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by John Kight
February 24th, 2020, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos St Hune: worth it?
Replies: 408
Views: 15273

Re: Clos St Hune: worth it?

Be careful of the vintage you choose because a lot in the extremely late 90's through very early '00s are experiencing premox. Don't believe me? Try a 2001 and see. That is not an unresolved wine or one that can have excuses made for it. It is pure and simple oxidation (From a sample of at least 10...
by John Kight
February 21st, 2020, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Interesting Italian Wine Articles...
Replies: 3
Views: 448

Re: Some Interesting Italian Wine Articles...

In the Vietti article I was surprised to see Vietti's Moscato tasted before the reds and seeing Todd describe it as "off-dry". It seems rather far-fetched, since the wine is +100 g/l in residual sugar (although I must admit that it does taste less sweet than one would imagine from the technical ana...
by John Kight
February 20th, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Fontodi Chianti Classico
Replies: 9
Views: 680

Re: TN: 2017 Fontodi Chianti Classico

2017 Fontodi Chianti Classico - Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG (2/18/2020) Anteprima Chianti Classico Collection, Florence Darker brick red, with some reduced notes, soil, and loads of freshly turned earth. Love the tension, juicy middle, and purity. Very good, and better in the sho...
by John Kight
February 13th, 2020, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Zilliken (Forstmeister Geltz) Saarburger Rausch Riesling Auslese Auction
Replies: 8
Views: 360

Re: TN: 2005 Zilliken (Forstmeister Geltz) Saarburger Rausch Riesling Auslese Auction

d_sharp wrote:
February 12th, 2020, 8:59 am
Do you recall the A.P. #?
That would take some photographic memory....
by John Kight
February 11th, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Donating wine- how to calculate tax deduction?
Replies: 32
Views: 1321

Re: Donating wine- how to calculate tax deduction?

The Related-Use Rule: Income tax deductions for donations of artwork, collectibles, wine collections, watercraft, and similar tangible personal property are limited to your cost basis unless the donated personal property is related to the charity's tax-exempt purposes. This is exactly correct. That...
by John Kight
February 7th, 2020, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When do you change your Coravin needle?
Replies: 4
Views: 394

Re: When do you change your Coravin needle?

Is this a spoof? When it isn't working anymore? What am I missing? I’ve been using mine for years now. Literally hundreds of bottles. I’ve never changed the needle. Why would it ever just “stop working”? i have noticed that it takes more force to insert and (especially) to extract than it used to. ...
by John Kight
February 7th, 2020, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When do you change your Coravin needle?
Replies: 4
Views: 394

When do you change your Coravin needle?

How do you know when it’s time to replace your Coracin needle?
by John Kight
February 7th, 2020, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question: What pairs well with steak tartare?
Replies: 52
Views: 1475

Re: Question: What pairs well with steak tartare?

Otto Forsberg wrote:
February 7th, 2020, 12:53 pm
John Kight wrote:
February 7th, 2020, 9:20 am
Surprised no one has called out Lambrusco, as they seems fairly perfect.
I can see I'm no-one to you then.
Sorry, I was skimming through the thread and missed that!
by John Kight
February 7th, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question: What pairs well with steak tartare?
Replies: 52
Views: 1475

Re: Question: What pairs well with steak tartare?

Thinking on it, we don’t use onion (or Oder it) in ours, so that may also affect my opinions. Me either. The first question I ask at any restaurant with beef tartare is if it is "pre-mixed", or if they can make it with no onion or shallot (perhaps with garlic instead). Raw onion is just such a crud...
by John Kight
February 7th, 2020, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question: What pairs well with steak tartare?
Replies: 52
Views: 1475

Re: Question: What pairs well with steak tartare?

Nebbiolo, Beaujolais, Champagne, a dry Lambrusco, or Dry Riesling (preferably Austrian or Alsatian) would be my first picks. Surprised no one has called out Beaujolais or Lambrusco, as they seems fairly perfect. I would also be curious to see if an orange/amber wine would work as well, but you'd wan...
by John Kight
February 4th, 2020, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Adding Port to Wine
Replies: 42
Views: 1419

Re: Adding Port to Wine

Thomas Keim wrote:
February 4th, 2020, 12:35 pm

Alternatives would be some high alcohol Zins, Roussillon or Southern Spanish reds that can hit 15% alcohol (or more).
Don't forget The Prisoner. Or for less $$ you can drink Apothic, Big Booty, Bull's Blood, Gnarly Vines, Dump Bucket Red Blend, Vampire Red, Werewolf Merlot, or anything similar.
by John Kight
January 30th, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 5775

