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by Arv R
July 12th, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional vs. Modern Bordeaux?
Replies: 523
Views: 36015

Re: Traditional vs. Modern Bordeaux?

There are some extremely traditional wines not mentioned on the list above - Batailley, Grand Corbin Despagne, Soutard, Le Gay etc. They age well, but are tough to drink when young. (Le Gay might be different now though) Before one goes and stocks a cellar in an absolutist way of 'only one style', m...
by Arv R
July 12th, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Pontet Canet, 2001 Fleur de Rose Sainte-Croix
Replies: 2
Views: 399

Re: TN: 1999 Pontet Canet, 2001 Fleur de Rose Sainte-Croix

A while back, I had the sister estate (or perhaps a different cuvee) of that Listrac, but the 2005 vintage. I too thought it was much better than I'd expected. It was the first Listrac that I'd tried that didn't have the hard, gritty mouthfeel of yore. http://www.bordeauxwineenthusiasts.com/viewtopi...
by Arv R
July 11th, 2020, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me get into Bordeaux
Replies: 38
Views: 1849

Re: Help me get into Bordeaux

I realize your city is under a lockdown, but at some point when it is loosened, and presumably if you still have interest in the wine region, consider finding a local tasting group. Bordeaux enthusiasts should be one of the easiest regions to find interested tasters to assemble anywhere in the world...
by Arv R
July 10th, 2020, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Musar on Winebid.com
Replies: 50
Views: 2692

Re: 1990 Musar on Winebid.com

Musar is a such a complex, unique wine that it should be probably come with a warning from auction houses, since neophytes who don't understand it might consider those aspects to be technical flaws.
by Arv R
July 9th, 2020, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 82 Faustino et al with Italian food
Replies: 5
Views: 359

Re: 82 Faustino et al with Italian food

Faustino's quasi related estate Campillo is pretty good too. Nice notes and thanks for sharing.
by Arv R
July 8th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spanish wines : Descendientes de Jose Palacios 2019s and Raul Perez
Replies: 7
Views: 361

Re: Spanish wines : Descendientes de Jose Palacios 2019s and Raul Perez

I've liked the Palacios 'Petalos' offering in the past but haven't tried the single vineyard/higher end bottlings. Are these scarce where you are? I thought they make tons of the Petalos.
by Arv R
July 7th, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: One of the Best Pieces of Wine Writing I've Read in Years
Replies: 29
Views: 2639

Re: One of the Best Pieces of Wine Writing I've Read in Years

It's on the consumer to seek quality and reward quality, and reject the superficial. Have some self-confidence, listen to your own pleasure, relax. It's funny that a restaurant hub like San Francisco there's a broad demand for high quality. You can't survive with the mediocrity that was the norm do...
by Arv R
July 7th, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: One of the Best Pieces of Wine Writing I've Read in Years
Replies: 29
Views: 2639

Re: One of the Best Pieces of Wine Writing I've Read in Years

It's great that she has backup plan in print magazines if the restaurant gig doesn't come back.
by Arv R
July 4th, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consolidated 2016 Beaujolais TNs
Replies: 61
Views: 8138

Re: Consolidated 2016 Beaujolais TNs

Been loving a 2016 Foillard [Beaujolais Villages] the last couple of nights, well chilled. Color is a light pale garnet, but a touch cloudy as I didn't stand it up before opening. 12.5% abv, and fresh and light. Lovely floral nose, with crunchy red strawberry and gardening earth aromas too. No tanni...
by Arv R
July 2nd, 2020, 6:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Del Posto Selling Off Wine Cellar - Auction
Replies: 21
Views: 1814

Re: Del Posto Selling Off Wine Cellar - Auction

I wonder what all those high end, high rolling places in Vegas that are dependent on whales are doing. Gotta figure some of them are calling up the auction houses too.
by Arv R
July 1st, 2020, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gary V. Again.
Replies: 74
Views: 7440

Re: Gary V. Again.

When I lived in NYC he came to a few offlines when Paul J. invited him. I don't think he was a heavy wineboard participant at the time. He was a lot of fun actually and I'm glad to see him prospering.

