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by Scott E.
August 8th, 2019, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two 10 yr old Siduri Pinots...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 426

Re: TN: Two 10 yr old Siduri Pinots...(short/boring)

I never noticed the oak so much with the Pinot, but when I started checking out their Syrah, I thought I had consumed liquefied lumber. To be fair, this was their Novy line and it was only one data point - It was enough to scare me off of trying the others though... Cheers!
by Scott E.
August 7th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault
Replies: 3
Views: 386

Re: TN: 2016 Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault

Nice color - your lighting was very good. Your notes sound very interesting too - something that I would be interested in trying for sure. In general, I was under the impression (perhaps incorrectly) that 2016 was an approachable vintage? To me, "edgy" would mean the opposite of approachable? Was it...
by Scott E.
August 6th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad - Save the Date
Replies: 52
Views: 3350

Re: Myriad - Save the Date

Another one crosses the $100 line (Three Twins). I bit this time, but I'm going to have to either limit myself to the Napa or find a replacement (probably the same for R-M Calistoga too) next time around. Sad times for an old wino. [cry.gif]
by Scott E.
August 6th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SAXUM OPEN
Replies: 44
Views: 3250

Re: SAXUM OPEN

Same here. Only took 3 Broken Stones. Price is right on the edge of my comfort zone and I hadn't bought any $100+ wines for several years. Now, just in the last week, I have bought three (Reynvaan Stonessence - I did eliminate the second 3pk I usually pick up...; Myriad Three Twins; and now Saxum). ...
by Scott E.
August 3rd, 2019, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kosta Browne
Replies: 16
Views: 1533

Re: Kosta Browne

So I guess I'm not a WBer and I'm not fussy either... To each his own.
by Scott E.
August 1st, 2019, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations
Replies: 31
Views: 1402

Re: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations

We try to go to Healdsburg every year - primarily for Dry Creek Valley Zins and RRV Pinot and Chardonnay. I would add Benovia, Arista and Williams Selyem to the suggestions above. Cheers!
by Scott E.
July 30th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Question
Replies: 21
Views: 1759

Re: Saxum Question

Hallelujah! Finally got that e-mail that says I will get an allocation next week (Broken Stones and Hexe)! Really stoked to start adding this winery to my cellar. Cheers!
by Scott E.
July 24th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Question
Replies: 21
Views: 1759

Re: Saxum Question

Thanks! Good news - I have a sign up date of January 2012.
by Scott E.
July 24th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Question
Replies: 21
Views: 1759

Re: Saxum Question

Anyone know when the current mailing list offer expires? Is there generally a follow up offer for those moved up from the wait list? Cheers!
by Scott E.
July 10th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your recent auction purchase?
Replies: 41
Views: 2170

Re: What is your recent auction purchase?

I would never confess to being a sniper... [wow.gif] [whistle.gif]
by Scott E.
July 10th, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 130
Views: 6923

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

William - Thank you and others for the advice. This thread ended up going many different directions (don't they all?). Like you, I normally drink my domestic cab/blends at age 7. If I were to follow your advice and compare a 2000 Bdx to a younger vintage, I wonder if that would be a fair comparison ...
by Scott E.
July 10th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Quivet Release?
Replies: 35
Views: 2578

Re: 2017 Quivet Release?

Ouch! $28 for ground on 2 bottles (wish listed another 2). Did you try a "test" order with 4 bottles to see how the cost per bottle came out? I'm about 250 miles from Napa/Sonoma and my shipping for 3 bottles was $29, so very close to $10 per bottle (11% of the wine cost). It feels like shipping co...
by Scott E.
July 9th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 80
Views: 5400

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

Bud Carey wrote:
July 9th, 2019, 10:26 am
Apparently the Calistoga was affected by the fires.
Yeah, I was bummed out about that. Other offerings (except Napa) are too rich for my blood... [cry.gif]
by Scott E.
July 9th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Quivet Release?
Replies: 35
Views: 2578

Re: 2017 Quivet Release?

deleted - wrong offer
by Scott E.
July 6th, 2019, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1415
Views: 93208

