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by Brian Gilp
April 22nd, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 LaRue pinot
Replies: 1
Views: 77

Re: 2013 LaRue pinot

Interesting note. The prior wines that I have tried from LaRue where not heavy to my taste. But my data points are limited.
by Brian Gilp
April 22nd, 2019, 4:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lunch with 16 Bordeaux, 1 standout and 10 not so good/ flawed wines on a beautiful day
Replies: 12
Views: 780

Re: Lunch with 16 Bordeaux, 1 standout and 10 not so good/ flawed wines on a beautiful day

I have noticed that once I have one flawed bottle, I am more likely to find another flawed bottle at the same tasting. I am not sure exactly why this is but I assume that once I catch whiff of a flaw that I become more aware of it and then will notice it in other wines at lower concentration levels ...
by Brian Gilp
April 21st, 2019, 4:42 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: is anyone open for tour & tasting on Saturday in Champagne?
Replies: 7
Views: 207

Re: is anyone open for tour & tasting on Saturday in Champagne?

Mumm is open on Saturday but I don’t recommend it.
by Brian Gilp
April 19th, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s this wine flaw
Replies: 8
Views: 551

Re: What’s this wine flaw

If by reductive, you mean H2S then I don’t think so. I have plenty of experience with H2S and while I will never rule out any possibility, this was vastly different than any prior experience I’ve had. The aroma was different and I honestly don’t recall the bitterness on the finish of any of the H2S ...
by Brian Gilp
April 19th, 2019, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s this wine flaw
Replies: 8
Views: 551

What’s this wine flaw

I did a quick search here and elsewhere and think it’s a disulfide of some kind but not positive. Any confirmation or other ideas? Oregon Chardonnay (2014) has a rubber aroma when first opened and a slight bitterness on the finish. Decanted the wine and periodically retasted over an hour+. Both the ...
by Brian Gilp
April 18th, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Babcock Syrah BlackLabel '97...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 177

Re: TN: Babcock Syrah BlackLabel '97...(short/boring)

Thanks for the note. I’ve got a lot of respect for Babcock and liked many if the wines. Still have a few in the cellar that I wondered if should be consumed soon but no where near as old as this. Seems I shouldn’t be concerned which is kind of what I thought.
by Brian Gilp
April 16th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sending bottles home from Napa
Replies: 36
Views: 1152

Re: Sending bottles home from Napa

Go to the local UPS store. Buy one shipper. Fill with 12 bottles of wine. Take back as checked baggage.
by Brian Gilp
April 4th, 2019, 5:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Knowing a wine
Replies: 9
Views: 522

Re: Knowing a wine

Like Marcus said, it really depends on what one means by knowing a wine. I worked weekends at a tasting room for a small winery back in the 90s. It was standard practice to taste every bottle before serving to others. That meant every open bottle from the day before and any new bottle opened. Tastin...
by Brian Gilp
April 2nd, 2019, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When’s the last time you cracked 12% in Cali?
Replies: 25
Views: 1230

Re: When’s the last time you cracked 12% in Cali?

I've tried a number of Broc wines but all were 2011s so not sure if they are representative of other vintages. I loved the whites but given my preference for acid driven whites that wasn't surprising. I didn't enjoy the reds. I found them all to have a sameness to them. I am sensitive to what I call...
by Brian Gilp
April 2nd, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When’s the last time you cracked 12% in Cali?
Replies: 25
Views: 1230

Re: When’s the last time you cracked 12% in Cali?

Hobo generally has a few wines below 12% each year and many in the low 12%.
by Brian Gilp
April 2nd, 2019, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvée Ste. Catherine
Replies: 10
Views: 463

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvée Ste. Catherine

I don't find this wine to come off as too sweet. The ones that I have had all seemed to be rich and in great balance. I checked a couple of tech sheets and the listed RS was in the 5 to 7.5 g/l range.
by Brian Gilp
March 31st, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Chenin Blanc Lodi (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)
Replies: 4
Views: 342

Re: TN: 2017 Sandlands Chenin Blanc Lodi (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)

Dave H. wrote:
March 31st, 2019, 4:33 pm
Have any of you east coasters heard anything about shipping, yet? I’m in Virginia.
Mine arrived Monday in Maryland.
by Brian Gilp
March 29th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Best Online Winemaking Course
Replies: 4
Views: 142

Re: Best Online Winemaking Course

I wouldn’t spend money on anything that covers just the basics. The basics aren’t that hard and the real isssues come from what’s not discussed in basic books. One book that has the basics but covers more and I still do use as a reference is by Pambianchi. Not sure if the exact title but something l...
by Brian Gilp
March 29th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle
Replies: 56
Views: 2567

