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by Eric Ifune
September 25th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Trimbach 2001 FE 375eme and regular
Replies: 10
Views: 340

Re: TN: Trimbach 2001 FE 375eme and regular

I'm with Maureen. Haven't touched mine.
by Eric Ifune
September 17th, 2020, 2:37 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.

Also, it is my understanding that Wehlener Sonnenuhr did not have such a high reputation as a vineyard site until near the 20th century. As I understand it, the reputation went up because of the Prum, not sure whether it started going up with the start of the JJ Prum estate or whether it did with t...
by Eric Ifune
September 16th, 2020, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Anniversary Wines - Recommendations?
Replies: 59
Views: 1970

Re: 1997 Anniversary Wines - Recommendations?

Austrian Rieslings are very good too.
Prager's Achleiten and Freie Weingartner Wachau Singerreidel have been great recently. Brundlmayer's Gruner Veltliner Alte Reben has also been excellent
by Eric Ifune
September 16th, 2020, 3:09 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.

Recently opened a 1990 Abtsberg Auslese and 1997 Abtsberg Spatlese. Both wonderful and up there with JJ Prum.
If we're including fortified wines, then Valdespino and Tradicion for Sherry. JM Fonseca for Setubal.
by Eric Ifune
September 15th, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Anniversary Wines - Recommendations?
Replies: 59
Views: 1970

Re: 1997 Anniversary Wines - Recommendations?

Great Ports. Both Vintage and Colheita. Noval did very, very well. Douro table wines, if you can find them, are also terrific.
by Eric Ifune
September 11th, 2020, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Remembering 9/11....
Replies: 22
Views: 943

Re: Remembering 9/11....

I was in Bulgaria, getting ready for a NATO exercise. Watched it on the TV in the hotel lobby.
by Eric Ifune
September 8th, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 294
Views: 25690

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

So sorry Greg.
by Eric Ifune
September 6th, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR: FX Pichler Riesling Unendlich 2005
Replies: 14
Views: 755

Re: TNR: FX Pichler Riesling Unendlich 2001

His top end Gruner is named "M." As in monumental.
by Eric Ifune
September 5th, 2020, 3:57 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.

Prum is a great value and one can reach back quite far vintagewise without the pain of cost appreciation. Older vintages just don’t seem to go up much in value. So it’s a drinker’s wine, not a speculator’s, excepting the gold capsules and auction wines. The old wines at the Ichinose auction seemed ...
by Eric Ifune
September 3rd, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help!! Identifying Wines from Estate Sale
Replies: 12
Views: 1725

Re: Help!! Identifying Wines from Estate Sale

No laws back then on the German wines. 1959 was a huge year (wine weight) in Germany, more so on the Rhine than the Ruwer, but I'd expect it to be much bigger than your average MSR wine. Spatlese back then just meant late harvest. No rules as to sugar levels. Could be dry or sweet.
by Eric Ifune
August 31st, 2020, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Three Beads wine 1840: what is it?
Replies: 3
Views: 355

Re: Three Beads wine 1840: what is it?

Photos might help.
by Eric Ifune
August 30th, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birth Year Wine 1980
Replies: 49
Views: 1376

Re: Birth Year Wine 1980

What 1980s are still good today?
The best I've had recently are the Schafer Hillside Select and the Phelps Insignia.
by Eric Ifune
August 30th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birth Year Wine 1980
Replies: 49
Views: 1376

Re: Birth Year Wine 1980

Love hearing that! I have most of those but have not opened one yet. Would you say they're ready to go, or ideally let em rest a little longer? Thanks! The Dow is a beast. Needs more time. The Smith Woodhouse and Gould Campbell are also quite young. To drink now, I'd go with Warres and then Grahams.
by Eric Ifune
August 29th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birth Year Wine 1980
Replies: 49
Views: 1376

Re: Birth Year Wine 1980

Dow's Vintage Port is great. One of the best of the decade. All of the Symington brands did well, Grahams, Warres, Smith Woodhouse, Gould Campbell. Still inexpensive. Taylor, Fladgate brands were less impressive with the exception of Fonseca.
by Eric Ifune
August 20th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOW Porto - Porto's new 'World of Wine' wine district
Replies: 21
Views: 1123

Re: WOW Porto - Porto's new 'World of Wine' wine district

Yes, I always stop at the plaque on the Ribeira in commemoration.
by Eric Ifune
August 19th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOW Porto - Porto's new 'World of Wine' wine district
Replies: 21
Views: 1123

Re: WOW Porto - Porto's new 'World of Wine' wine district

Can't wait to visit either. Adrian had to include the Napoleonic wars as he's a graduate of Sandhurst.
by Eric Ifune
August 19th, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Emilio Lustau - Palo Cortado Sherry Single Cask (Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry)
Replies: 19
Views: 429

Re: TN: NV Emilio Lustau - Palo Cortado Sherry Single Cask (Spain, Andalucía, Jerez-Xérès-Sherry)

I've an old bottle of Valdespino Innocente I picked up a few decades ago. Has a driven cork. I'm guessing about 50+ years. Also a good bit of old Sandeman VVO Oloroso and Amaroso.
by Eric Ifune
August 19th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Trip to the Algarve with vinous bonuses
Replies: 5
Views: 399

Re: TNs: Trip to the Algarve with vinous bonuses

I actually love Bairrada's espumante with leitao. The acidity cuts through the richness.
What is the future of Caves Sao Joao? I hope they keep selling their older wines.
by Eric Ifune
August 18th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Grigio — is it ever the best choice?
Replies: 55
Views: 1805

Re: Pinot Grigio — is it ever the best choice?

