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by Warren Taranow
February 21st, 2021, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1881
Views: 127372

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Last night: 2015 Laherte Frères Champagne Blanc des Blancs Extra Brut Les Grands Crayeres (2017/2019) I dig Laherte much lately. This is a very good Champagne, smacking with power right now. Needs some age to lose it's edge, will be great. https://www.instagram.com/p/CLiGAOzrg9f/ Dennis I had a Lah...
by Warren Taranow
February 20th, 2021, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1881
Views: 127372

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

BdN study as serious meal wines, with rack of ribs: Bollinger PN-VZ-15, Eric Rodez 2008, and Chartogne-Taillet Les Barres BdN (2015 base). My first time trying this Bollinger after reading about it here so many times, and it did not disappoint - very rich with good length, but so powerful I would h...
by Warren Taranow
February 20th, 2021, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1881
Views: 127372

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

NV CHAMPAGNE BOLLINGER PN VZ15- this is a relatively new product for Bollinger, the first new cuvee since the 2008 Rose.  It is made with 100% Pinot Noir with 50% coming from Verzenay in 2015; thus, the PN VZ15.  It also includes 20% reserve wines that were aged in magnums that go back to 2009 with...
by Warren Taranow
February 16th, 2021, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Was The First CA Winery To ‘Get’ Pinot Correctly?
Replies: 67
Views: 4068

Re: What Was The First CA Winery To ‘Get’ Pinot Correctly?

Hanzell??? Larry, I agree; Hanzell. I brought a 1962 Heitz Pinot Noir to a blind Burgundy tasting ten years ago, and it was the WOTN. It was grown by Hanzell. James Zellerbach died in 1963, and his 1961 and 1962 wine stocks were sold to Heitz who bottled them. He was making great Pinot in the early...
by Warren Taranow
February 15th, 2021, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1881
Views: 127372

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

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Another beauty. This might never shut down.
by Warren Taranow
February 15th, 2021, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2709
Views: 322400

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

MattYackel wrote: February 15th, 2021, 6:27 pm Are you guys seeing these offers with Platinum AMEX? I feel I’ve never seen anything for wine.com
Matt,
We should complain to Amex. That has never shown up on my Platinum card.
WT
by Warren Taranow
February 15th, 2021, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2709
Views: 322400

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Oops, I did it again. Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle #24 listed for $149.99 on Wine.com. Added Segura Viudas Cava for $9.99 to put me over $150. YT50 for $50 off $150, 20% off RMN and free stewardship shipping put me at $95.64 for both bottles delivered.
by Warren Taranow
February 15th, 2021, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1881
Views: 127372

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Ken Strauss wrote: February 14th, 2021, 4:08 pm Rose on Valentines Day!
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Bravo Ken. One of my favorite rosés.

Warren
by Warren Taranow
February 12th, 2021, 11:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1881
Views: 127372

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2009 Agrapart Venus. First time with this bottling. Scents of graphite, lemon and yellow fruits. On the palate, yellow plums, citrus and minerality. Superb concentration and length. A wonderful bottle that lived up to the billing. Steve, I love that wine. In general, I passed on too many '09s in fa...
by Warren Taranow
February 8th, 2021, 10:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drappier Carte d’Or 1996
Replies: 6
Views: 467

Re: Drappier Carte d’Or 1996

Alan, Envoyer had the 2002 Drappier Réserve de l'Oenothèque, which I think is the late release Carte d'Or, spending 20 years on the lees. I took a flyer on two; your note is encouraging. Stay tuned for a TN on mine, as I've been tempted to open one. Cheers, Warren 2002 + 20 = 2022 but it’s only 202...
by Warren Taranow
February 7th, 2021, 9:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unexpected wine decoration
Replies: 12
Views: 866

Re: Unexpected wine decoration

That's cool!
by Warren Taranow
February 7th, 2021, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K&L
Replies: 71
Views: 4942

Re: K&L

Long term customer here, who lost access due to the recent shipping restrictions. They've always been great for me. Tracey knew the wines I liked and would often email a heads up for something special. I hope they resume shipping to WA soon.

Cheers,
Warren
by Warren Taranow
February 7th, 2021, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1985 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses rouge
Replies: 14
Views: 659

Re: TN: 1985 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses rouge

I still have an '85, and a couple each of the '89 and '90. I bought them as late releases, all around $70 or $80. It looks like they're selling for much more now, in contrast to what I paid for my 2006 ($22), 2007 ($18), and 2014 ($22). I always buy a case planning to cellar long term, then run out ...
by Warren Taranow
February 7th, 2021, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drappier Carte d’Or 1996
Replies: 6
Views: 467

Re: Drappier Carte d’Or 1996

Alan,

Envoyer had the 2002 Drappier Réserve de l'Oenothèque, which I think is the late release Carte d'Or, spending 20 years on the lees. I took a flyer on two; your note is encouraging. Stay tuned for a TN on mine, as I've been tempted to open one.

