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by Diane Kessler
March 30th, 2020, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Radio-Coteau Las Colinas Syrah
Replies: 8
Views: 286

Re: TN: 2013 Radio-Coteau Las Colinas Syrah

pnitze wrote:
March 30th, 2020, 4:25 pm
Not sure exactly why, as I didn’t follow the vintage conditions closely, but Radio Coteau made particularly good wines in 2013. The syrahs and the Lemorel zin are outstanding. I think the 2013 zin may be the best Eric has ever made.
I had the 2013 Platt Vineyard Pinot last week, and it is lovely.
by Diane Kessler
March 28th, 2020, 5:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What SHIPMENT did you receive today?
Replies: 505
Views: 24193

Re: What SHIPMENT did you receive today?

My first shipment from Lopa, and the first of several I am having delivered to my home. So much easier than transporting it from the office.
by Diane Kessler
March 24th, 2020, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11406
Views: 426376

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

On COVID-19 relief, we supported a small wood grilled pizza oven joint tonight. Grabbed pizza, grilled mussels, meatballs and Caesar. Drinking a 2009 Domaine Baudry La Clos Boissee. An exceptional wine that is just peeking open. Vin du Gard. 4B7860EF-45F5-454A-B5BC-66057BB48B4D.jpeg I love this one...
by Diane Kessler
March 22nd, 2020, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Dalla Valle Cabernet - Bordeaux in Napa
Replies: 6
Views: 403

Re: 2011 Dalla Valle Cabernet - Bordeaux in Napa

I’ve had the 2005 Dalla Valle Cab a couple of times, most recently with friends on Christmas Eve to go with Flannery hangers. Enjoyable with the steaks, but the alcohol stuck out for me and I didn’t love the ripeness of the fruit, but the others were much more enamored. I did not find Bordeaux chara...
by Diane Kessler
March 3rd, 2020, 4:15 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NY "Not The La Paulee Dinner" Dinner 3/4/20 - Please give final confirms, must finalize table design.
Replies: 84
Views: 4897

Re: NY "Not The La Paulee Dinner" Dinner 3/4/20 - Updated with attendees and some wines.

Do I remember correctly that the stems at Bobby Van's are 'okay'? Jay, do you recommend bringing your own? Can it be that there will be only one white and two champers between two tables on such an el grande occasion? It looks like 2 whites and 1 Champagne from the Burg table. I will have a second ...
by Diane Kessler
February 22nd, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NJ/NY - Gauging Interest, Big Lagier-Meredith Vertical
Replies: 8
Views: 567

Re: NJ/NY - Gauging Interest, Big Lagier-Meredith Vertical

I have quite a few. I drank the 2006 a few weeks ago, and my oldest now is 2008. I love the wines and I’m interested, but date and location dependent.
by Diane Kessler
February 19th, 2020, 1:24 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NY "Not The La Paulee Dinner" Dinner 3/4/20 - Please give final confirms, must finalize table design.
Replies: 84
Views: 4897

Re: NY "Not The La Paulee Dinner" Dinner 3/4/20 - Updated with attendees and some wines.

Five years ago, I brought a 2008 Bize Corton Charlemagne to your “not La Paulee” dinner and Rob Pavlovich thought it needed another 5 years. I’ve been saving my last bottle and I’ll bring it again and see if he was right.
by Diane Kessler
February 17th, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 63
Views: 3528

Re: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread

Mark Y wrote:
February 17th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Tried a 2013 green valley hallberg vineyard pinot last night. Wow surprisingly light on its feet. Bright acidity. Tasty!
Great to read this note. I plan to open one soon.
by Diane Kessler
February 15th, 2020, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11406
Views: 426376

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2002 Pichon Baron - cherries, tobacco, and cedar. Soft tannins and a lingering finish. I did not find a thinness or hollow mid palate that I have found in other 2002s. Well done for an off vintage.
by Diane Kessler
February 14th, 2020, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm done*
Replies: 383
Views: 23278

Re: I'm done*

Best of luck, Neal. I should retire, but I dislike change, so I keep going.
by Diane Kessler
February 13th, 2020, 7:16 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC: Thurs., 2/27 6:45 PM Kochi - Wines to match 9 course tasting
Replies: 49
Views: 2166

