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by Matt Mauldin
July 27th, 2022, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hand Picked Selections sold
Replies: 70
Views: 3306

Re: Hand Picked Selections sold

Dan, congratuations on your success!
by Matt Mauldin
July 27th, 2022, 11:03 am
Forum: Travel, Wine Tourism, and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Freddy’s Steakburger > In-N-Out, and it ain’t close!
Replies: 21
Views: 945

Re: Freddy’s Steakburger > In-N-Out, and it ain’t close!

In n out is the best QPR in burgers and it’s not close. $3.45 for a double double is insane. I think it’s by far the best fast food burger at that price point. On an absolute quality sense, it’s hard to compare to a quick casual place but I would still put it up against any site. Culver’s is fine, ...
by Matt Mauldin
July 26th, 2022, 8:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have you ever had a corked wine - tell tale signs?
Replies: 98
Views: 3014

Re: Have you ever had a corked wine - tell tale signs?

I once ate a banana that was corked. It smelled and tasted just like those damp musty produce shippers. It was unmistakable.
by Matt Mauldin
July 26th, 2022, 8:32 pm
Forum: Travel, Wine Tourism, and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Freddy’s Steakburger > In-N-Out, and it ain’t close!
Replies: 21
Views: 945

Re: Freddy’s Steakburger > In-N-Out, and it ain’t close!

In n out is the best QPR in burgers and it’s not close. $3.45 for a double double is insane. I think it’s by far the best fast food burger at that price point. On an absolute quality sense, it’s hard to compare to a quick casual place but I would still put it up against any site. Culver’s is fine, ...
by Matt Mauldin
July 15th, 2022, 11:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kerin O'Keefe leaving Wine Enthusiast
Replies: 155
Views: 10909

Re: Kerin O'Keefe leaving Wine Enthusiast

John, I completely understand where you're coming from, but I think that starts from a position of the critic mostly agreeing with you. I don't think this would work for a critic that loved barriques who would then comment about non-barriqued barolo in vague "I guess other people might like it...
by Matt Mauldin
July 14th, 2022, 11:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kerin O'Keefe leaving Wine Enthusiast
Replies: 155
Views: 10909

Re: Kerin O'Keefe leaving Wine Enthusiast

I’ve been following this thread and have really been trying not to comment, but it just seems like a strange line to draw in the sand. What relevance does O’Keefe’s possible tolerance for barrique aging in some circumstances have on her ability to evaluate and write about traditional Barolo? She’s ...
by Matt Mauldin
July 12th, 2022, 10:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kerin O'Keefe leaving Wine Enthusiast
Replies: 155
Views: 10909

Re: Kerin O'Keefe leaving Wine Enthusiast

I’ve been following this thread and have really been trying not to comment, but it just seems like a strange line to draw in the sand. What relevance does O’Keefe’s possible tolerance for barrique aging in some circumstances have on her ability to evaluate and write about traditional Barolo? She’s a...
by Matt Mauldin
July 4th, 2022, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A couple of great US Chardonnays for the holiday weekend
Replies: 5
Views: 965

Re: TN: A couple of great US Chardonnays for the holiday weekend

Marc, definitely no hurry on the Hanzell, but no regrets here on opening now. Loved it. I need to pay closer attention to them so I appreciate the reinforcement!
by Matt Mauldin
July 4th, 2022, 8:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sharing Tastings in Napa?
Replies: 126
Views: 6567

Re: Sharing Tastings in Napa?

I think you can safely apply common sense in most circumstances. If you're walking in and standing and tasting at the bar, then sharing tastes makes sense as an expectation. My wife and I have certainly done that plenty of times - she's a light taster. If you're making a seated reservation, then the...
by Matt Mauldin
July 4th, 2022, 8:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A couple of great US Chardonnays for the holiday weekend
Replies: 5
Views: 965

TN: A couple of great US Chardonnays for the holiday weekend

Some distinct differences and similarities in these two wines. The Walter Scott was supple, integrated and elegant. While the Hanzell was rich, dense, precise and powerful. Both had great energy and tension. I love both the Willamette Valley's and the Mayacamas Mountains' terroirs for Chardonnay. Tw...
by Matt Mauldin
July 2nd, 2022, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sharing Tastings in Napa?
Replies: 126
Views: 6567

Re: Sharing Tastings in Napa?

