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by Mike Grammer
January 11th, 2021, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike on Mini-Tour---the "50th party" day, Atlanta---visit with Anthony at PH Wines and 1968 at Randy & Cris'
Replies: 9
Views: 779

Re: TNs--Mike on Mini-Tour---the "50th party" day, Atlanta---visit with Anthony at PH Wines and 1968 at Randy & Cris'

Well---always nice to have another '68-er in the fold! My dim recollection is that it wasn't anywhere close to fading. Grab it and--hopefully--enjoy
by Mike Grammer
January 6th, 2021, 9:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 181
Views: 14246

Re: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year

BTW, thanks to the fantastic generosity of Berto Dorta, I was able to taste this year's 1-2 side by side about 14 months ago: 2008 Dom Perignon 2nd taste in the last 2 months. Again, very complete already, and for me quite distinctive. As some of the others comment, you can’t stop drinking it. Real ...
by Mike Grammer
January 6th, 2021, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 181
Views: 14246

Re: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year

OK, so herewith the official results. 2008 Cristal is indeed first with 6 votes. 2008 Dom is second with 4 votes. Know what gets the show position? 2009 Lopez De Heredia Vina Tondonia Rosado . 3 votes. No foolin' For reference, this was a flip-the-script from last year when 08 Dom scored 10 votes an...
by Mike Grammer
January 5th, 2021, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 181
Views: 14246

Re: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year

OK. I will post the full results tomorrow. I had 467 entries to work with, understandably down from last year given the circumstances. I have to check my data, but it does indeed look like 2008 Cristal with 6 votes edges out 2008 Dom with 5 votes. it looks like Dom, with 10 votes, will win top house...
by Mike Grammer
January 4th, 2021, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 181
Views: 14246

Re: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year

halfway through tabulations. It's maybe looking like 2008 Cristal. But....German Riesling as a whole is waving a very strong flag in 2020!
by Mike Grammer
January 2nd, 2021, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 181
Views: 14246

Re: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year

Starting the tallying process, hope to have the report out by Monday or Tuesday :)
by Mike Grammer
January 1st, 2021, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you want to try in 2021????
Replies: 100
Views: 3521

Re: What do you want to try in 2021????

First, Jonathan, hoping you will have a safe, healthy and good year upcoming, same to all the rest of the posters on this thread. Mine is to get my hands on a Raveneau--I've had 'em a couple of times but, if circumstances allow, I want to serve it to a good friend of mine who will be turning 50 this...
by Mike Grammer
December 31st, 2020, 6:17 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 842
Views: 58003

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Thanks for all the comments - I do have a some experience, so I tend more toward the Speyside/Highlands (less peaty) types (not really a lot of experience with Lowlands distilleries) rather than the Islay peatier expressions, but on a rare occasion find myself looking for a real peat influence (usu...
by Mike Grammer
December 29th, 2020, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Embrace your cellar diversity
Replies: 114
Views: 4788

Re: Embrace your cellar diversity

This *was* a fun exercise. A little inaccurate 'cause I don't have stock of my out-of-country holdings, but out of 450 bottles: France: 51.1% US: 23.8% Italy: 9.8% Canada: 7.1% (there walks the patriot) Germany: 3.3% (anyone who knew me 6 years ago would be shocked at this high a percentage) New Ze...
by Mike Grammer
December 26th, 2020, 10:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs La Presle
Replies: 2
Views: 410

Re: TN: 2012 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs La Presle

Btw...whoever is in charge of bottle design should be fired! Labels so dark you can't read them...foil is loose and barley put on??? It's almost like he doesn't want people to know what they are drinking by sight...just by taste? Maybe we'll start calling you GrumbleBuzz? [grin.gif]. I'm just relie...
by Mike Grammer
December 26th, 2020, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 181
Views: 14246

Re: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year

last bump for Christmas and late-holiday entries :)
by Mike Grammer
December 26th, 2020, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Model Farm Sonoma Coast Syrah
Replies: 1
Views: 304

Re: TN: 2014 Model Farm Sonoma Coast Syrah

Thanks, Sean, for checking on yours. I only have one or two of that first vintage left.

