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by Tomás Costa
October 27th, 2020, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: solid sparkling wine (well) under $20
Replies: 20
Views: 515

Re: solid sparkling wine (well) under $20

Look into espumantes by Vértice (Douro) or Murganheira (Bairrada).
by Tomás Costa
October 25th, 2020, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Clos des 60 Ouvrées
Replies: 16
Views: 623

Re: TN: 2010 La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Clos des 60 Ouvrées

Maybe you just don't like Burgundy, there's no shame in that! In fact, possibly you should count yourself lucky. Pousse d'Or sometimes gets criticized as monolithically fruity or lacking in complexity, which occasionally I can understand, but I do find them to be a reliable producer in producing at...
by Tomás Costa
October 25th, 2020, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Clos des 60 Ouvrées
Replies: 16
Views: 623

Re: TN: 2010 La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Clos des 60 Ouvrées

Alan Rath wrote:
October 25th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Tomás Costa wrote:
October 25th, 2020, 3:51 pm
He ignores his dear old mother's wishes, goes to jail for dereliction of duty and ultimately kills Carmen out of jealousy, ruining his life..
This should really be in a “spoiler alert”
You're late to the game! It premiered in 1875. [snort.gif]
by Tomás Costa
October 25th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXXI
Replies: 4
Views: 282

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXXI

There is no mere power of suggestion there - that Murças is clay aged. Talhas are typical of the Alentejo, but Esporão has been experimenting with them up in the Douro. For Azores wine I would heartily recommend those of the Azores Wine Company, which are crafted by António Maçanita (although I woul...
by Tomás Costa
October 25th, 2020, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Clos des 60 Ouvrées
Replies: 16
Views: 623

TN: 2010 La Pousse d'Or Volnay 1er Cru Clos des 60 Ouvrées

In the opera Carmen, Don José is bethroded to the virginal, and very reliable, Micaëla. Yet all it takes for the fickle, whimsical Carmen to win his heart over is to throw a flower in his direction and describe an hypothetical evening of dancing and frolicking at Lillas Pastia's tavern. He ignores h...
by Tomás Costa
October 23rd, 2020, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent TNs: Peters, Jouan, Barthod
Replies: 19
Views: 951

Re: Recent TNs: Peters, Jouan, Barthod

Great to hear! I was under the impression that Barthod wines were not very approachable in their youth...
by Tomás Costa
October 22nd, 2020, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: a Douro evening in three acts
Replies: 2
Views: 160

TNs: a Douro evening in three acts

Fun evening with friends - one of whom is a wonderful cook and served us a lovely Coelho à Caçador. I brought the red and our host provided the other two bottles, in what ended up being an all Douro trilogy. Quinta do Vallado Prima Branco 2019 100% Moscatel Galego. This had the tell tale nose of Cha...
by Tomás Costa
October 22nd, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT: How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines
Replies: 67
Views: 3833

Re: NYT: How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines

Joke's on the rich folk. They'll never taste wines from Santorini, Friuli, the Loire or the Dão.
by Tomás Costa
October 22nd, 2020, 4:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Legendary QPR Wine from each Major European Region
Replies: 68
Views: 3381

Re: The Legendary QPR Wine from each Major European Region

Douro: Niepoort Redoma (both colors)
Vinhos Verdes: Anselmo Mendes Contacto
Alentejo: Herdade do Esporão Reserva (red)

All easily sourced in the US, AFAIK.
by Tomás Costa
October 21st, 2020, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bairrada/Dao : rare Bussaco (Palacio do Buçaco) verticale, whites and reds, plus a rosé
Replies: 20
Views: 534

Re: Bairrada/Dao : rare Bussaco (Palacio do Buçaco) verticale, whites and reds, plus a rosé

A thought for Luis Pato Branco Vinhas Velhas (Bairrada), Sao Joao Frei Joao (Bairrada), Sao Joao Poco do Lobo (vinho regional Beiras) and even Niepoort Coche (Douro) .. The 1991 Luis Pato Vinhas Velhas Branco at the Domaine is fabulous. Some made it to the States, but have been oxidized. I also lik...
by Tomás Costa
October 21st, 2020, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Luis A. Rodriguez Vazquez Ribeiro Viña de Martin Escolma
Replies: 6
Views: 325

