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by PeterH
May 3rd, 2021, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP: DavidBruce/SCM Legend...
Replies: 24
Views: 1471

Re: RIP: DavidBruce/SCM Legend...

I've got a '70s high proof David Bruce Zinfandel with the label peeling off in a nearly forgotten corner of the cellar. I should pull it out and open it, but since it would be mostly, if not entirely, for historic interest, I need other to share.
by PeterH
May 1st, 2021, 10:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Three OR pinot comparisons
Replies: 54
Views: 2944

Re: Three OR pinot comparisons

We had a 2012 Patricia Green Reserve a couple of months ago, and it still tasted young yet ready to drink. Vastly over delivered for a mid-week casual wine. 2017 Goodfellow wines need at least a few more years to shake out the nuts and bolts, and are built for 20+. Same with Eyrie, which makes it am...
by PeterH
May 1st, 2021, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it right for Antonio Galloni to give early access to scores to those who pay $2000/month?
Replies: 213
Views: 10346

Re: Is it right for Antonio Galloni to give early access to scores to those who pay $2000/month?

Profitable, maybe.
Legal, without doubt.
Right? Only if it is right for the wealthy to corner the best of everything.

Then again, Galloni could be 100% wrong, which would serve his clientele 100% right.
by PeterH
April 29th, 2021, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 913
Views: 61611

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

2016 Whistling Ridge Blanc- with fresh cracked crab. Sitting looking at the Pacific on a bonus spring day. I think Todd Hamina had a point on a different thread about Riesling. Marcus should price this higher so it gets the respect it deserves. He might also have to hold it back five years before re...
by PeterH
April 25th, 2021, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dynamizing Water For Biodynamic Viticulture
Replies: 80
Views: 3183

Re: Dynamizing Water For Biodynamic Viticulture

I"m not a working scientist. Reading what has been written here, I tend on balance to think the skeptics have the better case at the moment and that Eric's one example is not enough to overcome their reasons. But I also Jayson is right. I don't consider the case proved just because BD supports...
by PeterH
April 22nd, 2021, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dynamizing Water For Biodynamic Viticulture
Replies: 80
Views: 3183

Re: Dynamizing Water For Biodynamic Viticulture

When Tom Hill said that Biodynamics is a religion, that should have been the last word. Steiner was a Theosophist, and added in any and every spirit world and invisible energy fields that he could pull out of his a$$ to place the traditional agricultural practices that were being overridden by corpo...
by PeterH
April 22nd, 2021, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If Oregon had Grand Crus...
Replies: 76
Views: 4600

Re: If Oregon had Grand Crus...

[/quote White Rose is a pretty special site. Arcus as well. /quote] And up on the same hill is Domaine Drouhin, and across from them an estate no one likes to talk about on this forum. Nysa and De Ponte aren't shabby either, but is it the terroir or wine making that distinguishes the best from the a...
by PeterH
April 21st, 2021, 10:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If Oregon had Grand Crus...
Replies: 76
Views: 4600

Re: If Oregon had Grand Crus...

If Oregon had Grand Crus it would stifle exploration and innovation, not to mention distort pricing. Let's wait at least another century, preferably four.
by PeterH
April 21st, 2021, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downtown Seattle Wineries/Tasting rooms?
Replies: 24
Views: 698

Re: Downtown Seattle Wineries/Tasting rooms?

https://sodo-urbanworks.com/ SODo is pretty hopping imo. Short Uber from downtown. Woodinville more options but further away and sometimes a traffic nightmare. If you are in that part of town, it isn't much farther to go to Cadence in South Park or Charles Smith (Jet City tasting room) in Georgetow...
by PeterH
April 21st, 2021, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4278
Views: 472211

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

Thoughts on today's Chablis offer at $29.70/bottle? 2017 Vrignaud Chablis Fourchaume “Vaupulans” 1er Cru. Unfamiliar with the producer, but love 2017 Chablis. I've purchased Vrignaud Chablis through Garagiste a number of times. It is solid, but not spectacular, and better in leaner years. Sounds li...
by PeterH
April 20th, 2021, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grenache Blanc recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 917

Re: Grenache Blanc recommendations

Tablas Creek
Tercero
Domaine de L'Oustal Blanc
Domaine du Mas Blanc
Domaine Lafage Cuvée Centenaire
M. Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Blanc
by PeterH
April 19th, 2021, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dynamizing Water For Biodynamic Viticulture
Replies: 80
Views: 3183

Re: Dynamizing Water For Biodynamic Viticulture

riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend
of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to
Howth Castle and Environs
by PeterH
April 18th, 2021, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Question: more passive? Or convert to active cooling?
Replies: 1
Views: 266

Re: Cellar Question: more passive? Or convert to active cooling?

