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by BobH
April 4th, 2020, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not Most Famous For:
Replies: 6
Views: 753

Re: Not Most Famous For:

Interesting that you post on the petit Syrah. I have never had that producer but I’m have seen the fan boys talk about them a lot. I actually have the same exact wine that I ran across the other day- no idea how I got it or where it is from- and I moved it into the to be drunk pile.
by BobH
February 24th, 2020, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1985 Chateau Sociando-Mallet
Replies: 3
Views: 412

Re: TN: 1985 Chateau Sociando-Mallet

Ok, was just curious if it was the same source.
by BobH
February 24th, 2020, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1985 Chateau Sociando-Mallet
Replies: 3
Views: 412

Re: TN: 1985 Chateau Sociando-Mallet

Where did you get this bottle? About a year ago, I got a half case of it from Cellarraiders. Someone else snatched the other half. Every bottle was excellent. It made me regret not getting the whole case.
by BobH
February 20th, 2020, 12:21 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What happens if I drink my (approx ) 18 year old homemade beer??
Replies: 6
Views: 575

Re: What happens if I drink my (approx ) 18 year old homemade beer??

I can take up to 14 days for the bacteria to start growing in you to the point that their toxins paralyze you. That is pretty cruel to make a joke like that, and then not come back and say 'just kidding. LOL. I still have two bottles of a GREAT IPA we made back in 1997. Back before most poeople had...
by BobH
February 15th, 2020, 5:50 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: French, Italians, and New World from my cellar including a couple of trophy wines
Replies: 24
Views: 2172

Re: French, Italians, and New World from my cellar including a couple of trophy wines

There are a number of wines I am strongly interested in. When you post the updated list, I would like to see if any of them are left as I would like to try and claim them.
by BobH
February 8th, 2020, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Château Pape Clément (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 3
Views: 315

Re: TN: 2001 Château Pape Clément (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

If you like the 2001, make sure you have some 2010 stashed away. Even more elegant and classic graves, it will be a beautiful Bordeaux when ready
by BobH
January 25th, 2020, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of Wine
Replies: 121
Views: 3077

Re: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism and Post-Modernism in the Characterization of Wine

Honestly, in my opinion, I think you are way over thinking it (that’s a first in the history of oenophilia, I think). There are just so many factors that make a wine what it is that trying to place them in a couple of artificial categories is essentially meaningless. Just drink what you like. If I l...
by BobH
January 24th, 2020, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: storing wines vertically?
Replies: 53
Views: 3414

Re: storing wines vertically?

This is an interesting topic, and is interesting to read other's thoughts on this. I personally have no knowledge other than what I see in my cellar. I usually go up to 60 F in the summer, and maybe 48 F or so in a normal, cold winter. I usually have the humidity cranked up in my cellar all year lon...
by BobH
January 19th, 2020, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Quilceda Creek - yay or nay?
Replies: 40
Views: 3037

Re: 2017 Quilceda Creek - yay or nay?

What certain critic are you talking about that fawned over their ‘spoofy’ wines? I ask because if you’re referring to Robert Parker, he stopped reviewing Quilceda circa 1993. And his typical scores were in the high 80s to low 90s. Certainly nothing fawning about that. And nothing that would lead so...
by BobH
January 18th, 2020, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Quilceda Creek - yay or nay?
Replies: 40
Views: 3037

Re: 2017 Quilceda Creek - yay or nay?

If you like the style, it’s a good wine; I’ve fallen off the list in recent years. I do think the prop red is where the value is with QC. We drank the 100 pt 2005 a few years ago and it was certainly good if you’re oak tolerant . I received the offer and I have not bought in a decade. I have not ta...
by BobH
January 18th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Quilceda Creek - yay or nay?
Replies: 40
Views: 3037

Re: 2017 Quilceda Creek - yay or nay?

If you like the style, it’s a good wine; I’ve fallen off the list in recent years. I do think the prop red is where the value is with QC. We drank the 100 pt 2005 a few years ago and it was certainly good if you’re oak tolerant . I received the offer and I have not bought in a decade. I have not ta...
by BobH
November 26th, 2019, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Inniskillin Vidal Ice Wine Oak Aged
Replies: 4
Views: 369

Re: TN: 1998 Inniskillin Vidal Ice Wine Oak Aged

1998 may be my all-time favorite Ice Wine vintage from Ontario. Everything was excellent. I last had a 30 Bench Riesling Ice wine a year ago, and I still have a couple of random 98s around. I had this particular wine at release but did not buy any of it- it's nice to hear it has aged well.
by BobH
November 12th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Pontet-Canet (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 2
Views: 511

