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by John Morris
April 26th, 2020, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kerin O'Keefe on Barolo 2016
Replies: 69
Views: 6688

Re: Kerin O'Keefe on Barolo 2016 p

... Interesting how the arc of the big three vintages this past decade is playing out, with 10’ being the most ageable and austere in its youth (but still nowhere as austere as in decades past), 13’ being classic and structured but definitely more approachable than 10’ and now we’re hearing that 16...
by John Morris
April 24th, 2020, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Problem with InstitutionWine.com
Replies: 39
Views: 6556

Re: Problem with InstitutionWine.com

I have also have been scammed. I ordered a case on Venge Vinyards Scouts Honor on 12/9/2019 and was charged $454.88 on a credit card. It has now been 6 months. At first I was able to contact via email, then he stopped replying to my emails. Got him on the phone once and asked for a refund, he would...
by John Morris
April 22nd, 2020, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Raffault "Les Picasses"
Replies: 29
Views: 1983

Re: 1990 Raffault "Les Picasses"

I'm not sure it's destined for the ages, but for the next five or ten years, it will give a lot of pleasure.
by John Morris
April 22nd, 2020, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you reach the wine world everyone discusses?
Replies: 32
Views: 1911

Re: How do you reach the wine world everyone discusses?

Tomas -- I think you're doing all the right things, and it sounds like this warehouse/store is giving you great advice. Presumably your father can help, too. If you can find some other people to explore new wines with, that's the best thing. If you can find some people who know more than you do, tha...
by John Morris
April 22nd, 2020, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Raffault "Les Picasses"
Replies: 29
Views: 1983

Re: 1990 Raffault "Les Picasses"

Popped another bottle of the '14 tonight. Young, somewhat tannic, but approachable from the get-go, with a wonderful smoky quality and good fruit for a cool climate cab franc. What a value!
by John Morris
April 22nd, 2020, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: what makes a wine taste thick?
Replies: 15
Views: 775

Re: what makes a wine taste thick?

Sounds like lots of residual sugar. I think glycerin has been debunked - IIRC a wine should not be able to have such levels of glycerine so that it would start to affect the mouthfeel. I agree that some sugar is a likely element. FYI, if you Google "Does glycerin make wine feel thick?" you'll find ...
by John Morris
April 22nd, 2020, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PLCB turning off the lights...
Replies: 51
Views: 3343

Re: PLCB turning off the lights...

Gerry Morrisey wrote:
April 20th, 2020, 10:01 pm
Bud Carey wrote:
March 17th, 2020, 10:37 am
It is Pennsylvania, after all. Dumb is no surprise.
After seeing the protests in Harrisburg all I could think is what a bunch of morons.
Sounds like what is needed is protesters with placards outside the PLCB. [snort.gif]
by John Morris
April 21st, 2020, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Garretson Bulladoir Syrah
Replies: 7
Views: 302

Re: TN: 2002 Garretson Bulladoir Syrah

Matt sent me some samples once after a discussion of big wines on the eBob board. One went feral, and I think that had a plastic cork. Matt kindly shipped another sample under a screw cap.

His 2005 Mon Amie was like port in '11, but his '05 The Aisling surprise me by being quite decent in 2017.
by John Morris
April 19th, 2020, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs from potentially over the hill wines discovered during quarantine inventory
Replies: 46
Views: 2421

Re: TNs from potentially over the hill wines discovered during quarantine inventory

Fun project! I periodically put together a list of orphan bottles - singles that really should be consumed or should already have been consumed - and we concentrate on drinking those down. Our racks are double deep, so any singles take up a slot that could hold two bottles (we never put different b...
by John Morris
April 18th, 2020, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faiveley and Drouhin holdings?
Replies: 51
Views: 2232

Re: Faiveley and Drouhin holdings?

Mel Knox wrote:
April 18th, 2020, 6:53 pm
You could look this up in a book and I did.
The list is long for both.

