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by Br1an Th0rne
February 24th, 2021, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you still have the FIRST bottle...
Replies: 46
Views: 1935

Re: Do you still have the FIRST bottle...

The first bottle of wine that I ever purchased with the intent of cellaring was the 1995 Ch. Mouton Rothschild. Purchased 1 bottle for $120, inclusive of tax, in Nov 1998 at Cowtown Discount Liquors in El Paso Texas. Went out and spent about twice that amount on a little 24 bottle wine cellar that s...
by Br1an Th0rne
February 22nd, 2021, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is SQN hot again on WB?
Replies: 25
Views: 2817

Re: Is SQN hot again on WB?

David_K wrote: February 22nd, 2021, 2:44 pm Everything is hot on WB. Good for sellers, good for WB, not so good for bargain hunters. [snort.gif]
Russ Mann and his team have really done an amazing job at winebid since he was appointed CEO a few years ago! I can’t remember the “action” ever having been hotter 🔥
by Br1an Th0rne
February 22nd, 2021, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15680
Views: 811447

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2009 Ch. Lafon Rochet OWC
by Br1an Th0rne
February 21st, 2021, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: Top vintage for red Bordeaux 1980 - 1999
Replies: 51
Views: 2748

Re: POLL: Top vintage for red Bordeaux 1980 - 1999

I am still working through the first growths. I've had all but Margaux as of last night. We had a 2000 Latour last night, and it was my first. I have to admit that the Latour was a bit disappointing. It did not wow me, and when considering the price..... I'd like to get a bottle of Margaux now, but...
by Br1an Th0rne
February 20th, 2021, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Scarecrow Release
Replies: 121
Views: 13478

Re: 2018 Scarecrow Release

I am offered a magnum and as much as I want it, I'm leaning towards passing based solely on price. Does anyone know on average how many magnums are bottled per vintage and does anyone know the justification for such a large markup? I know many posters have scoffed at the mag and 3 L but I'm was mor...
by Br1an Th0rne
February 20th, 2021, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective
Replies: 73
Views: 3207

Re: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective

John Glas wrote: February 20th, 2021, 7:54 am I hate when people don't use the flaw feature on oxidized or heat damaged wines and give the wine a 60.
What difference does it make whether a random CT user scores the wine as 60 or marks the wine as flawed? As long as they enter a tasting note, I find it helpful either way.
by Br1an Th0rne
February 18th, 2021, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Les Forts de Latour
Replies: 9
Views: 794

Re: TN: 2000 Les Forts de Latour

I’ve never been a big fan of second wines in general, but particularly not for the first growths. The quality vs price is lacking, and you’re getting the “leftovers” from the grand Vin. For $250, you can get some real left bank rockstars from the 2000 vintage: Pichon Lalande, Pichon Baron, Lynch Bag...
by Br1an Th0rne
February 18th, 2021, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is the most valuable bottle of wine in your cellar?
Replies: 86
Views: 5508

Re: POLL: What is the most expensive bottle of wine in your cellar?

Victor Hong wrote: February 13th, 2021, 6:39 pm When does the income or wealth poll get posted? neener
I leave the creation of that poll to you, Victor! [snort.gif]
by Br1an Th0rne
February 15th, 2021, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
Replies: 13
Views: 811

Re: TN: 2003 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

I remember how controversial this was on release. I think they stepped up the petit verdot in the blend? I know the 2000 Pichon Lalande had an extra dollop of Petit Verdot, which some tasters felt added an objectionable green streak to that wine. I’ve always loved the 2000 Pichon Lalande, which for...
by Br1an Th0rne
February 14th, 2021, 8:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best value elite Bordeaux?
Replies: 96
Views: 9986

Re: Best value elite Bordeaux?

I guess a lot depends on whether you want to buy a young Bordeaux to cellar for 20+ years, or purchase bottles that are mature right now. Either way, I’d gladly plonk down $90 for a ‘00 Branaire Ducru, to enjoy right now or anytime over the next 15 years, or $40 for a bottle of the ‘19 and cellar it...
by Br1an Th0rne
February 14th, 2021, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is the most valuable bottle of wine in your cellar?
Replies: 86
Views: 5508

Re: POLL: What is the most expensive bottle of wine in your cellar?

