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by Ian Dorin
January 26th, 2021, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shakeup at Ridge
Replies: 23
Views: 4523

Re: My Thoughts...

Is it possible that he did not leave voluntarily? Hard to see why one would leave Ridge voluntarily unless he gets an equity stake in his new venture. If he really wanted to make Napa Cab, why not get get Ridge to buy Napa grapes. No. He was planning to move on a few years ago and it was actually s...
by Ian Dorin
January 22nd, 2021, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Red Burgundy vintage of the 21st century so far
Replies: 196
Views: 9010

Re: Top Red Burgundy vintage of the 21st century so far

I hope that you are correct. I have a bunch of 2005s. But, I also just really love the taste of the 2010s and have from the very first time I tasted them. And, if 1980s are still drinking well (as William Kelley has said) and 2000s are still drinking well, I have no doubt that the 2010s will last a...
by Ian Dorin
January 22nd, 2021, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Red Burgundy vintage of the 21st century so far
Replies: 196
Views: 9010

Re: Top Red Burgundy vintage of the 21st century so far

Why do many more votes for 2010 over 2005??? If we are rating just reds, 2005 has to be it. 2010s are drinking way too early. 2005s will last forever Why is that a bad thing? 2010s have plenty of tannin and acid to go the distance, but also drink well young. Isn't that better than not drinking youn...
by Ian Dorin
January 22nd, 2021, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Red Burgundy vintage of the 21st century so far
Replies: 196
Views: 9010

Re: Top Red Burgundy vintage of the 21st century so far

I won't. The issue to me is not which one lasts the longest but rather which one tastes best. I think there is some uncertainty for me and others as to when and if the 2005s will reach the potential we all originally thought. Do note, the vintage where I have the most reds is 2005 and second is 201...
by Ian Dorin
January 22nd, 2021, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Bernard Boisson-Vadot Meursault Les Chevalières
Replies: 13
Views: 648

Re: TN: 2010 Bernard Boisson-Vadot Meursault Les Chevalières

Of course, I can only go by how very few sources come up on Wine-Searcher Pro and their very high pricing. Perhaps they are sold more widely on the east coast at locations not on WS? Certainly a combination of production. I'm not sure if everyone puts them on wine-searcher, but they are under Pierr...
by Ian Dorin
January 22nd, 2021, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Red Burgundy vintage of the 21st century so far
Replies: 196
Views: 9010

Re: Top Red Burgundy vintage of the 21st century so far

Why do many more votes for 2010 over 2005???

If we are rating just reds, 2005 has to be it. 2010s are drinking way too early. 2005s will last forever
by Ian Dorin
January 22nd, 2021, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Worst Bordeaux Vintage 1980-2013
Replies: 42
Views: 2209

Re: Poll: Worst Bordeaux Vintage 1980-2013

HenryB wrote: January 21st, 2021, 11:42 pm According to Mr Leve, 91 at 65 points is one of the worst ever:
https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/wi ... age-chart/
He's not wrong. Just a ghastly vintage on a lot of levels.
by Ian Dorin
January 22nd, 2021, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Worst Bordeaux Vintage 1980-2013
Replies: 42
Views: 2209

Re: Poll: Worst Bordeaux Vintage 1980-2013

I actually really like 1994s!!!!!!!!!
by Ian Dorin
January 21st, 2021, 6:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Bernard Boisson-Vadot Meursault Les Chevalières
Replies: 13
Views: 648

Re: TN: 2010 Bernard Boisson-Vadot Meursault Les Chevalières

I used to buy the Boisson-Vadot Grand Charrons and Chevaliers, and still have several from 2010, for about $50 a bottle. Then they got “discovered” and somewhere along the distribution channels the prices in the USA took a giant leap...not quite to Coche Dury levels, but along the same path. Now th...
by Ian Dorin
January 18th, 2021, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have wine auction lots become much more scarce....?
Replies: 53
Views: 2276

Re: Have wine auction lots become much more scarce....?

