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  • MemorialWineFan says:

    12/3/2015 8:25:00 AM - I wish I had more of the 2005 vintage. The few I did have drank very well indeed.

  • eyeguy says:

    12/3/2015 8:01:00 AM - Most of the juice from that 2005 vintage is drinking very well right now!

  • MemorialWineFan says:

    8/25/2014 7:02:00 AM - I agree with you Oldwines. I believe in more aging and decanting is always a good practice. In particular if you drink the bottle fast or have a party drinking the bottle.

  • oldwines says:

    8/24/2014 7:45:00 AM - Hi, John ( I gather from the comments). Couple thoughts from your recent notes...I find CellarTracker drinking windows to be horribly wrong and many people just don't understand aged's all about the secondary and layered flavors, not just the fruit...the fruit being gone doesn't mean the wine has to drunk in every case. Also, just because a wine is old doesn't mean it doesn't need to breathe. I can't tell you how many older wines I have had the are better many hours after decanting often best the next day, but of course it depends on the wine....usually doesn't apply to modern styled fruit forward wines. Cheers! Dave aka "oldwines"

  • MemorialWineFan says:

    8/20/2014 2:37:00 PM - Hi CP that sounds like a great idea. Send me an email at Thanks!

  • CP says:

    8/19/2014 7:05:00 PM - memorrial! We must get together at Huugo's sometime. Anyplace with Kosta Browne by the half bottle and awesome Mexican food is OK in my book.

  • MemorialWineFan says:

    3/17/2014 10:32:00 AM - Hi jmcmchi! I'll look forward to following your collection and what you are drinking.

  • jmcmchi says:

    3/15/2014 9:21:00 PM - Hi memorialwinefan - it's a few years since I was in Houston. I'll be interested to have your thoughts on California - as you can tell I have more exposure to WA, France and Australia....and a great interest in value for money

  • MemorialWineFan says:

    1/8/2014 3:45:00 PM - Sounds great Chatters. I would love to. :)

  • chatters says:

    1/6/2014 4:23:00 PM - Hi MemorialWineFan, thank you very much for your friend request, greatly appreciated! if you ever make it over to this side of the world we'll have to catch up for a glass of vino or two...cheers, chatters

  • jhngo says:

    12/17/2013 2:28:00 PM - There needs to be more people do offlines in Houston! Lets set one up around Galleria area!

  • Puteljen! says:

    10/26/2013 4:04:00 PM - Here goes: My subjective views. For champagne, get a case or two of 2002 Pol Roger. Lovely stuff that will cellar well and won't break the bank. Bruno Paillard also makes excellent wines. Taittinger Comtes de Champagne is always a must buy if you can afford it. For a Krug-like style, try Vilmart. They use oak and are often refered to as the poor mans Krug. An under the radar producer is Marie-Courtain. Hard to find, but excellent! Regarding recent vintages, 2002 is great, 2004 and 2006 ok. The word is 2008 is a stunner as well. Older stuff tend to get expensive, but if thats not a problem, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996 are great. Also 1998 for blanc de blancs. As I'm sure you know, in Burgundy it's all about the producer. Personal favorites are Comte de Vogue, Louis Jadot, Pousse d'Or, Faiveley, Comte Armand, Bonneau du Martray and, for chablis, William Fevre. In my opinion all of these deliver good QPR and consistent quality. I've also had some good experiences with recent vintages of Chanson, and Vincent Girardin really shines on the white side, if you see any 2007, get them. Really beautifull stuff! Recent good vintages are 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010 for reds, and 2007, 2008, 2010 for white. I would also suggest to get a few older wines, because , at least to me, burgundy really shines with some age. Even village wines can take 10+ years to really come into their own, and for the truly great wines I would say 15-20 years at least. I had a 1998 Comte de Vogue Musigny some time ago, and while it was really great, it was still too young.

  • MemorialWineFan says:

    10/26/2013 9:50:00 AM - Hi Puteljen!. You read my mind. I am looking for suggestions on good burgundy and champagne. I am in the process of growing my collection in those areas I do have lots of California that I plan to drink down over the next 7-10 years while added much more burgundy and champagne. If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them. Thanks!

  • Puteljen! says:

    10/26/2013 8:14:00 AM - Hi Memorial WineFan! Always nice to meet new people, but I'm curious: what made you make me a friend request? Our cellars does not exacly overlap. Your is over 90% california, versus my 0,3% :-D However, if you want any suggestions for good burgundy, champagne, barolo or german riesling, I'm glad to help.

  • MemorialWineFan says:

    10/5/2013 9:19:00 AM - That's great news on the Radio-Couteau. I am looking forward to those Pinots. I am glad you mentioned syrah as I love that too. I will have to get some of their syrah at the next offering.

  • Chainthroer says:

    10/5/2013 9:14:00 AM - MemorialWine Fan- I believe you'll really enjoy the Radio-Coteau Pinots. I originally got into their wines due to their Syrah reputation. But, the Pinots are equally as good.

  • MemorialWineFan says:

    8/10/2013 4:43:00 AM - I will look up Ackerman as well. Thanks for the tips!

  • MemorialWineFan says:

    8/10/2013 4:42:00 AM - I have not tried the Outpost, but I will do so. Howell Mountain is hallowed ground right now. Have you tried the Bjorn cabernet? It's small production vineyard that only does cab and it is fantastic

  • bestdamncab says:

    8/9/2013 10:53:00 PM - The last two vintages of Cade are awesome. I think you should try Ackerman.

  • bestdamncab says:

    8/9/2013 10:50:00 PM - Have you tried Outpost True Vineyard-intense and like all Howell Mountain fruit, built for the long hall.

  • MemorialWineFan says:

    2/17/2013 1:37:00 PM - Quilceda Creek 2003....sounds amazing....I don't have any of those, but plan to get some. Their scores amaze every year. Probably going to have to go out on the secondary market and buy some

  • danielbleier says:

    2/17/2013 1:26:00 PM - Just had the quilceda creek 2003...Best cab I've had in 5 years.

  • MemorialWineFan says:

    2/9/2013 7:15:00 PM - Right now my favorites are the ones that I think are great cabs being made by great winemakers. I would say my faves right now are: Cade, Kathryn Hall (red label) and Pahlmeyer. I must say that wines from Howell Mountain have really tasted great the last few years ... so I really enjoy mountain fruit. With that I would add O'Shaughnessy and Bjorn to that list. I will see if the Bjorn 2010 stacks up to the 2009.

  • bestdamncab says:

    2/9/2013 4:29:00 AM - What cabs are your favorites?

  • bestdamncab says:

    1/23/2013 10:09:00 PM - Tast Screaming Eagle three times, it is greatly overrated, nice wine, but it never won a bling tasting in three tries.