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by Doug Schulman
January 24th, 2021, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: retail behavior
Replies: 20
Views: 1348

Re: retail behavior

Max S. wrote: January 24th, 2021, 1:28 pm They handled it properly. A lot of people are having inventory management issues for some reason. Also, smaller shops are more likely to have these kinds of issues I feel like. It's how they respond to them that matters.
My thoughts exactly.
by Doug Schulman
January 24th, 2021, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone else prefer Champagne to not be overly yeasty?
Replies: 46
Views: 1694

Re: Does anyone else prefer Champagne to not be overly yeasty?

The closest good wine store to me is Total Wines. I live in New York so there are a lot of good wine shops in the boroughs, but I live in the suburbs and the standard selection in my vicinity is very subpar (just Moet, Cliquot, and Dom). I use Wine.com and for my birthday, I have an order of Lauren...
by Doug Schulman
January 24th, 2021, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does anyone else prefer Champagne to not be overly yeasty?
Replies: 46
Views: 1694

Re: Does anyone else prefer Champagne to not be overly yeasty?

The closest good wine store to me is Total Wines. I live in New York so there are a lot of good wine shops in the boroughs, but I live in the suburbs and the standard selection in my vicinity is very subpar (just Moet, Cliquot, and Dom). I use Wine.com and for my birthday, I have an order of Lauren...
by Doug Schulman
January 23rd, 2021, 5:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile 375ème Anniversaire
Replies: 12
Views: 398

Re: TN: 2001 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile 375ème Anniversaire

Great birthday wine. It’s one of my all time favorites from Alsace. Happy birthday, I’m glad it showed well.
by Doug Schulman
January 22nd, 2021, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Trimbach
Replies: 8
Views: 369

Re: 2001 Trimbach

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: January 22nd, 2021, 3:17 pm For my taste the 2001 CFE 375th is perfect right now. Different strokes.
Same here, as of 1-2 years ago. No doubt it can go a lot longer, though.
by Doug Schulman
January 21st, 2021, 5:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me love Chenin Blanc
Replies: 72
Views: 3130

Re: Please help me love Chenin Blanc

The answer is Savennieres but you need to age it for 6-7 years (it will hold for many years more than that usually). If you need confirmation split a bottle of something like a Joly Coullee de Serreant (with enough friends to pay for it). yikes, no. Joly is, um, like Forrest Gump's box of chocolate...
by Doug Schulman
January 20th, 2021, 5:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me love Chenin Blanc
Replies: 72
Views: 3130

Re: Please help me love Chenin Blanc

Some interesting comments here. To me, high quality Chenin has a very strong varietal character (as is true for Syrah as long as it isn't grown somewhere too hot, which tends to obliterate varietal character in any international variety). I would think some people just don't like it. Even with that,...
by Doug Schulman
January 19th, 2021, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Other Ligniers
Replies: 11
Views: 759

Re: Other Ligniers

I think they’re both making nice wines, but not at the level of H Lignier. How far away? The pricing is not at the level of H Lignier, although OP did not ask that question about relative value. I should have addressed that since OP asks if they're starting to catch up rather than are they as good....
by Doug Schulman
January 19th, 2021, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Other Ligniers
Replies: 11
Views: 759

Re: Other Ligniers

I think they’re both making nice wines, but not at the level of H Lignier.
by Doug Schulman
January 17th, 2021, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy
Replies: 100
Views: 3791

Re: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy

Robert G. wrote: January 17th, 2021, 11:02 am However, I did not adequately consider she may not end up even liking Bordeaux!
Right, I would definitely not buy only Bordeaux.
by Doug Schulman
January 16th, 2021, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best pairings
Replies: 83
Views: 3174

Re: best pairings

I forgot one other: gewurztraminer with curry or certain other Indian dishes (not to say the curry must be Indian). I don’t even really like gewurz on its own unless it’s aged, but I love it with those flavors. Gewurtztraminer from Alsace? And off dry? Gewurtz come in many different guises. For me ...
by Doug Schulman
January 16th, 2021, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best pairings
Replies: 83
Views: 3174

Re: best pairings

I forgot one other: gewurztraminer with curry or certain other Indian dishes (not to say the curry must be Indian). I don’t even really like gewurz on its own unless it’s aged, but I love it with those flavors.
by Doug Schulman
January 16th, 2021, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best pairings
Replies: 83
Views: 3174

Re: best pairings

Mature Barolo and white truffles is one of the best ever for me. Also Champagne with sushi.
by Doug Schulman
January 14th, 2021, 5:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)
Replies: 61
Views: 2343

Re: TN: 2019 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)

I find it interesting that Le Haut Lieu seems to get the least love and Le Mont the most. When I've had 2-3 vineyard sites side by side, from the same vintage and sweetness level, I have always either liked Le Haut Lieu the best or had no preference. I have done comparisons with young wines and arou...
by Doug Schulman
January 12th, 2021, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Effect of wine storage at 45 degrees?
Replies: 43
Views: 2189

Re: Effect of wine storage at 45 degrees?

