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by Howard Cooper
August 20th, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The end of Cabernet in Napa Valley?
Replies: 8
Views: 741

Re: The end of Cabernet in Napa Valley?

If it gets too hot to grow Cabernet in Rutherford, would you plant it in Yountville and Carneros. Wine regions all over the world are likely going to have to make these types of changes.
by Howard Cooper
August 19th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your thoughts on these old wines
Replies: 16
Views: 785

Re: Your thoughts on these old wines

Assuming the restaurant will permit it, why not ask your friend to decant at home one or more of these, take a sip and bring to the restaurant the one(s) he enjoyed? A friend of mine once opened a 1979 Ausone at home, thought it was gone or going, and almost threw it away. Instead, he brought it (a...
by Howard Cooper
August 19th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your thoughts on these old wines
Replies: 16
Views: 785

Re: Your thoughts on these old wines

Never had the 1989 Petit Cheval, but given the vintage and winery I would lean toward that
by Howard Cooper
August 19th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 52
Views: 1992

Re: Napa Cab under $100

P@u1_M3nk3s wrote:
August 18th, 2019, 4:18 pm
Any thoughts on Stony Hill cab? I've never tried one but pricing seems reasonable.
I have very much liked the ones I have had. Very much on the more elegant side of California Cab.
by Howard Cooper
August 19th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 52
Views: 1992

Re: Napa Cab under $100

Glenn P wrote:
August 19th, 2019, 5:21 am
The beauty of CA wines. Incredible value for less than $100!
[rofl.gif] [rofl.gif]
by Howard Cooper
August 18th, 2019, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine you don't want
Replies: 65
Views: 5504

Re: The wine you don't want

Gus Siokis wrote:
August 18th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Neal,

Have you spoken to HDH? If not, I can PM you a good contact I used last year......
Doesn’t Calvert Woolley work somehow with HDH?
by Howard Cooper
August 18th, 2019, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In which we give 2003 Leoville Poyferre a go
Replies: 18
Views: 1120

Re: In which we give 2003 Leoville Poyferre a go

Not a fan of LP. Poor Neal - becoming a member of the AFWE. I guess there is a certain symmetry to this with Robert and his Ovid going to the dark side. You two can still tussle, having both changed sides. pileon Come on Howard, didn’t my Pontet note place back in the epicenter of AFWE And reaffirm...
by Howard Cooper
August 18th, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In which we give 2003 Leoville Poyferre a go
Replies: 18
Views: 1120

Re: In which we give 2003 Leoville Poyferre a go

Not a fan of LP. Poor Neal - becoming a member of the AFWE. I guess there is a certain symmetry to this with Robert and his Ovid going to the dark side. You two can still tussle, having both changed sides. pileon
by Howard Cooper
August 17th, 2019, 5:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's Talk About Crémant, Cava and Other Sparklers
Replies: 32
Views: 1574

Re: Let's Talk About Crémant, Cava and Other Sparklers

For $20-25, Roederer Estate are pleasant enjoyable wines.
by Howard Cooper
August 17th, 2019, 5:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's Talk About Crémant, Cava and Other Sparklers
Replies: 32
Views: 1574

Re: Let's Talk About Crémant, Cava and Other Sparklers

When I was in Germany 2 years ago I really enjoyed the Sekts from some of the top producers. However, quality Sekt is very hard to find here in the US. Raumland comes to mind as probably the best sparkling producer in Germany and some of his wines are available here. I've also picked up some of the...
by Howard Cooper
August 16th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best place to buy Bordeaux futures online?
Replies: 21
Views: 845

Re: Best place to buy Bordeaux futures online?

more than nice, I think. If you got burned by PC or any other failure-to-deliver, the fact that your exposure is cut in half is a good thing (as is the size of the operation behind the purchase). So far, using Total has been painless, and you can also get the OWC without the extra shipping charges ...
by Howard Cooper
August 16th, 2019, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best place to buy Bordeaux futures online?
Replies: 21
Views: 845

Re: Best place to buy Bordeaux futures online?

second vote for Total. Prices seem fair and the 50% thing is kinda nice more than nice, I think. If you got burned by PC or any other failure-to-deliver, the fact that your exposure is cut in half is a good thing (as is the size of the operation behind the purchase). So far, using Total has been pa...
by Howard Cooper
August 16th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?
Replies: 128
Views: 5682

Re: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?

One of the great things about Burgundy is the diverse flavors from different producers and different appellations. It is not surprising at all that different of us have different favorites. I know that this makes Burgundy maddening to a lot of people, but to me this is at the heart of its greatness...
by Howard Cooper
August 15th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?
Replies: 128
Views: 5682

Re: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?

