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by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 17th, 2021, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?
Replies: 198
Views: 6985

Re: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?

I made it to 107 days. From Oct 1st until yesterday. Then the wheels fell off the wagon.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
January 8th, 2021, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?
Replies: 198
Views: 6985

Re: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?

Last purchase was Oct 1st. 99 day moratorium so far. Taking it one day at a time.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 30th, 2020, 5:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine Michel Lafarge Bourgogne
Replies: 1
Views: 295

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine Michel Lafarge Bourgogne

Thanks for the note, Sean. I bought a few of the 2015 and have opened one so far. I didn’t keep notes, but I recall it performed very well. 👍🏼👍🏼
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 29th, 2020, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello
Replies: 58
Views: 3811

Re: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello

MikeL238 wrote: December 29th, 2020, 8:18 am What a lineup! Must have been some dinner [cheers.gif]
We have some generous people in the Toronto crew. I’m fortunate to know them.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 29th, 2020, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 1047
Views: 54721

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Q4 so far:

Drank 70
Bought 0

Despite the 4th quarter and the border closure that has curtailed my US purchases, I’m still +72 on the year.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 29th, 2020, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello
Replies: 58
Views: 3811

Re: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello

I know I’m a Dunn fanboy 😜, but I’m not knocking Ridge. I love me some Ridge MB. At a dinner a few years ago, despite the stiff competition, the 1976 Ridge MB was my WOTN by a wide margin, and one of my WOTYs. Some of the wines in the lineup that night: 1975 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de La...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 29th, 2020, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
Replies: 22
Views: 689

Re: TN: 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

I see that Ed Killian has been making the wine since 1992. Of course, the winery moved to a facility the company owned in Asti after they sold the property to Coppola, who turned it into Francis Ford Coppola Presents. Was that 20 years ago?? Ed is highly respected but I am surprised he hasn't retir...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 29th, 2020, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello
Replies: 58
Views: 3811

Re: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello

How about Ridge '87? Haven’t had the privilege of drinking one, but I bet it’s brilliant. Are you offering? 👍🏻👍🏻 Haha I wish! It's my brother's birth year so been looking around for '87 Napa cabs as it's his favorite. Will have to try and track Dunn down at least! They still show up fairly regularl...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 29th, 2020, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
Replies: 22
Views: 689

Re: TN: 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

Thanks for the tasting note. A fantastic, under the radar wine. I got 8 bottles of the 1994 for $16 each about 4 years ago. Sadly, long gone now.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 29th, 2020, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello
Replies: 58
Views: 3811

Re: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello

MikeL238 wrote: December 28th, 2020, 11:57 am How about Ridge '87?
Haven’t had the privilege of drinking one, but I bet it’s brilliant. Are you offering? 👍🏻👍🏻
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 28th, 2020, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The zenith of score inflation?
Replies: 64
Views: 5312

Re: The zenith of score inflation?

People on this board love to hate on this guy. But I bet 98% of y’all secretly wish to be him. He’s internationally known, respected in some circles (not here though, bunch of haters), most likely does well financially, travels the world, drinks amazing wines. Has a much better life than probably 9...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 28th, 2020, 3:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello
Replies: 58
Views: 3811

Re: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello

This is a few years old now, but it’s worth a listen if you want insights into Dunn’s winemaking style and the changes since Mike has more or less taken over from Randy. It’s a candid and thoroughly entertaining 2 hour conversation with Randy and Mike.

https://www.insidewinemaking.com/054
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 26th, 2020, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello
Replies: 58
Views: 3811

Re: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello

I've got a couple of of '91 Dunns (both the Napa and Howell Mountain bottlings) and MBs laying around that I planned on opening next year for my 30th. The original plan was to consume them on separate dates, but this discussion now has me pondering whether I should open them on the same day to try ...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 26th, 2020, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello
Replies: 58
Views: 3811

Re: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello

In addition to the change in barrels that Mike Dunn made, IIRC he said that as he took over from his dad, he cleaned things up in the cellar & winemaking process which made a difference to the wines. I’ve had the fortune of drinking many dozens of Dunn HM from 1985 through 1995 (I haven’t yet t...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 26th, 2020, 5:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello
Replies: 58
Views: 3811

