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by Lee Barnard
November 27th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 5887

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

After some family events, suddenly hosting Thanksgiving, so no time to stop at storage.

Thinking

2000 Les Carmes Haut Brion
2006 L. Boillot Pommard Fremiers
2014 Jamet
2017 Morgen Long Chardonnay
1990 Rieussec
Whatever NV Champagne I dig up

Maybe swap in a 2005 Lagrange for science
by Lee Barnard
November 21st, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 155
Views: 11330

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

Went with 2x Billecart-Salmon Rose and another 2014 Jamet. Wasn't really planning to buy more wine this year, but my wife loves that Rose. The Jamet...
by Lee Barnard
November 19th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12234
Views: 588341

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Case of the 2014 Chevillon Vaucrains
6x 2015 HN Murgers
by Lee Barnard
November 8th, 2019, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Sociando-Mallet (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)
Replies: 6
Views: 454

Re: TN: 2014 Château Sociando-Mallet (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)

Thanks for the note. Picked up a case of this based on Alfert's recommendation, but haven't tasted.
by Lee Barnard
November 5th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 101
Views: 8518

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

Bit scattershot since other than the Pato, trying new things. But the Bien Nacido X Block Syrah sounded right up my alley.

3x Bien Nacido X Block
3x Pato
2x Dolinsek
1x California Syrah
1x Wirz Riesling
WL Farmhouse
WL T5 Cab
by Lee Barnard
November 4th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping from CA to East Coast
Replies: 14
Views: 763

Re: Shipping from CA to East Coast

$40 per box (inclusive of both pickup and transport).
by Lee Barnard
November 4th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping from CA to East Coast
Replies: 14
Views: 763

Re: Shipping from CA to East Coast

I think you store at Domaine? I have them pick up from Winebid and Benchmark - they move to Napa warehouse then consolidate in their refrigerated trucking to move to NJ. Pricing is flat per box (case). Cheaper and safer than UPS/Fedex if they are picking up increments of 12 bottles per site. Break e...
by Lee Barnard
October 23rd, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinous 2016 Burgundy Report / Neal Martin vs. Stephen Tanzer
Replies: 13
Views: 2053

Re: Vinous 2016 Burgundy Report / Neal Martin vs. Stephen Tanzer

Not a subscriber, but historically I thought Tanzer had a much less compressed scale, particularly when it comes to Burgundy (I actually think some other reviewers do this for Burgundy as well). 86-89 could be a good to bordering excellent wine, particularly for non-1er or GCs. 90-94 is excellent an...
by Lee Barnard
October 23rd, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 26
Views: 1122

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

Really enjoyed Montiel for dinner last time I was there - went based on the recommendation of a few on this board. Monvinic is a great wine bar. I prefer sitting at the more casual tables up front than in the restaurant itself. Although, most of my best experiences are just walking aimlessly around ...
by Lee Barnard
October 23rd, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS/FT - Pappy 15 - Philadelphia
Replies: 0
Views: 338

FS/FT - Pappy 15 - Philadelphia

Looking to sell last year's release of Pappy 15. $1050 cash or trade for BDX/Burgundy/N. Rhone (with commensurate increase in price to Pappy to track retail/wine searcher values). Strongly prefer Philadelphia or western suburbs local pick-up/swap. If no interest, will consider opening up to shipping.
by Lee Barnard
October 23rd, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 201
Views: 21430

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

A more rationale way to do it (although somewhat surprised they aren't guaranteeing for certain members - or I'm just not in that group). Will be interesting to see the results. Have no idea how much Pappy they have and how common Grand Reserve is. Was really the only reason I bought BDX from TW sin...
by Lee Barnard
October 14th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?
Replies: 56
Views: 1926

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

Consumer - I intend to drink (or leave for kid) every bottle I buy. Even when I go deep on something I don't end up liking, I just open for people who will enjoy.
by Lee Barnard
October 10th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Bordeaux: a Gilman "profound" Bordeaux vintage - Your Recommendations?
Replies: 148
Views: 7600

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

After reading this thread nearly a year ago, bought some 2008s to try (and of course promptly forgot I bought them). Have just gotten around to tasting them. They are complete, classic, mid-weight wines that are attractively priced, and seem like they will age very nicely. Haven't tried anything fro...
by Lee Barnard
September 6th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!
Replies: 55
Views: 3874

Re: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!