I like but do not love Hubert Lignier's wines. For a start, for under $200, I would rather have: Hudelot Noellat Clos Vougeot (paid $150 for the 2017), VR les Suchots or Beaumonts and CM Charmes. Yvon Clerget Clos Vougeot d'Angerville Taillepieds Rossignol-Trapet Chapelle or Laricieres Chambertin J...
by Howard Cooper
August 15th, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best recent Bourgognes
Replies: 24
Views: 1348

Re: Best recent Bourgognes

Not positive about what is meant by recent Bourgognes - those from recent vintages or those I have drunk relatively recently. With respect to recent vintages, for reds, like many others I have really enjoyed Hudelot-Noellat and Jouan. Another wine I would list is the 2015 and 2016 Dublere Chorey les...
by Howard Cooper
August 15th, 2019, 5:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions
Replies: 108
Views: 4984

Re: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions

A couple of months ago, I tried a range of wines from a Sicilian producer named Alcesti. https://www.siemawines.com/alcesti The wines were presented to my Country Club's wine group by a representative of a distributor called Siema Wines. The wines were priced either at $7, $10 or $20. They were fabu...
by Howard Cooper
August 14th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?
Replies: 97
Views: 3263

Re: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 30th, 2019, 6:04 pm
Ok, now I’m up to 168
It will be a lot more than that when your wife gets back from Napa and joins a number of wine clubs. [wow.gif]
by Howard Cooper
August 14th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 54
Views: 1701

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

I agree on the Phelps recommendation. The tasting room is unbelievably gorgeous -- rustic for rich people. A wealthy country lawwyer like you would feel right at home. We did a blending tasting there and it was very fun. I felt it was a bit scripted, but the people they hire are trained extremely w...
by Howard Cooper
August 14th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 54
Views: 1701

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

Chris and I went to a wine bar on our first date as well, Dexter’s. It’s still around. They also have their own California wine made and bottled. I still have a bottle of the 92 Cab, the year of our first date there. Had intended to pop it in an anniversary, but being a regular dude, I forgot! The ...
by Howard Cooper
August 14th, 2019, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 54
Views: 1701

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

Robert, I do have to congratulate you. I have taken my wife on many wine trips and she enjoys most of them. But, I do not see her going to a winery without me. Great job. [worship.gif] [winner.gif] Started out right: Chinon, Bordeaux and Cognac for our honeymoon, with the obligatory few days in Par...
by Howard Cooper
August 14th, 2019, 4:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 54
Views: 1701

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

Robert, I do have to congratulate you. I have taken my wife on many wine trips and she enjoys most of them. But, I do not see her going to a winery without me. Great job. [worship.gif] [winner.gif]
by Howard Cooper
August 13th, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 54
Views: 1701

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

These are great, thanks! She’s googling them all. I did a quiet litmus test and said “hey, check out Del Dotto.” She’d never heard of it. She passed. Said, “no way, this is cheesy”. She really seems to like Montelena. As she keeps looking.... Montelena is great, if you do a special tasting. Also, S...
by Howard Cooper
August 13th, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 09 Wine
Replies: 41
Views: 1917

Re: 09 Wine

For those of you nervous about ‘09, you’d better back fill other vintages now. 2017 was hot, and I’m told 2018 was the hottest year in burgundy ever, dwarfing 2003. Happily the growers seem to have learned a great deal since that candied vintage. I have only had 2017s from barrel (a year ago and th...
by Howard Cooper
August 13th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: shipping TO Europe
Replies: 12
Views: 610

Re: shipping TO Europe

you might ask Domaine. I seem to remember that they once said on a thread they could ship something from Burgundy to the US. Maybe they can ship for you to Europe.
by Howard Cooper
August 13th, 2019, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is Torrefaction?
Replies: 48
Views: 1713

Re: What is Torrefaction?

Old Yankees fans In 1996, the Manager of the Year award voting in the AL resulted in a tie between partisans of Johnny Oates and an equally rabid Torre faction. At least 15 years ago I was in a restaurant in DC (Bistro Bis) with a couple of partners and some clients. The clients spend some time ask...
by Howard Cooper
August 13th, 2019, 6:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan
Replies: 45
Views: 1726

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan

Carlos Delpin wrote:
August 11th, 2019, 6:29 am
I’m more concerned about the state of Roberto’s cellar. What the hell is he doing drinking 2016 Bordeaux? Even in the tropics we know that the stuff needs to be aged. In our wine circle it is frowned upon if a Bordeaux from this century is opened.
You don't drink 2001s and 2004s???
by Howard Cooper
August 12th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Just hit the 1K milestone
Replies: 64
Views: 2751

