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by John Morris
March 29th, 2020, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UV on Wine?
Replies: 7
Views: 321

Re: UV on Wine?

That article says: "Light-strike damage will occur under normal artificial lighting [presumably fluorescent] and this may be the principal mode of exposure for many wines. Artificial lighting can produce a discernable change in wine bottled in clear glass within a few hours." It says that common gre...
by John Morris
March 29th, 2020, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TWA William Kelley on several 2018 Beaujolais (Bouland, Metras, Foillard)
Replies: 24
Views: 1324

Re: TWA William Kelley on several 2018 Beaujolais (Bouland, Metras, Foillard)

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
March 29th, 2020, 2:28 pm
Fun video, but is it OK to drink Beaujolais if you did not attend Oxford or Cambridge?
Actually, I believe that graduates must receive special dispensation from their institution to drink the stuff. You know the rules, claret and port.
by John Morris
March 28th, 2020, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Started cellar construction
Replies: 12
Views: 823

Re: Started cellar construction

Anthony - Can you link to the other thread? I can't find it.
by John Morris
March 27th, 2020, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 11
Views: 417

Re: TN: 2008 G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

You have to expect aromas to drop off after a day or two because a lot of the volatile elements simply evaporate at room temperature. Far better to refrigerate the leftovers and then let the wine warm up, in the bottle or in the glass.
by John Morris
March 27th, 2020, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 11
Views: 417

Re: TN: 2008 G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
March 27th, 2020, 9:49 am
Todd: I kept the bottle over 3 days. Day 2 not much different, and Day 3 started falling more flat on the palate.
Refrigerated or out on the counter?
by John Morris
March 27th, 2020, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 11
Views: 417

Re: TN: 2008 G.D. Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

Thanks for the note. I would guess it was just young, and possibly needed more air time.
by John Morris
March 26th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Daniel Bouland Morgon Les Délys - Too Ripe
Replies: 43
Views: 1563

Re: TN: 2018 Daniel Bouland Morgon Les Délys - Too Ripe

I just looked back at what I wrote about the vintage last year and thus far I don't see any need to amend it: The 2018 vintage in the Beaujolais was characterized by a rainy spring and a warm, sunny summer, and it has produced an abundant crop of supple, fruit-driven wines with below-average acidit...
by John Morris
March 26th, 2020, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hacks for evaluating current release wine
Replies: 39
Views: 1595

Re: Hacks for evaluating current release wine

William Kelley wrote:
March 26th, 2020, 10:30 am
Btw, when I first read the subject line of this thread, I assumed it was a derogatory reference to wine writers.
My... feeling defensive today? neener
by John Morris
March 26th, 2020, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hacks for evaluating current release wine
Replies: 39
Views: 1595

Re: Hacks for evaluating current release wine

What gets me is how professional tasters can foresee the future of a wine that on release is tight, tannic, acidic etc. I opened a 2016 Barbaresco last night that is light to medium bodied, lots of tannin and very acidic with underlying powerful sweet red fruit and some noticeable oak. And this mor...
by John Morris
March 25th, 2020, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva
Replies: 27
Views: 2351

Re: TN: 2016 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva

I picked up some of this based on this thread. What an interesting wine! It reminded me of a traditional Rioja crianza more than a Chianti -- very tart sour cherries, medium garnet. Structurally, it's the acid that's in the foreground, not tannin. I have never aged much Chianti, but my gut tells me ...
by John Morris
March 25th, 2020, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Avalanche of e-mail wine offers
Replies: 50
Views: 3485

Re: Avalanche of e-mail wine offers

I, too, have been received a blizzard. A friend at the distributor level told me that retail sales are fine. I figured they may be (a) capitalizing on the fact that restaurants and bars are closed and/or (b) trying to rake in some cash and reduce inventory before the economic tsunami hits.
by John Morris
March 25th, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Barthod Bourgogne Rouge
Replies: 4
Views: 393

Re: TN: 2016 Barthod Bourgogne Rouge

Thanks for the report. I only have a few bottles, so I haven't considered touching mine for a few more years.
by John Morris
March 25th, 2020, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FedEx Just Delivered Wine and .....
Replies: 111
Views: 4228

Re: FedEx Just Delivered Wine and .....

