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by A G Aguirre
May 31st, 2020, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Matthiasson White Wine (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 2
Views: 174

Re: TN: 2018 Matthiasson White Wine (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Great note - love this wine. Was at a seminar earlier this year with Steve and he poured a couple vintages of the white (one older one younger). Was blown away by the older one. He has succeeded in creating an archetype for the “ideal” white wine from four interesting varietals and all in Napa no le...
by A G Aguirre
May 22nd, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cruse Tradition Sparkling Dosage Trials
Replies: 12
Views: 388

Re: Cruse Tradition Sparkling Dosage Trials

Going in blind having never sampled a Cruse sparkling wine. Great idea!
by A G Aguirre
May 17th, 2020, 10:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Pricing at Auction - MENTAL
Replies: 114
Views: 9506

Re: Wine Pricing at Auction - MENTAL

Craig G wrote:
May 17th, 2020, 10:22 pm
A G Aguirre wrote:
May 16th, 2020, 3:09 pm
2x 03 Chave Hermitage closed at $1470 (with BP) on KL today... that’s nearly +50% from just 5-6 months ago.
Cough syrup is in higher demand these days.
[snort.gif]
by A G Aguirre
May 17th, 2020, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to pair with panna cotta and fresh strawberries?
Replies: 19
Views: 535

Re: What to pair with panna cotta and fresh strawberries?

Yes I think a light sparkling with some sweetness like Moscato d’ Asti would be good. A drier sparkling wouldn’t quite work imo
by A G Aguirre
May 16th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Pricing at Auction - MENTAL
Replies: 114
Views: 9506

Re: Wine Pricing at Auction - MENTAL

2x 03 Chave Hermitage closed at $1470 (with BP) on KL today... that’s nearly +50% from just 5-6 months ago.
by A G Aguirre
May 15th, 2020, 11:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Keller "von der Fels" - first impressions
Replies: 16
Views: 833

Re: TN: 2019 Keller "von der Fels" - first impressions

Hal Blumberg wrote:
May 15th, 2020, 9:10 pm
I was wondering about recommendation for aging. I have one bottles of 2009 and several from 2012 and 2013. Thanks for your advice!

Cheers,

Hal
Others will have more experience but I opened a 2007 last month that was stellar. Still with a little freshness but starting to develop its breadth.
by A G Aguirre
May 13th, 2020, 11:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: You're Copain...You Probably Think This Song is About You...
Replies: 25
Views: 1364

Re: TN: You're Copain...You Probably Think This Song is About You...

Yeah this is interesting. A year or so ago we popped a 2007 Kiser En Haut Pinot side by side a 2007 Littorai The Haven... The Copain was the weaker of the two. It just felt... one-demensional? Littorai and Rhys of that age have generally been delicious but with an added edge and complexity. Based on...
by A G Aguirre
May 10th, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Failla blowout
Replies: 3
Views: 760

Re: Failla blowout

Is this a members thing?
by A G Aguirre
May 10th, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Cornelissen Munjebel 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 419

Re: TN: Cornelissen Munjebel 2018

Anyone have perspective on how these are evolving with bottle age now that Frank’s changed the regime? I’m doing a little experimenting myself but starting with the 18s...
by A G Aguirre
May 10th, 2020, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.
Replies: 92
Views: 6029

Re: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.

Interesting article, and yes it doesn’t exactly paint Beckstoffer in the most flattering light. However, I think most non Berserkers will read this as fairly positive. It’s a classic American story of entrepreneurial success - a guy who through smarts, brand-building, and decades of work built a re...
by A G Aguirre
May 9th, 2020, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.
Replies: 92
Views: 6029

Re: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.

The article notes the heavy uses of fertilizer on the lands he owns. It’s not at all clear to me how interested he is in sustainability - what’s clear is he’s interested in his business model. Yes to me this was the central hypocrisy of his position. You can’t say you want land protected in perpetu...
by A G Aguirre
May 9th, 2020, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.
Replies: 92
Views: 6029

Re: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.

I am a millennial who has no issue paying up for the good stuff. I have told all my millennial friends who have no issue paying up for the good stuff that Napa represents one of the worst wine values on the planet, no thanks to soulless businessmen like Andy. The fertilizer thing makes me barf. Als...
by A G Aguirre
May 9th, 2020, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.
Replies: 92
Views: 6029

Re: Beckstoffer, and the problematic transformation of California wine.

