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by James Kennedy
September 23rd, 2020, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allocations Ranked Against Each Other
Replies: 13
Views: 876

Re: Allocations Ranked Against Each Other

The prices of the wine mentioned by the OP are nuts. I can’t believe how much prices are up from ~7 years ago (I know, market’s different, there have been some 100 pointers). I bought 08 and 09 Chap Pritchard hill from their club for $85 each and the maiden was $150 (?) for the 08. For Pritchard Hil...
by James Kennedy
September 22nd, 2020, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines - Save the Date Sept 22
Replies: 10
Views: 511

Re: Desire Lines - Save the Date Sept 22

First time receiving an allocation and went for a mixed case. Fair to say that reading about the varietals and vineyard sites, it's right up my alley, so I'm guessing I will love all of them. In case you don't read the full email (like I did the first time), they're also offering Evanghelo Vineyard ...
by James Kennedy
September 19th, 2020, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CHEV Wines - Michael Browne Pinot
Replies: 31
Views: 1747

Re: CHEV Wines - Michael Browne Pinot

Cirq SVD before the price increases ? Yes Cirq SVD after the price increases? No thanks . Cirq and Chevy blends these days . No thanks . "Chevy" lol. I love when people accidentally or purposely do this! I've been saying that each time the emails came through. Chevy? Chevy Chase? CHIVE? Che? If som...
by James Kennedy
September 16th, 2020, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald release is imminent!!!
Replies: 166
Views: 14746

Re: MacDonald release is imminent!!!

Big fan of Forteleza reposado tequila. Good straight or mixed.
by James Kennedy
September 15th, 2020, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald release is imminent!!!
Replies: 166
Views: 14746

Re: MacDonald release is imminent!!!

Order in!

Audibly shouted "yes" with both arms in the air like a little kid when I received the email.
by James Kennedy
September 4th, 2020, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Cruse Sparklers (Valdigue & St. Laurent)
Replies: 5
Views: 318

Re: TN: Two Cruse Sparklers (Valdigue & St. Laurent)

2019 Cruse Wine Company Valdiguié Pétillant Naturel Deming - USA, California, Napa Valley, Calistoga (9/4/2020) Served in a pair with the St. Laurent bottling, this was the more savory of the two. It eventually showed cranberry style fruit, complete with the tartness/bitterness. It actually worked ...
by James Kennedy
August 28th, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Rhys Blancs de Blancs Bearwallow Vineyard
Replies: 20
Views: 1730

Re: TN: 2015 Rhys Blancs de Blancs Bearwallow Vineyard

Tough crowd here. Not so much a touch crowd, but rather people understandably expecting a great bottle of sparkling wine being a first release from Rhys priced at $80/bottle I'm guilty of being part of that tough crowd sometimes, no question about that. As can often happen, it now seems like a pile...
by James Kennedy
August 26th, 2020, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Rhys Blancs de Blancs Bearwallow Vineyard
Replies: 20
Views: 1730

Re: TN: 2015 Rhys Blancs de Blancs Bearwallow Vineyard

Tough crowd here. Recently tried second bottle of the Rhys BdB and I think it’s improved over the one I tried back in December, shortly after shipping. For its price, it’s lacking the concentration or complexity I’d expect in a similarly priced champagne but it’s unique and still very enjoyable. It ...
by James Kennedy
August 24th, 2020, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andremily #6
Replies: 65
Views: 7544

Re: Andremily #6

Just realized (through a retailer email) the #6 was rated 100 by JD. Haven’t opened one yet but looking for an occasion soon to try. Popped a ‘17 mourvedre back in May and loved it.

Has the EABA shipped to anyone yet for initial impressions?
by James Kennedy
July 3rd, 2020, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale
Replies: 58
Views: 4309

Re: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale

1 — 2011 BIONIC FROG SY 750 ML
1 — 2013 EN CERISE SYRAH 750 ML
1 — 2012 LOVERS 750 ML
1 — 2013 CAMASPELO 750 ML
1 — 2014 IMPULSIVO 750 ML

Nice variety, happy with the offer considering I just made the list this year.
by James Kennedy
June 19th, 2020, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge - Unusual or Rare Bottlings?
Replies: 108
Views: 5975

Re: Ridge - Unusual or Rare Bottlings?

I’ve consumed two of these over the last three years after finding some at an OC wine shop. Expected nothing but they were quite good. Fresher than you’d expect and tremendously complex with a long finish. Put one in a world mataro/mourvedre survey tasting and it was hands down the best. The back l...
by James Kennedy
June 19th, 2020, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge - Unusual or Rare Bottlings?
Replies: 108
Views: 5975

Re: Ridge - Unusual or Rare Bottlings?

