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Re: Happy Independence Day

No wine last night but we had dinner on the Severn River right across from the Naval Academy and watched the Annapolis fireworks. Will need to compensate tonight. I too am surprised they allowed fireworks Arv - we were hearing on the news that just about all fireworks displays in CA were on hold. Ma...
by DavidG
on Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:27 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Happy Independence Day
Replies: 7
Views: 61

Re: 2005 - Parker's biggest losers & gainers

To go back to Patrick's point about a wine dropping from 94 to 90 points... The eRP website says this about the rating scale: 90 - 95: An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, these are terrific wines. So I would assume an RP 90 is a wine that he more than "merely ...
by DavidG
on Fri Jul 03, 2015 2:43 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005 - Parker's biggest losers & gainers
Replies: 14
Views: 228

Re: Chateau De Ferrand 1998 has been opened

Another nice 1998 right banker, well done! And I love those Zalto glasses. We've got both the Universal and the Bordeaux. There's a lot of love for the Burgundy version but they are just too big for me.
by DavidG
on Thu Jul 02, 2015 11:14 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Chateau De Ferrand 1998 has been opened
Replies: 14
Views: 79

Re: 2005 - Parker's biggest losers & gainers

Five points up or down is really a big jump. And what about the people who bought the wines years ago based on his ranking? Alex R. Live by the sword, die by the sword. Win some, lose some. Anyone who thinks this is an exact science is not being realistic. Parker has been pretty consistent on most ...
by DavidG
on Thu Jul 02, 2015 11:06 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005 - Parker's biggest losers & gainers
Replies: 14
Views: 228

Re: 2005

Blanquito wrote:The big take aways I think are that this vintage is confirmed as excellent across all levels and it will be longer lived than he initially thought


+1
by DavidG
on Thu Jul 02, 2015 12:00 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005
Replies: 35
Views: 327

Re: 2005

Agree, the Chateaux have taken a lot of profit out of the futures game. There are always a few wines that spike in price after a 100-point Parker upgrade, but that's a crapshoot. With Parker's semi-retirement, it will be interesting to see if that influence fades. We should be able to tell in short ...
by DavidG
on Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:28 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005
Replies: 35
Views: 327

Re: "Cooked" wine. Urban legend?

I agree your wine will probably be fine if it's red Bordeaux and shipped in styro. The trip from DC to Lewiston should be quick. It's unlikely to get hot enough in the bottle to cook it. And even if it does get warm enough to shorten the drinking window or impede long-term aging, that shouldn't be a...
by DavidG
on Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:19 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: "Cooked" wine. Urban legend?
Replies: 21
Views: 143

Re: "Cooked" wine. Urban legend?

I don't know the magic temperature number or length of time but suspect there is a spectrum. Lesser damage likely takes longer to show up and is less obvious. And Cab-based reds are probably more robust than Burgs, whites and Champagnes.
by DavidG
on Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:37 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: "Cooked" wine. Urban legend?
Replies: 21
Views: 143

Re: 2005 - Parker's biggest losers & gainers

Presumably he's very consistent and repeatable. I suppose that might be true. I can't fathom making a to-do over a 2-3 point difference, even for the same observer tasting the same wine on 2 different occasions. He would probably say that his point is that anyone with two wines in front of them tast...
by DavidG
on Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:55 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005 - Parker's biggest losers & gainers
Replies: 14
Views: 228

Re: Great Weekend With a Few Beauties

Nice, Danny! Thanks for the report. How long have you been holding on to that '64 Duhart?
by DavidG
on Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:45 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Great Weekend With a Few Beauties
Replies: 2
Views: 67

Re: "Cooked" wine. Urban legend?

I agree with Stefan. If the corks are pushed or you see leakage, it's not a good sign. But a bottle can be damaged without those obvious signs. I've also heard that a fine film of sediment on the side of a bottle can be a sign of heat damage. Sediment that is almost fused to the glass and doesn't ri...
by DavidG
on Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:43 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: "Cooked" wine. Urban legend?
Replies: 21
Views: 143

Re: 2005

Wow indeed. I thought the 2005 Lascombes was absolutely stunning. "Generally panned" is probably too strong a phrase. I've seen some highly negative comments from prominent AFWE palates (too ripe, too sweet, too oaky, too modern, no sense of place), but it has a 92.5 avg and 93 median CT ...
by DavidG
on Tue Jun 30, 2015 9:37 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005
Replies: 35
Views: 327

Re: The 1994 Chateau Angelus has been unplugged...

