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by Wade H
September 27th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oversupply in the Grape and Bulk Wine Market - And What This May Mean . . .
Replies: 98
Views: 6928

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

Relating to that: this was a conversation I had with one of the growers just a few days ago in Contra Costa where I took some fruit. He's 60 years old. Grower: "So, I hosted my granddaughters wedding here at winery." Me: "Oh, cool. What wine did you serve?" Grower: "Well, it was funny. I put out sh...
by Wade H
September 27th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6417

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

I will drink Zweigelt without hesitation. The grape itself is neither good nor evil, even if the cross was developed by an unsavory person. Would I support efforts to rename the grape so as not to honor a Nazi? Sure, makes sense to me.
by Wade H
September 27th, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanks a lot, Otto Forsberg, now I need to cellar Timorasso as well
Replies: 15
Views: 1161

Re: Thanks a lot, Otto Forsberg, now I need to cellar Timorasso as well

While we're on tasty Piemontese whites, don't forget the Favorita grape. Sorry I have no specific suggestions for producers or bottlings.

As for Otto, he's one of my favorite troublemakers with a taste for amazing off-the-beaten path wines. I miss hanging with you!
by Wade H
September 27th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Box-wine and Camping
Replies: 51
Views: 1969

Re: Box-wine and Camping

Slightly off topic but I really don't understand why more producers don't do box wine specifically for wine by the glass sales in the restaurant market. There's no possibility of the wine being corked, it's much less prone to oxidation once opened and I have no doubt the packaging and shipping costs...
by Wade H
September 4th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated burgundy vintages
Replies: 76
Views: 3636

Re: Underrated burgundy vintages

For red, '91 and '93 although as noted above '93 may not be underrated.

Although it was apparently an awful vintage for reds, I have found '92 to provide great value for white burgs - yet I never hear it talked up at all.
by Wade H
August 16th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking 30 year old NV brut Champagnes
Replies: 11
Views: 961

Re: Drinking 30 year old NV brut Champagnes

agree 100%. I've had a several 20-30 yr old NVs and I've found enjoyment in every one. We had a case of at least 15 yr old Taittinger la francaise and it was just great!! I purchased some La Francaise at a great price last year with the intent of downing them as easy drinkers. However, when I opene...
by Wade H
August 14th, 2019, 11:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 63
Views: 3595

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

Joseph Phelps has very interesting tastings / seminars (private tasting, blending seminar, aroma challenge) that are fun and educational. Plus their Pinots (and dare I say, even Chards) have recently been on a very positive trajectory, in addition to the classic Napa Cabs... A few years back my bes...
by Wade H
August 5th, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Chateau Musar (Lebanon, Bekaa Valley)
Replies: 15
Views: 680

Re: TN: 1999 Chateau Musar (Lebanon, Bekaa Valley)

It sure sounds like a flawed bottle. Musty notes are not typical of Musar, particularly such a young one (and yes, 20 year-old Musar is practically infanticide [stirthepothal.gif] -although it should just be coming into a great drinking window with a healthy decant) With that being said, I'm also no...
by Wade H
June 18th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1975 Vintage: Wine categories with good chances?
Replies: 32
Views: 1216

Re: 1975 Vintage: Wine categories with good chances?

I can't speak to very many categories, but I would without hesitation go to California for Cabernet or even possibly other red grapes such as Petite Sirah or Zinfandel. Although overshadowed by 1974, there are some great wines out there. For instance, the '75 BV Georges de Latour simply blows the '7...
by Wade H
June 13th, 2019, 10:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 750Daily: The Next Big Thing: Mondeuse
Replies: 13
Views: 1125

Re: 750Daily: The Next Big Thing: Mondeuse

I tried my first Mondeuse this year, and while I found it to be quite pleasurable and engaging I can't see a wine with the characteristics of Mondeuse becoming the "next big thing".
by Wade H
June 13th, 2019, 9:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: '95 Leoville Las Cases; 07 Pagau CdP :( :(
Replies: 21
Views: 1018

Re: TN: '95 Leoville Las Cases; 07 Pagau CdP :( :(

Although it was quite a while ago I also remember the '95 LLC as being a rather charmless, austere wine.
by Wade H
May 29th, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eurocave worth the price?
Replies: 9
Views: 1060

Re: Eurocave worth the price?

16 years and going strong for mine - so, yes.
by Wade H
May 2nd, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?
Replies: 109
Views: 2131

Re: Can a wine be "slightly" corked?

I am pretty sensitive to cork taint and can pick it up at what I believe are rather low levels. Sometimes it's tough for us sensitive people to convince others that something is wrong (especially when the person you're trying to convince has a financial stake to the contrary [snort.gif] ) - however,...
by Wade H
May 2nd, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 91
Views: 2704

Re: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?

