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by Nathan Smyth
December 6th, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural Wines with age - a tasting (Leroy, Anglore, Ganevat, Lapierre,...)
Replies: 14
Views: 893

Re: Natural Wines with age - a tasting (Leroy, Anglore, Ganevat, Lapierre,...)

Thomas De Waen wrote:
December 4th, 2019, 11:32 am
Natural Wines with age... 2012... 2013... 2012... 2012... 40 minutes to show its stuff... 30mins to open up...
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How about three or four DAYS to open up?
by Nathan Smyth
December 5th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Floral barolo recs
Replies: 45
Views: 1887

Re: Floral barolo recs

SMDH.

It's a crime against Nature that such a noble varietal gets swallowed by a bunch of philistines like you people.
by Nathan Smyth
December 5th, 2019, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Balanced, non fruit bomb cabernets?
Replies: 44
Views: 1752

Re: Balanced, non fruit bomb cabernets?

I've never had the Heitz Napa, but Free Wine-Searcher indicates [/u] that it's a $45 to $60 wine in recent vintages. If you're interested in tight, green, light-bodied mountain fruit, then try this one [/u]. My understanding is that it's a "stencil" of a rather famous wine; it's certainly quite tast...
by Nathan Smyth
December 5th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine from Normandy?
Replies: 53
Views: 1157

Re: Wine from Normandy?

Send a PM and an email to this board member - he's the expert on Normandy [my recollection is that his grandfather had a place in Normandy, and that he spent much of his childhood there].

Hopefully he still answers the same email address as five years ago.
by Nathan Smyth
December 5th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck Top 100 2019
Replies: 42
Views: 3446

Re: Dunnuck Top 100 2019

In my experience, Dunnuck has the best relationships with the "micro-importers" whom you've never heard of. I strongly agreed with his opinion of the 2015 reds from the Southern Rhone, but the 2016 Southern Rhone reds were uniformly so powerful & unyielding that I couldn't swallow them [not even aft...
by Nathan Smyth
December 4th, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS story: To claim or not to claim?
Replies: 31
Views: 2397

Re: UPS story: To claim or not to claim?

The state and feds are sure as hell not going to waste their time tracking down someone who shipped a bottle of wine. Depends on who you are. If you're the type who poses an existential threat to Bidness As Usual Inc, then the state & the feds will throw everything plus the kitchen sink at you. And...
by Nathan Smyth
December 4th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Floral barolo recs
Replies: 45
Views: 1887

Re: Floral barolo recs

I'm not a huge fan of the funky How quickly are you emptying your bottles? Every bottle of Nebbiolo deserves to be followed for at least seven days, and I would strongly urge you to follow your Barolo & Barbaresco bottles for a minimum of fourteen days. If you're practicing Pop-N-Pour Infanticide o...
by Nathan Smyth
December 2nd, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines to Buy In Germany
Replies: 13
Views: 890

Re: Wines to Buy In Germany

I was clicking through some Wachau websites and noticed that Franz Prager just died in October: . Franz Prager: 1925 - 2019 http://www.vinea-wachau.at/news/news/single/news/franz-prager-1925-2019 . schwengler-prager-hirtzberger-jamek.png Wilhelm Schwengler, Franz Prager, Franz Hirtzberger, Josef Jam...
by Nathan Smyth
December 2nd, 2019, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines to Buy In Germany
Replies: 13
Views: 890

Re: Wines to Buy In Germany

I would suggest that you order the wines to her hotel, saves both of you quite a bit of trouble. Have done it myself several times when in Germany. Never had a hotel reject the request but do check with them first. This. Wine-Searcher Pro + Hotel Concierge FTW. [Remember to be kind & generous to yo...
by Nathan Smyth
December 2nd, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS story: To claim or not to claim?
Replies: 31
Views: 2397

Re: UPS story: To claim or not to claim?

The state and feds are sure as hell not going to waste their time tracking down someone who shipped a bottle of wine. Depends on who you are. If you're the type who poses an existential threat to Bidness As Usual Inc, then the state & the feds will throw everything plus the kitchen sink at you. And...
by Nathan Smyth
December 1st, 2019, 12:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines to Buy In Germany
Replies: 13
Views: 890

Re: Wines to Buy In Germany

In terms of collectibles, I'd be on the prowl for well-aged magnums of Hirtzberger Honivogl Gruner & FX Pichler Unendlich Gruner. Here's free Wine-Searcher, but you definitely wanna upgrade to Wine-Searcher Pro: https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/honivogl+gruner https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/un...
by Nathan Smyth
December 1st, 2019, 12:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines to Buy In Germany
Replies: 13
Views: 890

Re: Wines to Buy In Germany

DUDE!!!!! . melk.jpg . Melk is a stone's throw from Franz Hirtzberger & Franz Xavier Pichler!!! http://www.hirtzberger.at/index.php?article_id=45&clang=0 [/u] http://www.fx-pichler.at/kontakt.php [/u] We're talking Grüner & Riesling Valhalla!!! . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFkyAD9gS6g . You cou...
by Nathan Smyth
November 30th, 2019, 10:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?
Replies: 41
Views: 3104

Re: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?