Re: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello

In addition to the change in barrels that Mike Dunn made, IIRC he said that as he took over from his dad, he cleaned things up in the cellar & winemaking process which made a difference to the wines. I’ve had the fortune of drinking many dozens of Dunn HM from 1985 through 1995 (I haven’t yet to...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 23rd, 2020, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Laherte Rose de Meunier
Replies: 17
Views: 1054

Re: TN: Laherte Rose de Meunier

Rosé de Meunier Extra Brut - This has become my absolute favorite Rose for the past two years. Just crazy good for the modest cost. I just don’t know how they pack so much fruit into the package while still maintaining a sleek profile with plenty enough acid to hold it together. The balance here is...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 15th, 2020, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti)
Replies: 10
Views: 943

Re: TN: 2011 Cappellano Barolo Piè Rupestris Otin Fiorin (Gabutti)

I couldn't resist and opened one of my bottles about 3 years ago. I had a glass a few hours after opening and then let the rest slow ox for 24 hours. It was drinking beautifully even at that extremely young age.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 7th, 2020, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 11 of 12 bottle auction lots
Replies: 26
Views: 2003

Re: 11 of 12 bottle auction lots

A silly superstition. Any wine you buy at auction could have been part of an 11 bottle lot that the owner broke up into smaller lots. And any older wine you buy at auction could be shot, regardless of how many bottles were in the lot. Personally, I’ve never had a bad experience with an 11 bottle lot...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 5th, 2020, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Notes (added Vajra Barolo Ravera & Coste di Rose)
Replies: 130
Views: 11252

Re: 2016 Barolo Notes (added Cogno Ravera)

Definitely not a darling of Kerin O'Keefe. Chiara Boschis / E. Pira doesn't get a single mention in her Barolo and Barbaresco book. But Kerin makes it clear right up front in the book that she isn't a fan of noticeable oak in Barolo, and consequently a number of modernist producers are barely menti...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 2nd, 2020, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Notes (added Vajra Barolo Ravera & Coste di Rose)
Replies: 130
Views: 11252

Re: 2016 Barolo Notes (added E. Pira Via Nuova and Vajra Bricco delle Viole)

O’Keefe gives a nice, concise summary of the modernist movement in her book. She also discusses barriques, roto-fermenters, etc. You can also watch the doc “Barolo Boys: The Story of a Revolution” which I believe is currently available on Amazon Prime. Also available to stream via Vimeo or stream/pu...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
December 2nd, 2020, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Notes (added Vajra Barolo Ravera & Coste di Rose)
Replies: 130
Views: 11252

Re: 2016 Barolo Notes (added Cogno Ravera)

Tasted side-by-side over 3h: 2016 E. Pira (Chiara Boschis) Via Nuova Which of these is not like the others? Well, this one. On the nose, the oak is noticeable and takes you vaguely toward a Pomerol or a very toned down version of a top Ribera del Duero (gasp). Besides a bit of oak spice, there’s pl...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
November 15th, 2020, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab Recommendations for an Old World Dude?
Replies: 29
Views: 1894

Re: Napa Cab Recommendations for an Old World Dude?

If you prefer your Old World with some age on them, seek out some older Cali Cab bottles: Dunn Howell Mountain (late 80s through to early 90s) Beaulieu Georges de Latour Private Reserve (late 70s through to early 90s) Heitz Martha's Vineyard (late 70s to late 90s, but be careful about the late 80s/e...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
November 14th, 2020, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4081
Views: 428489

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

Has anyone received/identified these offers?

June 22 Napa Mystery Red Wine
Sept 17 Barolo Duo Mystery (2015 Barolo Single Vineyard Mystery & 2016 Barolo Single Vineyard Mystery)
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
November 13th, 2020, 5:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7991
Views: 554487

Re: de Negoce offer

Got my first shipping notice last night, unfortunately. Back when I placed my first order, I asked if they could hold all shipments until further notice. I’m in Canada and I ship to the border city of Lewiston NY, and with the current border closure I cannot get to Lewiston to pick up my shipments. ...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
November 3rd, 2020, 9:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rudy's Back!
Replies: 12
Views: 2262

Re: Rudy's Back!

