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by Alex Frank
July 3rd, 2020, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okanagan (Western Canadian) Superlative Wines
Replies: 29
Views: 656

Re: Okanagan (Western Canadian) Superlative Wines

I'm by no means a Pinot Noir expert but I've had the Blue Mountain entry level bottling that the OP mentioned several times in BC and it was really good at a pretty outstanding price (WS has it in the US for $20-30).
by Alex Frank
June 24th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 933
Views: 50361

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

I bought a couple bottles PLL along with a half-case each of some less-expensive favorites (LB, GPL, Lagrange and Pontet Canet from a few weeks ago), all on TW. Might talk myself into a couple more bottles each of some pricier stuff (maybe Montrose, Pichon Baron and Haut Bailly) but I think I might ...
by Alex Frank
June 22nd, 2020, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 933
Views: 50361

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Jeff_M. wrote:
June 22nd, 2020, 3:02 pm
Got a pretty quick email response. TW is releasing more futures tomorrow.
Awesome, thanks for posting. Hoping the prices continue to be competitive.
by Alex Frank
June 21st, 2020, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Father’s Day Wine Selections
Replies: 75
Views: 2097

Re: Father’s Day Wine Selections

Dave McIsaac wrote:
June 21st, 2020, 6:47 pm
Alex Frank wrote:
June 21st, 2020, 5:58 pm
2000 Grand Puy Lacoste in the decanter, burgers headed to the grill in about 20 minutes, first kid due in four months. Heck of a Father's Day. [cheers.gif]
Congrats Alex!!! [cheers.gif]
Thank you!
by Alex Frank
June 21st, 2020, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Father’s Day Wine Selections
Replies: 75
Views: 2097

Re: Father’s Day Wine Selections

2000 Grand Puy Lacoste in the decanter, burgers headed to the grill in about 20 minutes, first kid due in four months. Heck of a Father's Day. [cheers.gif]
by Alex Frank
June 19th, 2020, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 933
Views: 50361

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

This is my second time buying EP and this thread is an absolute godsend. Loving the discussion and differing viewpoints – keep it all coming!
by Alex Frank
June 14th, 2020, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12011
Views: 448077

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2009 Woodward Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Artist Series - USA, Washington (6/8/2020) We drank our second bottle with grilled beef tenderloin. As good or better than the bottle we drank a year ago. Excellent balance. concentrated fruit, licorice,herbs and earth tones. Drinking at peak. Happy to have a...
by Alex Frank
June 14th, 2020, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Third Zoom tasting – Blind Bordeaux
Replies: 1
Views: 221

Re: TN: Third Zoom tasting – Blind Bordeaux

Nice notes. I had a similar experience with the 2004 LB a few months ago – a beautiful wine.
by Alex Frank
June 9th, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1057
Views: 85199

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

Dennis Atick wrote:
June 9th, 2020, 4:36 am
Rakuten is 10% cash back on wine.com today. Usually 2.5% back.
Nice. That plus a 300/100 coupon got me a couple of 2016 Pontet Canets down to $108 each.
by Alex Frank
June 8th, 2020, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 933
Views: 50361

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

I just checked their concierge site and they’re only listing 10 wines. They probably won’t have everything listed for a while - they still had their 2018 futures up a week ago. Should've been clearer – I got my PC from Total Wine a couple days ago, and now it's no longer up. But yeah, their selecti...
by Alex Frank
June 8th, 2020, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 933
Views: 50361

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Should've been clearer – I got my PC from Total Wine a couple days ago, and now it's no longer up. But yeah, their selection of futures is pretty limited so far. It was showing "sold out" this morning, now completely removed. Do they typically notify by email? I didn't have email notifications on, ...
by Alex Frank
June 8th, 2020, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 933
Views: 50361

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Total Wine already sold out on '19 Pontet-Canet EP. Glad I got my six-pack order in. I just checked their concierge site and they’re only listing 10 wines. They probably won’t have everything listed for a while - they still had their 2018 futures up a week ago. Should've been clearer – I got my PC ...
by Alex Frank
June 8th, 2020, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 933
Views: 50361

