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by Jan Janas
February 23rd, 2021, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Mosel is the real deal
Replies: 16
Views: 1001

Re: TNs: Mosel is the real deal

Jan, congratulations on finding German Rieslings from the MSR. Loved your notes and esp. your enthusiasm. These are the best wine values in the world. I think your next step should be trying to find German wines with some age on them. Whether from the producers you tasted or the producers you want ...
by Jan Janas
February 23rd, 2021, 3:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Mosel is the real deal
Replies: 16
Views: 1001

Re: TNs: Mosel is the real deal

Welcome to the club! You picked a great selections of wines. Thanks for the notes. Thanks Robert! All thanks to the Berserkers. I picked these wines based on what's discussed here. Next time around I'll try to get some AJ Adam, Maximin Grünhaus, and Zilliken. I actually ordered a Dhroner Kabinett f...
by Jan Janas
February 23rd, 2021, 2:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Mosel is the real deal
Replies: 16
Views: 1001

TNs: Mosel is the real deal

This February I dedicated myself to the Mosel. A complete revelation that left me smitten. I now consider these wines amongst my very favorites. I mean: drinkable, pleasurable, moreish, yet refined, elegant, and complex. The fact that they are the best values in fine wine is just incredible. Reading...
by Jan Janas
February 23rd, 2021, 12:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BuzzFeed Take on Impact of Wine Price
Replies: 21
Views: 1711

Re: BuzzFeed Take on Impact of Wine Price

Guys this is nothing. This one is the real deal:



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by Jan Janas
February 19th, 2021, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good wine lists in San Diego?
Replies: 26
Views: 1566

Re: Good wine lists in San Diego?

$125 corkage? might as well say sorry we don‘t allow byo!
by Jan Janas
February 14th, 2021, 2:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy aging rule of thumb
Replies: 39
Views: 2747

Re: Burgundy aging rule of thumb

In Burgundy, there are no rules, only exceptions. [cheers.gif]
by Jan Janas
February 12th, 2021, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to pair with Prum Auslese?
Replies: 73
Views: 3221

Re: What to pair with Prum Auslese?

Chicken Tikka Masala, preferable this guy's:

by Jan Janas
February 12th, 2021, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1881
Views: 127373

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

I couldn't be happier with the Laherte Frères Extra Brut Ultradition at this price point. Complex - a pot pourri of bruised apple, minerality, brioche, a hint of vanilla, white flowers - deliciously rich, creamy yet fresh, scratched my itch with gusto. IMG_20210211_203004.jpg In Laherte we trust! N...
by Jan Janas
February 12th, 2021, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No wine in my cellar is safe from getting its cork pulled
Replies: 86
Views: 4229

Re: No wine in my cellar is safe from getting its cork pulled

This is a great philosophy and I would love to be in the same situation one day. While it is fun to be organised, put constraints, and plan ahead, one shouldn't forget to be free-spirited and spontaneous. Some of the best things in life come from just doing something without overthinking it [cheers....
by Jan Janas
February 12th, 2021, 3:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1881
Views: 127373

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

I couldn't be happier with the Laherte Frères Extra Brut Ultradition at this price point. Complex - a pot pourri of bruised apple, minerality, brioche, a hint of vanilla, white flowers - deliciously rich, creamy yet fresh, scratched my itch with gusto. IMG_20210211_203004.jpg In Laherte we trust! N...
by Jan Janas
February 5th, 2021, 1:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?
Replies: 128
Views: 6314

Re: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?

I get the feeling this thread got a bit out of topic. The question was which region can deliver the same heights as Bordeaux and Burgundy for a fraction of the price, not which regions in the $20-25 range offer the best value. In this sense, I think Germany's case is hard to ignore: Mosel (JJ Prum, ...
by Jan Janas
February 5th, 2021, 1:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Wagner-Stempel Siefersheimer Heerkretz Riesling Großes Gewächs
Replies: 8
Views: 522

Re: TN: 2019 Wagner-Stempel Siefersheimer Heerkretz Riesling Großes Gewächs

How did you get your hands on it? Here in Melbourne no sight of German 2019 GG or Mosels yet!
by Jan Janas
February 2nd, 2021, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Egly-Ouriet Champagne Les Prémices (France, Champagne)
Replies: 9
Views: 692

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

Thanks for the honesty on this one IkkaL. Around here prices for this new cuvee and the Grand Cru 'Tradition' are pretty much the same, which I found weird, if this is supposed to be a new entry-level.
by Jan Janas
February 2nd, 2021, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Laherte Frères - Champagne Extra Brut "Ultradition" (France, Champagne)
Replies: 10
Views: 460

Re: TN: NV Laherte Frères - Champagne Extra Brut "Ultradition" (France, Champagne)

It's weird that the search bar didn't give any hits, as I posted recently a TN on this wine, amongst others: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=177074

Tomas, what else will you be opening from Laherte?
by Jan Janas
February 1st, 2021, 9:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?
Replies: 60
Views: 3517

Re: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?