Rudy’s on a train to nowhere.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
November 3rd, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offsite Wine Storage
Replies: 54
Views: 2738

Re: Offsite Wine Storage

In Toronto I pay $3.50 per 12-bottle case for the first 50 cases, and $3.20 after that. It’s case storage as opposed to a locker. It’s pricy, but it’s a state of the art facility. Underground, temperature and humidity controlled, backup generators, fireproof, multiple thumbprint-controlled doors to ...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 27th, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7991
Views: 554487

Re: de Negoce offer

Reposted. No more reference to moraine.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 27th, 2020, 4:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Champagne under $40
Replies: 102
Views: 6034

Re: Best Champagne under $40

I also agree with Laherte Freres, Hebrart and Charles Heidsieck.

Another favourite is NV Pierre Moncuit Cuvee Hugues de Coulmet Blanc de Blancs Brut.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 26th, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)
Replies: 24
Views: 1421

Re: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)

I bought the 2016 vintage from Envoyer in June 2018. I haven’t opened one yet. Please try one. But FWIW, the 2015s I bought from Envoyer were fine. That's good news...as I bought two mags of those from them! Unfortunately my 2016s are in offsite case storage. The Pepe is in a mixed case along with ...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 26th, 2020, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: B21 Wine in FL - Major Disappointment, Ending my 25+ Year Relationship with Them
Replies: 127
Views: 11798

Re: B21 Wine in FL - Major Disappointment, Ending my 25+ Year Relationship with Them

Thanks for this post. I'll avoid them in the future. I've placed a handful of orders with them over the years. Never a problem with the orders, or with shipping to NY state. My last order was a futures order in April 2018. The order was ready to ship in November 2018, but at that time they told me t...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 25th, 2020, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)
Replies: 24
Views: 1421

Re: TN: 2016 Emidio Pepe Trebbiano d'Abruzzo (Italy, Abruzzi, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo)

I bought the 2016 vintage from Envoyer in June 2018. I haven’t opened one yet.

But FWIW, the 2015s I bought from Envoyer were fine.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 22nd, 2020, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7991
Views: 554487

Re: de Negoce offer

Looks like Garbro Ranch. The Galloni score and price point are correct. The only other with a 92 pt score and $30+ price is Hanzell.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 22nd, 2020, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 184
Views: 7061

Re: Real winenerd wines

A couple that came to mind: Edi Kante Vitovska Selezione - from the Carso region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Not many producers working with Vitovska, and Edi Kante’s Selezione is fantastic. This is fun stuff. I have also one bottle of this stashed away in my cabinet. Fiorano (Boncompagni Ludovisi) M...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 22nd, 2020, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 184
Views: 7061

Re: Real winenerd wines

A couple that came to mind: Edi Kante Vitovska Selezione - from the Carso region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Not many producers working with Vitovska, and Edi Kante’s Selezione is fantastic. This is fun stuff. I have also one bottle of this stashed away in my cabinet. Fiorano (Boncompagni Ludovisi) M...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 22nd, 2020, 4:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Real winenerd wines
Replies: 184
Views: 7061

Re: Real winenerd wines

A couple that came to mind: Edi Kante Vitovska Selezione - from the Carso region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Not many producers working with Vitovska, and Edi Kante’s Selezione is fantastic. Fiorano (Boncompagni Ludovisi) Malvasia di Candia Vino da Tavola - Asimov wrote about this wine back in 2004. I...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 19th, 2020, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do people track their wine inventory in a Eurocave?
Replies: 34
Views: 1286

Re: How do people track their wine inventory in a Eurocave?