Re: TN: 2014 Château Pontet-Canet (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Thanks, Brian. It looks like you're on a 2014 kick lately. Really, it is one of my favorite Bordeaux vintages I have tasted yet. This is one I don't have. I have a bunch of 2014 in the cellar, and I would like to try some more, but I am getting a bit squeamish, as between the ages of 5-10 can be tou...
by BobH
October 25th, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Pittsburgh Oct 21
Replies: 4
Views: 1734

Re: Pittsburgh Oct 21

Andre M wrote:
September 23rd, 2019, 7:10 pm
I will be in Pittsburgh for a work conference. Is anyone interested to get together and share some wines?
I’m staying in downtown area. Thanks.
It's too bad I'm just seeing this now, because I was free. Plus, I have too much wine! Next time send me a PM. I hope you had a good time.
by BobH
October 24th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Château Malescot St. Exupéry (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)
Replies: 8
Views: 806

Re: TN: 1999 Château Malescot St. Exupéry (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)

I am rolling my eyes (at me, not at you) so badly that I think I strained an ocular muscle while reading this. When I was getting into wine but before I really started collecting, the local shop had cases of the 98 and 99 Malescot for sale at what even then was a nice price. I bought one of each and...
by BobH
July 5th, 2019, 7:40 am
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: 3075

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

His last vintage of Bordeaux was 2010. That was a more classic old school type vintage (as opposed to 2009). He gave the wines raving high scores but that was kind of a gimme- everyone rated them high. But go back to 2008 and look at ratings for old school Bordeaux such as Haut Bailly which he gave ...
by BobH
July 5th, 2019, 6:59 am
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: 3075

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

I know it is senseless but anyway: To describe Parker as someone who gave high scores to modernists, blockbusters and overoaked plonk only is fake news and bad journalism. His favorite Bordeaux, as he said very often, is Haut Brion. Hardly a blockbuster and an over the top wine. His favorite Cru Bo...
by BobH
July 3rd, 2019, 1:37 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: 3075

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

I only ever tasted with Uncle Bob one time back in 2003, but it was quite apparent to me that he appreciates the full and broad range of wines that are available. He seemed to be very catholic in his approach to wine, able to talk about what he liked about any wine that he considered a good wine reg...
by BobH
July 3rd, 2019, 1:28 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: 3075

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

The Wine Advocate actually has very nice things to say about this Chateau, which I will admit to not being familiar with. Really?! I'm no longer a subscriber, but I'd be very interested to know what they say! I know William Kelley is a fan, but I certainly didn't know that RMP ever was. Neal Martin...
by BobH
July 2nd, 2019, 7:46 am
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: 3075

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

The Wine Advocate actually has very nice things to say about this Chateau, which I will admit to not being familiar with.
by BobH
June 23rd, 2019, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Leoville Barton and 2001 Lewelling Wight
Replies: 29
Views: 1532

Re: 2000 Leoville Barton and 2001 Lewelling Wight

The 2000 Leoville Barton was easily the most disappointing wine of the vintage. It seems to me that the price increase on this wine is much les than others of the vintage meaning that a lot of people seem to think the same.
by BobH
June 18th, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs
Replies: 26
Views: 3767

Re: CHICAGO: Best Breweries & Beer pubs

Last time I was in Chicago, I had a Brickstone APA at the hotel. One of the better beers I had all year- and I am not even a hops fan. I know nothing else of their line-up nor know what it is like to visit the brewery itself, but I know that next time I ma in town it will be #1 on the list.
by BobH
June 15th, 2019, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Went nuts and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2902

Re: Went nuts and ...

Out of interest, when do people think Cos "lost its way"? I think the youngest I've had were 2002 and 2003 - the former surprisingly good, and the latter also given I expected it to be pruney and awful from the vintage. Cos was always my favorite Bordeaux because of its distinctive character and sp...
by BobH
June 7th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 130
Views: 7632

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

I am starting to think that I really only like Bordeaux when it is 40+ years old. Even if a Bordeaux is 'drinking well' at age 20, it doesn't have what I want out of a Bordeaux. So it may be open and lovely, but is not drinking well for me. Thanks Bob for saying exactly how I feel! All my peak bdx ...
by BobH
June 7th, 2019, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 130
Views: 7632

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

I think a lot of this thread suffers from a 'Loaded Question' scenario. Before you answer the question of does Bordeaux need 20 years of aging to drink well, you have to ask yourself what the question itself means. What does drinking well mean TO YOU? If you like to drink your Bordeaux young and at ...
by BobH
June 3rd, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Tale of 2 1996 Cabs
Replies: 14
Views: 1446