Cheers,
Warren
by Warren Taranow
February 6th, 2021, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2709
Views: 322400

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

I just stacked the RMN 10% discount with code P50AM ($50 off 150), and Stewardship to grab a bottle of Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle Iteration 24. I had to add a Segura Viudas Cava for $9.99 to get me over the $150 mark, and will get both bottles for under $108 including shipping. If anyone is new to...
by Warren Taranow
February 5th, 2021, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red wine vintages to drink now? Likewise, Champagne?
Replies: 7
Views: 682

Re: What red wine vintages to drink now? Likewise, Champagne?

I would agree with your champagne notes. I have not had any 2002 that seemed ready yet though. I totally agree with your 2006 and 2009 sentiments! Dan, 2002 Taittinger Comtes and 2002 Ruinart recently showed really well; definitely integrated and showing mature notes. They won't fall of a cliff any...
by Warren Taranow
February 5th, 2021, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red wine vintages to drink now? Likewise, Champagne?
Replies: 7
Views: 682

What red wine vintages to drink now? Likewise, Champagne?

Jancis posted some general recommendations regarding what red wine vintages to drink now, which I'll recap below. Check the article as there are subtleties I'm omitting or possibly misquoting. What are your thoughts, additions or subtractions? Don't get picky; of course it's impossible to generalize...
by Warren Taranow
February 3rd, 2021, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1881
Views: 127372

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2006 Billecart Salmon Cuvèe Nicolas François Billecart These risk the same fate as my ‘06 Taittinger Comtes and ‘09 Cristal. They’re drinking so well now, it will be hard to save most until their prime drinking windows. A nice leesy champagne with creamsicle, lime, floral notes and spice. It has a ...
by Warren Taranow
January 31st, 2021, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Egly-Ouriet Champagne Les Prémices (France, Champagne)
Replies: 9
Views: 692

Re: TN: NV Egly-Ouriet Champagne Les Prémices (France, Champagne)

Ilkka,
Thanks for the tasting note. That must be their entry level wine. It sounds like maybe it could use more time in the bottle. I’ve loved every Egly-Ouriet I’ve tried, but I’ve never seen this bottling.
Cheers,
Warren
by Warren Taranow
January 31st, 2021, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Same wine, same day: Different experience indoors vs outdoors
Replies: 6
Views: 554

Same wine, same day: Different experience indoors vs outdoors

My perception of a couple champagnes changed dramatically from early afternoon to late evening. My wife and I were fortunate to attend a Zoom tasting of Krug. I opened a Krug GC 165 and a half bottle of the Rosè 23eme. I opened them an hour earlier and served at about 50 degrees, in Gabriel Glas Gol...
by Warren Taranow
January 30th, 2021, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1881
Views: 127372

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Well stated Warren. That's about where the 07` fits in for me as well. BTW, the 07` Rose is fantastic and highly recommended. Blake, I have some of the '07 rosé. It's great, but never blows me away like a good vintage of the BdB. In fact, I've yet to been blown away by most tête de cuvée rose's, in...
by Warren Taranow
January 30th, 2021, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1881
Views: 127372

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

I'm a huge red wine connoisseur but I need to start collection some Champagne as well. I love the great ones! Zachary, I attended a small Zoom tasting with Olivier Krug yesterday. It was his opinion that a good Rosé Champagne can substitute for red wine during most meals, although he used Cabernet ...
by Warren Taranow
January 30th, 2021, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1881
Views: 127372

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

I'm a huge red wine connoisseur but I need to start collection some Champagne as well. I love the great ones! Zachary, I attended a small Zoom tasting with Olivier Krug yesterday. It was his opinion that a good Rosé Champagne can substitute for red wine during most meals, although he used Cabernet ...
by Warren Taranow
January 30th, 2021, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1881
Views: 127372

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Here is my note on 2012 Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee from a couple days ago, which I drank over 3 days. Highly recommended. https://www.instagram.com/p/CKlAm8NraVl/?igshid=tx5e6ordlwmg Jayson, I haven’t purchased enough of the 2012. I agree, these have been great even in challenging vintages. However, I ...
by Warren Taranow
January 30th, 2021, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Design your own Champagne glass
Replies: 49
Views: 2025

