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by G. Bienstock
June 17th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Elouan PinotNoir OR '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 14
Views: 895

Re: TN: Elouan PinotNoir OR '17...(short/boring)

Yellow Tail Sauvignon Blanc is way better than this concoction. Generic perhaps, but varietally correct. I abhored the 16 Elouan.
by G. Bienstock
June 15th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dominique Laurent
Replies: 163
Views: 12255

Re: Dominique Laurent

His barrels do impart a signature. I haven't opened one in a while but I seem to remember a light mint and a hard to explain but easy to identify character.
by G. Bienstock
June 8th, 2019, 9:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: ‘98 Dominique st. Emilion
Replies: 3
Views: 312

Re: TN: ‘98 Dominique st. Emilion

Older La Dominique is a treat.
by G. Bienstock
June 8th, 2019, 9:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Short TN: 2009 Clos Saron Pinot Noir Home Vineyard (USA, California, Sierra Foothills)
Replies: 35
Views: 1206

Re: Short TN: 2009 Clos Saron Pinot Noir Home Vineyard (USA, California, Sierra Foothills)

I tasted the 09 from bottle on my first trip to Clos Saron, perhaps 5 years ago. I liked it enough to buy 2 bottles. They were carried home in a cooler. I opened the first bottle and drank it over 2 days. Initially there is a funk that takes about 1 hour to dissipate. Then the fruit emerges along wi...
by G. Bienstock
June 7th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long after vintage are vintage Ports realeased?
Replies: 10
Views: 643

Re: How long after vintage are vintage Ports realeased?

Be prepared to invest years if not decades into Vintage Ports. Backfill and maybe cellar a few for later if you are young. Old Port is currently undervalued.
by G. Bienstock
June 6th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Glennon: TN and thoughts
Replies: 9
Views: 683

Re: Domaine Glennon: TN and thoughts

Nice moniker.
by G. Bienstock
June 6th, 2019, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This puts Spinal Tap to shame
Replies: 20
Views: 1806

Re: This puts Spinal Tap to shame

Far beyond going to 12.
by G. Bienstock
June 4th, 2019, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 2789

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

When I was ITB Ann Claude Leflaive came to our sales meeting and told us the tale of her Batard Montrachet old vines they were going to pull up as they did not look good, I believe due to disease. They started BD and the vines prospered.
by G. Bienstock
June 4th, 2019, 9:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 2789

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

Aren't BD soils more alive with microbes and worms? Worm poop too.

Happy vines make happy wines.
by G. Bienstock
June 3rd, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)
Replies: 2063
Views: 197178

Re: Ray Walker & Maison Ilan updates - the saga has ended...(updated)

scott c wrote:
February 1st, 2019, 1:57 pm


Bwahahahahahahaha
Hmmm, I always though hard work led to more success than luck.
by G. Bienstock
June 2nd, 2019, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10523
Views: 345738

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2010 Dehlinger Goldridge PN. Easily my best Dehlinger nose experience and a stellar wine all around with abundant spice, body and length. My top Dehlinger overall. Nice job Tom. Drink now and the next 5 years.
by G. Bienstock
May 31st, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chelsea Wine Storage sued again for disposing of customer wine
Replies: 37
Views: 2598

Re: Chelsea Wine Storage sued again for disposing of customer wine

I am glad to have a self service locker. No funny business.
by G. Bienstock
May 29th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I won't go into specifics but...
Replies: 44
Views: 3664

Re: I won't go into specifics but...

Money wins again. Yes, I do like OR PG.
by G. Bienstock
May 26th, 2019, 9:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Top Domestic Syrah and it is 2007 Rhys Horseshoe
Replies: 2
Views: 521

Re: A Top Domestic Syrah and it is 2007 Rhys Horseshoe

I have had Rhys Chardonnay, 12 Alpine for example that stun, while some others did not deliver as much. Kind of hit or miss. I am still waiting for the PN that provides mature depth. So far 12 Horseshoe tasted young is my favorite, the nose was splendid. I have 06 Alpine in the queue and am optimist...
by G. Bienstock
May 26th, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Top Domestic Syrah and it is 2007 Rhys Horseshoe
Replies: 2
Views: 521

A Top Domestic Syrah and it is 2007 Rhys Horseshoe

I have a few top Americans Syrah experiences that stick out for impact. Dehlinger, Lagier Meredith, Terra Blacca(Red Mountain), Richard Perry, Kamen and Clos Saron mainly. This is my second and last bottle. The other bottle in 15 was excellent and this bottle was probably a bit better. Just entering...
by G. Bienstock
May 25th, 2019, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Duval-Leroy Elegance de Champagne
Replies: 10
Views: 378

