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by Mike Grammer
June 20th, 2019, 11:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about mildly aged (early 2000s) Zind-Humbrecht
Replies: 5
Views: 401

Re: Question about mildly aged (early 2000s) Zind-Humbrecht

OK, thanks guys for the responses so far. The 01 Muscat was particularly distressing ("shrill" is the adjective I'd use) because it was such a tremendous year in Alsace (at least for my tastes).
by Mike Grammer
June 20th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Boston in June: 2004, 2005, & 2007-2017 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Estate Etzel Block Vertical & blind gathering
Replies: 44
Views: 1682

Re: Boston in June: 2004, 2005, & 2007-2017 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Estate Etzel Block Vertical & blind gathering

Sorry to have been unable to make it, glad it sounds like it went off brilliantly. Is there a thread with notes?

Bravo to all, espec. Jim and Kelley.

Mike
by Mike Grammer
June 20th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Un très beau repas (Dom Pérignon 1970, Ca d'Morissio 2003, Dow's 1985, ...)
Replies: 16
Views: 526

Re: Un très beau repas (Dom Pérignon 1970, Ca d'Morissio 2003, Dow's 1985, ...)

I also have had the 01 Rayas once, and it was a wine of magical quality. You've been busy, Laurent! The 71 Clos de Bourg sounds like a dream to drink. I've had the 16 Egon Muller and fully agree with your firm, acid-driven and very young descriptors, yet still a heck of a wine even at this early sta...
by Mike Grammer
June 20th, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about mildly aged (early 2000s) Zind-Humbrecht
Replies: 5
Views: 401

Question about mildly aged (early 2000s) Zind-Humbrecht

Parsing through my notes, I note that a 2002 Brand Riesling and a 2001 Goldert Muscat both showed for me as flawed wines recently. Anyone with thoughts as to whether there are some of the portfolio that seem to be turning up problematic? A 1997 Clos Windsbuhl Gewurtz last year was very solid and a 2...
by Mike Grammer
June 20th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 23
Views: 918

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

Had the 1994 once---it was absolutely superb. Not had the 06, but it points to the consistently high quality of the wine that it showed so well for you Bob. My notes on the 2005 from a couple months ago: 2005 Vina Tondonia Rioja Reserva Should come as no surprise that I elected to give this the same...
by Mike Grammer
June 20th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Toronto Restaurants
Replies: 19
Views: 671

Re: Toronto Restaurants

Just tagging this as I didn't see it before. Jay keeps me pretty much in line with all the best and the brightest, but there are some restaurants on this list from you others that I haven't heard about. The restaurant scene really has exploded here in the last few years. Although too late for your t...
by Mike Grammer
June 17th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Roy Piper
Replies: 11
Views: 1940

Re: 2017 Roy Piper

So I think I can add some light to this topic. My wife and I were with Roy for Lunch on Wednesday. I believe Roy mentioned we were the 3rd or 4th people to try his 2017 after bottling. I can very easily report the wine is gorgeous. The nose and aromatics are spectacular. The mouthfeel is wonderfull...
by Mike Grammer
June 17th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1954 Romanée Conti belongs to my 5 best Romanée Conti
Replies: 20
Views: 1889

Re: 1954 Romanée Conti belongs to my 5 best Romanée Conti

Very evocative as always, bien merci Francois, and also for sharing some of Aubert's thoughts about the vintage. Glad you continue to drink well and enjoy life with Tomo and others.

Mike
by Mike Grammer
June 17th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Klein Constantia
Replies: 3
Views: 279

Re: TN: Klein Constantia

Super to see all these extra notes on this producer, Malcolm--I've only had the Vin de Constance before. And your note sounds surprisingly approachable for this age range for that.

Thanks much for posting, and big welcome to the board!

Mike
by Mike Grammer
June 17th, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which champagne should be drunk second?
Replies: 4
Views: 442

Re: Which champagne should be drunk second?

