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by Richard Albert
June 24th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?
Replies: 45
Views: 1529

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: 45
Views: 1529

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: 53
Views: 3475

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: 29
Views: 821

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: 29
Views: 821

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: 831

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: 2090

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.
by Richard Albert
June 12th, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Case of the Clape
Replies: 29
Views: 1725

Re: TN: Case of the Clape

Huh? 53 is puppyish for man in good health which I assume you are, just stay away from the shores of your local waterways.
Hell, I would take 53 any day of the rest of my life so I can see my 2005 Bord, Burgs and Rhones truly mature.
by Richard Albert
June 9th, 2019, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right
Replies: 48
Views: 1927

Re: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right

Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening all at once.
by Richard Albert
June 8th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right
Replies: 48
Views: 1927

Re: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right

She dies, duh.
by Richard Albert
June 8th, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right
Replies: 48
Views: 1927

Re: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right

As in a donkey with a honeycomb walked into a brothel, "Hey, sweetie why the long face?"
by Richard Albert
June 8th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pythagorean cup and wine - Do you know any other inventions/patents/mechanisms about wine?
Replies: 7
Views: 382

Re: Pythagorean cup and wine - Do you know any other inventions/patents/mechanisms about wine?

Yeah, I created the corkscrew with a spinner and trapeze one night. She was about 5'1" and 95 lbs.
Sorry, couldn't resist.
by Richard Albert
June 8th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right
Replies: 48
Views: 1927

Re: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right

Just got back to this thread. Wow, the Lanessan family schtick got upgraded to a Lannister thingy and expanded the GOT wine realm. Nicely done. OK then, Ollena Tyrell AKA Olenna Redwyne(google it) was the killer winemaker in Westeros. Her blend for Joffrey was breathtaking. No way Sir Jamie had a ha...
by Richard Albert
June 8th, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 7671

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

When new wineries face prohibitive porchased grape costs, or vineyards costing $300,000 or more per acre, $175 is more understandable. However, I draw a harder more cynical line when established wineries in the hands of long time owners with minimal debt service considerations go to market value pri...
by Richard Albert
June 8th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right
Replies: 48
Views: 1927

Re: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right

Lanessan, wasn't that a lesser family in Westeros, the one with good taste. Sir say something to clarify this for me and about Hubert, the Dark.
by Richard Albert
June 8th, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right
Replies: 48
Views: 1927

Re: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right

Next, step aside Mr Peck, we have the real McCoy, a Southern lawyer who drinks wine and knows things.
by Richard Albert
June 2nd, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Red Wine Pairs Best with Gator?
Replies: 22
Views: 727

Re: What Red Wine Pairs Best with Gator?

Looks like folks have expanded the recipe options, starting with Emeril and go in different directions.
Never had it myself tho.
by Richard Albert
June 2nd, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Red Wine Pairs Best with Gator?
Replies: 22
Views: 727

Re: What Red Wine Pairs Best with Gator?

Got a near perfect wine. Huston Vineyards Chicken Dinner Red from the Snake River Valley slithers into play. Grapesmith and Crusher Cab? Hidden Crush Cab? Potential appropriate traits: Something with strong grip, or from a hot vintage with thick skins and ferocious tannins? OK then, you hinting at P...
by Richard Albert
June 2nd, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Red Wine Pairs Best with Gator?
Replies: 22
Views: 727

Re: What Red Wine Pairs Best with Gator?

During the apprehension stage, The Prisoner bodes well.
by Richard Albert
June 2nd, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Red Wine Pairs Best with Gator?
Replies: 22
Views: 727

Re: What Red Wine Pairs Best with Gator?

While alive and in your presence I suggest something from Stag's Leap, maybe Frog's Leap or Screagle Second Flight
by Richard Albert
June 1st, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Bordeaux supposed to have a laxative effect?
Replies: 69
Views: 5370

Re: Is Bordeaux supposed to have a laxative effect?

Barnyard on the nose and the power of suggestion?
by Richard Albert
May 31st, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Personal Collection of Rudi Weist @ Acker
Replies: 56
Views: 4635

Re: Personal Collection of Rudi Weist @ Acker

Shoulda changed his first name before consigning.
by Richard Albert
May 31st, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes
Replies: 52
Views: 1833

Re: How do you tell great grapes from average grapes

The $20 bin has the mega purple container on top.
by Richard Albert
May 30th, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?
Replies: 57
Views: 3062

Re: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?

