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by Yao C
November 30th, 2020, 11:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thought Experiment. Build a Collection on $100 a month
Replies: 20
Views: 1318

Re: Thought Experiment. Build a Collection on $100 a month

I’d switch from “explore” to “exploit” as the machine learning people put it That means changing from liberally exploring cherries from the “classic” wine regions to only buying high QPR wines that I already know I like in the $40-50 range, and savoring those bottles maybe once a month while slowly ...
by Yao C
November 26th, 2020, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12546
Views: 489998

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1992 Ridge Monte Bello (13.5% alcohol, from 375, direct from winery) Clearly superior to the 1999 tasted 10 days ago though in a much stricter mode, threading the needle between louche and austere; piles of ripe dark fruit with structure to match, robed in a beautifully lush texture; this is discip...
by Yao C
November 25th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 114
Views: 5626

Re: WOTY 2020

1978 Dom Perignon but I have high hopes for some candidates in the coming weeks...
Sh@n A wrote:
November 25th, 2020, 2:03 pm
My WOTY is locked in at this point: the 1989 Lynch Bages.
Sadly my one and only bottle was corked earlier this year but I got another to try again. Thank you for validating that purchase [cheers.gif]
by Yao C
November 25th, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Cayuse Bionic Frog
Replies: 13
Views: 1113

Re: TN: 2017 Cayuse Bionic Frog

My one experience with the frog was a 2005 bought at auction and opened last year. Disturbingly low acid; Alan said it was like "walking through the cosmetics section of a department store" If that was a representative experience 14 years on, I don't know how it can last for 20. Or maybe it's just t...
by Yao C
November 25th, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14937
Views: 747018

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

That feeling when you throw your budget out the window to get something you really want...

1995 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese Goldkapsel x2
1985 Lynch Bages x1

(also 2018 Faury St Joseph VV x3 which doesn't really count)
by Yao C
November 24th, 2020, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 14` PYCM En Remilly, 12` Marquis de Laguiche, 15` Bouchard L`Enfant Jesus, 07` Ch. Myrat
Replies: 3
Views: 472

Re: 14` PYCM En Remilly, 12` Marquis de Laguiche, 15` Bouchard L`Enfant Jesus, 07` Ch. Myrat

2007 CHATEAU de MYRAT SAUTERNES- 750 ml; it had a dark amber color; the nose had apricot, dried raisins and caramel and the taste also included honey toasted almonds, ginger and spice; it was super rich, thick and almost chewy; a little sip will do ya. Nice pick! Does seem a little advanced especia...
by Yao C
November 23rd, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14937
Views: 747018

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2x Mercurey "Champ Martin" 1er cru (white) 2014 I'm particularly envious of this one :) I bought it to try - any particular reason you like (vintage, climat?)? Have you tried before? I had the 2017 Champs Martin in Feb and it was a good showing - powerful mineral drive, touch of exoticism. I've bee...
by Yao C
November 22nd, 2020, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12546
Views: 489998

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1989 Fonsalette Cuvee Syrah Heavily ullaged (4-5cm) with a brownish crust on the cork and red lines along the side from heat damage; nose shows some initial promise with a light touch of meatiness and fleeting tertiary fruit, but the rather cooked, featureless palate is a letdown; and yet you can't...
by Yao C
November 21st, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12546
Views: 489998

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Local restaurant's response to the pandemic: offering treasures from their wine collection at/below retail. And so... 2014 Clos Rougeard Poyeux Accessible from the get go - delicate reddish fruit with just a hint of leafy green to signal its origins; not showing a ton of complexity but you're inclin...
by Yao C
November 20th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14937
Views: 747018

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2013 PYCM Charmes x3
1985 Bouchard Montrachet x1
joz€f p1nxten wrote:
November 20th, 2020, 12:36 am
2x Mercurey "Champ Martin" 1er cru (white) 2014
I'm particularly envious of this one :)
by Yao C
November 17th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?
Replies: 181
Views: 7235

Re: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

It'll be just the two of us this year, so I'm going to take a flyer on a 1989 Fonsalette Syrah with highly questionable ullage (good color though!)
G. Curd wrote:
November 17th, 2020, 8:27 am
2006 Dominus Estate Blend
<3
by Yao C
November 16th, 2020, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Burgundy Report from Fine & Rare
Replies: 26
Views: 2263

Re: 2019 Burgundy Report from Fine & Rare

I was under the impression that winemakers in Burgundy were forbidden to irrigate, let alone water back, but maybe I'm out of date [shrug.gif] William, other critics: please, make sure you quote the alcohol degree for every wine. I will not even consider buying anything I don't know for sure it is b...
by Yao C
November 16th, 2020, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab Recommendations for an Old World Dude?
Replies: 29
Views: 1781

Re: Napa Cab Recommendations for an Old World Dude?

