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by G. Bienstock
July 11th, 2020, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1972
Views: 252101

Re: Official Costco Thread

ABell wrote:
July 10th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Not sure if there are any northern NV people on here but Reno Costco had 17 Sojourn Riddle Vineyard PN for $40 today. Release price was $59. Several cases left. They have also had 16 Chateau Siran for $30 for a while now, which punches above it's price tag IMO

I am in Reno. Where are you?
by G. Bienstock
July 6th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 82 Faustino et al with Italian food
Replies: 5
Views: 360

Re: 82 Faustino et al with Italian food

82 Faustino GR is a good one. The frosted glass is supposed to simulate dust on the bottle.
by G. Bienstock
July 6th, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 St. Innocent Zenith PN
Replies: 4
Views: 374

Re: TN: 2011 St. Innocent Zenith PN

2013 Zenith Vineyard. Zenith is the old O’Connor vineyard and was replanted with the ownership change. The nose has nice spice, a hint of celery, red fruit and forest floor. There is plenty of lemony acidity in the explosive mouthful with secondary development showing mushrooms. Medium bodied with a...
by G. Bienstock
July 2nd, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?
Replies: 83
Views: 2742

Re: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

1989 Huet Le Mont Moelleux. Fantastic.
by G. Bienstock
June 30th, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Cuvée J (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 17
Views: 700

Re: TN: 1999 Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Cuvée J (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

I tasted with Russ in 07. What an experience, it did not hurt that I used to sell his lineup. I have a lone 08 J I bought in Eugene years ago. I was delighted to see it on the shelf.
by G. Bienstock
June 28th, 2020, 10:35 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: 1626

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

I worked in wholesale sales for 6 years with 2 companies. Make sure the sales managers and company have a good reputation in the market. In both instances I was held back by previous bad behaviors of others within the companies. Getting thrown out of stores is not cool. I swam hard upstream and over...
by G. Bienstock
June 19th, 2020, 7:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recco needed on remote probe thermometer
Replies: 10
Views: 393

Re: Recco needed on remote probe thermometer

I use this one in my smoker: https://www.amazon.com/Maverick-XR-30-Bbq-Thermometer-Wireless/dp/B07JH5JQY5/ref=sr_1_14?crid=1EDQPHH4FFX2T&dchild=1&keywords=maverick+meat+thermometer&qid=1592613685&sprefix=maverick+%2Caps%2C236&sr=8-14 The wire are metal-wrapped, and I've never had any issues. Thanks...
by G. Bienstock
June 19th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Love Old Burgundy - Another Round of Aged Maume
Replies: 5
Views: 602

Re: Love Old Burgundy - Another Round of Aged Maume

Nice to hear 95's in general are maturing. I have not opened one in several years.
by G. Bienstock
June 19th, 2020, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Remoissenet
Replies: 19
Views: 853

Re: Remoissenet

I had a 59 Clos Vougeot about 17 years ago. The bottle may have been refreshed and was very enjoyable but younger than expected.
by G. Bienstock
June 19th, 2020, 3:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recco needed on remote probe thermometer
Replies: 10
Views: 393

Recco needed on remote probe thermometer

I have been using Taylor remote probe thermometers and the probe wires do not last.

Blue tooth is ok but not a requirement. A 2 probe design with rugged probe wires is what I need. I primarily use the probe on the smoker and for an occasional oven roasted turkey.

What do you like?
by G. Bienstock
June 18th, 2020, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How does Riesling Kabinett change with age?
Replies: 75
Views: 3174

Re: How does Riesling Kabinett change with age?

I opened my only 01 JJ Prum WS Kabinett last night. Barely off dry, loaded with lime flavor, long finishing with perfect acidity. Still yellow in color. The best Kabinett in my experience with at least a decade to go.
by G. Bienstock
June 15th, 2020, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Quivira Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley
Replies: 6
Views: 330

Re: 2014 Quivira Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

I sold Quivera back in the day. Solid Zin, SB and Rhones.
by G. Bienstock
June 12th, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White Bordeaux and Premox
Replies: 28
Views: 1109

Re: White Bordeaux and Premox

Loire too.
by G. Bienstock
June 6th, 2020, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar
Replies: 201
Views: 8098

Re: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
June 6th, 2020, 6:43 am
G. Bienstock wrote:
June 5th, 2020, 5:46 pm
15 bottles left of 07 JJ Prum GH Auslese. Hard to resist at 19.99.
Splits or 750?

Their 07 WS Auslese is one of my favorites.
750's. I actually made a double order by mistake, now I just have to be patient.
by G. Bienstock
June 5th, 2020, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12039
Views: 450035

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
June 5th, 2020, 6:27 pm
2001 Joh Jos Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese

God I love riesling.
You are setting a high bar. I have a couple of theses, still untasted.
by G. Bienstock
June 5th, 2020, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dominus 2017 - Released today
Replies: 14
Views: 1067

Re: Dominus 2017 - Released today

The 92 is also great.
by G. Bienstock
June 5th, 2020, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dominus 2017 - Released today
Replies: 14
Views: 1067

Re: Dominus 2017 - Released today

Dominus is my favorite Meritage. None left!
by G. Bienstock
June 5th, 2020, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dominus 2017 - Released today
Replies: 14
Views: 1067

Re: Dominus 2017 - Released today

Anton D wrote:
June 5th, 2020, 5:31 pm
G. Bienstock wrote:
June 5th, 2020, 5:18 pm
Costco sighting yesterday of a recent vintage for $259. Sounds like a price drop.

