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by Robert Dentice
August 23rd, 2015, 6:05 pm
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New Wine - Maitre de Chai

I have not tasted these wines, yet. I do know the people involved and some of the vineyards and I am confident they will be very good. A friendly reminder, I was the first to mention Sandlands and MacDonald Vineyards: http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=89779&p=1277274&am...
by Robert Dentice
December 5th, 2020, 5:55 am
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Re: Do Riesling premox?

Never had one, but cannot understand why they wouldn’t. If it is a question of sugar, then the GGs I imagine would be vulnerable. I would say, in Germany, rarely. I think to be truly considered pre-mox you need a younger wine say under 10 years of age to call it premox. Some rieslings just don't ag...
by Robert Dentice
December 5th, 2020, 8:53 am
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Re: Do Riesling premox?

Never had one, but cannot understand why they wouldn’t. Possibly related to that, Riesling has a very low content of flavanoids, the lowest of all white-wine grapes IIRC, making its aromas extremely stable to oxidation when conventionally bottled (i.e. with SO2). In this context, I don't know how t...
by Robert Dentice
December 10th, 2020, 3:12 am
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Re: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of Oregon - D@vid Bu3ker for Dakin Humane Society - DEC9-DEC16

Thanks for doing this David. I have really been digging Oregon this year. 2007 Cameron Clos Electrique Rouge - I did not realize 2007 was suppose to be an off year when I opened this. The wine was beautiful. The cellartracker notes are all over the place, some say it has too much Cameron funk and ot...
by Robert Dentice
December 17th, 2020, 1:20 pm
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Re: LTB: Keller GGs

What are you looking to pay? I see some 17 and 18 on winesearcher for $230. That is not much more than the 19s were offered for in NYC. I saw a range of $150 - $250 for the 19s with limits of 2-3 bottles. Hi Robert, Thanks for the response. I'm looking ideally to pay under $200 per bottle + shippin...
by Robert Dentice
December 18th, 2020, 10:24 am
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Re: Private Cellar of Joseph Phelps to be Sold

Ridge Vineyard’s 1971 “Eisele’ Cabernet Sauvignon (two btls est. $4,000-$6,000). 2 bottles for $4,000. Seems a bit more than release price. Think of what newer vintage wines you could buy for that! That is a very rare and famous wine that should still be drinking well, especially from great provena...
by Robert Dentice
December 19th, 2020, 4:16 pm
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Re: RK Riesling 101 webinar with the one and only Robert Dentice! Saturday 12/19 2pm Central

All in all it was a great intro. I think they were recording it, but not sure if its being uploaded. It plugged some gaps in my knowledge and provided some color to some things I didn't fully understand. Thanks Robert and RK! Thanks so much. It is very difficult to do justice to German riesling in ...
by Robert Dentice
December 19th, 2020, 4:17 pm
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Re: RK Riesling 101 webinar with the one and only Robert Dentice! Saturday 12/19 2pm Central

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: December 19th, 2020, 4:11 pm I hope they recorded it. I had to prioritize removing snow from my roof. Only caught a couple of minutes at the end.
You got a shout out!
by Robert Dentice
December 20th, 2020, 10:32 am
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Re: undervalued but not for long?

Hofgut Falkenstein I agree! Just look what some freaking idiot paid for those older bottles at the Winzer charity auction. They are currently undervalued, very small production, in my opinion no one else makes a wine in their style and they have a rabid global following. And if you care about that ...
by Robert Dentice
December 20th, 2020, 10:47 am
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Re: RK Riesling 101 webinar with the one and only Robert Dentice! Saturday 12/19 2pm Central

I was able to attend and it was wonderful to see so many people talk passionately about riesling. Riesling is what I vouch to explore more in the coming year. This session came at the right time. Thank you, Adam, Patrick, and Robert. I have already requested the presentation to be shared. If only t...
by Robert Dentice
December 23rd, 2020, 9:48 am
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Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXXV

Been reading your notes for twenty years, and I still recall the apartment in the East Village where it started. Amazing level of detail and discernment. Hope you're well. exactly this. really appreciate your style - still rare and unique after so much time. Ditto. I have to admit when I saw the Sc...
by Robert Dentice
December 25th, 2020, 10:39 am
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Re: Gmail and wine email blasts

I assume if I stop ordering German wine from Fass because I no longer received the emails that Lyle would order a welfare check on me!
by Robert Dentice
December 28th, 2020, 3:54 am
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Re: German wine law and climate change

So many related issues. From an educated consumer standpoint climate change has been overwhelming positive. There really has not been a truly bad vintage in years. If we know the style of producers we can buy our Spätlese level wines masquerading as Kabinetts for the price of a Kabinett. We can go t...
by Robert Dentice
December 31st, 2020, 3:50 am
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Re: If you could go back in time and collect one German riesling consistently over the years...?

