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by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 27th, 2021, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4150
Views: 442021

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

This was apparently September 2019. Just looked in my email at old Garagiste offers. Sept 20, 2019. 2016 Napa Cab. $29.81. I’d love to see that bottle. 2016 Quintessa is $170+ retail. Jon has good prices, but not THAT good. 😲 Also, that offer said “Napa Cab” and Quintessa isn’t strictly a Cab. It’s...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 27th, 2021, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4150
Views: 442021

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

When did that happen?? A friend shared with me he ordered a Napa mystery wine for $30 about a year ago. Shipment was received this week and it was Quintessa. Interesting. There was a 2016 Mystery Meritage for $130(ish) that is Quintessa, according to one of the earlier posts. (I can't get their web...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 27th, 2021, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4150
Views: 442021

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

Anyone get Quintessa for $30? When did that happen?? A friend shared with me he ordered a Napa mystery wine for $30 about a year ago. Shipment was received this week and it was Quintessa. I think your friend left a digit off the price. The “2016 Mystery Napa Red” from June 22, 2020 turned out to be...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 27th, 2021, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Detert- Why not more chatter?
Replies: 86
Views: 8904

Re: Detert- Why not more chatter?

Their cab franc tastes like cabernet sauvignon, sure, but even my French friend who introduced me to Clos Rougeard loves Detert -- knowing that it doesn't even remotely taste like the Loire varietals. It's just good juice. Detert is one of the very few producers I will buy from every year, and thei...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 27th, 2021, 5:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Detert- Why not more chatter?
Replies: 86
Views: 8904

Re: Detert- Why not more chatter?

The East Block was replanted in 1979 using the 1949 material which was an unknown clone, now known as 'Detert Clone'. The reason to replace it was the miniscule 1.5 tons/acre. In the video I posted , Tom mentions that at 35 years (in 2014) the yields were similar. Thanks Doug! Great info. I did not...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 27th, 2021, 12:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4150
Views: 442021

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

JDavisRoby wrote: February 26th, 2021, 6:04 pm Anyone get Quintessa for $30?
When did that happen??
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 26th, 2021, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Detert- Why not more chatter?
Replies: 86
Views: 8904

Re: Detert- Why not more chatter?

$95 for CF and for CS The $175 you're thinking about is the East Block CF. Yeah, this is just the CF and CS--which are the west and south block (not old vines). The old vines that are similar in age and dry farmed to Macdonald is the East Block CF--which is released around August. Still great terro...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 24th, 2021, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12776
Views: 519949

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

What bottle(s) of wine did I open this month? February wines so far: 2015 Joan d’Anguera Montsant la Planella 2009 Telmo Rodríguez Pegaso Barrancos de Pizarra Sierra de Gredos (blech! while I like the 2010 Pegaso, and love Telmo in general, this 2009 has always disappointed) 2014 Becklyn Cellars Cab...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 22nd, 2021, 4:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Macdonald Waitlist
Replies: 60
Views: 9066

Re: Macdonald Waitlist

Huge fan of Detert here, both the CS and CF. I agree with Galloni that the CF is a fantastic wine, but it’s very much terroir driven, and I think you’d be hard pressed to identify it as CF in a blind tasting. Closer to Cab Sauvignon? If I really love Loire Valley CFs, would I like Detert CFs as wel...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 21st, 2021, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Macdonald Waitlist
Replies: 60
Views: 9066

Re: Macdonald Waitlist

Huge fan of Detert here, both the CS and CF. I agree with Galloni that the CF is a fantastic wine, but it’s very much terroir driven, and I think you’d be hard pressed to identify it as CF in a blind tasting.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 17th, 2021, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 E. Pira & Figli (Chiara Boschis) Barolo Cannubi
Replies: 9
Views: 694

Re: TN: 2008 E. Pira & Figli (Chiara Boschis) Barolo Cannubi

Dennis, I opened one a few weeks ago and I concur. Here’s my note from my IG post: Heavy bricking to the point that it looked more like sherry than Barolo. A fair bit of balsamic and burnt sugar on the nose. But the palate was surprisingly good: fully resolved tannins, lots of black fruit, menthol, ...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
February 4th, 2021, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommended Wine Books
Replies: 31
Views: 1522

Re: Recommended Wine Books

There’s a thread on this topic in Wine 101. Started in 2017 but plenty of recent additions.

viewtopic.php?f=21&t=144458
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 27th, 2021, 10:50 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Di Costanzo Wines • Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons
Replies: 109
Views: 5442

Re: Di Costanzo Wines • Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons

Ordered! A no brainer. I already have 6 of the 2018 DI CO, so I grabbed three each of the Farella and Montecillo.

