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Re: Dinner with Michael P in Manhattan

Piccolo Fiore on E. 44th (where all the big Ian events occurred, though Ramon, who used to live in the neighborhood, was our original "in" with Fabio) used to be called Fabio's Piccolo Fiore. At some point in 2014, Fabio left Piccolo Fiore and opened his own place 8 blocks north of Piccolo...
by Blanquito
on Sun May 29, 2016 5:01 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Dinner with Michael P in Manhattan
Replies: 11
Views: 150

Re: TN 2000 Grand Corbin Despagne

Per Wine Searcher (not pro), the cheapest price in the US for any vintage of this is $30.59 (which happens to be the 2005).
by Blanquito
on Sun May 29, 2016 4:19 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN 2000 Grand Corbin Despagne
Replies: 13
Views: 91

Re: TN 2000 Grand Corbin Despagne

robertgoulet wrote:2012 here locally $15


That's basically free. Do you need to open a checking account or some such to get that price?
by Blanquito
on Sun May 29, 2016 4:08 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN 2000 Grand Corbin Despagne
Replies: 13
Views: 91

Re: TN 2000 Grand Corbin Despagne

Sounds delightful, right up my alley. How's the 05, 09 and 10? Still as old school?
by Blanquito
on Sat May 28, 2016 7:00 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN 2000 Grand Corbin Despagne
Replies: 13
Views: 91

Re: So what have you bought lately?

Either the 2004 Felsine Rancia needs more time or it was overrated on release. I just had a half bottle that was still a tannic beast, and it lacked freshness/the fruit was highly extracted and a bit pruney. It may blossom with more time and Rancia is known for needed ages, but I would hold off unle...
by Blanquito
on Fri May 20, 2016 10:01 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: So what have you bought lately?
Replies: 380
Views: 16255

Re: President Trump

Thursday, May 19 - General Election: Trump vs. Clinton - CBS News/NY Times - Clinton 47, Trump 41 - Clinton +6 Let's get serious here. Barring a new scandal or indictment, Trump won't win. ~40% of Republican primary voters a general election majority does not make. Trump has nothing new to throw at...
by Blanquito
on Fri May 20, 2016 9:54 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 631
Views: 9668

Re: President Trump

This could be a very low turnout presidential election, with the far left and far right both turned off by their candidates. Turnout will only be high if the parties can turn this into a contest about their opponents.
by Blanquito
on Wed May 18, 2016 6:08 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 631
Views: 9668

Re: President Trump

It is all-too-easy to underestimate Trump, and I think we all agree that Hillary has a heckuva fight coming (and the end game with Bernie is not helping).

I'm just saying I think she's more likely to beat Trump than Sanders.
by Blanquito
on Wed May 18, 2016 3:12 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 631
Views: 9668

Re: President Trump

Yes, and Hillary has barely gone after Sanders (by usual standards) in the hope of winning his supporters over in the general. I bet she regrets that now, given his unexpectedly long legs. But seriously, is the USA electorate really ready to elect president a self-avowed socialist in his late 70's w...
by Blanquito
on Wed May 18, 2016 1:46 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 631
Views: 9668

Re: President Trump

Lol, Jim! Are you in favor of an orderly convention? Bernie is coming off badly IMHO, claiming and implying repeatedly that the nomination process is rigged, and he's only helping Donald Trump in the process (because why would his voters turn out for the other Democrat if their guy tells them they w...
by Blanquito
on Tue May 17, 2016 10:19 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 631
Views: 9668

Re: President Trump

by Blanquito
on Tue May 17, 2016 6:36 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 631
Views: 9668

Re: Chateau Margaux dinner tonight

Holy sh!t. Incredible tasting, wonderful notes, extremely jealous reader.
by Blanquito
on Tue May 17, 2016 5:21 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Chateau Margaux dinner tonight
Replies: 25
Views: 290

Re: Chateau Margaux dinner tonight

What vintage is that bottle? Or should I say century?
by Blanquito
on Mon May 16, 2016 7:48 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Chateau Margaux dinner tonight
Replies: 25
Views: 290

Re: TN: TNs: fantastic line-up for Ted's birthday in Fort Collins

It's hard to find a well stored 1971s at this point. I've had the most luck with various dessert wines, which still seem fairly abundant and vibrant.
by Blanquito
on Sun May 15, 2016 8:23 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TNs: fantastic line-up for Ted's birthday in Fort Collins
Replies: 7
Views: 146

