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by Gregory Dal Piaz
December 10th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some-or-a
Replies: 6
Views: 570

Re: TN: Some-or-a

Don't lose faith in Teroldego.It's not the world's best grape, but done well it can be delicious, and as you, I don't think the 2011 Morei is Teroldego done well. The bottle is an abomination. Thanks for posting honest notes that help avoid wines. So much of what one reads is laudatory you might thi...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
October 2nd, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts
Replies: 43
Views: 3144

Re: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts

To be clear, it wasn't oak flavor, so I don't know if it's barriques or something else. (I think by '13 Scavino's use of barriques had been sharply curtailed.) Whatever the cause, tasting the wines was like looking through a very dirty window at the vines. I found something similar tasting in Borde...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
October 2nd, 2019, 5:13 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: The New York City offline curmudgeon thread
Replies: 60
Views: 3378

Re: The New York City offline curmudgeon thread

I left NYC a few years ago, took my party with me, but I do miss getting together with so many like minded geeks. It's an incredibly special part of living in the city. Here I am less than 90 minutes away and organizing an offline in these parts has so far proved to be a futile exercise. So we drink...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
October 2nd, 2019, 4:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts
Replies: 43
Views: 3144

Re: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts

great report, Also great to hear about the Giacosas. Is the wine you reviewed a red label ? Kens sight seemed to indicate none made this year but maybe I got it wrong ? I've seen a couple of reports indicating it was red label. Our local distributor is listing it as Le Rocche de Falletto. I tasted ...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
October 2nd, 2019, 4:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts
Replies: 43
Views: 3144

Re: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts

great report, Also great to hear about the Giacosas. Is the wine you reviewed a red label ? Kens sight seemed to indicate none made this year but maybe I got it wrong ? I've seen a couple of reports indicating it was red label. Our local distributor is listing it as Le Rocche de Falletto. I tasted ...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
October 2nd, 2019, 4:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts
Replies: 43
Views: 3144

Re: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts

Fratelli Alessandria has had a breakout year. The quality of these wines has been on a gradual yet perpetual upswing over the past 15 years and one of the crus has always edged into the top tier of wines, but the 2015 San Lorenzo is just flat out gorgeous, exciting and vivid with the Gramolere and ...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
October 2nd, 2019, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts
Replies: 43
Views: 3144

Re: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts

Fratelli Alessandria has had a breakout year. The quality of these wines has been on a gradual yet perpetual upswing over the past 15 years and one of the crus has always edged into the top tier of wines, but the 2015 San Lorenzo is just flat out gorgeous, exciting and vivid with the Gramolere and ...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
October 2nd, 2019, 4:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts
Replies: 43
Views: 3144

Re: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts

There seems to have been a big change. Tasting through the '14 and '15 lineups last year and this year, they were surprisingly transparent and balanced. None of the sort of fuzz that had characterized Scavino's wines for so many years. (I didn't like the '13s, which seemed very muddy/fuzzy/obscured...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
October 2nd, 2019, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts
Replies: 43
Views: 3144

Re: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts

Greg, Thank you for this very helpful information. I would like to reply to one of your observations, that of Palladino producing "crus [that] are classic, traditionally styled wines". My experience with Palladino, most recently the 2014 Ornato, is that it was a big, rich wine, with a distinctly va...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
October 2nd, 2019, 4:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts
Replies: 43
Views: 3144

Re: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts

great report, Also great to hear about the Giacosas. Is the wine you reviewed a red label ? Kens sight seemed to indicate none made this year but maybe I got it wrong ? I've seen a couple of reports indicating it was red label. Our local distributor is listing it as Le Rocche de Falletto. I tasted ...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
October 2nd, 2019, 4:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts
Replies: 43
Views: 3144

Re: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts

Hey Greg, great report. Good to know you're drinking well!! BUT - And finally, and I truly believe this, the vines know better. Yes I literally mean that. It has taken some time but I believe that in the Langhe today vines have memory, the ability to adapt to the changing weather and the knowledge ...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
October 1st, 2019, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts
Replies: 43
Views: 3144

Re: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts

Nathan Smyth wrote:
September 30th, 2019, 8:52 am
Is that official? Scaglione is back in the fold?

Also, have you had a chance to sample any of Scaglione's work with Barbera these last few years?
It is true. I tasted only one bottle, probably three years ago and while it was a nice bottle of wine it didn't strike me as something special.
by Gregory Dal Piaz
October 1st, 2019, 4:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts
Replies: 43
Views: 3144

Re: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts

Andrew A r n t f i e l d wrote:
September 30th, 2019, 2:00 pm
That was an enjoyable and informative read. Thanks. Did you taste any of the wines from Clerico or Scavino, and if so, what are your thoughts?

