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by Bill Sweeney
September 30th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ceritas Heinz Chard, 2014
Replies: 2
Views: 329

TN: Ceritas Heinz Chard, 2014

This is a stunningly good wine. Great acid, deep intense fruit. I didn’t love these when they were young, but my faith in their future has been well repaid. You would never confuse this for a French wine, but it is clearly great wine. It is drinkable for sure, but you don’t have to worry about drink...
by Bill Sweeney
September 27th, 2019, 5:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Looking for dining recos in Toulouse, Marseille and Genoa
Replies: 15
Views: 602

Re: Looking for dining recos in Toulouse, Marseille and Genoa

I was at Le Rocher de la Vierge yesterday.
Very good team ... (moreover strongly recommended by "le fooding).
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Kind of a side point, but do you find le Fooding restaurant recommendations reliable?
by Bill Sweeney
September 18th, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)
Replies: 199
Views: 14212

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)

Has anyone been to Akrame recently? Thanks.
by Bill Sweeney
September 10th, 2019, 4:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?
Replies: 154
Views: 8777

Re: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?

I feel a little remiss in not having mentioned Rhys. I posted recently on the 2012 Horseshoe Chardonnay, a very great wine and certainly in the league with Mount Eden and Ridge Monte Bello. I have one bottle of 2004 Alpine. My last bottle, about five years ago, was also great, totally different fro...
by Bill Sweeney
September 2nd, 2019, 4:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats the Earliest White Burg PreMox?
Replies: 31
Views: 1554

Re: Whats the Earliest White Burg PreMox?

I had a couple of 1990 Lafons that were clearly oxidized. This was probably in the early 2000s.
by Bill Sweeney
August 8th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Michelin red guide 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 796

Michelin red guide 2019

Any thoughts on the 2019 guide? Much shorter than older ones. Still useful?
by Bill Sweeney
July 30th, 2019, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette wineries to visit in October???
Replies: 46
Views: 2551

Re: Willamette wineries to visit in October???

I would recommend Beaux Freres, Brick House, and Ayoub. You will need to make reservations at all three, I think. They are all in Dundee.
by Bill Sweeney
July 20th, 2019, 4:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Ayoub Anonimo vnyd Pinot Noir
Replies: 3
Views: 496

Re: TN: 2017 Ayoub Anonimo vnyd Pinot Noir

Roy Piper wrote:
July 19th, 2019, 11:15 pm
I tried to walk in their place when I was in Oregon two weeks ago but no one was home. It was a house on a hill next to a vineyard but no one was there. Use to know their winemaker back when he made wine at Stags Leap Winery, but that was 13 years ago.
Think you need to make a reservation.
by Bill Sweeney
July 19th, 2019, 5:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Ayoub Anonimo vnyd Pinot Noir
Replies: 3
Views: 496

TN: 2017 Ayoub Anonimo vnyd Pinot Noir

Ayoub is a small producer in Dundee, so small that when you taste his wines you are in his kitchen. You can see his vineyards from his back deck. I tasted there last Spring and was so impressed with his wines that I bought a mixed case on the spot and signed up for his wine club. Lately I have been ...
by Bill Sweeney
July 16th, 2019, 4:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10832
Views: 392926

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Just a simple pinot grigio from the restaurant’s wine list. Not bad. Odd time of year for truffles. Summer truffles? Or Australian? Scorzone. The owner of the restaurant is an Italian fellow originally from northeast Italy (Venice). His sons (half Filipino) pretty much run the place while he comes ...
by Bill Sweeney
July 15th, 2019, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10832
Views: 392926

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

LMD Ermitaño wrote:
June 20th, 2019, 8:28 pm
Just a simple pinot grigio from the restaurant’s wine list. Not bad.
Odd time of year for truffles. Summer truffles? Or Australian?
by Bill Sweeney
July 5th, 2019, 5:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11884
Views: 569025

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Liquid Farm is running a sale, and I bought a bunch of chard and rose. With club members discount the case of rose was $199! Four buck shipping too. 🤗
by Bill Sweeney
June 15th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Marcassin three sisters Pinot among others
Replies: 1
Views: 351

2005 Marcassin three sisters Pinot among others

The 2005 Marcassin was stunningly good, layered and deep. Star of the show. The 1997 DRC Grands Echezeaux was a strong second, surprisingly good given it wasn’t a good year for DRC. It had some caramel notes, and was a little past prime, but still delicious. The 2009 Dom was, well, Dom. Love ‘em. Th...
by Bill Sweeney
May 4th, 2019, 4:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 91
Views: 2664

Re: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?

Markus S wrote:
May 2nd, 2019, 2:07 pm
What were the Pennsylvanian wines you had that you didn't like? There *are* decent wineries there.
Ok, I’ll ask since no one else has ... name some decent Pennsylvanian wineries please.

