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by AAgrawal
June 20th, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ch. Gilette Creme de Tete vintage to avoid?
Replies: 10
Views: 495

Re: Ch. Gilette Creme de Tete vintage to avoid?

I've only had the 1990, but I didn't think it was anything special. At the price, I stopped looking for it.
by AAgrawal
June 20th, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Ghosting Incident
Replies: 53
Views: 3529

Re: Retailer Ghosting Incident

I’m having an uncomfortable shipping-delivery issue with a retailer and want to get the right perspective on it. In sum, after a shipping SNAFU, in which the shipment was inadvertently returned to its origin, the retailer at first indicated he would re-ship it, then, during the subsequent five week...
by AAgrawal
May 19th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti)
Replies: 30
Views: 1504

Re: TN: 2006 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti)

2006 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti) - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo (5/19/2019) Advanced colour for a 2006. There's more bricking here than there ought to be, and the colour is distinctly brown. Fortunately, this bottle wasn't messed up like the one I had at Barolofriends i...
by AAgrawal
May 17th, 2019, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed
Replies: 69
Views: 3600

Re: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed

Just had a 2008 Le Haut Lieu Sec which was great. No significant oxidation, and just delicious. Seems like some botrytis though, even in the sec (and seemed more like a demi-sec than a sec). Which I don't mind at all...
by AAgrawal
May 12th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?
Replies: 62
Views: 1513

Re: Is Sake the closest thing to wine that doesn't have grapes in it?

I'm not an expert, but I've had sake in a wide range from essentially wine-like (dry, lower alcohol, crisp white) to almost spirit-like (intense, slight alcohol burn, sippable but not gulpable). It can even be made sparkling!
by AAgrawal
May 3rd, 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed
Replies: 69
Views: 3600

Re: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed

Don’t forget Huets historically shut down and have an awkward adolescence in which they can seem oxidized and funky, only to snap back after a couple more years in the cellar. Even if ‘11-‘12 weren’t such difficult vintages, I wouldn’t be touching them now. Other than ‘16-‘17, the youngest Huet win...
by AAgrawal
May 3rd, 2019, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11117
Views: 496979

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

At the recommendation of the sales associate at a reputable wine store in Dallas, I purchased the following pinots: - Land of Promise 2014 (Sonoma County) - Clos de La Bidaude 2014 (Burgandy) Opened up both tonight. Both were terrible in their own way. LOP tasted like sugar water. Much too sweet. A...
by AAgrawal
May 3rd, 2019, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed
Replies: 69
Views: 3600

Re: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed

I have mostly '14s and on, and haven't seen any issue with those yet. I heard the 2002s had some issue, though I'm no expert on the issue, and I didn't think other vintages had a problem. I have had some oxidation on other Loire producers like Chidaine, but not with Huet.
by AAgrawal
April 29th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Coravin'ed Champagnes
Replies: 6
Views: 592

Re: Some Coravin'ed Champagnes

I think someone has done this. They said it was very difficult to get the needle through the cork, and when they did the wine came out without bubbles. Maybe something about coming out through a tiny needle with a lot of surface area relative to the wine let go of the CO2?
by AAgrawal
April 29th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Maculan Acininobili (Italy, Veneto, Breganze)
Replies: 4
Views: 117

Re: TN: 2000 Maculan Acininobili (Italy, Veneto, Breganze)

I had a whole bunch of the ‘94s which were great wines, and then recently I had the ‘09 and ‘11 which were decent but no comparison. I wonder whether the style has changed or whether it just needs a decade of age, and I don’t have enough breadth in vintages to tell the difference.
by AAgrawal
April 23rd, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them
Replies: 234
Views: 11906

Re: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them

I got the glasses (1855/Cru) and love them. Exactly what I had hoped for. The only reported negative on the boards has been the slightly larger bases, though to be honest I didn't notice that at all with these two glasses. And when I measure at least the Cru vs. the Zalto Burgundy, the bases seem al...
by AAgrawal
April 14th, 2019, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie Maestria (Journaries)
Replies: 9
Views: 950

Re: 2016 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie Maestria (Journaries)

I've had the '06 Journaries and Chavaroche in the past few days. The Chavaroche needed some time to open up and meld together, while the Journaries was great out of the bottle. Given what I had heard of Levet I was expecting a burly, masculine, tannic wine. It was not. The acid was notable, and the ...
by AAgrawal
April 10th, 2019, 9:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar
Replies: 36
Views: 1354

