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by Nathan Smyth
March 31st, 2020, 10:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TH - 2000 Girardin Clos de la Roche
Replies: 5
Views: 206

Re: TH - 2000 Girardin Clos de la Roche

Did you get any hints of whole cluster fermentation?
by Nathan Smyth
March 31st, 2020, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone Still Drink Mondavi Reserve Cab?
Replies: 28
Views: 1267

Re: Anyone Still Drink Mondavi Reserve Cab?

What's the Premier? I thought they only had Proprietary and Novicium? I dunno. Cellar Tracker seems to think that they are two distinct wines [although maybe it's a bookkeeping error at Cellar Tracker?]. There is one hit at free Wine Searcher, for a 2007 "Premiere" at TCWC . PS: Cellar Tracker also...
by Nathan Smyth
March 31st, 2020, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone Still Drink Mondavi Reserve Cab?
Replies: 28
Views: 1267

Re: Anyone Still Drink Mondavi Reserve Cab?

After the family sold, I stopped buying. In part because I liked the idea of supporting smaller wineries... Any thoughts? How about Tim Mondavi's work at Continuum ? The wines are a little pricey, but Cellar Tracker loves them [especially the 2016 Proprietary]: Novicium https://www.cellartracker.co...
by Nathan Smyth
March 29th, 2020, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett
Replies: 6
Views: 447

Re: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett

I have a very strong memory of smelling this wine for the first time. At that point in my tasting career, it was a little too powerful for me [I was more attracted to the cleanliness of Christoffel & Selbach-Oster], but a few months later, I had a chance to try Manfred Prum's WS & GH spaetlesen from...
by Nathan Smyth
March 28th, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling
Replies: 48
Views: 1591

Re: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling

Powers makes very elegant wines from Bordeaux varietals out of the Champoux vineyard [and they've got a 30%/50% special right now]: https://shop.badgermtnvineyard.com/xe/xe.asp?page=viewcat&cat=powers-wines Covington makes inky black wines from Bordeaux varietals [and from a Parkerized point of view...
by Nathan Smyth
March 25th, 2020, 10:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hacks for evaluating current release wine
Replies: 39
Views: 1689

Re: Hacks for evaluating current release wine

Again, in my experience, if a young wine goes skanky on you within a week, then it is not built for the ages. Similarly, if, after a few days, when all the spoofulation wears off, you're staring down a substantially different [i.e. worse] drink than what you had encountered upon first opening, then ...
by Nathan Smyth
March 25th, 2020, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: COVID-19 takes wine legend Marqués de Griñón
Replies: 3
Views: 720

Re: COVID-19 takes wine legend Marqués de Griñón

When you correct for starting date, the Corona virus deaths in Iran are tracking China almost perfectly. Similarly, the United States is tracking France almost perfectly [go figure]. South Korea & Japan are tracking one another as far outliers, with almost no deaths whatsoever. Italy had by far the ...
by Nathan Smyth
March 25th, 2020, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hacks for evaluating current release wine
Replies: 39
Views: 1689

Re: Hacks for evaluating current release wine

Sometimes there are no "hacks" for life, you got to put in the hard work. [training.gif] Which includes being at peace with having been wildly off base in your predictions of a wine's future. One thing which fascinates me is how table wines can "drop fruit", and lose their color, and throw a ton of...
by Nathan Smyth
March 24th, 2020, 8:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Daniel Bouland Morgon Les Délys - Too Ripe
Replies: 43
Views: 1595

Re: TN: 2018 Daniel Bouland Morgon Les Délys - Too Ripe

The 2018 Coudert Roillette normale [which I believe received an yuge score from Tanzer] is very sauve & debonair for the first couple of days, but then it goes skanky on Day 3. The 2018 Brun L'Ancien is angular & awkward & disjointed for the first few days, but then all the components finally integr...
by Nathan Smyth
March 24th, 2020, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hacks for evaluating current release wine
Replies: 39
Views: 1689

Re: Hacks for evaluating current release wine

Besides drinking a glass per day over 4 days, is there any other hacks? I'm a big fan of studying the oxidation curve, although there are a substantial number of WBers who think it's a complete waste of time. I'd also study the cork - keep pushing it in & pulling it back out as long as you're study...
by Nathan Smyth
March 17th, 2020, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PLCB turning off the lights...
Replies: 24
Views: 1631

Re: PLCB turning off the lights...

