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by Tomás Costa
July 12th, 2020, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burg Frenzy
Replies: 7
Views: 467

Re: Burg Frenzy

When I grow up I want a tasting like that, too!
by Tomás Costa
July 12th, 2020, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13677
Views: 667306

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

3x 2015 Bouchard Chambertin Clos de Beze*

* my bank account has a black eye.
by Tomás Costa
July 12th, 2020, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you calculate your end of life when thinking about what to buy?
Replies: 18
Views: 503

Re: Do you calculate your end of life when thinking about what to buy?

As a 27 year old without a tenured job, I calculate the end of my disposable income. pileon
by Tomás Costa
July 11th, 2020, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?
Replies: 96
Views: 3282

Re: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?

To answer the OPs question in a different way, I am now about 65. I bet at least half the red Burgundy in my cellar as of right now was purchased since I turned 50. A lot of the red Burgundy I owned in 2005 has been drunk over the last 15 years. And it has been very rare for me to spend over $150 o...
by Tomás Costa
July 11th, 2020, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old World vs New World tasting
Replies: 28
Views: 797

Re: Old World vs New World tasting

Those would be excellent to compare with that Munda 2012 I once found in Australia. Touriga Nacional hails from the Dão region and varietal expression is typical from there. I remember that one, it was a 2009 Quinta do Mondego . I can also see a Shiraz Touriga 50/50 blend, but I don't think you hav...
by Tomás Costa
July 11th, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old World vs New World tasting
Replies: 28
Views: 797

Re: Old World vs New World tasting

do you mind translating it in words I can understand? Now that's interesting! What that article describes is a typical Douro blend - all those varietals tick the boxes. I knew Touriga Nacional was being planted in Australia, but I had no idea they were replicating the exact same blend that the Dour...
by Tomás Costa
July 11th, 2020, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tasting a Memory
Replies: 22
Views: 624

Re: TN: Tasting a Memory

What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing. Life is truly made worth it in moments like those.
by Tomás Costa
July 11th, 2020, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?
Replies: 96
Views: 3282

Re: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?

Same with the Luis Pato wines, though I've not had a red from Filipa. I love Luis Pato, but I don't think his wines resemble Burgundy. Filipa, his daughter, makes leaner, more acidic wines with purer fruit. Maria Joao, his other daughter who works with him, is starting to push in that direction as ...
by Tomás Costa
July 11th, 2020, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old World vs New World tasting
Replies: 28
Views: 797

Re: Old World vs New World tasting

do you mind translating it in words I can understand? Now that's interesting! What that article describes is a typical Douro blend - all those varietals tick the boxes. I knew Touriga Nacional was being planted in Australia, but I had no idea they were replicating the exact same blend that the Dour...
by Tomás Costa
July 11th, 2020, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?
Replies: 96
Views: 3282

Re: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?

I do think like most other wine regions, many burgs are accessible much younger than in years gone by. With one exception, I've only had village level Burgundies from the last six vintages and they were all drinking splendidly, but in your statement are you including the top GC/1ers? My experience ...
by Tomás Costa
July 11th, 2020, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old World vs New World tasting
Replies: 28
Views: 797

Re: Old World vs New World tasting

I have never tasted any Touriga Nacional wines from Australia, but there are plenty of producers using the grape nowadays. A quick search got me to this list:

https://www.vinodiversity.com/touriga-nacional.html
by Tomás Costa
July 11th, 2020, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?
Replies: 96
Views: 3282

Re: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?

I do think like most other wine regions, many burgs are accessible much younger than in years gone by. With one exception, I've only had village level Burgundies from the last six vintages and they were all drinking splendidly, but in your statement are you including the top GC/1ers? My experience ...
by Tomás Costa
July 11th, 2020, 2:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red Burgundy sleepers
Replies: 162
Views: 17012

Re: Red Burgundy sleepers

Catherine et Claude Marechal Savigny VV. Absolutely delicious wine with very good concentration. The '09 and '10 are a revelation. Went through a case of the '09 in no time, it was that good. Thought I might bump this thread by revealing that I had the' 14 of this wine and it was perfectly lovely. ...
by Tomás Costa
July 10th, 2020, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?
Replies: 96
Views: 3282

Re: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?

