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by Eric Ifune
April 22nd, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We pay 30% more to buy to buy a bottle of Taylor Port in the US.
Replies: 16
Views: 950

Re: We pay 30% more to buy to buy a bottle of Taylor Port in the US.

Don't know of anyone tasting a potential 1970 Single Harvest. Just because 1970 is a fabulous Vintage Port year, doesn't mean it's good for wood aged wines. Many great wood aged wines from terrible Vintage years. A few years had both, but haven't heard about 1970.
by Eric Ifune
April 22nd, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Madeira question
Replies: 18
Views: 785

Re: Madeira question

NoahR wrote: ↑ Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:31 am I wonder if young vine vs old vine has any relevance for Madeira given the method of its production. Interesting question, to which I’d love to know the answer. Viticulture on Madeira is very different. Most of the older vineyards are pergola trained. The ne...
by Eric Ifune
April 22nd, 2019, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We pay 30% more to buy to buy a bottle of Taylor Port in the US.
Replies: 16
Views: 950

Re: We pay 30% more to buy to buy a bottle of Taylor Port in the US.

Is the 1970 Single Harvest for sale yet. They were releasing the series at 50 years of age. You're not talking about the 1970 Vintage Port? Completely different animals. The Single Harvest wines are wood aged.
by Eric Ifune
April 20th, 2019, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We pay 30% more to buy to buy a bottle of Taylor Port in the US.
Replies: 16
Views: 950

Re: We pay 30% more to buy to buy a bottle of Taylor Port in the US.

Over the past 20 years or so, I've noted the exact same wine in the States is 2-3x retail. Are you talking about the Single Harvest Taylors? These are not old since Taylors is releasing them at 50 years of age for celebrations. Most of the stock came from their purchase of Wiese & Krohn a few years ...
by Eric Ifune
April 19th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Madeira question
Replies: 18
Views: 785

Re: Madeira question

I believe Phylloxera was first seen on the Island in 1872. It does take awhile for it to spread to all the vineyards and kill the vines. It was in the 1880's that production was at it's nadir.
by Eric Ifune
April 18th, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone ever visit the Sherry lodges in Jerez?
Replies: 5
Views: 180

Re: Anyone ever visit the Sherry lodges in Jerez?

Thanks for all the info.
by Eric Ifune
April 18th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Madeira question
Replies: 18
Views: 785

Re: Madeira question

Well, they can't keep a solera going indefinitely like Sherry. I've never heard that Madeira soleras were priced more than Vintage wines. Where did you hear that? The only thing I can think of is that the current laws make starting a solera economically unfeasible, thus the existent soleras need to ...
by Eric Ifune
April 17th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Madeira question
Replies: 18
Views: 785

Re: Madeira question

Oh and 1862 was one of the best vintages ever, especially for Terrantez but also other varieties. 1870 was very, very good as well.
by Eric Ifune
April 17th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Madeira question
Replies: 18
Views: 785

Re: Madeira question

Oidium and Phylloxera were huge hits. Production almost ceased entirely, only a few hundred casks. I've seen bottles with two vintages on them, a blend of the two because there wasn't enough. Sulfur was used for Oidium. It's still used quite liberally. I've a photo somewhere of a local farmer who gr...
by Eric Ifune
April 16th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Madeira question
Replies: 18
Views: 785

Re: Madeira question

There's actually a Duke of Malmsey? How cool is that?! Unfortunately no Duke of Malmsey. It's only a marketing label. There were the Counts of Torre Bella who controlled the largest estates on the islands. Sometimes you'll see the Torre Bella label on old bottles. I believe the last Countess died a...
by Eric Ifune
April 16th, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Madeira question
Replies: 18
Views: 785

Re: Madeira question

Avery's was once also famous for their own label Madeira, bottled for them by The Madeira Wine Company. These included many wines also released under the Blandy's, Cossart, and Leacocks labels. When stocks started drying up in the 60's and 70's they stopped doing this. I'm going to guess this wine w...
by Eric Ifune
April 15th, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question on decanting old sweet riesling
Replies: 6
Views: 397

Re: Question on decanting old sweet riesling

Don't usually decant, but don't see a problem with it. I think with a 1990 it doesn't made a difference. I opened a 1990 Maximin Grunhauser Absberg Spatlase a few nights ago. Wonderful wine without SO2 on the nose.
by Eric Ifune
April 13th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: JosephPhelps Scheurebe LateHrvst '83...(short/boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 261

Re: TN: JosephPhelps Scheurebe LateHrvst '83...(short/boring)

I believe the Special Select Late Harvest is a TBA in style, while the Late Harvest is more a BA in style.
by Eric Ifune
April 12th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Harbor Winery Retrospective Tasting...
Replies: 6
Views: 300

Re: Harbor Winery Retrospective Tasting...