I have a 1990 " California " Mataro which is different than the 90 Evangelho bottling. From the Ridge website, describing the 1993 "Evangelho Vineyard" Mataro: "We have used the Evangelo Vineyard’s hunded-year-old mataro vines for the 1990 Advance Tasting Program release and all subsequent national...
by James Kennedy
June 18th, 2020, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Used Eurocave
Replies: 25
Views: 3485

Re: Used Eurocave

This was four years ago and the unit was six years old from the purchase date, which they showed me on the original invoice. I bought it for $800 and sold it for over $1,000 about 9 months later, ironically to a guy named Carlton. A good buddy bought a ~10 year old smaller unit for around $500 back ...
by James Kennedy
June 18th, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Used Eurocave
Replies: 25
Views: 3485

Re: Used Eurocave

Sister’s neighbor is selling an older looking EuroCave Comfort. A photo sent to me(250 miles away) shows the following info: Cave A Vin Wine Cellar V-264W. Below that is the number 91223. Exterior is steel grey. It is located in a basement and I would need to have it moved out. I recall that these ...
by James Kennedy
June 7th, 2020, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GERD and Champagne
Replies: 20
Views: 857

Re: GERD and Champagne

Sorry to hear your troubles with champagne. I’ve become a big fan of consuming alkaline water when drinking acidic wine/spirits or eating acidic food. It seems to balance out any burn that might eventually occur. Not saying it’s a solution for GERD but it definitely helps. Costco sells a Kirkland ve...
by James Kennedy
May 19th, 2020, 9:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Vineyards Zoom Events
Replies: 10
Views: 784

Re: Ridge Vineyards Zoom Events

Anyone catch the Paul Draper session today? Eye opening. He spoke almost the entire 60 minutes and focused on the origins of his technique and philosophy in the vineyard and cellar, which included topics ranging from his winemaking education to the ranking of oak barrels based on knowledge conveyed ...
by James Kennedy
April 22nd, 2020, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mixed Bag: Sandlands Mission & Vogue C-M
Replies: 12
Views: 734

Re: Mixed Bag: Sandlands Mission & Vogue C-M

Drank the latest Mission during the vinous live sesh with Tegan - his description and historical context of the mission grape captured my attention and likely gave extra meaning to drinking that particular bottle. Before I summarize what he said I’ll agree that the wine is relatively simple and clip...
by James Kennedy
April 22nd, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eurocave vs La Cache vs ???
Replies: 66
Views: 3985

Re: Eurocave vs La Cache vs ???

Question for all Eurocave or La Cache owners - given these units are 3,000+ lbs, anyone put them on regular hardwood floors (ie. dining, living, family rooms); if so, any issues with the units damaging the floors? Thanks. I think about this two ways. I’ve owned a full 5200 for about 4 years. 1. woo...
by James Kennedy
April 16th, 2020, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Virtual Tasting--Thursday, 4/16 @ 5PM PT With Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman
Replies: 199
Views: 5482

Re: Rhys Virtual Tasting--Thursday, 4/16 @ 5PM PT With Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman

In addition to the helpful visuals and commentary, it was a perfect occasion to open a few bottles I wouldn’t otherwise and make room to order more Rhys. Forgot who mentioned it on the chat but I agree that every time I open a Rhys, I think “why do I bother buying anything else in this category”. Th...
by James Kennedy
April 16th, 2020, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Virtual Tasting--Thursday, 4/16 @ 5PM PT With Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman
Replies: 199
Views: 5482

Re: Rhys Virtual Tasting--Thursday, 4/16 @ 5PM PT With Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman

Kevin Harvey wrote:
April 16th, 2020, 3:45 pm
Could I get some votes on what Chardonnay I should open?
2012 alpine chard already open here.
by James Kennedy
April 15th, 2020, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Virtual Tasting--Thursday, 4/16 @ 5PM PT With Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman
Replies: 199
Views: 5482

Re: Rhys Virtual Tasting--Thursday, 4/16 @ 5PM PT With Kevin Harvey and Jeff Brinkman

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Ready to go!

