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by Scott E.
July 10th, 2020, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph meets my Birthday present
Replies: 15
Views: 1080

Re: 2011 Pierre Gonon St. Joseph meets my Birthday present

This was my first "Northern" Rhone (I dunno, maybe St. Joe is "mid" Rhone?). With 3-4 hours of air, it really blossomed. This wine has a dimension that you can't get from a domestic Syrah. So enjoyable! I got in on the 2011's and 2012's before the big price hikes, but that was it. I'm saving one 201...
by Scott E.
June 29th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Summer 2020 Release
Replies: 44
Views: 2907

Re: Saxum Summer 2020 Release

This will be my 3rd offer. How many years does it take to get an offer for Booker and is it summer or winter usually?
by Scott E.
June 18th, 2020, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel
Replies: 81
Views: 3158

Re: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel

I'm a little north of $1500/yr on Zin now. Since I got priced out of Napa Cab several years ago, I decided to start buying more good Zin - and for considerably less money. Cheers!

Bedrock $400
Carlisle $650
Wilson $350
Pezzi King $300
by Scott E.
June 15th, 2020, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Elyse Zinfandel Morisoli Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford)
Replies: 9
Views: 350

Re: TN: 2018 Elyse Zinfandel Morisoli Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley, Rutherford)

Nice note - I'm really looking forward to tasting these 2018 Zins. I concur that this producer/vineyard usually shows very well. I don't recall the last vintage that I drank, but it was very good and I'm always on the lookout for some older vintages when I get the chance to prowl some of the better ...
by Scott E.
June 14th, 2020, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Quivira Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley
Replies: 6
Views: 330

Re: 2014 Quivira Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

Thanks for the note. I remember stopping by Quivira when we used to participate in the barrel tasting in the Dry Creek Valley area. After tasting Zins all day long, their Sauvignon Blanc and Grenache were always a treat. Don't think we have purchased any in quite a few years - will need to fix that....
by Scott E.
June 9th, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah Exposition One Weill Vineyard
Replies: 2
Views: 412

Re: TN: 2012 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah Exposition One Weill Vineyard

We opened all three side-by-side about 7 months ago. The #1 was the unanimous favorite in our family group. I decanted for about 3 hours, but I remember how that nose popped and how fresh the fruit seemed. Made me sorry that I hadn't been purchasing Weill Syrah up to that point. Cheers!
by Scott E.
June 6th, 2020, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Replies: 4
Views: 490

Re: TN: 2013 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

Yeah, I'm always evaluating the value of the bottles I purchase and lay down. Over the years, I think we have liked the Sonoma Coast more than the others, but sometimes there is a surprise. Even these appellation wines are getting kind of pricey though... Were you checking in on the 2013 vintage too...
by Scott E.
June 6th, 2020, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Saxum Broken Stones (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)
Replies: 5
Views: 443

Re: TN: 2015 Saxum Broken Stones (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)

Sometimes you stumble upon the perfect match for a wine. In this case it was a takeout from a local joint called Rio Grill - a house smoked chicken with chili butter, artichokes and roasted potatoes. The house speciality. Really to die for. Alone the Broken Stones was a solid 96. With this dish - a...
by Scott E.
June 5th, 2020, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Replies: 4
Views: 490

TN: 2013 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

Sorry haters, this was pretty darn good! I think what I like about these wines is the depth of flavors that can develop with cellaring. This was a PNP and it was ready to go. Deep scents of red fruit, a bit of spice and savories on the nose. On the palate, very deep flavors of raspberry, black cherr...
by Scott E.
June 3rd, 2020, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $25 Zinfandel
Replies: 40
Views: 1658

Re: Sub $25 Zinfandel

G. Bienstock wrote:
June 3rd, 2020, 2:18 pm
Seghesio
+1 - even better with a couple of years of age on it. Cheers!
by Scott E.
May 22nd, 2020, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2735
Views: 181111

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2012 Hudson T&S Syrah - I've had a lot of the Hudson Syrahs and this was the first one where I didn't get some nice savory notes. The fruit was definitely there, but it had a real exotic side - spicy too. Not quite as floral as usual either. Very tasty and extremely balanced, but the exotic mix of f...
by Scott E.
May 22nd, 2020, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Walter Scott Wolfpack
Replies: 58
Views: 3717

Re: Walter Scott Wolfpack

In the past two weeks I bought a mixed 6-pack to see what the fuss is all about. I wonder if I was only seeing a few of their wines? I detest wine clubs that give you no choices and have a minimum of more than one case per year. We popped the cork on their entry level chard and pinot and thought the...
by Scott E.
May 18th, 2020, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?
Replies: 52
Views: 3842

Re: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?

