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by Jud Reis
August 6th, 2020, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Nervi-Conterno Gattinara (Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Gattinara)
Replies: 4
Views: 380

Re: TN: 2015 Nervi-Conterno Gattinara (Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Gattinara)

I have been holding off drinking mine, sounds like dipping a toe I might be a good idea. Thanks for the note.
by Jud Reis
July 30th, 2020, 6:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 812
Views: 29948

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Love the short story - my go to when I don’t have time for a full cigar...
by Jud Reis
July 28th, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is charcoal in short supply?
Replies: 23
Views: 603

Re: Is charcoal in short supply?

People are cooking at home a lot more and supply chains are struggling to keep up with the changes....
by Jud Reis
July 27th, 2020, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 438

Re: TN: 2016 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

David - my note from last year. From 375. Sassafras, dusty plums and some underbrush on the nose. Nice spicy cranberry fruit and balancing acidity on the palate. Definitely sense some structure that says this can age for a while, but seems a little more fruit forward than other Alpine vintages when ...
by Jud Reis
July 26th, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 812
Views: 29948

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Montecristo #2 from a buddy in Europe. In the humidor about 6 months. Just so smooth but pungent at the same time. Beautifully constructed - very fine ash and tons or mocha and pepper. Nice hot evening on the porch listening to some old Ray Lamontagne.
by Jud Reis
July 26th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: If Everything were Normal, and Teleportation were Possible....
Replies: 45
Views: 1271

Re: If Everything were Normal, and Teleportation were Possible....

I would be sitting under the trees at Sigalas winery in Santorini having a crisp Assiyrtiko and a lovely cheese and olive plate. Someday soon....
by Jud Reis
July 26th, 2020, 5:48 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3691
Views: 207091

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Andrew - I saw the 4 roses small batch select in a local store. That big a step up from the regular small batch (which I enjoy very much) ?
by Jud Reis
July 25th, 2020, 6:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Open Table vs. tock Vs. Resy
Replies: 17
Views: 548

Re: Open Table vs. tock Vs. Resy

Nick - used to use Open Table very regularly, but so many options now that you miss too much if you lock in there. Still think it has the best interface and is easiest to use. Tough choice for the owners...
by Jud Reis
July 23rd, 2020, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Bel-Air (Domaines Martin) (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)
Replies: 6
Views: 279

Re: TN: 2000 Château Bel-Air (Domaines Martin) (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)

Todd - I think it will last for another 5-10 years, just not sure you are going to see improvement from here - it is in a good spot. Dan, I can’t take credit for the aging. Bought a cellar from a gentleman who was moving. Good temperature and humidity control and a wide variety of wines in ones and ...
by Jud Reis
July 22nd, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Bel-Air (Domaines Martin) (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)
Replies: 6
Views: 279

TN: 2000 Château Bel-Air (Domaines Martin) (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)

2000 Château Bel-Air (Domaines Martin) - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc (7/22/2020) In very good shape for a relatively inexpensive 2000. Cedar, leather and a bit of earthy funk on the nose. Nice meaty, leathery palate with fully resolved tannins and nice dark fruit. Not going to improve, but ...
by Jud Reis
July 13th, 2020, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Saxum Terry Hoage
Replies: 5
Views: 469

Re: 2011 Saxum Terry Hoage

Godspeed Glenn - take care of yourself!
by Jud Reis
July 13th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Rhys Pinot Noir San Mateo County
Replies: 10
Views: 1234

Re: TN: 2010 Rhys Pinot Noir San Mateo County

Lovely nose of orange peel, sandalwood, rose petals and white pepper. Nice sweet cranberry/raspberry fruit on the palate with good balancing acidity. Very good wine for the price, but lacks some of the stuffing of the single vineyard wines. Not sure how much more complexity this will pick up with ag...
by Jud Reis
July 12th, 2020, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 97
Views: 6139

Re: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread

Adam - Fred doesn’t make those any more, but that was one of my favorite vineyards he worked with. You are in for a treat.
by Jud Reis
July 12th, 2020, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Great Champagnes From Magnum
Replies: 11
Views: 910

Re: Two Great Champagnes From Magnum

Danius - I have no scientific basis for this, but my experience has been that champagne is almost always better - fresher, livelier and more flavorful from a magnum than a 750. It also ages better in that format.

