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by Doug Schulman
October 16th, 2019, 4:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 82
Views: 3203

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

Kirk.Grant wrote:
October 14th, 2019, 6:43 am
Scott Brunson wrote:
October 12th, 2019, 3:41 am
96 Salon
96 Dom
02 Krug

I have an event with some heavyweights in early Nov.
I have not popped 08 Cristal yet--worth the infanticide?
Scott, I would say no based on my experience with the 2008 Cristal.
Me too
by Doug Schulman
October 13th, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Thomas letter??
Replies: 14
Views: 1479

Re: 2017 Thomas letter??

Opening one of my 2011's tonight to check in on them. I'd love to know what you think. Obviously that's a benchmark vintage for me. They will still improve with time sideways. I plan to check in again in 2 years. It’s still very vibrant and showing bright fruit on the nose & palate. Patience will b...
by Doug Schulman
October 12th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Thomas letter??
Replies: 14
Views: 1479

Re: 2017 Thomas letter??

Kirk.Grant wrote:
October 12th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Tom Lee wrote:
October 12th, 2019, 2:30 pm
My mailer arrived today. $770 for a case including shipping.

Tom
Opening one of my 2011's tonight to check in on them.
I'd love to know what you think. Obviously that's a benchmark vintage for me.
by Doug Schulman
October 12th, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: domestic whiskey hype, contemplation, Midwinter
Replies: 6
Views: 176

domestic whiskey hype, contemplation, Midwinter

Here's a little context. I love Bourbon and Rye. Like many people here, I was interested in these whiskeys when one could buy Pappy, most of the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection and several other bottlings that are now quite sought after without going to a whole lot of trouble (right off the shelf f...
by Doug Schulman
October 12th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 77
Views: 3004

Re: Barolo Sediment

I have roughly 12-15 bottles standing up at any given point in time. I have a small NY apartment with a 20 bottle wine fridge.[...] For settling sediment in older wines that you plan to drink within the next 6 months or so, even up to a year, I would keep them in the closet to conserve space in tha...
by Doug Schulman
October 11th, 2019, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 77
Views: 3004

Re: Barolo Sediment

10% of nasty is nasty. Plenty of us posting in this thread have experienced wines ruined by being stirred up. Nebbiolo in particular. Often, it's actually still suspended sediment in a thin layer above what has settled out. That is easily stirred up and can be particularly bitter. Shine a light thr...
by Doug Schulman
October 10th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2170

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

I would be thinking about a Cabernet from the ‘70s-‘80s, a good vintage, and/or a well aged Eyrie PN directly from the winery. The latter would have perfect provenance and could arguably be of higher quality (depending on specific wines, of course).
by Doug Schulman
October 10th, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19385

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Yes, I'm sure his is authentic, and quantities are always very limited. I find the whole olive oil fraud depressing (most is not even really olive oil), but the specific fraud regarding Italian (especially Tuscan) olive oil is just weird. I've had oils from Lebanon, Spain and other places that were...
by Doug Schulman
October 10th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 406
Views: 19385

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Rare Wine Co sells oceans of "Tuscan Olive Oils" every year, from specific Tuscan producers. If the oil is not really Tuscan, it would be a fraud, and I do not believe they are committing a fraud. Also, Rare Wine does not sell "oceans" of Tuscan olive oils. His annual offer usually sells out in 1 -...
by Doug Schulman
October 10th, 2019, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone ever come across this bottle before
Replies: 8
Views: 1233

Re: Has anyone ever come across this bottle before

I know nothing about it, but that's quite a collector's item.
by Doug Schulman
October 9th, 2019, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 82
Views: 3203

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

1996 Taittinger Comte de Champagne I think it is for me too, and I've had a few impressive ones. Close second is 2008 Sir Winston Churchill. Maybe it should actually be a tie. They're such different styles and were both so impressive that it's really tough for me to make that call. I think the '96 ...
by Doug Schulman
October 9th, 2019, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 71
Views: 2383

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

Thanks. This is somewhat helpful. Maybe as Chris suggests there is no real answer and these are terms that, despite the "formal definitions", are not understood the same way by everybody who uses the terms? Well, I think it's like "dry" and "sweet", in that there are formal definitions so widely ac...
by Doug Schulman
October 8th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $200 Champagne-The Most Pleasure NOW...?
Replies: 23
Views: 1390

Re: $200 Champagne-The Most Pleasure NOW...?

