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by R. Frankel
July 17th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Montalcino Winery Recommendations - Honeymoon!
Replies: 18
Views: 656

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: 36
Views: 2473

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: 551

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: 1232

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: 2606

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: 1924

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: 2413

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: 913

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: 913

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: 1759

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: 148
Views: 5227

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: 4181

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: 2048

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: 3722

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: 1913

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: 1864

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: 3688

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: 2614

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....
by R. Frankel
June 10th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Climate change and Bordeaux
Replies: 6
Views: 826

Re: Climate change and Bordeaux

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 12:16 pm

Little ‘ol me, on the other hand, if this means more Cab Franc in the blend, I’m buying a huge gas guzzling full-time fourwheel drive British SUV.
LOL
by R. Frankel
June 10th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Climate change and Bordeaux
Replies: 6
Views: 826

Climate change and Bordeaux

Pretty interesting article about how How climate change is affecting wine making, with a focus on Bordeaux. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/climate-change-is-reshaping-wine-as-we-know-it/2019/06/06/7d8082c8-8861-11e9-98c1-e945ae5db8fb_story.html I found this quote especially stunning. ...
by R. Frankel
June 8th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Inexorable Rise of Wine Prices
Replies: 30
Views: 2675

Re: The Inexorable Rise of Wine Prices

I saw this article too and thought these numbers made no sense. Terrible reporting.
by R. Frankel
June 7th, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?
Replies: 37
Views: 1510

Re: What is top frequent flyer status really worth?

Sarah, I was in a similar boat as you a few years ago. A million mile + lifer on AA, I was one long round trip short of Exec Plat in mid December. I bought a cross country round trip (CA to NY) to get over the edge, and that seemed worth it to me. No complex calculation though. Why? Access to EXP ph...
by R. Frankel
June 7th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: It’s been too long, Old Vines Offline #6 - Aug 31st, Forestville
Replies: 49
Views: 1839

Re: It’s been too long, Old Vines Offline #6 - Planning Stage

Brian, I’d love to come pending dates. Aug 17 is good for me for now. Maybe we can open that Becklyn you’ve been kindly storing for me :) but I have no idea how old the vines are !
by R. Frankel
June 6th, 2019, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?
Replies: 62
Views: 4032

Re: What's the Best top end non-DRC red Burgundy?

I think this is a perfectly reasonable question. My only issue is lack of clarity around how much the friend wants to spend. DRC (other than RC) is $1500 (Echezeaux in a lesser vintage) to $5k+ (La Tache in a good vintage) and beyond. Roughly. Most of the suggest here are in the $1500-$3000 range. S...
by R. Frankel
June 6th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 76
Views: 7191

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

People love to predict apocalyptic endings to successes like Napa, and extrapolate massively from one (unclear) data point. I will take the opposite tack. Napa is here to stay and will be a premium wine region for the rest of our lives (absent some hideous externality like a world war or some such)....
by R. Frankel
June 5th, 2019, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 8403

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

I like these wines (Cali cab) but indeed as the prices push out of my comfort zone, I find myself returning to Bordeaux for Cabernet based wines I choose to afford. It’s a big world of wine.
by R. Frankel
June 4th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine searcher
Replies: 30
Views: 2455

Re: Wine searcher

Thanks Ross. Btw I noticed the new “sort by 750” feature. I like it, thanks!
by R. Frankel
June 4th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is too much good German Riesling available
Replies: 77
Views: 3126

Re: There is too much good German Riesling available

Markus S wrote:
June 4th, 2019, 7:42 am
Too many good wines available from everywhere, it's so hard to keep up! [wow.gif]
Hah true enough!
by R. Frankel
June 4th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is too much good German Riesling available
Replies: 77
Views: 3126

Re: There is too much good German Riesling available

I agree with the group. No problem at all that there is a deep wide pool of well priced highly available German Riesling. I’m relatively new to these wines and am just building a collection. Very much loving experimenting and tasting without breaking the bank. My only concern is that there is actual...
by R. Frankel
May 31st, 2019, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decent Chardonnay reccos?
Replies: 38
Views: 2240

Re: Decent Chardonnay reccos?

Do you know if they like California, French, or perhaps Oregon chardonnays?
by R. Frankel
May 31st, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perfect Night: 2002 Chave | 1973 Latour | 1989 Raffault | 2005 Rougeard |1985 Magdelaine
Replies: 55
Views: 1870

Re: Perfect Night: 2002 Chave | 1973 Latour | 1989 Raffault | 2005 Rougeard |1985 Magdelaine

Great notes, thank you for the report. So many ‘85 Bordeaux are in a great place now!
by R. Frankel
May 30th, 2019, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?
Replies: 67
Views: 4181

Re: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?

I’m in the drink camp, but mostly because I’ve had precious few bottles like this. I’m sure the restaurant has other bottles if this is bad.
by R. Frankel
May 25th, 2019, 10:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County)
Replies: 22
Views: 1641

Re: TN: 2009 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County)

Sitting at Ridge today looking out over Lytton Springs and sipping on the ‘17 Geyserville (finally in some beautiful weather after a dreary couple weeks here). Another in a string of superb and consistent vintages. As usual, already delicious now and with only good things ahead of it. Ah, I missed ...
by R. Frankel
May 22nd, 2019, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is the New World equivalent of Chablis
Replies: 52
Views: 2844

Re: Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is the New World equivalent of Chablis

Good discussion, always interesting to compare these things. Flawed poll though.