Hirtzberger's grauburgunder is very nice.
by Eric Ifune
August 14th, 2020, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rotenberg (France, Alsace)
Replies: 5
Views: 352

Re: TN: 2002 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rotenberg (France, Alsace)

Opened a 95 Clos Windsbuhl a few weeks ago. Dense, rich, and off dry. Terrific with Tarte Flambe.
by Eric Ifune
August 11th, 2020, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine ingredient labeling: Has the industry shot itself in the foot?
Replies: 50
Views: 2357

Re: Wine ingredient labeling: Has the industry shot itself in the foot?

I agree with GregP. Will the EU comply? I'm guessing not.
by Eric Ifune
August 4th, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine Selection Question
Replies: 35
Views: 2665

Re: Total Wine Selection Question

I just bought some Quinta do Vale Meao tinto from them. One of the top Douro wines and a decent price with coupon.
by Eric Ifune
August 2nd, 2020, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOW Porto - Porto's new 'World of Wine' wine district
Replies: 21
Views: 1123

Re: WOW Porto - Porto's new 'World of Wine' wine district

I am positive it will be a much greater invention than his latest one, rosé port. pileon I understand it's been quite successful commercially. Other companies have followed suit. [wow.gif] He took a big gamble with the Yeatman, and that has paid off. They've since bought the Vintage House in Pinhao...
by Eric Ifune
August 1st, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christie’s gets some pretty hefty prices in an Internet sale.
Replies: 9
Views: 1259

Re: Christie’s gets some pretty hefty prices in an Internet sale.

I bid on 20 lots about 12 hours before the end; German, California, Port, and Madeira. Ended up getting only one. Obviously someone bid just before the closing on a few of those in which I was interested.
by Eric Ifune
August 1st, 2020, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOW Porto - Porto's new 'World of Wine' wine district
Replies: 21
Views: 1123

Re: WOW Porto - Porto's new 'World of Wine' wine district

Been waiting for this for the past couple of years. It's the brainchild of Adrian Bridge, CEO of Taylor, Fladgate, Yeatman. Supposedly about wine in general and not just Port or Taylors.
by Eric Ifune
July 30th, 2020, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Another trip to the Douro
Replies: 13
Views: 541

Re: TNs: Another trip to the Douro

Is Pedro Lemos permanently at Bonfim, or was this just a one off? Love his namesake restaurant. Even attended a cooking demonstration by him there.
by Eric Ifune
July 28th, 2020, 3:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Used a rice cooker for the first time last night
Replies: 97
Views: 3627

Re: Used a rice cooker for the first time last night

What is wrong with just ordering carry-out? neener
Eight quid for egg fried rice! [wow.gif]
by Eric Ifune
July 27th, 2020, 4:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Used a rice cooker for the first time last night
Replies: 97
Views: 3627

Re: Used a rice cooker for the first time last night

I agree with Uncle Rodger, especially the thing about MSG on babies. champagne.gif
by Eric Ifune
July 27th, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagnes that Age
Replies: 37
Views: 1626

Re: Champagnes that Age

Do the no- or hyper-low dosage champagnes age as well? I don’t know. I also don’t have a great sense of which of the new-ish producers’ wines are going to be special 20 years after the vintage (as opposed to just keeping or improving slightly). I have zero doubt that well-made Champagne, as with ne...
by Eric Ifune
July 26th, 2020, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 2017 Fonseca Vintage Porto
Replies: 1
Views: 218

Re: TN - 2017 Fonseca Vintage Porto

Niepoort also made a great 2017. Dirk thinks it might be the best he's made.
by Eric Ifune
July 25th, 2020, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is this a wine?
Replies: 53
Views: 2153

Re: Is this a wine?

Is this like a neuerwein? Traditional in some parts of Germany. New wine served during harvest.
by Eric Ifune
July 23rd, 2020, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 2017 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Porto
Replies: 14
Views: 851

Re: TN - 2017 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Porto

The jury is probably still out on that. Don't know if the jury is out. Everyone that I know agrees storage conditions were much different in Vila Nova rather than upriver, before they got electricity. The is the origin of the "Douro Bake." Nowadays with AC there's not much difference. Now some plac...
by Eric Ifune
July 21st, 2020, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Teach me something useful about Rioja.
Replies: 42
Views: 3613

Re: Teach me something useful about Rioja.

