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by Mike Evans
June 2nd, 2014, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "The perversion that is scoring wine" - Elitistreview NAILS it!
Replies: 377
Views: 18264

"The perversion that is scoring wine" - Elitistreview NAILS it!

A friend and I capped off our preparation for a college music history final by drinking beer and watching Rabbit of Seville and What's Opera Doc. We got a strange look from the professor after bursting out laughing when one of the blind listening pieces was the overture from Barber of Seville. As to...
by Mike Evans
May 31st, 2014, 5:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "The perversion that is scoring wine" - Elitistreview NAILS it!
Replies: 377
Views: 18264

"The perversion that is scoring wine" - Elitistreview NAILS it!

Good god! I would have thought a rant about the inanity of scoring wines would be received with vitriol and venom on a mainly US wine discussion board. Thank you for happily surprising me and for your support on this thorn-encrusted topic. *friendly hugs* Davy. The same reaction is not as likely on...
by Mike Evans
May 29th, 2014, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it true? You can't bring wine home to the US from France?
Replies: 94
Views: 4297

Is it true? You can't bring wine home to the US from France?

I've also found that if I'm bringing back cheese, I am sometimes diverted to the USDA people, who are invariably pleasant and cheery. They don't care about cheese for personal consumption (what's listeria among friends, right?) and wine isn't their jurisdiction, so they never even ask about. So, ca...
by Mike Evans
May 29th, 2014, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Would DRC Sell For If It Were Offered?
Replies: 39
Views: 1962

What Would DRC Sell For If It Were Offered?

Last price for Montrachet was approx 2,000,000 per ouvree or 48,000,000 euro per hectare To put this in context, Andy Beckstoffer paid an estimated $300,000 per acre for the Bourn/Hayne Vineyard in 2010, which a cursory Google search indicates is pretty close to the highest price paid for a Napa vi...
by Mike Evans
May 28th, 2014, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it true? You can't bring wine home to the US from France?
Replies: 94
Views: 4297

Is it true? You can't bring wine home to the US from France?

One tip I haven't seen mentioned is to use the shippers that hold the bottles horizontally in styrofoam layers, and stick a small packing tape dispenser in one of the bottle cut outs on the top layer. Having the packing tape in with the wine avoids having to find it on the trip, and makes it easy to...
by Mike Evans
May 28th, 2014, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chave Hermitage Blanc
Replies: 38
Views: 1629

TN: Chave Hermitage Blanc

Question for those familiar with this wine - does it go through a prolonged 'dumb phase' after a few years as other Roussanne and Marsanne wines do? Curious . . . That has been my experience. Admittedly, "N" is small . I have always tried to avoid the in-between stage, never bought tons, and have n...
by Mike Evans
May 22nd, 2014, 7:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flannery Boneless Ribeye CA Reserve 30% off
Replies: 160
Views: 6331

Flannery Boneless Ribeye CA Reserve 30% off

These steaks look fantastic, but man....they are so much more per pound than Costco prime! Are they really all that and a bag of potato chips? [scratch.gif] I cooked my first steak from Flannery's tonight, a mismatched ribeye, and it was all that and a bag of fresh-cooked duck fat fries. Is it twic...
by Mike Evans
May 21st, 2014, 9:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flannery Boneless Ribeye CA Reserve 30% off
Replies: 160
Views: 6331

Flannery Boneless Ribeye CA Reserve 30% off

Charlie Fu wrote:might have less cap. If you want a heavy cap rib eye, get the Jorges Cut. That thing has a HUGE cap.
Thanks!
by Mike Evans
May 21st, 2014, 9:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flannery Boneless Ribeye CA Reserve 30% off
Replies: 160
Views: 6331

Flannery Boneless Ribeye CA Reserve 30% off

re: freezing. I always do it. For steaks properly vacuum-packed, I notice no difference for at least 3 months and maybe as long as 6 months. If you don't freeze steaks, how do you order a loin and break them down yourself? Eat 10-15lbs of steak every time you place an order? I like the idea, above,...
by Mike Evans
May 21st, 2014, 8:54 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flannery Boneless Ribeye CA Reserve 30% off
Replies: 160
Views: 6331

Flannery Boneless Ribeye CA Reserve 30% off

Mine arrived today, and the 20oz ribeyes look stunningly good. One question on the mismatched ribeyes: do they usually have much of the cap? Both that I got have almost no cap, but are otherwise beautiful. The missing cap may be why they are mismatched, but since that is my favorite part of the enti...
by Mike Evans
May 21st, 2014, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging no sulfite wines up to 50 years?
Replies: 43
Views: 1272

Aging no sulfite wines up to 50 years?

