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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: 1938

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: 988
Views: 58621

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: 11946

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: 452

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: 12384

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: 655

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: 655

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: 655

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: 3662

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: 91
Views: 3921

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: 91
Views: 3921

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 to be...
by Neal.Mollen
November 19th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.
Replies: 91
Views: 3921

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 to be...
by Neal.Mollen
November 18th, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ah So — Ah Sucks!
Replies: 47
Views: 2679

Re: Ah So — Ah Sucks!

If you are rocking back and forth, as people are suggesting and the cork slips down, here is the next thing to try: the Ah So usually works down some way before the cork sinks. Lift the cork out a little way, Work the Ah So back down a little, then lift the cork again a little way so that you can g...
by Neal.Mollen
November 17th, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Warm Mark
Replies: 11
Views: 939

Re: Warm Mark

I found this on a bottle in my Saxum shipment that just arrived. I searched and found this product mentioned here about 4 years ago in relation to monitoring wine storage, but it seems more useful to monitor shipping. https://spotsee.io/temperature/warmmark So it's been around a while, but this is ...
by Neal.Mollen
November 17th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ah So — Ah Sucks!
Replies: 47
Views: 2679

Re: Ah So — Ah Sucks!

B. Buzzini wrote:
November 16th, 2020, 8:40 am
"Cork can maintain its integrity for up to 15 years."
by Neal.Mollen
November 15th, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12545
Views: 489867

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2003 Fombrauge On first opening, https://media.giphy.com/media/SGV9O1fuh2nf5T8FNW/giphy.gif But after sitting open for a couple of hours, it was like https://media.giphy.com/media/nFnUsZ1FhAXDi/giphy.gif So in summation, I'd say it was very https://media.giphy.com/media/6ItPq5vL5Kous/giphy.gif
by Neal.Mollen
November 15th, 2020, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12545
Views: 489867

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Marc Hébrart Brut Rosé. To be honest, I let expectations get the better of me. I have been so impressed with the range that I thought I'd fall in love with this and yet I didn't. It is good wine for sure. It was fun to drink. Served this at a party or BTG at a restaurant I would have been perfectly ...
by Neal.Mollen
November 12th, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine aging and group think
Replies: 141
Views: 6028

Re: Wine aging and group think

I really do not understand this discussion The wines we normally post about need to / are able to be cellared at least 20 years Apart from low quality Dolcetto, Chardonnay, Trollinger etc newhere That may be true in the discussions you follow. A lot of New World wines don't change so much with age,...
by Neal.Mollen
November 11th, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 988
Views: 58621

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

My recent Amex offer is $20 off $200. Underwhelming, although it was impossible to imagine the 100/300 deal continuing. Oh well.
by Neal.Mollen
November 11th, 2020, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus
Replies: 38
Views: 3555

Re: Criminal pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus

Craig G wrote:
November 10th, 2020, 4:49 pm
Dennis Atick wrote:
November 9th, 2020, 2:49 pm
OP should have gone with "deplorable"
If you buy, you need to lock them up for a long time.
If you buy you need to release the emails
by Neal.Mollen
November 11th, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Baller Wine Dinner
Replies: 15
Views: 1954

Re: Baller Wine Dinner

Quite a lineup! Thanks for the notes
by Neal.Mollen
November 10th, 2020, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine aging and group think
Replies: 141
Views: 6028

Re: Wine aging and group think

Brian, I absolutely agree that you should be drinking your wine when you want it, at the stage of development you prefer, without reference to any consensus among the cognoscenti. And I have no idea when those particular bottles were/are "best" as they are not wines I have in my cellar, or really ha...
by Neal.Mollen
November 10th, 2020, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!
Replies: 123
Views: 7392

Re: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!

I have been meeting to circle back to this thread and just forgot about it recently. I am still not 100% back with my sense of smell. The pallet seems good, but I’m not picking up a lot of the nuances from the sense of smell that I used to have. I seem to also do much better with higher ass at wine...
by Neal.Mollen
November 10th, 2020, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine-Searcher Alerts Falsely Triggering
Replies: 10
Views: 503

Re: Wine-Searcher Alerts Falsely Triggering

Yup. Same here. I was wondering if I had forgotten to specify US only. The new(ish) site isn't as sticky as it should be
by Neal.Mollen
November 8th, 2020, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NV Ruinart Rose; 09` Roederer BdB; 16` Leeuwin Chard; 14` Beaux Freres; 13` Vieux Telegraphe; 12` Juslyn Cab
Replies: 6
Views: 386