I've got some 08s of the Brunate Le Coste I love. How would you know that you loved them unless you were opening them about 40 or 50 years too soon? SRSLY. Stop opening them, hide them way the heck in the back of your cellar [where you'll never find them again], and force yourself to forget that yo...
by Nathan Smyth
November 29th, 2019, 9:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?
Replies: 65
Views: 3074

Re: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?

What was wrong with the Right Bank in 2005?
by Nathan Smyth
November 26th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Legend - 1969 Chappellet
Replies: 15
Views: 1363

Re: The Legend - 1969 Chappellet

The 1973 Chappellet was the best red wine I ever had.

Definitely not for the Pop-N-Pour Infanticide crowd, however.
by Nathan Smyth
November 25th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 End of the Vine Mt Veeder Cabernet Mayacamas Mountains
Replies: 0
Views: 301

2014 End of the Vine Mt Veeder Cabernet Mayacamas Mountains

2014 End of the Vine Mt Veeder Cabernet Mayacamas Mountains Even after a lengthy decanting, it was still very, very tight. And very green. And very light. I received a rather large pour, and I kept telling myself that I oughtta dump the rest of it in the swill bucket, but it was just too dadgum tas...
by Nathan Smyth
November 24th, 2019, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unfinished Pine vs. Redwood vs. Mahogany; another cellar question
Replies: 30
Views: 1237

Re: Unfinished Pine vs. Redwood vs. Mahogany; another cellar question

The cedar used in cellars is western red cedar and doesn’t have the scent you are thinking of. My first cellar by apex was cedar.
Eastern Red Cedar is actually a Juniper.

It's so pungent that Down South we use it in lieu of mothballs.
by Nathan Smyth
November 24th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weightless, Red Fruited and Pure....Name Your Poison
Replies: 50
Views: 2167

Re: Weightless, Red Fruited and Pure....Name Your Poison

2011 Winery of Good Hope Pinotage, on about Day 5.
by Nathan Smyth
November 24th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old Hermitage Blanc - what to serve with it? (and decant?)
Replies: 31
Views: 1291

Re: Old Hermitage Blanc - what to serve with it? (and decant?)

J.Vizuete wrote:
November 24th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Fabulous list of suggestions... makes me want to try several myself!
That music dude nailed it with the breakfast foods [I didn't even know they scrambled eggs in Austria - I always assumed that was just a redneck thang here in the USA].
by Nathan Smyth
November 24th, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old Hermitage Blanc - what to serve with it? (and decant?)
Replies: 31
Views: 1291

Re: Old Hermitage Blanc - what to serve with it? (and decant?)

What's the Chapoutier oak treatment like [then and now]? Hopefully they knew what they were doing back in the early 1990s, but here in the USA, many of our Chardonnays [from that general era] aged disastrously, because the winemakers didn't know what the heck they were doing with the oak treatment -...
by Nathan Smyth
November 24th, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo recs
Replies: 51
Views: 2371

Re: Barolo recs

PS: Above all else, do not get yourself invited to one of those tastings where you get a chance to smell & sip on a few drops of a properly aged Giacosa or Conterno or Gaja or similar - you'll never be able to enjoy normal wine again.
by Nathan Smyth
November 24th, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo recs
Replies: 51
Views: 2371

Re: Barolo recs

Barolo doesn't work until it's been aged for 50 or 60 years. If you're legit curious about this, and if you're not a billionaire, then I'd urge to you learn the Nebbiolo cultivar. In the old days, the cheapest way to do that was to purchase an aged Nebbiolo from the far northern part of the Piemonte...
by Nathan Smyth
November 23rd, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unfinished Pine vs. Redwood vs. Mahogany; another cellar question
Replies: 30
Views: 1237

Re: Unfinished Pine vs. Redwood vs. Mahogany; another cellar question

cypress heartwood
Cypress & Redwood are very closely related:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cupressac ... sification

And the juglone from black walnuts kills them both dead as doornails.
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by Nathan Smyth
November 23rd, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 5877

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

deep frying a turkey in the back yard
Is that even legal in NYC anymore?

Over in Milwaukee, WI, they just arrested some poor guy [who had been homesteading in an 8'x8'x20' hole in the ground] for being an hermit.