Re: NYC: Thurs., 2/27 6:45 PM Kochi - Theme: Wines to match 9 course tasting

Julie, thank you for doing all the work in trying to put this dinner together, and I only realized today that you aren’t even able to attend. If this dinner does take place, I will bring a Champagne.
by Diane Kessler
February 7th, 2020, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 63
Views: 3528

Re: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Scherrer Vineyard - clearly young, but drinking great. Cherries, chocolate, and herbs. Good acid to support the fruit and soft tannins. After a week of drinking Pinot here in Sonoma, it was nice to mix it up with this delicious Cab.
by Diane Kessler
February 4th, 2020, 9:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 63
Views: 3528

Re: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread

I’m in Sebastopol this week and stopped to see Fred and pick up my Hallberg vertical. I planned to take these home, but this thread is tempting me to open one before I get home.
by Diane Kessler
January 29th, 2020, 4:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Revisiting 1990 Bordeaux
Replies: 26
Views: 1802

Re: Revisiting 1990 Bordeaux

Rauno E (NZ) wrote:
January 29th, 2020, 4:13 pm
Thanks for the notes. I reckon 25 years ago the odds of someone preferring the Lalande to the Baron round about now didn't look great - just goes to show the magic of bottle age.
I wish I would have saved mine. 15 years ago PLL wasn’t so great.
by Diane Kessler
January 29th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC: Thurs., 2/27 6:45 PM Kochi - Wines to match 9 course tasting
Replies: 49
Views: 2166

Re: NYC Hells Ktchn: 2/18 6:45 PM- Kochi - Theme: Wines to match 9 course tasting

I’m sorry, but I would not be available on a Tuesday.
by Diane Kessler
January 29th, 2020, 4:45 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC: Thurs., 2/27 6:45 PM Kochi - Wines to match 9 course tasting
Replies: 49
Views: 2166

Re: NYC Hells Kitchen: Kochi - Theme: Wines to match 9 course tasting

I would be interested depending on the date.
by Diane Kessler
January 27th, 2020, 11:44 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)
Replies: 197
Views: 11742

Re: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)

Chris, if I order the tasting glasses, would they be shipped out to arrive in California next week? Diane, that should not be an issue. I'll either use FedEx if a commercial address or likely Amazon's fulfillment/logistics. If you do put an order in, send me a private note - i can pull it and pack ...
by Diane Kessler
January 27th, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Scherrer Winery - BD 11 only special on Mini-Verticals
Replies: 103
Views: 5114

Re: Scherrer Winery - BD 11 only special on Mini-Verticals

I have a ton of Scherrer but couldn’t pass up the Hallberg vertical and since I am in the area next week, I have an excuse to stop in and pick it up.
by Diane Kessler
January 27th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)
Replies: 197
Views: 11742

Re: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)

Chris, if I order the tasting glasses, would they be shipped out to arrive in California next week?
by Diane Kessler
January 27th, 2020, 6:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11406
Views: 426376

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2006 Lagier Meredith Syrah - well aged, showing bright fruit, black pepper, black olive, and well integrated acidity. New world but drinking more like old world. I wish I had the patience to age all their wines, but I don’t since they are so delicious when young. However, I still have a 2008 in the ...
by Diane Kessler
January 26th, 2020, 5:51 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Di Costanzo Wines
Replies: 29
Views: 2828

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Di Costanzo Wines

Sounds great, and excited to try these. Can anyone offer thoughts on agreeability or drinking window? (I have checked CT, but curious if there are any specific opinions.) Better still, Erin, what do you recommend? Thank you! Does anyone know what wine they're offering for BD11? neener Mark, I will ...
by Diane Kessler
January 19th, 2020, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 240
Views: 22466

Re: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)

Goodness, I don't expect participation in Politics or heated debates on wine topics even but engagement with customers is a great thing. Just being a presence - thanks folks for tasting notes on your wines, contribute to the weather posts or comment on a wine you enjoyed recently that wasn't yours ...
by Diane Kessler
January 4th, 2020, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then
Replies: 131
Views: 5354

