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by John Morris
May 24th, 2020, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The anomaly that is Chateau Palmer.
Replies: 80
Views: 4806

Re: The anomaly that is Chateau Palmer.

.... Re Palmer, I think they benefited enormously from being a merlot-heavy wine that was able to shift to a very rich/succulent/Parkerized style. They definitely rode that as far as it would take them and milked all the price appreciation they could get out of it. Even though I can't afford them a...
by John Morris
May 24th, 2020, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Really eclectic tasting
Replies: 15
Views: 769

Re: TN: Really eclectic tasting

[*] 1984 Raymond Roure Crozes-Hermitage Les Picaudières - France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Crozes-Hermitage This was surprisingly delicious. It was a bit volatile on the nose, but really pretty, with a bit of meaty funk at first that blew off to show red fruited and cola aromas along with a perfumed ...
by John Morris
May 23rd, 2020, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese - meh
Replies: 10
Views: 424

Re: TN: 2002 JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese - meh

Drank the last of this last night. Still not very interesting.

A head-scratcher.
by John Morris
May 22nd, 2020, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $225 Cab discussion
Replies: 93
Views: 4205

Re: $225 Cab discussion

I can't think of many wines that depreciate significantly after the initial release price on normal to good vintages. Some of them will sell tax free from retailers at around the same price a few months later so you can save money that way. Plenty of napa cabs that appreciate almost 100% of the tim...
by John Morris
May 22nd, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $225 Cab discussion
Replies: 93
Views: 4205

Re: $225 Cab discussion

I'm new to this game. And have a hard time tasting the difference between a $100 Cab and a $225 Cab but I haven't had much $225 Cab in my life, to be fair. I work in the stock market and approach this discussion from that perspective. When there is a hot IPO, you can't get allocation to it. And it'...
by John Morris
May 21st, 2020, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.
Replies: 39
Views: 2993

Re: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.

Sort of like Ben Wallace's Billionaire's Vinegar, about Rodenstock, which had be pulled in Britain because Michael Broadbent brought a libel suit.
by John Morris
May 20th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese - meh
Replies: 10
Views: 424

Re: TN: 2002 JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese - meh

She also told me once that the high spritz levels in their wines might be due to the fact that they move the wine around less than some producers. I could imagine that transferring wines between casks could oxidize some of the sulfur. But that's speculation.
by John Morris
May 20th, 2020, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese - meh
Replies: 10
Views: 424

TN: 2002 JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese - meh

Well, this is a disappointment. I'm on day 3 of this bottle, and it's still kind of one-dimensional. Fantastic structure -- concentrated, with bracing acid, but little flavor interest. A trace of honey but no very distinct fruit -- just a hint of green apple. A dumb phase? Just young? (There was qui...
by John Morris
May 20th, 2020, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas La Colline
Replies: 10
Views: 497

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine des Bosquets Gigondas La Colline

The Cayron ‘16 Gigondas is also outstanding. It’s a somewhat different wine (50% Syrah grown at some altitude), but the Clos Bellane Cote du Rhône Valreas is really super, too, though it’s shutting down a little now. It has the concentration of a good Gigondas, but with a bit more structure—somewhat...
by John Morris
May 20th, 2020, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8666
Views: 1270840

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

If one knows the bottle is fake when it’s purchased are you still allowed to sue for damages? Not in most situations, because one of the necessary elements for a civil fraud claim is that the plaintiff relied on the misrepresentation. But... as Don pointed out many years and pages back (and forgive...
by John Morris
May 19th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Nice Rhone Grenache, except it's a Chilean PN
Replies: 3
Views: 256

Re: TN: Nice Rhone Grenache, except it's a Chilean PN

I have yet to really enjoy a Chilean PN. The most acceptable have been inexpensive and ignore-able, as Cono Sur. The more expensive Casa Marin has undrinkable on every try. Some years back, I had a quite decent pinot from the Chilean operation of William Fevre , the Chablis producer. It was balance...
by John Morris
May 19th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.
Replies: 39
Views: 2993

Re: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.

I'm surprised no one has suggested the Dark Web as a source for Mega Purple.
by John Morris
May 19th, 2020, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Economics of second wines / regional cuvees
Replies: 12
Views: 574

Re: Economics of second wines / regional cuvees

Setting aside the Beckstoffer pricing mode, assuming a winery is purchasing grapes for a set amount from a given vineyard then putting those grapes into two different bottles, one of which may be priced significantly less than the other would seem to lead to dramatically different cost structures f...
by John Morris
May 19th, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.
Replies: 39
Views: 2993

Re: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.

