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by Andrew Demaree
July 20th, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 71
Views: 2064

Re: Worst wines you've had?

Worst that wasn’t obviously flawed: 2010 Tenuta di Renieri Chianti Classico. “Rustic” is being kind. No charm whatsoever.

Worst domestic wine for which I had reasonably high hopes: 2007 Arrowood ‘Lasseter Vineyard’ cab. Probably the most bitter tannins I’ve ever encountered. Really unpleasant.
by Andrew Demaree
July 19th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best place you ever went with Rose
Replies: 10
Views: 440

Re: Best place you ever went with Rose

A carafe of Paul Mason rose - with ice cubes in it, nonetheless - while packing up a sweltering moving truck on a hot August day.
by Andrew Demaree
July 17th, 2019, 9:46 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 261
Views: 13895

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Ah, yes. Now that you refer to those names, I do recall that from a previous vintage thread.
by Andrew Demaree
July 17th, 2019, 8:25 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 261
Views: 13895

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

I don’t have much experience around Pinot vines. Is the range of grape sizes in that cluster typical? I don’t remember seeing such a range before, and wasn’t sure if that’s because I’m more used to seeing Cabernet or just poor memory because it’s been a few years since I was around mid-summer vines.
by Andrew Demaree
July 17th, 2019, 8:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release
Replies: 58
Views: 3390

Re: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release

Yes
by Andrew Demaree
July 17th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 261
Views: 13895

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Is that Pinot, Casey?
by Andrew Demaree
July 17th, 2019, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perhaps a wine for office workers?
Replies: 3
Views: 442

Re: Perhaps a wine for office workers?

Several odd names in that list:

Skinpony
The Beav
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Insyeme (say it aloud)
by Andrew Demaree
July 17th, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Henriot Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 3
Views: 277

Re: TN: NV Henriot Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut (France, Champagne)

Yep, really like their NV champagne and it’s a solid value.
by Andrew Demaree
July 16th, 2019, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calistoga wineries
Replies: 64
Views: 2842

Re: Calistoga wineries

Any chance you can post a picture of the progress at some point, Will? I’m curious to see it.
by Andrew Demaree
July 9th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 261
Views: 13895

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

With regard to rain, how far above a normal year are you, year-to-date, in your respective areas?
by Andrew Demaree
July 7th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NAPAleon complex
Replies: 12
Views: 1068

Re: NAPAleon complex

Both the food and wines look terrific. Sounds like a great time.
by Andrew Demaree
June 30th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sunday discussion time only $17.73 to spend today.
Replies: 38
Views: 1223

Re: Sunday discussion time only $17.73 to spend today.

2015 Fattoria Selvapiana Chianti Rufina
by Andrew Demaree
June 28th, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Tour Suggestion
Replies: 15
Views: 984

Re: Napa Tour Suggestion

I’ve considered going to T-Vine for a tasting, Bob, but have never been. What’s it like?
by Andrew Demaree
June 23rd, 2019, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calistoga wineries
Replies: 64
Views: 2842

Re: Calistoga wineries

Carter/Envy/etc.

I haven’t been, but hear good things about Mending Wall.
by Andrew Demaree
June 20th, 2019, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 468
Views: 36278

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

It's been a while since I've posted a note. 2015 Briceland Vineyards Zinfandel Dark Horse Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County (6/19/2019) Such a unique wine. Flavors typical of a Zinfandel, with bramble fruit, shading more red than purple but then there’s white floral and spic...
by Andrew Demaree
June 19th, 2019, 5:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 85 Rayas.... WOW
Replies: 19
Views: 1513

Re: 85 Rayas.... WOW

Sounds fantastic. I’ve never had a Rayas but hope to try one some day.
by Andrew Demaree
June 11th, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 3 Napa Cabs walk into a bar
Replies: 2
Views: 1052

Re: TN: 3 Napa Cabs walk into a bar

I’ve never had a Kelly Fleming cab but have always wanted to try one. Your note on the 2016 sounds delicious, Nick.
by Andrew Demaree
June 11th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 8428

