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by AAgrawal
July 5th, 2020, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?
Replies: 81
Views: 2394

Re: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

2000 Jamet cote rotie
2014 G. Rinaldi Tre Tine
2015 Musar rose
1992 Dunn Howell Mountain
2001 Chateau de Fargues
2012 Marguet Les Crayeres
by AAgrawal
June 30th, 2020, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Cappellano
Replies: 20
Views: 595

Re: 2015 Cappellano

I was part of that tasting, and I think my note was the one which documented the circumstances around the tasting. For what it's worth, I really don't think the wine was damaged by heat/travel or oxidized, I just think it was closed. I think the same thing would happen if you opened a bottle of you...
by AAgrawal
June 30th, 2020, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Cappellano
Replies: 20
Views: 595

Re: 2015 Cappellano

I was part of that tasting, and I think my note was the one which documented the circumstances around the tasting. For what it's worth, I really don't think the wine was damaged by heat/travel or oxidized, I just think it was closed. I think the same thing would happen if you opened a bottle of youn...
by AAgrawal
June 29th, 2020, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred Burgundy Glass
Replies: 79
Views: 4680

Re: Preferred Burgundy Glass

I bought a Conterno Sensory glass to try. In the glass right now is a 2004 Felsina Rancia, and I'm comparing it to a Zalto universal. First: The glass. The bowl is much flatter on the bottom than I imagined. It's almost like a plate with a glass funnel placed on top. The weight of the glass seems ju...
by AAgrawal
June 27th, 2020, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Check: The Wine Club (SF)
Replies: 14
Views: 841

Re: Retailer Check: The Wine Club (SF)

They had an ownership change recently. I believe employees bought out the previous owners. Selection and pricing is good. Their location had moved and they no longer have a physical shop, just a pickup location. I’ve bought some from them in the past and since the ownership change.
by AAgrawal
June 27th, 2020, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone have a rec for a digital cellar thermometer/hygrometer
Replies: 8
Views: 261

Re: Does anyone have a rec for a digital cellar thermometer/hygrometer

I use SensorPush and like it. I particularly like the ability to calibrate the temperature in an ice bath. It had to be adjusted by about a degree.
by AAgrawal
June 21st, 2020, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Produttori del Barbaresco Riservas 2015
Replies: 14
Views: 1789

Re: Produttori del Barbaresco Riservas 2015

I’ve spent all my money on 2016 Barolo...
by AAgrawal
June 16th, 2020, 9:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer check: Westchester Wine Warehouse
Replies: 5
Views: 314

Re: Retailer check: Westchester Wine Warehouse

I haven't bought anything from there yet, but I recently talked to the wine director Ken and he seemed like a knowledgeable, nice guy.
by AAgrawal
June 7th, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Levet fans - please help me understand
Replies: 29
Views: 1641

Re: Levet fans - please help me understand

When you say a lot of time, does that mean the typical 15 years or more? I have some Levet back to 2005, and I’ve sampled a few bottles but they still seem like they need time. I have a 2007 Chavaroche standing now because there have been a few good CT reviews.
by AAgrawal
June 6th, 2020, 8:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendation for Wine Bottle Thermometer
Replies: 7
Views: 308

Recommendation for Wine Bottle Thermometer

Hi all, I'm finding this surprisingly hard to find, and I could use recommendations. Does anyone have a liquid thermometer that they keep inside a wine bottle in their cellar to keep track of liquid temperature, not air temperature in the cellar? I'm looking for a stand-alone device, not something t...
by AAgrawal
June 3rd, 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Non-virtual post-shutdown gathering: Older Ridge, SF Bay Area, Sept-Oct 2020
Replies: 51
Views: 2567

Re: Non-virtual post-shutdown gathering: Older Ridge, SF Bay Area, Sept-Oct 2020

FYI: Tons of older Ridge wines just showed up at K&L if you're looking to purchase some. Prices are very reasonable.
by AAgrawal
June 2nd, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1988 Rauzan-Segla & 1995 Clerc Milon
Replies: 6
Views: 344

Re: TN: 1988 Rauzan-Segla & 1995 Clerc Milon

I've drank a good amount of the '95 Clerc Milon and enjoyed all of them. I finished my last bottles about 1-2 years ago, and I agree with your note and assessment. The 2000 is drinking pretty well now if you have any...
by AAgrawal
June 1st, 2020, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Restart My Humanity Dinner, Take II -- Littorai, Dirty & Rowdy, EMH, sweeties, others
Replies: 11
Views: 813

Re: TNs--Restart My Humanity Dinner, Take II -- Littorai, Dirty & Rowdy, EMH, sweeties, others

I don't think the '05s are drinking great right now. Maybe a sleeping phase, or maybe they just aren't that great, but at least a few years ago they used to be better. I don't think it's a top vintage, but I do think (hope?) they will improve in 5-10 years. That said, I'm only holding onto a few top...
by AAgrawal
May 29th, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What could cause Barbarescos to be valued more highly than Barolos in the future?
Replies: 21
Views: 1807

Re: What could cause Barbarescos to be valued more highly than Barolos in the future?

