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by John Morris
September 25th, 2020, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo : what to buy in en-primeur
Replies: 150
Views: 18752

Re: 2016 Barolo : what to buy in en-primeur

But the 2013s were already showing up when that thread began in July 2017.
by John Morris
September 25th, 2020, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo : what to buy in en-primeur
Replies: 150
Views: 18752

Re: 2016 Barolo : what to buy in en-primeur

What's a good price for 2016 Bartolo Mascarello? Seems like there's a few pretty aggressive retailers on wine searcher. Peter - very individual as to what you think a good price is, but a normal markup on the retailer's end would probably be $175 or so - maybe a bit less. The winery obviously sells...
by John Morris
September 25th, 2020, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo : what NOT to buy?
Replies: 6
Views: 317

Re: 2016 Barolo : what NOT to buy?

Rob M wrote:
September 25th, 2020, 7:05 pm
The only whiff I've had is the Giacosa Falletto. I would not buy it at $60 much less near $200.
I haven't had a young Giacosa in a while, but my experience some years back was that the often showed poorly young -- thin and unsatisfying.
by John Morris
September 25th, 2020, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Discussion of 2001 Red Burgs
Replies: 160
Views: 6673

Re: Discussion of 2001 Red Burgs

Here's a post of Claude's from 2014 : 2013 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru – Clos de la Bussière This is a monopole vineyard. For a long time, it gave a wine that was quite rustic in its youth and took a long time to come around. Beginning in 2002, due to changes that Christophe made in the vineyard and t...
by John Morris
September 25th, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Discussion of 2001 Red Burgs
Replies: 160
Views: 6673

Re: Discussion of 2001 Red Burgs

Claude Kolm of the Fine Wine Review tells me that Roumier made substantial changes in the winemaking with the 2002 vintage, which has made the wines much more approachable from that date on.
by John Morris
September 25th, 2020, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo
Replies: 50
Views: 1936

Re: Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo

I looked up the review you mentioned - but it is for a Riccardo Fenocchio wine - which appears to be a winery that no longer exists - so it appears to be a different Fenocchio. Nice catch! That's good to know as I just took the flyer on a couple 1989 Brussia Riservas from Chambers St. I'll report b...
by John Morris
September 25th, 2020, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Discussion of 2001 Red Burgs
Replies: 160
Views: 6673

Re: Discussion of 2001 Red Burgs

I shared an '01 Roumier Clos de la Bussiere with friends last night, and it was quite backward, with little fruit showing. Quite tannic and, overall, a bit rustic. No pleasure given.
by John Morris
September 24th, 2020, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo
Replies: 50
Views: 1936

Re: Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo

While I like Alessandria's Monvigliero, and it's a very good wine that I buy in good vintages, I don't think it's an alternative to Burlotto's version, which is a very distinct wine. Agreed. The foot pressing and 60-day maceration of the Burlotto somehow produce a uniquely elegant wine. FYI, I have...
by John Morris
September 24th, 2020, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo
Replies: 50
Views: 1936

Re: Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo

.... Curious, I went to Vinous and searched the oldest review for Fennocchio, a random 1989 vintage review. AG says "could have been an extraordinary, life-changing wine, but it was marred by dirty barrels." How horrible, lol. Yes, I had a bottle or two from the 90s in the mid-2000s and they have a...
by John Morris
September 23rd, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1208
Views: 56842

Re: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)

So which is it? First it's "ample, creamy and expansive," then it's not as "rich and powerful" as normal and instead is fresh, finessed and tranluscent -- all implying that it's not so ample and expansive. 2016 Sandrone Barolo Aleste "The 2016 Barolo Aleste is ample, creamy and expansive in feel. Bu...
by John Morris
September 23rd, 2020, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo
Replies: 50
Views: 1936

Re: Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo

Have you tried Fratelli Alessandria or F. Rinaldi ? They should be ones you would enjoy based on the list below. Alessandria's Monvigliero is a more reasonable cost alternative to Burlotto. I haven't had it but purchased on others recommendations. Yes, I think Frat. Alessandria is just waiting to b...
by John Morris
September 22nd, 2020, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo
Replies: 50
Views: 1936

