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by Neal.Mollen
January 24th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Di Costanzo Wines
Replies: 22
Views: 1494

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Di Costanzo Wines

That’s helpful Frank. Thanks.
by Neal.Mollen
January 24th, 2020, 7:55 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Di Costanzo Wines
Replies: 22
Views: 1494

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Di Costanzo Wines

Interesting to see these wines described in terms of old-world styles (LLC? Domaine de Chevalier?). The one Galloni review I read described the wine as plush and explosive. Anyone care to comment further on the intended style of the wines?
by Neal.Mollen
January 24th, 2020, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Cristal
Replies: 14
Views: 580

Re: 2012 Cristal

wow, y'all light your Cristal young. I've honestly never had a Cristal that was actually "mature". The oldest I've had was the 95 and 97 a year or so ago, and they still felt young to me. I have a '90 and an '83 in my cellar. I'm hoping one of them may be mature. Although I had the '09 a while back...
by Neal.Mollen
January 24th, 2020, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 23
Views: 776

Re: Grassl Glassware

So we use and love the Zalto Champagne glass for bubbles; which Grassl glass is comparable? Or is this just not a wine for which Grassls are appropriate/
by Neal.Mollen
January 23rd, 2020, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: That’s a lot of wine!
Replies: 4
Views: 607

Re: That’s a lot of wine!

One way to water back, I suppose.

Seriously, a terrible accident for them.
by Neal.Mollen
January 23rd, 2020, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eric Guido To Join Vinous
Replies: 50
Views: 2745

Re: Eric Guido To Join Vinous

Congratulations and best of luck to you, Eric.
by Neal.Mollen
January 23rd, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 60
Views: 2142

Re: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

Is there anyone who would answer the question in the OP "yes?" Is this really a question?
by Neal.Mollen
January 22nd, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When is it too cold to ship wine?
Replies: 21
Views: 934

Re: When is it too cold to ship wine?

Alcoholic beverages don't want to freeze.
by Neal.Mollen
January 22nd, 2020, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When is it too cold to ship wine?
Replies: 21
Views: 934

Re: When is it too cold to ship wine?

I'd stipulate shipment by air for the question, as obviously ground shipping through northern states could expose wine to below freezing temps for days on end. Specifically for me, I have wine coming today Napa (to VA) where it got down to 18-20 degrees in the early morning (at which time planes wo...
by Neal.Mollen
January 22nd, 2020, 5:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Fleur Cardinale
Replies: 16
Views: 1028

Re: 2015 Fleur Cardinale

As an aside, if you like this ripe style of modern Bordeaux, it really is a great value. And it’s priced around where the 2005 seemed to be a year after release. Some others: Barde Haut Haut Bergey Lascombes Quinault l’Clos Carmes Haut brion second label La Vieille Cure Of these, Vieille Cure stand...
by Neal.Mollen
January 22nd, 2020, 4:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Fleur Cardinale
Replies: 16
Views: 1028

Re: 2015 Fleur Cardinale

Ask Alfert for his Top 10 Wine Crimes of All Time and you'll have a pretty good start on your list. Rolland, Derenoncourt, and Boüard all make/consult on wines in this style, many inexpensive ones in St Emilion and Fronsac among other places I just wish the three would collaborate on one wine for t...
by Neal.Mollen
January 22nd, 2020, 4:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Fleur Cardinale
Replies: 16
Views: 1028

Re: 2015 Fleur Cardinale

Ask Alfert for his Top 10 Wine Crimes of All Time and you'll have a pretty good start on your list. Rolland, Derenoncourt, and Boüard all make/consult on wines in this style, many inexpensive ones in St Emilion and Fronsac among other places
by Neal.Mollen
January 20th, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What a great community we have!
Replies: 21
Views: 1526

Re: What a great community we have!

I'm gonna tell my kids this is FMIII

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by Neal.Mollen
January 19th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What a great community we have!
Replies: 21
Views: 1526

Re: What a great community we have!