Bill
by Bill Sweeney
April 14th, 2019, 4:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Renaissance
Replies: 4
Views: 423

Re: Renaissance

The wines are wonderful, and great values. I have gone through cases of them.
by Bill Sweeney
March 1st, 2019, 5:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Elitistreview.com reaches an impressive milestone
Replies: 20
Views: 1039

Re: Elitistreview.com reaches an impressive milestone

Well done Davy! Your prose is always entertaining.
by Bill Sweeney
February 26th, 2019, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The search for a “wow” Rosé
Replies: 129
Views: 5387

Re: The search for a “wow” Rosé

Jeremy Holmes wrote:
February 25th, 2019, 3:46 pm
2017 Jean Fournier Marsannay Rosé
2017 François Cotat Sancerre Rosé
The Cotat rose is definitely a possible sockknocker.
by Bill Sweeney
February 12th, 2019, 4:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
Replies: 12
Views: 946

Re: 2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
February 11th, 2019, 4:57 am
Not sure what you were seeking, but Pora tends to be one of if not the lightest, most elegant of the riservas.
Elegant maybe, perhaps. But there was so little there there it would be hard to tell.
by Bill Sweeney
February 11th, 2019, 4:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
Replies: 12
Views: 946

Re: 2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

I opened a 2009 Pora over the weekend. Lacked intensity, surprisingly so. Ready to drink, but disappointing.
by Bill Sweeney
February 5th, 2019, 5:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dundee in April - where should I taste?
Replies: 20
Views: 758

Re: Dundee in April - where should I taste?

Thanks for the recommendations everyone. I will run them past the rest of my group. Love this community!
by Bill Sweeney
February 5th, 2019, 5:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dundee in April - where should I taste?
Replies: 20
Views: 758

Re: Dundee in April - where should I taste?

Mattstolz wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Hey Bill!

I'm gonna be there April 12-16! my wife and I are tasting at Eyrie, Walter Scott, and Kelley Fox on the 13th, then Patty green on the 15th.
Matt,

We’ll miss you by a little. We are going later in April. Have a great time!

Bill
by Bill Sweeney
February 4th, 2019, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dundee in April - where should I taste?
Replies: 20
Views: 758

Re: Dundee in April - where should I taste?

PeterH wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 12:34 pm


What are your stylistic preferences?
Not sure how to answer that. Not big and high alcohol for sure. In the Dundee area I have liked Beaux Freres, Patricia Green, and Brick House. Not widely experienced, however. This is only my second visit.
by Bill Sweeney
February 4th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dundee in April - where should I taste?
Replies: 20
Views: 758

Re: Dundee in April - where should I taste?

PeterH wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 12:10 pm
You're going to Scotland?
Oregon! [cheers.gif]
by Bill Sweeney
February 4th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dundee in April - where should I taste?
Replies: 20
Views: 758

Dundee in April - where should I taste?

I am going to be in Dundee in late April with some friends. Any recommendations for shouldn’t-miss places to taste?

Thanks in advance.

Bill
by Bill Sweeney
February 4th, 2019, 5:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos Saron makes fantastic wine
Replies: 5
Views: 586

Re: Clos Saron makes fantastic wine

Wow, thanks Gideon. I will hang on to my last two bottles a little longer. Funny, I think of a 2010 burgundy as undrinkably young, but usually don’t apply that standard to domestic pinots. Clearly your wines deserve similar respect. I had the 2010 home vnyd Pinot, and it left me a little puzzled. Ve...
by Bill Sweeney
February 3rd, 2019, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos Saron makes fantastic wine
Replies: 5
Views: 586

Re: Clos Saron makes fantastic wine

I had the 2010 home vnyd Pinot, and it left me a little puzzled. Very little Pinot character. Only had a 30 min decant. Maybe it needed more air?
by Bill Sweeney
February 3rd, 2019, 5:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Rivers-Marie 2007 Occidental Ridge
Replies: 3
Views: 397

Re: TN: Rivers-Marie 2007 Occidental Ridge

FWIW, I usually associate coffee flavors in Pinot with the wine being a little over the hill.
by Bill Sweeney
February 3rd, 2019, 4:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Rivers-Marie 2007 Occidental Ridge
Replies: 3
Views: 397

Re: TN: Rivers-Marie 2007 Occidental Ridge

What, no orange? Love Rivers-Marie. There is a distinct house style, but vineyard differences aren’t hidden.
by Bill Sweeney
January 24th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas Spring Release Coming Thursday January 31st
Replies: 14
Views: 972

Re: Ceritas Spring Release Coming Thursday January 31st

Anyone know about the 2017 vintage at Ceritas?
by Bill Sweeney
January 17th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 469
Views: 37513

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

Briceland 2014 Ronda’s vnyd Pinot: with about an hour decant, a lovely Pinot, restrained and still a little young, but excellent fruit acid and good intensity. I figure it needs another couple of years cellaring to really shine, but it has class and is a great value. An easy repeat buy given the cha...
by Bill Sweeney
November 22nd, 2018, 4:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1958 Fiorina Barolo
Replies: 6
Views: 573

Re: TN: 1958 Fiorina Barolo

Very nice Bill. I was wondering why you selected to double decant rather than audouze it. And I'm not trying to jump you at all, just curious as to the decision. I have done both ways. Usually if the selected older wine is shot after a few hours of audouzing, the back up gets a different treatment ...
by Bill Sweeney
November 21st, 2018, 5:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1958 Fiorina Barolo
Replies: 6
Views: 573

