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by R. Frankel
June 29th, 2020, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 933
Views: 50474

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

One more comment - Bordeaux is definitely doing a good job with 2019 in terms of my interest. Prices are down and quality is good - I actually broke down and bought a mixed case. The last vintage I bought was 2012 (even though I really like Bordeaux and that hasn't changed). It has seemed like EP wa...
by R. Frankel
June 29th, 2020, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 933
Views: 50474

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

I'll try answer your questions ... my comments in Italics. Forgive the formatting snafus. The numbers and data seem obscure The pricing regime up and down the chain and the storage of ‘non-released’ bottles is fairly bewildering. I’m not able to follow your issue. What data are you unsure of? And wh...
by R. Frankel
June 29th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 933
Views: 50474

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Oh, here’s an example of lack of transparency in pricing regime: where are price adjustments coming from? We have five layers (producer, negociant, importer, distributor, retailer) in most cases if I understand this right. So the pricing optimization/market management could potentially come from any...
by R. Frankel
June 29th, 2020, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid site had problems tonight.
Replies: 67
Views: 3024

Re: Winebid site had problems tonight.

Yes, thanks Russ, info is nice to see. I got sniped at the last second last night but also won a few auctions. All as it should be. Thank goodness for sniping, otherwise I’d buy wayyyy too much!
by R. Frankel
June 29th, 2020, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 933
Views: 50474

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Well this discussion took a turn that surprised me. I didn’t expect to see such vigorous defense of the Bordeaux pricing regime. Yes, the word ‘manipulate’ isn’t fair - it implies something illegal or dishonest which is absolutely not what I meant. And I agree completely that we each participate at ...
by R. Frankel
June 28th, 2020, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 933
Views: 50474

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Pricing certainly feels attractive, and I did buy a very small amount. But I also perceive (rightly or wrongly, the data isn’t really available) that the market is being manipulated in tried and true Bordeaux fashion. Yes stuff is selling out, but on what kind of quantity? It seems that a few dozen/...
by R. Frankel
June 25th, 2020, 10:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 933
Views: 50474

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Great feedback guys, thanks. Still don’t know what I’m going to buy. If anything.
by R. Frankel
June 25th, 2020, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 933
Views: 50474

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

I’m wondering what people think about the wines in the $40-$70ish price range. Seems like a relative bargain but I have tasted only a few of these from recent vintages (and certainly not 17/18/19 which are not out yet). I’d love to hear comments from people who have tasted the finished wines from 20...
by R. Frankel
June 24th, 2020, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Am I Pinot'd out?
Replies: 77
Views: 3661

Re: Am I Pinot'd out?

Plenty of fine ideas on this thread. But my cure for regional/varietal exhaustion is Italy. Unbelievable variety and lots of tremendous value everywhere. A fairly large country with so many different wines, almost all food friendly. Imagine driving around the US and every restaurant served some loca...
by R. Frankel
June 20th, 2020, 11:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?
Replies: 138
Views: 9343

Re: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?

I tasted the Chaffots and the 1er VV at La Paulee last year. Loved and bought them both. Overall I found the Chaffots drier, more earthy and mineral inflected, compared to the sweeter and richer 1er VV. I really look forward to drinking them in a decade or so!
by R. Frankel
June 20th, 2020, 11:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking much 2005 red Burgundy?
Replies: 32
Views: 1366

Re: Drinking much 2005 red Burgundy?

I’m finding some lesser wines really open, nicely developed though still youthful, and really enjoyable. E.g. Alex Gambal Volnay Santenots 1er and a Jean Marc Bouley Volnay 1er recently. I was delighted to find a Chevillon Chaignots 1er open, humming and in an excellent place. A Mugnier Clos de la M...
by R. Frankel
June 19th, 2020, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leoville Las Cases: 2000 vs 2010 vs 2016
Replies: 43
Views: 1661

Re: Leoville Las Cases: 2000 vs 2010 vs 2016

Dinesh, thanks for hunting this down. I love the idea of contacting a Bordeaux winery for 20+ year old bottles. I would never have thought of doing that myself! Living in Northern California I have access to lots of wineries and my experience is that they have very little back catalog more than a fe...
by R. Frankel
June 17th, 2020, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel
Replies: 81
Views: 3051

Re: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel

I really like Turkey and Ridge, as do others here. But I’d mix in some Bedrock and Carlisle for sure.
by R. Frankel
June 17th, 2020, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas pushback
Replies: 68
Views: 5313

