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by Ramon C
March 30th, 2020, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux
Replies: 22
Views: 681

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux

Baudry releases this excellent wine in Magnums Buy!!! Hmmm. I did not know. I have a proverbial shit-ton of Baudry but have never seen a magnum. Not nearly enough [wink.gif] . Also, Claus plays in a different space. 2 years ago, saw a few 1.5L bottles of Le Grezeaux in a wine store in the Netherlan...
by Ramon C
March 30th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery-visits - Impressions (Ch. Ste Anne, Domaine Tempier and Ch. De Vauclaire)
Replies: 1
Views: 94

Winery-visits - Impressions (Ch. Ste Anne, Domaine Tempier and Ch. De Vauclaire)

Winery-visits - Impressions (Ch. Ste Anne, Domaine Tempier and Ch. De Vauclaire) For what it’s worth, given the forced stay-at-home time that allowed for more available non-work-related opportunities and with some prodding from Ilkka (https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=146506)...
by Ramon C
March 29th, 2020, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Lopez Heredia - deal or no deal
Replies: 7
Views: 519

Re: 2005 Lopez Heredia - deal or no deal

Depends on your appetite to absorb markups. But the not-so fancy restaurants that I go to in Europe do not mark those bottles up at the level that you quoted. I was in excellent wine bar called La Tana in Granada in November and ordered a .375 of the 2001 Tondonia Reserva for Euro 22. The full bottl...
by Ramon C
March 29th, 2020, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux
Replies: 22
Views: 681

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux

IlkkaL wrote:
March 29th, 2020, 6:54 am

... very early on I got some good assistance from GaryVee and blogs like Brooklynguy
Now, Brooklynguy ... that is a good-influence blog and wine-drinker.
by Ramon C
March 29th, 2020, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux
Replies: 22
Views: 681

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux

I drank a case of this over the last 9 months. The local “sale” prices that it was offered for and the sufficient drinkability that’s enough to satisfy my Loire cab franc craving, had me purchasing 2 consecutive 6-packs and I polished them all off. I don’t keep these for long-term aging, and have de...
by Ramon C
March 26th, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12934
Views: 629783

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Neal.Mollen wrote:
March 26th, 2020, 1:32 pm
1994 Rauzan Segla
I was impressed with the 2nd wine "Segla" (or is it "Rauzan"?) from this vintage recently. I suspect that the main product be on a higher satisfaction level.
by Ramon C
March 25th, 2020, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château Sainte Anne Bandol Blanc (France, Provence, Bandol)
Replies: 19
Views: 548

Re: TN: 2016 Château Sainte Anne Bandol Blanc (France, Provence, Bandol)

Cool! I've had the red Côtes de Provence once and while I did not find it particularly "natty" I thought it lacked the masculine power and positive roughness the Bandol reds often possess, although surely it is intentional. I've never had the Cuvée Collection, need to find some. Sounds like a very ...
by Ramon C
March 24th, 2020, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château Sainte Anne Bandol Blanc (France, Provence, Bandol)
Replies: 19
Views: 548

Re: TN: 2016 Château Sainte Anne Bandol Blanc (France, Provence, Bandol)

If i can generalize the rosè (don't remember vintage tasted) and the white (2018), I was pleasantly surprised of the appealing aromatics that they offered. Especially the white. I've had a few natural whites from other producers and I've always noted how their smell had veered more towards the agric...
by Ramon C
March 23rd, 2020, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château Sainte Anne Bandol Blanc (France, Provence, Bandol)
Replies: 19
Views: 548

Re: TN: 2016 Château Sainte Anne Bandol Blanc (France, Provence, Bandol)

Staying in and working at home these days has given me more time to search past discussions and connect a trip that I was lucky enough to have completed right before the pandemic hit all over. In early February, my wife and I had a great time with visiting and meeting up with terrific folks that run...
by Ramon C
March 23rd, 2020, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12934
Views: 629783

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

bmckenney wrote:
March 23rd, 2020, 2:45 pm

2016 Domaine Tempier Bandol
That' a good buy. Obvious with its push into the high complexity territories, beyond the regular Provence reds. Tasted during a visit at the Domaine last month.
by Ramon C
March 23rd, 2020, 7:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Gourmet houses still shipping
Replies: 27
Views: 1113

Re: Gourmet houses still shipping

Not shipping, but I'll still add for those who can run out and pick up supplies.

DiPalo's in NYC will receive call-in orders, which is what we always do in any case to avoid the long wait lines to buy stuff, and usually can be picked up asap.
by Ramon C
March 17th, 2020, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle
Replies: 144
Views: 9207

Re: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle

Opened a special bottle responsibly distant from others. First time I can recall that the local parade was cancelled.

