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by Andy Sc
January 20th, 2021, 3:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not much Australia talk here...
Replies: 39
Views: 1981

Re: Not much Australia talk here...

Grange (but needs decades), Hill of Grace or Torbreck Laird are not big, overdone or jammy and definitely worth seeking out - but very expensive (the bests rarely aren't). A lot of other wines available here in Europe, however, is like many Napa wines: always yummy, seducing, sexy and slutty but aft...
by Andy Sc
January 15th, 2021, 12:48 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: When does the matchstick in chardonnay blow off?
Replies: 8
Views: 975

Re: When does the matchstick in chardonnay blow off?

Cameron Clark wrote: January 14th, 2021, 1:00 pm A tip I was given years ago, which seems to work, is to give the bottle a good shake after pouring a small glass.
That's just hyper decanting. Can work with closed/muted wines and no time to properly aerate.
by Andy Sc
January 13th, 2021, 5:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
Replies: 10
Views: 552

Re: TN: 1998 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion

A classic, red-fruited beauty, so unlike the modern Les Carmes Haut Brion. Shows that broad red streak that ‘99 reveals, just a bit less depth of the 2000. On the lighter side of medium-weight, crisp acid. Dry earth, gravel. Tannins resolved, short finish. This is not a blockbuster by any stretch. ...
by Andy Sc
January 13th, 2021, 2:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone still prefer Riedel’s Sommeliers series?
Replies: 65
Views: 3141

Re: Anyone still prefer Riedel’s Sommeliers series?

Now having tried all these glasses I find (so far of course) that the grassl and the zalto BDX are at the top in terms of balance and lacking nothing on the nose. Sure, I wouldn't be able to disprove you just yet. As said, my sample size is too small. We do the test at home from time to time and it...
by Andy Sc
January 12th, 2021, 10:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone still prefer Riedel’s Sommeliers series?
Replies: 65
Views: 3141

Re: Anyone still prefer Riedel’s Sommeliers series?

Doing some serious testing currently (since Nov) and so far, the SENSORY, seems to be the clear winner. If would have to score it on a 1-10 scale, it would be a straight 10. The Zaltos are usually between 6 & 8 pts (a tad less elegant and harmonious, a bit riper, but equally expressive), the Gr...
by Andy Sc
January 12th, 2021, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone still prefer Riedel’s Sommeliers series?
Replies: 65
Views: 3141

Re: Anyone still prefer Riedel’s Sommeliers series?

Doing some serious testing currently (since Nov) and so far, the SENSORY, seems to be the clear winner. If would have to score it on a 1-10 scale, it would be a straight 10. The Zaltos are usually between 6 & 8 pts (a tad less elegant and harmonious, a bit riper, but equally expressive), the Gra...
by Andy Sc
January 4th, 2021, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your cellar's core strength?
Replies: 104
Views: 4585

Re: Your cellar's core strength?

My core strength is the depth of the cellar (roughly 4600 bottles). Although I just started collecting seriously 6 years ago, I quickly saw that I prefer aged wines and if I wan't to drink aged wines all the time, I have to build up the cellar quite quickly so that I will have all the aged options i...
by Andy Sc
January 4th, 2021, 2:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consumption in 2020
Replies: 46
Views: 2073

Re: Consumption in 2020

The only interesting this is when I'm just opening for dinner wines with my partner, the average price per bottle dropped significantly in 2020. Intersting! Mine actually went up by 22%. When my partner and I are alone and especially during lockdowns there was not much else to do... and maybe the e...
by Andy Sc
January 3rd, 2021, 10:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consumption in 2020
Replies: 46
Views: 2073

Re: Consumption in 2020

My consumption went down, although my cellar management system says that it went up from 160 bottles in 2019 to 249 bottles. But the more accurate Cellartracker notes tracker (which covers roughly 85%-90% of all the wines I had) went down to 480 wines from 581 in 2019. The reason for all this is sim...
by Andy Sc
December 23rd, 2020, 2:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: undervalued but not for long? (edited)
Replies: 133
Views: 8289

Re: undervalued but not for long? (edited)

