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by Mike Evans
May 18th, 2013, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dow versus Graham
Replies: 12
Views: 533

Dow versus Graham

I have the same general preference, and for the same reasons.
by Mike Evans
May 18th, 2013, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burg Drinkers...CA Whites?
Replies: 79
Views: 1944

Burg Drinkers...CA Whites?

I'll second the recommendations of Rhys, Mt. Eden, and Montelena, and add Hanzell. On the cheaper side, I've had some decent bottles of Morgan's Metallico. I haven't seen it since then, but about 12 years ago I went through a ton of Dan Kravitz's Travis unoaked chard for under $10/bottle. I don't kn...
by Mike Evans
May 15th, 2013, 8:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Atlanta & Orlando Restaurant Recs
Replies: 47
Views: 893

Atlanta & Orlando Restaurant Recs

My only quibbles with the previous recommendation are matters of personal taste, as I prefer the hot dog with just chili and mustard. I'm also a fan of the chili cheese burger (in Varsity lingo, a chili cheese steak) with pimento cheese (you have to tell them when you order that you want pimento ch...
by Mike Evans
May 15th, 2013, 6:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Atlanta & Orlando Restaurant Recs
Replies: 47
Views: 893

Atlanta & Orlando Restaurant Recs

Mr. Fleming has given you some very good recommendations, and I agree with his assessment of Bistro Niko, I enjoy it, but it isn't that special. Bacchanalia revolutionized Atlanta dining, and its impact on the Atlanta food scene is almost impossible to overstate. Eugene is also on my very short list...
by Mike Evans
May 14th, 2013, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Vieux Donjon - It's not you, it's me...
Replies: 47
Views: 1558

2010 Vieux Donjon - It's not you, it's me...

I'm surprised to see that Cambie has consulted with L'Oratoire Saint Martin since 2000, since they have been in the LDM portfolio for years. I don't think I have has any wines from that branch of the Alary family since late 1990's vintages, has the style changed?
by Mike Evans
May 9th, 2013, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Cal Cabs so bad, they move me to doggerel
Replies: 101
Views: 3493

TN: 2010 Cal Cabs so bad, they move me to doggerel

David, why the salty language concerning the Caymus wine? I respect that this is an open forum of expression but the comment is offensive to me, and perhaps others. You can make a point without being offensive. But if he just called it "shitty", it would have been just fine. Or is that only OK if t...
by Mike Evans
May 6th, 2013, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hmmm...scratched off bottle #'s of DRC?
Replies: 21
Views: 1473

Hmmm...scratched off bottle #'s of DRC?

I like the description as "lightly scuffed label." I guess that sounds better than "label altered to remove bottle number." Or "bottle number redacted from label."
by Mike Evans
May 4th, 2013, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Savennieres Advice
Replies: 36
Views: 1439

Savennieres Advice

Brad, do you find the 2007 to be representative of more recent Coulee de Serrants? If so, then it seems like the Jolys are still underperforming by my standards, in the same way that Martinelli is grossly underperforming with the Jackass Hill vineyard (I still long for the lovely, balanced wines tha...
by Mike Evans
May 4th, 2013, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Savennieres Advice
Replies: 36
Views: 1439

Savennieres Advice

The older vintages I've had, from the early 80's through the '96 or '97, were mineral-driven, piercing wines with good intensity, leaning towards the austere. In contrast, here is my note on the '07, which illustrates the difference in style: 2007 Nicolas Joly Clos de la Coulée de Serrant - France, ...
by Mike Evans
May 2nd, 2013, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: age-able cabs?
Replies: 32
Views: 1001

age-able cabs?

I'll echo the recommendations of Monte Bello, Mayacamas, and Montelena. I'm not sure about Laurel Glen since Patrick sold it, but while he was at the helm, it would definitely make the list. Jim, have you had any recent vintages?
by Mike Evans
May 2nd, 2013, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Do I have a buying problem?
Replies: 65
Views: 2047

Poll: Do I have a buying problem?

