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Is Mozart overrated?

I just think he died too young. Then again, Chopin died young but I think he's the greatest. It just seems that no matter how much I try, Mozart fails bring me to the zenith that Chopin does, like a great Bordeaux growth that comes up just a bit short on the finish. Chopin for me rises to the ultima...
by JimHow
on Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:24 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Is Mozart overrated?
Replies: 3
Views: 60

Re: Forgive me BD for I have sinned...........

I am a kind and benevolent dictator, RDD.
Benevolent dictator exemption granted.
by JimHow
on Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:12 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Forgive me BD for I have sinned...........
Replies: 3
Views: 92

Re: Red Obsession

It was interesting. Is the Asia wine craze over?
I have a mixed case of Lafite, 5 bottles from 1996, 1 from 1998, 1 from 2001, 3 from 2002, and 2 from 2004.
I intend to drink them someday (with BWEers)!
by JimHow
on Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:16 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Red Obsession
Replies: 9
Views: 186

Re: Red Obsession

Sounds interesting, just put at top of my queue.
by JimHow
on Sat Apr 19, 2014 5:24 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Red Obsession
Replies: 9
Views: 186

Re: Holy mackerel is this '10 Fleur Cardinale a deep purple!!

i know, it is very pathetic.
I think I have about 800-900 bottles right now, down from a high of about 1500.
I think my racks hold about 1,000, and I have a bunch of cases stacked up.
I definitely need to replenish.
by JimHow
on Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:24 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Holy mackerel is this '10 Fleur Cardinale a deep purple!!
Replies: 21
Views: 274

Re: Holy mackerel is this '10 Fleur Cardinale a deep purple!!

The six bottles have arrived.
Now the question is, for how long should I cellar them?
by JimHow
on Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:20 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Holy mackerel is this '10 Fleur Cardinale a deep purple!!
Replies: 21
Views: 274

Re: 2001s

2001 Pape Clement a beauty. 2001 SHL too.
Pontet Canet and Lynch, not so much.
I still think He was wrong in downgrading Gruaud Larose for the better part of a decade.
by JimHow
on Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:35 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2001s
Replies: 15
Views: 370

Re: TNs: 2002 and 2003 Lagrange, 2003 Lafon-Rochet

2003 Lafon Rochet was one of my favorite wines at the Dallas '13 convention.
I have a case in the cellar.
by JimHow
on Sat Apr 12, 2014 6:39 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TNs: 2002 and 2003 Lagrange, 2003 Lafon-Rochet
Replies: 5
Views: 104

Re: Holy mackerel is this '10 Fleur Cardinale a deep purple!!

Lol, geez, didn't I read somewhere that they only produce 1200 cases per year?
by JimHow
on Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:05 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Holy mackerel is this '10 Fleur Cardinale a deep purple!!
Replies: 21
Views: 274

Re: Holy mackerel is this '10 Fleur Cardinale a deep purple!!

I just ordered six more from PJs. I thought it was a stunner, a great example of what the right bank can achieve.
by JimHow
on Fri Apr 11, 2014 1:40 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Holy mackerel is this '10 Fleur Cardinale a deep purple!!
Replies: 21
Views: 274

Re: Holy mackerel is this '10 Fleur Cardinale a deep purple!!

I absolutely loved this wine. It had tremendous stuffing but was not over the top. I may even buy a case. $47 per bottle at PJs. Drinking well now and for 20 years. The color is prodigious. I don't remember having the 2005 or 2009, Pom, I may have had the 2005, I don't recall. An enthusiastic 94+. A...
by JimHow
on Fri Apr 11, 2014 2:08 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Holy mackerel is this '10 Fleur Cardinale a deep purple!!
Replies: 21
Views: 274

Re: Holy mackerel is this '10 Fleur Cardinale a deep purple!!

This wine is stunning. I love it. It is definitely not La Tour Carnet like. It is very right bank, but in a good way. One of the better right bankers I've had in a while. 15% but by no means "hot". Thoroughly enjoyable, at under $50 I will buy more. I've already commented on the spectacula...
by JimHow
on Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:19 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Holy mackerel is this '10 Fleur Cardinale a deep purple!!
Replies: 21
Views: 274

Re: Holy mackerel is this '10 Fleur Cardinale a deep purple!!

