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by LarryA
August 21st, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Calif Pinots/Mostly Drew...(long/boring)
Replies: 18
Views: 1038

Re: TN: Some Calif Pinots/Mostly Drew...(long/boring)

So, Drew pinots are low alcohol but packed with flavor? You mean, like red Burgundy?
by LarryA
August 14th, 2019, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Muller-Catoir MussbacherEselshaut Rieslaner Auslese '95...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 257

Re: TN: Muller-Catoir MussbacherEselshaut Rieslaner Auslese '95...(short/boring)

Is that how they calculate 14 years at LANL? Maybe some new computer code is in order.
by LarryA
July 18th, 2019, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Asimov on Wine Lexicon
Replies: 12
Views: 1020

Re: NYTimes: Asimov on Wine Lexicon

Thanks, Otto, for eloquently explaining why I reject the term "phenolic" (I'm the person in Tom's tasting group that Tom is referring to). I do, however, understand what Tom means when he says phenolic. It's just that, since it bears no resemblance to actual phenols, which it couldn't because there ...
by LarryA
June 29th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine you don't want
Replies: 65
Views: 5691

Re: The wine you don't want

I was in exactly your situation, Neal. I had thought I would like SQNs once they got some age on them and bought quite a few, usually a couple of bottles of each from the late-'90s vintages through the early 2000s. I found I didn't like them with age on them any more than when they were young. I cho...
by LarryA
June 24th, 2019, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Buncha Nebbiolos (Calif/Italian)...(long/boring)
Replies: 11
Views: 741

Re: TN: Buncha Nebbiolos (Calif/Italian)...(long/boring)

I was actually looking for a Barolo from 1996, but came across a box of 1998s instead. There were several Corinos in there, so I chose one where I had more than one bottle. Tom thought it was quite atypical of Barolo, but I didn't. Maybe I'm just more used to modern-style Barolos. I liked it, though...
by LarryA
May 29th, 2019, 9:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?
Replies: 67
Views: 4457

Re: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?

I bought a cellar that has two 1929 Romanee Contis that have worse ullage than the bottle in this picture. I have not tried either, but the color in each is good. I was in France at the Hospices de Beaune at the same time that Aubert de Villaine was making a presentation, so after the presentation I...
by LarryA
May 12th, 2019, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are 1982 Bordeaux past peak?
Replies: 26
Views: 1727

Re: Are 1982 Bordeaux past peak?

A recent L'Evangile and La Dominque were both excellent. Not a huge experience with '82s, but what I've had has been excellent. Occasionally a bottle that might have been drunk sooner.
by LarryA
May 6th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?
Replies: 66
Views: 3042

Re: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?

My solution is to create a whole new category: Cheap White Burgundy (CWB). The idea arose because my wife needed a "safe" place to go in the cellar, so I started stockpiling wines that I was happy if I did get to try, and happy if I didn't. They included some of the less prestigious Saint-Aubin (whi...
by LarryA
April 10th, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Nebbs from HumboltCnty...(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 249

Re: TN: Two Nebbs from HumboltCnty...(short/boring)

Can we assume you've been following Hoopa wines from the very start?
by LarryA
April 6th, 2019, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TCA Has No Smell..
Replies: 30
Views: 1766

Re: TCA Has No Smell..

I can say, from smelling the pure TCA that Tom has encapsulated at his house, that it smells exactly the way TCA smells in wine, except at a much more intense level. And that's outside its several containers! Granted, there are a lot of wine bottles in the vicinity (always!), but they are sealed and...
by LarryA
March 25th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michael Broadbent on old Bdx
Replies: 68
Views: 4036

Re: Michael Broadbent on old Bdx

Sometimes a wine will show up from an off year -- not at a wine store or restaurant but from a friend or at a tasting -- that completely defies the common wisdom about that vintage. My wife and I took a 1973 Beychevelle to a restaurant to celebrate her birthday with some friends of ours, and had tre...
by LarryA
March 18th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dishwasher and Wine Glasses
Replies: 56
Views: 2327

Re: Dishwasher and Wine Glasses

I use an approximately 50-year-old GE to wash any glass -- Riedel Vinum, Sommelier, anything except the Sommelier Bordeaux, whose stems are too long to fit with the upper rack in place. My experience is like John Morris's -- the only breakage occurs with careless handling by me, or during the drying...
by LarryA
February 16th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most consistent non first growth boardeax?
Replies: 35
Views: 1887

Re: Most consistent non first growth boardeax?

