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by Marc_Hanes
January 19th, 2021, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not much Australia talk here...
Replies: 86
Views: 3825

Re: Not much Australia talk here...

Having a broad based plate I bought many Australian wines in the past, particularly starting with the hyped 1998 vintage. I slowly fell away for a variety of reasons but never thought that there were *no* Australian red wines worth seeking out. (I have consistently been a fan of Australian Riesling,...
by Marc_Hanes
January 17th, 2021, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXXVII
Replies: 0
Views: 178

A Few Recent Tastes XXXVII

2019 Jim Barry Riesling Clare Valley Lodge Hill. Bright white hay in hue, close to colorless, surplus of shine. Whisper of powdered sugar to the nose but comprised more of lemon and lime citrus, mineral water, cherry, apple to pear fruit, floral only after it warms some. Medium-bodied, firm but not ...
by Marc_Hanes
January 3rd, 2021, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXXVI
Replies: 1
Views: 277

A Few Recent Tastes XXXVI

2018 Dandelion Vineyards Lion’s Tooth of McLaren Vale Shiraz-Riesling. First off, let me admit that it was the Shiraz and Riesling blend that put this in my shopping cart. Intrigued, no doubt. Heavy purple color, falls short of opacity, rims more scarlet than magenta. There’s a plastic note to the n...
by Marc_Hanes
December 23rd, 2020, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXXV
Replies: 21
Views: 1372

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXXV

Now I want to search for my 1 remaining 1996 Montelena. I last had it 4 years ago, and it was lovely. Hope it turns out well! This bottle was purchased at the retail store where I was working, bought on release and temp controlled cellared since. I guess file under no great wines, only great bottle...
by Marc_Hanes
December 21st, 2020, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXXV
Replies: 21
Views: 1372

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXXV

I'm holding some 2001 Marcarini as a birth year wine for one of my kids. Hopefully the 2000 tasting was vintage driven. My note on the 2001 Brunate from September 2005: Offers more of a spotless than rich appeal in the orange to brick red color, clear but washes out some near the rims to dull garne...
by Marc_Hanes
December 21st, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXXV
Replies: 21
Views: 1372

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXXV

Thanks for taking two for the team, Marc. Both of those just sound gross. The Arrowood was part of an online charity thing my wife did and me being who I am had to take some to analyze. The Double Diamond was a client gift to a work colleague and likewise difficult to drink a wine and not go into M...
by Marc_Hanes
December 20th, 2020, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXXV
Replies: 21
Views: 1372

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXXV

Arv R wrote: December 20th, 2020, 8:10 pm Arrowood used to make some good wines, but I guess it has been a long time. 2001 and 2005 were pretty solid for their base bottling CS. Always thought the mid 90's was their heyday.
I used to quite enjoy the Saralee’s Vineyard Syrah in the 90's and early 00's. Quality wines.
by Marc_Hanes
December 20th, 2020, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXXV
Replies: 21
Views: 1372

A Few Recent Tastes XXXV

1998 Togni Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Warm reddish purple core which betrays little age, sunset red to burnt orange rims, honestly would never have guessed it age if served blindly. Rugged nose of frill fat, kindling wood, and leather, noticeable bell pepper component, eucalyptus, dense black c...
by Marc_Hanes
December 6th, 2020, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXXIV
Replies: 5
Views: 495

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXXIV

You ever try the upper-end cuvees? I had one of them from 2010 and thought it had aging potential None that I officially noted. Might have had one at a trade tasting back in the day when I was a habitué of such things. Generally like Vacheron, sticking to them young from here on out. They aren't se...
by Marc_Hanes
December 6th, 2020, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXXIV
Replies: 5
Views: 495

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXXIV

Tomás Costa wrote: December 6th, 2020, 4:51 pm fresh and balanced, which all of his wines are.
I did really like this, ordered it online, were it local I'd pick up a couple more for general pounding. Tempts me to order from the retailer and round out the order with more wine I do not need.
by Marc_Hanes
December 6th, 2020, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXXIV
Replies: 5
Views: 495

