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Re: Rudy K on American Greed, CNBC 7/24 at 10 PM

It was fun to go back on the Squires board and read some of the posts by Kapon, Kurniawan and their 12 Angry Men cronies extolling the virtues of what turned out to be their fake DRC and Petrus. The descriptions were so out of line with what one would expect of 40-50 year-old or older wines. There a...
by DavidG
on Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:29 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Rudy K on American Greed, CNBC 7/24 at 10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 217

Re: Rudy K on American Greed, CNBC 7/24 at 10 PM

From what I've heard (mostly from Don Cornwell on WineBerserkers), the reasons the Feds didn't prosecute Kapon were: 1) The statute of limitations had run on many/most of the Rudy consignments that were auctioned by AMC 2) With a mostly circumstantial case, they needed Rudy to testify against Kapon,...
by DavidG
on Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:14 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Rudy K on American Greed, CNBC 7/24 at 10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 217

Re: Which Bordeaux vintages are you worried are fading?

I would take Professor Stefan's advice to the bank. 1980 and 1984 were never any good so I suppose if you still have any of those, might as well uncork them and pour them out. I'm not in any hurry to finish my 1986s, 1988s or 1989s, and if I had any left I wouldn't be in any hurry to drink the 1990s...
by DavidG
on Sat Jul 25, 2015 10:51 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Which Bordeaux vintages are you worried are fading?
Replies: 9
Views: 142

Re: Rudy K on American Greed, CNBC 7/24 at 10 PM

I've yet to see an episode of American Greed. I just realized that's tomorrow night - a bunch of us are going to be convening at BWE Palace tomorrow night.

Too bad we don't have a magnum of 1945 DRC RC "Rudy's Cuvee" to drink while watching it.
by DavidG
on Thu Jul 23, 2015 5:52 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Rudy K on American Greed, CNBC 7/24 at 10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 217

Re: Almost famous… The "Andreita" album FINALLY released!

Look out JLo, here comes JHo. Hmm, might need to work on that one... Rob, boy you are right about finnishing. My daughter arranged and co-produced a couple of CDs for her high school a capella group. Seemed easy at the time, but she had a deadline and other people depending on her. Now on her own, s...
by DavidG
on Thu Jul 23, 2015 5:48 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Almost famous… The "Andreita" album FINALLY released!
Replies: 12
Views: 118

Re: Almost famous… The "Andreita" album FINALLY released!

Nice! I'll want an autographed copy, of course.
by DavidG
on Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:53 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Almost famous… The "Andreita" album FINALLY released!
Replies: 12
Views: 118

Rudy K on American Greed, CNBC 7/24 at 10 PM

For those still interested in the Rudy story, and episode of American Greed covering him will air on CNBC tomorrow (7/24) at 10 PM Eastern. There's an epic thread over on Wine Berserkers dating back to early 2012, with posts from some of the folks involved in exposing Rudy. Here's a link to a recent...
by DavidG
on Thu Jul 23, 2015 12:52 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Rudy K on American Greed, CNBC 7/24 at 10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 217

Re: A Spottswoode Vertical Tasting with Beth Milliken

Yes, I agree. Great notes. Fine wine but not great QPR and not destined to turn magically complex.

I keep having to remind myself every time I read one of Jono's posts that his scale goes from 0-100, not 50-100.
by DavidG
on Tue Jul 21, 2015 1:02 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: A Spottswoode Vertical Tasting with Beth Milliken
Replies: 4
Views: 102

Re: 2012 du tertre

Danny et al talked me into buying a few bottles. I opened one straight away and liked it quite a bit more than the Orlando crew, but perhaps not as much as the BWE crew. I gave it an "excellent" which is an A- or if forced to score it on the 100-point scale, 90-93 points. It didn't scream ...
by DavidG
on Tue Jul 21, 2015 1:00 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2012 du tertre
Replies: 10
Views: 218

Re: 2012 du tertre

Certainly tasting and touring the property can have a positive influence.
by DavidG
on Mon Jul 20, 2015 6:33 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2012 du tertre
Replies: 10
Views: 218

Re: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?

