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by Andy Sc
May 28th, 2020, 5:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pontet-Canet 2019 is out - but couldn't find any review?
Replies: 26
Views: 1944

Re: Pontet-Canet 2019 is out - but couldn't find any review?

The -33% price vs a year ago is about what is needed to make the 2019 campaign a success for 4 reasons: 1) There is excess supply of great wines in all channels (and at the wineries from the 2015-2018 vintages), 2) The 2016-2018 vintages were priced in a way, that destroy the En Primeur system in th...
by Andy Sc
May 27th, 2020, 2:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the "great" roses you've had?
Replies: 157
Views: 6845

Re: What are the "great" roses you've had?

Valentini Cesarulo and Blankiet Prince of Hearts seem to be the best Roses out there.
by Andy Sc
May 25th, 2020, 2:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The anomaly that is Chateau Palmer.
Replies: 84
Views: 5346

Re: The anomaly that is Chateau Palmer.

For me it's pretty obvious, why Palmer is so high regarded: As somebody mentioned before, its probably one of the most Burgundian wines of the left bank, from the most Burgundian appellation of the left bank. It therefore also has early charms and shuts down not as hard as other wines (from Pauillac...
by Andy Sc
May 18th, 2020, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Napa Vintage
Replies: 26
Views: 2007

Re: 2014 Napa Vintage

2014 (along 2012) is my favorite vintage to drink these days. The wines have a soft, fine tannin structure and fresh acidity but first and foremost they are not fat, without any shred of overripeness. In terms of which wines: The valley floor, rather hot vineyards are made for such a slighly leaner ...
by Andy Sc
April 29th, 2020, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Valley Cabernet Bubble
Replies: 30
Views: 3610

Re: Napa Valley Cabernet Bubble

For my palate, the problem is not the prices of these post-1997 California wines, but their high-alcohol, heavy-lumber, sweeter-than-sweet, more-forward-than-a-bond-trader style. Otherwise, I would just buy age-settled, high-scored Aussie ooze-monsters, for a relative pittance. I share these though...
by Andy Sc
April 28th, 2020, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Instagram users ... balancing interacting w/ "wine friends" vs social etiquette?
Replies: 13
Views: 793

Re: Instagram users ... balancing interacting w/ "wine friends" vs social etiquette?

Same here, I don't want clients to or even non-wine friends to see what I drink. The solution is two accounts... one for your friends and clients, and another one for the fine wine community where you won't be judged if you pop expensive bottles (to the contrary). That's what I do too. It's not only...
by Andy Sc
April 28th, 2020, 6:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Valley Cabernet Bubble
Replies: 30
Views: 3610

Re: Napa Valley Cabernet Bubble

Of course a recession and downturn is not good for the fine wine industry, but looking at the most affected people in this crisis, it's not the fine wine buyers (they do not work in service jobs, they just had to do home office, capital prices have been volatile but are not down by much). It's not ...
by Andy Sc
April 27th, 2020, 10:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Valley Cabernet Bubble
Replies: 30
Views: 3610

Re: Napa Valley Cabernet Bubble

Of course a recession and downturn is not good for the fine wine industry, but looking at the most affected people in this crisis, it's not the fine wine buyers (they do not work in service jobs, they just had to do home office, capital prices have been volatile but are not down by much). It's not t...
by Andy Sc
April 23rd, 2020, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you reach the wine world everyone discusses?
Replies: 32
Views: 1914

Re: How do you reach the wine world everyone discusses?

Here a few tips from my side (many of them have been mentioned before). 1) Do a lot of research. There are great books, magazines, blogs, forums with a lot of knowledge. Read what the critics write about the new vintages (Vinous, Wine Advocate, Burghound). This gives you a better overview on the mos...
by Andy Sc
April 17th, 2020, 12:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 JL Chave Thoughts?
Replies: 6
Views: 562

Re: 2017 JL Chave Thoughts?

