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by Dusty Gillson
January 27th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Terragena: help pay our TRUCK REGISTRATION sale!
Replies: 11
Views: 1177

Re: Terragena: help pay our TRUCK REGISTRATION sale!

The experimental barrel tasting is right up my alley! But no shipping to OHIO. :( Let me know if I misread it.

On BerserkerDay I have previously picked up a Keating series of Cabernets with different oak treatments, as well as the Patty Green soil type series.
by Dusty Gillson
January 27th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Liquid Farm - BD10 Offerings
Replies: 42
Views: 3969

Re: Liquid Farm - BD10 Offerings

Cheers Jeff! Really looking forward to trying your Pinot for the first time!
by Dusty Gillson
January 27th, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Liquid Farm - BD10 Offerings
Replies: 42
Views: 3969

Re: Liquid Farm - BD10 Offerings

Concur. I am trying to get the Dark Side Pack, but shipping says $22.
by Dusty Gillson
April 11th, 2016, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ch. Pontet-Canet 1986-2013 + 2002 Mouton
Replies: 26
Views: 2273

Ch. Pontet-Canet 1986-2013 + 2002 Mouton

I recently tasted the 02' Mouton as well and completely agree that that wine is an absolute stunner. I drank it along side an 86' and 06' Margaux and it blew them out of the water. Currently stands as my WOTY for 16.
by Dusty Gillson
March 23rd, 2016, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer Check: Aabalat Fine And Rare Wines
Replies: 3
Views: 503

Retailer Check: Aabalat Fine And Rare Wines

I have ordered older wine from them a couple of times and had a good experience. Of course you don't really know what to think until you do run into an issue and ask them to do something about it.
by Dusty Gillson
March 22nd, 2016, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The ever changing labels of a Krug Clos du Mesnil vertical (also why do Louis Latour Reds suck?)
Replies: 24
Views: 2009

The ever changing labels of a Krug Clos du Mesnil vertical (also why do Louis Latour Reds suck?)

Charlie maybe forgot the mention that Hill Farmstead is utterly and completely a 'cult' brewery and is very difficult to find. I did recently have a collaboration of theirs with Blaugies (a Saison) that was fantastic.
by Dusty Gillson
March 21st, 2016, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why would you buy this wine
Replies: 58
Views: 2628

Why would you buy this wine

This train has gone completely off the tracks, but my take on it (and many would agree) is as follows: One of the criteria for a truly great wine is that is must age well (not just get old, and I'm not getting into that one). For a wine to age well, it needs to shed certain things (tannin) while not...
by Dusty Gillson
March 7th, 2016, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you left the 2005 McPrice Myers L'Ange Rouge at my house at BF 2.5, THANKS!
Replies: 9
Views: 564

If you left the 2005 McPrice Myers L'Ange Rouge at my house at BF 2.5, THANKS!

I can't believe it. I just posted on the "Big wines please" thread that McPrice Meyers should be in the running, stating that I had never heard a Berserker reference that producer. Then I see this a couple of clicks down the line.
by Dusty Gillson
March 7th, 2016, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Biggest Flavor bomb out there - NOT Jammy - Under $50
Replies: 44
Views: 2124

Biggest Flavor bomb out there - NOT Jammy - Under $50

McPrice Meyers. . . don't know if I've ever heard that name on here, but I certainly think they fit the bill. [url][/http://www.mcpricemyers.com/url] Also, what about Musar? Young I feel like they are certainly powerhouse wines, but the tannins and such might get in the way of what you are looking f...
by Dusty Gillson
March 4th, 2016, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Josh Raynolds slams Mollydooker!
Replies: 116
Views: 7504

Josh Raynolds slams Mollydooker!

I just had a 2002 Marquis Phillips Cabernet and thought it was fantastic ,FWIW. I have always enjoyed the Blue Eyed Boy Shiraz, even whilst hating the range of $30 bottles from them. To me there are far worse offenders (e.g. Palermo) in the world than the higher end stuff from Mollydooker.
by Dusty Gillson
March 4th, 2016, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long for wine to reach the right temperature?
Replies: 8
Views: 562

How long for wine to reach the right temperature?

