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by Larry Stein
July 14th, 2020, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13703
Views: 668944

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Côt = Malbec
by Larry Stein
July 9th, 2020, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A question for our elder states(men/women)
Replies: 50
Views: 2486

Re: A question for our elder states(men/women)

I just turned 66. I'm not buying much these days as ~950 bottles is enough. I don't buy Bordeaux so that makes that easy. The last red Burgundy vintage I purchased in quantity was 2005. I have Chablis through 2014 with a couple of 2016s. German Riesling? I'd say ~80% of what I have is 2001-4 (no '03...
by Larry Stein
July 7th, 2020, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 538
Views: 37859

Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

2002 Paso Robles Zin (Dusi Ranch) - 100% Zin, 14.4 alc. This bottle was in an ideal spot. The texture on it was amazing. No rough edges, perfectly balanced. My friends and I were stunned as to how good it was.
by Larry Stein
July 3rd, 2020, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8786
Views: 1295854

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

FWIW, those wines were sold to me by a Deadhead. He and I are still close friends.
by Larry Stein
July 2nd, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8786
Views: 1295854

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

I was told I probably paid $24 for '80 Cros Parantoux and that my cost for Echezeaux would've been ~$35. But still...
by Larry Stein
July 2nd, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8786
Views: 1295854

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

I just checked out some of that catalog. If I had known then (part 355)...I paid $24/btl on release for '80 Henri Jayer Echezeaux. Hell, I could pay off the rest of my mortgage if I still had a case (I have none left).
by Larry Stein
June 27th, 2020, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinography article on Edmunds St. John
Replies: 4
Views: 190

Vinography article on Edmunds St. John

https://www.vinography.com/2020/06/the- ... ds-st-john

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Steve may not be the best winemaker in California, but no one is better.
by Larry Stein
June 26th, 2020, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How was 62 for DRC?
Replies: 22
Views: 982

Re: How was 62 for DRC?

DRC hit it out of the park in ‘62. However, unless storage is pristine, I wouldn’t chance it. Also, can’t see the ullage. LT is one of the greatest Burgundies I’ve drunk, but I had it over 35 years ago and it was out of a 3 liter bottle.
by Larry Stein
June 25th, 2020, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...
Replies: 131
Views: 4047

Re: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...

Mark Y wrote:
June 25th, 2020, 6:58 pm
Before tonight, i could have said never had a Sparkling Beaujolais.
Brun FRV100? (say the letters and number in French)
by Larry Stein
June 25th, 2020, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...
Replies: 131
Views: 4047

Re: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...

I went to one Heublein auction tasting. Several of us went. We staggered ourselves in the line for the real old stuff. That way we pretty much got to taste them all. When it was my turn, the 1829 Hermitage was being poured. The pourer's wrist buckled a bit and I got nearly a full glass! He shrugged ...
by Larry Stein
June 25th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...
Replies: 131
Views: 4047

Re: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...

Excellent Napa Cab vintage. Cult cabs hadn't started yet so pretty much everything is old-school style. Mondavi Reserve is terrific.
by Larry Stein
June 25th, 2020, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...
Replies: 131
Views: 4047

Re: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...

I have never paid more than $250 for a bottle of wine as I believe you can drink very very well way below that price point. I assume you're talking retail, not restaurant prices. For me, I've never paid more $150! Ridge Monte Bello futures are pretty close to that. That's my one wine indulgence. I ...
by Larry Stein
June 25th, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...
Replies: 131
Views: 4047

Re: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...

I couldn't pull the trigger on a Durand. So I requested one as a gift. It works beautifully. Sure you can juggle an ah-so and regular corkscrew but it's a hassle. Exactly. IMO, this is one of the VERY few wine tools that's worth the hype. And to continue this thread, I've never owned a fancy/shmanc...
by Larry Stein
June 24th, 2020, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cedarville/Susan
Replies: 7
Views: 407

Re: Cedarville/Susan

Oh no, that’s horrible news! A friend told me about them when they were pouring their first vintage (1998 Syrah) at the Rhône Rangers tasting at Fort Mason. I was very impressed. I’ve been on their mailing list ever since. I helped them pour a couple of times at those RR Fort Mason events. I went to...
by Larry Stein
June 24th, 2020, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...
Replies: 131
Views: 4047

Re: Lets play...I HAVE NEVER...