Concur with all of the above, hopefully they're both in good shape---do report back! And welcome to the board champagne.gif
by Mike Grammer
June 17th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?
Replies: 50
Views: 1294

Re: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?

Dad loves Pommard. the 2010 Vincent Girardin Pommard Grands Epenots which I decanted for 8 hours or so, was very nice indeed. A certain meaty feel on the palate that is very attractive to me, it has lots of secure plum and dark cherry fruit at the base with bits of earth and cedar around it. Should ...
by Mike Grammer
June 17th, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: weekend wines - Taittinger, Pierre Morey, Margaux, Yquem, Staatsdomaine and Stony Hill
Replies: 17
Views: 845

Re: weekend wines - Taittinger, Pierre Morey, Margaux, Yquem, Staatsdomaine and Stony Hill

Beautiful notes, Howard. My last encounter with a Stony Hill wine was a flawed bottle, yours sounds delectable, will need to see about sourcing some.

Slainte,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
June 16th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--memorable all-whites evening at Langdon Hall
Replies: 10
Views: 734

Re: TNs--memorable all-whites evening at Langdon Hall

Super report, Tran---even got all the wine names right this time! [grin.gif] Seriously, splendid counterpoint notes. I've edited my note on the Chassagne as Tran rightly reminds me in his note that some gunflint made its way to the fore later in the evening, mostly on the nose. Today, the Vin de Pai...
by Mike Grammer
June 16th, 2019, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--memorable all-whites evening at Langdon Hall
Replies: 10
Views: 734

TNs--memorable all-whites evening at Langdon Hall

This was some night. Tran Bronstein, Jay Shampur, Michael Wright and I--the founding members of Tran's TWEC, headed out to a familiar haunt for them and a too-long-away location for me, Langdon Hall in Cambridge, Ontario. Chef Jason was in terrific form with the tasting menu and also spent considera...
by Mike Grammer
June 14th, 2019, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Went nuts and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2392

Re: Went nuts and ...

Panos Kakaviatos wrote:
June 14th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Mike Grammer wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 12:38 pm
I get first dibs--Panos is still holding my bottle of 2009 Mugneret-Gibourg Chambolle Feusselottes hostage---this would be a lovely wine to pair with that one [grin.gif]

Great work, amigo!
Mike ! We must find a date :-)
and a place. And Jurgen. It wouldn't be right without Jurgen! :)
by Mike Grammer
June 13th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best Young Beaucastel!
Replies: 19
Views: 1723

Re: The Best Young Beaucastel!

Surprised to see someone with your palate write this, Jeremy. Young Beaucastel's I've had 2001 - 2012 have almost always been dark, alcoholic, extracted, and sometimes stewed (except for 2008, oddly). No real secondary notes and they've almost all felt like they've lacked the finesse and potential ...
by Mike Grammer
June 13th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tondonia and Clos Roche Blanche
Replies: 11
Views: 561

Re: Tondonia and Clos Roche Blanche

Haven't had the 03. Have tasted the 04 multiple times and very solid stuff. I actually think the 05 Tondonia might end up the best of that triptych though. Thanks for the notes, Jay.
by Mike Grammer
June 13th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Went nuts and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2392

Re: Went nuts and ...

I get first dibs--Panos is still holding my bottle of 2009 Mugneret-Gibourg Chambolle Feusselottes hostage---this would be a lovely wine to pair with that one [grin.gif]

Great work, amigo!
by Mike Grammer
June 13th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine country vacation suggestions.
Replies: 35
Views: 1755

Re: Wine country vacation suggestions.

Two trips down there for me and I never did get to Tazzie. Cap D'Estaing is still the flag-bearer there, and pretty good wine. Josef Chromy is OK (I think both Chard and PN IIRC). Those are the only two that come to mind just now, but I know there are other wineries---maybe PM Jeremy Holmes or Kent ...
by Mike Grammer
June 10th, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: UPDATED -- 2 DAY MICRO-DRIED FRUIT FORMULA: Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project
Replies: 20
Views: 456

Re: BOOZED AND INFUSED -- My Infused XO Brandy aka Homemade "Cuvée de Centenaire" Grand Marnier Project

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
May 23rd, 2019, 9:46 am
I'm totally going to try this :D
You would [grin.gif]

FTR, Drew mixes some ass-kicking cocktails.