Slainte,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
December 26th, 2020, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)
Replies: 11
Views: 1162

Re: TN: 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)

Thanks, both of you. Jurgen, that's what I would have suspected, so I'm glad to have some confirmation.
by Mike Grammer
December 26th, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Embrace your cellar diversity
Replies: 114
Views: 4788

Re: Embrace your cellar diversity

This *was* a fun exercise. A little inaccurate 'cause I don't have stock of my out-of-country holdings, but out of 450 bottles: France: 51.1% US: 23.8% Italy: 9.8% Canada: 7.1% (there walks the patriot) Germany: 3.3% (anyone who knew me 6 years ago would be shocked at this high a percentage) New Zea...
by Mike Grammer
December 26th, 2020, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St. Jean
Replies: 13
Views: 663

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos St. Jean

That is very sad news, RIP. Thanks for the fine note on this wine, Don--hopefully you will have the chance to have many more to remember him by.

All my best for the holidays

Mike
by Mike Grammer
December 23rd, 2020, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)
Replies: 11
Views: 1162

Re: TN: 2016 Fontodi Chianti Classico (Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Chianti Classico DOCG)

Thanks so much for this TN, Matt, a wine I may actually be able to get up here. Thoughts about how it compares to the 15? This sounds 'nummy

Mike
by Mike Grammer
December 16th, 2020, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN--2017 Louis Michel Chablis Butteaux
Replies: 8
Views: 501

Re: TN--2017 Louis Michel Chablis Butteaux

This allotment is with corks. Never thought to look/knew there were 2 "editions". It's the VV Yao, I've enjoyed his wines up to 10 years out, and I'm sure they can generally go longer. This certainly feels in that category. Robert, I haven't seen the villages Chablis in this market in a ve...
by Mike Grammer
December 15th, 2020, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN--2017 Louis Michel Chablis Butteaux
Replies: 8
Views: 501

TN--2017 Louis Michel Chablis Butteaux

The promise of this vintage in Chablis shines through in this bottling. Coiled but present aromatics of mineral, very tart apple and a bit of floral too. This is just lovely, even at this early stage. Can I use the adjective "slinky"? I can? Good. Because this is slinky for Chablis---altho...
by Mike Grammer
December 15th, 2020, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--A Night with the Boys---06 Heidsieck, 13 Brundlmayer, 10 Herdade Dacalada, 04 Kracher
Replies: 2
Views: 283

TNs--A Night with the Boys---06 Heidsieck, 13 Brundlmayer, 10 Herdade Dacalada, 04 Kracher

Jay Shampur, Tran Bronstein and I have all been playing it pretty safe in our respective bubbles. I actually was a bit worried by a light temperature and aches on Friday but tested negative on Sunday, so we were able to proceed with a get-together for the 3 of us. I threw together a bit of food---st...
by Mike Grammer
December 14th, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 181
Views: 14246

Re: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year

Keep 'em coming. Sean---glad to have this thread be your first post on the board.
by Mike Grammer
December 12th, 2020, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 181
Views: 14246

Re: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year

bumping to put the thread back on the radar as we swing into holiday season. I am adding the Kutch 2017 Falstaff Pinot to my list.
by Mike Grammer
December 10th, 2020, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amusing Article - Which Wine You Should Drink, Based on Your Zodiac Sign
Replies: 21
Views: 1034

Re: Amusing Article - Which Wine You Should Drink, Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Moscato. Hope this won't result in me being reassigned to different regions... I'm sure they would just add it to your coverage :) I pulled Moscato also, and I'm claiming Lambrusco sine my wife tells me I am on the cusp of two signs. Unfortunately my holdings in those two might be measured in the h...
by Mike Grammer
December 10th, 2020, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Bunch of Recents (Hugel, Chaintres, Godmé, Caillou, Chasse-Spleen, Ardanza, Rolet, Drouhin, Chanson, Ramonet)
Replies: 2
Views: 525

Re: TNs: Bunch of Recents (Hugel, Chaintres, Godmé, Caillou, Chasse-Spleen, Ardanza, Rolet, Drouhin, Chanson, Ramonet)

Fine set of notes, Chris--especially appreciate the report on the Saumurs. I just poured a bottle of 2017 Pavelot Savigny Villages and it was quite perky and correct, good clarity and freshness to the raspberry fruit. Glad to see the Ardanza did so well for you--I've been up and down with that cuvee...
by Mike Grammer
December 10th, 2020, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 William & Mary Proprietary Red Shifflett Ranch
Replies: 2
Views: 668

Re: TN: 2018 William & Mary Proprietary Red Shifflett Ranch

Great note, Jon, thanks for sharing. The 2017 version, from FallTacular last February--my #4 out of 50 wines tasted that day 2017 William & Mary Proprietary Red Fab nose--spices, blackberry, some torrefaction, coffee, cocoa. And in the mouth, it's really good. Really full of confidence. Sweet bu...
by Mike Grammer
December 4th, 2020, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN--2017 Kutch Falstaff PN---kudos to FMIII...and to Jamie
Replies: 4
Views: 468

Re: TN--2017 Kutch Falstaff PN---kudos to FMIII...and to Jamie

Trust me, I haven't forgotten about the 14 Chard. I am guarding the 4 bottles I have left like precious children.