If I want cola I buy a cola [snort.gif]
by Jan Janas
February 1st, 2021, 2:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 38
Views: 2674

Re: TN: 2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

Slight thread drift here... I was surprised to read recently that due to weak demand for their white wine, in recent history LdH replanted a big section of Tondonia from white to red. This is apparently why the red réserva is abundant while the whites have become increasingly difficult (and pricey)...
by Jan Janas
January 30th, 2021, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MFW 55: ode to Kabinett / origin and meaning of vineyard names
Replies: 12
Views: 620

Re: MFW 55: ode to Kabinett / origin and meaning of vineyard names

Really interesting read indeed. I wasn't familiar with how much Kabinett changed stylistically over the years, and how much vinegrowers had to adapt to the different climate conditions. On the vineyard names part, Mosel has some of the most beautiful and evocative names, which fits with the scenery...
by Jan Janas
January 30th, 2021, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Dönnhoff QbA
Replies: 3
Views: 294

Re: TN: 2019 Dönnhoff QbA

Is this the estate Riesling or a step below? I liked the 2018 rendition and would expect 2019 to be even better if only based on the strength of the vintage. Fair to hear it might need a bit more time though.
by Jan Janas
January 30th, 2021, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MFW 55: ode to Kabinett / origin and meaning of vineyard names
Replies: 12
Views: 620

Re: MFW 55: ode to Kabinett / origin and meaning of vineyard names

Really interesting read indeed. I wasn't familiar with how much Kabinett changed stylistically over the years, and how much vinegrowers had to adapt to the different climate conditions. On the vineyard names part, Mosel has some of the most beautiful and evocative names, which fits with the scenery...
by Jan Janas
January 30th, 2021, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Kabinett (AP 3)
Replies: 13
Views: 1105

Re: TN: 2019 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Kabinett (AP 3)

Has anyone tried to 2018 version of the Domprobst Kabi? I wanted to buy the 2016 but it was sold out and had to re-route to 2018. 2019 hasn't hit the shelves here yet. I got shut out on the 2018, but you can...never...go...wrong. That's what I want to hear. Very excited about my 2016 Domprobst Spät...
by Jan Janas
January 30th, 2021, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Kabinett (AP 3)
Replies: 13
Views: 1105

Re: TN: 2019 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Kabinett (AP 3)

Has anyone tried to 2018 version of the Domprobst Kabi? I wanted to buy the 2016 but it was sold out and had to re-route to 2018. 2019 hasn't hit the shelves here yet.
by Jan Janas
January 30th, 2021, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MFW 55: ode to Kabinett / origin and meaning of vineyard names
Replies: 12
Views: 620

Re: MFW 55: ode to Kabinett / origin and meaning of vineyard names

Really interesting read indeed. I wasn't familiar with how much Kabinett changed stylistically over the years, and how much vinegrowers had to adapt to the different climate conditions. On the vineyard names part, Mosel has some of the most beautiful and evocative names, which fits with the scenery ...
by Jan Janas
January 25th, 2021, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wines of Germanys Pfalz region. Discuss...
Replies: 45
Views: 2740

Re: The Wines of Germanys Pfalz region. Discuss...

We have had in the past weekly threads where people drink and post tasting notes on Burgundy by village. It would be neat to do the same for German wines. Maybe a week each for Mosel Saar and Ruwer Rheingau Nahe Pfalz Rheinhessen Baden and Franken Mittlerhein I would also be down for a weekly Germa...
by Jan Janas
January 24th, 2021, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Wittmann Riesling Estate 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 717

Re: TN: Wittmann Riesling Estate 2018

Adam Frisch wrote: January 24th, 2021, 1:15 pm $100 is far to go in this annus horribilis. But if Berserker Day goes well, I might splash on a Morstein GG! [wow.gif]
If we lived close to each other I'd say: let's split that beast! Sharing is half the price but double the fun [cheers.gif]
by Jan Janas
January 24th, 2021, 2:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: November 2020 - Who likes grower Champagne?
Replies: 3
Views: 375

Re: TNs: November 2020 - Who likes grower Champagne?