Frank Murray III wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 9:47 pm
Sean, my order sounds exactly like yours. And that 17 Staff, that wine is geen-yus. Best wine that Jamie/Joanna have ever made.
Agreed on this. Will have to see how it ages, but I'm assuming fantastically. Used this release to send more to storage.
by Lee Barnard
June 5th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TotalWine BDX Futures LIVE
Replies: 22
Views: 2263

Re: TotalWine BDX Futures LIVE

I'm new to BDX Futures. I usually purchase my Bordeaux's on pre-release (a few months before it hits the store) or shortly after the current release (ie purchased a few 2016s in 5/2019). However, this year I decided to purchase a few futures because my son was born in 2018 and I figured if I was ev...
by Lee Barnard
May 11th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs Bdx18 barrel: some selections bargain and not
Replies: 15
Views: 1086

Re: TNs Bdx18 barrel: some selections bargain and not

Lee the style of Les Carmes has changed substantially starting around 2012. It is a much glossier wine now showing less of the Cab Franc profile that always enamored me. I still think 2014 showed well, but it is quite different. Had heard the change, although got mixed up and thought it was 2016. P...
by Lee Barnard
May 11th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century
Replies: 69
Views: 2537

Re: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century

Why bother to drink non-vintage-of-the-century Bordeaux, when harder to find than vintage-of-the-century Bordeaux? Cheaper and in some cases actually better? Cf 2005, which tastes oddly samey to me, apart from being ridiculously priced Agree. Based on this and a few earlier posts, going to put toge...
by Lee Barnard
May 11th, 2019, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs Bdx18 barrel: some selections bargain and not
Replies: 15
Views: 1086

Re: TNs Bdx18 barrel: some selections bargain and not

Thanks, Panos. Always find your notes so helpful. Keep forgetting to find an opportunity to taste the 2016+ Les Carmes. Historically a favorite of mine due to the Cab Franc.
by Lee Barnard
February 9th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Vieux Chateau Certan
Replies: 28
Views: 1962

Re: TN: 2004 Vieux Chateau Certan

Was able to backfill a few of these at a good price, so opened one. Just delicious. Sultry and spicy red fruit, but kept in check by the Cab Franc and acid. Wet earth, truffle and florals. The only knock is the slight dryness of the tannins on the finish. Maybe just entering a youthful peak. Shootin...
by Lee Barnard
February 2nd, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Domaine de Chevalier, Rouge, Pessac-Leognan
Replies: 3
Views: 273

Re: TN: 2000 Domaine de Chevalier, Rouge, Pessac-Leognan

Excellent to hear. The semi-recent bottle I had of this seemed faded and dried out, which was surprising for a 2000. Guess just a bit of bottle variation. Hopefully the rest of mine are like your note.
by Lee Barnard
January 25th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 and 1996 Chateau Sociando Mallet Cuvee Jean Gautreau - Out of GrasslGlass Stems
Replies: 25
Views: 1446

Re: TN: 1996 Chateau Sociando Mallet Cuvee Jean Gautreau - Out of GrasslGlass Stems

Counselor, what’s your take on the 96 SM regular bottling? Have a couple of bottles lying about. Wait or drink? My SM experience doesn't compare to Alfert, but have had the 96 twice in the past 6 months. In a really great place right now, but no rush at all to drink them. Not sure if it gets better...
by Lee Barnard
January 7th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Bargain Champagne
Replies: 64
Views: 3736

Re: Best Bargain Champagne

Pol Roger Brut is my go to.
by Lee Barnard
January 7th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Inexpensive Bordeaux
Replies: 53
Views: 3918

Re: Inexpensive Bordeaux

I'd also add Chantegrieve, Fonbadet, and Mongravey. I thought the 2015 Chantegrive was a great QPR. After tasting, bought a half case at $17 each. It is forward, but has some smoke, earth and espresso. Great wine - no - but tastes like a Bordeaux and the 2015 vintage, and does not taste manipulated.
by Lee Barnard
January 5th, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Philadelphia, PA
Replies: 473
Views: 90271

Re: Philadelphia, PA

Has anyone tried Verbena in Kennett? Looks like it opened a few months back. Lee, we tried it the first week they opened and were very disappointed in the food. We live nearby, and my wife wants to give it another chance, but there are quite a few restaurants nearby that I'd rather go to. Jeff, in ...
by Lee Barnard
January 4th, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12234
Views: 588341

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Rounding out 2014 BDX purchases

12x 2014 Sociando Mallet
6x 2014 Leoville Barton
6x 2014 Chevalier
by Lee Barnard
December 31st, 2018, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wines do you plan on opening on New Years Eve?
Replies: 68
Views: 1951

Re: What wines do you plan on opening on New Years Eve?

David Lewin wrote:
December 30th, 2018, 4:01 pm
For the last several years, I've opened a Port to bridge the old and new year. This year it will be the 1983 Graham.
Opened one of these on Christmas eve. In an excellent place.
by Lee Barnard
December 27th, 2018, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12234
Views: 588341

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Little more 2015 Bordeaux for me. 4 each of Pichon Baron, GPL and Chevalier.
by Lee Barnard
December 24th, 2018, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you serving with your holiday dinner?
Replies: 39
Views: 1743

Re: What are you serving with your holiday dinner?

