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by lleichtman
November 29th, 2020, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Kaltern GWT Companer '15...(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 68

Re: TN: Kaltern GWT Companer '15...(short/boring)

All the Kaltern wines I've had have been reds like Lagrein and Schiava. Never had a white. Will have to try this.
by lleichtman
November 24th, 2020, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Krug 168 half bottle
Replies: 17
Views: 1122

Re: TN: Krug 168 half bottle

Mark Y wrote:
November 23rd, 2020, 8:46 pm
So I’m not the only one to find Krug half bottles kinda useless! It’s not even enough for 1 person. What good is it!!
I'm with you here. Why bother with half bottles when you really want a whole one. One advantage though, is that you can drink them earlier if you're going for aged champagne.
by lleichtman
November 24th, 2020, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 15
Views: 1019

Re: TN: 2007 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
November 24th, 2020, 1:49 pm
The 2007 is rounder and has riper fruit. Damn weather makes no considerations for wine geeks.
The 2007 was just way too soft for me. Like a little hardness in LDH but still drinking from the 90's. Haven't popped one past 2000.
by lleichtman
November 23rd, 2020, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Doh! Ever do this before?
Replies: 34
Views: 2241

Re: Doh! Ever do this before?

Slightly off topic, but attended a grand opening of hip new nightclub in Walnut Creek, CA twenty something years ago. The newly hired bar staff was inexperienced. A guy in our orbit of 20 and 30 something year old friends was feeling frisky and decided to order a shot of Louis the 13th Cognac. The ...
by lleichtman
November 18th, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?
Replies: 181
Views: 7146

Re: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

Just 4 of us with traditional turkey dinner. Villmart 2005 Le Celliere to start then a Moe Ayoub 2014 Estate Pinot.
by lleichtman
November 18th, 2020, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred daily use corkscrew?
Replies: 83
Views: 2677

Re: Preferred daily use corkscrew?

I use many different ones depending on the bottle I'm opening from a waiter's friend generic model to a screwpull to a Durand and rarely my Coravin for high end wines I want to just drink a small amount a time. I like the look of the Campagnola that Robert posted. Are these the same folks that make ...
by lleichtman
November 17th, 2020, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Januik Syrah Ciel du Cheval Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 289

Re: TN: 2017 Januik Syrah Ciel du Cheval Vineyard

Miss going there. Really nice place to visit and taste wines and play bocce ball.
by lleichtman
November 8th, 2020, 9:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My Confession. Not allowing time to open.
Replies: 45
Views: 2629

Re: My Confession. Not allowing time to open.

This really is a struggle. Lately, I’ve been trying to be more disciplined with planning my drinking decisions ahead of time to allow plenty of time for decanting if needed. Especially if I’m entertaining. However sometimes you just pop something open, and while your palate may indicate that the wi...
by lleichtman
November 8th, 2020, 9:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Barthod BR, Dauvissat Forest, Krug MV
Replies: 9
Views: 595

Re: TNs: Barthod BR, Dauvissat Forest, Krug MV

2005 Barthod Bourgogne Rouge 2011 Dauvissat Chablis 1er La Forest This opens as classic Dauvissat - steely, minty, saline. Fresh and flinty. This isn’t showing its age save for some roundness in the palate, but I think that this is suffering from a lack of youthful vibrance. This is almost a touch ...
by lleichtman
November 7th, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My Confession. Not allowing time to open.
Replies: 45
Views: 2629

Re: My Confession. Not allowing time to open.

Argh! I feel like I need to get something off my chest. Come clean if you will. I can’t tell you how many times I have consumed, passed judgment and opined on wines, both young and old, before they have had a chance to prosperity open up. I haven’t a clue as to why. I am relatively intelligent ( at...
by lleichtman
November 7th, 2020, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
Replies: 3
Views: 439

Re: TN: 2010 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

Really great wine. I always stop to buy some when I can.
by lleichtman
November 7th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Champagne are you popping tonight?
Replies: 66
Views: 2064

Re: What Champagne are you popping tonight?

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
November 7th, 2020, 3:46 pm
Vilmart Cuvee Rubis.
Same here.
by lleichtman
November 5th, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shout out to your local wine shop gal/guy!
Replies: 28
Views: 1655

Re: Shout out to your local wine shop gal/guy!

While I was living in Houston in part of 2018 and 2019, I used Specs almost exclusively. The variety of wines and their service was always outstanding. Only con was lack of older vintages as everything seemed super new. Yes, you could go to the order window and find older vintages but took some work.
by lleichtman
November 5th, 2020, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...
Replies: 64
Views: 2483

Re: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...

