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by Arv R
February 16th, 2020, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: More 2003s Pichon Baron, Branaire Ducru, Calon Segur (all 375ML)
Replies: 4
Views: 427

Re: TN: More 2003s Pichon Baron, Branaire Ducru, Calon Segur (all 375ML)

I'm drinking a 2003 Branaire [St Julien] - also out of a half bottle - and it is really good. No sense of 2003 heat/scorch like many of the cloying right banks of the same vintage. Smooth, fruity, and fine. It's showing really well today, much better than other examples from the same case, purchased...
by Arv R
February 16th, 2020, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XII
Replies: 2
Views: 170

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XII

OMG no one captures the soulfulness of the blood of grapes as you do.

Sadly I detect a merlot deficiency in your diet.

Please correct posthaste.

I would prescribe some St Emilion.
by Arv R
February 16th, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I love Alaska's 'Wine Flies Free' program !
Replies: 2
Views: 197

I love Alaska's 'Wine Flies Free' program !

For those who are not familiar with it, wine flies free on Alaska with some caveats. You can take up to a case, from certain Western Airports, and it has to be packed properly. They will not cover damage (although total lost baggage is covered). You do have to check it with a gate agent, but histori...
by Arv R
February 16th, 2020, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sociando Mallet 2001 vs Cuvée Jean Gautreau 2001
Replies: 4
Views: 222

Re: Sociando Mallet 2001 vs Cuvée Jean Gautreau 2001

Wow that is a great idea to put those side by side. Despite all my affection for the estate, I've never had one of the JG bottlings. I literally pulled a 2001 S-M and have it front of me (unopened) standing as I'm going to pull the cork in a day or two. I found prior 2001s when younger to be a bit t...
by Arv R
February 16th, 2020, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Over 30 champagnes for a tasting group's annual Valentine event
Replies: 1
Views: 153

Re: Over 30 champagnes for a tasting group's annual Valentine event

That's awesome! We too had the 2009 Moet Grand Vintage for our Valentine's Day dinner, luckily finding a table at a local favorite restaurant. I guess with Valentine's being on a Friday it was a little vexatious getting a table, as our first two choices had nothing available. The other fun thing to ...
by Arv R
February 16th, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 331
Views: 25046

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

Just note that there are situations when the merchant, affiliate network, or cash back / rewards site may not honor the cash back that one thought they were going to get. That can happen because items purchased were not eligible, some coupon codes can invalidate the cash back, or cookies didn't tra...
by Arv R
February 15th, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 331
Views: 25046

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

Just note that there are situations when the merchant, affiliate network, or cash back / rewards site may not honor the cash back that one thought they were going to get. That can happen because items purchased were not eligible, some coupon codes can invalidate the cash back, or cookies didn't trac...
by Arv R
February 9th, 2020, 9:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brane-Cantenac and Grand Puy Lacoste 2004
Replies: 15
Views: 602

Re: Brane-Cantenac and Grand Puy Lacoste 2004

Nice update
by Arv R
February 9th, 2020, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Duboeuf Beaujolais @ $6.99 KILLER!
Replies: 3
Views: 560

Re: TN: 2017 Duboeuf Beaujolais @ $6.99 KILLER!

Which bottling was this? He has a bunch.

FWIW I noticed Total Wine sells a lot of bojo bottles that look almost exactly the same (flowers etc) but the producer is Debeaune or someone. Caveat Emptor !
by Arv R
February 9th, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Donating wine- how to calculate tax deduction?
Replies: 32
Views: 1277

Re: Donating wine- how to calculate tax deduction?

Between the standard deduction for couples going up so much, and expenses like state taxes, mortgage interest etc. being capped, it seems like the charitable deduction is basically phased out for many filers. I seem to remember at one point when people were abusing the estimated value of donated car...
by Arv R
February 9th, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Larmande, Saint-Emilion
Replies: 4
Views: 141

Re: TN: 1996 Larmande, Saint-Emilion

Clive Coates has always been very high on this estate, but I find them a little too thin. To me, they are correct, and classic, but they don't thrill me, and I do have room for this style of St Emilion, so its not a style bias.
by Arv R
February 9th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN re: Disappointing 2005 CDP Grand Veneur "Les Origines"
Replies: 12
Views: 483

Re: TN re: Disappointing 2005 CDP Grand Veneur "Les Origines"

I had a pretty disappointing bottle of the 2001 Grand Veneur 'les Origines' [CNDP] last night. We took this out for dinner, and I paired it with a slab of iron pan seared king salmon, which is my go to dish at this place, along with a BYO CNDP. But this one came across a bit closed, with a pruney no...
by Arv R
February 8th, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Argyle Vintage Brut (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 18
Views: 690