I don’t want to hijack this thread, and if you all want I can start a new thread, but I have different question pertaining to this question (for the same audience). Where do you find yourself buying the majority of your Riesling? I am really looking for a wine shop that has Riesling diversity. I bu...
by Robert Dentice
December 31st, 2020, 8:56 am
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Re: New Year’s wine resolution

I say this every time this question comes up and I think it is worth repeating. The most enjoyable part of wine for me is opening bottles for other people so I will keep buying.
by Robert Dentice
January 2nd, 2021, 4:13 am
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Re: Riesling... Point me in the right direction

Ah thanks Otto...here is the list: 2018 Dönnhoff Oberhäuser Leistenberg Kabinett Riesling Nahe $25.99 2018 Dönnhoff Felsenberg "Felsenturmchen" Riesling Grosses Gewächs Nahe $64.99 2018 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Himmelreich "Anrecht" Riesling Auslese Mosel $49.99 2018 Carl Loewen M...
by Robert Dentice
January 2nd, 2021, 4:17 am
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Re: Riesling... Point me in the right direction

In addition to DeeVine K&L has a great riesling selection. I took the liberty of selecting some German wines for you. https://www.klwines.com/Basket/Index 5 dry and 3 sweet Unfortunately no older bottles. Look for an older JB Becker, a producer that has lots of library wines, or search around a...
by Robert Dentice
January 2nd, 2021, 6:59 am
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Re: What do you want to try in 2021????

Great thread. Many wines on here I would like to try or try again. My personal focus list: I want to try many new German producers, particularly the younger ones both for my own personal cellar and for source | material offerings 1.) More aged Auslese and Spätlese with unique food pairings. 2.) Char...
by Robert Dentice
January 7th, 2021, 6:45 am
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Re: Neil Young: One Half of This Note's for You

Mark Mason wrote: January 6th, 2021, 5:17 pm If they don’t plan on releasing any song’s for commercial gain, how will they make any money back?
There are many other ways including television, movies and streaming.
by Robert Dentice
January 8th, 2021, 9:03 am
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Re: TN: 2019 Hofgut Falkenstein Krettnacher Euchariusberg Riesling Kabinett "Kugel Peter" #12

It was the 2018 vintage. The Webers noticed that it made sense to fraction at pressing, because the acidity dropped significantly the harder the grapes were pressed. In a normal vintage, they gently press to a higher bar, as the acidity declines only gradually. Other top producers did the same thin...
by Robert Dentice
January 9th, 2021, 5:41 am
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Re: First Date Wines

I have oh so many stories from my dating days when a man (always a man, women never pulled this), knowing that I was "into" wine, would bring something or order something he was sure would impress me, or even start spouting off a completely mistaken wine lecture. It rarely worked out. And...
by Robert Dentice
January 17th, 2021, 5:20 am
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1959 FK Schmitt Rehbach Feinste Auslese / 1986 Müller-Catoir Mussbacher Eselshaut Rieslaner TBA

Stephen Bitterolf and I met at Vom Boden World Headquarters to taste through 40+ samples sent to us from Germany (given we sadly can't travel) for source | material. We tasted through four incredibly talented new producers and some library wines from a venerable estate. I can't say which producers j...
by Robert Dentice
January 26th, 2021, 10:26 am
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Re: Let's talk Riesling from the Nahe region.

The Nahe is fairly easy to learn. You really only need to know three producers Emrich-Schonleber, Schafer-Frohlich and Donnhoff. And maybe Schlossgut Diel.

The wines are riper than the Mosel with a slightly different fruit profile.

I love the Nahe.
by Robert Dentice
January 26th, 2021, 2:05 pm
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Re: Let's talk Riesling from the Nahe region.

For me, two of the three producers constituting the Holy Trinity of Dry Riesling are in the Nahe - Emrich-Schonleber and Schafer-Frohlich. Though I agree that the wines tend to be riper than the Mosel, that's not at all to imply they are flabby. There is plenty of acidity and backbone, as well as p...
by Robert Dentice
February 3rd, 2021, 3:40 am
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Re: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?

