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by Doug Schulman
January 23rd, 2020, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 60
Views: 2168

Re: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

When first getting into wine, my wife and I found that we loved wines that had a strong "earthy" character. We were going to a lot of tastings, and a certain husband and wife team was importing a bunch of wines that had this interesting and somewhat enigmatic trait. Those people told us about how th...
by Doug Schulman
January 23rd, 2020, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: storing wines vertically?
Replies: 53
Views: 2949

Re: storing wines vertically?

Logically, I would think that corks will dry out in a dry environment and won't in a humid environment, regardless of bottle orientation. A bunch of anecdotal experience that I have (storing many bottles upright and many on their sides, some in a quite dry basement and some in a quite humid basement...
by Doug Schulman
January 23rd, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 60
Views: 2168

Re: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

It was alluded to somewhere above (great discussion, BTW), but I'll ask it here. I wonder what the answer would be if you asked a decidedly-natural winemaker who, let's say, just a "natural" Chardonnay, "Do you hope that your natural wine tastes like top white Burgundy?" If his/her answer is, "Yes,...
by Doug Schulman
January 22nd, 2020, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Fleur Cardinale
Replies: 16
Views: 1041

Re: 2015 Fleur Cardinale

This is a style where Bordeaux takes Napa to the hoop for value and flavor. Others would be Frombauge, Moulin St. George, Fonplegade, Badette, Mathilde, Couspaude. I totally agree. Better balance, better value by far. The style does not appeal to me, but I think the value walks all over Napa at thi...
by Doug Schulman
January 22nd, 2020, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 87
Views: 3274

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

I would say Musar is the most obvious. Didier Dagueneau when Didier was making the wines (Pouilly Fume specifically; I think all Loire SB, but I know others disagree). What about Tempier (for reds)? D'Esclans Garrus for Provence Rose, for sure, but the style is different from any other. Emidio Pepe...
by Doug Schulman
January 22nd, 2020, 3:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 87
Views: 3274

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

I can think of no other region where one producer (Rougeard) stands so far above all the others. Damn Yankees? Damn Rougeard. D'Yquem Egon Muller(sweet) / Keller (dry) Petrus ? Interesting supposition It is. As much as I love Keller, I really don't think their wines are that much better than those ...
by Doug Schulman
January 21st, 2020, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kelli White on wine aging
Replies: 19
Views: 1637

Re: Kelli White on wine aging

To my understanding, the way she describes how tannins evolve is how people commonly think the case is, but to my understanding, what actually happens in a bottle as wine evolves is very different. Research shows that a) tannins both split up into smaller molecules and group together into bigger mo...
by Doug Schulman
January 21st, 2020, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 87
Views: 3274

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Guiberteau - I've never tried it and I agree it's expensive - maybe a Fourth? For reds, maybe, but if this included whites I would raise them to 1st or 2nd. I don't have much experience, but it seems to me that the top bottling warrants 2nd (probably) or 3rd rather than 4th. I'd love to hear from p...
by Doug Schulman
January 18th, 2020, 3:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kelli White on wine aging
Replies: 19
Views: 1637

Re: Kelli White on wine aging

I should start by saying I think Kelli is one of the few good wine writers. There's a ton of assumption and "common knowledge" in the article that isn't well supported by any facts, though. I think the best point is made by Maggie Harrison: Harrison’s point emphasizes a deeper truth, “People sometim...
by Doug Schulman
January 17th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 60
Views: 2168

Re: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

David K o l i n wrote:
January 17th, 2020, 9:03 am
Personally, for me, I don’t see a reason to give accommodations for wines I don’t prefer
Same here.
by Doug Schulman
January 16th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Chateau Musar Rouge 2012
Replies: 13
Views: 667

Re: TN: Chateau Musar Rouge 2012

I haven’t, but I appreciate the detailed note. I will probably get a bottle to try in the near future, plus maybe a couple more. This sounds like it might be one of the earlier drinking vintages, which I’ve been realizing recently that I shouldn’t ignore as I generally have.
by Doug Schulman
January 15th, 2020, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faury st. Joe vv brett
Replies: 16
Views: 851

Re: Faury st. Joe vv brett

YLee wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 2:22 pm
From your experience approximately how many years after the vintage did your start sensing brett?
This would not be anywhere near consistent.
by Doug Schulman
January 13th, 2020, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who isn't drinking their share?
Replies: 33
Views: 1638

Re: Who isn't drinking their share?

