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by Arv R
August 16th, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's Talk About Crémant, Cava and Other Sparklers
Replies: 32
Views: 1559

Re: Let's Talk About Crémant, Cava and Other Sparklers

Most of Cava (even Reservas and Gran Reservas) often offer pretty little of interest, although they tend to be lovely and refreshing and offering good value for the relatively little money. However, there are lots of great Cavas out there, some of which that can offer some real competition against ...
by Arv R
August 12th, 2019, 10:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3477
Views: 317355

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

Does anyone have any experience with Clos du Joncuas? Cellartracker comments look interesting on all 3 for the price... It's a pretty good Gigondas producer, with some other AOC bottlings I think too. Chambers St. has been bringing them in for a while, and usually has good color on them in their em...
by Arv R
August 4th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Phelan Segur is killing right now...
Replies: 5
Views: 549

Re: 2005 Phelan Segur is killing right now...

I can't remember which Hannibal Lecter movie it was, but he had the 1992 while chomping on some guys brains!
by Arv R
August 4th, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 98
Views: 9223

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

Bryant could simply re-brand unsold stock on the QT as needed to pay the bills without diluting the brand. Happens all the time. Let's say they mark it down 90% and create some new 'brand' that has never been heard of before. Are they still going to be able to peddle that at $40 or whatever? I don'...
by Arv R
August 4th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Never drink a Bordeaux that is less than 20 years old" just a silly idea.
Replies: 57
Views: 3497

Re: Is "Never drink a Bordeaux that is less than 20 years old" just a silly idea.

Far too many Romulan Ale drinkers here, methinks Captain. For once, albeit with the caveats others have mentioned, I actually agree with Jeff Leve. Gadzooks! Of course there are CBs which drink well and improve after 20 years, but most of them are not really CBs (ie they are the better, more expens...
by Arv R
August 4th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 98
Views: 9223

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

Great parable above. I guess the strategy of sole distribution works if you have a real monopoly product, one with a moat that cannot be broached. At one point, Bose products were sold that way. Maybe today Tesla is a comparable (or at least they think they are in that category). But fermented grape...
by Arv R
August 3rd, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update: FEDERAL INDICTMENT - Safe Harbour Wine Storage and Bill Holder – CRIMINAL
Replies: 140
Views: 26395

Re: Update: FEDERAL INDICTMENT - Safe Harbour Wine Storage and Bill Holder – CRIMINAL

That sentence is sort of like Holder getting paid 100k/mo for each month locked up.

Maybe more if they undercount the losses.

That seems like a pretty weak penalty.
by Arv R
August 3rd, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 92
Views: 5537

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

Mark - do you think if Trump imposes tarriffs on French wine that will extend to French wine being reimported from the UK? I saw that the US is going after some Chinese steel producers who smuggled their metal into Mexico and then on to the US.
by Arv R
August 2nd, 2019, 10:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 92
Views: 5537

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

Markus S wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 5:43 am
Well, looks like you get to make out like a bandit, just like Soros. He was British too.
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by Arv R
August 2nd, 2019, 10:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Outside of the Northern Rhone Box: Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes
Replies: 25
Views: 1649

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

I think for American's the odds are pretty good that if someone has imported a Collines Rhodaniennes all the way here, it's likely to be a solid wine. The importing effort is a good filter for quality for these lesser known (to US consumers) appellations. Somewhere upthread Josh mentions a Billon wi...
by Arv R
August 2nd, 2019, 9:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker's Reserve
Replies: 8
Views: 414

Re: TN: 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker's Reserve

Josh:

I didn't think there were current vintages?

Didn't they get absorbed into the Coppola brands?

I enjoyed 97 and 01 of this bottling, but maybe it was their basic one.
by Arv R
August 1st, 2019, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1993 Domaine Bertheau (Pierre et François) Chambolle-Musigny
Replies: 5
Views: 562

Re: TN: 1993 Domaine Bertheau (Pierre et François) Chambolle-Musigny

One of the most delicious wines I've had was an 85 -- just their regular village Chambolle Musigny.

That was at probably age 20. I still remember it so well.

