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by Robert.A.Jr.
September 20th, 2019, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Eric Texier Côtes du Rhône Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban Vieille Serine Domaine de Pergaud
Replies: 10
Views: 374

Re: TN: 2010 Eric Texier Côtes du Rhône Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban Vieille Serine Domaine de Pergaud

Is he still making it? I have casually watched for 2015 and 2016 but no luck so far, the St.-Julien en St.-Alban (not vieille serine Domain Pergaud) shows up on WS. Chambers seems no longer to be carrying many or any of his wines. Weird, since they were a big supporter of his. Yes I noticed that to...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 19th, 2019, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11698
Views: 558341

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2000 Chateau Trotanoy
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 19th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Chateau Lynch Bages, Pauillac
Replies: 6
Views: 408

Re: TN: 2000 Chateau Lynch Bages, Pauillac

Another business dinner, but this time I am bringing the bottle. Been meaning to check in on this vintage of Lynch Bages, and my dinner companion is a Bordeaux fan. This wine hit on all cylinders, even if it really could use another 4-5 years. An utterly classic Paulliac: pencil shavings, cassis, t...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 19th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Chateau Lynch Bages, Pauillac
Replies: 6
Views: 408

TN: 2000 Chateau Lynch Bages, Pauillac

Another business dinner, but this time I am bringing the bottle. Been meaning to check in on this vintage of Lynch Bages, and my dinner companion is a Bordeaux fan. This wine hit on all cylinders, even if it really could use another 4-5 years. An utterly classic Paulliac: pencil shavings, cassis, to...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 19th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 66
Views: 3909

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

Mark Golodetz wrote:
September 19th, 2019, 7:03 am
Probably spoilt by Flannery and Peter Luger.
Or, just spoiled.

Pass the VCC . . . .

[cheers.gif]
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 19th, 2019, 5:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 66
Views: 3909

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

Lots of debate, and opinion, on the steaks. I get stuck at a lot of these “business-place” steak joints like Cap Grille, Ruth’s Chris, Fleming’s, etc. I’d take Bern’s steaks over any of them, any day. Love the dry aged steaks and almost always cooked to perfection. They even have two levels of rare ...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 18th, 2019, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 66
Views: 3909

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

Siun - Hit the bar first and check out their "Wine by the Glass" section. They almost always have some really cool old stuff for dirt cheap. it's the Somms' way of clearing out old stuff that may be past prime and having fun. Last time I was there, had some very decent 1979 Cornas, 1974 Mondavi Zin ...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 18th, 2019, 5:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 55
Views: 2362

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

Some random “outsider” observations from the wife’s trip: I cannot wait to taste that $90 cabernet franc. Someone did not tell my wife about the dangers of shipping wine cross-country in mid-summer, and allowing a box of wine to sit in the hot afternoon sun on our doorstep. Wines do not show up to y...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 18th, 2019, 4:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 66
Views: 3909

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

I’m wondering if there’s a thread on the Uber driver forum about how some passenger the other night wouldn’t stop talking about some wine guy from France named Rolland. Heading over there now to see if I can scoop that story... I heard that pretentious drunk dude was in the back seat waxing philoso...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 17th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bartolo Mascarello price jump
Replies: 15
Views: 1467

Re: Bartolo Mascarello price jump

If this were some uncool Napa cab or Sonoma pinot, the price spike would mean that vapid rich point/trophy chasers with yak palates were bidding it up out of vanity and ego, and the winery owners were cynically profiteering off of it. My impression was that the yak palates preferred Loire cab franc...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 17th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 66
Views: 3909

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

That’s kinda way, for years, there was a bit of an unspoken understanding not to talk about Bern’s. As it relates to what’s left on the menu, check out Keith’s post. A very savvy connoisseur who happens to go to Bern’s with some regularity. And, there is also stuff not on the menu. Oh, and if you ha...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 17th, 2019, 5:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 66
Views: 3909

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

Yea not doubt, it was packed on a Sunday night. We took the kitchen and cellar tour for the group. I’ve done it several times so wasn’t listening much, but my ears did perk up when they said they go through 700 pounds of onions for their iconic onion soup that comes with every meal.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 17th, 2019, 4:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 66
Views: 3909

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

I think it is fair to say that, as far as wine lovers are concerned, Bern’s has jumped the shark. Those prices are absurd, especially the Pontet Canet. I can’t say I am that impressed with the sommelier’s choices. Very ho hum, especially the Haut Bages Liberal. Come on, this is the restaurant with ...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 17th, 2019, 4:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 66
Views: 3909

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

DanielP wrote:
September 16th, 2019, 7:40 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
September 16th, 2019, 1:14 pm
I should have closed with cautionary advice:

Don't Uber home sober-drunk (allegedly) at midnight after a night at Bern's and jump on WineBid.

I bid on multiple wines, as if I need more.
FdP is good stuff huh?
Don’t be stalking me now, Big Daddy wants that wine! [wow.gif]
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 16th, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 66
Views: 3909

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

Drinking an 18 year Macallan right now to settle down. No vino this fine evening. Today was admittedly a bit rough.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 16th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Vatan Clos la Neore so expensive?
Replies: 22
Views: 1447

Re: Why is Vatan Clos la Neore so expensive?

