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by John Morris
June 18th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 747
Views: 33187

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

Most of the notes criticized in this thread fail to convey a comprehensible description precisely because they are trying too hard to convey infectious enthusiasm. At which they mostly also fail. Or they're trying to be quoted in shelf-talkers to built the publication's brand, which they can capita...
by John Morris
June 18th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 747
Views: 33187

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

This article by Eric Asimov can be read as a criticism of this thread, because if there is one thing this thread stands for, it is that tasting notes should be dreary and dull. Not at all! Asimov, William Kelley, Luis Guittierez and John Gilman, to take a few examples, all write clearly and vividly...
by John Morris
June 18th, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hail hits French/Swiss vineyards
Replies: 8
Views: 420

Re: Hail hits French/Swiss vineyards

Yes, I'd heard about this yesterday. Since hail tends to be very localized, I'd wondered whether the damage was inconsistent. Sounds like it was somewhat spotty. 7cm hail stones could cause severe vine damage, not just the loss of this year's crop. Uggh. St. Joseph is such a big appellation that it'...
by John Morris
June 17th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 747
Views: 33187

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

There's so much potential in conjunctions:
GregT wrote:
June 17th, 2019, 4:12 pm
The wine was so loud it made my ears bleed but so hard it broke my toe. It was rougher than broken cement yet bigger than a great blue whale!
by John Morris
June 17th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 747
Views: 33187

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

Someone should take a speed gun to that wine!
by John Morris
June 17th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 747
Views: 33187

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

Time to put the brakes on that metaphor! La Spinetta Barbaresco Valeirano Riserva Magnums 2007 "This wine represents a crowning achievement among an elite group of magnum-only delayed releases. The 2007 Barbaresco Riserva Valeirano (Magnum) is nothing short of magnificent. It is intense and articula...
by John Morris
June 16th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you drink zero alcohol wine
Replies: 89
Views: 1560

Re: Would you drink zero alcohol wine

Anton D wrote:
June 16th, 2019, 11:54 am
If your favorite wine could have the alcohol removed and made into an everlasting gobstopper in the form of a pacifier, would you ever take it out of your mouth?
Now, that calls for a poll, I think!
by John Morris
June 16th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you drink zero alcohol wine
Replies: 89
Views: 1560

Re: Would you drink zero alcohol wine

My answer to the original question is that it depends on the circumstance. Wine's alcohol can spur sociability and relaxation, and that can be a pleasure. Being tipsy can be fun. But I rarely drink wine apart from food, and sometimes I crave wine at a meal where I'll be driving or need to work and I...
by John Morris
June 16th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you drink zero alcohol wine
Replies: 89
Views: 1560

Re: Would you drink zero alcohol wine

Just wondering how a non alcoholic wine could taste exactly the same. Isn’t alcohol a part of the mouthfeel? It's not just mouthfeel. Alcohol affects the solubility of many flavor compounds, and affects their release as aromas. At a certain point, it also makes a wine seem sweet even if it's been f...
by John Morris
June 16th, 2019, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?
Replies: 63
Views: 3035

Re: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?

Do nothing until you have solid proof. There's no need to go around accusing anyone. Even the mere fact of discussing it with cleaning lady will ruin the relationship. Install hidden cameras. 4k cameras are not expensive. It's not fair to you or the cleaning lady to let her go without proof and wit...
by John Morris
June 15th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The future of Vietti
Replies: 10
Views: 1410

Re: The future of Vietti

Some interesting stuff, but it wasn't exactly a probing interview, so it's hard to know if there's more to the story. Two things intrigued me: - The decision to use whole clusters for Monvigliero, as Burlotto does. - The fact that Vietti bought one-half hectare of Rabajà from Cortese. I believe all ...
by John Morris
June 14th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '95 Leoville Las Cases; 07 Pagau CdP :( :(
Replies: 21
Views: 761

Re: TN: '95 Leoville Las Cases; 07 Pagau CdP :( :(

Yes, I noticed that name!
by John Morris
June 14th, 2019, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '95 Leoville Las Cases; 07 Pagau CdP :( :(
Replies: 21
Views: 761