If the temperature is not going to get above 70 degrees, and it is not going to stay that warm more than a quarter of the year, and you are not going to stay more than three years, I'd just not worry about it. If you can arrange to let in cool air in the early morning, that will help moderate the te...
by PeterH
April 17th, 2021, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4278
Views: 472211

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

Josh did you get the wines yet / can you share what the Oregon pinot mystery 6 packs were? They are on their way and should be here tomorrow. I'll post when they're opened! Whomever called Ken Wright is the winner. 2017 Shea, Carter, Freedom Hill, Canary Hill, Guadalupe, Bonnie Jean vineyards. Ken ...
by PeterH
April 14th, 2021, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 769
Views: 68932

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

Drank Larry's 2015 Viognier tonight. Very impressive wine. 2015 Tercero Viognier - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley (4/14/2021) An exceptionally very well made Viognier. Medium gold in colour. Extremely floral with notes of honeysuckle, and orange blossom, followed by mandarin oran...
by PeterH
April 12th, 2021, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 9522
Views: 762940

Re: de Negoce offer

No one is in for the butterbomb Chardonnay, or no one wants to admit it?
by PeterH
April 9th, 2021, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's up with Wine Spectator's red Burgundy vintage charts?
Replies: 12
Views: 718

Re: What's up with Wine Spectator's red Burgundy vintage charts?

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: April 9th, 2021, 9:16 am Nothing really wrong with preferring 15 over 16 or 09 over 10.
Not wrong. It is just always useful to know the preferences of critics as a reference point.
by PeterH
April 9th, 2021, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's up with Wine Spectator's red Burgundy vintage charts?
Replies: 12
Views: 718

Re: What's up with Wine Spectator's red Burgundy vintage charts?

One important thing to consider about all WS ratings is their California palates. They started out loving big fruit forward wines, and as new reviewers were signed up, the tastes fit in with group. They profess to enjoy a wide variety of wines, and often praise "elegance", but overall thei...
by PeterH
April 3rd, 2021, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 9522
Views: 762940

Re: N.165

I ordered a case of 165 yesterday and noticed on a case price of $144 there was $16 tax. That's 11.1%. All the cases I previously ordered had a tax rate of 7.25%. I live on the SF Peninsula 100 miles from Healdsburg. Hey Cam can you explain this new tax calculation? It's not right. Could be that th...
by PeterH
April 2nd, 2021, 10:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 769
Views: 68932

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

We had a Tercero 2015 Verbiage Grenache Blanc/Roussanne blend with poached Dover sole. I love having simple food with a wine that provides all the fireworks. The wine was unbelievably fresh for 5+ years out, a stiff backbone from the Grenache Blanc, and the Roussanne gave fruit that seemed like it h...
by PeterH
April 1st, 2021, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4278
Views: 472211

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

I agree. I bit on Pertinace once, but never again. As PT Barnum supposedly said, "There's a new one born every minute".
by PeterH
March 31st, 2021, 10:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 8521
Views: 632331

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

MOD.jpg everything about this makes my eyes hurt. This strikes me as a perfect “endless regifting” item to be wrapped up and gifted amongst friends over and over for the foreseeable future. Plus one on that. The resemblance to a coffin hints that this wine is meant to passed on for eternity.
by PeterH
March 31st, 2021, 9:58 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Summer trip to the Mountains/West
Replies: 26
Views: 861

Re: Summer trip to the Mountains/West

I keep reading stories about National Parks and other popular areas seeing record visitation. The remote mountain valley in Washington where we go to XC ski in the winter was overrun. It wasn't just skiers. Fat tire bikes, snow mobiles, snowshoers, people working remotely from wood stove heated cabi...
by PeterH
March 30th, 2021, 11:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "If You Irrigate, It's Not Terroir..."
Replies: 258
Views: 9751

Re: "If You Irrigate, It's Not Terroir..."

Irrigation is not like rainfall. It is applied at different times, in different places, and different amounts. I can't think of any ways irrigation delivers water to deep roots only when the ground above is dry. It takes energy to move the water, and the irrigation process can deplete ground water. ...
by PeterH
March 30th, 2021, 10:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More Oregon vs. Burgundy: So WHY are they incomparable or comparable to you in terms of flavors/aromas/terroir?
Replies: 48
Views: 2864

Re: More Oregon vs. Burgundy: So WHY are they incomparable or comparable to you in terms of flavors/aromas/terroir?

