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by G. Bienstock
February 24th, 2021, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?
Replies: 101
Views: 10292

Re: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?

When I worked at Martin Scott Wines we sold Lewelling in NY and NJ. Solid cabs, good people.
by G. Bienstock
February 24th, 2021, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Cuvee J Oregon
Replies: 4
Views: 293

Re: TN: 2008 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Cuvee J Oregon

Thanks for the note. I bought 1 bottle when I was in OR many years ago. Quite pleased to find it at retail. I will let it sleep more.
by G. Bienstock
February 23rd, 2021, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Rhys 2007 Family Farm PN
Replies: 10
Views: 470

Re: TN: Rhys 2007 Family Farm PN

These vines were young leaf. The 2011 is a nicely developed and pleasing Family Farm.
by G. Bienstock
February 23rd, 2021, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Rhys 2007 Family Farm PN
Replies: 10
Views: 470

Re: TN: Rhys 2007 Family Farm PN

2008 Alpine is a star. I do have a couple of those left.
by G. Bienstock
February 23rd, 2021, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Rhys 2007 Family Farm PN
Replies: 10
Views: 470

TN: Rhys 2007 Family Farm PN

I have not been a fan of the older vintages of Family Farm. A bottle of the 2011 opened last month was a revelation and really good, but the 2007 today was light and lacking depth. While there is red fruit and secondary development, the finish is short and ultimately lacked interest and excitement. ...
by G. Bienstock
February 20th, 2021, 10:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir
Replies: 5
Views: 460

Re: TN: 2012 Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir

I used to sell the brand and enjoyed both the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It was a pleasure working with Anthony Hamilton Russell on a ride along back in the day. I saw in a recent magazine that they are now making wine in the Eola-Amity hills in Oregon. That was a surprise.
by G. Bienstock
February 18th, 2021, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2267
Views: 316658

Re: Official Costco Thread

2018 JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett for $29.99 at Reno today Hope they are still there on Monday. No CC on the weekend for me. Reno now has 2019 JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett for $29.99. Only 1 case that I could see Thanks for the heads up Austin. Sounds like an early Friday road tri...
by G. Bienstock
February 16th, 2021, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Asimov on vintages
Replies: 69
Views: 3703

Re: Asimov on vintages

I have really enjoyed 2 2011 Pinot Noir from Rhys lately. The Bearwallow and Family Farm are in a very good place now.
by G. Bienstock
February 16th, 2021, 8:43 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What COGNAC/ARMAGNAC Are You Drinking?
Replies: 150
Views: 16092

Re: What COGNAC/ARMAGNAC Are You Drinking?

Picked up Pierre Ferrand Ambre yesterday at TW. Very nice.
by G. Bienstock
February 15th, 2021, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer
Replies: 66
Views: 5386

Re: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer

11 Bearwallow opened yesterday was entering secondary development with lingering fruit. Really good. The PN need age and are not pop and pour friendly.
by G. Bienstock
February 13th, 2021, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some super Super Bowl wines (we had a gathering of only 3)
Replies: 1
Views: 307

Re: Some super Super Bowl wines (we had a gathering of only 3)

Busy hosting and cooking so no detailed notes. I used to drink many Rioja when I was ITB 20 years ago but not many lately. This was a fully resolved Reserva and rekindled the Rioja profile for me. Drink now. The Auslese was a real treat. Fantastic with upside potential. Every time Steve brings an ag...
by G. Bienstock
February 7th, 2021, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What dessert wine did you drink tonight?
Replies: 37
Views: 1486

Re: What dessert wine did you drink tonight?

In advance of the Super Bowl I poured a small glass of 02 Christoffel Urziger Wurzgarten Auslese **. Wow, seems to be declassified BA. Every sip is Urziger Wurzgarten nectar.
by G. Bienstock
February 5th, 2021, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Excellent Napa/Sonoma Cabs under 14% ABV
Replies: 25
Views: 2178

Re: Excellent Napa/Sonoma Cabs under 14% ABV

Not California, but I really like 16 Terra Blanca Cab from Red Mountain, WA. Big but not heavy and 13.5% ABV. $25 to boot.
by G. Bienstock
January 29th, 2021, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2267
Views: 316658

Re: Official Costco Thread

ABell wrote: January 29th, 2021, 2:40 pm 2018 JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett for $29.99 at Reno today
Hope they are still there on Monday. No CC on the weekend for me.
by G. Bienstock
January 29th, 2021, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 St Innocent Seven Springs
Replies: 4
Views: 266

Re: TN: 2002 St Innocent Seven Springs

I agree on 02 and 05 being fabulous.
by G. Bienstock
January 27th, 2021, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Brickhouse Vineyard -- Wow! Stunning wine!
Replies: 19
Views: 931

Re: TN: 1995 St. Innocent Pinot Noir Brickhouse Vineyard -- Wow! Stunning wine!

