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by John Morris
December 2nd, 2020, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Notes (added P. Scavino Prapo and Carobric)
Replies: 68
Views: 5290

Re: 2016 Barolo Notes (added E. Pira Via Nuova and Vajra Bricco delle Viole)

Cordero di Montezemolo is a big and historic winery. It's owned by a wealthy family (a brother was head of the Italian manufacturers' association or some such, a position that landed him on TV regularly). It's a major vineyard owner -- with 26 hectares owned and a total of 51ha under their control ...
by John Morris
December 2nd, 2020, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Notes (added P. Scavino Prapo and Carobric)
Replies: 68
Views: 5290

Re: 2016 Barolo Notes (added E. Pira Via Nuova and Vajra Bricco delle Viole)

2016 Paulo Scavino Barolo Carobric Touch murkier garnet color with more brick than the Prapo. A good bit more complex on the nose with a slightly riper feel — dark cherry, plum, some loamy earth, licorice, pine, and orange peel, all lifted by some barely perceptible VA. ... First, let me commend yo...
by John Morris
December 2nd, 2020, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Notes (added P. Scavino Prapo and Carobric)
Replies: 68
Views: 5290

Re: 2016 Barolo Notes (added E. Pira Via Nuova and Vajra Bricco delle Viole)

Cordero di Montezemolo is a big and historic winery. It's owned by a wealthy family (a brother was head of the Italian manufacturers' association or some such, a position that landed him on TV regularly). It's a major vineyard owner -- with 26 hectares owned and a total of 51ha under their control i...
by John Morris
December 2nd, 2020, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lovely wines (beside the premox)
Replies: 2
Views: 166

Re: Lovely wines (beside the premox)

Yes, fun, interesting notes. Thanks.
by John Morris
December 2nd, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: anyone else having wine sent to work address by mistake?
Replies: 24
Views: 554

Re: anyone else having wine sent to work address by mistake?

I ordered a case to be delivered to my building this week. The store said it had been delivered, but I hadn't seen it and our very conscientious doormen had no record of a delivery for me in their log. It turned out it had ended up with my neighbor across the hall. Neither my name nor apartment numb...
by John Morris
December 2nd, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Notes (added P. Scavino Prapo and Carobric)
Replies: 68
Views: 5290

Re: 2016 Barolo Notes (added E. Pira Via Nuova and Vajra Bricco delle Viole)

Yup.

There was a very good academic article maybe 10 years ago, tracking the history and the personal dynamics. I was just checking, but I can't seem to find a copy in my own docs. I know I posted on it, but I'm not sure how to pull it up. It was quite fascinating, with many layers or explanation.
by John Morris
December 2nd, 2020, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Notes (added P. Scavino Prapo and Carobric)
Replies: 68
Views: 5290

Re: 2016 Barolo Notes (added E. Pira Via Nuova and Vajra Bricco delle Viole)

I think she dialed back on the oak somewhat in the early 2000s. I visited in 2005 and she said something about how "we had to go to extremes" to make a point, in the 90s, I assumed. I'm generally quite averse to oak on nebbiolo, but her 01 Cannubi was very balanced in its early years. Via Nuova isn...
by John Morris
December 2nd, 2020, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Notes (added P. Scavino Prapo and Carobric)
Replies: 68
Views: 5290

Re: 2016 Barolo Notes (added E. Pira Via Nuova and Vajra Bricco delle Viole)

I think she dialed back on the oak somewhat in the early 2000s. I visited in 2005 and she said something about how "we had to go to extremes" to make a point, in the 90s, I assumed. I'm generally quite averse to oak on nebbiolo, but her 01 Cannubi was very balanced in its early years. Via Nuova isn'...
by John Morris
December 2nd, 2020, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Notes (added P. Scavino Prapo and Carobric)
Replies: 68
Views: 5290

Re: 2016 Barolo Notes (added E. Pira Via Nuova and Vajra Bricco delle Viole)

