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by James Lyon
September 6th, 2019, 5:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?
Replies: 92
Views: 4776

Re: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?

Somebody had a passion for WV Pinot https://www.ackerwines.com/content/livebidding/lots?auctionId=1232 Yeah, there were a couple of very active bidders in last months auction and some interesting bids. Do they publish what the lots sold for? I don't think that Acker posts the results from the month...
by James Lyon
September 3rd, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc - Classic, Excellent QPR
Replies: 21
Views: 708

Re: TN: 2016 Chateau de Lamarque, Haut Medoc - Classic, Excellent QPR

Neal.Mollen wrote:
September 3rd, 2019, 8:19 am
Thanks for the head's up. (Heads up?) Shame TW has not started requiring 8 bottles to get the 20% (here at least).
It depends on the TW coupon. Sometimes it is 6 bottles, but I think that the current coupon is 8 bottles.
by James Lyon
August 31st, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?
Replies: 92
Views: 4776

Re: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?

Somebody had a passion for WV Pinot https://www.ackerwines.com/content/livebidding/lots?auctionId=1232 Yeah, there were a couple of very active bidders in last months auction and some interesting bids. There was a lot of Ken Wright 375's that sold for a higher per bottle price than a lot of 750's. ...
by James Lyon
August 23rd, 2019, 9:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?
Replies: 92
Views: 4776

Re: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?

I think it would be good to consider having an older flight at the Berserker tasting after IPNC. Have 10 people bring wines that are from a vintage that is at least 10-15 years old. Agreed, Vincent F. and I had a similar discussion during his NC visit in June, but I'm kinda surprised that the Berse...
by James Lyon
August 22nd, 2019, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon 2019 growing season update?
Replies: 30
Views: 1761

Re: Oregon 2019 growing season update?

2009: 10/7-10/18 For me 2003, 2006, and 2009 are all “over ripe” compared to 2014 and 2015. All were picked significantly later. Wasn't 2009 one of the hottest years in the last 10? Seems like it was in Seattle. I thought the wines would have shriveled up into raisins by October. Nearly all of the ...
by James Lyon
August 14th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?
Replies: 110
Views: 5028

Re: 5 Best Oregon Pinot Noir Producers under $65

I'm looking to increase Oregon pinot buys. Who are your top 5 producers with multiple wines under $65 a pop? Interesting discussion with lots of great recommendations. KJJ, what do you consider multiple wines? 2+ or more. Full disclosure, I'm a mailing list member and really enjoy (John) Thomas win...
by James Lyon
August 7th, 2019, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette wineries to visit in October???
Replies: 46
Views: 2479

Re: Willamette wineries to visit in October???

Coquine. And pre order some cookies to take with you for the week.
by James Lyon
August 6th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country
Replies: 25
Views: 1075

Re: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country

Yeah, I would recommend staying overnight in McMinnville. Lots of VRBO options and you should have plenty of time for your preferred visits. That's a great lineup for 24 hours with Biggio Hamina, Goodfellow on Day 1 and PGC on Day 2. And as others have mentioned, go see Rick at Heater Allen. Wonderf...
by James Lyon
July 30th, 2019, 5:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette wineries to visit in October???
Replies: 46
Views: 2479

Re: Willamette wineries to visit in October???

Ayoub is in the Dundee Hills. Beaux Freres and Brick House are in the Ribbon Ridge AVA, but not too far from Dundee. Yes, all 3 require reservations, but Beaux Freres and Brick House may allow drop in's depending on the day. It sounds like the OP wants to visit Eyrie. With Todd H.'s invitation, I wo...
by James Lyon
July 24th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Replies: 49
Views: 2653

Re: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

The Eyrie Vineyards releases library wines from time to time. Currently available on the Eyrie website is the 1987 South Block Pinot Noir for $500. I have seen the older Eyrie bottles available at trusted retailers as well. Beaux Freres has a stash of library wines available at the winery. I haven't...
by James Lyon
July 18th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11708
Views: 559117

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

I just blew through a local TW for a case with the 20% discount. 4 2016 Gloria 2 2014 Gloria 2 2014 Kirwan 2 2016 Lagrange 2 2016 Fonplegade 1 2014 Cantenac Brown 1 2014 D'Armailhac. One hour later they e-mailed me another. Decisions Decisions Decisions. Ron, you may want to double check your Total...
by James Lyon
July 18th, 2019, 7:02 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Charleston SC Restaurants Any Recommendations ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1376

Re: Charleston SC Restaurants Any Recommendations ?

