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by John Kight
March 1st, 2021, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Ridge Lytton Springs
Replies: 7
Views: 710

Re: TN: 2018 Ridge Lytton Springs

An excellent Lytton Springs...My biggest take-away...I love those acids! I recently tried the 2018 Pagani Ranch and was slightly disappointed, as it DIDN'T show the acid I was expecting, so was instead a bit "soft" despite having nice fruit flavors. I loved the 2017 Pagani (even more than...
by John Kight
March 1st, 2021, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Radikon - Ribolla Gialla (Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT)
Replies: 33
Views: 1203

Re: TN: 2013 Radikon - Ribolla Gialla (Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT)

Cap'n Crunch. Can't un-taste it. Last night opened a 2019 Thevenet Morgan VV and it was slightly mousy upon opening (but still rather pleasant to drink). However, it was completely undrinkable after 2 hours. I should have drank it faster, and had to pour half the bottle out. However, in this case t...
by John Kight
February 26th, 2021, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Occhipinti...talk to me!
Replies: 56
Views: 2161

Re: Occhipinti...talk to me!

The SP68 bianco depends more on the vintage than does the red. Some years it’s been very good. The il Frappato is the one most often raved about. Her uncle is the O in the COS winery. I didn't know of this connection, but I love the COS wines, and their bianco ("Pithos") is terrific, as i...
by John Kight
February 25th, 2021, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most useless tasting note I've ever seen...
Replies: 57
Views: 3032

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

Swiss Chardonnay... https://www.cellartracker.com/list.asp?Table=Notes&iUserOverride=254057#selected%3DW3211104_1_Kc20b1413b3c324106fb86158ccf18f47 Better than seeing "corked" as a TN I've been guilty of this in CT before. It's not intended as a TN, just as a reminder that a bottle was...
by John Kight
February 25th, 2021, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggest some French reds based on my Cali tastes
Replies: 32
Views: 1891

Re: Suggest some French reds based on my Cali tastes

I wouldn't look to French reds that would necessarily appeal to your Cali tastes. Instead, I would jump right in to French wines that might show you a contrast with your Cali tastes, and what you might be missing (if you happen to like them). I would steer you to a great cru Beaujolais (Foillard's C...
by John Kight
February 24th, 2021, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus
Replies: 76
Views: 7815

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

It's also possible that his scores don't mean much. That's certainly true. And going a step further, you can say "scores don't mean much" (whether they're his or anyone else's). But I think many of us all kind of pretend they might mean something, up until that point when you taste the wi...
by John Kight
February 24th, 2021, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus
Replies: 76
Views: 7815

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 Kight
February 23rd, 2021, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rioja
Replies: 56
Views: 2772

Re: Rioja

interesting to see less love for LRA than I expected. 904 is one of the wines that I feel like still offers pretty good price for what I view as a world class wine. IMO in general the classified Riojas that see oak just need a ton of time to integrate it. I love the 904 and buy it in most years too...
by John Kight
February 23rd, 2021, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus
Replies: 76
Views: 7815

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

I may be the odd one out here, or maybe my experience is too limited, but I've never thought of any Produttori as truly great wines. They are very good values, and I enjoy them, but if the pricing is too high it won't bother me to skip them. I'm with you 100%. When the price is right (i.e. $50-$60)...
by John Kight
February 22nd, 2021, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rioja
Replies: 56
Views: 2772

Re: Rioja

Has anyone else ever suddenly realized that a nice Rioja reserva fills the bill about 80% of the time? I laugh because I routinely spend far more on California and French wines I end up liking a whole lot less! Cheers. Agreed, though I would say the same thing about a lot of categories if you're ge...
by John Kight
February 22nd, 2021, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Michel and Stephan Ogier Cote Rotie
Replies: 10
Views: 567