Cellar temp or fridge temp for the Alpine Chard?
by James Kennedy
April 13th, 2020, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1984
Replies: 27
Views: 1344

Re: 1984

Ridge MB is excellent though last one I had two years ago was on the decline from apex around 30 years. Dominus was magnificent and in prime window about 7 years ago, though last one I had three years ago was tired upon opening and fell apart within an hour. Chappellet signature (back then only the ...
by James Kennedy
April 12th, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Sandlands Cinsault (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)
Replies: 23
Views: 1645

Re: TN: 2018 Sandlands Cinsault (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)

Cinsault has been my favorite of the 18s so far (vs carignane, mission, red table wine). Definitely needed an hour or two to air out but was hitting on all cylinders, even a couple days later. Tucked my others away to try in a year or two.
by James Kennedy
April 9th, 2020, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 2001 Beaucastel CnP - A Very Good Bottle
Replies: 8
Views: 600

Re: TN - 2001 Beaucastel CnP - A Very Good Bottle

Have had a few 01s over the last three years, with one as recently as last month, and agree that they're showing so well right now. For my preference (I like to sense some of the younger fruit), it's early in its prime phase. I've had most Beaucastel CnP from 98-15 and think the 01 is one of the mor...
by James Kennedy
April 9th, 2020, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Prices Reset Due to Covid-19 Recession
Replies: 79
Views: 5202

Re: Wine Prices Reset Due to Covid-19 Recession

Anyone seen deals on Salon 08 yet?
by James Kennedy
April 7th, 2020, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands/Vinous interview tomorrow
Replies: 11
Views: 694

Re: Sandlands/Vinous interview tomorrow

I also really enjoyed the event. Tegan was so direct and an encyclopedia of unwritten knowledge. Seems like someone that could spend days talking about his stories of various California regions and vineyards and I’d be engaged with every word. What stuck out to me and what I’d like to know more abou...
by James Kennedy
April 6th, 2020, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: KY joins (partially) the 20th century!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 847

Re: KY joins (partially) the 20th century!!!

I honestly thought this was about lube delivery.
by James Kennedy
April 6th, 2020, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 341
Views: 25673

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Drew, thanks for starting and updating such a thorough thread on this fascinating region. I'm infatuated with the wines from this region and geeked out with all of the articles and experts chiming in. Based on the information in this thread I put together a google map layer to visualize the location...
by James Kennedy
February 14th, 2020, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Texas BYOB Let Down :(
Replies: 60
Views: 4533

Re: Texas BYOB Let Down :(

Haven’t been in a couple years though I regard this as the best overall steakhouse in the DFW area. If you stray away from big hitting napa wines you can find some gems at fair markups. It’s also worth geeking out with Barbara or her staff and they may find some interesting bottles not logged on the...
by James Kennedy
February 11th, 2020, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]
Replies: 294
Views: 24940

Re: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach?

I'm amazed CC companies don't insist on 2-factor authentication much more for purchases where a physical card isn't present. Sending a code to my phone is almost trivial these days, and would stop 99% of fraud. 2-factor authentication is absolutely better than status quo but scammers can take anyth...
by James Kennedy
February 5th, 2020, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UTW Save This Date
Replies: 5
Views: 747

Re: UTW Save This Date

I find them tremendously better waiting a year or three after receiving them and ideally 5 years. The Pinot/roses in particular can be a bit disjointed at release but mature into a wonderfully balanced and nuanced wine.
by James Kennedy
December 20th, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No Girls Wines...2016 release. Who's buying?
Replies: 5
Views: 686

Re: No Girls Wines...2016 release. Who's buying?

Yessir! Wish I could hold long enough to try with age. So far not successful.
by James Kennedy
December 19th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help! Sachet Wine List - what to choose?
Replies: 11
Views: 599

Re: Help! Sachet Wine List - what to choose?

Thanks for all the suggestions. After asking the client what they liked, we ultimately ended up drinking two bottles of the Clos Mogador. Nice wine with potential, but too young. Somm, food, and service were all good. Great choice. I’ve ended up drinking one or more bottles of Mogador there every v...
by James Kennedy
December 3rd, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Ceritas Peter Martin Ray Chardonnay
Replies: 7
Views: 673

Re: 2015 Ceritas Peter Martin Ray Chardonnay

John and Phoebe are super responsive. Have had one corked ceritas over dozens of bottles and it was promptly fixed.

Bet that ‘15 PMR is incredible. Too bad mine won’t last more than a couple years.
by James Kennedy
November 29th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Legend - 1969 Chappellet
Replies: 15
Views: 1469

Re: The Legend - 1969 Chappellet

That label looks incredibly pristine for a 50 year old bottle - how was this stored? Upright in my eurocave since September. Before that ? Bought from a KL auction and they were reassuring about their relationship with the consigner and taking care of any issues should there be any. Label has a few...
by James Kennedy
November 26th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Legend - 1969 Chappellet
Replies: 15
Views: 1469

Re: The Legend - 1969 Chappellet

Kane's prose and memory are quite a bit better than mine but below is my CT note on the '69 with brief comparisons across the vertical. It was an exceptional dinner all around and I feel lucky+blessed the '69 bottle was in good shape and showed so well. I have no doubt the '91 is also a 50+ year win...
by James Kennedy
November 24th, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Chilean wines?
Replies: 35
Views: 1419

Re: Best Chilean wines?