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

Total Wine already sold out on '19 Pontet-Canet EP. Glad I got my six-pack order in.
by Alex Frank
May 21st, 2020, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1960
Views: 249676

Re: Official Costco Thread

I went to check my Costco (SoDo Seattle) after reading the last few posts in this thread and they didn't have much of anything – got some '16 Reserve de la Comtesse last fall for around $39 and would've absolutely grabbed some at $29.97 but no dice.
by Alex Frank
May 19th, 2020, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12011
Views: 448077

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Last night: 2016 Les Griffons de Pichon Baron. Kind of kicking myself for drinking it so young, but it was slamming (and I have a '16 of the real deal to pop in a few decades). Two and a half hour decant – inky purple-black and just from watching it pour into the decanter, you could tell it was goin...
by Alex Frank
April 23rd, 2020, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Quarantine Wines
Replies: 45
Views: 2269

Re: Best Quarantine Wines

2008 Guigal Chateau D'Ampuis and 2016 JB Neufeld Yakima Valley have been the two that I've been daydreaming about the most long after drinking them. Thanks for the mention Alex! It was good to see you on last Saturday's Zoom tasting. I appreciated the support. Cheers! Yeah man that was fun! Looking...
by Alex Frank
April 17th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2014
Replies: 47
Views: 2590

Re: Bordeaux 2014

I opened a 2014 Grand Puy Lacoste a few weeks ago after reading some encouraging CT reviews suggesting it was looking good for early drinking. Big mistake – while there was some hints of nice Pauillac fruit and tobacco/earth/graphite, it was all hidden behind a massive, impenetrable wall of vegetal...
by Alex Frank
April 17th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Quarantine Wines
Replies: 45
Views: 2269

Re: Best Quarantine Wines

2008 Guigal Chateau D'Ampuis and 2016 JB Neufeld Yakima Valley have been the two that I've been daydreaming about the most long after drinking them.
by Alex Frank
April 16th, 2020, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2014
Replies: 47
Views: 2590

Re: Bordeaux 2014

I opened a 2014 Grand Puy Lacoste a few weeks ago after reading some encouraging CT reviews suggesting it was looking good for early drinking. Big mistake – while there was some hints of nice Pauillac fruit and tobacco/earth/graphite, it was all hidden behind a massive, impenetrable wall of vegetal ...
by Alex Frank
April 10th, 2020, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?
Replies: 120
Views: 6153

Re: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?

Always on the lookout for great '05 BDX – the year my wife and I met champagne.gif – so this thread is a godsend. Have snagged a few via auction for anniversaries and the like, this thread is encouraging me to keep doing so and to not make a sneaky dip in just yet...
by Alex Frank
April 4th, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7786
Views: 506020

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

Dang, how much was the '12 Alter Ego? I had my eye on this pretty much the whole time and never saw that, definitely would've liked some. 2012 Alter ego was $79. Good price for the vintage but not a great price overall. Ahh cool. I probably would've grabbed one if I'd seen it, ah well. Nice grab!
by Alex Frank
April 4th, 2020, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7786
Views: 506020

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

Dang, how much was the '12 Alter Ego? I had my eye on this pretty much the whole time and never saw that, definitely would've liked some.
by Alex Frank
March 16th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 548
Views: 44839

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

OwenB wrote:
March 15th, 2020, 8:16 pm
I had a very nice JB Neufeld 2016 Yakima valley cabernet this weekend. I followed the winemaker’s guidance and drank most of it on day two.
Did the same except I drank most of mine on day 3 and it was outstanding. Best WA cab I've had in recent memory.
by Alex Frank
March 5th, 2020, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2009 Ch. Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc [Notes on 2010 Cantemerle added 5/4/14]
Replies: 52
Views: 2765

Re: 2009 Ch. Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc [Notes on 2010 Cantemerle added 5/4/14]

Popped a 2000 Cantemerle last night and even I, definitely not the most sensitive to TCA taster out there, could tell it was extremely corked. Thankfully, I had a second bottle which, after a two-hour decant, showed really nicely. While not quite reaching that next level of higher-end BDX's, this wa...
by Alex Frank
February 13th, 2020, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Seven wines from 1978 (CA and WA), and a few others...
Replies: 25
Views: 1600

Re: TN: Seven wines from 1978 (CA and WA), and a few others...