A Few Recent Tastes XXXIV

2017 Penley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra Phoenix. Transparent throughout, brilliant surface shine, basic violet core with broad scarlet red rims. Heavy dose of menthol to the nose, whisper of incense, still very much in the primary stage with ample cherry, currant fruit. Medium-bodied, unexp...
by Marc_Hanes
November 22nd, 2020, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXXIII
Replies: 3
Views: 680

A Few Recent Tastes XXXIII

2016 Groom Shiraz Barossa Valley. The purple dark enough to verge on black, razor thin scarlet rims, above average surface shine. The nose is dull, hardly any lift at all, mostly plum to cassis fruit that evokes more sugar than ripeness, to its credit not getting a lot of oak presence, stronger leat...
by Marc_Hanes
November 8th, 2020, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXXII
Replies: 1
Views: 284

A Few Recent Tastes XXXII

2019 Grosset Riesling Clare Valley Springvale Vineyard. Green white straw color, very nice shine and brightness to it. Light rubber accent to the nose, flowers, wet stone, lemon peel and a hint of mint, not especially fruity with moderate apricot, peach, pear scents, overall it’s compact and succinc...
by Marc_Hanes
October 28th, 2020, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Harrington Negrette
Replies: 6
Views: 301

Re: 2018 Harrington Negrette

Thanks for the tips, Wes. I think the carbonic explains a lot. Good to know. Hey Dave, long time since reading you on WCWN many a moon ago. Didn't you and Greg Ellis do some biking trips? Glad to hear you enjoyed this, when I had it wasn't sure what to make of it. Curious if there's more bottle var...
by Marc_Hanes
October 28th, 2020, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile (France, Alsace)
Replies: 15
Views: 818

Re: TN: 2001 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile (France, Alsace)

What is this thing called the "half bottle"?
by Marc_Hanes
October 25th, 2020, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXXI
Replies: 4
Views: 380

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXXI

Markus S wrote: October 25th, 2020, 5:14 pm I think Açores wines can be confounding. Surprised you didn't mention any oxidative notes, which is what I've tasted in the ones I tried.
I think that was probably the nuttiness I got. For better or worse, sometimes oxidative flavors soak into the palate and none of that was happening here.
by Marc_Hanes
October 25th, 2020, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXXI
Replies: 4
Views: 380

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXXI

Tomás Costa wrote: October 25th, 2020, 4:12 pm There is no mere power of suggestion there - that Murças is clay aged.
Yes, truth is advertising, anfora aged. Hence power of suggestion! The place where I bought it said they got all the bottles sent to the US. Probably was a big fight for them.
by Marc_Hanes
October 25th, 2020, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXXI
Replies: 4
Views: 380

A Few Recent Tastes XXXI

2018 Henschke Chardonnay Adelaide Hills Croft. Slight green tint to the yellow straw base, not much shine but offers sufficient visual solidity to impress. The nose speaks of expensive oak, lime zest, roses, vanilla bean, and buttery toast, as such not offensive nor out of whack but no denying it’s ...
by Marc_Hanes
October 20th, 2020, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Insight Into Baseline Shipping Costs
Replies: 2
Views: 488

Insight Into Baseline Shipping Costs

Given that the topic of shipping is popular on wine boards I thought I would share this, received in an emailed newsletter from the vendor we use Refund Retriever. FWIW and in my opinion common carriers have suspended (i.e., killed) so many guarantees that I am still surprised Refund Retriever and t...
by Marc_Hanes
October 17th, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Hexamer Meddersheimer Rheingrafenberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Nahe)
Replies: 5
Views: 242

Re: TN: 2001 Hexamer Meddersheimer Rheingrafenberg Riesling Kabinett (Germany, Nahe)

I bought this for $12.99 from The Wine Shop on the Upper East Side (when I believe Lyle was working there). The days when a $13 bottle of wine lived 20 years.
by Marc_Hanes
October 14th, 2020, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXX
Replies: 10
Views: 988

