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by Arv R
June 23rd, 2019, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CNDP blanc & sous vide lobster
Replies: 0
Views: 217

CNDP blanc & sous vide lobster

To mark the passing of mitsommer , Swedes and their vassals/husbands etc. mark the occasion with much consumption of aquavit, crustaceans, and herring. I popped a 2016 de Nalys 'blanc' [CNDP] in a miscalculation. I'd pulled Kenji Alt Lopez recipe for sous vide lobster, and it sounded like it would p...
by Arv R
June 23rd, 2019, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Leoville Barton and 2001 Lewelling Wight
Replies: 24
Views: 827

Re: 2000 Leoville Barton and 2001 Lewelling Wight

Corks have some variation too. By age 20 one can get quite different experiences with the same bottles from the same case, even if they were all stored properly. I wish we had more consistent adoption of modern closures. It's sad/strange that its mostly the lower end bottles which have consistent s...
by Arv R
June 23rd, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Leoville Barton and 2001 Lewelling Wight
Replies: 24
Views: 827

Re: 2000 Leoville Barton and 2001 Lewelling Wight

Corks have some variation too. By age 20 one can get quite different experiences with the same bottles from the same case, even if they were all stored properly. I wish we had more consistent adoption of modern closures. It's sad/strange that its mostly the lower end bottles which have consistent se...
by Arv R
June 23rd, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to buy NOW to drink 2030 onwards
Replies: 24
Views: 1169

Re: What to buy NOW to drink 2030 onwards

You're going to cellar something for another 11 years, if you can't drink it (or anything) and deal with all the aggravation like temperature maint, 'shrinkage', constraints on moving etc. ? That doesn't seem sensible. If you need some wine to drink in 2030, I'm sure you'll be able to find what you ...
by Arv R
June 23rd, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Leoville Barton and 2001 Lewelling Wight
Replies: 24
Views: 827

Re: 2000 Leoville Barton and 2001 Lewelling Wight

I had a bottle of that 2001 'Wight' at about age ten and found it to be pretty good, but not great. We drank it at high altitude and I wonder if that had something to do with its slightly underwhelming showing.
by Arv R
June 23rd, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vacation wine tasting notes
Replies: 1
Views: 326

Re: Vacation wine tasting notes

The following are brief notes on some wines drunk during some recent warm-weather vacations, so lots of whites and roses in the mix. 2011 Cave Cooperative du Vendomois Coteaux du Vendomois Lieu-Dit Cocagne Rose . This rose is 100% Pineau d’Aunis. It presents a bright and vivacious nose of fresh str...
by Arv R
June 23rd, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 76
Views: 6670

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

At the end of all this, between the legal fees and brand damage, the Bryants will likely wish they had just paid their loan 'consultant' the fees requested. But it seems they have a habit of continually wandering into legal tar pits....
by Arv R
June 22nd, 2019, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ch. Gilette Creme de Tete vintage to avoid?
Replies: 10
Views: 505

Re: Ch. Gilette Creme de Tete vintage to avoid?

Sadly for both a Bdx and Sauternes/Barsac enthusiast....I've yet to try one of these elusive stickies.
by Arv R
June 22nd, 2019, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 76
Views: 6670

Re: Trouble in Bryantville

While reading the Lauren Ridenhour lawsuit against Bettina and Donald Bryant Jr (Bryant Family Vineyards) the following allegation immediately caught my attention. "The winery has suffered from excessive back inventory as of July 2018 of over $14 million in prior vintages, and an approximate 40% de...
by Arv R
June 22nd, 2019, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Domaine Bertheau (Pierre et François) Chambolle-Musigny
Replies: 2
Views: 372

Re: TN: 2008 Domaine Bertheau (Pierre et François) Chambolle-Musigny

One of the most stunning & memorable wines in my life was a basic C-M from this producer, vintage 1985, with pineapple rice and a glazed slab of salmon. I still remember that all these years later.

I normally never drink pinot (other than with that fish) either.
by Arv R
June 22nd, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Château La Prade (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Côtes de Francs)
Replies: 3
Views: 180

Re: TN: 2009 Château La Prade (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Côtes de Francs)

I just finished a bottle - pretty solid - but perhaps it was better younger from comments above.

http://www.bordeauxwineenthusiasts.com/ ... f=4&t=8492
by Arv R
June 16th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?
Replies: 63
Views: 3344

Re: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?

