Wine Review

1986 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Pauillac

Very deep, saturated ruby with only a hint of garnet at the rim.  Ripe red and black fruits, mint, vanilla, minerals and delicate black pepper on the captivating nose.  Very rich, big and deep, with a luscious texture and ripe flavors similar to the aromas.  Finishes smoothly tannic and very long, with building sweetness.  This gorgeous Mouton, though massively built, also reflects the long hang time of the berries, which led to a perfect polymerization of its tannins and a fleshy structure.  Still very much an infant:  I wouldn’t touch a bottle for at least another ten years.   I also like the fact that, although it’s very sweet and creamy, strong acidity (note the lower-than-usual pH) is keeping it vibrant.  This vintage is the first in which Mouton vinified its young vines separately and only used those vats judged to be of grand cru quality.  Following a slowdown in physiological ripening during August, the late harvest (October 2-16) permitted a longer growing curve.  Tourbier noted that “petit verdot needs its head in the sun and its feet in the water, and as it had been initially planted on one of the highest, coolest sites at Mouton, a mistake on our part, it rarely ripened enough to be included in the grand vin, and this explains why we hardly used it in the older vintages.” 



Gshanaphy Brunello wine review

Banfi Poggio Alle Mura Brunello di Montalcino DOCG 1999
Deep black garnet ruby with black reflections and garnet rim; it’s slightly darker than the 98. The bouquet is mature, with elegant leaf tobacco and spice supporting slight bramble and pleasant savory notes with slight cedar and more intense dried flowers; there’s considerable finesse and harmony, and it’s quite deft. On the palate it’s rich, with full sour cherry fruit supported by graphite shaving bitterness and deft mineral acidity, and by tannins that are warm and silky, though there is also a slight burr, and it flows into a clean rather bitter savory finish with underlying savory sour berry fruit that gradually gives way to green leather. Quite elegant; it’s a wine that one can converse with, and that will also work very well with succulent roasts. Roast beef cut thick would be very nice here.

Of the two (98 and 99), I found the 99 to display more finesse. Rudy Buratti, who has been Banfi’s winemaker for a great many years, says the 99 was “una annata da manuale vitivinicolo” — a text book vintage.


“White Box: Art with a Social Conscience,” by Greg Shanaphy

A non-profit art gallery with a passion for well-curated conceptual art, New York’s White Box works to bring thought-provoking shows by both established and emerging artists to the general public. Founded in 1998 by curators and artists, White Box’s commitment to originality and to showcasing underrepresented artists and themes has earned the gallery critical attention and international praise.

A breath of fresh air among New York’s downtown galleries, White Box works to bring art into the lives of a broad public. Recent efforts have included exhibitions centered on voter registration and programs targeted to residents of neighborhood public housing complexes. The gallery has also launched its Out-of-the-Box series of installations on public billboards and at bus stops. These efforts help to keep art a vital and exciting part of the urban experiences of a diverse range of people, not just those served by traditional art galleries.

About Greg Shanaphy: An experienced investment advisor and enthusiastic supporter of the arts, Gregory Shanaphy serves on the board of White Box.

Building Opportunity through Basketball: The Riverside Hawks By Greg Shanaphy

Since its founding in 1961, the Riverside Hawks basketball program has helped at-risk youth to develop athletically, educationally, and personally. At its core stands a series of age-based competitive basketball teams for more than 300 boys and girls from throughout the New York area. The Hawks are organized as a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, reflecting the group’s mission of service and opportunity.

Although the Hawks have earned numerous athletic honors, including national rankings and victories in the competitive Nike Swoosh Tournament, the true measure of the group’s accomplishments is the large number of alumni who have gone on to fulfilling and successful adult lives. Among past participants stand several NBA players, including Kenny Anderson, Rod Strickland, and Tiny Archibald. Aided by SAT prep classes and a social environment that rewards educational attainment, vastly more alumni have gone on to college and professional success. Through its support of underserved youth, the Hawks program has been a source of hope for many in the New York area.

About Greg Shanaphy: An investment advisor with extensive experience creating wealth management strategies for select clients, Gregory Shanaphy is proud to support the Riverside Hawks basketball program.

Strategic Planning Provides Optimal Relief from Estate Taxes – Part I, By Greg Shanaphy

New federal estate and gift tax rules in the recently approved American Tax Relief Act of 2012 provide increased certainty for people planning asset transfers. In the past, many of the rules regarding estate and gift taxes carried sunset dates. The U.S. Congress’s decision to make these provisions permanent provides considerable advantages for people who want to establish long-term estate and gift strategies.

The Internal Revenue Service announced that the individual tax exclusion for gifts and estates in 2013 totals $5.25 million. Transfers that exceed this amount are now subject to a 40 percent tax rate, under the new rules. In the next section of this article, we will discuss how to reduce exposure to estate and gift taxes.

About Gregory Shanaphy: A wealth management advisor with a track record of success, Mr. Shanaphy provides expert estate planning guidance. As Vice President of Investments at the Poppo Group, he works closely with clients to help them determine financial strategies that optimize their assets while minimizing risk and exposure. For more information, visit

An Introduction to the Irish American Bar Association of New York By Greg Shanaphy

In the more than two and a half decades since its founding in 1987, the Irish American Bar Association of New York (IABANY) has grown into a prime forum for the career and cultural advancement of its members. The IABANY is open to legal professionals throughout the field, be they Irish, Irish-American, or simply passionate about Ireland and its heritage. The activities of the IABANY range from professional networking opportunities to educational seminars to wine tastings and other social events held just for fun.

One of the IABANY’s most unique and high-profile events is its annual Bloomsday Celebration. Named for the protagonist of Irish novelist James Joyce’s groundbreaking but controversial novel Ulysses, the Bloomsday Celebration features lawyers and judges reenacting key moments from Joyce’s trial over the book’s obscenities. Like many of the IABANY’s activities, the event is an opportunity to celebrate Irish heritage while exploring important legal issues.

About Greg Shanaphy: An experienced wealth advisor with a background in law, Gregory Shanaphy is a member of the Irish American Bar Association of New York.

Gregory Shanaphy: Combining Weight Training with Aerobic Exercise

An avid weight lifter, Gregory Shanaphy has devoted himself to living a healthy lifestyle. Within the weight lifting community, Gregory Shanaphy has frequently noticed that a large amount of dissent exists about the effects of aerobic exercise on weight training. Some believe that doing both in the same day would inhibit muscle growth. Others claim that doing both decreases the endurance benefits of aerobic exercise.

Recently, McMaster University in Canada and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden undertook a study to address this issue. The Swedish study focused on fit young men who already regularly exercised, while the Canadian study worked with older men who did not regularly exercise. The results of these studies proved rather shocking. Neither form of exercise inhibited the other. On the contrary, they tended to enhance each other. When participants performed weight training and aerobic exercises in short succession, they saw the same benefits as performing the same exercises for twice the length of time on alternating days. In other words, individuals can cut their weight training routine in half and experience the same benefits of the initial workout simply by adding aerobic exercise.