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by Arv R
September 25th, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Essential canon of mid-priced "value"
Replies: 48
Views: 1862

Re: Essential canon of mid-priced "value"

Rioja - LdH, CVNE, La Rioja Alta, Pecina Cali Cab - Ridge Estate Cab (creeping out of this bracket) Pinot Noir (USA) - Arcadian, Rhys San Mateo, Domaine Eden/Mount Eden (depending on pricing) Bordeaux - Grand Puy Lacoste, Cantemerle, Sociando Mallet, Older Lanessan Piemont - Vietti Perbacco, Produt...
by Arv R
September 23rd, 2020, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Low on daily drinkers...Best QPR wines available online today
Replies: 57
Views: 4139

Re: Low on daily drinkers...Best QPR wines available online today

I feel the best QPR's are in the Rhone Valley.. Cote du Rhones can be some really great daily drinkers.. Some examples that I regularly buy are: Saint Cosme (favorite winery) - CDR / little james basket press/Les Deux Albion just had the basket press white wine (blend of viognier/sauv-blanc) at a r...
by Arv R
September 23rd, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vegas auction house or seller?
Replies: 5
Views: 466

Re: Vegas auction house or seller?

Lee's Liquor (20+ stores in Vegas) has done some of these. They have been run by Gil Lempert-Schwartz (sp?). I won't comment on Gil but you can search this board for further info. I know they did one (800 bottles, high end Bordeaux and Italians) for a guy who got a job transfer to Texas and decided...
by Arv R
September 22nd, 2020, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Monte Real Reserva (Spain, La Rioja, Rioja)
Replies: 4
Views: 121

Re: TN: 1999 Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Monte Real Reserva (Spain, La Rioja, Rioja)

Well if you're getting paid by the word, you summed it up better from that dimension :)

Nice note.
by Arv R
September 22nd, 2020, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 185
Views: 8121

Re: wine.com delivery fail

I just got my futures double order fixed but then they charged me a flat $30. I was like 78 in chat queue so sent them an email instead. Anyone else have that happen or did they mention anything about random charges not related to futures? Maybe they are imposing resort fees, $30 for all the hospit...
by Arv R
September 22nd, 2020, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommend Bordeaux Blancs?
Replies: 38
Views: 1234

Re: Recommend Bordeaux Blancs?

Thanks all. Some names I recognize there. I've had Carbonnieux before but young, not aged, and I have some Chevalier reds in the cellar. That means my local shop can likely get these regularly. I'll ask about the others. Thanks. You might find the DDC blanc scarcer & dearer than the rouge. I would ...
by Arv R
September 21st, 2020, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommend Bordeaux Blancs?
Replies: 38
Views: 1234

Re: Recommend Bordeaux Blancs?

Carbonnieux's blanc's are a good place to start. They can age. Personally I don't care for the White Graves category, but in the rare times I drink them, I look for Denis Dubordieu's (decd) stable - Clos Floridene Blanc, Reynon Blanc are two that might be available especially since Total Wine has so...
by Arv R
September 21st, 2020, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw
Replies: 76
Views: 3161

Re: Retailers' e-mails that caused me to guffaw

All have (have not) arrived
by Arv R
September 19th, 2020, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Utah wine questions
Replies: 9
Views: 465

Re: Utah wine questions

Leaving for Park City in a few weeks. Questions: 1) Is there any way to ship wine to Utah? 2) is BYOB allowed in restaurants ? 3) Are the State liquor stores decent? Thank you! My opinion of Park City wine shopping is that its pretty grim. Poor selection and high prices. Take your own if traveling ...
by Arv R
September 19th, 2020, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Share your thoughts on Margaux
Replies: 36
Views: 2830

Re: Share your thoughts on Margaux

I've only had much older Brane Cantenac -- sounds like they are back on point? i have two bottles of 2000 Cantenac Brown I'm waiting to open, but never had it before. Thanks for the info folks. Looks like i have a few more chateau to seek out. You should definitely try the 2000 C-B now http://www.b...
by Arv R
September 19th, 2020, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Clos Thales Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Causseil Mouillere
Replies: 1
Views: 155

Re: TN: 2007 Clos Thales Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Causseil Mouillere

The last two nights I've been sipping on a 07 Clos Thales 'Causseil Mouillere' [Cotes Catalanes] . The first night it showed a marinara (!) and cigar ashy kind of nose, and was flat out weird. But after 24 hours those notes are shed, and it's quite good on day #2. It's pure carignan, but it avoids t...
by Arv R
September 19th, 2020, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 185
Views: 8121