I own wine 150 and under but I recently joined the Realm list and ridge monte bello futures list so the realm prices will be over 200. This thread made me feel guilty about purchasing these more expensive wines. Should I cancel my Realm list and not bother with these 200 plus napa cabs? The Caberne...
by Br1an Th0rne
February 14th, 2021, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
Replies: 13
Views: 811

Re: TN: 2003 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Thanks for sharing your tasting note; sounds like it showed well, and glad you enjoyed it!
by Br1an Th0rne
February 13th, 2021, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is the most valuable bottle of wine in your cellar?
Replies: 86
Views: 5508

Re: POLL: What is the most expensive bottle of wine in your cellar?

In broad strokes, should we count as the value of a wine the price we paid or what it's worth today, say what we could get if we auctioned or sold it. The economically literate answer to that is that you should always mark to market. A more practical question is whether or not I could find a wine (...
by Br1an Th0rne
February 13th, 2021, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is the most valuable bottle of wine in your cellar?
Replies: 86
Views: 5508

Re: POLL: What is the most expensive bottle of wine in your cellar?

$1000 seems to be the mental threshold for me...once a wine appreciates in value to that point, I sell or trade them, à la Screagle or Lafite. Looking at CT, I see that I’ve never opened a wine from my own cellar that was worth over $1k, although I’m determined to drink that ‘82 Mouton at some point!
by Br1an Th0rne
February 13th, 2021, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is the most valuable bottle of wine in your cellar?
Replies: 86
Views: 5508

POLL: What is the most valuable bottle of wine in your cellar?

The thread about no wine being safe from getting its cork pulled at any given moment offered some fascinating dialogue, and prompted me to create this poll. What is the most valuable bottle of wine in your cellar? I’d suggest current auction prices as reported by WMJ (CellarTracker provides quarterl...
by Br1an Th0rne
February 13th, 2021, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No wine in my cellar is safe from getting its cork pulled
Replies: 86
Views: 4260

Re: No wine in my cellar is safe from getting its cork pulled

question—do you have any $10,000-20000 bottles? What are the most expensive bottles in the cellar? You’d open those spur of the moment? I do believe the bottle is the occasion. I’ve posited that often. And I often open great bottles during the week. But many of us have many bottles that we would no...
by Br1an Th0rne
February 11th, 2021, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15680
Views: 811447

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Won a 6-pack of 1997 Arns Napa cab at recent HDH auction on an impulsive lowball bid. Opened first bottle tonight; shocked at how youthful and tasty it is. Would have been happy at twice the price.
by Br1an Th0rne
February 11th, 2021, 3:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flannery's 130 day dry aged steak--how is this going down?
Replies: 25
Views: 1695

Re: Flannery's 130 day dry aged steak--how is this going down?

Curious to those who tried and didn’t like...did it cause any gastrointestinal distress? I have two in the freezer, was thinking of cooking for Valentine’s Day. omg this is hilarious, Michael - bravo Ok, so when putting together the Valentine’s Day schedule, it sounds like sexy time should precede ...
by Br1an Th0rne
February 11th, 2021, 11:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Flannery's 130 day dry aged steak--how is this going down?
Replies: 25
Views: 1695

Re: Flannery's 130 day dry aged steak--how is this going down?

Ok, I love Flannery...a lot. I jumped on these the second they were available, as I figured they’d not be available much longer, plus, the best piece of meat I’ve had from Flannery was a 100-day NY strip. Well, I feel like I’m ‘supposed’ to like it, but I don’t. The funk is just too much, and not j...
by Br1an Th0rne
February 10th, 2021, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.
Replies: 204
Views: 9387

Re: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.

Interesting take on scores. I saw Jeb D strongly disagreed in Twitter!
by Br1an Th0rne
February 9th, 2021, 1:00 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Slim Sadie's Beef Jerky - 25% OFF
Replies: 77
Views: 2596

Re: Slim Sadie's Beef Jerky - 25% OFF

My 5-pack arrived yesterday. My teenaged sons loved it almost as much as I did, and 24 hours later, I see that only 1 package remains! Growing boys....
by Br1an Th0rne
February 8th, 2021, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the wines you try to buy in 375ml??
Replies: 55
Views: 2251

Re: What are the wines you try to buy in 375ml??

