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by Scott E. Wade
August 21st, 2019, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings
Replies: 62
Views: 4047

Re: Favorite ACTUAL pizza and wine pairings

Barbera.
by Scott E. Wade
May 13th, 2019, 5:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century
Replies: 69
Views: 2682

Re: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century

A very general gestalt of these vintages. I have always found the 2001s to be a bit angular and the other nit is a little too green. The 2006s I've had have underwhelmed me. From 30,000 foot view, the CT scores for my wines are similar to the 2002s I bought. The 2008s I've had are obviously young an...
by Scott E. Wade
April 1st, 2019, 5:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Bordeaux vintage since 2000?
Replies: 17
Views: 1112

Re: Favorite Bordeaux vintage since 2000?

This is an interesting topic. My FAVORITE is 2000. I think it is still an old school vintage. Which one will time prove to be the BEST? I've heard nearly consensus view among the critics that it will be 2010. Early on, 2009 was thought to be a once in life time vintage. Then people said it will be i...
by Scott E. Wade
April 1st, 2019, 5:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which red burg vintage (1999-2010) showing well now?
Replies: 93
Views: 4468

Re: Which red burg vintage (1999-2010) showing well now?

For premier cru, 1999 would seem a good bet. I've always thought 2002 has been a generous vintage. I've had a string of 2007s from Volnay that have been lovely. A recent 2007 Dujac Malconsorts on the other hand...well, I guess it's in the name.
by Scott E. Wade
December 28th, 2018, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy Burgundy Thursday
Replies: 58
Views: 3286

Re: Happy Burgundy Thursday

I have enjoyed this thread and participated on Cellar Tracker for several years. Some recent Thursdays include Vougeraie Charmes-Chambertin Les Mazoyeres (GC), 2007 Mugneret-Gibourg Chambolle-Musigny Feusselottes and 2010 Drouhin Chambolle-Musigny. Champagne has historically been declared in bounds ...
by Scott E. Wade
December 18th, 2018, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Château Montrose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe)
Replies: 24
Views: 1559

Re: TN: 2004 Château Montrose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe)

This is a really good wine. I think of Montrose as a 20 year wine before it even gets going. I picked up a six pack of these for $40 per. I've had a couple. My note - 3.5 hour decant. Burgundy shoe polish color. Red currant and an earthy muskiness breathe up from the glass. This is like kissing a ba...
by Scott E. Wade
December 6th, 2018, 5:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Angerville
Replies: 35
Views: 2086

Re: Angerville

I'd agree the 2007 Taillepieds is drinking well now. I've had a few and they are all giving.
by Scott E. Wade
November 28th, 2018, 5:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Domaine Dujac Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts
Replies: 13
Views: 1143

Re: TN: 2007 Domaine Dujac Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts

I enjoyed this wine with a fellow Berserker a couple of years ago. It was very memorable. It is a light wine, which seems to reflect the vintage. It just kind of laid there for two hours and then turned to silk. I remember all of the sudden we both looked up at each other when it happened and said t...
by Scott E. Wade
November 21st, 2018, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Rivers-Marie All Right?
Replies: 24
Views: 2408

Re: Is Rivers-Marie All Right?

I just received notice that my wines are set to arrive next Wednesday.

No worries, indeed.
by Scott E. Wade
November 21st, 2018, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Rivers-Marie All Right?
Replies: 24
Views: 2408

Re: Is Rivers-Marie All Right?

