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by David_K
June 21st, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine you don't want
Replies: 40
Views: 2095

Re: The wine you don't want

Not an expert on SQN, but if we're talking several cases, in quantity for each bottle, I agree with the auction route listed above. If you have more of a scattershot of various cuvees, you could try WineBid. They have a $2,500 minimum and it wouldn't take that much SQN to reach that. You can request...
by David_K
June 20th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 57
Views: 3125

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

Cool info. I'm looking at this myself right now actually. So should I leave the floor bare concrete, or is it ok to put some type of flooring? Right now there is a rubber type flooring in there. How much difference does it make?
by David_K
June 19th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick thoughts on the Terry Theise portfolio tasting
Replies: 12
Views: 621

Re: Quick thoughts on the Terry Theise portfolio tasting

Thanks for your notes. Any thoughts on how 2018 compares with other recent warmish years?
by David_K
June 15th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Wine Would you Get?
Replies: 34
Views: 1434

Re: What Wine Would you Get?

Get the bread pudding.
by David_K
June 5th, 2019, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the deal with the 2014 Chidaine wines?
Replies: 17
Views: 1256

Re: What is the deal with the 2014 Chidaine wines?

For whatever it's worth, I opened a '15 Habert tonight and it was terrific, just as good as it was on release. Very lively and fresh; no oxidation. Meanwhile the '14s were nearly a drain pour by this point. Didn't buy any '16s or '17s based on the nosedive the '14s took, but this is giving me the ur...
by David_K
June 4th, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 PYCM Pernand Vergelesses 1er Cru Sous Fretille
Replies: 3
Views: 646

Re: TN: 2015 PYCM Pernand Vergelesses 1er Cru Sous Fretille

How does the Sous Fretille compared to the Saint Aubin-based cuvees?
by David_K
June 4th, 2019, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is too much good German Riesling available
Replies: 77
Views: 2814

There is too much good German Riesling available

So many producers and styles, you can afford the very best, and the next vintage is always around the corner. I keep stockpiling the stuff. I do drink it regularly, but still, not as fast as I can buy it. It's currently at about 20% of the cellar. Has anyone ever looked back and thought they bought ...
by David_K
June 2nd, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Personal Collection of Rudi Weist @ Acker
Replies: 56
Views: 4676

Re: Personal Collection of Rudi Weist @ Acker

Outside of the big names, there also is a fair amount of stuff from what most would consider second-tier producers like F. Weins Prum, von Hovel, etc. Not saying they're bad, but they aren't JJ, Egon, or Haag and the like. What will be the interest level in these wines? And qualitatively I wonder ho...
by David_K
May 30th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?
Replies: 57
Views: 3067

Re: Low fill DRC - Drink or sell?

What would this bring at auction? More than $900 I assume, even with a low fill?
by David_K
May 29th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allocations from retailers
Replies: 19
Views: 1845

Re: Allocations from retailers

Either be a whale, or else hunt and peck like the rest of us. Besides, if you have to buy a raft of wines you don't want in order to get access to the wine you do, are you really coming out ahead versus buying *only* the wine you want at an inflated price? I am not a whale, but rather a consistent,...
by David_K
May 29th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company
Replies: 34
Views: 2397

Re: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company

Cool. Another $200 Napa cab is just what the world needed.
by David_K
May 29th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allocations from retailers
Replies: 19
Views: 1845

Re: Allocations from retailers

Either be a whale, or else hunt and peck like the rest of us.

Besides, if you have to buy a raft of wines you don't want in order to get access to the wine you do, are you really coming out ahead versus buying *only* the wine you want at an inflated price?
by David_K
May 28th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 4 days in Southern Rhone
Replies: 12
Views: 1011

Re: 4 days in Southern Rhone

Would definitely try to make an appointment at Beaucastel - they were super nice and informative at our group tour and opened a bunch of great stuff (including VV Roussanne and 1989 rouge out of magnum). And I'm a nobody. Still can't figure out why they treated us so well but won't soon forget it!
by David_K
May 26th, 2019, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 2784

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

Moral superiority can taste awfully good to some.
by David_K
May 20th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most complex wines under <$50
Replies: 50
Views: 2854

Re: Most complex wines under <$50

Scott E. wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 8:58 am
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by David_K
May 18th, 2019, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?
Replies: 113
Views: 3449

Re: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?

