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by Arv R
December 2nd, 2019, 9:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Changing Bordeaun't to Bordieu
Replies: 45
Views: 2289

Re: Changing Bordeaun't to Bordieu

That's actually a generous price altitude, and will open up doors to great examples. Although Bordeaux has the perception of being costly, enthusiasts can find estates, vintages, and sales/deals where maximum stupidity is mildly thwarted. And Dennis, I think we have a similar palate given our mutua...
by Arv R
November 30th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some thoughts on premium pinot pricing
Replies: 69
Views: 4176

Re: Some thoughts on premium pinot pricing

Lots of random thoughts, some as a producer and some as a consumer: 1) As a producer it is an interesting time for substantial abd "watershed" (the word used by Mike) price increases. There is a lot of 2012 Pinot Noir hitting the market. The price of "Bulk Market" Pinot Noir is declining per a numb...
by Arv R
November 30th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NV Gimonnet question
Replies: 9
Views: 552

Re: NV Gimonnet question

We had a bottle of the NV P-G Extra Brut to start Thanksgiving. It didn't seem very fresh or dry. A bottle of NV Roederer Estate was much preferred by everyone. Kind of a bummer.
by Arv R
November 28th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?
Replies: 187
Views: 11399

Re: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?

In Burgundy, I'm surprised Domaine de Montille doesn't get more attention. In California, Littorai, ABC and Williams Selyem aren't mentioned as much as they probably should be - agree with Mel. Bordeaux in general gets surprisingly little attention outside of the First Growths but that's not unique...
by Arv R
November 28th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?
Replies: 65
Views: 3228

Re: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?

I've pulled a few and am ready to start sampling. Rauzan Gassies and Prieure Lichine are on the rack. Age 15 should be pretty good for most of them. I drank up most of my lower cru bourgeois early, and loved them, in particular Charmail, Cambon Pelouse, and a few others.
by Arv R
November 28th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 158
Views: 12267

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

Is there all you can eat shipping option worth it? Does it preclude using other coupon codes (i.e. is it a code that has to be entered and use up the allotted code?)
by Arv R
November 28th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3562
Views: 339874

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Any thoughts on the 2016 Vintage Port mystery? I’ve stayed out of the Port sweepstakes for several years but today’s subject has me intrigued and it’s set to arrive shortly (it’s not a long-term pre-arrival). What I can tell you: • This is the exact same Port, cork, bottle, label and contents as wh...
by Arv R
November 28th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Speaking of Winebid...
Replies: 28
Views: 2764

Re: Speaking of Winebid...

I always wait to the last 30 seconds to place a bid. If you bid early someone else bids up your price you want to pay for your item. It gives others less time to come back in and place a higher bid if you bid above their high bid number. I always wonder why so many people bid the price of an item u...
by Arv R
November 27th, 2019, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Fort Ross Pinot Noir Fort Ross Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 448

Re: TN: 2009 Fort Ross Pinot Noir Fort Ross Vineyard

I opened a bottle of this 2009 Fort Ross 'Fort Ross Vineyard' PN tonight to have with the turkey tomorrow, and treated myself to a glass as a sneak peak. It's really good - with cranberry fruit, crisp balance, and lots of verve with its 14.1% abv. Normally I go for the plumper RRV PN, but this is fo...
by Arv R
November 27th, 2019, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Beringer Knights Valley Reserve
Replies: 4
Views: 518

Re: 2016 Beringer Knights Valley Reserve

I had the 99 KVR a couple months ago and it was solid, but I'm not sure enough people would recognize the difference between the KV Reserve and the regular one. I suspect the typical customer would just think its the $20 Costco chunker. Maybe this is something they should just sell in person at the ...
by Arv R
November 27th, 2019, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?
Replies: 187
Views: 11399

Re: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?

In Bordeaux given how much TLC Magdelaine gets, I'm surprised more people haven't tried Soutard, a sort of similar wine. I love Magdelaine, and like old school Soutard (I understand now it's pretty internationally/modern styled), but don't think they are that similar. I think Soutard is pretty mark...
by Arv R
November 26th, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1996 Poujeaux – one for traditionalists
Replies: 6
Views: 508

Re: 1996 Poujeaux – one for traditionalists

Their 1997 was one of the better wines of a lackluster vintage.

I have not had any Poujeaux in quite some time.
by Arv R
November 24th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Chateau Bourgneuf, Pomerol
Replies: 10
Views: 560

Re: TN: 1998 Chateau Bourgneuf, Pomerol

I remember Rick Mavricos pouring the 1990 Bourgneuf for us, and it was excellent. That was probably the best vintage I can recall of theirs. I like the estate and buy it some years. 2005 bloomed after a few years, but they've always had a bit of grip, and its not to everyone's taste. Sort of like Ba...
by Arv R
November 24th, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old Hermitage Blanc - what to serve with it? (and decant?)
Replies: 31
Views: 1306

Re: Old Hermitage Blanc - what to serve with it? (and decant?)