I thought my R-M was shipping on 11/5, but I never received a shipping notice. Maybe I wrote down the wrong date and I'm in the 11/12 batch and should expect shipping on 11/26. I'm really not worried, they have always been responsive and gotten the wine to me safely. I received my Myriad wines weeks...
by Scott E. Wade
November 6th, 2018, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: America's Best Merlot
Replies: 123
Views: 6625

Re: America's Best Merlot

The 2017 Wine Spectator Wine of the year was the 2014 Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley Three Palms. I recall the 2001 Paloma Merlot won too. I'm still enjoying Plumpjack Merlot (their Syrah is really good too, but that's another thread - hint, hint). I bought the 2015 Shafer TD-9 blend, but I haven't tri...
by Scott E. Wade
June 25th, 2018, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pot luck tasting notes
Replies: 9
Views: 556

Pot luck tasting notes

He tells me he looks at the ads for the garage sales and goes to them if he sees bottles in the background or the array of stuff they are listing. Another attendee told me he found the 1985 Graham VP I served at a garage sale for $5. Port is pretty sturdy and it's a good bet it's sound. There are a ...
by Scott E. Wade
June 25th, 2018, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pot luck tasting notes
Replies: 9
Views: 556

Pot luck tasting notes

This started off with me wanting to share a few bottles with my wino neighbors. I've made friends with a few who also go on wine travel and collect. Here are a few impressions. Most of these were from my cellar. 2000 Taittinger Comtes. This is how it started. I wanted to share this with my neighbor ...
by Scott E. Wade
January 31st, 2018, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many different Burg producers are represented in your cellar?
Replies: 122
Views: 3275

How many different Burg producers are represented in your cellar?

Twenty-five, but two-thirds of the bottles are in the top eight producers.

Mugneret-Gibourg
Bertheau
Faiveley
Dujac
Bouchard
F. Esmonin
d'Angerville
Lambrays

You can fit the bottles from the bottom six producers in a case.
by Scott E. Wade
January 21st, 2018, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me build a mixed case of vintage 2000 Bordeaux: UPDATE 4/3/18
Replies: 99
Views: 3489

Help me build a mixed case of vintage 2000 Bordeaux (classic)

Both d’Issan and Giscours are outstanding and can be had for just north of $100. Both are classically styled.
by Scott E. Wade
December 11th, 2017, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: With/Where/When the Burgundy rule doesn't exactly apply
Replies: 23
Views: 1186

With/Where/When the Burgundy rule doesn't exactly apply

I've generally seen a vintage signature so strong it can override producer. 2003 and 2004 come to mind. I've had terrible 2004s from almost everyone, including my favorite producers. The same is true with 2003s. Because the wines are so expensive, I've gone away from a hierarchy to a trifecta. If al...
by Scott E. Wade
October 3rd, 2017, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Merlot, post Sideways
Replies: 87
Views: 5661

Merlot, post Sideways

[quote="Robert Alfert, Jr."]Pomerol, all day long.

This. I love U. S. Merlot, but this is the pinnacle of merlot. Between the typical velvety textures and the frequent mineral wash finish Pomerol just seems to have a couple of extra high end gears available.
by Scott E. Wade
October 3rd, 2017, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Burgundy
Replies: 340
Views: 24386

2015 Burgundy

So far I've bought a couple of mixed cases. Dujac Morey-St. Denis, Mugneret Gibourg Vosne Romanee, Bouchard Le Corton and Volnay Cailleret, Faiveley Echezeaux, F. Esmonin Ruchottes, Hudelot-Noellat Chambolle-Musigny, Bertheau Chambolle-Musigny Charmes. I'm still seeking a few more. It doesn't sound ...
by Scott E. Wade
October 2nd, 2017, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Merlot, post Sideways
Replies: 87
Views: 5661

Merlot, post Sideways

My wife and I don't go out to eat much, but when we do I usually order a filet mignon. Merlot is a great pairing for filet. Nothing has helped keep it affordable like Sideways. I've always loved Merlot. I agree Washington makes a lot of good ones and they are very affordable. From Napa I like Pahlme...
by Scott E. Wade
September 19th, 2017, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it me or are most CT scores centered around 90?
Replies: 51
Views: 2136

Is it me or are most CT scores centered around 90?

I think there is a grain of truth in the premise of the OP. There is often a disconnect between the notes and the score and it usually suggests the score should be lower. If you read Eric's scale description the note suggests the score should be lower. Some of the lower scores contain some thoughtfu...
by Scott E. Wade
September 19th, 2017, 6:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you getting irritated by James Suckling's scores?
Replies: 55
Views: 6314

Are you getting irritated by James Suckling's scores?