I also can't imagine not using CT to keep track of my cellar. Then again, I also have zero unread emails in my inbox, so it may be a personality thing. :)
by David_K
May 8th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: An unimportant tasting of 2016 Bordeaux
Replies: 45
Views: 2020

Re: TN: An unimportant tasting of 2016 Bordeaux

Agree they are showing well right now. What struck me at the big tasting I went to a couple months' back is the overall consistency up and down the hierarchy. While I think the best '15s probably are on a par with the best '16s, '16 seems more consistent across the board.
by David_K
May 7th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Chateau Lanessan Sung by OutKast, “So Fresh, So Clean”
Replies: 33
Views: 1011

Re: 2014 Chateau Lanessan Sung by OutKast, “So Fresh, So Clean”

Nothing spoofy about '15 IMO. I thought it was just as good as the '14.
by David_K
May 3rd, 2019, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed
Replies: 69
Views: 3600

Re: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed

Yes, the Chidaine '14s went to hell *really* fast. A shame because they were amazing on release.
by David_K
May 3rd, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Technical data for wine. Tell the whole story.
Replies: 25
Views: 839

Re: Technical data for wine. Tell the whole story.

While technical data can be interesting, by and large I can't see myself basing purchasing decisions based on it.
by David_K
May 2nd, 2019, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jackson Family Wines CEO calls for protections against imports
Replies: 23
Views: 1345

Re: Jackson Family Wines CEO calls for protections against imports

https://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/industrynews/wineindustry/9556660-181/jackson-family-wines-ceo-calls “If we were to continue selling wine from other nations, we would be teaching the next generation to drink imported wine," he said. "... There are 125,000 wine SKUs in the U.S. with more imp...
by David_K
May 1st, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine Consignors and Auction Houses
Replies: 27
Views: 1349

Re: Best Wine Consignors and Auction Houses

wow. That's impressive. So did you go with them? lol Nope, it made me re-revaluate using them in the future as well. And then I logged into their website and bought 3 more bottles. [rofl.gif] Seriously, that's insane. I've had good experiences with WineBid on small collections of decent but by no m...
by David_K
April 29th, 2019, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux
Replies: 18
Views: 1180

Re: TN: 2002 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Butteaux

I feel like most of your notes (which are great, btw) have the line, "first bottle from the case." We should all be so lucky! [cheers.gif]
by David_K
April 28th, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs Côte de Val Vilaine
Replies: 30
Views: 964

Re: TN: 2014 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs Côte de Val Vilaine

Agree with the sentiment on the thread that the more limited wines really aren't worth it. I haven't had all of them, but I've had a couple (Bechalin and Haute-Lemble), and while they were good, they were not better than the Val Vilaine.
by David_K
April 28th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can I put a (small) wine cellar in this room?
Replies: 12
Views: 943

Re: Can I put a (small) wine cellar in this room?

Is the finished part to the left where there is a door and is that wall insulated? It should be but I hate assuming. Is the right wall the exterior wall? From the picture I’m not sure. But if you have one exterior wall and the floor as heat sinks you should be fine. I have a set up that is similar ...
by David_K
April 28th, 2019, 4:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can I put a (small) wine cellar in this room?
Replies: 12
Views: 943

Re: Can I put a (small) wine cellar in this room?

Thanks all! Greg -- not sure what the pipes are for. Good point re: condensation etc.

Glad to hear this may have some promise. Now just need to wait until summer to see how the temperature is in there.
by David_K
April 27th, 2019, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can I put a (small) wine cellar in this room?
Replies: 12
Views: 943

Re: Can I put a (small) wine cellar in this room?

Nathan - all good points. What about passive racking, w/o temp and humidity control? I will find out for sure in a few months, but I have a feeling it stays pretty cool down there.
by David_K
April 27th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can I put a (small) wine cellar in this room?
Replies: 12
Views: 943

Can I put a (small) wine cellar in this room?

So we are in the process of moving and just bought a house. While I'd love a home cellar, homes are small and scarce around here so that couldn't be a primary consideration. The house we bought has a finished basement with a few unfinished areas off of it. One is the boiler room, so that's out. The ...
by David_K
April 19th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...
Replies: 161
Views: 4200

Re: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...

Neal.Mollen wrote:
April 19th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
April 19th, 2019, 11:26 am
saying the OW crowd is snobbier than the NW crowd is not saying all members of the OW crowd are snobby nor does it mean that all in the NW crowd are not snobby. It baffles me that folks refuse to accept this.
some of them, I assume, are good people
There are very fine people on both sides
by David_K
April 18th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 2045

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

For what it's worth, here is what Mosel Fine Wines had to say about 2015 vis a vis 2010: The combination of clean ripe fruit and high acidity makes for some comparisons with such great vintages as 2012, 2009, 1990 and 1975. This upfront fruitiness boosted by great acidity makes for parallels with so...
by David_K
April 18th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 2045

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

That's surprising, Alan. Both '10 and '15 are vintages of high ripeness and high acidity, though I think '10 is higher in both. I find '15 to be much more consistent and balanced.
by David_K
April 18th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 2045

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

You misinterpret...I may prefer vintages like '01, '12, etc., but even more I love surfing the variations that vintages give, high acid or low acid. Every vintage has wines that find a balance point. It would be boring if they were all the same, or even all similar. Yep. And nobody needs another 20...
by David_K
April 17th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...
Replies: 161
Views: 4200

Re: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...

