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by John Kight
October 19th, 2020, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2085
Views: 276522

Re: Official Costco Thread

I was just in Colorado and stopped in the Colorado Springs Costco. They had the 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico for $29.99, the 2016 San Giusto a Rentennano Percarlo for $79.99 and the 2016 Fonterutoli Siepi for $89.99. Also, the 2017 El Enemigo Chardonnay for under $20 (I think it was $16.99, but am ...
by John Kight
October 19th, 2020, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Ch. Beaucastel
Replies: 15
Views: 909

Re: TN: 2001 Ch. Beaucastel

Last had the '01 in April. It showed well. Up until then, I had had varying results from disappointing to just good. The April bottle gave me some hope that my remaining bottles could approach very good. Most of the previous showings did not have enough fruit, had little herb, and almost seemed hot...
by John Kight
October 6th, 2020, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2085
Views: 276522

Re: Official Costco Thread

Thanks for the heads up. Picked up a few of these ($67.99 here) and a Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo at the Houston Galleria location. I also picked up the 2016 Fontodi 'Vigna del Sorbo' CCR at the Dallas location for $87.99 (or possibly $89.99, not positive).....About $10-$20 under 'market price' and by ...
by John Kight
October 6th, 2020, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2085
Views: 276522

Re: Official Costco Thread

2015 Vaso Cabernet Sauvignon (2nd wine of Dana Estate) at West Plano and Southlake for $64.99 Had one this week, and it is quality and worth every penny. Thanks for the heads up. Picked up a few of these ($67.99 here) and a Fontodi Vigna del Sorbo at the Houston Galleria location. I also picked up ...
by John Kight
October 4th, 2020, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2085
Views: 276522

Re: Official Costco Thread

Did you buy the half-bottles at Costco as well? The only time I see any 375s is around x-mas and it's normally giant producers (Kim Crawford and Mionetto prosecco the last two years). No, I got the 375ml Caparzo's online. I'm not sure I've ever seen 375s at Costco, even around X-mas (when they typi...
by John Kight
September 30th, 2020, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 & 2016 Caparzo [Rosso di Montalcino]
Replies: 9
Views: 504

Re: TN: 2010 & 2016 Caparzo [Rosso di Montalcino]

It might have been a little unclear but I had the 2010 at age 5, and the 2016 at age 4. I'd think those are reasonably close to release, no? Rosso typically comes out 2-3 years after the vintage right? Ah--just noticed that the original post was from 2015 and the 2016 note was new. Makes sense. I j...
by John Kight
September 30th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 & 2016 Caparzo [Rosso di Montalcino]
Replies: 9
Views: 504

Re: TN: 2010 & 2016 Caparzo [Rosso di Montalcino]

I have never been impressed with Caparzo's Brunello, but some readers may be interested in knowing that Zachys has the '15 Brunello on sale for $35. (The La Casa is also "on sale".) The Brunello is a rather low-end example of Brunello, but is also quite varietally-correct, traditional, elegant, con...
by John Kight
September 23rd, 2020, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don’t trust my Coravin anymore
Replies: 57
Views: 3687

Re: I don’t trust my Coravin anymore

John, I usually dry the inside of the top of the neck before I twist the Repour in but I’ve still had it work loose a couple of times. Do you have any advice on how to use the Coravin on an older bottle with a lot of sediment without stirring it up? Thanks, I'll try the drying technique. No easy so...
by John Kight
September 22nd, 2020, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Montelena no red wine produced in 2020
Replies: 33
Views: 3037

Re: Chateau Montelena no red wine produced in 2020

Given that there is a market for wines with names like "Butter" and "Sexual Chocolate", I don't understand why they can't sell this stuff off under a brand-name that capitalizes on the smokey aspect of the grapes. It could be called "Wildfire" or "Ole' Smokey," "Ash Barrel" or "Smoked Pole Red". The...
by John Kight
September 22nd, 2020, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don’t trust my Coravin anymore
Replies: 57
Views: 3687