Btw I drink and enjoy both Chablis and SCM chards. For a rec on a < $60 Chablis, I really have been enjoying the Moreau-Naudet 2016s. Sharp and reliable young, ask me in a few years about aging :).
by R. Frankel
May 20th, 2019, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?
Replies: 62
Views: 3141

Re: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?

Another point - any quality winery producing a range of wines will have customers with different preferences. You can be a Pinot Noir specialist, or a range of types of wines. I know enough regular buyers of some of these PN specialists that different friends buy different selections from those pro...
by R. Frankel
May 20th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GG's - What to drink young and what to age
Replies: 90
Views: 3514

Re: GG's - What to drink young and what to age

I’d love some detailed thoughts/tasting experiences. I too have gotten the German Riesling bug and have been impressed by many of the GGs I’ve tasted - especially Dönnhoff, Schäfer-Fröhlich, and Clemens Busch. I like them a lot young, but mostly am letting them age a bit. A tasting would be fun.
by R. Frankel
May 16th, 2019, 10:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Among the Big Houses, Who Makes the Best Corton Charlie
Replies: 34
Views: 2183

Re: Among the Big Houses, Who Makes the Best Corton Charlie

In ‘15 I was really impressed by the Jadot and Faiveley (especially Faiveley). By comparison BdM was showing poorly. For ‘16 I’ve only tasted the Henri Boillot which really impressed me. More eye catching given the overall weakness of ‘16 whites at this year’s La Paulee.
by R. Frankel
May 16th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2497

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

Not sure what you mean by host/guide. For the four tastings (I assume at wineries) I wouldn’t tip. I’ve tasted at many wineries and these don’t usually feel like tipping moments. If I like the wine, I buy a bottle. If I like it a lot, I buy more. If you’ve hired a guide who is accompanying you or dr...
by R. Frankel
May 13th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?
Replies: 67
Views: 4291

Re: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?

Auction offerings are certainly not sparse. In the US I'm seeing more breadth and depth come into market via auctions. Those with cellars of any size are seeing the market froth and selling. K&L is running 750 - 800 auctions a week, that seems very high. Zachy's is running more frequent in-person au...
by R. Frankel
May 11th, 2019, 11:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Cazetiers”
Replies: 6
Views: 595

Re: TN: 2016 Faiveley Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Cazetiers”

I’m with Craig on this - solid buy if in your price range. Of the lower tiers I’ve really loved the Mercurys. I’ve tasted some ‘15s and ‘16s including the Cazetiers and that turned me into a buyer. If you can find the Clos des Cortons or Mazis at decent prices they are what passes for good value GCs...
by R. Frankel
May 11th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 4779

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

I think JJK’s list is pretty close to what I think makes sense in terms of classified producers. I haven’t tasted them all and would probably move some up and down a bit but the overall approach seems right to me. But. Schrader owned zero vines before it was bought by Constellation in 2017. Now that...
by R. Frankel
May 10th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2455

Re: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings

At first glance I thought this was a pure troll thread. But, no. This comes down to your own subjective POV on what “better” is. I’d think ‘lighter’ wines are usually considered less complex. And isn’t complexity generally considered better? So I’d vote no on this thread. Of course if you like ligh...
by R. Frankel
May 10th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2455

Re: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings

At first glance I thought this was a pure troll thread. But, no. This comes down to your own subjective POV on what “better” is. I’d think ‘lighter’ wines are usually considered less complex. And isn’t complexity generally considered better? So I’d vote no on this thread. Of course if you like light...
by R. Frankel
May 6th, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed
Replies: 69
Views: 3819

Re: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed

I have some of these (been buying mostly Le Mont sec since 2010) and will be sad if some bottles are bad. I’ll pop a ‘12 and ‘13 soon to see. I have opened a ‘12 as recently as last year and it was fine, as expected. Any my stash of ‘02s (last one consumed in 2016) were all good. I’m not saying ther...
by R. Frankel
May 4th, 2019, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Didn't want to like it but...
Replies: 39
Views: 2510

Re: Didn't want to like it but...

Brunello Gelato in Montalcino. Weird, dark, bitter, intense. Not really a dessert thing but on a hot summer day it held its own.
by R. Frankel
May 3rd, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?
Replies: 66
Views: 2821

Re: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?

While I’ve loved the aged white Burgs I’ve had, the price times the risk has really held me back. So my strategy now is to buy 1ers and drink them at 5-10 years old, village slightly shorter and Bourgogne Blanc for near-term consumption. PYCM 2017 BB for example is absolutely delightful right now.
by R. Frankel
May 2nd, 2019, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 5 burgs you would store for the next 10 years
Replies: 47
Views: 2591

Re: Top 5 burgs you would store for the next 10 years

Most of the wines discussed here can be found in many back vintages under $150. It seems like the Grand Crus appreciate more in cost, though this is a very rough guess. The harder part is finding the wines. But I’d recommend looking for these kinds of bottlings from vintages like 1997, 1998, 2000, 2...
by R. Frankel
May 1st, 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 5 burgs you would store for the next 10 years
Replies: 47
Views: 2591

Re: Top 5 burgs you would store for the next 10 years

Many good suggestions here. I’d add Bertheau Charmes, Clerget Caillerets, Hudelot Noellat Charmes, Leroux Vosne-Romanee, and more obscure, Francois Lumpp A Vigne Rouge, has really impressed me. And I’ll vote further for Gouges, Faiveley, and Arnoux.

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