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by wspohn
June 1st, 2020, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine de la Taille aux Loups Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos de Mosny
Replies: 9
Views: 247

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine de la Taille aux Loups Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos de Mosny

The 2010 was outstanding - the only reason I have a bottle left when it is probably sliding a bit now is that I am reluctant to not have one to drink. You are lucky to see it as I don't think production is huge.
by wspohn
June 1st, 2020, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine de la Taille aux Loups Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos de Mosny
Replies: 9
Views: 247

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine de la Taille aux Loups Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos de Mosny

I have a last bottle of the 2010 in the cellar. These wines have a decently long life and quite high quality. This is the good one, although the Dix Arpents is also pretty decent.
by wspohn
May 6th, 2020, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast
Replies: 168
Views: 8336

Re: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast

I wish we could get some of those Syrahs up here in BC!
by wspohn
May 5th, 2020, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast
Replies: 168
Views: 8336

Re: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast

I buy a case of the Violette every year - best Syrah at around $30 Can. I have around three years in the cellar at any given time. The rose, Vaila, a Pinot Noir Rose, can also be very good although in some years it can be eclipsed by the Rose from La Stella, the other winery owned by the same group ...
by wspohn
May 5th, 2020, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Plenty of Aged Amarone (1999-1959)
Replies: 10
Views: 691

Re: TN: Plenty of Aged Amarone (1999-1959)

I am encouraged - I have a couple of cases of Amarone back to the 1971 Bertani and have been meaning to get into it, but the occasion just never seems right.
by wspohn
May 5th, 2020, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast
Replies: 168
Views: 8336

Re: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast

Best in BC and competitive with CA and WA producers is Le Vieux Pin, Particularly this one

https://levieuxpin.ca/product/2016-equinoxe-syrah/
by wspohn
May 5th, 2020, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When Will California Tasting Rooms Reopen?
Replies: 43
Views: 2412

Re: When Will California Tasting Rooms Reopen?

Vince L. wrote:
May 2nd, 2020, 9:00 pm
Alcohol brings out the worst in people.
Been spending to much time in the Asylum....?

Tasting should restart by appointment and maybe only a few people per appointment - no more bus tours, assuming the buses are even going to be doing tours for awhile.
by wspohn
May 2nd, 2020, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Lynch Bages
Replies: 6
Views: 620

Re: TN: 1990 Lynch Bages

I still have a few of these, but will drink the 82s and 88s first as I think that the 90 is a long hold wine. Also have a bottle of the 1970 I had forgotten about but IIRC there isn't too much risk there either. The 1990 is an excellent wine, though I would put the Montrose and probably the Angelus ...
by wspohn
May 1st, 2020, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)
Replies: 163
Views: 10021

Re: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)

Opened a bottle of this tonight - corked! Certainly seems to be an issue with this vintage.

Opened a second bottle - as expected, although having lost the first flush of youth, it has a bit more flavour interest and is holding very well. Drink over the next 2 or 3 years.
by wspohn
May 1st, 2020, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)
Replies: 163
Views: 10021

Re: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)

Sarah - glad I read you right. BTW - I have never had goat liver before (though am a fan of goat meat generally). How i it? Stronger than chicken or calves' liver? I have a bottle of the Langhe out to open for dinner tonight to refresh my recollection/assessment of the wine, and to help me decide wh...
by wspohn
May 1st, 2020, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)
Replies: 163
Views: 10021

Re: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)

There are a lot of clueless people that post on CT. I almost never post there but was incited to do so when I saw a note from some idiot saying that the 1975 Bordeaux were over the hill. My response indicated that those wines were nowhere near ready yet. I have similarly seen such declarations of pr...
by wspohn
April 20th, 2020, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Château La Grave a Pomerol Trigant de Boisset
Replies: 1
Views: 109

TN: 1995 Château La Grave a Pomerol Trigant de Boisset

We've been hunkered down at home having a bottle a night buy for some reason I haven't been taking notes. Mostly 200, 2001 and such. Tis time I wanted to look at the hard 95 vintage to see if they were coming around. Good dark colour, still significant tannin but soft enough to be pleasant drinking,...
by wspohn
March 15th, 2020, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Seven wines from 1978 (CA and WA), and a few others...
Replies: 25
Views: 1591

Re: TN: Seven wines from 1978 (CA and WA), and a few others...

