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by Br1an Th0rne
January 22nd, 2021, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Worst Bordeaux Vintage 1980-2013
Replies: 34
Views: 1749

Re: Poll: Worst Bordeaux Vintage 1980-2013

I actually really like 1994s!!!!!!!!! +1. They were cheap and some pretty good wines were made. It’s a very old-school Bordeaux vintage. Not for Napa fans, probably. I like ‘94 as well, especially on the left bank. Leoville Barton, Pontet Canet, Pichon Lalande were all fantastic last year. Definite...
by Br1an Th0rne
January 18th, 2021, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: Top vintage for red Bordeaux 1980 - 1999
Replies: 41
Views: 1722

Re: Top vintage for red Bordeaux 1980 - 1999

The high votes for 1990 here speak well of 2009, which I think of as a modern day 1990. It is certainly the most 1990-ish vintage of the 21st century. I hope you’re right. I was blown away by several 1990’s before they were 15 years of age (Haut Brion, Margaux, L’evangile, Montrose, Conseillante, G...
by Br1an Th0rne
January 17th, 2021, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: Top vintage for red Bordeaux 1980 - 1999
Replies: 41
Views: 1722

POLL: Top vintage for red Bordeaux 1980 - 1999

To follow up on Howard’s poll, I’m curious as to what others consider the best vintage for red Bordeaux from 1980 - 1999. Most of these vintages are approaching maturity, so there’s less “projection” required than for more recent years. My pick would be 1990; I’ve had more profoundly great wines fro...
by Br1an Th0rne
January 17th, 2021, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for Bordeaux Lovers
Replies: 46
Views: 1810

Re: Question for Bordeaux Lovers

1st Haut Brion
2nd Pichon Lalande
3rd Palmer
4th Branaire Ducru
5th Grand Puy Lacoste
by Br1an Th0rne
January 17th, 2021, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Top Red Bordeaux vintage of the Century
Replies: 75
Views: 3103

Re: Poll: Top Red Bordeaux vintage of the Century

We are now 20 years into the 21st century and so it is time for a poll on the vintage of the Century in Bordeaux. I am picking 2005 but could change to 2016 in the future depending on how the vintage turns out. 2000 for this purpose is in the 21st century. I did not include 2020 for obvious reasons...
by Br1an Th0rne
January 10th, 2021, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone still prefer Riedel’s Sommeliers series?
Replies: 65
Views: 3188

Re: Anyone still prefer Riedel’s Sommeliers series?

Since purchasing the Grassl 1855’s, I have not used my Riedel Sommelier Bordeaux / Cabernet glasses. I picked them up a couple of weeks ago to rearrange the China cabinet, and was shocked at how big, heavy and clunky they seemed. Similar story for the vinum Cabernet glasses.
by Br1an Th0rne
January 10th, 2021, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP
Replies: 145
Views: 9176

Re: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP

Such awful news; it sounds as though Frank was trying to offer assistance to someone who had crashed their vehicle, and was murdered for it. RIP
by Br1an Th0rne
January 7th, 2021, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kinsman Inaugural Release
Replies: 121
Views: 13184

Re: Kinsman Inaugural Release

Oh boy, 2018 Rhadamanthus just got 100AG. Guess this is the next MacDonald in terms of mailing list waiting time, I don't even. recall MacDonald getting 100AG The ‘16 Rhadamanthus was far and away the best new world wine that I tasted this year, during a virtual tasting with Nigel and Antonio. Prob...
by Br1an Th0rne
January 6th, 2021, 4:48 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD
Replies: 0
Views: 233

SOLD

SOLD
by Br1an Th0rne
January 4th, 2021, 9:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?
Replies: 102
Views: 4525

Re: How would we rate 1982 Bordeaux if they were released today?

A great topic! I’m a bit too young to have tasted the 82’s in their youth, as the 95’s were the first wines I bought upon release. Honestly, I’ve never met a young red Bordeaux (less than 5 years old) that I’ve enjoyed, so I would have been at the mercy of the critic reviews! I like to think that I ...
by Br1an Th0rne
January 2nd, 2021, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll - off vintages in Bordeaux
Replies: 61
Views: 2527

Re: Poll - off vintages in Bordeaux

I guess it all depends on how one defines an “off” vintage. In the 1990’s, I believe that 90, 95, 96, 98 were all very good to excellent. I feel 91, 92, and 93 were poor to below average. I believe 94, 97 and 99 were average. I did check 94 as an “off vintage” but I actually adore many of those wine...
by Br1an Th0rne
January 1st, 2021, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your cellar's core strength?
Replies: 104
Views: 4667

Re: Your cellar's core strength?

