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by R. Frankel
March 16th, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Want to know why you can't ship wine to your state?
Replies: 10
Views: 630

Re: Want to know why you can't ship wine to your state?

What surprises me is that these numbers aren’t higher. For a huge industry $1mm to get favorable treatment in states with such high pop (Michigan, Ohio, Mass) is a bargain. Tennessee & Georgia are shockingly pricey, relatively. Our politicians are both corrupt and cheap dates!
by R. Frankel
March 15th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Stella di Compalto BdM Riserva
Replies: 5
Views: 264

Re: TN: 2011 Stella di Compalto BdM Riserva

Ashish funny that you visited them. How did you choose them?
by R. Frankel
March 15th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Stella di Compalto BdM Riserva
Replies: 5
Views: 264

TN: 2011 Stella di Compalto BdM Riserva

Never had this producer before, ordered over dinner. Note below. Very impressive, great with Elk Ragu Papperdelle. P&P though deserves a decant. One of the best young Brunellos I’ve had. Intoxicating nose of dark fruit, earth, hints of smoke and spice. Very forward for a young BdM (the vintage?) is ...
by R. Frankel
March 15th, 2019, 2:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine did you not buy today?
Replies: 65
Views: 2390

Re: What wine did you not buy today?

Jayson Cohen wrote:
March 14th, 2019, 9:55 pm
The only real temptation in past 24 hours: 2008 Hugues Godmé Grand Cru Brut Millésimé.
Yes that would be tempting. I really liked the 2006.
by R. Frankel
March 14th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine did you not buy today?
Replies: 65
Views: 2390

Re: What wine did you not buy today?

I was seriously tempted by some 2009 Gouges Le Saint Georges. Loved the 16s I just tasted and these are much less expensive. But — showed restraint.
by R. Frankel
March 14th, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Château Pontet-Canet (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 4
Views: 417

Re: TN: 2001 Château Pontet-Canet (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

I just picked up some 2001 Pichon Baron. I wasn’t in the market when this was released but seems like there are a lot of overperformers for this classic shoulder vintage. I’m a buyer.
by R. Frankel
March 13th, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2000 blind tasting
Replies: 24
Views: 1234

Re: Bordeaux 2000 blind tasting

Herwig, thanks for posting - really interesting to see how these are developing. I always enjoy your group’s blind tasting results - I have to look for that Carmes. Though I’ve been pretty reluctant to open 2000s because it seems too early, I have done a few comparisons with 2001. In a couple of cas...
by R. Frankel
March 12th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 La Paulee Off Grid Tasting
Replies: 0
Views: 260

2019 La Paulee Off Grid Tasting

This was a very nice event on the evening of Wednesday March 6 at City Winery, part of the La Paulee week. While perhaps a bit overcrowded (it was a typical walk around tasting, with tables of 10 or so bottles being poured), I was able to to taste nearly everything. There were plenty of tasty bites ...
by R. Frankel
March 12th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee 2019 - Grand Tasting Impressions
Replies: 31
Views: 2471

Re: La Paulee 2019 - Grand Tasting Impressions

Instead of posting all my notes (which is perhaps a not so useful wall of text), I thought I'd just add a few more notes to grow the discussion. The absolute great producers have already been covered fairly well. Details on a couple who haven't below, but keep in mind these notes are necessarily bri...
by R. Frankel
March 12th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee: did anybody go to the gala dinner?
Replies: 65
Views: 3117

Re: La Paulee: did anybody go to the gala dinner?

Much prefer the "alt" dinners. And how do you get invited to these? As I wrote above, it’s good old fashioned networking and footwork. One of the events I attended was put on by a retailer I buy from. A month or so before La Paulee week I emailed my reps inquiring about events. The others were with...
by R. Frankel
March 11th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee: did anybody go to the gala dinner?
Replies: 65
Views: 3117

Re: La Paulee: did anybody go to the gala dinner?

