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by Kris Patten
January 19th, 2021, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy
Replies: 82
Views: 2728

Re: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy

My suggestion is to put aside two sets of wines. One set is a gift to give them and they can do what they want with it-sell it if it makes sense for them. One set is wines you can drink with them when they and you are older. I would choose wines from a variety of classic regions that could age base...
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 9:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mangalitsa boneless strip loin
Replies: 3
Views: 335

Re: Mangalitsa boneless strip loin

Where'd the meat come from?
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Venison Wellington food pairing...
Replies: 21
Views: 647

Re: Venison Wellington food pairing...

Cornas came to mind or Hermitage.
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Cuvée Marcel Lapierre - WOW
Replies: 9
Views: 485

Re: TN: 2014 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Cuvée Marcel Lapierre - WOW

Awesome note. I wish I had 50 cases of Cru Bojo in my cellar....maybe 100.
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WB 'Wine Rules' To Consider
Replies: 25
Views: 1459

Re: WB 'Wine Rules' To Consider

Michael Martin wrote: January 18th, 2021, 4:54 pm Wines not from CA, OR or WA can’t be good.
Is that a double negative....so a positive?
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WB 'Wine Rules' To Consider
Replies: 25
Views: 1459

Re: WB 'Wine Rules' To Consider

My favorite that I see people post on is "drinking corked wine is okay, and you can sense the quality thru the TCA."

I have never once found that to be the case.
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Corton so inexpensive?
Replies: 24
Views: 2089

Re: Why is Corton so inexpensive?

DRC farmed the vineyard before just taking over and producing their first vintage the first year they farmed it. Tried the inaugural vintage and a couple more.....it has always been an outstanding Corton as DRC is excellent at tannin management and their viticulture practices produces ripe fruit tha...
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy
Replies: 82
Views: 2728

Re: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy

My process has been to buy reds in magnum, German Riesling and Huet Vouvrays in 750ml and then 3 bottles of Sauternes.
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: Top vintage for red Bordeaux 1980 - 1999
Replies: 30
Views: 1221

Re: Top vintage for red Bordeaux 1980 - 1999

Had to vote 1989 as I have very little experience with 1982, and i prefer the structure in 1989 vs. 1990.
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for Bordeaux Lovers
Replies: 46
Views: 1737

Re: Question for Bordeaux Lovers

Totally agree, but it is one way to see what might be considered consistent wines rather than just "the best" Bordeaux. Also, if you include the idea of QPR, I think being forced to give one per level is an exercise that would help me (and others hopefully) notice certain producers that h...
by Kris Patten
January 17th, 2021, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for Bordeaux Lovers
Replies: 46
Views: 1737

Re: Question for Bordeaux Lovers

First growth is hard to pin down (Latour doesn’t offer EP any longer) - most consistent IMHO is Lafite Rothschild 2nd. Leoville Barton or Poyferre depending on what style you prefer (Poyferre is more austere) 3rd. Giscours offers good value as well as Kirwan (Have a soft spot for Margaux that punch...
by Kris Patten
January 17th, 2021, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not much Australia talk here...
Replies: 63
Views: 2636

Re: Not much Australia talk here...

Eurocentric site. Plenty of info here from knowledgeable Aussie fans that live in Australia.

Hunter Sems, Margaret River, Barossa, Coonawarra, and McClaren Vale all get a bit of play.

Just ask.
by Kris Patten
January 17th, 2021, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for Bordeaux Lovers
Replies: 46
Views: 1737

Re: Question for Bordeaux Lovers

Haut Brion
Pichon Baron
Palmer, but way too expensive, so d'Issan
Talbot
Pontet Canet or Lynch Bages
by Kris Patten
January 17th, 2021, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best pairings
Replies: 76
Views: 2513

Re: best pairings

Tomas,

If the store cannot help you how do you know your soak is long enough? Taste it? If it were to take 4 days how often do you change the water, daily, 2x a day?
by Kris Patten
January 17th, 2021, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN : 2018 Bouland Chiroubles "Chantenay"
Replies: 1
Views: 149