What I'm liking about this wine is that, while it is high in alcohol, the heat seems to be integrated into a rich, structured, ripe, sweetly tannic wine. Should go well with the steaks we are having. 2010: Does this vintage present the best of what both JimHow and Jeff Leve look for in a wine? My ex...
by JimHow
on Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:56 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Holy mackerel is this '10 Fleur Cardinale a deep purple!!
Replies: 21
Views: 274

Re: Holy mackerel is this '10 Fleur Cardinale a deep purple!!

The purple on this wine is so thick it leaves a purple film on the Riedel when you swirl it. Stunning.
by JimHow
on Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:47 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Holy mackerel is this '10 Fleur Cardinale a deep purple!!
Replies: 21
Views: 274

Re: Holy mackerel is this '10 Fleur Cardinale a deep purple!!

I'm thinking 15% in 2010 may be different than 15% in 2009.

My initial impressions are positive nic.
by JimHow
on Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:40 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Holy mackerel is this '10 Fleur Cardinale a deep purple!!
Replies: 21
Views: 274

Re: Holy mackerel is this '10 Fleur Cardinale a deep purple!!

15%.
Trying to determine whether it is La Tour Carnet like.
by JimHow
on Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:36 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Holy mackerel is this '10 Fleur Cardinale a deep purple!!
Replies: 21
Views: 274

Holy mackerel is this '10 Fleur Cardinale a deep purple!!

Is 2010 the greatest vintage ever?
I am on a quest to find out.
Wow is this right banker a deep inky purple.
by JimHow
on Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:28 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Holy mackerel is this '10 Fleur Cardinale a deep purple!!
Replies: 21
Views: 274

Re: TN: Commanderie Bordeaux PR 1988 Bordeaux

1988 is in my top 5 favorite vintages since 1982.
by JimHow
on Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:15 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: Commanderie Bordeaux PR 1988 Bordeaux
Replies: 8
Views: 126

Re: Book review: Vinobusiness

Yeah, I pay $12.50 every quarter for my "rain tax." <rolls eyes>
by JimHow
on Wed Apr 09, 2014 1:49 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Book review: Vinobusiness
Replies: 11
Views: 156

Re: Question re 1990 Markham Merlot and 1997 Roundhill Merlot

Interesting, I'll pass this on to my buddy.
by JimHow
on Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:09 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Question re 1990 Markham Merlot and 1997 Roundhill Merlot
Replies: 8
Views: 92

Question re 1990 Markham Merlot and 1997 Roundhill Merlot

A lawyer friend of mine has a client who has these wines and wants to know whether to drink them.
I've never heard of these wines.
Are they swill?
by JimHow
on Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:46 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Question re 1990 Markham Merlot and 1997 Roundhill Merlot
Replies: 8
Views: 92

Re: 2009 vs. 2010 Cantemerle

Well done, Nic. Very nicely done indeed.
by JimHow
on Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:32 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2009 vs. 2010 Cantemerle
Replies: 36
Views: 513

Re: Sounds Like A Great Time

:lol:
Danny you have me laughing out loud on that one.
by JimHow
on Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:09 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Sounds Like A Great Time
Replies: 6
Views: 140

Re: New Member - Carlos Delpin

Welcome to BWE, Carlos!

Sincerely,
Your Benevolent Dictator
by JimHow
on Thu Apr 03, 2014 10:19 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: New Member - Carlos Delpin
Replies: 7
Views: 164

Thank you DavidG and the mid-Atlantic BWE subchapter.

Haven't had a chance to breathe since getting back to Maine. Finally getting some 40 degree temps without precipitation, it feels like 70s. A quick thank you to Vice-Dictator David G and Peggy, Jay and Peggy, Chris and Marjorie, and Tom and Gail for their usual unbelievable hospitality during our pa...
by JimHow
on Thu Apr 03, 2014 10:03 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Thank you DavidG and the mid-Atlantic BWE subchapter.
Replies: 0
Views: 45

Re: BWE '14 Blind Tasting: The Results

There's a reason, HBL, why Leoville Poyferre is the only two time BWE wine of the year award dinner.
by JimHow
on Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:28 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: BWE '14 Blind Tasting: The Results
Replies: 6
Views: 218

Re: the quick over quick Saturday night

Both Pomerols were everything you'd expect from a 1998 right banker Glenn, rich and bold with a long way to go.
With food, though, they both really shined now for me. But yes you can certainly holding for another decade. 1998R is an epic vintage.
by JimHow
on Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:25 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: the quick over quick Saturday night
Replies: 14
Views: 201