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

One pet peeve is someone who hates the wine but still leaves a decent score. Saw this one the other day; they hated the wine, it’s not drinkable, but still have it a score of a B. Yeah, but to be fair right or wrong the vast majority of the rating community has effectively settled on a 20 point sca...
by John Kight
January 29th, 2020, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Beaujolais?
Replies: 0
Views: 242

2018 Beaujolais?

Has anyone tried any of the '18 cru Beaujolais yet, and is there any thinking as to how these will compare to wines from the past 3-4 vintages? I believe I saw a post here about one specific '18 Bojo, but don't remember which and I'm not finding any relevant threads when I search this forum for "201...
by John Kight
January 29th, 2020, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino
Replies: 4
Views: 476

Re: TN: 2012 Altesino Brunello di Montalcino

I had it with a really nice pizza at Il Grifo in Montalcino mid June 2018. Yes, agreed, quite nice despite its youth. Good price too. I had an amazing fresh porcini salad at Il Grifo once....a giant plate of porcini slices, each of which had been placed very briefly on a grill (just enough to put g...
by John Kight
January 29th, 2020, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 5775

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

Whenever I see someone use the word "smooth" to describe a wine. The DJ in my head immediately breaks out the smooth jazz. (CT is amazing and I use it for everything, by the way. Even the smooth notes are helpful) This is my dad's favourite line...."This wine is great! It's really smooth. What make...
by John Kight
January 28th, 2020, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin and premox
Replies: 22
Views: 1362

Re: Coravin and premox

Well...how was it? How was the fill level? Assuming YOU weren't the "coraviner" (based on your surprise by the hole), where did you buy the wine?
by John Kight
January 27th, 2020, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?
Replies: 58
Views: 2232

Re: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?

Prado Enea, Ygay & La Rioja Alta 904 are probably my favourite three riojas. (Remelluri makes a great Gran Riserva too)...If I had to pick one it would probably be Prado Enea. I prefer the LRA for shorter-term drinking (i.e. within 5-6 years of release), as I actually find the heavy oak on that wine...
by John Kight
January 27th, 2020, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux, Nebbiolo, Brunello suggestions
Replies: 30
Views: 1359

Re: Bordeaux, Nebbiolo, Brunello suggestions

Lot to learn, so apologies if this is a "duh" type question, but why do you want a wine that's likely to have a dumb phase? All else equal, with you buying by the case, wouldn't you want a wine that you can enjoy the evolution of over the course of 20-30 years without having worry about popping one...
by John Kight
January 23rd, 2020, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1782
Views: 220559

Re: Official Costco Thread

How was the Kirkland 1er Chablis? TN? I've had both the '16 and '17 over the last week, and both are very good. Not sure I have a preference of one over the other, but the '16 seemed a bit richer, while the '17 seemed more classic Chablis (steely, minerally, etc.), with the '16 showing more complex...
by John Kight
January 22nd, 2020, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT
Replies: 9
Views: 1186

Re: TN: 2010 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT

I've had the 2004, 2007, and 2009 recently. The 04 and 07 were beautiful but the 09 still too primary. The level of extraction in the 2016 is surprising. Love the 04 vintage of this wine! Agreed, the '04 is really beautiful (probably my favourite of the 2000s), but '07 is the biggest surprise of th...
by John Kight
January 22nd, 2020, 5:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Under $20 solid QPR Cabernet?
Replies: 31
Views: 1948

Re: Recommendations for Under $20 solid QPR Cabernet?

[*] +1 on Substance— can be surprisingly good for the money (as low as ~$14). I find Daou to be too extracted, but I get it— it’s as good as similarly styled cabs at much less. Not responsive to the OP, but the Charles Smith Substance Merlots labelled "Me" (they make a Northridge and a Stoneridge ve...
by John Kight
January 15th, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Mascarello Monprivato
Replies: 13
Views: 1175

Re: TN: 1999 Mascarello Monprivato

Right. Enjoyable now is not the definition of mature. It’s nice to hear this has opened up, though. I had two bottles recently...well stored, purchased on release from the same source (imported by Polaner Selections). The first was not good...drinkable, but prematurely advanced to the point of bein...
by John Kight
January 15th, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?
Replies: 70
Views: 3289

Re: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?

Check out Cellartracker comments. Still going strong. Probably good for another 3 to 5 years. My guess would be yours is good to drink now and the next several years. Beyond that, I guess you could gamble on whether more complexity emerges versus whether it just gets more tired. Not sure which it w...
by John Kight
January 15th, 2020, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?
Replies: 189
Views: 10268

Re: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?

I don't mean to be contrary, but it's hard to credit that this would matter. Once you remove the seal from the Repour, it will start absorbing oxygen from the air, whether the air is in the room or in the bottle (once you open the bottle, air will immediately fill the space left by the wine you pou...
by John Kight
January 14th, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?
Replies: 70
Views: 3289

Re: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?

