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by John Morris
May 19th, 2020, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4214

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
May 19th, 2020, 4:29 am
Greg,

Which Ramey interview are you referring to? I am familiar with the Levi Dalton/I’ll Drink to That interview. Is there a video interview around?
I think it was this Vinous video interview by Steve Tanzer from 2017.
by John Morris
May 18th, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impact of declining Champagne Sales?
Replies: 8
Views: 1241

Re: Impact of declining Champagne Sales?

I read it as saying sales of cheap Champagne are down because of falling consumption in France. Since overall sales by value are up, it doesn’t seem likely that good grower/producers are hurting. I don’t think luxury curves alone would drive up the revenue that much. If the UK imposes tariffs post-B...
by John Morris
May 18th, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4214

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

Brad England wrote:
May 18th, 2020, 10:30 am
John, I think he means that the three non-Chartron wines wer under screwcap.
Ah, of course. Thanks. That part had a sort of Escher aspect. It could be read either way.
by John Morris
May 18th, 2020, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4214

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

Started the weekend with an oxidised 2010 Chartron Chevalier-Montrachet. Loads of bruised apple and bluntness of flavour. Then, three bottles performing beautifully under screwcap. A 2006 O'Leary Walker Riesling Polish Hill was fresh and linear, full of lemony goodness and some toasty development. ...
by John Morris
May 18th, 2020, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 617
Views: 64293

Re: Official WTSO thread

Interesting... a 1996 Fontanafredda Barolo up right now. I haven't had those Fontanafredda wines, but it was a period in which the winery's reputation was quite low. It had been owned by the bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena since the Depression, so not a lot of leadership in the vineyards or cellar. ...
by John Morris
May 18th, 2020, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 617
Views: 64293

Re: Official WTSO thread

I haven't had those Fontanafredda wines, but it was a period in which the winery's reputation was quite low. It had been owned by the bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena since the Depression, so not a lot of leadership in the vineyards or cellar. Some of the wines from the 70s are still very good, but wa...
by John Morris
May 16th, 2020, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1982 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc
Replies: 6
Views: 314

Re: TN: 1982 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc

This was so good. It starts off with some tar and spruce like forest smells. There's some truffle aromas too. With air there a core of black cherry, raisins and burnt fig that intensifies. It is rich and powerful, with great depth and chew. Towards the end of the bottle Indian spice notes came to t...
by John Morris
May 16th, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs from potentially over the hill wines discovered during quarantine inventory
Replies: 46
Views: 2422

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

Woodward Canyon reds age remarkably well. Wines from the 90's are still going strong. Actually Washington reds in gen. age better than most folks would think, it's just that folks don't give them that chance. One other Washington note is that the rieslings age remarkably well as well. I remember cl...
by John Morris
May 15th, 2020, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Northern Rhone?
Replies: 26
Views: 2228

Re: 2019 Northern Rhone?

A brief JLL thought on '19 N Rhone: "2019, by the way, is extremely promising, with greater freshness and a more fluid style than 2018: a vintage to be extremely interested in. I will be posting notes on those I tasted during my many visits." "A more fluid style" [scratch.gif] Liquidy! In this time...
by John Morris
May 15th, 2020, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Importance of the first impression
Replies: 3
Views: 298

Re: Importance of the first impression

The alternative is to buy tried and true producers. I’ve never understood the desire to buy wines in quantity that one has never tasted and which have no track record. A bottle or two, sure. But more? Seems crazy to me.
by John Morris
May 15th, 2020, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kerin O'Keefe on Barolo 2016
Replies: 69
Views: 6718

Re: Kerin O'Keefe on Barolo 2016

I think Conterno has expressed a strongly-held view that Nebbiolo is uniquely able to not just tolerate a far more water than conventional wisdom would believe, but to have the wines reflect increased complexity as a result of that "excess" water. Obviously, too much water can be a problem, but he ...
by John Morris
May 14th, 2020, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4214

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

Brian, It happens in the Loire. It happens in Alsace. Does it happen everywhere? For it to be the corks, it would have to happen everywhere those corks are used, no? ETA: I acknowledge John's post #25. I've followed this topic "somewhat." I gave-up on buying White Burgundy right as I was starting i...
by John Morris
May 14th, 2020, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4214

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

I opened a 2010 Calabretto Nerello Mascalese IGT Sicilia this evening with a Nomacork. (It looked like a natural cork. My Rabbit was not happy.) There was a trace of something oxidative on the nose when I popped the cork, but no more than I'd expect from a 10-year-old nerello mascalese, and that ble...
by John Morris
May 14th, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4214

