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by Mike Grammer
August 15th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vigne
Replies: 22
Views: 1050

Re: TN: 2011 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vigne

Very good to see these companion notes, Buzz, especially about a 2011 red. I've only had a couple of (older) bottles of Fourrier. Both have delivered on the "pleasure" side of the equation for me, but I found lots of interest in both

Salud

Mike
by Mike Grammer
August 13th, 2019, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 L. Aubry Fils Champagne Premier Cru Aubry de Humbert
Replies: 7
Views: 303

Re: TN: 2008 L. Aubry Fils Champagne Premier Cru Aubry de Humbert

You guys are probably right, but I didn't note down a vintage if that is the case. Sorry for any misperception if such is true.
by Mike Grammer
August 13th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some British Columbia Wineries
Replies: 18
Views: 532

Re: Some British Columbia Wineries

A shame---he is very well known and was indeed a pioneer out there and for Canadian wine in general.
by Mike Grammer
August 12th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 L. Aubry Fils Champagne Premier Cru Aubry de Humbert
Replies: 7
Views: 303

Re: TN: 2008 L. Aubry Fils Champagne Premier Cru Aubry de Humbert

Thanks for the fine TN, Kirk. From this past May, just the NV bottling: " Aubry de Humbert NV Champagne On the very crisp and crystalline side, which softens a little with air, there is authority here and quite the nice long spine. I might want a little bit more fruit, but it's not absent. Very refr...
by Mike Grammer
August 12th, 2019, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN--magical bottle of burg for a birthday celebration
Replies: 6
Views: 845

Re: TN--magical bottle of burg for a birthday celebration

Emptied the contents of the Yellow Tail, partially into a pot roast. Refilled with the Rouget. The thing about the Yellow Tail bottle is that it is screwcapped, so easy to "recork" and bring to the restaurant. There were initial horrified looks from my tablemates, with Heather "this isn't the kind o...
by Mike Grammer
August 12th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 138
Views: 9091

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

I can add a few WOTY contenders to my initial list from March 1998 Bruno Giacosa Barbaresco Rabaja 2002 Noon Reserve Shiraz 1997 Dow VP 1970 Taylor Fladgate VP 2015 Meo Camuzet Corton Charlemagne Argyros 20 year Vin Santo 2010 Emrich-Schonleber Halenberg Grosse Lage Riesling 2013 Emmanuel Rouget Vos...
by Mike Grammer
August 12th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN--magical bottle of burg for a birthday celebration
Replies: 6
Views: 845

Re: TN--magical bottle of burg for a birthday celebration

Fred has met her, Don. I hope to coax her down to Atlanta with Jay and me in October. You've had experiences, I'm sure, where you almost don't (or don't) write a note about a wine because it's almost impossible to do so. This was close.
by Mike Grammer
August 12th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan
Replies: 45
Views: 1709

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan

I like Haut Bailly in general as, for me, a fine traditional-style house.
by Mike Grammer
August 11th, 2019, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan
Replies: 45
Views: 1709

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan

I got to this relatively late in the UGC tasting back in January. My note seems to accord with uncle Bob's. "2016 Chateau Les Carmes-Haut Brion Pretty. That’s the word for this bouquet. Real leather component with black raspberry and black plum. Compelling. What a nice change of pace—very fresh inde...
by Mike Grammer
August 11th, 2019, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau Musar Rosé
Replies: 9
Views: 330

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau Musar Rosé

Maine's only 12 hours away by car---I don't *have* to go into work tomorrow, do I?

Have only had the rose once. Loved it.
by Mike Grammer
August 11th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN--magical bottle of burg for a birthday celebration
Replies: 6
Views: 845

TN--magical bottle of burg for a birthday celebration

The birthday was my very good friend Heather's. With friends Jay Shampur (both of them are in my current profile picture with me) and Michael Wright, we dined at tasting menu restaurant Edulis--my first time, and food was very good. We ordered a Bereche champagne off the menu which was quite saline,...
by Mike Grammer
August 11th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto
Replies: 33
Views: 1381

Re: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto

Maybe fly out of Newark? Or, if you can figure out how to get in and back, could fly to Buffalo and rent a car that will allow you to cross the border, but it's a solid 2 hour drive from there in good traffic conditions, which we don't have a lot of in Toronto. There were 80 people last time, Todd a...
by Mike Grammer
August 9th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto
Replies: 33
Views: 1381