Re: NV Ruinart Rose; 09` Roederer BdB; 16` Leeuwin Chard; 14` Beaux Freres; 13` Vieux Telegraphe; 12` Juslyn Cab

I'm not sure there is a producer in champagne that is killing it across its range more than Roederer. Great notes.
by Neal.Mollen
November 8th, 2020, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1522
Views: 94412

Re: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment

I think it is likely that the tariff on French wines tied to French subsidy of Airbus will go "poof" Don’t be so confident. In any event it will have to go through the Federal Register process, and there are significant, entrenched interests that will fight to continue the tariffs. I am hopeful the...
by Neal.Mollen
November 8th, 2020, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Champagne are you popping tonight?
Replies: 66
Views: 2097

Re: What Champagne are you popping tonight?

What a glorious evening. We made what in retrospect was a stupid decision to go downtown to pick up some takeout (Convivial) and found ourselves blocked off at many major intersections by police cars, fire trucks and crowds of revelers. The food was cold by the time we got home but a pretty joyous s...
by Neal.Mollen
November 7th, 2020, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Champagne are you popping tonight?
Replies: 66
Views: 2097

Re: What Champagne are you popping tonight?

etomasi wrote:
November 7th, 2020, 7:58 pm
Its no Gold Toilet, but we figured this was appropriately garish and vulgar.


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LOL this is perfect
by Neal.Mollen
November 7th, 2020, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Champagne are you popping tonight?
Replies: 66
Views: 2097

Re: What Champagne are you popping tonight?

raggarwal wrote:
November 7th, 2020, 1:02 pm
Aubry Sable. Same one I prematurely popped four years ago.
Hey now. You sure about this? America might come looking for you if something untoward happens
by Neal.Mollen
November 7th, 2020, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Champagne are you popping tonight?
Replies: 66
Views: 2097

Re: What Champagne are you popping tonight?

My most political champagne: 1999 Winston Churchill. In victory I deserve it.
by Neal.Mollen
November 6th, 2020, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine for election night? (Mod- next political post gets a 24hour suspension)
Replies: 270
Views: 10965

Re: Wine for election night? (Mod- next political post gets a 24hour suspension)

I’m hoping tomorrow night is the denouement and have planned a 96 Dom Ruinart. Please let us get this done.
by Neal.Mollen
November 6th, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12545
Views: 489867

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2016 Domaine Eden Cabernet Sauvignon Still a baby, of course, but this is a lovely wine with a cool mountain fruit profile, brambly dark fruit and a minty top note. Sweet-tart black cherry finish, snappy tang to it. I’m a buyer. 90 pts. with upside. As Jancis says, a “proper Cabernet”. C4D1F830-15D...
by Neal.Mollen
November 6th, 2020, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shout out to MacArthur Beverages
Replies: 27
Views: 1309

Re: Shout out to MacArthur Beverages

Great shop.
by Neal.Mollen
November 6th, 2020, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 988
Views: 58621

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

So when I scheduled to have a bunch of stuff delivered today -- 11/6 -- by WA, I had no reason to believe it would be creeping towards 80 degrees! Sigh.
by Neal.Mollen
November 5th, 2020, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 22
Views: 2205

Re: TN: 2008 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)

Interesting note - "Lives up to the hype, and then some. On par with the brilliant 2008 Dom Perignon and Cristal". I've had the 08 Dom a few times and the Cristal twice and I'd certainly give them more than the 93 points you did, unless that is for current tasting and not future potential. Must ......
by Neal.Mollen
November 5th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If only one village/town/city in Italy...
Replies: 50
Views: 1797

Re: If only one village/town/city in Italy...

Is this supposed to be about wine?
by Neal.Mollen
November 5th, 2020, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...
Replies: 64
Views: 2491

Re: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...

But really, the thing I like about a tasting note is that someone took the time to post it. For myself, being prescriptive about what it has to or should contain misses the point and discourages people from sharing their views. So post what the hell you want, and I'll appreciate it. That seems a li...
by Neal.Mollen
November 5th, 2020, 6:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...
Replies: 64
Views: 2491

Re: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...

