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by Warren Taranow
February 13th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 436
Views: 26211

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

EHeffner wrote:
February 13th, 2019, 2:49 pm
My local shop just got in DP 08 at $169.99. Is this the standard price?
Yes, that's the going rate, maybe even the low side. You may be able to find one for a little less, but you're more likely to find bottles for more $$$. Buy locally.

Cheers,
Warren
by Warren Taranow
February 13th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Wine Regions You Neglect
Replies: 45
Views: 1298

Re: Great Wine Regions You Neglect

Oh the self-flagellation! Gosh you all are failing as true berserkers ;). I have to admit, I'm truly embarrassed by my utter lack of knowledge of Riesling, and my meager comprehension of Burgundy. As long as I'm self flagellating, my French pronunciation is shameful. However, I think I'll survive t...
by Warren Taranow
February 13th, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Monte Bello. Putting it back on the shelf.
Replies: 16
Views: 1455

Re: Ridge Monte Bello. Putting it back on the shelf.

Robert, Sorry to hear about your health problems. Hopefully, you'll deal with it for decades. I'd suggest opening one and seeing if you like if. If not, you can cancel your future purchases, and it would be easy to sell or trade those you already ordered here. Wishing you a quick return to health, W...
by Warren Taranow
February 12th, 2019, 9:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10181
Views: 450784

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Krug 164eme magnums
2010 Domaine Felettig Chambolle-Musigny Les Charmes
2016 Vincent Paris Cornas La Geynale
2004 Charles Heidsieck Blanc des Millenaires
by Warren Taranow
February 12th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Wine Regions You Neglect
Replies: 45
Views: 1298

Re: Great Wine Regions You Neglect

Alan Eden wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 1:29 pm
South America, Europe and Australia are the main areas i neglect
That just leaves you with Asia, Africa, North America and Antarctica!
by Warren Taranow
February 12th, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Mexico wine shipping law
Replies: 5
Views: 242

Re: New Mexico wine shipping law

Nice to see our elected officials working hard to help special interests while screwing consumers and constituents. Sadly, out of state wine consumers might be the smallest political minority in the country.
by Warren Taranow
February 11th, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Wine Regions You Neglect
Replies: 45
Views: 1298

Great Wine Regions You Neglect

Are there any wine regions you neglect? There are only so many bottles I can drink and regions I can acquaint myself. I neglect certain areas to focus on that I know and love. I still dabble in other regions, but my main experience and hence wine collection is somewhat geographically limited. I'm su...
by Warren Taranow
February 11th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 436
Views: 26211

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
February 11th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Gvwm has a decent deal on 164 mags for anyone interested.
Thanks, Michael!
by Warren Taranow
February 10th, 2019, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 436
Views: 26211

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

The first of my own small stash of 2009 Cristal. I had had a glass last summer in Sonoma and liked it then. No foul opening these young. The nose is incredibly expressive and dense, and the palate crisp and fresh. Complexity abounds, with biscuits, orange cream, Meyer lemon and more. Endless finish....
by Warren Taranow
February 10th, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2009 Cristal, 1990 Paul Bara Special Club
Replies: 4
Views: 381

Re: 2009 Cristal, 1990 Paul Bara Special Club

What Neal said.
by Warren Taranow
February 10th, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2009 Cristal, 1990 Paul Bara Special Club
Replies: 4
Views: 381

Re: 2009 Cristal, 1990 Paul Bara Special Club

I agree, the '09 Cristal is an amazing wine, drinking really well despite its youth. Maybe there is something to Biodynamic growing. It's the wine that made me realize 2009 might be a great rather than good champagne vintage. I've never had a Paul Bara with age, but it sounds beautiful. Cheers, Warren
by Warren Taranow
February 10th, 2019, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sicily rediscovers wine varieties previously thought to be extinct
Replies: 3
Views: 254

Sicily rediscovers wine varieties previously thought to be extinct

The wine, science and history geeks in me all like this article. Thanks to Alder Yarrow and Vinography.com for emailing it to me.