Swiss Pinot Noir would be my guess. And it already started. The top 2-3 producers have already instant secondary market mark-ups of 50-70% and some of them are sold in Asia 200-300% above ex-Chateau prices. In addition, one producer (Donatsch) sold special bottlings (the best barrel, only in good ye...
by Andy Sc
December 23rd, 2020, 1:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting advice: 1989 Lynch Bages
Replies: 10
Views: 1232

Re: Decanting advice: 1989 Lynch Bages

Had a bottle some time ago. As it is still so youthful and powerful it needed a lot of decanting. It improved a lot of air. We followed it over 8 hours, it was decanted for 7 of them and got better by the minute. The first 4-5 hours it remained muted. Well stored bottles like this really need a lot ...
by Andy Sc
December 7th, 2020, 11:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you could go back in time and collect one Bordeaux wine consistently over the years...?
Replies: 105
Views: 6363

Re: If you could go back in time and collect one Bordeaux wine consistently over the years...?

* Evergreens: Montrose, Figeac, Pontet Canet, Ducru Beaucaillou * Big names: Mouton, Margaux * If it has to be the right bank: Figeac, Cheval, Ausone, Petrus, Lafleur, Trotanoy (VCC is great too, but it is on the riper side of things) Evergreens? in the sense that they are very good to excellent fo...
by Andy Sc
December 7th, 2020, 11:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 2018 Red Burgundies are you Buying?
Replies: 132
Views: 7849

Re: What 2018 Red Burgundies are you Buying?

I am with alan on this. Partly because I feel like the ready availability via internet of “scores” etc has made the time i spent tasting, reading, talking and learning burgundy has been rendered worthless. When I had to start competing with newbies who had no idea whether they would like a producer...
by Andy Sc
December 6th, 2020, 11:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you could go back in time and collect one Bordeaux wine consistently over the years...?
Replies: 105
Views: 6363

Re: If you could go back in time and collect one Bordeaux wine consistently over the years...?

Seriously good advice. Honestly, my old wine experience has been scattered. I have had some random 90’s Bordeaux’s like cantemerle, Pichon, etc. The most memorable bottle was a 1955 Latour...which was interesting. The most interesting part to me was the acidity and secondary flavors (graphite/salin...
by Andy Sc
December 6th, 2020, 11:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Napa Cabernets - Top Favorites So Far?
Replies: 65
Views: 8131

Re: 2013 Napa Cabernets - Top Favorites So Far?

I still think most of the 2013s are not ready to go and still muted but the potential is great (lot of stuffing, very well structured).
by Andy Sc
December 4th, 2020, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 2018 Red Burgundies are you Buying?
Replies: 132
Views: 7849

Re: What 2018 Red Burgundies are you Buying?

For people responding to this thread, I'd be curious to know how you make your decisions if you haven't tasted the wines? Following the press, this forum, word of mouth, or simply trying to maintain allocations with sources? So a big part is for sure keeping allocations (for me DRC, Rousseau, Roumi...
by Andy Sc
December 1st, 2020, 10:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thought Experiment. Build a Collection on $100 a month
Replies: 23
Views: 2284

Re: Thought Experiment. Build a Collection on $100 a month

So we're talking about wines in the 50-100$ range: 1) Riesling from Germany (world class available at 50-75$) 2) Pinot Noir from Germany and Switzerland (Burgundy climate and style, excellent 1er Cru quality with the occasional good vintage at good Grand Cru quality for a fraction of the price of wh...
by Andy Sc
December 1st, 2020, 2:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 181
Views: 14200

Re: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year

Discovery of the year: Domaine Pegau - A Tempo
This CDP white is certainly among the very, very best white wines outside Burgundy (almost all in the group who had it blind said to be a Batard or Chevalier).
by Andy Sc
November 25th, 2020, 11:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 181
Views: 14200

Re: WOTY 2020

Looking at my scores it's a broader field: 82 Pichon Lalande, 88 Guigal La Mouline, 09, 10, 15 Margaux (all twice tasted with consistent notes), 10 Mouton.
by Andy Sc
November 17th, 2020, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?
Replies: 52
Views: 4195

Re: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?

