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by Jim F
September 21st, 2019, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11708
Views: 559182

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2007 Andersons ConnValley Eloge. Absolutely beautiful right now. Aged very nicely.
by Jim F
September 18th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard
Replies: 58
Views: 4768

Re: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard

Given that Mondavi also owns a huge chunk of premium land in Stags Leap off of Silverado Trail, it would stand to reason that the reserve really isn't all that much To Kalon. [/quote] I think it depends on the year. My understanding was that the 2013 Reserve, and even the Oakville, were 100% TK. Hav...
by Jim F
September 12th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard
Replies: 58
Views: 4768

Re: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard

I can only imagine all of the subplots vis a vis TK. I happened to notice last winter, perusing the PNV lots for fun, a lot for auction identified as Schrader Monastery Block. Same brand and wine maker, different grape source from Beckstoffer to what was/is what I thought was considered one of the b...
by Jim F
September 10th, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What happened to Beringer Knights Valley cabernet?
Replies: 35
Views: 3333

Re: What happened to Beringer Knights Valley cabernet?

Victor Hong wrote:
September 10th, 2019, 6:29 pm
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Nice one, wish I had some left. FWIW, the 2016 is IMO the best one at least back to 2010, maybe more....but no 1991.
by Jim F
September 5th, 2019, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heritage Auction - Familiar Cellar Name
Replies: 45
Views: 3922

Re: Heritage Auction - Familiar Cellar Name

I enjoyed learning a bit more about Mark. Am certainly familiar with his posts here, but knew little of the man behind the avatar.
by Jim F
August 22nd, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Ridge Monte Bello - Why oh Why?
Replies: 26
Views: 2605

Re: 2001 Ridge Monte Bello - Why oh Why?

It's not like I have a reason to forget about Ridge Monte Bello. This board and the old one provided tons of reminders via tasting notes and comments. But I rarely buy a Monte Bello and I'm not sure why. (I may have just six of these of different vintages in my cellar). Opened and poured, dark red,...
by Jim F
August 21st, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Replies: 8
Views: 506

Re: TN: 2000 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2014 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - USA, California, Napa Valley (7/30/2018) 4 Napa Cabs at various price points (St. Paul, MN): Like most of these anniversary wines they make way too much and they underwhelm. Remember Caymus. Stewed fruits, earth, subtle oak and spices. Med...
by Jim F
August 19th, 2019, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 87 Magdelaine, 85 Lynch Bages, 03 Clos des Goisses, 08 Winston Churchill, 10 Silex, 01 Weil Auslese
Replies: 7
Views: 535

Re: TN- 87 Magdelaine, 85 Lynch Bages, 03 Clos des Goisses, 08 Winston Churchill, 10 Silex, 01 Weil Auslese

The 1985 LB is what turned me on to Bordeaux, but decades ago. It was delicious always. Thank you for reminding me!
by Jim F
August 16th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best place to buy Bordeaux futures online?
Replies: 21
Views: 968

Re: Best place to buy Bordeaux futures online?

I now use Total; competetive pricing and the 50% down is attractive.Through 2016, was using Gary’s, but they do not consistently offer futures, and, their customer service declined quite a bit in the 2015-2016 vintages with the loss of their primary Bordeaux guy. Back in the 80’s-90’s, I went with C...
by Jim F
August 14th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 59
Views: 2676

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

Well, seeing what seems to maybe scratching the itch here, how about Coppola/ Inglenook? Lots of wine country history, film memorabilia and some of the wines may be ok!
by Jim F
August 4th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Phelan Segur is killing right now...
Replies: 5
Views: 573

Re: 2005 Phelan Segur is killing right now...

Have not had the 2005, or a lot of the other vintages, but have always enjoyed the ones I have had. One of my regrets many years ago was the 1990. Tried a bottle, was wowed and when I went back for more, it was gone.
by Jim F
August 2nd, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kata folded into Realm
Replies: 5
Views: 802

Re: Kata folded into Realm

I am not sure I am happy about this. I am all in favor of maintaining those old PS vines, but I am not a big fan of blending it into cabernet, as Kata has done, and I hope Realm does not expand that practice into other bottlings, especially The Bard which is a blend of a lot of several sourcings of ...
by Jim F
July 27th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 139
Views: 9643

