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by Ramon C
May 20th, 2019, 6:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A pair of 2003 Pegau
Replies: 10
Views: 585

Re: TN: A pair of 2003 Pegau

Thanks tor the TNs.

Will definitely pull out a 2003 Reservee this year to try what I held on since purchased at-release.
by Ramon C
May 19th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2015
Views: 112190

Re: New York City Restaurants

We'll be in NYC over July 4th and are planning to brave the masses and try to watch the fireworks. Any restaurant suggestions in the Seaport area ? We 're not looking for an amazing dining experience or an incredible wine list, but hoping to hear some ideas here so I'm not stuck with TripAdvisor as...
by Ramon C
May 19th, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10436
Views: 340764

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2016 Franck Balthazar Cornas Chaillot.

Ordered btg and was a solid pairing with Steak Mazemen (broth-less ramen) at Niche-Nakamura NYC.

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by Ramon C
May 19th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Rhone Documentary
Replies: 8
Views: 1130

Re: Northern Rhone Documentary

Awesome documentary.

Thanks for sharing.
by Ramon C
May 19th, 2019, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Re: TN: 1998 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac

TN: 1998 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac. A touch overripe on the nose, but not overt or distracting. Wow, this is really a wine that eats like a meal. Blackberry liquor coats the palate. Heavy white pepper finish. Sour end with air. For all its power, it lacks nuance, and one glass is eno...
by Ramon C
May 18th, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1978 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde
Replies: 5
Views: 298

Re: TN: 1978 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde

Cool note and photo on a wine I’ve not/wished had. But liked the 80s versions I’ve had, especially the 83 and 85.

Patiently holding on to my remaining 91.
by Ramon C
May 17th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wine and food in Orvieto, Italy?
Replies: 2
Views: 75

Re: Wine and food in Orvieto, Italy?

I Sette Consoli is our most preferred restaurant in the city. Dined here 3 times over the years, including one time when we took the train from-and-back-to Rome just to visit and do lunch. Advanced reservations is a must. 5 minute leisurely walk, all within the old town, from the main Duomo piazza....
by Ramon C
May 16th, 2019, 5:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10436
Views: 340764

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

This.

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by Ramon C
May 14th, 2019, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Viña Tondonia
Replies: 26
Views: 987

Re: TN: 2009 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Viña Tondonia

Anybody with thoughts on why this would be in the $250 range here.

I've tasted different vintages during a few visits at the winery and, while I think they are good wines, and I recall that they were selling them for mid Euro 30s. Irrational speculation?
by Ramon C
May 12th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Venice/Rome/Sorrento
Replies: 14
Views: 323

Re: Venice/Rome/Sorrento

Anyhow, We are going to Venice, Cinque Terre, Rome and Sorrento; I'm hoping some recommendations can come in from those of you who are well traveled and share some restaurants. Non touristy places. Meaning, better food, better prices and ideally not as crowded. I appreciate the time and recommendat...
by Ramon C
May 12th, 2019, 6:03 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC tasting group
Replies: 11
Views: 410

Re: NYC tasting group

Paul Jaouen wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Ramon C wrote:
May 5th, 2019, 7:47 am
Can't say how a regular I can be, given crazy work and family schedules, but am keen here.
Not to mention all the other wine dinners you attend. [cheers.gif]

... and there’s still never enough time for all the wine dinners that I’d like to, or wish I could, attend.
by Ramon C
May 11th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO
Replies: 584
Views: 57453

Re: New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

Donburiya in Hell's Kitchen, awesome Izakaya menu with enough sake, Japanese whisky and Japanese beers in their list. But, a byob bottle of 2001 Clos des Papes CdP still worked out quite well with most of our ordered dishes. $30 corkage with uninspired wine glasses. Good overall service. But will s...
by Ramon C
May 9th, 2019, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords
Replies: 28
Views: 856

Re: TN: 2005 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords

I've only had the 05 Clissson once, courtesy of Ian. Neither the 07 nor the 09 quite matched it for me. I found one of my last bottles of the 07 to be flabbier without having developed anything to compensate for that loss. The 09 is still doing beautifully. But, on balance, while I'll still age my ...
by Ramon C
May 9th, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Important vs. Unimportant tastings
Replies: 39
Views: 1665

Re: Important vs. Unimportant tastings

John Morris wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 6:50 am
I'd say the chief factor is the note-taker's sense of self-importance. neener

(My thread's heading was poking fun at Tom Reddick's.)
This was obvious, and nicely done, if I may. [cheers.gif]

Enjoyed both reads.
by Ramon C
May 9th, 2019, 4:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10436
Views: 340764

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Fun wines during dinner with visiting bro-in-law at Butter Midtown (NYC) yesterday evening.

