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by Howard Cooper
March 1st, 2021, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are any hybrid grapes worthy?
Replies: 42
Views: 1106

Re: Are any hybrid grapes worthy?

My favorite hybrids are grown in Germany - Rieslaner and Scheurebe
by Howard Cooper
February 28th, 2021, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to make the most of young Barolo?
Replies: 24
Views: 1597

Re: How to make the most of young Barolo?

Alex, if you have a chance, and they are available, I would buy some softer recent vintages. Barbareco can be earlier maturing and while there is a bell curve of structured vineyards in both Barolo and Barbaresco that is wide, I would tend to agree that on average Barbaresco matures earlier. Most r...
by Howard Cooper
February 28th, 2021, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine collecting!
Replies: 50
Views: 3296

Re: Wine collecting!

I buy wines I like and can afford. Mostly, I buy producers I know - I have been buying wines for about 40 years. Where I want to try a producer who is new to me, I generally buy a bottle or two, not a case.
by Howard Cooper
February 28th, 2021, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most useless tasting note I've ever seen...
Replies: 57
Views: 3040

Re: Most useless tasting note I've ever seen...

Todd F r e n c h wrote: February 25th, 2021, 10:41 am 1000 points if you can guess the varietal, or wine, or even where it is from
It has a point score. What more could you want?
by Howard Cooper
February 28th, 2021, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Occhipinti...talk to me!
Replies: 56
Views: 2178

Re: Occhipinti...talk to me!

Howard, the single vineyard frappatos are new, albeit expensive, although Scott from lopa sells them for $60. Yes, the single vineyards are new, but I assume that the grapes from those vines used to go into other cuvees that did not cost $85. Look, there are a lot of wines in the world I would rath...
by Howard Cooper
February 28th, 2021, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most useless tasting note I've ever seen...
Replies: 57
Views: 3040

Re: Most useless tasting note I've ever seen...

Robert.A.Jr. wrote: February 25th, 2021, 10:51 am
Todd F r e n c h wrote: February 25th, 2021, 10:41 am 1000 points if you can guess the varietal, or wine, or even where it is from
Chardonnay!
That is what I got from Chard.
by Howard Cooper
February 28th, 2021, 5:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to make the most of young Barolo?
Replies: 24
Views: 1597

Re: How to make the most of young Barolo?

There are good Barolos/Barbarescos that are not that expensive and drink well at a younger age, say 10 years or so after the vintage. A couple are Vajra Barolo Albe and Produttori del Barbaresco. Also, it is not that hard generally to find decently priced Barolo or Barbaresco with some age on them. ...
by Howard Cooper
February 28th, 2021, 5:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Occhipinti...talk to me!
Replies: 56
Views: 2178

Re: Occhipinti...talk to me!

The base frappato is 43.99 Essentially, the wines that a few years ago went for around $20 or so are now over $40 and the better cuvees that were once in the $30s are now in the $80s. To me, that is going up a good bit. I was paying about 35 dollars 3-4 years ago for the same wine. And the single v...
by Howard Cooper
February 28th, 2021, 5:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Occhipinti...talk to me!
Replies: 56
Views: 2178

Re: Occhipinti...talk to me!

It's not that far off from the 30 euro price. Good US pricing is around 40 and it's not hard to find it closer to 35. Is $85 close to 30 euros? The base frappato is 43.99 Essentially, the wines that a few years ago went for around $20 or so are now over $40 and the better cuvees that were once in t...
by Howard Cooper
February 28th, 2021, 5:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Occhipinti...talk to me!
Replies: 56
Views: 2178

Re: Occhipinti...talk to me!

Are they very expensive. I paid €30 in a shop not really known for cheap pricing. About the same as a top Bojo. I don't base my purchases on the prices YOU are seeing. I base them on the prices I am seeing. https://bassins.com/search_results.php It's not that far off from the 30 euro price. Good US...
by Howard Cooper
February 28th, 2021, 4:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Occhipinti...talk to me!
Replies: 56
Views: 2178

Re: Occhipinti...talk to me!

I liked her wines a lot when they first became known in the US. I stopped buying them as the prices rose, however. Are they very expensive. I paid €30 in a shop not really known for cheap pricing. About the same as a top Bojo. I don't base my purchases on the prices YOU are seeing. I base them on t...
by Howard Cooper
February 27th, 2021, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Ramonet Clos de la Boudriotte
Replies: 7
Views: 545

Re: TN: 2018 Ramonet Clos de la Boudriotte

Thanks for the note.
by Howard Cooper
February 27th, 2021, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst Critic (not named Parker)?
Replies: 160
Views: 13487

Re: Worst Critic (not named Parker)?