Re: 1990 Duval-Leroy Elegance de Champagne

I sold this wine and last tasted it around the Millennium. It was elegant and darn good.
by G. Bienstock
May 23rd, 2019, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 112
Views: 6622

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

The best white is Clos Saron 2009 Carte Blanche.
by G. Bienstock
May 23rd, 2019, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1986 Chateau Clerc Milon, Pauillac
Replies: 14
Views: 646

Re: TN: 1986 Chateau Clerc Milon, Pauillac

I drank these too young in my early Bordeaux days, but it was enjoyable.
by G. Bienstock
May 20th, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 3 Wines I opened last night - Byass, CRB, von Schubert
Replies: 6
Views: 237

Re: 3 Wines I opened last night - Byass, CRB, von Schubert

Bad cork, good wine. You are lucky.
by G. Bienstock
May 14th, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The search for a “wow” Rosé
Replies: 123
Views: 4305

Re: The search for a “wow” Rosé

Hard to find but Clos Saron Rose is complex and ageworthy. There may be some library bottles available.
by G. Bienstock
May 12th, 2019, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 415
Views: 37357

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

Any of you guys have cellars with a good number of talk riesling bottles? How do those fit in the typical Bordeaux bottle racks? Is double racking even possible? At some point once I’ve bought a home I’ll want to design a cellar that can accommodate my rieslings. Store Riesling alternating bottle e...
by G. Bienstock
May 10th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting--PINOT NOIR from anywhere. May 5th - May 12th
Replies: 58
Views: 2149

Re: Virtual Tasting--PINOT NOIR from anywhere. May 5th - May 12th

05 St. Innocent Anden with alder wood grilled Sockeye Salmon. Anden is the lower and older slope of what was originally called Seven Springs Vineyard. Mature with gas in the tank. Well developed secondary leaves and shrooms on the nose and palate. Earth and acidity dance on a nice finish with good l...
by G. Bienstock
May 4th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10523
Views: 345738

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

16 Slate Ridge Sierra Foothills Sangiovese. Really impressive California Sangiovese, just a notch behind Vino Noceto.

Vineyard is in Shingle Springs. Another Shingle Sangio of note is Cielo, although there are vintage inconsistencies.
by G. Bienstock
May 4th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Reserva (Spain, La Rioja, Rioja)
Replies: 4
Views: 315

Re: TN: 2012 Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Reserva (Spain, La Rioja, Rioja)

Agreed, the late 80's and 90's bottles were my Rioja introduction.
by G. Bienstock
May 3rd, 2019, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10523
Views: 345738

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Glad your vintage came around and played well.

PLL can be very etheral.
by G. Bienstock
May 1st, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite non-first growth Bordeauxs?
Replies: 56
Views: 2652

Re: Favorite non-first growth Bordeauxs?

Rausan Segla
LLC
by G. Bienstock
April 22nd, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Work is lots of Oregon Pinots
Replies: 12
Views: 1201

Re: Work is lots of Oregon Pinots

Paul McCourt wrote:
April 22nd, 2019, 3:01 pm
Too bad about the Le Cadeau. I haven’t had one in a long time (was once an early list member) and would love to hear how it was doing.
My 08 Le Cadeau are drinking well now.
by G. Bienstock
April 19th, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Cognac eventually go bad ?
Replies: 17
Views: 1216

Re: Does Cognac eventually go bad ?

The few drops I got from a tiny bottle of 1875 were very good.
by G. Bienstock
April 15th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Dönnhoff Brücke Spätlese
Replies: 13
Views: 528

Re: 2005 Dönnhoff Brücke Spätlese

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
April 15th, 2019, 8:52 am
I know two very experienced people, other than me, who believe the 2004s are in a perfect place for drinking. I will let you guess who they are.
In NJ?
by G. Bienstock
April 14th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Beau Rivage Chenin Blanc (USA, California, Central Valley, Clarksburg)
Replies: 7
Views: 523

Re: TN: 2017 Beau Rivage Chenin Blanc (USA, California, Central Valley, Clarksburg)

The 2016 Vinum was wonderful. Pretty floral and jasmine nose, good texture, mineral finish and very enjoyable.
by G. Bienstock
April 13th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1993 Montrose
Replies: 8
Views: 289

Re: 1993 Montrose

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
April 13th, 2019, 1:09 pm
I really like 93 Mouton and LLC.
Two of my favorites of the vintage. Also got a small taste of Petrus at release at the then high price of $300 per bottle!
by G. Bienstock
April 13th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Beau Rivage Chenin Blanc (USA, California, Central Valley, Clarksburg)
Replies: 7
Views: 523

Re: TN: 2017 Beau Rivage Chenin Blanc (USA, California, Central Valley, Clarksburg)

Opening a Vinum Cellars Clarksburg Chenin tonight with grilled salmon.