Re: Design your own Champagne glass

Damn, I didn’t see that offer and might have competed! It was a busy work day for me. I love my GGG, but I really like the gentle curves of the tulip glass Michael_H posted above. I’d personally shoot for something along those lines, with the thinness and mouth width of the GGG but a wide curve whos...
by Warren Taranow
January 30th, 2021, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1881
Views: 127372

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

How should I decide between the LP Siecle 24 or Taittinger 08 Comtes? Taste is subjective, obviously. I’ve never had either before. I like NV Delamotte, Egly, Savart, but I’m not an experienced champagne drinker. The Comtes is $50 more expensive. Matt, I’ll give you my inexpert opinion. I’ll resist...
by Warren Taranow
January 27th, 2021, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PURPLE GRIN
Replies: 4
Views: 493

Re: PURPLE GRIN

Theodora,
I misread and thought you were talking about Empress; purple gin!
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I don't worry about purple smiles, but I like that gin!
Cheers,
Warren
by Warren Taranow
January 27th, 2021, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1847
Views: 121616

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I think my shipping fee in November was over $500. Almost knocked me out of my chair! No regrets, I shelved some real pearls. The future looks bright (and mostly bubbly)!

Cheers,
Warren
by Warren Taranow
January 27th, 2021, 1:25 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Kelley Fox Wines - BD12 offers
Replies: 38
Views: 3201

Re: Kelley Fox Wines - BD12 offers

I went for 4 of the '13s. I already own most of the rest. Marybeth ended a dry 31 day last night, and we broke the fast with a 2019 Mirabai. Structure, floral, perfumed, gorgeous. We both loved it.
Cheers,
Warren
by Warren Taranow
January 26th, 2021, 8:02 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: *Flannery Beef* Back Again!
Replies: 226
Views: 11270

Re: *Flannery Beef* Back Again!

Struggling with my order. Multiple successful previous purchases, but PW was rejected tonight. I tried to reset the PW, but no emails after 10 minutes. Tonight, we had both a Jorge and Kansas City Strip. I was hoping to order more of the same, or perhaps the NY Strip (which is awesome but we prefer ...
by Warren Taranow
January 23rd, 2021, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone else prefer Champagne to not be overly yeasty?
Replies: 51
Views: 2639

Re: Does anyone else prefer Champagne to not be overly yeasty?

The closest good wine store to me is Total Wines. I live in New York so there are a lot of good wine shops in the boroughs, but I live in the suburbs and the standard selection in my vicinity is very subpar (just Moet, Cliquot, and Dom). I use Wine.com and for my birthday, I have an order of Lauren...
by Warren Taranow
January 23rd, 2021, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1881
Views: 127372

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Surgeries and clinics delayed my intention to open something fun on January 20, until last night. I could say another Cristal '09 met its maker, but it in truth it met its over-consumer. Concentrated and complicated, mineraled with dense creamy lemon, tangerine, and floral notes. I love this wine, ...
by Warren Taranow
January 23rd, 2021, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1881
Views: 127372

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Surgeries and clinics delayed my intention to open something fun on January 20, until last night. I could say another Cristal '09 met its maker, but it in truth it met its over-consumer. Concentrated and complicated, mineraled with dense creamy lemon, tangerine, and floral notes. I love this wine, a...
by Warren Taranow
January 22nd, 2021, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2709
Views: 322400

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Another wine.com coupon WDC49 - $49 off a $50+ order. I used it yesterday and it worked for me. For any first time buyers at wine access, my referral link will get you $50 off $150 plus free shipping. Appreciate anyone that uses it! http://share.wineaccess.com/v/michael_220 Didn't work for me. Mayb...
by Warren Taranow
January 18th, 2021, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1881
Views: 127372

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2006 Billecart Salmon Cuvèe Nicolas François Billecart These risk the same fate as my ‘06 Taittinger Comtes and ‘09 Cristal. They’re drinking so well now, it will be hard to save most until their prime drinking windows. A nice leesy champagne with creamsicle, lime, floral notes and spice. It has a ...
by Warren Taranow
January 16th, 2021, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2709
Views: 322400

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Jj Buckley 09 Cristal mag 395, decent Was that an email special? $475 when I checked the website. I'd have been all over that. Cheers, Warren It was an email offer. I’d be happy to pass on my your info to them if you’d like. Thanks Michael. I've been on their private list for years. I'll ask my rep...
by Warren Taranow
January 15th, 2021, 9:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2709
Views: 322400

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: January 15th, 2021, 4:11 pm Jj Buckley 09 Cristal mag 395, decent
Was that an email special? $475 when I checked the website. I'd have been all over that.