I find other people's tasting notes only useful if I actually know the person and have an idea if their likes or dislikes match up with mine. I often find that I can't always replicate others tasting experiences kind of like shelf talkers. Wine appreciation is so subjective in many ways that is diff...
by lleichtman
November 5th, 2020, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If only one village/town/city in Italy...
Replies: 50
Views: 1794

Re: If only one village/town/city in Italy...

I would live in almost any town in Piemonte. The region is so beautiful and two of my all time favorite wines, Barolo and Barbaresco are there. The food there is no slouch either.
by lleichtman
November 3rd, 2020, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Geriatric Cellar Planning
Replies: 70
Views: 3766

Re: Geriatric Cellar Planning

So, as I approach decade seven of life I’m clearly in possession of enough wine for 15-20 years. As I’m semi-retired, secondary to our nation's top-tier pandemic management, my wine purchasing is decelerating like a space capsule with the three parachutes deployed. Will I still really like wine in ...
by lleichtman
November 2nd, 2020, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine for election night? (Mod- next political post gets a 24hour suspension)
Replies: 270
Views: 10903

Re: Wine for election night?

given that we might not know the results for a few days I'll probably take another glass of 2005 Musar from 3 oz bottle and do the celebrating/drowning of sorrows at dinner on Saturday. We might know. Nate Silver says ~60% chance we will know by 3:00 am. Nate Cohen at the NYT says we should have NC...
by lleichtman
November 2nd, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got a disappointed bottle, but Problem Resolved
Replies: 211
Views: 9286

Re: Don't waste your money on K&L wine at Redwood City

Six posts and we’re bashing one of America’s great wine retailers. Nicely done. LOL Joe Biden has no experience as President, why he can run election to against Donald Trump who with 5 years of President experience. I just don't get your point, I am new to here, so I have no right to speak here? Ni...
by lleichtman
November 2nd, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got a disappointed bottle, but Problem Resolved
Replies: 211
Views: 9286

Re: Don't waste your money on K&L wine at Redwood City

Low levels of TCA while virtually imperceivable to smell or taste can render a wine void of aromas or flavors. If he really couldn't smell or taste anything, this could have been the case. Or less likely, the wine is going through a dumb period. Agree that visible cork condition does not have anyth...
by lleichtman
November 2nd, 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 St Innocent and a quick comment on Willamette aging
Replies: 54
Views: 2376

Re: TN: 1989 St Innocent and a quick comment on Willamette aging

199FC63A-A83D-465B-9B99-52DD0A8346F7.jpeg Doug Tunnel sent this to me last week. Honestly, I was shocked. That was our first vintage and the Estate Vineyard was in dubious condition then. A 2003 Balcombe Block 1B showed very well the other day. Lots of Oregon Pinots cruise through 2 decades. I have...
by lleichtman
October 31st, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #winebitch / Misogyny in Wine and the Fallout
Replies: 51
Views: 5945

Re: #winebitch / Misogyny in Wine and the Fallout

We need to make sure this board is welcoming to all who are interested in wine irrespective of gender, race, country of origin or any other defining characteristic. The Court of Master Sommeliers is a terrible example. Virtually all men, and mostly white men. I have obviously missed reading any spec...
by lleichtman
October 31st, 2020, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it too early to bring up BerserkerDay 2021?
Replies: 46
Views: 2992

Re: Is it too early to bring up Berserker Day 2021?

Anything to get rid of 2020.
by lleichtman
October 29th, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Legendary QPR Wine from each Major European Region
Replies: 95
Views: 5348

Re: The Legendary QPR Wine from each Major European Region

Thanks, Otto! Is there one cuvee that stands out on a regular basisat around $40? I've no idea about the pricing or availability in the US. However, $40 sounds pretty high for an Assyrtiko. For example Sigalas Nychteri and Kavalieros wines are great wines and normally priced around 30-40€, but ther...
by lleichtman
October 29th, 2020, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blowout wines spotted locally.
Replies: 24
Views: 2235

Re: Blowout wines spotted locally.

J. Migone wrote:
October 29th, 2020, 10:29 am
Dave McIsaac wrote:
October 29th, 2020, 9:29 am
Picked up a couple 2015 Frog's Leap Cab from the Chairman's Selection from the PLCB for $38 per
I did too wine visiting my parents. Great deal.
I was going to post my the blowout of $42 for same wine but you beat me to it with a better price.
by lleichtman
October 26th, 2020, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alive and Kicking
Replies: 15
Views: 1912

Re: Alive and Kicking

alan weinberg wrote:
October 25th, 2020, 7:00 am
if I’m alive and kicking at age 96, I expect I’ll be leaking, too. And I hope my cork sticks out a bit also.
Love it. champagne.gif
by lleichtman
October 23rd, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You know you have too much wine when...
Replies: 59
Views: 2824

Re: You know you have too much wine when...

cjsavino wrote:
October 23rd, 2020, 1:41 pm
You order wine and are excited to get it. Go to enter it in CellarTracker and find out you already own bottles of that wine.
Been there done that more than once.
by lleichtman
October 23rd, 2020, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You know you have too much wine when...
Replies: 59
Views: 2824

Re: You know you have too much wine when...

