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by John Kight
January 15th, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Mascarello Monprivato
Replies: 13
Views: 1130

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: 3221

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: 9999

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: 3221

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: 9999

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: 784

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: 262
Views: 10683

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: 861

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: 14
Views: 1153

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: 1660

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: 861

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: 1196

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...
by John Kight
December 17th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?
Replies: 61
Views: 2658

Re: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?

Placed an order for the Osetra. The White probably was a member only deal, as I was able to purchase it (as well as the black). I actually didn't realize that there were some items available to non-members. I always just assumed that you had to be a member to purchase anything from Costco.com. John
by John Kight
December 16th, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wand Wine Filter
Replies: 27
Views: 1196

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 genera...
by John Kight
December 12th, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?
Replies: 61
Views: 2658

Re: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?

Costco has a killer deal on Plaza Osetra Bulgarian Sturgeon Caviar. Retail on the Plaza de Caviar site is $130 for 2oz. Costco is selling a three pack of the same 2oz jars for $189.99 through 12/22 ($60 off their regular price.) That is just $31.67/oz! I paid $10 more for the three pack a few weeks...
by John Kight
December 2nd, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Floral barolo recs
Replies: 45
Views: 2052

Re: Floral barolo recs

...but floral character (to me = red fruit) stands out. This is my own experience too. By "floral" I usually think of bright red, juicy/tart, fruit, which often comes with a rose petal aspect (along with a cherry, cranberry and/or pomegranate fruits). Without needing to age the wine, I typically fi...
by John Kight
November 29th, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1739
Views: 211043

Re: Official Costco Thread

West Plano had 2016 Cos d'Estournel for $159.99 two days ago, but I think they only had about 3 cases total.
by John Kight
November 29th, 2019, 5:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 6061

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

2008 Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut
2015 Von Winning Deidesheim Kalkofen Riesling Trocken GG
2016 Mayacamas Chardonnay
20017 Charly Thevenet Regnie "Grain and Granit" (so delicious!)
2001 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape (from magnum, also delicious)
by John Kight
November 27th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old Champagne questions
Replies: 15
Views: 1544

Re: Old Champagne questions

I have a couple of older Dom Perignon I want to try this weekend. 1964 and 1966 Dom. I am wondering how cold to serve it? What kind of glass. How much air? Anything else? Thanks... I think the glass is a personal preference, but I generally prefer a non-flute, all-purpose white wine glass (or poten...
by John Kight
November 26th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dee Lincoln Steakhouse Frisco,TX
Replies: 5
Views: 716

Re: Dee Lincoln Steakhouse Frisco,TX

Jeff Rosenberg wrote:
November 26th, 2019, 8:09 am
MICHAEL C R O M W E L L wrote:
November 25th, 2019, 8:04 pm
Second for Zaytinya...it’s no steakhouse but the food is fabulous
Just visited their website. Closed as of 11/18.
That's North Dallas for you....the good ones go under while the chains and mediocre thrive!
by John Kight
November 25th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dee Lincoln Steakhouse Frisco,TX
Replies: 5
Views: 716

Re: Dee Lincoln Steakhouse Frisco,TX

Has anyone been there? Will be in Dallas for a Cowboy game in a few weeks and will be going there. How’s the wine list? Corkage fee? Thanks I've never been to Dee Lincoln, but in general steakhouses in the Dallas/Plano/Frisco area are pretty bad...high prices where corporate expensing of meals is t...
by John Kight
November 25th, 2019, 5:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo recs
Replies: 51
Views: 2503

Re: Barolo recs

Don't let the haters get you down. It's not really all that hard. Agree 100% with this (and all of this poster's advice). I would also say that it's a mistake to focus on tracking down and trying specific producers....There are too many great producers out there in a huge variety of styles, most of...
by John Kight
November 23rd, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Barolo Thoughts?
Replies: 11
Views: 978

Re: 2001 Barolo Thoughts?

Thanks all!
by John Kight
November 22nd, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Barolo Thoughts?
Replies: 11
Views: 978

2001 Barolo Thoughts?

Any views on quality, drinkability, General chacteristics of 2001 Barolo as compared to, say the 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006? What vintage does ‘01 most closely resemble? Are they currently in a decent place? Just wondering as I have a good handful of these but never hear much mention of the vintag...
by John Kight
November 22nd, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)
Replies: 5
Views: 580

Re: TN: 2015 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)

Yes! I love these wines. Posted on the '16 last week. While it was very good, I think 14 and 15 are even better. Your succinct note nails it. You are on the right path now. Good luck. I agree, the '15 is perhaps my favourite. The conventional wisdom is that '15 was too warm and the wines too fleshy...
by John Kight
November 22nd, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1739
Views: 211043