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

Still doesn't make sense how natural corks could be the cause of the Burgundy pre-mox problem, given that this problem isn't the same everywhere else in the wine-making world. It's not like something deleterious happens to the corks simply by virtue of being located in Burgundy. If it was the corks...
by John Morris
May 14th, 2020, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8671
Views: 1272611

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

A fascinating post, and a nice analogy to wine, Tomas!
by John Morris
May 14th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K & L Wines to Connecticut...NOT
Replies: 19
Views: 1226

Re: K & L Wines to Connecticut...NOT

Adam Frisch wrote:
May 14th, 2020, 1:27 pm
There are 5 states you can not ship to. I know Alabama and Utah are two of them. Delaware might be another. Ans there are one or two more in the south.
Wasn't Florida on that list?
by John Morris
May 14th, 2020, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4214

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

I spoke to one winemaker in Burgundy last year who claims that he can pick up a "minty" quality in whites sealed under Diam. Does not sound too terrible a contaminant, but I wondered if any other producers claim that they can taste a flavor that is imparted by this technology. If no one can discern...
by John Morris
May 14th, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4214

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

I opened a 2008 Ch. Lanessan (Haut Medoc) this week that was under a Diam and it was very fresh -- just what I'd expect from an '08 Cru Bourgeois with a high proportion of cabernet. There was no penetration of wine up the closure. There's a "D 17" marking on the closure. Not sure if that's the Diam ...
by John Morris
May 14th, 2020, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Berserkers Wine Talk Hall of Fame Thread
Replies: 98
Views: 38886

Re: Wine Berserkers Wine Talk Hall of Fame Thread

Jefery Levy's attempt to bludgeon Hart Davis with bad publicity, must certainly qualify as the most inauspicious debut post ever. Don Cornwell's multi-post take-down of Levy is epic. Victor Hong summed it up perfectly: That grouse decided to taunt a hunter, not realizing from upstream posts that he...
by John Morris
May 14th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Fratelli Brovia Nebbiolo d'Alba (Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Nebbiolo d'Alba)
Replies: 9
Views: 409

Re: TN: 2016 Fratelli Brovia Nebbiolo d'Alba (Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Nebbiolo d'Alba)

Thanks for the notes. Haven't had the Brovia, but was enjoying Oddero's '16 nebbiolo the other night. It could be described similarly.
by John Morris
May 13th, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8671
Views: 1272611

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Victor Hong wrote:
May 13th, 2020, 1:16 pm
That grouse decided to taunt a hunter, not realizing from upstream posts that he uses a fact-magazined, scope-sighted bazooka.
Nothing from this encounter seems left, except burnt feathers scattering loosely in the breeze.
This
by John Morris
May 12th, 2020, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11823
Views: 441336

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2015 Perrin Les Hauts de Julien Vinsobres 4 hours in Riedel Boa Decanter Great! Interesting. Thanks for the note. Their regular "Les Cornuds" Vinsobres can be very impressive in a lot of years. I'd never heard of the Hauts de Julien bottling before. At 2.5x the price of the Cornuds, I'd guess it's ...
by John Morris
May 12th, 2020, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11823
Views: 441336

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
May 7th, 2020, 5:48 am
Bouard swooped in for this vintage. Lanessan, too.
Too bad. Sipping an '08 Lanessan now that I picked up today for ~$30. Your kind of wine. Could be mistaken initially for a Chinon, though it's fleshing out a bit.
by John Morris
May 12th, 2020, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Moulin-à-Vent
Replies: 7
Views: 286

Re: TN: 2009 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Moulin-à-Vent

2009 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Moulin-à-Vent - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Moulin-à-Vent (5/12/2020) I waited three years since the prior bottle (other than one that was corked...grrrr), and this is still very fresh. Deep cherry fruit, fresh, green herbs, light earth tones - it h...
by John Morris
May 12th, 2020, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr (besides JJ Prum)?
Replies: 62
Views: 1907

Re: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr (besides JJ Prum)?