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
October 23rd, 2020, 12:08 pm
You go to update your CellarTracker inventory, and discover that all three bottles you were going to delete were never entered in the first place! pileon
I know when I look at my CT data then stare into the cellar.
by lleichtman
October 23rd, 2020, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 164
Views: 5550

Re: Real winenerd wines

How about Lagrein and Schiava from Alto Adige. Can't say there's much geeky there. They can be enjoyable little wines, but ultimately they are pretty foursquare local reds that aren't particularly distinctive nor rare. Especially with Schiava it's hard to find a bottle that would be particularly in...
by lleichtman
October 23rd, 2020, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 60716

Re: #GlassFire

After watching how much Miguel salgues smoked cigarettes and made delicious wines at roederer I don’t think any amount of smoke could hinder sensory evaluation! I remember the late Dennis at Frank Family who would chew, spit, drink a coke then a wine. He seemed to be able to taste just fine though ...
by lleichtman
October 21st, 2020, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Software for cellar inventory reccomendation?
Replies: 68
Views: 3096

Re: Software for cellar inventory reccomendation?

lleichtman wrote:
October 21st, 2020, 10:52 am
We use CT for this as we have bottles in a physical cellar and a large Eurocave. Only problem I have ever had is my wife and her friends pulling random bottles and not recording it. CT works great.
And we maintain ours by region and vintage.
by lleichtman
October 21st, 2020, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Software for cellar inventory reccomendation?
Replies: 68
Views: 3096

Re: Software for cellar inventory reccomendation?

We use CT for this as we have bottles in a physical cellar and a large Eurocave. Only problem I have ever had is my wife and her friends pulling random bottles and not recording it. CT works great.
by lleichtman
October 21st, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do people track their wine inventory in a Eurocave?
Replies: 34
Views: 1256

Re: How do people track their wine inventory in a Eurocave?

Victor Hong wrote:
October 20th, 2020, 6:34 am
I use GPS.
Um, how? Are your wines in traveling mode?
by lleichtman
October 21st, 2020, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do people track their wine inventory in a Eurocave?
Replies: 34
Views: 1256

Re: How do people track their wine inventory in a Eurocave?

I never got a handle on this and spend a lot of time guessing where bottles are. I am meticulous with CT, so I know what I have, but I have no idea where I have. Every time I think I have a handle on this as I am a meticulous CT user, my wife will pull a bottle for friends and not note that she pul...
by lleichtman
October 21st, 2020, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would you order?
Replies: 24
Views: 1565

Re: What would you order?

Not a lot of selection under $100 and most of the wines are around 2.5x priced. Noticed that. Thought some of the markups a bit high but then many of their wines are reaching for the stars. I haven't had Ridge Dusi Zin but Turley's Dusi is excellent so this is probably what I would order. It's abou...
by lleichtman
October 21st, 2020, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: BM's famous brisket gathering
Replies: 24
Views: 2124

Re: TN: BM's famous brisket gathering

R M Kriete wrote:
October 21st, 2020, 7:00 am
[wink.gif] Screw the wines, I need a Brisket tasting note [wink.gif]
Oh yeah. Pretty piece of meat. But the wines do look great. [stirthepothal.gif]
by lleichtman
October 17th, 2020, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 164
Views: 5550

Re: Real winenerd wines

How about Lagrein and Schiava from Alto Adige.
by lleichtman
October 17th, 2020, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1981 Help!
Replies: 57
Views: 2125

Re: 1981 Help!

I think you can find Vega Sicilia Unica for less than a grand and that should be spectacular. I would also look for some López De Heredia from that year. As always, provenance is key. The LDH from 81 is superb. I would highly recommend it but finding it may be a bit expensive. Wine searcher shows i...
by lleichtman
October 17th, 2020, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 164
Views: 5550

Re: Real winenerd wines

Chris Seiber wrote:
October 17th, 2020, 3:12 pm
I’m not sure if it’s weird enough in the glass, but Koshu Gris from Japan can be really good. It’s a unique Japanese White grape. I’m opening a bottle tonight in fact.

