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by Dennis Borczon
August 13th, 2020, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please
Replies: 50
Views: 1452

Re: Aging champagnes/ buying drinking aged champagnes- help please

William, whatever they are paying you at the WA, it ain't nearly enough. Blake, ever dip you toe into Bouchard? Much more like a still wine and in a way, I get it that he wants you to taste more of where the grapes are grown rather than just dazzle you with aromatic fireworks and lots of bubbles. I ...
by Dennis Borczon
August 11th, 2020, 6:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Critic Palate Guide
Replies: 36
Views: 1659

Re: Wine Critic Palate Guide

Okay, I'll bite: William Kelley has, to me, a pretty classically informed palate. Definitely values the tense and vertical aspect of whites, especially when they are balanced with concentration, which I appreciate; ditto the reds when it comes to vibrancy and liveliness. I think he also likes flora...
by Dennis Borczon
August 8th, 2020, 5:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?
Replies: 111
Views: 4775

Re: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?

Ramey still sets the bar for US Chardonnay IMO. The mentions of Massican, Matthiasson, Ceritas, Kutch, etc. also ring true. Unfortunately there will always be this nebulous distinction of great, world class or better than on a completely subjective assessment. I happen to find most White Burgundy (...
by Dennis Borczon
August 7th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?
Replies: 111
Views: 4775

Re: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?

I still think the best Chardonnays in CA come from David Ramey and Ramey Cellars. Aubert is up there too. Ramey still sets the bar for US Chardonnay IMO. The mentions of Massican, Matthiasson, Ceritas, Kutch, etc. also ring true. Unfortunately there will always be this nebulous distinction of great...
by Dennis Borczon
August 7th, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upcoming 2020 Burgundy vintage
Replies: 65
Views: 4438

Re: Upcoming 2020 Burgundy vintage

This is really quite interesting. It seems that there is a feeling that letting the grapes hang to achieve greater ripeness (physiological maturity?) is less favored a practice than preserving the acids in the grapes. Presumably it could be the other way round where acid could be added to the must,...
by Dennis Borczon
August 6th, 2020, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upcoming 2020 Burgundy vintage
Replies: 65
Views: 4438

Re: Upcoming 2020 Burgundy vintage

Maybe this thread could be added to the Acidification thread for Pinot. Very interesting topics. Guess those winemakers really do have things to adjust and tweak even in those "perfect" vintages.
by Dennis Borczon
August 6th, 2020, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upcoming 2020 Burgundy vintage
Replies: 65
Views: 4438

Re: Upcoming 2020 Burgundy vintage

Do tell! When you are getting pretty good brix levels with the weather, why bother to push up the alcohol levels? Or simply wait a little longer and not harvest in August or early September? I just assumed that vintners were picking earlier not only to preserve acidity but to hold down alcohol numb...
by Dennis Borczon
August 5th, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wine Movie
Replies: 74
Views: 2623

Re: Favorite Wine Movie

I recall that Barrett "pere and fils" did have a pretty contentious relationship at times. Would not be surprising to hear stories of them throwing down,
by Dennis Borczon
August 5th, 2020, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upcoming 2020 Burgundy vintage
Replies: 65
Views: 4438

Re: Upcoming 2020 Burgundy vintage

Do tell! When you are getting pretty good brix levels with the weather, why bother to push up the alcohol levels? Or simply wait a little longer and not harvest in August or early September? I just assumed that vintners were picking earlier not only to preserve acidity but to hold down alcohol numbe...
by Dennis Borczon
August 5th, 2020, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wine Movie
Replies: 74
Views: 2623

Re: Favorite Wine Movie

Ooops, just seems like it should be filmed in B and W. Has that classic feel. Maybe I am just too overexposed to modern cinema. Those older films color just looks washed out compared to the modern digital cameras.
by Dennis Borczon
August 5th, 2020, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upcoming 2020 Burgundy vintage
Replies: 65
Views: 4438

Re: Upcoming 2020 Burgundy vintage

Man those vines look thirsty. This film could be of a vineyard in Napa. Must be a hot start to August this year. Wonder when the last vintage required widespread chaptalization? That concept must nearly be a thing of distant memory.
by Dennis Borczon
August 5th, 2020, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wine Movie
Replies: 74
Views: 2623

Re: Favorite Wine Movie

Watched the "Secret of Santa Vittoria" just this year. If you really want to see what wine can mean to a community and identity. Quinn gives his usual over the top performance and it even rolls in those ever present bad guys, the Nazis. Really love the ending line...trigger alert, this is in Black a...
by Dennis Borczon
August 4th, 2020, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where's The 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne BdB?
Replies: 113
Views: 5138

Re: Where's The 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne BdB?

