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by crickey
September 20th, 2020, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1496
Views: 99434

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: 14449
Views: 709123

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: 4126

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: 14449
Views: 709123

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: 105
Views: 5326

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: 4126

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: 4126

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: 14449
Views: 709123

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: 87
Views: 4968

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: 351

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: 1353

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! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1207
Views: 56644

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: 10518

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: 14449
Views: 709123

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: 14449
Views: 709123

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: 14449
Views: 709123

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! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1207
Views: 56644

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: 1706

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! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1207
Views: 56644

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! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1207
Views: 56644

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 ...
by crickey
August 21st, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HDH action questions
Replies: 101
Views: 5665

Re: HDH action questions

Alex A wrote:
August 21st, 2020, 10:22 am
At this point I'm thinking some HDH bidders think the auction app is Tinder and they keep swiping right... a lot of Napa cabs are selling $100-$200 over WS low. I don't get the reasoning.
Or in the case of Spottswoode, above the W-S high.
by crickey
August 20th, 2020, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: HDH action questions
Replies: 101
Views: 5665

Re: HDH action questions

I was hoping I could get some bargains with the early lots, but no luck. Online bidding is active.
by crickey
August 18th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Krug
Replies: 46
Views: 1822

Re: TN: 2004 Krug

Your note is in line with most of the recent tasting notes on CT. It may be going through a dumb phase. On the other hand, it may be that you are reacting to the lack of power that appears to be characteristic of this vintage of Krug.
by crickey
August 15th, 2020, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum - Should I buy?
Replies: 15
Views: 1334

Re: Saxum - Should I buy?

Extended age means it spent an extra year aging in barrel. Whether it actually amounts to an extra $50 of cost to the winery I don't know, but that's why the price difference. People drink wines at different times. Many people like to drink Saxum fairly soon after shipping. I tend to drink mine abou...
by crickey
August 13th, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 German Riesling
Replies: 214
Views: 13039

Re: 2019 German Riesling

FWIW, Stephen Reinhardt of the WA released the first part of his 2019 survey, and he thinks 2019 is a terrific vintage for both sweeties and dry wines.
by crickey
August 6th, 2020, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard
Replies: 10
Views: 821

Re: TN: 2014 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard

I hate to pile on, as I normally really like Rhys chardonnays, but I gotta go with this week's consensus. 2014 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (8/6/2020) I'm with the people who were unimpressed. It lacked much flavor: weak pear, grapefruit ...
by crickey
August 6th, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1207
Views: 56644

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

Since the original post on this thread was about overused words, melding with overused words that have an unknown meaning, Josh Raynolds introduced a new descriptor to me in his latest Oregon pinot article: "smoky minerality," along with the related "smoky minerals." An example (third wine in the ar...
by crickey
August 2nd, 2020, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 855
Views: 45786

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

I hinted at this month's numbers in last month's entry. Here it goes. Consumed: 80!! This includes 5 corked and 12 sold. It also covers a week at the beach with 6 drinkers having wine every day at lunch and dinner, and sometimes in between or after. Now, you'd think that would set me up for a succe...
by crickey
July 28th, 2020, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ribera del Duero Tempranillo
Replies: 21
Views: 1178

Re: Ribera del Duero Tempranillo

Joseph Grassa wrote:
July 28th, 2020, 3:26 pm
Grabbing some Pesquera in the next few weeks as well.

I'm a big fan of Aalto! Never had Aalto PS though. Worth the difference in price?
Yes, for me, because the fruit can cut through the oak. If you like Aalto, you clearly can stand big oak treatment.
by crickey
July 28th, 2020, 6:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ribera del Duero Tempranillo
Replies: 21
Views: 1178

Re: Ribera del Duero Tempranillo

What Luis Gutierrez said in his latest article on Ribera del Duero was that the regional designation is too broad and should be split into more precise terroir-based appellations. That is similar to saying the RdD has "no" terroir.
by crickey
July 27th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14449
Views: 709123

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

NV Bollinger Special Cuvee
2015 Laherte BdB Les Grand Crayeres

I don't think these are similar in style. I will probably like the Bollinger better, but I'm still in the newbie/exploratory stage with champagne, so I thought I would try different kinds, and neither was terribly expensive.
by crickey
July 27th, 2020, 6:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid site had problems tonight.
Replies: 123
Views: 6646

Re: Winebid site had problems tonight.

Jay Miller wrote:
July 27th, 2020, 5:57 am
Dennis Atick wrote:
July 27th, 2020, 5:54 am

Still a bunch active this week. See if I fare better this Sunday.
I already overspent this month's wine budget so no competition from me.
Next Sunday is August, so it's a whole new month's budget to blow.
by crickey
July 26th, 2020, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So what allocations are left for all you geeks?
Replies: 78
Views: 12335

Re: So what allocations are left for all you geeks?

Based on last year, I see Rhys, Kelley Fox and Kapcsandy in the fall. I signed up for Epoch this spring, and I think they have a fall release, too. Which is more than enough. I look forward to rounding out the cellar with things other than what I get from mailing lists.
by crickey
July 21st, 2020, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Offer
Replies: 141
Views: 12102

Re: 2018 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Offer

Order in. I wish I could afford more, but I can't at the moment.
by crickey
July 21st, 2020, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WILLIAM KELLEY!
Replies: 231
Views: 10187

Re: WILLIAM KELLEY!