Left bank Bordeaux, with right bank Bordeaux a distant second!
by Br1an Th0rne
January 1st, 2021, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Glass Help?
Replies: 15
Views: 948

Re: Wine Glass Help?

Can’t recommend Grassl highly enough, particularly the 1855 and liberte. Only thing better than the glasses is the customer service.
by Br1an Th0rne
December 29th, 2020, 9:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off vintages that took you by surprise.
Replies: 66
Views: 2244

Re: Off vintages that took you by surprise.

1994 Left bank Bordeaux. Have really loved the ‘94 Leoville Barton, Pontet Canet, and Pichon Lalande. The first growths were awesome this year as well, with the Latour and Mouton a notch above the Ch. Margaux. Got a couple mixed cases at auction a few years ago, and it was some of the best money I’v...
by Br1an Th0rne
December 28th, 2020, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN (but not really): 2010 Grand Puy Lacoste
Replies: 1
Views: 312

Re: TN (but not really): 2010 Grand Puy Lacoste

GPL is my favorite wine, but I’ve not had the ‘09 or ‘10 yet. Glad to hear you had a good experience with the ‘10! Was shocked at how well the ‘05 showed during a blind tasting a few months ago.
by Br1an Th0rne
December 28th, 2020, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Grand Puy Lacoste
Replies: 9
Views: 817

Re: TN: 1995 Grand Puy Lacoste

I prefer the ‘96 GPL to the ‘95. For my tastes, the ‘00 is equal pegging to the ‘96, and the ‘90 is in another stratosphere altogether! I was shocked at how well the ‘05 showed in a blind tasting a few months ago. I still think the ‘82 is my favorite. My favorite Bordeaux, all things considered, and...
by Br1an Th0rne
December 28th, 2020, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPDATE: Auction purchase - wine beyond damaged
Replies: 65
Views: 4290

Re: Auction purchase - wine beyond damaged

I would not purchase a ‘96 cinq cepages with signs of seepage and a high shoulder fill. Not under any circumstances. If you buy wine that has stated signs of seepage and poor fills, you’re kinda asking for it in my opinion. Sorry you had a bad experience here.
by Br1an Th0rne
December 27th, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8140
Views: 571754

Re: de Negoce offer

Gave away a couple of mixed cases of de Negoce for Christmas presents. Haven’t been impressed with any of them, but my mom and sister thought they were just fine!
by Br1an Th0rne
December 26th, 2020, 9:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 2391
Views: 273385

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

I had several wine.com gift cards ($300 all told) that I’d forgotten about, so used the coupon codes above and the rakuten 10%. Will be interesting to see what I get for cashback. I’ve not had great luck with Rakuten. Retailmenot came through with the 20% cashback for some orders I placed over the s...
by Br1an Th0rne
December 26th, 2020, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series - Bordeaux - Jud Reis - Kijabe Children’s Education Fund - DEC 23-DEC31
Replies: 63
Views: 2083

Re: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series - Bordeaux - Jud Reis - Kijabe Children’s Education Fund - DEC 23-DEC31

1970 Mouton Rothschild The fill was top shoulder; stood upright for a week before service, quick decant for sediment. Healthy deep garnet with some bricking. Classic mature Pauillac bouquet, with notes of dried plum, cigar box, sous bois, black truffle. Medium bodied, elegant, fully mature, silky te...
by Br1an Th0rne
December 26th, 2020, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Christmas wine?
Replies: 95
Views: 4108

Re: Your Christmas wine?

2012 Roederer Champagne 1989 Ch. Leoville Las Cases 1994 Ch. Margaux The Roederer is brimming with potential, but I’m having a heckuva time keeping the corks in mine! I preferred the Ch. Margaux over the LLC, although both were impressive wines. Flannery CA reserve tenderloin roast, with Gratin Daup...
by Br1an Th0rne
December 13th, 2020, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 86’ Mouton or Lafite or ??
Replies: 44
Views: 2539

Re: 86’ Mouton or Lafite or ??