Great post Bill, and Frank is as good a standard-bearer as I can think of. One of our preeminent citizens.
by Neal.Mollen
January 19th, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Large format
Replies: 32
Views: 1577

Re: Large format

Nothing. I never find the occasion to open them. I am moving aggressively in the other direction: 375s. I am always in the mood for a glass or maybe two.
by Neal.Mollen
January 19th, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11170
Views: 411752

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

The 2008 Paul Bara Brut Millésimé at dinner tonight (Zaytinya) was very nice, but it will be much better in a few years. Lots of citrus and flinty minerality but I do think I'll leave the 2 remaining bottles buried for 5 or so
by Neal.Mollen
January 19th, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance
Replies: 14
Views: 636

Re: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance

I now understand. Presumably the space will be used for case-lot long term storage. Getting stuff in and out would be a pain in the ass, so I assume you won't be crawling down there to pull a bottle for dinner! When I was growing up, we had one of those under my parents' house, but it would have bee...
by Neal.Mollen
January 18th, 2020, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the last bottle in your cellar you’ll drink?
Replies: 53
Views: 1809

Re: What’s the last bottle in your cellar you’ll drink?

It is known to happen to everyone for some unexplained reason ;) In the entire course of human history, there are no known or reliably reported instances if me dying. Not a single one. I'd say that is a good reason for optimism. I like your approach! Mine: 'The fact of having been born is a bad aug...
by Neal.Mollen
January 18th, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance
Replies: 14
Views: 636

Re: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance

I'm having a hard time envisioning your crawl space Kelly. Gotta pic?
by Neal.Mollen
January 18th, 2020, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St. Julien
Replies: 14
Views: 739

Re: TN: 2000 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St. Julien

First-ever tasting note posted here, so please be gentle. [thankyou.gif] 2000 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St. Julien I was sworn into the Washington State Bar Association yesterday, so my wife and I pulled this out to celebrate. Decanted for a little over two hours and enjoyed for another two, this wine was...
by Neal.Mollen
January 18th, 2020, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the last bottle in your cellar you’ll drink?
Replies: 53
Views: 1809

Re: What’s the last bottle in your cellar you’ll drink?

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
January 18th, 2020, 9:37 am
Neal.Mollen wrote:
January 18th, 2020, 8:52 am
Not sure I own it yet
Just saw K&L sold out of 2015 Sociando-Mallet, do you own it now?
LOL, I suspect Alfert
by Neal.Mollen
January 18th, 2020, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the last bottle in your cellar you’ll drink?
Replies: 53
Views: 1809

Re: What’s the last bottle in your cellar you’ll drink?

2010 Montrose? I may be dead before it’s ready. Neal will for sure. ;) I have no intention of dying. It is known to happen to everyone for some unexplained reason ;) In the entire course of human history, there are no known or reliably reported instances if me dying. Not a single one. I'd say that ...
by Neal.Mollen
January 18th, 2020, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the last bottle in your cellar you’ll drink?
Replies: 53
Views: 1809

Re: What’s the last bottle in your cellar you’ll drink?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 18th, 2020, 8:55 am
2010 Montrose?

I may be dead before it’s ready. Neal will for sure.

;)
I have no intention of dying.
by Neal.Mollen
January 17th, 2020, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of mature Rioja (1942-1996) in NYC
Replies: 20
Views: 1103

Re: Lots of mature Rioja (1942-1996) in NYC

Sounds like an awesome tasting! Thanks for the notes Pat
by Neal.Mollen
January 17th, 2020, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11170
Views: 411752

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

jordan jacobs wrote:
January 17th, 2020, 6:22 pm
Neal.Mollen wrote:
January 17th, 2020, 5:58 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 17th, 2020, 5:41 pm


Awesome!
tcwc has them for $80.
Thanks Neal, just emailed simon to grab one. Probably should have grabbed two. Oh well. If they are still there when I pick up my recent orders I’ll grab some more.
I have one more and hope it (and yours) delivers like this one
by Neal.Mollen
January 17th, 2020, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11170
Views: 411752

