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by lleichtman
January 21st, 2022, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What dessert wine did you drink tonight?
Replies: 275
Views: 15929

Re: What dessert wine did you drink tonight?

Last night 2009 Tokaji 6 putanos.
by lleichtman
January 21st, 2022, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestions for a “house” OR Pinot Noir
Replies: 69
Views: 4430

Re: Suggestions for a “house” OR Pinot Noir

Several retailers on WS have this for the mid to high 30's: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=180379&p=3269168#p3269168 We actually had a Shea vineyard PN from Winderlea last night that some friends brought over. We both found it be exceptional, so I’ll definitely che...
by lleichtman
January 21st, 2022, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2020 Tensley Syrah (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County)
Replies: 30
Views: 1113

Re: TN: 2020 Tensley Syrah (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County)

We ran out of Tensley 2 years ago before the pandemic. We were intending to get more but usually buy it at the winery so later this year.
by lleichtman
January 8th, 2022, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What publication is best nowadays?
Replies: 76
Views: 3973

Re: What publication is best nowadays?

How many glasses of wine have you had already? It is 6:30 Seattle time! neener I liked Gary V. He never seen to take himself too seriously. Shops not the same without him doing those videos. Hard to put together a case from Wine Library. GV is just into too many things. WL has tanked since he did t...
by lleichtman
January 8th, 2022, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: I Still Hate Champagne
Replies: 59
Views: 2594

Re: TN: I Still Hate Champagne

Marcus Goodfellow wrote: January 7th, 2022, 6:07 pm It’s too bad Alex doesn’t like Champagne, I have found that it pairs perfectly with ruthless sarcasm. Similar levels of acidity, dryness, and both capable of extraordinary depths and complexity when crafted well.
LOL Marcus. champagne.gif
by lleichtman
January 8th, 2022, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White Burgundy 15 years on.
Replies: 133
Views: 5475

Re: White Burgundy 15 years on.

We got so burned on premoxed WB that we switched to Chablis only and have not been disappointed.
by lleichtman
January 8th, 2022, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Howell Mountain Tastings
Replies: 42
Views: 2059

Re: Favorite Howell Mountain Tastings

No idea what the Lamborns are up to lately (think they sold?), but I have fond memories of tasting wine on the deck. Black Sears, also not sure if they are still operating, but we would take a deli lunch with us and taste wine at their picnic table in the vineyard. Or, one could just go to the &quo...
by lleichtman
January 4th, 2022, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your NYE bubbly going to be?
Replies: 87
Views: 2652

Re: What’s your NYE bubbly going to be?

Was Villmart Couer de Cuve 2012. Wonderful wine on a snowy night.
by lleichtman
January 4th, 2022, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Howell Mountain Tastings
Replies: 42
Views: 2059

Re: Favorite Howell Mountain Tastings

Might try Spring Mountain as well. Pretty close and Pride does a good tasting.
by lleichtman
January 4th, 2022, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you treat old Bordeaux like Burgundy?
Replies: 28
Views: 1537

Re: Do you treat old Bordeaux like Burgundy?

I use the Reidel Vinum series for both Bordeaux and Burgundy. Really big bowls seem to emphasize off aromas to me.
by lleichtman
January 4th, 2022, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine sightings in shows/film
Replies: 62
Views: 2615

Re: Wine sightings in shows/film

mike pobega wrote: January 4th, 2022, 7:58 am I spied a Château Angélus in the new James Bond No Time to Die. Q has a taste for fine Bordeaux.
I told my son that while we were watching it. He told me to pipe down or something like that.
by lleichtman
January 4th, 2022, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations on a 300+ bottle unit wine fridge?
Replies: 41
Views: 5308

Re: Recommendations on a 300+ bottle unit wine fridge?