Will definitely do - makes a lot of sense.
by Andy Sc
November 16th, 2020, 11:21 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?
Replies: 52
Views: 4195

Re: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?

Many thanks for the input. I'll will conduct trials myself and report back (but it will take some time to gather enough data). For the reds it will be: Zalto Bdx vs Zalto Burg vs Gabriel Gold vs Grassl Cru vs Grassl 1855 (still trying to get the Conterno Sensory but they won't ship it due to its sup...
by Andy Sc
November 16th, 2020, 11:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional vs. Modern Bordeaux?
Replies: 564
Views: 43041

Re: Traditional vs. Modern Bordeaux?

I find Pontet Canet pretty boring and universal in style. Drink it side-by-side with say a Leoville Barton of the same vintage, and it shows. I think I have cleared out every single bottle of PC from my stash. I would not call it spoofy like a Lascombes, Pape Clement or Troplong, but it definitely ...
by Andy Sc
November 16th, 2020, 1:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional vs. Modern Bordeaux?
Replies: 564
Views: 43041

Re: Traditional vs. Modern Bordeaux?

Considering that Pontet Canet has relatively low alcohol levels (compared to other left bank wines and other Pauillacs) I wouldn't call it modernist. On the other hand I had a 2016 recently (blind) and put it into Napa... (which would never happen with a Leoville Barton).
by Andy Sc
November 5th, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...
Replies: 64
Views: 2756

Re: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...

I find tasting notes most helpful when they include most or all of the following: - How was the wine handed? (Decanting, stems used, how long it was open before serving, serving temp etc.) - Some comment on the nose - expressive, mute, any offensive notes? - Some comment on the body and weight - So...
by Andy Sc
October 30th, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What ONE BOTTLE from your cellar will be your special occasion wine in five years?
Replies: 97
Views: 3988

Re: What ONE BOTTLE from your cellar will be your special occasion wine in five years?

Two years ago a client gifted me an 89 Lynch Bages that he purchased on release and it’s been stored perfectly though I might just drink it Tuesday night with him This will need intensive decanting. My last bottle was best after 6 hours in the decanter at the end of the evening (could have used eve...
by Andy Sc
October 27th, 2020, 12:04 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: What is Cellartracke and Why Do I Need it
Replies: 18
Views: 2308

Re: What is Cellartracke and Why Do I Need it

Thanks again everyone. I'll check out CT. Taking notes, scoring wines on CT is highly recommended. Even if it's just a few words who only help you. This way you get a diary of what you had and how you liked it. It forces you to think about the wine you have and set in context of all the wines you h...
by Andy Sc
October 26th, 2020, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?
Replies: 52
Views: 4195

Re: Do Wine Glasses Make A Difference?

Thanks for your test and comments, Dave.
by Andy Sc
October 22nd, 2020, 11:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT: How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines
Replies: 67
Views: 4256

Re: NYT: How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines

If it were truly being driven by an expansion of knowledge, along with the increase in wealth, then we would see prices being pushed up outside of the most famous regions. For a majority of new rich, these famous regions and famous wines are just trophies to be collected just like a Patek watch or ...
by Andy Sc
October 22nd, 2020, 11:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the oldest white chateauneuf you have had, and how did it show?
Replies: 25
Views: 1572

Re: What is the oldest white chateauneuf you have had, and how did it show?

I've had a Clos des Pape 1975 last year (as part of a vertical)... and it was quite good (95pts). My notes: This was a big surprise. Fill level was roughly 6cm, the cork crumbled in 1000 pieces, no professional or Cellartracker reviews and in Parker's vintage chart the 1975 CDP vintage got the lowes...
by Andy Sc
October 21st, 2020, 1:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1981 Help!
Replies: 57
Views: 2192

Re: 1981 Help!