Not to mention the fact that 750’s of champagne go way too quickly....
by Jud Reis
July 9th, 2020, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paso Robles Trip Suggestions
Replies: 71
Views: 5290

Re: Paso Robles Trip Suggestions

If the Elephant seals are there, that is a must see. The beach is just up the road from Cambria.
by Jud Reis
July 1st, 2020, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Rhys Chardonnay ‘Horseshoe Vineyard’ - headed for perfect?
Replies: 14
Views: 1022

Re: 2012 Rhys Chardonnay ‘Horseshoe Vineyard’ - headed for perfect?

Dan - I have a magnum left. When we finally get clear of Covid, let’s do our long promised Boston Rhys dinner and I will crack it open...
by Jud Reis
June 27th, 2020, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Arcadian Pisoni Pinot Noir
Replies: 10
Views: 578

Re: TN: 2005 Arcadian Pisoni Pinot Noir

Spicy creosote, black cherry and forest floor on a young lively nose. Still a young wine on the palate with coiled blackberry fruit, lots of acidity and a long crisp finish. Lovely wine, it should pick up more complexity with some more time in the cellar. I won’t open another for 3-5 years.
by Jud Reis
June 22nd, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Chateau Puy-Blanquet
Replies: 0
Views: 153

TN: 1999 Chateau Puy-Blanquet

Very nice for a 21 year old bargain Bordeaux. Graphite, blackberry fruit and cedar on the nose. Still nice dark color with just a hint of bricking on the rim. Flavors very consistent with the nose, nice balance of fruit and minerals with fully resolved tannins. Great everyday drinker.
by Jud Reis
June 19th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 812
Views: 29948

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

I don’t remember which of you recommended the Ashton VSG, but a great recommendation. Full bodied, spicy, beautifully constructed - excellent cigar.
by Jud Reis
June 19th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Rhys Chardonnay Mt. Pajaro Vineyard
Replies: 3
Views: 522

Re: TN: 2017 Rhys Chardonnay Mt. Pajaro Vineyard

From 375. Lovely clean nose with white flowers and a hint of honeysuckle. Nice acid filled palate with some finishing white peach fruit. Not sure this is the most complex Rhys Chardonnay, but really lovely to drink - crisp and refreshing.
by Jud Reis
June 7th, 2020, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Arcadian - Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard (USA, CA, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands)
Replies: 13
Views: 694

Re: TN: 2006 Arcadian - Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard (USA, CA, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands)

Last bottle and still a gorgeous bottle of wine. Translucent but still some robust red color and that interplay between elegance and power carries through to the nose and palate. Sandalwood, rose petals and dark cherry on a restrained nose. Lovely texture and acid with a solid core of sweet dark che...
by Jud Reis
June 2nd, 2020, 4:32 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 812
Views: 29948

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

No formal notes, but a lovely My Father Flor de Las Antillas Toro Box Press on the golf course today. Really beautiful cigar.
by Jud Reis
May 31st, 2020, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN:1998 Chateau Saint-Go Saint-Mont
Replies: 1
Views: 111

TN:1998 Chateau Saint-Go Saint-Mont

This is a pleasant surprise for a modest wine from south West France.. I believe this is mainly Tannat, which explains how it has aged so well. Lovely notes of licorice and herbes de Provence on the nose. Acid filled palate with licorice, black fruit and still some lingering tannins on the finish. G...
by Jud Reis
May 30th, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard
Replies: 5
Views: 285

Re: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

Thanks for the note Doug, I have one left- was waiting for its 20th anniversary, but perhaps it is time soon. Joe and Sleepy Hollow fruit are one of the great all time combos.
by Jud Reis
May 25th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Inman Family Pinot Noir Olivet Grange Vineyard
Replies: 0
Views: 160

TN: 2014 Inman Family Pinot Noir Olivet Grange Vineyard

Lovely nose of dark cherry fruit, sandalwood and orange peel. Good texture, nice sweet dark cherry fruit with some balancing acidity on the finish. Kathleen has such a deft touch with Pinot. Great way to end the day.
by Jud Reis
May 24th, 2020, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them
Replies: 112
Views: 4239