I've got a bunch of Switchback Ridge PS in my cellar... and they usually start singing with about 8 - 10 years of age on them. I've got a sole bottle of the '01 which I retained as an "experiment" (to see if it ever developed into anything). Thoughts on whether it's time to drink that one up, or wh...
by John Kight
January 14th, 2020, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?
Replies: 189
Views: 10268

Re: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?

I guess I'm the only one here that often can't get the Repour to make a seal on the bottle I'm pushing it into? On most bottles (about 70% maybe) it works fine. But on others, I push and twist, but when I release, the Repour simply rises up to the point that it's not at all clear that there is a suf...
by John Kight
January 7th, 2020, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Threshold Behavior: 2017 northern Rhone (and Beaujolais)
Replies: 7
Views: 804

Re: Threshold Behavior: 2017 northern Rhone (and Beaujolais)

Beaujolais has had a lot of really ripe vintages lately. I'm hoping for a nice, classic vintage like 2011 soon. Even some of the classics (like Lapierre) have been too ripe for my taste in multiple recent years. I now understand why some people say they are Rhone-like in these years. Get used to it...
by John Kight
January 2nd, 2020, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread
Replies: 269
Views: 11216

Re: The "How do you pronounce this?" Thread

Indeed Vajra is a little confusing for many, especially as j is in theory not part of the Italian alphabet. Think of the alternative spelling Vaira and remember the first bit rhymes with 'why' - or try to sound like a transylvanian count... This is correct. I've visited the winery and this is how t...
by John Kight
December 27th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico
Replies: 18
Views: 872

Re: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico

The odd thing to me is that the Rancia CCR bottling rarely seems to show well. I have no more CC or the "normal" CCR bottling, but do have a bottle or two of each of the '95, '99 and '01 Rancia. However, based on past experience, they are either "just not ready yet", or simply aren't that good...the...
by John Kight
December 26th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Alt-Rieslingfeier - Sunday, January 26th at Atoboy
Replies: 20
Views: 1714

Re: Alt-Rieslingfeier - Sunday, January 26th at Atoboy

Please provide more info on the playlist...how will you ensure that it is Riesling-friendly?
by John Kight
December 26th, 2019, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Better Than Average Kabinett
Replies: 49
Views: 1711

Re: Better Than Average Kabinett

What do you mean by "better"? Your.post strikes me as weird ... ? The original poster uses the word "better" three times...which do you view as weird? His first use is where he says he wants something "a bit better than QbA". The different ripeness categories are referred to as "quality levels", wh...
by John Kight
December 24th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico
Replies: 18
Views: 872

Re: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico

What was the price back then? Still a bargain today in the mid $20s. Just had the '15 last night and it was delicious! Drank alongside the 2011 Produttori di Barbaresco "Rabaja" Riserva. Both were pretty delicious....but interestingly, the non-wine-geeks preferred the Barbaresco, while the wine gee...
by John Kight
December 17th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wand Wine Filter
Replies: 27
Views: 1200

Re: The Wand Wine Filter

Relatively new for me, but I too now get wine headaches. Mine are more like "migraines" than normal headaches....The "pain" is different (i.e. I can't describe where it resides in my head, but it feels like it's behind one eye), it throbs, and ultimately leads to nausea. Fortunately, mine are gener...
by John Kight
December 17th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?
Replies: 61
Views: 2696

Re: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?

Placed an order for the Osetra. The White probably was a member only deal, as I was able to purchase it (as well as the black). I actually didn't realize that there were some items available to non-members. I always just assumed that you had to be a member to purchase anything from Costco.com. John
by John Kight
December 16th, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wand Wine Filter
Replies: 27
Views: 1200

Re: The Wand Wine Filter

Relatively new for me, but I too now get wine headaches. Mine are more like "migraines" than normal headaches....The "pain" is different (i.e. I can't describe where it resides in my head, but it feels like it's behind one eye), it throbs, and ultimately leads to nausea. Fortunately, mine are genera...
by John Kight
December 12th, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?
Replies: 61
Views: 2696

Re: Best Wine to Pair with Caviar?

