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by R. Frankel
January 27th, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of Wine
Replies: 86
Views: 1822

Re: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of

Excellent thread, thank you Robert. And certainly not over-thinking, merely thinking 🤔! I’ve been pondering these questions a lot myself, as I see many parallel and over-lapping trends in the wild world of wine. Piedmont is a fascinating mini case study for these ‘movements’ with the wine makers tak...
by R. Frankel
January 27th, 2020, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux, Nebbiolo, Brunello suggestions
Replies: 22
Views: 753

Re: Bordeaux, Nebbiolo, Brunello suggestions

Joseph, this is a very broad question, so broad that it’s hard to answer. To really help with a few good ideas, we’d need to know: - your purpose. Do you want to sample over time to study the wine’s evolution? Or is this for your child’s wedding in 20-30 years? - what does ‘affordable’ mean? A numbe...
by R. Frankel
January 24th, 2020, 5:23 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Offline Feb 18 @ Zazie (no corkage)
Replies: 25
Views: 395

Re: SF Offline Feb 18 @ Zazie (no corkage)

Add me please!
by R. Frankel
January 23rd, 2020, 3:36 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: New York "Not The La Paulee Dinner" Dinner March 4, 2020
Replies: 30
Views: 1693

Re: New York "Not The La Paulee Dinner" Dinner March 4, 2020

Please add me Jay. I’d love to hang out again! Oh, yes, I’d prefer to be on the burg side. Sign me up to bring a good champagne as well. I don’t completely understand the format. The ‘sides’ can’t share? Even with large groups bottles are never completely demolished. A little back and forth would be...
by R. Frankel
January 22nd, 2020, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need help finding the right Volnay.
Replies: 36
Views: 1530

Re: Need help finding the right Volnay.

I too love Volnay, placing Lafarge at the top of the pantheon, with D’Angerville close behind. Of the producers mentioned here, I have to reiterate Y. Clerget (since 2015). I loved the 1ers but even the Village scratches the itch for a (relatively) reasonable price.
by R. Frankel
January 22nd, 2020, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eric Guido To Join Vinous
Replies: 58
Views: 3763

Re: Eric Guido To Join Vinous

I’m looking forward to Eric’s work in Vinous. Clearly a smart and passionate guy. Very curious if he POV will change on any wines when he no longer has the shackles of working for a major wine retailer.
by R. Frankel
January 15th, 2020, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Enthusiast 2020 Vintage Chart
Replies: 22
Views: 2173

Re: Wine Enthusiast 2020 Vintage Chart

Yea ... some of these calls are nonsensical. But I actually think this kind of info can be useful to someone who is not very familiar with a region, and looking to get started or sample. How do you begin before you are expert with WB, CT, WSPro and can take a look at Burghound, Vinous, etc.? This ch...
by R. Frankel
January 15th, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco Jan 13/14
Replies: 75
Views: 3040

Re: San Francisco Jan 13/14

What a fun evening! Rich, thanks for planning. Great choice on restaurant. Good to meet some new folks... Herwig, Eric. Leonard, I didn't get to chat with you... maybe next time. I think the gauntlet has been thrown down. Time for a themed blind tasting. Scott, my pleasure. Please invite me to your...
by R. Frankel
January 15th, 2020, 8:20 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco Jan 13/14
Replies: 75
Views: 3040

Re: San Francisco Jan 13/14

Thank you for a great evening . I agree with Rich’s assessment of the wines .The Clos du Val 79 was fantastic as a lot of other wines including that sparkling wine and the Montelena . We discussed how we organize our tastings in Belgium . You can check www.vinotopia.be to check us out ( the Euryant...
by R. Frankel
January 13th, 2020, 11:28 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco Jan 13/14
Replies: 75
Views: 3040

Re: San Francisco Jan 13/14

Thank you all for a fun and interesting evening. It’s great to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. The stars IMHO were the classic Napa cabs - 1979 Clos du Val and 1987 Montelena and Robert Mondavi Reserve. But especially that CdV. There were other standouts but I was intrigued by the 2011...
by R. Frankel
January 12th, 2020, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: your favorite vintages of Chateau Climens
Replies: 35
Views: 1311

