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by Jim Hartten
November 20th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 547
Views: 31467

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Congrats on what sounds like a very good 2019 vintage for many! Hope the rains start falling. [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
November 20th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.
Replies: 684
Views: 35068

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

I checked several big U.S. retailers last week (B21, Binnys, Sokalin (sp)) and noticed they had taken down their 2018 Bordeaux futures pages. I am assuming this is related to the new wine tariff. I wonder if stores will try to pass through the cost of the tariff onto consumers? [stirthepothal.gif]
by Jim Hartten
November 20th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Château Meyney - Saint Estèphe - 2003
Replies: 6
Views: 490

Re: Château Meyney - Saint Estèphe - 2003

I have enjoyed Meyney back to the excellent 1982 and since via the 1990, 2000 and 2009. Meyney is often made in a structured/concentrated style so its seems modern in certain respects but also needs some time to come around. But given time, the wine can develop very nicely. 2018 Bordeaux looking lik...
by Jim Hartten
November 8th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 28
Views: 1575

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine de Chevalier (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

I jumped on the DdC band wagon by purchasing a few bottles (750s/375s) of the 2018, which received strong reviews back in the spring - hoping these evolve nicely. [cheers.gif] Next up the 2019s...?? [drinkers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
October 9th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NY sales tax now being applied to out of state purchases
Replies: 6
Views: 571

NY sales tax now being applied to out of state purchases

Don't know if this is well known to many here but - I just called Millesima in NYC to arrange shipment of a few cases of 2016 Bordeaux purchased two years ago on futures. For the first time, Millesima is now charging 10% (still need to confirm) sales tax, which I was told went into effect in early 2...
by Jim Hartten
September 28th, 2019, 6:14 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Spotted Lanternfly?
Replies: 24
Views: 1532

Re: Spotted Lanternfly?

Wow, this does not sound good! I hope this pest can be contained. My bother lives in cecil county - have to ask him if he is aware of this problem. [smileyvault-ban.gif]
by Jim Hartten
September 6th, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 547
Views: 31467

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Good to hear that the weather is cooperating and the yields are solid or better. [cheers.gif] Looking forward to following the harvest - best to all growers and vintners. [berserker.gif]
by Jim Hartten
August 28th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Dijon 115 Freedom Hill Vineyard - GREAT juice!
Replies: 7
Views: 679

Re: TN: 2013 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Dijon 115 Freedom Hill Vineyard - GREAT juice!

Todd, I first had the PG FH Dijon from 2012 and loved it as well. It really stared off medium weight and tart and willed out nicely over 2 hours. PG also makes a FH Pommard Clone and FH Koury Clone (my favorite) that are also excellent and priced somewhat reasonably. [cheers.gif] PS- we missed PG at...
by Jim Hartten
August 27th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2016 vs 2018
Replies: 33
Views: 2848

Re: Bordeaux 2016 vs 2018

Chris, numerous great wines from both 2016 and 2018. Many here and elsewhere touting the 16 Pichon Lalande and I hear the 18 PL may be one of the top wines of the vintage and also selling for around $180 on futures. The 18 Canon ($125), Rauzan Segla ($115), Beychevelle ($84) and Domaine de Chevalier...
by Jim Hartten
August 5th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27615

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

It seems to me that Kevin has paid the requisite fine and negotiated settlement to allow him to keep the new vineyard but also address any possible damage caused. Thus, any damage, hypothetical or otherwise, caused by the vineyard construction and loss of two acres of wetlands (which is a very small...
by Jim Hartten
July 25th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Bordeaux
Replies: 20
Views: 1494

Re: 2015 Bordeaux

Also consider buying a few 2018 Bordeaux on pre-arrival (futures), which are still selling at release prices in most cases. Branaire Ducru at about $54 is a good value at that price. Domaine de Chevalier at $73 is also a good value at that price. Check out the current 2018 Bordeaux thread on this bo...
by Jim Hartten
June 14th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth
Replies: 57
Views: 3542

