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by Patrick Stella
December 5th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leroy Beaux Monts vertical, 1990-2002
Replies: 14
Views: 1171

Re: Leroy Beaux Monts vertical, 1990-2002

Thanks for sharing. My experience with 99 has been similar--solid but young.

It sounds to me like you had a troubled bottle on the 90. I'm embarrassed to say but I've popped 3 bottles of it over the last month, and 2 have been absolutely excellent. When it's on, it can be really good.
by Patrick Stella
November 5th, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11010
Views: 402903

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

special occasion, and too many bottles even so, but here goes: 90 DP Rose Mag Excellent, fresh. Dependably great. 90 Ruinart Rose Mag Hadn't had one in a while; not as good as I'd hoped. Maybe just got outshone by the DP. Hope next one will be as good as I remember these used to be. 82 Latour Good b...
by Patrick Stella
November 4th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 141
Views: 9497

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

There was a lot of wine in 2019. This past weekend was my 35th birthday, and there were some nice bottles. 91 Roumier BM is a wine I've rarely seen before and never tasted, and that was really good. 82 Lafleur was also a treat.
by Patrick Stella
October 21st, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Krug event impressions: 06 vintage and some older wines
Replies: 25
Views: 1597

Re: Krug event impressions: 06 vintage and some older wines

The reps from Krug don’t bring backup bottles? I’m surprised they would even announce or show dead, corked or off bottles. Wasn't at this event, but for similar ones that I've been to, a few collectors/attendees bring a bottle or two from their cellars. I'm assuming that's what happened here. Ray i...
by Patrick Stella
October 19th, 2019, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Krug event impressions: 06 vintage and some older wines
Replies: 25
Views: 1597

Re: Krug event impressions: 06 vintage and some older wines

Brad, thanks for reminding me on that. I did ask the Krug people about that and the person I was talking to said they honestly aren't sure. I believe it's still up in the air. There was also some talk about not doing a 12, which I was confused by. Anyone have any info on that ? I dont understand why...
by Patrick Stella
October 19th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Krug event impressions: 06 vintage and some older wines
Replies: 25
Views: 1597

Krug event impressions: 06 vintage and some older wines

A big thank you to the Krug folks and a local retailer here who put on a very nice tasting this past week. Some impressions below: Current GC 2011 base. Impressively good for a wine anchored by a challenging year. Well done. 06 very ripe. Very open. Certainly the most accessible young Krug I've ever...
by Patrick Stella
October 10th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent visit in Piemonte - some thoughts
Replies: 30
Views: 2052

Re: Recent visit in Piemonte - some thoughts

This is my third time that I visit Piemonte and this was another great trip with the family. We recently got our second kid, so I new that I couldn't get to visit many wineries this time, but we still managed to visit Bartolo Mascarello, Luigi Oddero, Burlotto and Brovia. Some thoughts from the vis...
by Patrick Stella
October 9th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 149
Views: 12210

Re: 2008 Salon

If it's true that there are 4 in CA, it is very difficult to believe one merchant has sold 75 or whatever in Holland.
by Patrick Stella
October 6th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11010
Views: 402903

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Over two nights this weekend 96 DP oeno solid as always 96 DP rose excellent. 2 btls very similar both very good. 90 turque not quite as fresh as other bottles I've had. Still v good but there is one more level for this wine 90 latour (375) this can be quite good out of halves. This was better than ...
by Patrick Stella
October 5th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm done*
Replies: 336
Views: 18303

Re: I'm done*

I was reluctant to post this but, my FIL has always had an old world palette and we’ve enjoyed many great older bdx. But begining in his late 70’s he really starting shifting to bigger and bigger wines (Cali cabs) in an almost ‘chasing the dragon’ kind of way. Anyone else experienced this? Robert P...
by Patrick Stella
October 5th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 758
Views: 38148

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Damn, I feel for some of you cats that buy a lot of still french wines. Getting sucked up into something like this stinks. I feel bad for the small business owners but as a consumer who buys primarily French and German wine, this strikes me as potentially the best buying opportunity of my life. I’m...
by Patrick Stella
October 3rd, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 758
Views: 38148

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Customs will tell them to pay the tariff on the value of the wines. For old wines that can be assessed through various means. I am not going to go into all the potential methods of valuation because it will turn into 6 pages of questions about why, why, why. Thanks, David. So the point is, it's mar...
by Patrick Stella
October 3rd, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread
Replies: 242
Views: 13779

Re: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread

Aren't you the guy who came to a tasting/dinner at my place in Calistoga...an Eisele retrospective, where we had all the Eisele Vineyard greats? And Doug Eisele was there, and the old winemaker from Phelps who made Eisele? Blicker and Company were there...bunch of people. It had to have been 10 yea...
by Patrick Stella
October 3rd, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 758
Views: 38148

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

I'm not asking about the politics of it. I'm asking what the current law says under these tariffs and how the mechanics would work. If someone imports a big cellar from Europe on Oct 16, with lots of different old bottles, what will customs tell them? Customs will tell them to pay the tariff on the...
by Patrick Stella
October 3rd, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 758
Views: 38148

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

I'm not asking about the politics of it. I'm asking what the current law says under these tariffs and how the mechanics would work.

