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by Joshua Kates
March 24th, 2020, 4:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 3 Brilliant Reds
Replies: 9
Views: 1009

Re: 3 Brilliant Reds

Great notes as always, Jeremy,

I can almost taste that Giacosa--sounds like a remarkable bottle from what was not necessarily the greatest year in Piedmont, eh?
by Joshua Kates
March 23rd, 2020, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which vintage Burlotto Monvigliero to open?
Replies: 21
Views: 1096

Re: Which vintage Burlotto Monvigliero to open?

Don't have any '15, but the '09's are definitely in the zone. I've drunk 2 in the last two years and they are pretty ready to go, though a couple hour decant (or more) never hurts.
by Joshua Kates
March 23rd, 2020, 4:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rhys Aeris Rosso
Replies: 11
Views: 907

Re: 2017 Rhys Aeris Rosso

The same group of people responded to both threads with similar replies. This shelter in place affecting you in different ways than me. Well I haven't seen this yet in these parts at all, so I guess we are in the same boat. Hi Markus, In an earlier thread, see below, Rhys folks generously offered t...
by Joshua Kates
March 23rd, 2020, 4:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: John Mariani: help with selling wine and high end NY restaurants still open.
Replies: 5
Views: 881

Re: John Mariani: help with selling wine and high end NY restaurants still open.

Thanks, Mark,
Good read--especially the first one on food myths.
by Joshua Kates
March 22nd, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Dalla Valle Cabernet - Bordeaux in Napa
Replies: 7
Views: 615

Re: 2011 Dalla Valle Cabernet - Bordeaux in Napa

Well, I don't expect Napa Cabs to taste like Bordeaux, nor did I think Rich was suggesting they should. I, too, however, enjoy DV's for the early nineties, as they are elegant, deep, and in their own way even balanced. Glad to hear you enjoyed yours, Rich, and that you, Diane, as usual are drinking ...
by Joshua Kates
March 21st, 2020, 5:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
Replies: 5
Views: 492

TN: 2002 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

2002 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande On first night this wine was all about the bouquet. Cassis, a touch of raspberry, saddle, slight sweat, note of pepper—definite gamey note at one moment. Opens in the mouth, a little tannic and tight, then really pretty; signature velvety mouthfee...
by Joshua Kates
March 20th, 2020, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Franny Beck Pinot Noir (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 24
Views: 1196

Re: TN: 2016 Franny Beck Pinot Noir (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

Just popped one tonight. The nose is great...very Oregon. Decent fruit. Not so crazy about the structure (a touch round). Some mild warmth. Cooperative tannins. I'm a diehard Burg lover (or was until priced out) so bring on the acidity. I steered clear of 2016s from almost everyone in OR. Will chec...
by Joshua Kates
March 18th, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle
Replies: 160
Views: 11005

Re: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle

2002 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Showing really well right now, though one could definitely continue to hold. At first it was all about the nose: cassis, a touch of raspberry, saddle, slight sweat, note of pepper—a gamey note behind a wall of fruit Opens in the mouth, a little tan...
by Joshua Kates
March 17th, 2020, 9:18 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Vermont: All Restaurants and Bars now Closed
Replies: 1
Views: 525

Re: Vermont: All Restaurants and Bars now Closed

Same thing here in Indiana, on restaurants and bars. Schools already closed. Be great to have a NATIONAL response, otherwise much of this may not be worth much.
by Joshua Kates
March 16th, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Gourmet houses still shipping
Replies: 28
Views: 1739

Re: Gourmet houses still shipping

Good to know, Mark,
Thanks!
by Joshua Kates
March 15th, 2020, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had
Replies: 98
Views: 5276

Re: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had

The 1993 Ampeau Puligny-Montrachet Les Combottes 1er immediately comes to mind. I opened it a few years back at a Chicago La Paulee and it just stunned everyone there, including some who would brought some very serious whites, such as Coche (which was by no means half bad). Still, the concentration ...
by Joshua Kates
March 14th, 2020, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle
Replies: 160
Views: 11005

Re: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle

Had the same idea myself. I have an '02 Comtesse Pichon-Lalande scheduled for this evening and either an '83 Dr. Bartolet Volnay Clos de la Barre or an '08 Dom for next Saturday.
by Joshua Kates
March 11th, 2020, 3:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?
Replies: 149
Views: 9094

Re: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?