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXX

Re: 2019 Pépière Muscadet Clos des Briords Waiting for the delivery of the 2019 here. Any thoughts on where it stands relative to 2014-2018 vintages? Hey Ramon, hope you are well and drinking better. Looking at ye olde database... Looks like I skipped the 2018 but my initial tasting of Muscadet fro...
by Marc_Hanes
October 13th, 2020, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXX
Replies: 10
Views: 988

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXX

Any idea if Le Piane has gone all Nomacorc? I have some other recent releases. I don't really drink much Le Piane, albeit I do enjoy the producer. Looking at my notes database I see: 2011 Mimmo - Composite Cork: Diam5 2017 Maggiorina - Synthetic Cork: Nomacorc Select Green 500 2018 Maggiorina - Syn...
by Marc_Hanes
October 12th, 2020, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXX
Replies: 10
Views: 988

A Few Recent Tastes XXX

1998 Mount Horrocks Riesling Clare Valley Cordon Cut. Washed out brown core, wide yellow rims, transparent on the whole with some haziness. There’s an initial plastic note to the nose before it’s all molasses, honey, candied orange peel, lanolin, pressed flowers, the fruit scents on the main fig, da...
by Marc_Hanes
September 30th, 2020, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXIX
Replies: 1
Views: 262

A Few Recent Tastes XXIX

1999 Bernard Burgaud Côte-Rôtie. Residue of purple in the reddish core, wide scarlet to brick red rims, on the whole it shows fairly youthfully. Nicely rustic nose of tar, graphite, cigar ash, beef jerky, echo of dried black olive pits, the cherry, currant scents starting to trail off. Medium-bodied...
by Marc_Hanes
September 22nd, 2020, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXVIII
Replies: 0
Views: 236

A Few Recent Tastes XXVIII

2018 Henschke Tempranillo Eden Valley Stone Jar. Ruby-purple throughout, a shade darker than expected, spotless with a high shine to the surface. Glance of oak toast, vanilla to the nose, then it’s all but entirely sleek red berry fruit with a few incense and dirt back road notes thrown in for good ...
by Marc_Hanes
September 22nd, 2020, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tement - Any fans?
Replies: 13
Views: 637

Re: Tement - Any fans?

I had the 2018 basic Südsteiermark Sauvignon Blanc and really enjoyed it. Haven't had the Grassnitzberg single vineyard SB bottling since the 2006 vintage but was impressed back then. Just one of those wines I think to buy but then rarely do.
by Marc_Hanes
September 9th, 2020, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXVII
Replies: 9
Views: 636

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXVII

Geez. Hopefully that wasn’t at one sitting! Those are some young wines! Many better years ahead for just about all of them No, one can pretty much surmise the timeline of consumption since the date of the previous post in the Roman numeral sequence. I actually like young wine, there's a different t...
by Marc_Hanes
September 9th, 2020, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXVII
Replies: 9
Views: 636

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXVII

Tom G l a s g o w wrote: September 8th, 2020, 8:23 pm There’s a Sandlands Mourvèdre?
They label it Mataro (same grape), spaced this when posting.

Mourvèdre, Mataro, Monastrell. I am sure there's plenty other names for the grape, I think these are the main ones.
by Marc_Hanes
September 8th, 2020, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Hacienda Monasterio - Ribero del Duero
Replies: 25
Views: 1132

Re: TN: 1996 Hacienda Monasterio - Ribero del Duero

Yet another wine I lost track of chasing this and that. Loved the 1996 Crianza and Reserva on release. Likewise the 1998 Reserva Especial, 1999 Reserva. No tasting notes since tasting a 2001 bottling I have noted as not for commercial release. Right now the auction market is too hot and poured over ...
by Marc_Hanes
September 8th, 2020, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXVII
Replies: 9
Views: 636