I saw it as more good than bad. I'd prefer Napa to remain farms than be developed and appreciate the AVA's and protecting historic vineyards. Seems too big to be sustainably managed, and as such has too much of a focus on yields and chemical farming. I'm a “millennium” and my cellar make-up is very...
by A G Aguirre
May 7th, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Solminer - Riesling Dry Coquelicot Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County)
Replies: 4
Views: 187

Re: TN: 2017 Solminer - Riesling Dry Coquelicot Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County)

I went through a California Riesling phase and it’s really hit or miss out there compared to the old world (Germany, Austria, Alsace). Seems like they ferment all the sugar off which is an interesting move... only other truly 0.0 Riesling I’ve seen in CA is from Scribe and that was absolutely rippin...
by A G Aguirre
May 7th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Henri Boillot 'Puligny Montrachet 1er Les Pucelles'. TNs
Replies: 10
Views: 482

Re: 2012 Henri Boillot 'Puligny Montrachet 1er Les Pucelles'. TNs

Jeez. Has the producer made any efforts around this issue? Or are new releases basically as vulnerable as stuff from 5-10 years ago?
by A G Aguirre
May 7th, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Jean Folliard Morgon Cote du Py
Replies: 13
Views: 606

Re: TN: 2015 Jean Folliard Morgon Cote du Py

David_K wrote:
May 7th, 2020, 6:17 am
Anyone tried the '18 yet?
William Kelley had a great video in which he tasted through a few ‘18s from Beaujolais including Foillard Cote du Py:

https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-UCb3zJFk ... _copy_link

Upshot: somewhere between the ‘16 and ‘17
by A G Aguirre
May 7th, 2020, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2nd Update with new TNs/ In search of wines from Burt Williams` proteges/ SVDs
Replies: 25
Views: 1266

Re: In search of wines from Burt Williams` proteges

This looks like a fun and educational exercise! I think particularly in California there’s a great opportunity to trace the lineage of a winemaker and see their influence over the decades, across different terroirs, etc. Only producer I’m familiar with is Cobb. Haven’t had anything with significant ...
by A G Aguirre
May 6th, 2020, 11:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking in Place
Replies: 10
Views: 745

Re: Drinking in Place

Great, diverse notes. Rare to see NZ Sauv Blanc with age. Was that on purpose or a happy accident?
by A G Aguirre
May 6th, 2020, 11:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Jean Folliard Morgon Cote du Py
Replies: 13
Views: 606

Re: TN: 2015 Jean Folliard Morgon Cote du Py

+1 that’s an annual buy
by A G Aguirre
May 6th, 2020, 10:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 124
Views: 5116

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

To actually add to the discussion here, I haven’t seen Bethel Heights mentioned. Those are excellent Chardonnay that have the legs to go a decade at least (haven’t had anything older).
by A G Aguirre
May 6th, 2020, 10:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 124
Views: 5116

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

do you think that price-wise (chard will fetch more for sure, but one can make a whole lot of PG that can turn a quick $ and bring in cash flow) or from a pure tonnage POV? Planted acres. Pinot Gris can be cropped higher, so tonnage would be an educated guess. Also, quality is not an issue because ...
by A G Aguirre
May 6th, 2020, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Keller on auction at K&L
Replies: 2
Views: 800

Re: Keller on auction at K&L

Looks like the change has been made - auction was closed and presumably will be reopened with the new info.

https://m.klwines.com/Auction/BidDetail/1476182
by A G Aguirre
May 6th, 2020, 12:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Keller on auction at K&L
Replies: 2
Views: 800

Keller on auction at K&L

See this listing: https://m.klwines.com/Auction/BidDetail/1476182 Am I tripping or is either the photo or listing title wrong? The label looks like the GG label... The TBAs I thought were white labels and wouldn’t be, frankly, this cheap in 750? Would be surprised if it’s an error so please set me s...
by A G Aguirre
May 3rd, 2020, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a red wine with almost no tannins, buyable in Florida or shippable to Florida
Replies: 42
Views: 1333

Re: Need a red wine with almost no tannins, buyable in Florida or shippable to Florida

Allergic to tannins...I've heard that before, and done some reading. The only "information" I can find online seems to be based on the assumption that one can be allergic to tannins, without any facts to confirm that idea. There are usually phrases like this (a quote from one of the official-lookin...
by A G Aguirre
May 1st, 2020, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How does Riesling Kabinett change with age?
Replies: 56
Views: 2068

Re: How does Riesling Kabinett change with age?

