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by Mike Evans
February 26th, 2021, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A ridiculously long birthday tasting
Replies: 17
Views: 1364

Re: TN: A ridiculously long birthday tasting

1996 Tenuta San Leonardo San Leonardo - Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Trentino, Vallagarina IGT (20.11.2020) "A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Carménère (20%), Cabernet Franc (10%) and Merlot (10%). First fermented and aged for 6 months in large oak casks, then transferred to oak barriques w...
by Mike Evans
February 25th, 2021, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Good Ole Days...Winebid Edition...
Replies: 64
Views: 2470

Re: The Good Ole Days...Winebid Edition...

Unfortunately my last Winebid purchase before 2020 was in June 2002 and none of the details of my many purchases between 2000 and 2002 are available. I’ll have to see if I can dig them out from somewhere else if only to satisfy my own curiosity.
by Mike Evans
February 24th, 2021, 5:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer
Replies: 66
Views: 5447

Re: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer

I opened a 375 ml of 2018 Mt. Pajaro PN, the first time I’ve opened a PN from this vineyard, and it made my buying decision much more difficult. Easily one of the most compelling young Rhys PNs I’ve ever had, the promise of this vineyard is both exciting and disturbing (from a financial standpoint)....
by Mike Evans
February 21st, 2021, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Three 1999 Hermitages
Replies: 28
Views: 1734

Re: Three 1999 Hermitages

Semi joking but there are two wines that I judge people’s palate honesty. If they have a positive note for 1990 La Chappelle 1990 Vogue Musigny I know they point chasing or label bias 😅 I tend to agree with you on the Vogue, as I’ve never had one that was better than mediocre and some that were jus...
by Mike Evans
February 19th, 2021, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Penfolds California Collection
Replies: 52
Views: 3356

Re: Penfolds California Collection

I just got an offer on some of these from Total Wine’s Concierge Sales:

Bin 149 - $134.97 (1-5 bottles) and $127.47 (6+ bottles)

Bin 704 - $62.97 (1-5 bottles) and $59.47 (6+ bottles)

Bin 600 - $44.97 (1-5 bottles) and $42.47 (6+ bottles)
by Mike Evans
February 17th, 2021, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Rhys Swan Terrace
Replies: 12
Views: 902

Re: 2010 Rhys Swan Terrace

I haven’t had the 2010 Swan Terrace, but I’ve had mixed luck with the 2010 Alpine Pinot. One bottle was so unpleasantly vegetal that it was the unanimous second to last in a blind tasting of 20+ Pinot Noirs and was much closer to a simply awful Italian PN in last place than to the wine that was thir...
by Mike Evans
February 15th, 2021, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer
Replies: 66
Views: 5447

Re: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer

I decided to give the Mt. Pajaro Chardonnay a test drive this evening. It’s the first wine from the vineyard I’ve tried and I’m intrigued. 2018 Rhys Chardonnay Mt. Pajaro Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (2/15/2021) From 375 ml - It’s on the tropical side but not e...
by Mike Evans
February 13th, 2021, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa recs for lover of cooler climate wines
Replies: 42
Views: 1883

Re: Napa recs for lover of cooler climate wines

I can’t believe the thread has gone this far without a mention of EMH Black Cat. I don’t know if anyone who considers Calistoga a cool climate. The OP didn’t ask for cool climate wines, he asked for wines that might appeal to a fan of cool climate wines, and specifically “something that captures th...
by Mike Evans
February 13th, 2021, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is the most valuable bottle of wine in your cellar?
Replies: 86
Views: 5508

Re: POLL: What is the most expensive bottle of wine in your cellar?

I didn’t realize that 1991 Gentaz-Dervieux had crossed the $3,000 mark. It turns out that I have a number of bottles with current values of $1,500 or more, but I’m pretty sure that I didn’t pay more than $150 for any of them. My problem is that almost all of my most highly appreciated wines are wine...
by Mike Evans
February 13th, 2021, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa recs for lover of cooler climate wines
Replies: 42
Views: 1883

Re: Napa recs for lover of cooler climate wines

I can’t believe the thread has gone this far without a mention of EMH Black Cat.
by Mike Evans
February 12th, 2021, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My biggest buying and drinking change in last 5 years.
Replies: 39
Views: 2641

Re: My biggest buying and drinking change in last 5 years.

I bought more bottles of Champagne in 2019 than in the previous 25 years combined and then bought even more in 2020 than in 2019. In a similar vein, before 2015 I had almost no Oregon wine in my cellar and now it is about 7% of my cellar.
by Mike Evans
February 10th, 2021, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White wines comparable to Lopez de Heredia blancos?
Replies: 21
Views: 1085

Re: White wines comparable to Lopez de Heredia blancos?

