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by R. Frankel
November 25th, 2021, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving 2021: What wines are you opening?
Replies: 136
Views: 5284

Re: Thanksgiving 2021: What wines are you opening?

Game time: for dessert went with 1986 de Fargues Sauternes. The group loved it - we sipped it before dessert, and then again after. As usual I found that Sauternes doesn’t really go well WITH the dessert (flourless chocolate cake, raspberry pie). My family appreciates good wine and we all drink aged...
by R. Frankel
November 24th, 2021, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100 Most Amazing Sonoma County Wines
Replies: 29
Views: 1332

Re: 100 Most Amazing Sonoma County Wines

Kind of a non-Berserker list. Nothing too odd or expensive. Clearly they were aiming at a particular price range. Maybe two or three things here (Ridge, Ramey) I’d be pretty happy to drink but not much I’d consider amazing. Middle of the road. Targeted to a specific audience.
by R. Frankel
November 23rd, 2021, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ArPePe - Request for an overview
Replies: 10
Views: 845

Re: ArPePe - Request for an overview

Thanks for starting this thread Ashish. The only other Valtellina producer I’ve sampled is Sandro Fay, and I was very impressed by these wines as well. Does anyone here have enough experience to discuss the differences between these producers?
by R. Frankel
November 22nd, 2021, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving 2021: What wines are you opening?
Replies: 136
Views: 5284

Re: Thanksgiving 2021: What wines are you opening?

For early arrivals/afternoon workers lunch will be poached salmon, and a variety of cheese and crackers and pickles. Going to serve a 2008 Philipponnat Grand Blanc and 2013 Chartogne-Taillet Orizeaux. Dinner will be structured around a roast pork shoulder and a lot of Thanksgiving classics. Primaril...
by R. Frankel
November 20th, 2021, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Trediberri Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata
Replies: 1
Views: 224

Re: TN: 2017 Trediberri Barolo Rocche dell'Annunziata

Funny, but this is one of the few ‘17s I have tried and I agree with your assessment. Perhaps one could bicker with the price but no doubt it is a delicious wine with depth, personality and obvious Barolo-ness, and it will get better with time. If all ‘17 Barolos were this good I’d buy a lot. Perhap...
by R. Frankel
November 17th, 2021, 4:11 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay NewbiePalooza 2021 - Nov 17, 2021
Topic: **[OFFER EXTENDED]** ANCIENT WINE GUYS / 15% OFF OUR BEST-LOVED ANCIENT HISTORY 3-PACKS + ANCIENT WINE CLUB MEMBERSHIPS
Replies: 67
Views: 2305

Re: ANCIENT WINE GUYS / 15% OFF OUR BEST-LOVED 3-PACK ANCIENT WINES CLUBS / PLUS DISCOUNTED OR FREE SHIPPING!

Well ... yes the Romans used lead in their kitchens and pipes. And yes they had a reputation for over-indulgence. Though it's not clear that this was endemic to the culture, something that happened, or something that never happened. The writers who reported this behavior definitely had an axe to gri...
by R. Frankel
November 17th, 2021, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LIVE NOW! Introducing BerserkerDay NewbiePalooza!!! (NOVEMBER 17, 2021)
Replies: 132
Views: 11226

Re: LIVE NOW! Introducing BerserkerDay NewbiePalooza!!! (NOVEMBER 17, 2021)

One nice thing about Newbie Palooza is that it’s small and focused. 11 wine makers and 3 food producers. Good variety but not overwhelming. And if you’re interested you have community tasting notes to further understand style. In just a few minutes you can figure out what to buy then break those cre...
by R. Frankel
November 17th, 2021, 8:17 am
Forum: BerserkerDay NewbiePalooza 2021 - Nov 17, 2021
Topic: **Offer Closed**-PROJECT M Wines: Elegance and Precision from the Willamette Valley.
Replies: 34
Views: 1518

Re: PROJECT M Wines: Elegance and Precision from the Willamette Valley.

