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by William Kelley
August 30th, 2016, 1:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Exploring Three Generations of Bartolo Mascarello (Long / Boring... Unless you love Barolo)
Replies: 28
Views: 2108

Exploring Three Generations of Bartolo Mascarello (Long / Boring... Unless you love Barolo)

Interesting that your '58 seemed so evolved. We had a very youthful-looking bottle a few weeks ago which had a preternaturally dark hue.
by William Kelley
August 30th, 2016, 1:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is It Varietal Or Variety?
Replies: 19
Views: 1190

Is It Varietal Or Variety?

This is just a long-standing corruption, now accepted, deriving from the correct adjectival use in "varietal bottling". I imagine some folks mistakenly imagined it was the varietal that was being bottled, and not the bottling that was varietal, and thus began using 'varietal' as a noun. The OED's ea...
by William Kelley
August 30th, 2016, 1:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Asimov on FrankCornelissen
Replies: 56
Views: 3865

NYTimes: Asimov on FrankCornelissen

Perhaps my favorite thing about WB is the opportunity to get real opinions on a producer or wine I am looking for. Most critics and media taste huge amounts of extremely diverse wines in 1oz. increments on whirlwind tours where they cram like college kids before retreating to see what they have ret...
by William Kelley
August 29th, 2016, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Clos Rougeard (Foucault) Saumur-Champigny
Replies: 5
Views: 569

TN: 2011 Clos Rougeard (Foucault) Saumur-Champigny

My concern with this wine is that it is a little turbid. The Poyeux is better. But I think the Brézé is without doubt the king of the cellar in 2011.
by William Kelley
August 27th, 2016, 1:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Asimov on FrankCornelissen
Replies: 56
Views: 3865

NYTimes: Asimov on FrankCornelissen

I think what Ken may have been getting at when he said that Frank is undogmatic is that he does not disparage conventionally made wines or regard them as inauthentic in the way that some "natural" winemakers do. He once presented a tasting for us in Oxford, and I remember asking him what he regarded...
by William Kelley
August 25th, 2016, 10:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FAVORITE Châteauneuf-du-Pape ... Poll !!!
Replies: 41
Views: 2251

FAVORITE Châteauneuf-du-Pape ... Poll !!!

Has to be Bonneau, Pégaü and Rayas.

Pre-1994 or so both Beaucastel and Clos des Papes would have been contenders. And, pre-2009, so would have been Clos du Mont Olivet.
by William Kelley
August 19th, 2016, 2:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Ovid
Replies: 9
Views: 1389

2013 Ovid

I tasted this earlier this year. One of the successes of the vintage. Nicely savory and balanced. Very attractive wine.
by William Kelley
August 17th, 2016, 3:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 78 Dujac Charmes and 88 Krug
Replies: 10
Views: 796

TN: 78 Dujac Charmes and 88 Krug

Much to my regret, I've never had the '78 Charmes, but it sounds like it actually might be showing more youthfully than the '78 Clos de la Roche. We tasted a couple of bottles of the latter with Jeremy around 13 months ago and his opinion, which I shared, was that now was a good time to drink up.
by William Kelley
August 15th, 2016, 11:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 Kalin Cellars Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 18
Views: 961

TN: 1989 Kalin Cellars Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

My understanding is that 1992 was the Leightons' last foray into Cabernet Sauvignon, but I could be mistaken as they always seem to have surprises up their sleeves. We had a 1988 around this time last year which was fantastic. I would kill to try the '86, which I've been told is the pick of the bunc...
by William Kelley
August 15th, 2016, 11:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Guiberteau?
Replies: 1
Views: 324

Guiberteau?

I guess the short answer is yes—though they will also naturally remain quite vibrant, acid-driven wines. I've been revisiting a few 2014s in the last few weeks, and they're developing beautifully, but slowly. This stuff seems really built for the cellar, which is quite refreshing.
by William Kelley
August 12th, 2016, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Rhones with Arv Rao on a hot NYC night
Replies: 14
Views: 1171

TN: Rhones with Arv Rao on a hot NYC night

I think the 89 came from before the time they became infected. None in the 1990 or 91 either. While I absolutely love both the '89 and '90 Pégaüs, I think 'none' might be over-stating the case. We had the 1990 last week. The wine is beautifully aromatically integrated, but there is surely some bret...
by William Kelley
August 11th, 2016, 5:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CdP April 7th visits- Pegaü, Janasse, Barroche
Replies: 25
Views: 1592

CdP April 7th visits- Pegaü, Janasse, Barroche

Nice to see Julien thriving in his new cellar. I'm looking forward to stopping by in October. It's been a few years now.
by William Kelley
August 8th, 2016, 12:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anybody with information on the 2015 vintage i Beaujolais?
Replies: 31
Views: 2152

Anybody with information on the 2015 vintage i Beaujolais?