A happy and virus-free St. Patrick’s Day to all!


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by Ramon C
March 15th, 2020, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle
Replies: 144
Views: 9207

Re: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle

Not as earth-shattering as, say, finding a cure for Coronavirus, but this villages wine, the last of a 3-pack purchased at and stored since release showed the best during a bored, stay-at-home Saturday evening. 2002 Domaine Robert Groffier Gevrey-Chambertin FE1ACE95-2786-41AF-905A-91DD7B7DC8AD.jpeg
by Ramon C
March 14th, 2020, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: anybody traveling in France?
Replies: 99
Views: 6239

Re: anybody traveling in France?

NYC is taking it seriously. I went out for my run-and-bike after lunch and to run an errand as well, usually overflowing-with-people Times Square was almost muerte and Bryant Park was empty. Only smattering of tourists observed.
by Ramon C
March 10th, 2020, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: anybody traveling in France?
Replies: 99
Views: 6239

Re: anybody traveling in France?

I was supposed to go on Thursday, but switched my flight to the end of April. For all I know things could be worse then. I'm not scared of the virus for myself, but I'd rather not be part of the problem of spreading anything right now. Also worried about flight cancellations/quarantines. With young...
by Ramon C
March 9th, 2020, 6:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Cote Rotie
Replies: 17
Views: 1205

Re: 2001 Cote Rotie

I'm following this thread with interest, although I only have a couple of the 2001 Faurie Hermitage (thanks for the mention and impression). To add, in June last year we had good-drinking 2001 Ogier CR and Ogier Les Embruns during one of our local Northern Rhone get-together, among mid-late 90s Chav...
by Ramon C
March 8th, 2020, 8:40 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 208
Views: 7388

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

No fancy exotic destination here, but cancelled my upcoming weekend trip to Los Angeles. Nothing against the good Los Angelenos, but the usual West-coast-bound cramped-flights and the current airport worries had added to stress levels to people around me.
by Ramon C
March 6th, 2020, 7:07 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Barcelona 2020 (January Edition) Part 1
Replies: 7
Views: 925

Re: Barcelona 2020 (January Edition) Part 1

I was in Barcelona 3 weeks ago and made it to, among other good restaurants, Ipar-Txoko (a traditional Basque in the Gracia neighborhood) and Bar Ramón (I'm not related to this excellent home-style tapas at El Raval neighborhood). Both are in neighborhoods that are predominantly local and so menu ar...
by Ramon C
March 5th, 2020, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie
Replies: 62
Views: 2415

Re: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie

Also had a Lambert, a 2014 and a different one from above. My first from this winemaker from Chinon. Looks like this is his entry level bottle. Good stuff by, as per Chamber Street Wines’ online write-up, Baudry’s neighbor and buddy. Wine was like a cross between same-priced Baudry’s Granges and Gu...
by Ramon C
March 5th, 2020, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie
Replies: 62
Views: 2415

Re: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie

Also had a Lambert, a 2014 and a different one from above. My first from this winemaker from Chinon. Looks like this is his entry level bottle. Good stuff by, as per Chamber Street Wines’ online write-up, Baudry’s neighbor and buddy. Wine was like a cross between same-priced Baudry’s Granges and Gui...
by Ramon C
March 3rd, 2020, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Northern Rhones
Replies: 28
Views: 1999

Re: TN: Northern Rhones

Worse than boring.

Something that I wouldn't want to serve to wine-knowledgeable guests.
by Ramon C
March 2nd, 2020, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?
Replies: 86
Views: 6015

Re: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?

A fan of Pepiere’s Clos des Briords here.

But, I consider it more as great value, rather than undervalued.
by Ramon C
March 1st, 2020, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Yvon Métras Beaujolais Madame Placard (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais)
Replies: 4
Views: 395

Re: TN: 2017 Yvon Métras Beaujolais Madame Placard (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais)

Good to read and learn about a Metras that I've not heard of before. I've only had 1 non-Cru Metras ever and it didn't excite me much then. I know that that was a very small sample size, but since then I've decided that if I ever buy Metras, and with the difference in price not astronomically signif...
by Ramon C
March 1st, 2020, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: James Suckling: Great Wines of Italy
Replies: 39
Views: 4050

Re: James Suckling: Great Wines of Italy

I considered going, given that this is walking distance from work. But it's sold out and this thread with everybody going in for free does not help in enabling me as it looks like I will have to pay my way in.
by Ramon C
February 29th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Northern Rhones
Replies: 28
Views: 1999

Re: TN: Northern Rhones

Have had most of the Northern Rhone producers in earlier vintages. Not that surprised that the non-Northern Rhone (go Rieussec!) won in this one.
by Ramon C
February 29th, 2020, 1:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11392
Views: 425698

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2016 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva

Good juice for the $.