Re: TN: 2014 Luis A. Rodriguez Vazquez Ribeiro Viña de Martin Escolma

Never thought I'd find this note here! Luis is a family friend and I recall a lovely paella he cooked for us at his place. His little daughter, cute as a bug's ear, ran around destroying their backyard. Great memories.
by Tomás Costa
October 21st, 2020, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bairrada/Dao : rare Bussaco (Palacio do Buçaco) verticale, whites and reds, plus a rosé
Replies: 20
Views: 534

Re: Bairrada/Dao : rare Bussaco (Palacio do Buçaco) verticale, whites and reds, plus a rosé

Arjan Stavast wrote:
October 21st, 2020, 12:37 am
Got the reds. If you know of a better source than Garrafeira Nacional I’d appreciate if you could let me know as I’d be keen on getting some whites as well.
Check out Portugal Vineyards. Good selection at what appear to be lower shipping fees than Garrafeira Nacional.
by Tomás Costa
October 20th, 2020, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine Tollot-Beaut Chorey-les-Beaune
Replies: 10
Views: 575

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine Tollot-Beaut Chorey-les-Beaune

We need a wine piggy bank - the bottles go in and you can't touch them!
by Tomás Costa
October 20th, 2020, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bairrada/Dao : rare Bussaco (Palacio do Buçaco) verticale, whites and reds, plus a rosé
Replies: 20
Views: 534

Re: Bairrada/Dao : rare Bussaco (Palacio do Buçaco) verticale, whites and reds, plus a rosé

Sounds like an amazing tasting, great you managed to do it before the curfew! I discovered Bairrada wines this summer when tasting with Luis Pato. His Pe Franco from barrel was amazing. Upon return I read about Bussaco and figured I missed an opportunity to try something great by not visiting them....
by Tomás Costa
October 20th, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Burgundy (aka $100) Daily / Weekly Drinker
Replies: 108
Views: 4060

Re: The Burgundy (aka $100) Daily / Weekly Drinker

I’m with Michael that I’d rather drink village wines from solid producers than 1ers from Santenay, Savigny, or other more distant parts of Burgundy. I do drink both in fact because I like variety, but I find myself enjoying the CdN village wines more. And I’m talking producers like Bertheau, Fourri...
by Tomás Costa
October 20th, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Burgundy (aka $100) Daily / Weekly Drinker
Replies: 108
Views: 4060

Re: The Burgundy (aka $100) Daily / Weekly Drinker

I’m with Michael that I’d rather drink village wines from solid producers than 1ers from Santenay, Savigny, or other more distant parts of Burgundy. I do drink both in fact because I like variety, but I find myself enjoying the CdN village wines more. And I’m talking producers like Bertheau, Fourri...
by Tomás Costa
October 19th, 2020, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Burgundy (aka $100) Daily / Weekly Drinker
Replies: 108
Views: 4060

Re: The Burgundy (aka $100) Daily / Weekly Drinker

I'm really glad you posted this opinion. Seeing the prices for these village wines, I've often wondered to myself whether they are merely an unbalanced aberration - the consequence of a tide that has raised all boats as far as prices in Burgundy are concerned - or whether they do have a quality of ...
by Tomás Costa
October 19th, 2020, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bairrada/Dao : rare Bussaco (Palacio do Buçaco) verticale, whites and reds, plus a rosé
Replies: 20
Views: 534

Re: Bairrada/Dao : rare Bussaco (Palacio do Buçaco) verticale, whites and reds

Portuguese whites generally age poorly, but the Buçacos are the most famous, and most glorious, exception to that rule. What an enviable line up! I recently had the 1999 white Reservado and I thought it was still too youthful, in a way. Great stuff. Tomas, Thank you. As expected, that was really a ...
by Tomás Costa
October 19th, 2020, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 163
Views: 4844

Re: Real winenerd wines

However, many varieties have fallen into obscurity because of the difficulty of cultivation or poor yields, not because of their poor quality. This is exactly what happened with Touriga Nacional (which seems very unusual today when you think about it). Another situation worth mentioning is that som...
by Tomás Costa
October 19th, 2020, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Burgundy (aka $100) Daily / Weekly Drinker
Replies: 108
Views: 4060

