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by Arv R
January 26th, 2021, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them
Replies: 120
Views: 5260

Re: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them

I have some family members / friends who don't like the types of wines I like at all....but they will totally drink Moscato d'Asti and/or Sauternes types. So we keep those around too and open them earlier in the evening. Sadly it feels like its been a year since we've really done anything like that ...
by Arv R
January 25th, 2021, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wines of Germanys Pfalz region. Discuss...
Replies: 45
Views: 2621

Re: The Wines of Germanys Pfalz region. Discuss...

A Pfalz Primer: The Südliche Weinstraße (every Village south of Neustadt to Wissembourg in France –The most southern Pfälzer vineyards actually and legally lie across the French border, an interesting arrangement that pre-dates the wars of the last century) is the region that has proven to be the m...
by Arv R
January 25th, 2021, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riesling book suggestions
Replies: 14
Views: 772

Re: Riesling book suggestions

Go for the book "The finest wines of Germany" by Stephan Reinhardt/WA http://www.amazon.com/Finest-Wines-Germany-Regional-Producers/dp/0520273222/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1436858902&sr=8-1&keywords=stephan+reinhardt Prost, Martin I finally read this over the last few weeks, and ...
by Arv R
January 24th, 2021, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1979 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve
Replies: 14
Views: 832

Re: TN: 1979 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve

The post 1970 (and beyond) BVPR's are good wines, but not legendary, like the ones prior to that under Tchelistcheff ('70, '68, '66, '60, '59, '58, '51, etc). I had an auction reject 68 (terrible label/capsule condition) many years ago and it was just stunning . Hard to believe such a great wine ca...
by Arv R
January 24th, 2021, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ch. Canon
Replies: 18
Views: 1161

Re: Ch. Canon

I feel like having a wedding
by Arv R
January 23rd, 2021, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm
Replies: 19
Views: 1359

Re: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

I know. It's kind of crazy. Good on d'Arenberg and their partners at least.
by Arv R
January 23rd, 2021, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 11
Views: 1179

Re: TN: 2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

This is a very narrowly tailored PSA, but for those with a Northern California Raleys/BelAir/Nob Hill near them, consider checking if yours has this. My location has the 05 Ldh Tondonia Reserva on closeout. It's being dumped for maybe $21ish assuming a buyer takes six (of this, or a mixed lot). The ...
by Arv R
January 23rd, 2021, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm
Replies: 19
Views: 1359

Re: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

Well I'm just looking at it from the end customer perspective. If these were $39 back in the 90's and they're $37 today, flat over a generation is a soft market the way I see things. I do respect that for true lovers of their wine, this is a feature not a bug. (I feel that way about the wonderful ch...
by Arv R
January 23rd, 2021, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinsrare/ Vins Rare issue
Replies: 13
Views: 2397

Re: vinsrare/ Vins Rare issue

And yes lots of great people vouched for him in the other thread, but so did hundreds of people for Premier Cru. This situation is what chargebacks are for . OP has their cause & claim plus documentation. Accept that the wines aren't coming, and get the money back. Who knows what the situation ...
by Arv R
January 23rd, 2021, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm
Replies: 19
Views: 1359

Re: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

Rimmerman is flogging this today - 2017 Dead Arm for $37.

That's less than what I remember paying back in the 90s.

Sounds like the market for these has collapsed.
by Arv R
January 22nd, 2021, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Paul Hobbs 'Stagecoach Vyd' CS [Napa]
Replies: 3
Views: 303

Re: TN: 2001 Paul Hobbs 'Stagecoach Vyd' CS [Napa]

How much was this on release? That's good color for a 19-year old Napa Cab. I think it was $70ish? That felt like a lot then considering that (more proven, at least to me) Dominus and Togni were only $20 or so more. I think I ordered it over the phone from Bertellis in NJ (are they even around anym...
by Arv R
January 22nd, 2021, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The seduction and disappointment in German Spätburgunders
Replies: 30
Views: 1637

Re: TN: The seduction and disappointment in German Spätburgunders

My experience with a modest Messmer was quite satisfactory last month or so

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by Arv R
January 21st, 2021, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Worst Bordeaux Vintage 1980-2013
Replies: 36
Views: 1958

