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by John Kight
March 31st, 2020, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)
Replies: 27
Views: 1524

Re: TN: 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)

Yeah, this wine is magic. If you don't enjoy it, you probably don't like Beaujolais Totally. Benchmark. Not sure beaujolais needs to/can do much more. I'll turn this in its head, from personal experience: if you like Foillard's Cote du Py that doesn't necessarily mean you like Beaujolais. Foillard'...
by John Kight
March 30th, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)
Replies: 27
Views: 1524

Re: TN: 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)

Desert Island bottling for me. If I only bought 3 different wines a year this would be one of them. Me too! Especially given the price....There are plenty of wines that I love just as much, but they are double the price (at least). And even so, FOillard is so different in flavour profile from all t...
by John Kight
March 17th, 2020, 6:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chianti Classico new releases, from the Collection tasting event
Replies: 5
Views: 623

Re: Chianti Classico new releases, from the Collection tasting event

Is this a new development? I buy Monsanto frequently, would be a shame if they stop exporting it to the US. He's referring to the "normale" (non-Riserva). The Chianti Classico Riserva is the one exported to the U.S., along with the Il Poggio single vineyard Riserva (which may now be designated as G...
by John Kight
March 16th, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chianti Classico new releases, from the Collection tasting event
Replies: 5
Views: 623

Re: Chianti Classico new releases, from the Collection tasting event

Is this a new development? I buy Monsanto frequently, would be a shame if they stop exporting it to the US. He's referring to the "normale" (non-Riserva). The Chianti Classico Riserva is the one exported to the U.S., along with the Il Poggio single vineyard Riserva (which may now be designated as G...
by John Kight
March 16th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The cork is depressed...should I be as well?
Replies: 25
Views: 2355

Re: The cork is depressed...should I be as well?

This was the only thread I found on this subject - and I have some questions. 1. What causes a cork to be depressed? 2. The above language (as well as other commentary on the boards) seems to suggest that of all the flaws to have, a slightly depressed cork seems to be relatively unconcerning, espec...
by John Kight
March 11th, 2020, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1828
Views: 229926

Re: Official Costco Thread

Think the Kirkland Barolo might be associated with Fontanafredda. Sounds like Simone Tablino is a lab tech there and when I did a search for CN/7874 it brought up Fontanafredda's website. Makes sense as Costco seems to often carry Fontanfredda Barolo. Just picked up a bottle. Loved it. Getting a ca...
by John Kight
March 9th, 2020, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to drink with A5?
Replies: 17
Views: 1382

Re: What to drink with A5?

When dining with friends who insist on reds with A5 wagyu, in my experience, 1991 Chapoutier Côte Rôtie La Mordorée and 1990 La Mission Haut Brion have done well for “rich-on-rich” style pairing. For cut and contrast, good, aged Barolo and aged, elegant Rioja gran reserva I’ve enjoyed (think 1981 R...
by John Kight
March 9th, 2020, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Cote Rotie
Replies: 17
Views: 1210

Re: 2001 Cote Rotie

In the last couple months, I've had the 1998, 1999, and 2001 Ogier Cote-Rotie. The 1998 and 1999 were both in good places without much air -- the 1998 in particular had great aromatics. The 2001 I opened last night took a lot of coaxing to show much. It's cork was startlingly pristine -- one of the...
by John Kight
March 6th, 2020, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Campania: Guido Marsella, Salvatore Molettieri
Replies: 12
Views: 493

Re: Campania: Guido Marsella, Salvatore Molettieri

I'll open a 2001 Vigna CQ tonight (the normal, non-riserva) tonight out of curiosity....
by John Kight
March 6th, 2020, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 167
Views: 20853

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

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by John Kight
March 3rd, 2020, 5:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best $20 dollar bottle you know of?
Replies: 97
Views: 5207

Re: What's the best $20 dollar bottle you know of?

Vina Alberdi Yes, the La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi is a good one that can be as low as $15 at Costco....Also the LdH Cubillo was a good suggestion, as was the Allegrini Palazzo della Torre Valpolicella, and any number of Chianti Classicos or Chianti Classico Riservas (Monsanto, Felsina, Villa Cafaggi...
by John Kight
February 28th, 2020, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: James Suckling: Great Wines of Italy
Replies: 39
Views: 4062

Re: James Suckling: Great Wines of Italy

For me, the Livio Sassetti 2004 Brunello was a show-stopper. Perhaps my single favourite Brunello producer (and certainly my favourite in the "under $70" range....usually available for close to $55-$60). The '01, '04, '08 (sleeper), and '10 were all fantastic. Hopefully the '15 will be great too af...
by John Kight
February 28th, 2020, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the Coronavirus economic impact slowing your buying?
Replies: 28
Views: 1745

Re: Is the Coronavirus economic impact slowing your buying?

