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by Tom Gibson
October 12th, 2017, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How are 1997 California cabernet and merlot, twenty years later?
Replies: 37
Views: 1484

How are 1997 California cabernet and merlot, twenty years later?

I had a 97 Cardinale not long ago. Fruit was bright but not too huge. Tannins were resolved for the most part. Have one more left and I suspect it'll be very good.
by Tom Gibson
October 10th, 2017, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 84280

Catastrophic Fires In Napa

I'll be in Napa on 11/15. Hopefully I'll be able to support some sort of effort to help the afflicted. Really sad. Wineries can and likely will be rebuilt through insurance. Homes can be a different matter.
by Tom Gibson
February 3rd, 2017, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blake Brown in Town: 02 Pur Sang, 89 Chave Blanc, 97 Williams Selyem Rochioli, 89 Clos des Papes...
Replies: 7
Views: 675

Blake Brown in Town: 02 Pur Sang, 89 Chave Blanc, 97 Williams Selyem Rochioli, 89 Clos des Papes...

Chateau Rieussec 05 From a 375ml. Showed brilliantly. For it's class and breed, I have found other vintages of Rieussec a little too botrytis-boombastic - the noble rot flavors overwhelm the fruit and acid. Throw it into a comparison tasting from 01 back, and I'll probably pick Yquem, Climens/Sudui...
by Tom Gibson
February 3rd, 2017, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Dominus @259...
Replies: 104
Views: 8104

2013 Dominus @259...

Any description that contains both "legs" and "smooth" is usually a giant red flag that the taster doesn't know what the hell they are talking about. Not to mention one that includes "grinded." "Few Almonds" could just be the name of a stripper/hooker. In that case, using "grinded in" could be corr...
by Tom Gibson
February 3rd, 2017, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow In Feburary
Replies: 131
Views: 11047

Scarecrow In Feburary

I emailed them and they said I got an offer in 2015 and didn't take it so I'm now 2 years until another offer. I don't delete emails from that inbox from any winery and definitely don't have an email with an offer. Welp, my $$$ goes elsewhere. Caught in the spam filter? I mean it's Gmail, and there...
by Tom Gibson
February 3rd, 2017, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow In Feburary
Replies: 131
Views: 11047

Scarecrow In Feburary

I emailed them and they said I got an offer in 2015 and didn't take it so I'm now 2 years until another offer. I don't delete emails from that inbox from any winery and definitely don't have an email with an offer. Welp, my $$$ goes elsewhere.
by Tom Gibson
February 3rd, 2017, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 CdP is disgusting
Replies: 364
Views: 18965

2007 CdP is disgusting

Laughable smear campaign notes lacking any substance across the board. I love the Trump comparison. It's like the Trump v Streep tweets. Clearly the most overrated vintage in Southern Rhones. Just terrible. Not luxurious at all. So sad. Really just losers whose mothers wouldn't even love them. Real...
by Tom Gibson
February 3rd, 2017, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anybody buying Peay?
Replies: 29
Views: 2898

Anybody buying Peay?

jflegler wrote:
Tom Gibson wrote:Andy makes nice wine
and to clarify, Vanessa (Nick's wife) makes the wine...Nick farms the vineyard...Andy sells the wine and manages the business
Oh, I didn't know that! I've met him a few times at various events and made an assumption. Really cool.
by Tom Gibson
February 3rd, 2017, 6:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa valley winery recommendations
Replies: 26
Views: 1660

Napa valley winery recommendations

Paloma and Herb Lamb fit your description. Family owned, tasting at winemakers/owners house, great wines and priced under $60. Paloma is mostly Merlot and Herb Lamb Cab and Sauv Blanc. Jennifer at HL is the best host in the Valley. Herb lamb is under $60??? Where? The Herb Lamb Two Old Dogs is $55 ...
by Tom Gibson
February 3rd, 2017, 5:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anybody buying Peay?
Replies: 29
Views: 2898

Anybody buying Peay?

