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by Ramon C
April 23rd, 2019, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Côte de Baleau, motivated by my thread to try 2000s
Replies: 4
Views: 247

Re: TN: 2000 Château Côte de Baleau, motivated by my thread to try 2000s

Also had a smattering of this over the last 15 years, iirc each costing substantially < $19.99, and have enjoyed more than the original TN.
by Ramon C
April 22nd, 2019, 6:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10373
Views: 336008

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

With Spanish Easter brunch at Ortzi in NYC:

1995 Bodegas Muga Prado Enea GR
1994 Campillo Reserva Especcial
2002 Dom. Matrot Meursault-Charmes

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by Ramon C
April 20th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner wine for tonight: 1959 La Mission Haut Brion
Replies: 40
Views: 1468

Re: Dinner wine for tonight: 1959 La Mission Haut Brion

My condolences.

Enjoy the wine.
by Ramon C
April 20th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wine/Food Recommendations-Jura/Annecy/Beaujolais
Replies: 3
Views: 112

Re: Wine/Food Recommendations-Jura/Annecy/Beaujolais

Can’t figure out why Houillon-Overnoy is not in your Arbois winery list, but I’ll still recommend.

For Arbois restaurant, I’ll suggest La Balance Mets et Vins for good food and awesome local wines to match. The chicken in vin jaune and morilles is awesome.
by Ramon C
April 20th, 2019, 12:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10727
Views: 476665

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Peter Panzica wrote:
April 19th, 2019, 1:34 pm

Redneck wine in Tampa.
Of course. [cheers.gif]
by Ramon C
April 19th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10373
Views: 336008

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Mike Evans wrote:
April 19th, 2019, 6:01 am
I was too busy visiting to take notes, but the wines were all good to excellent.
Jelly here. Understandable on enjoying, yet would have loved to read TNs.
by Ramon C
April 12th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bordeaux 1989 Right Bank wines in NYC
Replies: 9
Views: 734

TN: Bordeaux 1989 Right Bank wines in NYC

Bordeaux 1989 Right Bank wines in NYC Met up last Tuesday (4/09/2019) with 6 other jovial and highly-knowledgeable Bordeaux enthusiasts at a midtown Manhattan restaurant to sample 30-year old wines from the Right Bank that all showed generally well, and included drinking some good Champagne and Cha...
by Ramon C
April 12th, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pessac/Graves
Replies: 40
Views: 1689

Re: Pessac/Graves

The traditional wines needed time. I would be looking to backfill. Look pre-2003 DDC, Haut Bailly, and Latour Haut Brion. For Pape Clement pre-1998. That was the first year the shift became evident. A few vintage generalizations, mileage to vary by wine. Don't be afraid of supposed off vintages. 19...
by Ramon C
April 9th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Masters Champions Dinner - Patrick Reed's Picks
Replies: 38
Views: 2083

Re: Masters Champions Dinner - Patrick Reed's Picks

Quite expected, given what I've seen of, and heard from, him when he plays. No that there's anything wrong with that.
by Ramon C
April 9th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Magdelaine
Replies: 46
Views: 1639

Re: 2000 Magdelaine

1998 for $110. Is that 1.5L?
by Ramon C
April 8th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Wines around London-82 La Chappele+93 Tempier+Felton Road
Replies: 1
Views: 185

Re: TNs: Wines around London-82 La Chappele+93 Tempier+Felton Road

Had the 1993 Tempier La Tourtine in a 2009 local dinner. It was excellent then. Good to note that 1993 Tempier are holding well as still have a lone La Miguoa.
by Ramon C
April 8th, 2019, 5:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Baudry
Replies: 6
Views: 521

Re: 2017 Baudry

The regular Chinon white, usually good early drinker, is the better value at < $20. At much higher ticket prices, a few uneven experiences with oxidated short-term aged Croix Boissee had been quite frustrating.
by Ramon C
April 8th, 2019, 2:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2002
Views: 110369

