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by Mike Grammer
April 23rd, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Rivers-Marie Occidental Pinot Noir
Replies: 7
Views: 526

Re: TN: 2017 Rivers-Marie Occidental Pinot Noir

See? Was I so wrong to anoint it my WOTD at FallTac? [grin.gif] "2017 Rivers-Marie Occidental PN That’s *nice*. It teases the nostrils with strawberry, raspberry, the barest hint of mocha. Even better on the tongue, sleek and gentle and insistent with raspberry and wild strawberry. Amazed that it’s ...
by Mike Grammer
April 15th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bordeaux 1989 Right Bank wines in NYC
Replies: 9
Views: 734

Re: TN: Bordeaux 1989 Right Bank wines in NYC

Thanks guys for all the notes on this dinner---fascinating to see the compare-and-contrast between the participants. Looks like you had a fine cross-section there.

Kwa Heri

Mike
by Mike Grammer
April 15th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Drinking In France Sucks
Replies: 53
Views: 4070

Re: Wine Drinking In France Sucks

Looking good these last few posts! Loved our dinners at Amarante and Petit Verdot back in 2017.

The 2010 version of the Boudriottes Rouges was stunning and is in the early mix for WOTY.

Sante and keep updating!

Mike
by Mike Grammer
April 9th, 2019, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike (and Heather) Mini-Tour--Long-Delayed notes on Dinner at Paul Hiyake's
Replies: 8
Views: 509

Re: TNs--Mike (and Heather) Mini-Tour--Long-Delayed notes on Dinner at Paul Hiyake's

Thanks guys---and will look to try an Aeris again with those experiences in mind. Rob--great to have you posting here! Brig--LOL, we both know *that* :)

Mike
by Mike Grammer
April 8th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27
Replies: 62
Views: 1567

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

I realize I was over optimistic on my available time/energy. So if someone else want to organize Friday I'm letting it go... I certainly know the feeling . . . ! si jeunesse savait, si vieillesse pouvait! [cheers.gif] la jeunesse est gaspillée sur les jeunes Youth is truly wasted on the young---ni-...
by Mike Grammer
April 8th, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: OMG - He's doing it again. Berserkerfest 10.2 in the Burbs, White Plains, NY on July 27
Replies: 62
Views: 1567

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

OK Jay--I'm going to try to come. No promises, but will do my best.

I was at 2.5 (Brad in the Pool). It was and remains one of my fondest memory days of this crazy hobby.

Get the piano tuned!
by Mike Grammer
April 8th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike (and Heather) Mini-Tour--Long-Delayed notes on Dinner at Paul Hiyake's
Replies: 8
Views: 509

Re: TNs--Mike (and Heather) Mini-Tour--Long-Delayed notes on Dinner at Paul Hiyake's

Thanks Todd--yeah, this was super-special. I still owe everyone notes from our day in SB and dinner at Perry and Jim's---if I still have the list of wines from that dinner around somewhere! Sigh...

Hey--when are you and Jenn going to come up north??
by Mike Grammer
April 8th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This seems a little excessive, no? (UPDATED - it's not)
Replies: 41
Views: 2746

Re: This seems a little excessive, no? (UPDATED - it's not)

I agree with your thoughts on the note, Larry, but I see Nate's view as well....the people buying Aubert, most of them probably know what they're doing. ;) As to ageability, I go back to a fun thing I did back in 2012---I opened a vertical of Ritchie, from 02 to 09. The 02 was the best of 'em, and d...
by Mike Grammer
April 8th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Drinking In France Sucks
Replies: 53
Views: 4070

Re: Wine Drinking In France Sucks

+1
by Mike Grammer
April 8th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lunch break wines - White Burg, Washington reds
Replies: 12
Views: 816

Re: Lunch break wines - White Burg, Washington reds

A 95 from you means I need to find some to try for myself, Dan. Thanks for posting these notes. I'm sure a Da Capo or two has found its way up to that stratosphere (at least in your non-published notes), no? [grin.gif]

