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by Robert.A.Jr.
September 21st, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Dominus Estate
Replies: 9
Views: 702

Re: TN: 2009 Dominus Estate

One hour of decant and followed over two hours. I never said it was fully mature, I said it was ready for business! No regrets at all, liked it very much. CT notes suggest the same.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 21st, 2020, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Name a wine you consistently rate higher than the critics
Replies: 49
Views: 2472

Re: Name a wine you consistently rate higher than the critics

Barry L i p t o n wrote:
September 21st, 2020, 8:07 am
Hmm, when a doctor says you sound like a lawyer, I don’t think it’s a compliment.
That normally means the doctor has had his/her butt kicked by a top-flight lawyer. ;)
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 21st, 2020, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Name a wine you consistently rate higher than the critics
Replies: 49
Views: 2472

Re: Name a wine you consistently rate higher than the critics

Leaving aside Gillman, mine would be Chateau Magdelaine. Levet would be up there as well. And Olga Raffault. Gilman writes the only wine newsletter I read. Why would you leave him aside? Should we also leave aside William Kelley and David Schildknecht, both of whose views I tremendously respect. If...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 21st, 2020, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Giscours 2000 and Soc.Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau 2001
Replies: 7
Views: 277

Re: Giscours 2000 and Soc.Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau 2001

Julian that Magdelaine is so squarely in your zone!
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 21st, 2020, 5:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12334
Views: 468790

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2000 Chateau Magdelaine
2001 Chateau d’Issan

The Magdelaine was excellent, but I still feel like it needs more time, still a tad tight. The d’Issan was wide open for business, really good.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 21st, 2020, 5:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Giscours 2000 and Soc.Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau 2001
Replies: 7
Views: 277

Re: Giscours 2000 and Soc.Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau 2001

Wonderful notes as always, Julian. I think you know how much I love that 2001 SM. It’s utterly fantastic. Funny side note, I was going to a Tour de France party last night, and narrowed my wine choice down to 2000 Magdelaine and 2001 SM Cuvee JG. Rats, now wish I would have grabbed the SM so that we...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 21st, 2020, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Name a wine you consistently rate higher than the critics
Replies: 49
Views: 2472

Re: Name a wine you consistently rate higher than the critics

Leaving aside Gillman, mine would be Chateau Magdelaine. Levet would be up there as well. And Olga Raffault.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 20th, 2020, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?
Replies: 65
Views: 3283

Re: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?

3. As Brian notes, buckle down and get more storage space for the long haul. Still kicking myself for never having built a cellar in my house. I like using off-site storage and it poses less risk, but it has also limited me from buying more of what I wish I had, years and years of Cru Bordeaux that...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 20th, 2020, 5:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Dominus Estate
Replies: 9
Views: 702

TN: 2009 Dominus Estate

An excellent Napa Valley Cabernet. It’s been a while since I had a Dominus Estate from the 2000s, but took a flyer on this 09 being ready for business. And it was. I was initially surprised by the scale of this wine, it’s density, but everything is really balanced, even with 14.5% ABV being fairly w...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 19th, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?
Replies: 65
Views: 3283

Re: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?

I wonder how many of us that have been at this a long time have really gotten it right. Seems like a never-ending, but absolutely enjoyable, pursuit. Started earnestly around 1993-95. Still trying to figure it all out. If had the luxury to go back in time and start again back, knowing what I know no...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 18th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 925

Re: Barrel furniture

And to think for years we’ve relying on Alan’s tasting notes, only to learn that he hath no taste!
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 18th, 2020, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barrel furniture
Replies: 30
Views: 925

Re: Barrel furniture

Some super fugly shit, but this could be our Berserker throne:

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by Robert.A.Jr.
September 18th, 2020, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14449
Views: 709239

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

3 x 2018 Gonon Iles Feray.

