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by Arv R
January 23rd, 2021, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm
Replies: 16
Views: 1187

Re: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

Rimmerman is flogging this today - 2017 Dead Arm for $37.

That's less than what I remember paying back in the 90s.

Sounds like the market for these has collapsed.
by Arv R
January 22nd, 2021, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Paul Hobbs 'Stagecoach Vyd' CS [Napa]
Replies: 3
Views: 258

Re: TN: 2001 Paul Hobbs 'Stagecoach Vyd' CS [Napa]

How much was this on release? That's good color for a 19-year old Napa Cab. I think it was $70ish? That felt like a lot then considering that (more proven, at least to me) Dominus and Togni were only $20 or so more. I think I ordered it over the phone from Bertellis in NJ (are they even around anym...
by Arv R
January 22nd, 2021, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: The seduction and disappointment in German Spätburgunders
Replies: 27
Views: 1158

Re: TN: The seduction and disappointment in German Spätburgunders

My experience with a modest Messmer was quite satisfactory last month or so

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by Arv R
January 21st, 2021, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Worst Bordeaux Vintage 1980-2013
Replies: 34
Views: 1683

Re: Poll: Worst Bordeaux Vintage 1980-2013

I think some of the ones you're suggesting are in the running for 'worst' are really more average/ok/solid than ones that should even be in the running. 2012 for example.
by Arv R
January 21st, 2021, 9:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Paul Hobbs 'Stagecoach Vyd' CS [Napa]
Replies: 3
Views: 258

TN: 2001 Paul Hobbs 'Stagecoach Vyd' CS [Napa]

2001 Paul Hobbs 'Stagecoach Vineyard' CS [Napa] held since release, double decanted. 14.8% abv. light amount of sediment. Dark ruby hue, color suggesting lots of runway still ahead, my guess is perhaps another 20 years. On the nose there is some cocoa, caramel, burnt sugar. Tremendous density in th...
by Arv R
January 21st, 2021, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2386
Views: 272214

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

I have also had issues with them in the past. However, I don't waste too much time with them specifically. Usually, I will chat with them, get them to tell me they will reimburse because of XYZ. If they don't follow through, I claim it from the credit card. That way, I don't waste hours with their ...
by Arv R
January 20th, 2021, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lady winery owners / collectors
Replies: 54
Views: 3674

Re: Lady winery owners / collectors

So here's a strange thought: do female winemakers make more 'feminine' wines than male ones?
by Arv R
January 19th, 2021, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
Replies: 126
Views: 14203

Re: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

Costco #471 has the 2016 normale for $36.

I passed, and honestly, have not liked how the 2010 is developing so far.
by Arv R
January 18th, 2021, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taking wine on ski trip
Replies: 20
Views: 1299

Re: Taking wine on ski trip

We drive up to Tahoe all the time with wine and don't really have issues. I have a variety of decent plastic stems I use for these trips. I do agree that if you're taking delicate, older bottles they aren't going to be at their best. Apres ski is a good time for throaty young Rhones, IMO
by Arv R
January 18th, 2021, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: B21 Wine in FL - Major Disappointment, Ending my 25+ Year Relationship with Them
Replies: 147
Views: 14768

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

I think it is more helpful to just understand what a retailers strengths/weaknesses are. Maybe B-21 can't really handle Hold til Ship anymore (or perhaps they don't want to). I think that is something that can be lived with. Maybe one shops there 6mo of the year. I get the B21 emails even though I h...
by Arv R
January 18th, 2021, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for Bordeaux Lovers
Replies: 46
Views: 1800

Re: Question for Bordeaux Lovers

I'll be the contrary cat here and point out that you can generally always find the cru classe wines later on, at auction/retail/private sale. You don't have to actually cellar, store, insure, commit capital to holding wines with 10-50k case productions just to be sure you will have a bottle to drink...
by Arv R
January 17th, 2021, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you drink the most of
Replies: 92
Views: 4332

Re: Wines you drink the most of

La Rioja (LRA, LdH, Ontanon, Riojanas) I rarely see the estate mentioned, but for California berserkers with a Total Wine near them, check to see if they have Ontanon. The 2010 Ontanon 'Gran Reserva' [Rioja] is $17 at mine, and at a number of other CA TW's I checked online. Typically this goes for ...
by Arv R
January 17th, 2021, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Tasting for Newbies
Replies: 16
Views: 717