Thanks for the note!
by Arv R
August 1st, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Outside of the Northern Rhone Box: Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes
Replies: 25
Views: 1649

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

I've been enjoying a 2014 Jean Michel Gerin 'La Champine' Viognier [VdF] the last few nights. Even though its not VdPCR, I'm grouping it mentally into that same area since its bottled up in Ampuis from regional grapes. (Can viognier get that AOC, or does it have to be syrah only?) This is only 12.5%...
by Arv R
July 31st, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update on Safe Harbor
Replies: 33
Views: 4054

Re: Update on Safe Harbor

What is the practical likelihood of actually getting restitution for victims? My layperson's impression was that typically these kinds of criminals had usually hidden their proceeds well, if they were inclined to save anything at all, rather than just blowing it all on gambling or whatever expensive...
by Arv R
July 28th, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Book Review: Into the Earth - A Wine Cave Renaissance
Replies: 1
Views: 295

Book Review: Into the Earth - A Wine Cave Renaissance

Book Review: Into the Earth - A Wine Cave Renaissance by Daniel d'Agostino & Molly Chappellet 2009 This is a big coffee table / luxury product vanity book project. It caught my eye at the library so I checked it out to read. It's pretty easy reading, since its mostly big photos, interspersed with t...
by Arv R
July 28th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stems: The Achilles’ heel of the wine glass?
Replies: 15
Views: 949

Re: Stems: The Achilles’ heel of the wine glass?

My SO has started drinking her red sangria from a little cooler non transparent tumbler, which completely ruins the visual appeal of the fancy colored goblets, cut up fruit, and frozen ice fruit cubes I put in it for her. But no stems to break... Personally I don't have the stem shattering problem b...
by Arv R
July 28th, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN:1990 Cantemerle
Replies: 16
Views: 709

Re: TN:1990 Cantemerle

83 is a heck of a vintage too.
by Arv R
July 27th, 2019, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 09 Alain Paret '420 Nuits' [St Joseph]
Replies: 0
Views: 244

TN: 09 Alain Paret '420 Nuits' [St Joseph]

09 Alain Paret '420 Nuits' [St Joseph] This is a 12.5% abv rouge that is hand picked from a steep granitic single vineyard site near Rouchecourbe. I have not tasted one before but drank it over a couple of nights casual sipping it in the kitchen. This bottling get its name from the 420 nights it sp...
by Arv R
July 27th, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked bottle?
Replies: 17
Views: 928

Re: Corked bottle?

Those crystals don't have anything to with TCA, although I tend to see them more with whites that were kept at cooler temps, and sometimes old dessert wines. ===== I had a 2013 Darioush Cab Franc the other day - and although not corked - its not my cup of tea. I think they are crazy money for what t...
by Arv R
July 27th, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Rising Price of Cornas
Replies: 210
Views: 10219

Re: The Rising Price of Cornas

I actually agree with that Noah....I was having an 09 St Joe last night from Paret...and looked up their vineyard. It's crazy steep -- i think it gains 150m in altitude in a very short pitch. Its nuts that they can get something with that kind of labor involved to the customer for how little they ch...
by Arv R
July 27th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dard & Ribo Hermitage in both colors
Replies: 6
Views: 461

Re: TN: Dard & Ribo Hermitage in both colors

I'm not very TCA sensitive, but I've still had plenty of bottles saved for a decade or two end up being tainted, and that hurts. So I'm willing to give some benefit of the doubt to a producer who's willing to try something modern/scientific. My belief is that they have much more to lose if they get ...
by Arv R
July 25th, 2019, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Rising Price of Cornas
Replies: 210
Views: 10219

Re: The Rising Price of Cornas

I know this is an old thread, but it resonated with me. I've recently become obsessed with Cornas and wanted to start a modest collection to drink from over the next 10 years. Here is what I bought, all at $40 or less per bottle with the exception of the Franck Balthazar (at $50): 3 Domaine du Tunn...
by Arv R
July 25th, 2019, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNS: 2000 Chateau Leoville Barton, 1999 Chateau Musar
Replies: 14
Views: 800

Re: TNS: 2000 Chateau Leoville Barton, 1999 Chateau Musar

I like red Musar - it is so exotic in taste compared to everything else I normally drink.
by Arv R
July 25th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dard & Ribo Hermitage in both colors
Replies: 6
Views: 461