First off you don't pay Clos Vougeot pricing for Wehlener Sonnenuhr. Secondly there are very different types of wine made from different plots of the WS vineyard. Clos Vougeot makes one thing. So what? How are those germain to the topic? I was responding to Russell's point that the vineyard is very...
by John Morris
May 12th, 2020, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kerin O'Keefe on Barolo 2016
Replies: 69
Views: 6718

Re: Kerin O'Keefe on Barolo 2016

FYI, Scavino was at the forefront of the modern wave in the 1990s, with lots of new barriques, and malolactic done in barrel. They started pulling back on the new wood in the 2000s and the wines in recent years have seemed more balanced, but they're still quite modern in style and haven't moved me. ...
by John Morris
May 12th, 2020, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr (besides JJ Prum)?
Replies: 62
Views: 1907

Re: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr (besides JJ Prum)?

I think it’s critical to not look at the Mosel from a Burgundian viewpoint. It just doesn’t work the same way. Please explain. My Clos Vougeot analogy seems apt here: Both CV and WS are fairly large, prestige appellations where the quality of individual plots varies greatly. First off you don't pay...
by John Morris
May 12th, 2020, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr (besides JJ Prum)?
Replies: 62
Views: 1907

Re: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr (besides JJ Prum)?

Russell Faulkner wrote:
May 12th, 2020, 12:20 pm
I think it’s critical to not look at the Mosel from a Burgundian viewpoint. It just doesn’t work the same way.
Please explain.

My Clos Vougeot analogy seems apt here: Both CV and WS are fairly large, prestige appellations where the quality of individual plots varies greatly.
by John Morris
May 12th, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update: FEDERAL INDICTMENT - Safe Harbour Wine Storage and Bill Holder – CRIMINAL
Replies: 148
Views: 29462

Re: Update: FEDERAL INDICTMENT - Safe Harbour Wine Storage and Bill Holder – CRIMINAL

DOJ victim notification system emailed last week stating that he was asking for early release and that the deadline for comments was today. I was going to send comments but just received an email from DOJ today that he was released. "This notice is to inform you that WILLIAM HOLDER will be released...
by John Morris
May 12th, 2020, 5:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr (besides JJ Prum)?
Replies: 62
Views: 1907

Re: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr?

It’s a big vineyard (40Ha) and quite varied (South and Southwest facing) with 85m between the top and bottom vines. As implied above you can’t expect the same things from very small holdings (Schaefer is 0.2Ha). The only producer I have in any quantity apart from Prum is Lieser and Max Ferd Richter...
by John Morris
May 11th, 2020, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How does Riesling Kabinett change with age?
Replies: 56
Views: 2066

Re: How does Riesling Kabinett change with age?

An abbreviated Maximin Grunhaus anecdote. Originally posted on Mark Golodetz's thread about '10 most influential wines': 1953 Maximin Grunhaus Abtsberg Natur (from 375ml) – Consumed in the mid 90’s, served blind at dinner by owner Carl von Schubert to me and Robert Parker at my Chinese friend Stuar...
by John Morris
May 11th, 2020, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How does Riesling Kabinett change with age?
Replies: 56
Views: 2066

Re: How does Riesling Kabinett change with age?

Jayson Cohen wrote:
May 10th, 2020, 11:30 am
Judging by the photo, you are not sheltering on the UWS. Looks nice. Where are you?
In the Catskills, in that case on a friend’s deck with an epic view.
by John Morris
May 11th, 2020, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr (besides JJ Prum)?
Replies: 62
Views: 1907

Re: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr?

Max. Ferd. Richter also makes a WS, but I’ve had only a couple a long time ago.
by John Morris
May 11th, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Current best value white Burgundies
Replies: 57
Views: 2403

Re: Current best value white Burgundies

PYCM prices seem to have gone up 20+% just from the 2017 to the 2018 vintages. Imagine what we’d all say if a California producer did that. Oh well, I got to enjoy a few vintages of them before the prices went crazy. And I can’t blame the guy for charging what people will pay for them. They’re exce...
by John Morris
May 10th, 2020, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8671
Views: 1272611

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

There’s another aspect of this whole mess that has bothered me, namely ‘pollution’ of the corpus of tasting notes on old wines. How do we know which notes are based on the real McCoy and which on Cuvee Kurniawan, or Reserve Rodenstock or ... I guess “amazingly fresh for its age ... “ is an obvious ...
by John Morris
May 10th, 2020, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Current best value white Burgundies
Replies: 57
Views: 2403

Re: Current best value white Burgundies

Olivier Merlin’s Macon-La Roche Vineuse VV offers a lot of wine for ~$25.
by John Morris
May 10th, 2020, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8671
Views: 1272611

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Jefery- You've made a strong argument based on the label, primarily, that HDH should have been suspicious. The one part I don’t think supports your argument is the fact that you paid half of what the wine went for at Acker. (You didn’t say how either price compared to other bottles at auction in rec...
by John Morris
May 10th, 2020, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Kabinett
Replies: 13
Views: 390

