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by Bill Sweeney
September 22nd, 2020, 4:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs and photos from Rivers-Marie this past weekend!
Replies: 5
Views: 854

Re: TNs and photos from Rivers-Marie this past weekend!

That tasting space looks beautiful, nice setting for their excellent wines.
by Bill Sweeney
September 22nd, 2020, 4:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Château La Louvière Blanc (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 5
Views: 232

Re: TN: 1990 Château La Louvière Blanc (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

Just looked at the Wine Folly chart. https://winefolly.com/tips/wine-color-chart/ With their terms, I would call it a medium amber. Well even medium amber is pretty dark. I don’t quibble with your description of the color originally, I just am surprised the wine was ok. Nice to know a non-sticky ca...
by Bill Sweeney
September 21st, 2020, 4:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Château La Louvière Blanc (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 5
Views: 232

Re: TN: 1990 Château La Louvière Blanc (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

Wow, the dark amber color would have made me sure the wine had maderized. Glad it turned out to be ok. Lucky guy.
by Bill Sweeney
August 26th, 2020, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Ayoub Anonimo vnyd Pinot Noir
Replies: 9
Views: 958

Re: TN: 2017 Ayoub Anonimo vnyd Pinot Noir

Bill- have you tried the 17 estate yet ? A recent 10 and 12 were excellent. These age very well. The 17 vintage seems to be perfect to highlight is vineyard and style. [/quote] I tasted the 2017 Estate when I visited, and it did indeed show very well. I am waiting on the purchased bottles for a lit...
by Bill Sweeney
August 23rd, 2020, 5:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Three Chassagne-Montrachet parcels compared (2020)
Replies: 39
Views: 1522

Re: Three Chassagne-Montrachet parcels compared (2020)

Fabulous thread. Thanks again.
by Bill Sweeney
August 23rd, 2020, 4:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy's 2020 vintage in pictures
Replies: 41
Views: 2659

Re: Burgundy's 2020 vintage in pictures

Great pics! Thanks.
by Bill Sweeney
August 19th, 2020, 4:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Daily drinkers: clean winemaking style but savory flavors
Replies: 56
Views: 2169

Re: Daily drinkers: clean winemaking style but savory flavors

Loring Pinot, particularly the Cooper Jaxon.
by Bill Sweeney
July 30th, 2020, 5:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Liquid Farm Chardonnay La Hermana
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Re: TN: 2015 Liquid Farm Chardonnay La Hermana

2015 Golden Slope has hit its stride as well. Lovely wine. Each time I pull a liquid farm chard I am surprised how good it is. Guess I’d learn not to be surprised...
by Bill Sweeney
July 12th, 2020, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Brick House Cuvée du Tonnelier
Replies: 1
Views: 333

TN: 2015 Brick House Cuvée du Tonnelier

Impressive for such a young wine, deep black cherry with some minor herb notes is the main impression. Even at this early stage a pretty wonderful wine. Is it at peak, no. But a lot to love in the glass. An entirely un analytic score of 92.
by Bill Sweeney
July 10th, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas inaugural rose release
Replies: 32
Views: 1856

Re: Ceritas inaugural rose release

Tom Reddick wrote:
July 10th, 2020, 5:09 am
This afternoon is the plan.
Report back please. 🙏
by Bill Sweeney
July 10th, 2020, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best domestic Chardonnay?
Replies: 111
Views: 6416

Re: Best domestic Chardonnay?

Marek Hnatyk wrote:
June 20th, 2020, 1:47 pm
Brewer Clifton Sweeney Canyon Vineyard 2008 is still waiting to be open, maybe during this summer ;-)
Might be too young!
by Bill Sweeney
July 10th, 2020, 4:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas inaugural rose release
Replies: 32
Views: 1856

Re: Ceritas inaugural rose release

Anyone taste one yet?
by Bill Sweeney
June 25th, 2020, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Father’s Day Wine Selections
Replies: 75
Views: 2363

Re: Father’s Day Wine Selections

mike pobega wrote:
June 21st, 2020, 6:34 pm
This
Is that an Impoyable glass?
by Bill Sweeney
June 20th, 2020, 4:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas inaugural rose release
Replies: 32
Views: 1856

Re: Ceritas inaugural rose release

Ceritas wines almost always require bottle age to drink well. I am wondering if the rose will improve with age.
by Bill Sweeney
June 20th, 2020, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best domestic Chardonnay?
Replies: 111
Views: 6416

Re: Best domestic Chardonnay?

I had 2 years ago a briliant ( very mineral Burgundy style) bottle of Brewer Clifton Mount Carmel 2007 so do not forget about this producer. Chardonnay from Mount Carmel or Sweeney Canyon vineyards can age wonderfull. For modern vintages I recomend Marimar Estate La Masia, their 2015 is also brilia...
by Bill Sweeney
June 18th, 2020, 4:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas inaugural rose release
Replies: 32
Views: 1856

Re: Ceritas inaugural rose release

Clearing out my junk email folder, I found the spam god had wrongly directed my ceritas offer. Ordered my 6 quick. Sounds fabulous.
by Bill Sweeney
June 17th, 2020, 2:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rice
Replies: 10
Views: 1067

Rice

I bought some organic brown rice from here: https://www.massaorganics.com/online-store

Boy was it good, with a pronounced nutty flavor. What is your favorite source for rice?
by Bill Sweeney
June 14th, 2020, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most beautiful wine labels?
Replies: 142
Views: 6958

Re: Most beautiful wine labels?