Scott Brunson wrote:
November 24th, 2019, 9:26 am
Buttered fresh pasta with white beans and herbs

Edit--I also love older white Rhone with sweetbreads
(and the buttered pasta...)
sweetbreads sounds awesome. i've always been too scared to try making them at home though.
by Arv R
November 24th, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990s California Cabernet
Replies: 18
Views: 1985

Re: TN: 1990s California Cabernet

I'm surprised the older Silver Oaks held up this long.

Nice notes
by Arv R
November 24th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1986 Grand-Puy Ducasse
Replies: 5
Views: 334

Re: TN: 1986 Grand-Puy Ducasse

Great stuff, Rudi - sounds wonderful. The joys of a well-stocked cellar reaching maturity. The joys, also, of traditionally made wines which were built to age gracefully and which were sold at a reasonable price. I'll be interested to read what the pre-Parker era Kirwan is like. My only experience ...
by Arv R
November 24th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?
Replies: 187
Views: 11399

Re: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?

In Bordeaux given how much TLC Magdelaine gets, I'm surprised more people haven't tried Soutard, a sort of similar wine.

On North Coast wines it seems like Togni and various Arrowood offerings don't get all that much discussion, esp relative for their quality & consistency.
by Arv R
November 23rd, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old Hermitage Blanc - what to serve with it? (and decant?)
Replies: 31
Views: 1306

Re: Old Hermitage Blanc - what to serve with it? (and decant?)

We had the 06 l'Oree last summer and the donor had us enjoy it before the reds, I think with just bread and butter. I've only had these a few times in my life and they are so fabulous and it makes sense to avoid distractions with them.
by Arv R
November 23rd, 2019, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Cote Rotie 2001 and Older (Jamet, Ogier, and Others)
Replies: 14
Views: 1074

Re: TN: Cote Rotie 2001 and Older (Jamet, Ogier, and Others)

I am making a mushroom risotto, garnished with bacon crumbles, for supper tonite so I thought a 2001 St Cosme [Cote Rotie] might pair well with that given the AOC's typical earthy & smoked meat notes. However the wine is thin and cool - nothing at all like 99 and 03 Cote Roties. The nose has some ce...
by Arv R
November 23rd, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 20838

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

I think the business logic is that if one is trying to turn a professional services firm into a corporate franchise is that the firm has to disassociate the 'product' from the individual who created it and make it a corporate creation. Maybe that works in legal or tax advice. It seems more of a stre...
by Arv R
November 21st, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Cameron Hughes CS 'Lot 345' [Rutherford]
Replies: 1
Views: 390

TN: 2010 Cameron Hughes CS 'Lot 345' [Rutherford]

2010 Cameron Hughes Cabernet Sauvignon 'Lot 345' [Rutherford] I had this over a couple of days midweek. It's a rich, ripe example of Cali Cab. We're mostly Francophiles, but this really hits the spot if one is looking for the fruit blast of Napa. It's 14.1% according to the label, and indeed feels ...
by Arv R
November 21st, 2019, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 118
Views: 12957

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

I read the WSJ piece and forgot to comment on it earlier. The Bryants look poorly in it, and I think the financial aspects must have been sanitized. Its pretty clear that he had lost his faculties quite some time ago. I'd expect there to be lots of litigation eventually between his children and his ...
by Arv R
November 19th, 2019, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 André Brunel Châteauneuf du Pape Les Cailloux
Replies: 12
Views: 698

Re: TN: 1990 André Brunel Châteauneuf du Pape Les Cailloux

Nice to see this note. Drank all mine probably 20 years ago. The same vintage Cuvee Centennaire was flat out fantastic for a long time. Been a while since I had one of those as well but it was best for my tastes at under 20 years old. That is a blast from the past. I remember the 1990 CC at about a...
by Arv R
November 17th, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2009 Right Bank Bordeaux: Any Concerns?
Replies: 18
Views: 1531

Re: 2009 Right Bank Bordeaux: Any Concerns?

I'm half way through Richard Gold's book on building a wine cellar, and I'd think a decade at an average of 79F isn't helping. The peaks and lows of temp, and how often that cycles, affects how much oxidation is happening.

What does the ullage look like in these bottles vs. the better stored ones?
by Arv R
November 17th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst QPR wines? Old and New World.
Replies: 86
Views: 5831

Re: Worst QPR wines? Old and New World.

