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by Marcu$ Stanley
January 16th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Understanding the dumb phase and aging
Replies: 64
Views: 2865

Re: Understanding the dumb phase and aging

Agree with Chris- in general it will happen on no particular schedule for any given wine- so no predictability. My best example was 85 Lynch Bages- totally delicious till 91,shut down hard for 10-15 yrs( my general storage was at 52 degrees ) and finally came out in the mid 2000's. It was undrinkab...
by Marcu$ Stanley
January 16th, 2020, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Enthusiast 2020 Vintage Chart
Replies: 22
Views: 2036

Re: Wine Enthusiast 2020 Vintage Chart

R. Frankel wrote:
January 15th, 2020, 8:36 am
For folks on this board, this content is pretty much useless, or even worse than useless. Downright wrong or misleading.
Yes, some of these ratings would lead you to outright bad buying decisions.
by Marcu$ Stanley
January 15th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Enthusiast 2020 Vintage Chart
Replies: 22
Views: 2036

Re: Wine Enthusiast 2020 Vintage Chart

John J wrote:
January 15th, 2020, 6:16 am
2004 was an excellent vintage for Red Burgundy? Dunno about that one.
LOL, missed that one. [wow.gif]
by Marcu$ Stanley
January 14th, 2020, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Understanding the dumb phase and aging
Replies: 64
Views: 2865

Re: Understanding the dumb phase and aging

Explaining it is what is hard, and also why Nate's post wasn't entirely wrong. A lot of people assert with confidence that this or that is happening, but that doesn't mean they're correct in their assessments, or that they have a clue. Some wines apparently do go through some kind of "dumb" phase, ...
by Marcu$ Stanley
January 14th, 2020, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Enthusiast 2020 Vintage Chart
Replies: 22
Views: 2036

Re: Wine Enthusiast 2020 Vintage Chart

SO many weird calls here. Let's see, in red Bordeaux -- 1998 right bank, possibly the best right bank vintage of the past two decades, is rated above average but not great, on par with 2008 2001 left bank rated equally to 2000 left bank. I like 2001 but come on. 2013 left bank, a horrible vintage, r...
by Marcu$ Stanley
January 10th, 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)
Replies: 89
Views: 3391

Re: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)

Then there is the marketplace. It clearly has voted strongly and clearly. Winemaker trumps terroir. I'm not saying the market is right, or smart, but it has made clear that, within a wine producing region, Producer is the most important consideration in wine pricing. And we here at WB also have vot...
by Marcu$ Stanley
January 10th, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine "budgeting" - tips?
Replies: 64
Views: 2919

Re: Wine "budgeting" - tips?

We eliminated most of the $30 to $50 wines and buy perfectly fine $20 or less wines This. "Meh..." wines will ruin you. Either go low, or go high. Stay the heck away from the middle ground - not only will it bankrupt you, but it will ruin you psychologically [when, five or ten years from now, you r...
by Marcu$ Stanley
January 7th, 2020, 8:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Ultimate Backfill Thread
Replies: 62
Views: 3071

Re: The Ultimate Backfill Thread

Lots of Bordeaux - I imagine the market in the US is like it is here - dead as the dodo, so plenty of good deals at auction. Even previously successful market darlings like RMP 100 pointers from 2009 have dropped. The best antidote for any En Primeur withdrawal symptoms would be to look at current ...
by Marcu$ Stanley
January 2nd, 2020, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recent 2013 Burg tasting notes
Replies: 26
Views: 1160

Re: Recent 2013 Burg tasting notes

It's just one data point but a few months ago I had a bottle of the 2013 Hudelot-Noellat V-R Les Beaumonts and it was amazingly good. Super lively, electric acidity backed up by wonderful fruit.
by Marcu$ Stanley
January 2nd, 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 6
Views: 390

