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by Mike Evans
January 17th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 473
Views: 38361

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

Here are a bunch of notes on wines from BD participants (one of whom will be participating this year for the first time) since the last BD: 2014 Riverain Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville (1/8/2020) Rich and fruity with a nice bit of spice, mostly dark fruit but with enough...
by Mike Evans
January 9th, 2020, 10:48 am
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: 1506

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

I’ve got one to contribute: 2014 Riverain Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville (1/8/2020) Rich and fruity with a nice bit of spice, mostly dark fruit but with enough red fruit to keep it interesting, the oak seems to express itself mostly in the spice rather than in sweet vani...
by Mike Evans
January 9th, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 1183

Re: Chardonnay recommendations

I think Sojourn would be right up your alley and they normally participate in BerserkerDay so that would be a good opportunity to give them a try.
by Mike Evans
January 3rd, 2020, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 657
Views: 33036

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Jay Miller wrote:
January 2nd, 2020, 7:12 pm
Just did the math and I’m down 40 for the year. Respectable.
I did the math and was up about 450 for 2019. Shameful. I resolve to invert this for 2020.
by Mike Evans
January 2nd, 2020, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Rhys Blancs de Blancs Bearwallow Vineyard - too much coin for too little wine
Replies: 41
Views: 2341

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

There is, relatively speaking, an ocean of sparkling wine currently in production in Oregon. My assumption is that this is going to go poorly. I think it’s a bad idea that is based upon tasting room/event business models combined with having more fruit than still wine sales capacities. I’ve seen an...
by Mike Evans
January 2nd, 2020, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Hipster Wines for Mechanics GoFundMe - Dec 25 - Jan 3
Replies: 57
Views: 1678

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

Here are a few: 2015 La Grange aux Belles Vin de France Brise d'Aunis - France, Vin de France (1/1/2020) Captivating celery salt and white pepper with crunchy red fruit, a brilliant Pineau d’Aunis. (93 pts.) I discovered this from a friend who owned a local store focusing on, for lack of a better te...
by Mike Evans
January 2nd, 2020, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 purchases vs. overall cellar
Replies: 59
Views: 2351

Re: 2019 purchases vs. overall cellar

Looking at the numbers, my Champagne and Oregon purchases were way, way up. This isn’t a surprise as I’d never bought much of either before. In 2019 I tried to focus primarily on adding in categories I like but had historically shirked and secondarily on restocking categories where I had holes or wo...
by Mike Evans
December 30th, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Replies: 20
Views: 991

Re: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Here’s a final update. I did less dining out than I first planned, so just a couple more restaurant updates. Had a pretty good meal Christmas night at Calico’s, which was a good venue for a group of ten with 5 adults, three HS/college kids, and two elementary school kids. The Caesar salad was outsta...
by Mike Evans
December 30th, 2019, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1666
Views: 97213

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Vilmart Rosé for $49.99 was a clear buy, as we go through Rosé like water. The Vilmart Rubis was the wine that led me to sign up for Envoyer’s list and with 6 more ordered yesterday, it passes 2014 Clos Roche Blanche Pif for second place in the list of wines of which I’ve purchased the most bottles...
by Mike Evans
December 25th, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cinnamon Ice Cream.
Replies: 12
Views: 428

Re: Cinnamon Ice Cream.

A local Chinese restaurant that closed several years ago used to serve a small scoop of cinnamon ice cream with a fortune cookie stuck in the top at the end of each meal and it was the perfect finish to the meal. It was the best Americanized Chinese restaurant I’ve ever been to, the first restaurant...
by Mike Evans
December 25th, 2019, 7:36 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Replies: 20
Views: 991

Re: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Not sure if you are still there, Mike. . . Looks like you have everything you need in Teton Village, but if you do venture into town, I recommend looking at Bin22 for an informal, enjoyable experience. Tapas-like plates and an in-house wine store where you can go get your bottle(s) at the retail pr...
by Mike Evans
December 24th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Replies: 20
Views: 991

Re: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Here’s an initial update: A decent meal with family at Gun Barrel Steak and Game House, which according to the menu offers $15 corkage. My elk chop was cooked perfectly and was quite tasty. I had a very good double stack burger with outstanding fresh cut fries at Rations, a lunch counter inside the ...
by Mike Evans
December 24th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Need Atlanta restaurant rec under specific circumstances...
Replies: 7
Views: 460

Re: Need Atlanta restaurant rec under specific circumstances...

