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by John Morris
September 18th, 2020, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 18
Views: 594

Re: Barrel furniture

Clever. That way you probably are never asked to host wine events.
by John Morris
September 18th, 2020, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 18
Views: 594

Re: Barrel furniture

What the hell? It’s a small family business, the quality looks good to me. Some of the pieces aren’t things I’d own for myself, but if I had a pool, or a big entertaining patio, or a wine room, there are a number that would be fun to have. I posted because I wanted to share with a group likely to b...
by John Morris
September 18th, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 18
Views: 594

Re: Barrel furniture

A new store front opened recently here in the south SF East Bay. As I was watching them build out, I had hopes it was going to be a wine bar ;) but turned out to be custom furniture made from wine barrels. No affiliation, just thought it might be of interest to folks here. I’m not sure if they ship...
by John Morris
September 18th, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 18
Views: 594

Re: Barrel furniture

Mel Knox wrote:
September 18th, 2020, 10:49 am
I got a rocking chair made from staves and it is great.
www.winebarrelchairs.com
Wow. With the cupholder equivalent for the rocking chair wine set!
by John Morris
September 16th, 2020, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1203
Views: 56374

Re: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)

Judging by the repetition, it looks like they’ve slept the alarm.
by John Morris
September 16th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1203
Views: 56374

Re: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)

With all the adulterated and smoke-tainted appeal going around, it's good to know that Sandhi's wines have pure appeal. Antonio Galloni, Vinous: “Sandhi's 2017 Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills) is translucent and wonderfully expressive, not to mention full of pure appeal. Orchard fruit, citrus peel and f...
by John Morris
September 15th, 2020, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Anniversary Wines - Recommendations?
Replies: 59
Views: 1864

Re: Auctions

.... 1997 is a bit trickier. In Piedmont and Tuscany, it was a warm vintage, and while the wines were highly rated, many were pretty exuberant and showy young, and not all will last as long as you'd need. Warren’s assessment is excellent - both of the 1997 vintage and the best sites to purchase bac...
by John Morris
September 13th, 2020, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1203
Views: 56374

Re: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)

Depends on the wine's pedigree and breeding.
by John Morris
September 13th, 2020, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1203
Views: 56374

Re: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)

I'm not sure it's even fair to allow his reviews to be used for bingo purposes. Everyone is like a shotgun blast against the bingo board, sure to hit any number of squares. By the way, for those playing along at home, "closing shades of nuance" gets its own square on the bingo card, separate from th...
by John Morris
September 13th, 2020, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The pleasures of barbera in a warm vintage (Burlotto '18)
Replies: 25
Views: 1213

Re: TN: The pleasures of barbera in a warm vintage (Burlotto '18)

As I said at the outset, I shy away from ripe years when it comes to nebbiolo, but I prefer the warm vintages for barbera because, even when it's very ripe, it's never really low in acid.
by John Morris
September 13th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The pleasures of barbera in a warm vintage (Burlotto '18)
Replies: 25
Views: 1213

Re: TN: The pleasures of barbera in a warm vintage (Burlotto '18)

If you like a lighter bodied barbera than the Aves, Burlotto’s regular barbera is terrific. Lighter, fresher, and made for the table. I prefer its style to the Aves. It’s less impactful, but more enjoyable to me. It’s what I want to drink when I think of drinking barbera. That said, the Aves after ...
by John Morris
September 13th, 2020, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 542

Re: TN: 2009 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard

Dale McClaran wrote:
September 13th, 2020, 9:54 am
... perhaps a domestic red Stanley Kowalski could get behind.
A man with a very refined palate.
by John Morris
September 13th, 2020, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The pleasures of barbera in a warm vintage (Burlotto '18)
Replies: 25
Views: 1213

Re: TN: The pleasures of barbera in a warm vintage (Burlotto '18)

FWIW I don't think most consider 2018 to be a warm vintage by modern standards. For the Dolcetto for example, I heard several times last year people reference that the 2018 Dolcetto is a throwback to what they remember Dolcetto being like decades ago - at Elio Grasso, their 2018 dolcetto is 13% alc...
by John Morris
September 12th, 2020, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unlabeled Red Blends
Replies: 7
Views: 844

