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by Josh Grossman
August 21st, 2018, 10:21 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: 12-14 nights in Spain sometime between March 15th & May 15th
Replies: 46
Views: 2464

Re: best cities in Spain

Ronda is on my list but imagine it’s mostly tourists
by Josh Grossman
August 18th, 2018, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1418
Views: 83465

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I snagged a '96, '99, and '02 of the Ambroise Corton-Le Rognet. Had the '98 for Thanksgiving last year and it was great after about six hour--so hopefully the big years integrate in the next couple decades...
by Josh Grossman
August 16th, 2018, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Northern Rhones - what are you drinking?
Replies: 28
Views: 2581

Re: 2016 Northern Rhones - what are you drinking?

Not drinking anything, but this looks like a good deal and just went in for a few: https://downtoearthwines.net/product/20 ... -le-plomb/
by Josh Grossman
August 15th, 2018, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Franck Balthazar Cornas Sans Soufre Ajouté
Replies: 24
Views: 969

Re: 2014 Franck Balthazar Cornas Sans Soufre Ajouté

Quite a refreshing, crisp wine. A touch of spritz that blew off over time. Nose a bit muted even over the second evening, but the palate revealed a lovely array of red fruits, cold river stones, brine and minty herbs. Has an almost natural wine feel to it, my wife thought it was Beaujolais. Not a b...
by Josh Grossman
August 15th, 2018, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whatta Discovery: New Importer: Balanced Wine Selections
Replies: 12
Views: 990

Re: Whatta Discovery: New Importer: Balanced Wine Selections

I've put in a few orders with them and could not be happier.
by Josh Grossman
August 14th, 2018, 10:23 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Pittsburgh (and Fallingwater) ideas
Replies: 9
Views: 471

Re: Pittsburgh (and Fallingwater) ideas

For lunch near Fallingwater, The Stone House (on Rt 40 near the Summit Inn) has a BBQ tent set out most days; great brisket. Near Confluence, we just ate at Lucky Dog Cafe on our way back from the beach and were happy with it. Make sure to make time for Kentuck Knob house and outdoor art if in the a...
by Josh Grossman
August 5th, 2018, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: They're havin' a heat wave
Replies: 52
Views: 3721

They're havin' a heat wave

Forecast high temperatures for the next five days: Bordeaux - 98,98,99,96,83 Beaune - 96,95,96,98,92 Any word on the likely impact to the vineyards? We scoff at those low temps here in Oregon. 90, 91, 96, 98, 97 Yesterday, today, next 3 days. Jim, No negative affects from those high temps on your P...
by Josh Grossman
August 4th, 2018, 2:28 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: After Venice ... Ideas please
Replies: 19
Views: 1248

After Venice ... Ideas please

We did Verona and Bolzano. From Bolzano we went up into the Dolomites and did some hutte to hutte hiking. Loved it! If I could move anywhere--it would be Bolzano.
by Josh Grossman
August 2nd, 2018, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Critical of the Critics - 2004 & 2011 Red Burgundy
Replies: 251
Views: 12374

Critical of the Critics - 2004 & 2011 Red Burgundy

John Morris wrote:
Barry L i p t o n wrote:The best descriptor of 2004 Pondot CDLR - pickle juice
What do you mean - vinegar or dill? Those are the two, very distinct elements in pickle juice.
I mean I personally like my Burgundies to taste like half sours.
by Josh Grossman
July 31st, 2018, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Critical of the Critics - 2004 & 2011 Red Burgundy
Replies: 251
Views: 12374

Critical of the Critics - 2004 & 2011 Red Burgundy

Nothing really wrong with 2004/11 whites. Some pick up green (myself included) but it doesn't bother me the way it does in red wine. I think Bachelet is a terribly overrated producer anyway, and the heavy hand+bad vintage would incline me to consign or somehow get rid of that bottle. unlike human f...
by Josh Grossman
July 29th, 2018, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13416
Views: 654091

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2014 Rudolf Fürst Hundsrück Spätburgunder Großes Gewächs
by Josh Grossman
July 27th, 2018, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Congruence Wines calling it a day
Replies: 27
Views: 5616

Congruence Wines calling it a day

I still have a few 11's and 14's. Trying to keep my hands off them, but I love them. My last one is a '10 Coombsville Reserve Cab. I've been cutting my innovatorys of California Cabs in favor of Washington and Bordeaux but this has me second guessing. Steve, any idea what's next? I've been told tha...
by Josh Grossman
July 26th, 2018, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Congruence Wines calling it a day
Replies: 27
Views: 5616

