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by PeterH
February 25th, 2021, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: St Laurent - Any Excellent, "Serious" Examples?
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Re: St Laurent - Any Excellent, "Serious" Examples?

Bründlmayer and Gobeslburg are possibilities, Reinisch by reputation. These are all meant to be "serious" wines, not Tuesday night pizza wines, but I think of St Laurent as closer to Mencia than to Pinot Noir. Too many rough edges to be Grand Cru.
by PeterH
February 25th, 2021, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Uncommon wine varietals for everyday drinking
Replies: 49
Views: 1607

Re: Uncommon wine varietals for everyday drinking

Forlorn Hope is making quiet unusual and interesting wine in Sierra Foothills, CA, including some crazy blend for their "Queen of Sierra" product line (for example, the red is a blend of Zinfandel, Barbera, Tempranillo, Trousseau noir, and Mondeuse). https://www.forlornhopewines.com Refer...
by PeterH
February 25th, 2021, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most useless tasting note I've ever seen...
Replies: 42
Views: 1649

Re: Most useless tasting note I've ever seen...

Looks like I got it mixed up with the tri-tip.
by PeterH
February 25th, 2021, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most useless tasting note I've ever seen...
Replies: 42
Views: 1649

Re: Most useless tasting note I've ever seen...

Must be a CA Cab, probably youngish ~'15-'16.
by PeterH
February 24th, 2021, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buyer Beware: Fake Bottles of Yellow Tail Wine Are Popping Up in the U.K..
Replies: 27
Views: 1184

Re: Buyer Beware: Fake Bottles of Yellow Tail Wine Are Popping Up in the U.K..

Jeff O wrote: February 24th, 2021, 7:37 pm Isn't it probable that the fakes are actually BETTER than the originals?
That was the tip off!
Something must be wrong! This wine is palatable! Almost as good as water!
by PeterH
February 23rd, 2021, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you still have the FIRST bottle...
Replies: 46
Views: 1887

Re: Do you still have the FIRST bottle...

Somewhere tucked into a nearly forgotten bin in my cellar is a bottle of 1973 Chateau Ste Michelle Cabernet, purchased from their new (in 1976) winery in Woodinville. That may be the first bottle I purchased with the intention of letting it age. I lost interest in CSM before I got around to trying i...
by PeterH
February 20th, 2021, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Oregon Dundee Hilltop: Eyrie Daphne vs. White Rose Vineyard
Replies: 1
Views: 207

Re: TN: 2008 Oregon Dundee Hilltop: Eyrie Daphne vs. White Rose Vineyard

Eyrie has been killing it with their Daphne vineyard. Subsequent vintages are even better than the '08, esp. '16.

Many wineries overshot on ripeness in '08. Really too bad, because the material was there, and winemakers with a deft hand made great wine.
by PeterH
February 18th, 2021, 9:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name
Replies: 109
Views: 5609

Re: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name

Oregogne comes up easily if you spell it correctly, but what if you were going by pronunciation alone?

If searching for 1975 led you to a Mayacamas Cab for sale, the exercise was worthwhile.
by PeterH
February 18th, 2021, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name
Replies: 109
Views: 5609

Re: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name

Naming a winery after a calendar year, or street address makes search query a lot more difficult. I know a couple. Still not as difficult as wines named after a wide AVA designation, i.e. Willamette Valley Vineyards. Naming a wine based on misspelling can also cause difficulty, as in Oregogne. That...
by PeterH
February 18th, 2021, 8:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WE NEED ANOTHER BERSERKERFEST!
Replies: 100
Views: 4396

Re: WE NEED ANOTHER BERSERKERFEST!

Tour de Berserkers.

My wife has been after me to get a Sprinter, or similar, and do a long, long road trip. A string of Berserker events could be enough to overcome inertia.
Combined with hiking, biking, and skiing, that sums up to a healthy retirement life style.
by PeterH
February 13th, 2021, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyway these wines are good?
Replies: 5
Views: 789

Re: Anyway these wines are good?