Re: The Burgundy (aka $100) Daily / Weekly Drinker

I feel like village-level Burgundy by good producers is really carving out an entirely new niche in the wine world. These are fairly high-priced wines, equivalent to prestige labels in most other world wine regions, including Bordeaux (where $70-100 will get you a respected classed growth). At the ...
by Tomás Costa
October 19th, 2020, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bairrada/Dao : rare Bussaco (Palacio do Buçaco) verticale, whites and reds, plus a rosé
Replies: 20
Views: 534

Re: Bairrada/Dao : rare Bussaco (Palacio do Buçaco) verticale, whites and reds

Portuguese whites generally age poorly, but the Buçacos are the most famous, and most glorious, exception to that rule. What an enviable line up! I recently had the 1999 white Reservado and I thought it was still too youthful, in a way. Great stuff.
by Tomás Costa
October 19th, 2020, 6:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 JM Pillot Chassagne Rouge 1er Clos St Jean
Replies: 11
Views: 451

Re: TN: 2007 JM Pillot Chassagne Rouge 1er Clos St Jean

More recent vintages of Pillot will have a lot less oak. This! Less overt oaking now. The 2017 should be super nice. Haven't gotten to taste it. The 2015 is stunning. Since about 2009 Pillot’s wines have been phenomenal, and I’m thrilled the rest of the market hasn’t caught on (other than his Cheva...
by Tomás Costa
October 18th, 2020, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Quinta de Baixo Lagar de Baixo (Bairrada, Portugal)
Replies: 3
Views: 139

Re: TN: 2017 Quinta de Baixo Lagar de Baixo (Bairrada, Portugal)

Eric Ifune wrote:
October 18th, 2020, 4:03 pm
Baixo also makes some Pinot Noir, just to screw around. It's decent, but I had to ask why make Pinot when you had their old vine Baga. I love it too! champagne.gif
Of course, the star of the lineup is Poeirinho! One of the great table wines of Portugal...
by Tomás Costa
October 18th, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Quinta de Baixo Lagar de Baixo (Bairrada, Portugal)
Replies: 3
Views: 139

TN: 2017 Quinta de Baixo Lagar de Baixo (Bairrada, Portugal)

From Niepoort's Bairrada estate. God, I love this wine! Very pure, high toned cherry and blackberry, earthiness, spice and a bit of gameyness, lovely hints of rosemary and thyme, grippy acidity without being overwhelming. Sourced from 80-100 year old vines. Like a Baga Bourgogne, very gastronomical ...
by Tomás Costa
October 17th, 2020, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1981 Help!
Replies: 57
Views: 1924

Re: 1981 Help!

My very first thought was Madeira... Maybe Blandy's Malmsey, or D'Oliveira Sercial or Verdelho. Both well south of 1k.
by Tomás Costa
October 17th, 2020, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 163
Views: 4844

Re: Real winenerd wines

Colares has been mentioned already, and that would be my number one choice. Not sure if Jura vin jaune qualifies...
by Tomás Costa
October 17th, 2020, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Burgundy (aka $100) Daily / Weekly Drinker
Replies: 108
Views: 4060

Re: The Burgundy (aka $100) Daily / Weekly Drinker

I'd like to add a twist, or variation, to the original question: keeping it under $100, which of these wines would you also be interested in cellaring and see them develop over a number of years, despite the fact that they are drinking well young?
by Tomás Costa
October 16th, 2020, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Burgundy (aka $100) Daily / Weekly Drinker
Replies: 108
Views: 4060

Re: The Burgundy (aka $100) Daily / Weekly Drinker

If I could have several cases of Bachelet-Monnot la Fussiere (white) I'd be pretty happy. For reds, maybe Rossignol-Trapet Gevrey VV.
by Tomás Costa
October 16th, 2020, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vivino App comments?
Replies: 25
Views: 1009

Re: Vivino App comments?

