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by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
August 5th, 2020, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations Please for Petite Syrah
Replies: 54
Views: 1468

Re: Recommendations Please for Petite Syrah

Retro is on my list to reach out to and see if they have some library releases that they are willing to part with. Retro has a 12 bottle vertical of the Howell Mountain PS on their website. Three bottles each of the 2010 through 2013. All are excellent. Yes, they would benefit from more cellar time...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
July 20th, 2020, 4:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3804
Views: 379420

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

he hedges A LOT here. pass. "Highly noted by a variety of palates, this is still a steep investment but the Blue Line $ below is among the lowest you will come across – especially in a vintage of grandeur like 2016." This was for the mystery Cab offer on June 22nd. Did anyone find out what it was?
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
July 20th, 2020, 4:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3804
Views: 379420

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Vince L. wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 5:03 pm
P. Dias wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 4:42 pm
Vince L. wrote:
July 1st, 2020, 12:50 pm
Anyone know what these two Brunello from Memorial Day are?

Garagiste - #3 Brunello di Montalcino Mystery
Garagiste - #2 Brunello di Montalcino Mystery
I just received the #3 today. It’s a 2015 Banfi Poggio alle Mura
Thanks
Does anyone know the other two BdM mystery wines?
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
May 29th, 2020, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery
Replies: 67
Views: 2848

Re: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery

It has long annoyed me that Trump Wines can’t even get the name of their sparkling wine right. The label says “Blanc de Blanc”.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
April 5th, 2020, 4:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What SHIPMENT did you receive today?
Replies: 515
Views: 24950

Re: What SHIPMENT did you receive today?

K&L
Goodfellow
Di Constanzo
Jean Edwards
Ridge
Winebid

All shipped just before the border shutdown to my UPS address in upstate NY. Who know how long it will be before I can pick them up.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
April 5th, 2020, 4:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What SHIPMENT did you receive today?
Replies: 515
Views: 24950

Re: What SHIPMENT did you receive today?

I love Envoyer day (+ a few others) 6 x 2017 Drinkward Peschon Cabernet Sauvignon Entre Deux Mères 1 x NV Agrapart Champagne Grand Cru Terroirs Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut 1 x NV Agrapart Champagne Les 7 Crus Brut 1 x NV Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée Brut 4 x 2017 Domaine Cabirau Côtes du Roussi...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
April 2nd, 2020, 5:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge 2019 Monte Bello Futures
Replies: 43
Views: 2914

Re: Ridge 2019 Monte Bello Futures

I bailed on my 750s this morning. I’m 375s only going forward. Like Gerry I’m 59. I’m 63 and I don’t have any kids to inherit my wine. The 2018 Monte Bello was my final vintage. A few months ago I asked them to remove me from the offer. One thing is certain: I’ll be well taken care of by my wine-lo...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
March 19th, 2020, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1448
Views: 86842

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Did anyone else grab anything from the Italian cellar email on Tuesday?

I bit on the '57 Borgogno Barolo Riserva. Crappy vintage, but it's my birth year. A friend with the same birth year has opened a few '57 Barolo in the past that have shown very well, so I figured it was worth a shot.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
March 19th, 2020, 2:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7925

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

I've had a Walla Walla trip planned (from BC, Canada) for over a year. Second week of April. I just hope sanity and calm prevails, and they don't close the borders. Border closed. Sorry you won't be able to do your trip. I have a bunch of wine waiting for me at the UPS store across the border in Le...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
March 19th, 2020, 2:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1448
Views: 86842

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I ship to upstate NY and the shipping usually comes in at around $4/bottle. My last shipment was 49 bottles and it worked out to $3.96 per. In my experience, that's in line with - or less than - most retailers.

Included in the shipping charge is $9.50 for each 12-bottle shipping carton.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
March 8th, 2020, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying slowdown has commenced, and it shows!
Replies: 23
Views: 2780

Re: Buying slowdown has commenced, and it shows!

One of my favourite Toronto restaurants is always packed on the weekend. This past Friday there were only 4 or 5 tables, and they said it had been extremely slow all week. Yesterday we had a chat with a woman who runs a shop on Toronto’s Danforth, an area that’s always busy with shoppers. She said s...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 26th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Detert Family Release
Replies: 6
Views: 473

Re: 2017 Detert Family Release

Small production for 2017 – 150 cases of CF and 95 cases of CS – so allocations are lower than in previous years.

