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by Doug Schulman
April 3rd, 2020, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A bunch of Coteaux Champenoises
Replies: 11
Views: 687

Re: TN: A bunch of Coteaux Champenoises

Very interesting, Otto! I have a lone bottle of the Egly-Ouriet Vielles Vignes 2002 that I have been saving for years, or rather decades. My idea was to throw it in as a ringer in a 2002 Burgundy tasting. But as I won't be hosting any tastings in the near future, I might as well just pop it! I'd lo...
by Doug Schulman
April 3rd, 2020, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Alzinger Riesling Smaragd Steinertal (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)
Replies: 9
Views: 335

Re: TN: 2013 Alzinger Riesling Smaragd Steinertal (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)

Thanks, that probably makes sense. Alzinger’s wines seem to really reward patience.
by Doug Schulman
April 3rd, 2020, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Alzinger Riesling Smaragd Steinertal (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)
Replies: 9
Views: 335

Re: TN: 2013 Alzinger Riesling Smaragd Steinertal (Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau)

David, any thoughts on when to drink this? I was planning on waiting another couple of years. I have a few. It sounds like maybe it could get more expressive?
by Doug Schulman
April 1st, 2020, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Uncorked on Netflix
Replies: 62
Views: 5259

Re: Uncorked on Netflix

Also, the blind tasting stuff was beyond ridiculous -- nail the *exact* wine every time down to the producer and vintage or you're a loser and below expectations. That is NOT how blind tasting works! I think all the movies involving that "master of wine" crowd (like Somm, Somm II, etc. and this mov...
by Doug Schulman
April 1st, 2020, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)
Replies: 27
Views: 1543

Re: TN: 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)

I'll turn this in its head, from personal experience: if you like Foillard's Cote du Py that doesn't necessarily mean you like Beaujolais. Foillard's CdP is the only BoJo I've been wowed by. Another take: I love Beaujolais and am not a fan if Foillard. Too much microbial stuff going on in too many ...
by Doug Schulman
April 1st, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XVI
Replies: 3
Views: 253

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XVI

1997 Le Petit Chambord (François Cazin) Cour-Cheverny Cuvée Renaissance. . . . The only one I had stored so probably never know. Just remind me next time we get together when this mess is over and I’ll pull my last bottle. I had my last one a couple of years ago. It was pretty mature, but I don't t...
by Doug Schulman
April 1st, 2020, 5:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling
Replies: 54
Views: 2065

Re: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling

First time I had a QC I was given a glass blind and asked what I thought of it. I said it seemed like a too-expensive, overly woody, overly sweet Napa Cab. Not good. I have a few. Every time I've opened one I've felt pretty much the same. Never felt that they were particularly structured or tannic ...
by Doug Schulman
March 31st, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)
Replies: 27
Views: 1543

Re: TN: 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)

Yeah, this wine is magic. If you don't enjoy it, you probably don't like Beaujolais Totally. Benchmark. Not sure beaujolais needs to/can do much more. I'll turn this in its head, from personal experience: if you like Foillard's Cote du Py that doesn't necessarily mean you like Beaujolais. Foillard'...
by Doug Schulman
March 31st, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling
Replies: 54
Views: 2065

Re: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling

M a x S w o m l e y wrote:
March 31st, 2020, 8:26 am

I may stick to red in WA then for the time being. I love German riesling and I feel like there's a whole world to explore there that I've barely touched.
That’s a really good idea.
by Doug Schulman
March 31st, 2020, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling
Replies: 54
Views: 2065

Re: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling

Kris Patten wrote:
March 28th, 2020, 11:51 am
Gramercy
Betz
Quilceda Red
J. Bookwalter
Mullan Road
Andrew Will
Cadence
Delille
K Vintners/Substance
Seven Hills
L'Ecole


Riesling - Eroica is probably still the best example in WA
This list is great. There are some different styles here, as there should be when you're looking to explore.
by Doug Schulman
March 29th, 2020, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Château Carbonnieux Blanc
Replies: 17
Views: 503

Re: TN: 2017 Château Carbonnieux Blanc

Markus S wrote:
March 28th, 2020, 6:22 pm
Always a great wine.
Yes, and really well valued.
by Doug Schulman
March 28th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1995 Chateau Musar
Replies: 7
Views: 365

Re: 1995 Chateau Musar

Kirk.Grant wrote:
March 28th, 2020, 3:47 pm
I love the '95 Musar...it was my gate-way vintage to my passion for Musar.
Me too!
by Doug Schulman
March 28th, 2020, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LIVE THIS SATURDAY! Video Chat with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar
Replies: 63
Views: 1602

Re: LIVE THIS SATURDAY! Video Chat with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar

Jay Miller wrote:
March 28th, 2020, 5:13 am
Seems like a good time to open my last 1995.
I'd be interested to know how it shows. I'm trying hard to forget my last 2 bottles for another 10 years or so, but maybe I'll be tempted before then.
by Doug Schulman
March 28th, 2020, 4:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: U.S. Winemakers - What Overseas Wines do you Drink?
Replies: 41
Views: 2452

Re: U.S. Winemakers - What Overseas Wines do you Drink?

