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by crickey
January 19th, 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does There Come A Time When The Search For Epiphany Experiences Ceases?
Replies: 53
Views: 2333

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

If by epiphany you mean a transformative first encounter with the possibilities of wine, then obviously those are going to be less as you get older. But I still regularly have profound experiences with wine where I am surprised by the complexity, depth, and beauty of what I am drinking. If that sto...
by crickey
January 17th, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (am I geometrically challenged?)
Replies: 910
Views: 43420

Re: It's critic bingo! (am I geometrically challenged?)

The one I thought you would flag is the review for the 2018 Wayfarer The Traveler: "The 2018 Pinot Noir The Traveler is made from a blend of suitcase clones. It is also the most understated of the Pinots in this range. Sweet floral notes, spice, mint, earthiness, anise and blood orange all run throu...
by crickey
January 17th, 2020, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (am I geometrically challenged?)
Replies: 910
Views: 43420

Re: It's critic bingo! (am I geometrically challenged?)

One hopes a wine is vinous. What's with the "scented yet silky"? What's the inconsistency between scented and silky? And minerality has now become a structural element (a spine), as opposed to an aroma or flavor? 2012 Col D'Orcia Brunello di Montalcino "Very pure nose offers raspberry, pomegranate,...
by crickey
January 15th, 2020, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pontet Canet in Napa?
Replies: 26
Views: 2074

Re: Pontet Canet in Napa?

Maybe the point was to quiet those reviewers who are wont to describe Pontet Canet as Napa in Bordeaux.
by crickey
January 15th, 2020, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 93
Views: 9662

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

Alex N wrote:
January 15th, 2020, 11:41 am
The 1 bottle allocation seems fair to those who want to actually drink it instead of flipping.
Curses, foiled again! There goes that get-rich-quick scheme.
by crickey
January 15th, 2020, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel
Replies: 125
Views: 8421

Re: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel

...and those who, while finding plenty of excellent wines, were a bit more ambivalent about the style of the vintage. Haha! That would be me :) I think you, me, John Gilman and Claude Kolm fall into this camp, more or less, with Jasper Morris being the most enthusiastic and Neal Martin enthusiastic...
by crickey
January 14th, 2020, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert-Save the date
Replies: 68
Views: 4490

Re: Aubert-Save the date

I couldn't even get in from my computer (tried different browers, same error). I was able to order from my phone, which is a little klutzy.

I've always had a six-bottle minimum, but my understanding is that if I had logged in early, it would have shown a 12-bottle minimum.
by crickey
January 13th, 2020, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 93
Views: 9662

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

C. Keller wrote:
January 13th, 2020, 5:04 pm
Not to take away from RM because their stuff is fantastic but the Wayfarer scores were impressive for how small the range is.
No crap. Next to the Wayfarer and Cobb scores, the RM seems almost paltry, other than the 100-pointer.
by crickey
January 13th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 93
Views: 9662

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

Last year it was the third Tuesday in January, but that happened to be the 15th. This year the third Tuesday is the 21st.

Edit: In another thread, William Segui confirmed it is the third Tuesday.
by crickey
January 13th, 2020, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008
Replies: 25
Views: 1761

Re: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008

I had a 2010 Swan Terrace recently that was the best Rhys I've had so far. I was hoping it was due to having waited for it to age some. It would be disappointing to find out it was because it was made by techniques Rhys no longer employs.
by crickey
January 13th, 2020, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pontet Canet in Napa?
Replies: 26
Views: 2074

Re: Pontet Canet in Napa?

BTW, do I want my tannins to be silt-like? Asking for a vigneron friend. Nope! Silt is a rock particle in which the grain size is smaller than sand but larger than clay. When doing fieldwork, geologists have sometimes been known to put a small sample in their mouth. If they can feel the gritty part...
by crickey
January 13th, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 93
Views: 9662

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

Buzz-worthy (just subtract 5?) I feel about this like I felt about his giving a 100 points to the Pax Sonoma Hillside. It's just weird: I find it hard to believe that it is standard deviations better than the other wines in the set. I don't doubt that it's good, but it's out of the range of the othe...
by crickey
January 6th, 2020, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: January Offerings
Replies: 59
Views: 6079

Re: January Offerings

Saxum and Maybach are usually January offerings.
by crickey
January 4th, 2020, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (am I geometrically challenged?)
Replies: 910
Views: 43420

Re: It's critic bingo! (am I geometrically challenged?)