Re: TN: 2001 Michel and Stephan Ogier Cote Rotie

I've decided I have to drink through my 1998-2001 Cote Rotie wines as soon as possible. I'm not sure you need to be in a rush if you're talking about solid producers. In the last year, I've had amazing bottles of '01 Jamet and (even more amazing) '99 Belle Helene. I haven't had any Northern Rhone w...
by John Kight
February 22nd, 2021, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2267
Views: 316976

Re: Official Costco Thread

I stopped in the Dallas location today and they had the 2016 Kirkland Signature Barolo for $19.99. The 2015 was terrific for the price and I've consumed more than a full case of that one. Both are apparently made by Fontanafredda (or at least by the winemaker at Fontanafredda, whose signature is on ...
by John Kight
February 22nd, 2021, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Michel and Stephan Ogier Cote Rotie
Replies: 10
Views: 567

Re: TN: 2001 Michel and Stephan Ogier Cote Rotie

. . . having lost all that original astringency that has evolved into a velvety mouthfeel. By astringency, I assume you're referring to tannin, but my issue with this wine the last few times I've tried it was that it was exceptionally/painfully tart and acidic. I tasted it and loved it on release, ...
by John Kight
February 16th, 2021, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How big of a risk is low humidity for medium-term storage?
Replies: 26
Views: 1434

Re: How big of a risk is low humidity for medium-term storage?

James, I'm in Denver and I bought an old wine cabinet off FB Marketplace and a SensorPush- humidity was steady at 35%. I added a bowl of water and a sponge that I soak regularly, it's now up to just over 50%. Will probably add another sponge to bring it up more. Not sure what else to do, but if you...
by John Kight
February 16th, 2021, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How big of a risk is low humidity for medium-term storage?
Replies: 26
Views: 1434

Re: How big of a risk is low humidity for medium-term storage?

Zero risk. None. Regardless of the humidity on the outside, it is 100% humid inside the bottle. Any "drying" of the cork on one side should be ameliorated by moisture contact on the other. If a cork can "dry", it can also "absorb" just as easily. That's my best "co...
by John Kight
February 16th, 2021, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 J.L. Chave Hermitage
Replies: 1
Views: 351

TN: 1995 J.L. Chave Hermitage

Drank this on Sunday night with terrific ribeye steaks, as we were snowed with 10 degree temps outside in Dallas. This was my last bottle of this one and also the best by far. Tasted great right out of the gate with very pretty red fruits and savory herbs, but had developed into a beautifully silky ...
by John Kight
February 13th, 2021, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clerico wine cork question
Replies: 4
Views: 538

Re: Clerico wine cork question

I opened a 2006 Clerico, do all the wines (percristina, ciabot mentin, etc.) have clerico on the corks. The one I opened only had the year and wine (eg percristina) but no clerico on it. Please confirm if that’s legit / authentic. I just opened my second to last 2004 (I was wrong about the vintage ...
by John Kight
February 11th, 2021, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Value Italian
Replies: 63
Views: 3383

Re: Value Italian

Just a quick note- On a whim I picked up a 2015 Fontanafredda Barolo. Now, I know that they often have the reputation of too big, industrial, nameless washed-out plonk. Well, for €15,90 it really scratched my nebbiolo itch! Quite a nice surprise, and a delicious, pure Barolo that tasted as such. Wh...
by John Kight
February 10th, 2021, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Radikon - Ribolla Gialla (Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT)
Replies: 33
Views: 1203

Re: TN: 2013 Radikon - Ribolla Gialla (Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT)

Cap'n Crunch. Can't un-taste it. ....the aftertaste of both fortified cereals and the smell of multi-vitamin supplements. Exactly! Cap'n Crunch, King Vitamin (old school), and Freakies (also old school) have exactly this after-taste. Cheerios too, but to a lesser extent. And it's the same taste you...
by John Kight
February 10th, 2021, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing suggestions — cioppino?
Replies: 17
Views: 926

Re: Pairing suggestions — cioppino?