Being an elder POS (66), I've had pretty much every European wine mentioned above except Krug CdAmbonnay. The only one that comes to mind that I've never had is Bartolo Mascarello Barolo. Given that I've been drinking/tasting seriously for 40+ years, I might have and just don't remember! I've never ...
by Larry Stein
June 23rd, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge - Unusual or Rare Bottlings?
Replies: 108
Views: 5852

Re: Ridge - Unusual or Rare Bottlings?

Bummer. I'd love to taste it. They're releasing a Falanghina to the US market?
by Larry Stein
June 23rd, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge - Unusual or Rare Bottlings?
Replies: 108
Views: 5852

Re: Ridge - Unusual or Rare Bottlings?

Thanks. I checked Ridge's website and that one isn't listed. In all the Ridge picnics I've attended with all the folks who have extensive Ridge cellars, I've never seen that one.
by Larry Stein
June 23rd, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge - Unusual or Rare Bottlings?
Replies: 108
Views: 5852

Re: Ridge - Unusual or Rare Bottlings?

!!!

Has Ridge ever made a Pinot? Off the top of my head, I don't think so.
by Larry Stein
June 22nd, 2020, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Caves Duplessis Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos
Replies: 21
Views: 647

Re: TN: 2014 Caves Duplessis Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

I can't recall any cork issues from the 2007-13 vintage wines I've opened.
by Larry Stein
June 22nd, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Caves Duplessis Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos
Replies: 21
Views: 647

Re: TN: 2014 Caves Duplessis Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

Keith Levenberg wrote:
June 22nd, 2020, 1:35 pm
My favorite Chablis producer, but I have had premoxed bottles too. Are they still using cork?
Which vintages/wines? Definitely all cork through 2014. Don't know since then.
by Larry Stein
June 22nd, 2020, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8786
Views: 1295854

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

I assume since there's a federal injunction against Royal, this has been reported to the appropriate authorities?
by Larry Stein
June 21st, 2020, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Caves Duplessis Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos
Replies: 21
Views: 647

Re: TN: 2014 Caves Duplessis Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

Selection Massale’s roster is predominantly natural wine producers. Duplessis is not natural. However, because of that, your best bet to finding the wines is from shops that tend to veer in that direction. Those stores are the ones where SM sells their wine.
by Larry Stein
June 20th, 2020, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking much 2005 red Burgundy?
Replies: 32
Views: 1402

Re: Drinking much 2005 red Burgundy?

I agree with David. I've had some lieu-dit and village wines that were drinking very nicely. A recent bottle of Gevrey "Les Evocelles", de la Vougeraie was super.
by Larry Stein
June 20th, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Caves Duplessis Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos
Replies: 21
Views: 647

Re: TN: 2014 Caves Duplessis Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

Infanticide! Maybe I'll open a bottle of '14 Chablis AC in the near future, but I'm not touching my 1er crus and Clos from that vintage! I'm slowly working my way through my 11s. 10s are too young (for me). I have 5 1/2 cases of Duplessis. Just 5 bottles left from 2007-09 (two '09 Montmains and one ...
by Larry Stein
June 20th, 2020, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction
Replies: 40
Views: 3262

Re: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction

I dealt with a lot of old Burgundy when I worked at Draper & Esquin. 90% of the fills in the catalogue are typical of what I saw and drank. There were rarely any issues.
by Larry Stein
June 19th, 2020, 9:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction
Replies: 40
Views: 3262

Re: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction

How does one even acquire such a haul of 1971 RC? As Mel said, DRC was only sold in mixed cases then. Typically, 3 Ech, 2 GE, 1 RSV, 2 Rich, 3 LT, and 1 RC. The wines were easily obtainable. I belonged to a wine tasting group in Berkeley in the 80s with several members ITB. At one tasting, someone ...
by Larry Stein
June 19th, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction
Replies: 40
Views: 3262

Re: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction

Lucia's cellar had bottles of '45 DRC G-E and a full case or nearly so of Richebourg. We wondered why no La Tache. A couple of years later, a full case was found at a friend's house in the Berkeley hills.
by Larry Stein
June 19th, 2020, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction
Replies: 40
Views: 3262