Your biggest challenge is going to be on the wine side if you are looking for extremely high end wines with some age. Most of the Atlanta restaurants that are best suited to deliver the food experience you are looking for (Lazy Betty and Staplehouse come to mind immediately and Spring may be able to...
by Mike Evans
December 18th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help! Sachet Wine List - what to choose?
Replies: 11
Views: 556

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

The Envinate is a nice option.
by Mike Evans
December 18th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Question- Who is accountable to troubleshoot?
Replies: 36
Views: 1333

Re: Shipping Question- Who is accountable to troubleshoot?

I realize the cost difference, but the wine is not also cheap and the potential damage to the wine, possibly not realized for years to come: sounds smart to not use ground shipping this time of the year. What latent harm are you worried about? Any damage from cold will be readily apparent, as the o...
by Mike Evans
December 18th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: why this auction bizot crazy?
Replies: 18
Views: 1584

Re: why this auction bizot crazy?

I think it is also because this is the Vieilles Vignes bottling? IIRC the VV bottling stopped after the 2009 vintage, for a reason that I do not know. If you look at the 2014 CT entry, it says VV but the bottle pictures do not show the words VV. If you look at the other Bizot VR pictures throughout...
by Mike Evans
December 13th, 2019, 4:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?
Replies: 247
Views: 4921

Re: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?

Mikko R wrote:
December 12th, 2019, 10:47 pm
now here is one that shouldn't be that easy but is well known
L’Anglore Tavel
by Mike Evans
December 9th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural Wines with age - a tasting (Leroy, Anglore, Ganevat, Lapierre,...)
Replies: 23
Views: 1631

Re: Natural Wines with age - a tasting (Leroy, Anglore, Ganevat, Lapierre,...)

There is a half-way decent article on NattyWine in the last or next to last issue of New Yorker. It starts off with Gideon Beinstock, amusingly mentions Tony Coturri a couple of times, and then bounces around from there, so I am being critical when I say it is only half-way decent. To my mind, only...
by Mike Evans
December 9th, 2019, 6:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Looking for tenderloin roast rec
Replies: 12
Views: 813

Re: Looking for tenderloin roast rec

I’ve had Costco prime and choice and generally don’t find that the prime is worth the premium. I also like to get it untrimmed so I can grill the chain separately for what my grandfather called “snitches,” which were little bites that he’d send around while the bulk of the roast was still cooking on...
by Mike Evans
December 9th, 2019, 6:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Oregon Wines for Dakin Humane Society (12/4 - 12/11)
Replies: 69
Views: 2200

Re: Week 2 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Oregon Wines for Dakin Humane Society (12/4 - 12/11)

Here are two for a good cause and a picture of my Furkid (which is the rescue from which I adopted him): 2013 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Berserkers' Cuvée - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (12/8/2019) Not loaded with complexity, but rock solid and very enjoyable with cherry fruit and a touch o...
by Mike Evans
December 1st, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 946
Views: 63393

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Yesterday I had 2008 Bollinger Grand Année and 2006 Taittinger Comtes side by side. Very different styles, as the Bollinger was crisp and precise, but with ample body, while the Comte showed more bready richness with a tart lemon twist. I couldn’t pick a favorite and am glad to have both in the cell...
by Mike Evans
December 1st, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 946
Views: 63393