Light but some concentration of fruit. Andy makes nice wine but it's pretty far from R-M in style. I guess I'd say it's most like Littorai from that list.
by Tom Gibson
February 3rd, 2017, 5:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 CdP is disgusting
Replies: 364
Views: 18965

2007 CdP is disgusting

This is a good wine. It has red fruit and also some acid. I know plenty of Chateauneuf that don't have acid. This one has acid. It's great. (83 pts.)
What's it take for a wine to crack 85?!
by Tom Gibson
February 3rd, 2017, 5:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Dominus @259...
Replies: 104
Views: 8104

2013 Dominus @259...

Jason T wrote:Any description that contains both "legs" and "smooth" is usually a giant red flag that the taster doesn't know what the hell they are talking about.
Can I hug you?
by Tom Gibson
February 2nd, 2017, 12:59 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Pair this octopus dish
Replies: 14
Views: 696

Pair this octopus dish

You're clearly ordering from Ballardo because that's the only thing online that refers to something called "tomato fuso."

I'd probably go with something like a very dry Albariño here. Even a NZ Sauv Blanc, with its awesome acidity, would probably work well.
by Tom Gibson
February 2nd, 2017, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pontet Canet's Mount Veeder Estate Named...
Replies: 23
Views: 1673

Pontet Canet's Mount Veeder Estate Named...

If it's more than $100/bottle and untested; I'm out on principle. +1. No dog in the race, (Just a little bored today:D ) ... Assuming you would spend over $100 for a bottle of California Cab, why does it need to be tested? If reliable tasters, including you, if you have the opportunity to taste it,...
by Tom Gibson
February 2nd, 2017, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pontet Canet's Mount Veeder Estate Named...
Replies: 23
Views: 1673

Pontet Canet's Mount Veeder Estate Named...

Kirk.Grant wrote:If it's more than $100/bottle and untested; I'm out on principle.
+1.
by Tom Gibson
February 2nd, 2017, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa valley winery recommendations
Replies: 26
Views: 1660

Napa valley winery recommendations

O'Shaughnessy, Corison, Black Sears.

Herb Lamb was great. Did a 2009-13 vertical.
by Tom Gibson
February 2nd, 2017, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow In Feburary
Replies: 131
Views: 11047

Scarecrow In Feburary

On the list for 6 years, wonder if I'll finally get an allocation this year. Maybe you should check with them. I joined the list at the beginning of 2013. I then got an allocation of M. Etain (their second wine) in the fall of that same year. I bought that (not sure if that has anything to do with ...
by Tom Gibson
February 2nd, 2017, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow In Feburary
Replies: 131
Views: 11047

Scarecrow In Feburary

On the list for 6 years, wonder if I'll finally get an allocation this year.
by Tom Gibson
February 2nd, 2017, 7:42 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Lawsons in Massachusetts.
Replies: 19
Views: 1256

Lawsons in Massachusetts.

W. Leonard wrote:I thought Sip of Sunshine and Super Session were always brewed at Two Roads?
Always? In that case, great.
by Tom Gibson
February 2nd, 2017, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LCBO thread! What are you buying/have bought recently?
Replies: 30
Views: 1937

LCBO thread! What are you buying/have bought recently?

Someone want to ship me some Alberta Premium 30 Year? I miss my days of going to the LCBO.
by Tom Gibson
February 2nd, 2017, 6:50 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Lawsons in Massachusetts.
Replies: 19
Views: 1256

Lawsons in Massachusetts.

You can now get Sip of Sunshine at many local bars and stores. Similar to the PS thread, I wonder how the quality stacks up from the CT brewing location vs. VT.
by Tom Gibson
February 2nd, 2017, 6:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tissue Wrap Preference and a Question
Replies: 62
Views: 2608

Tissue Wrap Preference and a Question

As the OP, the question was not asked in jest...just looking for assistance. Thank you to those that responded...as well as to those that PMed to express their disbelief re the number of a**holes on the WB board that contribute nothing. I thought this thread was going to be wayyyyyyyyyy more mean t...
by Tom Gibson
February 2nd, 2017, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pontet Canet's Mount Veeder Estate Named...
Replies: 23
Views: 1673

Pontet Canet's Mount Veeder Estate Named...

