Well it is that time of year again: time for my good friend Herb Krumsick’s 2017 Real Estate Review, Forecast and Hunt. The two and a half day event is held at the Flint Oak resort in Fall River, Kansas. Fall River is a very tiny community, population about 155 people, located about one and a half hours (80 miles) southeast of Wichita. Herb and other veteran attendees tell me this was the 30th anniversary of the event. I have been attending since 1996.
Krumsick is a nationally recognized real estate investor, and has hosted this annual event which is attended by like-minded real estate professionals, bankers and investors. It is a great opportunity for the exchange of information and ideas. The basic format of the weekend has remained fairly consistent over the years…with the exception of less physical events being held as we have all grown older and don’t quite have the stamina and strength we had in our younger days.
Chef Phil Burrus
Guests arrived throughout the day on Friday, March 3, to attend the opening dinner that evening. Flint Oak has an excellent culinary staff headed by Executive Chef Phil Burrus.
I didn’t get to spend as much time with Phil as I would have liked to. There is always next year. It only stands to reason that Flint Oak, a world-class shooting resort, would have a kitchen to equal that status. Chef Burrus comes to Flint Oak with 20 years of experience including several apprenticeships. As a chef in the Marine’s he has cooked for periods of time in Hawaii, Japan, South Korea and other Southeast Asian countries. Chef Burrus has two degrees from the Culinary Institute of America: Cooking, and Baking and Pastry. Prior to coming to Flint Oak he was a sous chef at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchison, Kansas. This is a world-class golf resort ranked 26th in the country. Next year he and I are going to come up with a wine dinner for our group. What fun that will be pairing wine and food with a chef as experienced as Chef Burrus.
Speaking of wine let me skip ahead of the explanation of the events and other activities to tell you about the wine that we had for the weekend.
Our host, Herb Krumsick, a wine connoisseur himself, has in years past relinquished the wine selection duties to Kevin Geenty and me. Kevin is an expert on French wine and generally provides old world wines for the event. That leaves me to focus on other wines, such as my California wines.
This year one of Kevin’s business partners, Gregg Cook (who is also a French wine expert as well as a former partner in a French vineyard) surprised us all by bringing magnums of vintage Port wines. This was a real treat…more on these wines to follow.
Some of the wines I tasted or provided were:
- 2010 Tiedemann Signature Series Red Wine. I have just released this wine and will have more on it in a future post.
- 2012 Glenwood Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon. This is also a new release and I will review it in a later post.
- 2014 Glenwood Cellars Pinot Noir.
- 2012 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary. This is a typical Napa Valley Cabernet with plenty of fruit on the nose and palate. The finish was of medium length and a little tannic. It is a fun wine to drink. The average critic score was 89 points with an average price of $195.00 per bottle (online).
- 2013 Chateau Fortia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend. The blend of this wine was 70% Grenache, 15% Syrah and 15% Mourvédre – a typical Rhone blend. The nose was heavy with fruit. On the palate the wine was a medium-weight fruit forward blend with a medium length finish. The average score on this wine was 90 points and the average price was $35.00 per bottle.
- 2013 Dufouleur Freres Nuits Saint Georges Pinot Noir.
- 2004 Chateau Cheval Blanc Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend. At first this wine was unexpressive but as it opened it became very aromatic with black fruit. On the palate the wine was smooth with soft tannins. The finish was of good length. The wine scored in the 92 to 94 point range. The average price online is $450.00 a bottle.
- 2005 Chateau Cap de Mourlin Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend. This was a nice wine after it opened. Some fruit and a little earthiness on the nose. A medium-body wine with lots of Merlot flavor and mild tannins on the finish. The price point on this wine seems to be in the $20.00 to $30.00 a bottle range.
- 1982 Chateau Brane-Cantenac Red Bordeaux Blend Appellation Margaux. The nose was muted but did open after some time. This wine has passed its prime but is still a nice Bordeaux and a pleasure to drink. Average score for this wine was 88 points and it sells at an average of $85.00 per bottle.
- 2005 Chateau Calon Segur Saint Estephe, France, Red Bordeaux Blend. This wine had a smooth silky mouth feel and good fruit on the palate. It also had a nice, long and balanced finish. The average critic’s score on this wine was 93 points and it sells for an average of $120.00 per bottle. This wine will continue to drink well for another five to six years.
- 1977 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Douro, Portugal. I am a fan of Port wine and in my limited Port career this is the best Port I have ever tasted. This wine needs to be decanted for a good period of time (two to three hours) as it was very tight from the bottle and only opened a little in my glass. It was sweet and very smooth – full of flavor. The finish was very long with a great aftertaste of cherry fruit. It was simply a pleasure to drink it. The average critic score was 93 points with an average online price of $245.00 per 750 mL bottle. Oh yes…it was wonderful with the chocolate cake we were served for dessert.
- 1977 W&J Grahams Vintage Porto. This too was a lovely Port and a delight to drink. It was silky and smooth on the palate with hints of red fruit. The finish was very long and sweet. It is drinking very well now and should continue to do so for another five to 10 years if stored properly. The average critic score was 92 points and the average online price was $189.00 per bottle.
Thanks to Gregg for treating us to some wonderful Port. Gregg says there is more to follow next year. I had the opportunity to taste some lovely wines which were paired with some great game dishes, prepared by Chef Burrus. The food and wine was certainly a treat.
Next week I will tell you about the hunting and real estate forecast part of my great weekend. Stay tuned!
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Until next week,
Calendar of upcoming events:
April – Michigan Wine Month
April 17 – World Malbec Day
April 24 – International Sauvignon Blanc Day
May 9 – Moscato Day
May 21 – National Chardonnay Day