I think from memory it appeared he was actually using good wine and then would add some cheap aged wine to the good young stuff to make it appear somewhat aged. Seems like that’s why you heard a lot of “wow, I can’t believe that’s a 1937” I forget what wine it was but he cornered the market on a bu...
by John Morris
May 19th, 2020, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Economics of second wines / regional cuvees
Replies: 12
Views: 574

Re: Economics of second wines / regional cuvees

I was listening to an interview recently with Thomas Rivers Brown where he mentioned for his "regional cuvees" (his sonoma coast chard, his napa cab) he uses declassified barrels from his single vineyard bottlings. He doesn't purchase any fruit specifically for these lower cost wines. I've heard ot...
by John Morris
May 19th, 2020, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4143

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

Is it that video where he stresses sulfur?

As I recall, he also favors NOT sulfuring the must, so it goes brown and some precursors of the oxidized aromas/flavors drop out. I remember being shown the cloudy, brown Chardonnay must once when he was at Matanzas Creek.
by John Morris
May 19th, 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4143

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

Given that Mytik is the sparkling wine shape of Diam, and both Mytik and normal 'mushroom' corks are agglomerated (or mostly so), it's hard to imagine why there would be an oxygen transmission problem with it. I was thinking the same thing. I would be curious as to what wines Julian thinks were neg...
by John Morris
May 19th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4143

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

Yes, that video is terrific. Dave is a gem -- smart and opinionated, and he's great at explaining things. He did a lot of research on this stuff in his days at Simi under Zelma Long.
by John Morris
May 19th, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 MP Integrity - Endgame
Replies: 21
Views: 882

Re: 2001 MP Integrity - Endgame

It's amusing to compare Chris's note from March on the 02 with Adam's today on the 01: Lastly, we had a 2002 Marquis Philips Integrity. Probably a 100-ish point Parker wine. 16% alcohol on the label. This wine is basically all alcohol at this point. The nose smells like a disinfecting product - you ...
by John Morris
May 19th, 2020, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (those talkative Barolos!)
Replies: 951
Views: 46987

Re: It's critic bingo! (those talkative Barolos!)

2015 Oddero - Barolo - Rocche di Castiglione "The 2015 Barolo Rocche di Castiglione is bright, perfumed and super-expressive, with that striking combination of aromatic intensity and structure that is such a signature of this site, especially here. Rose petal, chalk, mint and red berry fruit add to...
by John Morris
May 19th, 2020, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4143

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
May 19th, 2020, 4:29 am
Greg,

Which Ramey interview are you referring to? I am familiar with the Levi Dalton/I’ll Drink to That interview. Is there a video interview around?
I think it was this Vinous video interview by Steve Tanzer from 2017.
by John Morris
May 18th, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impact of declining Champagne Sales?
Replies: 8
Views: 1226

Re: Impact of declining Champagne Sales?

I read it as saying sales of cheap Champagne are down because of falling consumption in France. Since overall sales by value are up, it doesn’t seem likely that good grower/producers are hurting. I don’t think luxury curves alone would drive up the revenue that much. If the UK imposes tariffs post-B...
by John Morris
May 18th, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4143

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

Brad England wrote:
May 18th, 2020, 10:30 am
John, I think he means that the three non-Chartron wines wer under screwcap.
Ah, of course. Thanks. That part had a sort of Escher aspect. It could be read either way.
by John Morris
May 18th, 2020, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4143

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

Started the weekend with an oxidised 2010 Chartron Chevalier-Montrachet. Loads of bruised apple and bluntness of flavour. Then, three bottles performing beautifully under screwcap. A 2006 O'Leary Walker Riesling Polish Hill was fresh and linear, full of lemony goodness and some toasty development. ...
by John Morris
May 18th, 2020, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 606
Views: 63389

Re: Official WTSO thread

Interesting... a 1996 Fontanafredda Barolo up right now. I haven't had those Fontanafredda wines, but it was a period in which the winery's reputation was quite low. It had been owned by the bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena since the Depression, so not a lot of leadership in the vineyards or cellar. ...
by John Morris
May 18th, 2020, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 606
Views: 63389

Re: Official WTSO thread

I haven't had those Fontanafredda wines, but it was a period in which the winery's reputation was quite low. It had been owned by the bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena since the Depression, so not a lot of leadership in the vineyards or cellar. Some of the wines from the 70s are still very good, but wa...
by John Morris
May 16th, 2020, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1982 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc
Replies: 6
Views: 291