Yeah, it's not a great operation in terms of security (yet). It's just a basic email form. I still signed up.
by Tom Gibson
February 1st, 2017, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Dominus @259...
Replies: 104
Views: 8104

2013 Dominus @259...

Good post. To address one thing earlier, I am 33, so not just a naysayer over 50 longing for the days elite Napa cabs were sub-60 (although I do miss those days and was buying them for that 12 years ago). I do think that having three critics all score the wine 100 points is indicative that the wine...
by Tom Gibson
February 1st, 2017, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Daou Vineyards The Pessimist (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)
Replies: 5
Views: 599

TN: 2014 Daou Vineyards The Pessimist (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)

The 2014 regular bottle is one of the most insipid bottles I've had in recent years; a candidate for the most oaked wine I've ever had thread. I paid $18 for it and my friend sold me hard on it. Oak, sweet and insanely extracted, cough medicine-y, and an oddly short finish based on the style.
by Tom Gibson
January 31st, 2017, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wand????
Replies: 11
Views: 917

The Wand????

Interesting - it implies it'll stop hangovers. There are a million doctor berserkers but I'm gonna say that sulfites in wine are basically not the reason we get hangovers. Excess trips to the toilet, exothermic reaction of alcohol processing makes us hot, and esters/tannins lead to headaches/poor sl...
by Tom Gibson
January 31st, 2017, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Last Supper At Troquet On Bolyston
Replies: 12
Views: 1078

TN: Last Supper At Troquet On Bolyston

I had the '97 Pertimali Riserva at a dinner on Saturday, and agree that it is drinking well right now, but still feels like it has time in front of it if you are so inclined. Jud, why are they moving? I only visited once, but I thought that was a nice room/great location. Rent increase is what they...
by Tom Gibson
January 27th, 2017, 12:14 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: WINESAVE - "keeping opened wine perfectly"
Replies: 23
Views: 1331

WINESAVE - "keeping opened wine perfectly"

I went in based on your review, Todd. Thanks!
by Tom Gibson
January 26th, 2017, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion
Replies: 506
Views: 24278

Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion

I agree wholeheartedly that bottles decline in quality when open on the counter over days. Day 2 is worse than Day 1 in every instance. I think that if you believe otherwise, you should (1) seek a different kind of wine; (2) drink your wine older; or (3) admit your palate is not as good as you thin...
by Tom Gibson
January 26th, 2017, 7:00 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Greater Boston
Replies: 87
Views: 9829

Greater Boston

The law reads like there will be a lot of little restaurants in Rozzie and Dorchester that will have BYO by summer time. I hope it sparks some higher end type places to open and become great landing spots.
by Tom Gibson
January 26th, 2017, 6:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long coravined wine last?
Replies: 52
Views: 2743

How long coravined wine last?

One anecdotal note: I had a glass of 2005 Pichon-Lalande at a restaurant here in Boston a few months ago that came from the Coravin. It was incredibly oxidized. The somm fought with me on it on the basis it was Coravin'd, but eventually took the glass back. No idea how long it had been used, but the...
by Tom Gibson
January 26th, 2017, 5:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Optiwine
Replies: 2
Views: 232

Optiwine

Couldn't you just pull the cork up, turn the bottle up and down a few times (presumably to integrate the 2-3 ml of oxygen in the neck space) and then leave it alone? I'm all for testing wine gadgets but this seems like a form over function way to get $ from the consumer. That said, if people on here...
by Tom Gibson
January 25th, 2017, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Woodinville Tasting: Help Needed!
Replies: 18
Views: 575

Woodinville Tasting: Help Needed!

Are these 6 you're taking out wine nerds or business colleges that are looking for something to do? Do you want to go to places you would you like (and the others will be fine with whatever) or are you looking to entertain them? what day of the week are you looking to go? There are a lot of differe...
by Tom Gibson
January 25th, 2017, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Woodinville Tasting: Help Needed!
Replies: 18
Views: 575

Woodinville Tasting: Help Needed!

M Mager wrote:I wasn't aware that Betz is open for tasting appointments. Have they told you they are?
Nope and you're correct. Dang. Off the list.
by Tom Gibson
January 25th, 2017, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Woodinville Tasting: Help Needed!
Replies: 18
Views: 575

Woodinville Tasting: Help Needed!

