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by Warren Taranow
January 15th, 2020, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Château La Gomerie (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion)
Replies: 6
Views: 455

Re: TN: 1998 Château La Gomerie (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion)

I opened this tonight with dinner, and it wasn't my cup of tea. Jammy boysenberry and other black fruit, spicy but marred by alcoholic burn and lacking charm. Surprisingly little secondary development for a 22+ year old wine, so there's plenty of life left for those who like a dense and modern right...
by Warren Taranow
January 15th, 2020, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faury st. Joe vv brett
Replies: 16
Views: 819

Re: Faury st. Joe vv brett

I’ve found Faury VV to be one of the cleanest, floral St. Josephs I buy. I’ve never encountered a Brett issue in their wines.
by Warren Taranow
January 13th, 2020, 10:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?
Replies: 189
Views: 9978

Re: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?

I still like these. I use them with wine, but they're invaluable with vermouth, which I'm slow to finish. WT That's interesting. I've always thought good vermouth should be available in 187ml sizes or even airplane bottles. Do you use a new repour everytime you drink the vermouth though? Or are you...
by Warren Taranow
January 13th, 2020, 5:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?
Replies: 189
Views: 9978

Re: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?

I still like these. I use them with wine, but they're invaluable with vermouth, which I'm slow to finish.

WT
by Warren Taranow
January 11th, 2020, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fat Cork- A great new Champagne retailer
Replies: 30
Views: 1941

Re: Fat Cork- A great new Champagne retailer

I'm in Chuck's camp. As far as I can tell, I pay almost 9% sales tax on every bottle. That doesn't seem insubstantial.

WT
by Warren Taranow
January 9th, 2020, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12514
Views: 603405

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Krug Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 168eme
2012 Louis Roederer Cristal
2004 Taittinger Champagne Comtes Blanc de Blancs
by Warren Taranow
January 6th, 2020, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Help
Replies: 21
Views: 1095

Re: Champagne Help

Brad has been giving me expert champagne advice for nearly a decade, and I've been a subscriber to his Champagne Warrior newsletter for years. I'd never go against his recommendations (except in this case, if it were me, I'd open 3 '06 Comte and 3 '08 Dom). [wink.gif]
by Warren Taranow
January 2nd, 2020, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K & L Auctions
Replies: 27
Views: 2422

Re: K & L Auctions

Another 1+++ from me. Great site, great service.
by Warren Taranow
January 1st, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne TNs from NYE: Krug, Vilmart, Comtes Rose, Laherte-Freres, Bouchard
Replies: 11
Views: 1082

Re: Champagne TNs from NYE: Krug, Vilmart, Comtes Rose, Laherte-Freres, Bouchard

Happy New Year, Frank.
I love your notes, and I'm happy have every one of those in my cellar. I have several of the '06 Taittinger Comtes Rosés, but have yet to open one. I suspect I'll like it as I love the Bdb.
WT
by Warren Taranow
January 1st, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year's Eve Champagne?
Replies: 65
Views: 2030

Re: New Year's Eve Champagne?

2008 Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee Rick, How was it? That was one of my WsOTY in 2019, despite it's youth. Happy New Year, Warren It was great! Clean, high acid (I'm a bit of an acid freak in Champagne), minerally, some yeasty notes, but not overwhelming. It tasted like GC Chablis with bubbles. Even thoug...
by Warren Taranow
January 1st, 2020, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year's Eve Champagne?
Replies: 65
Views: 2030

Re: New Year's Eve Champagne?

We had a '06 Taittenger CdC in the fridge ready to go. We pooped out before midnight. Will give it another go this evening. Kelly, We've solved the "pooping out" problem. We live on the west coast (Washington State), but celebrate an "East Coast" New Year. We're typically home by 11. Enjoy the Tait...
by Warren Taranow
January 1st, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year's Eve Champagne?
Replies: 65
Views: 2030

Re: New Year's Eve Champagne?

Frank Murray III wrote:
January 1st, 2020, 11:53 am
Warren, I pulled a 2008 Vilmart GCdO and that bottle was excellent. I still have a few ounces left to taste tonight with dinner.
Frank,

I sadly have only a single bottle of the '08 GDcO, but happily it's a magnum (and blissfully I went deep on the CdC).

Warren
by Warren Taranow
January 1st, 2020, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year's Eve Champagne?
Replies: 65
Views: 2030

Re: New Year's Eve Champagne?

