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by Craig G
May 22nd, 2019, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County)
Replies: 6
Views: 104

Re: TN: 2009 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County)

Yes, 2017 is out and it’s very tasty. They’ve been serving and selling it at recent Ridge events. I’m not sure if it’s in stores.
by Craig G
May 22nd, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County)
Replies: 6
Views: 104

Re: TN: 2009 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County)

My general aging recommendation for Geyserville is “drink closest available.”
by Craig G
May 22nd, 2019, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 105
Views: 4855

Re: Robert Parker retires

Mike Miller wrote:
May 18th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Gary York wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 3:58 pm
I wish him well in retirement. It must not be an easy thing to do knowing that your life's work will be destroyed.
I don't know. That's true for 99.99% of all humans. Including a vast majority commenting on this thread, no?
Are you saying Todd is going to shut down the board?
by Craig G
May 22nd, 2019, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Gonon
Replies: 28
Views: 2021

Re: 2017 Gonon

NoahR wrote:
May 22nd, 2019, 1:40 pm
R_Gilbane wrote:
May 22nd, 2019, 8:41 am
scamhi wrote:
May 22nd, 2019, 5:35 am
i bought Gonon at these prices- all sold out at this retailer.
2017 Saint-Joseph $44.99
2017 Iles Feray $29.99
You overpaid. I got 2 cases of the SJ for $39.99 with shipping.
Wow! That’s under $2/ bottle!
Dang. I came here to post that.
by Craig G
May 22nd, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Chateau Magdelaine, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Replies: 21
Views: 355

Re: TN: 2002 Chateau Magdelaine, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

If Figeac changed to taste exactly like 1982 Cheval Blanc, Robert would still reject it.
by Craig G
May 22nd, 2019, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bouchard Volnay Caillerets
Replies: 8
Views: 455

Re: Bouchard Volnay Caillerets

Nowell Karten wrote:
May 22nd, 2019, 1:05 am
It seems 2016 and 2017 are labeled as Volnay "Les Caillerets," whereas preceding vintages were labeled Volnay "Les Caillerets - Ancienne Cuvée Carnot."
That doesn’t seem to be uniformly true, because there are pictures of 2016 with the Carnot designation.
by Craig G
May 21st, 2019, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bouchard Volnay Caillerets
Replies: 8
Views: 455

Re: Bouchard Volnay Caillerets

Are these US imports? And if so, which importers?
by Craig G
May 21st, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bouchard Volnay Caillerets
Replies: 8
Views: 455

Re: Bouchard Volnay Caillerets

I thought I had once seen such a thing but it’s not listed on Bouchard’s site and the CT listings look suspiciously like incorrect entries for Ancienne Cuvee Carnot (for example there is a Burghound link for the 2016 but no such link for 2016 Carnot).
by Craig G
May 21st, 2019, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 207
Views: 11654

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
May 21st, 2019, 6:42 am
And per the winemaker and COO, only happened because of sharply reduced volume of the top wine in 2018.

But feel free to make up reasons to get mad.
Yet they say the same people will have the opportunity to buy the same wine on release? I don’t think people are making up reasons to get mad.
by Craig G
May 20th, 2019, 10:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most complex wines under <$50
Replies: 41
Views: 1869

Re: Most complex wines under <$50

Lots of good suggestions above. Here are some of mine: Chateau des Tours Cotes du Rhône Faiveley Mercurey Clos du Roy Faiveley Mercurey Clos des Myglands Produttori Del Barbaresco Barbaresco Produttori Del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo Copain Les Voisins Syrah I also agree with Cantemerle, Geyserville ...
by Craig G
May 20th, 2019, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 207
Views: 11654

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

I have no axe to grind with Ridge. I was an ATP member for many years, I visit often and enjoy the events, and recently I’ve bought the Estate Cab just about every year. I don’t buy MB though I do consider it one of the very best CA wines. I don’t like hearing this sort of thing, though: Regarding t...
by Craig G
May 20th, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Christophe Roumier Ruchottes-Chambertin
Replies: 14
Views: 680