Tony Coturri used to tell me that his library contained bottles that were 15+ years old and still going strong. This subject is really interesting. I'm not sure there are many areas in wine where I've found such a wide range of quality as in the no-sulfite category. While I'm sure Tony was correct,...
by Mike Evans
May 20th, 2014, 9:55 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flannery Boneless Ribeye CA Reserve 30% off
Replies: 160
Views: 6331

Flannery Boneless Ribeye CA Reserve 30% off

So what are your experiences freezing steaks? I never do it, but will have to freeze a couple of my order this time. I've had good luck with freezing. I usually dry the steak with a paper towel, freeze the steak in a food saver bag, then vacuum seal the bag once the steak is frozen, but before ice ...
by Mike Evans
May 20th, 2014, 7:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flannery Boneless Ribeye CA Reserve 30% off
Replies: 160
Views: 6331

Flannery Boneless Ribeye CA Reserve 30% off

This group is a horrible influence. Now I have to find freezer space for 5 (make that 4, since I won't be able to resist trying one) 20oz ribeyes and a couple each of the mismatched ribeyes and strips.
by Mike Evans
May 19th, 2014, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: List the wine(s) on CT for which you are the only taster?
Replies: 33
Views: 2603

List the wine(s) on CT for which you are the only taster?

I'm not surprised that mine are mostly older Loires and mostly LDM imports. 2000 Clos Roche Blanche Sauvignon Touraine 2009 Puzelat-Bonhomme Pouilly-Fumé 1999 Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Clos Sénéchal 1998 Clos du Tue-Boeuf Cheverny La Caillere 1997 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Cuvée...
by Mike Evans
May 17th, 2014, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Field Blend" a buzzword now?
Replies: 59
Views: 3951

Is "Field Blend" a buzzword now?

Annette, for a couple dollars more, I would look for the Marietta Old Vine Lot wines, made by Berserkers Chris and Scot Bilbro. I know that Total Wine carries it. Peachy Canyon's Incredible Red tends to be pretty good as well, and is also at Total.
by Mike Evans
May 16th, 2014, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8670
Views: 1272318

RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Don, are you sure that Oliveros pled guilty to a felony, and not to a lesser charge as part if a plea deal? If he pled to a lesser charge, then it is possible that the charge would not be described in paragraph (c) of the statute you cited. Finally, depending on NY licensing laws, a retailer may not...
by Mike Evans
May 15th, 2014, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the five greatest 'New World' wines you have ever had the pleasure of drinking?
Replies: 144
Views: 6819

What are the five greatest 'New World' wines you have ever had the pleasure of drinking?

1974 Heitz Martha's 1974 Mayacamas Cabernet 1994 Harlan Estate 1974 Mondavi Reserve Cabernet (for sentimental reasons) 1994 Shafer Hillside Select (along with other vintages) That's off the top of my head. I have lots of Aussie's, but that really a separate list for me. Bruce A nice set of wines. I...
by Mike Evans
May 15th, 2014, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the five greatest 'New World' wines you have ever had the pleasure of drinking?
Replies: 144
Views: 6819

What are the five greatest 'New World' wines you have ever had the pleasure of drinking?