I remember getting the 91 for $30!
At The Corkscrew!! [cheers.gif]

In Princeton? No, from Chris Cree in Clinton, NJ. I also had magnums.
by G. Bienstock
June 5th, 2020, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar
Replies: 201
Views: 8098

Re: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar

15 bottles left of 07 JJ Prum GH Auslese. Hard to resist at 19.99.
by G. Bienstock
June 5th, 2020, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dominus 2017 - Released today
Replies: 14
Views: 1067

Re: Dominus 2017 - Released today

Costco sighting yesterday of a recent vintage for $259. Sounds like a price drop.

I remember getting the 91 for $30!
by G. Bienstock
June 5th, 2020, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12039
Views: 450035

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1990 Leoville Poyferre for a landmark birthday. Consumed over 2 nights with a 375 recork tonight, this is a wonderful St. Julien. Fully mature and nicely textured, no need to wait on this any longer.
by G. Bienstock
June 5th, 2020, 5:10 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Leoville Poyf, Clos Fourt and more: 24 March in Frankfurt
Replies: 4
Views: 662

Re: Leoville Poyf, Clos Fourt and more: 24 March in Frankfurt

1990 Leoville Poyferre for a landmark birthday. Consumed over 2 nights with a 375 recork tonight, this is a wonderful St. Julien. Fully mature and nicely textured, no need to wait on this any longer.
by G. Bienstock
June 3rd, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $25 Zinfandel
Replies: 40
Views: 1657

Re: Sub $25 Zinfandel

Seghesio
by G. Bienstock
June 2nd, 2020, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for wine shops in Central Jersey?
Replies: 21
Views: 840

Re: Recommendations for wine shops in Central Jersey?

I find myself escaping downtown manhattan's looting for a few days with the in-laws in central jersey. I suppose access to a car and a need to have a reason to step out for a few hours means I should see if there's any good wine shops in the area. Can anyone recommend some wine shops near freehold/...
by G. Bienstock
June 1st, 2020, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GrapeCollective:GideonBeinstock/ClosSaron
Replies: 1
Views: 174

Re: GrapeCollective: GideonBienstock/ClosSaron

Interesting interview. I have visited Clos Saron 3 times and enjoy the wines both white and red. The wines reward ageing.

Gideon's last name is Beinstock and we are not related.
by G. Bienstock
June 1st, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12039
Views: 450035

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2006 Dehlinger Claret - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (6/1/2020) My last bottle of this beauty and it just keeps getting better and better. PnP and drank with grilled beef tenderloin. Concentrated fruits, earthiness and secondary flavors. Integrated and balanced with a long f...
by G. Bienstock
May 31st, 2020, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Bob Wood Memorial Pinot Noir Throwdown Tasting Notes
Replies: 38
Views: 2306

Re: 2012 Bob Wood Memorial Pinot Noir Throwdown Tasting Notes

Yesterday's Zoom tasting of Walter Scott Dumb Ox was excellent. Entering the tertiary phase with lot of depth.
by G. Bienstock
May 30th, 2020, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Event - Walter Scott Wines with Erica and Ken - Saturday May 30th, 5pm PT/8pm ET
Replies: 53
Views: 2854

Re: Zoom Event - Walter Scott Wines with Erica and Ken - Saturday May 30th, 5pm PT/8pm ET

James, go for a Dumb Ox or one of the 12's. Dumb Ox is performing today. More later...
by G. Bienstock
May 21st, 2020, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1986 Montrose
Replies: 10
Views: 631

Re: TN: 1986 Montrose

Thanks for the note, I was unsure of when to open my singleton.
by G. Bienstock
May 20th, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese
Replies: 17
Views: 508

Re: TN: 2001 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese

I have a couple, it was a bargain under $20.
by G. Bienstock
May 17th, 2020, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75
Replies: 120
Views: 5970

Re: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75

Dehlinger. Russian River Valley old vine Cab. Totally unique.
by G. Bienstock
May 15th, 2020, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12039
Views: 450035

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1994 Leoville Las Cases. Kind of LLC lite, just less intense than usual. No problem with tannins. Drink soon. Interesting. L-Barton is fabulous right now, open and layered with beautiful texture and fruit and seemingly on a long plateau of good drinking. Not LB-lite at all. I found it odd that the ...
by G. Bienstock
May 15th, 2020, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the "great" roses you've had?
Replies: 157
Views: 7092

Re: What are the "great" roses you've had?

