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by Andrew Dodd
February 23rd, 2021, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Penfolds California Collection
Replies: 52
Views: 3225

Re: Penfolds California Collection

crickey wrote: February 17th, 2021, 12:34 pm As I noted, it's cheaper than Grange, which is $850 from the winery.
Does it matter if they're both a joke? :)
by Andrew Dodd
February 23rd, 2021, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressed with Vine Vault lay flat boxes
Replies: 26
Views: 1614

Re: Impressed with Vine Vault lay flat boxes

Over $10/box on Amazon?!! That's highway robbery. It's cardboard. What am I missing here?
by Andrew Dodd
February 23rd, 2021, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective
Replies: 65
Views: 2763

Re: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective

I usually think of going back to where I bought the wine if there's an issue with it, not necessarily back to the winery. Which is interesting. I feel like the wineries are more protective of their reputation and generally happier to replace corked bottles. I've had more retailers refuse to replace...
by Andrew Dodd
February 17th, 2021, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Potential Wineries to Visit in Napa
Replies: 56
Views: 6137

Re: Potential Wineries to Visit in Napa

Favorites when I was there were in 2018: Continuum Ovid Chappellet Realm Rochioli Dumol Carlisle Shafer Kosta Browne, although that one has obviously changed a lot The only one I attended that I wish I hadn't: HALL . Our tour guy was some grouchy old ex military guy. Yelled at my wife and I for talk...
by Andrew Dodd
February 17th, 2021, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 SQN Eleven Confessions Estate Offering
Replies: 86
Views: 7866

Re: 2017 SQN Eleven Confessions Estate Offering

Perhaps "First come first served" is a sales tool by the winery to help stoke their fears about undecided buyers, but to also know what they are working with inventory wise and for wish listers. May help speed things up logistically? Nonetheless, I know as a consumer it motivates me to ge...
by Andrew Dodd
February 11th, 2021, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1999 Beaux Freres BF Vineyard
Replies: 10
Views: 618

Re: 1999 Beaux Freres BF Vineyard

Last bottle I had in 2011-2012 time frame was delicious but at peak IIRC (pre Cellar Tracker notes for me).
Not sure I'd buy a case now, but would be intrigued to see how a bottle or two held up.
by Andrew Dodd
February 11th, 2021, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?
Replies: 132
Views: 7597

Re: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

2006 Sine Qua Non Shot in the Dark for Xmas, was phenomenal
by Andrew Dodd
February 10th, 2021, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 SQN Eleven Confessions Estate Offering
Replies: 86
Views: 7866

Re: 2017 SQN Eleven Confessions Estate Offering

And agreed the 2011's were awesome, loved Dark Blossom
by Andrew Dodd
February 10th, 2021, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?
Replies: 60
Views: 3517

Re: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?

2006-2012 ish Kosta Browne seems to have it in spades
by Andrew Dodd
February 9th, 2021, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shout out to MacArthur Beverages
Replies: 39
Views: 2772

Re: Shout out to MacArthur Beverages

Great shop, great staff, great selection. Have only shopped there in person, only great experiences
by Andrew Dodd
February 9th, 2021, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 SQN Eleven Confessions Estate Offering
Replies: 86
Views: 7866

Re: 2017 SQN Eleven Confessions Estate Offering

When do they usually let you know about wish list items? Apart from things like magnums or bigger bottles, do they ever grant for the main offering. I've never tried but if I wishes for an extra estate box could I get it? Has anyone been that lucky? I guess it's a choice between rewarding loyal cus...
by Andrew Dodd
January 29th, 2021, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SortaTN: Three Compromised SQN Reds...(short/boring)
Replies: 18
Views: 1305

Re: SortaTN: Three Compromised SQN Reds...(short/boring)

Yeah I was always told storing it inverted was a terrible idea and too much pressure on the cork
by Andrew Dodd
January 29th, 2021, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 SQN Eleven Confessions Estate Offering
Replies: 86
Views: 7866

Re: 2017 SQN Eleven Confessions Estate Offering

Yup, easiest purchasing decision of the year. Back up the truck and fill it up
by Andrew Dodd
January 26th, 2021, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Schrader offer?
Replies: 38
Views: 3328

Re: Schrader offer?

