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by Nathan Smyth
August 17th, 2019, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Roy Piper Cabernet?
Replies: 11
Views: 787

Re: 2014 Roy Piper Cabernet?

2014 Roy Piper Cabernet... magnum... I've never had a Roy Piper wine, but is it at all possible that a 2014 Roy Piper Cabernet in Magnum might not be ready to consume until circa the 2064 to 2089 timeframe? BTW, that's a serious question. Again, I've never had a Roy Piper wine, but at age Almost-Fi...
by Nathan Smyth
August 17th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Astralis
Replies: 16
Views: 945

Re: Astralis

George Chadwick wrote:
August 16th, 2019, 10:51 pm
Astralis needs tons and tons of air. 24 hours. Not kidding .
No one on this board does multi-day preps of their wines.

This board is strictly pop-n-pour.

If you talk about multi-day oxygenation, they seem to think you're insane.
by Nathan Smyth
August 16th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: why won't wine.com ship to me?
Replies: 27
Views: 1290

Re: why won't wine.com ship to me?

GregT wrote:
August 16th, 2019, 11:13 am
Berkeley, CA
Westbury, NY
Miami, FL
Houston, TX
Maplewood, NJ
Avon, MA

They call their model "3 Tier E-commerce" and support the three tier system
So you can only order from wine.com if you're in CA, NY, FL, TX, NJ, or MA [in which case you also pay sales tax on the order]?
by Nathan Smyth
August 16th, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: why won't wine.com ship to me?
Replies: 27
Views: 1290

Re: why won't wine.com ship to me?

As I understood wine.com... they structure things is state to state, each state having a separate inventory (and presumably warehouse facility) enabling them to comply with rules for each state... Who the hell fronted them the money necessary to build/buy/rent warehouses in 50 different states? Tha...
by Nathan Smyth
August 15th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NY Times "From Wild Blueberries and Maine Terroir, Fine Sparkling Wine"
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Re: NY Times "From Wild Blueberries and Maine Terroir, Fine Sparkling Wine"

Kirk.Grant wrote:
August 15th, 2019, 5:26 pm
I can't imagine how...
You never read the NY Times for the text.

You always read it for the sub-text.
by Nathan Smyth
August 14th, 2019, 11:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best recent Bourgognes
Replies: 24
Views: 1304

Re: Best recent Bourgognes

2002 Domaine Michel Gros HCdN Bourgogne Rouge

Sold out in the blink of an eye.
by Nathan Smyth
August 13th, 2019, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?
Replies: 44
Views: 2456

Re: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?

WTF? Morgan Stanley (MS.N) analysts said on Monday that they now expect the U.S. Federal Reserve to cut rates in September and then again in October. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fed-morgan-stanley-idUSKCN1V21SX When you're asking yourself what to do with your $209.99, you've gotta be thi...
by Nathan Smyth
August 12th, 2019, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?
Replies: 44
Views: 2456

Re: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?

Negative interest rates are very, very difficult to think about. In theory, if, on January 1st, the Fed loaned you $100, at an interest rate of -5%, then circa December 31st of that year, you would only owe the Fed $95. And circa December 31st of the following year, you'd only owe the Fed (0.95) * (...
by Nathan Smyth
August 11th, 2019, 10:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 Domaine Michel Gros HCdN Bourgogne Rouge
Replies: 3
Views: 259

Re: 2002 Domaine Michel Gros HCdN Bourgogne Rouge

alan weinberg wrote:
August 11th, 2019, 7:22 pm
glad you found something you enjoyed. Sounds super.
I really, really, really liked the price.

Made me feel like a little boy again.
by Nathan Smyth
August 11th, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 Domaine Michel Gros HCdN Bourgogne Rouge
Replies: 3
Views: 259

2002 Domaine Michel Gros HCdN Bourgogne Rouge

2002 Domaine Michel Gros Hautes Cotes de Nuits Bourgogne Rouge Varietally correct. Good acid. Nice bricking with accompanying brownish synthesia. Excellent palate weight [owing to the vintage, I suppose]. No further cellaring necessary; drink now; pop-n-pour. A perfect accompaniment for dinner, esp...
by Nathan Smyth
August 10th, 2019, 9:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on making this Crude Basement space a cellar
Replies: 14
Views: 831

Re: Thoughts on making this Crude Basement space a cellar

...winter should bring temps down to upper 40’s in extreme cold but mostly low 50’s... ...When it’s just hot (80’s) it’s sits at 58-59... ...at extreme heat (mid 90’s) outside the room gets to about 62... What in the world are you worried about? When Francois Audouze opens an 1870 Lafite, how do yo...
by Nathan Smyth
August 9th, 2019, 10:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2017 Myriad Cabs, Napa Valley and Round Pond
Replies: 14
Views: 1004

Re: TNs: 2017 Myriad Cabs, Napa Valley and Round Pond

Round Pond sells fruit to Myriad?