Re: Unlabeled Red Blends

Wes Barton wrote:
September 12th, 2020, 6:37 am
If they're commercial wine, there should be a winery's bond number stamped on the boxes.
That was my thought, too.
by John Morris
September 12th, 2020, 8:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The pleasures of barbera in a warm vintage (Burlotto '18)
Replies: 25
Views: 1213

Re: TN: The pleasures of barbera in a warm vintage (Burlotto '18)

John, try the Pelaverga and Dolcetto...both delicious in '18 to my palate. I generally like both better than Barbera, but there are some exceptions. Some producers want to oak up Barbera, although I'm sure Burlotto doesn't. I know the pelaverga well. A very special wine, but calls for different foo...
by John Morris
September 11th, 2020, 9:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The pleasures of barbera in a warm vintage (Burlotto '18)
Replies: 25
Views: 1213

Re: TN: The pleasures of barbera in a warm vintage (Burlotto '18)

This was great with a tomato-based ragu and, tonight, with Turkish lahmacun ... Growing up I was always told these were Lebanese... Lahmacun is the Turkish transliteration of the Arabic word. Like a lot of foods from the areas within the old Ottoman Empire (e.g., kebabs, feta), everyone claims it -...
by John Morris
September 11th, 2020, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1203
Views: 56374

Re: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)

Triply nuanced! "The 2016 Chianti Rùfina Vigneto Bucerchiale is a real standout. A wine of vertical explosiveness and energy , the 2016 Bucerchiale is deep, wonderfully defined and full of nuance . Macerated cherry, kirsch, sweet tobacco, licorice, menthol, chocolate and spice abound in this super-e...
by John Morris
September 11th, 2020, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1203
Views: 56374

Re: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)

I don't really get all the fuzz here about the black forest cake or any other aroma descriptors. These aroma perceptions are all so subjective to the level that I don't really care about them. What I care about in a critic or any note is information on the character of a wine, ripeness level, fresh...
by John Morris
September 11th, 2020, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The pleasures of barbera in a warm vintage (Burlotto '18)
Replies: 25
Views: 1213

TN: The pleasures of barbera in a warm vintage (Burlotto '18)

I don't have a hankering for a barbera all that often, but in the warmer vintages (e.g., 2009, 2015, 2018), they can be such a pleasure -- greater ripeness taking the edge off the natural acid. I like them best in vintages where I find many nebbiolos too ripe. Comes now the 2018 Burlotto "Aves" Barb...
by John Morris
September 11th, 2020, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I guess we know what the counterfeiters are working on now
Replies: 3
Views: 800

Re: I guess we know what the Chinese counterfeiters are working on now

Sorry, because the alert came from the HK importer, I was thinking the crime had a HK connection.

It’s probably the Luxembourg counterfeiting racketeers, since they’re close so close to the Saar. 🤔
by John Morris
September 11th, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I guess we know what the counterfeiters are working on now
Replies: 3
Views: 800

I guess we know what the counterfeiters are working on now

This just in from the American Association of Wine Economists:

Egon Muller label theft.JPG
by John Morris
September 11th, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Conterno
Replies: 15
Views: 851

Re: 2016 Conterno

Giacomo Conterno? Is there another Conterno? Surely not that anyone would simply reference by last name alone Once upon a time, not so long ago, Aldo's wines were highly respected. He had a higher profile than his brother, probably in part because he studied at Berkeley after the war, so his Englis...
by John Morris
September 11th, 2020, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Conterno
Replies: 15
Views: 851

Re: 2016 Conterno

Giacomo Conterno? I haven’t seen any offerings for them, so perhaps they’re being released late. Have you checked to see if Walter Speller (Jancis Robinson) has reviewed them?

Galloni had some falling out with Aldo Conterno’s sons a few years back.
by John Morris
September 10th, 2020, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vajra Riesling Petracine Langhe '18...(short/boring)
Replies: 13
Views: 324

Re: TN: Vajra Riesling Petracine Langhe '18...(short/boring)

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
September 10th, 2020, 5:12 pm
Langhe Riesling for $35?