Re: Poll: Worst Bordeaux Vintage 1980-2013

I think some of the ones you're suggesting are in the running for 'worst' are really more average/ok/solid than ones that should even be in the running. 2012 for example.
by Arv R
January 21st, 2021, 9:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Paul Hobbs 'Stagecoach Vyd' CS [Napa]
Replies: 3
Views: 303

TN: 2001 Paul Hobbs 'Stagecoach Vyd' CS [Napa]

2001 Paul Hobbs 'Stagecoach Vineyard' CS [Napa] held since release, double decanted. 14.8% abv. light amount of sediment. Dark ruby hue, color suggesting lots of runway still ahead, my guess is perhaps another 20 years. On the nose there is some cocoa, caramel, burnt sugar. Tremendous density in th...
by Arv R
January 21st, 2021, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2400
Views: 276829

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

I have also had issues with them in the past. However, I don't waste too much time with them specifically. Usually, I will chat with them, get them to tell me they will reimburse because of XYZ. If they don't follow through, I claim it from the credit card. That way, I don't waste hours with their ...
by Arv R
January 20th, 2021, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lady winery owners / collectors
Replies: 54
Views: 3723

Re: Lady winery owners / collectors

So here's a strange thought: do female winemakers make more 'feminine' wines than male ones?
by Arv R
January 19th, 2021, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
Replies: 137
Views: 15099

Re: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

Costco #471 has the 2016 normale for $36.

I passed, and honestly, have not liked how the 2010 is developing so far.
by Arv R
January 18th, 2021, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taking wine on ski trip
Replies: 22
Views: 1609

Re: Taking wine on ski trip

We drive up to Tahoe all the time with wine and don't really have issues. I have a variety of decent plastic stems I use for these trips. I do agree that if you're taking delicate, older bottles they aren't going to be at their best. Apres ski is a good time for throaty young Rhones, IMO
by Arv R
January 18th, 2021, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: B21 Wine in FL - Major Disappointment, Ending my 25+ Year Relationship with Them
Replies: 147
Views: 14850

Re: B21 Wine in FL - Major Disappointment, Ending my 25+ Year Relationship with Them

I think it is more helpful to just understand what a retailers strengths/weaknesses are. Maybe B-21 can't really handle Hold til Ship anymore (or perhaps they don't want to). I think that is something that can be lived with. Maybe one shops there 6mo of the year. I get the B21 emails even though I h...
by Arv R
January 18th, 2021, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for Bordeaux Lovers
Replies: 46
Views: 1862

Re: Question for Bordeaux Lovers

I'll be the contrary cat here and point out that you can generally always find the cru classe wines later on, at auction/retail/private sale. You don't have to actually cellar, store, insure, commit capital to holding wines with 10-50k case productions just to be sure you will have a bottle to drink...
by Arv R
January 17th, 2021, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you drink the most of
Replies: 92
Views: 4343

Re: Wines you drink the most of

La Rioja (LRA, LdH, Ontanon, Riojanas) I rarely see the estate mentioned, but for California berserkers with a Total Wine near them, check to see if they have Ontanon. The 2010 Ontanon 'Gran Reserva' [Rioja] is $17 at mine, and at a number of other CA TW's I checked online. Typically this goes for ...
by Arv R
January 17th, 2021, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Tasting for Newbies
Replies: 16
Views: 735

Re: Wine Tasting for Newbies

So I took the advice of many here. The wine tasting was fun and I think people liked it. Thanks to all. Here is what I served. For the most part, I wanted the wines to be in the low to mid teens, so that I wouldn't scare anyone away from purchasing wines that they liked. I also did some cellar clea...
by Arv R
January 17th, 2021, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 8291
Views: 588844

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

92 Parker at 12 bucks...I just couldn't resist..in for 6..... Yves Cheron Cotes du Rhone Les Dentelles 2015 Although I purchased a bottle from Garagiste rather than LBW, the 2015 Yves Cheron 'Les Dentelles' [Cotes du Rhone] is pretty good! It's a multi village grenache blend with 1/3 syrah that is ...
by Arv R
January 17th, 2021, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Excellent Napa/Sonoma Cabs under 14% ABV
Replies: 20
Views: 1457

Re: Excellent Napa/Sonoma Cabs under 14% ABV

Laurel Glen usually clocks in just slightly above 14% but don't taste heavy/ponderous to me.

Mountain fruit, maybe a touch of pyrazines in some years.