Total dollars spent. But doesn't that also depend on how many lots are put up for auction? Looking at a cost of goods sold doesn't mean much without additional data points. Yes agree. Given the data I’ve seen, lots for sale fell 11% and revenue fell 24%. Grant it, this specific dataset is limited t...
by Ian Dorin
January 14th, 2021, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS Has Gone Berserko...
Replies: 44
Views: 3512

Re: UPS Has Gone Berserko...

It's my understanding that FedEx and UPS are handling a volume of packages right now that they were expecting between 2025 and 2030, based on growth of internet sales and so on. So to say they are behind on infrastructure would be a vast understatement.
by Ian Dorin
January 7th, 2021, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seaver Vineyard
Replies: 25
Views: 1915

Re: Seaver Vineyard

Who's running the project for them now? It's my understanding GTS was VERY involved.
by Ian Dorin
December 31st, 2020, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off vintages that took you by surprise.
Replies: 66
Views: 2269

Re: Off vintages that took you by surprise.

1998 Napa, widely panned. I’ve had some really good bottles of ‘98 I think they just needed lots of time. I actually have found more enjoyment out of 2000, but there are some gems from 98 too. 1988 Napa is another. I actually preferred 1998 to the more celebrated 1997. Maybe I purchased the wrong s...
by Ian Dorin
December 29th, 2020, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off vintages that took you by surprise.
Replies: 66
Views: 2269

Re: Off vintages that took you by surprise.

CJ Beazley wrote: December 29th, 2020, 6:12 am 1998 Napa, widely panned. I’ve had some really good bottles of ‘98 I think they just needed lots of time.
I actually have found more enjoyment out of 2000, but there are some gems from 98 too.

1988 Napa is another.
by Ian Dorin
December 23rd, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa old guard vs. new guard
Replies: 33
Views: 3496

Re: Napa old guard vs. new guard

Sempre Vive, at least their '04, was one that has consistently hit above its weight. A WTSO buy and surprisingly enjoyable--true Napa Fruit. I drink very little Napa Cab, but Stag's Leap Artemis is always a lovely encounter. And for Napa, it's almost cheap. Have you tried these recently, Adam, Sinc...
by Ian Dorin
December 23rd, 2020, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa old guard vs. new guard
Replies: 33
Views: 3496

Re: Napa old guard vs. new guard

I would consider Ulysses to be made in the Old World style. Owned by the folks at Dominus, the vineyard sits next to Vine Hill Ranch and Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper. Can typically be found around $150-ish. Quality juice without the Dominus entry fee... I never heard of Ulysses until yesterday, and ...
by Ian Dorin
December 22nd, 2020, 5:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa old guard vs. new guard
Replies: 33
Views: 3496

Re: Napa old guard vs. new guard

I haven’t had one in years but I’d throw Seavey out There as another in the style. Was just about to post that. For a bit more Santa Cruz, Kathryn Kennedy any one? FWIW, I tasted a bunch of Montelena last year, and I really think they are doing the same thing they have always done. It's pretty wild...
by Ian Dorin
December 16th, 2020, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Caterwaul Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 18
Views: 1967

Re: TN: 2018 Caterwaul Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Couldn't agree more. I got to taste this early on (maybe 2015 vintage?) and the 2018 is way better. I think this is one of the best priced Cabernets I've had in a really, really long time. (Disclaimer: I do sell this, but my comments are purely based on the wine itself. I don't care where you buy it...
by Ian Dorin
December 15th, 2020, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zachy’s DC
Replies: 8
Views: 1300

Re: Zachy’s DC

Hi all,

Phone number for DC is - (202) 851-3131

Hope this helps!
by Ian Dorin
December 14th, 2020, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley on Shipping Costs, Supporting Small Wineries
Replies: 134
Views: 7947

Re: Esther Mobley on Shipping Costs, Supporting Small Wineries

John Glas wrote: December 12th, 2020, 1:22 pm How does WTSO offer free shipping?

