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by M Mager
September 23rd, 2020, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: LdH Viña Gravonia 2011-1993 vertical
Replies: 13
Views: 564

Re: TN: LdH Viña Gravonia 2011-1993 vertical

My problem is I always drink Gravonia too young and find they need time to integrate - even the 2006 last year seemed like an awkward toddler. I've also never had a Gravonia with 20+ years on it, although I've had many wonderful white Tondonia and Tondonia GRs from the 80s and 90s. Seems like it's ...
by M Mager
September 15th, 2020, 8:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traverse City Area
Replies: 22
Views: 787

Re: Traverse City Area

On the Leelanau side I second Mawby for the bubbles. My favorite for the view is Leelanua Cellars and my favorite overall tasting is Chateau Fontaine. On the peninsula side I like Mari and for the views Bonobo. For food highly recommend Cooks house and Amical. Apache Trout Grill is a group favorite...
by M Mager
September 12th, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3864
Views: 391508

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Also, the 2019 Rose Mystery offer (from Aug 14, 2020) @ about $8 a bottle is the 2019 Domaine Lauriga Gris (VdP Cotes Catalanes).
by M Mager
September 12th, 2020, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3864
Views: 391508

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

The wines were indeed the 2016 Fontalloro, Maestro Raro, and Rancia, so if I were putting money on this I'd say it's the 2017 this time around. Either way, I haven't been disappointed with the Italian mysteries from Jon (the California/Oregon Pinot Noirs are a different story, but I digress.....) B...
by M Mager
August 31st, 2020, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?
Replies: 65
Views: 2842

Re: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?

I would recommend you not move back to the Seattle area at all. Having lived here for 56 years, it greatly pains me just how ruined the Puget Sound area has become even in the last 20 years (the tech boom era). Over-population has fundamentally erased the incredible beauty and open space that this ...
by M Mager
August 21st, 2020, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bottom Feeding @ Total Wines...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 617

Re: TN: Bottom Feeding @ Total Wines...(short/boring)

Saranty Imports == crap. One of the 10 Commandments of wine buying...
by M Mager
July 29th, 2020, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where Vino Verde Tastes Best
Replies: 1
Views: 214

Where Vino Verde Tastes Best

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by M Mager
July 23rd, 2020, 8:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chicago classic: Italian beef sandwich, with giardiniera
Replies: 20
Views: 1314

Re: Chicago classic: Italian beef sandwich, with giardiniera

Brings back some great memories for me. Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I lived on Halsted, just north of Webster. Fullerton was my L stop. Can't imagine how many times I picked up Italian Beef at Demon Dogs for dinner on my way home from work. Good stuff...
by M Mager
July 21st, 2020, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Teach me something useful about Rioja.
Replies: 42
Views: 3610

Re: Teach me something useful about Rioja.

lleichtman wrote:
July 21st, 2020, 6:30 pm
johnbonds wrote:
September 20th, 2017, 10:11 pm
Go to San Sebastian. There you will find Rekondo. Drink some of their old Rioja... Profit?
Done that great cellar. Only one I've ever seen double magnums of first growth Bordeaux.
'64 Tondonia, on the patio. Hunk o meat to go with it. Perfection...
by M Mager
July 18th, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3864
Views: 391508

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Picked up wines from the Garagiste warehouse today. Included 3 Mystery wines: 1) "The Worlds Top White Wine" Mystery (May 1st @ $19.91) -- As previously noted in this thread, this one is the 2018 DeLille Chaleur Blanc. Pretty good value on this one -- solid wine with good aging potential, and you ar...
by M Mager
July 17th, 2020, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3864
Views: 391508

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

In for a couple also. I'm sure it will be a decent Barolo at best, but at that price it is an every night drinker. I find it easy to find every night wines for most other grapes. Even Pinot Noir I can find entry level ones around $20 that aren't bad, but Nebbiolo it is a challenge. Nebbiolo from an...
by M Mager
July 6th, 2020, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY 1er Cru question
Replies: 51
Views: 4228

Re: CHAMBOLLE-MUSIGNY 1er Cru question

Just curious, no Les Sentiers fans, here? One of my favorites from Truchot.
by M Mager
July 1st, 2020, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3864
Views: 391508

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

If anyone is considering today's Chianti mystery offer, I'll save you the suspense. The previous wine/vintage that Mr Barnum refers to in his e-mail offer was the 2016 Fattoria di Basciano Chianti Rùfina. https://www.cellartracker.com/classic/wine.asp?iWine=3142073 There are a decent number of CT no...
by M Mager
June 26th, 2020, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3864
Views: 391508

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Based on what I've been reading it seems like Garagiste is rarely a deal... accurate? I think it is hard to generalize. Has anyone here seen John sell mystery wines at a price that is much higher than then what you can find from other retailers? I've purchased a number of their Mystery offers. Most...
by M Mager
June 20th, 2020, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking much 2005 red Burgundy?
Replies: 32
Views: 1471

Re: Drinking much 2005 red Burgundy?

