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by crickey
November 22nd, 2020, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.
Replies: 91
Views: 3767

Re: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.

I fail to see the connection between jazz that was being played almost exclusively in the US, and wines that were harvested from grapes grown three thousand miles away. It is completely gratuitous, and I am still curious as to why it should appear in a wine column, and even more curious as to why g...
by crickey
November 22nd, 2020, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.
Replies: 91
Views: 3767

Re: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.

I went back to read the article (I didn't originally because I have no interest in reading about old wine; I'm never going to have any). It was just odd. It opens with four paragraphs on jazz that basically suggested the level of sophistication of something I might have written when I was in grade s...
by crickey
November 6th, 2020, 5:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 22
Views: 2195

Re: TN: 2008 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)

A. So wrote:
November 5th, 2020, 7:50 pm
crickey wrote:
November 5th, 2020, 7:00 pm
No, but there is a boycott. Apparently at different price points.
That just sounds like Econ 101 to me...
Yes, the resemblance is uncanny.
by crickey
November 5th, 2020, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 22
Views: 2195

Re: TN: 2008 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)

A. So wrote:
November 5th, 2020, 3:30 pm
ChrisL wrote:
November 4th, 2020, 11:08 am
Wow, crossing the picket line to give us the TN.
Picket line? Is there a strike?
No, but there is a boycott. Apparently at different price points.
by crickey
November 2nd, 2020, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AMA - William Kelley edition - 12/09/2020 5:30PST
Replies: 56
Views: 1940

Re: AMA - William Kelley edition - 12/09/2020 5:30PST

Sign me up, too, please.
by crickey
November 1st, 2020, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14888
Views: 743212

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

After being a good little boy for the last 10+ days of October, I fell off the wagon with a mixed case and one-half of 2019 German riesling (well, and one 2017 German riesling), with a mix of praedikats, stressing the kabinetts. I also bought two GGs (2017 Clemens Busch and 2019 Donnhoff Niederhause...
by crickey
October 31st, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Daniel Barraud
Replies: 7
Views: 419

Re: Domaine Daniel Barraud

I don't think it is out-of-date. I see pictures with "Daniel et Julien Barraud" on the label of 2017 wines. It's just that I also see pictures with other labels on what appears to be the same wine. I was wondering if the naming convention might relate to different importers, but even one importer's ...
by crickey
October 31st, 2020, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Daniel Barraud
Replies: 7
Views: 419

Re: Domaine Daniel Barraud

Thanks, William. On the WA website, it lists the wines you reviewed under the name "Daniel et Julien Barraud." If I see a different label for the equivalent wine (i.e., "Pouilly-Fuisse En France"), it should be the same wine as the one you reviewed?
by crickey
October 31st, 2020, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Daniel Barraud
Replies: 7
Views: 419

Domaine Daniel Barraud

I hope William Kelley sees this thread, but if anyone can answer, I would appreciate it. I see listings for Domaine Daniel Barraud, Domaine Daniel et Julien Barraud and Domaine Daniel et Martine Barraud, all with different labels, but they all appear to be one family. Is there a difference in the bo...
by crickey
October 31st, 2020, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred Burgundy Glass
Replies: 119
Views: 10022

Re: Preferred Burgundy Glass

I ordered some of the Conterno Sensory glasses. Pretty, but I will confess I'm sort of scared to use them given the price. I did use one for an older Clos des Papes last night. I discovered many wines other than Bordeaux taste better out of the Zalto Bordeaux. I compared a young CNdP from the Zalto ...
by crickey
October 29th, 2020, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What ONE BOTTLE from your cellar will be your special occasion wine in five years?
Replies: 97
Views: 3778

Re: What ONE BOTTLE from your cellar will be your special occasion wine in five years?