Been 8 years since I visited and it was just a few months after the big earthquake that destroyed quite a few wineries in colchagua so quite a few were either totally closed or partially closed, so take this advice with a grain of salt. Baco restaurant (across alley from le bistrot) had a long list ...
by James Kennedy
November 22nd, 2019, 9:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 446
Views: 37398

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

Thanks!

Between the two codes, restocked the house with a case of champagne for the holidays (thanksgiving weekend).
by James Kennedy
November 20th, 2019, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 155
Views: 10155

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

Carbonic also changes the ph pretty dramatically - up to .25 on the scale which would make the ‘17 almost three times more acidic than the ‘16 (edit: tech sheet shows only .02 difference on ph which is why Pax probably didn’t use carbonic on ‘17. We can infer that raw product for ‘16 was over double...
by James Kennedy
November 19th, 2019, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 2015 Vietti Barbaresco and Barolos, 2016 Barbera, 2018 Roero Arneis
Replies: 13
Views: 1423

Re: TN- 2015 Vietti Barbaresco and Barolos, 2016 Barbera, 2018 Roero Arneis

Thanks Tom. It seems like the Castiglione has been closing the gap with the SVDs, but I haven’t done much side by side tasting. What do you think? James Kennedy on here and I both had the 2015 Vietti Barolo against the 15 Ravera and Lazzarito. While I thought that both the Ravera and Lazzarito were...
by James Kennedy
November 10th, 2019, 7:09 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Rhys 3L at cost - SOLD
Replies: 1
Views: 475

Rhys 3L at cost - SOLD

Looking to make space for more kid birth year large formats by selling Rhys 2012 3Ls. Alpine Pinot Horseshoe Pinot Selling at my cost from way back in 2014 ($350 each). Prefer hand off locally in DFW as shipping is prohibitively costly but will pass through shipping cost if needed. Also have OWCs if...
by James Kennedy
October 15th, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 120
Views: 6522

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

96 Salon 96 Dom 02 Krug I have an event with some heavyweights in early Nov. I have not popped 08 Cristal yet--worth the infanticide? Scott, I would say no based on my experience with the 2008 Cristal. Agreed. Or drink a glass and plug it up for day two. Found day two it showed alright but still no...
by James Kennedy
October 9th, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 155
Views: 10155

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

I hope this isn’t mansplaining. Carbonic fermentation only brings you to about 2-3% alcohol and converts some of the acid, similar to malo, which raises ph (significantly, which is my biggest concern with ageability). Carbonic still needs to go through “traditional” fermentation after the carbonic s...
by James Kennedy
October 9th, 2019, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 155
Views: 10155

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

The 2017 Hillsides is 100% whole cluster. His 2018 Valdiguie is carbonic. His Trousseau Gri is also partly carbonic as well as his Gamay Noir(whole cluster and partial carbonic maceration) Looks like the ‘16 is both 100% whole cluster and 100% carbonic. 2016SonomaHillsidesTechSheet.pdf Can’t find i...
by James Kennedy
October 8th, 2019, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2531

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

For one bottle under $500, maybe a Colgin? Otherwise I think Schrader is one of the most representative American wines for the price - over the top and flamboyant yet interesting and delicious. If you want a representative example of American enterprise in the wine industry, a Caymus and Meomi with ...
by James Kennedy
October 4th, 2019, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 155
Views: 10155

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

Had a discussion about ageability of the pax Sonoma hillsides (the ‘16 in particular) a few days ago with a fellow berserker. I also feel like if they’re drinking excellent now that I should enjoy now and save few/none as an experiment later (can always find at auction if I’m wrong). Not enough expe...
by James Kennedy
October 1st, 2019, 9:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Market Fatigue and the Tsunami Wave is coming Ashore
Replies: 47
Views: 3494

Re: Wine Market Fatigue and the Tsunami Wave is coming Ashore

FWIW one thing that pissed me off was we tasted there last November and bought the 16 when the new pricing was introduced. They offered to ship the wine but we were there and driving home the next day so shipping created more unnecessary risk. We still had to pay the higher tariff which included th...
by James Kennedy
October 1st, 2019, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Market Fatigue and the Tsunami Wave is coming Ashore
Replies: 47
Views: 3494

Re: Wine Market Fatigue and the Tsunami Wave is coming Ashore

This thread’s message is so vague but I think I understand the spirit. 2017 Novicium offer out today (second label of continuum) for....$150/bottle. IIRC, the 2013 was $80/bottle. Bought every vintage of Continuum 2009 and prior for less than $150/bottle. The Novicium offer today sold out in less t...

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