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by John Morris
January 26th, 2021, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rigorous food-wine pairing
Replies: 1
Views: 201

Rigorous food-wine pairing

From the New York Review of Books article about Mank, a movie about the screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz.
by John Morris
January 26th, 2021, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shakeup at Ridge
Replies: 23
Views: 4385

Re: My Thoughts...

Is it possible that he did not leave voluntarily? Hard to see why one would leave Ridge voluntarily unless he gets an equity stake in his new venture. If he really wanted to make Napa Cab, why not get get Ridge to buy Napa grapes. Geez, how many years do you want to make the same wines? Lawyers are...
by John Morris
January 26th, 2021, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storing wine in a passive cellar
Replies: 42
Views: 1874

Re: Storing wine in a passive cellar

In case it wasn’t a typo, I think Brent meant to write north, not south. Yes. I assumed that was what he meant by south- facing . Isn’t south-facing still the south wall? You want the north side of the room to minimize solar heating. Well, the inward side -- the one you see -- of the north wall fac...
by John Morris
January 26th, 2021, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storing wine in a passive cellar
Replies: 42
Views: 1874

Re: Storing wine in a passive cellar

Toby, Your biggest concern in the garage would probably be the physical location of the bottles-you probably would want to try to put them near the south facing wall to minimize any additional solar heat the boxes could absorb through the walls during summer. Got it, will keep in mind, thanks Brent...
by John Morris
January 26th, 2021, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time a red needs to decant vs "ready to drink"
Replies: 9
Views: 667

Re: Time a red needs to decant vs "ready to drink"

Quite often, decanting past that initial burst of air, can actually detract. I had that exact thing happen the other day with the amazing Arnot-Roberts Syrah. I decanted it, but as usual, I sneak a glass immediately out of the decanter. It was just perfect - nervy, young, full of fruit. Amazing. Af...
by John Morris
January 25th, 2021, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time a red needs to decant vs "ready to drink"
Replies: 9
Views: 667

Re: Time a red needs to decant vs "ready to drink"

So I understand all wines are different, and everyone's taste is subjective, but in general, would you say that the time a wine needs to decant to be drinkable is an indicator of having hit the right aging? So the reason I bring this up is the last couple bottles I've opened have needed to sit for ...
by John Morris
January 25th, 2021, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storing wine in a passive cellar
Replies: 42
Views: 1874

Re: Storing wine in a passive cellar

Thanks for posting, I had a very similar Q as I have a garage that ranges from say 45 at worst during winter to maybe low 60s at worst in summer. Was going to use it to keep some overflow wine (from my Artevinos) that isn't going to be aged more than a few years at most. Sounds like that's perfectl...
by John Morris
January 25th, 2021, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storing wine in a passive cellar
Replies: 42
Views: 1874

Re: Storing wine in a passive cellar

That sounds fine, and very much in line with my passive cellar in the Catskill Mountains in NY. Mine is a bit cooler at points in winter (down to low 50Fs) and tops out around 67/68 for a couple of months in summer. I stored wine in an uninsulated basement storeroom in San Francisco in the 1980s and...
by John Morris
January 25th, 2021, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off Site Storage in NYC area
Replies: 1
Views: 205

Re: Off Site Storage in NYC area

If you search on Sokolin, I think you'll find prior threads on this. There are a number of discussions of the topic.
by John Morris
January 22nd, 2021, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Found the perfect wine for Neal Mollen
Replies: 12
Views: 1383

Re: Found the perfect wine for Neal Mollen

Robert M yers wrote: January 22nd, 2021, 4:04 pm I remember seeing a big score for the wine from Spectator I think? Stuck in my head because of course it Really surprised me that it wasn’t a gimmick. We need a musical themed TN.
Big score in WS ∴ not a gimmick?
by John Morris
January 22nd, 2021, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Proof that coravin does not corrupt
Replies: 39
Views: 1842

Re: Proof that coravin does not corrupt

I have always had just a sliver of doubt as to whether a wine bottle that has been coravined might be affected negatively in some way...especially when a significant portion is taken. I don't have any justification for this doubt, but just wonder if all that space in the bottle is really gas and th...
by John Morris
January 20th, 2021, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not much Australia talk here...
Replies: 88
Views: 4351

Re: Not much Australia talk here...

From just a casual observation, I think there is a huge shift in winemaking in Australia going on now, just like there is here in California. Back to elegance and simplicity. This is definitely the case. Right now, there is a groundswell of small producers who are basically starting from scratch in...
by John Morris
January 19th, 2021, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Corton so inexpensive?
Replies: 24
Views: 2230

Re: Why is Corton so inexpensive?