Jamet is covered; the others, I agree, have little coverage. But think of this: I counted 129 producers in the last N. Rhone articles; some were duplicates (coverage broken up into the two articles), so let's round it off to 120 producers. I'll bet you haven't heard of or tried most of them. You jus...
by crickey
July 21st, 2020, 6:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14449
Views: 709123

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

I went big (wines) this weekend: 2015 Andremily Syrah and 2013 Lail J Daniel. I've never had an Andremily before, but I got a decent price on some bottles, so I thought I would try it. The 12 J. Daniel is the best Napa cab I’ve ever tasted, hope your 13s show just as well. I haven't had the 2012, b...
by crickey
July 21st, 2020, 5:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WILLIAM KELLEY!
Replies: 231
Views: 10187

Re: WILLIAM KELLEY!

I get that there is a gap on the Loire, there not having been a full article since the 2015 vintage, but the Northern Rhone gets full coverage. The most recent articles were December 2019 and January 2020. Joe Czerwinski is pretty good.
by crickey
July 20th, 2020, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14449
Views: 709123

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

I went big (wines) this weekend: 2015 Andremily Syrah and 2013 Lail J Daniel. I've never had an Andremily before, but I got a decent price on some bottles, so I thought I would try it.
by crickey
July 19th, 2020, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes
Replies: 7
Views: 513

Re: TN: 2001 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Vieilles Vignes

I think you had the normal Janasse. If it were the Vieilles Vignes, it would say so underneath the "Domaine de la Janasse" on the label. FWIW, Parker gave it an initial drinking window of 10 years. 2020 is probably pushing it for this wine.
by crickey
July 19th, 2020, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The world's finest Grenache is from ...
Replies: 163
Views: 6172

Re: The world's finest Grenache is from ...

Having never had a Rayas (other than a Fonsalette, which doesn't count), my vote goes to L'Ermita and Clos Erasmus. The 1998 L'Ermita and 2005 Clos Erasmus were two of the best wines, whatever the grape, I've ever had.
by crickey
July 19th, 2020, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The world's finest Grenache is from ...
Replies: 163
Views: 6172

Re: The world's finest Grenache is from ...

Are there other 100% grenache CdP wines worth checking out that aren't in the $100-200+/bottle category? I know Charvin is like 80%+ grenache. I was going to say Janasse Chaupin, but I see RA beat me to it. Others under $100 are: Isabel Ferrando Colombis, Giraud Grenache de Pierre, Vaudieu Amiral G...
by crickey
July 17th, 2020, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WILLIAM KELLEY!
Replies: 231
Views: 10187

Re: WILLIAM KELLEY!

I said I "assumed." You, Alfert and I are all attorneys, so we know that what we see publicly might not be what happened privately. As an attorney, I see clues, and I can guess from the clues, but they are guesses, educated perhaps, but guesses. I saw evidence of a dispute over ownership of the writ...
by crickey
July 17th, 2020, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WILLIAM KELLEY!
Replies: 231
Views: 10187

Re: WILLIAM KELLEY!

I've made my opinion of LPB known before, but even if she were competent, I just don't understand how they could pull Neal from the bdx beat. His hard-earned depth of knowledge there is exceptional. Given TWA's heritage (and presumably readership base), you'd think they'd want to showcase their bdx...
by crickey
July 16th, 2020, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 2017 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Porto
Replies: 14
Views: 851

Re: TN - 2017 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Porto

This is one of the wines I thought of reading the thread on whether you take life expectancy into account when buying wine. I received a nice offer last week on this wine, but passed, thinking it would be a nice treat to open on my 95th birthday.
by crickey
July 16th, 2020, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the deepest vertical in your cellar?
Replies: 164
Views: 5105

Re: What is the deepest vertical in your cellar?

14 Shafer Hillside (missing 2006 and 2008, which I drank already).
11 consecutive of Saxum James Berry.
by crickey
July 14th, 2020, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Summer 2020 Release
Replies: 46
Views: 3842

Re: Saxum Summer 2020 Release

In. Between Shafer, this, Aubert and Rivers Marie, this is shaping up to be an expensive month.
by crickey
July 13th, 2020, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 116
Views: 6258

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

I've had one bottle last year of the 2007 Mon Aieul. I thought it was beautiful and balanced, even somewhat delicate (for a Grenache). Tasting note below. 2007 Domaine Pierre Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée de mon Aïeul - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (6/9/2019) Both t...
by crickey
July 13th, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: French Wines Excluded From Additional Tariffs
Replies: 7
Views: 687

Re: French Wine Excluded From Tariffs

Well, new tariffs related to the digital service tax. The current ones still seem to be in effect. It means that champagne is still tariff-free.
by crickey
July 13th, 2020, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14449
Views: 709123

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Three bottles of 2017 Marcoux CdP VV at auction for a nice bargain.
by crickey
July 12th, 2020, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 116
Views: 6258

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

I've had two 2007 chateauneuf du pape recently, the Janasse Chaupin and Marcoux VV. Both were delicious and balanced (assuming you like Grenache at all), albeit with different takes on the region. The Chaupin was all about the bright, fresh fruit; the Marcoux was darker-fruited, more structured, wit...

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