We attended a large party with mostly a wine curious rather than obsessed crowd. I had intended to and did bring nice wines to share; Bollinger Special Cuvée and a very nice NV Hugues Godmé Rosé . Then, having no impulse control, I opened a spectacular 2004 Taittinger Comtes . Several people who are...
by Warren Taranow
January 1st, 2020, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year's Eve Champagne?
Replies: 65
Views: 2030

Re: New Year's Eve Champagne?

Rick Allen wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 11:31 pm
2008 Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee
Rick,
How was it? That was one of my WsOTY in 2019, despite it's youth.
Happy New Year,
Warren
by Warren Taranow
January 1st, 2020, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '04 Comtes has got it going on
Replies: 12
Views: 776

'04 Comtes has got it going on

2004 Taittinger Comtes (1/1/2020) This was a conversation stopper, a gorgeous bottle of wine. Dense and viscous yet lithe and spry. Creamy lemon mousse, stone fruit; moderately autolytic. Riper than most 2004's; this has entered the zone. They have the constitution to go the distance, but there's n...
by Warren Taranow
December 31st, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread
Replies: 262
Views: 10663

Re: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread

I knew that! Now that I've committed that pronunciation to memory, I'll never get it right.
by Warren Taranow
December 31st, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread
Replies: 262
Views: 10663

Re: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 10:56 am
Warren Taranow wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 10:53 am
Egly-Ouriet?

Ugly. You are it.
I can't tell whether you're answering or insulting me.
by Warren Taranow
December 31st, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread
Replies: 262
Views: 10663

Re: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread

Egly-Ouriet?
by Warren Taranow
December 29th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1666
Views: 97213

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
December 29th, 2019, 12:20 pm
D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
December 29th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Vilmart Rosé for $49.99 was a clear buy, as we go through Rosé like water.
In for a couple bottles as well. Haven’t had this one before but like the Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee.
The rosè was my gateway drug to Grand Cellier d’Or and Coeur de Cuvée.
by Warren Taranow
December 29th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birthday dinner with 04` Cristal and 97` Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Pinot
Replies: 18
Views: 531

Re: Birthday dinner with 04` Cristal and 97` Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Pinot

Looks like a perfect celebration. Happy Birthday, Blake!
I've never had the '04 Cristal. I'll keep an eye out for that one.

Cheers,
Warren
by Warren Taranow
December 28th, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded
Replies: 48
Views: 1553

TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded

1995 Château Lynch-Bages
Simultaneously luxuriant, understated and elegant. The fruit has blossomed and the tannins settled, something I has concern the '95s would never pull off. Currant, blackberry, tobacco balanced with just the right cut and tannins. A gorgeous wine with dinner.
by Warren Taranow
December 22nd, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Fantastic Value!"
Replies: 79
Views: 5175

Re: "Fantastic Value!"

René-Henri Coutier Blanc de Blancs $39
Paul Dethune Brut Rosé $39
2008 Dom Pérignon $160
by Warren Taranow
December 22nd, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Fantastic Value!"
Replies: 79
Views: 5175

Re: "Fantastic Value!"

Ethan Abraham wrote:
December 22nd, 2019, 7:43 am
2017 picq dessus de Carriere
Yes!!! I can't source it anymore.
scamhi wrote:
December 22nd, 2019, 10:47 am
Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Cuvee Tardive- always a beauty and it ages.
approx $24.00
+++
by Warren Taranow
December 21st, 2019, 10:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar
Replies: 252
Views: 11737

Re: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar

1991 Fontanafredda Barolo - 75 points! Two negative reviews but only one score. Only have it as it’s my birth year. Arturo, Fontanafredda made some very nice Barolo through the years. I have several from older vintages (but stronger ones than '91). Yours might still be okay if you stand it up a few...
by Warren Taranow
December 20th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12514
Views: 603405

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
December 20th, 2019, 12:30 pm
09 Cristal mags
Nice! How much, if you don’t mind saying?
by Warren Taranow
December 20th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12514
Views: 603405

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

NED VALOIS wrote:
December 19th, 2019, 12:59 pm
George Washington Maderia
Ned
Couldn’t find any (Rodenstock) Thomas Jefferson Lafite bottles?
Cheers
Warren
neener
by Warren Taranow
December 19th, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Krug 168 Ème
Replies: 15
Views: 1117

Re: Krug 168 Ème

Easy buy for me! Had it back in Oct and thought it was outstanding, and in perfect form right out the gate! Been waiting for these 750's to show up. https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=164179&p=2827349&hilit=krug#p2827349 Buzz, I had missed that note. How did you find a bottle ...
by Warren Taranow
December 19th, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Krug 168 Ème
Replies: 15
Views: 1117

Krug 168 Ème

I just ordered some from K&L. This is the first I've seen of the 2012 base year. I'm looking forward to trying one young, then laying the rest down for a while.