While most of what they have is not of interest to me when they do have something I want it is already a good price but when you buy 4 or whatever it is you get free shipping.
What do you think they are paying for some of that stuff?
by Ian Dorin
December 12th, 2020, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley on Shipping Costs, Supporting Small Wineries
Replies: 134
Views: 7947

Re: Esther Mobley on Shipping Costs, Supporting Small Wineries

I didn’t even go down that road! We pay a compliance service company to manage all the regulations, applications, reporting (most of it Bizantine and unnecessary except as a barrier to entry), tax payment filings and so on. That service is not free. For instance beginning 1/1/21 we will fall into a...
by Ian Dorin
November 17th, 2020, 5:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chase Cellars in St. Helena
Replies: 6
Views: 545

Re: Chase Cellars in St. Helena

Now that Russell Bevan is making the wines, they've really shot up in quality.
by Ian Dorin
November 16th, 2020, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grand Cru requirement for Commerce Corner? (poll)
Replies: 58
Views: 3153

Re: Grand Cru requirement for Commerce Corner

David_K wrote: November 16th, 2020, 1:49 pm For sellers, yes; for buyers, no.
Excellent point.
by Ian Dorin
October 26th, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will anyone buy 2016 Monprivato?
Replies: 39
Views: 3751

Re: Will anyone buy 2016 Monprivato?

The buzz has been pretty negative through at least 2015. 2016 people say is back - and the price is up accordingly. I had the 2011 tonite and I think its a lovely bottle of wine. But then I think Giacosa 08s can be a good bottle of wine also. While qualitatively not as good as previous or post-off ...
by Ian Dorin
October 26th, 2020, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: B21 Wine in FL - Major Disappointment, Ending my 25+ Year Relationship with Them
Replies: 147
Views: 14873

Re: B21 Wine in FL - Major Disappointment, Ending my 25+ Year Relationship with Them

Robert- Bob is still the owner but they have made it difficult to get folks on the phone. Not sure why other than some changes due to covid and I think their volume is up quite a bit. I'll send you Bob's email. He is usually very responsive and I think he would hate to lose you as a customer. Thank...
by Ian Dorin
October 22nd, 2020, 5:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine which are NOT Grenache focused
Replies: 30
Views: 1804

Re: Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine which are NOT Grenache focused

Grand Veneur VV is another one.
Xavier Vignon Anonyme too.

Most vintages of Vieux Donjon and Vieux Telegraphe are just over, but show the varietal as well.
by Ian Dorin
October 9th, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone Still Drink Mondavi Reserve Cab?
Replies: 49
Views: 3557

Re: Anyone Still Drink Mondavi Reserve Cab?

After the family sold, I stopped buying. In part because I liked the idea of supporting smaller wineries and in part because I worried their style would change to a bigger, bolder wine. I always thought the Reserve Cab bottling, especially going back to the late 70s through the mid 90s, was outstan...
by Ian Dorin
October 8th, 2020, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Lulu Peyraud
Replies: 18
Views: 1270

Re: RIP Lulu Peyraud

Let's hope we all live to 103! One of the great honors of my life was getting to meet her and have lunch at the winer back in 2008. It was an amazing lunch, and the pictures of the lamb that ladies were cooking hangs in my own kitchen today. I had her sign my copy of her cookbook. She said red wine...
by Ian Dorin
October 7th, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Lulu Peyraud
Replies: 18
Views: 1270

Re: RIP Lulu Peyraud

Let's hope we all live to 103! One of the great honors of my life was getting to meet her and have lunch at the winer back in 2008. It was an amazing lunch, and the pictures of the lamb that ladies were cooking hangs in my own kitchen today. I had her sign my copy of her cookbook. She said red wine,...
by Ian Dorin
October 3rd, 2020, 5:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine pricing bubble? Thoughts?
Replies: 144
Views: 6885

Re: Wine pricing bubble? Thoughts?

