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by Zachary Ross
June 9th, 2020, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Levet fans - please help me understand
Replies: 29
Views: 1639

Re: Levet fans - please help me understand

'04 Levet is grand! Drinking well, as are most '04s from the Northern Rhone.
by Zachary Ross
May 31st, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: SALAMI - What do you like? What producers?
Replies: 25
Views: 1387

Re: SALAMI - What do you like? What producers?

I grew up with and am super partial to Molinari salami, from San Francisco. Pork-based. I also love their finocchiona salami and their hot coppa.
by Zachary Ross
May 16th, 2020, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XVI
Replies: 4
Views: 424

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XVI

1997 Le Petit Chambord (François Cazin) Cour-Cheverny Cuvée Renaissance. . . . The only one I had stored so probably never know. Just remind me next time we get together when this mess is over and I’ll pull my last bottle. I had my last one a couple of years ago. It was pretty mature, but I don't t...
by Zachary Ross
May 16th, 2020, 11:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2456
Views: 152245

Re: New York City Restaurants

Sad day for NYC dining. Ssäm moving to the Seaport is just horrible. It is by far one of the most important restaurants in the last 25 years. The 3 star Frank Bruni NY Times review was a seminal moment in U.S. dining. I sat next to him on at least one of his dinners prior to the review. I think Ssä...
by Zachary Ross
May 10th, 2020, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Herri Mina Irouléguy Blanc
Replies: 9
Views: 363

Re: TN: 2017 Herri Mina Irouléguy Blanc

Thanks for the note. I am passionate about these wines (check my signature). Irouléguy whites can be thrilling! Brana's are exceptional.
by Zachary Ross
April 2nd, 2020, 7:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2456
Views: 152245

Re: New York City Restaurants

You ok Robert?
by Zachary Ross
February 16th, 2020, 7:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2456
Views: 152245

Re: New York City Restaurants

Yeah they could use a temporary winter "airlock" door - it's chilly near the entrance.
by Zachary Ross
February 13th, 2020, 8:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2456
Views: 152245

Re: New York City Restaurants

True that paul. I call the rest all the time before I go (just called kochi last night). I was responding to the posters talking about jua and have a corkage fee. Kochi is getting their license any day now. I didnt get to jua in time. Usually if corkage is 50 the rest has some competitive mid tier ...
by Zachary Ross
February 12th, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drink Rhone
Replies: 14
Views: 1324

Re: Drink Rhone

Best source on Northern Rhone bar none.
by Zachary Ross
February 12th, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2456
Views: 152245

Re: New York City Restaurants

Me too. Tonight we'll just order off the list - a glass or two.
by Zachary Ross
February 12th, 2020, 7:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2456
Views: 152245

Re: New York City Restaurants

Well, no more BYO at Jua - and corkage is $50 per bottle, and a two-bottle maximum.
by Zachary Ross
February 11th, 2020, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Barou St. Joseph Un Autre Monde
Replies: 17
Views: 839

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Barou St. Joseph Un Autre Monde

Got the '18 Barou in today - it isn't anything remotely like the '16, or even the '15. It's darkly purple and grapey and frankly not that good. Will this be a harbinger of '18 in general? Stay tuned....
by Zachary Ross
February 11th, 2020, 2:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2456
Views: 152245

Re: New York City Restaurants

I'm going to Jua tomorrow with my wife (thanks for the tip, Robert). Anyone know if it is still BYO?
by Zachary Ross
February 7th, 2020, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Clos Sénéchal
Replies: 19
Views: 647

Re: TN: 2005 Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Clos Sénéchal

The Breton Chinon St. Louans is also a terrific wine, perhaps less well known than their Bougueils but bangin' nonetheless.
by Zachary Ross
February 7th, 2020, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Barou St. Joseph Un Autre Monde
Replies: 17
Views: 839

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Barou St. Joseph Un Autre Monde

JLL says 2018 is "a vintage of scale and power for the reds" in the Northern Rhone overall - may not be your favorite!

But Barou is pretty damn good year in, year out, and cheap at that.
by Zachary Ross
February 7th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Barou St. Joseph Un Autre Monde
Replies: 17
Views: 839

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Barou St. Joseph Un Autre Monde

Chambers has the 2018 Barou Un Autre Monde in stock - just grabbed some!
by Zachary Ross
January 28th, 2020, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Guillaume Gilles Cornas
Replies: 34
Views: 1934

Re: TN: 2015 Guillaume Gilles Cornas

Thanks for the note. I’d expect that most Northern Rhone ‘15s worth a damn (93 pts) would be in Operation Shutdown at this point.
by Zachary Ross
January 23rd, 2020, 11:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco
Replies: 226
Views: 20183