My initial thought was Rose Champagne, which I think would hold up better to the tomato and spice than still Rose. My second thought was a richer, high-acid white (not necessarily sweet), such an Austrian Riesling, Gruner, or Alsatian white. I think the weight of these wines would help (as compared ...
by John Kight
February 10th, 2021, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 Château de la Gardine Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 11
Views: 513

Re: TN: 1989 Château de la Gardine Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Actually, Frankenwein is the worst....
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by John Kight
February 8th, 2021, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Radikon - Ribolla Gialla (Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT)
Replies: 33
Views: 1203

Re: TN: 2013 Radikon - Ribolla Gialla (Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT)

Funny, since the term has been around for probably decades ...I've seen the term appear in English in terms that are well over 10 years old, so it's quite established term. What term have you used for it, then? I haven't used any specific term for it in the past. In fact, I've wondered if there was...
by John Kight
February 8th, 2021, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Radikon - Ribolla Gialla (Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT)
Replies: 33
Views: 1203

Re: TN: 2013 Radikon - Ribolla Gialla (Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT)

The short answer is: it's a sort of very unpleasant flavor...The term "mousy" comes from the taste being very similar to mouse droppings / uncleaned pet rodent cage (as attested in person by multiple pet rat owners). I'm hoping you mean that the rat owners are "extrapolating" fr...
by John Kight
February 5th, 2021, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4150
Views: 442034

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

The way Jon described this "second wine" did not sound like the typical second wine model where it's made known who made it. He talked about similar wines being completely and cleverly re-labeled, but that on this bottling they chose to use a part of the real name. I hate it when he says ...
by John Kight
February 2nd, 2021, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clerico wine cork question
Replies: 4
Views: 538

Re: Clerico wine cork question

I opened a 2006 Clerico, do all the wines (percristina, ciabot mentin, etc.) have clerico on the corks. The one I opened only had the year and wine (eg percristina) but no clerico on it. Please confirm if that’s legit / authentic. That doesn't sound like enough of a reason to be concerned (unless s...
by John Kight
January 28th, 2021, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The best italian sparkling wine
Replies: 23
Views: 1555

Re: The best italian sparkling wine

Franciacorta and Trento probably make the "best" Italian sparkling wine and it can be quite good. However, at its best, it competes with Champagne, and it might compete favorably in some rare cases (especially when comparing comparably priced wines). For me, however, Lambrusco is the most ...
by John Kight
January 27th, 2021, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Riunite Lambrusco
Replies: 6
Views: 336

Re: TN: NV Riunite Lambrusco

Lancer's (with Oysters on the half-shell) is another good choice when the Riunite Lambrusco is too heavy but not cloying enough!
by John Kight
January 14th, 2021, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Notes (added Vajra Barolo Ravera & Coste di Rose)
Replies: 151
Views: 15324

Re: 2016 Barolo Notes (added E. Grasso Ginestra Casa Mate)

I tasted this tonight with the last of the P. Scavino Prapo, which I preferred for current drinking. It’s softer, rounder, and more open on the nose and frankly tastier for drinking today. It’s liquid candy — like Russian River Barolo. I like the Paolo Scavino wines in 2016. I just had the '99 and ...
by John Kight
January 13th, 2021, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and Politics
Replies: 18
Views: 1614

Re: Wine and Politics

Thanks to the experts for your advice. I think my conclusion is sell, but do it fast. I actually would have thought the opposite. To me, it seems likely that prices would potentially rise over the course of 2021. Economic fears and uncertainty related to the pandemic should ease with the continued ...
by John Kight
January 12th, 2021, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Austin Hope, anyone?
Replies: 32
Views: 2227

Re: Austin Hope, anyone?

