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by Alan Rath
February 23rd, 2021, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Rhys 2007 Family Farm PN
Replies: 10
Views: 419

Re: TN: Rhys 2007 Family Farm PN

Family Farm is basically a 'valley floor' vineyard. Many of the other Rhys vineyards are mountain tops or slopes: Alpine, Horseshoe and Skyline. I don't think the Family Farm has ever really show the sort of depth or structure where I would be tempted to give it much aging. I thought Home was on th...
by Alan Rath
February 23rd, 2021, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine's naturalistic fallacy
Replies: 74
Views: 2468

Re: Wine's naturalistic fallacy

There are lots of examples of producers who make wines from multiple sources (or terroirs, if you prefer). In some cases, tasting through those wines you can perceive noticeable differences across the wines, and in some cases you first notice the winemaking stamp, then the source differences at alm...
by Alan Rath
February 23rd, 2021, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine's naturalistic fallacy
Replies: 74
Views: 2468

Re: Wine's naturalistic fallacy

There are lots of examples of producers who make wines from multiple sources (or terroirs, if you prefer). In some cases, tasting through those wines you can perceive noticeable differences across the wines, and in some cases you first notice the winemaking stamp, then the source differences at alm...
by Alan Rath
February 23rd, 2021, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine's naturalistic fallacy
Replies: 74
Views: 2468

Re: Wine's naturalistic fallacy

I’d say that the characteristics of the wines you note you gravitate towards are “stamps” of those winemakers. A “stamp” doesn’t necessarily mean big, bold, strong, or clearly overt, but rather that in one form or another the wine gives you a sense that it is tied not only to a place, but also to t...
by Alan Rath
February 23rd, 2021, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine's naturalistic fallacy
Replies: 74
Views: 2468

Re: Wine's naturalistic fallacy

If I have William's basic premise right, it is that the winemaker's intervention, his stamp on the wine, is as important as the place it came from. Or, at least, that the winemaker's stamp is a critical component in setting a wine apart from its peers, and that the most "interesting" wine...
by Alan Rath
February 23rd, 2021, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine's naturalistic fallacy
Replies: 74
Views: 2468

Re: Wine's naturalistic fallacy

If I have William's basic premise right, it is that the winemaker's intervention, his stamp on the wine, is as important as the place it came from. Or, at least, that the winemaker's stamp is a critical component in setting a wine apart from its peers, and that the most "interesting" wines...
by Alan Rath
February 21st, 2021, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I haven't complained about this recently, so . . .
Replies: 44
Views: 3291

Re: I haven't complained about this recently, so . . .

If you let us know exactly which wines you are bidding on each week, we’ll know which ones not to snipe.
by Alan Rath
February 20th, 2021, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective
Replies: 70
Views: 2909

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

More importantly, why would anyone post a note on a corked bottle in CT? Unless there is some known problem, and folks are trying to document it. Reminds me of people who write bad Amazon reviews because a product arrived broken.
by Alan Rath
February 12th, 2021, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa recs for lover of cooler climate wines
Replies: 42
Views: 1865

Re: Napa recs for lover of cooler climate wines

I never really found Lagier Meredith to be that "cool climate", yes it's not ripe beefed up stereotypical California syrah but not quite cool either, sort of in the middle. For Syrah, I would say Copain post-2008 and Halcon stand out as very cool climate styled. I'm not in disagreement, b...
by Alan Rath
February 12th, 2021, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa recs for lover of cooler climate wines
Replies: 42
Views: 1865

Re: Napa recs for lover of cooler climate wines

Lagier Meredith fits your criteria perfectly. Specialty is Syrah, but they also have small amounts of Malbec, Zinfandel, and Mondeuse. All estate mountain top vineyard, farmed and made by two of the most experienced, knowledgeable, nicest people around.
by Alan Rath
February 11th, 2021, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tuesday Dinner - Raveneau & Clos Rougeard (w/ pics)
Replies: 4
Views: 459

Re: TN: Tuesday Dinner - Raveneau & Clos Rougeard (w/ pics)

Really interesting side by side comparison of the 13 and 14. 14 is the "heralded" vintage, but I have to say I've loved the 13 the couple of times I've had it.
by Alan Rath
February 11th, 2021, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer
Replies: 66
Views: 5242

