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by Jim Hartten
January 15th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Château de Beaucastel - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
Replies: 25
Views: 590

Re: TN: 2001 Château de Beaucastel - Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc (France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

Brian, sorry to read your note. I started my wine collection in the early 80s by buying a case of the 78 Beaucastel for $120. Also greatly enjoyed the 81, 83, 85 and a few others. [cheers.gif] Of course the price has risen over the years is now expensive, imo, and I think the wine has lost something...
by Jim Hartten
January 10th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 1137

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Good to read that the rain is falling on the CA coast in advance on the 2019 growing season. Hope 2019 turns out to be a great year for all grape growers and wine makers. [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
January 9th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Inexpensive Bordeaux
Replies: 45
Views: 2460

Re: Inexpensive Bordeaux

I agree about Senejac - both the 15 and 16 are available and have been getting good reviews. Like others here, I bought 12 of the half bottles of the 16 from Last Bottle and have already had three and think it very nice medium bodied with a little energy and rich fruit - a very good QPR. [thumbs-up....
by Jim Hartten
November 27th, 2018, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Washington reds in general (via TN rants on CT)...
Replies: 66
Views: 1896

Re: Thoughts on Washington reds in general (via TN rants on CT)...

My long time favorite WA red producer is Woodward Canyon which produces medium weight cabs that can trend towards Bordeaux. The chard can be good as well. I also think the Matthews Claret can be a decent drink if you can source at around $30. [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
November 6th, 2018, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Pomerol picks from 2016 in bottle
Replies: 13
Views: 981

Re: Some Pomerol picks from 2016 in bottle

Panos, thanks for the notes on the 2016s in bottle. Any initial thoughts or comments to convey from your recent trip to Bordeaux on the 2018s? [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
November 2nd, 2018, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Did you buy into 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur?
Replies: 36
Views: 1067

Re: Did you buy into 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur?

I spent some time pondering the 2017s back in the spring - I was attracted by the thought that the 17s would likely be earlier maturing and could be drunk while waiting for the 15s and 16s to mature. But instead, I bought a few additional 15s and 16s. [cheers.gif] Further, the pricing on the 17s did...
by Jim Hartten
October 30th, 2018, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys 2016 Pricing
Replies: 87
Views: 6493

Re: Rhys 2016 Pricing

I dropped off the Rhys list about 4 years ago when I discovered similar style/quality from Oregon. Cristom, BrickHouse, PG, and others all make as good pinots for less imo. [soap.gif]
by Jim Hartten
October 22nd, 2018, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux
Replies: 17
Views: 1229

Re: 2018 Bordeaux

I guess with the world awash in unsold 14s, 15s, 16s, and 17s, a "vintage of the Century" for 2018 is the only way for Bordeaux to regain some market traction. [wow.gif] [stirthepothal.gif]
by Jim Hartten
October 17th, 2018, 1:01 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28306

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

This may be old e news for some, but I just found the below link to a September 6 article reporting on cancelled grape contracts due to possible smoke taint. Hopefully, it works out ok for growers involved. [cheers.gif] https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nation-and-world/oregon-vineyards-confront-lo...
by Jim Hartten
October 16th, 2018, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Update - Getting Hot Out There...
Replies: 11
Views: 1003

Re: 2018 Bordeaux Update - Getting Hot Out There...

After following the Bordeaux vintage these past few months, I was a little surprised to suddenly wake up and read about a high alcohol/hot vintage. [wow.gif] Six weeks ago many in Bordeaux sounded optimistic about a high quality vintage - hadn't read any reports about heat spikes that might have cau...
by Jim Hartten
October 16th, 2018, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux Update - Getting Hot Out There...
Replies: 11
Views: 1003

2018 Bordeaux Update - Getting Hot Out There...

Just read a Decanter article from today on 2018 Bordeaux harvest news. Sadly, looks like another hot vintage: "Bordeaux 2018 red wines: Balance key amid high alcohol levels" As final grapes were being brought in at Château Léoville Las Cases in St-Julien earlier this week, director Pierre Graffeuill...
by Jim Hartten
September 25th, 2018, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fait Main St. Emilion 2015....
Replies: 19
Views: 1156

Re: Fait Main St. Emilion 2015....

