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by Richard Albert
November 16th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $6500 for this poxed Monty?
Replies: 23
Views: 2396

Re: $6500 for this poxed Monty?

The shame is on them if that photo is accurate.
Winebid just lost more cred for what? Could it be the status of offering a DRC, their commi$$ion, or is it the owner's personal wine?
by Richard Albert
November 15th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!
Replies: 71
Views: 3136

Re: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!

There were many days in my understaffed wine shop phase in the 80's when I calculated lifting literally 2 tons of wine in wood cases which were stacked to about 5'. No mas, however, I still carry cases to the passive cellar downstairs to hold for clients and my own wines which do not fit in my cabin...
by Richard Albert
November 12th, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping companies hates me
Replies: 60
Views: 2415

Re: Shipping companies hates me

Isn't there a max weight of around 70 lbs per package that delivery folks are required to lift as per the job description? I do understand it can be rather physically demanding job, especially this time of year. Businesses get serviced first, so by the end of the day, multiple wine box deliveries to...
by Richard Albert
November 1st, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1985/1986 Opus One
Replies: 6
Views: 660

Re: 1985/1986 Opus One

Opening a mid shoulder fill bottle may not yield accurate info on the remaining bottles if it is off/compromised. If so, you may need to open a neck fill bottle. If it is also off you may a have a problem with all the bottles. If a neck fill bottle is good that would be encouraging but by no means a...
by Richard Albert
October 30th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18995

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

In my little world, silence of the wind chimes on the deck was joyously observed last night as I tweaked Lennon's lyrics to PGE and cheered "Power to the people, right on!". Power stayed on all night = working furnace with temps in the 30's, yay! My heart and mind are on the people and the millions ...
by Richard Albert
October 30th, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "What the . . . Where TF did this come from?"
Replies: 40
Views: 2404

Re: "What the . . . Where TF did this come from?"

Neal, do you have any other $10 bottles in the cellar?
Just a starting point...
by Richard Albert
October 29th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You’re being evacuated from your home, what wine do you grab?
Replies: 84
Views: 2785

Re: You’re being evacuated from your home, what wine do you grab?

No shit, Brian. Folks are having a problem staying with your premise, you did not ask what are the most important things to take with you, just for thoughts regarding a bottle of wine as a theoretical question. I looked at the question as the bottle I would want for a multi day evacuation. Only one ...
by Richard Albert
October 23rd, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 26
Views: 883

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

An excellent moderately priced tiny restaurant is Viana, owner trained with Adria brothers. Always a line outside, make resi. Located just off plaza on Las Ramblas across from Western Union office. Very atypically, took a guided walking tour of Gothic Quarter with additional exposure to Picasso's ea...
by Richard Albert
October 22nd, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 03 Pavie Macquin
Replies: 20
Views: 723

Re: 03 Pavie Macquin

Joe, here you go: https://eos.org/articles/600-years-of-grape-harvests-document-20th-century-climate-change Forward thinking wineries and growers in Napa are looking into grape varieties other than Cab for the future, its been in the news. There were brutal heat spikes in 2017 around Labor Day which...
by Richard Albert
October 22nd, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 03 Pavie Macquin
Replies: 20
Views: 723

Re: 03 Pavie Macquin

16 of the 17 hottest years on this planet have been since 2000, where have you been?
by Richard Albert
October 22nd, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Hawaiian island to visit
Replies: 37
Views: 1135

Re: Hawaiian island to visit

North Shore Kauai is lush, gorgeous and offers a glimpse of how Hawaii used to be. Once over the Hanalei Bridge, just past Princeville there are no buildings over two stories, no chain restaurants, no chain stores. There are hiking trails and beaches galore--starting just before Princeville you can ...
by Richard Albert
October 18th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?
Replies: 39
Views: 2008

Re: How to correctly pronounce Piper Heidsieck in French?