Re: New York City Restaurants

Suddenly assembling a group dinner for this coming Friday or Saturday. Looking for an Italian spot with good beef that has reasonable corkage ($25-$35/bottle) as we would be looking to bring 4-5 bottles including halves. Thinking would be Amarone and young Barolo/Barbaresco, so thinking we want to ...
by Ramon C
April 7th, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia
Replies: 53
Views: 1717

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia

One question I have: why are the Bosconia Gran Reservas so much more expensive than the Tondonia Gran Reservas? The regular Reservas are similar in price. They both are usually priced the same when released. Just to add and I don't know if this is a factor, Bosconia production is about 1/3 or less ...
by Ramon C
April 7th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1993 Bertheau Chambolle Musigny
Replies: 4
Views: 260

Re: TN: 1993 Bertheau Chambolle Musigny

Two bottles of '93 Bertheau Les Charmes I owned, both corked. I don't drink/buy much Burgundy, but made me gun shy about Bertheau.
by Ramon C
April 7th, 2019, 11:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2002
Views: 110369

Re: New York City Restaurants

I was in Manhattan during this week , went to 3 restaurants . None perfect , all a lot of fun , great service ( especially the wines ) , interesting real food , I loved it all . All places were packed . Maiolina : flaverful Italian food , simple and that is a big plus . Italian food is supposed to ...
by Ramon C
April 7th, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia
Replies: 53
Views: 1717

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia

I can go for testing some LdHs, including non-reds. Non-LdH Rioja, as well.
by Ramon C
April 7th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia
Replies: 53
Views: 1717

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia

So much of it is bottle-dependent. The best bottles of ‘76 Bosconia I’ve had were a slight nod over ‘73 and ‘81. But the complexity and energy of good bottles of the reds from the 30s to 60s (plus 70 Tondonia) put them at another level for me than the wines since ‘73. A bottle of ‘54 Tondonia still...
by Ramon C
April 7th, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10727
Views: 476665

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

1985/1990 Cantemerle and 1986 Meyney, definitely intentional! :)
by Ramon C
April 5th, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: San Sebastian
Replies: 106
Views: 6114

Re: San Sebastian

Drive to French Basque (Pays Basque).

St. Jean Pied-de-Port is a quaint French countryside town. St. Jean-de-Luz is a coastal/beach town towards Biarritz.
by Ramon C
April 5th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia
Replies: 53
Views: 1717

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia

Bought a case of '06's a month or so ago, the evening after drinking a really beautiful '81 at lunch with a friend. It was truly a revelation on how mouth filling & feminine these Bosconia's become with time. So, following the formula - hold until 2044. Oops. The 81s are by far the best wines I've ...
by Ramon C
April 4th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: San Sebastian
Replies: 106
Views: 6114

Re: San Sebastian

Just got back from dinner at Rekondo. My impression, if you are going, go solely because of the wine cellar (and probably just go for wine and maybe some lunch). The food was disappointing, especially the overcooked fish. The service (both food and wine) was pretty bad as well - the poor couple nex...
by Ramon C
April 4th, 2019, 4:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visiting the Loire valley?
Replies: 7
Views: 437

Re: Visiting the Loire valley?

Which part of Loire Valley are they intending to go to? It’s a large expanse where driving can eat up time.

Anyway, if Saumur/Chinon/Touraine area, then I’d recommend Domaine Filliatreau and Bernard Baudry.

In Savennieres, Domaine Closel, Huet and Chidaine (in nearby Montlouis) are good visits.
by Ramon C
April 3rd, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coz it's time for Cos
Replies: 14
Views: 1327

Re: Coz it's time for Cos

From the title, I thought this was about the Sicilian winemaker COS. Maybe next time you do a Cos d'Estournel tasting, you should throw a "blind" Cos into the mix, but make it a COS Nero d'Avola with a bit of age on it! Of course! But, frapatto is better, imho. Will need to mask the bottle, too.
by Ramon C
April 2nd, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Clisson
Replies: 22
Views: 712

