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by Nathan Smyth
January 19th, 2020, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does There Come A Time When The Search For Epiphany Experiences Ceases?
Replies: 33
Views: 1564

Re: Does There Come A Time When The Search For Epiphany Experiences Ceases?

Does There Come A Time When The Search For Epiphany Experiences Ceases? Yeah, when new releases of the latest vintages of the epiphanic labels come with price tags of $30,000 per 750ml. The epiphany for me is the family and friends I share it with. Out here in flyover country, the fun is in finding...
by Nathan Smyth
January 18th, 2020, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CSD
Replies: 6
Views: 705

Re: CSD

How many people attend a tasting like that?

Several times I tried counting the number of bottles, but I kept losing place in the middle and coming up with different numbers each time.
by Nathan Smyth
January 17th, 2020, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice Bottles Don't Necessarily Make Good Pairings: Exhibit "A".
Replies: 32
Views: 1455

Re: Nice Bottles Don't Necessarily Make Good Pairings: Exhibit "A".

These wines would have made much better pairings in about 50 years. Stop thinking of yourself as a consumer of these wines, and start thinking of yourself as merely a CARETAKER of these wines. These wines weren't meant to be opened by you - they were meant to be opened by your grandchildren & greatg...
by Nathan Smyth
January 16th, 2020, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Austrian Riesling vintage recommendation
Replies: 12
Views: 564

Re: Austrian Riesling vintage recommendation

Well, “taut Rieslings” sounds pretty good to me! Yeah, I was thinking exactly the same thing. I'm getting to the point now where I can't even understand most professional wine criticism anymore. It's like they're speaking in martian. For instance, recently there was a front page thread on WB about ...
by Nathan Smyth
January 16th, 2020, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Austrian Riesling vintage recommendation
Replies: 12
Views: 564

Re: Austrian Riesling vintage recommendation

Here's you versus the Wine Spectator.

It looks like 2010 & 2015 would be the points of disagreement [although it's curious how an ostensible 100-point-scale has been compressed down to a mere 8 gradations, from 87 to 94].
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by Nathan Smyth
January 16th, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Australian ooze-monster wines. How are they now?
Replies: 121
Views: 8624

Re: Australian ooze-monster wines. How are they now?

I have a 2001 and 2002 Marquis Phillips Integrity Shiraz in my wine cooler that I have had since release when Australian wines were all the rage. I would love to sip on those two wines, circa 2051/2052. Although if they haven't already fallen completely apart [chemically], and if their corks are go...
by Nathan Smyth
January 16th, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred Brand for Cellar Vapor Barrier
Replies: 22
Views: 783

Re: Preferred Brand for Cellar Vapor Barrier

A fellow named Paul Fisette, in the Building & Construction Technology program at U-Mass Amherst, wrote the bible on this question: https://bct.eco.umass.edu/publications/articles/housewraps-felt-paper-and-weather-penetration-barriers/ At least back in 2001, he felt that felt was as good as anything...
by Nathan Smyth
January 12th, 2020, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Australia Old and New
Replies: 6
Views: 655

Re: TN: Australia Old and New

1991 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon John Riddoch

Quite dark with light but not brown edges
Infanticide.
by Nathan Smyth
January 10th, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine "budgeting" - tips?
Replies: 64
Views: 2956

Re: Wine "budgeting" - tips?

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by Nathan Smyth
January 10th, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine "budgeting" - tips?
Replies: 64
Views: 2956

Re: Wine "budgeting" - tips?

We eliminated most of the $30 to $50 wines and buy perfectly fine $20 or less wines This. "Meh..." wines will ruin you. Either go low, or go high. Stay the heck away from the middle ground - not only will it bankrupt you, but it will ruin you psychologically [when, five or ten years from now, you r...
by Nathan Smyth
January 9th, 2020, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine "budgeting" - tips?
Replies: 64
Views: 2956

Re: Wine "budgeting" - tips?

50-100 more bottles/year than I'm drinking... Any tips/ideas/guidance for refinement? If you're talking 50 to 100 bottles of rather mediocre $30 wines, for a total of $1500 to $3000 wasted per year, then you'd be much happier in the long run if you were to purchase ten outstanding 1er Cru Burgundie...
by Nathan Smyth
January 9th, 2020, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Joseph Voillot?
Replies: 13
Views: 1290

Re: Joseph Voillot?

It's been a while since I've seen Voillot, but back in the day, it was very clean & smooth & correct, with no rough edges nor anything that might resemble eccentricity or rusticity or backwardsness.

