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by Mike Grammer
September 5th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 649
Views: 42352

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

I owe everyone notes from a tasting back in July of a series of the Old Malt Cask 20th anniversary bottlings from various distilleries, but among 12 people, the almost unanimous first choice was 21 year Arran, which is possibly the best single malt I've had in the last 5 years. Nearly impossible to ...
by Mike Grammer
August 28th, 2019, 9:31 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: ATTN NJ/PA/ETC Berserkers - Saturday Aug 24 Cellar Drawdown Party
Replies: 18
Views: 1200

Re: ATTN NJ/PA/ETC Berserkers - Saturday Aug 24 Cellar Drawdown Party

Notes, jefe--where are the notes??!! [grin.gif] Actually--specifically, how was the Valdicava? I am thinking of opening my lone bottle of that next winter. Seriously, so glad this went well and sorry again that I could not carve out the time to come down, I would have loved to join you all. All best...
by Mike Grammer
August 27th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)
Replies: 59
Views: 1796

Re: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)

Flawed poll [grin.gif] It doesn't allow for blends. Is "Sauternes" a variety? ;) That said: Reds Pinot Noir Zinfandel Tempranillo Sangiovese Whites Chardonnay Gruner Veltliner Riesling (would *never* have said that even 5 years ago) Chenin Blanc (close call with Pinot Gris for this choice) Actually ...
by Mike Grammer
August 22nd, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Calif Pinots/Mostly Drew...(long/boring)
Replies: 18
Views: 1023

Re: TN: Some Calif Pinots/Mostly Drew...(long/boring)

Maybe. See my bold part of the note on the Valenti. Thanks for taking time to post all those, Tom. Absolutely adored the 15 Drew Valenti PN. My notes from last year's visit--my first--to the winery: "DREW FAMILY Jason made wine for Corison and Phelps before opening the winery in 2004. I have tasted ...
by Mike Grammer
August 22nd, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Bedrock Wine Co. Lorenzo's Heritage
Replies: 10
Views: 743

Re: TN: 2015 Bedrock Wine Co. Lorenzo's Heritage

Splendid note, David. Had the 12 of this (I think) a few weeks ago: "2012 Bedrock Heritage Red Pretty opposite here [to the 14 Kutch McDougall Pinot], solid blast of blue and purple fruit in the nuzzie is replicated on the palate with plums, sweet boysenberry and blueberry all having a say. It's los...
by Mike Grammer
August 19th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A bunch of Croatian wines from a recent visit, July 2019
Replies: 10
Views: 546

Re: TN: A bunch of Croatian wines from a recent visit, July 2019

Super post, tremendous information there Todd, big thanks. Tagging this thread for sure as it's an area I do want to do some more wine exploration in.

Cheers,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
August 19th, 2019, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Méo-Camuzet Frère et Sœurs Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)
Replies: 3
Views: 385

Re: TN: 2016 Méo-Camuzet Frère et Sœurs Bourgogne (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne)

Thanks for this, Chris. I have swooned over their 14 and 15 Bourgogne Blanc from their monopole. Splendid note, gives me such a clear picture.

Sante,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
August 19th, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your thoughts on these old wines
Replies: 26
Views: 1896

Re: Your thoughts on these old wines

Howard Cooper wrote:
August 19th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Never had the 1989 Petit Cheval, but given the vintage and winery I would lean toward that
(a little) knowing your palate, Diane, that or roll the dice with the GdL
by Mike Grammer
August 19th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Astralis
Replies: 20
Views: 1551

Re: Astralis

PM me if you know in advance, would love to meet. Chuckle, not that much here, though occasionally something does appear on the shelves. If Aussies are a go-to, there's a specific LCBO store that specializes in the city. Find the selection much better in Alberta, where government stores exist side-b...
by Mike Grammer
August 19th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: WineFest V--Cellar Depressurization--July 18, 2020 in Toronto
Replies: 36
Views: 2015

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

LOL. We can help you with downtown eats (and, of course, there may still be leftovers from the event through the week ;) ) Yong, I've put you down on the list above---PM me your email address please. Even with the maybes, that will be it for now for the non-email WB list. All else will be wait list,...
by Mike Grammer
August 19th, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Landmark Chardonnay Overlook (USA, California, Sonoma County)
Replies: 1
Views: 223

Re: TN: 2015 Landmark Chardonnay Overlook (USA, California, Sonoma County)

Thanks John. Had this last year at the winery: "2015 Landmark Overlook Chard 10 months in 35% new oak. Nice light toast to pineapple and plantain. This continues in the vein of past vintages with excellent balance and restraint. Very good, with good length." I agree with you about the drink near-ter...
by Mike Grammer
August 19th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In which we give 2003 Leoville Poyferre a go
Replies: 18
Views: 1290

Re: In which we give 2003 Leoville Poyferre a go

You were in fine form on Saturday with that note, counselor :)

Sorry the wine did not deliver more pleasure for you. Haven't had it, but I've never been the biggest fan of L-P anyway. Appreciate the check-in on the wine.

Mahalo Nui Loa

Mike
by Mike Grammer
August 19th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Astralis
Replies: 20
Views: 1551

Re: Astralis

What Berto said---there are not many, if any, wines I can think of that underwent a more dramatic transformation for me. I've only had it twice. First time was, I think, 2002 or so. I had to use a spoon to eat it with, but it was magnificent in how lush and plush and dynamic it was. Second time was,...
by Mike Grammer
August 15th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin Vieille Vigne
Replies: 22
Views: 1271

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: 392

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: 657

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: 392

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: 914

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: 139
Views: 9639

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: 914

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: 1908

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: 1908

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: 390

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: 914

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: 36
Views: 2015

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: 36
Views: 2015

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: 336

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: 1538

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: 485

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: 3274

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: 2472

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: 3274

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: 36
Views: 2015

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: 270

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: 1501

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: 1501

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: 487

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: 198

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: 609

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: 1093

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: 36
Views: 2015

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: 2078

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: 2078

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: 1009

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: 559

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: 559

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: 657

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: 580

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: 444

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

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