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by T. Williams
January 4th, 2020, 3:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 106
Views: 4262

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

I’m interested where this wine ends up as well. I bought 6 of these off LastBottle on impulse and they just showed up this week. I did a double take when I noticed 16% abv listed on the label.
by T. Williams
January 2nd, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Wine Resolutions
Replies: 60
Views: 2679

Re: 2020 Wine Resolutions

Drink Less (we drank 140+ bottles this year as opposed to ~50 in 2018, only counting bottles from the cellar and drank at home/with family and friends) Buy More Quality and Less Quantity (last year we had to re-stock cellar defenders so we ended up with many case quantities of Wednesday wines, but w...
by T. Williams
December 31st, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year's Eve Champagne?
Replies: 65
Views: 2034

Re: New Year's Eve Champagne?

NV Ruinart Rosé, consumed well in advance of midnight, as I plan on being fast asleep into the new year.
by T. Williams
December 29th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chris Freemott's Zaltos & Grassl
Replies: 15
Views: 1863

Re: Chris Freemott's Zaltos & Grassl

I bought Grassl glasses last Berserker Day (I hope there are more opportunities this year, hint hint Chris!!!). They are my go to glass at almost every opportunity. The only time I don't use them is when I want to feel rustic and drink an Italian wine out of a rocks glass. So I guess what I am sayin...
by T. Williams
December 29th, 2019, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then
Replies: 131
Views: 5085

Re: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then

I just wanted to pop back into this thread and thank everyone for the comments and advice. Oddly enough, on the same day I wrote this post I ended up getting 6 x Clos Saint Jean Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes 2015 from Last Bottle for $35 each. This feels like a misstep, but I have had buyers r...
by T. Williams
December 29th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your definite do NOT buy in 2020
Replies: 44
Views: 3077

Re: What’s your definite do NOT buy in 2020

Wines where new issue retail is waaaay above where you can backfill recent or older vintages. This. The most egregious examples of this seem to be Bordeaux. The bargain of the decade seems to be 2014 BDX (when compared to 2015 onward). I also love that I can backfill 2010, 2005, and to some extent ...
by T. Williams
December 29th, 2019, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: End of the year countdown! What are you buying?
Replies: 17
Views: 1092

Re: End of the year countdown! What are you buying?

Found a last bottle in the bin ‘14 Vajra Albe. Nothing special, it wasn’t a particularly good deal, and is now resides in the orphan bottle area of my cellar. I will probably open it sooner rather than later as I’m starting to dip my toes into Barolo.
by T. Williams
December 25th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Everybody wants a wine to show well . . .
Replies: 23
Views: 1424

Re: Everybody wants a wine to show well . . .

I have found that a lot of times it is me and not the wine. If I have even the slightest bit of stuffiness wines seem muted and I really need something big and extracted to get any taste. Nuance, finesse for get about it! Knowing this, I select wines based one how I feel so I get the most out of the...
by T. Williams
December 25th, 2019, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then
Replies: 131
Views: 5085

Re: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
December 25th, 2019, 4:50 am
Rayas
Bonneau
I’ll add them to the list, but too much $$$ for me to realistically lay any quantity of these down.

TW
by T. Williams
December 25th, 2019, 3:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then
Replies: 131
Views: 5085

Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then

So I've come to the conclusion that I have a reasonably large void in my cellar in regard to Châteauneuf-du-Pape (CdP) [written in full for the guy who is searching for this thread a year from now] Every time I read tasting notes or open a bottle myself I have a generally enjoyable experience. I'd l...
by T. Williams
December 25th, 2019, 2:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Decades of Decadence - "The 9's"
Replies: 11
Views: 1072

Re: TN: Decades of Decadence - "The 9's"

Great notes. Your two Beaucastel notes make me wonder why I don't drink more CdP.
by T. Williams
December 9th, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12523
Views: 603741

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

6x Marguet Shaman rosé ’16 3x Laherte Ultradition 3x Laherte BdB 1x Laherte BdB Mag 2x Laherte Rosé de Meunier 1x Laherte Autrefois ’15 1x Laherte Empreintes ’13 2x Laherte Crayeres ’15 2x Benetiere Cordeloux '15 1x Benetiere Cordeloux '15 MAG Big Day Yesterday champagne.gif champagne.gif champagne....
by T. Williams
December 6th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7409
Views: 459084

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

jordan jacobs wrote:
December 6th, 2019, 3:48 pm
KevinK wrote:
December 6th, 2019, 10:08 am
Someone talk me out of this La Chapelle deal.