Opened a '16 Schiavenza - Ceretta this evening with veal chops in a chanterelle cream sauce. Popped and poured, without a decant. Thanks for this, John. Can I ask whether you thought the alcohol stood out on this wine? I thought I remembered seeing something to that effect. It's labeled at 15%, but...
by John Morris
December 1st, 2020, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Residential HVAC System for Cellar
Replies: 15
Views: 569

Re: Residential HVAC System for Cellar

My local HVAC guy is recommending we install a Daikin mini-split 1-ton system FTK12AXVJU for a new cellar. Would anyone recommend going this route, or instead playing it safe with a unit made specifically for wine? A few options we are considering: 1. Daikin mini-split @ $3800 (installed)... I like...
by John Morris
December 1st, 2020, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Notes (added P. Scavino Prapo and Carobric)
Replies: 68
Views: 5290

Re: 2016 Barolo Notes (added E. Pira Via Nuova and Vajra Bricco delle Viole)

Opened a '16 Schiavenza - Ceretta this evening with veal chops in a chanterelle cream sauce. Popped and poured, without a decant. Powerful scents of black licorice from the moment the cork was pulled, backed up by a melange of deep, dark fruits -- some plums, black cherry, blackberry. Broad shoulder...
by John Morris
December 1st, 2020, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Vietti Castiglione - pretty but very lightweight
Replies: 12
Views: 1115

Re: TN: 2014 Vietti Castiglione - pretty but very lightweight

Anyone try one lately ? The notes on CT and from AG seem pretty positive especially if given some air time. I picked up a few at a nice price to help keep me away from the 16's. I have. It was frankly disappointing, especially for the money. It drank like a $19 Langhe Nebbiolo rather than a $50 Bar...
by John Morris
November 30th, 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")
Replies: 1319
Views: 61793

Re: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")

c fu wrote:
November 30th, 2020, 2:00 pm
The only thing i learned after 27 pages is we need more tasting notes from John Morris himself so we can critique them.
Being a fool, I have obliged.
by John Morris
November 28th, 2020, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")
Replies: 1319
Views: 61793

Re: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")

"Piquant" is a pretty good descriptor for the aroma of acetic acid -- sharp but also enticing if not too strong.
by John Morris
November 28th, 2020, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")
Replies: 1319
Views: 61793

Re: It's critic bingo! ("Taught With Tension")

William Kelley wrote:
November 28th, 2020, 7:01 am
If you propose a better alternative I will adopt it! I often use it in conjunction with other terms, e.g. "built around chalky structuring dry extract", which hopefully makes it more clear.
Why not just say extracted?
by John Morris
November 28th, 2020, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")
Replies: 1319
Views: 61793

Re: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")

I have no problem calling a wine "extracted," meaning it's dense and has texture. But "dry extract" is a lab term. As I recall, you cook off the liquid and see what solids are left. When someone writes that a wine has a lot of dry extract based only on tasting it, I suspect they mean it's tannic an...
by John Morris
November 28th, 2020, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")
Replies: 1319
Views: 61793

Re: It's critic bingo! ("Taught With Tension")

I think it is perfectly understandable if someone says that a white wine (or a sparkling wine, for that matter) seems to be noticeably high in dry extract. However, it would seem a bit weird reading a white wine to be extracted, unless there was some extraction done as part of the vinification proc...
by John Morris
November 28th, 2020, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")
Replies: 1319
Views: 61793

Re: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")

Don't ever say that to a Swede, or a Norwegian.
by John Morris
November 28th, 2020, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Surprisingly young wines (02 Chevillon, 01 E St John)
Replies: 5
Views: 382

Re: TN: Surprisingly young wines (02 Chevillon, 01 E St John)

That's interesting, David. I've not had the same syrahs often enough to be able to gauge the inconsistency, but I think I saw that with one of the '05s (I'd have to check my notes) -- one bottle grapy and fleshy, and the next pretty taut. There was about two ounces of the 01 Wylie-Fenaughty left in ...
by John Morris
November 28th, 2020, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")
Replies: 1319
Views: 61793

Re: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")

