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by Sebastian C.
June 16th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best domestic Chardonnay?
Replies: 108
Views: 5666

Re: Best domestic Chardonnay?

From what I have tasted; Rhys, Littorai and Aubert.
by Sebastian C.
April 9th, 2020, 5:30 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoker - what to purchase?
Replies: 133
Views: 5473

Re: Smoker - what to purchase?

I have a cookshack electric smoker and it works great. Have had it for 10+ years. Downside is you wont get any smoke rings.
by Sebastian C.
March 15th, 2020, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Harlan Estate- Da Vinci Card
Replies: 4
Views: 520

Re: Harlan Estate- Da Vinci Card

Don’t think you will wait too long. Tons of Harlan on secondary market at or below release prices.
by Sebastian C.
March 8th, 2020, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marchand-Grillot? Anyone??
Replies: 14
Views: 770

Re: Marchand-Grillot? Anyone??

I ordered one each of the '09 and '10 Ruchottes Chamb and the GC Champerrieres. Gonna open all 4 within the next 2 weeks and will report back results. Would be nice to find a 'relatively' inexpensive source of some quality Burg (but so unlikely!!) You never reported back! Both the Ruchottes and the...
by Sebastian C.
February 29th, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses
Replies: 91
Views: 4112

Re: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses

Absolutely a no to bringing glasses.
by Sebastian C.
February 18th, 2020, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]
Replies: 294
Views: 24788

Re: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]

Heads up in case anyone else has seen this--I had a card compromised after my BD Flannery purchase, activity was flagged and card replaced within a day or two, just like most others in this thread. New twist was when I got a bunch of bills from Fedex today for an account opened up in my name, with ...
by Sebastian C.
February 10th, 2020, 3:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I love these American pinot noirs. Maybe only these.
Replies: 80
Views: 5895

Re: I love these American pinot noirs. Maybe only these.

Kevin Harvey wrote:
February 9th, 2020, 9:01 pm
Are young Grand Cru Red Burgundys fruit bombs?
Interesting comment. For my palate, they tend to be...especially one very famous domain. Sometimes oaky.
by Sebastian C.
February 3rd, 2020, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Aeris Etna Bianco Superiore - DRINK UP!
Replies: 32
Views: 2114

Re: 2014 Aeris Etna Bianco Superiore - DRINK UP!

Disappointing to hear these stories. I bought two bottles and had one last summer, it was really superb. I should dig my other one out of storage and open it soon, I guess. Hopefully my luck holds out. I have drank 3 out of 4 bottles and they have been very good. I drank the third tonight and altho...
by Sebastian C.
January 31st, 2020, 11:52 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Interest Check: NYC Pinot Duel (US vs France) - $100-200/head
Replies: 9
Views: 1672

Re: Interest Check: NYC Pinot Duel (US vs France) - $100-200/head

Juliec wrote:
January 31st, 2020, 5:41 am
Interested. No strong preference. Assuming there is some apps. I have aged and recent vintage OR and CA bottles generally single vineyard. A couple burgs also.
Interested, although wine is best served with food, even if only to cleanse the palate.
by Sebastian C.
January 30th, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundian Recommendations for California Oregon Pinots
Replies: 56
Views: 3324

Re: Burgundian Recommendations for California Oregon Pinots

Josh Jensen spent a lot of effort to find a place in California that came close to Burgundy terroir. The style at Calera seems to have changed a bit unfortunately. But pre-change (somewhere in the oughts, I think) Calera was kind of unique in Cali. I have a friend who has drank quite a bit of high ...
by Sebastian C.
January 30th, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 6867

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

Brian Tuite wrote:
January 30th, 2020, 1:04 pm
Post a benign non-offensive question on WineBerserkers, start a fight. [popcorn.gif]
I know. Just pet peeves. I guess Sally’s friend took it personally.
by Sebastian C.
January 28th, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 6867

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

Juliec,

Its pev peeves, not the Ten Commandments of wine. But I get your point.
by Sebastian C.
January 28th, 2020, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 6867

