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by Mike Grammer
February 19th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Beaucastel blanc - last 2 bottles were dead, should I do something different with bottle 3
Replies: 17
Views: 573

Re: 2001 Beaucastel blanc - last 2 bottles were dead, should I do something different with bottle 3

Larry is correct. Not saying your bottles were not poxed but...white Rhones can be funny animals and their aging characteristics can be rather unique. It is very common for them to go into an extended weird stage though I would think a 2001 would have come out of that by now. Also, maybe it needed ...
by Mike Grammer
February 19th, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments
Replies: 45
Views: 1908

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

Hi everyone---another fantastic year, and so glad my friend Heather could again partake and share. Frankie---that is an amazing total--even if I did hope to hear $50k. As has been said, the best part about this event is how much everyone has embraced it organically. It has been a pleasure and privil...
by Mike Grammer
February 14th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy: Morey
Replies: 28
Views: 999

Re: Burgundy: Morey

Indeed on Drouhin--when I was there, I was a little startled to find out that they do this--I think--with their Puligny Folatieres (perhaps this is the Pillot, then?), funny enough a plot I have always had a primary association with Drouhin on expression from there. I just remembered Henri Jouan and...
by Mike Grammer
February 13th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Sommelier Appreciation Dinner 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 563

Re: TN: Sommelier Appreciation Dinner 2019

Crazy--truly so generous he was! Ohhh my--how I would have *loved* to try that Cotat. So pleased it showed so magnificently. Thanks for your note on the 15 Y, which I might grab a bottle of if we have it up here. Have a 2003 Beaucastel VV on tap to open on Sunday, I am really looking forward to that...
by Mike Grammer
February 13th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 95
Views: 3303

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

Have enjoyed the back-and-forth on this one. I think the thing I *might* take issue with is anyone clearly "defining" what good customer service is without stating that it is that for *them* alone. Not wanting to get too metaphysical, but good customer service is going to mean different and "customi...
by Mike Grammer
February 13th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy: Morey
Replies: 28
Views: 999

Re: Burgundy: Morey

Second Dujac and Ponsot, especially for CdlR. Roumier--if you can wait long enough [grin.gif] Have always liked Taupenot-Merme's Moreys. Great idea on this Danius.
by Mike Grammer
February 12th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first Keller gmax
Replies: 86
Views: 3510

Re: My first Keller gmax

Interesting. I’m the opposite. Hard to beat a well aged white from d’Auvenay, Coche, or Roulot. Would hate to do without reds but have to agree with you here. I am +2 on william And Fred. If I compiled a top 10 all time wines I’ve consumed, white wine would be on the list more than red. - 1 on Mark...
by Mike Grammer
February 12th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Matthiasson Ribolla '14/Alban Reva Syrah '01..(short/boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 176

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

Thanks for these, Tom. My note on the 15 RG, from my visit there last July: "2015 Matthiasson Ribolla Gialla This is estate fruit now—they grafted from Vare vineyard over to theirs. Has that fine oxidative lightly sherried nose that I am so fond of in the Gravner version. Rather pretty, replays with...
by Mike Grammer
February 12th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy Wines
Replies: 43
Views: 2168

Re: Burgundy Wines

Agreed, big LOL here reading that, nicely done Nathan!
by Mike Grammer
February 12th, 2019, 8:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Any Tea Aficionados Out There?
Replies: 140
Views: 7446

Re: Any Tea Aficionados Out There?

Hum! Don't know that plantation, Jay. What makes it stand out for you? Depending on answer, I might try to get my trusted source here in Toronto to try to source it...I'm sure she'd be able to...
by Mike Grammer
February 7th, 2019, 11:35 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 129
Views: 3947

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

Good with any choice, though I will no matter what want to leave eating room for Basanti's---I need to experience that food in not-110 degree weather [grin.gif]

Mike
by Mike Grammer
February 7th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UGC San Francisco: the 2016 Bordeaux
Replies: 19
Views: 1275

Re: UGC San Francisco: the 2016 Bordeaux

Great post, Pat, you've captured so much of your experience. As you've seen, the views on Comtesse are pretty divergent from those of us who've posted (my notes are in the thread Alan references above). A thought/note that SF is at the tail end of the road show for the UGC and the reps may not be as...
by Mike Grammer
February 7th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 DuMOL Chardonnay Isobel (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 1
Views: 130

Re: TN: 2010 DuMOL Chardonnay Isobel (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

I'll only post this note on the 2009 version, tried in 2016, to emphasize the thought about longevity, since I got around to tasting it 3 days after opening. "2009 DuMol Isobel Chard I like the understated complexity of aromatics—moving from white pear and buttercream biscuit to some light herbs and...
by Mike Grammer
February 7th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: dinner with 1911 Chambertin, 1971 Pétrus, 1969 Richebourg DRC, 1836 Solera, 1918 Yquem
Replies: 8
Views: 1009

Re: dinner with 1911 Chambertin, 1971 Pétrus, 1969 Richebourg DRC, 1836 Solera, 1918 Yquem

Another lovely report, Francois, merci! Especially liked reading about the aged Laville---so rarely see notes on aged Bordeaux Blanc. Glad all went well for you on this evening.

