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by Richard Albert
October 10th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone ever come across this bottle before
Replies: 8
Views: 1234

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: 1723

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: 1723

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: 571

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: 12
Views: 732

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: 6256

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: 1172

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: 5000

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: 610

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: 1383

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: 1453

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: 867

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: 1453

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: 1453

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: 1453

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
Topic: Best of Class restaurant dishes
Replies: 42
Views: 2142

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: 3670

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: 1072

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: 3670

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: 2241

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: 1839

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: 1839

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: 2169

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: 4662

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: 58
Views: 7755

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: 2144

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: 6979

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: 1317

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: 3119

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: 814

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: 814

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: 2306

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: 3605

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: 9795

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: 93
Views: 10831

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: 93
Views: 10831

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: 1590

Re: Pronunciation

Eisele = ice lee, in these parts.
by Richard Albert
July 17th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others
Replies: 27
Views: 1502

Re: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others

Not clear on whether Fu's 1974 Hanzell was part of this tasting or not, no tasting notes.
Was it like the other Hanzell PNs, or ?
I am sitting on a perfect one also from the Davis Cellar as is Dr Glenn, curious regarding traits and longevity.
by Richard Albert
July 15th, 2019, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?
Replies: 57
Views: 3070

Re: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?

Close enough "White Fang".
White Claw is earthier, a proximity thing.
by Richard Albert
July 8th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered
Replies: 38
Views: 3354

Re: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered

No wonder they went out of biz in Napa, if the 1992 Screagle sold at $35, that was their wholesale price.
by Richard Albert
June 25th, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?
Replies: 78
Views: 4061

Re: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?

Yes Jeff, cost and overhead matter and why there are beancounters in every business. I do not know how you do your accounting, but basically, lots of business expenses such as production costs are deducted from gross income which lowers taxes. Additionally, in my basic business formula there was no ...
by Richard Albert
June 24th, 2019, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?
Replies: 78
Views: 4061

Re: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?

1982 Ch. Lynch Bages sold for $13 on release 2016 Ch. Lynch Bages sold for $154 on release or 11.85 times more per bottle 1982 Mouton Rothschild sold for $38 on release 2016 Mouton Rothschild sold for $652 on release or 17.1 times more per bottle 1982 Haut Brion sold for $38 per bottle on release 20...
by Richard Albert
June 24th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?
Replies: 78
Views: 4061

Re: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?

Paul, It appears you missed my comments were First Growth oriented. Your purchase list did not include any in 2018, my very specific point. First Growths were attainable by so many more folks at $500-$600 a case as opposed to $9000 today. I was able to buy most of the Big Eight in 1982 and three fav...
by Richard Albert
June 23rd, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?
Replies: 78
Views: 4061

Re: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?

None. Plenty in the cellar from the era when pricing was cost related and marked up fairly with additional value in futures, not today's value pricing futures based on perception. The first majorly hyped vintage saw 1982 First Growths at $500-$600 per case. I suggest pause to reflect, backfill like ...
by Richard Albert
June 20th, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Ghosting Incident
Replies: 79
Views: 6690

Re: Retailer Ghosting Incident

The third party shipper did not catch the UPS address? Rookie or careless error, it is partially their fault. Anybody in the shipping biz knows UPS and FedEx to not deliver to each other, nor to the USPS. Did you have a working tracking number for that shipment to verify a package was actually sent?...
by Richard Albert
June 19th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1986 Cabernet Suggestions
Replies: 35
Views: 1659

Re: 1986 Cabernet Suggestions

Bordeaux beauty, 1986 Gruaud Larose
by Richard Albert
June 19th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1986 Cabernet Suggestions
Replies: 35
Views: 1659

Re: 1986 Cabernet Suggestions

Dunn Howell Mtn and Ch. Montelena would be excellent choices
by Richard Albert
June 18th, 2019, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1975 Vintage: Wine categories with good chances?
Replies: 32
Views: 1208

Re: 1975 Vintage: Wine categories with good chances?

I would look at Sauterne, many are still excellent and YQ, well amazing.
by Richard Albert
June 12th, 2019, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another stupid poll about wine drinking
Replies: 56
Views: 2591

Re: Another stupid poll about wine drinking

Indica infused Pinot Noir.

Sarah, I am not going George Washington. I have mellowed and care less about grammar and spelling. There are too many errors being made all around us to correct. Your expectations for this site are high. Why?
We just drink wine and think we know things.

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