No thanks.
Try it before you dismiss it. It's outstanding. And I say that as a German trocken lover.
by John Morris
September 10th, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vajra Riesling Petracine Langhe '18...(short/boring)
Replies: 13
Views: 324

Re: TN: Vajra Riesling Petracine Langhe '18...(short/boring)

Spelling: The label & their Website spell it Vajra. But the principal's names spell it Vaira. The J is used in place of an I or GLI in Piemontese dialect, e.g., the Barbaresco vineyard Rabajà and tajarin , dialect for the sumptuous local, super-eggy tagliarini . Lots of producers there preserve the...
by John Morris
September 10th, 2020, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vajra Riesling Petracine Langhe '18...(short/boring)
Replies: 13
Views: 324

Re: TN: Vajra Riesling Petracine Langhe '18...(short/boring)

These are wonderful wines. I was entranced by them when I first visited the cantina in 2011. I have some sitting in the cellar. ( See my notes on the 2015 from a visit in 2016. ) Germano (imported by our own Oliver McCrum) also makes an excellent riesling. ( Notes on his 2015 from 2016. ) Germano's ...
by John Morris
September 10th, 2020, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wait list times
Replies: 131
Views: 10700

Re: Wait list times

How long for Godot?
by John Morris
September 10th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 88
Views: 3097

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

Around 2000, while delivering late-night noodles and dumplings to two publicly held investment banks which were merging, I overheard arguments because both banks had co-underwritten leveraged loans to certain private companies, and retained portions in their respective Long-Term Hold portfolios. Of...
by John Morris
September 10th, 2020, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 88
Views: 3097

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

https://www.institutionalinvestor.com/article/b1975pyqdk96xl/The-Troubling-New-Trend-in-Private-Equity Interesting article about inter-fund private sales. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/256003153_Why_Do_Private_Equity_Firms_Sell_to_Each_Others Another. Sales between funds of the same mana...
by John Morris
September 10th, 2020, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Books on N. Rhone?
Replies: 13
Views: 639

Re: Books on N. Rhone?

I am interested in learning more about the N. Rhone appellations such as Cote Rotie, Cornas, Hermitage, etc. Syrah is my top wine. Living in California most of the Syrah I have had is from here. I have dabbled some in N. Rhone but would like to learn more about the differences in the wines from dif...
by John Morris
September 10th, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 88
Views: 3097

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

I do not know any exact specifics here but until the PE investment wind down (IPO etc) I have zero confidence in the interim returns. They make hedge fund marks look like Treasury Bond valuations by comparison. More than occasionally, a public pension fund would find that one of its PE funds sold a...
by John Morris
September 10th, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 88
Views: 3097

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

A bunch of out of work Somms came up with an idea to sell wine and you guys are taking it seriously as an investment? Actually, the founders and other top folks are all software geeks: https://www.vinovest.co/about-us "Alternative assets like fine wine have long been a cornerstone of wealth generat...
by John Morris
September 10th, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Rhys Syrah Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 369

Re: TN: 2016 Rhys Syrah Horseshoe Vineyard

A great, evocative note.
by John Morris
September 9th, 2020, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 88
Views: 3097

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
September 9th, 2020, 6:04 pm
A bunch of out of work Somms came up with an idea to sell wine and you guys are taking it seriously as an investment?
Actually, the founders and other top folks are all software geeks: https://www.vinovest.co/about-us
by John Morris
September 9th, 2020, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 88
Views: 3097

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

Unfortunately many people call things like this Funds. I see no way this could be a 40 act (ie mutual fund) just due to the lack of liquidity in the assets. I just looked over the web site again which is quite unimpressive group of folks in terms of wine and running commingled products. Only the ad...
by John Morris
September 9th, 2020, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 88
Views: 3097

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

I'd be interested to be told (and explained why) if I'm wrong, but I'd assume wine investing has really helped Chateaus to invest in their infrastructure and is at least partly responsible for the increase in quality and consistency in recent years? You need to distinguish between (a) investing in ...
by John Morris
September 9th, 2020, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 88
Views: 3097

