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by OwenB
March 5th, 2021, 4:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Maybach release
Replies: 100
Views: 8844

Re: 2018 Maybach release

Mine just arrived yesterday. Pretty interesting to see six 750s and one mag already on WineBid for huge markups - $345 and $710, respectively. There’s a bid for a 750.
by OwenB
February 28th, 2021, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to make the most of young Barolo?
Replies: 25
Views: 2081

Re: How to make the most of young Barolo?

I’ve been drinking a number of 2016s including the Vajra Coste di Rose and Vajra Albe mentioned above. They’re good now with some air and great on day 2. Also agree the 2014s are even more approachable. For my taste, I don’t think there is need to age young Barolo for 10 or even 20+ years as was gen...
by OwenB
February 27th, 2021, 5:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dana Estates 2017 Offering
Replies: 10
Views: 1516

Re: Dana Estates 2017 Offering

Is the Vaso ~$90? Lots of great wine in that range.
by OwenB
February 27th, 2021, 4:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus
Replies: 79
Views: 8363

Re: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus

Brent S wrote: February 27th, 2021, 3:51 am Was just offered the 9 pack owc set for $675. Probably as cheap as I’ll find it. Should I buy it????
Seems like a good deal, certainly relative to everything else I’ve seen. If more are available, would love to know where.
by OwenB
February 20th, 2021, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus
Replies: 79
Views: 8363

Re: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus

Flickinger had the box set for $829.

By the way, who sniped the 3 bottles of 2004 Asili this week on benchmark? I had them in my cart and when I finished the order my email confirmation was just for a shipping charge with no wine.
by OwenB
February 14th, 2021, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th
Replies: 38
Views: 3231

Re: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th

I didn’t get either but did get offered a 3 pack of the ‘18 cab. $675 - 3 pack, $550 - 1.5L, $2000 - 3L. Now back to the debate about whether it’s worth the price when compared to something like the Bard at half the price.

Interestingly, Jeb gave it 99 vs 98 for the Crane and LPV.
by OwenB
February 13th, 2021, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 Barolo
Replies: 58
Views: 4477

Re: A.G. On 2017 Barolo

Feels like 17 will be tough sell with so many good 16s still available.
by OwenB
February 10th, 2021, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Pelle Offer Out
Replies: 30
Views: 2888

Re: La Pelle Offer Out

What do you guys think about the vineyards featured here? I was assuming the price point was more commensurate with these not being among the highest tier sites in Napa, but I could be completely wrong. I don’t know where Alluvium and Ceniza relative to the primo vineyards are in St. Helena and Coom...
by OwenB
February 9th, 2021, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)
Replies: 164
Views: 20628

Re: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)

SeanHarding wrote: February 9th, 2021, 6:17 pm Cellartracker has "2018 Realm Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Houyi Vineyard" and "2018 Realm Cellars Houyi Vineyard."

Are these the same, or are there two wines from Houyi?
Same
by OwenB
February 8th, 2021, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Di Costanzo 18’s drop Tuesday
Replies: 39
Views: 3221

Re: Di Costanzo 18’s drop Tuesday

I think these, particularly when young, need a ton of air. Every one I’ve had, including the ‘17 and ‘18 Di Co, was better on day two.
by OwenB
February 7th, 2021, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th
Replies: 38
Views: 3231

Re: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th

Well, I feel that MM, Realm, and VV are all high quality wines. It’s hard to pinpoint the difference because if you like one......you’re sure to like the other. It comes down to price and availability. If I had to pick, Memento Mori is probably my favorite. Their main Cab is my favorite and the peo...
by OwenB
February 7th, 2021, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Advice: Opening a 1975 Ca Cab.
Replies: 19
Views: 921

Re: Need Advice: Opening a 1975 Ca Cab.