If I had to answer the OP's question in the sense of what will be my "best" wine five years from now to celebrate a special occasion, I would pick the 1986 Mouton Rothschild, which will probably continue to be a special occasion wine five years from now and further beyond my age expectancy. In anoth...
by crickey
October 22nd, 2020, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Produttori Del Barbaresco Riservas - GOAT
Replies: 19
Views: 2193

Re: 2016 Produttori Del Barbaresco Riservas - GOAT

His producer overview on Produttori indicated that these were the best he had ever had.
by crickey
October 22nd, 2020, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 288
Views: 18606

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

I had all of the 2008 Dom Perignon I wanted available to me for over a year for $121.99. I had all of the Krug 164eme (remember there is no 2008 Vintage Krug) I wanted available to me for over a year for $129.99. While this local retailer is known for competitive pricing, they don't sell at a loss....
by crickey
October 21st, 2020, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine which are NOT Grenache focused
Replies: 30
Views: 1732

Re: Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine which are NOT Grenache focused

Depending on how low you are willing to go for "not focused," there are a number that have a quite significant level of other grapes, just less than 50%. Both the Saint Prefert Charles Giraud, Clos du Caillou Reserve and the Clos St Jean Deus ex Machina are about 40% mourvedre, with 60% grenache. Ce...
by crickey
October 21st, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 288
Views: 18606

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

I don't think they made a 09 They made a Rose in 2009 and a BdB in 2011. That is it between 2008 and 2012. The economy in 2009 and challenging vintages in 2010 and 2011 are to blame. Brad, I don't understand why the challenging economy in 2009 influenced Taittinger not to make a CdC. I would have t...
by crickey
October 21st, 2020, 5:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14888
Views: 743212

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A Kelley Fox order (2019 Durant Chardonnay, 2019 Freedom Hill Pinot Gris, 2018 Maresh Bethlehem Flower) and a Rhys order (2018 Alpine Chardonnay and Pinot; 2018 Bearwallow Chardonnay and 2018 Swan Terrace) were the main purchases.
by crickey
October 21st, 2020, 5:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to Pair (Great) Wine With McDonald’s
Replies: 9
Views: 1056

Re: How to Pair (Great) Wine With McDonald’s

I prefer 1961 Petrus, but will do 1961 Cheval Blanc in a pinch.
by crickey
October 12th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14888
Views: 743212

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2002 Taittinger CdC. I have no willpower. I've been longing/lusting after it for a few months, I was talking with a guy from a store that carried it on another matter, and then next thing I knew, it was in my shopping cart.
by crickey
October 12th, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is bordeaux price dropping ?
Replies: 76
Views: 4314

Re: Why is bordeaux price dropping ?

I do use your site but there was no note, hence my question. My understanding is that many critics have now tasted it so was wondering whether you did. Bought 3 bottles in 2019 as in 2015 though. I only see three critics with notes (Jane Anson, Jean-Marc Quarin and James Lawther), and all were ther...
by crickey
October 12th, 2020, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14888
Views: 743212

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2018 Wayfarer Chardonnay 2017 Vessigaud Pouilly-Fuisse Vers Pouilly 2016 Guffens-Heynan Pouilly-Fuisse Premier Jus des Hauts de Vignes 2017 Catena Chardonnay White Stones A lot of chardonnay. I know some of you are thinking, really, Pouilly-Fuisse? I can't believe I actually got into a bidding war o...
by crickey
October 11th, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few choice rieslings (Keller, Dönnhoff)
Replies: 15
Views: 911

Re: A few choice rieslings (Keller, Dönnhoff)

He used to link to his actual scores on Cellartracker, but you can still look them up there. The scores were (in listed order): 95, 95, 95, 93, so Robert's surprise is still in order (although both Keller were higher than the Donnhof GG).
by crickey
October 1st, 2020, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Taught With Tension")
Replies: 1253
Views: 60165

Re: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)

If you search google, you will find a number of recipes (basically all ice cream and desserts) calling for melted licorice. The question is whether melted licorice smells/tastes any different than unmelted licorice.
by crickey
October 1st, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Taught With Tension")
Replies: 1253
Views: 60165

Re: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)