Re: TN: 2000 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

I have a 'hard stop' on the rest of the bottles in my cellar, after tasting it in December 2018, as it seems completely shut down to me. Maybe I didn't decant long enough, but I'm sad I didn't have as good an experience with mine as you did with yours! :) Had it twice over 2019 and it was excellent...
by Marcu$ Stanley
January 2nd, 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 6
Views: 390

Re: TN: 2000 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

2000 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac (12/31/2019) 2nd time I have had this wine but the last time was 15 years ago on release. Decanted 4 hours before drinking. 75% Cab Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 3% Cab Franc and a touch of Petit Verdot. Lightly sedimented. Solid cr...
by Marcu$ Stanley
January 1st, 2020, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ....'s GC Burg Offline, 12/30 NYC: Some TN's
Replies: 5
Views: 684

Re: ....'s GC Burg Offline, 12/30 NYC: Some TN's

YLee wrote:
January 1st, 2020, 1:24 pm
The '07 Faiveley Corton-clos des cortons is very good right now.
Was that the first vintage of the “new school” Faiveley? Or last vintage of the old?
by Marcu$ Stanley
December 28th, 2019, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded
Replies: 48
Views: 1553

Re: TN: My concerns my 1995 Bdx would never come around were unfounded

The 95 Cos has been pretty terrific as long ago as like 2010, Ramon. You brought a wonderful bottle of it to a tasting, I recall. But that said, I don’t plan to crack into my big guns from 95 until they hit 30. Oh yes, the BWE days when Jim How was pounding the table for an SM that he said will tro...
by Marcu$ Stanley
December 27th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?
Replies: 43
Views: 1835

Re: Why Should Newly Releasd Wines Cost More Than 18 Year Old Whisky?

I was shopping for a special bourbon to get for a Christmas present and the prices on aged bourbon at least were incredibly high - 18 years from respected producers seemed to be in the $350-1,000+ range, unaffordable from my perspective. I was kind of shocked because it didn’t used to be this way. S...
by Marcu$ Stanley
December 25th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top 5 vintages of Pichon Baron 1990 - 2010 on?
Replies: 37
Views: 1774

Re: Your top 5 vintages of Pichon Baron 1990 - 2010 on?

Parts of this thread already feel a touch out of date by excluding the 2014-15-16 trio. That may exceed 08-09-10 as the greatest consecutive trilogy of Bordeaux vintages in our lifetime, and it appears that Pichon Baron excelled in all three vintages. I am already hearing people claim that 2016 tops...
by Marcu$ Stanley
December 20th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine auction businesses, if tariffs persist.
Replies: 14
Views: 1573

Re: Wine auction businesses, if tariffs persist.

I meant, U.S. stocks of European wine, which will now be more valuable due to the increase in the price of competitive wines that have to be imported from Europe. The tariffs unambiguously increase the price and value of domestically held European wine and auction houses are the major venue for sell...
by Marcu$ Stanley
December 20th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine auction businesses, if tariffs persist.
Replies: 14
Views: 1573

Re: Wine auction businesses, if tariffs persist.

I really can't imagine a scenario in which a huge import tariff on European wines isn't of great benefit to the auction business by making existing U.S. stocks more desirable.
by Marcu$ Stanley
December 17th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top 5 vintages of Pichon Baron 1990 - 2010 on?
Replies: 37
Views: 1774

Re: Your top 5 vintages of Pichon Baron 1990 - 2010 on?

It's hard to go wrong with Pichon Baron, there is rarely an off vintage. Vintages like 2001, 2004, 2008 etc are all very good. The 2000 is magnificent and just starting to open up for my taste. I tried one of my 2000's and found it to be far too young, and I'm NOT a guy who likes tertiary character...
by Marcu$ Stanley
December 17th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top 5 vintages of Pichon Baron 1990 - 2010 on?
Replies: 37
Views: 1774

Re: Your top 5 vintages of Pichon Baron 1990 - 2010 on?

It's hard to go wrong with Pichon Baron, there is rarely an off vintage. Vintages like 2001, 2004, 2008 etc are all very good.