Re: TN: 1982 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric del Fiasc

This was so good. It starts off with some tar and spruce like forest smells. There's some truffle aromas too. With air there a core of black cherry, raisins and burnt fig that intensifies. It is rich and powerful, with great depth and chew. Towards the end of the bottle Indian spice notes came to t...
by John Morris
May 16th, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs from potentially over the hill wines discovered during quarantine inventory
Replies: 46
Views: 2414

Re: TNs from potentially over the hill wines discovered during quarantine inventory

Woodward Canyon reds age remarkably well. Wines from the 90's are still going strong. Actually Washington reds in gen. age better than most folks would think, it's just that folks don't give them that chance. One other Washington note is that the rieslings age remarkably well as well. I remember cl...
by John Morris
May 15th, 2020, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Northern Rhone?
Replies: 26
Views: 2205

Re: 2019 Northern Rhone?

A brief JLL thought on '19 N Rhone: "2019, by the way, is extremely promising, with greater freshness and a more fluid style than 2018: a vintage to be extremely interested in. I will be posting notes on those I tasted during my many visits." "A more fluid style" [scratch.gif] Liquidy! In this time...
by John Morris
May 15th, 2020, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Importance of the first impression
Replies: 3
Views: 295

Re: Importance of the first impression

The alternative is to buy tried and true producers. I’ve never understood the desire to buy wines in quantity that one has never tasted and which have no track record. A bottle or two, sure. But more? Seems crazy to me.
by John Morris
May 15th, 2020, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kerin O'Keefe on Barolo 2016
Replies: 69
Views: 6621

Re: Kerin O'Keefe on Barolo 2016

I think Conterno has expressed a strongly-held view that Nebbiolo is uniquely able to not just tolerate a far more water than conventional wisdom would believe, but to have the wines reflect increased complexity as a result of that "excess" water. Obviously, too much water can be a problem, but he ...
by John Morris
May 14th, 2020, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4143

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

Brian, It happens in the Loire. It happens in Alsace. Does it happen everywhere? For it to be the corks, it would have to happen everywhere those corks are used, no? ETA: I acknowledge John's post #25. I've followed this topic "somewhat." I gave-up on buying White Burgundy right as I was starting i...
by John Morris
May 14th, 2020, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4143

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

I opened a 2010 Calabretto Nerello Mascalese IGT Sicilia this evening with a Nomacork. (It looked like a natural cork. My Rabbit was not happy.) There was a trace of something oxidative on the nose when I popped the cork, but no more than I'd expect from a 10-year-old nerello mascalese, and that ble...
by John Morris
May 14th, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4143

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

Still doesn't make sense how natural corks could be the cause of the Burgundy pre-mox problem, given that this problem isn't the same everywhere else in the wine-making world. It's not like something deleterious happens to the corks simply by virtue of being located in Burgundy. If it was the corks...
by John Morris
May 14th, 2020, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8666
Views: 1270840

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

A fascinating post, and a nice analogy to wine, Tomas!
by John Morris
May 14th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K & L Wines to Connecticut...NOT
Replies: 19
Views: 1218

Re: K & L Wines to Connecticut...NOT

Adam Frisch wrote:
May 14th, 2020, 1:27 pm
There are 5 states you can not ship to. I know Alabama and Utah are two of them. Delaware might be another. Ans there are one or two more in the south.
Wasn't Florida on that list?
by John Morris
May 14th, 2020, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4143

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

I spoke to one winemaker in Burgundy last year who claims that he can pick up a "minty" quality in whites sealed under Diam. Does not sound too terrible a contaminant, but I wondered if any other producers claim that they can taste a flavor that is imparted by this technology. If no one can discern...
by John Morris
May 14th, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4143

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

I opened a 2008 Ch. Lanessan (Haut Medoc) this week that was under a Diam and it was very fresh -- just what I'd expect from an '08 Cru Bourgeois with a high proportion of cabernet. There was no penetration of wine up the closure. There's a "D 17" marking on the closure. Not sure if that's the Diam ...
by John Morris
May 14th, 2020, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Berserkers Wine Talk Hall of Fame Thread
Replies: 98
Views: 38724

Re: Wine Berserkers Wine Talk Hall of Fame Thread

Jefery Levy's attempt to bludgeon Hart Davis with bad publicity, must certainly qualify as the most inauspicious debut post ever. Don Cornwell's multi-post take-down of Levy is epic. Victor Hong summed it up perfectly: That grouse decided to taunt a hunter, not realizing from upstream posts that he...
by John Morris
May 14th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Fratelli Brovia Nebbiolo d'Alba (Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Nebbiolo d'Alba)
Replies: 9
Views: 397

