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by MitchTallan
August 1st, 2020, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!
Replies: 92
Views: 4097

Re: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!

Alfert, you sure have had quite the life of cataclysmic events-heart attack, bad bike crashes, Corona virus, creaming a deer with your Range Rover....
by MitchTallan
August 1st, 2020, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!
Replies: 92
Views: 4097

Re: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!

Tough to read. There should be no shame in getting it. There seems to be a common sentiment that those who contracted the virus failed to take proper precautions. That is simple fallacy. Rob and Brian-glad to hear you are both doing fairly well.
by MitchTallan
July 28th, 2020, 7:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is charcoal in short supply?
Replies: 23
Views: 573

Re: Is charcoal in short supply?

Big Green Egg brand is just Royal Oak, supposedly a slightly higher grade/sorted chunks. I can no longer finds BGE lump anywhere. I am told I need to wait until the distributor can get more from the manufacturer. I haven't looked for Royal Oak but it makes sense it is out of stock in certain locatio...
by MitchTallan
July 25th, 2020, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet spot for drinking Ridge Lytton Springs (in general)
Replies: 45
Views: 2053

Re: Sweet spot for drinking Ridge Lytton Springs (in general)

Mitch, I’m in the same boat. I also felt that Ridge was increasing new oak on this cuvee. I think 2012 was my last purchase. Sad considering I’ve been buying it for 20+ years, but as you note, Geezer is another level of wine. It's a sorry cliche but you me and Trimpi are triplets separated at birth...
by MitchTallan
July 25th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet spot for drinking Ridge Lytton Springs (in general)
Replies: 45
Views: 2053

Re: Sweet spot for drinking Ridge Lytton Springs (in general)

I've moved away from buying LS over the last several years though I did buy a token 6 of the '18 due to vintage. ... Has the 2018 Lytton Springs been released yet ? That's usually a Fall (September) release ... I was wrong. I went down to the cellar to check. I thought I had ordered 6 of each '18 b...
by MitchTallan
July 25th, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet spot for drinking Ridge Lytton Springs (in general)
Replies: 45
Views: 2053

Re: Sweet spot for drinking Ridge Lytton Springs (in general)

I've moved away from buying LS over the last several years though I did buy a token 6 of the '18 due to vintage. It tends to be a bit too fleshy for my taste, more often than not i get slight syrup notes out of it that I am sensitive to-much like Pagani-and it is less interesting to me now. Granted,...
by MitchTallan
July 21st, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The world's finest Hondarrabi Zuri is...
Replies: 6
Views: 456

Re: The world's finest Hondarrabi Zuri is...

The worlds best Falanghina is from....?
by MitchTallan
July 20th, 2020, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The World's finest Chardonnay is from ...
Replies: 104
Views: 3990

Re: The World's finest Chardonnay is from ...

Where does this end?
"The World's finest pinotage is from where"?
"The Worlds finest Egri Bikaver"?
by MitchTallan
July 19th, 2020, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The world's finest Grenache is from ...
Replies: 163
Views: 5602

Re: The world's finest Grenache is from ...

Grenache and pinot have many similarities. Both are inductive. They are both susceptible to sunburn and uneven ripening. They are both naturally prone to making aromatic and delicate wines. Neither "wants" to make a dense unctuous, cabernet-like wine. Just my opinion. I prefer delicate with flavors ...
by MitchTallan
July 19th, 2020, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The world's finest Grenache is from ...
Replies: 163
Views: 5602

Re: The world's finest Grenache is from ...

Noon Eclipse and Clarendon Hills Kangarilla.
Now that we have that straightened out, I have some for sale or trade so make me an offer. Please.
by MitchTallan
July 15th, 2020, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Goodfellow Heritage #4, and a few comments on a journey.
Replies: 26
Views: 1192

Re: Goodfellow Heritage #4, and a few comments on a journey.

This is a deja vu moment. Don Cornutt posted something similar not long ago. Huh. Maybe I should start buying. Nah, I better wait until someone who knows what they are talking about praises the wine.
by MitchTallan
July 15th, 2020, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you calculate your end of life when thinking about what to buy?
Replies: 50
Views: 2003

Re: Do you calculate your end of life when thinking about what to buy?