Re: TN: Dard & Ribo Hermitage in both colors

I didn't know about their closure system. Still have not tried them and don't see them around, other than the occasional auction site.
by Arv R
July 25th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Bordeaux
Replies: 20
Views: 1301

Re: 2015 Bordeaux

If you are slavish to 2015, look in the Margaux commune as well as Pomerol/St Emilion. Many well regarded wines in that price range. But as others note, other years all have good attributes too. It's been an amazing era for BDX. The USD is pretty strong too which makes wines fresh off the boat look ...
by Arv R
July 25th, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit
Replies: 52
Views: 1841

Re: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit

Most of the time we'll do corkage, and free/low corkage is a big driver for picking something for casual dining. In CA, its normally pretty easy to find BYO friendly venues. When we are in other Western states, in particular CO and ID its trickier, and we'll at least look at the wine list. In some p...
by Arv R
July 25th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Petite Sirah is pretty boring
Replies: 94
Views: 4471

Re: Petite Sirah is pretty boring

I am amazed at the army of loyal Petite Sirah lovers who have crawled out of the woodwork in its defense. I have always enjoyed PS, even though most of my experiences have been with younger bottles. I have had PS wines from all over California, as well as a couple from the warmer Australian areas. ...
by Arv R
July 25th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Petite Sirah is pretty boring
Replies: 94
Views: 4471

Re: Petite Sirah is pretty boring

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by Arv R
July 25th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Petite Sirah is pretty boring
Replies: 94
Views: 4471

Re: Petite Sirah is pretty boring

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by Arv R
July 23rd, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques, Moulin-a-Vent
Replies: 9
Views: 469

Re: TN: 2002 Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques, Moulin-a-Vent

Drew - why didn't this go with your fish?
by Arv R
July 21st, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar thief emails?
Replies: 35
Views: 2316

Re: Cellar thief emails?

I'm old enough to remember back when being 'social' meant you had to go and talk with people.
by Arv R
July 21st, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Léoville Poyferré (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)
Replies: 30
Views: 1217

Re: TN: 2014 Château Léoville Poyferré (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
July 21st, 2019, 8:36 am
Interesting that anyone is surprised about Poyferre being modernist. It’s been that way for close to two decades.
+1

I think the impact really started kicking in with the 1998, which I actually liked young
by Arv R
July 21st, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1966 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage)
Replies: 6
Views: 600

Re: TN: 1966 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage)

Generalizing, what were the better 60's vintages in the No. Rho ?
by Arv R
July 21st, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impression of 2015 Meyney....and thinking back to the ‘86
Replies: 13
Views: 821

Re: Impression of 2015 Meyney....and thinking back to the ‘86

Just reading the reviews - without having tasted either of 15 or 16 - it seems like the 16 Meyney might be the next rendition of the superb 86

coincidentally, my lone bottle of EP 16 Meyney just showed up at K&L last week
by Arv R
July 20th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jean Luc Columbo - why doesn't he use Rhone shaped bottles?
Replies: 21
Views: 1213

Re: Jean Luc Columbo - why doesn't he use Rhone shaped bottles?

Barou uses the riesling bottle shape for some of their white rhones, IIRC.

It is indeed inconvenient.
by Arv R
July 20th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1970 La Fleur-Pétrus.
Replies: 12
Views: 581

Re: 1970 La Fleur-Pétrus.

Look for L’Evangile which was really strong in 1970. I would also look at some of the 1975 Pomerols, which was excellent that vintage, and less consistent in Saint Emilion, but the good ones such as Figeac and Magdelaine are still in great form. We had the 70 l'Evangile for my birthday a year or tw...
by Arv R
July 20th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jean Luc Columbo - why doesn't he use Rhone shaped bottles?
Replies: 21
Views: 1213

Re: Jean Luc Columbo - why doesn't he use Rhone shaped bottles?

I have so many kitchen gadgets its really quite insane...but so far no pannini press. 3 different waffle irons though: one round, a square one, and one for making little sticks. Sometimes I wonder when the importers are making up the back labels if they just have some massive wheel of BS they spin t...
by Arv R
July 20th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jean Luc Columbo - why doesn't he use Rhone shaped bottles?
Replies: 21
Views: 1213

Re: Jean Luc Columbo - why doesn't he use Rhone shaped bottles?