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Yesterday I had 2008 Bollinger Grand Année and 2006 Taittinger Comtes side by side. Very different styles, as the Bollinger was crisp and precise, but with ample body, while the Comte showed more bready richness with a tart lemon twist. I couldn’t pick a favorite and am glad to have both in the cell...
by Mike Evans
November 28th, 2019, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)
Replies: 144
Views: 5066

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/22 - 12/1)

I opened the last four bottles of these from my late father’s small cellar for Thanksgiving at my brother’s house with his in-laws for our first Thanksgiving as orphans. I introduced my father to the Alesia wines and they became his favorites, so they have been a fixture at holiday dinners. This was...
by Mike Evans
November 25th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Good Sunday, The Mixtape, Vol II: (Pax, Broc, Pepiere, Jadot, Hudelot Noellat, Charvin, Rouchier, L'Aiguelire)
Replies: 7
Views: 531

Re: TN: A Good Sunday, The Mixtape, Vol II: (Pax, Broc, Pepiere, Jadot, Hudelot Noellat, Charvin, Rouchier, L'Aiguelire)

Thanks for posting your notes, it was a fun night where almost everything showed well and there were some exciting wines I hadn’t had before. The Trousseau Gris and Burg flights were particularly interesting. One minor correction, the L’Aigueliere was the Côte Dorée. I’m already looking forward to t...
by Mike Evans
November 23rd, 2019, 5:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The label for 2017 Mouton is, well, titillating
Replies: 42
Views: 2388

Re: The label for 2017 Mouton is, well, titillating

If the TTB approved several of Vini Viti Vinci’s labels, particularly the Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire, then Mouton shouldn’t have a problem: https://www.vivino.com/vini-viti-vinci-bourgogne-grand-ordinaire/w/1249558. Also, the Supreme Court decision in Matal v. Tam has changed the standards for tradem...
by Mike Evans
November 21st, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Poultry Stuffing specifically TG Turkey.
Replies: 7
Views: 751

Re: Poultry Stuffing specifically TG Turkey.

I’ve spent the past decade fine-tuning my cornbread and Challah dressing and it includes 2-3 beaten eggs that holds it together nicely. I make enough dressing to fill two 9”x14” baking dishes, so it is just enough egg to hold it together and keep it moist. I typically make a gallon plus of turkey st...
by Mike Evans
November 20th, 2019, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!
Replies: 83
Views: 4213

Re: I’m getting too old to buy more wine!

Using a hand truck with stairs isn’t that hard, though it easier going up than down. You just need to move slowly to keep the wheels pressed firmly against the risers.
by Mike Evans
November 19th, 2019, 5:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 André Brunel Châteauneuf du Pape Les Cailloux
Replies: 12
Views: 714

Re: TN: 1990 André Brunel Châteauneuf du Pape Les Cailloux

I don't know what Selections Reflets refers to, but it is on all their CdPs ( or at least used to be) as well as on the neck labels of other wines (Clos du Mont Olivet for example). It doesn't mean the wine is a late release since it is on their new releases. Or was: I stopped buying the Les Caillo...
by Mike Evans
November 18th, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best American cheese I have tasted.
Replies: 72
Views: 3419

Re: Best American cheese I have tasted.

I tried the Rogue River Blue next to their normal Oregon Blue last night and preferred the normal, which will be good for my wallet since it is $15 less per pound. The River was fine, but had a little sweetness and a gamy edge that I don’t prefer.
by Mike Evans
November 14th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ponsot...in general
Replies: 36
Views: 2452

Re: Ponsot...in general

I’ve had bad luck with the 2008 Charmes-Chambertin and a very disappointing 1999 Clos de la Roche in recent years, along with a corked 1998 Clos de la Roche which I put in a different category as bad corks are more universal.
by Mike Evans
November 13th, 2019, 6:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineHunter: 1996 Domaine de l'Aigueliere Montpeyroux Cote Doree, $25
Replies: 12
Views: 742

Re: WineHunter: 1996 Domaine de l'Aigueliere Montpeyroux Cote Doree, $25

I think I’ll avoid for the reasons Alf identified, but this was a mighty fine wine on release and for several years after, if you like that classic NR peppery syrah thing, and this was the first vintage of this or the Rousse I ever had. If properly stored, I suspect it’s held up well. Since they lo...
by Mike Evans
November 12th, 2019, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN fun: what variety is this?
Replies: 36
Views: 1433

Re: TN fun: what variety is this?

