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by R. Frankel
September 14th, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 51
Views: 1377

Re: Barolo Sediment

If you want to understand this better, examine the sediments next time you do this. You’ll see they’re really different from coffee grounds - not very solid at all. Some extremists even like tasting them. I’ve tried it - interesting but not as good as the wine IMHO.
by R. Frankel
September 13th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 La Fete du Champagne
Replies: 11
Views: 628

Re: 2019 La Fete du Champagne

Still seems like an excellent roster. And I like how the events are much more reasonable than for the Burg event.

I’ve never attended this. What do the wineries typically pour? Most recent release? Wide ranges?
by R. Frankel
September 5th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 54
Views: 3440

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

My understanding is that overall US wine consumption has been steadily rising. With all this grape oversupply why aren’t we seeing more lower priced cabs/blends coming to market? Or maybe they are there and I’m not seeing it?
by R. Frankel
September 5th, 2019, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heritage Auction - Familiar Cellar Name
Replies: 35
Views: 3092

Re: Heritage Auction - Familiar Cellar Name

I feel like it would be a duty of my commitment to this community to make some bids. So many good choices!
by R. Frankel
August 31st, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting 750 article on the science of color
Replies: 2
Views: 249

Re: Interesting 750 article on the science of color

Yea I read that as well Alan. While some of the article was unclear, the overall connection between color and structure was one I hadn't read about before. Interesting stuff, and like many elements of wine: complex, partially (at best) understood, and challenging to act on by any but most expert han...
by R. Frankel
August 28th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet
Replies: 56
Views: 3445

Re: Even more preposterous...new Napa Cabernet

You slip, stumble and fall into an alternate wine universe. You wake up after days of wandering, and realize it was all a dream. All you have left is this video.
by R. Frankel
August 26th, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Brovia Ca'Mia Barolo
Replies: 13
Views: 1048

Re: TN: 2001 Brovia Ca'Mia Barolo

Nice note. 2001s are starting to reveal themselves as true beauties. I recently opened the 2001 E. Grasso Casa Maté and it was stunning. Early in its maturity curve but delicious, intense and complex. Che Fico on the other hand ... I ate there right after it opened. Food was good, but service (poor)...
by R. Frankel
August 25th, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Barolo/Barbaresco should I open?
Replies: 23
Views: 1340

Re: Which Barolo/Barbaresco should I open?

I too would lean towards the PdB. The '13s all risk being tight and tannic at this point. I would look at the '12s as second choices, with a slight lean towards the Roagna. I actually have the '12 Roagna Paje teed up to try soon as I wanted some exposure to the style/vintage. Not sure if I'll get to...
by R. Frankel
August 24th, 2019, 11:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Ridge Monte Bello - Why oh Why?
Replies: 26
Views: 2575

Re: TN: 2001 Ridge Monte Bello - Why oh Why?

My only issue with MB is that my stash may not be anywhere near ready in my lifetime. My son will enjoy them. I have bought them since 2007 and the only bottle I opened so far (an '07 several years ago) was still pretty primary. Dan, I’m with you on this concern. But I have tried the 2006 and 2007 ...
by R. Frankel
August 23rd, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New wine-price index from The Economist
Replies: 26
Views: 1426

Re: New wine-price index from The Economist

Fascinating analysis. Cheers to Dan for doing the work, and to Russ for opening the Winebid data.

I take this as rough market analysis, far more useful/interesting for a consumer than an investor.
by R. Frankel
August 23rd, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Ridge Monte Bello - Why oh Why?
Replies: 26
Views: 2575

Re: TN: 2001 Ridge Monte Bello - Why oh Why?

MB always impresses me and grows in my cellar. I just wish I had joined the list earlier (and who doesn’t?). It remains a great wine and value. There are many other great, reasonably priced Cali AND Napa cabs still. Many different styles are available. No doubt, prices have gone nuts and many are tr...
by R. Frankel
August 16th, 2019, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking 30 year old NV brut Champagnes
Replies: 11
Views: 904

Re: Drinking 30 year old NV brut Champagnes

Fascinating, thanks for posting this Mark.
by R. Frankel
August 15th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?
Replies: 52
Views: 3424

Re: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?