I'm amazed that he's behind Rezy too; I've used that a couple of times.
by Arv R
June 29th, 2020, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If Pomerol did have a classification....?
Replies: 83
Views: 5829

Re: If Pomerol did have a classification....?

wow no love for Gazin on that ranking.
by Arv R
June 28th, 2020, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving a wine cellar across the country Asap
Replies: 14
Views: 920

Re: Moving a wine cellar across the country Asap

I've moved wine from VT to CA - one nuance: the roads at the origin. Find out what kind of truck the shipping company will be using, and if it can access the roads there. A lot of the rural parts of the state have seasonal roads, or small trucks only types of roads. For my move they had to put the l...
by Arv R
June 27th, 2020, 10:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay Suggestions
Replies: 62
Views: 2802

Re: Chardonnay Suggestions

We don’t drink much domestic Chardonnay but when we do it’s typically Mount Eden. The Edna Valley is low $20’s. That's a great suggestion. The Mt. Eden chardonnay from Edna Valley is a winner at around $20 in that style. And then the "Domaine Eden" chardonnay bottling at around $30 from Santa Cruz ...
by Arv R
June 27th, 2020, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about sweet tobacco/cigar box notes in Bordeaux
Replies: 52
Views: 1662

Re: Question about sweet tobacco/cigar box notes in Bordeaux

For those looking for a cab francy bdx, try Clos St Julien - which despite its name - is a St Em. It's a sort of new estate I think (maybe only last 20 years or so) and they were very high in the CF cepage, maybe 60-80%. The wines taste different, and good.
by Arv R
June 27th, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about sweet tobacco/cigar box notes in Bordeaux
Replies: 52
Views: 1662

Re: Question about sweet tobacco/cigar box notes in Bordeaux

Older red Graves can show that too after some bottle aging.
by Arv R
June 27th, 2020, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to respond to, " My X (friend or relative) wants to get into the wine business. What do you recommend?"
Replies: 35
Views: 1621

Re: How to respond to, " My X (friend or relative) wants to get into the wine business. What do you recommend?"

I've had a few associates work in wine retail or tasting rooms as a part time / active+early retirement kind of hobby. They don't need benefits, are not all that motivated by the (limited) money, and are enthusiastic about the job, since it doesn't feel like 'work' to them. That might be a gateway. ...
by Arv R
June 26th, 2020, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1121
Views: 90767

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

Matt N wrote:
June 26th, 2020, 7:51 am
Got what appears to be a wine.com coupon that is not in this thread yet:

PW50FB - 50 off 150
Any stated expiry on it? Thanks for sharing!
by Arv R
June 25th, 2020, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 4
Views: 320

Re: TN: 2013 Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Unless they have dramatically altered the winemaking style, I wouldn't be surprised if they can age a bit. I've had a bunch of 92-97 Tapestry in the last few years, and all were quite solid, comparable in their aging/complexity/fruit to Bordeaux of the same age, maybe richer if anything. I put away ...
by Arv R
June 25th, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monbousquet 1994
Replies: 4
Views: 287

Re: Monbousquet 1994

The wines were good choices to serve to friends who were iron clad certain they preferred California wines over French ones. And then they would be happily surprised to see what it was. I bought a few years during this era - and enjoyed them - but stopped as prices for this went up, more than warran...
by Arv R
June 25th, 2020, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Futures and chargebacks
Replies: 13
Views: 877

Re: Wine Futures and chargebacks

I got the same email from Wally's and switched over to MC. But if you have Amex connnected to your Paypal account and pay via Paypal, shouldn't that work too? Most likely, but then if you have a situation needing a chargeback, you're going to be dealing with PayPal vs Vendor instead of Amex vs. Ven...
by Arv R
June 24th, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1121
Views: 90767

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

I didn't use the referral codes, but without the $100/$300 promo codes, the prices on wine.com are so overpriced, that I have to believe they work some kind of assumed discounting into their business model, like how bed bath beyond does with the 20% coupons. +1 It's easy enough to have targeted cou...
by Arv R
June 23rd, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1121
Views: 90767

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

Is there a difference between: 2. Generate multiple coupons to use for a online store vs. using a pritned coupon in the same store multiple times when it says one coupon per customer? At one point Home Depot would give out a $35 coupon (off a min $50 purchase) for a successful credit card applicati...
by Arv R
June 22nd, 2020, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhône white wines
Replies: 36
Views: 1168