Never heard of this wine before - clearly not a well established chateau and price seems too high to provide much value. Plenty of quality 2015 St. Em. for less. Numerous quality 2015s will be arriving in the US in next few months and hitting the shelves. Look for fall sales at Calvert Woodley, Zack...
by Jim Hartten
September 21st, 2018, 11:58 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28306

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Merrill, hope the pick goes great - please post some pictures and numbers (brix, etc). Sounds like a good size/quality crop this year!!! [cheers.gif] [cheers.gif] champagne.gif
by Jim Hartten
September 11th, 2018, 1:12 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28306

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Casey, great looking clusters!! [worship.gif] Keep it coming... [cheers.gif] [popcorn.gif]
by Jim Hartten
August 3rd, 2018, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lake County Fire near Clear Lake - Updates?
Replies: 35
Views: 2027

Lake County Fire near Clear Lake - Updates?

I just read a report about high winds picking up today in northern Cal - hope they don't spread the fires further? pileon
by Jim Hartten
August 2nd, 2018, 8:22 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28306

2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Casey, I looked at a map and noticed the fires not far away from you! I believe Alan Rath stated that much of the smoke from the fires was moving eastward rather than in your direction. Hope that's the case. [thumbs-up.gif] Take good care and good luck! [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
July 24th, 2018, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Auguste Clape
Replies: 18
Views: 2030

RIP Auguste Clape

I remember first buying the 1981 Clape cornas at MacArthers In DC back in the early 80s for I think $6.99 ea., and remember trying a glass and thinking “very tasty”. RIP [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
July 9th, 2018, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 10740

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

I have yet to pull the trigger on the 2017s in half bottle I was considering. [stirthepothal.gif] Meanwhile, it won't be long before we have the 2018 vintage to ponder [snort.gif].... [drinkers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
June 21st, 2018, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 10740

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

Yeah, it has been a slow 2017 futures campaign so far - as many have said, pricing for the 17s is not very attractive. I was thinking of buying some half bottles but haven't pulled the trigger. [shock.gif] In addition, 2015s are starting to hit stores and I would rather try a few of these I didn't p...
by Jim Hartten
June 13th, 2018, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Parkerization Lie
Replies: 180
Views: 6981

The Big Parkerization Lie

Nothing like a revisionist pov from WA to confirm the general decline of the publication. Many Bordeaux lovers have spend decades at this point noting the changes in wine making across Bordeaux to make bigger and richer wines to match Parker's tasting sweet spot. [stirthepothal.gif] [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
June 7th, 2018, 12:55 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28306

2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Casey, still looking like a healthy crop on the vines? [cheers.gif] In about 100 days you can begin harvest...! [wow.gif]
by Jim Hartten
May 22nd, 2018, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Cristom Pinot Noir Marjorie Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 331

TN: 2007 Cristom Pinot Noir Marjorie Vineyard

I am recent to Cristom but have tried thr 2013 Jesse, Louise and
Eiliene. All very nice. [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
May 18th, 2018, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 10740

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

Agree that wine making improvements have improved quality and in weaker vintages there can still be numerous success stories. Btw, the 2017 Fombrauge may be one of the better $30 and under QPRs for 2017. They also made good wines in 2015 and 2016! [soap.gif]
by Jim Hartten
May 16th, 2018, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 10740

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

The Chateaus continue to release 2017s, but prices continue to look all too similar to the 2016s. [soap.gif] For example, Beychevelle out today at about $75 per 750. Wines like the 2017 Poujeaux and Cantemerle being offered at around $31 per, which is, I believe, higher than the initial pricing for ...
by Jim Hartten
May 4th, 2018, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 10740

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

It seems to me the Chateaus and the Bordeaux system in general avoid discounting as much as possible. Hey where are the 2011 and 2013 deeply discounted Bordeaux specials? I haven't seen many such deals. So I don't think we will see much discounting of, at least, the well regarded 2017s. For Bordeaux...
by Jim Hartten
May 3rd, 2018, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 10740

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

Thanks Julian, so far not seeing much of a discount in 2017s released to date versus the 2015s and 2016s. [stirthepothal.gif]
by Jim Hartten
April 30th, 2018, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 10740