Lynch Bages and Pichon Baron for me.
by LarryA
February 16th, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1982 Cristal
Replies: 10
Views: 513

Re: 1982 Cristal

If you ever run across it, 1976 Dom Perignon is another great aged Champagne (though I drank it a while back so I'm not so sure what it would be like now). I was skeptical when I got a couple of bottles at auction, but they weren't particularly expensive, so I thought it worth the gamble. Great stuf...
by LarryA
February 12th, 2019, 9:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 Chateau Olivier, Pessac Leognan
Replies: 12
Views: 623

Re: TN: 1989 Chateau Olivier, Pessac Leognan

I ended up with maybe six bottles -- super inexpensive at the time (under $25). Liked it when I've tried it and I think I have one or two bottles left.

Thanks so much for this note! Time to dig out a bottle.
by LarryA
February 12th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Matthiasson Ribolla '14/Alban Reva Syrah '01..(short/boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 219

Re: TN: Matthiasson Ribolla '14/Alban Reva Syrah '01..(short/boring)

Exactly why I stopped buying Alban Syrah. More or less undrinkable when young due to reduction, then they age into . . . what you say here. Qupe WAY more interesting, even fascinating. Not to mention how expensive Albans got. I had one excellent aged Alban wine, their '97 Grenache, which I opened du...
by LarryA
February 12th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 95
Views: 4032

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)

I'm impressed you could distinguish those four vintages just from the lick test. My best has been two vintages.
by LarryA
December 4th, 2018, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 La Chablisienne Mont de Milieu
Replies: 7
Views: 369

Re: TN: 2010 La Chablisienne Mont de Milieu

A group of friends and I ended up buying three cases of the 2014 version of this wiine, and it also is terrific. I have loved Chablis from 2010 and am hoping 2014 turns out as well, or possibly even better. Price on the '14 was in the mid-20s, a great buy.
by LarryA
November 3rd, 2018, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
Replies: 180
Views: 9688

Re: TN: 2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne

I'm interested to hear about bottle variation. I've had this maybe seven or eight times, loved it every time thought still a bit young. Great stuff so far, I hope the other bottles turn out as well.
by LarryA
October 23rd, 2018, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2009 Roumier Bonnes Mares
Replies: 25
Views: 1904

Re: 2009 Roumier Bonnes Mares

What if it were half as much -- would you be a buyer? I think it's fine when you end up with a wine like this, purchased long ago, in your cellar. Maybe you paid what seemed like a lot at the time. But I wouldn't come close to buying such a wine now. Way too much money for a bottle of wine! Can it p...
by LarryA
October 11th, 2018, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: EdmundsStJohn Syrah FenaughtyVnyd '11...(short/boring)
Replies: 6
Views: 294

Re: TN: EdmundsStJohn Syrah FenaughtyVnyd '11...(short/boring)

Had the 2005 version of this wine last week and it was in great shape. Fully mature, I would say, but probably several years to go, maybe as many as five. Steve makes great syrah, and it develops wonderfully over time.
by LarryA
October 1st, 2018, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How The Other Half Lives....
Replies: 27
Views: 2206

Re: How The Other Half Lives....

Fortunately for us Santa Fe Bacchus Bad Boys, the host, whose cellar it is, doesn't keep it at 55 degrees.
by LarryA
September 29th, 2018, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Better than OK wine list
Replies: 10
Views: 1125

Re: Better than OK wine list

Thanks for the recommendation, Dan -- I'll make it a point to drop in when I'm on my way up to Winthrop. This used to be almost on the regular route we took, before there was a Sabattus exit off the turnpike.

Sounds like a good place.
by LarryA
September 8th, 2018, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Four Rieslings...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 444

Re: TN: Four Rieslings...(short/boring)

I got to try a Bechtold 2015 Grand Cru Riesling (Engelberg vineyard) at the Santa Barbara Club yesterday -- the SB Wine Guys, I think the group may be called, were doing their once-a month luncheon, this time focused on Alsace. Both Dave Yates and I thought it was the best of the bunch, other than t...
by LarryA
August 30th, 2018, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Swirling, physics and poetry
Replies: 16
Views: 583

Re: Swirling, physics and poetry

With respect to swirling wine, I found a comment by Michael Broadbent interesting. He swirls a wine when first poured, then lets it rest for a while -- a minute or two. The aromatics released by the swirling build up in the bowl of the glass and are much more apparent after the wait. I have found th...
by LarryA
August 25th, 2018, 10:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What happened to Robert Parker? State of Wine Criticism in 2018
Replies: 89
Views: 6342

Re: What happened to Robert Parker? State of Wine Criticism in 2018

I do believe that 79 rating at eBob is a mistake. I just checked, and 40 Barbareschi have been reviewed there, with scores from 97 to 87. Barolo has many more wines reviewed, with a lot more in the 90s, and a similar range. If that's the definition of a vintage rated 79 I would be astonished.
by LarryA
July 31st, 2018, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red Burgs, classic give and take
Replies: 5
Views: 926