+1 on Glen's opinion: I haven't had a bad bottle of Detert. I just placed the order for my full allocation and wish listed additional bottles.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 21st, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 140
Views: 13664

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

Very little new stuff. I’ve dropped off most lists. I’ll definitely buy my Detert allocation.

Other than that, I’ll do a little back filling when the opportunity arises.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 16th, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine prices are falling
Replies: 40
Views: 5334

Wine prices are falling

... or so says CNN.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/16/business ... index.html

Time to load up on the Ernest & Julio Gallo.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 15th, 2020, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy Grand Cru dinner: Toronto Jan 9, 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 2102

Re: Burgundy Grand Cru dinner: Toronto Jan 9, 2020

Nice. Andrew. Do you have your contact. I've been trying to get my shit together to organize something and like the idea of them tailoring a menu to the wine. And place is just 10 minutes walk from my place. Just saw this Mark. I didn’t set up the dinner, but I think if you contact the restaurant a...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 12th, 2020, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Cali Cab
Replies: 219
Views: 18321

Re: Aged Cali Cab

Cali Cab from the mid to late 80s that I've opened in the past 3-4 years and that has been more than superb:

Beaulieu GDL
Beringer Private Reserve
Burgess Vintage Selection
Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill, Gravelly Meadow
Dunn (both HM and Napa)
Heitz Martha's
Ridge Monte Bello
Spottswoode
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 9th, 2020, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 97
Views: 6140

Re: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread

About 6 years ago I picked up a bunch of magnums of both the 1998 and 1999 Scherrer Cab Sauv Scherrer Vineyard. This thread reminded me I still have one of the 1999 left. Think I’ll pop it tonight and see what’s what. This afternoon from magnum. Showing very well with red and blue fruit, plenty of ...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 9th, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip
Replies: 24
Views: 1868

Re: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip

Retro is the Dunn of Petite Sirah. Literally. 👍🏻 Except stylistically. Retro makes delicious Petite Sirah, but it’s approachable early, not something you need to cellar for a decade or two to enjoy. +1 I most recently drank a 2010 Retro Howell Mountain that was freaking delicious, but I’ve also ope...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 9th, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip
Replies: 24
Views: 1868

Re: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip

Anton D wrote:
February 5th, 2020, 8:37 am
Retro is the Dunn of Petite Sirah.
Literally. 👍🏻
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 9th, 2020, 5:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 97
Views: 6140

Re: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread

About 6 years ago I picked up a bunch of magnums of both the 1998 and 1999 Scherrer Cab Sauv Scherrer Vineyard. This thread reminded me I still have one of the 1999 left. Think I’ll pop it tonight and see what’s what. In the meantime here’s a note on the first magnum of 1998 I opened five years back...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 3rd, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 256
Views: 21322

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

I can’t seem to get onto this list. Is there a secret code or password I need? Waiting list. If you've signed up, you'll just have to be patient. People do drop off. I've been on the list for six years, I believe (long enough ago that I'm not required to buy the estate bottling with my Monte Bello ...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 2nd, 2020, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Dirty and Rowdy Confession
Replies: 49
Views: 4268

Re: A Dirty and Rowdy Confession

Thanks, Brian! It was awesome to see you and taste through some barrels at the winery! Thanks for the kind words. As per the 2/7 release- it is small, yet "I've been told, good for the body and is good for your soul". https://open.spotify.com/track/14SG52ZQ5mCstBOG4jskPo?si=suwupWDDRXqxDmqoyqM2cQ F...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 1st, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: SHIPPING UPDATES - JEAN EDWARDS CELLARS
Replies: 89
Views: 5238

Re: Offer closed - JEAN EDWARDS CELLARS

Karen Troisi wrote:
February 1st, 2020, 8:27 am
Andrew A r n t f i e l d wrote:
February 1st, 2020, 6:05 am
Hi Karen

Has the updated Super Bowl game board been published somewhere?
Yes Andrew - please see the first post.

Karen
🎉 🤞🏼
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 1st, 2020, 6:05 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: SHIPPING UPDATES - JEAN EDWARDS CELLARS
Replies: 89
Views: 5238

Re: Offer closed - JEAN EDWARDS CELLARS

Hi Karen

Has the updated Super Bowl game board been published somewhere?
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 29th, 2020, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?
Replies: 58
Views: 2585

Re: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?

