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Re: St-Julien pecking order

1980-1990 1. Leoville-Las Cases 2. Gruaud-Larose 3. Leoville-Poyferre 4. Talbot 5. Beychevelle 6. Leoville-Barton 7. Branaire Ducru 8. Lagrange 9. Gloria 10. St-Pierre 11. Langoa-Barton 12. Ducru Beaucaillou *TCA taint in cellar... 1991-2000 1. Leoville-Las Cases 2. Ducru Beaucaillou 3. Leoville-Po...
by Blanquito
on Thu Aug 25, 2016 9:21 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: St-Julien pecking order
Replies: 19
Views: 159

Re: Ruh Roh!

You might be getting the sales tax imposed because they are being picked up at K&L, rather than shipped out of state. Ah that is likely the case. They don't ship to the great state of Maine. This makes sense. Brentwood Auctions and Benchmark Wines annoyingly now charge sales tax in Colorado as ...
by Blanquito
on Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:30 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Ruh Roh!
Replies: 9
Views: 80

Re: 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste

How about a Lynch vs. GPL blind tasting, a battle to see which of the two properties is more overrated. That would be great fun. We'd have to get the vintages right so as not to skew things-- it can't be 89 Lynch vs 03 GPL of course, but 82, 90, 95, 96, 00 are all years were both chateau made "...
by Blanquito
on Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:25 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste
Replies: 59
Views: 543

Re: 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Corkage is a pain, but with enough lead time, things can be set up. I have 3-4 places for smaller groups (5-20) where accommodations can be made, and folks I know from the local wines scene cound be tapped to help out/participate as well. I would still vote for SanFran/Napa overall, but again, Denve...
by Blanquito
on Thu Aug 25, 2016 8:18 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste
Replies: 59
Views: 543

Re: Ruh Roh!

K&L auctions charge you sales tax? They haven't done that to Colorado buyers yet.
by Blanquito
on Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:56 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Ruh Roh!
Replies: 9
Views: 80

Re: 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste

I/We might host in Denver area, if that helps. Not as nice here April as some places, but mountains are of course nearby and hotels are usually affordable that time of year. If we've enough people, we might hold the Saturday night event where they put on the Fete du Bordeaux events at the Westin.
by Blanquito
on Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:54 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste
Replies: 59
Views: 543

Re: 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Great idea Jim, let's put GPL to the test. You know the wine I consistently prefer to GPL? It's not the 4 other Pauillac that Stefan listed -- I prefer GPL to each of those overall -- it's Sociando Mallet which also happens to be cheaper. My biggest issue with GPL is it can be stolid. We tasted 8-9 ...
by Blanquito
on Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:05 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste
Replies: 59
Views: 543

Re: St-Julien pecking order

Ranking based on recent vintages? Say, since 2000? Or longer term?
by Blanquito
on Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:40 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: St-Julien pecking order
Replies: 19
Views: 159

Re: 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste

jal wrote:Stefan, are you talking about the mediocrity rankings here? These are wines I do not care for and will never buy again, d"Armailhac, Haut-Batailley, and Clerc Milon so Grand Puy Lacoste is a good comparison.


Bam!
by Blanquito
on Thu Aug 25, 2016 1:17 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste
Replies: 59
Views: 543

Re: 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste

After a big dinner, I saw someone eat two whole whoopie pies in DC, washed down by nothing more than the 89 Lynch Bages. And it wasn't Jim!
by Blanquito
on Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:02 pm
 
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Topic: 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste
Replies: 59
Views: 543

Re: Au Bon Climat Pinot and 2010 du Tertre

Just had an ABC Chardonnay that was so good for the $18 is costs. Nothing profound but true, real and satisfying.

Du Tertre has been a go-to chateau for me since the 2000 vintage. Great QPR, only the 03 seems likes miss.
by Blanquito
on Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:36 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Au Bon Climat Pinot and 2010 du Tertre
Replies: 2
Views: 80

Re: 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste

So in my opinion 1994-2000 was the golden era for GPL. It could well be 1990-2000. This sounds right to me, Ian. I can't remember drinking the 1990, but I have heard really good things about it. The 1990 showed fantastic at the grand finale of DC '16, I think it was Chris B's bottle, which I found ...
by Blanquito
on Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:41 pm
 
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Topic: 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste
Replies: 59
Views: 543