Robert, I drink a lot of older old world Mourvèdre. I love those wines ( though I take an almost opposite approach in our winemaking ). Sure. Please keep in mind I also love, collect, and drink a ton of wines made in the ways below. We are almost always 100% Mourvèdre vs. blended (by AOC rules Band...
by Doug Schulman
March 28th, 2020, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France
Replies: 52
Views: 1465

Re: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France

I think it does matter in that it will affect the flavor of the finished wine. I don’t know how temperature control is relevant to what I’m saying.
by Doug Schulman
March 27th, 2020, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??
Replies: 36
Views: 1809

Re: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??

A good example is how some Santa Rita Hills growers like to talk about how cool their climate is. Maybe Sea Smoke, Brewer-Clifton, and many others didn’t get the message.
by Doug Schulman
March 27th, 2020, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??
Replies: 36
Views: 1809

Re: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??

The wines I’ve had certainly don’t come across that way, but coldest can be defined several ways, and none of them tell the whole story. (What about sunlight, diurnal shift, temps as harvest approaches rather than looking at the whole season, etc. etc.?)
by Doug Schulman
March 27th, 2020, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beaujolais for drinking at release?
Replies: 29
Views: 944

Re: Beaujolais for drinking at release?

Absolutely everything that is made via carbonic maceration (I think). Usually that is labeled Beaujolais Nouveau. I disagree on both points. The 2 wines I referenced as needing age are both made with semi-carbonic maceration. Neither is Nouveau. Trust Doug. I really don't know. I'm here to learn. A...
by Doug Schulman
March 27th, 2020, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Montenidoli - Vernaccia di San Gimignano Tradizionale (Italy, Tuscany, San Gimignano)
Replies: 17
Views: 416

Re: TN: 2016 Montenidoli - Vernaccia di San Gimignano Tradizionale (Italy, Tuscany, San Gimignano)

I should have made the distinction, but I still find most Vernaccia di San Gimignano that I try very generic tasting and lacking any depth or complexity. Maybe I'm trying the wrong ones. Have you tried any with proper age? Many great wines of the world can feel quite generic and undistinguished whe...
by Doug Schulman
March 27th, 2020, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France
Replies: 52
Views: 1465

Re: Well....

On optical sorting and narrow ripeness range, that’s not different, except maybe as a matter of degree/precision, from picking different vines at the different times depending on ripening or sorting by subplots and vinifying them separately or deciding to use or not use shot grapes or crop thinning...
by Doug Schulman
March 27th, 2020, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Montenidoli - Vernaccia di San Gimignano Tradizionale (Italy, Tuscany, San Gimignano)
Replies: 17
Views: 416

Re: TN: 2016 Montenidoli - Vernaccia di San Gimignano Tradizionale (Italy, Tuscany, San Gimignano)

I'm a fan of these wines too. Vernaccia is usually extremely boring, yet these are definitely not. Vernaccia is. Vernaccia di San Gimignano is a whole different beast altogether. Much harder to find boring wines made from that variety. The same thing with Malvasia vs. Malvasia Istrana, or Trebbiano...
by Doug Schulman
March 27th, 2020, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beaujolais for drinking at release?
Replies: 29
Views: 944

Re: Beaujolais for drinking at release?

It would be easier to name the few that do require time, in my opinion. Most of the good ones drink extremely well on release. I would not be buying Thivin or Roilette Cuvee Tardive to drink young. Other than those (and probably a couple that I'm not aware of or not thinking of), I don't see any ne...
by Doug Schulman
March 27th, 2020, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 26 Short and Probably Useless TN's From Recent Bottles Consumed
Replies: 7
Views: 796

Re: 26 Short and Probably Useless TN's From Recent Bottles Consumed

'01 Coeur de Cuvee is still my benchmark for that wine, and one of my benchmarks for Champagne in general. What an amazing wine, not even considering how difficult the vintage was. I had my last one a few years ago. Glad to see yours still showing so well. I'm a bit surprised about the '11 Boillot C...
by Doug Schulman
March 27th, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beaujolais for drinking at release?
Replies: 29
Views: 944

Re: Beaujolais for drinking at release?