If someone imports a big cellar from Europe on Oct 16, with lots of different old bottles, what will customs tell them?
by Patrick Stella
October 3rd, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 758
Views: 38148

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Can anyone provide any insight on what happens with wines that are being imported within the secondary market rather than the primary market? If a wine is being sold ex cellar, through the importer, then the distributor, etc. ok, then we understand the tariff will apply to whatever price the importe...
by Patrick Stella
September 27th, 2019, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 149
Views: 12210

Re: 2008 Salon

I know a number of major Champagne collectors/drinkers, and not a single one of them is remotely thinking of buying one of these assortment packs at those prices. sounds like the house has badly miscalculated. Doubt any retailer would buy the set and break it up (like 88 DRC) since the baggage woul...
by Patrick Stella
September 26th, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 149
Views: 12210

Re: 2008 Salon

The package does seem to be selling out everywhere I've seen an offer. I'm mystified as to why anyone would pay that price but it seems Salon made the right call. Do we know how many of the 8000 purportedly produced are actually being sold right now ? Anecdotal scarcity may be indicate just that th...
by Patrick Stella
September 26th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 149
Views: 12210

Re: 2008 Salon

Personally, I dont think this price will be maintained. I too compute that they are asking about $5,000 for the 08 mag. As someone who underwrites wine for a living, an 08 Salon mag just isn't worth that much. It's worth $1,000, maybe a touch more. But that makes the case worth $3,500-$4,000 I beli...
by Patrick Stella
September 25th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 149
Views: 12210

Re: 2008 Salon

Personally, I dont think this price will be maintained. I too compute that they are asking about $5,000 for the 08 mag. As someone who underwrites wine for a living, an 08 Salon mag just isn't worth that much. It's worth $1,000, maybe a touch more. But that makes the case worth $3,500-$4,000 I belie...
by Patrick Stella
September 5th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine dinner/event investment fraud scheme - Omar Khan
Replies: 25
Views: 2726

Wine dinner/event investment fraud scheme - Omar Khan

As a lender this kind of thing is particularly terrifying, and I am incredibly thankful not to be mixed up in it. It's the kind of thing that could put me out of work very quickly. Scary story for industry folks, but I'm sure of interest to those that are just collectors too. https://nypost.com/2019...
by Patrick Stella
August 28th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1983 JJP wehlener sonnenuhr auslese LGK
Replies: 4
Views: 420

1983 JJP wehlener sonnenuhr auslese LGK

Riesling is definitely the wine I most often plan to drink but fail to drink. Every time I open one, I firmly resolve to open more. But somehow the right moments prove elusive. In any case, I do love to tuck into an old Johann Josef Prum every now and then. And this bottle was eyeing me when I opene...
by Patrick Stella
August 27th, 2019, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 90 red burgs
Replies: 10
Views: 1180

Re: 90 red burgs

alan weinberg wrote:
August 26th, 2019, 7:02 pm
James Billy wrote:
August 26th, 2019, 5:26 pm
I was expecting 90 wines!
and if he’d written 1990 red Burgs?
Hah. Well played Alan.
by Patrick Stella
August 26th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 90 red burgs
Replies: 10
Views: 1180

Re: 90 red burgs

Very nice group of wines. The 01 Mugnier Amoureuses is stunner. I couldn't agree more. It really blew me away. That's only 4 wines! I left out the pot of 1946 Laberdolive we got into afterwards....surprisingly mellow, which I attribute to the fact that I've owned it in bottle for a few years and it...
by Patrick Stella
August 24th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 90 red burgs
Replies: 10
Views: 1180

90 red burgs

Great dinner with a couple friends last night here in NYC. Pizza at Pasquale Jones and then getting into the cellar back home and drinking burgundy on my roof. 90 Rouget VR Beaux Monts These early 90s Rougets are all over the map, but when they are great, they are absolutely epic. 90 Rouget Ech, for...
by Patrick Stella
August 24th, 2019, 10:21 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Want to Trade: My 91 DRCs for your 90s
Replies: 0
Views: 366

Want to Trade: My 91 DRCs for your 90s

Hello all, I am looking to trade (my) 91 LT and Riche for any 90 DRCs. I really like the 91s, but I have drunk my way through about half of a case of each of these and I need to diversify. And I am planning a 90 red burg dinner for an upcoming birthday so I thought it would be a good opportunity. I ...
by Patrick Stella
April 28th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dom and Bordeaux
Replies: 8
Views: 825

Re: Dom and Bordeaux

Thanks for the notes, Jerry. Sorry to hear about the 96 Dom. It's been a favorite of mine for a long time and I've had some good bottles recently. Hoping it hangs on for a while longer!
by Patrick Stella
April 28th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Cognac eventually go bad ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1497

Re: Does Cognac eventually go bad ?