The CUNE Monopole Clasico blanco is a like a LdH white-lite. It uses a little manzanilla raised under flor that imparts a touch of oxidized character. Not exactly the same but still tasty. This. Second time this week that I have heard this wine recommended. I have no experience with it. Need to che...
by Mike Evans
February 10th, 2021, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Winter Release
Replies: 43
Views: 2731

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Winter Release

Ive never had huis wines but obviously quite popular on this forum. What the style like? I see they are lower in alcohol, are they more food wines with a lot of acidity? Here are some notes from a tasting we did in the fall of 2019 that included examples of most of their bottlings with a little age...
by Mike Evans
February 10th, 2021, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 2
Views: 246

TN: 2014 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard

2014 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (2/9/2021) From 375 ml - Tangy red cherry with a little spice, joined by hints of orange peel with air, it starts out tight but really expands with air to show impressive depth well-delineated by acid...
by Mike Evans
February 8th, 2021, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Delas Frères Côte-Rôtie La Landonne
Replies: 4
Views: 276

Re: TN: 2003 Delas Frères Côte-Rôtie La Landonne

Glad you got a good one. I’ve found 2003 Delas wines to be wildly variable, though I don’t see that I have any notes on the Landonne. My scores on the Marquise de la Tourette have ranged from 73 to 91 and the Bessards has earned mid-70s scores as well. The lousy bottles have featured a noxious blend...
by Mike Evans
February 7th, 2021, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping Window - Low(er) Temperatures
Replies: 61
Views: 3396

Re: Shipping Window - Low(er) Temperatures

At what temperature are you all starting to stop shipments? I feel like in PA we are right on the cusp this week with being able to get deliveries. We have highs in the mid thirties and lows in the mid twenties. I can normally get items from NY/NYC in 1 day. ie: order today, ship tomorrow, deliver ...
by Mike Evans
February 7th, 2021, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shout out to MacArthur Beverages
Replies: 39
Views: 2773

Re: Shout out to MacArthur Beverages

There is a current thread, "What do you find is a good value play at K&L?" Made me wonder the same thing about Bassin's - what areas do you find Bassin's to be strongest in either in terms of selection, knowledge, or price? German wines, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Italian wines. I’d add t...
by Mike Evans
February 6th, 2021, 7:26 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: ** Offer Closing Sunday! **. Morgan Ranch Wagyu Berserker Day 12 Deal!
Replies: 255
Views: 9337

Re: ** Offer Closing Sunday! **. Morgan Ranch Wagyu Berserker Day 12 Deal!

Yes, the seal is compromised. If it has been frozen, either use right away or repackage and vacuum seal it again. Do not continue to freeze for a long time without resealing (due to freezer burn). If defrosted, cook it. No problem. I have had the. same issue on several packages of PastureBird chick...
by Mike Evans
February 3rd, 2021, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riverain: Discussing the wines, winemaker, owners, and anything else of interest
Replies: 31
Views: 1371

Re: Riverain: Discussing the wines, winemaker, owners, and anything else of interest

Here are an assortment of my notes through the years: 2014 Riverain Cabernet Sauvignon Tench Vineyard - 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 most...
by Mike Evans
February 3rd, 2021, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 38
Views: 2687

Re: TN: 2005 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

Pat, I'm guessing those 89 GR notes were entered in CT in error and should have been Reserva. I see the Gilman View from the Cellar feature on LdH from 2009 that refers to an 89 Tondonia Blanco Gran Reserva, but right below that mention it says the most recent vintage of that particular wine (at th...
by Mike Evans
February 2nd, 2021, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Rhys Syrah Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 15
Views: 1321

Re: 2012 Rhys Syrah Horseshoe Vineyard

Oops, I copied the wrong note. Here’s one on the 2012: 2012 Rhys Syrah Horseshoe Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (8/9/2017) I prefer my syrah on the savory side, and this definitely fit the bill. A little ripe at first (though this is a relative term, as compared ...
by Mike Evans
February 2nd, 2021, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 - Offer feedback from the community
Replies: 207
Views: 8359

Re: BerserkerDay 12 - Offer feedback from the community

I like the idea of expanding the number and variety of food vendors, but if that category expands, I suggest having them in a separate forum so they don’t get lost in the shuffle. Maybe a wine forum and an everything but wine forum, as Nola’s tasty treats, the stemware vendors, and Flannery should b...
by Mike Evans
February 2nd, 2021, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In Memorium: "Drinking & Driving with Francois Pinon"
Replies: 7
Views: 1015

Re: In Memorium: "Drinking & Driving with Francois Pinon"

