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by NoahR
May 17th, 2019, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: which syrahs are retirement worthy?
Replies: 43
Views: 2973

Re: which syrahs are retirement worthy?

Sell it all and buy Northern Rhône while you still can! Honestly, I’m with Alfert on this. If you are buying to sell later then maybe these wines will hold their price. A lot of people find SQN to be undrinkably gloppy and these wines are the absolute opposite of what I find I like. But Myriad and B...
by NoahR
May 17th, 2019, 5:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 256
Views: 21822

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Yep to Monte Bello over Montelena. In another league. The American Oak in MB is distinctive and not for everyone though, but it’s part of the charm. I don’t touch MB for 15 years with few exceptions l. 98 and 00 were drinkable a bit early but I wouldn’t open anything from the 2000’s for a while
by NoahR
May 16th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Domaine Wine Storage - DC Thread
Replies: 2311
Views: 90023

Re: Domaine Wine Storage - DC Thread

Are we doing Cros Parantoux, Jacky Truchot or both? Want to make sure we don’t get so narrow we leave anyone out.
by NoahR
May 16th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 256
Views: 21822

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Sorry to anyone who did not get a 2018 futures offer. I signed up with the 2013 vintage for futures and feel lucky to still be on the list. Still, IMHO, this remains the best deal in California, period.
by NoahR
May 16th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 8552

Re: Robert Parker retires

Lisa’s article (and conventional hagiography) suggest that RMP’s reviews of 82 Bordeaux ‘which turned out to be right’ cemented his place among critics, seemingly as early as 1984. How the hell did they know the aging potential of 82 Bordeaux in 84?
by NoahR
May 16th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 8552

Re: Robert Parker retires

maureen nelson wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 4:44 pm
I think it was Terry Robards (?) and Robert Finnegan, both relatively well-known wine writers at the time, who disagreed with Bob on the ‘82 vintage. Others agreed with him.
Robert Finnegan’s books are fun to read. Not a ton of people remember him now.
by NoahR
May 16th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 8552

Re: Robert Parker retires

Gary York wrote:
May 16th, 2019, 3:58 pm
I wish him well in retirement. It must not be an easy thing to do knowing that your life's work will be destroyed.
Ashes to ashes, punt to punt.

He did a lot for the wine world, like it or not.
by NoahR
May 15th, 2019, 11:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I had a long day, and Fu pissed me off, so I popped a 2016 Gonon St Joe
Replies: 73
Views: 3478

Re: I had a long day, and Fu pissed me off, so I popped a 2016 Gonon St Joe

Glad you took one for the team. I think I was only able to snag a few, so will give them 15 years...
by NoahR
May 14th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?
Replies: 67
Views: 4962

Re: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?

I think the “softness” of the Bordeaux resale market is real, especially as reports start surfacing that 82’ are getting to be past prime. 89, 90 are robust, but there are relative deals to be had elsewhere. It’s just that 2015/16 prices are so inflated that old stocks seem a deal by comparison. In...
by NoahR
May 13th, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?
Replies: 67
Views: 4962

Re: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?

In Burgundy there seem to be fairly few old wines being sold at auction for much less than the retail price of current vintages. Why would you expect mature burgundy to cost less than the same wine from a current vintage (assuming comparable quality reputation)? That type of arbitrage always seems ...
by NoahR
May 13th, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thierry Allemand "Reynard" Cornas 2016
Replies: 53
Views: 5112

Re: Thierry Allemand "Reynard" Cornas 2016

Has anyone noticed that absolutely every Cornas, St. Joseph and Cote Rotie from any producer young or old is “classic” “traditional” and “old school”? Other than LaLa’s and maybe Chave Hermitage, and some well known producers who basically don’t have to work too hard to sell their wines, the exact s...
by NoahR
May 13th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?
Replies: 67
Views: 4962

Re: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?

