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by Arv R
October 17th, 2019, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines
Replies: 58
Views: 4581

Re: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines

This often happens, and as much in Europe and elsewhere as in California. You're on vacation, you're in a great mood, you're well rested, you're in a gorgeous place, the people serving it to you are treating you well and you like them and want to support them. The wine tastes glorious. Though it la...
by Arv R
October 17th, 2019, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Ch. Meyney - St. Estephe
Replies: 8
Views: 326

Re: TN: 2000 Ch. Meyney - St. Estephe

They really should have made better wine in this year (as well as 2003).

Chewed through a bit of a case, and then turned the rest into a party wine, which ended up getting stolen by our bartender at an event.
by Arv R
October 17th, 2019, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 14 Barou [Condrieu]
Replies: 7
Views: 340

Re: TN: 14 Barou [Condrieu]

I opened a 2013 Barou [Condrieu] tonight to go with take out Thai food. Compared to the 2014 (sampled at age 3) vs. this 2013 at age 6 this doesn't have the same verve nor freshness. It might also have been a fuller bodied vintage. Lots of floral, cut persimmon notes here - a palate of lychee notes ...
by Arv R
October 16th, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?
Replies: 33
Views: 2070

Re: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?

after it was opened it was put in the fridge. (before it was just on a small rack in the kitchen for quaffers)
by Arv R
October 16th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sad Passing of one of the great wine importers to the US
Replies: 9
Views: 1610

Re: Sad Passing of one of the great wine importers to the US

I am quite sorry to hear that. I never met him but have loved so many of his selections.
by Arv R
October 14th, 2019, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?
Replies: 33
Views: 2070

Re: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?

I had one more sip tonight, and my wife saw the face I made. So she suggested I freeze the rest in little cubes to use the next time I need a splash of rouge for a recipe! Brilliant and that's what I did.

The label is pretty cool though. It's like something out of The Greatest Showman.
by Arv R
October 13th, 2019, 9:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?
Replies: 33
Views: 2070

Re: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?

"Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again..." Michael David Winery This used to be the home of 7 Deadly Zins, the most popular zinfandel in the US and the one that put Lodi on the map, but they sold the brand last year to the Wine Group. The place is huge with multiple parking lots and tasting rooms. They stil...
by Arv R
October 12th, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Bosquet des Papes: Chateauneuf du Pape
Replies: 10
Views: 989

Re: TN: 1990 Bosquet des Papes: Chateauneuf du Pape

We had a 1990 Galets des Papes [CNDP] last night with a bowl of bucatini in a zucchini/tomato/meat sauce. The cork was a little soggy half way up, but extracted cleanly. The hue is a pale garnet, and it has a glorious captivating nose. I got cinnamon, sandalwood, orange peels - just a whole box of p...
by Arv R
October 12th, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3633

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

Wow. I know some like to shit all over banks and the financial system...but this is exactly what irrevocable letters of credit / trade financing banks are for. Buyer posts one to the seller, goods get shipped, buyer pays, and all is good. If there is hiccup, seller exercises the LC, bank pays seller...
by Arv R
October 12th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Rhones - What are you buying??
Replies: 257
Views: 20268

Re: 2015 Rhones - What are you buying??

Markus S wrote:
October 9th, 2019, 10:24 am
Arv R wrote:
October 8th, 2019, 7:39 pm
... it slots into that tough zone between A- and B+ wines.
'Tough zone' because there are too many choices in that range?
Tough to distinguish which bucket to group it in. Day 1 it was A-, Day 3 a B+
by Arv R
October 8th, 2019, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?
Replies: 61
Views: 3633

Re: Has anyone garnished a winery debtor's credit card payments to Merchant Services or AMEX?

Just out of curiousity, how do grapes normally get paid for when sent from the grower to the vintner? Does the vintner post a Letter of Credit? or is just billed in 90 days? or is there some other mechanism?
by Arv R
October 8th, 2019, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Rhones - What are you buying??
Replies: 257
Views: 20268

Re: 2015 Rhones - What are you buying??