Cheers,
Warren
by Warren Taranow
February 4th, 2019, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1199
Views: 59771

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Frank Murray III wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 7:24 pm
I know what I like and where my want my $$$ to go, so, you got me. [winner.gif]
Great deal, good purchase. I'm the pot calling the kettle black [shrug.gif]

Cheers,
Warren
by Warren Taranow
February 4th, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1199
Views: 59771

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I asked for each of the three. The 2008 CT Millsime last year was excellent, as were the 2010 Couarres Chateau. I want to dig in deeper with CT and get more of their wines into my cellar. They farm clean and are low dosage, which i pursue mostly now as my Champagne buying strategy. I knew you'd buy...
by Warren Taranow
February 4th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Idlewild The Bird Red (USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County)
Replies: 2
Views: 125

Re: TN: 2015 Idlewild The Bird Red (USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County)

I had a beautiful, fiercely tannic Barbera the other day. I'm impressed by Idlewild's wine.
by Warren Taranow
February 4th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1199
Views: 59771

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Great prices today on the 2013 Chartogne-Taillet Beaux Sens and Les Orizeaux, and the 2012 Chemin de Reims. I paid $10 more per bottle last year. The question is, do I need more?

Cheers,
Warren
by Warren Taranow
February 3rd, 2019, 10:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
Replies: 175
Views: 7033

Re: TN: 2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
February 3rd, 2019, 5:59 pm
Another great bottle of Comtes. So far 7/7. Kobrand fwiw.
I opened another nice one as well.

WT
by Warren Taranow
February 2nd, 2019, 9:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos Saron makes fantastic wine
Replies: 5
Views: 488

Clos Saron makes fantastic wine

I just had my fourth bottle ever from this producer, and the parade of excellence continues. Tonight, it was 2010 Clos Saron Spring Frost . It's listed as a blend with mostly Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, and a little Syrah. That little Syrah dominates the blend aromatically and in flav...
by Warren Taranow
February 2nd, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10181
Views: 450784

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2019 Purchases: 2012 Vilmart Grand Cellier d'Or 2009 Vilmart Couer de Cuvee NV Vilmart Cuvée Rubis NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée (older bottles) NV Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle 1996 Dom Pérignon NV Philippe Mouzon-Leroux L'Atavique Grand Cru Brut 2008 Jacquesson Dizy Terres Rouges Rosé 2014 Jo...
by Warren Taranow
February 2nd, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 436
Views: 26211

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

NV André Clouet Champagne (2/1/2019) I bought three of these, as they were bundled with my targeted three Clos des Goisses on auction. I've always considered Clouet a nice reasonably priced Champagne, but two I have opened have been exceptional. These are old bottles, based on the condition and oxi...
by Warren Taranow
January 28th, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 436
Views: 26211

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

NV Ployez-Jacquemart Champagne Extra Brut Rosé - France, Champagne (1/27/2019) Pure fruited and mineral laden wine, strawberry and orange dominating. Crisp and clean, a pleasure to drink. This is tremendous for the price. Was this a recent acquisition ? Some of the notes on CT indicate a few years ...
by Warren Taranow
January 27th, 2019, 10:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 436
Views: 26211

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2000 Lanson Champagne Noble Cuvée Blanc de Blancs - France, Champagne (1/27/2019) I've always liked this wine a lot, and this might have been the best bottle I've opened. Very rich, round, yet precise. Beautiful pear and other orchard fruit, plus a nice white floral component, and citrus/lemon curd...
by Warren Taranow
January 27th, 2019, 6:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1199
Views: 59771

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Went for a bottle of the Jose Michel "Houdart." It sounds interesting, hopefully excellent, and potentially memorable. Brian, I found it interesting, although not as memorable as I had hoped. You won’t be disappointed buying a bottle, but you should try it before buying several. Here’s a thread Den...
by Warren Taranow
January 26th, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 436
Views: 26211

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

NV Mouzon Leroux L'Atavique (2012 base).
This has dethroned Coutier BdB as the best sub-$40 champagne I’ve ever had. Low dosage, barrel aged; wonderful depth and structure.
This was really good, and I’d be happy paying twice the price. Definitely a case purchase in the future.
by Warren Taranow
January 26th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 7274

Re: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?

My post is more appropriate for Epicurean Exploits. I ordered steaks from Flannery, and Ventresca and small sardines from Nola at Veleta. Cellar’s full, and the pantry and freezer nearly so.
Life is good.

Cheers
Warren
by Warren Taranow
January 26th, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dhondt—but I did.
Replies: 15
Views: 907

Re: TN: Dhondt—but I did.