JJ Buckley just sold me a 6 pack for $154.00 per unit.
by Dennis Borczon
August 3rd, 2020, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!
Replies: 109
Views: 9150

Re: GLASVIN a new handmade glass for $25!

I am waiting until I smash up all my older Riedels so I can order these. Remember back in the day when Reidels seemed like a revelation compared to the terrible glasses of the 90's.
by Dennis Borczon
July 31st, 2020, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache
Replies: 79
Views: 5353

Re: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache

Just did a quick check, Run Rig is $179.99 at K and L. Hundo point rating.
by Dennis Borczon
July 31st, 2020, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache
Replies: 79
Views: 5353

Re: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache

My e-mail says "save the date" and says the store is open on Aug. 5. I don't think they do waves. With shipping and tax, it will cost me ~$200 a bottle. I agree that the age of flipping SQN is pretty much gone. You can get many of the recent releases on winebid for about a 20-30% premium over relea...
by Dennis Borczon
July 31st, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache
Replies: 79
Views: 5353

Re: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache

If you love Sine Qua Non, it is a definite buy! That said, it is getting much easier to pick up SQN on the secondary market for close to release price. Flippers are buying up the Anthony Faucci baseball cards instead. [rofl.gif] The wines are what they are. Sooner or later the endless hype Manfred ...
by Dennis Borczon
July 31st, 2020, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos de Vougeot -- Who Makes the Best?
Replies: 118
Views: 9199

Re: Clos de Vougeot -- Who Makes the Best?

reviving this thread reminds me that I would pay a modest premium to read Bill Klapps thoughts on the modern Burgundian market. I would also pay for a cage match between the Klapper and William Kelley. Better viewing than Conor McGregor.
by Dennis Borczon
July 30th, 2020, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????
Replies: 53
Views: 1789

Re: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????

Cool is better! The article is exactly right. At least if you want to appreciate the structure of the wine and not the alcohol...
by Dennis Borczon
July 23rd, 2020, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storage
Replies: 13
Views: 590

Re: Storage

Consider moving into the city itself if you want the kind of experience you are describing. Manayunk and the Falls area of Philly have a lot of what you are looking for in a very compact area. I lived in Philly for 11 years and my daughter has been there for 4 years. Tons of stuff to do that is loca...
by Dennis Borczon
July 22nd, 2020, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WILLIAM KELLEY!
Replies: 231
Views: 9718

Re: WILLIAM KELLEY!

"That note was written when I was a graduate student..." Did you go through some sort of precocious puberty? When I was a graduate student I was drinking flaming shots of 151 rum and Heineken beer. This guy is interviewing freaking François Mitjavile and doing vertical tastings back to '82. And writ...
by Dennis Borczon
July 21st, 2020, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Producers near Saint Remy-de-Provence
Replies: 13
Views: 644

Re: Producers near Saint Remy-de-Provence

Go to Bistro Paradou in Paradou for lunch-reservations required. Better yet go for dinner. There is literally no menu choices for entrees except for the apps and soup, you get whatever they are cooking that night. This place is awesome for the atmosphere. The wine "list" is a bunch of bottles of CdP...
by Dennis Borczon
July 18th, 2020, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 1730
Views: 101393

Re: de Negoce offer

Has to be Robert Craig. Finally in for a case. Robert Craig is literally one of the only Napa producers we like. Glad we waited! How can you be so sure? Craig sources 85% of his fruit from their own vineyards. Were they buying some fruit from Atlas Peak? Interesting to note that Kongsgaard is up on...
by Dennis Borczon
July 16th, 2020, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Becky Wasserman & Co Scholarship for People of Color in the Wine Trade
Replies: 6
Views: 641

Re: Becky Wasserman & Co Scholarship for People of Color in the Wine Trade

[dance-clap.gif] It is admirable, that even with a long life of accomplishments, that some people really do not want to rest on their laurels. Meeting Ms Wasserman in Burgundy and having a couple of hours to chat about wine remains one of the vacation fantasies that alas, I will likely never experie...
by Dennis Borczon
July 16th, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WILLIAM KELLEY!
Replies: 231
Views: 9718

Re: WILLIAM KELLEY!