Interesting thread. Speaking of Telmo Rodriguez, I'd be curious about people's impressions of his Lanzaga wines - Las Beatas, Tabuerniga, La Estrada, El Velado, etc. Certain critics rave about these, and of course Telmo is highly regarded as a winemaker. Too early to say for sure, but are these win...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 29th, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?
Replies: 58
Views: 2585

Re: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?

I think a few people have mentioned Remelluri. I’ve had great results with both their Reserva and Gran Reserva. I went through a couple of cases of the ‘99 Gran Reserva over the past two years that were consistently excellent. And a ‘89 Gran Reserva that was also drinking beautifully. Remelluri win...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 29th, 2020, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?
Replies: 58
Views: 2585

Re: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?

I think a few people have mentioned Remelluri. I’ve had great results with both their Reserva and Gran Reserva. I went through a couple of cases of the ‘99 Gran Reserva over the past two years that were consistently excellent. And a ‘89 Gran Reserva that was also drinking beautifully.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 28th, 2020, 12:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?
Replies: 178
Views: 9314

Re: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?

First BD and it was fab. Would have bought much more but I’m trying to cut way back in 2020.

Goodfellow Chard x 6
Jean Edwards Yates CS x 3
Di Costanzo Farella CS vertical
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 26th, 2020, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?
Replies: 58
Views: 2585

Re: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?

I agree that Rioja is one of the most age-worthy wines. It's the Eveready bunny of wines. Rob_S will remember an incredible 1964 Faustino I that a mutual friend opened a few years ago. Sublime. I just don't have the time or patience to let my LRAs sit in the cellar for another 40 years, but perhaps ...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 26th, 2020, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Pearl Morissette Violette Cabernet Franc, Niagara.
Replies: 18
Views: 1000

Re: TN: 2018 Pearl Morissette Violette Cabernet Franc, Niagara.

I like the Bachelder Ontario Chards, and I used to like Le Clos Jordanne’s wines (but agree that the Grand Cru wines weren’t worth the premium). I bought one bottle of each of the new LCJ releases but haven’t tried them yet. I’m NOT a fan of beet root in Pinot, so I’ll sit on that one for a year or ...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 26th, 2020, 1:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?
Replies: 58
Views: 2585

Re: Which Rioja (between Prado Enea, Castillo Ygay, and LRA 904) would you lay down today and why?

Rioja Alta is always and forever going to be Rioja Alta. If you like that coconut oak, it never leaves and it's always a signature of the bodega. That's not a criticism, just a note that it will be very distinctive. I find the coconut and dill notes from the oak in LRA to be overwhelming and off-pu...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 25th, 2020, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Pearl Morissette Violette Cabernet Franc, Niagara.
Replies: 18
Views: 1000

Re: TN: 2018 Pearl Morissette Violette Cabernet Franc, Niagara.

Richard, there’s no obligation to buy anything from their Black Ball club. You just get access to some wines that others don’t. Ross, I’m in the middle with my opinion of PM. I like their Chard quite a bit, but I’m so-so on their Riesling (it varies quite a bit from vintage to vintage) and on their ...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 24th, 2020, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LCBO DRC Lottery
Replies: 1
Views: 842

Re: LCBO DRC Lottery

From the WS forum and a contact at Halpern: The lottery has been postponed and no new date has been decided yet. None of the DRC have arrived in Ontario yet.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 23rd, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Pearl Morissette Violette Cabernet Franc, Niagara.
Replies: 18
Views: 1000

Re: TN: 2018 Pearl Morissette Violette Cabernet Franc, Niagara.

Cab Franc seems to be a good grape in Ontario. Tawse, Stratus in Niagara more main stream and Lacey in PEC was interesting at the winery a couple of years ago. I’m going to look out for these Morissette wines. Not much makes it to the LCBO. They sell a lot to restaurants and directly to consumers v...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 22nd, 2020, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Pearl Morissette Violette Cabernet Franc, Niagara.
Replies: 18
Views: 1000

Re: TN: 2018 Pearl Morissette Violette Cabernet Franc, Niagara.

