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TN: Recent notes: 02 Cos, 99 Monbo, 96 Dragon Boat, etc.

2002 Cos d'Estournel Heard this was drinking well, so I took a turn. Highly expressive nose right out of the gate, marked by black licorice, menthol, minerals and a touch of new oak. Smelled a lot like a Priorat. The palate is similar, ready to go and showing mildly sweet black fruits with a long a...
by Blanquito
on Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:05 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: Recent notes: 02 Cos, 99 Monbo, 96 Dragon Boat, etc.
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Re: ****BWE SAN FRANCISCO '17: MARCH 23rd-26th****

We are getting the band back together.
by Blanquito
on Fri Dec 02, 2016 4:14 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: ****BWE SAN FRANCISCO '17: MARCH 23rd-26th****
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Views: 889

Re: TN 2002 Ch. Gloria, St. Julien

I am quite high on this wine as well. Of course, our 2016 Convention heist at MacArthurs, when I reloaded on this wine at release pricing, doesn't hurt!
by Blanquito
on Fri Dec 02, 2016 1:52 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN 2002 Ch. Gloria, St. Julien
Replies: 4
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Re: TN: Good 2008s and a 2005 from the Medoc

Had another bottle of the 2005 Charmail over the last few days, with a little air, its doing really terrific. I really think its basically as good as Sociando Mallet, and friendlier in its youth. It has not lightened at all despite a decades time. I have a case plus of the 2005 Charmail still. How ...
by Blanquito
on Fri Dec 02, 2016 1:28 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: Good 2008s and a 2005 from the Medoc
Replies: 4
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Re: Question to the great members of the BWE

Beyond visiting top chateau (for me, that would include visits to Chateau Margaux and Pichon Lalande), I would ensure visiting both St. Emilion/Pomerol and the Medoc. In the Medoc, be sure to hit the sweet spot where Paullaic and St Estephe abut (by Lafite and Cos)-- the view from Montrose is striki...
by Blanquito
on Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:41 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Question to the great members of the BWE
Replies: 18
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Re: Experiences with Smith Hauth-Lafitte

My current feeling is that the 1995s across the board (excepting a few that Parker singled out with beau coup points and those Chateau that are now priced high in every vintage) are still unrated and so undervalued. When the 95s really hit their prime time in 5-10 years, I expect today's prices will...
by Blanquito
on Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:31 pm
 
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Topic: Experiences with Smith Haut-Lafitte
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Re: Experiences with Smith Hauth-Lafitte

Too oaky and creamy for my preferences overall, though I've not had enough to reach any definitive opinions and most of what I've tried have been young. I was however quite taken by the 1995 version at the '16 convention.
by Blanquito
on Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:43 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Experiences with Smith Haut-Lafitte
Replies: 15
Views: 210

Re: RSVP--"Regrets only"

So true, Bill... Stefan, the patron saint of wine buying.
by Blanquito
on Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:30 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: RSVP--"Regrets only"
Replies: 26
Views: 359

Re: RSVP--"Regrets only"

Not hate for Spatlese, I do love them. But they are just too sweet (even if well balanced) to have regularly. Didn't realize it until I had a few too many. +1. I always enjoy German off dry wines when I think to open them, I just so rarely crave them that they just collect dust and take up space. M...
by Blanquito
on Thu Dec 01, 2016 3:10 am
 
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Topic: RSVP--"Regrets only"
Replies: 26
Views: 359

Re: Rimmerman on BDX15

I see WineX is offering the 2015 Lafite for $745/bottle. OMG.
by Blanquito
on Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:58 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Rimmerman on BDX15
Replies: 8
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Re: RSVP--"Regrets only"

Generic regrets: -buying more than 6 bottles of a given wine (even wines I really like can get boring half way through a case) -buying too many QPRs, especially as futures (I should have bought fewer, but higher caliber bottles) -not buying more vintage champagne and northern Rhone before things wen...
by Blanquito
on Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:20 pm
 
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Topic: RSVP--"Regrets only"
Replies: 26
Views: 359

Re: The fun of BWE

Add another epic night to the logs.

I thought the 96 Lynch was brilliant in DC '16, and I think you're right Danny that this could run with the 89 in time.
by Blanquito
on Sun Nov 27, 2016 4:47 pm
 
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Topic: The fun of BWE
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Re: ****BWE CALIFORNIA '17: MARCH 23rd-26th****

The logistics could be a challenge/pain (mostly due to vehicle needs), but I'd vote for a Sonoma and San Fran combo, OR as a second choice, San Fran with an optional daytrip pilgrimage to Lytton Springs et al.