It could be counterfeit

It could be cooked

It ain't Chave
I was excited at first too but the CT reviews killed the deal.
Same for me. Was stoked at first but seems like there are better ways to spend $140
by T. Williams
December 5th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Speaking of Winebid...
Replies: 33
Views: 3456

Re: Speaking of Winebid...

I always wait to the last 30 seconds to place a bid. If you bid early someone else bids up your price you want to pay for your item. It gives others less time to come back in and place a higher bid if you bid above their high bid number. I always wonder why so many people bid the price of an item u...
by T. Williams
December 5th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 202
Views: 14833

Re: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)

I am already socking away funds for this. I’ve put myself on a WineBid golf until 2-1-20 in order to support BD funding. tell me more about this WineBid golf... LOL yes, I'd love to know about WineBid golf! Maybe we can play a round somewhere sometime, after the weather improves. I'm terrible, so w...
by T. Williams
December 4th, 2019, 3:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 202
Views: 14833

Re: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)

I am already socking away funds for this. I’ve put myself on a WineBid golf until 2-1-20 in order to support BD funding.
by T. Williams
December 4th, 2019, 3:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Protecting your $$$$$ wines
Replies: 53
Views: 3182

Re: Protecting your $$$$$ wines

I usually protect my wines with a Remington 870, cheap and highly effective.

I neither add nor remove additional wrapping. I’m lucky if my wines make it out of the shipping box at this point. Inertia is a hell of a drug.

TW
by T. Williams
November 19th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12523
Views: 603741

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2017 Weingut Keller Riesling trocken
2018 Weingut Keller Riesling trocken
2017 G.D. Vajra Langhe Rosso
2016 G.D. Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo
2017 G.D. Vajra Langhe Nebbiolo

Holiday guzzlers to protect the cellar over the next month.

TW
by T. Williams
November 15th, 2019, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12523
Views: 603741

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2 x Chave St-Joseph 15 750
2 x Gerard Cote-Rotie Domaine Gerard 16 750
2 x Benetiere Condrieu 13 750
5 x Baudry Chinon Clos Guillot 16 750
1 x Produttori Barbaresco Muncago Ris 08 750
by T. Williams
November 13th, 2019, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!
Replies: 83
Views: 4213

Re: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!

As a young and speedy member. I really enjoy watching you old farts slowing down a bit and letting some of us young bloods get the bottles you wish you bought. Now if you could only do that with your housing too!!!! TW When I bought 1982 Cos d’Estournal, it was $130 a case. I hate you. From a guy w...
by T. Williams
November 13th, 2019, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile
Replies: 18
Views: 949

Re: 2008 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile

I am very interested in this wine, but have been having a difficult time sourcing it for a reasonable cost. Trimbach seems to be one of those producers that really sells their lesser wines and holds back the premium ones. (my experience, yrmv)
by T. Williams
November 13th, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite USA Gamay?
Replies: 39
Views: 1631

Re: Your favorite USA Gamay?

I don't want to be a stick in the mud, but bojo gamay is cheap and better than most of what I have tried from stateside. ESJ might be the best, but it is still not in the same league/$ as the best bojo's that are out there. I'll drink my Thivin on Thanksgiving and be okay with it.

TW
by T. Williams
November 13th, 2019, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '05 Pegau - 3L
Replies: 10
Views: 807

'05 Pegau - 3L

I found a bottle of Domaine de Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reservee 2005 3Liter for $329. It feels like a good deal, I like Pegau, but it is really hard to justify an event where I will need 4 bottles of CdP. Do I get a few and hold them in the cellar for event I don't know about or is the big b...
by T. Williams
November 13th, 2019, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!
Replies: 83
Views: 4213

Re: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!

As a young and speedy member. I really enjoy watching you old farts slowing down a bit and letting some of us young bloods get the bottles you wish you bought. Now if you could only do that with your housing too!!!!

TW
by T. Williams
November 13th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 D’Armailhac
Replies: 6
Views: 425

Re: TN: 1994 D’Armailhac

I haven't had the '94, but I am sitting on some Château d'Armailhac from before Bdx prices went stupid high. Traditional produce that you can't go wrong in any vintage (I will probably be hung in the town square for saying this).

