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by Eric Ifune
February 16th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 89 Haut-Brion - TN & Bucket List Question for the Board
Replies: 22
Views: 984

Re: 89 Haut-Brion - TN & Bucket List Question for the Board

1931 Quinta do Noval, both the regular and the Nacional.
1963 Nacional.
1715 JCA Terrantez Madeira.
1720 Borges Pather.
1959 JJ Prum TBA.
by Eric Ifune
February 11th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Cost to Grape to Expression" Ratio
Replies: 19
Views: 661

Re: "Cost to Grape to Expression" Ratio

Anything requiring aging in cask is going to increase costs. Money flow and the like.
by Eric Ifune
February 7th, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 20 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Ports from 1890-2016 at Hotel Bel Air's Puck Restaurant
Replies: 17
Views: 465

Re: 20 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Ports from 1890-2016 at Hotel Bel Air's Puck Restaurant

Any idea when the 1934 Colheita was bottled?
Great tasting. I keep telling myself I need to invest in a Tux.
by Eric Ifune
February 5th, 2019, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP board member Lou Kessler
Replies: 24
Views: 2168

Re: RIP board member Lou Kessler

RIP Lou. I'll open a Heitz for him. I know it was one of his and Betty Lou's favorites.
by Eric Ifune
February 4th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR: 2011 or 2012 the better Clos Ste. Hune?
Replies: 10
Views: 584

Re: TNR: 2011 or 2012 the better Clos Ste. Hune?

For drinking now, or in 20 or 30 years? champagne.gif
by Eric Ifune
February 1st, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever had a 'bretty' sparkling wine?
Replies: 12
Views: 367

Re: Ever had a 'bretty' sparkling wine?

In a 1996 Brundlmayer Sekt.
by Eric Ifune
January 30th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "New World" and "Old World": What do they mean to you?
Replies: 51
Views: 1347

Re: "New World" and "Old World": What do they mean to you?

[stirthepothal.gif] They were making wine commercially in South Africa before Bordeaux.
by Eric Ifune
January 29th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lisbon?
Replies: 33
Views: 1786

Re: Lisbon?

If interested in Moscatel de Setubal, go to By the Wine, the wine bar run by Jose Maria da Fonseca in the Chiado district. Can get their entire lineup by the glass. Also the myriad table wines by JM Fonseca, many of which are excellent. I had an afternoon by myself and was indulging in a vertical of...
by Eric Ifune
January 28th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me understand Huet
Replies: 26
Views: 1137

Re: Please help me understand Huet

Brad, ah yes, the Cuvee Zenith.
by Eric Ifune
January 28th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to drink under $50?
Replies: 34
Views: 1411

Re: What to drink under $50?

Portugal, not so much the Douro, but the Alentejo, Bairrada, Tejo, Lisboa, Dao, Vinho Verde.
by Eric Ifune
January 28th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais
Replies: 8
Views: 305

Re: TN: 2015 Georges Deboef Beaujolais

Found for $6.99. Translucent ruby. Aromas of crushed red fruits. Light-medium bodied, a slightly ‘dusty’ element, a shot of bright and crisp acidity, but just a tad short of being a ‘medium finish’. It steers away from ‘tasting cheap’, but it’s certainly not serious...Just a gulpable, bistro additi...
by Eric Ifune
January 27th, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me understand Huet
Replies: 26
Views: 1137

Re: Please help me understand Huet

Well I'm pretty sure the 400 g/l is a typo. That's approaching essencia level, and I've never seen that at Huet (or in Loire).
If I remember correctly, the 1997 Rene Renou Cuvee Anne was over 600 gm/liter residual sugar. I've had California late harvest Rieslings over 500.
by Eric Ifune
January 25th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10196
Views: 451532

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Alan Weinberg wrote
is that like a bathtub full? 5 to 16 gallons per google. How big was the bullet?
Between 4 and 5 gallons, there was some ullage.
by Eric Ifune
January 25th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zinfandel drinking window
Replies: 43
Views: 1736

Re: Zinfandel drinking window

Not the late harvest Ridges. Just the regular bottlings. Those late harvest ones could get up over 18%! Some of the wines at 15.5 to 16% tasted almost Burgundian. Quite the eye opener.
by Eric Ifune
January 25th, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premox'd White Burgs Turn Great? (per Jasper Morris)
Replies: 105
Views: 3423

Re: Premox'd White Burgs Turn Great? (per Jasper Morris)

So, if the problem is improved with oxidation, then the flaw is some sort of reduction?
by Eric Ifune
January 24th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Crowdsource Question: Disrupting the Three Tier Model?
Replies: 5
Views: 555

Re: Crowdsource Question: Disrupting the Three Tier Model?

