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by Howard Cooper
September 25th, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lady winery owners / collectors
Replies: 23
Views: 1138

Re: Lady winery owners / collectors

I'm not sure I can claim to be a "lady," but I am one of the female collectors/drinkers here. There aren't that many of us. It's great to see the growing number of female wine professionals, but I do I wish there were more collectors. I'm often the only woman at auctions bidding for my own account....
by Howard Cooper
September 25th, 2020, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lady winery owners / collectors
Replies: 23
Views: 1138

Re: Lady winery owners / collectors

I'm not sure I can claim to be a "lady," but I am one of the female collectors/drinkers here. There aren't that many of us. It's great to see the growing number of female wine professionals, but I do I wish there were more collectors. I'm often the only woman at auctions bidding for my own account....
by Howard Cooper
September 25th, 2020, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Next MACDONALD?
Replies: 195
Views: 19031

Re: The Next MACDONALD?

(yet I hope to try a MACDONALD someday as I am of Scottish origin) So, if you are interested in MACDONALD and are Scottish, I guess you are hoping that the next cult California wine is NOT named CAMPBELL. And, as a fan of MACDONALD, I assume you would never pledge allegiance to WILLIAM AND MARY? ha...
by Howard Cooper
September 25th, 2020, 5:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Next MACDONALD?
Replies: 195
Views: 19031

Re: The Next MACDONALD?

(yet I hope to try a MACDONALD someday as I am of Scottish origin) So, if you are interested in MACDONALD and are Scottish, I guess you are hoping that the next cult California wine is NOT named CAMPBELL. And, as a fan of MACDONALD, I assume you would never pledge allegiance to WILLIAM AND MARY?
by Howard Cooper
September 24th, 2020, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White Burg mini surprises: Carillon and M. Colin
Replies: 4
Views: 261

Re: White Burg mini surprises: Carillon and M. Colin

These are two producers I have always thought that I should buy more wines from (esp. Colin since his wines are generally cheaper than those of his sons) but somehow I don't. My mistake. Thanks for the notes.
by Howard Cooper
September 24th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting notes on Northern California’s 2020 vintage in 2022
Replies: 20
Views: 850

Re: Tasting notes on Northern California’s 2020 vintage in 2022

Can you explain how? I posted this in a genuine effort to understand people’s thinking and concerns regarding smoke taint when wines from this vintage are ultimately released, and how those will be shaped by different external factors. Because you are ITB, in California, and are shilling for 2020 w...
by Howard Cooper
September 24th, 2020, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Prum kabinetts 2019
Replies: 16
Views: 773

Re: Prum kabinetts 2019

Paul McCourt wrote:
September 24th, 2020, 12:49 pm
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by Howard Cooper
September 24th, 2020, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting notes on Northern California’s 2020 vintage in 2022
Replies: 20
Views: 850

Re: Tasting notes on Northern California’s 2020 vintage in 2022

The OP really comes close here to being spam. Can you explain how? I posted this in a genuine effort to understand people’s thinking and concerns regarding smoke taint when wines from this vintage are ultimately released, and how those will be shaped by different external factors. Because you are I...
by Howard Cooper
September 24th, 2020, 5:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting notes on Northern California’s 2020 vintage in 2022
Replies: 20
Views: 850

Re: Tasting notes on Northern California’s 2020 vintage in 2022

The OP really comes close here to being spam.
by Howard Cooper
September 23rd, 2020, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated Burgundy Vintages
Replies: 105
Views: 4042

Re: Underrated Burgundy Vintages

The real fact is that if you want to buy wines that do not shut down, you should not buy Burgundy.
by Howard Cooper
September 22nd, 2020, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated Burgundy Vintages
Replies: 105
Views: 4042

Re: Underrated Burgundy Vintages

Exactly. People are too impatient. A wine - or vintage - shuts down and people write it off. This is what happened with 1988s - beautiful and delicious when first in bottle and then the fruit went to sleep and people - most notably Parker, who never understood Burgundy (although has apparently now ...
by Howard Cooper
September 22nd, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated Burgundy Vintages
Replies: 105
Views: 4042

