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by Neal.Mollen
September 22nd, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1988 Chateau Meyney
Replies: 10
Views: 260

Re: TN: 1988 Chateau Meyney

Victor Hong wrote:
September 22nd, 2019, 9:22 am
The 1998s have aged so much slower than 1989s and 1990s.
What do we think of the 89s and 90s?
by Neal.Mollen
September 21st, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: PSA: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is nearly the perfect east coast beach town
Replies: 37
Views: 1474

Re: PSA: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is nearly the perfect east coast beach town

For those with experience, if you were heading to Cape May from DC, would you take the ferry? Google maps doesn't even suggest it as an option (95>Wilmington DE> south) Sure but book ahead as it's popular. On the Rocks at the Lewes terminal is a fun place to hang before the ferry. EDIT: The most di...
by Neal.Mollen
September 21st, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 540
Views: 27059

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

I have been really good. Honest, I have. In the year since I declared here that my days of buying recent-vintage age-worthy reds was over, I have a perfect record, save for a few 2014 bdx halves -- halves being the one exception I allowed myself when I made the solemn vow. Even in the categories I a...
by Neal.Mollen
September 21st, 2019, 7:14 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: PSA: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is nearly the perfect east coast beach town
Replies: 37
Views: 1474

Re: PSA: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is nearly the perfect east coast beach town

For those with experience, if you were heading to Cape May from DC, would you take the ferry? Google maps doesn't even suggest it as an option (95>Wilmington DE> south)
by Neal.Mollen
September 20th, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11711
Views: 559362

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
September 19th, 2019, 8:01 pm
2000 Chateau Trotanoy
Baller
by Neal.Mollen
September 19th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine List of any US Brewery? Suggestions welcome on improvements.
Replies: 38
Views: 1264

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

I have a brewery/wine bar/restaurant in Saint Paul Minnesota. We produce Bavarian styled beers on premise and also import some small Bavarian breweries. We offer 10-12 wines by the glass - all $8.00 or less, and offer 100 wines by the bottle, all under $40 a bottle. This is the perfect price range ...
by Neal.Mollen
September 19th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Chateau Lynch Bages, Pauillac
Replies: 7
Views: 713

Re: TN: 2000 Chateau Lynch Bages, Pauillac

Thanks for the look-in. I have a few too. Think I'll wait a bit longer
by Neal.Mollen
September 19th, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Almost Great and Hideously Undrinkable
Replies: 16
Views: 1973

Re: Almost Great and Hideously Undrinkable

Paul Jaouen wrote:
September 19th, 2019, 7:22 am
I don’t understand why Somms continue to push natural wines when so many are so bad.
Because it means you are a hep cat, really with it on the scene, man. All the cool kids wear black and drink "natural" wines, riding scooters
by Neal.Mollen
September 19th, 2019, 4:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Almost Great and Hideously Undrinkable
Replies: 16
Views: 1973

Re: Almost Great and Hideously Undrinkable

Almost Great and Hideously Undrinkable Dinner in a fine Languedoc restaurant / wine shop I’ve been patronizing for well over a decade. My host was a winemaker friend who is a major supplier to them. We each ordered only one dish (duck for me, steak for him). They comped some excellent octopus to st...
by Neal.Mollen
September 18th, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11711
Views: 559362

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Yao C wrote:
September 17th, 2019, 5:54 pm
Michael O'Brien wrote:
September 17th, 2019, 5:22 pm
2009 Pol Roger Champagne Blanc de Blancs
From K&L I assume? I've never tasted Pol Roger's BdB before and have been pretty tempted to try
beautiful wine if you like the style
by Neal.Mollen
September 18th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine List of any US Brewery? Suggestions welcome on improvements.
Replies: 38
Views: 1264

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

greg gartland wrote:
September 18th, 2019, 1:22 pm
please post pics when someone buys the petrus and you plop it on the table with a couple glasses.
Steins
by Neal.Mollen
September 18th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine List of any US Brewery? Suggestions welcome on improvements.
Replies: 38
Views: 1264

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

My question is, why the hell haven't I been to your place yet? Soon
by Neal.Mollen
September 18th, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1600
Views: 89166

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Those '08 Dom sure went fast. Huh. The price isn't particularly favorable compared to what's available at various stores. Though I suppose if you're local and can pick up it's also not overpriced. It was within $5 of the bottom of the market prices I see. I also can't imagine there won't be another...
by Neal.Mollen
September 17th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: american wines suggestions?
Replies: 18
Views: 978

Re: american wines suggestions?