Re: TN: 2014 Argyle Vintage Brut (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

We had the 2012 Vintage Argyle Brut last night, and I was very impressed. It's lighter and maybe not as beaded as our usual Roederer Estate, but it had a light touch of elderflower kind of flavor at the end. This has kept very well. Normally, since we're within CA, it seems like CA sparklies are pri...
by Arv R
February 8th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine challenges another retail restriction, this time in NY
Replies: 28
Views: 1425

Re: Total Wine challenges another retail restriction, this time in NY

It's kind of strange to me - NY and CA are both ironclad blue states yet they have such different approaches to consumer fairness. It's not just in dimensions around wine/booze where CA is totally on another planet, but all kinds of stuff.
by Arv R
February 8th, 2020, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Sicily - love some advice
Replies: 90
Views: 5308

Re: Wines of Sicily - love some advice

We were making meatballs and spaghetti in the Instapot, so I thought a gutsy wine might be fun to have with that. Popped open a 2007 Ceuso 'Fastaia' [Sicilia] to have with that. Although its a blend of cab, merlot, and petit verdot it doesn't taste like its cepage. It is unoaked (just cement vats) a...
by Arv R
February 8th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château d'Armailhac (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 11
Views: 568

Re: TN: 2016 Château d'Armailhac (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

I just had a great 2005 La Conseillante. It was young but I was surprised at how good it tasted at this age. A while back we had 2005 Clerc Milon and it drank really well. In general, though, I would also be careful about opening 05s. I liked the 2005 Clerc Milon as well when I had it last year. I ...
by Arv R
February 8th, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château d'Armailhac (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 11
Views: 568

Re: TN: 2016 Château d'Armailhac (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Nice to see this, I picked up a few 2016's but not many as I really am seeing I prefer my Bordeaux in the 30+ year window. Thanks for the note Brian. As a side note, some of the 2005's I've opened have been breath-taking on day two. They're also still readily available in the market. So I've been l...
by Arv R
February 8th, 2020, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Château Pape Clément (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 3
Views: 282

Re: TN: 2001 Château Pape Clément (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

Sounds like a great one. We did a P-C vertical some years ago and it was amazing to think that they've been making wine at that site for a half a millenia.
by Arv R
February 6th, 2020, 10:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1775
Views: 217512

Re: Official Costco Thread

#471 had these

16 Caparzo Rosso $15
16 Nozzole CCR $15
16 Neive Barbaresco $29
17 Lions de Suidaraut halves $11
17 Beringer PR Chardonnay $24

Is that Beringer a good deal? I've liked other vintages
by Arv R
February 6th, 2020, 9:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your consumption of Pink /rose wine?
Replies: 151
Views: 6026

Re: Your consumption of Pink /rose wine?

Steve G! [welldone.gif] I was searching for the words to answer P. Willenberg and he provided some, along with a list of Roses he has enjoyed that boggles my mind, makes me envious, and makes me look forward to my next shopping trip to a place that has many of them (I would not have guessed Ohio!)....
by Arv R
February 6th, 2020, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 143
Views: 9169

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

Everything seemed to work pretty smoothly, for me, for my first order on wine.com I think some of the complaints about them (online) are from people who may not be familiar with the constraints around wine shipping. Normally between K&L & Garagiste (for online) and a few local sources I'm covered fo...
by Arv R
February 3rd, 2020, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 12 Porta CS 'Gran Reserva' [Aconcagua Valley]
Replies: 1
Views: 131

Re: TN: 12 Porta CS 'Gran Reserva' [Aconcagua Valley]

I had the 2016 Porta CS 'Gran Reserva' [Maipo Valley] the last few nights. It seems like the DO is new, or whatever Chile is doing with their nomenclature has changed, as although I suspect its the same single vineyard cabernet, its titling is different, and now the label does not mention the produc...
by Arv R
February 2nd, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Domaine du Pegau: Chateauneuf du Pape - Cuvee Reserve (S.Rhone, France).
Replies: 11
Views: 642

Re: TN: 1994 Domaine du Pegau: Chateauneuf du Pape - Cuvee Reserve (S.Rhone, France).