Re: TN: 1999 Christophe Roumier Ruchottes-Chambertin

brigcampbell wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 5:32 pm
Clearly, something wasn't right.
Flawed tasters?
by Craig G
May 20th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is the New World equivalent of Chablis
Replies: 34
Views: 1311

Re: Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is the New World equivalent of Chablis

There should be a mandatory training class before posting a poll.
by Craig G
May 19th, 2019, 8:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Impossible burgers
Replies: 32
Views: 918

Re: Impossible burgers

My personal view (and actually shared by several vegetarians I know) is that trying to mimic meat with non meat ingredients is missing the point of being vegetarian. Fake meat is Like going to a brothel for a kiss. If I eat vegetarian I dont want fake meat, I want good tasting and presumably health...
by Craig G
May 18th, 2019, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 207
Views: 11654

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Had dinner last night with Eric Baugher, winemaker and COO of Ridge. He was upfront about the cutbacks. He was not happy that they had to do it, but the MB selection was only 30% of the harvest, so much less than normally anticipated. He said it was normally closer to 50%. Let’s be clear: They didn...
by Craig G
May 18th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP André Lurton
Replies: 4
Views: 497

Re: RIP André Lurton

Lurton is one of those names where if I see it on a bottle, I’ll try it. I found lots of good Bordeaux that way. RIP.
by Craig G
May 17th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 105
Views: 4855

Re: Robert Parker retires

He has had a tremendous impact, and many things have changed for the better in large part because of him. Would you be so kind as to list the "changed for the better" part? Wine shipping for one. In the 80’s there were an astounding number of heat damaged bottles from Europe on shelves of US wine s...
by Craig G
May 17th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I had a long day, and Fu pissed me off, so I popped a 2016 Gonon St Joe
Replies: 73
Views: 2780

Re: I had a long day, and Fu pissed me off, so I popped a 2016 Gonon St Joe

Unfortunately you might be confusing Finland with Sweden here. During the time of the vikings the only thing Finland had to do with vikings was fighting them when they came-a-raidin'. Probably with exceptionally well-sharpened twigs, clubs made of dried fishes and mämmi (you might want to google th...
by Craig G
May 17th, 2019, 2:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A lineup that Alfert would approve
Replies: 18
Views: 734

Re: A lineup that Alfert would approve

My bottle of 96 JG was corked so it’s a bit hard to tell, but from the structure it seemed like it needed about 50 more years in the bottle.
by Craig G
May 17th, 2019, 2:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Gonon
Replies: 28
Views: 2021

Re: 2017 Gonon

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 7:57 am
No, but he’s pissing me off now, cause I can’t take delivery of the 2017s until Fall! Too dang hot.
In your office?
by Craig G
May 17th, 2019, 2:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I had a long day, and Fu pissed me off, so I popped a 2016 Gonon St Joe
Replies: 73
Views: 2780

Re: I had a long day, and Fu pissed me off, so I popped a 2016 Gonon St Joe

Otto Forsberg wrote:
May 17th, 2019, 2:06 am
a rather flatulent character
If this had been Robert’s bottle, I might suspect one of the dogs.
by Craig G
May 15th, 2019, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I had a long day, and Fu pissed me off, so I popped a 2016 Gonon St Joe
Replies: 73
Views: 2780

Re: I had a long day, and Fu pissed me off, so I popped a 2016 Gonon St Joe

Ian S wrote:
May 15th, 2019, 7:48 pm
Greg Pierce wrote:
May 15th, 2019, 7:18 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
May 15th, 2019, 7:14 pm

In lieu of guns, however, I have Golden Retrievers.
Well, based upon some friends' Goldens, they would kill them with cuteness (and slobber).
Don't kid yourself - Goldens will FIERCELY defend their masters if necessary.
Unless distracted by a chicken wing.
by Craig G
May 15th, 2019, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An important tasting of Chateaux Magdelaine and Bel-Air Monange, 1970-2014 with a 1971 Figeac "ringer"
Replies: 36
Views: 1556

Re: An important tasting of Chateaux Magdelaine and Bel-Air Monange, 1970-2014 with a 1971 Figeac "ringer"