But generally I actually agree CT is not the best way to make this call on an ‘81 unless it’s someone who is trusted. Sure, you always have to look into who wrote and scored what, how many scored and reviewed it and when (probably it is just good now or was just good 10 years ago). Nevertheless, it...
by Andy Sc
October 20th, 2020, 10:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 336
Views: 23752

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

I would wait. I got my first 24 bottles here in Switzerland for 153 US dollars (taxes and shipping included). The two first official offers on Winesearcher are at 183 and 199 US dollars (taxes included). So there is a lot of room and with so many bottles out there, there will for sure be cheaper ent...
by Andy Sc
October 20th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1981 Help!
Replies: 57
Views: 2192

Re: 1981 Help!

Well, I won´t argue with the rating of Keith and others, however I had the LT ´81 among 3 other vintages of LT then, and it was clearly the weakest (after ´80, 82 and 88). Not a bad wine itself, but it did not convince the group as great or even outstanding for LT. Given the price of close to 3.000...
by Andy Sc
October 20th, 2020, 5:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1981 Help!
Replies: 57
Views: 2192

Re: 1981 Help!

This is good proof that group or community ratings are problematic. La Tache 81 is good but far from exciting and not worth the bucks. But I had it 15 years ago, might not have improved. Only one CdP is a clear failure. Some good Bordeaux are missing like PL, Gruaud-L, Las-Cases ... and Sauternes !...
by Andy Sc
October 20th, 2020, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1981 Help!
Replies: 57
Views: 2192

Re: 1981 Help!

This is good proof that group or community ratings are problematic. La Tache 81 is good but far from exciting and not worth the bucks. But I had it 15 years ago, might not have improved. Only one CdP is a clear failure. Some good Bordeaux are missing like PL, Gruaud-L, Las-Cases ... and Sauternes !...
by Andy Sc
October 20th, 2020, 2:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1981 Help!
Replies: 57
Views: 2192

Re: 1981 Help!

Best wines with at least 5 reviews on Cellartracker (from at least 5 different users): Red Wines 1) DRC La Tache 2) La Rioja Alta Gran Reserve 904 3) Bodegas y Vinedos del Contino Rioja Contion Reserva 4) Guigal Hermitage 5) Vega Sicila Unico 6) Penfolds Grange 7) Beaucastel CDP 8) Riojanas Monte Re...
by Andy Sc
October 12th, 2020, 11:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is bordeaux price dropping ?
Replies: 76
Views: 4430

Re: Why is bordeaux price dropping ?

... As a guess, I'd venture to say that at least half, if not more of the members of this board were not even born yet. That is a more sobering statistic to me [cry.gif] Not sure about this. Many here are in their 50s plus. There may be younger cohorts, but who has the larger cellars? In my mid 30s...
by Andy Sc
October 12th, 2020, 11:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is bordeaux price dropping ?
Replies: 76
Views: 4430

Re: Why is bordeaux price dropping ?

I do use your site but there was no note, hence my question. My understanding is that many critics have now tasted it so was wondering whether you did. Bought 3 bottles in 2019 as in 2015 though. I only see three critics with notes (Jane Anson, Jean-Marc Quarin and James Lawther), and all were ther...
by Andy Sc
October 12th, 2020, 11:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lazy decanting method.
Replies: 25
Views: 1528

Re: Lazy decanting method.

Pulling the cork works, but if it's a big wine I do it 24 hours in advance. There's a big difference to me between a bottle opened a day in advance vs a pop and pour. If you want to speed things up slightly, you can pour a bit out (you know, to taste to make sure it's not corked or anything) and th...
by Andy Sc
October 12th, 2020, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lazy decanting method.
Replies: 25
Views: 1528

Re: Lazy decanting method.

Just pulling the cork won't do much. But if you double decant each wine and then put in back in the bottle to rest it for a few hours, it has indeed an impact. The impact will be even bigger if you take out (drink) a glass in order to enlarge the surface the wine gets in contact with air.
by Andy Sc
October 12th, 2020, 5:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The World's Finest Pinot is from . . .
Replies: 67
Views: 5269

Re: The World's Finest Pinot is from . . .

Of course Burgundy is #1 here but beside that there are other regions and wines that are interesting to explore and produce great wines (a lot of the mentioned here). I would add the Büdner Herrschaft region in Switzerland (just a short 2h drive away from Burgundy). There are some great Pinot Noir p...
by Andy Sc
October 12th, 2020, 12:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Software for cellar inventory reccomendation?
Replies: 68
Views: 3172

Re: Software for cellar inventory reccomendation?