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

Good call on Arns, Ed. Excellent cab, ages well, and Sandi Belcher (winemaker and co-owner) is super nice.
by Andrew Demaree
June 7th, 2019, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 8428

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

Yep. Signed up before the bottle price was known, and without knowing about the three bottle minimum.
by Andrew Demaree
June 7th, 2019, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10577
Views: 352574

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Just finished hosting a 3-day conference for 165 people. Was tons of work over the last several months but it paid off, as it was a big success. Opened a 2012 EMH Special Selection to celebrate. As expected, very nice!
by Andrew Demaree
June 7th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 8428

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

Just catching up on this thread and am puzzled by Roy’s suggestion. As someone who loves both cab and zinfandel, they don’t scratch the same itch for me. There are plenty of good Napa cabs still available in the $75 and under category. Several I like, buy, and would recommend include: Drinkward Pesc...
by Andrew Demaree
June 3rd, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Commanderie de la Bargemone Rosé.
Replies: 4
Views: 485

Re: TN: 2017 Commanderie de la Bargemone Rosé.

Haven’t had the ‘17, but this is a rosé I buy and enjoy pretty much every summer. A terrific value.
by Andrew Demaree
May 29th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I won't go into specifics but...
Replies: 44
Views: 4015

Re: I won't go into specifics but...

I don’t know squat about OR Pinot Gris, but have to second your advice about catching the Tedeschi Trucks Band in concert.
by Andrew Demaree
May 28th, 2019, 10:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing
Replies: 72
Views: 4531

Re: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing

BobMilton wrote:
May 28th, 2019, 1:17 pm
Larkmead - quit when minimum prices crossed $100
Yep. Was my favorite wine, too.
by Andrew Demaree
May 26th, 2019, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1411
Views: 90768

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

That ‘12 Montafi really is a beautiful wine and, to my palate, is drinking at peak at the moment.
by Andrew Demaree
May 25th, 2019, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR
Replies: 56
Views: 4155

Re: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR

Thanks, David.
by Andrew Demaree
May 24th, 2019, 12:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR
Replies: 56
Views: 4155

Re: Is it just me? Napa vs Bordeaux QPR

For my palate, I prefer Napa. But, I’m open to finding good Bordeaux values, especially under $50, where Napa does struggle more. Suggestions most definitely welcome.
by Andrew Demaree
May 22nd, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Replies: 14
Views: 1033

Re: TN: 2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico

Good to see your note, Kent, as I just picked a few up.
by Andrew Demaree
May 20th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most complex wines under <$50
Replies: 50
Views: 3066

Re: Most complex wines under <$50

M. Dildine wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 11:22 am
For me, an old vine field blend with some age. Something like Ridge Geyserville, Bucklin Old Hill, Carlisle Two Acre, Bedrock Heritage ...
Good call on the Bucklin Old Hill with some age on it.
by Andrew Demaree
May 4th, 2019, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 198
Views: 12824

Re: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]

Chris Freemott wrote:
May 3rd, 2019, 10:04 pm
Andrew I’ll send you tubes.
Thanks, Chris!
by Andrew Demaree
May 3rd, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 198
Views: 12824

Re: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]

I’m hoping for a pair of tubes for my Cru glasses.
by Andrew Demaree
April 30th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice deal on Laguiole en Aubrac corkscrews at Drop
Replies: 32
Views: 1313

Re: Nice deal on Laguiole en Aubrac corkscrews at Drop

Am I missing something, or are you guys really saying that a $110 corkscrew is a bargain?
by Andrew Demaree
April 28th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10577
Views: 352574

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2010 EMH Vineyards ‘Black Cat’ Cabernet Sauvignon Needed 90 minutes to open up, at which point there was a distinct red-fruit profile, led by juicy cherries and raspberries. The tone shifted to darker fruits with additional air, and a touch of the minerality I often find in these wines became more ...
by Andrew Demaree
April 24th, 2019, 9:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another Napa Thread....
Replies: 22
Views: 2097

Re: Another Napa Thread....

