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by Mark Thompson
October 31st, 2019, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10916
Views: 397705

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

79 Heitz Martha - Still loads of primary fruit with a healthy dose of the expected eucalyptus. Seems significantly younger.
by Mark Thompson
October 31st, 2019, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12089
Views: 579561

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Got it—just saw the note
by Mark Thompson
October 31st, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12089
Views: 579561

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
October 31st, 2019, 6:32 pm
Some 2006 Chateau Beaucastel

Popped a 2016 for my wife tonight, she wasn’t digging the 1996 Sociando. I dodged a bullet there. :)
Just to be clear—you were digging the 96 SM though, right? I just bought some.
by Mark Thompson
October 27th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1989 bordeaux
Replies: 12
Views: 786

Re: 1989 bordeaux

The 89 Clerc Milon occasionally pops up at auction and such for under $100 (sometimes well under), which makes it a really outstanding QPR. Excellent post, and fun that you were able to source magnums for all these wines!
by Mark Thompson
October 23rd, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12089
Views: 579561

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

just curious. Has anyone received a bad bottle from Cellaraiders? If so, what did they do for you? No more so than any other high quality retailer/auction house. Much of what I buy is old, and I am happy to take on the risk of a handful of bad bottles (above and beyond TCA tainted ones). If I had a...
by Mark Thompson
October 23rd, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12089
Views: 579561

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

The mag of ‘71 Latour A Pomerol was an obnoxiously good deal but I missed it. Hopefully someone here got it.
by Mark Thompson
October 9th, 2019, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 6172

Re: Winebid revised.....

Well played Russ.
by Mark Thompson
October 9th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2284

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

1994 Dominus 1996 Ridge Monte Bello 2002 Joseph Phelps Insignia 2002 Shafer Hillside Select Those would be the 4 US wines that I would try to find. I have had many J. Schrams now, including some of their late disgorged with nearly 20 years of age on them. I like them a lot, but think that a Napa Ca...
by Mark Thompson
October 8th, 2019, 5:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 113
Views: 5045

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

1996 Salon
1996 Duval-Leroy Femme (late release-2017 disgorgement I believe)
by Mark Thompson
October 7th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2284

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

Birth year of a classic cab would be fun if you know it and it aligns with a decent vintage. Alternatively, while I normally wouldn’t push Opus ahead of many other alternatives, the French/American partnership is interesting. I can say definitively that in your shoes I’d spend way too much time tryi...
by Mark Thompson
October 5th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 6172

Re: Winebid revised.....

You guys just need to live close enough that you can pick up your wines at the Napa facility. Saves a lot on shipping costs. No matter that housing prices here are hundreds of thousands more. If you buy enough wine, though, it all evens out... I’m already good at rationalizing wine and real estate ...
by Mark Thompson
October 5th, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?
Replies: 52
Views: 1761

Re: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?

Another factor I’ve worried about with ground shipping is how much hotter might the inside of a semi trailer get in the sun versus ambient? Am I killed into a false sense of security if the “worst” weather is 78 and sunny on the way from CA, but that could really mean 100? I’d view the risk as low i...
by Mark Thompson
October 5th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is 2000 Bordeaux actually approachable now?
Replies: 45
Views: 1420

Re: Is 2000 Bordeaux actually approachable now?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
October 5th, 2019, 11:30 am
Craig G wrote:
October 5th, 2019, 11:03 am
D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
October 5th, 2019, 11:01 am
Coincidentally not ironically.
Coincidentally, it rained on his wedding day.
David pisses on everyone. I only see his posts if he’s quoted.
That makes it Craig’s fault. [rofl.gif]
by Mark Thompson
October 5th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 6172

Re: Winebid revised.....

What ticks me off a bit about this is the decision without notice just before main shipping season starts. In fact, D&R held shipments from Napa this week because of unseasonably high temps. And I usually plan to ship in November as a precaution. I appreciate that the shipping fees may have been su...
by Mark Thompson
September 26th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Château Rauzan-Ségla (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)
Replies: 16
Views: 978

Re: TN: 1994 Château Rauzan-Ségla (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)

Opened a bottle maybe four years ago and was mighty impressed. It really stood out given the vintage.
by Mark Thompson
September 25th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers
Replies: 76
Views: 4167

Re: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers

I’ve found a lot of the wines referenced above as fitting the criteria—except for $100-150 release prices—can be picked up at auction for under $100. This applies to both recent release and good older vintages. I guess this gets in on a technicality, but it’s one worth exploiting as a practical matt...
by Mark Thompson
September 24th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do I need to be drinking my Bordeauxs younger?
Replies: 54
Views: 2332

Re: Do I need to be drinking my Bordeauxs younger?

