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by Keith Levenberg
June 13th, 2009, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Château Pavie (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Replies: 20
Views: 575

Re: TN: 2001 Château Pavie (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)

Mr. French, I can't disagree with you more about how this is holding up. Yes, it drinks exceptionally well currently and I agree about the rounded tannins and ripe fruit. However, there are zero secondary notes on this wine yet and I probably wouldn't expect any for at least another 5-10 years. Per...
by Keith Levenberg
June 13th, 2009, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: THE BEST OF THE BEST
Replies: 6
Views: 352

Re: THE BEST OF THE BEST

Hard to comment without knowing the context, but the thing about Kevin Zraly is that he writes for an audience that doesn't want to be told that the best winery in California is a name they've never heard of that would cost them more than twenty bucks. Now, Max has a point that naming Mondavi makes ...
by Keith Levenberg
June 12th, 2009, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do the best wine shops use shelf talkers?
Replies: 15
Views: 492

Re: Do the best wine shops use shelf talkers?

Are you talking about shelf-talkers written by staff ("original material") or cut-and-pasted Advocate/Spectator scores? Most of my favorite shops do the former. As for the latter, I don't have much respect for shops that have no sales strategy beyond leeching off critics' material, but I don't find ...
by Keith Levenberg
June 12th, 2009, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "We'll work with you on the price..." says a Michelin *** restaurant
Replies: 17
Views: 737

Re: "We'll work with you on the price..." says a Michelin *** restaurant

Jean-Georges? Last week we were there and got wine service well beyond the call of duty - I was the only one drinking and was talking to the sommelier about whether I should go BTG with each course or if any of the bottles I found interesting could take me through the whole menu. He saw that I wante...
by Keith Levenberg
June 12th, 2009, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and steak
Replies: 7
Views: 496

Re: Wine and steak

E.B. indeed. Have you experienced the greatness of Brothers' Pizza?
by Keith Levenberg
June 11th, 2009, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and steak
Replies: 7
Views: 496

Wine and steak

Our regular hangout in high school was Outback Steakhouse. Hey, it's not like there are a whole lot of options when the main drag is Route 18. We were way more awesome than the kids that hung out at the Denny's, trust me. Well, I got a hankering for a petite madeleine moment and decided to see if I ...
by Keith Levenberg
June 11th, 2009, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winos get Mature with Bordeaux
Replies: 9
Views: 333

Re: Winos get Mature with Bordeaux

I have limited experience with 1961 Bordeaux but I don't think you can extrapolate last night's '61 Montrose with the vintage in general. Whenever you are dealing with wines of that age it is a bit of a crap shoot as provenance becomes a key issue. I don't know where last night's bottle came from o...
by Keith Levenberg
June 11th, 2009, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Henri Perrot-Minot Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru La Combe d'Orveau
Replies: 7
Views: 241

Re: TN: 2002 Henri Perrot-Minot Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru La Combe d'Orveau

Peter Hirsch wrote:I would have guesses a high-end Calif Pinot from one of the 'extractor' producers.
So, you're coming around!
by Keith Levenberg
June 10th, 2009, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Current State Of The Bordeaux Market and The Future
Replies: 90
Views: 3005

Re: Current State Of The Bordeaux Market and The Future

Given the uncertainty surrounding what passes for an "economy" in this country right now, it would be insane to tie up any significant amount of money in a product which wouldn't ship until 2011 [if it even shipped at all]. Heck, just yesterday the Supreme Court essentially ended the idea of the Ru...
by Keith Levenberg
June 10th, 2009, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Current State Of The Bordeaux Market and The Future
Replies: 90
Views: 3005

Re: Current State Of The Bordeaux Market and The Future

This will be an interesting test of the Coase Theorem.
by Keith Levenberg
June 10th, 2009, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Château Cantemerle
Replies: 4
Views: 210

Re: TN: 2005 Château Cantemerle

I got a chance to try this before any closing down and it's no exaggeration to say it's been one of my favorite '05s to date. It tastes like pre-Rolland Bordeaux.
by Keith Levenberg
June 10th, 2009, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few wines that have aged well
Replies: 30
Views: 878

Re: A few wines that have aged well

John Gilman gave a huge thumbs up to the 2005 Canon. Maybe the slump is ending. I haven't tried it on account of the still-silly price. The only recent Canon I've had was the very disappointing 1995. We did the '47 Canon on our last Bern's trip, but it wasn't nearly as much of a wow for us as the '5...
by Keith Levenberg
June 10th, 2009, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few wines that have aged well
Replies: 30
Views: 878

Re: A few wines that have aged well

Damn, I had my eye on that Clos Vougeot on our last trip but we were talked out of it. Next time!!

