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by crickey
October 9th, 2019, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 140
Views: 10100

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: 110
Views: 7116

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: 3516

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: 2954

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: 3699

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: 1918

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: 3699

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: 3699

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: 3699

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: 27158

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: 2107

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: 2107

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: 2107

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: 557

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: 9360

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: 1226

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: 6887

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: 6386

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: 9360

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: 1361

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: 1910

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: 9360

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: 4062

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: 4062

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: 9360

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: 9360

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: 9360

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: 4062

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: 9360

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: 9360

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: 4062

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: 9360

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: 9360

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: 9360

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: 3241

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: 3241

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...
by crickey
June 20th, 2019, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction slowdown? (HDH today)
Replies: 66
Views: 3241

Re: Auction slowdown? (HDH today)

Wasn't soft on the stuff I was bidding on. Maybe there isn't a huge market for 24 x 375ml bottles of Caymus.
by crickey
June 18th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 832
Views: 40085

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

Most of the notes criticized in this thread fail to convey a comprehensible description precisely because they are trying too hard to convey infectious enthusiasm. At which they mostly also fail. Or they're trying to be quoted in shelf-talkers to built the publication's brand, which they can capita...
by crickey
June 18th, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 832
Views: 40085

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

This article by Eric Asimov can be read as a criticism of this thread, because if there is one thing this thread stands for, it is that tasting notes should be dreary and dull. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/17/dining/drinks/wine-ratings-criticism.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share The article ends with t...
by crickey
June 17th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 16427

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

The two offers of VCC I've seen today are both under $300, which is still expensive (and higher than the release of the 2016), but at least less than the current market prices for the 2009, 2010, 2015 and 2016. Not all of the recent offers can say the same thing.
by crickey
June 15th, 2019, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth
Replies: 57
Views: 3445

Re: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth

Or that the traditional first growths are the most expensive Bordeaux. They are not, and haven't been for a long time. Ausone came out at the same time for an even higher price than Cheval Blanc. And to the OP, please convince your clients to sell their stocks of 2009 and 2010 into the market; I wou...
by crickey
June 13th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Went nuts and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2728

Re: Went nuts and ...

Out of interest, when do people think Cos "lost its way"? I think the youngest I've had were 2002 and 2003 - the former surprisingly good, and the latter also given I expected it to be pruney and awful from the vintage. I suppose it depends on what you mean by "lost its way." In the sense that Howa...
by crickey
June 13th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 832
Views: 40085

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

To use another example I cited above for why I cut writers slack about repetition, it was mildly entertaining to see how many modifiers Josh Raynolds could come up with to qualify "red" as the color descriptor for Oregon pinots: translucent, glimmering, brilliant, bright, vivid, deep brilliant, limp...
by crickey
June 13th, 2019, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Went nuts and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2728

Re: Went nuts and ...

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 5:52 am
I thought my emoticon would have suggested a bit of sarcasm in my post.

And yea, I’m not touching the big boy left banks from 2005 for a very long time.
I thought the emoticon was about bringing Cos, specifically.
by crickey
June 13th, 2019, 5:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Went nuts and ...
Replies: 39
Views: 2728

Re: Went nuts and ...

I have the 05 Cos. When do we meet? I can bring Montrose Seriously, Howard?! We have LLC and Montrose, and you are including Jay and his milkshake?! [wow.gif] I think it's funny you scorned the Cos, even though LLC has long had the reputation for having the most "spoofy" wine-making, although I wil...
by crickey
June 12th, 2019, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 16427

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

Thanks Crickey - your thoughts are much appreciated. As with some others - I am looking for a handful of special wines to save given the important of 2018 (son's birth year). I am fortunate enough to be able to afford a few of the "first growths" so just trying to better gauge from folks where to f...
by crickey
June 12th, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 832
Views: 40085

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

I agree the phrase tells you a lot about the wine, though "fruited" is a bit annoying. What's the matter with "fruity"? The real problem is the repetition. Good writers are careful to avoid reusing very distinctive phrases like that too often (e.g., recycling it in another review of the same catego...
by crickey
June 12th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 832
Views: 40085

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

Another term for the LPB bingo card: "decadently fruited." I guess that's equivalent to Parker's favorite, "hedonistic." 2018 Durand-Laplagne Les Terres Rouges, Puisseguin-St.-Emilion ...scents of plum preserves, Black Forest cake and Chinese five spice with wafts of potpourri and fragrant earth. F...
by crickey
June 12th, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 16427

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

How do folks feel about the pricing of Margaux / Mouton? 1. They're first growths; they're expensive. 2. Given the general level of the offers thus far, they were about what I expected (I was guessing $550-560, and I've seen $570 today from several merchants). 3. Like many (most) other offers of 20...
by crickey
June 8th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Napa - What are the winemakers saying??
Replies: 33
Views: 2836

Re: 2018 Napa - What are the winemakers saying??

Well you cant expect poor winery owners to not increase prices, after all just because you get 30% extra free fruit the corks have gone up by 40 cents so we need an across the board $15 a bottle increase Your contract is for a 1 acre block. You pay 18,000/T. If the vineyard produces 4T/Acre your fr...

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