I've watched James Suckling's Master Class episodes and he's absolutely brutal. While he clearly knows a lot about wine, it seems that he starts scoring at 90 and only goes up from there. I've been told by someone ITK, that he asks for wines earlier each year so that he can be first, which is wreak...
by Howard Cooper
February 27th, 2021, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Occhipinti...talk to me!
Replies: 56
Views: 2178

Re: Occhipinti...talk to me!

I liked her wines a lot when they first became known in the US. I stopped buying them as the prices rose, however.
by Howard Cooper
February 27th, 2021, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst Critic (not named Parker)?
Replies: 160
Views: 13487

Re: Worst Critic (not named Parker)?

This is an awful thread. Can we just let it die again.
by Howard Cooper
February 26th, 2021, 6:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Value Italian
Replies: 63
Views: 3386

Re: Value Italian

Assuming you include Sicily as part of Italy, for $10-20, I liked the wines of Alcesti. https://siemawines.com/alcesti Not terribly complex wines, but well made and easy to drink.
by Howard Cooper
February 26th, 2021, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Value Italian
Replies: 63
Views: 3386

Re: Value Italian

I've found a local deal of 2016 Antinori, 2017 Tenuta San Guido La Difese and 2017 Torres Coronas Crianza for 30€. Have the Italians captured Catalonia? [wink.gif] At one point the Crown of Aragon did control parts of Italy! [wink.gif] I kid. This is marketed as an 'international package' deal, but...
by Howard Cooper
February 26th, 2021, 5:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Detert- Why not more chatter?
Replies: 86
Views: 8908

Re: Detert- Why not more chatter?

I was thinking the EXACT same thing. I've never had a Cali CF that really wowed me but am always eager to try. But not at this price point. Hopefully some nice fellow Bersker will pop a bottle of this for me and I'll pop some Rougeard. Given that Cabernet Francs from France like Mission Haut Brion ...
by Howard Cooper
February 25th, 2021, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VinConnect
Replies: 36
Views: 2546

Re: VinConnect

Even without markup, there are things like shipping costs, tariff cost, insurance, etc., that make comparisons to ex-cellar prices inappropriate. Depending on the wine, I see how these things increase the cost of the wine by a good bit even with the wines I buy directly from Burgundy (on a percenta...
by Howard Cooper
February 25th, 2021, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top five German wine producers
Replies: 127
Views: 4258

Re: Your top five German wine producers

Jeremy Holmes wrote: February 23rd, 2021, 2:12 pm Dönnhoff
Dr. Bürklin-Wolf
Fritz Haag
Hofgut Falkenstein
Joh. Jos. Prüm
Dr. Bürklin-Wolf is a name I have not seen in a very long time. At one time, they were considered to be about the top producer in the Pfatz. What are their wines like now?
by Howard Cooper
February 25th, 2021, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett
Replies: 21
Views: 531

Re: TN: 1991 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett

My oldest Kabinetts are 1998 and 2001 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr and 2005 Zilliken Saarburger Rausch.
by Howard Cooper
February 25th, 2021, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?
Replies: 103
Views: 10967

Re: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?

Reds from Ramonet and Bernard Moreau
Rully from Aubert de Villaine
Falkenstein
Seems like it is starting be this way for Zilliken and Reinhold Haart
Emedio Pepe
Chateau Pradeaux
by Howard Cooper
February 25th, 2021, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett
Replies: 21
Views: 531

Re: TN: 1991 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett

So you made me look. 1993 is the oldest Kabinett I still have. Nice vintage to have. After this bottle my oldest kabinetten are from 2015 [head-bang.gif] A couple of stores with a few older German wines: https://bassins.com/wine_list.php?&country=Germany&sort_by=vintage&sort_order=asc h...
by Howard Cooper
February 25th, 2021, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VinConnect
Replies: 36
Views: 2546

Re: VinConnect

Our winery partners decide the retail pricing strategy for their mailing list releases, we just pass them along this implies that Kevin’s company just ships, no markup. Yet the prices are so far beyond ex-cellar pricing that it’s hard to believe the domaines are charging so much. I’m still waiting ...
by Howard Cooper
February 25th, 2021, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When did you last inventory your cellar/collection, or at least a good part of it.
Replies: 55
Views: 1879

Re: When did you last inventory your cellar/collection, or at least a good part of it.

I entered all my wines into CellarTracker in 2014. So, that was the last time I did a full inventory. I think I am pretty good at recording purchases and consumptions, but like most of us I could be a bit off - probably less than 10 bottles either way. For example, on occasion, I enter incorrect inf...
by Howard Cooper
February 24th, 2021, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Inside Burgundy
Replies: 6
Views: 698

Re: Inside Burgundy

I bought the first edition several years ago when it came out.
by Howard Cooper
February 24th, 2021, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is SQN hot again on WB?
Replies: 25
Views: 2834

Re: Is SQN hot again on WB?