Mes meilleurs voeux

Mike
by Mike Grammer
February 7th, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Canadians in here?
Replies: 20
Views: 655

Re: Canadians in here?

Certainly is, and PM me and some of the others here to make sure it gets our attention. Welcome to the chaos, Bryan!
by Mike Grammer
February 7th, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner at Providence with 00` Cristal, 09` Caillot Batard and 09` Drouhin Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet
Replies: 16
Views: 629

Re: Dinner at Providence with 00` Cristal, 09` Caillot Batard and 09` Drouhin Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet

I must concur, Viet :)

Righteous is right, Blake. Two white burgs and two Champers---my kind of evening. Especially glad to hear that you had the chance to give the Burgs some air before the restaurant and how they still changed.

A bientot!

Mike
by Mike Grammer
February 7th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Michael vs Aubert
Replies: 29
Views: 1761

Re: Peter Michael vs Aubert

Trust me, Steve--you'll catch up in no time! [grin.gif] Glad the info has helped.
by Mike Grammer
February 7th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Henri Germain et Fils Meursault 1er Cru Charmes aka Don't skip "off vintages"
Replies: 8
Views: 420

Re: TN: 2013 Henri Germain et Fils Meursault 1er Cru Charmes aka Don't skip "off vintages"

Looking forward to a 13 PYCM (can't remember if it's a Chassagne or Puligny..I'm picking it up when I head down to SoCal) that I will likely open sometime next weekend. Don't know this producer at all, so much thanks for your notes, Don and Alan.

Mike
by Mike Grammer
February 6th, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--NZ Riesling, Chassagne, Kutch Pinot
Replies: 0
Views: 115

TNs--NZ Riesling, Chassagne, Kutch Pinot

Very shorthand-ish, as I didn't take notes, at my friend Andrew's for the start of our friends-only Frickin' Freezing Film Festival. 2015 Pyramid Hills Rose's Vineyard Ries Good quality here, perfumed and some definite kiwi fruit accents dans la bouche, but still with relatively decent freshness. Ma...
by Mike Grammer
February 6th, 2019, 12:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should I buy lesser ‘16 Bords?
Replies: 74
Views: 2575

Re: Should I buy lesser ‘16 Bords?

I do agree that, from my UGC tasting, the wines were more open and accessible than they have been in a while. I think with some decanting in play, you could probably try some within 2 or 3 years. That said, partially because of the Canadian pricing, I bought very little---to wit, a bottle of Beau-S...
by Mike Grammer
February 5th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Michael vs Aubert
Replies: 29
Views: 1761

Re: Peter Michael vs Aubert

Pinots, Aubert for sure I agree Tim---used to call the UV "Pinot Port". PMs were a little more restrained but still plenty of wine.
by Mike Grammer
February 5th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED
Replies: 214
Views: 16468

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

Done and welcome to the board, Chuck. I really need to take a few days and get down to meet the Dallas, Houston and SA crews!
by Mike Grammer
February 5th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Michael vs Aubert
Replies: 29
Views: 1761

Re: Peter Michael vs Aubert

First, Steve...welcome to the board! Hope we will see more posts from you. I am paging back in my notes to see if I can help. This is from a LONG time ago (2011) but may still have value. From a night with the Atlanta Posse: "With Seared Diver Scallop with Sweet Corn and Rocchetta Agnolotti and Coun...
by Mike Grammer
February 5th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should I buy lesser ‘16 Bords?
Replies: 74
Views: 2575

Re: Should I buy lesser ‘16 Bords?