Re: your favorite vintages of Chateau Climens

I’ve loved both ‘86 and ‘88, must pick up some of these younger vintages to try. It’s curious that 1991-2000 are so poorly regarded. A decade of futility? Any ideas what was going wrong at Climens in the 90s? I know the 90s had only a few very good vintages in Bordeaux, but Sauternes tends to dance ...
by R. Frankel
January 11th, 2020, 11:35 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco Jan 13/14
Replies: 75
Views: 3040

Re: San Francisco Jan 13/14

Andrea V. wrote:
January 11th, 2020, 11:25 pm
Hey guys, unfortunately I can not make it. My wife is out of town and I need to stay home with my son.
Thanks for letting us know. Another time!
by R. Frankel
January 11th, 2020, 11:03 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco Jan 13/14
Replies: 75
Views: 3040

Re: San Francisco Jan 13/14

BillK wrote:
January 9th, 2020, 8:00 pm
Please add me to the waitlist. If there is room, I would like to join.
Bill, you can join. No need to be on the waitlist!
by R. Frankel
January 11th, 2020, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)
Replies: 89
Views: 3496

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

As usual, the winemakers here turn the discussion in such fascinating directions. I hadn’t really thought of winery as part of terroir before, but I understand the point. Artisan doesn’t equal manipulator. Instead understanding the tools and materials at one’s disposal is of the essence. How can ski...
by R. Frankel
January 8th, 2020, 6:37 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco Jan 13/14
Replies: 75
Views: 3040

Re: San Francisco Jan 13/14

@Andy Ultramarine sounds awesome. I’ve got a 2010 VHR teed up. Yea Napa Cab but wth.
by R. Frankel
January 8th, 2020, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Ultimate Backfill Thread
Replies: 62
Views: 3121

Re: The Ultimate Backfill Thread

I’ve been a hold out on opening ‘99 red Burgs but expect that to end soon. You can get decent pricing now on the wines people don’t know much about while well-known wines in ‘99 are not cheap (or affordable for me). One I’m looking forward to that was a backfill last year for $35 hammer at WineBid ...
by R. Frankel
January 7th, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A scientist's view of the right Champagne glass
Replies: 36
Views: 1733

Re: A scientist's view of the right Champagne glass

None of this takes into account the biodynamic interactions of the human sensory interface with the gas transport medium. In other words, if the flute opening is narrow I can’t jam my shnozz in there. Yea I prefer a regular wine glass for champagne for all reasons above, plus I like the bigger openi...
by R. Frankel
January 6th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: January Offerings
Replies: 59
Views: 6169

Re: January Offerings

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by R. Frankel
January 3rd, 2020, 12:18 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco Jan 13/14
Replies: 75
Views: 3040

Re: San Francisco Jan 13/14

Thanks for letting us know Larry and Jesse. Another time!
by R. Frankel
January 1st, 2020, 10:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '04 Comtes has got it going on
Replies: 12
Views: 785

Re: '04 Comtes has got it going on

Hmm, sounds great. Somehow I bought 2002, 5, 6, 7, 8 but didn’t manage to acquire any 2004. Maybe some will appear at auction for a reasonable price.
by R. Frankel
December 29th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)
Replies: 89
Views: 3496

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

Are we any closer to answering the original question ("How close can [the] get gap get, between a more hallowed terroir vs. a lesser terroir, if a winemaker put equivalent resources into both?")? Kinda somewhat it seems like. My own view isn't so different from what has been discussed here. Terroir ...
by R. Frankel
December 28th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terroir over Winemaking Technique (Using Burg as an example)
Replies: 89
Views: 3496

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

This been a fascinating discussion. As a burg lover I can always learn more. I especially appreciate the ITB perspectives Marcus, Todd & William.
by R. Frankel
December 27th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Better Than Average Kabinett
Replies: 49
Views: 1673

Re: Better Than Average Kabinett

Another way to avoid excessive sweetness is to drink older Kabinetts. While I applaud this idea, my experience is that ‘older’ means pretty old - like 10+ years to see significant development. Challenge is finding these. I look all the time, and almost never see any trocken/kabinett/feinherb in the...
by R. Frankel
December 27th, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Better Than Average Kabinett
Replies: 49
Views: 1673

Re: Better Than Average Kabinett

Another way to avoid excessive sweetness is to drink older Kabinetts. While I applaud this idea, my experience is that ‘older’ means pretty old - like 10+ years to see significant development. Challenge is finding these. I look all the time, and almost never see any trocken/kabinett/feinherb in the...
by R. Frankel
December 27th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and Data Science
Replies: 23
Views: 1064