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

Do you like every good wine that is made? I may not personally like a wine. I may still rate it a 90 to 95 range if the wine itself was perfectly made and I could experience the quality of the wine and expression of the terrior. If the i like binary anotation and the rating had to go hand in hand w...
by Sebastian C.
January 28th, 2020, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 6867

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

Mine: 1) xxx does not like this wine. Rates it a 93 Which leads to, 2) People using their own personal scales. I would prefer that that CT lets you choose the quality category, average, good, very good etc and then assigns a grade based on their scale. People can do as they please but I cant help th...
by Sebastian C.
January 23rd, 2020, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley
Replies: 66
Views: 7657

Re: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley

larry schaffer wrote:
January 23rd, 2020, 8:47 am
Context is so important when tasting wines, and it's impossible to have that in a blind setting.
Why? Can you elaborate further? Maybe provide and example of how context improves wine review. ?

Cheers
by Sebastian C.
January 15th, 2020, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 190
Views: 21858

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

Galloni must need to whip up some subscribers and drum up some readership, eh?? How about another vintage of a thousand lifetimes like the 2010 Barolo vintage... or some triple digit Rivers Marie scores. Galloni is such a sell out. I can’t believe anyone takes this guy seriously. Get back in your c...
by Sebastian C.
January 13th, 2020, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard Sonoma Coast
Replies: 23
Views: 1620

Re: TN: 2016 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard Sonoma Coast

I bought Littorai for several vintages based on multiple positive sources of information. I don’t get it. I keep trying to like the wines, and I just don’t get it, especially at the price points. Fruit is certainly sweet but bottles we have had show a good acid spine. Although I enjoy Littorai youn...
by Sebastian C.
January 7th, 2020, 6:39 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC Grand Cru Burgs Dec 30th FULL. PLEASE POST WINES
Replies: 82
Views: 5681

Re: NYC Grand Cru Burgs Dec 30th FULL. PLEASE POST WINES

Having drank a few of 11’s and 10’s i would definitely not call them dark or dark fruited.
by Sebastian C.
January 7th, 2020, 5:22 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: NYC Grand Cru Burgs Dec 30th FULL. PLEASE POST WINES
Replies: 82
Views: 5681

Re: NYC Grand Cru Burgs Dec 30th FULL. PLEASE POST WINES

Dave, Julie has summed it up well. Dennis called Corton’s ‘powdery’. While I like earthy wines, I could feel ‘powder’ on my tongue while drinking them. As Julie said, they were quite tannic too. Overall didn’t like any of the cortons. I have 2016 Faiveley Corton and May have to offload that. I thin...
by Sebastian C.
January 6th, 2020, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How does one extract a broken cork from inside a bottle?
Replies: 39
Views: 1520

Re: How does one extract a broken cork from inside a bottle?



I have done it with a napkin over a dozen times.
by Sebastian C.
December 9th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar
Replies: 263
Views: 13136

Re: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar

2007 Domaine Robert Sirugue Vosne-Romanée Vieilles Vignes . 82.4 score.
by Sebastian C.
November 28th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?
Replies: 187
Views: 11759

Re: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?

Todd Hamina wrote:
November 28th, 2019, 8:23 am
Right, a taco truck run by a winemaker who has worked at Dujac and DRC...
Hmmm. Will have to try them again. Had a bottle a week ago and it was a bit candied and oaky.
by Sebastian C.
October 13th, 2019, 6:18 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Fairfield County, CT
Replies: 17
Views: 3405

Re: Fairfield County, CT

Olio on the border between Darien and Stamford has great food and I think 25 corkage. Chef was a winner at Chopped.
by Sebastian C.
September 14th, 2019, 5:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13945
Views: 678868

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Handfull 2000 BAMA’s
by Sebastian C.
September 13th, 2019, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: For BAMA fans...
Replies: 56
Views: 2860

Re: For BAMA fans...