Alan Eden wrote: January 11th, 2017, 4:53 pm Had really bad experience with N'finity, its Chinese made crap. I would avoid if you can.
I had to return mine in 2019. Got a Eurocave 200 unit from Costco. Runs like a charm.
by lleichtman
January 4th, 2022, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many hours/days into 2022 before you bought your first wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3013

Re: How many hours/days into 2022 before you bought your first wine

36 hours and ordered a case from Turley.
by lleichtman
December 28th, 2021, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to do with my "best" wines
Replies: 48
Views: 2562

Re: What to do with my "best" wines

Hi everyone, The excellent “The greatest meal” thread by Mark ( https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=185470 ) got me thinking about ways to consume my “best” bottles. I have a few bottles that I think of as occupying the very pinnacle of my approx 130 bottle collection: Krug...
by lleichtman
December 27th, 2021, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine pairing for fettuccine alfredo
Replies: 56
Views: 2026

Re: Wine pairing for fettuccine alfredo

We drink sparklers with this but does not have to be Champagne though I like this. Reds don't seem to be that good with it.
by lleichtman
December 26th, 2021, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Retailer Check: Cellar Raiders
Replies: 49
Views: 3238

Re: Wine Retailer Check: Cellar Raiders

I have bought several cases from them. Never a problem. prompt service.
by lleichtman
December 26th, 2021, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: And for now something completely different - Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia
Replies: 24
Views: 1130

Re: TN: And for now something completely different - Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia

This was a tasting from last summer; a friend of mine had amassed a bunch of wines from the Balkan countries. All these wines were made with white varieties, too, even if all the wines weren't necessarily white wines. This meaning that some of the wines were vinified as normal white wines, whereas ...
by lleichtman
December 26th, 2021, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendation for 2020 vintage
Replies: 43
Views: 1938

Re: Recommendation for 2020 vintage

Michel D. wrote: December 26th, 2021, 2:48 pm I am looking for 2020 vintage wines that will drink well in 2041.
TIA
Good grief. I would like to be alive in 2041 but doubt I'll be drinking much as I would be 94.
by lleichtman
December 26th, 2021, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sharing the WB story
Replies: 34
Views: 2150

Re: Sharing the WB story

I really appreciate this forum and by extension Todd. I have been on so many wine boards over the years and this is the first one with little snarkiness, sniping, or general displeasantness.
by lleichtman
December 24th, 2021, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The greatest meal.
Replies: 71
Views: 3909

Re: The greatest meal.

Was just having this convo with my wife last night. We were headed to Miami today to have a very traditional Cuban dinner with family. Roast pork (Lechon Asado) Yucca Fried plantains Black beans and rice. This is my perfect dinner. Yes I can and often do fancy, but this is classic feel-good, down h...
by lleichtman
December 22nd, 2021, 10:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Shortages For The Holidays
Replies: 94
Views: 4490

Re: Champagne Shortages For The Holidays

It's really apparent at local retailers where I live. With all of the problems with national shipping, it would seem purchasing out of state would be risky at best. Also, where and under what conditions are the shipments sitting that would ordinarily be delivered at this time of year? Well, but tha...
by lleichtman
December 20th, 2021, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your current oldest bottle in inventory?
Replies: 146
Views: 4828

Re: What is your current oldest bottle in inventory?

1950 Giacomo Conterno Barolo with good fill but not sure how it will come out.
by lleichtman
December 19th, 2021, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Viña Gravonia
Replies: 8
Views: 408

Re: TN: 2013 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Viña Gravonia

In Spain, this would be served with a seafood paella.
by lleichtman
December 19th, 2021, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: help with choosing wine at restaurant
Replies: 14
Views: 969

Re: help with choosing wine at restaurant

Same here 2000 Rayas. Had one at a wine dinner in DC last month. Quite good but thought it was still very young even at 21 years.
by lleichtman
December 12th, 2021, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineBid provenance issues?
Replies: 49
Views: 2298

Re: WineBid provenance issues?

Looking at my records, I have had 4 bad bottles out of 6 cases of wines bought through wine bid. They were all corked which usually has nothing to do with storage.
by lleichtman
December 12th, 2021, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kevin Hart Guesses Cheap vs. Expensive Wines
Replies: 142
Views: 6490

Re: Kevin Hart Guesses Cheap vs. Expensive Wines

I didn't say I didn't eat at nice restaurants. I said I didn't order wine there. I'm there for the food. OK, why are you arguing with us about wine service at nice restaurants when you don't get wine at nice restaurants? I’ve had wine at nice restaurants. And, regardless, that’s why I linked the Co...
by lleichtman
December 10th, 2021, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are wide bottom decanters worth the hassle?
Replies: 62
Views: 2688

Re: Are wide bottom decanters worth the hassle?