The "vertical" line is almost certainly borrowed from the French, and probably not the first instance of a French tasting term getting transliterated into English in a way that doesn't make intuitive sense to Anglophone readers (I am always thankful for the fact that Microsoft Word considers "miner...
by crickey
January 4th, 2020, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (am I geometrically challenged?)
Replies: 910
Views: 43420

Re: It's critic bingo! (am I geometrically challenged?)

Another geometric quandary: How do you determine what's vertical or which of the many dimensions is which when a wine is spherical? Put another way, can a wine be both spherical and vertical and also show breadth in all dimensions? 2009 Tenuta di Biserno Sweet grilled herbs, incense, pine, menthol ...
by crickey
January 1st, 2020, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 657
Views: 33043

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

For the year: Purchased: 147 Consumed: 144 Net gain of 3 for the year. While ultimately a fail, much better than last year. New Year resolution is to limit purchases to no more than 1 case in 2020. Almost 9 hours in and I’m doing great! Only 8756 more hours to go... 8775 hours. It's a leap year.
by crickey
December 31st, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace
Replies: 0
Views: 223

TN: 2010 Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace

2010 Rhys Pinot Noir Swan Terrace - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (12/30/2019) Possibly the best Rhys pinot I've had so far. Floral and pine on the nose, followed by tart red berries, pomegranate and rhubarb blended with copious sous bois. Sumptuous, almost rich (for a Rh...
by crickey
December 31st, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 purchases vs. overall cellar
Replies: 59
Views: 2355

Re: 2019 purchases vs. overall cellar

I'll play. Purchases of Bordeaux (25% of my cellar) were consistent. California (27% of my cellar) was up slightly, for no apparent reason. I tripled the size of my Champagne and doubled the size of my Oregon holdings, in both cases, due to a conscious decision to switch funds over to those wines (a...
by crickey
December 15th, 2019, 7:48 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?

Yes. For example 16 ducru for 1600 (so 160 per bottle), pichon Baron for 120, 16 clerget clos vougeot for 140, 16 fourrier gc for 80. Hdh taxes aren't low but if you normally buy in NY it's not much difference. I bought 2016 Ducru for $160 from HDH (retail) last month. Not OWC, so there is that. On...
by crickey
December 15th, 2019, 7:36 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?

I got outbid on every single lot (some by a lot) and I felt my bids should have been competitive. During one 10 minute stretch I watch today, I saw a single bidder win lots that totaled well over $100,000. Hard to compete when people are dropping that kind of coin. Was that the old Madeira lots? I ...
by crickey
December 10th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard Blanc de Blanc sparkler
Replies: 45
Views: 3633

Re: Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard Blanc de Blanc sparkler

I have seen a couple of early tasting notes describe it as sweet. I realize that dosage isn't the be-all, end-all of sweetness in sparklers, but do people have ideas as to why a fairly low-dosage sparkler would taste sweet?
by crickey
December 9th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weekend cabernet: 1990 Leoville Las Cases and 2002 Shafer Hillside Select
Replies: 0
Views: 396

Weekend cabernet: 1990 Leoville Las Cases and 2002 Shafer Hillside Select

Two very different expressions of cabernet (yes, the Leoville is a blend). One was very proper; one was decidedly not proper. I liked both. Because sometimes you feel like a nut, and sometimes you don't. 2002 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select - USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap Distri...
by crickey
November 21st, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day
Replies: 86
Views: 4148

Re: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day

Is that anything like a new paradigm? newhere
by crickey
November 20th, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: anybody hear from Vinfolio?
Replies: 23
Views: 2778

Re: anybody hear from Vinfolio?

I was wondering the same thing and almost started a thread with the same question. I haven't been able to get a hold of them for weeks, although they did ship something to me this week, so someone is there.
by crickey
November 18th, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2009 Right Bank Bordeaux: Any Concerns?
Replies: 18
Views: 1584

Re: 2009 Right Bank Bordeaux: Any Concerns?

