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by Matt Mauldin
February 19th, 2021, 10:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rioja
Replies: 56
Views: 2737

Re: Rioja

I've enjoyed a couple of 2016 Muja Reserva Unfiltered in the last few months. What a great wine for $25-30 to just buy off the shelf and drink the same night.
by Matt Mauldin
February 18th, 2021, 10:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 16 bottle Chardonnay Blowout Challenge!
Replies: 342
Views: 31987

Re: The 16 bottle Chardonnay Blowout Challenge!

If we could somehow bring this thread to the world, the world would be a better place.
by Matt Mauldin
February 13th, 2021, 10:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa recs for lover of cooler climate wines
Replies: 42
Views: 1881

Re: Napa recs for lover of cooler climate wines

Looks of good recommendations here. I'd add White Rock's Laureate. Not a lean wine by any stretch, but very classic old school Napa with a BDX influence.
by Matt Mauldin
February 12th, 2021, 10:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No wine in my cellar is safe from getting its cork pulled
Replies: 86
Views: 4254

Re: No wine in my cellar is safe from getting its cork pulled

I try to resist pulling my favorites that aren't at least 50/50 in CT (drank vs in cellars). That seems to be a good barometer, along with recent notes. I'm 47, so my collection doesn't tend to skew too mature, so I'll open something special a little too young for special occasions.
by Matt Mauldin
February 12th, 2021, 10:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine Jean Chartron Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Pucelle
Replies: 4
Views: 264

TN: 2014 Domaine Jean Chartron Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Pucelle

2014 Domaine Jean Chartron Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Pucelle - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru (2/12/2021) Very light, bright gold color. Alluring and exotic on the nose - lime & yuzu zest, crushed rock & sandstone, spices like gingerbread and tea le...
by Matt Mauldin
February 5th, 2021, 9:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K&L
Replies: 71
Views: 4966

Re: K&L

(commercial post: I do business with K&L) As a shopper, K&L's website and broad selection are the draws for me. I find the prices competitive, but I don't buy big on single wines like others here, so that it's not as big of a concern for me. As for service, a couple years ago I bought a Fran...
by Matt Mauldin
February 4th, 2021, 11:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?
Replies: 168
Views: 4971

Re: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?

Bordeaux varietals - low 13’s to low 14’s Syrah - 13 to low 14’s depending on terroir Southern Rhone/Mediterranean varietals - 14 to high 14’s Most Italian Red varietals - 14 to mid 14’s Tempranillo - 14’s Gamay - 13’s Loire Cab Franc - low 13’s Pinot Noir may not fit the OP, but mid 12’s to high 13’s
by Matt Mauldin
January 31st, 2021, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jeb Dunnuck really loves 2018 Napa
Replies: 104
Views: 7556

Re: Jeb Dunnuck really loves 2018 Napa

markjchambers wrote: January 31st, 2021, 1:21 pm So are there any values in there? 100 pts for <$250 say?
IIRC Spottswoode is under $250 and got a 100.
by Matt Mauldin
January 31st, 2021, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Lagier Meredith Syrah (USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder)
Replies: 3
Views: 362

Re: TN: 2009 Lagier Meredith Syrah (USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder)

Thanks Ian and Bob. I found this recently at K&L and thought it was a no-brainer, then noticed some wildly differing recent opinions on CellarTracker. To me, it exhibits classic traits of LM Syrah and seems to be in a great place. Maybe not a top vintage for this bottling, but certainly a worthy...
by Matt Mauldin
January 30th, 2021, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Lagier Meredith Syrah (USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder)
Replies: 3
Views: 362

TN: 2009 Lagier Meredith Syrah (USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder)

2009 Lagier Meredith Syrah - USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder (1/30/2021) Two hour decant. Deep ruby color, clearing at the edges. Lively aromatics - showing snappy blackberry & currant, mesquite smoke, fresh violets, sassafras, tapenade, hints of bay leaf and clove. Succulent open frui...
by Matt Mauldin
January 29th, 2021, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Cambria Barbara's Clone 667 Pinot Noir
Replies: 2
Views: 153

Re: TN: 2013 Cambria Barbara's Clone 667 Pinot Noir

Very warm vintage and a drought year, in a very cool AVA. IIRC there wasn't a lot of heat spike pressure at harvest, so plenty of opportunity for hangtime and slow ripening. Being close to the region, I find that even in the riper and rounder styles, Pinot Noir still gives lift and energy even when ...
by Matt Mauldin
January 27th, 2021, 11:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: N Rhone White Pairing Question
Replies: 15
Views: 873