Did Victor put you up to this thread?
I am going to assume yes despite any denial that you might make.
by MitchTallan
July 13th, 2020, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1381
Views: 92109

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Btw, I am dumb. What I have is the '16, not the '14.
by MitchTallan
July 13th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1381
Views: 92109

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

NV Marguet Champagne Grand Cru Shaman 14 Rosé - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (7/4/2020) My last of three. Bit of a science experiment here as I want to keep tasting across the 2014 Marguet range. Disgorged September 2017, 67% Chard and 33% Pinot Noir. No dosage and no sulfur, farmed biody...
by MitchTallan
July 13th, 2020, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1381
Views: 92109

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

NV Marguet Champagne Grand Cru Shaman 14 Rosé - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (7/4/2020) My last of three. Bit of a science experiment here as I want to keep tasting across the 2014 Marguet range. Disgorged September 2017, 67% Chard and 33% Pinot Noir. No dosage and no sulfur, farmed biody...
by MitchTallan
July 5th, 2020, 12:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help me rub my butt
Replies: 17
Views: 793

Re: Help me rub my butt

My one-two on pork shoulder, ribs, and brisket is first to use Loot N Booty and then a finishing rub of Zero to Hero. I have tried just salt and pepper on brisket and it works. I have tried just S+P on ribs and pork (Boston) butt and I don't like the results. But so much depends on the type of smoke...
by MitchTallan
July 4th, 2020, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '18 Kelley Fox Barbie Pinot Blanc
Replies: 7
Views: 479

Re: TN: '18 Kelley Fox Barbie Pinot Blanc

I saved a good portion of the bottle, more than a third, for today. No cork or other closure whatsoever overnight. It is still powerfully aromatic but I am no longer getting consomme' and instead it seems to be all white flower and citrus. It has lost nothing on the palate but the finish is softer w...
by MitchTallan
July 3rd, 2020, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '18 Kelley Fox Barbie Pinot Blanc
Replies: 7
Views: 479

TN: '18 Kelley Fox Barbie Pinot Blanc

Light gold, herbal sage like nose with lemon and bizarrely enough something like consomme', delicate entry but then medium bodied plus on the finish, with a dry extract finish, this is exotic, regal, majestic, etherial, not-to-be-missed stuff.
by MitchTallan
July 3rd, 2020, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Lafleur, opinion please.
Replies: 32
Views: 1717

Re: 2019 Lafleur, opinion please.

I suppose I could try to some research on Jeff Leve's Board or similar, but I always wonder how the tiny producers like Lafleur can afford modern winemaking equipment, testing, bottling, vineyard management, you name it. Until recently, recent meaning last year, the cellars at Lafleur were quite pr...
by MitchTallan
July 3rd, 2020, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Lafleur, opinion please.
Replies: 32
Views: 1717

Re: 2019 Lafleur, opinion please.

William Kelley wrote:
July 3rd, 2020, 10:46 am
MitchTallan wrote:
July 3rd, 2020, 9:10 am
I think of Certain de May with it's history of two old ladies owning the tiny winery and it's historic underperformance.
Which two old ladies were those?
The DeMay sisters. 1920's. Look it up.
by MitchTallan
July 3rd, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Lafleur, opinion please.
Replies: 32
Views: 1717

Re: 2019 Lafleur, opinion please.

I suppose I could try to some research on Jeff Leve's Board or similar, but I always wonder how the tiny producers like Lafleur can afford modern winemaking equipment, testing, bottling, vineyard management, you name it. No doubt this plays somewhat into the steep price but it cuts both ways-who wan...
by MitchTallan
July 3rd, 2020, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Lava VINE Petite Sirah
Replies: 15
Views: 382

Re: 2014 Lava VINE Petite Sirah

Thanks Tom.
by MitchTallan
July 2nd, 2020, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?
Replies: 41
Views: 4841

Re: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?

Mitch, I agree that $100 is a lot of money to spend on a bottle,especially for us on social security. The track record argument is entertaining but complicated. As we see on the 'tobacco and cigar box' thread. wineries in Bordeaux have changed their winemaking techniques radically over the past thi...
by MitchTallan
July 2nd, 2020, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Lava VINE Petite Sirah
Replies: 15
Views: 382

Re: 2014 Lava VINE Petite Sirah

Dan-I am brutish at making people look bad, one of my many shortcomings. I rather boorishly corrected Tom Hill about Benito Dusi having passed when I should have just shot him a PM rather than embarrass him publicly. Tom-if you read this please forgive me. Markus-I would say that Thackrey's Rossi vi...
by MitchTallan
July 2nd, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Lava VINE Petite Sirah
Replies: 15
Views: 382

Re: 2014 Lava Rock Petite Sirah

If Lava Cap, I used to buy them. They don't get any better with ten or even fifteen years. My personal op is that it is mostly a matter of clones. Get the right ones and a Napa pet has a decent chance of being a wine that evolves a bit with age. 96.3% of the pet vineyards just don't have the better ...
by MitchTallan
July 2nd, 2020, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Lava VINE Petite Sirah
Replies: 15
Views: 382

Re: 2014 Lava Rock Petite Sirah

Dan, are you referring to Lava Cap?
by MitchTallan
July 2nd, 2020, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?
Replies: 41
Views: 4841

Re: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?

