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by Neal.Mollen
February 21st, 2021, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1900
Views: 128310

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Cross-posting with the "what did you open" thread: We had a bottle of Nathalie Falmet Champagne Tentation Rosée (2012) last night with some superb Indian food, and it was glorious. Breathing it in was like being saddled in a strawberry blanket. It was as richly and deeply colored as some b...
by Neal.Mollen
February 21st, 2021, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12773
Views: 519535

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

We had a bottle of NV Nathalie Falmet Champagne Tentation Rosée last night with some superb Indian food, and it was glorious. Breathing it in was like being saddled in a strawberry blanket. It was as richly and deeply colored as some beaujolais. Irresistible. I immediately went looking for more with...
by Neal.Mollen
January 18th, 2021, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Top Red Bordeaux vintage of the Century
Replies: 75
Views: 3346

Re: Poll: Top Red Bordeaux vintage of the Century

There are 61 classified growths x 20 years = 1220 bottles. How many of those, and at what stage of development, would one have to drink -- full bottles, not 1 oz pours at a a UGC event` -- would one have to drink to answer the question posed? I drink more bordeaux than any other red wine, by far, a...
by Neal.Mollen
January 18th, 2021, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Top Red Bordeaux vintage of the Century
Replies: 75
Views: 3346

Re: Poll: Top Red Bordeaux vintage of the Century

There are 61 classified growths x 20 years = 1220 bottles. How many of those, and at what stage of development, would one have to drink -- full bottles, not 1 oz pours at a a UGC event` -- would one have to drink to answer the question posed? I drink more bordeaux than any other red wine, by far, an...
by Neal.Mollen
January 17th, 2021, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Clean Wine Movement...
Replies: 26
Views: 1362

Re: The Clean Wine Movement...

There are "lofty principals behind natural wine?"
by Neal.Mollen
January 17th, 2021, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Chateau La Providence, Pomerol
Replies: 7
Views: 297

Re: TN: 2011 Chateau La Providence, Pomerol

Christian Moueix of Petrus and Dominus fame was busy closing some excellent Chateaux in 2011/2012. First he closed the historic Chateau Magdelaine after the 2011 vintage, merging it into Belaire-Monage. Then he closed Chateau La Providence after the 2012 vintage, now merged into Chateau Hosanna. Ma...
by Neal.Mollen
January 16th, 2021, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The World's Biggest Wine Lovers
Replies: 35
Views: 2069

Re: The World's Biggest Wine Lovers

Robert.A.Jr. wrote: January 16th, 2021, 6:19 am Where does this come from? I didn’t think we’d rank highly, but not even top 20, wow.

Go Portugal!
Robert loves all the biggest wines. #Ovid #Cambie #Rolland
by Neal.Mollen
January 15th, 2021, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS Has Gone Berserko...
Replies: 44
Views: 3593

Re: UPS Has Gone Berserko...

on the other hand, a package I sent UPS on Tuesday by regular delivery arrived in NC yesterday. Just can never tell
by Neal.Mollen
January 14th, 2021, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15680
Views: 811368

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Boom, just ordered a few. Any funny enough, Gilman is totally on point. I passed on the label, not knowing anything about it, assumed it was a modern cuvee. What a deal! And by the way, Pomerol turned out some very strong 2011s, a vintage not generally heralded much. The VCC is excellent. Thanks, N...
by Neal.Mollen
January 12th, 2021, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS Has Gone Berserko...
Replies: 44
Views: 3593

Re: UPS Has Gone Berserko...

I had a fedex package sent 2d day delivery that took 10 days and the online tracking page never changed from "preparing to ship." Address was correct
by Neal.Mollen
January 12th, 2021, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS Has Gone Berserko...
Replies: 44
Views: 3593

Re: UPS Has Gone Berserko...

Usually I have little problem w/ UPS delivery's. My local guy, Eric, is absolutely the best. Back in late Nov, I ordered a case from Jonathan at Cedarville. After a few days, it wound up in Monroe Township NJ. Where it has sat "In Transit" ever since. Early last week, Jonathan sent me a r...
by Neal.Mollen
January 11th, 2021, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would a repeal of 230 affect Wine Berserkers?
Replies: 33
Views: 2407

Re: Would a repeal of 230 affect Wine Berserkers?