Red Burgs, classic give and take

Clos de la Roche is definitely not the best wine Rousseau makes, based on my experience, but I was lucky to pick up several bottles of the 2000 at a local wine store for around $100. Couldn't quite fathom how that was possible, but it was a great opportunity. All past bottles (one left) have been ve...
by LarryA
July 20th, 2018, 10:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Bouchard Corton Charlemagne
Replies: 8
Views: 570

TN: 2008 Bouchard Corton Charlemagne

Just opened a 2004 with Blake Brown and Mike Grammer et al and it was much as you describe, maybe not as intense. Definitely not premoxed, which was a relief, but still seemed to have a long way to go to reach maturity.
by LarryA
July 20th, 2018, 9:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley - the world's greatest Petite Sirah producer?
Replies: 76
Views: 4380

Turley - the world's greatest Petite Sirah producer?

I have always preferred the Jacob Franklin Hayne Petite Sirah (made by Elyse Winery). Better balance than the Turley, good young, good old. I also prefer the Jaffurs Thompson Vineyard PS, mentioned above. Some of the Turleys have been ridiculously out of balance, like their zins (some of them). Rece...
by LarryA
June 27th, 2018, 10:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Jamet Cote Rotie
Replies: 5
Views: 695

2005 Jamet Cote Rotie

Had the '98 a couple of weeks ago and it was in great shape, but still pretty young according to me. Others thought it was more spectacular. Haven't had a too-old Jamet yet, and all my other vintages except one are older than '98.
by LarryA
June 26th, 2018, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riedel Somm BDX Glasses.... thoughts? Do they have Restaurant versions?
Replies: 17
Views: 1034

Riedel Somm BDX Glasses.... thoughts? Do they have Restaurant versions?

I have both the Vinum and the Somms. Both are dishwasher-safe, but my ancient GE doesn't accommodate the Sommeliers -- stems too long. Have never had a problem washing the Vinums in the dishwasher. I like the Somms for old wines when you have sufficient quantity. A 2 oz. pour doesn't really work in ...
by LarryA
June 8th, 2018, 10:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine Chandon de Briailles Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses
Replies: 16
Views: 1313

TN: 2015 Domaine Chandon de Briailles Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses

Have really loved '05 and '07 of this wine. Light in color and body, but wonderful aromas and compelling flavors.
by LarryA
May 30th, 2018, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yet another thread on the ageability of California Cabs
Replies: 45
Views: 2626

Yet another thread on the ageability of California Cabs

Doesn't exactly answer the OP's question but I took a '93 Dunn Howell Mountain to a Memorial Day party and it showed wonderfully. Used to be that 25 years didn't feel like enough time for those wines, but this one had had plenty of time. Still has 5 years to go, maybe 10, though I'm not convinced it...
by LarryA
May 30th, 2018, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official thread for CDP bashing.
Replies: 45
Views: 2515

Official thread for CDP bashing.

Coincidentally, I put on a small Chateauneuf tasting for Tom Hill's BBB group a little less than a week ago (the same tasting where Tom wrote up the 2002 Neyers Cuvee d'Honneur and the 2001 Edmunds St. John Bassetti syrahs -- added to the tasting so Tom would have something to cheer for). The only C...
by LarryA
May 13th, 2018, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1927 Rieussec: Now with TN
Replies: 38
Views: 1818

Thoughts on Pairing: 1927 Rieussec

I opened a '29 Climens for a friend on his 80th birthday and it's the best Sauternes/Barsac I've ever had (and have had quite a few of the famous ones, though none older). It was in brilliant shape, but I have no experience of 1927. Don't expect much sweetness, but there should be a lot of richness....
by LarryA
May 1st, 2018, 8:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 V. Dauvissat La Forest (and about those ‘10s)
Replies: 4
Views: 427

TN: 2010 V. Dauvissat La Forest (and about those ‘10s)

I've been trying out the Billaud Simon Montee de Tonnerre from 2010 and it's a terrific Chablis. As is their Les Clos. And the Tonnerre didn't cost like the Dauvissat, which I haven't broken into yet, but will have to.

Thanks for the note!
by LarryA
April 25th, 2018, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting of 16 Clos de Vougeot
Replies: 9
Views: 938

Tasting of 16 Clos de Vougeot

Just the other night we drank a '96 Clos de Vougeot from Meo-Camuzet, and it was pretty much the opposite of your '98. Great color, big, young, beefy. Not refined or subtle! But very enjoyable, and went well with pasta Bolognese.
by LarryA
April 25th, 2018, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Siduri PinotGris AbreVertVnyd '14....(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 109

TN: Siduri PinotGris AbreVertVnyd '14....(short/boring)

I hope other Berserkers realize what a rave review this is, given your general dismissal of pinot gris.

