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by NoahR
August 13th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release
Replies: 68
Views: 3223

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release

In for a mixed case.

Always great stuff.

Wish i could buy more (of course I should have no trouble getting Joe and Bobby open up their blend for me to sample...)
by NoahR
August 12th, 2019, 4:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau Musar Rosé
Replies: 9
Views: 331

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau Musar Rosé

Great wine. And can easily age a decade. Call it a poor man’s LdH Rosado Funny, I've always paid more for the Musar Rose than the LdH Rosado. Then you’re a lucky man, Otto. I dare you to find an LdH Rosado currently that is less expensive dive than Musar Rose. Currently, the only bottles available ...
by NoahR
August 11th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau Musar Rosé
Replies: 9
Views: 331

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau Musar Rosé

Great wine. And can easily age a decade.

Call it a poor man’s LdH Rosado
by NoahR
August 11th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 2977

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

I drink and enjoy wines that the AFWE would condemn, but I see absolutely no reason to make Alfert feel better so I am not going to "confess" anything. Neal is on the SQN list. He has no shame. Nor does Alfert, for that matter. Sorry for outing you. [snort.gif] Isn't being on the SQN list a wise fi...
by NoahR
August 11th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 112
Views: 4612

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

Haven’t had a ton of Benetiere, but I’ve had a decent amount of old NR Syrah. They -all- get substantially better after 10-15 years, and I find them either monolithic, boring, sweet/modern, zesty but taught, or otherwise early on and it seems to have no relationship to how they show after a decade.....
by NoahR
August 10th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 2977

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

I chugged a bottle of 2016 Ridge Merlot. 13.4% but I just soaked in all the oak.

Also, I love Maybach. Is that Anti-AFWE?
by NoahR
August 8th, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 2977

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

Went to Martinelli on my first trip through Sonoma years ago. Had come highly recommended from some friends who “knew wine” and I really knew nothing at all at the time. Really, really didn’t like them and didn’t know if it was just me, or the wines. Figured out my tastes quite a few years later and...
by NoahR
August 5th, 2019, 5:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A small BBQ: 62 Lafite, 74 HB, 78 Martha’s etc
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: TN: A small BBQ: 62 Lafite, 74 HB, 78 Martha’s etc

A few others: 1995 ESJ Cotes Sauvages This was right out of their cellar after JoeD’s recent trip and was beautiful. Clear macerated cherries and garrigue, slightly meaty. Saw some reviews that claimed pruny but I didn’t get that at all. Vibrant. 2009 Leroy Bourgogne Rouge - these are great wines bu...
by NoahR
August 5th, 2019, 4:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A small BBQ: 62 Lafite, 74 HB, 78 Martha’s etc
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: TN: A small BBQ: 62 Lafite, 74 HB, 78 Martha’s etc

Ryan A wrote:
August 4th, 2019, 10:00 pm
Sounds amazing! Tell us about the food- if pics could kill...
Tacos al pastor (chicken thighs, not pork), marinated in achiote paste, skewered over a bed of onions and pineapple and slow roasted on the egg.

Flannery taste off: 21 vs 42d dry aged (tie?)
by NoahR
August 4th, 2019, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A small BBQ: 62 Lafite, 74 HB, 78 Martha’s etc
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: TN: A small BBQ: 62 Lafite, 74 HB, 78 Martha’s etc

Also, the Screagle OWC is a joke. Picked it up off the trash heap and am going to put it in every photo’s background like Buzz. ;)
by NoahR
August 4th, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A small BBQ: 62 Lafite, 74 HB, 78 Martha’s etc
Replies: 8
Views: 561

Re: TN: A small BBQ: 62 Lafite, 74 HB, 78 Martha’s etc

2015 Sandlands Mataro horizontal.

Contra Costa a bit riper and fuller than the San Benito. The richness wasn’t quite there in the latter, but the feel was overall more high toned. Nice wines.
by NoahR
August 4th, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A small BBQ: 62 Lafite, 74 HB, 78 Martha’s etc
Replies: 8
Views: 561

TN: A small BBQ: 62 Lafite, 74 HB, 78 Martha’s etc

Preface: our house is a disgrace, after multiple major leaks, with a small plywood temp kitchen, and the rest of the house littered with everything that should be stored in the basement while the basement is gearing up to be renovated. So I don’t really have people over, which saddens me. Decided to...
by NoahR
July 27th, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Rising Price of Cornas
Replies: 210
Views: 10217