Re: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer

... but I too haven't yet had a transcendent one. ''' Same here. They seem to have a sameness to me, and it doesn't matter what vineyard they come from either. I have the luxury of being able to visit the winery at least twice a year, and taste wines they open for the pickup. Plus I’ve done a coupl...
by Alan Rath
February 11th, 2021, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer
Replies: 66
Views: 5242

Re: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer

I was wondering if anyone on the boards have tasted the Rhys PNs in this offering. Previously some board members have posted pre-release tasting notes. Perhaps the pandemic has interfered with the normal process of tasting the wines prior to release at the winery or at private tastings aided by the...
by Alan Rath
February 11th, 2021, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer
Replies: 66
Views: 5242

Re: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer

Ok. I guess because I’m local, and until the pandemic always picked up my wine at the winery pickups, I haven’t had any experience with shipping. The two 2020 shipments went smoothly, but then I don’t really think about it, the wines just show up and I’m happy. Their customer service is normally so ...
by Alan Rath
February 10th, 2021, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer
Replies: 66
Views: 5242

Re: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer

Yikes, there’s a lot in the world to be mad about. Whether Rhys missed shipping some wine in the middle of a pandemic, and unpredictable weather, doesn’t seem like a very good one. I find it interesting that people can complain about pricing, when tons of overpriced Napa and central coast wines are...
by Alan Rath
February 10th, 2021, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer
Replies: 66
Views: 5242

Re: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer

Yikes, there’s a lot in the world to be mad about. Whether Rhys missed shipping some wine in the middle of a pandemic, and unpredictable weather, doesn’t seem like a very good one. I find it interesting that people can complain about pricing, when tons of overpriced Napa and central coast wines are ...
by Alan Rath
February 10th, 2021, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top WHITE Burgundy vintage of the 21st Century so far
Replies: 44
Views: 2393

Re: Top WHITE Burgundy vintage of the 21st Century so far

c fu wrote: February 9th, 2021, 7:17 pm who picked 2016 - show yourself
Not me, I picked 2008, because I’ve had a lot more of those than 2014 or 2017. But I had a 2016 a week ago that was brilliant.
by Alan Rath
February 9th, 2021, 10:38 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Passing on your Ceritas allocation?..
Replies: 4
Views: 556

Re: Passing on your Ceritas allocation?..

Andy K wrote: February 4th, 2021, 8:59 pm All set. Thanks Jake!
Ask me any time you want Ceritas!
by Alan Rath
February 6th, 2021, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Wagner-Stempel Siefersheimer Heerkretz Riesling Großes Gewächs
Replies: 8
Views: 522

Re: TN: 2019 Wagner-Stempel Siefersheimer Heerkretz Riesling Großes Gewächs

I used to drink their Porphyr trocken years ago, then it kind of disappeared off the local shelves.
by Alan Rath
February 6th, 2021, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K&L
Replies: 71
Views: 4942

Re: K&L

Wines/regions I’ve found well-priced deals for in the last 12-18 months: -Brunello -Champagne (especially their direct buys) -Californian whites and non-cab reds - Austrian wines (not a big selection but well chosen) Any particular producers to recommend? Looking to expand the German & Austrian...
by Alan Rath
February 5th, 2021, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K&L
Replies: 71
Views: 4942

Re: K&L

Been a K&L customer for decades, it’s a really good operation. I think people make the mistake of blaming the retailer for price increases, when the truth is that wine prices have just gone up over the years, way up in some categories. The internet, global wealth, and fixed amounts of certain wi...
by Alan Rath
February 5th, 2021, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A more 'contemporary' designed wine bottle basket - any reccs?
Replies: 79
Views: 2260

Re: A more 'contemporary' designed wine bottle basket - any reccs?

May I refer you to the decanting thread? ;)
by Alan Rath
February 5th, 2021, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage)
Replies: 34
Views: 2106

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage)

Apologies for sounding like a noob, I meant Chave Hermitage. I bought two 6 packs of each because of the esteemed pedigree of the producer, sites and great vintages. 2015 is supposed to be a bigger, riper vintage if i'm not mistaken while the 2016 is the opposite in terms of style, yet still a good...
by Alan Rath
February 5th, 2021, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage)
Replies: 34
Views: 2106

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage)

I'm a newbie to Hermitage or Rhone wines in general. I picked up a couple cases of the 2015 and 2016 Chaves after seeing Somm into the bottle. I have yet to taste a Northern Rhone wine, but coming from Andremily, sqn and alban I was told that i'm probably not going to like these. My cellar heavily ...
by Alan Rath
February 3rd, 2021, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the deal with double decanting?
Replies: 73
Views: 2744

Re: What's the deal with double decanting?