(vs 20=100, 19.75=99, 19.5=98, ....) Where do you get the logic for this one? To me the most logical would be a direct conversion: If the other system has a maximum of 100 and a theoretical minimum of 50, while other has max 20 and min 0, it means the other system is 2.5 bigger than the other, plus...
by Andy Sc
October 11th, 2020, 11:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Software for cellar inventory reccomendation?
Replies: 68
Views: 3172

Re: Software for cellar inventory reccomendation?

I tried to build a linear model to infer Jancis' scores on a 100 point scale, but unfortunately the performance was pretty poor - albeit its known she scores quite differently, to say the least, compared to other critic. Interesting to see how few critics give 100 points out to wines that other cri...
by Andy Sc
October 6th, 2020, 4:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 336
Views: 23752

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

Got an offer for 139 Swiss francs (152 US Dollars, 129 Euros) - taxes included. Without taxes it is at 141 US Dollars or 120 Euros.
by Andy Sc
October 5th, 2020, 10:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Software for cellar inventory reccomendation?
Replies: 68
Views: 3172

Re: Software for cellar inventory reccomendation?

That does look pretty from the app website. The ability to graphically display your cellar is nice . . . seems like the Apple cellar app to the CT Microsoft approach [wink.gif] Is there a way to manage your cellar online/desktop as well? Nice as the app looks, seems like something one would want to...
by Andy Sc
October 5th, 2020, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Software for cellar inventory reccomendation?
Replies: 68
Views: 3172

Re: Software for cellar inventory reccomendation?

Here's another option after 137 votes for Cellartracker :) VinoCell Only available on iPhones/iPad. This is certainly one for the geeks who love statistics and are not afraid to put 5-10 minutes in to enter a new wine (there is a database but I don't find it accurate enough) with all corresponding i...
by Andy Sc
October 4th, 2020, 11:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine pricing bubble? Thoughts?
Replies: 144
Views: 6878

Re: Wine pricing bubble? Thoughts?

One demand factor I'm not sure about is wealth. Yes, the rich have gotten a lot richer in the last 50 years. But there have always been wealthy people. Is there a lot more disposable income looking for places to go now? Is wine a trendy fashion among the super wealthy that will change? Seems like t...
by Andy Sc
October 1st, 2020, 1:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shafer 2020
Replies: 14
Views: 1433

Re: Shafer 2020

Chris Atkins wrote: September 30th, 2020, 5:51 pm My friend is going to pop open a 2010 Hillside Select for us in October. Do you think it will be mind blowing?
It needs at least 6-7 hours in the decanter - the day before consumption!
by Andy Sc
September 30th, 2020, 11:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Distinctive Malbec from the New World?
Replies: 29
Views: 1500

Re: Distinctive Malbec from the New World?

Some of the very best, most distinctive Malbecs come from Catena Zapata in Argentina. Especially their single vineyard bottlings with the favorite being "Mundus Bacillus Terrae" which unfortunately costs roughly 200 dollars per bottle.
by Andy Sc
September 30th, 2020, 1:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alcohol content of finished wine, whole cluster vs de-stemmed
Replies: 71
Views: 2655

Re: Alcohol content of finished wine, whole cluster vs de-stemmed

While I'm not the winemaker or know all the other specifics I strikes me too, that Carmes Haut Brion 2019 has a significantly lower alcohol level ( at 13.3% ) compared to its neighbours (and most other left bank estates) - Haut Brion is at 14.6%, Mission Haut Brion is at 14.7%. Carmes Haut Brion is ...
by Andy Sc
September 30th, 2020, 1:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does wine flipping pencil out?
Replies: 102
Views: 6362

Re: Does wine flipping pencil out?

Burgundy feels like a bubble, the constant price increases and escalation of village wine prices above world-class wines from other regions definitely give that impression. But the two things that give me pause about that are: I'm with you here. Some 2015s/2016s did come down from their peak levels...

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