Because new world drinkers are not the brightest bunch, and have literacy issues. It is difficult to criticize old world wines when you're limited to grunting and mashing the keyboard. Also, they can't read the labels.
by David_K
April 17th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: .
Replies: 0
Views: 466

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by David_K
April 15th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 2045

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

Haven't tasted yet. Still a couple of months out. Acid seems to be the great divider these days. Some folks want to have battery cables attached to their glass. I want the acid to be in balance with the rest of the wine. We'll see where these stand in time. Agree with you. I used to think if acidit...
by David_K
April 15th, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 2045

Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

Is out. Seems to be low acid, low botrytis, but hard to glean much else from it. Anyone with first-hand experience?

https://www.skurnik.com/terry-theises-2 ... ge-report/
by David_K
April 14th, 2019, 5:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs Côte de Val Vilaine
Replies: 21
Views: 935

Re: TN: 2013 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Blanc de Noirs Côte de Val Vilaine

How does the '16 compare with the '15? I'm sitting on a couple of the '15s.
by David_K
April 12th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?
Replies: 71
Views: 2359

Re: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?

Average is $60, but I definitely drink more in the $40-$50 range. The average is higher due to the presence of some splurge-type bottles in the mix. While the cost-of-entry in Champagne is higher than in many other regions, I still find it to be relatively good value on the whole (if you shop carefu...
by David_K
April 10th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Masters Champions Dinner - Patrick Reed's Picks
Replies: 38
Views: 2126

Re: Masters Champions Dinner - Patrick Reed's Picks

Vijay Singh served ‘82 Lafite in 2001. Bernhard Langer ‘70 Latour in ‘94. With what has happened to prices in the last 20-25 years, I highly doubt '82 Lafite (or any other first growths for that matter) would be served in volume to a crowd these days, even for the admittedly extremely well-heeled A...
by David_K
April 9th, 2019, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off-site wine storage options in Boston? Plus general off-site storage questions
Replies: 9
Views: 473

Re: Off-site wine storage options in Boston? Plus general off-site storage questions

Re-upping this thread a couple years in now to see of any recent experiences as I'm in the market for offsite now. Are Gordon's and IWV basically the only games in town? Anyone have any first-hand experience with Gordon's storage? Thanks all.
by David_K
April 7th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia
Replies: 53
Views: 1797

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia

One question I have: why are the Bosconia Gran Reservas so much more expensive than the Tondonia Gran Reservas? The regular Reservas are similar in price.
by David_K
April 5th, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia
Replies: 53
Views: 1797

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia

I have been convinced for a long time that people make up legends and theories about oak, and it causes them to imagine oak flavors that are not there. 100%. It reminds me of that Elio Grasso thread, where a certain group of people were convinced that Elio Grasso was lying about their use of barriq...
by David_K
April 4th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JamieGoode: The Privilege of Tasting BDX en Primeur
Replies: 27
Views: 1519

Re: JamieGoode: The Privilege of Tasting BDX en Primeur

All fair points, but a bit rich coming from him, who famously won't post negative notes. I'd also be surprised if he paid for much himself, no matter the region.
by David_K
April 3rd, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 15118

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Perhaps long time winemakers can take unfinished wines and extrapolate their development. I can’t. And tasting unfinished or relatively inaccessible and shut down wines is still for intellectual curiosity more than enjoyment for me. I still remember the first time I tasted out of a barrel (Mouton's...
by David_K
April 2nd, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 15118

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Wine-Searcher article today on Bordeaux's "make or break" moment. Is it just me, or do I read this article every year?

https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2019/04 ... eak-moment
by David_K
April 2nd, 2019, 4:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Julian Haart Piesporter Schubertslay Riesling Kabinett | Reserve |
Replies: 23
Views: 920

Re: Julian Haart Piesporter Schubertslay Riesling Kabinett | Reserve |

What makes this wine so sought after? There are a lot of very fine Mosel Kabinetts out there. Is it just the Keller connection? Someone enlighten me.
by David_K
March 29th, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 15118

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

I think people are overestimating the fruitiness of 2015. It's still Bordeaux.
by David_K
March 29th, 2019, 6:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé
Replies: 41
Views: 2522

Re: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé

Although I got two bottles of Rabaja, I was only allocated with one each of Asili, Paje, Ovello and Montefico. All cost me 100 Cdn each 😩 I don't plan to open any of these until 2025😁 As an aside, it sounds like hell to sell these wines. All priced the same but demand heavily weighted towards a few...
by David_K
March 29th, 2019, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé
Replies: 41
Views: 2522

Re: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé

Open a 2011. If any vintage from the Produttori can be considered lush, it’s 2011. I opened a Paje 2011 last month, and wished I hadn't. Even though I decanted four hours ahead, it was far too young for my necrophile taste, and not yet showing its future promise. Sigh! maybe I should have popped an...

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