Haven't tried it yet but while it's likely below the quality of 2016/2015, it's seems to be still a magnificent year (red: 96-99 parker, 97-98 suckling, 96-99 dunnuck, 96-97 galloni, 19.5 jancis; white: 98+ parker, 98+ dunnuck, 95-96 suckling, 17.5 jancis)... as the secondary market prices for the r...
by Andy Sc
April 16th, 2020, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?
Replies: 120
Views: 6079

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

I haven't had a lot of 2005 Bordeaux but did have a 2005 VCC which was surprisingly enjoyable despite the fact that I would not recommend anyone who owns a bottle to open one now. Definitely a vintage I remain high on even if it seems to have been somewhat lost in the shuffle of vintages of the cen...
by Andy Sc
April 16th, 2020, 1:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?
Replies: 120
Views: 6079

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

Here some inputs of the nine 2005s I've had in the past two years... 1x perfect (but may have been a bad cork which let too much air in) 3x very approchable but clearly too young 4x not ready, totally muted 1x past its peak, fast pace towards death La Conseillante Drank: Mar 2020 Comment: Far too yo...
by Andy Sc
April 7th, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it me or am I experiencing some of the best wines of my life right here and now?
Replies: 59
Views: 2761

Re: Is it me or am I experiencing some of the best wines of my life right here and now?

No I disagree. The wines today are richer and more intense, but unless you are choosing carefully, alcohol levels have increased and the wines seem more generic than ever before, with less sense of place. For example compare California Cabernets now to those of the seventies There are of course not...
by Andy Sc
March 24th, 2020, 11:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First TN (short/boring/probably inaccurate)
Replies: 23
Views: 1203

Re: My First TN (short/boring/probably inaccurate)

Pretty good note! thx for that. Here's Andrew Jeffords guide on how to write tasting notes: 1: No fruit salad Analogical descriptors are useful – if used in moderation. Limit yourself to half a dozen at most, ideally those with some sensual kinship with one another. 2: Remember the structure A wine’...
by Andy Sc
March 13th, 2020, 2:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7828

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

Same over here in Europe, traffic, hospitality, movies, parks heavily down. Concerts and other larger gatherings all postponed. I've got roughly 10 emails this week from wine retailers/wineries postponing/cancelling larger tasting events. People on high alert. This alertness makes me confident that ...
by Andy Sc
March 12th, 2020, 12:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7828

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

Hotels back here in Europe are 50 to 90% less occupied than a year ago. So impact is heavy. Same will be the case in wine country at some point in the next weeks. Let's just hope that we see a quick normalization into summer (or at least fall).
by Andy Sc
March 10th, 2020, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Cristal Mags--disgorgement video
Replies: 5
Views: 720

Re: 2008 Cristal Mags--disgorgement video

I wonder how much these will be on release? [cry.gif] I've already bought a six pack of these bottles a year ago. I've paid roughly $520 (without taxes). This compares to $246 ex tax global average price you currently find on wine-searcher.com. So quite a fair price. However, compared to the first ...
by Andy Sc
March 6th, 2020, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 256
Views: 21097

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Off topic The premium for a magnum, $3, remains incredibly low. This is quite low true, but beside some low quantity Napa wines, this is fairly standard. Look at Bordeaux: at En Primeur, magnums have usually premiums of just a few dollars (even big names, first growths), it's just in the secondary m...
by Andy Sc
March 3rd, 2020, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 vintage in France. Buyer beware?
Replies: 20
Views: 2123

Re: 2018 vintage in France. Buyer beware?