In no particular order:

1971 Ridge Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
1992 Williams & Selyem Leno Martinelli Zinfandel
1991 Dominus
1992 Edmunds St. John Durell Vineyard Syrah
1974 Sterling Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
by Mike Evans
May 14th, 2014, 10:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert
Replies: 69
Views: 2706

TN: 1990 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert

How accurate is ebob's vintage chart for the maturity rating for N Rhone? Is it just to variable from wine to wine and appellation dependent too? I know that chart might be for Hermitage and CR only, and St Joe or Crozes would be on a different time line. I noticed that you have to go back to 1996 ...
by Mike Evans
May 14th, 2014, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2014 Golden Arches Pomegranate Blueberry Smoothie Award: the early nominations
Replies: 132
Views: 7352

The 2014 Golden Arches Pomegranate Blueberry Smoothie Award: the early nominations

This thread reminds me of a couple of my comments on another forum more than a decade ago: Don't feel compelled to like [insert wine or style here], try other things until you find the wines that touch your fancy, and let those who enjoy [insert wine or style here] continue to do so. That's why ther...
by Mike Evans
May 13th, 2014, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the five greatest wines you have ever had the pleasure of drinking?
Replies: 121
Views: 4288

What are the five greatest wines you have ever had the pleasure of drinking?

In no particular order: 1947 Huet Le Haut Lieu 1989 Huet Cuvée Constance 1959 Lafite 1959 Haut-Brion 1997 Clos Rougeard Les Clos The first four came to mind immediately. There were a lot of candidates for the fifth spot, but I can't remember being as dumbstruck by a wine as I was by the Clos Rougear...
by Mike Evans
May 13th, 2014, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where did Muller Catoir go?
Replies: 20
Views: 949

Where did Muller Catoir go?

Keith, I had two M-C '98 Burgergarten Spätelesen today, the regular and the halbtroken; if I can rouse myself I'll post tasting notes. They were both absolutely excellent in their own ways but differed due to the differing levels of residual sugar. I'm not surprised, as every 1998 M-C I've had has ...
by Mike Evans
May 9th, 2014, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What does it mean when a wine is 'closed'?
Replies: 28
Views: 1143

What does it mean when a wine is 'closed'?

Think 80's Cordier wines. Damn little iPhone keys . . .
by Mike Evans
May 9th, 2014, 8:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why do French bureaucrats hate wine so much?
Replies: 4
Views: 467

Why do French bureaucrats hate wine so much?

The counter argument should be that the code discourages under age drinking. The kid has to have the bottle in his grubby little hands to scan the code, and looking up the code increases the chance that the kid will get distracted from opening the bottle by reading about the wine and then continuing...
by Mike Evans
May 9th, 2014, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What does it mean when a wine is 'closed'?
Replies: 28
Views: 1143

Curious...

I'm sorta curious here. Still trying to learn about this wine thing. If I open a wine and it has very little in the way of aromas and flavors; how can I tell if it's a wine that is just lacking in aromas/flavors, a dullard of a wine, or one that is just "closed", "shut down" and in a "dumb phase"??...
by Mike Evans
May 7th, 2014, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard
Replies: 39
Views: 2396

TN: 2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Skyline Vineyard

Including Alesia bottlings, CT shows 213 bottles of Rhys wines in my cellar, but only 2 2010 Horseshoe chards. We should do an Atlanta Rhys dinner before too long.
by Mike Evans
May 2nd, 2014, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13389
Views: 652476

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

49 Remoissenet Vosne Romanee Clos des Reas. just one bottle. I had this about 20 years ago about a year after I really got into wine. It was about $135 and was by far the oldest, and by a decent margin, the most expensive wine I'd ever bought. While I have no idea what percentage of the wine in the...
by Mike Evans
May 2nd, 2014, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Value Of OldDom Perignon
Replies: 56
Views: 3962

Value Of OldDom Perignon

Brady Daniels wrote:I dunno, mebbe about tree-fitty?
You can at least start at about two quarter or somethin'.
by Mike Evans
April 30th, 2014, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Common mistakes you see on WB
Replies: 217
Views: 6976

Common mistakes you see on WB

Frank Murray III wrote:Pallette or Pallet. The word is Palate.