I am very fond of both companies.
Oddly, there doesn’t seem to be a list on line. I’ve searched all over... so I could chastise Adrian for being lazy.
by John Morris
April 18th, 2020, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A big bunch of Nebbiolos (long & boring)
Replies: 38
Views: 1613

Re: TN: A big bunch of Nebbiolos (long & boring)

Yes, Barbaresco was spared the hail storms that hit Barolo. As I recall, there were some rain storms earlier (before harvest) that also didn't hit so hard in Barbaresco. When I was there in 2016, Barbaresco producers considered it a decent year -- not just marginally OK.
by John Morris
April 18th, 2020, 6:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise / Michael Skurnik
Replies: 71
Views: 8453

Re: Terry Theise / Michael Skurnik

In case it is of interest, Terry has launched a new website: https://www.terrytheise.com/ He mentions that Skurnik continues to handle his portfolio (as he desired) and has nothing but kind words for Skurnik wherever they are mentioned on the site. Make of this what you will and everyone has their ...
by John Morris
April 17th, 2020, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting old Italians (Non-Nebbiolo)?
Replies: 14
Views: 530

Re: Decanting old Italians (Non-Nebbiolo)?

Matt Iverson wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 10:27 am
So...of course I forgot to ask the question that I was really wondering: what bottle is that 40 year old Dolcetto?? I'm very curious. And of course would be interested to hear your impressions of it once you do open it :-)
See post #8 above on the wine's fate.
by John Morris
April 17th, 2020, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Pricing at Auction - MENTAL
Replies: 108
Views: 9083

Re: Wine Pricing at Auction - MENTAL

I will say, you should always be a bit leery of a report that claims US taxes (even if income) are "very progressive" if it only takes into account income taxes and not capital gains (which is where the real disparity, both on rates and actual amounts arises). To be clear, not aimed at you John - t...
by John Morris
April 17th, 2020, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: good and Baden
Replies: 15
Views: 516

Re: TN: good and Baden

A contrast to the ripe, very oaky Baden Spatburgunders of 20 years ago!

What do you know about the vintage there?
by John Morris
April 17th, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Today's Game: UPS vs The Mrs.
Replies: 62
Views: 2661

Re: Today's Game: UPS vs The Mrs.

Seesh, Howard, lighten up! [highfive.gif] This is supposed to be a light-hearted tongue-in-cheek thread. champagne.gif On topic, this is a reason I have wine shipped to my office. Only now it's turned into a game of intercepting the boxes so my associates don't think I have a problem! [tease.gif] E...
by John Morris
April 17th, 2020, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A big bunch of Nebbiolos (long & boring)
Replies: 38
Views: 1613

Re: TN: A big bunch of Nebbiolos (long & boring)

Interesting set of notes. Last Spring we visited the Alto Piedmont and spent a lot of time with Cristiano Garella (who is a really interesting dynamic individual who has had an immense impact on the region) at Colombera and Garella and other properties he is involved with either as partner or consu...
by John Morris
April 17th, 2020, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Evaluating Wines that Don't Match Varietal Characteristics
Replies: 24
Views: 761

Re: Evaluating Wines that Don't Match Varietal Characteristics

I understand that certain varietals can have vastly different styles such as Chardonnay. Even with Pinot Noir they can run the gamut from very fruity and sweet to more reserved or earthy. However I recently had a Pinot Noir that was more like a Rocks District Syrah. I've never experienced a wine th...
by John Morris
April 17th, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Evaluating Wines that Don't Match Varietal Characteristics
Replies: 24
Views: 761

Re: Evaluating Wines that Don't Match Varietal Characteristics

A group of us were brown bagged a wine. Med-light body, smoky-savory, meaty, peppery Syrah-berry, etc. Obviously a cool climate Syrah. The Burgophile called the village and vintage, and his partner in crime agreed. They were right. That is to say, to them it did match Pinot Noir varietal characteri...
by John Morris
April 16th, 2020, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Nervi Conterno Gattinara
Replies: 12
Views: 791

