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by Dennis Borczon
March 1st, 2021, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are any hybrid grapes worthy?
Replies: 36
Views: 1017

Re: Are any hybrid grapes worthy?

Vidal Blanc has only one purpose in the wine universe as far as I can tell. It makes a quite nice late harvest or icewine. Vinified dry on its own it is a nondescript white wine.
by Dennis Borczon
February 26th, 2021, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have wine auction lots become much more scarce....?
Replies: 187
Views: 10016

Re: Have wine auction lots become much more scarce....?

I have wondered how much of this traffic is being driven by a handful of individuals, or buying syndicates, with relatively bottomless resources. At some point, I have got to believe soon, the prices of DRC are going to hit a hard celling. These ain't Van Goughs, they make more every year. Speculati...
by Dennis Borczon
February 18th, 2021, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: John Gotti Wine Collection
Replies: 17
Views: 2301

Re: John Gotti Wine Collection

I would not touch these wines. Blood money.
by Dennis Borczon
February 18th, 2021, 1:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot: Rhys v. Rochioli v. Aubert v. CA Others v. Burgundy
Replies: 98
Views: 6462

Re: Pinot: Rhys v. Rochioli v. Aubert v. CA Others v. Burgundy

A couple that I recommend sampling are Domaine de la Cote and Ceritas. Domaine de la Cote is masterminded by Rajat Parr, former Somm. at RN74 in San Francisco. He's trying to make a US version of Burgundy in the Santa Rita Hills. Rhys is the obvious one, and you are already on to those wines. I'm a...
by Dennis Borczon
February 17th, 2021, 5:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Was The First CA Winery To ‘Get’ Pinot Correctly?
Replies: 67
Views: 4107

Re: What Was The First CA Winery To ‘Get’ Pinot Correctly?

I am 82 years old. I have been drinking California pinot for over 50 years. The BV and Martin Ray were very good, the HMR very good. The first great pinot made in California was William Selyem. This is the correct answer. They have yet to be surpassed in my opinion. I've been fortunate to taste som...
by Dennis Borczon
February 16th, 2021, 4:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Was The First CA Winery To ‘Get’ Pinot Correctly?
Replies: 67
Views: 4107

Re: What Was The First CA Winery To ‘Get’ Pinot Correctly?

Mike S. wrote: February 15th, 2021, 11:15 pm I am 82 years old. I have been drinking California pinot for over 50 years. The BV and Martin Ray were very good, the HMR very good. The first great pinot made in California was William Selyem.
This is the correct answer. They have yet to be surpassed in my opinion.
by Dennis Borczon
February 15th, 2021, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.
Replies: 204
Views: 9425

Re: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.

From the Jerry McGuire memo... Maybe the problem is that we just need fewer, and better, tasting notes on wines that critics really love, or at least like, and edit out the rest. I get the feeling that the desire to massively inventory hundreds of wines in an area and zip through them is an exercise...
by Dennis Borczon
February 15th, 2021, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2 red Burgs
Replies: 11
Views: 1416

Re: TN: 2 red Burgs

I know which wine I would rather drink. And amazingly, it did not come with a point score. So much for the 100 point system. Maybe we just need to insist on better tasting notes?
by Dennis Borczon
February 10th, 2021, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Burgundy -- What are you buying?
Replies: 61
Views: 3610

Re: 2019 Burgundy -- What are you buying?

Correct, but William did not specify a %, just a number increase at year five. My bet would be $316.00 in two years....
by Dennis Borczon
February 10th, 2021, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Burgundy -- What are you buying?
Replies: 61
Views: 3610

Re: 2019 Burgundy -- What are you buying?

Want to bet a bottle of 2019 Clos des Chênes? With you Mr Kelley, you are on. What are the terms? Okay, let's say that the 2018 Clos des Chênes, which is currently trading for around 220 USD per bottle, will have hit 450 USD per bottle on the market (from more than one source) within five years of ...
by Dennis Borczon
February 10th, 2021, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Burgundy -- What are you buying?
Replies: 61
Views: 3610

Re: 2019 Burgundy -- What are you buying?

William Kelley wrote: February 10th, 2021, 7:53 am
Dennis Borczon wrote: February 10th, 2021, 7:52 am
William Kelley wrote: February 10th, 2021, 6:03 am

I think five years from now, if current market trends continue, you will be glad you bought them when you did.
If...
Want to bet a bottle of 2019 Clos des Chênes?
With you Mr Kelley, you are on. What are the terms?
by Dennis Borczon
February 10th, 2021, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Burgundy -- What are you buying?
Replies: 61
Views: 3610

Re: 2019 Burgundy -- What are you buying?