Re: Giacomo Fenocchio Barolo

.... I've been burned by Chambers St. in the past and so I'm biased. Sure, they're knowledgable, but they're completely price uncompetitive in most recent vintages because of their inherently high cost structure so they've tried to differentiate themselves by going into the niche of selling older v...
by John Morris
September 22nd, 2020, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw
Replies: 76
Views: 3154

Re: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw

From Envoyer earlier this year: "A Classic New Release Rioja With Almost 15 Years of Age - 2006 Hermanos Pérez Pascuas Ribera del Duero Reserva 'El Pedrosal' Edicion Limitada They actually ran the same copy again a few weeks later despite my email suggesting that they should know the difference bet...
by John Morris
September 22nd, 2020, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw
Replies: 76
Views: 3154

Re: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw

"Poughkeepsie is the Paris of upstate New York," was a metaphor used by John Searle, a philosophy professor of mine in my undergrad days. But I digress.... Now there's an academic name drop. I'm guessing he did not make you read Derrida. No, but Searle did throw Derrida's name around. Habermas's, t...
by John Morris
September 22nd, 2020, 5:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw
Replies: 76
Views: 3154

Re: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw

BTW, talking of apostrophes why do both Sotheby’s and Christie’s have them? Same reason Macy's does: We tend to refer to sellers in the possessive. I suspect it's because, when the company name is a surname, we think of it once having been a person's establishment. It has become force of habit, so ...
by John Morris
September 21st, 2020, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your favorite wine "autocorrects"
Replies: 15
Views: 753

Re: Post your favorite wine "autocorrects"

To be fully accurate, "Speed laser find Herb" from the OP was actually a voice-dictation fail rather than an auto-correct fail. But yesterday auto-correct wanted me to call everyone's favorite second-growth Pauillac "Chateau Pichon-Laplander." Chateau Pichon-Laplander. Notes of fir tree, lutefisk, ...
by John Morris
September 21st, 2020, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Barolo
Replies: 4
Views: 460

Re: 2007 Barolo

I've been curious about the 2007 Barolo vintage, given the initial hype of the vintage but from what I can tell, a relative lack of enthusiasm since. So I pulled 6 bottles from storage and tasted them over the past week to try to get my own view on the vintage. ... I don't recall a lot of enthusias...
by John Morris
September 21st, 2020, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw
Replies: 76
Views: 3154

Re: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw

Every time Envoyer says they are offering the only bottles in the USA of a wine I already bought from a US retailer. Happens every couple of weeks. It just means you bought the last of them! Parker licensed every writer and retail to declaim the wine they are hawking "the [this] of [that]." "The Mo...
by John Morris
September 21st, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw
Replies: 76
Views: 3154

Re: Breathless purple prose

"Imagine cutting into a thick, grass-fed, dry-aged ribeye that was expertly encrusted in its own fat within a scorching cast iron pan. Tirelessly basted with golden butter and finished with flaky sea salt. Crispy on the outside while pink and tender in the middle. Primal grazing cow-like flavor, me...
by John Morris
September 21st, 2020, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw
Replies: 76
Views: 3154

Re: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw

BTW, talking of apostrophes why do both Sotheby’s and Christie’s have them? Same reason Macy's does: We tend to refer to sellers in the possessive. I suspect it's because, when the company name is a surname, we think of it once having been a person's establishment. It has become force of habit, so ...
by John Morris
September 21st, 2020, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Edmunds St. John Syrah Fenaughty
Replies: 7
Views: 250

Re: TN: 2011 Edmunds St. John Syrah Fenaughty

Don't get me wrong, I like your notes!
by John Morris
September 21st, 2020, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw
Replies: 76
Views: 3154

Re: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw

[1] I guffawed when the post title said "retailers'", but that's neither here nor there. [2] Is this just Coche envy or are you actually complaining about the price being higher than other retailers? 1. You have a problem with the plural possessive? My intention was to start a thread about various ...
by John Morris
September 21st, 2020, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Edmunds St. John Syrah Fenaughty
Replies: 7
Views: 250

Re: TN: 2011 Edmunds St. John Syrah Fenaughty

Right now, it might not be the campfire you're smelling.
by John Morris
September 21st, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw
Replies: 76
Views: 3154

Re: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw

Back up (the very small) truck!
by John Morris
September 21st, 2020, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw
Replies: 76
Views: 3154

Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw

Let me kick off with this from Ian McFadden at Crush this week: Today, I'm happy to offer Coche-Dury's 2015 Bourgogne Aligoté for $199.95 , the lowest price for any vintage of Coche's Aligoté in the country. I'm excited to have a second opportunity to offer this jaw-dropping example of Coche's Aligo...
by John Morris
September 21st, 2020, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any recommended Wine Clubs for more novice drinkers?
Replies: 28
Views: 1096

Re: Any recommended Wine Clubs for more novice drinkers?