Remulak, Ha!
That was the Coneheads home planet, oui?
by Richard Albert
October 10th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone ever come across this bottle before
Replies: 8
Views: 1289

Re: Has anyone ever come across this bottle before

Nah, much cooler because it is probably real. Were those bottles etched in Germany along with the 1787 Lafitte which sold with a laurel and Hardy handshake ultimately to an insurance company after a waiter at a cocktail party smashed into it and broke the unauthenticated bottle. Oh, My! Since storag...
by Richard Albert
October 7th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?
Replies: 52
Views: 1762

Re: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?

Jason, a couple of posts made me think use of rail was not universally known.
I think it is safe to assume that rail is used without crossing a time zone as well.
by Richard Albert
October 6th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?
Replies: 52
Views: 1762

Re: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?

Unexpected BOOM!

My shipper has told me that UPS uses lots of trains for ground service transportation.
by Richard Albert
October 6th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trezin
Replies: 6
Views: 609

Re: Trezin

Funny I thought this was in the wrong forum and was about Trumpski.
by Richard Albert
October 2nd, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seepage on 1970 Taylor
Replies: 19
Views: 1230

Re: Seepage on 1970 Taylor

Alex, thanks for the 70 Fonseca mag note as it is one of my favs. I am cellaring one with a neck fill and will will not touch it.
Fortunately, I have a 750 ml.
by Richard Albert
September 25th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6455

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Nazi origin impact is minimal, IMO. People drive Volkswagens, the world's largest selling brand in 2017, 80 years after it's Nazi inception. The current push for a name change may be a reaction to the recent rise of Austria's Freedom Party. They have the horrific Mauthausen camps as reminders, but n...
by Richard Albert
September 13th, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: thoughts on decanting a 1975 Yquem?
Replies: 22
Views: 1193

Re: thoughts on decanting a 1975 Yquem?

I agree a great complex Sauternes shows better not too cold. I have not decanted one to this point. The early descriptor of development as glacial has applied perfectly for my 1975 over the decades buried in the cellar. However, Greenland just crossed my mind, so I checked on my half bottle. It is a...
by Richard Albert
September 12th, 2019, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard
Replies: 58
Views: 5117

Re: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard

Pipe dream time:
I was thinking of offering a one hit pipe branded "Tok Alone"
Now I am concerned there may be a lawsuit.
by Richard Albert
September 11th, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1968 Chateau Souverain Zinfindel
Replies: 11
Views: 636

Re: 1968 Chateau Souverain Zinfindel

How cool that their Zin is showing so well too. Yay! Those are very special moments enjoying 12% ABV, 40+ year old Napa gems. A couple of us jumped on the 68 and 70 Cabs at BP as I was blown away by a previous 70. I believe the source was the Barney Rhodes cellar. We paid about $100 per. The 70's ha...
by Richard Albert
September 10th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYC Retailer: Royal Wine Merchants
Replies: 18
Views: 1434

Re: NYC Retailer: Royal Wine Merchants

Deny deny deny in public.
Oops.
Settle, settle , settle as privately as possible

Continuation=short public memory and ducking neg press.
Sorta like tRump think/do.
by Richard Albert
September 5th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1983 dunn napa
Replies: 26
Views: 1502

Re: 1983 dunn napa

Agreed, I have saved 1984 and 1986 and 1987 Howell Mountain Cabs from that era. A 1986 is on deck as an anniversary wine.
I drank a 1985 Napa a couple of years ago and it was excellent, a shame about the 1985 Howell.
by Richard Albert
September 5th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 14
Views: 889

Re: TN: 2005 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon

Nevin and I had a 2001 Reserve Cab three weeks ago:, classic Sonoma Cab, plenty of fruit, cassis, with earth, cedar and touch of herbs.
We raved and lamented it was my last bottle. Sonoma can definitely rock your Cab foundations.
by Richard Albert
September 5th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1983 dunn napa
Replies: 26
Views: 1502

Re: 1983 dunn napa

I believe the vineyard name showed on the Pahlmeyer label for a few vintages and other than that there was little recognition.
by Richard Albert
September 5th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1983 dunn napa
Replies: 26
Views: 1502

Re: 1983 dunn napa

The under the radar stellar vineyard source is in Coombsville, the Caldwell Vineyard.
I believe that vineyard became the first all French clone vineyard in Napa and it was also the regional nursery for ENTAV clones coming from a well known repository in Bordeaux.
by Richard Albert
September 4th, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1983 dunn napa
Replies: 26
Views: 1502

Re: 1983 dunn napa

So where in Napa did the Dunn Napa grapes grow and in whose vineyard?