When I was out in Clarksburg about 5 years ago there was very little small producer Chenin available to taste. I wonder if the situation has changed?
by G. Bienstock
April 13th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How is your average cost per bottle trending?
Replies: 27
Views: 860

Re: How is your average cost per bottle trending?

Since "sorta retiring" 2 years ago my costs have gone way down. I have 500 bottles cellared going back to the 80's. I open mature bottles that were bought when costs were more reasonable and my salary was double what I earn today in a low stress fun job. Now I enjoy the fruits of my patience in the ...
by G. Bienstock
April 4th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1993 Sociando
Replies: 19
Views: 765

Re: 1993 Sociando

I had the 95 last week. It will shine.
by G. Bienstock
April 1st, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My Chateauneuf and sushi epiphany
Replies: 6
Views: 783

Re: My Chateauneuf and sushi epiphany

Of course
by G. Bienstock
March 30th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10523
Views: 345738

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Last night a 2008 Archery Summit Red Hills Estes PN. Simply delicious with a ribeye and mushrooms. This wine was firing on all cylinders after about 30 minutes of decant. The 2008 Oregon Pinots are drinking so wonderfully now and will for several years to come! These were definitely wines to hold a...
by G. Bienstock
March 21st, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1996 Clos Saron "Once Upon a Time" cabernet sauvignon
Replies: 7
Views: 394

Re: 1996 Clos Saron "Once Upon a Time" cabernet sauvignon

A magnum opened last year was great. It reminded me of a mature Montelena.
by G. Bienstock
March 6th, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you double decant before BYO to restaurants?
Replies: 57
Views: 1999

Re: Do you double decant before BYO to restaurants?

Here is my work around. Ditch the corks! I decant into a red or white screwcap bottle and open the cap at the table right after I am seated. Sure the label does not match the wine, but who cares.
by G. Bienstock
March 4th, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?
Replies: 48
Views: 1899

Re: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?

Rucksack, bone dry.
by G. Bienstock
March 2nd, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10523
Views: 345738

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2013 Tulocay Coombsville PN. Excellent Napa PN highlighted by nice texture, a spicy nose and palate length. Two bottles tasted by 10 people and all were pleased.
by G. Bienstock
March 1st, 2019, 6:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Over sweet Pinot Noirs (served blind)
Replies: 35
Views: 1629

Re: Over sweet Pinot Noirs (served blind)

2012 Harrington Coast Grade has demonstrated how good this site can be.
by G. Bienstock
February 21st, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Lagrezette Cahors Le Pigeonnier
Replies: 8
Views: 336

Re: TN: 2000 Château Lagrezette Cahors Le Pigeonnier

Tasted young when I sold the brand. Very good but somewhat pricey. I think latest release is way more expensive.
by G. Bienstock
February 13th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Rhys Horseshoe Chardonnay
Replies: 2
Views: 216

TN: 2012 Rhys Horseshoe Chardonnay

Short tasting note because I am nearly speechless.

Fabulous Santa Cruz Mts. Chardonnnay. Nicely lean and crisp, lightly oaked and terrior soaked with deft white fruits. Active bouquet. In the rarefied range of top California Chardonnay. I am a happy man tonight.
by G. Bienstock
February 12th, 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Florida Drei
Replies: 4
Views: 281

Re: Florida Drei

2016 and 17 Pieropan Soave are fabulous chiseled whites.
by G. Bienstock
February 6th, 2019, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10523
Views: 345738

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Pat Martin wrote:
February 6th, 2019, 8:22 pm
2005 St. Innocent Seven Springs Pinot Noir. Just hitting prime time drinking.
Fantastic PN
by G. Bienstock
February 3rd, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos Saron makes fantastic wine
Replies: 5
Views: 527

Re: Clos Saron makes fantastic wine

Count me as a fan too. I am letting the wines age and cellar more than I open. 09 Home PN hand carried home from the winery is in the queue for this year.

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