Every time there is a "retailer check" thread, the opportunity exists for the thread to invite posts that injure the subject retailer in his/her business or trade; indeed, that is the very point of the thread (or at least the inevitable and contemplated outcome of the thread). An erosion o...
by Neal.Mollen
January 11th, 2021, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP
Replies: 145
Views: 9749

Re: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP

@Nola Palomar thanks for asking. My Uncle cared a lot about working people, and food and wine. One thing he was very mindful of right now are all the restaurant workers who have lost their jobs because of pandemic closures. I know that some people are making donations in his honor to the Restaurant...
by Neal.Mollen
January 10th, 2021, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP
Replies: 145
Views: 9749

Re: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP

Terry H a r r i s wrote: January 10th, 2021, 11:16 am How incredibly sad. I suspect the speculation Frank stopped to help is right, as it seems so much in line with the Frank we all got to see and know, here. So tragic.
This was my immediate thought. I am in disbelief. How horrible.
by Neal.Mollen
January 9th, 2021, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Date Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 2744

Re: First Date Wines

Fermentation was not well understood the last time I had a date.
by Neal.Mollen
January 8th, 2021, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Older Champagne Best Enjoyed In A Flute?
Replies: 18
Views: 1414

Re: Is Older Champagne Best Enjoyed In A Flute?

I love the Zalto champagne glasses. I wouldn't use a flute because I like sticking my nose in the glass. I am willing to sacrifice bubbles
by Neal.Mollen
January 5th, 2021, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?
Replies: 213
Views: 9203

Re: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?

Haven't bought a bottle since early November. Could be any day if a compelling price/wine combo pops, but it could be months.
by Neal.Mollen
January 3rd, 2021, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Leonard Maran - Berserker
Replies: 26
Views: 2194

Re: RIP Leonard Maran - Berserker

I remember and enjoyed his posts. I had no idea he lived in the Haight since 1968; had I known, I would have asked him a hundred obnoxious questions no doubt. RIP berserker.
by Neal.Mollen
January 1st, 2021, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Château Le Pin, Pomerol
Replies: 14
Views: 1119

Re: TN: 2017 Château Le Pin, Pomerol

Great note, Robert. Glad you were able to get the new year off to such an auspicious start.
by Neal.Mollen
January 1st, 2021, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you opening for NYE 2021?
Replies: 109
Views: 3932

Re: What are you opening for NYE 2020?

The 1996 Dom Ruinart had sadly, expired. It's term was up, it had grow stale and lifeless, but it refused to leave the scene. It pretended that it had years yet to go, but we knew better; everyone found its continued presence distasteful. So very 2020. Instead we grabbed a 2004 Taittinger Comtes, an...
by Neal.Mollen
December 31st, 2020, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you opening for NYE 2021?
Replies: 109
Views: 3932

Re: What are you opening for NYE 2020?

Louis Roederer. Never had it. I like Piper-Heidseck, mainly, but this was a deal at Costco, so why the hell not? But heard good things. Roederer is currently making fantastic wines up and down the range. Until maybe 2-3 years ago, I don't remember drinking the producer. It forms a fairly sizable an...
by Neal.Mollen
December 31st, 2020, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll - off vintages in Bordeaux
Replies: 61
Views: 2614

Re: Poll - off vintages in Bordeaux

I am not sure who came up with this list of "Off Vintages", but most of the years listed offer a lot of good wines. An "Off Vintage" is not a year that is less than perfect. It is a moderate but, not poor vintage, for example, 1987, 1994, 1997, 2007. Vintages like 1979, 1981, 19...
by Neal.Mollen
December 31st, 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "a crisis unlike anything the Champagne region has ever seen"
Replies: 46
Views: 3856

Re: "a crisis unlike anything the Champagne region has ever seen"

https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1344720260944064513?s=20 AVENAY-VAL-D’OR, France — Champagne means celebration. But for France’s Champagne region, 2020 brought little to celebrate. In ordinary times, the region in France’s east, a global center of sparkling wine production and home to the...
by Neal.Mollen
December 31st, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year’s wine resolution
Replies: 51
Views: 2076

Re: New Year’s wine resolution

How and when do you decide that you have too much wine? My new year resolution is to not buy more bottles this year than I actually drink this year. Happy New Year! champagne.gif Lori, I made this declaration three years ago and pretty much have stayed true to it. https://www.wineberserkers.com/for...
by Neal.Mollen
December 31st, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "a crisis unlike anything the Champagne region has ever seen"
Replies: 46
Views: 3856

Re: "a crisis unlike anything the Champagne region has ever seen"