Obviously, "saline." Also, whether the wine is a "poor man's _____" or a "baby ________." The drink/hold bit is very useful. The weight of the wine is useful to guide pairing, I suppose. Mostly, I like to see the poster's degree of enthusiasm, at least when coming from a known quantity. (This is als...
by Neal.Mollen
November 3rd, 2020, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine for election night? (Mod- next political post gets a 24hour suspension)
Replies: 270
Views: 10965

Re: Wine for election night? (Mod- next political post gets a 24hour suspension)

Are you guys really going to open 2008 Champagne and other grand wines at midnight to 3:00 am or whatever? Maybe different on the west coast, but I don't remember too many elections being decided at 8:00 pm EST. Very good point Howard. I will have something chilled, but it may very well be a tomorr...
by Neal.Mollen
November 2nd, 2020, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine for election night? (Mod- next political post gets a 24hour suspension)
Replies: 270
Views: 10965

Re: Wine for election night?

NickRut wrote:
November 2nd, 2020, 4:19 pm
Bourbon most likely. Hoping we actually have some idea on the results tomorrow. A landslide either way would be helpful to avoid drama.
A landslide in one particular direction would mean nothing but drama for years
by Neal.Mollen
November 2nd, 2020, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine for election night? (Mod- next political post gets a 24hour suspension)
Replies: 270
Views: 10965

Re: Wine for election night?

Someone on MSNBC said only a 50/50 chance we’ll know the winner on Election night - ugh Nate Silver says 60%. As I said in another thread, GA, NC and FL are going to be early calls (unless the spread is microscopic). If Biden wins one of those, it will be a very long night for Trump. He needs all t...
by Neal.Mollen
November 2nd, 2020, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got a disappointed bottle, but Problem Resolved
Replies: 211
Views: 9300

Re: Don't waste your money on K&L wine at Redwood City

Does any challenger to the incumbent EVER have experience as the President himself? they wouldn't be running if they did? Teddy Roosevelt was the one exception, when he ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination in 1912, after serving 1901-1909. Grover Cleveland qualifies as well. Even better...
by Neal.Mollen
November 2nd, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got a disappointed bottle, but Problem Resolved
Replies: 211
Views: 9300

Re: Don't waste your money on K&L wine at Redwood City

Does any challenger to the incumbent EVER have experience as the President himself? they wouldn't be running if they did? Teddy Roosevelt was the one exception, when he ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination in 1912, after serving 1901-1909. Give this man a kewpie doll. Very good, John.
by Neal.Mollen
November 2nd, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got a disappointed bottle, but Problem Resolved
Replies: 211
Views: 9300

Re: Don't waste your money on K&L wine at Redwood City

Victor Hong wrote:
November 2nd, 2020, 10:50 am
One to eat, one to take home in a doggie bag.
ok, now this is funny
by Neal.Mollen
November 2nd, 2020, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine for election night? (Mod- next political post gets a 24hour suspension)
Replies: 270
Views: 10965

Re: Wine for election night?

We might know. Nate Silver says ~60% chance we will know by 3:00 am. Nate Cohen at the NYT says we should have NC, FL, and GA early -- like 8:30. If one of those goes D, the die is pretty much cast. (I have my doubts about an early FL call, but these guys are the pros). It depends, we may or may no...
by Neal.Mollen
November 2nd, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine for election night? (Mod- next political post gets a 24hour suspension)
Replies: 270
Views: 10965

Re: Wine for election night?

given that we might not know the results for a few days I'll probably take another glass of 2005 Musar from 3 oz bottle and do the celebrating/drowning of sorrows at dinner on Saturday. We might know. Nate Silver says ~60% chance we will know by 3:00 am. Nate Cohen at the NYT says we should have NC...
by Neal.Mollen
November 2nd, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is More Consistently Good: Burg or Bordeaux?
Replies: 61
Views: 2199

Re: What is More Consistently Good: Burg or Bordeaux?

I mean, they are two very different flavor profiles. If you "like" bordeaux and love burgundy (or vice versa) the answer is pretty easy. For me, bdx much more consistently delivers pleasure because I refer the flavor profile. I like burgundy, own a fair amount (for me), and enjoy drinking it. It's j...
by Neal.Mollen
November 2nd, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine for election night? (Mod- next political post gets a 24hour suspension)
Replies: 270
Views: 10965

Re: Wine for election night?

Eric White wrote:
November 2nd, 2020, 12:00 pm
well, it also happens to be our 30th anniversary (boy, 2020 really took the wind out of our milestone sails!), so with Prime Rib it will be a recent WineBid purchase:

1990 Liparita Cabernet Sauvignon

(thanks Victor for the heads-up on these!)
Happy anniversary Eric!

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