I skipped it and indeed had several wonderful alternative dinners. Definitely worth checking in with NY retailers you buy from to see if anything is planned. But my favorite dinner was a small gathering of friends, some of whom I met here :). Wine of the week? Very kind people did share some wonderf...
by R. Frankel
March 10th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee 2019 - Grand Tasting Impressions
Replies: 31
Views: 2471

Re: La Paulee 2019 - Grand Tasting Impressions

Yes. Agree. That’s why I consider these just relative flash impresssions. I don’t score wines generally - and here these are just flash impressions on tiny pours. Yes. I have no idea how anyone could give scores to the wines we had yesterday afternoon. Agreed, though in general I have a rough time ...
by R. Frankel
March 10th, 2019, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee 2019 - Grand Tasting Impressions
Replies: 31
Views: 2471

Re: La Paulee 2019 - Grand Tasting Impressions

I’m still collating all my notes, will likely take a few days. La Paulee events, while crowded, remain my favorite big walk around tastings of the year. The food this year was great and readily available in small bites, allowing me to intermix food and drink and keep my palate perky. For the wines, ...
by R. Frankel
March 6th, 2019, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Sociando Mallet Cuvee Jean Gautreau
Replies: 17
Views: 612

Re: 2000 Sociando Mallet Cuvee Jean Gautreau

[cheers.gif] Agree but this is the single most expensive Gautreau in EU. More costly than 2005 Great wine it is Seems like Bordeaux from 2000 are consistently relatively highly priced. I’ve been focused more on 1996 (oddly lower) and 2001 (understandably lower). Some remnant of a good marketing cam...
by R. Frankel
March 6th, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1971 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano
Replies: 6
Views: 474

Re: TN: 1971 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Montestefano

Thanks for the report. Amazing this was still so good - but I think vintage mattered a lot more in the old days, and I understand ‘71 to be a top vintage.
by R. Frankel
March 4th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ideas for Downsizing My Cellar
Replies: 30
Views: 1964

Re: Ideas for Downsizing My Cellar

Speed of payment in the auction market is clearly very market dependent. When I first got into auctions, the big players were running 6-7 auctions a year, with months passing between dates. Now most run monthly, with additional smaller/Internet only events thrown in (see HDH, Zachy’s, Acker). K&L is...
by R. Frankel
March 3rd, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 2017 Willi Schaefer - the entire range except for the auction wines
Replies: 15
Views: 711

Re: TN- 2017 Willi Schaefer - the entire range except for the auction wines

For those of you who like these with age, how many years do you like to give these? What do you see as the transformation that takes place. Btw I’ve been experimenting with Willi’s anywhere from current release to 15 or so years from vintage. Much pleasure to be had across this age range, but haven’...
by R. Frankel
March 3rd, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheap Bordeaux: 2016 Puygueraud
Replies: 15
Views: 910

Re: Cheap Bordeaux: 2016 Puygueraud

After sharing this with friends over dinner, we had a discussion on the topic ‘where do we find bottles this tasty for under $25.’ Extra points for Cabernet Sauvignon or similar grapes. We pored over K&L’s (major California retailer) selection of hundreds of California red wines and came up empty ha...
by R. Frankel
March 1st, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gigondas is More Enjoyable than Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Fight me!
Replies: 66
Views: 2023

Re: Gigondas is More Enjoyable than Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Fight me!

Great thread, very helpful discussion.

For the wines discussed here, how old do you drink them, and why?
by R. Frankel
March 1st, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheap Bordeaux: 2016 Puygueraud
Replies: 15
Views: 910

Cheap Bordeaux: 2016 Puygueraud

With all the praise for the Bordeaux 2016 vintage, especially for the over-performance of the lower tier, I recently impulse bought a bottle of Puygueraud ($18). I didn’t know where the Cotes de Francs was, had to look it up! For reference what I usually drink fom Bordeaux is 20-30 year old bottles ...
by R. Frankel
February 28th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ideas for Downsizing My Cellar
Replies: 30
Views: 1964

