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by D@vid Bu3ker
June 25th, 2019, 5:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 2018 Theise German Portfolio - Adam, Kunstler and Selbach-Oster
Replies: 15
Views: 640

Re: TN- 2018 Theise German Portfolio - Adam, Kunstler and Selbach-Oster

Terry's comments in the catalog are not terribly critical. From my perspective, having tasted through the Theise portfolio last week, I see the balance issue as wine by wine for many (though not all) growers. Timing may very well have been an issue. I know that over my 20 years of tasting the Theise...
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 24th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 2018 Theise German Portfolio - Adam, Kunstler and Selbach-Oster
Replies: 15
Views: 640

Re: TN- 2018 Theise German Portfolio - Adam, Kunstler and Selbach-Oster

That makes a little more sense. I find the Shafer-Frohlich wines (especially the dry wines) big for my taste.
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 24th, 2019, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 2018 Theise German Portfolio - Adam, Kunstler and Selbach-Oster
Replies: 15
Views: 640

Re: TN- 2018 Theise German Portfolio - Adam, Kunstler and Selbach-Oster

For what it's worth, 2007 was still the era of big sweetness that started several years earlier. In general producers have dialed back in most cases, and there are more dry (trocken)/just off dry wines (e.g. feinherb) than there used to be. I won't speak specifically to Willi Schaefer, as I can't fa...
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 23rd, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 3
Views: 280

TN: 2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard

2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (6/23/2019) As usual with Rhys, the Horseshoe Vineyard is my favorite. I have struggled with the 2011 Rhys lineup, but this is lovely. It is still marked by the vintage, but it’s a menthol/mint elemen...
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 23rd, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Leoville Barton and 2001 Lewelling Wight
Replies: 24
Views: 807

Re: 2000 Leoville Barton and 2001 Lewelling Wight

Haven’t had it in the last year, but 2000 Barton has been excellent whenever I have had it.

Odd.
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 23rd, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?
Replies: 53
Views: 1959

Re: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?

2 points is way less than the margin of error!
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 23rd, 2019, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?
Replies: 53
Views: 1959

Re: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?

I bought a case of Lanessan, but other than that I am finding 2014 and 2015 versions of what I like for lower prices than 2018 futures...before retail case discounts.

So I would buy more futures why?
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 23rd, 2019, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 2018 Theise German Portfolio - Adam, Kunstler and Selbach-Oster
Replies: 15
Views: 640

Re: TN- 2018 Theise German Portfolio - Adam, Kunstler and Selbach-Oster

Nice notes Tom. Largely correlates with my thoughts on those three producers. I liked the Selbach Feinherb Alte Reben even more than you did. The Kunstler Domdechaney was a personal favorite. Regarding Adam, I really liked the wines, but not more than Selbach in any way, and Adam is notably more exp...
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 22nd, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Failla Chardonnay Sonoma Coast (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 0
Views: 178

TN: 2016 Failla Chardonnay Sonoma Coast (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

2016 Failla Chardonnay Sonoma Coast - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (6/22/2019) Delicious, excellent value Chardonnay. Reminds me a lot of the Ramey Sonoma Coast, which is my favorite appellation level Chardonnay. Bright fruit, very focused palate, a light touch of spice, and a moder...
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 22nd, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Ghosting Incident
Replies: 53
Views: 3537

Re: Retailer Ghosting Incident

I’m not saying it’s objectively good. It’s just reality.
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 22nd, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Ghosting Incident
Replies: 53
Views: 3537

Re: Retailer Ghosting Incident

But you know what’s better is shipping ADDRESSES being fungible. That the UPS/FedExs of the world won’t deliver to each other is beyond stupid. They got my money to do the delivery; what more do they need? This. They need a little class, and to remember they serve their customer, not themselves. In...
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 21st, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine you don't want
Replies: 40
Views: 2086

Re: The wine you don't want

Neal.Mollen wrote:
June 21st, 2019, 12:12 pm
D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
June 21st, 2019, 12:09 pm
Victor Hong wrote:
June 21st, 2019, 11:33 am
Yes, but only because my cat does not drink.
My cat does.
But always uses Uber thereafter, right?
DadCab
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 21st, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The wine you don't want
Replies: 40
Views: 2086

Re: The wine you don't want

Victor Hong wrote:
June 21st, 2019, 11:33 am
Yes, but only because my cat does not drink.
My cat does.
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 21st, 2019, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Half-Bottles
Replies: 18
Views: 831

Re: Aging Half-Bottles

I have been collecting and drinking half bottles for 25 years. They hold up just fine with good storage.
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 21st, 2019, 4:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Weingut Hirsch Riesling Gaisberg (Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal)
Replies: 0
Views: 105

TN: 2001 Weingut Hirsch Riesling Gaisberg (Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal)