Costco has a killer deal on Plaza Osetra Bulgarian Sturgeon Caviar. Retail on the Plaza de Caviar site is $130 for 2oz. Costco is selling a three pack of the same 2oz jars for $189.99 through 12/22 ($60 off their regular price.) That is just $31.67/oz! I paid $10 more for the three pack a few weeks...
by John Kight
December 2nd, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Floral barolo recs
Replies: 45
Views: 2122

Re: Floral barolo recs

...but floral character (to me = red fruit) stands out. This is my own experience too. By "floral" I usually think of bright red, juicy/tart, fruit, which often comes with a rose petal aspect (along with a cherry, cranberry and/or pomegranate fruits). Without needing to age the wine, I typically fi...
by John Kight
November 29th, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1782
Views: 220559

Re: Official Costco Thread

West Plano had 2016 Cos d'Estournel for $159.99 two days ago, but I think they only had about 3 cases total.
by John Kight
November 29th, 2019, 5:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 6125

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

2008 Billecart-Salmon Extra Brut
2015 Von Winning Deidesheim Kalkofen Riesling Trocken GG
2016 Mayacamas Chardonnay
20017 Charly Thevenet Regnie "Grain and Granit" (so delicious!)
2001 Clos des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape (from magnum, also delicious)
by John Kight
November 27th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old Champagne questions
Replies: 15
Views: 1556

Re: Old Champagne questions

I have a couple of older Dom Perignon I want to try this weekend. 1964 and 1966 Dom. I am wondering how cold to serve it? What kind of glass. How much air? Anything else? Thanks... I think the glass is a personal preference, but I generally prefer a non-flute, all-purpose white wine glass (or poten...
by John Kight
November 26th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dee Lincoln Steakhouse Frisco,TX
Replies: 5
Views: 721

Re: Dee Lincoln Steakhouse Frisco,TX

Jeff Rosenberg wrote:
November 26th, 2019, 8:09 am
MICHAEL C R O M W E L L wrote:
November 25th, 2019, 8:04 pm
Second for Zaytinya...it’s no steakhouse but the food is fabulous
Just visited their website. Closed as of 11/18.
That's North Dallas for you....the good ones go under while the chains and mediocre thrive!
by John Kight
November 25th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dee Lincoln Steakhouse Frisco,TX
Replies: 5
Views: 721

Re: Dee Lincoln Steakhouse Frisco,TX

Has anyone been there? Will be in Dallas for a Cowboy game in a few weeks and will be going there. How’s the wine list? Corkage fee? Thanks I've never been to Dee Lincoln, but in general steakhouses in the Dallas/Plano/Frisco area are pretty bad...high prices where corporate expensing of meals is t...
by John Kight
November 25th, 2019, 5:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo recs
Replies: 51
Views: 2547

Re: Barolo recs

Don't let the haters get you down. It's not really all that hard. Agree 100% with this (and all of this poster's advice). I would also say that it's a mistake to focus on tracking down and trying specific producers....There are too many great producers out there in a huge variety of styles, most of...
by John Kight
November 23rd, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Barolo Thoughts?
Replies: 11
Views: 984

Re: 2001 Barolo Thoughts?

Thanks all!
by John Kight
November 22nd, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Barolo Thoughts?
Replies: 11
Views: 984

2001 Barolo Thoughts?

Any views on quality, drinkability, General chacteristics of 2001 Barolo as compared to, say the 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2006? What vintage does ‘01 most closely resemble? Are they currently in a decent place? Just wondering as I have a good handful of these but never hear much mention of the vintag...
by John Kight
November 22nd, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)
Replies: 5
Views: 586

Re: TN: 2015 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)

Yes! I love these wines. Posted on the '16 last week. While it was very good, I think 14 and 15 are even better. Your succinct note nails it. You are on the right path now. Good luck. I agree, the '15 is perhaps my favourite. The conventional wisdom is that '15 was too warm and the wines too fleshy...
by John Kight
November 22nd, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1782
Views: 220559

Re: Official Costco Thread

2-3 years? [swearing.gif] I'm not saying it won't last, but given the general concerns about premox in Chablis and also the fact that this is likely a decent but unexceptional "bulk" parcel of Chablis that is available at a great price, I just use it as a "daily drinker" and don't view it as cellar...
by John Kight
November 22nd, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1782
Views: 220559

Re: Official Costco Thread

Any tn’s on the ‘17 Kirkland Chablis 1er? Nope, but it's always a stellar value (though something I would view as a "drink now" wine and not consider cellaring for more than 2-3 years). 2-3 years? [swearing.gif] I'm not saying it won't last, but given the general concerns about premox in Chablis an...
by John Kight
November 21st, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1782
Views: 220559

Re: Official Costco Thread

I just saw the 2018 Antinori (Castello della Sala) "Bramito del Cervo" Chardonnay at Costco in Frisco, Tx for $13.99. That's the best price in the country by far as the standard retail is $23, and the lowest it typically ever sells for is $20. Unless there's something atypically bad about the 2018, ...
by John Kight
November 21st, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1782
Views: 220559

Re: Official Costco Thread

s.nellessen wrote:
November 21st, 2019, 8:48 am
Any tn’s on the ‘17 Kirkland Chablis 1er?
Nope, but it's always a stellar value (though something I would view as a "drink now" wine and not consider cellaring for more than 2-3 years).

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