I won’t be opening my remaining bottles of the ‘86 Mouton or Lafite until at least 2025. Great wines, but every bottle I’ve opened seemed to be at least 10 years away from maturity. Conversely, the ‘86 Margaux, Haut Brion, and Cheval Blanc are all drinking beautifully today. An OWC of ‘86 Cheval Bla...
by Br1an Th0rne
December 8th, 2020, 9:24 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD
Replies: 4
Views: 616

Re: FS/FT: 2003 Quilceda Creek (RP 100)

SOLD
by Br1an Th0rne
December 5th, 2020, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1st taste after Covid
Replies: 22
Views: 1931

Re: 1st taste after Covid

Glad you are on the road to recovery!
by Br1an Th0rne
December 5th, 2020, 4:34 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD
Replies: 4
Views: 616

Re: FS: 2003 Quilceda Creek (RP 100)

Will consider trades for vintage champagne or classic red Bordeaux.
by Br1an Th0rne
December 5th, 2020, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you could go back in time and collect one Bordeaux wine consistently over the years...?
Replies: 105
Views: 6445

Re: If you could go back in time and collect one Bordeaux wine consistently over the years...?

Prior to 1995 all the First Growths were between $50 and $100, so I am not losing any brownie points by saying I would buy only Lafite and Latour. I realize what I said above. I think I am more trying to get in front and buy some over the next 5-10 years that I would enjoy into my 60’s. Grand Puy L...
by Br1an Th0rne
December 5th, 2020, 3:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Temp and Humidity Levels
Replies: 5
Views: 530

Re: Cellar Temp and Humidity Levels

In my opinion, the short answer is you have nothing to worry about. For the obsessive among us, the only potential concern is the 49% humidity level, as it may impact the corks and dry them out a bit. I don’t think this would be an issue until the wines had been stored for at least 15+ years. So whe...
by Br1an Th0rne
November 30th, 2020, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you clean your worm?
Replies: 29
Views: 1412

Re: Do you clean your worm?

The thought of cleaning my worm has never occurred to me!
by Br1an Th0rne
November 27th, 2020, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?
Replies: 181
Views: 7794

Re: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

We had:
2018 Realm Fidelio Sauv Blanc
1995 Pichon Lalande
by Br1an Th0rne
November 27th, 2020, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 181
Views: 14271

Re: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year

WOTY - 1988 Haut Brion, in a vertical of the ‘85, ‘88 and ‘95 Haut Brion, right before the pandemic, during a Chaîne dinner that I hosted. I had purchased all of the Haut Brion at auction over the years, and was blown away by how well all of the bottles showed. I double decanted and tasted all 12 o...
by Br1an Th0rne
November 26th, 2020, 6:29 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD
Replies: 4
Views: 616

Re: FS: 2003 Quilceda Creek

Updated for sold.
by Br1an Th0rne
November 23rd, 2020, 8:07 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: SOLD
Replies: 4
Views: 616

SOLD

For sale, purchased from the mailing list. Bottles are pristine, and stored at 55/70 since release. Normal terms apply.

2002 Quilceda Creek (2 bottles) $150 SOLD
2003 Quilceda Creek (2 bottles) $200 SOLD

PM if interested!

Thanks,
Brian
by Br1an Th0rne
November 23rd, 2020, 2:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.
Replies: 91
Views: 4151

Re: God, I wish critics would stick to wines and not burden us with their musical preferences.

alan weinberg wrote: November 22nd, 2020, 10:38 am maybe he just wanted to use the word aleatoric.
My money is on fecund.
by Br1an Th0rne
November 22nd, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leoville Barton 1996 from half bottle.
Replies: 10
Views: 922

Re: Leoville Barton 1996 from half bottle.

Thanks for the data point Mark! Bought a handful of bottles from the original owner earlier this year, and am doing my best to be patient. 2025 seems like a good time to pop a cork.
by Br1an Th0rne
November 22nd, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another super dinner with amazing wines
Replies: 14
Views: 1412

Re: Another super dinner with amazing wines

What a lineup! I’ve always had a preference for the 90 Lynch Bages vs the 89.
by Br1an Th0rne
November 18th, 2020, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 67 Pall Mall - U.S. Equivalent
Replies: 17
Views: 1545

Re: 67 Pall Mall - U.S. Equivalent

Bumping this thread...the 67 Pall Mall virtual events continue to look amazing https://www.67pallmall.com/virtual-events/ Anyone aware of a club doing a similar sort of program in the USA? Pall Mall still isn’t shipping to the U.S. I did the vinous learn program for Napa Cabernet blends, and it was ...
by Br1an Th0rne
November 17th, 2020, 5:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ah So — Ah Sucks!
Replies: 47
Views: 2907

Re: Ah So — Ah Sucks!

