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by G. Bienstock
January 19th, 2020, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11179
Views: 411971

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

86 Gruaud Larose was opened several hour in advance, and the Cordier funk was apparent. One of the very top 86's and drinking really well now with density and smooth texture. The charcoal grilled and fruit wood chip smoked lamb chops with North African spice rub were a perfect pairing. Funkalicous g...
by G. Bienstock
January 16th, 2020, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11179
Views: 411971

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2012 Walter Scott Vojtilla Chardonnay. Superb and Burgundy like, more nutty than mineral at this stage. Drink now.
by G. Bienstock
November 19th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: York Creek Winery (Fritz Maytag)
Replies: 31
Views: 2261

Re: York Creek Winery (Fritz Maytag)

375's in Nevada for 8.99. Drinking a nice 01 Meritage now, also picked up 02 Cab and 07 Cab Franc.
by G. Bienstock
November 19th, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Tasting with TNs
Replies: 45
Views: 2824

Re: Rhys Tasting with TNs

In contrast to Alan R's bottle of 2011 Horseshoe Chardonnay, a bottle I opened last week was advanced in color and character and heading down hill fast. Nothing like a fine bottle opened last year. Very disappointing.
by G. Bienstock
November 13th, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: York Creek Winery (Fritz Maytag)
Replies: 31
Views: 2261

Re: York Creek Winery (Fritz Maytag)

Picked up a 2007 Petit Verdot.
by G. Bienstock
November 9th, 2019, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice Article on Pinot Blanc
Replies: 8
Views: 434

Re: Nice Article on Pinot Blanc

Count me as a fan of PB, there are fine examples in Oregon and California.
by G. Bienstock
November 2nd, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11179
Views: 411971

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2006 Dehlinger RRV Cab. Drinking very well now.
by G. Bienstock
October 16th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Evesham Wood Les Puit Sec PN
Replies: 13
Views: 636

Re: TN: 2010 Evesham Wood Les Puit Sec PN

I should mention the bouquet was full of roses. Very pretty.
by G. Bienstock
October 16th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Evesham Wood Les Puit Sec PN
Replies: 13
Views: 636

Re: TN: 2010 Evesham Wood Les Puit Sec PN

Another 2010 stunner last night. Almost Volnay like.
by G. Bienstock
October 1st, 2019, 7:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: 50 Top Pizzeria Europe and North America
Replies: 14
Views: 1678

Re: 50 Top Pizzeria Europe and North America

Reno clocking in at #76. Good pie there.
by G. Bienstock
September 26th, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Château Rauzan-Ségla (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)
Replies: 16
Views: 1028

Re: TN: 1994 Château Rauzan-Ségla (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Margaux)

I have always like this wine. Glad it performed well.
by G. Bienstock
September 25th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11179
Views: 411971

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

G. Bienstock wrote:
July 18th, 2015, 8:01 pm
1995 Bussia Soprana Mosconi Barolo. A little better than the last bottle, a $10 score and I need to get more.
Another one tonight with NY strip and truffle topping. Really good!
by G. Bienstock
September 25th, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haynes Vineyard Sold
Replies: 8
Views: 896

Re: Haynes Vineyard Sold

Tulocay Haynes PN is a gem.
by G. Bienstock
September 20th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Dujac Fils et Père Chambolle-Musigny
Replies: 2
Views: 444

Re: TN: 2002 Dujac Fils et Père Chambolle-Musigny

Thanks for the update. When I was ITB we tasted the CM at a meeting and I promptly bought some.
by G. Bienstock
September 13th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pisoni Estate Release
Replies: 19
Views: 1464

Re: Pisoni Estate Release

Yes, I heard the suitcase story.
by G. Bienstock
September 12th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pisoni Estate Release
Replies: 19
Views: 1464

Re: Pisoni Estate Release

When Pisoni came to our sales meeting in 04 it was very amusing! He was mute on certain vines origin.
by G. Bienstock
September 12th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot
Replies: 88
Views: 4402

Re: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot

Goldtröpfchen, ja!
by G. Bienstock
September 5th, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 33491

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Mitch, do you add a liquid when the ribs are foiled? I don't now. I played around with all the things you see on TV and read on BBQ-brethren.com and I have found that for ME, simply sprinkling on some finishing rub and wrapping is all you need. I found that adding liquid parkay besides being disgus...
by G. Bienstock
September 5th, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 33491

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

I do not add liquid, the risk is getting a mushy texture my friend calls rib Jello.

Parkay, what are they thinking? No yellow mustard either, just a light coat of veg oil before applying rub. My rub has very little sugar, it is not really needed.
by G. Bienstock
September 3rd, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the wine that changed your life?
Replies: 166
Views: 8501

Re: What's the wine that changed your life?