Do the top barbarescos beat any of the top barolos? They seem comparable if you pick well at the lower to mid tiers, but I'm not so sure at the highest levels. I think if that happened, the reputation would probably spread to the lower tier wines from the region as well.
by AAgrawal
May 27th, 2020, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Château Climens (France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Barsac)
Replies: 18
Views: 904

Re: TN: 2001 Château Climens (France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Barsac)

I have, just once. I await the arrival on this thread of Brother Ashish (or Brother Hudak) [grin.gif] From 5 years ago 1999 Tirecul la Graviere Cuvee Madame With all the Sauternes I've had, this is my very first Cuvee Madame. Like an apricot forest with a panoply of spices. Ahh, me. That is pretty ...
by AAgrawal
May 27th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7043
Views: 607574

Re: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

A silly question from a non-lawyer who hasn't heard anything yet from the bankruptcy trustee:
If my undelivered wine was more than $3k, can I amend my claim to a priority claim for a portion of it (the portion under $3k)?
by AAgrawal
May 27th, 2020, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them
Replies: 112
Views: 4100

Re: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them

Sean S y d n e y wrote:
May 27th, 2020, 11:46 am
Sugar levels drop in aged wine? What? How is that physically possible?

If you want to argue that the perception of sweetness changes, ok, but the actual sugar content does not change once a wine is made.
I'm not an expert on the chemistry, only what my tastebuds tell me.
by AAgrawal
May 27th, 2020, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them
Replies: 112
Views: 4100

Re: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them

Point well taken : you say you don’t like them and also see no upside selling them . So the Sauternes in your cellar will age and become very different from how they taste today : acidities become more pronounced after 30-40 years . So let’s talk again in 2040 . Having not tasted any truly old Saut...
by AAgrawal
May 24th, 2020, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them
Replies: 112
Views: 4100

Re: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them

I consider my sweet/dessert consumption to be relatively high... I probably open ~30-35 half or full bottles of sauternes per year. I find that the young ones last in the fridge for a week (and often improve over that time), and I'm rarely disappointed when I open one. I never pair them with dessert...
by AAgrawal
May 13th, 2020, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12011
Views: 448134

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Opened a 2015 Geyserville last night. Very ripe black fruit profile, had prominent alcohol on the finish. Yes, I know Ridge wines can age, but not sure about this one. I really loved this on release, but a bottle I had a year ago showed similarly to how you describe it. I have two more and am holdi...
by AAgrawal
May 5th, 2020, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred Burgundy Glass
Replies: 79
Views: 4680

Re: Preferred Burgundy Glass

Not sure if it's been mentioned already - but - for me at least, it's looking more and more like the Roberto Conterno Sensory wine glass is superior across the board..... Just my opinion though after a lot of experimentation :). Also - I have no financial interest at all - just know that this is a ...
by AAgrawal
May 2nd, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12011
Views: 448134

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

LMD Ermitaño wrote:
May 2nd, 2020, 10:57 am
Over late afternoon mahjong and through dinner.

I want to play mahjong with you.

How was the Fargues? Birth year wine for me.
by AAgrawal
April 29th, 2020, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gilman's new issue - essay on serving wine
Replies: 99
Views: 3877

Re: Gilman's new issue - essay on serving wine

When I open a bottle, I virtually always take a small pour and write an initial note, even if I'm planning on decanting. I usually update the note after air as well...
by AAgrawal
April 28th, 2020, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Cappellano Barbera d'Alba Gabutti (Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d'Alba)
Replies: 3
Views: 243

Re: TN: 2011 Cappellano Barbera d'Alba Gabutti (Italy, Piedmont, Alba, Barbera d'Alba)

Loaded question given that value is relative, but is it worth it compared to other Barbera? I love Cappellano Rupestris and am wondering whether it's worth the premium to buy their Barbera.
by AAgrawal
April 16th, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Marguet Champagne Grand Cru Extra Brut Les Crayères
Replies: 16
Views: 519

