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by john stimson
August 5th, 2020, 9:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acidification of Pinot Noir
Replies: 11
Views: 344

Re: Acidification of Pinot Noir

i've found that added acid has a sort of "prickly" quality, and hits the sides of your tongue. When I get this in a wine that is otherwise quite ripe, I generally bet that acid has been added.
by john stimson
August 4th, 2020, 9:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Increased corkage post-COVID?
Replies: 168
Views: 3902

Re: Increased corkage post-COVID?

Georgia, if I'm remembering correctly, didn't really shut down much with COVid. But realize in other parts of the country and the world, the situation is radically different. Very fair. Indeed we hardly shutdown and reopened very quickly. Today it's business as usual almost everywhere. Sad to hear ...
by john stimson
August 4th, 2020, 9:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Increased corkage post-COVID?
Replies: 168
Views: 3902

Re: Increased corkage post-COVID?

Andrew--I thought about this a little longer, and perhaps not all of us are on the same page. Georgia, if I'm remembering correctly, didn't really shut down much with COVid. But realize in other parts of the country and the world, the situation is radically different. In Seattle, restaurants were sh...
by john stimson
August 4th, 2020, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Increased corkage post-COVID?
Replies: 168
Views: 3902

Re: Increased corkage post-COVID?

Does my calling out the use of the term "money grab" as provocative really count as shaming and demeaning others? No not at all. I was referring to the tone of the thread. I don't really understand why you don't understand the tone of the thread, which you actually created. I found the money grab c...
by john stimson
August 3rd, 2020, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Côte Bouguerots
Replies: 3
Views: 251

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros Côte Bouguerots

Thanks for the report, Jeremy. I was never very hot on 2015 Chablis, but nice to hear that this showed well. I didn't really restart buying Fevre until 2016/2017, having been badly spooked by the decade of the 2000's. a recent 2017 was great (a Vaillons I think). the diam 10 cork involved seemed lik...
by john stimson
August 3rd, 2020, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Raveneau Monts Mains, Dauvissat Forest and Les Clos
Replies: 4
Views: 357

Re: 2010 Raveneau Monts Mains, Dauvissat Forest and Les Clos

Thanks, guys. I was a little disappointed to be finding advancement in the Forest, as I had been thinking that 2010 was a bit of a protected vintage for Dauvissat, but I guess not.
by john stimson
August 2nd, 2020, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Raveneau Monts Mains, Dauvissat Forest and Les Clos
Replies: 4
Views: 357

2010 Raveneau Monts Mains, Dauvissat Forest and Les Clos

IMG_4596.jpeg In the summer heat, it's difficult to drink serious reds, so three of us got together to instead try some Chablis, checking in on the 2010 vintage.  Part of the motivation was also to expose one of the party (Ryan) to what Chablis has to offer. 2010 was a real chablis vintage (ala 200...
by john stimson
July 31st, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Telltale Characteristics of Top Vineyards in Chablis
Replies: 23
Views: 1326

Re: Telltale Characteristics of Top Vineyards in Chablis

Emile--I guess I don't need to presume to teach you about Chablis! Although I do know my north from my south. Actually, I've heard those petit chablis vineyards as being referred to being on the plateau to the north of the grand crus, which is basically true.
by john stimson
July 31st, 2020, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Telltale Characteristics of Top Vineyards in Chablis
Replies: 23
Views: 1326

Re: Telltale Characteristics of Top Vineyards in Chablis

Hmmmm ... the map never lies, does it? [cheers.gif] Your take is spot-on as usual, William. Let me ask you this then: What makes Clos the undisputed heavyweight champ of Chablis? The maps are certainly a good start, for sure. Les Clos has a pretty uniform south-easterly exposition, so the biggest v...
by john stimson
July 30th, 2020, 9:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Telltale Characteristics of Top Vineyards in Chablis
Replies: 23
Views: 1326

Re: Telltale Characteristics of Top Vineyards in Chablis

A little surprised this hasn't gone any further. One of the key determinants whether a site has typicity is included in a picture of the "soil" in les Clos.
by john stimson
July 30th, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Another trip to the Douro
Replies: 13
Views: 460

Re: TNs: Another trip to the Douro

Nice Tomas--a very beautiful part of the world, where every estate seems to also have a killer swimming pool with a view.
by john stimson
July 27th, 2020, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sudden, severe ankle pain
Replies: 25
Views: 2050