I've a friend who's a small importer. Concentrate on small unknown (at least in the US) estates outside the big areas, e.g. France, Italy. They managed to get accounts with some quite well known and iconic producers (at least in their home countries). They also had to do lots and lots of legwork, ge...
by Eric Ifune
January 24th, 2019, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10196
Views: 451532

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

I bit the bullet and got a demijohn of 19th century Madeira from the Liberty Hall cellar.
by Eric Ifune
January 23rd, 2019, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zinfandel drinking window
Replies: 43
Views: 1736

Re: Zinfandel drinking window

One key factor for zins, I think, is the alcohol level. If that's very high, it tends to become more conspicuous with age. Disagree. I've been to Ridge verticals where the alcohol content ranged from 12.5 to 16.5. These were 20-30+ years of age. Alcohol content had no bearing on the quality. Some 1...
by Eric Ifune
January 23rd, 2019, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk about Sherry
Replies: 23
Views: 713

Re: Let's talk about Sherry

Vintaged Valdespino?
by Eric Ifune
January 22nd, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: X in Soil = X in Grapes, Yes or No?
Replies: 26
Views: 854

Re: X in Soil = X in Grapes, Yes or No?

You do not taste shale in wine grown on shale. You taste the compounds the vine has synthesized when it is grown on shale. Why is this so difficult to understand?
by Eric Ifune
January 17th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to do with an antiquated wine book collection?
Replies: 14
Views: 736

Re: What to do with an antiquated wine book collection?

I'd pay good money for an original of Saintsbury's "Notes on a Cellarbook."
by Eric Ifune
January 16th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Texas BBQ Spring Break
Replies: 18
Views: 570

Re: Texas BBQ Spring Break

Lockhart, outside Austin is one of the centers of Texas BBQ. Kreuz and Smittys are there.
by Eric Ifune
January 15th, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week in Madeira
Replies: 3
Views: 250

Re: Week in Madeira

Nice write up. For me, a highlight is always visiting the Faja dos Padres, the most famous vineyard on Madeira.
by Eric Ifune
January 11th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Party wines in Antwerp ( Clos St Hune Hors Choix and a 1934 Chambertin stole the show )
Replies: 14
Views: 592

Re: Party wines in Antwerp ( Clos St Hune Hors Choix and a 1934 Chambertin stole the show )

I still have a bottle of the Hors Choix and 6 of the regular VT. Bought them at the Domaine from Jean Trimbach.
by Eric Ifune
January 10th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Party wines in Antwerp ( Clos St Hune Hors Choix and a 1934 Chambertin stole the show )
Replies: 14
Views: 592

Re: Party wines in Antwerp ( Clos St Hune Hors Choix and a 1934 Chambertin stole the show )

1989 was an unusual year in Alsace. Pierre Trimbach went on holiday and upon returning, to his horror, found that botrytis had raced through the Clos Ste. Hune. Everything was picked at once. There is no regular Clos Ste. Hune that year, only VT. The Hors Choix is a selection of wines bottled separa...
by Eric Ifune
January 8th, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Australia in March
Replies: 8
Views: 243

Re: Australia in March

Australia is a big place! As big as the continental US. Make sure you leave enough time for travel.
by Eric Ifune
January 7th, 2019, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Port
Replies: 18
Views: 872

Re: 2016 Port

Of course the Stone Terraces is $200/bottle.
Not outrageous considering the quality. A step up from Taylors and Dows. It's a selection from the oldest terraced vines from Quinta dos Malvedos. I've a friend buying Tappit Hens of this.
by Eric Ifune
January 6th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Port
Replies: 18
Views: 872

Re: 2016 Port

I've tasted a few of the 2016. Graham's Stone Terraces was my favorite followed by Dow and Taylors. Regular Grahams was a hair behind along with Fonseca. Churchills is a bargain as is Alves de Sousa. Was disappointed in Kopke, Barros, Burmester.
by Eric Ifune
January 5th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux’s Equivalent to Old School Napa Cab?
Replies: 35
Views: 1931

Re: Bordeaux’s Equivalent to Old School Napa Cab?

For me, no Bordeaux quite matches old California Cabernets. California has always produced riper fruit. Old Chateauneuf is closest in style despite the difference in grape varieties.
by Eric Ifune
January 2nd, 2019, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year
Replies: 189
Views: 6283

Re: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year

Quinta do Mourao San Leonardo 90 year old white Port. A forced to sit down and contemplate the aromas kind of wine.
by Eric Ifune
December 28th, 2018, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Aging Bourgogne
Replies: 21
Views: 1047

Re: Poll: Aging Bourgogne

Need a longer period category. I said 10+, but in reality it's more like 15 or 20+
by Eric Ifune
December 27th, 2018, 10:31 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats
Replies: 41
Views: 1609

Re: Invasion of cruise ships and riverboats

Once spent 10 days on a leased sailboat with 11 other people. Sailed around several Greek Islands. We had a captain and so didn't know how to sail very much, only when and how to pull a rope. One of the most relaxing holidays I've spent. No itinerary, just went where and when we wanted.
by Eric Ifune
December 27th, 2018, 10:28 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
Replies: 50
Views: 1128

Re: Older Australian reds SF Bay Area late January

Won't be able to make it. Sounds like a fun tasting. I've a few older Aussies myself.
by Eric Ifune
December 27th, 2018, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1908 D'Oliveiras Madeira, Boal Reserva - Crazy Good!!
Replies: 13
Views: 411

Re: TN: 1908 D'Oliveiras Madeira, Boal Reserva - Crazy Good!!