The 2000 is magnificent and just starting to open up for my taste.
by Marcu$ Stanley
December 15th, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 16
Views: 840

Re: TN: 2001 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon

Wow, missed that part! Clearly you are one of the few who has the self control to collect Togni - don’t touch for 20 years!
by Marcu$ Stanley
December 15th, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 16
Views: 840

Re: TN: 2001 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon

This beauty is just starting on its drinking window, it should be peaking in another 8-10 years and last for decades. The 2001 and 1992 are the best Tognis I have had. Had a wine tasting evening with family and friends over Thanksgiving break and this bottle tied for wine of the night, easily beatin...
by Marcu$ Stanley
December 15th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winning auctions for same or more than retail?
Replies: 44
Views: 2064

Re: Winning auctions for same or more than retail?

Auctions these days are putting their reserve prices so close to the retail prices (when you take fees into account) that I'm surprised when people pay much less than retail. I think we are due for a pretty significant drop in wine prices. Things seem pretty inflated given the string of great vintag...
by Marcu$ Stanley
December 11th, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1978 Vieux Château Certan
Replies: 9
Views: 628

Re: TN: 1978 Vieux Château Certan

Golodetz going to singlehandedly drive VCC over $200 / bottle...
by Marcu$ Stanley
December 9th, 2019, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What does "pure" mean?
Replies: 47
Views: 1615

Re: What does "pure" mean?

Maybe I am being naive but why don’t you try to contact the critic(s) that are using the word as part of their descriptors and ask them for their definition of “pure”. I did. Two have already posted in this thread. Just waiting for Jeb Dunnock to chime in. Here is his review of the 2014 Shafer Hill...
by Marcu$ Stanley
December 9th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alice Quixote rides again
Replies: 54
Views: 2136

Re: Alice Quixote rides again

My experience has not generally ben favorable with natural wines, although I've had many fine examples. I think there is far more variability in natural wines, which I would expect. My favorite story was a white Nova Scotia wine at Raymonds in St Johns Newfoundland (I forget the label). When the so...
by Marcu$ Stanley
December 9th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What does "pure" mean?
Replies: 47
Views: 1615

Re: What does "pure" mean?

All sensible answers, thanks. I used to think of it as an even more vague and impressionistic synonym for "fresh" (already pretty vague). But it is becoming so ubiquitous that I have literally seen recent notes praising the purity of everything from Beaujolais to Sine Qua Non and Shafer. So what was...
by Marcu$ Stanley
December 9th, 2019, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What does "pure" mean?
Replies: 47
Views: 1615

What does "pure" mean?

Back in the age of Parker good wines were "ripe", "lush", "opulent" and had "good stuffing". Now good wines are "pure". You can't look at a critical review these days without seeing "pure" and praise of "purity". What does that mean? What makes a wine "pure"? The winemaker didn't spit in it or accid...
by Marcu$ Stanley
December 8th, 2019, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons, Grand Cru
Replies: 21
Views: 1316

Re: TN: 1999 Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons, Grand Cru

A deep colour and still very youthful. Dark fruits are strewn with iron filings. It has a meaty edge and is powerful and brooding but does possesses elements of floral beauty. Balance is really good and it shows authority without the slightest bit of heaviness. Length is superb, and whilst it is st...
by Marcu$ Stanley
December 2nd, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bergey (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)
Replies: 8
Views: 590

Re: TN: 2000 Château Haut-Bergey (France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan)

Sounds lovely...some of the mid tier 2000's are really starting to show well. Thanks for the head's up. I think so. I am opening the 2000 Gruaud on Thursday but I suspect that will show much younger. I had it over the Thanksgiving holiday and it is just beginning to emerge from its slumber. A lot o...
by Marcu$ Stanley
December 1st, 2019, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NewYorker: RachelMonroe on NaturalWines
Replies: 23
Views: 1683

Re: Hmmm...