Just a word to defend mentioning "dry extract" (one might just as well say "extract", but French oenology measures "extrait sec" and the term has become an albeit redundant proxy for extract when one talks with winemakers in France). Personally, I find this a very important differentiator between (...
by John Morris
November 28th, 2020, 5:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")
Replies: 1319
Views: 61793

Re: It's critic bingo! ("Taught With Tension")

Well, y’all are opening my eyes and ears. Personally, I have never seen anyone use the term “lift” or “lifted” in reference to VA. I have used it, and only recall seeing it used, on wine that has a crisp acidic structure and freshness. Busted! I thought you've read hundreds of my TNs I've posted he...
by John Morris
November 27th, 2020, 9:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")
Replies: 1319
Views: 61793

Re: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")

ah, that's it! "High-toned" was the other phrase I was fishing for that certain wine writers misappropriated as a technical codeword for VA while most people innocently assumed it was just referring to a sense of brightness or precision. My schnoz is not fine-tuned enough to isolate "VA, but below ...
by John Morris
November 27th, 2020, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")
Replies: 1319
Views: 61793

Re: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")

Decanter describes the original meaning in a 2018 article about volatile acidity : What is volatile acidity? Ask Decanter Volatile acidity is made from compounds in types of acid found in wine, showing an aroma, rather than found on the palate. ‘In simple terms, it refers to the acidic elements of a...
by John Morris
November 27th, 2020, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")
Replies: 1319
Views: 61793

Re: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")

One of the advantages of not purging my in-boxes is that I have a ready database of tasting notes. Here are some critics employing "lifted" -- for aromas, mouthfeel and finish, and often with dark fruits. It's pretty hard to see any consistent meaning. Monica Larner, Wine Advocate I think Larner may...
by John Morris
November 27th, 2020, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")
Replies: 1319
Views: 61793

Re: It's critic bingo! ("Taught With Tension")

I'm compiling some "lifted" tasting notes, but this one made me roll out of my desk chair: 2017 Bouchard Pere et Fils Chevalier Montrachet "Captivating nose melds tangerine zest, lemon, lime, clove, anise, white pepper and crushed stone, complicated by an exotic hint of passion fruit and lifted by m...
by John Morris
November 27th, 2020, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")
Replies: 1319
Views: 61793

Re: It's critic bingo! ("Taught With Tension")

But winemakers typically use it in its original sense, referring to VA, and I think some critics (John Gilman and, I think, William Kelley) do as well. If other people use it to mean less ripe or red fruits (an aroma) and others use it to refer to acidity (a taste), then I have to study each person'...
by John Morris
November 27th, 2020, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Mathilde et Yves Gangloff Condrieu (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Condrieu)
Replies: 9
Views: 334

Re: TN: 2010 Mathilde et Yves Gangloff Condrieu (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Condrieu)

Alan Rath wrote:
November 27th, 2020, 3:04 pm
... There may be some residual sugar here, but the minerality, savory, and acidity more than covers it. I don’t know of another example like this, perhaps some of Andre Perret’s top Condrieu. ...
Thanks for the note. I wasn't sure what you meant by the bolded part.
by John Morris
November 27th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Surprisingly young wines (02 Chevillon, 01 E St John)
Replies: 5
Views: 382

TN: Surprisingly young wines (02 Chevillon, 01 E St John)

The two reds were a surprise, both still very unevolved and tight. Drunk with turkey meatloaf last night (couldn't see doing a bird for three). Decanted about two-plus hours ahead. 2002 Chevillon - Nuits St. Georges - Les Perrieres: This was somewhat more giving than the syrah. From the decanting th...
by John Morris
November 27th, 2020, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")
Replies: 1319
Views: 61793

Re: It's critic bingo! ("Taught With Tension")

I think the various posts here demonstrate my point that "lifted" has no common meaning anymore. Everyone uses it as they please for VA, for red-fruited, for wines with good acidity that somehow shows in the nose), so it conveys nothing.
by John Morris
November 26th, 2020, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storm Damage to NJ Wine Warehouse on Nov 16th...
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Re: Storm Damage to NJ Wine Warehouse on Nov 16th...