No, but I can't credit them. I have noticed the same as the OP - they are everywhere. He is the Marines of wine. He is the first to taste and score. Then he is on a lot of the e-mail offers and shelf talkers. I recall reading an article, I think it was published by the Cornell restaurant program or ...
by Scott E. Wade
July 20th, 2017, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pousse question?
Replies: 42
Views: 3098

Pousse question?

This is a good discussion. I will cautiously seek out some more 2011. My humble suggestion would be to try before you buy. I had bought a couple of cases of 2011s on pre-arrival based upon producer. I heard rumors of gms and stopped buying pre-arrivals. I cracked a couple of the less expensive ones...
by Scott E. Wade
July 20th, 2017, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Domaine Dujac Vosne-Romanee 'Malconsorts' 1er
Replies: 27
Views: 1193

TN: 2008 Domaine Dujac Vosne-Romanee 'Malconsorts' 1er

I popped a 2007 about a year ago. It was the most serious 2007 I've had and I may not have given it enough air (respect). It was kind of clunky until two hours in and then it turned to silk. I was serving it at tasting for another WBer who was in town. It was a vivid moment when we both looked up fr...
by Scott E. Wade
July 7th, 2017, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who makes your favorite Bourgogne Rouge and why?
Replies: 56
Views: 3204

Who makes your favorite Bourgogne Rouge and why?

I don't drink a lot at this level, but I've had as much as I like. Mugneret-Gibourg makes my favorite, but it now costs what I paid for their 2006 Villages wine. Theirs reflects the house style, which I consider to be polished. Hudelot-Noellat and Barthod (good typicity) are also good. I need to try...
by Scott E. Wade
June 9th, 2017, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2016 vintage
Replies: 200
Views: 16307

Bordeaux 2016 vintage

So far I've bought only 3 wines, only a handful of halves of each: Calon, D. de Chevalier, and Grand Puy Lacoste. The chances of me buying anything else is low. I will watch for the price on the Figeac, but have no delusions. Neal, I bought the same. I went 1 buy beyond with Branaire Ducru. Otherwi...
by Scott E. Wade
May 25th, 2017, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2016 vintage
Replies: 200
Views: 16307

Bordeaux 2016 vintage

Jim, I had checked for British bank holidays, but not French. blush So tomorrow...
by Scott E. Wade
May 25th, 2017, 6:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2016 vintage
Replies: 200
Views: 16307

Bordeaux 2016 vintage

Right on, Scott...may not be a 'vintage of the century' but 2014 is seeming like a very savvy vintage to have gone long on. This 2015/2016 pricing seems to really make the case that 2014 was/is indeed great value. I came to the realization I wished I had a more from solid "shoulder" vintages like 2...
by Scott E. Wade
May 24th, 2017, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2016 vintage
Replies: 200
Views: 16307

Bordeaux 2016 vintage

There are years I'm done by now. I haven't bought a bottle yet. I sniffed at Montrose, but I'm waiting for Calon. GPL, Leoville B. and Chevalier are also of interest. If Leo B is too high, I'll retreat to Branaire. If Chevalier is too high, I'll buy 2015 Haut Bailly. I'll be curious to see the price...
by Scott E. Wade
May 11th, 2017, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A night of premox
Replies: 23
Views: 874

A night of premox

Sorry for your bad run. Not to put too fine a point on it, but that sucks. I can't believe they still cost so much. That said, I look at myself and white burgs are really the only whites I enjoy (aside from Champagne). I only mostly keep them around for the couple of hot days a year we have or for g...
by Scott E. Wade
May 5th, 2017, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Second Tier in Burgundy
Replies: 68
Views: 5197

The Second Tier in Burgundy

I can't argue with Matthew about Esmonin. I can't afford the Ruchottes versions from Rousseau, Roumier or Mugneret Gibourg. That said, Burghound seems to rate this a 93 almost annually. I paid $78 for the 2010 version versus $135 for it this year (2015). It still is within the realm the OP is seekin...
by Scott E. Wade
May 5th, 2017, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Second Tier in Burgundy
Replies: 68
Views: 5197