Very cool and from one central Washingtonian to another, happy birthday!
by Alex Frank
February 10th, 2020, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brane-Cantenac and Grand Puy Lacoste 2004
Replies: 15
Views: 697

Re: Brane-Cantenac and Grand Puy Lacoste 2004

Cosigned on the '04s from Pontet Canet and Haut Bailly – have had both in the last few months and each overdelivered based on my expectations (especially the HB). I wouldn't hesitate to buy more.
by Alex Frank
February 2nd, 2020, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2009 Ch. Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc [Notes on 2010 Cantemerle added 5/4/14]
Replies: 52
Views: 2765

Re: 2009 Ch. Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc [Notes on 2010 Cantemerle added 5/4/14]

Alex does not mean your bottles won't show well. I just thought the wine was in the decline and could be storage or many other factors. I brought a 2010 Reyvann In the Rocks and thought it was by far the best wine at the event but other palates differed. Oh for sure, will keep my fingers crossed an...
by Alex Frank
February 2nd, 2020, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2009 Ch. Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc [Notes on 2010 Cantemerle added 5/4/14]
Replies: 52
Views: 2765

Re: 2009 Ch. Cantemerle, Haut-Medoc [Notes on 2010 Cantemerle added 5/4/14]

David M. Bueker wrote: No, not the 2009, but rather that was the futures price I could have paid for the 2000. Value is very different these days. The '09 is much, much better than the 2000. Agree. Just had the 2000 and was nice giving it 87 points. Very weak wine these days. That's a bummer to hea...
by Alex Frank
January 27th, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your most memorable wine experience
Replies: 50
Views: 2786

Re: Your most memorable wine experience

What an awesome thread. Great stories, keep 'em coming!
by Alex Frank
January 21st, 2020, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Léoville Barton, 1996 Bel Air-Marquis d’Aligre
Replies: 10
Views: 755

Re: TN: 1996 Léoville Barton, 1996 Bel Air-Marquis d’Aligre

They each sound outstanding – will keep my eyes peeled for both.
by Alex Frank
January 19th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St. Julien
Replies: 14
Views: 817

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

Not sure I'm allowed to post on this thread since I'm not a lawyer - but I appreciated this and your other TNs on CT of wines we have in common. Nice notes! But it's concerning that we will soon have another country lawyer pontificating on Cantemerle and Lanessan! [snort.gif] Stay in Seattle! Don't...
by Alex Frank
January 19th, 2020, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St. Julien
Replies: 14
Views: 817

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

Thanks so much for all the kind words, everyone – you all sure know how to make a new kid feel welcomed.
by Alex Frank
January 18th, 2020, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7786
Views: 506020

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

Shay h arnoy wrote:
January 18th, 2020, 8:36 pm
Anyone else still show "order pending shipment" for their marathon wines?
My order is still pending too. I e-mailed them a couple days ago and was told they're about 75% done with fulfillment from the marathon. I mentioned that I was going out of town and she offered to bump me up in the queue.
by Alex Frank
January 18th, 2020, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St. Julien
Replies: 14
Views: 817

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

Howard Cooper wrote:
January 18th, 2020, 8:23 pm
Congratulations on passing the Bar.
Thank you! [cheers.gif]
by Alex Frank
January 18th, 2020, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St. Julien
Replies: 14
Views: 817

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

Ed Steinway wrote:
January 18th, 2020, 3:59 pm
Congratulations on passing the bar, Alex! And for the tasting note. We have a couple tucked away and this is a good data point for the wine.