Email just went live
by Andrew Dodd
January 20th, 2021, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Double Lucky!
Replies: 19
Views: 1859

Re: Cayuse Double Lucky!

Saw this, very nice gesture and excited for the Zoom meeting!
by Andrew Dodd
January 20th, 2021, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not much Australia talk here...
Replies: 90
Views: 5158

Re: Not much Australia talk here...

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote: January 18th, 2021, 11:59 am Years of overblown glop monsters turned many off of Australian wines.
Amen. Others exist, but the hunt is too tiring to find them

And after Penfolds just overnight decided Grange was an $800 wine I wrote them off
by Andrew Dodd
January 19th, 2021, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vibration and Wine
Replies: 3
Views: 322

Re: Vibration and Wine

People claim it does, but apparently there are some famous longstanding underground cellars in the UK close to the train tracks and it doesn't seem to affect the wine
by Andrew Dodd
January 15th, 2021, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sine Qua Non Ziehharmonika
Replies: 6
Views: 1305

Re: Sine Qua Non Ziehharmonika

JosephW wrote: January 13th, 2021, 6:52 pm Guess they didn’t like people could spell it.
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by Andrew Dodd
January 13th, 2021, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: argon/coravin issues
Replies: 7
Views: 407

Re: argon/coravin issues

I've really only had mild issues with some Grenache/Rhone blends. I do feel like sometimes they'll fall a little flat when the bottle is opened down the road. I also try to puncture the cork only once, and pour quickly. Usually what I'll do is decant a glass or two out of the top space, then open th...
by Andrew Dodd
January 6th, 2021, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Spring 2021
Replies: 55
Views: 5808

Re: Saxum Spring 2021

Clearing the driveway to backup the truck.
Buying all I can afford as always
2017 Bone Rock was amazing out of barrel FWIW
by Andrew Dodd
December 16th, 2020, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Chardonnay Can Age Beautifully
Replies: 31
Views: 2647

Re: California Chardonnay Can Age Beautifully

Marcassin, Kistler, Aubert, Dumol, plenty of great old Cali chards
by Andrew Dodd
December 9th, 2020, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does wine flipping pencil out?
Replies: 102
Views: 6494

Re: Does wine flipping pencil out?

And I think the problem is like picking individual stocks you could have invested in what was trendy back in the day, overpaid for it, and been stuck with wines that didn't exactly escalate wildly in price on the current market. Think of all the smart buys at the time in the 70's and 80's. BV, Heitz...
by Andrew Dodd
December 3rd, 2020, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Third Twin Offer
Replies: 35
Views: 3513

Re: The Third Twin Offer

markjchambers wrote: November 22nd, 2020, 10:07 am I don't think I can maintain SQN, NOK and TT. That's well over $10K per year. Thought I was going to drop NOK, but I did order.

The Graciano is stellar. I might go for it, but I'll have to pass on the cuvee set.
Plus Chimere
by Andrew Dodd
December 1st, 2020, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 181
Views: 17904

Re: Downstream Wines

Just received the offer for the new batch, has anyone popped one of these yet? Yep, I grumbled about the price like everyone else. And love all things Saxum like everyone else. Glad I purchased, it was one of the better things I've drank in a while. For me it was better than a 2008 Saxum Heartstone...
by Andrew Dodd
November 18th, 2020, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Large Format Tasting Question
Replies: 13
Views: 1036

Re: Large Format Tasting Question

Large formats also tend to leak more frequently as they're hand cut corks with hand filled bottles, etc. I had a heavily discounted 1998 6L Chapoutier Hermitage that I rolled the dice on buying as it was leaking, didn't matter, still brilliant. Also the amount of wine potentially exposed to oxygen i...
by Andrew Dodd
November 13th, 2020, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 128
Views: 29592