Re: TN: 2016 Nervi Conterno Gattinara

Thanks, Greg and Vince. I have a lone bottle of the '15, but I assumed I should hold off a few years on that.
by John Morris
April 16th, 2020, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2141

Re: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

Any of you hopheads grooving on Southern Hemisphere hops? My current favorite brewery (CellerMaker in San Francisco) makes an occasional NE style IPA called Double Mt Nelson (100% Nelson hops) that, while pushing 8%, doesn't come across as overly heavy and has diesel on the nose to burn :-D. Riesli...
by John Morris
April 16th, 2020, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storing paper wrapped bottles
Replies: 32
Views: 1838

Re: Storing paper wrapped bottles

I can’t seem to find a topic on the subject here. I finally got around to taking my recent shipment of Sine Qua Non out of the shipper and putting onto the shelves in my wine cellar. Up until now, I’ve left the paper wrapping on the bottles, but now I’m starting to feel like it looks a little slopp...
by John Morris
April 16th, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storing paper wrapped bottles
Replies: 32
Views: 1838

Re: Storing paper wrapped bottles

I am annoyed by the wrap in general. It doesn't really do much good and takes time and energy to remove (and to put on I imagine). My cellar is dark and if the label nicks then so be it. I prefer the wrap without the sticker securing it in place (like Saxum, I believe) as at least it is easier to r...
by John Morris
April 16th, 2020, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2141

Re: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

[1] I had thought the question was about whether a taste for IPA made one vulnerable to be shamed by beer geeks as a form of beer Parkerite and the answer to that I think is yes. But if the question is whether it is coherent (whatever coherent may mean in when speaking of taste) to be AFWE with reg...
by John Morris
April 16th, 2020, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2141

Re: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

c fu wrote:
April 15th, 2020, 10:31 pm
They have a rochester location that's doing curbside pick up
That’s a four and a half hour drive. I’m not THAT curious.
by John Morris
April 15th, 2020, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unique wine cellar
Replies: 16
Views: 1400

Re: Unique wine cellar

alan weinberg wrote:
April 15th, 2020, 6:12 pm
interesting that the claim is made that the built in thermometer ensures that the wine stays fresh. Foolish me, always thought it was the cooling unit, not the thermometer, that did that.
A$5,000 for 156 bottles and no temp control. [oops.gif]
by John Morris
April 15th, 2020, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2141

Re: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

Actually, I'm holed up upstate. The village beer depot has a decent selection but Doghead is about as hipster as it gets. For the sake of science, you should see if the beer depot has the 90 minute and 120 minute and have a comparison tasting of the 60, 90 and 120 minute. I did it, and it strongly ...
by John Morris
April 15th, 2020, 8:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting old Italians (Non-Nebbiolo)?
Replies: 14
Views: 530

Re: Decanting old Italians (Non-Nebbiolo)?

Exactly as I'd expect.
by John Morris
April 15th, 2020, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A big bunch of Nebbiolos (long & boring)
Replies: 38
Views: 1613

Re: TN: A big bunch of Nebbiolos (long & boring)

Mattstolz wrote:
April 15th, 2020, 5:17 pm
we're talking about a bottling labelled "Nebbiolo d'alba" from Giacosa, NOT the "Valmaggiore" bottling, correct?
Yes, but the Valmaggiore vineyard is in Roero, too.
by John Morris
April 15th, 2020, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2141

Re: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

Craig G wrote:
April 15th, 2020, 6:49 pm
My understanding was that it’s customary to shame John just on general principles, so this thread seems unnecessary.
I had inferred that but thought I'd invite the shaming explicitly this time.