Re: wine.com delivery fail

I got a 2nd 'your wine has shipped' email yesterday evening, and was able to pick it up at my Walgreens today. However there was no notification from neither wine.com nor FedEx that it was available for pickup. Normally I get lots of notifications (text, email from FedEx account, wine.com email etc)...
by Arv R
September 19th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Share your thoughts on Margaux
Replies: 36
Views: 2830

Re: Share your thoughts on Margaux

Among the non classified Margaux AOC, I've had some good luck with Monbrison & La Tour de Mons among older vintages.
by Arv R
September 18th, 2020, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rioja experts: does any producer make wines similar to LdH?
Replies: 55
Views: 4084

Re: Rioja experts: does any producer make wines similar to LdH?

Thanks for that comment on the Honario Rubio "Anadas" but I'm not sure I can deal with sherry like blancs.... I'm drinking an 07 Pecina 'Reserva' [Rioja] the last two days. 13.5% abv, and a cool/lean character to this with a balsalmic nose. It's pleasant, and maybe a touch better as it warms up, but...
by Arv R
September 18th, 2020, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 readily available summer whites
Replies: 53
Views: 2131

Re: Sub $20 readily available summer whites

Scott Butler wrote:
July 13th, 2017, 7:40 am
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier. Available practically everywhere and at $12-13 a total steal every year.
+2, that's for the 2 btls we've consumed in the last month or so. Always consistent winner
by Arv R
September 18th, 2020, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Stunning 2007 CdP
Replies: 3
Views: 478

Re: TN: A Stunning 2007 CdP

Cool! I have one somewhere but have never tried it....
by Arv R
September 17th, 2020, 9:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 185
Views: 8121

Re: wine.com delivery fail

I've also received the update on my outstanding orders that were being held for November shipment: 29 of 33 wines (68 of 74 bottles) that I ordered are no longer available. I told them to cancel anything remaining (all 6 bottles ha ha). Smaller scale, but the same now appears to have happened to me...
by Arv R
September 17th, 2020, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 185
Views: 8121

Re: wine.com delivery fail

I've also received the update on my outstanding orders that were being held for November shipment: 29 of 33 wines (68 of 74 bottles) that I ordered are no longer available. I told them to cancel anything remaining (all 6 bottles ha ha). Smaller scale, but the same now appears to have happened to me...
by Arv R
September 17th, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 185
Views: 8121

Re: wine.com delivery fail

I was in contact with CS last night. They told me that all returned bottles (for any reason) get returned by them to the distributors and never resold. I'm not sure why the distributor would take back bottles that wine.com accidentally shipped in 90-100 degree temps, but that's what the CS rep told...
by Arv R
September 17th, 2020, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 185
Views: 8121

Re: wine.com delivery fail

So, they oversold or sold off bottles you bought and were holding for shipping? It appears so. The CS rep couldn't tell me exactly what happened, but only that several wines on the first 2 orders they checked were no longer available to fulfill my orders. I then asked them to do a full accounting o...
by Arv R
September 16th, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Anniversary Wines - Recommendations?
Replies: 59
Views: 1972

Re: 1997 Anniversary Wines - Recommendations?

Although 1997 Tuscany may been overrated upon sellers/critics comments upon release, they are probably one of the better/safer buys for someone looking for anniversary wines today. The hype has been deburred, and the wines are likely to be ok or better. I had a delicous (on day#1) 97 Vino Nobile de ...
by Arv R
September 15th, 2020, 9:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Bourgogne Rouge tasting
Replies: 26
Views: 2498

Re: 2005 Bourgogne Rouge tasting

Last couple of nights I've been trying to finish a glass or two of the 2005 Domaine Viviane & Jean-Marie Lelievre "Les Larrets" [Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits] . Cork looks good, fill is high, label nice etc. But this 12.75% abv is lean and hard, and gets worse with air. Lots of acid, little fruit...
by Arv R
September 15th, 2020, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 185
Views: 8121

Re: wine.com delivery fail

I was person #39 in the chat queue when I started....57 minutes later....I added the boldface and redacted names/times. bottom line: I don't think the arrival dates selected or on the order status have much basis in reality. I guess people will get stuff, when they get stuff. ==== CSR: I'm very sorr...
by Arv R
September 15th, 2020, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1998 Les Carmes Haut Brion
Replies: 6
Views: 351

Re: 1998 Les Carmes Haut Brion

That's a strange sounding bottle. I've had the 98 CHB a bunch of times since release, and that description of the taste doesn't line up with my memory, although everyone's palates are different.