Counselor, you are a riot.
They can all be appropriate. For example, a post could promote the palate-pleasing pallet of products just procured from the palette of Piedmont and Portuguese producers in a wine pimp's portfolio.
by Mike Evans
April 28th, 2014, 5:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Tasting at Chez Winebozo ('96 Bordeaux, '98 Bordeaux, '99/'01 Washington and Cal Cabs)
Replies: 5
Views: 363

Wine Tasting at Chez Winebozo ('96 Bordeaux, '98 Bordeaux, '99/'01 Washington and Cal Cabs)

I'm totally perplexed by your notes on the '96 Bordeaux, as they bear no similarity to my own experience. The 1996 Pichon Lalande was the greatest young PL I ever had and on a par with any of the first growths but Lafite. A bottle tasted blind last year showed surprisingly little evolution, and was ...
by Mike Evans
April 26th, 2014, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13389
Views: 652476

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Neal.Mollen wrote:
Rick.T wrote:1989 VC LGD
Absolutely no idea what this is
I'm guessing Veuve La Grande Dame.
by Mike Evans
April 25th, 2014, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amazing tasting of wines 1929-1979 (Huet, L Latour, 70s BDX horiz ++)
Replies: 73
Views: 1885

Amazing tasting of wines 1929-1979 (Huet, L Latour, 70s BDX horiz ++)

I have one or two of the 1971 Demi, which I almost certainly bought at the same time and place that Brad did, but they aren't for sale (birth year wine from a favorite producer). I had no idea the price was this high now.
by Mike Evans
April 18th, 2014, 9:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: tax on wine shipments
Replies: 45
Views: 1807

tax on wine shipments

There are a few states that allow purchases made at the winery to be shipped back to a person's home state without a shipping license. One of the responses to post-911 restrictions about carrying wine on planes. In those cases, local tax would be collected. I'm not sure how legal the "title conveye...
by Mike Evans
April 18th, 2014, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: tax on wine shipments
Replies: 45
Views: 1807

tax on wine shipments

Wineries that charge local sales tax generally do so under the premise that title is conveyed at the winery, and that they are shipping it as your agent per your instructions. I'm not giving legal advice, but getting a shipping permit where one is available is safer for the winery for obvious reasons.
by Mike Evans
April 17th, 2014, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a 100 point zinfandel?
Replies: 68
Views: 3321

Is there a 100 point zinfandel?

I have philosophical objections to assigning points to wines, but the 1992 Williams and Selyem Leno Martinellli at a Prodigy OL around 1995 or 1996 is one of the most memorable wines I've ever tasted. As a reference point, the only reason I still remember the 1991 Dominus from the tasting, a wine th...
by Mike Evans
April 17th, 2014, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Pegau is starting to sing
Replies: 17
Views: 711

2001 Pegau is starting to sing

Welcome, Gary! It's good to see you again, and I hope you will stick around. It brings back fond (but hazy) memories of your warm hospitality at your pre-MoCool gatherings for travelers like me. I hope you've been well.
by Mike Evans
April 11th, 2014, 5:46 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Biggio Hamina Spring Retail Offer
Replies: 12
Views: 398

Biggio Hamina Spring Retail Offer

It's spelled "Biggio Hamina," but is pronounced "Throat-Warbler Mangrove."
by Mike Evans
April 8th, 2014, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Now This Is A Dog Lover…Dog Themed Wines!
Replies: 16
Views: 620

Now This Is A Dog Lover…Dog Themed Wines!

My favorites are the Cuvée Busters.
by Mike Evans
April 8th, 2014, 4:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with mostly So. Italian wine list (A16 in SF)
Replies: 14
Views: 480

Help with mostly So. Italian wine list (A16 in SF)

I'd have a hard time passing on the ESJ Bone-Jolly, Cowan Pinot, Dashe Zinfandel, and Wind Gap Syrah for reds and the Ryme Vermentino and Ribolla Gialla for whites.
by Mike Evans
April 7th, 2014, 5:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Storage - Racking
Replies: 14
Views: 1158

Wine Storage - Racking

For a larger version of the metal racking at a price of under $1/bottle, check out https://www.sevilleclassics.com/wine_rack_zinc_SHE16473Z. I have a couple and am pretty happy with them. You could also pick up extra shelves to avoid stacking. Not a showpiece, but a cost and space efficient practica...
by Mike Evans
April 4th, 2014, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Swan Customer Service
Replies: 203
Views: 8150