Can't say enough about the 2015 Balthazar Côtes du Rhône for the price. Based on the 2014 Christophe Billon "Correndies," also excellent for the price, I took a shot at getting a couple of his higher-end 2015 cuvées. Also: Johann Michel Cuvée Jana. I've been drinking the 2015 Christophe Billon 'Les...
by Arv R
October 2nd, 2019, 10:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Super Tuscans (Reasonably priced)
Replies: 6
Views: 1373

Re: TN: Super Tuscans (Reasonably priced)

SUPER TUSCANS (REASONABLY PRICED) - Lou's (3/29/2017) Last night our tasting group met to taste Super Tuscan's that were priced reasonably (whatever that means) and (mostly) available in the market place. We had a nice selection. Although nothing blew us away, it was a very interesting tasting. Giv...
by Arv R
September 30th, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article on Drinking White Wines During Cooler Months
Replies: 7
Views: 649

Re: Article on Drinking White Wines During Cooler Months

The SO gets Town & Country in dead tree format and left the article out for me to read. I thought it was ok - a nice shout out for Condrieu AOC in a mass market article.
by Arv R
September 30th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2 ltl RRV PNs
Replies: 1
Views: 484

Re: 2 ltl RRV PNs

I had a bottle of the 2013 Davis Bynum 'Jane's Vineyard' PN [Russian River Valley] over a couple days this weekend. It's a light rose red in hue although it carries 14.5% abv. It feels lighter though. The label is quite descriptive, giving harvest info (at night!) and the clonal selection, elevage e...
by Arv R
September 29th, 2019, 9:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: mostly Old World wines
Replies: 0
Views: 347

TN: mostly Old World wines

Some of the Sacramento cadre's met at Mulvaney's to pull corks a week and change ago. It took me a little while to tap up some notes, and I might have forgotten some details by now. Good time and mostly European wines. Food and service were good too. We started with 2016 Dom. Moreau-Naudet 'Vaillons...
by Arv R
September 29th, 2019, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Allegrini Valpolicella (Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella)
Replies: 2
Views: 241

Re: TN: 2017 Allegrini Valpolicella (Italy, Veneto, Valpolicella)

I've had one in a while but I like their popularly styled Palazzo. They make good wines that are widely available, so sometimes when we are traveling, and can't take anything with us I'll look for things like that.
by Arv R
September 29th, 2019, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From sommelier to homeless....
Replies: 10
Views: 1995

Re: From sommelier to homeless....

At least he's in San Francisco which is pretty generous towards its street people. If he'd been in Yolo, they would have brought him over here. https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article235583997.html I guess the glamorous life of Somms as Netflix makes it seem isn't everything thing they adver...
by Arv R
September 16th, 2019, 9:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3522
Views: 332128

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

Anyone know anything about the 2016 Halos de Jupiter Chateauneuf du Pape “Adrastee” offered last night? Doesn't appear there is a lot out there so not many tasting notes on previous vintages. That doesn't seem to be the typical Rimmerman style of Rhone. I always thought the Cambie wines were much m...
by Arv R
September 16th, 2019, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pichon Lalande 1961-2000
Replies: 18
Views: 1572

Re: Pichon Lalande 1961-2000

Wow sounds like a great event. Kudos.
by Arv R
September 16th, 2019, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Beaujolais TN thread - post notes here
Replies: 117
Views: 11362

Re: 2015 Beaujolais TN thread - post notes here

2015 Domaine Pascal Aufranc Chénas en Rémont - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Chénas (12/11/2016) Not sure what to make of these 2015s Bojos. This wine was very similar to the Depeuble village bottle I tried from a couple of weeks ago. Many of the same characteristics; coarse tannins, coffee grounds...
by Arv R
September 16th, 2019, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 15 Domaine du Vieil Orme 'Inphine' [Touraine Chenonceaux]
Replies: 1
Views: 143

TN: 15 Domaine du Vieil Orme 'Inphine' [Touraine Chenonceaux]

15 Domaine du Vieil Orme 'Inphine' [Touraine Chenonceaux] This is a K&L direct import. 12.5% abv. All SB, but it avoids the cat pee notes that can sometimes happen with this varietal. For my tastes it is more flavorful and interesting than comparable NZSB's that I've tried. Its zesty with lime and ...
by Arv R
September 8th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What happened to Beringer Knights Valley cabernet?
Replies: 35
Views: 3381

Re: What happened to Beringer Knights Valley cabernet?

