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by John Kight
August 4th, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1993
Views: 256315

Re: Official Costco Thread

That was probably the 2006 Faustino Gran Reserva , and the price would fit, as its getting blown out at $22 at some internet sellers. Yes, I can confirm it's the 2006 and is also available at the Dallas Costco location for $22. I thought about picking one up to try, but I've never really loved the ...
by John Kight
August 4th, 2020, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py
Replies: 44
Views: 1645

Re: TN: 2018 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py

I tend to drink my Beaujolais a wee bit cooler than most other reds. Had a killer 2016 Lapierre Morgon Sans Soufre last night, pulled from the wine fridge at 57 and put it in real fridge for maybe ten minutes. I’m thinking 53-55 is ideal. But the good news is, if you over-chill it, it warms in the ...
by John Kight
August 4th, 2020, 6:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Arianna Occhipinti „Siccagno“ Nero d’Avola - a postcard from Noto/Sicily
Replies: 6
Views: 690

Re: TN: 2016 Arianna Occhipinti „Siccagno“ Nero d’Avola - a postcard from Noto/Sicily

Martin Zwick wrote:
August 4th, 2019, 12:15 am
Such a pleasure to make holiday in Sicily.
Looks really beautiful! Sicily is on my bucket list...The phrase "make holiday" is such a European expression and always sounds odd yet endearing to the American ear.
by John Kight
July 30th, 2020, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Daniel Bouland Morgon Les Délys - Too Ripe
Replies: 92
Views: 4069

Re: TN: 2018 Daniel Bouland Morgon Les Délys - Too Ripe

2015s across the board have certainly rarely aged with grace (I've tasted some outright oxidized '15s recently...) I've been trying to drink my handful of remaining '15s, just to get rid of them, and agree that many are awful and borderline undrinkable. I did enjoy my '15 Foillards immensely, thoug...
by John Kight
July 30th, 2020, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????
Replies: 53
Views: 1773

Re: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????

I think he's overstating it some because not all wines fall apart from being at room temp. . . .Room temp can also vary quite a bit. If the writer assumes that, for the vast majority, "room temperature" means 70-74 degrees, then I would agree to an extent....and while "fall apart" may be too strong...
by John Kight
July 30th, 2020, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian wine tasting recs
Replies: 26
Views: 1111

Re: Learning Italian wine tasting recs

2015 is much more variable, so in many cases you'd need to know the producer if you want to be sure. This may be true if you're exclusively looking for classically styled, long-term agers, but I think 2015 is a good bet for someone wanting to get a feel for the wines. It is a warmer vintage . My ex...
by John Kight
July 29th, 2020, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian wine tasting recs
Replies: 26
Views: 1111

Re: Learning Italian wine tasting recs

Many of these are NOT the "board favorites" (as many of those will take you over the $80 range...While 1-2 of these might be over $80, I've tried to focus on a variety of styles and values relative to the categories as a whole: Chianti Classico (and Chianti Classico Riserva): (Look for '15 and '16 v...
by John Kight
July 29th, 2020, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Learning Italian wine tasting recs
Replies: 26
Views: 1111

Re: Learning Italian wine tasting recs

Probably the best way would be to taste through the classic regions both red and white and go through them by tasting some classic producers. If 20 wines, then probably these: Whites/bubblies: Franciacorta Piemonte: Roero Arneis / Timorasso Alto Adige: Pinot Bianco Veneto: Soave Classico Friuli: Ri...
by John Kight
July 29th, 2020, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with a little different kind of pizza?
Replies: 19
Views: 876

Re: Pairing with a little different kind of pizza?

