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by Rudi Finkler
December 14th, 2019, 1:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Forbes: The “naughty truth” about wine tasting
Replies: 37
Views: 2250

Re: Forbes: The “naughty truth” about wine tasting

And Greg, I drank a lot of Hungarian Tokays when I was young. Rudi - that's when you were an innocent lad, unburdened by the knowledge you would gain only with age and pain!! [cheers.gif] Greg, I doubt that I was an innocent lad at that time, but it was indeed a few years before my palate shifted f...
by Rudi Finkler
December 12th, 2019, 11:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1978 Vieux Château Certan
Replies: 9
Views: 513

Re: TN: 1978 Vieux Château Certan

Which shows how subjective such generalizations are... :-)
Nice to see you here, John!
by Rudi Finkler
December 12th, 2019, 11:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Château Sociando-Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau
Replies: 21
Views: 774

Re: 2001 Château Sociando-Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau - INSANE

Thanks for the enthusiastic note, Robert! Fortunately, 2001 is an underrated vintage and prices for red Bordeaux remain reasonable. :-)
by Rudi Finkler
December 12th, 2019, 10:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Forbes: The “naughty truth” about wine tasting
Replies: 37
Views: 2250

Re: Forbes: The “naughty truth” about wine tasting

I will not deny that this 'naughty' article contains some platitudes, but Mariani’s article is anything but 'the height of stupidity and ignorance'. His approach to question certain wine tasting rituals sounds very reasonable to me: "Still worse is the wine lover—and I include some of my big name pr...
by Rudi Finkler
December 12th, 2019, 9:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Egon Muller pricing
Replies: 19
Views: 1019

Re: Egon Muller pricing

J. Rock wrote:
December 12th, 2019, 9:41 am
Eh, I don't see the appeal of his Spatlese even for the more typical pricing, especially when there are so many great Sptatlesen out there for a fraction of the price.
This!
by Rudi Finkler
December 11th, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1978 Vieux Château Certan
Replies: 9
Views: 513

Re: TN: 1978 Vieux Château Certan

You made me chuckle, Marcus. :-)
by Rudi Finkler
December 10th, 2019, 11:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1978 Vieux Château Certan
Replies: 9
Views: 513

TN: 1978 Vieux Château Certan

This wine still has a dark, healthy color and a moderately intense nose of olives, cedar, herbs and cherry fruit. Classic sour cherry and red currant on the fresh, elegant palate, with an herbal, green note reminiscent of tarragon and basil on a background of forest floor and barnyard funk. With tim...
by Rudi Finkler
December 10th, 2019, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What does "pure" mean?
Replies: 47
Views: 1468

Re: What does "pure" mean?

BTW, in the German wine language we have the nice adjective "reintönig". I don’t know any corresponding term in the English language, but the German oun "Reinton" means "pure tone". Is "Reinton" a musical term? I can see the analogy between a pure musical note and a pure wine. (An anecdote Greg wil...
by Rudi Finkler
December 9th, 2019, 10:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What does "pure" mean?
Replies: 47
Views: 1468

Re: What does "pure" mean?

... My hunch, which may be dead wrong, is that most of the people who refer to them in tasting notes haven't eaten or smelled many of them. That would make them borderline useless as precise aromatic or flavor descriptors. But I think that people refer to them to give an overall impression, rather ...
by Rudi Finkler
December 9th, 2019, 10:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What does "pure" mean?
Replies: 47
Views: 1468

Re: What does "pure" mean?

When I use the term 'pure', I simply mean that the fruit or other components of a wine show a clear, clean, unadulterated, direct expression -the more purity, the better the wine. So for me, a 'wine of great purity' is a wine where most visual, olfactory, and gustatory components show this character...
by Rudi Finkler
December 9th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Andreas Laible Durbacher Plauelrain Weissburgunder Kabinett trocken
Replies: 11
Views: 278

Re: TN: 2017 Andreas Laible Durbacher Plauelrain Weissburgunder Kabinett trocken

Ha, interesting, thanks for the nice note, Kirk! Not long ago, I had this Laible Weissburgunder Kabinett in a restaurant. It was indeed as delicious as you describe it. I’m a big fan of trocken Weissburgunder/Pinot Blanc from Germany. Just opened a bottle of 2018 Pinot Blanc, Würzberg Weingut Serrig...
by Rudi Finkler
December 7th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1981 Kirwan, Margaux
Replies: 3
Views: 277

