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by Ken V
February 12th, 2020, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Barolo Tasting at La Festa del Barolo
Replies: 8
Views: 574

Re: TN: 2015 Barolo Tasting at La Festa del Barolo

Thanks for the notes Ken. I've tasted a number of these, and I think, if anything, I may be more oak averse than you are! (I was more concerned by the oak on the Vietti Rocche.) I also wonder if the Burlotto Monvigliero might have been a slightly weird bottle - I had a few of these in Italy and the...
by Ken V
February 12th, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Barolo Tasting at La Festa del Barolo
Replies: 8
Views: 574

TN: 2015 Barolo Tasting at La Festa del Barolo

"2015 BAROLO…THE BIGGER PICTURE" TASTING AT LA FESTA DEL BAROLO - The Pool and The Grill in the Seagram Building, NYC (2/1/2020) Morning Tasting of 2015 Barolos at Antonio Galloni Vinous Media's La Festa del Barolo 2020. All wines were opened around 9:30am and served cool (cellar temp). The tasting...
by Ken V
February 9th, 2020, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Gaja Barbaresco (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)
Replies: 6
Views: 381

Re: TN: 2009 Gaja Barbaresco (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)

Nebbiolo has a habit of tricking folks with early onset bricking. Doesn’t mean much in my experience. Otherwise this sounds excellent, thanks for sharing the note. I love the Gaja straight Barbaresco , but don’t open them this young. Perhaps 2009 is an exception! Do you have a problem with his gay ...
by Ken V
January 27th, 2020, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eric Guido To Join Vinous
Replies: 58
Views: 3968

Re: Eric Guido To Join Vinous

Ian's encyclopaedic knowledge of Italian grapes and producers from lesser-known regions will certainly be missed. He is a unique source of information. The only plausible source (including Italian language, to my knowledge) on many of those wines. Big shoes to fill, Eric. I wish you all the best an...
by Ken V
January 4th, 2020, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The greatest wine purchase ever
Replies: 24
Views: 3317

Re: The greatest wine purchase ever

I bought 2 cases of 1982 Leoville Poyferre for $9 a bottle, but I guess this tops that. ;)
by Ken V
December 28th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 78
Views: 4931

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

p@ulbortin wrote:
December 27th, 2019, 5:01 pm
1990 Corino vigneto rocche was terrific a few nights ago.
This might be my favorite modernist Barolo of all time. I brought a bottle to the first offline I ever went to.
by Ken V
December 28th, 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 78
Views: 4931

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

Ramon C wrote:
December 27th, 2019, 5:12 pm
I don't get to drink much Barolo, but this one from our local group's year-end dinner was a standout.


1989 B Giacosa Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba Barolo Riserva
Glad you liked it, Ramon. [highfive.gif]
by Ken V
December 27th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 78
Views: 4931

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

THis post just made me realize that I drink a lot of Nebbiolo but almost no Barolo. Interesting. Anyways my favorite Nebbiolo this year was a 1970 Gaja Infernot. I had this a year ago at a lunch with Gaia Gaja. An amazing wine just slightly bested by the 1970 Gaja Barbaresco Sorì Tildìn: http://www...
by Ken V
December 27th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Burgundy Dinner with the Chevaliers du Tastevin
Replies: 14
Views: 1361

Re: TN: Burgundy Dinner with the Chevaliers du Tastevin

Dumb question - how does one join a local Chevaliers du Tastevin chapter? I'm guessing it's an invite-only type of thing? Maybe also an "if you have to ask..." type of thing??? You do have to be invited by a current member, then pass a quiz on Burgundy. I think it matters a lot where you live. In a...
by Ken V
December 26th, 2019, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Burgundy Dinner with the Chevaliers du Tastevin
Replies: 14
Views: 1361

Re: TN: Burgundy Dinner with the Chevaliers du Tastevin

Markus S wrote:
December 23rd, 2019, 4:42 pm
A question I've always had was who chooses the wine to cellar for the Chevaliers?
There's been a couple of guys that have bought the wines for the group over the decades. One guy has been doing it for the last decade.
by Ken V
December 23rd, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Burgundy Dinner with the Chevaliers du Tastevin
Replies: 14
Views: 1361

Re: TN: Burgundy Dinner with the Chevaliers du Tastevin

Paul Jaouen wrote:
December 23rd, 2019, 8:04 am
Nice to see a good note on a 2011. Ken, how many people at this dinner? It doesn't look like a lot of wine.
Around 50-60 people. There were 12 bottles of each wine available.
by Ken V
December 22nd, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Burgundy Dinner with the Chevaliers du Tastevin
Replies: 14
Views: 1361

