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by NoahR
December 26th, 2020, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello
Replies: 58
Views: 3810

Re: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello

MB’s signature really is the American Oak. No getting around that. We can talk terroir til we are blue in the face, but I think MB has wonderful source material, but it was Draper and Baugher’s blending and assemblage that make MB distinctive to me. I’m not sure I could tell a Mount Eden or other S...
by NoahR
December 25th, 2020, 3:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zachy’s Auctions - ransomware?
Replies: 9
Views: 1397

Re: Zachy’s Auctions - ransomware?

Victor Hong wrote: December 24th, 2020, 8:00 pm Why do businesses and individuals not continually back up their data? Back-ups seem the best defense.
They do. Most Ransomware corrupts files that then get backed up. You have to catch it before every backup is trashed. And you lose several days or weeks of data.
by NoahR
December 24th, 2020, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zachy’s Auctions - ransomware?
Replies: 9
Views: 1397

Zachy’s Auctions - ransomware?

Zachy’s auction site down for over a week. First “technical difficulties” then a couple of days ago, the website admitted their third-party auction administrator has been ransomwared. Update expected 12/28. Unsure if this means that previous buyers will have the potential for huge security/personal/...
by NoahR
December 24th, 2020, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello
Replies: 58
Views: 3810

Re: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello

Marcus, I haven’t seen Togni older bottles sub-$100 in a long long time. Maybe a couple late-00’s for around $95 but that’s it. Older vintages are at a premium.

Guys, don’t get your hopes up.
by NoahR
December 24th, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello
Replies: 58
Views: 3810

Re: Dunn Howell Mountain vs Ridge Montebello

MB’s signature really is the American Oak. No getting around that. We can talk terroir til we are blue in the face, but I think MB has wonderful source material, but it was Draper and Baugher’s blending and assemblage that make MB distinctive to me. I’m not sure I could tell a Mount Eden or other SC...
by NoahR
December 19th, 2020, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Private Cellar of Joseph Phelps to be Sold
Replies: 45
Views: 6173

Re: Private Cellar of Joseph Phelps to be Sold

The prices were silly.

Nearly everything went above estimate by a good margin, even fairly blue chip stuff.

Don’t play the auction game in December when the hedge fund set gets their Xmas bonuses and has time to (over)bid...
by NoahR
November 6th, 2020, 8:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shout out to MacArthur Beverages
Replies: 27
Views: 1350

Re: Shout out to MacArthur Beverages

I am privileged to live two blocks from MacArthur Beverage. Every experience is top notch and it’s not bad to have one of the top wine stores in the country in my backyard. Phil is exceptional to work with, as are Joe, Tim, Andy and all of the other wine experts and staff.
by NoahR
November 3rd, 2020, 2:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8975
Views: 1375030

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

Rudy gets out of jail: #2020...
by NoahR
June 7th, 2020, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8975
Views: 1375030

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

Don, this sort of makes me think that we can't really trust Zachy's authentication either. In 2012 both Rodenstock and Rudy were widely exposed. So the purchase in 1984 might have been excusable, but assuming this bottle was ok in 2012 based on a 1984 receipt sure isn't. newhere Wait - you can’t tr...
by NoahR
May 23rd, 2020, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sec Wines in Portland
Replies: 85
Views: 6111

Re: Sec Wines in Portland

Another +1 for Eric being a stand up guy. Greig- not everyone has good experiences all the time, but looks like you drew first blood here and whitewashed your story a bit. If you had a presence or reputation on this forum, maybe your story would count for something. Sorry - looks like you did someth...
by NoahR
April 20th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Clos Rougeard (Foucault) Saumur-Champigny
Replies: 21
Views: 1012

Re: TN: 2014 Clos Rougeard (Foucault) Saumur-Champigny

The base wine is going for $200-300. Bourg and Poyeaux start in the high $300’s (ie same price I bought futures of 2014 Haut Brion and Mouton for) and go up from there. Is it worth, say, two bottles of Conseillante or pre-Rolland Figeac or Montrose or VCC? You and I both love Loire. Haven’t be able ...
by NoahR
March 1st, 2020, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageability of Cali Pinot
Replies: 97
Views: 5771