Re: TN : 2018 Bouland Chiroubles "Chantenay"

Cru Beaujolais is probably the greatest red wine region on earth to find your favorite producers, buy every year, and enjoy a peek into the vintage that is captured in every bottle, while not breaking the bank, and knowing quality will always be there. 17s and 18s have been delicious with more than ...
by Kris Patten
January 17th, 2021, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Chateau La Providence, Pomerol
Replies: 7
Views: 240

Re: TN: 2011 Chateau La Providence, Pomerol

Mattstolz wrote: January 17th, 2021, 6:58 am ive seen these offers come through quite a bit in the last 6 months. ill have to pull the trigger on the next one.
All that closed out or discounted stock Stateside is long gone. Had the chance to take a few chunks of inventory when they were first offered to distributors.
by Kris Patten
January 17th, 2021, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 7
Views: 396

Re: TN: 1989 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Nice note...still have a single of this. Not sure if I am more impressed with note on wine or that you've had 10 WOTY candidates 17 days into the year!
by Kris Patten
January 16th, 2021, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best pairings
Replies: 76
Views: 2513

Re: best pairings

Sushi and Sauvignon Blanc BBQ and Zinfandel Salmon and Pinot noir Nicely charred steak with Cabernet Sauvignon Champagne with anything And of course the classic as said foie gras and sauternes Maybe due to PNW salmon being so fatty I don't find Pinot to be as good pairing of a pairing as Bordeaux o...
by Kris Patten
January 16th, 2021, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best pairings
Replies: 76
Views: 2513

Re: best pairings

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: January 16th, 2021, 3:39 pm Sushi and CdP, but only en magnum
In all seriousness I like CdP with salmon, tuna, and eel.
by Kris Patten
January 16th, 2021, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best pairings
Replies: 76
Views: 2513

Re: best pairings

Roast chicken and Chinon
Champagne and potato chips/popcorn
Burger and Napa Cab
Duck and Bordeaux
Dry-aged beef and aged Auslese
by Kris Patten
January 16th, 2021, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: American CdP
Replies: 19
Views: 478

Re: American CdP

For WA give the following a try...

Betz Besoleil
K Vintners The Boy
K Vintners Charlotte
Orr
Owen Roe Sinister Hand
Force Majeur Parvata
B. Leighton Gratitude
Kevin White Fraternite

Won't break bank either.
by Kris Patten
January 16th, 2021, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Tercero Mourvèdre Larner Vineyard
Replies: 5
Views: 330

Re: TN: 2013 Tercero Mourvèdre Larner Vineyard

2013 Tercero Mourvèdre Larner Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Ballard Canyon (1/13/2021) Can you really say "popped and poured" when the wine is under screw cap? Well anyway, I opened the bottle, and started in. I was immediately struck by a lighter, more delineated expression ...
by Kris Patten
January 14th, 2021, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 339
Views: 24041

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

Can't find the original thread, but props to Woodland Hills for delivering on the $125/btl 08 Comtes offer from November 2019. I never feared I'd be out the money, but when I saw the wholesale prices here & overseas, I estimated my chance of actually receiving the wine at the pre-arrival price ...
by Kris Patten
January 12th, 2021, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
Replies: 10
Views: 552

Re: TN: 1998 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion

I love this wine, its launch into the price stratosphere has been disappointing, albeit well deserved.
by Kris Patten
January 12th, 2021, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few good sips: fizz and burgs
Replies: 8
Views: 1075

Re: A few good sips: fizz and burgs

Thanks Kris. I wouldn't lump Dugat-Py into the modern camp. Serious vine age, extremely low yields, long elevage and wines that are absolutely built for the cellar. I definitely flipped on my incorrect assumption. That and you just don't see them where I live so never really got to test my assumpti...
by Kris Patten
January 12th, 2021, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Getting ready for Pouilly-Fuissé
Replies: 14
Views: 1151

Re: Getting ready for Pouilly-Fuissé

One of the big challenges faced in the US is getting out of the rut of discussing region and the historical Chardonnay hierarchy, it's less relevant today than ever, and discuss the quality of what is in the bottle. Great Chardonnay is just that, great Chardonnay. The diatribe that it is from Macon ...
by Kris Patten
January 11th, 2021, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few good sips: fizz and burgs
Replies: 8
Views: 1075