The '55 RC would have been made from pretty young vines so maybe that's why it disappointed.
by Keith Levenberg
June 8th, 2009, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red burg vintages in the last ten years and 06/07/08
Replies: 36
Views: 1223

Re: Red burg vintages in the last ten years and 06/07/08

Here's my take on the 10. 2008 & 2007: tbd. 2006: Mostly pretty wines, prices are starting to ease up but still have a way to go before they are good buys. I don't see it as a second coming of 2001, more like 2000 with a little more flesh. They are heavier on pinot flavor than site character. Hopefu...
by Keith Levenberg
June 7th, 2009, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone had Camille Giroud wines?
Replies: 21
Views: 647

Re: Anyone had Camille Giroud wines?

Guess i'll be the vocal opposition. Yes David Croix is making interesting wines there NOW, but for years and years Giroud was a really cruddy winery. All that old overpriced stuff lying around is generally unimpressive Burgundy as there are many and I mean many wines better and cheaper, maybe not a...
by Keith Levenberg
June 7th, 2009, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone had Camille Giroud wines?
Replies: 21
Views: 647

Re: Anyone had Camille Giroud wines?

todd waldmann wrote:I agree. Great wines. He also has a negociant business. Domaine des Croix, I believe?
Other way around, Giroud is the negociant, Domaine des Croix is estate wines but I think David is at most a part-owner.
by Keith Levenberg
June 7th, 2009, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cat Pee and Rocks in wine? NO!
Replies: 29
Views: 1105

Re: Cat Pee and Rocks in wine? NO!

ROCKS IN WINE? There is a very long and historic tradition that claims that the perception of mineral flavors in wines rather than analogous and similar by way of resemblance, are actually the real flavor of rocks and soil, particularly from hallowed sites with centuries old marketing traditions. H...
by Keith Levenberg
June 7th, 2009, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Wow
Replies: 19
Views: 682

Re: TN: Wow

This is probably the leanest (in a good way) and most elegant California pinot I've ever had, and the one that proved to me that the fat, sweet, and fruity style is made that way out of choice, not necessity. At $25 I'd load up, my cost from the winery with shipping was $55 a bottle.
by Keith Levenberg
June 6th, 2009, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Brief impressions on the week passed: Update
Replies: 25
Views: 508

Re: TN: Brief impressions on the week passed

Hey, I hate spoof wines as much as the next guy (okay, somewhat more than the next guy), but I'm far from an early adopter of the term. Here's Dressner on the etymology - http://www.datamantic.com/joedressner/comment/1788/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; It's frequently misspelled as ...
by Keith Levenberg
June 6th, 2009, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Brief impressions on the week passed: Update
Replies: 25
Views: 508

Re: TN: Brief impressions on the week passed

Hey, Keith, good to see you here. I just pimped you on Twitter and hour or so ago: Complexity in wine is GOOD, right? Another opinion: http://bit.ly/TgXuk" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; #wine #purity #ketchup Cool! I'm still trying to figure out twitterspeak. As it happens I learned...
by Keith Levenberg
June 6th, 2009, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Brief impressions on the week passed: Update
Replies: 25
Views: 508

Re: TN: Brief impressions on the week passed

Hey Steve! The no-sulfur thing about Dard & Ribo definitely makes aging them chancey (and also I guess kind of makes them half old-school, half hipster new-school), but I'm rolling the dice on a few of them. If you see the Crozes-Hermitage Les Rouges des Baties bottling, I think it's a big upgrade o...

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