Most of the Vivino reviews are clueless, but since the majority of Portuguese people seem to be unaware of CT's existence, the more knowledgeable reviews of domestic wines end up on Vivino. For that reason I derive some utility from it.
by Tomás Costa
October 15th, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 vintage 20+ year cellaring suggestions?
Replies: 23
Views: 1088

Re: 2017 vintage 20+ year cellaring suggestions?

Huh, Madeira is a great bet. I always have a 10 year bual in the house, but didn't realize it develops in the bottle. My understanding is that it basically doesn't. Maybe over a very long time it does a bit, but I don't think much would happen in 20 years. Madeira development is all about time in b...
by Tomás Costa
October 13th, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IG (Instagram) from WBers?
Replies: 195
Views: 10760

Re: IG (Instagram) from WBers?

My IG is in my signature! Happy to connect with any Berserkers.
by Tomás Costa
October 13th, 2020, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXX
Replies: 10
Views: 883

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXX

Always great to read your notes! And great to hear about cellar worthy wines which are reasonably priced...
by Tomás Costa
October 13th, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your favorite Chambertin (and Beze) besides Rousseau and Leroy?
Replies: 23
Views: 1464

Re: What's your favorite Chambertin (and Beze) besides Rousseau and Leroy?

Howard Cooper wrote:
October 13th, 2020, 4:23 am
Bouchard makes an excellent Beze.
Happy to own a few bottles of the 2015, but I suppose it will probably be many, many years before it's worth opening one.
by Tomás Costa
October 11th, 2020, 2:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Hall of Fame
Replies: 72
Views: 4553

Re: QPR Hall of Fame

António Maçanita's Fita Preta series: highly creative (dare I say boundary pushing) terroir inspired, quality approach to winemaking for no more than 25€ a bottle. Anselmo Mendes' Contacto. Can't think of a better summer quaffer for 10€. A lot of wines from the Portuguese cooperatives who have learn...
by Tomás Costa
October 9th, 2020, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Prats and Symington Chryseia (Douro, Portugal)
Replies: 4
Views: 196

Re: TN: 2017 Prats and Symington Chryseia (Douro, Portugal)

It's interesting that Mark Squires was Parkers number one minion. His palate is well thought of, I believe, in Portugal. If he has RMP's palate, he does a pretty good job of disguising it. I feel from his reviews that he manages to judge each wine on its own merits and its own profile, whether it's...
by Tomás Costa
October 8th, 2020, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Prats and Symington Chryseia (Douro, Portugal)
Replies: 4
Views: 196

Re: TN: 2017 Prats and Symington Chryseia (Douro, Portugal)

Hadn't had Chryseia for a few years. How's the oak these days? Like so many other Portuguese table wines, there is a move away from excessive Parkerization and towards greater balance. I found this very enjoyable, silky and generous without being overripe. That being said, it is not your typical Do...
by Tomás Costa
October 8th, 2020, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Prats and Symington Chryseia (Douro, Portugal)
Replies: 4
Views: 196

TN: 2017 Prats and Symington Chryseia (Douro, Portugal)

From magnum, decanted for 2.5 hours. This was a bit chill upon serving and had hints of cherry and orange liqueur, as well as deep black fruit in the foreground. As it warmed in the glass it displayed very evident notes of graphite and tobacco, mint and well integrated, subtle oak. A beautifully poi...
by Tomás Costa
October 7th, 2020, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Bouchard Vosne Romanee aka why was this so yummy?
Replies: 9
Views: 726

Re: TN: 2011 Bouchard Vosne Romanee aka why was this so yummy?

The wine was probably more ready to drink. I don't think Bouchard vosne is particularly anything to write home about, but glad you enjoyed it. Vosne village is a little bit of a sweet spot IMO, there are some good wines that aren't too overly expensive. Coquard Loison Fleurot, Vigot, G. Mugneret, C...
by Tomás Costa
October 5th, 2020, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best producers in Chambolle Musigny?
Replies: 59
Views: 3819

Re: Best producers in Chambolle Musigny?

A 2010 Amiot-Servelle Derrière la Grange was my red Burgundy siren song, the bottle that finally hit me over the head and made me understand the whole collective lunacy. If that is still far from the heights that the appellation can reach (as this thread seems to indicate), all I can say is - wow.
by Tomás Costa
October 3rd, 2020, 3:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best producers in Chambolle Musigny?
Replies: 59
Views: 3819

Re: Best producers in Chambolle Musigny?