I'm more than a bit late to the party, but, in light of the recent passing of Francois Pinon, this lovely piece of writing , is a great way to remember him, for those who met him. I only tasted once at Pinon, but it was more than enough to make an impression. The world is a poorer place without him...
by Mike Evans
February 2nd, 2021, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Rhys Syrah Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 15
Views: 1321

Re: 2012 Rhys Syrah Horseshoe Vineyard

Here’s my note: 2011 Rhys Syrah Horseshoe Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (3/19/2019) Atlanta Does Rhys Yet Again (Atlas Restaurant, Atlanta, GA) : Just like a spectacular, old school Côte Rotie from the Côte Brune with pepper and minerals dominating the nose, the...
by Mike Evans
February 2nd, 2021, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The myth of letting wines breathe
Replies: 879
Views: 48219

Re: The myth of letting wines breathe

As I just wrote in another thread, I double decant pretty much every older bottle of red wine I take to a dinner or tasting and after doing so with hundreds of 20 to 30 year old bottles from pretty much every major region, I can’t think of a single one that wasn’t better when I poured it one to four...
by Mike Evans
February 2nd, 2021, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the deal with double decanting?
Replies: 73
Views: 2751

Re: What's the deal with double decanting?

I double decant pretty much every older bottle of red wine I take to a dinner or tasting and after doing so with hundreds of 20 to 30 year old bottles from pretty much every major region, I can’t think of a single one that wasn’t better when I poured it one to four hours later than it was when I fir...
by Mike Evans
February 2nd, 2021, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Riverain Cabernet Sauvignon Tench Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 614

Re: TN: 2017 Riverain Cabernet Sauvignon Tench Vineyard

I purchased a Berserker Day three-pack of the 2018 version. My fingers are crossed that it is not too "big" for my palate. I am not generally a “modern Napa Cab” guy if that helps. This is a little bigger than I normally drink, but it’s not in any way over the top. It’s a lot bigger than ...
by Mike Evans
February 1st, 2021, 7:47 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Berserker Day Wineries of yore
Replies: 24
Views: 1326

Re: Berserker Day Wineries of yore

Here’s a list of wineries I’ve purchased from on BerserkerDays: Arcadian Beau Rivage Biggio Hamina Briceland Cabot Chester’s Anvil Di Costanzo EMH Black Cat Enkidu Fogline Foursight Franny Beck Goodfellow/Matello Greyscale Halcon I Brand/La Marea JN Neufeld Jean Edwards Kelley Fox Kendric Ladd Lagie...
by Mike Evans
February 1st, 2021, 6:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12773
Views: 519617

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Bill Sweeney wrote: January 30th, 2021, 4:55 am 1995 geantet ponsiot charmes chambertin

Ready, finally. Absolutely lovely, not blocky like the vintage tends in general. As good as the 1997 was ten years ago...
Thanks for the note, I’ve been sitting on a lone bottle of this for years and now may finally pull the cork on it.
by Mike Evans
January 30th, 2021, 5:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone here try Morgan Ranch Wagyu?
Replies: 53
Views: 2678

Re: Anyone here try Morgan Ranch Wagyu?

Ethan Abraham wrote: January 30th, 2021, 2:19 pm Sounds like these are not too fatty to cook like regular steak, is that the consensus?
Yes, I’d cook it like high end prime.
by Mike Evans
January 30th, 2021, 4:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone here try Morgan Ranch Wagyu?
Replies: 53
Views: 2678

Re: Anyone here try Morgan Ranch Wagyu?

I cooked a strip loin tonight in my 1930s Lodge cast iron skillet basted with butter, garlic, and fresh thyme. I was very happy with the combination of fatty richness and beefiness and will order from them again.
by Mike Evans
January 29th, 2021, 10:59 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: ** Offer Closing Sunday! **. Morgan Ranch Wagyu Berserker Day 12 Deal!
Replies: 255
Views: 9337

Re: Morgan Ranch Wagyu Berserker Day 12 Deal!

this should be their entire offer next year, just a picture and a link. [cheers.gif] Meat: Yes Please https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/download/file.php?id=78748&t=1 Can anyone identify the small piece of meat on the middle right? My pack arrived today and it wasn't labeled. Everything look...
by Mike Evans
January 29th, 2021, 6:25 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Ok, tally it up. What did you buy?
Replies: 223
Views: 8347

Re: Ok, tally it up. What did you buy?

I used Berserker Day XII as the store, following the convention I’ve used since BD V. Setting each BD as its own store makes it very easy to track each year’s purchases.
by Mike Evans
January 28th, 2021, 6:09 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Ok, tally it up. What did you buy?
Replies: 223
Views: 8347

Re: Ok, tally it up. What did you buy?