Bordeaux 2018 is definitely a bold vintage. 2009-like with high complexity and good ripeness. I tasted quite a few barrel samples and while the complexity is off the charts there is some alcohol in one or the other wine. I would be more selective than in 2016, which on average has 1%+ less alcohol. ...
by Andy Sc
February 26th, 2020, 12:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premiere Napa Valley - Previewing 2018 Napa Cabs
Replies: 16
Views: 1964

Re: Premiere Napa Valley - Previewing 2018 Napa Cabs

This was also done for a Shafer lot in tribute to John Shafer. Nice gesture. As an aside, I have wondered about Rudd wines since I used to buy them back in the day. They are so close to SE, with essentially the same exposition, underlying geology, same elevation. They have seemed to be an underachi...
by Andy Sc
February 25th, 2020, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: continuing the discussion on old wines
Replies: 57
Views: 3723

Re: continuing the discussion on old wines

Note : I do not forget that the success of an old wine depends on the way the bottle is opened. The method that I use makes miracles, and it explains also why I have a great ratio of great wines. Thanks for all the valuable insights Francois. Much appreciated. Question: What is that special method ...
by Andy Sc
February 25th, 2020, 4:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: continuing the discussion on old wines
Replies: 57
Views: 3723

Re: continuing the discussion on old wines

Note : I do not forget that the success of an old wine depends on the way the bottle is opened. The method that I use makes miracles, and it explains also why I have a great ratio of great wines. Thanks for all the valuable insights Francois. Much appreciated. Question: What is that special method ...
by Andy Sc
February 25th, 2020, 4:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premiere Napa Valley - Previewing 2018 Napa Cabs
Replies: 16
Views: 1964

Re: Premiere Napa Valley - Previewing 2018 Napa Cabs

Thanks for the input! I heard the Rudd estates lot fetched the highest price? Quite surprising to me or what do I miss here? Yes it did - $120K for 5 case lot. It was a tribute lot to Leslie Rudd. Only one bid placed at $120K and then bidding was closed to a standing ovation. It was quite a moment....
by Andy Sc
February 24th, 2020, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premiere Napa Valley - Previewing 2018 Napa Cabs
Replies: 16
Views: 1964

Re: Premiere Napa Valley - Previewing 2018 Napa Cabs

Thanks for the input!

I heard the Rudd estates lot fetched the highest price? Quite surprising to me or what do I miss here?
by Andy Sc
February 24th, 2020, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SQN Spring 2020 offer
Replies: 59
Views: 5836

Re: SQN Spring 2020 offer

True, true. I guess with complete transparency on availability and pricing (thanks to wine-searcher.com) more and more wineries are pricing their wines to perfection to get most of the value for them, leaving little value to primary buyers. The risky consequence is that as customer you have an ever ...
by Andy Sc
February 20th, 2020, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sine Qua Non delivery to Europe
Replies: 12
Views: 932

Re: Sine Qua Non delivery to Europe

Adam +1. Best (and safest) way probably to go to one of your importers of US wines to Sweden, befriend the importer, have great lunches together, drink some nice bottles and then ask the importer if it would have space in one of the shipping containers for some of your SQN mailing list wines. Withou...
by Andy Sc
February 20th, 2020, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reddit post on collecting wine
Replies: 76
Views: 5845

Re: Reddit post on collecting wine

There are plenty of wines which have been rated (by someone) at 95+ points that I would rather not have in my cellar. [...] True, 100% true. [...] For me, buying what I know I enjoy is much more valuable than considering any given wine’s future market value. Again true. What I tried to say above is...
by Andy Sc
February 19th, 2020, 11:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow allocation
Replies: 119
Views: 11136

Re: Scarecrow allocation

$1050 for a 3 pack/$350 bottle was the 2015 vintage Last year (2016 vintage @ $400/bottle) was $1,200 + $93 tax + $41 CA shipping, totaled $1,334 for 1 delivered 3 pack. Good to hear that.... my importer here in Europe sold it for $475 incl. taxes/shipping (vs the $445 incl. taxes/shipping mailing ...
by Andy Sc
February 19th, 2020, 11:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1971 wine - what to look for?
Replies: 70
Views: 3134

Re: 1971 wine - what to look for?