Re: Underrated Burgundy Vintages

Thanks. So, in the last 20 years, not including 2005, only 2015 (1999 doesn't count [tease.gif] ) Someone called 2015 a crowd pleaser on here a few days ago! 2009 had a similar reputation until recently. I think it's a good vintage. I think 2009 and 2010 are better though, although I don't think 20...
by Howard Cooper
September 22nd, 2020, 4:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?
Replies: 73
Views: 3780

Re: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?

- Even though it comes at a price, buying producers with a track record of producing consitently good to great wines usually pays off. They usually have their reputation for a reason. I think this is extremely important. Too many people fill up a cellar of wine and then find the wine did not age an...
by Howard Cooper
September 21st, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any recommended Wine Clubs for more novice drinkers?
Replies: 28
Views: 1096

Re: Any recommended Wine Clubs for more novice drinkers?

I virtually always can find more wines around that I want to buy than I need so joining a wine club would not make sense for me because then I would be buying even less of the wines I love.
by Howard Cooper
September 21st, 2020, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?
Replies: 73
Views: 3780

Re: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?

I think one of the early questions you should be asking is why would you collect wine. Is it only for pleasure, investment or a combination of the two? Then more detailed ones like FOR ME, I ONLY BUY FOR PLEASURE BUT ON A COUPLE OF OCCASIONS I HAVE SOLD WINE THAT EITHER TURNED OUT TO BE A WINE I DI...
by Howard Cooper
September 21st, 2020, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated Burgundy Vintages
Replies: 105
Views: 4042

Re: Underrated Burgundy Vintages

Keith, apart from 2005, what would you say are the other great vintages from the last 20 years? '99, '05, and '15 at the top, then '02, '09, and '10 a notch below. Thanks. So, in the last 20 years, not including 2005, only 2015 (1999 doesn't count [tease.gif] ) Someone called 2015 a crowd pleaser o...
by Howard Cooper
September 21st, 2020, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Dominus Estate
Replies: 9
Views: 736

Re: TN: 2009 Dominus Estate

An excellent Napa Valley Cabernet. It’s been a while since I had a Dominus Estate from the 2000s, but took a flyer on this 09 being ready for business. And it was. I was initially surprised by the scale of this wine, it’s density, but everything is really balanced, even with 14.5% ABV being fairly ...
by Howard Cooper
September 21st, 2020, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Name a wine you consistently rate higher than the critics
Replies: 49
Views: 2576

Re: Name a wine you consistently rate higher than the critics

And, I thought your communication skillz are low because you are an attorney. [pillow-fight.gif] [snort.gif] My daughter is a fourth-year medical student and she was doing some mock interviews for the upcoming residency application season. One of the reviewers said that she sounded like an attorney...
by Howard Cooper
September 21st, 2020, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Name a wine you consistently rate higher than the critics
Replies: 49
Views: 2576

Re: Name a wine you consistently rate higher than the critics

Exactly. Remember, Howard, Spanglish is my first language, so clearly my skillz at communicating are low. [cheers.gif] Plus, Gillman is just not bantered about much in the retail trade as a critic of note. I guess for those of us that like his palate, that’s a great thing. My real point is that in ...
by Howard Cooper
September 21st, 2020, 6:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Name a wine you consistently rate higher than the critics
Replies: 49
Views: 2576

Re: Name a wine you consistently rate higher than the critics

Gilman writes the only wine newsletter I read. Why would you leave him aside? Should we also leave aside William Kelley and David Schildknecht, both of whose views I tremendously respect. If you leave aside these three, I probably would say all Burgundy. Add leaving aside Mosel Fine Wines and my an...
by Howard Cooper
September 21st, 2020, 5:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Name a wine you consistently rate higher than the critics
Replies: 49
Views: 2576