As one who went through a dumbass overbuying period myself, I can attest that regret it. I suspect that that the OP isn't boasting or trying to impress, he's just a little shocked, and may be deflecting some of that. I don't know the OP, and this may not reflect his position at all, but I recall tel...
by Mike Evans
May 2nd, 2013, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '85 Leoville Barton
Replies: 4
Views: 199

'85 Leoville Barton

Thanks for the update on this. The '85 LB is a special wine for me, and I only have one left. It was actually the first bottle of wine I ever bought, and it played a huge role in turning me into a wine addict. Back in about 1993 through 1995 or 1996, a local store had stacks of this for $23, and a f...
by Mike Evans
May 1st, 2013, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Rhone Syrah styles
Replies: 176
Views: 8512

Northern Rhone Syrah styles

To sound flakey Rostaing never speaks to me. But to be more analytical they never seem to develop that wonderful balance of meats and olive that I enjoy and is found in spades in Jamet (and old, pre '95 Ogier). Yet the Guigal Las Las are often not that way either but they seem to reach that high pi...
by Mike Evans
April 30th, 2013, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Notes
Replies: 19
Views: 784

Notes

Jim, I think the 1% tolerance is for wines listed as 14% or above.
by Mike Evans
April 24th, 2013, 9:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Red Burgundy
Replies: 178
Views: 6750

Aging Red Burgundy

Mike, I'd be really interested to know which red Burgundies you've had that have died an unexpected or premature death. They can certainly close up astonishingly quickly-ie mere weeks between glorious openness and total muteness-but I've not known one to actually die the way you describe. Tom, I wa...
by Mike Evans
April 24th, 2013, 9:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Red Burgundy
Replies: 178
Views: 6750

Aging Red Burgundy

Into which "orifice" are you sticking your opinion? You seem awful "worked up" over the notion that someone might advocate giving wines a chance to show their stuff. Always happy to see helpful views from newly participating posters, especially when they tell us the "lesson" of a particular thread....
by Mike Evans
April 24th, 2013, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Red Burgundy
Replies: 178
Views: 6750

Aging Red Burgundy

There is another alternative: marry a millionaire/choose your genes right.....so you don't care about getting value out of buying expensive wines and drinking them as infants. Then you don't have to resort to CDP, Rioja..or anything else....or wait to see why the people rave about them for the long...
by Mike Evans
April 23rd, 2013, 5:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Did I miss WA appointing new Italian Reviewer?
Replies: 33
Views: 2072

Did I miss WA appointing new Italian Reviewer?

Nice to see an old WLDGer getting a spot at the WA. Luis is a terrific guy, and brings a lot of credibility to their coverage of Spain.
by Mike Evans
April 19th, 2013, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Savennieres Advice
Replies: 36
Views: 1439

Savennieres Advice

I have had very few Coulee de Serrants, but quite a few from the early 80's through about '96. If the '07 I had last fall is at all a typical example of what they are doing now, and you loved the '96, then you can save your money by passing on recent vintages, because they are from two different pla...
by Mike Evans
April 16th, 2013, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An issue of principle among friends..? (poll!)
Replies: 87
Views: 2130

An issue of principle among friends..? (poll!)

On one hand, A's annoyance is a little misplaced, as the involvement of the others doesn't really change the substance of the transaction. A is still doing a favor for B & C. He helped them to get the gift they wanted, they are still buying the cabinet for the purpose they initially expressed, and t...
by Mike Evans
April 9th, 2013, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is brett, by definition, a defect?
Replies: 116
Views: 2770

Is brett, by definition, a defect?

I'm in the brett is a fault camp. While some have argued that it adds to the complexity of the wine, I've drunk enough great bottles of wines that showed lots of complexity to want to live without it. There are lots of flavor characteristics (on nose and palate) that I enjoy, so why would I want to...
by Mike Evans
April 9th, 2013, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: a Fun Mixed Bag
Replies: 3
Views: 358

TN: a Fun Mixed Bag

Did you mistype the score on the Beaucastel? Your note makes it sound like it was much better than an 83 point wine.
by Mike Evans
April 9th, 2013, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total failures - Copain 2004 Madder Lake et al.
Replies: 39
Views: 2147

Total failures - Copain 2004 Madder Lake et al.

The only bad faith I've seen in this thread is Allan's description of Stuart as "lovely."
by Mike Evans
April 9th, 2013, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is brett, by definition, a defect?
Replies: 116
Views: 2770

Is brett, by definition, a defect?

I buy them, I drink them, I like them. But do you find the Brett merely tolerable , or actually preferable to its absence? At least in the case of Beaucastel, which is the best example I can think of where there is a clear demarcation between brett and brett-free wines, I love the bretty ('90 and o...
by Mike Evans
March 29th, 2013, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Chileno Valley
Replies: 1
Views: 121

TN: 2004 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Chileno Valley

2004 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Chileno Valley - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (3/28/2013) It started out pleasantly enough when it was first opened, with the ruby wrapped garnet color showing no signs of its age, subdued dark cherry with a little green stemminess, and a slightly bitter ...
by Mike Evans
March 19th, 2013, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Attention Wine Grammar Police
Replies: 38
Views: 1054