My only update after following these wines over 2 days is that the more I went back to the Lapierre, the more brett I got. I don't know if it was aeration or just me, but by the second night it was too dominated by brett for my liking. The only other vintage where I've seen bottles of Lapierre with...
by William Kelley
August 8th, 2016, 12:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with Beaujolais
Replies: 25
Views: 923

Help with Beaujolais

I would think that you would enjoy Foillard's Cuvée 3.14 in 2015, when that's released. And as others have mentioned Cuvée Marcel Lapierre from Lapierre would likely hit the spot. If one thinks back to how rich and textural some of the 2009s were on release I don't actually think it's a foregone con...
by William Kelley
August 8th, 2016, 12:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Julian Haart - (Piersporter) Schubertslay Kabinett
Replies: 36
Views: 2098

TN: 2015 Julian Haart - (Piersporter) Schubertslay Kabinett

Totally agree about this wine. For me, this was one of the standouts against the background of a fantastic array of wines at the Howard Ripley tasting in London a few months ago. It definitely has the 'x-factor'. I'm looking forward to trying his dry wines soon too. I don't know them, but I've heard...
by William Kelley
August 4th, 2016, 4:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many RAYAS ....
Replies: 66
Views: 3158

How many RAYAS ....

36. Which is really not enough.
by William Kelley
August 3rd, 2016, 1:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has There Been A Really Great Champagne Vintage Since 1996?
Replies: 10
Views: 1171

Has There Been A Really Great Champagne Vintage Since 1996?

While it is early days to pontificate, my intuition is certainly that 2008 is superior to 1996. There are some wonderful '96s, but there are also plenty of disappointing wines that have not pulled everything together with bottle age.
by William Kelley
July 29th, 2016, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A swathe of European 2003s (trigger warning: low scores)
Replies: 30
Views: 1857

A swathe of European 2003s (trigger warning: low scores)

Hard to disagree, though I might have scored the Montrose more generously than you.

Good to see someone else seeing the light re. Mosel 2003s. The Prüm wines are lovely too, as are Willi Schaefer's.

And I also often wonder about the yeastiness of young Haag.

Thanks for posting.
by William Kelley
July 29th, 2016, 12:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Old California Cabs
Replies: 18
Views: 1887

Two Old California Cabs

That Chappellet should have been a bomb. Too bad.
by William Kelley
July 26th, 2016, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 10
Views: 836

TN: 2006 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

No, I've never had them and its a pertinent response. I have had the Charvin 96 and 93 recently, and though both have aged colors, they taste surprisingly young and fresh. At a Gigondas tasting last week, I had an 87 (that first number is not a typo) Grappilon d'Or--an ostensibly off year from a do...
by William Kelley
July 26th, 2016, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 10
Views: 836

TN: 2006 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

I, too, was alarmed at how porty and spiritous this wine got in the last couple of years. It was lovely in the early days, but as it has aged it's come to resemble the wines of the super-ripe, new-wave school more and more. Which is not what one is looking for when one buys Clos des Papes. I wonder...
by William Kelley
July 26th, 2016, 2:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 10
Views: 836

TN: 2006 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

I, too, was alarmed at how porty and spiritous this wine got in the last couple of years. It was lovely in the early days, but as it has aged it's come to resemble the wines of the super-ripe, new-wave school more and more. Which is not what one is looking for when one buys Clos des Papes. I wonder ...
by William Kelley
July 26th, 2016, 2:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée Clos du Château
Replies: 16
Views: 1337

TN: 2005 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Vosne-Romanée Clos du Château

Agree this is very nice indeed. We had a bottle in May. I did think it was surprisingly mature though. Of course, it may hold like that for a long time, but compared to the Mugneret Gibourg village bottling, my benchmark, it's much more open and evolved. Not necessarily a criticism.
by William Kelley
July 23rd, 2016, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTY 2016; Your candidates? (at about the halfway point on the calendar)
Replies: 113
Views: 8262

WOTY 2016; Your candidates? (at about the halfway point on the calendar)

Best unbottled wines: Mugneret Gibourg's 2015s . Tasted them today. Unbelievably good. Completely agree with you. Looking forward to tasting these....Oct 23-Nov 8, my 10th straight year of two weeks of fall tasting in Burgundy. I tasted the Vigot half out of barrel in Nov '15, and they were already...
by William Kelley
July 18th, 2016, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Chablis are you drinking?
Replies: 74
Views: 4632

What Chablis are you drinking?