Of course the answer is Germany. Even $100 wines are relative values.

However I would also agree that Bordeaux is actually a great place for value especially if you prefer earlier drinking old school styles or less ripe vintages.
by Robert Dentice
February 13th, 2021, 7:30 am
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Re: Let's Talk Rheingau

You can't talk about the Rheinghau without talking about the, OG, The Godfather Hans-Jospeh Becker (The estate name is JB Becker) https://www.vomboden.com/growers/jb-becker/ Very much a particular and acquired taste. Oh come on David I 100% predicted this comment. I watched you comment on Keller ov...
by Robert Dentice
February 13th, 2021, 10:34 am
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Re: Let's Talk Rheingau

i am curious about any reports on Eva Fricke. CT notes are generally really positive and the prices always are pretty attractive, but ive never tried them I like the wines very much but can't say they are in my normal buying rotation. She just switched importers to The German Wine Collection and th...
by Robert Dentice
February 13th, 2021, 1:57 pm
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Re: Let's Talk Rheingau

The thing about the Rheingau is all those great sites that are in the hands of under-performing producers. If only... Well, this is one reason I started this trend. Wnever Rheingau is mentioned, people say it is underperforming. I am not expert enough to judge, though I will say some of the better ...
by Robert Dentice
February 14th, 2021, 4:32 pm
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Re: source|material Golden Generation Zoom

Brian S t o t t e r wrote: February 14th, 2021, 2:14 pm Yes this was fabulous. I'm ashamed I nearly finished the whole Mertz Vom Porphyr Riesling bottle during the chat, but damn was it tasty!
No shame in that! So happy you enjoyed it! Thank you for your enthusiasm and support!
by Robert Dentice
February 22nd, 2021, 4:28 am
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#rieslingstudy - Age your Kabinetts!

I went through a two week period of drinking a lot of the wines we offered in the source | material Keller Golden Generation pack so I did not post on them. Some recent bottles of note. 2016 Keller Absterde (Magnum) - Very regal and polished. So much depth and complexity. Definitely better on day tw...
by Robert Dentice
February 23rd, 2021, 3:42 am
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Re: TNs: Mosel is the real deal

Welcome to the club! You picked a great selections of wines. Thanks for the notes.
by Robert Dentice
February 23rd, 2021, 8:51 am
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Re: Your top five German wine producers

1. Keller (more than twice #2) 2. Emrich-Schonleber 3. Schafer-Frolich 4. Ratzenberger (bet no one else has that in Top 5!) 5. Andreas Laible (I'd be surprised on that one as well) Next tier includes Battenfeld-Spanier, JJ Prum, Julian Haart, Weiser-Kuntsler, Willi Schaefer, Wittman - not in order....
by Robert Dentice
February 23rd, 2021, 8:58 am
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Re: Your top five German wine producers

These are my top 5, as a percentage of all riesling in my collection. 1. JJ Prum (18.8%) 2. Martin Mullen (13.3%) 3. Willi Schaefer (11.3%) 4. Hofgut Falkenstein (8.9%) 5. Von Schubert Maximin Grunhaus (8.2%) My collection is pretty top heavy with these producers, and then under 2-3% for others. Ma...
by Robert Dentice
February 24th, 2021, 12:26 pm
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Re: Your top five German wine producers

I own wines from 25 producers, none Egon or Keller, although I enjoy the wines of both tremendously. 6 of the 25 are the Golden Generation introduced to us by Keller and Source Material. I don't buy very expensive German wines but Keller makes some cheap and excellent wines such as Keller Riesling ...
by Robert Dentice
February 24th, 2021, 12:44 pm
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Re: Your top five German wine producers

I own wines from 25 producers, none Egon or Keller, although I enjoy the wines of both tremendously. 6 of the 25 are the Golden Generation introduced to us by Keller and Source Material. I don't buy very expensive German wines but Keller makes some cheap and excellent wines such as Keller Riesling ...
by Robert Dentice
March 3rd, 2021, 4:10 pm
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Re: Whatever happened to? (German Riesling missing persons edition)

Maybe they switched importers, and had distribution changes. David I think it is primarily because distributors who do not have a specialist in German wines have a really hard time selling them. And some growers really don't give a shit about "working" the U.S. market. One top grower told...