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

2014 Ramey Hyde chardonnay, easily the best California chard I have had in some time. Beautiful.
by Jim F
July 24th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNS: 2000 Chateau Leoville Barton, 1999 Chateau Musar
Replies: 18
Views: 1475

Re: TNS: 2000 Chateau Leoville Barton, 1999 Chateau Musar

Good to hear! I think I was one of the recent disappointed TNs, but I have one bottle in my cellar......
by Jim F
July 22nd, 2019, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 136
Views: 8504

Re: Alan Eden

Wow! Last post was July 14.
by Jim F
July 19th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impression of 2015 Meyney....and thinking back to the ‘86
Replies: 13
Views: 875

Re: Impression of 2015 Meyney....and thinking back to the ‘86

Funny thing with those 1986 Cordiers: the Talbot was a star really early on- I had quite a few of those fairly early, and the Gruaud, as I recall, was pretty delicious after about year 10. Wish I had them both now!
by Jim F
July 19th, 2019, 4:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impression of 2015 Meyney....and thinking back to the ‘86
Replies: 13
Views: 875

Impression of 2015 Meyney....and thinking back to the ‘86

Neal Martin just gave a pretty glowing review to the 2015 Ch. Meyney, and considering its very reasonable price, decided to buy one and try it. The wine is 13.5%abv. What I tasted was kind of charming, with fine tannins, black fruits, not great length. Pretty middling weight and concentration, and b...
by Jim F
July 17th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Léoville Poyferré (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)
Replies: 30
Views: 1345

Re: TN: 2014 Château Léoville Poyferré (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)

No 2014 here, and I tasted the 2015 at the US UGC tour, and thought it reminded me of napa cabernet, at least compared to the rest of the array of wines. I had preordered the 2015 as futures and canceled/redirected those $ to other 2015 bordeaux. Needless to say maybe, also no 2016, etc. Not that it...
by Jim F
July 11th, 2019, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 18 lobsters hanging on the wall..
Replies: 47
Views: 2448

Re: 18 lobsters hanging on the wall..

Hey Dan, I always assumed that the apparent lesser meat in a soft shell was just related to a new, bigger shell post-molt, but that the amount of meat was really unchanged. True, you think?
by Jim F
July 11th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 18 lobsters hanging on the wall..
Replies: 47
Views: 2448

Re: 18 lobsters hanging on the wall..

The lobsters i Get from Shop-Rite NJ are Maine or Canada....varies. The same pattern every year....hard shells until mid-summer, and then we get the softer shells. And the pricing is usually about the same. Cheap.
by Jim F
July 11th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 18 lobsters hanging on the wall..
Replies: 47
Views: 2448

Re: 18 lobsters hanging on the wall..

Fairways has them fir same price if you have a store near you. So does Shop-Rite and Stop & Shop. Those lobsters are everywhere! Mark, sounds like a great time!! We have ShopRite up here now. They had that special about a month ago. The shells were so hard, I had to break out the power tools. The m...
by Jim F
July 10th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 18 lobsters hanging on the wall..
Replies: 47
Views: 2448

Re: 18 lobsters hanging on the wall..

Great summer meal! BTW, here in NJ, Shop-Rite has them fresh and on sale regularly.....and will steam them for free, ready to pick up/ready to eat.
by Jim F
July 9th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 130
Views: 7081

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

Mike, we had a really great time! champagne.gif
by Jim F
July 9th, 2019, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 130
Views: 7081

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

Yes, Marcu$, but that’s the point. The modern, ripe, fruity, oaky Bordeaux are Napa-esque, having more in common with a big, extracted Cabernet than a classic Bordeaux if you look at the individual elements on paper. Yet still very different from Napa in the mouth. This thread, the old favorite Vin...
by Jim F
July 9th, 2019, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 130
Views: 7081

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

Yes, Marcu$, but that’s the point. The modern, ripe, fruity, oaky Bordeaux are Napa-esque, having more in common with a big, extracted Cabernet than a classic Bordeaux if you look at the individual elements on paper. Yet still very different from Napa in the mouth. This thread, the old favorite Vin...
by Jim F
July 7th, 2019, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paris or Lyon
Replies: 33
Views: 1838

Re: Paris or Lyon

Good updated information on Bocuse. I was there in 2011 and prior, so it has been a while. And fwiw, the brasserie restaurants I was referring to were Le Sud, Le Nord, etc. I enjoyed them.
by Jim F
July 7th, 2019, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paris or Lyon
Replies: 33
Views: 1838

