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by AAgrawal
January 16th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau Musar Rouge 2012
Replies: 13
Views: 632

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: 12538
Views: 604626

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: 1291

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: 1291

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: 3266

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: 1171
Views: 66591

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: 100
Views: 6363

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 ...
by AAgrawal
December 29th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: End of the year countdown! What are you buying?
Replies: 17
Views: 1099

Re: End of the year countdown! What are you buying?

I haven't seen the typical year-end sales this year. I think the tariff has people holding onto their extra inventory in stock for a prolonged drought period.
by AAgrawal
December 28th, 2019, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 100
Views: 6363

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

'16 Barolo, but with a 100% tariff that probably won't be doable...
by AAgrawal
December 24th, 2019, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Sauternes...(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 729

Re: TN: Two Sauternes...(short/boring)

I haven't had the 03 in 4 years. Here are my quick notes: "2003 Chateau La Tour Blanche Popped and poured this one. Apricot, honey, vanilla and fig. Some pineapple and treacle get added on the taste and this wine hasn’t changed much. It is all on one level with little in the way of sophistication, ...
by AAgrawal
December 17th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1666
Views: 97274

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

AndrewH wrote:
December 17th, 2019, 10:39 am
Hoping all these nice ongoing offers make it into the US before any increased tariffs . . .
Greg and others at Envoyer are working hard to get as much wine in before mid-January as possible. I asked about Champagne in particular.
by AAgrawal
December 15th, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1158
Views: 61042

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Burgundy prices definitely increased at JJ Buckley after the 25% tariffs, even for wines already in stock here. As another data point...
by AAgrawal
December 15th, 2019, 1:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--TABULATIONS COMPLETE (OP)
Replies: 193
Views: 14749

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

Two of the best wines I've ever had in my whole life, in the last two weeks. In the following order:
1967 Yquem
1989 Chave Hermitage
by AAgrawal
December 12th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stepping it up
Replies: 23
Views: 1720

Re: Stepping it up

Since we're posting notes, here are mine! Really spectacular dinner. I'm with Craig on the Chave... it was essentially perfect for me. Thanks a ton for bringing it. My LLC was good, but I was hoping it would be a little further along especially with the air time I gave it. It could have been a star ...
by AAgrawal
December 12th, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1158
Views: 61042

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Terrible news, for many reasons but particularly as we head into 2016 Barolo season... What is the news here? If the tariffs, which previously spared Italian wine, now will encompass Italian wine and be 100%. It would be a doubling of all 2016 Barolo prices, even if producers kept prices the same.
by AAgrawal
December 12th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1158
Views: 61042

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Terrible news, for many reasons but particularly as we head into 2016 Barolo season...
by AAgrawal
December 10th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Cristal giftbox with 2 flutes, worth it?
Replies: 13
Views: 979

Re: 2008 Cristal giftbox with 2 flutes, worth it?

It looks almost like Riedel Sauternes sommelier glasses. Which would probably be a pretty good shape with champagne too.
by AAgrawal
December 4th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Floral barolo recs
Replies: 45
Views: 2051

Re: Floral barolo recs

I'm not a huge fan of the funky How quickly are you emptying your bottles? Every bottle of Nebbiolo deserves to be followed for at least seven days, and I would strongly urge you to follow your Barolo & Barbaresco bottles for a minimum of fourteen days. If you're practicing Pop-N-Pour Infanticide o...
by AAgrawal
December 3rd, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Floral barolo recs
Replies: 45
Views: 2051

Re: Floral barolo recs

Yes, that's the rosé clone. It's rare, but Cogno's Vigna Elena is 100% nebbiolo rosé. I believe Cappellano's Pie Franco is also the Rose clone. It is Michet! If I remember correctly, I think Ian D'agata's Native Wine grapes of Italy says the Vigna Elena is the only 100% Nebbiolo Rose clone still ma...
by AAgrawal
December 3rd, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taittinger Comtes 08 $125 - $135
Replies: 54
Views: 4151

Re: Taittinger Comtes 08 $125 - $135

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
December 3rd, 2019, 8:38 am
When is the expected arrival on these? The proposed sparkling wine tariffs might be a problem.
They told me Spring 2020 when I asked about estimated delivery.
by AAgrawal
December 2nd, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Friday Deals
Replies: 78
Views: 7708

Re: Black Friday Deals

Joel Pelote wrote:
December 2nd, 2019, 10:33 am
Williams Sonoma has Coravin Gas Capsules for a decent price, $6.28/per for Cyber Monday.

https://www.williams-sonoma.com/product ... oravin%7C9
Buying from Coravin has a discount too, 30% right now. Depending on how much you're buying, the price is as good or better.
by AAgrawal
December 1st, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?
Replies: 189
Views: 9999

Re: Repour wine saver - anyone use this?