Steve - I have 3 cameras at my place. That only covers a sliver of the possible areas. If someone is determined to steal, they don't have to do it within the coverage zone. Additionally, its genuinely difficult to monitor them historically, even with motion sensors, and capture something that might ...
by Arv R
June 16th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?
Replies: 63
Views: 3344

Re: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?

Do nothing until you have solid proof. There's no need to go around accusing anyone. Even the mere fact of discussing it with cleaning lady will ruin the relationship. Install hidden cameras. 4k cameras are not expensive. It's not fair to you or the cleaning lady to let her go without proof and wit...
by Arv R
June 16th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?
Replies: 63
Views: 3344

Re: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?

That's ironic, as we were just discussing this in our household. SO's grandmother had an heirloom ring go missing, and basically the only person who ever accessed their house, was their cleaning person. This same person had been there for 15 years, and had never had anything like this associated wi...
by Arv R
June 15th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1351
Views: 147348

Re: Official Costco Thread

Wow. Nice price for the Schramsberg.
by Arv R
June 15th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?
Replies: 63
Views: 3344

Re: Likely Wine Theft- What would you do?

That's ironic, as we were just discussing this in our household. SO's grandmother had an heirloom ring go missing, and basically the only person who ever accessed their house, was their cleaning person. This same person had been there for 15 years, and had never had anything like this associated wit...
by Arv R
June 15th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Domaine Grand Veneur Lirac Clos de Sixte (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Lirac)
Replies: 3
Views: 317

Re: TN: 2007 Domaine Grand Veneur Lirac Clos de Sixte (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Lirac)

I opened an 07 Dom. Grand Veneur 'Clos de Sixte' [Lirac] on Friday and have been nipping at it the last 24 hours. I think it was better a few years ago, and normally I really prefer Rhones with bottle age on them. There's a touch of funk, cardamom, and coffee on the nose. Still saline and black frui...
by Arv R
June 9th, 2019, 10:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old Wine Spectator, Time Magazines
Replies: 14
Views: 896

Re: Old Wine Spectator, Time Magazines

I use a yogurt sauce (with minced cucumbers, dried mint, black pepper) on all kinds of stuff. It's a pretty universal condiment across the whole swath of the world from Morocco all the way to India. Last night we had my mom's version, which is obviously better than any WS recipe.
by Arv R
June 8th, 2019, 9:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: ‘98 Dominique st. Emilion
Replies: 3
Views: 312

Re: TN: ‘98 Dominique st. Emilion

I had a very nice bottle of the 1995 a while ago. They made some good stuff in the 80s & 90s.
by Arv R
June 8th, 2019, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Yorker article on supertasters
Replies: 7
Views: 1367

Re: New Yorker article on supertasters

An engaging story. We had a friend in college who had this supertasting issue. Basically she could tolerate steamed chicken, boiled rice, and rarely - a Bud Light. Everything tasted wrong to her.

I put cilantro on everything. Love the stuff! Used a whole bunch in my chana masala tonight.
by Arv R
June 8th, 2019, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This puts Spinal Tap to shame
Replies: 20
Views: 1806

Re: This puts Spinal Tap to shame

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by Arv R
June 8th, 2019, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '05 KB Garys', '07 Fogdog, `09 Drew Family Valenti
Replies: 5
Views: 515

Re: TN: '05 KB Garys', '07 Fogdog, `09 Drew Family Valenti

[*] 2007 Freestone Pinot Noir Fogdog Sonoma Coast - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (10/27/2011) Dark ruby, nice clarity. Nose of black cherries, raspberry, crushed rock and gingerbread. Medium bodied, bright acidity and pure, clean flavor on the palate. Nice, cream and red fruit laced...
by Arv R
June 2nd, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allocations from retailers
Replies: 19
Views: 1846

Re: Allocations from retailers

Does this mean I HAVE to buy thar Tibetan wine that TotalWine was offering for $1800/6pack if I ever want to drink wine from the top of the world again?
by Arv R
June 1st, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Fattoria Galardi Terra di Lavoro (with slow-and-low Bolognese sauce)
Replies: 4
Views: 636

Re: TN: 2006 Fattoria Galardi Terra di Lavoro (with slow-and-low Bolognese sauce)

One of the kids has been pestering me to make our family ragu recipe (carrots, fennel seeds, wine, milk, meat etc.) but it just feels like its too hot out west for this. We had fettucini with clams/lemons/parsley instead.
by Arv R
June 1st, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Rhone roundup
Replies: 14
Views: 1874

Re: Northern Rhone roundup

Interesting spectrum of youngsters. Thanks for sharing.
by Arv R
June 1st, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chelsea Wine Storage sued again for disposing of customer wine
Replies: 37
Views: 2598

Re: Chelsea Wine Storage sued again for disposing of customer wine

These guys sound like thieves frankly
by Arv R
June 1st, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some more wines - Rougeard, Latour a Pomerol, Lahaye, Bise...
Replies: 28
Views: 1767

Re: Some more wines - Rougeard, Latour a Pomerol, Lahaye, Bise...