Re: N Rhone White Pairing Question

Great advice from all of the above. Marsanne and Roussanne are so textural, they perform more like reds with food pairings. I tend to think of gamey and earthy flavors. The duck suggestion above is a really good one, and (as mentioned) herb crusted white meats is a classic pairing.
by Matt Mauldin
January 24th, 2021, 9:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: retail behavior
Replies: 20
Views: 1611

Re: retail behavior

They were proactive - contacted you and refunded your card quickly. Mistakes happen, it's how they're handled. I'd give them the benefit of the doubt.
by Matt Mauldin
January 23rd, 2021, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Ceritas Pinot Noir Porter-Bass Vineyard
Replies: 1
Views: 340

TN: 2013 Ceritas Pinot Noir Porter-Bass Vineyard

The Ceritas thread piqued my curiosity. This one's got great integration, but still a long way to go. Great bottle, though. 2013 Ceritas Pinot Noir Porter-Bass Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (1/23/2021) Ruby color throughout, medium depth with clarity. Freshness and purity i...
by Matt Mauldin
January 21st, 2021, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread
Replies: 237
Views: 11266

Re: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread

I slept a little better last night. I have been doing intermittent fasting, which is 8hrs of eating time followed by 16 hours off. For me, that means no food from 8pm to 12 noon. It's not so bad in the morning, but I get a little hangry right before dinner. No wine continues to be no problem. Tonig...
by Matt Mauldin
January 20th, 2021, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Ceritas Pinot Noir Senna (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 14
Views: 950

Re: TN: 2018 Ceritas Pinot Noir Senna (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

Just a general Ceritas pinot question. Does anyone think that given their old-school style of winemaking, that any of the Ceritas wines will age (ex: 20-30+ years) like producers such as Hanzell, etc? I've been buying Ceritas wines since 2011 with the hope that they will. Obviously, they source fro...
by Matt Mauldin
January 16th, 2021, 9:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread
Replies: 237
Views: 11266

Re: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread

I'm skipping wine on a Saturday night in January, does that count?
by Matt Mauldin
January 16th, 2021, 9:54 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Thoughts on WSET Levels 1-3?
Replies: 27
Views: 4547

Re: Thoughts on WSET Levels 1-3?

Has anyone recently taken WSET Level 3 online? I was hoping to test for Level 3 this year but it seems unlikely in-person classes will resume within the next few months, at least here in NYC. I'm interested in taking the self-study online version, but have heard from a friend that it's very clunky ...
by Matt Mauldin
January 16th, 2021, 9:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPDATE: Auction purchase - wine beyond damaged
Replies: 65
Views: 4418

Re: Auction purchase - wine beyond damaged

UPDATE: I finally got around to discarding the rest of this bad bottle (after I poured initial glass a few weeks ago, I recorked and left in area for bottle to be recycled). As much as I was surprised with the initial pour, the bottom of this bottle was just as surprising. I've seen sediment, but n...
by Matt Mauldin
January 16th, 2021, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K&L No Longer Shipping to Washington State
Replies: 43
Views: 3156

Re: K&L No Longer Shipping to Washington State

Ron Slye wrote: January 16th, 2021, 9:32 am I have never bought from wine.com. But curious how it perpetuates the restrictions on interstate alcohol commerce.
As Scott mentioned above, they have operations regionally in the US and several different shipping points.
by Matt Mauldin
January 14th, 2021, 10:04 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Fingers crossed. Booked 15 days in Italy for September 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 933

Re: Fingers crossed. Booked 15 days in Italy for September 2021

Good luck!

I also had an Italy trip cancelled in 2020, and am trying to decide to when to reschedule. I have a credit with Milan Museum for The Last Supper that I need to use, but fortunately they keep pushing the expiration back.
by Matt Mauldin
January 10th, 2021, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP
Replies: 145
Views: 9746

Re: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP

What a terrible tragedy. Very sorry to hear this news.
by Matt Mauldin
January 9th, 2021, 11:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée
Replies: 8
Views: 645

Re: TN: 2013 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Vince, certainly no harm in doing so. I think Dan's assessment of the 2013 also is spot-on, and his is certainly the expert opinion.
by Matt Mauldin
January 9th, 2021, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée
Replies: 8
Views: 645

Re: TN: 2013 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Robert Sand wrote: January 9th, 2021, 8:27 am 2011, 2013, 2014 are less hot and intense vintages, but they are drinking very well earlier on ...
and still very typical!
Very true, Robert.