Still have some of the Mission del Sol. Holding onto it as sort of an experiment.
by Eric Ifune
April 8th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Magnum party Oakland deli/BBQ Sat. 4/6
Replies: 104
Views: 2213

Re: Magnum party Oakland deli/BBQ Sat. 4/6

Thanks George. It was great and I had a fantastic time!
by Eric Ifune
April 8th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Luís Seabra Vinhos Xisto Cru (Portugal, Douro)
Replies: 6
Views: 250

Re: TN: 2014 Luís Seabra Vinhos Xisto Cru (Portugal, Douro)

Did you listen to Luis on the "I'll Drink to That" podcast. Fascinating. He covers a wide range of topics regarding the Douro but applicable world wide. Episode 458.
by Eric Ifune
April 2nd, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvée Ste. Catherine
Replies: 10
Views: 463

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvée Ste. Catherine

Schlossberg or Clos des Capucins vineyard? All the Weinbach labels have Clos des Capucins on them, since this is where the estate is headquartered. But the Schlossberg vineyard is a ways away.
by Eric Ifune
April 1st, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2144

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

Dorigo's Picolit. Picolit was once as prestigious as Tokay.
by Eric Ifune
March 31st, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Clone Question
Replies: 5
Views: 259

Re: Clone Question

If a Pinot vine is pollinated by Zinfandel pollen, the fruit will still be Pinot. The genetic material does make it into the seeds as Wes describes. But no one, except hybridizers, will grow new vines from seedlings.
by Eric Ifune
March 30th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: ADANA KEBAB
Replies: 1
Views: 177

Re: ADANA KEBAB

Love a good Adana kebab. I lived there for a year a few decades ago.
by Eric Ifune
March 27th, 2019, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Stuck Cork in Sparkling Wine
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: Stuck Cork in Sparkling Wine

I've gingerly used a cork screw on a few of these. Lots of padding.
by Eric Ifune
March 26th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Anyone ever visit the Sherry lodges in Jerez?
Replies: 5
Views: 180

Anyone ever visit the Sherry lodges in Jerez?

I might end up staying for a time in the area sometime this summer.
by Eric Ifune
March 25th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michael Broadbent on old Bdx
Replies: 68
Views: 3478

Re: Michael Broadbent on old Bdx

posted by Howard Cooper One of the things that convinced me in my 20s to buy 1982 Bordeaux futures was that I bought and read an issue of Decanter where the writer (I cannot remember whether it was Peppercorn or Coates or Edmund Penning-Roswell or who (but I remember it was one of the major ones at...
by Eric Ifune
March 24th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michael Broadbent on old Bdx
Replies: 68
Views: 3478

Re: Michael Broadbent on old Bdx

posted by Mich@el Ch@ng Did broadbent like 82 when it was released? I know he touted it in his book in 2092 but that was after the fact. I thought Parker hyped it but everyone else thought it’d be too ripe and wouldn’t age well. Most of the Brit critics liked the 82's. It was mainly the American cr...
by Eric Ifune
March 24th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Say you know someone and they only think wine is red...
Replies: 52
Views: 1774

Re: Say you know someone and they only think wine is red...

High acid Kabinett from somewhere on the Rhein. Bigger, fuller wines than the Mosel.
by Eric Ifune
March 23rd, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tokyo, Japan
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Re: Tokyo, Japan

If you like Madeira, Café Bar Leandro has the largest selection by the glass in the world. Not a great part of Tokyo, however.
by Eric Ifune
March 23rd, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?
Replies: 66
Views: 2322

Re: Does the market value of a wine u own stop you from drinking it?

If you don't need the money, I'd rather have the wine. You'll never have them again.
by Eric Ifune
March 22nd, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1969 vs. 1970
Replies: 27
Views: 969

Re: 1969 vs. 1970

The 1970 vintage might be the best drinking Port Vintage right now. Beautifully mature and not fading at all.
by Eric Ifune
March 21st, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine chemistry question?
Replies: 17
Views: 673

Re: Wine chemistry question?