Re: Wine and Data Science

Roald, thanks for sharing the articles. In general I really like your approach. I’ve worked in data science though and perhaps I’m more open to these methods. Working with large scale data sets of subjective (i.e. human) experience descriptors seems to me like an extremely valid way to try to ‘defin...
by R. Frankel
December 27th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riedel Wine Glass Deal, 4-glasses for $10
Replies: 27
Views: 2620

Re: Riedel Wine Glass Deal, 4-glasses for $10

Thanks. What a great deal! I’ve been looking for a decent inexpensive set of travel glasses. Voila.
by R. Frankel
December 26th, 2019, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Ovello
Replies: 8
Views: 492

Re: TN: 2004 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Ovello

I’ve had quite a few 2004 PdBs as well, and been loving them. Youthful but generally pretty open and really attractive now. No regrets.
by R. Frankel
December 26th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Everybody wants a wine to show well . . .
Replies: 23
Views: 1430

Re: Everybody wants a wine to show well . . .

A more reliable technique is to ask someone who's tried it recently and whose palate I trust. Here and CellarTracker are great resources. +1 and edited for emphasis. This site and CT are by far the most valuable tools in a wine lover’s arsenal. While you need to think about how to interpret crowd s...
by R. Frankel
December 25th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christmas Eve - '08 Dom vs. '08 Vilmart CdC
Replies: 5
Views: 559

Re: Christmas Eve - '08 Dom vs. '08 Vilmart CdC

These are both winners. 2008 is stunning. Sadly all my Cedric Bouchards are already gone.
by R. Frankel
December 24th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?
Replies: 39
Views: 2348

Re: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?

‘Strong approximation’ is the question, and I think the answer is no. For very young and tannic nebbs, I’ve found that decanting for 2 or 3, even 4 days can soften the wine enough so you can taste the fruit behind the tannin wall. But the rest of aging transformation doesn’t happen at least in my e...
by R. Frankel
December 22nd, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?
Replies: 39
Views: 2348

Re: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?

Sarah, thanks for detail on how you handled these bottles. Your taste & evaluate approach makes a ton of sense. Really helpful!
by R. Frankel
December 21st, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?
Replies: 39
Views: 2348

Re: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?

‘Strong approximation’ is the question, and I think the answer is no. For very young and tannic nebbs, I’ve found that decanting for 2 or 3, even 4 days can soften the wine enough so you can taste the fruit behind the tannin wall. But the rest of aging transformation doesn’t happen at least in my ex...
by R. Frankel
December 21st, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coche-Dury Meursault
Replies: 18
Views: 1200

Re: Coche-Dury Meursault

Thank you William - awesome info and background!
by R. Frankel
December 21st, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?
Replies: 39
Views: 2348

Re: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?

I’m curious about the decanting length. My general approach for pre-2004 is a 2-3 hour decant. How much change do you see with a 2 vs 12 hour decant?
by R. Frankel
December 21st, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coche-Dury Meursault
Replies: 18
Views: 1200

Re: Coche-Dury Meursault

Any thoughts on how this vintage compares to the wines of Raphaël’s father at a similar age?
by R. Frankel
December 19th, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Grower Champagne article. "RM is finished. It's now NM."
Replies: 10
Views: 1467

Re: Great Grower Champagne article. "RM is finished. It's now NM."

I had a few surprises in this article. E.g. some of these producers that I know and like are so tiny - just a few thousand case production! Also kind of amazed that there’s a huge market for €20 super market Champagne in France. I too hope the more detailed producer articles come out.
by R. Frankel
December 19th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Grower Champagne article. "RM is finished. It's now NM."
Replies: 10
Views: 1467

Re: Great Grower Champagne article. "RM is finished. It's now NM."