Legit good to great wines from CA, OR, WA, NY and NM. Palatable from PA and TX, but nothing I'd ever consider memorable. Most of it was pretty bad, though. My most recent PA try was a nasty brett-laden Chambourcin. No experience but I have heard about some decent wine being made in VA, MI, ID, AZ, a...
by Wade H
April 10th, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 4-8-19
Replies: 19
Views: 1520

Re: Wine Impressions 4-8-19

1999 Domaine aux Moines, Savennieres Roche aux Moines - really enticing and strong, opened over the evening and grew gradually from good to great. Chenin at its best. I wanted to point this one out, as I have been through a couple bottles and have one left. This is quite a lovely exemplar of Chenin...
by Wade H
April 5th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gift Giving Wines
Replies: 27
Views: 1007

Re: Gift Giving Wines

I'm a little surprised nobody has suggested a nice Riesling at the Kabinett or Spatlese pradikat levels. Enough sweetness to be easy drinking, but enough character not to be cloying to most people's taste. I find that Riesling is a reliable thing I can gift or serve that pleases both wine geeks and ...
by Wade H
April 4th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: old musar and chinon
Replies: 22
Views: 1177

Re: old musar and chinon

Musar is a lot like Barolo; it is not a pop-and-pour wine, it needs to be decanted. A lot of Musar-o-philes decant for several hours at a minimum. Also like Barolo, it needs 20 or more years of age to reach peak. I might start digging into my '99s in the next couple of years. In another similarity t...
by Wade H
February 20th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 Bordeaux - 30 years on
Replies: 10
Views: 1154

Re: TN: 1989 Bordeaux - 30 years on

I will chime in and note that the '89 Leoville-Barton is youthful, powerful and most enjoyable.
by Wade H
January 29th, 2019, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Musar
Replies: 16
Views: 693

Re: TN: 1991 Musar

'91 is indeed a superb vintage of Musar and along with the '99 perhaps the best Musar vintage in the '90s. I note you popped and poured. My little circle of Musar fanatics tend to find that for most Musar reds a long decant provides best results, much like aged Barolo. Broadbent is, in my humble opi...
by Wade H
August 16th, 2018, 12:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your dumbest purchase
Replies: 206
Views: 11417

Re: Your dumbest purchase

A metric ton of Sea Smoke which, to be fair, was one of the wines that got us into collecting wine. We bought way too much of it. Fortunately we were able to sell a lot of it at no loss. One of those sales involved about 18 bottles that were converted into 1 single bottle of burgundy... I was one o...
by Wade H
August 16th, 2018, 12:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau Musar 1999 Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
Replies: 38
Views: 1505

Re: TN: Chateau Musar 1999 Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

The '99 is a super vintage of Musar, and along with the '91 comprises the best of the 90s vintages I've had (91,93, 95, 99). As for longevity, you have nothing to worry about. I can't speak to Lebanese wine in general but Musars are notoriously long-lived. You pretty much treat them like Barolo in t...
by Wade H
July 17th, 2018, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Asimov on wine and critics
Replies: 16
Views: 1358

Asimov on wine and critics

From the article: The height of understanding wine nowadays seems, in popular culture at least, to be the ability to guess the identity of a wine served blind. It’s essentially a useless skill, a parlor game in the wine trade, yet it contributes to the notion that to understand and enjoy wine requir...
by Wade H
June 24th, 2018, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sideways, Merlot, And Contrition
Replies: 26
Views: 2391

Sideways, Merlot, And Contrition

I have not had pleasing American Pinot Noir under $20 for the usual confluence of reasons. I have had some good ones for a little more. Bottom feeding of Pinot Noir domestic and from France(add a few bucks) is usually disappointing for me. With high prices for good Pinot Noir grapes, one's expectat...
by Wade H
June 18th, 2018, 2:54 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: (update, room for up to 5 more) 2000 Bordeaux Offline tasting in Philly on Sun July 1st
Replies: 10
Views: 734

2000 Bordeaux Offline tasting in Philly on Sun July 1st

Chris is new to this board. However, quite a few of you know me, either personally or through various wine boards over the years. Hence I wanted to give a small introduction. Chris and I have been the closest of friends for well over thirty years and got into the whole wine thing together. He has sp...
by Wade H
April 9th, 2018, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Select one white and one bubbly from these wines for an event with 100 people.
Replies: 22
Views: 1000

Select one white and one bubbly from these wines for an event with 100 people.