I probably like old cognac as much as if not more than wine. So i've spent a good bit of my energies on collecting and drinking old spirits. In my experience, cognacs definitely do age in the bottle, as some have suggested. It may indeed happen very slowly, but it does occur. There is no other way t...
by Patrick Stella
April 15th, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Throwin' it down
Replies: 11
Views: 1252

Re: Throwin' it down

This was hopelessly good. Angeringly good. Made worse once you compute that your home is worth 10.4 bottles. You must have moved since the one time I was at your house! Seriously, sounds like a great night. 1961 DP is one of the vintages that got me into old champagne. They can be awesome. You have...
by Patrick Stella
April 15th, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Throwin' it down
Replies: 11
Views: 1252

Re: Throwin' it down

great notes and greater wines love the 91 leroy notes this is the place on 5th avenue? Mark -- Yeah, the place on 55th and 5th. It was indeed a scene. But it was fun. Lots of celebrities etc etc. Having lived in NYC my whole life, it's been a long time since I've been somewhere that seemed to monop...
by Patrick Stella
April 11th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Throwin' it down
Replies: 11
Views: 1252

Throwin' it down

Once in a while everything just lines up. The wine gods smile on you and all the bottles hit, the food works, and a dinner turns into a real party. Those are the nights that make wine collecting so much fun and make the wine community so great. For all its faults, at its best, I think the wine world...
by Patrick Stella
February 20th, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 89 Haut-Brion - TN & Bucket List Question for the Board
Replies: 51
Views: 2483

Re: 89 Haut-Brion - TN & Bucket List Question for the Board

I always wanted to try 61 Petrus, but I've not yet crossed paths with a bottle.
by Patrick Stella
July 27th, 2018, 2:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The .375 thread
Replies: 102
Views: 4337

The .375 thread

Great thread! I've always had a somewhat inexplicable fondness for half bottles. I wish more vintage champagnes were bottled in halves. But then again I heard recently that krug is thinking about stopping making 375s bc they aren't satisfied with how they age. So maybe champagne isn't so great for h...
by Patrick Stella
June 14th, 2018, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When Will 2008 Cristal And 2008 Dom Perignon Be Released?
Replies: 73
Views: 6218

When Will 2008 Cristal And 2008 Dom Perignon Be Released?

Alan, you should have come for the release party. Good stuff at plaza athene. What did you think of the 2008 ?

The consensus at the release seemed to be that it would get to the US late this year.

A big congrats to Vincent as the new winemaker as well!!!!!
by Patrick Stella
June 7th, 2018, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summer 2018 Blog
Replies: 11
Views: 1263

Summer 2018 Blog

Dinner at Troisgros If there is one restaurant that embodies everything which conspires to make France’s food and wine culture so wonderful—the tradition, the culinary techniques, the longstanding relationships with the winemakers— it must be Troisgros. And if one is looking to enjoy a leisurely su...
by Patrick Stella
June 5th, 2018, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summer 2018 Blog
Replies: 11
Views: 1263

Summer 2018 Blog

Dinner at Pere Bise Talloires is a gorgeous place. It doesn’t take much to imagine a whole summer sliding lazily by in this beautiful lakeside town. And it doesn’t get much better than sitting on the patio at Pere Bise drinking Burgundy. The restaurant has had a long time relationship with Rougmier...
by Patrick Stella
June 5th, 2018, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summer 2018 Blog
Replies: 11
Views: 1263

Summer 2018 Blog

A great day in Switzerland: Domaine Louis Bovard and dinner at Hotel de Ville de Crissier I am by no means an expert on Swiss wines, so it was a treat to pay a quick visit to Louis Bovard. It’s not certain I’ve ever even tasted Chasselas before, but what a great education. Overall, I preferred the C...
by Patrick Stella
May 31st, 2018, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summer 2018 Blog
Replies: 11
Views: 1263

Summer 2018 Blog

Dinner at Les Trois Couronnes, Vevey, Switzerland A lovely couple days at a fabulous hotel. A great restaurant with an elegant space: 62E49D69-06F8-4261-8FAC-96E87A6F3AD9.jpeg And a beautiful room with a great view of the lake: 5B597045-46E3-4583-BFC4-11879AA7EA4D.jpeg Dinner featured some delicious...
by Patrick Stella
May 28th, 2018, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summer 2018 Blog
Replies: 11
Views: 1263