PSA, K&L recently restocked on these back vintages. Can’t recall the 2011, but the 2013 and 2014 can be had for under $50.
by Matt Mauldin
January 8th, 2021, 11:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée
Replies: 8
Views: 645

Re: TN: 2013 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Larry, Melissa and I were enjoying it too much to leave any for tomorrow. But I know you might be interested, I bought this bottle at the Domaine, so it never went through logistics other than me schlepping it around for the rest of my vacation.
by Matt Mauldin
January 8th, 2021, 10:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée
Replies: 8
Views: 645

TN: 2013 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Good early drinking vintage of Pegau. Very nice elegance and expression. 2013 Domaine du Pégau Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1/8/2021) Decanted two-hours. Full ruby with light ruby edges. Aromatically expressive red fruit, damp earth and sav...
by Matt Mauldin
January 3rd, 2021, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ceritas Charles Heintz Chardonnay
Replies: 5
Views: 682

Re: 2018 Ceritas Charles Heintz Chardonnay

I love Ceritas for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. I've found with Chardonnay's that I've had (vintages 2011 - 2013), they show great young, becomes subdued for a bit at around 5 years, and then come alive from there in a big way. I need to look for new vintages, and this looks like a good place to start...
by Matt Mauldin
January 3rd, 2021, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?
Replies: 53
Views: 2831

Re: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?

Michae1 P0wers wrote: January 3rd, 2021, 1:22 pm Occhipinti SP68 and Frappato, the former probably being my "favorite" drink-now red.
Gulfi Neros
Vajra Rosso and Nebbiolo Rosso
Thivin Brouilly Reverdon
LdH Cubillo
I've been meaning to pick up some Occhipinti for awhile. Thanks for mentioning.
by Matt Mauldin
January 3rd, 2021, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?
Replies: 53
Views: 2831

Re: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?

Nice Thread, agree with so many on this list and look forward to hunting for and trying others from this list A couple I would add I didnt see: Abadia Retuerta Selección Especial Sardon de Duero & Fattoria Selvapiana Chianti Rùfina Riserva Bucerchiale and I like just popping Seghesio Zin Thanks...
by Matt Mauldin
January 1st, 2021, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?
Replies: 53
Views: 2831

Re: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?

Sh@n A wrote: January 1st, 2021, 7:36 pm Some recents:
Balthazar Cotes du Rhone: $15
Burlotto Pelaverga: $23
Produttori Normale: $35
Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape: $40
Great picks. I had the Pelaverga recently and enjoyed it. My local shop has the Balthazae CrR... will keep that on the radar.
by Matt Mauldin
January 1st, 2021, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Castellare di Castellina I Sodi di S. Niccolò Toscana IGT
Replies: 16
Views: 1231

Re: TN: 2016 Castellare di Castellina I Sodi di S. Niccolò Toscana IGT

Like Juan above, I recently picked up the 2015 at retail (K&L). Would love to hear someone's take on how the 2016 compares.
by Matt Mauldin
January 1st, 2021, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?
Replies: 53
Views: 2831

Re: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?

K Kl@dder wrote: January 1st, 2021, 7:07 pm Chappellet Mountain Cuvée
It's been awhile on the Mountain Cuvee, but I generally like Chappellet. Thanks for mentioning.
by Matt Mauldin
January 1st, 2021, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?
Replies: 53
Views: 2831

Re: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?

Cru Beaujolais is a good call, especially on wine lists. I'd probably cellar a Foillard for a bit, but not necessary.
by Matt Mauldin
January 1st, 2021, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?
Replies: 53
Views: 2831

Re: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?

Brian S t o t t e r wrote: January 1st, 2021, 7:04 pm Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel
Good call. I wish I'd see more of that in stores in Santa Barbara.
by Matt Mauldin
January 1st, 2021, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?
Replies: 53
Views: 2831

What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?

I'm thinking of red wines $20 to under $40, and fairly easy to find at retail. Wines with character and a nice degree of complexity that are ready to drink (not that they couldn't age well but why bother?), that over-deliver on value. A wine to be opened and enjoyed that doesn't need to be fawned ov...
by Matt Mauldin
December 31st, 2020, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year’s wine resolution
Replies: 51
Views: 2076

Re: New Year’s wine resolution

Buy more wines to drink now. Enjoy more everyday wines. Wine doesn't always have to be an intellectual exercise.
by Matt Mauldin
December 29th, 2020, 10:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)
Replies: 11
Views: 1184

Re: TN: 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)

I've had Rancia young (at tastings and a bottle at home), but never with age. I'll have to change that.
by Matt Mauldin
December 29th, 2020, 10:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Distributors - Is it worth the cost?
Replies: 17
Views: 2283

Re: Distributors - Is it worth the cost?

