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- winoweenie - 04-29-2008

Seems that the trend in Calif today is to chase the latest, greatest, unproven winemaker and to build the pedestal as large as possible and pay whatever rediculous price he/she puts on his/her juice. This makes one forget the Chappellets, Heitzs, Silverados, and certainly the Buehlers who have set standards for price, quality or P/Q since their inception. I've had the pleasure of being a friend of John Buehler since his first vintage in 1978. (He produced 49 cases of cabernet that became a cult item, I found out every retailor he'd sold, called all of them and managed to get 17 bottles. I probably put 5-700 miles on my car picking them up.) ((Paid 8.49 per and my fondest memory was trading one of them in 1981 straight up for a 1970 Lafite.)) He and his family have over 150 acres just above Donn Chappellets'. Back to the juice. Deep brite ruby. Floral, bing cherry, and sweet spices hit the nose and go to the palate along with some pencil shavings. Great mouthfeel on entry, solid center and a 4+ lapper finish. Needs another 2-4 to resolve sweet tannins. 90/96. 22 by the box. 14.2% alc. WW

- dananne - 04-29-2008

Wonderful note, and it sounds like a wonderful wine.

$8.49 for the 1978. And today people are putting price tags of upwards $150 (or more!) on wines with no track records, most of which aren't even being drunk.

As an aside, and I don't mean to fault something with which I have no experience, but does anybody even KNOW anybody who has actually HAD a Screagle?

- winoweenie - 04-29-2008

I've had 2 of them dudies and can say honestly that I've probably experienced at least 100 bottles I'd rate as good or better than them dudes and all of them are at least 1/2 to 2/3rds the price. Same reason I got off the mailing list of Araujo, Bryant Family and Harlan. My tasters just don't have the sophistication to equate the diff between 75 to 500 buck juice. Same reason I only ordered the 2nd wines of the 1st growths from the celebrated 2000 Bordeaux vintage as I was convinced I would be perfectly happy with the Carrouds at 28 en primuier vs. the Lafite at 200. Haven't bought a 1st since the 95 vintage. Bottled insanity/vanity is me thinking on it. WW [img][/img]

RE: 2002 Buehler - winoweenie - 05-03-2014

Just a reminder to everyone on the board that this kick-patootie purveyor of the grape is still making as good a bottle of grape as can be found at prices that'll astound1 Have a couple more of these lovelies and will not be in any hurry to pull the cork! WW