Re: Rhône white wines

I usually find Cotes du Rhone Blanc more than satisfactory as a quaffer, and you might get even more at the Villages or Cru level. A recent good example was Domaine Pelaquie Villages Laudun. I also enjoy 100% Viognier bottlings from the Rhone, without any prestige designation. Recent good ones were...
by Arv R
June 21st, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sunday afternoon TNs: Three CC's from Castell'in Villa
Replies: 3
Views: 192

Re: Sunday afternoon TNs: Three CC's from Castell'in Villa

I had the 2010 CC some years ago and remember it being a bit thin. I agree that the estate isn't easy to find...but I guess that's not really a 'problem' for me. https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=109230&p=1867878#p1867878 At least there are still estates making wines in their ...
by Arv R
June 21st, 2020, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com
Replies: 81
Views: 8619

Re: Scam alert -- Grapeswine.com

You should still do a chargeback . If you don't have a real high rate of doing that, it will cause effort/expense for the merchant to deal with. The more chargebacks they are hit with, the higher their holdback percentages will be, and in extreme cases, they will be forced to stop taking cards, whi...
by Arv R
June 21st, 2020, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is a mouse in the cellar...
Replies: 54
Views: 3147

Re: There is a mouse in the cellar...

Put food/grains in big / strong tubs to avoid pests. Just use old school mouse/rat traps, they are far swifter than some of the other methods that may cripple/maim the animals, or give them a lingering death. But note that if you use those kinds of traps, you need to have some kind of safety protoco...
by Arv R
June 21st, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas pushback
Replies: 68
Views: 5386

Re: Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas pushback

The only person I know who has a MW never insisted upon being called a "Master" in day to day to life. That's really weird behavior from the 'court of master sommelliers' I do work with someone who has an MBA, and insists on appending it to their emails, biz cards etc. Their MBA is a business degree...
by Arv R
June 20th, 2020, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Fougas Maldoror, Côtes de Bourg
Replies: 7
Views: 326

Re: TN: 1998 Fougas Maldoror, Côtes de Bourg

I had a 2000 that had gotten lost, and found it some years ago, still pretty good as I recall.

It aged better than I'd assumed it would, although outside of Roc de Cambes its an AOC I'd mostly drink on the younger side.
by Arv R
June 20th, 2020, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Château Bellefont-Belcier
Replies: 1
Views: 213

Re: TN: 2005 Château Bellefont-Belcier

89 pts is a 'hair above lackluster' ?
by Arv R
June 20th, 2020, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Covid Era: Overnight shipping
Replies: 14
Views: 756

Re: Covid Era: Overnight shipping

We just had a package from Asia arrive yesterday that we assume had been lost/stolen/trapped in customs. I think it was supposed to have gotten here in April and we had forgotten about it.

It's getting hot, so I would suggest avoiding shipping.
by Arv R
June 20th, 2020, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve
Replies: 12
Views: 508

Re: TN: 2002 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve

Personality controversy aside, all of the ACV wines I’ve had over the last 20 years have been in the 92-96 point zone. A few vintages could have been a Bordeaux ringer in a blind tasting. As you say, they age well too but are also enjoyable at six years IMO ACV are great long distance runners. I to...
by Arv R
June 20th, 2020, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhône white wines
Replies: 36
Views: 1168

Re: Rhône white wines

A lot of people do not like them, so that's why you won't find many notes. I write about 2-3 notes/year on them. Hunt around under: Hermitage blanc, St Joseph blanc, Condrieu, St. Peray, Chateauneuf-du-Pape blanc and you should find a lot of notes. Good advice above. Personally, I don't like the wa...
by Arv R
June 17th, 2020, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19145

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

How can any American justify a Japanese car following an unprovoked attack on the USN? Or is it just people with personal experience that are expected to recoil? Each consumer makes their own decision, right? Our two "Japanese" cars were made in Marysville OH, and Lincoln AL. Radio speaks American ...
by Arv R
June 17th, 2020, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1972
Views: 252042

Re: Official Costco Thread

#471 had these red Rhones

2015 Maucoil 'Privelege' [CNDP] for $20 today, not much left though.
2017 Brotte [Cairanne] $10, the warehouse has lots. an estate bottling of AOC village level for less than the price of a mass produced CdR
by Arv R
June 17th, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Picpoul: the joys of simple wine
Replies: 35
Views: 1495