Re: A few good sips: fizz and burgs

RyanC wrote: January 9th, 2021, 12:20 pm Nice! Dugat-Py has become underrated.
I think I lumped Dugat-Py with Claude Dugat, Dominique Laurent, Perrot-Minot and a few others accused of being modern Burgundy.
by Kris Patten
January 11th, 2021, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel
Replies: 15
Views: 993

Re: TN: 2016 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

B. Buzzini wrote: January 10th, 2021, 9:23 pm
Kris Patten wrote: January 10th, 2021, 8:26 am I forget how much I love this wine....ages well too.
Don’t know why...but I have a lone bottle of 89? Wonder how it compares to the legend big bro?
I think I have 1 1989 big bro left. If you make it north and it's still around bring the baby and I'll RIP it open.
by Kris Patten
January 11th, 2021, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 26
Views: 1758

Re: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs

I'm no scientist, but I found that leaving the stopper off (or loose) left me with more bubbles in the wine at the end of the day than if I sealed it tight and then released it at each account. Maybe the pressurization and subsequent release is worse for the wine than just a slow, natural release? ...
by Kris Patten
January 11th, 2021, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 26
Views: 1758

Re: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs

Day 3 and the fizz finally fizzled and left me with essentially a still Chardonnay. I never found the brioche or cream notes some have mentioned, too young of a wine IMO to develop those notes. It's definitely a high acid wine with lots of citrus and spice, while I am glad it tried it, will bury the...
by Kris Patten
January 10th, 2021, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 26
Views: 1758

Re: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs

Thanks for the note. I'm not a big champagne guy but I bought a couple of these to sock away. As I am innocent in the ways of champagne, I had imagined that it goes flattish if you leave it open for hours. Not so? How long can excellent champagne stay open before tragedy like that strikes? This win...
by Kris Patten
January 10th, 2021, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 26
Views: 1758

Re: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs

Thanks for the note. I'm not a big champagne guy but I bought a couple of these to sock away. As I am innocent in the ways of champagne, I had imagined that it goes flattish if you leave it open for hours. Not so? How long can excellent champagne stay open before tragedy like that strikes? Will let...
by Kris Patten
January 10th, 2021, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel
Replies: 15
Views: 993

Re: TN: 2016 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

I forget how much I love this wine....ages well too.
by Kris Patten
January 9th, 2021, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 26
Views: 1758

TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs

Finally grabbed a case after talking about it and price for so long in other thread. Will follow it for a couple days but day 1 is over so notes below. Opened at 10am, followed for 10 hours. On opening very primary with notes of lemon and green apples back in fridge to revisit with some air. After 5...
by Kris Patten
January 9th, 2021, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Volpaia Chianti Classico
Replies: 13
Views: 864

Re: TN: 2015 Volpaia Chianti Classico

CC all day while your Riservas age.
by Kris Patten
January 9th, 2021, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few good sips: fizz and burgs
Replies: 8
Views: 1075

Re: A few good sips: fizz and burgs

Yes, great sounding wines from such a humble store. I don't know Martenot so well, but Tillers is a good vineyard. Javillier has a big holding and makes good wines that cost peanuts if you buy them in Burgundy. They even have a shop in the centre of the village where you can taste and buy wines as ...
by Kris Patten
January 9th, 2021, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Date Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 2562

Re: First Date Wines

I've done it a few times, if a girl said she was interested in wine, but never with any kind of lecture and certainly never with any kind of thought as to what the score of the wine is. Usually it's something that's going to be interesting enough not to annoy a somm but not interesting to detract f...
by Kris Patten
January 8th, 2021, 9:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few good sips: fizz and burgs
Replies: 8
Views: 1075

Re: A few good sips: fizz and burgs

James Billy wrote: January 5th, 2021, 11:58 pm Very cooperative wines!
When you are expecting Barefoot and grocery store brands, walking in and seeing a legitimate wine shop was.....shocking. The Les Tillets was unreal, especially as Roulot's plot is fallow.
by Kris Patten
January 8th, 2021, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau Meyney 1989
Replies: 6
Views: 617

