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Re: John "PappaDoc" Dawson

A great guy, very generous and knowledgeable. I last saw him at Jacques and Jill's pool party when he poured an 83 JJ Prum Auslese and drove me to the MetroNorth station at the end of the evening. I always enjoyed talking with him. He fought the good fight with grace and humor, an example for us all...
by Blanquito
on Thu Nov 23, 2017 7:46 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: John "PappaDoc" Dawson
Replies: 29
Views: 532

Re: Trip to Barolo (part one)

Beautiful notes on Azelia, I producer I have a case or two of from various vintages picked up cheaply at auction. I always imagined Azelia was a modern producer — I haven’t actually drunk many because my bottles are young and I prefer my Barolo with some age — so it’s nice to hear details about its ...
by Blanquito
on Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:52 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Trip to Barolo (part one)
Replies: 10
Views: 183

Re: DC '18

I cannot make the Convention in 2018.
by Blanquito
on Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:19 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: ***DC '18: March 22-25***
Replies: 101
Views: 1708

Re: 2014 Calon Segur has been uncorked....

Man, the food looks great in those pics.
by Blanquito
on Sun Nov 12, 2017 5:37 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2014 Calon Segur has been uncorked....
Replies: 27
Views: 456

Another 2002 Gloria

This is my 3rd or 4th bottle from the 2016 MacArthur’s Heist, and I’m continually amazed how good this is. The bouquet is expressive showcasing mint, a touch of brown sugar and dark chocolate, a hint of capsicum, and earthy notes. The palate is easy going, smooth and rounded with good substance,yet ...
by Blanquito
on Sun Nov 12, 2017 1:43 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Another 2002 Gloria
Replies: 2
Views: 83

Re: Sunday lunch: Champagne, Burgundy, Médoc, Spain - and Canada

The only places in Colorado where I’ve found good to decent prices are shops with some combo of the following: shops without an online inventory (so they can’t get cleaned out by wine searcher hunters), shops with some 5+ year-old stock on the shelves that hasn’t had the prices raised to reflect ris...
by Blanquito
on Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:00 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Sunday lunch: Champagne, Burgundy, Médoc, Spain - and Canada
Replies: 10
Views: 266

Re: 2014 Calon Segur has been uncorked....

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by Blanquito
on Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:57 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2014 Calon Segur has been uncorked....
Replies: 27
Views: 456

Re: Sunday lunch: Champagne, Burgundy, Médoc, Spain - and Canada

The 85 Gruaud is really a terrific wine. Still “undervalued” in auction where it can be had for ~$80-90 all-in if you stay alert.
by Blanquito
on Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:06 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Sunday lunch: Champagne, Burgundy, Médoc, Spain - and Canada
Replies: 10
Views: 266

Re: Coming Event: BWE Denver, Saturday, Nov. 4

Danzur, send me a PM with your email address and I can loop you in directly for future events.
by Blanquito
on Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:24 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Coming Event: BWE Denver, Saturday, Nov. 4
Replies: 20
Views: 370

Re: Coming Event: BWE Denver, Saturday, Nov. 4

I didn't find the Doraine oaky at all really. Beautiful, very floral nose, like fresh lilacs. The palate didn't show an obvious oak influence either. I thought both the 85 La Mission and the 82 Canon were in excellent form. The 82 Canon took a while to blow off some funk and open up, but after about...
by Blanquito
on Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:53 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Coming Event: BWE Denver, Saturday, Nov. 4
Replies: 20
Views: 370

Re: Coming Event: BWE Denver, Saturday, Nov. 4

Good catch, Chris. We had the 2015 Guigal Doriane Condrieu as well, I’ll add it above.
by Blanquito
on Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:27 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Coming Event: BWE Denver, Saturday, Nov. 4
Replies: 20
Views: 370

Re: Coming Event: BWE Denver, Saturday, Nov. 4

Thanks Tom and Gail for a lovely evening last night and the delicious meal. Great to see Chris and Marjorie again too. We have a nice satellite BWE office developing here in the Front Range. We enjoyed the following: -a NV BdB (I forget the producer) -the 2015 Guigal Doriane Condrieu -the 1985 La Mi...
by Blanquito
on Sun Nov 05, 2017 5:23 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Coming Event: BWE Denver, Saturday, Nov. 4
Replies: 20
Views: 370

Re: TNs 2002 Ch. Haut Bailly, 2003 Ch. Lagrange St. Julien

I've not had the 03 Lagrange since shortly after release, when it was awful on 3 occasions. It was brought to a tasting last month and I was excited to try it again, but alas it was corked. Sounds like it has come a long way since 2005/6.
by Blanquito
on Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:20 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TNs 2002 Ch. Haut Bailly, 2003 Ch. Lagrange St. Julien
Replies: 6
Views: 155

Re: Coming Event: BWE Denver, Saturday, Nov. 4

Nic, any time you’re gonna be in Denver, we will be ready to greet you in style.