TW
by T. Williams
November 13th, 2019, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12523
Views: 603741

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 6:16 pm
That 06 is excellent, Tim.
Good!!!

I've been stalking it for the past few months on Crush, wine.com, Total wine, PA FWGS, and some independent shops in Delaware. Oddly enough wine.com with a ridiculous coupon ended up being the cheapest.

TW
by T. Williams
November 13th, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12523
Views: 603741

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

.375’s of 2005 Bel-Orme Tronquoy de Lalande Haut Medoc. Honestly I’ve never had it, but it was on sale, available to ship to Texas, and the CT notes and a few comments here were enough to pull the trigger. Did you ever end up drinking these? I just stumbled on a similar sale and was wondering if it...
by T. Williams
November 13th, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12523
Views: 603741

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Getting my Spain on:

R. Lopez de Heredia Rioja Vina Tondonia Reserva 2006: 6 @ $39.99

R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Cubillo Crianza 2010: 6 @ $26.99

Then a $100 off coupon on top of that. I didn't prorate it per bottle, but I feel like I got a decent deal.

TW
by T. Williams
November 13th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12523
Views: 603741

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

.375’s of 2005 Bel-Orme Tronquoy de Lalande Haut Medoc. Honestly I’ve never had it, but it was on sale, available to ship to Texas, and the CT notes and a few comments here were enough to pull the trigger. Did you ever end up drinking these? I just stumbled on a similar sale and was wondering if it...
by T. Williams
November 10th, 2019, 3:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: time to talk turkey
Replies: 29
Views: 1659

Re: time to talk turkey

Am I the only one that things the best way to prepare a Thanksgiving turkey is to slowly put it back onto the shelf and walk over to the beef and pork section of the store? I seriously dislike Turkey, but will oblige our Thanksgiving day host and eat a few bits. For me Thanksgiving is all about the ...
by T. Williams
November 10th, 2019, 3:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: CARROTS à la Eric Ripert/Le Bernardin
Replies: 13
Views: 1840

Re: CARROTS à la Eric Ripert/Le Bernardin

Why does that sound like the carrots are going to be way overcooked? But it sounds tasty! My question too. This is the same technique that Jacques Pépin uses for the onions, carrots, and mushrooms in his Beef Stew recipe. 15 minutes with a little bit (1/4c) of water, and they come out near perfect ...
by T. Williams
November 8th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping companies hates me
Replies: 60
Views: 2660

Re: Shipping companies hates me

We generally don’t have any problems. Our delivery drivers are dropping off 3-6 amazon packages a week anyway so what is a few more!

They do get slightly confused by how much wine is incoming around this time of year. They must think we throw a hell of a Thanksgiving party.

TW
by T. Williams
November 8th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN fun: what variety is this?
Replies: 36
Views: 1436

Re: TN fun: what variety is this?

Syrah based on the olive note. Cabernet based on the pencil shavings.

Sounds like a monstrosity if it is Pinot.

TW
by T. Williams
November 8th, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Deal or No Deal? 2001 VCC
Replies: 26
Views: 1376

Re: Deal or No Deal? 2001 VCC

I wish I could buy more! Unfortunately, it was the last bottle in the bin, so I don't know if I will get the opportunity to get more if I tried. The store did have some other interesting bottles from the late 90's / early 00's so another trip back is on the docket. TW I'm thinking this wasn't a sta...
by T. Williams
November 8th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Deal or No Deal? 2001 VCC
Replies: 26
Views: 1376

Re: Deal or No Deal? 2001 VCC

I wish I could buy more! Unfortunately, it was the last bottle in the bin, so I don't know if I will get the opportunity to get more if I tried. The store did have some other interesting bottles from the late 90's / early 00's so another trip back is on the docket.

TW
by T. Williams
November 8th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Deal or No Deal? 2001 VCC
Replies: 26
Views: 1376

Deal or No Deal? 2001 VCC

I lucked my way into a bottle of 2001 Vieux Château Certan this week. I paid $119 which according to my internet sleuthing seems pretty good. The question: Stash it in the back of my cellar and forget about it for a decade. Or Drink up, life is too short and it isn’t a vintage-of-the-century vintage...
by T. Williams
November 5th, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 112
Views: 10094

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

I only did 6 Cali Syrah, in addition to the OVZ this is just a stupidly good QPR and standard weekday gulper in my house.

I needed to keep this order smaller after going in for 3 cases earlier in the year during the fall release.

I was allocated Farmhouse, but wishlist only T5.