I do agree that, from my UGC tasting, the wines were more open and accessible than they have been in a while. I think with some decanting in play, you could probably try some within 2 or 3 years. That said, partially because of the Canadian pricing, I bought very little---to wit, a bottle of Beau-Se...
by Mike Grammer
February 5th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Memorious
Replies: 49
Views: 2005

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Memorious

Fairly and succinctly put, David. My experiences with the wines have been quite limited---that visit and a couple tastes at a couple FallTacular events. That still doesn't mean I wouldn't have gladly walked away with a bottle or two of that Sandhi Bentrock Chard if Steve had gotten a spigot, but it ...
by Mike Grammer
February 5th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 30+ 2016 Classed Growth Bordeaux
Replies: 43
Views: 3216

Re: TNs: 30+ 2016 Classed Growth Bordeaux

I'll be keeping an eye out for it in the U.S. Howard to see if I can grab a bottle or two for something less than C$300
by Mike Grammer
February 5th, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Any Tea Aficionados Out There?
Replies: 140
Views: 7446

Re: Any Tea Aficionados Out There?

Sure looks like Pu-Erh cakes to me, Drew. No idea on age. A good friend procured some 20 year old for me (about 6 cakes) which I hope will last me 10 years at least. It almost never leaves the plantation/country and I paid a king's ransom for it, but I've never had a Pu-Erh (which I normally dislike...
by Mike Grammer
February 5th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 129
Views: 3947

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

Me want Indian!

Hardy---are you coming?? It will be fantastic to see you!
by Mike Grammer
February 1st, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for J.J. Prum Collectors...
Replies: 29
Views: 1695

Re: Question for J.J. Prum Collectors...

Hum--well, will provide full note David and maybe you can weigh in with your thoughts? Would be welcome indeed. "1993 J.J. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Ries Auslese I knew this was going to be young, but wanted to open it for Nick anyway. He and I theorize that it didn't have perfect provenance, since ...
by Mike Grammer
January 31st, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for J.J. Prum Collectors...
Replies: 29
Views: 1695

Re: Question for J.J. Prum Collectors...

Auslese: 20 years from vintage until well after the end of time Restaurant at the end of the Universe--you guys slay me. David---love it, got me chuckling. Much more limited exposure than most here, but I agree with your general timelines too. Opened a 93 Graacher Himmelreich Aus a couple weeks ago...
by Mike Grammer
January 31st, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Memorious
Replies: 49
Views: 2005

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Memorious

Hmm, wonder if a different bottle or if time made that much of a difference, Mike. From my visit at the winery last July. "2015 Domaine de la Cote Memorius PN 16 months in Ermitage barrels, 50% new. Sunny nose—a brightness of red bing cherry and strawberry fruit. A bit of earth on a second swirl. Dr...
by Mike Grammer
January 31st, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy Wines
Replies: 43
Views: 2168

Re: Burgundy Wines

I'll add that if you have the option of attending tastings that would be the best way to find out what producers, vintages, etc. you prefer (or whether you even like the stuff at all). There are a wide variety of styles in Burgundy. Not everyone likes the same producers. Agreed Double-agreed. Have ...
by Mike Grammer
January 31st, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: New Reds/Mostly Bedrock&LimerickLane...(long/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 268

Re: TN: New Reds/Mostly Bedrock&LimerickLane...(long/boring)

Thanks for these, Tom. I liked the LL stuff I had last July at the winery, especially the Rocky Knoll Zin. The 2015 version actually took my top position for winery wine on my Cali trip and #6 overall of 496 wines total tasted and made it onto my WOTY list. "2015 Limerick Lane Rocky Knoll Zin 15.2% ...
by Mike Grammer
January 31st, 2019, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 30+ 2016 Classed Growth Bordeaux
Replies: 43
Views: 3216

Re: TNs: 30+ 2016 Classed Growth Bordeaux

Your poop "smells" just fine to me, Daniel---great notes!
by Mike Grammer
January 29th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anderson Valley Brief Visit and a Few Notes -- Added Photos
Replies: 19
Views: 976

Re: Anderson Valley Brief Visit and a Few Notes

Another Baxter reco here, along with Foursight. Hit some of the others you mentioned, great post Dan. I, too, was quite taken with the Witching Stick dessert Zin.

Thread from July here:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=152865
by Mike Grammer
January 29th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where's the good, cheap Sangio?
Replies: 48
Views: 2641

Re: Where's the good, cheap Sangio?

Argiano's *might* be in that price range too down there and is usually good quality. Maybe Querecchio's regular Brunello if you can get it? It has been historically priced in the C$35 range up here and has been good value for me.