I have a single VintageKeeper (called A in CT), a double wide VintageKeeper (B and C), case storage in my cold cellar (D), and case storage at an offsite location. I have CellarTracker set up with two locations (Cellar and Offsite). My Cellar wines are tracked by VK unit (A-C) and row. Or cold stora...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 15th, 2020, 12:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IG (Instagram) from WBers?
Replies: 195
Views: 10944

Re: IG (Instagram) from WBers?

by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 12th, 2020, 5:05 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine Books - Must Haves
Replies: 53
Views: 8623

Re: Wine Books - Must Haves

If anyone is looking for a deep dive of Champagne, Peter Liem's box set can't be recommended highly enough. The maps + the text are amazing. I wish there was its equivalent for the piedmont. +1 on the Liem book. Best books I’ve read on various regions: Champagne by Peter Liem (2017) Barolo and Barb...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 12th, 2020, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1724
Views: 117551

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 11th, 2020, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4081
Views: 428489

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

Martin Ray Synthesis showed up again, this time the 2017, as the July 30 Napa Valley Cabernet Mystery . The Sparkling Surprise is 2013 Contratto Millesmato Pas Dos. The 2015 Contratto "For England" was offered at a later date, and almost twice the price. Thanks for your list, Peter. Was t...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 11th, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Hall of Fame
Replies: 72
Views: 5305

Re: QPR Hall of Fame

Some that immediately come to mind: Tornatore Etna Bianco Pietrarizzo Boutari Grande Reserve Naoussa Poggio Scalette Chianti Classico Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis Graham Beck Brut Zero Pierre Moncuit Cuvée Hugues de Coulmet Blanc de Blancs Brut Vietti Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco Lopez de Heredia Tondonia...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 11th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Hall of Fame
Replies: 72
Views: 5305

Re: QPR Hall of Fame

David K o l i n wrote: October 11th, 2020, 8:31 am Tenuta delle Terre Nere Etna Rosso
And their various Etna Bianco, but especially the Santo Spirito.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 11th, 2020, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 10 Burg Producers In Your Cellar
Replies: 209
Views: 12308

Re: Top 10 Burg Producers In Your Cellar

As much as I love Burgundy, it’s only 12% of my cellar - mostly because I can’t afford more. I have a lot of 2010 Jadot and Chanson that I bought back in 2013 and haven’t touched yet. I haven’t bought Jadot or Chanson since then, so once I start to drink the 2010s they’ll drop off the list. Jadot Ch...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 4th, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7991
Views: 554487

Re: de Negoce offer

I am, admittedly, not a buyer of de Negoce - I couldn't buy the wines if I wanted to living where I do - and I'm not the target market of the business model. That's cool. I think it's a fascinating topic and unique corner of the wine business that I find genuinely interesting. I’m also in Toronto, ...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 4th, 2020, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7991
Views: 554487

Re: de Negoce offer

I am, admittedly, not a buyer of de Negoce - I couldn't buy the wines if I wanted to living where I do - and I'm not the target market of the business model. That's cool. I think it's a fascinating topic and unique corner of the wine business that I find genuinely interesting. I’m also in Toronto, ...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
October 2nd, 2020, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 PYCM
Replies: 8
Views: 2153

Re: 2018 PYCM

Thanks for the notes. I have a handful of the 2018 Bourgogne Blanc that I’ll pick up once the border reopens. I echo Jan’s question.
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
September 28th, 2020, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7991
Views: 554487

Re: de Negoce offer

I've got nothing against Andreas and don't mind him posting here about his venture, but I've been thinking for a while about starting a case sharing database thread kinda like the offline one since this isn't the first time this conversation has come up, nor is case sharing something unique to the ...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
September 28th, 2020, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7991
Views: 554487

Re: de Negoce offer

I've got nothing against Andreas and don't mind him posting here about his venture, but I've been thinking for a while about starting a case sharing database thread kinda like the offline one since this isn't the first time this conversation has come up, nor is case sharing something unique to the ...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
September 27th, 2020, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7991
Views: 554487

Re: de Negoce offer

I wonder, where was this sanctimoniousness for every other off-topic post in this rollicking 93-page thread? Certainly there were plenty of digressions into MatthewT's storage concerns, or what have you. It's funny, there are pages and pages of posts in this thread of people saying they would be in...
by Andrew A r n t f i e l d
September 27th, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 7991
Views: 554487

Re: de Negoce offer

Personally, I’m not interested in reading Andreas’s self-promotional posts in this thread and i think he would find a wider and more appreciative audience if he started a new dedicated thread to promote his venture. But the easiest solution was just to add Andreas to my “foes” list. Now all his pos...

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