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by Howard Cooper
July 19th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 87
Views: 2295

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit

J a y H a c k wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 3:54 pm


Wine - 1998 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill. If I can describe a complete class of wine, I would say Tete de Cuvee Champagne from top houses. Pol Roger, Salon, Dom Perignon, Krug, Taittinger, Veuve Cliquot (I like La Grande Dame), etc.

Do not leave out Dom Ruinart
by Howard Cooper
July 19th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11239
Views: 508536

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 17th, 2019, 12:21 pm
6 x 2016 Chateau Sociando Mallet

Of course I had to make some exceptions to my “no new Bordeaux releases” comments, but y’all saw this one coming.
I am truly shocked that it took you this long to buy this. Did you already have 2 cases and want more?
by Howard Cooper
July 19th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best place you ever went with Rose
Replies: 9
Views: 336

Re: Best place you ever went with Rose

Juveniles in Paris. First night in Paris on some visit there and had a Rose from Provence. Tied would be Chateau Pradeaux rose at Chateau Pradeaux.
by Howard Cooper
July 19th, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 34
Views: 881

Re: Worst wines you've had?

Gareth Welch wrote:
July 19th, 2019, 11:06 am
Was the 92pts from Mr So?
That would be a horrible rating. He normally rates everything 93.
by Howard Cooper
July 19th, 2019, 4:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about Burgundy Vineyards
Replies: 17
Views: 743

Re: Question about Burgundy Vineyards

I think there is something missing in all these posts. Many or most of the great producers listed above are small producers. Many small producers do not want to get larger because they believe that they have the size of an estate that they can handle. To expand, to them, risks losing control and los...
by Howard Cooper
July 18th, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1535
Views: 79958

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

And again! Last, last, last call. We mean it this time. I'm a sucker for that wine. I think I've ordered a couple each time it was offered. I recently noticed I was drinking down my stock faster than expected, so I was happy to see it back again. Cheers, Warren I am Howard and I am an addict. I can...
by Howard Cooper
July 17th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 87
Views: 2295

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit

My pallets included alternative wines since I don’t like spirits or beer. Luckily I got 1996 Taittinger Comte de Champagne, 2003 Truchot Clos de la Roche and one split between 2001 Climens and 2010 Reinhold Haart Piesporter Goldtropchen GKA.
by Howard Cooper
July 16th, 2019, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ’09 White Burgs, Charlie + Corton, and a very great Monte Bello
Replies: 8
Views: 641

Re: ’09 White Burgs, Charlie + Corton, and a very great Monte Bello

Quite a score because quite a wine. In listing producers of red wine from Bordeaux varietals, I can only come up with a handful whose wines I have enjoyed as much as this bottle. Of course, I haven't had wine from every great producer at peak, but the names that come to mind that equaled this bottl...
by Howard Cooper
July 16th, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ’09 White Burgs, Charlie + Corton, and a very great Monte Bello
Replies: 8
Views: 641

Re: ’09 White Burgs, Charlie + Corton, and a very great Monte Bello

Dan Kravitz wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 4:19 pm

Howard, I don't know nothing about saints, but both Chris and Marjorie Bublitz are among the nicest people I've met.

Dan Kravitz
I agree. They are good friends of ours here in the DC area.
by Howard Cooper
July 14th, 2019, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?
Replies: 57
Views: 2701

Re: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?

Michael Martin wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Howard Cooper wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 12:37 pm
wine in cans
I usually leave my glass at the bar before entering the lavatory.
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by Howard Cooper
July 14th, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ’09 White Burgs, Charlie + Corton, and a very great Monte Bello
Replies: 8
Views: 641

Re: ’09 White Burgs, Charlie + Corton, and a very great Monte Bello

The 1984 Monte Bello was the first Monte Bello I ever purchased (at $20 per bottle). Great, great wine, but unfortunately mine are long gone. You must have had a great time drinking it with St. Christopher and Marjorie (shouldn't that be St. Marjorie and Chris?).
by Howard Cooper
July 14th, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?
Replies: 57
Views: 2701

Re: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?

wine in cans
by Howard Cooper
July 14th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?
Replies: 57
Views: 2701

Re: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 5:39 am
Sc0tt F!tzger@ld wrote:
July 13th, 2019, 8:16 pm
WSJ says Cab Franc
Unequivocally, no. Move on. Cab Franc is for people with no palate, debase motives and low morals.
I have read that in this country almost all Loire Cab Franc is drunk by Jeffrey Epstein and his friends. [snort.gif]
by Howard Cooper
July 13th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine du Chateau de Meursault Meursault 1er Cru Charmes
Replies: 7
Views: 502