Re: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar

alan weinberg wrote:
April 10th, 2019, 8:40 pm
there is a far easier, cheaper, low tech way to protect wine in racks. Nothing is earthquake proof, just resistant. D38A923A-3F75-41E5-8036-421AF82EE92C.jpeg
It’s a rubber band.
That's genius. If I hadn't already zip tied rubber O-rings to everything, I would definitely try that.
by AAgrawal
April 10th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar
Replies: 36
Views: 1354

Re: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar

I'm low tech. Zip ties and rubber O-rings on individual racking, rubber ties for vintage view (from the company), and I only put cheap stuff in the few X-bins that I have.
by AAgrawal
April 7th, 2019, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Beau Rivage Chenin Blanc (USA, California, Central Valley, Clarksburg)
Replies: 7
Views: 523

Re: TN: 2017 Beau Rivage Chenin Blanc (USA, California, Central Valley, Clarksburg)

I love Vouvray and chenin blanc, so Buzz's note intrigued me enough to get a bottle. I opened it tonight and really enjoyed it, though I think it does represent the more minerally form of Chenin more than the richer white fruit versions common in Vouvray. Lovely wine! 2017 Beau Rivage Chenin Blanc -...
by AAgrawal
March 28th, 2019, 9:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11117
Views: 496979

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

You shouldn't feel guilty! But when I visit NYC or when you visit SF, we must drink together... Absolutely. Can set up a Barolo offline the next time you are out here and maybe you can open one more of your 2013 Rupestris [wink.gif] I just did about two weeks ago! It was glorious! Young, but glorio...
by AAgrawal
March 28th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sauternes and Saffron...
Replies: 14
Views: 800

Re: Sauternes and Saffron...

The '01 Suduiraut is one of my favorites. So lovely, but does need air. I do not routinely get a strong saffron note in all older sauternes, though I do taste examples where some older sauternes (especially Rieussec) get very pure, intense saffron notes. I do think about it as a common characteristi...
by AAgrawal
March 28th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11117
Views: 496979

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Literally all of those sound amazing. We share the same palate, but your budget far exceeds mine. The only ones on the list I own now are the sauternes... You have 5,000 tasting notes on CT... I'm not feeling guilty! The Clerget wasn't significantly more than the sauternes, FWIW. You shouldn't feel...
by AAgrawal
March 28th, 2019, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11117
Views: 496979

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Expensive few days 2001 Suduirat 2001 Rieussec 2014 G. Rinaldi Brunate 2016 Jamet 2005 Harmand-Geoffroy Mazi 2005 H. Lignier CdR 2016 Gouges LSG 2016 Hudelot Noellat Chambolle 2016 Hudelot Noellat Beaumonts 2015 Hudelot Noellat RSV (the 2016 suddenly "sold out all 9 bottles" just as I was going to ...
by AAgrawal
March 24th, 2019, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about magnum of 1999 Iniskillin Riesling Ice Wine
Replies: 9
Views: 502

Re: Question about magnum of 1999 Iniskillin Riesling Ice Wine

I still have 2 '99 (1 Vidal & 1 Ries) from Inniskillin, but obviously not in Mag. Nothing stands out as being special/ noteworthy in '99, so as you suspect, likely from an event. Yours looks somewhat darker than either of mine (well at least the last time I looked at them), but likely still in grea...
by AAgrawal
March 24th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA - 2010 Musar
Replies: 17
Views: 1384

Re: PSA - 2010 Musar

It is a very good Musar.
by AAgrawal
March 15th, 2019, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Stella di Compalto BdM Riserva
Replies: 8
Views: 519

Re: TN: 2011 Stella di Compalto BdM Riserva

R. Frankel wrote:
March 15th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Ashish funny that you visited them. How did you choose them?
One of my wine friends who visits Tuscany each year set up the visit! I'm glad they did... the wines were great and the winemaker was very friendly and educational.
by AAgrawal
March 15th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Stella di Compalto BdM Riserva
Replies: 8
Views: 519

Re: TN: 2011 Stella di Compalto BdM Riserva

I visited them on my honeymoon to Tuscany, and they make incredible wines. I loved the few that I tried. The only unfortunate thing is that they are so expensive in the US...
by AAgrawal
February 27th, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 207
Views: 11997

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

I reduced my allocation so hopefully some of you will get those bottles. The yearly price increases are getting to me.
by AAgrawal
February 12th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Musar Distribution in The States
Replies: 11
Views: 632

Re: 2011 Musar Distribution in The States

I opened a 2010 2 nights ago because I was curious, and it is a very good Musar. I do find it difficult to judge young Musar, but at the least it was enjoyable now, had character and classic elements of Musar, and a great acidity and freshness to the palate which isn't always the case with Musar.
by AAgrawal
February 9th, 2019, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Musar Distribution in The States
Replies: 11
Views: 632