The thing with being bothered about variety vs varietal is they aren't either one. They're cultivars (the variety is Vitus Vinifera). No one uses varietal for apples/etc because varietal became a noun (from an Adj.) from varietal wine. And hey...if we aren't allowed to turn adjectives into nouns wi...
by Mike Evans
November 8th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Replies: 20
Views: 991

Re: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Thanks to all for the great responses, I’m making a list. Any suggestions for winter non-skiing activities? I’m planning on some skiing, but will need to pace myself and take some days off because of a less than perfectly sound knee.
by Mike Evans
November 7th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Replies: 20
Views: 991

Re: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Anyone have any recent recommendations or warnings for Jackson Hole? I’ll be there in late December and am staying in Teton Village, if that makes a difference.
by Mike Evans
November 2nd, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Finca Sandoval (Spain, Castilla-La Mancha, Manchuela)
Replies: 8
Views: 350

Re: TN: 2004 Finca Sandoval (Spain, Castilla-La Mancha, Manchuela)

I went through a decent number of those from the early 2000s and enjoyed them, but it’s been a long time now. Wasn’t it a project of some wine writer or critic? Victor de la Serna But go on, who was he or what did he do outside of that project? Victor is a founder, former deputy editor, and still a...
by Mike Evans
November 1st, 2019, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?
Replies: 121
Views: 3781

Re: Has Premox Affected Your Appreciation Of Maturity?

Sounds like a classic case of premox. [cry.gif] But isn't 15 years pushing it for a white wine that isn't labeled "riesling"? I sort of assume some whites I open over 10 years of age outside of certain categories will begin to slow down and fade a little, with some of that giving various degrees of...
by Mike Evans
October 28th, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of 14 Paso Robles Cabs
Replies: 18
Views: 1174

Re: Blind tasting of 14 Paso Robles Cabs

You're mean--funny, but mean :) Lots of fun to read about the older wines in this blind, Blake---I have zero experience ageing any Paso Cabs---or any wines from there for that matter. Used to love Justin, not as much anymore. My friend Bernie is a huge fan of Austin Hope. The Daous sound big, but a...
by Mike Evans
October 22nd, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best American cheese I have tasted.
Replies: 72
Views: 3419

Re: Best American cheese I have tasted.

I don’t know that I’d say the best, but my favorite is probably Old Chatham’s Hudson Valley Camembert. The tang from the sheep’s milk adds another dimension that I find hard to resist. I’m also a fan of the Sweet Grass Dairy lineup, though again I don’t know that I’d call them the best.
by Mike Evans
October 22nd, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1739
Views: 210732

Re: Official Costco Thread

Finally the 08 Dom has landed in ATL. $141.79 plus our county tax which is the lowest in the area. Cumberland store in Atlanta. This is a very good price. I picked up a couple to add to my stash. They didn’t have it at Brookhaven yesterday but had at least 6 bottles at $149.99 at the Peachtree-Dunw...
by Mike Evans
October 21st, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike on Mini-Tour--Dirty & Rowdy Comprehensive in Atlanta
Replies: 20
Views: 1037

Re: TNs--Mike on Mini-Tour--Dirty & Rowdy Comprehensive in Atlanta

All of the Mourvedres and Petite Sirahs I brought (the Skinners, Shake Ridge, the 2015 Antle, Evangelho, Mourvedres and Rosewood Mourvedre and 2015 Petite Sirahs) were double decanted about 2 hours before the tasting. Don’s 2013 Rosewood Mourvedre and 2012 Rosewood PS were double decanted when the t...
by Mike Evans
October 21st, 2019, 5:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs--Mike on Mini-Tour--Dirty & Rowdy Comprehensive in Atlanta
Replies: 20
Views: 1037