Congruence Wines calling it a day

Just popped the 2009 Congruence Cabernet Sauvignon tonight and what a wine. Completely opaque with absolutely no signs of age. The top note on the nose--which usually is what I try to discern as a kind of red or blue fruit I get, in this is all flowers; the most floral nose of any cab I've ever had....
by Josh Grossman
July 26th, 2018, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Double Yowsa! 2016 Moulin a Vent "Les Trois Roches" - P.M. Chermette
Replies: 2
Views: 219

Double Yowsa! 2016 Moulin a Vent "Les Trois Roches" - P.M. Chermette

Have a few on the way once shipping season starts from Greg. This note makes me happy.
by Josh Grossman
July 26th, 2018, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1758
Views: 107695

Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Went in for another 2008 Delamotte Champagne Blanc de Blancs Millésimé. Looks like the highest ratings on CT is 1970 and 1964 so guessing these are built to age.
by Josh Grossman
July 26th, 2018, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Sean Thackrey Pleiades XXV Old Vines (USA, California)
Replies: 5
Views: 384

TN: NV Sean Thackrey Pleiades XXV Old Vines (USA, California)

I love the whole series but especially this winery on Oz and James's Big Wine Adventure. It's the Sonoma episode in the second season. My tasting note on the XXII was: Transparent red. Wonderfully perfumed nose with herbs de provence and macerated fresh strawberries. Not enough acid to go forever bu...
by Josh Grossman
July 26th, 2018, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Critical of the Critics - 2004 & 2011 Red Burgundy
Replies: 251
Views: 12374

Critical of the Critics - 2004 & 2011 Red Burgundy

Nothing really wrong with 2004/11 whites. Some pick up green (myself included) but it doesn't bother me the way it does in red wine. I think Bachelet is a terribly overrated producer anyway, and the heavy hand+bad vintage would incline me to consign or somehow get rid of that bottle. Thanks, I boug...
by Josh Grossman
July 26th, 2018, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Critical of the Critics - 2004 & 2011 Red Burgundy
Replies: 251
Views: 12374

Critical of the Critics - 2004 & 2011 Red Burgundy

Will those 2004s ever blossom into things of beauty or always be 'tainted'? I only have one bottle from each vintage, respectively and am holding on to them in hopes that they might turn into something good in 20 years: 2004 Simon Bize Corton-Charlemagne 2011 Domaine Denis Bachelet Gevrey-Chamberti...
by Josh Grossman
July 20th, 2018, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA on Fass Selections - regarding policy on wines over 5 years of age
Replies: 251
Views: 14922

PSA on Fass Selections - regarding policy on wines over 5 years of age

I like the idea that a retailer will take back any corked bottle purchased there, regardless of the age of the wine or when purchased. As suggested in some of the posts above, it seems pretty simple to me that any retailer that has been operating for some time could easily keep records of the avera...
by Josh Grossman
July 20th, 2018, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA on Fass Selections - regarding policy on wines over 5 years of age
Replies: 251
Views: 14922

PSA on Fass Selections - regarding policy on wines over 5 years of age

I've been buying from Fass Selections for a few years. Any small issue I've had was promptly dealt with by great customer service and to my benefit; sorry if this hasn't been other's experience. I think their shipping costs are related to that only one or two states will allow this model to legally ...
by Josh Grossman
July 17th, 2018, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cote Rotie recommendation
Replies: 30
Views: 2337

Cote Rotie recommendation

That's great to have that list, Josh. Sadly, it's not much help finding a $50 C-R. I checked W-S for the first five. The '15s aren't showing there for most producers, so these prices below are the lowest for other recent, less hyped years. JLL from DrinkRhone had the top for 2015 vintage as: ******...
by Josh Grossman
July 17th, 2018, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cote Rotie recommendation
Replies: 30
Views: 2337

Cote Rotie recommendation

My bargain is Domaine des Rosiers Côte-Rôtie Cuvée Drevon: 25 plots across 5 sites, northern sector, 70% 1940-1970s Syrah from Rozier, plus 25% Côte Baudin (1982), 5% Fongeant (1977), includes 2-4% Viognier, 80% destemmed, 3 week vinification, 50% submerged cap, pumping overs, light cap punching, 1 ...
by Josh Grossman
July 17th, 2018, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cote Rotie recommendation
Replies: 30
Views: 2337