I got two more hits at Cellar Tracker: Davies & William Knuttel.
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by Nathan Smyth
August 8th, 2019, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Cat Cabernet 2006 and Black Cat Special Selection 2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1432

Re: Black Cat Cabernet 2006 and Black Cat Special Selection 2014

Have you tried the 2002 recently, to see how those tannins are faring?
by Nathan Smyth
August 8th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Cat Cabernet 2006 and Black Cat Special Selection 2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1432

Re: Black Cat Cabernet 2006 and Black Cat Special Selection 2014

So you're not looking to imbue the wines with any sort of a persistent midpalate grip which might require several decades to soften?

Also, in general, do you feel that the grip comes more from the oak or from the skins [or from some other place, such as the seeds or the stems]?
by Nathan Smyth
August 8th, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Young Cabs?
Replies: 43
Views: 2065

Re: Decanting Young Cabs?

Just to make sure I understand: your cure for the mythical travel shock is to shake the crap out of the wine rolleyes No, the idea would have been that since the wines would have already been shaken, you might as well have gone ahead and followed Sparky Marquis's advice and shaken some fresh oxygen...
by Nathan Smyth
August 8th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Young Cabs?
Replies: 43
Views: 2065

Re: Decanting Young Cabs?

You know, you could Audouze these wines for fourteen or fifteen hours: Open all three of them before you leave, keep the corks out, and let them sit there opened, on the countertop, breathing your house air until you get back home. You'd only be exposing about a square centimeter of surface area to ...
by Nathan Smyth
August 8th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Cat Cabernet 2006 and Black Cat Special Selection 2014
Replies: 16
Views: 1432

Re: Black Cat Cabernet 2006 and Black Cat Special Selection 2014

What's the tannic grip [intended to be] like on a young Black Cat?

Meaning what are you trying for in terms of mouthfeel when the wine is bottled & released?

And how does the grip lessen over the years?
by Nathan Smyth
August 7th, 2019, 11:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 05/06`Taittinger CdC,12`Bonville Belles Voyes,,05`Bollie GA,07`Gaston-Chiquet,96`WS Sonoma Coast Pinot,00`Guigal Landonn
Replies: 18
Views: 684

Re: 05/06`Taittinger CdC,12`Bonville Belles Voyes,,05`Bollie GA,07`Gaston-Chiquet,96`WS Sonoma Coast Pinot,00`Guigal Lan

How's the oak showing on La Landonne after all these years?

That was always the criticism of the La-Las from the AFWE crowd - the overpowering oak profile.
by Nathan Smyth
August 7th, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Young Cabs?
Replies: 43
Views: 2065

Re: Decanting Young Cabs?

No travel shock. Day trip out and back. You're taking a 14-hour day trip, you're gonna get back home 30 minutes before the tasting, you'll grab the wines, and then turn right around and head for the restaurant? Can you sleep-in the next morning? Or for the next two days? Cause you're gonna be one t...
by Nathan Smyth
August 7th, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Young Cabs?
Replies: 43
Views: 2065

Re: Decanting Young Cabs?

I will on a flight 14 hours prior till 30 minutes prior to dinner. Your wines are gonna be suffering from so much travel shock that when you get to the restaurant, you might as well give them The Sparky* Shuffle - pop the corks, pour out a little wine to draw the fill level back down from the neck,...
by Nathan Smyth
August 6th, 2019, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Francois Carillon Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseignères
Replies: 1
Views: 172

Re: TN: 2016 Francois Carillon Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseignères

John J wrote:
August 6th, 2019, 3:25 pm
its village weight
Looks like that wine needs to call 1-800-JENNY.
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by Nathan Smyth
August 5th, 2019, 11:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)
Replies: 43
Views: 2363

Re: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)

distributors won't carry your wine If you're a channel-based business, then either you have a happy channel, or else you've got a bankruptcy in your near future. Like I was saying above here, Castellano tried to squeeze an extra five points out of his channel, and his channel rose up in fury and as...
by Nathan Smyth
August 5th, 2019, 9:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)
Replies: 43
Views: 2363

Re: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)

Just the other day, I was reading an account of the life & times of Paul Castellano - apparently Castellano raised the levy on his channel, from a 10% cut to a 15% cut, and the resentment fostered by that increase gave John Gotti the leverage he needed in order to assassinate Castellano and successf...
by Nathan Smyth
August 5th, 2019, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)
Replies: 43
Views: 2363

Re: Winery Price versus Retail (Napa)

to not undercut their retailers This. If you have a channel-based business model, then undercutting your channel immediately destroys your entire business model. There are myriad stories of large & successful channel-based businesses who thought they could dispense with their channel only to watch ...
by Nathan Smyth
August 5th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Young Cabs?
Replies: 43
Views: 2065

Re: Decanting Young Cabs?

