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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: 366

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: 34
Views: 1256

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: 32
Views: 718

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: 443

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: 4467

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: 2098
Views: 129177

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: 4066

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: 2098
Views: 129177

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: 710

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: 2098
Views: 129177

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: 155

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: 114

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: 2377

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: 847

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: 2319

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: 1980

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: 1680

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: 2789

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: 2985

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!
by Scott E.
March 30th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Replies: 22
Views: 911

Re: TN: 2006 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

I only started buying with the 2009 vintage so I can't comment on anything older, but I've had some really great results from 6-year old KB. Lots of spice and complex/layered fruit. I'm still buying the appellation wines. Cheers!
by Scott E.
March 25th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1384
Views: 87151

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2012 Monte Rosso Zin. Can’t imagine this being any better, a wonderful spectrum of fruit, some spice, not hot or jammy at all. Crowd pleaser for sure. Went great with some home made Trinidadian food, although I had to stay away from the hot sauce. I totally agree. Consumed my only two bottles over ...
by Scott E.
March 7th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Possibly the best $13 bottle
Replies: 64
Views: 5930

Re: Possibly the best $13 bottle

I tried a couple of the 2015's and wasn't all that impressed - even at $14 per bottle. If it floats your boat, that's great - to each his own. Cheers!
by Scott E.
March 1st, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Flooding in Sonoma County
Replies: 53
Views: 3030

Re: Flooding in Sonoma County

The issues at the Barlow are really strange because that facility has only been inline for 5 or so years and the fact that the County allowed them to build in a flood plains perplexing. Directly across Morris St from The Barlow is a complex that was built decades ago and they bright the ground leve...
by Scott E.
February 17th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay Suggestions
Replies: 59
Views: 1867

Re: Chardonnay Suggestions

Probably not a great comparison with Ceritas or Chablis, but I agree with the ABC recommendation - their entry level Santa Barbara bottle is usually quite good and can be had for $20-$25 per bottle.
by Scott E.
February 13th, 2019, 9:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date
Replies: 138
Views: 9575

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date

Hey Morgan or Chris - Will there be a Judge Sauvignon Blanc this year?
by Scott E.
February 11th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Horsepower Vineyards
Replies: 13
Views: 1130

Re: Thoughts on Horsepower Vineyards

JDavisRoby wrote:
February 11th, 2019, 6:39 am
How does the Horsepower compare to Reynvaan?
In my opinion, they both have similar profiles (Rocks signature, meat, olive, etc.) but the Reynvaan wines show significantly more fruit. I really like Reynvaan and continue to buy (although they are getting pretty pricey). Cheers!
by Scott E.
February 9th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Horsepower Vineyards
Replies: 13
Views: 1130

Re: Thoughts on Horsepower Vineyards

I found zero fruit. Maybe it was lurking under there somewhere but it wasn't showing the day I opened a 2011 several years back. I love some funk and meat and olive but I need a little fruit to go with it. I bought 2011 and 2012 and will be drinking my remaining 2011's sometime later this year. Base...
by Scott E.
February 4th, 2019, 9:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kosta Browne vs Quivet, only buying one.
Replies: 18
Views: 1150

Re: Kosta Browne vs Quivet, only buying one.

First, I love Mike’s wines and have been buying since the 2006 vintage. It this really is talking apples and oranges. And KB may have its obvious haters but I think it is well worth the $72 tariff. And with tax and shipping it worked out to $81 per bottle on my case purchased, which is not $100. Ma...
by Scott E.
February 4th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Michael vs Aubert
Replies: 31
Views: 2309

Re: Peter Michael vs Aubert

I also like the Aubert a bit better and (in a comparison of pricey wines) find the chardonnays from Aubert a bit better of a value. For me, Lauren is the most consistent winner, but some years Lauren is edged out by Sugar Shack or CIX. I buy 8-10 cases of Aubert chardonnay a year , so that pretty m...
by Scott E.
February 4th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban Release
Replies: 28
Views: 1268

Re: Alban Release

Michael Fess wrote:
February 4th, 2019, 3:35 pm
I joined last summer and was offered wine on that release. So it was not very long.
I bought Alban Reva for several years (at least 3-4 vintages) and never received a regular offering of Seymour or Lorraine except for a "flash" offering for a 2010. Cheers!
by Scott E.
February 4th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Williams Selyem 2019 Offering
Replies: 20
Views: 1584

Re: Williams Selyem 2019 Offering

I'm also a fan/buyer but my favs are offered in the fall.
by Scott E.
February 3rd, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kosta Browne vs Quivet, only buying one.
Replies: 18
Views: 1150

Re: Kosta Browne vs Quivet, only buying one.