Hurts to hear about the Figeac. 75 right banks were pretty good even though I never got to taste them before age 20....
by Arv R
June 1st, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who’s the reddest of red Bordeaux :)
Replies: 17
Views: 1236

Re: Who’s the reddest of red Bordeaux :)

I think one basic issue is that red fruited styled BDX are likely to have been picked a shade earlier, and that's something the US market - during the reign of a monoline critic - wasn't buying. They don't get big fat scores, but red Bordeaux imported by Kermit Lynch (he has a handful) are likely to...
by Arv R
June 1st, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Tardieu-Laurent Saint-Joseph V.V. Les Roches
Replies: 6
Views: 441

Re: TN: 2003 Tardieu-Laurent Saint-Joseph V.V. Les Roches

I had a couple glasses of the 2003 Tardieu Laurent 'Les Roches' [St Joseph] with a mushroom risotto and porcini ravioli last night (starch fest!). It's still quite dark, and full bodied, with a bouquet of pine cones and then fried breakfast sausage. Generally I don't like T-L wines, having been espe...
by Arv R
May 28th, 2019, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?
Replies: 68
Views: 2877

Re: What’s that last wine you will not drop despite price run-ups?

None. Stopped buying Ridge futures in 2002. At some point, you just move on. There's absolutely nothing I have to have. The last few days we tasted through nearly a hundred wines that I've never tried before. There's always something new on the horizon and life is too short to drink the same thing ...
by Arv R
May 27th, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sonoma Cabs - aging and characteristic questions
Replies: 36
Views: 2133

Re: Sonoma Cabs - aging and characteristic questions

We had a dinner over the weekend where the 95 Laurel Glen CS [Sonoma] was poured. The bottle drank well for the next couple of nights afterwards - showing great fruit depth, still some tannin, and lots of that characteristic herbal, mint, bell peppery, pyrazine notes. I believe our friend had this f...
by Arv R
May 27th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most inexpensive wine by the best wine makers.
Replies: 31
Views: 2175

Re: What’s the most inexpensive wine by the best wine makers.

I'd echo the prior suggestions of Charvin CdR and Beaucastel's Coudulet CdR.
by Arv R
May 27th, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTN: 2004 Bosconia reserva
Replies: 25
Views: 1493

Re: WTN: 2004 Bosconia reserva

We had a bottle of this over a couple days (the first night with a big group) and it too had no sediment, as others noted. There's a bright line of acidity in the 2004 LdH Reserva Bosconia and the fruit is cool and lean. We had this after a bike ride, without any food, and it needs something to pair...
by Arv R
May 25th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The best value Chardonnay out of France or California
Replies: 68
Views: 3842

Re: The best value Chardonnay out of France or California

Eric Solomon's Novellum project with Domaine Lafage makes a good Languedoc Chard for around $10. I had a couple glasses of the 2016 Novellum last night, and its quite nice. Crisp, edgy, and perfect out on the veranda with a light supper. Its labeled as Vin de France so I'm not sure if its only Lang...
by Arv R
May 25th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1986 Chateau Clerc Milon, Pauillac
Replies: 14
Views: 646

Re: TN: 1986 Chateau Clerc Milon, Pauillac

I think it was the 85 that was made some kind of WS list. We had an ok example of that a couple years back

http://www.bordeauxwineenthusiasts.com/ ... 85&p=60171
by Arv R
May 25th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1988 De Fieuzal and 1988 Nervi Molsoni plus 2017 Karthäuserhofberg GG
Replies: 4
Views: 418

Re: 1988 De Fieuzal and 1988 Nervi Molsoni plus 2017 Karthäuserhofberg GG

I've had a lot of problems with off/bad/wrong bottles of 89 Fieuzal rouge. It's strange, the wine has a good rep...but in perhaps a half dozen experiences with it over the decades not one has been sound.
by Arv R
May 19th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker's views on Neal Martin
Replies: 99
Views: 6581

Re: Berserker's views on Neal Martin

Supposedly they are going to do a second printing. I stupidly passed on the first edition, thinking I would be able to pick up a used copy on Amazon or something. Hah.
by Arv R
May 19th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: which syrahs are retirement worthy?
Replies: 43
Views: 2442

Re: which syrahs are retirement worthy?

