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by D@vid Bu3ker
April 25th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why are you into wine ?
Replies: 13
Views: 525

Re: Why are you into wine ?

Brett Favre
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 25th, 2019, 5:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé
Replies: 34
Views: 1762

Re: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé

I tried a few ‘14s at the winery last summer. They are lovely wines, and worth the asking price you are quoting.
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 25th, 2019, 3:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Cappellano Barbera d'Alba Gabutti (Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d'Alba)
Replies: 6
Views: 190

Re: TN: 2011 Cappellano Barbera d'Alba Gabutti (Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d'Alba)

John Morris wrote:
April 24th, 2019, 6:42 pm
Nothing like warm-year barbera! Takes the edge off the acid.
No it didn't. I really like this wine, but edgy is actually a good word for it.
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 25th, 2019, 3:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grapes or Terroir
Replies: 18
Views: 481

Re: Grapes or Terroir

Would you rather a ) Have DRC vines to plant on a boring vineyard in say Michigan b) Having boring Michigan vines to plant at DRC ? Substitute any names you like, are the vines more important or the land ? And what are "Michigan vines"? If you are insisting on grape varieties native to Michigan, th...
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 24th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Cappellano Barbera d'Alba Gabutti (Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d'Alba)
Replies: 6
Views: 190

TN: 2011 Cappellano Barbera d'Alba Gabutti (Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d'Alba)

2011 Cappellano Barbera d'Alba Gabutti - Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d'Alba (4/24/2019) Almost exactly a year since my last bottle, and this is still so bright and fresh, that it might as well be a new release. It’s pretty high-toned, but never tips into harsh. The ripe, rich red fruit dances ar...
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 24th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Sabers and U.S. Customs
Replies: 3
Views: 347

Re: Champagne Sabers and U.S. Customs

A buddy of mine brought back a saber several years ago. His big issue was checking his bag at CdG in Paris.
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 24th, 2019, 3:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Henri Jouan Chambolle-Musigny
Replies: 2
Views: 264

Re: TN: 2014 Henri Jouan Chambolle-Musigny

Opposite here. I missed out on the 2015 Chambolle. 2015 is all Morey and Gevrey.
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 23rd, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Henri Jouan Chambolle-Musigny
Replies: 2
Views: 264

TN: 2014 Henri Jouan Chambolle-Musigny

2014 Henri Jouan Chambolle-Musigny - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny (4/22/2019) Beguiling aromatics that are both gentle and persistent, precede a palate presence that is similarly light and long. It’s pretty amazing that such a young Burgundy can be so captivating, but the eleg...
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 23rd, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?
Replies: 48
Views: 1326

Re: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?

There was for a while a school of thought in German winemaking praising reductive wines. The "father" of this was Hans-Gunter Schwarz https://www.nytimes.com/1991/09/25/garden/out-of-obscurity-into-a-wine-pantheon.html He had a number of followers. I think this is not as popular in Germany as it on...
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 23rd, 2019, 4:55 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Prop 65 Warnings in packages
Replies: 5
Views: 251

Re: Prop 65 Warnings in packages

Which just underscores how stupid the requirement is to begin with.
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 23rd, 2019, 3:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 73
Views: 4247

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

Last night a 2014 Jouan Chambolle Musigny VV pretty much stopped me in my tracks. The aromatics were stunning, the palate elegant and persistent.
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 22nd, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner with Pax Mahle
Replies: 6
Views: 905

Re: Dinner with Pax Mahle

I am a huge fan of the Sonoma Hillsides, both 2016 and 2017.

Appreciate the notes, as my C-K and Griffin’s Syrahs arrived a few weeks ago.
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 22nd, 2019, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 1960

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

You do realize that your answer actually does more to support Terry’s report than refute it.
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 22nd, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille
Replies: 20
Views: 703

Re: TN: 2004 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille

Grab some Clos de Betz. It’s a really good introduction.
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 22nd, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 1960

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

Apologies for sounding like a broken record on this topic but you can't take a country as large as Germany with so many varied regions, grapes and winemaking styles and easily lump it all into one simple vintage categorization. OK. But what’s your solution? Fly over and taste everything? Is that re...
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 22nd, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Ultramarine Blanc de Blancs Heintz Vineyard Sonoma Coast
Replies: 3
Views: 217