Re: CMSA pushback

I enjoy the podcast but don’t do Twitter. What’s going on? I don’t know what CMSA is either,
by R. Frankel
June 15th, 2020, 11:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leoville Las Cases: 2000 vs 2010 vs 2016
Replies: 43
Views: 1661

Re: Leoville Las Cases: 2000 vs 2010 vs 2016

Plenty of good advice here, but I think the added variable is your taste. 1985 is going to show more development and softer edges. 1990 is going to show more fruit and the warmth of the vintage. 1996 will be more fruity, forward, and depending on storage, still relatively tannic. What do you like in...
by R. Frankel
June 15th, 2020, 12:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Prum 2015s and riesling vintages
Replies: 26
Views: 1216

Re: Prum 2015s and riesling vintages

For what it’s worth, I’ve has both the ‘16 and ‘17 WS Kabinett and enjoyed them both. ‘16 a bit more fruity and ‘17 more edgy/acidic but I’m delighted to have both in my cellar. I’d love to pick up more ‘12 and ‘15 if I could find them for good prices but am adding recent vintages steadily.
by R. Frankel
June 14th, 2020, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Prum 2015s and riesling vintages
Replies: 26
Views: 1216

Re: Prum 2015s and riesling vintages

I’ve popped a couple 2015 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett this year. Softened some since release and showing beautifully. Crisp, balanced, deeply fruited with tons of grapefruit on the finish. Still a lot of youthful edge. Haven’t touched my Spätlese or Auslese yet. I really love Prüm Kabinetts on relea...
by R. Frankel
June 13th, 2020, 10:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6814

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

I always scratch my head when I read "this is typical Chambolle or Gevrey" because I don´t know what typical is since the styles of winemaking are so different from one producer to the other. I also think that the terroir theories are part of a romantic and good sounding story and sometimes even no...
by R. Frankel
June 12th, 2020, 10:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me pick wines off a wine list
Replies: 39
Views: 1433

Re: Help me pick wines off a wine list

So many good options. I really like Sauzet Combettes - though haven’t had this vintage - but he price seeks out of whack relative to other Chardonnays. On the other hand I’d jump at the Leflaive Bourgogne - a reference point wine for this level for me. I also think it would be pretty fun to build so...
by R. Frankel
June 12th, 2020, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: G.D.Vajra Nebbiolo Langhe J.C.Clare '19...(short/boring)
Replies: 6
Views: 400

Re: TN: G.D.Vajra Nebbiolo Langhe J.C.Clare '19...(short/boring)

@Tom, this sounds lovely. As a Barolo fanatic I have no disdain for such expressions of Nebbiolo. Rather, I hunt for them! I hope some of these get to California. But I have to say your Julia Child/hillside tumble image is one of the most hilariously evocative one I’ve seen here. But I’m really wond...
by R. Frankel
June 11th, 2020, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best place to sell a few cases of wine?
Replies: 47
Views: 3739

Re: Best place to sell a few cases of wine?

My experience with K&L low estimates are just that - low estimates. I’ve sold 15 or so cases over the years through K&L and usually get quite a bit higher than low estimate. It really depends though on how in demand your wine is. If you want to get a feel for sale prices K&L is very open. Check out ...
by R. Frankel
June 11th, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 6814

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

Excellent discussion. Thanks to everyone for the thoughtfulness on a road we’ve certainly been down before, but needs to be traveled repeatedly. I found Brad Baker’s “It is a combination of all things that makes for a truly great wine” a really nice summation that I agree with. And Marcus’ grounding...
by R. Frankel
June 7th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me
Replies: 70
Views: 2951

Re: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me

While I agree with these recommendations, I too am a bit concerned about availability. But Hi-Time and Envoyer give you access to a ton of names outside of the big brands.
by R. Frankel
June 5th, 2020, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar
Replies: 201
Views: 8003

Re: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar

This was a fun CT exercise - the answer is 12 by the way. I was surprised to see that I'd bought full cases 15 times in my wine buying careen (typo intended!) but only four remain in my cellar. These are mostly 2010/2012 Bordeaux that aren't going to be touched for quite some time yet, and a case of...
by R. Frankel
June 5th, 2020, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon Tasting Rooms Reopening
Replies: 29
Views: 2213

Re: Oregon Tasting Rooms Reopening

A couple of weeks in, any updates on experiences? I’m curious to hear from enthusiasts like me as well as ITB folks. I’d love to visit if the situation is safe.
by R. Frankel
June 2nd, 2020, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett
Replies: 9
Views: 312