Re: TN: '95 Leoville Las Cases; 07 Pagau CdP :( :(

Those CT notes are strikingly different. I'm not sure what to say. I think the person who brought this said it was purchased around the time of release, he's had temp-controlled storage, and it was decanted an hour or more ahead. There was nothing off about it, or any indication of poor storage.
by John Morris
June 14th, 2019, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '95 Leoville Las Cases; 07 Pagau CdP :( :(
Replies: 21
Views: 761

Re: TN: '95 Leoville Las Cases; 07 Pagau CdP :( :(

RO at LLC got underway in 1987 if memory serves. I do know it predates the 1995 vintage by a few years. I suspect the issue is more the 1995 vintage in general. That vintage came to market right when the US Bordeaux boom was getting underway- the "big one" in which being a wine connoisseur eventual...
by John Morris
June 13th, 2019, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '95 Leoville Las Cases; 07 Pagau CdP :( :(
Replies: 21
Views: 761

Re: TN: '95 Leoville Las Cases; 07 Pagau CdP :( :(

I would say more elegant and refined, with no hints of chocolate-covered cherries or mocha.
by John Morris
June 13th, 2019, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Percent holding on cellartracker
Replies: 15
Views: 1511

Re: Percent holding on cellartracker

Yeah, I'd imagine your suppositions to be correct, super-spendy cult CA wine only really has two consumer bases: the conspicuously wealthy and the conspicuously nerdy and one of those categories I'd think is much more likely to use CT than the average bear. I'd also imagine board darling types also...
by John Morris
June 13th, 2019, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Percent holding on cellartracker
Replies: 15
Views: 1511

Re: Percent holding on cellartracker

CT users are dominated by Americans. Think of all the wine consumed just in France, an incredibly small number are in CT. I played around with this years ago in discussions on the CT forum with Eric and others regarding expanding CT. My position was automatic translation was critical to driving non...
by John Morris
June 13th, 2019, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Armagh Vineyard
Replies: 2
Views: 251

Re: TN: 2008 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Armagh Vineyard

Sounds intriguing, and mouth-watering.
by John Morris
June 13th, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '95 Leoville Las Cases; 07 Pagau CdP :( :(
Replies: 21
Views: 761

Re: TN: '95 Leoville Las Cases; 07 Pagau CdP :( :(

Schaller & Weber savories and pecan pie from Two Little Red Hens. Um-um, good!

Wish I'd saved some of the Pegau for the pie.
by John Morris
June 13th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The annoying thing about the Burghound Barzelay book
Replies: 9
Views: 1382

Re: The annoying thing about the Burghound Barzelay book

Nice to know they were responsive, but pretty lame, nonetheless. What were they thinking? I'm finishing my second non-fiction book now and, like the first, a good index will be a priority.
by John Morris
June 13th, 2019, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '95 Leoville Las Cases; 07 Pagau CdP :( :(
Replies: 21
Views: 761

TN: '95 Leoville Las Cases; 07 Pagau CdP :( :(

These were two of the wines served in my brown-bag group tonight. Though utterly different, they shared (for lack of a better term) the bleccchh factor. 1995 Ch. Leoville Las Cases - St. Julien At first there was a faint scent that made me think it was a big cab, but that might just have been the po...
by John Morris
June 13th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett
Replies: 7
Views: 316

Re: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Christoffel Erben Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett

Ian S wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 6:14 pm
Hey David - is J.J. Christoffel well known on this site? If so, great that it gets it's due. If not, STOP IT!
Their two primary holdings were Treppchen and Wurzgarten in Urzig.
by John Morris
June 13th, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 747
Views: 33187

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

This wine is not only rich; it exudes richness. I'm guessing it's sumptuous in all dimensions, too. 94-97 points Vinous The 2018 L'Évangile is shaping up to be exceptional. Rich and sumptuous in the glass, the 2018 exudes richness in all of its dimensions. Opulent and dense in the glass, with soft c...
by John Morris
June 12th, 2019, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 64
Views: 5459