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine du Chateau de Meursault Meursault 1er Cru Charmes

They must have improved a lot over the years. I went there in 2002 and the wines I tasted were nothing special. Glad to read about the improvement.
by Howard Cooper
July 12th, 2019, 4:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux Wine Travel - Henri Challeau
Replies: 7
Views: 356

Re: Bordeaux Wine Tours - Henri Challeau

Glad you had a great experience with Henri. We did as well several years ago when we were in Bordeaux, and several of our friends have also had wonderful experiences with him.
by Howard Cooper
July 11th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Brut champagne dying out?
Replies: 71
Views: 2613

Re: Is Brut champagne dying out?

Let me quote this entertaining bit from Terry Theise's 2019 catalog [stirthepothal.gif] (the catalog is available here: https://www.skurnik.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/SKURNIK_THEISE_Champagne_2019_CATALOG-WEB.pdf) Having established and sold this portfolio for 22 years now, the only thing I que...
by Howard Cooper
July 11th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis
Replies: 38
Views: 1953

Re: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis

I have purchased and am purchasing quite broadly for my own cellar: in no particular order, I've bought Hubert Lamy, Niellon, Guffens-Heynen, Dureuil-Janthial, J Carillon, a bit of Rapet, Dauvissat, Raveneau, Moreau-Naudet, Sauzet, Marc Colin and will be buying Ramonet, as well as a bit of Coche an...
by Howard Cooper
July 11th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis
Replies: 38
Views: 1953

Re: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis

Inexpensive You just threw $50 [+ sales tax] at two wines, neither of which you seem crazy about. In many states, with sales tax [plus whatever time & effort went into getting to the retailer & back home again, such as burning gasoline at $3 per gallon], you'd have easily invested $60 in this tasti...
by Howard Cooper
July 10th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 2538

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

Matthiasson - Steve’s wines are phenomenal and his cab and merlot and Bordeaux style “red” are all what I would consider old school I have only had whites from them. Where are they located and do they take visitors? They’re in Napa on the NE end and they do now take visitors. Thanks. I would be int...
by Howard Cooper
July 10th, 2019, 5:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Americans dropping like flies...
Replies: 9
Views: 2084

Re: Americans dropping like flies...

Sometimes people should not make posts about motives without facts.
by Howard Cooper
July 10th, 2019, 3:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 2538

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

Rich Salsano wrote:
July 10th, 2019, 3:08 am

Matthiasson - Steve’s wines are phenomenal and his cab and merlot and Bordeaux style “red” are all what I would consider old school

I have only had whites from them. Where are they located and do they take visitors?
by Howard Cooper
July 10th, 2019, 3:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 2538

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

You obviously have a lot of definitive opinions about what Napa Cabs you like and do not like. Pick your favorite wineries and try to get in there. The best winey visits in my experience have been at the wineries whose wines I like best. Nothing like seeing how and where your favorite wines get mad...
by Howard Cooper
July 9th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NAPAleon complex
Replies: 12
Views: 1063

Re: NAPAleon complex

Great tasting. I would love to have been there for the white Burgs.
by Howard Cooper
July 9th, 2019, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 2538

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

David Baum wrote:
July 9th, 2019, 9:56 am
Yes that's the standard walk in at Montelena. Need to do private
I have never done the standard walk in at Montelena. Would rather do a nicer tasting there. Guess you get what you pay for.
by Howard Cooper
July 9th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis
Replies: 38
Views: 1953

Re: TN: Taste-Off: Two Inexpensive Chablis

Two more basic Chablis you may want to try are by Christian Moreau and Moreau-Naudet. I am more sure about the Moreau-Naudet wines from 2015 and before. Stephane Moreau died in August of 2016. I understand his wife is now making the wine, but I have not tried any yet. They're still good! And very m...
by Howard Cooper
July 9th, 2019, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 2538

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

Corison, however, fits the bill for a very classically styled Napa cab. A strong recommend. They also often have many great library offerings. I like to grab a bottle of something relatively mature after the tasting, then hit up D&D for some snacks and make one lazy evening of a patio, a bottle, an...
by Howard Cooper
July 9th, 2019, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 2538

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

Thanks so much for all the suggestions so far! This is great :) A couple of comments: - I have a lot of experience with Clos du Val and Pine Ridge (due to a family member having memberships) and neither have ever really wowed me, maybe except for the 2013 Fortis, which was very good. - Heitz is no ...
by Howard Cooper
July 9th, 2019, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 2538