Re: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto

You're on the email grouping, Brent, but thanks for letting me know. Todd--there *will* be lots more people contacted via email who will be coming ;)

105 wines at the moment, if I fill out all the slots. I don't *plan* to add any more, but one never knows :)
by Mike Grammer
August 8th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--evening with Tim--Muga Rose, 14 Kutch McDougall, 12 Bedrock Heritage, 09 Rayne Vigneau
Replies: 1
Views: 301

TNs--evening with Tim--Muga Rose, 14 Kutch McDougall, 12 Bedrock Heritage, 09 Rayne Vigneau

Tran and I popped over to Tim Burnett's house for a casual Wednesday night dinner. Tim made simple but delicious salmon steaks for us and we added salad and "donut couture" from Von's here in Toronto. I don't remember the vintage of the Muga Rose but assume it was current. Nothing bad but nothing ex...
by Mike Grammer
August 8th, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Cat Cabernet 2006 and Black Cat Special Selection 2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1429

Re: Black Cat Cabernet 2006 and Black Cat Special Selection 2014

Lovely notes, Joe, and I'm so pleased the two of you spent time together in this way! My thoughts on the 06 from a visit/dinner with Merrill and Roy Piper 4 years ago: "2006 EMH Black Cat Cab Merrill is fiendishly devoted to precise decanting. She decanted this at 2 pm for our 7 pm taste. This is re...
by Mike Grammer
August 8th, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Fogline Vineyards Pinot Noir Fogline Neighbors
Replies: 9
Views: 421

Re: TN: 2013 Fogline Vineyards Pinot Noir Fogline Neighbors

You really should try the newer vintages of Zephyr's Chardonnay. I have changed the barrel program a bit and am using more DAMY Exclusive barrels vs. Freres VTGs. It is so elegant - honeysuckle, pear and pineapple. Of course with the ML bacteria I use there are no amines and no diacetyl so the prof...
by Mike Grammer
August 8th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 2977

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

Almost touché---you haven't seen his cellar. ;) He doesn't bruit it about, but there are rather a number of Burgs stashed away there.
by Mike Grammer
August 8th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette wineries to visit in October???
Replies: 46
Views: 2276

Re: Willamette wineries to visit in October???

Be happy to have you come by and we can crack open some 2004 Burgs! [smileyvault-ban.gif] flirtysmile Cute, LOL. Jim is on my priority list myself to visit whenever I do get out there for the first time, Stuart. That said, I've had 3 Patricia Green Pinots (that I can source notes for, anyway) and w...
by Mike Grammer
August 8th, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 2977

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

Give yourself some time to grow into the idea of the helicopter landing pad. You can do it, I know you can!

Made one visit to Linne Calodo, I think back in 2009. I actually liked some of the wines :)

Martinelli's G&L Zin is (for me) higher-priced Apothic.
by Mike Grammer
August 7th, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto
Replies: 33
Views: 1381

Re: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto

You must think I have special pull with the Foreign Minister or somethin'. I've met her--*very* briefly--but that's about all :)
by Mike Grammer
August 7th, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Mixed Bag of Whites&Reds...(long/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 242

Re: TN: A Mixed Bag of Whites&Reds...(long/boring)

Splendid notes para usuel, Tom. I presume "R-like" you mean "Rhone-like"? Really grooved that you ran a little Petite comparison here. I have a full table of those being prepped for next July and the regular cuvee of Jaffurs PS is on the list. Currently, will compare it with T-Vines, Turley, Carlisl...
by Mike Grammer
August 7th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finger Lakes Updates?
Replies: 26
Views: 1316

Re: Finger Lakes Updates?

I do in Ontario--other than Westcott's and just one or two others from the last 4 or 5 years, I remain unconvinced that Ontario is a happy home for PN. That may just be my own taste---there are those who stoutly defend this place as a PN haven.

Come up and visit and I'll be happy to share a PM!
by Mike Grammer
August 6th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finger Lakes Updates?
Replies: 26
Views: 1316

Re: Finger Lakes Updates?

