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by Bob Hughes
December 29th, 2019, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: A mini-vertical of Marcus' Richard's Cuvee Chardonnay
Replies: 7
Views: 481

Re: TNs: A mini-vertical of Marcus' Richard's Cuvee Chardonnay

Just went through a flight of day 2 glasses with my youngest daughter - FWIW, from her perspective she liked the '17 & '16 best. One thing that an additional 24 hours has done is really firm up the '17 - crisp and delicious would be my shorthand to describe it. And the '15 has improved as well - in ...
by Bob Hughes
December 28th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: A mini-vertical of Marcus' Richard's Cuvee Chardonnay
Replies: 7
Views: 481

TNs: A mini-vertical of Marcus' Richard's Cuvee Chardonnay

I have wanted to do this for a while, and last night got motivated to dig the older bottles out of the cellar. One of the things that surprised me in doing these bottles side-by-side was just how different each vintage was from the other. I would have difficulty picking a favorite here, although I a...
by Bob Hughes
December 15th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of the Loire for Semper Fi Fund - DEC11 - DEC18
Replies: 110
Views: 2341

Re: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of the Loire for Semper Fi Fund - DEC11 - DEC18

Jim, if my wine inventory system in the cellar was any better than the current "shit all over the place" state, I would have pulled a bottle of the Cuvee Oriane. I did look around briefly yesterday, but no luck in finding it. However, from a "Dealer's Choice" perspective, I did just pull the cork on...
by Bob Hughes
December 14th, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of the Loire for Semper Fi Fund - DEC11 - DEC18
Replies: 110
Views: 2341

Re: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of the Loire for Semper Fi Fund - DEC11 - DEC18

With the caveat that I am not necessarily religious when it comes to posting my TNs on CellarTracker, when I sort them by producer, Boulay, Pepiere and Chidaine are ranked 1st, 6th and 9th - we drink a fair amount of Loire whites in our house. I can't say the same about reds from the Loire, though, ...
by Bob Hughes
December 13th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of the Loire for Semper Fi Fund - DEC11 - DEC18
Replies: 110
Views: 2341

Re: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of the Loire for Semper Fi Fund - DEC11 - DEC18

My better half and I decided to dine at a local sushi place tonight, and I paired that up with the 2017 Boulay La Cote Sancerre and the 2010 Boulay Mont Damnes Sancerre . For tonight, the La Cote is definitely the better drinking wine - more welcoming, but still displaying good acidity and nice pers...
by Bob Hughes
December 11th, 2019, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--TABULATIONS COMPLETE (OP)
Replies: 193
Views: 15755

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

My WOTN this year is pretty easy - the 1971 DRC La Tache in magnum - that was one heck of a wine dinner.
by Bob Hughes
December 11th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of the Loire for Semper Fi Fund - DEC11 - DEC18
Replies: 110
Views: 2341

Re: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of the Loire for Semper Fi Fund - DEC11 - DEC18

Hey, Brig, I know you have powerful friends - any chance we could get the current thread stickied to the top of the page so we don't have to search for it?

These threads deserve to be seen prominently while they are active, and I seem to recall that is the way it worked in prior years.
by Bob Hughes
December 10th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Oregon Wines for Dakin Humane Society (12/4 - 12/11)
Replies: 69
Views: 2547

Re: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Oregon Wines for Dakin Humane Society (12/4 - 12/11)

Had the day off today to take care of some "medical maintenance" - with those appointments now taken care of, nothing like an early afternoon glass or two of wine. In this case, the 2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Crowley Station . I fell in love with the nose of this wine on opening - focused tart red frui...
by Bob Hughes
December 5th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Alzinger Riesling Smaragd Loibenberg (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)
Replies: 6
Views: 403

TN: 2000 Alzinger Riesling Smaragd Loibenberg (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)

My first TN in quite a while, prompted both by the recent thread on wines you don't see mentioned very often on the Board as well as the fact that my better half is making pork chops with mushrooms and extra sharp cheddar for dinner ;^) 2000 Alzinger Riesling Smaragd Loibenberg - Austria, Niederöste...
by Bob Hughes
November 28th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)
Replies: 144
Views: 5510

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)

Pinot Noir #4 - the 2014 Lia's Vineyard from Patricia Green. Nice, but I can't say I prefer it to the 2014 Berserkers Cuvée from the same address.
by Bob Hughes
November 28th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)
Replies: 144
Views: 5510

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)

And Pinot #3 is the 2014 Berserker Cuvée from Patty Green - on a personal note, my Mom and Dad blew through about 2+ cases of this wine when it was first released!

