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by Brian Thorne
November 12th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blacksmith Wines Cold Spring NY
Replies: 12
Views: 719

Re: Blacksmith Wines Cold Spring NY

I had a very good experience with them. Quite responsive to emails, answered my questions, and shipped promptly. Will happily do business with Blacksmith again.
by Brian Thorne
October 30th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm Cellars Fall Release
Replies: 88
Views: 9507

Re: Realm Cellars Fall Release

I got a 3 pack of Kata “Kraft”. Had a couple of Ghost Dog in the cart but didn’t show up at checkout. Have no idea what Kraft means there was no explanation on the website that I saw but since the other sold out option was wood crate it must be some type of packaging??? Who knows but I got some... ...
by Brian Thorne
October 5th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 105
Views: 7808

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

Picked up a mixed case of the x block and Le Cigare Volant Réserve “en bonbonne" with $20 shipping. Thanks for the heads-up!
by Brian Thorne
October 5th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is 2000 Bordeaux actually approachable now?
Replies: 45
Views: 1420

Re: Is 2000 Bordeaux actually approachable now?

From my recent experiences, I think many of 2000 Bordeaux are entering their drinking window. Still youthful, but developing enjoyable and complex secondary aromas + flavors. Branaire Ducru, Grand Puy Lacoste, Pichon Lalande, Pontet Canet, Léoville Poyferré, Smith Haut Lafitte, Troplong Mondot were ...
by Brian Thorne
September 18th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm Cellars Fall Release
Replies: 88
Views: 9507

Re: Realm Cellars Fall Release

Granted my wish list for one bottle of Absurd as well.
by Brian Thorne
June 22nd, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?
Replies: 78
Views: 4146

Re: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?

Nothing. But I have picked up quite a few 09, 15, 16 at or below their EP pricing.
by Brian Thorne
June 17th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Reduced: 07 Scarecrow, 05 Cheval Blanc OWC 15 Haut Brion, 89 Clinet, 90 Beausejour, 15 Lynch Bages mags, 03 Clos de Tart
Replies: 9
Views: 3339

Reduced: 07 Scarecrow, 05 Cheval Blanc OWC 15 Haut Brion, 89 Clinet, 90 Beausejour, 15 Lynch Bages mags, 03 Clos de Tart

I have the following wines for sale; all have been stored at 55/70 since purchase and are in great shape. All price significantly below the lowest USA Wine Searcher Pro price! Will provide Styro cases and ship at your expense + risk; Venmo preferred, but PayPal happily accepted if you cover any asso...
by Brian Thorne
June 10th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle condition - signs of seepage
Replies: 38
Views: 2392

Re: Bottle condition - signs of seepage

I would drink them up sooner rather than later; I don't believe heat damaged wines "get better" or "recover" with additional cellaring.
by Brian Thorne
June 7th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 130
Views: 7218

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

It's coming up on 19 years for the 2000 Left Bank Crus. Have not seen many notes on these. Is it about time? Look forward to seeing more tasting notes as we head towards a score. From my recent experiences, I think many of 2000 Bordeaux are entering their drinking window. Still youthful, but develo...
by Brian Thorne
June 5th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them
Replies: 245
Views: 17077

Re: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them

I've had my 1855 and Cru glasses for a little over a month, and I love them! I picked up one of my Reidel Sommelier bordeaux grand cru stems yesterday, and was absolutely Blown Away by how heavy, thick, and clunky it felt in comparison!
by Brian Thorne
May 31st, 2019, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 16565

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

I swore I wasn't going to buy. Just buy more 14, 15 and 16. Then, this morning I tried to buy more 2016 Leoville Barton and struggled to find it near me. What I am finding is in nearby states and close to $120. Then I have shipping issues in PA and DE. I became weak and I broke down and bought six ...
by Brian Thorne
May 17th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 7995

Re: Robert Parker retires

Best wishes for a long, happy, and healthy retirement! That said, I thought he had been more or less retired for the past several years...I don't think he's provided a tasting note at Wine Advocate since the end of 2016.
by Brian Thorne
May 15th, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?
Replies: 67
Views: 4607

Re: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?

