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by John Morris
January 28th, 2020, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dom. de Chevalier 01 vs Cuvée JG Sociando-Mallet 01
Replies: 8
Views: 214

Re: Dom. de Chevalier 01 vs Cuvée JG Sociando-Mallet 01

Great, vivid notes, Julian. Thanks!
by John Morris
January 27th, 2020, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux, Nebbiolo, Brunello suggestions
Replies: 11
Views: 463

Re: Bordeaux, Nebbiolo, Brunello suggestions

You won't find a lot of wines that have the potential to get a lot better with 20-30 years of aging in the under $30 category. There are some, but that's a challenging combination of criteria. My own experience is that few Brunellos age that well, at least ones made in the last 20 years. Often they ...
by John Morris
January 27th, 2020, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spanish Wine Regions
Replies: 29
Views: 1187

Re: Spanish Wine Regions

Greg, thanks for the history lesson, you are correct I was referring to the late 1800's as "traditional"! My comment about Riscal was not meant to be pejorative towards the winemaking, just that we were looking to visit smaller scale producers unavailable back in the US. Regarding the building, the...
by John Morris
January 27th, 2020, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your most memorable wine experience
Replies: 44
Views: 1574

Re: Your most memorable wine experience

I will PM you.
by John Morris
January 27th, 2020, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your most memorable wine experience
Replies: 44
Views: 1574

Re: Your most memorable wine experience

... So this second guy invites us for dinner with his wife. They were a Japanese couple and for whatever reason, his wife apparently never went out so they always entertained at home. We greet each other and he goes downstairs and comes up with a bottle of wine, opens it, and starts talking about i...
by John Morris
January 27th, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your most memorable wine experience
Replies: 44
Views: 1574

Re: Your most memorable wine experience

1) A mentor of mine who was a German Baron and married to the daughter of a British Lord had emigrated from London to Toronto in the mid-1980’s, taking with him his nearly 100,000 bottle collection. For my 19th birthday he told me that he was going to sell, not give, but sell at his cost, a bottle ...
by John Morris
January 27th, 2020, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your most memorable wine experience
Replies: 44
Views: 1574

Re: Your most memorable wine experience

Four rather different wine experiences come to mind: 1. A bottle of Mateus Rose in the garden of the faculty club of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver [take note, Bill Spohn!] (in a year long enough ago that I have no interest in disclosing it publicly) with a young lady (whose name I ...
by John Morris
January 27th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com
Replies: 11
Views: 855

Re: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com

I think there’s another thread on these guys It might have been back on the Parker board. My basic take on it was to never order anything they couldn't ship right away. I also remember someone describing them as the grape swine people... Here's the thread from a year ago on GrapesWine and Instituti...
by John Morris
January 26th, 2020, 9:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does fruit forward wine always mean it's "Modern" in style?
Replies: 14
Views: 582

Re: Does fruit forward wine always mean it's "Modern" in style?

Merkelbach, the most traditional producer of Riesling in the Mosel, makes fruit forward wines. They age spectacularly well. Yeah I was thinking of Riesling generally. Had three last night and young Riesling is almost always fruity. It's hard to think of a sweet riesling that isn't fruity! And I'm n...
by John Morris
January 26th, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does fruit forward wine always mean it's "Modern" in style?
Replies: 14
Views: 582

Re: Does fruit forward wine always mean it's "Modern" in style?

Everyone has their own idea about what "modern" means in wine making, but I consider it primarily to apply to clean, science aided vinification. I also think international standardization plays into the picture. I don't think Ian was asking for a definition of modern. Just whether for a wine to be ...
by John Morris
January 26th, 2020, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does fruit forward wine always mean it's "Modern" in style?
Replies: 14
Views: 582

Re: Does fruit forward wine always mean it's "Modern" in style?

No. There are lots of traditionally made wines that are naturally fruity. In reds, I'm thinking zin/primitivo, Beaujolais, lots of Cotes du Rhones and other grenache/garnacha-based wines, Corbieres, dolcetto, barbera, Morellino di Scansano, Lambrusco. The list goes on. I think where "modern" most su...
by John Morris
January 26th, 2020, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 97,000 gallons of wine spills...oops
Replies: 4
Views: 385

Re: 97,000 gallons of wine spills...oops

So Rodney Strong had 500,000 x 750ml of cabernet in one storage tank?!
by John Morris
January 26th, 2020, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retail pricing
Replies: 30
Views: 1819