I was told in Portugal that many growers are starting to hire Southeast Asian pickers. Their work ethic is better than most Europeans, even East Europeans.
by Eric Ifune
July 21st, 2020, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 2017 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Porto
Replies: 14
Views: 851

Re: TN - 2017 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Porto

Many in the industry have compared the 2017 with 1945. Similar weather patterns. Taylors also declared 2018. The first three in a row in history.
by Eric Ifune
July 20th, 2020, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The World's Finest Pinot is from . . .
Replies: 41
Views: 2568

Re: The World's Finest Pinot is from . . .

Austria makes some fabulous versions.
by Eric Ifune
July 15th, 2020, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Random Portuguese wine notes (old reds, recent whites and more)
Replies: 7
Views: 458

Re: TNs: Random Portuguese wine notes (old reds, recent whites and more)

Who made the Portalegre? I'm assuming that refers to the district in the Alentejo.
The Contacto is made with a few days of skin contact.
I was supposed to visit Fitapreta earlier this year, but you know how that turned out. :(
by Eric Ifune
July 11th, 2020, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old World vs New World tasting
Replies: 29
Views: 1227

Re: Old World vs New World tasting

Leading with the powerful fruit and licorice spice of Touriga Naçional, the Tinta Cãobrings bright and fragrant blue fruit energy. Tinta Roriz brings a savoury depth to the palate to compliment the Tinta Amarela’s floral and bay leaf herbal lift. To tie everything together the finesse of Alvarelhão...
by Eric Ifune
July 11th, 2020, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?
Replies: 96
Views: 3846

Re: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?

Same with the Luis Pato wines, though I've not had a red from Filipa. I love Luis Pato, but I don't think his wines resemble Burgundy. Filipa, his daughter, makes leaner, more acidic wines with purer fruit. Maria Joao, his other daughter who works with him, is starting to push in that direction as ...
by Eric Ifune
July 10th, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?
Replies: 96
Views: 3846

Re: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?

Certainly not Bairrada, a relatively maritime region whose producers see themselves as Portugal's Bordelais - the Caves São João's Cabernets being evidence of that. Well, at Baixo, they're growing Pinot Noir. A Dirk Niepoort property for sure! It's quite good, but when matched against their very co...
by Eric Ifune
July 9th, 2020, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?
Replies: 96
Views: 3846

Re: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?

Quinta de Baixo, Quinta da Pellada, Filipa Pato are starters and imported into the States. The Douro is nothing like Burgundy.
by Eric Ifune
July 9th, 2020, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?
Replies: 96
Views: 3846

Re: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?

Tomas, I agree with your first post. Yes, there are plenty of fine sub $150 Burgundies, but you have wines from the Dao and Barriada which are similar in style and quality for a quarter or a fifth the price. Some say there is no replacement for Burgundy, but I believe them to be quite insular. They ...
by Eric Ifune
July 6th, 2020, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune and Frederic Emile
Replies: 5
Views: 456

1990 Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune and Frederic Emile

Continuing the theme of consuming some of my better bottles, I decided to compare the 1990 Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune and the 1990 Frederic Emile. P1040202 (2).JPG The Clos Ste. Hune was a hair darker but less evolved. The Frederic Emile was riper and richer. It was great from the start. The Hune neede...
by Eric Ifune
July 5th, 2020, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best 2018 Vintage for LONG term cellaring?
Replies: 56
Views: 2429

Re: Best 2018 Vintage for LONG term cellaring?

A few Vintage Ports were declared. It's been a great run for them with 2015, 16, 17, and now 18.
by Eric Ifune
July 2nd, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Del Posto Selling Off Wine Cellar - Auction
Replies: 38
Views: 3994

Re: Del Posto Selling Off Wine Cellar - Auction

We did an annual series of ancient Madeira tastings there a few years ago. We brought our own Madeira and they let us bring dozens of bottles of table wine for dinner afterwards. And these table wines were no slouches either.
by Eric Ifune
July 2nd, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?
Replies: 105
Views: 4805

Re: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

I've made it a point to open some of the bottles I've been cellaring the past few decades. Might as well. These have been the top tier. DR 70 Port, the Port label for Domaine Agri-Roncao based at Quinta da Levandeira. Over 70 year old wood aged Port. 1996 Jadot Chambertin 1996 Raveneau Valmur 1834 B...
by Eric Ifune
June 29th, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping wine cellar from France to USA
Replies: 18
Views: 1135

Re: Shipping wine cellar from France to USA

No import license? Then you need to hire a customs broker. You'll need a detailed inventory including alcohol content for each bottle.
by Eric Ifune
June 28th, 2020, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ‘74 Villa Mt. Eden - anyone have info?
Replies: 20
Views: 780

Re: ‘74 Villa Mt. Eden - anyone have info?

There are a number of wineries that made excellent wine in the 70s that either are not there anymore, don't make as good wine anymore, or just don't get any attention.
Also a couple of 1978 Mount Veeder Bernstein Vineyard.
by Eric Ifune
June 27th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 49
Views: 2213

Re: What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?

Vertice Espumante from Portugal.

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