I think pretty much all white Graves, except for maybe Carbonnieux and Clos Floridene, is this bizarre scam.
by Arv R
November 17th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Luxurywine (Spanish retailer, www.luxurywine.es): caveat emptor
Replies: 4
Views: 592

Re: Luxurywine (Spanish retailer, www.luxurywine.es): caveat emptor

Take pictures of what you were sent, along with the emails, and initiate a charge back. Some credit cards have an additional protection layer called 'return satisfaction' which rather than a chargeback (which the merchant eats, assuming you are successful) means the issuing bank (or their surety pro...
by Arv R
November 17th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite town in Provence, and your favorite Bandol not named Tempier
Replies: 47
Views: 3305

Re: Your favorite town in Provence, and your favorite Bandol not named Tempier

We have stayed several times in a small villa outside the hilltop village of La Cadiere d'Azur - a lovely spot with views of a number of the other hilltop villages. Noteworthy producers for us are La Suffrene and Sorin, both offering excellent quality at moderate pricing. Agree that Chez Berard is ...
by Arv R
November 16th, 2019, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1662
Views: 198664

Re: Official Costco Thread

Also you might see these in your local warehouse, $2 per glass, sold in packs of 8 Seems to be USA made, rims are a touch thicker than Nachtmanns or Spiegelau dishwasher safe glasses. IMG_20191116_124921.jpg These would be good gifts for family members who do not have good stemware, so when you're v...
by Arv R
November 16th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1662
Views: 198664

Re: Official Costco Thread

#471 had these today 2014 Marques de Murrieta [Rioja Reserva] $18 2015 Pitray [Cotes de Bordeaux] $10 2015 Chemin Royal [Moulis] $13 I've had some terrible Pitrays from the 90's back when it was a Cotes des Castillon....but I would bet those 15's are ok....especially considering the ten spot cost. M...
by Arv R
November 13th, 2019, 9:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 D’Armailhac
Replies: 6
Views: 400

Re: TN: 1994 D’Armailhac

I drank a bunch of this 94 off a wine list near my office when I was younger. I think it was $50 or so at the time, and a pretty good deal for a wine bar.

Had the 99 recently and it was still hanging in there too!
by Arv R
November 13th, 2019, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top 10 Chenin Blanc bottlings
Replies: 48
Views: 2518

Re: Your top 10 Chenin Blanc bottlings

Pinon performs beyond expectations given their "lesser" terroir. Champalou is a good catch! In terms of Chenin Blanc from outside the Loire that has made an impression on me, I'd have to say that de Trafford Straw Wine comes to mind, which I drank two bottles of about 5 years ago. Ugh. I'd chilled ...
by Arv R
November 13th, 2019, 9:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1662
Views: 198664

Re: Official Costco Thread

Looking to find a Costco in Florida that has a good wine selection. I shop at 3 different Costcos near Orlando and never see any of the wines mentioned in this thread. The store at Millenia has a little better selection, but for the most part we get Kirkland wines and what I would call grocery stor...
by Arv R
November 10th, 2019, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2465

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

We've only had one place in all our years reject an already opened bottle.

I guess the waiter just wanted to mangle the cork themselves and make sure we got some particulates in the wine!
by Arv R
November 10th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1662
Views: 198664

Re: Official Costco Thread

Looking to find a Costco in Florida that has a good wine selection. I shop at 3 different Costcos near Orlando and never see any of the wines mentioned in this thread. The store at Millenia has a little better selection, but for the most part we get Kirkland wines and what I would call grocery stor...
by Arv R
November 10th, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Wings - positive review
Replies: 14
Views: 1041

Re: Wine Wings - positive review

I bought a dozen of these and after the first time using them, only nine survived the trip. The plastic cracked at the seams on the other three. I have purchased a wine suitcase and will be using that for subsequent trips. Did the plastic crack on regular sized bottles? or were they big champagne b...
by Arv R
November 9th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Wings - positive review
Replies: 14
Views: 1041

Re: Wine Wings - positive review

A little nerdy but a nice gift. I just wrap my bottles in bubble wrap and put them into a bag, but these can be sealed, which is pretty nice. And she went top of the line too! "Wine Wings are the only wine bags to have inner bag attached to outer skin to prevent scrunching!" Finally someone's doing...
by Arv R
November 9th, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Paloma Merlot from the recent fire sale
Replies: 21
Views: 1223

Re: TN: 2012 Paloma Merlot from the recent fire sale

Those Palomas from the turn of the century were really great. They could impress a lot of other wise Right Bank enthusiasts. I think I finished my last bottle up maybe ten years ago?
by Arv R
November 9th, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Wings - positive review
Replies: 14
Views: 1041