As an unabashed SI fan your note is appreciated.

This sounds more like an 05 than a 95.
by G. Bienstock
January 21st, 2021, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me love Chenin Blanc
Replies: 76
Views: 3940

Re: Please help me love Chenin Blanc

I enjoy Vinum Cellars CNW from Clarksburg, CA.
by G. Bienstock
January 17th, 2021, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Ch. Rauzan-Segla
Replies: 13
Views: 972

Re: TN: 1996 Ch. Rauzan-Segla

The 2000 is excellent, open one soon.
by G. Bienstock
January 13th, 2021, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2 Questions about aging rosé
Replies: 33
Views: 1731

Re: 2 Questions about aging rosé

Jason L. wrote: January 13th, 2021, 3:10 pm
G. Bienstock wrote: January 10th, 2021, 6:16 pm I like my rose 2 to 3 years post vintage. A 10 year old Pinot Noir Rose from Clos Saron is the best that I have had.
when i first read this i thought "that's not very modest of you, Gideon!" but then i realized the mistake I'd made. [cheers.gif]
LOL!
by G. Bienstock
January 11th, 2021, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Walter Scott Chardonnay X-Novo Vineyard
Replies: 31
Views: 2897

Re: TN: 2018 Walter Scott Chardonnay X-Novo Vineyard

I have only had one X-Novo so far, a 14, and it was impressive.

Vojtilla is a great site. A different expression from older vines. Who gets their fruit now?
by G. Bienstock
January 11th, 2021, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Walter Scott Chardonnay X-Novo Vineyard
Replies: 31
Views: 2897

Re: TN: 2018 Walter Scott Chardonnay X-Novo Vineyard

2013 Vojtilla tonight was very fine. A 2012 Vojtilla recently was lifeless. I have several more and am very disappointed by its trajectory. In their youth, they were stunning and I don’t recall experiencing then, their current levels of reduction. Back on another bottle of 13 Vojtilla. Grand Cru qu...
by G. Bienstock
January 10th, 2021, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2 Questions about aging rosé
Replies: 33
Views: 1731

Re: 2 Questions about aging rosé

I like my rose 2 to 3 years post vintage. A 10 year old Pinot Noir Rose from Clos Saron is the best that I have had.
by G. Bienstock
January 9th, 2021, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Volpaia Chianti Classico
Replies: 13
Views: 884

Re: TN: 2015 Volpaia Chianti Classico

I really enjoyed the 2009 version. Last bottle was consumed about a year ago. They seem to be at Peak.
by G. Bienstock
January 8th, 2021, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon East Ridge
Replies: 8
Views: 337

Re: TN: 2007 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon East Ridge

Thanks for the data point. I have two untasted bottles. I remember asking Carmen about this wine when it was released and she said it was more Bordeaux in style than the other 07 Cab.
by G. Bienstock
January 1st, 2021, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you want to try in 2021????
Replies: 100
Views: 3846

Re: What do you want to try in 2021????

I would like to experience more whites from Italy and Sicily. Some Etna Rosso too.
by G. Bienstock
December 22nd, 2020, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Illegal wine made in sewage plant
Replies: 6
Views: 618

Re: Illegal wine made in sewage plant

Ok, delete
by G. Bienstock
December 22nd, 2020, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Illegal wine made in sewage plant
Replies: 6
Views: 618

Illegal wine made in sewage plant

This sounds pretty gross. Merde anybody?

https://www.foodandwine.com/news/illega ... nt-alabama
by G. Bienstock
December 20th, 2020, 8:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Suggestions for good red wine vinegar
Replies: 12
Views: 1124

Re: Suggestions for good red wine vinegar

Generic suggestion-Pomegranate vinegar.
by G. Bienstock
December 15th, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy vintages from recent purchase
Replies: 25
Views: 2433

Re: Burgundy vintages from recent purchase

Are the 95 1er's generally in need of more cellar time?
by G. Bienstock
December 14th, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to pair with Prum Auslese?
Replies: 73
Views: 3222

Re: What to pair with Prum Auslese?

So spicy Asian food coupled with low alcohol and high sugar levels does not blow out the subtle aspects of a good Auslese?
by G. Bienstock
December 13th, 2020, 8:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 86’ Mouton or Lafite or ??
Replies: 44
Views: 2611

Re: 86’ Mouton or Lafite or ??