I know it’s early days, but man...what a beating this week in the financial markets. I’m taking a breather on any large wine purchases. Am I alone here? It has actually accellerated my buying. If I'm going to be working from home, with the kids stuck home from school, or if I'm going to be "self-qu...
by John Kight
February 27th, 2020, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Triggered at Total Wine
Replies: 16
Views: 2494

Re: Triggered at Total Wine

I've laughed at this for years. I've considered asking one of the workers where the rest of the Champagne is displayed. What's even worse is the horrible selection of Champagne carried by Total Wine relative to their selection of wine generally (which isn't a high bar to begin with). They have the m...
by John Kight
February 27th, 2020, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1828
Views: 229926

Re: Official Costco Thread

More confirmation on Kirkland Barolo- has a pic of a building on front and in very small letters says "Villa Reale in Serralunga". Googled that and it also appears to be associated with Fontanafredda. Good sleuthing! I enjoy Fontanafredda as an inexpensive, consistent, slightly over-oaked, but earl...
by John Kight
February 26th, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1828
Views: 229926

Re: Official Costco Thread

Tulsa - all 19.99/bottle 2015 Kirkland Signature Barolo - bought several bottles. Think this is the first Barolo from Kirkland. Tried and I think it is very good buy. Seems like pretty pure Nebbiolo with little to no oak that I can detect. Will admit I have had pretty limited Barolo/Barbaresco tast...
by John Kight
February 26th, 2020, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva
Replies: 27
Views: 2409

Re: TN: 2016 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva

Kind of a no-brainer this wine, in this vintage. I opened a bottle (first from a dozen) last evening. Look, it does not have the same intensity and concentration as an Il Poggio (or a Sorbo, etc.) but a great bottle of Sangiovese for the money. I find the Il Poggio to be much more elegant than the ...
by John Kight
February 24th, 2020, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos St Hune: worth it?
Replies: 408
Views: 15978

Re: Clos St Hune: worth it?

Be careful of the vintage you choose because a lot in the extremely late 90's through very early '00s are experiencing premox. Don't believe me? Try a 2001 and see. That is not an unresolved wine or one that can have excuses made for it. It is pure and simple oxidation (From a sample of at least 10...
by John Kight
February 21st, 2020, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Interesting Italian Wine Articles...
Replies: 3
Views: 515

Re: Some Interesting Italian Wine Articles...

In the Vietti article I was surprised to see Vietti's Moscato tasted before the reds and seeing Todd describe it as "off-dry". It seems rather far-fetched, since the wine is +100 g/l in residual sugar (although I must admit that it does taste less sweet than one would imagine from the technical ana...
by John Kight
February 20th, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Fontodi Chianti Classico
Replies: 9
Views: 771

Re: TN: 2017 Fontodi Chianti Classico

2017 Fontodi Chianti Classico - Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG (2/18/2020) Anteprima Chianti Classico Collection, Florence Darker brick red, with some reduced notes, soil, and loads of freshly turned earth. Love the tension, juicy middle, and purity. Very good, and better in the sho...
by John Kight
February 13th, 2020, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Zilliken (Forstmeister Geltz) Saarburger Rausch Riesling Auslese Auction
Replies: 8
Views: 428

Re: TN: 2005 Zilliken (Forstmeister Geltz) Saarburger Rausch Riesling Auslese Auction

d_sharp wrote:
February 12th, 2020, 8:59 am
Do you recall the A.P. #?
That would take some photographic memory....
by John Kight
February 11th, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Donating wine- how to calculate tax deduction?
Replies: 32
Views: 1505

Re: Donating wine- how to calculate tax deduction?

The Related-Use Rule: Income tax deductions for donations of artwork, collectibles, wine collections, watercraft, and similar tangible personal property are limited to your cost basis unless the donated personal property is related to the charity's tax-exempt purposes. This is exactly correct. That...
by John Kight
February 7th, 2020, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When do you change your Coravin needle?
Replies: 4
Views: 413

Re: When do you change your Coravin needle?

Is this a spoof? When it isn't working anymore? What am I missing? I’ve been using mine for years now. Literally hundreds of bottles. I’ve never changed the needle. Why would it ever just “stop working”? i have noticed that it takes more force to insert and (especially) to extract than it used to. ...
by John Kight
February 7th, 2020, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When do you change your Coravin needle?
Replies: 4
Views: 413

When do you change your Coravin needle?

How do you know when it’s time to replace your Coracin needle?
by John Kight
February 7th, 2020, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question: What pairs well with steak tartare?
Replies: 52
Views: 1649

Re: Question: What pairs well with steak tartare?

Otto Forsberg wrote:
February 7th, 2020, 12:53 pm
John Kight wrote:
February 7th, 2020, 9:20 am
Surprised no one has called out Lambrusco, as they seems fairly perfect.
I can see I'm no-one to you then.
Sorry, I was skimming through the thread and missed that!
by John Kight
February 7th, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question: What pairs well with steak tartare?
Replies: 52
Views: 1649

Re: Question: What pairs well with steak tartare?