Re: TN: Chateau Meyney 1989

Great value....85, 86, 88, 89, 90, 95-96, 98-2019.
by Kris Patten
January 8th, 2021, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Lafon Volnay Clos des Chenes
Replies: 1
Views: 299

Re: 2013 Lafon Volnay Clos des Chenes

I recall buying a 1996 of this off a list at Salish Lodge in WA and expecting Lafarge type fireworks. Oddly Lafon reds feel a bit clunky to me. Few producers who cross over as a master with one grape tend to be a master of both and tend to have a sense of chunkiness to me....Dujac with whites like M...
by Kris Patten
January 8th, 2021, 9:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm
Replies: 14
Views: 1061

Re: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

2 for 2. Dead Arm is my favorite Aussie Shiraz. Although I have never found it overripe or overbearing it always has a good stripe of acidity to keep it fresh.

Oldest I've had is 1995, even the Parker favorite 2001 was a gem in a world of ooze monsters.
by Kris Patten
January 8th, 2021, 8:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4089
Views: 429691

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

November 29th Mystery Burg is 2018 Domaine Poulleau Pere & Fils Bourgogne Rouge. Bought one to see what could possibly be $20 hoping for some village Burg. Drank it. Good wine for $20.
by Kris Patten
January 8th, 2021, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 6
Views: 367

Re: TN: 1995 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Likely my favorite property on Left Bank. Performs every year regardless of vintage. Love the trio of 1988-1990. Lynch-Bages a close 2nd. Absolutely onAgree on PB and LB. but boy have prices skyrocketed I talk myself into it since I don't enjoy Mouton or Lafite much more than those 2 and they are a...
by Kris Patten
January 8th, 2021, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 6
Views: 367

Re: TN: 1995 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Likely my favorite property on Left Bank. Performs every year regardless of vintage. Love the trio of 1988-1990. Lynch-Bages a close 2nd.
by Kris Patten
January 8th, 2021, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Date Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 2562

Re: First Date Wines

For a fun topic, I'm curious to hear stories (The good, bad, and ugly) about wines you've bought or brought on a first date. I recently had what I thought was a promising first date and decided to bring a $300 bottle of 05 Alban Lorraine (100 points). My thought was, if this works out, what a great...
by Kris Patten
January 8th, 2021, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 339
Views: 24041

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

Opening one this weekend after grabbing some finally. Will post a note. Hoping I can shame Warren into opening one too.
by Kris Patten
January 7th, 2021, 5:54 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What's Your Whisk(e)y ABV Sweet Spot?
Replies: 25
Views: 709

Re: What's Your Whisk(e)y ABV Sweet Spot?

I'm probably in the minority in that I almost never water back whisky. If I don't like it at cask strength, I just don't buy it again. Of course I do often add just a couple of drops to help it bloom and open. That's just personal preference. I got used to whisky that way. The only time I ever wate...
by Kris Patten
January 7th, 2021, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2220
Views: 305176

Re: Official Costco Thread

John McDermott wrote: January 7th, 2021, 5:13 pm Anyone have experience with the Kirkland XO Cognac? Saw it as I was ordering groceries the other day and piqued my interest.
Never had it, but Cognac and especially XO isn't something I am value shopping for with a PL vs. a known brand.
by Kris Patten
January 7th, 2021, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Anniversary Release
Replies: 22
Views: 812

Re: TN: 1997 La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon Anniversary Release

I have a chance to buy 1993 or 1996, the former significantly cheaper. So you think, I should go with 1993? Buy both and log the price as the average! Unfortunately I do not have enough money for both, I was thinking that it is better to pay premium for 1996 but you wrote that wines from period 199...
by Kris Patten
January 6th, 2021, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 339
Views: 24041

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

S. Tollens wrote: January 5th, 2021, 6:12 am Do these still come in the nice OWC if you buy 6 or 12? Similar to the 2006?
If OWC = Original White Cardboard.....yes!

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