They really realized all the potential of 2018 while avoiding its excesses. 2019s are a touch finer boned, and they were singing when I visited - perfumed, dynamic, complete. I rated 2019 a touch higher, whereas for example I see that Neal Martin rated 2018 higher. I will be buying both vintages fo...
by Dennis Borczon
February 10th, 2021, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "55 Degrees" Wine Storage Facility in St. Helena, CA
Replies: 5
Views: 517

Re: "55 Degrees" Wine Storage Facility in St. Helena, CA

Concur with above. Before the wine shipping laws loosened up I routinely sent wines there. They were very responsive. Excellent facility that is, as in the name, kept at 55degrees
by Dennis Borczon
February 5th, 2021, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can wines labeled Bourgogne Rouge be great?
Replies: 51
Views: 2944

Re: Can wines labeled Bourgogne Rouge be great?

Arv R wrote: February 4th, 2021, 12:44 pm I've only had Leroy Bourgogne rouge a few times, but wow did I think those were great.

I watched some interview with the lady who makes it later.

She seemed crazy to me.
Her bourgogne Blanc is also pretty damn good. Especially if you like you Chardonnay with minimal makeup
by Dennis Borczon
February 4th, 2021, 4:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.
Replies: 204
Views: 9425

Re: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.

What a topic! I am of the opinion that scores used to be quite helpful. Back in the early days of Parker there was a quick and impactful way of saying to producers "you can do better". Parker was able to go into a region, and with of course his personal tasting lens, say that one producer ...
by Dennis Borczon
February 2nd, 2021, 5:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name
Replies: 109
Views: 5650

Re: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name

Chris Seiber wrote: February 1st, 2021, 10:44 pm Image

I might have trouble shopping at this store.
Is this store run by the ass man?

by Dennis Borczon
February 1st, 2021, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jeb Dunnuck really loves 2018 Napa
Replies: 104
Views: 7583

Re: Jeb Dunnuck really loves 2018 Napa

Have the numbers outlived their usefulness? These days I am far more interested in a critic reviewing, in depth, fewer wines and producers that they seem exceptional or especially interesting. They can then give an appropriate "value rating" based on quality, ageability, cost. Jasper Morri...
by Dennis Borczon
February 1st, 2021, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jeb Dunnuck really loves 2018 Napa
Replies: 104
Views: 7583

Re: Jeb Dunnuck really loves 2018 Napa

Hmm. I’d be curious if William has stroked a 100 points on a wine. I think he has for Madeira, but I would let him verify. I just looked and I see I've given 31 since I joined TWA in late 2017! About one third of those have been mature wines. I also gave a few when I was at Decanter , including to ...
by Dennis Borczon
January 29th, 2021, 5:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Many faces of Pinot Noir.
Replies: 6
Views: 809

Re: Many faces of Pinot Noir.

I too got hooked initially on WS pinots in the old days (Burt and Ed and the batcave) but I never quite found another Sonoma Pinot that quite captured their magic. Rochioli is close, but just a touch too ripe and "clean" for me to really say, eureka! Rhys has come close to that elusive mag...
by Dennis Borczon
January 22nd, 2021, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Red Burgundy vintage of the 21st century so far
Replies: 211
Views: 11249

Re: Top Red Burgundy vintage of the 21st century so far

correction Bertheau 2016
by Dennis Borczon
January 22nd, 2021, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Red Burgundy vintage of the 21st century so far
Replies: 211
Views: 11249

Re: Top Red Burgundy vintage of the 21st century so far

I know it is a very small sample size, but I am a tad surprised that 2015 is higher than 2016 in terms of votes. 2016 is such a small vintage that did not get a ton of buzz because of the frost, etc., at the beginning of the year. I wonder if a lot of people ignored the vintage because it was hard ...
by Dennis Borczon
January 22nd, 2021, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Scarecrow Release
Replies: 123
Views: 13977

Re: 2018 Scarecrow Release

They are getting awfully close to typical auction hammer prices. That is the ceiling for mailing lists. Going too close to that is the third rail of direct sales.
by Dennis Borczon
January 21st, 2021, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vosne-Romanée 1940-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 1249

Re: Vosne-Romanée 1940-2010

Terrific as always. Perhaps the rise of the swimming pool can be also correlated with climare change! Gets darn hot these days in the Cote'Or!
by Dennis Borczon
January 16th, 2021, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread
Replies: 237
Views: 11295

Re: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread

No one actually sleeps better after alcohol, if we're talking about true sleep quality - all the healing, resetting, restorative, memory etc. processes that happen during quality sleep are impacted or reduced by alcohol. Even the mechanism by which sleep is achieved is different after drinking, jus...
by Dennis Borczon
January 16th, 2021, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 'QPR' in Vosne?
Replies: 36
Views: 2967

Re: 'QPR' in Vosne?