Wow here's a blast from the past. This must have last crossed my lips maybe 20 years ago. Thanks for the picture.
by Arv R
February 2nd, 2020, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 143
Views: 9169

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

be sure to check your credit card statement! i used one of the $100 coupons posted last month and although the invoice i received showed the discounted total i was in fact charged the pre discount total. it took more effort than should have been required to get the difference refunded. yikes that i...
by Arv R
February 2nd, 2020, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Condrieus from Perret, Gérard and Vernay
Replies: 13
Views: 713

Re: TN: Condrieus from Perret, Gérard and Vernay

That idea of ooey gooey cheeses is a good one for these. Some years a friend closed out a wine dinner with a La Doriane and an Epoisses + tete de moines Unf, I would have to double bag an leftovers before putting it in the family fridge. I guess in one way I should be happy that Condrieu is not comm...
by Arv R
February 2nd, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château Sénéjac - (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)
Replies: 14
Views: 859

Re: TN: 2016 Château Sénéjac - (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)

How would you compare this to 03 , 09 or 10 ?
by Arv R
February 2nd, 2020, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Condrieus from Perret, Gérard and Vernay
Replies: 13
Views: 713

Re: TN: Condrieus from Perret, Gérard and Vernay

Very nice - don't see many panel tasting notes of Condrieu AOC ! I like the stuff but do not cellar it. Buy a bottle here or there and then drink up pretty much right away. btw I've had some of Perret's white viognier driven Cotes du Rhones and they have some Condrieu like flavor to them. but hardly...
by Arv R
February 2nd, 2020, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1982 Chateau Bourgneuf, Pomerol
Replies: 6
Views: 359

Re: TN: 1982 Chateau Bourgneuf, Pomerol

Very nice. I like this estate too, although haven't had anything post 2005.
by Arv R
February 2nd, 2020, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 143
Views: 9169

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

Btw perhaps the best deal on wine.com right now is the la Rioja Alta 2010 selection especial at 32.99; you can get 8 bottles and a bottle of bedrock evangelho for 200 shipped with stewardship atm. Thanks, that's what I thought too. I picked up a few of those Ardanza with one of the codes mentioned....
by Arv R
January 30th, 2020, 9:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1775
Views: 217512

Re: Official Costco Thread

The 2010 Caparzo Rosso was really good too. I hardly ever buy rosso's but would definitely drink that again off a list, wine bar or what not.
by Arv R
January 30th, 2020, 9:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Wine Futures Event Tasting Notes
Replies: 8
Views: 1449

Re: Santa Barbara Wine Futures Event Tasting Notes

Previously Posted on Santa Barbara Wine Talk here: http://santabarbarawinetalk.com/sbwt/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=213 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------...
by Arv R
January 30th, 2020, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two On Sunday..(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 376

Re: TN: Two On Sunday..(short/boring)

I had a 96 Monchiero Carbone 'Sru' [Roero] midweek. It's a 13% abv nebbiolo that continues to show fine grained tannins today, despite all the years. Lean on the fruit, but some nice floral notes on the nose. The label on this red charmingly instructs that this is intended 'to be drunk with good fri...
by Arv R
January 30th, 2020, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Revisiting 1990 Bordeaux
Replies: 20
Views: 931

Re: Revisiting 1990 Bordeaux

Amazing lineup.
by Arv R
January 25th, 2020, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1986 Ch Canon St Emilion
Replies: 9
Views: 423

Re: 1986 Ch Canon St Emilion

Nice. We had an 85 a while back. Magnum sounds like it held well

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=154923&p=2593187
by Arv R
January 25th, 2020, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retail pricing
Replies: 30
Views: 1983

Re: Retail pricing

It seems like T-W is assuming there is inelastic demand for BDX, and that price increases can be passed through 100% to customers. That may be true in the short run for some things that are irreplaceable - like gasoline or oil if you have an ICE care - but as time goes on people can adapt. I'd posit...
by Arv R
January 22nd, 2020, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Château Haut-Corbin (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Replies: 1
Views: 257

Re: TN: 1998 Château Haut-Corbin (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)

The proprietress is very nice and has hosted BWE visitors a number of times at her estate.
by Arv R
January 20th, 2020, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Sauternes Vintage -- Good or Bad?
Replies: 19
Views: 997

Re: 2016 Sauternes Vintage -- Good or Bad?

I guess the US market is quite different from yours, but its hard to see the urgency if buying any Sauternes. I love the stuff but find them to be pretty fungible. I've got an 03 Coutet open in my fridge at the moment, and wouldn't care much if it was 05, 07, or whatever.
by Arv R
January 20th, 2020, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Yves Cuilleron St Joseph L'Amarybelle
Replies: 8
Views: 487

Re: TN: 2010 Yves Cuilleron St Joseph L'Amarybelle

Maybe I should have said green harvesting or something. It's when the vineyard workers cut off some bunches early before ripening, so the vine can focus on ripening a smaller amount of grapes. Add the grapes to the pig slop! I might actually have to do this with our grapefruit tree at home. We're ge...
by Arv R
January 20th, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The repositioning of L’Evangile
Replies: 13
Views: 1212

Re: The repositioning of L’Evangile

Albeit at a much lower level, hasn't Petit Village tried this the last two years, with mixed results?