How about some Morello di Scansano (e.g. Moris)? Thoughts?
by Mike Grammer
January 29th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paging Mr. Alfert: 2016 Les Carmes Haut Brion
Replies: 15
Views: 1150

Re: Paging Mr. Alfert: 2016 Les Carmes Haut Brion

Our peso isn't that close to par anymore--more like .75 U.S.---but it's also a comment on how pricey the Carmes is in this vintage---a direct reaction to the high scores it's received, I believe.
by Mike Grammer
January 29th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 30+ 2016 Classed Growth Bordeaux
Replies: 43
Views: 3216

Re: TNs: 30+ 2016 Classed Growth Bordeaux

Thanks for all those, Alan---did you taste any other white besides SHL? I see by your note order that you went in a much more orderly fashion around the tables than I did, darting from here to there. I, too, use a score only if a wine pushes me to that extra level of descriptor. A 92+ for the Comtes...
by Mike Grammer
January 28th, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real or Fake? ‘82 Ch Canon
Replies: 8
Views: 933

Re: Real or Fake? ‘82 Ch Canon

Indeed--this was a stunner for me about 15 months ago.
by Mike Grammer
January 28th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Brut Rose, white Burg, 2 Pinots, GC red Burg, red Tuscan, Abreu Thorevilos, Dal Forno Lodoletta and J Ratafia
Replies: 5
Views: 517

Re: A Brut Rose, white Burg, 2 Pinots, GC red Burg, red Tuscan, Abreu Thorevilos, Dal Forno Lodoletta and J Ratafia

Very nice cross-section there, Blake. We *can* get the Lanson Noble up here and I have a bottle at home now.

Sante,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
January 28th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Lamborn cab-zin blend
Replies: 4
Views: 233

Re: New Lamborn cab-zin blend

A shame, that. My last one was a 2006 Serendipity that remains one of the benchmark Zins of my entire life. Absolutely amazing stuff. My TNs, the first from 2011, the 2nd from 2014 "2006 Lamborn Serendipity Zinfandel Although I had thought about waiting another 3 years, I became quite impatient. The...
by Mike Grammer
January 28th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Domestic Wines, not for the faint of heart.
Replies: 10
Views: 1225

Re: Great Domestic Wines, not for the faint of heart.

Yes, very glad to see the TNs from you, Doc. All the best for the rest of 2019.

Mike
by Mike Grammer
January 28th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED
Replies: 214
Views: 16468

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

Done, thanks Mike---hope you are well and PLOYC continues to go well.
by Mike Grammer
January 26th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED
Replies: 214
Views: 16468

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

Updated, thanks everyone. Mark and Scott, would you guys be willing to be listed as organizers? Abbie---I'm in Cleveland at least once a year and always try to get together with Loren and his group when there---maybe we can connect sometime in 2019? Mike--happy to help, so to speak. As I said in the...
by Mike Grammer
January 25th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paging Mr. Alfert: 2016 Les Carmes Haut Brion
Replies: 15
Views: 1150

Re: Paging Mr. Alfert: 2016 Les Carmes Haut Brion

Shall I throw my amateur hat into the ring? Tasted pretty late in the UGC tasting on Tuesday, "exotic" is not a descriptor that came to mind: "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 n...
by Mike Grammer
January 25th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ranking mixed red and white wines
Replies: 2
Views: 188

Re: Ranking mixed red and white wines

For myself Richard? If I'm at a tasting or dinner that's doing this, the colour of the wine will rarely matter for ranking purposes. I don't tend to differentiate between reds and whites when going through that exercise. I do sometimes personally rate wines within the geographic area that they are m...
by Mike Grammer
January 25th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good news! Every single bordeaux in 2016 is perfect!
Replies: 69
Views: 4270

Re: Good news! Every single bordeaux in 2016 is perfect!

Comte Stephan gave me a theoretical blend of 2010 and 2014 which I found quite interesting/curious. I'm almost afraid to ask whether my palate grades out as a classic one for you, Howard :) I will re-post my general thoughts on the vintage from the UGC tasting on Tuesday here. I chose the Comtesse a...
by Mike Grammer
January 25th, 2019, 5:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good news! Every single bordeaux in 2016 is perfect!
Replies: 69
Views: 4270

Re: Good news! Every single bordeaux in 2016 is perfect!

Have them blinded and mixed in with some lesser houses and see what happens? Now I guess I understand one rep's comment "vintage of the century, like 82, 47..." [stirthepothal.gif] Robert...how about 43 tasted? [grin.gif] That's what I got through at the UGC on Tuesday and I want to think I was able...
by Mike Grammer
January 24th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dujac,Bouchard,Krug,Pierre Peters...
Replies: 9
Views: 921

Re: TN: Dujac,Bouchard,Krug,Pierre Peters...

Lucky wifey (and I don't doubt, lucky you to have her in your life!)

Our Krug 164 from half last week performed much the same as you describe, a lovely experience.

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