Just came from a much-abbreviated visit, ... I have to be honest and say that nothing came close to bowling me over... Rather feel the same way when I visit Ontario wineries. I don't know how you you define 'bowled over', but you tend to drink well. I give new regions some benefit of the doubt, and...
by Mike Grammer
August 6th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine Martelet de Cherisey Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Hameau de Blagny
Replies: 10
Views: 431

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine Martelet de Cherisey Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Hameau de Blagny

Agreed, sounds lovely Don. As you know, I enjoyed very much a Sauzet 14 from that plot. For the others, from Jay Hack's BerserkerFest a week and a half ago: "2014 Etienne Sauzet Puligny Montrachet Hameau de Blagny Light ginger and a marvelous lime not in the nose. Smooth, strong, beautiful and there...
by Mike Grammer
August 6th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothenberg Riesling Großes Gewächs
Replies: 3
Views: 168

Re: TN: 2013 Gunderloch Nackenheim Rothenberg Riesling Großes Gewächs

Lots of thanks for this check-in, David. I've had my share of Austrian Ries from 2013, most of which I've loved, but haven't tried very much German at all. Do you remember your impressions from your 3-year-ago bottle?

Sante,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
August 6th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: TN: 2000 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano

Great TN, thanks John. Possibly in support of Vacca's observation, this from a few weeks ago: "2000 Dante Rivetti Barbaresco Bricco Riserva This was a surprise to me, though not in a bad way. The colour and aromatics all speak of a mature wine. That is echoed initially on the palate, where some very...
by Mike Grammer
August 6th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bourbon barrels not just for bourbon...
Replies: 21
Views: 1000

Re: Bourbon barrels not just for bourbon...

larry schaffer wrote:
August 6th, 2019, 8:46 am
Joe,

there is an Apothic now with coffee
Mightn't that be an improvement? [grin.gif]
by Mike Grammer
August 5th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto
Replies: 33
Views: 1381

Re: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto

Thanks Adam--would really like to meet you both at some point. And Mark--for sure, just let me know when.
by Mike Grammer
August 4th, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have We Reached Peak Rosé?
Replies: 46
Views: 1908

Re: Have We Reached Peak Rosé?

Those are both very helpful posts, thanks guys. Larry, I like how you frame your answer in terms of transparency. FTR, my answer to your question is *yes*---great wine can be made and drunk that is meant to be drunk in the first 3-4 years--I do believe that can be the case (although I don't love the...
by Mike Grammer
August 3rd, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have We Reached Peak Rosé?
Replies: 46
Views: 1908

Re: Have We Reached Peak Rosé?

Two more. IMG_9484.jpg IMG_9485.jpg I like both of those--a lot. Heretical question----is Rose (one of) the hardest wine(s) to make well? I have enjoyed almost everything from the Vogelzang vineyard in Santa Barbara area (e.g. Tercero, Liquid Farm). Love Tempier. Love Cotat Rose when I can get it. ...
by Mike Grammer
August 3rd, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 992

Re: TN: 2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard

Thanks David---I'll try to keep my hands off my 2 bottles of the 14 for a couple years.
by Mike Grammer
August 3rd, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Tasting Groups Near Boston?
Replies: 5
Views: 217

Re: Tasting Groups Near Boston?

I'll give you a year. Boston is definitely on my list for 2 days as part of the next major East Coast trip in late August 2020.
by Mike Grammer
August 2nd, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Tasting Groups Near Boston?
Replies: 5
Views: 217

Re: Tasting Groups Near Boston?

Yes, check with Kevin. Also, I have a Boston list in the stickied "Who Likes to Offline" thread ;)
by Mike Grammer
August 2nd, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some British Columbia Wineries
Replies: 18
Views: 532

Re: Some British Columbia Wineries

I wanted to get to Meyer but just ran out of time. OK, Jordan, I'll try to keep it on the radar to try a PN from there.
by Mike Grammer
August 2nd, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Boillot Puligny Mouchere
Replies: 6
Views: 545

Re: 2014 Boillot Puligny Mouchere

Wow--that *is* interesting---thanks for the additional note, Jerry.
by Mike Grammer
August 2nd, 2019, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--various from 2 weeks...Huet, Rudius, Carlisle, Rivetti, 07 Graham's, Cullen Rose
Replies: 2
Views: 396

Re: TNs--various from 2 weeks...Huet, Rudius, Carlisle, Rivetti, 07 Graham's, Cullen Rose

I definitely appreciate you weighing in with these thoughts, Andrew. Thank you very, very much for taking the time and effort to post 'em.

Mike
by Mike Grammer
August 2nd, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkerfest 10.2 photo thread!!
Replies: 101
Views: 5218

Re: Berserkerfest 10.2 photo thread!!