... I've never seen one that made sense. Most of the ones whose offers I've seen sell wines no one has ever heard of. It's pretty clear that's to ensure that you can't compare prices. Generally, they don't seem to offer good value at all. They find cheap wines and market them as something special t...
by John Morris
September 21st, 2020, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any recommended Wine Clubs for more novice drinkers?
Replies: 28
Views: 1096

Re: Any recommended Wine Clubs for more novice drinkers?

Judd’s Hill. (Full disclosure - they’re good friends). Highly-accessible, well-priced, and perfect for people wanting something special, well-made, family-owned, personable. Just to be clear, that's a winery list, not an independent club that supplies wines from different producers. I suspect Kevin...
by John Morris
September 21st, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to pair with American Wagyu Ground Beef?
Replies: 31
Views: 1405

Re: What to pair with American Wagyu Ground Beef?

I really like acidity to cut fat, especially with something as marbled as Wagyu, so I'd go with Syrah if it's cooler-climate or a young, fresher Bordeaux. (To stay true to the Berserkers stylebook, my "absolutely ignoring what you've posted" choice would be rosé champagne - palate cleanser and refr...
by John Morris
September 21st, 2020, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any recommended Wine Clubs for more novice drinkers?
Replies: 28
Views: 1096

Re: Any recommended Wine Clubs for more novice drinkers?

I assume you are not talking about winery clubs/lists, but "clubs" formed by middlemen who send you wines regularly. I've never seen one that made sense. Most of the ones whose offers I've seen sell wines no one has ever heard of. It's pretty clear that's to ensure that you can't compare prices. Gen...
by John Morris
September 20th, 2020, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Marcarini - Barolo - La Serra
Replies: 8
Views: 519

Re: TN: 2007 Marcarini - Barolo - La Serra

You have more data points than I, but that's what I'd expect from the vintage and the couple I've tasted in the last couple of years.

Happily, in the case of the Marcarini, the oxidized secondary aromas blew off! [snort.gif]
by John Morris
September 20th, 2020, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Marcarini - Barolo - La Serra
Replies: 8
Views: 519

Re: TN: 2007 Marcarini - Barolo - La Serra

Gregory Dal Piaz wrote:
September 20th, 2020, 3:44 pm
Bill Klapp is still wrong.
Frankly, I'm surprised that, 24 hours after I posted that note, he hasn't e-mailed to say, "I told you so." Something must be wrong with the bot that monitors WB for him.
by John Morris
September 20th, 2020, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to pair with American Wagyu Ground Beef?
Replies: 31
Views: 1405

Re: What to pair with American Wagyu Ground Beef?

... Here are the basic choices that we have in the wine fridge: aged or young left-bank Bordeaux; Cal cabs (some bruisers; some restrained and classical); young village or 1er cru Burgs. I could also dig up syrah if that's more appropriate. I think zin is a good bet, too. But I have to say that thi...
by John Morris
September 20th, 2020, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Marcarini - Barolo - La Serra
Replies: 8
Views: 519

Re: TN: 2007 Marcarini - Barolo - La Serra

Day 2, the back 40% of the bottle, undecanted, put in the fridge overnight.... This really filled out in a nice way. Bigger around the middle (something many of us can relate to) than yesterday. Lots of fruit -- red plums, dried strawberries plus rose hips -- but all in balance. Nothing hollow about...
by John Morris
September 20th, 2020, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 936

Re: Barrel furniture

It has been pointed out to me that I had one thing wrong here: With the exception of the pool chairs, I thought these were utterly tacky. They look like what I'd expect to see in a new winery founded by the wealthy founder of an auto parts chain and named for his [insert: daughter by his third wife]...
by John Morris
September 20th, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1208
Views: 56842

Re: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)

We've discussed "vertical" as a descriptor before. In most cases, I don't have a clue what the critic means when he/she uses it. As William Kelley said many pages back , it seemed once to be in contrast to a wine that is broad or expansive, and the French use the equivalent to refer to a wine with a...
by John Morris
September 19th, 2020, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to pair with American Wagyu Ground Beef?
Replies: 31
Views: 1405

Re: What to pair with American Wagyu Ground Beef?