Mine landed Friday! (Midwest)
by Joshua Kates
March 9th, 2020, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Rhys/Aeris release - Stunning Customer Appreciation
Replies: 58
Views: 2731

Re: New Rhys/Aeris release - Stunning Customer Appreciation

None for me either, but maybe too much whinging on my part on this board about the quality of that release?
by Joshua Kates
March 1st, 2020, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Notes from Burt Williams tribute dinner, SF Peninsula Divino Restaurant, Feb 26, 2020
Replies: 18
Views: 981

Re: Notes from Burt Williams tribute dinner, SF Peninsula Divino Restaurant, Feb 26, 2020

Thanks for the notes, Blake, very informative and up-close--gives a sense of what it was like to attend the event. Seems like just a great time and a worthy tribute.
by Joshua Kates
March 1st, 2020, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone have problems with Cellar d'Or in NY? Updated with resolution.
Replies: 7
Views: 671

Re: Anyone have problems with Cellar d'Or in NY? Updated with resolution.

I have had nothing but good experiences with these folks also, and they have some hard to find things from time to time. That said, I sympathize with the OP. I remember ordering a difficult to find wine from a NYC shop, wanted it ship right away. After three calls and two weeks, they said they had s...
by Joshua Kates
February 29th, 2020, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses
Replies: 91
Views: 4035

Re: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses

I wouldn't gift them glasses. But I might give them some. This. And I wouldn't bring my own glasses. Seriously. If you didn't like their silverware because the fork tines weren't pointy enough, would you bring your own silverware? Or china? Unless they're having a lot of people over and they let yo...
by Joshua Kates
February 28th, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Foradori Granato Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT
Replies: 8
Views: 305

Re: TN: 2016 Foradori Granato Vigneti delle Dolomiti IGT

I've had this same wine, and it's definitely a fine wine, much as Dale described. Very light on its feet, yet with lots going on--the tannins here are well integrated and do not get in the way.
by Joshua Kates
February 25th, 2020, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: North of Santa Fe wine recommendations?
Replies: 12
Views: 390

Re: North of Santa Fe wine recommendations?

Actually, for years was a pretty decent wine store in Pojauque itself--don't know if it closed; Tom Hill would, though. Foodwise, not much going on, though there used to be a place halfway between there and Taos, in a little town Embudo, called Embudo station; wasn't bad, had good smoked trout. Arro...
by Joshua Kates
February 23rd, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Photo of last night's charity wine tasting (with Fu's Caviar and Flannery Rudd Steak)
Replies: 4
Views: 682

Re: Photo of last night's charity wine tasting (with Fu's Caviar and Flannery Rudd Steak)

Sounds like great wining and dining all around--and for a good cause, too! Keep up the good work.
by Joshua Kates
February 19th, 2020, 4:42 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Burgundy, Paris and Ile de Re
Replies: 5
Views: 843

Re: Burgundy, Paris and Ile de Re

Great write-up, thanks,

I like Les Climats, though they would not sell me a bottle of Roumier the last time I was there--had to settle for Dujac at about the same reasonable price. Best meal when last there was at Restaurant David Toutain, fwiw.
by Joshua Kates
February 16th, 2020, 6:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – March 14, 2019 at Drago Centro
Replies: 168
Views: 10415

Re: 2011 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – March 14, 2019 at Drago Centro

Btw, Don, curious why PYCM does not make it on to your list of those in the Morey family you buy? I do buy Colin-Morey wines for sure, but since he is Marc Colin's son, I always consider him part of the Colin family. blush His real name is Pierre-Yves Colin, but now people refer to him as PYCM. Got...
by Joshua Kates
February 16th, 2020, 4:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – March 14, 2019 at Drago Centro
Replies: 168
Views: 10415

Re: 2011 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – March 14, 2019 at Drago Centro

I drank batard 2005 and perrieres 2005 12m ago. 2 bottles reputedly plagued by premox. Both were great, directly from domaine. I dont question your tasting capabilities. I dont like how you draw conclusions based on a few samples that are definitely not statistically representative. In statistics y...
by Joshua Kates
February 15th, 2020, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: '94 López de Heredia Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva & '11 La Pousse d'Or Corton-Clos du Roi
Replies: 4
Views: 398