This may be showing the least on opening, but still quite nice for the price.
by Bob Hughes
November 28th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)
Replies: 144
Views: 5510

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)

And thanks to my younger daughter for figuring out how to post a photo ;^)

Pinot #2 is the 2017 Goodfellow Berserker Cuvée - this is young, with a woodsy note on the nose. Tighter on the palate, lighter-bodied, and a lot of potential for further development here.
by Bob Hughes
November 28th, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)
Replies: 144
Views: 5510

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)

First Pinot Noir of the day, the 2013 Berserker Cuvée from Patricia Green - this is quite tasty today, with good acidity keeping it lively on the palate - I likee!
by Bob Hughes
November 27th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)
Replies: 144
Views: 5510

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)

2005 Paul Pernot Beaune Reversees 1er cru - starting to open up a bit on the nose, with an earthy note to the fruit.

Lighter-bodied, with noticeable acidity - this isn't bad, but still a little too primary right now.
by Bob Hughes
November 24th, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 6602

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

Was just down in the cellar plotting my strategy - I'm going to start with side-by-sides of the 2016 & 2017 Goodfellow Richard's Cuvée and Durant Chards.

Then I've got a vertical of the Berserkers Cuvée - '13 & '14 courtesy of Patricia Green, then the '17 from Marcus.

Should be fun.
by Bob Hughes
November 5th, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Nikolaihof fans?
Replies: 22
Views: 1093

Re: Any Nikolaihof fans?

Another vote for Nikolaihof - the Vom Stein Federspiel has been my go-to wine in more recent years, but I like a lot of their stuff. They are somewhat idiosyncratic in terms of Austrian producers - at least IMO, on the opposite end of the spectrum from producers like FX Pichler or Hirtzberger, as th...
by Bob Hughes
November 1st, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 566
Views: 38784

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

I had my first chance last night to try the 2017 Richard's Cuvee and Durant Chardonnays. That reductive matchstick note is more pronounced on the Durant - it's barely noticeable on the Richard's. I have been ordering and drinking these two wines since the 2014 vintage, and for the first time I think...
by Bob Hughes
October 16th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 78
Views: 5337

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

'99 Monfortino last month
by Bob Hughes
October 16th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 69
Views: 2159

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

The Unterebner bottling by Tramin is a great bottle of white wine - not a good bottle of white wine, a great bottle of white wine. And as a number of folks have already suggested, if you just cruise the Alto Adige "aisle" of your favorite wine store, there are numerous producers who make decent to g...
by Bob Hughes
September 21st, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Blind Tasting, 2008 Vintage, 7/27/15
Replies: 140
Views: 7663

Re: Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Blind Tasting, 2008 Vintage, 7/27/15

I would be up for this as well - just checked and I have some of Marcus' wines from 2008.
by Bob Hughes
September 15th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pichon Lalande 1961-2000
Replies: 18
Views: 1734

Re: Pichon Lalande 1961-2000

I've yet to drink a '90 PLL that I thought was in the neighborhood of 90 points. I still have a couple bottles from the case I bought on release, so there is always hope, but I don't think there is any argument that the chateau underperformed in what is in retrospect a great Bordeaux vintage.
by Bob Hughes
September 14th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wednesday night wines in West Chester
Replies: 5
Views: 669

Re: Wednesday night wines in West Chester

Interesting about them bottling them barrel by barrel, Ed. This is the 2nd time I've had the '71 La Tache from magnum (same super generous friend!), and I think I appreciated this bottle more, but that may just be because it was the most recent. And while I get your point about the La Tache being a ...
by Bob Hughes
September 13th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wednesday night wines in West Chester
Replies: 5
Views: 669

Wednesday night wines in West Chester

But not your typical Wednesday night wines - well, maybe for Jeremy Holmes these are typical, but not for me ;^) A group of us got together at Andiario, a primarily Italian restaurant where the chef has been doing some pretty cool things over the past 15 or so months. IMO, the best wine & food pairi...
by Bob Hughes
September 6th, 2019, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the deal with the 2014 Chidaine wines?
Replies: 44
Views: 3438

Re: What is the deal with the 2014 Chidaine wines?