I haven’t tried to jump on the Magdelaine bandwagon but I did buy three bottles of 1992 last year when JJ Buckley listed it, as it’s my older daughter’s birth year and she likes red wine. I’m very pleased to read your note.
by Craig G
May 15th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 4120

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

Not much mention of Maybach in this thread. They certainly fall under "cult" status, therefore would be a Classified Growth by this thread's hypothetical definition, given that their secondary market price is twice or more of release price. Reallly? Double or more on release price ? 2013 and 2014 a...
by Craig G
May 14th, 2019, 8:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century
Replies: 69
Views: 2028

Re: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century

I have found very few 2009s that I like and the 2010s I have had just don’t measure up to 1982s and 2005s I have had or frankly even 1996s. Big fruit isn’t everything. The best Bordeauxs combine richness with freshness and elegance. I'm not arguing as to what your palate is, but what's critical con...
by Craig G
May 14th, 2019, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best villages to wander around in Burgundy?
Replies: 17
Views: 1055

Re: Best villages to wander around in Burgundy?

They're all pretty tiny except for Beaune and NSG. They also all have their charms. My strong recommendation would be to rent a bike and do it that way. Easiest way to see the towns, get deep into the vineyards, and get a good sense of the landscape. Not much better than peddling around the Cote d'...
by Craig G
May 14th, 2019, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Important vs. Unimportant tastings
Replies: 39
Views: 1669

Re: Important vs. Unimportant tastings

John Morris wrote:
May 13th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Since the genesis of this thread was one started by Tom Reddick, whose first language, I'm pretty sure is English, I don't think this is a matter of mistranslation.
Objection. Texas.
by Craig G
May 13th, 2019, 9:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 02 dp p2 $399-thoughts?
Replies: 34
Views: 1874

Re: 02 dp p2 $399-thoughts?

dbailey wrote:
May 13th, 2019, 1:42 pm
Mark Golodetz wrote:
May 13th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Interesting; my merchant friend was offered a grand total of six bottles.
Pm me if you want and I’ll steer you to mine.
You didn’t take it all?

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by Craig G
May 13th, 2019, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 95
Views: 5456

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

Celebrating my daughter’s move to LA, we drank several of her birth year wines, the best of which was a super 1992 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon... and digging for it in the cellar unearthed two hidden bottles of 92 Dominus which will be opened in the future!
by Craig G
May 13th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Using corked wine making Coq au vin
Replies: 44
Views: 1031

Re: Coq au vin

Alan Rath wrote:
May 13th, 2019, 9:43 am
Start with a decent, but not great, corked wine.
Sounds like a recipe for a total coq-up.
by Craig G
May 13th, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Levet Journaries pairing
Replies: 7
Views: 382

Re: 2015 Levet Journaries pairing

It’s not so much the oak as the charred peat. Like Alan said, it smells like a BBQ pit. I was a little surprised since I used to like it a lot, but apparently it changed 20 years ago (like Pape Clement!).
by Craig G
May 13th, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16068
Views: 379211

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Drie Fonteinen Hommage: Color, nose and price all remind one of Chambolle Musigny :-)
by Craig G
May 13th, 2019, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Levet Journaries pairing
Replies: 7
Views: 382

Re: 2015 Levet Journaries pairing

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
May 12th, 2019, 7:05 pm
Just finished a fantastic seafood dinner with an Oban 18 and Lagavulin 16, and the first thought was, Levet is the Islay Malt of wine.
And Lagavulin 16 is the Pape Clement of Scotch.
by Craig G
May 12th, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins
Replies: 90
Views: 1445

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins

Craig G wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 10:02 pm
dteng wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 9:25 pm
Craig, you find your Corton?
No, not yet, and I’m probably unlikely for Monday due to work.
Confirming I won’t make it.
by Craig G
May 12th, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Cazetiers”
Replies: 6
Views: 564

Re: TN: 2016 Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Cazetiers”

Even through the stylistic changes within Erwan's tenure, I think Faiveley's Cazetiers is often among the best values among Côte de Nuits Premier Crus and certainly among Gevrey Premier Crus at its price-level. I would say “especially with the style changes.” In my opinion Erwan’s wines are far bet...
by Craig G
May 11th, 2019, 10:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Cazetiers”
Replies: 6
Views: 564