Re: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then

I don't think it's fair to grade any producer based on years like 03, 05, 07 or 15. The vintages are hot, the wines are warm, ripe and full of alcohol. If you tell me you don't like a wine based on 2006, or 2010, that's a different story, but I see a lot of comments based on 2003 and 2007, and I re...
by Diane Kessler
December 29th, 2019, 5:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11406
Views: 426376

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1986 Gruaud Larose - surprisingly youthful with bright cherry, cedar, tobacco, and a deliciously long finish. Tannins are softening and there is plenty of life left. Exquisite pairing with lamb cassoulet at Union Square Cafe.
by Diane Kessler
December 28th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Long Island
Replies: 211
Views: 16185

Re: Long Island

ArtF wrote:
December 28th, 2019, 9:18 am
Robke's Country Inn, Northport. Not sure about a restaurant that only serves wine by the glass. Anyone been? Corkage is allowed, seems to be around $20 - $25. Cash only. Not sure if they take reservations.
I think it has been around a long time, but I’ve never gone. What is the appeal?
by Diane Kessler
December 27th, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 a shipping odyssey
Replies: 38
Views: 2161

Re: 2019 a shipping odyssey

Hi all, hope everyone now has their shipments from WineBid (and everywhere else as well), and that everything arrived safely. It is my understanding that FedEx is reasonably caught up and the temps are pretty good around most of the country, so a great time to schedule shipments to yourself. We are...
by Diane Kessler
December 25th, 2019, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere
Replies: 52
Views: 2494

Re: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere

You have a gift, Dan. It is a beautiful story, and it is beautifully written. The holiday season is a time for reflection and reminiscing. Thank you for sharing.
by Diane Kessler
December 22nd, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Fantastic Value!"
Replies: 83
Views: 6590

Re: "Fantastic Value!"

I agree with many already listed, but these also qualify

Chateau Lanessan-last vintage I bought was 2009 for $16

Laherte Freres BdB

Sunier Morgon and Fleurie

Scherrer Zinfandel on futures
by Diane Kessler
December 19th, 2019, 5:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 a shipping odyssey
Replies: 38
Views: 2161

Re: 2019 a shipping odyssey

My winebid box is stalled on Nebraska. 3.5 days now. May be popsicles for all I know ... Mike, mine shows the same since last weekend. I tried the FedEx “chat” on Tuesday and was told it was at the destination warehouse and would be delivered the next day. It was not and still showing NE. I spoke t...
by Diane Kessler
December 15th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 16
Views: 884

Re: TN: 2001 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon

1992, 1993, 1994, and 2001 have been my favorite Togni, all consumed within the past 5 years. I’m still sitting on 3 of the 2001. I have a 2005 planned for Christmas Eve, since I am curious to try a younger Togni and hope that it has maintained its old world personality.
by Diane Kessler
December 12th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 240
Views: 22466

Re: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)

I insist that all berserker owners/management owe me, or rather my bank account, an apology. I joined this site late this year (though I managed to pick up some Sandler-thanks Ed!) but this is my list from this thread alone. If anyone sees any glaring ommisions, please advise. Black Cat, Ridge, San...
by Diane Kessler
December 11th, 2019, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Fratelli Brovia Barolo Brea Vigna Ca'mia
Replies: 6
Views: 700

Re: TN: 2013 Fratelli Brovia Barolo Brea Vigna Ca'mia

Nice note. I love Brovia and the’99 Ca Mia was right on point last year. I have a couple of ‘13 base Barolo that I want to get to this winter.
by Diane Kessler
December 8th, 2019, 5:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11406
Views: 426376

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1989 Gruaud Larose - somm at the restaurant opened the bottle and brought it to me. She said she had smelled it and would let me decide. I thought it was as it should be, and had it poured in our glasses. Air did wonders for it and brought out the cherry fruit with florals, cedar, and truffles. Stu...
by Diane Kessler
December 8th, 2019, 5:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11406
Views: 426376

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1989 Gruaud Larose - somm at the restaurant opened the bottle and brought it to me. She said she had smelled it and would let me decide. I thought it was as it should be, and had it poured in our glasses. Air did wonders for it and brought out the cherry fruit with florals, cedar, and truffles. Stu...
by Diane Kessler
December 7th, 2019, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11406
Views: 426376