Re: The Rising Price of Cornas

Nick Gangas wrote:
July 27th, 2019, 3:11 pm
AS an aside, had the 89 Allemand Cornas a couple months ago. Really amazing wine and in great shape. Can't imagine syrah gets better than this.
Obviously Nick, you haven’t had LaLa’s. I learned from Parker - Syrah can ALWAYS be better with more oak. Pairs well with sushi.
newhere
by NoahR
July 27th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Rising Price of Cornas
Replies: 210
Views: 10217

Re: The Rising Price of Cornas

Having watched a video of multiple Northern rhone growers farm by hand these ridiculously steep slopes that would never be able to be mechanized, I’m a little shocked at how INEXPENSIVE it is compared to the labor.
by NoahR
July 27th, 2019, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 2004 Pingus; 2003 Clos Ste Hune; 2001 Guiraud
Replies: 1
Views: 236

Re: TN - 2004 Pingus; 2003 Clos Ste Hune; 2001 Guiraud

Nice notes. Never had a Pingus - both the price and the high Parker ratings dissuaded me.
by NoahR
July 27th, 2019, 5:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Rising Price of Cornas
Replies: 210
Views: 10217

Re: The Rising Price of Cornas

I've found more bad Barolos in some subregions than others. La Morra being my least favourite. It is difficult to be certain if it's (modern) winemaking or terroir, though. I'd much rather drink Gaja than Guigal any day! Agree. La Morra tends to be riper and hotter but I agree it’s also the winemak...
by NoahR
July 27th, 2019, 3:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Rising Price of Cornas
Replies: 210
Views: 10217

Re: The Rising Price of Cornas

The Northern Rhones are now priced like Barolo. Just saw this post from last year now. I disagree. Below the level of the trophy producers in the Langhe (e.g., Giacosa, G. Conterno, B. Mascarello, R. Voerzio, etc.) there is a great deal of excellent wine for well under $100, even under $60. Product...
by NoahR
July 24th, 2019, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNS: 2000 Chateau Leoville Barton, 1999 Chateau Musar
Replies: 14
Views: 800

Re: TNS: 2000 Chateau Leoville Barton, 1999 Chateau Musar

Wish i could have gotten it for $38. Sigh. One of the few wines I have a full case of, and I love it. I’ve brought out bottles on occasion but twice, with different audiences of wine-interested-but-wine-novice professional dinner crowds, bought it off the list. Once at No. 9 Park in Boston and once ...
by NoahR
July 18th, 2019, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a lead concern with neck foil?
Replies: 22
Views: 1003

Re: Is there a lead concern with neck foil?

[tease.gif] Yes. FFS, stop drinking wine!
by NoahR
July 16th, 2019, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6024

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

Like my Rhys. Overextended and had to pass. A lot of money for a new experiment. Have passed on a number of new release Cali wines with no track record but good pedigree. So much excellent champagne out there right now I just can’t justify it
by NoahR
July 16th, 2019, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy prices - valuation - investment
Replies: 37
Views: 3283

Re: Burgundy prices - valuation - investment

Silliness. Prices have escalated absurdly in Burgundy, which may be hard to farm but certainly not as hard to farm as the Northern Rhône. The scarcity may be a real thing, but there are metric tons of good Burgundy out there and I get several offers every day. Some offers I trust, some I don’t. But ...
by NoahR
July 9th, 2019, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11512
Views: 534051

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Musar Rouge:
6x2001
3x1999
3x1998
by NoahR
July 4th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone opening good wine for the 4th, or is it a beer day ?
Replies: 57
Views: 2028

Re: Anyone opening good wine for the 4th, or is it a beer day ?

Opened a 2013 Bedrock Nervo. Have some 1977 Sercial Madeira to sip. Beyond that, maybe tmzome Tiki cocktails. It’s hot as hell in DC!
by NoahR
June 27th, 2019, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 145
Views: 6775

Re: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...

Frank, I’ve been a migraineur for 30 years. Began in grade school. I took NSAIDs then with minimal effect, eventually started taking Imitrex back when it was only available as an injection. It’s awful and has plagued my life in many ways, but my chief triggers seem to remain sleep deprivation, anxie...
by NoahR
June 24th, 2019, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Expressions of Tempranillo - Ribera vs Rioja
Replies: 17
Views: 1085

Expressions of Tempranillo - Ribera vs Rioja

His would you characterize the differences between the Tempranillo based wines in Rioja vs Ribera Del Duero?