Re: A Tale of 2 1996 Cabs

This raises an interesting question. On a number of threads, I have read people saying that Shafer Hillside Select is their favorite wine. Can a red wine from Cabernet be considered great if it holds up well but does not really evolve. Or do wines from California (and I want to keep this with Calif...
by BobH
May 24th, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who’s the reddest of red Bordeaux :)
Replies: 17
Views: 1452

Re: Who’s the reddest of red Bordeaux :)

I don't think any Chateau is the reddest of red because red fruit is not the typical or baseline fruit profile of Bordeaux wines. You do get red fruits in Bordeaux, however, but I find that they are vintage specific more than Chateau specific. The two vintages that really seemed to produce red fruit...
by BobH
May 23rd, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Driving beer cross country this weekend. Please help
Replies: 36
Views: 1707

Re: Driving beer cross country this weekend. Please help

For a thousand dollars I could have standard overnight shipped this wine, and for another 2 hundred made it priority overnight so that it'd get there before noon.
by BobH
May 21st, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?
Replies: 113
Views: 4339

Re: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?

1) I have a thousand bottles, and I shudder to think of the work it would take to go through them all 2) The idea of learning how to use a new program is a bit daunting to me, so I am not interested in going through that 3) My cellar has a very idiosyncratic design, and the idea of trying to design ...
by BobH
May 17th, 2019, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 8193

Re: Robert Parker retires

He has had a tremendous impact, and many things have changed for the better in large part because of him. Would you be so kind as to list the "changed for the better" part? Wine making techniques for another. He helped make wineries clean up their acts in a literal sense. He writes about wineries m...
by BobH
May 16th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Haut-Bergey (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 7
Views: 365

Re: TN: 2014 Château Haut-Bergey (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

So much from 14 is great. I don’t have any of this but I have Haut Bergy from many other vintages in the cellar. I guess it is another one to look for
by BobH
May 16th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 8193

Re: Robert Parker retires

He is an amazing individual who had a career like few ever see or experience. I will miss him and this is truly well deserved. I don’t think wine would be the near ubiquitous beverage it is in the US if it was not for his influence.
by BobH
May 11th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century
Replies: 69
Views: 2604

Re: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century

I think that 2010 was considered by most to be a great vintage- and with good reasons such as Pape Clement- so you might want to take it off your list.
But I bought more 2001 and 2014 than most vintages. 2014 reminds me of a modern 1985 and I am in love with it
by BobH
April 25th, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?
Replies: 53
Views: 2813

Re: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?

If you are really looking for quick and easy from New York, skip the Finger Lakes and instead go to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario; it fits the bill. I can't wait to go back to Pearl Morissette. And unbeknownst to most Americans, Canada is actually a foreign country as well. Clearly. if you are looki...
by BobH
April 22nd, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac
Replies: 45
Views: 2052

Re: TN: 2000 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac

I opened a 1994 last night. I liked it quite a bit but I was shocked at how tannic it was. Lots of leather and earth but not as much cedar and spice as I was expecting. I have 2 more bottles but will hold on at least 5 years before opening another. I’d call it 88 points if you want a score.
by BobH
March 17th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's ready now...something I never though I'd say about a wine from this vintner!
Replies: 18
Views: 1682

Re: It's ready now...something I never though I'd say about a wine from this vintner!

I bought 4 bottles of Dunn as anniversary wines because of their reputation as being long lived. I am hoping they will last a long time, but interestingly while I have these bottles, I have actually never tried a Dunn before.
by BobH
March 11th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food Refrigerator as Wine Storage
Replies: 29
Views: 1791

Re: Food Refrigerator as Wine Storage

Re: Vibration. take it for what it's worth, but if I'm storing big $, or for long periods, I'm not taking a chance. https://www.winespectator.com/drvinny/show/id/5460 "I also worry that vibration over time will agitate a wine, which could speed up the chemical reactions going on inside the bottle. ...
by BobH
February 21st, 2019, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Les Carmes Haut-Brion --- WTF?!?!
Replies: 28
Views: 2202

Re: 2016 Les Carmes Haut-Brion --- WTF?!?!

Brian- I had been a fan of Cos d'estournel and had tried every vintage from 1982 onward, visited the estate to taste the 2000 out of barrel, and bought a case every year. Between the 2002 and 2003 vintage the price almost tripled. I'm not sure what was the Prats' thinking behind such a giant price i...
by BobH
February 11th, 2019, 7:03 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Brewery recommendations for Asheville and San Diego?
Replies: 20
Views: 1282

Re: Brewery recommendations for Asheville and San Diego?