3 x 2016 Branaire-Ducru

2 X 2016 Fonbadet

1 x 2016 Ferriere
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 15th, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1998 Les Carmes Haut Brion
Replies: 6
Views: 342

Re: 1998 Les Carmes Haut Brion

Excellent! This is exactly why I prefer Les Carmes prior to the big overhaul starting in 2012 and now resulting in 98 points wines that cause the critic’s loins to stir. Great reference points: Magdelaine, VCC, BAMA. The 1999 drinks very similar to what you described, the 2000 has more heft consider...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 15th, 2020, 4:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vintage Bordeaux wines - investigation
Replies: 21
Views: 1523

Re: Vintage Bordeaux wines - investigation

I would have taken a flyer as well at 1000 Euro! Some of those vintages, like 29 and 45 (I’ve not had a ‘45) are known to be excellent. I think 28 and 34 are strong as well. I’ve had some classified growths from these vintages at Bern’s in Tampa, and all were alive and quietly lovely. Leoville Poyfe...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 14th, 2020, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 378
Views: 19884

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Thanks for the note, Todd. When I got your text I had forgotten about Julian’s note. I wonder if his bottle’s Brett didn’t just dissipate but instead actually stripped away some of the fruit freshness, which we all know it can do.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 13th, 2020, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)
Replies: 1207
Views: 56648

Re: It's critic bingo! (Dept. of Neologisms)

Triply nuanced! "The 2016 Chianti Rùfina Vigneto Bucerchiale is a real standout. A wine of vertical explosiveness and energy , the 2016 Bucerchiale is deep, wonderfully defined and full of nuance . Macerated cherry, kirsch, sweet tobacco, licorice, menthol, chocolate and spice abound in this super-...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 13th, 2020, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Chateau Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan
Replies: 0
Views: 277

TN: 2011 Chateau Haut Brion, Pessac-Leognan

While not a heralded vintage, often these so-called off-vintages yield some red-fruited beauties. This Haut Brion ranks up there with the 2011 Vieux Chateau Certan as the two major successes of the vintage. With a healthy cut of Cab Franc in this vintage, the wine shows a Chinon-range of dry earth, ...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 12th, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12334
Views: 468790

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Had -- and enjoyed! -- a new wave-ish bdx last night, the kind of wine Robert could only love if he was drinking it alone and there was no risk that his chi-chi-Chinon bruhs would find out. 2005 Clos Manou. 45% each cab and merlot with the rest franc and petit verdot. Aged in 100% french oak, which...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 11th, 2020, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The pleasures of barbera in a warm vintage (Burlotto '18)
Replies: 25
Views: 1311

Re: TN: The pleasures of barbera in a warm vintage (Burlotto '18)

Fantastic note!

Come to FL, we’ll teach you what scorched earth looks, feels, smells and tastes like!

And then some petrichor following the daily hot summer afternoon showers.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 11th, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 79
Views: 2920

Re: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc

B. Buzzini wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 5:58 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 5:55 pm
Eisele

Well...if $100<=$30? [wink.gif]
Ha, missed that. Well, $100 is the new $30 anyway! And it tastes better.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 11th, 2020, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine.com duplicate charge for June Bordeaux futures purchase
Replies: 17
Views: 1067

Re: wine.com charged me again for June Bordeaux futures purchase

I have to say, I’ve been having some retailer problems as well, but not wine.com. I get the Covid mess that we are all in, but these big national retailers, who are actually having an uptick in business, should have their process issues solved by now. Or how about this, if you are swamped with all t...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 11th, 2020, 6:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 378
Views: 19884

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

I have not, they are in NYC waiting for delivery weather! Still in the 90s down here in sunny Florida. The 2015 Baudry Guillot is delicious.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 11th, 2020, 5:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 378
Views: 19884

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

When I was drinking it, Troy, I was definitely thinking this would be the type of Cab Franc I would serve to friends that are not regular Loire CF drinkers. I prefer vintages like 2014, but there is definitely a place in my house for some 2015s. It was a very enjoyable wine with my dinner.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 11th, 2020, 5:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 378
Views: 19884

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

C075D715-0FB8-4251-A9C4-25DEC1EFDC4D.jpeg Coulaine’s Franc de Pied (2015). Funny that the importer, Skurnick, calls 2015 a “legendary Loire vintage”. I would not; I call it a rather ripe vintage. This is a really nice wine but a bit heavy and overripe to showcase the elegance of Franc de Pied. Most...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 9th, 2020, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10521

Re: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?