Hint: If I am not mistaken all, or a significant percentage came from the same vineyard sourced for Phelps Insignia, Viader, Merus, Newton, Pahlmeyer and a few others.
by Richard Albert
August 30th, 2019, 6:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best of Class restaurant dishes
Replies: 42
Views: 2553

Re: Best of Class restaurant dishes

Abalone: panko, hints of salt, garlic, lemon, diver/chef Robbie Burns, Salt Point Woodside Campground, Sonoma.
Tried and confirmed two dozen times, best paring 2002 Ramonet Ruchottes.
by Richard Albert
August 28th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet
Replies: 56
Views: 3715

Re: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet

No Shit! Guess the author either got a bottle as a gift, or ?

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/life/s ... 810551.php
by Richard Albert
August 28th, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Constellation mute and clueless about losing 19K gallons of Mendo wine. The grower is selling her vineyard because she “
Replies: 8
Views: 1089

Re: Constellation mute and clueless about losing 19K gallons of Mendo wine. The grower is selling her vineyard because s

I am saddened that they lost control of the wine and are stonewalling one of their long time growers, a corrupt, conniving, coverup by another soulless corporation. Shouldn't the fed and state tax wine excise tax folks want to know about the wine's whereabouts? Missing alcohol is a biggie with them....
by Richard Albert
August 28th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet
Replies: 56
Views: 3715

Re: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet

A mag is actually more insulting as it gets the sucker to double down and they only need to find half as many folks with more dollars than sense.
by Richard Albert
August 21st, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OK to store long-term in OWC?
Replies: 37
Views: 2282

Re: OK to store long-term in OWC?

I was about to deliver a case of Lynch Bages and opened the case to check contents. The lower six bottles were Petrus, someone forgot to update the contents list on the 3x5!!! Nobody cares if the staples or brads go back in the original holes. Showing it was opened and contents checked reveals a res...
by Richard Albert
August 21st, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ikea has a $1.49 decante/carafe that holds 34 oz. Great if you are having an event
Replies: 23
Views: 1862

Re: Ikea has a $1.49 decante/carafe that holds 34 oz. Great if you are having an event

Hey Jim, an appropriate update for the card: Wire PalateIn San Francisco Idea was uncorked a while back and I reserved WirePalateInSF@gmail.com I believe the image of the card is protected, so some changes required. Old school, man, one of my Dad's fav shows, mine too, except for the open insensitiv...
by Richard Albert
August 21st, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ikea has a $1.49 decante/carafe that holds 34 oz. Great if you are having an event
Replies: 23
Views: 1862

Re: Ikea has a $1.49 decante/carafe that holds 34 oz. Great if you are having an event

Ha, you can throw one in the fireplace after a special toast for the ages!
by Richard Albert
August 21st, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An unknown winery: JCB Wines.
Replies: 36
Views: 2200

Re: An unknown winery: JCB Wines.

Buena Vista Winery's transformation additionally says he wants to do things with a flair. Every winery wants a differentiating story. One of the earliest Ca wineries has servers and greeters in old Western attire and the theme continues with a wine having a sheriff's star affixed to the bottle. His ...
by Richard Albert
August 9th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE ban me now, I have purchased Rolland (Ovid)
Replies: 67
Views: 4705

Re: AFWE ban me now, I have purchased Rolland (Ovid)

Lets see: Impressive facility and location 2.5 hour multi big pour "experience" Experimental Cab. Meet the winemaker Your bud on the list, a long time established client, just four of you, two noobs, social encouragement to reach for your wallet. Full pop sale. A polished approach to help get you th...
by Richard Albert
August 6th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 71
Views: 10339

Re: Marcassin

Well cash flow is obviously not an issue for Marcassin. I recall decades ago her fees as winemaker who could practically guarantee a winery a high Parker rating was stunningly high, way beyond belief and ground breaking. My memory was so incomplete, I just googled this eye opener: https://fermentati...
by Richard Albert
August 6th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.
Replies: 32
Views: 2180

Re: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.