For the whites I will throw in a vote for the Jacquere. What a lovely grape, and although I have not had that producer massive quality bang for the buck - the Jacquere I had last year delivered $30-50 quality for $15. As others have noted Gruet quality has gone down. If you can find any bottles that...
by Wade H
April 9th, 2018, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I bet Tom Hill followed them...
Replies: 14
Views: 1012

I bet Tom Hill followed them...

That would be me, Drew. The JedSteele-made CortiReserve Cab made it Edmeades was probably the greatest Calif Cab I've ever had. I'll have to see if Darrell will open one next time I'm out there. And AndersonVlly/MendoRidge (don't recall which one was the grape source) is not known for producing gre...
by Wade H
April 8th, 2018, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I bet Tom Hill followed them...
Replies: 14
Views: 1012

I bet Tom Hill followed them...

Interesting write-up - thanks!
by Wade H
April 8th, 2018, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I bet Tom Hill followed them...
Replies: 14
Views: 1012

I bet Tom Hill followed them...

Tried an incredible wine today. Had I tasted it blind I would have gone straight to Paulliac. Deep color with bricking at the edges. Classic Bordeaux nose. On the palate a revelation. Fully resolved tannins, lively acidity combining with the surprisingly deep color to belie the age of the wine. Clas...
by Wade H
November 29th, 2017, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 74, 85 CA Cab Tasting
Replies: 11
Views: 655

75, 85 CA Cab Tasting

(Note the little caveat of dealing with 40 year-old wines and understanding provenance/bottle variation)

Having had both the '74 and '75 BV GDL, I can say that I found to '74 to be on the old-ish and porty side, while a '75 I had in 2015 was one of the great wines I have ever tasted.
by Wade H
November 21st, 2017, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I started collecting when I was... now I'm...
Replies: 120
Views: 4550

I started collecting when I was... now I'm...

younger ... broke? More like graduated. No job. Recession. Had a old car and moved in with 2 friends. It took around 4 months to find a job. I think you misunderstood my post. It was shorthand for "I started collecting when I was younger , now I'm broke ." Not that it was all that funny a reply to ...
by Wade H
November 21st, 2017, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I started collecting when I was... now I'm...
Replies: 120
Views: 4550

I started collecting when I was... now I'm...

younger ... broke?
by Wade H
November 16th, 2017, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on this "Rule" for Thanksgiving wines?
Replies: 15
Views: 988

Thoughts on this "Rule" for Thanksgiving wines?

I thought based on the title that the "rule" might be American wines only for Thanksgiving. It's a guideline for me, but not a hard and fast rule.
by Wade H
November 7th, 2017, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Patty Green
Replies: 124
Views: 5236

R.I.P. Patty Green

Condolences to you and her friends and family.

A PGC Pinot was my first introduction to Oregon wine and showed just how good they were.
by Wade H
November 7th, 2017, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chenin Blanc for less than $100 --- who do you go to?
Replies: 83
Views: 2955

Chenin Blanc for less than $100 --- who do you go to?

Not a single mention of Baumard? I remember picking up the 2002 regular bottling at Costco on release for $15 and absolutely loving it. Other higher end bottlings are sure to be even better. The good news is that you can get fantastic Chenin for well under $100, particularly for the dry bottlings. F...
by Wade H
October 27th, 2017, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction question; would like reality check
Replies: 31
Views: 1731

Auction question; would like reality check

As long as the masking tape is not concealing damage, evidence of counterfeiting, a Coravin puncture or some sort of other thing that would cause concern, it's no big deal. In other words I don't think you would have any reason to return the bottles solely because of the masking tape or even to argu...
by Wade H
October 26th, 2017, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any love for second labels here?
Replies: 58
Views: 2437

Any love for second labels here?

My first wine was in 2000. The second in 2001. The third in 2002. The fourth in 2003. The fifth in 2004. Happy to help flirtysmile .
This gets all my hearts and stars...
by Wade H
October 5th, 2017, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 André & Michel Quenard Savoie Les Abymes
Replies: 0
Views: 66

2016 André & Michel Quenard Savoie Les Abymes

This was a wine I picked up in my pursuit of the "wine century" (tasting 100 different grape varieties). It is made of 100% Jacquere, a variety I am unfamiliar with. Oh, what an introduction it was. I would characterize it as somewhat Loire Muscadet-like but without the saline flavors and less marke...
by Wade H
September 24th, 2017, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Musar (Broadbent vs. other importers)
Replies: 55
Views: 2480

Musar (Broadbent vs. other importers)

Please tell me how any of you have even heard of Musar wines and what enticed you to try them? And, what do they offer? Musar is a cult. You are proselytized by other cult members / missionaries who are looking for those who belong among the anointed. You will try the wine and you will either hate ...
by Wade H
September 21st, 2017, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 198x? Biondi Santi Rosso di Montalcino Tenuta Greppo
Replies: 7
Views: 374