Cote Rotie recommendation

JLL from DrinkRhone had the top for 2015 vintage as: ****** M & Christophe Billon La Côte Rozier 2034-37 10/16 v high quality fruit, great tannin ****** Domaine de Bonserine La Garde 2035-39 10/16 muscle, subtlety, complex ****** Jean-Michel Gérin Les Grandes Places 2041-44 11/17 dark, serene, much ...
by Josh Grossman
July 13th, 2018, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1418
Views: 83465

Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

That’s also a diff bottling than the regular VV. Same. Just for euro market apparently. While I have no expectations that it's as good as Gonon--it's nice to have a few wines that you don't feel bad that you didn't let them age for 15 years. It seems it has everything I'm usually looking for in a N...
by Josh Grossman
July 13th, 2018, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1418
Views: 83465

Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Tried to grab one of the 2015 Markus Molitor, Riesling Auslese ‘Bernakasteler Badstube’ Green Capsule. See if I drew my guns fast enough. Molitor is still such a great value on so many of his wines. Sure it's not going to last too much longer
by Josh Grossman
July 12th, 2018, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1418
Views: 83465

Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I grabbed a few of the 2016 Domaine Faury St. Joseph V.V. I have a nice vertical growing of this.
by Josh Grossman
July 11th, 2018, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Choosing a few '16 Bordeaux
Replies: 24
Views: 1388

Choosing a few '16 Bordeaux

Any idea if you like Right or Left Bank? Château Fonplégade is a great deal for Right Bank and Château Malescot St. Exupéry is a good deal for Left Bank
by Josh Grossman
May 30th, 2018, 7:12 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario: Restaurant recommendation.
Replies: 8
Views: 776

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario: Restaurant recommendation.

Think I'm leaning towards Pearl Morissette for both a restaurant and winery. Any other winery suggestions? From My research it looks like:
Five Rows Winery
Hidden Bench Winery
Hillebrand Winery
Westcott Winery
The Foreign Affair Winery
Cave Spring Cellars
by Josh Grossman
May 21st, 2018, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vines (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)
Replies: 2
Views: 161

TN: 2004 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Old Vines (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)

Nice! I've got a nice vertical going of the "Artist Series" Cab starting in '05 so sounds like I'll keep waiting.
by Josh Grossman
May 21st, 2018, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1758
Views: 107695

Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:I’ve liked some of it. I like 09 more, generally, though. My favorite value grower is the 08 Michel bdb though.
It is interesting to me that there isn't more correlation with good years in Chablis and good years in Champagne.
by Josh Grossman
May 21st, 2018, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1758
Views: 107695

Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I asked for a couple of the 2008 Jacques Defrance. Other vintages had nice notes on CellarTracker and the price was right for a 2008.
by Josh Grossman
May 17th, 2018, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1418
Views: 83465

Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I got an allocation of the Cascina Bruni Barolo for both '89 and '01. Very little info and had to enter in both wines on Cellartracker. The description from Greg was, "...that want to take a flier on older Barolo..." so here is hoping. I have 40+ bottles of Barolo/Barbaresco in the cellar but the ol...
by Josh Grossman
May 15th, 2018, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Northern Rhone Vintage
Replies: 7
Views: 639

2017 Northern Rhone Vintage

I'm starting to get offers for 2017 Northern Rhones. Heard it was hot and dry and comparable to 2003--which was good but not as good as '15 or '16. Are you buying '17s?
by Josh Grossman
May 9th, 2018, 9:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1418
Views: 83465

Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Asked for the 2015 Domaine Gilles Barge Côte-Rôtie Côte Blonde. I've had their Brune and St. Joseph but never the Blonde. Looking forward to trying it in 12 years.
by Josh Grossman
May 4th, 2018, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More that a Poll- Explain Why You Buy Your Top Five Producers?
Replies: 166
Views: 11388

More that a Poll- Explain Why You Buy Your Top Five Producers?

Réyane et Pascal Bouley: I like Burgundy and great QPR
Mary & Christophe Billon: Some of, if not the, top value in Northern Rhone, otherwise, great QPR
K.H. Schneider: Great QPR
Domaine Florent Garaudet: Great QPR
Martin Müllen: Because I like stealing candy from babies; grapefruit oily candy
by Josh Grossman
May 3rd, 2018, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13416
Views: 654091

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2 x 2015 Sergio Barbaglia Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo "Il Silente" 2 x 2013 Sergio Barbaglia Colline Novaresi Croatina 3 x 2013 Sergio Barbaglia Boca I feel like a Fass appreciation thread may be as warranted as the Envoyer. Lyle doesn’t like being discussed on the board. It’s a hellish ordeal. In th...
by Josh Grossman
May 3rd, 2018, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad Georges III 2016 offering
Replies: 35
Views: 2370

Myriad Georges III 2016 offering

Chris Roberson wrote:So all these reds went to previous buyers only. I’m on the list so I bought my allocation but there were no bottles of reds for new buyers this year.