Re: TN: 1981 Kirwan, Margaux

Julian Marshall wrote:
December 7th, 2019, 8:03 am
Sounds excellent, Rudi! Truly one of those wines which are not made the same way anymore. Imagine the shock for someone used to modern Kirwan!
Unfortunately, you are right, Julian, and yes, I can imagine the shock for someone, but my pity is limited. :-)
by Rudi Finkler
December 7th, 2019, 3:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1981 Kirwan, Margaux
Replies: 3
Views: 277

TN: 1981 Kirwan, Margaux

If purity, understatement and subtlety are your thing, then the 1981 Kirwan is your wine. The lovely, flowery fragrance of this classic Margaux immediately indulges the senses and makes me hesitate to drink a first sip. After swirling and sniffing for an eternity, the first sip is no less impressive...
by Rudi Finkler
December 2nd, 2019, 11:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Kruger-Rumpf Im Pitterberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Nahe)
Replies: 7
Views: 497

Re: TN: 2017 Kruger-Rumpf Im Pitterberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Nahe)

Nice note, thanks David! As we know, the German wine law is a nightmare… :-) Broadly speaking, Gewann is a long forgotten, medieval term for field names in villages. Many of those field names, called Katasterlagen today, still exist in the official cadastral maps in Germany. With other words, a Gewa...
by Rudi Finkler
December 1st, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines to Buy In Germany
Replies: 13
Views: 929

Re: Wines to Buy In Germany

There are about 80 000 producers in Germany and the vast majority of German wineries – the average size is only about 5-6 hectares- are simply too small to sell their wines across the whole country, let alone to serve the international market. Therefore, unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that a p...
by Rudi Finkler
November 30th, 2019, 11:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines to Buy In Germany
Replies: 13
Views: 929

Re: Wines to Buy In Germany

Tim, outside the wine-producing areas and outside the handful of bigger cities like Berlin or Munich it is very difficult to find high-end wine shops or expensive Rieslings in Germany… Anyway, a reliable source for excellent wines in Nuremberg is 'K&U Weinhalle Nürnberg'. They offer Rieslings GG fro...
by Rudi Finkler
November 29th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1996 Poujeaux – one for traditionalists
Replies: 6
Views: 508

Re: 1996 Poujeaux – one for traditionalists

That is true. 1997 Poujeaux was on of the best Left Bank Bordeaux. I owned a case but have not bottle left. 95/96/97 was a trio of very fine Poujeaux. I drank lots of it. And you could buy the wines for a song. Unbelievable QPR. I couldn’t agree more, Jürgen! The 1997 Poujeaux was even better than ...
by Rudi Finkler
November 29th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?
Replies: 65
Views: 3227

Re: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?

Interesting! Fortunately, my palate has not changed over the recent four decades.
by Rudi Finkler
November 29th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Psa hdh
Replies: 24
Views: 2023

Re: Psa hdh

Gentlemen, what the hell means "Psa hdh"? [scratch.gif]
Please don’t forget: I am just a Saarish simpleton.
by Rudi Finkler
November 27th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: The new (redesigned!) WineBid Search Bar!!!
Replies: 22
Views: 2438

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: The new (redesigned!) WineBid Search Bar!!!

For me, the new format is acceptable, but the design of the logo remains somewhat strange...
BTW, I would permanently place the WinBid search bar beneath the standard WineBerserkers search bar.
by Rudi Finkler
November 27th, 2019, 12:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Chateau Magdelaine, St. Emilion - and some advisory comments for folks with more than half of a brain
Replies: 25
Views: 882

Re: TN: 1995 Chateau Magdelaine, St. Emilion - and some advisory comments for folks with more than half of a brain

My current favorite is the sublime 1998 Magdelaine. Without doubt one of the most impressive wines I have drunk in recent years. The 1998 is an extraordinarily elegant, precise and mineral-rich, seamless Saint-Emilion - medium-bodied, perfectly matured, a wine of total subtlety and finesse!
by Rudi Finkler
November 25th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?
Replies: 187
Views: 11395

Re: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
November 24th, 2019, 12:44 pm
None. There are so many noteworthy producers that there is no way they can all get deserved acclaim in such a relatively small (as a percentage of wine drinkers) community.
But sometimes I’m surprised nonetheless. Haut-Marbuzet for example.
by Rudi Finkler
November 25th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?
Replies: 65
Views: 3227

Re: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?

Ah, I have forgotten to mention two excellent second wines: Clémentin de Pape Clément and
Le Sillage de Malartic.
by Rudi Finkler
November 25th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?
Replies: 65
Views: 3227

Re: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?

