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by Richard Albert
August 31st, 2020, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The best seal
Replies: 46
Views: 2514

Re: The best seal

Jay, sorry my wording was inadequate in my last post, I was concerned about the screw caps wines composition back in the 1940s.
I sold several bottles on Berserker Day three and a half years ago and have one in my own cellar.
by Richard Albert
August 29th, 2020, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The best seal
Replies: 46
Views: 2514

Re: The best seal

After thinking more about the 1940's screw caps, I wonder about their composition and the safety of drinking the wine they contained:aluminum, tin or lead, oh my!
by Richard Albert
August 28th, 2020, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Snoop Cali Red
Replies: 27
Views: 1653

Re: Snoop Cali Red

Naturally, the vintages I see are 2018 and 2019, both smokey years...
by Richard Albert
August 28th, 2020, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The best seal
Replies: 46
Views: 2514

Re: The best seal

I was responding to Jon's question, then you got scientific on me, comparatively speaking.
by Richard Albert
August 28th, 2020, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The best seal
Replies: 46
Views: 2514

Re: The best seal

Screw caps have been around in California since the 1940's, what is old is new.
by Richard Albert
August 25th, 2020, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Six Figures Wine--New Field Blend Project
Replies: 34
Views: 2005

Re: Six Figures Wine--New Field Blend Project

Six Figures and no price listed?
That figures, if you have to ask...
by Richard Albert
July 23rd, 2020, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has KLWM Lost Their Collective Minds?
Replies: 149
Views: 9565

Re: Has KLWM Lost Their Collective Minds?

Alex,
As per Wine Searcher, it appears the 2012 has more than doubled in price in the past 4 years.
by Richard Albert
July 23rd, 2020, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hmm, I’ve Never Had a Diamond Creek Cabernet, What Am I Missing (If Anything)?
Replies: 69
Views: 3095

Re: Hmm, I’ve Never Had a Diamond Creek Cabernet, What Am I Missing (If Anything)?

Al did 40 cases of Volcanic Hill and 25 cases of Gravelly Meadow in 1972.
The number of wineries increased radically in 72, but there were just a few dozen...yeah kinda different. Everyone shared everything to put Napa on the map.
by Richard Albert
July 23rd, 2020, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hmm, I’ve Never Had a Diamond Creek Cabernet, What Am I Missing (If Anything)?
Replies: 69
Views: 3095

Re: Hmm, I’ve Never Had a Diamond Creek Cabernet, What Am I Missing (If Anything)?

Perhaps the best drinking 70's Cabs are 78 DCs especially the Volcanic Hill, IMO. The vineyards are distinct and soils are as named, fascinating property Al bought. As the Parkinsons came on, he used to say he had the fastest hands in the West. The Marin Wine Cellar was his largest single buyer in t...
by Richard Albert
July 23rd, 2020, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has KLWM Lost Their Collective Minds?
Replies: 149
Views: 9565

Re: Has KLWM Lost Their Collective Minds?

The bottom line is your discretionary income, or ye olde chump change. If $60K for a case of juice is chump change for some fortunate folks, then this thread is meaningless to them. That is the going price and that is all there is to it. Who said capitalism is fair? Work harder and smarter, or win t...
by Richard Albert
July 21st, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The World's finest Chardonnay is from ...
Replies: 105
Views: 4695

Re: The World's finest Chardonnay is from ...

86 Ramonet Montrachet proved itself several times.
by Richard Albert
July 15th, 2020, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you calculate your end of life when thinking about what to buy?
Replies: 50
Views: 2064

Re: Do you calculate your end of life when thinking about what to buy?

I buy for near term consumption, daily drinkers. I have plenty of special bottles with drinking windows for the next 10+ years. There are many other reasons why alcohol consumption levels may be forced to decrease/cease with age which are more common and realistic purchase determining factors than e...
by Richard Albert
June 4th, 2020, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diamond Creek Offer - Only the rich need apply
Replies: 97
Views: 7592

Re: Diamond Creek Offer - Only the rich need apply

Al shocked his contempories in the 70s with bold new high pricing, his 1972 was $12.50, pricey at the time.
He may have been first at $25 price point as well, IIRC.
by Richard Albert
May 30th, 2020, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most beautiful wine labels?
Replies: 142
Views: 6945

Re: Most beautiful wine labels?