I did not. It has been several years since visiting either so perhaps a revisit is in order for next year.
by Gregory Dal Piaz
September 30th, 2019, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts
Replies: 43
Views: 3144

Re: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts

Giacosa is back. Perhaps a bit of the magic has yet to return with Bruno’s passing, but the quality here is once again absolutely top notch and worth adding to the cellar if you are comfortable with the pricing. love these notes. thanks for them! Who is actually making the wines at Giacosa now? is ...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
September 30th, 2019, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts
Replies: 43
Views: 3144

Re: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts

John Morris wrote:
September 29th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Yes, a great, informative report.

Now, will this shift some money from the '16s to the '15s?
Shifted some of my money, about 20% of what was allocated towards 2016 has been shifted. I might return that 20% to the pile next year, but I can't imagine not buying some of these 2015s.
by Gregory Dal Piaz
September 30th, 2019, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts
Replies: 43
Views: 3144

Re: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts

Thank you for the great comments, Gregory. I have yet to dive into the vintage, but how would you compare it to 2016? Seems that in your notes, there are still a couple of references to the heat of the vintage (not unexpectedly of course). Update: I did like the nebbiolo langhe from 2015 a lot: ver...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
September 29th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Barolo - A few thoughts
Replies: 43
Views: 3144

2015 Barolo - A few thoughts

2015 is a very good vintage and will prove to be a very important vintage as well. Allow me to explain. We have been living through an era of rapid climate change, and perhaps nowhere has been as affected as the Langhe. 2015 has been another hot vintage, though not as hot as some other notable excep...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
June 27th, 2019, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: May 2019 visit to Fratelli Alessandria
Replies: 2
Views: 389

Re: TN: May 2019 visit to Fratelli Alessandria

I think the San Lorenzo was the star of the tasting and the wine of the trip, price factored in. I'm gonna stock up!
by Gregory Dal Piaz
June 6th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bern’s Steakhouse Oct 11th or 12th
Replies: 12
Views: 1446

Re: Bern’s Steakhouse Oct 11th or 12th

Hey Brian,

I have no intentions of hooking up with you, but might be persuaded to come to dinner at least!

Depends a bit on other travel plans but I expect to have a better idea regarding those lans by the end of next week so I'll keep an eye on this thread.
by Gregory Dal Piaz
June 5th, 2019, 3:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eye-opener TN: 1991 Nalle Dry Creek Zinfandel
Replies: 13
Views: 830

Re: Eye-opener TN: 1991 Nalle Dry Creek Zinfandel

I was served this blind tonight. So fresh, great reddish fruit, with lots of acidity. No one was quite sure what it was. I thought perhaps a nebbiolo from a very ripe year in someplace other than the Langhe, it had that much structure and such a light garnet hue. Who would have guessed a zin could ...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
May 21st, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Giulia Negri - new generation Piedmont
Replies: 26
Views: 1705

Re: Giulia Negri - new generation Piedmont

I will be able to report on the current releases later this week after a visit with Giulia, though she will come over tomorrow for dinner so I might have some inside information then. The wines are very refined and elegant, and what I tasted from barrel last year certainly seemed to be the best wine...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
April 24th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copain mags on WineBid
Replies: 8
Views: 702

Re: Copain mags on WineBid

I bought a few of the of the 750s when the slug of Copain hit WineBid about a year ago. I think these mags are the last remnants of that. Most of what are percieved as the good vineyards and vintages were swooped up in the first week. I’ve been eyeing grabbing some of these for the last few months ...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
April 24th, 2019, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copain mags on WineBid
Replies: 8
Views: 702

Re: Copain mags on WineBid

Clayton Wai-Poi wrote:
April 24th, 2019, 3:50 pm
My guess is the winery sold a bunch of its library there. There were things like 3L Combe De Grea and the never released 2013 Kiser En Bas.
Thanks. Didn't know the 2013 Kiser en Bas was never released. Interesting detail.
by Gregory Dal Piaz
April 24th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copain mags on WineBid
Replies: 8
Views: 702

Re: Copain mags on WineBid

T. Williams wrote:
April 24th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Alright, now I’ve started to go down the rabbit hole. Does anyone have experience with the Copain chards? They have some 2011 and 2012’s on WineBid, think they are still holding up?
Sorry!

They also have some mags of Chards left. I would imagine those should still be drinking well.
by Gregory Dal Piaz
April 24th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copain mags on WineBid
Replies: 8
Views: 702

Copain mags on WineBid

They've been there for months. Bought some at what seemed like good pricing, took delivery and sampled them. Just purchased a whole bunch more at even lower prices. Crazy prices. Anyone know the story here? Mags of good Pinot for $40, $50, $60 plus vig and shipping still seem like no-brainers to me,...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
March 31st, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle
Replies: 56
Views: 3082

Re: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle

Achaval Ferrer Quimera - People love this, it feels and tastes expensive to the average palate, new world but not over the top. Rocca di Frassinello Le Sughere di Frassinello - Ditto, it's velvety, but the Sangiovese keeps it bright and juicy. Niepoort Vertente - Fruity in style but there tends to a...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
March 10th, 2019, 5:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ProWein - are you attending?
Replies: 11
Views: 604

Re: ProWein - are you attending?