The best wines according to a vintage search on CT: DRC Romanee-Conti Comte de Vogue Musigny DRC Lat Tache Dom Perignon Oenotheque Penfolds Grange Conterno Monfortino Petrus DRC Richebourg Dom Perignon P3 Climens Trotanoy Yquem DRC Grands-Echezeaux Cantina Mascarello Barolo Dom Perignon Conterno Bar...
by Andy Sc
February 19th, 2020, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reddit post on collecting wine
Replies: 76
Views: 5845

Re: Reddit post on collecting wine

It doesn't start to matter unless you think of wine as an investment. Many of us don't. I don't think of it as investment either but I don't ignore the fact that my taste may change (and it continuously does) which might lead to me not really liking 500, 1000 or more bottles anymore, I really liked...
by Andy Sc
February 19th, 2020, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reddit post on collecting wine
Replies: 76
Views: 5845

Re: Reddit post on collecting wine

3. I bought too many magnums. Oh well. That's why God made weekends. What are too many Magnums? I’ve bought around 200 Magnums in the past decade with the intention of having wines that can (hopefully will) reach higher highs 20/30 years down the road. But reading your statement enforces my ever-gr...
by Andy Sc
February 19th, 2020, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reddit post on collecting wine
Replies: 76
Views: 5845

Re: Reddit post on collecting wine

A lot of people here wrote, that the Reddit post is quite irrelevant for them as they buy wines to drink. I think that this depends on the size of your cellar. When you reach a few thousand bottles (lets say 2.5k) it starts to matter as it's no longer just a few dozen bottles you have to sell below...
by Andy Sc
February 19th, 2020, 5:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SQN Spring 2020 offer
Replies: 59
Views: 5836

Re: SQN Spring 2020 offer

Any reviews on these? Reviews don't matter Nick. They're a thousand points from somebody for sure. Parker loved them but now that he's not reviewing any more, it doesn't matter. Get whatever you can. And then if you don't like them, you can sell them. To say "it doesn't matter anymore" is factually...
by Andy Sc
February 19th, 2020, 5:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reddit post on collecting wine
Replies: 76
Views: 5845

Re: Reddit post on collecting wine

A lot of people here wrote, that the Reddit post is quite irrelevant for them as they buy wines to drink. I think that this depends on the size of your cellar. When you reach a few thousand bottles (lets say 2.5k) it starts to matter as it's no longer just a few dozen bottles you have to sell below ...
by Andy Sc
February 19th, 2020, 4:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow allocation
Replies: 119
Views: 11136

Re: Scarecrow allocation

$1050 for a 3 pack/$350 bottle was the 2015 vintage Last year (2016 vintage @ $400/bottle) was $1,200 + $93 tax + $41 CA shipping, totaled $1,334 for 1 delivered 3 pack. Good to hear that.... my importer here in Europe sold it for $475 incl. taxes/shipping (vs the $445 incl. taxes/shipping mailing ...
by Andy Sc
February 18th, 2020, 12:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged wine - what am I missing?
Replies: 105
Views: 5966

Re: Aged wine - what am I missing?

I don't know but it might be that the aged wines didn't get enough air ... open 5 hours in advance without decant, then decant and serve immediately and slowly ... might help a bit ... This could be my issue - I've tried decanting for about an hour, and not decanting pouring directly into glasses, ...
by Andy Sc
February 18th, 2020, 12:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged wine - what am I missing?
Replies: 105
Views: 5966

Re: Aged wine - what am I missing?

It seems that the majority of responses are saying to "just drink young wine." I completely agree with the view that the best wines are the ones you like, but the point of this post is more to try to understand what it is that people like about aged wines. Do people that enjoy aged wines just not t...
by Andy Sc
February 18th, 2020, 12:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged wine - what am I missing?
Replies: 105
Views: 5966

Re: Aged wine - what am I missing?