David Glasser wrote:
September 24th, 2019, 5:43 am
For my palate, the highs are higher but less frequent as you go from 20-25 years to 30-35 years.
So kind of like drinking Burgundy of any age. (I agree with you by the way).
by Mark Thompson
September 19th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Domaine Jacques Carillon Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet
Replies: 19
Views: 675

Re: TN: 2012 Domaine Jacques Carillon Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet

[/quote] Well... considering I bought a case of 2007 and only posted 2 notes.... [/quote] Flawed Flawed Flawed Flawed Flawed Flawed Flawed Flawed Flawed Flawed. Ouch. (I just bought I high-end mag of Bordeaux yesterday and didn’t notice SPS until after the auction closed so I’m already anticipating ...
by Mark Thompson
September 19th, 2019, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Domaine Jacques Carillon Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet
Replies: 19
Views: 675

Re: TN: 2012 Domaine Jacques Carillon Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet

I thought the ‘13 was very good when I first tried it, but with air it blossomed into possibly the most aromatically complex dry white I’ve ever had. Granted, the sample size is probably 5% of the red sample size at this point, but there are a few really good wines in there. To Alan’s point though, ...
by Mark Thompson
September 16th, 2019, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 72
Views: 5073

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

I should have closed with cautionary advice: Don't Uber home sober-drunk (allegedly) at midnight after a night at Bern's and jump on WineBid. I bid on multiple wines, as if I need more. I just checked to see if you bid against me on ‘82 Maggies. I promise I’ll share if I win! [truce.gif] I love tho...
by Mark Thompson
September 16th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 72
Views: 5073

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

I should have closed with cautionary advice: Don't Uber home sober-drunk (allegedly) at midnight after a night at Bern's and jump on WineBid. I bid on multiple wines, as if I need more. I just checked to see if you bid against me on ‘82 Maggies. I promise I’ll share if I win! [truce.gif] I love tho...
by Mark Thompson
September 13th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: thoughts on decanting a 1975 Yquem?
Replies: 22
Views: 1192

Re: thoughts on decanting a 1975 Yquem?

Lots of opinions on each side. I opened a 375 of the 76 recently that was still very young. Frankly, if in the company of other wine geeks I’d consider immediately decanting half the bottle into a 375 to then slow ox from there (with a little extra air introduced from pouring). I’d then put the rest...
by Mark Thompson
September 13th, 2019, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The pursuit of 55F/70% humidity and a working wine fridge - I need more space for wine!
Replies: 10
Views: 1208

Re: The pursuit of 55F/70% humidity and a working wine fridge - I need more space for wine!

Welcome Adam. Your storage story parallels mine up through a few years ago almost exactly. Will hopefully bump into you around town sometime.

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by Mark Thompson
September 12th, 2019, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: For BAMA fans...
Replies: 50
Views: 2109

Re: For BAMA fans...

1981. Again. I love that vintage in Bordeaux. I don’t think I’ve had a bad ‘81–a couple of Cordier’s and a Mouton have all been better than expected. That said, I tend to not want to open ‘81’s. I think I have it in the back of my head that I’m saving them for verticals at some point...Gruaud, PLL,...
by Mark Thompson
September 11th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pizza wines: 82 Magdelaine, 06 G Conterno, 81 LdH, 15 Jamet etc.
Replies: 37
Views: 1413

Re: Pizza wines: 82 Magdelaine, 06 G Conterno, 81 LdH, 15 Jamet etc.

I feel like there is an offline Maggie vertical that needs to get put together at some point. I’m in with a 75, 82, and 86. I don't have any older vintages, but if I could buy my way into that with the '98 and/or '09, I would love to try and make something work. Now we’re talking...like a Midwest p...
by Mark Thompson
September 10th, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pizza wines: 82 Magdelaine, 06 G Conterno, 81 LdH, 15 Jamet etc.
Replies: 37
Views: 1413

Re: Pizza wines: 82 Magdelaine, 06 G Conterno, 81 LdH, 15 Jamet etc.

