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by A G Aguirre
September 8th, 2020, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 88
Views: 3197

Wine Investing Platforms

A friend sent me this today: https://www.vinovest.co/ They’ve got some prominent somms / wine people involved as advisors... Anyone have experience with this sort of thing? To me it would cheapen the experience of building a cellar a bit and make it too much about returns, etc. And I’m not sure how ...
by A G Aguirre
September 1st, 2020, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Woodland Hills Wines Annual Sale- Old World day 1
Replies: 54
Views: 3402

Re: Woodland Hills Wines Annual Sale- Old World day 1

Luckily saw email right away. Grabbed some Rougeard Breze Blanc at under 160USD
by A G Aguirre
August 23rd, 2020, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coravin damaging corks
Replies: 12
Views: 701

Re: Coravin damaging corks

I use a Coravin a lot for blind tasting. Afterwards we pull those bottles when we want an example of something. Have had no issues with corks after the initial needling. Perhaps your friend is Coravin-ing older bottles with frailer corks? Or storing the wines in too dry of an environment?
by A G Aguirre
August 21st, 2020, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 304
Views: 26949

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

The stupid-response-density has been especially high on this thread. You can add your completely-lacking-in-contribution post to that number. Still a lot of uncertainty about this will all play out (as others have noted.) Esther’s note in the SF Chronicle this week highlighted an interesting point....
by A G Aguirre
August 4th, 2020, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Increased corkage post-COVID?
Replies: 265
Views: 10275

Re: Increased corkage post-COVID?

I know I'm just the young(ish) guy who mostly GIF comments, but I'm very much... unamused that a thread about Corkage can become filled with name-calling and shame-spiraling in under 30 posts. Andrew, or anybody who asks a reasonable question, deserves to have either a reasonable reply in return or...
by A G Aguirre
August 2nd, 2020, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Real Tribidrag??
Replies: 27
Views: 1472

Re: Wow...

After reading this thread I was curious to try the wine. We stopped at Compline in Napa after tasting at Sinskey today (fantastic, by the way,) and they had the 2017 on the list! Fantastic wine to have with their burger. What took us back about this wine was how prominent the acid was. A mix of tar...
by A G Aguirre
August 2nd, 2020, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3864
Views: 392401

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Yep, totally understanding of cork issues in my experience.
by A G Aguirre
August 1st, 2020, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Real Tribidrag??
Replies: 27
Views: 1472

Re: First Real Tribidrag??

After reading this thread I was curious to try the wine. We stopped at Compline in Napa after tasting at Sinskey today (fantastic, by the way,) and they had the 2017 on the list! Fantastic wine to have with their burger. What took us back about this wine was how prominent the acid was. A mix of tart...
by A G Aguirre
July 30th, 2020, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Training palate - suggestions?
Replies: 4
Views: 2183

Re: Training palate - suggestions?

I drink mostly reds - I'm sure I'll get into whites at some point - but within the realm of reds, I can just about always differentiate flavors of red fruits, black fruits, earthiness, funk/barnyard and technical aspects like tannins, acidity (maybe not the difference between "medium plus" and "hig...
by A G Aguirre
July 29th, 2020, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bone-dry meaning is completely lost. Major rant. Riesling. Again.
Replies: 112
Views: 5157

Re: Bone-dry meaning is completely lost. Major rant. Riesling. Again.

There’s RS in a lot of “dry” wine, whites and reds. It’s just often at imperceptible levels. I think this fetishization of 0.0 is interesting. It’s akin to the conversation about dosage in champagne. In my view, as I’m sure is the case with many others on this board, it’s all about balance. Within a...
by A G Aguirre
July 28th, 2020, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mummy wines on K&L auction site
Replies: 19
Views: 1466

Re: Mummy wines on K&L auction site

I tend to agree there should be written disclosure of color for white wines. I agree that in the case of the 82 Chablis above it’s obvious one of them is different but sometimes with single bottles, a bad picture or the type of glass can obfuscate color. In those cases, the retailer/auctioneer could...
by A G Aguirre
July 25th, 2020, 11:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is this a wine?
Replies: 53
Views: 2156

Re: Is this a wine?

Maybe we have two categories of wine drinkers. 1/wine snobs...us...we want 'normal;' wine from vineyards better than the average vineyard 2/people who drink to party, to have fun, get buzzed...maybe this direction includes txakolina, pet nat, piquette, Sangria etc and ends God Knows where...white P...
by A G Aguirre
July 25th, 2020, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is this a wine?
Replies: 53
Views: 2156

Re: Is this a wine?

Update: decided to pop the last bottle of this we have. When else is the NYT gonna profile an obscure 200 case pet nat?Bought a year ago (2018 vintage) and it’s been sitting upright in our regular fridge since then. Popped the crown cap and the bubbles didn’t stop overflowing for 2 minutes (we let i...
by A G Aguirre
July 24th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Gonon in the bargain bin at K&L
Replies: 14
Views: 1597

Re: PSA: Gonon in the bargain bin at K&L

What madness. I was late to Gonon so I only have 2017s...but I managed to snag one of the better deals I’ve gotten in recent memory. $72 a pop...
by A G Aguirre
July 24th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is this a wine?
Replies: 53
Views: 2156

Re: Is this a wine?