The Far Niente, Nichol and Nichol and Dolce labels are by Tom Rodrigues.
Check out the excellent labels for his own winery Artevino and the juice inside
by Richard Albert
May 15th, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1961
Replies: 38
Views: 1420

Re: 1961

Latour, La Mission HB, HB, Mouton took time to emerge
by Richard Albert
May 13th, 2020, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K & L Wines to Connecticut...NOT
Replies: 19
Views: 1284

Re: K & L Wines to Connecticut...NOT

It is legal to almost all states if you use a local licensee to run the shipment through their book$. The networks have been set up for years by savvy shippers. If you cannot find a third party shipper for must have purchases, I have one for you, but you would have to ship it first to them about 60 ...
by Richard Albert
April 30th, 2020, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1973
Replies: 37
Views: 1500

Re: 1973

1973 Mt Eden Cab. rated mid 90's and 50 year lifespan, IIRC.
Martha's
Mayacamas
by Richard Albert
April 21st, 2020, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR: 2015 Cerbaiona Rosso di Montalcino
Replies: 9
Views: 770

Re: TNR: 2015 Cerbaiona Rosso di Montalcino

I am curious about what the contents of the "1/18" and "6/18" bottling of NV Carbaiona Rosso released last year were.
by Richard Albert
April 19th, 2020, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Merrick Dowson - Adventures in Wine
Replies: 13
Views: 1810

Re: RIP Merrick Dowson - Adventures in Wine

So sad to hear. We was a gentleman and lots of fun to be around We established an importation relationship with Merrick back in the 80's and did lots of biz with the great rarities readily and reasonably available in Great Britain. Several Bay Area wine folks share 1952 as a birth year and opened th...
by Richard Albert
April 9th, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui
Replies: 310
Views: 10549

Re: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui

Sorry I could not be present, LOVED the video. To all responsible thank you so very much. What a great tech wine event, hopefully the first of many. A highlight and bright spot in dark times. Gained lots of info and insights. Visually fascinating to see unfamiliar faces. Ain't the wine scene grand? ...
by Richard Albert
April 3rd, 2020, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K&L Shipping
Replies: 6
Views: 926

Re: K&L Shipping

I use a third party shipper with the ability to legally ship to nearly every state via a network of local licensees. They are over an hour away from K&L, but your wines can be transported/shipped to them if that makes $ense.
by Richard Albert
March 28th, 2020, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?
Replies: 21
Views: 1518

Re: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?

I have a 1999 from the most recent Davis cellar visit. I did not offer it for Berserker Day this year out of curiosity--the bottle will fulfill destiny shortly.
by Richard Albert
March 28th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: March Wine Consumption
Replies: 16
Views: 757

Re: March Wine Consumption

My March consumption has tanked after cutting back starting in Dec., so far only a handful of bottles, but some damn fine ones. Vinous influence on my sleep is and has been rather problematic for years while I was in denial. At this point in my life and ITB career I have some cool wines to drink, or...
by Richard Albert
March 25th, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!
Replies: 88
Views: 4556

Re: Quarantine Recipes - share some favorites!

Sheepshead Shrooms Serve this on pasta, or rice, or top your fav grilled meat, or on tasted sourdough Oh my! 1 lb Maitakis--can mix with criminis is so desired. 2 TBS oil 2TBS butter 1/4 C finely chopped onion 2 cloves minced garlic 1/2 C beef or chicken stock Splash of red wine. Sprinkle of grated ...
by Richard Albert
March 24th, 2020, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 239
Views: 30257

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

You folks already took the risk, opened your wallets and bought unknown wines, but no one is ready to take one for the team and kill a puppy? Is this a Covid19 effect, I mean I can understand if you are symptomatic and have lost your senses of smell and taste, but nobody is healthy, ready and willin...
by Richard Albert
March 20th, 2020, 4:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1978 Jordan Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
Replies: 5
Views: 370

Re: TN: 1978 Jordan Vineyard & Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

The Davis cellar had 1978, 79 and 80 Jordan. I had the 1978 and went back for the others. It took about 15 minutes for the dried fruits to show and add another layer to the herbs and American oak dill. We assembled retail display of 60+ 1978 Cal Cabs in the early 80's at the infamous Marin Wine Cell...
by Richard Albert
March 20th, 2020, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had
Replies: 98
Views: 5563

Re: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had

I concur with the 1978 Gallo comments, I had two in the last couple of years from the Davis cellar, unexpected excellence. From Europe, there is no 2015 Cerbaiona Brunello di Montalcinco as I mentioned previously. Due to extreme conflicts involved in the sale of the winery as renowned Diego Molinari...
by Richard Albert
March 20th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corn Wine?
Replies: 13
Views: 636

Re: Corn Wine?