Of those two, for me, it's Heidsieck without hesitation. There are probably others I'd prefer over either for the price. Both choices are really nice, though.
by Doug Schulman
October 8th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics
Replies: 71
Views: 2383

Re: Help me understand primary, secondary, tertiary characteristics

Primary - all the characteristics coming from the vineyard and grape (fruit, floral, herbaceous) Secondary - all the characteristics coming from the wine making process (oak, malo, lees contact, etc) Tertiary - all the characteristics coming from maturation. (graphite, mushroom, forest floor) Exact...
by Doug Schulman
October 7th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Bigger, Bolder” Oregon Pinots
Replies: 24
Views: 1843

Re: “Bigger, Bolder” Oregon Pinots

Antica Terra is an excellent call. Robust style but very, very good wines. Also Angela Estate. We went to an AT tasting last week and were very impressed even though we generally lean AFWE. As a bonus, a visit there could also include a Lillian tasting. Yes, it's not a style of Pinot Noir that I pr...
by Doug Schulman
October 7th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First Musar
Replies: 37
Views: 1705

Re: My First Musar

1999 is the most recent vintage that I'm confident is a great vintage. There might be other contenders, like 2010, but the ones I've had have been too young to know for sure. If you love the '99, keep in mind that the price will go up drastically over the next few years. Doug, please remind me why ...
by Doug Schulman
October 6th, 2019, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 67
Views: 4853

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

AndyK wrote:
October 6th, 2019, 12:03 am
Prices are great for quality CA wine, but I’ve never tried them. How would you guys describe the style?
Restrained, leaning toward Old World. Cigare is more restrained than most current release Chateauneuf du Pape and Gigondas.
by Doug Schulman
October 6th, 2019, 4:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First Musar
Replies: 37
Views: 1705

Re: My First Musar

1999 is the most recent vintage that I'm confident is a great vintage. There might be other contenders, like 2010, but the ones I've had have been too young to know for sure. If you love the '99, keep in mind that the price will go up drastically over the next few years. 06 is great, but not sure i...
by Doug Schulman
October 5th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First Musar
Replies: 37
Views: 1705

Re: My First Musar

1999 is the most recent vintage that I'm confident is a great vintage. There might be other contenders, like 2010, but the ones I've had have been too young to know for sure. If you love the '99, keep in mind that the price will go up drastically over the next few years.
by Doug Schulman
October 5th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot
Replies: 82
Views: 3291

Re: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot

Adam Frisch wrote:
October 5th, 2019, 2:22 am
It doesn't mean, "hey, let's nuke it with SO2 and stop fermentation to keep 9g of sugar in there".
You truly have no idea what you're talking about.
by Doug Schulman
October 5th, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 67
Views: 4853

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

Oh, and those prices are amazing. Way below wholesale. I generally find these wines a bit overpriced, but at these prices, I'm extremely tempted.
by Doug Schulman
October 5th, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 67
Views: 4853

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

For people who haven't tried the Cigare Reserve that's aged in glass vessels, it's fantastic. Each time I try it side by side with the regular Cigare, I'm surprised at how different it is and how much I prefer it.
by Doug Schulman
October 5th, 2019, 5:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Bigger, Bolder” Oregon Pinots
Replies: 24
Views: 1843

Re: “Bigger, Bolder” Oregon Pinots

I see some good suggestions so far. I'll add Brittan Vineyards.
by Doug Schulman
October 4th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any must have rieslings on this list?
Replies: 22
Views: 1351

Re: Any must have rieslings on this list?