Nice summary Rob. I bought a moderate amount of '94s. The 1991, 1992 and 1993 Bdx were all more or less panned and I was tired of buying California Cabs while waiting for the next decent vintage in Bdx. Alex, I await your reprimand on being such a vintage-whore. I'll take my lumps gracefully. It is ...
by DavidG
on Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:38 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 1994 Chateau Angelus has been unplugged...
Replies: 20
Views: 131

Re: 2005

A quick tour through the notes and it looks like start dates have been pushed out as well as end dates. And scores seem to have trended down just a bit for those "fine Northern Medocs" (with a few exceptions), and to have trended up a bit on the right bank (again with exceptions). One wine...
by DavidG
on Tue Jun 30, 2015 11:54 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005
Replies: 35
Views: 327

Re: 2005

I remember the debate here on BWE when the wines were first offered and then released. Some like SteveH thought them too acidic and tannic to come around, but they also had the fruit and concentration for others to be gung-ho. Or was it extract, with its negative connotations, rather than concentrat...
by DavidG
on Tue Jun 30, 2015 11:24 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005
Replies: 35
Views: 327

Re: The 1994 Chateau Angelus has been unplugged...

Hubert de Bouard will be joining us? Yes I have been Angelus' staunchest defender here on BWE. But I have to admit that as time has passed and the wines (and I) have aged, I have found that even on the right bank there are other wines that have surpassed it. I don't know if it's my palate changing o...
by DavidG
on Tue Jun 30, 2015 10:37 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 1994 Chateau Angelus has been unplugged...
Replies: 20
Views: 131

Re: Celebrating a historic couple days with 2004 La Lagune.

If you let the Nazis have their flag, pretty soon they'll start asking for the Sudetenland. The slippery slope argument cuts both ways. Take away their flags now, and who knows what we'll be taking away next? Allowing expression of beliefs we disagree with or find despicable (as long as they don't ...
by DavidG
on Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:49 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Celebrating a historic couple days with 2004 La Lagune.
Replies: 29
Views: 202

Re: Celebrating a historic couple days with 2004 La Lagune.

Hound, I agree in principle that state-sanctioned marriage and all of the legal accoutrements could be replaced by contractual agreements between the parties and changes to the various laws about spousal benefits and rights, taxes, criminal prosecution, etc. Seems like a lot of effort to make a poin...
by DavidG
on Tue Jun 30, 2015 5:39 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Celebrating a historic couple days with 2004 La Lagune.
Replies: 29
Views: 202

Re: The 1994 Chateau Angelus has been unplugged...

Thanks for the notes and commentary Ian. I drank my last 1994 Angelus a few years ago. I liked it a bit more than you but I agree on the harshness on the back palate and finish. Although Angelus is a perennial favorite, I too don't thin it measures up to Cheval Blanc. It would be fun to do a side by...
by DavidG
on Mon Jun 29, 2015 1:34 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 1994 Chateau Angelus has been unplugged...
Replies: 20
Views: 131

Re: 2 Early Maturing 5th Growth Pauillac

I sold all my 2000 first growths when prices got silly, so I can't comment on them, but I've had a number of very good experiences with 2000 left bankers, including Leoville Poyferre, Smith Haut Lafitte, Giscours, Pichon Baron and Leoville Barton. They are still improving, but not a disappointment i...
by DavidG
on Sun Jun 28, 2015 4:05 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2 Early Maturing 5th Growth Pauillac
Replies: 13
Views: 122

Re: question for the board

Yeah, how'd we get from 1997 to 2007?
by DavidG
on Sun Jun 28, 2015 3:50 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: question for the board
Replies: 17
Views: 146

Re: question for the board

It is true that Potensac is not a revered great growth, and that 2007 does not have a great reputation - a vintage of "luncheon clarets" to use the British vernacular. So I can see why others have been pessimistic. While $40 is not nothing, it may well be worth a try.
by DavidG
on Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:57 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: question for the board
Replies: 17
Views: 146

Re: question for the board

Marc, I haven't heard anyone here say they tried it and didn't like it. Give one a try and tell us what you think.
by DavidG
on Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:48 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: question for the board
Replies: 17
Views: 146

Re: Bonalgue

Really? You can order a handgun and ship it across state lines, Jay? With just a credit card? I bet you can't even do that in Texas. You sure can't in Maryland.

As to marrying anyone you want, that should be easy. We should try to make buying wine that easy.
by DavidG
on Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:44 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Bonalgue
Replies: 7
Views: 76

Re: question for the board

Seems the obvious solution is buy one and pop it right away. Decide for yourself if it's worth going back for more.
by DavidG
on Sat Jun 27, 2015 5:16 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: question for the board
Replies: 17
Views: 146

Re: BDX themed lunch in West London

Nice report! How do you get away with a mid-week lunch like that? No way I could go back to work after such an event. I'm definitely in the wrong business!
by DavidG
on Sat Jun 27, 2015 5:14 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: BDX themed lunch in West London
Replies: 6
Views: 95

Re: Celebrating a historic couple days with 2004 La Lagune.

Art, I think I agree with the concept that government doesn't belong in our private lives, and that a large part of marriage is private. But I think there are some problems with saying that government sanction of marriage or union is irrelevant or easily supplanted by contract. What about the right ...
by DavidG
on Sat Jun 27, 2015 5:12 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Celebrating a historic couple days with 2004 La Lagune.
Replies: 29
Views: 202

Re: Celebrating a historic couple days with 2004 La Lagune.