Before you know it, they'll outlaw breathing oxygen.
by Nathan Smyth
November 23rd, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unfinished Pine vs. Redwood vs. Mahogany; another cellar question
Replies: 30
Views: 1237

Re: Unfinished Pine vs. Redwood vs. Mahogany; another cellar question

If sunlight were involved, then, over time, the pine would cure to look overwhelmingly better than redwood or mahogany. But I'm not sure how pine would cure in total darkness. [Old sun-stained yellow pine (Pinus palustris???) is far & away the most beautiful wood I've ever seen, especially if it has...
by Nathan Smyth
November 19th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer
Replies: 48
Views: 3654

Re: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer

Wow, the big guys are on a tear, buying up everybody. There are [meta-] Darwinian aspects to this behavior which are pretty damned horrifying. Lately I've been reading a lot about the history of bidness, and I don't know what the hell these families are thinking when they sell out to Evil Inc, alth...
by Nathan Smyth
November 17th, 2019, 10:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .
Replies: 64
Views: 4720

Re: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .

...wife and friends opened a large format cause it looked cool and unceremoniously left without drinking it... wife has free reign, way cheaper than divorce...
by Nathan Smyth
November 16th, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $6500 for this poxed Monty?
Replies: 27
Views: 3408

Re: $6500 for this poxed Monty?

an incompetent photographer I was browsing through some of the 360-degree pictures, and my immediate reaction was that they've got a slow "turntable" in front of an automatically-clicking camera, with some software which allows them to enter* the relevant data on the bottle, and as the turntable ro...
by Nathan Smyth
November 15th, 2019, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 5621

Re: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

2016 Léoville Barton... Drink 2025-2046[/b]
If you prefer your wines to taste like stubbornly closed & implacable barrel samples.

Most 2016s probably won't be shedding their baby fat until the 2066 to 2091 timeframe, and they might very well peak in 2116.
by Nathan Smyth
November 14th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ponsot...in general
Replies: 36
Views: 2356

Re: Ponsot...in general

believe too many of his CdlR’s are opened too young. Will start thinking about opening mine around the 20 year mark, but would rather be in the 25-30 year range. With the provisio that I know nothing whatsoever about the topic at hand, my overwhelming impression from reading the replies on this thr...
by Nathan Smyth
November 13th, 2019, 12:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: no Rieslingfeier this year...fyi
Replies: 21
Views: 1360

Re: no Rieslingfeier this year...fyi

J a y H a c k wrote:
November 12th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Riesling epiphany with Pichler Unendlich
So much for enjoying the journey.

Next cultivar.
by Nathan Smyth
November 12th, 2019, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A couple more unsung AOC Margaux TNs ('78 Labégorce & '78 Brane)
Replies: 2
Views: 321

Re: A couple more unsung AOC Margaux TNs ('78 Labégorce & '78 Brane)

1978 Château Brane-Cantenac - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux (11/11/2019) Based on the divergent recent reviews from Neil Martin and Cellartrackers, evidently this wine lives up to the maxim that there are no great wines, only great bottles. In any event my particular bottle (sourced recently fro...
by Nathan Smyth
November 11th, 2019, 12:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 2017 White Burg are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 44
Views: 2789

Re: What 2017 White Burg are you drinking tonight?

Jeremy Holmes wrote:
November 10th, 2019, 9:32 pm
With a producer as good as Jacques Carillon, I don't chase a particular vineyard, happy to buy from Village to BBM.
I sure do hope you're paying sub-Wholesale; something getting closer to Cellar Door pricing.

Those wines are now obscenely expensive in the USA [if you can even find them at all].
by Nathan Smyth
November 10th, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2445

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

In some states [such as New Jersey, and maybe Pennsylvania], restaurants are awarded their alcohol licenses by the Mafia, in cahoots with Mafia-owned politicians & Mafia-owned regulators. There is tremendous competition amongst restaurants to purchase the goodwill necessary to receive an alcohol lic...
by Nathan Smyth
November 10th, 2019, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AG: 2016 And 2017 Barbaresco And Point Inflation
Replies: 31
Views: 2136

Re: AG: 2016 And 2017 Barbaresco And Point Inflation

Mattstolz wrote:
November 9th, 2019, 2:14 pm
a 92 point Burgundy on CT will likely be one of the best wines I've ever had in my life. a 94 point cali cab... maybe the best wine you have in that two week period.
The Truth hurts, but I LOL'ed.
by Nathan Smyth
November 10th, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage
Replies: 68
Views: 4322

Re: Saving Old Vineyards - Economics vs Heritage

diesel-vineyard-destruction.jpg If the vineyard owners are moseying up to the table with the $$$s necessary to rent [or, God forbid, actually own] big iron diesel rigs like that, then there's no reason whatsoever that the ancient vines couldn't be simply TRANSPLANTED to new soil. The animal rights ...
by Nathan Smyth
November 9th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AG: 2016 And 2017 Barbaresco And Point Inflation
Replies: 31
Views: 2136