Re: 2011 Musar Distribution in The States

I've been waiting for the 2006s. I assumed that would be next after 2010 because it has been a while. (Musar held back the vintage because they thought it needed more time.)
by AAgrawal
February 7th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette
Replies: 104
Views: 3633

Re: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette

I do what others here do and tell the waiter that we will pour for ourselves. I've only had a problem with this once... other times it's been just fine. Exceptions for me are very high end 1-2+ Michelin starred restaurants. If I'm out to dinner with family, I'll tell them people's preferences at the...
by AAgrawal
February 6th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I have a glass problem: Zalto - WS - Now JR
Replies: 39
Views: 2625

Re: I have a glass problem: Zalto - WS - Now JR

I wanted to really like the concept of Jancis Robinson's One glass, but after trying it with many wines, I don't think it's the right glass for everything. It is lovely for champagne, white wines, riesling, port, chinato, etc, but it doesn't show off more aromatic reds nearly as well as other glasse...
by AAgrawal
February 5th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Screaming Eagle offer
Replies: 38
Views: 4803

Re: 2016 Screaming Eagle offer

In my opinion, it is a very well-made wine that is surprising restrained for a “cult cab.” I have only had it much younger than I would describe as it’s “optimal drinking window.” Would love to try with fifteen or so years of bottle age. I had the '97 in 2013. It was superb, and as others describe ...
by AAgrawal
January 25th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 198
Views: 12005

Re: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]

Ray, what were the other 2 glasses they were compared against?
by AAgrawal
January 5th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: My new glass...I need feedback
Replies: 82
Views: 4405

Re: My new glass...I need feedback

I'm late to the party too, but I sent an e-mail! Chris, I'm having some difficulty telling which glass would be recommended for which wines. I'm sure you're really busy getting this project off the ground, but it would be helpful for Berserkerday if you had some examples. (For example, does Nebbiolo...
by AAgrawal
January 1st, 2019, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Vietti Barolo Castiglione
Replies: 10
Views: 657

Re: 2013 Vietti Barolo Castiglione

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
January 1st, 2019, 6:07 pm
Sorry I wrote the name wrong. Are you referring to Vietti or brovia?
Totally different wine now... I was referring to Brovia like your original note.

I'm surprised the 2013 Vietti is drinking well right now. I thought it had closed down.
by AAgrawal
January 1st, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year
Replies: 189
Views: 6698

Re: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year

2015 Yquem for me.
by AAgrawal
January 1st, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Vietti Barolo Castiglione
Replies: 10
Views: 657

Re: 2013 Vietti Rocche de Castiglione

Any experience with the 2013 Ca' Mia? I wasn't able to get the Rocche but have a few of the Ca' Mia and would be curious to hear people's thoughts.
by AAgrawal
December 31st, 2018, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with cardboard tubes
Replies: 14
Views: 438

Help with cardboard tubes

Hi all, I've seen people mention that they use cardboard tubes for storage in their wine lockers. Could anyone recommend a manufacturer? Also, what size did you get? (Diameter, length?) Do you remember what the thickness was of the cardboard? I'm looking at double deep, so probably 24" length, ~4" d...
by AAgrawal
December 28th, 2018, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Champagne Glasses???
Replies: 69
Views: 2539

Re: Favorite Champagne Glasses???

Jancis Robinson's glass is very good for champagne. I find similar in quality to the Zalto white wine glass, but generally a bit richer rather than the Zalto which emphasizes the acidity and minerality.
by AAgrawal
December 18th, 2018, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Dönnhoff Hermannshohle Riesling Großes Gewächs (Germany, Nahe)
Replies: 5
Views: 419

Re: TN: 2009 Dönnhoff Hermannshohle Riesling Großes Gewächs (Germany, Nahe)

Thanks for bringing it! It was very enjoyable! The nose was stunning.
by AAgrawal
December 14th, 2018, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which wine cooling unit you use and how happy are you with it?
Replies: 2
Views: 225

Re: Which wine cooling unit you use and how happy are you with it?

I got a CellarPro split 3000S cooling unit. Even in the Bay Area, I had difficulty getting someone who would install the unit. I ended up going with an installer recommended by the manufacturer, but the installer couldn't fill out the paperwork/measurements they needed to activate the warranty. So i...
by AAgrawal
December 6th, 2018, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do Sauternes benefit from decanting?
Replies: 20
Views: 1201

Re: Do Sauternes benefit from decanting?