William - very hard to answer your question about how you would be better served. So much depends on your budget and appetite for champagne. Like you I started out loving the big names like Krug and Taittinger Comte and bought a handful. I bought both vintage and MV Krug. But the big shift for me is...
by R. Frankel
August 14th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?
Replies: 52
Views: 3424

Re: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?

Guessing at potential future deflationary periods or recessions is pretty difficult. What are far more predictable are two general pricing cycles. They are: price reductions for large volume wines like Krug when a new release is arriving soon (i.e. clearing out old inventory) and end of year sales (...
by R. Frankel
August 13th, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Water quality agency claims vintner’s business improperly cleared Cloverdale land
Replies: 24
Views: 1422

Re: Water quality agency claims vintner’s business improperly cleared Cloverdale land

Interesting, and yet this report leaves out so much. Two data points though - this combined with the Rhys penalty/reporting (very similar language and issues) indicate something. Noise? Coincidence? Or does this reflect energetic new leadership at the water board(s) in CA. Trying to make names for t...
by R. Frankel
August 13th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: German Spätburgunder vs Burgundy Pinot Noir
Replies: 39
Views: 2088

Re: German Spätburgunder vs Burgundy Pinot Noir

Very interesting tasting. I’m heading to Germany this year to visit friends and hope to do some Pinot tasting. Good ideas. But I wonder about this comparison. Are these spätburgunders considered top producers/vineyards/vintages? The Burgs are not - mostly second tier vintages/vineyards. Probably a r...
by R. Frankel
August 12th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?
Replies: 52
Views: 3424

Re: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?

I would be tempted at that price. Who is the retailer? I like Krug a lot, and bought a bunch of the MV 160 (2004 base). Loved it. There is some good material that year.
by R. Frankel
August 12th, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Krug and Taittinger Comtes
Replies: 2
Views: 580

Re: Krug and Taittinger Comtes

Thanks Mark, interesting. I adore them both but haven’t ever served them together. Your insight follows the rule of lighter to heavier wine ordering. I wonder if this would be reconsidered for aged bottles, eg. 1990 Krug & CDC. Both increase in complexity, and I’ve noticed the CDC take on deeper not...
by R. Frankel
August 10th, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Burg would you go for? Daniel Rion '95 vs Domaine Fourrier '96
Replies: 34
Views: 1269

Re: Which Burg would you go for? Daniel Rion '95 vs Domaine Fourrier '96

I’d drink the burgs first, with food for sure. The Chave will possibly overwhelm the burgs. All will be lovely.
by R. Frankel
August 8th, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Burg would you go for? Daniel Rion '95 vs Domaine Fourrier '96
Replies: 34
Views: 1269

Re: Which Burg would you go for? Daniel Rion '95 vs Domaine Fourrier '96

I’m for Rion as well. Patrice is a great wine maker and I’ve enjoyed many bottles from the ‘90s. I’ve only had one ‘95 - the NSG Argillieres - and enjoyed it. I’d expect the Beaux Monts to be a big step up. Btw I also love Fourrier but haven’t had any from the 90s. Only exception is if you’re trying...
by R. Frankel
August 8th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 champagne question
Replies: 46
Views: 3606

Re: 2008 champagne question

I am mostly aligned with others here. While I’ve enjoyed every Winston I’ve had (most recent is the 2004) I have voted with my wallet and only bought the DP and CDG. Not planning on opening either for some years. With others, I’m very much looking forward to the Taittinger CdC. I’d also recommend th...
by R. Frankel
August 7th, 2019, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Cat Cabernet 2006 and Black Cat Special Selection 2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1521

Re: Black Cat Cabernet 2006 and Black Cat Special Selection 2014

Great note. I love the 2006, possibly only bested by the 2008. The only ‘14 I’ve had is one I pobega’d the day my shipment arrived. Very promising. Sounds like you had a lovely visit!
by R. Frankel
August 7th, 2019, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26846

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Thank you Kevin, very helpful perspective. For those here wishing to cast stones at Rhys over this situation, I have two comments. - Mistakes were made, punished, and settled, with a massive fine. Good luck finding a winery that has made no mistakes. - Farming is destructive. All farming changes the...
by R. Frankel
August 4th, 2019, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long were you on the Monte Bello waiting list?
Replies: 33
Views: 1883

Re: How long were you on the Monte Bello waiting list?

