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by Scott E.
September 9th, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wait list times
Replies: 134
Views: 11446

Re: Wait list times

Saxum was right at 7 years.
by Scott E.
September 3rd, 2020, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Donum - opinions?
Replies: 10
Views: 588

Re: Donum - opinions?

I think their Pinots are pretty darn good based on the one tasting (2016 vintage) that we did with them - they are not inexpensive though. IMO their wines tend to be on the darker, richer end of the spectrum with good complexity. After returning home from the tasting, I tried signing up for their li...
by Scott E.
September 3rd, 2020, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Turley Zinfandel Ueberroth Vineyard
Replies: 3
Views: 267

Re: TN: 2013 Turley Zinfandel Ueberroth Vineyard

I consumed a couple of these earlier in the year. Ueberroth is definitely a singular and unique expression of Zinfandel (never had a Ueberroth from anyone but Turley though), but it comes off a little too high-toned for my taste. This was the last vintage that I bought. Cheers!
by Scott E.
August 28th, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN’s: A couple whites from the week, Arcadian - Bedrock.
Replies: 1
Views: 253

Re: TN’s: A couple whites from the week, Arcadian - Bedrock.

I love the Judge S-B. I put an extra 6-pack of the 2019's away for consumption in the summer of 2021, but I think about them all the time... Cheers!
by Scott E.
August 26th, 2020, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sojourn Cellars
Replies: 52
Views: 4147

Re: Sojourn Cellars

Fall offering is open! Thought I would see some postings by now. I picked up a mixed 6-pack (Ridgetop Pinot, Reuling Chard, Oakville Cab). What did you buy? Cheers!
by Scott E.
August 25th, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard
Replies: 1
Views: 239

TN: 2013 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

Some leakage on this one - cork was about 75% saturated and very soft, but the wine seemed fine. Deep dark-fruited brooding color. The nose was a swirling combination of cherry, raspberry and strawberry with savory notes with some spice. Tastes very similar to the nose - good depth of flavor and bal...
by Scott E.
August 8th, 2020, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Paso Trip-Need a little help
Replies: 39
Views: 2383

Re: First Paso Trip-Need a little help

I like Terry Hoage and of course Saxum. I know I'm in the minority here, but I didn't care for the Tablas style. Cheers!
by Scott E.
August 8th, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2867
Views: 191686

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

The 2013 Bedrock Heritage just blew my socks off last night. I have to admit that past vintages were not really floating my boat - so much so that I quit buying (I buy lots of other Bedrock though). This wine had sooooo many layers of flavors that just came together beautifully. So smooth and mouth ...
by Scott E.
August 6th, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle Summer Pre-Release
Replies: 29
Views: 2668

Re: Carlisle Summer Pre-Release

AD Northup wrote:
July 16th, 2020, 6:47 am
Just Papera and Pagani for me...no room and Bedrock next week
Ditto here. I was bummed that the Carlisle Vineyard Zin was not released this go around though...
by Scott E.
August 4th, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Wilson Zin - Tori's Reserve
Replies: 4
Views: 281

Re: TN: 2013 Wilson Zin - Tori's Reserve

Thanks for the note! A producer I'm not familiar with and will have to look into I was actually pretty surprised at the note. The 2007 Tori’s was an alcoholic mess at 16.1%. Other Wilson Zins have been similarly situated. Too bad, but everyone has different tastes. Why did you keep buying them if y...
by Scott E.
July 30th, 2020, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Wilson Zin - Tori's Reserve
Replies: 4
Views: 281

TN: 2013 Wilson Zin - Tori's Reserve

This is drinking great right now. More of a claret type of zin, but with plenty of zin character. Juicy blue and black fruit that fade into super powdery tannins that keep the flavors lingering a long time. Superb balance in the wine. Cheers!
by Scott E.
July 23rd, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1648
Views: 115489

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Bud Carey wrote:
July 18th, 2020, 11:12 am
Top 3 for me are Montafi, Carlisle, and Papera.
Ditto, except my order would be reversed. Cheers!
by Scott E.
July 23rd, 2020, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Old Vine (USA, California)
Replies: 8
Views: 724

Re: TN: 2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Old Vine (USA, California)

2017 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Old Vine - USA, California (7/22/2020) My bottle in February was clearly compromised, as this is f-ing awesome! Rich fruit balanced by subtle tannins and bright acidity, long finish and insane drinkability in one $19 package . Holy cow is this good. Posted from Cella...
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: 1161

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: 46
Views: 3845

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: 3394

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: 10
Views: 577

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: 340

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: 420

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: 498

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: 474

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: 498

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: 1700

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: 2867
Views: 191686

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: 60
Views: 4126

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: 3911

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: 2867
Views: 191686

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: 1648
Views: 115489

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: 13453

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: 1648

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: 1648
Views: 115489

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: 4655

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: 534

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: 52
Views: 4147

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: 171

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: 3220

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: 1402

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: 847

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: 4655

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: 847

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: 10911

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: 97
Views: 5483

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: 97
Views: 5483

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: 1648
Views: 115489

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: 1739

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: 6088

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: 1285

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: 2867
Views: 191686

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: 484

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: 1781

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).

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