Re: Ideas for Downsizing My Cellar

Great advice from Tom. I learned a few new things. Don’t get cherry picked! I guess the real question on selling a large cellar is how to get the best price. Hugely dependent on quality of storage and specifics of bottles, yes. But I’d guess it would be pretty easy to move the kind of cellar describ...
by R. Frankel
February 27th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diving into the red bugundy pool Am I nuts ? Caution: long and maybe boring
Replies: 48
Views: 2261

Re: Diving into the red bugundy pool Am I nuts ? Caution: long and maybe boring

I will take a slightly contrarian view. Yes, replicating that first amazing Burgundy moment can be both an impossibility and an obsessive expensive pursuit. A Holy Grail, truly. But. Burgundy is also the source of many many beautiful wines at a wide range of price points. Daily drinkers, weekly plea...
by R. Frankel
February 27th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Diving into the red bugundy pool Am I nuts ? Caution: long and maybe boring
Replies: 48
Views: 2261

Re: Diving into the red bugundy pool Am I nuts ? Caution: long and maybe boring

Jonathan, you are not nuts! Just your typical Berserker ;). I have taken a similar wine journey, and am just a few years younger. I started off buying only Grand Cru Burgundy but soon realized that both my budget and patience would be impossibly strained. What I’ve found now is that a mix of bottles...
by R. Frankel
February 27th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Krug 167
Replies: 8
Views: 757

Re: Krug 167

Curious, I took a look at Krug’s site. Seems like there is one Edition per year in terms of the ‘latest vintage’ in the bottle. But each edition has many different bottlings. E.g. 166 has 22 different bottlings over a two year period (some of which are different size bottles). It’s not clear if thes...
by R. Frankel
February 26th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ideas for Downsizing My Cellar
Replies: 30
Views: 1964

Re: Ideas for Downsizing My Cellar

I’d be shocked if the big auction houses weren’t absolute salivating to take your cellar, or at least a lot of it. I’d try HDH, and Zachy’s first, then K&L, Winebid, and Acker. So easy to send your spreadsheet and get a proposal. Heritage and others are out there but the ones I mentioned are the top...
by R. Frankel
February 25th, 2019, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storage in SF Bay Area
Replies: 20
Views: 632

Re: Storage in SF Bay Area

I use SF Wine Center, and am very happy with them. They have moved to a new location at Sansome/Green and should have space. If this is a reasonable location then I’d recommend them highly. Great service, great people. They offer services that K&L doesn’t (e.g. free receiving). Not cheap though.
by R. Frankel
February 24th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Which type of German rieslings do you usually prefer?
Replies: 86
Views: 1607

Re: Poll: Which type of German rieslings do you usually prefer?

I consume more trocken (including GGs) German Riesling than other types. Mostly because I find those drier flavor profiles tend to match the kinds of food I want to match with white wine. But I really like the kabinett, spatlese, and ausleses as well. As I’ve been digging into these wines more deepl...
by R. Frankel
February 24th, 2019, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best value champagne w 15-20 year cellaring potential
Replies: 59
Views: 1681

Re: Best value champagne w 15-20 year cellaring potential

Of course, I actually think 2012 is better than either of 2008 and 2009 (which are both better than 2002) and is the best vintage of this century so far, but lots will disagree with me. Well, wow. Brad I always appreciate your insights here, packed with detail. But this surprised me (perhaps becaus...
by R. Frankel
February 22nd, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many bottles of 750ml bottles for 35 people?
Replies: 62
Views: 1853

Re: How many bottles of 750ml bottles for 35 people?

Which three vintages are you pouring? I’m curious :).

As likely non wine fanatics, you should expect your guests to not be that finicky about the different vintages, and to love your wines.
by R. Frankel
February 20th, 2019, 9:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tre Arnoux et al
Replies: 3
Views: 337

Re: Tre Arnoux et al

Thanks for sharing these notes. I'm really curious how things have or haven't changed at Arnoux-Lachaux since Charles took over wine making in 2012. I don't have bottles as old as the ones you opened but some pre/post 2012 future tastings will be fun. If anyone has already done this I'd love to hear...
by R. Frankel
February 20th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Earliest Drinking Grand Cru Red Burgundies?
Replies: 25
Views: 1417

Re: Earliest Drinking Grand Cru Red Burgundies?