A 2010 Amiot-Servelle Derrière la Grange was my Burgundy epiphany wine (an experience I thought I might never have as my budget is limited). If a producer like that doesn't make it to a list like this, I clearly have a lot to explore.
by Tomás Costa
October 2nd, 2020, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chassagne Montrachet Rouge
Replies: 46
Views: 2430

Re: Chassagne Montrachet Rouge

This is encouraging me to open my 2010 Bernard Moreau la Cardeuse!
by Tomás Costa
October 1st, 2020, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Amiot-Servelle Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Derrière La Grange
Replies: 3
Views: 226

Re: TN: 2010 Amiot-Servelle Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Derrière La Grange

A Songeur wrote:
October 1st, 2020, 5:56 am
Thanks for the Chambolle behind the Grange note. I only have 2. Should I wait or should I open?
For my taste this is drinking fantastic right now, but I'm not an experienced Burgundy drinker and YMMV. I do think the long decant helped, though.
by Tomás Costa
September 30th, 2020, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Amiot-Servelle Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Derrière La Grange
Replies: 3
Views: 226

TN: 2010 Amiot-Servelle Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Derrière La Grange

After a wonderfully flinty, unctuous, full bodied, mouthwateringly mineral 2018 Latour-Giraud Perrieres, I didn't think my evening would be improving much further. Well, this was an a absolute stunner after two hours in the decanter: a gloriously singing nose, with everything from red cherry, spice ...
by Tomás Costa
September 27th, 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2003 Chateau Pavie?
Replies: 16
Views: 1010

Re: 2003 Chateau Pavie?

That is the famous Parker vs. Jancis wine, right?
by Tomás Costa
September 27th, 2020, 1:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée
Replies: 19
Views: 826

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée

I have this too! Cool stuff, thanks.
by Tomás Costa
September 25th, 2020, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Casa Ferreirinha, Barca Velha Douro - when to drink?
Replies: 10
Views: 349

Re: 2000 Casa Ferreirinha, Barca Velha Douro - when to drink?

I'd say try it. I'm still waiting on a 91... With the caveat that YMMV and some people have a marked preference for full tertiary profiles, I find that I really like most top shelf Douros in the 15-20 year range: already well integrated and with added complexity, but still with plenty of black frui...
by Tomás Costa
September 25th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Casa Ferreirinha, Barca Velha Douro - when to drink?
Replies: 10
Views: 349

Re: 2000 Casa Ferreirinha, Barca Velha Douro - when to drink?

Loved the 08! Pricing is crazy! [wow.gif] 2008 Casa Ferreirinha Douro Barca Velha - Portugal, Douro A first for me...this was flat out killer! SO deep and dark fruited, with a plushness and wonderful finesse. Dark berry liqueured fruits, obviously Port -like, yet with total graphite powder dryness....
by Tomás Costa
September 25th, 2020, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Casa Ferreirinha, Barca Velha Douro - when to drink?
Replies: 10
Views: 349

Re: 2000 Casa Ferreirinha, Barca Velha Douro - when to drink?

Go for it, it's likely at its peak. The 2011, though (released a few weeks ago) will kick its butt once it hits its stride. It's a strong candidate for greatest Douro non-fortified wine of all time, and might be the first time a Barca Velha truly warrants the price tag. Regarding its frequency of re...
by Tomás Costa
September 22nd, 2020, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated Burgundy Vintages
Replies: 105
Views: 4346

Re: Underrated Burgundy Vintages

And what does "VERY long haul" even mean? What value is there in waiting 40 years for a wine to mature. Vintage Port has traditionally been passed on from parents to their children... Yes, but does that provide any demonstrable value, or just some level of sentimentality? I think there are two fact...
by Tomás Costa
September 22nd, 2020, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated Burgundy Vintages
Replies: 105
Views: 4346

Re: Underrated Burgundy Vintages

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
September 22nd, 2020, 7:06 am
And what does "VERY long haul" even mean? What value is there in waiting 40 years for a wine to mature.
Vintage Port has traditionally been passed on from parents to their children...

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