I've received wine shipped in the winter mostly frozen. Some had corks protruding, and in one case, pushed out entirely.
I pushed the corks back in as the wines thawed and drank them from soon after to years after. I never noticed any damage.
by PeterH
February 12th, 2021, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8650
Views: 648925

Re: de Negoce offer

Can someone explain why Bennett Lane (or similar winery) would be willing to sell all of their $60 (retail) Merlot for much less than $10 to get rid of, if it were good enough to serve in the tasting room and therefore good enough for me to want a case of? I mused about that question in an earlier ...
by PeterH
February 8th, 2021, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unexpected wine decoration
Replies: 12
Views: 866

Re: Unexpected wine decoration

Wrong font, implausible storage container, and paper doesn't last that long, but no reason not to believe. These are the days of creating your own truth out of better stuff than reality. All right, Peter...Not sure where you get your information that paper doesn’t last 100+ years. I do plead ignora...
by PeterH
February 7th, 2021, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unexpected wine decoration
Replies: 12
Views: 866

Re: Unexpected wine decoration

Wrong font, implausible storage container, and paper doesn't last that long, but no reason not to believe. These are the days of creating your own truth out of better stuff than reality.
by PeterH
February 5th, 2021, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8650
Views: 648925

Re: de Negoce offer

Hey Mike - I'm sorry about that. Not sure why you are not being responded to. Please send me an email ch at denegoce.com and we'll get you squared away. Having said that, we are holding all east coats shipments at this time but someone should be getting back to you when you email. Anyone else havin...
by PeterH
February 4th, 2021, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.
Replies: 204
Views: 9322

Re: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.

I'll put it this way, I've never tasted a wine rated 89 points that I thought deserved a 98, (maybe as high as 95) but I've had plenty 98s that were sub-80 as far as I was concerned.
by PeterH
February 4th, 2021, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4137
Views: 440651

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

I admit to requesting a couple. Let's hope it doesn't turn out to be something like Le Petit Ducru, and Jon can't tell the difference because he has the palate of a yak.
by PeterH
February 4th, 2021, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.
Replies: 204
Views: 9322

Re: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.

From reading this thread, I think when some people see the numerical version, they (mis)interpret that the writer is trying to pass off their opinion as being objective, whereas when they see the same thing in word version, they more easily and comfortably identify the subjectivity of the taster’s ...
by PeterH
February 2nd, 2021, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4137
Views: 440651

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

I was tempted, but Jeb gives high scores, and he rewards ripeness.
by PeterH
February 2nd, 2021, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?
Replies: 60
Views: 3518

Re: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?

I noticed this aroma on an Ojai Kessler-Haak Pinot 2017, yesterday. That wine was picked at 22,5 brix, had 11% new oak, and was 50% stems. So hard to figure it is either oak or ripeness as the cause. Unless certain coopers have that aroma, either new or used. I think that like "mocha" in ...
by PeterH
February 1st, 2021, 8:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name
Replies: 109
Views: 5609

Re: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name

I would drink it, but I wouldn't serve Gorgeous Victim at a dinner if my wife was present.
by PeterH
February 1st, 2021, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name
Replies: 109
Views: 5609

Re: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name

Mark Maddox wrote: February 1st, 2021, 6:31 pm Butter
There is also Cupcake, which I know no Berserker would buy.
Ménage à troi is just a wasted name.
by PeterH
February 1st, 2021, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?
Replies: 60
Views: 3518

Re: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?

Kola nut is made of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kola_nut Preliminary studies of phytochemicals in kola nut indicate the presence of various constituents:[2] caffeine (2–3.5%) theobromine (1.0–2.5%) theophylline polyphenols phlobaphens (kola red) epicatechin D-catechin tannic acid sugar cellulose ...
by PeterH
February 1st, 2021, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?
Replies: 60
Views: 3518

Re: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?