Re: Name a wine you consistently rate higher than the critics

Leaving aside Gillman, mine would be Chateau Magdelaine. Levet would be up there as well. And Olga Raffault. Gilman writes the only wine newsletter I read. Why would you leave him aside? Should we also leave aside William Kelley and David Schildknecht, both of whose views I tremendously respect. If...
by Howard Cooper
September 20th, 2020, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14476
Views: 711833

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

1 x Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese #12 2005 1 x Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese #15 2005 2 x Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese #15 2005 1 x Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese #15 2005 1 x Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr R...
by Howard Cooper
September 20th, 2020, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?
Replies: 73
Views: 3780

Re: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?

I am similar to yourself and others above who enjoy the entire process of wine searching, purchasing, checking tasting notes, consuming, and noting my personal tastes. The entire process is enjoyable to me. My generation had some advantages when we were younger in that most of the world's great win...
by Howard Cooper
September 20th, 2020, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?
Replies: 73
Views: 3780

Re: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?

Jeff D a v i e s wrote:
September 20th, 2020, 7:45 am
Tried Burgundy (have a bunch of 97-2002).... still trying to figure out when the "drinking window" is.

If this is an issue for you, you don't like Burgundy.
by Howard Cooper
September 20th, 2020, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?
Replies: 73
Views: 3780

Re: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?

3. As Brian notes, buckle down and get more storage space for the long haul. Still kicking myself for never having built a cellar in my house. I like using off-site storage and it poses less risk, but it has also limited me from buying more of what I wish I had, years and years of Cru Bordeaux that...
by Howard Cooper
September 20th, 2020, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?
Replies: 73
Views: 3780

Re: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?

3. As Brian notes, buckle down and get more storage space for the long haul. Still kicking myself for never having built a cellar in my house. I like using off-site storage and it poses less risk, but it has also limited me from buying more of what I wish I had, years and years of Cru Bordeaux that...
by Howard Cooper
September 20th, 2020, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?
Replies: 73
Views: 3780

Re: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?

I am 65 and came at wine somewhat differently from most of you. I started drinking excellent to great wines in the 1970s from my father, who owned a wine store. I started with German wines (many of which were vintage 1971) and classified Bordeaux and premier cru and grand cru Burgundy from the 1960...
by Howard Cooper
September 20th, 2020, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated Burgundy Vintages
Replies: 105
Views: 4042

Re: Underrated Burgundy Vintages

Howard, with whites I agree with you on 1993s, but then I’ve really only had grand crus and virtually no village wines. I would argue 2000s were always highly regarded (cf the faint praise at the time for red siblings) but I have found many 2001s turned out brilliant I’ve had a decent number of ‘93...
by Howard Cooper
September 20th, 2020, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?
Replies: 73
Views: 3780

Re: How did you start your wine collection/cellar?

I am 65 and came at wine somewhat differently from most of you. I started drinking excellent to great wines in the 1970s from my father, who owned a wine store. I started with German wines (many of which were vintage 1971) and classified Bordeaux and premier cru and grand cru Burgundy from the 1960s...
by Howard Cooper
September 18th, 2020, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official High Holy Days 2020 (5781) Wine Thread
Replies: 11
Views: 656

Re: Official High Holy Days 2020 (5781) Wine Thread

I wanted a Burgundy but it had to go decently with brisket. So, we opened a NSG - a 2006 Hospices de Nuits Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Didiers Cuvée Jacques Duret Faiveley (Hospices Auction Group). It did pretty well in that it was richer with nice plum flavors but not that much complexity that wo...
by Howard Cooper
September 18th, 2020, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated Burgundy Vintages
Replies: 105
Views: 4042

Re: Underrated Burgundy Vintages

It's possible that I'm just a terrible taster, but we just did a dinner a few months ago with a bunch of 05s, and the clear winners were two non 05 ringers. Even wines as plush and typically open as Mugneret Gibourg's Fueselottes need 3 hours or more to open up. (On pop and pour a few weeks earlier...
by Howard Cooper
September 18th, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated Burgundy Vintages
Replies: 105
Views: 4042