I have always heard the rule of 20's: For red wine a room temp (~72 deg F), put the bottle in the fridge for 20 minutes before drinking. For white wine at fridge temp (~42 deg F), take out of the fridge for 20 minutes before drinking. I've never really used this methodology, and it doesn't really ap...
by Dusty Gillson
March 3rd, 2016, 12:41 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Re-locating to Paso or Sonoma
Replies: 4
Views: 1774

Re-locating to Paso or Sonoma

Wish I had the guts to do this. Cheers to you.
by Dusty Gillson
March 3rd, 2016, 12:38 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Is regrafting a solution to black rot?
Replies: 5
Views: 1388

Is regrafting a solution to black rot?

Are there particular treatments you would recommend? Off hand I don't remember what I used last year, but it is difficult to find the good stuff in small quantities.
by Dusty Gillson
March 3rd, 2016, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1974 Heitz Martha's,1968 Heitz Pinot Chardonnay, 2000 DRC Grands Ech…..
Replies: 35
Views: 2502

TN: 1974 Heitz Martha's,1968 Heitz Pinot Chardonnay, 2000 DRC Grands Ech…..

Wow! I had my very first experience with Heitz Martha's Vineyard Cabernet last Friday ... It was a 1998 and was beyond gorgeous -- the eucalyptus and mint were mind blowing. Such a beautiful wine! Of the 12 wines (chosen by 12 master somms for wine pairings with 4 courses that evening -- it was the...
by Dusty Gillson
February 23rd, 2016, 11:26 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Is regrafting a solution to black rot?
Replies: 5
Views: 1388

Is regrafting a solution to black rot?

I have been fighting with what I diagnosed as black rot on my backyard grapevines (grapes start to plump up, then quickly revert to "mummies" and within 6 weeks my whole trellis of 4 vines is nearly wiped out). I have tried to research and treat over the last 2 years to almost no avail. My vines are...
by Dusty Gillson
February 19th, 2016, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who's buying Liquid Farm PN?
Replies: 22
Views: 2011

Who's buying Liquid Farm PN?

I really enjoy LF Chards, but it seem strange to come with the Pinot at such a high price point. Almost gives me the impression that they think it is better than the Chardonnay. I was excited to try it, thinking it would come in at $40, but I'm a pass at this $$$.
by Dusty Gillson
February 19th, 2016, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy National Drink Wine Day?
Replies: 17
Views: 587

Happy National Drink Wine Day?

I had a 2016 Sierra Nevada Beer Club Spring Release Tropical IPA (may have had 2 of them). Delicious.
by Dusty Gillson
February 18th, 2016, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most insane offer ever?
Replies: 71
Views: 4511

Most insane offer ever?

Everything is relative. A former boss of mine owned a small jet, and the costs he incurred every time he took off and landed would buy an awful lot of wine. He had no reason to fly other than pleasure and convenience, but would've laughed in your face if you suggested that a $50 bottle of wine was w...
by Dusty Gillson
February 17th, 2016, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting Flight Grouping Suggestions Please - Italian Tasting
Replies: 8
Views: 381

Tasting Flight Grouping Suggestions Please - Italian Tasting

Peter, Thanks so much, we took much of your groupings, but decided to have the Dolcetto and Barbera (ended up with a 97' Clerico as well), before the Brunelli and the Chianti. Also, the 63' Borgogno got mis-pulled from the rack and was a 93' instead pileon but was delicious anyway. To the Super Tusc...
by Dusty Gillson
February 12th, 2016, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting Flight Grouping Suggestions Please - Italian Tasting
Replies: 8
Views: 381