Re: TN: 2013 Ultramarine Blanc de Blancs Heintz Vineyard Sonoma Coast

That is the best wine they have ever made IMO.
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 22nd, 2019, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Caves des Hautes-Cotes Crémant de Bourgogne Victorine de Chastenay (great QPR)
Replies: 2
Views: 68

Re: TN: NV Caves des Hautes-Cotes Crémant de Bourgogne Victorine de Chastenay (great QPR)

We were discussing what else we like in the same price range. This is a few $$ cheaper than Roederer Estate, and I liked the Cremant more.
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 22nd, 2019, 4:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Caves des Hautes-Cotes Crémant de Bourgogne Victorine de Chastenay (great QPR)
Replies: 2
Views: 68

TN: NV Caves des Hautes-Cotes Crémant de Bourgogne Victorine de Chastenay (great QPR)

NV Caves des Hautes-Cotes Crémant de Bourgogne Victorine de Chastenay - France, Burgundy, Crémant de Bourgogne (4/20/2019) Fresh, clean, apple and citrus fruit, with a nice mouthfeel, this is an excellent value in sparkling wine. The $16 price tag beats out pretty much anything in the range, and th...
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 21st, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah Exposition Three Weill Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 331

Re: TN: 2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah Exposition Three Weill Vineyard

So let’s see...Cedric Bouchard Val Villaine (2015 version) was as good as every other note says it is. We had a 2016 Günther Steinmetz Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Kabinett Feinherb that was very well balanced, minerally and showing quite dry. A 2008 Jakob Schneider Niederhauser Klamm Riesling Spatl...
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 20th, 2019, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé
Replies: 34
Views: 1762

Re: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé

Interesting (though I paid $50 for most of the 2013 Riservas as well).
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 20th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé
Replies: 34
Views: 1762

Re: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé

Jim Anderson wrote:
April 20th, 2019, 11:11 am
This wine was stacked up at the specialty grocery store I was at this morning. Didn’t check the price as I’m pretty sure I already have it but probably less than $50.
The Riserva?
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 20th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé
Replies: 34
Views: 1762

Re: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé

Josh H wrote:
April 20th, 2019, 11:04 am
How do you get on the allocation list?
It’s retail stuff. Just find a good retailer.
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 20th, 2019, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah Exposition Three Weill Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 331

TN: 2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah Exposition Three Weill Vineyard

2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah Exposition Three Weill Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley (4/19/2019) Popped and poured at a restaurant, this was open and giving tons of pleasure from nearly the first sip. It took about ten minutes to shake off time in bottle, then the rich, plumm...
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 20th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé
Replies: 34
Views: 1762

Re: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé

Yes there are. Likely 2017 as well.
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 20th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 1960

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

2012 is markedly better than 2013 IMO.
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 20th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We pay 30% more to buy to buy a bottle of Taylor Port in the US.
Replies: 17
Views: 1087

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

I chose the single vineyard Taylor 1969 because it is a brand new release, and therefore, there is no question of there being any old stock. So in the UK, it is going from a low of $162 to generally $170. Here in the US, the low is $230, and the retail at a major player, Total Wine is $249. We bitc...
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 19th, 2019, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Bevy of Bedrocks in Milwaukee (Unicorn Sightings)
Replies: 33
Views: 1089

Re: A Bevy of Bedrocks in Milwaukee (Unicorn Sightings)

Alex, we did not have the opportunity to decant, but it was already amazing on pop and pour. About 1/3 of the bottle is left (we had four wines), so I can revisit as the evening draws to a close.
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 19th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Bevy of Bedrocks in Milwaukee (Unicorn Sightings)
Replies: 33
Views: 1089

Re: A Bevy of Bedrocks in Milwaukee (Unicorn Sightings)

Oh man, I have a 2012 Exposition #3 standing up for dinner this weekend. Mouth...watering...can’t...wait.
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 18th, 2019, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 1960

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

2015 is not even close to 2003 in terms of extreme warmth and richness over acidity. I started tasting German vintages on release in 1996, and 2003 remains a singular year. That being said, the wines are starting to come around into form. 2015 has much higher acid than 2003. There have been a whole ...
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 18th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 1960

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

2015 has a lot of acidity. Unfortunately in a lot of cases it sticks out at odd angles.
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 18th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 1960

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

2015 has some issues. What’s good is very good, but there is a lot of disjointed wine.
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 18th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 1960

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

Then do you really like Riesling, or do you just like acidic wine?