Perhaps, Marcus...perhaps not. It's simply a chemical reaction process that can be manipulated by the winemaker. PaulDraper recounts going to a tasting at HankRubin's PotLuck restaurant in Berkeley (probably nobody remembers Hank/PotLuck...if you do, raise your hand) of Louis Martini wines from the...
by Marcu$ Stanley
December 1st, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NewYorker: RachelMonroe on NaturalWines
Replies: 23
Views: 1683

Re: Perhaps...PerhapsNot...

To me the ultimate experience in "natural wine" is aged wine. Aging is a completely natural process, very poorly understood by science. Corporations cannot manipulate it and people have no technical control over it outside of storing the wine at the proper temperature. No method of winemaking is ev...
by Marcu$ Stanley
December 1st, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some thoughts on premium pinot pricing
Replies: 69
Views: 4204

Re: Some thoughts on premium pinot pricing

Kind of funny to read this thread after buying some of these California bottlings at a third to a half of the prices mentioned when they were recently blown out on Winebid. Also, I am always confused when people imply that it is somehow possible to "turn down the volume" on California pinot and magi...
by Marcu$ Stanley
December 1st, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NewYorker: RachelMonroe on NaturalWines
Replies: 23
Views: 1683

Re: NewYorker: RachelMonroe on NaturalWines

To me the ultimate experience in "natural wine" is aged wine. Aging is a completely natural process, very poorly understood by science. Corporations cannot manipulate it and people have no technical control over it outside of storing the wine at the proper temperature. No method of winemaking is eve...
by Marcu$ Stanley
December 1st, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NewYorker: RachelMonroe on NaturalWines
Replies: 23
Views: 1683

Re: NewYorker: RachelMonroe on NaturalWines

I thought this was a very good article. It is very honest about the way in which "natural wines" are a way of placing yourself culturally and sociologically and might not have anything to do with the wine making method itself. I thought this was particularly funny: "wine was for lawyer dads who brag...
by Marcu$ Stanley
November 30th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Legend - 1969 Chappellet
Replies: 15
Views: 1416

Re: The Legend - 1969 Chappellet

Togni isn’t exactly obscure or inexpensive, but I still think it’s underrated. One of the very greatest California Cabernets, or indeed Cabernets from anywhere, and one of the very few American wines that can share a table with top aged French wines and still stand out as among the best. Yet it’s un...
by Marcu$ Stanley
November 28th, 2019, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Fort Ross Pinot Noir Fort Ross Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 457

Re: TN: 2009 Fort Ross Pinot Noir Fort Ross Vineyard

Not to rain on the parade but I had the 2010 of this a couple of years ago and found it much too big and heavy for my taste
by Marcu$ Stanley
November 26th, 2019, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?
Replies: 65
Views: 3312

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

I have had some bad 2005 right bank wines, but Conseillante is fantastic and has been for a while.
by Marcu$ Stanley
November 23rd, 2019, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day
Replies: 86
Views: 4147

Re: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day

8-20 years is a good guide. Not sure I'd agree that terroir is blurred by age, though. The very top Burgundy GCs are often smoothered by new oak when young only to reveal themselves with age. 8-20 years would imply that 96s and 98s are now in decline; do people really find that to be true? I find t...
by Marcu$ Stanley
November 19th, 2019, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Léoville-Poyferré 2003
Replies: 15
Views: 1131

Re: Léoville-Poyferré 2003

Julian, I did not have enough 2003 Bordeaux recently to make a proper list but enjoyed LP, Leoville Barton, Sociando Mallet, Giscours, Duhart Milon, Moulin St. Georges and even Chateau d´Aiguilhe from memory over the last 12 month. What I still remember is the large blind tasting of 2003 Bordeaux f...
by Marcu$ Stanley
November 19th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Château Gruaud Larose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)
Replies: 10
Views: 456

Re: TN: 2003 Château Gruaud Larose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)

2003 Château Gruaud Larose - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien (11/19/2019) 4th time I have had this wine. The last was in 2013. I bought half a case on futures for $39 per bottle. 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. Not decanted. Deep red color. ...
by Marcu$ Stanley
November 17th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there objectively good and bad wines?
Replies: 100
Views: 3402

Re: Are there objectively good and bad wines?