...maybe a sicilian Nero d'avola I was actually thinking Sicilian Nerello Mascalese or Frappato would work, although I agree that any of the other suggestions (Chianti, Brunello, RdM, Nebbiolo, Nero d'Avola, Barbera, etc.) would work. In addition, a good cru Beaujolais such as Lapierre, Thevenet or...
by John Kight
July 27th, 2020, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Chianti Classico Riservas drinking great
Replies: 10
Views: 717

Re: 2010 Chianti Classico Riservas drinking great

I’ve had a bottle of the Felsina Rancia and the Castell’in Villa CC in the last two months, and while both were very good, I also thought they would both improve with additional time, so at least IMO, neither would be considered “drink now”. I consider Felsina Rancia a bit of an outlier, as one of ...
by John Kight
July 27th, 2020, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Zenato Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Sergio Zenato Riserva
Replies: 2
Views: 162

Re: TN: 1995 Zenato Amarone della Valpolicella Classico Sergio Zenato Riserva

But then something happened, you sip, you get into it, you feel those magical tannins and slight bitterness balance the sweetness and at the end - a long acidic finish. I'm like you in that this isn't something I'm in the mood for often. However, when I am in the mood, I prefer Amarone to Port for ...
by John Kight
July 25th, 2020, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1993
Views: 256315

Re: Official Costco Thread

Costco in Dallas (not Plano) has 2015 Fontodi Chianti Classico for $29.99, a good price and a very tasty wine.
by John Kight
July 25th, 2020, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Chianti Classico Riservas drinking great
Replies: 10
Views: 717

2010 Chianti Classico Riservas drinking great

I've recently found that the 2010 CCRs are drinking beautifully right now, almost across the board....Over the past couple of weeks I've been especially impressed by the wines of even some fairly solid-but-unexceptional producers, most notably two wines from San Felice: the 2010 Il Grigio Gran Selez...
by John Kight
July 24th, 2020, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Amarone QPR
Replies: 24
Views: 1176

Re: Best Amarone QPR

Do you age any? I recently had a '96 Quintarelli that I picked up at the estate about 15 years ago. It was great, but I'm not sure I can definitively claim that it was any better or worse (as compared to what I remember tasting in Italy) as a result of the bottle age. I could certainly tell it has ...
by John Kight
July 24th, 2020, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So how long do you let shipped wine "settle"?
Replies: 103
Views: 2870

Re: So how long do you let shipped wine "settle"?

The study demonstrated that the wines transported by air had lower free SO2. The levels were lower . . . suggesting that traveling with the wines at all makes them permanently different, no matter how long you wait. While I agree with the subsequent posts that this is different from what most peopl...
by John Kight
July 24th, 2020, 5:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So how long do you let shipped wine "settle"?
Replies: 103
Views: 2870

Re: So how long do you let shipped wine "settle"?

We always travel with our own stems...even to the point of using them on the plane when possible...." Hi Sarah, pre- 9/11 I always used my own stems on planes. In those days I would actually BYOB on the airplane, often just a 375ml bottle in my carry-on bag. The flight attendants often didn't seem ...
by John Kight
July 23rd, 2020, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Amarone QPR
Replies: 24
Views: 1176

Re: Best Amarone QPR

I think I tend to like Masi more than Allegrini, but I have had less experience with Allegrini. I keep finding Ripassos too light. I still enjoy many of them, but when I want an Amarone I am looking for something much more full bodied than the ripassos I have had. I think Zenato and Tommassi are th...
by John Kight
July 23rd, 2020, 6:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Amarone QPR
Replies: 24
Views: 1176

Re: Best Amarone QPR

Speri, Bertani, Tommassi, Masi, Tedeschi, and Allegrini all offer value. In some cases you may enjoy the Dal Forno or Quintarelli Valpolicella Normale better. Funny how "QPR" and “value” are relative, and when you’re talking about Amarone, any list of more than 3-4 value wines invariably includes $...
by John Kight
July 22nd, 2020, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long do you drink a bottle of Wine?
Replies: 38
Views: 1497

Re: How long do you drink a bottle of Wine?

As per Howard Cooper's post above, I think that, in general, sweet wine in general holds much longer in the fridge, and sweet(ish) German wine improves the most after opening with time in the fridge. The sweeter the wine, the longer it can 'last' after opening. Most Sauternes can last 2-3 weeks in t...
by John Kight
July 20th, 2020, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Jamet?
Replies: 30
Views: 1058

Re: Which Jamet?