Maybe more medium bodied, and herbal than other estates, but I wouldn't think it was pinot like....
by Arv R
September 14th, 2020, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taco Bell Jalapeño Noir
Replies: 38
Views: 2280

Re: Taco Bell Jalapeño Noir

Patrick T a y l o r wrote:
September 14th, 2020, 8:54 am
Proof that 2020 is the gift that keeps on giving, Taco Bell now has wine. In Canada.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/14/business ... index.html

Sean Sydney, we expect tasting notes.
I always think its so classy when people get the little umlauts over the letters.
by Arv R
September 14th, 2020, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2046
Views: 268472

Re: Official Costco Thread

The shelf talker suggests its some CA Central Coast blend?
by Arv R
September 14th, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2046
Views: 268472

Re: Official Costco Thread

I saw those too. Crazy deep etching into that glass too.

I could not tell if that was an NFC championship thing, but it seemed like a weird thing to be selling in September, and at that price.
by Arv R
September 14th, 2020, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva
Replies: 7
Views: 402

Re: 2010 Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva

Cool note. I have some on the way now.
by Arv R
September 13th, 2020, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some recent '05 Bdx
Replies: 8
Views: 1029

Re: Some recent '05 Bdx

All those examples sound like they are doing very well right now.

I had a lesser known 05 St Em a couple of days ago - Balestard la Tonnelle

http://www.bordeauxwineenthusiasts.com/ ... 16&p=87585

Now is a good time to be pulling corks on the modest & mid range wines, IMO
by Arv R
September 12th, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: a surprisingly nice 1997 Tuscan
Replies: 2
Views: 396

a surprisingly nice 1997 Tuscan

I remember all those years ago when the 97 Tuscan wines were being released how WS and others of that era sang their glories. I bought 2-3 mixed cases of mostly Sangio based wines across IGT, CC, a few BdM -- mostly consuming them within ten years of the vintage. While enjoyable, nothing really stuc...
by Arv R
September 12th, 2020, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 185
Views: 8121

Re: wine.com delivery fail

I have a different issue (in addition to my BDX futures double charge). I ordered a wine for current delivery (east coast to east coast shipping so not worried about heat). FedEx shows the bottle was delivered today, but it wasn't. I have a camera on the house and was here all day. I've emailed cus...
by Arv R
September 12th, 2020, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2046
Views: 268472

Re: Official Costco Thread

Thanks for expanding on that Barbi info above! #471 had these today 16 Barone Ricasoli Brolio Riserva [Chianti Classico] $20 15 Castello Romitorio [Brunello di Montalcino] $50 14 Altesino [Brunello di Montalcino] $37 They had lots of these. K&L is selling a spectrum of 14 Brunellos in the $25-30 zon...
by Arv R
September 12th, 2020, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Checklist for buying a used Eurocave (or any wine fridge)
Replies: 6
Views: 332

Re: Checklist for buying a used Eurocave (or any wine fridge)

Sometimes the sellers aren't actually the owners, like an estate sale type of situation. I can't tell for sure, but description is so spartan on the one I'm looking at that it seems like that. I'm trying to pin down details before wasting mutual time on it...
by Arv R
September 12th, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Checklist for buying a used Eurocave (or any wine fridge)
Replies: 6
Views: 332

Checklist for buying a used Eurocave (or any wine fridge)

I might be inspecting a secondhand local Eurocave in the next few days. Is there anything I'm omitting/forgetting on this checklist? Model # Serial # Stated capacity Dimensions Is seller owner/user How long owned / age of unit Purchased from Reason for sale Lock & Key / Manual photos if any Operable...
by Arv R
September 11th, 2020, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône La Pialade
Replies: 20
Views: 723

Re: TN: 2012 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône La Pialade

I've only seen Pialade in a store once, in all these years. Some wineshop in GCT years ago. And weirdly enough someone brought a bottle to a tasting not longer after!

I'd like to try one again.
by Arv R
September 11th, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com duplicate charge for June Bordeaux futures purchase
Replies: 17
Views: 1083

Re: wine.com charged me again for June Bordeaux futures purchase

I have to say, I’ve been having some retailer problems as well, but not wine.com. I get the Covid mess that we are all in, but these big national retailers, who are actually having an uptick in business, should have their process issues solved by now. Or how about this, if you are swamped with all ...
by Arv R
September 11th, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Books on N. Rhone?
Replies: 13
Views: 675

Re: Books on N. Rhone?