Re: TN: 2012 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Clisson

And now for the counterpoint, much as I love the Clissons I still prefer the Briords for its more crystalline minerality. But between them they are 2 of the greatest values in wine out there so it's a bit like splitting hairs and a matter of taste. Would you prefer to live rent free in the palace w...
by Ramon C
April 2nd, 2019, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Clisson
Replies: 22
Views: 712

Re: TN: 2012 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Clisson

I like all the Clisson that I had, but not had many over the years. The differentials with the Briords that are posted are in line with my experiences. I'll gladly drink any Clisson poured in my glass, but my preference is with the laser-sharp cut and more minerality of the Briords.
by Ramon C
April 2nd, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10727
Views: 476665

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Reloaded.




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by Ramon C
April 2nd, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Toronto Restaurants
Replies: 17
Views: 483

Re: Toronto Restaurants

The LCBO extends to the whole province. Should feel for the Ontarioans.
by Ramon C
March 31st, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 658

Re: Florence recommendations

Hey all! Looking for any rec's in the Florence/San Gimignano area for winery visits and eateries. If there are any worthwhile excursions those would be welcome as well. Thanks in advance. For something very informal, shared communal tables, but awesome Florentine steaks and buttered chicken dish, l...
by Ramon C
March 31st, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Florence recommendations
Replies: 21
Views: 658

Re: Florence recommendations

What Lori said, Enoteca Pitti Gola E Cantina. This is probably one of the better wine bars in the world. Particularly if you like old Chianti. We we're just there maybe 4 days ago,and it was fantastic. Food was very good and Zeno, one of the owners is about as good of a host as one could hope for. ...
by Ramon C
March 31st, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spanish wine recommendation
Replies: 15
Views: 580

Re: Spanish wine recommendation

Numanhia Termes and Emilio Moro are on the fruity, extracted side of the spectrum. You may have to be content with the high oak presence on these, as well. Marques de Riscal and the the Beronia are also modern, imo. Of course, in case you want something good, then you should go for the Tondonia Rese...
by Ramon C
March 30th, 2019, 11:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10373
Views: 336008

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Cos d’Estournel from 1982 to 2003, plus a 2014 blanc and a Champagne. With the reds, started with these. 026D2152-1B41-4FDD-824A-3B77778E6DF0.jpeg I hope you'll post some notes on the Cos We had our last bottle of 1993 Spottswoode can tonight. What a gorgeous bottle of wine. The stuff is so good. C...
by Ramon C
March 28th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2002
Views: 110369

Re: New York City Restaurants

Sounds good on the 16 Metras Fleurie.

Glad it's not in the negative side, given what I've noted on TNs posted in the board where there were 50% responses with the bad/cloudy/uneven/etc comments on Metras wines.
by Ramon C
March 27th, 2019, 3:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2002
Views: 110369

Re: New York City Restaurants

Dinner at Mimi was great. Very laid back atmosphere, Parisienne vibe, nice and cozy. Place started to get packed at 8 but we showed up at 615 like a bunch of geezers...Ordered a swath of the menu from a brioche uni snack to veal brain tempura, Japanese sea bream and an octopus ‘cassoulet’. Flavors ...
by Ramon C
March 27th, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wine Cellarage
Replies: 16
Views: 841

Re: The Wine Cellarage

Purchased before. Sound bottles, painless transactions, and delivered as promised.
by Ramon C
March 24th, 2019, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coz it's time for Cos
Replies: 14
Views: 1327

Re: Coz it's time for Cos

Great notes, Ramon. Poor showing by the 82, but otherwise the wines seem like they were on form. I didn’t think it was a poor showng by the ‘82. It was just eclipsed by a few bigger standouts this evening. Verticals seem to do that, i.e. point out the best and worst in a producer. Although, I do re...
by Ramon C
March 23rd, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Quick lunch in Paris near Eiffel Tower?
Replies: 13
Views: 489

Re: Quick lunch in Paris near Eiffel Tower?