[drinkers.gif] Rausan Segla is a superstar in 86. It easily held its own against 82 Margaux about 8 years ago.
by G. Bienstock
December 12th, 2020, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard
Replies: 8
Views: 876

Re: TN: 2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard

Family Farm has never been my favorite Pinot Noir from Rhys. This is my favorite Family Farm and it is an excellent wine, one of the best Rhys' I've had to date. Tonight's bottle is a stunning effort from a low alcohol 2011 vintage. Really nice from the pop and in a very good place right now.
by G. Bienstock
December 10th, 2020, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three Avanguardia Reds...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 236

Re: TN: Three Avanguardia Reds...(short/boring)

I like their wines, nice blends.

I only went tasting at one winery this year and was suitably impressed with Montoliva in Chicago Park just south of Grass Valley. All Central and Southern Italian varietals. Aglianico was the standout.
by G. Bienstock
December 9th, 2020, 10:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Is Bordeaux 2000 still going strong?
Replies: 96
Views: 5238

Re: TN: Is Bordeaux 2000 still going strong?

2000 Rauzan Segla is my Bordeaux of the year so far.
by G. Bienstock
December 6th, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Virage Vineyards (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 24
Views: 1414

Re: TN: 2012 Virage Vineyards (USA, California, Napa Valley)

IIRC Havens Bourriquot, a favorite Cheval Blanc inspired blend, was also from Beau Terroir fruit.
by G. Bienstock
December 6th, 2020, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you could go back in time and collect one Bordeaux wine consistently over the years...?
Replies: 105
Views: 6850

Re: If you could go back in time and collect one Bordeaux wine consistently over the years...?

Rausan Segla is a sentimental favorite. I got a screaming deal on a case of 85 in the early 90's and was instantly smitten.
by G. Bienstock
December 4th, 2020, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75
Replies: 157
Views: 12550

Re: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75

I will add Terra Blanca on Red Mountain, WA. Full bodied but not heavy and $25.
by G. Bienstock
November 29th, 2020, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 147
Views: 10014

Re: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?

2014 Steele Santa Barbara PN. Savory and developed, drinking well now.
by G. Bienstock
November 25th, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions
Replies: 6
Views: 676

Re: Impressions

I enjoyed 88 Lytton Springs when it was young.
by G. Bienstock
November 25th, 2020, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?
Replies: 181
Views: 8182

Re: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

Scaling it down this year with only 1 guest who is a neophyte. An Argentine Chenin Blanc/Chard blend and 2014 Steele Santa Barbara PN.
by G. Bienstock
November 11th, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Denis Bachelet - What am I Missing?
Replies: 59
Views: 5552

Re: Denis Bachelet - What am I Missing?

The 90 Charmes is one of my very top Burgundy experiences.
by G. Bienstock
November 9th, 2020, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Denis Bachelet - What am I Missing?
Replies: 59
Views: 5552

Re: Denis Bachelet - What am I Missing?

I had a very good and pleasurable bottle of the 2001 a couple of weeks ago.
by G. Bienstock
November 1st, 2020, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 St Innocent and a quick comment on Willamette aging
Replies: 54
Views: 2583

Re: TN: 1989 St Innocent and a quick comment on Willamette aging

Fantastic bottle. SI is known to age well.
by G. Bienstock
October 22nd, 2020, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'll take "Pinot vs Pauillac" for $2000, Alex
Replies: 20
Views: 1471

Re: I'll take "Pinot vs Pauillac" for $2000, Alex

Peter Valiquette wrote: October 22nd, 2020, 6:44 pm What bottle of Pinot sells for $18 in NYC? Last I was there $18 will afford you two crap beers in a dive bar.
This was my thought as well. Clearly all $18 bottles of Pinot Noir deserve to be decanted.
by G. Bienstock
October 16th, 2020, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Top German Riesling Vintages ?
Replies: 89
Views: 3306

Re: Your Top German Riesling Vintages ?

Sadly I have not tasted much post 2008 with only a couple of 14's, but my favorites would be 01, 90 and 04.
by G. Bienstock
October 16th, 2020, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trader Joes Overrated?
Replies: 92
Views: 5353

Re: Trader Joes Overrated?

I use the white Vermouth for cooking purposes and also as a cocktail mixer. Maybe not the greatest quality but hard to beat for $4 per liter.
by G. Bienstock
October 11th, 2020, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Noceto Sangiovese Riserva '00...(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 184

Re: TN: Noceto Sangiovese Riserva '00...(short/boring)

Noceto makes the best non Italian Sangiovese in my experience. Very good terroir, close to Easton.

I have had some good ones from Cielo and Slate Ridge in Single Springs, El Dorado County.

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