Welcome to the club.
Yes, the stocks of old Madeira are shrinking rapidly and they were miniscule to begin with. The world has finally woken up and prices have literally doubled in the past 10 years.
by Eric Ifune
December 26th, 2018, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Transporting 18L wine Portugal -> US
Replies: 17
Views: 903

Re: Transporting 18L wine Portugal -> US

12 liters is pretty big. I've seen a lot of 9 liter bottles there, including Madeira. Now that's a party.
I'd also look at professional crating. Wondering what customs will say.
by Eric Ifune
December 26th, 2018, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jamie Goode on Wine Being Wine . . .
Replies: 21
Views: 941

Re: Jamie Goode on Wine Being Wine . . .

I still have a bottle of the 1875 Isaias Hellman Angelica from Cucamonga. Bottled in 1921. Not a mission made wine, but a commercial one made from Mission grapes. Last had it a few years ago and it is fabulous. Rich, complex, smoky. Not overly sweet due to good acidity. Unfortunately, the major stoc...
by Eric Ifune
December 26th, 2018, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offline protocol
Replies: 55
Views: 1876

Re: Offline protocol

But what about the case where you bring a special bottle, someone else opens it while you are not around and it's gone by the time you find out? It has happened to me. Fortunately I brought several special bottles.
by Eric Ifune
December 25th, 2018, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2018 Edition -- TABULATIONS COMPLETE
Replies: 120
Views: 6048

Re: WOTYs--2018 Edition and your Discovery of the Year

Best two wines of the year are both wood aged Ports. Roncao Muito Velho from the Quinta da Levandeira is from 1885. The other is the San Leonardo 90 year old White Port from Quinta do Mourao. The DR Ports from Quinta da Levandeira were a discovery. Went through their lineup at the estate including m...
by Eric Ifune
December 24th, 2018, 10:18 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Woman alone in Rabat.
Replies: 26
Views: 859

Re: Woman alone in Rabat.

by Eric Ifune
December 24th, 2018, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone cool wine trades lately?
Replies: 22
Views: 1334

Re: Anyone cool wine trades lately?

Traded some old Port for newer Burgundy.
by Eric Ifune
December 24th, 2018, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jamie Goode on Wine Being Wine . . .
Replies: 21
Views: 941

Re: Jamie Goode on Wine Being Wine . . .

I love this story, and hope that everyone understands that one does not have to be drinking fine (or even potable) wine to properly appreciate it: http://www.bumwine.com/ Hummph. These are the high end of bum wine. I remember "Santa Fe White Port" in the early 70's. 58 cents/375 ml. Thunderbird was...
by Eric Ifune
December 22nd, 2018, 10:06 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Woman alone in Rabat.
Replies: 26
Views: 859

Re: Woman alone in Rabat.

I'm with Nola and Todd on this. In general, the population in general may be fine, but all it takes is one or a few people to cause problems. There are yahoos all over the world and cultural differences are significant. How about a single woman hitchhiking across the States? Riding the train in rura...
by Eric Ifune
December 22nd, 2018, 10:00 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Looking to buy - Concrete Eggs / Fermenter
Replies: 3
Views: 407

Re: Looking to buy - Concrete Eggs / Fermenter

Andrew Beckham of Beckham Estate in Oregon makes terracotta wine vessels. I don't know if he's selling anymore or using them all for himself.
by Eric Ifune
December 20th, 2018, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineberserkers LA Offline: 85-2004 Krug Edition
Replies: 13
Views: 1000

Re: Wineberserkers LA Offline: 85-2004 Krug Edition

I was a dummy and forgot my camera. Left it in my room.
by Eric Ifune
December 20th, 2018, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting OldVines in Whites??
Replies: 34
Views: 756

Re: Tasting OldVines in Whites??

Just based on observation and mainly on Portuguese white wines. There are quite a few old white vineyards in the Douro and Dao. The old vine wines seem to have less overt varietal characteristics but more depth and complexity to them. I love old vine Encruzado from the Dao. Very much like old style ...
by Eric Ifune
December 19th, 2018, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burned Rubber -- Dominate to Undrinkable
Replies: 19
Views: 992

Re: Burned Rubber -- Dominate to Undrinkable

Mercaptans.
by Eric Ifune
December 17th, 2018, 3:19 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Is France Safe for Travel
Replies: 53
Views: 1823

Re: Is France Safe for Travel

Not the Americans who are annoying, mainly the Russians and Chinese.

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