A few follow-up thoughts on the Bordeaux “flight”.. The 70 Latour A Pomerol was a carbon copy of a bottle I opened last week, and perhaps just a smidge more concentrated and youthful than a 71 from several months ago. The 82 Maggie was also just like a bottle from a couple of months ago—just such a ...
by Mark Thompson
August 11th, 2019, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12089
Views: 579561

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Thanks guys! One other thing to run past the WB brain trust... I'm flying direct from Chicago to Portland, ME (where the wedding is). I think that best I can do in terms of transport is wrap the bottle in a bunch of plastic wrap/clothes/soft things within a suitcase and minimize its time out of opt...
by Mark Thompson
August 10th, 2019, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12089
Views: 579561

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Thanks so much Alan! Really looking forward to the wine and hopefully it turns out great! I totally agree with Alan’s advice. Additionally, in a perfect world, you would stand it up several days (or more) in advance and figure out a way to serve it at something cooler than room temperature (ideally...
by Mark Thompson
August 10th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is Torrefaction?
Replies: 48
Views: 1930

Re: What is Torrefaction?

I thought it somewhat ironic that AG trashed (maybe an overstatement, but certainly criticized) several Arietta wines because of “torrefaction” - while his partner ST (who supposedly popularized the use of the descriptor) is on record as loving the wines.
by Mark Thompson
August 9th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 3366

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

Folks, there is a solution to still owning certain monstrosities acquired in our less considered youth: charity auctions. Last year one got $1,000 for my 3L of 2003 Bellevue Mondotte. The reviews said it all: mocha, caramel, nougat. I hope the buyer (donor) likes it. A win/win/win. Reminds me of a ...
by Mark Thompson
August 9th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 3366

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

Keith A k e r s wrote:
August 9th, 2019, 12:45 pm
I'll happily admit that I really dig a lot of Priorat and that's turned into my go to when I want a bigger wine. It may not be full on AWFE, but it's a region that seems to be thrown into the purple drank category when that isn't the case for a lot of wines IMO
+1..... Clos Erasmus..Guilty.
by Mark Thompson
August 7th, 2019, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right
Replies: 84
Views: 6454

Re: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right

..and Alfert paid me $20 to bump this thread. [wink.gif]
by Mark Thompson
August 7th, 2019, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right
Replies: 84
Views: 6454

Re: Robert A. Alfert, Jr., was right

In Boston tonight on a work trip - had dinner at Troquet on South. We paid $40 for a bottle of ‘70 Lanessan in their “Summer Wine Sale” and all I can say is holy crap! One of the best noses I’ve experienced on an old Bordeaux. With some air, there was almost a Burgundian quality - similar to Vosne s...
by Mark Thompson
August 4th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haut Bailly vs. Les Carmes Haut Brion
Replies: 31
Views: 2147

Re: Haut Bailly vs. Les Carmes Haut Brion

Haut-Bailly on the other hand is one of the most elegant wines in Bordeaux, both banks. Mature Haut-Bailly has a texture of pure silk that can rival Romanee St. Vivant. In Bordeaux it's really only matched by Lafite-Rothschild and a handful of top Pomerols like VCC and Trotanoy. It benefited for a ...
by Mark Thompson
August 2nd, 2019, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mini WB offline - 08 Larmandier VV Blanc de Blancs, 1982 Figeac, 2001 Jamet, 1990 Leoville-Barton
Replies: 5
Views: 490

Re: Mini WB offline - 08 Larmandier VV Blanc de Blancs, 1982 Figeac, 2001 Jamet, 1990 Leoville-Barton

The ‘82 Figeac IS killer, though I think Canon delivers a similar experience at roughly 60% of the money.

I recently picked up some of the ‘83 Figeac and I’m crossing my fingers!
by Mark Thompson
August 2nd, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago - 2010 Bordeaux
Replies: 11
Views: 1525

Re: Chicago - 2010 Bordeaux

I’m interested.
by Mark Thompson
July 31st, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10916
Views: 397705

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Mini-Vertical last night: ‘82 Meyney - I’ve probably opened over a case of this wine in the last few years. It has been consistently excellent, but is also usually representive of typical Cordier bottles of the era, with a lot of “funk”— read: brett. While I’m okay with that in most cases, once in a...
by Mark Thompson
July 31st, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10916
Views: 397705

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

From this weekend: It’s funny if you pay attention how many good reports of ‘87 from Côte de Nuits there are. Since someone opened an absolutely magnificent bottle of ‘87 Drouhin Griotte for me in 2003, and I later tried an excellent of bottle of the Musigny ~2004, I’ve been on the look out for ‘87...
by Mark Thompson
July 29th, 2019, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10916
Views: 397705