Didn’t require a signature. But driver said (from a distance ) that if an adult didn’t come to the door that he wouldn’t have left the package . In NY, people can ride buses for free because they're opening only the back doors in order to protect drivers. Same principle. You lose some fares = the o...
by John Morris
March 24th, 2020, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, La Ferme du Mont ‘Cuvee Capelan’
Replies: 4
Views: 299

Re: 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, La Ferme du Mont ‘Cuvee Capelan’

Thanks for the note. Interesting that you liked this better than the 05 Voillot Volnay.
by John Morris
March 24th, 2020, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Daniel Bouland Morgon Les Délys - Too Ripe
Replies: 43
Views: 1563

Re: TN: 2018 Daniel Bouland Morgon Les Délys - Too Ripe

IMHO, the 2016 and 2017 versions of this cuvee was one of the wines of the vintages. While I have not had that many 2018s yet, this cuvee is too ripe. It’s not bad. It’s actually superficially tasty. But not classic, and just teeters over the edge. Low acid. Lacking energy and verve. Drink on the c...
by John Morris
March 23rd, 2020, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 3 Brilliant Reds
Replies: 9
Views: 967

Re: 3 Brilliant Reds

This Allemand was my first and so far only Allemand, tasted in 2014. I have to say I was a bit suspicious that was another(?) Kermit Lynch hyped wine, but it was gorgeous even back then, although certainly on the younger side. The wine also sold me yet again on Cornas, which seems to have a distinc...
by John Morris
March 23rd, 2020, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 3 Brilliant Reds
Replies: 9
Views: 967

Re: 3 Brilliant Reds

2001 Thierry Allemand Cornas Chaillot: Absolutely in the zone. Complex aromatics of decaying plant matter , black earth, leather, strawberry and spice. It is so calm and even in the mouth, with so many interesting savoury things going on. The palate is vinous silk and there is no artifice whatsoeve...
by John Morris
March 23rd, 2020, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?
Replies: 33
Views: 1977

Re: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?

Oliver McCrum wrote:
March 23rd, 2020, 3:15 pm
I would have been nicer to you if I'd known you had a sense of taser.
I only discovered this sixth sense when I resisted arrest.
by John Morris
March 23rd, 2020, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?
Replies: 33
Views: 1977

Re: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?

It’s a popular topic. Here’s the Bloomberg story:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... f-covid-19
by John Morris
March 23rd, 2020, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?
Replies: 33
Views: 1977

Re: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?

Craig G wrote:
March 23rd, 2020, 10:05 am
John Morris wrote:
March 23rd, 2020, 7:09 am
I think the loss from flu may be different medically. Not sure. I suffered this 30 years ago with the flu and it took months for my sense of taser and smell to recover.
That’s awesome. Do you have a super-suit too?
That will teach me to post from my iPad.
by John Morris
March 23rd, 2020, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?
Replies: 33
Views: 1977

Re: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?

My understanding was that it could be a standalone symptom with COVID-19, unless I misunderstood. So not necessarily with normal range of symptoms. Some doctors are touting it as a test for low-level COVID-19 where other symptoms are not present... Yes, that's what the NYT story says. It's like an ...
by John Morris
March 23rd, 2020, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?
Replies: 33
Views: 1977

Re: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?

I've had smell loss because of allergy 2 years ago. Salt and water mix helped a lot, sprayed it into my nose 3 times a day and after a week I was fine. Pretty sure it's temporary with corona too. Welcome! I think the loss from flu may be different medically. Not sure. I suffered this 30 years ago w...
by John Morris
March 23rd, 2020, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?
Replies: 33
Views: 1977

Re: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?

Here are the opening paragraphs of a NY Times story today on this symptom: A mother who was infected with the coronavirus couldn’t smell her baby’s full diaper. Cooks who can usually name every spice in a restaurant dish can’t smell curry or garlic, and food tastes bland. Others say they can’t pick ...
by John Morris
March 23rd, 2020, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?
Replies: 33
Views: 1977

Re: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?