And the KV reserve is no great shakes or value. Too bad. I finally got around to popping my only 99 Beringer 'Reserve' [Knights Valley] . I've had it over the last few days and the label states 14.1% abv with a few years of French oak with a 2002 release date. I picked it up from Hart Davis maybe a...
by Arv R
September 7th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 5999

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

Good time to revisit this classic

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by Arv R
September 7th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy
Replies: 70
Views: 3180

Re: On-Site vs Off-Site Storage Strategy

One observation to OP - make sure you like the taste of your collectible categories after they have some bottle age. When I was much younger I laid down some vintage bubbly. Over the years I felt like I always preferred it before it developed the aged nutty flavors. So now I keep limited amounts aro...
by Arv R
September 7th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 97
Views: 6412

Re: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .

Maybe they can turn some of the surplus into brandy. E&J and Christian Bros. could then come up with some new craft brandy cocktail recipes and send out reps to bars to drum up interest in that.

If wine is a little bit cheaper, I don't think that hurts enthusiasts.
by Arv R
September 7th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 07 Dios Ares 'Reserva' [Rioja]
Replies: 0
Views: 133

TN: 07 Dios Ares 'Reserva' [Rioja]

07 Dios Ares 'Reserva' [Rioja] 14% abv, fairly dark for a 12yo Rioja. I've had it since release, but didn't take great care of it, as it just sat in a room temp rack. The cork separated at extraction by our somewhat clumsy waitress. There is a little saline, briney, zesty note to the wine on the pa...
by Arv R
September 2nd, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Chateau Montus Madiran
Replies: 6
Views: 452

Re: TN: Chateau Montus, Madiran 2011

The few times I've had this estate I thought they were pretty stern. I've got a 2010 laid down to see if it rounds out at all by age 15-20 or so. Sociando Mallet seems like a fair comparison.
by Arv R
August 31st, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New book by Wink Lorch, Wines of the French Alps
Replies: 3
Views: 345

Re: New book by Wink Lorch, Wines of the French Alps

Sounds like a good one. It's a beautiful region to visit as well. We even named our kids after villages there!
by Arv R
August 31st, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Voting Process for Wine BID
Replies: 11
Views: 823

Re: Voting Process for Wine BID

Well if its not voluntary, that would be just another form of taxation, with who knows on representation. Maybe there are not enough collective interests here, all aligned in the same direction to make this happen. I would think the normal path would be some businesses start collaborating, see the b...
by Arv R
August 31st, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Château Lascombes (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)
Replies: 42
Views: 1832

Re: TN: 2004 Château Lascombes (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)

We had an 02 a little while ago that was still pretty oaky, earthy, and tannic.

http://www.bordeauxwineenthusiasts.com/ ... f=4&t=7009

I think at this point the wines are what they are - appealing to some, and not to others - and I would not expect huge changes/improvements with age.
by Arv R
August 31st, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Voting Process for Wine BID
Replies: 11
Views: 823

Re: Voting Process for Wine BID

Why not just create a voluntary trade association, with fixed dues, and fixed votes? That way seems much simpler.

(Also I would suggest defining an acronym before its first use, some can figure it out from context, but not everyone)
by Arv R
August 28th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Kutch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Replies: 21
Views: 1414

Re: TN: 2009 Kutch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

I've been enjoying an 09 Kutch PN [Sonoma Coast] the last few nights, and its drinking better on the 2nd night. I get a touch of rhubarb, licorice, cranberry on the palate. It's a quite nice wine, that seems still fresh and vibrant to me. I've had other vintages when they were younger and would tilt...
by Arv R
August 28th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1471
Views: 174988

Re: Official Costco Thread

#471 had these on offer today. 2013 Adelaida [Barolo] $14.97 (also mentioned upthread by Brian) 2015 Louis Latour rouge [Mercurey] $19 2016 I'lot Haut Bergeron splits [Sauternes] $14 appears to be a separate vineyard, not a deuxieme vinified by the Haut Bergeron team. 2015 Fontodi 'Flaccianello' [T...
by Arv R
August 25th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Herbert, the Suckling Pig, and 1977 Cabernets.
Replies: 25
Views: 1350

Re: Herbert, the Suckling Pig, and 1977 Cabernets.

Interesting. Thanks for that. Last summer the kids spent a month on a farm where they raised heritage breed pigs, at least two varieties, but I never inquired much into that.
by Arv R
August 25th, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Herbert, the Suckling Pig, and 1977 Cabernets.
Replies: 25
Views: 1350

Re: Herbert, the Suckling Pig, and 1977 Cabernets.