Y'all's Google-Fu might be a lot better than mine, but my searching indicates to me that almost the entirety of the alcohol abuse research concerns the prevalence of binge drinking amongst very wealthy children at elite private schools & universities [which, when you think about the state of our pse...
by Nathan Smyth
March 17th, 2020, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most aromatic value white wine recommendations
Replies: 10
Views: 516

Re: Most aromatic value white wine recommendations

I am after bold, colourful, passionate, most aromatic good quality white wine. I like in particular notes of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, butter, oaky but other recommendations more towards fruity if aromatic and engaging are also appreciated . Rather value segment in terms of pricing - best would ...
by Nathan Smyth
March 17th, 2020, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most aromatic value white wine recommendations
Replies: 10
Views: 516

Re: Most aromatic value white wine recommendations

but other recommendations more towards fruity if aromatic and engaging are also appreciated... Poland is not the best place in terms of wine availability... You should have access to vastly more cultivars of Vitis vinifera in Europe than we do in the United States. In terms of fruity-tooty aromatic...
by Nathan Smyth
March 16th, 2020, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PLCB turning off the lights...
Replies: 24
Views: 1631

Re: PLCB turning off the lights...

If I understand the implications correctly, all PA citizens will be prohibited from buying wine and spirits meanwhile, even if from out of state. I don't know diddly squat about Internal Medicine, but for years I have been nursing a layman's vague impression that if an alcoholic's metabolism has be...
by Nathan Smyth
March 16th, 2020, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shake up in German wine distribution in this country
Replies: 10
Views: 1047

Re: Shake up in German wine distribution in this country

Around here, the German/Austrian market has been in the tank since forever. Fortunately we had an yuge German/Austrian market circa 2002/2003/2004, so I got the chance to sample a number of epic wines from circa the 2001 & 2002 vintages. But as things currently stand, I'd be very surprised if I were...
by Nathan Smyth
March 15th, 2020, 11:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newsom orders all California wineries to close
Replies: 52
Views: 3109

Re: Newsom orders all California wineries to close

GregT wrote:
March 15th, 2020, 5:49 pm
This is sheer idiocy... I don't get the thinking...
None of this makes any sense if you try to analyze it from a ludicrously naive & trusting Normie-cuck point of view.

You gotta delve into some dark black cynicism in order for this catastrophe to start making sense.
by Nathan Smyth
March 14th, 2020, 8:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino report
Replies: 21
Views: 1292

Re: the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino report

2015 Agostina Pieri Brunello di Montalcino – Lots of Fr oak on the nose, with little sense of place just now. Ripe red currant, some basil, truffle cream. The palate is med+ bodied, shows something of a tiny hole mid-palate, and the finish now is avg. Good, not great. Needs time to shine. Drink 202...
by Nathan Smyth
March 14th, 2020, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino report
Replies: 21
Views: 1292

Re: the 2015 Brunello di Montalcino report

2015 Agostina Pieri Brunello di Montalcino – Lots of Fr oak on the nose, with little sense of place just now. Ripe red currant, some basil, truffle cream. The palate is med+ bodied, shows something of a tiny hole mid-palate, and the finish now is avg. Good, not great. Needs time to shine. Drink 202...
by Nathan Smyth
March 12th, 2020, 10:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best way to move wine?
Replies: 11
Views: 683

Re: Best way to move wine?

empty wine boxes This is definitely the quickest & easiest method. But if you can't find any wine boxes, then you can lay down the bottles in normal boxes & use towels and wash clothes to line between the bottles & prevent the bottles from clinking against one another [you can even wrap the bottles...
by Nathan Smyth
March 11th, 2020, 9:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zin recommendations?
Replies: 60
Views: 2886

Re: Zin recommendations?