Re: Sudden, severe ankle pain

As Alan said previously, don't let anyone start you on allopurinol during an acute attack. It's surprising how many medical providers are confused about how to manage gout acutely and chronically. And Mark, the diuretic wasn't doing it via dehydration, it was decreasing your uric acid excretion and ...
by john stimson
July 27th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sudden, severe ankle pain
Replies: 25
Views: 2050

Re: Sudden, severe ankle pain

David--at 5.1 you are likely safe. Just an old guy.
by john stimson
July 27th, 2020, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Telltale Characteristics of Top Vineyards in Chablis
Replies: 23
Views: 1326

Re: Telltale Characteristics of Top Vineyards in Chablis

I agree with most of what's been said above. the one thing I would say about Les Clos, at least from the top producers, is that it can take quite a while to hit it's stride. Many times folks will try it at 6-10 years, and be underwhelmed, yet if you give it longer it can blossom. For me it is a late...
by john stimson
July 27th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sudden, severe ankle pain
Replies: 25
Views: 2050

Re: Sudden, severe ankle pain

Just remember that during an acute attack, your measured uric acid level tends to be misleadingly lower than you would usually run. So say you run a level of 8-9 normally, and get an occasional attack. During an acute attack, you might instead get a level of say 6.5. an inexperienced provider might ...
by john stimson
July 27th, 2020, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Rhone night--95,98,01 Chave, Allemand, Jamet
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Re: Northern Rhone night--95,98,01 Chave, Allemand, Jamet

Yes, Mark, this tasting was the reason I asked the Jamet question. Josh Raynolds suggested that the 06 might be in the best place at the moment, so that's what I went with. Yes, I think subtle bottle variation could play a role in comparing the Chave's, plus temperature (I asked everyone to bring bo...
by john stimson
July 27th, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Rhone night--95,98,01 Chave, Allemand, Jamet
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Re: Northern Rhone night--95,98,01 Chave, Allemand, Jamet

Todd--I should have been nicer to the 98--It's a very fine wine, but just didn't quite have the excitement of the 2001.

Paul--yeah, we're on the same page. I've only had a few Allemands, and while excellent wines, they have a little more polish than I want.
by john stimson
July 27th, 2020, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Rhone night--95,98,01 Chave, Allemand, Jamet
Replies: 9
Views: 519

Northern Rhone night--95,98,01 Chave, Allemand, Jamet

Two nights ago we had a small in person, carefully distanced and COVID-safe birthday celebration for the Northern Rhone enthusiast in our group.  I figured that I would just enjoy things and not plan to post notes, partly because I'm not such a Syrah drinker and as a result have a little trouble wri...
by john stimson
July 26th, 2020, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sudden, severe ankle pain
Replies: 25
Views: 2050

Re: Sudden, severe ankle pain

You should be able to see a reddened area where the pain is if it is gout. Tends to be very localized. Yes, this was unusual. Sudden onset at rest, although I had played pickle ball for the first time yesterday, so maybe the side to side motion stirred something up. No pain while I played; onset 5 ...
by john stimson
July 25th, 2020, 10:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Peter Green
Replies: 16
Views: 1208

Re: RIP Peter Green



these are all via Robert Grenley. BTW. If you want a hell of a play list, I would think robert could provide.
by john stimson
July 25th, 2020, 10:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Peter Green
Replies: 16
Views: 1208

Re: RIP Peter Green



more.
by john stimson
July 25th, 2020, 10:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Peter Green
Replies: 16
Views: 1208

Re: RIP Peter Green



Says at least some of it all.
by john stimson
July 23rd, 2020, 4:16 pm
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"?

No--the study showed that 12 skilled tasters couldn't tell the difference between wines that travelled and wines that did not with regard to one specific wine (a wine that I wouldn't have chosen for this kind of experiment). You can't generalize that to disprove travel shock.
by john stimson
July 23rd, 2020, 11:57 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"?

confirmation and anchoring biases are powerful things. They also an extremely convenient, not to say presumptuous, way of dismissing testimony that doesn't accord with your own beliefs. One might even say that anyone who invokes confirmation bias to support his or her own claim, with no evidence th...
by john stimson
July 23rd, 2020, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red Corton Wines
Replies: 29
Views: 1489

Re: Red Corton Wines

Wow- thanks everyone for the great replies! I ended up pulling the trigger on a couple of lots at very good price - both had sparse but decent reviews and if nothing else will be a good learning experience. I'll try and hide one to save for 2039 :) 3x 2009 Maison Champy Corton 2x 2009 Gaston & Pier...
by john stimson
July 22nd, 2020, 1:19 pm
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"?