Re: Ageability of Cali Pinot

I don’t know about Dehlinger. I hated the KB’s I’ve had - sickly sweet, overripe and unbalanced, but YMMV. Older Kistlers I have had have been fairly good but mostly just well-preserves without anything interesting having happened over 15y or so. Board darlings like Kutch and Rhys haven’t been aroun...
by NoahR
February 9th, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is too much good German Riesling available
Replies: 101
Views: 6952

Re: There is too much good German Riesling available

My "strategy" is to wait until the Riesling experts here are all posting on how great the current vintage is. I then call Phil at Macarthurs and buy 2-3 cases scattered amongst my favorite producers and a couple of new ones. Calling Phil is a great strategy. +1 PM me if you need his conta...
by NoahR
January 20th, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 487
Views: 27484

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Producers like Baudry, Breton and Joguet (and probably have a number of others) have a number of vineyard sites where the wines can vary a great deal. Does the idea of one rating for these estates (more a Bordeaux-like model) make sense for these wines or are they more like Burgundy where one site ...
by NoahR
January 20th, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 487
Views: 27484

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

+1 for upping Plouzeau to 2nd growth, if not first. I don’t know if I believe Rougeard is so much better than its siblings, despite its being priced that way but I’ve had not tasted it twice. A bit like Le Pin or Petrus - self-perpetuating hype. Guion and Sanzay should be in the mix as well as Couly...
by NoahR
January 17th, 2020, 4:39 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Di Costanzo Wines
Replies: 29
Views: 3573

Re: Di Costanzo Wines

Highly recommended. Fantastic cabs
by NoahR
January 5th, 2020, 3:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K & L Auctions
Replies: 27
Views: 2712

Re: K & L Auctions

Echo that they are a quality institution.

If you’re looking for Bordeaux, though, you will get far better deals elsewhere. No idea why their Bordeaux gets bid up so much.
by NoahR
January 5th, 2020, 3:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?
Replies: 88
Views: 5156

Re: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?

Alfert has been my spirit animal and I have followed him to Levet, Gonon, Sociando, BAMA and a few others. I buy a lot of board darlings from Myriad and Rhys to Musar, Gonon and others. I’ve been guided in my riesling purchases by many, same for burgundy. There’s a little hive mind going on and it’s...
by NoahR
December 25th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?
Replies: 39
Views: 2629

Re: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?

2006-8 for me. I don’t really enjoy young Nebbiolo unless it’s been open less than an hour and we chug the bottle. After that it’s a facef*%k of tannins and unpleasant. I think 96-04 need hours and hours personally, but I’m also holding those and relatively unlikely to drink them right now, exceptio...
by NoahR
December 11th, 2019, 7:40 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD
Replies: 3
Views: 357

Re: FS: Forman Cabs (85, 91, 92, 95)

Provenance? Fills? Condition?
by NoahR
November 25th, 2019, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hundred Acre Wraith
Replies: 30
Views: 4800

Re: Hundred Acre Wraith

Well Hundred Acre has gone berserk, and increased pricing on the 2016 Few & Far to $1800 (3 pack). This Napaflation is insane! Why stop at 20%, might as well double it to $3000, then go to up $100 every year like Harlan ans Screagle to soften the blow each vintage. Jeez... 2015 - $1500 2014 - $...
by NoahR
November 4th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Construction advice: racking choices
Replies: 34
Views: 1808

Re: Cellar Construction advice: racking choices

Noah, i bought my racking from IWA and my contractor put it together. I used apex for my first cellar and I prefer the current racking. I got rid of diamond bins as they are lousy for burgundy and riesling and loire wine and that’s at least 80% of my cellar. Why don’t you come over and look at it a...
by NoahR
November 4th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Construction advice: racking choices
Replies: 34
Views: 1808