Yes, Western Carriers stores and delivers wine for a lot of importers, including Skurnick, I believe, so this disrupted holiday deliveries big time. (Note that the storm hit 10 days ago, on the 16th, at the peak of holiday deliveries.) Anyone heard an update on damage? The story indicates that the p...
by John Morris
November 25th, 2020, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desperate for legit ideas on what to do with Stella Rosa semi-sweet wine
Replies: 20
Views: 624

Re: Desperate for legit ideas on what to do with Stella Rosa semi-sweet wine

ChrisJames wrote:
November 25th, 2020, 4:03 pm
Use it as a marinade for beef.
A sweet wine?
by John Morris
November 25th, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")
Replies: 1319
Views: 61793

Re: It's critic bingo! ("Taught With Tension")

It's not necessarily wrong, but as I understand it, it once was used in a narrow, technical sense to mean the wine had some volatile acidity (e.g., acetic acid). In small quantities, that can enliven the aroma and taste of wine. Now "lifted" is used willy-nilly. In many case it seems to indicate a b...
by John Morris
November 25th, 2020, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tariff's effect on alcohol % of imported wine
Replies: 36
Views: 1163

Re: Tariff's effect on alcohol % of imported wine

Don't conflate the EU labeling allowance and the US tariff threshold. Declared ABV's of 14.1, 14.2, etc. can be challenged by US customs. In which case, the producer must submit lab results. Many of our producers proposed upping their ABV and we advised against it. Not worth the delays and the risk...
by John Morris
November 25th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most impractical wine in the cellar?
Replies: 75
Views: 3057

Re: Most impractical wine in the cellar?

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote:
November 25th, 2020, 1:33 pm
I was mentally sifting through the cellar to decide what I could offer in response. But I can't compete.
Indeed.

Three liters of eiswein. [scratch.gif] [scratch.gif]

You have to wonder what they were thinking when they bottled it.
by John Morris
November 25th, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")
Replies: 1319
Views: 61793

Re: It's critic bingo! ("Taught With Tension")

A Black Forest cake by any other name is .... 2017 Raymond Cabernet Sauvignon Sommelier Collection "In February 2019, winemaker Stephanie Putnam and proprietor Jean-Charles Boisset hosted the ninth annual blending session with 13 sommeliers to create this on-premise only offering. It is a blend of 5...
by John Morris
November 25th, 2020, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheese course pairing help
Replies: 36
Views: 928

Re: Cheese course pairing help

Jay Miller wrote:
November 25th, 2020, 6:46 am
I'd lean towards a white Burgundy.
Yes, the ugly truth is that white wines are MUCH better matches for any cheese than red. Not that I don't regularly ignore this fact.
by John Morris
November 22nd, 2020, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")
Replies: 1319
Views: 61793

Re: It's critic bingo! ("Taught With Tension")

RichardFlack wrote:
November 22nd, 2020, 10:50 am
Tightrope instructor.
And if you lose your balance and fall, you'll be whacked with a stick. But it will have been seasoned for at least two or three years.
by John Morris
November 22nd, 2020, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Lifted by metallic minerality")
Replies: 1319
Views: 61793

Re: It's critic bingo! ("Taught With Tension")

Some wines take their learning well -- well enough to garner 98 points from Suckling. Here's the 2019 Chacra Pinot Noir Cincuenta y Cinco per Sherry-Lehman: ... Taught with tension, minerality and neutral oak, this Pinot is breathtaking in its purity of fruit. ... Studies show, however, that teachin...
by John Morris
November 21st, 2020, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Doh! Ever do this before?
Replies: 34
Views: 2248

Re: Doh! Ever do this before?

:)

For my tastes, 2004 was underappreciated in CdP.
by John Morris
November 20th, 2020, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The zenith of score inflation?
Replies: 36
Views: 2546

Re: The zenith of score inflation?