Good news for mike smith.
This was my first time buying and I got some reds?
by Josh Grossman
May 2nd, 2018, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13416
Views: 654091

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:2 x 2015 Sergio Barbaglia Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo "Il Silente"
2 x 2013 Sergio Barbaglia Colline Novaresi Croatina
3 x 2013 Sergio Barbaglia Boca
I feel like a Fass appreciation thread may be as warranted as the Envoyer.
by Josh Grossman
May 1st, 2018, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who moves wine these days?
Replies: 10
Views: 1048

Who moves wine these days?

Josh Grossman wrote:Tanzer is about it for me.
I also give DrinkRhone (JLL) and Burghound some respect.
by Josh Grossman
May 1st, 2018, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who moves wine these days?
Replies: 10
Views: 1048

Who moves wine these days?

Tanzer is about it for me.
by Josh Grossman
April 30th, 2018, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1758
Views: 107695

Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I asked for a 2012 Benoit Marguet Rosé Ambonnay Grand Cru’. See if I get it. Cellartracker had pretty good things to say of the 2011: https://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp? ... 6804e21c41
by Josh Grossman
April 25th, 2018, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Xavier Gerard: a Cote-Rotie producer to be on the lookout for.
Replies: 139
Views: 17356

Xavier Gerard: a Cote-Rotie producer to be on the lookout for.

I do appreciate what you do and working to put an order in for Gerard--but do believe this board is more of a driver in demand than we give ourselves credit for.
by Josh Grossman
April 25th, 2018, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Xavier Gerard: a Cote-Rotie producer to be on the lookout for.
Replies: 139
Views: 17356

Xavier Gerard: a Cote-Rotie producer to be on the lookout for.

It's cute that you haven't found Billon yet c fu. When you do, let's keep it on the DL
by Josh Grossman
April 22nd, 2018, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11842
Views: 442007

What bottle of wine did you open today?

2005 Copain Syrah Hawks Butte Vineyard Yorkville Highlands Very dark with no bricking and little to no sediment; medium legs. Strawberry jam fruit and flowers on the nose. No olives or meat. Thin feeling in the mouth with nice acid and tannins still and plenty of red fruit. Not much on the middle. R...
by Josh Grossman
April 21st, 2018, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the role of active yeast versus cultured yeast in winemaking?
Replies: 158
Views: 3779

What is the role of active yeast versus cultured yeast in winemaking?

John, Thanks for the reply. With regards to sour beers, note that much of the 'sour' is due to elevated levels of volatile acidity leading to higher levels of acetic acid, not the tartaric that makes up the majority of acid in wines. As far as what Ted stated, it is correct in theory. My point is t...
by Josh Grossman
April 21st, 2018, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying futures
Replies: 11
Views: 729

Buying futures

Most anything I'm buying futures on shouldn't be opened for at least 10 to 15 years--so just look at it as free offsite storage.
by Josh Grossman
April 21st, 2018, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the role of active yeast versus cultured yeast in winemaking?
Replies: 158
Views: 3779

What is the role of active yeast versus cultured yeast in winemaking?

I mean sour beer is made from wild yeast and sour dough is made from wild yeast. Wild yeast makes things 'sour'. What does sour taste come from? Mostly acid. "Ted Lemon, Winemaker, Littorai “The most basic chemical fact is that when you add stems to a wine, you increase the pH and decrease the TA co...
by Josh Grossman
April 21st, 2018, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the role of active yeast versus cultured yeast in winemaking?
Replies: 158
Views: 3779

What is the role of active yeast versus cultured yeast in winemaking?

Brian, I believe Josh's point,and certainly my point, was not that using natural yeast was the overriding or even the only influence on a wine's taste, but that it would have an influence. The influence is clear in breadmaking and it seems reasonable to think that in some form it would transfer ove...
by Josh Grossman
April 21st, 2018, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1418
Views: 83465

Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

It is probably a good thing that their non-champagne offerings are so limited in scope, and focused on wines in which I have limited interest. It makes it MUCH easier to simply delete their offerings. If they ever started offering bdx I'd be toast. envoyer and cellaraiders seem to be 90% of my buyi...

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