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by Vince T
December 1st, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bergey (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 8
Views: 506

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bergey (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

Nice note. Sounds much better than the ‘01 I had a couple weeks ago... it was a bit tired and faded, with more oak than fruit.
by Vince T
November 18th, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .
Replies: 64
Views: 4711

Re: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .

Somewhat only tangentially related, but I was house sitting for a friend and she said “help yourself to anything in the fridge”... so I open the fridge and find this bottle of ‘66 Leroy Chapelle-Chambertin, sitting next to a bottle of Justin Cabernet and a crumpled foil packet of korean BBQ she had ...
by Vince T
November 17th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice Needed: Young Nervi
Replies: 14
Views: 1115

Re: Advice Needed: Young Nervi

Had a bottle of this last night. Decanted and drank over a couple hours, and it drank beautifully. It was softer and more approachable than a Barbaresco of the same age, and didn’t clam up at all.
by Vince T
November 17th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Château Rol Valentin (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Replies: 2
Views: 314

Re: TN: 2009 Château Rol Valentin (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)

I had a 2005 Rol Valentin not long ago and found it very fresh and balanced. At <$50 it was a very good buy.
by Vince T
November 14th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top 10 Chenin Blanc bottlings
Replies: 48
Views: 2511

Re: Your top 10 Chenin Blanc bottlings

Opened a 2017 Sandlands Amador County last night that was absolutely killer. Probably my favorite all around domestic Chenin to date William Kelley's "Beau Rivage" Chenin is delicous and quite elegant as well, now available on the menu at Meadowood and Charter Oak Pax's Buddha's Dharma is quite del...
by Vince T
November 13th, 2019, 8:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 101
Views: 8507

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

Albert R wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 6:20 pm
I did not get the wish-listed T5 therefore I am bummed but hey more $$$ for other favorite producers. For the record I have been purchasing since 2012 and the last two years at a rate of 1 1/2 cases per release minimum.
Wow. I wonder what the buying history threshold was for getting a T5.
by Vince T
November 12th, 2019, 9:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Bedrock Syrah Weill a Way Exposition 1-3
Replies: 11
Views: 885

Re: 2012 Bedrock Syrah Weill a Way Exposition 1-3

Tyler F. wrote:
November 12th, 2019, 8:24 pm
I have a set of the 2013's, but this post makes me want to seek out a set of the 2012's for comparison! Very happy to read the 2012's are drinking great!
The 2012's do come up on auction at K&L and Winebid fairly regularly, both individual bottles and complete horizontals.
by Vince T
November 12th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Old Vine (USA, California)
Replies: 16
Views: 1529

Re: TN: 2018 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Old Vine (USA, California)

Brian Tuite wrote:
November 12th, 2019, 6:09 am
This still the biggest no-brainer in California red wine buying.
Totally agree... but I think that 2018 is extra special for OVZ. It's as rewarding as many of the single site heritage blends (of prior years; I haven't popped any 2018s yet).
by Vince T
November 11th, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Bedrock Syrah Weill a Way Exposition 1-3
Replies: 11
Views: 885

Re: 2012 Bedrock Syrah Weill a Way Exposition 1-3

Scott - thanks for the check0in. Did you decant ahead of time? I have only had the #1 so far, and found that it started to hit the next gear after 4 or 5 hours. Thinking about popping a #2 around Thanksgiving.
by Vince T
November 6th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 101
Views: 8507

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

Seems like a lot of folks are skipping the Schmiedt Road...while I know Zinfandel isn't exactly known as the poster child for elegance, anyone on the list who appreciates a more floral, elegant wine should consider buying some. According to Morgan's release, it includes grapes from Kirschenmann, wh...
by Vince T
November 1st, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 117
Views: 8404

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

So far...
'14 Rieussec "a full on Jayne Mansfield of a sticky - everything is dialed up to 11"
'79 Blandys Verdelho

Discovery - Poiron-Dabin Muscadet. Crazy dialed up aromatics on this one.
by Vince T
October 31st, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 101
Views: 8507

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

If the 2018 OVZ is any predictor of quality, the 2018 heritage blends are looking to be nothing short of great.
by Vince T
October 30th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards
Replies: 42
Views: 2176