Eugenol (spicy, clovelike, sweet) and coumarin (sweet, herbaceous) were predominant in all colas. Other predominant odorants in at least one brand included guaiacol.

https://experts.illinois.edu/en/publica ... vored-carb
by PeterH
February 1st, 2021, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name
Replies: 109
Views: 5609

Re: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name

I've always had a hard time warming up to Lemberger, although Blaufrankisch is OK.

Basel Cellars is not one I would chose off a rack of equals.

I agree about Naked wines, but for a different reason. How could a wine be any good with a gimmick name like that?
by PeterH
January 31st, 2021, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8650
Views: 648925

Re: de Negoce offer

My first thought was Lingua Franca, and I hit the buy button.
by PeterH
January 30th, 2021, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jeb Dunnuck really loves 2018 Napa
Replies: 104
Views: 7532

Re: Jeb Dunnuck really loves 2018 Napa

Jeb likes rich assertive wines. His tastes don't match mine, but his palate does not match that of of a Nepalese bovine.
It's useful to get notes from a taster who is consistent and knowledgeable, even if you don't agree.
by PeterH
January 30th, 2021, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: What does the "OG" mean on de Negoce bottles?
Replies: 4
Views: 708

Re: What does the "OG" mean on de Negoce bottles?

Oblatio generosus?

I thought it meant Original Gangsta, meaning Cam himself, but I'm sure I'm way behind current slang.
by PeterH
January 30th, 2021, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Squirrel Preservation Decanter. Am I Nuts....
Replies: 22
Views: 1419

Re: Wine Squirrel Preservation Decanter. Am I Nuts....

Is the rubber stopper truly odorless? Have you used it enough to tell if it eventually absorb odors and passes them to the wine?

And can't they give it a different name?
by PeterH
January 29th, 2021, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WE NEED ANOTHER BERSERKERFEST!
Replies: 100
Views: 4396

Re: WE NEED ANOTHER BERSERKERFEST!

P@u1_M3nk3s wrote: January 29th, 2021, 12:42 pm Beserkerfestapalooza?
Oregon
Texas
Atlanta
NYC
Chicago
Amsterdam
Andalusia
Melbourne
Singapore
Todd, start scheduling these out!
I'd sign up for a tour.
Probably skip Atlanta and Singapore.
by PeterH
January 28th, 2021, 10:05 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: High(er) End Whiskey and splash of “Cola”
Replies: 1
Views: 312

Re: High(er) End Whiskey and splash of “Cola”

Whiskey and Russian River Pinot cocktail?
by PeterH
January 28th, 2021, 10:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WE NEED ANOTHER BERSERKERFEST!
Replies: 100
Views: 4396

Re: WE NEED ANOTHER BERSERKERFEST!

Todd- I'm gonna go ahead nominate Oregon as the location for the first post-COVID Berserkerfest https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=3188131#p3188131 Everyone else: fight me [berserker.gif] this was sort of already in the works pre-Covid. Right, Jim Anderson?? Not fair. Asking an ol...
by PeterH
January 27th, 2021, 10:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PURPLE GRIN
Replies: 4
Views: 493

Re: PURPLE GRIN

You may see me tonight, with a deep purple grin.....
by PeterH
January 27th, 2021, 10:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robb Report Praises 2011 Cali Cabs
Replies: 32
Views: 2048

Re: Robb Report Praises 2011 Cali Cabs

I've had generally good experiences with 2011s, notably Jean Edwards Cabs. Even the comparative duds haven't been bad, just a bit thin if you are looking for a plush wine. The article is right about the tradeoff aromatics being worth the leaner fruit. A lot like 2011 (and 2007) WV PNs. The better wi...
by PeterH
January 27th, 2021, 10:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: N Rhone White Pairing Question
Replies: 15
Views: 873

Re: N Rhone White Pairing Question

I don't think N Rhone whites have the acidity to stand up to seafoods, unless they are baked with a sauce that provides the acidity. Have your lobster with a Riesling. Ben is right on target. Complex dishes made with acidic components. On the side, roasted root vegetables, esp. parsnips, work well ,...
by PeterH
January 27th, 2021, 8:58 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: PAETRA Willamette Valley BD12 Offers
Replies: 52
Views: 2257