Re: Wine Tasting for Newbies

So I took the advice of many here. The wine tasting was fun and I think people liked it. Thanks to all. Here is what I served. For the most part, I wanted the wines to be in the low to mid teens, so that I wouldn't scare anyone away from purchasing wines that they liked. I also did some cellar clea...
by Arv R
January 17th, 2021, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 8277
Views: 587249

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

92 Parker at 12 bucks...I just couldn't resist..in for 6..... Yves Cheron Cotes du Rhone Les Dentelles 2015 Although I purchased a bottle from Garagiste rather than LBW, the 2015 Yves Cheron 'Les Dentelles' [Cotes du Rhone] is pretty good! It's a multi village grenache blend with 1/3 syrah that is ...
by Arv R
January 17th, 2021, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Excellent Napa/Sonoma Cabs under 14% ABV
Replies: 20
Views: 1416

Re: Excellent Napa/Sonoma Cabs under 14% ABV

Laurel Glen usually clocks in just slightly above 14% but don't taste heavy/ponderous to me.

Mountain fruit, maybe a touch of pyrazines in some years.

Global warming makes it harder to find what you are looking for.
by Arv R
January 17th, 2021, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Chateau La Providence, Pomerol
Replies: 7
Views: 256

Re: TN: 2011 Chateau La Providence, Pomerol

I really never recall hearing about this before the early 2000's when it started getting reviewed. Was it just being sold to European customers before and never making its way stateside? https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/bordeaux-wine-producer-profiles/bordeaux/pomerol/providence/ Jeff's site sug...
by Arv R
January 17th, 2021, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Chateau La Providence, Pomerol
Replies: 7
Views: 256

Re: TN: 2011 Chateau La Providence, Pomerol

I thought La Providence itself was kind of a recent creation, maybe around as a nameplate for 10-12 years?

Hosanna is a beautiful wine, but I've not bought nor tasted any in a long time. Nice picture!
by Arv R
January 16th, 2021, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Señorío de San Vicente Tempranillo Rioja San Vicente
Replies: 1
Views: 152

Re: TN: 2001 Señorío de San Vicente Tempranillo Rioja San Vicente

If you like a modern take on Rioja, K&L has the 2016 of this for $41 with 9 btls left. They take PayPal btw. Might need to be logged into the K&L account to see that price though.
by Arv R
January 16th, 2021, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desmirail and Siran - Margaux - 2005
Replies: 5
Views: 323

Re: Desmirail and Siran - Margaux - 2005

I had an 05 Rauzan Gassies a year ago or so which was still pretty manly, despite a few hours in a decanter. I do like Margaux from that year though!

http://www.bordeauxwineenthusiasts.com/ ... f=4&t=8753
by Arv R
January 16th, 2021, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Lamborghini (La Fiorita) Umbria Campoleone
Replies: 9
Views: 567

Re: TN: 2000 Lamborghini (La Fiorita) Umbria Campoleone

My only experience with their wines was less positive

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by Arv R
January 14th, 2021, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Kabinett 2007
Replies: 4
Views: 405

Re: Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Kabinett 2007

What are your thoughts on 2019?
by Arv R
January 14th, 2021, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2386
Views: 272214

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Every so often I switch my location to NY or CA and get jealous at the good stuff they have in stock. FL warehouse is like one of those cartoon deserts with a tumbleweed moseying through it Every time I switch my tax filing domicile from NY or CA, the revenue authorities start chasing me... There c...
by Arv R
January 14th, 2021, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 742
Views: 75103

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

For those of you trying to guesstimate how some of these might age, about 60 Cameron Hughes wines showed up on WineBid. Some are older cabs, with AVA designations, which I'd assume would be of the most interest. Obviously there is no guarantee at all that what might have been in a 10 year old Stags ...
by Arv R
January 14th, 2021, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm
Replies: 16
Views: 1187

Re: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

I've had Dead Arm, Ironstone Pressings, and whatever that third one they had up to maybe 10-15 years age. For my tastes I liked them much more on release. When I was younger I used to work by a wine bar that would sell them for $60 a bottle, your pick, and they were crowdpleasers for biz meetings. (...
by Arv R
January 14th, 2021, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm
Replies: 16
Views: 1187

Re: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

In the limited sampling I have had of OZ wines, I have not liked the ways they develop. True this is generally all Parker / Grateful Palate kind of selections back when they were the rage, so perhaps there are ones I would like, but its also a function of relative value. I can generally find good va...
by Arv R
January 13th, 2021, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Groupon for Wine Spectator
Replies: 43
Views: 4156