He pretty much IS the wine advocate. Can anyone take Lisa PB seriously? Just the baggage from the sale of the WA and her role in being the new head honcho was enough to make many of us bail out of our subscription. William projects an image of enthusiasm, professional curiosity, and a pretty formida...
by Dennis Borczon
July 15th, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 1730
Views: 101393

Re: de Negoce offer

Interesting. The search of the classic red blend on this winery retails for about $33 at Total wine. This location in the valley is probably a lot better for growing chardonnay unless it's a really, really hot year.
by Dennis Borczon
July 9th, 2020, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?
Replies: 96
Views: 3661

Re: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?

Are you sure you're in the right place? This is Wine Berserkers. If we had any sense we would be listening to our spouses.
by Dennis Borczon
July 9th, 2020, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?
Replies: 96
Views: 3661

Re: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?

Dale Bowers wrote:
July 9th, 2020, 9:41 am
How much money do you have? [tease.gif]
How much sense do you have?
by Dennis Borczon
July 9th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert
Replies: 22
Views: 2050

Re: Aubert

Probably one of the few Ca Chardonnays that are in a Grand Cru Class of their own. Have had it several times and honestly I am not sure why i would pay the freight for Burgundy Grand Crus when this wine is so much less $ and equally thrilling. Don't know if the aging profile is nearly the same but i...
by Dennis Borczon
July 9th, 2020, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It’s good, again. Alcohol has been rehabilitated...
Replies: 13
Views: 1330

Re: It’s good, again. Alcohol has been rehabilitated...

Nutritional advice can be found which advocates for a certain point of view and for its opposite. I once read an article that explains why; reasonably enough, it boils down to unreliable subjects and difficulty in data collection. For instance, when monitoring the effects of a diet we rely solely o...
by Dennis Borczon
July 5th, 2020, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1772
Views: 110632

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Anyone bite on the Charles Noellat '02 Premier cru GC Champeaux? At 50 bucks it seems like a pretty low risk play. But then again there is that old saw about Burgundy "never getting what you don't pay for"...supposedly Burgundy direct sale. Impossible to trace the origin of this wine easily. Is it a...
by Dennis Borczon
June 26th, 2020, 4:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet: Lamy & d'Auvenay (updated Summer 2020)
Replies: 27
Views: 1618

Re: Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet: Lamy & d'Auvenay

Again, thank goodness for actual wine writing! This should be interesting for all the wine geeks here. Don't know if this will actually make for better grapes, but the experiment is worth doing. I presume the treatment the D'Auvenay vines got before canopy management mentioned was copper sulfate, or...
by Dennis Borczon
June 25th, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3804
Views: 379827

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

M a x S w o m l e y wrote:
June 22nd, 2020, 3:23 pm
MatthewT wrote:
June 22nd, 2020, 3:06 pm
Yes. Hard pass.
Based on what I've been reading it seems like Garagiste is rarely a deal... accurate?
Last Bottle and WTSO are where there are actual deals...most of the time. But you have to sift through those carefully. Did miss the deal on Salmon Champagne yesterday on Last Bottle. Rats!
by Dennis Borczon
June 25th, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?
Replies: 51
Views: 1915

Re: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?

It is traveling to a different time and place, usually a much more beautiful one, without leaving your armchair.

Lately it is also escaping all the idiotic "news."
by Dennis Borczon
June 23rd, 2020, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Higher altitude vineyards in Burgundy?
Replies: 12
Views: 988

Re: Higher altitude vineyards in Burgundy?

"Pommard forms one exception, with some high points on both sides of the combe. Les Vaumurien boast a high of 360 meters. I once cycled up there, experiencing every meter in elevation with deminishing enthousiasm." I did that ride in 2016. On a really hot day. All the way up to Chamboeuf. It is a ki...
by Dennis Borczon
June 23rd, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking Much 2003 Red Burgundy?
Replies: 42
Views: 1642

Re: Drinking Much 2003 Red Burgundy?

Unfortunately my most recent experience has not been as positive. Has a M Ganoux Corton Reynards this past weekend and initially I got a nose of cooked prune/raisin. Gradually blew off but the profile was still dampened and the wine came across as a bit clunky and dense. Actually reminded of an aged...
by Dennis Borczon
June 23rd, 2020, 6:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8795
Views: 1301876

Re: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

Obviously the penalties for violating the court injunction must not be that severe. Or else the responsible parties must feel that they have a way out. Or maybe crime is just too addictive to stop. Perhaps they should visit Mr Fox of PC fame. Seems like the only guys who actually went to jail over t...
by Dennis Borczon
June 21st, 2020, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is a mouse in the cellar...
Replies: 54
Views: 3275

Re: There is a mouse in the cellar...

