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by John Morris
February 27th, 2021, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chilling wine and acidity
Replies: 3
Views: 160

Re: Chilling wine and acidity

Wines taste more acidic when they're cold. Sometimes a wine that seems thin and tart straight out of the fridge will flesh out as it warms up. I'm sure the pH doesn't change. But the warmer the wine, the more aroma compounds evaporate, so I suspect the difference in perception has something to do wi...
by John Morris
February 27th, 2021, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Berserkers Wine Talk Hall of Fame Thread
Replies: 101
Views: 48330

Re: Wine Berserkers Wine Talk Hall of Fame Thread

Oooh! We have a new entry that's a strong contender:

Modern classification of left bank red Bordeaux

Brings new meaning to the concept of a wine monologue.
by John Morris
February 27th, 2021, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trying new things. Looking for recommendations
Replies: 10
Views: 490

Re: Trying new things. Looking for recommendations

You could try some New York State wines, as you live in America and they are American wines. Not sure what selection you have where you live, but they are relatively inexpensive for what they offer and will give you a different take on riesling than you are used to, and sometimes offer unusual vari...
by John Morris
February 27th, 2021, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo - Rising Stars
Replies: 59
Views: 5845

Re: Barolo - Rising Stars

Would there be any valid argument that Barolo wine prices could exceed those of Burgundy at some point? I would highly doubt that. Burgundy is simpler to understand, and has a classification system that really helps prices. Barolo's MGAs are semi-useful in some places, like Serralunga, and complete...
by John Morris
February 26th, 2021, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine collecting!
Replies: 24
Views: 1883

Re: Wine collecting!

I'm on the same page with others here. And I never think of it as "collecting." Patrick put it nicely: "My goal is to have a cellar that we will drink, with diversity across a variety of price points and drinking windows."
by John Morris
February 26th, 2021, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.
Replies: 102
Views: 5285

Re: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.

I have been on this web site a few years and am amazed sometimes at the egos displayed. To hear all the critiques of Robert Parker is laughable. He was truly the first wine critic who was fiercely independent of the wine industry and fiercely loyal to the only group he cared about.....his readers! ...
by John Morris
February 26th, 2021, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo - Rising Stars
Replies: 59
Views: 5845

Re: Barolo - Rising Stars

I would like to recommend Sobrero. They've been around since the 40s, but it's the current generation that have improved them and made them great buys. They're very reasonably priced and the wines are open and elegant from the start. Haven't had a chance to age them for long yet as the first vintag...
by John Morris
February 26th, 2021, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo - Rising Stars
Replies: 59
Views: 5845

Re: Barolo - Rising Stars

Is Germano particularly traditional? My one experience with those wines was that I felt a fair bit of oak, but I also recall having drunk a bit that day already......... I agree on Brezza - every time I've had those wines they have been very solid, if not quite at the highest levels. At a Chambers ...
by John Morris
February 25th, 2021, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newbie - Tannin and Red Varietals
Replies: 25
Views: 776

Re: Newbie - Tannin and Red Varietals

Erika - I would just second what Greg and Chris said.

Put another way, those three wines are made in a way that ensures they don't taste like a cabernet should. But it's hard to find any wines in that price range that do.
by John Morris
February 25th, 2021, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most useless tasting note I've ever seen...
Replies: 54
Views: 2730

Re: Most useless tasting note I've ever seen...

Todd F r e n c h wrote: February 25th, 2021, 10:41 am 1000 points if you can guess the varietal, or wine, or even where it is from
Is that the food accompaniment or descriptors of the wine?
by John Morris
February 25th, 2021, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buyer Beware: Fake Bottles of Yellow Tail Wine Are Popping Up in the U.K..
Replies: 27
Views: 1240

Re: Buyer Beware: Fake Bottles of Yellow Tail Wine Are Popping Up in the U.K..

Wasn't there a lot of fake Mouton-Cadet found in China a few years ago?

There have been some other threads with examples of cheap, mass-production wine that was faked.
by John Morris
February 24th, 2021, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the top wines near Santa Barbara?
Replies: 37
Views: 1996

Re: What are the top wines near Santa Barbara?

