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by Jim Cowan
January 19th, 2020, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does There Come A Time When The Search For Epiphany Experiences Ceases?
Replies: 58
Views: 2762

Re: Does There Come A Time When The Search For Epiphany Experiences Ceases?

I don’t think so.
I’ve been doing this 50+ years and I still get dazzled.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
November 13th, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite USA Gamay?
Replies: 45
Views: 2171

Re: Your favorite USA Gamay?

ESJ
by Jim Cowan
November 3rd, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Terry Theise Champagne Tasting (Chicago)
Replies: 22
Views: 1747

Re: TN: Terry Theise Champagne Tasting (Chicago)

Thanks.
Well written and communicative.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
September 17th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let Your Saxums Age!
Replies: 20
Views: 1289

Re: Let Your Saxums Age!

Jay,
Tasting at Saxum we did current releases and the same wines, ten years old.
The decade old versions were so much better, I asked if the wine making regimen had changed - nope, that’s just bottle age.
I agree with your title.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
September 16th, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Vatan Clos la Neore so expensive?
Replies: 23
Views: 1997

Re: Why is Vatan Clos la Neore so expensive?

Demand.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
September 9th, 2019, 9:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The New Yorker on Orange Wines
Replies: 41
Views: 1865

Re: The New Yorker on Orange Wines

Orange wine is not necessarily oxidative or natural.
Lots of it “looks” oxidized and presents atypical for the variety. Since it is not the norm, one must expect abnormal.
But I love them, I make them and my wife and I drink them . . . often.
Amazingly good food wines.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
August 27th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't I buy more Louis Michel Chablis?
Replies: 36
Views: 2311

Re: Why don't I buy more Louis Michel Chablis?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 2:25 am
Jim Cowan is a big fan. I buy it when I can (rarely) find it.
‘More of this producer in my cellar than any other.
With time in bottle, epitome Chablis.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
July 14th, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions 7-13-19
Replies: 0
Views: 576

Impressions 7-13-19

Wine Impressions - 7-13-19 Whites: 2016 Scribe, Skin-Fermented Chardonnay (500 ml) - a quiet, lower register nose and a lovely, textured mouthfeel with aged Chardonnay flavors. Quite attractive and both Diane and I are happy to have a few more “squatty little bottles” in the cooler. 2014 Louis Miche...
by Jim Cowan
July 11th, 2019, 9:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More impressions
Replies: 12
Views: 1233

Re: More impressions

Ethan Abraham wrote:
July 11th, 2019, 5:32 pm
03 tickled pink? Wow. I've only had a 14 and that was definitely quirky but also very good. Nothing like any other rose I've had!
‘Never forget Lopez de Heredia; rose for the geek in your family.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
July 11th, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More impressions
Replies: 12
Views: 1233

Re: More impressions

I’ve not enough experience with Arpepe to comment.
FWIW, Levi thinks highly of them.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
July 8th, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone up for 200% new oak
Replies: 27
Views: 1731

Re: Anyone up for 200% new oak

P T Barnum lives!
by Jim Cowan
July 3rd, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions 7-1-19
Replies: 13
Views: 1502

Re: Impressions 7-1-19

Nathan,
It was the Cuvée Revelation (apologies for not including that) and the guy that brought it bought it in the Bay area, although I’m not sure where.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
July 1st, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions 7-1-19
Replies: 13
Views: 1502

Impressions 7-1-19

Wine Impressions - 7-1-19 Bubbles: N/v Alexandre Le Brun, Blanc de Meunier Champagne - broad on the attack but narrows as it moves across the palate to become a laser of acidity on an extended finish. This wine excites me, not only for its mouth presence now but for its potential. Pretty amazing bub...
by Jim Cowan
June 28th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions 6-28-19
Replies: 3
Views: 691

Impressions 6-28-19

Wine Impressions - 6-28-19 Bubbles: N/V R. H. Coutier, Champagne Brut - my style of bubbles with great fruit flavors, lots of cut and stony accents. Grand vin! White: 2017 Eugren, Viura - bright, fruit sweet, utterly delicious - even as it warms up. And great QPR. 2014 Idlewild, Cortese - partially ...
by Jim Cowan
May 21st, 2019, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 5-19-19
Replies: 12
Views: 1039

Re: Wine Impressions 5-19-19

Nathan, I am not as quick to paint Greek whites with the high acid brush. I admit having only a handful but I have found them pretty balanced for the most part. Perhaps, that says more about me than them. As for the Loire, my experience there is substantial and I have seen prices rise significantly ...
by Jim Cowan
May 21st, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 5-19-19
Replies: 12
Views: 1039

Re: Wine Impressions 5-19-19

Very familiar with B-21 but thanks.