2014 Domaine Pattes Loup Chablis Vent d'Ange - Drinking wonderfully with all the sea spray, crushed rocks, citrus one could want from a village Chablis. Very sleek and taut. A lovely wine of great purity and intensity. We had one of these the other day. Hard to think of anyone making a better villa...
by William Kelley
July 18th, 2016, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTY 2016; Your candidates? (at about the halfway point on the calendar)
Replies: 113
Views: 8262

WOTY 2016; Your candidates? (at about the halfway point on the calendar)

There have been a few contenders... Best mature or maturing wines: 1921 Château Montrose, closely rivaled by the '55 and '47 2005 Coche-Dury Meursault Rougeots - best village Burgundy I've ever had 1994 Kalin Pinot Noir Cuvée Billon - best North American Pinot Noir I've ever tasted Best unbottled wi...
by William Kelley
July 18th, 2016, 4:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Sauvignon Blanc?
Replies: 186
Views: 8866

Favorite Sauvignon Blanc?

My short list: Kalin Cellars - Potter Valley Reserve and Livermore bottlings Edmond Vatan - though with ten years bottle age as a minimum, as drinking them younger is not so much infanticide as masochism François Cotat - again, ideally with age: 1994 is showing really well right now Gérard Boulay I ...
by William Kelley
July 17th, 2016, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 PYCM is huge!
Replies: 82
Views: 5414

2014 PYCM is huge!

Before you guys all hook into Pierre-Yves you may like to know why he uses such bottles. We are all crying out for a solution to premox and Pierre-Yves is taking steps to address the problem. He believes that the glass could be one of the factors and has special bottles with long necks designed so ...
by William Kelley
July 17th, 2016, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 PYCM is huge!
Replies: 82
Views: 5414

2014 PYCM is huge!

If glass were a culprit, why would only burgundian white wine be affected? I presume the glass industry that serves burgundy also serves other areas? Why not premox Alsace ? N rhone? Etc. I've encountered premoxed Clos St Hune and Haut Brion blanc, just to pick two pinnacles. Northern Rhone gets le...
by William Kelley
July 17th, 2016, 1:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 PYCM is huge!
Replies: 82
Views: 5414

2014 PYCM is huge!

Before you guys all hook into Pierre-Yves you may like to know why he uses such bottles. We are all crying out for a solution to premox and Pierre-Yves is taking steps to address the problem. He believes that the glass could be one of the factors and has special bottles with long necks designed so ...
by William Kelley
July 17th, 2016, 1:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Cali Cab
Replies: 144
Views: 11182

Aged Cali Cab

I was going to suggest the 1979 Mondavi Reserve as an under-the-radar vintage, but then discovered it's actually pretty expensive—definitely more than it's worth. Seems like the era of old California wines being comparatively good value is coming to an end.
by William Kelley
July 17th, 2016, 12:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Cali Cab
Replies: 144
Views: 11182

Aged Cali Cab

For Togni, don't forget that he was at Chappellet for a long time before setting out on his own - maybe as long as the late 1960s through the early 1980s, and he would have had a hand in making almost all of the Chappellet wines of the 1970s [which are still almost affordable]. http://www.sfgate.co...
by William Kelley
July 3rd, 2016, 12:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Meursault Perrieres Comte Lafon
Replies: 56
Views: 2603

2005 Meursault Perrieres Comte Lafon

Domaine de Bellène (Nicolas Potel) uses DIAM. Not trying to take the blame away from producers, but reading US forums really makes me think there's something going wrong with transportation. A least as much premier or grand crus are opened as here and no way you have the same rate of premox bottles...
by William Kelley
July 1st, 2016, 2:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hearst Castle WINE CELLAR....Pics!
Replies: 25
Views: 2534

Hearst Castle WINE CELLAR....Pics!

Amazing post, thanks for sharing!
by William Kelley
June 27th, 2016, 1:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Enfield Wine Co. Chardonnay Heron Lake Vineyard
Replies: 2
Views: 139

TN: 2011 Enfield Wine Co. Chardonnay Heron Lake Vineyard

Yeah, this is really good stuff.
by William Kelley
June 27th, 2016, 1:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haut-Brion
Replies: 22
Views: 2301

Haut-Brion

I went with a friend to restaurant Clarence where the director and sommelier is the delicious Antoine Pétrus, a very nice person whom I appreciate. My plan was to drink a Haut-Brion. When I saw the wine list, I immediately changed my plan with despair : I see no justification to pay a bottle of HB ...
by William Kelley
June 21st, 2016, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ulysses Napa Cab
Replies: 4
Views: 586

Ulysses Napa Cab

I tried the 2012 earlier this year. A lovely wine, with striking briary, wild berry & plum fruit tones. While it has a very different personality to Dominus, it is very much in the same style, so if you appreciate Dominus then I'm sure you'll like Ulysses. The site is not far from the boundary with ...
by William Kelley
June 21st, 2016, 3:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Tasting of Ridge Rhones w/ EricBaugher..(long/boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 623