A Few Recent Tastes XXVII

2018 Henschke Barossa Valley Henry’s Seven. Trim and immaculate, the soft violet core yields to a washed out crimson, brick red approaching the fully hued rims, I can see this looking prematurely aged. Pleasing briskness to the nose, gets right down to it, succinct currant, cherry,blueberry scents t...
by Marc_Hanes
September 4th, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2 NJ Wholesalers fined big bucks
Replies: 10
Views: 1158

Re: 2 NJ Wholesalers fined big bucks

Some of the fines were MUCH higher, and if you look carefully, some of the stores are listed multiple times (varying for location) I used to work at Bayway which got the biggest fine per se, due of course to the lovely machinations of Saul (founder and owner even if the ownership papers say Fred). ...
by Marc_Hanes
September 3rd, 2020, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2 NJ Wholesalers fined big bucks
Replies: 10
Views: 1158

Re: 2 NJ Wholesalers fined big bucks

"Each of the 20 retailers agreed to pay a minimum $90,000 in penalties rather than having its license suspended for months." This link provides more specifics: https://wrnjradio.com/new-jerseys-2-largest-wine-spirits-wholesalers-and-20-of-their-biggest-retail-customers-to-pay-a-total-of-1...
by Marc_Hanes
August 29th, 2020, 8:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXVI
Replies: 12
Views: 710

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXVI

Your "A Few Recent Tastes" and Jim Cowan's "Impressions" are about my favorite sets of notes to read here. Appreciated both Jim and Rich. I chuckle to myself because Florida Jim and I have broken bread many a time (and I have taken grateful advantage of his guest room) and one o...
by Marc_Hanes
August 29th, 2020, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXVI
Replies: 12
Views: 710

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXVI

Arv R wrote: August 28th, 2020, 9:43 pm I can just hear your voice as I read those notes! Great stuff to read
Thanks Arv, as always miss our epic evenings closing many a Manhattan BYO. Hope you and the family are in good health.
by Marc_Hanes
August 29th, 2020, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10913

Re: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?

Cris Whetstone wrote: August 29th, 2020, 10:54 am does anyone really wait for reviews to purchase SQN
No. But they do wait for the reviews to sell them.
by Marc_Hanes
August 28th, 2020, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXVI
Replies: 12
Views: 710

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXVI

That Tom Eddy was brutal on release. The oakiest wine I can recall trying. Hey Greg, long time since we broke bread. I knew like zero about Tom Eddy at the time but somehow on spec bought a few bottles and also a mag each of the 1995 and 1996 basic Napa bottling. All turned out to be incredibly goo...
by Marc_Hanes
August 28th, 2020, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXVI
Replies: 12
Views: 710

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXVI

Thanks as always for any kind words, even if not always responded to, appreciated. Due to Tomas' enthusiasm will have more notes on wines from Portugal coming. Luckily the wines are affordable enough to explore broadly. FWIW, I don't post my numeric score, just keep it in my database. But roughly wi...
by Marc_Hanes
August 27th, 2020, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXVI
Replies: 12
Views: 710

A Few Recent Tastes XXVI

2017 Schild Grenache Barossa Valley Edgar Schild Reserve Old Bush Vines. Brush of purple to the core, on the main it’s a washed out brick red with orange rust rims, clean and fully transparent, the lack of coloration comes as a welcome sign. Sweet candied raspberry, strawberry fruit in the nose, the...
by Marc_Hanes
August 8th, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXV
Replies: 7
Views: 754

A Few Recent Tastes XXV

2017 Kangarilla Road Shiraz McLaren Vale The Devil’s Whiskers. Lively reddish purple color, more pure scarlet at the rims, not fully opaque and as far as these things go does not look manipulated. Lackluster nose, not much going on, some eucalyptus, bacon grease, licorice, cassis to blueberry, black...
by Marc_Hanes
July 20th, 2020, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXIV
Replies: 2
Views: 409

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXIV

Hey Tom, I have to remember that Play Doh thing, distinct smell, might more accurately capture something.
by Marc_Hanes
July 19th, 2020, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXIV
Replies: 2
Views: 409