2001 Weingut Hirsch Riesling Gaisberg - Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal (6/20/2019) Could not have picked a better time to open this bottle. It was perfectly on form last night, with lots of stony, sweet and savory elements complementing still very present fruit. Dry but not severe, it was good ...
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 20th, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Predictions for Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Thomas
Replies: 2
Views: 297

Re: Predictions for Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Thomas

I predict a 5-4 decision on partisan lines, stating that Tennessee is not required to bake cakes for liquor store owners.
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 20th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yearly Budget
Replies: 43
Views: 1605

Re: Yearly Budget

I wouldn’t touch this topic with a “thirty nine and a half foot pole!”
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 20th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Enfield Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 0
Views: 147

TN: 2012 Enfield Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Enfield Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Sonoma County, Fort Ross - Seaview (6/19/2019) A little over three years since I first tried this wine, and it has blossomed. It’s still structured and classic in style, but the fruit has unfolded, and fully balanced out the tannic spine. ...
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 20th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I've never read a more terrifying tasting note
Replies: 14
Views: 1495

Re: I've never read a more terrifying tasting note

True story - my wife, who is in Singapore right now, had fresh durian for dessert last night.
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 20th, 2019, 1:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2130
Views: 131142

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

AD Northup wrote:
June 19th, 2019, 7:20 pm
D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
June 10th, 2019, 5:22 pm
2015 Lorenzo’s Heritage-such a beautiful wine
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How long did you let it breathe? Current CT consensus leans towards holding.
Pop and pour then drink over three hours. It was beautiful from the get go.
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 19th, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick thoughts on the Terry Theise portfolio tasting
Replies: 12
Views: 621

Re: Quick thoughts on the Terry Theise portfolio tasting

Yes. The Merkelbach wines were quite good. Well worth buying, especially since we have no idea how much longer the brothers will continue.
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 19th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick thoughts on the Terry Theise portfolio tasting
Replies: 12
Views: 621

Re: Quick thoughts on the Terry Theise portfolio tasting

Different style vintage. 2017 has more (but not excessive) acid. I am going to buy the two Domprobst wines because they are special. I have talked to Johannes Selbach many times, and this was the first time he waxed euphoric over a vineyard site. He was drilling me about how their parcel in Domprobs...
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 19th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick thoughts on the Terry Theise portfolio tasting
Replies: 12
Views: 621

Re: Quick thoughts on the Terry Theise portfolio tasting

Thanks for your notes. Any thoughts on how 2018 compares with other recent warmish years? I walked in expecting another 2011. I think 2018 is generally better balanced. It’s not flabby (though a small subset of wines were notably deficient...small), but it’s not for acid heads, except by exception.
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 19th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick thoughts on the Terry Theise portfolio tasting
Replies: 12
Views: 621

Re: Quick thoughts on the Terry Theise portfolio tasting

One thing worth noting - the weather in NYC yesterday was horrid for a tasting! Wines that showed really well in the low pressure, humid conditions are great indeed!
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 19th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick thoughts on the Terry Theise portfolio tasting
Replies: 12
Views: 621

Re: Quick thoughts on the Terry Theise portfolio tasting

Not too bad. 2018 was not a very high acid vintage. Minor pain, nothing extreme.
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 19th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick thoughts on the Terry Theise portfolio tasting
Replies: 12
Views: 621

Quick thoughts on the Terry Theise portfolio tasting

Totally off the top of my head/raw notes from the NYC tasting: I spent a lot of time at the beginning of the tasting with the Austrian producers who were present. That was an overall excellent decision. Hirsch and Hiedler had impressive collections. Hiedler leads on the value front (2017 & 2018 Thal...
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 19th, 2019, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 108
Views: 4262

Re: Top US Syrahs

Long day yesterday at the Theise portfolio tasting, so I am a bit tired. ;)
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 19th, 2019, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 108
Views: 4262

Re: Top US Syrahs

How the hell did I not mention ESJ?!?
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 19th, 2019, 4:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 108
Views: 4262

Re: Top US Syrahs

All in on Rhys, Arcadian, Bedrock, Lagier-Meredith, & Pax. Same of the names listed make wines that are too big for my tastes (e.g. Alban). I like what I have had from Ramey so far, but it's much too limited a sample size. Arnot-Roberts would have made my list, but it's wine specific. Some I really ...
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 19th, 2019, 4:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 108
Views: 4262

Re: Top US Syrahs

No love for Qupe?? Just drank a 2005 Bien Nacido...up there with the best of France. Where is Tom Hill when you need him?? Good call. Predates most of those listed. Always a go-to and the Central Coast was for years one of the best buys out there. Haven't had them since the winery changed hands a f...
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 18th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 198
Views: 12005

Re: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]