I hear you Outlier. I've stopped buying pre-arrivals from PC because of the long delays. I don't blame you for being concerned given the size of your commitment. At the same time, it may be reassuring to you to know that I waited 6 years for some of my top 2005 Bordeaux, receiving the last of them i...
by DavidG
on Mon Jul 20, 2015 6:31 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Wine lawyer to chase en primeur orders?
Replies: 80
Views: 1202

Re: Strawberry Pomegranate Wine

How true. But once is enough. The stuff is unforgettably bad. I can still conjure it's taste by simply closing my eyes and thinking back circa 1970. It gives me shivers. The 1959 Lafite Tom opened 15 years ago had the same effect, but in an equal and opposite direction. Odd that Boones Farm and Lafi...
by DavidG
on Sat Jul 18, 2015 4:06 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Strawberry Pomegranate Wine
Replies: 7
Views: 96

Re: Strawberry Pomegranate Wine

I'm not much of a fan of non-grape wines, but I suspect that Truong will be able to whip up something better than BF's Strawberry Swill.
by DavidG
on Fri Jul 17, 2015 7:20 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Strawberry Pomegranate Wine
Replies: 7
Views: 96

Re: TNs 3 BDX

I agree, a little green is nice and can add complexity. Like oak in wine or salt/spice in food, if it becomes the center of attention it's a distraction and a detraction. Sociando Mallet, like Loire Cab Franc, can keep it under control in a ripe year. Fresh green peppers out the wazoo sounds like to...
by DavidG
on Fri Jul 17, 2015 2:22 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TNs 3 BDX
Replies: 5
Views: 164

Re: A Médoc from 2010

Ridge does have quite a variety of bottlings. Some are not produced every year, and some are only offered through their advanced tasting program (ATP) - or I think that's what ATP stands for.
by DavidG
on Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:22 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: A Médoc from 2010
Replies: 6
Views: 110

Re: 1985 Bordeaux 30 years on

Blind tasting really focuses the mind. Also makes it clearer what is really good to an individual. Blind tasting has it's uses, especially for rating wines and sharpening one's evaluation skills. But that same focus brought into play during blind tasting can, under some circumstances, detract from ...
by DavidG
on Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:06 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1985 Bordeaux 30 years on
Replies: 17
Views: 198

Re: So what have you bought lately?

AKR wrote:its kind of oaky


I think that's what Rob said, but with a Southern accent.
by DavidG
on Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:02 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 210
Views: 5222

Re: 1985 Bordeaux 30 years on

Wow is right, what a lineup! And Ian, you are becoming a blind tasting master.
by DavidG
on Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:33 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1985 Bordeaux 30 years on
Replies: 17
Views: 198

Re: When Donald Trump is elected president in 2016….

Who?

Yes, vaguely...

Which is really your point, isn't it?
by DavidG
on Fri Jul 10, 2015 5:07 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: When Donald Trump is elected president in 2016….
Replies: 12
Views: 143

Re: When Donald Trump is elected president in 2016….

Trump would be far from the stupidest President we've had (not that he has even a remote chance), but it takes a lot more than smarts to be a good President.
by DavidG
on Fri Jul 10, 2015 1:25 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: When Donald Trump is elected president in 2016….
Replies: 12
Views: 143

Re: The 2010 Brunello Argiano has been uncorked.

Look at the bright side, Arv: if they take overly long to deliver, you can get your money back without paying the restocking fee.
by DavidG
on Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:57 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2010 Brunello Argiano has been uncorked.
Replies: 7
Views: 88

Re: What about 2012

I thought hard about LLC given the outstanding impression it made on so many of you. But LLC seems to take forever to come around.
by DavidG
on Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:09 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What about 2012
Replies: 12
Views: 140

Re: When Donald Trump is elected president in 2016….

It's too early to worry, but I guess that worrying from day one is in the pol's job description.
by DavidG
on Fri Jul 10, 2015 3:05 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: When Donald Trump is elected president in 2016….
Replies: 12
Views: 143

Re: What about 2012

Stefan, like Tom Brady, I am metrosexual, in touch with my feminine side but celebratory of my masculinity. Gee, and here I thought that just meant that your balls were underinflated. <ba-DUM-bum> :D To Nic's original question, however, I will say that I didn't think a thing about 2012 until ...
by DavidG
on Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:58 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What about 2012
Replies: 12
Views: 140

Re: TN: 03 Grand Puy Lacoste [Pauillac]

If no one pays attention to the points, does He exist?
by DavidG
on Fri Jul 10, 2015 2:17 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 03 Grand Puy Lacoste [Pauillac]
Replies: 24
Views: 290

Re: When Donald Trump is elected president in 2016….