Markus S wrote:
February 17th, 2020, 6:25 am
With old wines you'll be missing fruit. Perhaps older wines are not your thing?
Good old wines have plenty of fruit.
by Andy Sc
February 17th, 2020, 2:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reddit post on collecting wine
Replies: 76
Views: 5845

Re: Reddit post on collecting wine

I agree with all the points. I would add too points: 1) check wine-searcher.com to learn more about the availability of a wine (older vintages) and the price difference to the newly offered wines as well as historic price performance. This gives you a better idea about the future price development. ...
by Andy Sc
February 17th, 2020, 1:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Cali Cab
Replies: 189
Views: 15694

Re: Aged Cali Cab

75 Charles Krug at Berns was nice. I had a 1979 Charles Krug Zinfandel at Berns a couple of years ago that cost $29 for the bottle. It was outstanding and nowhere near over the hill. I know it's not a Cab, but it shows the ability for these older wines to stay the course over time. I had a 1978 Rid...
by Andy Sc
February 3rd, 2020, 4:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 6785

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

Otto Forsberg wrote:
February 3rd, 2020, 2:29 am

Forceberry. https://www.cellartracker.com/user.asp? ... ide=153713
btw, nice notes, very informative and detailed. Love it.
by Andy Sc
February 3rd, 2020, 4:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 6785

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

I, on the other hand, prefer to taste the evolution of the wine after it is opened. I have quite a good hunch which wines really require prolonged breathing, but most wines tend to be great with just half an hour or so of breathing. When I arrange tastings, I usually open the wines 30-90 minutes be...
by Andy Sc
February 3rd, 2020, 1:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 6785

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

The good news is that in CT there are about 10 000-ish notes by me that concentrate quite a bit on the 2) and 3). :) I occasionally give a comment on 1) as well, but since +95% of the wines I taste are tasted somewhere else than at my home, I really can't comment how long the wine has been breathin...
by Andy Sc
February 3rd, 2020, 1:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 6785

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

Nope. Never. That doesn't mean I wouldn't consider someone's opinion separately from whether or not they post on CT, but I've never looked it up. And the reason is all the comments above. I just don't know most of the people on there and have no idea if they even know what "closed" is. That's the b...
by Andy Sc
January 31st, 2020, 1:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 6785

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

My opinion on what is important in a CT tasting note - sorted by importance: 1) Decanting advise: how long was the wine decanted, what would be ideal, after how much time in the glass the wine was peaking, open or totally closed without any chance that decanting might help? 2) Context, comparisons, ...
by Andy Sc
January 30th, 2020, 4:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Paulee: did anybody go to the gala dinner?
Replies: 80
Views: 6403

Re: La Paulee: did anybody go to the gala dinner?

I do large tastings for intellectual purposes, to learn more about a wine, region or vintage... truly educational and not without hedonistic pleasure of course. But I stopped doing larger lunches or dinners with too many wines. Hence, no La Paulee for me. It always saddens me to see great wines go i...
by Andy Sc
January 30th, 2020, 4:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR: 2016 Canon, and generally, impressions on the direction of this Chateau?
Replies: 11
Views: 862

Re: TNR: 2016 Canon, and generally, impressions on the direction of this Chateau?

Polished is truly a good word describing Canon 15/16/18 (or Rauzan Segla for that matter). I don't mean that in a negative way contraty to Pat Martin above. The tannins and texture are ultra-fine and the wines show great purity although I agree for the time being and this young the fruit is too domi...
by Andy Sc
January 15th, 2020, 1:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dana Estates 2017 Offering
Replies: 5
Views: 732

Re: Dana Estates 2017 Offering

Re Sauvignon Blanc: I've had the 2015 and 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and they were clearly the best Sauvignon Blancs from Napa Valley I've ever had. It's hard to find these bottles but they are worth the steep price. There are only three of Dana's Sauvignon Blancs on Cellartracker which have been rated by...
by Andy Sc
December 13th, 2019, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Forbes: The “naughty truth” about wine tasting
Replies: 38
Views: 2795

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 p...

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