Re: Groupon for Wine Spectator

I don't think I've ever renewed anything with WS, but the issues keep on coming, years later. The TN's in the back, and some of the producer profiles/advertorials are ok though. I will give them some credit for that. Lots of props to doing all their tastings blind too. Not as pukey as I recall, well...
by Arv R
January 13th, 2021, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion
Replies: 10
Views: 571

Re: TN: 1998 Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion

1998 was not only a very good / great year in the Graves, it wasn't recognized that way immediately. Some of the vintage charts from that era had relatively low numerical scores, and years later were bumped up a lot, which I never knew if it was due to a late recognized typo or re-evaluation. But th...
by Arv R
January 12th, 2021, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tragedy at Celler Vall Llach in Priorat
Replies: 15
Views: 1687

Re: Tragedy at Celler Vall Llach in Priorat

No matter how many times we corrected him, my dad always pronounced the nearby city of Vallejo as valley-JOE
by Arv R
January 11th, 2021, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tragedy at Celler Vall Llach in Priorat
Replies: 15
Views: 1687

Re: Tragedy at Celler Vall Llach in Priorat

That is awful, I have really enjoyed some of their wines in their fruity youth.

I didn't even know that Priorato could get snow? Isn't it a Mediterranean clime?
by Arv R
January 10th, 2021, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whence upon a time I enjoyed the label more than the wine
Replies: 1
Views: 351

Whence upon a time I enjoyed the label more than the wine

1990 Villa La Selva 'Riserva' [Chianti] This has an appealing label with bright colors and scroll work -- a true pleasure to look at. The color is a rusty red brown, with fading edges, and light body/legs. Unfortunately, the 12% abv wine inside is thin, lean, and tart - with a tertiary nose of fore...
by Arv R
January 10th, 2021, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel
Replies: 15
Views: 1016

Re: TN: 2016 Château de Beaucastel Côtes du Rhône Coudoulet de Beaucastel

I've had Coudelets up to age 10 through 20 and its pretty amazing how well they keep. Seems almost like a sneak peak at only age 5....
by Arv R
January 9th, 2021, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer check: Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA
Replies: 17
Views: 1461

Re: Retailer check: Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA

Very good reputation and a 'destination' type of merchant like Table & Vine in western Mass or K&L in SF.
by Arv R
January 9th, 2021, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1991 Beringer Private Reserve
Replies: 11
Views: 683

Re: 1991 Beringer Private Reserve

I had a 95 a while back that was popped and poured....it kept getting better as the night went on. I don't think a splash in a decanter will hurt this, but 91 might be a touch more verve than 95.
by Arv R
January 9th, 2021, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Date Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 2586

Re: First Date Wines

For our 2nd date, my now wife invites me over and says she'll cook dinner. I say fine, and I'll bring a bottle of wine, grabbing a bottle of the 99 Pegau . Oh and J says 'bring your dog over too' So we toodle over and are drinking wine in the kitchen while I marvel at her polite cats (who don't dest...
by Arv R
January 9th, 2021, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Order from NY to ship to CA?
Replies: 14
Views: 599

Re: Order from NY to ship to CA?

I recently ordered from Empire with no issues at all. It came highly recommended from others on this board. To be honest I order outside my state only to get wines I cannot get through my local retailers. In many cases I have found my local retailers will work with me on pricing. Whaaaaa? Please sa...
by Arv R
January 9th, 2021, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Spanish wines dinner (Rioja)
Replies: 14
Views: 1182

Re: TN: Spanish wines dinner (Rioja)

I pulled the first of a half case of the 2010 Muga Reserva 'Unfiltered' [Rioja] last night to go with beef & chipotle carrot tacos. Note that this is NOT the Especiale referred to by OP (which is an oaky/modern take on Rioja) rather the Reserva is the Bodegas oaky/traditional version. I'm happy ...
by Arv R
January 9th, 2021, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: what is your best resource for old bordeaux vintages?
Replies: 16
Views: 1279

Re: what is your best resource for old bordeaux vintages?

A friend shared a 64 Canon a while ago, and it was stunning. At another dinner a range of 66's were also superb. Personally I would not be going out of my way to acquire old Bordeaux (I stopped buying 1970 in the mid 90's) but I could see how others might want to try really old ones. I also recommen...
by Arv R
January 9th, 2021, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm
Replies: 16
Views: 1187

Re: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

Personally I think all these drank bast at release/young, and didn't develop well.