An unknown 74 Barolo around 82 while working as a waiter.
by G. Bienstock
August 29th, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese
Replies: 21
Views: 705

Re: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prum Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese

I bought a couple of cases of GH from 04 on closeout for $18. It never fails to please.
by G. Bienstock
August 27th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Rapid, Unfortunate Decline of Bobby Orlando’s Palate
Replies: 40
Views: 2326

Re: The Rapid, Unfortunate Decline of Bobby Orlando’s Palate

At least his taste runs toward the Reserve.
by G. Bienstock
August 10th, 2019, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 156
Views: 11589

Re: Top US Syrahs

You have all mentioned some incredible producers, but if I was on a game show, I would win with a late answer... Dehlinger [/b]! Their Syrahs age like like any great bottling from the Northern Rhone (albeit with more up-front fruit). Those familiar with this producer will back me up. I won’t. I lik...
by G. Bienstock
August 9th, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bourbon barrels not just for bourbon...
Replies: 21
Views: 1188

Re: Bourbon barrels not just for bourbon...

champagne.gif I've had the Mondavi bourbon barrel aged cab several times and found zero notes of bourbon like you'd find in a bba stout or strong ale. My dad buys it by the case so I'm usually drinking that when I visit him. It's not bad or gross wine, but for under $10 per bottle I like it more tha...
by G. Bienstock
August 8th, 2019, 8:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Burg would you go for? Daniel Rion '95 vs Domaine Fourrier '96
Replies: 34
Views: 1419

Re: Which Burg would you go for? Daniel Rion '95 vs Domaine Fourrier '96

I tasted 1995 Daniel Rion Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru 'Les Beaux Monts' with Patrice on release. Promptly bought a few bottles and enjoyed all.
by G. Bienstock
August 8th, 2019, 8:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Hillsides
Replies: 69
Views: 5903

Re: Rhys Hillsides

Still sitting on 06 Alpine Hilsides. An 06 Alpine is in the queue.
by G. Bienstock
August 6th, 2019, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness
Replies: 35
Views: 3067

Re: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness

" In 2016 the estate was targeted by vandals who prevented the winery from processing that year’s grapes. "
by G. Bienstock
July 27th, 2019, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Petite Sirah is pretty boring
Replies: 94
Views: 4824

Re: Petite Sirah is pretty boring

With regards to recent vintages, this Illuminare from Eldorado County, CA is my favorite. A 2 vineyard blend for complexity.

http://www.illuminarewinery.com/menu-it ... ite-sirah/
by G. Bienstock
July 19th, 2019, 9:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impression of 2015 Meyney....and thinking back to the ‘86
Replies: 15
Views: 1317

Re: Impression of 2015 Meyney....and thinking back to the ‘86

86 Talbot last year at a Sacramento offline was WOTN.
by G. Bienstock
July 19th, 2019, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11179
Views: 411971

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1965 Charles Krug Cab—still kickin! Ripe red fruits don’t exactly explode out of the glass, but come through with some air. A bit of eucalyptus and black truffle on the nose—a cab that could almost be mistaken for an old Pomerol. Relatively short finish but very elegant and held together well (or s...
by G. Bienstock
July 19th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 6701

Re: Worst wines you've had?

Mondavi Bourbon barrel something red. Would make Bob wretch and puke.
by G. Bienstock
July 17th, 2019, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Alfred Merkelbach Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese
Replies: 14
Views: 591

Re: TN: 2010 Alfred Merkelbach Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese

I have a couple of untasted 01's. I always struggle with when to open Auslese and what to pair it with. I usually have success pairing Auslesen with parmesan, goat/Humboldt Fog, and/or bleu cheese, depending on how sweet it is. I agree however, that I have a problem with knowing when to open them o...
by G. Bienstock
July 17th, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy prices - valuation - investment
Replies: 37
Views: 5598

Re: Burgundy prices - valuation - investment

I like DDO.

Burgophiles should seek out Oregon Chardonnay as well as Pinot Noir. The Chardonnays have taken a big step forward in the past decade as vines grow older. Both reward ageing.
by G. Bienstock
July 17th, 2019, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Alfred Merkelbach Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese
Replies: 14
Views: 591

Re: TN: 2010 Alfred Merkelbach Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Auslese

I have a couple of untasted 01's. I always struggle with when to open Auslese and what to pair it with.
by G. Bienstock
July 12th, 2019, 9:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: J. J. Prüm, Truchot, Egon Müller
Replies: 55
Views: 2537

Re: TN: J. J. Prüm, Truchot, Egon Müller

That 97 J J Prum sounds like a charm.
by G. Bienstock
June 26th, 2019, 10:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 518
Views: 35164

Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

1999 Monte Bello last week was still tight and tannic.
by G. Bienstock
June 17th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Elouan PinotNoir OR '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 14
Views: 1383

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: 13713

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: 373

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: 1360

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: 779

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: 850

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: 2094

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: 3467

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: 3467

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

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

Happy vines make happy wines.

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