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by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
July 15th, 2009, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why not have ranges instead of exact scores?
Replies: 45
Views: 1387

Re: Why not have ranges instead of exact scores?

I like the stars because there is less exactitude. Someone shouldn't go look at my score and see whether or not I liked x wine x amount. I have had plenty of wines that merit high scores due to their craftsmanship but do not pull at me from an emotive standpoint. Points makes everything so objective...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
July 15th, 2009, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why not have ranges instead of exact scores?
Replies: 45
Views: 1387

Re: Why not have ranges instead of exact scores?

A score range is mathematically identical to simply using fewer points. The standard "100 point" range is really 50 points, and more strictly, about 15-20 points are really used very much. (80-100 gives a 21-point range). World of Fine Wine gives a calibration scale for a five-star scoring system, ...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
July 15th, 2009, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ruinart
Replies: 13
Views: 557

Re: Ruinart

Thanks for the notes. Can you explain exactly what you mean by "nicking" the glass? Is it scratched?

I have an old 73 Ruinart that's waiting for an ocassion!
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
July 13th, 2009, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should critics taste blind?
Replies: 176
Views: 5484

Re: Should critics taste blind?

Consumers can be rather testy. I remember a thread on ebob about the new content in the latest issue that involved a lot of bashing of David Schildknecht for being unable to get a large amount of the 07 Burg reviews (save Mosel?) out by now. He stated that he takes a methodical approach to tasting/e...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
July 13th, 2009, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 vs 2007 Southern Rhone...who wins?
Replies: 52
Views: 1433

Re: 2005 vs 2007 Southern Rhone...who wins?

I haven't tasted any big boy 07 CDPs. The CDR that I have been drinking have been excellent for the price.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
July 13th, 2009, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should critics taste blind?
Replies: 176
Views: 5484

Re: Should critics taste blind?

There should be some varying levels of tasting methodolgy, with blind tasting being used largely to reconfirm positions and views on certain wines. As a sole methodolgy, I think it falls short in some regards.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
July 9th, 2009, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whoa, Bob! Did you think about the implications of what you just said?
Replies: 58
Views: 2042

Re: Whoa, Bob! Did you think about the implications of what you just said?

As another note (and I mean no disrespect), While it is impossible to blame retailers who use points to sell wines, as it quite contrary to game theory to avoid doing so, as merchants who often rant about this effect, you must be cognizant that you are facilitating this cycle, by feeding the consum...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
July 9th, 2009, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whoa, Bob! Did you think about the implications of what you just said?
Replies: 58
Views: 2042

Re: Whoa, Bob! Did you think about the implications of what you just said?

As another note (and I mean no disrespect), While it is impossible to blame retailers who use points to sell wines, as it quite contrary to game theory to avoid doing so, as merchants who often rant about this effect, you must be cognizant that you are facilitating this cycle, by feeding the consume...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
July 9th, 2009, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whoa, Bob! Did you think about the implications of what you just said?
Replies: 58
Views: 2042

Re: Whoa, Bob! Did you think about the implications of what you just said?

The fact of the matter is that wine critics make buying decisions easy for many consumers. Chase the barrel samples in futures and bulk up on the big points and marquee vintages. It makes you look smarter when you go off on a bragaddocio rant with your co-workers and nobody questions your palate if ...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
July 8th, 2009, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County (USA, California, Sonoma County)
Replies: 5
Views: 260

Re: TN: 2006 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County (USA, California, Sonoma County)

I have to concur with your notes. Pretty spot on based on my impressions with the wine. Although I think it represents excellent value for a Ca Cab at this price point (unheard of), I think you may be able to do better in S.A, Italy or Spain... With Cabernet? Probably not...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
July 7th, 2009, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kudos to Bob Parker!
Replies: 61
Views: 3324

Re: Kudos to Bob Parker!