Re: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction

IIRC, Dennis has either passed away or is very ill. If I'm not mistaken, he contracted Parkinson's. You're correct on much of the wine already being sold. A local wine merchant (he's still ITB) associated with Ben all through the years. He told me as such a few years ago. Although the quantity that ...
by Larry Stein
June 19th, 2020, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction
Replies: 40
Views: 3262

Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction

This is the real deal. There won't be any fakes here. When I was in the biz in the 80s, his cellar was legendary then. Good news is that it's NOT being offered via Acker. I don't see a link to the auction catalog in the article and didn't find one on Christie's website. https://www.christies.com/fea...
by Larry Stein
June 13th, 2020, 7:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your German riesling breakdown
Replies: 73
Views: 2247

Re: Your German riesling breakdown

I've been drinking down my German wines. Down to about 10 cases from 20, with no plans to buy. I'm drinking less and less off-dry wine. For the price of many GGs, I'd rather buy Trimbach CFE (oh wait, that's another thread...) GG - 1 bottle (it was a gift) Kabinett - 28 Spatlese - 92 Auslese - 4 Of ...
by Larry Stein
June 13th, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: American Cancer Society - no drinking allowed
Replies: 55
Views: 2338

Re: American Cancer Society - no drinking allowed

I'd say we have bacon only 3 times during the month. A friend in my Zoom wine group is very well connected with a market where he can easily source Kurobota and Sakura pork. He buys whole racks (8 chops) and divides them up. He even vacuum seals in 2 chop packs. The Sakura is flippin' amazing. Those...
by Larry Stein
June 13th, 2020, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: American Cancer Society - no drinking allowed
Replies: 55
Views: 2338

Re: American Cancer Society - no drinking allowed

I'm also a cancer survivor. Stage 3 intraductal carcinoma, a rarer, more aggressive form of prostate cancer. It didn't spread to the lymph nodes because I had the largest prostate the surgeon had ever seen. The tumor had too much tissue to work through. Surgery was last July. I was the talk of the U...
by Larry Stein
June 5th, 2020, 12:16 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Non-virtual post-shutdown gathering: Older Ridge, SF Bay Area, Sept-Oct 2020
Replies: 53
Views: 2694

Re: Non-virtual post-shutdown gathering: Older Ridge, SF Bay Area, Sept-Oct 2020

All the wines from the 90s are gone, and just a few wines pre-2005. The wines I picked up from WineBid were 2002 and 2003 Ponzo Zin, 2002 Paso Robles Zin, 2003 York Creek Zin, and 2000/2002/2004 Mazzoni Home Ranch.
by Larry Stein
June 5th, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Non-virtual post-shutdown gathering: Older Ridge, SF Bay Area, Sept-Oct 2020
Replies: 53
Views: 2694

Re: Non-virtual post-shutdown gathering: Older Ridge, SF Bay Area, Sept-Oct 2020

I went for 2 more bottles: 09 and 10 Ponzo Zin. Hard to pass up at $30 each. I still haven't picked up my bottle of 06 Estate Cab at WineBank that I got for $49.
by Larry Stein
June 3rd, 2020, 5:49 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Non-virtual post-shutdown gathering: Older Ridge, SF Bay Area, Sept-Oct 2020
Replies: 53
Views: 2694

Re: Non-virtual post-shutdown gathering: Older Ridge, SF Bay Area, Sept-Oct 2020

Ashish, did you grab the '05 Estate Cab for $45? Killer price. That was gone when I got to K&L's site. I got 2 btls each of '00 Geyserville and '05 Old School Zin. I've opened both for the Monte Bello picnics and they've been great. Between those and the 7 bottles of Ridge I've won recently via Wine...
by Larry Stein
June 3rd, 2020, 1:58 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Non-virtual post-shutdown gathering: Older Ridge, SF Bay Area, Sept-Oct 2020
Replies: 53
Views: 2694

Re: Non-virtual post-shutdown gathering: Older Ridge, SF Bay Area, Sept-Oct 2020

AAgrawal wrote:
June 3rd, 2020, 1:31 pm
FYI: Tons of older Ridge wines just showed up at K&L if you're looking to purchase some. Prices are very reasonable.
Holy sh&t!
by Larry Stein
May 27th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese Goldkapsel Auction
Replies: 12
Views: 482

Re: TN: 2001 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese Goldkapsel Auction