I’m sure I haven’t had as many of these as others, but I think the Ah So should work fine if you’re careful. I used it on a 77 BV recently. I wouldn’t feel the need decant for long, but would do it to remove sediment. It may be best (for my palate) in the first hour or two before the remaining fruit...
by OwenB
February 3rd, 2021, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th
Replies: 38
Views: 3231

Re: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th

Where would you guys put MM on a list including Vice Versa, Realm, TOR, Bevan, etc.? As always, there are many great choices out there and you can't buy them all.
by OwenB
January 31st, 2021, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Brunellos!
Replies: 41
Views: 4181

Re: 2016 Brunellos!

Just getting into Brunello. Have recently had a couple each of Fuligni and Il Poggione of various ages and enjoyed them. Anyone have favorites in the <$100 price range? Hi Owen, This is my first post so please excuse any formatting weirdness. My budget is definitely in that <$100 range, and I tend ...
by OwenB
January 31st, 2021, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Brunellos!
Replies: 41
Views: 4181

Re: 2016 Brunellos!

Just getting into Brunello. Have recently had a couple each of Fuligni and Il Poggione of various ages and enjoyed them. Anyone have favorites in the <$100 price range?
by OwenB
January 31st, 2021, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jeb Dunnuck really loves 2018 Napa
Replies: 104
Views: 7612

Re: Jeb Dunnuck really loves 2018 Napa

From what I know about his tasting regiment in the past, some of his tastings are done individually with winemakers, but others are done in larger groups ( he chooses who he gets to taste with). What would be interesting to see is, of the wines he tasted en masse, how many received 99 other 100 poi...
by OwenB
January 31st, 2021, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jeb Dunnuck really loves 2018 Napa
Replies: 104
Views: 7612

Re: Jeb Dunnuck really loves 2018 Napa

Talk of bell curves is somewhat purposeful distraction from the point. Since when does anyone agree there should be a perfect distribution of scores starting at 100 every vintage? That curve should be different every vintage and it should most definitely not be lighting the bell at the top every ye...
by OwenB
January 31st, 2021, 4:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jeb Dunnuck really loves 2018 Napa
Replies: 104
Views: 7612

Re: Jeb Dunnuck really loves 2018 Napa

To me, scores are best used not as absolute but as relative to compare different wines and also the same wine across vintages. I also like the tasting notes, drinking window info, general commentary, and small tidbits (watch out for new wine x coming from producer y, etc.). Jeb and others try hundre...
by OwenB
January 30th, 2021, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jeb Dunnuck really loves 2018 Napa
Replies: 104
Views: 7612

Re: Jeb Dunnuck really loves 2018 Napa

He also mentioned noticeable smoke taint in many 2018 Howell Mountain wines.
by OwenB
January 30th, 2021, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jeb Dunnuck really loves 2018 Napa
Replies: 104
Views: 7612

Re: Jeb Dunnuck really loves 2018 Napa

Agreed, although he seems to like 2019 even better?

He also tasted more than 1,600 wines for the report, which is hard to imagine.
by OwenB
January 30th, 2021, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Maybach release
Replies: 100
Views: 8844

Re: 2018 Maybach release

Those were barrel sample scores from last year. His final scores were 100 (M) and 98+ (A).
by OwenB
January 27th, 2021, 1:40 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Glass *2/22/21 Shipping Data, bottom of 1st post*
Replies: 201
Views: 11941

Re: Grassl Glass

For what it's worth, I really like the champagne glasses, particularly at their price point. They probably aren't quite as thin/light, but they also feel durable, so a nice compromise.
by OwenB
January 26th, 2021, 7:07 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: *** EXTENDED *** VELETA GOURMETS BD12 DEALS!!
Replies: 160
Views: 4815

Re: Veleta Gourmets BD12 DEALS!!

Thanks Nola. Ordered the paella kit and seafood sampler. Excited about both!