Jeff, what's the answer?
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
July 6th, 2009, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How historical hierarchies are inside our brains
Replies: 46
Views: 1541

Re: How historical hierarchies are inside our brains

Francois, The myth of the label is indeed rectified by such a tasting. I think it is absolutely wonderful that the likes of Reignac, Grand Chenes and Haut Condissas perform well in these functions. If anything, the consumer must take more responsibility with regards to drinking blind if he or she wi...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
July 6th, 2009, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How historical hierarchies are inside our brains
Replies: 46
Views: 1541

Re: How historical hierarchies are inside our brains

(iv.) Mssr Mauss' discovery however fruitful it is in dispeling the aura of labels is confined to a structured tasting which is limited in its ability to make generalizations about wine: 1. Because in said tastings, the evolution and individuality of a wine can often be swept under the rigors of rep...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 30th, 2009, 12:43 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Tastings DC - Riesling Values Late July/August - Bells
Replies: 0
Views: 230

Tastings DC - Riesling Values Late July/August - Bells

Posted this on the other, but wanted to invite any members here who are DCites. We did a value 05 BDX tasting which was a success. Up now is QPR German Rieslings, next may be white CDR/French & Spanish Roses, up for autumn is 07 CDP/CDR and 06 Chianti. These things usually run under 65 bucks all in ...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 30th, 2009, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: question for Pavie people
Replies: 14
Views: 406

Re: question for Pavie people

This calls for a Pavie vertical.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 29th, 2009, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: End Of June...Thoughts So Far On 2009 WOTY?
Replies: 34
Views: 1147

Re: End Of June...Thoughts So Far On 2009 WOTY?

Psht. I can't even remember what I drank/did this weekend...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 29th, 2009, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Pavie Macquin and 2004 Lillian
Replies: 7
Views: 328

Re: TN: 2003 Pavie Macquin and 2004 Lillian

Bruce, it seems like you are confident the Pavie Macquin has many more years left in it, contrary to the popular belief of the hot vintage making the wines peak quite early and go downhill rapidly. In fact, the whole note seems quite contrary to what I've typically seen in '03 BDX notes - perhaps t...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 26th, 2009, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can't get enough Bordeaux pricing threads? How about a whole book about it?
Replies: 3
Views: 236

Re: Can't get enough Bordeaux pricing threads? How about a whole book about it?

Thanks Keith. Although I generally don't buy wine books but this sounds right up my alley. Will keep an eye out for it.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 25th, 2009, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Offline Best Practices
Replies: 51
Views: 2597

Re: Wine Offline Best Practices

1.5 wines per person limit is something I like to adhere to. Any more is wasterful or counterproductive.

I'm also a fan of less people, less wines and more time to track and enjoy.

Round tables are nice for conversation.

Talk that goes beyond winegeekiness is also welcome :)
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 25th, 2009, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Recent Champagnes- Krug, Dom, Aubry, Billecart, etc.
Replies: 3
Views: 237

Re: TNs: Recent Champagnes- Krug, Dom, Aubry, Billecart, etc.

Bummer on the Krug Rose. Never had one but I could see why you wouldnt like it, as I don't find the Krug style very condusive to a rose profile. Great ntoes on the 95,96 and 98. They sound epic.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 25th, 2009, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First 2006 Bordeaux sighting at Costco
Replies: 9
Views: 478

Re: First 2006 Bordeaux sighting at Costco

Good point Jack, but I think people fail to realise that the only way to get proven provenance is really a local distributor's futures order. It goes from the truck to their warehouse to your car to your cellar. I've bought pre-arrival and post release from stores andw ould posit that the provenance...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 25th, 2009, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: "Champagne, Chablis and a Touch of Red" Dinner
Replies: 4
Views: 251

Re: TN: "Champagne, Chablis and a Touch of Red" Dinner

Thanks for the notes Ken. The Ravenau and Dauvissat sound especially delicious. It's perfect Chablis season!
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 24th, 2009, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First 2006 Bordeaux sighting at Costco
Replies: 9
Views: 478