I have the Third Edition of Livingstone-Learmonth’s The Wines of the Rhône published in 1992: 51BEEF0F-F9FB-4F01-8D9B-9CC2DE5899E1.jpeg Thanks for that. So even though my Amazon order history says that I ordered the 1983 version (back in 2015), it appears I was sent the 1992 version, verifying with...
by Arv R
September 10th, 2020, 10:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Books on N. Rhone?
Replies: 13
Views: 675

Re: Books on N. Rhone?

These are a couple I've read. I've also read the (better) 2nd edition of Lermouth's NoRho book. The newest 3rd edition is still available on Amazon (I have not read that yet) I wanted to follow up here, because either this is incorrect or I'm missing something. From what I know, JLL wrote a book ca...
by Arv R
September 10th, 2020, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1567
Views: 152105

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Perhaps. Some of the wines may not be 'replaceable' at this point. And if (cooked) wines are just reshipped back to them, and then recycled back to new unwitting buyers, that doesn't do anyone any good. For some people they may not find out they have stewed juice til a decade later. So vendors with ...
by Arv R
September 10th, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Books on N. Rhone?
Replies: 13
Views: 675

Re: Books on N. Rhone?

These are a couple I've read. I've also read the (better) 2nd edition of Lermouth's NoRho book. The newest 3rd edition is still available on Amazon (I have not read that yet) https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=136278&p=2182431 https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?...
by Arv R
September 10th, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1567
Views: 152105

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

After the wine.com debacle I described above, I received an email from my local wine storage stating that the rest of my wine.com orders (supposed to deliver later this fall), were delivered today in the heat. This was about $1K worth of wine. I won’t order from them again unless I can take the shi...
by Arv R
September 10th, 2020, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2046
Views: 268472

Re: Official Costco Thread

Went by Dallas Costco yesterday, which had: 2015 Kirkland Signature Brunello di Montalcino (which was produced and bottled by Fattoria dei Barbi, a very solid, tradionalist producer) for $26.99. That said, I opened it and it's on the lean side (salty, menthol, minerally, lean cherry fruit), and not...
by Arv R
September 10th, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 88
Views: 3173

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

I looked at their 'About Us' slide, indeed they seem to be more 'techy' than 'winey'.

It really seems to me that there is too much VC money sloshing around, so that every sketchy idea gets funded.
by Arv R
September 9th, 2020, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 88
Views: 3173

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

Hey all, I’m Anthony, cofounder and CEO of Vinovest. A ton of comments here so I’ll try to address the most common ones I’m seeing: 2. Valuation and return. We calculate the current FMV and historical pricing of each bottle based on the last sold price or the lowest live offer price through a varie...
by Arv R
September 9th, 2020, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1567
Views: 152105

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Do you consider Amazon Prime to be a disaster? Amazon actually controls a ton of their own logistics (their own delivery people in varying formats) and has had lots of dynamic rules on how Prime works for delivery. (Fresh, Pantry, PrimeNow and all their subvariants had their own arcana for rules to...
by Arv R
September 9th, 2020, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1567
Views: 152105

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

As mentioned before, I think they will wake up in 2021 realizing what a disaster the StewardShip program has been under the original T&C. It's like MoviePass -- AYCE to the customer, when they have true marginal hard dollar cost for offering that. Do you consider Amazon Prime to be a disaster? Amaz...
by Arv R
September 9th, 2020, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1567
Views: 152105

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Wine.com is asking FedEx to pick up the bottle and will deliver a new one at my later requested date (supposedly - hoping this one isn’t restocked). The sad thing is that they asked me to “just leave the bottle outside” on the day FedEx picks it up. I have it in my small wine fridge and will try to...
by Arv R
September 8th, 2020, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1567
Views: 152105

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Wine.com just delivered a $200 bottle of 2016 Vietti Ravera to my house in 90 degree heat. I had scheduled this delivery for October 2 when I know the weather will be cooler. The bottle was warm to the touch. I called their customer service number where a robo-message informed me there was no one a...
by Arv R
September 8th, 2020, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Hacienda Monasterio - Ribero del Duero
Replies: 25
Views: 1057

Re: TN: 1996 Hacienda Monasterio - Ribero del Duero

I just finished a bottle of the 2012 Hacienda Monasterio [Ribera del Duero] over two days. It is excellent, and I think that is a function of two changes. First: I'm drinking this estate a touch younger than before; I think a decade or so is now the maximum cellaring it tolerates for peak enjoyment....
by Arv R
September 7th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10549

Re: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?

Yeah but he was way too sophisticated for people like me. I like James Suckling. Whatever wine I'm drinking at least I know it's probably 93 points. 93 Pts is Cooking Wine in the Suckling Scorecard! https://p2d7x8x2.stackpathcdn.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/James-suckling-and-COFCO-350x...

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