Re: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards

The vineyards on Lanzarote (Canary Islands) are trained in black volcanic soil with rock wind shields: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g1190072-d4339701-Reviews-Bodega_La_Geria-La_Geria_Lanzarote_Canary_Islands.html This has been on my vacation bucket list, ever since watching Almodova...
by Vince T
October 28th, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Jacques Puffeney Arbois Savagnin
Replies: 20
Views: 622

Re: TN: 2011 Jacques Puffeney Arbois Savagnin

After a day tasting 2018s in Gevrey-Chambertin, I wanted a change of pace for dinner. Cooked some griolles and tagliatelle for a simple dinner, using a splash of oxidized 1975 Bollinger and some crème de Bresse for the sauce, and opened a 2011 Jacques Puffeney Arbois Savagnin . I have around 35 bot...
by Vince T
October 19th, 2019, 10:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2317
Views: 151411

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Fall '18 arrived today, so I decided to pop a OVZ to get a feel for the vintage. In short... flirtysmile 2018 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Old Vine - USA, California (10/19/2019) Nose is vibrant, showing lush blackberry jam, a hint of incense, and clods of freshly turned earth. On the palate, it’s sur...
by Vince T
October 15th, 2019, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party
Replies: 42
Views: 1577

Re: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party

I’d go for a dolcetto or a barbera from a good producer like Vajra or Vietti. Fresh and young, with a bit of earthy bitterness works nicely. Also, Lambrusco can be an inspired pairing!
by Vince T
October 14th, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My Bedrock welcome shipment
Replies: 50
Views: 2647

Re: My Bedrock welcome shipment

Many current and older vintages are still available at retail, e.g. https://www.klwines.com/Products?searchText=bedrock You can have it both ways... buy a few bottles with age and pop them to see what they blossom into, and then decide if you want to hold or drink... with the bonus that you can buy ...
by Vince T
July 24th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war
Replies: 44
Views: 2465

Re: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war

Does anyone know how much of a presence Napa wine has in mainland China? Not that much, I would have thought, but I have no statistics to hand. https://www.northbaybusinessjournal.com/industrynews/wineindustry/8733194-181/wine-exports-china-first-half-2018 Total U.S. wine exports to China for all o...
by Vince T
July 13th, 2019, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner with 15 Spanish wines, some older, some younger, all good
Replies: 28
Views: 1258

Re: Dinner with 15 Spanish wines, some older, some younger, all good

Nice write-up Blake! I’ve had mixed results with the ‘70s, but an Ardanza I had last year was still going strong. Have a few in store for a birthday next year, including the Faustino V so thanks for the note!

Did you happen to ask Monica about upcoming production of the Rosado?
by Vince T
June 28th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2317
Views: 151411

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Alan Eden wrote:
June 28th, 2019, 9:46 am
Have the 17 Chuy Chard for tonight, what should i expect ? Cali butter/oak bomb or more Chablis style
It’s not a butter bomb, but it’s definitely Oaked and it’s definitely CA chard. Perhaps my least favorite Bedrock.
by Vince T
June 26th, 2019, 9:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)
Replies: 22
Views: 1388

Re: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)

Hate hate hate that he uses oak on the Chenin. Needs another year or two to burn off the oak. I had one in March/April. I totally agree. Had a 2014 tonight and I found the oak overpowered all the things I love about chenin. My first thought was maybe I’m overly sensitive to oak in whites, but the f...
by Vince T
June 25th, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Expressions of Tempranillo - Ribera vs Rioja
Replies: 17
Views: 1167

Re: Expressions of Tempranillo - Ribera vs Rioja

Otto, thanks for that summary. Can you recommend Rioja made with french oak barrels? I like some LdH, and feel like I would like more Tempranillo based wines if there was less oak, especially American oak. Artadi El Pison is one of the big Rioja names made with 100% French Oak, and while the oak tr...
by Vince T
June 24th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A brosé bronanza with the brochachos
Replies: 4
Views: 602

Re: A brosé bronanza with the brocachos

That's the way to rose all day. Killer wines. Have not had the Chateau Simone and will have to keep an eye out for that one. Thanks for posting!!
by Vince T
June 21st, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine you don't want
Replies: 65
Views: 5986

Re: The wine you don't want

You may want to check out K&L - they're more casual as far as auctions go, but they have a few advantages... - $5 listing fee + 0% seller commission (if you take K&L store credit) - low threshold on what qualifies (several bottles of SQN should definitely qualify) - you can see what prices bottles h...
by Vince T
June 20th, 2019, 4:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Lodi/CC/RRV Zins (Usual Suspects)..(long/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 735