We split a 2015 Jean Luc Columbo 'La Redonne' blanc [Cotes du Rhone] last night. It's 13.5% abv, and a blend of 2/3 viognier and 1/3 roussanne. The label says its the perfect wine to serve with 'sea bream en papillote' but we had it with grilled cheese sandwiches (squished in my waffle iron). True t...
by Arv R
July 16th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 247
Views: 13604

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

as Suckling's incredible financial success despite his buffoonery will attest, is where the money and future of wine activity lies for wine reviewing outfits. (Indeed, Suckling has let his reviewing activities languish while focusing on events, and events now dominate WA's efforts as well, while Ga...
by Arv R
July 16th, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scholium Project: TNG
Replies: 16
Views: 1292

Re: Scholium Project: TNG

On another note, does anyone drink the wines anymore? Haven't seen a recent tasting note... I had one of his Carignan's from France a couple years ago. It was quite differentiated. https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=36294&p=2341138&hilit=thales#p2341138 It would be an interest...
by Arv R
July 16th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Paul Autard - Châteauneuf-du-Pape "La Cote Ronde" (France, Southern Rhône, CdP)
Replies: 8
Views: 595

Re: TN: 2005 Paul Autard - Châteauneuf-du-Pape "La Cote Ronde" (France, Southern Rhône, CdP)

I agree on the oak on Autard - generally - but at this point in time the 2001 has absorbed it nicely.

Still not a producer I'd sign up for again though, between palate preferences changing and the market.

Charvin's CdR makes me happier than a lot of the goosed up CNDPs.
by Arv R
July 14th, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 TN: A non-Cornas-like Cornas from Gilles
Replies: 12
Views: 900

Re: 2016 TN: A non-Cornas-like Cornas from Gilles

Maybe age 3 isn't the when this will show best, but I haven't tried anything from this producer.

Young syrah seems to have a matchstick, asphalt, sulfury note to me so normally I let time do her magic on this AOC.
by Arv R
July 14th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique
Replies: 73
Views: 2399

Re: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique

I seem to remember reading in JLL's various books on the Rhone, that Rostaing is controversial and provokes arguments even there too.

In Japan, they might say he disturbs the wa
by Arv R
July 14th, 2019, 4:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Paul Autard - Châteauneuf-du-Pape "La Cote Ronde" (France, Southern Rhône, CdP)
Replies: 8
Views: 595

Re: TN: 2005 Paul Autard - Châteauneuf-du-Pape "La Cote Ronde" (France, Southern Rhône, CdP)

I've been drinking the 2001 Paul Autard 'La Cote Ronde' [CNDP] the last couple of days. It's quite a bit better than an underwhelming 2000 last year. I've stopped buying this producer, and the general style of heavy oak has grown less appealing to me...but it all works out in this now old enough to ...
by Arv R
July 11th, 2019, 9:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique
Replies: 73
Views: 2399

Re: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique

I think it was his uncle, so I’ve just gone with that over the years. Rostaing being the SIL makes just as much sense too You're right. Gentaz was his uncle. It was Dervieux-Thaize that was his father in law. My people always say 'choose your parents carefully' Rostaing seems to have taken that adv...
by Arv R
July 11th, 2019, 9:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Beaujolais TN thread - post notes here
Replies: 116
Views: 11033

Re: 2015 Beaujolais TN thread - post notes here

After flopping around in the pool with the kids, I popped open a 2015 Richard Rottiers [Moulin a Vent] to go with some cheese, bread, figs and hummus for a light summer supper. This is a really good BoJo! It's larger framed than the adult Kool Aid style of bojo, and you can pick up a smidge of tanni...
by Arv R
July 11th, 2019, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique
Replies: 73
Views: 2399

Re: TN: Dom. Rostaing - 2001 Cote Rotie - Cuvee Classique

I guess my question is why does it have to move you and why would you expect it to move you? This was never a higher end wine and was never priced like that. Why not just enjoy it as a fully mature Cote-rotie and be quite happy with that? I didn't expect it to be profound, but it was just boring, w...
by Arv R
July 7th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Two 1990 Bordeaux
Replies: 7
Views: 1225

Re: TNs: Two 1990 Bordeaux

Nice combo!

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