Tasting Flight Grouping Suggestions Please - Italian Tasting

Oh, sorry. We are going to serve all of them. The question asked is whether or not any logical groupings of wines exist that I'm not seeing, aside from simply tasting the brunelli together, the barbareschi together, the chanti together, etc.
by Dusty Gillson
February 12th, 2016, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting Flight Grouping Suggestions Please - Italian Tasting
Replies: 8
Views: 381

Tasting Flight Grouping Suggestions Please - Italian Tasting

I have organized a bit of a tasting for this weekend with an Italian theme and am wondering if any of the Berserkers with better knowledge than I have any good suggestions for which of the following wines to be grouped together for compare/contrast. I think we only have enough glasses to maybe pour ...
by Dusty Gillson
January 25th, 2016, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Excessive Shipping Charge
Replies: 33
Views: 2352

Excessive Shipping Charge

I have always thought that either some wineries are gouging on shipping cost OR others are eating some of the shipping if you can assume that no portion of the shipping cost is built into the bottle price. This is solely based on how wide the range is for shipping per bottle when you are less than 6...
by Dusty Gillson
January 25th, 2016, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley Allocation Live
Replies: 38
Views: 2264

Turley Allocation Live

I like the freedom I have in the spring Turley release, because I'm not married to any one wine. I usually get a few here and there, but this time I grabbed Kirschenmann and Mead Ranch because they are always gone by the time I decide what I want, and I've never had either before. In the fall I have...
by Dusty Gillson
January 21st, 2016, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tell me about Arista please
Replies: 15
Views: 1164

Tell me about Arista please

I'm with Joe on this one. Visited the winery, enjoyed the Perli, Mononi, and Bacagalupi Pinots. But unless you are buying a case on the mailing list the shipping it outrageous, so I've only ordered a couple of times. I would put the wine even a little heavier than Williams-Selyem, but not overblown.
by Dusty Gillson
January 21st, 2016, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys holdout support club
Replies: 66
Views: 3967

Rhys holdout support club

I don't think I've ever taken my whole allocation from any winery, and sometimes even a 4 bottle minimum is hard to swallow. I'd likely be happiest buying two bottles of my favorite wine from the 5-6 mailing list wineries I just can't pass up. I've been bailing on lists lately mostly for monetary re...
by Dusty Gillson
December 23rd, 2015, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I like '85's
Replies: 23
Views: 1343

I like '85's

I'm always on the lookout for 85's, being my birthyear, but the pricing hurts a bit. . . must be that a lot of people seem to like 85's. One of the best burgs I've had (top 5 at least) was a Rugiens from 85. Diamond Creeks from 85 are also excellent. In Bdx, I've tried way more 83's and 86's than 85...
by Dusty Gillson
December 23rd, 2015, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most rare wine?
Replies: 103
Views: 4960

What is YOUR most rare wine?

Smallest production would probably be my magnum of 2007 T.R. Elliott Single Barrel Pinot Noir. Single barrel (obviously) and only bottled en magnum, so ~150 bottles. Doesn't even have a back label.
by Dusty Gillson
October 30th, 2015, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Best ever Wine Experience.
Replies: 91
Views: 5803

Your Best ever Wine Experience.

A couple jump out at me: -A dinner with 12 of my friends at one of their houses in 2014, the focus of which was a vertical of Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill 1976-1987. Any one of those wines would've wiped the floor with almost anything you could throw a them. Throw in a wonderful group of wine generou...
by Dusty Gillson
October 30th, 2015, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is good wine wasted if we have too much
Replies: 34
Views: 2033

Is good wine wasted if we have too much

I am trying to get better about this sort of thing happening (the late night bottle pop after your teeth are well purple). Part of the problem is that the tasting crowd that I call my own cannot sync schedules very often, so when we do we always go overboard. The last such tasting (it looks formal, ...
by Dusty Gillson
October 30th, 2015, 5:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you buy every vintage
Replies: 51
Views: 2768

Wines you buy every vintage

I've never bought a case of any one wine in my life. But the producers that I buy from every vintage are (with the wine I am most likely to buy): Williams Selyem - Morning Dew Ranch and Westside Road Neighbors Rochioli - 3 Corners Pinot Turley - Pesenti and Ueberroth Ceritas - Porter Bass Chard Liqu...
by Dusty Gillson
October 29th, 2015, 9:07 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Dominican Republic All Inclusive - Punta Cana; Tips?
Replies: 1
Views: 471

Dominican Republic All Inclusive - Punta Cana; Tips?