John, Great points - but you do understand that a lot of folks out there DO feel that the best donut is the one that has the most sugar inside and most icing on top, right? It is not 'wrong' for them to have this feeling - 'best' is such a subjective term that folks constantly try to objectify (not...
by John Kight
January 12th, 2021, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 01 Beaucastel
Replies: 28
Views: 1266

Re: TN: 01 Beaucastel

What is the best window for most beaucastels? Is it best drunk young or does the 10+ year tertiary magic worth the wait? Very much individual preference. However, for me, Beaucastel (unlike most CdP) is better 15+ years from the vintage. There are a few others (like Vieux Telegraphe) that I think r...
by John Kight
January 11th, 2021, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Austin Hope, anyone?
Replies: 32
Views: 2227

Re: Austin Hope, anyone?

Thanks for the responses, all! I wondered if this would be the case - consensus being it's a "beginner" wine. Shows why I like it I guess! It'll be interesting to see if my tastes change to not being a fan over time. Your tastes are guaranteed to change over time if you continue to drink ...
by John Kight
January 8th, 2021, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Tenuta San Leonardo - San Leonardo
Replies: 3
Views: 269

Re: 2015 Tenuta San Leonardo - San Leonardo

This is a wine and winery I have followed for some 25 years. A Bordeaux blend that is unique and that I would say does not speak Italian. So consistent over the years. CS (60), Carmenere (30) and Merlot (10). On the palate I always think Cabernet Franc because of the spicy herbal/bell pepper on ent...
by John Kight
January 6th, 2021, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Primitivo sub $30
Replies: 35
Views: 1395

Re: Best Primitivo sub $30

Tim Heaton wrote: January 6th, 2021, 6:52 am Natalino del Prete's Negroamaro (was trying to avoid thread drift) are among my favorites. But, you should know beforehand, these are not for those that drink /prefer modern styles.
I will see if I can track these down to try! I see they make several bottlings, but I'll try whatever I can find.
by John Kight
January 6th, 2021, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Primitivo sub $30
Replies: 35
Views: 1395

Re: Best Primitivo sub $30

Looking for Primitivo recs under $30. I have yet to find my "go to" Primitivo that I will always keep lying around and I continue to bounce from one to another... hoping to find the one that really sticks. Thanks in advance. Are there really many (any?) Primitivos that are over $30? I mus...
by John Kight
January 4th, 2021, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Badia a Passignano
Replies: 15
Views: 456

Re: TN: 1995 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Badia a Passignano

Yes, I assess the Badia as the better wine but the Tenuta is also a very nice Chianti, just not up to the Badia in that vintage. Is the Tenuta the wine that is today designated "Tenuta Tignanello 'Marchesi Antinori' Chianti Classico Riserva? Assuming that's the one, I've always assumed the Bad...
by John Kight
January 4th, 2021, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Badia a Passignano
Replies: 15
Views: 456

Re: TN: 1995 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Badia a Passignano

The 1995 Tenuta Marchesi, on the other hand was very decent but was drunk up a couple of years ago – big difference in this vintage, between the two wines. Just to be clear, I'm assuming you mean that you much prefer the Antinori Badia a Passignano (because you said you wish you had more) vs. the T...
by John Kight
December 29th, 2020, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 1091
Views: 57845

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Maybe we need to have a one-week wine tasting in Vegas, called the "Leaving Las Vegas" event, in which everyone brings 100 bottles that need to be consumed from their cellar....Maybe Nicholas Cage could be persuaded to join.
by John Kight
December 28th, 2020, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)
Replies: 11
Views: 1184

Re: TN: 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)

Loved this. Such nice complexity with bountiful energy and openness. I was making a birthday dinner for my wife - steak au poive with au-gratin potatoes and skillet-roasted brussels, and am trying to give my cellar a break. Picked this up at my local shop, and it was perfect for the occasion. 2016 ...
by John Kight
December 28th, 2020, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Amarone QPR
Replies: 38
Views: 2392

Re: Best Amarone QPR

Is that disjointed description common among bottleshock? Yes, I would say that there is very little "objectivity" in terms of people's varying descriptions of bottle shock, but "disjointed" is certainly probably the single most common term people use in describing it. (Note that...
by John Kight
December 28th, 2020, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Amarone QPR
Replies: 38
Views: 2392