TN: A Tasting of Ridge Rhones w/ EricBaugher..(long/boring)

Fascinating an enviable tasting. Thanks for reporting!
by William Kelley
June 21st, 2016, 3:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 Roberto Voerzio Langhe Chardonnay fossati roscaleto
Replies: 7
Views: 281

TN: 1997 Roberto Voerzio Langhe Chardonnay fossati roscaleto

I confess, I thought I had a pretty good handle on what Voerzio had gotten up to over the years, but I had no idea this wine existed. Looks like it's held up well. If you had to make a guess about the character of its élevage, what would it be?
by William Kelley
June 17th, 2016, 4:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Germany 2015 really that great
Replies: 270
Views: 19372

Germany 2015 really that great

I attended the Howard Ripley tasting in London yesterday, and was very impressed. It was nice to chat with a few of the growers, who are tangibly excited by the quality of what they have produced, albeit a bit more reserved in expressing it than anyone who spends time around the Bordelais would be u...
by William Kelley
June 10th, 2016, 1:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Ramonet Les Murgers des Dents de Chien
Replies: 5
Views: 779

2014 Ramonet Les Murgers des Dents de Chien

Have had a few 2013 Ramonets now and am very impressed. Notably superior to their 2012s: more tight-knit, focussed and intense. Seems like their best vintage since 2010. The Bourgogne blanc is very creditable (though bizarrely bottled under little plastic 'corks', so something to drink up in the nea...
by William Kelley
June 10th, 2016, 1:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 J.J. Prüm - Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
Replies: 10
Views: 645

2007 J.J. Prüm - Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

I had the 2007 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett a few days ago. Also too young, but at least expressive, pleasurable and clearly very good.
by William Kelley
June 7th, 2016, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1961 Beausejour - let's be less neurotic about storage conditions
Replies: 46
Views: 3215

TN: 1961 Beausejour - let's be less neurotic about storage conditions

For what it's worth, I've had several bottles of the 1961 Beausejour, every time hoping for a great one, and experimenting with a variety of decanting regimes. All came from a cool UK cellar. And all tasted pretty much like the wine you describe. In fact, you were either more tolerant than me, or go...
by William Kelley
June 7th, 2016, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 10 Rose List for Summer
Replies: 25
Views: 2350

Top 10 Rose List for Summer

Great list. Hard to argue with any of those. My list might include Gerard Boulay's Sancerre Rosé as a wine worthy to at least keep company with the Cotats', if not quite on the same level. And in addition to the Italian suggestions others have made, I'd observe that the Biondi Santi Rosé is often a ...
by William Kelley
May 30th, 2016, 3:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1959 Chambolle Musigny
Replies: 5
Views: 517

TN: 1959 Chambolle Musigny

My one experience with this, back in 2013, sounds more similar to your previous bottle: it was strikingly dense and textural. I guess we have to assume that quite a lot of higher appellation wine probably made it into this bottling.
by William Kelley
May 30th, 2016, 2:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Domaine Dujac Gevrey-Chambertin 'Aux Combottes' 1er
Replies: 3
Views: 446

TN: 2002 Domaine Dujac Gevrey-Chambertin 'Aux Combottes' 1er

Jeremy opened a 375 for us to conclude our tasting the other week. Agree that it seems to be a point: very open and expressive.
by William Kelley
May 3rd, 2016, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does this city have the best food and wine in France?
Replies: 10
Views: 1792

Does this city have the best food and wine in France?

Still pretty hard to contend with Lyon in this category IMHO.
by William Kelley
April 22nd, 2016, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SF Chron Article: The Cult of Cab
Replies: 61
Views: 5380

SF Chron Article: The Cult of Cab

I thought it was a nicely done piece all things considered. Not as good as her recent Santa Cruz Mountains piece, but still solid. One might object, as has been mentioned, that Screaming Eagle is not really a hillside property. Neither, for that matter, is Araujo's Eisele vineyard. Hard not to notic...
by William Kelley
April 7th, 2016, 10:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Notes from a huge mature Bordeaux tasting Saturday 4/2 in DC
Replies: 30
Views: 1663

Notes from a huge mature Bordeaux tasting Saturday 4/2 in DC

Pity to miss the '50 Gazin! That could have been a bomb from a good bottle. '50 Pomerols definitely on my 'jump at the chance' list whenever I see them. The 03 Barton and the 03 Poyferre probably intersect more closely than those estates have since around 1985/6.... Agreed on the magic of the Cordie...
by William Kelley
April 7th, 2016, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1969 Heitz Martha's Vineyard
Replies: 9
Views: 1039

TN: 1969 Heitz Martha's Vineyard

Press will certainly make you pay for it, but the wine is tempting.

Working on an essay on Martha's Vineyard at the moment and that is one vintage I have never tried. Its youthfulness does not surprise however.

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