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Had a 2012 Carlisle and a 2012 Papera side-by-side with grilled tri-tip this weekend - super yummy stuff! Cheers!
by Scott E.
July 6th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quivet 2011 Kenefick - Something for Everyone
Replies: 7
Views: 689

Re: Quivet 2011 Kenefick - Something for Everyone

Brian - Your description/tasting notes are spot on. Just consumed my last two bottles at a family BBQ. Can't go gaga over the 2011's in general, but they sure weren't the disaster that a lot of folks make the vintage out to be. Cheers!
by Scott E.
July 3rd, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)
Replies: 26
Views: 2042

Re: TN: 2010 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph (France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, St. Joseph)

Just noticed that someone is attempting to auction off a single bottle of 2007 Gonon St Joe for $750 on the K&L site. [wow.gif] Zero bidders as I write. They also have 2017 pre-arrivals for $130 per bottle. Cheers!
by Scott E.
July 1st, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Sleight of Hand Syrah Psychedelic Stoney Vine Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 663

Re: TN: 2016 Sleight of Hand Syrah Psychedelic Stoney Vine Vineyard

Just came across the WE (Sean Sullivan) tasting note and rating on this wine: Sleight of Hand 2016 Psychedelic Stoney Vine Vineyard Syrah Walla Walla Valley $60 91 points Grilled and fresh asparagus, soot, wet rock, black pepper, black olive brine and herb aromas lead to light, elegantly styled frui...
by Scott E.
June 27th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: K Vintners & Sixto & Substance Tasting
Replies: 6
Views: 527

Re: TN: K Vintners & Sixto & Substance Tasting

Yeah, I don't bite on the Royal City futures anymore either. Forgot to mention that I was glad to see some notes on Sixto Chard. I have been meaning to grab a couple of these and try them out. Cheers!
by Scott E.
June 27th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: K Vintners & Sixto & Substance Tasting
Replies: 6
Views: 527

Re: TN: K Vintners & Sixto & Substance Tasting

I'm waiting on the release of the 2016 The Beautiful and 2016 The Hidden (both Syrah). They must not release these two until the fall?
by Scott E.
June 27th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Sleight of Hand Syrah Psychedelic Stoney Vine Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 663

Re: TN: 2016 Sleight of Hand Syrah Psychedelic Stoney Vine Vineyard

I totally agree with your statement and your description. I purchase several bottles of II Vintners Some Days are Stones (from Stoney Vine) every year and I am always pleased and never disappointed. Just the right mix of fruit and funk. Cheers!
by Scott E.
June 19th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 154
Views: 10139

Re: Top US Syrahs

Reynvaan
Bedrock Hudson T n S
Gramercy Les Collines
K Vintners Hidden
II Vintners Stones
by Scott E.
June 4th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 130
Views: 6923

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
June 4th, 2019, 12:09 pm
When you say modern, do you mean modern style "style", or current vintage(s)?
For clarification, I was thinking along the lines of current vintages.
by Scott E.
June 4th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 130
Views: 6923

Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

Reading the thread about the 2018's and the promotional stuff received from retailers, it seems like the 2018's are somewhat reasonably priced for the scores that they are garnering. The only Bdx I have ever purchased is a few 2009's, but I'm getting interested again. One thing holding me back is my...
by Scott E.
June 3rd, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10673
Views: 368442

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2017 Ferrari Carano Fume Blanc Have been drinking The FC Fume Blanc for years, perhaps > 20,..is an annual buy, I no longer bother with the reviews or shelf talkers, I just buy it when I see it on the shelves locally..It rarely ever gets high scores from the press but I have found it consistently e...
by Scott E.
June 3rd, 2019, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10673
Views: 368442

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Kris Patten wrote:
May 25th, 2019, 7:58 am
2015 K Vintners "The Beautiful" Syrah
2016 K Vintners Milbrandt Syrah
Did the Beaut live up to those high scores??? I've got a couple of those sleeping away, but I'm not opening any for about 2021 or 22. Cheers!
by Scott E.
May 29th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I won't go into specifics but...
Replies: 44
Views: 4101

Re: I won't go into specifics but...