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1989 Gruaud Larose - somm at the restaurant opened the bottle and brought it to me. She said she had smelled it and would let me decide. I thought it was as it should be, and had it poured in our glasses. Air did wonders for it and brought out the cherry fruit with florals, cedar, and truffles. Stun...
by Diane Kessler
November 30th, 2019, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Friday Deals
Replies: 78
Views: 7804

Re: Black Friday Deals

I couldn’t resist a couple of bottles of 2002 Pichon Baron and 2016 Boxler Riesling at Morrells.
by Diane Kessler
November 30th, 2019, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Friday Deals
Replies: 78
Views: 7804

Re: Black Friday Deals

Benchmark is having one of their frustrating-to-search bin sales. As far as I can tell (I find it problematic you seem to have to search mutiple price catetories blind and can't arrange it to only search, say, Bordeaux that's for sale) the only French wines discounted are Champagnes. LMK if I'm wro...
by Diane Kessler
November 27th, 2019, 4:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Chateau Magdelaine, St. Emilion - and some advisory comments for folks with more than half of a brain
Replies: 25
Views: 978

Re: TN: 1995 Chateau Magdelaine, St. Emilion - and some advisory comments for folks with more than half of a brain

That is disappointing. I have a couple and was planning to open one this winter. I guess I’ll wait.
by Diane Kessler
November 24th, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Long Island
Replies: 211
Views: 16185

Re: Long Island

Not sure if it’s open for Thanksgiving, but you are very close to Steve’s Piccolo Bussola.
by Diane Kessler
November 20th, 2019, 9:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11406
Views: 426376

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1995 Chave
1978 Haut Brion
1978 Gaja Sori San Lorenzo
2011 Mascarello

It was a good wine night
by Diane Kessler
November 18th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 96
Views: 8630

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

https://www.lavinia.fr/fr/produits/jacques-lassaigne-blanc-de-blancs-cuvee-20-ans-2008 if anybody like me was curious about the 08 lassaigne offer from the other day, i do not believe the information in the email was very accurate. the usual millesime releases retail about 70 euro, so this is selli...
by Diane Kessler
November 17th, 2019, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 9
Views: 615

Re: TN: 1999 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

There doesn’t seem to be much talk of Sandrone here. We had a delightful visit in Piedmont over 10 years ago with his daughter, Barbara. For some reason, when I think about opening a Barolo, I overlook Sandrone.
by Diane Kessler
November 17th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 9
Views: 615

Re: TN: 1999 Luciano Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

Only 93 points? Your description sounds like a 96-98 pointer. Was there something holding you back on scoring? (I like Sandrone, and own a fair amount. What tends to hold me back somewhat is a certain slickness or homogeneity. One of my wine friends can spot them a mile away-says that every bottle ...
by Diane Kessler
November 17th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Long Island
Replies: 211
Views: 16185

Re: Long Island

I’m glad you liked it, Art.
by Diane Kessler
November 17th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Long Island
Replies: 211
Views: 16185

Re: Long Island

Any options near the Nassau Coliseum for before a show, and on a Sunday? Thanks for any tips. Asher, the only place I can think of, and it may not be what you are looking for, is Stella Ristorante in Floral Park. It has been around for over 50 years, and the menu probably hasn’t changed, but that i...
by Diane Kessler
November 17th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Long Island
Replies: 211
Views: 16185

Re: Long Island

Any options near the Nassau Coliseum for before a show, and on a Sunday? Thanks for any tips. Asher, the only place I can think of, and it may not be what you are looking for, is Stella Ristorante in Floral Park. It has been around for over 50 years, and the menu probably hasn’t changed, but that i...
by Diane Kessler
November 17th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11406
Views: 426376

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

David Schliecker wrote:
November 16th, 2019, 8:38 am
LAst night it was the 2013 Rhys Alpine Vineyard Pinot Noir and it was flat out fantastic. Makes me wish I hadn't stopped buying.
I just had the 2013 Horseshoe Pinot a couple of weeks ago - also fantastic. I’ve dropped off a lot of mailing lists, but have stuck with Rhys.

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