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by John Morris
July 9th, 2020, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 85
Views: 3461

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

Both 03 and 07 CdPs were indeed hyped by Parker. But the skepticism all over the Squires Board was pretty instant. Over the years, without keeping careful enough record to be sure, I haven't noticed either negative or positive views changing. Those who didn't like them young, still don't like them ...
by John Morris
July 8th, 2020, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 85
Views: 3461

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ wrote:
July 8th, 2020, 7:21 pm
No disappointments per se, but I have to say with some smaller chateau, I preferred the 00s at a similar state of maturity. This may simple be due to an attenuated aging curve, or more parkerization, but it gives some pause.
I opened an '05 Potensac recently that showed very nicely.
by John Morris
July 8th, 2020, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Noir in the Loire?
Replies: 17
Views: 532

Re: Pinot Noir in the Loire?

Lucien Crochet's "Le Croix du Roy" can be excellent. I was introduced to it when a friend brought a bottle of Sancerre to serve blind and was flabbergasted when he pulled the cork and found it was red. The '13 he served was light-bodied but full of terrific fruit flavor. I tracked down some and boug...
by John Morris
July 8th, 2020, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: One of the Best Pieces of Wine Writing I've Read in Years
Replies: 29
Views: 2420

Re: One of the Best Pieces of Wine Writing I've Read in Years

I fully admit, even as someone who hasn't tasted nearly as many world-class wines as a lot of folks here, that I find myself chasing the dragon and lusting after the wines that we've been told lead to the kind of experiences only they can offer. I don’t have a comment in the article, but I would sa...
by John Morris
July 8th, 2020, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin @ Neiman Marcus
Replies: 18
Views: 1361

Re: Coravin @ Neiman Marcus

Glad I didn't get seduced by the $89 price on model 2 when there's the Bluetooth-controlled model 11 for a mere $800. ("Hey, Alexa, can you pump out five ounces of the 1978 Jayer Cros Parantoux....") I hope the Bluetooth works better than their spellchecker, which has consistently rendered the brand...
by John Morris
July 8th, 2020, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: One of the Best Pieces of Wine Writing I've Read in Years
Replies: 29
Views: 2420

Re: One of the Best Pieces of Wine Writing I've Read in Years

Perhaps I'm just one of the "male, white, middle-aged or older" wine collectors she is implicitly calling out in the piece, although I operate on a far lower level than those who she meets in Manhattan. But it strikes me that this piece is a bit dishonest. Her super-authentic experience of going "b...
by John Morris
July 8th, 2020, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Musar on Winebid.com
Replies: 36
Views: 2116

Re: Buyer Beware 1990 Musar on Winebid.com (Broadbent Selections on front label)

This is speculation, but sulfite warnings were required in the US from 1987. I see the warning is incorporated here in the label with Broadbent's name. I wonder if perhaps this was the first year they commissioned labels for the US market, with both the importer and the sulfites warning. Perhaps the...
by John Morris
July 7th, 2020, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Someone is Playing a Joke on Me...
Replies: 11
Views: 1048

Re: Someone is Playing a Joke on Me...

I'd demand that replacement bottles be shipped in the fall. They should never have shipped at this time of year.
by John Morris
July 6th, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 85
Views: 3461

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

I would have said '97 generally in Italy; and is '96 Burgundy the elephant in the room? They were really being talked up when I was there when they were released and not just by the old ladies sitting in the cellars where we visited. I'm still waiting on most of mine--and the ones I had, most notab...
by John Morris
July 6th, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 85
Views: 3461

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

This is absolutely true, but did anyone care at the time? Not in the US. The US critics -- including most prominently Parker -- called it a profoundly heterogeneous and atypical vintage, with some monumental (if unusual) wines and a lot of flawed dreck. I don't remember any of the major critics cla...
by John Morris
July 6th, 2020, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 85
Views: 3461

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

Robert Sand wrote:
July 6th, 2020, 12:49 am
1997 Piedmont
1993 Burgundy
I thought 1993 had a reputation young as overly tannic and underfruited. I certainly don’t recall it being hyped at the time of release. I thought it’s positive reputation only developed over the last decade or so.
by John Morris
July 6th, 2020, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 85
Views: 3461

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

Julian Marshall wrote:
July 6th, 2020, 7:23 am
John Morris wrote:
July 6th, 2020, 6:26 am
The British critics by and large were very negative about 2003 in Bordeaux in the early stages.
This is absolutely true, but did anyone care at the time?
Not in the US.
by John Morris
July 6th, 2020, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 85
Views: 3461