Re: Paris or Lyon

Been to both, love them both, good to experience both. If you have been to Paris before, by all means spend a couple days in Lyon. Not so sure about wine shops in either place. But The Lyonnais love their Cotes du Rhone, so be prepared for that. And do go to the Roman ruins, take the vernicular up t...
by Jim F
July 7th, 2019, 5:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 130
Views: 7081

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

Well after reading this thread and many others about how well “modern” Bordeaux is drinking lately I figured I would start trying a few. After all if Bordeaux is becoming more like Napa then this will be right up my alley. :) Admittedly I do really like big extracted Cali reds from ripe vintages bu...
by Jim F
July 5th, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon
Replies: 47
Views: 2656

Re: Yup...

Some of the winery direct wines we all have heard of however their biggest profit margins are the no name wineries they really push. This Pinot Noir is as good if not better than the one you are selecting sir and it is $4 cheaper. Yup, John.....no-name wineries. Some of those unknown names, if you ...
by Jim F
July 3rd, 2019, 4:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love for Domaine Chevalier
Replies: 155
Views: 6469

Re: Love for Domaine Chevalier

Jeff’s enthusiasm for modern Bordeaux will cause the 100 point scale to become even more absurd. Just think what will happen when Bordeaux takes its next quantum leap in ten years, and Senejac gets its first 100 point score. I demand a rescore! A rebalancing of all prior vintages starting with the ...
by Jim F
July 1st, 2019, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you drinking in homage of the demise of eBob? 1995 Ch. Bel-Air Marquis d’Aligre for me.
Replies: 59
Views: 2814

Re: What are you drinking in homage of the demise of eBob? 1995 Ch. Bel-Air Marquis d’Aligre for me.

Maybe not the kind of answer you were looking for, but a 2014 Seavey cabernet. I decided I do not like these aged, so enjoying it for its youthful fruit and power. Black and red cherries, some fine tannins, maybe a hint of cola and/ or coffee beans.
by Jim F
June 29th, 2019, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 87
Views: 5801

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

Gold’s book is well worth the purchase, but please do take some of his experimentation and recommendations with a grain of salt. Some,of those experiments he did to prove a point were pretty biased or poorly controlled. But there is a lot of useful info in there.
by Jim F
June 29th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine bargain alert: 2014 Bordeaux on sale at Millesima NY
Replies: 13
Views: 950

Re: Wine bargain alert: 2014 Bordeaux on sale at Millesima NY

I bought Pichon Lalande from Premier Cru for $45. Yours at cost if you want it. Have you tried it? I have some in the cellar at a good price too, wondering what its like. The comment was about Premier Cru, who went spectacularly bankrupt, owing a lot of people huge amounts in undelivered wine. My 2...
by Jim F
June 29th, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine bargain alert: 2014 Bordeaux on sale at Millesima NY
Replies: 13
Views: 950

Re: Wine bargain alert: 2014 Bordeaux on sale at Millesima NY

Mark Golodetz wrote:
June 29th, 2019, 8:34 am
I bought Pichon Lalande from Premier Cru for $45. Yours at cost if you want it.
Have you tried it? I have some in the cellar at a good price too, wondering what its like.
by Jim F
June 26th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?
Replies: 78
Views: 3943

Re: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?

The VCC was annoying, but I thought the pricing was pretty well in line with the 2016s. In other words, a fairly reasonable approach by the Bordelais. I mostly agree with you. The “hot” items identified early in the campaign by the critics seemed to be the ones with the larger price increase, annoy...
by Jim F
June 24th, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Drinkward Peschon Cabernet Sauvignon Entre Deux Mères
Replies: 2
Views: 488

Re: TN: 2015 Drinkward Peschon Cabernet Sauvignon Entre Deux Mères

Yes, this is a good one. I found this a bit riper than 12-14 vintages; have you fojnd similarly? And, have you tried the ‘16?
by Jim F
June 24th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Lilian Ladouys
Replies: 2
Views: 660

Re: TN: 2016 Lilian Ladouys

[cheers.gif] . It is a good wine.
by Jim F
June 24th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calistoga wineries
Replies: 64
Views: 3232

Re: Calistoga wineries

CM cab does a lot more than “hang on”. Evolves, ages beautifully.
by Jim F
June 23rd, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calistoga wineries
Replies: 64
Views: 3232