And I/we raised our glasses to you, Ken. How is Amy feeling/doing? I was so happy to see you both, if briefly. I should let everyone know that Ken generously shared a bottle of 2002 Noon Reserve Shiraz which was showing beautifully. The power has now been sublimated for the silkiest mouthfeel around...
by Mike Grammer
August 1st, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some British Columbia Wineries
Replies: 18
Views: 532

Re: Some British Columbia Wineries

I tipped my hat to you a bit on the parallel thread, Greg, but kudos for a terrific write-up here. I seemingly need to find some Checkmate to try. Schreiner is very much listened to out there, and from what I've seen of his notes, I respect his palate. Moon Curser has some of my favourite wines for ...
by Mike Grammer
August 1st, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Boillot Puligny Mouchere
Replies: 6
Views: 545

Re: 2014 Boillot Puligny Mouchere

Thanks for the TN, Jerry. I'm not sure anything has surprised me more in wine drinking recently than how accessible so many 14s have been. 15s, yes (and I like a ton of those too) but I have loved the--for me--classicism that I have found in the 14 vintage. Yet here we are, being able to enjoy them ...
by Mike Grammer
August 1st, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11509
Views: 533247

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Oops, just pulled the trigger for some 2016 Chateau Sociando for the same price. A lot more than i have paid before, but this is it. No more new releases. I said that in 2014. This time I mean it, like really really mean it. Done. Futility is saying the same thing over and over again and expecting ...
by Mike Grammer
August 1st, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11509
Views: 533247

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Scott Watkins wrote:
July 29th, 2019, 11:50 am
2017 Domaine François Cotat Sancerre Les Culs de Beaujeu because of some damn 3 year old thread that I was reading here [cheers.gif]

I would have added that one myself, Scott, but the store wasn't open in time for me to raid it before I had to get up to Jay Hack's :)
by Mike Grammer
August 1st, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11509
Views: 533247

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Let's see, what did I add on my New York/New Jersey trip? 1995 Kalin Cuvee D Chard (yay!) 2017 Joseph Colin Chassagne Vide Bourse 2016 Thomas Morey Chassagne Baudines (need both of these for next July) 2017 Rivers-Marie Occidental PN (yay--my WOTD from FallTacular this year) 2017 Yvon Clerget Volnay...
by Mike Grammer
August 1st, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Prince of Pinot Noir is retiring
Replies: 17
Views: 2069

Re: The Prince of Pinot Noir is retiring

A very valuable and valued contributor to the pinot world, his thoughts will be missed, but best to him for sure, hope to meet one day.
by Mike Grammer
August 1st, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 512
Views: 25534

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Anyone can make rules. As Monty Python might say, these are the rules that are mine. No one has to follow them. I put it a different way. Exceptions are the rules the exceptional people make. Dreadful last month for me---24 purchased, 6 or 7 consumed. But WineFest is only a year away....that will m...
by Mike Grammer
August 1st, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okanagan Valley, BC Recommendations?
Replies: 19
Views: 474

Re: Okanagan Valley, BC Recommendations?

Greg hit many of my faves in his thread. This is a bit older, from 2016, but hopefully additional help https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=128520 Bliss bakery in Peachland, just south of Kelowna, is an absolute *must* stop. I still drool when I think of it. I haven't eaten at Mi...
by Mike Grammer
August 1st, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 4 MAGnificent champagnes : 06` Taittinger Comtes, Billecart-Salmon Rose, Agrapart Terriors, 07` Cristal
Replies: 20
Views: 984

Re: 4 MAGnificent champagnes : 06` Taittinger Comtes, Billecart-Salmon Rose, Agrapart Terriors, 07` Cristal

Missed this when originally posted---you continue to reign as the Baron of Bubbles, Blake. Way to celebrate with your friends!

Mahalo,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
August 1st, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Bob Wood Memorial Pinot Noir Throwdown Tasting Notes
Replies: 37
Views: 1677

Re: 2012 Bob Wood Memorial Pinot Noir Throwdown Tasting Notes

These are a splendid spectrum of notes and bookmarking for a fine take on the vintage in OR. Special welcome to the board to Shelby and Wil, and belated to Tom P. From these notes, we need to see more posts from you lot!

Kwa heri,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
August 1st, 2019, 5:39 am
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: 6162

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

...which I didn't get to, apparently---I don' t think I even saw it or I would have been right at the, er, trough with Tina [grin.gif]

I *was* surprised there was no Levet Chavaroche ;)

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