Certainly not Bairrada, a relatively maritime region whose producers see themselves as Portugal's Bordelais - the Caves São João's Cabernets being evidence of that. Well, at Baixo, they're growing Pinot Noir. A Dirk Niepoort property for sure! It's quite good, but when matched against their very co...
by Tomás Costa
July 9th, 2020, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Pol Roger Champagne Blanc de Blancs (France, Champagne)
Replies: 9
Views: 575

Re: TN: 2008 Pol Roger Champagne Blanc de Blancs (France, Champagne)

Pol Roger is one of those producers I'd buy all the time if I could afford it. I should have made a TN of the 2002 Winston Churchill cuvée I had, because it would have been my very first time using 'mille-feuille' as an aroma descriptor.
by Tomás Costa
July 9th, 2020, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?
Replies: 96
Views: 3282

Re: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?

I will make some fairly specific recommendations to the OP (I am writing only about red wines in this post): Look for 2009 and/or 2010 wines from the Cote de Beaune. There are hundreds available. Appellations I would look for would be: Pernand Savigny-les-Beaune (generally agreed best value) Beaune...
by Tomás Costa
July 9th, 2020, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?
Replies: 96
Views: 3282

Re: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?

Tomas, I agree with your first post. Yes, there are plenty of fine sub $150 Burgundies, but you have wines from the Dao and Barriada which are similar in style and quality for a quarter or a fifth the price. Some say there is no replacement for Burgundy, but I believe them to be quite insular. They...
by Tomás Costa
July 9th, 2020, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanter award for Parker and interview/profile
Replies: 39
Views: 2246

Re: Decanter award for Parker and interview/profile

https://www.decanter.com/premium/robert ... ow-440353/

As a bonus, apparently RMP has re-reviewed some of his 100 point wines. Has anyone with a Decanter subscription checked it out?
by Tomás Costa
July 9th, 2020, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?
Replies: 96
Views: 3282

Re: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?

I think the problem is in seeing Burgundy as the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, rather just another wine region which has a vast array of wines in terms of quality, style and price. If you don't inflate your expectations, you'll be fine. If, however, you find nothing particularly interesting...
by Tomás Costa
July 9th, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?
Replies: 96
Views: 3282

Re: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?

If you think one is really good and the other not so good, Burgundy probably is not for you. If you think, wow, both of these wines are really good but they are really distinct from each other, you will be hooked. It is probably better to compare different vineyards from the same producer, as you m...
by Tomás Costa
July 9th, 2020, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?
Replies: 96
Views: 3282

Re: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?

kmason wrote:
July 9th, 2020, 8:06 am
Geez 50. I'm approaching 70 and I just bought a case of 2015 Pousse d'Or Corton Bressandes Grand Cru. That's my answer [cheers.gif]
That's another much praised high QPR wine! When do you plan on opening the first one?
by Tomás Costa
July 9th, 2020, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?
Replies: 96
Views: 3282

Re: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?

Disclaimer: I am a complete newbie, and given that feel free to ignore 100% of what I say. The impression I've gotten around this forum is that there is plenty of enjoyable Burgundy to be had in an array of price ranges, but the famous 'Burgundy epiphany' only comes from aged wines of superior quali...
by Tomás Costa
July 9th, 2020, 5:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It’s good, again. Alcohol has been rehabilitated...
Replies: 11
Views: 965

Re: It’s good, again. Alcohol has been rehabilitated...

Nutritional advice can be found which advocates for a certain point of view and for its opposite. I once read an article that explains why; reasonably enough, it boils down to unreliable subjects and difficulty in data collection. For instance, when monitoring the effects of a diet we rely solely on...
by Tomás Costa
July 7th, 2020, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Someone is Playing a Joke on Me...
Replies: 11
Views: 1065

Re: Someone is Playing a Joke on Me...

There's this wine called Sexy. The name is stupid but the wine is actually pretty good value - I love the oenologist in his more serious bottlings. You might be surprised! Or not.
by Tomás Costa
July 7th, 2020, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Domaine Denis Mortet Bourgogne Cuvée de Noble Souche
Replies: 5
Views: 258

Re: TN: 2005 Domaine Denis Mortet Bourgogne Cuvée de Noble Souche

Agreed on 05 being backward, and really frustrating. It was hyped as the vintage of the millennium throughout France, and no region is working out well thus far - Burgundy, Bordeaux, etc. The more I read this forum, the more discouraged I am from opening my 2005 Ch. de Briailles Clos du Roi any tim...
by Tomás Costa
July 6th, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY 1er Cru question
Replies: 51
Views: 3960