I have enjoyed excellent bottles of Château de la Rivière, Fronsac and Bernadotte, Haut-Médoc earlier this year, and sublime bottles of Ferrière, Margaux and Fonroque, Saint-Emilion. None of them was too young for my palate.
BTW, Fonroque is organically certified since 2005.
by Rudi Finkler
November 23rd, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The label for 2017 Mouton is, well, titillating
Replies: 42
Views: 2304

Re: The label for 2017 Mouton is, well, titillating

My interpretation of this label: The breasts are not only breasts. They are eyes at the same time, and the wine glass is the nose. The Hallelujahs are the brain. The hand and the inclined, filled wine glass is an invitation, or maybe even a request to drink this sexy wine. :-)
by Rudi Finkler
November 23rd, 2019, 3:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1986 Grand-Puy Ducasse
Replies: 5
Views: 334

Re: TN: 1986 Grand-Puy Ducasse

Guys, notes will follow soon... :-)
by Rudi Finkler
November 23rd, 2019, 1:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1986 Grand-Puy Ducasse
Replies: 5
Views: 334

TN: 1986 Grand-Puy Ducasse

Last night, we opened a 1986 Grand-Puy Ducasse that I found in a dusty corner of the cellar a few days ago. The label was damaged and the cork completely saturated, but the wine was showing no signs of fatigue or oxidation, but real charm, elegance and surprising freshness. A subtle, herbal, underst...
by Rudi Finkler
November 21st, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there objectively good and bad wines?
Replies: 100
Views: 3294

Re: Are there objectively good and bad wines?

Ha, nice, a song for mentally lazy people. neener :-)
by Rudi Finkler
November 20th, 2019, 11:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there objectively good and bad wines?
Replies: 100
Views: 3294

Re: Are there objectively good and bad wines?

That is the point. If objectivity is not 100%, then what is it? Over 70%? And does that change according to the reputation of the experts? It just doesn’t work. I don’t think you can call any wines good or bad simply because there will never be 100% agreement. It is not like 2+2, which is a demonst...
by Rudi Finkler
November 20th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there objectively good and bad wines?
Replies: 100
Views: 3294

Re: Are there objectively good and bad wines?

All those who deny that there are "objectively" bad wines (not 100% objectively, but to a high degree) deserve to drink these wine for the rest of their life - just to admit that there are (objecvtively) better wines ... champagne.gif Objectivity 'to a high degree' is no objectivity. If objectivity...
by Rudi Finkler
November 19th, 2019, 11:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there objectively good and bad wines?
Replies: 100
Views: 3294

Re: Are there objectively good and bad wines?

All those who deny that there are "objectively" bad wines (not 100% objectively, but to a high degree) deserve to drink these wine for the rest of their life - just to admit that there are (objecvtively) better wines ... champagne.gif Objectivity 'to a high degree' is no objectivity. If objectivity...
by Rudi Finkler
November 19th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there objectively good and bad wines?
Replies: 100
Views: 3294

Re: Are there objectively good and bad wines?

I guess your question will remain unanswered, Jonathan. :-) BTW, I find these the most interesting questions in this thread: ... If bad wine exists objectively, what does it mean if I like that "bad" wine? Does that mean my palate is bad? Does that mean I'm bad?... The answer is not as simple as one...
by Rudi Finkler
November 18th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!
Replies: 83
Views: 4106

Re: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!

You simply have too much money, Robert. Buy only cases of Le Pin, Lafleur or Pétrus in the coming months, then your 'problem' will resolve itself. :-)
by Rudi Finkler
November 17th, 2019, 11:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there objectively good and bad wines?
Replies: 100
Views: 3294

Re: Are there objectively good and bad wines?

With respect, the question is meaningless since there is no metric for quality. It is an objective fact that the Beatles sold more records than Zager & Evans. But Zager and Evans are only objectively bad if it is agreed that quality is defined and measured by life time record sales. Most people wou...
by Rudi Finkler
November 17th, 2019, 1:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there objectively good and bad wines?
Replies: 100
Views: 3294

Re: Are there objectively good and bad wines?