Re: Cellar Construction advice: racking choices

So I confirmed with Vigilant that their standard racking fits Burg bottles. Not really excited about the DIY assembly but not sure if I have better choices. They have nice design software online. Anyone use Vigilant? Thoughts? So for big bins, I, unlike a certain Sarah who had the forethought to buy...
by NoahR
November 3rd, 2019, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Construction advice: racking choices
Replies: 34
Views: 1808

Cellar Construction advice: racking choices

Berserkers, Getting ready to do a big home renovation and will finally have room for a real cellar. It’s an L-shaped room and I need to store a lot of bottles, so there are some challenges. Need to balance high storage volume with it actually looking nice and increasing the value of the house. Will ...
by NoahR
October 16th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Washington DC
Replies: 228
Views: 29270

Re: Washington DC

Scot H. wrote: October 16th, 2019, 12:24 pm Reverie has changed their corkage policy. No more free corkage for the first bottle. Now $50 a bottle. So cross that place off the list. Too bad as I really liked the food.
Ugh. $50? Ridiculous. Good food. What a shame.
by NoahR
October 3rd, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm done*
Replies: 383
Views: 23868

Re: I'm done*

Neal, what is your actual retirement date, and if you don’t mind, your age. I’m calibrating here, learning from my esteemed elders, you and Howard! And congrats. You guys are clearly more balanced and disciplined than me. 120 days from today. 63. Whenever you’re ready, come out and drink some bottl...
by NoahR
October 2nd, 2019, 7:10 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Keys to the Kingdom
Replies: 19
Views: 1065

Re: FS: Keys to the Kingdom

I ❤️ U. U complete me. By Hook (Shout out to JEB!) or by Crook (sideways glance to JOE), we are going to change this online wine thing one post at a time. IF you make it to DC, I will find you and force you to enjoy my hospitality. Being an agressive sharer of fine wine is a terrible fault of mine....
by NoahR
October 2nd, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Napa Valley Harvest
Replies: 12
Views: 1585

Re: 2019 Napa Valley Harvest

William - what is your market? You’re based in Hawaii and you largely sell across Asia? You’ve spelled it out in various ways in emails to me and on this forum dozens of times. It’s not somehow meant pejoratively.
by NoahR
October 2nd, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Napa Valley Harvest
Replies: 12
Views: 1585

Re: 2019 Napa Valley Harvest

I'm avoiding facing the media's views of the 2017, I'll have to watch that.. I've been avoiding - perhaps thinking it will change? Lots of people made good wine in 2017 by being well situated, by managing their canopy well and by picking before the fires. But it was a terrible year for a lot of win...
by NoahR
October 2nd, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR - Dirty&Rowdy Legends - 100pt?
Replies: 1
Views: 523

TNR - Dirty&Rowdy Legends - 100pt?

Heard phenomenal things. Under the radar enough to not be rated by Galloni or Gilman but one of the most exciting wines to come out of California in recent years. Mine haven’t arrived. Any tasting notes?
by NoahR
October 2nd, 2019, 3:28 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Keys to the Kingdom
Replies: 19
Views: 1065

Re: FS: Keys to the Kingdom

I bid one jar of Buddy Cianci’s Mayor’s Own marinara sauce. Are you bidding on the keys to the kingdom or the self-portrait, because I'll go to war for that thing. I bid two bottles of Ragu. I want the world. I want the whole world. I want to wrap it all up in my pocket, it’s my bar of chocolate. G...
by NoahR
October 1st, 2019, 6:05 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Keys to the Kingdom
Replies: 19
Views: 1065

Re: FS: Keys to the Kingdom

I bid one jar of Buddy Cianci’s Mayor’s Own marinara sauce.
by NoahR
September 23rd, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do I need to be drinking my Bordeauxs younger?
Replies: 54
Views: 2572

Re: Do I need to be drinking my Bordeauxs younger?

If it makes you feel better, most of the 1982’s I’ve had have been tired and underwhelming. But a recent slew of 89’s were all too young to me.

Howard: I suggest you only drink 86!
by NoahR
September 1st, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 2771

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

Thanks for all the tips so far. Keep them comin!