Re: Official Costco Thread

2-3 years? [swearing.gif] I'm not saying it won't last, but given the general concerns about premox in Chablis and also the fact that this is likely a decent but unexceptional "bulk" parcel of Chablis that is available at a great price, I just use it as a "daily drinker" and don't view it as cellar...
by John Kight
November 22nd, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1739
Views: 211043

Re: Official Costco Thread

Any tn’s on the ‘17 Kirkland Chablis 1er? Nope, but it's always a stellar value (though something I would view as a "drink now" wine and not consider cellaring for more than 2-3 years). 2-3 years? [swearing.gif] I'm not saying it won't last, but given the general concerns about premox in Chablis an...
by John Kight
November 21st, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1739
Views: 211043

Re: Official Costco Thread

I just saw the 2018 Antinori (Castello della Sala) "Bramito del Cervo" Chardonnay at Costco in Frisco, Tx for $13.99. That's the best price in the country by far as the standard retail is $23, and the lowest it typically ever sells for is $20. Unless there's something atypically bad about the 2018, ...
by John Kight
November 21st, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1739
Views: 211043

Re: Official Costco Thread

s.nellessen wrote:
November 21st, 2019, 8:48 am
Any tn’s on the ‘17 Kirkland Chablis 1er?
Nope, but it's always a stellar value (though something I would view as a "drink now" wine and not consider cellaring for more than 2-3 years).
by John Kight
November 19th, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Montepulciano Help
Replies: 11
Views: 757

Re: Montepulciano Help

I find them as a group (both Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Montepulciano d'Abruzzo) to be largely "drinkable but uninspiring" wines. Not an answer to the OP's question (too expensive), but you might want to try a Montepulciano d'Abruzzo from Pepe. I have...I love them and should have identified ...
by John Kight
November 19th, 2019, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Montepulciano Help
Replies: 11
Views: 757

Re: Montepulciano Help

I find them as a group (both Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Montepulciano d'Abruzzo) to be largely "drinkable but uninspiring" wines. There are some exceptions in the pricey, high end range (Avignonesi's Grandi Annate and Poliziano's Asinone). I have occasionally found the base level Avignonesi VN...
by John Kight
November 18th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there objectively good and bad wines?
Replies: 100
Views: 3407

Re: Are there objectively good and bad wines?

I'm much more interested in whether a wine (or a specific bottle of wine) can be "evil". But before we can discuss whether or not good, bad and evil are "objective" terms, we must first define them....And it seems difficult to define "good wine" as anything other than a wine you like or a wine you d...
by John Kight
November 14th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1739
Views: 211043

Re: Official Costco Thread

why are you expecting Sassicaia at Costco? Jeez I'd buy every bottle they had if I see it at mine. I did see 2016 at Redwood City store today for $189.99. Just saw 2016 Sassicaia at the West Plano (Dallas) location yesterday for the same price. Looks to be about $60 under the market price for this ...
by John Kight
November 12th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping companies hates me
Replies: 60
Views: 2662

Re: Shipping companies hates me

Both Fedex and UPS will deliver to a local holding point. For me it is a Walgreens or the local UPS store, both close. Really? Walgreen's will accept your wine shipments and hold them for you to come pick up? That seems like a huge pain in the ass for Walgreen's, and would create liability concerns...
by John Kight
October 31st, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eleven Madison Park wine
Replies: 57
Views: 5643

Re: Eleven Madison Park wine

Thank you all for your input. Unfortunately, my wife and I were underwhelmed by the wine pairing at Eleven Madison Park. She had the regular pairing for $180 and I had the reserve pairing for $335. None of the wines were great with most being just "eh". I wish I had just ordered a bottle from the m...
by John Kight
October 29th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: visit to Paolo Bea
Replies: 6
Views: 682

Re: visit to Paolo Bea

Whose wines (IME) can veer from quite wonderful to horribly flawed... The essence of natural winemaking in a nutshell. And as much as I love the Paolo Bea wines, I've had plenty of bottles that were flawed/problematic, or at least exceedingly strange. The wine is so idiosyncratic, however, that it'...
by John Kight
October 28th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "What the . . . Where TF did this come from?"
Replies: 40
Views: 2535

Re: "What the . . . Where TF did this come from?"