Thinking on it, we don’t use onion (or Oder it) in ours, so that may also affect my opinions. Me either. The first question I ask at any restaurant with beef tartare is if it is "pre-mixed", or if they can make it with no onion or shallot (perhaps with garlic instead). Raw onion is just such a crud...
by John Kight
February 7th, 2020, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question: What pairs well with steak tartare?
Replies: 52
Views: 1649

Re: Question: What pairs well with steak tartare?

Nebbiolo, Beaujolais, Champagne, a dry Lambrusco, or Dry Riesling (preferably Austrian or Alsatian) would be my first picks. Surprised no one has called out Beaujolais or Lambrusco, as they seems fairly perfect. I would also be curious to see if an orange/amber wine would work as well, but you'd wan...
by John Kight
February 4th, 2020, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Adding Port to Wine
Replies: 44
Views: 1832

Re: Adding Port to Wine

Thomas Keim wrote:
February 4th, 2020, 12:35 pm

Alternatives would be some high alcohol Zins, Roussillon or Southern Spanish reds that can hit 15% alcohol (or more).
Don't forget The Prisoner. Or for less $$ you can drink Apothic, Big Booty, Bull's Blood, Gnarly Vines, Dump Bucket Red Blend, Vampire Red, Werewolf Merlot, or anything similar.
by John Kight
January 30th, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 6696

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

One pet peeve is someone who hates the wine but still leaves a decent score. Saw this one the other day; they hated the wine, it’s not drinkable, but still have it a score of a B. Yeah, but to be fair right or wrong the vast majority of the rating community has effectively settled on a 20 point sca...
by John Kight
January 29th, 2020, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Beaujolais?
Replies: 0
Views: 261

2018 Beaujolais?

Has anyone tried any of the '18 cru Beaujolais yet, and is there any thinking as to how these will compare to wines from the past 3-4 vintages? I believe I saw a post here about one specific '18 Bojo, but don't remember which and I'm not finding any relevant threads when I search this forum for "201...
by John Kight
January 29th, 2020, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino
Replies: 4
Views: 489

Re: TN: 2012 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino

I had it with a really nice pizza at Il Grifo in Montalcino mid June 2018. Yes, agreed, quite nice despite its youth. Good price too. I had an amazing fresh porcini salad at Il Grifo once....a giant plate of porcini slices, each of which had been placed very briefly on a grill (just enough to put g...
by John Kight
January 29th, 2020, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 6696

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

Whenever I see someone use the word "smooth" to describe a wine. The DJ in my head immediately breaks out the smooth jazz. (CT is amazing and I use it for everything, by the way. Even the smooth notes are helpful) This is my dad's favourite line...."This wine is great! It's really smooth. What make...
by John Kight
January 28th, 2020, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin and premox
Replies: 22
Views: 1451

Re: Coravin and premox

Well...how was it? How was the fill level? Assuming YOU weren't the "coraviner" (based on your surprise by the hole), where did you buy the wine?
by John Kight
January 27th, 2020, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?
Replies: 58
Views: 2461

Re: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?

Prado Enea, Ygay & La Rioja Alta 904 are probably my favourite three riojas. (Remelluri makes a great Gran Riserva too)...If I had to pick one it would probably be Prado Enea. I prefer the LRA for shorter-term drinking (i.e. within 5-6 years of release), as I actually find the heavy oak on that wine...
by John Kight
January 27th, 2020, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux, Nebbiolo, Brunello suggestions
Replies: 31
Views: 1691

Re: Bordeaux, Nebbiolo, Brunello suggestions

Lot to learn, so apologies if this is a "duh" type question, but why do you want a wine that's likely to have a dumb phase? All else equal, with you buying by the case, wouldn't you want a wine that you can enjoy the evolution of over the course of 20-30 years without having worry about popping one...
by John Kight
January 23rd, 2020, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1828
Views: 229926

Re: Official Costco Thread

How was the Kirkland 1er Chablis? TN? I've had both the '16 and '17 over the last week, and both are very good. Not sure I have a preference of one over the other, but the '16 seemed a bit richer, while the '17 seemed more classic Chablis (steely, minerally, etc.), with the '16 showing more complex...
by John Kight
January 22nd, 2020, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT
Replies: 9
Views: 1228

Re: TN: 2010 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT

I've had the 2004, 2007, and 2009 recently. The 04 and 07 were beautiful but the 09 still too primary. The level of extraction in the 2016 is surprising. Love the 04 vintage of this wine! Agreed, the '04 is really beautiful (probably my favourite of the 2000s), but '07 is the biggest surprise of th...
by John Kight
January 22nd, 2020, 5:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Under $20 solid QPR Cabernet?
Replies: 31
Views: 2100

Re: Recommendations for Under $20 solid QPR Cabernet?