There is no question that there are good and bad things to be said about everyone and everything on earth -you and me included. However, the definition of good and bad, right and wrong, true and false, desirable and undesirable is always an agreement or a convention and entirely subjective –dependin...
by Rudi Finkler
November 16th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos du Jaugueyron - Haut-Médoc - 2009 and 2010
Replies: 5
Views: 369

Re: Clos du Jaugueyron - Haut-Médoc - 2009 and 2010

Julian, I look forward to your enthusiastic note! :-) [cheers.gif]
by Rudi Finkler
November 16th, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos du Jaugueyron - Haut-Médoc - 2009 and 2010
Replies: 5
Views: 369

Re: Clos du Jaugueyron - Haut-Médoc - 2009 and 2010

Thanks for the detailed notes! I had the 1999 and the 2005 Clos du Jaugueyron Haut-Médoc a few times in recent years - excellent wines with a good aging potential. Prices are indeed very attractive. I also remember a bottle of the 2005 Margaux version. This stylish wine was not significantly more co...
by Rudi Finkler
November 14th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A couple more unsung AOC Margaux TNs ('78 Labégorce & '78 Brane)
Replies: 2
Views: 322

Re: A couple more unsung AOC Margaux TNs ('78 Labégorce & '78 Brane)

Thanks for the nice notes, Ethan! Indeed, in earlier years, bottle variation was much more prevalent than it is today. I remember a case of 1985 Brane-Cantenac. Six bottles were absolutely heavenly, four bottles rather mediocre and the rest simply uninteresting.
by Rudi Finkler
November 13th, 2019, 10:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 D’Armailhac
Replies: 6
Views: 400

Re: TN: 1994 D’Armailhac

Grabbed a couple 94s from WineBid and honestly had no idea what to expect given the vintage and CT notes. No wine of the year and I’m not a bdx aficionado but this was a great drink that probably needs a bit more time. Really stacked both in fruit and tannin, I liked the gravelly/funk notes that su...
by Rudi Finkler
November 13th, 2019, 3:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: no Rieslingfeier this year...fyi
Replies: 22
Views: 1539

Re: no Rieslingfeier this year...fyi

Robert, Unendlich/endless inspires me to a combination with Riesling. Riesling unendlich or Riesling endlos or Riesling ohne Ende. :-)
by Rudi Finkler
November 13th, 2019, 1:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: no Rieslingfeier this year...fyi
Replies: 22
Views: 1539

Re: no Rieslingfeier this year...fyi

Look out for a post on a FeierRiesling (is this proper german grammer) Not sure what you mean by this... It's just like English, Riesling Feier means "Riesling Party" and Feierriesling is more like "Party Riesling", which probably suggest a lower quality, quaffable bottle of wine... To my ears, Fei...
by Rudi Finkler
November 11th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau Dauzac 1983
Replies: 4
Views: 335

Re: TN: Chateau Dauzac 1983

Interesting note, thanks Joshua! The first good Dauzac I can remember was the 1990 and the first and only excellent the 1999. Unfortunately, their 2001 was a disappointment.
by Rudi Finkler
November 11th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boyd-Cantenac 2001 and 2002
Replies: 14
Views: 613

Re: Boyd-Cantenac 2001 and 2002

Sonds very tempting. Thanks for the note, Julian!
by Rudi Finkler
November 9th, 2019, 11:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1976 Mouton, 1988 Cos d’Estournel
Replies: 34
Views: 1709

Re: TN: 1976 Mouton, 1988 Cos d’Estournel

If I were the Pope, I would make La Mission and Pape Clément my favorite altar wines and ban the 1855 classification. :)
by Rudi Finkler
November 8th, 2019, 9:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Deal or No Deal? 2001 VCC
Replies: 26
Views: 1330

Re: Deal or No Deal? 2001 VCC

Barry P wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 11:07 am
... Not a great vintage overall...
I couldn't disagree more. :-)
by Rudi Finkler
November 8th, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Deal or No Deal? 2001 VCC
Replies: 26
Views: 1330

Re: Deal or No Deal? 2001 VCC

Neal.Mollen wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 10:17 am
I haven't had the VCC, but the 2001s have been delicious pretty much from the get-go and are drinking great right now. If I had the right occasion I would not hesitate to open it now but there is no rush. Jealous at the price; it's basically half the going rate
nice price -indeed astonishing.
by Rudi Finkler
November 7th, 2019, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 28
Views: 1584

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

It was a new kind of modern, but one I'm experiencing more and more. Not over-alcoholic, ostentatiously oaky, or over-extracted but instead a very smooth, polished international style. Wish I knew what winemaking techniques were being used to create that effect. I have drunk the 2006 and 2007 Domai...
by Rudi Finkler
November 7th, 2019, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 28
Views: 1584

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 4:19 am
... just the fruit is ripe (which is not, ipso facto, modern)...
That’s correct, Robert!

Seems to be an excellent wine. Thanks for the note, David!
by Rudi Finkler
November 6th, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100
Replies: 45
Views: 2107

Re: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100

Hank Victor wrote:
November 6th, 2019, 8:45 am
Dinesh are you located in the USA or UK?
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by Rudi Finkler
November 6th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11012
Views: 402992

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Welcome to the club, Alex!

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