Welcome to the forum. I am afraid your question is so open-ended that it will be difficult to give you a meaningful response. It's sort of like asking whether there is any Italian wine worth trying!

Maybe you can tell us what kinds of wine you like and folks can try to give you some guidance.
by Neal.Mollen
September 16th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate
Replies: 62
Views: 3652

Re: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate

I hope that someone from TWA will jump in on this. I know they come on here from time to time, so would be good to get their perspective. Tangent- Was having a similar discussion with someone in the industry on Saturday about ratings, and how diluted the market is. We joked that 96 is the new 90 si...
by Neal.Mollen
September 16th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 70
Views: 4486

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

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
September 16th, 2019, 2:16 pm
If I had two bottles, is it Billecart-Salmons?
Billecarts-Salmon. Like Attorneys General
by Neal.Mollen
September 16th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate
Replies: 62
Views: 3652

Re: "Robert Parker" Wine Advocate

I don't see the problem, the company bought the name and they'll use the name. I agree if they are simply referring to the pub as Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. If, as suggested above, they are claiming that Parker actually reviewed the wines when he didn't, that is something else altogether. Like,...
by Neal.Mollen
September 16th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 70
Views: 4486

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

Billecart Salmon, not Salmon Billecart

2003 was a "warm" year? 19,000 people died! Living in FL has warped your perspective.

If Pontet Canet is 100% biodymanic and non-interventionalist, is it just possible that you are reacting to Rolland's name and not the wine?
by Neal.Mollen
September 15th, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your thoughts on these old wines
Replies: 26
Views: 1930

Re: Your thoughts on these old wines

the Batailley might not be sound enough to decant long in advance. I'd do it at the restaurant (unless of course the restaurant is just next door). I'd 'pop and pour' the '79 Batailley. There's nothing more interesting that watching a wine like this grow in the glass. While the Chateau was over cro...
by Neal.Mollen
September 14th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10755
Views: 388786

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

I opened the last of my 1983 Rausan Segla last night and it was just glorious -- best bottle of the bunch. Performed much above my expectation, despite the fact that I have had it 3 times in the last 18 months or so. Rich and generous but nearly weightless. Just a beautiful wine and a contemplative ...
by Neal.Mollen
September 13th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 La Fete du Champagne
Replies: 17
Views: 1038

Re: 2019 La Fete du Champagne

Jay Miller wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 6:34 am
Neal.Mollen wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 6:13 am
c fu wrote:
September 12th, 2019, 10:06 pm
Prevost dinner looks cool (if not a bit expensive) - what the heck is the IOTA?????


Champagne La Closerie, IOTA
Interest on Trust Accounts?
I think it's just their new really, really small bottle size.
or "Iota bank for the grapes in this wine"
by Neal.Mollen
September 13th, 2019, 6:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 La Fete du Champagne
Replies: 17
Views: 1038

Re: 2019 La Fete du Champagne

Prevost dinner looks cool (if not a bit expensive) - what the heck is the IOTA????? Vigneron Jérôme Prévost will share a unique dive into his cellar to share some very rare and coveted bottles from his cult estate La Closerie in the village of Gueux. This unprecedented evening will give guests an o...
by Neal.Mollen
September 13th, 2019, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?
Replies: 34
Views: 2161

Re: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?

Thanks for the note! I am not really a cal cab guy, but I've never even heard of this producer. I'll sit back and see what the folks in the know say.
by Neal.Mollen
September 12th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beaujolais, where have you been my whole life?
Replies: 42
Views: 2097

Re: Beaujolais, where have you been my whole life?

Richard T r i m p i wrote:
September 12th, 2019, 6:58 am
Neal Mollen couldn't be more appreciative of your new discovery.