I am finding that a lot of wines are starting to be ready to drink - Bourgogne Rouges, some villages level wine, and Savigny les Beaune Premier Crus, for example. Other higher end wines are getting drinkable in that the acidity is not as harsh as it used to be, but are still primary. I had a couple...
by M Mager
June 5th, 2020, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3864
Views: 391508

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

If not yet confirmed, the "Earth" Mystery white is, as expected, Delille Chaleur Blanc. Jon does better on whites than reds. Was just going to post but I see you beat me to it. Great deal at $19.91. I asked if they had any more at that price. Alas no. Agreed. Love the value on that one. I never "go...
by M Mager
June 2nd, 2020, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 21
Views: 1759

Re: TN: 2008 R. López de Heredia Rioja Rosado Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia

I’ve never understood what happened to this wine on the secondary market. Had many vintages and it’s lovely rosé but c’mon. Glenn, I'm right there with you on this one... I dare say that I'm as big an RLdH fan as anyone. Love 'em all - red, white, rose. Back in the first decade of the 2000s, I dran...
by M Mager
May 31st, 2020, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rioja 2001 - Check in
Replies: 20
Views: 1337

Re: Rioja 2001 - Check in

My $0.02. Gran Reservas from large, traditional houses that I'm familiar with will not be ready (Lopez Heredia, La Rioja Alta, Muga). Some Reservas are good to drink with plenty of mileage to keep going (375ml of LdH Tondonia Reserva was in prime form, drank from decanter, 6 months ago). Crianzas a...
by M Mager
May 27th, 2020, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Nino Negri Sfursat (Italy, Valtellina, Sforzato)
Replies: 3
Views: 222

Re: TN: 2008 Nino Negri Sfursat (Italy, Valtellina, Sforzato)

Interesting... Had a bottle of the 2004 Negri Sfursat 5 Stelle last month. Was in a great place, with still room for improvement. Put my last bottle back in the cellar with the idea to check back again in 5 years. Maybe I should reconsider.

Michael
by M Mager
May 21st, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?
Replies: 214
Views: 17260

Re: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?

Y’all are acting like the battle has been won. Like I’ve said before, I hope everyone is successful with their approach. Good luck to you. Not sure I quite understand the "battle" analogy. I don't claim to be anywhere near close to "the smartest guys in the room". And I wouldn't even think about ma...
by M Mager
May 20th, 2020, 11:33 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Road trip in the USA in the Covid world
Replies: 22
Views: 2208

Re: Road trip in the USA in the Covid world

Northern Michigan (Traverse City etc) is opening this weekend. They could use your tourist money. Some good Riesling, chenin blanc and sparkling wine is produced up there. Great place to visit and decompress (well, at least in summer...). Growing up, my wife's family had a cabin up on Glen Lake. Sh...
by M Mager
May 15th, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Graciano?
Replies: 24
Views: 1067

Re: Graciano?

Thanks for recs. I will seek them out. The descriptions of spanish graciano are nothing like I experienced with TT. There's no question of ripeness there I was in Ribera and Rioja and tasted at many places, including Rioja Alta and CVNE, and there was no mention of graciano. Even in Rioja everyone ...
by M Mager
May 15th, 2020, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Graciano?
Replies: 24
Views: 1067

Re: Graciano?

I had my first graciano wine. For better or worse, it was Third Twin 2014. Ripe and massive, as you would expect from Krankl. Dark berries, chocolate, leather and a whiff of pine forest. 4-hr decant and the last glass was the best so I will wait on my other 14. I suspect this graciano is not your t...
by M Mager
May 1st, 2020, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3864
Views: 391508

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

that's a good guess. This article has a bunch of the same language in the email, prices line up decently and of course it's a WA wine where Garagiste gets a lot of their deals. Price is definitely solid if not crazy low (winery offers it on sale at $25 periodically (before shipping). I see CT has t...
by M Mager
April 29th, 2020, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1973
Replies: 37
Views: 1500

Re: 1973

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Dale Williams wrote:
April 29th, 2020, 7:01 pm
1973 Heitz Marthas or Mayacamas are both great, though pricey
Rioja is a better bet if you want to keep reasonable I think.
73 Tondonia Blanco is still giving much pleasure...
by M Mager
April 12th, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?
Replies: 214
Views: 17260

Re: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?