Re: TN: 2016 Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Cazetiers”

Take this for what it’s worth as my experience doesn’t go too far up the line, but I have some opinions on “new Faiveley” (since Erwan’s style change circa 2007): 1. Everything I’ve had has been excellent, from Bourgogne on up. 2. If you’re looking for something to drink now, consider the lower end,...
by Craig G
May 11th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins
Replies: 90
Views: 1445

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins

ChrisStags wrote:
May 11th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Hate to do this but my wife just informed me that we are going to Pacific Grove on Monday for a few days for her bday. Sorry guys!
Shouldn’t you remind her that her birthday is only one day?
by Craig G
May 11th, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century
Replies: 69
Views: 2028

Re: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century

I had indeed forgotten the 1842s.
by Craig G
May 11th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century
Replies: 69
Views: 2028

Re: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century

There are so many centuries, I get them mixed up.
by Craig G
May 11th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century
Replies: 69
Views: 2028

Re: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century

1979, 1981 and 1988 are candidates for me. More recently, 2001. I haven’t had that many 2014s but it seems like a good candidate too. I’m quite intrigued by 2017 as well but it needs more time to make prices look attractive. If I pick just one, 1988. I’m disqualifying 1985 as there was enough hype a...
by Craig G
May 11th, 2019, 1:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 9742

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

But resistance to GMOs is the leftist version of science denial. This is not always true. Some people oppose GMOs because of the way they are patented and used (some would say abused) by corporations. If the motives behind GMO development were always humanitarian, public opinion might be different....
by Craig G
May 10th, 2019, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 4120

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

Anton D wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 9:49 am
A. So wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 9:34 am
Ridge MB is not Napa
D’oh!

I skipped that part!
It all looks the same from Chico.
by Craig G
May 10th, 2019, 10:02 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins
Replies: 90
Views: 1445

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - May 13 - Paul Matins

dteng wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 9:25 pm
Craig, you find your Corton?
No, not yet, and I’m probably unlikely for Monday due to work.
by Craig G
May 10th, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JL Chave question
Replies: 3
Views: 633

Re: JL Chave question

Looks like it changed in 2009, judging from CT photos.
by Craig G
May 10th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Important vs. Unimportant tastings
Replies: 39
Views: 1669

Re: Important vs. Unimportant tastings

i'm far more interested in when it's ok to refer to yourself in the third person in your thread title [scratch.gif] It depends on your importance. I know an elite cyclist that refers to himself in third-person, but using his nom de guerre. Is that the height of self-importance and delusion? Owl hav...
by Craig G
May 10th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 burgundy drinking window
Replies: 11
Views: 839

Re: 2016 burgundy drinking window

All those I drank until this week seemed totally open, but then I had a Sirugue Vosne VV That really seemed to be closing down.
by Craig G
May 10th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Important vs. Unimportant tastings
Replies: 39
Views: 1669

Re: Important vs. Unimportant tastings

mark rudner wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 10:12 am
i'm far more interested in when it's ok to refer to yourself in the third person in your thread title [scratch.gif]
It depends on your importance.
by Craig G
May 9th, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wine Gods Are Angry - May 2019 FKA Leo's Blind Tasting Group
Replies: 33
Views: 1437

Re: The Wine Gods Are Angry - May 2019 FKA Leo's Blind Tasting Group

2012 Copain Pinot Noir 'Kiser En Haut' 2010 Copain Pinot Noir 'Kiser En Haut' - corked? 2006 Copain Pinot Noir 'Kiser En Haut' There was debate as to whether the 2010 was corked. It was definitely flawed in some way.The 2006 and 2010 were both lovely, needing only 10 minutes or so in the glass to s...
by Craig G
May 9th, 2019, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: An unimportant tasting of 2016 Bordeaux
Replies: 45
Views: 1979

Re: TN: An unimportant tasting of 2016 Bordeaux

Neal.Mollen wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 5:55 am
Mark Golodetz wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 5:51 am
I am deep into my middle age.
Stealing this
In Florida they call it Bronze Age.

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