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Re: 2010 Lafon Rochet uncorked in blizzard conditions....

That crossed my mind as well finner.
by JimHow
on Thu Jan 29, 2015 3:19 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2010 Lafon Rochet uncorked in blizzard conditions....
Replies: 11
Views: 156

Re: 2010 Lafon Rochet uncorked in blizzard conditions....

I hear you. I would have thought this would have been an ultimate JimHow kind of wine.
The only thing I can think of is that I experienced the bottle variation of which HWSRN speaks in his 90+? rating.
by JimHow
on Thu Jan 29, 2015 2:08 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2010 Lafon Rochet uncorked in blizzard conditions....
Replies: 11
Views: 156

Re: 2010 Lafon Rochet uncorked in blizzard conditions....

Yuck, I don't know, maybe it's because I haven't consumed alcohol in a month, maybe I just got one of the bad bottles, but this wine is almost undrinkable. Thin, acidic, bitter. 69 points.
by JimHow
on Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:11 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2010 Lafon Rochet uncorked in blizzard conditions....
Replies: 11
Views: 156

Re: 2010 Lafon Rochet uncorked in blizzard conditions....

It has a great deep black/purple color and an impressive nose but doesn't seem to excite me too much on the palate.
I won't buy any more.
by JimHow
on Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:00 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2010 Lafon Rochet uncorked in blizzard conditions....
Replies: 11
Views: 156

Re: 2010 Lafon Rochet uncorked in blizzard conditions....

I think it was Comte who liked this wine.
I think HWSRN found it inconsistent.
I think I may have gotten one of the inconsistent bottles.
It seems a bit thin to me. But I'll see if it evolves.
by JimHow
on Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:28 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2010 Lafon Rochet uncorked in blizzard conditions....
Replies: 11
Views: 156

2010 Lafon Rochet uncorked in blizzard conditions....

Man we're getting hit hard up here in Maine, we're at 24 inches, headed towards 30.
Justification for consuming my first alcohol of 2015 after a 27 day fast.
This wine is a black beauty, with a deep licorice/tar/black-fruited bouquet.
by JimHow
on Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:49 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2010 Lafon Rochet uncorked in blizzard conditions....
Replies: 11
Views: 156

Re: IMPORTANT: Hotels for BWE France 15

Which hotel are we planning on establishing as BWE Central?
by JimHow
on Thu Jan 22, 2015 8:08 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: IMPORTANT: Hotels for BWE France 15
Replies: 18
Views: 302

Re: BWE France 15: Paris and logistics

So basically we can't bring any meaningful amount of wine on an international flight, bummer.
Is everyone staying at that Mercure hotel?
by JimHow
on Thu Jan 22, 2015 8:07 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: BWE France 15: Paris and logistics
Replies: 8
Views: 89

Re: BWE France 15: Paris and logistics

So what you're saying is I won't have any problem bringing six bottles on an international flight Timmy?
by JimHow
on Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:46 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: BWE France 15: Paris and logistics
Replies: 8
Views: 89

Re: Angelus and Pavie: the real deal or parvenus?

Great stuff Comte.
I'm curious how the 2000 Pavie is performing at the 15 year mark, I loved that wine the one time I had it back in the early 2000s.
by JimHow
on Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:46 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Angelus and Pavie: the real deal or parvenus?
Replies: 7
Views: 193

Re: IMPORTANT: Hotels for BWE France 15

Rumors have it we are having dinner at Lynch on that final Friday, David, but I don't want to steal the organizers' thunder!
:)
by JimHow
on Mon Jan 19, 2015 4:51 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: IMPORTANT: Hotels for BWE France 15
Replies: 18
Views: 302

Re: IMPORTANT: Hotels for BWE France 15

That's why you need to go for a quick 3 day surgical strike David!
We had a good conference call yesterday, things are shaping up nicely.
by JimHow
on Mon Jan 19, 2015 4:06 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: IMPORTANT: Hotels for BWE France 15
Replies: 18
Views: 302

Re: IMPORTANT: Hotels for BWE France 15

Sounds good, Timmy.
As we do at the conventions in the US, we should try to stay in the same hotel as much as possible.
by JimHow
on Sun Jan 18, 2015 9:15 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: IMPORTANT: Hotels for BWE France 15
Replies: 18
Views: 302