The Second Tier in Burgundy

d'Angerville Volnay Champans Bertheau Chambolle Charmes Boisset Chambolle Charmes - the cool kids don't like him because he's not artisanal, but I like his wine maker's finessed style. I think it's safe to say there are some wine writers who post here who are big fans. Bouchard Le Corton Bouchard Vo...
by Scott E. Wade
May 4th, 2017, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mike & Leah buy dirt. Good for them!!
Replies: 13
Views: 1361

Mike & Leah buy dirt. Good for them!!

What are the particulars? Where did they buy? How much acreage? Planted to cabernet, I presume. I remember tasting with him and I asked him if this was one of his goals. He didn't say it was. He didn't say it wasn't. I don't think he was being coy. I walked away kind of thinking it was a dream of hi...
by Scott E. Wade
April 19th, 2017, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: One good 2002 Bordeaux; and one that's not-as-good
Replies: 22
Views: 1556

TN: One good 2002 Bordeaux; and one that's not-as-good

2002 Lagrange is quite a nice bottle. 2002 Pichon Baron was the best I've had from the vintage. That said, I just closed out this vintage in my cellar at approaching 15 years. They were taking spots for better years.
by Scott E. Wade
April 18th, 2017, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: One good 2002 Bordeaux; and one that's not-as-good
Replies: 22
Views: 1556

TN: One good 2002 Bordeaux; and one that's not-as-good

I agree with your note on the 2002 PC. In another down vintage the 1999 was also underwhelming. Then by 2007, another relative down vintage, you can see they are well into turning the corner and entering their modern age, when even the down years aren't so bad. The 2007 is really a nice bottle of wi...
by Scott E. Wade
March 10th, 2017, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most annoying posts about Burgundy -- updated with bonus material
Replies: 82
Views: 7865

Most annoying posts about Burgundy -- updated with bonus material

The scape goater When the $25 village wine outshines their fancy higher end cru's ... and the goat... "It's not ready" Good one. I think you could go all the way to scape goat herder. These people have no end of excuses for a bad bottle. It was bad because I opened it too soon or too late. It's my ...
by Scott E. Wade
March 9th, 2017, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most annoying posts about Burgundy -- updated with bonus material
Replies: 82
Views: 7865

Most annoying posts about Burgundy

Burgundy trivia. It's mandatory in all Burgundy threads, at some point, that some one point out that Clos des Lambrays is not a Monopole. Mandatory.

Well done, Matt.
by Scott E. Wade
March 6th, 2017, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sense of Place and Varietal 'Typicity' Vs. Good Wine - What's More Important?
Replies: 82
Views: 2783

Sense of Place and Varietal 'Typicity' Vs. Good Wine - What's More Important?

Really good thread idea, Larry. There are a lot of really thought provoking responses. For me, this is a clash of two important concepts. While I love collecting Burgundy and finding a sense of place, I really want the best of both worlds. I'm a huge believer in a sense of place. I regularly prefer ...
by Scott E. Wade
February 20th, 2017, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2014 vintage release tasting, Noo Yawk
Replies: 76
Views: 7858

Bordeaux 2014 vintage release tasting, Noo Yawk

Brian, I bought the GPL, Pichon Baron and Pichon Lalande. I was looking at the La Mission Haut Brion too, but didn't pull the trigger. Then looked at it again for 2015, but the price rocketed up. I actually ended up buying the 2012 iteration (which I picked up at $195, but it is still available at a...
by Scott E. Wade
February 16th, 2017, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine color -- interesting to you?
Replies: 34
Views: 988

Wine color -- interesting to you?