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

I would add 1997 in Tuscany. The Brunellos I’ve had didn’t really go the distance. Too warm a year, I think. 2007 in the Southern Rhône has to be high up the list, too, judging by the many notes posted here about badly unbalanced wines. (I never owned any.) 1997 there was badly overrated, too, from ...
by John Morris
July 6th, 2020, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 85
Views: 3461

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

For a few: California 1997 Bordeaux 1995, 2003 and for me 2009 and 2010 Burgundy 1983, 1990, 1995, 1997 Germany - what are the hyped vintages? The only ones I think of as really being hyped are 1971, 1975, 1976, 1990, 2001 and 2015. All of these are fabulous vintages, at least in the case of some p...
by John Morris
July 6th, 2020, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 85
Views: 3461

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

What about 2000 Piedmont? At least it was hyped by Spectator and I thought Parker loved it, too. I'd rather have '99 or '01 by just about any producer. It was only the WS that pushed 2000 (“Vintage of the Century” was the cover, as I recall). When I was in the region in 2002, winemakers were scratc...
by John Morris
July 5th, 2020, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2014 SQN Lightmotif
Replies: 59
Views: 3469

Re: TN 2014 SQN Lightmotif

So did you like it, Glenn?
by John Morris
July 3rd, 2020, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okanagan (Western Canadian) Superlative Wines
Replies: 29
Views: 724

Re: Okanagan (Western Canadian) Superlative Wines

I've had some terrific riesling from Joie, but it's hard to find. Evidently it sells out quickly. Their other aromatic whites are pretty good, too, but not in the same league as the riesling. A few years ago, I had a current-release Osoyoos-Larose, the Bordeaux blend made as a joint venture with Gru...
by John Morris
July 3rd, 2020, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okanagan (Western Canadian) Superlative Wines
Replies: 29
Views: 724

Re: Okanagan (Western Canadian) Superlative Wines

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
July 3rd, 2020, 6:21 am
I loved the Le Vieux Pin syrah I had in vancouver.
Yes, those are terrific wines, closer to Northern Rhone in style than the vast majority of California syrahs.
by John Morris
July 3rd, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Raffault Chinon Les Picasses
Replies: 13
Views: 425

Re: TN: 2014 Raffault Chinon Les Picasses

I've had the '14 a couple of times this year and found it enjoyable provided it had some air time. It's very young, though, and I'm not averse to young, cool climate cab franc. I thought everything was in alignment to develop into a superb wine with 5-10 more years.
by John Morris
July 2nd, 2020, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1129
Views: 52578

Re: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)

How does one tell if a wine is confident in its cassis and blackberries, or if it's riddled with angst and self-doubt? Is the nose jumping/prancing/dancing out of the glass? Confident! Is it exploding or roaring? Angry! Is it reserved or slithering? Angst and self-doubt! Is it unclean? Lack of self...
by John Morris
July 2nd, 2020, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1129
Views: 52578

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

It seems that this MW is unclear on the concept of "own-rooted": "Grapes come from own-rooted vines planted in 1982 on AXR rootstock...." [scratch.gif] [scratch.gif] And we have a new verb for aromas leaving the glass -- confidently striding! 2016 Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve ...
by John Morris
July 1st, 2020, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo Acclivi (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 6
Views: 438

Re: TN: 2012 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barolo Acclivi (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

I’m a fan of the ‘12s. Great aromatics, though not the depth of ‘10, ‘13, ‘15 or ‘16s. Last one ‘12 I opened was a Rizzi Barbaresco, which showed very nicely a couple of weeks ago.
by John Morris
July 1st, 2020, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Langhe Freisa (Italy, Langhe DOC)
Replies: 7
Views: 327

Re: TN: 2016 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Langhe Freisa (Italy, Langhe DOC)

I was astounded by their freisa the first time I visited Burlotto in 2011. It was so grapy and fruit-forward, with none of the rough edges I had come to expect with the grape. Fabio said they pick quite late to get the wine they do. Which makes sense. It can be so gulpable -- hard to imagine it's a ...
by John Morris
July 1st, 2020, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanter award for Parker and interview/profile
Replies: 28
Views: 1398

Re: Decanter award for Parker and interview/profile

I began as a wine lover in days when there was no internet and little wine press. I traveled and tasted. And bought what I thought is good. And I tell you something. I had a lot of fun and found a lot of superb wines. To affordable prices. I met a lot of interested people over the years and we chan...
by John Morris
June 30th, 2020, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanter award for Parker and interview/profile
Replies: 28
Views: 1398