If your biggest worry about surviving COVID-19 is not being able to appreciate the nose of 59 Burgundy then think about the survivors of the person who died so you could have a ventilator. I'm awarding you the AHoTD I'm sorry, what does that mean? Hint: The oTD stands for “of the day.” I don’t thin...
by John Morris
March 23rd, 2020, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opened 5 bottles of wine and none taste right
Replies: 38
Views: 1999

Re: Opened 5 bottles of wine and none taste right

In case you need a subscription for that NYT story, here are the opening paragraphs: A mother who was infected with the coronavirus couldn’t smell her baby’s full diaper. Cooks who can usually name every spice in a restaurant dish can’t smell curry or garlic, and food tastes bland. Others say they c...
by John Morris
March 21st, 2020, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine stores are considered “essential” in NY
Replies: 19
Views: 999

Re: Wine stores are considered “essential” in NY

My wife works for a distributor in the on-premise sales division, so they are dead in the water here in Cali. No sales, or commissions, in fact there are as many returns as orders. ... Yup. I’ve heard that story in NY. Reps are not only losing current restaurant sales, but they’re seeing past month...
by John Morris
March 21st, 2020, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which vintage Burlotto Monvigliero to open?
Replies: 20
Views: 884

Re: Which vintage Burlotto Monvigliero to open?

Has anyone tried the 12? That might be another option.
by John Morris
March 21st, 2020, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: anybody traveling in France?
Replies: 99
Views: 6247

Re: anybody traveling in France?

United just (or recently) changed the window and extended it to tickets booked through end of May, which means I was able to cancel our May trip to Paris/Champagne and simply roll the entire ticket value forward for rebooking.....assuming United is around at the end of this crisis. I feel for their...
by John Morris
March 20th, 2020, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corn Wine?
Replies: 13
Views: 581

Re: Corn Wine?

Corn wine is nothing. You should try baixu, Chinese sorghum liquor. Weirdest smell I’ve ever come across in an alcoholic beverage.
by John Morris
March 20th, 2020, 5:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 154
Views: 10162

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

I was just responding to Patrick’s post, which seemed to suggest that you could just DHL wine you buy in the UK. If only it were that easy....
by John Morris
March 20th, 2020, 5:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 154
Views: 10162

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

But DHL, FedEx etc can’t handle the customs clearance for alcohol, can they?
by John Morris
March 18th, 2020, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can't make money selling liquor? Make hand sanitizer!
Replies: 16
Views: 658

Re: Can't make money selling liquor? Make hand sanitizer!

I'd love to know the back story of the lobbying behind this.
by John Morris
March 18th, 2020, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can't make money selling liquor? Make hand sanitizer!
Replies: 16
Views: 658

Can't make money selling liquor? Make hand sanitizer!

Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy got some great PR by saying they'd make hand sanitizer in one of their perfume factories. Looks like that has inspired the Alcohol and Tobacco Trade and Tobacco Bureau (TTB), which announced today that licensed distilleries will be permitted to use the alcohol they produc...
by John Morris
March 18th, 2020, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1937 La Tâche, en magnum
Replies: 3
Views: 708

Re: 1937 La Tâche, en magnum

And here I thought this would be a thread about an obvious fake. Cynical me!
by John Morris
March 18th, 2020, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Philip Togni vertical with new notes
Replies: 33
Views: 1348

Re: Philip Togni vertical with new notes

I found my notes from the vertical last month. I don't have time to write them all up. In a nutshell, they were terrific across the board. I love the fact that many of those show some green notes -- that classic cabernet note that has been ripened out of most Cal cabs today. The real standouts for m...
by John Morris
March 17th, 2020, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most aromatic value white wine recommendations
Replies: 10
Views: 516

Re: Most aromatic value white wine recommendations

I am after bold, colourful, passionate, most aromatic good quality white wine. I like in particular notes of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, butter, oaky but other recommendations more towards fruity if aromatic and engaging are also appreciated. Rather value segment in terms of pricing - best would b...
by John Morris
March 17th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long should I wait after transit
Replies: 7
Views: 434

Re: How long should I wait after transit

And arrived from where?

In any event, I'd definitely wait a few weeks. (Cue the travel shock deniers.)
by John Morris
March 17th, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Shake your Medoc booty!)
Replies: 946
Views: 46291

Re: It's critic bingo! (Shake your Medoc booty!)