Re: Marcassin

nvandyk wrote: September 12th, 2020, 12:24 pm Sincere hope that he recovers soon!
Thanks for the update, was wondering, also hoping for a speedy recovery!
by Andrew Dodd
October 20th, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Schrader library release
Replies: 25
Views: 2036

Re: Schrader library release

^^^^^^^^^^^^ That
by Andrew Dodd
September 1st, 2020, 8:49 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Whisk(e)y Shelf Life
Replies: 4
Views: 1911

Re: Whisk(e)y Shelf Life

I always use Private Preserve to prevent oxidation on my bottles, seems to work well. Great article on long term whiskey storage: https://www.breakingbourbon.com/article/bourbon-storage-experiment After over two years of researching, waiting, tasting, and documenting our findings, I’ll leave you wit...
by Andrew Dodd
August 4th, 2020, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache
Replies: 82
Views: 7692

Re: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache

T Welch wrote: August 4th, 2020, 11:37 am
Eric White wrote: August 4th, 2020, 9:24 am order in for my full allocation - huge this time, 9+9+squeezbox of Magnums. That hurt a bit.
Eric, how much for the magnum set?
$1,000/set according to Cellar Tracker
by Andrew Dodd
August 4th, 2020, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache
Replies: 82
Views: 7692

Re: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache

Dennis Borczon wrote: July 31st, 2020, 12:54 pm Just did a quick check, Run Rig is $179.99 at K and L. Hundo point rating.
Apples and oranges. Love SQN, not big on Torbreck over here.
by Andrew Dodd
July 31st, 2020, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Paso Trip-Need a little help
Replies: 49
Views: 3871

Re: First Paso Trip-Need a little help

I have one last slot that i'm now debating on the Full Draw vs TH Estates if anyone has strong thoughts, otherwise I don't think we can't go wrong with either. Epoch we are going to try and hit on our way into town from the West Coast. If you call TH estate, ask for the most involved tasting they h...
by Andrew Dodd
July 31st, 2020, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Paso Trip-Need a little help
Replies: 49
Views: 3871

Re: First Paso Trip-Need a little help

On your question: "*Th Estates-would I be better off with Law, Caliza, Epoch or Linne Calodo instead?" TH Estates and Epoch are the two best here, I'd ask for the full tours. Linne Calodo wasn't much of an "experience" Here is what we did in 2018 (with my notes): General advice: ...
by Andrew Dodd
July 31st, 2020, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache
Replies: 82
Views: 7692

Re: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache

Beeep Beeep Beeep

(backing up the truck to load in all the SQN I can fit)

Sine Qua Non, Saxum and Alban I buy all I can afford regardless of vintage
by Andrew Dodd
July 21st, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with Saxum?
Replies: 68
Views: 6611

Re: What's wrong with Saxum?

Saxum like so many CA wineries is trying to increase sales since tasting rooms are closed and they need the increased traffic. But this logic doesn't make sense as the winery has always been closed to the public. As an estate they literally don't sell a drop of wine via a tasting room they don't ha...
by Andrew Dodd
July 20th, 2020, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Constellation Invests in Booker Vineyard (Wine Spectator)
Replies: 6
Views: 1059

Re: Constellation Invests in Booker Vineyard (Wine Spectator)

I also thought the shift to producing more wine with MFN was an interesting sales strategy
by Andrew Dodd
July 16th, 2020, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Constellation Invests in Booker Vineyard (Wine Spectator)
Replies: 6
Views: 1059

Constellation Invests in Booker Vineyard (Wine Spectator)

https://www.winespectator.com/articles/constellation-invests-in-booker-vineyard?utm_campaign=071620BreakingNews&utm_source=071620BreakingNews&utm_medium=email&utm_content=8a2935ccc3cbcf7558a5d1efeef5fa7b "Wine Spectator has learned that Constellation Brands has acquired a minority s...
by Andrew Dodd
July 16th, 2020, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Summer 2020 Release
Replies: 46
Views: 4145

Re: Saxum Summer 2020 Release

Onboard as always. For me this and SQN are my two "no brainers" buy all I can afford
by Andrew Dodd
May 21st, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Large-format wine bottles, amid social distancing.
Replies: 10
Views: 670

Re: Large-format wine bottles, amid social distancing.