Re: First 2006 Bordeaux sighting at Costco

I heard some speculation that they bought deep on the vintage. If so, I'd expect a redux of those ridiculous dump deals they had online.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 23rd, 2009, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Mouton Rothschild 1985
Replies: 33
Views: 716

Re: TN: Mouton Rothschild 1985

With all of the food posts I see with racks of lamb, and ribcaps, I wonder how much some of y'all eat! 16 oz is plenty
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 22nd, 2009, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Mouton Rothschild 1985
Replies: 33
Views: 716

Re: TN: Mouton Rothschild 1985

Thanks for the note Max. A wine that gets consistent praise from many whose palates I trust.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 22nd, 2009, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Pegau Reservee
Replies: 2
Views: 215

Re: TN: 2004 Pegau Reservee

Steve,

I think the 04 Pegau is something very nice but it needs some more time to show itself. I see very similar traits to the 98 and I think the 98 is showing very well now, so yes I'd wait if you can.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 22nd, 2009, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineHunter: 06 Drouhin Blancs
Replies: 0
Views: 103

WineHunter: 06 Drouhin Blancs

MacArthurs is having a sale, just got their email blast.

06 Puligny Montrachet (90 BH) for 30 bucks. Looks like a solid deal (50% below next lowest WS).

Cheers,
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by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 22nd, 2009, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Pegau Reservee
Replies: 2
Views: 215

TN: 2004 Pegau Reservee

Bottle was acquired via trade. Ullage was perfect, slightly depressed cork and wrung capsule but not of any real concern. As per a posting about shut down wines, I followed a RMP suggestion of pulling the bottle outside of the cellar into a 65 degree setting a few days before opening. I had to settl...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 22nd, 2009, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner at Chez Landreth with Pavie, LMHB, Pavie Decesse and SQN Raven
Replies: 10
Views: 499

Re: Dinner at Chez Landreth with Pavie, LMHB, Pavie Decesse and SQN Raven

Thanks for the notes on what sounds like a hell of a night. Interestingly enough, I've been hearing a lot of notes about how well the 03 Pavie has rounded off, even from detractors that found it over the top before. With its price rather modest comparitively (to the 00, 05 and wines that it is often...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 21st, 2009, 8:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Brief Thoughts on the 2006 Vintage in Bordeaux
Replies: 18
Views: 900

Re: Some Brief Thoughts on the 2006 Vintage in Bordeaux

Wilfred, Thanks for the notes. I wasn't so keen on 06 PC Rouge. I thought the blanc was ethereal. Both tasted at ugc. Regarding the Magrez ownership, concentration seems to be the name of the game in terms of their post takeover methodology. Same could be said about SHL and other Bdx of that ilk (Ro...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 21st, 2009, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's The Weekend...What Is Everyone Drinking????
Replies: 76
Views: 2146

Re: It's The Weekend...What Is Everyone Drinking????

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:Last night wound up being:

1978 Pichon Lalande
1982 La Mish
2001 Pavie
2001 Pavie Decesse
2003 Pavie
2004 Pavie
2006 SQN Raven Series Grenache
Hell of a lineup. Look forward to the notes.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 21st, 2009, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is RP's palate burned out?
Replies: 59
Views: 2094

Re: Is RP's palate burned out?

If you wish to use Parker's recommendations, you have to read the notes carefully rather than looking at the score. You also have to be familiar with the Chateau and its practices. There are key words that turn me off just as there are key words that queue me to buy. If your palate does not align wi...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 19th, 2009, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: let's go the other way.. what do you think is the worst bottle in your cellar
Replies: 96
Views: 2676

Re: let's go the other way.. what do you think is the worst bottle in your cellar

I have some house-gift wines that I keep in the cellar to
a.) take up thermal space
b.) present themselves available for cooking and regifting (only for a special person ).

