28,069 thoughts on “Inmate Ramblings”

  1. WM: That’s quite a list. What a great deal of fun. I think that the 1986 Château L’Arrosée is probably one of the most underrated wines and presents the best QPR on the list. Their ’89 is tremendous.

    I was born in ’61 and had a birthday last week. Cracked a 1961 Château Léoville-Barton which was pristine and singing. Lots of life left in it (hopefully me too). The provenance was top drawer and it showed. Color still young and showed plenty of dark red fruit with the tinges of tobacco and coffee. VM95.

    Been on a red Burgundy QPR hunt. Unfortunately the price point is pretty much in the $40+ range and the quantities are small and hard to come by. When I get the chance, I’ll post up some of my finds.

  2. I’ve been trying to reduce inventory AND enjoy some of my older wines, while trying to cut down on new acquisitions (only partially successful). Some recent enjoyment in the last few months, most of which I have posted on CT:
    1998 Château L’Evangile: 94 points
    1990 Château Latour Grand Vin: 97 points
    2001 Château Haut-Garin: 90 points
    1970 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou: 95 points
    2003 Château Sainte-Colombe: 91 points and still a terrific QPR!
    1994 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou:93 points
    1993 Château Troplong Mondot:93 points
    1995 Château Cheval Blanc:95 points
    1993 Château La Tour Haut-Brion:93 points
    1986 Château L’Arrosée:93 points
    1992 Chateau Leoville las Cases: 93 points
    1986 Chateau Clerc Milon: 95 points
    2005 Patrick Lesec Châteauneuf-du-Pape Marquis:93 points
    2008 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape: 94 points

    Recent re-stocking effort (yesterday):
    Chateau Gruaud Larose 1983
    Domaine Jean Grivot 2002 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts
    Domaine du Pegau 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvée Réservée

    I MUST drink/share at a faster pace as I am anticipating another offering of aged wines from a great private cellar and likely will have little resistance available.

  3. I would apologize for the delayed response but you all (or at least some of you…..) may recall my stance on apologies! That being said, I just returned from Northern Florida (Amelia Island) and am well rested, Irish tanned (red and freckled), and looking forward to spreading some Owen Roe cheer! First up will be the Wildman shown in NYC in September followed by Raleigh, NC and Atlant, GA! Sty tuned for more!

    Louas: that is a very solid price as most retail that wine for around $15.00. We lowered the wholesale price and most distributors are passing it along. That wine used to retail for around $25 so it is a very solid QPR at the new price point.

    Wine Magnet: thanks for the invite and info! Our distributor (Breakthru) is based in that area so it is very likely that I will be in your neck of the woods at some point and would love to join one of your tastings! I’ll give you a heads up when I am heading your way!

    Cheers to one and all!!!!

  4. tonyo: Should your travels in FL bring you to St. Petersburg, perhaps you might attend one of our Saturday afternoon tastings at one of 3-4 restaurants at which we meet almost every Saturday for blind tastings following a theme which is mostly set a year in advance. I just checked my inventory and only have 2 Owen Roe bottles, the 2007 Ex Umbris, which I haven’t opened since 9/2012, so it is time to bring one for our next tasting at which a syrah would be appropriate.
    I can also steer you to some wine merchants (and restaurants in the area which allow BYOB and have good wine lists).
    Congrats on your dream job!

  5. tonyo: just now from garagiste :2015 Owen Roe “Sharecropper’s” Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 750ml – $11.91
    Will cost approx $2.50-$3.00 for shipping per bottle
    What say you?

  6. Louas……………I wish (especially during the Winter months!) Maybe I can swap NJ and a state to be determined later for AZ!

  7. Congrats Tonyo! one of my favorite wineries as well. Is Arizona part of your east coast territory? 😎

  8. Good Morning! Just a quick note of vinous news……………I recently accepted a position as the East Coast Manager for Owen Roe Winery. As many of you long time members of both TH and previously Cindy fame may recall, this has long been my favorite winery. To be able to represent the people and wines of Owen Roe is truly a surreal experience for me!

    I hope to cross paths with many of you in the coming months as I will be covering the entire East coast, from Maine to Florida with a couple “noncoastal” states added in as well. My first journeys outside of Vermont include NYC, NC, VA, GA, and FL.

    I hope you all are well and accept my wishes for good health and success! Tony O

  9. 2016 Bordeaux Vintage

    2015 Bordeaux Vintage

    The Ch. Platon that I referenced is intended to be a ready to drink table wine. Thus its early release. Truly ageable Bordeaux starts hitting the U.S. shores after 3 years. So, for example, 2014’s are starting to show up in stores. The less expensive examples were likely aged in very used oak barrels and have little tannin.

    In great vintages, these wines can be readily drunk and enjoyed for very little money. In bad vintages these are inaccessible, impossible wines to be avoided.

  10. Came across a cellar defender everyday wine for $9.00. Chateau Platon from Bordeaux. Did a side by side of the 2015 and 2016 vintages, both available in the US now. Very solid sub $15 wine. Both vintages are stellar. Between the two, I liked the 2015 but would guess most would find the 2016 a bit more approachable. This is very ordinary wine. But $9.00? That’s just amazing.

  11. Hmmm. things mighty quiet around here.

    Mrs. V came back from France with some SERIOUS chocolates for the kids, plastic Amora brand Dijon mustard for me (as inexpensive as it gets but with plenty of heat) and some tins of black truffle sauce.

    Saw this video which is simply brilliant:

    Apparently she’s had 15 #1 hits in China and we are only beginning to hear about her here.

  12. I think it was BB and his visits to those sites which are unclean. Thanks CBS for resurrecting the hills. Very much appreciated.

    Patrick, so glad that the trip went well. Very jealous indeed. Bet it was absolutely delicious.

    Getting pictures of meals from wife and daughter in Paris. Tempted to send them a picture of my bratwurst from the 4th but didn’t want to waste the data.

    Bought tickets for just after Christmas. We (Vinny, Mrs. V, 3 kids and Vinny’s 93yo mother) fly in to Milan and back out of Paris. Planning on spending a couple of days in Milan with a goal of seeing the Last Supper then going to Grenoble, FR for New Years and then eat our way through Burgundy back up to Paris. No Bordeaux stops this trip.

  13. Greetings Pilgrims. Hope all are summering well. Extreme heat here so its been white-rose-craft beer.

  14. Now I will be posting some recent nice “inventory reduction” bottle openings, but after a few incidents of a virus which originated on this site and affected 3 computers, I am reluctant to click on too many links until I see that others are not being affected or will re-infect the site with malware they have yet to experience.

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