Hope you are otherwise keeping well

Best

Mike
by Mike Grammer
April 8th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Copain Roussanne James Berry Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 267

Re: TN: 2006 Copain Roussanne James Berry Vineyard

Thanks for the mouthwatering note, John. The 2009 referenced is a wine I *need* to find a way to source a bottle or two of. From last July (during one of the 110 degree or so days), this made the cut for my WOTY list: "2009 Copain James Berry Roussanne Leslie brought this especially for Frank and I ...
by Mike Grammer
April 8th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Kind of Wine Snob Are You?
Replies: 79
Views: 3321

Re: What Kind of Wine Snob Are You?

that being a connoisseur is a good thing. It means you know what you like and can discern differences between things to assess quality and preference. FIFY [grin.gif] When my dad was traveling with me in Bordeaux and Burgundy and he talked about knowing what he liked, the substituted word was one t...
by Mike Grammer
April 8th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s)
Replies: 15
Views: 1488

Re: TN: The Night I Gave Out My First Perfect Score(s)

Lovely, Jonathan. You tempt me---and that's *hard* to do with any CdP/Grenache-based wine. I, too, have only given out a single 100 point score so far in my career---that to the 2001 D'Yquem a few years ago. Like you, I do hope to find more perfect wines out there.
by Mike Grammer
April 8th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike (and Heather) Mini-Tour--Long-Delayed notes on Dinner at Paul Hiyake's
Replies: 8
Views: 509

TNs--Mike (and Heather) Mini-Tour--Long-Delayed notes on Dinner at Paul Hiyake's

Many sorries for how late I'm getting around to these. It has become an integral part of my FallTacular experience now that the Sunday evening is spent at Paul and his lovely wife's Sandy's house in Altadena. Joining us were "the usual suspects"---i.e. Rob, Beth, Megan and Brandon Bastuba (with Bran...
by Mike Grammer
April 8th, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments
Replies: 104
Views: 4259

Re: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments

Thanks Bradley---yeah, with 90% WC and 13% alc, "big" shouldn't be a descriptor :) Besides vineyard...vintage maybe?
by Mike Grammer
April 1st, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2149

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

Were you asking for varieties or actual wines, Laurent? I'm a curiosity-driven oddball and the couple Gravners I've had (Breg and Amphyllo) have been really memorable for me.
by Mike Grammer
April 1st, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: TWEC (TM) Triple Birthday Celebration at Tanto
Replies: 1
Views: 173

Re: TNs: TWEC (TM) Triple Birthday Celebration at Tanto

(barely) adequate report [grin.gif] Glad you guys had fun. I've had that Rose before, would have liked to try it in more controlled circumstances such as these (the other try was at one of the fun but hectic gatherings at Dylan's), as I wasn't taken with it my first time. Hmph! Who knew Jay had Mull...
by Mike Grammer
April 1st, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs Recent--14 Rhys, 15 Larrivet Blanc, 14 Beaune Blanc, 05 Suduiraut, 10 Veleta, 12 Zins
Replies: 1
Views: 210

TNs Recent--14 Rhys, 15 Larrivet Blanc, 14 Beaune Blanc, 05 Suduiraut, 10 Veleta, 12 Zins

2014 Rhys Bearwallow Pinot Noir Opened day of and slow-oxed. Somewhat earthy but also ripe aromatics give way to a still-young palate but also with a hint or richness of fruit and some sappiness to it too. While I'll keep my other 2 bottles to see how they evolve, I'm wondering whether or not I lik...
by Mike Grammer
April 1st, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sauternes and Saffron...
Replies: 14
Views: 773

Re: Sauternes and Saffron...