Re: Underrated Burgundy Vintages

FWIW in relation to whites I reckon 2013s might be a real bolster. Very early days of course. Again, with whites, I would say that the real underrated vintage is 1993. Parker trashed both the reds and whites from this vintage, but the wines from both colors are really good. I also agree with the co...
by Howard Cooper
September 18th, 2020, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated Burgundy Vintages
Replies: 105
Views: 4042

Re: Underrated Burgundy Vintages

The hope is that you're right, the fear is that you're wrong. 2005s have plenty of acidity. 2005s have everything. It's as close as you can get to a sure thing in wine. Comparing it to '95 just sounds craaaazy to me. '95 has had hard tannin forever and some of them lost their fruit before they even...
by Howard Cooper
September 17th, 2020, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated Burgundy Vintages
Replies: 105
Views: 4042

Re: Underrated Burgundy Vintages

If we are now going back in time, I am going with 1993.
by Howard Cooper
September 17th, 2020, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated Burgundy Vintages
Replies: 105
Views: 4042

Re: Underrated Burgundy Vintages

My feeling about recent vintages is this. 1999, 2005 (I hope) and 2010 are the great vintages. I'm less confident making that call on 2005, as I have some concerns that it might go the way of 96 (though I really hope I'm wrong). I also think 2016 is a great vintage, personally. What’s happening wit...
by Howard Cooper
September 17th, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Underrated Burgundy Vintages
Replies: 105
Views: 4042

Re: Underrated Burgundy Vintages

My feeling about recent vintages is this. 1999, 2005 (I hope) and 2010 are the great vintages. 2004 is a poor vintage and 2003 and 2011 are very uneven. Everything else since at least 1999 is at least pretty good, although they can be stylistically very different from each other. How to rank these v...
by Howard Cooper
September 17th, 2020, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Red Burgs - time to crack a few!
Replies: 60
Views: 4313

Re: 2018 Red Burgs - time to crack a few!

So far, what I have tasted in red from 2019 is very exciting indeed... I tasted Cécile Tremblay's wines the other day (she moves her barrels up a level in the cellar after harvest, before bottling next year, so I like to go early before the lees are disturbed by that operation) and it's clearly her...
by Howard Cooper
September 17th, 2020, 5:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: J J Prum: the last great wine house priced reasonably.
Replies: 179
Views: 8102

Re: J J Prum: the last great wine house priced reasonably.

So, by your definition Lafite, Margaux and Ausone are not great wine houses. [There is a debate (above) about the consistency of Grunhaus. I doubt there would be too many people trying to argue that these properties have not had down periods - anyone who disagrees should try, say, the 1970s from an...
by Howard Cooper
September 17th, 2020, 5:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: J J Prum: the last great wine house priced reasonably.
Replies: 179
Views: 8102

Re: J J Prum: the last great wine house priced reasonably.

Since this thread is already way off-topic.... Question for Von Schubert fans: is it reasonable to say, at least as a rough rule of thumb, that in general Abtsberg > Herrenberg? Or do we not go there? For my palate, yes. But this should not be taken to mean that Herrenberg isn't also wonderful. Agr...
by Howard Cooper
September 17th, 2020, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: J J Prum: the last great wine house priced reasonably.
Replies: 179
Views: 8102

Re: J J Prum: the last great wine house priced reasonably.

eweininger wrote:
September 16th, 2020, 6:42 pm
Since this thread is already way off-topic....

Question for Von Schubert fans: is it reasonable to say, at least as a rough rule of thumb, that in general Abtsberg > Herrenberg? Or do we not go there?
For my palate, yes.
by Howard Cooper
September 17th, 2020, 5:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Red Burgs - time to crack a few!
Replies: 60
Views: 4313

Re: 2018 Red Burgs - time to crack a few!