When this thread is finished, maybe we can revisit topics questioning whether wine glass shape or size makes any difference, or whether giving a wine air, or decanting, improves a wine..........
by john stimson
July 21st, 2020, 9:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Dauvissat La Forest
Replies: 8
Views: 546

Re: TN: 2013 Dauvissat La Forest

I think I like more classic vintages, but think 2014 falls in that camp. Have really liked most 2014s but drank all my early drinking bottles and the rest need some time! But the last few bottles of 2013 have been so fun to drink I like them too! Starting to think I like 1er Crus more than Grand Cr...
by john stimson
July 21st, 2020, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Dauvissat La Forest
Replies: 8
Views: 546

Re: TN: 2013 Dauvissat La Forest

Yeah--I tend to like Chablis that tastes more like chablis, but since I haven't tried the 13's in a while, I don't know what to make of the vintage. The last truly classic vintage in my mind was 2007, although I like a number of other vintages (2014 and 2017 come to mind).
by john stimson
July 20th, 2020, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red Corton Wines
Replies: 29
Views: 1489

Re: Red Corton Wines

So Dan, if you want to rethink this a bit, you may want to step back and look at other "affordable' grand crus--like a well selected Clos du Vougeot, or a Lambrays, or a well selected Charmes-Chambertin. Or better yet, give up on the grand-cru thing, and go for some almost grand-cru wines, like Clos...
by john stimson
July 20th, 2020, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red Corton Wines
Replies: 29
Views: 1489

Re: Red Corton Wines

Yeah-with regard to tannins, I don't regard most Cortons as seriously tannic wines. Just slow to come around. They retain that firm, dark red fruit for a long time. Just picture the wine that you opened several years too early, that never really opens up despite several hours of air. there are produ...
by john stimson
July 20th, 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red Corton Wines
Replies: 29
Views: 1489

Re: Red Corton Wines

Dan--welcome! Certainly try out some Corton's--2009 would not be a bad vintage to try. In my mind, most of them aren't really of grand cru quality, but no need to get hung up on that. My own take on most Corton is that, while you may find them drinkable at 10-15 years, they take a long time to reall...
by john stimson
July 20th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Jamet?
Replies: 30
Views: 1058

Re: Which Jamet?

Thanks for all of the input so far. No worries about how the event is organized--this is a long-standing group and we know how to handle our wines. they will get plenty of air, and efforts will be made to keep the wines at an appropriate temp. (a real problem with summer tastings of serious reds). ...
by john stimson
July 20th, 2020, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Jamet?
Replies: 30
Views: 1058

Re: Which Jamet?

Thanks for all of the input so far. No worries about how the event is organized--this is a long-standing group and we know how to handle our wines. they will get plenty of air, and efforts will be made to keep the wines at an appropriate temp. (a real problem with summer tastings of serious reds). t...
by john stimson
July 19th, 2020, 10:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Jamet?
Replies: 30
Views: 1058

Re: Which Jamet?

c fu wrote:
July 19th, 2020, 9:35 pm
anything but 09 - that just won't be ready. I just had a 2010 and it was SPLENDID and youthful. 04 is definitely more evolved. Just depends what vintages of chave and how you want to match it.
Chaves will be 95, plus some combo of 98,2000, 2001. Allemand I think is 2005 Reynard.
by john stimson
July 19th, 2020, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Jamet?
Replies: 30
Views: 1058

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?
by john stimson
July 19th, 2020, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Dauvissat La Forest
Replies: 8
Views: 546

Re: TN: 2013 Dauvissat La Forest

Thanks, Jason. For some reason, I have more 2013 Dauvissat than any other recent year (maybe because no one else wanted it), and for some reason, I think I've only had one so far. Will have to pull some out to try.
by john stimson
July 18th, 2020, 10:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever cringe at your old TNs?
Replies: 29
Views: 856

Re: Ever cringe at your old TNs?

Jeremy Holmes wrote:
July 18th, 2020, 5:44 pm
I cringe at my new ones.
Yeah, I think my first notes were likely my best, and have deteriorated steadily since.