Thirding Corison If you truly want an "old world" tasting Napa cab then my suggestion would be Dominus. Yes, they are pricy, but truly taste old world. Haven't had any Dominus Napanook red, their second label. But, they can be had for around $75. Sadly Dominus is now north of $200, even for the rela...
by Yao C
November 16th, 2020, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12546
Views: 489998

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1999 Ridge Monte Bello Not nearly as complex, arresting, or flashy as other examples of claret - and this wine instantly sets one's frame of reference to Bordeaux - and yet so beautifully integrated that it's hard to imagine how it could be better; the fruit is finely perched between black/red, and...
by Yao C
November 14th, 2020, 10:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Art of The Deal
Replies: 47
Views: 2441

Re: Art of The Deal

There are no can’t miss deals. You can always walk away. There will be other wines. IMO most wine deals from merchants, no matter how eye-popping the headline discount, are pretty mediocre. There’s usually a reason why the wine has sat without buyers Conversely, always be mentally ready for opportun...
by Yao C
November 12th, 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Wine Package from SommSelect
Replies: 7
Views: 478

Re: Thanksgiving Wine Package from SommSelect

Jay Miller wrote:
November 12th, 2020, 1:58 pm
Yao C wrote:
November 12th, 2020, 1:52 pm
Just curious; how much are they charging?
It's $199

Not especially impressed. The Cubillo is good wine but not exactly hard to come by.
Agreed, seems mediocre value

Thomas fwiw I'd do 2x Faury St Joseph, 2x Tempier Rose and 2x Pol Roger Cuvee Reserve if it was my money
by Yao C
November 12th, 2020, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Wine Package from SommSelect
Replies: 7
Views: 478

Re: Thanksgiving Wine Package from SommSelect

Just curious; how much are they charging?
by Yao C
November 10th, 2020, 10:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14937
Views: 747018

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

1995, 2001 and 2003 Laurel Glen Sonoma Cab for $40 per from K&L auction

IMO it’s weird how these and other Sonoma cabs continue to be undervalued: low alcohol but New World-fruity and yet layered [shrug.gif]

Or maybe I should just keep my mouth shut lol
by Yao C
November 9th, 2020, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14937
Views: 747018

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

William Kelley wrote:
November 9th, 2020, 8:45 am
For sure! All the HD wines need 15 years minimum, I think, even if you can see their potential sooner. So hard to get, though....
Thanks for this! Also would you do even more for the Criots?
by Yao C
November 8th, 2020, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Barthod BR, Dauvissat Forest, Krug MV
Replies: 9
Views: 599

Re: TNs: Barthod BR, Dauvissat Forest, Krug MV

I’ve had the same issue with Dauvissat’s 2011s. A good percentage has been premixed but even the correct bottles seem to be lacking something. Your “watery” comment is spot on in my experience. I don’t think age is going to help but would be curious what others with more experience think? Similar e...
by Yao C
November 8th, 2020, 9:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe2O3-1b Syrah
Replies: 20
Views: 859

Re: TN: 2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe2O3-1b Syrah

Also I'm planning to open the 2000 In Flagrante in a few weeks and will report back
by Yao C
November 8th, 2020, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe2O3-1b Syrah
Replies: 20
Views: 859

Re: TN: 2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe2O3-1b Syrah

I had the 2003 Papa in February this year and it was overall good plus, but after 5 hours open I started to get some alcoholic heat coming through gaps in the structure. I suppose I could blame provenance since this was secondary market... Did that overrt alcoholic character continue? And could it ...
by Yao C
November 8th, 2020, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe2O3-1b Syrah
Replies: 20
Views: 859

Re: TN: 2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe2O3-1b Syrah

Honest question - have any of you ever had a SQN red that was 'over the hill' other than perhaps a pinot? Cheers. . . I had the 2003 Papa in February this year and it was overall good plus, but after 5 hours open I started to get some alcoholic heat coming through gaps in the structure. I suppose I...
by Yao C
November 7th, 2020, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe2O3-1b Syrah
Replies: 20
Views: 859

Re: TN: 2005 Sine Qua Non Atlantis Fe2O3-1b Syrah

My favorite SQN syrah ever! <3
by Yao C
November 7th, 2020, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Most Noble Of The Noble White Varieties?
Replies: 29
Views: 1599

Re: The Most Noble Of The Noble White Varieties?

Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon, with a little help from Botrytis
by Yao C
November 6th, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14937
Views: 747018

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

jason stein wrote:
November 6th, 2020, 7:13 am
Greg K wrote:
November 6th, 2020, 7:13 am
A bottle of Lamy's 2018 St. Aubin Haute Densite. Have wanted to try this bottling for a long time, and am really excited.
Curious to hear your thoughts!
x2 [cheers.gif]
by Yao C
November 5th, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14937
Views: 747018

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Some fun stuff to try:

1997 Chave Hermitage
2004 G Mascarello Monprivato
2014 Confuron-Gindre Echezeaux
2018 Yvon Metras l'Ultime
2019 Donnhoff GG Dellchen
by Yao C
October 31st, 2020, 11:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12546
Views: 489998

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1990 Haegelen-Jayer Clos Vougeot Bit of an odd duck, sourced from Europe by Envoyer. This is such a respectable burgher of a wine - it is correct and conservative, yet in its stolid, steady way it is not lacking in charm. Presents a beautifully resolved aroma of earth, flowers, and fruit; then abso...
by Yao C
October 29th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What ONE BOTTLE from your cellar will be your special occasion wine in five years?
Replies: 97
Views: 3842

Re: What ONE BOTTLE from your cellar will be your special occasion wine in five years?

Jayson Cohen wrote:
October 29th, 2020, 4:01 pm
Yao C wrote:
October 29th, 2020, 3:57 pm
I have high hopes for my 1985 Magdelaine, which I haven't yet allowed myself to try
Don’t wait. It’s really great right now.

You can get more for 5 years from now.
Thank you for the push; I might have to go visit my storage...
by Yao C
October 29th, 2020, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What ONE BOTTLE from your cellar will be your special occasion wine in five years?
Replies: 97
Views: 3842

Re: What ONE BOTTLE from your cellar will be your special occasion wine in five years?

I have high hopes for my 1985 Magdelaine, which I haven't yet allowed myself to try
by Yao C
October 23rd, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT: How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines
Replies: 67
Views: 4120

Re: NYT: How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines

Not ‘CCP,’ more like ‘money doesn’t buy someone a palate.’ Theses are name shoppers, basically. An internet’s worth of crashed exotics with 35 miles on the odometer shows us wealth doesn’t by driving ability, either. Outside the subculture of wine nerds that we live in, no one thinks there's anythi...
by Yao C
October 23rd, 2020, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Archetype Wines for $150-350/bottle (drinking well now)
Replies: 48
Views: 2168

Re: Archetype Wines for $150-350/bottle (drinking well now)

Chave is a fantastic choice for the Rhone, I think 2012 falls in the budget. I would go for a lesser year that’s more mature. Of all the wines I collect, Chave is the one I enjoy most in off years. 2002 is beautiful and well within the budget. Other possibilities are 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1...
by Yao C
September 23rd, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated Burgundy Vintages
Replies: 105
Views: 4488

Re: Underrated Burgundy Vintages

How do you all feel about Maureen's mention of 1985? Been awhile since I've had an '09, but every vintage people have said will never close down, eventually closes down. Putting aside that this is a non-falsifiable statement, do you have some examples in mind? How's it a non-falsifiable statement? I...
by Yao C
September 22nd, 2020, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated Burgundy Vintages
Replies: 105
Views: 4488

Re: Underrated Burgundy Vintages

Keith Levenberg wrote:
September 22nd, 2020, 12:29 pm
Been awhile since I've had an '09, but every vintage people have said will never close down, eventually closes down.
Putting aside that this is a non-falsifiable statement, do you have some examples in mind?
by Yao C
September 22nd, 2020, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated Burgundy Vintages
Replies: 105
Views: 4488

Re: Underrated Burgundy Vintages

And what does "VERY long haul" even mean? What value is there in waiting 40 years for a wine to mature. Vintage Port has traditionally been passed on from parents to their children... Yes, but does that provide any demonstrable value, or just some level of sentimentality? Apart from the delicious m...
by Yao C
September 20th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Dominus Estate
Replies: 9
Views: 815

Re: TN: 2009 Dominus Estate

Thank you for the early look at the vintage [cheers.gif] I’m not even sure I’ve ever heard anything negative about Dominus (other than prices creeping upward). I have had mildly disappointing experiences with the 1994 and 2002 (despite good provenance) but agree that Dominus is in general the bees k...
by Yao C
September 20th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wife's Birthday wine menu
Replies: 5
Views: 836