1995 Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle
1996 Jadot Clos des Ursules 1er Cru
1999 Sociando-Mallet Haut Medoc

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by Ramon C
May 8th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: An unimportant tasting of 2016 Bordeaux
Replies: 45
Views: 1974

Re: TN: An unimportant tasting of 2016 Bordeaux

Sounds fun. We used to do Bordeaux at release tastings that became the bases for my purchases, but we stopped when Matt R left NYC late last decade. 2016's looks like my kind of Bordeaux that may urge me to buy and store a few.
by Ramon C
May 8th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Pricing - Canada and US
Replies: 30
Views: 1155

Re: Wine Pricing - Canada and US

The fixed mark-up on Italian bargains may explain the lower prices in Ontario.

But how much of these bottles are available? I don't see them on the shelves and when I ask, the guy/gal would say they sold out the day they came out.
by Ramon C
May 7th, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords
Replies: 28
Views: 856

Re: TN: 2005 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords

These data points are helpful to those looking to age Pépière's Briords, including myself. I read here, and not disagreeing, that overly extending the cellar time beyond may not have the desired optimal results. I've recently had 10 year-old samples from 2009/10 that still showed fresh with liveline...
by Ramon C
May 6th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An important tasting of Chateaux Magdelaine and Bel-Air Monange, 1970-2014 with a 1971 Figeac "ringer"
Replies: 36
Views: 1550

Re: An important tasting of Chateaux Magdelaine and Bel-Air Monange, 1970-2014 with a 1971 Figeac "ringer"

Jay Miller wrote:
May 6th, 2019, 6:35 am
Thank you both for the excellent notes! Since I own a fair number of those Magdelaine vintages they'll be quite useful in the future.
+1. I've a few, as well.
by Ramon C
May 6th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Pricing - Canada and US
Replies: 30
Views: 1155

Re: Wine Pricing - Canada and US

I travel frequently to Toronto and at more than a few times visited local government-owned wine stores at Queen's Quay and along Bloor/Summerhill areas. I haven't found any wine that I would like to buy that's cheaper than when I canvass US online stores. All are 33% to 150% the prices that I would ...
by Ramon C
May 5th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing help. Fish Veracruz
Replies: 17
Views: 472

Re: Pairing help. Fish Veracruz

GregT wrote:
May 5th, 2019, 11:34 am
gamay? spatlese riesling? Young fruity merlot?
Man, those would be horrible. I don't like sweetness or sweet fruit with fish.

I'd go with a fino sherry or Greek white, Albariño, Txakolina, Muscadet, or any really crisp white that has no RS.

Or of course, 2007 CdP.
Those.
by Ramon C
May 5th, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10904
Views: 486771

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Pat Martin wrote:
May 5th, 2019, 8:34 am
1998 Magdelaine
PYCM Rully
Good combo.
by Ramon C
May 5th, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cotat & Snapper
Replies: 11
Views: 498

Re: Cotat & Snapper

I like fresh, fruity, and crisp whites more... I've not had much luck with Sauvignon Blancs in the last few months... It's not always about zingy, afwe-type, bracing, slate-licking whites for me, especially as I do have to entertain guests who don't go for those. For light, fresh, fruity types, my ...
by Ramon C
May 5th, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC tasting group
Replies: 11
Views: 410

Re: NYC tasting group

Can't say how a regular I can be, given crazy work and family schedules, but am keen here.
by Ramon C
May 4th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10436
Views: 340764

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2001 CdP + Izakaya dinner @ Donburiya NYC = Delicious fun!

(+ a couple of Japanese beers)



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by Ramon C
May 4th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cotat & Snapper
Replies: 11
Views: 498

Re: Cotat & Snapper

Fish looks good!