As someone may have mentioned above, these days it's really hard to casually keep track of "market" pricing of trendy, highly allocated wines -- particularly in Burgundy and N. Rhone (and sort of Piedmont and Champagne). With wines like Raveneau, Allemand, Cathiard, Rayas etc. it can be challenging...
by Brian Thorne
May 13th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Togni Vertical: 1983 to 1996
Replies: 24
Views: 1074

Re: Togni Vertical: 1983 to 1996

Looks like a fantastic tasting! I love the 1990 - 1996 Togni, but have never been as blown away with anything that came from '97 onward. I bought a lot of the '97, some of it straight from the winery, and was never a fan, even though it got higher scores. My favorite is the '92; only one bottle left...
by Brian Thorne
May 13th, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century
Replies: 69
Views: 2515

Re: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century

For my tastes, I've always enjoyed the 1988 vintage; the '88 Pichon Lalande was a wine I purchased at auction whenever I could find it. I love the '86, '96 and '98 vintages too, but those have always been very highly regarded vintages, at least for particular appellations. I don't think anyone would...
by Brian Thorne
May 4th, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 11182

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

Count me as a huge fan of Guigal La La’s! Personally I am glad that prices on the secondary market have been relatively flat over the last 8 - 10 years, as this has created some wonderful buying opportunities at auction. If I were trying to sell some, I might feel differently! To the OP’s hypothesis...
by Brian Thorne
May 3rd, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 11182

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

Josh Grossman wrote:
May 3rd, 2019, 11:37 am
Jeff Leve wrote:
May 3rd, 2019, 11:35 am
Josh Grossman wrote:
May 3rd, 2019, 11:34 am

Anything that spends 33 to 42 months in new oak isn't good wine in my book.
That is how you judge a wine?
Yep, if it taste more like oak than wine, I write it off as an oak monster.
I'm curious Josh, just how many mature La La's have you tasted?
by Brian Thorne
May 3rd, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual tasting event?
Replies: 15
Views: 509

Re: Virtual tasting event?

I imagine most would have some 2000 Bordeaux, or Grand Puy Lacoste in their cellars. Why? Why this, specifically? (I can participate in either, but seems random) It is random, was just making a suggestion for a virtual tasting that I thought most WB'ers would be able to participate in. Selfishly, I...
by Brian Thorne
May 3rd, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?
Replies: 66
Views: 3062

Re: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?

No, but I've rolled the dice on some older Corton Charly's at auction this year. First 2 bottles of '06 J Prieur have been great. I just figure 1/4 will be pre-moxed, so I factor that into my buying/bidding calculations.
by Brian Thorne
May 3rd, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual tasting event?
Replies: 15
Views: 509

Re: Virtual tasting event?

I love the idea; let's get it going again! What should be the first theme? I imagine most would have some 2000 Bordeaux, or Grand Puy Lacoste in their cellars.
by Brian Thorne
May 2nd, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?
Replies: 91
Views: 2704

Re: From what states in the US have you had good or at least palatable wine?

I've had "good" wine from CA, WA, OR, TX, and NY. I've had "palatable" wine from NC, NM, and VA. I've also had wine from the great commonwealth of PA, but none of the many wineries I've tried fall into the previous 2 categories! [snort.gif]
by Brian Thorne
May 2nd, 2019, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement
Replies: 237
Views: 11182

Re: Is Guigal a casualty of Parker’s retirement

I put in a lowball bid on a mixed case of ‘98 La La’s several months ago, and was shocked that I won. That was our wedding year, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the ‘98 La Landonne and ‘98 La Mouline on prior occasions, so I’m pretty stoked. [cheers.gif]
by Brian Thorne
April 26th, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Celebrating CellarTracker's Fifteenth Anniversary
Replies: 60
Views: 1585

Re: TN: Celebrating CellarTracker's Fifteenth Anniversary

Congratulations on 15 years of CT Eric! I couldn't imagine my "wine life" without it. Someday I might even click on that "Use The New CellarTracker" link [cheers.gif]
by Brian Thorne
April 23rd, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 16739

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

I saw Liv-Ex posted Jeff Leve's scores; looks like 24 wines rated 98-100!

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by Brian Thorne
April 16th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 16739

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

The first of the major players released their 2018, L’Angelus. Retail in London, it is being offered at £3000, which is about $3900. That is 16% below 2017 and 16% below 2016. $359/bottle in US; $355 at Zachys. About $12 less than 2016. Interesting...the 2015 Angelus is $30 cheaper, and in stock! I...
by Brian Thorne
April 12th, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?
Replies: 71
Views: 2793

Re: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?