I don't know much about Zinfandel, but Philippe Melka's work with the very old vines is quite impressive. https://www.bing.com/search?q=philippe+melka+old+vines+zinfandel I doubt that Melka's style would win any awards for traditionalism or rusticity or backwardsness, but if you like a yummy wine wh...
by Nathan Smyth
March 7th, 2020, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 d'Yquem 750s for $199
Replies: 25
Views: 1872

Re: 2005 d'Yquem 750s for $199

David_K wrote:
March 7th, 2020, 10:25 am
pretty hard
Reading a thread or two at WB will makes vultures look like hummingbirds.
by Nathan Smyth
March 7th, 2020, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Napa/ Sonoma Tasting Experience?
Replies: 57
Views: 3174

Re: Best Napa/ Sonoma Tasting Experience?

For Sonoma, has anyone ever been to Walter Hansel? From what I've tasted of their wines [back here on the East Coast], they're doing dynamite work. The website looks quite beautiful, and they even have a bistro , with a wine list & a dessert list [and you could taste their wines next to wines from G...
by Nathan Smyth
March 6th, 2020, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hud.-Noell. Meursault
Replies: 10
Views: 759

Re: Hud.-Noell. Meursault

...it did not impress me as much more than an every day dinner wine. ...Shame to hear it didn't make a good impression. I haven't had a good impression from a Chardonnay in forever. I think the entry point for good impressions must be getting out towards $150 to $200. I certainly can't seem to find...
by Nathan Smyth
March 5th, 2020, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home purchase with wine cellar question
Replies: 36
Views: 2042

Re: Home purchase with wine cellar question

In the industry, it is typical to refer to all homes which are not new construction as “resale.” If there's anything more sickening than the sound of realtor-valley-girl-collagen-injected-lee-press-on-nails-gibberish, then I don't wanna know what it is. Even the Mary Kay gals have more dignity than...
by Nathan Smyth
March 5th, 2020, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home purchase with wine cellar question
Replies: 36
Views: 2042

Re: Home purchase with wine cellar question

D Zurcher wrote:
March 5th, 2020, 6:15 am
moving to a house that has indoor RV parking and a bigger garage
Who the hell is this, Jay Leno?

Indoor RV parking - that's a new one on me.

LOL'ing.

I guess they don't get Corona-chan in those zip codes.
by Nathan Smyth
March 4th, 2020, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best $20 dollar bottle you know of?
Replies: 97
Views: 5198

Re: What's the best $20 dollar bottle you know of?

2011 Ridge Monte Bello... Caymus... Mollydooker The Boxer My guess is they are going to rank the Caymus one, the Ridge 3, and I'm hoping the $20 dollar bottle gets ranked #2. The Boxer is a Shiraz, and it will just blow a Ridge & a Caymus right out of the water. It looks like the Maitre D' Cabernet...
by Nathan Smyth
March 4th, 2020, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home purchase with wine cellar question
Replies: 36
Views: 2042

Re: Home purchase with wine cellar question

D Zurcher wrote:
March 3rd, 2020, 8:54 pm
Buying a resale
Are you the flipper, or is the person selling it to you the flipper?
by Nathan Smyth
March 4th, 2020, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Home purchase with wine cellar question
Replies: 36
Views: 2042

Re: Home purchase with wine cellar question

Victor Hong wrote:
March 4th, 2020, 6:10 am
Ask a general house inspector and also a wine cellar contractor to inspect the area.
Well there goes $500.
by Nathan Smyth
March 3rd, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 vintage in France. Buyer beware?
Replies: 20
Views: 2084

Re: 2018 vintage in France. Buyer beware?

I've instead discovered total bombs. Both examples are far more deep, heady, and extracted than anything I encountered with a vintage like 2015 The Dressner portfolio is like that in 2018. The 2018 Roilette [normale] is slick & sleek & polished & sauve & satiny for the first day or two, then the sp...
by Nathan Smyth
February 28th, 2020, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?
Replies: 164
Views: 12888

Re: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?