Thanks, Erin!
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 24th, 2021, 11:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4150
Views: 442021

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

D@ve D y r 0 f f wrote: January 24th, 2021, 8:20 pm
Cbonnell wrote: January 24th, 2021, 7:59 pm Today's offer seemed like a pretty good price on a wine I wanted to try. The 2015 Clos du Val “Three Graces” .
I loved the line about how the wine-making has taken a 360 degree turn. It's been a little while since I took geometry, but ... [scratch.gif]
Linda Blair loves this wine.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 21st, 2021, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1902
Views: 128607

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Jan 20th celebrations: 2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 17th, 2021, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?
Replies: 213
Views: 9210

Re: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?

I made it to 107 days. From Oct 1st until yesterday. Then the wheels fell off the wagon.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 8th, 2021, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?
Replies: 213
Views: 9210

Re: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?

Last purchase was Oct 1st. 99 day moratorium so far. Taking it one day at a time.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 30th, 2020, 5:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine Michel Lafarge Bourgogne
Replies: 1
Views: 299

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine Michel Lafarge Bourgogne

Thanks for the note, Sean. I bought a few of the 2015 and have opened one so far. I didn’t keep notes, but I recall it performed very well. 👍🏼👍🏼
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 29th, 2020, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello
Replies: 58
Views: 4018

Re: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello

MikeL238 wrote: December 29th, 2020, 8:18 am What a lineup! Must have been some dinner [cheers.gif]
We have some generous people in the Toronto crew. I’m fortunate to know them.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 29th, 2020, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 1091
Views: 57845

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Q4 so far:

Drank 70
Bought 0

Despite the 4th quarter and the border closure that has curtailed my US purchases, I’m still +72 on the year.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 29th, 2020, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello
Replies: 58
Views: 4018

Re: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello

I know I’m a Dunn fanboy 😜, but I’m not knocking Ridge. I love me some Ridge MB. At a dinner a few years ago, despite the stiff competition, the 1976 Ridge MB was my WOTN by a wide margin, and one of my WOTYs. Some of the wines in the lineup that night: 1975 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de La...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 29th, 2020, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
Replies: 22
Views: 722

Re: TN: 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

I see that Ed Killian has been making the wine since 1992. Of course, the winery moved to a facility the company owned in Asti after they sold the property to Coppola, who turned it into Francis Ford Coppola Presents. Was that 20 years ago?? Ed is highly respected but I am surprised he hasn't retir...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 29th, 2020, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello
Replies: 58
Views: 4018

Re: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello

How about Ridge '87? Haven’t had the privilege of drinking one, but I bet it’s brilliant. Are you offering? 👍🏻👍🏻 Haha I wish! It's my brother's birth year so been looking around for '87 Napa cabs as it's his favorite. Will have to try and track Dunn down at least! They still show up fairly regularl...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 29th, 2020, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
Replies: 22
Views: 722

Re: TN: 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

Thanks for the tasting note. A fantastic, under the radar wine. I got 8 bottles of the 1994 for $16 each about 4 years ago. Sadly, long gone now.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 29th, 2020, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello
Replies: 58
Views: 4018

Re: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello

MikeL238 wrote: December 28th, 2020, 11:57 am How about Ridge '87?
Haven’t had the privilege of drinking one, but I bet it’s brilliant. Are you offering? 👍🏻👍🏻
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 28th, 2020, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The zenith of score inflation?
Replies: 64
Views: 5512

Re: The zenith of score inflation?