TN: Burgundy Dinner with the Chevaliers du Tastevin

The Albany-Capital Region chapter of La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin held a dinner at the Wishing Well Restaurant in Wilton, NY. The host for this dinner was Adrian Chiota. I sat with Jared, Adrian, Mathias and a few of their friends from NYC. Except for the Champagne which was provided by A...
by Ken V
November 19th, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vigna rionda ester canale giovanni rosso
Replies: 31
Views: 1708

Re: Vigna rionda ester canale giovanni rosso

Ken IMHO barolo vigna rionda ester canale is a superior wine to any of the rinaldi wines .the 2015 I preferred to crichet paye 2010 but I guess that's a matter of taste . We can argue the price about a lot of wines but it's a prime product that I have no doubt at all . Try the 2015 if u can get you...
by Ken V
November 18th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vigna rionda ester canale giovanni rosso
Replies: 31
Views: 1708

Re: Vigna rionda ester canale giovanni rosso

I've gone into some detail about the Canale Rionda plot here: http://www.finewinegeek.com/giacosa/barolo/#rionda On the A.A. Giovanni Rosso website, there is a nice aerial photo of Rionda before the replanting: http://www.giovannirosso.com/pages/en/vigneti/vigna_rionda_vigneto.php I recently tasted...
by Ken V
November 16th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vigna rionda ester canale giovanni rosso
Replies: 31
Views: 1708

Re: Vigna rionda ester canale giovanni rosso

I've gone into some detail about the Canale Rionda plot here: http://www.finewinegeek.com/giacosa/barolo/#rionda On the A.A. Giovanni Rosso website, there is a nice aerial photo of Rionda before the replanting: http://www.giovannirosso.com/pages/en/vigneti/vigna_rionda_vigneto.php I recently tasted ...
by Ken V
October 17th, 2019, 6:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 78
Views: 4931

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

Todd Tucker wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 9:38 pm
Top three for 2019 so far:

89 Giacosa Collina Rionda
89 Giacosa Falletto Riserva
89 G. Rinaldi Brunate Riserva
All at one dinner! #metoo!

Though I had the 89 Giacosa Villero ahead of the Rinaldi. But you know what a Giacosa ho I am.
by Ken V
October 12th, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Bricco delle Viole Vertical with Giuseppe Vaira
Replies: 12
Views: 974

Re: TN: A Bricco delle Viole Vertical with Giuseppe Vaira

Thanks for the notes. The BdV is my favorite Barolo when considering QPR (and up there regardless especially in recent vintages like 2013, 2014), but it's a very hard wine to backfill so I have tasted few older vintages. I imagine because people actually buy these wines to drink you don't see older...
by Ken V
October 9th, 2019, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Bricco delle Viole Vertical with Giuseppe Vaira
Replies: 12
Views: 974

Re: TN: A Bricco delle Viole Vertical with Giuseppe Vaira

Markus S wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 7:46 am
Ken V wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 5:21 am
Markus S wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 4:39 am
Like to see a note on the 2005. Probably drinking well now.
We tried to get one. No one in our group had it and only one store in the USA had it, and it was too warm to ship.
Could have asked me! [wink.gif]
You could have volunteered. ;)
by Ken V
October 9th, 2019, 5:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Bricco delle Viole Vertical with Giuseppe Vaira
Replies: 12
Views: 974

Re: TN: A Bricco delle Viole Vertical with Giuseppe Vaira

Markus S wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 4:39 am
Like to see a note on the 2005. Probably drinking well now.
We tried to get one. No one in our group had it and only one store in the USA had it, and it was too warm to ship.
by Ken V
October 8th, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Bricco delle Viole Vertical with Giuseppe Vaira
Replies: 12
Views: 974

TN: A Bricco delle Viole Vertical with Giuseppe Vaira

Our Nebbiolo group formed through the Vinous forum put together a vertical of Vajra Bricco delle Viole. I got in touch with their winemaker Giuseppe Vaira and it turned out that he was available in New York City on Sunday, August 18th, and most of our group could make that date. We were pleased that...
by Ken V
September 17th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bartolo Mascarello price jump
Replies: 25
Views: 3225

Re: Bartolo Mascarello price jump

Things changed abruptly with 2010 vintage. The winery went from having plenty to sell to selling out within months of release. There was already a trend of Burgundy lovers moving to Barolo and Bartolo is a natural gateway. Then Galloni's 99 point review of the 2010 came out and the rush was on. Afte...
by Ken V
September 17th, 2019, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate
Replies: 62
Views: 4106

Re: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate

I'm just glad we can have this open discussion here on Todd French's Wine Berserkers.
by Ken V
August 30th, 2019, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 597266

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be
And when the broken-hearted people living in the world agree
There will be an answer, let it be
For though they may be parted, there is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be
by Ken V
August 17th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine guides in Barolo/Chianti?
Replies: 6
Views: 704

Re: Wine guides in Barolo/Chianti?