Anyone who hasn’t seen TheGalley dot com needs to check that out.
by NoahR
September 1st, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 2771

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

Choice of Floor? Rest of house is narrow oak hardwood stained dark.
by NoahR
August 31st, 2019, 2:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 2771

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

Second dishwasher would be nice, though having an extra sink in a nearby butler's pantry or mudroom (what I have) can at least function as a place to put extra dirty dishes until the dishwasher frees up. In my tiny kitchen days, dirty dishes went straight into the bathtub during dinner parties. Jus...
by NoahR
August 31st, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 2771

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

Looking at oven stacks. Definitely interested in a combi-oven and thinking about a double wall oven with plumbed water line and a chamber vac and warming drawer if it fits below. All the Miele stuff is 24”. Which means half sheet pan is the max. Don’t have wall space for 36” bit can do 30’s and wond...
by NoahR
August 31st, 2019, 11:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 2771

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

Spices are best stored in cool, dark places. Not sure right beneath burners would qualify...... Cook at the Hyeholde, as I recall?? Hyeholde? Jesus, no. I think I went there once though. Cooked at a long defunct restaurant on Craig St then took my talents to Boston after college and did a 3-month s...
by NoahR
August 30th, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 2771

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

Two ovens. Two big deep sinks. More counter space than 3 families need. A warming drawer. Greatest invention evah. In fact, get two. https://www.google.com/search?q=warming+drawer&client=safari&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiR6eX02avkAhUsneAKHdL2CKgQ_AUIEigC&biw=1216&...
by NoahR
August 30th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 2771

Re: Help me Redesign my Kitchen

Chris - I'm cooking on 4-5 burners all the time, and if I had more space to keep things warm, would make my life even easier. I would say I've got several pots' worth of stuff on the stove at least once a month if not more, and would hope for even more often if I had a kitchen that could sustain it....
by NoahR
August 30th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Help me Redesign my Kitchen
Replies: 48
Views: 2771

Help me Redesign my Kitchen

Preamble: We had a HUGE leak in our kitchen and had to tear it out. We hated the kitchen anyway, but now, after a long period of remediation, dealing with other stuff, and living for over a year in a makeshift kitchen with a cheap wooden island, limited counter space made of plywood with the sink du...
by NoahR
August 13th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release
Replies: 77
Views: 5917

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release

In for a mixed case.

Always great stuff.

Wish i could buy more (of course I should have no trouble getting Joe and Bobby open up their blend for me to sample...)
by NoahR
August 12th, 2019, 4:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau Musar Rosé
Replies: 11
Views: 686

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau Musar Rosé

Great wine. And can easily age a decade. Call it a poor man’s LdH Rosado Funny, I've always paid more for the Musar Rose than the LdH Rosado. Then you’re a lucky man, Otto. I dare you to find an LdH Rosado currently that is less expensive dive than Musar Rose. Currently, the only bottles available ...
by NoahR
August 11th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau Musar Rosé
Replies: 11
Views: 686

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau Musar Rosé

Great wine. And can easily age a decade.

Call it a poor man’s LdH Rosado
by NoahR
August 11th, 2019, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 4078

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

I drink and enjoy wines that the AFWE would condemn, but I see absolutely no reason to make Alfert feel better so I am not going to "confess" anything. Neal is on the SQN list. He has no shame. Nor does Alfert, for that matter. Sorry for outing you. [snort.gif] Isn't being on the SQN list...
by NoahR
August 11th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?
Replies: 409
Views: 26692

Re: Anyone seen, gotten, or received any 2015 Benetiere yet?

Haven’t had a ton of Benetiere, but I’ve had a decent amount of old NR Syrah. They -all- get substantially better after 10-15 years, and I find them either monolithic, boring, sweet/modern, zesty but taught, or otherwise early on and it seems to have no relationship to how they show after a decade.....
by NoahR
August 10th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better
Replies: 88
Views: 4078

Re: AFWE confessions - aka let us make Alfert feel better

I chugged a bottle of 2016 Ridge Merlot. 13.4% but I just soaked in all the oak.

Also, I love Maybach. Is that Anti-AFWE?

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