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by Ian Dorin
October 26th, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will anyone buy 2016 Monprivato?
Replies: 19
Views: 1505

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: 78
Views: 6974

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: 1597

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: 3405

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: 1195

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: 1195

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: 6584

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: 666

Re: Thibault Liger-Belair...

billnanson wrote:
September 30th, 2020, 1:04 pm
Once 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: 2141

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: 2141

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: 225

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: 4323

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: 4323

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: 225

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: 4323

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: 748

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: 748

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: 10676

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: 3108

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: 10676

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: 10676

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: 10676

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: 1134

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: 1134

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 you look c...
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: 10676

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: 1402

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 NYC resta...
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: 411

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.
by Ian Dorin
August 19th, 2020, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)
Replies: 8
Views: 566

Re: TN: 2009 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)

David, glad you posted about this. I had it last night, and it was stunning. (bought it at a restaurant in NJ for $105!) Super garrigue nose, excellent depth, texture and mouthfeel on the palate, just a great bottle of wine. Makes me realize I should be putting away 6 of these every year.
by Ian Dorin
August 19th, 2020, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)
Replies: 151
Views: 3450

Re: Looking at two new functions with software update (POLL)

I'm quite surprised with the number of 'nos' on social share - why wouldn't people want to share WB discussions in their social networks, expand the reach and discussion? Ditto. I'm either way on the like/dislike. I think the number of pages that a topic generates tells you everything you need to k...
by Ian Dorin
August 19th, 2020, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spottswoode/Madrona Ranch
Replies: 15
Views: 1301

Re: Spottswoode/Madrona Ranch

Thanks for the replies! I haven't heard of Forman I will have to look into them. Yes, I find it difficult to think 1 Abreu Madrona would be worth 3 Spottswoode's, and it is really hard to justify $600 on a any bottle of Napa in my opinion, probably would be better off going with a GC Burg at that p...
by Ian Dorin
August 15th, 2020, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mouton-Rothschild 1994 and a blind tasting of Flannery
Replies: 15
Views: 833

Re: Mouton-Rothschild 1994 and a blind tasting of Flannery

I've had it several times. It's even won a blind tasting against Harlan. Crazy good wine for the money.
by Ian Dorin
August 6th, 2020, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Commercials
Replies: 16
Views: 901

Re: Wine Commercials

Let's face it, at least you aren't getting ads for this!

https://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live ... ds/2872692
by Ian Dorin
July 30th, 2020, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where Is The 2016 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo?
Replies: 13
Views: 1403

Re: Where Is The 2016 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo?

This always comes out October/November in the US.
by Ian Dorin
July 28th, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Wine Influencer” Charlie Fu featured on a podcast!!
Replies: 42
Views: 3239

Re: “Wine Influencer” Charlie Fu featured on a podcast!!

He influences me, so that has to count, right? :)
by Ian Dorin
July 27th, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Producers Who have performed a total 180 on Winemaking style?
Replies: 53
Views: 2835

Re: Producers Who have performed a total 180 on Winemaking style?

Martinelli for the Chard and Pinot come to mind too. I hadn't heard that. What are they like now? I drink a little KB every year. It's not nearly a 180 (really, most wines we are describing in this thread aren't either), but, like many California producers, they tested the upper limits of ripeness ...
by Ian Dorin
July 27th, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Producers Who have performed a total 180 on Winemaking style?
Replies: 53
Views: 2835

Re: Producers Who have performed a total 180 on Winemaking style?

Isn't Kosta Browne in the middle of doing a 180 too?

Turley is a great example.

Martinelli for the Chard and Pinot come to mind too.
by Ian Dorin
July 22nd, 2020, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So how long do you let shipped wine "settle"?
Replies: 103
Views: 3184

Re: So how long do you let shipped wine "settle"?

Depends on how far it traveled, how old, whether it's natural or not, common carrier vs. a company's delivery truck.

If I shipped young wine across country, it's unlikely I will drink it young any way, but I would still wait 6-8 weeks. Old wine I tend to wait as long as I can (up to 12 weeks)
by Ian Dorin
July 18th, 2020, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1972 Xavier Vignon
Replies: 26
Views: 1872

Re: 1972 Xavier Vignon

Did any one in Daumen's family (Vieille Julienne) or Maurel Family (Clos St. Jean) pass away then??