I think the “softness” of the Bordeaux resale market is real, especially as reports start surfacing that 82’ are getting to be past prime. 89, 90 are robust, but there are relative deals to be had elsewhere. It’s just that 2015/16 prices are so inflated that old stocks seem a deal by comparison. In ...
by NoahR
May 13th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Domaine Wine Storage - DC Thread
Replies: 2311
Views: 90023

Re: Domaine Wine Storage - DC Thread

Get in line, Joe. Not until after the 90 and 99 Vosne GC tastings
by NoahR
May 13th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?
Replies: 67
Views: 4962

Re: Online wine auction offerings becoming sparse and pricey?

Only way to find deals is to for wines that don’t move (there are tons of bottles that have been sitting on spectrum or winebid for several months), the reserve prices are close to retail once you factor in premium...
by NoahR
May 13th, 2019, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 2016 Lynch Bages, 2017 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese #15 Auction
Replies: 5
Views: 559

Re: TN- 2016 Lynch Bages, 2017 Willi Schaefer Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese #15 Auction

Tom, have you had any other 15 and 16 Bordeaux major houses that have been more restrained? Did a longitudinal tasting of Lynch Bages last year and really didn’t find the newer ones to be all that glossy or overly oaked. But I’m also never surprised when a recent, ripe vintage of Bordeaux has all th...
by NoahR
May 13th, 2019, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allemand Gets The Clape
Replies: 5
Views: 797

Re: Allemand Gets The Clape

Clape jokes aside I’m just impressed anyone opened either of these given the absurd price escalation in recent years, at least in the american market. How much are they over there?
by NoahR
May 12th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Levet Journaries pairing
Replies: 7
Views: 465

Re: 2015 Levet Journaries pairing

I think Alfert puts it in his Camelbak on long bike rides in Orlando summer heat.
by NoahR
May 12th, 2019, 5:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 17938

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

Do you know why it's sold out? Did I miss a memo? 2018>2015 for Segur? I see 2015 for $85 I would guess it’s because of the Vinous review at 96-99 that called it one of the best wines of the vintage. I don’t think a score of 96-99 puts you among the best wines of the vintage does it? I thought the ...
by NoahR
May 11th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 17938

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

Noah, Was your sinus surgery a success I hope? I had surgery in 2006 and its amazing what a good surgeon can do for the olfactory senses. Terroir and precision come much more onto focus, while monster California Cabs, and the like, are no longer the wine of choice for me. Regarding 2018 Bordeaux, I...
by NoahR
May 11th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Domaine Wine Storage - DC Thread
Replies: 2311
Views: 90023

Re: Domaine Wine Storage - DC Thread

R_Gilbane wrote:
May 11th, 2019, 8:24 am
Feeling some inspo from the recent Tanzer Cali retrospectives. Thinking older cabs today. Same time, same place as last week?
96 and 73 Mayacamas?
by NoahR
May 11th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century
Replies: 69
Views: 2734

Re: Favorite Bordeaux non vintage of the century

I think history will continue to be kind to 2014.

And 1986 has surpassed expectations I think, sandwiched between VOTC 82, 89 and 90. Hard to find bad wines from that whole decade outside of 84 and 87
by NoahR
May 11th, 2019, 5:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Northern Rhone Documentary
Replies: 8
Views: 1580

Re: Northern Rhone Documentary

Just watched it. tTwo hours of watching Allemand, Chave, Ooka working these brutally steep hillsides in the Rhône by hand. Backbreaking. 80's captioning, barely any narrative. At least half an hour of just watching Allemand and his guys swear like sailors and grunt while rebuilding a piece of stone ...
by NoahR
May 11th, 2019, 4:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 17938

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

The Farr Vintners site said something about a 25% volume reduction in the release vs 2017. Futures games I think, combined with the aforementioned “demand”. I call bull$hit. There is absolutely not a single large Bordeaux estate that can claim a right to inflate prices based on low yields. Scarcity...
by NoahR
May 11th, 2019, 4:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 17938