I'd vote for The Donald's hair before I would vote for the man himself.
by DavidG
on Fri Jul 10, 2015 1:42 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: When Donald Trump is elected president in 2016….
Replies: 12
Views: 143

Re: 1855 classification updated

No doubt there's something special about the location.
by DavidG
on Fri Jul 10, 2015 1:35 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1855 classification updated
Replies: 13
Views: 137

Re: 1855 classification updated

The longevity of the ranking's relevance may be a bit of a self-fulfilling prophecy. Those commanding the highest prices have the greatest resources to invest in staff and technology and are most able to afford a brutal selection process in difficult years. This then helps move them further ahead of...
by DavidG
on Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:29 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1855 classification updated
Replies: 13
Views: 137

Re: 1855 classification updated

Which is why Liv-Ex is basing it on pricing now. Question is whether pricing is now or was then a good, fair or poor indicator of quality. I would say they correlate well but not perfectly, with a decreasing rate of return as you get into the uber-expensive wines. Not sure exactly where that curve s...
by DavidG
on Wed Jul 08, 2015 7:06 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1855 classification updated
Replies: 13
Views: 137

Re: 1855 classification updated

I agree that pricing is not always the most accurate indicator of quality. Usually the market responds to supply and demand, with demand usually driven by quality. But there can be exceptions due to distorting factors. Scarcity is one. And a wine like Leoville Barton which has tended to lower en pri...
by DavidG
on Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:50 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1855 classification updated
Replies: 13
Views: 137

Re: 2005 - Parker's biggest losers & gainers

I think your analysis is spot on, Hound.

Parker probably "calibrated" his Bordeaux quality meter on the vintages of the 70s. By comparison, things have been better since then. And as you say, he was the one giving out the scores.
by DavidG
on Wed Jul 08, 2015 2:35 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005 - Parker's biggest losers & gainers
Replies: 24
Views: 432

1855 classification updated

No, not officially. But by Liv-Ex, and based on price. I guess they've been doing this every couple of years.
by DavidG
on Tue Jul 07, 2015 11:33 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 1855 classification updated
Replies: 13
Views: 137

Re: Pichon Baron and Others

Wow, what a great day! Enjoyed the TNs on the Pichon Baron especially.
by DavidG
on Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:54 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Pichon Baron and Others
Replies: 18
Views: 302

Re: Pluto

As Francois Audouze used to say when a wine really moved him: "Such an emotion, from another planet!"
by DavidG
on Tue Jul 07, 2015 5:17 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Pluto
Replies: 31
Views: 442

Re: Two meals during Vinexpo

Well done Alex! I got a bit of a vicarious thrill from reading your report.
by DavidG
on Tue Jul 07, 2015 5:13 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Two meals during Vinexpo
Replies: 8
Views: 118

Re: 2005 - Parker's biggest losers & gainers

I don't doubt you, Danny, and I don't mean to insult the BD or the rest of our Bordeaux explorateurs, but when Hound wrote "according to the world's most widely-followed wine critic," I assumed he meant Parker. And having read Parker's review of the vintage shortly after the BWE group post...
by DavidG
on Tue Jul 07, 2015 2:54 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005 - Parker's biggest losers & gainers
Replies: 24
Views: 432

Re: 2005 - Parker's biggest losers & gainers

I'll play, but I didn't really follow Bordeaux in the '70s, so I'll guess from 1980 to 2013: The only one I'm absolutely sure about is 2013 since it was recent: average for N. Medoc, barely above average for Graves. The rest is a semi-educated guess based on memory. St Julien/Pauillac/St Estephe (Th...
by DavidG
on Tue Jul 07, 2015 1:26 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2005 - Parker's biggest losers & gainers
Replies: 24
Views: 432

Re: Happy Independence Day

An early frontrunner for the Darwin Awards.
by DavidG
on Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:25 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Happy Independence Day
Replies: 12
Views: 158

Re: Pluto

It wouldn't be exciting without a glitch...

...so that's our excitement for this mission, right?

Glad it's back up and running. Losing the bugger after all these years would be a serious bummer.
by DavidG
on Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:40 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Pluto
Replies: 31
Views: 442

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: 12
Views: 158
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