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco

I just was in SF as well and went to Mourad: flippin' fantastic, I thought. We shared the beef short rib dish, which was truly outstanding. We were all stunned at how good it was. Also the eggplant and burrata apps: dope. Thanks for the alternative view I had a feeling it would be better with a lar...
by Zachary Ross
January 23rd, 2020, 9:58 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco
Replies: 226
Views: 20183

Re: Eating and Drinking in San Francisco

I just was in SF as well and went to Mourad: flippin' fantastic, I thought. We shared the beef short rib dish, which was truly outstanding. We were all stunned at how good it was. Also the eggplant and burrata apps: dope.
by Zachary Ross
January 22nd, 2020, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Couple Cornas: 2015 Paris Geynale, 2012 Cuchet-Beliando
Replies: 32
Views: 2790

Re: A Couple Cornas: 2015 Paris Geynale, 2012 Cuchet-Beliando

Just popped a 2012 Cuchet-Beliando Cornas. Man this is good drinkin'. Classically Cornas in character, there's beautiful red-raspberryish fruit swirled with wild animale Cornas feral and vegetal scents. It's so fresh and long, though soft in texture, very clingy but not in a tannic way - just extrac...
by Zachary Ross
December 16th, 2019, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Rhone Roundup
Replies: 9
Views: 835

Re: Northern Rhone Roundup

A. So wrote:
December 16th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Found a case of the 98 Roziers. Thanks for the note, can't wait to crack into it!
A case! I hope it's been well kept. Should be some nice drinking ahead.
by Zachary Ross
December 16th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Rhone Roundup
Replies: 9
Views: 835

Re: Northern Rhone Roundup

Ethan Abraham wrote:
December 16th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Great notes. That 99 gallet is amazing though I keep being a cheap bastard and missing out on it at auction.
Really liked ghostwriter Cabernet, similarly bright and lifted, have not tried the syrah yet.

I've been the schnook buying the Gallets.
by Zachary Ross
December 16th, 2019, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Rhone Roundup
Replies: 9
Views: 835

Re: Northern Rhone Roundup

[*] 2015 François Merlin St. Joseph - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph (7/17/2019) Fine stuff, very dark, smoky and briny, long with a tart edge to the fruit and smoky game. Dense and richly textured, this needs a few years to uncoil but this is real St. Joseph.[/list] New producer for me....
by Zachary Ross
December 16th, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Rhone Roundup
Replies: 9
Views: 835

Re: Northern Rhone Roundup

I mean, I've had some wild nights in my time, but...

Dates of the notes are given above, ranging over five months.
by Zachary Ross
December 16th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Rhone Roundup
Replies: 9
Views: 835

Northern Rhone Roundup

A few notes since the last post. 1998 Marc Sorrel Hermitage Le Gréal - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermnitage (12/13/2019) Leaker, with a stained label as well. But this was great! Brothy with garrigue, this was rich and expansive, nicely resolved. This just got better and better with air. I'd im...
by Zachary Ross
November 21st, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 403
Views: 24453

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

That's good news Robert!
by Zachary Ross
November 16th, 2019, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Herri Mina Irouléguy (France, Southwest France, Pays Basque, Irouléguy)
Replies: 5
Views: 348

Re: TN: 2016 Herri Mina Irouléguy (France, Southwest France, Pays Basque, Irouléguy)

These are nice, well made wines and a bit of an outlier in Irouléguy since the red is based solely on Cabernet Franc and not Tannat. It does pretty well as a Loire ringer and ages well. The white is good but not my favorite from the appellation. If you're curious about more wines from the area, the...
by Zachary Ross
November 16th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Night of Sherry
Replies: 9
Views: 657

Re: A Night of Sherry

So bummed to have missed this. Next time...
by Zachary Ross
November 15th, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Herri Mina Irouléguy (France, Southwest France, Pays Basque, Irouléguy)
Replies: 5
Views: 348

Re: TN: 2016 Herri Mina Irouléguy (France, Southwest France, Pays Basque, Irouléguy)

These are nice, well made wines and a bit of an outlier in Irouléguy since the red is based solely on Cabernet Franc and not Tannat. It does pretty well as a Loire ringer and ages well. The white is good but not my favorite from the appellation. If you're curious about more wines from the area, ther...
by Zachary Ross
November 11th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: A Good Week in NYC
Replies: 6
Views: 816

Re: TNs: A Good Week in NYC

Nice week!
by Zachary Ross
October 11th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Survey of Allemand
Replies: 40
Views: 2390