Some of it is really craptacular.
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 19th, 2009, 8:38 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Berserkers Exclusive - La Vieille Cure 2005 for $20 per bt
Replies: 93
Views: 2454

Re: Berserkers Exclusive - La Vieille Cure 2005 for $20 per bt

Thanks Max. I'll cobble together an order of the 05s and 06s when I get home today.

Cheers [cheers.gif]
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 19th, 2009, 7:56 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: El Bulli
Replies: 14
Views: 1432

Re: El Bulli

Extebarri is another world class option, albeit lengthier from Barca. I am going to try this year to plan a trip around reservations (the day they dole them out). I wonder if they allow corkage? I'd bring some plonk, anyways...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 19th, 2009, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- Blind Chardonnay Shootout at Apiary (w/ pic)
Replies: 15
Views: 568

Re: TN- Blind Chardonnay Shootout at Apiary (w/ pic)

Michel, any sage advice on the Rose Txakolis? Been looking to source some for a French/Spanish Rose tasting.

Bummer on the premox and corkage, but the lineup was quite impressive!
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 19th, 2009, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Current State Of The Bordeaux Market and The Future
Replies: 90
Views: 3217

Re: Current State Of The Bordeaux Market and The Future

Few things regarding consumption patterns: -I've noticed a definite demand destruction in the 75-150 dollar range for all wines. California was mauled and Bordeaux has scaled back. -You're seeing a return to QPR wines in the 20-30 dollar range, bolstered by quality offerings of 3rd-5th growths in th...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 19th, 2009, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: DC Bordeaux tasting: 82 Canon/Brane Cantenac, 83 Cos, 90 Phelan, 95 Chev etc...
Replies: 2
Views: 1727

DC Bordeaux tasting: 82 Canon/Brane Cantenac, 83 Cos, 90 Phelan, 95 Chev etc...

Porting these notes over from ebob, but I'm going to use broadbent stars instead of points, something I've decided to do from now on. A group of 8 of us gathered at Dino’s yesterday to welcome Horacio Campana and his lovely wife to the venerable District of Columbia, and to drink some Bordeauxs in ...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 19th, 2009, 7:15 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Berserkers Exclusive - La Vieille Cure 2005 for $20 per bt
Replies: 93
Views: 2454

Re: Berserkers Exclusive - La Vieille Cure 2005 for $20 per bt

Argh looks like I missed this. There's always next time
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 19th, 2009, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau de Sales, Pomerol
Replies: 11
Views: 341

Re: TN: Chateau de Sales, Pomerol

could you specify which vintage Bob?

Danke
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 18th, 2009, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few TNs of recent wines
Replies: 5
Views: 271

Re: A few TNs of recent wines

Ed, thanks for the notes. 04 Haut Bailly is a sleeper. They've been on a roll lately. 07 Cuvee Romaine is a wine with depth! It gets better after hours in a decanter. I'm mowing through my case+ but I can't stop myself. If you enjoy the 04 Du Tertre, try the 05. It is really nice. Cheers, [cheers.gif]
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 18th, 2009, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Current State Of The Bordeaux Market and The Future
Replies: 90
Views: 3217

Re: Current State Of The Bordeaux Market and The Future

Thanks for the welcome guys. Lots of names here that I haven't seen posting for a while. Names I missed! Got me thinking...[highfive.gif] I'm curious to find out if, since the '08 vintage truly was 'saved' by RP, the wines don't show well on release, and they become universally panned, what might ha...
by Faryan Amir-Ghassem¡
June 18th, 2009, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Current State Of The Bordeaux Market and The Future
Replies: 90
Views: 3217

Re: Current State Of The Bordeaux Market and The Future

In lengthy debates about this issue for the last year, I've pretty much assumed the collapse of the distribution. The rapidly increasing ex chat prices coupled with currency destabilization did two things of grave peril to the system: 1.) It skewed the risk/reward paradigm of these distribution comp...

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