Re: Retail pricing

I actually own a business that was impacted by the tariffs since late 2018. 10% then to 25% increase from China in our industry. I think most of what you said is accurate. We raised our prices as soon as possible, but the market limited our ability to do so. As competitors raised slightly, we raise...
by John Morris
January 24th, 2020, 10:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Three overripe syrahs: 05 ESJ Parmalee, 10 Clarendon Hills, 10 Voge
Replies: 30
Views: 1281

Re: Three overripe syrahs: 05 ESJ Parmalee, 10 Clarendon Hills, 10 Voge

Rating 98 Drink Date 2018 – 2040 Reviewed by Jeb Dunnuck Issue Date 13th Sep 2015 The 2010 Cornas Vieilles Vignes is jaw-dropping stuff. Inky colored and incredibly concentrated, with sensational notes of bouquet garni, iron (blind I might have guess 2010 Clape), violets, crushed rock and decent bl...
by John Morris
January 24th, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Three overripe syrahs: 05 ESJ Parmalee, 10 Clarendon Hills, 10 Voge
Replies: 30
Views: 1281

Re: Three overripe syrahs: 05 ESJ Parmalee, 10 Clarendon Hills, 10 Voge

I'm not sure we're disagreeing, except that you said that my descriptions didn't make these wines sound overripe. So far as I'm concerned, in a dry wine, "porty" notes are pretty much synonymous with overripeness. Cooked fruit flavors, too, in most cases. And those were my descriptors. And, as I not...
by John Morris
January 24th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee: did anybody go to the gala dinner?
Replies: 71
Views: 4896

Re: La Paulee: did anybody go to the gala dinner?

Greg, I am not sure I would agree with that. I think your first obligation is with the people on your table and the winemaker, who will be pouring for you. After table pours, you usually end up with around a third of a bottle, enough to table hop and make new friends. A couple of years ago, we had ...
by John Morris
January 24th, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Australian ooze-monster wines. How are they now?
Replies: 131
Views: 9342

Re: Australian ooze-monster wines. How are they now?

I'm sure your friends did. neener [cheers.gif] <-- That's a 30 oz. pour of a monster Aussie shiraz for you! FYI, I don't feel the need to rain on people's parades when they post glowing reviews of big, ripe wines I find vile. To each his own. I stay out of those threads. But I feel free to post my t...
by John Morris
January 24th, 2020, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Three overripe syrahs: 05 ESJ Parmalee, 10 Clarendon Hills, 10 Voge
Replies: 30
Views: 1281

Re: Three overripe syrahs: 05 ESJ Parmalee, 10 Clarendon Hills, 10 Voge

Hey, it's their right to make a wine in any style they like, just as it's my right to dislike it!
by John Morris
January 24th, 2020, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Three overripe syrahs: 05 ESJ Parmalee, 10 Clarendon Hills, 10 Voge
Replies: 30
Views: 1281

Re: Three overripe syrahs: 05 ESJ Parmalee, 10 Clarendon Hills, 10 Voge

None of these sound overripe. They just sound fruity. So you don't like fruit and prefer the savory elements. You don't think sweet, porty and cooked fruit (the Clarendon) qualifies as overripe? That's kind of my definition. The ESJ or Voge were at a level of ripeness where it's a matter of prefere...
by John Morris
January 24th, 2020, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Australian ooze-monster wines. How are they now?
Replies: 131
Views: 9342

Re: Australian ooze-monster wines. How are they now?

I don't have any in my cellar, and I don't like Coors, so I'm afraid we won't be able to consummate a transaction, Jay.

And why are you picking on me? Lots of other people in this thread feel the same way, and I assume from Victor's thread heading, that he wanted to survey Berserkers' experiences.
by John Morris
January 24th, 2020, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '14 M. Lafarge - Volnay - Vendanges Selectionnees
Replies: 11
Views: 535

Re: TN: '14 M. Lafarge - Volnay - Vendanges Selectionnees

Robert Pavlovich wrote:
January 24th, 2020, 12:47 am
Perhaps a good reminder not to attempt 14’ reds right now.
I haven't had enough to generalize, but I'd say that rule applies to this wine. I think it has a future.
by John Morris
January 24th, 2020, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Three overripe syrahs: 05 ESJ Parmalee, 10 Clarendon Hills, 10 Voge
Replies: 30
Views: 1281

Re: Three overripe syrahs: 05 ESJ Parmalee, 10 Clarendon Hills, 10 Voge

Do you think most 15 N Rhône are overripe? I guess this is sort of a calibration question. I’ve found the 12 voge vv to be very good and have found most 14 n. Rhône to be overly thin so I’d probably like the 10 voge vv then. Many or most of the '15s I've had were a tad riper than I like . Across th...
by John Morris
January 24th, 2020, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Three overripe syrahs: 05 ESJ Parmalee, 10 Clarendon Hills, 10 Voge
Replies: 30
Views: 1281