Gravonia ready sooner then Tondonia? Probably but I’m sure there are exceptions.
Pecorino is a relatively new grape to me; I may have tasted ten in total. None have been bad; I just like this one.

Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
May 21st, 2019, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 5-19-19
Replies: 12
Views: 1039

Re: Wine Impressions 5-19-19

Brian,
I am not as familiar with the inventory at Total, past or present, but I have noticed that when I arrive at check out, most of my cart is white wine, and much of that from Italy or Iberia. There seem to be some nice wines in those areas that are also reasonably priced.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
May 19th, 2019, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 5-19-19
Replies: 12
Views: 1039

Wine Impressions 5-19-19

Wine Impressions - 5-19-19 (Aside: most of the wines with prices listed were from Total Wine. With my cellar in CA and me in FL, sometimes one must shop local.) Bubbles: N/V Ridgeview, Sparkling Rose - from Sussex, England; a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunière blend; fruit driven with charact...
by Jim Cowan
May 10th, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 5990

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

I’m with Roy in preferring a Cru based system.
That way there is room for more than just Cab. based wines. But his point about winemakers is well-taken, so maybe this exercise is best left to what sells best.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
April 19th, 2019, 11:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dig through this wine list challenge.
Replies: 41
Views: 1820

Re: Dig through this wine list challenge.

Turley, Cinsault Bechthold Vnyd. - $60. Overpriced but not stupidly so, reliable regardless of vintage (in case the list is inaccurate) and pairs with your proposed choices for food (it’s a lighter red). And damn good wine. If white is your choice, Pieropan, Soave Calvarino - $65. Overpriced but no...
by Jim Cowan
April 18th, 2019, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dig through this wine list challenge.
Replies: 41
Views: 1820

Re: Dig through this wine list challenge.

Turley, Cinsault Bechthold Vnyd. - $60. Overpriced but not stupidly so, reliable regardless of vintage (in case the list is inaccurate) and pairs with your proposed choices for food (it’s a lighter red). And damn good wine. If white is your choice, Pieropan, Soave Calvarino - $65. Overpriced but not...
by Jim Cowan
April 16th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thierry Allemand "Reynard" Cornas 2016
Replies: 53
Views: 4572

Re: Thierry Allemand "Reynard" Cornas 2016

Adrian,
FL until June and then back to the left coast. Come see us - either place.
Warm is nice.
Best, jim
by Jim Cowan
April 16th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thierry Allemand "Reynard" Cornas 2016
Replies: 53
Views: 4572

Re: Thierry Allemand "Reynard" Cornas 2016

Guys,
I just tried the 2014 Alain Verset, Cornas and it was only fair.
The one that was wonderful was the 2011.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
April 16th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 4-15-19
Replies: 16
Views: 1226

Re: Wine Impressions 4-15-19

At the Magnum party last week someone brought a Clouet Magnum and I easily preferred it to the 2009 Dom Perignon. It needs to have chill though. George, Was the mag party at GGYC? The Clouet Clos is expensive but most of his other Cuvées are pretty reasonably priced. A look on Wine-Searcher was enl...
by Jim Cowan
April 16th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thierry Allemand "Reynard" Cornas 2016
Replies: 53
Views: 4572

Re: Thierry Allemand "Reynard" Cornas 2016

Nick Gangas wrote:
April 16th, 2019, 9:20 am
Funny. Brought a mag of 12 Allemand Reynard to dinner the other night and the host was insisting that Alain Verset was just as good.
Nick,
“Just as good” is pretty subjective but the Verset is really good - give it a try if you haven’t already.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
April 15th, 2019, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thierry Allemand "Reynard" Cornas 2016
Replies: 53
Views: 4572