I passed on an allocation, may have been 2015, and boom, now I’m out of the club! Wah wah.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 16th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 66
Views: 3909

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

I should have closed with cautionary advice: Don't Uber home sober-drunk (allegedly) at midnight after a night at Bern's and jump on WineBid. I bid on multiple wines, as if I need more. I just checked to see if you bid against me on ‘82 Maggies. I promise I’ll share if I win! [truce.gif] I love tho...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 16th, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 66
Views: 3909

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

Neal.Mollen wrote:
September 16th, 2019, 2:00 pm

If Pontet Canet is 100% biodymanic and non-interventionalist, is it just possible that you are reacting to Rolland's name and not the wine?
Come on, you know Michel sprinkled pixie dust on it!
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 16th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 66
Views: 3909

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

I should have closed with cautionary advice:

Don't Uber home sober-drunk (allegedly) at midnight after a night at Bern's and jump on WineBid.

I bid on multiple wines, as if I need more.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 16th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 66
Views: 3909

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

He follows me like an aggressive viral strain that mutates over time. But I get ahead of the story. And please pardon any hint at delusions of grandeur. Of that, this humble country squire has none. I'm a Who in Whoville as far as Rolland knows. Let’s be clear: He doesn’t follow you. You follow him...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 16th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 66
Views: 3909

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

Thank you for the entertaining read [cheers.gif] Would you say the 2009/2010 Pontet Canet have improved on the 2003, or are they essentially the same I normally find Sauternes with the sweet-sweet pairing a bit off Agreed! So much more a fan of Sauternes in lieu of dessert (or with cheese / other c...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 16th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 66
Views: 3909

A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

He follows me like an aggressive viral strain that mutates over time. But I get ahead of the story. And please pardon any hint at delusions of grandeur. Of that, this humble country squire has none. I'm a Who in Whoville as far as Rolland knows. Like a Baller on a Budget, I chauffer from Orlando to ...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 16th, 2019, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home
Replies: 35
Views: 1375

Re: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home

Interesting that many of you, like me, keep so few at home. It used to not be an issue for me, as my storage facility was like 6 blocks away. When it closed, I shed some tears. Now my storage place is about 20 minutes away, no longer than convenient. The flip side is, I’m leaving some wines alone th...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 15th, 2019, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pichon Lalande 1961-2000
Replies: 18
Views: 1415

Re: Pichon Lalande 1961-2000

I must admit I have had the 1982 a few times and while it is quite good, for me it is not a 100 point wine. My guess is that eventually the 2016 will be a better wine than the 1982. Interesting comment from someone with such an old world palate. I’m listening. What was your take on the 2014? For me...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 15th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home
Replies: 35
Views: 1375

Re: If you have offsite storage, how many bottles do you keep at home

Almost all my wine is off-site. I have a 60-bottle fridge in my house, a 50-bottle fridge in my office, and boxes everywhere. My strategy sucks but the wine is safe.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 15th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 828
Views: 39354

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

“Leaps from the glass with gregarious notions....”

Jean-Charles Boisset now consulting? In addition to Rolland, who actually made this wine.

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by Robert.A.Jr.
September 15th, 2019, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2004 Ch. Pontet Canet, 2003 Joguet Clos de la Dioterie
Replies: 58
Views: 1911

Re: TNs: 2004 Ch. Pontet Canet, 2003 Joguet Clos de la Dioterie

Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡ wrote:
September 15th, 2019, 8:42 am
Popped an 05 Joguet cdld on Friday. Excellent showing and gained steam after a 45 min decant. Was expecting a younger showing but hitting that rule of 15 spot right meow.
Thanks for circling back on that one, Faryan. That wine was huge on release. Time to pull them out of storage!
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 15th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Hooker House, Bedrock Wine Co. raises the bar.
Replies: 9
Views: 1060

Re: A visit to Hooker House, Bedrock raises the bar.

Nice!!

My wife and I were there a month ago. A special place. We did not get the Doc VIP treatment, but did taste about six of the new releases. I get the Zins once season arrives.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 15th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: For BAMA fans...
Replies: 50
Views: 1970

Re: For BAMA fans...

I wish we had a “like” button!
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 14th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Australians buy Médoc château
Replies: 3
Views: 596

Re: Australians buy Médoc château

Dan Kravitz wrote:
September 14th, 2019, 4:50 pm
Cambon la Pelouse definitely ain't broke. I hope and think they won't try to fix it.

Dan Kravitz
Personably, I think it is. They brought in Bouard recently and the wines show it. I’m out, but that’s just me. Have you tried the 2015 or 2016?
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 14th, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11698
Views: 558341

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

3 x 2005 Perez Pascuas El Pedrosal Reserva, Ribera del Duero
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 14th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10746
Views: 388031

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Pizza place lunch with some 2016 Gonon Iles Feray. Excellent Northern Rhône syrah
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 14th, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11698
Views: 558341

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

1x Terre Nere Prephylloxera 2017 1x Terre Nere Prephylloxera 2016 Some fun stuff on that list, but these two caught my eye. Love Franc de Pied wines. What are these? This is from volcanic region of Etna in Sicily, Italy. http://www.tenutaterrenere.com/en/wine-prephylloxera-etna-red-wines-doc-nerell...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 14th, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines for 25+ years of aging
Replies: 39
Views: 1669

Re: Wines for 25+ years of aging

Oopsy.