Kurt_L wrote: February 3rd, 2021, 9:17 am after you clean out the bottle do you rinse it with a little wine, or just leave some drops of water in the bottle?
Shake it a couple times to get most of the water out, that’s it.
by Alan Rath
February 2nd, 2021, 11:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the deal with double decanting?
Replies: 73
Views: 2744

Re: What's the deal with double decanting?

This is a bit academic. We age wines because we know that the slower process does things we cannot do simply upon opening them. If we thought we could do something more with them we would all be pouring wines in and out of decanters all the time or using other devices to put more air in them. Maybe...
by Alan Rath
February 2nd, 2021, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the deal with double decanting?
Replies: 73
Views: 2744

Re: What's the deal with double decanting?

I've always thought the 'double' was a really bad use of the term. The decanting is done with the first pour. You don't get double the effect by putting back in the bottle. Chris, why do you think that? Whatever exposure and intake of air into the solution happens during the first decant, will happ...
by Alan Rath
February 2nd, 2021, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the deal with double decanting?
Replies: 73
Views: 2744

Re: What's the deal with double decanting?

I've always thought the 'double' was a really bad use of the term. The decanting is done with the first pour. You don't get double the effect by putting back in the bottle. Chris, why do you think that? Whatever exposure and intake of air into the solution happens during the first decant, will happ...
by Alan Rath
February 2nd, 2021, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the deal with double decanting?
Replies: 73
Views: 2744

Re: What's the deal with double decanting?

Lol, but even so, a large decanter surface area is going to do more than just sitting in a closed bottle. Though, for those reading, if you want wine in a decanter to do anything but just sit there unchanged, pick it up and swirl it around every now and then.
by Alan Rath
February 2nd, 2021, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the deal with double decanting?
Replies: 73
Views: 2744

Re: What's the deal with double decanting?

If the restaurant wants to make a big deal about the fact that I decanted the bottle before I came they can pound sand. There are other restaurants that want my business. In some states, I believe it's illegal to bring in an open bottle, so it may sometimes be out of licensing concerns. If the cork...
by Alan Rath
February 2nd, 2021, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the deal with double decanting?
Replies: 73
Views: 2744

Re: What's the deal with double decanting?

David_K wrote: February 1st, 2021, 10:29 pm What's the deal with Ovaltine?
They should call it Roundtine.
by Alan Rath
February 2nd, 2021, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the deal with double decanting?
Replies: 73
Views: 2744

Re: What's the deal with double decanting?

You'll likely get a variety of responses. In my case, I double decant because a) I want to get the wine off its sediment, so I can pour to the bottom during a dinner without worrying about that; and b) more often than not I want to give the wine a bit of air, which double decanting will do, even if...
by Alan Rath
February 1st, 2021, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the deal with double decanting?
Replies: 73
Views: 2744

Re: What's the deal with double decanting?

You'll likely get a variety of responses. In my case, I double decant because a) I want to get the wine off its sediment, so I can pour to the bottom during a dinner without worrying about that; and b) more often than not I want to give the wine a bit of air, which double decanting will do, even if ...
by Alan Rath
February 1st, 2021, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 myglands
Replies: 49
Views: 2289

Re: 2017 myglands

William Kelley wrote: January 31st, 2021, 5:30 pm
Craig G wrote: January 31st, 2021, 5:15 pm The 18 is darker and richer as you would expect
+1 - that's pretty much it.

2019 is a step up, and the best Myglands I tasted.
Thoughts on the Clos du Roy?
by Alan Rath
January 30th, 2021, 11:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod Bourgogne
Replies: 9
Views: 686

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod Bourgogne

Interesting, as both labels exist here, though they are priced similarly.
by Alan Rath
January 30th, 2021, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod Bourgogne
Replies: 9
Views: 686

Re: TN: 2017 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod Bourgogne

I have some of this, good to read your note and advice. How do you compare to the Les Bons Batons, which I found to be quite intense!
by Alan Rath
January 28th, 2021, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Constellation v Vineyard House ("To Kalon" Trademark in Jeopardy???)
Replies: 29
Views: 2695

Re: Constellation v Vineyard House (Over To Kalon Trademark)

How about some Reddit guys do something good for a change, and hammer Constellation?
by Alan Rath
January 27th, 2021, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tips for a road trip?
Replies: 14
Views: 497

Re: Tips for a road trip?

