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by Howard Cooper
October 17th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 34
Views: 1154

Re: TN: 2016 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

I literally have a over a case of Caymus in my bedroom closet. When people hear I enjoy wine, this is the bottle I am usually gifted. Us too...we have an almost complete vertical going back to 2011. There is very little worse than getting wine as a gift from a non-wine geek, esp. one who likes wine.
by Howard Cooper
October 17th, 2019, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 34
Views: 1154

Re: TN: 2016 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

2016 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley (10/10/2019) 2019 Hennepin Lake Charity Event (Minneapolis, MN) : A slam dunk for worst wine of the year. Brown sugar! This could have passed for a cheap port. The last several vintages of this wine seem like the wine maker for Prisoner ...
by Howard Cooper
October 17th, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Chinon and Saumur
Replies: 20
Views: 988

Re: Chinon and Saumur

Fosse-Seche (A must-go for us... have someone in the business setting up an appointment for us) Chris, What is your experience with these wines? I tasted a few of them (white and red) a couple of years ago at Weygandt Wines and was very impressed - first time I had tasted or even heard of this prod...
by Howard Cooper
October 16th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How bad is a wine if Suckling only gives it 92 points?
Replies: 20
Views: 1513

Re: How bad is a wine if Suckling only gives it 92 points?

When did Suckling’s ratings become related to quality?
by Howard Cooper
October 16th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 66
Views: 1127

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

Tom DeBiase wrote:
October 16th, 2019, 9:08 am
Is there any grape with a worse reputation than Pinot Grigio.
French Colombard?
by Howard Cooper
October 16th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 66
Views: 1127

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

Probably not what his guests were thinking of when they asked for pinot grigio. And, since Jay was talking about offering a $20 bottle as a gesture of hospitality toward the vinuously ignorant, I doubt he wants to fork out for Radikon ($45) or Zind Humbrecht Rangen de Thann ($80). Right. In fact, I...
by Howard Cooper
October 16th, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 66
Views: 1127

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

Trimbach (esp. their special cuvée) and Albert Mann make wonderful Pinot Gris. Get one of those or a Zind Humbrecht as suggested earlier. Same grape. Yes it's the same grape, but for PG they pick it unripe. The result is hardly any flavor and even less character. \rant PS Just occurred to me that P...
by Howard Cooper
October 16th, 2019, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 66
Views: 1127

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

Trimbach (esp. their special cuvée) and Albert Mann make wonderful Pinot Gris. Get one of those or a Zind Humbrecht as suggested earlier. Same grape.
by Howard Cooper
October 15th, 2019, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party
Replies: 41
Views: 1301

Re: Suggestion for a red to serve at a party

I recommend German Kabinett or Spatlese.

Never have done it, but has anyone tried a Ridge Lytton Springs
by Howard Cooper
October 15th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 22
Views: 406

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

Get tickets IN ADVANCE to go inside Sagrada Familia
by Howard Cooper
October 15th, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm done*
Replies: 336
Views: 17947

Re: I'm done*

I started learning about wine from my father in the 1970s from my father and it was mostly Bordeaux, Burgundy and German wines I had first. It was the late 1970s before I had California wines and the first ones were BV Private Reserve and Inglenook Cask. When I started buying wines on my own in the ...
by Howard Cooper
October 15th, 2019, 2:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm done*
Replies: 336
Views: 17947

Re: I'm done*

I'm 35, so maybe I'll feel differently when I'm 65, but the thought that the only wines I'll be drinking for the next 10, 20, or even 30 years are all currently in my cellar, would seem quite boring. I know all of you will continue to explore new producers through tastings, the one-off glass at a r...
by Howard Cooper
October 14th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?
Replies: 53
Views: 1493

Re: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?

Jim Erwin wrote:
October 14th, 2019, 2:38 pm
I'm 76 and we're going to drink every damn one of our 3,000 bottles even if I never kick the bucket.
[cheers.gif] [winner.gif] [worship.gif]
by Howard Cooper
October 14th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?
Replies: 53
Views: 1493

Re: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?