If you have consumed DRC wines previously sell it, if not, it may be your only shot and even more so for a 1978. I have consumed many bottles of RC, LaT and Richebourg from the 60's and 70's, including four or five of this one, so my attitude is different. It may provide an interesting experience an...
by Richard Albert
May 27th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 2776

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

Mel, I just read that a cooperage is assembling staves on fruit or flower days to improve aromatics. So what else can be done to make barrels more biodynamic, other than a higher price tag? Aw, come on guys, can't you dig cow horns funneling universe's powers and forces around the animal's head dire...
by Richard Albert
May 27th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 2776

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

Jeff, thank you for your post and for your writings on Ch. Latour I quote below. "Currently, Chateau Latour is experimenting with biodynamic farming techniques and sustainable farming in some of their plots. In fact, the number of hectares bio dynamically farmed has been steadily increased over the ...
by Richard Albert
May 25th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy treachery
Replies: 68
Views: 3788

Re: Burgundy treachery

Burgundy = Salome Veils, contemplation, anticipation, subtleties, etc. Oh yeah, disappointments are native and sadly can require many dollars and years before reveal/truth, a form of vinous masochism. As with golf, a glorious shot will keep you coming back again and again, a great burg is captivatin...
by Richard Albert
May 23rd, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A historical perspective of the winery mailing list- Who was the first?
Replies: 21
Views: 1109

Re: A historical perspective of the winery mailing list- Who was the first?

Doug, Rochioli did not have single vineyard wines in the 80's.
I signed up after getting the 1991 "Reserve" Pinot.
by Richard Albert
May 13th, 2019, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Shocking finds at a Miami Costco today
Replies: 12
Views: 1835

Re: Shocking finds at a Miami Costco today

I thought I saw KB was going to pursue traditional distribution on a small scale to diversify market avenues.
by Richard Albert
May 12th, 2019, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve
Replies: 6
Views: 341

Re: TN: 2005 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve

I am glad to hear how well their Cabs are aging have not having had much experience with them since the early days when Gus turned out some excellent wines starting with the surprising 1988, a vintage standout. I recall discussing the possibility of his producing Bordeaux blends as he had a wonderfu...
by Richard Albert
April 29th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you rank the five first growths
Replies: 54
Views: 2146

Re: How would you rank the five first growths

if this is a ranking of the best of Bordeaux, it is incomplete without expanding to the big Eight as I see it.
Petrus and Cheval Blanc are superior to, or rival the FGs in too many classic vintages to not be included.
I do not have enough experience with Ausone to make a valid statement.
by Richard Albert
April 27th, 2019, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why are you into wine ?
Replies: 35
Views: 1394

Re: Why are you into wine ?

I have been in the biz since '66. Wanting a job to help pay for college I started Thanksgiving break my freshman year at a one of the largest wine and liquor stores in New York. I had been sipping French and German wines for 6 six years prior whenever my father allowed. Living in Germany as a high s...
by Richard Albert
April 26th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beautiful Tasting Room, Unique Wines, Gone in Hours
Replies: 14
Views: 1722

Re: Beautiful Tasting Room, Unique Wines, Gone in Hours

Some of the updated info above is not what I was told earlier this month, I am thinking of heading back up there this weekend and will find out what the employees know at this point.
by Richard Albert
April 13th, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How is your average cost per bottle trending?
Replies: 27
Views: 858

Re: How is your average cost per bottle trending?

After accumulating a sufficient supply of higher end(decades later substantially higher end) bottles I am stocking the cellar with near term drinkers from Italy, France and CA mostly in the $$20-$40 range and remain on a handful of prime mailing lists with more expensive wines. I also drink the bran...
by Richard Albert
April 12th, 2019, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What green vegetable goes best with red wine
Replies: 56
Views: 1438

Re: What green vegetable goes best with red wine

Try adding some sliced garlic to the B-sprouts' pan after a few minutes, as another layer of complexity. Slice not too thin, or they may blacken; brown crunchy and mild is the goal for the garlic.
by Richard Albert
April 11th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beautiful Tasting Room, Unique Wines, Gone in Hours
Replies: 14
Views: 1722

Beautiful Tasting Room, Unique Wines, Gone in Hours

Too few knew the tasting room in Sonoma with a great bucolic hillside view and exclusively offering some of Joel Peterson's legacy wines. Gallo wasted no time last week, via a memo on Tuesday immediately after the purchase from Constellation, to announce the closing the tasting room in May to the em...
by Richard Albert
April 9th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: aging Aubert Chardonnays?
Replies: 32
Views: 1655

Re: aging Aubert Chardonnays?

He is just questioning the other post about an Aubert Chard encountering its demise so early via Pobega, or he could be a serial plagiarist displaying his talents.
by Richard Albert
April 8th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine as a Veblen Good?
Replies: 75
Views: 2219

Re: Wine as a Veblen Good?

Mel, a Sonoma Cab tied for 36th in a Spectator Top 50 CA Cab review in November a couple years back, rated very closely to #1 Screaming Eagle, was ahead of some big names and was one the least costly wines on the list, IIRC. Who cares? Probably just you and me as Sonoma is ridiculously underrated an...
by Richard Albert
April 7th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where to keep wine purchased when tasting?
Replies: 29
Views: 1169

Re: Where to keep wine purchased when tasting?