AndrewH wrote:
January 13th, 2020, 10:00 am
That, or the crap-wine drinkers are opting for White Claw.
That’s part of it.
by Doug Schulman
January 13th, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Mascarello Monprivato
Replies: 13
Views: 1155

Re: TN: 1999 Mascarello Monprivato

Right. Enjoyable now is not the definition of mature. It’s nice to hear this has opened up, though.
by Doug Schulman
January 10th, 2020, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 124
Views: 5145

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

Turley Zins do age. Not sure they gain a lot, but they don't lose anything - at least when it comes to single vineyard releases. I just had an 08 Mead Ranch and it was great. Big and brambly blackberry fruit. No heat to speak of even though it's right around 16% ABV. I've heard that Carlisle and Be...
by Doug Schulman
January 7th, 2020, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Georges Duboeuf (1933 - 2020)
Replies: 16
Views: 1167

Re: RIP Georges Duboeuf (1933 - 2020)

Fred Bower wrote:
January 7th, 2020, 5:53 am
I will sound a voice of enthusiasm for the wines. The crus are often the best available option on a grocery store shelf and are a good entree into why Beaujolais isn't Nouveau.

Cheers,
fred
Yes, the crus can be very good in the right vintages.
by Doug Schulman
January 7th, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Threshold Behavior: 2017 northern Rhone (and Beaujolais)
Replies: 7
Views: 788

Re: Threshold Behavior: 2017 northern Rhone (and Beaujolais)

Yeah, I think we would all like to see a cooler, later vintage in the Beaujolais... I think if you re-taste the 15 side by side with the 17, making allowances for age, you'll think the '15 is more ripe - though chez Lapierre there isn't much in it. I drank a couple of good bottles, but then my '15s...
by Doug Schulman
January 7th, 2020, 3:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Georges Duboeuf (1933 - 2020)
Replies: 16
Views: 1167

Re: Yup....

A big champion of his home region and its wines, and unfortunately sometimes dismissed too easily. Like Mondavi, he made a real difference . RIP. Yup, Greg....he made a real difference in Beaujolais. Not because of the quality of his wines, but for the tireless/unabashedly enthusiastic promotion of...
by Doug Schulman
January 7th, 2020, 3:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Threshold Behavior: 2017 northern Rhone (and Beaujolais)
Replies: 7
Views: 788

Re: Threshold Behavior: 2017 northern Rhone (and Beaujolais)

Beaujolais has had a lot of really ripe vintages lately. I'm hoping for a nice, classic vintage like 2011 soon. Even some of the classics (like Lapierre) have been too ripe for my taste in multiple recent years. I now understand why some people say they are Rhone-like in these years.
by Doug Schulman
January 7th, 2020, 3:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?
Replies: 54
Views: 2777

Re: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?

It's just wine. I want to enjoy it.
by Doug Schulman
January 6th, 2020, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Help
Replies: 21
Views: 1100

Re: Champagne Help

Jay Miller wrote:
January 6th, 2020, 3:07 pm
Personally I prefer the 06 Comtes to the 08 Dom
Same here. I haven't had the Ruinart, but I'd be happier with '06 Comtes over the other choices.
by Doug Schulman
January 5th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?
Replies: 99
Views: 2839

Re: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?

ha, better check that current Blanton’s price and recalibrate! It’s more, but not much more. $80-90 is a good price now and hard to find in LA under $150-200. $80-$90 is NOT a good price. There's stupid secondary market stuff happening, but regular retail has not gone up nearly that much. Nor shoul...
by Doug Schulman
January 4th, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 124
Views: 5145

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

I don’t think any good Southern Rhône fails to show its charm when young. “Needs time” strikes me as an excuse for a wine that either isn’t very good or someone simply doesn’t like.
by Doug Schulman
January 4th, 2020, 5:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 124
Views: 5145