Re: Calistoga wineries

Don’t forget about Ch. Montelena.....
by Jim F
June 23rd, 2019, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Leoville Barton and 2001 Lewelling Wight
Replies: 29
Views: 1481

Re: 2000 Leoville Barton and 2001 Lewelling Wight

Jim, What's your annual budget for wine and what is your comfort with upper price limits? I don't think I will answer that. Sorry. I will say, Barton is and has been squarely in my wheelhouse for a long time, and I had an absolute unbreakable ceiling of $100 a bottle until about 3 years ago. I thin...
by Jim F
June 23rd, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Leoville Barton and 2001 Lewelling Wight
Replies: 29
Views: 1481

Re: 2000 Leoville Barton and 2001 Lewelling Wight

Dinner with friends at BYO, wines just disappointed across the board. Both stored in good passive cellars since release, both PNP. The Leoville came out of a cellar that has let loose some great ones of late, e.g., 1990 Angelus. This Leoville was just tired. We worked it, discussed it and agreed th...
by Jim F
June 23rd, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Leoville Barton and 2001 Lewelling Wight
Replies: 29
Views: 1481

Re: 2000 Leoville Barton and 2001 Lewelling Wight

Mark Golodetz wrote:
June 23rd, 2019, 10:36 am
Who was the importer?
Wm Grant & Sons. Does that mean anything re: shipping, provenance etc?
by Jim F
June 23rd, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Leoville Barton and 2001 Lewelling Wight
Replies: 29
Views: 1481

2000 Leoville Barton and 2001 Lewelling Wight

Dinner with friends at BYO, wines just disappointed across the board. Both stored in good passive cellars since release, both PNP. The Leoville came out of a cellar that has let loose some great ones of late, e.g., 1990 Angelus. This Leoville was just tired. We worked it, discussed it and agreed tha...
by Jim F
June 23rd, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 2016 Dame de Montrose - best QPR of the vintage?
Replies: 5
Views: 913

Re: TN- 2016 Dame de Montrose - best QPR of the vintage?

I havent tried Lilian Ladouys and Potensac but definitely Dame>Capbern. You would probably find Dame > Lialian and Potensac also. But at twice the price of the Lilian, not 2x for the others, but not far off. Again, maybe I overstated, but there are values all over the place in 2016, and I bought a ...
by Jim F
June 23rd, 2019, 5:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 2016 Dame de Montrose - best QPR of the vintage?
Replies: 5
Views: 913

Re: TN- 2016 Dame de Montrose - best QPR of the vintage?

I think I have to disagree a little. Not that the 2016 Dame de Montrose is not terrific, because it is. I totally agree with all of that. But I have tasted that and a number of lower cost alternatives from the vintage, and The ones I stocked up on a bit I think offer the same level of quality, appro...
by Jim F
June 22nd, 2019, 4:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?
Replies: 78
Views: 3943

Re: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?

Total of 1 mixed case, 2 bottles each, Calon Segur, P. Lalande, Ducru, Beychevelle, Rauzan Segla, Beau-sejour Becot. Consider it a curiosity purchase for comparison purposes.
by Jim F
June 21st, 2019, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Bordeaux Futures retailers?..
Replies: 14
Views: 916

Re: Best Bordeaux Futures retailers?..

MacArthurs is also very reliable. Gary’s is good when they make a futures offer. They went deep 2014-2016, did not make a 2017 offer although I suspect they bought for the shelf, and it is still unclear about 2018. They sent a note out to past futures customers gauging interest; I suspect there may ...
by Jim F
June 20th, 2019, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau Capbern, St. Estephe
Replies: 19
Views: 1492

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau Capbern, St. Estephe

I finally tasted this also, in a head to head to that 2014 Lanessan Alfert loves. A few impressions here: 1. The Capbern was a darker colored wine, dark ruby to the rim. Pronounced black (cherry?) fruits, maybe a hot of camphor I think, and a hint of tannins and some tartness. I like this a lot, but...
by Jim F
June 20th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Greer Cabernet-unusual incident
Replies: 11
Views: 1125

Re: 2014 Greer Cabernet-unusual incident

Not sure about the wine.....but I am not so sold on keeping post-coravin bottles for very long. I do not think they keep. I think the Coravin is great for a short period of time, say, if you want to pull a glass a few times over a course of a week. But months? No. My forst experience with this was a...

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