For many years, I have transported wines in the trunk of my car during the hot weather for up to a day in wine country. I got a roll of R-15 insulation and put some under the carpet on the floor of the trunk--think exhaust system heat and potential heat from road surfaces being reduced. Take the car...
by Richard Albert
April 6th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This seems a little excessive, no? (UPDATED - it's not)
Replies: 41
Views: 2795

Re: This seems a little excessive, no?

Makes me think the Aubert Winery is protecting their wine/reputation with their expressed methodology for the impatient so their wines show in the best possible light. No, not excessive, just indirectly informing their clients they think the wine will be better down the road and will provide a bette...
by Richard Albert
April 5th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JamieGoode: The Privilege of Tasting BDX en Primeur
Replies: 27
Views: 1517

Re: JamieGoode: The Privilege of Tasting BDX en Primeur

My skepticism regarding Chateaux tastings is real, a marketing advantage to distinguish their brand from the pack of 1000+ wines and have tasters to themselves focused exclusively on their brand. The following comments were tongue in cheek extensions of the "out of the club" and the First Growth low...
by Richard Albert
April 5th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux
Replies: 162
Views: 5954

Re: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux

From the respected Ponzo Vineyard(Ridge, Carlisle and many other buyers), comes a micro production of "Old Vine Red", a field blend of 46% Carignan, 35% Zin and 19% Petite Sirah, made by a gent with a literal lifetime of winemaking experience, having helped his grandfather starting at age 5 in the o...
by Richard Albert
April 5th, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JamieGoode: The Privilege of Tasting BDX en Primeur
Replies: 27
Views: 1517

Re: JamieGoode: The Privilege of Tasting BDX en Primeur

Thank you for your efforts for a more realistic view of the event, John. I appreciate learning of Chateaux opening their doors and cellars to visiting participants, supporting the needs of the event, even if they provide less than perfect accommodations, as a counter balance to others offering a sta...
by Richard Albert
April 4th, 2019, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JamieGoode: The Privilege of Tasting BDX en Primeur
Replies: 27
Views: 1517

Re: JamieGoode: The Privilege of Tasting BDX en Primeur

I can get rather skeptical as well and am not surprised at the this new level of control and influence by a growing number of Chateaux. Bringing tasters to posh surroundings and out of a competitive tasting venue, where it is hard to differential your brand and face comparison and repeat tastings of...
by Richard Albert
April 3rd, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine as a Veblen Good?
Replies: 75
Views: 2219

Re: Wine as a Veblen Good?

It seems to me the apex examples given above in Bordeaux, Burgundy and California are all small production relative to region and are contrarian examples. Petrus second lowest production of the Big 8 with a 2500 average case production Romanee Conti averages 450 cases a year. Screaming Eagle is 550 ...
by Richard Albert
April 3rd, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When’s the last time you cracked 12% in Cali?
Replies: 25
Views: 1260

Re: When’s the last time you cracked 12% in Cali?

A couple of weeks ago I sampled a client's 2017, 11.9% Pinot Noir from Yorkville, eastern Anderson Valley. It offers strawberry and rose petal, is deceptively light hued and with a pleasant medium body which now I sell in the mid $20's.
by Richard Albert
April 1st, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine as a Veblen Good?
Replies: 75
Views: 2219

Re: Wine as a Veblen Good?

For the conspicuous side of conspicuous consumption, put OWC's in the cellar full or empty. Its all about perception, baby! We drink our treasures unlike many other Veblen goods; we piss away the ownership and the display factor, not like driving a Lambo, or having a substantial yacht, a $50M estate...
by Richard Albert
March 28th, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.
Replies: 49
Views: 2296

Re: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.

If one uses a local storage company in wine country which picks up your wine as part of its services, your wine will be handed over to that company at the fulfillment company last.
Safe shipping temps take priority.
by Richard Albert
March 28th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning Trip - Deciding on last winery
Replies: 15
Views: 859

Re: Planning Trip - Deciding on last winery

Been to Cade several times, very sophisticated, very Green winery structure and concept. On a very clear day you can see all the down the Napa Valley to the Bay.
Wines are consistently high quality, great management.
by Richard Albert
March 28th, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine shop suggestions @ Nice, France?
Replies: 1
Views: 162

Re: Wine shop suggestions @ Nice, France?

Contact David at World Wine Services in Nice. Several somms run this high level biz catering to the sophisticated clientele along the Riviera. I worked with him at the wholesale level here in SF and visited with him two years ago. There is no shop, he is in an industrial zone between the downtown an...

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