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

If you’re looking for Old World styled wines, I'd recommend Ridge Monte Bello and Montelena. But Ridge isn’t in Napa. The main Ridge winery is obviously south of SF, but if the OP wants to go to Ridge the Lytton Springs winery is only 1/2 hour or so away from St. Helena in Sonoma County. There are ...
by Howard Cooper
July 9th, 2019, 6:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 2538

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

Jason T wrote:
July 9th, 2019, 12:39 am
In addition to those mentioned, Mayacamas
I enjoyed visiting Mayacamas several years ago but did not recommend it because I don't know if things have changed since it has been sold. When was the last time you were there and has the experience changed since the ownership change?
by Howard Cooper
July 8th, 2019, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 2538

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

Nick F. wrote:
July 8th, 2019, 5:20 pm
Freemark abbey
Not at all old school anymore
by Howard Cooper
July 8th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 2538

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

Stony Hill
Heitz
Chateau Montelena
Forman
by Howard Cooper
July 7th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)
Replies: 18
Views: 1347

Re: TN: 2011 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)

I have the 2011 Klein in addition to some Monte Bello. Has anyone tasted that recently. I really liked it when I tasted it at the winery - better than the Estate by a good bit at the time and only a little more expensive but not as good as the MB.
by Howard Cooper
July 7th, 2019, 1:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Ceritas Porter-Bass Chardonnay / 2014 White Rose Estate Murto Pinot Noir
Replies: 4
Views: 403

Re: TN: 2011 Ceritas Porter-Bass Chardonnay / 2014 White Rose Estate Murto Pinot Noir

Had the 2011 and 2012 Ceritas Porter-Bass Vineyard Chardonnays a few weeks ago. The 2011 was excellent - the 2012 was even better.
by Howard Cooper
July 6th, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)
Replies: 18
Views: 1347

Re: TN: 2011 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)

So awesome, Charlie! Bring one to our next gathering! Always wanted to try this vintage and regret not buying any. Some others whose palates I equally respect rave about it, too. I brought the 1991 last time. It was overlooked... We opened Ilan instead. Pretty funny but that really happened. But I ...
by Howard Cooper
July 5th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 131
Views: 5681

Re: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...

I’ve been marathon-watching Madmen. Did people drink like that in that era? Or any era? Wow. Yes. For example, I have a couple of former clients who (now retired) who have had significant health issues caused by how much they drank over the years. And, I saw it when I was at lunch with them. If I h...
by Howard Cooper
July 5th, 2019, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FIVE WINOS EXCELLENT ADVENTURE , MOSTLY IN BURGUNDY - Beaune, France (6/7/2019-6/15/2019)
Replies: 52
Views: 3041

Re: FIVE WINOS EXCELLENT ADVENTURE , MOSTLY IN BURGUNDY - Beaune, France (6/7/2019-6/15/2019)

Howard, Why do you keep on insisting that I prefer high alcohol wines? Over the past 15 years or so, you and I have been to a lot of the same wine tastings in the DC area. I have enjoyed being there with you and tasting the wines, sometimes at the same table, sometimes at different tables. Often, I...
by Howard Cooper
July 5th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favourite Quality in a wine
Replies: 61
Views: 1558

Re: Favourite Quality in a wine

My favourite quality is colour. What does this mean - dark color, light color, bright color, cloudier color??? I have found that many of my very favorite red wines have a much lighter color than I would have expected and that I cannot tell that much from the color of a wine as to whether I will lik...
by Howard Cooper
July 5th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you drinking in homage of the demise of eBob? 1995 Ch. Bel-Air Marquis d’Aligre for me.
Replies: 51
Views: 1988

Re: What are you drinking in homage of the demise of eBob? 1995 Ch. Bel-Air Marquis d’Aligre for me.

Sure – he thought modernists like Valandraud, Gaja, Magrez, Pavie etc. make fine wines too in a different style. But what is wrong with that? You don't like these wines? That's ok. But it has nothing to do with Parkers abilities to taste. But it did make him much less valuable as a wine critic to m...
by Howard Cooper
July 5th, 2019, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FIVE WINOS EXCELLENT ADVENTURE , MOSTLY IN BURGUNDY - Beaune, France (6/7/2019-6/15/2019)
Replies: 52
Views: 3041

Re: FIVE WINOS EXCELLENT ADVENTURE , MOSTLY IN BURGUNDY - Beaune, France (6/7/2019-6/15/2019)