A little bit of everything. Try to have a nice range for the guests who enjoy nice wine but aren't going to sit around and discuss it. So I use it as an opportunity to see where some things in cellar are in terms of drinking window/additional purchases. NV Aubry, Pol Roger and Roederer (some or all...
by Lee Barnard
December 22nd, 2018, 6:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you serving with your holiday dinner?
Replies: 39
Views: 1743

Re: What are you serving with your holiday dinner?

A little bit of everything. Try to have a nice range for the guests who enjoy nice wine but aren't going to sit around and discuss it. So I use it as an opportunity to see where some things in cellar are in terms of drinking window/additional purchases. NV Aubry, Pol Roger and Roederer (some or all ...
by Lee Barnard
December 14th, 2018, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 4 Virtual Tasting Series - Bordeaux for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund
Replies: 56
Views: 1429

Re: Week 4 Virtual Tasting Series (12/12 - 12/19) - Bordeaux for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund

1996 Château Sociando-Mallet - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc (12/14/2018) A wonderful nose of pencil shavings, green pepper, tobacco and dark fruit. Substantial fruit that is kept fresh by strong acidity. Tannins seem more or less fully resolved and provide a solid structure. As classic as it...
by Lee Barnard
December 14th, 2018, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All roads lead to spoofy?
Replies: 29
Views: 1517

Re: All roads lead to spoofy?

Tom, like you, while I lean strongly traditionalist, there are more modern wines that I think are well made (even if not my style) and that I even enjoy. The enjoyment may be more visceral enjoyment compared to a "profound" wine. And I buy these in small quantities for the right occasion, which tend...
by Lee Barnard
December 12th, 2018, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christmas Wine
Replies: 37
Views: 1517

Re: Christmas Wine

Christmas is a celebration, not a wine tasting. Buy a 3L bottle of 2015 Henri Felettig Chambolle Musigny "Clos le Village" ($200), 20 cases of beer and invite all your neighbours around. My family and neighbors enjoy good wine. They may not post on this board, and I don't expect them to sit around ...
by Lee Barnard
December 11th, 2018, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2018 Edition -- TABULATIONS COMPLETE
Replies: 120
Views: 7182

Re: WOTYs--2018 Edition and your Discovery of the Year

WOTY - 1999 Taupenot-Merme Charmes-Chambertin. Still relatively new to exploring Burgundy, and wow, have never had anything like this. DOTY - 2001 Chateau Montelena. I've mostly tasted modern/ripe/oaky Cali Cab, so tasting a classic producer with some age was a revelation. A core of delicious fruit ...
by Lee Barnard
December 7th, 2018, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Vincent Paris, Pahlmeyer
Replies: 24
Views: 905

Re: TNs: Vincent Paris, Pahlmeyer

I’d consider the Paris more modern than rustic. I’ve not had the 2014 Paris 30 or 60, but that has always been my assessment as well. I’m not a fan. The Geynale is more what I like in a Cornas, but the 2015 is hugely-scaled. The Geynale is not de-stemmed where in the past the 30 and 60 were (perhap...
by Lee Barnard
December 6th, 2018, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Critic wines v drinkers wines
Replies: 29
Views: 1363

Re: Critic wines v drinkers wines

Not anymore. I opened a 2013 over Thanksgiving and the oak was overwhelming. Really borderline undrinkable for me. Once I open my last 2 bottles of Geyserville (I have a 2010 on deck for tonight) I'm done with them. Think mainly a palate shift, or a fundamental change in the winemaking? They have d...
by Lee Barnard
December 5th, 2018, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Critic wines v drinkers wines
Replies: 29
Views: 1363

Re: Critic wines v drinkers wines

If you want a wine that geeks and nongeeks both like, try Ridge Geyserville. Not anymore. I opened a 2013 over Thanksgiving and the oak was overwhelming. Really borderline undrinkable for me. Once I open my last 2 bottles of Geyserville (I have a 2010 on deck for tonight) I'm done with them. Think ...
by Lee Barnard
December 1st, 2018, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FINAL TALLY Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4
Replies: 101
Views: 3298

Re: Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4

Wife is out of town, so you'll all have to suffer through my terrible selfie skills. 2014 Bedrock Wine Co. Heritage Wine Papera Ranch - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (12/1/2018) Day 1, this was very tight and the nose muted - certainly needs more time in the cellar. Tannins we...
by Lee Barnard
November 27th, 2018, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 192
Views: 6501