Wonderful notes, thank you. I’ve been exploring grower champagnes too. This list highlights many of my favorites Thanks, Brian! Many of these were selected by reading this forum, which explains the high percentage of 'forum' darlings. When it comes to sourcing wines, nothing has a higher hit rate t...
by Jan Janas
January 24th, 2021, 2:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine touring in the time of Covid: Portugal
Replies: 22
Views: 1619

Re: Wine touring in the time of Covid: Portugal

Time for me to contribute - many thanks to our favorite WB Portugal ambassador, Tomas Costa, for the tip on this one. 1999 Viuva Gomes Tinto, Colares, Portugal (11% alc.) On the nose raspberries, dried cherries, tobacco, some St.-Joseph-like minerality - blood and iron. On the palate, the wine is hi...
by Jan Janas
January 24th, 2021, 2:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone else prefer Champagne to not be overly yeasty?
Replies: 51
Views: 2642

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

Totally fair not to like autolysis-driven notes in Champagne, and I have heard that one before. Personally, I like it, but I also feel like it gets magnified in certain Champagnes when there is a lot of reserve wine, and the blend includes a high percentage of red grapes. In most Blanc de Blancs I f...
by Jan Janas
January 24th, 2021, 2:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 38
Views: 2674

Re: TN: 2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

Really good to hear! I bought 24 bottles and six magnums without having as yet tasted it, such is my faith in LdH—and my colleague Luis, who loved it. William, if you bought 24 of the Tondonia tinto, how many did you buy of the blanco in the same vintage? Can't buy one without the other [drinkers.g...
by Jan Janas
January 24th, 2021, 12:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: November 2020 - Who likes grower Champagne?
Replies: 3
Views: 375

TNs: November 2020 - Who likes grower Champagne?

Since late last year, I have been trying to get more focused on my explorations, devolving a full month on a certain theme or region. Not only in my purchases but also at bars or restaurants I try to push myself to try those items off the list that fit what I am trying to learn at that moment, and I...
by Jan Janas
January 21st, 2021, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not much Australia talk here...
Replies: 90
Views: 5158

Re: Not much Australia talk here...

Tolpuddle Chardonnay very good. Their Pinot Noir is good but reckon the Chardonnay is a step up. Much prefer it to the M3 Chardonnay, and also to the Shaw and Smith single vineyard Lenswood Chardonnay. Pretty much what I‘d expect to hear. Have you had any Chardonnay from Sentio in Beechworth? Much ...
by Jan Janas
January 21st, 2021, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not much Australia talk here...
Replies: 90
Views: 5158

Re: Not much Australia talk here...

I recently poured a 2012 Leeuwin Art Series for some experienced Burg collector friends, in a blind zoom tasting. They called it perfectly -- they thought it was a White Burgundy, but noted the fruit had a little more ripeness and sweetness to it, so they thought maybe from a ripe vintage, or maybe...
by Jan Janas
January 20th, 2021, 9:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not much Australia talk here...
Replies: 90
Views: 5158

Re: Not much Australia talk here...

I just bought some Leeuwin and Vasse Felix chardonnays Leeuwin makes some of the best Chardonnays in the world for the price in my opinion. Never had a bad one and with screw cap closure no flawed bottles. I recently poured a 2012 Leeuwin Art Series for some experienced Burg collector friends, in a...
by Jan Janas
January 19th, 2021, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me love Chenin Blanc
Replies: 76
Views: 3902

Re: Please help me love Chenin Blanc

Secateurs' Chenin from South Africa is a cracker for the price.
by Jan Janas
January 19th, 2021, 2:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Frank Cornelissen Susucaru Rosato (Italy, Sicily, Terre Siciliane)
Replies: 19
Views: 1359

Re: TN: 2019 Frank Cornelissen Susucaru Rosato (Italy, Sicily, Terre Siciliane)

This must be one of the producers with the highest gap in appreciation I have ever seen. Too bad the prices he fetches turn me off taking a flyer and trying for myself. The other thread on Cornelissen made me very skeptical...
by Jan Janas
January 19th, 2021, 1:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not much Australia talk here...
Replies: 90
Views: 5158

Re: Not much Australia talk here...

If you avoid most of South Australia, you'll probably get something balanced. That’s a bit too generic. Like saying avoid Spain. And then miss on Wendouree, Grosset, Ashton Hills? In very broad terms, avoid Barossa Valley & McLaren Vale, but Adelaide Hills & Clare Valley are fine. Coonawarr...
by Jan Janas
January 18th, 2021, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Clean Wine Movement...
Replies: 26
Views: 1362

Re: The Clean Wine Movement...

I thought clean wine was a way of saying 'traditional', as in 'non-natty', and now they come up and take it for their non-sense lifestyle marketing fad. [snort.gif]
by Jan Janas
January 18th, 2021, 10:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not much Australia talk here...
Replies: 90
Views: 5158

Re: Not much Australia talk here...