So it was one month ago when I asked that people check back in, to share whether they had made any changes to their investment strategy. Just curious to see if plans were altered, tweaked, etc. Hi, Brian, Certainly has been an interesting 6 weeks or so since the earlier discussion in this thread th...
by M Mager
April 4th, 2020, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1965 Viuva José Gomes da Silva & Filhos Colares Reserva Tinto
Replies: 16
Views: 665

Re: 1965 Viuva José Gomes da Silva & Filhos Colares Reserva Tinto

This is my fourth 1960s vintage Colares over the past year or so, the second 1965. Amazing how youthfully they have all shown. Really distinct wines, pre-Phylloxera vines for the rustic Ramisco grape. The Bordeaux of Portugal. And they show with such regality. Owlman -- Just an FYI, in case you are...
by M Mager
March 15th, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Seven wines from 1978 (CA and WA), and a few others...
Replies: 25
Views: 1617

Re: TN: Seven wines from 1978 (CA and WA), and a few others...

Does Betz usually take 13 years to enter its "drinking window?" Yes. While I think the, "It's too young..." is often overdone by us wine geeks, I truly believe Betz is one of those labels that warrants that sentiment. Specifically, the Pere de Famille and even the Clos de Betz (to a lesser degree) ...
by M Mager
March 11th, 2020, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 R. Lopez Heredia Rose - Vina Tondonia
Replies: 91
Views: 5687

Re: TN: 2009 R. Lopez Heredia Rose - Vina Tondonia

Due to the supply challenges over the last few years... Why would there be supply constraints? It's not as if there are only a few cases made (something like 15,000 bottles are produced, so it is not rare) Well, primarily I was referring to the 8 year gap between the 2000 and 2008 vintages. They di...
by M Mager
March 11th, 2020, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?
Replies: 214
Views: 17260

Re: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?

Please check back in one month from now and let us know how that worked out for you... And don’t fib 😉 Dont worry about 1 month....check back in 10-20 years and most likely you will be happy with your decision. Everything works great, until it doesn’t. Again, hopefully I’m wrong. Good luck. I'll be...
by M Mager
March 5th, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?
Replies: 214
Views: 17260

Re: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth- Mike Tyson Every passive investor has a buy and hold approach, until they suffer a 25% drawdown in one month. I hope every single person on this board is successful with their investment approach, I really do. But what I’m seeing out there, a...
by M Mager
March 2nd, 2020, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?
Replies: 214
Views: 17260

Re: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth- Mike Tyson Every passive investor has a buy and hold approach, until they suffer a 25% drawdown in one month. I hope every single person on this board is successful with their investment approach, I really do. But what I’m seeing out there, a...
by M Mager
February 25th, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Bosconia
Replies: 15
Views: 1000

Re: TN: 1995 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Bosconia

I can remember when the Rosado wasn't a thing. Yep. Back in the first few years of this century, local bottle shops in our neck of the woods had bottles of the late '90s and 2000 vintage sitting on the retail shelf collecting dust all the time. When I first found out that there would be big gap bet...
by M Mager
February 24th, 2020, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anything good from '81?
Replies: 54
Views: 2017

Re: Anything good from '81?

Rioja already mentioned multiple times. I’ll still chime in with LdH GRs, both Bosconia and Tondonia. I’ve had a few times and drinking very well. Just had the Bosconia. Took two hours to show its complexity then wow. +1. To-date, the '81 is my all-time favorite vintage of Bosconia. Stunning wine -...
by M Mager
February 22nd, 2020, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Bosconia
Replies: 15
Views: 1000

Re: TN: 1995 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Bosconia

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Jayson Cohen wrote:
February 22nd, 2020, 5:17 pm
2001 Tondonia GR:
Best winery tour ever! Maria-Jose is an amazing host...