2005 Torbreck Lost Highway (Marsanne)
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by Bill Sweeney
June 14th, 2020, 1:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1649
Views: 88324

Re: What did you cook tonight?

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Pizza, with garlic scapes, spinach, olives, mushrooms, duck sausage. Just a stone in the oven, so not as perfect as is possible, but pfg.
by Bill Sweeney
June 12th, 2020, 6:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best domestic Chardonnay?
Replies: 111
Views: 6416

Best domestic Chardonnay?

A few comments in the thread about aging Oregon chards made me wonder which chards are contenders for ‘best’ produced in this country. If someone was willing to gift you a bottle of any domestic Chardonnay you want, which one would you choose?QPR should not be a consideration.
by Bill Sweeney
June 9th, 2020, 4:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Ceritas Heintz vnyd chard
Replies: 2
Views: 236

TN: 2013 Ceritas Heintz vnyd chard

This was flat out fabulous. Big acid of course, but huge fruit as well. I am not good at naming smells in wine, but I got brioche in this one pretty clearly. Long finish, just great wine. No analytical points, but my impression is of a 95ish point wine.
by Bill Sweeney
May 8th, 2020, 4:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine to pair with morels
Replies: 46
Views: 1905

Re: What wine to pair with morels

Anybody who makes this claim has not tried my husband's capon with morels and vin jaune cream sauce. It's the most delicious thing I've eaten since he made it last year. Is he willing to share the recipe? Sure - no secrets here, though this is a classic dish and I'm sure there are dozens if not hun...
by Bill Sweeney
May 7th, 2020, 4:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine to pair with morels
Replies: 46
Views: 1905

Re: What wine to pair with morels

Anyone that does more than adding a pinch of flour (too much ruins them) and pan searing them in butter is doing morels an injustice. I might be swayed towards Burgundy but am leaning towards Champagne. Save your sauces and risotto for chanterelles, boletes, shaggy manes, and miatake. Anybody who m...
by Bill Sweeney
May 1st, 2020, 5:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gilman's new issue - essay on serving wine
Replies: 103
Views: 5059

Re: Gilman's new issue - essay on serving wine

A tangential but important point related to decanting: not all sediment is the same. Nebbiolo sediment is bitter nasty stuff, to be avoided at all cost. Pinot sediment is not bitter, and often the last pour from an undecanted bottle of burgundy can be the freshest best glass from the bottle. Burgund...
by Bill Sweeney
May 1st, 2020, 4:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gilman's new issue - essay on serving wine
Replies: 103
Views: 5059

Re: Gilman's new issue - essay on serving wine

Anecdotally I have the sense that burgundy is better with decanting time, but scientifically I really don't know if there's evidence that it's going to pick up materially more oxygen in a decanter than it does sitting in the bottle and a glass. Keith, I think the oxygen is primarily picked up in th...
by Bill Sweeney
April 28th, 2020, 4:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Beaux Frères Vineyard
Replies: 5
Views: 494

Re: TN: 2005 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir Beaux Frères Vineyard

Sounds great, wondering if you think it might have gotten any better with more cellaring.
by Bill Sweeney
April 18th, 2020, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Marcassin Marcassin Vnyd Pinot
Replies: 0
Views: 185

TN: 2006 Marcassin Marcassin Vnyd Pinot

511AF59D-3A9C-48F9-AE27-6D10391AD67A.jpeg 5B9E34ED-8BC2-42E9-B0DE-1AC356F0E396.jpeg The surprising thing to me about this wine was that it took about two hours after being decanted to really shine. When first opened it was good, but nothing special. But after enough air it blossomed, with rich stra...
by Bill Sweeney
April 14th, 2020, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blast from the past; Paul Draper and Julia Child.
Replies: 6
Views: 739

Re: Blast from the past; Paul Draper and Julia Child.

I’m thinking that zin/lobster combination wasn’t so wonderful.
by Bill Sweeney
April 13th, 2020, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Wine Are You Opening For Easter Dinner?
Replies: 50
Views: 1649

Re: Which Wine Are You Opening For Easter Dinner?

1983 Charles Noellat Nuit St. George a.c.

Lovely nose, mouth tight at first but opened with air. Not powerful, but not dead by any means.
by Bill Sweeney
April 11th, 2020, 4:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Rivers Marie wine are you drinking?
Replies: 28
Views: 2406

Re: Which Rivers Marie wine are you drinking?