Global warming makes it harder to find what you are looking for.
by Arv R
January 17th, 2021, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Chateau La Providence, Pomerol
Replies: 7
Views: 266

Re: TN: 2011 Chateau La Providence, Pomerol

I really never recall hearing about this before the early 2000's when it started getting reviewed. Was it just being sold to European customers before and never making its way stateside? https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/bordeaux-wine-producer-profiles/bordeaux/pomerol/providence/ Jeff's site sug...
by Arv R
January 17th, 2021, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Chateau La Providence, Pomerol
Replies: 7
Views: 266

Re: TN: 2011 Chateau La Providence, Pomerol

I thought La Providence itself was kind of a recent creation, maybe around as a nameplate for 10-12 years?

Hosanna is a beautiful wine, but I've not bought nor tasted any in a long time. Nice picture!
by Arv R
January 16th, 2021, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Señorío de San Vicente Tempranillo Rioja San Vicente
Replies: 1
Views: 161

Re: TN: 2001 Señorío de San Vicente Tempranillo Rioja San Vicente

If you like a modern take on Rioja, K&L has the 2016 of this for $41 with 9 btls left. They take PayPal btw. Might need to be logged into the K&L account to see that price though.
by Arv R
January 16th, 2021, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desmirail and Siran - Margaux - 2005
Replies: 5
Views: 335

Re: Desmirail and Siran - Margaux - 2005

I had an 05 Rauzan Gassies a year ago or so which was still pretty manly, despite a few hours in a decanter. I do like Margaux from that year though!

http://www.bordeauxwineenthusiasts.com/ ... f=4&t=8753
by Arv R
January 16th, 2021, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Lamborghini (La Fiorita) Umbria Campoleone
Replies: 9
Views: 584

Re: TN: 2000 Lamborghini (La Fiorita) Umbria Campoleone

My only experience with their wines was less positive

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by Arv R
January 14th, 2021, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Kabinett 2007
Replies: 4
Views: 414

Re: Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Kabinett 2007

What are your thoughts on 2019?
by Arv R
January 14th, 2021, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2400
Views: 276829

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

Every so often I switch my location to NY or CA and get jealous at the good stuff they have in stock. FL warehouse is like one of those cartoon deserts with a tumbleweed moseying through it Every time I switch my tax filing domicile from NY or CA, the revenue authorities start chasing me... There c...
by Arv R
January 14th, 2021, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 755
Views: 77011

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

For those of you trying to guesstimate how some of these might age, about 60 Cameron Hughes wines showed up on WineBid. Some are older cabs, with AVA designations, which I'd assume would be of the most interest. Obviously there is no guarantee at all that what might have been in a 10 year old Stags ...
by Arv R
January 14th, 2021, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm
Replies: 19
Views: 1359

Re: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

I've had Dead Arm, Ironstone Pressings, and whatever that third one they had up to maybe 10-15 years age. For my tastes I liked them much more on release. When I was younger I used to work by a wine bar that would sell them for $60 a bottle, your pick, and they were crowdpleasers for biz meetings. (...
by Arv R
January 14th, 2021, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm
Replies: 19
Views: 1359

Re: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

In the limited sampling I have had of OZ wines, I have not liked the ways they develop. True this is generally all Parker / Grateful Palate kind of selections back when they were the rage, so perhaps there are ones I would like, but its also a function of relative value. I can generally find good va...
by Arv R
January 13th, 2021, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Groupon for Wine Spectator
Replies: 43
Views: 4163

Re: Groupon for Wine Spectator

I don't think I've ever renewed anything with WS, but the issues keep on coming, years later. The TN's in the back, and some of the producer profiles/advertorials are ok though. I will give them some credit for that. Lots of props to doing all their tastings blind too. Not as pukey as I recall, well...
by Arv R
January 13th, 2021, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
Replies: 10
Views: 579

Re: TN: 1998 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion

1998 was not only a very good / great year in the Graves, it wasn't recognized that way immediately. Some of the vintage charts from that era had relatively low numerical scores, and years later were bumped up a lot, which I never knew if it was due to a late recognized typo or re-evaluation. But th...
by Arv R
January 12th, 2021, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tragedy at Celler Vall Llach in Priorat
Replies: 15
Views: 1689

Re: Tragedy at Celler Vall Llach in Priorat

No matter how many times we corrected him, my dad always pronounced the nearby city of Vallejo as valley-JOE
by Arv R
January 11th, 2021, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tragedy at Celler Vall Llach in Priorat
Replies: 15
Views: 1689

Re: Tragedy at Celler Vall Llach in Priorat

That is awful, I have really enjoyed some of their wines in their fruity youth.

