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by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
March 26th, 2017, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Jacques Puffeney Arbois Pinot Noir 2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1136

TN: Jacques Puffeney Arbois Pinot Noir 2013

Opened a '12 O-C Trousseau at a friend's place last night. Some funk, very light, cranberry, some spritz/va but generally a pleasant, well made, but not particularly complex wine.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
March 23rd, 2017, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1995 Calon Segur
Replies: 47
Views: 1503

1995 Calon Segur

Seconding Carlos and Jurgen. I have found 88 BDX very enjoyable the last 7 years, especially Pauillac. I think for more austere vintages, Jurgen (quoting Mssr Bettane) is right that 30 years is an appropriate window for LB wines with stuffing (CS often is well stuffed).
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
March 22nd, 2017, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1995 Calon Segur
Replies: 47
Views: 1503

1995 Calon Segur

my rule for CS is to wait longer than you think is necessary
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
March 21st, 2017, 12:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2260
Views: 134301

New York City Restaurants

Piling into the Atoboy train of reviews, went this past weekend. Really love the minimal aesthetic. Several dishes were outstanding, including the sunchoke and leeks. I found the food portions great for me, but I tend to order light (I couldn't finish my fried chicken!). Corkage friendly on a weeken...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
March 17th, 2017, 7:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Coffee Roasting Question
Replies: 102
Views: 5401

Coffee Roasting Question

Thanks for reviving this. Have had some kickass roasts with sweet maria's guatemala Acatenango geisha beans even with the popcorn roaster. Curious what people do to reduce chaff that don't completely dislodge from your beans? Especially with the geisha beans, I tend to have more chaff buildup than s...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
March 15th, 2017, 7:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2260
Views: 134301

New York City Restaurants

speaking of Attaboy, the owners just launched a Crown Heights "tiki esque" bar (Diamond Reef). I'm hearing good things from the natives.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
March 13th, 2017, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Complete 1967 Produttori del Barbaresco Horizontal plus a couple others
Replies: 5
Views: 617

TN: Complete 1967 Produttori del Barbaresco Horizontal plus a couple others

This is great. I'm coincidentally itching to open the 67 Rabaja and the note is really helpful in giving me the gumption to decant it for 6+ hours. Thanks for sharing.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
March 10th, 2017, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE reality check
Replies: 102
Views: 7037

AFWE reality check

Hate to stir up old wounds, but I drank a bottle of the 2010 SJSA Pergaud over the last 3 nights. It started off hard as nails on night one and SUPER mineral (no fruit). With two hours of decant, it started morphing. Vacu-vin'd the following two nights with dinner. It kept evolving. I'm not a "bette...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
March 6th, 2017, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WSPro low vs buying on Commerce Corner. What's your % discount indifference point.
Replies: 33
Views: 1925

WSPro low vs buying on Commerce Corner. What's your % discount indifference point.

Why is wspro low a benchmark px for transactions of non-current release bottles (one would assume they're trawling on cc for not widely available retail wine)? The provenance of said bottles on auction/pseudo auction is opaque/often poor, which represents the bottom rung of pricing. Other merchants ...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
March 5th, 2017, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2005 - 12 Years On. Blind tasted.
Replies: 63
Views: 5589

Bordeaux 2005 - 12 Years On. Blind tasted.

Panos - it's been too long, and keep up the good work. Have not had 05 Palmer since we tasted it blind with other 05 Margaux circa 2011?

Perhaps a blind 05 bdx revisit is in order the next time you're stateside.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
March 4th, 2017, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2005 - 12 Years On. Blind tasted.
Replies: 63
Views: 5589

Bordeaux 2005 - 12 Years On. Blind tasted.