Hey Randy - How long has Christopher been winemaker at Cliff Lede? I’ve always found their reds to be decent but never much more than that. I’d be interested in revisiting them to see if/how they’ve improved under his hand.

Andy
by Andrew Demaree
April 24th, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10577
Views: 352574

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2010 Domaine Giraud Châteauneuf-du-Pape ‘Tradition’ I have really moved away from drinking CDP; in fact, this is the first bottle I’ve had in 2+ years, as so many have become outsized and overripe. However, this wine was excellent. It’s right at the point in its maturity where I tend to enjoy them ...
by Andrew Demaree
April 24th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10577
Views: 352574

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2010 Drinkward Peschon ‘Entre Deux Mères’ Cabernet Sauvignon Earthy, slightly savory notes meld with black fruit and espresso on the palate. The finish is mildly tangy, with suggestions of black cherry and underbrush. No hurry on these, as they have both the structure and the acidity to continue ag...
by Andrew Demaree
April 24th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another Napa Thread....
Replies: 22
Views: 2097

Re: Another Napa Thread....

Head from Pride over the crest to the backside of the mountain and visit Fisher. Beautiful property, very nice people, and tasty wines.
by Andrew Demaree
April 19th, 2019, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dig through this wine list challenge.
Replies: 41
Views: 1710

Re: Dig through this wine list challenge.

Rosé or Abita.
by Andrew Demaree
April 14th, 2019, 10:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Possibly the best $13 bottle
Replies: 64
Views: 6199

Re: Possibly the best $13 bottle

Opened my bottle today. Slow-ox for 3 hours. Not for me. Flabby, no complexity, not much on the nose and felt almost as if I was drinking wine mixed with bit of water. Very boring wine. Definitely not the best $13 wine. Definitely not a 94 point. I gave it a 83. Maybe it's bottle variation. Sounds ...
by Andrew Demaree
April 14th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: RUM ... talk to me, people
Replies: 219
Views: 19640

Re: RUM ... talk to me, people

I know next to nothing about rum but picked up a Ron Zacapa 23 yesterday on a whim, to give it a whirl. Might open it tonight. Any suggestions re: neat or on ice?
by Andrew Demaree
April 6th, 2019, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Napa cabs
Replies: 22
Views: 1604

Re: 2011 Napa cabs

I’d add Lamborn, Outpost, EMH, Beau Vigne, and Rivers-Marie (especially the Panek Vineyard) to the list.
by Andrew Demaree
March 25th, 2019, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1411
Views: 90768

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

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2012, in case that’s hard to make out. Good stuff and seems to be at peak.
by Andrew Demaree
March 11th, 2019, 9:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?
Replies: 68
Views: 3753

Re: Greatest Expressions of Sangiovese?

Flaccianello and Cepparello would be two of mine. Il Carbonaione might be in the top five, as well. I’ll have to give some thought to the other two.
by Andrew Demaree
March 11th, 2019, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Enfield Wine Co. Tempranillo Shake Ridge
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Re: TN: 2012 Enfield Wine Co. Tempranillo Shake Ridge

I agree, lovely wine with a nice future ahead.
by Andrew Demaree
March 10th, 2019, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Mount Eden with a great vegetarian dinner (long)
Replies: 27
Views: 1465

Re: Aged Mount Eden with a great vegetarian dinner (long)

That ‘97 Old Vine Reserve is really a nice wine.
by Andrew Demaree
March 4th, 2019, 9:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa in Newport
Replies: 31
Views: 1637

Re: Napa in Newport

ericskitei wrote:
March 4th, 2019, 7:23 pm

They raised around $350K during the live auction and paired with the ticket price I think they exceeded a million dollars supporting Duchenne MD.
That’s fantastic. Sounds like a great - and very successful - event.
by Andrew Demaree
March 3rd, 2019, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1411
Views: 90768

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Haven’t had the ‘11 Monte Rosso, but I’m feeling that way about the ‘11 Papera. I think it’s just starting to get too soft and should be drunk up.

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