The top 22 wines in James Suckling's Top 100 Wines of 2020 are 100 pointers. There are more 100 pointers in the list but I didn't have the patience to go through the entire list. https://www.jamessuckling.com/wine-tasting-reports/top-100-wines-2020/ He gave 98 points or more to 100 wines: And all t...
by John Morris
November 20th, 2020, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tariff's effect on alcohol % of imported wine
Replies: 36
Views: 1163

Re: Tariff's effect on alcohol % of imported wine

Does anyone understand why the ABV limit was put in the law? I know the whole thing doesn't make any sense, but wouldn't one think that if part of the goal was to protect domestic wines from competition it would be flipped? ie wines above a certain percentage would be taxed. I've looked for this el...
by John Morris
November 20th, 2020, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tariff's effect on alcohol % of imported wine
Replies: 36
Views: 1163

Re: Tariff's effect on alcohol % of imported wine

Here is one such example in Kingston, NY. 43 SKUs for German wine! I think their price points help and also they have a number that fit into the Natural wine camp. One thing for sure is that they are selling a lot of German wine and much more than last year. And they actually promote it. Fantastic ...
by John Morris
November 20th, 2020, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tariff's effect on alcohol % of imported wine
Replies: 36
Views: 1163

Re: Tariff's effect on alcohol % of imported wine

On top of that, I think retail wine sales are down generally this year, based on conversations with two people in the trade.
by John Morris
November 20th, 2020, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Badly Botched Flawed Bottles
Replies: 7
Views: 731

Re: Badly Botched Flawed Bottles

Richard - I can't speak to all the evidence based on your photos, but the corrosion on the capsules may not be a sign of seepage. Lead capsules (which were banned around 1990) often corroded a bit at the bottom edge, on even the most pristine, well-stored bottles. It could be due to a little spillag...
by John Morris
November 20th, 2020, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tariff's effect on alcohol % of imported wine
Replies: 36
Views: 1163

Re: Tariff's effect on alcohol % of imported wine

Wrt the OP, I wonder how much of this is just increasing the alcohol on the label (within legal allowances of course) - I would assume a fair bit. I assumed that was the suggestion/insinuation. Given that there's a margin of error allowed on the ABV level (+/-0.5% in the EU and +/-1% in the US if t...
by John Morris
November 20th, 2020, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tariff's effect on alcohol % of imported wine
Replies: 36
Views: 1163

Re: Tariff's effect on alcohol % of imported wine

Wrt the OP, I wonder how much of this is just increasing the alcohol on the label (within legal allowances of course) - I would assume a fair bit. I assumed that was the suggestion/insinuation. Given that there's a margin of error allowed on the ABV level (+/-0.5% in the EU and +/-1% in the US if t...
by John Morris
November 19th, 2020, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tariff's effect on alcohol % of imported wine
Replies: 36
Views: 1163

Re: Tariff's effect on alcohol % of imported wine

Wrt the OP, I wonder how much of this is just increasing the alcohol on the label (within legal allowances of course) - I would assume a fair bit. I assumed that was the suggestion/insinuation. Given that there's a margin of error allowed on the ABV level (+/-0.5% in the EU and +/-1% in the US if t...
by John Morris
November 18th, 2020, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you know anything about spanish wines?
Replies: 22
Views: 1163

Re: Do you know anything about spanish wines?

I'm drinking the '15 Vina Alberdi Riserva (La Rioja Alta) , which is great exemplar of new American oak without the dill. It takes a while for the tempranillo to peek out from behind the oak, frankly, but a half hour after opening it, the sour cherry and acid of the grape are emerging. Looking forwa...
by John Morris
November 18th, 2020, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 67 Pall Mall - U.S. Equivalent
Replies: 17
Views: 1516

Re: 67 Pall Mall - U.S. Equivalent

Alex Valdes wrote:
November 18th, 2020, 1:06 pm
La Paulee Selections is doing some stuff but not at the level of what 67 Pall Mall is doing.

WS New York is doing something like what 67 Pall Mall is doing for members in NY.
Wine Spectator NY??
by John Morris
November 17th, 2020, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And all the children are above average
Replies: 4
Views: 687

Re: And all the children are above average

You'll be pleased to see that German wines are about the only ones with prices below their point scores.

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