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

YLee wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 11:22 pm
C Chen wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 9:14 pm
Whoa, 750ml bottles of 2018 Calon Segur at Total Wine are sold out.
Do you know why it's sold out? Did I miss a memo? 2018>2015 for Segur? I see 2015 for $85
I would guess it’s because of the Vinous review at 96-99 that called it one of the best wines of the vintage.
by NoahR
May 10th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 17938

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

For me, I don’t think wine is an “expense” in that I can always sell. They are not an expense or sunken cost until I drink them, and then they would immediately cease to have resale value, so they are sort of like Schroedinger’s Cat in that sense... Not like Schroedinger’s Cat actually 😜 but in any...
by NoahR
May 10th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 17938

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

What does it mean to "invest" in a few cases. Is investing different from buying? Don’t know, Howard. What does it mean to be “snarky”? Is it different from being “snide”? Is there a reason you’re trying to draw a distinction that I’m not? If I put money into something that I’m going to neither enj...
by NoahR
May 10th, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux.
Replies: 268
Views: 17765

Re: 2018 Bordeaux.

Vince T wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 11:00 am
Panos has a nice, thoughtful write up:
https://wine-chronicles.com/blog/bdx18- ... hedonists/
This is great. Kudos to Panos for not recycling hype.
by NoahR
May 10th, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 02 dp p2 $399-thoughts?
Replies: 44
Views: 3102

Re: 02 dp p2 $399-thoughts?

I would argue the opposite of Ryan. I think the prices for P2 are silly high for extended lees aging. I love aged champagnes but would rather have the base 02 and hold it for half the price.
by NoahR
May 10th, 2019, 4:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 17938

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

So, fine. I’m not a huge Bordeaux buyer, having gotten into it after the price hikes of 2009 and 2010, but had kids born in 2014 and 2016 and so invested in a few cases. Now to 2018. Have read the threads and preliminary reviews. What are you buying and why? My first EP purchases: 6x Les Carmes Hau...
by NoahR
May 9th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 7409

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

Rob_S wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 3:25 pm
So as a vineyard where would Dr. Crane stand?
Makes some great wines but was basically a reclaimed housing area that was supposedly the Chinatown of St. Helena in the 20’s. Was replanted to Cab-et-cetera in 1998, so hardly an historic site.
by NoahR
May 9th, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 7409

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

3rd Growth: Araujo (Eisele) Yes, making blueberry milkshakes out of that fruit still made respectable wines, but that's history. First Growth and a new benchmark for Napa. Back to traditional ripeness. No new oak.... Of that list, you’re singling our Araujo for blueberry milkshake? That could apply...
by NoahR
May 9th, 2019, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 7409

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

Eisele should be there. Known great site. Owned by a First Growth. Tended and made by veteran Chateau Latour folks. Agree. Forgot that one. I don’t know what to do about sites that have sold out to larger companies. Where does Schrader fit now? Kapczandy? And then the historical properties like Ing...
by NoahR
May 9th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 7409

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

First Growths: To Kalon (Mondavi, Macdonald)? Screagle Harlan Scarecrow Monte Bello (don’t care it’s not in Napa) Second Growths (and I think these are probably Firsts in a lot of minds. Consistent over time though maybe not quite as Culty) Dominus Opus One VHR Maya Heitz Martha’s Third Growths Schr...
by NoahR
May 8th, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Chateau Sociando Mallet, Not Sung by OutKast or Alfert, except for praise
Replies: 17
Views: 1266

Re: TN: 2014 Chateau Sociando Mallet, Not Sung by OutKast or Alfert, except for praise

Have a half case. When should I start drinking them? Or should I hold them for another 17 years for my daughter?
by NoahR
May 8th, 2019, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 17938

Re: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

C Chen wrote:
May 8th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Might help: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=159645
Yeah. That thread was a mess. Started a new one for a reason. :)
by NoahR
May 8th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?
Replies: 245
Views: 17938