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

Mike, congrats!! Though 2017 Bordeaux does not appear to be great across the board, there were some great wines produced. Perhaps a 6-pack of different mags? Cheers, Jim
by Jim Hartten
April 25th, 2018, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 10740

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

2017 Fombrauge also out today at $324 cs. (Flickenger) - Fombrauge has been making some nice wines recently 2017 was gotten several good reviews so this looks like a reasonable QPR (may be one of the few QPRs from 2017...).
by Jim Hartten
April 25th, 2018, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 10740

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

Geez, Haut Batailley releases its 2017 today at what looks like (495 lb) will translate to about $70 per on futures!! hitsfan The wine has been well received from Suckling and the property recently taken over by Cazes, but this is really too early (and the wrong vintage) to jack the price up this dr...
by Jim Hartten
April 24th, 2018, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 10740

And we're off! En Primeur 2017 has begun

For those interested, there are now tasting notes up on the 2017 Bordeaux on Farr Vintners website. If prices come out on the low side (which may be a pipe dream), I might buy a six-pack or two. Otherwise, I still say look for remaining deals on the 2015s and 2016s. [soap.gif]
by Jim Hartten
April 23rd, 2018, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 10740

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

Vincent, I can't help but think that your comment to Jeff: "You are really that naive uh?", might have had something to do with him pointing out his professional tasting experience, which extends back a ways. Treat with a little respect if you want to be so treated. [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
April 23rd, 2018, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 10740

And we're off! En Primeur 2017 has begun

Chateau Valandraud is also out at £1200, which is said to be close to 25% down on the 2016. hitsfan
by Jim Hartten
April 23rd, 2018, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 10740

And we're off! En Primeur 2017 has begun

Not certain how or even if the 20% discount in euros (noted for Palmer) will translate to discount in dollars - given changes in currency rates we may see no discount in the U.S. market! pileon Buying the 2015s and 2016s currently in the market looks like a better play. But however you slice it, the...
by Jim Hartten
April 19th, 2018, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Patricia Green Cellars - 100pts!
Replies: 35
Views: 3266

Patricia Green Cellars - 100pts!

I must say the 2013 Bonshaw is also very tasty!! [welldone.gif]
by Jim Hartten
April 16th, 2018, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 10740

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

Jeff, thanks for your impressions of the 2017s. Do you think that the 2017s will be early maturing, kind of like the 2012s, some of which are showing pretty well right now? I guess pricing on the 2017s will be key to U.S. demand. I read that there were many Asian buyers in attendance last week in Bo...
by Jim Hartten
April 16th, 2018, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 10740

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

Anyone back from the en primeur tastings in Bordeaux with thoughts on the 2017s? [stirthepothal.gif]
by Jim Hartten
April 12th, 2018, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2015 Vs 14
Replies: 14
Views: 806

Bordeaux 2015 Vs 14

I have tried a number of 2014s - Meyney, Les Orm de Pez, Haut Batailley, Gloria, Grand Mayne and Chasse Spleen. These were all reasonably impressive, with good structure and fruit and some charm to boot. They will likely need 4-5 years or longer to evolve somewhat and even longer to hit their stride...
by Jim Hartten
April 10th, 2018, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 10740

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

Hamish, please let us know your thoughts on the 2017s you taste in Bordeaux when you get a chance! All other Bordeaux 2017 tasting notes also welcome!! [cheers.gif] Please lower prices for the 2017s... pileon
by Jim Hartten
April 4th, 2018, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 10740

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

I think the comment about four good vintages in a row was meant to include 2017 not 2013, which most will agree was a mediocre vintage at best. Agree, new technology and ample wine-making resources can certainly improve the prospects for making good wines even after suffering weather related set-bac...
by Jim Hartten
April 4th, 2018, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 10740

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

Agree with the above note regarding sourcing alternative formats early and waiting on 750s. I have recently been buying some 375s from 2015 and 2016 and note that many OF THESE 375s sold out early. A better option right now may be to focus on remaining 2015s and 2016s that have gotten strong reviews...
by Jim Hartten
April 3rd, 2018, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Bordeaux En Primeur
Replies: 211
Views: 10740