I asked a similar question a couple weeks ago (thanks, David). Inspired, I ordered a couple random ‘98 Kabinett to try for myself. Tonight we opened the Mathern Niederhauser Felsensteyer... outstanding. Not familiar with the house, but it’s a Skurnik import. First smell and taste were dull, kind of ...
by A G Aguirre
April 29th, 2020, 11:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mystery White Wine
Replies: 16
Views: 531

Re: Mystery White Wine

Interesting. Based on the bitterness, bit of residual sugar I would think Pinot Gris. The herbal character is interesting and the lack of obvious fruit would take me to the old world. Pinot Grigio from Italy probably wouldn’t have RS, so I say Pinot Gris Alsace. Would be curious about the acidity. I...
by A G Aguirre
April 29th, 2020, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Evolving note on mystery wine...Revealed
Replies: 29
Views: 912

Re: TN: Evolving note on mystery wine

Where’s the color on this?
by A G Aguirre
April 29th, 2020, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA - Copain Mag Blowout at K&L
Replies: 4
Views: 736

Re: PSA - Copain Mag Blowout at K&L

Yeah wow. And in huge quantities.

Picked up some Syrah and one of the pinots as I’m not familiar with their wines.
by A G Aguirre
April 28th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When is a Wine Worth Too Much to Drink?
Replies: 90
Views: 4008

Re: When is a Wine Worth Too Much to Drink?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
April 28th, 2020, 12:54 pm
When drinking it fails to give pleasure because you keep thinking about $$$.

I am almost there with Roumier, and a few other things.
I like this answer best.
by A G Aguirre
April 28th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing Advice - Polenta Pasticciata?
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Re: Pairing Advice - Polenta Pasticciata?

Undoubtedly there will be many, many opinions about this. That said I think this dish can handle a slightly bigger wine. Lots of fat in this dish and lots of intense flavor. I like the idea of staying within Italy. While young Barolo, Barbaresco, Chianti or Brunello might be too far on that spectrum...
by A G Aguirre
April 28th, 2020, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Insurance
Replies: 15
Views: 941

Re: Cellar Insurance

Hi Sam, I recently went through the surprisingly arduous process of insuring my collection. As I don’t own a home I was essentially forced to pursue standalone wine insurance, which from what I’ve gathered is generally more expensive than an add on or rider to homeowners. That said, I’m fine paying ...
by A G Aguirre
April 27th, 2020, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs from potentially over the hill wines discovered during quarantine inventory
Replies: 46
Views: 2422

Re: TNs from potentially over the hill wines discovered during quarantine inventory

2002 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series - USA, Washington (4/11/2020) This is absolutely killer (thanks, Marco!). Sweet cherry, tobacco, with a strong herbal note weaving through. Slight tannic tickle on the finish. Maybe a year or two past peak, but still outstanding. (93 pts.) Poste...
by A G Aguirre
April 27th, 2020, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 555
Views: 36519

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

First Goodfellow wine a few days ago: 2015 Whistling Ridge Pinot from a 375ml. What a great wine. I often find Oregon Pinot somewhat one dimensional. This surprised me with its complex blend of woodsy, red fruit aromas and bold yet refreshing structure. Not thin and not a bruiser. Enjoyed with some ...
by A G Aguirre
April 26th, 2020, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with tacos al pastor?
Replies: 45
Views: 1562

Re: Pairing with tacos al pastor?

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
April 26th, 2020, 5:01 pm
Anyone ever try Carignane with this pairing? I haven't, just curious.
I like this idea!
by A G Aguirre
April 26th, 2020, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with tacos al pastor?
Replies: 45
Views: 1562

Re: Pairing with tacos al pastor?

I like the idea of bright fresh reds or Rieslings with a little rs for pastor. I would say, though, that spice and spice can sometimes work well. One of my all time favorite pairings is chicken mole with a leaner style Zin (we had Day). The earthiness, spice and sweetness of the dish was a perfect c...
by A G Aguirre
April 25th, 2020, 12:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Joh. Jos. Christoffel - Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese ** (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)
Replies: 16
Views: 432

Re: TN: 2002 Joh. Jos. Christoffel - Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese ** (Germany, Mosel Saar Ruwer)

Opened a ** 2001 UW and thought it was fabulous. One of the best Rieslings I’ve had this year. Better than a 2001 JJ WS Auslese we opened too. Acid was all there. Obviously just one bottle (and a different vintage) but it certainly made an impression on me. Like David also surprised at the perceptio...
by A G Aguirre
April 25th, 2020, 12:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Am I Buying Wine?
Replies: 42
Views: 2507

Re: Why Am I Buying Wine?