It was a very safe choice to make - definitely not for risk-takers nor gamblers.
by Nathan Smyth
January 9th, 2020, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falanghina Fan Club
Replies: 26
Views: 1440

Re: Falanghina Fan Club

I have just about zero experience with Italian cultivars from California, but my two best wines in 2019 were a sparkling Ribolla Gialla from Slovenia and a [still] Verdicchio di Metalica [from Italy].
by Nathan Smyth
January 9th, 2020, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falanghina Fan Club
Replies: 26
Views: 1440

Re: Falanghina Fan Club

If you don't have Pierce's Disease in the neighborhood, then Falanghina will grow like an invasive weed. But once the Leaf Hoppers move to town, your Falanghina will be dead as a doornail in 10 days to two weeks. FUN TRIVIA: Falanghina 01.2 was donated to Foundation Plant Servics and the Germplasm R...
by Nathan Smyth
January 4th, 2020, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 111
Views: 4441

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

the 2010 Sanctus Sanctorum was 16.7% for example, with 14.5% on the label I thought the fudge factor was +/- 1.5%. Maybe I'm not remembering correctly. But +/- 2.2% strikes me as the kind of thing which could get somebody in trouble with the labelling authorities. And 16% might also have tariff imp...
by Nathan Smyth
January 4th, 2020, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 111
Views: 4441

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

I wasn't able to swallow any of the 2016 wines which I tried from the South of France [neither the Southern Rhone nor the Languedoc]. I did several mini-horizontals [of the same label], where one was the 2015 & the other was the 2016, and the 2016s were uniformly freakish - they all tasted like a si...
by Nathan Smyth
January 4th, 2020, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Understanding the dumb phase and aging
Replies: 64
Views: 2955

Re: Understanding the dumb phase and aging

I am trying to better understand Stop. Quit worrying about it. Vanquish the thought of it from your mind. Bury your ageworthy wines in the back of the cellar, forget about them, and never perform a cellar inventory. Do not open an ageworthy white until 30 years post-harvest, nor an ageworthy red un...
by Nathan Smyth
January 4th, 2020, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your wines of the 2010s?
Replies: 46
Views: 2035

Re: What are your wines of the 2010s?

Jeremy Holmes wrote:
January 4th, 2020, 1:07 am
1999 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti
If you post notes like that, then Dr Weinberg will never be able to summon the resolve to monetize his stash.
by Nathan Smyth
January 3rd, 2020, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Struggling with Wine Storage
Replies: 16
Views: 1742

Re: Struggling with Wine Storage

We are probably in this house 3 more years, so I'm not inclined to add a wine room. Get a commercial refrigerator off of Craigslist, and put it in your garage [they tend run 24x7, with a humming & whooshing sound, and the garage should offer good soundproofing]: For Sale By Owner https://dallas.cra...
by Nathan Smyth
January 2nd, 2020, 9:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 purchases vs. overall cellar
Replies: 59
Views: 2354

Re: 2019 purchases vs. overall cellar

most of my cellar was purchased in the last year . ohio-state_SOUTH-CAROLINA.png . https://www.youtu. be.com/watch?v=H_Mm9natCWE . haha I saw it. tell people that I own polos and jerseys for both teams (grew up in SC but went to HS and college in OH), but OSU has far more of my money than Clemson. ...
by Nathan Smyth
January 2nd, 2020, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 purchases vs. overall cellar
Replies: 59
Views: 2354

Re: 2019 purchases vs. overall cellar

Mattstolz wrote:
January 1st, 2020, 9:44 am
most of my cellar was purchased in the last year
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by Nathan Smyth
January 2nd, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 purchases vs. overall cellar
Replies: 59
Views: 2354

Re: 2019 purchases vs. overall cellar

I admire your organizational skill! My cellar is 100% pandemonium but I try to keep certain grapes/types of wines in nearby areas of the cellar. My typical method for choosing what to drink is eerily similar to a peyote walk. like me! My system is random chaos. I’m always surprised by what I find ....
by Nathan Smyth
January 2nd, 2020, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sparkling Rosé wine <$20 in 375ml?
Replies: 10
Views: 359

Re: Sparkling Rosé wine <$20 in 375ml?

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
January 2nd, 2020, 11:22 am
Yes it's quite good.
Then I'd be all over that wine if I lived in SoCal.

If it's anything like the Pinot Meunier, then it ought to last just about forever.
by Nathan Smyth
January 2nd, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sparkling Rosé wine <$20 in 375ml?
Replies: 10
Views: 359

Re: Sparkling Rosé wine <$20 in 375ml?

jose michel from envoyer Yikes - the envoyer website is horrible - I had to use an external search engine to find it: https://www.envoyerfinewines.com/collections/rose-french/products/nv-jose-michel-fils-champagne-brut-rose-1 Have you tasted that rose? I don't have any memory of trying a JM rose, b...
by Nathan Smyth
January 2nd, 2020, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your wines of the 2010s?
Replies: 46
Views: 2035

Re: What are your wines of the 2010s?

c fu wrote:
January 2nd, 2020, 10:23 am
list ONLY one wine each from the below categories of your favorite wine from 2010-2019...