Same - amazingly dark but not oxidized. I asked a prof in the wine department at a local university if anyone had investigated why there was this difference between German and American Rieslings with similar age and RS and he thought it might make an interesting project to find out. It also occurs t...
by wspohn
March 15th, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Seven wines from 1978 (CA and WA), and a few others...
Replies: 25
Views: 1591

Re: TN: Seven wines from 1978 (CA and WA), and a few others...

You give me hope - I have a bottle of 1978 Villa Mt Eden Reserve Cab in the cellar that I figure is probably long over the hill. Guess I should give it a try. The only other 1978 Californian I have is the Ch. St. Jean Riesling TBA and that still drinks superbly.
by wspohn
March 9th, 2020, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bourdy Baudry Aubert Chevillon Tardieu Delaforce
Replies: 0
Views: 213

TN: Bourdy Baudry Aubert Chevillon Tardieu Delaforce

Notes from a blind tasting lunch. 2013 Conceito Blanco – this was a wine I had picked up for my wife to present. It is made in the Douro by a perfectionist winery and is a field mix of ten different native varietals, fermented and kept in oak. Showing some colour and a very attractive nose with fain...
by wspohn
March 8th, 2020, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1979 Ch. Figeac - a wine from another era
Replies: 46
Views: 2136

Re: 1979 Ch. Figeac - a wine from another era

Lot of respect for the Figeac red here. We swapped an 82 Mouton for 3 bb of the Figeac - I figure we came out far ahead on that one. Am pretty much out of 79s now as I intentionally drank them while they were drinking well (last bottle was a Ducru that had the effrontery to be corked). Have one Lato...
by wspohn
March 8th, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #Nopaulee
Replies: 8
Views: 1157

Re: #Nopaulee

I thought this was a nopale.....

Have never been a fan of the Paulee - prefer to do that sort of thing at home with small groups.

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by wspohn
March 8th, 2020, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home purchase with wine cellar question
Replies: 36
Views: 2056

Re: Home purchase with wine cellar question

As I did a lot of real estate law in a very affluent area, I saw a lot of botched 'wine cellars', some of them nothing more than a hollow core door on a closet with a 'wine cellar' sign on it. Building a proper cellar is demanding even for the usual contractors if they have no experience with them. ...
by wspohn
March 3rd, 2020, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Northern Rhones
Replies: 28
Views: 2057

Re: TN: Northern Rhones

I have always preferred Jaboulet to Chapoutier, but have had some pleasant surprises with Chapoutier including their basic 1995 Cornas, which was quite presentable and the Ermitage Les Greffieux which in some vintges excels. And their Crozes, Meysonnierrs has been a best buy in the last couple of vi...
by wspohn
March 1st, 2020, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Northern Rhones
Replies: 28
Views: 2057

Re: TN: Northern Rhones

OTOH, I have slowly worked my way through almost a case of 1993 La Sizeraine, some good some not so much, and the last one I opened was the best I have ever tasted.
by wspohn
February 29th, 2020, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Northern Rhones
Replies: 28
Views: 2057

TN: Northern Rhones

Blind tasting notes Feb. 28, 2016 Northern Rhone theme, with Southern Rhone allowed only for whites and good ringers invited. Laurent-Perrier Champagne Grand Siècle Iteration 24 Grande Cuvée – this one was based on the 2006, 2004, and 2002 vintages. Excellent nose, smooth crisp entry, very good. 201...
by wspohn
February 16th, 2020, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Spaniard in the Works
Replies: 1
Views: 272

TN: A Spaniard in the Works

Notes from a Spanish wine dinner. Vouette et Sorbée Brut (nv) – Showing a bit of colour, and a nice nose with lemon and orange notes, good mouth fell, a bit soft at the end. Laurent-Perrier Champagne Grand Siècle "La Cuvée" – this one a blend of three older vintages, but our expectations were dashed...
by wspohn
January 29th, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not Just Wine is Being Faked
Replies: 4
Views: 805

Re: Not Just Wine is Being Faked

'Old' single malts are a mug's game anyway. Unlike wine which develops in the bottle, distilled liquor is stable and static in the bottle so a bottle with a label that says it was a 10 year old bottled in 2000 and one that says it was a 10 year old bottled in 1975 should sell for the same price. The...
by wspohn
January 29th, 2020, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not Just Wine is Being Faked
Replies: 4
Views: 805

Not Just Wine is Being Faked

https://nationalpost.com/news/scientist ... e-of-fakes

Those really (supposedly) old bottles of single malt that some idiots ....er, well heeled people pay ridiculous prices for, may not be what they seem.
by wspohn
January 28th, 2020, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical
Replies: 36
Views: 2035