Not me. Must be Jay. https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=177952 No. I already have enough of those bottles. I've been working on my cellar inventory and I own too many SQNs. This pandemic is killing me. It makes it harder to share them with friends. On March 1, I will have ...
by Howard Cooper
February 23rd, 2021, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy's New Generation
Replies: 27
Views: 1716

Re: Burgundy's New Generation

According to WS's obituary for his father, Guillaume was 47 in 2003, meaning he is 65 this year! Jeremy Seysses was born in 1975 and this is his 20th year making the Dujac wines. I think including them in the "new generation", therefore, is testimony to how Burgundy's wines can mitigate t...
by Howard Cooper
February 23rd, 2021, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top five German wine producers
Replies: 127
Views: 4258

Re: Your top five German wine producers

Jim Hanlon wrote: February 23rd, 2021, 12:55 pm

By level:
Spatlese
Kabinett
Auslese
Spatlese Feinherb
Kabinett Feinherb
Trocken
For me:

Spatlese
Auslese
Kabinett (buy a good bit of these but probably drink them too young)
Auslese Goldkapsule

A bit of Feinherb and virtually no trocken or GG.
by Howard Cooper
February 23rd, 2021, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top five German wine producers
Replies: 127
Views: 4258

Re: Your top five German wine producers

Emrich-Schonleber Heymann-Lowenstein Keller Willi Schaefer Dr. Loosen (soft spot for Ernst Loosen as he is a super nice man). On a side note, I wish quality German Riesling was better imported into the US. You can find it, but much harder than Italian, Spanish, French, etc. It was easier a few year...
by Howard Cooper
February 23rd, 2021, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Mosel is the real deal
Replies: 16
Views: 1098

Re: TNs: Mosel is the real deal

P L owet wrote: February 23rd, 2021, 10:27 am
Howard Cooper wrote: February 23rd, 2021, 4:11 am ...I had my first Riesling over 15 years ago!!!
Haha, I assume Howard meant to say 50 years ago! Maybe he had imbibed too much low alcohol Mosel Riesling before typing?
Meant to say 45 years ago (I have fixed my earlier post). Thanks Peter. Hope that you are doing well.
by Howard Cooper
February 23rd, 2021, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top five German wine producers
Replies: 127
Views: 4258

Re: Your top five German wine producers

Number 9 for me How about by value : ) That is an excellent point in general. I’d say that ranking by $, rather than by #, is better guide to a collectors judgement of the worth of a wine. That would be fine if we bought all of our wines yesterday. Many of my German wines are 10-25 years old. What ...
by Howard Cooper
February 23rd, 2021, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy's New Generation
Replies: 27
Views: 1716

Re: Burgundy's New Generation

This list is going to get pretty big pretty fast. The delightful thing about this trend is not just that Mom/Dad (well mostly Dad in Burgundy) is getting old and the kids are taking over - but that it is happening so much all over the wine world. Piedmont, Tuscany, Burgundy, Mosel (Germany) are all...
by Howard Cooper
February 23rd, 2021, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy's New Generation
Replies: 27
Views: 1716

Re: Burgundy's New Generation

dcornutt wrote: February 23rd, 2021, 8:50 am Lucie Coutoux granddaughter of Michel Niellon (RIP) of Domaine Michel Niellon. There are some extraordinary wines coming out of this address. She is the new guard.
When did she take over and have the wines changed?
by Howard Cooper
February 23rd, 2021, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy's New Generation
Replies: 27
Views: 1716

Re: Burgundy's New Generation

In many domaines, the transition period is something like 20 years and by the older generation is no longer involved, a third generation is coming up.

Of the transitions listed above, how many are more abrupt? I can think of Thibault Clerget and Charles Van Canneyt, but are there others?
by Howard Cooper
February 23rd, 2021, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top five German wine producers
Replies: 127
Views: 4258

Re: Your top five German wine producers

1. Keller (more than twice #2) 2. Emrich-Schonleber 3. Schafer-Frolich 4. Ratzenberger (bet no one else has that in Top 5!) 5. Andreas Laible (I'd be surprised on that one as well) Next tier includes Battenfeld-Spanier, JJ Prum, Julian Haart, Weiser-Kuntsler, Willi Schaefer, Wittman - not in order....
by Howard Cooper
February 23rd, 2021, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top five German wine producers
Replies: 127
Views: 4258

Re: Your top five German wine producers

1. JJ Prum - They keep edging up as I'm aging rather than drinking. 2. Egon Muller - none purchased in the last 5 years but still aging rather than drinking 3. Willi Schaefer - aging and drinking 4 (tied). Selbach Oster & von Schubert - aging and drinking Merkelbach was among my "most purc...
by Howard Cooper
February 23rd, 2021, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top five German wine producers
Replies: 127
Views: 4258

