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by Frank Murray III
January 24th, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 964
Views: 64793

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Agree on the book. An excellent resource, I have read it twice.
by Frank Murray III
January 23rd, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 964
Views: 64793

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Thanks BB. I've yet to taste the 2012 Cristal but I'm going to fix that soon, I promise you. Thanks for the note and your impressions, buddy.
by Frank Murray III
January 23rd, 2020, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits
Replies: 37
Views: 3041

Re: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits

There isn't much traffic yet on the 2017 Kutch McDougall so I figured I'd tack it onto the recent visit we did this past summer, as that's the previous time I tasted the 2017s, including the McDougall. Jamie continues to crank out CA Pinot Noir that is balanced, without the intrusion of oak or booze...
by Frank Murray III
January 23rd, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC
Replies: 47
Views: 2610

Re: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC

Yes Mike, thank you again for another year of supporting us via your lodging leadership. Appreciate it, as do so many others. More broadly to everyone, I have updated the event file, which you can find by clicking the link below which will take you to Dropbox. We continue to track very well with com...
by Frank Murray III
January 21st, 2020, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Krug 168
Replies: 14
Views: 905

Re: TN: Krug 168

Good to hear. Dumb luck, as I bought a little 167 over the holidays and was shipped a 168 by mistake (or they ran out of 167 and gave me 168...not sure). Might be time to source a little more 168, as it seems you dig it.
by Frank Murray III
January 21st, 2020, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 136
Views: 15822

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

Over 12000 views for the RM release? That is mind blowing. Awesome. As for the previous poster, what are you asking? This winery..... https://occidentalwines.com? I can't help with the Occidental winery offering, assuming I captured it correctly. Never heard of them, actually. If the costs to you ar...
by Frank Murray III
January 21st, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 136
Views: 15822

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

Lots of long time customers here--I enjoy seeing the length of time many people have been buying. And if you look at the pricing, the SC I still barely above the $25 it had been at for a long time, and the SV stuff is fairly priced (IMO) around $60 across the range.
by Frank Murray III
January 21st, 2020, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008
Replies: 30
Views: 2111

Re: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008

I hesitate to post this but I opened a Rhys 2010 Alpine pinot back at Thanksgiving and found it overly sweet. I have had several other Rhys that I enjoyed but this one was not to my liking. The fruit was there but it was tough to finish the bottle. Did you guys find this one sweet in your tasting c...
by Frank Murray III
January 21st, 2020, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 136
Views: 15822

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

Order in. This is my 12th year buying from RM, love these wines. Will, you never even took me out on our 10th anniversary. [swearing.gif]
by Frank Murray III
January 20th, 2020, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008
Replies: 30
Views: 2111

Re: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008

Larry, not gonna happen, as the wine is sold out. I got a 750 in the cellar so if you want to try it on Falltac day, and if you're staying for the afterparty, dude, I'll open it.
by Frank Murray III
January 20th, 2020, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What a great community we have!
Replies: 22
Views: 1615

Re: What a great community we have!

Bill, this was a kind thing to do but not necessary. Folks, we live in a society (at least here in the US) that continues to become more fractured and divided. The way you fix that divide is by looking out for each other, showing respect and doing something for someone else. Fight against people and...
by Frank Murray III
January 20th, 2020, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 964
Views: 64793

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Brad, thanks for the feedback. Last night, I went out to the web and grabbed some more of the 2012 Terre de Vertus (and also Longitude, as that wine is damn good, too), picking it up from Sec Wines in Portland. The pricing was strong so it made the reload easier too! To your point, I've had my fair ...
by Frank Murray III
January 20th, 2020, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008
Replies: 30
Views: 2111

Re: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008

Brian, thanks for the notes and POV. Doing these sit downs is really helpful to me, too. The process of doing some thoughtful analysis, and also real-time getting perspectives from others about what they taste, does help me fill the picture of what's at play in the craft. I did find the 2015 Horsesh...
by Frank Murray III
January 19th, 2020, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 964
Views: 64793

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

The Longitude a few weeks ago was fantastic. Then tonight the Terre de Vertus. Larmandier-Bernier is making some delicious wines. I ended up reloading more of both tonight as these are BdBs that just drink to my palate. 2012 Larmandier-Bernier Champagne Terre de Vertus Premier Cru - France, Champagn...
by Frank Murray III
January 18th, 2020, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 168eme (France, Champagne)
Replies: 15
Views: 1462

Re: TN: NV Krug Champagne Brut Grande Cuvée Edition 168eme (France, Champagne)