Excuse me, pink elephants?
Damn, Greatest Generation party animals!
by Richard Albert
March 6th, 2020, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine Shops for Shipping to Texas??
Replies: 29
Views: 1836

Re: Best Wine Shops for Shipping to Texas??

There is legal shipping available.
It costs a few more dollars per bottle for full case shipments, smaller ones are proportionally more per bottle.
by Richard Albert
March 6th, 2020, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Extended barrel age VS early bottling
Replies: 28
Views: 1492

Re: Extended barrel age VS early bottling

Caymus Special prior to 1984 saw 48 months in Limousin barrels. The time in barrel started decreasing with the 1985 vintage while the production numbers went from a few hundred cases initially to 1000 cs in 1984 and then up and up from there. You could compare vintages of Special Selections, or vs. ...
by Richard Albert
March 1st, 2020, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageability of Cali Pinot
Replies: 97
Views: 5484

Re: Ageability of Cali Pinot

Several years ago 1978 and 1980 Chalone Pinot Noirs stopped me in my tracks and inspired me to find, buy and hold older Pinots from better vintages in spite of the fact that in that era Pinot Noir was challenging most CA winemakers. From the 55 degree Davis Cellar, all with fills within one inch of ...
by Richard Albert
February 29th, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1971 wine - what to look for?
Replies: 70
Views: 3262

Re: 1971 wine - what to look for?

I am not against all 1971 Cal Cabs as can be interpreted, it is just in the desired price range promising possibilities are rather limited. Here is a PSA for other 1971ers which I first PMd to Todd and he decided against it; there is a 1971 Mondavi Napa which gets decent CT reviews at Wine Consigner...
by Richard Albert
February 28th, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anderson Valley Brief Visit and a Few Notes -- Added Photos
Replies: 34
Views: 3030

Re: Anderson Valley Brief Visit and a Few Notes -- Added Photos

Within 10 miles before Boonville try the Maple Creek Winery. A relaxed, informal tasting with the multi talented owner, Tom, will be memorable for sure. If you want to try some different varieties, Tom has some of the oldest vines of Symphony and Flora anywhere, both UC Davis developed whites. His C...
by Richard Albert
February 27th, 2020, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting visits...trifling questions.
Replies: 28
Views: 1743

Re: Tasting visits...trifling questions.

I requested several importers and distributors to please set appointments for us on our honeymoon in Burgundy and Champagne back in the 80's. I selected a bottle of California wine for each of the wineries visited. The reactions were great, mostly the bottles were rapidly whisked away for tastings b...
by Richard Albert
February 20th, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1971 wine - what to look for?
Replies: 70
Views: 3262

Re: 1971 wine - what to look for?

Chappellet maybe the only 71 Cal Cab on CT with recent tasting notes which indicate a perfectly stored bottle may be decent, but price and availability are issues. The Wine Market Journal listing is from 2018 or earlier and the last retail on WS was about twice the OP upper price range. I understand...
by Richard Albert
February 20th, 2020, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1971 wine - what to look for?
Replies: 70
Views: 3262

Re: 1971 wine - what to look for?

I agree to seek German Rieslings for better QPRs. I will attest to the quality of the 1971 DRC RC, La T and Richebourg as I drank way more than my fair share, literally cases. Today they are out of reach for most of us. Sauterne, Barolo and Barbaresco are your next best alternatives. 1971 Cabs are v...
by Richard Albert
February 17th, 2020, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?
Replies: 86
Views: 6581

Re: What is your pick on the most undervalued wine (producer, vintage, grape, etc.) in the world?