I’d go with younger cab or Bordeaux or syrah. The accompanying dishes would be the deciding factor within those. If there are tomato-based vegetables, I’d lean toward syrah.

Older wines or Burgundy would be kind of wasted with grilled burgers.
by John Morris
September 19th, 2020, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Marcarini - Barolo - La Serra
Replies: 8
Views: 519

TN: 2007 Marcarini - Barolo - La Serra

When I visited the Langhe in June 2011, the Marcarini 2007s were the only Barolos I liked. Many others seemed overripe and sort of diffuse -- lacking a middle. I haven't checked in on these in a while, but the 07 Marcarini La Serra is showing very nicely with some air. At first, there was a marked o...
by John Morris
September 18th, 2020, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 936

Re: Barrel furniture

Alan Rath wrote:
September 18th, 2020, 3:58 pm
In all seriousness, this barrel table is pretty cool, for the right setting.
Which would be?

(You're not helping yourself, Alan. neener )
by John Morris
September 18th, 2020, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 936

Re: Barrel furniture

Clever. That way you probably are never asked to host wine events.
by John Morris
September 18th, 2020, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 936

Re: Barrel furniture

What the hell? It’s a small family business, the quality looks good to me. Some of the pieces aren’t things I’d own for myself, but if I had a pool, or a big entertaining patio, or a wine room, there are a number that would be fun to have. I posted because I wanted to share with a group likely to b...
by John Morris
September 18th, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 936

Re: Barrel furniture

A new store front opened recently here in the south SF East Bay. As I was watching them build out, I had hopes it was going to be a wine bar ;) but turned out to be custom furniture made from wine barrels. No affiliation, just thought it might be of interest to folks here. I’m not sure if they ship...
by John Morris
September 18th, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 936

Re: Barrel furniture

Mel Knox wrote:
September 18th, 2020, 10:49 am
I got a rocking chair made from staves and it is great.
www.winebarrelchairs.com
Wow. With the cupholder equivalent for the rocking chair wine set!
by John Morris
September 16th, 2020, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1208
Views: 56842

Re: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)

Judging by the repetition, it looks like they’ve slept the alarm.
by John Morris
September 16th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1208
Views: 56842

Re: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)

With all the adulterated and smoke-tainted appeal going around, it's good to know that Sandhi's wines have pure appeal. Antonio Galloni, Vinous: “Sandhi's 2017 Chardonnay (Sta. Rita Hills) is translucent and wonderfully expressive, not to mention full of pure appeal. Orchard fruit, citrus peel and f...
by John Morris
September 15th, 2020, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Anniversary Wines - Recommendations?
Replies: 59
Views: 1970

Re: Auctions

.... 1997 is a bit trickier. In Piedmont and Tuscany, it was a warm vintage, and while the wines were highly rated, many were pretty exuberant and showy young, and not all will last as long as you'd need. Warren’s assessment is excellent - both of the 1997 vintage and the best sites to purchase bac...
by John Morris
September 13th, 2020, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1208
Views: 56842

Re: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)

Depends on the wine's pedigree and breeding.
by John Morris
September 13th, 2020, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1208
Views: 56842

Re: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)

I'm not sure it's even fair to allow his reviews to be used for bingo purposes. Everyone is like a shotgun blast against the bingo board, sure to hit any number of squares. By the way, for those playing along at home, "closing shades of nuance" gets its own square on the bingo card, separate from th...
by John Morris
September 13th, 2020, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The pleasures of barbera in a warm vintage (Burlotto '18)
Replies: 25
Views: 1334

Re: TN: The pleasures of barbera in a warm vintage (Burlotto '18)

As I said at the outset, I shy away from ripe years when it comes to nebbiolo, but I prefer the warm vintages for barbera because, even when it's very ripe, it's never really low in acid.

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