My wife and I are headed to the DR to an all inclusive in the Punta Cana area a little later this year. This was born partially out of my wife's love of the beach and my always wanting to vacation in wine country. flirtysmile I got my way on the last few trips (we don't vacation much), so her wish i...
by Dusty Gillson
October 29th, 2015, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Handbook for a good Wineberserker
Replies: 99
Views: 4939

Handbook for a good Wineberserker

Mike, I thank you for this thread, I think it was a good idea and don't see any benefit in cutting you down in some sort of claim that you are casting commandments from an ivory tower. For the time I've spent on this thread, I feel like I have gained so much benefit, in the way of wine knowledge, be...
by Dusty Gillson
October 28th, 2015, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon: A Testement To Great Winemaking
Replies: 15
Views: 873

2010 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon: A Testement To Great Winemaking

Recently tasted the 1993 and the 2001. The 1993 was probably a couple of years past its best, but was still really enjoyable. The 2001 was just entering a sweet spot for me, but will likely drink well for years longer. The 99 a few years back was just incredible and was my first Forman experience.
by Dusty Gillson
October 28th, 2015, 6:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Morning Dew Ranch - an increasingly rare CA Pinot epiphany
Replies: 29
Views: 1606

2008 Morning Dew Ranch - an increasingly rare CA Pinot epiphany

I've been buying the WS version for a few years, but haven't opened any because I can only swing for 2 bottles usually. I'd love to get ahold of some of the original though; I've only ever seen reviews of it (e.g. Prince of Pinot)
by Dusty Gillson
October 23rd, 2015, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting Note "Synonyms"
Replies: 18
Views: 556

Tasting Note "Synonyms"

Apparently, I use the term "crunchy" frequently, and it never fails to confuse folks. I almost always use it to describe a bright, acidic red burg with a lot of red fruited characteristics. For some reason the combination of red fruit and acidity makes me think of biting into a red delicious apple (...
by Dusty Gillson
September 24th, 2015, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your wine cellar mistakes
Replies: 62
Views: 4376

Post your wine cellar mistakes

If you really want precise control of the temperature and humidity in your cellar for a long time, pony up and buy the real deal: http://www.emersonnetworkpower.com/en-US/Products/PrecisionCooling/SmallRoomCooling/Pages/LiebertChallenger3000withiCOMPrecisionCoolingSystem105and175kW.aspx These are co...
by Dusty Gillson
September 18th, 2015, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7232
Views: 445058

LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

What happens if you chose the "hold" option? Is it held for weather and then shipped by refrigerated ground, or is it held and shipped by normal ground? Or do they charge you to hold it and then figure out shipping later?
by Dusty Gillson
September 17th, 2015, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7232
Views: 445058

LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Just pulled the trigger on the Paul Jaboulet Domaine de Saint Pierre Cornas. Seemed like a hell of a deal.
by Dusty Gillson
September 17th, 2015, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch virtual offline--this week and next week
Replies: 92
Views: 3300

Kutch virtual offline--this week and next week

My oldest Kutch is the 2011 Falstaff and I only have 1 bottle. . . would it be a shame to open it now?

I hate to drink through my reserves because we had to cut way way back on fall offers this year and had to pass on the Kutch release (and many others).
by Dusty Gillson
September 17th, 2015, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why so many bright cellars?
Replies: 50
Views: 2211

Why so many bright cellars?

I do enjoy the mood lighting, but a dimmer switch is all you need as previously suggested. The mood lighting would really only be an issue if your cellar was big enough to have a tasting area. My 'cellar' is my whole basement, so I just have ceiling mounted can lights throughout. Show off! Haha! Ha...
by Dusty Gillson
September 16th, 2015, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why so many bright cellars?
Replies: 50
Views: 2211

Why so many bright cellars?