The problem is that I won't be in a position to open anything really good until covid is over. Arnold can't drink Champagne, it doesn't transfer well to 3 oz glass bottles, and I don't like opening an entire bottle for myself. But once we're all vaccinated, watch out! I have LOTS of half bottles fo...
by Neal.Mollen
December 31st, 2020, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll - off vintages in Bordeaux
Replies: 61
Views: 2614

Re: Poll - off vintages in Bordeaux

The question is less about the vintages listed than it is about semantics. Is an "off vintage" a bad vintage? A vintage in which it is (or was, for those in the 60s eg) nearly impossible to find a decent wine? Then none of those listed qualify. Or is it a vintage with broadly decent but ra...
by Neal.Mollen
December 31st, 2020, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "a crisis unlike anything the Champagne region has ever seen"
Replies: 46
Views: 3856

Re: "a crisis unlike anything the Champagne region has ever seen"

We definitely have drunk more champagne this year than ever before. At least once a week. Doin' our part!
by Neal.Mollen
December 31st, 2020, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you opening for NYE 2021?
Replies: 109
Views: 3932

Re: What are you opening for NYE 2020?

Tomás Costa wrote: December 31st, 2020, 11:56 am
Neal.Mollen wrote: December 31st, 2020, 11:04 am
Tomás Costa wrote: December 31st, 2020, 11:01 am

Restaurants can operate until 10:30 pm (curfew is at 11 pm). After dinner we come home and open champagne at midnight.
Have fun. Where are you?
Espinho, Portugal. And we're off to a great start... IMG_20201231_192132.jpg
That is awesome Tomás. Have a great holiday!
by Neal.Mollen
December 31st, 2020, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you opening for NYE 2021?
Replies: 109
Views: 3932

Re: What are you opening for NYE 2020?

We're going out so I wouldn't know yet, but this restaurant has a great cellar (especially the stuff that's not on the wine list). What is this "going out" to which you refer? I have a 1996 Dom Ruinart on tap for tonight. And will be asleep by 11, no doubt Restaurants can operate until 10...
by Neal.Mollen
December 31st, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "a crisis unlike anything the Champagne region has ever seen"
Replies: 46
Views: 3856

"a crisis unlike anything the Champagne region has ever seen"

https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1344720260944064513?s=20 AVENAY-VAL-D’OR, France — Champagne means celebration. But for France’s Champagne region, 2020 brought little to celebrate. In ordinary times, the region in France’s east, a global center of sparkling wine production and home to the ...
by Neal.Mollen
December 31st, 2020, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you opening for NYE 2021?
Replies: 109
Views: 3932

Re: What are you opening for NYE 2020?

Tomás Costa wrote: December 30th, 2020, 4:52 pm We're going out so I wouldn't know yet, but this restaurant has a great cellar (especially the stuff that's not on the wine list).
What is this "going out" to which you refer?

I have a 1996 Dom Ruinart on tap for tonight. And will be asleep by 11, no doubt
by Neal.Mollen
December 30th, 2020, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Bollinger Grande Annee
Replies: 33
Views: 1848

Re: 2008 Bollinger Grande Annee

Our dinner group started out with a superlative champagne that merits a separate thread: 2008 BOLLINGER LA GRANDE ANEE BRUT- this is the 2nd bottle I’ve opened from a recent purchase and both have been stellar with consistent notes of inviting aromas, a huge and savory taste profile, a rich and cre...
by Neal.Mollen
December 30th, 2020, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Bollinger Grande Annee
Replies: 33
Views: 1848

Re: 2008 Bollinger Grande Annee

Our dinner group started out with a superlative champagne that merits a separate thread: 2008 BOLLINGER LA GRANDE ANEE BRUT- this is the 2nd bottle I’ve opened from a recent purchase and both have been stellar with consistent notes of inviting aromas, a huge and savory taste profile, a rich and cre...
by Neal.Mollen
December 24th, 2020, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Embrace your cellar diversity
Replies: 114
Views: 4950

Re: Embrace your cellar diversity

No idea. I'd guess 75% French and the rest divided between Italy/US/Spain (Rioja) in that order.
by Neal.Mollen
December 12th, 2020, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vins Rare wine shop
Replies: 119
Views: 8765

Re: Vins Rare wine shop

Yeah, as I remember this is a one-man operation, and communications/cust service reflects that. Not that it isn't annoying, or even cause to look elsewhere, but it is understandable to a degree.

Is the bottle something in which you are interested?
by Neal.Mollen
December 12th, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Is Bordeaux 2000 still going strong?
Replies: 96
Views: 5238

Re: TN: Is Bordeaux 2000 still going strong?