Jim Anderson wrote:
May 29th, 2019, 11:28 am
Pinot Gris outside of basically one place on earth just isn’t that amazing.
Okay, I'll bite. Where is the one place on earth? Cheers!
by Scott E.
May 28th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing
Replies: 72
Views: 4696

Re: Favorite Wines You No Longer Buy Due to Pricing

There have been several, but notably (and sadly) Schrader and Myriad Dr. Crane. Schrader was first to go when it went from $175 to $225. A couple of years later, I just decided to cull everything over $100 after the annual expenditures ballooned so badly and I realized that for me, it just wasn't wo...
by Scott E.
May 26th, 2019, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1415
Views: 93208

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2012 Montafi - This bottle is singing! Classic zin on the nose and on the palate. Sniff and sip, sniff and sip... I could do this all day long with this wine. Really nice. Cheers!
by Scott E.
May 22nd, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is the New World equivalent of Chablis
Replies: 52
Views: 2944

Re: Santa Cruz Mountain Chardonnay is the New World equivalent of Chablis

I know nothing about Chablis. Sorry for the thread drift, but can someone recommend a kick-a$$ Chablis at a Mount Eden Estate price (approx. $60? or less?). Cheers!
by Scott E.
May 21st, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?
Replies: 62
Views: 3225

Re: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?

The number of available SVD's boggles the mind. Many have noted that the market should eventually sort this out, but with all the individual taste preferences out there, maybe not. I feel fortunate to have finally zeroed in on about six producers and I no longer need to chase/search for the next big...
by Scott E.
May 20th, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Notes from Taste Mendocino – April 27, 2019 in San Francisco
Replies: 8
Views: 459

Re: Notes from Taste Mendocino – April 27, 2019 in San Francisco

Nice report, Thanks! I have really liked past vintages of Handley's RSM Pinot and Navarro always makes a great Gewürztraminer. Looks like I should expand my search and seek out a few of the others. Cheers!
by Scott E.
May 20th, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most complex wines under <$50
Replies: 50
Views: 3185

Re: Most complex wines under <$50

Bedrock Hudson Syrah
Carlisle Zin
by Scott E.
May 17th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?
Replies: 69
Views: 2990

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

The area produces some unique and excellent Syrah that may rival great Bdx/Cali blends, but IMHO the area (Yakima, Red Mtn and WWV included) will never produce a Bdx blend that rivals those in Bdx or Cali.
by Scott E.
May 15th, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Liparita V Cabernet-$20 ‘Solid’.
Replies: 8
Views: 544

Re: TN: 2014 Liparita V Cabernet-$20 ‘Solid’.

When I first got into wine I got suckered into a bunch of deals like this. I just don't even pay any attention to these offers anymore. Yes, I'm sure there are exceptions and yes, maybe the wine ends up being decent sometimes, but in general, retailers don't drastically cut prices out of the goodnes...
by Scott E.
May 13th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys offer
Replies: 54
Views: 4798

Re: Rhys offer

Just finished off my last 2013 Alpine Chardonnay - shared with family at my MIL's. This was a lot more subdued and lighter-bodied than I remember. A beautiful shining gold color in the glass. Very pure and precise flavors of muted lemon and touches of tropical fruit with a saline/mineral finish. Ver...
by Scott E.
May 13th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2210
Views: 140992

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2011 Bedrock Syrah T-n-S Block Hudson - Popped and poured. What an enjoyable Syrah - nothing poked out - everything was integrated and in balance. Dark fruits, olive, herbs and even touches of smoke, meat and pepper. Very glad I have one more bottle. Cheers!
by Scott E.
May 9th, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 5137

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

Not that I know anything about these wines, but isn't the term "First Growth" associated with estate vineyards (the land) and not purchased grapes? Cheers!
by Scott E.
May 5th, 2019, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2210
Views: 140992