The most bubble-like phenomenon I can think of is high-end Napa, where perhaps too many new producers jumped in to join the fun, at high initial asking prices and no track record. There's been rumors of some producers hiding unsold supply from the market. But, as noted above, the recognized quality...
by Ian Dorin
September 30th, 2020, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thibault Liger-Belair...
Replies: 6
Views: 706

Re: Thibault Liger-Belair...

billnanson wrote: September 30th, 2020, 1:04 pmOnce rather oaky wines when they were young but that's behind him.
Spot on! I bought some 2005 NSG Les St. Georges super cheap many moons ago, and they were ridiculously good. One of the best buys I may have ever made (I think I paid like $40)
by Ian Dorin
September 24th, 2020, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Harlan Estate + 2017 Harlan Maiden
Replies: 27
Views: 2422

Re: 2018 Harlan Estate + 2017 Harlan Maiden

I'm not really asking if the price is worth it (I'm sure we can all agree that it isn't) or what I should be purchasing instead (I just placed my order for Greer!). I just want to know if the style is drastically different from what it was around 13 years ago. There must have been a reason that the...
by Ian Dorin
September 23rd, 2020, 5:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Harlan Estate + 2017 Harlan Maiden
Replies: 27
Views: 2422

Re: 2018 Harlan Estate + 2017 Harlan Maiden

I'm not really asking if the price is worth it (I'm sure we can all agree that it isn't) or what I should be purchasing instead (I just placed my order for Greer!). I just want to know if the style is drastically different from what it was around 13 years ago. There must have been a reason that the...
by Ian Dorin
September 21st, 2020, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Paul Pillot Saint-Aubin 1er Les Charmois
Replies: 4
Views: 257

Re: TN: 2018 Paul Pillot Saint-Aubin 1er Les Charmois

I have been thoroughly impressed with these wines since I first started tasting them in 2014. Thierry is doing some amazing things. Even his 2015s have held up well. Disclaimer: I do sell these, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know this guy is going to be a huge start one day :) Why the p...
by Ian Dorin
September 21st, 2020, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How good is the 2008 vintage in BURGUNDY
Replies: 56
Views: 4454

Re: How good is the 2008 vintage in BURGUNDY

I think this is the key point to understanding why the vintage is heterogenous. The malos were very hard to get finished (one producer I know had 8 grams per liter malic acid in one of their Vosne-Romanée 1er crus). As a result, the wines sat for a long time without sulfur, and producers had to do ...
by Ian Dorin
September 21st, 2020, 4:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How good is the 2008 vintage in BURGUNDY
Replies: 56
Views: 4454

Re: How good is the 2008 vintage in BURGUNDY

Two points of context for this vintage. Many producers had very, very long malolactic fermentations. Many wines were delayed going to market, and you basically had 08 and 09 back to back (some wines arrived 6 months apart). The other issue is that they were cranky when they arrived, and didn't tast...
by Ian Dorin
September 21st, 2020, 4:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Paul Pillot Saint-Aubin 1er Les Charmois
Replies: 4
Views: 257

Re: TN: 2018 Paul Pillot Saint-Aubin 1er Les Charmois

I have been thoroughly impressed with these wines since I first started tasting them in 2014. Thierry is doing some amazing things. Even his 2015s have held up well.


Disclaimer: I do sell these, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know this guy is going to be a huge start one day :)
by Ian Dorin
September 18th, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How good is the 2008 vintage in BURGUNDY
Replies: 56
Views: 4454

Re: How good is the 2008 vintage in BURGUNDY

Two points of context for this vintage. Many producers had very, very long malolactic fermentations. Many wines were delayed going to market, and you basically had 08 and 09 back to back (some wines arrived 6 months apart). The other issue is that they were cranky when they arrived, and didn't taste...
by Ian Dorin
September 15th, 2020, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can You Tell me More About Sylvie Esmonin?
Replies: 9
Views: 779

Re: Can You Tell me More About Sylvie Esmonin?

This is a producer that I haven't had, but seems to be getting a bit of a buzz. From what I've read, she changed the house style to incorporate a pretty large percentage of whole cluster. I've also read the new oak is pretty aggressive, as much as 90 percent for the CSJ. I think it may have been on...
by Ian Dorin
September 15th, 2020, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can You Tell me More About Sylvie Esmonin?
Replies: 9
Views: 779

Re: Can You Tell me More About Sylvie Esmonin?