Not meant as an insult, just an observation.
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 18th, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: RUM ... talk to me, people
Replies: 219
Views: 18370

Re: RUM ... talk to me, people

Bill Buitenhuys wrote:
April 17th, 2019, 7:41 am
Zacapa 23 is fairly highly sugar dosed so an Old Fashioned (just add a dash of bitters, I use our Figgy Pudding bitters with sweeter rum) over ice is pretty tasty.
Gosh...I wonder what to call that drink... ;)
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 18th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 1960

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

You misinterpret...I may prefer vintages like '01, '12, etc., but even more I love surfing the variations that vintages give, high acid or low acid. Every vintage has wines that find a balance point. It would be boring if they were all the same, or even all similar.
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 18th, 2019, 4:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Dönnhoff Riesling (Germany, Nahe)
Replies: 0
Views: 134

TN: 2012 Dönnhoff Riesling (Germany, Nahe)

2012 Dönnhoff Riesling - Germany, Nahe (4/17/2019) Refreshing, bright, barely off-dry, food friendly, and just barely starting to develop some aged complexity, this is still on the young side. For about $20 it's a great value, and an pleasing dinner companion. I recently had the 2011 version, which...
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 18th, 2019, 4:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...
Replies: 161
Views: 3957

Re: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...

Otto,

It's not an Insignia thing. It's just version 476.0 of the same argument that happens every so often on the wine boards. It goes way back to the beginning of wine board time.

It's amazing how attached we can become to grape juice. ;)
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 17th, 2019, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...
Replies: 161
Views: 3957

Re: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...

I like Insignia. I have always liked Insignia. That goes for the older wines (the ones from the 1970s were wonderful), and the newer wines. They are truly different, but I can understand the appeal of either style. What I can't understand is how a 12,000 case production Cab blend goes for $250 a bot...
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 16th, 2019, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your house champagne?
Replies: 77
Views: 2177

Re: What's your house champagne?

K_F_o_l_e_y wrote:
April 16th, 2019, 5:57 pm
Cedric Bouchard Val Vilaine
For us it’s either that or the base NV from Bereche right now,
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 16th, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Alfred Merkelbach Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese Halbtrocken Fuder #7
Replies: 3
Views: 128

Re: TN: 2016 Alfred Merkelbach Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese Halbtrocken Fuder #7

Merkelbach is old school Mosel Riesling. Amazing producers. Get the wines while you can. The brothers are not getting any younger.
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 16th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard
Replies: 3
Views: 276

TN: 2016 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard

2016 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills (4/16/2019) Last minute replacement, as the planned wine was corked. This is dangerously drinkable, with luscious black fruit, a touch of vanilla, and a kick of spice on the finish. Yummy, which...
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 16th, 2019, 4:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: April Frost in Burgundy
Replies: 64
Views: 3734

Re: April Frost in Burgundy

The level of ignorance combined with callous disregard for a significant loss at some wineries is distressing, but unfortunately not shocking.
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 16th, 2019, 4:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Matthiasson Red Wine (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 0
Views: 177

TN: 2014 Matthiasson Red Wine (USA, California, Napa Valley)

2014 Matthiasson Red Wine - USA, California, Napa Valley (4/15/2019) Early days, but it's what I wanted to drink. It shows a deep red color, and restrained aromatics, centered on black cherry, violets, rosemary and turned earth. The palate balance is impressive, with nothing out of place or stickin...
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 15th, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille
Replies: 20
Views: 703

Re: TN: 2004 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille

The Betz website still lists Bob as "consulting winemaker."
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 15th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Dönnhoff Brücke Spätlese
Replies: 13
Views: 512

Re: 2005 Dönnhoff Brücke Spätlese

Nope
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 15th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 1960

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

“It’s all a matter of balance” is the truth. Of course we all have different balance points.
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 15th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 48
Views: 1960

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

Haven't tasted yet. Still a couple of months out.

Acid seems to be the great divider these days. Some folks want to have battery cables attached to their glass.

I want the acid to be in balance with the rest of the wine. We'll see where these stand in time.
by D@vid Bu3ker
April 15th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Dönnhoff Brücke Spätlese
Replies: 13
Views: 512

Re: 2005 Dönnhoff Brücke Spätlese

Right on both counts. ;)

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