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by Br1an Th0rne
September 23rd, 2020, 6:25 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Wine and War (book)
Replies: 3
Views: 178

Re: FS: Wine and War (book)

Hardcover or softcover?
by Br1an Th0rne
September 17th, 2020, 5:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 178
Views: 7565

Re: wine.com delivery fail

I'm not involved in the wine.com stuff at all, but it feels like there's a little bit of overreaction. As long as everyone is 'made good' at the end, does it matter? Cooked wines replaced, early shipped orders re-shipped in due course, double charges repaid (including any interest incurred). In the...
by Br1an Th0rne
September 15th, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Anniversary Wines - Recommendations?
Replies: 59
Views: 1958

Re: Auctions

Jadot’s 1997s are really good and very well priced. My recommendation would be Philip Togni. In a slightly hit and miss vintage, the Togni is not only fantastic for the vintage, b ut in my top five California wines, period. Interesting -- 1997 is excellent but I have preferred the 1992 and 2001 amo...
by Br1an Th0rne
September 15th, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Latour 2009 released
Replies: 53
Views: 4133

Re: Latour 2009 released

Latour 2009 released ex-chateau Latour 2009 has been re-released from the cellars of the estate at €860 per bottle ex-negotiant, up 11.7% on the initial release (€770). Chateau Latour left the En Primeur system after the release of 2011 vintage. They had however, been gradually reducing the amount ...
by Br1an Th0rne
September 13th, 2020, 5:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 178
Views: 7565

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Was double charged for a different ‘19 Bordeaux futures order late last night, from an order originally made and paid for over three months ago. This is an addition to the duplicate charges they made on Friday. At this rate, they should seriously consider ceasing all operations until they can fix th...
by Br1an Th0rne
September 13th, 2020, 5:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com duplicate charge for June Bordeaux futures purchase
Replies: 17
Views: 1069

Re: wine.com duplicate charge for June Bordeaux futures purchase

I was double charged last night for a different futures order! I put a block on my credit card after the initial fiasco on Friday, and then wine.com attempted to charge my card again last night. What a hot mess.
by Br1an Th0rne
September 11th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com duplicate charge for June Bordeaux futures purchase
Replies: 17
Views: 1069

Re: wine.com duplicate charge for June Bordeaux futures purchase

Looks like they have reversed the charges on my credit card.
by Br1an Th0rne
September 11th, 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 105
Views: 5337

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

Received a few offers in the $180 range. Easy pass for me at this price, as I would be surprised if the market will stomach such a significant increase in these macabre times. No rush, there is an ocean of great champagne out there. If it falls to $130 I will buy in quantity; if $150 just a few bott...
by Br1an Th0rne
September 11th, 2020, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com duplicate charge for June Bordeaux futures purchase
Replies: 17
Views: 1069

Re: wine.com charged me again for June Bordeaux futures purchase

Have you spoken with them? I have attempted to speak with customer service, but have not been able to get through to them. I “chatted” with a wine.com bot, but that was an exercise in futility. Wine.com is having a host of shipping problems at present, which they are attributing to a software upgra...
by Br1an Th0rne
September 11th, 2020, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 178
Views: 7565

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Jeff_M. wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 7:07 am
Thanks for the heads up. I also have duplicate wine.com charges. Did anyone contact them to get these removed?
I have not. The duplicate charges are still showing as “pending” on my credit card, did your duplicate charges go through, or are they pending?
by Br1an Th0rne
September 11th, 2020, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 178
Views: 7565

Re: wine.com delivery fail

Mike R wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 5:44 am
Br1an Th0rne wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 5:37 am
wine.com just hit me with a duplicate charge of over $2400 for a Bordeaux futures order that I placed on the 9th of June. These guys are having some major issues.
Same thing happened to me, albeit for a much smaller futures order.
Did they charge you again today, or a while ago?
by Br1an Th0rne
September 11th, 2020, 5:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com duplicate charge for June Bordeaux futures purchase
Replies: 17
Views: 1069

wine.com duplicate charge for June Bordeaux futures purchase

wine.com just hit me with a duplicate charge of over $2400 for a Bordeaux futures order that I placed on the 9th of June. Would recommend that you check the recent activity of your credit card accounts if you purchased futures from them this year. What a mess.
by Br1an Th0rne
September 11th, 2020, 5:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com delivery fail
Replies: 178
Views: 7565