Jerry - I'm trying to purchase pack #2, but I can't complete the order. Getting this error message:

"PROJECT M Bednarik Vineyard Pinot Noir is only available to club members."
by R. Frankel
November 16th, 2021, 9:26 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay NewbiePalooza 2021 - Nov 17, 2021
Topic: **Offer Closed**-PROJECT M Wines: Elegance and Precision from the Willamette Valley.
Replies: 34
Views: 1518

Re: PROJECT M Wines: Elegance and Precision from the Willamette Valley.

Blake and JDR - great notes, thanks for putting in all this detail. And huge thanks to Project M for sending out all these testing bottles. Hard to imagine not seeing anything here of interest.
by R. Frankel
November 16th, 2021, 4:44 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay NewbiePalooza 2021 - Nov 17, 2021
Topic: Jasper Hill Farm — Cave Aged Cheese from Vermont's Northeast Kingdom — 29% off our Ripe and Ready!
Replies: 62
Views: 2148

Re: Jasper Hill Farm — Cave Aged Cheese from Vermont's Northeast Kingdom — 29% off our Ripe and Ready!

(Thanks to Jasper Hill Farm for the complementary tasting) My wife and I tasted 4 cheeses and a bonus salami. We let the cheese rest at room temperature for about an hour per the vendor's recommendation. Sampled all the cheeses on day two (and three, and a week later :). The cheese last very well in...
by R. Frankel
November 16th, 2021, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos Vougeot from Hubert Lignier ?
Replies: 3
Views: 323

Re: Clos Vougeot from Hubert Lignier ?

Btw I opened my first 2019 Burg this week - a Hubert Lignier Plan Gilbert Bourgogne Rouge. I was impressed by it, though it’s not cheap for a BR. Still, very earthy & floral, with good depth and complexity even so young.
by R. Frankel
November 14th, 2021, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Barolo / Barbaresco : What have you bought / planning to buy
Replies: 164
Views: 6570

Re: 2017 Barolo / Barbaresco : What have you bought / planning to buy

Bit of a broken record here, but I too have gone light(er) on ‘17. So far I’ve bought Vajra, Burlotto, Fratelli Alessandria, and Trediberri. I will try to buy Cappellano if I can find it. I’ll also look for Vietti, Sandrone and E. Grasso in end of year sales, but not going to try that hard. Btw I ha...
by R. Frankel
November 14th, 2021, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Burgundy: a few thoughts
Replies: 27
Views: 2744

Re: 2020 Burgundy: a few thoughts

Thanks for the notes and insights Robert. Good stuff.
by R. Frankel
November 12th, 2021, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2021 VDP Grosser Ring - Mosel Wine Auction Results Thread
Replies: 306
Views: 5433

Re: The 2021 VDP Grosser Ring - Mosel Wine Auction Results Thread

Rodrigo thanks for compiling the results! These are the ones I bid on: € 61.00 2020 Fritz Haag Juffer SONNENUHR Kabinett 0,75L € 100.00 2020 Willi Schaefer Graacher DOMPROBST Kabinett 0,75L € 30.00 2020 Clemens Busch MARIENBURG Kabinett Fass 2034 0,75L € 59.00 2020 Maximin Grünhaus ABTSBERG Kabinett...
by R. Frankel
November 11th, 2021, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: Wine Service at Restaurants
Replies: 53
Views: 1625

Re: POLL: Wine Service at Restaurants

As with others it really depends. The restaurant, the wine in question, my group size. I will say I only bring glassware for large group/wine dinners.
by R. Frankel
November 10th, 2021, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN Cheval Blanc 1982
Replies: 9
Views: 770

Re: TN Cheval Blanc 1982

Great story and note, thanks Mark. I’ve only had the ‘82 once - around 2015 - and it was fabulous. So deep and multifaceted. Odd to remember a wine so clearly after a number of years.
by R. Frankel
November 10th, 2021, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why a 2 bottle limit on corkage?
Replies: 345
Views: 10934

Re: Why a 2 bottle limit on corkage?

I've actually enjoyed this thread a lot - it has helped clarify for me why I have such a hard time finding a restaurant willing to take my wine group. How interesting - I've generally found New York to be a very corkage friendly city. I was out yesterday for my birthday and there were 3 separate gr...
by R. Frankel
November 10th, 2021, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why a 2 bottle limit on corkage?
Replies: 345
Views: 10934

Re: Why a 2 bottle limit on corkage?