B. Davies wrote: December 10th, 2021, 11:57 am Just ordered a 1L Erlenmeyer flask because we're wine nerds and it's kinda fun. Its first use will be for some Cabs from the 80s I may have gotten a bit silly bidding on Winebid last week.
We have 5 of them that we used for wine tastings because they all look the same.
by lleichtman
December 10th, 2021, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are wide bottom decanters worth the hassle?
Replies: 62
Views: 2688

Re: Are wide bottom decanters worth the hassle?

Wide bottom decanters you make my swirling wine go round! We have one and I like to use on younger wines that I'd like to swirl a bit....maybe because I decanted for sediment, or such. I even have a bunch of ball-bearing things I put in after, and swirl again as I rinse, to keep away the clouding. ...
by lleichtman
December 9th, 2021, 11:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: LosLuceros BacoNoir ArribaVnyd NM '04...(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 135

Re: TN: LosLuceros BacoNoir ArribaVnyd NM '04...(short/boring)

Don't usually drink much Baco Noir but I love Los Luceros. Beautiful old property.
by lleichtman
December 7th, 2021, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amon ra won the game
Replies: 13
Views: 1152

Re: Amon ra won the game

Jim Anderson wrote: December 5th, 2021, 4:14 pm John Brown back in the DAY!


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Whoa, how long ago?
by lleichtman
December 7th, 2021, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux Sediment
Replies: 20
Views: 953

Re: Bordeaux Sediment

Jeff Leve wrote: December 6th, 2021, 5:02 am Why not just use a funnel with a screen? I think coffee filters might reduce some particles that provide flavor.
That method doesn't work for Barolos though, sediment is just too fine.
by lleichtman
December 7th, 2021, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dow Vintage Port 2016...$39.98...750ml!!!
Replies: 17
Views: 1405

Re: Dow Vintage Port 2016...$39.98...750ml!!!

Well, still have two cases of vintage port going back to '91 so, at my age need no more but looked like a good offer though.
by lleichtman
December 4th, 2021, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Anyone Still Buy Aldo Conterno Barolo?
Replies: 48
Views: 5700

Re: Does Anyone Still Buy Aldo Conterno Barolo?

K&L had a blow out on the wines five years ago with really low prices. I bought several cases and tried several bottles early to check on them. (there was talk that they were on sale because they were damaged, K&L I think would not do that) They were good so I'm sitting on the rest. I hit-u...
by lleichtman
December 4th, 2021, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many different wines do you taste each year?
Replies: 39
Views: 1531

Re: How many different wines do you taste each year?

Going to a Grand Tasting tonight with 200+ wines so finishing the year as I started, looming at about 750 unique wines a year.
by lleichtman
December 3rd, 2021, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kevin Hart Guesses Cheap vs. Expensive Wines
Replies: 142
Views: 6490

Re: Kevin Hart Guesses Cheap vs. Expensive Wines

Kirk.Grant wrote: December 2nd, 2021, 2:17 pm Yea, I paid $175 for my 2011 Poggio di Sotto. Three hundo is bananas!
Yep have 2 bottles in my cellar that were around that price. I would not buy these at $300.
by lleichtman
December 1st, 2021, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette Valley Trip Day 3
Replies: 7
Views: 743

Re: Willamette Valley Trip Day 3

James Cross wrote: December 1st, 2021, 7:53 am So Brian lost Murto? Had not heard that one. My first Belle Pentes were Murto and Wahle back in the day.
Yep, sad to hear that. We saw Brian in June and still have some older Murto. it was always one of my favorites.
by lleichtman
December 1st, 2021, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Red Burgundy: Actually A Subpar Vintage?
Replies: 73
Views: 3473

Re: 2018 Red Burgundy: Actually A Subpar Vintage?