Loved seeing the building out in the Tondonia vineyard, and the story of the history that goes with it.
by M Mager
February 22nd, 2020, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Bosconia
Replies: 15
Views: 1000

Re: TN: 1995 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Bosconia

One interesting point is that the 1995 is still the current release vintage (well, more correctly, the most recently released vintage). I've heard a rumor (but haven't been able to corroborate it) that the next vintage for both GR reds will be 2001.
by M Mager
February 18th, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: ISO 1970's "Birth Year" Wines
Replies: 7
Views: 617

Re: ISO 1970's "Birth Year" Wines

Mattstolz wrote:
February 18th, 2020, 7:43 pm
if you want something that might be a little more outside the box, but will probably be drinking really well, Kogod has a few different 1970 Riojas listed on his site. a 1970 Olara Reserva that I had last year was drinking fantastically.
1970 Murrieta Ygay Reserva is fabulous, as well...
by M Mager
February 10th, 2020, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3864
Views: 391508

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

I have a growing collection of Felsina Rancia that I am patiently aging. I was pleased to see today's offer for the 1995 Rancia. I have not tried one that old before, and this seems a good opportunity to do so. Only picked up one bottle, but looking forward to trying it. I bought some of these via ...
by M Mager
January 24th, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 100
Views: 5730

Re: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)

There was also a place that used to be on Lake Union and downtown, whose name I cannot for the life of me remember. I want to say McCarthy & Schiering but that is obviously wrong. From what I can tell it is no longer around -- but they used to have an enormous fresh sheet -- and the food was very g...
by M Mager
December 14th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3864
Views: 391508

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Another "Mystery Reveal"... The "Rioja Mystery" from late last June is the 2012 CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva. Mystery price was $56.70, which is a decent amount less than I would have paid for this wine at retail around here. Given that I'm a fan of more traditional style Rioja, and definitely enjoy t...
by M Mager
November 16th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 14
Views: 1118

Re: TN: 2004 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia

I opened a 1996 LdH Blanco Gran Reserva Tondonia with paella several months ago. It was my ROTY ("R" for revelation). I found it a beautiful complex work of art, with too many fruits, flowers, nuts and spices to describe. Perfectly proportioned flavors and acid, and just the right amount of oxidati...
by M Mager
November 15th, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 14
Views: 1118

Re: TN: 2004 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia

Thanks for these notes and thoughts, guys. To Jayson's comments, I guess I'm most surprised that a 2004 Bianco is open for business in any way this early. Would love to hear from those who have some decent exposure to this cuvee whether they think the winemaking has changed in the last few years. I...
by M Mager
October 8th, 2019, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Heart of the Hill
Replies: 3
Views: 498

Re: TN: 2016 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Heart of the Hill

2016 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Heart of the Hill - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Red Mountain (10/8/2019) Consumed over two evenings, and it changed quite a lot from night one to night two. On first opening it was a wall of dark fruit, and nearly concealed its structure. Night two it opene...
by M Mager
September 28th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3864
Views: 391508

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

If it is anything other than Huet, Jon has bested his record for clever deception. I don't think he is trying to fool anyone this time. Well, I have other reasons to believe 2018 Huet has just become available in Seattle market. pretty sure that's what he's offering. As expected, this was Huet. The...
by M Mager
September 19th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grenache Day, Sept 20
Replies: 19
Views: 853

Re: Grenache Day, Sept 20

Beer?... [stirthepothal.gif]
by M Mager
September 13th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 37
Views: 2954

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

Lopez is probably my gold standard, though it does take time. If the 94 GR a few months back was infantile (albeit in a way that makes infanticide seem right), the 06 Reserva must be downright fetal. I agree completely on the GRs. In my opinion, all three of the red GRs released from '90s vintages ...
by M Mager
September 5th, 2019, 10:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3864
Views: 391508

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

PeterH wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 9:00 pm
If it is anything other than Huet, Jon has bested his record for clever deception. I don't think he is trying to fool anyone this time.
Well, I have other reasons to believe 2018 Huet has just become available in Seattle market. pretty sure that's what he's offering.
by M Mager
August 28th, 2019, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Rapid, Unfortunate Decline of Bobby Orlando’s Palate
Replies: 40
Views: 2443

Re: The Rapid, Unfortunate Decline of Bobby Orlando’s Palate

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
August 28th, 2019, 8:24 am
Of course this could be entirely staged to save face, but these boxes have a smattering of each of the following:


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Not sure why the 2001 Montrose is missing.

Good stuff!
Is that "merican oak wine" I see there in the upper left corner? 😉
by M Mager
August 25th, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Viña Gravonia
Replies: 15
Views: 1211

Re: TN: 2010 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Viña Gravonia

Best description of the style of RLdH whites I've heard, "... oxidative, not oxidated ..."

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