I didn't even know that Priorato could get snow? Isn't it a Mediterranean clime?
by Arv R
January 10th, 2021, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whence upon a time I enjoyed the label more than the wine
Replies: 1
Views: 351

Whence upon a time I enjoyed the label more than the wine

1990 Villa La Selva 'Riserva' [Chianti] This has an appealing label with bright colors and scroll work -- a true pleasure to look at. The color is a rusty red brown, with fading edges, and light body/legs. Unfortunately, the 12% abv wine inside is thin, lean, and tart - with a tertiary nose of fore...
by Arv R
January 10th, 2021, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel
Replies: 15
Views: 1037

Re: TN: 2016 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

I've had Coudelets up to age 10 through 20 and its pretty amazing how well they keep. Seems almost like a sneak peak at only age 5....
by Arv R
January 9th, 2021, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer check: Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA
Replies: 17
Views: 1466

Re: Retailer check: Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA

Very good reputation and a 'destination' type of merchant like Table & Vine in western Mass or K&L in SF.
by Arv R
January 9th, 2021, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1991 Beringer Private Reserve
Replies: 11
Views: 683

Re: 1991 Beringer Private Reserve

I had a 95 a while back that was popped and poured....it kept getting better as the night went on. I don't think a splash in a decanter will hurt this, but 91 might be a touch more verve than 95.
by Arv R
January 9th, 2021, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Date Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 2641

Re: First Date Wines

For our 2nd date, my now wife invites me over and says she'll cook dinner. I say fine, and I'll bring a bottle of wine, grabbing a bottle of the 99 Pegau . Oh and J says 'bring your dog over too' So we toodle over and are drinking wine in the kitchen while I marvel at her polite cats (who don't dest...
by Arv R
January 9th, 2021, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Order from NY to ship to CA?
Replies: 14
Views: 601

Re: Order from NY to ship to CA?

I recently ordered from Empire with no issues at all. It came highly recommended from others on this board. To be honest I order outside my state only to get wines I cannot get through my local retailers. In many cases I have found my local retailers will work with me on pricing. Whaaaaa? Please sa...
by Arv R
January 9th, 2021, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Spanish wines dinner (Rioja)
Replies: 14
Views: 1184

Re: TN: Spanish wines dinner (Rioja)

I pulled the first of a half case of the 2010 Muga Reserva 'Unfiltered' [Rioja] last night to go with beef & chipotle carrot tacos. Note that this is NOT the Especiale referred to by OP (which is an oaky/modern take on Rioja) rather the Reserva is the Bodegas oaky/traditional version. I'm happy ...
by Arv R
January 9th, 2021, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: what is your best resource for old bordeaux vintages?
Replies: 16
Views: 1281

Re: what is your best resource for old bordeaux vintages?

A friend shared a 64 Canon a while ago, and it was stunning. At another dinner a range of 66's were also superb. Personally I would not be going out of my way to acquire old Bordeaux (I stopped buying 1970 in the mid 90's) but I could see how others might want to try really old ones. I also recommen...
by Arv R
January 9th, 2021, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm
Replies: 19
Views: 1359

Re: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

Personally I think all these drank bast at release/young, and didn't develop well.

Don't think I have any OZ in the cellar anywhere
by Arv R
January 8th, 2021, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 93
Views: 4200

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

So has anyone actually thrown any money into Vinovest? 1k minimum to open an account and I think it would be fun to do and talk about. I would enter with the assumption I will lose all my money. You could also take your 1k, and buy a case of nice wines from Sherry Lehman et al, and have something f...
by Arv R
January 7th, 2021, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines with damaged labels...should they sell for a discount?
Replies: 36
Views: 1727

Re: Wines with damaged labels...should they sell for a discount?

My local Total Wine has three 2015 Ridge Geyserville's that have wine splatter all over the labels. They are on the bottom shelf and I know a bottle above it got knocked off and broken causing the splatter. Those three bottles have been there well over a year and probably won't sell because of the ...

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