Great bottle variability here, but all 3 2000 i have drank this year have been spot on. Not so much 95 or 96 where I have experienced more bottle variation.
by Sebastian C.
September 12th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: For BAMA fans...
Replies: 56
Views: 2860

Re: For BAMA fans...

Picked up some 2000 which I feel are the most consistent.
by Sebastian C.
September 11th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?
Replies: 154
Views: 9903

Re: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?

Jay Miller wrote:
September 11th, 2019, 1:58 pm
2010 Rhys Alpine for the last year. I don't trust my memory for 5 years.
Same. 2010 Alpine was wotn in a recent Rhys tasting I was part of.
by Sebastian C.
August 23rd, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 15 Fourrier, 17 PYCM
Replies: 16
Views: 1538

Re: TNs: 15 Fourrier, 17 PYCM

Did you just rag on Littorai? neener Not really. I have Littorai in my cellar and enjoy them with age, esp the Anderson Valley bottlings. Fourrier would be an ideal gateway wine into the minefields of Burgundy for someone that likes quality CA pinot from producers like Littorai, Rochioli, WS, et al...
by Sebastian C.
August 14th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 32
Views: 1473

Re: TN: 2014 Aeris Wines Etna Bianco Superiore (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

I've had a poor experience with the 2014. Three out of four bottles were advanced. (The one correct bottle was beautiful, so I know what this wine is capable of.) Looking at CT , even many TNs that do not call the wine out as flawed don't sound right, citing apple flavors and a heavy/oily texture. ...
by Sebastian C.
August 14th, 2019, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Young Cabs?
Replies: 43
Views: 2422

Re: Decanting Young Cabs?

I guess you were the one who did not like the W&M yet gave a whopping 93 score. Shouldn't have to be a guess given it is the same handle. I try to score objectively, even if the style of wine is not my my favorite wine; otherwise I would be scoring certain regions much higher than others. FWIW, I g...
by Sebastian C.
August 14th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting Young Cabs?
Replies: 43
Views: 2422

Re: Decanting Young Cabs?

I guess you were the one who did not like the W&M yet gave a whopping 93 score.
by Sebastian C.
June 24th, 2019, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calistoga wineries
Replies: 64
Views: 3564

Re: Calistoga wineries

Thanks all for the responses. Let see where I can arrange tastings.
by Sebastian C.
June 23rd, 2019, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calistoga wineries
Replies: 64
Views: 3564

Calistoga wineries

Attending a wedding in Calistoga and would like to visit a few wineries. Any recommendations?. Also any good places to eat would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

S.
by Sebastian C.
June 9th, 2019, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Inexorable Rise of Wine Prices
Replies: 30
Views: 2905

Re: The Inexorable Rise of Wine Prices

Basically averaging bottle prices and ignoring consumption. A bottle of Romanee Conti has huge impact on pricing, while a high consumption wine like Yellowtail has mathematically very little. Gallo sells around a billion bottles a year alone, huge effect on average price Depends if it is a weighted...
by Sebastian C.
June 3rd, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1770
Views: 110127

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Any color in the Launois Pere et Fils Champagne Grand Cru Cuvée Maxime
Blanc de Blancs?
by Sebastian C.
April 11th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine-searcher pro price increase
Replies: 50
Views: 4217

Re: wine-searcher pro price increase

Let me come home from my six figure job, jump in my Tesla, check time on the gold Rolex before getting home and searing a nice Flannery steak on the custom outdoor grill before selecting a nice Chambertin from my 2000 bottle custom cellar. What to do next, i know lets complain about $10 on software...
by Sebastian C.
April 6th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 2
Views: 367

Re: TN: 2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard

Best 2011 Rhys. .
by Sebastian C.
March 26th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 2
Views: 367

TN: 2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard

2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (3/26/2019) This wine is in a great place for what is supposed to be a tough vintage. The lower ripeness level is noticeable but it provides for a lively wine with tart red fruit and moderate to low t...
by Sebastian C.
March 14th, 2019, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seriously, a bourgogne rouge for $120.
Replies: 35
Views: 4601

Re: Seriously, a bourgogne rouge for $120.