Re: TN: Some Lodi/CC/RRV Zins (Usual Suspects)..(long/boring)

Thanks Tom for the notes! I've had a couple bottles of the Schmiedt Rd and will say they're probably my least favorite bedrock. I think I said "blueberry pie on hot asphalt" in my TN.
by Vince T
June 19th, 2019, 6:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Keller "Hipping" Kabinett - the magic of KABINETT
Replies: 15
Views: 1012

Re: 2012 Keller "Hipping" Kabinett - the magic of KABINETT

Martin Zwick wrote:
June 19th, 2019, 1:58 am

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Roter Hang/Nierstein
yep, that's pretty red
by Vince T
June 14th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Ch. Calon-Ségur - what a beauty
Replies: 49
Views: 4121

Re: 2016 Ch. Calon-Ségur - what a beauty

Kelly, trust me, all the 2016 are singing now and its the same with Calon Ségur. Needs also not necessarily decanting. Open a bottle and find out for yourself. in vino veritas Thanks Martin... will plan to open one when I manage to pick mine up. Kind of dreading it as I have no room for the 3 cases...
by Vince T
June 13th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Case of the Clape
Replies: 29
Views: 2053

Re: TN: Case of the Clape

Perhaps that 2013 just needs to be paired with some Zithromax
by Vince T
June 7th, 2019, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Reserva Prado Enea
Replies: 7
Views: 575

Re: TN: 2005 Bodegas Muga Rioja Gran Reserva Prado Enea

Thanks David. How was the oak? I had a 2006 last year, and it was a block of tannins and unintegrated oak.
by Vince T
May 30th, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR
Replies: 56
Views: 4435

Re: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR

Is there any wine region in the world that offers the value Bordeaux still does in the $35-50 range? You can still get excellent classed growths like Branaire Ducru or various Margaux in that range, or new right bank up and comers like Tour Christophe Rioja. You can pick up a 12-15 year old Reserva...
by Vince T
May 29th, 2019, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company
Replies: 65
Views: 6922

Re: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company

Anton D wrote:
May 29th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Sure, Scott pulls the mainstream media fake news definition.

It means, "To enjoy a joint by oneself."
FIFY [whistle.gif]
by Vince T
May 28th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 16681

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

I suspect whoever at Total was responsible for updating their futures was out on vacation for the long weekend.

They now have Canon, Rauzan-Segla, Chevalier, GPL, Leo-Barton, etc. As a bonus, except for Canon, all of these are available in 375ml as well.
by Vince T
May 25th, 2019, 5:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 16681

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

Yeah, they’re offering far fewer things in 375. I picked up some branaire-ducru but everything I else was only available in 750.
by Vince T
May 22nd, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most Underrated Bordeaux?
Replies: 44
Views: 2705

Re: Most Underrated Bordeaux?

Older btls at retailers who do auctions. I'm 63 and love finding random btl from 1996 and back from retailers and Envoyer. Unless, you buying the top 5-10 producers like LaMish, there are amazing 15yr old+nearly ready to fully ready to drink values to be had often for less than release of the big n...
by Vince T
May 16th, 2019, 5:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't I buy more Louis Michel Chablis?
Replies: 36
Views: 2279

Re: Why don't I buy more Louis Michel Chablis?

+1. Their 1er crus are superb value as well. K&L stocks them regularly as well.
by Vince T
May 15th, 2019, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?
Replies: 67
Views: 4626

Re: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?

K&L actually has a useful tool that shows historical auction prices of wines on their site: https://www.klwines.com/Auction/Information/AuctionPastLotsList.aspx Obviously, there's going to be variance and some people will get better deals than others. But you can see (for example) Allemand Reynard u...
by Vince T
May 14th, 2019, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Huet 2010 Le Mont Sec and a fantastic 1970 Rioja GR
Replies: 11
Views: 752

Re: Huet 2010 Le Mont Sec and a fantastic 1970 Rioja GR

Mmm have 3 of the Huets left. Maybe will pop one soon. And have a 1970 Bodegas Bilbainas Pomal teed up for a 49th bday on Thursday. Hope it shows well!
by Vince T
May 13th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Viña Tondonia
Replies: 26
Views: 1210