I have had a few vintages and bottles of this in the last few years. It’s an experience. The first time I had it was at Lolo in SF. The waitress had clearly never opened this before because it was a mess. The bubbles just kept overflowing in the ice bucket. Needs to be ICE cold and the crown cap ope...
by A G Aguirre
July 24th, 2020, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3864
Views: 392401

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

The language on this new Champagne offer is extra bold... at $19 it’s worth a shot
by A G Aguirre
July 23rd, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about this older SQN
Replies: 4
Views: 511

Question about this older SQN

Saw this 1995 SQN “Red-Handed” GSM blend for around $2.3K on K&L. Curious as to why it trades in the stratosphere. Seems like 180 case production so not exceedingly rare. The label is pretty cool though. https://www.klwines.com/p/i?i=1269701&searchId=37f878a2-64dc-4619-86b1-9555602eebf1&searchServic...
by A G Aguirre
July 16th, 2020, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1972 Xavier Vignon
Replies: 26
Views: 1785

Re: 1972 Xavier Vignon

Wow that would be fascinating to sample.
by A G Aguirre
June 24th, 2020, 11:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas pushback
Replies: 68
Views: 5552

Re: Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas pushback

KyleC wrote:
June 24th, 2020, 10:41 pm
Nate Ready is the latest MS to resign from the Court:
That’s a great letter.
by A G Aguirre
June 22nd, 2020, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Domaine Leroy Nuits St. Georges Au Bas de Combe
Replies: 7
Views: 411

Re: TN: 1995 Domaine Leroy Nuits St. Georges Au Bas de Combe

Nice note and cool wine! Question for you: the bottle specifically mentioned not to filter / decant for sediment?
by A G Aguirre
June 22nd, 2020, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas pushback
Replies: 68
Views: 5552

Re: Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas pushback

Oh damn. Brian McClintic just resigned from the Court of Master Sommeliers, too. https://medium.com/@brianmcclintic/court-of-master-sommeliers-resignation-letter-94ffad1acc0a Just read through. Brian is definitely one of the MS that I gravitated towards in the early days of my wine journey. To see ...
by A G Aguirre
June 20th, 2020, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas pushback
Replies: 68
Views: 5552

Re: Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas pushback

I read this earlier in the week and tried to understand the seeming amalgam of the two issues that vex Mr. Betts: the invalidated exam and lack of diversity on the court. Can anyone knowledgeable tell me if the issues are related? My interpretation was that, in his view, both of those issues highli...
by A G Aguirre
June 20th, 2020, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Covid Era: Overnight shipping
Replies: 14
Views: 789

Re: Covid Era: Overnight shipping

Overnight shipping has been consistent here in California and have also shipped stuff overnight without issue to New Mexico. It is taking a bit longer for places like K&L to put the order together but once it ships, timing has been true.
by A G Aguirre
June 20th, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhône white wines
Replies: 36
Views: 1268

Re: Rhône white wines

I don’t see much written about Rhône white wines. I’ve had a few I really liked, and would like to start collecting. Any recommendations? Also, how well do these age? There’s a portion of Levi Dalton’s interview with Jean-Louis Chave during which JL talks about the Hermitage Blanc and what makes it...
by A G Aguirre
June 20th, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction
Replies: 40
Views: 3760

Re: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction

perusing the collection, there are a lot of off years and low fills (even for age) with the Burgundies. Anyone know the reality of his supposedly perfect storage conditions? Noticed that as well. As someone above noted, much of the cellar had been sold previously? Perhaps these are just the leftove...
by A G Aguirre
June 20th, 2020, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8830
Views: 1323724

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Looks like they made their cellar private. I knew that was going to happen if it was real so I downloaded it to pdf. It's actually a tragic story. Eric pinged me. That is a legit cellar and that person was a victim of Rudy. There are more than 1,200 bottles. I hope this wasn’t how they found out at...
by A G Aguirre
June 19th, 2020, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction
Replies: 40
Views: 3760

Re: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction

The Christie’s catalogue and the 1974 Ichinose cellarbook are both worth a browse. What cool history.
by A G Aguirre
June 17th, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 20287

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Andy, don’t hold back. Say what you really think. Send it as a PM if you like. Just say it. "ALL lives matter." This will be my last post on this topic, then back wine. I am definitely no racist. The lives of black persons do matter. I am heartsick about the plight of many black Americans. However,...
by A G Aguirre
June 10th, 2020, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite lower alcohol wines
Replies: 33
Views: 921

Re: Favorite lower alcohol wines

German Riesling of course.

Hunter Valley Semillon too
by A G Aguirre
June 5th, 2020, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP LDF - super secret additional raffle run - we hit our max goal of $60,000!!
Replies: 327
Views: 15094

Re: CHARITY RAFFLE NAACP LDF - Check first post for live draw information - (DONATION CAP $60,000 REACHED!!)

This was a fantastic idea and effort! I also dig the model. I would love to be a donor for something like this in the future realizing that we can both raise money for a great cause and know that our wines will go to good homes.
by A G Aguirre
June 5th, 2020, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old Burgundy Wine Company Catalog
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Re: Old Burgundy Wine Company Catalog

Mark Mason wrote:
June 5th, 2020, 12:59 pm
John, great post! I have an old copy of the Bern's wine list book from the early 80's and the prices just amaze me. It's also about 1,400 pages and 5 inches thick.
Wow that would be amazing to flip through! Collectible for sure
by A G Aguirre
June 5th, 2020, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Millésimé Blanc de Noirs Les Ursules
Replies: 2
Views: 247

Re: TN: 2015 Roses de Jeanne / Cédric Bouchard Champagne Millésimé Blanc de Noirs Les Ursules

Opened this about 6 weeks ago, was my first Bouchard. Agree with your note. What I remember was a delicacy yet with a concentration and persistence that I don’t often find in Champagne. Delicious. Re-upped for another 4 right then and there.
by A G Aguirre
May 31st, 2020, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Matthiasson White Wine (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 3
Views: 367

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: 16
Views: 718

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: 138
Views: 12140

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: 573

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: 138
Views: 12140

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: 36
Views: 2382

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: 1468

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: 789

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: 442

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: 6382

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: 6382

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: 6382

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: 6382

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: 194

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: 502

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: 652

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: 1344

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 ...

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