Re: Three overripe syrahs: 05 ESJ Parmalee, 10 Clarendon Hills, 10 Voge

Markus S wrote:
January 24th, 2020, 4:56 am
Not particularly surprised by the Clarendon. Both times I had one (from earlier vintages) it was overwrought making you feel like a cheap date in a dive bar kind of way.
And you feel bad when you wake up in the morning.
by John Morris
January 23rd, 2020, 9:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Australian ooze-monster wines. How are they now?
Replies: 131
Views: 9342

Re: Australian ooze-monster wines. How are they now?

John L Hall wrote:
January 16th, 2020, 2:36 pm
I’ve had good experience with aging the heavier Clarendon wines.
Just had a 2010 Clarendon Hills - Bakers Gully - Shiraz this evening and it was ghastly -- porty, sweet, like blackberry pancake syrup, with an alcohol kick. No syrah character at all. Bleccch!
by John Morris
January 23rd, 2020, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '14 M. Lafarge - Volnay - Vendanges Selectionnees
Replies: 11
Views: 535

TN: '14 M. Lafarge - Volnay - Vendanges Selectionnees

In tribute to Michel Lafarge, who died a week or so ago, someone brought the 2014 Lafarge - Volnay - Vendanges Selectionnees to our brown-bag group. This was a puzzler at first, tasting it completely blindly. Relatively light in color (consistent with a Burgundy), with sour fruit hard candy scents o...
by John Morris
January 23rd, 2020, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Three overripe syrahs: 05 ESJ Parmalee, 10 Clarendon Hills, 10 Voge
Replies: 30
Views: 1281

Three overripe syrahs: 05 ESJ Parmalee, 10 Clarendon Hills, 10 Voge

In one of those delightful coincidences, we had three syrahs back to back in my brown-bag group. We don't know what anyone else is bringing, so this was by chance (once we had six or seven pinots), though the folks who brought the second and third wine did feel theirs should come later among the red...
by John Morris
January 23rd, 2020, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley
Replies: 66
Views: 7020

Re: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley

He also says that Hillside Select produced 30k bottles per year in both 2012 and 2015. 2600 purchases of the 2015 so far and 5800 purchases of the 2012. Those are certainly large enough numbers to have statistical significance. That's impressive. The CT inventories plainly reflect a big part of tot...
by John Morris
January 23rd, 2020, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley
Replies: 66
Views: 7020

Re: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley

I did a little research on Cellartracker on flows of wine purchases. At this point CT has to be pretty representative of the overall marketplace. That might be, but I don't know that you can assume that. There are lots of people with big cellars who don't use CT. Some may have made its way into win...
by John Morris
January 23rd, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1220
Views: 66777

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

The flyer said they have received a boatload of Elio Grasso Barolo ahead of schedule, which would be consistent with that.
by John Morris
January 23rd, 2020, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1220
Views: 66777

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

4) The theory of the middle man (which I am assuming is the importer, wholesaler and retailer combined)helping to absorb the assault by lowering their margin is a utopian idea. I have not hear from any of the folks I know saying they are gladly going to drop their sales margin or profits to absorb ...
by John Morris
January 22nd, 2020, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barbera vs Zinfandel
Replies: 11
Views: 865

Re: Barbera vs Zinfandel

That does sound like an odd pair, Bill! Kind of night and day.
by John Morris
January 22nd, 2020, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help finding the right Volnay.
Replies: 36
Views: 1523

Re: Need help finding the right Volnay.

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
January 22nd, 2020, 6:10 pm
He said or comparable wine outside of volnay.
Ah, I missed that. Sorry.
by John Morris
January 22nd, 2020, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When is it too cold to ship wine?
Replies: 26
Views: 1278

Re: When is it too cold to ship wine?

This is only problem I have had but it has made me a bit more conservative in the winter. This was shipped from east coast to Chicago and we got a crazy cold snap to single digits. They shipped without my knowledge and corrected it and made it right which was appreciated. thumbnail_IMG_3739.jpgthum...
by John Morris
January 22nd, 2020, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help finding the right Volnay.
Replies: 36
Views: 1523

Re: Need help finding the right Volnay.