Re: TNs--Mike on Mini-Tour--Dirty & Rowdy Comprehensive in Atlanta

Mike, thanks for accepting the task of scribe and posting your notes. A couple of corrections, it is “Shake Ridge,” and the sparkling wine was the Traditional Method, which was also made in 2013 and 2015, along with a Pet Nat in 2013. Personal favorites included the Stoney Creek, Shake Ridge, and An...
by Mike Evans
October 18th, 2019, 6:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 65
Views: 2971

Re: Aglianico

I can’t think of any appellation that is more fun to say than Aglianico del Vulture.
by Mike Evans
October 17th, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 78
Views: 4844

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

For Barolo, it’s a toss up between 2004 and 2005 Giacomo Conterno Monfortino Riserva. For Barbaresco, it is the 1996 Giacosa Asili Riserva, followed by 1995 and 1997 Giacosa Santo Stefano.
by Mike Evans
October 17th, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mike on Mini-Tour--Blinds at Randy's Place
Replies: 13
Views: 984

Re: Mike on Mini-Tour--Blinds at Randy's Place

>> BLIND #7: (Randy's first red): Smoky, meaty, blackberry. Super-primary. A wall of tannins. A lot of wood chips. Needs decades. I say Argentinian Malbec. Hah, nice try. 2006 Roberto Voerzio Langhe Nebbiolo. Wow, is this *every* tight. Is this what you'd normally expect from a Nebbiolo? Sincere qu...
by Mike Evans
October 15th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 394
Views: 21868

Re: Ravenswood library offer

I got: 2 Ravenswood 1990 Sonoma County Merlot $25.00 each 1 Ravenswood 1991 Sangiacomo Vineyard Merlot 100% Merlot $45.00 each 1 Ravenswood 1994 Sangiacomo Merlot 100% Merlot $45.00 each 1 Ravenswood 1994 Sonoma County Petite Sirah $25.00 each 1 Ravenswood 1988 Dickerson Vineyard Zinfandel 100% Zinf...
by Mike Evans
October 15th, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
Replies: 28
Views: 1075

Re: TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

Wes Barton wrote:
October 14th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Excellent Pinot Noir producer, too.
And Zinfandel. A 2001 Shale Terrace over weekend was still quite enjoyable.
by Mike Evans
October 15th, 2019, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mike on Mini-Tour--Blinds at Randy's Place
Replies: 13
Views: 984

Re: Mike on Mini-Tour--Blinds at Randy's Place

One minor correction, the Scherrer was the Shale Terrace.
by Mike Evans
October 13th, 2019, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mike on Mini-Tour--Blinds at Randy's Place
Replies: 13
Views: 984

Re: Mike on Mini-Tour--Blinds at Randy's Place

Mike, nice notes. It has been a while since I’ve tasted blind with people whose cellars I don’t know which added to the fun.
by Mike Evans
October 12th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give CO wine a taste...
Replies: 156
Views: 6629

Re: Give CO wine a taste...

It took a while to get to one of the wines from last year, but here we go: 2016 Bookcliff Vineyards Tempranillo - USA, Colorado (10/12/2019) Note: The bottle was a free sample from the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Ripe plummy fruit with a burned rubber and baking spice finish, it has a fair b...
by Mike Evans
October 12th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mike on Mini-Tour---Atlanta Dinner at Pyng Ho
Replies: 7
Views: 530

Re: Mike on Mini-Tour---Atlanta Dinner at Pyng Ho

Mike, I’m always impressed that you are able to produce cogent notes after a dinner like last night. My 1998 - 2002 Austrians have been aging brilliantly and the Alzinger was no exception, I’m glad you enjoyed it. I didn’t find a lot of standout wines last night but also very few that weren’t enjoya...

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