Re: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle

I respectfully disagree with the Calluna choice. Those are really tight, lean wines. With age and aeration, probably good to many here on WB, but definitely not what I'd serve to a big group of civilians. This is not my experience. Granted my dataset consists of one group of 5 civilians that I intr...
by Brian Gilp
March 25th, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about magnum of 1999 Iniskillin Riesling Ice Wine
Replies: 9
Views: 461

Re: Question about magnum of 1999 Iniskillin Riesling Ice Wine

The color may not be all that much darker than normal, just looks that way due to the size of the bottle. This is something I have noticed with wines in 5 gallon carboys. The wine always looks darker in carboy than once its bottled or in the glass.
by Brian Gilp
March 18th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Martinelli "Jackass Vineyard" zinfandel
Replies: 26
Views: 741

Re: 2005 Martinelli "Jackass Vineyard" zinfandel

The wine that I had never recovered at least not before we consumed the case which was over many years. As best that I can recall it didn’t change much at all from the first bottle to the last. I am not suggesting that this is what explains the bottle you had. Just addressing that there are other wa...
by Brian Gilp
March 18th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Martinelli "Jackass Vineyard" zinfandel
Replies: 26
Views: 741

Re: 2005 Martinelli "Jackass Vineyard" zinfandel

I had to wonder if it was watered back a lot. I can't imagine how you'd get that alcohol level with that faint color and lack of concentration. I once tasted a wonderful Pinot from barrel and ordered a case to be shipped after it was bottled. What showed up was lighter and had less concentration to...
by Brian Gilp
March 15th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Martinelli "Jackass Vineyard" zinfandel
Replies: 26
Views: 741

Re: 2005 Martinelli "Jackass Vineyard" zinfandel

I had a '98 a few weeks ago that was all alcohol and caramel. The caramel was like an old Rioja -- essence of American oak. The '98 also burned with alcohol, though, unfortunately (marked at 16%). The few other old Jackass zins have been similar, out of whack with alcohol. The same person who provi...
by Brian Gilp
January 15th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SFChron Wine Judging Results
Replies: 35
Views: 1817

Re: SFChron Wine Judging Results

I haven't had the 2014 vintage but prior vintages of the Trump weren't even the best sparkler out of Charlottsville. Granted its not the worst either. But that's the problem with these wine competitions. They can only judge based on who enters and there is little upside for really good wineries to e...
by Brian Gilp
January 15th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Electric Kettle
Replies: 23
Views: 802

Re: Electric Kettle

I have a Hamilton-Beach in the office that was probably the cheapest I coudl find at Target 5+ years ago. It heats water and that is about all I can say about it. The French Press that I make in the office is inferior to what I make at home using the stove top kettle solely because the water temp. I...
by Brian Gilp
January 14th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Determining flawed/bad/corked wine directly from restaurant cellar
Replies: 23
Views: 943

Re: Determining flawed/bad/corked wine directly from restaurant cellar

I think it's important to discuss here what a 'flaw' is in a wine? I know that sounds simple to explain, but is it? We all have different thresholds for picking up most things, including TCA, brett, VA, and a few other 'questionable' things. TCA is relatively straightforward, and a restaurant shoul...
by Brian Gilp
January 14th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Determining flawed/bad/corked wine directly from restaurant cellar
Replies: 23
Views: 943

Re: Determining flawed/bad/corked wine directly from restaurant cellar

Are you extremely sensitive to TCA? I am admitted relatively insensitive to TCA but rarely have a single bottle that’s corked at a restaurant much less 3 of the same wine. Like Steve noted, if I’m not sure I ask to let it sit a few minutes to get a better idea as to if it’s flawed or not. How that ...
by Brian Gilp
January 14th, 2019, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Determining flawed/bad/corked wine directly from restaurant cellar
Replies: 23
Views: 943

Re: Determining flawed/bad/corked wine directly from restaurant cellar

Like Steve noted, if I’m not sure I ask to let it sit a few minutes to get a better idea as to if it’s flawed or not. How that works seems to depend on if there is a Somm or not. In places with a Somm, if they didn’t serve the wine, the request for time usually results in a very quick visit from the...
by Brian Gilp
January 13th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Does being 25 make me one of the younger members here?
Replies: 33
Views: 1733

Re: Does being 25 make me one of the younger members here?

My introduction was via my girlfriend’s parents when I was about 18. My parents didn’t drink so wine wasnt something I had any experience with, just cheap beer. My girlfriend’s parents took us out to dinner a few times and always ordered a bottle of wine and I was smitten. It was all I could do to n...
by Brian Gilp
January 10th, 2019, 3:43 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Expensive $200+ vs Moderately priced $40-$150 priced wines?
Replies: 15
Views: 1174

Re: Expensive $200+ vs Moderately priced $40-$150 priced wines?