I'll be there but with a packed schedule. I'll be focused on the wine in hall 15 so if our paths might cross it would most likely be there!
by Gregory Dal Piaz
January 11th, 2019, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Never too old to learn something new about wine
Replies: 11
Views: 818

Re: Never too old to learn something new about wine

I have been lucky in that mags were always party of my buying program, though in hindsige too small a part. This is especially true of lesser wines, which, incrementally, often benefit more than great wines from the format. Last weekend popped a 1983 Haut-Bages-liberal with friends and while not a s...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
January 5th, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking advice on the "last frontier" - Barolo and Barbaresco
Replies: 45
Views: 3786

Re: Seeking advice on the "last frontier" - Barolo and Barbaresco

Roagna, which has become quite expensive but the wines are so Burgundian. Greg, curious on two questions: 1) why do you consider Roagna in particular to be more Burgundian than the other producers? 2) would you say the weight of Roagna would be a decent match for the profile of Meo? I did a tasting...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
December 29th, 2018, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking advice on the "last frontier" - Barolo and Barbaresco
Replies: 45
Views: 3786

Re: Seeking advice on the "last frontier" - Barolo and Barbaresco

I will post a thread with the 3 TNs once complete, but for those interested in outcomes so far- here is the Scavino note plus day 1 of the first of Gregory's awesome recommendations, 2006 Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric good deep red color, cherries on the nose, dark spices, quite a bit of spicy oak ...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
December 28th, 2018, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking advice on the "last frontier" - Barolo and Barbaresco
Replies: 45
Views: 3786

Re: Seeking advice on the "last frontier" - Barolo and Barbaresco

mike pobega wrote:
December 28th, 2018, 8:27 am
Thanks for that rundown Greg. Always a great bit of info from you.
You're close enough that we could even drink a few of these together!
by Gregory Dal Piaz
December 28th, 2018, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Aging Bourgogne
Replies: 21
Views: 1238

Re: Poll: Aging Bourgogne

I only buy Bourgogne in the riper vintage, with the intent to age them a bit. Having said that, i buy too much and have no qualms about grabbing a bottle of something young for a simple dinner. I answered 8-9, but the range is far wider than that. I am just closing in on the last bottles of 2005 and...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
December 28th, 2018, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking advice on the "last frontier" - Barolo and Barbaresco
Replies: 45
Views: 3786

Re: Seeking advice on the "last frontier" - Barolo and Barbaresco

I will be curious to hear of your experience with the Scavino wine. There are many examples of Barolo and Barbaresco that would seem to fit your more elegant preferences. A short list with which to begin should include: The better producers of Verduno, the most elegant source in Barolo so Burlotto, ...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
December 20th, 2018, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nals Magreid
Replies: 7
Views: 389

Re: Nals Magreid

Michael S. Monie wrote:
December 20th, 2018, 10:07 am
Zero hits on winesearcher for the Tecum in the US. I guess we'll never know how good it is.
Otto will.
by Gregory Dal Piaz
December 20th, 2018, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nals Magreid
Replies: 7
Views: 389

Re: Nals Magreid

Margreid, not Magreid. That Sirmian is one of the most astounding Italian white wines I've had, incredibly powerful and concentrated for a Pinot Blanc. One of the very few examples of the variety that can stand up to the magnificent Cantina terlan Riserva Vorberg. Probably not as famous as Vorberg,...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
December 10th, 2018, 3:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many bottles when purchasing? (with poll)
Replies: 50
Views: 2188

Re: How many bottles when purchasing? (with poll)

I answered 6 but the truth is that it varies. Great stuff that age a decade plus and are values get purchased by the case, Wines that have a more modest lifespan, say a decade, are purchased by the half case, as are many daily drinkers. Daily drinkers with a more modest lifespan that I like to add i...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
December 1st, 2018, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying Non-750ml Formats...Regrets and Advice
Replies: 109
Views: 3181

Re: Buying Non-750ml Formats...Regrets and Advice

I don't have much use for 375s, perhaps for a specific course out at a restaurant but at home I'd just pop an additional 750 and finish the wine a day or two later with the bonus that I would get to follow the evolution over that period. Magnums on the other hand have proven to be one of the slight ...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
November 8th, 2018, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Suggestions - Grenache (update!)
Replies: 60
Views: 2255

Re: Need Suggestions - Grenache (rules apply)