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
January 18th, 2020, 4:08 am
Bottle barn in CA has it for $155/btl, free shipping on 6+
It was in stock recently and I thought about it but decided to save the $$$. In looking at the site y/day, it said Sold Out.
by Frank Murray III
January 18th, 2020, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paris Bound in February
Replies: 20
Views: 1301

Re: Paris Bound in February

Demian, the best deal I found on wine were in Champagne at our various appointments--I didn't buy anything in Paris, as lot of what I saw was available back home. When we came home, I remember packing 9 bottles from Champagne into one of the suitcases, which all made it back to the US just fine. As ...
by Frank Murray III
January 18th, 2020, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 964
Views: 64793

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

NV Christophe Mignon Champagne Brut Nature - France, Champagne (1/18/2020) Disgorged 07/2018. No dosage, 100% Pinot Meunier. This showed very well, reminding me of the 2014 Marie-Courtin Resonance of last week. Both wines showed plenty of fruit expression, clean/crisp texture, lime, salinity and a ...
by Frank Murray III
January 17th, 2020, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: World-class wine shop in Los Angeles California
Replies: 4
Views: 814

Re: World-class wine shop in Los Angeles California

I reloaded my 09 Cristal via these guys last month. Everything went smoothly.
by Frank Murray III
January 17th, 2020, 11:40 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC
Replies: 47
Views: 2610

Re: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC

Yes, Counselor. We used one last year and will do it again next month, as it helps the folks in the back of the yard hear it, too.
by Frank Murray III
January 17th, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC
Replies: 47
Views: 2610

Re: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC

Hello to the Falltacular family. Want to share some cool event news with you about next month. Every year, and for many years passed, we have asked a survivor of domestic violence to share their personal story during Falltaular Saturday. For many of you, this has been a moving moment, calling on you...
by Frank Murray III
January 16th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 136
Views: 15822

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

Phillip, it needs air, as I found that to aid in letting the wine unwrap. I don't own a Coravin and I don't know how to think about aerating a wine in the context of using the device. My advice (assuming you have more than one bottle of the 2017) is to get the cork out and enjoy over a couple nights...
by Frank Murray III
January 16th, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 136
Views: 15822

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

The 2017 Platt Pinot Noir was my red wine of the year for 2019. I didn't bite on it when it was offered last January, but with some good fortune, someone else I know did buy it and brought it to a small dinner we had last May. Without a doubt, it was a wine that made me pause, as great wines do. My ...
by Frank Murray III
January 16th, 2020, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Michel Lafarge, 1928-2020
Replies: 25
Views: 2104

Re: RIP Michel Lafarge, 1928-2020

Lafarge was the burg producer who woke me up to the wines of the area. I remember vividly bringing the 2007 Lafarge village burg to a small party and I was the only guy enjoying it, while everyone else doped up on Belle Glos. That Volnay tasted of dried red fruits, soil, acidity and structure. I don...
by Frank Murray III
January 14th, 2020, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008
Replies: 30
Views: 2111

Re: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008

The 2008s were revealing for the power and aging finesse they are showing--these are botched wines. Vintage does matter. This is pretty clearly autocorrect being “helpful”, but I’m curious to know what it was changed from? My guess is bitchen. That is a excellent guess, and I will fix that boo-boo....
by Frank Murray III
January 12th, 2020, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008
Replies: 30
Views: 2111

TNs: Rhys tasting....Alpine and Horseshoe 2016, 2015, 2012, 2010 and 2008

Here is a summation of the event we did yesterday. I was able to retaste about 1/2 the wines again today, as some of the bottles didn't go home with the Berserkers when they said goodbye last night. So, some of the TNs below will have more depth, as I was able to get after the wines again this after...
by Frank Murray III
January 12th, 2020, 10:41 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC
Replies: 47
Views: 2610

Re: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC

Good morning to the Falltac family. Wanted to let everyone know I am posting the file update in a few mins to Dropbox, to get you caught up on things. The winery commitments are now being added to the file, and the silent auction items are growing quickly. A big thanks to Leah Smith of Myriad Cellar...
by Frank Murray III
January 10th, 2020, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 6 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Big Red Wines for Kids' Kloset program of (914) Cares JAN 3-10
Replies: 47
Views: 1571

Re: Week 6 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Big Red Wines for Kids' Kloset program of (914) Cares JAN 3-10

Jay, I don't take selfies but for you and to raise money, I offer the photo below and the TN. This wine was made by Thomas Brown, so you need to count it! As for the wine, damn, this has to be the best vintage of Riverain Syrah. Superb. 2012 Riverain Syrah Cardiac Hill Bennett Valley - USA, Californ...
by Frank Murray III
January 8th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting Series Compendium 2019 - WB Charity ***README***
Replies: 39
Views: 1609