Re: Just hit the 1K milestone

Everyone's palate changes as they explore all the world of wine has to offer. And while it is a PITA, when/if that happens and if one has excess it is fairly straightforward to sell those and move on. This assumes it is not absolute swill and can not be sold. One needs to be willing to take a loss ...
by Howard Cooper
August 12th, 2019, 5:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 2998

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

J a y H a c k wrote:
August 12th, 2019, 4:40 am
Neal.Mollen wrote:
August 10th, 2019, 8:51 am
I drink and enjoy wines that the AFWE would condemn, but I see absolutely no reason to make Alfert feel better so I am not going to "confess" anything.
Excellent point. I will delete my posts above.
You guys are vicious.
by Howard Cooper
August 11th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: PSA: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is nearly the perfect east coast beach town
Replies: 31
Views: 879

Re: PSA: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is nearly the perfect east coast beach town

We have been to Rehoboth a few times. It is ok. Water is too cold - it is at all the Delaware and Maryland beaches IMHO. Give me Kiawah, Hilton Head, Savannah Beach, etc. But, to be honest, I am not that much of a beach person and like Kiawah and Hilton Head better because of the golf.
by Howard Cooper
August 11th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 2998

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

I drink and enjoy wines that the AFWE would condemn, but I see absolutely no reason to make Alfert feel better so I am not going to "confess" anything. Neal is on the SQN list. He has no shame. Nor does Alfert, for that matter. Sorry for outing you. [snort.gif] Isn't being on the SQN list a wise fi...
by Howard Cooper
August 11th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Truchot vs. Tremblay
Replies: 22
Views: 1593

Re: Truchot vs. Tremblay

Well both Tremblay and Truchot wines are impossible to source and very very expensive... on secondary market. Clearly something in common... Jacky Truchot has not been selling wine for over a decade - generally his last vintage was 2005 although some 2006 MSD les Sorbes was sold. So the wines, whic...
by Howard Cooper
August 11th, 2019, 4:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Truchot vs. Tremblay
Replies: 22
Views: 1593

Re: Truchot vs. Tremblay

Well both Tremblay and Truchot wines are impossible to source and very very expensive... on secondary market. Clearly something in common... Jacky Truchot has not been selling wine for over a decade - generally his last vintage was 2005 although some 2006 MSD les Sorbes was sold. So the wines, whic...
by Howard Cooper
August 10th, 2019, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan
Replies: 45
Views: 1726

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau Les Carmes Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan

First he's in bed at Ovid, infiltrating all his senses with magic of Rolland...and now this...he quickly retreats back to his safe harbor in an attempt to regain his fleeting wine street cred....instead Bobby ends up fawning all over a Leve special...the emperor has no clothes....this is all just h...
by Howard Cooper
August 10th, 2019, 5:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 2998

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

Last year I visited DC to go to a good friend's Halloween party (he posts here on occasion). To celebrate, he popped a bottle of 2009 Pavie and told me it was a Robert Owlfert wine. When I explained that Bobby hates on Pavie, he said without a trace of irony, "yeah, but if you read his tasting note...
by Howard Cooper
August 9th, 2019, 5:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)
Replies: 43
Views: 2377

Re: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)

larry schaffer wrote:
August 5th, 2019, 9:37 pm


And this does not just happen in Napa - it happens with every wine region as far as I've seen.

Cheers.
In Burgundy, it is pretty common that I can buy wines at a winery at prices much less than the wines are available at retail here or even there.
by Howard Cooper
August 8th, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Burg would you go for? Daniel Rion '95 vs Domaine Fourrier '96
Replies: 34
Views: 1183

Re: Which Burg would you go for? Daniel Rion '95 vs Domaine Fourrier '96

dbailey wrote:
August 8th, 2019, 7:28 pm
I voted Fourrier. 95 bs 96 was the key driver for me.
+1
by Howard Cooper
August 8th, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1969 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 20
Views: 1148

Re: TN: 1969 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Ain’t nothing elegant about this yak. I’m all Neanderthal. And fighting age going down fighting. I show better than this Mayacamas: more pomp, ceremony, hubris and bombast. The only age I show is wisdom and an ever-so-slight thinning and greying of the mane.... So, more like the Ovid than the Mayac...
by Howard Cooper
August 8th, 2019, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 2998

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

Confessions? I still own bottles of 1966, 1970, 1973 and 1975 Bordeaux that I bought many years ago when I thought all good wine was made in France and California wine was good for making punch at hippie weddings. For Jay, the confession needs to be about some time when he bought an elegant Burgund...
by Howard Cooper
August 8th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visits to Sociando-M, HBL, Gruaud and Lafon-Rochet - rather long!
Replies: 13
Views: 652

Re: Visits to Sociando-M, HBL, Gruaud and Lafon-Rochet - rather long!

