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by Steve Brickley
June 29th, 2020, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Rhys Chardonnay ‘Horseshoe Vineyard’ - headed for perfect?
Replies: 14
Views: 925

Re: 2012 Rhys Chardonnay ‘Horseshoe Vineyard’ - headed for perfect?

I tasted it back early 2018 and thought excellent. My comment was to let my magnum go for five years before opening. It wasn’t that I thought it wasn’t ready, but that it could further improve.
by Steve Brickley
June 20th, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas inaugural rose release
Replies: 32
Views: 1634

Re: Ceritas inaugural rose release

15 year old white wine barrels. I guess the 2005 Porter Bass in my cellar shared the same space as these Rose did.
by Steve Brickley
June 16th, 2020, 9:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas inaugural rose release
Replies: 32
Views: 1634

Re: Ceritas inaugural rose release

Didn’t blink. Six ordered.
by Steve Brickley
June 4th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar
Replies: 201
Views: 8069

Re: Most bottles of a single wine from one vintage in your cellar

14 1991 R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Tondonia followed by
13 1989 Lynch Bages.
by Steve Brickley
May 17th, 2020, 11:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Vineyards Zoom Events
Replies: 10
Views: 766

Re: Ridge Vineyards Zoom Events

I watched all the recent ones and participated in some by buying in advance. This last one I tried the ATP 2015 Lytton Estate Syrah and it was so fun drinking along with the team at Ridge. This upcoming I have a 375ml of the 1990 MB coming that I’ll open. I drink them on the patio with cheeses and c...
by Steve Brickley
May 15th, 2020, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding
Replies: 90
Views: 7736

Re: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding

The 2018 Geyserville is right up there with very memorable zins. This was ready immediately out of the bottle. The CT notes on this so far are spot on.
by Steve Brickley
May 2nd, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13672
Views: 666941

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Shhhh, don’t tell the people in “monthly check-in, cellar reduction plan” because I am claiming to be on the buying wagon. I kept my two bottle Ridge MB subscription. Last of the big spenders.
by Steve Brickley
May 2nd, 2020, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 786
Views: 41715

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Bought 16 January 10. None since then except 2 Ridge MB and that largely because we visit Ridge several times a year. Consumption at 59 since January 1 has been the two of us at home but also lots of family give-a-ways (yeah sure). When 2019 ended I said enough purchades for now. I may resume buying...
by Steve Brickley
April 28th, 2020, 9:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When is a Wine Worth Too Much to Drink?
Replies: 90
Views: 4167

Re: When is a Wine Worth Too Much to Drink?

$500 and it’s for sale.
by Steve Brickley
February 2nd, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Top Domestic Syrah and it is 2007 Rhys Horseshoe
Replies: 4
Views: 808

Re: A Top Domestic Syrah and it is 2007 Rhys Horseshoe

We had the last bottle at dinner at Joe’s of Westlake in the SF Bay Area. This has some time left for certain, but no shame in opening it now. The first thing that grabs me is stems, whether it had them or not. Not greenies, but a firm tannins. Beautiful fruit with a good dash of peppery spice. Long...
by Steve Brickley
January 31st, 2020, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT handles
Replies: 429
Views: 20812

Re: CT handles

Change from Sbrick to Steve Brickley = Steve Brickley
by Steve Brickley
January 18th, 2020, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Large format
Replies: 32
Views: 1740

Re: Large format

I wonder when I am going to use them. CT has me at 63 count. Lots are a complete run of Ceritas Porter Bass chardonnay and other vineyards. Next are Beaujolais which I can see moving through at parties. Next are some Loire cab franc. Finally, various bubbles. I think when I bought them I figured the...
by Steve Brickley
January 18th, 2020, 7:39 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Eurotrip 2019: Exploring the French coastline
Replies: 20
Views: 1928

Re: Eurotrip 2019: Exploring the French coastline

Great notes. The flower is a passion flower.
by Steve Brickley
January 17th, 2020, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top three white Burgundy producers in your cellar
Replies: 107
Views: 5868

Re: Top three white Burgundy producers in your cellar

Dauvissat
Fevre
Tie between H Boillot and Raveneau
by Steve Brickley
January 16th, 2020, 7:35 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Kelley Fox Wines
Replies: 33
Views: 3906

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Kelley Fox Wines

The CellarTracker scores and reviews are impressive, too. Hopefully, see some library PN show up.
by Steve Brickley
December 20th, 2019, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar build: Choosing AC
Replies: 31
Views: 1714

Re: Cellar build: Choosing AC

I have had a Whisper Kool through the wall unit for nine years with no problems. I keep it at about 53.
by Steve Brickley
December 15th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Fontodi "Flaccianello" - RED RIESLING
Replies: 17
Views: 1100

Re: 2016 Fontodi "Flaccianello" - RED RIESLING

Not that I care that much, but there goes my vertical unless I can buy it in Italy for less.
by Steve Brickley
December 15th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winning auctions for same or more than retail?
Replies: 44
Views: 2175

Re: Winning auctions for same or more than retail?