0.00% of my cellar is for investment. I plan to drink everything except for what I leave to my kids and to my wife if she survives me. I have never been paid 10 cents as a wine professional, so I am pretty clear on that as well. I have been paid for working in a wine and liquor store, but that was ...
by Howard Cooper
October 14th, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?
Replies: 53
Views: 1493

Re: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?

Pure consumer. I probably should sell some wine - things I don’t like as much as I thought I would - but have rarely done so.
by Howard Cooper
October 14th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm done*
Replies: 336
Views: 17947

Re: I'm done*

Actually, German wines are my #2 and I have a lot more California wines (most being from Ridge, Montelena and Stony Hill) than Italian wines
by Howard Cooper
October 14th, 2019, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Taittinger Comtes Thread
Replies: 76
Views: 6288

Re: The Taittinger Comtes Thread

Last year, I had a wonderful 1990 https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=136256&p=2181882&hilit=taittinger+haut+brion#p2181882 and then had a small amount of the 2006 https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=137123&p=2198033&hilit=montrose+taittinger#p2198033 Seeme...
by Howard Cooper
October 14th, 2019, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm done*
Replies: 336
Views: 17947

Re: I'm done*

I'm 35, so maybe I'll feel differently when I'm 65, but the thought that the only wines I'll be drinking for the next 10, 20, or even 30 years are all currently in my cellar, would seem quite boring. I know all of you will continue to explore new producers through tastings, the one-off glass at a r...
by Howard Cooper
October 14th, 2019, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm done*
Replies: 336
Views: 17947

Re: I'm done*

Marc - The arsenal lawyers have for change are limitless: Caveats. Amendments. Codicils. Change Orders. Modifications. Addenda. Exceptions. Exclusions. Clarifications. Qualifications. Reservations. Novation. Rescission. Reformation. We cannot be locked down. And in this context, Neal is on a foolis...
by Howard Cooper
October 13th, 2019, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 71
Views: 2419

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

While I agree that the definitions provided here are the generally accepted ones, I also agree with the other folks who find them confusing. One significant reason is that the line between what is from the grape and what is from the fermentation is quite unclear, with even many "primary" fruit comp...
by Howard Cooper
October 12th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stony Hill!???
Replies: 11
Views: 1333

Re: Stony Hill!???

Chris Seiber wrote:
October 11th, 2019, 5:30 am
Stony Hill and the Halls of Long Meadow sounds like book #1 of a new teen fantasy series.
Aren’t they in the new Game of Thrones prequel?
by Howard Cooper
October 12th, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stony Hill!???
Replies: 11
Views: 1333

Re: Stony Hill!???

I will be interested in your tasting notes from your visit.
F.Daner wrote:
October 12th, 2019, 8:00 am
Looks like Long Meadow Ranch has a somewhat similar style. We're going to try and visit both next weekend.
Howard Cooper wrote:
August 24th, 2019, 3:48 am
Too bad. I like the Cab. But, isn’t the winemaker (Mike Chilini) retiring anyway?
by Howard Cooper
October 12th, 2019, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Bordeaux: a Gilman "profound" Bordeaux vintage - Your Recommendations?
Replies: 148
Views: 7494

Re: 2008 Bordeaux: a Gilman "profound" Bordeaux vintage - Your Recommendations?

For my palate, the 09 and 10 are two greatest back to back vintages that one day will easily surpass the 59 and 61. If your definition of great vintages include the 59, 61, 82, 90 and etc., you will not consider the 08 as a great vintage. It is a red fruit driven vintage with high acidity and tanni...
by Howard Cooper
October 11th, 2019, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Bordeaux: a Gilman "profound" Bordeaux vintage - Your Recommendations?
Replies: 148
Views: 7494

Re: 2008 Bordeaux: a Gilman "profound" Bordeaux vintage - Your Recommendations?

John seemingly struggles with the modern era of Bordeaux, much like myself. I'm slight paraphrasing here (and there was an entire thread on it) where John eviscerated 2010 Pavie and Cos. He rated one of the two wines something like 47-49, with the caveat that "you get 50 points just for being wine"...
by Howard Cooper
October 11th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best place to sell a few cases of wine?
Replies: 35
Views: 1884

Re: Best place to sell a few cases of wine?