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 17th, 2020, 5:41 pm
Neal.Mollen wrote:
January 17th, 2020, 4:55 pm
1988 Domaine de Chevalier. Man what a nose. This wine smells so good if you never drank any having the bottle would be worthwhile. Just intoxicating. Not too shabby on the palate either. Just a delightful bottle
Awesome!
tcwc has them for $80.
by Neal.Mollen
January 17th, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12553
Views: 605755

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 17th, 2020, 5:44 pm
Neal.Mollen wrote:
January 17th, 2020, 4:53 pm
half a dozen half bottles of the 2016 Fontalloro offered by envoyer today. Can't have enough halves.
I bought in 750, then WineBid had 375s that I drooled over but for $30 sans vig, ugh. How much?
$28
by Neal.Mollen
January 17th, 2020, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11170
Views: 411752

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1988 Domaine de Chevalier. Man what a nose. This wine smells so good if you never drank any having the bottle would be worthwhile. Just intoxicating. Not too shabby on the palate either. Just a delightful bottle
by Neal.Mollen
January 17th, 2020, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12553
Views: 605755

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

half a dozen half bottles of the 2016 Fontalloro offered by envoyer today. Can't have enough halves.
by Neal.Mollen
January 17th, 2020, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Chateau La Conseillante, Pomerol
Replies: 12
Views: 598

Re: TN: 1998 Chateau La Conseillante, Pomerol

Sounds like a delight. That's a pretty fresh looking cork too!
by Neal.Mollen
January 17th, 2020, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 60
Views: 2142

Re: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

I think all wine should be evaluated using the binary system. I like it or I don't like it. Of course, you can then expound on why you like it or you don't like it if you care to. This is nearly perfect. The only change I'd make is that the only relevant question is whether I like it, not whether P...
by Neal.Mollen
January 17th, 2020, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice Bottles Don't Necessarily Make Good Pairings: Exhibit "A".
Replies: 32
Views: 1542

Re: Nice Bottles Don't Necessarily Make Good Pairings: Exhibit "A".

Happy anniversary Noel! A lovely occasion to share with your family, even if one son was "in Ho Chi Minh on a short vacation" -- a phrase that brought me up short as a man of a certain age who finds it jarring. Happy that things have changed for the better since the days of my youth
by Neal.Mollen
January 16th, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pontet Canet in Napa?
Replies: 26
Views: 2112

Re: Pontet Canet in Napa?

Nope! Silt is a rock particle in which the grain size is smaller than sand but larger than clay. When doing fieldwork, geologists have sometimes been known to put a small sample in their mouth. If they can feel the gritty particles; it is a siltstone, if not then it is a claystone (which may later ...
by Neal.Mollen
January 16th, 2020, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "NFL Wine Guy"
Replies: 15
Views: 2017

Re: "NFL Wine Guy"



by Neal.Mollen
January 16th, 2020, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much wine did you consume in 2019?
Replies: 46
Views: 1802

Re: How much wine did you consume in 2019?

No clue. Maybe 100-125 bottles.
by Neal.Mollen
January 13th, 2020, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Chateau Lanessan. This is why we do it.
Replies: 44
Views: 1696

Re: TN: 1999 Chateau Lanessan. This is why we do it.

An inexpensive Cru. Twenty years old. Perfectly stored. Firing on all four cylinders. This ain’t an eight cylinder beast, never meant to be more than it is. But it delivers With aplomb. Cigar box, leather, dried red fruits and camp fire on the nose. Impeccable balance on a mid-weight frame. Sous bo...
by Neal.Mollen
January 13th, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 169
Views: 15894

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

Just got a shipping notice from Applejack, so they apparently got their refreshed supply.
by Neal.Mollen
January 13th, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pontet Canet in Napa?
Replies: 26
Views: 2112

Re: Pontet Canet in Napa?

BTW, do I want my tannins to be silt-like? Asking for a vigneron friend.
by Neal.Mollen
January 13th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pontet Canet in Napa?
Replies: 26
Views: 2112

Re: Pontet Canet in Napa?

Glen Gold wrote:
January 13th, 2020, 11:02 am
Where are you seeing the price? I tried to look it up on Sokolin and didn't find it.
email offer. You can have mine. :-)
by Neal.Mollen
January 13th, 2020, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pontet Canet in Napa?
Replies: 26
Views: 2112

Pontet Canet in Napa?