Quivet Syrah is definitely a great QPR, but there is no way I can tell you it is preferable to KB Pinot. If you have lots of good Pinot choices in your cellar, then by all means, go for the Quivet. First world problems...
by Scott E.
February 3rd, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11426

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

The good news, I think, is that drinking craft beer eventually leads to drinking good wine. Their palates are getting trained on good and different beer and eventually, when their diet requires less beer, they will look for quality wine. Most of my college friends and similar aged work friend oenop...
by Scott E.
February 2nd, 2019, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How has Kosta Browne changed over the last few years
Replies: 31
Views: 2835

Re: How has Kosta Browne changed over the last few years

Yeah, I've had a couple newer-style KBs and the change is profound; although clearly CA Pinot, they've transformed from behemoth to beauty. I'd consider buying KB if R-M didn't deliver the same experience for 1/3 the price on appellation wines. I guess I should revisit the R-M appellation Pinots. I...
by Scott E.
February 1st, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11426

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Waaahhhhh! Waaaahhhhhh!! Snivel, Snivel... I'm not crying about stuff I can't afford. Nobody is ruining anything. There will always be something attractive that is beyond most of our means. There will always be the wealthy that can afford and will buy those items. However, I will take a parting sho...
by Scott E.
February 1st, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 11426

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Waaahhhhh! Waaaahhhhhh!! Snivel, Snivel... I'm not crying about stuff I can't afford. Nobody is ruining anything. There will always be something attractive that is beyond most of our means. There will always be the wealthy that can afford and will buy those items. However, I will take a parting shot...
by Scott E.
January 29th, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How has Kosta Browne changed over the last few years
Replies: 31
Views: 2835

Re: How has Kosta Browne changed over the last few years

I've been buying since the 2009 vintage. I have passed on the more expensive SVD's but we still really enjoy the appellation wines. With some age, I have experienced some nice complexity and spice in the profile and the appellation wines are still in the same dollar range with most of the other Pino...
by Scott E.
January 29th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day 10...what'd ya get?
Replies: 204
Views: 8067

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

BTW, while I didn't view all the various offerings, IMO the coolest one of the day had to be Goodfellow's return/rebirth of the Berserkers Cuvee! I think my Mom & Dad went through three cases of Jim Anderson's 2014 version, and even if we can't do it every year, it's great to see this continue to o...
by Scott E.
January 28th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1384
Views: 87151

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2012 Monte Rosso - very deep, very complex nose on this one; more of that complexity on the palate; slightly high-toned red fruited finish - lovely. Cheers!
by Scott E.
January 14th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sojourn Cellars - “Our Spring Wine Release Begins January 22nd”
Replies: 13
Views: 866

Re: Sojourn Cellars - “Our Spring Wine Release Begins January 22nd”

Opened a 2012 Sangiacomo last night. What a nose - very strong waves of layers upon layers of red fruit ending in a tremendous spice bomb. The palate was exactly the same - what a treat. Cheers!
by Scott E.
January 9th, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1384
Views: 87151

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Doesn't the Winter Release normally come out in the third week of January? I haven't seen a "save the date" e-mail yet...
by Scott E.
January 4th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1993 or 1994 Forman Cabernet - which to open now?
Replies: 10
Views: 335

Re: 1993 or 1994 Forman Cabernet - which to open now?

I can't provide any thoughts one way or the other, but I just couldn't help thinking about the fact that approx. 50% of CT reviewers think one is ready and the other approx. 50% think it is not ready - especially when we are talking about 24- or 25-year old Cabernet. Now, one vintage was maybe sligh...
by Scott E.
January 2nd, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Meiomi PinotNoir '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 30
Views: 2031

Re: TN: Meiomi PinotNoir '17...(short/boring)

Sounds about right. Apologies for the drift, but I got to taste Caymus Special Select (2014) this holiday season and it was kinda in the same league (spoofilated & nondescript), but definitely chocolate milk dominated. Quite the turn-off for my taste, but my buddy who brought it commented "smooth" a...
by Scott E.
December 26th, 2018, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you serving with your holiday dinner?
Replies: 39
Views: 1458

Re: What are you serving with your holiday dinner?

2010 Larkmead Cab and 2011 Cayuse Cailloux Syrah with a really nice prime rib. The Cayuse didn't have the depth and complexity that it usually shows. I'd give the Larkmead a B+ score. After dinner included a 1994 Fonseca VP which was singing! Cheers!
by Scott E.
December 17th, 2018, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bedrock Zin EsolaVnyd '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 370

Re: TN: Bedrock Zin EsolaVnyd '17...(short/boring)

Tom, thanks for the note. I appreciate your willingness to pop a youngster like this and share your thoughts. I had the urge to do the same with a 2017 Bedrock OV Zin a few weeks ago and even with lots of air it was not a great experience; however, it does provide a glimpse into the future - and the...
by Scott E.
December 16th, 2018, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AG scores for Napa 2016 Part 1
Replies: 65
Views: 6253

Re: AG scores for Napa 2016 Part 1

It has been my experience that a wine scored this way (big spread with very high scores and a few lesser scores) usually has a very unique aspect that some critics reward and some will not. Just my 2-cents worth. Critics do have different likes and dislikes. Cheers!
by Scott E.
December 15th, 2018, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Riesling from USA ?
Replies: 84
Views: 3247

Re: Favorite Riesling from USA ?

You guys talked me into ordering some Hermann J Wiener's. I'm going to pop one and lay some down. I assume a 2016 should get some air-time prior to consuming? Cheers!
by Scott E.
December 14th, 2018, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: All roads lead to spoofy?
Replies: 29
Views: 1349

Re: All roads lead to spoofy?

"Spoofy" was the first word that came to mind when I tasted a 2011 Jones Family The Sisters a couple of weeks ago. It had "stuff" sticking out every which way - made me wonder if I was consuming 30% mega-purple... Cheers!
by Scott E.
December 11th, 2018, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1384
Views: 87151

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

I thought the Rossi Grenache was only bottled in 2013 and 2016?

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