Josh Grossman wrote:
March 27th, 2020, 1:20 pm
Absolutely everything that is made via carbonic maceration (I think). Usually that is labeled Beaujolais Nouveau.
I disagree on both points. The 2 wines I referenced as needing age are both made with semi-carbonic maceration. Neither is Nouveau.
by Doug Schulman
March 27th, 2020, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Montenidoli - Vernaccia di San Gimignano Tradizionale (Italy, Tuscany, San Gimignano)
Replies: 17
Views: 416

Re: TN: 2016 Montenidoli - Vernaccia di San Gimignano Tradizionale (Italy, Tuscany, San Gimignano)

I'm a fan of these wines too. Vernaccia is usually extremely boring, yet these are definitely not.
by Doug Schulman
March 27th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beaujolais for drinking at release?
Replies: 29
Views: 944

Re: Beaujolais for drinking at release?

It would be easier to name the few that do require time, in my opinion. Most of the good ones drink extremely well on release. I would not be buying Thivin or Roilette Cuvee Tardive to drink young. Other than those (and probably a couple that I'm not aware of or not thinking of), I don't see any nee...
by Doug Schulman
March 27th, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: U.S. Winemakers - What Overseas Wines do you Drink?
Replies: 41
Views: 2452

Re: U.S. Winemakers - What Overseas Wines do you Drink?

Can you explain this a bit?
by Doug Schulman
March 27th, 2020, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: U.S. Winemakers - What Overseas Wines do you Drink?
Replies: 41
Views: 2452

Re: U.S. Winemakers - What Overseas Wines do you Drink?

H Wallace Jr wrote:
March 26th, 2020, 8:49 pm
Robert,

I drink a lot of older old world Mourvèdre. I love those wines (though I take an almost opposite approach in our winemaking).
by Doug Schulman
March 24th, 2020, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux
Replies: 6
Views: 576

Re: TN: 2013 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux

I find a lot of bottle variation with Cayuse. I have loved some bottles and dumped others down the drain, sometimes of the same wine. Some are way too funky for me. I think you are right. I've looked at CT notes for both the 2012 and 2013 Cailloux and they are nothing like my experience. But, I've ...
by Doug Schulman
March 24th, 2020, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A bunch of Coteaux Champenoises
Replies: 11
Views: 687

Re: TN: A bunch of Coteaux Champenoises

...I purchased and drank an '02 Paul Bara Coteaux Champenois Bouzy Rouge on release. I recall it being among the best of the Coteaux Champenoises Rouge I'd had... I would think so. The best I've had, by such a wide margin that nothing else is even comparable, is Egly-Ouriet . The price keeps me fro...
by Doug Schulman
March 24th, 2020, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LIVE THIS SATURDAY! Video Chat with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar
Replies: 63
Views: 1602

Re: LIVE THIS SATURDAY! Video Chat with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar

That is fantastic! I really wish I could take part.
by Doug Schulman
March 24th, 2020, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A bunch of Coteaux Champenoises
Replies: 11
Views: 687

Re: TN: A bunch of Coteaux Champenoises

I'm primarily a red Burgundy and Champagne drinker and have enjoyed many bottles of Paul Bara Champagne, so I purchased and drank an '02 Paul Bara Coteaux Champenois Bouzy Rouge on release. I recall it being among the best of the Coteaux Champenoises Rouge I'd had, though that wasn't a very high ba...
by Doug Schulman
March 22nd, 2020, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux
Replies: 6
Views: 576

Re: TN: 2013 Cayuse Syrah Cailloux

I find a lot of bottle variation with Cayuse. I have loved some bottles and dumped others down the drain, sometimes of the same wine. Some are way too funky for me.
by Doug Schulman
March 21st, 2020, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opened 5 bottles of wine and none taste right
Replies: 38
Views: 2011

Re: Opened 5 bottles of wine and none taste right

bmckenney wrote:
March 20th, 2020, 5:21 pm
Doug Schulman wrote:
March 20th, 2020, 5:10 pm
Have you eaten any pine nuts recently?
I have not. But what that can do sure sounds like what it is. Bitter. Metallic. Have you experienced that from pine nuts before?
Fortunately not. It does sound like what you’re describing, though. I guess it’s not the cause.
by Doug Schulman
March 20th, 2020, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opened 5 bottles of wine and none taste right
Replies: 38
Views: 2011

Re: Opened 5 bottles of wine and none taste right

Have you eaten any pine nuts recently?
by Doug Schulman
March 12th, 2020, 9:14 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Shipping Questions
Replies: 23
Views: 1394

Re: Shipping Questions

ckirk wrote:
March 11th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Does anyone suggest yes or no to write fragile on the box?
You really don't need to if they're packed properly.
by Doug Schulman
March 11th, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Shipping Questions
Replies: 23
Views: 1394

Re: Shipping Questions

Kind of along the same lines, what is the typical position here if the bottles break in transit? Still "Buyer's responsiblity"? Buyer takes all responsibility once the wine is shipped. The bottles are his/her property once shipped. If there is negligence with the packing you can make a point and br...
by Doug Schulman
March 10th, 2020, 10:41 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Anyone try The Macallan No 5 Special Edition?
Replies: 6
Views: 303

Re: Anyone try The Macallan No 5 Special Edition?