Re: TN: 2016 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett

Thanks for sharing. Sounds lovely! I've had quite a few of the '16s from Molitor (though all white labels), it is a delightful vintage. Especially interesting to compare the 'regular,' one star, two star and three star bottlings. Totally idiosyncratic system but you can really see the quality go st...
by R. Frankel
June 2nd, 2020, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett
Replies: 9
Views: 312

Re: TN: 2016 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett

Thanks for sharing. Sounds lovely! I've had quite a few of the '16s from Molitor (though all white labels), it is a delightful vintage. Especially interesting to compare the 'regular,' one star, two star and three star bottlings. Totally idiosyncratic system but you can really see the quality go ste...
by R. Frankel
May 28th, 2020, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons
Replies: 10
Views: 359

Re: TN: 2014 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons

I was really impressed by this wine, but forgot about it until I picked up a ‘17 Montmain and Montee de Tonnerre. They were excellent, and then I ordered some more! Droin is really delivering on classic Chablis.
by R. Frankel
May 28th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers Marie offer just hit!
Replies: 22
Views: 1843

Re: Rivers Marie offer just hit!

Some beautiful wines! I bought them earlier this year and am really impressed by the depth, intensity and balance of the Occidental Ridge bottling. The Sonoma Coast wine (not part of this offer apparently) was fabulous, especially at its price point. Mine are all gone [cheers.gif].
by R. Frankel
May 27th, 2020, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do I have bad memory or I am not alone here?
Replies: 33
Views: 1795

Re: Do I have bad memory or I am not alone here?

I pretty much know what I've bought and seldom 'go back to the well' to refill, so I can't relate too well. My problem is thinking wine's I bought years ago still need more age. [oops.gif] Look, I don't care what the drink 'em young crowd says. I'm not opening my '90s Burgundies until at least 2015...
by R. Frankel
May 26th, 2020, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do I have bad memory or I am not alone here?
Replies: 33
Views: 1795

Re: Do I have bad memory or I am not alone here?

Reading through this thread, I’ve thought - yes,yep, uh huh, yes I’ve done all that stuff. Except the humidor one, I didn’t really follow that.

Don’t worry be happy.
by R. Frankel
May 26th, 2020, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them
Replies: 112
Views: 4100

Re: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them

So Sarah, after this discussion and so many good ideas, do you have a plan? Who said I was looking for one? Certainly not me! :) As I have said up-thread - I wasn't asking for advice. My question was about what others have experienced. No where in the OP or after have I asked for any "help" dealing...
by R. Frankel
May 26th, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them
Replies: 112
Views: 4100

Re: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them

So Sarah, after this discussion and so many good ideas, do you have a plan?
by R. Frankel
May 25th, 2020, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Seems like a lifetime ago
Replies: 25
Views: 1807

Re: TN: Seems like a lifetime ago

Thanks for sharing these Alan. The weekend before the SiP I was at La Paulee, enjoying an indulgent week in NY. The highlight was a wonderful dinner at Anton’s with my brother and great friends. A 2002 Patrice Rion VR Suchots was absolutely singing and a lovely counterpoint to the 1986 Pichon Laland...
by R. Frankel
May 25th, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 German Riesling
Replies: 69
Views: 2884

Re: 2019 German Riesling

What fascinated me the most about the MFW issue today was that of the 100 or so wines tasted from a smattering of producers, mostly Kabis, feinherb and spatlesen, that the standout wines and highest ratings went to Falkenstein and Vollenweider. Both wonderful producers, but hardly the Egon Mullers ...
by R. Frankel
May 25th, 2020, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which is a better Nebbiolo deal, Barolo vs. Barbaresco?
Replies: 13
Views: 898

Re: Which is a better Nebbiolo deal, Barolo vs. Barbaresco?

I loved the 2010 Villero, after trying it picked up a bunch of the Villero and Cannubi, slumbering in my cellar. Haven’t bought any more, a mistake I will have to rectify.
by R. Frankel
May 25th, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 German Riesling
Replies: 69
Views: 2884

Re: 2019 German Riesling

I have to say I was excited by the MFW report as well. German Riesling has had a string of good to very good vintages the last few years and I’ve been buying pretty steadily. I’ve really enjoyed the 2018 Fritz Haag as well as JJ Prüm, Willi Schaefer, and Donnhoff. I will go heavier on 2019 for sure.
by R. Frankel
May 25th, 2020, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which is a better Nebbiolo deal, Barolo vs. Barbaresco?
Replies: 13
Views: 898

Re: Which is a better Nebbiolo deal, Barolo vs. Barbaresco?