What parts of Corton should be grand cru and what parts premier cru? https://yourwineiq.com/kindsofwine/winebyregion/europe/france/burgundy/cotedebeaune/cortonareas/corton.html I am thinking Le Corton, Clos du Roi and Bressandes would be Grand Crus and probably Pougets, Renardes and Clos des Corton...
by John Morris
January 19th, 2021, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
Replies: 137
Views: 15097

Re: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

Bottle King in NJ, which had it for $35, has moved on to the 2017.
by John Morris
January 17th, 2021, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best pairings
Replies: 83
Views: 3317

Re: best pairings

Kris Patten wrote: January 16th, 2021, 3:34 pm Roast chicken and Chinon
Actually, roast chicken is great with almost any red!
by John Morris
January 16th, 2021, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best pairings
Replies: 83
Views: 3317

Re: best pairings

Smoked fish with Kabinett or Spatlese riesling.
by John Morris
January 15th, 2021, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pet annoyance with all the waiting list wineries.
Replies: 32
Views: 2879

Re: Pet annoyance with all the waiting list wineries.

Con grano salis rant on: Why is it that every single tryna-be-exclusive waiting list/members list winery never have their wines on their website? It's always "join our mailing list" and zero info about their cuvees (except some gobbledygook about terroir, of course - that's always there),...
by John Morris
January 15th, 2021, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("a little thunder of volatility in the tannins")
Replies: 1396
Views: 66911

Re: It's critic bingo! ("a little thunder of volatility in the tannins")

Why do I feel that Mr. Galloni is consumed by the geometry of the cosmos, or at least of wine? We had a wine whose "aromatic reach is three-dimensional with width, height and depth" , one that was "totally spherical in its expression of black fruit" , and another that "exude...
by John Morris
January 15th, 2021, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any insights on Marine Layer from Sonoma?
Replies: 10
Views: 754

Re: Any insights on Marine Layer from Sonoma?

Thanks for the clarification.

How would you compare them to Ramey, which is definitely Californian but. for my tastes, nicely balanced.

And while we're at it, what's classic for California pinot? Ripe Russian River Valley? Littorai? Rhys?
by John Morris
January 15th, 2021, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any insights on Marine Layer from Sonoma?
Replies: 10
Views: 754

Re: Any insights on Marine Layer from Sonoma?

They're very good, classically styled , vineyard-specific Sonoma wines. It's like a high-end project from the folks who started Banshee Wines. The vineyard sources are really exceptional in my opinion, with the majority being stuff out toward the coast. How do you mean "classically styled"...
by John Morris
January 15th, 2021, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPDATE: Auction purchase - wine beyond damaged
Replies: 65
Views: 4308

Re: Auction purchase - wine beyond damaged

Me too. I almost wrote that earlier. But i still think it’s not a good sign. I think Jordan is interpreting you to say this was a bad sign for Barolo. But what you're saying is that it's OK for Barolo (because nebbiolo isn't heavily pigmented), but other old wines should not look like Barolo. No. I...
by John Morris
January 15th, 2021, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPDATE: Auction purchase - wine beyond damaged
Replies: 65
Views: 4308

Re: Auction purchase - wine beyond damaged

I’ve bought old Barolo at auction and retail with this tawny color. Not a good sign. I have purchased old Barolo at auction and it was this color and it was excellent. Me too. I almost wrote that earlier. But i still think it’s not a good sign. I think Jordan is interpreting you to say this was a b...
by John Morris
January 14th, 2021, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Notes (added Vajra Barolo Ravera & Coste di Rose)
Replies: 136
Views: 12393

Re: 2016 Barolo Notes (added Vajra Barolo Ravera & Coste di Rose)

Thanks everyone for organizing these great notes! I'm newish to piedmont wines, and I'd like to compare a few entry level 2016 barolos of different styles. Are there any 2016s that have stood out to you as being the most intensely floral on the nose? From the comments it sounds like potential conte...
by John Morris
January 13th, 2021, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finally, a serious travel shock study!
Replies: 14
Views: 1421

Re: Finally, a serious travel shock study!

If i got my physics right, time is technically slower at those orbiting speeds, so the wine should taste younger to discerned drinkers like James Suckling. And a younger 100 point score is a better 100 point score, right? Taking score inflation to new heights... My physics is a little rusty, but I ...
by John Morris
January 13th, 2021, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finally, a serious travel shock study!
Replies: 14
Views: 1421

Re: Finally, a serious travel shock study!

Splashdown is the ultimate travel shock test.
by John Morris
January 12th, 2021, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Effect of wine storage at 45 degrees?
Replies: 43
Views: 2216

Re: Effect of wine storage at 45 degrees?