The website mentions paella help. Would you share a recipe?
by OwenB
January 26th, 2021, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ON NEW WB GROUP - MONOPOLE CRU
Replies: 95
Views: 6954

Re: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ON NEW WB GROUP - MONOPOLE CRU

so what were the monopole offers? only saw flannery
by OwenB
January 26th, 2021, 8:50 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Riverain 2018 Tench Cabernet (CAB NOW SOLD OUT) and some very limited Library Syrah (Syrah sold out!)
Replies: 76
Views: 3831

Re: Riverain 2018 Tench Cabernet and some very limited Library Syrah

Thanks Steve. Having trouble finding the purchase section on the website. It keeps looping me back to the account page. Any ideas? Apologies if this is user error. Try this, need to register as a new user to get to the shopping cart, let me know if not. https://www.riverainwines.com/shopping3/accou...
by OwenB
January 26th, 2021, 8:27 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Riverain 2018 Tench Cabernet (CAB NOW SOLD OUT) and some very limited Library Syrah (Syrah sold out!)
Replies: 76
Views: 3831

Re: Riverain 2018 Tench Cabernet and some very limited Library Syrah

Thanks Steve. Having trouble finding the purchase section on the website. It keeps looping me back to the account page. Any ideas? Apologies if this is user error.
by OwenB
January 24th, 2021, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)
Replies: 164
Views: 20628

Re: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)

J. Rock wrote: January 24th, 2021, 12:13 pm
F.Daner wrote: January 24th, 2021, 11:52 am I got the 18 Bard and realized I never entered into CT. What was the release price this year ? Can't remember...

thanks
I believe it was $110, exclusive of tax and shipping.
Agreed
by OwenB
January 24th, 2021, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
Replies: 138
Views: 15964

Re: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

I’ve been trying many 2016 Barolo and Barbaresco. My general view is to open them the first night and try a half glass. It will likely be tight and generally not that enjoyable unless it’s one of the few with a more open style like Scavino Prapo or Vajra Albe. Put a cork in it and in the fridge. On ...
by OwenB
January 22nd, 2021, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1979 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve
Replies: 16
Views: 1016

Re: TN: 1979 Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Georges de Latour Private Reserve

Thanks for sharing, Jordan. I've also had a good experience with BVPRs from this era, although none have been the pre-1970 classics Stan noted.

Unfortunately the prices for BVPR, Mondavi Reserve, Dunn etc. seem to have climbed quite a bit in the past year or two.
by OwenB
January 19th, 2021, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)
Replies: 164
Views: 20628

Re: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)

Chris Atkins wrote: January 19th, 2021, 8:16 am How much might the Farella Vineyard cost?
Believe it was $150 for the '16 (offered Feb 2019). Don't think they made the Farella in '17.
by OwenB
January 19th, 2021, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)
Replies: 164
Views: 20628

Re: 2018 Realm is coming (2/9/2021)

I was offered one each of Dr. Crane and To Kalon last year. Previously, I had only wishlist and none were granted. Given 2018 yields were strong (not a Realm specific comment, but my understanding for Napa in general), maybe there will be a little more to go around?
by OwenB
January 17th, 2021, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva Pora
Replies: 9
Views: 715

Re: 2001 Produttori del Barbaresco Riserva Pora

I know you’ll say this is way too soon, but I had a ‘15 Paje recently that was very enjoyable. A half glass on day one wasn’t all that good, but on day 2 and particularly day 3 it came together and was really nice.
by OwenB
January 17th, 2021, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy
Replies: 100
Views: 4210

Re: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy

I think there’s probably a decent chance the kid isn’t all that interested when the time comes. Mine are 2017 and 2020. For the ‘17 I put together a case or so of port, Dominus, Ridge Monte Bello, and Dunn Howell Mtn. Mix of mags and 750s. Would have liked vintage champagne, too, although that seems...
by OwenB
January 16th, 2021, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Excellent Napa/Sonoma Cabs under 14% ABV
Replies: 25
Views: 2260