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Bedrock question for the experts here: I’ve recently signed up for the mailing list based on my enjoyment of Carlisle (an apparent kindred spirit) and the raves on this board. I found a few 17s at retail to try to see if these are for me. Between the OVZ, Evangelho Heritage and Bedrock Heritage, wh...
by Scott E.
May 1st, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting Question
Replies: 15
Views: 782

Re: Tasting Question

This is typical... The guy asks for simple, varietally true wines and the responses go off the deep end. Most Bdx are blends aren't they? - and I didn't know that a Rhone blend was a varietal either?
by Scott E.
April 29th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2210
Views: 140992

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2012 Pagani Heritage - gave this three hours of air - I liked this better than the Bedrock Heritage, it seemed more harmonious with better balance - just a wee bit of oak noticeable.
by Scott E.
April 27th, 2019, 9:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ojai 2014 'John SebastianoVineyard' Santa Barbara County Syrah
Replies: 2
Views: 172

Re: TN: Ojai 2014 'John SebastianoVineyard' Santa Barbara County Syrah

Nevermind - I just saw that it was Syrah that you were posting about... Jim - I am a big fan (just turned on in the last couple of years) of what Foxen does with the John Sebastiano fruit. Your note is spot on. I love the savory side of that vineyard. Regarding Ojai, I have not sampled very many Pin...
by Scott E.
April 22nd, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Williams-Selyem Pinot Noir Ferrington
Replies: 1
Views: 123

TN: 2012 Williams-Selyem Pinot Noir Ferrington

Popped and poured and let it catch some air in the glass for about 30 minutes. Color was a real pretty ruby - almost translucent. Nose was a knockout of leathery strawberry and spice. Medium bodied, very deep and complex tastes of strawberry rhubarb (for me, an AV marker for sure) and earth. The fin...
by Scott E.
April 17th, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jeb Dunnuck on 2016 Washington State
Replies: 34
Views: 2587

Re: Jeb Dunnuck on 2016 Washington State

Good for you that JD's and your palates agree - it sure makes blind purchases a little easier, but for me, it seems like JD is getting real close to becoming Suckles #2. For me, it seems like I have to discount his scores at least two to three points these days and for WA wine, I would even increase...
by Scott E.
April 13th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How is your average cost per bottle trending?
Replies: 27
Views: 1016

Re: How is your average cost per bottle trending?

Trending down. Currently $65 per bottle. Average for Cab and Pinot close to $80, but should continue to decrease since I don't buy $100 bottles anymore and I'm buying more top shelf Zin at comparably reasonable prices - same for Syrah. Cheers!
by Scott E.
April 12th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?
Replies: 71
Views: 2704

Re: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?

I just haven't found the higher price of vintage champagne to be justified. I get enough enjoyment out of aged domestic sparklers like Domaine Carneros, Roederer L'Ermitage and even NV Rodederer Estate. Yeah, I'm the one vote (currently) in the $25-$39 bracket. Cheers!
by Scott E.
April 9th, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Heft- Do you care?
Replies: 65
Views: 2331

Re: Bottle Heft- Do you care?

Since I must lug full cases to the cellar, I do care. Lighter is much better and if you are decanting most of your wines, no one will even know. Cheers!
by Scott E.
April 8th, 2019, 4:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acquisition vs Consumption
Replies: 29
Views: 1829

Re: Acquisition vs Consumption

I'm static. I confess I don't really get the collecting side of this wine hobby, but I do like to drink them, so I am just continuously replacing what I consume. Perhaps it is because I can't really acquire the highly sought "collectible" wines anyway... Cheers!
by Scott E.
April 7th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This seems a little excessive, no? (UPDATED - it's not)
Replies: 41
Views: 3028

Re: This seems a little excessive, no? (UPDATED - it's not)

I used to buy Aubert Chards and I still think they are fantastic with a couple of years on them. When my first shipment arrived, I really wanted to find out what the fuss was all about, so I pnp'd and ended up being less than impressed (probably served a little too cold too). So, I guess I think it ...
by Scott E.
April 4th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 3450

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

IMHO Constellation made out like a fat rat with this deal, dumping a lot of dead weight from their bloated holdings... Cheers!

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