YLee wrote: January 12th, 2021, 8:01 am I have 2 cellars set at 47°F
How long have you been doing that? Have you ever compared the same wine from your 47 degree cellars and a 55 degree cellar, after some period of aging?
by Doug Schulman
January 12th, 2021, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Effect of wine storage at 45 degrees?
Replies: 43
Views: 2189

Re: Effect of wine storage at 45 degrees?

I’d be curious to know the temperature in Bern’s cellar. I could see my breath in there. Their bottles seem to age very well. I was thinking this. It seems like colder than 55 preserves fruit better while still allowing for tertiary development, maybe more slowly. If I could live to be 150 and stil...
by Doug Schulman
January 11th, 2021, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone had this?
Replies: 5
Views: 1089

Re: Anyone had this?

No, but I love Benvenuti's Teran. It's earthy, tannic, and a bit wild, without going too far in the natural direction. Reminds me a little bit of Aglianico.
by Doug Schulman
January 11th, 2021, 5:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Felsina CCR cooked/variable?
Replies: 5
Views: 425

Re: 2013 Felsina CCR cooked/variable?

We sell Felsina here in CT. I believe Felsina does not have a national Importer, but exports directly to Distributors in each state. In most states Distributor are able to import also. Ruby is a Massachusetts distributor, they would import Felsina, but only for the Mass market. At one time Felsina ...
by Doug Schulman
January 10th, 2021, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Felsina CCR cooked/variable?
Replies: 5
Views: 425

2013 Felsina CCR cooked/variable?

So, I've been saying since it came out that I was surprised at how open and ready to go the 2013 Felsina Chianti Classico Riserva has been. Well, now I wonder if the case I got was exposed to some heat. My past few bottles have all seemed advanced, with one that was outright oxidized. Of course I re...
by Doug Schulman
January 7th, 2021, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PATRICIA GREEN LIBRARY RELEASE
Replies: 37
Views: 3133

Re: PATRICIA GREEN LIBRARY RELEASE

This is such an AWESOME way to taste aged wines with a perfect provenance. The fact that the winery has not marked up the wines at all as they get older is such a gift to wine geeks like ourselves. What a great way to start 2021! +1000, though my credit card isn't as happy as I am. This really is a...
by Doug Schulman
January 4th, 2021, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYC retailer shipping policies
Replies: 20
Views: 906

Re: NYC retailer shipping policies

Right, and there’s no sense in guessing the retailer, unless someone else has seen a similar policy.
by Doug Schulman
January 4th, 2021, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYC retailer shipping policies
Replies: 20
Views: 906

Re: NYC retailer shipping policies

Maybe they didn’t like that you would prefer to receive your wines in good condition.
by Doug Schulman
January 4th, 2021, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYC retailer shipping policies
Replies: 20
Views: 906

Re: NYC retailer shipping policies

I’ve heard of retailers charging for storage, but never this. I understand if they are truly not able to hold orders. If that’s the case, I would simply not order from them. There was one place that gave me a hard time about holding as long as I wanted, which caused me to start ordering more seasona...
by Doug Schulman
January 4th, 2021, 5:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Banyuls: what do you all think
Replies: 21
Views: 843

Re: Banyuls: what do you all think

I like Banyuls, especially some of the old ones I've had. Chapoutier always has a strong cocoa powder note that I suspect comes from oak. It's a nice wine, but not like the others I've had. I tend to prefer the wines of Maury for their rusticity. Mas Amiel makes some great stuff.
by Doug Schulman
January 3rd, 2021, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riesling... Point me in the right direction
Replies: 60
Views: 2496

Re: Riesling... Point me in the right direction

I love Breuer Schlossberg, but I often find petrol there.
by Doug Schulman
January 3rd, 2021, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riesling... Point me in the right direction
Replies: 60
Views: 2496

Re: Riesling... Point me in the right direction

Oh, and the Keller GGs are great, but I don't think they usually show well until about a year after release. At this stage, I wouldn't bother spending the money anyway. Get some Wittmann GGs for much less money. The quality is very similar.
by Doug Schulman
January 3rd, 2021, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riesling... Point me in the right direction
Replies: 60
Views: 2496