Re: Excellent Napa/Sonoma Cabs under 14% ABV

Thanks Owen. Not much to be learned from Beta's website, but I've signed up. Honestly, I should have been more forgiving in the title of my post. I generally prefer to not venture beyond 14.5% if I can. The stuff that just kills me are these Napa cabs clocking in over 15%+ ABV. You may as well just...
by OwenB
January 16th, 2021, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Excellent Napa/Sonoma Cabs under 14% ABV
Replies: 25
Views: 2260

Re: Excellent Napa/Sonoma Cabs under 14% ABV

Dunn is also a great choice. I believe they typically come in around 13.9%.
by OwenB
January 16th, 2021, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Excellent Napa/Sonoma Cabs under 14% ABV
Replies: 25
Views: 2260

Re: Excellent Napa/Sonoma Cabs under 14% ABV

Beta, some of which may even be sub 13%.

I believe the Di Costanzo cabs are around 14.1%.
by OwenB
January 15th, 2021, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert 2019 Vintage - Spring Release
Replies: 85
Views: 7613

Re: Aubert 2019 Vintage - Spring Release

I received my first allocation last fall with an opportunity to buy some of the appellation chard. I enjoyed one but I’m not at the place in my wine journey where it makes sense to me to pay ~$100 a bottle for chard, with a six bottle minimum. I just don’t get as much enjoyment (or see the same leve...
by OwenB
January 14th, 2021, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Maybach release
Replies: 100
Views: 8844

Re: 2018 Maybach release

i cracked open a '17 Materium the other week (from 375) and it was excellent
by OwenB
January 13th, 2021, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn 2017 release
Replies: 40
Views: 2868

Re: Dunn 2017 release

It will be a special spring release
by OwenB
January 13th, 2021, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn 2017 release
Replies: 40
Views: 2868

Re: Dunn 2017 release

AG really liked the 17 Howell Mountain too, but it seems like the El Camino is a one-time offering from a vineyard that was ripped out after that harvest.
by OwenB
January 13th, 2021, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn 2017 release
Replies: 40
Views: 2868

Re: Dunn 2017 release

It is a special limited release called El Camino, not the regular HM. Believe AG said 180 cases.
by OwenB
January 10th, 2021, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Oakville Farmhouse (USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville)
Replies: 32
Views: 1666

Re: TN: 2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Oakville Farmhouse (USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville)

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I lobbed in an early bid around $65 and got blown away. Was definitely thinking the same thing about some newfound excitement from this group.
by OwenB
January 9th, 2021, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1991 Beringer Private Reserve
Replies: 11
Views: 700

Re: 1991 Beringer Private Reserve

I would decant for sediment but try it soon thereafter. If you’re looking for fruit, it may be best in the first couple hours.

On the opener, a Durand would be great, but I have pretty good success with a monopol/ah so type opener for about 1/10 the cost.
by OwenB
January 9th, 2021, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Order from NY to ship to CA?
Replies: 14
Views: 614

Re: Order from NY to ship to CA?

I order from empire all the time. They’re great.
by OwenB
January 9th, 2021, 4:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Caterwaul Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 18
Views: 2053

Re: TN: 2018 Caterwaul Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (USA, California, Napa Valley)

I bought six originally and after drinking one went back for six more a few weeks ago. Free shipping if bought direct from Caterwaul website. Hard to beat that.
by OwenB
November 25th, 2020, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WE Top 100
Replies: 15
Views: 1921

Re: WE Top 100

Everyone loves value and there are plenty of good wines in this price range, but hard to be a credible top 100 list when nearly 60 of the wines are $30 or less, including many <$20. Agree I don’t want to drink most of these. And I second the comment on Austin Hope.
by OwenB
November 1st, 2020, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 vintage
Replies: 32
Views: 2584

Re: 2017 vintage

I put away a couple each of ‘17 Dunn HM and Dominus from Napa for my son’s birth year. Also some Taylor Fladgate vintage port, as has been recommended.

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