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by Scott E.
October 4th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 34
Views: 2496

Re: Mountain Lions

Do you ever get that creepy feeling that something bad could happen?

Elk and Cat.jpg

Nice kitty... Smile for the camera.
by Scott E.
September 30th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard
Replies: 2
Views: 332

Re: TN: 2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Monte Rosso Vineyard

I assume the note and title are correct (Monte Rosso), but the picture is Dry Creek Valley. I'm just getting started on drinking my 2013 Zins and so far I have been really impressed. I somehow ended up with only one bottle of the 2013 Monte Rosso and had made a mental note to keep my hands off until...
by Scott E.
September 28th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lincoln Fine Wines (California) Super Deal on Royal City
Replies: 5
Views: 467

Re: Lincoln Fine Wines (California) Super Deal on Royal City

That is probably a fair price for the vintage. I have not bought any Royal City in many years due to cost, but in most years the critic's scores are 97+. Cheers!
by Scott E.
September 25th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: need help finding the right Syrah/shiraz
Replies: 29
Views: 1158

Re: need help finding the right Syrah/shiraz

+1 (based on OP's descriptions) on K Vintners (non-Rocks), Tensley and Carlisle. Cheers!
by Scott E.
September 20th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: cayuse 2012 Cailloux
Replies: 34
Views: 1605

Re: cayuse 2012 Cailloux

I'm sure this is a great QPR but I just can't bring myself to the point of purchasing and consuming a wine with a name like MOTOR CITY KITTY. For me this fits right in with other wines in the "critter" categories. I don't have an issue with "The Deal" or lower cost wines in general. Cheers! (and MEO...
by Scott E.
September 19th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: cayuse 2012 Cailloux
Replies: 34
Views: 1605

Re: cayuse 2012 Cailloux

I think the terroir is real but varies in intensity so wine making must have a big influence. The term "funk" is something the producers started using. Sleight of Hand even makes a "funkadelic" (terrific!). To me it means a unique blood/dust/iron/sage/soy/nori nose. Distinctly different from cold-c...
by Scott E.
September 18th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: cayuse 2012 Cailloux
Replies: 34
Views: 1605

Re: cayuse 2012 Cailloux

I'm going to be opening this wine in the next four months or so. I will have to remember to report back on this thread. In general, I like the Rocks funk but I also like some fruit to balance it out. I've had a few Cayuse Syrahs and have not really been wowed yet (I agree with your comment about ver...
by Scott E.
September 10th, 2019, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Caterwaul - Save The Date
Replies: 18
Views: 1095

Re: 2017 Caterwaul - Save The Date

Has Jeb ever tasted a wine that wasn't 97 points?!? Okay, maybe too broad of a statement, but it just seems like JD 97 pops up with regularity. what wine are you alluding to? jeb scored one previous caterwaul release 98, the 15 regusci. Okay, make it 98. I really wasn't referring to any particular ...
by Scott E.
September 10th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Caterwaul - Save The Date
Replies: 18
Views: 1095

Re: 2017 Caterwaul - Save The Date

Has Jeb ever tasted a wine that wasn't 97 points?!? Okay, maybe too broad of a statement, but it just seems like JD 97 pops up with regularity.
by Scott E.
September 10th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?
Replies: 154
Views: 8773

Re: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?

Sc0tt F!tzger@ld wrote:
August 7th, 2018, 7:58 pm
Aubert, Rhys, Ceritas, and Mount Eden.
Not saying that you can't appreciate and enjoy all styles of Chardonnay, but I find Rhys and Ceritas to be made in a much more restrained style than Aubert or Mount Eden. The Aubert and Mount Eden would fit into the "Best" category for me. Cheers!
by Scott E.
September 5th, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah The Contender
Replies: 5
Views: 524

Re: TN: 2014 Reynvaan Family Vineyards Syrah The Contender

They've done a pretty good job of matching up the Rocks funkiness with nice fruit influences. We drank a 2011 Stonessence with the Labor Day steak BBQ and although the 2011's aren't my favorite vintage, it still had that balance to it. I'll be digging into my 2012's soon, but based on my recent expe...
by Scott E.
September 3rd, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's Talk About Crémant, Cava and Other Sparklers
Replies: 44
Views: 2084

Re: Let's Talk About Crémant, Cava and Other Sparklers

Howard Cooper wrote:
August 17th, 2019, 5:05 am
For $20-25, Roederer Estate are pleasant enjoyable wines.
+1 - especially their L'Ermitage (about $40 though). Cheers!
by Scott E.
August 30th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?
Replies: 158
Views: 7639

Re: WTF is the problem with Chardonnay?

Due to the cheap plonk I had sampled, it took me years to want to buy and drink another Chardonnay (well, any white wine for that matter...). I think it was at a tasting at Ramey where I discovered that there was some decent Chardonnay out there. I'm still very picky about white wine in general and ...
by Scott E.
August 29th, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 67
Views: 6079

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

Noticed the highly decorated wall behind the bottle. Are you in Dom Perignon heaven?
by Scott E.
August 28th, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Phases of Aging Riesling
Replies: 57
Views: 2279

Re: Phases of Aging Riesling

Thanks for posting the link to the article. A few years back I became fascinated with the potential of aged Riesling and began to cellar a few bottles every year as an ongoing experiment. All bottles are non-German though and made in a dry style (the thought of trying to understand and select German...
by Scott E.
August 19th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad - Save the Date
Replies: 54
Views: 4151

Re: Myriad - Save the Date

Did anyone get a wish list request granted?
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: 468

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: 438

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: 54
Views: 4151

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: 3573

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: 1690

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: 45
Views: 2788

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: 1891

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: 1891

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: 1891

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: 2326

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: 7167

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: 2756

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: 87
Views: 6882

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: 2756

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: 1450
Views: 97779

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: 731

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: 2132

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: 703

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: 562

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: 562

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: 703

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: 156
Views: 11203

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: 7167

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: 7167

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: 10831
Views: 392804

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: 10831
Views: 392804

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: 4137

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: 4826

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: 1450
Views: 97779

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: 3010

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: 3341

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: 490

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: 3257

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: 82
Views: 4256

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.

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