When we did a St-Emilion "first growth" dinner in London two years ago I couldn't finish my glass of 2005 Pavie. I found it abhorrent. It clearly needed a lot of time but it was anyone's guess around the table how it would evolve over time. I have a lot of sympathy for the proposition that great te...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
March 1st, 2017, 7:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2260
Views: 134301

New York City Restaurants

A couple of James Beard semifinalists: Best New Restaurant Olmsted Le Coucou Outstanding Baker Black Seed Bagels Bien Cuit Outstanding Bar Program Bar Goto The Dead Rabbit Outstanding Chef Andrew Carmellini, Locanda Verde Gabrielle Hamilton, Prune Mark Ladner, Del Posto Outstanding Pastry Chef Marc ...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
February 28th, 2017, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 German Riesling - How One Vintage can Change the Landscape of an Entire Cellar
Replies: 102
Views: 5073

2015 German Riesling - How One Vintage can Change the Landscape of an Entire Cellar

I've come to value diversity and quality over breadth and homogeneity. Partly with you on this. Quality for sure is key - diversity is less important for us now. Though we still buy consistently vintage to vintage, over the years, we've come to buy fewer and fewer producers in each of the regions w...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
February 28th, 2017, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 German Riesling - How One Vintage can Change the Landscape of an Entire Cellar
Replies: 102
Views: 5073

2015 German Riesling - How One Vintage can Change the Landscape of an Entire Cellar

Back to Sarah's initial point, I went deep on 2005 BDX as it was just around the time I was getting into wine, I liked BDX, and I bought into the hype. Part of buying into the hype is not truly understanding the reference point between what differentiates this vintage from what the critics (or the v...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
February 24th, 2017, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateauneuf 2007 is the 2nd best vintage of the last 20 years accoding to Cellartracker
Replies: 37
Views: 1882

Chateauneuf 2007 is the 2nd best vintage of the last 20 years accoding to Cellartracker

Is it possible that people anchor to critics' assessments? Mais non...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
February 24th, 2017, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN : 1999 La Lagune, Ludon
Replies: 10
Views: 513

TN : 1999 La Lagune, Ludon

Great note Soren. I'm a fan of La Lagune, and 99 can be a tempting vintage off restaurant lists or in your cellar if priced appropriately.

Cheers,
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
February 24th, 2017, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Northern Rhones and a Chablis at Maison Kayser
Replies: 7
Views: 1152

TN: Northern Rhones and a Chablis at Maison Kayser

I do want to see notes on Jean-Luc Jamet's line. I agree with Ramon that buying new vintages is hard! Allemand has gotten pricey but I still swoon for, Jamet likewise. Phil Bernstein at Bassins implored me to try Guillaume Gilles, which means he's probably the next great producer. I have enough Gono...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
February 22nd, 2017, 2:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2260
Views: 134301

New York City Restaurants

Public in NoLita is closing: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/dini ... ining&_r=0

My buddy tends bar there and hinted at it, but now it's official. Bummer as I love doing brunch there.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
February 22nd, 2017, 6:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Poujeaux is Dead to Me, Along with Other Recently Rollandized Estates
Replies: 414
Views: 20011

Chateau Poujeaux is Dead to Me, Along with Other Recently Rollandized Estates

Farayan, the question is if comparisons or contests make any sense. On the other hand: people compare the quality of things all the time. If it´s food, shoes, baseball players, cars or wine. It seems to be part of the human nature. 1983 Pichon Lalande was and is a fine wine. I guess anybody would a...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
February 21st, 2017, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Poujeaux is Dead to Me, Along with Other Recently Rollandized Estates
Replies: 414
Views: 20011

Chateau Poujeaux is Dead to Me, Along with Other Recently Rollandized Estates

Kevin, Jeff and I were at a blind tasting of 1995 top Crus Napa vs Bordeaux (Grand Jury Europeen organized by Francois Mauss). The tasters came from US and Europe. The clear consensus was: Napa won. My top wines were Shafer Hillside, Auraujo and Harlan. My top Bordeaux had been Latour and La Missio...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
February 21st, 2017, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Poujeaux is Dead to Me, Along with Other Recently Rollandized Estates
Replies: 414
Views: 20011

Chateau Poujeaux is Dead to Me, Along with Other Recently Rollandized Estates

This thread has turned into a barb between two camps of pure heterodoxy. When you are arguing whether or not a certain flavor profile is a flaw, you know there will be no end in sight.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
February 21st, 2017, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rieslingfeier 2017!
Replies: 81
Views: 4563

Rieslingfeier 2017!