Are suckling pigs all male? Sort of like how veal is a 'byproduct' of the dairy industry, where male calves are sent to the packers since they won't generate milk?
by Arv R
August 24th, 2019, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker's Reserve
Replies: 17
Views: 1078

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

seems kind of muddled

https://www.winespectator.com/articles/ ... perty-2795

I remember those bottles back in the 90's had a very weird kind of octagonal/slab sided feel to them.

don't recall that from other producrs.
by Arv R
August 24th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ikea has a $1.49 decante/carafe that holds 34 oz. Great if you are having an event
Replies: 23
Views: 1840

Re: Ikea has a $1.49 decante/carafe that holds 34 oz. Great if you are having an event

ChristopherSK wrote:
August 21st, 2019, 7:07 am

Disclaimer, I have a Swedish fetish as I own 4 Saabs, all with manual transmissions.
So sad. My Swedish SO breaks out in hives if she even sees those.
by Arv R
August 24th, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calon Segur 1996
Replies: 19
Views: 1754

Re: Calon Segur 1996

Johnny Depp - who some of you might remember from the iconoclastic 21 Jump Street tv show - has always been a big fan of Calon Segur.
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Calon Segur's Number One Fan
by Arv R
August 24th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Pichon Lalande - Réserve de la Comtesse (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 6
Views: 864

Re: TN: 2016 Pichon Lalande - Réserve de la Comtesse (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Anyone have experience aging Reseve de la Comtesse? I went through a case of the 1996 RdC from release to about age ten, when it started to lose a bit of its joyous fruit. I always thought that was an amazing effort, both for the grand and the 2nd. I used to compare it the 96 Sociando Mallet and 96...
by Arv R
August 24th, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 158
Views: 7664

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

I guess I'm lucky in that the zaftig , trashy super market Chardonnay is what makes me happy. I had a 17 Sebastiani Chard [North Coast] last week which is probably a B- wine for most critics/berserkers, but I liked it, and realistically, would have been just as happy with oaky Bogle for half the cos...
by Arv R
August 24th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1471
Views: 174988

Re: Official Costco Thread

#471 had these on offer today. 2013 Adelaida [Barolo] $14.97 (also mentioned upthread by Brian) 2015 Louis Latour rouge [Mercurey] $19 2016 I'lot Haut Bergeron splits [Sauternes] $14 appears to be a separate vineyard, not a deuxieme vinified by the Haut Bergeron team. 2015 Fontodi 'Flaccianello' [Tu...
by Arv R
August 24th, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine de Chevalier 1995 rouge
Replies: 2
Views: 394

Re: Domaine de Chevalier 1995 rouge

I always like when commentators note whether they had the rouge or blanc DdC. Really.
by Arv R
August 24th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Herbert, the Suckling Pig, and 1977 Cabernets.
Replies: 25
Views: 1350

Re: Herbert, the Suckling Pig, and 1977 Cabernets.

"I think the title should be amended"
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by Arv R
August 24th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wondering about Charvin
Replies: 24
Views: 1835

Re: Wondering about Charvin

I haven't had the 12 Charvin CdP since it came out and I bought my yearly allotment. I usually try to keep my hands off them until they are between 8 and 10, as that it when I find them at their best, though I make exceptions for vintages like 08, 11 (both drinking very well now), 13, and 14. It is...
by Arv R
August 24th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: looking for cheap wine decanters
Replies: 20
Views: 887

Re: looking for cheap wine decanters

Years ago Victor suggested I look into a restaurant supply house near me, and I picked up a six pack of quite functional decanters for $24. I'm still using them for every day purposes, when the nice fancy ones are put away, or are in their display rack. If you can find any of those kinds of vendors,...
by Arv R
August 20th, 2019, 10:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite mid-price lodging Napa/Sonoma
Replies: 17
Views: 1398

Re: Favorite mid-price lodging Napa/Sonoma

I've used the DoubleTree in Sonoma/Rohnert Park a half dozen times. It's solid/reliable, although is suburban rather than wine country bucolic.
by Arv R
August 20th, 2019, 10:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Bosquet des Papes: Chateauneuf du Pape
Replies: 10
Views: 989

Re: TN: 1990 Bosquet des Papes: Chateauneuf du Pape

Nice! I've got 1990 Galets des Papes on the drink now rack....sounds like it is getting poured as soon as it cools down.
by Arv R
August 20th, 2019, 10:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1986 Clerc Milon, 1999 Palmer
Replies: 8
Views: 578

Re: TN: 1986 Clerc Milon, 1999 Palmer

That 99 was a crazy good wine.

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