Instead, I end up with an ale education. Who could have seen that coming?
by John Morris
April 15th, 2020, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2141

Re: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

I just went out and bought some Doghead 60 Minute IPA and tried a bottle. Tell me where this fits on the various spectrums. I find it balanced (6% alcohol, some bitterness) but is a little bland. I’d like some fruitiness (there’s none) and maybe a bit more malt. Discuss. doghead 60minute ipa is da ...
by John Morris
April 15th, 2020, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A big bunch of Nebbiolos (long & boring)
Replies: 38
Views: 1613

Re: TN: A big bunch of Nebbiolos (long & boring)

... This also explains to some degree why many Nebbiolo d'Albas seem to outperform Langhe Nebbiolos: if you have spectacular vineyards in Nebbiolo d'Alba DOC, you can't produce Barolo or Barbaresco from them. That's why many producers who have holdings there can make some very impressive Nebbiolo d...
by John Morris
April 15th, 2020, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A big bunch of Nebbiolos (long & boring)
Replies: 38
Views: 1613

Re: TN: A big bunch of Nebbiolos (long & boring)

I think Giacosa's straight Nebbiolo is Nebbiolo d'Alba, from the Roero. I believe most of the Nebbiolo d'Alba we see is from the Roero, although Brezza makes one from just outside Alba (Santa Rosalia). And the d'Alba/Langhe distinction is even less logical when you look at the other Langhe appellat...
by John Morris
April 15th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2141

Re: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

I just went out and bought some Doghead 60 Minute IPA and tried a bottle. Tell me where this fits on the various spectrums.

I find it balanced (6% alcohol, some bitterness) but is a little bland. I’d like some fruitiness (there’s none) and maybe a bit more malt.

Discuss.
by John Morris
April 15th, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2141

Re: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

I’m not sure what the post title means though as a “strong” ipa to me would be an aggressively hopped west coast ipa or maybe a triple with insanely high alcohol of around 10%+. Neither of these would be afwe for certain, but the plush mouthfeel, super juicy ones (of which there are far too many)ce...
by John Morris
April 15th, 2020, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2141

Re: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

I'm very INsensitive to brett (in beer and wine), but VERY sensitive to mousiness, which I pick up in a lot of natural wines. I would NOT want that in my beer.
by John Morris
April 15th, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting old Italians (Non-Nebbiolo)?
Replies: 14
Views: 530

Re: Decanting old Italians (Non-Nebbiolo)?

Otto Forsberg wrote:
April 15th, 2020, 8:13 am
John Morris wrote:
April 15th, 2020, 7:59 am
Has anyone ever had one that benefitted from extended aging?
Me.
I'm curious what it was. The few I've had have been kind of dull. They lost the fruit that I love in dolcetto without gaining any complexity.
by John Morris
April 15th, 2020, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A big bunch of Nebbiolos (long & boring)
Replies: 38
Views: 1613

Re: TN: A big bunch of Nebbiolos (long & boring)

I was just going to add that the Langhe Nebbiolo DOC is an odd grab bag, and the appellations are very confusing. Langhe Nebbiolo includes Barolo and Barbaresco, but also large, generally less desirable areas around the fringe of the Langhe. However, the Nebbiolo d'Alba area at the center of the Lan...
by John Morris
April 15th, 2020, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting old Italians (Non-Nebbiolo)?
Replies: 14
Views: 530

Re: Decanting old Italians (Non-Nebbiolo)?

Try a small bit of the dolcetto first. I’d be very hesitant to decant one that old. They aren’t typically meant for aging at all, though some hold on.

Has anyone ever had one that benefitted from extended aging?
by John Morris
April 15th, 2020, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2141

Re: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

Chris Seiber wrote:
April 14th, 2020, 8:36 pm
I also find it weird that AFWE guy likes 18 year old Scotch, which pretty much tastes like barrels, smoke and alcohol, but I’ve already bit off too much with this post. :)
Uh-oh.... Did I somehow let it drop that I love Lagavulin?
by John Morris
April 14th, 2020, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2141

Re: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

I've learned that most of you know way more about IPAs than I do, so I feel I'm in good company. I'm afraid my subject heading was misleading, with the word "strong." I was not referring to high alcohol IPAs. The ones I like have strong flavors , fruit and hops, but I avoid those over 6% or so. So m...
by John Morris
April 14th, 2020, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2141

