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by Neal.Mollen
December 7th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 109
Views: 6096

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

Some great suggestions here, and I strongly encourage people to reach out and point these small wineries/owners to BerserkerDay - feel free to give them my direct email address - it's more likely for them to participate when actual customers point it out than when the butthead founder of the site d...
by Neal.Mollen
December 7th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10999
Views: 402250

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1989 Gruaud Larose - somm at the restaurant opened the bottle and brought it to me. She said she had smelled it and would let me decide. I thought it was as it should be, and had it poured in our glasses. Air did wonders for it and brought out the cherry fruit with florals, cedar, and truffles. Stu...
by Neal.Mollen
December 7th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Domaine du Clos de Tart Clos de Tart
Replies: 10
Views: 438

Re: TN: 2007 Domaine du Clos de Tart Clos de Tart

B. Buzzini wrote:
December 6th, 2019, 7:37 pm
Neal.Mollen wrote:
December 6th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Would you say the wine is mature?
No still very youthful...but that sous bois starting to show suggests the late 30’s in people years...I like more youth in my wines...so ymmv.
Thanks Buzz. Only have one bottle, and I have never had a Clos du Tart before so I think I'll wait for a while
by Neal.Mollen
December 7th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1981 Kirwan, Margaux
Replies: 3
Views: 225

Re: TN: 1981 Kirwan, Margaux

Sounds like it would be right up my alley! Thanks for the note.
by Neal.Mollen
December 6th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Domaine du Clos de Tart Clos de Tart
Replies: 10
Views: 438

Re: TN: 2007 Domaine du Clos de Tart Clos de Tart

Would you say the wine is mature?
by Neal.Mollen
December 6th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10999
Views: 402250

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1994 Ridge Geezer. Really good wine.
by Neal.Mollen
December 6th, 2019, 5:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "NFL Wine Guy"
Replies: 13
Views: 1293

"NFL Wine Guy"

Will Blackmon working at Winex with Kyle

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/n ... 618494001/
by Neal.Mollen
December 4th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 684
Views: 35106

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
December 4th, 2019, 10:13 am
Math is math.
Obviously you have no future in politics
by Neal.Mollen
December 4th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zalto…takes a lickin…..
Replies: 79
Views: 7064

Re: Zalto…takes a lickin…..

In the interest of completeness, I have to report that my wife broke a zalto champagne glass the other day. First Zalto of any type we've broken, but I think it was knocked off the counter so really not the glass's fault.

wine enthusiast has them for $59/each.
by Neal.Mollen
December 4th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 109
Views: 6096

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

B. Buzzini wrote:
December 3rd, 2019, 6:47 pm
Krug....make it happen Todd!!!
Um, I wish...but it's not Krug, it's Louis Vuitton, and they won't exactly care about BerserkerDay!
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Nonsense. LVMH is just waiting to be invited. Too proud to ask!
by Neal.Mollen
December 4th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 684
Views: 35106

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
December 4th, 2019, 8:07 am
Careful Victor...
Fortunately, trade wars are good and easy to win, so this shouldn't last too long.
by Neal.Mollen
December 3rd, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 684
Views: 35106

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Well, well...see the attached release that has the proposed listing... https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/Notice_of_Determination_and_Request_for_Comments_Concerning_Action_Pursuant_to_Section_301_France%E2%80%99s_Digital_Services_Tax.pdf The only code related to wine is sparking, so it's just bu...
by Neal.Mollen
December 3rd, 2019, 5:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Weekend at Berto's II -- 04 Dom Rose, 07 Grand Annee, 67 Barolo, 89 Grange, 10 Boillot, Others
Replies: 15
Views: 825

Re: TNs--Weekend at Berto's II -- 04 Dom Rose, 07 Grand Annee, 67 Barolo, 89 Grange, 10 Boillot, Others

I haven't had the 04 Dom rose, so I can't comment on the comparison, but I have had the 07 Bolly rose and it was fantastic. The Dom must have been sensational.