Terrific exposition, Tran, of your journey with this project. Fun read for sure.

Mike
by Mike Grammer
June 10th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED
Replies: 231
Views: 18464

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

There is and I have done so, Ken. Although he hasn't listed himself on the list on page 1, Steve Anderson is a wonderful resource for OL - type activity in SD as well. Sorry I missed you on my last time through there last July, hopefully another time. Christian and Andrea, thanks for chiming in, I'v...
by Mike Grammer
June 10th, 2019, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone and Barolo (Update)
Replies: 43
Views: 3672

Re: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone (update) and Barolo

Splendid report, Matt---immensely appreciated. Bummer indeed about non-visit to Droin (glad to read of the gracious response), and good on you for putting it behind you and getting the most out of the rest of your trip We get some Genot-Boulanger in here once in a while and I've liked the wines. The...
by Mike Grammer
June 10th, 2019, 6:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Lagier Meredith Syrah (USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder)
Replies: 11
Views: 577

Re: TN: 2011 Lagier Meredith Syrah (USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder)

I too am surprised it drank this well this early on. Glad it showed for you, Matt.
by Mike Grammer
June 10th, 2019, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ramonet Puligny-Montrachet
Replies: 5
Views: 585

Re: TN: 2014 Ramonet Puligny-Montrachet

Loved lunch at that place a number of years ago, yum yum. I honestly don't think I've had a single 2014 white that was less than very good. Starting to eclipse 08 and 07 (and good 02) for me. Thanks for the fine note.
by Mike Grammer
June 6th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Meix Foulot Mercurey 1er cru clos du chateau du montaigu monopole
Replies: 6
Views: 365

Re: TN: 2012 Meix Foulot Mercurey 1er cru clos du chateau du montaigu monopole

Much thanks Greg and others, as we *very* occasionally see that producer up here and I've been hesitant to buy. I will hope it comes in again.
by Mike Grammer
June 6th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?
Replies: 62
Views: 3706

Re: What's the nest top end non-DRC red Burgundy?

. . . you might try . . . Do I look stupid? Don't answer that. I said I was asking for a friend and I really meant it. He's general counsel of a financial institution many of you have heard of. his wife, on the other hand, is more sensible and loves Saxum . in that case, start him off with fourrier...
by Mike Grammer
June 6th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) last night in Vegas--Del Friscos
Replies: 4
Views: 1041

Re: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) last night in Vegas--Del Friscos

There was fruit, Nick---just that this time I found the CF characteristics to have plenty of say as well. Russell said that he got his fruit in just in time to avoid the fire.
by Mike Grammer
June 6th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Canadians in here?
Replies: 43
Views: 1769

Re: Canadians in here?

Not us. Just our pet moose and beavers---with the geese dive-bombing in support.
by Mike Grammer
June 3rd, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) last night in Vegas--Del Friscos
Replies: 4
Views: 1041

Re: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) last night in Vegas--Del Friscos

I really don't, Anton--don't have it that often. Here in Toronto, it's probably Jacob. Carmichael's in Chicago was a nice experience on the whole and Craftsteak in Vegas wasn't bad either. I did like this one. But agreed, the best steaks I've eaten have been Flannery products off of various Berserke...
by Mike Grammer
June 3rd, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) in Vegas--return to LOS + after-dinner fascination
Replies: 6
Views: 986

Re: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) in Vegas--return to LOS + after-dinner fascination

I don't know how much of the food decline ties in with their longtime manager, Bank, leaving for Chada. The list is still formidable--just not all-encompassing. Jon--the strip mall location was my last time there.
by Mike Grammer
May 31st, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) last night in Vegas--Del Friscos
Replies: 4
Views: 1041

TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) last night in Vegas--Del Friscos

I had ordered that we find a steakhouse for dad and Bernie complied by getting us into Del Friscos. There (where Bernie is well-known and the rest of us exerted our charms :) ) we were treated like royalty by about 5 servers. And the steaks? Not bad. Caution, though--do NOT order the onion rings unl...
by Mike Grammer
May 31st, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) in Vegas--and a MUST-EAT TASTING MENU RESTO
Replies: 2
Views: 837

TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) in Vegas--and a MUST-EAT TASTING MENU RESTO

I didn't put that in all-caps for nothing. Partage is owned and run by, I think, a threesome--Chef Yuri, Pastry Chef Vincent and manager Nicolas--who cut their teeth on various Michelin 1 and 2 stars in the Rhone and Paris, Yuri finishing up as sous-chef at a 1-star before coming out here. Jay, our ...
by Mike Grammer
May 31st, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bourgogne-Aligoté
Replies: 22
Views: 1489

Re: Bourgogne-Aligoté

Just picked up a bottle from Ramonet, at $50, I feel it's worth a fun try for me.
by Mike Grammer
May 31st, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) in Vegas--return to LOS + after-dinner fascination
Replies: 6
Views: 986

TNs--Mike (and dad and friends) in Vegas--return to LOS + after-dinner fascination

After 10 years away, I returned to (the new location of) Lotus of Siam. With me were my dad, BBer Jay Shampur, our friend Bernie Schwartz (well known to FallTacular attendees) and Jay's sister and brother-in-law who I was meeting for the first time. The new-ish digs are almost swank. The high qualit...
by Mike Grammer
May 31st, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I won't go into specifics but...
Replies: 44
Views: 3628

Re: I won't go into specifics but...

Mike Evans wrote:
May 29th, 2019, 11:17 am
Based on recent bottles of 1988 and 1999 Eyrie PG, that is a shame, as both were exceptional.
Echo, and espec. the 1988. Some of the great PG in the world is made here, Doug's comment is likely fair, but I hope it won't be a universal thing in Oregon that the vines get pulled.
by Mike Grammer
May 31st, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Weeknight TNs: Levet, Marie-Courtin, Carlisle, PYCM, Leoville Poyferre +
Replies: 17
Views: 1474

Re: Some Weeknight TNs: Levet, Marie-Courtin, Carlisle, PYCM, Leoville Poyferre +

wtf my 16 Maestria last friday was super shut down. i demand a refund Wines give us the performance we deserve neener Wow. Talk about the "nuh-UH" with a capital "UH"! :) I have some 16 Ancegnieres coming my way and looking much forward to trying it after some little sleep time. Levet = yum. From 2...
by Mike Grammer
May 29th, 2019, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: London wine bar recommendations sought
Replies: 17
Views: 773

Re: London wine bar recommendations sought

My other suggestion---listen to Dan Bailey! ;)

Glad I poked in on this one, archiving for my own next trip to London, lots of helpful info here.
by Mike Grammer
May 29th, 2019, 9:15 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Westchester Co NY
Replies: 55
Views: 1600

Re: Westchester Co NY

Dan Hammer wrote:
May 28th, 2019, 2:36 pm
Mike Grammer wrote:
May 28th, 2019, 11:10 am
I know who's bringing the Myriad [grin.gif]

Have fun guys, hope to see some of you at Jay's at end of July.
Truth be told, I'm bringing the Champagne. A friend sourced the Myriad from my cellar. See you in July.
Really? Wow! Awesome.
by Mike Grammer
May 29th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 437
Views: 19726

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Wow---so you were on a 3-bottle-buy month before that? Applause!
by Mike Grammer
May 28th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Westchester Co NY
Replies: 55
Views: 1600

Re: Westchester Co NY

I know who's bringing the Myriad [grin.gif]

