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Trockenbeerenauslese Elysium Factorie


Happy TBA Orchestra


In transcendental preference.

1. ‘01 Robert Weil Riesling TBA Kiedrich Grafenberg (375ml) $175 A+ -25 *****

—Holy Cow Genius! / return-to-church wine! / tropical yemen, earl grey, spicy peach

2. ‘96 Darting Scheurebe TBA Durkheimer Fronhof 7.5% (375ml) $112 A+ -30 *****

—The first kiss that mattered / dense / clove, creamy, over-ripe peaches

3. ‘02 Alois Kracher Scheurebe #5 TBA Zwischen Den Seen (375ml) $68 A+ +9 ****

—Junior Wells standing on a harpsichord! / sage, cinnamon-honey in a bear hug

4. ‘92 Muller-Catoir Rieslaner TBA Mussbacher Eselshaut (375ml) $122 A+ -42 ****

—smoked bacon-fat, psycho-rich, perfect peach & apricot balance

5. ‘96 Pra Recioto Soave 13.5% (375ml) $68 A -24 **

—lost a lil viscosity, but brilliant nonetheless / lemon, lime, and light potpourri spice


Broadbent Selections Tasting


A truly warm experience, I recently had the pleasure of hanging out with wine importer Bartholomew Broadbent and Broadbent Selections. The day began with a vertical tasting of Serge Hochar’s Chateau Musar at the Driskill Hotel, reaching back to the ’60s (which I’ll write about separately), followed by a Broadbent Selections Portfolio tasting in the ballroom, siptalk and Ephraim Owens at Vino Vino, Dale Watson at the Continental Club, and the Greyhounds at the Continental Gallery. Talk about great wine, folks, music, and dancing…

Spearheaded in Texas by Riley Gerber of Grape Nutz Wine, the quality of Broadbent’s wines and the sincere people surrounding them is stellar. The Broadbent Selections label gets a GTR Stamp-On-the-Head! Every single wine below is solid and worth buying. The genuine and true people behind the juice remind you what is special and unique about ...

Read more: Broadbent Selections Tasting


Liquid Purebreds


Modern Classics in Their Day

Modern Classics in Their Day

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.” - Oscar Wilde


Straight-forward out-of-control liquid speech from wines once made to truly evolve. Not that the 100-yard dash isn’t fun, too, but there’s something rhythmically magical about the long distance runner that I miss with the last decade contenders. The uninterrupted book vs. the sitcom, commercials and all.

Brilliance, in order preference.

1. ‘64 Cheval Blanc St. Emilion $900 A+ -100 ***** 032509
—speechless quiet time/mature & complex/what Heaven pours
2. ’90 Cheval Blanc St. Emilion $1050 A+ -275 *****
—bloodrich/thorough with 20 carressed years to go/Heaven’s back porch
3. ’67 Latour Pauillac $365 A+ +85 *****
—powerful/seamless genius/speaking in tongues/don’t stop
4. ’95 Meo-Camuzet Vosne Romanee Cros Parantoux $175 A+ +45 *****
—pretty earth & real/spicebits, chunky meat, delicious oddball
5. ’89 La Mission Haut-Brion Pessac-Leognan Rge $925 A+ -565 ****
—all the darkside/fairly tannic flesh/to be alone/slight heat
6. ’67 Dr. Burklin-Wolf Riesling TBA Wachen Rehbachel Pfalz (375ml) $240 A = ****
—goofy weirdo, but I loved it!/old & oxidized/out of this world


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