Most auction houses I have dealt with have a minimum value for consignments. If the total value is >$5k, I believe K&L will accept it at a 15% commission (10% if >$10k). I’ve sold through K&L and Winebid, and both worked fine. I’d opt for K&L going forward. My recollection is that K&L does not take...
by Howard Cooper
October 10th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine
Replies: 22
Views: 1007

Re: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine

Not much on actual taste though. Mention of alcohol, but also acknowledgement that winemaker / consumer preference might be a factor. (No, I’m not a climate change denier). I’d be interested in people’s comments on wine taste over say the last few decades. My sense is that climate change gives pote...
by Howard Cooper
October 10th, 2019, 4:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine
Replies: 22
Views: 1007

Re: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
October 10th, 2019, 4:54 am


I have to admit, at 53 I already get up to P at 3.
Wait until you are 64!!!! [wow.gif]
by Howard Cooper
October 10th, 2019, 4:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine
Replies: 22
Views: 1007

Re: Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2019/09/wine-harvest-dates-earlier-climate-change/ Interesting they have records that old. 1540 was an Alfert year. Rolland killed it Uncle Rollo, descendant of Duke Rollo of Normandy, went medieval all over that shit! Mega-Purple back then was called the ...
by Howard Cooper
October 9th, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 71
Views: 2419

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

In a minute there is time For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse. - J. Alfred Prufrock I might be in "chasing my tail" mode right now , but here is my latest scenario (again based on ready availability to me where I am as well as inputs from here) Sociando: 2014 vs 2004 OR Potensac...
by Howard Cooper
October 9th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 71
Views: 2419

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

Sociando is a great test since back vintages are easy to find, plus it is not expensive. And of course, it rocks. I’d rather see you do: 2014 2001 or 2000 1995 or 1996 Three side by side would be killer. And maybe even toss in an 86. 1990 is smokin. This is why some of the interesting tastings I ha...
by Howard Cooper
October 9th, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 71
Views: 2419

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

I did a little wine availability searching and am thinking of doing a 2 bottle "experiment" with Sociando-Mallet (thanks Howard) comparing a 2004 with a 2016. Great. But be aware that 2016 is a better vintage than 2004 (a good not great vintage) so do not draw too many conclusions from this one tas...
by Howard Cooper
October 9th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 71
Views: 2419

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

I see this terminology a lot. I have only a very basic idea of what is being talked about. I am looking to go beyond this basic understanding to being able to recognize the characteristic(s) as they present themselves in a wine. I have a perhaps naive idea that a tasting of a few wines could be str...
by Howard Cooper
October 9th, 2019, 5:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 84
Views: 3425

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

It is interesting that so many people have picked Dom. I have enjoyed a number of bottles I have had from Dom Perignon, but I cannot remember every tasting one I truly loved and head to head have generally preferred wines from Krug, Taittinger Comte de Champagne, Winston Churchill, Dom Ruinart, Salo...
by Howard Cooper
October 9th, 2019, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Bricco delle Viole Vertical with Giuseppe Vaira
Replies: 12
Views: 823

Re: TN: A Bricco delle Viole Vertical with Giuseppe Vaira

Ken,

Great notes. Sounds like a wonderful tasting. Thanks.
by Howard Cooper
October 9th, 2019, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Bricco delle Viole Vertical with Giuseppe Vaira
Replies: 12
Views: 823

Re: TN: A Bricco delle Viole Vertical with Giuseppe Vaira

Ofer Refaeli wrote:
October 8th, 2019, 9:26 am
my favorite is Vajra Barolo Bricco ‘13.
Fabulous wine
by Howard Cooper
October 9th, 2019, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 71
Views: 2419

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

Thanks. This is somewhat helpful. Maybe as Chris suggests there is no real answer and these are terms that, despite the "formal definitions", are not understood the same way by everybody who uses the terms? Let me ask the question differently. In an Oregon Pinot Noir and a French Chablis, what woul...
by Howard Cooper
October 9th, 2019, 5:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 71
Views: 2419

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

Hank, so your are saying ALL wines have both primary and secondary characteristics? Can't some of those examples you cite of so-called tertiary characteristics sometimes be present in a wine almost from the beginning without much maturation? Most wines do not develop positive tertiary characteristi...
by Howard Cooper
October 8th, 2019, 5:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 84
Views: 3425

What is your Champagne of the year?