Lets complain about burgundy prices shall we?. Sylvain Cathiard 2015 Bourgogne rouge for 120 dollars. Are you f*** kidding me? Gonna have to start drinking some roussillon wines pretty soon. Does this mean that all Bourgogne Rouge now is $120? For now, no. I passed on this obviously, and bought som...
by Sebastian C.
February 24th, 2019, 7:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1447
Views: 86518

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

YLee wrote:
February 23rd, 2019, 1:46 pm
Asked for
2008 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet
2007 Domaine Leflaive Chevalier Montrachet
2016 Domaine Leflaive Marquis de Laguiche Montrachet
1996 Philipponat Clos des Goisse
White Burgundy with no recourse for pre-mox......
by Sebastian C.
February 12th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 54
Views: 5187

Re: Rhys offer

Bought a little of everything except Swan Terrace. I do not know if on the margin this bottling price is justified given the increasing quality of the Alpine PN. Perhaps makes sense to skip it and jump to the hillsides. Price wise, everything is relative. There are at least 5 threads of 200+ cabs re...
by Sebastian C.
January 25th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much Wine do we drink a year?
Replies: 42
Views: 1984

Re: How much Wine do we drink a year?

68 was my count for 2018, not including wine brought by other people.
by Sebastian C.
January 9th, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1445
Views: 82176

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Has anyone tried the Robertas pizzeria dough recipe in the NYT cooking app? Interesting to read about results.
by Sebastian C.
January 8th, 2019, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology
Replies: 35
Views: 1552

Re: CellarTracker Scoring Methodolog

I would prefer if CT had he option of standardized scores. That is, I choose the adjectives and CT provides the score. Therefore, if i choose the adjective “good” it would start at 82 and build from there. Thus if i want a wine to rate at least 90, i would have to choose “excellent”, so on and so fo...
by Sebastian C.
January 8th, 2019, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seriously, a bourgogne rouge for $120.
Replies: 35
Views: 4601

Seriously, a bourgogne rouge for $120.

Lets complain about burgundy prices shall we?. Sylvain Cathiard 2015 Bourgogne rouge for 120 dollars. Are you f*** kidding me? Gonna have to start drinking some roussillon wines pretty soon.
by Sebastian C.
January 7th, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar
Replies: 263
Views: 13136

Re: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar

2001 Faiveley Corton-Clos des Cortons Faiveley 70pts
2007 Domaine Robert Sirugue Vosne-Romanée Vieilles Vignes 72 Pts
2010 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 75 pts

Probably too generous with the first two.
by Sebastian C.
December 30th, 2018, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Annoying Amazon pop up. Add, or Malware?
Replies: 119
Views: 6935

Re: Annoying Amazon pop up. Add, or Malware?

Neal, David, I think the issue of contributing to this site and the pop up problem are separate issues. You know that. Feel free to start a thread about how regular users who do not contribute are smoochers, free riders or whatever adjective you want to choose. I think we had one of those some time ...
by Sebastian C.
December 29th, 2018, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Annoying Amazon pop up. Add, or Malware?
Replies: 119
Views: 6935

Re: Annoying Amazon pop up. Add, or Malware?

Yes. This site has been obviously hijacked. One could purchase an ad blocker but that wont change the fact that it is hijacked. No. It is not. If it was it would happen to everyone. These pop ups are not exclusive to (some) users of Berserkers. They are a web-wide issue, that crops up somewhat rand...
by Sebastian C.
December 29th, 2018, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Annoying Amazon pop up. Add, or Malware?
Replies: 119
Views: 6935

Re: Annoying Amazon pop up. Add, or Malware?

Yes. This site has been obviously hijacked. One could purchase an ad blocker but that wont change the fact that it is hijacked.
by Sebastian C.
December 27th, 2018, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Aging Bourgogne
Replies: 21
Views: 1335

Re: Poll: Aging Bourgogne

Not a big fan of bourgognes in general but if I have to drink them i prefer them fresh and lively. I feel that this way serves their purpose.

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