Joseph Grassa wrote: January 11th, 2021, 4:24 pm Also, colder temperatures are more difficult to maintain humidity
I'm not following that. As the air cools, it has a harder time absorbing the existing humidity, so you reach 100%. I had that problem in a friend's very damp passive cellar.
by John Morris
January 10th, 2021, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Effect of wine storage at 45 degrees?
Replies: 43
Views: 2216

Re: Well...

Some reds will precipitate out things at refrigerator temperature (40F). You can get crusting on the inside of the bottle. So extended storage at 45 would make me a bit nervous. (FYI, I'm not a fanatic about 55F, which is fairly arbitrary , and don't lose any sleep about my passive cellar getting i...
by John Morris
January 10th, 2021, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Effect of wine storage at 45 degrees?
Replies: 43
Views: 2216

Re: Effect of wine storage at 45 degrees?

Some reds will precipitate out things at refrigerator temperature (40F). You can get crusting on the inside of the bottle. So extended storage at 45 would make me a bit nervous. (FYI, I'm not a fanatic about 55F, which is fairly arbitrary, and don't lose any sleep about my passive cellar getting int...
by John Morris
January 8th, 2021, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Howard Goldberg RIP
Replies: 7
Views: 1320

Re: Howard Goldberg RIP

Sorry to hear that. His wine writing was first rate.
by John Morris
January 8th, 2021, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Date Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 2641

Re: First Date Wines

I have oh so many stories from my dating days when a man (always a man, women never pulled this), knowing that I was "into" wine, would bring something or order something he was sure would impress me, or even start spouting off a completely mistaken wine lecture. It rarely worked out. And...
by John Morris
January 8th, 2021, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Variation
Replies: 25
Views: 1145

Re: Bottle Variation

Wes, as always, thanks for all the insights.
by John Morris
January 7th, 2021, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Variation
Replies: 25
Views: 1145

Re: Bottle Variation

... I'm saying that young wines change rapidly then settle into a more consistent evolution. ... I just think very young wines are highly variable from bottle to bottle, with the caveat once again that it really depends on the wine in question too. +1 And what Cameron and Larry said about the conte...
by John Morris
January 7th, 2021, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Variation
Replies: 25
Views: 1145

Re: Bottle Variation

I'm sure I'm showing my ignorance here but I've always wondered why there isn't meaningful bottle variation at every large estate. Especially for some of the giant Bordeaux names making massive amounts of wine. Obviously they aren't really blending one giant "batch" of wine in one big con...
by John Morris
January 7th, 2021, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What will the future's mature wines be like?
Replies: 16
Views: 1239

Re: What will the future's mature wines be like?

My main fear is that modernized wines from solar years will develop prune/raisin notes before or instead of cigar, coffee, etc. I'm holding a fair number of 2009s from all over for our anniversary with fingers crossed so will report on them over time. Yes, while there's lots of talk about improved ...
by John Morris
January 4th, 2021, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Replies: 21
Views: 1416

Re: TN: 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico

Sean, have you tried the 2016 Monsanto CCR or the Felsina CCR? While I really enjoyed the Isole e Olena, I thought both of those were a couple steps ahead of it in terms of depth and nuance. Same classic profile with a bit more earth and finer tannins. The 2015s were wonderful but the 2016s are eve...
by John Morris
January 4th, 2021, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1560
Views: 99177

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

Matt -- It's "additional products," added because the original set of goods subject to the tariff fell well below the authorized $7.5 billion, apparently in part because exports of affected products to the US fell! https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/files/Press/Releases/LCARevisionNotice...
by John Morris
January 4th, 2021, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("a little thunder of volatility in the tannins")
Replies: 1396
Views: 66911

Re: It's critic bingo! ("a little thunder of volatility in the tannins")

A little therapy might address that painful stubbornness, too.

(Note that this is another wine that is "rich and explosive" yet "quite closed.")
by John Morris
January 4th, 2021, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("a little thunder of volatility in the tannins")
Replies: 1396
Views: 66911

Re: It's critic bingo! ("a little thunder of volatility in the tannins")

Vinous 96 "The 2016 Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia is powerful, rich and explosive, with tremendous drive . Even so, several bottles have been quite closed. That is probably a very good sign for the long-term, but readers should not plan on touching a bottle anytime soon. A wine of vertical d...
by John Morris
January 4th, 2021, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("a little thunder of volatility in the tannins")
Replies: 1396
Views: 66911

Re: It's critic bingo! ("a little thunder of volatility in the tannins")

Got this in an ad today: The 2016 Rousseau Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Saint-Jacques 1er Cru is blessed with a bouquet of real pedigree : very complex mixture of red and black brambly fruit, sous-bois, crushed stone and rose petal aromas. The harmony and delineation is outstanding. The palate is medium-...
by John Morris
January 3rd, 2021, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 10523

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: January 3rd, 2021, 4:57 pm
Philip Ente wrote: January 3rd, 2021, 4:36 pm let's have some real data, not empirical cases.