I concur with the recommendations of Hardy W. and Scott B. We visit Charleston once or twice a year and our typical lineup includes FIG, Husk, McCrady's, Chez Nous, and the Darling Oyster Bar. During our last visit Easter weekend, we enjoyed lunches at Leon's and Little Jack's Tavern. As mentioned t...
by James Lyon
June 20th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs
Replies: 68
Views: 2883

Re: Hazy IPAs/New England IPAs

Heist - Citraquench'l, Blurred is the Word, MO-J

Per Scott T.'s post, Revision makes Disco Ninja which is currently available at my local watering hole. It's good, but not quite the level of the Heist beers.
by James Lyon
June 15th, 2019, 10:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette/McMinnville
Replies: 21
Views: 1828

Re: Willamette/McMinnville

So, today Sunday, June 16 through Tuesday, June 18. Might be difficult for appointments on short notice, but most tasting rooms should be open. I would suggest contacting wineberserkers Marcus G., Todd H., Vincent F., Jim A., etc. as soon as possible. In addition to Rick's list for Chardonnay, I wou...
by James Lyon
June 13th, 2019, 5:47 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Tennessee Valley
Replies: 2
Views: 1295

Re: Tennessee Valley

As a Tennessee native and UTK grad, I'll try to address your question. Yes, I have tasted a little bit of TN wine. A family friend started a winery in Northeast Tennessee 8-10 years ago. They had some red and white varietals growing at the "estate". I recall a white blend of Riesling and Viognier an...
by James Lyon
June 12th, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Patricia Green Estate
Replies: 5
Views: 847

Re: 2017 Patricia Green Estate

Mitch, great note. The Balcombe vineyard is in the Dundee Hills and the PGC Estate is in the Ribbon Ridge. The Bonshaw and Etzel bottlings are from the PGC Estate.

James
by James Lyon
June 6th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: 50th Birthday Whiskey Suggestions
Replies: 14
Views: 1842

Re: 50th Birthday Whiskey Suggestions

Depends on your whiskey preference. I'm not a peaty monster, but your dollars will go further with Scotch or Japanese whiskey for great and unique bottles. Great and unique bottles of bourbon and rye are hard to find and mostly available only at expensive secondary prices these days. I interpreted y...
by James Lyon
June 6th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: So Now Newcastle Is Lagunitas And Tastes Different
Replies: 6
Views: 1494

Re: So Now Newcastle Is Lagunitas And Tastes Bad

I did an impromptu side by side at a neighborhood bar a couple of weeks ago with their last bottle of the imported Newcastle. I thought that the American version was more bitter.

James
by James Lyon
June 4th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TotalWine BDX Futures LIVE
Replies: 22
Views: 2213

Re: TotalWine BDX Futures LIVE

I just happened to check the website yesterday afternoon and most of the futures were already available.
by James Lyon
May 18th, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3513
Views: 327897

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

... I think that the Vivino offer included free shipping, so it was a much better deal than the Garagiste offer unless you can pick up. Garagiste at under $14/btl plus (for me a couple states away) under $3/btl shipping gets me the delivered bottle at $16-$17, which by my math beats $20 with free s...
by James Lyon
May 18th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3513
Views: 327897

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

I think decent chance it’s Angela Estate “Abbott Claim” pinot 2014 - Vivino offered it for around $20 back in november and pretty much fits all the other hints (Vivino rating above 4.0, just over 400 reviews for that specific year) Not sure I’m buying any of the guesses so far. Is Angela Estate as ...
by James Lyon
May 17th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3513
Views: 327897

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

My revised guess based on your notes is the 2014 WillaKenzie Pierre Leon Pinot Noir. It was offered on WTSO a time or two (I don't know about three times, definitely once) in the last four to five months for $25. It retails for $50. I would imagine that WTSO has a large mailing list. Not sure about ...
by James Lyon
May 17th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3513
Views: 327897

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

I was removed and I was never added back to the mailing list despite my requests. What are the details of the offer? Probably Scott Paul related.
by James Lyon
May 17th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?
Replies: 76
Views: 3716

Re: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?

This is an interesting topic that I've spent a fair amount of time pondering. Probably more than is healthy. My wife grew up in the heart of the Yakima Valley with a father who worked in the business. I've now gotten to know a number of producers in the valley pretty well. Most of the ones I've got...
by James Lyon
May 17th, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette Valley Memorial Day weekend events?
Replies: 36
Views: 1678

Re: Willamette Valley Memorial Day weekend events?