Thanks all for the excellent notes!
by Neal.Mollen
December 3rd, 2019, 5:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Protecting your $$$$$ wines
Replies: 53
Views: 2951

Re: Protecting your $$$$$ wines

I guess the label matters more if you hope to someday sell the wines than if you someday hope to drink the wine. Yeah, if you aren't going to be selling them, it doesn't make any difference, does it? Protect them from what? Anyway, to answer your question, when I get one in saran, I leave it that w...
by Neal.Mollen
December 2nd, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12255
Views: 588991

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Thats a good idea. Might have to look for some 375ml champs too. Ployez-Jacquemart Extra Brut Rosé Champagne NV was $19.95 That is a very good champagne in a very flexible format and at a great price. Home run! yeah pretty psyched. Beginning to build a nice stash of good champagne in lunch-alone si...
by Neal.Mollen
December 2nd, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10999
Views: 402250

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1990 Vieux Chateau Certan Delicious interplay between earth and smoke and dark-ish fruit - great pairing for the food at Californios; silky and plush in the mouth but with enough acid to keep things fresh; fully resolved and perhaps getting a trifle soupy with time in glass; this needs drinking up ...
by Neal.Mollen
December 2nd, 2019, 6:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12255
Views: 588991

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

YLee wrote:
December 2nd, 2019, 6:05 am
Neal.Mollen wrote:
December 2nd, 2019, 5:55 am
a dozen 375s of everyday champagne and chianti @ Woodland Hills cyber Monday sale
Thats a good idea. Might have to look for some 375ml champs too.
Ployez-Jacquemart Extra Brut Rosé Champagne NV was $19.95
by Neal.Mollen
December 2nd, 2019, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12255
Views: 588991

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

a dozen 375s of everyday champagne and chianti @ Woodland Hills cyber Monday sale
by Neal.Mollen
December 1st, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 618
Views: 31354

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

The plan is to buy until I retire in May and then severely cut back my purchasing. From a budget and actuarial plan, it simply makes sense for me to do so. I hate to be the one to spring it on you but it does not work that way. [cheers.gif] [cheers.gif] I'm hoping it does. Actually, I have been rea...
by Neal.Mollen
December 1st, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 109
Views: 6096

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

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
December 1st, 2019, 9:59 am
Neal.Mollen wrote:
November 25th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
November 25th, 2019, 1:58 pm


Great idea! I'll see if I can make that work
That would be awesome. And bust the bank!
Ridge is in!!!!!
That's great! Todd, you really have built something here. I am glad it is making you rich.
by Neal.Mollen
December 1st, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Friday Deals
Replies: 78
Views: 7577

Re: Black Friday Deals

C Chen wrote:
November 30th, 2019, 6:18 pm
jprusack wrote:
November 30th, 2019, 6:10 pm
hart davis selling lignier MSD les chaffots 2008 for $85ish...

chambers has the same wine for $150. worth a try methinks?
Love 08 and Les Chaffots
ALMOST got me to buy wine. ALMOST. Very fine deal
by Neal.Mollen
November 30th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Arcadian Syrah Robert O. Fleming Cuvée Garys' Vineyard
Replies: 14
Views: 574

Re: TN: 1999 Arcadian Syrah Robert O. Fleming Cuvée Garys' Vineyard

I had no idea! What a great tribute to a erudite and fascinating man. Wish we saw more of him here.
by Neal.Mollen
November 29th, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12255
Views: 588991

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

YLee wrote:
November 28th, 2019, 10:54 am
All halves
1982, 1990, 1992 Clerc Milon
1983 Ducru Beaucaillou
1986 Meyney
Nice!
by Neal.Mollen
November 29th, 2019, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Psa hdh
Replies: 24
Views: 2010

Re: Psa hdh

ben.c wrote:
November 29th, 2019, 7:28 am
When did they start charging tax to CA? And why? I ordered back in 2016 and wasn’t charged tax. Bummer.
Change in the law.
by Neal.Mollen
November 29th, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 20803

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

William, I have an OTT question for you that you may not want to answer, and I understand if that is the case. I saw you reference your new batch of TNs, gathered over a span of 3 weeks, and I wondered if TWA (or really, any wine publication operating in this sphere) has productivity quotas for how...
by Neal.Mollen
November 27th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting recent experience at a restaurant that allowed corkage...
Replies: 33
Views: 2028

Re: Interesting recent experience at a restaurant that allowed corkage...

