4
Views: 378

Re: TN: 2002 La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Bousse d'Or

Marcus,

Nice to hear that this is wine that drew you in. I’ve sampled mostly 60 Ouvrees, but certainly would not mind having this bottling either particularly from 02.

Cheers,
Doug

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