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

I'd be interested to be told (and explained why) if I'm wrong, but I'd assume wine investing has really helped Chateaus to invest in their infrastructure and is at least partly responsible for the increase in quality and consistency in recent years? You need to distinguish between (a) investing in ...
by John Morris
September 9th, 2020, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 88
Views: 3097

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

It's interesting that they lowered the minimum investment from $5,000 to $1,000. Not enough takers at $5K?
by John Morris
September 9th, 2020, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 88
Views: 3097

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

I was wondering when people on the board would start talking about this! I searched for discussion of Vinovest here months ago and didn't find anything. I'm interested to hear people's opinions. I've included the fee information below (as found in the FAQ on the Vinovest webpage). My partner exchan...
by John Morris
September 9th, 2020, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 88
Views: 3097

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

Man, there are so many red flags here! So much BS! Our worldwide market access ensures the price you see in your portfolio is the price you receive when you sell. [scratch.gif] Vinovest is insured with an FDIC equivalent for wine, protecting each bottle against breakage and loss. So government-backe...
by John Morris
September 9th, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 88
Views: 3097

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

Victor Hong wrote:
September 9th, 2020, 7:15 am
Can I buy shares with non-recourse margin debt?
Vinovest's credit department will be happy to arrange that. [snort.gif]
by John Morris
September 8th, 2020, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Hacienda Monasterio - Ribero del Duero
Replies: 25
Views: 1049

Re: TN: 1996 Hacienda Monasterio - Ribero del Duero

Thanks for the note and the info, Arv.
by John Morris
September 8th, 2020, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 88
Views: 3097

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

There are several earlier threads on this general topic. Anybody invested with Cadman Capital in Toronto? Used to be Venulum? (2019) Are wine investment funds good investments? (2018, with details on several funds) I'm not really sure how Vinovest works. The investment schemes discussed in the other...
by John Morris
September 7th, 2020, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard (USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros)
Replies: 18
Views: 820

Re: TN: 2016 Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard (USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros)

Truly one of the best winemakers in the US. +1 I remain shocked at how little notice these wines get. David Ramey's stable of Chardonnays (Fort Ross-Seaview, Russian River, Hyde, Rochioli, Westside Farms, etc.) are all world class examples. Not to mention his skill with Cabernet. Go figure. They do...
by John Morris
September 6th, 2020, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine pairing for Italian dinner with limited choices.
Replies: 14
Views: 693

Re: Wine pairing for Italian dinner with limited choices.

AAgrawal wrote:
September 5th, 2020, 8:51 pm
... Or if they don't have imported wines, they must have a Dominus or maybe Screaming Eagle? Or if you're looking for something cheaper, I'm sure they keep a stock of some board favorites like Rhys or Arnot Roberts?
In a country club with a limited wine list?
by John Morris
September 5th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine pairing for Italian dinner with limited choices.
Replies: 14
Views: 693

Re: Wine pairing for Italian dinner with limited choices.

AAgrawal wrote:
September 5th, 2020, 2:20 pm
Are you asking for wine pairing recommendations from a restaurant list that you say is very limited, but then not providing the name of the restaurant or the list? I must be missing something...
Did you read his second post, #3?
by John Morris
September 5th, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reviews of reviewers
Replies: 19
Views: 1771

Re: Reviews of reviewers

There was a thread a few months ago on this topic where people rated critics. I've searched but I can't find it. Found it! Here's the earlier thread , which started with this post: Seems like most of the board doesn't care or think much for Parker and Suckling, but are there any critics you actuall...
by John Morris
September 5th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reviews of reviewers
Replies: 19
Views: 1771

Re: Reviews of reviewers

There was a thread a few months ago on this topic where people rated critics. I've searched but I can't find it.
by John Morris
September 5th, 2020, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine on day 4 smelled like ... brandy? Oxidized?
Replies: 9
Views: 595

Re: Wine on day 4 smelled like ... brandy? Oxidized?

Came home after a wonderful dinner and enjoying a bottle of Aligote and had an open (closed with Repour) bottle of a 2016 Wine Access NDA cabernet called “Editorial.” It’s a big wine - one I’ve described here as a great wine to break out as the 5th or 6th bottle at a tasting because it’s big, decen...

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