On this board, this seems to be the year of Champagne. Maybe it is because of Envoyer, maybe it is the excitement of all the new great growers in Champagne (reminds me of the revival of Burgundy in the 1980s and early 1990s). Don't know. But it seems like there are more posts about Champagne than ev...
by Howard Cooper
October 8th, 2019, 4:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2197

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

Schramsberg Sparkling wine Ridge Geyserville (which I think of as the quintessential American wine) Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon or Ridge Montebello Or, how about something that epitomizes French/American partnership, like (Opus One, a partnership between Mondavi and Mouton) or Dominus (that...
by Howard Cooper
October 7th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $200 Champagne-The Most Pleasure NOW...?
Replies: 23
Views: 1411

Re: $200 Champagne-The Most Pleasure NOW...?

Get the 2006 Comte de Champagne and save some money.
by Howard Cooper
October 7th, 2019, 5:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19471

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

This tariff is in addition to the original tariff as well so my calculations are low. What will surely happen is those affected will close shop or suspend their operations. This is untenable for this sector of trade to make up this trade imbalance. Sorry to hear this. I hope this mess gets resolved...
by Howard Cooper
October 6th, 2019, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19471

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Winery sells to Importer $10 Importer has his markup and duties which normally is roughly 33% now there is an additional 25% so roughly 58% $10 + $5.80 =$15.80 price to Wholesaler Wholesale/Distributor margin is roughly 33% now $21.01 as well In the US with the exception of DC it is illegal for an ...
by Howard Cooper
October 6th, 2019, 5:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3625

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

Victor Hong wrote:
October 5th, 2019, 7:57 pm
Workers should buy the very few homes which zoning laws allow to be constructed. Then, the artificial, NIMBY-driven appreciation can supplement their wages.
Yes. Because people making $10 an hour are the prime ones buying $1 million homes.

When are you returning to planet earth?
by Howard Cooper
October 6th, 2019, 5:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19471

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Seems like a reasonable resolution might be to split the tariff between retailer and customer even if customer is free and clear legally. 25% seems like it would wipe any profit out, but half that might make it feasible to stay afloat while still making a sliver of profit in a bad situation. When I...
by Howard Cooper
October 5th, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19471

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Seems like a reasonable resolution might be to split the tariff between retailer and customer even if customer is free and clear legally. 25% seems like it would wipe any profit out, but half that might make it feasible to stay afloat while still making a sliver of profit in a bad situation. When I...
by Howard Cooper
October 5th, 2019, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm done*
Replies: 336
Views: 17947

Re: I'm done*

LOL, they even have a wine picture right up front: https://www.wakerobin.com/community-life/dining/w_robin_5337/ * Possibly not the wine you ordered Why would you name an assisted living facility "wake?" I mean, it is slightly better than "burial" but not much Right, name it Sunrise. Today, would t...
by Howard Cooper
October 5th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm done*
Replies: 336
Views: 17947

Re: I'm done*

16 bottles of 2016 and about 3 cases of 2015, all bought pre-resolution. My assisted living facility better have decanters available! There is a real failing in assisted living facilities and nursing homes. You would think that most would have communal wine cellars where I could store my wine in te...
by Howard Cooper
October 5th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm done*
Replies: 336
Views: 17947

Re: I'm done*

16 bottles of 2016 and about 3 cases of 2015, all bought pre-resolution. My assisted living facility better have decanters available! There is a real failing in assisted living facilities and nursing homes. You would think that most would have communal wine cellars where I could store my wine in te...
by Howard Cooper
October 5th, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm done*
Replies: 336
Views: 17947

Re: I'm done*

I'll let you know, but I think the trick (for me?) is hat you don't retire from life; you retire from a job. Agreed. Also, while I was a partner (and before that an associate) at large law firms for over 30 years, I never felt like I was a master of the universe so that not being the master of the ...
by Howard Cooper
October 5th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm done*
Replies: 336
Views: 17947

Re: I'm done*

All the joking aside about mortality, and the inability to stop buying, and the too much wine in the cellar, this is the serious point. I have a dear friend who has recently gone through this with his dad too. Same exact thing, he says--around late 70s, his dad stopped liking all the great burgundy...

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