Friends of mine highly recommend Sandro Minella (s.minella@gmail.com) in Piedmont. You can mention my name if you like.
by Ken V
August 2nd, 2019, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkerfest 10.2 photo thread!!
Replies: 101
Views: 5789

Re: Berserkerfest 10.2 photo thread!!

You wanted people photos? Unfortunately, my camera was wielded by a rank amateur who somehow managed to get photos out of focus despite the autofocus, but there are a few that are not terrible. From right to left. Mera and Arnie Eisen, who have been hosting wine events in Golden's Bridge for over 6...
by Ken V
July 27th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alto Piemonte Books??
Replies: 13
Views: 665

Re: Alto Piemonte Books??

There's a Masnaghetti Map of Gattinara which should be helpful. You can buy it from Rare Wine Co: https://www.rarewineco.com/alessandro-masnaghetti-viticultural-maps/ There's also one of Valtellina which they don't seem to have right now. I think you can order it directly from Enogea: https://www.en...
by Ken V
July 27th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who's going to wear the black hat?
Replies: 121
Views: 4801

Re: Who's going to wear the black hat?

Has anyone ever seen Klapp and Trump at the same time? [scratch.gif] If there is anyone on this Earth who is more than capable of defending himself, it is certainly Bill Klapp. But I simply have to say this might be the stupidest post in the history of this board. The differences are so great and s...
by Ken V
July 27th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who's going to wear the black hat?
Replies: 121
Views: 4801

Re: Who's going to wear the black hat?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 25th, 2019, 7:22 am
Corey?
Only if he goes Orthodox:
black hat.jpg
by Ken V
July 12th, 2019, 5:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 18 lobsters hanging on the wall..
Replies: 47
Views: 2566

Re: 18 lobsters hanging on the wall..

Brad Kane wrote:
July 11th, 2019, 8:13 pm
...I'll take claws over tails any day of the week. Also, knuckles and I prefer females for the roe.
You sexy beast! [wow.gif]
by Ken V
July 11th, 2019, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 18 lobsters hanging on the wall..
Replies: 47
Views: 2566

Re: 18 lobsters hanging on the wall..

Fairways has them fir same price if you have a store near you. So does Shop-Rite and Stop & Shop. Those lobsters are everywhere! Mark, sounds like a great time!! We have ShopRite up here now. They had that special about a month ago. The shells were so hard, I had to break out the power tools. The m...
by Ken V
July 10th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 21309

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

My newsletter from 4/29/2010 is apropos: https://www.cellartracker.com/classic/newsletter/4-29-2010.htm During my personal wine evolution over the past decade, I have been a very active participant on a number of wine bulletin boards. In fact this is what led me to create CellarTracker as I saw oth...
by Ken V
July 10th, 2019, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 21309

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

I was an early member and frequent poster on the Parker / Squires board. I think at one point I was in the top 5 (or at least top 10) for number of posts. I found it an incredible resource for wine lovers. While this board certainly has (now) a broader reach, I think the combination of breadth and ...
by Ken V
July 1st, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 21309

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

Robert M yers wrote:
July 1st, 2019, 12:03 pm
What’s going to happen to MyWines?
[rofl.gif] [rofl.gif] [rofl.gif]
by Ken V
June 25th, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27. Now with food poll!!
Replies: 161
Views: 7605

Re: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27. Now with food poll!!

Amy and I are definitely coming. I think she already confirmed that with you by email.

I voted for some food choices, but Amy asks for good hamburgers. (She's a simple girl from Queens.)
by Ken V
June 25th, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Shea Stadium (aka Citifield) June 29 - 50th Anniversary celebration
Replies: 4
Views: 2751

Re: Shea Stadium (aka Citifield) June 29 - 50th Anniversary celebration

Amy and I are going to this game, but we cannot get down there early enough to tailgate.

BTW where do you see the info about the pre-game ceremony?
by Ken V
June 25th, 2019, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I've never read a more terrifying tasting note
Replies: 28
Views: 2973

Re: I've never read a more terrifying tasting note

Forget toasty vanillin oak, hedonistic fruit bomb, and all the other descriptors that have frightened me off wines in the past. None of them hold a candle to this review of a JJ Prum wine I saw on a retailer website: 94 POINTS WINE SPECTATOR "($52) Graceful, floral and flavorful, filled with elderf...
by Ken V
June 25th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Ghosting Incident
Replies: 79
Views: 6856

Re: Retailer Ghosting Incident

Not to feed a fed horse, so to speak, but I'd be very interested in where retailers think the responsibility lies for the mis-shipment described in in the initial post. Was it on me to review the shipping info; was it the seller's responsibility? A shared responsibility? I'm not trying to start a d...
by Ken V
June 15th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The future of Vietti
Replies: 10
Views: 2438