Re: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical

Soon I´m going to do a comprehensive St.Emilion-tasting. My order will be (most probably): 1st flight: 1995/98/99/2000 2nd: 4x 1995 3rd: 1983/85/85/86 4th: 4x 1998 5th: 4x 1990 6th: 1970/1975/1976/1978 7th: 4x 1989 It also depends on the meal served in between ... Just for fun, my comments on that ...
by wspohn
January 27th, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your most memorable wine experience
Replies: 50
Views: 2767

Re: Your most memorable wine experience

Four rather different wine experiences come to mind: 1. A bottle of Mateus Rose in the garden of the faculty club of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver [take note, Bill Spohn!] (in a year long enough ago that I have no interest in disclosing it publicly) with a young lady (whose name I...
by wspohn
January 27th, 2020, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical
Replies: 36
Views: 2035

Re: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical

Because if you taste a huge fruit and tannin monster first, your palate is challenged to appreciate and assess the subtleties of the mature wines.
by wspohn
January 27th, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your most memorable wine experience
Replies: 50
Views: 2767

Re: Your most memorable wine experience

Many great memories, but this one still sticks in my memory. 1928 Dr. Barolet Collection Grands Echezeaux ((Henri de Villamont) - The good doctor collected and made wine from 1911 until his death in 1969, and left a collection of 160,000 bottles. He is thought to have adulterated extensively with wi...
by wspohn
January 24th, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Herrenweg de Turckheim
Replies: 0
Views: 164

TN: 2005 Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer Herrenweg de Turckheim

A medium amber colour, an identifiable Gewürztraminer nose with a sweet apricot overlay, some RS in the finish and could use a tad more acidity. For the first while there was a slightly bitter almond component in the finish, but that disappeared with time in the glass. 15% alcohol. Still drinking we...
by wspohn
January 23rd, 2020, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barbera vs Zinfandel
Replies: 11
Views: 969

Re: Barbera vs Zinfandel

David, it is possibly a conscious choice by the importers to only bring in the 'big' Dolcettos that get great reviews. Another example of this phenomenon is that in my market we get all the big blowsy Australian wines I can't stand, while they continue making lovely balanced reds that simply aren't ...
by wspohn
January 23rd, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barbera vs Zinfandel
Replies: 11
Views: 969

Re: Barbera vs Zinfandel

Some of Ravenswood's least expensive Zins are light enough to pair pretty well with Italian food. As for Dolcetto, does anyone recall when it was the Beaujolais of that part pf Italy, a nice light fresh fruity wine, before it was transformed/Parkerized and pumped/plumped up into something it had nev...
by wspohn
January 22nd, 2020, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barbera vs Zinfandel
Replies: 11
Views: 969

Re: Barbera vs Zinfandel

Yes - the excellent match with the clean acidic Barbera and then the jarring sweet ripe wine that just wasn't doing anything for the food.
by wspohn
January 20th, 2020, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barbera vs Zinfandel
Replies: 11
Views: 969

Barbera vs Zinfandel

Went to a new Italian pizza place that just opened and my friend and I each took a bottle. Neither of us knew what the other was bringing. My bottle: 2015 Elio Sandri Barbera d'Alba - fairly dark, with aromas of dark fruit - blackberry and currant, with a herbal aspect and a hint of earthiness. On p...
by wspohn
January 19th, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical
Replies: 36
Views: 2035

Re: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical

Ron Erickson wrote:
January 19th, 2020, 7:58 am
I still have a few 98's and 01's. The 98's were case purchases at $19 a bottle.
I tasted that one on release and bought two cases (19 bb remain) as it presented soooo well. I probably paid $40 Can. for it.
by wspohn
January 16th, 2020, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical
Replies: 36
Views: 2035

Re: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical

What I can't figure out is how the ripe vintages were given similar high scores as the more classic moderate vintages. How can the same critics think that those two styles, at opposite ends of the scale, are equally meritorious? And don't dis the 2007 - I shall live in hope that they transform with ...
by wspohn
January 15th, 2020, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical
Replies: 36
Views: 2035

Re: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical

Think Cambie considers himself to be king of grenache. It would be instructive to open a bottle of his Halos de Jupiter Châteauneuf-du-Pape (or maybe the Adrastee) beside the same vintage of Vieux Donjon....
by wspohn
January 15th, 2020, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical
Replies: 36
Views: 2035

Re: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical

Cambie says his first vintage consulting there was 2003. Sounds like he hasn't made much difference in the house style? Hard to say. The period saw not just his involvement but also a series of hot weather vintages and how much of the stylistic change is due to which influence is hard to know. I wi...
by wspohn
January 15th, 2020, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical
Replies: 36
Views: 2035

