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by John Kight
December 2nd, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Floral barolo recs
Replies: 45
Views: 1820

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: 1634
Views: 195568

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: 5859

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: 11
Views: 590

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: 690

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: 690

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: 2360

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: 949

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: 949

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: 549

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: 1634
Views: 195568

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: 1634
Views: 195568

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: 1634
Views: 195568

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: 1634
Views: 195568

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: 732

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: 732

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: 3282

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: 1634
Views: 195568

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: 2487

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: 5405

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: 655

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: 2433

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: 2845

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: 25
Views: 2225

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: 1634
Views: 195568

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: 743

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: 2044

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: 2845

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: 2845

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: 803

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: 2010

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: 8372

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: 399

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: 387

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: 5405

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....
by John Kight
October 2nd, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '16 Cepparello vs '16 Tignanello
Replies: 11
Views: 1237

Re: '16 Cepparello vs '16 Tignanello

Thanks for the note of the Cepparello...since vacationing near them and falling under their spell...I try to pick up six or so from each vintage and find them a remarkable bargain and a wonderful candidate for mid-term cellaring I have never had a truly "old" or obviously mature Cepparello. However...
by John Kight
October 2nd, 2019, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '16 Cepparello vs '16 Tignanello
Replies: 11
Views: 1237

Re: '16 Cepparello vs '16 Tignanello

Regarding the pricing of the two, Cepparello is about $69-$70, while Tignanello is now up to about $110-$120. Comparing Rancia to Cepparello, Rancia has a darker fruit profile and is richer and creamier in texture, whereas Cepparello always has a thinner body, much brighter/stronger acidity, a silki...
by John Kight
October 2nd, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '16 Cepparello vs '16 Tignanello
Replies: 11
Views: 1237

Re: '16 Cepparello vs '16 Tignanello

2016 Isole e Olena Cepparello Toscana IGT: A gorgeous nose of fresh flowers, black cherry and cedar. It is full, luscious and creamy but has excellent definition and precision. Flavours build and it is only right at the end that you notice the wine's substantial build just below the flesh. Impeccab...
by John Kight
September 23rd, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking advice on the "last frontier" - Barolo and Barbaresco
Replies: 45
Views: 3777

Re: Seeking advice on the "last frontier" - Barolo and Barbaresco

FYI, I had the 2014 LPT on December 23, and it was really tight. Not very surprising...The LPT does tend to go through phases and usually takes 10(ish) years to start consistently showing well. I am finding the '04 and '07 are drinking very well now (with high hopes for the '06 to start showing wel...
by John Kight
September 23rd, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tignanello Recommendation?
Replies: 20
Views: 1959

Re: Tignanello Recommendation?

I just opened my last 2004 of three bottles and it was the very best Tig I've had. I would imagine that it's easy to find and a wine that's in a great spot at 15-16 years. Yes, this is a great one. Some here may think it should be held longer because '04 was such a solid year in Tuscany, but my vie...
by John Kight
September 18th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 149
Views: 12166

Re: 2008 Salon

Kris Patten wrote:
July 2nd, 2019, 9:35 pm
alan weinberg wrote:
July 2nd, 2019, 9:14 pm
sucks that they didn’t think of the masses, us little people, and put it all in 375s instead.
Or 187mls....
Or one of those tiny wax bottles with juice inside that I used to get for Halloween. That would make it affordable for me.
by John Kight
September 13th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Replies: 19
Views: 1946

Re: TN: 2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico

I just had the 2015 Isole e Olena Cepparello last week and it was stunning. It was so good that it prompted me to open a 2010 for comparison purposes and, while the '10 was quite good, the '15 was far superior.
by John Kight
September 6th, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Piedmont - Gattinara, Ghemme, Carema, Spanna, Boca....
Replies: 43
Views: 3768

Re: Northern Piedmont - Gattinara, Ghemme, Carema, Spanna, Boca....

I am also a fan of the Travaglini Gattinara. I also prefer the normale to the more up market wines. The Nervi normale is also very good. I've had some great Travaglini's and some rather mediocre bottlings. That said, because of the annoying bottle shape and size, which won't fit in my cellar, I don...
by John Kight
September 6th, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retroactive Sales Tax
Replies: 50
Views: 2677

Re: Retroactive Sales Tax

Most likely, the winery had a visit from the California Board of Equalization and got a bill for uncollected sales tax on out of state sales. They are now trying to collect on what they should have been collecting all along in order to cover their tax bill. Legally, though, they may technically be ...
by John Kight
September 3rd, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio
Replies: 4
Views: 457

Re: TN: 1997 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio

The Riserva is a no-brainer buy each year, I have never actually seen Il Poggio in WA. Value and age ability is becoming rare, Chianti now delivers it where so many did before. The Il Poggio is always significantly better (though significantly more expensive) than the Riserva. I would put Il Poggio...
by John Kight
August 28th, 2019, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1634
Views: 195568

Re: Official Costco Thread

How does Costco store their "nicer" wines? The DP and the 1st Growth BDX's I've seen are "glass case" only, and I haven't asked them if they just have them thrown in a box in the non-temp controlled office or if they are in a temp controlled unit in-store. Would be a pity to see some of those Chate...
by John Kight
August 28th, 2019, 6:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 10 Cantenac Brown, 07 Clerico, 16 William and Mary
Replies: 9
Views: 939

Re: TN: 10 Cantenac Brown, 07 Clerico, 16 William and Mary

Thanks for the note on the Clerico, Michael, Galloni raved about it at the time. I grabbed a couple at the time and I haven't opened any, but subsequently began to have some doubts. Good to know it might be worth pulling and popping some time soon. 2007 is a weird vintage in Barolo....Difficult to ...
by John Kight
August 27th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)
Replies: 59
Views: 1977

Re: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)

White:
Chardonnay, Riesling, Gruner Veltliner and Assyrtico

Red:
Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Honorable Mention: Aglianico
by John Kight
August 23rd, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Is Pronunciation Such An Issue??
Replies: 71
Views: 2380

Re: Why Is Pronunciation Such An Issue??

I think it's just another thing on top of the trepidation most non-nerds feel about wine in general. Many people feel intimidated by wine even with grape names they recognize, why add the fear of mispronouncing something on top of all the other psychological baggage ordering wine has for most peopl...
by John Kight
August 22nd, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Clos Les Lunelles (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)
Replies: 7
Views: 265

Re: TN: 2003 Clos Les Lunelles (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux)

That was soooo bad, it was almost good. Few awful wines have inspired me so much. I understand that comment when it comes to movies, but not wine. With a truly horrible movie, it becomes funny. A "funny movie" is enjoyable (even if the humor wasn't intended). But a truly horrible wine doesn't turn ...

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