Gargantua

  • Brooklyn
  • New York
  • USA
User #51,965
Member Since 5/5/2008
Last Activity: 9/18/2019

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  • Region:Burgundy, Piedmont, Valtellina, Mosel, Rhone, Loire, Pfalz, Valle D'Aoste
  • Dream wine:Carlo Rossi "Paisano" 1 L jug doted with Chinese characters for marketing effect. Or perhaps a Liger-Belair La RomanĂ©e. Either--you know.

About Me

You may remember me as JonathanNYC. Come check out my wine blog:

GargantuanWine.com

I lived in France for 9 years, but only really got into wine after moving to New York City.

I think the word "medium" should never appear in a tasting note; gets us nowhere.

Feel like I should point out some idiosyncratic tasting descriptors you'll see from me.

1) skunky: no, not "skunked" aka UV damage. I'm alluding to a characteristic of Pinot Noir where an herbaceous greenness, which is in no way an offending pyrazine-laden green, is lain over sweet fruit. Think Gevrey; Enderle and Moll; Cecile Tremblay...the list goes on. Cecile Tremblay is convinced this alluring skunkiness is a result of whole cluster.

2) Clean cotton laundry: often characteristic of lean, acidic, mineral Chablis. Karen Macneil used this somewhere in her Wine Bible and it stuck with me.

3) Peanutty: I typically hate whites that show this. It is emblematic of an impoverished nose - quite often the result of incorporating unripe fruit, a Martin Scott rep assures me.

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