Re: CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY 1er Cru question

Faiveley Combe D'Orveaux and Fuees under the old regime, sensational and grossly underappreciated wines, Clavelier Combe D'Orveaux, Barthod Veroilles for the Bonnes Mares axis and Remy Derriere La Grange. Hi Tom, What do you consider the last vintage of the old Faiveley regime ? Thanks Not Tom but ...
by Tomás Costa
July 5th, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXIII
Replies: 8
Views: 566

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXIII

Thanks for the notes. Love your writing style: as a musician I really appreciated that 'stays in the bass register' metaphor. That Cabeças do Reguengo hotel bottling is part of a recent vogue in Alentejo to 'go back to its roots' and shed its image of easy drinking, smooth reds (whatever that means)...
by Tomás Costa
July 5th, 2020, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Red Burgundy
Replies: 22
Views: 1388

Re: 2014 Red Burgundy

Had a 2014 Rossignol-Trapet village wine which was lovely for my taste, but I have no term of comparison to when those wines were released.
by Tomás Costa
July 4th, 2020, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine Robert-Denogent Pouilly-Fuissé La Croix Vieilles Vignes
Replies: 1
Views: 129

TN: 2015 Domaine Robert-Denogent Pouilly-Fuissé La Croix Vieilles Vignes

14% ABV and 30 month elevage. After a 2017 Marc Colin En Montceau, this was like getting slapped in the nape by the cool kid from school. Rich yellow, slightly dusty color; wild nose: harsh and mineral with a few underlying notes of lemon, apple cider, quince, persimmon and cantaloupe. There was als...
by Tomás Costa
July 1st, 2020, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy bitten
Replies: 29
Views: 1878

Re: Burgundy bitten

Spent another small fortune today (for my standards) and only curiosity has bitten me so far. I'm not sure whether I want to love these wines or be disappointed in them. I know what my wallet thinks, though.
by Tomás Costa
July 1st, 2020, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Baudry 2019 Chinon Rose
Replies: 12
Views: 383

Re: TN: Baudry 2019 Chinon Rose

Can Baudry do any wrong? I'm happily cellaring a bunch of his wines.
by Tomás Costa
July 1st, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?
Replies: 83
Views: 2730

Re: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

1990 Château d'Yquem, for sure.
by Tomás Costa
June 30th, 2020, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanter award for Parker and interview/profile
Replies: 39
Views: 2246

Re: Decanter award for Parker and interview/profile

I doubt Parker, as a wine lover, is as limited as many make him out to be. He has his tendencies, as we all do, but he has tasted far and wide (some say too much, actually). He's also now part of a paradigm we've overcome, and people who are yesterday's news are rarely kind to the new kids on the bl...
by Tomás Costa
June 29th, 2020, 4:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Herdade do Mouchão Alentejo (Portugal, Alentejano, Alentejo)
Replies: 1
Views: 140

Re: TN: 2011 Herdade do Mouchão Alentejo (Portugal, Alentejano, Alentejo)

Thanks for the note Adam. There are fresher Alicantes in Alentejo to be sure, but this is a very standard example of how the grape is used from one of the most well known producers.
by Tomás Costa
June 28th, 2020, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jancis Robinson on the next cult wines
Replies: 37
Views: 2578

Re: Jancis Robinson on the next cult wines

I've just found out that one major publication does pay for all flights and meals, which I did not know. Which one? The Wine Advocate . It's the same for Vinous , too. And I'm sure a few others. I believe that Brad Baker, for example, makes a point of purchasing all the wines he reviews. For all th...
by Tomás Costa
June 28th, 2020, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Domaine Chandon de Briailles Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Les Vergelesses
Replies: 7
Views: 319

Re: TN: 2009 Domaine Chandon de Briailles Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Les Vergelesses

Thanks for the note. Would you say this has overcome the tight phase already? I'm not familiar with the producer yet, but waiting for a 2005 Clos du Roi to arrive, which I'm looking forward to.
by Tomás Costa
June 27th, 2020, 3:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy bitten
Replies: 29
Views: 1878

Re: Burgundy bitten

I've got a 2005 Chandon de Briailles Corton Clos du Roi for my birthday - I've only had village wines so far - and I'm almost hoping I don't like it all that much, so I don't start chasing any pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Corton was my first grand cru Burgundy as well. While not nearly re...
by Tomás Costa
June 26th, 2020, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy bitten
Replies: 29
Views: 1878

Re: Burgundy bitten

I've got a 2005 Chandon de Briailles Corton Clos du Roi for my birthday - I've only had village wines so far - and I'm almost hoping I don't like it all that much, so I don't start chasing any pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
by Tomás Costa
June 26th, 2020, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My first Alabarino – I think it’s a good one! . . . Updated with a note on the "big brother"
Replies: 12
Views: 809

Re: TN: My first Alabarino – I think it’s a good one! . . . Updated with a note on the "big brother"

Jan Janas wrote:
June 26th, 2020, 7:23 am
I just joined the Albariño family by popping a 2017 Anselmo Mendes Alvarinho open tonight!