Melville - Sta Rita Hills Stolpman - Ballard Canyon Foxen - Santa Maria Valley Love the first 2 and need to try Foxen. Can't believe it took 14 posts to get Stolpman on the list. I always think the wines at Stolpman are top notch —in a relatively rich style — when we’ve visited. Have to drive a few...
by John Morris
February 24th, 2021, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Elvio Cogno Barolo Vigna Elena
Replies: 8
Views: 466

Re: TN: 2004 Elvio Cogno Barolo Vigna Elena

My first Nebbiolo Rose. Purchased as a library wine via WD, this is still young and only beginning to show secondary characteristics. Beautiful aromatics of dark cherry, licorice, roses, cinnamon, and some forest floor. The palate is intense, concentrated, and layered with moderate, fine tannins. R...
by John Morris
February 24th, 2021, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus
Replies: 75
Views: 7538

Re: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus

It looks like the 2017 Produttori normale got the same score as 2016 from AG (94) and a higher score than 2015 (90+). Is this grade inflation? Or is there another factor here? Everywhere I look 2017 appears to be a more normal vintage compared to 2016's amazing vintage. Is this possibly because the...
by John Morris
February 24th, 2021, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines that have significant graphite?
Replies: 23
Views: 1428

Re: Wines that have significant graphite?

I find that graphite/lead pencil descriptor is caused when (for Cabernet and Franc), a slight amount of pyrazine meets a slight amount of reduction. I adore that aroma. Notice that most of the Bordeaux wines with that aroma mentioned here are from the Left Bank and Cab-heavy. Because that's where h...
by John Morris
February 24th, 2021, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines that have significant graphite?
Replies: 23
Views: 1428

Re: Wines that have significant graphite?

Looking for wines that show significant graphite under $50? Any suggestions? We can go over by a reasonable amount... Aargh! I'm sure you didn't intend this, but your trolling me. Do you mean lead pencil aromas? If so, the characteristic scent of pencils is really the cedar that's used for the penc...
by John Morris
February 23rd, 2021, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine's naturalistic fallacy
Replies: 143
Views: 5303

Re: Wine's naturalistic fallacy

and I especially loved this: "To acknowledge that terroir is a text to be interpreted and not a law that demands adherence is also to accept that any winemaking style that seems to be more “transparent,” offering a less obviously mediated expression of grape and place, is in fact only a subtle...
by John Morris
February 23rd, 2021, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine's naturalistic fallacy
Replies: 143
Views: 5303

Re: Wine's naturalistic fallacy

Just published a free-to-read Tuesday morning provocation on The Wine Advocate site. Would be interested to hear everyone's thought! If your aim was to provoke, than I fear you have failed completely, because everyone here seems to agree with you completely, which is not surprising since your piece...
by John Morris
February 23rd, 2021, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Mosel is the real deal
Replies: 16
Views: 1088

Re: TNs: Mosel is the real deal

By the way, is Von Hovel worth seeking out? I see he does a Scharzhofberger Kabinett. Although I'm guessing a less-prime location than Egon Müller? Yes, von Hövel is very good, but in my opinion more the Oberemmeler Hütte than the Scharzhofberger. When descovering the Saar, do not miss Peter Lauer ...
by John Morris
February 23rd, 2021, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Tasting Kits
Replies: 9
Views: 414

Re: Wine Tasting Kits

Flatiron Wines in NYC is doing this:
https://nyc.flatiron-wines.com/pages/ev ... es-spirits
by John Morris
February 23rd, 2021, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top five German wine producers
Replies: 110
Views: 3363

Re: Your top five German wine producers

1. Keller (more than twice #2) 2. Emrich-Schonleber 3. Schafer-Frolich 4. Ratzenberger (bet no one else has that in Top 5!) 5. Andreas Laible (I'd be surprised on that one as well) Next tier includes Battenfeld-Spanier, JJ Prum, Julian Haart, Weiser-Kuntsler, Willi Schaefer, Wittman - not in order....
by John Morris
February 22nd, 2021, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tercero 2016 Aberration Cab Franc
Replies: 20
Views: 792

Re: TN: Tercero 2016 Aberration Cab Franc

Two other points about this 2016 - it is aging at a glacial rate and it really does not change much after opening for a number of days if you leave the wine in the fridge - seriously. And I prefer to serve the wine chilled. Cheers I thought it hung together better tonight after being in the fridge ...
by John Morris
February 22nd, 2021, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Mauro Molino Barolo Vigna Conca
Replies: 2
Views: 161

Re: TN: 1995 Mauro Molino Barolo Vigna Conca

Did you like it?
by John Morris
February 22nd, 2021, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tercero 2016 Aberration Cab Franc
Replies: 20
Views: 792

Re: TN: Tercero 2016 Aberration Cab Franc

No worries, but we'll hold it against you.
by John Morris
February 22nd, 2021, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tercero 2016 Aberration Cab Franc
Replies: 20
Views: 792

Re: TN: Tercero 2016 Aberration Cab Franc

I'd forgotten that Rich posted notes on the 2018 a few months ago: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=3125075#p3125075 Interesting the 2018 was so strikingly inky, but Rich noted the 2016 was very light colored: “Its light such that you can see your hand through Ruby.” It was my 1...
by John Morris
February 22nd, 2021, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #rieslingstudy - Age your Kabinetts!
Replies: 41
Views: 2117

Re: #rieslingstudy - Age your Kabinetts!