Not there in my 2005 Suduiraut last night---the bottle was pure, smooth sugar.
by Mike Grammer
March 29th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Morey Bouchard Drouhin Prieur Laurent Jadot Grahams
Replies: 2
Views: 240

Re: TN: Morey Bouchard Drouhin Prieur Laurent Jadot Grahams

Very nice cross-section, Bill, thanks for these notes. I found the 02 Beaunes that I tried to all be more structured than I feel is/was the norm, was a really good vintage for ageing those (which I didn't have the patience to do :) )

Sante,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
March 29th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sauternes and Saffron...
Replies: 14
Views: 773

Re: Sauternes and Saffron...

I don't think I've thought of it either, but it may have surfaced in a 2005 Suduiraut half that I sampled a bit of this morning. Will report back when tasted on Sunday.

Mike
by Mike Grammer
March 20th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District
Replies: 2
Views: 296

Re: TN: 2009 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain District

Thanks for this note, Bob. Very cool to see a note on one of Mike's earlier wines 10 years out. [worship.gif] if you've had the patience to leave it alone in your cellar for all this time.

A bientot

Mike
by Mike Grammer
March 20th, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Bordeaux Tasting at Mark Taylor's in Honor of Yves
Replies: 11
Views: 736

Re: TN: 2000 Bordeaux Tasting at Mark Taylor's in Honor of Yves

Excellent notes again, as they were for your day 2. Glad you guys had the chance to do these horizontals. Chapeau

Mike
by Mike Grammer
March 20th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lieu-Dits
Replies: 38
Views: 2110

Re: Lieu-Dits

None of the Luchets, Meix Chavaux or Vireuils take a back seat to very much either.
by Mike Grammer
March 20th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Atlanta Does Rhys Yet Again
Replies: 19
Views: 1121

Re: TN: Atlanta Does Rhys Yet Again

Mike, here are the notes from round 1: https://www.cellartracker.com/m/stories/41167. And here is round 2: https://www.cellartracker.com/m/stories/35116. Many thanks, kind sir. I was mulling over opening my lone bottle of 10 Bearwallow this Sunday, but maybe I'll crack one of my three 2014s instead...
by Mike Grammer
March 20th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When your mother turns 75...
Replies: 28
Views: 1202

Re: When your mother turns 75...

Beautiful post and sentiment! [winner.gif] Cheers! Marshall Double-agreed and indeed cherish, Miran. Todd---I am very sorry to hear of your mom's passing, you and Jenn have my thoughts and best wishes winging their way west. Mine isn't into wine...so I had an origami replica of her beloved garden m...
by Mike Grammer
March 20th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 William and Mary Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 18
Views: 1449

Re: TN: 2016 William and Mary Cabernet Sauvignon

When tasted at FallTacular, I liked the Proprietary Red more, but this definitely didn't suck either and there were plenty of people who preferred the Cab: "2016 William & Mary Shifflett Cab Tucked in tighter-dark red and black fruit with a touch of black tea. Also of the same cut—plum and some prun...
by Mike Grammer
March 20th, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Bordeaux Tasting at Mark Taylor's in Honor of Yves Day Two
Replies: 8
Views: 529

Re: TN: 2000 Bordeaux Tasting at Mark Taylor's in Honor of Yves Day Two

Fantastic report. I have loved what Beau-Sejour Becot has been doing for a while now and such a nice family as well. I recall that Giscours killed it in that year. I did have a taste of 00 Palmer a long, long time ago, thought it had a lot of potential--maybe still developing? Also that long ago, a ...
by Mike Grammer
March 20th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Riesling Zöbinger Heiligenstein
Replies: 5
Views: 144

Re: TN: 2002 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Riesling Zöbinger Heiligenstein

Such a great value producer---it is hard for me to contemplate keeping any of these that long, since I love them so much :) Thanks David, at least this note gives me a little impetus to try. What think you of the Gruners from here?