I use the Mineralité for Champagne, again because of how it focuses the aromatics. My wife uses a Liberté, and we share the glasses. Always fun to compare.
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 17th, 2019, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Corison Cabernet Franc Sunbasket Vineyard
Replies: 0
Views: 301

TN: 2015 Corison Cabernet Franc Sunbasket Vineyard

2015 Corison Cabernet Franc Sunbasket Vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena (6/17/2019) Richer than most Corison wines I have tried, this is still restrained for Napa. Deep red fruit, a bit of earth, and just barely there fresh herb tones create a balanced aromatic, and fresh palate p...
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 17th, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 198
Views: 12005

Re: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]

The Mineralite has turned into my everyday glass. I love what it does for aromatics, and the smaller size almost controls pour sizes. I need to get a 6 pack.
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 17th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ultramarine Rosé Heintz Vineyard
Replies: 19
Views: 588

Re: TN: 2014 Ultramarine Rosé Heintz Vineyard

My wife has Ultramarine on her auto-approved list. No dirty looks when I buy as much as I can get.
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 17th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ultramarine Rosé Heintz Vineyard
Replies: 19
Views: 588

Re: TN: 2014 Ultramarine Rosé Heintz Vineyard

robert creth wrote:
June 17th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Russ Williams wrote:
June 17th, 2019, 9:41 am
Can someone help me with the insane hype for these wines. The auction price on CT is $173 and Wine Searcher shows a couple of retailers selling it for $225-$299...WTF??
I have been buying from early days on allocation. My price has been $55-65.
Russ is talking about the secondary market.
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 17th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you drink zero alcohol wine
Replies: 113
Views: 2340

Re: Would you drink zero alcohol wine

He also does not know how to use the quote function.

Makes me wonder if he’s drunk when he does these polls.
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 17th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ultramarine Rosé Heintz Vineyard
Replies: 19
Views: 588

Re: TN: 2014 Ultramarine Rosé Heintz Vineyard

I really like the wines (especially 2013), but I don't get the insane hype.
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 17th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ultramarine Rosé Heintz Vineyard
Replies: 19
Views: 588

Re: TN: 2014 Ultramarine Rosé Heintz Vineyard

Similar to my thoughts on the 2014 BdN. Needs some time to come together.
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 17th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you drink zero alcohol wine
Replies: 113
Views: 2340

Re: Would you drink zero alcohol wine

Three Europeans who drink low alcohol beer, thats indicative of a whole other issue with Americans being terrible for drunk driving, a large portion of people in the US feel its OK to drink and drive and do it regularly. Europeans dont drink and drive as a general practice And you wonder why your p...
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 17th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy
Replies: 40
Views: 3600

Re: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy

Scott,

That's still recent stuff. He was way over the line long before those reports.
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 17th, 2019, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 46
Views: 3434

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

Today's opinions have had a few surprises.
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 17th, 2019, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 46
Views: 3434

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

Good luck!
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 17th, 2019, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you drink zero alcohol wine
Replies: 113
Views: 2340

Re: Would you drink zero alcohol wine

I still dont get the result, i understand that zero alcohol wine tastes like crap so nobody would drink it, i asked would you drink zero alcohol wine if it was an exact duplicate of the alcoholic version and 62% said yes they would. Now if you compare to beer the zero alcohol version is widely avai...
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 17th, 2019, 4:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 46
Views: 3434

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

Only SCOTUS knows for sure.
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 16th, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Ridge Lytton Springs (USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley)
Replies: 3
Views: 330

Re: TN: 1999 Ridge Lytton Springs (USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley)

1999 was a much better vintage from the get go.

FWIW, the 1996 Geyserville was completely mature from a winery provided magnum at a dinner last month with Eric Baugher. Fascinating, complex wine, but at its peak and starting to slowly descend.
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 16th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Ridge Lytton Springs (USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley)
Replies: 3
Views: 330

TN: 1999 Ridge Lytton Springs (USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley)

1999 Ridge Lytton Springs - USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley (6/16/2019) From the day it was released, this has been an outstanding rendition of Lytton Springs. From the first sip, to now, two hours after opening, it’s still outstanding. It still has plenty of fruit, and a mature co...
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 16th, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?
Replies: 50
Views: 1294

Re: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?

Anton D wrote:
June 16th, 2019, 1:23 pm
D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
June 16th, 2019, 1:21 pm
My two cats suggested the 1999 Ridge Lytton Springs to go with my braised short ribs.
I’m picturing them eating your short ribs. I see it as a Kliban cartoon!
Houdini will try!
by D@vid Bu3ker
June 16th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?
Replies: 50
Views: 1294

Re: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?

My two cats suggested the 1999 Ridge Lytton Springs to go with my braised short ribs.

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