Cheers,
Warren
by Warren Taranow
January 10th, 2021, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 27
Views: 2120

Re: TN: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Grand Crus Blanc de Blancs

I drank an ‘07 over three nights last week (Marybeth is in the midst of a dry January). It was best on the third, and the bead hadn’t suffered too much. 2007 is an earlier drinking vintage than the ‘08. I’m planning to open ‘07s to conserve my other vintages.
by Warren Taranow
January 10th, 2021, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 01 Beaucastel
Replies: 28
Views: 1265

Re: TN: 01 Beaucastel

Alan, Great pairing. My last ‘01 Beau worried me a little, although I loved the wine most of the last 15 years. I found a barbecue sauce note I didn’t like. I was worried as the same thing happened to the ‘98s which were awesome for so long then became undrinkable to me. I have a few more 2001’s and...
by Warren Taranow
January 10th, 2021, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1881
Views: 127372

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Well stated Warren. That's about where the 07` fits in for me as well. BTW, the 07` Rose is fantastic and highly recommended. Blake, I have some of the '07 rosé. It's great, but never blows me away like a good vintage of the BdB. In fact, I've yet to been blown away by most tête de cuvée rose's, in...
by Warren Taranow
January 10th, 2021, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1881
Views: 127372

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Well stated Warren. That's about where the 07` fits in for me as well. BTW, the 07` Rose is fantastic and highly recommended. Blake, I have some of the '07 rosé. It's great, but never blows me away like a good vintage of the BdB. In fact, I've yet to been blown away by most tête de cuvée rose's, in...
by Warren Taranow
January 10th, 2021, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1881
Views: 127372

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2007 Taittinger Comtes BdB I like this much more than some of my WB friends. It's a great BdB, despite the vintage. Creamy lemon and apple, great cut. It was even better on the third night, so it should continue to evolve and improve. I think it's also drinking very well for the near term, and I'm ...
by Warren Taranow
January 10th, 2021, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP
Replies: 145
Views: 9724

Re: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP

So tragic. He stopped to help a stranger. Rest in Peace.
by Warren Taranow
January 10th, 2021, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1881
Views: 127372

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2007 Taittinger Comtes BdB I like this much more than some of my WB friends. It's a great BdB, despite the vintage. Creamy lemon and apple, great cut. It was even better on the third night, so it should continue to evolve and improve. I think it's also drinking very well for the near term, and I'm ...
by Warren Taranow
January 2nd, 2021, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2709
Views: 322400

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Starting now until June 30, 2021, AMEX Platinum Cards (US Basic/Consumer Only) have a $30 statement credit per month for any Paypal Checkout merchant. Full FAQ here: https://www.americanexpress.com/en-us/campaigns/new-offers/charge/platinum-card-bwxvzkcs/paypal-faqs/ Right now, I'm only aware of En...
by Warren Taranow
January 2nd, 2021, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Order reneged: getwineonline
Replies: 28
Views: 2874

Re: Order reneged: getwineonline

I would add Sage Society to the list. I purchased a couple bottles recently, credit card was charged and on the day the wines were to ship get a refund for both orders. I email and Liz responds and says it was a wine searcher inventory mistake even though the wine was purchased directly on the Sage...
by Warren Taranow
December 30th, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: mini Champagne tasting: 2014 Courtin "Efflorescence"; 2012 Remy Massin Brut; NV Hebrart Rose
Replies: 15
Views: 539

Re: TN: mini Champagne tasting: 2014 Courtin "Efflorescence"; 2012 Remy Massin Brut; NV Hebrart Rose

I have experienced some weirdness and lactic aspects on the Hebrart rose from time to time as well. I've also gotten something I call bitter almonds, which isn't the same as just plain bitter. I wonder if that's in the same range as your "weedy" impression. I question my judgement on this...
by Warren Taranow
December 30th, 2020, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Holiday Wines - Gonon VV, Allemand, Dauvissat & Many Others
Replies: 11
Views: 647

Re: Holiday Wines - Gonon VV, Allemand, Dauvissat & Many Others

Ryan, Great notes. You opened a lot of young wines! We have a lot of wines in common, but I have yet to open any ('12 PP Chetillons, '12 Allemand, '14 X. Gerard, '13 Burlotto Monvigliero) I have tried the Krug 168 and thought it was great but way too young as you noted. Some here find it's ready to ...
by Warren Taranow
December 29th, 2020, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Marie et Pierre Bénetière Côte-Rôtie Cordeloux
Replies: 31
Views: 2278

Re: TN: 2017 Marie et Pierre Bénetière Côte-Rôtie Cordeloux

Charlie, I just dipped my toes into the 15's, not wanting to risk it. I'll sample a few 2017's based on your TN; I had intended to skip them. Hopefully Robert waits to list them until I end my spending moratorium. I also haven't bought Chidaine since the 2014 fiasco left me holding way more than I'd...

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