I'm trying to plan a tasting for a group of 6 for late March in Woodinville (we have a major office in Seattle that I'm visiting). Betz seems like a no-brainer. Chateau Ste. Michelle is probably a crowd pleaser and I like some of their whites. Any others I should know about? The search function wasn...
by Tom Gibson
January 24th, 2017, 12:10 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Rivers Marie allocation to share
Replies: 2
Views: 454

Rivers Marie allocation to share

IanY wrote:Did anyone get Summa this year? I got zip for the first time this year.
It sold out super quickly.
by Tom Gibson
January 24th, 2017, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How Do You Control What You Spend?
Replies: 64
Views: 2303

How Do You Control What You Spend?

There are a shitload of berserkers who are in the upper end of the 1% of income, don't forget that. Lots of law partners, doctors with private practices, heads of large business units, etc. Trying to keep up with that lot is likely to get a middle manager like me homeless! That's how I do it: don't ...
by Tom Gibson
January 22nd, 2017, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley Spring Release Open
Replies: 38
Views: 2116

Turley Spring Release Open

I went pretty heavy, with some wishlist. Hope I get some bedrock!
by Tom Gibson
January 20th, 2017, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Wine Preservation sustem - QikVin
Replies: 15
Views: 1172

New Wine Preservation sustem - QikVin

A one way, airtight valve you could screw into the top of a newly opened wine would do what this thing is trying to do without the full decant. It'd limit the air entering a bottle but, by the laws of hydrodynamics, some air will be entering in through the vacuum created by wine exiting the bottle, ...
by Tom Gibson
January 20th, 2017, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Wine Preservation sustem - QikVin
Replies: 15
Views: 1172

New Wine Preservation sustem - QikVin

So a traditional neck space on a bottle of wine has 2.8ml of oxygen. Undisturbed oxygen to wine transfer occurs at a rate of 20ml per hour per square foot. Figure the neck surface area of wine is about 1 square inch, or 1/144 * 20ml/hr = 0.13ml/hr oxygen transfer. Or it'll take 21 hours to completel...
by Tom Gibson
January 20th, 2017, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Wine Preservation sustem - QikVin
Replies: 15
Views: 1172

New Wine Preservation sustem - QikVin

I mean, how much air actually incorporates into a wine after it's just sitting (the limited air in the space in the bottle) versus the O2 that actually incorporated during the decanting process? I suspect wine would taste about the same day 2 in the original bottle versus this one.
by Tom Gibson
January 20th, 2017, 8:37 am
Forum: NEWBIE INTROS
Topic: Limerick Lane Cellars
Replies: 25
Views: 2013

Limerick Lane Cellars

I was just at your winery in September. The 1910 Zin was exceptional! Can't wait to see what you offer.
by Tom Gibson
January 19th, 2017, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: One (or two) Napa Reco's for Fresh/New
Replies: 16
Views: 1199

One (or two) Napa Reco's for Fresh/New

I'll second O'Shaughnessy, even if it's insane to get to. Really fun.

Also Herb Lamb! Not a tour or big room, but it's awesome!
by Tom Gibson
January 19th, 2017, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.
Replies: 400
Views: 77269

Planning your visit to Sonoma "County"? This might help.

Artista was $35/pp and waived with 2 bottles in Sept. no appt. I didn't think it was a good tasting then. Def don't now.
by Tom Gibson
January 19th, 2017, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Side-by-side tasting of all nine Produttori crus in 2011
Replies: 55
Views: 3140

TN: Side-by-side tasting of all nine Produttori crus in 2011

I opened a 2011 Pora a few weeks ago. Very little of the fruit you mentioned but loads of biting acidity and tannin. I have a Rio Sordo and a Montestefano left of my 2011s. Figured I'd let them sleep for a long time.
by Tom Gibson
January 19th, 2017, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winter 2017 Carlisle Release
Replies: 63
Views: 5792

Winter 2017 Carlisle Release

$4.75/bottle to MA and I was happy to pay it. Are there many producers shipping for less than $4-5/btl to the opposite coast?

Not on the 4 orders I just placed.
by Tom Gibson
January 18th, 2017, 6:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is Philly this Country's 3rd best food city?
Replies: 102
Views: 3294

Is Philly this Country's 3rd best food city?

Stuart BeauneHead Niemtzow wrote:
To continue to digress from this unansweable query re: "Philly". Deez, dat, etc...are more NY.

Sorry, but...unless you grew up on Mount Wershington, near the incline....those kids were better at it than Kroll.
Agree to disagree.

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