I agree with the OP on legs, I find it the most over commented on characteristic. I don't find it very helpful. I do find color interesting and comment on it in notes. I drink a fair amount of aged wines and it can be helpful to see if yours is showing similar to others (or vice versa). For instance...
by Scott E. Wade
January 24th, 2017, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad 2017 Spring/Summer
Replies: 16
Views: 2198

Myriad 2017 Spring/Summer

I got purple feet treading that Halcon, damned right I'm in! No sooner than I put my order in on the Halcon than I read this... Tasting note five years from now might read: "Sweat sock aromas gives it accents of the Rhone. Has a certain earthiness to it. Mushrooms perhaps, but the characteristic bl...
by Scott E. Wade
January 24th, 2017, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Most Interesting Wine Bottle
Replies: 45
Views: 2734

Your Most Interesting Wine Bottle

or an Austrian Sauvignon blanc "Botrytis" - only 6 bottles filled especially for me before the wine got declassified ... [wow.gif] But I´m quite proud of the bottle(s) with my music on the back label: DA CAPO 1998 ...[/quote] I've got to say those are pretty cool, Gerhard. I think those show there i...
by Scott E. Wade
January 24th, 2017, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Most Interesting Wine Bottle
Replies: 45
Views: 2734

Your Most Interesting Wine Bottle

I don't know if perhaps I should say "curious" or "fascinating" in the title or perhaps one that makes you wonder. I actually own a lot of mass produced wines from Bordeaux and Napa. Some are trophies to me, but they do not make me think. No, in fact, the bottle I'm thinking of was really not relati...
by Scott E. Wade
December 31st, 2016, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Years Eve Champagne?
Replies: 67
Views: 3415

New Years Eve Champagne?

2006 Launois Special Club
by Scott E. Wade
December 25th, 2016, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When family buys you wine for Christmas
Replies: 50
Views: 3785

When family buys you wine for Christmas

You get a 2014 Caymus Cab Sauv.

You are grateful they spent so much and thought of wine for you.

I'll throw it in the cellar for 5-7 years and I'll find it rummaging around my cellar some steak night in the summer of 2022 and figure what the heck! and fire it open and pour it around.
by Scott E. Wade
December 24th, 2016, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $50 ish Bordeaux
Replies: 53
Views: 2976

$50 ish Bordeaux

2000 Rouget (Pomerol) is a fine, velvety wine from a good vintage. Ready to go. It's out there by you for $55. 2008 Malescot is out there for $55. For that matter, I just tried the 2012 and it's in that range, but you'd need to sit on it for bit. There's a lot of value in the 2014 vintage if you're...
by Scott E. Wade
December 19th, 2016, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Awful wine labels
Replies: 54
Views: 2678

Awful wine labels

I don't like Bouchard's label. Loring's label is ugly too.

My favorite labels are Rousseau (all time great), Mugneret-Gibourg and Fleur Petrus (I don't know, I just like it) and J. J. Prum.
by Scott E. Wade
December 14th, 2016, 6:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $50 ish Bordeaux
Replies: 53
Views: 2976

$50 ish Bordeaux

2000 Rouget (Pomerol) is a fine, velvety wine from a good vintage. Ready to go. It's out there by you for $55. 2008 Malescot is out there for $55. For that matter, I just tried the 2012 and it's in that range, but you'd need to sit on it for bit. There's a lot of value in the 2014 vintage if you're ...
by Scott E. Wade
October 24th, 2016, 6:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Château Cos d'Estournel (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe)
Replies: 6
Views: 642

TN: 2001 Château Cos d'Estournel (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Estèphe)

My co-WOTY last year. This wine really stood out.

There was also a 40 year old Graham's Tawny that actually would have dated back to coming out of about the 1970 vintage. That was nectar of the gods, but that is another story.
by Scott E. Wade
October 6th, 2016, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Center Of Your Wine Universe?
Replies: 71
Views: 2259

The Center Of Your Wine Universe?

My dining room table. It starts there with the food and then the family and guests around the table. I'll admit I'll sometimes have a craving a for a type of wine and choose dinner based upon it, but it's tied back to the food. My cellar selections emanate out from there too. We eat a lot of hearty ...

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