My first observation is that there is no requirement of an educated palate in discerning good/bad wines objectively or subjectively (if that is even a major thing... subjective/objective dichotomy). Years of drinking wine amongst highly trained and novice palates has taught me that if we taste wine...
by Marcu$ Stanley
November 17th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there objectively good and bad wines?
Replies: 100
Views: 3402

Re: Are there objectively good and bad wines?

Is there any contradiction in doubting whether wine can be "objectively" good or bad (outside of obvious flaws), but still thinking that people can have good or bad taste when it comes to wine?
by Marcu$ Stanley
November 17th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there objectively good and bad wines?
Replies: 100
Views: 3402

Re: Are there objectively good and bad wines?

I would say yes there are objectively good and bad wines. First, as mentioned, flaws. If the wine has bacteria problems, is re-fermenting, has TCA, is cooked, etc. Second there are wines that are just bad, as there is food that is just bad. Henry mentioned it. But I made cookies the other day. Butt...
by Marcu$ Stanley
November 15th, 2019, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 5759

Re: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

My impression of several decades of following this silliness is that the real impact of the WS top spot for a bottling is to raise the prices in following vintages in a sustained fashion . Sometimes sticks, sometime doesn’t but they always try- usually 25-30%. It would kind of suck if that happened...
by Marcu$ Stanley
November 15th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 5759

Re: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

LOL, now it's like $30 more expensive than the 2016 Pichon Baron. I like LB but I would pick PB over LB any day of the week It all comes down to personal preference, but when I tasted both side by side at UGC, I thought the LB was the better of the two. Who knows if that will still be true in 20 ye...
by Marcu$ Stanley
November 15th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 5759

Re: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

Wine.com is selling it for $169.99 with a 3 bottle limit per customer lol. K&L added the 2019 #1 note below the reviews and bumped it up to $179 The beauty of Google Cached pages: November 9: leoville-nov-9.png November 15, after WS #1 announcement: leoville-11-15.png LOL, now it's like $30 more ex...
by Marcu$ Stanley
November 15th, 2019, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 5759

Re: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

Looks like it's the 2016 Leoville Barton. I enjoyed the 15 quite a lot. Haven't had this yet. Here's the summary from WS: "For its emblematic representation of Bordeaux, emphasis on a great price for a wine of such high quality, incredibly consistent track record and long-running family ownership, ...
by Marcu$ Stanley
November 15th, 2019, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (am I geometrically challenged?)
Replies: 901
Views: 43173

Re: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)

I'd say the words are holding their own: 2015 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon WA 100 "The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple colored with a mind-blowingly gorgeous nose that defies words: warm cassis, red roses, sandalwood, Indian spices, crushed rocks, menthol and iron ore with waft of l...
by Marcu$ Stanley
November 14th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines helped by climate change
Replies: 45
Views: 1533

Re: Wines helped by climate change

Burgundy? [pile-on.gif] It's a razors edge type situation and it's very hard to distinguish the effects of greater resources and winemaking skill from climate, but has Burgundy ever seen a run of good to great vintages like 2002 to the present? I guess a lot will depend on what you think about 2009/...
by Marcu$ Stanley
November 9th, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Buying and Consuming BURGUNDY
Replies: 132
Views: 14248

Re: Thoughts on Buying and Consuming BURGUNDY

Hi guys first post here . Nice to meet you all . What do you guys think of the argument someone makes : burgundy is too expensive I drink barolo and barbaresco instead ?? Fine, but Barbaresco is a totally different wine than Burgundy. Just because wines are light bodied or high acidity doesn’t make...

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