Re: TNs: '94 López de Heredia Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva & '11 La Pousse d'Or Corton-Clos du Roi

Thanks for this, David,

Like a lot of folks on this board, I love Lopez de Heredia reds and whites. I hold nothing that old in the latter category, but have a '95 Gran Reserva I am waiting on opening; any recent experience with that bottling?
by Joshua Kates
February 15th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A wine night in Charlotte
Replies: 25
Views: 1837

Re: A wine night in Charlotte

Nice evening, thanks for the notes,
Especially as I have the Dunn and other bottlings by Clos Frantin, from that period, none of which I have tasted.

Really enjoyed Charlotte when I was there, but it's been a while. Sad that the "beer folks" have taken over.
by Joshua Kates
February 15th, 2020, 3:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – March 14, 2019 at Drago Centro
Replies: 168
Views: 10415

Re: 2011 White Burgundy Vintage Assessment Dinners – Night Two – March 14, 2019 at Drago Centro

Great notes, fascinating report, thanks so much! (Strange about the Dancer--I buy quite a few of his lower level wines and I have never encountered any problems. I only started buying with his 2014's, so perhaps too early to tell. Have Boillot going back further and have encountered these same probl...
by Joshua Kates
February 13th, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?
Replies: 86
Views: 6204

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

I'd agree with Eric, and say Portugese wines generally are undervalued; many have genuine distinctiveness and complexity. I don't know them as well as some, but Mouchao and Redoma come to mind. Commando G in Spain, their entry level, too, is impressive. I'd also throw Sandlands into the mix. Pepiere...
by Joshua Kates
February 11th, 2020, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1979 Ch. Figeac - a wine from another era
Replies: 46
Views: 2138

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

Mark Golodetz wrote:
February 10th, 2020, 4:03 pm
I have only ever really thought Beychevelle could be confused for a Burgundy. And the 1959 may be the best Richebourg ever made in Bordeaux.
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I have a couple of '85 Beychevelle; how do they rate Richebourg-wise?
by Joshua Kates
February 10th, 2020, 5:22 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: LTB Saxxum
Replies: 7
Views: 696

Re: LTB Saxxum

How about if you sell an "x" first; or am I missing something?
by Joshua Kates
February 10th, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VHR 2017 release
Replies: 9
Views: 1129

Re: VHR 2017 release

Points are on their website if that matters to you. I find the wines intriguing, but sort of spendy. On the fence.
by Joshua Kates
February 10th, 2020, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1979 Ch. Figeac - a wine from another era
Replies: 46
Views: 2138

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

I looked at cellatracker regarding 1983 and it is interesting to see the huge gap regarding scoring. You have people with 87-88/100 and people with 92-94/100. "In short, Chateau Figeac is a (still) rather misunderstood wine that is perhaps – as Kevin Shin suggested – a most Burgundian style of Bord...
by Joshua Kates
February 10th, 2020, 4:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1979 Ch. Figeac - a wine from another era
Replies: 46
Views: 2138

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

Interesting, Martin,

I just drank an '83 of this wine this weekend. No fruit bomb either, but not a great experience; I don't think it was the best bottle.
by Joshua Kates
February 10th, 2020, 4:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs- 2014 Hune, 08 Clos des Goisses, 16 Barbaresco Tre Stelle, Darting surprise, more 95 Bordeaux woes
Replies: 7
Views: 684

Re: TNs- 2014 Hune, 08 Clos des Goisses, 16 Barbaresco Tre Stelle, Darting surprise, more 95 Bordeaux woes

FWIW, Tom,

I had a similar experience with the '95 Trotanoy last year; it was just not very giving and even seemed a little thin. Disappointing, as I do not own many of these.