I'm contributing a Jamet to a northern rhone tasting soon (which will be mostly Chave, with one Allemand). I have a number of years, but haven't had any recently. any preferences on which to open amongst the following: 2004, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 2010, 2013? Not on your list, but as an FYI, an '01 Ja...
by John Kight
July 13th, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Orange wine
Replies: 25
Views: 1189

Re: Orange wine

There are some great ones (especially in Austria) ... and a lot weak ones ... (further South) The great ones are fine with food ... I've never had an Austrian version of orange wine, but I love Austrian whites and would love to give it a try. (If you have any specific recs/favorites that might be a...
by John Kight
July 13th, 2020, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Orange wine
Replies: 25
Views: 1189

Re: Orange wine

I had a Vodopivec Vitovska from Friuli which I consider more an exercise in intellect than in degustation. I get your view here, but I will say that (i) I love this wine, and a number of other Orange wines (but lean towards those that use a lighter hand on the skin contact, as many are way overdone...
by John Kight
July 13th, 2020, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine consumption changed?
Replies: 39
Views: 2035

Re: Wine conumption changed?

If I drink a full bottle by myself, that is a whole lot, I rarely go there. ... I have to be careful not to open something wonderful that won't be the next day. I don't like wasting the good stuff. I struggle with this too. I am in a similar situation as my wife has gradually migrated to Rose and i...
by John Kight
July 10th, 2020, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Steak pairing: '10 LRA Vina Ardanza or '16 Produtorri Del Barberesco
Replies: 13
Views: 1031

Re: Steak pairing: '10 LRA Vina Ardanza or '16 Produtorri Del Barberesco

Agree - I have both wines and the Ardanza is already delicious (though I’m trying to hold the remaining 6 bottles for the next 16-24 months) while the Produttori (tasted one of 6 for sport) felt like it needed more time. Even more matured, I’d probably not pair it with a rib eye but palettes differ...
by John Kight
July 10th, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Trimbach 375eme Anniversaire Frederic Emile
Replies: 13
Views: 502

Re: TN: 2001 Trimbach 375eme Anniversaire Frederic Emile

This wine has always been on my hit list as a long Trimbach fan and I never seem to find the opportunity to chase down these specific bottles. Then again, the auction market scares me. Thanks for the note, it sounds like an experience. You bring up a great point about the 400 coming ahead. That's n...
by John Kight
July 6th, 2020, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Brunellos
Replies: 57
Views: 3478

Re: Best Brunellos

I'd nominate Livio Sassetti's Pertimali as one of the better ones, especially if you consider price. But this is a traditional producer and I have no interest in Californized, oaky, 15% alcohol "Brunello". The '99 Sassetti is drinking beautifully right now. This, along with Il Poggione, are probabl...
by John Kight
June 30th, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro
Replies: 6
Views: 420

Re: TN: 2008 Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro

2008 Paolo Bea Sagrantino di Montefalco Secco Pagliaro - Italy, Umbria, Montefalco, Sagrantino di Montefalco (6/28/2020) This Sagrantino was a bit of a tease throughout the evening, but very nearly delivered everything I asked. At first medium bodied, savory, medicinal, with cigar smoke, amaro, and...
by John Kight
June 26th, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Replies: 13
Views: 818

Re: TN: 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico

I was blown away by this as well. Can't wait to try the top Sangio-based '16s in a few years. I've loaded up on Le Pergole Torte but this was a nice reminder to get some Cepparello too. Thanks. I love Le Pergole Torte, a long-time favourite, but I had to drop it when it crossed $100. Same thing hap...
by John Kight
June 26th, 2020, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?
Replies: 51
Views: 1894

Re: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?

Every bottle is an experience. This...and every unopened bottle is a future experience, to be anticipated, and each with an element of mystery and chance about it ("like a box of chocolates...you never know what you're going to get"). Then there is an element of "solving a puzzle" in terms of tryin...
by John Kight
June 26th, 2020, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Replies: 13
Views: 818

Re: TN: 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico

Interesting, thank you for the note. We just has the 07 Cepparello blind, and if we hadn’t been told it was Italian, I definitely would have guessed it was a modernist St. Emilion. Oak on the nose, extraction, pruned fruit and some chocolate on the finish - not much Sangiovese character. In fairnes...
by John Kight
June 25th, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Futures and chargebacks
Replies: 13
Views: 895

Re: Wine Futures and chargebacks

I thought on a processing of a customer refund, the transaction cost is also refunded to the merchant. I think of a "charge back" as where a customer disputes a charge, and the issuing bank "charges back" the amount to the merchant (in effect a forced refund) but its' been a long time since I've be...
by John Kight
June 25th, 2020, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: French naturalistas and other curiosities (Foillard, Dauvissat, Desjourneys, Vini Viti Vinci, etc.)
Replies: 18
Views: 965

Re: French naturalistas and other curiosities (Foillard, Dauvissat, Desjourneys, Vini Viti Vinci, etc.)