This is a producer that I haven't had, but seems to be getting a bit of a buzz. From what I've read, she changed the house style to incorporate a pretty large percentage of whole cluster. I've also read the new oak is pretty aggressive, as much as 90 percent for the CSJ. I think it may have been on...
by Ian Dorin
September 14th, 2020, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10952

Re: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?

Aren't all the SQN wines going to be big, jammy, and alcoholic and get 95+ points anyway? If you like that style who cares about the reviews...just buy them. And taste like Black Forest Cake. Haters gotta hate, as I have said before. The 2010 Stockholm Syndrome Syrah was outstanding on Sunday night...
by Ian Dorin
September 14th, 2020, 4:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 79
Views: 3273

Re: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc

Purely staying with Cab producers. Mondavi I Block Fume is outstanding. Larkmead, no question. Hourglass is super solid, and if it still holds true, is from Larkmead (it was when they launched it). Mending Wall's white (it's a blend) is also outstanding, but may not qualify here since there is Semil...
by Ian Dorin
September 9th, 2020, 5:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10952

Re: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?

Ian, I guess I’m saying I think the notion that assuming a particular producer will always make a great wine in good vintages, and that they can automatically be placed in their spot in the hierarchy, is questionable. While I agree that good producers will almost always do good things in good vinta...
by Ian Dorin
September 5th, 2020, 3:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10952

Re: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?

I disagree here, but will add some context. I think a critics scores SHOULD BE predictable. Use Realm as the example, shouldn't 2018 BTK or Dr. Crane get somewhere between 98 and 100 points if it's a great year ? I’ll leave the insanity of giving young wines such high scores for another discussion,...
by Ian Dorin
September 5th, 2020, 3:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10952

Re: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?

You know its bad when you can predict Lisa’s scores (within a point or two) just by knowing the name of the wine! I disagree here, but will add some context. I think a critics scores SHOULD BE predictable. Use Realm as the example, shouldn't 2018 BTK or Dr. Crane get somewhere between 98 and 100 po...
by Ian Dorin
September 4th, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2 NJ Wholesalers fined big bucks
Replies: 10
Views: 1158

Re: 2 NJ Wholesalers fined big bucks

Some of the fines were MUCH higher, and if you look carefully, some of the stores are listed multiple times (varying for location) I used to work at Bayway which got the biggest fine per se, due of course to the lovely machinations of Saul (founder and owner even if the ownership papers say Fred). ...
by Ian Dorin
September 4th, 2020, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2 NJ Wholesalers fined big bucks
Replies: 10
Views: 1158

Re: 2 NJ Wholesalers fined big bucks

Pretty sure WTSO is part of Roger Wilco WTSO is Roger Wilco. Well good for them. Just an idea how much $'s are in booze: "Each of the 20 retailers agreed to pay a minimum $90,000 in penalties rather than having its license suspended for months." Some of the fines were MUCH higher, and if ...
by Ian Dorin
September 4th, 2020, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10952

Re: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?

You know its bad when you can predict Lisa’s scores (within a point or two) just by knowing the name of the wine! I disagree here, but will add some context. I think a critics scores SHOULD BE predictable. Use Realm as the example, shouldn't 2018 BTK or Dr. Crane get somewhere between 98 and 100 po...
by Ian Dorin
August 31st, 2020, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin, not so rare?
Replies: 11
Views: 1463

Re: Marcassin, not so rare?

Just got an offer from Morrel in NYC for 2013 Marcassin "in case quantities" at $195.00 per. Sign of times to come? One of the original culty Pinot/ Chardonnay producers suddenly has lots of wine to unload retail.... interesting . Most, if not all of the Marcassin allocations have gone to...
by Ian Dorin
August 19th, 2020, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Check - Hyde Park Gourmet Food and Wine in Cincinatti
Replies: 9
Views: 432

Re: Retailer Check - Hyde Park Gourmet Food and Wine in Cincinatti

Man, it's been a long time, but back in the day, they used to get a ton of great/cool stuff. I was out there last April, but didn't get the chance to stop by. Wife and kids weren't interested.

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