2015 B. Thieriot chard

Some smoke, some lemon, great acid. Very nice, but not as expressive as other vintages of this have been.
by Bill Sweeney
April 2nd, 2020, 5:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Liquid Farm Chardonnay La Hermana
Replies: 2
Views: 208

Re: TN: 2015 Liquid Farm Chardonnay La Hermana

Liquid Farm chards continue to surprise me with how good they are young, and yet they age well. Delish.
by Bill Sweeney
April 2nd, 2020, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ten most influential wines
Replies: 154
Views: 12379

Re: Your ten most influential wines

Eureka wine: 1966 LaLagune Most memorable: 1968 Heitz Martha’s, had in probably 1974/or so. I can still remember the olives, raspberries, eucalyptus...amazing wine. 1964 Latour out of magnum, with a friend who has since passed. He gifted that wine, and it always makes me think of him. 1959 Mouton Ro...
by Bill Sweeney
March 27th, 2020, 5:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Davenport Cellars is Closing 65% off all Wines
Replies: 118
Views: 11546

Re: Davenport Cellars is Closing 65% off all Wines

Hi Everyone, I am the owner and winemaker for Davenport Cellars. We do have an online special going right now. It is 20% off bottles (less than a case) and 50% on a case or more. You do have to join our Discovery Wine Club in order to get the deal. Don't worry, there are no purchase requirements in...
by Bill Sweeney
March 27th, 2020, 4:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hacks for evaluating current release wine
Replies: 39
Views: 1837

Re: Hacks for evaluating current release wine

Ian Sutton wrote:
March 26th, 2020, 4:15 am
Best hack - a proven track record. It's far easier to predict future greatness, if the previous releases showed this.

This.
by Bill Sweeney
March 24th, 2020, 5:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Rhys Horseshoe Syrah
Replies: 4
Views: 338

Re: TN: 2016 Rhys Horseshoe Syrah

How much air did you give it?
by Bill Sweeney
March 24th, 2020, 5:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Rivers-Marie Summa Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Replies: 10
Views: 840

Re: TN: 2017 Rivers-Marie Summa Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

I think even the Sonoma Coast bottling improves with a few years age. I don’t have a
long enough tasting history on these wines to be definitive, but I would guess five years might be good for the Summa. Your thoughts?
by Bill Sweeney
March 24th, 2020, 5:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle
Replies: 160
Views: 11282

Re: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle

Over past several nights an ‘82 Calon Segur, 2014 Rivers-Marie Joy Chard, and 2000 Dauvissat Preuses, notes posted separately. Last night was a 2008 Tabarrini Sagrantino which was surprisingly good for a $25 wine. Dark and powerful, but that unpleasant aggressiveness I often find in sagrantino had a...
by Bill Sweeney
March 24th, 2020, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dauvissat Preuses 2000
Replies: 1
Views: 156

TN: Dauvissat Preuses 2000

Green gold in the glass. At first I thought from the nose that it might be a little oxidized, but that quickly blew off. This was all seashells and minerals. I had read some CellarTracker notes that suggested it might be oth, but it turned out fine. Didn’t knock my socks off, but was very nice.
by Bill Sweeney
March 24th, 2020, 5:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 3 Brilliant Reds
Replies: 9
Views: 1014

Re: 3 Brilliant Reds

Reading your descriptions I can almost taste them. Thanks.
by Bill Sweeney
March 20th, 2020, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Rivers-Marie Joy Road chard
Replies: 1
Views: 168

TN: 2014 Rivers-Marie Joy Road chard

Pretty wonderful. Drank at about 60 deg, pop and pour. Great acid fruit balance, pear like flavor with a slight toffee thing in the finish which makes me think this bottle is better drunk today than next year. Fabulous wine. Rivers-Marie is one of my favorite producers.
by Bill Sweeney
March 18th, 2020, 5:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1982 Calon Segur
Replies: 3
Views: 357

Re: TN: 1982 Calon Segur

Bill, Looks like your cellar is not lacking in humidity! neener Sounds like a lovely bottle. Was Saint Estephe as well regarded in 1982 as other communes? I recall not loving the '82 Cos d'Estournel the one time I had it (falling short of high expectations), but don't ever recall trying the Calon S...
by Bill Sweeney
March 17th, 2020, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1982 Calon Segur
Replies: 3
Views: 357

TN: 1982 Calon Segur

Bought a number of these on release, and had four left. Thought now was a good time to try one. Showing its age, but an elegant old lady. Old Bordeaux smell reminiscent of cedar, mouth of good volume with a little iron in the finish. A wonderful bottle to savor. 90037EDD-8E53-472F-98BF-429E4BC4C5AD....
by Bill Sweeney
March 15th, 2020, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1977 Dow vintage port
Replies: 4
Views: 394

TN: 1977 Dow vintage port

Double decanted 5 hours. Wow, was this great. A light reddish brown, both the nose and mouth were ethereal. Much bigger than the light color suggested. Had it with walnuts, and that was a great accompaniment. If you’ve been waiting to drink this, now’s the time. Just fabulous.
by Bill Sweeney
February 24th, 2020, 4:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: continuing the discussion on old wines
Replies: 57
Views: 3883

Re: continuing the discussion on old wines

You are an artist in your writing. Some of the best non-fiction I’ve read.

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