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

My clos st jean aging experience has been a dumpster fire of undrinkable wines. 2005, 2006, 2007 is the cohort I experimented with. https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=142476&p=2310665&hilit=Clos+st+jean+scott#p2309739 ...and I expect that's exactly where this '16 will go. I th...
by Doug Schulman
January 3rd, 2020, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The greatest wine purchase ever
Replies: 24
Views: 3281

Re: The greatest wine purchase ever

I wonder why they listed it all as one lot instead of breaking it up. I guess there are some things in there that were not nearly as attractive as the bulk of it, but still... Does anyone know why they would have sold it that way?
by Doug Schulman
January 1st, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?
Replies: 37
Views: 2354

Re: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?

Edmunds St John Syrahs. Part of quality for me is the ability to improve with age. ESJ Syrahs can improve for 20+ years, turning into something truly special (far more than almost anything else in their price range), and they're still very inexpensive on release.
by Doug Schulman
December 30th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne consumption down in France
Replies: 9
Views: 956

Re: Champagne consumption down in France

Chris Seiber wrote:
December 29th, 2019, 10:04 pm
Isn't wine consumption overall (not just Champagne) trending downward in France? Particularly with the ultra-low DUI standard there.
Yes, and the government keeps telling people that alcohol is evil.
by Doug Schulman
December 28th, 2019, 5:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and Data Science
Replies: 23
Views: 1054

Re: Wine and Data Science

Wine and food pairing is so complicated. I don't think you're using a good source for information on that. This being the first rule makes the whole thing highly questionable (even though I agree with some of the points made). (I) The body of the wine should roughly match the body of the food. Also,...
by Doug Schulman
December 28th, 2019, 4:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Qupe Mags at KL
Replies: 11
Views: 1311

Re: PSA: Qupe Mags at KL

Amazing prices! Sadly, they won't ship to me.
by Doug Schulman
December 26th, 2019, 3:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then
Replies: 131
Views: 5107

Re: Traditional CdP Producers - Now and Then

Clos Mont Olivet, once a true stalwart and still old school by CdP standards are recently as 07 (at which point I gave up on CdP in general). Yes, they make some of the most balanced, restrained (for CdP) wines in the region (the base wine, NOT the higher end cuvee) They definitely belong on both l...
by Doug Schulman
December 25th, 2019, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking advice on selecting wines for someone else
Replies: 13
Views: 720

Re: Seeking advice on selecting wines for someone else

What you're trying to do is a lot more complicated than you think. The person's level of experience with wine has a lot to do with deciding what sorts of questions will be meaningful. Also, the way people answer certain questions (tone, etc.) can be more telling than the answers themselves. In my ex...
by Doug Schulman
December 25th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Fratelli Brovia Barolo Ca'mia (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 2
Views: 333

Re: TN: 2004 Fratelli Brovia Barolo Ca'mia (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

That's about what I'd expect from this '04 right now. '06 Villero was surprisingly open this year, though.
by Doug Schulman
December 25th, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico
Replies: 18
Views: 868

Re: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico

Doug, I have not tasted the 2016 but it appears to be a great vintage. I will be looking to source some. I tasted it a couple of months ago. It's as good as I expected, and it will need time. The only recent and very good vintage that I've found to be surprisingly open since release is the '13.
by Doug Schulman
December 25th, 2019, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will paying sales tax & higher shipping cost cause you to buy less online?
Replies: 24
Views: 1306

Re: Will paying sales tax & higher shipping cost cause you to buy less online?

Agree. With 12-bottle purchase, my expectation is free shipping. Period. Do you know of many retailers that still do this? Or are you mainly talking about wineries? It seems that this is not common anymore at the retail level, and I totally understand why. The places with the prices we all want are...
by Doug Schulman
December 25th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico
Replies: 18
Views: 868

Re: TN: 2001 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico

This thread reminded me that I hadn't bought the 2016 yet. Just fixed that. At $25+, this is still an amazing value.
by Doug Schulman
December 24th, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?
Replies: 39
Views: 2336

Re: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?