Data point: I joined the MB list before the 2015 vintage offering (March, 2016) and was given an allocation that year. I’ve bought every vintage since then, and was given the same allocation for 2018. My estate obligation is 3 bottles - usually 1 each of the estate cab, Merlot, and Chard. All 3 very...
by R. Frankel
August 4th, 2019, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26846

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Was also surprised to read how many thousands of acres these greedy asshats are farming. I’ll do my best to try to make it cheaper for you but it sounds pretty blatant that they knew what they were doing. I guess I would encourage you not to support greedy pot farmers who destroy wetlands too? Gree...
by R. Frankel
August 2nd, 2019, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26846

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Don't know the details, and how "egregious" the violations really were. But I'm laughing hard right now at the idea that whatever Rhys did is even a drop in the bucket compared to the integrated effects of pot farming around the county for all these years. I'll continue to buy and enjoy Rhys wines,...
by R. Frankel
August 2nd, 2019, 9:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26846

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

California is a tough place to conduct business in a lot of ways. Complex regulations in many, many areas. As someone who has run (non wine) businesses here, it’s not simple stuff. And it’s easy to make mistakes, even significant ones. Just because a company makes a mistake and is fined, absolutely ...
by R. Frankel
August 2nd, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the perils of sharing allocations
Replies: 39
Views: 3786

Re: the perils of sharing allocations

I have done a bit of list sharing with friends here in California. But like you the risks/costs/hassles of shipping make me nervous. Instead, I’ve been thinking about (and cutting back on) my list purchases. I don’t like the feeling of being held hostage to a list. On every one I’ve bought from, dia...
by R. Frankel
July 29th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Replies: 49
Views: 2638

Re: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Depending where/when I’d love to participate. Been meaning to get up to OR this summer.
by R. Frankel
July 24th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war
Replies: 44
Views: 2388

Re: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war

Two thoughts on this - the impact on Napa really depends on the length of the trade war. Producers will ride out a few years. But in the worst case (You know who re-elected and no resolution) those who have significant Chinese clientele will suffer. A longer term risk is that France/Italy/Spain see ...
by R. Frankel
July 17th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Montalcino Winery Recommendations - Honeymoon!
Replies: 22
Views: 1259

Re: Montalcino Winery Recommendations - Honeymoon!

I was just in Tuscany his month and will echo Chris S’ thoughts. Fuligni was excellent - very personal, great wine. Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona was fine but bland. More like a Napa retail type visit, and the wines were not as good either. I wish I had time for more visits! For folks who have been m...
by R. Frankel
July 17th, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy prices - valuation - investment
Replies: 37
Views: 3793

Re: Burgundy prices - valuation - investment

I think it's clear why there is a long run trend to higher pricing. What I wonder is whether the recent (last two years or so) lurch upward in pricing is sustainable. It feels like a lot of grand crus that had already attained the hyper-expensive $150-$250 level are now going for the stratospheric ...
by R. Frankel
July 15th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR - 2015 Chave St. Joseph
Replies: 11
Views: 710

Re: TNR - 2015 Chave St. Joseph

Listening is dead at retail.
by R. Frankel
July 11th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A consumer upside to selling your winery to a larger group
Replies: 15
Views: 1407

Re: A consumer upside to selling your winery to a larger group

They also have Champ de Reves and Maggy Hawk - both make good quality pinots. Small though so may not see much super market distro.
by R. Frankel
July 11th, 2019, 12:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Brut champagne dying out?
Replies: 71
Views: 3032

Re: Is Brut champagne dying out?

I thought this article (published by a retailer so also just be viewed through that lens) was actually pretty interesting as well. The only annoying misleading thing was the bogus click-bait title. But that’s the way things go in web publishing.
by R. Frankel
July 11th, 2019, 12:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your recent auction purchase?
Replies: 41
Views: 2286

Re: What is your recent auction purchase?