I think somewhere here there's an old thread about wine reviews in 7 words or less, which is what I seem to be aspiring to these days.
by john stimson
July 15th, 2020, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premox Update - Chablis Edition
Replies: 7
Views: 649

Re: Premox Update - Chablis Edition

Not. My storage is perfect, and bottles purchased when they arrived from the Dauvisat distributor. It’s a premox issue, with all the factors that play into the phenomenon of premox. Imperfect storage is a possible factor, but one of the lesser issues.
by john stimson
July 10th, 2020, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon American (USA, American)
Replies: 17
Views: 554

Re: TN: 1996 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon American (USA, American)

Well, I suspect the 97 was released in either 99 or 2000, so that's when I was there, but I don't think it stayed open for more than 1-3 years after that. I understand they keep it there so that they can have a WW address rather than having to have an oregon address.
by john stimson
July 10th, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon American (USA, American)
Replies: 17
Views: 554

Re: TN: 1996 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon American (USA, American)

According to Paul gregutt's book, first vintage put out by Cayuse was actually 1997.
by john stimson
July 10th, 2020, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon American (USA, American)
Replies: 17
Views: 554

Re: TN: 1996 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon American (USA, American)

He didn't plant his vineyards in the Rocks region until 1997, so he wouldn't have been burying canes. So the 97 must have been from purchased grapes.
by john stimson
July 10th, 2020, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon American (USA, American)
Replies: 17
Views: 554

Re: TN: 1996 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon American (USA, American)

Yeah, sorry--I was conflating years. I'm not sure christophe was burying canes as far back as 96. I think he did make wine in 96, but it may have been his first year. I'd have to do a little more research on that. I had 97's for quite a while but they are now gone--I think they just said "Syrah". I ...
by john stimson
July 9th, 2020, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon American (USA, American)
Replies: 17
Views: 554

Re: TN: 1996 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon American (USA, American)

H. N o w b a r wrote:
July 9th, 2020, 12:17 pm
1996 was a freeze year resulting in significant crop loss. I've drank all of my 1996 Washington wines, but glad to hear this one has held up well.
Of course, this one really isn't a Washington wine.
by john stimson
July 9th, 2020, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon American (USA, American)
Replies: 17
Views: 554

Re: TN: 1996 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon American (USA, American)

96 was the only year they used out of state fruit--hence the "American" on the label instead of WW Valley or Columbia valley. It was because the vines were heavily frozen the winter before except for the rare vintner who buried canes (I think Christophe might have been the only one doing this at the...
by john stimson
July 7th, 2020, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 82 Faustino et al with Italian food
Replies: 5
Views: 431

Re: 82 Faustino et al with Italian food

I still have 5 or six of the 82's around, although mine are Riservas, not GR. Decanting them is interesting with the frosted bottle, although I don't think the last one I had had much sediment.
by john stimson
July 6th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Red Burgundy
Replies: 30
Views: 2567

Re: 2014 Red Burgundy

i would second Howard's comments. I routinely avoid sampling red burgs in the 5-10 year of age time frame (adjusted a little bit for vintage) as this is often the worst time in their development, and gives you the highest chance of being horribly disappointed. There are clearly dramatic exceptions,...
by john stimson
July 6th, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Red Burgundy
Replies: 30
Views: 2567

Re: 2014 Red Burgundy

i would second Howard's comments. I routinely avoid sampling red burgs in the 5-10 year of age time frame (adjusted a little bit for vintage) as this is often the worst time in their development, and gives you the highest chance of being horribly disappointed. There are clearly dramatic exceptions, ...
by john stimson
June 29th, 2020, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite Boudot
Replies: 50
Views: 3012

Re: Your favorite Boudot

Robert--you missed the header, which says "X-Leroy" what are your two favorite Boudots.
by john stimson
June 29th, 2020, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004, 2008, 2011 Cappellano
Replies: 4
Views: 315

Re: 2004, 2008, 2011 Cappellano

Yeah, it was a pleasure. Even though it showed well out of the chute, I think it did gain depth and a little complexity with air, so I would either give it 2-3 hours of air before, or be slow about drinking it.
by john stimson
June 29th, 2020, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004, 2008, 2011 Cappellano
Replies: 4
Views: 315

2004, 2008, 2011 Cappellano

Three of us got together yesterday for a COVID distanced outdoor tasting of Cappellano. Although there is quite a bit of Piedmonte experience amongst the three of us, we can't claim the same with regard to Cappellano wines. So we decided to try some that we had been saving. The 04 and 08 double deca...

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