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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: 4000

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: 15
Views: 1742

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: 1525

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: 3283

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: 965

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: 12220
Views: 587741

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: 4759

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: 12220
Views: 587741

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: 3651

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: 2538

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: 12220
Views: 587741

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: 744

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: 744

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: 12220
Views: 587741

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: 12170

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: 13892

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: 3723

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: 3092

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: 3858

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: 1952

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: 3858

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: 3858

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: 3858

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: 27599

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: 31
Views: 2156

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: 31
Views: 2156

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: 31
Views: 2156

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: 581

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 ...
by crickey
July 22nd, 2019, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9453

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

I ask because I can't make sense of the tax rates being charge by out of state retailers. Zachys, for example, charges 8.375%, which isn't their tax rate, and isn't our tax rate. 8.375% is indeed the White Plains sales tax rate. I searched Scarsdale, which is lower, but I notice that their corporat...
by crickey
July 16th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This is an expensive day of mailers
Replies: 11
Views: 1230

This is an expensive day of mailers

Aubert, Saxum, Rhys (sparkling wine) and Rivers Marie all hit today. Fortunately, my credit card billing cycle just closed last Friday, so I have a fresh new start for the month!
by crickey
July 16th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 87
Views: 7034

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

Lore and Panek for me.
by crickey
July 16th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th
Replies: 87
Views: 6566

Re: Rhys sparkling wine offer July 16th

Ordered some. I'll give it a shot. I'm not an experienced sparkling wine drinker, but I'll trust Rhys to produce a quality product.
by crickey
July 15th, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9453

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

just got hit with a bill now collecting sales tax based on state of the retailer as opposed to the state being shipped to A bunch of those. Pretty much every NY retailer has moved that way. Flickinger started doing that a few months ago. And not just Illinois, but also the full Chicago/Cook county ...
by crickey
July 15th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Print version of WA: Dead
Replies: 13
Views: 1367

Re: Print version of WA: Dead

Killing the print version is truly a sign of the time having been passed because it was on hand in most retail wine shops in NYC at one point. The owners liked to know what scores where when placing orders. I guess w/out Bob, nobody really cares any more. The distributor just give you a shelf talke...
by crickey
July 8th, 2019, 6:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Back up the truck for this deal!!! Best price ever!
Replies: 9
Views: 1915

Re: Back up the truck for this deal!!! Best price ever!

I bet the 2018 is even more expensive. $2 more would be my guess.
by crickey
June 28th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9453

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

I haven't shopped at many Total Wine stores, but based on the three in my area I have been to, Binny's has a much more interesting wine selection.
by crickey
June 27th, 2019, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?
Replies: 78
Views: 4242

Re: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?

The VCC was annoying, but I thought the pricing was pretty well in line with the 2016s. In other words, a fairly reasonable approach by the Bordelais. As I noted when it came out, at least VCC came out at a price lower than the current price of the 2016s and 2015s, something not true of some other ...
by crickey
June 27th, 2019, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?
Replies: 78
Views: 4242

Re: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?

But monopoly pricing structures aren't subject to supply and demand! They're just subject to whatever price the monopolist sets as the price it considers appropriate! How is this a monopoly? That's sort of like complaining about the cost of a Ferrari or other high end product. There are always othe...
by crickey
June 26th, 2019, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9453

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

I think details here matter a lot. When a statute isn’t facially discriminatory and when a statute has a police power rationale that a state can articulate (e.g., we want to require a buyer to show physical ID when purchasing alcohol), you have a different legal battle than this TN case presented. ...
by crickey
June 26th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9453

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

I don’t think this is right as such a statute does not facially discriminate. The dormant commerce clause covers both direct discrimination and where the effect is to discriminate in favor of in-state interests. Preventing someone from selling into a state because they don't have a physical locatio...
by crickey
June 26th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9453

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

The reason I am less enthused about today's ruling than others in this thread is that I do not read it to have eliminated the licensing requirement or to permit a retailer licensed in one state to sell to any state. It did not undercut the licensing requirement. It just said that the requirements t...
by crickey
June 26th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?
Replies: 78
Views: 4242

Re: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?

Back to 2018, I bought less than I had planned. Particularly toward the end, the prices were higher than I was hoping. A little disappointing, but there's always more wine in the world.
by crickey
June 26th, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9453

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

The dormant commerce clause covers both direct discrimination and where the effect is to discriminate in favor of in-state interests. Preventing someone from selling into a state because they don't have a physical location there has the effect of discriminating in favor of a person who does have a ...
by crickey
June 26th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9453

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

Yes. That and the fact that the Supreme Court just said that discriminatory laws must serve the purposes of health and safety of a state and that such claims must come with real evidence. But here's what you can expect: Wholesalers and Retailers will attempt to pass laws that ban shipments from bot...
by crickey
June 26th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?
Replies: 78
Views: 4242

Re: 2018 Bordeaux Futures - What Did Everyone Buy?

Simply put, luxury goods are priced as you note on supply and demand. Plain and simple. I don't understand the stridency in this argument, which doesn't have the evidence to support it. Luxury goods are not typically markets subject to classical economic notions of supply and demand with relatively...
by crickey
June 26th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9453

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

I suspect that it will be harder for wholesalers and retailers to build coalitions supporting anti-shipping measures now that Wayfair has significantly undercut the lost tax revenue argument. Yes. That and the fact that the Supreme Court just said that discriminatory laws must serve the purposes of...
by crickey
June 26th, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9453

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

I do also wonder if the states' interest in blocking this kind of sales is not as strong following the out-of-state tax decision. They get to collect their money.
by crickey
June 26th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Supreme Court, and wine.
Replies: 174
Views: 9453

Re: Supreme Court, and wine.

Unfortunately, despite the broad language in the reasoning, I think the holding is very narrow (and Keith's prediction of more litigation is accurate). For one thing, the decision does not overturn licensing per se, only discriminatory licensing unrelated to public-health concerns. So it does not ne...
by crickey
June 21st, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction slowdown? (HDH today)
Replies: 66
Views: 3270

Re: Auction slowdown? (HDH today)

My point, to stick with the Mouton example, is that the estimates were wacky. The actual sales price (including premium) was about what I would have expected it to be: slightly less than low retail. But the hammer price was at the low end of the estimate. The high end was $700/bottle. I can call up ...
by crickey
June 21st, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction slowdown? (HDH today)
Replies: 66
Views: 3270

Re: Auction slowdown? (HDH today)

I didn't follow all the 2016 Bordeaux, but the 2016 Mouton went for a little less than $600/bottle (including the premium); a little more than what I paid two years ago, but less than the current market. I had my finger hovering, but I didn't swipe. The 2016s were going for the low end of the estima...

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