Neal.Mollen wrote:
October 27th, 2019, 1:45 pm
...[W]hile I absolutely bought crazy stuff from them, not in my most impressionable state would I have purchased these.
Wow. You must really hate $10 Malvasia!
by John Kight
October 24th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 65
Views: 2972

Re: Aglianico

Galardi can be great when you get it at the right time, and is often best in the "weak" years because it is less dense and tannic. The '08 is terrific right now, and it was not considered a particularly good year. For consistency I like Terredora di Paolo's Taurasi's (they make 3-4, I think, but the...
by John Kight
October 24th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 Léoville Barton
Replies: 28
Views: 2611

Re: 2002 Léoville Barton

Any general thoughts on how 2002 Bordeaux (esp. left bank) are showing today and their overall quality, aging curve and life expectancy? Any other standout '02s?
by John Kight
October 24th, 2019, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1739
Views: 211043

Re: Official Costco Thread

Costco Dallas- Churchill Way- has the J. Bookwalter Protagonist 2016 for $29.99. Suggested retail supposedly $60. Winemaker commented that this maybe their best vintage and it got 93 on both WS and JS. It is a very nice wine and one of their better deals currently at this Costco. I saw this at the ...
by John Kight
October 22nd, 2019, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 03 Pavie Macquin
Replies: 20
Views: 779

Re: 03 Pavie Macquin

[quote="Steve Costigan" post_id=2832295 time=1571751544 user_id=24162I think BDX defies conventional wisdom in 03 with way more hits than misses. Not so much in other regions in France however. [/quote] I agree....It's funny how people continue to try to make the conventional narrative fit even 10 y...
by John Kight
October 18th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?
Replies: 39
Views: 2267

Re: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?

It's a German name. Not sure the French pronunciation is any more relevant that the Brit or US version The problem is that usually there likely is no standard Brit or US version, while in French there is likely a "correct answer". In this case, I assume there may be a common US version (Pipe-er Hid...
by John Kight
October 18th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 65
Views: 2972

Re: Aglianico

One of the most expressive and "pretty" Aglianicos I've had recently was the 2008 Cantina Giardino "Nude" Aglianico d'Irpinia, which I had from a restaurant wine list recently. I've never heard of this producer or seen his wines anywhere, but it was good enough to seek out. I assume the "Nude" desig...
by John Kight
October 18th, 2019, 5:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 65
Views: 2972

Re: Aglianico

Sagrantino di Montefalco is worthwhile too. I ultimately prefer Aglianico and Nerello as it seems like there are more outstanding producers of those two, but there are some very good Sagrantino producers, including Paolo Bea (which is quite expensive, and not always everyone's cup of tea, but loaded...
by John Kight
October 17th, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pergole Torte Labels
Replies: 5
Views: 852

Re: Pergole Torte Labels

Has anyone ever come across a poster displaying the labels from Pergole Torte? I know I've seen books and posters of the Mouton labels, wondering if anything similar exists for the Pergole labels as well and where I might be able to track one down! I've seen them on the walls of several of restaura...
by John Kight
October 17th, 2019, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How bad is a wine if Suckling only gives it 92 points?
Replies: 22
Views: 2337

Re: How bad is a wine if Suckling only gives it 92 points?

Our local Costco has the 2013 Fontanafredda Barolo Serralunga in the distinctive 1 liter bottle for around $33. Ed I buy this one in the 1-Liter bottle whenever I can find it, and $33 is a very good price (as the 750ml is often in that price range even at Costco).....it's consistently a solid wine ...
by John Kight
October 16th, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Styro Shippers - Finally some data on their effectiveness
Replies: 111
Views: 8443

Re: Styro Shippers - Finally some data on their effectiveness

I'm sure that temps in a truck with ambient 95-degree high temp would certainly be in the 120-130 range. But how random opening/closing of the cargo area affects the temp curve I haven't a clue. My guess is that it's unlikely the truck cargo area would ever reach 120+. Keep in mind that (i) unlike ...
by John Kight
October 9th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine list help - Frasca October 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 430

Re: Wine list help - Frasca October 2019

I love Frasca. In my view, the main strength of the restaurant is the level of service. The food itself is ranges from "very good" to "outstanding" (only occasionally truly exceptional). The wine list is lengthy, but it's also pricey and strangely lacking in selections under $100, especially reds......
by John Kight
October 8th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Alberdi Reserva
Replies: 5
Views: 408

Re: TN: 2013 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Alberdi Reserva

2013 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Alberdi Reserva - Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja (10/6/2019) Day 1: Wood, cherry, spice and leather. Pretty tight wine right now. Finish is a bit harsh. Going to need some time prior to be able to score this wine. Day 2: Opening up big time. Raspberries, wood, s...
by John Kight
October 7th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eleven Madison Park wine
Replies: 57
Views: 5643

Re: Eleven Madison Park wine

Barry P wrote:
October 7th, 2019, 7:52 am
Burgs are the star, but really nice Loire and Alsace selections, too.
I thought they were also especially known for their Austrian and German wine selection....

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