Re: Cheval Blanc 2018 - RElease price is 120 Euro's higher than other 1st Growth

Seems to me that Cheval Blanc production is much smaller than the official 1st. Ausone came out slightly higher and Pétrus has yet to release. [stirthepothal.gif]
by Jim Hartten
June 11th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Climate change and Bordeaux
Replies: 6
Views: 858

Re: Climate change and Bordeaux

Climate change can take various forms - severe storms (which we now see in the U.S.) that can damage vineyards and grapes on the vine. So changing grapes may not provide much if any relief - not to mention how the wines would change. [cry.gif]
by Jim Hartten
June 4th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 130
Views: 7393

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

I agree with Jeff and Todd. Many lesser Bordeaux can often drink well in the 5-10 year window - and many Bordeaux will show you some goods for a year or two after arrival before closing down (e.g., been loving some 2015 Siran and Labegorce!). [thankyou.gif] In addition, the particular vintage can ma...
by Jim Hartten
May 27th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 16828

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

As noted, no wine is “must buy”, but that was never the point. With the 2014s, 2015s, 2016s and now 2018s we have had a string of very good to great vintages. To me that translates lots of options that, based on experience, hit the retail shelf 20% - 30% above what I paid on futures. So if you like ...
by Jim Hartten
May 24th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 16828

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

Millesima (NYC) offers 375s for many of the 2018 Bordeaux. 375 of Domaine de Chevalier 2018 is $36.98.
by Jim Hartten
May 24th, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR
Replies: 56
Views: 4482

Re: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR

Fully agree that Bordeaux offers much better QPR at nearly every price point. What can you get from CA for $25-$30 that is interesting? Wines like the 2018 Calon Segur, Rauzan Segla, Beychevelle, Canon, Domaine de Chevelier, etc., selling for between roughly $75 - $110. Like to see what these wines ...
by Jim Hartten
May 24th, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 16828

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

Looks like now is the time to buy if you want to secure bottles of the highly rated wines that have released to date. Calon Segur is sold out in some places and the price will likely jump going forward. Domaine de Chevalier is now out at about $75. Rauzan Segla out at about $100 and sold out at Flic...
by Jim Hartten
May 19th, 2019, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ISO Wine Shops: Northern NJ / New York
Replies: 29
Views: 1115

Re: ISO Wine Shops: Northern NJ / New York

You may want to check out Zacky’s in Scarsdale, NY. Great selection and able to source hard to get wines. [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
May 15th, 2019, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 16828

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

Adam, based on the experts, there are some great candidates to add from 2018 Bordeaux. Calon Segur 2018 is essentially first growth quality at about $109. Several tasting reports provided on the WB 2018 Bordeaux thread by Panos, Jeff Levy, and some Suckling scores posted as well. FarrVintners.com al...
by Jim Hartten
May 14th, 2019, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 16797

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Phil, Now that I revisit my comment about Calon Ségur, it may have been 200 bottles not cases. In any event, 2018 futures seems to bringing out more buyers than recent vintages. [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
May 14th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 16797

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

So I pulled the trigger on 4 X 12 half bottles (375s) of Labegorce, Siran, Poujeaux, and Capburn - to corner the low end QPR market. [wink.gif] Talked to a few stores today and learned that Calon Segur has been selling quickly (e.g., Bassins bought 200 cases and is down to 11 cases as of this aftern...
by Jim Hartten
May 13th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: An unimportant tasting of 2016 Bordeaux
Replies: 45
Views: 2362

Re: TN: An unimportant tasting of 2016 Bordeaux

I have often found new Bordeaux to be approachable for a six month/one year period after arrival and then start closing down for several years or more. Many 2016s are just starting to arrive and I expect to try a few half bottles over the next few months. [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
May 2nd, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 16797

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

As far as interest in the 2018s, I do see a number of the big U.S. stores already offering wines, so it may be that 2018 will attract more buying interest stateside than recent vintages like 2015 and 2016, but a lot will depend on wines continuing to release at reasonable prices. [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
May 2nd, 2019, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 16797