Sounds like a good wine!
by LarryA
April 15th, 2018, 10:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: % of advertising to the total content of 4 major wine magazines
Replies: 3
Views: 486

% of advertising to the total content of 4 major wine magazines

Speaking as a former publisher, those number mean that the Wine Spectator is by far the healthiest of those publications, from a financial standpoint. Which you might have guessed anyway.
by LarryA
April 11th, 2018, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: HugCllrs Syrah CentralCoast '04....(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 305

TN: HugCllrs Syrah CentralCoast '04....(short/boring)

Other members of your team promise not to reveal your score at Rhone 'n Bowl that year, Tom, or even to reveal the number of digits. But I seem to remember that it was something like one of the drought years in California, back in . .. . well, I guess I promised not to reveal. A great event, with gr...
by LarryA
April 8th, 2018, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NoisyWater TightyWhitey PinotGrigio NV...(short/boring
Replies: 3
Views: 171

TN: NoisyWater TightyWhitey PinotGrigio NV...(short/boring

One of your best ever reviews, Tom!

I would only disagree with respect to pinot gris -- can make some great wines in Alsace, particularly late-harvest types, but many of the dry wines are really good, too. And some of the PGs from the Alto Adige, as well, particularly when you get the fancier ones.
by LarryA
April 1st, 2018, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brett bottle variation question
Replies: 22
Views: 467

Brett bottle variation question

According to a beer web site I visited, brettanomyces optimal temperatures for flourishing are 59F to 72F (brettanomyces is cultivated in some beers). Almost every wine you encounter will have spent at least some time in that temperature range, but probably the more bretty bottles spent more time, o...
by LarryA
February 12th, 2018, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '16, '09, '01, '86, '77
Replies: 14
Views: 1166

'16, '09, '01, '86, '77

Love your description of the Diamond Creek, Dan -- sounds like a terrific, and still quite young wine. And please don't scoff at 50-year-old CA cabs! We recently opened '67 Buena Vista and '68 Charles Krug as well as '59 Charles Krug, and all were showing wonderfully. Maybe not quite as fresh as you...
by LarryA
October 20th, 2017, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Wine Advocate Service - Wine Benchmarking...
Replies: 101
Views: 5585

New Wine Advocate Service - Wine Benchmarking...

I don't think the problem is corruption -- where buying the evaluation service means the wines will get special attention (or even be reviewed at all). TWA makes that clear, and unless provided with evidence to the contrary, I don't see a reason to doubt their word. The problem is the feedback loop....
by LarryA
October 19th, 2017, 8:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Wine Advocate Service - Wine Benchmarking...
Replies: 101
Views: 5585

New Wine Advocate Service - Wine Benchmarking...

Just posted at eBob: This is a complete embarrassment. Decide what you want to be: a money-making outfit, as much as possible from as many different sources as possible, or a magazine/publication/website of independent wine criticism, which is what you have traditionally been. You can't do both. I u...
by LarryA
October 3rd, 2017, 10:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ojai PinotNoir ClosPepeVnyd '03...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 221

TN: Ojai PinotNoir ClosPepeVnyd '03...(short/boring)

Just opened an '04 Ojai Clos Pepe with my daughter tonight and it showed wonderfully. No particular oak character, definitely no Burgundian character, just a lot of very pleasant mature Californian pinot fruit. Not approaching sweet, but really yummy. Not at all on its last legs, probably at least s...
by LarryA
September 20th, 2017, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three Kenneth-Crawford Syrahs '06...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 164

TN: Three Kenneth-Crawford Syrahs '06...(short/boring)

Inquiring minds want to know: What insecticide are you referring to? There are so many!
by LarryA
September 12th, 2017, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre
Replies: 5
Views: 597

TN: 2014 Domaine Billaud-Simon Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre

This wine is still available for about $50. Originally available at $34, I believe. Sensational buy to begin with, definitely worth it even at $50. Will age out beautifully, IMHO.
by LarryA
September 12th, 2017, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone had this wine? a Barolo Chinato
Replies: 51
Views: 2079

Anyone had this wine? a Barolo Chinato

I got to try this Chinato at the same tasting where Blake tried it. Classic Chinato, one of the better ones I've had. I was originally introduced to them by Tom Hill, and quickly acquired an affection for this style, though admittedly one I only indulge infrequently. I don't think the Santa Barbara ...
by LarryA
August 22nd, 2017, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Mission Haut Brion 1988
Replies: 11
Views: 756

La Mission Haut Brion 1988

Dan (Kravitz), 30-year-old Sauternes also do great. Also 45-year-old Sauternes. Also 72-year-old Sauternes.

I would love to bring you one when I next come to Maine!

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