I do enjoy the mood lighting, but a dimmer switch is all you need as previously suggested. The mood lighting would really only be an issue if your cellar was big enough to have a tasting area. My 'cellar' is my whole basement, so I just have ceiling mounted can lights throughout.
by Dusty Gillson
September 16th, 2015, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pondering typicity.
Replies: 77
Views: 2333

Pondering typicity.

It is funny, because I guess I never really thought about it before, but "typicity" is really the first thing I look for in determining the merit of a wine. I don't do it consciously, but many times when I am trying a new Burg (or plug in whatever here), my first comment will be something similar to...
by Dusty Gillson
September 15th, 2015, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pondering typicity.
Replies: 77
Views: 2333

Pondering typicity.

It seems like too many people in this conversation jump immediately to the style trumps typicity argument. I have always thought of typicity to be analogous to terroir; tied to the grape instead of the land. So the character that is present in any Cabernet, regardless of style, could be described as...
by Dusty Gillson
September 9th, 2015, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does a wine cellar at maximum capacity run more efficiently?
Replies: 39
Views: 1947

Does a wine cellar at maximum capacity run more efficiently?

The other added benefit is that if the cooling unit breaks down, you'll have much longer before it is an issue. And, with much less air space, the humidity control, if you have any, will barely have to work at all. To get the benefit without all the wine, you could easily just add some gallon water ...
by Dusty Gillson
September 4th, 2015, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Now taking suggestions for the next wine challenge
Replies: 13
Views: 913

Now taking suggestions for the next wine challenge

I have a friend who legitimately collects the dregs from tastings he goes to and blends them into whole bottles. Then they get poured either at blind tastings or for his unsuspecting wine appreciation class students. This could be months later btw.
by Dusty Gillson
September 4th, 2015, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa trip: Wineries to visit if I like classic reds?
Replies: 40
Views: 2573

Napa trip: Wineries to visit if I like classic reds?

Because it hasn't been mentioned, Schweiger on Spring Mountain is excellent young or old Cab for about $65. Call to make an appointment, the grounds are beautiful and the wine is restrained. The Schweiger family still owns and runs the place.
by Dusty Gillson
September 3rd, 2015, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker's Favorites - Cote de Nuits - Results
Replies: 16
Views: 1153

Berserker's Favorites - Cote de Nuits - Results

Now you should plot he results in terms of the average release price of each producer's least expensive bottling. Many of the top producers on this list I have not had, and would be curious to know the "buy in" price for each.
by Dusty Gillson
August 31st, 2015, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Pax
Replies: 5
Views: 416

2012 Pax

What is the style of these wines, because I was led to believe that they were well made, but pretty far into the heavily extracted, ripe dark flavor realm. Given that, I was surprised to see the alc. levels on these, while not low, are clearly not in the upper range you might otherwise expect. Opini...
by Dusty Gillson
August 27th, 2015, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Liquid Farm Chardonnay White Hill
Replies: 33
Views: 1754

TN: 2013 Liquid Farm Chardonnay White Hill

Regardless of the meaning of mineral it was a boring wine. Don't you mean: "very good/excellent, and a good QPR" "good depth despite a lightweight, crystalline style" "Beautiful! Well balanced." "I love this wine." ? newhere I haven't had it yet, but also between the 2011/2012's from LF, I haven't ...
by Dusty Gillson
August 27th, 2015, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Liquid Farm Chardonnay White Hill
Replies: 33
Views: 1754

TN: 2013 Liquid Farm Chardonnay White Hill

Your sentiments are not exactly mirrored by the rest of the Cellartracker notes, as you mentioned. There are a couple of less than stellar reviews, but is it possible you had an off bottle? "tangy, with lots of mineral" "There were no minerals present." "refreshing finish built on green apple, kiwi ...

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