Re: The future of Vietti

A lot of good news in there. I especially liked all the credit he gives to Elena. Having spent time with her, I know she is just as invested as he is.
by Ken V
June 10th, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: FWG Lunch with Gaia Gaja
Replies: 9
Views: 995

Re: TN: FWG Lunch with Gaia Gaja

Markus S wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 8:29 am
Her parents loved her so much, they named her Twice! Despite the spelling, wouldn't it be pronounced the same?
Yes. J is no longer a letter in Italian. I think it is only allowed in existing family names like Gaja. Even the family name of the family that owns Vajra is Vaira.
by Ken V
June 10th, 2019, 6:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: FWG Lunch with Gaia Gaja
Replies: 9
Views: 995

Re: TN: FWG Lunch with Gaia Gaja

Mike Evans wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 6:39 am
Thanks for sharing the notes and the experience. One question, though. You describe the 1961 Barolo as “Explansive in the mouth.” Typo or portmanteau?
LOL! typo.
by Ken V
June 7th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: FWG Lunch with Gaia Gaja
Replies: 9
Views: 995

Re: TN: FWG Lunch with Gaia Gaja

Great notes, Ken, Sound like amazing wines; were they all supplied by you, except for the first? Just an aside, and I'm sure she's a wonderful and lovely woman, but when I hear Gaia Gaja, daughter of Angelo Gaja I can help but think of Major Major Major Major. No, I brought 6 bottles including the ...
by Ken V
June 7th, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: FWG Lunch with Gaia Gaja
Replies: 9
Views: 995

TN: FWG Lunch with Gaia Gaja

Gaia Gaja, daughter of Angelo Gaja, was in town for the Wine Spectator’s New York Wine Experience. She had limited free time but was able to get together for lunch on Friday, October 19, 2018. Her presence, a great group of friends, and an amazing set of wines turned this into one of the most specia...
by Ken V
June 7th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti)
Replies: 30
Views: 1855

Re: TN: 2006 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti)

An 89 Cappellano from mag in Feb was absolutely amazing as was an 89 in October. Both wines very young. A 90 from a year ago showed the warmth of the vintage, but it had years of life in it. Recent 2000s over the past 2 years were very good, but ready to drink. 98s still need time but show very wel...
by Ken V
June 5th, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti)
Replies: 30
Views: 1855

Re: TN: 2006 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti)

I suspect, only through my own limited tastings that the last few vintages that Teobaldo made were not quite up to scratch (this is pretty much the same story down the street at Bartolo Mascarello as well). Augusto's wines are a little less rustic/volatile, though it is still traditionalist to a T,...
by Ken V
June 5th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti)
Replies: 30
Views: 1855

Re: TN: 2006 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti)

Neal.Mollen wrote:
May 19th, 2019, 2:14 pm
2000 and 2009, both crus
Those are both relatively forward vintages. When you do try them, try the Rupestris first.
by Ken V
June 5th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti)
Replies: 30
Views: 1855

Re: TN: 2006 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti)

When was the switch from father to son? I had a 2008 a few years ago that was superb. I've also loved the '11 and '13 recently. Augusto began working with his father in 2004 and was completely in charge of winemaking beginning with the 2008 harvest due to his father's illness. Baldo passed away in ...
by Ken V
June 5th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo apogee
Replies: 38
Views: 3442

Re: Barolo apogee

Charles, I wonder if you've had good bottles of 1989 PdB? A recent Pora was still quite youthful: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=160854&p=2735928 There was a lesser bottle of Rabaja, but I'm sure that was just a bad bottle. For 1957, I've had good bottles of Cappellano Baro...
by Ken V
June 5th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Gallina di Neive
Replies: 6
Views: 934

Re: TN: 1990 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Gallina di Neive

Jeremy, I have had this wine numerous times. Mixed results possibly partially due to provenance. Not the star in the Giacosa Barbaresco stable. Ken will correct me if wrong but I believe this was always from purchased fruit. Of all the Giacosa Gallina I would expect 1990 to be the better of other v...
by Ken V
June 2nd, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Gallina di Neive
Replies: 6
Views: 934

Re: TN: 1990 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Gallina di Neive

Sounds good. I still have 3 left. I should try one soon.
by Ken V
June 2nd, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A legit wine for Neal Mollen!
Replies: 13
Views: 1473

Re: A legit wine for Neal Mollen!

Neal.Mollen wrote:
May 30th, 2019, 2:46 pm
Nah, someone posted it here a few weeks ago
A few months ago:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=157949&p=2659352#p2659352

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