Haere Ra,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
March 20th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Atlanta Does Rhys Yet Again
Replies: 19
Views: 1121

Re: TN: Atlanta Does Rhys Yet Again

Lovely notes, Mike, looks like the Atlanta posse was in top form again. I will probably beg my way into a taste of the 11 Horseshoe Syrah in a month or so, good to have the data point! Can you maybe link us to the notes on the other dinners, where I presume you guys took a look at Alpine, Bearwallow...
by Mike Grammer
March 19th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Blind tasting of mostly Northern Rhone
Replies: 31
Views: 1590

Re: TN: Blind tasting of mostly Northern Rhone

Great notes, Alan--no Verset, but otherwise looks like a fine cross-section and well-flighted. Fun that you did throw in the Peay and LM and appreciate the notes on them---I have a 2004 LM that is up to bat sometime soon. Really like Jamets for their always-present elegance.

Sante

Mike
by Mike Grammer
March 16th, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some odds, some ends and some very good wines.
Replies: 10
Views: 814

Re: Some odds, some ends and some very good wines.

I'll only chime in to say that I tried the 09 Bellevue not too long ago and it didn't do anything--good or bad---for me. Thanks for taking the time to post all the notes, Mark

Kwa heri

Mike
by Mike Grammer
March 16th, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumées Clos de la Truffière
Replies: 40
Views: 1636

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumées Clos de la Truffière

I haven't had much newer Niellon, but as you say, William----if I remember peeking in at various Niellon notes over the last year or two, there doesn't seem to be nearly as much of a problem any longer. Don, sounds lovely, and echo there are no 2014 whites that I haven't at least liked. How do you t...
by Mike Grammer
March 15th, 2019, 5:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs -- TWEC (TM) Dines at Core Restaurant in Toronto
Replies: 1
Views: 178

Re: TNs -- TWEC (TM) Dines at Core Restaurant in Toronto

This was my second time back here and Jeff and Jay have been more than that. It was a true pleasure to finally meet Deb, who I had heard a great deal about from the guys. The food for me continues to improve (although I did comment that the meat dish, while quite tasty, was also a little too "busy" ...
by Mike Grammer
March 13th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seriously, a bourgogne rouge for $120.
Replies: 28
Views: 3099

Re: Seriously, a bourgogne rouge for $120.

And my recent 2012 Coche (which was terrific, IMHO, though Fu-master will disagree, I believe) cost me $100 in Detroit. But prices on most of Cathiard's wines are skyrocketing. How much are Bachelet's going for these days? A little tanjink, but in the Bourgogne Blanc category, stumbled into a monopo...
by Mike Grammer
March 13th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A White & Red...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Re: TN: A White & Red...(short/boring)

I didn't finish reading the Sem note and thought to myself "sounds exactly like a Hunter Valley Sem description". Voila! A note on 98 Kalin from 2014 "1998 Kalin Semillon Had a lot of fun with the mystery wine, though a wet cork and a corked-type nose had me worried. But it wasn't corked, definitely...
by Mike Grammer
March 12th, 2019, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN -- 2015 Kutch Sonoma Coast Chard
Replies: 4
Views: 446

Re: TN -- 2015 Kutch Sonoma Coast Chard

Yes, I think it's changed from last January, Frank. Tonight, 4 days out? "uncompromising" is the word that comes to mind. The level of intensity and acidity you cite is off the charts. There *is* some sacrifice right now, in elegance and suavity, which may or may not come with more bottle time, but ...
by Mike Grammer
March 11th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN -- 2015 Kutch Sonoma Coast Chard
Replies: 4
Views: 446

TN -- 2015 Kutch Sonoma Coast Chard

A rare bottle that I seem to be drinking off myself----I had half-formed plans to share this at someplace or other and opened in advance to give it some breathe, but those plans didn't materialize. So instead, I have been tracking it over several days. I must say, this is starting to approach, if no...
by Mike Grammer
March 11th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Tempier Bandol Blanc (France, Provence, Bandol)
Replies: 7
Views: 422