Dennis, thanks for the pricing info on the resto. I honestly thought it was more $$. Everyone I know who has eaten there has loved it. In comparison, a dinner for 2 with wine pairings at Alo in Toronto - probably the closest to PM’s restaurant in quality and style- will run you $550 with tax and tip...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 14th, 2020, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy Grand Cru dinner: Toronto Jan 9, 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 2102

Re: Burgundy Grand Cru dinner: Toronto Jan 9, 2020

Andrew, Thanks for the menu update - looks like I definitely need to visit Cru. Cheers. The all-in price (meal, corkage, tax and tip) for the dinner was very reasonable and they treated us really well. Added bonus: at the end of the night they gave each of us a $25 gift card to be used on a future ...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 14th, 2020, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?
Replies: 70
Views: 3486

Re: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?

And speaking of Dunn, try to find some of Dunn Vineyard’s Petite Sirah. I opened a '92 of this last month, it was pretty good: This needs air as it's very tightly wound in the first few hours of being open. At hour 4 paired with braised lamb it's finally softened enough to decipher what's going on;...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 14th, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad Down?
Replies: 36
Views: 3311

Re: Myriad Down?

Looks like it'll be 11 am Pacific when they relaunch the offer.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 12th, 2020, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy Grand Cru dinner: Toronto Jan 9, 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 2102

Re: Burgundy Grand Cru dinner: Toronto Jan 9, 2020

Doug, yes the two 2006s were in a great place - but have years ahead of them. Joel, thanks for the reminder about the Bourgogne Blanc! Jay, the chef prepared a menu to pair with our wines. Extremely reasonable "all in" price (including corkage, tax and tip). Two of us had the seafood option for the ...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 11th, 2020, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?
Replies: 70
Views: 3486

Re: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?

And speaking of Dunn, try to find some of Dunn Vineyard’s Petite Sirah. Only produced from 1992-1995. I think you can still purchase at least one of the vintages directly from Dunn if you call them. Randy produced the wine for 4 vintages but didn’t bottle it until considerably later. And now his son...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 11th, 2020, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?
Replies: 70
Views: 3486

Re: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?

Adam Frisch wrote:
January 11th, 2020, 5:21 am
I've never had much luck with PS. In fact, the very opposite. What would be a good, fresher, lower alcohol producer in CA?
Retro Cellars. Mike Dunn’s winery. Awesome stuff. And affordable.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 11th, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy Grand Cru dinner: Toronto Jan 9, 2020
Replies: 16
Views: 2102

Burgundy Grand Cru dinner: Toronto Jan 9, 2020

The lineup: 2014 Maison Leroy Bourgogne Blanc 2008 Pierre Gimonnet & Fils Champagne Premier Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Fleuron 2011 Pierre Péters Champagne Grand Cru Cuvée Speciale Blanc de Blancs Les Chetillons 1998 Domaine des Lambrays Clos des Lambrays 2003 Domaine du Clos de Tart Clos de Tart 1971...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 6th, 2020, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
Replies: 11
Views: 785

Re: TN: 1999 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

Also: about 3 years ago a Toronto tasting group did a blind tasting of about 8 vintages of HM with two bottles of the Napa bottling thrown in the mix. No one at our table could pick out the Napa. I’ll see if I can find the list of vintages and post it here later today. IIRC the Napa bottles were qu...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 6th, 2020, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
Replies: 11
Views: 785

Re: TN: 1999 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

I believe you can still order a few vintages of the Petite Sirah directly from Dunn if you call them. But they are not cheap.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 6th, 2020, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
Replies: 11
Views: 785

Re: TN: 1999 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

I’ve gone through many bottles of the 86, 87 and 88 HM and I’ve only had one bottle (of the 88) that was getting tired. I also had the 87 Napa a few years ago and it was excellent, although perhaps a step or two behind the HM. The 87 HM is legendary: without a doubt my favourite vintage. It used to ...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 5th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
Replies: 11
Views: 785

Re: TN: 1999 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain

Thanks for the TN. One of my top five favourite producers. Still working through the last of my 1980s HM.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 5th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?
Replies: 88
Views: 4822

Re: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?

Andrew what is Detert? They are the cousins to another board darling, MacDonald. Their property is next door for the most part. Some of their cab franc offerings are from old vine To Kalon fruit. I’ve got a visit lined up there in 4 weeks, so I’m excited to learn more. I’ve had their cab franc, and...

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