Re: Best Amarone QPR

Finally got around to a Brigaldara. I had the 2015 on Christmas Eve, but it was a bit too "port-like" for me. Its not so much the alcohol content, but almost felt like the alcohol was a separate entity from the wine if that makes sense. Too young possibly? Slow-oxed for about 6 hours. Won...
by John Kight
December 11th, 2020, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Neophyte's Inquiry Of Cedric Bouchard
Replies: 18
Views: 1596

Re: A Neophyte's Inquiry Of Cedric Bouchard

I seem to remember something to the effect that he considers the bubbles a distraction. He clearly has an atypical vision of what Champagne should be. So, is he a Burgundy producer that just happens to be stuck in Champagne? Are drinking his wines upon release or shortly after simply a waste? Is th...
by John Kight
December 10th, 2020, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2267
Views: 316976

Re: Official Costco Thread

Any DFW peeps been to the Walnut Hill Costco recently? I want to see if they still have the William Fevre Champs Royaux. Seems real good for the price. If by Walnut Hill you mean Churchill Way, yep, they still had it as of Tuesday. Don't recall the vintage with any certainty, but I kinda think it w...
by John Kight
December 2nd, 2020, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Entry Level Rioja
Replies: 31
Views: 1850

Re: Best Value Entry Level Rioja

The Kirkland Signature Rioja Reserva is darn solid at $8-10. Can probably get better Rioja at the $25+ range but Kirkland would be my pick for "entry level" Yes, that has been a good one year after year....I often buy that (and also the Kirkland Chianti Classico Riserva) to use as "C...
by John Kight
December 2nd, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Entry Level Rioja
Replies: 31
Views: 1850

Re: Best Value Entry Level Rioja

[winner.gif] CVNE crianza $10 Main thread updated. Thanks for all your Rioja recommendations!!! Now we need to identify the best value Rioja Reserva (maybe anything under $25?) and Rioja Gran Reserva (maybe under $45?). I realize some people may object to $25 or $45 wines being referred to as "...
by John Kight
December 1st, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2267
Views: 316976

Re: Official Costco Thread

Dallas and West Plano locations both have the Ridge Geyserville ($37.99) and the Ridge Lytton Springs ($35.99). That pricing is pretty much market....but I've never seen a Ridge wine in Costco before, and now they have good quantities of both.
by John Kight
December 1st, 2020, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thought Experiment. Build a Collection on $100 a month
Replies: 23
Views: 2385

Re: Thought Experiment. Build a Collection on $100 a month

That said, some really world class wines in that $50-$100 range. I buy many wines in this range for that exact purpose, building my collection well into retirement. This is the problem with the thought experiment....He's posited $30 as "daily drinkers" yet wants $100/month to cover "...
by John Kight
November 27th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most impractical wine in the cellar?
Replies: 77
Views: 3784

Re: Most impractical wine in the cellar?

Could a wine like this simply be "rebottled" in a bunch of empty 375s (or even smaller containers, filled almost all the way to the top of the neck with just enough headspace to push the cork about 1.5cm in? I know many sweet wines (Sauternes, etc.) can last weeks/months after being opened...
by John Kight
November 27th, 2020, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?
Replies: 181
Views: 8191

Re: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

Two from magnum:

2008 Donnhoff Hermannshohle Riesling Grosses Gewachs
2017 Marcel Lapierre Morgan (SO2 version).

Both we went very well with our traditional Thanksgiving dinner spread....
by John Kight
November 24th, 2020, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2267
Views: 316976

Re: Official Costco Thread

Anyone try this yet? (Picture borrowed from CT) Kirkland Signature Brunello 2015 I grabbed about a half dozen bottles of the Kirkland Barolo and I thought they were quite good for the price. I grabbed this for $26.99 and it ended up PnP. It was good, but probably would have shown very nicely with a...

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