2. I will ask again - what are the examples of difficult customer interactions involving corkage? How often do they happen? A byproduct of the irrelevance of corkage would also suggest, to me, that it’s very infrequent. Is that incorrect? Greg, I'm confused by this. This thread is jammed full of ex...
by R. Frankel
November 8th, 2021, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: newbie BD day... is this happening?
Replies: 3
Views: 447

Re: newbie BD day... is this happening?

No videos this year - just written reviews.
by R. Frankel
November 8th, 2021, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why a 2 bottle limit on corkage?
Replies: 345
Views: 10934

Re: Why a 2 bottle limit on corkage?

As someone who organizes group wine dinners, I sympathize hugely with everyone here who wishes that it was super easy to find a great restaurant that would accept a group with lots of bottles. But I think it's clear why it's not so easy. - Economics, part 1. First and foremost, restaurants (especial...
by R. Frankel
November 7th, 2021, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Burg vintages to drink in 2022?
Replies: 43
Views: 2371

Re: Which Burg vintages to drink in 2022?

Howard Cooper wrote: November 7th, 2021, 4:16 pm
Kent Comley wrote: November 7th, 2021, 2:21 pm
1999 - the great one. Did shut down, but many have re-emerged. Hold those Grand Crus.
I know I should hold these grand crus, but do I have to? The ones I have tasted this year have been really yummy.
Hah, I think you know the answer to that one Howard!
by R. Frankel
November 7th, 2021, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Some Recent Reds (Bachelet, Rion, Colin, Ferrando, Cavallotto)
Replies: 23
Views: 1189

Re: TNs: Some Recent Reds (Bachelet, Rion, Colin, Ferrando, Cavallotto)

Great notes thanks Sarah. The Langhe Nebbiolos really nicely show the potential of the grape in the right hands. I haven't had the Cavallotto but there are so many well made examples.
by R. Frankel
November 7th, 2021, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Burg vintages to drink in 2022?
Replies: 43
Views: 2371

Re: Which Burg vintages to drink in 2022?

2006-2008 are all pretty interesting, and for different reasons. My experience with 2006 is mostly positive, maybe extremely positive. It seems to have a bad rep, mostly because of an evilly long quiet phase combined with a fair amount of structure. And yet now that they are awakening they have been...
by R. Frankel
November 7th, 2021, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Burg vintages to drink in 2022?
Replies: 43
Views: 2371

Re: Which Burg vintages to drink in 2022?

Reds: For young vintages: ‘19 - yes. ‘18 - probably still open. ‘17 - starting to close? Bourgogne Rouge - I probably wouldn’t drink ‘15 and ‘16 yet, but any other vintage is fair game. But I like these on the young side. Village - more variation here but I would certainly consider just about anythi...
by R. Frankel
November 7th, 2021, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk Chambolle
Replies: 147
Views: 7339

Re: Let's talk Chambolle

Sorry for continuing the hijack of the Chambolle thread. I'll add that Musigny is obviously better than Bonnes Mares, duh. I love Bonnes Mares and own more of it than any other grand cru but even I would not argue otherwise. All the Burgundies I own are worse than the ones I don’t. Yet our dogs and...
by R. Frankel
November 3rd, 2021, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 German Riesling
Replies: 219
Views: 12153

Re: 2020 German Riesling

I bought my first auction wines last year. The bottling was the 2019 Clemens Busch Kabinett - a producer I really enjoy and this is one of the value plays available at the auction. Sadly haven't tried one yet ... takes a while for the wines to drift around the world. Still, I'm undecided about wheth...
by R. Frankel
November 3rd, 2021, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 German Riesling
Replies: 219
Views: 12153

Re: 2020 German Riesling

Has anyone tried the 2020 pradikat wines from Maximin Grunhaus yet? After the performance of those 2019s in their youth, especially the Herrenberg Kabinett, I'm curious how the 2020s compare. I haven't tried the 2020 wines yet, though I adored the '19 Herrenberg Kabinett. It's interesting though ho...
by R. Frankel
October 31st, 2021, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Name one wine (ONE) that you bought in 2021 that people should seriously consider purchasing
Replies: 165
Views: 8883