Re: PAETRA Willamette Valley BD12 Offers

J Diven wrote: January 27th, 2021, 4:22 pm It's been a while since I ordered, so in for the 12 pack.
Been a while since I've seen you posting, Jim. I ordered a case also.e
by PeterH
January 27th, 2021, 12:19 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: **EXTENDED** BD12: For the Love of LIQUID FARM!!
Replies: 93
Views: 4952

Re: BD12: For the Love of LIQUID FARM!!

First time buy from Liquid Farm. I feel like I can't be a true Berserker if I don't try the favorites.
Maybe this spring, after vaccinations take hold, that we can finally come down and visit.
by PeterH
January 26th, 2021, 11:27 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: *** LAST DAY *** tercero wines - Rose Futures, Sampler 6 Packs, Free Shipping!
Replies: 204
Views: 5328

Re: tercero wines - tercero wines - Rose Futures, Sampler Packs, Free Shipping, Bonus Magnums!

Just placed an order., my first from Tercero. Now I am 11 out of 12 for ordering from the BD original twelve.
I really appreciate your contributions to the forum, Larry, and figure the least I can do is order some wine.
by PeterH
January 25th, 2021, 11:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Soliste Cellars Sale
Replies: 11
Views: 1685

Re: Soliste Cellars Sale

Thanks for the tip. I've been reading recommendations for Soliste, but the prices seemed steep. They may well be worth every cent, but I like the chance to sample at entry level prices.
by PeterH
January 25th, 2021, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 8650
Views: 648925

Re: de Negoce offer

Timothy B a l l a r d wrote: January 25th, 2021, 2:42 pm Wonder if Cam restricted this somehow in his system for purchasers exclusively on his "Top 100"??
I've found that I sometimes get offers later than they are posted here, but I never got this one. Maybe someone knows that I don't like SB with oak.
by PeterH
January 24th, 2021, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: retail behavior
Replies: 20
Views: 1611

Re: retail behavior

Our company had this problem for many years. Syncing retail and online inventory is not a trivial problem. We had to step up to a higher level of POS software, which came with a not so trivial expense.
by PeterH
January 22nd, 2021, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Worst Bordeaux Vintage 1980-2013
Replies: 44
Views: 2569

Re: Poll: Worst Bordeaux Vintage 1980-2013

A lot of these vintages haven’t been very available in the US. I don’t remember seeing 1991s or 1992s in stores, or perhaps I just ignored them as the vintages already had very poor reputations). I never tasted a 1992 until last year when I had the Magdelaine, which is pretty good (there’s a thread...
by PeterH
January 22nd, 2021, 9:47 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Remedies for Smoke Taint?
Replies: 45
Views: 3903

Re: Remedies for Smoke Taint?

In his 2020 vintage report, Ken Wright mentions ozone treatment. We have used ozone at our factory to treat smoke reside after a fire at an adjacent commercial building. It is amazingly effective, but ozone is a powerful oxidizer. It is used as an alternative to bleach for sanitation, and has the po...
by PeterH
January 21st, 2021, 9:51 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Inexpensive Sparklers
Replies: 31
Views: 6616

Re: Inexpensive Sparklers

This is a category where I generally get the least satisfaction from bottom fishing. However, the J Laurens Cremant de Limoux Brut is pretty good and for $14 beats anything else I’ve tried under $30. Our neighbor must have cases of that socked away. She gives us a bottle every holiday and birthday....
by PeterH
January 19th, 2021, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4137
Views: 440651

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Anybody else get the Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Mystery from 3 April 2020? It just arrived and it's a 2018 Cristom Willamette Valley. No sub-AVA, no further designation, nothing. I'm unable to find any evidence this bottling even exists. Anybody have any thoughts on it? Relevant verbiage from the...

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