Re: AG: 2016 And 2017 Barbaresco And Point Inflation

A little off-topic, but the guys at Cellar Tracker are TOUGH SCORERS. If you can find a wine there with 20 or 30 unique tasters [and not just two or three guys each posting ten different tasting notes on the same wine], and if those 20 or 30 unique tasters are converging on a score of about 94 point...
by Nathan Smyth
November 9th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AG: 2016 And 2017 Barbaresco And Point Inflation
Replies: 31
Views: 2136

Re: AG: 2016 And 2017 Barbaresco And Point Inflation

Back in the day, when you could still cross paths with legit 96- to 98-point wines in the general vicinity of $150, I felt like I could give valid scores to wines. But in the last few years, as those wines soared to prices like $1500 or even $15,000, it started to dawn on me that I have no business ...
by Nathan Smyth
November 9th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AG: 2016 And 2017 Barbaresco And Point Inflation
Replies: 31
Views: 2136

Re: AG: 2016 And 2017 Barbaresco And Point Inflation

"More recently, the wine reviewing world has become populated by tasters who award wines absurdly high scores that those wines have no chance of ever actually living up to." is this one of those statements that sounds true, but really cannot be verified because it's so vague and open-ended? (ITB) O...
by Nathan Smyth
November 8th, 2019, 11:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Deal or No Deal? 2001 VCC
Replies: 26
Views: 1326

Re: Deal or No Deal? 2001 VCC

10/12/2018... good purple color... With the proviso that I know nothing whatsoever about the topic at hand, if I were sipping on a 17yo wine with the pedigree of VCC, and if it were still showing purple synesthesia at that age, then I'd hide the rest of the bottles deep in the back of the cellar, t...
by Nathan Smyth
November 8th, 2019, 11:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Deal or No Deal? 2001 VCC
Replies: 26
Views: 1326

Re: Deal or No Deal? 2001 VCC

I wish I could buy more! Unfortunately, it was the last bottle in the bin, so I don't know if I will get the opportunity to get more if I tried. The store did have some other interesting bottles from the late 90's / early 00's so another trip back is on the docket. TW I'm thinking this wasn't a sta...
by Nathan Smyth
November 7th, 2019, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100
Replies: 45
Views: 2096

Re: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100

Judging from Cellar Tracker , I'd be very interested in trying the following vintages of Brane Cantenac: 1996 https://www.cellartracker.com/notes.asp?iWine=14755 https://www.wine-searcher.com/find/brane+cantenac/1996/ 1998 https://www.cellartracker.com/notes.asp?iWine=60903 https://www.wine-searche...
by Nathan Smyth
November 7th, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanters for ballers only
Replies: 15
Views: 1253

Re: Decanters for ballers only

These are purely for display purposes, right?
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by Nathan Smyth
November 5th, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Paul Pernot et ses Fils Puligny-Montrachet
Replies: 7
Views: 482

Re: TN: 2014 Paul Pernot et ses Fils Puligny-Montrachet

alan weinberg wrote:
November 5th, 2019, 6:41 pm
a Buzz 89? Pour that crap down the drain!
Seriously.

My jaw dropped.
by Nathan Smyth
November 5th, 2019, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Talbott Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay
Replies: 5
Views: 369

Re: TN: 2011 Talbott Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Chardonnay

Did Sam Balderas retire sometime around then?

Sleepy Hollow fruit, in the hands of Balderas, or our very own Joe Davis, is pretty much at the apogee of New World wine.

It's a terrible tragedy that the vineyard was sold to Evil Incorporated.
by Nathan Smyth
November 5th, 2019, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?
Replies: 50
Views: 2854

Re: Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé - Controversial Producer?

Yet more systemic, pervasive, pandemic Infanticide courtesy of Wine Berserkers.

This board needs a new name.

Something along the lines of the Wine Carthaginians or Wine Canaanites or similar.

I dunno, on second thought, maybe it's apropos.
by Nathan Smyth
November 4th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys
Replies: 70
Views: 4344

Re: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys

Joe G a l e w s k i wrote:
November 3rd, 2019, 2:36 pm
But I see that Arcadian isn't on the list either...
End of discussion.

Next topic.
by Nathan Smyth
November 3rd, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Keller "Bürgel" GG Spätburgunder - 2017 a milestone at the estate Keller
Replies: 1
Views: 353

Re: 2017 Keller "Bürgel" GG Spätburgunder - 2017 a milestone at the estate Keller

They need your advice over on this thread [although it's Austria, not Germany].
by Nathan Smyth
November 1st, 2019, 11:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Weingut Keller - Riesling "Limestone" (Germany, Rheinhessen)
Replies: 5
Views: 418

Re: TN: 2018 Weingut Keller - Riesling "Limestone" (Germany, Rheinhessen)

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