Re: TN: 2009 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Viña Tondonia

Claus Jeppesen wrote:
May 13th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Chris T. wrote:
May 12th, 2019, 4:50 pm
I still have two. Unsure if I should sell them or just drink them or trade them
Is it that expensive?
Both 2008 and 2009 have been selling at auction for $250-300 per.
by Vince T
May 13th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1969...DP, Heitz, Freemark Abbey, Yquem
Replies: 25
Views: 1317

Re: TN: 1969...DP, Heitz, Freemark Abbey, Yquem

Congrats on 5-0, Buzz. I turned 42 this weekend and also had a Heitz birthday wine. These old bottles of Heitz really stand up to the test of time! 1977 Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Bella Oaks - USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford (5/12/2019) Mid shoulder fill, corroded capsule. Cork crumble...
by Vince T
May 13th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mother's Day 2019 - What are you guys opening?
Replies: 14
Views: 679

Re: Mother's Day 2019 - What are you guys opening?

I made brunch (2 types of yeasted waffles, one sweet, one savory) for my mother-in-law and sis-in-law but we didn't have any alcohol. It was also my birthday, however, so I popped a 1977 Heitz Bella Oaks at dinner, which was just lovely.
by Vince T
May 12th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Viña Tondonia
Replies: 26
Views: 1210

Re: TN: 2009 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Viña Tondonia

Nice work sourcing one Dale. How would you describe the color of the wine? Hard to tell from your pic, but it looks a bit more cherry red than previous vintages, which I'd describe as closer to salmon or orangish even.
by Vince T
May 10th, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 16783

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Panos has a nice, thoughtful write up:
https://wine-chronicles.com/blog/bdx18- ... hedonists/
by Vince T
May 10th, 2019, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 16681

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

I was a bit dispirited by Calon Segur prices... at $105 I may go in for a few, but it's not quite the deal that '16 was ($85 en primeur). If spending $100 is too much for any wine, I get it. FWIW 18 Calon Segur is better than 16, it’s probably the best wine in the history of the estate. For that le...
by Vince T
May 9th, 2019, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 16681

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

I was a bit dispirited by Calon Segur prices... at $105 I may go in for a few, but it's not quite the deal that '16 was ($85 en primeur). May also go in for Rauzan Segla (especially if it comes out at <$100), Meyney, Branaire-Ducru, Carmes HB, Chevalier, and Laroque. Many of the Pomerols sound lovel...
by Vince T
May 9th, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12213
Views: 587424

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

83 Climens
01 Yquem
09 VCC
09 Meyney
06 Donnhoff Oberhauser Brucke Auslese
01 Williams Selyem Vista Verde late harvest Gewurz
77 Taylor Port

Hmm that's a lot of sweet stuff. [wow.gif]
by Vince T
May 9th, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 5725

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

Lafite and Mouton each produce 15-20k cases of wine a year. Except for Opus One, you could probably fit every other mentioned vineyard into Lafite and then some. Even Petrus makes 2500 cases per year... multiple times the production of most Napa cult cabs.
by Vince T
May 8th, 2019, 5:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 881
Views: 58163

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Not a Champagne per se, but I had a really interesting bubbly from England this past weekened. Definitely worth trying if you're looking for something off the beaten path. I only gave it an 89, but I keep thinking about it so perhaps it merits an upgrade: NV Ridgeview Fitzrovia Rosé - United Kingdom...
by Vince T
May 6th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A curmudgeon meets the Kimmeridgien; comparing Chablis & Sancerre
Replies: 11
Views: 728

Re: A curmudgeon meets the Kimmeridgien; comparing Chablis & Sancerre

FWIW, I had a completely different wine also grown on Kimmeridgian clay, a NV Fitzrovia Rose English bubbly, grown in West Sussex... and intensely salty is an apt descriptor.
by Vince T
May 5th, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help to pick unusual wines
Replies: 32
Views: 1153

Re: Help to pick unusual wines

Georgian wines are interesting - try a Mtsvane or a rkatsiteli skin-on fermented white, or a red made from sapaveri
by Vince T
May 5th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2317
Views: 151411

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Bedrock question for the experts here: I’ve recently signed up for the mailing list based on my enjoyment of Carlisle (an apparent kindred spirit) and the raves on this board. I found a few 17s at retail to try to see if these are for me. Between the OVZ, Evangelho Heritage and Bedrock Heritage, wh...

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