Have fun guys, hope to see some of you at Jay's at end of July.
by Mike Grammer
May 28th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard
Replies: 30
Views: 1531

Re: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard

Dennis Atick wrote:
May 14th, 2017, 5:08 am
Thanks for the note Doug!
I almost pulled this one last night, but went another direction.
Sounds lovely.
Joe Davis and Pisoni is A+
One of (if not *the*) the masters of that vineyard, great note Doug.
by Mike Grammer
May 28th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Among the Big Houses, Who Makes the Best Corton Charlie
Replies: 34
Views: 2052

Re: Among the Big Houses, Who Makes the Best Corton Charlie

Yao, I do think Girardin's is possibly the best wine he/they make. Bouchard is almost always excellent these days. Smaller producers, Meo Camuzet's 15 was my WOTY last year.
by Mike Grammer
May 28th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner at Vinnie's again - a great glass list
Replies: 10
Views: 1174

Re: Dinner at Vinnie's again - a great glass list

David Glasser wrote:
May 25th, 2019, 4:06 pm
For me, "better than death but worse than water" really resonated. Fun read.
It sure did. Made me laugh, Dan. You really liked the 16 Giacosa Roero, eh? OK, I'll see if I can find it somewhere.

All best,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
May 28th, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine country vacation suggestions.
Replies: 35
Views: 1755

Re: Wine country vacation suggestions.

For Yosemite, you'd be looking at spending time in Livermore and maybe Amador/Lodi to some extent. Yosemite itself, if it's your first time, should be at least a 3-day visit---only New Zealand rivals it for natural beauty in all the traveling I have done. Any cultural to be mixed in? I was thinking ...
by Mike Grammer
May 28th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: London wine bar recommendations sought
Replies: 17
Views: 773

Re: London wine bar recommendations sought

Can't help with wine bars, Maureen, but La Trompette, Ledbury and The Square have been the 3 restaurants that the gang on Tom Cannavan's WinePages have frequented most frequently. I have been to La Trompette myself twice and have only rave reviews about the food and the knowledge of the staff.
by Mike Grammer
May 28th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leaving wine overnight versus aging
Replies: 37
Views: 1782

Re: Leaving wine overnight versus aging

oooh---*that* would truly be interesting Anton. If you ever do take him up on the offer, be sure to post! Difficult to answer Shon, for some of the reasons Larry aptly pointed out--age of wine when opened, which wine it is, cellared conditions, etc. I *think* that if I had to put this into words, I ...
by Mike Grammer
May 28th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Jaffurs & Bourgueil at DinDin...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 426

Re: TN: A Jaffurs & Bourgueil at DinDin...(short/boring)

I've had that experience (limited) with the Jaffurs Roussanne too---I will keep a lookout for this latest vintage based on that note, Tom. Gracias

Slainte,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
May 25th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--The Weird and Wonderful--Paolo Bea, D'Arlay, Montelena, Gravner, others
Replies: 1
Views: 506

TNs--The Weird and Wonderful--Paolo Bea, D'Arlay, Montelena, Gravner, others

This is a little late, but better so than never. Big thanks to Giuseppe and Annette at the restaurant for hosting us so wonderfully. BBers Jay Shampur, Jeff Wong and Peter Papay were joined by our friend Deb and, after much too long away from my wine orbit, my friend Ryan Speller. 2012 Colet Navajos...
by Mike Grammer
May 23rd, 2019, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?
Replies: 62
Views: 2902

Re: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?

There certainly were. I like, Howard, that you combined distinctiveness and good in your response. Distinctiveness alone is probably not enough. I remember a fine conversation I had with Paul Sloan at Small Vines last summer. We were talking about making a pinot from a single clone and he answered ...
by Mike Grammer
May 22nd, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?
Replies: 25
Views: 1019

Re: Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?

fourth support of Luis Pato--had forgotten (bad Mike!) him, does make excellent and ageworthy stuff and I also like his Brut.

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