Pack in normal cases boxes, maybe standing up is best for sediment. Throw it in the trunk and stop worrying about it :)
by Alan Rath
January 26th, 2021, 2:18 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Glass *2/22/21 Shipping Data, bottom of 1st post*
Replies: 191
Views: 11062

Re: Grassl Glass

Case looks fantastic. It’s not tall enough to hold a bottle of wine, along with 3 glasses, right?
by Alan Rath
January 26th, 2021, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storing wine in a passive cellar
Replies: 43
Views: 2299

Re: Storing wine in a passive cellar

John Morris wrote: January 26th, 2021, 8:27 am
Alan Rath wrote: January 25th, 2021, 11:33 pm
Toby P wrote: January 25th, 2021, 11:21 am



Got it, will keep in mind, thanks Brent!
In case it wasn’t a typo, I think Brent meant to write north, not south.
Yes. I assumed that was what he meant by south-facing.
Isn’t south-facing still the south wall? You want the north side of the room to minimize solar heating.
by Alan Rath
January 25th, 2021, 11:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storing wine in a passive cellar
Replies: 43
Views: 2299

Re: Storing wine in a passive cellar

Toby, Your biggest concern in the garage would probably be the physical location of the bottles-you probably would want to try to put them near the south facing wall to minimize any additional solar heat the boxes could absorb through the walls during summer. Got it, will keep in mind, thanks Brent...
by Alan Rath
January 25th, 2021, 11:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storing wine in a passive cellar
Replies: 43
Views: 2299

Re: Storing wine in a passive cellar

Thanks for posting, I had a very similar Q as I have a garage that ranges from say 45 at worst during winter to maybe low 60s at worst in summer. Was going to use it to keep some overflow wine (from my Artevinos) that isn't going to be aged more than a few years at most. Sounds like that's perfectl...
by Alan Rath
January 25th, 2021, 9:31 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 857
Views: 59478

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

by Alan Rath
January 24th, 2021, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Henschke Keyneton Euphonium
Replies: 5
Views: 292

Re: TN: 2012 Henschke Keyneton Euphonium

I know (or knew) the old Keyneton estate, but don't remember the Euphonium name, is that recent?
by Alan Rath
January 24th, 2021, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Red Burgundy vintage of the 21st century so far
Replies: 211
Views: 11118

Re: Top Red Burgundy vintage of the 21st century so far

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote: January 24th, 2021, 4:54 pm I’m happy to trade my 13 and 14 DRC, Liger Belair, Mugneret Gibourg, Arnoux-Lachaux and Rousseau for 18s once they’re released, not that I imagine I’ll find many takers.
Hell, I'd do that trade in a heartbeat if I had them.
by Alan Rath
January 24th, 2021, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shakeup at Ridge
Replies: 40
Views: 6598

Re: Shakeup at Ridge

Wow. I wonder how much of this was internal politics. Ridge was unique having essentially two, high profile winemakers sitting on the same level, with EB having maybe a slight advantage given he worked on the prestigious wines at Monte Bello. If it's not internal politics/friction, then this new op...
by Alan Rath
January 24th, 2021, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Red Burgundy vintage of the 21st century so far
Replies: 211
Views: 11118

Re: Top Red Burgundy vintage of the 21st century so far

^ I’m with Greg on this one. There are some ‘18s that really show their alcohol. Seems far from a sure thing to me. It seems like too nuanced of a vintage to make a proclamation of a greatness right now, but I sure hope it turns out great. A That’s fair, but the bar was 13 and I think it’s a much b...
by Alan Rath
January 24th, 2021, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shakeup at Ridge
Replies: 40
Views: 6598

Re: Shakeup at Ridge

News to me. I think that’s a huge change. Baugher had been at Monte Bello so long, working next to Paul, he absorbed so many different vintage years of experience from the master. Maybe Olney had also come down to participate in blending trials and such, but this seems like a significant change, and...

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