Don't think I have any OZ in the cellar anywhere
by Arv R
January 8th, 2021, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Investing Platforms
Replies: 93
Views: 4190

Re: Wine Investing Platforms

So has anyone actually thrown any money into Vinovest? 1k minimum to open an account and I think it would be fun to do and talk about. I would enter with the assumption I will lose all my money. You could also take your 1k, and buy a case of nice wines from Sherry Lehman et al, and have something f...
by Arv R
January 7th, 2021, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines with damaged labels...should they sell for a discount?
Replies: 36
Views: 1702

Re: Wines with damaged labels...should they sell for a discount?

My local Total Wine has three 2015 Ridge Geyserville's that have wine splatter all over the labels. They are on the bottom shelf and I know a bottle above it got knocked off and broken causing the splatter. Those three bottles have been there well over a year and probably won't sell because of the ...
by Arv R
January 6th, 2021, 11:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines with damaged labels...should they sell for a discount?
Replies: 36
Views: 1702

Re: Wines with damaged labels...should they sell for a discount?

I think very high end bottles with blemishes on the label (of any kind) should be disclosed. Often those are being purchased with the potential for resale, and even if not, it might matter at an appraisal, or (sadly) for an estate valuation. The one and only time I purchased a Lafleur it was a damag...
by Arv R
January 5th, 2021, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BevMo Accused of Bait and Switch
Replies: 73
Views: 6008

Re: BevMo Accused of Bait and Switch

The last time I was in one, they had a ton of 2nd wines from big Bordeaux estates, with shelf talkers describing the grand vin. At first I thought it was just incompetence but it seemed to be pattern & practice at this location through out the French aisle. I haven't been back in some years. htt...
by Arv R
January 5th, 2021, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cantemerle
Replies: 31
Views: 1836

Re: Cantemerle

If you want to learn more about Cantemerle, there is a nice hagiography on Amazon.

I tapped up a review last year.

http://www.bordeauxwineenthusiasts.com/ ... f=4&t=9180

The last one I had was the 1983 a little while ago, which was quite good still.
by Arv R
January 4th, 2021, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Domaine Eden Chardonnay
Replies: 4
Views: 721

Re: 2016 Domaine Eden Chardonnay

I just had this 16 Domaine Eden Chardonnay [Santa Cruz Mountains] over the last few days and enjoyed it, but actually liked the lower level 2016 Edna Valley bottling better this year. I don't have much experience with this producer (unlike Dan) but I'd assumed I would preferred the higher level one...
by Arv R
January 4th, 2021, 9:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Château Montus Madiran (France, Southwest France, Madiran)
Replies: 24
Views: 992

Re: TN: 1996 Château Montus Madiran (France, Southwest France, Madiran)

It's crazy but I think I've seen 2-3 different Madiran producers at my Costco in the last few years. At least they keep them near the half dozen bdx they carry at any given time. I'm not sure how these get sold since they don't do any sampling, and its not real obvious that the AOC does any marketin...
by Arv R
January 4th, 2021, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Château Montus Madiran (France, Southwest France, Madiran)
Replies: 24
Views: 992

Re: TN: 1996 Château Montus Madiran (France, Southwest France, Madiran)

Is this wine that good? I've been passing up cases of this(current vintage maybe 2014?) at Costco for closeout $9??? That's a good price for any Madiran...but I'd note that I don't think these are mass market tastes. I've never understood why Costco would carry this (I see it in mine too, other pro...
by Arv R
January 4th, 2021, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Beringer Alluvium Red, Knights Valley
Replies: 2
Views: 219

Re: 2001 Beringer Alluvium Red, Knights Valley

I had a couple really 2007's some years back with similar impression. When I remember how little these used to go for, I'm kind of amazed that these change hands for mid $30's at my Costco, but everything in the north coast bdx varietal / blend / cab world is up now.
by Arv R
January 4th, 2021, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2386
Views: 272214

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

On my Amex Platinum, I got $30 off $30 for Wine Insiders. They have a $50 discount of $100 as a referral offer (PM me with your email address if you would like a referral). They should stack (haven't tried it yet), giving you $80 off $100, and if it's over $120, free shipping. This is only on Amex ...
by Arv R
January 4th, 2021, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYC retailer shipping policies
Replies: 20
Views: 905

Re: NYC retailer shipping policies

I think for Hold Til Ship policies, one has to discern between what their stated policy is versus what they follow in practice.

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