I believe it's a buffered solution so pH will not change much, even though the tartrates precipitate out.
by Eric Ifune
March 19th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?
Replies: 61
Views: 1247

Re: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?

The rancio of a good wood aged fortified wine coupled with the complexity of long aging.
by Eric Ifune
March 17th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where Are The Franconia Wines???...David??
Replies: 14
Views: 636

Re: Where Are The Franconia Wines???...David??

If you think Riesling is unfashionable, what about Sylvaner!
by Eric Ifune
March 16th, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next of Kyn #9 Wood Box....WOW!!
Replies: 23
Views: 1740

Re: Next of Kyn #9 Wood Box....WOW!!

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Wood aged Port, average age 102 years old. Fabulous stuff. Cedar and cork box.
Quinta do Mourao, the producer, has a large stock of old wood aged Ports. They also recently released a 90 year old White Port in a similar box which is also stupendous.
by Eric Ifune
March 16th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have a wine cellar? Probably the answer is YES: But do you have...
Replies: 24
Views: 1973

Re: Do you have a wine cellar? Probably the answer is YES: But do you have...

I have a bottle from the first full case I purchased at age 21.
by Eric Ifune
March 13th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Egypt
Replies: 17
Views: 408

Re: Egypt

It's been some years, but I got lost walking around Cairo. Wanted to walk a few blocks to the Museum of Islamic Art. Missed it by half a block and got completely lost. Away from the hotels and tourist areas, there is little English spoken and maps and signs unintelligible for the nonArabic speakers....
by Eric Ifune
March 13th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Magnum party Oakland deli/BBQ Sat. 4/6
Replies: 104
Views: 2213

Re: Magnum party Oakland BBQ joint Sat. 4/6 noonish

April 6 is good for me. Thinking about a 1979 Spring Mountain Cabernet. Would two magnums be overkill?
by Eric Ifune
March 9th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looks like the organic trend isn't really catching on in California
Replies: 41
Views: 1907

Re: Looks like the organic trend isn't really catching on in California

It is a travesty that copper is allowed both in organic and biodynamic viticulture. Heavy metal applications is one of the least sustainable practices in existence.
by Eric Ifune
March 1st, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Magnum party Oakland deli/BBQ Sat. 4/6
Replies: 104
Views: 2213

Re: Magnum party Oakland BBQ joint

I might be depending on date.
by Eric Ifune
February 28th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine check-in from London to NY
Replies: 26
Views: 812

Re: Wine check-in from London to NY

Always declare. It's when you don't that you run into problems.
Worst case when you don't, customs can confiscate the wine. Worst case if you do, you pay duty which will be a few dollars. But because the duty is so low, most of the time they won't collect.
by Eric Ifune
February 26th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Things to do in LA
Replies: 12
Views: 494

Re: Things to do in LA

Museums? The Getty is great as is the County Museum. La Brea Tar Pits?
by Eric Ifune
February 26th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: French Laundry reservation tips/tricks?
Replies: 9
Views: 875

Re: French Laundry reservation tips/tricks?

Don't know if this still applies, but several years ago, I was able to call up a day beforehand to see if anyone had cancelled. Was able to secure a table.
by Eric Ifune
February 26th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the best single bottle of PORT you've had in 2011?
Replies: 112
Views: 3010

Re: What is the best single bottle of PORT you've had in 2011?

Early in the year. The best so far is the 1977 Gould Campbell. I had several remarkable wood aged Ports last year.
by Eric Ifune
February 26th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The search for a “wow” Rosé
Replies: 113
Views: 3332

Re: The search for a “wow” Rosé

Quinta do Sobral Rose. Made from saingreed Touriga Nacional in the Dao. Darker than the average rose. Imported by D'Ourovino in Los Angeles. I know the Pennsylvania liquor control board have it in stock.
by Eric Ifune
February 23rd, 2019, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?
Replies: 62
Views: 1696

Re: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?

Since you asked about producers,
Carlos Lucas Ribeiro Santo Encruzado from the Dao.
Also Quinta do Sobral.
by Eric Ifune
February 22nd, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?
Replies: 62
Views: 1696

Re: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?

Encruzado.
by Eric Ifune
February 16th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 89 Haut-Brion - TN & Bucket List Question for the Board
Replies: 51
Views: 2126

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: 696

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: 494

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: 2276

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: 604

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

For drinking now, or in 20 or 30 years? champagne.gif

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