My bad, guys. I was mixing up in my head the 2015 tasting we did in January this year and the 2009s we (almost exactly the same group) re-visited in February. My comments apply to our 2015 tasting. Having just checked my 2009 notes, I found multiple issues with dull-edged wines with issues of oxida...
by crickey
November 17th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there objectively good and bad wines?
Replies: 100
Views: 3407

Re: Are there objectively good and bad wines?

Not that I agree with Mark's general point, but I do agree that the toaster analogy is a poor one. A toaster is a tool, a means to an end, and the question is about measuring the end product. The better analogy would be whether there are objective measures to what is good toast.
by crickey
November 13th, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Nikolaihof fans?
Replies: 22
Views: 1044

Re: Any Nikolaihof fans?

This thread prompted me to open a 2009 Steiner Hund. No formal note, but it was quite delicious. Kind of a citrus curd (lemon or grapefruit) predominated. Great mouthfeel, creamy, almost waxy - if it wasn't for the acidity it sort of reminded me of Rhone whites. I didn't pick up any marker or sharpi...
by crickey
November 12th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12540
Views: 604726

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2008 Cristal
2008 Vilmart Coeur de Cuvee (the thread on 2008 champagne was not good for my wallet)
1990 Leoville Las Cases
by crickey
November 11th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?
Replies: 101
Views: 5010

Re: What 2008 Champagne Are You Buying?

I like to joke to my wife that we gauge our love by the amount of Champagne in the cellar. Judging my her level of enablement, I'm not sure if she thinks it's a joke. champagne.gif flirtysmile Leading to the future conversation: -Honey, let's have some champagne with dinner tonight. -What, don't yo...
by crickey
November 3rd, 2019, 5:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12540
Views: 604726

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

An optimistic purchase: 2017 Taylor Fladgate port. I think I will be in my 80's when it hits its drinking window.
by crickey
October 30th, 2019, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 121
Views: 3786

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

Fevre is apparently one of the worst in that era (they have switched to Diam, and seem to have much less premox in recent years). I opened a 2004 Fevre Falmur tonight and it was quite oxidized (sour sherry). A pity, because the 2004 Fevre I had last year was excellent and fresh. That said, yes, the ...
by crickey
October 27th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The polemic St-Emilion Pavie 2003
Replies: 53
Views: 2679

Re: The polemic St-Emilion Pavie 2003

I don't know why "ouch." It's not like the review was bad. He just said there was nothing special about it, and it wasn't worth all of the controversy over the wine. It's interesting (to me) that he picked up smoked meat, which I also picked up on a recent bottle of 2003 Pavie Macquin (yes, differen...
by crickey
October 23rd, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12540
Views: 604726

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2012 Pierre Peters Chetillons.
by crickey
October 22nd, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 03 Pavie Macquin
Replies: 20
Views: 779

Re: 03 Pavie Macquin

Laurent Gibet wrote:
October 22nd, 2019, 7:55 am
I had Pavie-Macquin 2003 in november 2013 : unbalanced, too much alcohol, blind tasters thought grenache Roussillon or Priorat.
I did note a smoked meat flavor, which is more frequent in a southern Rhone wine and a somewhat unusual flavor for a Bordeaux.
by crickey
October 22nd, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 03 Pavie Macquin
Replies: 20
Views: 779

Re: 03 Pavie Macquin

I had it last week and had a similar experience as you did. In the context of the vintage, especially on the right bank, it should be considered a success. 2003 Château Pavie Macquin - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru (10/16/2019) I think this is about expectations. If you are use...
by crickey
October 21st, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12540
Views: 604726

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

This week was French: 2009 Clos de la Tour Clos Vougeot VV 2010 Lignier-Michelot Clos de la Roche (yes, I know not the desired Lignier, but considerably less expensive) 2003 Cos d'Estournel The previous week was US, mostly merlot: 2012 and 2013 Kapcsandy Roberta's 2013 Blankiet Rive Droite 2012 Real...
by crickey
October 9th, 2019, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 149
Views: 12587

Re: 2008 Salon

I have no independent information, but the thread on Vinous isn't helpful: Antonio responds to the "no 2008 Krug" post by pointing to the 2009 vintage (Grande Cuvee 165).
by crickey
August 14th, 2019, 6:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 168
Views: 14188

Re: Downstream Wines

For those guessing $200/bottle, you win!

https://jebdunnuck.com/2019/08/floating ... tin-smith/
by crickey
August 13th, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?
Replies: 52
Views: 3811

Re: 2004 krug buy more st 209.99 ?