TW
by T. Williams
October 31st, 2019, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7409
Views: 459084

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Has anyone had good luck with the mystery case before? Not surprisingly, my gut is yelling "no!"; however, I'm somewhat intrigued. I've found that the more expensive mysteries cases usually have things that I would normally buy and can be a decent way to explore new things if I feel like I'm in a c...
by T. Williams
October 31st, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7409
Views: 459084

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

I'll be the one to pop this to the top. Halloween mystery case sale happening today. Beyond my better judgement I bit on the mystery 6-pack for $160. Probably a bad use of wine budget, but maybe I'll get lucky. For this one (IT IS ALL REDS! Yay!): Every mystery case is 6 bottles of red wine. 2 wines...
by T. Williams
October 15th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?
Replies: 56
Views: 1963

Re: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?

Drinker through and through. I've never bought a bottle with the intention to do anything other than eventually drink it.

TW
by T. Williams
October 15th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Philly area BBQ
Replies: 2
Views: 1005

Re: Philly area BBQ

I'll definitely put this on the list for the next time I am up that way. My personal favorite in PHL is Fette Sau in Fishtown, but its a little hipster and expensive (neither of which marry up well with traditional BBQ in the south)

TW
by T. Williams
October 15th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party
Replies: 42
Views: 1628

Re: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party

... Many people recommend riesling, but I think it is overplayed... Classic never gets overplayed. I think the reason that people recommend it, is because it works so well. To the OP: I'd find a beaujolais at whatever price point and availability you have. Crush Wine (NYC) has 64 different beaujola...
by T. Williams
October 15th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Pegau - Not a TN, a comment about pricing
Replies: 53
Views: 3729

Re: 2017 Pegau - Not a TN, a comment about pricing

For what it is worth, and while not the '17.... Last Bottle has '15's up for $58ea right now.

TW
by T. Williams
October 15th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine consumption a defense against opioid addiction?
Replies: 36
Views: 1351

Re: Wine consumption a defense against opioid addiction?

michael pollan (featured in the segment) wrote a very compelling book on the subject, which i highly recommend. of course, his omnivore's dilemma is canon. Big +1 on both books. And if you are one who can tolerate Joe Rogan, this is a good talk: For those that can't tolerate Rogan, you can listen t...
by T. Williams
October 6th, 2019, 3:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First Musar
Replies: 37
Views: 1867

Re: My First Musar

Musar 2004 has never been a particularly memorable vintage to me, and I've had it several times. 1999, 2003 and 2005, on the other hand, are all great vintages that are drinking beautifully now and will continue to develop for at least a decade or so, keeping well for even longer. That's dishearten...
by T. Williams
October 6th, 2019, 2:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 117
Views: 9901

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

I decided to wait until this morning to buy, should have pulled the trigger last night. Things are starting to get picked over. I guess this is going to save me a few hundred dollars (as I open up winex and crush wine to surf over morning coffee...)
by T. Williams
October 5th, 2019, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 6542

Re: Winebid revised.....

I’ve had reasonably good success with bottles from WB. I do take some precautions: never signs of past seepage, never low fill. Bummer about shipping costs, but that’s the cost of doing business in this hobby
by T. Williams
September 17th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine List of any US Brewery? Suggestions welcome on improvements.
Replies: 38
Views: 1494

Re: Best Wine List of any US Brewery? Suggestions welcome on improvements.

Here are my initial thoughts: 1. More Riesling options (both affordable and delicious with just about any food choice) 2. More Beaujolais (again affordable and drink well young. A lot of the wines on your list sound great in a decade) 3. Gotta get 1 affordable white champagne on the list, even if it...
by T. Williams
September 16th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: More Bottom Feeding @ Total Wine...(short/boring)
Replies: 33
Views: 1777

Re: TN: More Bottom Feeding @ Total Wine...(short/boring)

I enjoy reading your bottom feeding notes (along with the rest of your posts). It provides good contrast to posts about people stumbling upon a forgot La Tache in their cellar. It helps ground the board a little. But buttercream...you may gone too far!!!
by T. Williams
September 15th, 2019, 12:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Ridge East Bench Zinfandel
Replies: 5
Views: 798

Re: TN: 2017 Ridge East Bench Zinfandel

I like my Ridge zin with 3+ years to melt away the baby fat but definitely not 20 years. I don’t think they have the right balance to age long term and still suite my palate.

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