Shocked no one mentioned Guyon...
by Dennis Borczon
January 15th, 2021, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screaming eagle
Replies: 45
Views: 6913

Re: Screaming eagle

Calm down everyone. Most recent release price is about $1,050.00 per 750. $2600.00 per unit is not $100 over list price. Morell is hardly giving it away...
by Dennis Borczon
January 14th, 2021, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Maybach release
Replies: 99
Views: 8458

Re: 2018 Maybach release

Obviously no mention of smoke issues. Curious if the release will discuss this in terms of the vintage year. Roy Piper has the best information about this in the public domaine
by Dennis Borczon
January 13th, 2021, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finally, a serious travel shock study!
Replies: 14
Views: 1456

Re: Finally, a serious travel shock study!

David Glasser wrote: January 12th, 2021, 10:25 pm What did they charge for shipping?
Probably less than FedEx from most wineries on the west coast
by Dennis Borczon
January 13th, 2021, 5:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Marie et Pierre Bénetière Côte-Rôtie Cordeloux
Replies: 31
Views: 2286

Re: TN: 2017 Marie et Pierre Bénetière Côte-Rôtie Cordeloux

I just drank the 15 that I got from Rob out of curiosity. It clearly is not the explosive style description of the 17. However it is quite young and there is a lot of structure with iron and more savory notes in the background. I coravined it down to 1/3 of a bottle and plan to pull the cork this we...
by Dennis Borczon
January 4th, 2021, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?
Replies: 213
Views: 9210

Re: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?

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David Baum wrote: January 2nd, 2021, 2:32 pm Im in a wine shop
by Dennis Borczon
December 29th, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off vintages that took you by surprise.
Replies: 73
Views: 3139

Re: Off vintages that took you by surprise.

The "no off vintages" idea is especially true for Napa. The "off" vintages now are the ones that produce wines that are too ripe and over the top... Have a number of 1999 Napa wines that were considered too lean and green that are absolutely on point beautiful, if the producer wa...
by Dennis Borczon
December 28th, 2020, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Bouchard EP ... smh
Replies: 11
Views: 1199

Re: 2019 Bouchard EP ... smh

Suppose Jadot also...
by Dennis Borczon
December 28th, 2020, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Bouchard EP ... smh
Replies: 11
Views: 1199

Re: 2019 Bouchard EP ... smh

Unfortunate. They were a large house that kept prices in the sensible range. Guess that leaves Drouhin and Faiveley as the relatively large/ good QPR producers.
by Dennis Borczon
December 27th, 2020, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leroy Savignys
Replies: 44
Views: 2963

Re: Leroy Savignys

If Beaux Monts and Brulees are the LESSER 1er Crus ... which are the better? [scratch.gif]. Malconsorts, Cros Parantoux, until recently La Grand Rue... (btw: "recently" was 30 years ago ...) I agree with Cros Parantoux, but Malconsorts is imho not superior to Beaumonts nor to Brulees ... ...
by Dennis Borczon
December 27th, 2020, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leroy Savignys
Replies: 44
Views: 2963

Re: Leroy Savignys

Robert Sand wrote: December 26th, 2020, 7:14 am
Dennis Borczon wrote: December 26th, 2020, 4:56 am Sorry, for that kind of coin you can get some of the lesser Leroy Vosne 1ers like Les Beaux Monts or Brulees. Probably a better bet.
If Beaux Monts and Brulees are the LESSER 1er Crus ... which are the better? [scratch.gif].
Malconsorts, Cros Parantoux, until recently La Grand Rue...
by Dennis Borczon
December 27th, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leroy Savignys
Replies: 44
Views: 2963

Re: Leroy Savignys

Once again, a quite interesting video. Makes you wonder why other producers have not tried the same methods? With the prices she gets for her wines, the incentive seems to be there...growing a canopy out seems a fairly low cost change in vineyard management, given the big picture. We are not talking...
by Dennis Borczon
December 26th, 2020, 5:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leroy Savignys
Replies: 44
Views: 2963

Re: Leroy Savignys

Bill Sweeney wrote: December 26th, 2020, 4:58 am Is that price for a case? Seems insane for a single bottle.
Pretty sure this is per bottle. Leroy exists in it's own universe of pricing. Basically DRC prices without the meticulous excellence maintained by HDV. She seems to have a personal mystique about her wines akin to Jayer. Insane $$$
by Dennis Borczon
December 26th, 2020, 4:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leroy Savignys
Replies: 44
Views: 2963

Re: Leroy Savignys

Sorry, for that kind of coin you can get some of the lesser Leroy Vosne 1ers like Les Beaux Monts or Brulees. Probably a better bet.
by Dennis Borczon
December 24th, 2020, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Authenticity of Petrus Bottles
Replies: 54
Views: 4232