Regardless of what one thinks about KB and its changes over the recent past, $120 for a prestige Napa Cab would be a bargain. Those wines start at $200. Funny, I remember Barbara Winiarski telling me--this was around 1974-- that Joe Heitz was her hero because he showed you could sell Napa Cab for m...
by MitchTallan
June 30th, 2020, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RJV Wines?
Replies: 2
Views: 278

RJV Wines?

Anyone ever heard of this wine? http://www.rjvwines.com/our-story The owner, Robert Nowinski was an orthopedic surgeon here in Columbus. I had no idea he owned a winery or label (I suspect the latter) until he died unexpectedly last week and his Obit mentioned his wine. https://obits.cleveland.com/o...
by MitchTallan
June 30th, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Cuvée J (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 17
Views: 838

Re: TN: 1999 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Cuvée J (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

Great note and thread. Evesham Wood is the formative producer for me as well, good to know you were there in ‘02 Marcus. I was happy to find some ‘02 Le Puits Sec and Cuvee J last year on winebid. But the ‘99 Seven Springs is the all timer for me, as a wine but also as a memory of my dad. He and I ...
by MitchTallan
June 29th, 2020, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 967
Views: 56484

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Pricing certainly feels attractive, and I did buy a very small amount. But I also perceive (rightly or wrongly, the data isn’t really available) that the market is being manipulated in tried and true Bordeaux fashion. Yes stuff is selling out, but on what kind of quantity? It seems that a few dozen...
by MitchTallan
June 26th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1445
Views: 82234

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Why is this thread still going strong? When I think of pizza I think of the single easiest and most amorphous dish known to mankind, followed closely by breakfast hash. Chicago style, super thin and crispy, NYC wood fired oven, hell it is pretty bloody hard to make a bad pizza. A little known musici...
by MitchTallan
June 26th, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Magdelaine (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Replies: 17
Views: 599

Re: TN: 2000 Château Magdelaine (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)

I have found the 2000 Magdelaine a bit mercurial. I’ve had 3 bottles in the past year. One showed beautifully, then 2 from an OWC from the UK, was a baby, still sorta closed. I’m erring on the side of giving them more time at this point. Felt what way about a recent 1995 as well. The 1980s are glor...
by MitchTallan
June 23rd, 2020, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Am I Pinot'd out?
Replies: 92
Views: 4728

Re: Am I Pinot'd out?

Many years ago I was hanging out with some guys from Indianapolis, including a Mentsa type and a member of the Wine Envy Elite (whatever happened to Wine Envy?-I tried going to their site and I gather they are gone) who saw several bottles of pinot from the likes of ABC, Talley, and Brewer-Clifton o...
by MitchTallan
June 22nd, 2020, 5:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: BBQ Short Ribs for Dummies...
Replies: 21
Views: 1224

Re: BBQ Short Ribs for Dummies...

So Buzz, I gotta say that your result looks amazing. But, I am not clear on what you ended up using to smoke the short ribs. Can you specify what this allegedly sub-optimal piece of smoking apparatus you used actually was, good sir?
by MitchTallan
June 22nd, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19506

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

I boycott every winery in Sonoma because I am sick of seeing a sticky about tips on visiting Sonoma on this Board. What makes Sonoma so important of all the winemaking regions in the World? Why not Mendocino or Central Coast or Temecula? Temecula needs all the visitors they can get. The other sticki...
by MitchTallan
June 22nd, 2020, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1975 Ducru-Beaucaillou⁣
Replies: 22
Views: 855

Re: 1975 Ducru-Beaucaillou⁣

Like '66 and '70, '75 was heralded mainly because so many years between '61 and '82 sucked. It is hard for younger wine enthusiasts to grasp what it was like back then because as I have stated elsewhere, between global warming and modern wine making methods, such long bad luck streaks just don't see...
by MitchTallan
June 21st, 2020, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 967
Views: 56484

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Calon Segur was the wine that made a lightbulb go off in my head. It was in 1977 or so, and we Daytonians (OH) were visiting my dad's brother in Plainfield NJ. I have had a soft-spot for Calon ever since and yes, it has gone through a staggering amount of stylistic changes over the years. "Stylistic...
by MitchTallan
June 19th, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 967
Views: 56484

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

The hierarchy doesn't change much from year to year. The list of the best 2019s is going to look a lot like the list of the best 2016s, and it's even going to look a lot like the list of the best in 1855. You don't need anybody's points to tell you that Ducru, the Pichons, Cos, and Montrose are goi...
by MitchTallan
June 18th, 2020, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?
Replies: 164
Views: 5521

Re: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?