Same applies for all of BWE.
by Blanquito
on Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:16 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Coming Event: BWE Denver, Saturday, Nov. 4
Replies: 20
Views: 370

Re: Coming Event: BWE Denver, Saturday, Nov. 4

We’ll be there!

Art, will you be around?
by Blanquito
on Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:07 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Coming Event: BWE Denver, Saturday, Nov. 4
Replies: 20
Views: 370

Re: Do you think Gruaud Larose has recovered its stature?

I own one bottle of the 2000 but I’ve never had it. Everyone seems to like that vintage of GL though. I really think for me that main issue is how much I love GL from 81-88, it’s one of my favorite wines in the world during that run. A golden age indeed. But the same could be said about all of the C...
by Blanquito
on Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:47 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Do you think Gruaud Larose has recovered its stature?
Replies: 19
Views: 555

Re: Do you think Gruaud Larose has recovered its stature?

For me, Gruaud definitely lost something, but it started early with the 89 vintage which is a shadow of the rest of GL in the 80’s. I’ve only had it once but the 1990 is a dud too (it was a pristine bottle a few years ago). The 95 and 96 let me down. Part of the issue is how much I love Gruaud from ...
by Blanquito
on Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:46 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Do you think Gruaud Larose has recovered its stature?
Replies: 19
Views: 555

Re: So what have you bought lately?

stefan wrote: I have a lot of bids out at K&L auctions; we'll see if I win any.


Good luck with that, I almost never win at K&L and I usually get blown out of the water. Seems there’s a real premium folks are willing to pay at K&L.
by Blanquito
on Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:55 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 672
Views: 45223

Re: Brunello is back

In my experience, Brunello is all over the map in quality, style, ageability, but the good stuff is really terrific.
by Blanquito
on Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:55 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Brunello is back
Replies: 5
Views: 115

Re: What’s your favorite modern Bordeaux?

Carlos, good to see you posting. I hope it means you’ve got consistent access to power and can concentrate on the less essential aspects of life like debating the utility of modern Bordeaux. I’m casting my vote with Patrick for Monbousquet for exactly the reason you mentioned: it's a California Cab...
by Blanquito
on Sun Oct 22, 2017 6:38 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What’s your favorite modern Bordeaux?
Replies: 22
Views: 470

Re: 2008 La Louvière and musings on this château

I hear you, Alex. I want to like this Chateau more than I usually do. I’ve only had one outstanding Louvière rouge: the 1990, which remains a great bargain in the secondary market. I’ve enjoyed other vintages as nice, dependable Bordeaux — the 1998, the 2000, and some vintages from the 80’s — but th...
by Blanquito
on Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:57 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2008 La Louvière and musings on this château
Replies: 5
Views: 120

Re: What’s your favorite modern Bordeaux?

This isn’t a metaphysical exercise. Modern style = defined in the eye of the drinker for current drinking, no more, no less. I consider Monbousquet an undeniably modern style wine and despite that I still really like the wine.
by Blanquito
on Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:18 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What’s your favorite modern Bordeaux?
Replies: 22
Views: 470

Re: Giacosa at Elystan Street

That’s one tre serious tasting. Since I moved to Colorado, I’ve been fortunate to have a bunch of Giacosa baroli and Barbaresco from the 90’s and it’s a special, perhaps unique wine. Thanks for sharing theses notes and the skinny on an epic night.
by Blanquito
on Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:36 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Giacosa at Elystan Street
Replies: 3
Views: 152

What’s your favorite modern Bordeaux?