I liked the 2004 vintage of the MVV BdB. Sadly, I don't recall seeing any offers for the 08's or 12's and missed them. I did order a gaggle of magnums of the 2014 for a good price; hopefully those will show well.
by Warren Taranow
January 26th, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals
Replies: 119
Views: 2710

Re: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals

I'm thrilled to be restocking my Ventresca and small sardines.
Thanks Nola!

Cheers,
Warren
by Warren Taranow
January 12th, 2019, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 436
Views: 26211

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

ky1em!ttskus wrote:
January 12th, 2019, 5:59 pm
Vilmart Rubis
I just took a big reload on that (which I really don’t need). Was it as nice as I remember my previous bottles?

Cheers
Warren
by Warren Taranow
January 3rd, 2019, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Years Eve. MIRACLE + pic
Replies: 5
Views: 1171

Re: New Years Eve. MIRACLE

Happy New Year! Great post. Low expectations yield to great experiences.
Cheers
Warren
by Warren Taranow
December 31st, 2018, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A reconditioned 1964 Borgogno Barolo, and a 2002 tête de cuvée showing very well
Replies: 6
Views: 433

Re: A reconditioned (?) older Barolo, and a 2002 tête de cuvée showing very well

Mike Evans wrote:
December 31st, 2018, 7:44 am
I had a similar impression of the Rare on Saturday. Don’t forget to cross-post your note on it to Jay Hack’s charity thread, where you can also find my Rare TN.
Thanks for the reminder!

WT
by Warren Taranow
December 31st, 2018, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A reconditioned 1964 Borgogno Barolo, and a 2002 tête de cuvée showing very well
Replies: 6
Views: 433

A reconditioned 1964 Borgogno Barolo, and a 2002 tête de cuvée showing very well

2002 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Cuvée Rare - France, Champagne (12/31/2018) Full bodied but elegant. Developing some mature notes; lemon, almond, brioche. Long finish. One of the few champagnes in which I'm at odds with AG's impressions. This was very good, and I just ordered a few more. (94 pts.) 1...
by Warren Taranow
December 29th, 2018, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV José Michel & Fils Champagne Cuvée du Père Houdart
Replies: 21
Views: 603

Re: TN: NV José Michel & Fils Champagne Cuvée du Père Houdart

Dennis, I tried this a month ago, with the same impression. My tasting note was short, probably a reminder to myself not to buy again: NV José Michel & Fils Champagne Cuvée du Père Houdart - France, Champagne (12/1/2018) Vintages 1971,1975,1976,1982,1984, with a touch of younger vintage juice. 40% P...
by Warren Taranow
December 26th, 2018, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Snagged some great deals at the WHWC 20% off sale
Replies: 27
Views: 1576

Snagged some great deals at the WHWC 20% off sale

3 1995 Lanessan for $31.96@ (I left some for Alfert)
9 NV Ployez-Jacquemart Extra Brut Rosé Champagne for $35.96@

Happy Hunting!

Warren
by Warren Taranow
December 25th, 2018, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne
Replies: 175
Views: 7033

Re: TN: 2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne

Oh no, say it ain't so! I just opened a 2006 Comtes. Something are wrong (as my fine Brazilian friend used to say.) First bottle had a slight taste/smell of skunk. Palate and bubbles subdued. Not a wine you want to jump on. Opened another bottle, and I tried to convince myself that this is on targe...
by Warren Taranow
December 23rd, 2018, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article on Champagne in Portland
Replies: 18
Views: 1052

Re: Article on Champagne in Portland

Interesting!!! I assume it was not always so!? That trend has evolved at our household over the last 20 years. We initially reserved Champagne and sparkling wine for special occasions, then gradually fell in love with champagne and simultaneously discovered it can pair with virtually anything. Yest...
by Warren Taranow
December 23rd, 2018, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article on Champagne in Portland
Replies: 18
Views: 1052

Re: Article on Champagne in Portland

Great timing! We're headed there this weekend! At home, we open ten bottles of champagne for every still wine. Thanks! Warren Interesting!!! I assume it was not always so!? That trend has evolved at our household over the last 20 years. We initially reserved Champagne and sparkling wine for special...
by Warren Taranow
December 19th, 2018, 10:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article on Champagne in Portland
Replies: 18
Views: 1052

Re: Article on Champagne in Portland

Great timing! We're headed there this weekend! At home, we open ten bottles of champagne for every still wine.