Re: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

My question was not whether one can like wine and beer. I see no problem there. I just wondered if, as a man of refined tastes, I'm vulnerable to shaming for liking full-throttled IPAs. Some people out there seem to view these as the ale equivalent of Mollydooker. (FYI, as with wine, I'm generally n...
by John Morris
April 14th, 2020, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2141

Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

My taste in wine tends toward the AFWE -- higher acid, not heavily extracted, less oak, blah, blah, blah. I also like robust IPAs. But these days there's a great deal of shaming of people who like hoppy, fruity IPAs. Should I be embarrassed about liking them? Will this undermine my reputation for be...
by John Morris
April 14th, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo or Barbaresco. Which and Why
Replies: 17
Views: 1346

Re: Barolo or Barbaresco. Which and Why

.... Have said that these are on my radar: Travaglini Gattinara 2015 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2016 Seems like the latter is getting really high reviews and described as approachable. I know it will be much better in 5-10 years and could stash some away but wonder if approachable also me...
by John Morris
April 14th, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another "win a bottle" game - Guess the wine, 20 questions style - WE HAVE A WINNER!
Replies: 165
Views: 2625

Re: Another "win a bottle" game - Guess the wine, 20 questions style

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
April 11th, 2020, 8:19 am
Brian Tuite wrote:
April 11th, 2020, 7:24 am
Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
April 10th, 2020, 6:14 pm
Is it a producer in the Mosel/Saar/Ruwer?
That’s 3 questions, only 1 per person per day. neener
Depends if you consider Mosel-Saar-Ruwer one region [wink.gif]
And whether you comply with the change in German appellation laws that banned Saar and Ruwer from labels!
by John Morris
April 14th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mid-month Tasting Notes: Corona Edition, April 2020
Replies: 12
Views: 647

Re: Mid-month Tasting Notes: Corona Edition, April 2020

What great notes! And what a wonderfully diverse set of wines! [*] 2015 Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco di Sorbara del Fondatore - Italy, Emilia-Romagna, Lambrusco di Sorbara DOC (4/12/2020) Opened by accident on pizza day instead of a different lambrusco, then drank the next day with leftover toppings (aka...
by John Morris
April 14th, 2020, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 G Mascarello "Monprivato" (short/boring)
Replies: 32
Views: 1019

Re: 1997 G Mascarello "Monprivato" (short/boring)

Being curious, I checked the CellarTracker notes on the '97 . While the average is 93.6 points, in a number of cases, the same tasters report significantly different experiences with different bottles, sometimes drunk within a few weeks of each other. There are several notes from a dozen years ago s...
by John Morris
April 14th, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 G Mascarello "Monprivato" (short/boring)
Replies: 32
Views: 1019

Re: 1997 G Mascarello "Monprivato" (short/boring)

Markus S wrote:
April 14th, 2020, 4:12 am
Chris Seiber wrote:
April 13th, 2020, 7:13 pm
2000 was a hot year in Piemonte, but I don’t know how it compares to 1997 in that respect.
Oh 97 was hot, first of the new climate change 'Hots'. Suckling loved the vintage.
But it was 2000 that WS proclaimed the best ever!
by John Morris
April 14th, 2020, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 G Mascarello "Monprivato" (short/boring)
Replies: 32
Views: 1019

Re: 1997 G Mascarello "Monprivato" (short/boring)

I never bought either vintage, but my impression from reading and from visits to the Langhe in '98, '00 and '02 was that 2000 didn't pose the same kinds of heat issues that 1997 did. I've noted a number of good experiences reported here with 2000 Barolos. I don't recall many tasting notes here on th...
by John Morris
April 13th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo or Barbaresco. Which and Why
Replies: 17
Views: 1346

Re: Barolo or Barbaresco. Which and Why

I think most people would be hard-pressed to distinguish the two in a blind tasting if it was a line-up of good producers on both sides, so I would be suspicious of the generalizations about Barbaresco being lighter or more feminine. I find it easier to tell apart a Barolo from the village of Serral...

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