2017 Bordeaux En Primeur

So far I have read a few 2017 tasting reports from James Molesworth on WS. It sounds like many of the better chateaus made out fairly well in 2017 and largely avoided frost damage, particularly on the left bank. Based on what I have read so far, the quality of 2017's, for the most part, sound like t...
by Jim Hartten
March 28th, 2018, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 391
Views: 28671

Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

2012 Arcadian Clos Pepe PN. My first Arcadian and I really enjoyed this. Nice medium weight with fairly tightly wound red fruit flavors framed by nice acidity and round tannins. The wine opened up nicely over two hours and finished reasonably long and complex. Reminded me somewhat of a Rhys bottling...
by Jim Hartten
March 28th, 2018, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New buyers are going to be paying a lot more for their fine wine.
Replies: 238
Views: 9742

New buyers are going to be paying a lot more for their fine wine.

Mark, thanks for revisiting the never ending discussion on where wine prices are headed going forward. I am a regular buyer of what we often call Bordeaux QPRs, and I agree that the better of these Chateau have been seeing steady increases over time - that said, I think the real damage for me is see...
by Jim Hartten
March 2nd, 2018, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Bordeaux Buying? What and Why
Replies: 51
Views: 4132

2015 Bordeaux Buying? What and Why

I generally stick to the QPR Bordeaux, and there are a number of good 2015s to consider - though the price has already ticked up 10% or so on many since opening in late spring 2016. I would say some of the best 2015 value Bordeaux include: Montlandre, Poujeaux, Chasse Spleen, Cantemerle, Siran, Fomb...
by Jim Hartten
February 12th, 2018, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Château Capbern-Gasqueton - questions on this great QPR
Replies: 16
Views: 643

2010 Château Capbern-Gasqueton - questions on this great QPR

Capbern has been improving in recent vintages - 2014, 2015 and 2016 are all good values. Millesima has the wines and recent reviews listed. I purchased the 2015 Siran, which also received excellent reviews, as did the 2016 Siran. QPR Bordeaux is hard to beat at $20 - $40 per. [cheers.gif] Prices are...
by Jim Hartten
January 8th, 2018, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot
Replies: 145
Views: 5864

The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot

I think that so far the growth in quality of OR Pinot has been fantastic. Isn't it still somewhat early in the game to compare OR/Burgundy when most OR vines are much younger on average than Burgundy vines? The past few years I have tried a number of OR pinots in the $30 - $50 price range that have ...
by Jim Hartten
January 3rd, 2018, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Patricia Green Balcombe Vineyard Pinot Noir
Replies: 8
Views: 451

TN: 2000 Patricia Green Balcombe Vineyard Pinot Noir

Thanks for the note! Have not yet tried the PG Balcombe bottling but have tried several other PG bottlings the past few years and enjoyed them all to some degree. To me, these wines seem to straddle the line between AFWE and fuller OR styles like Bergstrom. Recently tried the PG 2013 Freedom Hill Co...
by Jim Hartten
January 2nd, 2018, 1:58 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 627
Views: 28306

2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Hopefully, climate change won't have a severe impact on grape growers both on the west coast and around the world in the years ahead. But we have been seeing "signs" of weather change and so far it don't look pretty. pileon As most are aware, the eastern part of the country is experiencing a "cold s...
by Jim Hartten
December 21st, 2017, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Chateau Ferrand Lartigue, Saint-Emilion
Replies: 4
Views: 228

TN: 2000 Chateau Ferrand Lartigue, Saint-Emilion

I tried a bottle or two of Ferrand Lartique (FL) back around 2000. I think Parker gave it some love for a vintage or two but haven't seem much news on FL these past few years. I thought it to be somewhat like Bart Haut at the time I tried it. Two medium priced St. Emilions that I think have been imp...
by Jim Hartten
December 20th, 2017, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommend me my first Bordeaux?
Replies: 26
Views: 1286

Recommend me my first Bordeaux?

Jeremy, 2014 Bordeaux is the vintage that is currently being distributed in the EU and US and many of these wines should be able to offer you a nice snap shot of Bordeaux wines. 2014 Moulin St Georges is drinking nicely ($40) with some air as are Chasse Spleen ($35); Poujeaux (35); Montandrie ($25)....

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