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Tempier Bandol Blanc (France, Provence, Bandol)

Ooo---would love to try a Blanc from them, Ilkkal, thanks so much for the note. Larry---I don't think that $45 is necessarily so pricey for Tempier....IIRC their Rose is running out at the same rate now, no? I'd be after buying one to give it a try at any rate ;)
by Mike Grammer
March 11th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trip to Burgundy - February 2019 (27 domaines)
Replies: 5
Views: 892

Re: Trip to Burgundy - February 2019 (27 domaines)

Oh goodness....that was *fun*, Alex! One of the best wine reads I've had in the last year. Your writing shows as much about the personality interactions and the human side of the equation as it does about the wines. Marvelous. So many good people. And the pictures add even more context and depth. Ly...
by Mike Grammer
March 11th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Haut Brion vs La Mission Haut Brion dinner with Bernard Burtschy
Replies: 19
Views: 1092

Re: TN: Haut Brion vs La Mission Haut Brion dinner with Bernard Burtschy

Agreed, thanks for the once-again great notes, Kevin. I think I've only had the 70 HB of that list and ours was pristine and ballerina-like---for 20 minutes. Then it fell off a cliff. But beautiful for those 20 mins. I have a 98 La Tour de La Miss to open in just over a year. I will look forward to ...
by Mike Grammer
March 11th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Xavier Gerard: a Cote-Rotie producer to be on the lookout for.
Replies: 120
Views: 12194

Re: Xavier Gerard: a Cote-Rotie producer to be on the lookout for.

Only seeing this thread now, of course. Tagging it in case I ever run across any from this producer, thanks all.
by Mike Grammer
March 11th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 72
Views: 4133

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

and people accuse *me* of starting WOTY threads too early! [grin.gif] I think the clubhouse leaders so far are 2004 Dagueneau Pur Sang and 1981 Chateau Montelena Montelena Estate Cab. Add in a 2016 Pichon-Comtesse and a 2007 Chateau Climens, but those may get pushed out of the WOTY list before the e...
by Mike Grammer
March 11th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Großes Gewächs
Replies: 8
Views: 308

Re: TN: 2010 Schloss Lieser Niederberg Helden Riesling Großes Gewächs

Thanks David--tracks as I might hazard a guess for 2010s---haven't had any Germans yet from that year, but love the raciness and underlying fruit and balance of the Alsatian and Austrian Rieslings from that year.
by Mike Grammer
March 11th, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?
Replies: 211
Views: 7546

Re: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?

Forgot about Pinard---really good SB, agree Luis.
by Mike Grammer
March 11th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED
Replies: 224
Views: 17647

Re: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED

Gracias, Tantina, I will do so. As mentioned in the other thread, I have strong plans to come down for a day or two's visit sometime in the next few months, just trying to coordinate dates with some others. Will definitely ping you and others beforehand.
by Mike Grammer
March 11th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine store in NC (Raleigh, Durham, Apex)
Replies: 46
Views: 1387

Re: Wine store in NC (Raleigh, Durham, Apex)

Tagging this for myself too, I am pretty likely to be down there sometime in the next few months to visit one of my best friends in the wine community, Nick Christie. Will now look to maybe get to your place, Nathan, and check out some of these stores. Brent---any feel for timing? Would love to meet...
by Mike Grammer
March 7th, 2019, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs -- ANSELMANN EDESHEIMER ROSENGARTEN RIESLING BEERENAUSLESE
Replies: 5
Views: 220

Re: TNs -- ANSELMANN EDESHEIMER ROSENGARTEN RIESLING BEERENAUSLESE

Doug Schulman wrote:
March 7th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Mike Grammer wrote:
March 7th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Very nicely articulated note, Tran. Can almost taste it myself.
I agree! I often think descriptors can get so specific that they're only valuable to the person writing the note.
Hey! I resemble that remark! [grin.gif]

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