Decanter award for Parker and interview/profile

I'm surprised no one has posted on the long piece Decanter posted yesterday by Andrew Jefford -- part interview, part profile -- on Parker. The magazine is inducting him into its hall of fame (a little late, I'd say). There is little new to those who have followed Parker's career, but it's still wor...
by John Morris
June 30th, 2020, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1129
Views: 52578

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

David didn't say the water thickened. But if you boil water with a lot of minerals, you get water with a more concentrated level of minerals.
by John Morris
June 29th, 2020, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1129
Views: 52578

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

Here's a note I love, from our own David Bueker here on WB . It's entirely metaphoric, but sums up a classic Chablis 1er cru vividly: 2010 François Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot - France, Burgundy, Chablis, Chablis Grand Cru (6/29/2020) Take a very sharp knife. Slide a lemon with one quick cut...
by John Morris
June 29th, 2020, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1129
Views: 52578

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

I wonder if Sir Hans-Peter was referring to himself, as we never saw him again! Stumbling BFC is a dangerous thing. Prancing is bad, but stumbling, really bad No, Sire, I'm fine, thank you. The stumbling BFC was liquored-up so hard that it wasn't in shape to pick a fight when I approached it, so no...
by John Morris
June 29th, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1129
Views: 52578

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

.... And hey, we have a new way of expressing how things waft from the glass . . . . The 2016 Proprietary Red Wine is blended of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Carménère, with all fruit coming from the Quintessa estate, and it aged for 20 months in 73% ...
by John Morris
June 27th, 2020, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about sweet tobacco/cigar box notes in Bordeaux
Replies: 52
Views: 1636

Re: Question about sweet tobacco/cigar box notes in Bordeaux

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
June 27th, 2020, 4:04 pm
If it was mostly the barrel, wouldn’t we have this note in just about every red wine made, at least those that see oak? It get your point if the note was cigar box, but what about tobacco leaf?
I read Mel and Wes to be saying that some barrels are more conducive to this than others.
by John Morris
June 27th, 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Importer of Joh Jos Prum. How to buy on release?
Replies: 32
Views: 1738

Re: Importer of Joh Jos Prum. How to buy on release?

Hello all. newhere I am fairly new to international wine and have typically bought most of my wine via online/wine store/commercial purchases. I have an allocation at Aubert and Ridge, but they are domestic. I was wondering how one purchases international wines at release (I live in the US). I have...
by John Morris
June 27th, 2020, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Importer of Joh Jos Prum. How to buy on release?
Replies: 32
Views: 1738

Re: Importer of Joh Jos Prum. How to buy on release?

Just did a search and found this earlier thread about Rudi Wiest going bankrupt, so it wouldn't surprise me if it's more difficult to get German wines in the US until someone else picks up the slack: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=168171https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/ucp...
by John Morris
June 27th, 2020, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving a wine cellar across the country Asap
Replies: 14
Views: 878

Re: Moving a wine cellar across the country Asap

There are a number of prior threads on this topic. You might search for "move," though that will probably have a lot of hits. Or try "shipping."
by John Morris
June 27th, 2020, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone have a rec for a digital cellar thermometer/hygrometer
Replies: 8
Views: 283

Re: Does anyone have a rec for a digital cellar thermometer/hygrometer

I use wireless tags. Super easy, mobile app to monitor with alarms. http://wirelesstag.net/ There are also a few threads on this if you do a search. Yes, there are other threads on this topic. I’ve used the Wireless Tag four four or five years and have been quite happy. It’s a bit difficult to pry ...
by John Morris
June 26th, 2020, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boxes that smell corked
Replies: 21
Views: 761

Re: Boxes that smell corked

To me it has that same wet cardboard stench. I don't know if it has something to do with what kind of paper material they produce or what, but the stench is nothing like that. The reek that floats around there is quite flatulent / sulfurous to my nose. I'd associate it with heavy reduction / mercap...
by John Morris
June 25th, 2020, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8786
Views: 1294686

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Wouldn’t any half decent lawyer spelled out in the contract the penalties if Royal breached it? Mark: Actually, I don't think so. It would be very difficult to spell out all of the different ways in which the injunction might be violated and spell out appropriate penalties for all of the different ...
by John Morris
June 24th, 2020, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Issues with '16 Bordeaux fulfillment
Replies: 3
Views: 526