And such a shame. Les Carmes Haut Brion was actually a better Bordeaux, at least more interesting. Now it’s damn good, but more universal in style. If you like that, good for you, but it will also cost you 2x-3x more than it used to cost. All of these new critics and modern critics constantly pimpi...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 9th, 2020, 5:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10521

Re: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?

Not to forget that 99.9% of all wine consumers don't travel to the regions, don't buy the same wine every vintage, are not on boards and in groups discussing the wines with others and hence need some guidance on the quality of the vintage, the wines, and what winery has changed and improved a lot (...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 9th, 2020, 5:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10521

Re: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?

Just give Jeb and your wife a bottle of Ovid and they won’t bother you while you’re drinking the weedy stuff! I dunno, post-Covid I may be a Rolland man! Sense of smell not fully recovered yet. It’s like dating all over again. Seems to be a relationship between Ovid and [C]ovid. Does Ovid cause Cov...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 8th, 2020, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Latour 2009 released
Replies: 53
Views: 4127

Re: Latour 2009 released

You guys clearly have no pull, no baller status like me. I was offered the 2009 at the very specific bottle price of $1337. Clearly it is the better bottle. It was supported by 100 points from The Suckles and LPB, but sadly, no black forrest cake. The good news is, she says it’s still a baby that ne...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 8th, 2020, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Beaujolais
Replies: 51
Views: 3554

Re: 2019 Beaujolais

Drinking a 2014 Thivin CdB right now. Hard to imagine many better wines at this price-point. Killer with a simple chicken dinner. good eating and good wine drinking - sometimes it's pretty simple About 75% of the time, that’s all I want. Simple Pleasures are quite gratifying. And I’m not suggesting...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 8th, 2020, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Beaujolais
Replies: 51
Views: 3554

Re: 2019 Beaujolais

Drinking a 2014 Thivin CdB right now. Hard to imagine many better wines at this price-point. Killer with a simple chicken dinner.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 8th, 2020, 5:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 'Cordeloux' / WTF Happened to Benetiere?
Replies: 12
Views: 739

Re: TN: 2011 'Cordeloux' / WTF Happened to Benetiere?

Ethan Abraham wrote:
September 8th, 2020, 3:18 am
JWalter wrote:
September 7th, 2020, 7:34 pm
Anyone had the 12 lately?
Yes. Surprisingly open for business. Don't touch the 13 though.
I’ve found many of the 12 N Rhônes have been rather open and enjoyable. The 12 Benetiere is really nice but I do think 10, 11 and 13 are much better. Definitely hold on 13.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 7th, 2020, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10521

Re: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?

So which demi-god do we follow now that Bob has hung up his cape? William-mania all the way. He is extremely talented and a gem to work with. Watch out wine world... That’s very kind of you to say, and I agree. It’s great when critics post here (even when we make fun of them :-) ). Please keep post...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 7th, 2020, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2867
Views: 191604

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Oh wow that’s terrible, really sorry to hear that. At $25, could be the QPR of the year.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 7th, 2020, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 'Cordeloux' / WTF Happened to Benetiere?
Replies: 12
Views: 739

Re: TN: 2011 'Cordeloux' / WTF Happened to Benetiere?