Eurocentric site. Plenty of info here from knowledgeable Aussie fans that live in Australia. Hunter Sems, Margaret River, Barossa, Coonawarra, and McClaren Vale all get a bit of play. Just ask. I appreciate that. Had 2 Aussie Shirazs from Wine Access over the weekend and really enjoyed both- 2017 T...
by Jan Janas
January 18th, 2021, 5:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best regions in 2021
Replies: 28
Views: 1567

Re: Best regions in 2021

For me, 2018 wasn‘t that great in many regions, and 2019 can‘t come soon enough. I‘m pretty stoked about 2019 german riesling, northern rhone, and loire.
by Jan Janas
January 16th, 2021, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The World's Biggest Wine Lovers
Replies: 35
Views: 2052

Re: The World's Biggest Wine Lovers

Not surprised with the price-quality-ratio you have going on over there. I would pop bottles for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if I were you!
by Jan Janas
January 16th, 2021, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Wittmann Riesling Estate 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 717

Re: TN: Wittmann Riesling Estate 2018

I've heard Wittmann does at least one bone-dry one - would you classify this as one in the Australian vein, Jan? i can sense you are interested in dry Riesling, Adam. Please try a Morstein GG. In fact it would be a prerequisite for discussing Trocken Riesling champagne.gif champagne.gif champagne.g...
by Jan Janas
January 16th, 2021, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best pairings
Replies: 83
Views: 3563

Re: best pairings

The best pairing goes to 2005 Lopez de Heredia Tondonia Blanco with saffron, shiitake, and leek vegetarian paella! [berserker.gif] https://i.imgur.com/wKUF4UN.jpg https://i.imgur.com/l4plEfy.jpg?1 Honorable mentions to Krug NV with truffle & mushroom pasta, Riesling and pork in various forms and...
by Jan Janas
January 16th, 2021, 1:34 am
Forum: Event Planner - Online or Offline
Topic: Melbourne Offline/Tasting Group
Replies: 2
Views: 365

Melbourne Offline/Tasting Group

Hey folks, I'm looking for people living in Melbourne willing to meet up and share this hobby together. At the moment some of my friends are into wine but I feel like none of them are into it as much as I am at this point, and I'd be nice to expand my social connections with some more dedicated wino...
by Jan Janas
January 15th, 2021, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screaming eagle
Replies: 45
Views: 6894

Re: Screaming eagle

Not sure what is going on here but it could end up being fun... [popcorn.gif]
by Jan Janas
January 15th, 2021, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pet annoyance with all the waiting list wineries.
Replies: 32
Views: 2983

Re: Pet annoyance with all the waiting list wineries.

larry schaffer wrote: January 15th, 2021, 1:35 pm If you have to ask . . .
. . . it's too expensive for you.
by Jan Janas
January 15th, 2021, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin Pivot
Replies: 2
Views: 420

Re: Coravin Pivot

If you have the OG coravin this is probably unnecessary. Not sure how this is less work either, since you have to uncork and insert a stopper plus opening and closing it each time. The hole is fairly wide too, with more risk of oxygenation.
by Jan Janas
January 15th, 2021, 3:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Wittmann Riesling Estate 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 717

Re: TN: Wittmann Riesling Estate 2018

Arjan Stavast wrote: January 15th, 2021, 3:27 am “A hint of inflatable pool toy”
Never saw that one before but can immediately imagine what you mean! 😂
With all that beautiful fruit it was really just a hint of it! [snort.gif]
by Jan Janas
January 15th, 2021, 3:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Wittmann Riesling Estate 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 717

Re: TN: Wittmann Riesling Estate 2018

I've heard Wittmann does at least one bone-dry one - would you classify this as one in the Australian vein, Jan? Oh dear, I just wrote an answer and realised only after submitting it that I had clicked on the wrong button and "reported" your post! [wow.gif] Let's try again: no, I think th...
by Jan Janas
January 15th, 2021, 2:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Wittmann Riesling Estate 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 717

TN: Wittmann Riesling Estate 2018

At first, very powerful and concentrated, quite creamy and ripe, with a juicy, yellow peach fruit core and an ample mouthfeel, showing the mark of the sunkissed 2018 vintage. However, after a day in the fridge, the baby fat comes off, revealing a much more transparent, minerally undercurrent. Still ...
by Jan Janas
January 14th, 2021, 10:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sami-Odi New Releases
Replies: 12
Views: 904

Re: Sami-Odi New Releases

Thanks for the notes, Jeremy! I got my offer for these recently - it's my first time with them. Hopefully, I like them as much as everyone else and can keep buying them year after year. Can't wait to try these as I really don't like most Barossa Shiraz usually but happy to be proven wrong here. By t...
by Jan Janas
January 13th, 2021, 3:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A brosé bronanza with the brochachos
Replies: 25
Views: 2052

Re: A brosé bronanza with the brochachos

Brochachos, who was the cook? Looks amazing.

The discussion got me interested in Clos Cibonne, I can only see the 2018 Tradition around me. Anyone tried it yet?

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