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Had a bottle in Kofu. Think we preferred the Sake.
by lleichtman
October 16th, 2020, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid Shipping
Replies: 36
Views: 3076

Re: Winebid Shipping

The response from Winebid was great. Good company to deal with.
by lleichtman
October 11th, 2020, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 06`SWC, 95`Dom, 12`Delamotte, 13`PYCM En Rem, 13`Latour CC, 00`Pavie, 98`Grange, 07`Unico, 94`Dominus, 13`Hidden Ridge+
Replies: 17
Views: 1096

Re: 06`SWC, 95`Dom, 12`Delamotte, 13`PYCM En Rem, 13`Latour CC, 00`Pavie, 98`Grange, 07`Unico, 94`Dominus, 13`Hidden Rid

Nick Christie wrote:
October 10th, 2020, 8:17 am
'07 Unico coming from the outside to Win the Night! Quite the story. Very impressed/surprised it was drinking so well :). Sometimes the #Trudging gets one to hidden pools...
I'm sitting on two of these and have not yet been tempted to open one. Do you think these are at peak yet?
by lleichtman
October 11th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: New TablasCreek Releases...(long/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 320

Re: TN: New TablasCreek Releases...(long/boring)

Wow, took one for the team there Tom. Some really good reviews.
by lleichtman
October 10th, 2020, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The World's Finest Pinot is from . . .
Replies: 67
Views: 5126

Re: The World's Finest Pinot is from . . .

It's been fascinating reading the Grenache thread and seeing opinions from those on this board - and the idea of 'best' based on subjective characteristics. We ALL know that folks on this board probably drink more pinot based wines than any others (cab would be a second if I had to guess based on p...
by lleichtman
October 8th, 2020, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worth buying? 2015 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion
Replies: 22
Views: 1018

Re: Worth buying? 2015 La Chapelle de La Mission Haut-Brion

Jdbramm wrote:
October 7th, 2020, 11:52 am
I can’t speak to the second wine of LMHB but had the 2015 Alter Ego (Chateau Palmer’s second) a couple weeks back and it was delicious after a couple hour decant. My local store had it on sale for $55 which I thought was an excellent value.
We buy these as well and find them to be great QPR.
by lleichtman
October 8th, 2020, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 360
Views: 20554

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Dennis Borczon wrote:
October 8th, 2020, 12:14 pm
Wonder if they are telling folks that the wine is in a container ship in the Atlantic...or if there are a lot of hookers hanging around the warehouse? [whistle.gif]
Kinda like Premier Crus. I have cancelled all of my orders from wine.com as they only delivered one bottle of a mixed case.
by lleichtman
October 5th, 2020, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 60716

Re: #GlassFire

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
October 4th, 2020, 5:31 pm
I just got word that I may return to my property tomorrow!
Wishing you the best. Glad to hear you can go home.
by lleichtman
October 5th, 2020, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: For those of you with a delusional view of the "Good Old Days" . . .
Replies: 41
Views: 2402

Re: For those of you with a delusional view of the "Good Old Days" . . .

Good old days - "Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then" as Mr. Seger put it. With $19,500 salary in 1976 you were doing well, Jay, and probably not with a shitload of college debt like some young people today. But I wonder if the 4.3 CPI multiplier that you want to apply to wine would also...
by lleichtman
October 4th, 2020, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine pricing bubble? Thoughts?
Replies: 144
Views: 6734

Re: Wine pricing bubble? Thoughts?

Napa is probably the biggest bubble in the wine world. Exorbitant prices, and a big wine style that has a chance of going out of fashion, eg Barossa Shiraz. German whites likely won't grow much beyond a few wine collectors, as the preference is for people to "talk dry" and the focus towards reducin...
by lleichtman
October 2nd, 2020, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw
Replies: 91
Views: 4479

Re: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw

Every time Envoyer says they are offering the only bottles in the USA of a wine I already bought from a US retailer. Happens every couple of weeks. Yeah, that always makes me wonder who does their writing. How do they know what every other store in the country carries? Lots of shops don't list some...
by lleichtman
October 2nd, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 60716

Re: #GlassFire

I have a neighbor who I have found out has stayed. He has assured me as of last night my property was untouched. Made it through another day! Trying to stay occupied but that can be tough when you are not home and feeling so anxious. I feel so bad for those who have already lost their vineyards, ho...
by lleichtman
October 1st, 2020, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine pricing bubble? Thoughts?
Replies: 144
Views: 6734

Re: Wine pricing bubble? Thoughts?

I couldn't read all the back and forth here. I may well lose my home tonight, and my vineyard from which I produce wines, and my pet, and someone is insensitive enough to ask if he might enjoy the spoils of my heartache? Go away. Wishing you all the luck in the world tonight Merrill. This should be...

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