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

As far as Bryant goes, does anyone know how much of their product was sold overseas? I kind of think that they and the rest of the "cult" wineries are distinctly American and without a Parker to whip up hysteria every so often, there will be nobody to impress with a bottle. The Europeans not only h...
by John Morris
June 12th, 2019, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 747
Views: 33187

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

Looking back at that 2018 Les Gravieres note of LPB's, what's with that "rocks up," which she seems to employ as a verb phrase? The other funny thing is the utter disconnect between her descriptors and Galloni's: Perotti-Brown (94-96): "... gregarious blueberry pie, chocolate-covered cherries and pl...
by John Morris
June 12th, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 747
Views: 33187

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

If you have to say "fruity," or "fine-grained tannins" or "hard tannins" or "astringent" many times, so be it, even if it's repetitive. But it's a basic rule of good writing not to repeat too often phrases that call attention to themselves, as "decadently fruited" does. "Red-fruited" bothers me less...
by John Morris
June 12th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 747
Views: 33187

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

I agree the phrase tells you a lot about the wine, though "fruited" is a bit annoying. What's the matter with "fruity"? The real problem is the repetition. Good writers are careful to avoid reusing very distinctive phrases like that too often (e.g., recycling it in another review of the same categor...
by John Morris
June 12th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc
Replies: 17
Views: 699

Re: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc

That must be because you're a snob. neener In truth, I also would lean toward "millenia," but without any good logical reason, and certainly not based on consistency. I think the use of Latin plurals mainly reflects the urge to sound cultured. I think it's not too different from the urge to use "Bar...
by John Morris
June 12th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies
Replies: 80
Views: 1683

Re: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies

Anton D wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 8:14 am
Did you notice the time frame... ? You think a six week antacid trial gonna kilt him?
For those who haven't read the study, it tracked people who used PPI's for 10 years.
by John Morris
June 12th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 747
Views: 33187

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

Another term for the LPB bingo card: "decadently fruited." I guess that's equivalent to Parker's favorite, "hedonistic." 2018 Durand-Laplagne Les Terres Rouges, Puisseguin-St.-Emilion ...scents of plum preserves, Black Forest cake and Chinese five spice with wafts of potpourri and fragrant earth. Fu...
by John Morris
June 12th, 2019, 6:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This puts Spinal Tap to shame
Replies: 20
Views: 1712

Re: This puts Spinal Tap to shame

G. Newman wrote:
June 12th, 2019, 5:33 am
Greg, I anxiously await the first 1000 point wine.
With that many critics and the Zachy's methodology, it shouldn't be hard to achieve that cumulative score.
by John Morris
June 12th, 2019, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc
Replies: 17
Views: 699

Re: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc

Medium is a fully English word now, so there's no need to use "media". neener A very interesting example. I think the explanation for that is that "media" is really no longer a plural of "medium"; they've acqured separate meanings. While "medium" in this sense refers to the form of transmission (e....
by John Morris
June 12th, 2019, 6:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc
Replies: 17
Views: 699

Re: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc

GregT wrote:
June 11th, 2019, 7:17 pm
At Starbucks, would you order two cappucini?


Do that!

Then watch the poor guy or gal behind the counter. They'll blink once or twice and then ask you for your order again. Fight the good fight! For the honor of the language! [berserker.gif]
For the honor of Italian?
by John Morris
June 12th, 2019, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies
Replies: 80
Views: 1683

Re: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies

So, you never undertook an antacid trial? It doesn't have to be forever, but can take 6 weeks or more to start showing its benefit. (Watch out for crazy people who say antacids will kill you some way ...a 6 weeks trial could answer your question, then you could decide if you want to continue.) Like...
by John Morris
June 11th, 2019, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This puts Spinal Tap to shame
Replies: 20
Views: 1712

Re: This puts Spinal Tap to shame

Zachy's must not be getting the Sherry-Lehman e-mails. I'm afraid 300 points just isn't going to cut it anymore.
by John Morris
June 11th, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 747
Views: 33187