By like Jacques, whatever the BD prefers works for me!
by Blanquito
on Sat Nov 26, 2016 3:35 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: ****BWE SAN FRANCISCO '17: MARCH 23rd-26th****
Replies: 68
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Re: Thanksgiving 2016, Day 2

Sometimes a big, spicy wine goes best with all the options on the thanksgiving dinner table. After a Pinot, we moved to a CDP for round too and it stood up better.
by Blanquito
on Fri Nov 25, 2016 7:16 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Thanksgiving 2016, Day 2
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Re: Thanksgiving in Maine Day ONE: 2014 St. Innocent Momtazi

We had the 12 St. Innocent Villages Cuvee last night. Very nice, terrific QPR.
by Blanquito
on Fri Nov 25, 2016 7:14 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Thanksgiving in Maine Day ONE: 2014 St. Innocent Momtazi
Replies: 7
Views: 129

Re: President Trump

I am sure that if the Russians (and several other parties) were able to hack the election, they almost certainly would do it. Hillary's campaign spent hundreds of millions of dollars in 6 months or so, why not spend 2 million now to certify WI and MI? If the count of the paper ballots adequately mat...
by Blanquito
on Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:58 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
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Re: President Trump

Hillary led in every single poll of Wisconsin taken after the conventions, yet lost the state. According to Nate Cohn, that has only happened once before in any state level result for all presidential elections in US history. Amazing or fishy depending on one's point of view. Trumps lead is so tiny ...
by Blanquito
on Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:43 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
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Re: Thanksgiving in Maine Day ONE: 2014 St. Innocent Momtazi

Yum, good stuff gents.

We've got a '99 Monbousquet open in BWE Mile High, quite exotic and heady, a perfect cocktail wine. I plan on opening a St. Innocent Pinot for turkey day tomorrow.
by Blanquito
on Thu Nov 24, 2016 5:17 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Thanksgiving in Maine Day ONE: 2014 St. Innocent Momtazi
Replies: 7
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Re: Cellar Check and W.B.D.

Good strategy, Ed. 1500 bottles seems quite reasonably for a 52 year-old wine lover with some space to cellar it. My main "regrets" are twofold: (1) buying so heavily in the 2000-2005 vintages (all Bordeaux), which I did before online auctions were a going concern-- online auctions and con...
by Blanquito
on Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:54 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Cellar Check and W.B.D.
Replies: 17
Views: 170

Re: This is the end...

Ah, if they send a truck, it's much easier. When I shipped a few hundred bottles to WineBid to sell a few years ago, that was a real pain (finding the right bottles, getting shippers, boxing it all up, hauling it to FedEx, getting everything scanned).
by Blanquito
on Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:00 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: This is the end...
Replies: 14
Views: 162

Re: This is the end...

Sounds like you shouldn't move, David. Selling wine is nearly as big a pain as moving it.
by Blanquito
on Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:11 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: This is the end...
Replies: 14
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Re: Cellar Check and W.B.D.

Thanks, Arv. My cellar square footage is quite big (but it's getting really full) and all it costs is the electricity to run the chiller. Natural hazard threats to the wine are quite low in the Front Range of Colorado, and I'm not near any flood plains. I do have an insurance policy for it though (i...
by Blanquito
on Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:10 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Cellar Check and W.B.D.
Replies: 17
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Cellar Check and W.B.D.

David's thread got me wondering (again) about wine collections and what's a reasonable cellar bottle count. There are definitely lots of moving parts here (age, space, budget, consumption rates, tastes, health), but I do wonder how close we all are in collecting and our wine buying disorder (W.B.D.,...
by Blanquito
on Wed Nov 23, 2016 4:37 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Cellar Check and W.B.D.
Replies: 17
Views: 170

Re: ****BWE CALIFORNIA '17: MARCH 23rd-26th****

I may be confusing Jim with another famous wine American, but I am certain they are both at least attorneys.
by Blanquito
on Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:22 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: ****BWE SAN FRANCISCO '17: MARCH 23rd-26th****
Replies: 68
Views: 889

Re: ****BWE CALIFORNIA '17: MARCH 23rd-26th****

This will be epic.

If (and only if) all 30 of you attend, Jim will produce his Nebuchadnezzar of the 1900 Chateau Margaux, gifted to him by the late François Mitterrand in an after-ceremony when the BD was in Paris to be named a Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite.
by Blanquito
on Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:57 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: ****BWE SAN FRANCISCO '17: MARCH 23rd-26th****
Replies: 68
Views: 889

Re: So what have you bought lately?