Hopefully the end flu season will be the end of coronavirus season. This is what I keep wondering - whether the United States might dodge this one simply because the weather is starting to warm up. It hit China in the dead of winter, and that's a real whammy to be throwing at peoples' respiratory t...
by Nathan Smyth
February 27th, 2020, 4:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Coche Rougeots/1991 Bertheau Bonnes Mares...
Replies: 10
Views: 625

Re: 2001 Coche Rougeots/1991 Bertheau Bonnes Mares...

Herwig Janssen wrote:
February 27th, 2020, 1:20 pm
Coche made great 2001’s , the best in white Burgundy imho , but now they are on their decline.
?????

How can they be the best whites if they didn't even make it to the two decade mark?

Or do you simply dislike the vintage as a whole?
by Nathan Smyth
February 25th, 2020, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: One dozen bottles plus a magnum of Champagne at $150 per bottle corkage for a special lunch at La Grenouille.
Replies: 45
Views: 2920

Re: One dozen bottles plus a magnum of Champagne at $150 per bottle corkage for a special lunch at La Grenouille.

some restaurants just don't like having this kind of event taking place in their restaurant. Maybe they had a few bad experiences with that kind of group... That's what I've been told by people ITB - that most restaurants loathe the wine snobs - and given some of the shockingly anti-social behavior...
by Nathan Smyth
February 22nd, 2020, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying strategies
Replies: 29
Views: 2594

Re: Buying strategies

Taste everything you can. Buy only what you love. Buy a lot of that. Best, Jim This is of course the correct approach. Only you know your own tastes. In addition to tasting from a newly-opened bottle, I also try to learn the oxidation curve of a wine. This takes time, and can't be done "en primeur"...
by Nathan Smyth
February 18th, 2020, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 46
Views: 4104

Re: Mountain Lions

Just respect them, avoid encroaching on their habit, and live and let live. The problem here is when lions view little human girls and small women as very tasty appetizers before the main course of German Shepherds & Labrador Retrievers. People who think that lions look at you as anything other tha...
by Nathan Smyth
February 18th, 2020, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reddit post on collecting wine
Replies: 76
Views: 5700

Re: Reddit post on collecting wine

Unless you're an expert... Don't go to the cheap place. Don't buy from someone because they're nice. Don't deal w random people in a store you like. And some of the advice seems just plain weird. Always buy from the same guy at the same shop and don't shop around for the best price? Can you remembe...
by Nathan Smyth
February 18th, 2020, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reddit post on collecting wine
Replies: 76
Views: 5700

Re: Reddit post on collecting wine

Best I can hope for is for some of my wines to retains some value I don't think demand has much to do with the financial value of wine anymore - I wouldn't be surprised if we've moved on past Peak Wine and are now heading towards Peak Bourbon. As far as I can tell, wine prices are moved by SUPPLY, ...
by Nathan Smyth
February 17th, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 46
Views: 4104

Re: Mountain Lions

One final point about these cats: From what I've read, the prophylactic rabies immunoglobulin treatments, administered s/p an intimate encounter with a warm-blooded predator, have retail prices ranging from $75,000 to $125,000. For folks who already can't afford health insurance, that would be a fin...
by Nathan Smyth
February 17th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 46
Views: 4104

Re: Mountain Lions

6-year-old girl attacked by mountain lion, saved by adult who punched cat in ribs during mauling By Jon Haworth February 17, 2020, 5:32 AM ...The incident occurred on Sunday morning just before 10 a.m. in the Rancho San Antonio County Park and Open Space Preserve in Santa Clara County, California, ...
by Nathan Smyth
February 15th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo : what to buy in en-primeur
Replies: 25
Views: 3678