If retirement is on the brink, think about not just downsizing your incoming wine purchases, but your existing cellar. It's a lot easier to part ways with chattels while one can make the choices themselves, rather than having others do it for you. Also if there's a chance your living arrangements wi...
by Arv R
May 18th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most Underrated Bordeaux?
Replies: 44
Views: 2254

Re: Most Underrated Bordeaux?

I'd vote for Cantemerle, even their label is calm and avoids flashiness.

btw, their 1983 is still drinking great

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by Arv R
May 18th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac
Replies: 3
Views: 267

Re: TN: 1998 Chapoutier Chateauneuf du Pape Barbe Rac

Wow. It sounds pretty tempting to me though. I loved the 98 CNDPs and was lucky that I had the open space for them when released. Still have a few left, although have never tried the Chapoutier single vineyard CNDPs.
by Arv R
May 18th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Failed Master of Wine Dissertations (from Hosemaster of Wine)
Replies: 41
Views: 2053

Re: Failed Master of Wine Dissertations (from Hosemaster of Wine)

Someone I met for the first time at Falltacular remarked that he had always thought of me as a jovial older guy with a big beard, because of my Captain Haddock avatar. My brothers and I grew up loving Tintin. It was hard to find the books, we were always on the search to find ones we didn't have, a...
by Arv R
May 18th, 2019, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Failed Master of Wine Dissertations (from Hosemaster of Wine)
Replies: 41
Views: 2053

Re: Failed Master of Wine Dissertations (from Hosemaster of Wine)

Chris Seiber wrote:
May 13th, 2019, 11:43 pm
My favorite from the OP: “Is Every New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Under $25 the Same Wine With a Different Label?”
+1
by Arv R
May 18th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I had a long day, and Fu pissed me off, so I popped a 2016 Gonon St Joe
Replies: 73
Views: 2844

Re: I had a long day, and Fu pissed me off, so I popped a 2016 Gonon St Joe

Come on Greg, it’s only Wednesday! Thursday smells like Chave night. Stand Your Ground Rules in FL! Texas is for chumps, except for K-John. But he drinks Cali. In lieu of guns, however, I have Golden Retrievers. The house we live in now was previously occupied by 3 goldens and their human ball toss...
by Arv R
May 18th, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A lineup that Alfert would approve
Replies: 18
Views: 757

Re: A lineup that Alfert would approve

Wow. I've never seen any JG bottlings.
by Arv R
May 18th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1351
Views: 147348

Re: Official Costco Thread

There's no income tax in WA. I'd happily pay some more booze tax to get away from income tax!

Of course in xxxxxxxxx land we got both kinds of taxes - income and sales!

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by Arv R
May 18th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1978 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde
Replies: 5
Views: 328

Re: TN: 1978 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde

We had one of these maybe 10-15 years ago, unfortunately our example had faded quite a bit.

I remember much more vividly a Chapoutier white Hermitage from that evening that either Paul J. or Joe Cz had brought. My first taste of one of those rarities and it was a stunner.
by Arv R
May 18th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update on Safe Harbor
Replies: 25
Views: 2865

Re: Update on Safe Harbor

The other element of this that is disturbing - I don't think he should have been released pre trial/sentencing. There's plenty to suggest that he kept on stealing even while being investigated/sued etc. Part of locking predators up is not just for punishment/rehabilitative reasons, but simply to sto...
by Arv R
May 14th, 2019, 10:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update on Safe Harbor
Replies: 25
Views: 2865

Re: Update on Safe Harbor

That seems like a low amount of time to serve given the reported dollar value of theft.
by Arv R
May 12th, 2019, 10:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Togni Vertical: 1983 to 1996
Replies: 24
Views: 922

Re: Togni Vertical: 1983 to 1996

Looks like a great event. Indeed very much like top end Pauillac. I have only a few left of any vintage at this point.
by Arv R
May 11th, 2019, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Important vs. Unimportant tastings
Replies: 39
Views: 1688

Re: Important vs. Unimportant tastings

Oh that's easy - important tastings have imported wines, such as Bordeaux.

Unimportant tastings have domestic wines, such as California syrah.

This is like an SAT trick question or something!

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