There must actually be something to the idea of terroir. Many winemakers from Burgundy have made WV wines, and they are distinctly different from their Bourgogne wines. Same with California. Taste the wines from Adam Lee for example. Peter Rosback posts here on occasion, I've tasted his New Zealand ...
by PeterH
March 30th, 2021, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "If You Irrigate, It's Not Terroir..."
Replies: 258
Views: 9751

Re: "If You Irrigate, It's Not Terroir..."

You have to be careful if you want to tread on only the purest path. I've heard the claim that human agriculture is the worst thing that ever happened to this beautiful planet, and there is plenty of merit to the claim. If you take the giant step to consider our selfish needs superior to the needs o...
by PeterH
March 27th, 2021, 11:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine for gefilte fish?
Replies: 38
Views: 844

Re: Wine for gefilte fish?

We had Jermann Vintage Tunina tonight. I'd suggest.
by PeterH
March 26th, 2021, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rant - shipment notices from anonymous 3rd party shippers with no winery notice
Replies: 33
Views: 1124

Re: Rant - shipment notices from anonymous 3rd party shippers with no winery notice

This is only indirectly relevant. I just got a notice from GLS about a failed delivery. The delivery was to a business address that is open from 6:30 AM to 9:00 PM, and has two possible delivery doors. Given the times are as they are, doors are locked. There is a clearly marked doorbell. At each doo...
by PeterH
March 26th, 2021, 9:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind
Replies: 160
Views: 8721

Re: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind

The time horizon I worry about is the end of the decade. I am skeptical burgundy will survive the current rate of global warming. Any discussion about the future should recognize that Burgundy will continue to heat up, future grapes will not be today’s grapes. I hope I’m wrong. Assuming the Gulf St...
by PeterH
March 26th, 2021, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 8521
Views: 632331

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

I wish I had seen the Brittan 2016 Chardonnay at $22 when it came up earlier. We had it earlier in the week, and it is easily worth the regular retail at nearly twice that amount.
by PeterH
March 24th, 2021, 9:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine in Space...
Replies: 13
Views: 666

Re: Wine in Space...

The only fair comparison has to include tasters who have been in space the same amount of time.
by PeterH
March 24th, 2021, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 9522
Views: 762940

Re: de Negoce offer

Opened a #77 tonight. It was a great buy at $12 plus another $3.70 shipping and taxes, but it paled in comparison to a BD Brittan we had yesterday.
Still good enough that I picked up a case of the #128.
by PeterH
March 23rd, 2021, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: With inflation possible, is wine a good hedge?
Replies: 66
Views: 2408

Re: With inflation possible, is wine a good hedge?

If you want a wine investment with a different kind of liquidity, you can now buy shares of a publicly traded Duckhorn, with the trading symbol NAPA.

Disclaimer, I will not be an investor.
by PeterH
March 17th, 2021, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Temperance Hill
Replies: 24
Views: 1630

Re: TN: 2017 Goodfellow Family Cellars Pinot Noir Temperance Hill

I have no idea what hoofs smell like, other than whatever they have been stepping in. Other than that, sounds like a wine worth having.
by PeterH
March 12th, 2021, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4278
Views: 472211

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

Previous Panther Creek results from Garagiste have fallen into the "OK to drink, but disappointing" category that make up about 50% of Mystery selections. I don't think any Panther Creek of the last 15 years falls into "one of the very highest rated of the vintage". This one coul...
by PeterH
March 10th, 2021, 9:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Clean Wine Movement...
Replies: 44
Views: 2243

Re: Yup....

Just as a heads up Wes, the group doesn’t technically use the capitals for representing ourselves. We don’t police aggressively but John Paul and Russ Raney wanted to make sure that the group left the capitals alone to not be confused with another famous brand that would have a similar acronym... S...
by PeterH
March 9th, 2021, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4278
Views: 472211

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

I never take Jon's word for lowest price, but maybe not Tolpuddle anyway. I was just struck by the "not from mainland Australia" phrase, which could be a Rimmerman red herring. Curiosity got me to order one, and one only.
by PeterH
March 9th, 2021, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4278
Views: 472211