19s sound like they will be tremendous. So far, what I have tasted in red from 2019 is very exciting indeed... I tasted Cécile Tremblay's wines the other day (she moves her barrels up a level in the cellar after harvest, before bottling next year, so I like to go early before the lees are disturbed...
by Howard Cooper
September 16th, 2020, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: J J Prum: the last great wine house priced reasonably.
Replies: 179
Views: 8102

Re: J J Prum: the last great wine house priced reasonably.

I agree on the 1979 Ausone. But, I was specifically talking about 1970, which was a fabulous vintage where none of these properties made very good wines. Certainly, each of these had a period around this time of severe underperformance, although the specific dates differ. Try 1983s, 1989s and 1990s...
by Howard Cooper
September 16th, 2020, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: J J Prum: the last great wine house priced reasonably.
Replies: 179
Views: 8102

Re: J J Prum: the last great wine house priced reasonably.

This is easy, despite great Terrior Von Schubert has had a number of periods of inconsistency. I would argue that even now they are underperforming their peers. So, by your definition Lafite, Margaux and Ausone are not great wine houses. [There is a debate (above) about the consistency of Grunhaus....
by Howard Cooper
September 16th, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: J J Prum: the last great wine house priced reasonably.
Replies: 179
Views: 8102

Re: J J Prum: the last great wine house priced reasonably.

I would like to amend my original post and add the great Port houses to the list. Fonseca, Taylor, Graham etc. That is unless we are just dealing with table wines. What is your definition of a "great wine house"? As I asked much earlier, what is the difference between Prum and von Schubert as far a...
by Howard Cooper
September 16th, 2020, 5:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: J J Prum: the last great wine house priced reasonably.
Replies: 179
Views: 8102

Re: J J Prum: the last great wine house priced reasonably.

I would like to amend my original post and add the great Port houses to the list. Fonseca, Taylor, Graham etc. That is unless we are just dealing with table wines. What is your definition of a "great wine house"? As I asked much earlier, what is the difference between Prum and von Schubert as far a...
by Howard Cooper
September 15th, 2020, 4:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pernand Vergelesses
Replies: 31
Views: 1831

Re: Pernand Vergelesses

Hmmm, that doesn't sound like the wine I had back in March. My CT note below: Very well judged ripeness bestows the wine with lovely perfumed red cherry fruit accented with damp forest floor on a foundation of firm but elegant tannins, lifted acidity, and a lingering soft finish. 92+ This note is m...
by Howard Cooper
September 14th, 2020, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese
Replies: 23
Views: 1160

Re: TN: 2001 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
May 11th, 2019, 6:08 pm
It’s not nearly as good.
Agreed
by Howard Cooper
September 13th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Côte de Nuits, which producers really killed it?
Replies: 39
Views: 1795

Re: 2001 Côte de Nuits, which producers really killed it?

Might be easier to ask if any usually good producers didn't make great wine in 2001. If so, they would probably be in Volnay. 2001 Volnays did not have a good reputation but the only ones I bought (d'Angerville Clos du Ducs) have turned out better than I thought they would and are excellent. Yes, b...
by Howard Cooper
September 13th, 2020, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Côte de Nuits, which producers really killed it?
Replies: 39
Views: 1795

Re: 2001 Côte de Nuits, which producers really killed it?

Jay Miller wrote:
September 13th, 2020, 7:33 am
Might be easier to ask if any usually good producers didn't make great wine in 2001.
If so, they would probably be in Volnay. 2001 Volnays did not have a good reputation but the only ones I bought (d'Angerville Clos du Ducs) have turned out better than I thought they would and are excellent.
by Howard Cooper
September 12th, 2020, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heitz buys Burgess
Replies: 14
Views: 1780

Re: Heitz buys Burgess

I remember having some Burgess Cabernets from the late 1970s but have not had any or even seen any (other than in a friend's cellar) for a very long, long time. I thought the wines were very good but not of the highest level. Interesting, esp. Mel's comments.

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