I've been buying bigger quantities of my favorite kabinetts and and feinherb/halbtrocken in general because I have a hard time keeping my hands off them when young. Feinherb has become the #1 category for Riesling consumption at Schloss Bueker. That's interesting. I understand completely. I remembe...
by John Morris
February 22nd, 2021, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tercero 2016 Aberration Cab Franc
Replies: 20
Views: 792

Re: TN: Tercero 2016 Aberration Cab Franc

I forgot to post a picture of the bottle. The wine is so inky that it seems to have stained the clear glass!
by John Morris
February 22nd, 2021, 6:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #rieslingstudy - Age your Kabinetts!
Replies: 41
Views: 2117

Re: #rieslingstudy - Age your Kabinetts!

Robert Dentice wrote: February 22nd, 2021, 4:28 am .... My biggest wine regret was not buying Kabinett by the truck load to age...
Tied for me with not buying Dom. Tempier for about 20 years, but I agree. I have way too much Spatlese and Auslese relative to my Kabinett holdings, and it's the Kabinetts that I find myself reaching for.
by John Morris
February 21st, 2021, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tercero 2016 Aberration Cab Franc
Replies: 20
Views: 792

Re: TN: Tercero 2016 Aberration Cab Franc

I'd forgotten that Rich posted notes on the 2018 a few months ago:
viewtopic.php?p=3125075#p3125075
by John Morris
February 21st, 2021, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tercero 2016 Aberration Cab Franc
Replies: 20
Views: 792

TN: Tercero 2016 Aberration Cab Franc

Rich K0rz€nk0 recommended this and was kind enough to send me a bottle. This is really freaky -- in a good way. Foot-pressed, aged in concrete and steel -- no wood -- it defines inky. It's so dark that it appears to have stained the clear bottle. Larry says it's his first non-Rhone grape. Though it'...
by John Morris
February 21st, 2021, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines that have significant graphite?
Replies: 23
Views: 1428

Re: Wines that have significant graphite?

I'm not drinking a lot of Bordeaux these days, which is the category where this is classic, so I'm no help. Alfert is the man to listen to. I'm only here to give you a hard time.
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by John Morris
February 21st, 2021, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines that have significant graphite?
Replies: 23
Views: 1428

Re: Wines that have significant graphite?

Looking for wines that show significant graphite under $50? Any suggestions? We can go over by a reasonable amount... Aargh! I'm sure you didn't intend this, but your trolling me. Do you mean lead pencil aromas? If so, the characteristic scent of pencils is really the cedar that's used for the penc...
by John Morris
February 21st, 2021, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2021 Under $15.00 Wine Thread
Replies: 53
Views: 3552

Re: 2021 Under $15.00 Wine Thread

Morisfarms - Morellino di Scansano (sangiovese from the seaside slopes of Tuscany), widely available for less than $15. There's a long track record of quality and value here.
by John Morris
February 20th, 2021, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus
Replies: 75
Views: 7538

Re: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus

Lyle Fass is offering the wooden case set of all nine 2016 reservas for $980, or almost $110 a bottle.
by John Morris
February 19th, 2021, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ridge Zinfandel Buchignani Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County)
Replies: 3
Views: 361

Re: TN: 2016 Ridge Zinfandel Buchignani Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County)

The atypical quality and nerviness may come from the 21% carignane. The proportion can be even higher in Ridge Geyserville. I love what it brings there -- a fresh, red-fruitedness that adds complexity to the darker, richer fruit profile of zin. Note, too, that this is only 14.5%, which is common eno...
by John Morris
February 18th, 2021, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: John Gotti Wine Collection
Replies: 17
Views: 2300

Re: John Gotti Wine Collection

Howard Cooper wrote: February 18th, 2021, 4:47 am Wonder how many bottles he got from Rudy?
Since he went to prison for life in 1992, probably none.
by John Morris
February 17th, 2021, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba
Replies: 11
Views: 688

Re: TN: 1998 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba

1998 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Le Rocche del Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo (2/14/2021) On Lummi Island for the weekend. Extracted the cork and placed it lightly on the bottle opening just prior to an afternoon hike around the northern end of the island in the falling sn...
by John Morris
February 17th, 2021, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diam corks?
Replies: 174
Views: 7667

Re: Diam corks?