AKR wrote:
Blanquito wrote:Post-Script: My wine buying has normalized to the election, I guess.


That 96 CVNE is a really silky textured wine. Very refined, classy.


Nice to know. I've not had thus particular bottling, but I'm a fan of this outfit in general (once the oak integrates).
by Blanquito
on Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:44 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 457
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Re: So what have you bought lately?

Post-Script: My wine buying has normalized to the election, I guess.
by Blanquito
on Tue Nov 22, 2016 3:04 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 457
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Re: So what have you bought lately?

It was a "bad" week at auction, I won most of my lowball bids: 1989 Magdelaine - 1 bottle 1989 Chasse Spleen - 1 bottle 1990 Leoville Barton - 1 bottle 1990 Louviere - 1 bottle 1990 La Dame de Montrose - 1 bottle 1995 Pavie Macquin - 5 bottles 1996 Pontet Canet - 1 bottle 1996 CVNE Imperia...
by Blanquito
on Tue Nov 22, 2016 3:00 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 457
Views: 24644

Re: Deals Thread

$40 for the 2012 Shea? Buy, sell, hold?
by Blanquito
on Sun Nov 20, 2016 3:59 am
 
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Topic: Deals Thread
Replies: 238
Views: 12905

Re: Deals Thread

Thanks, Bill. I'll keep a look out for the 2012s!
by Blanquito
on Sat Nov 19, 2016 5:20 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Deals Thread
Replies: 238
Views: 12905

Re: Deals Thread

I know we've been over this before, but which are the best/favorite St. Innocent vintages from 2010-present? I keep seeing various bottlings from these vintages on WineBid.

So far:
2011- avoid
by Blanquito
on Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:05 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Deals Thread
Replies: 238
Views: 12905

Re: ****BWE CALIFORNIA '17: MARCH 23rd-26th****

When do we need to pick a final location? To set up stuff that needs longer lead times like dinner venues, winery visits, etc? Do we have a deadline? As you can see, I'm looking forward to this! Personally, I'd vote San Fran for the Convention, but with a day trip to Sonoma on Friday perhaps (rent a...
by Blanquito
on Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:37 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: ****BWE SAN FRANCISCO '17: MARCH 23rd-26th****
Replies: 68
Views: 889

Re: 2008 Chateau Malartic Lagraviere

I am a big fan of this estate's white wine. Prices have gone up a lot for the blanc in the last decade though.
by Blanquito
on Wed Nov 16, 2016 2:17 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2008 Chateau Malartic Lagraviere
Replies: 13
Views: 207

Re: TN: way too much wine with the SF crowd

The 95 and 96 P. Lalandes are both so good.
by Blanquito
on Tue Nov 15, 2016 5:17 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: way too much wine with the SF crowd
Replies: 7
Views: 133

Re: Chateau Figeac vertical

I loved the 2000 when Arv brought it to an NYC tasting in 2006 or 2007.
by Blanquito
on Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:45 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Chateau Figeac vertical
Replies: 10
Views: 188

Re: President Trump

You know Ginsberg and Breyer will hang on for another 4 years, health permitting. Kennedy may try to as well especially if he doesn't like where things go in the first year or so of the Trump administration.
by Blanquito
on Sun Nov 13, 2016 12:07 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
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Re: President Trump

Yes, but the orgies are strictly confined to Trump Tower.
by Blanquito
on Sat Nov 12, 2016 3:28 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
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Views: 28335

Re: Last Call, Sacramento Wine BBQ - Nov 19

Thanks for the invite. In general, January though May are my best times for out of town events. But I'm always up got something in the Denver area.
by Blanquito
on Sat Nov 12, 2016 3:02 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Last Call, Sacramento Wine BBQ - Nov 19
Replies: 3
Views: 63

Re: President Trump

I agree, CV. Cable news will never be more profitable.
by Blanquito
on Sat Nov 12, 2016 2:47 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 2279
Views: 28335

Re: Wines I'm trying to get into my cellar these days….

People really like year-round SKIing in places like Vail and Aspen. SKIing = spending kids' inheritance.

We need an acronym for Drinking Kids Inheritance
by Blanquito
on Sat Nov 12, 2016 2:36 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Wines I'm trying to get into my cellar these days….
Replies: 16
Views: 196
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