If you ignore the fake money ranting, he's actually pointing to a real issue. If you believe there is now a deflationary environment, you are better off holding your money and buying later when prices are cheaper. If everyone does so (because it makes sense), you end up in a deflationary cycle, whic...
by crickey
August 10th, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Just hit the 1K milestone
Replies: 64
Views: 3128

Re: Just hit the 1K milestone

I passed 1000 earlier this year. It felt a bit odd: how did I get so much wine? I got over it by buying some more.
by crickey
August 10th, 2019, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 champagne question
Replies: 46
Views: 3963

Re: 2008 champagne question

Thank you to everyone who weighed in. This was a most helpful discussion. I, uh, ended up buying one of each. I will find out in 10-15 years how I did. It's just money, right?
by crickey
August 9th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is Torrefaction?
Replies: 48
Views: 1995

Re: What is Torrefaction?

I’m gonna pop a 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape and use the term hypergolic. Usseglio is on my mind. I had a 2007 Usseglio Mon Aieul last month. It definitely wasn't hypergolic...unless you think any chateauneuf tastes like rocket fuel because it has more than 12.1% alcohol. I was surprised at how typical...
by crickey
August 9th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 champagne question
Replies: 46
Views: 3963

Re: 2008 champagne question

Are there stylistic differences between them as a general matter (across vintages)?
by crickey
August 8th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 champagne question
Replies: 46
Views: 3963

Re: 2008 champagne question

That was helpful, thank you. It was not for immediate consumption, although I have seen enough tasting notes on this board to realize that many people are currently enjoying the DP, so I suppose if I bought a few bottles I could try one. I had intended to store for later consumption. If the second t...
by crickey
August 8th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 champagne question
Replies: 46
Views: 3963

2008 champagne question

I am deciding among the following three champagnes from 2008: Dom Perignon, Philipponnat Clos des Goisses or Pol Roger Winston Churchill. What are the important differences between them? I'm relatively inexperienced with champagne, but I'm trying to expand into the region. Any help would be much app...
by crickey
August 7th, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27891

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Kevin had a more detailed response (undoubtedly scrubbed by PR/lawyer flacks) to a similar thread on the Vinous site. Hopefully he will come back to this thread again.
by crickey
July 30th, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haut Bailly vs. Les Carmes Haut Brion
Replies: 35
Views: 2705

Re: Haut Bailly vs. Les Carmes Haut Brion

I am admittedly eager to try it, but I think you know my stylistic preferences. My buddy Levenberg is big on 2016 and Haut Bailly, and it is my intent is to do this side by side. Long time fan of these two estates. Keith's latest note on the 2016 HB is not really glowing. Good, but lacking in enthu...
by crickey
July 30th, 2019, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haut Bailly vs. Les Carmes Haut Brion
Replies: 35
Views: 2705

Re: Haut Bailly vs. Les Carmes Haut Brion

My opinion is word of mouth and from tasting at events. I had it in Nov and it was the best BDX wine at that moment for me. I noticed others were saying the same. Then the price almost hif 2x ep price. I did notice that the CellarTracker reviews for the LCHB are higher and show more enthusiasm than...
by crickey
July 30th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haut Bailly vs. Les Carmes Haut Brion
Replies: 35
Views: 2705

Haut Bailly vs. Les Carmes Haut Brion

Focusing on marketing, prices and recent vintages. For reasons that escape me, LCHB price has escalated much more than HB: for the 2016 vintage, the current price of LCHB has more than doubled its initial offer in the US, while HB is a little higher, and for the 2018 vintage, LCHB is again poised fo...
by crickey
July 26th, 2019, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1985 Château L'Evangile (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol)
Replies: 10
Views: 586

TN: 1985 Château L'Evangile (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol)

I've been staring at this wine for a couple of years at a local restaurant. The restaurant is closing, so I decided to indulge. 1985 Château L'Evangile - France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Pomerol (7/26/2019) Dark, opaque red. Black cherry and black raspberry, green tea, herbs, with truffles and caramel ...

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