[*] +1 on Substance— can be surprisingly good for the money (as low as ~$14). I find Daou to be too extracted, but I get it— it’s as good as similarly styled cabs at much less. Not responsive to the OP, but the Charles Smith Substance Merlots labelled "Me" (they make a Northridge and a Stoneridge ve...
by John Kight
January 15th, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Mascarello Monprivato
Replies: 13
Views: 1191

Re: TN: 1999 Mascarello Monprivato

Right. Enjoyable now is not the definition of mature. It’s nice to hear this has opened up, though. I had two bottles recently...well stored, purchased on release from the same source (imported by Polaner Selections). The first was not good...drinkable, but prematurely advanced to the point of bein...
by John Kight
January 15th, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?
Replies: 70
Views: 3431

Re: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?

Check out Cellartracker comments. Still going strong. Probably good for another 3 to 5 years. My guess would be yours is good to drink now and the next several years. Beyond that, I guess you could gamble on whether more complexity emerges versus whether it just gets more tired. Not sure which it w...
by John Kight
January 15th, 2020, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?
Replies: 189
Views: 10502

Re: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?

I don't mean to be contrary, but it's hard to credit that this would matter. Once you remove the seal from the Repour, it will start absorbing oxygen from the air, whether the air is in the room or in the bottle (once you open the bottle, air will immediately fill the space left by the wine you pou...
by John Kight
January 14th, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?
Replies: 70
Views: 3431

Re: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?

I've got a bunch of Switchback Ridge PS in my cellar... and they usually start singing with about 8 - 10 years of age on them. I've got a sole bottle of the '01 which I retained as an "experiment" (to see if it ever developed into anything). Thoughts on whether it's time to drink that one up, or wh...
by John Kight
January 14th, 2020, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?
Replies: 189
Views: 10502

Re: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?

I guess I'm the only one here that often can't get the Repour to make a seal on the bottle I'm pushing it into? On most bottles (about 70% maybe) it works fine. But on others, I push and twist, but when I release, the Repour simply rises up to the point that it's not at all clear that there is a suf...
by John Kight
January 7th, 2020, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Threshold Behavior: 2017 northern Rhone (and Beaujolais)
Replies: 7
Views: 821

Re: Threshold Behavior: 2017 northern Rhone (and Beaujolais)

Beaujolais has had a lot of really ripe vintages lately. I'm hoping for a nice, classic vintage like 2011 soon. Even some of the classics (like Lapierre) have been too ripe for my taste in multiple recent years. I now understand why some people say they are Rhone-like in these years. Get used to it...
by John Kight
January 2nd, 2020, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread
Replies: 269
Views: 12248

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

Indeed Vajra is a little confusing for many, especially as j is in theory not part of the Italian alphabet. Think of the alternative spelling Vaira and remember the first bit rhymes with 'why' - or try to sound like a transylvanian count... This is correct. I've visited the winery and this is how t...
by John Kight
December 27th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico
Replies: 18
Views: 891

Re: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico

The odd thing to me is that the Rancia CCR bottling rarely seems to show well. I have no more CC or the "normal" CCR bottling, but do have a bottle or two of each of the '95, '99 and '01 Rancia. However, based on past experience, they are either "just not ready yet", or simply aren't that good...the...
by John Kight
December 26th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Alt-Rieslingfeier - Sunday, January 26th at Atoboy
Replies: 20
Views: 1987

Re: Alt-Rieslingfeier - Sunday, January 26th at Atoboy

Please provide more info on the playlist...how will you ensure that it is Riesling-friendly?
by John Kight
December 26th, 2019, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Better Than Average Kabinett
Replies: 49
Views: 1777

Re: Better Than Average Kabinett

What do you mean by "better"? Your.post strikes me as weird ... ? The original poster uses the word "better" three times...which do you view as weird? His first use is where he says he wants something "a bit better than QbA". The different ripeness categories are referred to as "quality levels", wh...
by John Kight
December 24th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico
Replies: 18
Views: 891

Re: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico

What was the price back then? Still a bargain today in the mid $20s. Just had the '15 last night and it was delicious! Drank alongside the 2011 Produttori di Barbaresco "Rabaja" Riserva. Both were pretty delicious....but interestingly, the non-wine-geeks preferred the Barbaresco, while the wine gee...
by John Kight
December 17th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wand Wine Filter
Replies: 27
Views: 1234

Re: The Wand Wine Filter

Relatively new for me, but I too now get wine headaches. Mine are more like "migraines" than normal headaches....The "pain" is different (i.e. I can't describe where it resides in my head, but it feels like it's behind one eye), it throbs, and ultimately leads to nausea. Fortunately, mine are gener...

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