2018 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon (4.6.2020) A naturalist Morgon vinified in the traditional whole-cluster method for 3-4 weeks. The grapes are sourced from all Foillard vineyards around Morgon, vineyards ranging from 10 to 90 years in age. Aged for 6-9 mon...
by John Kight
June 25th, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904
Replies: 15
Views: 947

Re: 2007 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904

the LRA 904s I've had you could have paired with literally just about anything and it would have still been fantastic. but how heavy and labor intensive are you willing to go on tapas? awesome. not very to be honest. The things I have had in mind so far are nearly no work. One thing I was leaning t...
by John Kight
June 25th, 2020, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Replies: 13
Views: 818

Re: TN: 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico

This may make me sound silly, but after drinking my first Tignanello (2007) a few weeks ago, the wines are more similar than they are different to my palate. I find that it's very true that Tuscan wines have an identifiable "Tuscan" taste/flavor, regardless of grape, which I believe may be largely ...
by John Kight
June 22nd, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas pushback
Replies: 68
Views: 5466

Re: Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas pushback

Most of this recent blowback started when an African American wine professional (@sippingsocialite) posted an Instagram live video recounting her experience with the court when several MSs insisted on her (as a POC, but it sounds like the class as a whole as well) refer to them as ‘Master’ when add...
by John Kight
June 12th, 2020, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best domestic Chardonnay?
Replies: 108
Views: 5708

Re: Best domestic Chardonnay?

S teve R edenbaugh wrote:
June 12th, 2020, 7:40 am
Aubert, Ceritas, Cameron Clos Electrique, Walter Scott, Litterai, Mount Eden, Arnot-Roberts, Rhys, and Hirsch are the wineries whose Chardonnays I support.

I really like the Hirsch, which I think is quite different from most of the other "richer" wines.
by John Kight
June 12th, 2020, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sunday "TNs": Felsina's Rancia
Replies: 17
Views: 1156

Re: Sunday "TNs": Felsina's Rancia

Bret D!sk!n wrote:
June 10th, 2020, 5:30 pm
I had the ‘95 Rancia last year. Fully mature and very nice but it did lose some steam over the course of the bottle - time to drink up IMO.
Thanks Bret, that's good info!
by John Kight
June 11th, 2020, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Cavallotto Barolo Riserva Vignolo
Replies: 14
Views: 930

Re: TN: 2004 Cavallotto Barolo Reserva Vignolo

We had an '01 Cavallotto Bricco Boschis last night and my note is quite similar to yours above. I am trying to think if I've ever had a Cavallotto that was truly shut down, despite being so traditionally made. They just seem to go from one kind of beautiful to another. Great to hear, I was just eye...
by John Kight
June 10th, 2020, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)
Replies: 1140
Views: 53261

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

I know that a certain wine "emerges from the glass", "springs from the glass", "leaps from the glass", or even "literally explodes from the glass". For example, according to the Wine Advocate, "The NV [Clouet] Grand Cru Cuvee 1911 emerges from the glass with the most haunting of perfumes", while acc...
by John Kight
June 10th, 2020, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1 for 4, but (finally) this was a bases loaded home run: '99 Cepparello
Replies: 16
Views: 849

Re: 1 for 4, but (finally) this was a bases loaded home run: '99 Cepparello

Thus far, I have been unsuccessful keeping any Cepparello beyond about 8 years from the vintage. I think 2013 is the oldest vintage I have around. I've had really good luck opening these on release with the right food. It's compelling as a young expression of Sangiovese. My local guy sold me Testam...
by John Kight
June 10th, 2020, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chianti fakes me out. . . again!
Replies: 25
Views: 1492

Re: Chianti fakes me out. . . again!