If You’re teaching a basic class on Spanish Wine, how would you contrast terroir and winemaking?
by NoahR
June 24th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 570
Views: 30394

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

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TrompoKing on the BGE

Made chicken “al pastor”...
by NoahR
June 22nd, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine you don't want
Replies: 64
Views: 5128

Re: The wine you don't want

04E2DB4C-0CDF-4797-AD0B-E5DCB2B94043.jpeg You're quite fortunate the wine you don't want anymore is SQN. Those should be quite easy and lucrative to resell. Most collectors end up with over the hill bottles of 15% Aussie Shiraz and stuff like that which nobody wants to buy. Hahahaha. That’s EXACTLY...
by NoahR
June 22nd, 2019, 4:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth
Replies: 57
Views: 3377

Re: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
June 21st, 2019, 6:00 pm
Sc0tt F!tzger@ld wrote:
June 21st, 2019, 3:14 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
June 21st, 2019, 5:58 am
Truth is what’s in the bottle, and even young it is hard to asses.
Mr. Country Lawyer Esq., what do "hard asses" have to do with this discussion? [wink.gif]
If I have to ‘splain it....

It’s a Cuban thing. We like ass.
You need to meet Princess Vitarah.
by NoahR
June 21st, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine you don't want
Replies: 64
Views: 5128

Re: The wine you don't want

You'll get a variety of answers. If quantity, auction is by far the easiest. Think over 100 bottles. They will often pick up and ship free if the value is enough. If just scattered bottles of SQN one could probably work to find private buyer but that takes time. You're quite fortunate the wine you ...
by NoahR
June 21st, 2019, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth
Replies: 57
Views: 3377

Re: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth

Mark, I am not basing on any particular Chateau. There have been multiple articles, starting perhaps with the Decanter article in 2013, and one that i cant find but which was linked on Terroirist a few months ago suggesting the practice was still commonplace, if less useful post-Parker. I find barre...
by NoahR
June 21st, 2019, 4:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth
Replies: 57
Views: 3377

Re: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth

There is no scarcity. You should be able to negotiate first tranch prices a few years later. And first tranch prices are already inflated. Such a racket. Really? And you know this how? You have personal experience over the past 5 or 10 years so that you know this to be so? if buyers in the industry...
by NoahR
June 20th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth
Replies: 57
Views: 3377

Re: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth

There is no scarcity. You should be able to negotiate first tranch prices a few years later. And first tranch prices are already inflated.

Such a racket.
by NoahR
June 19th, 2019, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 26
Views: 1635

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

Both this and the 2005 are silly good wines.

The American Oak never quite fades. Did a tasting of 1964-1980 Imperial vs Viña Real and it sticks out like a sore thumb even in the 64 and 66. Monte Bello is the same way. St least I like it as it mellows.
by NoahR
June 16th, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Magdelaine
Replies: 63
Views: 2823

Re: 2000 Magdelaine

The 2000 Magdelaine was lovely, and shows like a younger cousin of the spectacular 1990 I had last year. It was interesting to contrast what I feel is still a very young wine with a lot of much older Bordeaux - 1970-1990 on saturday. The other young wines were a 2004 Gracia, which showed modern, and...
by NoahR
June 16th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1996 Clos des Goisses and Krug
Replies: 6
Views: 606

Re: 1996 Clos des Goisses and Krug

I had the privilege of drinking with David on saturday night. The CdG definitely showed older, more mature, and a bit more oxidative than the Krug. Both were lovely, though the Krug definitely showed as finer, more filigreed, and more balanced. Without food to pair it with, the CdG’s acidity seemed ...
by NoahR
June 15th, 2019, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth
Replies: 57
Views: 3377

Re: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth

William - Don’t really care what the Chateaux think. Most of them are owned by conglomerates, investment banks and foreign investors at this point. I’ve met some nice winemakers and emissaries, but it’s been a racket for a long time. If the Chateaux have the reserves to fund a business model that pe...
by NoahR
June 15th, 2019, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Checking in on two 2015 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre
Replies: 3
Views: 505

Re: TN: Checking in on two 2015 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre

Antle makes some tough wines to love early in. Will be interesting to see if they turn a corner
by NoahR
June 15th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth
Replies: 57
Views: 3377