Re: Issues with '16 Bordeaux fulfillment

Placed an order at Vinfolio back in February 2019 for a few bottles of '16 Leoville Poyferre. I didn't hear anything for a long time so I finally asked for an update. I was told the wine is in storage in London waiting removal of Trump's 25% tariff and will remain in storage for the next six months...
by John Morris
June 24th, 2020, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1129
Views: 52578

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

Now we have some prancing Black Forest cake. And some cinnamon toast and preserves. Rolland wuz here. 98-100 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate: "The 2019 Figeac is composed of 30% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 36% Cabernet Franc, harvested from the 13th of September to the 7th of Octo...
by John Morris
June 24th, 2020, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: bucking Branco
Replies: 7
Views: 320

Re: TN: bucking Branco

Thanks for the notes. All of the Caves São João wines have aged and are aging really well, particularly the whites from their Frei João series. The 1980s ones are really singing today, and all of these wines are outstanding value for their quality. It's been a while since I've had any of the Frei J...
by John Morris
June 24th, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is a mouse in the cellar...
Replies: 54
Views: 3116

Re: There is a mouse in the cellar...

We seem to have (or had) a mouse or chipmunk in our car. A sealed package of cookies in the glove compartment was nibbled ten days ago. Then a bag of garbage my wife foolishly left in the car overnight. A day or two later the foil from a piece of chocolate had been shredded on the passenger seat, an...
by John Morris
June 23rd, 2020, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8786
Views: 1294686

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

That seems unlikely as a matter of equity. But a contempt hearing and a fine would not be surprising if Koch gets involved.
by John Morris
June 23rd, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8786
Views: 1294686

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Obviously the penalties for violating the court injunction must not be that severe. Or else the responsible parties must feel that they have a way out. Or maybe crime is just too addictive to stop. Perhaps they should visit Mr Fox of PC fame. Seems like the only guys who actually went to jail over ...
by John Morris
June 23rd, 2020, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Roagna Barolo La Rocca e La Pira (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 9
Views: 396

Re: TN: 1996 Roagna Barolo La Rocca e La Pira (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

You bought some of those in that close-out, too?

I don’t really know what you mean by cheesy/funky. That doesn’t seem typical to me.

I’m sitting on my 96s. I assume they would require a serious decant now, because it was tannic, high-acid year.
by John Morris
June 23rd, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting Impressions - 2018 Sandler Pinots - Over The Course Of A Week
Replies: 8
Views: 457

Re: Tasting Impressions - 2018 Sandler Pinots - Over The Course Of A Week

Paul, would you expect wines to have evolved much over 7 days using Coravin? I know the idea of Coravin is that they would not, but it sounds like these did, and you expected them to. I'm not sure if you can give some big picture context on that. Thanks. I had the same question. Isn’t the point of ...
by John Morris
June 22nd, 2020, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8786
Views: 1294686

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Victor Hong wrote:
June 22nd, 2020, 8:35 am
Larry Stein wrote:
June 22nd, 2020, 8:29 am
I assume since there's a federal injunction against Royal, this has been reported to the appropriate authorities?
SDNY, which is just a short car ride downtown, seems ideal. Oh, wait,.....
I think it might be hard to get their attention this week.
by John Morris
June 22nd, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1129
Views: 52578

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

She’s baaack . . . . Notes on the 2019 Lalande 97-99 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate: "A blend of 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc (with no Petit Verdot this year), the 2019 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande came in at an alcohol of 14.15% and a pH of 3.7. Me...
by John Morris
June 21st, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is a mouse in the cellar...
Replies: 54
Views: 3116

Re: There is a mouse in the cellar...

During Covid, we put rice, flour etc into the cellar. Seems like it has been discovered, so we removed everything and replaced it with humane mousetraps. Oliver the cat, erstwhile Presidential candidate and serious gourmet, is useless. At 15, he has absolutely no interest, and the cool temperature ...
by John Morris
June 20th, 2020, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1129
Views: 52578

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

I think it may be more than a metaphor. I don’t know the chemistry of chocolate, but I bet some compounds in it are shared with Cabernet and merlot, just as oak contains vanillin. Nope, metaphor. There is no chocolate in wine. There are a limited number of organic compounds to go around so of cours...
by John Morris
June 20th, 2020, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1129
Views: 52578

Re: It's critic bingo! ('19 Haut Brion threatens to "go atomic")

I think it may be more than a metaphor. I don’t know the chemistry of chocolate, but I bet some compounds in it are shared with Cabernet and merlot, just as oak contains vanillin.

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