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

From this weekend: ‘87 Maume Mazis - Shockingly good given the reputation of the vintage. The cork was in excellent shape and the fill was very good. The nose was pretty open from the start and just kept getting better. Nice minerality and fairly dominant floral notes. For my palate, this was drinki...
by Mark Thompson
July 27th, 2019, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkerfest 10.2 photo thread!!
Replies: 101
Views: 5590

Re: Berserkerfest 10.2 photo thread!!

e chin wrote:
July 27th, 2019, 8:26 pm
I so wanted to swing by to this as I came in this afternoon. Unfortunately the boss wouldn’t allow me to leave the kids alone in the city. 😢
[rofl.gif] [rofl.gif] [rofl.gif]
by Mark Thompson
July 25th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit
Replies: 52
Views: 2042

Re: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit

Good point, thanks Yaacov. Agreed. Unless the place is truly BYO only, like many in Philly, we almost always buy something off the list as well. I VERY rarely buy off the list other than a cocktail. While I know it doesn't help the ownership of the restaurant, I compensate the waitstaff and sommeli...
by Mark Thompson
July 23rd, 2019, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Glamis Castle and wine storage temperature
Replies: 28
Views: 2021

Re: Glamis Castle and wine storage temperature

Thanks David, and good point on the drinking windows. I like them on the backside (and often 5-10+ years beyond) the CT windows, so that is already factored in. I may compromise with something colder than 55, but not significantly colder—maybe 48-50. That appears to have served Alan well and might b...
by Mark Thompson
July 21st, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Glamis Castle and wine storage temperature
Replies: 28
Views: 2021

Re: Glamis Castle and wine storage temperature

Bumping one of Alan’s old threads as it relates to a subject I’ve been thinking about. Given that much of my wine collection is already at or slightly past the prime drinking window (mostly auction sourced so not the original purchaser), I’m considering keeping my home cellar in the 40’s when it is ...
by Mark Thompson
July 21st, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others
Replies: 27
Views: 1513

Re: 6 TNs from last night: OLD Hanzell Pinot Noir, Vilmart and a few others

I picked up a ‘76 Hanzell Pinot in a mixed lot from this weekend’s HDH auction. Looking forward to trying it after reading these notes.
by Mark Thompson
July 19th, 2019, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10916
Views: 397705

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1965 Charles Krug Cab—still kickin! Ripe red fruits don’t exactly explode out of the glass, but come through with some air. A bit of eucalyptus and black truffle on the nose—a cab that could almost be mistaken for an old Pomerol. Relatively short finish but very elegant and held together well (or se...
by Mark Thompson
July 14th, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 87
Views: 3008

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit

Wine either ‘89 Haut Brion or (from my much more limited Burg experience) ‘99 Prieur Musigny. This one? [cheers.gif] AADE5CC0-AA13-4004-8807-E904EA5B82F5.jpeg I can still smell it—incredibly complex! And the ‘01 Meo Clos Vougeot and ‘96 Jadot Bonnes Mares were almost as good. I’m starting to gain a...
by Mark Thompson
July 14th, 2019, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 87
Views: 3008

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit

I think I’d go with refreshing and tropical for the beer—Corona or whatever.

Same with spirit—some good aged rum—not that picky.

Wine either ‘89 Haut Brion or (from my much more limited Burg experience) ‘99 Prieur Musigny.
by Mark Thompson
July 14th, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 87
Views: 3008

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit

David Baum wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Am I alone or with Alan?
Alan MIGHT be there. Then again he MIGHT be a volleyball. But as long as that volleyball comes with a giant bottle of DRC, you might be all good.
by Mark Thompson
July 14th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?
Replies: 57
Views: 3089

Re: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?

White Claw I’d honestly never heard of this stuff until right before the 4th—I was in a gas station in Fontana, WI and the owner was screaming the F-word every couple of seconds into his phone because he hadn’t gotten his White Claw delivery right as the lake was getting packed for the weekend. App...
by Mark Thompson
July 13th, 2019, 8:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12089
Views: 579561

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

27 Half bottles of Krug Grande Cuvée for $53.99 a piece. Random liquor store near Lake Geneva, WI—they got some kind of special purchase from their distributor for the halves and stayed with the usual mark-up. I kindly cleaned them out.

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