Thanks for the notes!
by Joshua Kates
February 8th, 2020, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 13 Calluna Merlot Aux Raynauds
Replies: 2
Views: 181

Re: 13 Calluna Merlot Aux Raynauds

Yes, I have some of these, as well as the '11 and '10, which I've been waiting to open, so thanks very much the note. I'll hold the 13's at least. It may well have been a post by Jim that put me on to them.
by Joshua Kates
February 6th, 2020, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red Burgundy Help
Replies: 8
Views: 616

Re: Red Burgundy Help

Second your dislike from Laboure-Roi, Dale,

At least back in the day. I've heard buzz that they have recently improved but cannot speak to that myself.
by Joshua Kates
February 3rd, 2020, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Aeris Etna Bianco Superiore - DRINK UP!
Replies: 32
Views: 2099

Re: 2014 Aeris Etna Bianco Superiore - DRINK UP!

Yeah, I still have a couple of these, but those I opened, though not off, were quite overwhelming. Pretty expensive experiment on this consumer.
by Joshua Kates
February 2nd, 2020, 5:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Laurent - Clos La Roche
Replies: 2
Views: 390

Re: 2005 Laurent - Clos La Roche

I actually the (other) Josh is right, at least according to CT. In '05 Laurent offered 3 different CDLR, a Tradition, a VV, and a VV Intramuros; think the OP probably popped the first, which looks like a regular bottling.
by Joshua Kates
February 2nd, 2020, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Condrieus from Perret, Gérard and Vernay
Replies: 13
Views: 790

Re: TN: Condrieus from Perret, Gérard and Vernay

I recall a couple of Vernay's Condrieu from early 2000's that were truly enjoyed years ago in a restaurant in Ampuis, close to where they make 'em. Yup, I first drank some from the 90's at lunch in a one-star restaurant that used to be right on the water there. I followed that up by cellaring some,...
by Joshua Kates
February 2nd, 2020, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heritage Blind Wine Challenge Finale
Replies: 26
Views: 1638

Re: Heritage Blind Wine Challenge Finale

Thanks for posting, Shang,

Great work on the blinds!

Josh
by Joshua Kates
January 31st, 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peay Offer; Any Bites?
Replies: 11
Views: 935

Re: Peay Offer; Any Bites?

I'm with Will. Peay is a core cellar item. Joshua I hear you on switching things up front. I hope to continue narrowing the diversity of producers. I've been finding that for many I'm just trying to find the specific wine that I want to cellar. It's tough since there is a bit of variation at differ...
by Joshua Kates
January 31st, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FUTO inaugural estate Sauvignon Blanc release
Replies: 4
Views: 522

!

Jim Anderson wrote:
January 31st, 2020, 11:26 am
Hah! I will have to remember this at our next pricing talk when we release the 2019 Estate Sauvignon Blanc. It currently sells for $29. $180 per bottle would be WAY better for the old bank account!
And for the record, it's wonderful sauvignon blanc, too!
by Joshua Kates
January 30th, 2020, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burt Williams Appreciation Dinner Chicago-TN's and pics
Replies: 5
Views: 739

Re: Burt Williams Appreciation Dinner Chicago-TN's and pics

Nice notes, especially "jump in the glass." Wish I could have made it up there; those wines are now a piece of history. So generous of Clayton to share.
by Joshua Kates
January 30th, 2020, 5:22 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Santa Barbara Area Food & Wine
Replies: 11
Views: 1499

Re: Santa Barbara Area Food & Wine

Wine Cask gone, or no longer good? Used to frequent in the 90's?
by Joshua Kates
January 30th, 2020, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peay Offer; Any Bites?
Replies: 11
Views: 935

Re: Peay Offer; Any Bites?

Yes, I like these wines, too, but at this point I own too many to purchase more. I don't know about other folks, and I know it's disappointing for winemakers, but with rare exceptions, I prefer to purchase wine for just a few years and then move on and cellar something I haven't yet had. In the case...
by Joshua Kates
January 28th, 2020, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grand Cru White Burgundy
Replies: 7
Views: 938

Re: Grand Cru White Burgundy

Thanks for the notes, Kelly, White burgundy is at the top of the pyramid for me at the moment, the wine I most often find myself wanting to drink and still get excited about. The ones I quaff are not usually at your level there, but the Leflaive Batard and the Sauzet when on are enormously fun and m...
by Joshua Kates
January 28th, 2020, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brief Comments: Iskaranu Pinots
Replies: 5
Views: 529

Re: Brief Comments: Iskaranu Pinots

More helpful yesterday, no? (Not to give you a hard time, but just saying...)

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