One of the biggest 'challenges' is that the 'quality' of your product has little to do with whether you can or will be successful in your endeavors in this country via distributors / brokers. As others have pointed out, there is a flood of wine out there - how do you differentiate yourselves from e...
by Matt Mauldin
December 29th, 2020, 10:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Distributors - Is it worth the cost?
Replies: 17
Views: 2283

Re: Distributors - Is it worth the cost?

There are also wine brokers. They tend to take a lesser cut, but it means they're just a sales go-between and you pay for the storing of the wine and the shipping when it goes to retailer. For smaller brands it can be a better solution. But with restaurants being out of the picture for the time bei...
by Matt Mauldin
December 29th, 2020, 9:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)
Replies: 11
Views: 1184

Re: TN: 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)

.. it made me wonder why I'm not doing deeper dives into Chianti Classico. There are very, very few Chianti Classicos like Fontodi's. It's a big, rich, modern style that's almost jammy in style - and I can count on one hand the Chianti Classicos that compare. I'm a long time fan, but it's a pretty ...
by Matt Mauldin
December 29th, 2020, 9:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the size and weight of a wine bottle matter?
Replies: 55
Views: 2271

Re: Does the size and weight of a wine bottle matter?

I like the variation of bottle shape both by tradition and style, and a homogenous bottle shape isn't something I'd like to see in fine wine. I do agree that the ultra-heavy bottle weights are out of touch for a number of reasons.
by Matt Mauldin
December 28th, 2020, 9:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Distributors - Is it worth the cost?
Replies: 17
Views: 2283

Re: Distributors - Is it worth the cost?

There are also wine brokers. They tend to take a lesser cut, but it means they're just a sales go-between and you pay for the storing of the wine and the shipping when it goes to retailer. For smaller brands it can be a better solution. But with restaurants being out of the picture for the time bei...
by Matt Mauldin
December 28th, 2020, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Distributors - Is it worth the cost?
Replies: 17
Views: 2283

Re: Distributors - Is it worth the cost?

Simon, I work on the supplier side for a US wine company based in California, and have extensive experience managing distributor networks. I've also worked for distributors. Feel free to send me a PM and I'll answer your questions as best I can.
by Matt Mauldin
December 27th, 2020, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stony Hill Sold.....Again?!
Replies: 51
Views: 4694

Re: Stony Hill Sold.....Again?!

I've been to Stony Hill and it needs significant replants and frankly, a new winery and needs to enter the 21st century. Odd timing, but I was able to visit both Mayacamas in 2013 & Stony Hill in 2018 in the months prior to their sales. Both wineries were so antiquated it's a wonder they were s...
by Matt Mauldin
December 25th, 2020, 9:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker wine scores
Replies: 75
Views: 4254

Re: Cellar Tracker wine scores

I think Cellartracker is massively more useful for making wine purchasing choices than any single commercial critic, even great critics like William Kelley. CT wines with multiple notes have 1) lots of notes from bottle (realize not all CT notes are from bottle but usually all but the first one or ...
by Matt Mauldin
December 23rd, 2020, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)
Replies: 11
Views: 1184

Re: TN: 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)

Thanks so much for this TN, Matt, a wine I may actually be able to get up here. Thoughts about how it compares to the 15? This sounds 'nummy Mike Mike, I'll leave the vintage comparison to others with more Fontodi expertise. I like the producer, but don't get to it every year. I can definitely reco...
by Matt Mauldin
December 23rd, 2020, 9:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)
Replies: 11
Views: 1184

TN: 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)

Loved this. Such nice complexity with bountiful energy and openness. I was making a birthday dinner for my wife - steak au poive with au-gratin potatoes and skillet-roasted brussels, and am trying to give my cellar a break. Picked this up at my local shop, and it was perfect for the occasion. 2016 F...
by Matt Mauldin
December 20th, 2020, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Côte-Rôtie under 100$.
Replies: 110
Views: 7239

Re: Côte-Rôtie under 100$.

In addition to earlier recommendations, famous Condrieu producer Georges Vernay also makes a good Cote Rotie "Blonde du Seigneur", and due to the "Ramonet effect" where everyone wants the whites and ignores the reds, even though retail price on these approaches $100, 2015-2017 h...
by Matt Mauldin
December 19th, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Côte-Rôtie under 100$.
Replies: 110
Views: 7239

Re: Côte-Rôtie under 100$.

Mattstolz wrote: December 19th, 2020, 10:05 am love Domaine Faury and their Cote Rotie is well under $100. more in the $60 ballpark
+1 - both this and the Saint-Josepth VV are always tremendous values.

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