I think 18 is a lot better than 03; I would align it more closely with 15 and 09. I think 15 and 09 are very different vintages. I also see very little similarity between 18 and 15; 15s will require a lot of time and have a lot of structure, unlike most 18s. I’m very wary of simply comparing vintag...
by lleichtman
November 29th, 2021, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you have Hated
Replies: 228
Views: 9741

Re: Wines you have Hated

MSemler wrote: November 28th, 2021, 8:50 pm Rombauer Chard
+1 on that one, oak city.
by lleichtman
November 29th, 2021, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2021 Cyber Monday Deals
Replies: 35
Views: 3283

Re: 2021 Cyber Monday Deals

R. Frankel wrote: November 29th, 2021, 9:14 am Typical Benchmark bin sale. Extremely annoying to search through, and very few deals worthy of the effort. A few slightly below WS low are hidden in there.
Yeah, went through the whole list and nada of interest.
by lleichtman
November 28th, 2021, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you have Hated
Replies: 228
Views: 9741

Re: Wines you have Hated

Eric White wrote: November 28th, 2021, 2:12 pm Can't believe I'm the first to say it, but Pinotage.
Agreed
by lleichtman
November 28th, 2021, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100 Most Amazing Sonoma County Wines
Replies: 43
Views: 2481

Re: 100 Most Amazing Sonoma County Wines

John Glas wrote: November 26th, 2021, 8:38 am Couple of thoughts on some not there.
1. They didn't send samples
2. Could this be a pay to play?
Very likely you are correct.
by lleichtman
November 28th, 2021, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you buy Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1987 375 ml?
Replies: 31
Views: 1439

Re: Would you buy Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1987 375 ml?

B. Davies wrote: November 28th, 2021, 9:37 am https://www.firstbottlewines.com/produc ... l/AA15269/

I'm looking at this and thinking it'd be interesting to own, but not necessarily drink.
Why would you buy a bottle to own but not want to drink though this wine would be dried out.
by lleichtman
November 28th, 2021, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries to visit in or near McMinnville?
Replies: 27
Views: 1542

Re: Wineries to visit in or near McMinnville?

Al Osterheld wrote: November 27th, 2021, 7:59 pm Y'all have traffic jams? Alas, another vision of a bucolic paradise challenged by modern realities.

-Al
99 has been under some major construction as of late.
by lleichtman
November 27th, 2021, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine inflation; share some of your price:value winners in the cellar
Replies: 110
Views: 6276

Re: Wine inflation; share some of your price:value winners in the cellar

Craig G wrote: November 26th, 2021, 5:52 pm Hibiki 17 50ml bottles for 700 Yen, now someone is asking $150.

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Some is going as high as $650 at least for 750's.
by lleichtman
November 26th, 2021, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I Know Drinking Windows are Subjective But ...
Replies: 38
Views: 1963

Re: I Know Drinking Windows are Subjective But ...

Joel Peterson (Ravenswood) waited on a lot of wine until he thought they were ready to sell recently. I do not know the type of storage he utilized. I never would imagine a 1987 Ravenswood Sonoma County Zinfandel would be going strong in 2021 (and loved it). I can’t help to think storage has such e...
by lleichtman
November 21st, 2021, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next Lopez de Heredia Grand Reservas?
Replies: 91
Views: 5937

Re: Next Lopez de Heredia Grand Reservas?

Had the 2009 Tondonia 2 nights ago at Ser in Arlington. Still very primary but good. All LDH dinner. Tondonia, Cubillo, Bosconia.
by lleichtman
November 21st, 2021, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving 2021: What wines are you opening?
Replies: 140
Views: 6218

Re: Thanksgiving 2021: What wines are you opening?

Brian S t o t t e r wrote: November 21st, 2021, 9:35 am

A little teaser for myself before our Willamette trip 12/8-12/12. What are you all having?
Having the Goodfellow Pinot Gris and Brickhouse Pinot Noir.
by lleichtman
November 21st, 2021, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Matt is a good guy
Replies: 426
Views: 18994

Re: Costco gave extra wine

Rich, it is not a matter of being entitled to keep the extra bottle. It is a matter of the entity that caused the error bears the responsibility to fix the error. Maybe Costco should send a drive out to pick it up. Maybe Costco should send a prepaid shipping carton. Maybe Costco should hire a third...
by lleichtman
November 21st, 2021, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Radikon Rosso RS18....Vile Stuff...(short/boring/painful)
Replies: 89
Views: 4181

Re: Nuther Bottle..

So.... I went back to the retail shop and bought anuther btl to try: 1. Radikon Rosso RS18 IGT: Venezia Giulia (13.0%; EB; Louis/Dressner; 50% Merlot/Pignolo) Radikon/Oslavia/Gorizia NV (2018?): Very dark, near black color w/ some tiny/frothy bubbles that dissipate rapidly; very intense extremely v...

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