Re: TN: 2014 Marguet Champagne Grand Cru Extra Brut Les Crayères

With COVID quarantine and several shipments that came in recently with a variety of Champagnes to try (part of my New Year's 2020 resolution), thought I'd pop this open. 2014 Marguet Champagne Grand Cru Extra Brut Les Crayères - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (4/15/2020) Disgorged February ...
by AAgrawal
April 14th, 2020, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 G Mascarello "Monprivato" (short/boring)
Replies: 32
Views: 1032

Re: 1997 G Mascarello "Monprivato" (short/boring)

How long was the decant? maybe 6 hours. Did you drink it all that night, or pour the rest of it down the drain? I would argue for following the wine over the course of 10 days to two weeks, in order to learn what you can coax out of the wine's oxidation curve. Nebbiolo tends to produce bizarre oxid...
by AAgrawal
April 13th, 2020, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1057
Views: 85461

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Yes, they said to send them screenshots (and I also have the emails stating offer is activated). But I'm working on a tool that automatically applies the best promo codes + cashback offers (in addition to finding the best qprs, etc.) and beta testers are complaining that retailmenot isn't crediting...
by AAgrawal
April 10th, 2020, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12011
Views: 448134

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Did a little vertical of Vajra Bricco delle Viole, 2013-15. 14 is a good value at WS low. 15 not so much. And the 13... just a freaking awesome wine every time I’ve had it, a few bottles remaining in the cellar and wish I had more. Thanks! I was curious about all of these. I've only had the '14. Wh...
by AAgrawal
April 9th, 2020, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Astounding customer service: Turley (literally) goes the extra mile
Replies: 3
Views: 488

Re: Astounding customer service: Turley (literally) goes the extra mile

Nice to recognize a winery that goes that extra step. I will say that Ridge did the same with my Monte Bello futures purchase this year... delivered directly to my front door for free. Nice that we have such good wineries in the neighborhood.
by AAgrawal
April 6th, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: D’yquem 2005 danger Will Robinson!
Replies: 8
Views: 930

Re: D’yquem 2005 danger Will Robinson!

Been thinking about this all night. Hedonistic is not just a concept to me now. This brought out an unpleasant, selfish and greedy feeling. What if some thief breaks in and steals my opened bottle. That I should not waste anymore on the better half who doesn’t really enjoy it like I do. I see mysel...
by AAgrawal
April 5th, 2020, 10:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: D’yquem 2005 danger Will Robinson!
Replies: 8
Views: 930

Re: D’yquem 2005 danger Will Robinson!

I haven't had the 2005, but I have had many other vintages and often have the same reaction. For what it's worth, the '98 is a very good to great sauternes, but not a great Yquem.
by AAgrawal
April 2nd, 2020, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA K&L Wines Website is down
Replies: 27
Views: 2750

Re: PSA K&L Wines Website is down

Jason Petty wrote:
April 2nd, 2020, 6:38 pm
FYI - K&L got hit pretty bad by a recent malware attack, so their online functionality is limited at the moment.
Apparently hackers haven't taken any time off. I hear there are still malware attacks on hospitals right now...
by AAgrawal
March 30th, 2020, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13639
Views: 665254

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A three-pack of 2017 Beau Rivage Chenin Blanc. Did you all know this is William Kelley's winery? I'm giving it a whirl. I do love Loire Chenin. Yep, but I don't think he really promotes it, and I would think it is a very small operation. I am sure it helps in understanding the technicalities of mak...
by AAgrawal
March 27th, 2020, 9:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LIVE THIS SATURDAY! Video Chat with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar
Replies: 63
Views: 1770

Re: LIVE THIS SATURDAY! Video Chat with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar

Would love to join mostly just to listen in.
by AAgrawal
February 29th, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses
Replies: 91
Views: 4078

Re: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses

I would bring nice but not 1st growth level wines and would absolutely not bring my own wine glass. I would do that at a restaurant, but not at someone's house. For example, based on what I have on hand now, I would bring something like a Lopez de Heredia Riserva. ~$40, definitely an "extra nice" bo...
by AAgrawal
February 24th, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?
Replies: 106
Views: 5909

Re: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?

OK, this is embarrassing. Kinda sorta. Back in the day I punched way over my weight and rolled with some serious wine dudes in nyc. Regular BYOBs at Craft and the like, and rarely were Second Growths in attendance -- if you know what I mean. (I still don't really know why they let me hang out, sinc...
by AAgrawal
February 23rd, 2020, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taittinger Comtes de Champagne - any copycats?
Replies: 24
Views: 1518

Re: Taittinger Comtes de Champagne - any copycats?