Maybe they meant Raisinettes.
by John Morris
March 17th, 2020, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Shake your Medoc booty!)
Replies: 946
Views: 46291

Re: It's critic bingo! (Shake your Medoc booty!)

Hold on, now. Is that understated or expressive? (Both modest and boastful!) 2017 Chappellet Chardonnay Calesa Vineyard Vinous 92 "The 2017 Chardonnay Calesa Vineyard is a very pretty, understated wine. Orchard fruit, pineapple, white flowers and mint are all nicely lifted in this right, super-expre...
by John Morris
March 17th, 2020, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Shake your Medoc booty!)
Replies: 946
Views: 46291

Re: It's critic bingo! (Shake your Medoc booty!)

This Molesworth guy needs to stand further back from the flames. Too much singeing. 2016 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve WS 96 "This delivers a very tightly focused, almost piercing beam of cassis, raspberry coulis and bitter cherry fruit, scored with singed alder and iron notes. Incense and tobacc...
by John Morris
March 16th, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shake up in German wine distribution in this country
Replies: 10
Views: 1047

Re: Shake up in German wine distribution in this country

Frankly, I thought both Rudi Wiest and Terry Thiese did a good job gaining wide distribution in the states over the last 20 years - Rudi retired, and was not happy at all on how his son was running the show - and rumors were he had fired his entire crew last year - gonna be very interesting to foll...
by John Morris
March 16th, 2020, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shake up in German wine distribution in this country
Replies: 10
Views: 1047

Re: Shake up in German wine distribution in this country

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
March 16th, 2020, 6:48 am
Valckenberg has done a terrible job of distributing their portfolio for years.
Apart from Prum, and to a lesser extent Max. Grunhaus, I don't see those other producers on that many shelves.
by John Morris
March 16th, 2020, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shake up in German wine distribution in this country
Replies: 10
Views: 1047

Re: Shake up in German wine distribution in this country

Wow! There was the thread on Skurnik's break with Terry Theise , but I hadn't seen anything about Cellars International, Rudi Wiest's company, going bankrupt. Together, those events really do turn the German wine importing business upside down. (It might be a good idea to combine these threads.) Wie...
by John Morris
March 15th, 2020, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Philip Togni vertical with new notes
Replies: 33
Views: 1348

Re: Philip Togni vertical

I attended a vertical of 8 or 10 going back to the 90s last week. I can't figure out where I put my notes, but it was a very impressive showing. I'll post if I can find the notes.
by John Morris
March 15th, 2020, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7683

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

The governor wants bars, brewpubs, tasting rooms, and night clubs closed. It was communicated as a request rather than a state government order. Also wants seniors to stay home, hospitals to stop allowing visitors unless end of life case, probably some other requested actions. -Al This sounds prett...
by John Morris
March 15th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newsom orders all California wineries to close
Replies: 52
Views: 3102

Re: Newsom orders all California wineries to close

Given the context, I'm certain that the intent is that tasting rooms only have to close, not other winery operations. But that's a huge hit for many wineries, both large and small. Brewpubs are included in the order too. At least it isn't the summer time, though who knows if the situation will have...
by John Morris
March 15th, 2020, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newsom orders all California wineries to close
Replies: 52
Views: 3102

Re: Newsom orders all California wineries to close

Chambers Street Wines here in NYC just e-mailed to say its shop will be closed, though there will be staff there to take orders for delivery.
by John Morris
March 15th, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Due' Baroli (and a late arriving Brunello)
Replies: 15
Views: 652

Re: TNs: Due' Baroli

I think the reality is Riserva’s will spend longer in wood than non-Riserva’s although not required by D.O.C.G law. Off the top of my head I think most spend between 30 to 42 months in barrel. On a side note I can’t recall every reading about a Barolo that only the minimum 18 months in wood either....
by John Morris
March 15th, 2020, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine made from natural substances
Replies: 13
Views: 492

Re: Wine made from natural substances

I tasted both products a couple months ago at an Idlewild Sunday School that was attended by employees of the firm. Products were quite good overall and being manufactured consistency is not an issue. Some real innovation taking place there. Of course, to make it seem like real wine, you'd have to ...

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