Re: Attention Wine Grammar Police

There is nothing grammatically incorrect about split infinitives. They are an intellectual affront to pedants like me since linguistically, an infinitive is a single morpheme and in most languages a single word and cannot be split. It is also the case that in almost all cases, splitting is stylisti...
by Mike Evans
March 19th, 2013, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Attention Wine Grammar Police
Replies: 38
Views: 1054

Re: Attention Wine Grammar Police

I'm so tired of people citing Star Trek as justification for splitting infinitives. "Boldly to go where no man has gone before" sounds much better to my ear than the original. I suggest "Sweet Child o' Mine" as a more convincing case for the point. "Pray for the thunder / and the rain / Quietly to ...
by Mike Evans
March 19th, 2013, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Taylor's Legendary Bordeaux Tasting, Haut-Brion and Lafite-Rothschild
Replies: 18
Views: 932

Re: Mark Taylor's Legendary Bordeaux Tasting, Haut-Brion and Lafite-Rothschild

Thanks Todd and Don for the notes. I'm jealous, particularly since HB is by far my favorite chateau. No surprise that the '89 showed well, as I think it is one of the all-time greats from Bordeaux. Any idea why the '96 wasn't included? While the lineup was certainly nothing to sneeze at, I think it ...
by Mike Evans
March 17th, 2013, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: German wine with Asian food...why?
Replies: 69
Views: 2154

Re: German wine with Asian food...why?

Thanks, now I'm craving the dry fried eggplant, which is addictive enough that I suspect that they use a little crack in the breading. Nice lineup of wines as well.
by Mike Evans
February 24th, 2013, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please Help With Wine Menu
Replies: 12
Views: 460

Re: Please Help With Wine Menu

I'm cheap when it comes to buying off restaurant lists, but I would't hesitate to drop the money on the '98 Giacosa Santo Stefano Riserva, and would probably come back every night to keep working through the Giacosa selections. Palates differ, but I can't imagine buying any Brunello (or just about a...
by Mike Evans
February 19th, 2013, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: V-Day Dinner @ Revolution in NOLA (need help)
Replies: 23
Views: 585

Re: V-Day Dinner @ Revolution in NOLA (need help)

I'm glad it was a great experience. The more I think about some of the markups, the more I begin to suspect that they have very low quantities of those wines, and price them ridiculously for three reasons. First, to get credit for having them, as it seems like the depth will impress label whores who...
by Mike Evans
February 19th, 2013, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Comments on this wine list
Replies: 19
Views: 760

Re: Comments on this wine list

I'd prefer less breadth by cutting out some fringe areas and more depth in the classic regions. But all things considered, it's a very nicely chosen list. I couldn't disagree more, as that is where the wines I would order off this list are, both because of price and because they tend to pair better...
by Mike Evans
February 14th, 2013, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: V-Day Dinner @ Revolution in NOLA (need help)
Replies: 23
Views: 585

Re: V-Day Dinner @ Revolution in NOLA (need help)

That's a perplexing list, as there are some fantastic wines on the low end of the price scale (particularly from the LDM portfolio), coupled with markups that are genuinely offensive to me. It is their business, and they can charge whatever they choose, but that does't make them immune from criticis...
by Mike Evans
January 8th, 2013, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Alternatives?
Replies: 35
Views: 1036

Re: Champagne Alternatives?

I tried Giacosa's Spumante last week and was impressed, though I'm not sure whether it meets your price point.
by Mike Evans
November 30th, 2012, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the best wine from the 1970 vintage?
Replies: 57
Views: 1278

Re: What is the best wine from the 1970 vintage?

I agree with others that Unico is hard to beat. In Bordeaux, Latour and Haut-Brion are the best choices among first growths, and La Mission Haut-Brion is pretty much their equal. Palmer and Trotanoy are excellent as well. One wine not mentioned yet is Musar. 1970 is probably my favorite vintage and ...
by Mike Evans
November 5th, 2012, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Beaujolais Cuvée l'Ancien Vieilles Vignes
Replies: 2
Views: 118

TN: 1997 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Beaujolais Cuvée l'Ancien Vieilles Vignes

1997 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Beaujolais Cuvée l'Ancien Vieilles Vignes - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais (11/5/2012) With age, the crisp, bright fruit of its youth has transformed into sweet dried cherries and strawberries. I can almost feel the fruit sticking to the fine tannin, an...
by Mike Evans
November 1st, 2012, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2009
Replies: 37
Views: 1395

Re: Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2009

You did a great job with your notes. I haven't had the '09's, but from a few similar experiences I have had with other vintages, I think you expressed the differences between the wines well.
by Mike Evans
October 23rd, 2012, 11:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Older Loires
Replies: 2
Views: 310

TN: Older Loires

OLDER LOIRES - (9/30/2012) Every few years, I subject one of my tasting groups to a tasting of older Loire wines. Most of them drink few wines from the region, but generally present at least the illusion of enthusiasm for tasting some different wines than those they are accustomed to. Between a cou...
by Mike Evans
September 7th, 2012, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Producers that you are suprised are so sought after?
Replies: 151
Views: 9209

Re: Producers that you are suprised are so sought after?