I have this same issue, and it has been discussed in various threads here and there before. The consensus seems to be that there is something in certain umami-rich foods that produces this metallic taste, when paired with many red wines, but only for certain people who are sensitive to it. I posted...
by John Kight
June 10th, 2020, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chianti fakes me out. . . again!
Replies: 25
Views: 1492

Re: Chianti fakes me out. . . again!

I...drink a fair amount of red wine with fish....Never makes the fish seem metallic to me. Minor points perhaps, but (i) I also often find fish and red wine pairings that work pretty well, and the problem I have is much more common with other seafood (crab, for example.....and seaweed salad created...
by John Kight
June 9th, 2020, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sunday "TNs": Felsina's Rancia
Replies: 17
Views: 1156

Re: Sunday "TNs": Felsina's Rancia

I've got a '95 and a '99 on tap to open in the coming weeks. Does anyone have any recent experience with either of these? My assumption (based purely on putting my prior experiences with Chianti in these vintages together with my prior experiences with Rancia) is that the '95 may be a bit monolithic...
by John Kight
June 9th, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chianti fakes me out. . . again!
Replies: 25
Views: 1492

Re: Chianti fakes me out. . . again!

I've always preferred pairing better Chianti's with grilled meat. I agree. One BIG caveat, and maybe it's just me....but I find that Chianti (and many red wines, for that matter), are absolutely horrible with many cured meats (salumi, prosciutto, etc.). Very similar to taking a sip of red wine afte...
by John Kight
June 9th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1 for 4, but (finally) this was a bases loaded home run: '99 Cepparello
Replies: 16
Views: 849

Re: 1 for 4, but (finally) this was a bases loaded home run: '99 Cepparello

Cepparello is one of my favorites as well. Not sure why you had that much bottle variation, but in any event this is a great wine in most every vintage, and is a shocking "value" when compared to its peers (which I view as Fontodi Flaccianello, Bibi Graetz Testamatta, and Montevertine's Le Pergole T...
by John Kight
June 9th, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chianti fakes me out. . . again!
Replies: 25
Views: 1492

Re: Chianti fakes me out. . . again!

Howard, I am with you that Chianti from obscure sources can be horrible. But the number of well made Chianti is quite big these days. I agree. The vast majority of Chianti available in the U.S. is NOT from obscure sources, and is quite consistent in quality (i.e. most of it is technically "high qua...
by John Kight
June 4th, 2020, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Few TNs: Bruno Clair, Tawse, Lapierre
Replies: 1
Views: 406

Re: Few TNs: Bruno Clair, Tawse, Lapierre

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
June 2nd, 2020, 9:00 pm
2017 Lapierre Morgon
Second crack at this, first was from mag. Beautiful bojo, drinking wonderfully. Pure red fruits, rich but not overly ripe.
I just had this one as well and agree with your note. It exceeded my expectation based on a few notes I had read from others over the last year.....
by John Kight
June 4th, 2020, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wednesday afternoon pre-pasta TNs: Three 2009 Chianti
Replies: 2
Views: 293

Re: Wednesday afternoon pre-pasta TNs: Three 2009 Chianti

[T]here are still over 1100 bottles of the Bucerchiale in inventory on CT. I know it's got the rep for being a long ager - I still have 2004's in the cellar. But if you haven't tried a bottle recently, do yourself a favor and pull a cork, because given how it's showing today, I don't see a lot of u...
by John Kight
June 4th, 2020, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar
Replies: 229
Views: 9731

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

This is me too. My wine interests/tastes are far too varied to commit to significant quantities of one wine. I typically buy 2-3 bottles of a wine, and if it's something I really love, I might buy 4-8 bottles (or even a case on very rare occasions where I find a truly great wine for a price I can't...
by John Kight
June 3rd, 2020, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar
Replies: 229
Views: 9731

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

I don't buy individual wines in quantity very often, and even when I do, quantity means something different to me than to those who've already posted. This is me too. My wine interests/tastes are far too varied to commit to significant quantities of one wine. I typically buy 2-3 bottles of a wine, ...

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