Wow folks. There should be no problem splitting tastings whatsoever. This should be about customer service - period. Personally, if a winery were not willing to do this, I would move on to another one . . .but perhaps it's just me. Flame away all. Most Napa tastings now are seated and aren't feasib...
by Matt Mauldin
July 1st, 2022, 10:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Couple of smoky OR 2020s
Replies: 40
Views: 3454

Re: A Couple of smoky OR 2020s

I had the Cristom 2020 at the winery last month. Like Joseph, I thought the smoke was noticable especially on the back end. It was interesting to taste, but definitely for immediate consumption (at best).
by Matt Mauldin
June 26th, 2022, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please rank these cabs
Replies: 10
Views: 1469

Re: Please rank these cabs

Mt Brave was a standout among the Napa Cabs at Wine Spectator Grand Tour in Vegas earlier this month.
by Matt Mauldin
June 19th, 2022, 9:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Father’s Day…what are you opening?
Replies: 40
Views: 1534

Re: Father’s Day…what are you opening?

2012 Ceritas Escarpa Vineyard Pinot Noir and 2015 Calluna Merlot 'Aux Raynauds'
by Matt Mauldin
June 8th, 2022, 10:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spectator Grand Tour Vegas; Brief Impressions
Replies: 5
Views: 975

Re: Spectator Grand Tour Vegas; Brief Impressions

I was there as well. You're right about Bordeaux being a big weakness. I thought France in general was a weakness. Strengths were Tuscany/Piedmont, Napa Valley, and Spain. Southern Hemisphere was well-represented. My favorites of the tasting were the Kistler 2017 Laguna Chard and the 2012 Fuligni Ri...
by Matt Mauldin
June 7th, 2022, 10:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: When three Santas came to town (Arcadian, Melville, Samsara)
Replies: 37
Views: 1578

Re: TN: When three Santas came to town (Arcadian, Melville, Samsara)

Good to see the 2005 Melville Sandy's Pinot Noir showing so well. These were big wines back in those days - tons of ripeness, but with the whole cluster adding a nice savory dimension. I really liked this era of Melville when I was first getting into Santa Barbara wines, although my style preference...
by Matt Mauldin
May 24th, 2022, 7:25 pm
Forum: Travel, Wine Tourism, and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Recommendations for Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 16
Views: 918

Re: Recommendations for Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Pegau and Barroche are both great visits.
by Matt Mauldin
May 3rd, 2022, 9:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black-Owned Wineries/Winemakers
Replies: 29
Views: 2428

Re: Black-Owned Wineries/Winemakers

Jeff Skinner wrote: May 3rd, 2022, 7:44 pm Andre Mack's wines are really solid! https://maisonnoirwines.com/wines

I've only had the more entry level ones, but thought they drank a bit above their price range.
His label designs are stellar too.
by Matt Mauldin
April 24th, 2022, 10:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hospice du Rhône 2022 photos
Replies: 15
Views: 1207

Re: Hospice du Rhône 2022 photos

Mel, thanks for the pics. You even managed to capture my side/back profile the Barroche table on Friday. Wish I could have stayed for more.
by Matt Mauldin
April 9th, 2022, 10:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ribera del Duero - where to start?
Replies: 29
Views: 1215

Re: Ribera del Duero - where to start?

Dominio de Atauta is really nice for ~$30-40.
by Matt Mauldin
April 9th, 2022, 10:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 White Rock Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 15
Views: 698

Re: TN: 2014 White Rock Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Great stuff. Love the Laureate as well. And their Estate Chardonnay.
by Matt Mauldin
April 4th, 2022, 10:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hospice Du Rhone - Paso - Apr. 22 - 23
Replies: 11
Views: 1428

Re: Hospice Du Rhone - Paso - Apr. 22 - 23

I'm attending the Friday tasting. See you there
by Matt Mauldin
March 21st, 2022, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Wine Store - But Need French Wine...
Replies: 8
Views: 428

Re: Santa Barbara Wine Store - But Need French Wine...

+1 on Renegade Wines. Your best option for sure.
by Matt Mauldin
March 6th, 2022, 10:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Tablas Creek Esprit De Beaucastel
Replies: 18
Views: 755

Re: TN: 2009 Tablas Creek Esprit De Beaucastel

A little piling on going on here. I had the 2010 a couple years back (albeit a little younger) and thought it was great. Early secondary - plenty of life ahead. The two drinkers on CT prior to Rich between 10/2 and 2/26 rated the 2009 highly over four TN's. As for the question of why you'd buy TCV o...
by Matt Mauldin
February 20th, 2022, 10:09 pm
Forum: Travel, Wine Tourism, and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Three days in Piedmont in April — couple of questions
Replies: 31
Views: 2735