Re: wine.com delivery fail

wine.com just hit me with a duplicate charge of over $2400 for a Bordeaux futures order that I placed on the 9th of June. These guys are having some major issues.
by Br1an Th0rne
September 10th, 2020, 5:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Latour 2009 released
Replies: 53
Views: 4133

Re: Latour 2009 released

Yeah...it is quite greedy. However, it will not be Latour who has to deal with fall out if the wines don’t sell. For me, this is a form of corporate bullying; a monopoly where if you don’t buy at whatever price the chateau decides on, you will lose allocation. So the negotiants end up paying. Enger...
by Br1an Th0rne
September 8th, 2020, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Latour 2009 released
Replies: 53
Views: 4133

Re: Latour 2009 released

Mark Golodetz wrote:
September 8th, 2020, 9:09 am
Ex chateau. Around $1230 a bottle. Easy pass for me; although the wine is quite good.
25% premium over recent auction prices; easy pass at this price.
by Br1an Th0rne
September 1st, 2020, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Realm save the date (Sept 1st)
Replies: 173
Views: 15010

Re: 2018 Realm save the date (Sept 1st)

I specifically asked Realm this question and their response to me was: "At this time, we do not prioritize Wish Requests by the date they are submitted". So, seems like little risk in waiting but no guarantees. Thanks Philip, good to know! I've got to say I appreciate the guaranteed allocations. It...
by Br1an Th0rne
September 1st, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Realm save the date (Sept 1st)
Replies: 173
Views: 15010

Re: 2018 Realm save the date (Sept 1st)

Nicholas C wrote:
September 1st, 2020, 10:56 am
As its a guaranteed allocation, is there any benefit of getting the order in at the start of the window vs. later on?

Curious, is there typically a good probability of wishlist requests being fulfilled?
I’m sure visa and MasterCard would appreciate if we got our orders in early!
by Br1an Th0rne
September 1st, 2020, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Realm save the date (Sept 1st)
Replies: 173
Views: 15010

Re: 2018 Realm save the date (Sept 1st)

Going for 6 Bard and 2 Moonracer (+1 wishlist) ... no Absurd for me, though if anyone wants to share their Absurd allocation hit me with a DM (I can't see the price, so not sure if I'm a taker). The 2017 Absurd Is up to $525, which is a $50 increase over the 2016, which was a $50 increase over the ...
by Br1an Th0rne
August 26th, 2020, 5:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ducru Beaucaillou 1989
Replies: 23
Views: 1007

Re: Ducru Beaucaillou 1989

I remember Neal Martin writing that Ducru Beaucaillou has a device that can test an individual bottle for taint, and they check before releasing any of this ‘86 - ‘94 “library stock” from the chateau. Mark was your bottle identifiable in any way as being a recent release from the chateau? I had enou...
by Br1an Th0rne
August 25th, 2020, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kinsman Inaugural Release
Replies: 103
Views: 10816

Re: Kinsman Inaugural Release

Fingers crossed there will be a second wave for the ‘17 release! What was the release price this year?
by Br1an Th0rne
August 25th, 2020, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kinsman Inaugural Release
Replies: 103
Views: 10816

Re: Kinsman Inaugural Release

Did the 2017 offering go out today? I received their email update last night (thank god they are making it through the fires ok) but nothing about the release.
by Br1an Th0rne
August 22nd, 2020, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Last Update! : Anniversary Wines; Next up, 1996 Dom Perignon
Replies: 23
Views: 1160

Re: Preview of Anniversary Wines/Champagne

Happy anniversary! We spent a week in Bend a couple of years ago, and loved every minute of it. Some fantastic wines!
by Br1an Th0rne
August 22nd, 2020, 7:00 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Used/Open stock Zalto Universals (Waitlist Link Added 9/1)
Replies: 29
Views: 2385

Re: Used/Open stock Zalto Universals

Okay - these sold out. But, We are going to work on a private link for WB folks. We get these often enough that it makes sense for me to accumulate a list of interested people and create a page to post these and send out updates. Josh, www.cjfselections.com - they are up there for sale. Please coun...
by Br1an Th0rne
August 20th, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14456
Views: 709856