Investigate Australia looks like both the Hentley Farm Old Legend and the Kalleske Old Vines are over your $30 limit but perhaps a mixed case discount could solve that problem?
by Gregory Dal Piaz
November 8th, 2018, 3:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help With Wine List-TriBeCa Grill
Replies: 13
Views: 766

Re: Help With Wine List-TriBeCa Grill

The picpoul blanc from Dave's picks is a great white for a mixed crowd and I've found that pretty much everybody enjoys a good Grenache, and they seem to have a good selection to choose from, the beckmen, 'cuvee le bec,' is a well priced option.
by Gregory Dal Piaz
November 1st, 2018, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Accomasso
Replies: 11
Views: 1155

Re: Accomasso

Todd and Levi covered most of the bases regarding Accomasso. I find the wines variable, and often slightly dirty, but they are unique expressions of the region. He bottles later than most producers, having just bottled 2011 Riservas and 2012 Barolo, he was racking his 2013 when I visited last month....
by Gregory Dal Piaz
October 26th, 2018, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pergole Torte Riserva 1990 Magnum -- FAKE or REAL?
Replies: 19
Views: 1398

Re: Pergole Torte Riserva 1990 Magnum -- FAKE or REAL?

It might be as simple as the previous owner started to open the bottle then had second thoughts. I have a few bottles with cut or missing capsules for the same reason. Indeed, I have a couple of bottles that I've done that to as well but they all have cut, rather than twisted off capsules. Do many ...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
October 26th, 2018, 4:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pergole Torte Riserva 1990 Magnum -- FAKE or REAL?
Replies: 19
Views: 1398

Re: Pergole Torte Riserva 1990 Magnum -- FAKE or REAL?

The capsule is correct, the cork is correct and doesn't look like it's moved. It might be as simple as the previous owner started to open the bottle then had second thoughts. I have a few bottles with cut or missing capsules for the same reason. When are you going to find another? It is of course a ...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
October 9th, 2018, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chianti tasting with Jancis & Walter, Tribeca Grill
Replies: 11
Views: 596

Re: Chianti tasting with Jancis & Walter, Tribeca Grill

Still hoping to juggle a few things but expect to be there.
by Gregory Dal Piaz
October 1st, 2018, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Comment from Pietro Oddero on the 2016s
Replies: 10
Views: 703

Re: Comment from Pietro Oddero on the 2016s

From the few 2016's that I've tasted this is a vintage where you don't have to spend big money to get great "world class" wine. I blinded my friend on the 2016 Produttori Langhe Nebbiolo and he was guessing it was in the $40 price range based on quality of the juice alone...I think it's a year wher...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
October 1st, 2018, 4:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Comment from Pietro Oddero on the 2016s
Replies: 10
Views: 703

Re: Comment from Pietro Oddero on the 2016s

2016s are shaping up to be gorgeous wines. They are built on elegance, finesse, and balance, so perfect wines for a subset of Barolo lovers. I can't wait for their release, in the meantime we'll have to make due with the recent slate of wonderful vintages, touch work indeed. It's worth noting that t...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
September 28th, 2018, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me find the picks in this mammoth wine list
Replies: 18
Views: 841

Re: Help me find the picks in this mammoth wine list

2006 Marcarini Brunate for $85 is a steal
2004 Bartolo Mascarello for $165 is another.
2001 Brovia Garblet Sue for $150 is a good deal.
2004 and 2005 La Rioja Alta look like decent buys.
by Gregory Dal Piaz
September 17th, 2018, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 Nebbiolo at Cinghiale
Replies: 16
Views: 727

Re: TN: 1989 Nebbiolo at Cinghiale

I prolly should have made more of an effort to get down there!

Sounds like I missed another epic night. Great notes but looking forward to sharing the bottles next time.
by Gregory Dal Piaz
September 4th, 2018, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Piemonte 2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1667

Re: Piemonte 2014

Great, informative report, Greg. Thanks! One question: When you say reducing yields was key, do you mean by green harvest or at harvest time? Did they know early enough how difficult the weather would be in order to do a green harvest? Also, you said nothing about hail. There were two bad storms, r...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
September 4th, 2018, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Piemonte 2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1667

Re: Piemonte 2014

Great, informative report, Greg. Thanks! One question: When you say reducing yields was key, do you mean by green harvest or at harvest time? Did they know early enough how difficult the weather would be in order to do a green harvest? Also, you said nothing about hail. There were two bad storms, r...
by Gregory Dal Piaz
September 4th, 2018, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Piemonte 2014
Replies: 24
Views: 1667

Re: Piemonte 2014

Great, informative report, Greg. Thanks! One question: When you say reducing yields was key, do you mean by green harvest or at harvest time? Did they know early enough how difficult the weather would be in order to do a green harvest? Also, you said nothing about hail. There were two bad storms, r...

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