Re: TN: A Survey of Allemand

Don't be ridiculous. Parker said it was an inferior vintage in the N. Rhone so you must be mistaken. I miss the days when he moved markets on vintages. 04 Rhone, 93 Burgundy, I got some great buys. Had a very good 04 Sorrel Le Greal about a month ago with the locals. In spite of Parker, I stashed s...
by Zachary Ross
October 10th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Gonon St Joseph Vieilees Vignes - and some side by sides
Replies: 33
Views: 2047

Re: TN: 2010 Gonon St Joseph Vieilees Vignes - and some side by sides

I bought my one bottle of '06 Gonon VV off the shelf at Chambers in May 2011 ($52) and drank it soon thereafter with Salil and Tooch. It was amazing.
by Zachary Ross
October 8th, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ziereisen Syrah Gestad (Germany, Baden)
Replies: 7
Views: 514

Re: TN: 2015 Ziereisen Syrah Gestad (Germany, Baden)

Ziereisen Grauburgunder Jaspis Alte Reben is sick!
by Zachary Ross
October 1st, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Levet Les Journaries - To Heck w/the Rule of 15
Replies: 17
Views: 1347

Re: TN: 2011 Levet Les Journaries - To Heck w/the Rule of 15

2011 FTW. Drank an 2011 Allemand Reynard last night - great! But young, too, and will be better in 5 years.
by Zachary Ross
October 1st, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 403
Views: 24453

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

I'm excited to say that I just received my 2015 Benetiere Cordeloux from Robert. Interestingly and perhaps significantly (?), there is only one label on the wine, the VdF label. The two bottles of Polaner-imported '15 Cordeloux that I have seen had two labels: the VdF label applied over the old (and...
by Zachary Ross
September 29th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 403
Views: 24453

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

Friends don't let friends drink Chapoutier.
by Zachary Ross
September 27th, 2019, 4:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2456
Views: 152245

Re: New York City Restaurants

Really enjoyed Flora Bar last night, in what was the old Whitney Museum on Madison Avenue on the restaurant-starved Upper East Side. Wine list is very good, service top-notch and food quite good also. Corkage is $50. Probably one of the best places in the neighborhood. It's great and the space is l...
by Zachary Ross
September 26th, 2019, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 403
Views: 24453

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received uany 2015 Benetiere yet?

M.Kaplan wrote:
September 26th, 2019, 7:28 am
While the so-called rule of 15 may have been a reasonable guide to aging Rhône reds in general (and Cornas, in particular) in the previous millennium, it hasn’t held true in this one.

Any thoughts as to why this may be the case?
by Zachary Ross
September 23rd, 2019, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Mickaël Bourg Cornas Les p`tits bouts
Replies: 13
Views: 721

Re: TN: 2016 Mickaël Bourg Cornas Les p`tits bouts

I'd pop-n-pour. Taste early and revisit toward end of tasting. Take remainders home and taste again. Something like that.
by Zachary Ross
September 23rd, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 403
Views: 24453

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

And we all wanted it to be awesome because it’s Benetiere. that's the money quote right there. same same same. given JLL's note mentioned VA, this seems like a ... thing. So the New Yorkers have spoken...complete crap then. We are the arbiters of utter and complete crap. Actually no one is saying t...
by Zachary Ross
September 22nd, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Mickaël Bourg Cornas Les p`tits bouts
Replies: 13
Views: 721

Re: TN: 2016 Mickaël Bourg Cornas Les p`tits bouts

John Glas wrote:
September 22nd, 2019, 1:48 pm
Great wine. I posted on it some time ago: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=156291&p=2625355&hi ... s#p2625355
Zachary love the day 2 note. Wine Club San Fran has this for $36 while everyone else is at $50.

They don't ship to NY. :(

But no worry, I bought a bunch of this already at around $40-45.
by Zachary Ross
August 24th, 2019, 4:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)
Replies: 83
Views: 3114

Re: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)

Robert Dentice wrote:
August 22nd, 2019, 1:31 am

Lastly Hudson Valley is NOT Upstate :)

Anything above 59th Street is Upstate. :)
by Zachary Ross
August 11th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 403
Views: 24453

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

Not opening mine yet. I'm in the wait-and-worry camp.
by Zachary Ross
August 10th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 403
Views: 24453

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

I bought one bottle from Astor Wines yesterday, Polaner import, Lot 01.
by Zachary Ross
August 2nd, 2019, 5:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 154
Views: 10382

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

I think it's more about the dollar soaring against all currencies than anything else.


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by Zachary Ross
July 26th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)
Replies: 20
Views: 2237

Re: TN: 2017 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)

Local waterhole sold me a bottle and I cracked it at their wine bar. Consumed half the bottle and left the other half for the late evening. 2017 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph (7/25/2019) Can’t remember the last Gonon St Joseph that was this opulent and accessib...

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