The only 09 and 10 I have left are Falstaffs, slated for a full vertical whenever the pandemic ends and I can re-engage WineFest :)

Stay safe and well

Mike
by Mike Grammer
December 3rd, 2020, 8:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN--2017 Kutch Falstaff PN---kudos to FMIII...and to Jamie
Replies: 4
Views: 468

TN--2017 Kutch Falstaff PN---kudos to FMIII...and to Jamie

Here was my note on this wine from FallTacular 2019: " 2017 Kutch Falstaff PN Wow—can-not stop scenting the pure red fruit and also undercurrents of baking spice and earth. Le gout is strict still, but excellent length. A very good Falstaff, I may not be quite as effusive as Frank about it, but...
by Mike Grammer
November 26th, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 181
Views: 14246

Re: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year

Bad Mikey! Good Shan! I PM-ed Shan to say he must have read my mind, to open the post on this the day I...finally...remembered that I hadn't started one of these yet. Much thanks, Shan, for getting this going. I will, as in other years, do the tabulation work at the end of this year. For now, my WOT...
by Mike Grammer
November 25th, 2020, 9:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN--2017 Joseph Colin Chassagne Vide Bourse
Replies: 25
Views: 1186

Re: TN--2017 Joseph Colin Chassagne Vide Bourse

Sorry, missed these last replies---Troy, thanks so much---I will let you know!

William---this listing does include the estate---sort of!

https://spitbucket.net/tag/pierre-yves-colin-morey/
by Mike Grammer
November 25th, 2020, 9:50 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED
Replies: 287
Views: 30533

Re: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED

I have added you to all lists, Gordon, with thanks for putting yourself forward in all these places.
by Mike Grammer
November 25th, 2020, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Overdue Aggregated TNs
Replies: 0
Views: 268

Overdue Aggregated TNs

Sorry, been a bit preoccupied, I guess. From the last couple of months, so some of this has some foggy memory attached to it. 2016 Quivet Pellet Cabernet Redolent with red and purple fruit in the aromatics, this really defines "big". It is super-rich and pretty charged in the mouth, very g...
by Mike Grammer
November 20th, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 842
Views: 58003

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Oban 14, especially the doublewood always dependable. I just finished off my bottle of Octomore and only have a Bunnahabhain 12 in the cabinet for Islay so went and got another standby, Caol Ila 12 which is very solid, if not special. Smoke, but not too much. At some point---it may be quite some tim...
by Mike Grammer
November 12th, 2020, 1:13 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED
Replies: 287
Views: 30533

Re: So Who Likes to Offline? City-by-city "database" PLEASE PM IF YOUR CITY HAS CHANGED

With pleasure, and thanks Kevin. Hope to get back there someday.
by Mike Grammer
November 10th, 2020, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!
Replies: 135
Views: 9096

Re: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!

Hope you and family can ride this out safely, Julian. Stay as well as you can

Mike
by Mike Grammer
November 7th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN--2017 Joseph Colin Chassagne Vide Bourse
Replies: 25
Views: 1186

Re: TN--2017 Joseph Colin Chassagne Vide Bourse

I do plan to test all this out---someday. It was supposed to be this past July, but alas for COVID. As part of WineFest V, I have an entire table dedicated to the Colin-Morey empire. I will need to resupply for this bottle which I peeled off, and I still need to get some from Simon and from Emile Jo...
by Mike Grammer
November 4th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard
Replies: 5
Views: 293

Re: TN: 2008 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Durell Vineyard

a very cool note to read about an aged bottle of Brian's wine. Thanks so much for sharing, Rich.

Maluhia,

Mike
by Mike Grammer
November 4th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...
Replies: 64
Views: 2763

Re: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...