So the consensus seems to be pretty good, better than argon gas or Vacuvin, but perhaps less reliable than Coravin? Maybe a bit cheaper than coravin too?

Coravin has a 30% off black friday sale, and I'm in need of some argon capsules, so trying to decide which way to go...
by AAgrawal
November 30th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Layout my wine cellar
Replies: 47
Views: 2388

Re: Layout my wine cellar

I found this really helpful: https://wineracksamerica.com/bottle-size-charts/ I actually went with "Champagne" size racking almost everywhere, and that will fit anything from normal bordeaux bottles to large Rhone/Burgundy and "normal" champagne bottles. I would say that fits ~50% of actual champagn...
by AAgrawal
November 30th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taittinger Comtes 08 $125 - $135
Replies: 54
Views: 4151

Re: Taittinger Comtes 08 $125 - $135

Yes, and less than a full case should still be free shipping in california, assuming you bought at least two bottles (>$250).

Edit: Actually, maybe not. Reading more closely, it says valid for new in-stock purchases only. These are pre-arrival.
by AAgrawal
November 29th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Henri Boillot Puligny Montrachet Clos des Moucheres
Replies: 11
Views: 907

Re: TN: 2007 Henri Boillot Puligny Montrachet Clos des Moucheres

JLee wrote:
November 29th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Boillot's on my no buy list nowadays but I had a taste of this at the La Paulee vertical tasting a few years ago and thought it was among the two or three best wines I had there of either color.
Why is it on your no buy list, out of curiosity? Premox, or something else?
by AAgrawal
November 28th, 2019, 10:11 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco Jan 13/14
Replies: 75
Views: 2952

Re: San Francisco Jan 13/14

Turning out to be quite the crew! I would love to meet up again; 14th would work best for me.
by AAgrawal
November 27th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?
Replies: 41
Views: 3230

Re: No longer can afford Giuseppi Rinaldi- who is the ballpark?

I've liked a few Roagna that I've had, but the higher end bottlings aren't that much cheaper than Rinaldi...
by AAgrawal
November 25th, 2019, 9:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo recs
Replies: 51
Views: 2502

Re: Barolo recs

ybarselah wrote:
November 25th, 2019, 7:53 pm
John Morris wrote:
November 25th, 2019, 7:52 pm
Paul - Todd’s list is excellent.
i got yelled at for suggesting some of these! lol. very good list indeed.
Yeah... all the nebbiolo I like is on there. I'm kind of curious what was purposefully omitted...
by AAgrawal
November 25th, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?
Replies: 65
Views: 3313

Re: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?

Unless you're opening entry level wines, these will be too young for my palate. I have enjoyed a 2005 Prieure Lichine from 375mL, but that still needs more time until peak.
by AAgrawal
November 25th, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 189
Views: 16647

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

Add more bottles. Total tally is now at 5x 2014 Jamet $85/per that's $149.99 each 2x 2016 LLC $204 /per including tax & shipping and $309 each How are you getting these so cheapo when the code is only $100 off of $300? Sometimes wine.com has different pricing for different states. Not sure if that'...
by AAgrawal
November 24th, 2019, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo recs
Replies: 51
Views: 2502

Re: Barolo recs

Agree with the 2011 suggestion. The vintage is drinking well now. Vajra's Albe is a good suggestion, the Bricco is excellent too for ~$80. Burlotto, G. Rinaldi, and Cappellano would be great, if you can find sources and have a few hundred dollars to spare. Definitely try to taste some older barolo, ...
by AAgrawal
November 24th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11165
Views: 410918

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

A quick 2 bottle dinner with some friends: 2018 domaine Huet vouvray Clos du bourg Moelleux 2011 jamet Cote rotie: this was excellent tonight B7A9F87F-F84B-4AB9-8392-6C180141F572.jpeg I would be very interested in hearing how you liked the 2018 Huet! It's supposed to be a good year for the sweeter ...
by AAgrawal
November 23rd, 2019, 9:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 189
Views: 16647

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

I wish that some of that Cristal and Hudelot Noellat was eligible. Those all end in .97. Too bad...
by AAgrawal
November 21st, 2019, 9:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 189
Views: 16647

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

Has anyone tried the 2016 LLC? I have a ton of older bordeaux and haven't been buying recent vintages, so that was my main limiting factor with pulling the trigger there.
by AAgrawal
November 21st, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 189
Views: 16647

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

I went decidedly less pricey per bottle than most. Huet x 6 (various bottlings mostly 2018) for $250 with tax and shipping after coupon is at least 10-20% cheaper than retail.
by AAgrawal
November 10th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2602

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

How do you put the cork all the way back in? I have had one or two situations like this, and both times the restaurant let it slide "this one time". Can't say I've gone back to either place. For what it's worth, I tried my best to look up and see whether this law exists and I can't find it. There ar...
by AAgrawal
November 10th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AG: 2016 And 2017 Barbaresco And Point Inflation
Replies: 31
Views: 2207