Cheers,
Warren
by Warren Taranow
December 19th, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Grower Champagne article. "RM is finished. It's now NM."
Replies: 10
Views: 1460

Re: Great Grower Champagne article. "RM is finished. It's now NM."

Interesting, but hardly informative. There is a blending of two categories to try and show a near term trend that is anything but new in the RM world. The worst is listing a bunch of producers, and appending a quote from one about RM being finished. I have no idea from the article what Vilmart is u...
by Warren Taranow
December 18th, 2019, 11:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 87
Views: 7599

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

AD Northup wrote:
December 17th, 2019, 11:44 am
Bit on the 2015 Olek Bondonio Barbaresco "Roncagliette"...wasn't familiar with it, but great notes and reviews on CT and loving 2015 made it a buy for me
Me too!

WT
by Warren Taranow
December 18th, 2019, 10:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12514
Views: 603405

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

6 2016 Baudry La Croix Boissée (I have a bunch of old Loire CF, but haven't kept up with any newer vintages) 1971 Nervi Gattinara Riserva A couple mags of NV Billecart-Salmon Rosé not enough 2012 Roederer Cristal just enough Krug Champagne 167eme 2012 Agrapart Avizoise Blanc de Blancs NV Ployez-Jacq...
by Warren Taranow
December 18th, 2019, 10:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12514
Views: 603405

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

YLee wrote:
December 16th, 2019, 7:17 pm
08 vilmart coeur de cuvee
Whoa; where'd you find that? Nice!!!

Warren
by Warren Taranow
December 18th, 2019, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Grower Champagne article. "RM is finished. It's now NM."
Replies: 10
Views: 1460

Great Grower Champagne article. "RM is finished. It's now NM."

This is a well-written and informative article in WineAnorak, written by Treve Ring. Many top producers who used to grow 95% or more of their wines are now becoming neo-negociants. Some of those listed include Savart, Vilmart, Bérêche, Jerome Prevost and Emmanuel Brochet. For successful producers w...
by Warren Taranow
December 16th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux Night: 78 Margaux, 2000 Palmer, 89 Montrose, 96/98 Calon Segur
Replies: 12
Views: 736

Re: Bordeaux Night: 78 Margaux, 2000 Palmer, 89 Montrose, 96/98 Calon Segur

Joshua, Great notes, thanks. I agree with your assessment of the '96 Calon Segur. It's a beautiful wine, just entering a nice drinking window. It is my "anniversary wine", so I've been opening a bottle every year since 2006, when I bought one for $55 from WineCommune. It's been nice to see it develo...
by Warren Taranow
December 15th, 2019, 9:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wand Wine Filter
Replies: 27
Views: 1189

Re: The Wand Wine Filter

You can publish it in the Journal of Anecdotal Evidence, but they worked so well for my wife that I bought a big box of them. They need to sit in the glass for 3 minutes, so we only use them at home. They also worked well for a friend who had sworn off red wine. She tried them at my house then bough...
by Warren Taranow
December 15th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 946
Views: 63393

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Couple from last night. The 2009 Cristal is simply genius, and if it wasn't 200 a pop, I'd probably buy a case of it for the cellar. Gotta live to a budget, thought. But, for the 4 times I have had it this year, inclusive of last night, I simply cannot think of anything better from anywhere I have ...
by Warren Taranow
December 12th, 2019, 11:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 946
Views: 63393

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

I opened my first disappointing bottle of Vilmart; 2009 Coeur de Cuvée. The '08 was my WOTY despite being on the cusp of its early drinking window. I expected the warmer '09 vintage to be even more forward, but this bottle was grumpy and acerbic. I'll let my remaining stash rest a long time.
by Warren Taranow
December 12th, 2019, 10:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 946
Views: 63393

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Jeez Ray. That’s a killer+/staggering lineup! Well done. I’m looking forward to your notes

Cheers
Warren
by Warren Taranow
December 12th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stepping it up
Replies: 23
Views: 1719

Re: Stepping it up

Alan

Wow, that’s a great lineup and notes. The ‘08 Vilmart CdC is on my shortlist for WOTY. I have an ‘09 on deck for sometime this week.