Your top five German wine producers

Given all the threads on German wines lately, I thought it might be interesting to see everyone's top holdings in German wines by producer. I know we have done this before but I think it has been at least a little while and I know my order has been scrambled some after buying 2019s. 1. JJ Prum 2. Re...
by Howard Cooper
February 23rd, 2021, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Mosel is the real deal
Replies: 16
Views: 1098

Re: TNs: Mosel is the real deal

By the way, is Von Hovel worth seeking out? I see he does a Scharzhofberger Kabinett. Although I'm guessing a less-prime location than Egon Müller? Yes, von Hövel is very good, but in my opinion more the Oberemmeler Hütte than the Scharzhofberger. When descovering the Saar, do not miss Peter Lauer ...
by Howard Cooper
February 23rd, 2021, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy's New Generation
Replies: 27
Views: 1716

Re: Burgundy's New Generation

Guillaume d'Angerville Jeremy Seysses (Dujac) According to WS's obituary for his father, Guillaume was 47 in 2003, meaning he is 65 this year! Jeremy Seysses was born in 1975 and this is his 20th year making the Dujac wines. I think including them in the "new generation", therefore, is te...
by Howard Cooper
February 23rd, 2021, 4:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Mosel is the real deal
Replies: 16
Views: 1098

Re: TNs: Mosel is the real deal

Jan, congratulations on finding German Rieslings from the MSR. Loved your notes and esp. your enthusiasm. These are the best wine values in the world. I think your next step should be trying to find German wines with some age on them. Whether from the producers you tasted or the producers you want t...
by Howard Cooper
February 22nd, 2021, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I haven't complained about this recently, so . . .
Replies: 44
Views: 3340

Re: I haven't complained about this recently, so . . .

J a y H a c k wrote: February 21st, 2021, 6:41 am
R. Frankel wrote: February 20th, 2021, 9:22 pm
J a y H a c k wrote: February 20th, 2021, 3:43 pm I have a life to live outside of bidding on wine
This part confused me. champagne.gif
When your post count exceeds 14000, you will attain wise old man status.
I thought that took 21,000 posts. Either that, or at 21,000 I reached senile old man status.
by Howard Cooper
February 22nd, 2021, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy's New Generation
Replies: 27
Views: 1716

Re: Burgundy's New Generation

Charles van Canneyt at Hudelot-Noellat (started in 2008) but is still only around 32. Guillaume d'Angerville Jeremy Seysses (Dujac) Armand Heitz (took over domaine that used to lease land to Drouhin) I didn't realize van Canneyt was so young! also, is the ELDER d'Angerville was also named Guillaume...
by Howard Cooper
February 22nd, 2021, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy's New Generation
Replies: 27
Views: 1716

Re: Burgundy's New Generation

Charles van Canneyt at Hudelot-Noellat (started in 2008) but is still only around 32.
Guillaume d'Angerville
Jeremy Seysses (Dujac)
Armand Heitz (took over domaine that used to lease land to Drouhin)
by Howard Cooper
February 22nd, 2021, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: variety of Loire tasting notes with a new baby
Replies: 12
Views: 762

Re: TNs: variety of Loire tasting notes with a new baby

Congratulations on the birth of your second child.
by Howard Cooper
February 22nd, 2021, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is SQN hot again on WB?
Replies: 25
Views: 2834

Re: Is SQN hot again on WB?

Not me. Must be Jay. viewtopic.php?f=1&t=177952
by Howard Cooper
February 22nd, 2021, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Trimbach Gewurztraminer Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre (France, Alsace)
Replies: 6
Views: 322

Re: TN: 2013 Trimbach Gewurztraminer Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre (France, Alsace)

Doug Schulman wrote: February 22nd, 2021, 5:18 am Sounds great. I love this bottling with some age on it.
Probably my favorite bottling of Gewurz
by Howard Cooper
February 21st, 2021, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 German Riesling
Replies: 322
Views: 22664

Re: 2019 German Riesling

waking up this dormant thread with a "grasshopper" question . . . I am looking at some 2019 Zilliken wines. I know Howard and others are fans of the "Rausch" vineyard offerings, but the timeline for those truly showing their "stuff" may be inconsistent with my own &quo...
by Howard Cooper
February 20th, 2021, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Lingenfelder Grosskarlbacher Burgweg Scheurebe Auslese
Replies: 6
Views: 237

Re: 1990 Lingenfelder Grosskarlbacher Burgweg Scheurebe Auslese

Still have a 1989 Scheurebe Auslese and a few 1994 Rieslings from him.
by Howard Cooper
February 20th, 2021, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Germany Vintage
Replies: 12
Views: 792

Re: 2019 Germany Vintage

I have purchased wines from Maximin Grunhaus, Zilliken, JJPrum, Falkenstein and Reinhold Haart.

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