Re: TN: 2016 Fratelli Brovia Nebbiolo d'Alba (Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Nebbiolo d'Alba)

Thanks for the notes. Haven't had the Brovia, but was enjoying Oddero's '16 nebbiolo the other night. It could be described similarly.
by John Morris
May 13th, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8666
Views: 1270840

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Victor Hong wrote:
May 13th, 2020, 1:16 pm
That grouse decided to taunt a hunter, not realizing from upstream posts that he uses a fact-magazined, scope-sighted bazooka.
Nothing from this encounter seems left, except burnt feathers scattering loosely in the breeze.
This
by John Morris
May 12th, 2020, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11780
Views: 439687

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2015 Perrin Les Hauts de Julien Vinsobres 4 hours in Riedel Boa Decanter Great! Interesting. Thanks for the note. Their regular "Les Cornuds" Vinsobres can be very impressive in a lot of years. I'd never heard of the Hauts de Julien bottling before. At 2.5x the price of the Cornuds, I'd guess it's ...
by John Morris
May 12th, 2020, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11780
Views: 439687

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
May 7th, 2020, 5:48 am
Bouard swooped in for this vintage. Lanessan, too.
Too bad. Sipping an '08 Lanessan now that I picked up today for ~$30. Your kind of wine. Could be mistaken initially for a Chinon, though it's fleshing out a bit.
by John Morris
May 12th, 2020, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Moulin-à-Vent
Replies: 7
Views: 278

Re: TN: 2009 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Moulin-à-Vent

2009 Domaine des Terres Dorées (Jean-Paul Brun) Moulin-à-Vent - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Moulin-à-Vent (5/12/2020) I waited three years since the prior bottle (other than one that was corked...grrrr), and this is still very fresh. Deep cherry fruit, fresh, green herbs, light earth tones - it h...
by John Morris
May 12th, 2020, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr (besides JJ Prum)?
Replies: 62
Views: 1878

Re: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr (besides JJ Prum)?

First off you don't pay Clos Vougeot pricing for Wehlener Sonnenuhr. Secondly there are very different types of wine made from different plots of the WS vineyard. Clos Vougeot makes one thing. So what? How are those germain to the topic? I was responding to Russell's point that the vineyard is very...
by John Morris
May 12th, 2020, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kerin O'Keefe on Barolo 2016
Replies: 69
Views: 6621

Re: Kerin O'Keefe on Barolo 2016

FYI, Scavino was at the forefront of the modern wave in the 1990s, with lots of new barriques, and malolactic done in barrel. They started pulling back on the new wood in the 2000s and the wines in recent years have seemed more balanced, but they're still quite modern in style and haven't moved me. ...
by John Morris
May 12th, 2020, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr (besides JJ Prum)?
Replies: 62
Views: 1878

Re: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr (besides JJ Prum)?

I think it’s critical to not look at the Mosel from a Burgundian viewpoint. It just doesn’t work the same way. Please explain. My Clos Vougeot analogy seems apt here: Both CV and WS are fairly large, prestige appellations where the quality of individual plots varies greatly. First off you don't pay...
by John Morris
May 12th, 2020, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr (besides JJ Prum)?
Replies: 62
Views: 1878

Re: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr (besides JJ Prum)?

Russell Faulkner wrote:
May 12th, 2020, 12:20 pm
I think it’s critical to not look at the Mosel from a Burgundian viewpoint. It just doesn’t work the same way.
Please explain.

My Clos Vougeot analogy seems apt here: Both CV and WS are fairly large, prestige appellations where the quality of individual plots varies greatly.
by John Morris
May 12th, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update: FEDERAL INDICTMENT - Safe Harbour Wine Storage and Bill Holder – CRIMINAL
Replies: 148
Views: 29430

Re: Update: FEDERAL INDICTMENT - Safe Harbour Wine Storage and Bill Holder – CRIMINAL

DOJ victim notification system emailed last week stating that he was asking for early release and that the deadline for comments was today. I was going to send comments but just received an email from DOJ today that he was released. "This notice is to inform you that WILLIAM HOLDER will be released...
by John Morris
May 12th, 2020, 5:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr (besides JJ Prum)?
Replies: 62
Views: 1878

Re: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr?

It’s a big vineyard (40Ha) and quite varied (South and Southwest facing) with 85m between the top and bottom vines. As implied above you can’t expect the same things from very small holdings (Schaefer is 0.2Ha). The only producer I have in any quantity apart from Prum is Lieser and Max Ferd Richter...

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