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

KevinK wrote: March 9th, 2021, 4:30 pm Been on a cop freeze but decided to try 2 of the Mystery Chardonnay from today -- the "not from mainland Australia" makes me think of Tolpuddle which has appeared before.
That is really funny! I came here to say essentially the same thing.
by PeterH
March 6th, 2021, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Extremely expensive wines
Replies: 151
Views: 9250

Re: Extremely expensive wines

Victor Hong wrote: March 6th, 2021, 7:23 am
Glenn P. wrote: March 6th, 2021, 5:54 am At what price point does purchasing a bottle of wine for consumption become absurd?
If more than 2% of annual income, or 1% of net wealth.
That's as much as I spend on all wine in a year. I guess I'm not much of Berserker.
by PeterH
March 4th, 2021, 8:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyway these wines are good?
Replies: 8
Views: 1388

Re: Anyway these wines are good?

PeterH wrote: March 4th, 2021, 7:14 pm . . . Exhale

Thanks!
Weirdest post ever, for me.
Either I didn't post that, or I'm losing my mind.
I was cooking and eating dinner the time before, during, and after, the time stamp.
by PeterH
March 4th, 2021, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyway these wines are good?
Replies: 8
Views: 1388

Re: Anyway these wines are good?

. . . Exhale

Thanks!
by PeterH
March 3rd, 2021, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective
Replies: 108
Views: 4905

Re: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective

I've had a chance to do comparative tastings of both Argyle and Penner-Ash Pinot Noirs under cork and screwcap after 15 years in the bottle. Result 1. Most people thought they were different wines. Result 2. Even the screwcapped wines had developed, they just seemed younger and fresher. On another n...
by PeterH
March 3rd, 2021, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging wine (purposefully) underwater
Replies: 23
Views: 1604

Re: Aging wine (purposefully) underwater

Looks like there could be a "catch" to the scheme. https://vinepair.com/booze-news/underwater-aging-beer-stolen-by-thieves-in-argentina/?utm_source=The+Drop+by+VinePair&utm_campaign=e2dee6f27b-MAR_3_2021&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b653fb8c99-e2dee6f27b-46647693&mc_cid=e2de...
by PeterH
February 27th, 2021, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4278
Views: 472211

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

More Mystery disclosures. Both the Holiday Special Pinot Noir Mystery, and the Jan. 2 Oregon Pinot Mystery, each at $28.71 are Bergstrom Cumberland. Reports are that the winemaking at Bergstrom has become more restrained. I hope so. The 375s Oregon Pinot Noir is 2016 Angela, a winery Jon has tapped ...
by PeterH
February 27th, 2021, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4278
Views: 472211

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

This was apparently September 2019. Just looked in my email at old Garagiste offers. Sept 20, 2019. 2016 Napa Cab. $29.81. I purchased a Napa Mystery Cab on Sept. 20, 1999, for $29.81. I honestly can't remember what it was, but I was not blown away by the selection, and it was not Quintessa. A rece...
by PeterH
February 27th, 2021, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging wine (purposefully) underwater
Replies: 23
Views: 1604

Re: Aging wine (purposefully) underwater

Add a wax cap over cork, and it would be hard to get less oxygen ingress. Same with a screwcap engineered to fit tight. 15C water temperature in higher than the usual 13C recommended cellar temperature. It's all in the power of suggestion ("saline" notes in one of the descriptions), and ma...
by PeterH
February 26th, 2021, 8:40 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: *** EXTENDED *** VELETA WINES - Berserker Day 12 Deals
Replies: 90
Views: 3547

Re: *** EXTENDED *** VELETA WINES - Berserker Day 12 Deals

Just got my case. Those Gorilla Shippers are pretty cool. I haven't seen that before. They are easier on the fingers than the Spirited Shippers. Lots of abuse to the hands though while working with corrugated boxes!!! I wear double layers of non latex gloves and work gloves over the top. I like the...
by PeterH
February 26th, 2021, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 9522
Views: 762940

Re: de Negoce offer

L'Ecole No.41 doesn't make a high end varietal Merlot, only blends without a dominant grape.
Seven Hills doesn't make Semillon or Chenin wines.
Basel Cellars doesn't seem to fit either, but could if blended for de Negoce.

Cam may have thrown some red herrings into the descriptions.
by PeterH
February 26th, 2021, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 1129
Views: 130600

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

I finally got around to trying a few of the OGs that should be, and are, more ready to drink. No 65 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is just as Cam described in the offering. Fruit forward, ready to drink, yet not sweet or flabby. It clearly shows WV character. While not complex or profound, it is satis...

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