Years ago I bought at HDH a box of 89 Lynch Bages over WS prices. My sole reason for going over was provenance.
by Steve Brickley
December 7th, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?
Replies: 277
Views: 7929

Re: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?

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by Steve Brickley
November 30th, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Friday Deals
Replies: 78
Views: 7911

Re: Black Friday Deals

I "caved" at both HDH and K&L K&L has Black Friday deals? Whaa? it wasn't a Black Friday deal it was from an insiders advantage. Price was $46.00 per bottle less than the next wine-searcher pro bottle. 2017 Patrick Piuze Chablis Les Clos $96.99 Thanks Suzanne, I picked up two myself. Nice to have L...
by Steve Brickley
November 26th, 2019, 11:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.
Replies: 78
Views: 4921

Re: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.

Jonathan, I squeeze a single box like this next to my other three. Interesting. Your locker must be a different width than mine, or you are using different storage box sizes. I use the boxes they sell, and can get at least 10 per shelf, 12 if I get it just right. There is no room for me to squeeze ...
by Steve Brickley
November 25th, 2019, 9:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.
Replies: 78
Views: 4921

Re: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.

Steve Brickley wrote:
November 25th, 2019, 9:45 pm
Jonathan, I squeeze a single box like this next to my other three.
by Steve Brickley
November 25th, 2019, 9:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.
Replies: 78
Views: 4921

Re: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.

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by Steve Brickley
November 24th, 2019, 11:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.
Replies: 78
Views: 4921

Re: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.

66160892-B632-4010-9FDD-9F1832881C4D.jpeg Advil. now I know who was blocking my access to my locker!! [cheers.gif] Ahhh, you at Wine Bank or just kidding? I was in slow mode that day. My lockers are full, so I started making boxes that are one deep and six to 12 lay flat. They fit just right in tha...
by Steve Brickley
November 24th, 2019, 10:05 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Pre-Christmas in Europe
Replies: 15
Views: 2138

Re: Pre-Christmas in Europe

+1 Strasbourg
by Steve Brickley
November 24th, 2019, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best new dishwasher for stemware
Replies: 51
Views: 5214

Re: Best new dishwasher for stemware

We have a new Miele in France. We researched it vs Bosche. We are really pleased with it.
by Steve Brickley
November 22nd, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unfinished Pine vs. Redwood vs. Mahogany; another cellar question
Replies: 30
Views: 1677

Re: Unfinished Pine vs. Redwood vs. Mahogany; another cellar question

I have had pine for nine years. No warp, mold.... no problems.
by Steve Brickley
November 21st, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13672
Views: 666941

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Did a bunch of Barolo to start a cooler in France and was happy about getting that going. But here in CA, I was happy to have Wine-Searcher send me a ping that five bottles of 2007 Ceritas Porter-Bass Chardonnay were available at K&L for $60 per. A wonderful backfill opportunity considering they so...
by Steve Brickley
November 18th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting White Wine
Replies: 17
Views: 893

Re: Decanting White Wine

Once I open any wine of any color, I consider if it might benefit from some time and swirl in the decanter. I usually check CellarTracker for any notes on air time. I haven’t decanted champagne largely because I enjoy the bubbles too much. So, yes, chenin blanc, chard/chablis, roussanne (almost alwa...
by Steve Brickley
November 17th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite town in Provence, and your favorite Bandol not named Tempier
Replies: 47
Views: 3427

Re: Your favorite town in Provence, and your favorite Bandol not named Tempier

l'Isle sur la Sorgue and fountaine de Vaucluse and stay at the Hotel Restaurant du Parc on the Sorgue river. If open, eat at a Sorgue riverside restaurant up the hill walking distance called Restaurant Philip. The view on the river makes this place enchanting and as a result one of the better experi...
by Steve Brickley
November 16th, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13672
Views: 666941

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Did a bunch of Barolo to start a cooler in France and was happy about getting that going. But here in CA, I was happy to have Wine-Searcher send me a ping that five bottles of 2007 Ceritas Porter-Bass Chardonnay were available at K&L for $60 per. A wonderful backfill opportunity considering they sol...
by Steve Brickley
November 14th, 2019, 4:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Monte Real Gran Reserva tasting
Replies: 8
Views: 601

Re: TN: Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Monte Real Gran Reserva tasting

Well this is good news. I happen to be born in one of the worst years, some say, in wine, 1956. Two of these 1956 Gran Reserva’s sourced from The Rare Wine Company sitting in the cellar waiting for the right day. I hope they are as good as your 1955.
by Steve Brickley
November 12th, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1431
Views: 85025