I sometimes think certain critics are aware of this thread and are deliberating trolling it. See below for the latest from AG: "The 2016 Chinon La Rougerie is all class . Bright and sculpted, with tremendous depth as well as unreal precision, the 2016 screams with character . An exotic mélange of bl...
by crickey
October 1st, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 956
Views: 50369

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

I did have to put on glasses to read your post. I'm getting old.
by crickey
October 1st, 2020, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 956
Views: 50369

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Jay Miller wrote:
September 30th, 2020, 2:14 pm
28 in and 2 out bringing me to 632
CAN YOU PLEASE SPEAK UP!!! I CAN'T HEAR YOU!!!!
by crickey
September 30th, 2020, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shafer 2020
Replies: 14
Views: 1357

Re: Shafer 2020

I got the same email. That sucks.
by crickey
September 30th, 2020, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 288
Views: 18606

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

So about $112-125/bottle. Welcome to the three-tier distribution system. It's clear by Kris Patten's posts above that Taittinger did not really increase prices all that much, rather what we are seeing is the difference between grey market bottles and the "official" US import pricing.
by crickey
September 26th, 2020, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine scorers: Absolute or Relative to "Class" ?
Replies: 63
Views: 1787

Re: Wine scorers: Absolute or Relative to "Class" ?

If by "class" you mean price, then absolutely absolute. To do anything else double-counts the QPR aspect.
by crickey
September 26th, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This Weekends HDH Auction
Replies: 38
Views: 2572

Re: This Weekends HDH Auction

I have been puzzled watching K&L auctions seeing 2008 Cristal going for $325+/bottle when it's available in California (in case someone is concerned about shipping) for around $250. Someone at the HDH auction just paid $400/bottle for the 2012 Cristal. Not the rose. It's available for around $200 ($...
by crickey
September 23rd, 2020, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1605
Views: 107785

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

There is a page on the Roederer website where you can put in the code on the back and it comes up with some information. I expect that the additional information can be found using a code reader application to read the little code box next to the code number. It's a brave new world (that I can barel...
by crickey
September 20th, 2020, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1605
Views: 107785

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Pierre Peters Cuvee de Reserve, disgorged 12/2018.
by crickey
September 20th, 2020, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14888
Views: 743212

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A birthday present to myself: Krug GC 164.
by crickey
September 15th, 2020, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Latour 2009 released
Replies: 53
Views: 4296

Re: Latour 2009 released

They released about 1,000 cases in this latest release. Whatever happened in 2010-11 is water under the bridge. True, even assuming $800 comes to Latour, it's a small pittance in the greater corporate scheme, but like any other large conglomerate, every part, no matter how small, needs to maximize i...
by crickey
September 14th, 2020, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14888
Views: 743212

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Epoch today, including my first tempranillo from California. I was curious.
by crickey
September 11th, 2020, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 288
Views: 18606

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

If not buying wine because the price is more than I want to pay for it constitutes boycotting, I am currently boycotting thousands of wines!
by crickey
September 11th, 2020, 5:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Latour 2009 released
Replies: 53
Views: 4296

Re: Latour 2009 released

Personally, I liked Latour, gave it a 96-98, but it was not in my top five wines of the vintage. I can buy Lafite from any one current vintage for around half. So I am kind of curious as to why I would spend money on a Latour from a fine vintage, but in my book, certainly equaled by most of the cur...
by crickey
September 8th, 2020, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Latour 2009 released
Replies: 53
Views: 4296

Re: Latour 2009 released

The low non-auction price in the US is $1200. So the release is priced around the W-S low. Is there a reason it should be less?
by crickey
September 7th, 2020, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14888
Views: 743212

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2019 Huet.
by crickey
September 7th, 2020, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Cellar Holdings by Producer and Some Thoughts on how/why that's Changed
Replies: 101
Views: 6800

Re: Top Cellar Holdings by Producer and Some Thoughts on how/why that's Changed

About four years ago, I made a concerted effort to build (rebuild, really) my Bordeaux holdings. My collection had begun with Bordeaux -- a few 2000 futures I bought as a starving student -- but for various reasons, not the least having to do with the increases in the prices of the futures relative ...
by crickey
September 2nd, 2020, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Liger-Belair Aux Cras or Les Cras?
Replies: 5
Views: 394

Re: Liger-Belair Aux Cras or Les Cras?