RT
I am happy for Jason and for beaujolais that they have found each other.
by Neal.Mollen
September 11th, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No One Knows
Replies: 14
Views: 1535

Re: No One Knows

Jerry Hey wrote:
September 10th, 2019, 8:32 pm
When you have wines like that, it doesn't matter if anyone knows. They are all good....
Just what I was thinking Jerry.
by Neal.Mollen
September 11th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Lanessan (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)
Replies: 49
Views: 2867

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

I too bought the 2014 as a future, in halves, 750s and mags. It's already throwing some sediment, and as my palate prefers leaner left bank wines, after a 2 hour decant it drank well. Here's a great article on Lanessan, which I think has to be in the top 3 of under $25 QPR best Bordeaux that can ag...
by Neal.Mollen
September 10th, 2019, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you eat grapes?
Replies: 49
Views: 1753

Re: Do you eat grapes?

I like grapes a good bit but in general I love fruit. My favorite probably are peaches when they are good but I also like raspberries, strawberries and blackberries a good bit. And, a good melon can be quite good. I can't really think of a fruit I don't like. Kiwi, I suppose, which has little taste...
by Neal.Mollen
September 9th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11711
Views: 559362

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
September 9th, 2019, 4:39 am
1985 Chateau Lascombes

2001 Chateau Canon
awesome.
by Neal.Mollen
September 8th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10755
Views: 388786

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Opened a 2016 Grand Puy Lacoste half bottle "for science." This is going to be glorious in 15 years. Right now, as you might expect, it is ocean-deep in fruit and tannin as well. Not especially delightful to drink this young, but you know, the sacrifices we make for science.
by Neal.Mollen
September 8th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scalette Piantonaia - Galloni 50 Pt TN
Replies: 18
Views: 847

Re: 2016 Scalette Piantonaia - Galloni 50 Pt TN

That made me wonder why he even scored it. Interesting question and quite a dilemma for the reviewer. When a reviewer includes one, this question gets asked. When they publish only reviews of wines they recommend, they are accused of having a Lake Wobegon palate. RMP published very low scores in th...
by Neal.Mollen
September 7th, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11711
Views: 559362

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

I expect there are not many people who share your view. The common issue that people raise with LLC is that many/most vintages take too long to mature (and possibly that some never reach their apparent potential, though I think fewer people believe that). If you serve LLC vintages like 1985 and 199...
by Neal.Mollen
September 6th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retroactive Sales Tax
Replies: 50
Views: 2451

Re: Retroactive Sales Tax

Thanks for your responses. The California winery is asking me to pay Minnesota sales tax on an order I have not received yet. I was planning on paying it, but thought I'd ask the group about the situation, as my first thought is that they're changing the terms of the purchase. But as some of you po...
by Neal.Mollen
September 6th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11711
Views: 559362

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

YLee wrote:
September 6th, 2019, 10:22 am
Neal.Mollen wrote:
September 6th, 2019, 8:34 am
7 bottles of 1983 La Louviere at $49 and a bottle of 1986 Spottswoode cab for $89.
Have you had the 83 before? How was it?
It's excellent. An Alfert sort of wine. What the British call "correct"
by Neal.Mollen
September 6th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11711
Views: 559362

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

7 bottles of 1983 La Louviere at $49 and a bottle of 1986 Spottswoode cab for $89.
by Neal.Mollen
September 6th, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retroactive Sales Tax
Replies: 50
Views: 2451

Re: Retroactive Sales Tax

The tax existed when you bought the wine; they just didn't have the system in place to collect it. You made the purchase, incurred the tax, and I'd just pay it if this were me.
by Neal.Mollen
September 5th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Newark Airport
Replies: 19
Views: 674

Re: Newark Airport

Back in the day, I loved flying the shuttle out of the Marine Terminal @LaGuardia. The main bldg has always been awful, inside and out.