Re: 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Sorry for not participating earlier, we are in Costa Rica for two weeks and the internet is spotty here. I'll second Jim's views. But I also agree with Arv. The 1996 and the 2000 were boring and overrated when I had them, a mediocre effort in a good vintage. The 1982 was a roasted mess and I had it...
by Blanquito
on Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:31 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste
Replies: 59
Views: 543

Re: 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Overall I am a big fan of GPL, but of course we all know how it can fumble the ball at the one yard line in a great vintage. My other quibble is it can seem to lack concentration sometimes to really go to that next highest level (though I wonder if this will resolve itself with more age Since we di...
by Blanquito
on Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:47 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste
Replies: 59
Views: 543

Re: 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste

Thanks Danny, very encouraging report. I've got a few of this in the cellar. Overall I am a big fan of GPL, but of course we all know how it can fumble the ball at the one yard line in a great vintage. My other quibble is it can seem to lack concentration sometimes to really go to that next highest ...
by Blanquito
on Sat Aug 20, 2016 3:12 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2000 Grand-Puy-Lacoste
Replies: 59
Views: 543

Re: Two Lovely Margaux from the 1980s

Stuart, I had an agreement with WineBid that they would store my wines for as long as I wanted with no charge. They backed off from this, which was OK with me for future purchases, but WB wanted to apply charges to wines I had purchased prior to my being properly informed (apparently they sent out ...
by Blanquito
on Sat Aug 20, 2016 1:21 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Two Lovely Margaux from the 1980s
Replies: 5
Views: 139

Re: Taking a walk on the wild side with 2000 Cantermerle

I loved the 89 in DC '16.

I got some pristine-looking bottles recently for $87 all-in on WineBid, which I consider a steal.
by Blanquito
on Fri Aug 19, 2016 10:51 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Taking a walk on the wild side with 2000 Cantermerle
Replies: 10
Views: 157

Re: President Trump

The Bloody Knee-Highs could be/should be a Scottish punk band.
by Blanquito
on Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:29 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 1063
Views: 15640

Re: President Trump

Cashman could have had Shilling after the 2003 season but instead got Javier Vazquez. Talk about epic fail, that single personnel move cost the Yanks at least one World Series title.
by Blanquito
on Fri Aug 12, 2016 4:50 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 1063
Views: 15640

Re: President Trump

Curt Shilling would have made a good Vice Presidential running mate with Trump.
by Blanquito
on Fri Aug 12, 2016 4:11 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 1063
Views: 15640

TN: Pilgrimage to S. Florida- '82 Bordeaux with Stuart

I was in Fort Lauderdale for a conference this week, and Stuart and I met up on Wednesday night for a flight of 82 Bordeaux at a terrific farm-to-table restaurant. My brother was flying in to join us, so I brought the 82 GPL, and white and a stickie, and Stuart was bringing "3 reds". I adm...
by Blanquito
on Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:39 pm
 
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Topic: TN: Pilgrimage to S. Florida- '82 Bordeaux with Stuart
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Re: President Trump

Jon Stewart is one of my heroes (with a lower case "h") and for many, many years it was (for me and my old school palate) the funniest show on TV that also managed to be highly topical, edgy and informative.
by Blanquito
on Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:29 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
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Views: 15640

Re: President Trump

Many friends of various political stripes and I found Franken's, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them, hilariously funny. I laughed so much reading it in 2004 my sides hurt.

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by Blanquito
on Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:27 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
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Views: 15640

Re: Premier Cru files for bankruptcy

Love the detail that he spent $900,000 over this time on women he "met online". Sounds like code for prostitution, unless membership rates at match.com have gone way up in the last 7 years... Lends credence to your mental illness/substance abuse theory.
by Blanquito
on Fri Aug 12, 2016 2:48 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Premier Cru files for bankruptcy
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Re: '86 Mouton and Margaux

I guess I see two main possibilities. One is a wine like the 86 Mouton which is tremendously enjoyable now but will probably keep getting better and better over the next two decades+. The other is or was the 86 Margaux which actually seemed shutdown or in hiding in 2008. I found it bone dry and not ...
by Blanquito
on Thu Aug 11, 2016 5:16 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: '86 Mouton and Margaux
Replies: 13
Views: 166

Re: '86 Mouton and Margaux

The 86 Margaux was probably the most backward wine at the big 86 horizontal in 2008 with the LLC the only other one giving it any competition for inscrutability.
by Blanquito
on Thu Aug 11, 2016 4:07 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: '86 Mouton and Margaux
Replies: 13
Views: 166

Re: '86 Mouton and Margaux

Listen to Chris B.
by Blanquito
on Thu Aug 11, 2016 5:32 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: '86 Mouton and Margaux
Replies: 13
Views: 166

Re: President Trump

He made a big deal of eliminating the death tax in his speech yesterday. It sounded like everyone in the audience was convinced that he was going to save them big bucks, except no one in the audience is affected by the death tax. The estate tax is just an exercise in populism as far as I'm concerne...
by Blanquito
on Wed Aug 10, 2016 12:41 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 1063
Views: 15640

Re: What was your favorite surprise of the last year?