I utilize the ah so component of the Durand, without the corkscrew, 90% of the time. And I only use it on 20+ year old bottles. If I get the slightest hint of the cork sinking, then it is time to go full Durand!
by Br1an Th0rne
November 17th, 2020, 4:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any tips on finding large lots of wine? (In particular, young ports)
Replies: 20
Views: 1283

Re: Any tips on finding large lots of wine? (In particular, young ports)

Am “just” getting into wines, and would love to figure out how to find larger lots of wine, especially young vintage ports. I did see someone posted a question about how to sell a 600 bottle VP collection a few years ago, but they ended up selling it to some auction house. Winebid seems to sell sma...
by Br1an Th0rne
November 15th, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab Recommendations for an Old World Dude?
Replies: 29
Views: 1910

Re: Napa Cab Recommendations for an Old World Dude?

Togni is a ringer for Classic Bordeaux. In a Bordeaux blind tasting a few years ago, I swore the ‘92 Togni was the ‘82 Gruaud Larose.
by Br1an Th0rne
November 11th, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 298
Views: 20875

Re: Grassl Glassware

The only thing that is perhaps better than the Grassl stems, is Chris and his customer service. The level of service is unparalleled, and like nothing I have ever experienced in the wine industry. The 1855's and Liberte's are phenomenal, and the tasting/versatile glasses are perfect for casual / out...
by Br1an Th0rne
October 29th, 2020, 11:25 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: LTB info
Replies: 5
Views: 457

Re: LTB info

Thanks, I didn’t know that WMJ was so cheap (9.99) for a Month or that it was in included with CT. The WMJ "standard" tier is new, as are the monthly options. Used to be $199 for a year for professional, and that was it. I may consider downgrading to "standard" when my "pro...
by Br1an Th0rne
October 29th, 2020, 8:19 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: LTB info
Replies: 5
Views: 457

Re: LTB info

I’m in discussion to make a very large SQN acquisition and would like to know the most recent auctions. Is there a service so we can be assured fair price. TIA Pm for details You can look up the individual bottle values via CellarTracker, which will show the WMJ current average auction price, as we...
by Br1an Th0rne
October 26th, 2020, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: B21 Wine in FL - Major Disappointment, Ending my 25+ Year Relationship with Them
Replies: 147
Views: 14788

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

Sorry to hear about the hassle, Robert. I well steer well clear of B-21 in the future.
by Br1an Th0rne
October 24th, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oct 24 - Dueling Auctions (Acker vs HDH)
Replies: 70
Views: 3286

Re: Oct 24 - Dueling Auctions (Acker vs HDH)

Just glancing over at acker some reasonable (in context) prices on top tier burgs. Definitely a discount for some of those huge 2case+ mixed lots. Everything needs to hammer ~10% lower to make it cost effective to buy from them in NY. If you are referring the fact that they charge tax, regardless o...
by Br1an Th0rne
October 17th, 2020, 3:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Realm save the date (Sept 1st)
Replies: 199
Views: 18978

Re: 2018 Realm save the date (Sept 1st)

ATaylor wrote: October 17th, 2020, 12:48 am K&L just put up over 4 cases of ‘17 Bard marked down to $108
Cheaper than release price on the mailing list....
by Br1an Th0rne
October 17th, 2020, 3:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8975
Views: 1377854

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

Wine Spectator published its own article on Friday, October 16. https://www.winespectator.com/articles/italian-police-uncover-counterfeit-sassicaia-ring The Wine Spectator mostly repeats the details summarized above, but it contains one significant new fact. Wine Spectator interviewed Priscilla Inc...
by Br1an Th0rne
October 17th, 2020, 3:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fait-Main absurdly high shipping rates
Replies: 26
Views: 1894

Re: Fait-Main absurdly high shipping rates

$280 to ship approx 20 pounds, via ground, from northern CA to Oregon? Seems a bit high to me!
by Br1an Th0rne
October 15th, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Value plays in St. Julien...
Replies: 35
Views: 1873

Re: Value plays in St. Julien...

Branaire Ducru for sure...if you're looking to backfill with some mature vintages, the 2000 can be had for $90 all in at auction if you're diligent / lucky; classic wine that is singing right now. For recent vintages, I think I paid $39 for the '19 futures.
by Br1an Th0rne
October 15th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid Shipping
Replies: 44
Views: 3947

Re: Winebid Shipping

One of the cases that I had with Winebid indicates it shipped from Palmetto Florida. Is that normal? It was in transit all day yesterday in high 80 degree weather and it's coming to DC all the way from Florida. The weather is less than optimal to ship from there right now. However, prior to shippin...

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