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by Ramon C
February 28th, 2020, 12:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11392
Views: 425698

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

With some delicious cicchetti and pasta dishes at Aria’s in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. Enjoyed the 2001 Fattoria Casisano-Colombaio Brunello di Montalcino which showcased a fine-balanced traditional-style Sangiovese and the structural completeness of a very good vintage in Tuscany. C4B17737-...
by Ramon C
February 26th, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva
Replies: 27
Views: 2309

Re: TN: 2016 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva

Arrival of first ordered batch and, usually, not the last.

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by Ramon C
February 26th, 2020, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: One dozen bottles plus a magnum of Champagne at $150 per bottle corkage for a special lunch at La Grenouille.
Replies: 45
Views: 2918

Re: One dozen bottles plus a magnum of Champagne at $150 per bottle corkage for a special lunch at La Grenouille.

Mark Golodetz wrote:
February 26th, 2020, 6:25 am
I would never put Grenouille in the same category as Bernardin and Daniel.
Neither would I. I just presumed that they think should play along the same space.
by Ramon C
February 26th, 2020, 6:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: One dozen bottles plus a magnum of Champagne at $150 per bottle corkage for a special lunch at La Grenouille.
Replies: 45
Views: 2918

Re: One dozen bottles plus a magnum of Champagne at $150 per bottle corkage for a special lunch at La Grenouille.

La Grenouille is simply playing along the space with other top local French that discourage byob (as far as I know, Le Bernardin and Daniel up-front disallow), while others charge northward of $100 per bottle (Le Coucou, Batard). Could be tough to do large group off lines at these types of NYC estab...
by Ramon C
February 26th, 2020, 6:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Sociando-Mallet
Replies: 10
Views: 732

Re: TN: 1990 Sociando-Mallet

Sure, 2001 is cheaper but imo not nearly as good as the 1990.

I'd look for the 1989 first, at similar pricing as the 1990.
by Ramon C
February 24th, 2020, 5:04 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Seeking 04, 05 Chave Hermitage
Replies: 1
Views: 220

Re: Seeking 04, 05 Chave Hermitage

Still see it on Winesearcher available in a few nationwide stores.
by Ramon C
February 24th, 2020, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anything good from '81?
Replies: 54
Views: 1767

Re: Anything good from '81?

Rioja already mentioned multiple times. I’ll still chime in with LdH GRs, both Bosconia and Tondonia. I’ve had a few times and drinking very well.
by Ramon C
February 23rd, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Sardinia - why not? Advice requested.
Replies: 12
Views: 629

Re: Sardinia - why not? Advice requested.

Jumping on the wagon here and monitoring the ideas in the thread. Never been to Sardinia and am also looking for next European mostly r&r destination.

Ramon
by Ramon C
February 23rd, 2020, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: "Cult Wines"
Replies: 7
Views: 1451

Re: TN: "Cult Wines"

1994 Right Banks have been the better side of the river. Big names in Pomerol and St Emilion, the ones that I've tried, have sufficiently delivered. I haven't read enough to see that the vintage was widely-panned, much in the same way as 2002 is not panned. Just not as heralded as the big vintages, ...
by Ramon C
February 22nd, 2020, 5:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Travelling to Loire Valley in May
Replies: 16
Views: 716

Re: Travelling to Loire Valley in May

If light cycling is desired, the 45-minute all-flat bicycle route along the river from Tours to Vouvray is safe and a lot of fun for all ages that know how to pedal. You can start and rent the bikes among shops in Tours. * Along the way you can stop at Montlouis (for a visit at Chidaine's ) and end ...
by Ramon C
February 21st, 2020, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you do with wine you don't like?
Replies: 50
Views: 2103

Re: What do you do with wine you don't like?

Serve them to non-wine geek guests. A lot of them will think they like the wines, only because I served the wines.
by Ramon C
February 20th, 2020, 2:07 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Madrid, España
Replies: 21
Views: 949

Re: Madrid, España

We were Madrid in November last year and my wife and I enjoyed La Tasqueria in the nice Barrio Salamanca neighborhood. Vibrant casual restaurant with diners at all ages. NOTE: the offerings includes everything from nose to tail, but they're all described well in the menu. https://latasqueria.com/en/...
by Ramon C
February 20th, 2020, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Tempier, Metras, Peay Vineyard at Kochi NYC
Replies: 8
Views: 666