I will be ruggedly honest here---I post most of my TNs for my own reference, so that I can go back to them---not only for my own thoughts, but often (if at an OL or dinner party e.g.) for what others were thinking that night/day. As with some of the others above, a note will mean more to me if I've ...
by Mike Grammer
November 4th, 2020, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN--2017 Joseph Colin Chassagne Vide Bourse
Replies: 25
Views: 1186

Re: TN--2017 Joseph Colin Chassagne Vide Bourse

I will, Don, and thanks---have seen a bit of Victor the last little while. I am so glad you are able to spend time with the grandson. All is OK--bummed, of course, about not being able to do the annual trek to be with my Atlanta friends.
by Mike Grammer
October 30th, 2020, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN--2017 Joseph Colin Chassagne Vide Bourse
Replies: 25
Views: 1186

Re: TN--2017 Joseph Colin Chassagne Vide Bourse

Young buck of the family, I believe. I managed to relieve Morrell in NYC of this bottle and was very glad to have found it.
by Mike Grammer
October 30th, 2020, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What ONE BOTTLE from your cellar will be your special occasion wine in five years?
Replies: 97
Views: 3995

Re: What ONE BOTTLE from your cellar will be your special occasion wine in five years?

Not 5 years---2 years for the 10th anniversary of our wino small-group. 2008 Cristal paired with 2008 Cristal Rose.

5 years---I'm only starting to make the list for WineFest VI---I still have to somehow hold WineFest V :) But good question, Bruce.
by Mike Grammer
October 30th, 2020, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese
Replies: 24
Views: 765

Re: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese

I also heartily endorse your choice. Terrific TN, glad it was a sound bottle.
by Mike Grammer
October 30th, 2020, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN--2017 Joseph Colin Chassagne Vide Bourse
Replies: 25
Views: 1186

TN--2017 Joseph Colin Chassagne Vide Bourse

Decanted for 2.5 hours and tracked over 5 days. This is a lovely bottle of wine. Sleek, almost velvety on the tongue, with a marked fruit presence, ripe citrus and peach for the most part. The oak is in evidence but fits so very well with the flavour profile of this wine. Some florals accent the aro...
by Mike Grammer
October 25th, 2020, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 184
Views: 7087

Re: Real winenerd wines

Have enjoyed catching up on reading the comments since my early-ish post in this thread, thanks all for contributing and especially you, Otto---you are taking the time to comment and add your experiential perspective, and it is appreciated. Maybe this comes down to the classic "geek vs. nerd&qu...
by Mike Grammer
October 19th, 2020, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 184
Views: 7087

Re: Real winenerd wines

I'm sure everyone was leaving the field clear for you to chime in, Jay ;) Chris, I'm glad you enjoyed the Koshu. I've only had one---4 years ago, from Bernard Magrez' project there: "2010 Magrez-Aruga Koshu Isehara So the thing is, when I was in Bordeaux in 2014 and visiting at Pape Clement, th...
by Mike Grammer
October 19th, 2020, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Some recents: LLC, 70 Graham's, 94 Beringer, Clerico, Collin, others
Replies: 4
Views: 496

Re: TNs--Some recents: LLC, 70 Graham's, 94 Beringer, Clerico, Collin, others

I do not ever recall an off bottle of the Beringer 1994 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, across the almost 25 years since release. Indeed, Victor, although I haven't had any, I think Heather has tasted others and they've all been good to great....this was a comment on just how superior this parti...
by Mike Grammer
October 17th, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A dozen of Loire Chenin Blanc (Huet, Joly, Baumard, Couly-Dutheil, etc.)
Replies: 17
Views: 1263

Re: TN: A dozen of Loire Chenin Blanc (Huet, Joly, Baumard, Couly-Dutheil, etc.)

Calling Brad Kane---Brad...where are you? [grin.gif] I'll pile on with praise for fantastic notes, Otto, so splendid to have a take on so many of these. Agree about the ageing need for Baumard Papillon. From a tasting in 2015: 2004 Domaine de Baumard Savennieres Clos de Papillon Screwcap. And a happ...
by Mike Grammer
October 17th, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 F. Alessandria Barolo Monvigliero
Replies: 46
Views: 3147

Re: TN: 2016 F. Alessandria Barolo Monvigliero

Should be a great wine one day. Highly recommended. Maybe one day a long way off? :) I have only had something from this family once, at a lunch 5 years ago, but memorable? Absolutely memorable: "1964 Alessandria Luigi & Figli Barolo This, on the other hand, was singing, with a smokier, cr...
by Mike Grammer
October 17th, 2020, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Some recents: LLC, 70 Graham's, 94 Beringer, Clerico, Collin, others
Replies: 4
Views: 496

TNs--Some recents: LLC, 70 Graham's, 94 Beringer, Clerico, Collin, others

Over a dinner with friends last Saturday (my friends Heather, Jeff, Victor, Victor's wife Anna and Jeff's gf Grace---we had all taken the needed precautions to be able to be together) and lunch with my friend Dave last Sunday 2017 L'Ecole 41 Semillon My first try of this, I really liked it. Hints of...

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