Re: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical

That would have been nice, but we already had 12 vintages for 10 people and some were driving....
by wspohn
January 15th, 2020, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical
Replies: 36
Views: 2035

TN: Vieux Donjon Vertical

Notes from a Vieux Donjon vertical tasting dinner at a local restaurant. 2017 Chante Cigale Extrait blanc – mid golden colour, and a nose of honeysuckle and peach, smooth and long on palate with a hint of marzipan in the finish. Very good. (We couldn't find a bottle of Donjon blanc) 1990 – light gar...
by wspohn
January 11th, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Australia Old and New
Replies: 6
Views: 688

TN: Australia Old and New

My turn to host our local group blind tasting and I chose a theme of Australian wines. I have been working through my backlog of older Aussie wines, many of which were in a style I enjoyed, but I stopped buying much at all when the style changed to a sweeter and often less structured sort of wine in...
by wspohn
December 23rd, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Raphet and Drouhin Bourgognes
Replies: 0
Views: 326

TN: Raphet and Drouhin Bourgognes

We decided to taste the old and new world pinots of equivalent cost (~$50 Can) to see which was the more interesting. 2015 Gérard Raphet Bourgogne – light garnet colour, a very nice nose with red fruit and spice, good fruit on palate with medium weight and elegant medium length finish. Delightful. C...
by wspohn
December 20th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1970 Ch. Latour (magnum)
Replies: 5
Views: 449

Re: TN: 1970 Ch. Latour (magnum)

Chuck, I have had exactly the same experience in the past and no one would believe that they were the same wine! Fortunately both halves stayed the same in this case, but I still wonder what accounted for my other experience (with a different Bordeaux), Maybe something in the decanter, or....?
by wspohn
December 19th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1970 Ch. Latour (magnum)
Replies: 5
Views: 449

Re: TN: 1970 Ch. Latour (magnum)

Mmmm, Grange. My/our tastes had changed over the years and I suggested that we consider selling or trading the Grange for a decent half case of older Bordeaux, but there were no local takers, plus anyone that would be interested was unlikely to have any claret to swap, so I think we've resigned our...
by wspohn
December 19th, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1970 Ch. Latour (magnum)
Replies: 5
Views: 449

TN: 1970 Ch. Latour (magnum)

I belong to a group of four wine aficionados who came together back in the 1980s with the purpose of acquiring bottles we wouldn’t or couldn’t afford individually and to do cellar buy-outs when the opportunity presented. Time has passed – we last did a dinner about 10 years ago – but we still had a ...
by wspohn
December 14th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 3 Bruts Arnot Roberts WS PN Solaia Quilceda Grahams
Replies: 0
Views: 308

TN: 3 Bruts Arnot Roberts WS PN Solaia Quilceda Grahams

Notes from a blind tasting lunch Being Christmas time, we had a larger than usual share of bubbly. They were served with a really, really good French onion soup. 2002 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Cuvée Rare – huge effervescence on opening, fresh nose with both lemon and toasted cashew notes, well balan...
by wspohn
December 7th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Layout my wine cellar
Replies: 48
Views: 2869

Re: Layout my wine cellar

Bear in mind that given a necessary spacing between a bin and the next bin - I figure about 30" so you can bend down and find bottles - (assuming several parallel rows of bins) it makes no difference at all whether the bins are double deep with one side blank, or double deep with both sides open. Sa...
by wspohn
December 7th, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Layout my wine cellar
Replies: 48
Views: 2869

Re: Layout my wine cellar

I know a ton of people with huge cellars and double deep (in my terms) racking. Our space is quite large, and we have double deep everywhere that isn't open bin, including back to back double-deep (like yours, but double on either side) for the center aisles. With our cellar volume, to do back to b...
by wspohn
December 6th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Layout my wine cellar
Replies: 48
Views: 2869

Re: Layout my wine cellar

I guess there are different uses of the term "double deep," and I can see both making sense. In building ours and speaking with several cellar designers, we were on the same page with the way I used it - the front bottle in each individual slot needs to be pulled out to access the one in the back. ...
by wspohn
December 6th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Layout my wine cellar
Replies: 48
Views: 2869

Re: Layout my wine cellar

Double deep doesn't mean like a wine cooler where you have to pull out bottles to reveal the back rows. It means that you have a double thick rack accessible from both sides (the racks on the walls are single depth only). No idea why it insists on putting the image on its side.... That's a wall of R...

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