Cheers
Warren
by Warren Taranow
December 12th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paying for Lennie Kravitz on my 2008 Dom
Replies: 15
Views: 955

Re: Paying for Lennie Kravitz on my 2008 Dom

I ended up with two of the Lennie label... sorta long story, but a local grocery store does a large champagne tasting where 100% of the ticket price can be used as a credit towards champagne over the next couple weeks. They had regular label 09 dom, and Lennie 08... so I bought the 08s. Due to ment...
by Warren Taranow
December 11th, 2019, 10:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 946
Views: 63393

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Krug 164eme last night. When initially served too cold, the tartness dominated. Once it warmed and breathed, it ascended to divine levels. First the ginger kicked in, then citrus and orchard fruit and pain complet. Ultimately, the tart acidity offered welcome tension. This is a great wine Tonight, ...
by Warren Taranow
December 11th, 2019, 10:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burt Williams RIP with added remarks
Replies: 80
Views: 3220

Re: Burt Williams RIP

Blake,
Sorry to hear about your friend. He made some great wines. May his memory be a blessing.
WT
by Warren Taranow
December 11th, 2019, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar
Replies: 252
Views: 11737

Re: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar

It took me over six years to finally join this thread. And the winner (loser) is >>> 80 points : 1990 Oddero Barolo , not cheap, from Envoyer in 2017. Two TN's, one "flawed, not drinkable", on one "80 points, odd development on nose with lots of beef broth and some oxidative notes...". I hope mine s...
by Warren Taranow
December 11th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Philipponnat Clos de Goisses
Replies: 16
Views: 841

Re: 2001 Philipponnat Clos de Goisses

... it needs so much more time, just like the 08`Cristal , as an example, of which Ive had 3 that were very tight and ungiving and finally gave up and put the other bottles out of reach. Darn, I have the '08 Cristal on deck for tomorrow night at Merriman's Waimea. Decant? Cheers, Warren Warren, I'd...
by Warren Taranow
December 9th, 2019, 11:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More road pops, and another reason to dislike large bottles (Champagneapalooza)
Replies: 14
Views: 1126

Re: More road pops, and another reason to dislike large bottles (Champagneapalooza)

Following a particularly grueling two months at work, we arrived in Hawaii last night. I always take wine with me, and this year it was all champagne. A lot of them were in heavy bottles (e.g.Taittinger Comte), and even a regular champagne bottle is thicker than a normal wine bottle. A case of wine...
by Warren Taranow
December 9th, 2019, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Philipponnat Clos de Goisses
Replies: 16
Views: 841

Re: 2001 Philipponnat Clos de Goisses

Blake Brown wrote:
December 9th, 2019, 4:28 pm
... it needs so much more time, just like the 08`Cristal, as an example, of which Ive had 3 that were very tight and ungiving and finally gave up and put the other bottles out of reach.
Darn, I have the '08 Cristal on deck for tomorrow night at Merriman's Waimea. Decant?

Cheers,
Warren
by Warren Taranow
December 8th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Philipponnat Clos de Goisses
Replies: 16
Views: 841

Re: 2001 Philipponnat Clos de Goisses

Makes one question the wisdom of single vineyard Champagne. Michael, I'm conflicted. While most of my favorite wines are blends (MV Krug, Cristal, Dom, Vilmart CdC, Taittinger Comte), it's hard to disparage Pierre Peters' Chetillon, Krug's Clos du Mesnil and Clos d’Ambonnay, Chartogne-Taillet's mul...
by Warren Taranow
December 7th, 2019, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Pierre Peters Les Chetillons BdB
Replies: 8
Views: 1003

Re: 2012 Pierre Peters Les Chetillons BdB

Michael, Sadly, the price has crept up, and they're getting harder to source. I had an '09 at a restaurant last year that was transcendent. I'm happy to have quite a few '08s, which are still way too young, one '09 (of which I wish I had many more), and a few of the '12s. I'm indebted to Yao C who a...
by Warren Taranow
December 7th, 2019, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More road pops, and another reason to dislike large bottles (Champagneapalooza)
Replies: 14
Views: 1126

Re: More road pops, and another reason to dislike large bottles (Champagneapalooza)

WST, have a good trip. Which Vilmart CdC is that in the photo? Thanks Frank. It's an '09 Coeur de Cuvée. I haven't tried one yet, but I seem to be a bigger fan of that vintage in general than most folks. Partly due to your travelogue, I've gone deep with Vilmart. I've tracked down a spattering of C...
by Warren Taranow
December 7th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More road pops, and another reason to dislike large bottles (Champagneapalooza)
Replies: 14
Views: 1126

Re: More road pops, and another reason to dislike large bottles (Champagneapalooza)

Following a particularly grueling two months at work, we arrived in Hawaii last night. I always take wine with me, and this year it was all champagne. A lot of them were in heavy bottles (e.g.Taittinger Comte), and even a regular champagne bottle is thicker than a normal wine bottle. A case of wine...

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