I’d planned to cut way back this year, as I already have more wine than I’m ever likely to drink, but that plan failed. The offers were so tempting that I bought 102 bottles from 15 producers: Beau Rivage Cabot Di Costanzo Goodfellow Halcon Kelley Fox Monroy* Patricia Green Riverain Sandler Sojourn ...
by Mike Evans
January 27th, 2021, 9:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day debriefing thread....whoooo!
Replies: 69
Views: 3993

Re: Berserker Day debriefing thread....whoooo!

Things I thought were great were the support and enthusiasm sellers were showing for each other and the number of women, and even more the number of women with GCC status, who were participating. Diversity makes the community stronger and better and I hope to see a lot of new voices bringing their k...
by Mike Evans
January 27th, 2021, 7:12 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 598
Views: 47503

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

I had resolved to cut way back this year. I failed. The offers were just too tempting, as I ended up with 102 bottles from 15 different producers. Most were from producers who regularly participate on WB and that are repeat purchases, but I added one newbie and another that was new to me. I also pic...
by Mike Evans
January 27th, 2021, 2:17 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Thank you! Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages
Replies: 238
Views: 11292

Re: Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages

James Lyon wrote: January 27th, 2021, 1:28 pm Dang, my namesake offer is getting crushed by the Stotter. At this pace, I'll need to add 50 James Lyon's to my request from yesterday.

Wonderful wines across the board. I'll be in touch.
The Stotter is the entry level offer, ours are for those seeking a more advanced experience. [wink.gif]
by Mike Evans
January 27th, 2021, 1:44 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: ~*~ STELLAREESE WINE: Offer closed THANK YOU!
Replies: 113
Views: 2399

Re: ~*~ STELLAREESE WINE: CALISTOGA AVA CABERNET, Chardonnay, whole cluster GRENACHE! up to 50% off + FLAT RATE SHIPPING

I planned to be done for the day, but the temptation of the Chardonnay and Cabernet was too much to resist.
by Mike Evans
January 27th, 2021, 1:06 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 598
Views: 47503

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

Argh...I think Berserker Confusion has entered the arena...knew I should have kept written track...rookie mistake (but i'm not a rookie). Somewhere between five and six cases and no frigging room for what I've already got. I have a spreadsheet form I started using with BD VI as a way to both keep u...
by Mike Evans
January 27th, 2021, 11:41 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Kelley Fox Wines - BD12 offers
Replies: 38
Views: 3217

Re: Kelley Fox Wines - BD12 offers

In for a Study in 2013 and a Mirabai 6 Pack!
by Mike Evans
January 27th, 2021, 10:48 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BEAU RIVAGE WINES - 6PK VERTICAL
Replies: 164
Views: 6551

Re: BEAU RIVAGE WINES - 6PK VERTICAL

In for a 6 pack to join the 3 2017s already in my cellar that I haven’t gotten to yet.
by Mike Evans
January 27th, 2021, 10:41 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: EXTENDED TO 1/29: Sojourn Cellars - 95 Point Wine Trifecta, Bonus Bottle, and more...
Replies: 31
Views: 3117

Re: Sojourn Cellars - 95 Point Wine Trifecta, Bonus Bottle, and more...

In for an assortment of Pinot and Chardonnay. I tend to prefer leaner Chards, but when I want a bigger one I want Sojourn Sangiacomo.
by Mike Evans
January 27th, 2021, 9:52 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Thank you! Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages
Replies: 238
Views: 11292

Re: Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages

For those fortunate enough to get the Scott Tallman, I’ve added the CF to CT.
by Mike Evans
January 27th, 2021, 8:40 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Di Costanzo Wines • Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons
Replies: 109
Views: 5414

Re: Di Costanzo Wines • Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons

In for three each of Farella and Montecillo, having picked up the Di Co in the fall mailing list offer. Di Costanzo was a discovery last year that impressed me enough to immediately join the list, which has been the case with many other BD discoveries.
by Mike Evans
January 27th, 2021, 6:02 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 598
Views: 47503

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

So people who have done this before, was preview day yesterday all the offers or are there new offers and/or new vendors coming out today also? While there may be a last minute addition from a winery that delayed getting their offer in, generally all the offers are shown on preview/early purchase d...
by Mike Evans
January 26th, 2021, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Proof that coravin does not corrupt
Replies: 45
Views: 2397

Re: Proof that coravin does not corrupt

Found this blind taste test with 30 Somms done in Dec 2018 on wines Coravin-ed 3.5 years earlier: Hosted by chairman and founder of Coravin, Greg Lambrecht, the test involved 30 sommeliers, two different wines, and eight glasses, and was designed to see whether Coravin, which uses a hollow needle t...

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