... Biggest disappointments for me were JB Becker and Muller. Muller, simply because I didn't really get to taste any of the Muller lineup, instead just the Slovenian/Australia/QbA wines which were rather unspectacular. Becker was pouring a couple 14s, which I found pretty unpleasurable. To be fair...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
February 21st, 2017, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rieslingfeier 2017!
Replies: 81
Views: 4563

Rieslingfeier 2017!

The Hirtzbergers were incredible.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
February 21st, 2017, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Northern Rhones and a Chablis at Maison Kayser
Replies: 7
Views: 1152

TN: Northern Rhones and a Chablis at Maison Kayser

Thanks for putting this together Ramon. You're a tough grader! I thought the 98 Jamet was wonderful as ever, the 00 showed better than the last bottle I opened but didn't have the nervosity of the 98. The Verset was a wild wine; kaleidescopic once the reduction blew off. The Levet was pure, everythi...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
February 16th, 2017, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Levet Chavaroche
Replies: 5
Views: 537

TN: 2007 Levet Chavaroche

Good to hear they're coming around. They can be beasts
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
February 15th, 2017, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Price Adjustments on Wine
Replies: 109
Views: 6093

Price Adjustments on Wine

heads I win tails you lose?
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
February 15th, 2017, 5:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ganevat les Chalasses Marnes Bleues 2013
Replies: 13
Views: 689

TN: Ganevat les Chalasses Marnes Bleues 2013

I agree with Steve on he descriptors but I wouldn't call it anonymous; maybe polished. Count me as a big fan, esp of Marnes Bleus. I'm happy to take bottles off people's hands as well!
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
February 10th, 2017, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurant Wine List Help
Replies: 55
Views: 1927

Restaurant Wine List Help

Leflaive BBM 02. Have fun out there!
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
February 10th, 2017, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissee (updated with 2011 Grezeaux note)
Replies: 77
Views: 3901

TN: 2011 Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissee (updated with 2011 Grezeaux note)

thread tangent, but I opened a 15 Blanc (not CB) last night. Singing from the get-go, just a really fun wine representing fantastic value.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
February 9th, 2017, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Jacques Puffeney Arbois Pinot Noir 2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1136

TN: Jacques Puffeney Arbois Pinot Noir 2013

I've had mixed success with O-C. Not the same quality as H-O by any means but not a slouch. Haven't had a sewage-esque bottle though...nevertheless, I'd prefer to plow my Jura dollars elsewhere fwiw.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
February 7th, 2017, 6:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissee (updated with 2011 Grezeaux note)
Replies: 77
Views: 3901

TN: 2011 Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissee (updated with 2011 Grezeaux note)

Great resuscitation of this thread (all things Baudry). Is anyone else opening 11s or seeing other vintages in good spots? I'm going to take a stab at some of the 14s - now that they're rolling in - to get a sense for how buried they should be (my guess is they're similar to the 12s or 10s).
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
February 6th, 2017, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Jacques Puffeney Arbois Pinot Noir 2013
Replies: 15
Views: 1136

TN: Jacques Puffeney Arbois Pinot Noir 2013

To get Puffeney, I think you have to drink his Savagnin. Whether or not you like it may be a reflection of your view on the region or the varietal.

Faryan
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
January 31st, 2017, 8:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2260
Views: 134301

New York City Restaurants

off the charts meal at Sauvage in w'burg. damon wise just took over the kitchen and it feels like a great gastro-bistro in paris; something that always seems to be lacking in nyc. traditional technique at a very high level with just a few flourishes in each dish to make it exciting enough (a perfec...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
January 31st, 2017, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Mature Huet, Baumard, Duhart, Raffault, Brezza, Grunhaus and more
Replies: 37
Views: 2648

TN: Mature Huet, Baumard, Duhart, Raffault, Brezza, Grunhaus and more

Great to hear about the Alain Verset. Haven't tried any of the nephew's wines and will have to buy a few.

Have had the 92 Huet and agree with you on the botrytis/maderization. A lovely wine.