I only have 7 bottles left of '01s divided between the 3 wines I mentioned. I paid wholesale price so there wasn't a lot invested to begin with.
by Larry Stein
May 27th, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese Goldkapsel Auction
Replies: 12
Views: 482

Re: TN: 2001 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese Goldkapsel Auction

I guess I got lucky being able to source my Loosen '01s from Old Vine. Those wines were shipped directly to Old Vine. There was no intermediary in the US between the two.
by Larry Stein
May 26th, 2020, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese Goldkapsel Auction
Replies: 12
Views: 482

Re: TN: 2001 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese Goldkapsel Auction

Really? Within the past 6 months, I've had 2 bottles of '01 Erdener Treppchen Spat. and one 01 Graacher Himmelreich 'Stablay' Spat. One bottle of Erdener was a touch past it and the second bottle as well as the Graach were just fine with plenty of life ahead. I think there were real problems in '02 ...
by Larry Stein
May 26th, 2020, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 German Riesling
Replies: 126
Views: 5478

Re: 2019 German Riesling

Does anyone currently import Vollenweider into the US? Just curious as I’m not buying German Riesling at the moment. I have a good deal of that property’s wines from 2001, 02, and 04.
by Larry Stein
May 26th, 2020, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese Goldkapsel Auction
Replies: 12
Views: 482

Re: TN: 2001 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese Goldkapsel Auction

I had my last bottle of 1997 a couple of weeks ago. It was stunning. At one time, I was a friend of the local Loosen importer before Loosen decided to handle US importing on its own. Rather than return small odds-and-ends quantities, Erni told him just to keep those. There were a few bottles each of...
by Larry Stein
May 26th, 2020, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A free bottle of 1990 La Tâche!
Replies: 19
Views: 1260

Re: A free bottle of 1990 La Tâche!

It had a chocolate note that I don't usually associate with La Tâche. It must be a fake!
by Larry Stein
May 26th, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them
Replies: 112
Views: 4150

Re: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them

For some of us, it's not that we don't appreciate them. Some of the greatest wines I've ever had were sweet wines. I'd certainly never turn down a pour of d'Yquem. It's how it affects my body. I don't sleep as well when I have a wine with that much sugar combined with the alcohol levels of Port and ...
by Larry Stein
May 25th, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A free bottle of 1990 La Tâche!
Replies: 19
Views: 1260

Re: A free bottle of 1990 La Tâche!

Tomás Costa wrote:
May 25th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Hollywood Jef would say it's great!
[rofl.gif]
by Larry Stein
May 25th, 2020, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A free bottle of 1990 La Tâche!
Replies: 19
Views: 1260

A free bottle of 1990 La Tâche!

Well, it is only 4 inches tall, but don't look a gift horse...

A friend is a real artist when it comes to decorating cookies and cakes.
by Larry Stein
May 24th, 2020, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them
Replies: 112
Views: 4150

Re: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them

I'm pretty much in the same camp. I very rarely drink sweet wine anymore. I have 10 cases of German Riesling and only 4 bottles (three 750s, one 375) are Auslese. Rest are Kab/Spat. I have 2 bottles of vintage Port. I open about one bottle a year. I purchased a case of '77 Dow on release and still h...
by Larry Stein
May 14th, 2020, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4417

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

FWIW, a US producer used DIAM 5 on some red wines from 2008. I opened a bottle a couple of months ago, and the results were excellent. Right on the expected course of evolution. It was a Syrah from a producer with a history of wines that age very well (ESJ). Steve and I each opened a bottle of '07 ...
by Larry Stein
May 5th, 2020, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13703
Views: 668944

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

When my father passed away in 2007, I cleared out his wine and liquor closet. There were only a couple of worthwhile wines. The one great bottle I found in his liquor stash was an unopened bottle of Crown Royal that given the labeling, he would've had to have purchased in Canada. He hadn't been to C...
by Larry Stein
May 1st, 2020, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with tacos al pastor?
Replies: 45
Views: 1596

Re: Pairing with tacos al pastor?

Agree with Indian, too. However with Thai, Riesling with good acidity is an excellent match.
by Larry Stein
April 29th, 2020, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8786
Views: 1295854

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

(20/20 hindsight disclaimer)
If I still owned all the Henri Jayer Burgundies I drank, Kapon would be the last person on Earth I'd let near 'em.

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