Hi Wire is the best of the Asheville Breweries IMHO. Wicked Weed is now shunned by the locals as they are a 'sell-out'.
by BobH
January 17th, 2019, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cantemerle 05 and Du Tertre 06
Replies: 24
Views: 1080

Re: Cantemerle 05 and Du Tertre 06

Cantemerle certainly delivers in off years, or at least it did until the late 90s - the 93 was very enjoyable for instance. I wonder whether or not the change towards more concentration and power really suits it, but that could just be my taste - time will tell. I won't call 2014 an Off Year, but o...
by BobH
January 14th, 2019, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drink that shitty wine night for Laura's House/Falltacular Through 1/27/19 LAST CALL
Replies: 84
Views: 4104

Re: Drink that shitty wine night for Laura's House/Falltacular 1/11/19-1/13/19

Okay I will start this shitty thread off by first apologizing for my love of toilet humor and my immaturity, long live Mark B's toilet humor thread flirtysmile Here it is a 1995 Qinta Do Poco Lobo Bairrada from Portugal. This is a foul sour mess with the only fruit being rotting strawberry and very...
by BobH
January 7th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Too late baby now, it's too late
Replies: 30
Views: 2099

Re: Too late baby now, it's too late

Pat Martin wrote:
January 7th, 2019, 7:49 am
Count me a believer in 2014 claret too. But I’m dubious it will develop all that much faster than the 2015s (I haven’t tried the 2016s).
I haven’t had any 15s yet. But 2014 reminds me of a modern 1985, which were delicious at age 15 and delicious (in a different way) today
by BobH
January 7th, 2019, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Too late baby now, it's too late
Replies: 30
Views: 2099

Re: Too late baby now, it's too late

T'his is helpful to know, Neal. Thanks. I am a huge fan of 2014 Bordeaux. I have bought a number of various wines already, and will be buying more over the next couple of years I think. This is likely to be my biggest vintage purchase since 2001. (I did buy a lot of 2011s, but that was a special occ...
by BobH
December 6th, 2018, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do Sauternes benefit from decanting?
Replies: 20
Views: 1678

Re: Do Sauternes benefit from decanting?

The owner of Maison du Sauternes told me that the best way to enjoy a Sauternes was to open it, take a taste, re cork it, and then put it back in the fridge for 2 weeks before drinking it. It does seem to help with adding complexity and 'age' the wine without oxidizing it.
by BobH
November 26th, 2018, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageworthiness of Modern versus Traditional Bordeaux
Replies: 86
Views: 7307

Re: Ageworthiness of Modern versus Traditional Bordeaux

Does advances in storage play a part here? It seems to me ---- don't know if it's true or not ---- that there is a much greater focus on proper storage now (with the modern wines) than there was previously (with the traditional wines). How long have actively-cooled wine cabinets, or actively-cooled...
by BobH
November 23rd, 2018, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Bordeaux: a Gilman "profound" Bordeaux vintage - Your Recommendations?
Replies: 149
Views: 8165

Re: 2008 Bordeaux: a Gilman "profound" Bordeaux vintage - Your Recommendations?

I am waiting for some 2008 Haut Baillys to arrive. I am eager to see how those turned out
by BobH
November 23rd, 2018, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageworthiness of Modern versus Traditional Bordeaux
Replies: 86
Views: 7307

Re: Ageworthiness of Modern versus Traditional Bordeaux

I agree with Mark. This wine is a modernist nightmare to me. Actually, to me it is second to Lascombes as the worst example of a modern left bank. I hope this is not perceived as a criticism of anyone’s palate, clearly this wine just hits me very wrong. Now that said, the slutty side of me has been...
by BobH
November 22nd, 2018, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageworthiness of Modern versus Traditional Bordeaux
Replies: 86
Views: 7307

Re: Ageworthiness of Modern versus Traditional Bordeaux

They said 1982s were too ripe and they turned out OK. They said 1990s were too ripe and they turned out OK. Will the 2009s or 2010s develop that tertiary complexity that makes Bordeaux so wonderfully Bordeaux? I understand the doubts. That these are a bridge too far. Especially the lower acid 2009s...
by BobH
November 17th, 2018, 7:01 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Old Beer - Results
Replies: 104
Views: 7942

Re: Old Beer - Results

Just recently had a 2009 Ommegang Three Philosophers. It was excellent. The beer seems to have a bimodal peak and is best at age 4 and age 9.
by BobH
November 8th, 2018, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking advice on which Vintage Ports to open next
Replies: 23
Views: 1004

Re: Seeking advice on which Vintage Ports to open next

I'm going to give a contrary - and I know sacrilegious - opinion: You can drink most ports almost at any age. Some of my most interesting port experiences have been younger wines (like 10 years old). At that point some of the rougher tannins have smoothed a bit, but there is all the incredible fres...

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