Joel S Morris wrote: February 17th, 2021, 4:42 am Ramey made a fantastic video that I have seen on this subject & why he uses Diam
https://vinous.com/multimedia/david-ram ... y-jul-2017
by John Morris
February 16th, 2021, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Penfolds California Collection
Replies: 52
Views: 3355

Re: Penfolds California Collection

Reminds me of that wine a decade or so ago, where Chateau Palmer made a cab-syrah blend with syrah from the Northern Rhone. I just looked it up -- it's the "Historical XIX Century Blend," sells for around $400. I think it's a cool concept, but I don't get the $700 price tag. Even if they'...
by John Morris
February 16th, 2021, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Liquor Barn Memories...
Replies: 24
Views: 1596

Re: Liquor Barn Memories...

It seems that a San Diego company, Triton, bought Liquor Barn out of bankruptcy in 1989, saying it would continue to operate the 68 remaining stores. But I don't think it lasted long in that form. Anyone remember what happened next? Did BevMo buy it or some stores? This LA Times story recaps the his...
by John Morris
February 16th, 2021, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Young vine wines that are epic
Replies: 73
Views: 4219

Re: Young vine wines that are epic

Myth camp, here. You can make great wines from brand new vines, there are too many examples to mention. Basically all of France to start with - most of their vines are much younger than CA or South American vines. [scratch.gif] What's the basis for saying that? Given the replanting due to phylloxer...
by John Morris
February 16th, 2021, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand why some wine tastes off to me
Replies: 11
Views: 1033

Re: Help me understand why some wine tastes off to me

Usually TCA mutes other flavors, but sometimes it doesn't.
by John Morris
February 16th, 2021, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Liquor Barn Memories...
Replies: 24
Views: 1596

Re: Liquor Barn Memories...

A brief history of Liquor Barn. The chain was originally started by Safeway around 1980 when the California fair trade law was repealed and allowed grocery stores to sell liquor along with wine and beer and eliminate the floor (minimum price) that alcohol could be sold for (but not under cost). Saf...
by John Morris
February 16th, 2021, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Liquor Barn Memories...
Replies: 24
Views: 1596

Re: Liquor Barn Memories...

In the 1980s, in the SF Bay Area, I HAUNTED Liquor Barn...The Walnut Creek store, I remember, used to put on awesome, thematic tastings...1982 Bordeaux, etc. Who could forget the black, fenced-off ‘reserve’ wines...like a 3.0 liter 1978 Mondavi Reserve cab? (As an interesting footnote, as much as I...
by John Morris
February 16th, 2021, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Coupla Burlotto '19's
Replies: 10
Views: 1175

Re: A Coupla Burlotto '19's

2019 Comm. G.B. Burlotto Barbera d'Alba Aves: Quite compact and tight to begin with, showing but a bare hint of blood plum wrapped around a graphite spine. It breathes and has purple flower notes. It is fleshy and deep, with a touch of licorice and fresh and savoury finish. 2019 Comm. G.B. Burlotto...
by John Morris
February 16th, 2021, 6:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand why some wine tastes off to me
Replies: 11
Views: 1033

Re: Help me understand why some wine tastes off to me

I could imagine perceiving TCA as wet plaster or concrete.

There is a wide, wide range of sensitivity/insensitivity to TCA, as there is to many aroma compounds. So it's easy to imagine your wife might not pick it up.
by John Morris
February 14th, 2021, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne
Replies: 40
Views: 1843

Re: TN: 2008 Bonneau du Martray Corton Charlemagne

William Kelley wrote: February 10th, 2021, 4:35 pm I think the new team at BdM have certainly tried very hard to resolve the premox issues, and 17, 18 and 19 have been very good. So, we will see, but I'm quite optimistic.
What have they done to address the issue?
by John Morris
February 13th, 2021, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and Food Pairings
Replies: 5
Views: 409

Re: Wine and Food Pairings

To me, it makes all the difference, to the food and the wine. But a lot of people don't care, or don't pay any attention to how one affects the taste of the other. Lots of people drink wine before they pick up their fork and after they put it down, and not in between. For them, the food won't matter...
by John Morris
February 13th, 2021, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyway these wines are good?
Replies: 5
Views: 790

Re: Anyway these wines are good?

Wine only freezes around 20-21F, plus cars are insulated, and there is a certain amount of thermal mass, warmed up by the heater (dashboard, upholstery, side panels, etc.). So the car interior may not have been anywhere as cold as the outside air. On top of that, it takes a while to equalize tempera...
by John Morris
February 12th, 2021, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo - Rising Stars
Replies: 59
Views: 5845

Re: Barolo - Rising Stars

I haven't had their 07s, but that sounds like the vintage. Polished is not a word I would normally use for Brezza's wines. I thought their 99s, 04s and 06s were terrific, though I haven't opened any in quite a while. I was less keen on their '12s relative to other producers' when I visited in 2016 (...

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