I was quite surprised at how creamy and rich it was while keeping its bracing acidity.
Glad you enjoyed!
by Tomás Costa
June 25th, 2020, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My first Alabarino – I think it’s a good one! . . . Updated with a note on the "big brother"
Replies: 12
Views: 809

Re: TN: My first Alabarino – I think it’s a good one! . . . Updated with a note on the "big brother"

Welcome onboard the Albariño/Alvarinho train, Jim. Those are my favorite summer whites, and I have to second Marshall's recommendation for Anselmo Mendes' Alvarinhos, which are terrific and probably my favorite in the whole Vinhos Verdes region. On the Galician side of the border I would recommend L...
by Tomás Costa
June 25th, 2020, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Am I Pinot'd out?
Replies: 77
Views: 3731

Re: Am I Pinot'd out?

One other thing to consider is that maybe you don't like wines from a certain village. So tasting across the villages may be helpful too. For instance, I rarely like Pommard. It's just not a village I've found a lot of pleasure in. I find the wines interesting...but if I want to enjoy the wine it's...
by Tomás Costa
June 25th, 2020, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?
Replies: 51
Views: 1832

Re: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?

I see wine as a mixture of art and geography in a consumable manner, making it both hedonistic and intellectual. As a hobby that makes it very complete.
by Tomás Costa
June 24th, 2020, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: bucking Branco
Replies: 7
Views: 330

Re: TN: bucking Branco

Thanks for the notes. All of the Caves São João wines have aged and are aging really well, particularly the whites from their Frei João series. The 1980s ones are really singing today, and all of these wines are outstanding value for their quality. It's been a while since I've had any of the Frei J...
by Tomás Costa
June 24th, 2020, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Am I Pinot'd out?
Replies: 77
Views: 3731

Re: Am I Pinot'd out?

Then, try some Burgundy with age on them. I'm too young to have been cellaring Burgundy for years and too poor to buy the old vintages from producers I know excel. Is the worthwhile aged Burgundy experience out of reach? One other thing to consider is that maybe you don't like wines from a certain ...
by Tomás Costa
June 24th, 2020, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: bucking Branco
Replies: 7
Views: 330

Re: TN: bucking Branco

GTK, Tomás, When so they hold the Essência? It would be fun to attend when all this madness is over. It usually takes place in Lisbon (Centro de Congressos de Lisboa, in Alcântara) in October, and then in Porto (at Palácio da Bolsa) in February. The Porto event is the main attraction, although the ...
by Tomás Costa
June 24th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your most consumed wine?
Replies: 54
Views: 1928

Re: What's your most consumed wine?

Of my top 21 wines consumed, 17 are champagnes, with 6 of those being various Krugs (counting the Grand Cuvee as a single wine although the ones consumed came from various releases/versions). The Krug Grand Cuvee is far and away the most consumed single wine (again, with the caveat that it includes...
by Tomás Costa
June 24th, 2020, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: bucking Branco
Replies: 7
Views: 330

Re: TN: bucking Branco

Thanks for the notes. All of the Caves São João wines have aged and are aging really well, particularly the whites from their Frei João series. The 1980s ones are really singing today, and all of these wines are outstanding value for their quality. Luís Seabra was indeed the engineer to Dirk Niepoor...
by Tomás Costa
June 24th, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Am I Pinot'd out?
Replies: 77
Views: 3731

Re: Am I Pinot'd out?

Plenty of fine ideas on this thread. But my cure for regional/varietal exhaustion is Italy. Unbelievable variety and lots of tremendous value everywhere. A fairly large country with so many different wines, almost all food friendly. Imagine driving around the US and every restaurant served some loc...
by Tomás Costa
June 24th, 2020, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Roagna Barolo La Rocca e La Pira (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 9
Views: 410

Re: TN: 1996 Roagna Barolo La Rocca e La Pira (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

Thank you for the notes. I'm sitting on their 2013 Pajè and am curious to try the Langhe Rosso from the same year, which might just be the most consensually praised wine I've ever seen in its price range.

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