Summer 2018 Blog

Dinner at Pasquale Jones, NYC NY Last one here before the pictures start--a small dinner with some family friends a few nights ago. Great pizza as always and good to see the folks at PJ. 2004 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année (Mag) In general I think Bollinger gets a little bit overlooked. I'm no...
by Patrick Stella
May 28th, 2018, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summer 2018 Blog
Replies: 11
Views: 1263

Summer 2018 Blog

Sherri S h a p i r o wrote:Thanks for posting this here! What did you eat at MIA? I have only been there once and it was amazing!
There were a number of good things on the menu. A tagliatelle with crab and a wagyu style steak were the two standouts for me.
by Patrick Stella
May 27th, 2018, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summer 2018 Blog
Replies: 11
Views: 1263

Summer 2018 Blog

Well, let's get this blog kickstarted. ​Perhaps this is cheating, but I'm going to throw in a couple dinners from this past week, even if they technically predate the start of summer. They also predate my decision to undertake keeping this blog, so apologies for the lack of pictures. I will get some...
by Patrick Stella
May 27th, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summer 2018 Blog
Replies: 11
Views: 1263

Summer 2018 Blog

With summer finally rolling around, I thought it might be fun to do one long thread as a sort of summertime 2018 blog. Looking out at the next few months, I'm hoping to drink some good wine, travel a bit, and enjoy some downtime with family and friends. I'm not normally one to keep detailed notes or...
by Patrick Stella
May 16th, 2018, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1996 Latour
Replies: 10
Views: 942

1996 Latour

I had a bottle of 96 Latour last night with some delicious pasta. Given I didn't decant it long--maybe only 30 mins--but I was still surprised by the result: I was ready for an enormous, fruit bomb of a wine. I still think of 96s as being big and young. But it was quite restrained. Still good, but n...
by Patrick Stella
May 16th, 2018, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN's: Cristal, Montrachet, Pomerol et al
Replies: 16
Views: 1132

TN's: Cristal, Montrachet, Pomerol et al

Thanks for writing up the notes, Ray. Good to see you and a fun evening.

I had the petruses the other way round and I was more disappointed with the white burgs. Otherwise generally in agreement.

cheers
by Patrick Stella
May 14th, 2018, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two quick notes from mother's day: 96 Oeno, 00 Dujac CdlR
Replies: 5
Views: 488

Two quick notes from mother's day: 96 Oeno, 00 Dujac CdlR

Ray, 15 East is a decadent idea for a lunch spot. I love it. Sounds like good thinking!

Brad, I'm curious your thoughts next time you compare. To my taste the 96 is a little better than the 95 these days.
by Patrick Stella
May 13th, 2018, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two quick notes from mother's day: 96 Oeno, 00 Dujac CdlR
Replies: 5
Views: 488

Two quick notes from mother's day: 96 Oeno, 00 Dujac CdlR

We took my mother out for a quiet mother's day dinner last night and had a lovely meal at 15 East here in NYC, which I highly recommend for any locals who don't know it. Great friendly wine service and excellent food. 1996 Dom Oeno with lobster tempura and assorted sushi and sashimi. I've opened a f...
by Patrick Stella
April 30th, 2018, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Haut-Bailly Mini Vertical, and some cool whites, at Maison Kayser
Replies: 21
Views: 1145

TN: Haut-Bailly Mini Vertical, and some cool whites, at Maison Kayser

Great tasting and notes. I have had so little Haut Bailly through the years, but it sounds like my kind of claret. . I wonder if the style has change since 2004? Admittedly, I was pleasantly surprised that there were 4 of us that showed interest, as I wouldn't count on more than a small handful tha...
by Patrick Stella
April 18th, 2018, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 1982 blind tasting
Replies: 32
Views: 1795

Bordeaux 1982 blind tasting

Thanks for the notes, Herwig. 82 sounds delicious. Still remember the first time I ever tasted Lafleur was an 85 with you guys years ago!

Best,
Patrick
by Patrick Stella
March 23rd, 2018, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1064 Bottles of H. Jayer wines to be auctioned in June
Replies: 95
Views: 9786

1064 Bottles of H. Jayer wines to be auctioned in June

Maureen already casting doubts on FB Maureen / Don: What do you think? Do you believe these are real or do you think they're fake? Disclaimer: I have no involvement in this transaction and I have never worked with this auctioneer. I am interested in this sale and its reception among collectors beca...
by Patrick Stella
March 15th, 2018, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread
Replies: 242
Views: 13779

Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread

Lots of interesting perspectives here. I've been at this for about 13 years and more or less stopped buying new stuff at this point. My advice to someone starting out would be: --Focus on quality. Buy better wines--the absolute best you can afford--and don't reach for so much quantity. I wish I'd b...

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