That 2003 Schaefer Spatlese #9 is fantastic. I'm sure the '01 is even better, but then there's the price. I haven't had those specific Alzingers, but I would have no problem buying the '02. I don't see those pop up with age very often, and the price seems fair.
by Doug Schulman
October 4th, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 46
Views: 2225

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

I've only tasted it once. It seemed like a really nice wine that needed a few years to come together. I might try that out to see what happens. VA on one that you tried concerns me a bit.
by Doug Schulman
October 4th, 2019, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 46
Views: 2225

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

I suspect it will outlive your aging estimate by quite a bit. This seems built to last, and successfully so. I actually think somewhere around 2025 is when I might want to start drinking it. I agree that it's an impressive wine.
by Doug Schulman
October 4th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: shipping during the heat snap -- frustrating
Replies: 10
Views: 924

Re: shipping during the heat snap -- frustrating

I purchased from a local retailer who I thought was using local truck delivery... they used UPS on a day it was 80F. I bought 1 wine to try now and 2 wines to cellar... the 1 wine I tried now was heat damaged or just a bad bottle... not sure what to do with the 2 wines I planned to cellar. Any advi...
by Doug Schulman
October 3rd, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Thomas letter??
Replies: 14
Views: 1479

Re: 2017 Thomas letter??

Scott Watkins wrote:
October 2nd, 2019, 11:59 am
Hmmm I skipped last years offer will I be dropped from the list?
I don’t know, but I asked him once if I could skip a year and stay on, and he said yes. You might want to reach out to him to be sure.
by Doug Schulman
September 27th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bionic Frog: really better than other Cayuse Syrahs?
Replies: 10
Views: 1065

Re: Bionic Frog: really better than other Cayuse Syrahs?

Thanks, Mark! I love that you've actually blind tasted them. I didn't expect that. I'm also interested to see other opinions.
by Doug Schulman
September 27th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bionic Frog: really better than other Cayuse Syrahs?
Replies: 10
Views: 1065

Bionic Frog: really better than other Cayuse Syrahs?

Every year, the Cayuse thread seems to include a lot of discussion of if/when people get Bionic Frog. I dropped off the list after a few years and never got any, nor have I ever tasted it. I know it has gotten some of the highest scores and takes longer to get allocated than the other Syrahs. I also...
by Doug Schulman
September 27th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse is Live
Replies: 97
Views: 6068

Re: Cayuse is Live

Doug Schulman wrote:
September 27th, 2019, 2:25 pm
Do people really think Bionic Frog is that much better than the various other Syrahs? Some people seem to prefer Armada? I've had quite a few of these wines, but have never had a BF.
I'm giving this its own thread. I've been curious for a while.
by Doug Schulman
September 27th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 77
Views: 3004

Re: Barolo Sediment

You don't have to keep a bottle upright to decant off its sediment. As soon as you start pouring the bottle, you've just put the thing on its side anyway, so what was the point of standing it up for a month? Just take the bottle from the cellar, decant slowly and carefully, and you'll get it off th...
by Doug Schulman
September 27th, 2019, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse is Live
Replies: 97
Views: 6068

Re: Cayuse is Live

Do people really think Bionic Frog is that much better than the various other Syrahs? Some people seem to prefer Armada? I've had quite a few of these wines, but have never had a BF.
by Doug Schulman
September 25th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bartolo Mascarello price jump
Replies: 25
Views: 3052

Re: Bartolo Mascarello price jump

Why is it that you think that retailers shouldn't charge market price? IME, the high prices are driven mostly by bottles sourced from the grey/secondary market. I don't imagine that bottles from the national importer through normal channels really make it into the open market, they would be offered...
by Doug Schulman
September 24th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grape Variety and Aging
Replies: 27
Views: 942

Re: Grape Varietal and Aging

Producer, producer, producer. Then other factors.
by Doug Schulman
September 23rd, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Fall Horror Story: Carbonation in.....Zinfandel?!!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 1285

Re: A Fall Horror Story: Carbonation in.....Zinfandel?!!!!