Great writeup, and thanks for the notes. You're a lot more optimistic than I am about the 18 reds, especially in the Cote de Nuits. Hopefully you're right. Bichot at NY Paulee in ?April? thought 2018 had the chance to dramatically outperform expectations. A number of winemakers compared it to 2003,...
by Howard Cooper
July 5th, 2019, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favourite Quality in a wine
Replies: 61
Views: 1558

Re: Favourite Quality in a wine

My favourite quality is colour. What does this mean - dark color, light color, bright color, cloudier color??? I have found that many of my very favorite red wines have a much lighter color than I would have expected and that I cannot tell that much from the color of a wine as to whether I will lik...
by Howard Cooper
July 5th, 2019, 5:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)
Replies: 18
Views: 1347

Re: TN: 2011 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)

I tasted this and the winery (well, the winery at Lytton Springs) when it was first released and really loved it. Glad to see it is doing so well. Now, the question is when to drink mine.
by Howard Cooper
July 4th, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favourite Quality in a wine
Replies: 61
Views: 1558

Re: Favourite Quality in a wine

Interesting. This means absolutely nothing to me. I suppose if Pol Pot made the wine I'd find something else to drink but I can't think of a time when this was any factor at all in a purchasing decision. (I should add in the interest of candor and completeness, that while I would not buy Trump wine...
by Howard Cooper
July 4th, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you drinking in homage of the demise of eBob? 1995 Ch. Bel-Air Marquis d’Aligre for me.
Replies: 51
Views: 1988

Re: What are you drinking in homage of the demise of eBob? 1995 Ch. Bel-Air Marquis d’Aligre for me.

Neal.Mollen wrote:
July 2nd, 2019, 2:25 pm
J a y H a c k wrote:
July 2nd, 2019, 2:22 pm
Gareth Welch wrote:
July 2nd, 2019, 12:55 pm
. . . Roberto Rogness . . .
Speaking of which, whatever happened to him.
Unfortunately he is unwell.
Sorry to read that.
by Howard Cooper
July 4th, 2019, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you drinking in homage of the demise of eBob? 1995 Ch. Bel-Air Marquis d’Aligre for me.
Replies: 51
Views: 1988

Re: What are you drinking in homage of the demise of eBob? 1995 Ch. Bel-Air Marquis d’Aligre for me.

I chose a Bordeaux that he would certainly not like: 1995 Chateau Bel-Air Marquis d’Aligre. This is a fantastic wine. A throw-back to a different style of Bordeaux. An anachronism by today’s standards. A gorgeous perfume of smoky tobacco, dried red fruits, and an earthy, barnyard note that I posit ...
by Howard Cooper
July 4th, 2019, 5:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favourite Quality in a wine
Replies: 61
Views: 1558

Re: Favourite Quality in a wine

The people behind the wine. Interesting. This means absolutely nothing to me. I suppose if Pol Pot made the wine I'd find something else to drink but I can't think of a time when this was any factor at all in a purchasing decision. (I should add in the interest of candor and completeness, that whil...
by Howard Cooper
July 4th, 2019, 5:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favourite Quality in a wine
Replies: 61
Views: 1558

Re: Favourite Quality in a wine

"It's deja vu all over again" -YB https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=159376&p=2697651&hilit=ponder#p2697613 My answer has not changed. Neither has mine: complexity. Which by my definition has some similarities to Howard's "length." The ability of a wine to reveal multiple diff...
by Howard Cooper
July 3rd, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love for Domaine Chevalier
Replies: 148
Views: 5236

Re: Love for Domaine Chevalier

I have read that a group of Yaks have been to purchase the Wine Advocate. Should we expect any changes in the ratings?
by Howard Cooper
July 3rd, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love for Domaine Chevalier
Replies: 148
Views: 5236

Re: Love for Domaine Chevalier

Jeff’s enthusiasm for modern Bordeaux will cause the 100 point scale to become even more absurd. Just think what will happen when Bordeaux takes its next quantum leap in ten years, and Senejac gets its first 100 point score. By then, the alcohol levels for Bordeaux will hit 18 percent and Jeff will...
by Howard Cooper
July 3rd, 2019, 4:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love for Domaine Chevalier
Replies: 148
Views: 5236

Re: Love for Domaine Chevalier

I had the same conversation with Nicolas Glumineau GM of Pichon Lalande today! The discussion looked at all the top Bordeaux, not just Pichon Lalande. However, for the record, both he and I agree that 18 is the best ever produced at the estate! (And that’s saying something considering I gave 2016 1...

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