Fantastic note, pics and commentary. Would love to hear how you prepped that rack. The 2011 Benetiere is fantastic. Actually, 2011 is one of my favorite Northern Rhone vintages in the last 10 years, which may sound a bit contrarian to the critics, but it is a gorgeous, open and honest vintage, and h...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 7th, 2020, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2867
Views: 191604

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Seems like a wise plan. I have not opened a bottle yet (also plan on waiting), but for reference, this wine was incredible as a barrel sample. Stood out to me amongst a bunch of great Bedrock wines. I'm certainly no expert when it comes to predicting what the future may hold based off of a barrel s...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 7th, 2020, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louvière Blanc 2010, Soc M 01 and 04, Talbot 2001
Replies: 4
Views: 208

Re: Louvière Blanc 2010, Soc M 01 and 04, Talbot 2001

He swooped in on his Executor-class Star Dreadnought In 2013.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 7th, 2020, 5:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 11
Views: 707

Re: TN: 2005 Domaine Charvin Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Cool to read, I just grabbed some 04 and 05 Charvin off of WineBid for dirt cheap.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 7th, 2020, 4:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louvière Blanc 2010, Soc M 01 and 04, Talbot 2001
Replies: 4
Views: 208

Re: Louvière Blanc 2010, Soc M 01 and 04, Talbot 2001

Oh cool some serious faves right there. Love that 2001 SM, sad it didn’t quite show for you like normal. I’ll seek out that Talbot, I only have 00 and 05 left from that vintage range. Way too bad that La Louviere went over to the dark side. I used to really like this solid Cru.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 6th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Benchmark bin sale
Replies: 55
Views: 3030

Re: Benchmark bin sale

Wow, Benchmark has the 2012 Chateau l'Eglise Clinet, Pomerol, for $125 on its bin sale. I grabbed a couple. Just had a most excellent 2014 a week or so ago, wonderful wines.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 6th, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 378
Views: 19884

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Btw, did anyone within the Winebid sphere of influence notice the Lenoir Chinons up for auction this week? Opening bids f $130. I saw those and just do an eye roll. Amazing I was buying those for $30 before. They are good but they are not Rougeard-level good. I think they are a lot like Raffault, f...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 5th, 2020, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14449
Views: 709239

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

12 x 2016 Chateau Bourgneuf, Pomerol (375s) Have you tasted these, Robert? I have not, but I have always liked this under-the-radar producer, who at least in the vintages that I have tried, is pretty traditional almost rustic. Had a killer 82 and a very nice 98 last year. I have some 04 and 05 that...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 5th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14449
Views: 709239

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Neal.Mollen wrote:
September 5th, 2020, 2:03 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
September 5th, 2020, 1:44 pm
12 x 2016 Chateau Bourgneuf, Pomerol (375s)
Excellent!
Mollen-inspired!
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 5th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14449
Views: 709239

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

12 x 2016 Chateau Bourgneuf, Pomerol (375s)
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 5th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Reviews of reviewers
Replies: 19
Views: 1780

Re: Reviews of reviewers

Bdklein wrote:
September 5th, 2020, 12:27 am
The only critic I like is whoever gives everything a 93 on WB.
Funny you say that, but I saw last night a review by Mr. 93 where he gave the wine a 98. He actually closed the 3. The note was riveting. I am seeking the wine now. He palate is exceptional. [cheers.gif]
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 5th, 2020, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 378
Views: 19884

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

I have not had a Guiberteau cab franc that compelled me to buy more. At its price point, it needs to impress.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 5th, 2020, 3:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10521

Re: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?

You know its bad when you can predict Lisa’s scores (within a point or two) just by knowing the name of the wine! I disagree here, but will add some context. I think a critics scores SHOULD BE predictable. Use Realm as the example, shouldn't 2018 BTK or Dr. Crane get somewhere between 98 and 100 po...
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 4th, 2020, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 11
Views: 700

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

Oh cool, thanks for the update Brian.

I have four but they are buried. Have not tried one.
by Robert.A.Jr.
September 3rd, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12334
Views: 468790

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Just popped another 2000 Chateau Sociando Mallet. Most excellent. While this vintage of SM has some variability - some bottles have been too green even for my Yak Chinon palate - this bottle sings. It's good to hear! I wrote off S-M based on an unsatisfying experience with their 2000 several years ...

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