TNs: fantastic line-up for Ted's birthday in Fort Collins

My wine buddy Ted had a birthday and invited five of us over for a night of awesome food and wine. His birth year is 1980, so he blinded us with a terrific flight from that year, and opened a special 1971 as well for me and Royce for our birth year. We ate and drank and talked and laughed into the w...
by Blanquito
on Sun May 15, 2016 4:22 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TNs: fantastic line-up for Ted's birthday in Fort Collins
Replies: 7
Views: 146

Re: The 2002 Chateau Gloria has been uncorked….

Arv, try some 2009 Gloria if you get the chance. Killer juice, in a different gear than earlier vintages, much more tannin, more concentrated, perhaps due to the vintage. I tried one on release and bought a few more (my first bottles were purchased as futures around $36). I remember posting on this ...
by Blanquito
on Sun May 15, 2016 3:15 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2002 Chateau Gloria has been uncorked….
Replies: 11
Views: 156

Re: The 2002 Chateau Gloria has been uncorked….

Great note and commentary, Jim. I concur wholeheartedly. I think my bottle showed a touch more primary than your MacArthurs one, not surprising as the bottle I opened in January was from my original stash stored at 55-57F since release... I paid the 02 Gloria my highest compliment when I immediately...
by Blanquito
on Sun May 15, 2016 2:43 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: The 2002 Chateau Gloria has been uncorked….
Replies: 11
Views: 156

Re: Howing a 2012 du Tertre

Jim, we've all really come a long way.

Good on ya, David, sounds delicious.
by Blanquito
on Sat May 14, 2016 2:03 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Howing a 2012 du Tertre
Replies: 13
Views: 179

Re: 2015 vintage discussion

Thanks everyone for the congrats. I've been walking on air all week, the homestead is now complete (though we need a dog still, once the kids are a bit older). I sure hope kids keep you young, indeed I'm counting on it! Good rule of thumb for dogs & kids : make sure one category is housebroken/...
by Blanquito
on Fri May 13, 2016 2:34 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2015 vintage discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 1111

Re: An old school farewell...for now

Jim, looks like you've got a lot of spare room in your cellar!
by Blanquito
on Fri May 13, 2016 4:52 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: An old school farewell...for now
Replies: 10
Views: 198

Re: 2015 vintage discussion

Thanks everyone for the congrats. I've been walking on air all week, the homestead is now complete (though we need a dog still, once the kids are a bit older). I sure hope kids keep you young, indeed I'm counting on it!
by Blanquito
on Fri May 13, 2016 2:35 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2015 vintage discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 1111

Re: An old school farewell...for now

Gilman, who is a self-described lover of Magdelaine and endangered species everywhere, went gaga for the 98 Magdelaine going to like 96 pts, though he cautioned it needs beaucoup time.
by Blanquito
on Fri May 13, 2016 1:38 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: An old school farewell...for now
Replies: 10
Views: 198

Re: Beychevelle 2005

I got some 2005 Sociando last year at WineBid for $40 including the premium.

I checked my Beychevelle purchase as well and I got my seven bottles of 2005 Beychevelle this past February for $75 all-in.
by Blanquito
on Fri May 13, 2016 1:33 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Beychevelle 2005
Replies: 27
Views: 364

Re: Beychevelle 2005

Ian, just saw that you gave the 05 Beychevelle 95 pts on CellarTracker, wow!
by Blanquito
on Thu May 12, 2016 8:32 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Beychevelle 2005
Replies: 27
Views: 364

Re: President Trump

JimHow wrote:I think Hillary is unelectable.