Two part query: what’s your favorite full-on modern Bordeaux? If your answer is “none”, then answer what is the most modern styled Bordeaux that you still like? On some level, I’m curious if my BWE Brethren like any fully modern Bordeaux, and if yes, which? My answer: - Monbousquet **I’ve not had an...
by Blanquito
on Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:49 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What’s your favorite modern Bordeaux?
Replies: 22
Views: 470

Re: A dinner where none of the wines showed well

It might be considered heretical in some quarters (and surprising coming from me given my wait-5-more-years reaction to most post-1990 Bordeaux), but I think the 96 Lafon Rochet peaked 5-6 years ago. I’ve drunk nearly a case of this wine from 2004-present, and while still good when on, there’s been ...
by Blanquito
on Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:52 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: A dinner where none of the wines showed well
Replies: 7
Views: 182

Re: TN: Château Palmer Vertical

Great vertical, Stu. I haven’t had many Palmers but a bottle of the 89 that Tom W. brought to a tasting once was pretty spectacular. Good 66s in general are really good in my (limited) experience. The 82 Chateau Margaux that Ian shared 5 years ago or so was pretty awesome as well, I recall, and on t...
by Blanquito
on Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:10 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: Château Palmer Vertical
Replies: 17
Views: 309

Re: DC '18

Good luck for a safe and successful procedure, David.
by Blanquito
on Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:32 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: ***DC '18: March 22-25***
Replies: 101
Views: 1708

Re: It's a jolly good time to be a BWEer, pip pip..

OMG, that’s an epic line up. Wow. Sounds like a Saturday night at a BWE Convention... I hope to get to London again one of these days, or at least see Ian and Maureen in NYC. Been way too long. And hopefully the BWE Euro contingent can make it to Denver should the Convention be held in the Mile High...
by Blanquito
on Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:27 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: It's a jolly good time to be a BWEer, pip pip..
Replies: 35
Views: 710

Re: Mo's Sonoma House is no more.

I’ve not been to Mo’s house either, but living in Colorado I’ve seen a lot of friends lose their homes to wildfires. It’s an awful experience but as long as everyone is safe, the sun still rises tomorrow.
by Blanquito
on Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:19 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Mo's Sonoma House is no more.
Replies: 24
Views: 532

Re: It's a jolly good time to be a BWEer, pip pip..

Great stuff guys.
by Blanquito
on Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:05 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: It's a jolly good time to be a BWEer, pip pip..
Replies: 35
Views: 710

Re: 2011 franc petit figeac

Not heard of this one before. Sounds delicious, my kind of Rightie.
by Blanquito
on Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:09 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2011 franc petit figeac
Replies: 8
Views: 126

Re: It's a jolly good time to be a BWEer, pip pip..

Best wishes to you and your family Danny.
by Blanquito
on Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:40 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: It's a jolly good time to be a BWEer, pip pip..
Replies: 35
Views: 710

Re: TN: 2003 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Sounds terrific, David. So, no sign of the torrid vintage?
by Blanquito
on Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:15 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 2003 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande
Replies: 3
Views: 167

Re: yay!

No dice with my brother, he’s too busy.

But a decent programmer could compile everything in a few hours or less, it seems.
by Blanquito
on Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:31 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: yay!
Replies: 6
Views: 338

Re: TN:2000 Beychevelle

Let's get another NYC tasting together one of these days, sooner than later.
by Blanquito
on Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:29 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN:2000 Beychevelle
Replies: 14
Views: 383

Re: 2014 Leoville Barton... outstanding!

Better than the 2014 Calon Segur? Or should I say, did you like it better than that excellent bottle of the 2014 Calon in SanFran?
by Blanquito
on Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:19 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2014 Leoville Barton... outstanding!
Replies: 22
Views: 554

Re: Getting impatient viz. the 95s and 96s

Good points all around. I clearly am ambivalent about the progress of these years— I remain a believer in both vintages and as Nic notes I’ve had many enjoyable bottles at tastings including at conventions. But at the same time, part of my brain says when I’m poking around the cellar, “hey, 20 plus ...
by Blanquito
on Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:23 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Getting impatient viz. the 95s and 96s
Replies: 13
Views: 352

Re: DC '18

Overall, I'm a fan of CP. My steak last year was excellent and the space can't be beat.
by Blanquito
on Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:23 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: ***DC '18: March 22-25***
Replies: 101
Views: 1708

Re: So what have you bought lately?

I see the 2014 Leoville Barton for $62 pre-arrival... tempting.
by Blanquito
on Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:18 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 672
Views: 45223

Re: Getting impatient viz. the 95s and 96s

P.S. I don't think there are any vintages pre-1995 that aren't fully ready or mature. Even the 86s and 88s are fully mature, just in a stern style. There are individual wines which may need more time still from before 1995, like the 1986 LLC or the 1989 Lynch Bages, but these are the exceptions in m...
by Blanquito
on Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:12 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Getting impatient viz. the 95s and 96s
Replies: 13
Views: 352
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