2018 Bordeaux - What are you buying (and why)?

So, fine. I’m not a huge Bordeaux buyer, having gotten into it after the price hikes of 2009 and 2010, but had kids born in 2014 and 2016 and so invested in a few cases. Now to 2018. Have read the threads and preliminary reviews. What are you buying and why? My first EP purchases: 6x Les Carmes Haut...
by NoahR
May 6th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner Party TNs--Egon Muller, Musar, Quivet, 97 Port, Bevan, others
Replies: 5
Views: 598

Re: Dinner Party TNs--Egon Muller, Musar, Quivet, 97 Port, Bevan, others

Had a corked bottle of 2001 Musar last week, which was disappointing, but have had fairly good luck with both 1999 and 2000 Musar being relatively “clean”. When they are on, they’re on! Great notes
by NoahR
May 6th, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Two unique wines.
Replies: 6
Views: 693

Re: TNs: Two unique wines.

Recent 1971 Moulin Touchais was young and licking that depth you write about. Maybe needs more time.
by NoahR
May 5th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1605
Views: 107869

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Has anyone actually tried the Ployez-Jacquemart Liesse d’Harbonville?
by NoahR
May 1st, 2019, 6:43 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Domaine Wine Storage - DC Thread
Replies: 2311
Views: 90023

Re: Domaine Wine Storage - DC Thread

Have we done Gentaz vs Noel Verset yet this year?
I can probably bring most of 1991-2006 with the Verset.
Bobby?
by NoahR
April 29th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Domaine Wine Storage - DC Thread
Replies: 2311
Views: 90023

Re: Domaine Wine Storage - DC Thread

We really should get that 30 years of Dominus dinner on the books. Joe, that's a great idea!!! I'll swing by Domaine later today to start the planning process. Also will pull some of my older Dominus stash and do some "selective sampling" to ensure quality is in line with expectations. I'll be in t...
by NoahR
April 28th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Old Westminster “Piquette” Pet-Nat
Replies: 0
Views: 237

TN: 2018 Old Westminster “Piquette” Pet-Nat

6.9%, this is a Piquette, so basically a second pressing of the grape detritus fermented naturally and lightly. This is purple with a ruby foam on a moderately effervescent frame. Has a lactic sour note to it reminiscent of a lambic. The nose is relatively fruity but the palate is dry as a bone with...
by NoahR
April 26th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Domaine Wine Storage - DC Thread
Replies: 2311
Views: 90023

Re: Domaine Wine Storage - DC Thread

My astral projection will be there, Bobby. Thanks for the head's up (chest up, eyes up, prayed up, as they say). I can stay late to finish bottles, since my astral body is not limited by physical barriers liked locked tasting room doors. My astral body cannot grasp stemware, which may pose a problem.
by NoahR
April 23rd, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Madeira question
Replies: 20
Views: 1099

Re: Madeira question

Aaron - thanks! I now am particularly curious about 1877. Any idea how I can find out where the CVM holdings were, and Torre Bella?
by NoahR
April 22nd, 2019, 4:44 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: .
Replies: 10
Views: 961

Re: FS: Krug Grande Cuvée 375ml - $65 per

Likewise no response to PM
by NoahR
April 20th, 2019, 4:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Madeira question
Replies: 20
Views: 1099

Re: Madeira question

I wonder if young vine vs old vine has any relevance for Madeira given the method of its production.
by NoahR
April 20th, 2019, 4:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Cognac eventually go bad ?
Replies: 17
Views: 7169

Re: Does Cognac eventually go bad ?

I have never had a high proof spirit that was bad. Have opened lots of booze: gin, scotch, American whiskey and then tons of old Amari. The Amari, at 16-20% and wine-based, Do oxidize once they are opened, and any spirit left open for long Times is going to lose aromatics to evaporation and oxidatio...
by NoahR
April 18th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hundred Acre Wraith
Replies: 30
Views: 4672

Re: Hundred Acre Wraith

I don’t know if there is anyone out there who has the balls to actually open either the 13 or 14 Wraith. It might suck but be eminently flippable, or it could be god’s gift to wine, as Woodbridge claims. But he claims that about every wine he makes and his purple prose would make Rimmerman blush. I ...

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