Re: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth

An “entrepreneur” by definition is a middleman. He buys at a lower price from a source, moves it to a new market, and sells it for a profit. Agree with all of this except the 1st sentence! To me entrepreneur has connotations of innovation and creation, and yes, risk. Not just arbitrage, or wholesal...
by NoahR
June 15th, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth
Replies: 57
Views: 3377

Re: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth

An “entrepreneur” by definition is a middleman. He buys at a lower price from a source, moves it to a new market, and sells it for a profit. An entrepreneur does not make the product, nor control the market and, in the case of wine, there can be several levels of entrepreneurs, each interested in ta...
by NoahR
June 5th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 130
Views: 6943

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

Last year did a vertical of Lynch Bages. Brought the 75 and the highly touted 89. The 75 was beautiful and the 89 was dense, monolithic and impenetrable still. There were some more recent vintages that were a bit more “ready to drink” but none of the. were considered the top vintages like 2000 and 2...
by NoahR
June 3rd, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Weeknight TNs: Levet, Marie-Courtin, Carlisle, PYCM, Leoville Poyferre +
Replies: 17
Views: 1600

Re: Some Weeknight TNs: Levet, Marie-Courtin, Carlisle, PYCM, Leoville Poyferre +

This thread reminds me of when I brought a 2005 Levet Chavaroche to dinner with my future wife and her family in maybe 2010. Was a mouthful of olive brine and raw beef and iron with this thin hint of brambly-but-clearly-picked-early blackberry and I was trying to explain why this was an exceptional ...
by NoahR
June 2nd, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?
Replies: 69
Views: 2992

Re: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?

Gilbane has invited me to drink (forced me to taste) multiple Washington cabs, as have others. I ha e had at least 30 WA cabs from various AVA’s and had nothing that would make me switch glasses with either a similar vintage Sociando Mallet or even a Malescot St-Exupery. The balance is different. Th...
by NoahR
May 27th, 2019, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 16057

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

Has anyone else noticed that Total Wine has been almost a week without a new offering...wonder if they will get Canon, etc. Noted this as well. Emailed them. They said it would come out this week but did not say why the delay. Saw first offerings for Rauzan Segla and have been waiting for Total Win...
by NoahR
May 27th, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 995
Views: 52950

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I nearly crapped myself at the offer for 1989 Leonor Chinon at -$269.99-. This is not an easy to find bottle, but it’s not one that anyone’s looking for either. I think I bought the 2006 for sub-$15 from Garagiste and thought it was a nice, reedy, rustic, pyrazine-laden Chinon that I could geek out ...
by NoahR
May 27th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Changes Afoot in NM: Gruet/NoisyWater
Replies: 9
Views: 885

Re: Changes Afoot in NM: Gruet/NoisyWater

Not surprised one bit. Gruet sold out and the name is just a name. Was a great option for inexpensive sparkling for a good many years.
by NoahR
May 24th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone tasted the 2015 Bruno Giacosa Falletto Vigna le Rocche?
Replies: 9
Views: 1027

Re: Has anyone tasted the 2015 Bruno Giacosa Falletto Vigna le Rocche?

Suckling on Barolo? I trust his taste like I trust a used car salesman. I’ve heard that Dante’s return righted the ship, but hard to tell when and to what extend and to what extent they have recaptured the magic. Bruno has been in poor health for several years. Galloni’s review of the 15 Asili was t...
by NoahR
May 22nd, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Gonon
Replies: 48
Views: 3593

Re: 2017 Gonon

R_Gilbane wrote:
May 22nd, 2019, 8:41 am
scamhi wrote:
May 22nd, 2019, 5:35 am
i bought Gonon at these prices- all sold out at this retailer.
2017 Saint-Joseph $44.99
2017 Iles Feray $29.99
You overpaid. I got 2 cases of the SJ for $39.99 with shipping.
Wow! That’s under $2/ bottle!
by NoahR
May 20th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 207
Views: 13300

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

The continued griping saddens me a bit. Everyone is entitled to complain, especially on an Internet forum, but I have read hundreds of threads on allocation-based lists that people covet like SQN, Schrader, Macdonald, Scarecrow etc, and they are rarely as bitchy as this thread. Lots of people talkin...
by NoahR
May 19th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Neb Vinous Blind 1989 Barolo & Barbaresco Dinner
Replies: 5
Views: 509

Re: TN: Neb Vinous Blind 1989 Barolo & Barbaresco Dinner

Great notes Ken! Thanks!
by NoahR
May 19th, 2019, 5:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 112
Views: 4612

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

He didn’t make any. VA problems.

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