Neal, what do you think of ‘85 Lynch Bages? To me, that wine has an almost perfect streak of green, needs a good decant. Similarly (though lesser) the ‘90 PFLFL is now a beautiful wine after spending most of its life “too green”. Don't remember. I will say that there is a continuum here; "mint...
by Neal.Mollen
December 12th, 2020, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Is Bordeaux 2000 still going strong?
Replies: 96
Views: 5238

Re: TN: Is Bordeaux 2000 still going strong?

I think leaving a little greenness in a wine lends to some more interesting aromatics as the wine gets older. A big amen to this, to be sure. Another wine that I love with lots of greenery is mid-80’s Beychevelle. No idea how these showed young, but the pyrazines in the, say, the 85 is an essential...
by Neal.Mollen
December 10th, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN Figeac 1975
Replies: 38
Views: 1200

Re: TN Figeac 1975

What a sad note! Sorry it wasn't all you'd hoped
by Neal.Mollen
November 29th, 2020, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 1999 Dom Perignon Heat Damage Challenge - The Results
Replies: 35
Views: 2204

Re: The 1999 Dom Perignon Heat Damage Challenge

Anton D wrote: November 26th, 2020, 4:26 pm I would be able to tell, but not something Neal Mollen could.
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As to the topic at hand, ask yourself if every bottle of wine made, everywhere in the world, before, say, 1950, was heat damaged when consumed.
by Neal.Mollen
November 28th, 2020, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 1293
Views: 111994

Re: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.

"Three Wine Co.’s Biggest, Darkest Red Ever." Is this supposed to make the wine appealing?
by Neal.Mollen
November 27th, 2020, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Friday Sales
Replies: 134
Views: 13040

Re: Black Friday Sales

Shipping @ zachy's is $50 for 2 bottles to DC from NY. No thanks.
by Neal.Mollen
November 24th, 2020, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année (France, Champagne)
Replies: 6
Views: 488

Re: TN: 1996 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année (France, Champagne)

I think I have one more of these. Maybe Thursday!
by Neal.Mollen
November 24th, 2020, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 193
Views: 12873

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

The Court has refused to hear Walmart's case against Texas' distilled spirits regulator over a state law that the retail behemoth maintains is unconstitutional because it effectively blocks out-of-state retailers from competing with the state's own liquor stores.
by Neal.Mollen
November 23rd, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine retailer in TX?
Replies: 14
Views: 747

Re: Wine retailer in TX?

Yikes! That's insane! What possible rationale could they have for that? Our friends live (and teach) in Denton. Will Dallas shops ship/deliver there? It is still considered bootlegging. Chains cannot ship between their own stores in different counties once they have taken possession of any ETOH. Te...
by Neal.Mollen
November 23rd, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine retailer in TX?
Replies: 14
Views: 747

Re: Wine retailer in TX?

Yikes! That's insane! What possible rationale could they have for that?

Our friends live (and teach) in Denton. Will Dallas shops ship/deliver there?
by Neal.Mollen
November 23rd, 2020, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine retailer in TX?
Replies: 14
Views: 747

Wine retailer in TX?

My research indicates that it is still illegal for a retailer to ship into TX, so I am need of a TX retailer from whom I can purchase a gift to send (or facts that update my understanding of TX law). Any suggestions?
by Neal.Mollen
November 22nd, 2020, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My 55th with Some Great Friends and Killer Wines
Replies: 87
Views: 4358

Re: My 55th with Some Great Friends and Killer Wines

Just thinking of Robert drinking Pavie on his birthday fills me with joy. Awesome notes and what a great evening to celebrate. Happy birthday my friend
by Neal.Mollen
November 22nd, 2020, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.
Replies: 102
Views: 5286

Re: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.

Turns out the article is available for free for those who are interested: https://www.vinous.com/articles/the-year-of-jazz-wine-1959-nov-2020 That’s what all this fuss is about??? Yup. Kinda what my reaction was too. He seems to equate free jazz (about which he and I agree)*/ with all jazz, which i...
by Neal.Mollen
November 22nd, 2020, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.
Replies: 102
Views: 5286

Re: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.

From the classic Stuff White People Like blog: "Historically speaking, the music that white people have kept on life support for the longest period of time is Jazz. Thanks largely to public radio, bookstores, and coffee shops, Jazz has carved out a niche in white culture that is not yet ready ...

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