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

John J wrote:
September 5th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Anyone grab any of the 2004 Daniel-Etienne Defaix Chablis 1er Cru Les Lys?
Delivered and had it. A beautiful wine especially given the price at $40. Greg has more coming in 2020 so I bought again. I do see the 2005 is out, but not at Envoyer (yet).
by Steve Brickley
November 11th, 2019, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 97
Views: 9209

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

Wine Searcher lit up for five of the 2007 Porter Bass chards at K&L at $60 per 750ml. Easy decision. All five in my cellar at 52 degrees. I hope to try one soon. As a side note I buy in France from a Italian seller Wine Tip. They have a handful of California amongst hundreds of Italian and one is Ce...
by Steve Brickley
November 6th, 2019, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to Explain Auction Prices of Terrible Wines?
Replies: 31
Views: 2159

Re: How to Explain Auction Prices of Terrible Wines?

You could be lucky as to be born in 1956, one of the worst years I have heard. I have a few Barolo from the year.
by Steve Brickley
November 4th, 2019, 9:35 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Advice for traveling to Nice, France?
Replies: 14
Views: 2472

Re: Advice for traveling to Nice, France?

Todd, we split our time between California and our apartment in Nice. I’d recommend you try something in Nice on the Promenade des Anglais, preferably at the 4th or higher floors to get above the street traffic and noise. We’re on the 100 block in the area called Magnan (“may-yawn”). I do see Airbnb...
by Steve Brickley
October 28th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13672
Views: 666941

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Have a new wine cooler to fill in France and we’re near the border with Italy. My first order from a supplier in Italy of mostly Barolo, Chianti and bubbles.
by Steve Brickley
October 19th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Handcarry from Italy
Replies: 7
Views: 833

Re: Handcarry from Italy

I just ordered 4 cases of italian wines from Wine Tip in Milan. They are for delivery to Nice. I spent quite some time on their 52 page PDF that you can find on their site. I wouldn’t say I found lots of margin between the US and here, but it was decent to good. It’s not cellar door though.
by Steve Brickley
October 17th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any wine store recommendations for Rome, Milan & Venice?
Replies: 21
Views: 1105

Re: Any wine store recommendations for Rome, Milan & Venice?

I hate to give away secrets, but Winetip in Milan is outstanding (http://www.winetip.com/ita/). They sell to private clients by appointment as well as act as a distributor for restaurants in the Milan area. Their inventory is pretty astounding, with many great deals to be had. For instance, they se...
by Steve Brickley
October 15th, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trip to Nice - need recommendations
Replies: 26
Views: 1208

Re: Trip to Nice - need recommendations

We go to nearby Haut Cagnes-sur-Mer for a decent meal and acceptable wine list, but exceptionally beautiful old town with narrow cobblestone streets high up the hill with the Med Sea and Nice in view. We get there an hour early to walk the town. Photo opportunities are everywhere. When we’re ready t...
by Steve Brickley
October 12th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 97
Views: 9209

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

I been buying Ceritas whites, mainly Porter Bass since inception. I haven’t been a red buyer, well, since now the cab. The notes are very telling. I am in for two 750’s.
by Steve Brickley
September 27th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rose in a Box !!!!
Replies: 26
Views: 1204

Re: Rose in a Box !!!!

RichardFlack wrote:
September 27th, 2019, 7:16 am
And here is the Rosé in a bag:
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Richard, let us know what you think of it. We are in Nice now and can pick some up if its decent.
by Steve Brickley
August 30th, 2019, 10:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on SOMM TV?
Replies: 8
Views: 1344

Re: Thoughts on SOMM TV?

I have very much enjoyed my subscription. I hope it gets well subscribed because I’d like to see it prosper and continue to explore all parts of the world. Today I watched the Chappellet interview.
by Steve Brickley
August 20th, 2019, 11:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Domaine Huet - Vouvray Pétillant Brut (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)
Replies: 8
Views: 537

Re: TN: 2013 Domaine Huet - Vouvray Pétillant Brut (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray)

I had three of the 2009 Domaine Huet Vouvray Pétillant Réserve Brut. The first was just good. By the time they had a couple years more in bottle they really improved enough so that I just picked up six from Envoyer. At $38 I thought it well worth the price. Maybe they suffer some bottle shock from t...
by Steve Brickley
August 15th, 2019, 10:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase
Replies: 37
Views: 2064

Re: Vino-Voyage TSA-Approved Wine Suitcase

I use my winecheck for non-wine transport too. I put a box in it, fill it up and fly it to France. I pull the stuff out I am transporting one-way. Fold it up and fly it back in another luggage or carry it on.
by Steve Brickley
August 3rd, 2019, 10:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boston Retail Scene?
Replies: 35
Views: 2403

Re: Boston Retail Scene?

Flew some burgs from CA to Boston then found out no BYOB. We had a pre-dinner hotel tasting in paper cups having used a horrible corkscrew to begin with.

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