People on this board love to hate on this guy. But I bet 98% of y’all secretly wish to be him. He’s internationally known, respected in some circles (not here though, bunch of haters), most likely does well financially, travels the world, drinks amazing wines. Has a much better life than probably 9...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 28th, 2020, 3:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello
Replies: 58
Views: 4018

Re: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello

This is a few years old now, but it’s worth a listen if you want insights into Dunn’s winemaking style and the changes since Mike has more or less taken over from Randy. It’s a candid and thoroughly entertaining 2 hour conversation with Randy and Mike.

https://www.insidewinemaking.com/054
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 26th, 2020, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello
Replies: 58
Views: 4018

Re: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello

I've got a couple of of '91 Dunns (both the Napa and Howell Mountain bottlings) and MBs laying around that I planned on opening next year for my 30th. The original plan was to consume them on separate dates, but this discussion now has me pondering whether I should open them on the same day to try ...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 26th, 2020, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello
Replies: 58
Views: 4018

Re: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello

In addition to the change in barrels that Mike Dunn made, IIRC he said that as he took over from his dad, he cleaned things up in the cellar & winemaking process which made a difference to the wines. I’ve had the fortune of drinking many dozens of Dunn HM from 1985 through 1995 (I haven’t yet t...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 26th, 2020, 5:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello
Replies: 58
Views: 4018

Re: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello

In addition to the change in barrels that Mike Dunn made, IIRC he said that as he took over from his dad, he cleaned things up in the cellar & winemaking process which made a difference to the wines. I’ve had the fortune of drinking many dozens of Dunn HM from 1985 through 1995 (I haven’t yet to...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 23rd, 2020, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Laherte Rose de Meunier
Replies: 17
Views: 1081

Re: TN: Laherte Rose de Meunier

Rosé de Meunier Extra Brut - This has become my absolute favorite Rose for the past two years. Just crazy good for the modest cost. I just don’t know how they pack so much fruit into the package while still maintaining a sleek profile with plenty enough acid to hold it together. The balance here is...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 15th, 2020, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti)
Replies: 10
Views: 958

Re: TN: 2011 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti)

I couldn't resist and opened one of my bottles about 3 years ago. I had a glass a few hours after opening and then let the rest slow ox for 24 hours. It was drinking beautifully even at that extremely young age.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 7th, 2020, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 11 of 12 bottle auction lots
Replies: 26
Views: 2046

Re: 11 of 12 bottle auction lots

A silly superstition. Any wine you buy at auction could have been part of an 11 bottle lot that the owner broke up into smaller lots. And any older wine you buy at auction could be shot, regardless of how many bottles were in the lot. Personally, I’ve never had a bad experience with an 11 bottle lot...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 5th, 2020, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Notes (added Vajra Barolo Ravera & Coste di Rose)
Replies: 151
Views: 15320

Re: 2016 Barolo Notes (added Cogno Ravera)

Definitely not a darling of Kerin O'Keefe. Chiara Boschis / E. Pira doesn't get a single mention in her Barolo and Barbaresco book. But Kerin makes it clear right up front in the book that she isn't a fan of noticeable oak in Barolo, and consequently a number of modernist producers are barely menti...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 2nd, 2020, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Notes (added Vajra Barolo Ravera & Coste di Rose)
Replies: 151
Views: 15320

Re: 2016 Barolo Notes (added E. Pira Via Nuova and Vajra Bricco delle Viole)

O’Keefe gives a nice, concise summary of the modernist movement in her book. She also discusses barriques, roto-fermenters, etc. You can also watch the doc “Barolo Boys: The Story of a Revolution” which I believe is currently available on Amazon Prime. Also available to stream via Vimeo or stream/pu...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 2nd, 2020, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Notes (added Vajra Barolo Ravera & Coste di Rose)
Replies: 151
Views: 15320

Re: 2016 Barolo Notes (added Cogno Ravera)

Tasted side-by-side over 3h: 2016 E. Pira (Chiara Boschis) Via Nuova Which of these is not like the others? Well, this one. On the nose, the oak is noticeable and takes you vaguely toward a Pomerol or a very toned down version of a top Ribera del Duero (gasp). Besides a bit of oak spice, there’s pl...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
November 15th, 2020, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab Recommendations for an Old World Dude?
Replies: 29
Views: 1976

Re: Napa Cab Recommendations for an Old World Dude?