When you add up all the variables, not least if which is your personal preference for how aged you like your wine, I think this is a question which resists a simple formula. My approach is to use this board, professional reviewer comments, and Cellar Tracker notes. The key thing is to do your best t...
by R. Frankel
February 19th, 2019, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Petrus , the Chambertin of Bordeaux
Replies: 14
Views: 1375

Re: Petrus , the Chambertin of Bordeaux

Thanks for the notes Herwig, as usual your dinners amaze me. Where did you eat to accompany these delightful wines?

Also I very much appreciate the background and historical stories that Belgian Bordeaux collectors can still share. Petrus by the barrel!?!? Truly a different world!
by R. Frankel
February 19th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food and Wine Pairing is Bullsh*t . . .
Replies: 60
Views: 2306

Re: Food and Wine Pairing is Bullsh*t . . .

One more thing: it’s obvious that food and wine pairing is first and foremost a profit-driving strategy by restaurants. In many restaurants, I’m sure the somm and chef put effort into finding good pairings. But $$ is the driver.
by R. Frankel
February 19th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food and Wine Pairing is Bullsh*t . . .
Replies: 60
Views: 2306

Re: Food and Wine Pairing is Bullsh*t . . .

Wine pairing is mostly BS, especially for the mythical general consumer. Even for more Berserk types, or maybe just me, I find that pairing doesn’t really matter much. Almost any well balanced wine can go with almost any food. Most restaurant pairings that I’ve experienced were either generic (Chabl...
by R. Frankel
February 19th, 2019, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Vintage Comparison
Replies: 18
Views: 1157

Re: Napa Vintage Comparison

Back to the OP’s question - 2005-2010 was a very good stretch of remarkably good vintages in Napa. I’ve had many Cabs from these years and have had almost no duds. I’m still buying from this period for current drinking. - 2007 is probably the priciest because it was over-hyped at the time, and indee...
by R. Frankel
February 18th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 Bordeaux - 30 years on
Replies: 10
Views: 1009

Re: TN: 1989 Bordeaux - 30 years on

Great tasting Paul, thanks for sharing your notes. And Mike - good perspective. I’ve been drinking a lot of ‘89 the last few years and it really is a remarkable vintage. The few I’d put in the class of these wines are Cos, Pichon Baron, and Troplong Mondot.
by R. Frankel
February 16th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)
Replies: 152
Views: 7221

Re: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)

In great vintages, entry level wines often are the biggest over achievers. Not to say that the top tier wines aren’t also great. But if every barrel in the cellar is excellent, That travels all the way down to the basic wines. +1 The only challenge is telling the difference between great vintages a...
by R. Frankel
February 16th, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OTBN--Anyone playing along?
Replies: 21
Views: 1122

Re: OTBN--Anyone playing along?

Hah, missed this one. It’s a fun idea but I try to live by it not just “once a year.” Hopefully this inspires folks to enjoy those precious bottles any time. Most WBers have (far) more bottle than they have special occasions!
by R. Frankel
February 14th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WINEBID-Is this auction wine a BUY?
Replies: 16
Views: 1477

Re: WINEBID-Is this auction wine a BUY?

I think it could be worth a bid, if you like rustic aged old school right bankers. Winebid is a real melange of stuff, some attractive (eg. those 1989 Gruaud Larose are tempting me) but mostly their prices seem a bit high. Then there are oddballs like https://www.winebid.com/BuyWine/Item/6926176/199...
by R. Frankel
February 14th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anybody buying the latest Blankiet release ?
Replies: 11
Views: 551

Re: Anybody buying the latest Blankiet release ?