Re: Riesling... Point me in the right direction

- Lower the price point and search for New World examples in Oregon, Australia, South Africa. What about Napa Valley (i.e., Smith Madrone)? - Austrian riesling seems like a good candidate - Thanks to those who recommended Trimbach, but I think I'll be passing over Alsace altogether (for now). I've ...
by Doug Schulman
January 2nd, 2021, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riesling... Point me in the right direction
Replies: 60
Views: 2496

Re: Riesling... Point me in the right direction

Considering your aversion to petrol, I think Trimbach is a terrible choice.
by Doug Schulman
January 1st, 2021, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5
Replies: 40
Views: 1744

Re: TN: 2019 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese #5

Prum and Schaefer both showing so well this young is surprising. Does anyone have thoughts on whether this is common for 2019 or just coincidence?
by Doug Schulman
December 31st, 2020, 5:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Classifying farmer fizz
Replies: 100
Views: 4292

Re: Classifying farmer fizz

If you're talking about quality across the line rather than price, I don't think Selosse is in a class by himself. Sure, demand and pricing would say so, but the wines are quite inconsistent. Blind tastings can often yield very different opinions than tasting when looking at the label with those. I ...
by Doug Schulman
December 30th, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Asimov on FrankCornelissen
Replies: 61
Views: 5054

Re: NYTimes: Asimov on FrankCornelissen

I'm glad to say I haven't tried any of his wines in the past 4 years.
by Doug Schulman
December 30th, 2020, 5:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Distributors - Is it worth the cost?
Replies: 17
Views: 2266

Re: Distributors - Is it worth the cost?

The biggest distributors generally are poor choices for smaller wineries that offer a limited supply. While they can offer access to big accounts, the sales staff wants to work with the bigger names that are easier to sell, so small wineries sometimes get left behind. Simon, this is one of the most...
by Doug Schulman
December 24th, 2020, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Nikolaihof Gruners...(short/boring)
Replies: 6
Views: 470

Re: TN: Two Nikolaihof Gruners...(short/boring)

I find entry level wines from top producers in the Wachau are rarely well valued. That's my impression, anyway. Add in that Nikolaihof funk, which I am never a fan of, and I'm not surprised at all at your impressions, Tom. There's plenty of really good Grüner in that price range. Heck, even Gobelsbu...
by Doug Schulman
December 23rd, 2020, 5:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 San Fereolo Dogliani Superiore
Replies: 3
Views: 225

Re: TN: 2017 San Fereolo Dogliani Superiore

There are very few Dolcettos I like enough to buy. San Fereolo is at the top of the list.
by Doug Schulman
December 20th, 2020, 5:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine pairing assistance
Replies: 7
Views: 517

Re: Wine pairing assistance

How did it go? Musar white seemed like a great choice.
by Doug Schulman
December 18th, 2020, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '18 Mascarello Santo Stefano Dolcetto - VA issue?
Replies: 12
Views: 514

Re: '18 Mascarello Santo Stefano Dolcetto - VA issue?

C. Mc Cart wrote: December 18th, 2020, 11:12 am Maybe something unclean got in the 1st bottle or on the cork, just prior to bottling.
Yes, but it also could be in all of the wine and only causing problems in some bottles. I've seen a lot of variation with bacterial issues where they were definitely affecting multiple bottles.
by Doug Schulman
December 14th, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '18 Mascarello Santo Stefano Dolcetto - VA issue?
Replies: 12
Views: 514

Re: '18 Mascarello Santo Stefano Dolcetto - VA issue?

Prickly mouthfeel and sauerkraut sounds exactly like malolactic bacteria fault. I’ve seen it way too many times. Other faults often accompany it, but that seems like the only thing you’re describing. When it gets bad, the wine can also smell like vomit and have mousiness.
by Doug Schulman
December 10th, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Following 2007 Elio Grasso Barolo Case Maté
Replies: 8
Views: 611

Re: Following 2007 Elio Grasso Barolo Case Maté

2007 Elio Grasso Barolo Ginestra Casa Maté - Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo (12/7/2020) Decanted for 30 minutes before serving with triple mushroom gnocchi. This is really in the zone, and would be a great bottle to introduce someone to the beauty of Barolo. Scents of truffles (but that could be p...
by Doug Schulman
December 9th, 2020, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 2018 Carl Loewen Riesling 1896 - updated
Replies: 7
Views: 490