I didn't think 2 and 3 were very good at all, for the price. Now I'm really not interested in trying 5. There are still some much better options in this price range (Glenmorangie 18, for example).
by Doug Schulman
March 10th, 2020, 10:29 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Shipping Questions
Replies: 23
Views: 1394

Re: Shipping Questions

I've *heard* that things tend to go quite smoothly if you create an account with UPS or Fedex so you can print the shipping label at home. Then you're just dropping off a sealed box with a shipping label already on it. They barely look at those boxes, and they certainly don't ask any questions about...
by Doug Schulman
March 9th, 2020, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”
Replies: 101
Views: 7869

Re: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”

I just had my first Aubert. Wow. Does anyone know how long the wait list is? I don't know, but it's also worth pointing out that you might want to look into what their minimum purchase is. I think it's up to 6 bottles. You can find a lot of the wines on the secondary market for only a little above ...
by Doug Schulman
March 7th, 2020, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 d'Yquem 750s for $199
Replies: 25
Views: 1872

Re: 2005 d'Yquem 750s for $199

Such BS - the merchant claims it is 75% off THE ORIGINAL RELEASE PRICE. Yeah right. Where do they say original release price? Either way, it depends how you look at it. Wholesale in Massachusetts right now is $800. That’s before a store makes any profit. The Bordeaux supply chain is often so sensel...
by Doug Schulman
March 6th, 2020, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tete de cuvee roses
Replies: 28
Views: 1184

Re: Tete de cuvee roses

Yes, I've only had DP Rosé once, but I thought it was a lot better than the white DP of the same vintage. With most others, though, the pricing seems ridiculous. I've never had Cristal Rosé, so I'm not commenting on that one.
by Doug Schulman
March 6th, 2020, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Extended barrel age VS early bottling
Replies: 28
Views: 1419

Re: Extended barrel age VS early bottling

The challenge is to find the exact wine, not a 'similar' one. Therefore, the Alban suggestion is a good one, but not really relevant here. Right, that's very uncommon. Even with Nikolaihof, I think the Vinotek wines are selections of the best casks, but at least you'd have wine from the same harves...
by Doug Schulman
March 6th, 2020, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Extended barrel age VS early bottling
Replies: 28
Views: 1419

Re: Extended barrel age VS early bottling

This would probably be tough to track down, but if you could find a corresponding original release to a Nikolaihof Vinotek bottling, that would be a fascinating look at very extended cask aging.
by Doug Schulman
March 5th, 2020, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: West Sonoma Coast (Extreme coast/Fort Ross Seaview) Pinot Noirs
Replies: 38
Views: 3558

Re: West Sonoma Coast (Extreme coast/Fort Ross Seaview) Pinot Noirs

Enthusiastic +1 on the Raen wines. They’re special. Anderson Valley wines almost always lack the finesse of the best from the true coastal sites in Sonoma, in my opinion. It’s a lot warmer up there, even at elevation. That might not be a bad thing for Julie, but it’s worth noting. Average temperatu...
by Doug Schulman
March 4th, 2020, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”
Replies: 101
Views: 7869

Re: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”

That's quite a list. Here's what I would keep out of all of those: Aubert That's it. This is so personal, though. Which are your favorites that you can't get at retail? Think about not buying any, and then consider which you would truly miss. Probably not that many. I guess it's difficult to know un...
by Doug Schulman
March 3rd, 2020, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses
Replies: 91
Views: 3906

Re: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses

Paul McCourt wrote:
March 3rd, 2020, 9:33 am
Not bringing glasses doesn’t necessarily mean the primary concern is offending them. Hell, if that was the issue my wife wouldn’t bring me.
Then why not?
by Doug Schulman
March 3rd, 2020, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses
Replies: 91
Views: 3906

Re: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses

I think it's funny that so many people are uptight about bringing glasses. I bring them to people's houses all the time. Usually the people are glad and thankful, because I'm the "wine guy" and they were concerned that their glasses weren't very good. If it needs any explanation at all, it's along t...
by Doug Schulman
February 29th, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Pax Sonoma Hillsides question
Replies: 7
Views: 581

Re: 2017 Pax Sonoma Hillsides question

I wouldn’t be concerned. I would decant it off the sediment when opening.
by Doug Schulman
February 27th, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Cru Bourgeois classification
Replies: 9
Views: 822

Re: New Cru Bourgeois classification

How relevant do people think this is to the market?

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