The 2 best I have tasted were from Clos Saron Home Vineyard PN. The 09 last year was mature and very much in the game and the barrel sample of the current release was breathtaking. More than just Rose, it is excellent PN.
by G. Bienstock
May 15th, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12039
Views: 450035

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1994 Leoville Las Cases. Kind of LLC lite, just less intense than usual. No problem with tannins. Drink soon.
by G. Bienstock
May 15th, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy
Replies: 113
Views: 4416

Re: DIAM & avoiding oxidised white burgundy

Every bottle I have tasted with Diam has been nothing but fresh tasting. My sampling has not included any old bottles but I am liking the results.
by G. Bienstock
May 15th, 2020, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs (via Zoom tasting): Rhys, Kutch, Thomas and a couple Brunellos
Replies: 23
Views: 815

Re: TNs (via Zoom tasting): Rhys, Kutch, Thomas and a couple Brunellos

A recent 08 Rhys Alpine PN was excellent after a long airing. I may try the 07 next.
by G. Bienstock
May 12th, 2020, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr (besides JJ Prum)?
Replies: 62
Views: 2042

Re: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr (besides JJ Prum)?

Eric Ifune wrote:
May 12th, 2020, 2:52 pm
S.A.Prum makes some good versions. Part of the original estate which got split up among the family.
The 05's from PC were good for the money but not stunning.
by G. Bienstock
May 12th, 2020, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offsite Wine Storage - Climate Controlled Self Storage
Replies: 12
Views: 783

Re: Offsite Wine Storage - Climate Controlled Self Storage

Humidity compromises cardboard rigidity and the box glue. Tape up the bottom of the boxes real good.
by G. Bienstock
May 8th, 2020, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Wines in Mediocre Vintages
Replies: 70
Views: 2964

Re: Great Wines in Mediocre Vintages

Pat Martin wrote:
May 8th, 2020, 7:11 am
The 1980 Pichon Lalande and even more so the 1989 Montelena Estate cab. Birthyear of a wine buddy, so we’ve given 1980 a repeatedly look and these two wines are outstanding in a universally panned vintage.
89 Montelena was tannic when young but did come around.
by G. Bienstock
May 7th, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Wines in Mediocre Vintages
Replies: 70
Views: 2964

Re: Great Wines in Mediocre Vintages

LLC belongs on this list. About 10 years ago, K&L was selling mixed cases of LLC from a string of poor vintages 1983, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1999. The '99 is still not ready, but all of the others were just lovely. Don’t know about other vintages listed but I finished 4 cases of ‘93 LLC and lov...
by G. Bienstock
May 4th, 2020, 6:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 125
Views: 5586

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

I concur on PB, but I’m not counting on it. With Chardonnay on a fast ascent and PB being a niche grape, I don’t expect it to be widely made. But there are already some excellent versions being made and that is enough for me - Kelley Fox Freedom Hill and Barbie, Cameron Giovani, and Paetra. Althoug...
by G. Bienstock
May 2nd, 2020, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Oregon chardonnay
Replies: 125
Views: 5586

Re: Aging Oregon chardonnay

For the record I made Chardonnay with Eric Hamacher from around 1996 to around 2002. I would assume he has continued to make good chardonnay. Eric is talented and makes wines to age (especially his Pinots IMHO). I've only had 1 or 2 of his Chards. Cameron comes to mind immediately. Lovely at age 15...
by G. Bienstock
May 2nd, 2020, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Belle Pente Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, Oregon
Replies: 21
Views: 866

Re: TN: 2005 Belle Pente Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, Oregon

Nice. I've always thought of the Grive as the lightest wine in the lineup...not the least. I'm sitting on some '10s and '11s but nothing older. Still have some '05 EW 7 Springs that's been tempting me for years. RT I have the better part of a case of 10 Les Puits Sec. With age it has opened up and ...
by G. Bienstock
May 2nd, 2020, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12039
Views: 450035

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?h

2016 Rolf Binder Highness Riesling. Trocken style for sure with loads of limes, musk, earth and spice with strong acid. Crystaline and pure. A fine one from Eden Valley, Australia.
by G. Bienstock
May 2nd, 2020, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How does Riesling Kabinett change with age?
Replies: 75
Views: 3174

Re: How does Riesling Kabinett change with age?

With the warming trend is the Kabinett we crave of the cooler days no longer possible? Likely so with ever rising temps. So what is the last great Kabinett vintage? I have not tasted many young wines post 08, but I find 08 Kabinett to be excellent. Lean and full of acid. Is 08 the caboose on the tra...
by G. Bienstock
April 30th, 2020, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Belle Pente Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, Oregon
Replies: 21
Views: 866

Re: TN: 2005 Belle Pente Estate Reserve Pinot Noir, Oregon

Vincent Fritzsche wrote:
April 30th, 2020, 4:54 pm
Sounds great. I love 2005s in general, what a year.
Ditto
by G. Bienstock
April 30th, 2020, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: German Riesling Recommendations
Replies: 79
Views: 2662

Re: German Riesling Recommendations

I enjoy Von Kesselstatt. Piesporter Goldtropfchen, Kaesler Nies'chen, Graacher Domprost and Josephshofer. Good values too.

https://en.kesselstatt.de/
by G. Bienstock
April 29th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 5259

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

I use only Royal Oak. Sometimes there are rocks, not fully charred pieces, bark and oversize chunks that need reducing. Despite that I get excellent results and the price and availability are right.

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