Re: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

My first Vincent. 2015 Vincent Pinot Noir Armstrong Vineyard - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge (11/27/2018) Spice and precise crunchy predominately red fruit. All supported by a great layer of wet earth. Grippy tannins and a dose of acidity create a solid structure. A kiss of sweetness ...
by Lee Barnard
November 26th, 2018, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Court ruling allows NJ BYOB restaurants to advertise
Replies: 22
Views: 855

Re: Court ruling allows NJ BYOB restaurants to advertise

I occasionally run into a weird outlier in-between the BYO and liquor licence establishments. Its the formerly BYO restaurant that is suddenly "featuring" the wines of such-n-such winery, be it local or otherwise. Said establishment otherwise has no traditional drink menu, nor do they advertise thi...
by Lee Barnard
November 26th, 2018, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vapor barrier not needed if using foam?
Replies: 12
Views: 557

Re: Vapor barrier not needed if using foam?

Closed cell insulation must be a certain thickness to be considered a vapor barrier. Of course, I forgot what thickness is needed since I used it in my own cellar - but that info should be readily available on the insulation spec sheets from the manufacturer. From my own research, most say 2" or mo...
by Lee Barnard
November 20th, 2018, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you waiting for shipping season to start?
Replies: 159
Views: 5910

Re: Are you waiting for shipping season to start?

Anyone else in the Northeast having trouble with Benchmark shipping? Apparently the only safe months now are March and April (even though plenty of other wineries and retailers have and are shipping)? Plenty of emails exchanged, but still can't seem to speak to the relevant person live, so was seein...
by Lee Barnard
November 16th, 2018, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chest freezer experiment begins.
Replies: 32
Views: 3611

Re: Chest freezer experiment begins.

Just in case others view this thread in the future. I have three relatively new Frigidaire chest freezers(3 & 4 yrs) outfitted with Johnson Controls A19AAT-2C controllers. Inside I have analog and digital thermometers to make sure where to set the JC controller. My use is more for temporary wine st...
by Lee Barnard
November 15th, 2018, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chest freezer experiment begins.
Replies: 32
Views: 3611

Re: Chest freezer experiment begins.

Hoping Kent is still around lurking or someone else has tried this. Had the same thought today when I looked at an unused chest freezer in basement with an external temperature controller since it used to hold beer - can't think of why it wouldn't work. Assuming we are talking wine that won't be rea...
by Lee Barnard
November 7th, 2018, 8:12 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 201
Views: 21430

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

Just went through the Delaware one. Was pretty easy - first perk I've really valued as a grand reserve member. 20 was gone soon as I tried, but still got the 15. Now to decide whether to flip for wine or hold to enjoy with friends, most of whom like bourbon more.
by Lee Barnard
November 2nd, 2018, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lisa Perotti Brown - 34 x 100 p in the new WA issue
Replies: 164
Views: 9092

Re: Lisa Perotti Brown - 34 x 100 p in the new WA issue

Her response was interesting. She basically played down score inflation in part by saying "I think 2016 is the best vintage of 2012 to 2016 and RP gave 48 in 2013 and I only gave 34 in a better vintage". Then played the "if Beckstoffer To Kalon was just one winery there would be 1 100 pointer inste...
by Lee Barnard
October 30th, 2018, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestions for Barcelona area wineries and Champagne Houses
Replies: 11
Views: 570

Re: Suggestions for Barcelona area wineries and Champagne Houses

We did two big winery cellar tours in Champagne this summer - Ruinart and Taittinger. Both make great wines and loved both tours. That said, they were both in Reims, which seemed like kind of a dull town - not at all like Beaune or even Bordeaux. So, if you have a car and can drive to Reims, I reco...
by Lee Barnard
October 4th, 2018, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help build a new collection
Replies: 74
Views: 3980

Re: Help build a new collection

[truce.gif] I had convinced myself that I would go slow but then I also convinced myself that I should think of it as a small investment and allocate a portion of my assets to it :) To each his own, of course, but would think long and hard about this first. There are many illiquid alternative asset ...
by Lee Barnard
October 4th, 2018, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consolidated off-the-beaten-path Burgundy TNs
Replies: 312
Views: 30666

Re: Consolidated off-the-beaten-path Burgundy TNs

Saw this for what seemed liked a steal on Barcelona restaurant wine list. I don't have any experience with this producer, but almost seemed like the platonic ideal of what "Burgudian" CA producers would like to achieve. Not exactly my style, but for those with experience, is this the producer's styl...
by Lee Barnard
October 2nd, 2018, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines Fall Release - October 2nd
Replies: 20
Views: 907

Re: Desire Lines Fall Release - October 2nd

Opened one of the rieslings a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it (especially at only $22)...haven’t dared to touch any of the griffin’s Lair yet, but definitely in for these Agree on that. The price is stellar for what you get. Rounder than what you would get out of Alsace/dry German riesling. I w...

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