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

Charlie Carnes wrote:
June 11th, 2019, 5:45 pm
John, you are being too nice. To me he seems to be saying that a crappy wine tastes good. It's like he sneezed, sharted, then gave it a 92. Please forgive me if that's too crass, ill take it down if it is.
No, you've enlarged my Anglo-Saxon vocabulary.
by John Morris
June 11th, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc
Replies: 17
Views: 699

Re: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc

Sounds like a newfangled dumbing-down. At any rate, I don't think it is a long-established standard at NYT. In fact, here is an article from two days ago that uses millennia . https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/09/dining/what-to-cook-this-week.html Good catch! But it's not newfangled or dumbing down. ...
by John Morris
June 11th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7003
Views: 564615

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Yes, the Madoff trustee has been extremely aggressive and has done an amazing job recovering what could be recovered and distributing it equitably. (Of course, the target of the clawbacks have a different view.)
by John Morris
June 11th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 747
Views: 33187

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

As we all know, some wines speak to you. This one seems like a downright chatterbox: The 2014 Barbera d'Alba is an intriguing wine in that it speaks more to the personality of the estate than to the year, or even to Barbera. The 2014 is a Cappellano wine, and that's pretty much all there is to it. ...
by John Morris
June 11th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 747
Views: 33187

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

Take this to Asylum, boys! It deserves its own thread.
by John Morris
June 11th, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc
Replies: 17
Views: 699

Re: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc

David Wright wrote:
June 11th, 2019, 10:48 am
Cool story, but "millenniums"? Oh well, at least it wasn't "millennium's."
Most journalism style books eschew Latin plurals.
by John Morris
June 11th, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc
Replies: 17
Views: 699

Re: 1100AD <- Savagnin Blanc

It's really fascinating. The New York Times has a story today : Other seeds seemed to be separated from their contemporary relatives by only one reproductive cycle in almost two millenniums. One seed found in a first-century Roman well was closely related enough to have shared a parent with Pinot No...
by John Morris
June 11th, 2019, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Heat Ruin Old Madeira??
Replies: 18
Views: 743

Re: Will Heat Ruin Old Madeira??

I've had a vintage Madeira that has showed some signs of further oxidation. The first time I had the wine, it was richer, more nuanced and showing more flavors of caramel and fruitcake, while the second time I had the same wine some 5 years later it showed drier flavors of hay, chopped nuts and smo...
by John Morris
June 11th, 2019, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Heat Ruin Old Madeira??
Replies: 18
Views: 743

Re: Will Heat Ruin Old Madeira??

GregT wrote:
June 11th, 2019, 12:58 am
... anything bad that can happen to it already has.
That sums it up!
by John Morris
June 11th, 2019, 6:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '01 Chevillon - Nuits St George - Les Roncieres
Replies: 23
Views: 1014

Re: TN: '01 Chevillon - Nuits St George - Les Roncieres

Thanks for the update, Lee. Note that I decanted mine ahead and it was consumed over a very leisurely evening. That may account for why it was more open.
by John Morris
June 10th, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: When Tom Hill comes to town
Replies: 11
Views: 1003

Re: TN: When Tom Hill comes to town

Anton D wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Holy cow, I never thought about a visit from Tom Hill.
It has happened to many of us.

You got any particle accelerators in Chico that could justify his trip?
by John Morris
June 10th, 2019, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies
Replies: 80
Views: 1683

Re: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies

I feel like I'm watching a real-life episode of House.
by John Morris
June 10th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies
Replies: 80
Views: 1683

Re: Saccharomyces cerevisiae in wine making/allergies

Sh@n A wrote:
June 9th, 2019, 7:19 pm
This is the only other case I have heard of similar to me (a 2017 study of a US man who had to go to the UK to get diagnosed). It describes the fire sensation.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5371212/
Why do you say he had to go to the UK to be diagnosed?
by John Morris
June 10th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: a basement discovery
Replies: 19
Views: 1857

Re: a basement discovery

Though Champagne has a reputation for being delicate and in need of careful shipping, if these bottles have retained their sparkle, the CO2 would tend to reduce oxidation. I've had a few surprising (in a good way) experiences with older sparkling wines that had not been treated well. It should be fu...

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