Really, just kill it. No need for a guilty conscience. Kill them quickly or you will have a house full. Evolution is the process of critters learning what NOT to do to survive. You will not feel so kindly if a pack of mice chews through your electrical insulation and burns down your house. (a signif...
by Dennis Borczon
June 20th, 2020, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction
Replies: 40
Views: 3624

Re: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction

7 bottles of 45 drc rc... I wonder how many of those they still actually have at the domaine... There's a guy in cellartracker that has 10 bottles and 3 mags of '45 La Tache that he purchased from Rudy. [cheers.gif] Here's his cellar https://www.cellartracker.com/list.asp?Table=List&iUserOverride=4...
by Dennis Borczon
June 20th, 2020, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction
Replies: 40
Views: 3624

Re: Dr. Ben Ichinose's cellar up for auction

Wow, just the highlights are pretty unbelievable, that is if they are the real deal. Bollinger, Brut R.D. 1961 Bollinger, Brut R.D. 1961 6 magnums per lot $6000- $9000 — Château Cheval Blanc 1947 Château Cheval Blanc 1947 1 bottle per lot $8,000 - $14,000 — Château dYquem 1947 Château d'Yquem 1947 1...
by Dennis Borczon
June 18th, 2020, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which wine region would you live in?
Replies: 64
Views: 2097

Re: Which wine region would you live in?

There is a little town in Provence called Paradou. Has a lovely little wine shop and the local wines are cheap and cheerful. Close to Les Baux and Saint Remy. If it is good enough for Julia Child, it is good enough for me. Would play petanque all afternoon and drink pastis...just heaven.
by Dennis Borczon
June 18th, 2020, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19693

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Be careful Mel. I notice you have not posted any personal photos here. Cut Jasper a break, he probably has not had a professional haircut in months. Besides that he has a British Oxfordian accent which makes him sound at least 20 points smarter that the rest of us former colonists...
by Dennis Borczon
June 16th, 2020, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Pricing at Auction - MENTAL
Replies: 138
Views: 11948

Re: Wine Pricing at Auction - MENTAL

Which ‘99 DRC hammered for $10K/bottle? 12 Btls 1999 DRC La Tache in OWC $108,800 1 Btl 2007 Keller Riesling G Max $2,048 3 Btls 2005 DRC Romanee Conti $64,000 Thanks! The DRC RC pricing doesn’t seem that egregious. But the LT and G Max are definitely [tease.gif] You cannot be serious that the 2005...
by Dennis Borczon
June 16th, 2020, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Pricing at Auction - MENTAL
Replies: 138
Views: 11948

Re: Wine Pricing at Auction - MENTAL

You know maybe we should all just stop paying attention to the hype about these wines. First it was DRC, the Rousseau, then Roumier, what next? The extra publicity just seems to feed the irrational amounts of money that get spent on these wines. Can't we just let the uber wealthy hedge fund guys go...
by Dennis Borczon
June 15th, 2020, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Covid and corkage
Replies: 21
Views: 1395

Re: Covid and corkage

What's a restaurant?
by Dennis Borczon
June 15th, 2020, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Pricing at Auction - MENTAL
Replies: 138
Views: 11948

Re: Wine Pricing at Auction - MENTAL

Latest numbers from Acker in Asia. The Covid virus may be in Bejing, race riots are back in America coming to a neighborhood near you, trade wars are going nowhere, fake bottles floating around the sales room and in the middle of all this....Acker is killing it in Hong Kong. New world records for Co...
by Dennis Borczon
June 12th, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 999
Views: 58542

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Wonder how the people who bought futures last year feel about these prices? Clearly big time Bordeaux is having a "come to Jesus" moment. I confess I am out of the game but is there a feeling that in 2 years prices are going to jump back up and make these futures look cheap? ....well I don't know. H...
by Dennis Borczon
June 12th, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 7135

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

We are masters of Bordeaux, but to Burgundy merely staff. Oh, more like Bordeaux just wants to be your awesome best friend :). Your best friend whose dad is a doctor but still asks you to lend him money. He asks you to lend him a LOT of money then promises to pay it back in two years. Sometimes he ...
by Dennis Borczon
June 11th, 2020, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down
Replies: 193
Views: 7135

Re: Terroir vs winemaking -- Neal Martin lays the smack down

? What is a vineyard but a place? It’s the “sense” part that I find bullshit. I’m not denying existence of places. This is one of those relapsing bullshit arguments where people feel compelled to choose a side when the answer is "both." Can you tell the difference between a cabernet made in the sam...

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