We're having our 12th Anniversary Celebration on Monday. We'll be pouring all our beers, tapping a hoppy (massively dry-hopped) lager, and selling a limited edition 12th Anniversary clay stein. We also will have Goodfellow Chardonnay and Cameron Spritz on tap. That's awesome. I should have included...
by James Lyon
May 17th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3399
Views: 184383

Re: Old Fitzgerald bib 9 year

Cant seem to find for under $240. Any secret sources? $240?? For OFBIB, seriously. Come to WA and I can help you out. Ridiculous pricing. If I recall, I got a bottle of the 11 yr for around $150, so I can easily see the 9 (95 more. I got a bottle thanks to a board member elsewhere for not much less...
by James Lyon
May 17th, 2019, 6:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette Valley Memorial Day weekend events?
Replies: 36
Views: 1678

Re: Willamette Valley Memorial Day weekend events?

Sure, most folks that are appointment only or that are never open are open Memorial Day (and Thanksgiving Day) weekend(s). As a mailing list/club member, I know that Goodfellow will be open next Saturday, 11 - 4, and Patricia Green will be open next Saturday and Sunday, 10 - 3. There also appears to...
by James Lyon
May 10th, 2019, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Chateau Sociando Mallet, Not Sung by OutKast or Alfert, except for praise
Replies: 16
Views: 959

Re: TN: 2014 Chateau Sociando Mallet, Not Sung by OutKast or Alfert, except for praise

A hint of green in a young, cabernet-based wine can become a hint of eucalyptus, with the passage of time. I'm interested. Been meaning to get some S-M in the cellar for a while, anyway. (Yes, I know, S-M, ha-ha). I like that very much, especially in Heitz. The green notes that Sociando throws in m...
by James Lyon
April 24th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 471
Views: 48323

Re: Official WTSO thread

Torii Mor 2015 "Reserve Selection" Pinot Noir up now for $15. I've been to the winery before and enjoyed some of their pinots. This "reserve selection" seems to not exist elsewhere, though, which makes me very skeptical. Almost certainly surplus wine bottled specifically for WTSO. I think it is a f...
by James Lyon
April 22nd, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Work is lots of Oregon Pinots
Replies: 12
Views: 1346

Re: Work is lots of Oregon Pinots

That's a nice lineup of wines with some newish producers in the mix. Thanks for posting and sharing some thoughts on the wines. How about a similar tasting the last week of June? Just kidding... I've been wanting to visit Flaneur the past few years, but we always run out of time. We were fortunate t...
by James Lyon
April 18th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 347
Views: 21378

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Anderson Family is another producer that makes an elevated Oregon Pinot Gris.

Richard, Pinot Gris and PGC? I wasn't aware of Patty Green producing a Pinot Gris. Perhaps a long time ago or maybe thinking about PGC's Sauvignon Blanc?

James
by James Lyon
April 16th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Walter Scott X - Novo Chardonnay
Replies: 13
Views: 1216

Re: TN: 2017 Walter Scott X - Novo Chardonnay

Rick has me by a year, but I can go back to 2012 with Walter Scott wines. I think that I mentioned it in another thread, but we opened a 2014 Walter Scott Cuvee Anne Chardonnay a few weeks ago for some friends that were planning their first trip to Oregon wine country next month. It was fantastic an...
by James Lyon
March 28th, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 347
Views: 21378

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

And don't forget the baseball bat magnums. After all, it's opening day...

James
by James Lyon
March 26th, 2019, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Oregon Chardonnay Tasting
Replies: 24
Views: 1605

Re: 2013 Oregon Chardonnay Tasting

Fellas, thanks for the notes and color me jealous for not being there. It's nice to see some love for the 2013's. Unfortunately, I didn't buy many 2013 Chard's, but I have a good stash of 2013 Pinot's. Coincidentally, I opened a 2014 Walter Scott Cuvee Anne Chardonnay and 2013 Vincent Bjornson Pinot...
by James Lyon
March 22nd, 2019, 5:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine Deals this year! 2019 Edition
Replies: 62
Views: 5428

Re: Best Wine Deals this year! 2019 Edition

To avoid creating a separate thread, I'll post the following PSA. The Wine Library has a great deal on the 2013 Scott Paul La Paulee Pinot Noir.