Re: Three days in Piedmont in April — couple of questions

Jeff Vaughan wrote: February 20th, 2022, 4:28 pm For a tour guide, you can try Anna Savino at italiannawinetours.com or @italiannawinetours on IG.
This is the same one I exchanged emails with, referenced in my post above. Seems like a great contact.
by Matt Mauldin
February 20th, 2022, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I Know You've All Been Anxiously Awaiting the 2022 W.E. Vintage Chart
Replies: 33
Views: 2058

Re: I Know You've All Been Anxiously Awaiting the 2022 W.E. Vintage Chart

I like Matt Kettman for Cental Coast reviews, but yeah these vintage charts (both WE and WS) are typically hot garbage.
by Matt Mauldin
February 20th, 2022, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NR vs Rating on CT
Replies: 207
Views: 6844

Re: NR vs Rating on CT

I'll rate the wine if I've had time to truly drink it and experience it. If I'm out tasting at wineries or otherwise just getting a quick taste, I'll write a note but won't give it a rating.
by Matt Mauldin
February 18th, 2022, 11:49 pm
Forum: Travel, Wine Tourism, and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Three days in Piedmont in April — couple of questions
Replies: 31
Views: 2735

Re: Three days in Piedmont in April — couple of questions

In 2019 I was able to lineup a great day fairly easily via email. I’m pretty sure I heard back from all or most of who I contacted. The day was Burlotto, Vajra, G Rinaldi and Massolino. Also, many producers are using the service called Winearound, where you can book directly from their website - Cog...
by Matt Mauldin
February 5th, 2022, 9:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!
Replies: 186
Views: 15952

Re: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!

I'm about 7-8 weeks from my infection and last post. While both smell & taste have returned they are not at 100%. I did buy a smell kit early on as Mark mentions above (eucalyptus, clove, lemon & rose) and practice with it every few days, not to train myself any longer as I do smell it all ...
by Matt Mauldin
January 14th, 2022, 10:46 pm
Forum: Travel, Wine Tourism, and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Any quick tastings left in Napa valley?
Replies: 6
Views: 1936

Re: Any quick tastings left in Napa valley?

Frog's Leap has more casual tasting options. Seated, but casual. You can usually just make a reservation same day.
by Matt Mauldin
January 12th, 2022, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kim Marcus at Wine Spectator, RIP
Replies: 11
Views: 1945

Kim Marcus at Wine Spectator, RIP

https://www.winespectator.com/articles/ ... -1959-2022

Sorry to hear of the passing of Kim Marcus.
by Matt Mauldin
January 4th, 2022, 10:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: another Where To Visit in Napa thread – but with a twist: let's keep it under $100/bottle
Replies: 71
Views: 4890

Re: another Where To Visit in Napa thread – but with a twist: let's keep it under $100/bottle

My best bang for the buck is White Rock, but I am still pretty sure you can't visit there, which sucks. Grassi is a good off the beaten path brand, but also unsure of visiting. Mending Wall for sure. I think Detert is still under $100 for the most part. White Rock does have more formal hospitality ...
by Matt Mauldin
December 31st, 2021, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your NYE bubbly going to be?
Replies: 87
Views: 2896

Re: What’s your NYE bubbly going to be?

2011 Marguet Ambonnay
by Matt Mauldin
December 26th, 2021, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 60 minutes takes on climate change and its effect on the wine industry.
Replies: 7
Views: 846

Re: 60 minutes takes on climate change and its effect on the wine industry.

Thanks for posting this. I thought the piece was well done overall. This has been a tough issue for the broader media to cover (as it relates to wine) without pandering or coming off sensationalistic. 60 Minutes did a good job laying out the impacts and threats of climate change on wine, and tied it...
by Matt Mauldin
December 23rd, 2021, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My Top 25 Wines of 2021
Replies: 13
Views: 1967

Re: My Top 25 Wines of 2021

I enjoyed your three-part descriptors!
by Matt Mauldin
December 23rd, 2021, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chanin Sharp....
Replies: 12
Views: 662

Re: TN: Chanin Sharp....

Your note captures the wine perfectly. I fell in love with Chanin's wines, both at Lutum and at Chanin, with the 2013 Sanford and Benedict pinot. I have cases of his wines. I proselytized about them to several friends. I fell out of love starting with the 2018 vintage where he received a huge score...
by Matt Mauldin
December 18th, 2021, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: First Trip To Rhone - Guidance Needed
Replies: 8
Views: 1863

Re: First Trip To Rhone - Guidance Needed

Brian, I've had great luck self-guiding my own tours. Typically reached out via email (using Google translate). On my trips I've visited Levet, Rostaing, Sorrell, G. Gilles, Voges, Barroche, Pegau, Janasse among others booking on my own. I've also done a tour. As a WSET 3 you might find self-guided ...
by Matt Mauldin
December 17th, 2021, 10:40 pm
Forum: Travel, Wine Tourism, and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Setting up Domaine Visits in the Rhone
Replies: 5
Views: 1420

Re: Setting up Domaine Visits in the Rhone

Emailing has always worked for me. I've gotten some great appointments that way in the Rhone, including both Barroche and Janasse, and some great ones in the Northern Rhone too. You can also occasionally find a desirable producer on the Rue de Vignerons website and book there. https://www.ruedesvign...
by Matt Mauldin
December 7th, 2021, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many different wines do you taste each year?
Replies: 41
Views: 1886

Re: How many different wines do you taste each year?