I find it hard to make sweeping statements about price and quality. Quality is often as much about individual preferences as it is anything else, assuming sound farming and winemaking. So what I feel is quality you may not. I have found that if I taste through all of the wines that a winery produces...
by Brian Gilp
January 9th, 2019, 3:57 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Expensive $200+ vs Moderately priced $40-$150 priced wines?
Replies: 15
Views: 1174

Re: Expensive $200+ vs Moderately priced $40-$150 priced wines?

Moderately priced at $150? What? :D In my books anything with a three-figure price is expensive (apart from some styles, most wines above $75 are already quite expensive) and above $250 are premium wines. When you get basically 99% of the world's wines at less than $75 per bottle, I think calling $...
by Brian Gilp
January 8th, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Expensive $200+ vs Moderately priced $40-$150 priced wines?
Replies: 15
Views: 1174

Re: Expensive $200+ vs Moderately priced $40-$150 priced wines?

At lower price points there is a connection between cost and price. What point this is will depend on a number of factors so the range is somewhat broad and the cost for a primitive from puglia or a Malbec from Chile is going to be lower cost to produce than a Cabernet from Oakville. But it’s a safe...
by Brian Gilp
January 8th, 2019, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you need to drink lesser wines to appreciate the great ones?
Replies: 96
Views: 1915

Re: Do you need to drink lesser wines to appreciate the great ones?

Quality is relative and based on individuals own experience. If all one has tasted is Andre then Korbel probably tastes great.
by Brian Gilp
January 6th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Inexpensive Bordeaux
Replies: 53
Views: 3348

Re: Inexpensive Bordeaux

I’ve like Tour st. Bonnet in 2005 and 2010 but haven’t had any more recent vintages.
by Brian Gilp
January 6th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Favorite Paprika, anyone?
Replies: 17
Views: 659

Re: Favorite Paprika, anyone?

I’m still looking. Tired most of the same ones you have and feel the same way.
by Brian Gilp
January 4th, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux’s Equivalent to Old School Napa Cab?
Replies: 35
Views: 1967

Re: Bordeaux’s Equivalent to Old School Napa Cab?

I have come to accept that while my California Cabs (not restricted to Napa alone) preference is "old school", I don't really love Bdx. I have had the occasional bottle that impresses me but more often than not I find myself underwhelmed. Producers mentioned in this thread that I had on mulitple occ...
by Brian Gilp
January 1st, 2019, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Linden Hardscrabble Chardonnay 2008 and 2009
Replies: 1
Views: 99

Linden Hardscrabble Chardonnay 2008 and 2009

Opened both the 2008 and 2009 Linden Hardscrabble Chardonnay last night and was really impressed. I don’t have much experience with Chardonnay with much age so not sure how these would stack up against other examples of similar age. The wines were more similar than different showing the same flavor ...
by Brian Gilp
December 31st, 2018, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MM Echézeaux
Replies: 11
Views: 547

Re: MM Echézeaux

Wasn’t the last vintage of the VV 2010 or 2011? They have a select Ech now but I don’t think it’s the same as the VV.
by Brian Gilp
December 27th, 2018, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '99 Heitz Cellar Cab - Serving Recommendations
Replies: 9
Views: 528

Re: '99 Heitz Cellar Cab - Serving Recommendations

I haven’t had this wine but have had many others from the vintage. If me, I’d decant and serve immediately. It may take a few minutes to come around but I haven’t had any that needed hours and most were fine as PnP. I don’t know how much sediment to expect from this wine so stand up prior if possibl...
by Brian Gilp
December 22nd, 2018, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2003 Pontet Canet & 2015 Black Ankle Crumbling Rock
Replies: 37
Views: 1692

Re: TN 2003 Pontet Canet & 2015 Black Ankle Crumbling Rock

I’m assuming bottle variation but the 1996 PC that I had within the last few months wasn’t as good as the prior bottles and was unfortunately my last.
by Brian Gilp
December 22nd, 2018, 2:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Coffee Roasting Question
Replies: 101
Views: 4505

Re: Coffee Roasting Question

Gary, Yes that’s a little uneven but in my experience lighter roasts on Ethiopian beans are going to be uneven. Dry processed seem to be more uneven that wet processed. But if you want to keep city roast you are going to have to accept a little unevenness. That’s said, I find most other beans to be ...
by Brian Gilp
December 21st, 2018, 9:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Coffee Roasting Question
Replies: 101
Views: 4505

Re: Coffee Roasting Question

Ethopia Agaro Quota Co Op = preheat to 290F Similar to last roast, but at 5:00= 300F, at 6:00 = 320F, switched to P3, but at 7:15 just as First Crack was Starting, ERR2. it seemed to go thru most of 1C, but probably a Throwaway batch. Roast looks uneven, some medium, some light.. I don't understand...
by Brian Gilp
December 21st, 2018, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste
Replies: 115
Views: 3595

Re: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste

Having grown grapes in my own small vineyard for over a decade, I can say that I am truly amazed at how much difference a few feet can make wrt how a vine grows. I have vines spaced 3' x 3' and there are times when one vine can be showing signficant water stress and the one next to it isn't showing ...
by Brian Gilp
December 19th, 2018, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?
Replies: 105
Views: 2832

Re: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?