Just IMO, but I wouldn't write off Chidaine because of '14 - I've had numerous '15's and 16's that were anywhere from solid to delicious. But I would agree with Jeff Vaughan's assessment that for whatever reason, the 14's have really been hit or miss.
by Bob Hughes
July 28th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alto Piemonte Books??
Replies: 13
Views: 704

Re: Alto Piemonte Books??

Alfonso's blog is great. I loved Ian's first book, and will definitely be getting this one. Thanks for the head's up!
by Bob Hughes
July 26th, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 58
Views: 4697

Re: Wines of Etna

I actually find Nerello Mascalese more similar in weight/palate presence to Nebbiolo from, say, northern Piemonte (think Carema or Boca) or Lombardy than Sangiovese. And I would certainly question Dennis' comment on relative value - for example, most of the Passopisciaro Contrada wines are over $50 ...
by Bob Hughes
July 20th, 2019, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 566
Views: 38784

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Yeah, I've posted three separate TNs on the '16 Richard's, the last one about two weeks ago where I described it as " pure Chardonnay deliciousness".

The only problem will be keeping my hands off of it!
by Bob Hughes
July 15th, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings
Replies: 62
Views: 4065

Re: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings

For us, usually Chianti or Brunello.
by Bob Hughes
July 14th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 58
Views: 4697

Re: Wines of Etna

What Markus said - while I enjoy the various Occhipinti wines, they are not from Etna.

Bonavita Faro is another wine that I have found interesting - not Etna, but relatively close geographically, and the same grapes.
by Bob Hughes
July 14th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 58
Views: 4697

Re: Wines of Etna

The bottle variation on Cornellissen's wines is such that it's no surprise that CT notes are all over the place. I personally own more Passopisciaro than any other producer, but wouldn't say they are necessarily similar in style. If they were easier to track down, I would own a lot of Benanti, and I...
by Bob Hughes
July 8th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Two 1990 Bordeaux
Replies: 7
Views: 1362

Re: TNs: Two 1990 Bordeaux

Brad, she does drink Barolo - I brought a couple 90's to an Italian restaurant last time we got together, but this time we were eating French, so I wanted the wines to follow the theme. We ended up finishing the night with a '90 Rieussec that was drinking great [cheers.gif]
by Bob Hughes
July 5th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Two 1990 Bordeaux
Replies: 7
Views: 1362

TNs: Two 1990 Bordeaux

Today is my oldest daughter's birthday, so I decided to open a couple birth year wines. I have enjoyed the '90 Angelus multiple times over the years, usually side-by-side with the '89, so I was surprised to see how much more I preferred the overall balance of the La Conseillante today. 1990 Château ...
by Bob Hughes
July 2nd, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Passetoutgrains
Replies: 26
Views: 2302

Re: Passetoutgrains

I think I still have a bottle or two left of the '07 Lafarge L'Exception, and it has aged okay - certainly not tired, at any rate.
by Bob Hughes
June 30th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia
Replies: 5
Views: 652

Re: TN: 2016 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia

Thanks for the note, Dale. I haven't tried any of mine yet, but definitely enjoyed the '15 on release, so if you think this is better, potentially high praise in my mind.
by Bob Hughes
June 29th, 2019, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 566
Views: 38784

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Had a 2014 Durant Chardonnay tonight with dinner - IMO, drinking very well right now, with no end in sight. It does still have a marked reductive note on the nose - nothing that gave me trouble, but my wife preferred the '15 Chidaine Bournais.
by Bob Hughes
June 28th, 2019, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Montenidoli Canaiuolo Rose', 2017 Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Fiore
Replies: 7
Views: 538

Re: TN: 2018 Montenidoli Canaiuolo Rose', 2017 Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Fiore

Brian, have you tried her Vernaccia Carato? That is her oak-aged bottling, and a totally different animal than the Fiore. I like both, but the Fiore is one I can drink out on the deck, whereas the Carato is a wine that demands your attention - something similar to one of Tissot's Chards from the Jur...
by Bob Hughes
June 17th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?
Replies: 50
Views: 1978

Re: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?