Re: Thierry Allemand "Reynard" Cornas 2016

Adrian,
A suggestion: buy 2011 Alain Verset (nephew of Noel) Cornas for under $50 and forget about that new Ferrari. ‘Stuff is the shit.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
April 15th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 4-15-19
Replies: 16
Views: 1226

Re: Wine Impressions 4-15-19

John,
What Mike said.
Some wines are not like the others - the 2004 La Tourtine is nearly bullet proof. And it’s Billie Holiday today. Hard to go wrong.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
April 15th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 4-15-19
Replies: 16
Views: 1226

Re: Wine Impressions 4-15-19

Markus S wrote:
April 15th, 2019, 7:18 am
That's a lot of chardonnay!
Yeah, it is.
Truth is, I love the grape but there are so few producers who I truly enjoy.
Mostly Chablis, some Jura and the occasional outlier from elsewhere. I’m just too picky.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
April 15th, 2019, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 4-15-19
Replies: 16
Views: 1226

Re: Wine Impressions 4-15-19

I’m surprised that you found the Ulysse Collins too sweet, as they tend to be very low dosages. I had looked forward to tasting these three side by side. And was disappointed. Not at all what I had read about and heard. The Clouet, OTOH, was completely unexpected and utterly sublime. Maybe my expec...
by Jim Cowan
April 15th, 2019, 5:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 4-15-19
Replies: 16
Views: 1226

Wine Impressions 4-15-19

Wine Impressions - 4-15-19 Bubbles: 2008 Andre Clouet, Champagne Le Clos (magnum) - fresh, balanced, crisp and deep. If more champagne tasted like this, I’d drink more champagne. Spectacular! N/V Ulysse Collin, Champagne Rose de Saignee - the best of the three Collin wines and quite acceptable but n...
by Jim Cowan
April 10th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 4-8-19
Replies: 19
Views: 1548

Re: Wine Impressions 4-8-19

Thanks for the notes, these are always very interesting. Am a bit more hopeful than you on the Balthazar Chaillot - I quite like that wine. Good to hear. I fear the company it kept may have influenced my assessment or maybe it’s just a matter of its youth. Aside from the Colombo, all of the Cornas ...
by Jim Cowan
April 10th, 2019, 2:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 4-8-19
Replies: 19
Views: 1548

Re: Wine Impressions 4-8-19

Ken, Steve, Mitch, Ky, Jeremy, Mark, Nicos, Jim and Mark,
You’re welcome.
Thanks for reading.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
April 9th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 4-8-19
Replies: 19
Views: 1548

Re: Wine Impressions 4-8-19

Mark,
Several days

Larry,
Some Brett just not the significant amounts I usually find in earlier Beaucastel. I am fairly sensitive to Brett but not hypersensitive so others may feel differently. Such a pleasure to write a note and not even have it come to mind.

Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
April 9th, 2019, 4:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 4-8-19
Replies: 19
Views: 1548

Re: Wine Impressions 4-8-19

Jim, An incredibly wide variety of wines indeed. Bummer about some of them, like the Bevan - would have thought that would not be tired yet . . . Were any of these tasted blind? Would be curious if your impressions of some of these wines would be the same or not. That Tahbilk sounds fascinating ind...
by Jim Cowan
April 8th, 2019, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 4-8-19
Replies: 19
Views: 1548

Wine Impressions 4-8-19

Wine Impressions - April 8, 2019 Rose: 2017 Domaines Ott, Clos Mireille - very brisk stuff; peppery, lovely aromatics, light and clear fruit but this is acidic - not so much that I didn’t enjoy it but zowie! Whites: 2017 Holger Koch, Grauburgunder - (Pinot Gris) brilliant acidity, the richness of th...
by Jim Cowan
April 3rd, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When’s the last time you cracked 12% in Cali?
Replies: 25
Views: 1423

Re: When’s the last time you cracked 12% in Cali?

It truly is becoming more common to see lighter style red wines under 12% and I have enjoyed quite a few of them. At the Rhone Rangers trade seminar last week in DC, Two Shepherds poured a Cinsault from Bechtold Vineyard that came in at about 11.5% Larry, what'd you think about the Two Shepherds? I...
by Jim Cowan
April 2nd, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When’s the last time you cracked 12% in Cali?
Replies: 25
Views: 1423

Re: When’s the last time you cracked 12% in Cali?