I love Cotat wines. I used to buy quite a bit with intent to store and age, but instead drank them within months of purchase. I was not successful with the ones that I tried aging with premox hitting quite a few.
by Ramon C
May 4th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which varietal is least and which is best suited to new oak?
Replies: 55
Views: 1342

Re: Which varietal is least and which is best suited to new oak?

I don't prefer new oak taste, but to me Nebbiolo (from Piedmont) does it better. Don't like it in syrah. Would you like to buy some of my Aldo Conterno? :) Admittedly, I've more than enough (2 bottles of '96 Granbussia), thank you. Have to get a Lala (don't have nor the desire to have any) into the...
by Ramon C
May 4th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Loire Cab Franc and an Alsace Riesling
Replies: 5
Views: 342

Re: TN: A Loire Cab Franc and an Alsace Riesling

Faryan, I've been visiting Hearth, maybe at least once a year since they had opened early in the century, and they haven't missed a beat. As a matter of fact, my small party of foodie in-laws were all very pleased with foods that we shared, in spite of the high noise level and being quite off with t...
by Ramon C
May 4th, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which varietal is least and which is best suited to new oak?
Replies: 55
Views: 1342

Re: Which varietal is least and which is best suited to new oak?

I don't prefer new oak taste, but to me Nebbiolo (from Piedmont) does it better. Don't like it in syrah.
by Ramon C
May 4th, 2019, 5:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Loire Cab Franc and an Alsace Riesling
Replies: 5
Views: 342

TN: A Loire Cab Franc and an Alsace Riesling

Killer wines in terrific drinking form during a delicious mid-week dinner at Hearth NYC. The 1983 Trimbach CFE SGN was youthful light in color, dry and without the expected sweetness of an SGN, some richness, mineral. Long and tasty. A- A 2008 Clos Rougeard Saumur-Champign y showed off texture. Simp...
by Ramon C
May 2nd, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Best Area in Paris for Bistros
Replies: 20
Views: 583

Re: Best Area in Paris for Bistros

All over Paris.

But. lately, we're especially fond of the ones in the 11th.
by Ramon C
May 2nd, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 9712

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

For what it's worth, if their high-to-highest-end wines wind down due to lack of interest, it will appear that their Cotes du Rhone should be able to carry them through, given that these are available and are being pushed at every supermarket, corner and mom-n-pop wine/liquor stores that I come upon...
by Ramon C
May 1st, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 13 vintages of Sociando-Mallet
Replies: 10
Views: 761

Re: TN: 13 vintages of Sociando-Mallet

Thanks for the notes and impressions, gentlemen. I enjoyed the evening, especially the company, and even including the GoT veiled conversations. When this was broached up, I thought there'd be only about 4 people who'd end up at the end, as a few quickly indicated disinterest and were removed from t...
by Ramon C
May 1st, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Restaurant Recommendations - St Emilion
Replies: 4
Views: 151

Re: Restaurant Recommendations - St Emilion

Ramon C wrote:
May 1st, 2019, 2:55 pm
Enjoyed this very casual bistro, L'Envers du Décor, for lunch and which was recommended by the proprietor of the winery we visited in Pomerol (Alexandre of VCC).

https://www.envers-dudecor.com/
by Ramon C
May 1st, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Restaurant Recommendations - St Emilion
Replies: 4
Views: 151

Re: Restaurant Recommendations - St Emilion

Enjoyed this very casual bistro, L'Envers du Décor, for lunch and was recommended by the proprietor of the winery we visited in Pomerol (Alexandre of VCC).

https://www.envers-dudecor.com/
by Ramon C
April 29th, 2019, 4:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10904
Views: 486771

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Just delivered, not entirely mine.


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by Ramon C
April 28th, 2019, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10436
Views: 340764

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

In a classical, austere, even youthful, Nebbiolo mode. Wine with dinner at Fiaschetteria Pistoia in the East Village. 1998 Travaglini Gattinara Tre Vigne Plus, a post dinner claret with cheeses at home. Also austere, seemingly backward. 1975 Ch. Lafon Rochet, St. Estephe 8FD70E50-BC70-463D-AEEA-7FC2...
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: 275

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: 10436
Views: 340764

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: 46
Views: 1815

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: 7
Views: 275

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: 10904
Views: 486771

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: 10436
Views: 340764

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: 801

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: 1708

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: 2118

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: 1655

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: 187

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: 528

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: 2015
Views: 112190

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 ...

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