Re: I don’t trust my Coravin anymore

I always ejected a little gas as I started inserting the needle, and again afterwards. Tried all the tricks mentioned in this and other threads, except I never bought the extra skinny needle. Still found around 1 in 5 or 6 that seemed degraded after a few months. Most were 2/3 full. I assumed that ...
by John Kight
September 22nd, 2020, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monday night TNs: Two Chianti with chicken marsala
Replies: 5
Views: 441

Re: Monday night TNs: Two Chianti with chicken marsala

2004 Fattoria Selvapiana Chianti Rùfina Riserva Bucerchiale - Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Rùfina (9/21/2020) Wow, just hitting on all cylinders here. Red and black fruits with great persistence on the palate - this really spreads out and covers every nook & cranny of your taste buds. More eart...
by John Kight
September 21st, 2020, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don’t trust my Coravin anymore
Replies: 57
Views: 3687

Re: I don’t trust my Coravin anymore

The trick is holding the gas button down as you actually push through the cork. If you don’t, you put in about a needle full of oxygen which can affect the wine in time. Especially if you pour a few times from the bottle using the Coravin. Once the needle is pushed a tiny bit into the cork, the pre...
by John Kight
September 21st, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Name a wine you consistently rate higher than the critics
Replies: 49
Views: 2712

Re: Name a wine you consistently rate higher than the critics

Almost any great Chianti Classico, Chianti Classico Riserva, or Cru Beaujolais. Also good trocken German Riesling (Kabinett or Spatlese), or great Austrian Riesling. It's like there's an unwritten rule that these wines don't merit more than 92 points (maybe 93-94 for the extreme outliers). As a resu...
by John Kight
September 20th, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2085
Views: 276522

Re: Official Costco Thread

interesting info on the barbi connection. from your other comment i get the sense you feel this wine is inferior to Barbi's normal brunello (which I enjoy) do you think the price makes it worth it? I haven’t tried the "official" ‘15 Barbi Brunello (or probably any Barbi in the last 3-4 years), so d...
by John Kight
September 18th, 2020, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 273
Views: 15943

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

Craig G wrote:
September 16th, 2020, 4:36 pm
Your quoting is messed up. The struck out part was not part of my post.
You're right, it was supposed to be part of MY post....I've updated/corrected.
by John Kight
September 16th, 2020, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 273
Views: 15943

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

This reminds me of when I stopped buying Chave Hermitage because it went over $100. For me $100 has been a "stop buying" price for a large number of favorite wines over the years, including Chave Hermitage, Jamet Cote Rotie, Montevertine Le Pergole Torte, Fontodi Flaccianello, Paolo Bea Sagrantino ...
by John Kight
September 14th, 2020, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva
Replies: 7
Views: 429

Re: 2010 Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva

I’ve always considered this Bodega reliable, 2nd tier at best. There is none of that aged American oak vanillin that makes many Gran Reservas love/hate wines. The balance is excellent, the fruit is ripe, all black, with firm tannins but some tenderness as well. This is excellent. I just picked up t...
by John Kight
September 10th, 2020, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2085
Views: 276522

Re: Official Costco Thread

FWIW Garagiste seems to have a pipeline for the CVNE lineup, especially the signaturey scripty ones (not Imperial) and tends to offer them pretty much at national lows. Last couple of gran reservas were at $20ish. Do you think the Kirkland Brunello is Barbi's estate grapes, or just vinified by them...
by John Kight
September 10th, 2020, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2085
Views: 276522

Re: Official Costco Thread

Went by Dallas Costco yesterday, which had: 2015 Kirkland Signature Brunello di Montalcino (which was produced and bottled by Fattoria dei Barbi, a very solid, tradionalist producer) for $26.99. That said, I opened it and it's on the lean side (salty, menthol, minerally, lean cherry fruit), and not ...
by John Kight
September 9th, 2020, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Beaujolais
Replies: 51
Views: 3857

Re: 2019 Beaujolais

Marcus Dean wrote:
September 9th, 2020, 7:15 pm
Hi John,
Yup thats him.
and the 19 is $20 NZ Pesos which is around $14 USD. And even at that price it is a cracker
I’ll seek it out, and may grab more of the $10 2018 at Costco in the meantime...
by John Kight
September 9th, 2020, 4:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Beaujolais
Replies: 51
Views: 3857