Re: 2016 Barolo : what to buy in en-primeur

You know, the more I think about it, the more it feels like Southern W&S would be precisely the sort of outfit which would have the ethnic mafia ties with the Kushner Family Crime Syndicate necessary to pull off a hustle like that. Either Southern, or Skurnik. I wonder if they've been very quietly w...
by Nathan Smyth
February 15th, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo : what to buy in en-primeur
Replies: 25
Views: 3678

Re: 2016 Barolo : what to buy in en-primeur

Does anyone know of a reputable US retailer that does Barolo EP? I haven't gotten any inbounds from the usual retail suspects. Of course, it has to actually clear US customs before the new tariff hits, so until then one or both parties to any sale are taking the risk. That's way too much risk for a...
by Nathan Smyth
February 14th, 2020, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Tardive - Disappointing
Replies: 32
Views: 1593

Re: TN: 2009 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Tardive - Disappointing

Nah, there's been a definite change in the winemaking style. Maybe you guys didn't notice because they were boiling the frog slowly. But for someone who spent more than a decade without Roilette, it's very obvious. The mouthfeel & the [apparent] acidity & the synesthesia on the normale have been com...
by Nathan Smyth
February 14th, 2020, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction Pricing Question
Replies: 42
Views: 2648

Re: Auction Pricing Question

Where *is* the ideal place to fish, then? The pond [or watering hole] with the great big hungry fish which no one else knows about. Which, in this metaphor, is...? If you're a Wine Hunter, then don't go blabbing your mouth about where the great big trophy stags* are. Keep your damned mouth shut, an...
by Nathan Smyth
February 14th, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Tardive - Disappointing
Replies: 32
Views: 1593

Re: TN: 2009 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Tardive - Disappointing

I haven't followed the Clos de la Roillette every year, but apparently the 2018 normale got yuge points from Tanzer, and it is a thoroughly "Parkerized" wine - dark, plush, velvet/satin sheen, slick, almost sweet - it's like the used car salesman of Fleurie. It's certainly a magnificent wine for the...
by Nathan Smyth
February 14th, 2020, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction Pricing Question
Replies: 42
Views: 2648

Re: Auction Pricing Question

jason stein wrote:
February 14th, 2020, 8:53 am
Where *is* the ideal place to fish, then?
The pond [or watering hole] with the great big hungry fish which no one else knows about.
by Nathan Smyth
February 13th, 2020, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN : 1995 Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne
Replies: 20
Views: 1140

Re: TN : 1995 Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne

I never understood the AFWE aversion to these wines.

1995 La Mouline was one of the best wines I ever tasted.
by Nathan Smyth
February 13th, 2020, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point
Replies: 44
Views: 2803

Re: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point

WA isn't known for Cab like Napa Valley is, so it's an odd taste off. WA makes its bones in red blends with heavy doses of Merlot which is more tannic in WA than Cab, Cab isn't ideally suited to many areas and either stays a touch under ripe or can burn in places like Red Mtn. without excellent can...
by Nathan Smyth
February 13th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are we seeing the end of the madness?
Replies: 27
Views: 3609

Re: Are we seeing the end of the madness?

Tom Reddick wrote:
February 13th, 2020, 10:29 am
But I have not touched the Big 3- those are still beyond what I am willing to pay.
Who are the Big Three?
by Nathan Smyth
February 11th, 2020, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction Pricing Question
Replies: 42
Views: 2648

Re: Auction Pricing Question

Second, it's how many potential clients exist for each... California wine though has only recently tried to expand it's global footprint, and has had a very, very hard time getting traction in Europe... But there are also fundamental mathematical constraints here [or, more precisely, the ABSENCE of...
by Nathan Smyth
February 11th, 2020, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Jim Laube know how an old California wine should taste
Replies: 62
Views: 3751

Re: Does Jim Laube know how an old California wine should taste

I think he has a problem with certain yeasts usages calling wines dirty when they were not. Back in the day, he was also quite sensitive to TCA. It's possible that he's a very rare male "Super-Taster" [super-tasters are vastly more likely to be women than men]. Super-Tasters tend to like their food...

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