If you prefer your Old World with some age on them, seek out some older Cali Cab bottles: Dunn Howell Mountain (late 80s through to early 90s) Beaulieu Georges de Latour Private Reserve (late 70s through to early 90s) Heitz Martha's Vineyard (late 70s to late 90s, but be careful about the late 80s/e...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
November 14th, 2020, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4150
Views: 442021

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

Has anyone received/identified these offers?

June 22 Napa Mystery Red Wine
Sept 17 Barolo Duo Mystery (2015 Barolo Single Vineyard Mystery & 2016 Barolo Single Vineyard Mystery)
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
November 13th, 2020, 5:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8694
Views: 656185

Re: de Negoce offer

Got my first shipping notice last night, unfortunately. Back when I placed my first order, I asked if they could hold all shipments until further notice. I’m in Canada and I ship to the border city of Lewiston NY, and with the current border closure I cannot get to Lewiston to pick up my shipments. ...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
November 3rd, 2020, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rudy's Back!
Replies: 12
Views: 2315

Re: Rudy's Back!

Rudy’s on a train to nowhere.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
November 3rd, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offsite Wine Storage
Replies: 75
Views: 4409

Re: Offsite Wine Storage

In Toronto I pay $3.50 per 12-bottle case for the first 50 cases, and $3.20 after that. It’s case storage as opposed to a locker. It’s pricy, but it’s a state of the art facility. Underground, temperature and humidity controlled, backup generators, fireproof, multiple thumbprint-controlled doors to ...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 27th, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8694
Views: 656185

Re: de Negoce offer

Reposted. No more reference to moraine.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 27th, 2020, 4:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Champagne under $40
Replies: 102
Views: 6231

Re: Best Champagne under $40

I also agree with Laherte Freres, Hebrart and Charles Heidsieck.

Another favourite is NV Pierre Moncuit Cuvee Hugues de Coulmet Blanc de Blancs Brut.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 26th, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)
Replies: 24
Views: 1432

Re: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)

I bought the 2016 vintage from Envoyer in June 2018. I haven’t opened one yet. Please try one. But FWIW, the 2015s I bought from Envoyer were fine. That's good news...as I bought two mags of those from them! Unfortunately my 2016s are in offsite case storage. The Pepe is in a mixed case along with ...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 26th, 2020, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: B21 Wine in FL - Major Disappointment, Ending my 25+ Year Relationship with Them
Replies: 147
Views: 15226

Re: B21 Wine in FL - Major Disappointment, Ending my 25+ Year Relationship with Them

Thanks for this post. I'll avoid them in the future. I've placed a handful of orders with them over the years. Never a problem with the orders, or with shipping to NY state. My last order was a futures order in April 2018. The order was ready to ship in November 2018, but at that time they told me t...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 25th, 2020, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)
Replies: 24
Views: 1432

Re: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)

I bought the 2016 vintage from Envoyer in June 2018. I haven’t opened one yet.

But FWIW, the 2015s I bought from Envoyer were fine.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 22nd, 2020, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8694
Views: 656185

Re: de Negoce offer

Looks like Garbro Ranch. The Galloni score and price point are correct. The only other with a 92 pt score and $30+ price is Hanzell.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 22nd, 2020, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 184
Views: 7303

Re: Real winenerd wines

A couple that came to mind: Edi Kante Vitovska Selezione - from the Carso region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Not many producers working with Vitovska, and Edi Kante’s Selezione is fantastic. This is fun stuff. I have also one bottle of this stashed away in my cabinet. Fiorano (Boncompagni Ludovisi) M...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 22nd, 2020, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 184
Views: 7303

Re: Real winenerd wines

A couple that came to mind: Edi Kante Vitovska Selezione - from the Carso region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Not many producers working with Vitovska, and Edi Kante’s Selezione is fantastic. This is fun stuff. I have also one bottle of this stashed away in my cabinet. Fiorano (Boncompagni Ludovisi) M...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 22nd, 2020, 4:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 184
Views: 7303

Re: Real winenerd wines

A couple that came to mind: Edi Kante Vitovska Selezione - from the Carso region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Not many producers working with Vitovska, and Edi Kante’s Selezione is fantastic. Fiorano (Boncompagni Ludovisi) Malvasia di Candia Vino da Tavola - Asimov wrote about this wine back in 2004. I...

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