Re: AG: 2016 And 2017 Barbaresco And Point Inflation

Sauternes is probably the best value. Plenty of CT 95-97 wines for 100-200 for a 375. I think sweet wines tend to get high scores. They're hard not to like. I know I find myself giving lots of points to sweet wines when I'm keeping notes for myself. I wouldn't base any QPR calculations on those CT ...
by AAgrawal
November 9th, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AG: 2016 And 2017 Barbaresco And Point Inflation
Replies: 31
Views: 2207

Re: AG: 2016 And 2017 Barbaresco And Point Inflation

A little off-topic, but the guys at Cellar Tracker are TOUGH SCORERS Your CT note had me thinking.. are these barbaresco scores perhaps too high in certain cases? There are many 30-60 buck wines scored 95+. Either those wines are wildly mispriced or the scores are too high? In my limited experience...
by AAgrawal
November 9th, 2019, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Wings - positive review
Replies: 14
Views: 1094

Re: Wine Wings - positive review

Do any of these fit a magnum?
by AAgrawal
November 6th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100
Replies: 50
Views: 2820

Re: Bordeaux with 10-20 years and < $100

I've had '96 Lagrange multiple times over the past 2 years and it has been exactly what I look for in high quality fully mature Bordeaux. I also had a 2000 Clerc Milon which was excellent now but will also age for a bit longer. Both of these are available ~$100 in the US, potentially less if you sea...
by AAgrawal
November 3rd, 2019, 8:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Construction advice: racking choices
Replies: 34
Views: 1590

Re: Cellar Construction advice: racking choices

I have a similar situation and shaped room. Double deep on the long wall with regular sized racking that can fit "normal" champagne bottles, single deep on the short side of the L with room for larger champagne bottles and magnums, and some room on the floor for Weinboxes to add a bit of capacity. I...
by AAgrawal
November 3rd, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: NYC 2016 Barbaresco Tasting on 10/21
Replies: 21
Views: 2592

Re: PSA: NYC 2016 Barbaresco Tasting on 10/21

Please report back! Below are my unpolished notes I took on an iPhone.. sharing because you asked / I won't have time to refine them. Thanks! I enjoyed reading them and hearing your thoughts. Two that I've tried recently: La Ca' Nova Montefico 2016 - incredibly, undrinkably tannic on day 1, and thi...
by AAgrawal
November 3rd, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Using old decanters
Replies: 20
Views: 1059

Re: Using old decanters

Anyone worry about the lead in these old decanters?
by AAgrawal
October 31st, 2019, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Found bottle of 1969 Dom Perignon
Replies: 9
Views: 1401

Re: Found bottle of 1969 Dom Perignon

I'm not an expert in Dom, but this will get you started:
https://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp? ... 19cfb1591a

Value looks like roughly $925, give or take a bit, based on the auction price listed on cellartracker.
by AAgrawal
October 31st, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 La Ca' Nova - Barbaresco Montestefano (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)
Replies: 3
Views: 418

Re: TN: 2015 La Ca' Nova - Barbaresco Montestefano (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)

FWIW, I was blown away by the quality and QPR of the 2016 La Ca' Nova Barbaresco -- Bric Mentin... maybe I've been drinking too much young Produttori, but I found that this wine, while young, was extremey well made... If you're referring to the Bric Mentina Montefico, I just had that a few days ago...
by AAgrawal
October 20th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: NYC 2016 Barbaresco Tasting on 10/21
Replies: 21
Views: 2592

Re: PSA: NYC 2016 Barbaresco Tasting on 10/21

Anyone else joining? Never completely sold out, 5 spots left (not a total surprise given the tariff with the price of book). I signed up. Figuring out my tasting strategy now, as my palate can't take down all of these young wines in one go. I'm eye balling about half of them. Will probably skip man...
by AAgrawal
October 8th, 2019, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Salon
Replies: 149
Views: 12584

Re: 2008 Salon

Well, 2 hours after the e-mail went out, it's still available on the website. So it's not flying off the shelves. I'm sure they won't have trouble selling a single set, though it will be interesting to see how long it takes to do so.
by AAgrawal
October 1st, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 1996 Dalla Valle Napa Valley Cab
Replies: 18
Views: 981

Re: TN 1996 Dalla Valle Napa Valley Cab

The '94 of this was and is still stupendous. But definitely ready now (and has been over the bottles I've had over the past ~5 years), and may be on the downslope soon.
by AAgrawal
September 14th, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo Sediment
Replies: 113
Views: 4988

Re: Barolo Sediment

The short answer is no. I will usually stand up for > 1 month and decant and still lose 2 oz at the bottom. When I filter those 2 oz through a coffee filter, the sediment disappears but the wine has a notable bitter component from the tannins that remains compared to the rest of the bottle.

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