You were a leader ahead of his time who was not afraid to lead, Jim, even if your constituents were not yet ready to accept where you were taking them or see where the world was going.

It's easier to be a benevolent dictator, isn't it?
by DavidG
on Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:02 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Celebrating a historic couple days with 2004 La Lagune.
Replies: 29
Views: 202

Re: Holiday wines

Montaudon is a decent Champagne, available for $29 at apparently all the Total Wine stores in California. I like Cotes du Rhone for an inexpensive red. Saint Cosme Deux Albion and Grand Veneur Champauvins are good ones in your price range. Probably some good Zins in your price range as well but I'm ...
by DavidG
on Wed Jun 24, 2015 4:40 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Holiday wines
Replies: 1
Views: 43

Re: Chateau Tayac question

I've had the Ch Tayac Cuvée Prestige from the Cotes de Bourg, but never the Ch Tayac Margaux. Looks like a good fill for a 30+ year old wine, so storage has probably been reasonable. 1986 should have started with enough tannins to last if the fruit is still hanging on, and 1983 was great in Margaux....
by DavidG
on Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:50 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Chateau Tayac question
Replies: 14
Views: 110

Re: I believe it is better to drink young Bordeaux than old Bord

Art, having to wait 30 years is a drawback, especially when you factor in the duds. There's plenty of good drinking starting around 10 years, even if the magic is just starting to show. My problem is that even though I've now been at this for over 30 years, I have had trouble resisting the urge to d...
by DavidG
on Sun Jun 21, 2015 10:21 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: I believe it is better to drink young Bordeaux than old Bord
Replies: 43
Views: 417

Re: I believe it is better to drink young Bordeaux than old Bord

There is, of course, the notion of plateau. And a wine that is in its prime today may still be very enjoyable 10 years or more from now. I think we can agree that the notion of "peak" (hotly denied by François Audouze) does exist. Your notion and mine are different, but not radically so. ...
by DavidG
on Sun Jun 21, 2015 12:51 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: I believe it is better to drink young Bordeaux than old Bord
Replies: 43
Views: 417

Re: Best/favorite vintage post-2005?

I agree Danny. The ripe 2009s I had on release did not come across as Californian at all.
by DavidG
on Sun Jun 21, 2015 12:16 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Best/favorite vintage post-2005?
Replies: 13
Views: 183

Re: Some personnal impressions on the 2015 BWE convention wines.

Does the local water taste salty?
by DavidG
on Sun Jun 21, 2015 12:00 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Some personnal impressions on the 2015 BWE convention wines.
Replies: 22
Views: 228

Re: Best/favorite vintage post-2005?

Great questions, Patrick. I've got almost 10 cases of various 2009s, and I'll be answering those questions sometime between 2020 and 2030. I've got less 2010s, about half of them lesser wines for short term drinking, but the bigger boys are going to stay buried a lot longer than the 2009s.
by DavidG
on Sat Jun 20, 2015 11:58 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Best/favorite vintage post-2005?
Replies: 13
Views: 183

Re: I believe it is better to drink young Bordeaux than old Bord

I wouldn't be shocked to see tertiary stuff in a '99 d'Armailhac.
by DavidG
on Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:34 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: I believe it is better to drink young Bordeaux than old Bord
Replies: 43
Views: 417

Re: Some personnal impressions on the 2015 BWE convention wines.

Interesting. Do you think it's obvious even if they use it just a little? Or is there no such thing as just a little RO?
by DavidG
on Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:29 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Some personnal impressions on the 2015 BWE convention wines.
Replies: 22
Views: 228

Re: Some personnal impressions on the 2015 BWE convention wines.

Ian was that a serious question about reverse osmosis? Is there a specific characteristic unique to RO, and if so, what is it?
by DavidG
on Sat Jun 20, 2015 5:52 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Some personnal impressions on the 2015 BWE convention wines.
Replies: 22
Views: 228

Re: Best/favorite vintage post-2005?

My take is similar to Stefan's. While different styles, 2009 and 2010 are at the top of the heap. I have no problem with the balance or ripeness of the 2009s but can see where they would turn off a traditionalist. Gross generalizations, but looking at the better classed growths, the 2010s will requi...
by DavidG
on Sat Jun 20, 2015 5:40 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Best/favorite vintage post-2005?
Replies: 13
Views: 183

Re: A 2010 Pauillac tonight

I agree. Some of the lesser non-classed 2010s that make for very nice short-term drinking show that crisp structure and crunchy fruit. Particularly liking some of the low cost Graves/Pessacs.
by DavidG
on Sat Jun 20, 2015 3:07 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: A 2010 Pauillac tonight
Replies: 15
Views: 156
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