When you folks say you stand the bottle up and then take a taste aren't you stirring up sediment? If I do the stand-up rather than use a basket to decant (which is way better IMO) I go strait at it and will taste form the decanter before returning to the bottle. The whole point is that the sediment...
by Doug Schulman
December 24th, 2019, 3:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?
Replies: 39
Views: 2336

Re: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?

Great thread, by the way. I've been wondering about the same thing for a while.
by Doug Schulman
December 24th, 2019, 3:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?
Replies: 39
Views: 2336

Re: What's Your Nebbiolo Cutoff Date?

‘Strong approximation’ is the question, and I think the answer is no. For very young and tannic nebbs, I’ve found that decanting for 2 or 3, even 4 days can soften the wine enough so you can taste the fruit behind the tannin wall. But the rest of aging transformation doesn’t happen at least in my e...
by Doug Schulman
December 24th, 2019, 3:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1216
Views: 66216

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

I will be noting which of my regular suppliers are gouging and which are not. When all of this madness ends, I will concentrate my buying accordingly. Seems like a bit of a tricky situation. If a retailer raises prices on in stock wines, foreseeing that they may go through a rough period of not bei...
by Doug Schulman
December 23rd, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allemand Bretty?
Replies: 86
Views: 3794

Re: Allemand Bretty?

I didn't see any facts backing up this assertion or opinion. Mike gives us data concerning 1 bottle of unidentified wine that is obviously tainted by brett and I agreed with that. Eric, you said wines with those given levels of 4-EP and 4-EG would show varying degrees of noticeable brett. That is a...
by Doug Schulman
December 23rd, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1216
Views: 66216

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

So they can stop selling the wines now rather than later. Buying will slow, and customers have a memory. seems like it's a good way for the retailers to see if people are willing to pay the higher price before they commit to replacement stock. If people don't pay, then just lower the price back and...
by Doug Schulman
December 22nd, 2019, 4:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Pierre Péters Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Cuvée de Réserve
Replies: 11
Views: 628

Re: TN: NV Pierre Péters Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut Cuvée de Réserve

I agree that this is a particularly good release. Pricing in my home market has gotten a bit crazy, but I suspect that might be a localized problem and not a general one.
by Doug Schulman
December 22nd, 2019, 4:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine from Normandy?
Replies: 68
Views: 1934

Re: Wine from Normandy?

I assume Arv is talking about ciders that have funky aromas similar to sour beers. I definitely get some funky yeast related aromas in Basque ciders. If there is also something bacterial going on, maybe it's possible that the cider becomes more sour than the base material was, but I don't know if th...
by Doug Schulman
December 21st, 2019, 5:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allemand Bretty?
Replies: 86
Views: 3794

Re: Allemand Bretty?

James Billy wrote:
December 20th, 2019, 8:56 pm
Brett isn't an issue for 99% of Northern Rhone IME.
You must either have an unbelievably high recognition threshold or love brett.
by Doug Schulman
December 20th, 2019, 3:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1216
Views: 66216

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

There are two kinds of displacement from the tariffs - first is substitution to non-tariffed products. That's easier for a large retailer to deal with because for $20 bordeaux they can sell $20 wine from Argentina, Australia, US, etc. But the other kind of displacement is reduced sales - folks who ...
by Doug Schulman
December 16th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1216
Views: 66216

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Jason, You keep using hyperbole that undermines your entire arguments. Barilla pasta is regularly available for $1 in grocery store. $2 could hurt the brand, but it won’t be your farcical $7. Use normal analysis, and I might take you seriously. Barilla in our neck of the woods isn’t $1... but ok.. ...
by Doug Schulman
December 16th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wand Wine Filter
Replies: 27
Views: 1197

Re: The Wand Wine Filter

Maybe wine headache sufferers could try green light?

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-sho ... reen-light
by Doug Schulman
December 16th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wand Wine Filter
Replies: 27
Views: 1197

Re: The Wand Wine Filter

Mike Kuller wrote:
December 16th, 2019, 8:03 am
Perhaps it's the placebo effect.
Exactly what the creators of this wand are counting on!

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