I know that the Maurel family kind of skipped a generatoin, and think the Daumen family did too? I may be misremembering something in there.
by Ian Dorin
July 18th, 2020, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Red Burgundy
Replies: 58
Views: 4593

Re: 2014 Red Burgundy

David, I'll eat my words a bit here. Just opened a 14 Hudelot-Noellat Chambolle that was hard as nails. Still a pleasant wine, but very tightly wound. A wine I buy every year, and has been tight since release. FWIW, I tend to buy producers that have some level of stem inclusion, and those wines hav...
by Ian Dorin
July 13th, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos Rougeard Moving Forward
Replies: 72
Views: 4013

Re: Clos Rougeard Moving Forward

Marcus Goodfellow wrote:
July 13th, 2020, 3:15 pm
Hmm...I was under the impression that Charly Foucault managed the vineyard?
Not since 2015...when he passed away.
by Ian Dorin
July 13th, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos Rougeard Moving Forward
Replies: 72
Views: 4013

Re: Clos Rougeard Moving Forward

So I'm really perplexed by this discussion, and the lack of mention about the new ownership?? Do we really believe that the Bouygues Family (who own Montrose) bought Clos Rougeard to turn it in to something NOT special?
by Ian Dorin
July 6th, 2020, 5:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed
Replies: 116
Views: 6343

Re: Hyped Vintages that Disappointed

Wasn't 1978 Bordeaux really hyped up, but deadpanned by Parker? Wasn't that really the start of his rise?
by Ian Dorin
June 30th, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don't get the wine auction market
Replies: 50
Views: 2507

Re: I don't get the wine auction market

You don’t need a liquor license. I have an account and I’m a regular consumer. It does include buyers premium. Interesting. Is that through CT, or through WMJ direct? CT includes BP? Yes directly through WMJ. Accessing the API (which I really want) is pretty expensive and only for people in the tra...
by Ian Dorin
June 30th, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don't get the wine auction market
Replies: 50
Views: 2507

Re: I don't get the wine auction market

Wine Market Journal is a trade website, you need a liquor license to access the site, so the CT average of the last 12 months is probably your best barometer (although not perfect). That doesn't include buyer's premium though. It shows what you might be able to reasonably expect in return as the se...
by Ian Dorin
June 30th, 2020, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don't get the wine auction market
Replies: 50
Views: 2507

Re: I don't get the wine auction market

Something to keep in mind that Wine Searcher is not reflective of market value in any way. Just because someone "gives it away" on Wine Searcher does not mean that is the market retail price for something, and conversely, just because someone "asks" $12,000 for a bottle of 1982 Lafite (regardless of...
by Ian Dorin
June 29th, 2020, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to respond to, " My X (friend or relative) wants to get into the wine business. What do you recommend?"
Replies: 35
Views: 1894

Re: How to respond to, " My X (friend or relative) wants to get into the wine business. What do you recommend?"

I have gotten this question many times over the years but twice in the past week. My normal advice is, "Don't. Having to earn money from it is a good way to ruin the fun." For the last two, I said, "Well, they'll be competing with thousands of out of work restaurant wine directors and sommeliers, s...
by Ian Dorin
June 28th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne quiz #1 for you. Answers posted now.
Replies: 28
Views: 1186

Re: Champagne quiz for you. Answers posted now.

Please share how you did and offer any suggestions as to how it could have been done better. It is my intention to post at least another champagne quiz. Thanks. 1} What was the first year Krug produced a single vineyard, single vintage Blanc de Blanc?       The 79` Clos du Mesnil release 2} What wa...
by Ian Dorin
June 27th, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to respond to, " My X (friend or relative) wants to get into the wine business. What do you recommend?"
Replies: 35
Views: 1894

Re: How to respond to, " My X (friend or relative) wants to get into the wine business. What do you recommend?"

I've been doing this for 21 years now, and it's taken a long time to get to where I am. The biggest thing the industry is missing is business-minded people. It's one thing to buy a geeky wine, it's a whole other thing to sell it, and understand the consequences that come with it being a stale item ...
by Ian Dorin
June 26th, 2020, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to respond to, " My X (friend or relative) wants to get into the wine business. What do you recommend?"
Replies: 35
Views: 1894

Re: How to respond to, " My X (friend or relative) wants to get into the wine business. What do you recommend?"

I've been doing this for 21 years now, and it's taken a long time to get to where I am. The biggest thing the industry is missing is business-minded people. It's one thing to buy a geeky wine, it's a whole other thing to sell it, and understand the consequences that come with it being a stale item o...
by Ian Dorin
June 23rd, 2020, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 1021
Views: 63504

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

D@ve D y r 0 f f wrote:
June 23rd, 2020, 11:05 am
K&L has posted Canon at $105, limit 6 per customer, for those who are interested. MacArrthur's also has it at $105, so if they started at $99, they've moved on.
We still have plenty left at $94, no limit....

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