Great notes. Thanks. Really want to visit SM now - wonder if they ship to the US?
by Howard Cooper
August 8th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visits to Sociando-M, HBL, Gruaud and Lafon-Rochet - rather long!
Replies: 13
Views: 652

Re: Visits to Sociando-M, HBL, Gruaud and Lafon-Rochet - rather long!

"You and I" would have a good time at the SM store.
by Howard Cooper
August 8th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1969 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 20
Views: 1148

Re: TN: 1969 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

alive, like en elegant aging soul. Clearly well past apogee. We're talking about the wine, right? Ain’t nothing elegant about this yak. I’m all Neanderthal. And fighting age going down fighting. I show better than this Mayacamas: more pomp, ceremony, hubris and bombast. The only age I show is wisdo...
by Howard Cooper
August 8th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 2998

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

Confessions? I still own bottles of 1966, 1970, 1973 and 1975 Bordeaux that I bought many years ago when I thought all good wine was made in France and California wine was good for making punch at hippie weddings. For Jay, the confession needs to be about some time when he bought an elegant Burgund...
by Howard Cooper
August 8th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 2998

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

Last year I visited DC to go to a good friend's Halloween party (he posts here on occasion). To celebrate, he popped a bottle of 2009 Pavie and told me it was a Robert Owlfert wine. When I explained that Bobby hates on Pavie, he said without a trace of irony, "yeah, but if you read his tasting note...
by Howard Cooper
August 8th, 2019, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 2998

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

We have all had a wonderful time making fun of Ovid Alfert and his recent foray into the land of Rolland. But, I have to believe that most of us have had similar transgressions. Time for confession. 1. I visited Martinelli in the late 1990s or early 2000s and bought their wines for a couple of year...
by Howard Cooper
August 8th, 2019, 6:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11523
Views: 536458

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Don’t disagree, I like both vintages better than 2015. But 2015 is still a pretty good vintage, these two happen to be excellent wines, and most importantly I got a very good deal on them. The Pichon especially is beautifully balanced, with plenty of acidity, and the Conseillante is a little softer...
by Howard Cooper
August 8th, 2019, 5:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11523
Views: 536458

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2 cases of 2015 Bordeaux Pichon Lalande and la Conseillante. Mark, Curious. Why are you buying a lot of 2015s rather than 2014s or 2016s. Virtually all my experience with 2015s was at a Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux tasting in DC about a year and a half ago. My sense of the wines then was that t...
by Howard Cooper
August 8th, 2019, 4:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 05/06`Taittinger CdC,12`Bonville Belles Voyes,,05`Bollie GA,07`Gaston-Chiquet,96`WS Sonoma Coast Pinot,00`Guigal Landonn
Replies: 18
Views: 696

Re: 05/06`Taittinger CdC,12`Bonville Belles Voyes,,05`Bollie GA,07`Gaston-Chiquet,96`WS Sonoma Coast Pinot,00`Guigal Lan

Warren Taranow wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 6:37 pm
I was about to type "Finally, someone who has opened more '06 Taittinger Comte than me!" Then, I opened Cellartracker. Dammit.
Well, at least you picked a good one. I mean, wouldn't it be worse to be the person who opened the most bottles of something that was not that good?
by Howard Cooper
August 8th, 2019, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 2998

AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

We have all had a wonderful time making fun of Ovid Alfert and his recent foray into the land of Rolland. But, I have to believe that most of us have had similar transgressions. Time for confession. 1. I visited Martinelli in the late 1990s or early 2000s and bought their wines for a couple of years...
by Howard Cooper
August 7th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?
Replies: 90
Views: 4217

Re: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?

I have been on wine boards, including this one, for a long time and this is an issue that rears its' head periodically . We all have different levels of income, and how we spend our money is personal. There are many things out there, wine included, that I cannot afford. By the same token, I can aff...
by Howard Cooper
August 7th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE ban me now, I have purchased Rolland (Ovid)
Replies: 62
Views: 2843

Re: AFWE ban me now, I have purchased Rolland (Ovid)

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 11:16 am



That is correct. I just got the invoice. It’s $325 per bottle. Just found it all over the internet for under $300.

[wow.gif] I assume no posts from you in the future discussing how overpriced Burgundy or classified Bordeaux are?

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