Re: Picpoul: the joys of simple wine

Kysela imports a fun one. Picpoul de Pinet from Hughues de Beaulieu (spelling?). I had a bottle of the 2017 HB Picpoul de Pinet [Costieres de Pomerols] brought in by Kysela earlier this week, with stir fried clams and long green beans in a black bean sauce. I hadn't heard of this country wine AOC b...
by Arv R
June 16th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Bordeaux Recommendations for Longest Lived
Replies: 18
Views: 1046

Re: 2019 Bordeaux Recommendations for Longest Lived

Calon Segur makes wines that age well too, even if not at the Montrose level.
by Arv R
June 16th, 2020, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19145

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Honest question: Have you ever boycotted a winery you once supported because of their business practices or politics? I ask because today I emptied my shopping cart after nearly buying some back-vintage Rhys Skyline Syrah. I think the wine is one of the best CA Syrahs out there and they won’t be ma...
by Arv R
June 14th, 2020, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Brunellos
Replies: 57
Views: 3317

Re: Best Brunellos

David Cooper wrote:
June 14th, 2020, 8:27 am

The one conclusion my decade of Brunello drinking led me to was, I prefer Chianti. There are so many great Chianti producers.
+1, although I don't haven't had to drink 150+ BdM's to get to that decision...
by Arv R
June 14th, 2020, 9:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva
Replies: 5
Views: 517

Re: TN: 2004 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Imperial Gran Reserva

I had the 2004 Vina Real 'Gran Reserva' [Rioja] over a couple a nights, with Korean style grilled flanken beef ribs for supper on the last. Although not the Imperial bottling, there is the CVNE flag on the label. Bottom line: this is a lovely wine that benefits from air now and has decades of life a...
by Arv R
June 14th, 2020, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White Bordeaux and Premox
Replies: 28
Views: 1109

Re: White Bordeaux and Premox

I think if one is going to try aging white Rhones, they better have a high tolerance for nutty/sherry like notes. I remember an 89 Chapoutier Chante Alouette Hermitage blanc some years ago that I'd set aside for a lobster dinner...what a disaster...I gamely had a glass or two because I'd been patien...
by Arv R
June 14th, 2020, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Chateau St. Jean - "Cinq Cépages" (USA, California, Sonoma County)
Replies: 6
Views: 502

Re: TN: 2004 Chateau St. Jean - "Cinq Cépages" (USA, California, Sonoma County)

The last 3 days I've been nursing a 2001 Ch. St. Jean 'Cinq Cepages' [Sonoma] which has only gotten better as it aerates. It was a touch too rootbeery the first day, and the kids noted a lot of wood/vanilla, but those have rounded out now. It remains a big, obviously California effort. I know they'r...
by Arv R
June 14th, 2020, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Calif Cabs '78....(short/boring)
Replies: 6
Views: 365

Re: TN: Two Calif Cabs '78....(short/boring)

I was at a store today and saw the regular Phelps CS - not Insignia or a single vineyard - for $99. Ouch. Nice wines, but the prices have moved up so far, so fast.
by Arv R
June 14th, 2020, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you chill Beaujolais Crus before serving?
Replies: 21
Views: 837

Re: Do you chill Beaujolais Crus before serving?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
June 14th, 2020, 10:46 am
I prefer them in the 58 range, baby fresh outta the cellar.
+1, and I do that for all bojo, not just the fancy pants cru.
by Arv R
June 12th, 2020, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Le Clos du Caillou Côtes du Rhône Cuvée Unique Vieilles Vignes
Replies: 1
Views: 151

Re: TN: 2000 Le Clos du Caillou Côtes du Rhône Cuvée Unique Vieilles Vignes

There are really vigorous wines. I've had the 98 (!) and 07 in the last few years, still vibrant.
by Arv R
June 12th, 2020, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rioja 2001 - Check in
Replies: 20
Views: 1295

Re: Rioja 2001 - Check in

was that all graciano? i didn't know that they could bottle up monovarietals and still call it rioja
by Arv R
June 12th, 2020, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oh, yeah: 1978 Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon York Creek
Replies: 11
Views: 785

Re: Oh, yeah: 1978 Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon York Creek

Is there any relationship between these grapes and the York Creek producer? Sounds like a great bottle.

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