1978 Rousseau Chambertin

1977 Roulot Perrieres

1988 Krug Clos du Mesnil
Your selections are from 1970-1979 and 1980-1989.
by Nathan Smyth
January 1st, 2020, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--TABULATIONS COMPLETE (OP)
Replies: 193
Views: 14735

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

Day 1: Good acidity and vibrant flavors. Rustic with raspberries, floral, underbrush and spice. Nice balanced effort and no off elements to this wine. Medium plus finish. 91 points Day 2: Again good acidity. Rustic wine featuring floral, raspberries, boysenberries, underbrush, twigs and spice. Medi...
by Nathan Smyth
December 31st, 2019, 9:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--TABULATIONS COMPLETE (OP)
Replies: 193
Views: 14735

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

I guess this is a baller thread~ Not anymore it ain't. #12: 2018 Anne Pichon Sauvage Grenache Noir, $19.99 #11: 2016 Chateau Barraillots Margaux, $29.99 #10: 2018 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie [NORMALE], $24.99 #09: 2016 Domaine Amido Merlot, reg $12.99, sale $9.99 #08: 2015 Clos de los Siete, $16.99...
by Nathan Smyth
December 31st, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suckling doesn't have anything on this guy
Replies: 9
Views: 1550

Re: Suckling doesn't have anything on this guy

Recently somebody ITB told me of U.S. wine industry studies which indicate that something like 97% [???] of all wine bottles are opened within 45 minutes of purchase. Grab it at the grocery store*, drive home, and start drinking. [*Where you can choose from about 200 different labels of 100% corpora...
by Nathan Smyth
December 30th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded
Replies: 48
Views: 1553

Re: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded

By checking in every two years, all that is achieved is that when the wines are actually ready, you only have two bottles left from the original case of twelve. You're wasting your breath. Infanticide is in the Berserker DNA: https://en.natmus.dk/historical-knowledge/denmark/prehistoric-period-unti...
by Nathan Smyth
December 30th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Melsheimer Rurale Riesling Pétillant naturel Landwein der Mosel
Replies: 3
Views: 237

Re: 2016 Melsheimer Rurale Riesling Pétillant naturel Landwein der Mosel

Well hop on a barge over to Norway and grab and a few bottles.
by Nathan Smyth
December 29th, 2019, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Melsheimer Rurale Riesling Pétillant naturel Landwein der Mosel
Replies: 3
Views: 237

2016 Melsheimer Rurale Riesling Pétillant naturel Landwein der Mosel

2016 Melsheimer Rurale Riesling Pétillant naturel Landwein der Mosel 10.5% ABV With Japanese steakhouse take-out salad [breaded/baked/grilled chicken on greens with legumes & strawberries & a coarse-mustard/ginger-sauce]: This was a match made in heaven. Very full bodied, with a large reserve of fr...
by Nathan Smyth
December 27th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Better Than Average Kabinett
Replies: 49
Views: 1659

Re: Better Than Average Kabinett

Egon Muller Kabinett WARNING: Egon Muller [$75 to $150] is not the same as Eugen Muller [$15]. ************************* ************************* ************************* Vine & Table, in Carmel, might have some Donnhoff Trocken [fully dry], at $23.99: https://vineandtable.storebyweb.com/s/1000-6...
by Nathan Smyth
December 24th, 2019, 10:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Decades of Decadence - "The 9's"
Replies: 11
Views: 1072

Re: TN: Decades of Decadence - "The 9's"

Been seeing a lot of tasting notes lately where lowly Spain whups the Big Boys.
by Nathan Smyth
December 24th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?
Replies: 39
Views: 2333

Re: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?

Most of the rest of the Barolos I have are from the late 90s. This thread is covering the ground I needed covered.
I wouldn't touch a Barolo from the 1996/97/98/99 quartet before Thanksgiving of 2046/47/48/49.

And for many of the more famous labels, even that could still be infanticide.
by Nathan Smyth
December 24th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?
Replies: 39
Views: 2333

Re: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?

I have a 1989 Brovia Rocche that I'm planning on drinking soon but I don't have a great idea how to treat it as it is a tweener.
Hold it until 2039, when it is in early middle age.