I bought a little over 4 cases worth of 2019 Bordeaux futures in half bottle. Hopefully they’ll be approaching maturity at 15 years of age rather than 25!
by Br1an Th0rne
February 7th, 2021, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Advice: Opening a 1975 Ca Cab.
Replies: 19
Views: 915

Re: Need Advice: Opening a 1975 Ca Cab.

I opened 3 bottles of '71 Bordeaux last night for my birthday party. Used an ah so to no avail - all 3 soft corks ended up in the bottle. As Victor mentioned, a metal coffee filter and pouring into a pitcher/decanter will take care of both cork pieces and sediment. I used the plastic grocery bag tr...
by Br1an Th0rne
February 5th, 2021, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.
Replies: 204
Views: 9387

Re: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.

In my mind, scores are like statistical models... All are wrong, but some are useful. In order for a score to be useful, the primary things I need are: A decent tasting note to accompany the score; to include where the wine is at from a maturity standpoint. A score in and of itself does nothing for ...
by Br1an Th0rne
February 4th, 2021, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7087
Views: 645224

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

still the GOAT thread in the wine world. period. whenever I'm down, i stroll down memory lane to the early pages here and just bask in the glow of certitude. it's stupendous. i highly recommend it. to me, it's becoming something akin to a beloved book where you highlight passages and re-read them. ...
by Br1an Th0rne
February 3rd, 2021, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommended Wine Books
Replies: 31
Views: 1518

Re: Recommended Wine Books

I’ll second “inside bordeaux” by Jane Anson; simply fantastic. I’ve enjoyed “Bordeaux Legends” by Jane also. One of Parker’s last books, “the worlds greatest wine estates” is pretty good too. “The fast of Wine” by Peynaud (Le goût du vin) should be in every wine library as well! The World of Fine Wi...
by Br1an Th0rne
February 2nd, 2021, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have wine auction lots become much more scarce....?
Replies: 178
Views: 9446

Re: Have wine auction lots become much more scarce....?

Winebid’s prices for mature Bordeaux have been out of whack versus the auction market for a few years now. That ‘90 PLL goes for about $180, inclusive of premium, at the major auction houses. Their Napa prices are competitive but mature red Bordeaux is not...strange how that has evolved over the la...
by Br1an Th0rne
February 2nd, 2021, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have wine auction lots become much more scarce....?
Replies: 178
Views: 9446

Re: Have wine auction lots become much more scarce....?

Winebid’s prices for mature Bordeaux have been out of whack versus the broader auction market for a few years now. That ‘90 PLL goes for about $180, inclusive of premium, at the major auction houses. Their Napa prices are competitive but mature red Bordeaux is not...strange how that has evolved over...
by Br1an Th0rne
January 31st, 2021, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zachy's Wine Auctions
Replies: 20
Views: 1885

Re: Zachy's Wine Auctions

I do not buy wine at auction with signs of seepage. In my mind, seepage is a huge, neon warning flag.
by Br1an Th0rne
January 31st, 2021, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2739
Views: 328051

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Andrew K. wrote: January 31st, 2021, 8:05 am Just used a $100 off $300 at wine.com. Not sure if it's reusable.

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IT didn’t work for me, but thanks for posting!
by Br1an Th0rne
January 29th, 2021, 11:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bordeaux 2018 from bottle
Replies: 30
Views: 3807

Re: TN: Bordeaux 2018 from bottle

I’m 48, and hadn’t bought futures since the ‘09 vintage...until the ‘19 campaign! Combination of high futures prices, Premier Cru scars, and concerns about waiting 20+ years for the wines to mature kept me out. The “low” pricing, high praise and vintage style of ‘19 sucked me in; bought many in half...
by Br1an Th0rne
January 29th, 2021, 11:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Bordeaux worlds apart: 1982 La Dominique and 1990 Pichon Baron
Replies: 10
Views: 767