Re: My top 3 wines Saturday night

We had two great bottles of 1989 Lynch, one on Thursday night and the other on Saturday. Rob and I guessed the Thursday night Lynch to be an '88 as opposed to an '89, the Lynches we had were clearly well stored bottles. It was a real treat, thanks David, Rob, Jacques, and Chris for bringing your 89 ...
by JimHow
on Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:05 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: My top 3 wines Saturday night
Replies: 16
Views: 298

Re: the quick over quick Saturday night

It was a pleasant surprise Carlos, I was pouring a glass just as the lamb was being served and, as Rob said, it was a great match. The '98 Trotanoy was a beauty as well.
by JimHow
on Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:02 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: the quick over quick Saturday night
Replies: 14
Views: 201

Re: the quick over quick Saturday night

We had a beautiful 1998 Trotanoy and 1998 Clinet on Thursday night.
by JimHow
on Wed Apr 02, 2014 7:09 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: the quick over quick Saturday night
Replies: 14
Views: 201

Re: Many thanks to our wine family

Yes we broke down pretty easily.
by JimHow
on Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:19 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Many thanks to our wine family
Replies: 15
Views: 304

Re: My top 3 wines Saturday night

Mike brought a 1959 Beausejour on Friday night, Jacques, it was mud.
I enjoyed the 1961 Canon La Gaffeliere he brought on Saturday night, it was old and a bit tired but still had nice color and you got a taste of the greatness of the vintage.
by JimHow
on Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:49 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: My top 3 wines Saturday night
Replies: 16
Views: 298

Re: BWE '14 Blind Tasting: The Results

Effie rated the wines in the same order as the group did as a whole. 2000 Sociando was definitely the class of the group. They were all delicious, though, I thought the 2002s did nothing to embarass themselves. And I also loved the 2000s because they were not by any means over the top. I think they ...
by JimHow
on Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:46 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: BWE '14 Blind Tasting: The Results
Replies: 6
Views: 218

BWE '15

We don't really even start thinking about the next convention until the fall, but a few suggestions that were bandied about this past weekend were Chicago, Florida, California, and France. I like the routine we've been getting into where we do DC every two or three years, the Mid-Atlantic sub chapte...
by JimHow
on Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:20 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: BWE '15
Replies: 25
Views: 363

A few more pictures from BWE weekend.

I didn't take many pictures this year.
by JimHow
on Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:03 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: A few more pictures from BWE weekend.
Replies: 0
Views: 89

Re: My top 3 wines Saturday night

Agreed, Jacques, that 1990 Purple Baron was really in brilliant form!
There were so many greats just being put in front of me, I couldn't keep track of everything, at one point it almost became comical the amounts of stunning, rare, aged Bordeaux being poured into the EIGHT glasses at my seat!
by JimHow
on Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:54 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: My top 3 wines Saturday night
Replies: 16
Views: 298

Re: BWE '14 Blind Tasting: The Results

Indeed, Bill, in the end I was curious to see what the results would be, I didn't lobby for a single vote, although I had a few available by text message if necessary! I was pretty confident about the '89 Lynch being choice B right from the beginning, but I had no clue about the 2002/2000 part. We a...
by JimHow
on Mon Mar 31, 2014 3:26 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: BWE '14 Blind Tasting: The Results
Replies: 6
Views: 218

Re: Well done BWE....beautiful wines in attendence

I agree Tom, those brunches at the bistro were so much fun.
You and Gail looked great, it was fun to see you again and goof off for a couple days.
by JimHow
on Mon Mar 31, 2014 3:18 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Well done BWE....beautiful wines in attendence
Replies: 6
Views: 174

Re: Many thanks to our wine family

Well said, Jan, I was thinking the same things on the 11 hour trip home by train, bus, taxi, car, after my flight was cancelled. Woke up this morning to sleet, snow and ice, but very warm memories of this weekend. It is always a highlight of the year to be able to spend 72 hours or so with you, Bill...
by JimHow
on Mon Mar 31, 2014 3:17 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Many thanks to our wine family
Replies: 15
Views: 304

Re: I have to say, you are a good bunch...

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by JimHow
on Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:32 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: I have to say, you are a good bunch...
Replies: 1
Views: 88
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