Ended up having a '94 Turley Hayne Petite Syrah with my Dad [cheers.gif]
by Bob Hughes
June 14th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 566
Views: 38784

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

For those who subscribe to Vinous, Josh Raynolds just reviewed all of Marcus' 2015 and 2016 SVD Pinots (including the Heritage selections) and all the wines were rated from 92 to 94 points - pretty impressive consistency across multiple vineyards, IMO. [cheers.gif]
by Bob Hughes
June 14th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '95 Leoville Las Cases; 07 Pagau CdP :( :(
Replies: 21
Views: 1079

Re: TN: '95 Leoville Las Cases; 07 Pagau CdP :( :(

Interestingly enough (and for whatever value this is worth), every TN posted on CT in 2019 for the '95 LLC has been between 92 and 95 points (9 notes, eight different tasters). Of course, the last TN posted in 2018 was rated 70 points, but even in 2018 the majority of the notes are very favorable. Y...
by Bob Hughes
May 29th, 2019, 4:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 566
Views: 38784

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

So after reading the description for the new Dundee Hills Chardonnay, what is the difference between it and the Durant bottling?

Rich, I haven't tried any of my '16 Pinots yet, so thanks for notes.
by Bob Hughes
May 7th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords
Replies: 28
Views: 1174

Re: TN: 2005 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords

I'm in the camp that there's really no reason to age these - it's certainly not a transformative process like you see with Nebbiolo or Pinot Noir. More persistence as opposed to improvement. But as some folks have said, if you like them a little less edgy/energetic, no harm in doing so either.
by Bob Hughes
May 4th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 566
Views: 38784

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

I opened the 2013 Fool's Journey today. Not bad, with the caveat that I'm not the biggest Syrah fan. Unless it's Chave!

This still feels like it has time in front of it.
by Bob Hughes
April 1st, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 3298

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

Valentini's Trebbiano, Benanti's Pietramarina and Terlan's Vorberg are all worthy of consideration as one of the best whites made in Italy. On my last trip, I was also able to try a couple bottles of Emidio Pepe's Pecorino. Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge not exported to the states, but t...
by Bob Hughes
February 26th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ideas for Downsizing My Cellar
Replies: 30
Views: 2559

Re: Ideas for Downsizing My Cellar

Yeah, I would agree with what Scott said, especially considering the fact that you have some high end stuff like the Bartolo, Monprivato and SQNs, I'm sure someone like HDH would have an interest. And if you're local, they might even arrange to pick the collection up for you - all you'll need to do ...
by Bob Hughes
February 5th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2477

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

Gary already mentioned it, but the Native Wine Grapes of Italy by Ian D'Agata is a great book if you want to immerse yourself in Italian grape varieties.
by Bob Hughes
February 3rd, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?
Replies: 64
Views: 2477

Re: Learning Italian Wines in One Year?

I've been drinking and collecting Italian wines for 30 years and still wouldn't claim that I "know" Italian wine. But no reason why this needs to be a one year experiment unless you find that you don't like the wines. I'm going to second Matt Stolz' suggestion about focusing on a region, and given y...
by Bob Hughes
January 28th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 9617

Re: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?

BTW, while I didn't view all the various offerings, IMO the coolest one of the day had to be Goodfellow's return/rebirth of the Berserkers Cuvee! I think my Mom & Dad went through three cases of Jim Anderson's 2014 version, and even if we can't do it every year, it's great to see this continue to oc...
by Bob Hughes
January 28th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them
Replies: 247
Views: 23600

Re: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them

Yeah, if the BD price is still being offered today, I would be in for some glasses myself. Six of the cru & six of the mineralite.
by Bob Hughes
January 26th, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Goodfellow Family Cellars BD 10 offerings
Replies: 59
Views: 5452

Re: Goodfellow Family Cellars BD 10 offerings

BTW, Marcus, very cool of you to follow in the "Jim Anderson" tradition with a Berserkers Cuvée - I will be definitely in for a case of this.

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