Re: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them

Sarah - I find when I have a bigger group for dinner, 6 or more, it is the perfect occasion to open one, particularly with a group of non wine geeks. We usually will do it after dessert or as a dessert alternative for those who want it. I almost always find someone who insists they hate dessert wine...
by Jud Reis
May 23rd, 2020, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 97
Views: 6139

Re: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread

2011 Platt Vineyard Pinot - Lovely red fruit, spice and sprucy underbrush on the nose. Nice red fruit, sour cranberry and spicy pepper on the palate. Not sure this is going to be the most long lived vintage of this wine, so I would drink in the next few years.
by Jud Reis
May 21st, 2020, 5:55 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 812
Views: 29948

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Had a lovely Don Pepin Garcia Original, sitting out with an old friend in the yard at a good social distance. Lovely mix of pepper and mocha, good draw and even burn. The best conversations go along with a good cigar.
by Jud Reis
May 19th, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storing 3L & Larger....
Replies: 33
Views: 1948

Re: Storing 3L & Larger....

The few bottles I have had at that size all had wax over the cork, so no worries about storing on their side. Finding a spot for them was a bigger issue.
by Jud Reis
May 17th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Rose Side By Side Tercero and Scherrer
Replies: 1
Views: 263

TN: 2018 Rose Side By Side Tercero and Scherrer

Interesting side by side. 2018 Scherrer Dry Rose: Beautiful pale salmon color. Strawberry, a hint of oregano, spice and limestone on the nose. Lovely texture, strawberry on the attack with nice bracing acidity. 2018 Tercero Mourvèdre Rose: almost identical salmon color. Definite feral Mourvèdre note...
by Jud Reis
May 16th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 97
Views: 6139

Re: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread

2015 Scherrer Old & Mature Vines Zinfandel - This is really nice and just starting to enter its drinking window. Blackberry/blueberry fruit compote, black pepper and a touch of limestone on the nose. Lovely texture, resolved tannins and blackberry fruit with some prominent acidity on the finish. Wil...
by Jud Reis
May 12th, 2020, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1961
Replies: 38
Views: 1401

Re: 1961

Well stored Lynch Bages is superb
by Jud Reis
May 10th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Event--Laurent Champs of Vilmart & Brad Baker--Saturday, May 9th @ 10AM PT, 1PM ET
Replies: 81
Views: 2451

Re: Zoom Event--Laurent Champs of Vilmart & Brad Baker--Saturday, May 9th @ 10AM PT, 1PM ET

2012 Vilmart Grand Cellier d’Or- Opened for the zoom conference with Laurent Champs. Beautiful nose of lemon oil, granite, and just a hint of white pepper. Still very tight on the palate, with lovely bracing acidity lemon peel and a nice full texture with an earthy undercurrent. Just entering its dr...
by Jud Reis
May 10th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 La Tulierie des Combes
Replies: 0
Views: 92

TN: 2001 La Tulierie des Combes

Still quite dark core with a touch of bricking on the rim. Nice nose of smoky graphite, leather and dark earth. Smoky blackberry fruit with nice balancing acidity and still some tannic backbone. A little hole in the mid palate would be my only quibble, but in general very nice for a 19 year old affo...
by Jud Reis
May 9th, 2020, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Arcadian 2007 Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay
Replies: 33
Views: 1643

Re: TN: Arcadian 2007 Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay

Abbie - Joe’s wines are usually quite long lived, so patience will usually be rewarded.
by Jud Reis
May 9th, 2020, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 William Hill Merlot Napa Valley
Replies: 0
Views: 266

TN: 1999 William Hill Merlot Napa Valley

This was a surprise. Still hanging in there quite well. Lovely dark purple color with just a hint of bricking at the rim. Nice nose of blackberry fruit, menthol and just a hint of black pepper. Good texture and nice balance of fruit and structure. Old school California merlot.
by Jud Reis
May 6th, 2020, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Inexpensive 2000 Bordeaux Side By Side
Replies: 1
Views: 288

TN: Two Inexpensive 2000 Bordeaux Side By Side

2000 Chateau Saint Suplice - Lots of cedar, tobacco and black pepper on the nose. Nice body and texture with very consistent flavors on the palate. I actually think the 20 years in the bottle have done it some good. Not a blockbuster, but a very solid wine. Reminds me a bit of an old school Talbot. ...
by Jud Reis
May 3rd, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1385
Views: 92564