Re: Authenticity of Petrus Bottles

unless they are really cheap, hard pass. First bottle looks like water damage. This ain't from the 1940s. Why wrap cellophane around the other labels? Unless you may be trying to disguise some defect?
by Dennis Borczon
December 23rd, 2020, 5:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Cedric Bouchard Val Vilaine
Replies: 46
Views: 2545

Re: TN: Cedric Bouchard Val Vilaine

Can someone give me a guide on how to read Roses de Jeanne vintages? I am just a tad confused as I saw a bottle of 2019 Roses de Jeanne / Cedric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs Cote de Val Vilaine but when I checked its Celllartacker entry it is actually V17 (2017 vintage). Not sure how retailers...
by Dennis Borczon
December 19th, 2020, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VinConnect
Replies: 36
Views: 2544

Re: VinConnect

@ Kevin Sidders “VinConnect customers are the most knowledgeable and passionate about their wines”. What evidence do you have to support this? Not Kevin, but I interpreted the sentence you semi-quoted as referring to wineries direct-to-consumer mailing lists not his company’s customer base. Meaning...
by Dennis Borczon
December 18th, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Normandy Cidre in the DC Area?
Replies: 13
Views: 485

Re: Normandy Cidre in the DC Area?

Rob Panzer, on our board, carries one of the best producers. He is in Delaware...
by Dennis Borczon
December 18th, 2020, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley on Shipping Costs, Supporting Small Wineries
Replies: 134
Views: 8048

Re: Esther Mobley on Shipping Costs, Supporting Small Wineries

For example, if someone is interested in a wine that they can get locally at retail for $40, if that same wine costs $40 (or more) at the winery plus significant shipping costs, then it gets financially impractical for that consumer to want to purchase it directly from the winery. In the Minneapoli...
by Dennis Borczon
December 17th, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thomas 2018
Replies: 50
Views: 5246

Re: Thomas 2018

I found it interesting that one of the empty bottles on the shelf behind William Kelly on a recent podcast was a Thomas pinot. Never had this producer on the radar before now. Suppose that is pretty good publicity. Would be interested to try out....sounds old world, sham about the 2020s
by Dennis Borczon
December 15th, 2020, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a corked wine still be used in a marinade?
Replies: 34
Views: 1857

Re: Can a corked wine still be used in a marinade?

That's what cheap wine is for...
by Dennis Borczon
December 15th, 2020, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley on Shipping Costs, Supporting Small Wineries
Replies: 134
Views: 8048

Re: Esther Mobley on Shipping Costs, Supporting Small Wineries

FYI, I recently had 5 cases of wine shipped from France to UK for 48€. The ridiculous US shipping costs are another byproduct of the Prohibition Mafia regime. That is pretty cheap considering the VAT is 8€ alone. Also, you have to remember, the distance from Paris to London is like Indianapolis to ...
by Dennis Borczon
December 13th, 2020, 4:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Window - Low(er) Temperatures
Replies: 61
Views: 3397

Re: Shipping Window - Low(er) Temperatures

Good question, but I live at the other end of the state, Lake Erie Lakeshore, which at times is basically like the North Pole. I have done experiments where I have left a bottle of cheap wine, in my backyard, in a Styrofoam shipper for days with nary an ice crystal in it. With any kind of decent shi...
by Dennis Borczon
December 13th, 2020, 4:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Magazines
Replies: 12
Views: 1182

Re: Wine Magazines

If you want to go deep down the rabbit hole, The World of Fine Wines is about the most geeky and in depth publication out there. It is sort of like Architectural Digest for wine lovers. You have to get past the ads for diahmonnnnds and Jag-u-rrrr-s, but the opinion and thought pieces there are first...
by Dennis Borczon
December 12th, 2020, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: off the beaten path
Replies: 111
Views: 5607

Re: off the beaten path

[winner.gif] Here are a few of the more unique or under the radar wines I've found to be palate broadening for me: Bressan Pignol Dr. Konstantin Frank Saperavi Alois Lageder Kalterersee Classico Römigberg (Schiavia grape) GD Vajra Freisa Donabaum Neuburger Federspiel Cambas Moschofilero Anselmet Pet...
by Dennis Borczon
December 11th, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Neophyte's Inquiry Of Cedric Bouchard
Replies: 18
Views: 1596

Re: A Neophyte's Inquiry Of Cedric Bouchard

You certainly made a big investment in a wine you are unsure about! Why not pop a couple of those bottles now to find out how you like them yourself? Not something that I generally do at this stage of the game but I must admit being caught up in a combination of the hype, widespread availability, a...

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