Re: TN: Two Bordeaux worlds apart: 1982 La Dominique and 1990 Pichon Baron

Great notes, thanks for sharing! In the picture, is that the La Dominique in your glass? Every single 1990 that I’ve tasted in the last few years has been absolutely singing; LLC, GPL and Lynch Bages all showed particularly well. I agree that the ‘90 Pichon Baron still has significant upside, but st...
by Br1an Th0rne
January 28th, 2021, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15680
Views: 811447

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

82 LLC
82 GL
82 GPL
94 Mouton

I was really really really hoping to snag those 82 Ducru Beaucaillou!
by Br1an Th0rne
January 28th, 2021, 5:59 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Ok, tally it up. What did you buy?
Replies: 223
Views: 8345

Re: Ok, tally it up. What did you buy?

- Grassl Cru and Liberté - Grassl travel bag - Flannery 130 day ribeyes, hangars, strips, burgers - Morgan Ranch Wagyu sampler - Saunter Eagle Summit Cabs - Pezatto Cabs - Crawford Bentrock Pinot Noir - Sun Break Pinot Noir Marie-Paule - Slim Sadie Beff Jerky - And hopefully a mixed case of ‘82 Bord...
by Br1an Th0rne
January 27th, 2021, 6:42 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: UNTOUCHED FOR DECADES-VERY FINE WINE IN A CABINET
Replies: 43
Views: 3988

Re: UNTOUCHED FOR DECADES-VERY FINE WINE IN A CABINET

brigcampbell wrote: January 27th, 2021, 6:21 pm Richard is a straight up guy. 100% fair.

I personally stand behind his integrity.
Agreed. The 82 LLC I purchased from Richard last year looked like they had just rolled off the bottling line. Immaculate [cheers.gif]
by Br1an Th0rne
January 27th, 2021, 5:45 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: ** Offer Closing Sunday! **. Morgan Ranch Wagyu Berserker Day 12 Deal!
Replies: 255
Views: 9337

Re: Morgan Ranch Wagyu Berserker Day 12 Deal!

Order in! I did 4 of the strip loins. Really looking forward to trying these.
by Br1an Th0rne
January 27th, 2021, 2:57 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: UNTOUCHED FOR DECADES-VERY FINE WINE IN A CABINET
Replies: 43
Views: 3988

Re: UNTOUCHED FOR DECADES-VERY FINE WINE IN A CABINET

Pat Burton wrote: January 27th, 2021, 2:21 pm May I inquire as to when we might hear back?
Last year I heard back from Richard that same evening. It was the same cellar, but the list was not nearly as extensive.
by Br1an Th0rne
January 26th, 2021, 3:19 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: UNTOUCHED FOR DECADES-VERY FINE WINE IN A CABINET
Replies: 43
Views: 3988

Re: UNTOUCHED FOR DECADES-VERY FINE WINE IN A CABINET

Travis Fantz wrote: January 26th, 2021, 1:53 pm Mark, like they were able to purchase from the cellar?
Just a very very small subset of wines....a handful
by Br1an Th0rne
January 26th, 2021, 12:11 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: UNTOUCHED FOR DECADES-VERY FINE WINE IN A CABINET
Replies: 43
Views: 3988

Re: UNTOUCHED FOR DECADES-VERY FINE WINE IN A CABINET

Travis Fantz wrote: January 26th, 2021, 12:10 pm just so I understand, the new platinum/? group has access before the grand cru and others tomorrow for this?
I hope so flirtysmile
by Br1an Th0rne
January 26th, 2021, 12:07 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Glass *2/22/21 Shipping Data, bottom of 1st post*
Replies: 191
Views: 11202

Re: Grassl Glass

In for 6 more of the Cru, and both carrying cases. Already have full sets of 1855 and Liberte; far and away my favorite glasses.
by Br1an Th0rne
January 26th, 2021, 10:50 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Flannery Beef *Monopole Cru Offer* (what remains is open for all!)
Replies: 81
Views: 5541

Re: Flannery Beef *Monopole Cru Offer*

In for 2 of the 130-day ribeyes! Plus some of the CA reserve strips, the hangers, Kali and Berserker blend burgers!

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