This is just one man's unscientific opinion. Basic sparkling "Champagne" is one of CA best values when you measure quality vs price. I go mostly France & Italy for everything else when seeking great value. Plus I prefer lower Alc and more zip in my wines in general. I drink very little CDP though:)...
by Scott E.
May 18th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2735
Views: 181111

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2013 Monte Rosso Zin - quite enjoyable!
by Scott E.
April 22nd, 2020, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1640
Views: 113671

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2013 Monte Rosso- the best of the trio. No heat, great fruit, lingering flavors. Most restrained of the three -"feminine" if you will. Wish I had more. Yeah, that Monte Rosso was really good, although on its own, I would not call it restrained. I usually open one along side a Bedrock M-R, but didn'...
by Scott E.
April 17th, 2020, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Late Spring Impromptu Release - April 21
Replies: 194
Views: 13192

Re: Bedrock Late Spring Impromptu Release - April 21

AD Northup wrote:
April 17th, 2020, 9:27 am
[flirtysmile.gif] Shake Ridge Barbera
I was thinking the same thing, but you always wonder why it was not released if it was that good?? [scratch.gif] Cheers!
by Scott E.
April 12th, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Wine Are You Opening For Easter Dinner?
Replies: 50
Views: 1605

Re: Which Wine Are You Opening For Easter Dinner?

2012 Reynvaan Stonessence and 2012 Rudius Panek with leg of lamb roast. Can't wait... Cheers!
by Scott E.
April 11th, 2020, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1640
Views: 113671

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2013 Dry Creek Valley Zin - drinking very nicely. What a great value! Cheers!
by Scott E.
April 9th, 2020, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: West Sonoma Coast (Extreme coast/Fort Ross Seaview) Pinot Noirs
Replies: 50
Views: 4557

Re: West Sonoma Coast (Extreme coast/Fort Ross Seaview) Pinot Noirs

I would add Sojourn to your list of "must try" West Sonoma Coast Pinot. Sojourn makes fantastic Pinot from the Walala and Ridgetop vineyards. Cheers! Thanks Scott. I agree! Only tried the 2017 Walala so far with tasting - and it was excellent (a bit similar to but not exactly like Three Sticks Wala...
by Scott E.
April 6th, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Carlisle Alicante Bouschet Pagani Ranch
Replies: 12
Views: 531

Re: TN: 2016 Carlisle Alicante Bouschet Pagani Ranch

I recently opened a 2013 version. I evidently thought I liked A-B (last one was over 15 years ago), but this was definitely not in my wheel house anymore. I don't think there was anything wrong with the wine, but who knows... Pretty bummed since I had been sitting on this one for awhile. Cheers!
by Scott E.
April 4th, 2020, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sojourn Cellars
Replies: 45
Views: 3077

Re: Sojourn Cellars

Love the Walala, Ridgetop and Gaps Pinot. We've been buying for a few years now. After a couple of trips to their tasting room, we quickly branched out into the Cabs and Chards too. I don't think you could go wrong with any of their wines. Cheers!
by Scott E.
March 19th, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Hayfork
Replies: 1
Views: 169

2017 Hayfork

Has anyone tasted the 2017 Lewelling Cab yet? Offer just came out. Would like to hear your impressions. Thanks in advance.
by Scott E.
March 14th, 2020, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zin recommendations?
Replies: 60
Views: 3050

Re: Zin recommendations?

I'm a long time buyer of Wilson and Pezzi King. I also like Mauritson and Carlisle. Cheers!
by Scott E.
March 5th, 2020, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's with all the thread dredging?
Replies: 27
Views: 1382

Re: What's with all the thread dredging?