From 2015 I’d consider: Angerville Champans Clerget Versueil or Caillerets Rossignol Caillerets or Chevrets Lafarge Chenes (might be a bit more than 150) Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet 1er Clos de la Boudriotte Barthod Chatelots or maybe Grunchiers Mugnier Clos de la Marechale The OP was looking for ...
by John Morris
January 22nd, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley
Replies: 66
Views: 7020

Re: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley

But how many have received such scores from critics?
by John Morris
January 22nd, 2020, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When is it too cold to ship wine?
Replies: 26
Views: 1278

Re: When is it too cold to ship wine?

There's a long recent thread on this topic with lots of things to ponder (click here).
by John Morris
January 22nd, 2020, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 124
Views: 5215

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

A little sleuthing behind the scenes turned up some hard numbers from an impeccable source. (Dan Kravitz can attest to their reliability.) The ’59 Haut Brion was a bit under 12.5%.
by John Morris
January 22nd, 2020, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley
Replies: 66
Views: 7020

Re: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley

Guys - All we have is Galloni's account, suggesting without explicitly stating that the wineries who banned him didn't like his scores. I have no idea what actually happened, but there might well be another side to the story. So you might pause before passing judgment on the winery owners. Consider ...
by John Morris
January 21st, 2020, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1220
Views: 66777

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

If Total (or whoever) is foolish enough to think that demand is inelastic, they'll be disabused of that notion quickly enough. Retailers are in a better position, though, because they can sell South American or Australian wines as substitutes. It's the importer and distributors with fixed, European-...
by John Morris
January 21st, 2020, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1220
Views: 66777

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

Nola - We discussed the markup/final price issue in depth several pages back and I'm afraid you've got the basic math wrong. If everyone keeps their same percentage mark-ups, the retail price will increase in proportion to the tariffs. Plus, as was discussed, to maintain volume and profits in dollar...
by John Morris
January 21st, 2020, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley
Replies: 66
Views: 7020

Re: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley

... If you rate a restaurant, you go there, buy a meal, and write. Limited financial outlay. If you are denied access to many wineries, buying independently sourced bottles of wine to rate them can be costly, and influenced by the sources. Wine writers depend on access for information and to get th...
by John Morris
January 20th, 2020, 8:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Am I Drinking?
Replies: 11
Views: 570

Re: What Am I Drinking?

Never translated "colline" before. Thank you. I thought everything else was self evident. Always figured that "colline" meant "area" or some such. In wine terms, Colline is akin to Côtes in France -- wine from an area with hills or slopes -- although the literal meaning of côte is coast or slope or...
by John Morris
January 20th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1220
Views: 66777

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on many European wines; but 100% tariff called off

And there’s still a significant chance that the Airbus tariffs are increased and expanded in scope. Do you mean on the US side? Or by the EU when they get a ruling on their case against Boeing? I thought the October tariffs totaled $7 billion, the amount authorized by the WTO? On the US side. https...
by John Morris
January 20th, 2020, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1220
Views: 66777

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on many European wines; but 100% tariff called off

I think that's fine as a heading. It's called off for the moment.
by John Morris
January 20th, 2020, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Collecting wines not of the usual countries
Replies: 22
Views: 1067

Re: Collecting wines not of the usual countries

The discussions on what to drink in the case of a 100% tax on European wine has got me thinking. Do you guys collect or semi collect (buying a few bottles to age) wines not from the usual suspects? Are there producers or single wines from countries that aren't the US, France, Germany, Italy and Spa...
by John Morris
January 20th, 2020, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1220
Views: 66777

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on many European wines; but 100% tariff called off

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
January 20th, 2020, 4:15 pm
And there’s still a significant chance that the Airbus tariffs are increased and expanded in scope.
Do you mean on the US side? Or by the EU when they get a ruling on their case against Boeing? I thought the October tariffs totaled $7 billion, the amount authorized by the WTO?
by John Morris
January 20th, 2020, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Am I Drinking?
Replies: 11
Views: 570

Re: What Am I Drinking?

My ongoing frustration with Italian wine labeling. What is this and from where in Italy does it come? Bisson Colline Del Genovesato Bianco Indicazione Geografica Tipica Pigato Bisson Soc Agricola s.a.s. Chiavari Italia Even without looking it up, "Colline" is hills and Genoa is Genova in Italian, s...
by John Morris
January 20th, 2020, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Am I Drinking?
Replies: 11
Views: 570

Re: What Am I Drinking?

My ongoing frustration with Italian wine labeling. What is this and from where in Italy does it come? Bisson Colline Del Genovesato Bianco Indicazione Geografica Tipica Pigato Bisson Soc Agricola s.a.s. Chiavari Italia Even without looking it up, "Colline" is hills and Genoa is Genova in Italian, s...

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