TN: 1958 Fiorina Barolo

1958 Fiorina Barolo: Got it from Chambers Street last March. Double decanted 5 hours. Not a lot of sediment. Wonderful wine. Nose of pine tar and cherries. In the mouth the fruit was deep, surprising intensity for so old a wine. This is one of a series of old Nebbiolo based wines I have gotten from ...
by Bill Sweeney
November 19th, 2018, 4:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Special Vintage
Replies: 17
Views: 1199

Re: Special Vintage

Surprising how losing a dog eats a hole in your heart. He looks like he was a sweet dog.
by Bill Sweeney
November 9th, 2018, 4:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An unforgettable 1911 Corton in a marvelous lunch as I like them
Replies: 8
Views: 764

Re: An unforgettable 1911 Corton in a marvelous lunch as I like them

Wow! The pictures enhance the read greatly. Thank you.
by Bill Sweeney
October 29th, 2018, 5:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Oregon Pinot?
Replies: 81
Views: 5482

Re: Best Oregon Pinot?

Thanks Jim, interesting post as always. I love Oregon wines, but have little experience with the top end ones. Certainly in the context of what a good burg costs the top prices are not crazy. The premier grape in California, at least as far as the market is concerned, is Cabernet, as the top prices ...
by Bill Sweeney
October 28th, 2018, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Oregon Pinot?
Replies: 81
Views: 5482

Re: Best Oregon Pinot

I wasn’t interested in good affordable Pinot, of which there are certainly many in Oregon. I was specifically interested in the very high end. How good are they? Who makes the best? Is the high price justified by what’s in the bottle?
by Bill Sweeney
October 28th, 2018, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Oregon Pinot?
Replies: 81
Views: 5482

Best Oregon Pinot?

There are probably more $100+ Pinots in Oregon than in California. So who makes the best pinots in Oregon? Is the quality sufficient to justify the price?
by Bill Sweeney
September 15th, 2018, 4:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Liquid Farm Chardonnay Four (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)
Replies: 6
Views: 475

Re: TN: 2013 Liquid Farm Chardonnay Four (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)

Are you a stingy scorer? Your written description sounds better than 91, which I judge as a pretty good but not remarkable wine.
by Bill Sweeney
September 12th, 2018, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Rivers-Marie B. Thieriot Chard
Replies: 2
Views: 277

TN: 2013 Rivers-Marie B. Thieriot Chard

PNP, oh my god this is fabulous stuff. Smoke and lemon in the smallish nose, but it explodes in the mouth. Great acid, some thickness, and echos the smoke and lemon from the nose. A slightly bitter element, along with a hint of vanilla, add complexity. Great depth and length, a grand cru level wine....
by Bill Sweeney
September 3rd, 2018, 4:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 96 GC Les Clos, 1979 Beaulieu voneyards GDL Private reserve
Replies: 6
Views: 335

Re: 96 GC Les Clos, 1979 Beaulieu voneyards GDL Private reserve

I would guess your BV PR was real. I don’t recall them having punts.
by Bill Sweeney
August 25th, 2018, 4:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOYLsf ?
Replies: 74
Views: 3174

Re: WOYLsf ?

1968 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard cab
by Bill Sweeney
August 15th, 2018, 5:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Pinot Noir wines from the Santa Barbara/Santa Maria area
Replies: 70
Views: 5227

Re: Best Pinot Noir wines from the Santa Barbara/Santa Maria area

For anyone who is convinced high alcohol pinots can’t age, try an old Brewer Clifton. They are fabulous.
by Bill Sweeney
August 5th, 2018, 4:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?
Replies: 154
Views: 8777

The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?

What I am taking away from this thread is that there are a lot of great Chardonnays I have never tasted!
by Bill Sweeney
August 5th, 2018, 4:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best bottle you’ve ever received as a present?
Replies: 77
Views: 3027

Best bottle you’ve ever received as a present?

Bob Agler wrote:1989 Haut Brion, from someone who probably regretted it in the morning.
Yeah, but I’ll bet you didn’t. NICE gift!
by Bill Sweeney
August 5th, 2018, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best bottle you’ve ever received as a present?
Replies: 77
Views: 3027

Best bottle you’ve ever received as a present?

1997 la Tache from my son in law.
by Bill Sweeney
August 4th, 2018, 5:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best bottle you've ever given as a present to a friend/realtive?
Replies: 32
Views: 1071

Best bottle you've ever given as a present to a friend/realtive?

Leroy Beaux Monts 1990 tp my son in law
by Bill Sweeney
August 1st, 2018, 5:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay B. Thieriot Vineyard
Replies: 1
Views: 273

TN: 2011 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay B. Thieriot Vineyard

Majorly love these wines, but they are best after only 2 or 3 years. They are not for serious aging.
by Bill Sweeney
July 17th, 2018, 12:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Domaine Denis Bachelet Côte de Nuits Villages
Replies: 8
Views: 690

TN: 2005 Domaine Denis Bachelet Côte de Nuits Villages

Bachelet wines take lots of time. If it were my wine (and I were younger) I would just give it 5 or 10 years.

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