Swan Customer Service

I suspect that the biggest issue here is one of perspective from each side. The OP is frustrated because it took longer than he thought it should to get the wines originally, then the package was destroyed with no response from the winery. His nerves are raw, so the response to any issues at this po...
by Mike Evans
April 4th, 2014, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your cellar by varietal? (Fun with CT Reports)
Replies: 76
Views: 1875

Your cellar by varietal? (Fun with CT Reports)

Pinot Noir 23.0% Syrah 16.2% Red Bordeaux Blend 11.5% Cabernet Franc 6.2% Red Rhone Blend 5.8% Chenin Blanc 5.7% Chardonnay 4.9% Nebbiolo 4.6% Sangiovese 2.9% Gamay 2.8% Cabernet Sauvignon 2.1% Melon de Bourgogne 1.9% Riesling 1.6% Malbec 1.4% Port Blend 1.2% Red Blend 1.1% Sauvignon Blanc 1.1% Gren...
by Mike Evans
April 3rd, 2014, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13389
Views: 652476

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Mark Golodetz wrote:This one is embarrassing. I generally keep a list of all my to be shipped wines, but this one I forgot until they sent me a reminder.
5 bottles of 1990 Figeac
What a pleasant surprise, and a great wine.
by Mike Evans
April 3rd, 2014, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Super Seconds
Replies: 58
Views: 1907

Top Super Seconds

Montrose is the one that best speaks to first growth status for me. Gruard Larose is most in my wheelhouse, especially from the '80s, but I would not call it first growth. The only wine on your list that I have limited experience with is LLC, ironically the one we hear bantered about perhaps most o...
by Mike Evans
April 3rd, 2014, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Super Seconds
Replies: 58
Views: 1907

Top Super Seconds

Is Leoville Barton not well regarded? I don't drink a lot of bordeaux, but I've always been pleased with the consistent quality of Leoville Barton. LB's are my largest Bordeaux holding, by far, with vintages from 1982 to 2001 in the cellar, because I love the style and they have been great values. ...
by Mike Evans
April 3rd, 2014, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Super Seconds
Replies: 58
Views: 1907

Top Super Seconds

For me, LLC and Pichon Lalande were easy. The third choice was harder, but I settled on Montrose over Palmer based on performance from 2000 on. I don't see Gruaud Larose as a serious candidate, but would have made a different call if it was 10 years ago. The glaring omission is La Mission HB, which ...
by Mike Evans
April 2nd, 2014, 4:46 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Suspicious Buyer?
Replies: 11
Views: 1851

Suspicious Buyer?

Roberto Rogness wrote:VERY common scam, I get 10 a week. DO NOT give them wine till THEY pay by wire transfer or cashier's check.

I would say wire transfer only. There are lots of phony certified checks out there and it can take a couple of weeks to learn that it is a fraud.
by Mike Evans
March 28th, 2014, 5:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100 Points by Robert Parker
Replies: 114
Views: 8636

100 Points by Robert Parker

If they can't be bothered to gush about how they are leveraging synergies, I have no use for them.
by Mike Evans
March 24th, 2014, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upcoming Louis/Dressner Selections Grand Portfolio Tasting
Replies: 30
Views: 1920

Upcoming Louis/Dressner Selections Grand Portfolio Tasting

IIRC, the 3 spent 3 years on the lees. It and can't be labeled as "sur lie" because it spent too much time on the lees to qualify for that designation.
by Mike Evans
March 21st, 2014, 5:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it time for a new pronunciation thread?
Replies: 125
Views: 7759

Is it time for a new pronunciation thread?

Ian Sutton wrote:
AKuehn wrote:
Michael Lewis wrote:You are supposed to pronounce the "t" in Huet. I am not sure how hard or soft it is, but it is not silent.
The definitive word is that the Domaine says it is pronounced ou-ETTE.
Unless you're Jim Budd, or Chris Kissack, in which case it changes to "Ou est le vin" ;¬)
Now that's funny.

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