The owner of Maison du Sauternes told me that the best way to enjoy a Sauternes was to open it, take a taste, re cork it, and then put it back in the fridge for 2 weeks before drinking it. It does seem to help with adding complexity and 'age' the wine without oxidizing it. Yeah, that's basically wh...
by AAgrawal
December 4th, 2018, 10:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have Sauternes prices crashed?
Replies: 23
Views: 1256

Re: Have Sauternes prices crashed?

I buy and drink a lot of sauternes and haven't noticed any significant change over the past few years. No increase, no decrease. I will say that Yquem tried to sustain a large price increase starting with the 2005 vintage that has largely failed, as these wines (2005, 2007, 2009) came down to previo...
by AAgrawal
December 1st, 2018, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do Sauternes benefit from decanting?
Replies: 20
Views: 1201

Re: Do Sauternes benefit from decanting?

This is a good question that I don't know the answer to. I don't tend to decant my sauternes. I do tend to open them well ahead of time (a few days ahead of time to an event if they are very young and high quality) as they can improve for days to a week while young (especially some Chateau like Rieu...
by AAgrawal
December 1st, 2018, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Universal Wine Glass
Replies: 108
Views: 7311

Re: Best Value Universal Wine Glass

Where can you buy the J.R. glass to try? I contact Skurnik wines, the distributor she listed on her website, and they said they are available at $56 per stem in boxes of 6 or 12. I think you can buy them in sets of 2 from Richardnrendon.com the designer/manufacturer but they ship from the UK I beli...
by AAgrawal
November 29th, 2018, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Universal Wine Glass
Replies: 108
Views: 7311

Re: Best Value Universal Wine Glass

I've been fascinated with this thread, and really interested in Jancis Robinson's new wine glass. So I bought one and took it for a test drive against some of my favorites: Zalto Universal, Zalto Burgundy, and Riedel Sauternes Sommelier. Overall it's held up reasonably well, and I think it's an exce...
by AAgrawal
November 27th, 2018, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines that requires 24 hours+ of air exposure before drinking
Replies: 10
Views: 881

Re: Wines that requires 24 hours+ of air exposure before drinking

David Glasser wrote:
November 27th, 2018, 5:44 am
Sh@n A wrote:
November 27th, 2018, 4:02 am
AAgrawal wrote:
November 26th, 2018, 11:50 pm


I'll second that.
How young is young?
Until it starts to deepen in color, and then a few years longer.
For me at minimum 10 years from the date of vintage, 15 for Yquem. Often longer, and the color change is a good indicator.
by AAgrawal
November 26th, 2018, 11:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines that requires 24 hours+ of air exposure before drinking
Replies: 10
Views: 881

Re: Wines that requires 24 hours+ of air exposure before drinking

David Glasser wrote:
November 26th, 2018, 10:07 pm
Young Sauternes. Sometimes best on day 3 or 4 or 5. Kept in the fridge.
I'll second that.
by AAgrawal
November 26th, 2018, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Problem with InstitutionWine.com
Replies: 30
Views: 2971

Re: Problem with InstitutionWine.com

I stopped into Grapes Wine in Norwalk CT. Had a brief conversation with someone in the 'shop'. It does not surprise me in the least that people have issues with them. I left wondering, who buys from these people ? As a side note -- this is why I use my Amex whenever possible. I never have issues wh...
by AAgrawal
November 24th, 2018, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The best glass for sweet wine: the Glencairn ?
Replies: 6
Views: 271

Re: The best glass for sweet wine: the Glencairn ?

We use those a lot for Sauternes. the best are probably the riedel somm series Sauternes glass which were cleared out at like $30 per a few years back. I use these, but I did NOT get them at $30/glass. That would have been nice. Hope that happens again, I could use a few more but don't want to pay ...
by AAgrawal
November 22nd, 2018, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are people drinking for Thanksgiving?
Replies: 216
Views: 7863

Re: What are people drinking for Thanksgiving?

1995 Leoville Poyferre. It's showing really well.
by AAgrawal
November 17th, 2018, 9:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Universal Wine Glass
Replies: 108
Views: 7311

Re: Best Value Universal Wine Glass

I picked up one of the Jancis Robinson glasses at a recent Chianti tasting in New York (part of the price of admission). I have not yet put it through the dishwasher, but is is advertised as being very dishwasher safe. The glass is gorgeous. If it truly is dishwasher safe, then I cannot imagine a b...
by AAgrawal
November 16th, 2018, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Universal Wine Glass
Replies: 108
Views: 7311

Re: Best Value Universal Wine Glass

Has anyone tried Jancis Robinson's glass? It's supposed to be based on the zalto universal but more dishwasher safe and with more rounded angles. I've heard good things from one person who has tried it, but I haven't seen it anywhere around here.

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