JimHow picks Trump to win election, defeating the unelectable HRC! You heard it here first.
by Blanquito
on Thu May 12, 2016 5:51 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: President Trump
Replies: 631
Views: 9668

Re: 2015 vintage discussion

I see the 2013 Lagune for $50 from Wallys in LA. Still as a future.
by Blanquito
on Thu May 12, 2016 2:10 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2015 vintage discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 1111

Re: 2015 vintage discussion

My son Gabriel was born in 2013 as well, Nic. 2013 was supposed to be epic in California, so I bought a few bottles of the 2013 Ridge Monte Bello to lay down. Here's hoping that 2016 is a great year too somewhere, as my daughter Eleanor was just born this past Monday. I need to open a nice champagne.
by Blanquito
on Thu May 12, 2016 1:48 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2015 vintage discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 1111

Re: 2015 vintage discussion

I put a lot of stock in your take on these wines, Ian. I know your palate and your experience, so I have no reason to doubt it (and you've tasted way more of these wines than I). In fact, it is a happy thought that these guys really do know what they are doing and can learn through experience where ...
by Blanquito
on Wed May 11, 2016 10:40 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2015 vintage discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 1111

Re: Gonna "How" a GPL with some fresh grilled tuna...

Looks like it is $33-$34 for the 12 Momtazi? Is that a good price?

The Shea bottling, which I've had the most of in the past, is much more expensive.
by Blanquito
on Wed May 11, 2016 6:32 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Gonna "How" a GPL with some fresh grilled tuna...
Replies: 26
Views: 275

Re: 2015 vintage discussion

I plan to try a Barde Haut 2012 soon. I was quite impressed with a bottle of the 05 last week, it had a much more serious structure than the charming Haut Bergey 05.
by Blanquito
on Wed May 11, 2016 5:20 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2015 vintage discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 1111

Re: 2015 vintage discussion

Ian, that Pape Clement note makes it sound wonderful... and dare I say, a little soulless? That is a pet peeve of mine, the corporate take over of Bordeaux styles, so I am wary of wines made like that (no idea if that is actaully the case here). This is my biggest issue with the changes at Pontet Ca...
by Blanquito
on Wed May 11, 2016 5:12 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: 2015 vintage discussion
Replies: 73
Views: 1111

Re: An old school farewell...for now

Such a shame. This has become one of my favorite Bordeaux. Glad to hear the 2011 is a worthy finale. Too bad it's $65 here.
by Blanquito
on Wed May 11, 2016 12:27 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: An old school farewell...for now
Replies: 10
Views: 198

Re: A Bernard Magrez wine.

Or maybe
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by Blanquito
on Tue May 10, 2016 3:51 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: A Bernard Magrez wine.
Replies: 14
Views: 131

Re: A Bernard Magrez wine.

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by Blanquito
on Tue May 10, 2016 3:49 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: A Bernard Magrez wine.
Replies: 14
Views: 131

Re: A Bernard Magrez wine.

Tom In DC wrote:Am I the only one who finds the picture of Bernard staring at us creepy?


Tre creepy! When I first saw it, it reminded me of Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins feeling the lust for the one ring (or in this case, microbullage, spinning cones, and barrel toast, all under the Dark Lord Rolland's influence).
by Blanquito
on Tue May 10, 2016 3:46 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: A Bernard Magrez wine.
Replies: 14
Views: 131

Re: Gonna "How" a GPL with some fresh grilled tuna...

I got a Coravin a few weeks back and it has dramatically enabled and facilitated Howing all kinds of young wine. I never knew how much fun young wine could be.
by Blanquito
on Tue May 10, 2016 12:10 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Gonna "How" a GPL with some fresh grilled tuna...
Replies: 26
Views: 275

Re: Gonna "How" a GPL with some fresh grilled tuna...

St. Innocent is one of the best domestic wineries, full stop.
by Blanquito
on Tue May 10, 2016 12:03 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Gonna "How" a GPL with some fresh grilled tuna...
Replies: 26
Views: 275

Re: Cork Taint

I had 3 bottles in row with TCA last fall. Makes you wonder when that happens.
by Blanquito
on Mon May 09, 2016 1:43 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Cork Taint
Replies: 7
Views: 122

Re: TN: 2003 Pavie

Whatever happened to Orlando Bobby and his green streak?
by Blanquito
on Mon May 09, 2016 6:26 am
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: TN: 2003 Pavie
Replies: 15
Views: 166

Re: Beychevelle 2005

The 89 Lynch Jim opened in his hotel room late one night at DC '16 was yooooung. Beautiful but a baby still. It could have used a 10 hour decant.
by Blanquito
on Sun May 08, 2016 11:51 pm
 
Forum: Forum
Topic: Beychevelle 2005
Replies: 27
Views: 364
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