National in DC is about the nicest and most convenient airport I have used. Can get crowded because, well, it's really nice and people use it a lot
by Neal.Mollen
September 3rd, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc - Classic, Excellent QPR
Replies: 21
Views: 708

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc - Classic, Excellent QPR

Thanks for the head's up. (Heads up?) Shame TW has not started requiring 8 bottles to get the 20% (here at least). It depends on the TW coupon. Sometimes it is 6 bottles, but I think that the current coupon is 8 bottles. I got two last week, one with 20% off 6 and another $10 off any bottle over $5...
by Neal.Mollen
September 3rd, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc - Classic, Excellent QPR
Replies: 21
Views: 708

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc - Classic, Excellent QPR

Thanks for the head's up. (Heads up?) Shame TW has not started requiring 8 bottles to get the 20% (here at least). It depends on the TW coupon. Sometimes it is 6 bottles, but I think that the current coupon is 8 bottles. last half dozen I have received have been 8. Hope it goes back to 6; 8 would r...
by Neal.Mollen
September 3rd, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Piper rare 2002
Replies: 13
Views: 1060

Re: TN: Piper rare 2002

After three bottles in the last week, I realize that I am going to have to slow down, but this is so completely addictive, it is proving hard. If I think of the continuum, with Krug at one end, sporting richness, complexity and concentration, at the other end is the fragrant light but equally inten...
by Neal.Mollen
September 3rd, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc - Classic, Excellent QPR
Replies: 21
Views: 708

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc - Classic, Excellent QPR

Thanks for the head's up. (Heads up?) Shame TW has not started requiring 8 bottles to get the 20% (here at least).
by Neal.Mollen
September 1st, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to judge a baby Bordeaux?
Replies: 19
Views: 1177

Re: How to judge a baby Bordeaux?

Opened with a Flannery hanger steak and wow, this is really good stuff. A deep purple that too dense to see through. The nose is forest floor, tobacco and blood? Ridiculously long finish. This is all savory and vegetal and dark cherry comes through after a bite of steak. Glass and teeth staining li...
by Neal.Mollen
August 31st, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What price per bottle do you use in cellar tracker?
Replies: 73
Views: 1711

Re: What price per bottle do you use in cellar tracker?

If you enter it as you buy it, it is not very time consuming. Probably less time consuming than pulling up a ten year old thread. This is a preference thing, but I'd prefer to dig up an old thread rather than start a new one with the exact same point of the old one. start a new thread: WHY DIDNT YO...
by Neal.Mollen
August 30th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 540
Views: 27059

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

alan weinberg wrote:
August 17th, 2019, 6:48 pm
I’m new at this. I haven’t played yet. So far this month purchased 24 and drank one, gave one away. How am I doing?
About average
by Neal.Mollen
August 30th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday poll: Bordeaux Rouge vs. Burgundy Rouge
Replies: 52
Views: 1777

Re: Friday poll: Bordeaux Rouge vs. Burgundy Rouge

2007 CdP. En magnum
by Neal.Mollen
August 30th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 14 small growers tete du cuvee event featuring Vilmart, Pierre Peters, Goutorbe, Marie Courtin, J. Lassalle, Paul Bara++
Replies: 34
Views: 922

Re: 14 small growers tete du cuvee event featuring Vilmart, Pierre Peters, Goutorbe, Marie Courtin, J. Lassalle, Paul Ba

Awesome as usual, Blake. From what I can tell, you're doing life right.

My experience with real zero dosage champagnes has been wildly varying. Loved some; really, really did not love others. I'll have to give Marie a go.
by Neal.Mollen
August 30th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2016 vs 2018
Replies: 33
Views: 2607

Re: Bordeaux 2016 vs 2018

Howard Cooper wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Neal.Mollen wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 4:12 am
Howard Cooper wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 3:55 am


Wouldn't it be his trophy wife who has the pool boy?
Define "has"
You are in deep trouble if you need this defined. [snort.gif]
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by Neal.Mollen
August 30th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What price per bottle do you use in cellar tracker?
Replies: 73
Views: 1711

Re: What price per bottle do you use in cellar tracker?

I only use bottle cost, but encourage the rest of you to use bottle cost + tax + shipping so when I compare "My Price" to "Community Average Value" I can feel better about myself
by Neal.Mollen
August 30th, 2019, 4:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2016 vs 2018
Replies: 33
Views: 2607

Re: Bordeaux 2016 vs 2018

Howard Cooper wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 3:55 am
Craig G wrote:
August 25th, 2019, 4:54 pm
You could have a trophy wife and a pool boy.
Wouldn't it be his trophy wife who has the pool boy?
Define "has"

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