And then agonize about whether to open it.
by Nathan Smyth
December 23rd, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Davenport Cellars is Closing 65% off all Wines
Replies: 64
Views: 4579

Re: Davenport Cellars is Closing 65% off all Wines

What's their Oak philosophy, and how does the Oak present itself in the final bottled product?
by Nathan Smyth
December 21st, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My burgundy peeps...Grivot question
Replies: 4
Views: 588

Re: My burgundy peeps...Grivot question

Relative to other vintages, Vivino loves it [scroll way down and click on "See more vintages"]: https://www.vivino.com/w/1403270/ Whereas [relative to other vintages] the lone taster at Cellar Tracker hates it: https://www.cellartracker.com/list.asp?Table=List&Wine=Domaine+Jean+Grivot+Nuits+St%2E+Ge...
by Nathan Smyth
December 20th, 2019, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre
Replies: 13
Views: 710

Re: TN: 2012 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre

2012 François Raveneau Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonnerre... was well worth it...
Jesus Christ, I hope so.
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by Nathan Smyth
December 18th, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Pierre Gaillard Cote Rotie
Replies: 10
Views: 915

Re: 2016 Pierre Gaillard Cote Rotie

Last year I drank a 2003 Gaillard Viallieres and was much more than pleasantly surprised considering producer and vintage - it was outstanding. 2018 - 2003 = 15 years, which strikes me as about the bare minimum necessary for this 2016 to start absorbing its oak. That would put you at 2016 + 15 = 20...
by Nathan Smyth
December 18th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help! Sachet Wine List - what to choose?
Replies: 11
Views: 560

Re: Help! Sachet Wine List - what to choose?

reds or whites which could be crowd pleasers? No geeky stuff Given that it might be the geekiest wine list I've ever seen: Orange Sparkler Klinec “Jakot Medana”Friulano, Goriska Brda, Slovenia 2014 NAT $75 [You have to start with an Orange Wine. I've never had this one, but I'm batting 1000 with Sl...
by Nathan Smyth
December 17th, 2019, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Pierre Gaillard Cote Rotie
Replies: 10
Views: 915

Re: 2016 Pierre Gaillard Cote Rotie

Well it just went on sale locally for $37.50.

If you've got the patience to wait out the oak, then at current [horrifyingly stratospheric] Northern Rhone market prices, that is a whale of a lot of Syrah fruit for $5 per 100 ml.
by Nathan Smyth
December 15th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winning auctions for same or more than retail?
Replies: 44
Views: 2067

Re: Winning auctions for same or more than retail?

Well, to the OPs point, there was a lot of six bottles of 2008 DP. Widely available at retail for $150 per. The winning bid was $900, which is equal to retail with the exception of the 22% vig. The Legends editions went a good deal higher. Another possibility is that Organized Crime is now using wi...
by Nathan Smyth
December 15th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winning auctions for same or more than retail?
Replies: 44
Views: 2067

Re: Winning auctions for same or more than retail?

Prices will collapse when the Global Fiat Usury Ponzi Scheme collapses.

Or when the Chinese finally figure out how to reverse-engineer the village of Vosne-Romanee using the terroir of Mongolia [on a very grandiose industrial scale].
especially if they didn't get 100 points
99 is the new 89.
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by Nathan Smyth
December 15th, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winning auctions for same or more than retail?
Replies: 44
Views: 2067

Re: Winning auctions for same or more than retail?

Your books evaluates your 100 cases (1200 bottles) at 840000 $. A 6 bottles lot comes for sale at auction. You bid it to say 770 $ a bottle. That's clearly stupid if the market price is 700$. Right!... or right? Well, in this case, you overpay 420$ for the 6 bottles... but you can then value your 1...
by Nathan Smyth
December 9th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck Top 100 2019
Replies: 50
Views: 4641

Re: Dunnuck Top 100 2019

It is biochemically impossible to make the argument that putting 10,000 different wines in your mouth every year is good for your health [in any way, shape, manner or form].

But I suppose every professional wine critic has to confront that reality and decide for himself how he's gonna deal with it.
by Nathan Smyth
December 9th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Pierre Gaillard Cote Rotie
Replies: 10
Views: 915

Re: 2016 Pierre Gaillard Cote Rotie

I’m impressed that you could make a 750 last 11 days. A thimbleful per day? Plus it started out as a Thanksgiving wine [although we had had a bunch of Whites by the time we got to the Gaillard]. But it stubbornly refused to oxidize, which I always take as a very positive sign for cellaring. Gaillar...
by Nathan Smyth
December 8th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Pierre Gaillard Cote Rotie
Replies: 10
Views: 915

2016 Pierre Gaillard Cote Rotie

2016 Pierre Gaillard Cote Rotie Like all wines these days, it has a perfect presentation - lush & smooth in the mouth, no sharp edges, nothing rustic - blah blah blah blah blah. For the first few days, I was getting a little depressed, because it seemed that the entirety of the wine's aromas & flav...
by Nathan Smyth
December 6th, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural Wines with age - a tasting (Leroy, Anglore, Ganevat, Lapierre,...)
Replies: 23
Views: 1631

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...
?????

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: 2051

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: 54
Views: 2812

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...

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