I haven't been able to figure out why they switched, but they seemed to have switched before 2008; the 2006 label says "Les Cras" and labels beginning in 2008 say "Aux Cras." The company website generally refers to the wine and vineyard as "Aux Cras."
by crickey
August 31st, 2020, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin, not so rare?
Replies: 11
Views: 1421

Re: Marcassin, not so rare?

$200 is about the going rate for the pinot. The chardonnay is much more expensive. And as Victor pointed out, the 2013 pinot got an initial rating of 90 from Parker, which he raised the next year to a 94. Jeb also gave it a 94. It's hard to sustain a "culty" price with that score. The 2013 chardonna...
by crickey
August 30th, 2020, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Taught With Tension")
Replies: 1253
Views: 60165

Re: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)

Once again, Vinous takes the lead. "Unctuosity"? 2017 Montevertine Rosso di Toscano "Shockingly dense and dark, the 2017 Montevertine possesses off the charts textural richness and unctuosity . A freak of nature in a vintage with tiny yields, the 2017 aturates the palate with intense, plush fruit, ...
by crickey
August 29th, 2020, 4:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10741

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

The Napa report usually comes out in October and December. It's August. In any event, with the virus situation, I would expect the report to be shorter than normal. SQN reviews are apparently coming out in a few days.
by crickey
August 28th, 2020, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14888
Views: 743212

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

AD Northup wrote:
August 28th, 2020, 6:00 pm
alan weinberg wrote:
August 28th, 2020, 5:53 pm
AD Northup wrote:
August 28th, 2020, 5:50 pm


Received the email this morning :)
a word I didn’t know. Refers to the later, drier part of summer.
Thankfully the definition was in the email as well...a linguist I am not
You bastards. I was done for the month. I picked up some 2013 Pierre Peters Chetillons.
by crickey
August 28th, 2020, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14888
Views: 743212

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

More 2016 L'Eglise Clinet. I didn't particularly need more, but I couldn't resist the good deal.

Also, 2013 Ayala BdB.
by crickey
August 24th, 2020, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14888
Views: 743212

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2010 St Prefert Charles Giraud
2009 St Pierre

I guess I was in a saintly mood this weekend.
by crickey
August 22nd, 2020, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Taught With Tension")
Replies: 1253
Views: 60165

Re: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)

There are several examples in that note of what we might term false precision. Hollyhock is one: can someone really pick that out from other dried flowers that have a weak aroma? The main one for me is "sliced blueberries." Really? Does slicing add anything that couldn't have been said with just "b...
by crickey
August 22nd, 2020, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hart Davis Hart Auction
Replies: 19
Views: 1750

Re: Hart Davis Hart Auction

People commenting on the reasonableness of the prices weren't looking at the same lots as I was. Or of the champagne lots. It's one thing for rare or older wine to go for a price above market as the bidder might be pricing in provenance, but it's another thing when generally available wine (2008 Bol...
by crickey
August 22nd, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Taught With Tension")
Replies: 1253
Views: 60165

Re: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)

There are several examples in that note of what we might term false precision. Hollyhock is one: can someone really pick that out from other dried flowers that have a weak aroma? The main one for me is "sliced blueberries." Really? Does slicing add anything that couldn't have been said with just "bl...
by crickey
August 22nd, 2020, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("Taught With Tension")
Replies: 1253
Views: 60165

Re: It's critic bingo! (striding confidently when not prancing)

My google says it smells like marshmallow root (marshmallow root is sometimes called hock or hollyhock), which has similar uses (teas, soaps, creams) and a light, "non-descript," but "distinct" aroma and flavor. That's not none. It is possible that Erin has confused the oils in the soaps and creams ...

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