Five days ahead of time?!? To me (and, I've not purposely done this), that's just crazy talk. The wine would most likely taste oxidized by day five, wouldn't it? Not in my personal experience with Big Reds - if well made, then they just keep going & going & going. Although, admittedly, putting them...
by Nathan Smyth
August 5th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Young Cabs?
Replies: 43
Views: 2065

Re: Decanting Young Cabs?

a lot of notes on big young Cabs that say "even better the second day" Or the third day, or the fourth day, or the fifth day, or two weeks later. Personally, if they are known to be monstrously overbearing Cal-Cabs, then I'd open the bottles at least five days ahead of time. Each day, from each bot...
by Nathan Smyth
August 2nd, 2019, 10:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 25509

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

I don't mean to be rude, but is this the portfolio of a business which can sit down and write a check for $3.76M, given just the cash on hand?

Are California wineries routinely sitting on that kinda coin?
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by Nathan Smyth
August 2nd, 2019, 10:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 92
Views: 5533

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

Like a "Ukrainian" bot farm talking to itself.
by Nathan Smyth
August 2nd, 2019, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK
Replies: 92
Views: 5533

Re: Pound eviscerated: buying opportunity in the UK

This thread is absolutely hilarious.
by Nathan Smyth
August 2nd, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A little love for Languedoc
Replies: 5
Views: 414

Re: A little love for Languedoc

The 2015 Southern Rhones [e.g. Gigondas] & Languedocs were epic - if you can still find them, then I would buy almost anything 2015 without hesitation.

The 2016s [Southern Rhones & Languedocs] all tasted like barrel samples, though, and won't be ready for another 75 or 100 years [if ever].
by Nathan Smyth
August 1st, 2019, 9:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A little love for Languedoc
Replies: 5
Views: 414

Re: A little love for Languedoc

Call up the guys in Wisconsin, and see if they can ship their remaining bottles to you.
by Nathan Smyth
August 1st, 2019, 8:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A little love for Languedoc
Replies: 5
Views: 414

Re: A little love for Languedoc

When I search on free Wine Searcher, I can see one hit: https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/autour+anne If you upgrade to Wine-Searcher Pro, they're saying that you get 10 more hits. If you're still close to any bottles, then you might want to grab them now, because you might not see that wine again ...
by Nathan Smyth
July 30th, 2019, 11:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another 'how many bottles' question. Or what would you choose from the wine list?
Replies: 24
Views: 1030

Re: Another 'how many bottles' question. Or what would you choose from the wine list?

What's the deal with the "Champagne Toast", or whatever they do when they cut the wedding cake?

Will that be done while everyone is seated for dinner [with the wedding cake then being served as the dessert]?
by Nathan Smyth
July 30th, 2019, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another 'how many bottles' question. Or what would you choose from the wine list?
Replies: 24
Views: 1030

Re: Another 'how many bottles' question. Or what would you choose from the wine list?

beer and hard liquor If there's a bar open & competing with the wine-by-the-glass, then that would definitely change the calculations. Although in many jurisdictions, a venue might have a license for wine & beer, but no license for hard liquor. PS: I would try to avoid a competition between wine & ...
by Nathan Smyth
July 30th, 2019, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another 'how many bottles' question. Or what would you choose from the wine list?
Replies: 24
Views: 1030

Re: Another 'how many bottles' question. Or what would you choose from the wine list?

5 [glasses] per [bottle] sparkling... 3 cases sparkling... 5 x 3 x 12 = 180 pours -versus- 175 guests You ain't got no margin for error in that calculation. If you're trying to stick to a brutally tight budget, then I completely understand. But it ain't getting raucous on one glass of bubbles. It's...
by Nathan Smyth
July 30th, 2019, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another 'how many bottles' question. Or what would you choose from the wine list?
Replies: 24
Views: 1030

Re: Another 'how many bottles' question. Or what would you choose from the wine list?

This is just for during dinner. At least that’s how I read request. Just dinner, no pre-dinner cocktails: 1 white wine with salad/appetizers = 175 stems 1 red [or white] wine with main course = 175 stems 1 dessert wine [or sparkler] with wedding cake = 175 stems The logistics of these things are si...
by Nathan Smyth
July 30th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another 'how many bottles' question. Or what would you choose from the wine list?
Replies: 24
Views: 1030

Re: Another 'how many bottles' question. Or what would you choose from the wine list?

if it were for my mates I'd bank on 1 bottle per head but my mates are 'absolute pissheads'. +1 +1 Always better to have too much rather than too little. Also, if you serve bubblies - even if it's just Prosecco - then you're gonna zoom way past 1 bottle per head, and the guests will still be thirst...
by Nathan Smyth
July 29th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Fourrier CSJ
Replies: 8
Views: 540