It's pretty funny reading an old thread, not realizing as you read that it's an old thread, then coming across a reply from yourself, which is the moment you realize this is not a new thread and confirm that by looking at the posting date. You read it with a mixture of curiosity and dread - I didn'...
by Scott E.
March 4th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Littorai Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard
Replies: 11
Views: 843

Re: TN: 2012 Littorai Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard

You are correct sir! The snorts on me!
by Scott E.
March 4th, 2020, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: West Sonoma Coast (Extreme coast/Fort Ross Seaview) Pinot Noirs
Replies: 50
Views: 4557

Re: West Sonoma Coast (Extreme coast/Fort Ross Seaview) Pinot Noirs

I would add Sojourn to your list of "must try" West Sonoma Coast Pinot. Sojourn makes fantastic Pinot from the Walala and Ridgetop vineyards. Cheers!
by Scott E.
March 4th, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Littorai Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard
Replies: 11
Views: 843

Re: TN: 2012 Littorai Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard

2012 Littorai Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (12/19/2014) An early and successful check in for this wine, where there was lots of fresh, red fruit and a surprising amount of complexity. Licorice, earth and spice tones all came through, especially as the w...
by Scott E.
March 4th, 2020, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”
Replies: 106
Views: 10192

Re: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”

Whoa! If you are buying off of all these lists, you must be spending some serious change! Do you have amount budgeted for wine? I don't think anyone can tell you which lists to dump and which lists to stay on - you will have to make that call based on your taste and the perceived value of those purc...
by Scott E.
March 3rd, 2020, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageability of Cali Pinot
Replies: 82
Views: 3858

Re: Ageability of Cali Pinot

I'd be curious to know people's experiences with Mount Eden! I'm relatively new to cooler-climate California pinot and recently purchased my first bottle of '15 from them - would be really interested to hear about their evolution. Not a lot of experience here, but we did consume a 2010 a couple of ...
by Scott E.
March 2nd, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageability of Cali Pinot
Replies: 82
Views: 3858

Re: Ageability of Cali Pinot

Any wine can be aged. Does the wine evolve into something better? The answer depends on your taste and your taste alone. Historically (100+ years ago), wasn't a certain amount of aging almost necessary to produce something that was even close to enjoyable? Perhaps climate change and wine making impr...
by Scott E.
February 27th, 2020, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1640
Views: 113671

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Received my shipment of 2018's from the recent winter release and I noticed that the Dry Creek Valley Zin is now bottled under screwcap. Is that a first for Carlisle?
by Scott E.
February 26th, 2020, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting visits...trifling questions.
Replies: 28
Views: 1708

Re: Tasting visits...trifling questions.

I would probably not share, but then I don't normally (ever?) taste with an owner or wine maker either. I'm curious, when you share, do you still get charged for the tasting fee? Cheers!
by Scott E.
February 17th, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged wine - what am I missing?
Replies: 105
Views: 6003

Re: Aged wine - what am I missing?

I know exactly where you are coming from. I don't have an appreciation for musty wet leaves, mushroom soup and little to no fruit either. I drink 90% of my wine before it reaches 8 years of age. I think it is natural to think there should be a direct relationship between age and complexity. Now, the...
by Scott E.
February 13th, 2020, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Rhys Syrah Skyline Vineyard
Replies: 23
Views: 1254

Re: TN: 2010 Rhys Syrah Skyline Vineyard

Didn't all of the Skyline Syrah get grafted over to Pinot a few years ago?
by Scott E.
February 13th, 2020, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2735
Views: 181111

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Still sitting on my 2013 Bedrocks, including Pagani, though I hope to pop at least one of each later this year. Even at 6+ years of age, I always give the Bedrock Heritage wines a couple of hours of air time too. Cheers!
by Scott E.
February 3rd, 2020, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah In the Rocks
Replies: 6
Views: 481

Re: TN: 2010 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah In the Rocks

Never had one last longer than one day! I'm into the 2012's already. Opened a Foothills Reserve yesterday that seemed way too heavy on the green olive juice (covered up the fruit more than I would like), but did have a nice smokey finish. Cheers!
by Scott E.
February 3rd, 2020, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your SUPER BOWL WINES and PICKS here
Replies: 44
Views: 1744

Re: Post your SUPER BOWL WINES and PICKS here

I'm going way out on a limb and pick the Chiefs... We opened a 2013 Turley Ueberroth and a 2012 Denner Mother of Exiles (35% petite verdot).
by Scott E.
January 31st, 2020, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay Purrington Rued
Replies: 2
Views: 285

Re: TN: 2017 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay Purrington Rued

Glad to hear this. I bought a couple of these based on the winery's description, but won't be popping any corks for 2-3 years. Have you tried any other 2017 R-M Chards? Cheers!
by Scott E.
January 22nd, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Under $20 solid QPR Cabernet?
Replies: 31
Views: 2157

Re: Recommendations for Under $20 solid QPR Cabernet?