The Champagne that I cellar and that's part of my "collection" is significantly more expensive than the bubbly I buy to drink in the short term.
by Brian Thorne
April 11th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 16739

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

I saw a negoicant offered the 2018 Bellefont Belcier for 30 Euros, so I'm thinking that should be in the $45 range for consumers? That seems to be on par with what the 2015 and 2016 are going for right now. Just one data point of course...
by Brian Thorne
April 10th, 2019, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Check: Michel Thibault Wine
Replies: 5
Views: 456

Re: Retailer Check: Michel Thibault Wine

I had an incredibly positive purchasing experience with $3000+ order of Bordeaux a couple of months ago. Highly recommended
by Brian Thorne
April 4th, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 16739

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

LOL, was there ever a worse thing to taste than 10 year old 1995 Bordeaux? Exactly. This tasting has me [scratch.gif] Unlike Mark I’m a fan of the vintage but it only started opening at around age 20 and most will still benefit from more time. Absolutely. A 95 GPL last year was still grippy Tasted ...
by Brian Thorne
March 28th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 16739

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Jeff Leve is quoted “2018 will be regarded as one of the great Bordeaux vintages”
by Brian Thorne
March 28th, 2019, 4:54 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: (SOLD)
Replies: 2
Views: 299

Re: FS: 2003 Clos Fourtet (REDUCED) RP 98

Price reduced to $105 each, or all 4 for $400.
by Brian Thorne
March 25th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Latour 2009 Chambertin
Replies: 24
Views: 1607

Re: Louis Latour 2009 Chambertin

It's an ok deal. Calvert Woodley has it for $189 right now.
by Brian Thorne
March 25th, 2019, 7:03 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Henry McKenna 10 Bottled in Bond - Wins Best Whiskey SF World Spirits Competition
Replies: 11
Views: 934

Henry McKenna 10 Bottled in Bond - Wins Best Whiskey SF World Spirits Competition

Nice article in Forbes about the 2019 SF World Spirits Competition, and the Henry McKenna 10 year old Bottled in Bond Single Barrel won best Whiskey. I've been a fan for several years, as it has really represented great drinking experience for a fair ($30 - $35) price. Last year it won Best Bourbon ...
by Brian Thorne
March 24th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12089
Views: 579555

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Mixed case of the ‘98 Guigal La La’s. Our wedding year was 1998, so we are in good shape for anniversary wines 🍷
by Brian Thorne
March 22nd, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: (SOLD)
Replies: 2
Views: 299

Re: 2003 Clos Fourtet x 4

Take them for $110 each, or all 4 for $420.
by Brian Thorne
March 21st, 2019, 4:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Latour rereleases the 2008
Replies: 33
Views: 2601

Re: Chateau Latour rereleases the 2008

Jürgen Steinke wrote:
March 21st, 2019, 12:53 am
I do not understand this politic. The wine is still not ready for consumption. Latour develops like a snail. 10 years is nothing for this wine. What did Mouton cost EP? Maybe this is the explanation.
2008 Mouton was widely available for $200 EP, and Latour was available for $300.
by Brian Thorne
March 20th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: (SOLD)
Replies: 2
Views: 299

(SOLD)

I have 4 bottles of the 2003 Clos Fourtet for sale at $105 each; take all 4 for $400. RP rated 98, and lowest WS-Pro is $162 (retail) and $146 (auction). Fills are into the neck and bottles are in excellent condition. I provide the packaging, you pay for shipping and any payment fees. PayPal preferr...
by Brian Thorne
March 18th, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Bordeaux Tasting at Mark Taylor's in Honor of Yves
Replies: 11
Views: 804

Re: TN: 2000 Bordeaux Tasting at Mark Taylor's in Honor of Yves

Great notes, thanks for sharing! How far in advance were the wines decanted?
by Brian Thorne
March 15th, 2019, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $3000 bottle
Replies: 89
Views: 9162

Re: $3000 bottle

The Todd would be my guess!
by Brian Thorne
March 15th, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Farr Vintners retastes 2009 Bordeaux 10 years on.
Replies: 40
Views: 3768

Re: Farr Vintners retastes 2009 Bordeaux 10 years on.

From the 10-year tasting reports of Lisa and Neal re: 2009 Bordeaux...

"A number of wines across varieties and communes seem to be prematurely oxidizing." LPB
"Especially at the Southwold tasting, I was not the only person concerned about the number of bottles showing signs of oxidation" NM
by Brian Thorne
March 14th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Farr Vintners retastes 2009 Bordeaux 10 years on.
Replies: 40
Views: 3768

Re: Farr Vintners retastes 2009 Bordeaux 10 years on.

I saw both Neal Martin and Lisa PB released their notes on the 2009 Bordeaux today from the 10 years on tastings. They both mentioned a worrisome amount of bottles that showed signs of premature oxidation, which is concerning! Lisa also made a general comment about several wines that seemed to be go...
by Brian Thorne
March 14th, 2019, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!
Replies: 60
Views: 3951

Re: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!

Zachy’s recently started doing a similar thing with state sales tax. That extra 8% is a killer

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