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Haut Brion 1996. Hopefully will be moving into prime drinking window over the next 5 years! Either way, I'm thinking it has a great chance to outlive me [cheers.gif]
by Br1an Th0rne
August 19th, 2020, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 / 1990 Bordeaux, including all 3x 1990 Leoville wines
Replies: 12
Views: 1062

Re: TN: 1989 / 1990 Bordeaux, including all 3x 1990 Leoville wines

Great notes, thanks for sharing! The ‘90 LLC is one of my absolute favorites for current consumption!
by Br1an Th0rne
August 19th, 2020, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Krug
Replies: 46
Views: 1825

Re: TN: 2004 Krug

Judging by your tasting notes generally Michael, this would be consistent, while I’d have them mostly reversed. I suspect I like acidity a lot more than you do, which also explains why I like the 04 Krug. That probably makes sense. I do feel that the 08 Cristal has good acidity but it has more frui...
by Br1an Th0rne
August 19th, 2020, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Realm save the date (Sept 1st)
Replies: 173
Views: 15010

Re: 2018 Realm save the date (Sept 1st)

Didn’t seen any reviews for the ‘18 Realm, but have to think they will be stellar! Will definitely buy. The ‘17 Absurd is a question mark for me though.
by Br1an Th0rne
August 19th, 2020, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 8048
Views: 539660

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

375 of 2009 Suduiraut is up now for $39. Seems a bit high? https://www.winebid.com/BuyWine/Item/7550609/2000-Chateau-Suduiraut $39 is a good price for the ‘09, I tasted last year, and it should be a great Sauternes that will age for decades. I remember Neal Martin loved it. The 2000 that you linked...
by Br1an Th0rne
August 18th, 2020, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Krug
Replies: 46
Views: 1825

Re: TN: 2004 Krug

The 04 is far and away my favorite Krug of the 2000’s, and would need to go back to the ‘96 to find one that was significantly better. YMMV
by Br1an Th0rne
August 16th, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Increased corkage post-COVID?
Replies: 265
Views: 10246

Re: Increased corkage post-COVID?

Since you seem to want a fair analysis of the entire dinner (I think, otherwise unsure of the point of this thread), I would like to know if the Dom was regular cuvee or P2? That will help me know if the wine is priced 4x retail. Thanks. Just to follow up. I dined at the restaurant on Sat. Didn't b...
by Br1an Th0rne
August 16th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How best to appreciate 09 La Las
Replies: 11
Views: 570

Re: How best to appreciate 09 La Las

I appreciate the responses. There are just 4 of us. I don't want to wait 10 years so probably we'll go for a long decant. My hope was that, if we really like the style, we could find something similar that was less than $500 a bottle. The La La’s are singular wines. If you end up loving the style, ...
by Br1an Th0rne
August 16th, 2020, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinous worth it - or should I look elsewhere?
Replies: 91
Views: 7078

Re: Vinous worth it - or should I look elsewhere?

Is there a forums section on Vinous ? I checked under the Your Say tab and it looks like there should be but I don't see anything ? Thought I'd ask here before pinging support. In order for “your say” to work on safari, you have to uncheck the “prevent cross-site tracking” option: Settings > Safari...
by Br1an Th0rne
August 15th, 2020, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!
Replies: 152
Views: 13260

Re: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!

I liked the Grassl so much, I eventually bought a dozen of the 1855 and Liberte. Needed a 6 pack of “regular” glasses for vacation this summer, and really wanted to get the Glasvin to try them out, but they would not have arrived in time. So I got the Grassl tasting glasses. Loving them so far. When...
by Br1an Th0rne
August 15th, 2020, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Temperatures in Wine Coolers - Conundrum
Replies: 20
Views: 982

Re: Temperatures in Wine Coolers - Conundrum

I would give them several days to arrive at an “equilibrium” temperature. Depending on the temperature of the liquid in the bottles when you loaded them in the cellars, it could take some time for everything to settle. That said, I keep my whisperkool set at 53, but the air temperature usually fluct...
by Br1an Th0rne
August 15th, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mouton-Rothschild 1994 and a blind tasting of Flannery
Replies: 15
Views: 825

Re: Mouton-Rothschild 1994 and a blind tasting of Flannery

Not surprised about the ‘94 Mouton; had a bottle a few months ago, and it was singing! Just a notch below the ‘85 and ‘90, and pretty much equal pegging with the ‘88. In the last year or so, have had multiple outstanding bottles of the ‘94 Leoville Barton, Pontet Canet, and Latour (mixed case from H...
by Br1an Th0rne
August 15th, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Increased corkage post-COVID?
Replies: 265
Views: 10246

Re: Increased corkage post-COVID?