Tuck Beckstoffer's 75 Cab. Agree this is a solid. Isn't this a newer project? I had this wine multiple times over the years and always thought it was decent. However, I tried the 2016 last year and was really turned off by a strange taste - seemed like something artificial. May have just been me, b...
by Scott E.
January 21st, 2020, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1640
Views: 113671

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2013 Carlisle Alicante Bouschet Pagani Ranch - BIG wine, heavier body than a Petite Syrah (in my experience), Black Raspberry, maybe a little plum - no tannins to speak of - an immediate teeth-staining experience. I was getting some kind of off-flavor on the finish, but cannot describe it. Interesti...
by Scott E.
January 18th, 2020, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Quilceda Creek - yay or nay?
Replies: 40
Views: 3136

Re: 2017 Quilceda Creek - yay or nay?

Nay. I have only been buying the CVR for several years now. The cab is well made, just not enough value there.
by Scott E.
January 18th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the last bottle in your cellar you’ll drink?
Replies: 73
Views: 2851

Re: What’s the last bottle in your cellar you’ll drink?

17 Vintage Port or various 16 Bdx.
by Scott E.
January 16th, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard Sonoma Coast
Replies: 23
Views: 1603

Re: TN: 2016 Littorai Pinot Noir The Pivot Vineyard Sonoma Coast

I bought Littorai for several vintages based on multiple positive sources of information. I don’t get it. I keep trying to like the wines, and I just don’t get it, especially at the price points. Same here. I can't make up my mind whether to put my remaining 2013's and 2014's on Commerce Corner, or...
by Scott E.
January 13th, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard
Replies: 5
Views: 479

Re: TN: 2012 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard

Consumed this a few months ago. Your note is spot on regarding little to no funk and more elegant; however, IMHO, I don't think there is a big upside to additional years sideways. I've got a 2012 Cailloux that I need to open this year - I think I prefer the Cailloux to the Chamberlin, but to each hi...
by Scott E.
January 12th, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Skinner Syrah - Eldorado
Replies: 0
Views: 164

TN: 2012 Skinner Syrah - Eldorado

This was very aromatically complex on PnP. Very dark colored, black and blue fruited, rich and complex on the palate. Hard for me to describe, but this was very much in a style and flavor profile akin to Alban. I couldn't pick up much in the way of an olive profile. Very enjoyable wine. In the past ...
by Scott E.
January 11th, 2020, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1640
Views: 113671

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

The only 2013 I have popped so far is the Monte Rosso - it was fabulous! Looking forward to the rest of them. Cheers!
by Scott E.
January 10th, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: January Offerings
Replies: 59
Views: 6490

Re: January Offerings

Ryan Gilmour wrote:
January 7th, 2020, 9:05 am
Doubleback, haven't seen much about them here, any fans?
A decent, very drinkable, but somewhat monolithic Cabernet - IMHO the price is not worth what is in the bottle. Cheers!
by Scott E.
January 10th, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 1330

Re: Chardonnay recommendations

+1 on Ramey, Sojourn, Mount Eden and Rivers-Marie.
by Scott E.
January 10th, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine "budgeting" - tips?
Replies: 64
Views: 3329

Re: Wine "budgeting" - tips?

Compulsive buying was my problem and this place, along with random e-mail offers is where the bulk of this compulsive buying begins. Get serious about which wines you really like and your actual consumption rate. Set a realistic budget and make a list of the wines you really want or need to buy on a...
by Scott E.
December 30th, 2019, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Tensley Syrah (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County)
Replies: 2
Views: 240

Re: TN: 2015 Tensley Syrah (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County)

Thanks for the note. I have a couple of these in the cellar, but probably won't open any for another three years or so. I have not consistently purchased these every vintage, but I have enjoyed all of them I have consumed. I think your description of "solid" is spot on (and sometimes very, very good...

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