Re: 2019 Beaujolais

I had a 2019 Village from Burgaud (I think he is the nephew of the more well known chap with the same surname) the other day and it was very very good, everything I look for in Bojo and great value to boot. I think the one you had is the Alexandre Burgaud. I just bought and opened the ‘18, which wa...
by John Kight
September 9th, 2020, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Chianti Classico Riservas drinking great
Replies: 16
Views: 1664

Re: 2010 Chianti Classico Riservas drinking great

FWIW, some of the 2010 Brunellos are also showing really well. In the last few weeks I've tasted four, and all but one drank surprisingly well (i.e. all were very expressive...though with none showing any notes of true "maturity"). In particular, I posted a separate note on the 2010 Livio Sassetti P...
by John Kight
August 26th, 2020, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Clines (Viognier '19/Zin AncientVines '18)...(short/boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 431

Re: TN: Two Clines (Viognier '19/Zin AncientVines '18)...(short/boring)

What's with the "boring" designation on all of your TNs? Seems like once you've titled it "TN", people know what they're in for, and it should be up to them to decide whether it's "boring" or not.....
by John Kight
August 26th, 2020, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 547
Views: 39553

Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

Drank the 2002 Lytton Springs the other night. Maybe my cellar is too cold, but it really wasn't all that different from a recent 2015 version....same basic profile, just softer fruit and slightly less sweet. (Much better than a 2001 I had about a year ago, which also didn't taste like an old, matur...
by John Kight
August 24th, 2020, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino
Replies: 5
Views: 467

TN: 2010 Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino

2010 Livio Sassetti Pertimali Brunello di Montalcino Opened this on Friday night with a nicely seasoned prime NY Strip (Costco cut), reverse-seared, and served with trumpet mushrooms in a green peppercorn sauce and crispy Brussels sprouts. Popped and poured and enjoyed the entire bottle (yes, all by...
by John Kight
August 20th, 2020, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Vasco Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino
Replies: 1
Views: 164

Re: TN: 2006 Vasco Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino

2006 Vasco Sassetti Brunello di Montalcino - Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino (18.08.2020) From the moment I popped the cork and had a little sip this was stellar. It was immediately so fresh, fragrant, and full that I put the cork back in. One hour before dinner I decanted. Altho...
by John Kight
August 17th, 2020, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Labruyere Prologue NV Extra Brut
Replies: 6
Views: 317

Re: Labruyere Prologue NV Extra Brut

Emile, thanks for the insight above! I recently discovered this champagne through a friend's recommendation at Central Market in the Dallas area. I'm new to Dallas and it seems to be a bit lacking in the bubbles selection outside of Pogo's outrageous pricing for their good selection. The prologue w...
by John Kight
August 17th, 2020, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dear Abby; My wife's tastes are changing, and I don't like it!
Replies: 34
Views: 2357

Re: Dear Abby; My wife's tastes are changing, and I don't like it!

If you find the wines that you are drinking degrading that quickly, consider investing in a Coravin, Pungo or the like. I have one, which I use infequently (mostly when I want a glass of something sweet), but it seems to work well for the stated purpose. Or just keep a clean 375 bottle around and i...
by John Kight
August 14th, 2020, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dear Abby; My wife's tastes are changing, and I don't like it!
Replies: 34
Views: 2357

Re: Dear Abby; My wife's tastes are changing, and I don't like it!

My wife has gradually moved from drinking my wines to preferring cheap Pinot (anything in the $7-$18 range at Costco has a high chance of being a "hit" with her). It's a mixed blessing, as it means that in the rare cases I am just totally in love with a wine, I don't have to share...but it also mean...
by John Kight
August 11th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch
Replies: 6
Views: 892

Re: TN: 2018 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch

I'll need to grab some of this...I have been loving the '17 as well.
by John Kight
August 7th, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Increased corkage post-COVID?
Replies: 265
Views: 10369

Re: Increased corkage post-COVID?