The Scatofine 2000 additive simulates barnyard. No, you do not want to know, but your Rhone Ranger blend suddenly resembles an old school Chateauneuf du Pape.
by Richard Albert
August 4th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 145
Views: 7035

Re: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...

We started eating dinner earlier, hence wine with dinner is finished earlier. I stopped drinking alcohol after dinner as well, so bottles are not being finished as frequently. We have also gravitated toward lower ABV wines which probably has benefited my sleep as well. I am reconsidering my cellar c...
by Richard Albert
August 1st, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Boots
Replies: 7
Views: 1334

RIP Boots

Read sadly about the passing of Boots Brounstein of Diamond Creek. She had been actively involved in running the winery operation since Al passed. I will think of them both fondly when I start to open those glorious old mags in the cellar, it is almost time. Old Wineguy Recollections: I was part of ...
by Richard Albert
August 1st, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All Natural Wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3151

Re: All Natural Wine

Technical and production definitions and winemaking aside and refocusing: Can someone please explain consumer protections and natural wines, since acceptability of what producers, sellers and consumers of traditional wines have considered as flaws seem to be part of the new normal? Are there natural...
by Richard Albert
July 28th, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Older Mount Eden Cab Sav
Replies: 9
Views: 826

Re: Older Mount Eden Cab Sav

Paging Mr Fu, based on a previous email, or two.
by Richard Albert
July 28th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Older Mount Eden Cab Sav
Replies: 9
Views: 826

Re: Older Mount Eden Cab Sav

IIRC, in an Advocate 1973 retrospective many moons ago, Parker wrote the 1973 Mt Eden Cab was potentially a 50 year wine.
I am a 1970's CA Cab wineosaur, the good ones are still stunning.
by Richard Albert
July 24th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy - why is it so often cloudy?
Replies: 42
Views: 2320

Re: Burgundy - why is it so often cloudy?

A serious Burgundy client who started drinking and collecting superior Burgs in the 70's never would consider drinking an older one within a year of receiving it.
He stands them upright for weeks prior to consumption.
by Richard Albert
July 23rd, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?
Replies: 57
Views: 3635

Re: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?

Put the 1948 Fonseca a fraction of an each too close to the cellar door on a concrete floor.

Importing and selling so many great ones from prime vintages from the 60's through the 90's and not keeping more Burgundies, getting more specific gets almost painful.

Rejecting 1992 Screaming Eagle offer.
by Richard Albert
July 22nd, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 138
Views: 9901

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

I am truly saddened to learn this.
I get the feeling we were a more important part of his life than we realized and am very glad folks encouraged him not quit posting here just a couple of weeks ago.
His is missed already, RIP.
by Richard Albert
July 21st, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 97
Views: 11627

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

Been away from this for a couple of days and missed a needless rather silly comment... Hey Jordan, no way I am interested buying an overpriced, potentially overripe, unknown wine, because of family association, was that not obvious? Freakin duh! Here, I will try again I simply posed a question, has ...
by Richard Albert
July 19th, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 97
Views: 11627

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

Nobody seems to know if stylistically these are wines that pair best with a cheese course, or as a stand alone experience, sorta fruit in your face "unctuous and well endowed" Parkerization apex examples, or ? Over a hundred for Grenache or Syrah with no track record is out of line, IMO. Caymus Fami...
by Richard Albert
July 19th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pronunciation
Replies: 40
Views: 1596

Re: Pronunciation

Eisele = ice lee, in these parts.

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