M. Meer wrote:
February 23rd, 2020, 11:05 am
For the money, I like Launois
https://m.klwines.com/p/i?i=1002121
As a counterpoint, I love Comtes but can't stand Launois. I bought a sampler of all the different bottlings available at K&L a few years ago, and it was a chore to try them all.
by AAgrawal
February 12th, 2020, 10:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please buy at the Crush progressive sale so there is nothing left for me . . .
Replies: 21
Views: 2233

Re: Please buy at the Crush progressive sale so there is nothing left for me . . .

Why does it say at the top Day 1 of 2? Is it only a 2 day sale? I thought this goes for a few more days usually.
by AAgrawal
February 3rd, 2020, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Marguet Les Saint Remys Grand Cru brut nature
Replies: 11
Views: 755

Re: 2014 Marguet Les Saint Remys Grand Cru brut nature

I'm waiting on my bottle to try (Marguet is a new producer for me). Hoping it is more open by the time I get it and open it!
by AAgrawal
February 3rd, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 256
Views: 21167

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

I can’t seem to get onto this list. Is there a secret code or password I need? Waiting list. If you've signed up, you'll just have to be patient. People do drop off. I've been on the list for six years, I believe (long enough ago that I'm not required to buy the estate bottling with my Monte Bello ...
by AAgrawal
January 26th, 2020, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1057
Views: 85461

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

The Retailmenot is a pretty good deal. Can you use that in combination with the $100 off $300? 2008 + 2016 Pontet-Canet would come in at $(310 - 100)*0.8 = $230. Not bad! The Retailmenot or other cashback site links (like Topcashback) won’t work with the codes that are 33% off (so the $100 off $300...
by AAgrawal
January 24th, 2020, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 170
Views: 9257

Re: Grassl Glassware

I use Grassl Cru and 1855 as my usual glasses for reds depending on region. For most whites and champagne I use Jancis Robinson's 1 glass. (I've been happy with these. Haven't tried Liberte or Minerality but would likely switch over if I broke a bunch of my current glasses.) For sauternes I use Ried...
by AAgrawal
January 16th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau Musar Rouge 2012
Replies: 15
Views: 920

Re: TN: Chateau Musar Rouge 2012

Haven't tried the 2012 but I have tried all the other recent releases, and my favorites so far are 2010 and the late-released 2006.
by AAgrawal
January 14th, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13639
Views: 665254

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Corey N. wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 7:55 am
Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 6:06 am
Updating:

2013 d’yquem
Egly ouriet crayeres
1989 d’yquem
2005 climens
Krug 168
I haven't had a lot of young d'yquem, but the 13 was the best I've tried.
The '15 is very nice too.
by AAgrawal
January 12th, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: your favorite vintages of Chateau Climens
Replies: 35
Views: 1477

Re: your favorite vintages of Chateau Climens

I’ve loved both ‘86 and ‘88, must pick up some of these younger vintages to try. It’s curious that 1991-2000 are so poorly regarded. A decade of futility? Any ideas what was going wrong at Climens in the 90s? I know the 90s had only a few very good vintages in Bordeaux, but Sauternes tends to dance...
by AAgrawal
January 12th, 2020, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: your favorite vintages of Chateau Climens
Replies: 35
Views: 1477

Re: your favorite vintages of Chateau Climens

My favorites are '90, '78, and '88. Followed closely by '86, '71, and '07. I've only had the '01 twice and never in its youth when I hear it was incredible, but I don't think it's as strong as it should be. (One other at the tasting disagreed with me.)
by AAgrawal
January 5th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The greatest wine purchase ever
Replies: 24
Views: 3438

Re: The greatest wine purchase ever

The funny thing about all those "looking back" lists is that the wine hasn't changed, only the price did. We could all have maxed out on Rousseau Chambertin at 400$/bottle 10 years ago but didn't. If we'd be offered those wines at that price today we'd jump on them. It's like the Warren Buffet thin...
by AAgrawal
December 30th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1431
Views: 84960

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I got a few of the Tardy as well.
by AAgrawal
December 29th, 2019, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 128
Views: 11919

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

'16 Barolo, but with a 100% tariff that probably won't be doable... I’m backing away too if 100% happens. this is an interesting point. everyone is talking about 100%, but I'm curious what everyone would do if it actually ends up another 25-30%. the release for comments doesn't say 100% or nothing ...

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