Just to follow up. I dined at the restaurant on Sat. Didn't bring any wine. Went with their top of the line wine pairing as well as a bottle of 02 DP. Spent a ridiculous amount of 3k on the dinner for 2 including a substantial tip. (The last time I spent more was at the French Laundry with a bottle...
by Br1an Th0rne
August 15th, 2020, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 1014
Views: 62067

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Interesting article https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2020/08/2019-en-primeur-success-or-merely-an-illusion/?utm_content=137194042&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&hss_channel=tw-20600936 “ The Bordelais may have cut their prices hard but they did the same with what they released. Château Lafite...
by Br1an Th0rne
August 14th, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 4405
Views: 254103

Re: de Negoce offer

I imagine that within the next 12 months, a critical consensus will emerge about the quality of the individual Negoce releases. At that time, it would not be surprising if a few of these past releases are deemed “excellent” wines, and people may be willing to pay a bit more $$ for them than what Cam...
by Br1an Th0rne
August 12th, 2020, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14456
Views: 709856

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

1996 Leoville Barton
by Br1an Th0rne
August 12th, 2020, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 1990 Mouton-Rothschild - the happiest possible ending to one of my longest journeys in wine
Replies: 14
Views: 1305

Re: TN - 1990 Mouton-Rothschild - the happiest possible ending to one of my longest journeys in wine

I was inspired by your story to open a '90 Mouton for my birthday dinner yesterday; exceeded my rather high expectations. The fill was top shoulder and the cork was soaked through but sound. Opened an hour before dinner, no decant. Medium garnet turning to blood red at the rim. An expressive and com...
by Br1an Th0rne
August 12th, 2020, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's a fair resolution to a shipping snaffu?
Replies: 27
Views: 1655

Re: What's a fair resolution to a shipping snaffu?

Sorry to hear of your troubles. I'm surprised the retailer shipped overnight instead of sticking with cold chain; did you tell the retailer you needed the wine by a certain date? With the on time "guarantees" being eliminated, I imagine it will be more difficult than normal for the retailer to get t...
by Br1an Th0rne
August 10th, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visiting Lagrange
Replies: 15
Views: 785

Re: Visiting Lagrange

Great notes Julian, thanks for sharing! We visited Lagrange last October and had a similar experience. In terms of price versus quality for a medoc classified growth, one would be hard pressed to do better than Lagrange. Although Branaire Ducru might disagree!

A picture of the vineyard....
by Br1an Th0rne
August 10th, 2020, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine tasting at home - how to store unfinished bottles
Replies: 39
Views: 1739

Re: Wine tasting at home - how to store unfinished bottles

I usually don't have this "unfinished bottle" problem, but I've found that storing leftover wine in 4oz boston and/or 5oz woozy bottles will keep the wine fresh and intact for upwards of a week. Just be sure to fill to the very top.
by Br1an Th0rne
August 10th, 2020, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!
Replies: 109
Views: 5953

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

Buzz and Robert, I'm glad to hear that both of you are on the mend. Thanks so much for sharing your experiences, and best wishes for continued speedy (and full) recovery!
by Br1an Th0rne
August 10th, 2020, 7:27 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: North Carolina Outer Banks
Replies: 46
Views: 2718

Re: North Carolina Outer Banks

We go to OBX every year for a week or two, and to echo what Neal and Dave said, I have yet to find any wine shops down there that are worth a damn. It's driving distance for us, and I've just accepted the fact that if we want to drink the good stuff, we have to pack it in the car. Told my wife if sh...
by Br1an Th0rne
August 8th, 2020, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Back in the biz
Replies: 44
Views: 2467

Re: Back in the biz

Congratulations!
by Br1an Th0rne
August 8th, 2020, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 8048
Views: 539660

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

J. Rock wrote:
August 8th, 2020, 11:02 am
FYI, the 1+1=3 Cava up right now is very good and a really great value.
In for 6, great value and great drinker, especially in this heat!

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