Re: TNs: Tempier, Metras, Peay Vineyard at Kochi NYC

CJ Beazley wrote:
February 20th, 2020, 5:45 am
I thought Peay was in the ‘Ceritas, Littorai’ lean acid driven style?
I’m sorry I don’t know enough about this producer.
Perhaps, Julie, who brought the Peay bottles, will chime in.
by Ramon C
February 20th, 2020, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Tempier, Metras, Peay Vineyard at Kochi NYC
Replies: 8
Views: 666

Re: TNs: Tempier, Metras, Peay Vineyard at Kochi NYC

Love me Metras. How was Kochi? Kochi was good, less nouveau in style than Atoboy, but better priced, only if you refrain from adding supplements. I thought they were stronger in fish and vegetables. I wished they had refrained from pouring our wines for us, as they tend to over-pour, i.e. close to ...
by Ramon C
February 20th, 2020, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Tempier, Metras, Peay Vineyard at Kochi NYC
Replies: 8
Views: 666

Re: TNs: Tempier, Metras, Peay Vineyard at Kochi NYC

IlkkaL wrote:
February 20th, 2020, 4:18 am
Bandol Blanc for the win! Awesome to see someone else here enjoying the heck out of one of them.
Yep, someone has to pound the table here on standout Clairette, Ugni and Bourboulenc grapes!

Seriously, this blanc trounced the already fine same vintage Tempier rosé on a head-to-head tasting.
by Ramon C
February 20th, 2020, 4:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Tempier, Metras, Peay Vineyard at Kochi NYC
Replies: 8
Views: 666

TNs: Tempier, Metras, Peay Vineyard at Kochi NYC

TNs: Tempier, Metras, Peay Vineyard at Kochi NYC Enjoyed meeting up with 3 other foodie companions for my first go at the 9-course Korean tasting menu at Kochi in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. 2018 Dom. Tempier Bandol Blanc With golden tinge on a bright yelliw robe. Aromatic and floral. Quite intense, refres...
by Ramon C
February 19th, 2020, 6:48 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Anyone use Global Entry Program?
Replies: 513
Views: 33804

Re: Anyone use Global Entry Program?

Arrived last Sunday from Spain during a busy arrival afternoon at JFK T8. Noted that the GE line and kiosks were quite empty, as wife and I had to do the mobile passport process for the first time after 5+ years as our conditionally-approved GE renewal interviews were denied, because of retaliatory/...
by Ramon C
February 18th, 2020, 12:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1022
Views: 56650

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Ramon, You might want to check out MB Post, in Manhattan Beach. Not French bistro (SoCal is lacking in true French bistros), but fresh and fun California bistro. And wine friendly. Thanks, Mark. Checked it online and it looks good and within where/what I would want. I should have added in my origin...
by Ramon C
February 18th, 2020, 3:20 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1022
Views: 56650

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

French bistro recommendations, anybody? Nothing ultra fancy or high brow or stuffy, but a + if byob allowed and welcomed. Don't want to drive or uber too far, looking to stay near the beaches (Manhattan to Redondo). Thanks in advance and apologies if already provided in one of the thread pages, t l...
by Ramon C
February 17th, 2020, 12:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 1022
Views: 56650

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

French bistro recommendations, anybody? Nothing ultra fancy or high brow or stuffy, but a + if byob allowed and welcomed. Don't want to drive or uber too far, looking to stay near the beaches (Manhattan to Redondo). Thanks in advance and apologies if already provided in one of the thread pages, t l ...
by Ramon C
February 17th, 2020, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XII
Replies: 8
Views: 762

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XII

Also noted that the Baudry TN seems to be more enthusiastic than the 2012 Rougeard. Hi Ramon, hope you are well, long time no see. You are correct. When you didn't pay for the wine, one tries to be polite. But, to my taste, the Clos Rougeard finished in third place by a decent margin. Perhaps unfai...
by Ramon C
February 17th, 2020, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva
Replies: 27
Views: 2309

Re: TN: 2016 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva

Ordered a mixed case of stuff this morning, even before I saw this TN. The TN got me exited with what to look forward to, even as this is a usual blind buy for me at every vintage. I find that there are nuanced differences in vintages, but the style and structure are almost always constant and they ...
by Ramon C
February 17th, 2020, 5:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jamming with Stu (with a few first growths)
Replies: 8
Views: 693

Re: Jamming with Stu (with a few first growths)

20th Anniversary! Congratulations! Plenty of good folks over there.
by Ramon C
February 17th, 2020, 5:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XII
Replies: 8
Views: 762

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XII

2nd positive TN on the 2010 Baudry Croix Boissee rouge that I came upon here in the last 2 weeks. I've very few in the remote storage that I will keep there for a while more and drink vicariously thought these TNs. Too bad there's no more definitive outlook. Also noted that the Baudry TN seems to be...

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