James
by James Lyon
March 12th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sotheby's 'Transcendent' Auction
Replies: 34
Views: 2326

Re: Sotheby's 'Transcendent' Auction

According to the catalog, the "Transcendent" collector is a relatively young, fifth-generation real estate investor who also collects homes, cars and boats and is present at large wine events. He readjusts his cellar periodically, selling 10,000 bottles every ten years or so (how young can he be?)....
by James Lyon
March 10th, 2019, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tom Seaver & Seaver Vineyards & Thomas Rivers Brown
Replies: 7
Views: 1197

Re: Tom Seaver & Seaver Vineyards & Thomas Rivers Brown

Seaver's still at #18 for wins. It doesn't look like anyone else is gonna get anywhere close to 300 wins in the next decade or more. https://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/W_career.shtml . I have my doubts that anyone gets to 300 career wins again due to five man rotations, metrics, innings res...
by James Lyon
March 7th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA Patricia Green and Jim at it again !!
Replies: 5
Views: 1052

Re: PSA Patricia Green and Jim at it again !!

SOLD OUT! Wow James sorry to hear that . Hoping you were able to snag 6 but I suspect not. I saw the email 10 minutes after it was sent grabbed my case.without a thought. Then immediately posted here thinking maybe a half dozen or more folks could jump. Since they only had 25 cases, only 50 folks m...
by James Lyon
March 1st, 2019, 5:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Sub-$40 Chardonnay
Replies: 42
Views: 1897

Re: Favorite Sub-$40 Chardonnay

Willamette Valley: Cameron Dundee Hills Twill Haden Fig Walter Scott Vincent Lumos Grochau Cellars Great list and I'll add a few: Crowley Four Winds and Willamette Valley Brick House Ayoub Eyrie Estate Arterberry Maresh Dundee Hills and of course Goodfellow Durant and Richard's Cuvee previously men...
by James Lyon
February 13th, 2019, 7:01 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: George Stagg (reduced)
Replies: 6
Views: 520

Re: George Stagg

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
February 13th, 2019, 6:20 am
It’s 124.8 proof, and is often over 140, so perhaps that’s deflating prices.
True, a majority of Stagg releases have been over 138 proof. 2017 and 2018 were both under 130 proof. It's one of the best bourbons every year regardless of proof or bottle counts.
by James Lyon
February 13th, 2019, 6:13 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: George Stagg (reduced)
Replies: 6
Views: 520

Re: George Stagg

Jon Chan wrote:
February 12th, 2019, 11:32 am
Was the 2018 release "bad"?
No, the bottle counts for Stagg were quite a bit higher in 2017 and 2018 than previous years. I haven't tried the 2018, but Stagg is typically a favorite of mine.
by James Lyon
February 6th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 4967

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

And I agree with others. There are plenty of worthwhile sub $30 Oregon Pinot and Chardonnay. If based in Raleigh, the podcaster should have plenty of quality sub $30 Oregon options at her disposal. If I remember the stat correctly, the state of NC is like the 4th or 5th largest consumer of Oregon Pi...
by James Lyon
February 6th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 4967

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

Not so much these days. Especially since we re-started making Chardonnay (and you told me that if you pick when you think the fruit is ripe then you have waited too long) I have re-thought Pinot picking dates. I think I picked my first Pinot in 2018 before just about anyone (September 10th) and I c...
by James Lyon
February 5th, 2019, 5:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind Tasting Oregon vs. California (Predict the winner)
Replies: 42
Views: 2680

Re: Blind Tasting Oregon vs. California (Predict the winner)

Yeah, I would have predicted that the St. Innocent would be the WOTN. Granted, I don't have much experience with California Pinot, but I had another vintage of the St. Innocent Temperance Hill Pinot a few years ago and it was fantastic. It may have been the 2011, but it transformed in the matter of ...
by James Lyon
February 4th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dundee in April - where should I taste?
Replies: 20
Views: 746

Re: Dundee in April - where should I taste?

So, what is your itinerary? Are you in Dundee for the day or multiple days? Based on your inquiry it sounds like you want information on wineries/tasting rooms to visit in Dundee. I have enjoyed visits at the following in Dundee: Arterberry Maresh - the red barn is only open Friday through Sunday (c...
by James Lyon
February 1st, 2019, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon pinot vintage update?
Replies: 69
Views: 4140

Re: Oregon pinot vintage update?

Josh Grossman wrote:
January 31st, 2019, 9:05 am
Planning to open a 2003 Patricia Green Bonshaw tonight with duck and morels. I have a back-up ready to go.
And how was the 2003 PGC Bonshaw? I have a few bottles and probably from the same source.

Edit to note that Jim A. beat me to it. Great minds think alike?
by James Lyon
January 30th, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 9155

Re: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?

11 cases. I pondered a few additional purchases (Vincent, IOTA, Longplay, Franny Beck, etc.), but I decided to keep my powder dry for future purchases including Vincent's February 2019 mailing list offer (great wines and all around great person). Plus, I have exceeded my storage space options. And I...

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