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Had a lovely 2008 Pierre Gimmonet Fleuron Blanc de Blancs last night. No formal notes, but lovely balance of crisp acidity and creamy Chardonnay fruit. Just lovely on our first really nice evening of the spring here.
by Jud Reis
May 3rd, 2020, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Event--Laurent Champs of Vilmart & Brad Baker--Saturday, May 9th @ 10AM PT, 1PM ET
Replies: 81
Views: 2451

Re: Zoom Event--Laurent Champs of Vilmart & Brad Baker--Saturday, May 9th @ 10AM PT, 1PM ET

I am going to do the 2012 Grand Cellier d’Or. Really looking forward to this!
by Jud Reis
April 29th, 2020, 4:41 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 812
Views: 29948

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Had a lovely Arturo Fuente Short Story this afternoon on a short walk. Just a tasty, spicy espresso cigar.
by Jud Reis
April 29th, 2020, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 97
Views: 6139

Re: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread

2011 Scherrer Cabernet Scherrer Vineyard - Boy I can’t help but be reminded of the fantastic Jordan cabs of the late 70’s and early 80’s. White and bell pepper, limestone and a little black raspberry fruit on the nose. Beautifully textured smooth palate with limestone, white pepper and a sneaky blac...
by Jud Reis
April 28th, 2020, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Arcadian 2007 Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay
Replies: 33
Views: 1643

Re: TN: Arcadian 2007 Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay

Great note Brian. One of the great tragedies of corporate vineyard takeovers is that Joe lost access to Sleepy Hollow fruit.
by Jud Reis
April 28th, 2020, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Rhys Alesia Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains
Replies: 5
Views: 395

Re: TN: 2016 Rhys Alesia Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains

This is quite nice. Lemon oil, cinnamon and granite on the nose. Nice blend of tropical fruit and lemony acidity on the palate. Doesn’t have the power and weight of the single vineyard Rhys wines, but a lovely second wine.
by Jud Reis
April 26th, 2020, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey-Chambertin
Replies: 4
Views: 344

TN: 1999 Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey-Chambertin

A hint of light bricking on the rim, but a beautiful dark crimson core. A touch muted on the nose with iron, black cherry and violets. Not a blockbuster on the attack, in fact just a little muted black cherry fruit, but lovely texture on the mid palate with really nice crunchy acidity and tannic bit...
by Jud Reis
April 26th, 2020, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1966 Leoville Barton
Replies: 4
Views: 366

Re: TN: 1966 Leoville Barton

I bought a cellar from an older gentleman who had owned them since release and had a humidity and temp controlled cellar. It is amazing that in 375’s in a so so vintage they have hung in there.
by Jud Reis
April 25th, 2020, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1966 Leoville Barton
Replies: 4
Views: 366

TN: 1966 Leoville Barton

From a 375. Have opened a couple of these in the last 6 months, and most have been DOA. This bottle had better fill and is very intriguing. Very pale translucent rim but still some dark color at its core. Soy, faded leaves, spicy tobacco and black earth on the nose. Fully tertiary flavors on the pal...
by Jud Reis
April 21st, 2020, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys 2010 Family Farm TNs over time
Replies: 18
Views: 1719

Re: Rhys 2010 Family Farm TNs over time

Dark cherry, peppery spice, forest floor and just a hint of cola on the nose. Nice balance of sweet dark fruit, minerals and acidity on the palate. Not the most complex Rhys Pinot, but a really nice drink. Not sure how much better it will get with age, but still fresh and certainly has many good yea...
by Jud Reis
April 15th, 2020, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 55
Views: 5889

Re: TN: 2010 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard

Warming up for tomorrow night’s call with the Rhys team - my last bottle. Turned quite golden in color, but no signs of excessive oxidation. Tropical fruit, lemon peel and just a hint of matchstick. Nice lemon curd and prominent acidity balancing some mellow honeyed tropical fruit on the palate. Cer...
by Jud Reis
April 15th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 272
Views: 13817

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

[/quote]I'm headed to Rockport second week of June. If they are flying, I am going.
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We’ll have to find a way to see each other, even if it is from a distance...

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