Clos Rougeard. I love them, but can't believe enough others even know about them for pricing to have reached current levels. I'm passing on making snarky comments about wines I find undrinkable because of their styles because it's just too easy to troll this subject, there's no sport in it.
by Mike Evans
August 28th, 2012, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Lots of Loires
Replies: 7
Views: 598

Re: TN: Lots of Loires

Thanks for the kind comments. Dale, I have some '95 and '96 Denis secs and demi-secs In addition to the '89 sec, but haven't seen any Denis wines since I bought all of these. I have a vague recollection of having seen a rose at some point, as well, but I don't think I've had it or have any. What I d...
by Mike Evans
August 27th, 2012, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Lots of Loires
Replies: 7
Views: 598

TN: Lots of Loires

LOTS OF LOIRES - (8/13/2012) A small group of local Loire fans gathered recently for one of the most enjoyable tastings I've attended in a very long time. I had not met two of the attendees before, but by the end of the evening, they all seemed like old friends. The opportunity to dig into my Loire...
by Mike Evans
August 6th, 2012, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: screwcaps=CHEAP
Replies: 64
Views: 3023

Re: screwcaps=CHEAP

While I find the notion of 3 corked wines in 15 years implausible and more suggestive of a lack of TCA sensitivity than anything else, the quip implying that TCA detection is correlated with palate quality is disturbing. TCA thresholds are often a question of biological sensitivity that in no way re...
by Mike Evans
August 3rd, 2012, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birth Year 1971
Replies: 34
Views: 967

Re: Birth Year 1971

Since that is also my birth year, I've tracked down quite a few through the years, and agree with many of the other recommendations you have received. Bordeaux is iffy, particularly on the left bank, but the Latour was drinking well about 10 years ago when I found some at auction for about $100. It ...
by Mike Evans
July 26th, 2012, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Old Sterling Vineyards reds
Replies: 14
Views: 754

Re: TN: Two Old Sterling Vineyards reds

Thanks for the comprehensive notes and background information. It reminds me of the early days of Winebid, when most of the buyers were chasing cult CA cabs, while oceans of stunning, but less trendy, wines could be had for a song. A personal favorite was the '78 Sterling Reserve CS for about $30 a ...
by Mike Evans
June 21st, 2012, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lower Ripeness Pinot Producers?
Replies: 49
Views: 1904

Re: Lower Ripeness Pinot Producers?

I haven't paid attention to the numbers, but at least in terms of how they drink, which to me is more important, mosr of the Walter Hansel pinots I've had fit your criteria. If you can find any of Ken Burnap's SCMV pinots, those would be good choices as well if they have been well stored.
by Mike Evans
June 14th, 2012, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More wine fraud - a NZ merchant
Replies: 3
Views: 422

Re: More wine fraud - a NZ merchant

Since Lafite didn't start using bottles with raised glass features on the shoulder until '98, IIRC, switching labels on a raised feature bottle vintage to an vintage wasn't very bright unless he was able to sand off or otherwise destroy that feature in a way that wasn't obvious. If he pulled that of...
by Mike Evans
June 8th, 2012, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Chapoutier Ermitage bottlings?
Replies: 5
Views: 354

Re: Thoughts on Chapoutier Ermitage bottlings?

I haven't had any recent vintages, but they have historically been very, very spoofy. If you have a high tolerance for a strong oak profile that just lets a hint of what generally seem like very good grapes, though often pushing the ripeness limit, shine through the vanillin haze, these are wines fo...
by Mike Evans
June 6th, 2012, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1969 Remoissenet Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques, etc..
Replies: 18
Views: 617

Re: TN: 1969 Remoissenet Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques, etc..

Some of people in one of my tasting groups have jokingly referred to old Remos as "single bottle verticals" since at least the mid-90's when a local retailer sold lots of these. The reputations of the negociant and the proprietor of the retailer did little to quell the scepticism. That said, a lot o...
by Mike Evans
June 6th, 2012, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Very Special Dinner tonight- TN 1999 Guigal d'Ampuis
Replies: 24
Views: 880

Re: Very Special Dinner tonight- TN 1999 Guigal d'Ampuis

Looking back, you are absolutely right, mea culpa. [oops.gif]

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