Mark Y wrote:
December 19th, 2018, 2:52 pm
larry schaffer wrote:
December 19th, 2018, 1:41 pm
Two words, my friend - screw caps
Can you use screw caps for Champagne? that'd be interesting to see.

In Larry's case, i'd say it's 100% retailer's issue..
Crown caps work
by Brian Gilp
December 19th, 2018, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Table Wine
Replies: 7
Views: 377

Re: Table Wine

I think there is a legal definition and then a common usage. I think the legal definition just indicates that it is a wine of between 11% and 14% alcohol. The common usage implies a wine to be consumed with food. This often implies a simple wine that won't ever be considered great. I also assume tha...
by Brian Gilp
December 18th, 2018, 5:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”
Replies: 191
Views: 7942

Re: “Speculators are ruining it for everybody”

What decline in the equity markets? Other than relatively modest corrections, the S&P 500 has risen pretty steadily since early 2009. Outside the US, 2011 was a fairly bad year with roughly 20% drops in many major indicies including the DAX, CAC, Kospi, Nikkei, Hang Seng, and Shanghai composite. Mo...
by Brian Gilp
December 13th, 2018, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pride cabernet sauvignon reserve 1999
Replies: 3
Views: 222

Re: Pride cabernet sauvignon reserve 1999

I've been a big fan of the 1999 vintage and felt it was more of a restrainted vintage. For my tastes I put the vintage just behind 1991 and 1994 and way ahead of 1997. Maybe its a function of the wines I like more than the vintage itself. Favorites of mine from 1999 have been Togni, Dutch Henry, and...
by Brian Gilp
December 12th, 2018, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good Store: Kahn’s
Replies: 13
Views: 643

Re: Good Store: Kahn’s

I used to commute between Columbus and Chicago through Indy and always stopped there (and Goose the Market for lunch). About two years ago I found an old cream-color label grand cuvée from the 80s. They charged me $150. Amazing wine Sounds familiar. Not sure if they are at the same location now or ...
by Brian Gilp
December 11th, 2018, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Orlando Wine Shop?
Replies: 5
Views: 280

Re: Orlando Wine Shop?

Would B-21 be a better option? They have on-line inventory and had free delivery to Orlando when I used them in the past. Not sure about their champagne selection so maybe not their strength.
by Brian Gilp
December 11th, 2018, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good Store: Kahn’s
Replies: 13
Views: 643

Re: Good Store: Kahn’s

25 years ago it was a great store. There was a period of time when the store got some bad press for wines listed as available on-line which weren’t. Glad to hear that things may be fixed.
by Brian Gilp
December 11th, 2018, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Vintages 2013 and 2014
Replies: 7
Views: 516

Re: California Vintages 2013 and 2014

I haven't had a 2013 since a trip to Napa & Sonoma in the fall of 2011 but based on that and some earlier samples, I am planning to wait a long time for the better 2013s to hit their peak. I would expect 2014 to drink better before the 2013s. I'm trying to wrap my head around that math. Agree that ...
by Brian Gilp
December 11th, 2018, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You ever get free wine?
Replies: 39
Views: 1630

Re: You ever get free wine?

Never received free wine but have been given a discount at my LWS if I would buy out the remaining inventory of a given wine.
by Brian Gilp
December 11th, 2018, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Vintages 2013 and 2014
Replies: 7
Views: 516

Re: California Vintages 2013 and 2014

I haven't had a 2013 since a trip to Napa & Sonoma in the fall of 2011 but based on that and some earlier samples, I am planning to wait a long time for the better 2013s to hit their peak. I would expect 2014 to drink better before the 2013s.
by Brian Gilp
December 11th, 2018, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with wine list for office party tonight
Replies: 5
Views: 272

Re: Help with wine list for office party tonight

Thanks much Kyle - Vallana Boca was my first thought for red along wtih Vajra Barbera, Oddero Langhe Nebb, and Giacosa Dolcetto. The Valtellina is too far out of range, as is the Cantalupo. Can only wiggle to the tune of a few bucks. I don't recall the vintage but the Giacosa Dolcetto which I had r...
by Brian Gilp
December 11th, 2018, 4:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Keller and Prum 15s, Arnoux CV 02
Replies: 27
Views: 885

Re: TNs: Keller and Prum 15s, Arnoux CV 02

OK, I will disagree, and say that 2012 is the most exciting vintage since 2001. 2015 is excellent, but the balance is not as good as ‘01 or ‘12. David, you’re not alone in thinking this way. My friend Doug also feels this way about 12. For me, the 15s were more immediately approachable and this may...

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