Robert, Dinesh, and all-- This is a bit of thread drift, but since the topic came up here, I thought I'd mention that Steve Plotnicki posted this article on Facebook yesterday and started an interesting conversation about the term 'ethnic' in relation to restaurant descriptions. https://www.nrn.com...
by John Kight
August 7th, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not enjoying wine at the moment.
Replies: 51
Views: 2524

Re: Not enjoying wine at the moment.

Between being laid off and the total lack of job opportunities for me right now and the overall depressing state of the world, it would be a very dark time without wine. And exercise. Exercise gets me out of bed in the morning, or keeps me from sleeping away the afternoon. I never wear headphones w...
by John Kight
August 6th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not enjoying wine at the moment.
Replies: 51
Views: 2524

Re: Not enjoying wine at the moment.

Maybe it is just me, but I am not having any fun or enjoyment from wine right now. I have taste and am not ill, just not getting pleasure. Pretty sure that it is my stress level and or a bit of depression. When a glass of Ultramarines Rose doesn’t do it, it is probably time to take a break. Anyone ...
by John Kight
August 4th, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2085
Views: 276522

Re: Official Costco Thread

That was probably the 2006 Faustino Gran Reserva , and the price would fit, as its getting blown out at $22 at some internet sellers. Yes, I can confirm it's the 2006 and is also available at the Dallas Costco location for $22. I thought about picking one up to try, but I've never really loved the ...
by John Kight
August 4th, 2020, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py
Replies: 65
Views: 3788

Re: TN: 2018 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py

I tend to drink my Beaujolais a wee bit cooler than most other reds. Had a killer 2016 Lapierre Morgon Sans Soufre last night, pulled from the wine fridge at 57 and put it in real fridge for maybe ten minutes. I’m thinking 53-55 is ideal. But the good news is, if you over-chill it, it warms in the ...
by John Kight
August 4th, 2020, 6:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Arianna Occhipinti „Siccagno“ Nero d’Avola - a postcard from Noto/Sicily
Replies: 6
Views: 796

Re: TN: 2016 Arianna Occhipinti „Siccagno“ Nero d’Avola - a postcard from Noto/Sicily

Martin Zwick wrote:
August 4th, 2019, 12:15 am
Such a pleasure to make holiday in Sicily.
Looks really beautiful! Sicily is on my bucket list...The phrase "make holiday" is such a European expression and always sounds odd yet endearing to the American ear.
by John Kight
July 30th, 2020, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Daniel Bouland Morgon Les Délys - Too Ripe
Replies: 92
Views: 4336

Re: TN: 2018 Daniel Bouland Morgon Les Délys - Too Ripe

2015s across the board have certainly rarely aged with grace (I've tasted some outright oxidized '15s recently...) I've been trying to drink my handful of remaining '15s, just to get rid of them, and agree that many are awful and borderline undrinkable. I did enjoy my '15 Foillards immensely, thoug...
by John Kight
July 30th, 2020, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????
Replies: 53
Views: 1938

Re: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????

I think he's overstating it some because not all wines fall apart from being at room temp. . . .Room temp can also vary quite a bit. If the writer assumes that, for the vast majority, "room temperature" means 70-74 degrees, then I would agree to an extent....and while "fall apart" may be too strong...
by John Kight
July 30th, 2020, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian wine tasting recs
Replies: 26
Views: 1389

Re: Learning Italian wine tasting recs

2015 is much more variable, so in many cases you'd need to know the producer if you want to be sure. This may be true if you're exclusively looking for classically styled, long-term agers, but I think 2015 is a good bet for someone wanting to get a feel for the wines. It is a warmer vintage . My ex...
by John Kight
July 29th, 2020, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian wine tasting recs
Replies: 26
Views: 1389

Re: Learning Italian wine tasting recs

Many of these are NOT the "board favorites" (as many of those will take you over the $80 range...While 1-2 of these might be over $80, I've tried to focus on a variety of styles and values relative to the categories as a whole: Chianti Classico (and Chianti Classico Riserva): (Look for '15 and '16 v...
by John Kight
July 29th, 2020, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian wine tasting recs
Replies: 26
Views: 1389