Re: 2007 Clos Dady, 2002 Ch. Troplong Mondot, and 2000 Ch. Siran

As good as 2002 is on the left bank it is bad on the right bank.
by JimHow
on Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:13 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2007 Clos Dady, 2002 Ch. Troplong Mondot, and 2000 Ch. Siran
Replies: 11
Views: 187

Re: TN: 1982 Gruaud Larose

The 82 Gruaud is one of the most complex and layered wines I've ever had, I just remember the leather, coffee, tobacco, etc., etc., etc.
by JimHow
on Sun Jan 11, 2015 2:59 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 1982 Gruaud Larose
Replies: 12
Views: 212

Re: TN: 1982 Gruaud Larose

Why can't Bordeaux make wines like that anymore?
by JimHow
on Sun Jan 11, 2015 2:05 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 1982 Gruaud Larose
Replies: 12
Views: 212

Je suis fier d'etre Franco-Americain.

Our thoughts are with the great people of France.
by JimHow
on Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:52 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Je suis fier d'etre Franco-Americain.
Replies: 4
Views: 155

Re: Is the 2002 La Mission Haut Brion at buy at $100?

The PC price for 2002 Haut Brion. Of course we got it for $100 back in the day. 2002 Haut Brion 299.99 95-100 Wine Spectator: '"Wow. Super aromas, with blackberries, minerals, currants and licorice. Full-bodied, with an amazing core of fruit and fine tannins. Very long. Exceptional wine." ...
by JimHow
on Sun Jan 04, 2015 9:37 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Is the 2002 La Mission Haut Brion at buy at $100?
Replies: 18
Views: 259

Re: 2014 BWE WINE OF THE YEAR: 2010 CHATEAU CHASSE SPLEEN

PJs has it in stock for $35.97, they ship to most states. I wanted to try 2010 Calon Segur and/or Rausan Segla but I just couldn't get down to NH this past month. I briefly considered 2010 Maucaillou. Thanks to those of you who made your recommendations! I wanted to pick a wine that was affordable, ...
by JimHow
on Sun Jan 04, 2015 4:22 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2014 BWE WINE OF THE YEAR: 2010 CHATEAU CHASSE SPLEEN
Replies: 7
Views: 189

2014 BWE WINE OF THE YEAR: 2010 CHATEAU CHASSE SPLEEN

The 2010 left bank vintage in Bordeaux is the greatest vintage ever. The wines are high in alcohol but they are balanced by great structure, crunchiness, smooth, ripe tannins, and a classic style. One of the great hallmarks of the vintage is the consistency and breadth of quality up and down the var...
by JimHow
on Sat Jan 03, 2015 10:41 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2014 BWE WINE OF THE YEAR: 2010 CHATEAU CHASSE SPLEEN
Replies: 7
Views: 189

Re: France '15

We'll see you and Nalan there, MichaelP!
by JimHow
on Tue Dec 30, 2014 3:06 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: France '15
Replies: 7
Views: 204

Re: TNs: Spanish night

Great notes as always, Michael, we gotta get together with the Boston crew at some point in 2015, to celebrate the Pats' inevitable Super Bowl victory.
by JimHow
on Tue Dec 30, 2014 12:49 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TNs: Spanish night
Replies: 3
Views: 91

Re: 2006 d'Armailhac

"Likeable." Perfect.
I mean, something more than a likeable "restaurant vintage" wine like, say, 1993.
The 2006s have nice character, a likeability, nothing big or hot or tannic, just a nice Gwynneth Paltro kind of vintage, a la 1981.
by JimHow
on Tue Dec 30, 2014 12:46 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2006 d'Armailhac
Replies: 4
Views: 128

Re: TNs: Spanish night

I know 2004 is a good year in Spain.
What are some other good vintages in the past decade?
by JimHow
on Sun Dec 28, 2014 6:46 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TNs: Spanish night
Replies: 3
Views: 91

Re: Taking final recommendations for BWE Wine of the Year.

2010 Cantemerle would be a hands down favorite in my book.
Unfortunately, the estate is a victim of its own success.
The 2005 Cantemerle is a past BWE wine of the year.
by JimHow
on Sun Dec 28, 2014 6:15 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Taking final recommendations for BWE Wine of the Year.
Replies: 9
Views: 199

Re: 2006 d'Armailhac

I really liked this wine. Too much, unfortunately.
I drank about a dozen or so bottles when it was young and have none left.
I thought it had that "light on its feet" quality so distinctive of the 2006 vintage.
by JimHow
on Sun Dec 28, 2014 6:13 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2006 d'Armailhac
Replies: 4
Views: 128

Re: Is the 2002 La Mission Haut Brion at buy at $100?