Re: Wife's Birthday wine menu

Don't overthink it and, if the wine experience is truly important to you two, keep the food simple. IMO it's as simple as that
by Yao C
September 18th, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 291
Views: 19013

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

$119 a case. $125 half a case. $135 one bottle. $135.99 I'll just buy more Marguet, Bouchard, Etienne Calsac, Laherte Frères, Moussé Fils, Vilmart and Ployez-Jacquemart; I hear there is a glut of Champagne. Any idea when the 2008 Ployez-Jacquemart Liesse d'Harbonville is due to be released (or the ...
by Yao C
September 14th, 2020, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12546
Views: 489998

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2002 Catherine et Pierre Breton Bourgueil Les Perrieres Ex-domaine; light-bodied and easygoing; hint of greenness that is nicely balanced with fruit and other complexities; relies on acidity for structure - the tannin is rather wispy and dissipated; lost some complexity and interest with aeration; ...
by Yao C
September 11th, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 291
Views: 19013

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

My husband and I both like CdC, and it's rare for our tastes to intersect that well. Unless the price gets truly crazy (like well in excess of $200) I'll probably buy a bunch
by Yao C
September 11th, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14937
Views: 747018

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

1982 and 1985 Mouton
Nick Gangas wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 12:20 pm
More Falkenstein.
Nice to see all this love for Falkenstein. I'll have to try some
by Yao C
September 10th, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 88
Views: 3513

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

Anthony Zhang wrote:
September 9th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Hey all,
I’m Anthony, cofounder and CEO of Vinovest.

A ton of comments here so I’ll try to address the most common ones I’m seeing:
Hi Anthony, this wasn't on your list but I'd love a sense for how wines for investment are selected. Is 1987 Cos actually part of the portfolio for real?
by Yao C
September 9th, 2020, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14937
Views: 747018

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Stack of Ployez-Jacquemart - refill of their 2008 BdB, which I'm a fan of, plus the 2002 Liesse and the MV Granite
by Yao C
September 6th, 2020, 9:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Cellar Holdings by Producer and Some Thoughts on how/why that's Changed
Replies: 101
Views: 6841

Re: Top Cellar Holdings by Producer and Some Thoughts on how/why that's Changed

I ran the numbers on my collection (just over 500 bottles), but they don't tell the whole story: The lack of Bordeaux on my list has nothing to do with how often I drink it. I'll buy aged Bordeaux and drink soon after it arrives, and don't bother buying young Bordeaux to age. I'd rather shift my bud...
by Yao C
September 3rd, 2020, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12546
Views: 489998

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
September 3rd, 2020, 2:35 pm
I had a few others here have noted that the 2000 is really not representative of Sociando and the vintage. Plus it has some variability. The 2001 drinks more like a 2000! Insiders know that, as notice you rarely see 2001s for sale! Track some down, really excellent.
Much obliged [cheers.gif]
by Yao C
September 3rd, 2020, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12546
Views: 489998

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Just popped another 2000 Chateau Sociando Mallet. Most excellent. While this vintage of SM has some variability - some bottles have been too green even for my Yak Chinon palate - this bottle sings. It's good to hear! I wrote off S-M based on an unsatisfying experience with their 2000 several years ...
by Yao C
September 1st, 2020, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvée 3.14
Replies: 9
Views: 586

Re: TN: 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvée 3.14

Jeremy Holmes wrote:
September 1st, 2020, 4:09 pm
This is seriously good. Best since the '07 for mine.
Thank you for the early look, and for making me feel good about stocking up. I'd love to get your thoughts on ageability

[cheers.gif]
by Yao C
September 1st, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines for cellar
Replies: 29
Views: 1436

Re: Wines for cellar

Lastly, take a look at the availability of back vintage wines and think about that when stockpiling. If you really fancy super second Bordeaux, back vintages of those can be found relatively easily - albeit with a price premium. However, if your thing is buying low production burgundy - it may not ...
by Yao C
September 1st, 2020, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?
Replies: 67
Views: 3234

Re: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?

I live about 15 miles from Woodinville. It is absolutely the silliest excuse for a "wine region" in the entire world. The majority of visitors there are just "bar hopping." All the vineyards are on the other side of the state. We "fondly" refer to Woodinville as the Wine Mall. You'll go there once....
by Yao C
September 1st, 2020, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?
Replies: 67
Views: 3234

Re: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?

Chris may be an old crank, but he ends with very good advice: But to answer your question, as a Seattle area denizen, I recommend you order all of your wine from Vinopolis, Sec, and Avalon in Portland, and make a couple of visits to the Willamette Valley each year to visit world class wineries. No ...

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