Ian Dorin wrote:
February 14th, 2019, 9:15 am
Is this the 2015 offer? These wines with Graeme making them are on a whole other level. A good friend of mine was there recently and was absolutely floored by the quality.
It’s the 2016 offer.
by R. Frankel
February 13th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Wine Regions You Neglect
Replies: 45
Views: 1379

Re: Great Wine Regions You Neglect

Oh the self-flagellation! Gosh you all are failing as true berserkers ;). I have to admit, I'm truly embarrassed by my utter lack of knowledge of Riesling, and my meager comprehension of Burgundy. As long as I'm self flagellating, my French pronunciation is shameful. However, I think I'll survive t...
by R. Frankel
February 13th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Wine Regions You Neglect
Replies: 45
Views: 1379

Re: Great Wine Regions You Neglect

Oh the self-flagellation! Gosh you all are failing as true berserkers ;). It’s a big big world with so many (a million+?) wines produced. I am most interested (I hesitate to use the word ‘focus’) in/buy regularly from Northern California (Napa Cabs, Sonoma/Mendo Pinots), Bordeaux, Burgundy (rouge an...
by R. Frankel
February 13th, 2019, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 VHR Release
Replies: 40
Views: 2814

Re: 2016 VHR Release

Denny Marin wrote:
February 13th, 2019, 7:32 am
My email was a "save the date" and said the offering is next week on the 19th. Is it a tiered release?
Must be. Previous year buyers opened yesterday.
by R. Frankel
February 12th, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 50
Views: 3691

Re: Rhys offer

Alpine and Horsehoe PN for me. I love these wines. For a while I tried to buy some of every Cru but clearly not sustainable. How long to age? Depends on vintage and vineyard, but most are pretty attractive after 6-8 years. Swan, Skyline, Hillsides ... time will tell.
by R. Frankel
February 12th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Understanding the Producers of Volnay
Replies: 114
Views: 3876

Re: Understanding the Producers of Volnay

Alan/Craig, thanks for that thread. Lots of interesting material there, though also interesting how some of it is out of date. In just a few years Volnay has turned to a number of young guns (Clerget, Rossignol, Bouley, others) advancing quality on their domaines. But seems like d'Angerville and Laf...
by R. Frankel
February 12th, 2019, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Understanding the Producers of Volnay
Replies: 114
Views: 3876

Re: Understanding the Producers of Volnay

What a great response from folks a lot of very useful information. The dilemma now is what to do interms of a tasting. Do you pick one site (eg Champans) and a bunch of different producers, or or one producer and a bunch of differentsites (eg d’angerville)? I realize I’m not helping much here. Agre...
by R. Frankel
February 12th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Understanding the Producers of Volnay
Replies: 114
Views: 3876

Re: Understanding the Producers of Volnay

Thanks everyone for the thoughts and input. Clearly I need to drink a few more myself. What got me interested were some Lucien Boillot Caillerets and d’Angerville 1ers. I was also very impressed by the ‘15s from Clerget at last year’s La Paulee. As a (generalized) characteristic, I’m very attracted ...
by R. Frankel
February 11th, 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Understanding the Producers of Volnay
Replies: 114
Views: 3876

Understanding the Producers of Volnay

According to CT, these are the largest represented producers of Volnay vineyards (2015 vintage, number represented is bottles in CT) Domaine Marquis d'Angerville 19.9% Bottles (3,413) Domaine Michel Lafarge 8.1% Bottles (1,386) La Pousse d'Or 6.9% Bottles (1,190) Bouchard Père et Fils 6.1% Bottles (...
by R. Frankel
February 10th, 2019, 11:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind Tasting Oregon vs. California (Predict the winner)
Replies: 42
Views: 2351

Re: Blind Tasting Oregon vs. California (Predict the winner)

I haven’t tasted the wine in question, but I have only gotten perfect customer service from PGC. Also my tasting there a few years back was excellent, super friendly casual, lots of yummy bottles opened.
by R. Frankel
February 8th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Château Clinet (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol)
Replies: 5
Views: 296

Re: TN: 1995 Château Clinet (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol)

I’m a fan as well, had several bottles last year. Early maturity, but mostly fruit-filled and expressive. Interesting comparison is the ‘95 L’Eglise Clinet which is a clear step up in complexity. Probably age longer as well, but all mine are gone. ‘95 Right Banks in fact are all gone from my cellar....

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