Re: Name one wine (ONE) that you bought in 2021 that people should seriously consider purchasing

If folks are interested in some of the best cool climate Pinots from California, get on the Rivers-Marie mailing list right now. Their Sonoma Coast PN (appellation blend) is excellent, especially at its low price point ($30) if bought from the list. I see the ‘19 available in the US but even at $40 ...
by R. Frankel
October 30th, 2021, 9:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Name one wine (ONE) that you bought in 2021 that people should seriously consider purchasing
Replies: 165
Views: 8883

Re: Name one wine (ONE) that you bought in 2021 that people should seriously consider purchasing

I love the 2019 Maximin Grunhauser Herrenberg Kabinett. Have to agree whole heartedly. I'm disappointed I only was able to snag 18 instead of 180. The 2 I've had have been incredible and there's no way I can keep my hands off the rest for the 20+ years they deserve. I salute you Andrew! I went very...
by R. Frankel
October 30th, 2021, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Name one wine (ONE) that you bought in 2021 that people should seriously consider purchasing
Replies: 165
Views: 8883

Re: Name one wine (ONE) that you bought in 2021 that people should seriously consider purchasing

2019 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese feinherb Ur Alte Reben If you are on a very tight budget the Richter Rieslings are crazy cheap and delicious. How would you, Rich and others compare the '19 selbach to the '15? Sadly I haven’t had the ‘15 but did a comparison of the ‘18 &...
by R. Frankel
October 30th, 2021, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Name one wine (ONE) that you bought in 2021 that people should seriously consider purchasing
Replies: 165
Views: 8883

Re: Name one wine (ONE) that you bought in 2021 that people should seriously consider purchasing

2019 German Riesling is a theme here. There are many many good options. I’m resisting naming Falkenstein since it’s basically impossible to source. So instead I’ll go with: 2019 Selbach-Oster Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese feinherb Ur Alte Reben If you are on a very tight budget the Richter R...
by R. Frankel
October 30th, 2021, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rising stars of burgundy tasting
Replies: 52
Views: 3162

Re: Rising stars of burgundy tasting

Thibaud Clerget (of Y. Clerget)
Alvina Pernot
by R. Frankel
October 28th, 2021, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Monte Bello vs Estate Cabernet
Replies: 35
Views: 3009

Re: Ridge Monte Bello vs Estate Cabernet

However I really like the Estate Cab. I think of them like this: The Estate Cab is a very satisfying California Cab done in a fairly restrained style at an excellent price point. Not many $50ish Cali Cabs that are better, or even as good. It is good young, will age a bit too. What is the aging life...
by R. Frankel
October 27th, 2021, 8:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Arnoux-Lachaux Bourgogne Pinot Fin 2014
Replies: 10
Views: 665

Re: TN: Arnoux-Lachaux Bourgogne Pinot Fin 2014

I had a ‘15 earlier this year and it was similar. Ready, enjoyable, everything I want from. Bourgogne Rouge. Not profound but I don’t expect that for $30.
by R. Frankel
October 27th, 2021, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Monte Bello vs Estate Cabernet
Replies: 35
Views: 3009

Re: Ridge Monte Bello vs Estate Cabernet

I agree with the the overall sentiment here. These are very different wines. The Estate Cab won’t give you a baby Monte Bello experience. Honestly I can’t think of anything that can. MB can be amazing and is unique. However I really like the Estate Cab. I think of them like this: The Estate Cab is a...
by R. Frankel
October 27th, 2021, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you buy bottles with "Signs of past seepage"
Replies: 59
Views: 2665

Re: Do you buy bottles with "Signs of past seepage"

I buy mostly reds at auction - Barolo, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhônes. And seepage is one of my ‘don’t buy’ keys. Others are protruding or depressed corks. Plenty of good condition bottles to bid on. I definitely avoid seeping and protruding bottles, and am suspicious of depressed corks, but I’m not qu...
by R. Frankel
October 27th, 2021, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you buy bottles with "Signs of past seepage"
Replies: 59
Views: 2665