2015 Cerbaiona Brunello di Montalcino and you will not find a single bottle on the planet! It ended up being declassified by the new owners after major sale conflicts with the winery seller, Diego Molinari, it was blended with some 2013, bottled and sold out as a Rosso last year for $30 per bottle i...
by Richard Albert
February 6th, 2020, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An intriguing, earthy Zinfandel: 2012 Miro Cellars Zinfandel Piccetti Dry Creek Valley
Replies: 3
Views: 228

Re: An intriguing, earthy Zinfandel: 2012 Miro Cellars Zinfandel Piccetti Dry Creek Valley

I met Miro at ZAP a few years ago. He makes very solid wines, some from old vine vineyards such as Ponzo and Mounts, Zins and field blends, high altitude Cabs from Pine Mtn and from lower altitude sites in the Alexander Valley, Grenache and Grenache Rose from a one acre vineyard and accessible Petit...
by Richard Albert
January 15th, 2020, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Screaming Eagle
Replies: 61
Views: 8277

Re: 2017 Screaming Eagle

Curious:
Anyone know how many mags 2017 were produced?
Did Galloni comment on the wine?
by Richard Albert
January 13th, 2020, 9:01 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: MATURE TOP BORDEAUX + CDP & CA RARITIES
Replies: 9
Views: 1950

MATURE TOP BORDEAUX + CDP & CA RARITIES

20200125_092235_001.jpg 20200124_165601.jpg My third offer for Berserker Day features two collections of wines from ideal provenance, one classic stellar Bordeaux and a Rhone, the other is assorted California and a couple of foreign maature rarities mostly from another visit to the “Davis Cellar” S...
by Richard Albert
January 9th, 2020, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone ever sold to wine.com?
Replies: 12
Views: 1918

Re: Anyone ever sold to wine.com?

Give K&L a call, they buy upfront as well.
by Richard Albert
January 9th, 2020, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Fantastic Value!"
Replies: 83
Views: 6858

Re: "Fantastic Value!"

Diego Molinari's final wine has a fascinating and tragic story, a NV Rosso di Montalcino. 2015, an excellent vintage, was to be his final production as he was retiring.. There were major issues with the sale of the winery which got out of hand. Allegedly, he walked out on the production mid stream, ...
by Richard Albert
January 8th, 2020, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Booze Spectator
Replies: 30
Views: 1813

Re: Booze Spectator

Al, true I have not been around the WS for many years.
It is much less appealing now when it is no longer loyal to its foundational intentions-evolution.
50% liquor ads in Dec. seems to undercut its foundations
by Richard Albert
January 8th, 2020, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Booze Spectator
Replies: 30
Views: 1813

Re: Booze Spectator

Thread got hijacked.
Those Wine Spectator liquor ads are not helping the wine business.
Is the WS still the most widely circulated wine publication?
by Richard Albert
January 7th, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Booze Spectator
Replies: 30
Views: 1813

Re: Booze Spectator

I am stating it was a good back scratch for the wineries contacted by the WS advertising staff when a good review or favorable article was in the offing, a low hanging fruit sale. That practice raised suspicions about the other way around with some of the more successful Napa wineries.
by Richard Albert
January 7th, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!
Replies: 29
Views: 2293

Re: Game Changer Corkscrew - 5 bucks from Ebay!

Here are the early versions probably older than many Berserkers!
My father liked wine back in 50's and collected corkscrews along the way which I now have. Too busy to google them right now...

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by Richard Albert
January 7th, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Booze Spectator
Replies: 30
Views: 1813

Re: Booze Spectator

I do not know what full page ads cost these days, but it was $20,000+ in the 80's. Small fish were not players, even if they sold out and yes that still holds today. Back in those less sophisticated days, it was rather obvious to us that when an article mentioned a wine and there was a display for t...
by Richard Albert
January 7th, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Booze Spectator
Replies: 30
Views: 1813

Re: Booze Spectator

Its a given that they make their money selling advertising, but my point and the bottom line is the Spectator is eroding the wine biz client base The conclusion is there are not as many wine businesses willing to buy ads in the Spectator because if there were, the Spectator's selection of liquor ads...
by Richard Albert
January 6th, 2020, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Booze Spectator
Replies: 30
Views: 1813

Booze Spectator

Dec 15 Wine Spectator full page advertisers: Johnny Walker Remy Cazadores Crown Royal Grand Marnier Don Julio Hennessy Dewars Grey Goose back cover Bacardi first two pages Whisky Fest next two pages Big Smoke/Whiskey Fest two pages I received a free subscription after many years without and found it...
by Richard Albert
January 2nd, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle "oil-like" imperfections, a sign of seepage?
Replies: 19
Views: 794

Re: Bottle "oil-like" imperfections, a sign of seepage?

Hope there are no missing bottle plant employees, perhaps Graisseux Pierre did not just walk off the job. Ha!

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