Re: TN: 1996 Fourrier CSJ

1996... 1.5cm of ullage... Three hours in... I don't know whether anyone on this board is qualified to answer the question, but how do you get ullage without oxidation? If air isn't moving back into the bottle, then either you're getting a vacuum, or else some gas is emerging [from the wine?] to fi...
by Nathan Smyth
July 28th, 2019, 8:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest
Replies: 41
Views: 1799

Re: TN: 2010 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest

Larry Link wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 10:18 am
La Forest... until recent vintages a bargain at $60...
Glancing at Free Wine-Searcher, it looks like the 2016 made it to $150, and the 2017 is making a hard charge towards $200.
by Nathan Smyth
July 28th, 2019, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Leflaive Dagueneau Cheval Torres
Replies: 9
Views: 405

Re: TN: Leflaive Dagueneau Cheval Torres

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At VIVC, it's spelled with one "R": PINOT BEUROT

It was first mentioned circa 1905-1910, and mentioned as recently as the Penguin Book by Jancis Robinson et al in 2012.
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by Nathan Smyth
July 28th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finger Lakes Updates?
Replies: 26
Views: 1319

Re: Finger Lakes Updates?

for whites, Hermann Weimer Weimer also has a nursery , so, at least in theory, you could take some vines home with you. In practice, though, you really shouldn't move plant matter across state lines without a nurseryman's license from the USDA. And with invasives like Lycorma delicatula [the spotte...
by Nathan Smyth
July 26th, 2019, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Replies: 49
Views: 2456

Re: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Where you at? Sadly, I'm about 3000 miles to the East & South of you. But if ya'll would post some notes of the tasting you're envisioning, then I could live vicariously through y'all. The tasting has to be blind, though [and as double blind as possible]. Each taster must be sipping each wine with ...
by Nathan Smyth
July 26th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Complex wines and simple ingredients are kind of boring!
Replies: 33
Views: 1236

Re: Complex wines and simple ingredients are kind of boring!

Howard Cooper wrote:
July 26th, 2019, 6:03 pm
Riesling, Chablis and white Burgundy.
Keep your eye on Verdicchio.

It's making a hard charge towards the Big Leagues.
by Nathan Smyth
July 26th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Leflaive Dagueneau Cheval Torres
Replies: 9
Views: 405

Re: TN: Leflaive Dagueneau Cheval Torres

Nathan Smyth wrote:
July 26th, 2019, 7:17 pm
Latitude-wise, it lines up with Gevrey Chambertin or Fixin [to the east].
I wonder what the latitude was for Edmond Vatan's Pinot Noir vines?
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by Nathan Smyth
July 26th, 2019, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Leflaive Dagueneau Cheval Torres
Replies: 9
Views: 405

Re: TN: Leflaive Dagueneau Cheval Torres

2012 Serge Dagueneau Côtes de la Charité Les Montées de St. Lay Pinot Beurrot – hints of chard as well as sauv blanc in this nose, slightly funky, some shortbread cookie elements, finishing with a buttery sort of feel. Pinot Beurrot is the Burgundian name for Pinot Gris. If I've got the correct "Sa...
by Nathan Smyth
July 25th, 2019, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone else buy wine when they're STRESSED OUT?
Replies: 39
Views: 1562

Re: Does anyone else buy wine when they're STRESSED OUT?

Sc0tt F!tzger@ld wrote:
July 25th, 2019, 3:15 pm
Work stressing me out last night.

[head-bang.gif]
Get a new line of work.

Or quit altogether, and go on the dole.

Or find some happy medium in-between.

by Nathan Smyth
July 25th, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit
Replies: 52
Views: 1841

Re: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit

I honestly can't remember the last time I was with a party which ordered a wine off a restaurant list. And increasingly we don't even go to restaurants in the first place. We just go to somebody's house & cook a big dinner & pop some corks on the best wines from the local retail scene. Restaurants a...
by Nathan Smyth
July 25th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Replies: 49
Views: 2456

Re: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Muh brutha can certainly talk the talk.

Let's see if he can walk the walk.

Bring. It. On.
by Nathan Smyth
July 24th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Replies: 49
Views: 2456

Re: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

R odonnell wrote:
July 24th, 2019, 11:53 am
The question is why is our CH and PN high end “low” (relatively)??
Lack of [sufficient] acidity & minerality & sense of place & proven track record of improving in the cellar.
by Nathan Smyth
July 23rd, 2019, 10:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Logistics Question for the experts
Replies: 20
Views: 697

Re: Shipping Logistics Question for the experts

On [what I presume to be] the AFWE side of things, you could also contact this board member , although I don't know where he physically stores his barrels. He also strikes me as the kind of guy who probably hears a lot of good gossip about the exciting new stuff [again, from what I would presume to ...

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