198x? Biondi Santi Rosso di Montalcino Tenuta Greppo

Ah, that's tremendously helpful. We definitely had the regular bottling. Same label as the bottle on the left, but missing the neck label with the vintage.
by Wade H
September 21st, 2017, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 198x? Biondi Santi Rosso di Montalcino Tenuta Greppo
Replies: 7
Views: 374

198x? Biondi Santi Rosso di Montalcino Tenuta Greppo

Kirk, I will have to have another look at the label next time I visit my friend's place (he kept the bottle). The label was indeed tan, but I don't recall whether there was red lettering on the label or not. The label looked like other pictures I saw of the Rosso label. A declassified vintage of the...
by Wade H
September 20th, 2017, 10:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 198x? Biondi Santi Rosso di Montalcino Tenuta Greppo
Replies: 7
Views: 374

198x? Biondi Santi Rosso di Montalcino Tenuta Greppo

I was visiting one of my best friends tonight, and this friend is quite passionate about Italian wine, so that's what we usually drink together. Tonight he pulled out a bottle he said he had been saving. The label was torn off enough that there was no vintage designation visible anywhere, but he sai...
by Wade H
April 25th, 2017, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WHWC Interesting Offer/Gamble
Replies: 21
Views: 1612

WHWC Interesting Offer/Gamble

A bottle of '67 Gattinara I had last year (thanks again, Otto!) was drinking quite nicely, so I wouldn't worry a bit about '64 which I think was an even better year. Sounds like a good deal.
by Wade H
April 25th, 2017, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Blending Sessions
Replies: 14
Views: 1174

The Blending Sessions

I think the thing that struck most people here was how much difference there is in a final wine with seemingly small changes. Interestingly enough amounts even smaller than 5% can make a significant difference. Note the many Syrah-Viognier blends with 2-3% Viognier to give the nose a little lift an...
by Wade H
March 1st, 2017, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you could trade cellars for 1 year...
Replies: 12
Views: 1088

If you could trade cellars for 1 year...

Tom Hill or perhaps Jim Cowan. I really dig the love both of them have for out-of-the-ordinary wines and Tom's giant stash of American wine history. I would get more education in a year out of either of those cellars than I probably have in all the time I have put in so far.
by Wade H
March 1st, 2017, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 RPM Wines Gamay Noir (USA, California, Sierra Foothills, El Dorado County)
Replies: 12
Views: 604

TN: 2015 RPM Wines Gamay Noir (USA, California, Sierra Foothills, El Dorado County)

RPM Gamay is the poster child for paying a California premium for no reason. Had to say it. I have not yet found the '15, but when I see it I will pay the tariff. The '13 cost me around $37 a bottle all in, and I managed to find the '14 for about $23 all in. I think there is a quite valid reason to...
by Wade H
February 14th, 2017, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine service
Replies: 36
Views: 2052

Wine service

I am firmly in the school of not returning a wine unless it is unsound. What I find interesting is the percentage of times the server has been surprised when I tell them to bring the same wine out again. I often have to make it clear that I am returning "this bottle" not "this wine" and that I'm not...
by Wade H
January 6th, 2017, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)
Replies: 30
Views: 2273

TN: 2013 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)

This is why I have a "friends and family" shelf in the wine cellar. Wine can disappear from that shelf with no questions asked. If they want something else they are generally more than welcome to have something very nice; I just need to be consulted first to make sure that certain specific bottles a...
by Wade H
December 26th, 2016, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Chateau Musar
Replies: 2
Views: 355

TN: 1999 Chateau Musar

The '99 is a lovely vintage. Hanging onto mine for about another 10 years before I open, though. Glad to know it's finally coming into an early drinking window.
by Wade H
December 17th, 2016, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the most memorable wine you've ever had?
Replies: 71
Views: 3012

What is the most memorable wine you've ever had?

Fun to see a Musar mentioned by someone else. I don't think I've had the '84 but the 1972 Chateau Musar is my selection for this thread. Probably the greatest wine I've had in my life. I was also interested to see the '75 BV Georges de Latour listed, as it was my top wine of 2015 at the age of 40. I...
by Wade H
December 7th, 2016, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Four Chinatos...(short/boring)
Replies: 18
Views: 703

TN: Four Chinatos...(short/boring)

I don't think I've met anyone that enjoyed Barolo Chinato on their first taste I must say I loved the stuff from the first sip. I find Barolo Chinato to be a fascinating creature, and pretty much never see it around to get any. Seeing as I get up to Fremont once in a while I may have to venture to ...

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