Russell Faulkner wrote:
April 2nd, 2019, 9:27 am
Enjoyed a Broc Happy Canyon last year.
That wine is joy in a bottle.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
March 15th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bevan Cellars Tasting Notes
Replies: 5
Views: 695

Re: Bevan Cellars Tasting Notes

Jay,
His Sauvignon Blanc is wonderful and certainly the best domestic version of that variety that I’ve had. And that is consistent over the vintages.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
March 3rd, 2019, 4:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions 3-1-19
Replies: 4
Views: 727

Re: Impressions 3-1-19

Thanks Rickie.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
March 2nd, 2019, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions 3-1-19
Replies: 4
Views: 727

Re: Impressions 3-1-19

2017 Edmunds St. John, Heart Of Gold - blend of Grenache Blanc and Vermentino; crisp, bright, flavorful and mouthwatering. Symbiotic with shrimp and rice. I know this feels differently from a southern Rhone, but I always get giggles when I see you liking a grenache blanc. Curiously; me too! Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
March 2nd, 2019, 3:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions 3-1-19
Replies: 4
Views: 727

Impressions 3-1-19

Wine Impressions - 3-1-19 Bubbles: N/V Dhondt-Grellet, Champagne Prestige du Moulin - electric aromatics, focused and crystalline in the mouth, fine bead and “present” on the finish. Delicious Blanc de Blancs. Whites: 2016 Louis Michel, Chablis Vaillons - still showing young and coiled but better th...
by Jim Cowan
February 13th, 2019, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Florida Quattro
Replies: 1
Views: 215

Re: Florida Quattro

Dan,
You get down here again, give me a shout. I’m in St. Pete, right across the bridge from Tampa.
BTW, did you get to Cru Cellars Wine Shop? If not, you should.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
February 5th, 2019, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP board member Lou Kessler
Replies: 24
Views: 2525

Re: RIP board member Lou Kessler

Only the rocks live forever.
Therefore it matters not how long we live but how.

To a guy who knew how.

Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
January 30th, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions 1-28-19
Replies: 13
Views: 1020

Re: Impressions 1-28-19

Onesta and Turley also produce out of that Cinsault vineyard and both do a good job. The Two Shepherds is very good, as well.
My fav is the Birichino but we're splitting hairs here.
The nice thing is that none of these wines are expensive so comparing for yourself is not daunting.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
January 30th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions 1-28-19
Replies: 13
Views: 1020

Re: Impressions 1-28-19

Thanks, gents.
I’m betting that Allemand will be fine with a little air.
Had the 2011 Alain Verset again last night and it was so very good.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
January 29th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions 1-28-19
Replies: 13
Views: 1020

Re: Impressions 1-28-19

Markus S wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 4:52 am
Jim Cowan wrote:
January 28th, 2019, 6:26 pm

1996 Lopez de Heredia, Blanco Vina Tondonia -....The old whites from this house are always instructive.
I sense more "respect" than love here....
You are quite perceptive (or you’ve been reading my notes too long). 😎
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
January 29th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions 1-28-19
Replies: 13
Views: 1020

Re: Impressions 1-28-19

Drew,
I used Trousseau only as a descriptor for my impression of the aromas and flavors.
I did not intend to say they were stylistically the same. If it came across that way, my bad.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
January 29th, 2019, 4:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions 1-28-19
Replies: 13
Views: 1020

Re: Impressions 1-28-19

Dennis,
I buy only a few of their wines - I think they’re all good but the Cinsault and Chenin I’ll spend for.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
January 28th, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions 1-28-19
Replies: 13
Views: 1020

Impressions 1-28-19

Wine Impressions - 1-28-19 Bubbles: 1984 Lauer, Sparkling Riesling - not my style but very much enjoyed by others. To me, it felt tired and aged without development. N/V Roederer, Brut - always reliable and always good. $20. Whites: 2015 Claude Branger, Muscadet Le Fils des Gran Moutons - brilliant;...

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