Re: TN: 2012 Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Kabinett

That would explain why some of his Ausleses are identified as gold capsule various places while others aren’t: it’s redundant.
by John Morris
May 10th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Kabinett
Replies: 13
Views: 390

Re: TN: 2012 Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Kabinett

Ditto for me. I only really tasted Kabinetts and Spatleses, but they were dead on for my tastes.
by John Morris
May 10th, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Kabinett
Replies: 13
Views: 390

Re: TN: 2012 Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Kabinett

I assume that Donnhoff managed to get botrytis if he bottled a Gold Capsule auction wine.
by John Morris
May 10th, 2020, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Kabinett
Replies: 13
Views: 390

Re: TN: 2012 Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Kabinett

2012 Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Kabinett - Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer (5/9/2020) Absolutely love where this is just now. Yeah, it's all the boxes I want to tick in an 8yr old Kabinett. In the first hour, plenty of soil, some petrol, white and orange fruit, and a firm, medi...
by John Morris
May 10th, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Kabinett
Replies: 13
Views: 390

Re: TN: 2012 Karthäuserhof Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberg Riesling Kabinett

J. Rock wrote:
May 9th, 2020, 11:16 pm
How was the 2012 vintage in general? I haven't had any 2012 Rieslings.
It was generally considered pretty good, though there was little botrytis and it was a quite small crop. There's a good summary here: https://www.bbr.com/vintage-142012-germany-2012
by John Morris
May 10th, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How does Riesling Kabinett change with age?
Replies: 56
Views: 2066

Re: How does Riesling Kabinett change with age?

I opened a Maximin Grünhaus/von Schubert 2002 QbA this week, 18 years old and perfect for sipping on one of the view days of late when it was comfortable to sit outside at cocktail hour. I tasted at the property on a visit in September 2003. Dr. von Schubert matter-of-factly said then that the '02 Q...
by John Morris
May 8th, 2020, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Store Websites Are Terrible
Replies: 45
Views: 1971

Re: Wine Store Websites Are Terrible

I remember some years ago Wine Library switched to a new website that was the best I had seen for wine retail at that point, and probably still is. It must have been expensive. They later switched to a different site that I thought was a huge downgrade. I suspect the latter change was all about cos...
by John Morris
May 8th, 2020, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Store Websites Are Terrible
Replies: 45
Views: 1971

Re: Wine Store Websites Are Terrible

I suspect that almost every wine shop in the US sells 95% plus of its inventory to local customers (95% plus of whom walked into the shop). Most wine stores also have a single location. Very few sell wines on futures or which designed to age (i.e., wines that have a national market). I could go on,...
by John Morris
May 8th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Wines in Mediocre Vintages
Replies: 70
Views: 2894

Re: Great Wines in Mediocre Vintages

I’ve had the 80 PLL three times since 2016, one bottle was good, two were terrific. FWIW, here’s my notes on the two good bottles: 1980 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, 4/30/2017, 93 points Another terrific bottle of this, right in my stylistic sweet spot. Smells of wintergreen, juni...
by John Morris
May 8th, 2020, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Wines in Mediocre Vintages
Replies: 70
Views: 2894

Re: Great Wines in Mediocre Vintages

You guys are making me regret that I sold all my '93 and '94 Bordeauxs a fifteen years ago to a friend who had kids born those years. When I bought them, I wasn't sure I'd ever be able to afford Bordeaux again in a good vintage. But in the mid-2000s their tannins were still pretty rough and I didn't...
by John Morris
May 8th, 2020, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Wines in Mediocre Vintages
Replies: 70
Views: 2894

Re: Great Wines in Mediocre Vintages

The 1980 Pichon Lalande and even more so the 1989 Montelena Estate cab. Birthyear of a wine buddy, so we’ve given 1980 a repeatedly look and these two wines are outstanding in a universally panned vintage. Has the '80 Pichon held up? I remember that it was decent, but I don't recall it being specia...
by John Morris
May 8th, 2020, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Wines in Mediocre Vintages
Replies: 70
Views: 2894

Re: Great Wines in Mediocre Vintages

The [1979] Haut Brion is really good, though I've only had it once. I've really liked the Pichon Lalande , generally, but then I usually do! Some others, like the Mouton, have been somewhat disappointing (it's still pretty monolithic). The '79 Pichon Lalande was soooo good for so many years. Haven'...

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