I was projecting.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 14th, 2019, 6:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10746
Views: 388031

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Ramon C wrote:
September 14th, 2019, 3:47 am
A fun dinner-tasting with a bunch of La Mission Haut Brion.



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Dude. Really? I’m gonna pop up there and flog you if you do not post a separate thread on these glorious wines. With details!

The Strong Arm hath spoken.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 14th, 2019, 6:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines for 25+ years of aging
Replies: 39
Views: 1669

Re: Wines for 25+ years of aging

Cantemerle is a Third Growth.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 14th, 2019, 5:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11698
Views: 558341

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Frederico L e e wrote:
September 14th, 2019, 4:15 am

1x Terre Nere Prephylloxera 2017
1x Terre Nere Prephylloxera 2016
Some fun stuff on that list, but these two caught my eye. Love Franc de Pied wines. What are these?
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 14th, 2019, 4:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines for 25+ years of aging
Replies: 39
Views: 1669

Re: Wines for 25+ years of aging

That would be a fun exercise. I had neither the spare cash nor the storage, to build not just a collection for myself, but also for my spoiled, entitled son, who now adores like really crappy cheap beer at BAMA. The cool thing is, if you have the wherewithal to do it, and it turns out she does not l...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 14th, 2019, 4:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: For BAMA fans...
Replies: 50
Views: 1970

Re: For BAMA fans...

For the record, I do not recall that I have experienced that significant of bottle variation where any of the bottles that I popped were flawed and undrinkable, in fact, even a 1995 that seemed a bit off, was still nice.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 13th, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNS: 2000 Chateau Leoville Barton, 1999 Chateau Musar
Replies: 18
Views: 1450

Re: TNS: 2000 Chateau Leoville Barton, 1999 Chateau Musar

The 1999 Chateau Musar was lovely. Once you blew off some of that VA these bottles always seem to throw. And it’s still barnsy, horsey, but in an intoxicating perfumed sort of way. Like east meets west, Bordeaux meets Chateauneuf. Meat market meets a fruit market meets a spice market. An odd but co...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 13th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: For BAMA fans...
Replies: 50
Views: 1970

Re: For BAMA fans...

The price point does not bother me at all. We are paying that for wines with 18-25 years of age. Cheaper than many comparable new releases. Pat, I think these wines are your style, give one more a try.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 13th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: For BAMA fans...
Replies: 50
Views: 1970

Re: For BAMA fans...

Always sage advice to try before you buy, especially if loading up. That said, your experience with the 2000 is much different than mine, and I’ve had about four over the last year. It’s excellent. Chock your experience, possibly, up to the old adage, “there are no great wines, just great bottles.” ...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 13th, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?
Replies: 33
Views: 1973

Re: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?

R. Smith wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 7:43 am
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 7:29 am
New releases not cheap, around $200+. I do not think she’s the winemaker now.
Kathryn Kennedy passed away in 2009. :(
So I was right, yes?

;)
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 13th, 2019, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?
Replies: 33
Views: 1973

Re: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?

New releases not cheap, around $200+. I do not think she’s the winemaker now.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 12th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beaujolais, where have you been my whole life?
Replies: 42
Views: 2020

Re: Beaujolais, where have you been my whole life?

The trick with aging Beaujolais is not to drink it young. :) Even among the AFWE for lack of a better term, including many friends, they don’t let their Beaujolais age. Or don’t want to. Should we create a poll? Who has aged Beaujolais more than 20 years after vintage? My oldest are just getting th...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 12th, 2019, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: For BAMA fans...
Replies: 50
Views: 1970

Re: For BAMA fans...

Old school Medoc more than Margaux, IMHO.

Definitely Bordeaux. Nothing else.

What else could it be?
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 12th, 2019, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: For BAMA fans...
Replies: 50
Views: 1970

Re: For BAMA fans...

I was distraught that the hurricane was gonna take out the historic BAMA Vineyards. We dodged a bullet there, a close one. Could have been as devastating as the phylloxera louse.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 12th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grand Launay - Côtes de Bourg - 2016 - organic and sulphur free!
Replies: 3
Views: 156

Re: Grand Launay - Côtes de Bourg - 2016 - organic and sulphur free!

Love, and totally get, that reference to Jaugueyron.

My notes on the 2000, and for the life of me, I cannot find my note on the 2005:

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by Robert.A.Jr.
September 12th, 2019, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 37
Views: 2470

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

Yeah makes sense. Though it could be worth a gander at the GR. The good news is that it's exactly the same price as the past few vintages, which is usually my gripe when it comes to these specially labeled bottles. So no complaints here. 904 has taken a bit of a jump though. I should've loaded up o...

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