Do you think Burgundy bottles are more variable than other wines and if so is it because of its fragility and sensitivity to travel?

I do
That’s an opinion, not data.
+1
by John Morris
January 3rd, 2021, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 10523

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

I know what Jürgen and Philip mean. In the last couple of months, I've opened a 2002 Chevillon Nuits - Perrières, a 2001 Roumier Clos de la Bussière and a 1996 Lamarche Vosne - Chaumes. None of them offered that much. They were all remarkably closed, even though they were decanted ahead and drunk o...
by John Morris
January 3rd, 2021, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Badia a Passignano
Replies: 15
Views: 452

Re: TN: 1995 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Badia a Passignano

Sometimes there are wines and vintages that you just wish you had bought more of. That rarely happens to me when I get to taste a wine before buying – I am pretty good at sizing them up and going for it when I find one that I think has a future (still sitting on stores of things like 95 Beaucastel,...
by John Morris
January 3rd, 2021, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Badia a Passignano
Replies: 15
Views: 452

Re: TN: 1995 Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva Badia a Passignano

Bill, I really enjoy TNs like these. I took a lot more notice of Chianti Classico and CCR when a 2001 Felsina Chianti Classico tasted recently was so clearly age worthy and satisfying. I’ve stocked up on the 2016 vintage, realizing they will age for decades and might very well outlive me! Wasn't th...
by John Morris
January 3rd, 2021, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 10523

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

In fairness, if you were expecting a 96 Lamarche to be good, that's as much on you as it is on the vintage and the producer. neener Lamarche was turning things around then. That wine actually showed fairly well in 2006. Go figure. And I bought a lot of 98 Lamarche Suchots that has drunk beautifully...
by John Morris
January 3rd, 2021, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How good is the 2005 Burgundy vintage
Replies: 105
Views: 7659

Re: How good is the 2005 Burgundy vintage

But how long do we wait? What happens in the meantime? Aren’t you still waiting on a lot of 1999s? (I am.) So you probably wait at least that long. To put the waiting game into context, didn’t you wait (patiently?) for 1970 and 1975 Bordeaux? Aren’t you still waiting (patiently?) for 1986 and 1995 ...
by John Morris
January 3rd, 2021, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 10523

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

I have the feeling that many people are more tolerant at Burgundy than with other wines. I’m trying to understand what you mean here and the basis for the conclusion. Do you mean that people exaggerate their experiences, are apologists for or deluded about the showing of a particular wine on a part...
by John Morris
January 2nd, 2021, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vajra Freisa & Dr.Parce Banyuls....(short/boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 348

Re: TN: Vajra Freisa & Dr.Parce Banyuls....(short/boring)

A wee BloodyPulpit: 1. Freisa: Is one of the parents of Nebbiolo. It shows much the same character of Nebb. It is sometimes made as a fizzy/off-dry version. My first exposure to Freisa was back in the late '70's when DarrellCorti brought in the ones from Scarpa.Fizzy & off-dry, I developed a re...
by John Morris
December 31st, 2020, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand Thierry Allemand Cornas Reynard
Replies: 60
Views: 4279

Re: Help me understand Thierry Allemand Cornas Reynard

Wholesale was $185 so quite the markup but Kermit has been hiking prices like crazy. Wholesale on the 2017 went to $235. But.....based on quality.......I'd say it's fair though not sure what that even means anymore. Was that due in part to the tariff? Looks very close to a 25% increase -- the tarif...
by John Morris
December 31st, 2020, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1560
Views: 99177

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

It sounds like that adds sparkling wine, brandy, and still wine > 14%, is that what people are getting from this? I could be wrong, but it looks like "sparkling wine" and "effervescent wine" are considered two different things, and this adds only the latter. Somehow, Champagne s...
by John Morris
December 30th, 2020, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Green hue in my Chardonnay - what does it mean?
Replies: 19
Views: 1755

Re: Green hue in my Chardonnay - what's it mean?

Just a guess, but perhaps it's a function of (a) grape type, (b) ripeness of fruit (which would affect acidity) and (c) wood aging, which could result in some (micro) oxidation. But what do I know?

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