With children I'd echo a couple that are already suggested: Cafe Constant and Fointaine du Mars.
by Ramon C
March 23rd, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coz it's time for Cos
Replies: 14
Views: 1327

Coz it's time for Cos

Coz it’s time for Cos March 19, 2019 A vertical tasting by 6 of the fun, regular Bordeaux crew, plus 2 gracious cameo-guests, landed at a New York City midtown restaurant where the tomahawks were brandished and the crab cakes devoured. 1995 Charles Heidsieck Blanc de Millenaires Champagne Ripe and q...
by Ramon C
March 22nd, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best of Hermitage
Replies: 13
Views: 1015

Re: Best of Hermitage

While I can argue the claim about being "the best syrah in the planet", and that's beside the point, the TNs and photos are great!

Thanks for sharing!
by Ramon C
March 22nd, 2019, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10373
Views: 336008

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Cos d’Estournel from 1982 to 2003, plus a 2014 blanc and a Champagne.

With the reds, started with these.

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by Ramon C
March 21st, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1969 vs. 1970
Replies: 27
Views: 969

Re: 1969 vs. 1970

1970 Ducru Beaucaillou
1970 Latour
1970 Figeac
1970 Magdelaine
by Ramon C
March 19th, 2019, 6:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Good Old Days At Eleven Madison Park
Replies: 18
Views: 1063

Re: Good Old Days At Eleven Madison Park

A blast from the past!

Attended 3 or 4 of those dinners.
by Ramon C
March 18th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10727
Views: 476665

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2000 Haut Bailly 2000 La Fleur de Bouard - I know, WTF 2009 Sociando When I drink this from my purchased-at-release stash, I say the same thing - WTF! Never did I regret buying. My experience? Not as spoofy as one would presume. Dialed down to the point where this is still good Bordeaux. Good luck ...
by Ramon C
March 18th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine did you not buy today?
Replies: 70
Views: 2981

Re: What wine did you not buy today?

Jayson Cohen wrote:
March 18th, 2019, 7:17 am
Outbid on 1981 Magdelaine.
Sucks! Would have been a good excuse to jump-start a dinner involving Magdelaine flight(s). I've an '82 to contribute.
by Ramon C
March 17th, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?
Replies: 211
Views: 7546

Re: Does anyone drink Sauvignon Blanc anymore?

Sometimes, not often. Loire and Bordeaux.
by Ramon C
March 17th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10373
Views: 336008

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Fun wines with fun Tuscan dinner in the East Village. 1993 Il Poggione Brunello di Montalcino 2017 Teruzzi & Puthod Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2016 Eisacktaler Kellerei Cantina Valle Isarco Kerner The Brunelli killed it with terrific pasta and pulpi dishes this evening. 6E8795D1-D420-47DE-A805-C1181...
by Ramon C
March 16th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Trimbach Pinot Gris Réserve Personnelle (France, Alsace)
Replies: 2
Views: 111

Re: TN: 2000 Trimbach Pinot Gris Réserve Personnelle (France, Alsace)

I enjoyed my last one of this at about 6 years ago, too. The CFE continues to be a very good performer from the vintage, and am in no hurry to purge my remaining stored bottles.
by Ramon C
March 16th, 2019, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Château Smith Haut Lafitte (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 12
Views: 594

Re: TN: 2001 Château Smith Haut Lafitte (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

I guess my main beef with SHL has been the oak level (with a creamy texture a secondary issue), but oak can integrate with time. I should retry. My beef with SHL, especially the 2002, is the exact opposite of yours. Creamy with espresso texture first, then that oak as secondary. My last 2 tries wit...
by Ramon C
March 15th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine did you not buy today?
Replies: 70
Views: 2981

Re: What wine did you not buy today?

I didn’t buy nor do I own these.

Yet, they stare back at me from my dining table.

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by Ramon C
March 15th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2002
Views: 110369

Re: New York City Restaurants

Dined at Mimi over 2 years ago (I'm sure I posted here, somewhere). Good bistro, somewhat close to rustic, French fare. Didn't seem like it was a hyped restaurant then.

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