Re: TN - 2018 Carl Loewen Riesling 1896 Grosse Lage

So, you've finally loved and embraced dry German Riesling with an off-dry German Riesling? [stirthepothal.gif] I love this wine. The 2015 was one of my absolute favorite wines of the year when it came out. I bought more than I think I've ever bought of a single wine, definitely of anything over $20....
by Doug Schulman
December 7th, 2020, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finding "Balance" in New World Style Wines
Replies: 70
Views: 3712

Re: Finding "Balance" in New World Style Wines

Dustin, You preface your question with your desire to be a winemaker. If that is truly your intent, my suggestion is you make what the vineyard gives you. Trying to follow an example will just give you a pretender to that style and the dirt and fruit you are working with isn’t the same. Don’t start...
by Doug Schulman
December 7th, 2020, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finding "Balance" in New World Style Wines
Replies: 70
Views: 3712

Re: Finding "Balance" in New World Style Wines

I do not tend to drink many wines like that. I tend to like wines in the 13% alcohol range. I do not seek out wines by alcohol, it just has been my experience. But probably the best example I can think of is Herman Story which I have enjoyed but sometimes crosses that line a bit. I've had several, ...
by Doug Schulman
December 7th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finding "Balance" in New World Style Wines
Replies: 70
Views: 3712

Re: Finding "Balance" in New World Style Wines

There are very few that I think pull this off. Aubert Chardonnays for sure. They don't do it every time, but those that seemed unbalanced have become harmonious with more cellar time, in my experience. Cayuse -- I guess I put this in the category. Yes, they can be super funky, but there's always ne...
by Doug Schulman
December 7th, 2020, 5:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finding "Balance" in New World Style Wines
Replies: 70
Views: 3712

Re: Finding "Balance" in New World Style Wines

There are very few that I think pull this off. Aubert Chardonnays for sure. They don't do it every time, but those that seemed unbalanced have become harmonious with more cellar time, in my experience. Cayuse -- I guess I put this in the category. Yes, they can be super funky, but there's always new...
by Doug Schulman
December 6th, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Notes (added Vajra Barolo Ravera & Coste di Rose)
Replies: 133
Views: 12073

Re: 2016 Barolo Notes (added E. Grasso Ginestra Casa Mate)

I had the ‘16 regular bottling about a week ago with similar impressions. I loved the ‘15 last winter, so I think the ‘16 just needs time. I think maybe more than 5 years. Glad to hear. Seems like in 17 the only on being made is the basic and contains the best from the singles as the singles wont b...
by Doug Schulman
December 5th, 2020, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Notes (added Vajra Barolo Ravera & Coste di Rose)
Replies: 133
Views: 12073

Re: 2016 Barolo Notes (added E. Grasso Ginestra Casa Mate)

anyone had any of the 2016 Nervi-Conterno's? Scores are all over the place on the regular bottling and I see some pretty highs cores from AG on the singles but he's saying the Molsino will need 15 years to come around whereas the Valferana will need half the time There have been some very positive ...
by Doug Schulman
November 30th, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Better to store wine warm or cold...
Replies: 10
Views: 527

Re: Better to store wine warm or cold...

If it’s really staying 70-72, I would store that way. I’d be worried about full on refrigeration drying the corks over that much time, and I have stored wines and temperatures like that for 5+ years that have turned out well. If it actually got up to 78+ in the summer, That would be a different story.
by Doug Schulman
November 24th, 2020, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Grüner Veltliner Alte Reben
Replies: 8
Views: 366

Re: TN: 1997 Weingut Willi Bründlmayer Grüner Veltliner Alte Reben

Eric Ifune wrote: November 24th, 2020, 3:35 pm Great wine, as is the 1999. I may have a couple left. The Lyra is also nice, but I think the Alte Reben is better.
They’re such different wines. I have a hard time saying one is better than the other. Both seem to be able to age for a very long time.
by Doug Schulman
November 23rd, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Doh! Ever do this before?
Replies: 34
Views: 2373

Re: Doh! Ever do this before?

I opened a Guiberteau clos des Carmes when I meant to get a Guichaux. Oops. Guests preferred the $20 Saumur Blanc we’d just had. There were reasons I hadn’t meant to pull the Carmes. I drank as much of it as I reasonably could.
by Doug Schulman
November 23rd, 2020, 6:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Entry-level Fino/Manzanilla? [Valdespino Inocente & El Maestro Sierra added. Poll Restarted]
Replies: 19
Views: 759

Re: Best Entry-level Fino/Manzanilla?

Jay Miller wrote: November 23rd, 2020, 5:56 am You can't go wrong with the Valdespino Inocente (not on list)
This was my choice until I had it side by side with El Maestro Sierra. The poll list is missing multiple important options.

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