Yeah 2 different issues here. I would have expected the server to pour, and I have never had one that didn't. But I'd be happier keeping tabs of the bottle myself, as others have said. I am always very appreciative when a restaurant allows corkage, and I would be totally ok with a "you open and pour...
by Neal.Mollen
November 27th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the BEST wine holiday?
Replies: 26
Views: 929

Re: What’s the BEST wine holiday?

Friday
by Neal.Mollen
November 27th, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Psa hdh
Replies: 24
Views: 2010

Re: Psa hdh

$75 ground shipping on a bottle?
by Neal.Mollen
November 27th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Discount for ballahs
Replies: 1
Views: 940

PSA: Discount for ballahs

tcwc.com has a black friday sale with 10% off all current stock. Minimum order is $500. I'm not spending $500 on Friday for wine, but they have a nice selection of aged CA and bdx wines and the normal prices are generally quite fair. Worth a look for those with $$ to spend.
by Neal.Mollen
November 27th, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 20803

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

One new development is that we're publishing some free-to-read content, including this article about contemporary Champagne by me: https://www.robertparker.com/articles/zkCHemWaHt6fTavHQ William, I have an OTT question for you that you may not want to answer, and I understand if that is the case. I...
by Neal.Mollen
November 27th, 2019, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Chateau Magdelaine, St. Emilion - and some advisory comments for folks with more than half of a brain
Replies: 25
Views: 871

Re: TN: 1995 Chateau Magdelaine, St. Emilion - and some advisory comments for folks with more than half of a brain

My current favorite is the sublime 1998 Magdelaine. Without doubt one of the most impressive wines I have drunk in recent years. The 1998 is an extraordinarily elegant, precise and mineral-rich, seamless Saint-Emilion - medium-bodied, perfectly matured, a wine of total subtlety and finesse! Rudy, I...
by Neal.Mollen
November 27th, 2019, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Chateau Magdelaine, St. Emilion - and some advisory comments for folks with more than half of a brain
Replies: 25
Views: 871

Re: TN: 1995 Chateau Magdelaine, St. Emilion - and some advisory comments for folks with more than half of a brain

Evidently I do not possess that thinking half of the brain. I just see pretty things. 1. Magdelaine needs time. A lot of time. Twenty-five years is still a baby. 2. Magdelaine needs a very long decant, unless you have like a ‘66 in your possession. 3. Do not, unless you are an idiot and it’s your d...
by Neal.Mollen
November 27th, 2019, 5:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 20803

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

It's apparent that people will never stop obsessing about RMP even when something is clearly not about him. Michelin isn't buying RMP. Does he even write for the publication anymore? They are buying a wine reviewing platform that is marketable as such along with it's writers content. It's pretty si...
by Neal.Mollen
November 26th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."
Replies: 50
Views: 1507

Re: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."

David K o l i n wrote:
November 26th, 2019, 11:33 am
Brandon R wrote:
November 26th, 2019, 11:02 am
Wow, Neal, I think you're taking this thread a little too seriously. I was simply asking aloud what most mean when they use the term, "Undrinkable" in a tasting note.
Counselor is pre-holiday cranky
The great ones work at their craft
by Neal.Mollen
November 26th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."
Replies: 50
Views: 1507

Re: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."

Neal, I wouldn't characterize it as an 'outrage' - just not helpful. Heck, it's only wine we're talking about here . . . Cheers. Fair enough. I am not sure I would ever feel sufficiently motivated to start a new thread just to point out that the language you use in posts here was "unhelpful," so I ...
by Neal.Mollen
November 26th, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."
Replies: 50
Views: 1507

Re: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."

Neal, I here you, but terms like this are used often here and elsewhere a lot - subjective terms that make it impossible for someone else to understand more about the wine. I agree with what Tom does - he uses the term only after he explains why. Others simply thrive it out there without explanatio...
by Neal.Mollen
November 26th, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."
Replies: 50
Views: 1507

Re: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."