I write between 300-400 notes a year on CellarTracker. In a normal year working in wine and attending wine tasting/events, I'd guess it's probably double that.
by Matt Mauldin
December 6th, 2021, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jean-Luc Jamet - quid to this Domaine?
Replies: 150
Views: 7528

Re: Jean-Luc Jamet - quid to this Domaine?

Since Cote Brune and Cote Blonde are large slopes with lots of vineyards, I don't know if you can tell from this the quality. Really? My understanding is that Cote Blonde and Cote Brune are two specific vineyards, each roughly the same size as the majority of the other Cote Rotie vineyards. Have a ...
by Matt Mauldin
November 27th, 2021, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Mount Eden, Gouges, Levet, Chanin
Replies: 12
Views: 847

Re: TN: Mount Eden, Gouges, Levet, Chanin

An 8 year old Gouges “drinking well.” What world is this? ;) Gouges is no longer the Dunn of Burgundy. They and Faiveley are now so drinkable young. Starting around what year, may I ask? I have a few from recent vintages (2015, 16, 17) that I did not even try when I received them. At least 2013...
by Matt Mauldin
November 27th, 2021, 8:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Mount Eden, Gouges, Levet, Chanin
Replies: 12
Views: 847

Re: TN: Mount Eden, Gouges, Levet, Chanin

Ed and Jordan, Mt Eden Chardonnay was very likely the WOTF.... Loved it.
by Matt Mauldin
November 27th, 2021, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Mount Eden, Gouges, Levet, Chanin
Replies: 12
Views: 847

Re: TN: Mount Eden, Gouges, Levet, Chanin

I’ve considered ‘13 good for earlier drinking from Burgundy and the Rhone, but that’s a wide generalization. To David’s point, the Gouges had some angles to it, but was definitely a nice drink.
by Matt Mauldin
November 27th, 2021, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Mount Eden, Gouges, Levet, Chanin
Replies: 12
Views: 847

Re: TN: Mount Eden, Gouges, Levet, Chanin

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: November 27th, 2021, 5:48 am An 8 year old Gouges “drinking well.” What world is this? ;)
I’m ever the optimist I guess. Tasted pretty good to me!
by Matt Mauldin
November 26th, 2021, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Mount Eden, Gouges, Levet, Chanin
Replies: 12
Views: 847

TN: Mount Eden, Gouges, Levet, Chanin

Fun lineup of Thanksgiving wines. All showed very well although the Levet definitely needed every bit of the time it was given. Tough to pick a favorite. 2013 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie La Chavaroche / La Péroline - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Côte-Rôtie (11/26/2021) Deep dark purple color with bri...
by Matt Mauldin
November 25th, 2021, 9:21 pm
Forum: Travel, Wine Tourism, and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Willamette Valley restaurant recommendations
Replies: 34
Views: 3151

Re: Willamette Valley restaurant recommendations

We enjoyed Earth & Sea and the Joel Palmer House when we visited back in June.
by Matt Mauldin
November 11th, 2021, 10:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara County Wins Wine Region of the Year - Wine Enthusiast
Replies: 18
Views: 1123

Re: Santa Barbara County Wins Wine Region of the Year - Wine Enthusiast

Here is what I wrote on FB about this: Now that I am nearly done with #harvest2021 (I still have one fermentor going as well as a carbonic tank slowly bubbling away), I wanted to say what a privilege and honor it is that Santa Barbara County was named Wine Region of the Year by the Wine Enthusiast ...
by Matt Mauldin
November 11th, 2021, 9:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Absolute best Petite Sirah: Jaffurs, Aaron and Switchback Ridge
Replies: 82
Views: 3229

Re: Absolute best Petite Sirah: Jaffurs, Aaron and Switchback Ridge

I’ll throw Retro Cellars (Mike Dunn) into the mix. I’ve not had their Howell Mtn. PS, but have enjoyed several vintages of the Napa bottling and find it well done. Tannins are well managed and the alcohol isn’t out of line. We opened a 2014 last week and it was terrific. Good call - Retro PS is rea...

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