At these prices, buy one of each, open them both and see what you think. If you like Nebbiolo the experience will be good and your credit card won’t be too offended.
by R. Frankel
May 24th, 2020, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them
Replies: 112
Views: 4100

Re: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them

You're right, too, about the auction market. There's really very little point. And since, as Alan said, they last pretty much forever, I might as well let them sit there. Saw this after I posted. I’m not sure that there’s very little point. You say you have hundreds of bottles. Send the entire list...
by R. Frankel
May 24th, 2020, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them
Replies: 112
Views: 4100

Re: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them

My interest in them has stayed fairly steady - which is modest. I always like them but almost always just reach for something else. My strong growing interest in Kabinett/Spätlese has something to do with it, for sure. Those satisfy my cravings for sweetish wine experiences more often. Still I open ...
by R. Frankel
May 23rd, 2020, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese
Replies: 22
Views: 489

Re: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese

There have been 11 auctions on this Spätlese this year at K&L and prices, while all over the place, have moved steadily upwards. Plus there are multiple threads here about how great this wine is. Don’t know if it’s our fault but tiny supply, big demand spike, and outliers like this appear. I’ve bid ...
by R. Frankel
May 23rd, 2020, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sec Wines in Portland
Replies: 85
Views: 5611

Re: Sec Wines in Portland

Another thumbs up for Sec and Eric. I’ve done biz with Eric going back 5 years, and quite a lot in the last year or so. Steady, reliable, high quality.
by R. Frankel
May 22nd, 2020, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $225 Cab discussion
Replies: 99
Views: 5398

Re: $225 Cab discussion

Somewhat unpopular to say so, but there are $225 class Napa wines that I’ve found to be excellent, and better than $100 Napas. There are also some $75 Napa cabs that I’ve loved and enjoyed nearly as much. And some $300 bottles that I didn’t much care for. All a matter of personal taste - so worth te...
by R. Frankel
May 21st, 2020, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $225 Cab discussion
Replies: 99
Views: 5398

Re: $225 Cab discussion

Ridge is a good example of a consistently great wine priced attractively for release buyers. And yes, it’s the only guaranteed annual buy list that I’m on. But what Matthew asked about was why people buy on lists that are fully market priced, often available later at a significant discount. My guess...
by R. Frankel
May 20th, 2020, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An article on Cédric Bouchard...
Replies: 26
Views: 1389

Re: An article on Cédric Bouchard...

Thanks for the specific examples in this response William. Often I find vineyard comparisons vague or downright incomprehensible, but these are crystal clear.
by R. Frankel
May 20th, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An article on Cédric Bouchard...
Replies: 26
Views: 1389

Re: An article on Cédric Bouchard...

Nice article, lots of detail that I hadn't seen before William. I've been enjoying these since the 2009 vintage, though didn't really start diving in until a few years later. Lovely wine.
by R. Frankel
May 20th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Transitioning Cellar - Cab => Pinot
Replies: 11
Views: 720

Re: Transitioning Cellar - Cab => Pinot

Plenty of good advice here already. Much is dependent on the quantities you're talking about, but selling through auction is not hard at all if you have volume and (especially) the right labels. Thought I'd add what I did in a similar situation. I started out buying lots of Cabernet-based wines (Cal...
by R. Frankel
May 19th, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three Produttori Montestefanos
Replies: 14
Views: 1184

Re: TN: Three Produttori Montestefanos

Thanks Howard, very helpful to see this kind of vertical. I really liked the 2004s, bought a few times and still they’re mostly gone. Just one Pajé left.
by R. Frankel
May 18th, 2020, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impact of declining Champagne Sales?
Replies: 8
Views: 1292

Impact of declining Champagne Sales?

Interesting article on what seems to be a dire situation in Champagne https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2020/05/concern-in-champagne-as-sales-collapse And yet digging deeper it seems like the lower end of the market (sub $20 champagne that doesn’t seem to exist in the US) is really suffering, and the ...
by R. Frankel
May 15th, 2020, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1057
Views: 85449

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

I haven't bought from Wine Access before but had a look. Interesting site - highly curated selection, or strangely limited choices? Depends on your point of view. I didn't see much here that got me excited, but 5 bottles of the Laherte Frere BdB NV for $150 (after the two discounts) is interesting. ...

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