I think we’re all buying wines because we are holed up with an iPad in our face and we want some comfort and gratification. I noticed auctions were soft early in the shelter in place, but then it went bonkers. People paying stupid money, so I bailed for now. As far as drinking, what better time to ...
by A G Aguirre
April 25th, 2020, 12:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1219
Views: 83350

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Tarlant Cuvée Louis dis. Dec. 2017

For so much time on the lees it’s always surprising fresh and zippy. Not as good as the first time I had it (from magnum), but definitely curious to check in down the line.
by A G Aguirre
April 24th, 2020, 1:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Let's see if all of the hype is worth it." Your stories...
Replies: 145
Views: 7427

Re: "Let's see if all of the hype is worth it." Your stories...

Cool list, Ryan. For me, Mouton has made two of the greatest wines that I’ve ever had, the 1982 and the 1986. Every penny worth the price and worth the hype. Hearing MarkG speak so big about the 2016 has me thinking, even though at 54, this should be a pass. Lafite is extraordinary, but I have to a...
by A G Aguirre
April 23rd, 2020, 12:48 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Non-virtual post-shutdown gathering: Older Ridge, SF Bay Area, Sept-Oct 2020
Replies: 42
Views: 1828

Re: Non-virtual post-shutdown gathering: Older Ridge, SF Bay Area, Sept-Oct 2020

Picked up something interesting recently that would be perfect for this. Will be there along with a plus one (will have another interesting wine by then!)
by A G Aguirre
April 21st, 2020, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese
Replies: 92
Views: 2128

Re: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese

I prefer Kabinett and Spatlese with age vs. Auslese. Had a 1961 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Kabinett with Ernie Loosen in his front yard in Bernkastel one day on a multi-day trip to Germany....still one of the best wines I have ever had to this day and made me cellar more Kabinett and Spatlese vs...
by A G Aguirre
April 20th, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HDH Burgundy Auction
Replies: 57
Views: 3530

Re: HDH Burgundy Auction

The auction summary email was...disheartening.
by A G Aguirre
April 19th, 2020, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese
Replies: 92
Views: 2128

Re: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese

I am a buyer of 2001 and older Kabinetts! I am a drinker of 2001 and older kabinetts. Quick question: how do Kabinett wines evolve vs the higher pradikats? I would think that the more of that sweetness “buffer” you have to shed over the decades the better? Curious about taste and flavor as these Ka...
by A G Aguirre
April 18th, 2020, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune
Replies: 6
Views: 284

Re: TN: 2000 Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune

Love it. Cheers, Alan!

How does it compare to any other vintages you’ve had recently?
by A G Aguirre
April 18th, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?
Replies: 116
Views: 3452

Re: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?

Echo sentiments here so far - I’m fine without. Beyond aesthetics, I’m not sure a capsule adds anything. Also seems like a lot of winemakers keep bottles in cellar sans capsules and the wines are just fine.
by A G Aguirre
April 11th, 2020, 12:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Judgment of Quarantine
Replies: 20
Views: 1619

Re: The Judgment of Quarantine

Great idea! A few months ago we did something quite similar: 2013 Rhys Horseshoe Chardonnay vs 2013 Henri Boillot Puligny Montrachet Perrieres. We felt the exact same - neither was truly “better” they were just slightly different. Rare for me to really enjoy a California Chardonnay. Would love to co...
by A G Aguirre
April 4th, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB-Mid Level Weingut Keller Riesling GG's
Replies: 28
Views: 1582

Re: WTB-Mid Level Weingut Keller Riesling GG's

Update-I am still in the market looking to buy more. Thank you to those that responded I was able to pick up : 3x Weingut Keller Kirchspiel GG 2014 2x Weingut Keller Hubacker GG 2011 1x Weingut Keller ABTS E GG 2017 Good pricing got me the ABTS E @ $200 US. The Kirchspiel and Hubacker I was able to...
by A G Aguirre
April 2nd, 2020, 1:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA K&L Wines Website is down
Replies: 27
Views: 2728

Re: PSA K&L Wines Website is down

They are way behind right now. Sent an inquiry about a local delivery order and got a generic response three days later. Also I won an auction during the outage (had forgotten about my bid) and I received all the reminders to pay the day payment was due! Kinda crazy...
by A G Aguirre
March 28th, 2020, 1:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Uncorked on Netflix
Replies: 62
Views: 6445

Re: Uncorked on Netflix

Decent film as far as wine goes. Otherwise I felt like it was quite touching. Did bother me a bit that the conclusion of a blind tasting was always down to the specific producer and site... a little too unrealistic in that regard

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