Re: Virtual Tasting Series Compendium 2019 - WB Charity ***README***

Thank you Brig for helping to pull all the loose ends together this year once again, as well as the other folks who helped, whether as donors or week organizers to raise money. This is the side of Wine Berserkers that I appreciate and enjoy.
by Frank Murray III
January 5th, 2020, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Agrapart, Marie-Courtin, Marguet, Kutch and Rivers-Marie
Replies: 0
Views: 352

TNs: Agrapart, Marie-Courtin, Marguet, Kutch and Rivers-Marie

We got a bunch of bottles opened yesterday. I was able to scrawl some notes out, mainly on the Champagnes, but also for a few other favorites of mine via Kutch and Rivers-Marie. And, the good fortune it seems is that while most don't go for the Champagne (they head for the still wines), this leaves ...
by Frank Murray III
January 5th, 2020, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne vs Still wine
Replies: 0
Views: 264

Champagne vs Still wine

I got curious yesterday about how I spent my wine budget in 2019. Using Cellartracker, the power is a few clicks to get the answer. The most notable thing I found was my significant shift between Champagne and Still wine. 2019 was the first year that Champagne purchases for my cellar outpaced Still ...
by Frank Murray III
January 5th, 2020, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Rivers-Marie Occidental Pinot Noir
Replies: 18
Views: 1928

Re: TN: 2017 Rivers-Marie Occidental Pinot Noir

Thank guys. I opened the 2015 last night, and scrawled out some notes on it. I sent the remainder of the bottle home with someone but I will throw some notes up later if it helps.
by Frank Murray III
January 5th, 2020, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne TNs from NYE: Krug, Vilmart, Comtes Rose, Laherte-Freres, Bouchard
Replies: 11
Views: 1093

Re: Champagne TNs from NYE: Krug, Vilmart, Comtes Rose, Laherte-Freres, Bouchard

While an unabashed Comtes fan I almost always prefer the BdeB to the Rose and since the latter is more expensive I don't buy it. The one exception was the 2004 which I liked even more than the already spectacular BdeB. Me too although I bought 3 bottles of the 07` Rose for some reason and haven't h...
by Frank Murray III
January 2nd, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1747
Views: 212374

Re: Official Costco Thread

2008 Cristal at 235 less 2% with member rebate so call it 230. 2009 and 2008 Dom, both 155 so round # of 150. Lot of bubbly at my Costco in the OC.
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by Frank Murray III
January 1st, 2020, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Hipster Wines for Mechanics GoFundMe - Dec 25 - Jan 3
Replies: 57
Views: 1695

Re: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Hipster Wines for Mechanics GoFundMe - Dec 25 - Jan 3

Rat, my thoughts are with you and Dava. Losing a dog hurts like hell, as I know that feeling well. I know too how much you both make your dogs part of your family. Hang in there pal. I excluded the Krug and Comtes below, leaving just the hipster grower stuff. Thank you for taking week 5. 2008 Vilmar...
by Frank Murray III
January 1st, 2020, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne TNs from NYE: Krug, Vilmart, Comtes Rose, Laherte-Freres, Bouchard
Replies: 11
Views: 1093

Re: Champagne TNs from NYE: Krug, Vilmart, Comtes Rose, Laherte-Freres, Bouchard

Jayson, regarding the 2008 Vilmart GcDO, I just poured off another glass from last night's bottle. it's retained the CO2 pretty well, too. Fantastic drinking right now, but I have to keep telling people that read my TNs that I like structure and tension, and I also don't like older wines. That said,...
by Frank Murray III
January 1st, 2020, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year's Eve Champagne?
Replies: 65
Views: 2039

Re: New Year's Eve Champagne?

Warren, I pulled a 2008 Vilmart GCdO and that bottle was excellent. I still have a few ounces left to taste tonight with dinner.
by Frank Murray III
January 1st, 2020, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The New Up-To-100% Tariff & What You Can Do
Replies: 73
Views: 4493

Re: The New Up-To-100% Tariff & What You Can Do

If I was on the receiving end of the comments, and putting aside the issue at play here, as the reader and evaluator of the comments, I would want to see people provide a novel take, not something canned. Sure, it takes a few minutes of time and effort to do the canned commentary but if I wanted to ...
by Frank Murray III
January 1st, 2020, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Rhys Blancs de Blancs Bearwallow Vineyard - too much coin for too little wine
Replies: 41
Views: 2345

Re: TN: 2015 Rhys Blancs de Blancs Bearwallow Vineyard - too much coin for too little wine