2013 Burlotto Monvigliero (HDH). Had a 2015 in Italy and it was superb. Looking forward to the ‘13s.
by R. Frankel
July 8th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction Finds
Replies: 39
Views: 2661

Re: Auction Finds

I’ve bought quite a bit from Winebid and have had good results. Very few bad bottles. However, I’m pretty careful - don’t bid on anything too iffy in terms of condition. I have noticed that there are some categories that have really increased in price the last few years. There are still deals on Win...
by R. Frankel
July 4th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: North Coast wines in $30-$50 range?
Replies: 23
Views: 1089

Re: North Coast wines in $30-$50 range?

Ah yea. And the Barlow is a great venue to try things in Sebastopol.
by R. Frankel
July 4th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: North Coast wines in $30-$50 range?
Replies: 23
Views: 1089

Re: North Coast wines in $30-$50 range?

@Tom: awesome listing. @Ben: if you want to go further up the coast a bit, the Anderson Valley (over the border into Mendocino) has many producers with really good wines, most in your price range. Try Handley, Navarro, Drew, MacPhail, Lazy Creek, Philips Hill, or Foursight, though there many more. A...
by R. Frankel
July 4th, 2019, 1:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New grapes approved for Bordeaux
Replies: 32
Views: 2007

Re: New grapes approved for Bordeaux

I like this openness, experimentation and flexibility. And since all these grapes are (likely) going to be low percentage blending grapes, it seems like their purpose is to make up for deficiencies in acid, body, tannin, etc. that the traditional grapes start to develop. Bordeaux has always been abo...
by R. Frankel
June 29th, 2019, 1:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love for Domaine Chevalier
Replies: 155
Views: 6456

Re: Love for Domaine Chevalier

La Louviere can be a great value. In the mid-tier I’ve liked Malartic-Lagraviere.
by R. Frankel
June 28th, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?
Replies: 67
Views: 4457

Re: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?

Great story!
by R. Frankel
June 28th, 2019, 2:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2303

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

I think this seems unlikely in its pure form for a bunch of reasons. Auctions would be most attractive to wineries that regularly sell out (or get close to it). In this situation a Dutch auction or similar mechanism would be good at finding a high price, probably higher than the winery’s release pri...
by R. Frankel
June 25th, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat
Replies: 67
Views: 3945

Re: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat

Yes it’s hot in Europe this week. I’m in Tuscany (95 F today), but focus on morning activities, shade, and hopping in the pool in the afternoon. Evenings are beautiful. As a San Franciscan I’m a weather wimp, but just have to adapt to a different flow to enjoy the summer here.
by R. Frankel
June 23rd, 2019, 1:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to buy NOW to drink 2030 onwards
Replies: 30
Views: 2075

Re: What to buy NOW to drink 2030 onwards

2015 Lagrange (St. Julien). One of my favorites from 2015 tastings and a proven ager. If you like more age on your wines, then buy 2005, 2009, or 2010.
by R. Frankel
June 17th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The future of Vietti
Replies: 10
Views: 2391

Re: The future of Vietti

While I like the wine making direction, and really enjoy the wines, the price increases have left me sadly behind. I will still buy the Castiglione, and look for Perbacco in restaurants, but otherwise I’m priced out. I assumed the price increases were part of the new ownership.
by R. Frankel
June 16th, 2019, 2:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?
Replies: 63
Views: 3848

Re: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?

First, I’d install a lock. Then, I’d confront the housekeeper. If she admits it, I’d fire her. If she denies it ... I’m not sure what I would do. There ARE other possible thieves. All seem unlikely, but any are possible. I’d probably tell the story to the other suspects and see how they respond. Now...
by R. Frankel
June 13th, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Went nuts and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2716

Re: Went nuts and ...

Panos you couldn’t have posted in a more sympathetic place. To be a Berserker is to passionately pursue the great wine under $50 before others discover it. And at the same time to crack and pay up for the great wine we all know about. I would love to attend this 2005 Bordeaux event in 5 or 10 years....

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