I'd think this would be harder to do nowadays given that there is no longer one dominant voice for Bordeaux wine criticism, and thus price setting.
by Arv R
January 20th, 2020, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Yves Cuilleron St Joseph L'Amarybelle
Replies: 8
Views: 487

Re: TN: 2010 Yves Cuilleron St Joseph L'Amarybelle

I had the 2009 Yves Cuilleron "l'Amarybelle" [St Joseph] rouge over the last two nights. Purchased on release, and decanted half the bottle into a split for the second night. 13% abv, and according the importer, this gets all the labor intensive treatment: hand harvesting, green thinning, fruit drop...
by Arv R
January 18th, 2020, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 98' Vieux Telegraphe
Replies: 12
Views: 798

Re: TN: 98' Vieux Telegraphe

I finished my last bottle of this over a couple of nights this week, with sushi on one of the nights. The 98 Vieux Telegraphe remains a benchmark example for the estate and AOC. It's rich, savory, beefy, sweaty and more. I've had this a bunch since release and can't recall one that has disappointed....
by Arv R
January 18th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I guess they don’t want you bringing mags
Replies: 30
Views: 2737

Re: I guess they don’t want you bringing mags

My life observation has been most of the places that are shitty about corkage end up closing anyways. They're adopting a Thomas Keller business practice without having the extraordinary business to justify it. There isn't much barrier of entry to the restaurant business so find a startup / new enter...
by Arv R
January 18th, 2020, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Chateau La Conseillante, Pomerol
Replies: 12
Views: 634

Re: TN: 1998 Chateau La Conseillante, Pomerol

Very nice. I've only had this a few times since release, the last time a couple years ago.

http://www.bordeauxwineenthusiasts.com/ ... f=4&t=6869

It showed very well that night among a good collection of comparables.
by Arv R
January 11th, 2020, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?
Replies: 70
Views: 3287

Re: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?

When I'm a stranger in a strange land, and the pickings for vino are slim, I usually can't go wrong selecting a Bogle PS. I know I'll enjoy it and would not expend the cellar rack space for it at home. I've never really tried these older - 20 to 40 year old - examples that people suggest are good. P...
by Arv R
January 11th, 2020, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 143
Views: 9169

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

If you shop at wine.com you might be able to get additional savings from using a portal and/or various credit card offers, which can stack on top of all of those. Amex Offers/Chase Offers/BoA offers would be examples. I don't really understand the wine.com biz model or am I buying much, so I pass on...
by Arv R
January 11th, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Le Bon Pasteur
Replies: 4
Views: 405

Re: TN: 1998 Le Bon Pasteur

I thought 90, 95, 98 were all pretty awesome for this estate...but all finished now.

Nice to hear an update
by Arv R
January 11th, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Merryvale Suing Marketing Partners - This Will Get Interesting
Replies: 6
Views: 1507

Re: Merryvale Suing Marketing Partners - This Will Get Interesting

If Merryvale is calling Costco 'low class' in court filings, that may end up having some repercussions for the vintner. At least in my observation I see a lot of high end stuff moving at the Costco's I go to. Perhaps Costco's buyers will accommodate Merryvale and not hurt their feelings by carrying ...
by Arv R
January 11th, 2020, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cameron Hughes Cab recommendations?
Replies: 120
Views: 13977

Re: Cameron Hughes Cab recommendations?

I was served a Lot 575 cab/merlot/syrah blend on Monday night. Meh. Potable but totally generic. Sweet black cherry and chocolate. Not too oaky, and just 14.1%. It was served next to a 13.5% Portuguese cab from the Lisbon appellation and they were hard to distinguish. I'd rather abstain than drink ...
by Arv R
January 11th, 2020, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 14 Christophe Blanc 'les Vallins' [Condrieu]
Replies: 3
Views: 165

Re: TN: 14 Christophe Blanc 'les Vallins' [Condrieu]

Last bottle of this 14 Christophe Blanc 'Les Vallins' [Condrieu] yesterday with Thai food. Maybe slightly fleshier than the prior example, but its still drinking great at age 6. This producer manages to get the balance between a full bodied wine and the acidity to keep it fresh very well. That seems...

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