Thankfully they should hold on for longer than an average bottle.

Give it another year or two, and you don't think people will be gathering in large numbers again?
by Andrew Dodd
May 21st, 2020, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storing 3L & Larger....
Replies: 33
Views: 2057

Re: Storing 3L & Larger....

I had a 12L bottle of 2001 Cos d'Estournel that was stored on its side that was leaking pretty badly. I was pretty concerned for a while. When we finally popped the bottle, the wine was absolutely flawless though. Similar experience with a 6L of Chapoutier Hermitage. I'm guessing due to a relativel...
by Andrew Dodd
April 1st, 2020, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: COVID19 wine consumption
Replies: 73
Views: 3420

Re: COVID19 wine consumption

Paul Miller wrote: March 31st, 2020, 5:33 pm I hate to think how much money I have been drinking the last few weeks
Ditto, I'm doing the math in my head and weeping. Whatever, fortunate to be able to do so.
by Andrew Dodd
February 25th, 2020, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow allocation
Replies: 122
Views: 13422

Re: Scarecrow allocation

The Mag and 3L are tough to consider on a music teacher's budget. I wonder how many folks will pass on those in an off but controversial, lower production vintage. Any Hong Kong collectors biting? I've got mine up on the Commerce Corner. $5k per 3L is a tough consideration on an NBA player's budget
by Andrew Dodd
February 24th, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SQN Spring 2020 offer
Replies: 73
Views: 10066

Re: SQN Spring 2020 offer

anyone get mag offer? some years i am offered mag or can wish list......this offer i don't even see the wish list for mag Out of intrigue how long was it before you started getting offers for the mags? Wish list every release, still waiting. But I've only been on the active SQN list specifically a ...
by Andrew Dodd
February 11th, 2020, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 128
Views: 29592

Re: Marcassin

(hears Jeopardy music in the background)
by Andrew Dodd
February 11th, 2020, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is too much good German Riesling available
Replies: 101
Views: 7015

Re: There is too much good German Riesling available

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: June 4th, 2019, 6:35 am Umm...no.
This
by Andrew Dodd
February 11th, 2020, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine challenges another retail restriction, this time in NY
Replies: 28
Views: 1837

Re: Total Wine challenges another retail restriction, this time in NY

I'm just waiting until they challenge all the shipping laws for retailers...
by Andrew Dodd
February 11th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Here’s a Coravin story for you.
Replies: 21
Views: 1811

Re: Here’s a Coravin story for you.

Had a similar experience with a 2012 Cayuse Cailloux that I had coravin'ed two years earlier.
Maybe the slightest touch oxidized, but still going strong.

The only thing I've really noticed issues with consistently is Grenache (presumably being sensitive to oxidiation)
by Andrew Dodd
February 4th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 15 liter sqn inaugural at upcoming auction!
Replies: 12
Views: 1840

Re: 15 liter sqn inaugural at upcoming auction!

Time for a home equity loan!
by Andrew Dodd
February 4th, 2020, 9:42 am
Forum: Event Planner - Online or Offline
Topic: PSA: Raleigh-Durham, NC Alto Piedmont Wine Dinner Wednesday February 5, 2020
Replies: 12
Views: 2871

Re: PSA: Raleigh-Durham, NC Alto Piedmont Wine Dinner Wednesday February 5, 2020

Nathan V. wrote: February 4th, 2020, 8:34 am I like Death and Taxes a lot more than Ashley's other spots.
I need to re-try it again at some point.
Love Poole's, Chuck's & Beasley's but Death and Taxes was more like Death by Salt when I was there. Same complaint with Stanbury.
by Andrew Dodd
February 4th, 2020, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 184
Views: 10915

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

Adam Frisch wrote: January 4th, 2020, 7:40 am Alto Moncayo is probably the only 16+ ABV wine I tried recently that worked. Everything else in that high bracket have not worked as well.
I generally don't mind high alcohol in wine, but the last one of these I had w/age was a hot mess

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