Thanks!

Warren
by Warren Taranow
December 16th, 2018, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1199
Views: 59771

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
December 16th, 2018, 5:31 pm
Maybe someday I’ll regret passing on a lot of 12s but not today... storage becoming major issue.
+1. (actually +1000 if I'm to be honest with myself).
by Warren Taranow
December 16th, 2018, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1199
Views: 59771

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Sorely tempted by the 2012 Guy Larmandier BdB Cramant GC. Crazy good price, and I suspect it will be something when it gets some bottle age. Checked my champagne holdings on CT, and I need to reluctantly pass. More for all of you.

Cheers,
Warren
by Warren Taranow
December 14th, 2018, 10:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: United 1st class international wines
Replies: 25
Views: 1785

Re: United 1st class international wines

I asked the flight attendant on British Air what champagne they were serving, and she said Laurent Perrier. I was mildly disappointed; passable, but I was hoping for better. When I tried a glass, it was fantastic. I asked to see the bottle: Grand Siecle! I drank at least a bottle on each of my round...
by Warren Taranow
December 11th, 2018, 11:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 436
Views: 26211

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

1946 Andre Clouet Coteaux Champenois Rouge Bouzy. Champagne cork despite being a still wine.
Promising beautiful deep pink/ruby color. On the nose: bandaid, mothballs and kimchi. Not good, but glad to take a small sip of history. Thanks to Bob & Jenise for bringing it.
by Warren Taranow
December 8th, 2018, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me
Replies: 75
Views: 3080

Re: I've Never Had A Chianti That Excited Me

M. Taylor wrote:
December 8th, 2018, 10:44 am
Have you tried it with liver and some fava bean?

In the novel, the pairing was Amarone.
by Warren Taranow
December 6th, 2018, 6:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 2018 White Truffles
Replies: 35
Views: 2189

Re: 2018 White Truffles

Just placed an order from a local source. Never used them before and found them from a restaurant recommendation. $1600/lb white and $1000/lb black winter shipping included. They also had Summer and Burgundy truffles. I will update on quality once used. www.toskatruffles.com "This website has been ...
by Warren Taranow
December 6th, 2018, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10181
Views: 450784

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Three nice singletons:

1996 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia
1995 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Bosconia
1994 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia

Cheers,
Warren
by Warren Taranow
December 6th, 2018, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10181
Views: 450784

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Jim Stewart wrote:
December 6th, 2018, 9:41 am
I am being affected (infected?) by the enthusiasm for Champagne on this forum, and also by the various threads pointing out the utility of half bottles in general.

6 X Ployez-Jacquemart Extra Brut Rose 375ml
Nice! I reloaded some 750's, but was shut out of the half bottles.

Cheers,
Warren
by Warren Taranow
December 6th, 2018, 11:49 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Marrons Glaces?
Replies: 2
Views: 170

Re: Marrons Glaces?

I will not be helpful in this but I wanted to say thanks for turning me on to a thing I never knew existed. Sounds yummy. I chuckled after checking out a couple recipes. It's either a relatively time-consuming multi-hour exercise or a time-consuming 3-4 day exercise depending on the recipes I saw. ...
by Warren Taranow
December 5th, 2018, 5:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Marrons Glaces?
Replies: 2
Views: 170

Marrons Glaces?

Has anyone ever made their own? We have a great chestnut grower just outside of Bellingham, and I've loved these in Paris.

Cheers,
Warren
by Warren Taranow
December 3rd, 2018, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1199
Views: 59771

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Any thoughts on the NV Vilmart Champagne Grande Reserve? I'll pass. For not much more, you can get the NV Vilmart Grand Cellier (2013 base now). According to Scott, they'll release the offer soon. I agree, the Grand Cellier is a big step above the Grande Reserve. However, the latter is being offere...
by Warren Taranow
December 1st, 2018, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A new favorite Rosé Champagne, and a refute of the validity of travel shock.
Replies: 6
Views: 495

Re: A new favorite Rosé Champagne, and a refute of the validity of bottle shock.

Not to be overly pedantic, but there is a world of difference between bottle shock and travel shock, and your bottle only relates to the possible existence of the latter. There seems to be much more consensus and a scientific basis for bottle shock, that is, that wines need time after bottling to s...

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