Re: Do you buy bottles with "Signs of past seepage"

I buy mostly reds at auction - Barolo, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhônes. And seepage is one of my ‘don’t buy’ keys. Others are protruding or depressed corks. Plenty of good condition bottles to bid on.
by R. Frankel
October 26th, 2021, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Angelus scandal
Replies: 58
Views: 3358

Re: Angelus scandal

So he was slapped on the wrist for helping out his buddies? They don't make scandals like they used to.
by R. Frankel
October 22nd, 2021, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article: The Single-Vineyard Wine Scam
Replies: 134
Views: 7647

Re: Article: The Single-Vineyard Wine Scam

What's to stop a producer from taking their estate wine, and just bottling up vats separately, maybe calling them North Slope and South Slope, assuming they had the grapes separated, and saying one showed better acidity and the other more fruit, and raising the prices? And maybe even getting the co...
by R. Frankel
October 21st, 2021, 11:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article: The Single-Vineyard Wine Scam
Replies: 134
Views: 7647

Re: Article: The Single-Vineyard Wine Scam

According to Mr. Google there are some 65,000 wine producers globally working on roughly 15 million acres of vines. There cannot possibly be a single right way to make and sell wine. And when the marketplace likes something, others will notice and imitate. There isn’t one trend, there are dozens, mo...
by R. Frankel
October 20th, 2021, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Article: The Single-Vineyard Wine Scam
Replies: 134
Views: 7647

Re: Article: The Single-Vineyard Wine Scam

Well, hmm. I read the article. Other than the breathless hyperbole there's not much new here. My POV is that emphasis on single vineyard origins and terroir are merely reflections of a mature market that is willing to pay more for perceived distinction. The premium buying market (whether it's Berser...
by R. Frankel
October 16th, 2021, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me select from wine list
Replies: 30
Views: 1581

Re: Please help me select from wine list

Agreed, it's not easy. Most biz crowds are fairly happy with anything with alcohol in it. So don't kill yourself trying to please them - just pick something that will put a smile on your face. The Nozzole Chianti (Sangiovese) would be good with the food. The Faiveley Bourgogne Rouge (Pinot) will be ...
by R. Frankel
October 16th, 2021, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Surprise at the response of latest Rhys offer
Replies: 135
Views: 7695

Re: Surprise at the response of latest Rhys offer

Nothing like some aggressive rude ad hominem attacks to reinvigorate an Internet thread. Over or under on 6 pages?
by R. Frankel
October 14th, 2021, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Surprise at the response of latest Rhys offer
Replies: 135
Views: 7695

Re: Surprise at the response of latest Rhys offer

I adore Rhys wines and have been buying every year for quite some time. But this year I find my cellar over-flowing and my budget empty so am going to pass. I've got about a decade of Rhys stock at the rate I've been drinking them so no worries. Oddly I find myself agreeing with David on the suppose...
by R. Frankel
October 13th, 2021, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Price per bottle vs. Community Score QPR thoughts
Replies: 46
Views: 1448

Re: Price per bottle vs. Community Score QPR thoughts

My wine scores are very helpful for me. I love CT for that.
by R. Frankel
October 13th, 2021, 1:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you Slow-O/Audouze?
Replies: 27
Views: 1390

Re: Do you Slow-O/Audouze?

There have been many discussions here, but searching for them isn’t yielding much. Summary: science-y folks are in the ‘it does nothing’ camp. Other opinions are of the ‘it works for me’ type. Francois Audoze himself swears by it for very old (say, 40+ years) bottles, and has had a lot of thoughtful...
by R. Frankel
October 12th, 2021, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk Chambolle
Replies: 147
Views: 7339

Re: Let's talk Chambolle

Chambolle is the most represented Burg village in my cellar (about a quarter). I would add Bonnes Mares to the discussion here. Musigny is not the only Grand Cru appellation in the village! Bonnes Mares tends to be a bit more structured but there are many beautiful ones made. Generally lower priced...

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