This is somewhat of a pet peeve for me. When I read a tasting note that states this, it always leads to the question of why. There are already enough challenges with tasting notes in terms of trying to think of things objectively. When I read this, I wonder if the wine is faulty in some specific wa...
by Neal.Mollen
November 26th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."
Replies: 50
Views: 1507

Re: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."

....is it really, truly something you CAN'T drink? This is a serious question. We all have seen tasting notes both here and on countless other wine sites and forums in which the tasting notes author writes, "Undrinkable" at some point in his or her tasting note. Is that hyperbole, or do you all pou...
by Neal.Mollen
November 26th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When do you think shipping season will close? And..
Replies: 13
Views: 668

Re: When do you think shipping season will close? And..

outside of extraordinary freezes, I don't worry about "too cold." MUCH rather ship in the 30s than in the 70s. So to answer your question, I would not worry about shipping in December at all. I once received a shipment of Benovia Pinot Noir in mid/late December. A couple of the corks were pushed ha...
by Neal.Mollen
November 26th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 5893

Re: On the Thanksgiving table?

I’m a new Berserker and would like to start with some fun. What will be opened for your Thanksgiving feast? I will be prepping a turkey for the family and will open the latest Nuits de Young from Kelley and Young, and maybe a Hartford Zinfandel if I feel the crowd is worthy.... You? newhere welcome!
by Neal.Mollen
November 26th, 2019, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When do you think shipping season will close? And..
Replies: 13
Views: 668

Re: When do you think shipping season will close? And..

outside of extraordinary freezes, I don't worry about "too cold." MUCH rather ship in the 30s than in the 70s. So to answer your question, I would not worry about shipping in December at all.
by Neal.Mollen
November 26th, 2019, 5:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 20803

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

William, can you give us an idea what will be different under the new ownership? You'll understand that I can't go into too much detail, we will be looking to make the website more intuitive and useful, with better visibility for our content, as well exploring some of the synergies between Michelin...
by Neal.Mollen
November 26th, 2019, 5:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 20803

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)

It's apparent that people will never stop obsessing about RMP even when something is clearly not about him. Michelin isn't buying RMP. Does he even write for the publication anymore? They are buying a wine reviewing platform that is marketable as such along with it's writers content. It's pretty si...
by Neal.Mollen
November 25th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 109
Views: 6096

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

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
November 25th, 2019, 1:58 pm
Neal.Mollen wrote:
November 25th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Deals on Ridge!
Great idea! I'll see if I can make that work
That would be awesome. And bust the bank!
by Neal.Mollen
November 25th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 109
Views: 6096

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

Deals on Ridge!
by Neal.Mollen
November 25th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 5893

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

Just bought a bunch of wine I will not drink for the family T'Day thing, recommended by the folks at Arrowine. A Ken Wright Pinot, a prosecco for the MIL, who LOVES her prosecco, and a value pouilly fuisse for the chard drinkers. 3.5 hours each way in traffic, so yeah, probably not going to taste th...
by Neal.Mollen
November 24th, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 20803

Re: Well...

TomHill wrote:
November 24th, 2019, 7:21 am
If we’re going to talk about has-bens... how about Gerald Boyd...AlexisBespalof..WilliamMassee..RobertLawrenceBalzer...NateChroman...JerryMead.
Not showing my age, am I??
Tom
Maybe. NeverHEardofANyOfThem
by Neal.Mollen
November 24th, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10999
Views: 402250

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

A 2011 Forman cab. Really quite nice. Took a while to open up but was quite balanced.
by Neal.Mollen
November 24th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 5893

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

Someone get Nate a calendar. Or a history text. Or both Funny. But the point is “what’s with all the French wine?” It's really good. I am headed to the shop today to get a few bottles for the extended fam to drink. I'll look first to domestic wines but if I don't find anything in the range I want, ...
by Neal.Mollen
November 23rd, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 5893

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

Someone get Nate a calendar. Or a history text. Or both

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