Rapet tends to be less terroir driven in my tastings, so i'm not shocked by your notes.

Cheers
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
January 30th, 2017, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you waited too long to drink
Replies: 71
Views: 3559

Wines you waited too long to drink

Dunn Howell Mountain 1991. Opened last year and dead as a doornail. The window on these wines is just too narrow as one of these opened in 2013 was still way too tannic. That surprises me. Dunns are often regarded as some of the longest lived cabs made in CA. We drink them with some regularity from...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
January 21st, 2017, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Crazy value whites - Jacky Blot Montlouis Chenin Blanc secs
Replies: 41
Views: 2970

Crazy value whites - Jacky Blot Montlouis Chenin Blanc secs

I tasted through Mssr Blot's lineup at Flatiron. I agree with Brad and others that the oak presence is quite noticeable, and while well made, not 100% aligned with my stylistic preference. The Triple Zero Pets were fantastic and to me the area I would buy.

Cheers,
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
January 15th, 2017, 3:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2260
Views: 134301

New York City Restaurants

Lilia in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Tough reservations, but the fresh and delicious Italian are memorable. Easily, one of the best Italian I've had, lately, in the city. After dining at Olmsted and Sauvage, and at Lilia, over the last few months, Brooklyn is becoming quite an impressive restaurant des...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
January 14th, 2017, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Côte-Rôtie Must Trys?
Replies: 60
Views: 7202

Côte-Rôtie Must Trys?

Keith Levenberg wrote:Benetiere
Jamet
Levet
Texier
bullseye
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
January 8th, 2017, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS
Replies: 1031
Views: 128065

MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS

I know you know I'm not a lawyer, so I have to ask this question since I THINK I read this correctly, and I now have a question. The way this reads, it sounds like any one offering wine via the internet for sale in Missouri, or Illinois for that matter, is violating the same law that you claim that...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
January 8th, 2017, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Avery Family Cellar Inaugural Wine Dinner - Really old wines
Replies: 23
Views: 1446

TN: Avery Family Cellar Inaugural Wine Dinner - Really old wines

Incredible Kevin, and thanks for sharing. Old Bordeaux is always a reminder of what makes Bordeaux special.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
January 3rd, 2017, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS
Replies: 1031
Views: 128065

MARC LAZAR OF DOMAINE WINE STORAGE AND CELLAR ADVISORS CHARGED WITH TWO FELONY COUNTS

No dog in this particular fight. But I do have an observation. I work in an industry (finance) where the vast majority of my colleagues are upstanding people. However, there are bad apples who cause harm to people. Thus countless pieces of legislation have been enacted to protect the public from th...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
January 1st, 2017, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion
Replies: 506
Views: 26578

Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion

Red Bordeaux is a tired and completely uninspiring genre. Whenever I'm drinking BDX, there is always something else I'd rather be drinking, and when it comes to expensive BDX, there are always wines at 1/5 to 1/10th the cost that are much better. Woof Seth! Good to see you posting here. I've been b...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
December 28th, 2016, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion
Replies: 506
Views: 26578

Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion

Wine boards and tasting circles can lead to groupthink. *ducks*
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
December 27th, 2016, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion
Replies: 506
Views: 26578

Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion

Bordeaux barrel tasting is a dog and pony show.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
December 26th, 2016, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN:1998 Vieux Chateau Certan
Replies: 12
Views: 887

TN:1998 Vieux Chateau Certan

I love this wine, along with various other Merlot based Bordeaux from the vintage. Hope all is well Randall.

Best,
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
December 24th, 2016, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Years Eve Champagne?
Replies: 67
Views: 3360

New Years Eve Champagne?

Ledru for me. I have fond memories of Dom P on NYE. Cheers
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
December 24th, 2016, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 (mostly) red Loire tasting (Amirault, Baudry, Raffault, Guion)
Replies: 28
Views: 1126

TN: 2014 (mostly) red Loire tasting (Amirault, Baudry, Raffault, Guion)

I like Granges but for my Baudry money it's Grezeaux all day with a smattering of Clos Guillot.

They are truly ageworthy and along with Huet and Prum some of the great values in the world.

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