A Few Recent Tastes XXIV

1998 Yarra Yering Shiraz Victoria Underhill. The blackish core not opaque so it fades easily into sunset reds and oranges, more vibrant the closer you get to the rims, darn pretty if you don’t mind the absence of purple. The nose subtly builds, unfurling eucalyptus, cedar, sandalwood and camphor, th...
by Marc_Hanes
July 17th, 2020, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 37
Views: 1816

Re: TN: 1995 Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Was that like Jim How? Something like that. Prolific poster and seemed like a good guy. I remember a mostly BWE inspired offline at Café Loup to try a broad spectrum of 1997's and see if there were any swans among the ugly duckings to lay down. If memory serves Léoville-Barton and maybe LLC were the...
by Marc_Hanes
July 17th, 2020, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: To Share or Not to Share...That is the Question...
Replies: 25
Views: 1924

Re: To Share or Not to Share...That is the Question...

I'm driving myself nuts drinking bottles that I want to share with other geeks. With like Lurker Ira (TM). To the heart of your question, if I stumble upon a "cherry" the most I buy is a couple. There have been past instances where I bought it all but only to share out with friend geeks wh...
by Marc_Hanes
July 12th, 2020, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine consumption changed?
Replies: 39
Views: 2200

Re: Wine conumption changed?

I think I am in an unique situation in that located in northern New Jersey there remains a plethora of outlets for immediate purchase. I can easily satisfy my jones for buying new interesting bottles. Working in the trade I have not missed a single day of work due to coronavirus issues, be this rela...
by Marc_Hanes
July 5th, 2020, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXIII
Replies: 8
Views: 727

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXIII

Great notes Mark, I thoroughly enjoy your writing style. You obviously not only taste the wines but experience them as well. Adds a dimension to the usual fruit-acid-tannin note. Also, you sample an eclectic mix of wines. The 2018 Idlewild Flora & Fauna White Wine is 50% Muscat Canelli, 48% Arn...
by Marc_Hanes
July 5th, 2020, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXIII
Replies: 8
Views: 727

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXIII

2017 Cenatiempo Biancolella Ischia Bianco Kalimera. Unusually dark gold color, solid glow, its dullness does not diminish presence in the glass. While it achieves richness in the nose, punctured by a pervasive smokiness and dusty minerality, apricot paste, spiced orange peel, blanched nuts with som...
by Marc_Hanes
July 5th, 2020, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXIII
Replies: 8
Views: 727

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXIII

Thanks for the notes. Love your writing style: as a musician I really appreciated that 'stays in the bass register' metaphor. That Cabeças do Reguengo hotel bottling is part of a recent vogue in Alentejo to 'go back to its roots' and shed its image of easy drinking, smooth reds (whatever that means...
by Marc_Hanes
July 5th, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXIII
Replies: 8
Views: 727

A Few Recent Tastes XXIII

2019 Shaw and Smith Sauvignon Blanc Adelaide Hills. Pale white to yellow straw color, faint glow, attractive for its relative lack of color. Nose has good erect bearing, very lightly grassy with a sauna stone smokiness, nothing close to cat pee, a floral musk drifts through without lingering, develo...
by Marc_Hanes
July 2nd, 2020, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to keep wine glasses immaculate???
Replies: 39
Views: 2711

Re: How to keep wine glasses immaculate???

I have had good luck with Five Star PBW which I order online. I submerge and soak glasses in water with PBW for a couple of hours then sponge off the lifted residue. Gets the glasses close to new. It works decently in decanters but you still need to do minimal surface scrubbing which is not always p...
by Marc_Hanes
June 25th, 2020, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question Regarding Alternative Closure Branding
Replies: 4
Views: 358

Question Regarding Alternative Closure Branding

Since they started becoming widespread in use I have captured the closure data of a bottle (if not natural cork) in my tasting notes. What I have noticed is that particularly with composite cork or screwcaps rarely are they clearly branded in a way that allows one to assess that particular closure a...

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