"This is the first vintage off this estate following the purchase of the old Robin Williams vineyard and house by Chateau Pontet-Canet proprietor Alfred Tesseron back in 2016...Now officially dubbed “Pym-Rae,” in respect for the original name given to the vineyard by Robin Williams (Pym and Rae are...
by Neal.Mollen
January 12th, 2020, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12553
Views: 605755

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
January 12th, 2020, 7:36 am
A smattering of 2016 Chasse Spleen in 375.

Was just chatting with Corey and MarcF about how much we love this format, and I stumbled across these. Leve rated it 88, so I know I will love it! I kid, in part, as his note clearly describes what I like in a Cru Bdx.
B-21?
by Neal.Mollen
January 11th, 2020, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12553
Views: 605755

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Michael S. Monie wrote:
January 11th, 2020, 9:47 am
Neal.Mollen wrote:
January 11th, 2020, 7:50 am
Against better judgement, in violations of house rules, I bought ONE bottle of 2008 Bollinger GA. ALL future 2008 champagne offers are invisible to me.
This has probably already been asked and answered, but does this mean no 2008 Comtes for you?
Logic says yes.
by Neal.Mollen
January 11th, 2020, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: False alarm, 2008 Cristal: NOT eligible for Total Wine 20% off coupon
Replies: 15
Views: 1076

Re: False alarm, 2008 Cristal: NOT eligible for Total Wine 20% off coupon

Neal.Mollen wrote: Most of their Bordeaux portfolio is Winery direct. Before their anticipatory price hikes, the 20% off coupons made them very good buys. I have also noticed an increase in pricing for in-stock Bordeaux. For example, in our local store, the 2015 Domaine de Chevalier went from $79.9...
by Neal.Mollen
January 11th, 2020, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12553
Views: 605755

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Against better judgement, in violations of house rules, I bought ONE bottle of 2008 Bollinger GA. ALL future 2008 champagne offers are invisible to me.
by Neal.Mollen
January 10th, 2020, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: False alarm, 2008 Cristal: NOT eligible for Total Wine 20% off coupon
Replies: 15
Views: 1076

Re: False alarm, 2008 Cristal: NOT eligible for Total Wine 20% off coupon

John Glas wrote:
January 10th, 2020, 6:34 pm
I can never find any winery direct wines I want to purchase in the Minneapolis Market. Most are their corporate swill with goofy labels.
Most of their Bordeaux portfolio is Winery direct. Before their anticipatory price hikes, the 20% off coupons made them very good buys.
by Neal.Mollen
January 10th, 2020, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: False alarm, 2008 Cristal: NOT eligible for Total Wine 20% off coupon
Replies: 15
Views: 1076

Re: 2008 Cristal: $208 at some Total Wines with 20% off coupon

The 20% coupons come out intermittently and can’t be applied to wines priced with a 7 as the last digit. Pricing varies from store to store. The local TW has 2008 Cristal for $259.99, which works out to $208 with the coupon. I think the 20% only works on "winery direct" wines; is Roederer/Cristal o...
by Neal.Mollen
January 10th, 2020, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1190
Views: 67841

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

ykwon wrote:
January 10th, 2020, 1:36 pm
Neal.Mollen wrote:
January 10th, 2020, 12:23 pm
A G Aguirre wrote:
January 10th, 2020, 11:54 am
Thoughts on the Bollinger?
which?
Grande Annee
Even though I promised I wouldn't, I bought. Love this wine
by Neal.Mollen
January 10th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1190
Views: 67841

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

A G Aguirre wrote:
January 10th, 2020, 11:54 am
Thoughts on the Bollinger?
which?
by Neal.Mollen
January 9th, 2020, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Questions you ask on a winery tour/tasting visit?
Replies: 26
Views: 974

Re: Questions you ask on a winery tour/tasting visit?

Greg K wrote:
January 9th, 2020, 12:24 pm
In Napa? My first question is usually how many of your bottles does Alfert's wife buy every year? And how many for the poolboy?
Where's the heliport?

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