Re: Learning Italian wine tasting recs

Probably the best way would be to taste through the classic regions both red and white and go through them by tasting some classic producers. If 20 wines, then probably these: Whites/bubblies: Franciacorta Piemonte: Roero Arneis / Timorasso Alto Adige: Pinot Bianco Veneto: Soave Classico Friuli: Ri...
by John Kight
July 29th, 2020, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with a little different kind of pizza?
Replies: 19
Views: 1022

Re: Pairing with a little different kind of pizza?

...maybe a sicilian Nero d'avola I was actually thinking Sicilian Nerello Mascalese or Frappato would work, although I agree that any of the other suggestions (Chianti, Brunello, RdM, Nebbiolo, Nero d'Avola, Barbera, etc.) would work. In addition, a good cru Beaujolais such as Lapierre, Thevenet or...
by John Kight
July 27th, 2020, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Chianti Classico Riservas drinking great
Replies: 16
Views: 1664

Re: 2010 Chianti Classico Riservas drinking great

I’ve had a bottle of the Felsina Rancia and the Castell’in Villa CC in the last two months, and while both were very good, I also thought they would both improve with additional time, so at least IMO, neither would be considered “drink now”. I consider Felsina Rancia a bit of an outlier, as one of ...
by John Kight
July 27th, 2020, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Zenato Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Sergio Zenato Riserva
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Re: TN: 1995 Zenato Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Sergio Zenato Riserva

But then something happened, you sip, you get into it, you feel those magical tannins and slight bitterness balance the sweetness and at the end - a long acidic finish. I'm like you in that this isn't something I'm in the mood for often. However, when I am in the mood, I prefer Amarone to Port for ...
by John Kight
July 25th, 2020, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2085
Views: 276522

Re: Official Costco Thread

Costco in Dallas (not Plano) has 2015 Fontodi Chianti Classico for $29.99, a good price and a very tasty wine.
by John Kight
July 25th, 2020, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Chianti Classico Riservas drinking great
Replies: 16
Views: 1664

2010 Chianti Classico Riservas drinking great

I've recently found that the 2010 CCRs are drinking beautifully right now, almost across the board....Over the past couple of weeks I've been especially impressed by the wines of even some fairly solid-but-unexceptional producers, most notably two wines from San Felice: the 2010 Il Grigio Gran Selez...
by John Kight
July 24th, 2020, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Amarone QPR
Replies: 24
Views: 1283

Re: Best Amarone QPR

Do you age any? I recently had a '96 Quintarelli that I picked up at the estate about 15 years ago. It was great, but I'm not sure I can definitively claim that it was any better or worse (as compared to what I remember tasting in Italy) as a result of the bottle age. I could certainly tell it has ...
by John Kight
July 24th, 2020, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So how long do you let shipped wine "settle"?
Replies: 103
Views: 3184

Re: So how long do you let shipped wine "settle"?

The study demonstrated that the wines transported by air had lower free SO2. The levels were lower . . . suggesting that traveling with the wines at all makes them permanently different, no matter how long you wait. While I agree with the subsequent posts that this is different from what most peopl...
by John Kight
July 24th, 2020, 5:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So how long do you let shipped wine "settle"?
Replies: 103
Views: 3184

Re: So how long do you let shipped wine "settle"?

We always travel with our own stems...even to the point of using them on the plane when possible...." Hi Sarah, pre- 9/11 I always used my own stems on planes. In those days I would actually BYOB on the airplane, often just a 375ml bottle in my carry-on bag. The flight attendants often didn't seem ...
by John Kight
July 23rd, 2020, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Amarone QPR
Replies: 24
Views: 1283

Re: Best Amarone QPR

I think I tend to like Masi more than Allegrini, but I have had less experience with Allegrini. I keep finding Ripassos too light. I still enjoy many of them, but when I want an Amarone I am looking for something much more full bodied than the ripassos I have had. I think Zenato and Tommassi are th...

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