Ed
Appreciate it! And yeah, to my palate the Ducru was drinking beautifully. Hope you enjoy your next bottle.
by Alex Frank
January 18th, 2020, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St. Julien
Replies: 14
Views: 817

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

Cheers, Neal – will do my best to keep all Bluebook citations in future TNs to a minimum. champagne.gif
by Alex Frank
January 18th, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St. Julien
Replies: 14
Views: 817

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

Thank you! And hah, I hadn't even noticed the legalese. I guess the hour in the courtroom yesterday seeped into my brain.
by Alex Frank
January 18th, 2020, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St. Julien
Replies: 14
Views: 817

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 Alex Frank
January 14th, 2020, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 Léoville Barton
Replies: 28
Views: 2681

Re: 2002 Léoville Barton

Bumping this – opened a bottle of '02 LB a couple nights ago and it far exceeded my expectations, really overdelivered. OP's note that it was "surprisingly opulent" was spot on. One hell of a first Bordeaux for 2020!
by Alex Frank
December 16th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13638
Views: 665129

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Quilceda Creek 2007 Palengat – have only had their CVR before and I thought it was quite good for a big, oaky Washington cab. I was just added to the mailing list for 2020, so I'm gonna give the Palengat a shot to see if QC is worth the entry fee for me.
by Alex Frank
December 13th, 2019, 10:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12011
Views: 448077

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Magnum of 2004 Pontet-Canet for my family's early holiday dinner. Two hours in a couple of decanters and it was beautiful.
by Alex Frank
December 12th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Question- Who is accountable to troubleshoot?
Replies: 36
Views: 1478

Re: Shipping Question- Who is accountable to troubleshoot?

I'm in Seattle and have some wine that's been stuck in Troutdale since Sunday as well. From what I've found online, FedEx is extremely backed up right now and our packages are likely just sitting in a trailer that they haven't gotten to yet – other ones are prioritized above ours. The trailers with...
by Alex Frank
December 12th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Château Sociando-Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau
Replies: 35
Views: 2151

Re: 2001 Château Sociando-Mallet Cuvée Jean Gautreau - INSANE

Had a 2001 SM (regular stuff, not the Jean Gautreau) and it was really, really great. Would love to try this one sometime, you're an excellent SM salesman.
by Alex Frank
December 12th, 2019, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Question- Who is accountable to troubleshoot?
Replies: 36
Views: 1478

Re: Shipping Question- Who is accountable to troubleshoot?

I'm in Seattle and have some wine that's been stuck in Troutdale since Sunday as well. From what I've found online, FedEx is extremely backed up right now and our packages are likely just sitting in a trailer that they haven't gotten to yet – other ones are prioritized above ours. The trailers with ...
by Alex Frank
December 5th, 2019, 10:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Speaking of Winebid...
Replies: 33
Views: 3617

Re: Speaking of Winebid...

T. Williams wrote:
December 5th, 2019, 11:38 am
The only time I am bidding aggressively on Sunday night, wine is involved, and not the one's being auctioned.
Had to delete the app off my phone for this exact reason.
by Alex Frank
December 3rd, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 445
Views: 36461

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

GPL '15 and Pichon Lalande '16 for $209 before tax and shipping. Probably good that was my last available code.
by Alex Frank
December 3rd, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12011
Views: 448077

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2000 Leoville Barton last night. Outstanding but still young, would like to find more and sit on 'em for at least five years.
by Alex Frank
November 27th, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting recent experience at a restaurant that allowed corkage...
Replies: 33
Views: 2137

Re: Interesting recent experience at a restaurant that allowed corkage...

I'm from Yakima, heading back there for the holiday in about an hour. I won't lie, pretty curious about which restaurant this was!
by Alex Frank
November 24th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Château Léoville Barton (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)
Replies: 4
Views: 614

Re: TN: 2001 Château Léoville Barton (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)

Enjoyed one of these the night before you did and my experience was similar to yours. Want to buy more!
by Alex Frank
November 22nd, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12011
Views: 448077

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Opened a 2001 Leoville Barton last night. My first-ever LB and it did not disappoint. Lovely notes of leather, cedar and black cherry on the nose, with the palate following suit, along with hints of earth, vanilla and anise. Long, fruitful finish, and the acidity was up front but beautifully balance...

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