Wine Wings - positive review

My wife got me some of these as a gift. I thought the idea of Wine Wings seemed kind of hokey, but they actually worked very well and give some peace of mind if you have other items in your luggage that you would not want to get bits of shattered glass and wine on. Especially good if you only are ca...
by Arv R
November 8th, 2019, 11:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1976 Mouton, 1988 Cos d’Estournel
Replies: 34
Views: 1711

Re: TN: 1976 Mouton, 1988 Cos d’Estournel

The 88 Cos has always seemed a bit more taut than years of comparable age. My last notes from a couple of years ago...

http://www.bordeauxwineenthusiasts.com/ ... 40&p=61562
by Arv R
November 8th, 2019, 11:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Domaine Charvin - Côtes du Rhône (France, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône)
Replies: 27
Views: 1273

Re: TN: 2001 Domaine Charvin - Côtes du Rhône (France, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône)

We had a bottle of the 2007 Charvin CdR the prior two nights, and it really drank better on the second day. It's an interesting wine, not at all spoofy/jacked up/modern, but I get a tiny hint of funky flowers in it. I remember that from another bottle a few months ago too. Despite the age, I think ...
by Arv R
November 8th, 2019, 10:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bandol (rouge) drinking windows
Replies: 15
Views: 1772

Re: Bandol (rouge) drinking windows

Where are you guys finding old Bandol ? Other than restaurants it seems scarce to find later on.
by Arv R
November 8th, 2019, 10:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bandol (rouge) drinking windows
Replies: 15
Views: 1772

Re: Bandol (rouge) drinking windows

Where are you guys finding old Bandol ? Other than restaurants it seems scarce to find later on.
by Arv R
November 8th, 2019, 10:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping companies hates me
Replies: 60
Views: 2521

Re: Shipping companies hates me

..... As far as tipping, he's doing his job. He gets paid for it. He should be tipping you for keeping him employed. I dare you to sit down for service at my shop. The only tip which you would ever get from me would have been chopped off a tail. [wow.gif] OK, maybe he doesn't tip. But if he's bitch...
by Arv R
November 7th, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 14 Guigal 'blanc' [Cotes du Rhone]
Replies: 10
Views: 853

Re: TN: 14 Guigal 'blanc' [Cotes du Rhone]

That sounds like a great combo - crispy dosa and this zippy wine. I made kind of soggy ones a while ago. It's hard to get this correct as a home chef, without a gigantic hot griddle. Somewhere in the first few pix I have a pic of my sad attempt. https://photos.app.goo.gl/3vRkWGCAdrGGwEXUA I think th...
by Arv R
November 6th, 2019, 10:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 14 Guigal 'blanc' [Cotes du Rhone]
Replies: 10
Views: 853

Re: TN: 14 Guigal 'blanc' [Cotes du Rhone]

The last couple of nights I've been sipping on the 16 Guigal 'blanc' [Cotes du Rhone] with some pork in a korma sauce. These wines go well with Indian food, I feel. Medium bodied, great verve, and a nose of cut white pears, lychees. I like it better than the 2015 version. These have dropped in price...
by Arv R
November 3rd, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys
Replies: 70
Views: 4373

Re: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys

Maybe they ran out of printer ink after writing about Jon Bon Jovi and his 'Hampton Water' rose.
by Arv R
November 3rd, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva
Replies: 10
Views: 847

Re: TN: 2005 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva

We drank half a bottle of the 2005 CVNE Imperial Reserva [Rioja] last night - not the GR - and I thought it was excellent. I got a little wood on the nose, but it was complex, interesting on the palate. Sandalwood, nutmeg, red berry fruit. It felt like a mature Pichon Lalande to me, actually - one w...
by Arv R
November 2nd, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1662
Views: 198664

Re: Official Costco Thread

#471 had these

2015 Lafon Rochet $45
2014 Monte Real 'Reserva' $10 (closeout)

I passed.

Some of their seasonal big bottles have started arriving.

In general I find Nov/Dec to be bad times to buy wine.

Better to just wait til February when holidays are all well over.
by Arv R
November 2nd, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Outside of the Northern Rhone Box: Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes
Replies: 32
Views: 2688

Re: Outside of the Northern Rhone Box: Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes

Christophe Billon Vin de Pays Les Corendies: from Vienne and Boucharey, right across the river from Cote Rotie part younger vines and, part 1960s) aged in 3-4 year old 228 L oak casks for 18-21 months on the '15 and 30 months on the '16. This stuff is killer for the price. More modern but great! +1...

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