1980 Pichon Lalande. Seriously good.
by Blanquito
on Tue Aug 09, 2016 2:51 am
 
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Topic: What was your favorite surprise of the last year?
Replies: 10
Views: 218

Re: President Trump

Trump's only hope at this point are the debates, IMHO.

If the election were today, he'd lose by 10+ pts and give the Senate back to the Dems. A Fox News poll today has Clinton up by 10 pts.
by Blanquito
on Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:43 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 1063
Views: 15640

Re: TN: 2010 Château Barde-Haut (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)

Wow.

Serious praise.

If both you and Jim are endorsing this Chateau, consider me convinced.
by Blanquito
on Wed Aug 03, 2016 2:33 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 2010 Château Barde-Haut (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Replies: 7
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Re: President Trump

Where have you gone James Reston, Tom Wicker, Anthony Lewis, Russell Baker, William Safire, Hedrick Smith, and on and on, our nation turns its lonely eyes to you. What a rag now. Do you think they'll still be in print in 5 years? Trump agrees with you on the NYTimes: Donald Trump floated rescinding...
by Blanquito
on Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:44 pm
 
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Topic: President Trump
Replies: 1063
Views: 15640

Favorite Pomerol <$100?

I don't drink much Pomerol, but when I do, I prefer the traditional stuff. My impression is that it's far easier to find balanced Merlot in this commune than in today's St. Emilion. Of course, top Pomerol is very expensive, but there also seems to be a fair bit between $75-$100. If I was looking in ...
by Blanquito
on Tue Aug 02, 2016 4:32 am
 
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Topic: Favorite Pomerol <$100?
Replies: 10
Views: 198

Re: Another 2000

Nice. I think I have 3-4 of these.
by Blanquito
on Mon Aug 01, 2016 1:30 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Another 2000
Replies: 2
Views: 101

Re: What 2013 California wines are BWE'ers laying down?

Opinions vary, and Lytton Springs can be outstanding, but personally I much prefer Geyserville. I find it notably brighter, more complex, more brambly, seems to age better, it's lighter weight and yet can have better intensity, etc.
by Blanquito
on Sun Jul 31, 2016 3:26 pm
 
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Topic: What 2013 California wines are BWE'ers laying down?
Replies: 26
Views: 422

Re: President Trump

Electoral Map gives Trump few places to go:
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/07/31/us ... times.com/
by Blanquito
on Sun Jul 31, 2016 1:57 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 1063
Views: 15640

Re: President Trump

You could be right, Jim. Let's put it this way-- if Trump wins PA, all bets are off and at a bare minimum Hillary will have an real uphill battle from there. But from what I've read, if Trump wins PA, he still needs FL, OH, and NC to win, so I he could win PA but lose the election. But winning PA op...
by Blanquito
on Sun Jul 31, 2016 5:36 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 1063
Views: 15640

Re: President Trump

You're correct, one of 538's forecasts currently gives the Donald a 0.2% greater chance of victory right now. But their 'polls-plus' forecast (which factors in things like convention bounces) still has Hillary winning 60.4% of the time. This could be a fairly close election in terms of the popular v...
by Blanquito
on Sat Jul 30, 2016 10:28 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 1063
Views: 15640

Re: What 2013 California wines are BWE'ers laying down?

Some long time Ridge watchers claim the 2014 Geyserville is even better than the 2013. If true, it must be the 2014 must be a truly epic Geyserville.
by Blanquito
on Sat Jul 30, 2016 6:13 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: What 2013 California wines are BWE'ers laying down?
Replies: 26
Views: 422

Re: President Trump

Cherry-picking an outlier poll:

RABA Research - July 29th (956 Likely Voters) - Clinton +15
by Blanquito
on Sat Jul 30, 2016 5:40 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 1063
Views: 15640
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