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Clinet out today and should price around $80 per I would think. Siran also out and should price in high 20s. A good low end qpr. [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
April 30th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 9368

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

I think the Berserker Wine Talk blog has surpassed the old WA blog at this point. [cheers.gif] Agree, no need to look back pileon
by Jim Hartten
April 26th, 2019, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 16797

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Here are a few notable U.S. stores for buying Bordeaux futures:

MacArthur Beverages, DC
Gordon's Fine Wine, Boston
Millesima, NYC
B21, FL
Binny's, Chicago
K & L, CA

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by Jim Hartten
April 23rd, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: April Frost in Burgundy
Replies: 64
Views: 4237

Re: April Frost in Burgundy

I reviewed an article on the frost damage earlier today that included the pics posted by John. Quite a sight to see at night - but also note many adjoining properties w/o smudge pots and how did they fare? The article stated that the chardonnay vineyards were more adversely affected by the frost due...
by Jim Hartten
April 23rd, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 16797

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Hope to see many of the 2018s releasing at reasonable prices in the coming weeks. [wow.gif] Here is an update from the WS that discusses futures pricing for the 2018s. [cheers.gif]

https://www.winespectator.com/webfeatur ... 2018-Wines
by Jim Hartten
April 16th, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 16797

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Some initial wines releasing prices per Farr Vintners website. So let the games begin! [cheers.gif] I suspect I will buy 1-2 wines at some point. [stirthepothal.gif]
by Jim Hartten
March 29th, 2019, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 16797

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Thanks for posting the article. I have been looking forward to reading about the 2018 trade tastings starting in Bordeaux. I have also read some who say that 18s may resemble 2003s, which means buyer beware! [snort.gif] But I am interested in seeing how a few long time favorites have done and hope t...
by Jim Hartten
March 26th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Latour 2009 Chambertin
Replies: 24
Views: 1640

Re: Louis Latour 2009 Chambertin

Thanks everyone for your comments - very helpful! [cheers.gif] I have not had a LL red before and had some concerns about the quality of the reds generally, so good to get solid feedback here. [drinkers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
March 25th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Latour 2009 Chambertin
Replies: 24
Views: 1640

Louis Latour 2009 Chambertin

A local store is discounting its few remaining bottles of the 2009 Louis Latour Chambertin (Hertieres) for $180 per, which seems reasonable for a Grand Cru? Has anyone tried this wine or have thoughts on whether this looks like a solid deal? One concern is the wine has likely been on the store shelf...
by Jim Hartten
March 4th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2015 DRC Vintage
Replies: 2
Views: 566

Re: 2015 DRC Vintage

From comments I have seen on-line about 2015 DRC over the past year or so, 2015 will likely be an excellent vintage for DRC - as well as very expensive and very hard to obtain. Good luck getting a few bottles... [cheers.gif]
by Jim Hartten
February 8th, 2019, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should I buy lesser ‘16 Bords?
Replies: 85
Views: 4664

Re: Should I buy lesser ‘16 Bords?

Sure there good QPR Bordeaux around from 2014, 2015 and 2016 available as many have noted. The best time to buy is always when the now offering comes out. As Jeff Levy noted, the wine press will be reviewing the 2018s in a few weeks and pricing will following in late spring. So the good lower tier 2...
by Jim Hartten
January 27th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Arcadian - THE YEAR OF THE MAX
Replies: 8
Views: 1514

Re: Arcadian - THE YEAR OF THE MAX

Hey Joe any berserker offer for the 2013 Clos Pepe pn like last year with the 2012? flirtysmile [cheers.gif]
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: 799

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: 547
Views: 31467

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: 53
Views: 3918

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: 2750

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: 1237

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: 1381

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: 7445

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: 1375

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: 628
Views: 36621

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: 1152

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: 1152

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: 1369

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: 628
Views: 36621

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: 628
Views: 36621

Re: 2018 Vintage West Coast Weather Thread

Casey, great looking clusters!! [worship.gif] Keep it coming... [cheers.gif] [popcorn.gif]

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