Please forgive the thread drift but way back in the WCWN days there used to be a regular named Bill Paumen who went by "Redwinger" and who lived in Carmel (fancy name for Indy) at the time, and he somehow found a stache of off-year Chave Hermitage Rouge and Blanc (1984 maybe?) that the shop owner d...
by MitchTallan
June 18th, 2020, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 967
Views: 56484

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Here is my last message to Michael Peltier at Millesima;
Michael;
I would be most humbled if you would please put me on “ignore” so that I can be saved from myself buying any more 2019 EP’s 😊
by MitchTallan
June 18th, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?
Replies: 164
Views: 5521

Re: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?

Who the heck calls those 'great' in the first place?? I’ve had a few with significant age that were stupendous. Gerard and a Jean-Louis did a dinner with Daniel Johnnes in NY in the late 90s where they brought whites and reds back to the 60s. I preferred the whites. Had the '90 thanks to a generous...
by MitchTallan
June 18th, 2020, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 967
Views: 56484

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Good for you. I have not bought so many futures since the '82's. I am in way too deep. [rofl.gif] What's the damage since this post? https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=3007271#p3007271 Mitch is a true crit racer. In or out, win or crash. There is no middle. Mediocrity is the kiss ...
by MitchTallan
June 18th, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 967
Views: 56484

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

I’m a bit jelly, Neal. The heart wants in, the brain says no! Good for you. I have not bought so many futures since the '82's. I am in way too deep. [rofl.gif] What's the damage since this post? https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=3007271#p3007271 Too extensive for me to talk about...
by MitchTallan
June 18th, 2020, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 967
Views: 56484

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
June 18th, 2020, 6:51 am
I’m a bit jelly, Neal. The heart wants in, the brain says no!
Good for you. I have not bought so many futures since the '82's. I am in way too deep.
by MitchTallan
June 15th, 2020, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Little Help Willamette Pinot?!?!
Replies: 23
Views: 1150

Re: A Little Help Willamette Pinot?!?!

Geez. I wish I had never bought any '08 and I have a boatload. Not crazy about '06 either. '99, Ought two, four, five, seven, nine, and ten are better food wines. Just my humble. You're going to want a magnum I think from a good producer. There are too many to list. The trick will be procurement. Va...
by MitchTallan
June 15th, 2020, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 967
Views: 56484

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

These futures will not be delivered for another 2 years. Has anyone considered some of us may not be here if COVID comes back with a vengeance this fall? Is that what you're going to be thinking about on your death bed - that you oversubscribed to 2019 BDX futures? On my death bed I will write out ...
by MitchTallan
June 14th, 2020, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Keller Silliness
Replies: 147
Views: 6361

Re: Keller Silliness

This to me is a great thread just for the sociologic aspects of wine consumerism. I have no stick in this fire: I have never, thankfully, been bitten by the German or Austrian riesling bug. I have some in my cellar and I like them. The proverbial light bulb neurotransmitter never got tripped in my n...
by MitchTallan
June 11th, 2020, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 967
Views: 56484

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

After buying little or no Bordeaux since the 2000's, I have gone on quite the splurge for me, all things being relative. It started with Mark Golodetz helping me out on sourcing some '16 VCC (Thanks Mark!!!) Then it became 6 bottles of '18 Calon Segur from the same source to round my order to a case...
by MitchTallan
June 4th, 2020, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir House Block Whistling Ridge Vineyard
Replies: 8
Views: 588

Re: TN: 2017 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir House Block Whistling Ridge Vineyard

When Don Cornutt says this kind of thing about a domestic pinot people are gonna listen! Wow. I am always happy to be corroborated. Congrats Marcus.
by MitchTallan
June 3rd, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar
Replies: 217
Views: 9085

Re: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar

So Mark, care to share your best bets on obtaining '14 VCC at a good price?

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