I found this article interesting, with information (as mentioned above) that I didn’t know. More depth and interviews would certainly have deepened the discussion, maybe we’ll see that in the future. Yes, the article had flaws - the click bait title, the exaggerated lead, the surface examination. Bu...
by R. Frankel
December 17th, 2019, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top 5 vintages of Pichon Baron 1990 - 2010 on?
Replies: 37
Views: 1792

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

I can’t argue with 1989/1990/1996. Those are all special wines. I really like 2001 as a less expensive alternative that is also ultra classic, enjoyable, and ready now. Any of 2005/8/9/10 will be joys in the cellar for decades to come if you want to store long term. The last 5 vintages (2014-2018) h...
by R. Frankel
December 16th, 2019, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stepping it up
Replies: 23
Views: 1726

Re: Stepping it up

It was an amazing line up, and a lovely evening with good friends. I won’t post all my notes, but I rated the Cristal as a notch above the Vilmart (though loved them both). The Cristal showed much more youthful, and had tremendous depth and complexity already. The Vilmart is awesome to drink now, th...
by R. Frankel
December 16th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon CCS Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 701

Re: TN: 2009 Schrader Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon CCS Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard

Thanks for the note. I have just one Schrader left in my cellar, and this is it. Maybe 2020 will see it opened, but doesn’t seem like I should be in a hurry. On 2009 Napa - my understanding & experience is that it’s a very good vintage. Vinous rates it at 95, which ranks it among the better Napa vin...
by R. Frankel
December 13th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Finalized: Burt Williams dinner, SF Peninsula Divino Restaurant, Feb 26
Replies: 56
Views: 1736

Re: Goodbye Burt Williams dinner, SF Peninsula, Feb or March

George, a worthy idea, and I’d like to participate if dates work.
by R. Frankel
December 13th, 2019, 1:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--TABULATIONS COMPLETE (OP)
Replies: 193
Views: 14817

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

Opened a 1996 Domaine Tollot-Beaut Corton-Bressandes with the turkey and it was singing. Probably my second best wine of 2019 after the 1988 Catherine et Pierre Breton Chinon Beaumont. I’m with you. Had a 2002 Corton-Bressandes tonight and it was absolutely excellent. Well balanced, fruity, earthy,...
by R. Frankel
December 11th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alice Quixote rides again
Replies: 54
Views: 2141

Re: Alice Quixote rides again

As many are here, I was of multiple minds on this article. I sympathize with the author’s worry that this thing she loves has gone mainstream enough that it is so much less unknown, rare, obscure, or cool. She sees a loss, feels it, and expresses it eloquently. Her tone puts me off as a bit self-rig...
by R. Frankel
December 11th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An Evening With Several Arnoux Suchots
Replies: 5
Views: 648

Re: An Evening With Several Arnoux Suchots

By coincidence I had the 2001 Arnoux Suchots last night and the experience was very similar. It didn't get a decant, so showed marked improvement over the course of the night. The aromatics were very intense, lots of violets, red fruit, and hints of classic spice. Good intensity on the medium body p...
by R. Frankel
December 6th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paulee AMEX pre-sale out
Replies: 47
Views: 2925

Re: Paulee AMEX pre-sale out

Gala Dinner. I'm mostly not doing this kind of thing anymore, I just don't think they're worth it. Yes, you get to a chance to taste a bunch of amazing wines. But the best stuff is usually held back at a few of the top tables and doesn't travel far. You also have to be comfortable tasting a zillion...
by R. Frankel
December 5th, 2019, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paulee AMEX pre-sale out
Replies: 47
Views: 2925

Re: Paulee AMEX pre-sale out

I've been to the Grand Tasting, and most of these kinds of events the last few years (oh, except not the crazy expensive dinners like the Roumier and DRC ones this year). These are my impressions: Grand Tasting. My favorite of the events, gives me an excellent chance to assess the vintage, try lots ...
by R. Frankel
December 4th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo and Barbaresco World, NYC, Feb. 2020 - are you going?
Replies: 14
Views: 1374

Re: Barolo and Barbaresco World, NYC, Feb. 2020 - are you going?

I am interested in attending, but it seems like this is for people ITB only? Anyone know?
by R. Frankel
December 4th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco Jan 13/14
Replies: 75
Views: 3040

Re: San Francisco Jan 13/14

Note updated details above.
by R. Frankel
December 2nd, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Piper Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 2
Views: 526

Re: 2011 Piper Cabernet Sauvignon

I haven’t had the ‘12 but 2010 and 2011 were both very good, in different ways. As much as I liked ‘11, ‘10 was silky and dark, a solid counterpoint.
by R. Frankel
December 2nd, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco Jan 13/14
Replies: 75
Views: 3040

Re: San Francisco Jan 13/14

To be clear, it looks like the peninsula is not happening on the 14th. I will put you on the list for the 13th.

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