I will tee up a 750 of this next weekend and see what's in the bottle. My only experience to date with the wine was tasting from a hand disgorged dosage test bottle at the winery this past summer. So, I'm interested to see what the finished product now tastes like. I'm with David, in that I really a...
by Frank Murray III
January 1st, 2020, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne TNs from NYE: Krug, Vilmart, Comtes Rose, Laherte-Freres, Bouchard
Replies: 11
Views: 1093

Champagne TNs from NYE: Krug, Vilmart, Comtes Rose, Laherte-Freres, Bouchard

We hosted our annual NYE get together. 3 couples, sharing a meal, dessert, movie. We typically have a lot of great bottles on this particular night, to wish off the old year and in with the new. We had some still wines open, and I recall the 2016 Cirq Treehouse I think, but didn't take any notes. We...
by Frank Murray III
December 31st, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The New Up-To-100% Tariff & What You Can Do
Replies: 73
Views: 4493

Re: The New Up-To-100% Tariff & What You Can Do

Emily, I would estimate that a # of passionate people around here (me included) have submitted written comments to the USTR website. Not everyone though is this passionate, although I agree with you in that this is the time where folks should raise a voice forward and all rally together.
by Frank Murray III
December 31st, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 87
Views: 7644

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

brigcampbell wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 5:03 pm
Scott Watkins wrote:
December 31st, 2019, 4:30 pm
2016 Rhys Alesia Pinot for $26.99 wtf
Anderson Valley, correct? Very nice wine and great price. I think it's all Bearwallow fruit.

Not the Santa Cruz at that price...
Yes Brigger, the declassed Bearwallow PN.
by Frank Murray III
December 31st, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Rivers-Marie Occidental Pinot Noir
Replies: 18
Views: 1928

Re: TN: 2017 Rivers-Marie Occidental Pinot Noir

To drink this, and 2009 Cristal tonight.....blessed. Two terrific wines. I didn't see any previous dedicated posts to this wine so let me offer one. Beautiful example of RM PN. I've come to the point where I am done buying the Sonoma Coast bottling, as I believe the Ox vineyard, as well as Summa, i...
by Frank Murray III
December 31st, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year's Eve Champagne?
Replies: 65
Views: 2039

Re: New Year's Eve Champagne?

Gotta pull some stuff shortly. Thinking 167eme, 08 Vilmart GCdO and maybe some Mousse, too.
by Frank Murray III
December 30th, 2019, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 100
Views: 6432

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

R M Kriete wrote:
December 30th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Patricia Green
Kutch
2016 Barbaresco
Forgot about my still wine. Only on a few lists anymore...Kutch, is one of them, will buy Jamie's wines for sure as he perennially now makes wines that hit my annual WOTY list.
by Frank Murray III
December 29th, 2019, 8:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: End of the year countdown! What are you buying?
Replies: 17
Views: 1111

Re: End of the year countdown! What are you buying?

I bought some more Marie-Courtin Resonance, which arrives tomorrow. That's probably it until Rivers-Marie allocations are released in a few weeks. And if the tariffs hit, oh lord.
by Frank Murray III
December 29th, 2019, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your definite do NOT buy in 2020
Replies: 44
Views: 3095

Re: What’s your definite do NOT buy in 2020

Nate Simon wrote:
December 28th, 2019, 6:09 pm
15+% Cali fruit bombs.
Or pretty much any high-octane juice.
Anything with a lot of ABV is going to be off my list in 2020 and go-forward.
by Frank Murray III
December 29th, 2019, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Cristal, Usseglio
Replies: 2
Views: 417

Re: TNs: Cristal, Usseglio

The 2009 Cristal is my WOTY. Brilliant stuff. I drank everything I had so I backfilled a little of it in November so I didn't kick myself later on.
by Frank Murray III
December 29th, 2019, 8:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 100
Views: 6432

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

Champagne, although that seems like a plan that may be a "tremendous" and "perfect" fail. Pun intended.
by Frank Murray III
December 27th, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC
Replies: 47
Views: 2610

Re: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC

Happy holidays to the Falltacular family. Hope you all are having an excellent season, and looking forward to a safe and happy New Year. After the New Year, I am going to rapidly get going on the remaining pieces of the event, in part the Silent Auction commitments. I have updated our Event File wit...
by Frank Murray III
December 25th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 964
Views: 64793

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

NV Mouzon-Leroux & Fils Champagne Grand Cru l’Ascendant Extra Brut Réserve - France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru (12/25/2019) This bottle has a later disgorge date than the one I wrote about this past summer. This one is March 2018, zero dosage, and a mostly even split of PN and Chard, in part f...

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