Either bacteria or yeast is probably doing something in the bottle. In either case, if you liked it at the winery and poured this one down the drain, it’s a flaw that has tainted the wine. I would tell the winery. It might have nothing to do with residual sugar. I’ve seen MLF bacteria contaminate qu...
by Doug Schulman
September 23rd, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 26
Views: 1603

Re: TN: 1996 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)

Have had many bottles of the '96. All great, worth every one of So's 93 pts. Seems rather polarizing though. Could it be just a stylistic issue? I know a number of champagne savvy people who just do not care for Salon. I had a 1997 a few years ago that I thought was far better than this ‘96. I also...
by Doug Schulman
September 21st, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Puzzled by Pale Ales
Replies: 22
Views: 609

Re: Puzzled by Pale Ales

The beers you describe will age better than most lagers, but frankly, the beers you're talking about are a small fraction of the ales purchased in the U.S. For most beers made, a lager will keep better (think one month vs three months here) than an ale. The reason has to do with properties of the y...
by Doug Schulman
September 21st, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: cayuse 2012 Cailloux
Replies: 34
Views: 1610

Re: cayuse 2012 Cailloux

I usually get some level of both, and they are quite different from one another. My point is that several different things cause the funk, and they happen in the winery. Well yeah, obviously brett & reduction are different...which is why I'm mentioning lol. And you know, I used to think the Cayuse ...
by Doug Schulman
September 21st, 2019, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: cayuse 2012 Cailloux
Replies: 34
Views: 1610

Re: cayuse 2012 Cailloux

It seemed relevant when I saw "overwhelming funk", and especially "stewed vegetables". I guess I wasn't aware that facts have an expiration date. I also have had many of these wines and found those characteristics. Thank goodness you were here to set me straight, though. Internet crusader to the res...
by Doug Schulman
September 21st, 2019, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 26
Views: 1603

Re: TN: 1996 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)

...literally dumped half of the Salon down the drain. Could different disgorgement dates really explain such variability, or might there be some other cause? In that general era, there were some terrible problems with heat-damaged champagne, at least on the East Coast of the U.S. For a few years th...
by Doug Schulman
September 20th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: cayuse 2012 Cailloux
Replies: 34
Views: 1610

Re: cayuse 2012 Cailloux

I usually get some level of both, and they are quite different from one another. My point is that several different things cause the funk, and they happen in the winery.
by Doug Schulman
September 20th, 2019, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: cayuse 2012 Cailloux
Replies: 34
Views: 1610

Re: cayuse 2012 Cailloux

Even wine critics, who almost never specifically say brettanomyces, have pointed it out in these wines. https://www.winespectator.com/articles/cayuse-takes-it-a-step-further-15433 Camaspelo has a rich texture but its high level of brettanomyces puts me off. 83 points, non-blind, if you like gamy win...
by Doug Schulman
September 20th, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: cayuse 2012 Cailloux
Replies: 34
Views: 1610

Re: cayuse 2012 Cailloux

Except the guy behind that MCK bottling (Charles Smith) is the same guy who infamously quipped (at a Rhone Rangers public event?) that his female assistant who was having problems with the projector being used for the presentation "would even fu@! up a blow job." I have zero interest in giving that...
by Doug Schulman
September 20th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: cayuse 2012 Cailloux
Replies: 34
Views: 1610

Re: cayuse 2012 Cailloux

Cayuse wines can be super funky. I've found huge bottle variation in wines that I purchased on release and have stored in a wine storage facility since. In one case, a bottle of a Cailloux (I forget the vintage) was so flawed that I dumped it down the drain. A bottle of the same wine only a couple o...
by Doug Schulman
September 20th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Puzzled by Pale Ales
Replies: 22
Views: 609

Re: Puzzled by Pale Ales

lagers tend to age better than ales Can you explain this? When I think about beers that age well, the list that I'm aware of is almost exclusively ales: barrel aged sours, Belgian Tripels and strong ales, certain styles of stout, barleywine (I don't like them, but they do age)...I'm probably forget...
by Doug Schulman
September 20th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 26
Views: 1603

Re: TN: 1996 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)

Agree with the OP. These have been very good, and for me, very consistent. We drink it somewhat regularly and it rarely (if ever?) disappoints. Doug, my guess is your bottle was a bad bottle due to storage or some other random reason. The champagne has been extremely consistent for me. It's my wife...
by Doug Schulman
September 20th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 26
Views: 1603

Re: TN: 1996 Salon Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)

I mentioned in the thread on the 2008 that I tried a bottle of '96 recently that was extremely disappointing. We tried it later in the evening hoping a little air would help, and it hadn't. We had several better Champagnes on hand (all significantly less expensive) and literally dumped half of the S...

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