Im buying as much 2010 as I can these days.
by JimHow
on Sun Dec 28, 2014 1:01 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Is the 2002 La Mission Haut Brion at buy at $100?
Replies: 18
Views: 259

Re: Is the 2002 La Mission Haut Brion at buy at $100?

We had the 2002 Haut Brion in Dallas at the BWE convention a couple years ago, Ed and I each brought a bottle.
There were two or three other vintages of Haut Brion there as well.
The '02 was my favorite.
by JimHow
on Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:36 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Is the 2002 La Mission Haut Brion at buy at $100?
Replies: 18
Views: 259

Re: Is the 2002 La Mission Haut Brion at buy at $100?

I have a case of the 2002 Leoville Barton unopened in my cellar.
2002 was the year He rated Pape Clement ahead of both Haut Brion and LMHB for the first time ever.
I've had all three wines from 2002. They are all outstanding, warranting much higher than the 89s he gave to both LMHB and HB.
by JimHow
on Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:33 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Is the 2002 La Mission Haut Brion at buy at $100?
Replies: 18
Views: 259

Re: 2006 Berliquet

I like the 2009 Berliquet.
by JimHow
on Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:23 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2006 Berliquet
Replies: 3
Views: 89

Re: Is the 2002 La Mission Haut Brion at buy at $100?

Roel I'm a huge fan of 2002 left bank.
The most classically styled clarets since '88.
by JimHow
on Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:18 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Is the 2002 La Mission Haut Brion at buy at $100?
Replies: 18
Views: 259

Re: Is the 2002 La Mission Haut Brion at buy at $100?

Buy like the wind.
by JimHow
on Sat Dec 27, 2014 10:29 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Is the 2002 La Mission Haut Brion at buy at $100?
Replies: 18
Views: 259

Re: So what have you bought lately?

You'll still be a dozen or so years away from the Great Tasting Room in the Sky at that time!
by JimHow
on Fri Dec 26, 2014 11:18 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 85
Views: 1782

Re: Xmas 2014, Day 6.

The one time I had 1978 Ducru, years ago, it was badly corked.
by JimHow
on Fri Dec 26, 2014 6:40 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Xmas 2014, Day 6.
Replies: 3
Views: 97

Taking final recommendations for BWE Wine of the Year.

Time is running out!
What was your wine of the year?
What was your best wine experience?
What was your favorite from a recent vintage?
What was your favorite "BWE kind of wine"?
by JimHow
on Thu Dec 25, 2014 5:41 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Taking final recommendations for BWE Wine of the Year.
Replies: 9
Views: 199

Re: Happy holidays to BWEers around the globe.

Ha Danny he's well past the pancreatitis. His doctor said he can have a couple glasses a week.
by JimHow
on Thu Dec 25, 2014 1:31 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Happy holidays to BWEers around the globe.
Replies: 9
Views: 94

Re: Sneaking Cantemerle into the nursing home room....

Yes it has been consistently delicious, Roel, and tonight was no exception. I snuck in an Argentine wine as well, theyve been generally positive encounters. Now at my brother and sister in law's for some roast beef and more wine, then I'll head back to the nursing home for some late evening Christma...
by JimHow
on Thu Dec 25, 2014 12:46 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Sneaking Cantemerle into the nursing home room....
Replies: 7
Views: 139

Re: Sneaking Cantemerle into the nursing home room....

We just got busted but the staff doesn't seem too alarmed.
I'm sure they've seen it before.
by JimHow
on Wed Dec 24, 2014 10:52 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Sneaking Cantemerle into the nursing home room....
Replies: 7
Views: 139

Sneaking Cantemerle into the nursing home room....

We moved my 90 year old dad into "rehab" a couple weeks ago after a bad attack of acute pancreatitis, we were afraid we were going to lose him there a couple nights. At least we have a private room, he's sipping on a little 2010 Cantemerle, he must be feeling a little better. Don't tell th...
by JimHow
on Wed Dec 24, 2014 10:20 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Sneaking Cantemerle into the nursing home room....
Replies: 7
Views: 139
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