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by R Roberts
September 16th, 2020, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald release is imminent!!!
Replies: 166
Views: 14545

Re: MacDonald release is imminent!!!

Rich Brown wrote:
September 15th, 2020, 12:44 pm
M. Taylor wrote:
September 15th, 2020, 10:29 am
Got our first allocation this year. 3 bottles, and happy.
Nice! Congrats!!

Do you recall when you signed up?
Hey Rich, I signed up Dec 2017 and nothing yet for me. FWIW.
by R Roberts
September 15th, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 4374
Views: 250542

Re: de Negoce offer

Dehlinger?
by R Roberts
September 11th, 2020, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 4374
Views: 250542

Re: de Negoce offer

Haha, thanks.

I am surprised this offer is moving as fast as it is, though the 2018 vintage in California was a solid one.
by R Roberts
September 11th, 2020, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 4374
Views: 250542

Re: de Negoce offer

MatthewT wrote:
September 11th, 2020, 5:14 pm
225 left out of 1000.
Where do you see that? The only thing I've found is if its sold out or not.
by R Roberts
September 9th, 2020, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 4374
Views: 250542

Re: de Negoce offer

what on earth is "sucosite"? I imagine he meant sucrosite as in sweet or very ripe fruit yeah, thanks for that, looks like it must be a typo for "sucrosité" I looked it up when I saw that word (3 finger tap on a Mac makes it easy), and learned its a synonym for "consecutive", so my interpretation w...
by R Roberts
September 7th, 2020, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard (USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros)
Replies: 18
Views: 841

Re: TN: 2016 Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard (USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros)

The Chards he made at Chalk Hill in the early 90s actually are some of the wines that GOT me into wine. Funny, I came here to say the Ramey Hyde was one of my epiphany wines, about 20 years ago. I know David Ramey is a proponent of natural cork being the primary cause of premox. Anyone know if he s...
by R Roberts
August 26th, 2020, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite QPR wine under $25
Replies: 63
Views: 3519

Re: Favorite QPR wine under $25

As for my contributions to the thread:

Thivin
Tardive
Produttori Langhe
Monsanto Chianti
Scherrer OMV (as futures)
Bodegas Muga
Triennes Rosé
by R Roberts
August 26th, 2020, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite QPR wine under $25
Replies: 63
Views: 3519

Re: Favorite QPR wine under $25

the Campi Raudii is as good as the Boca and blows the Gattinara off the table for far less. You may think you're a broken record on this producer, but its the first I'm hearing of them- so thanks! This is a bit unusual, so just want to clarify your perspective: their ~$15 wine is as good or better ...
by R Roberts
August 25th, 2020, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Six Figures Wine--New Field Blend Project
Replies: 34
Views: 1994

Re: Six Figures Wine--New Field Blend Project

Just reading the thread title, calling the project "Six Figures" seems... gauche. I for one wouldn't want that label on my table, tongue in cheek or not. Between that and the swearing (from what I gather here), it all strikes me as either ignorant or arrogant.
by R Roberts
August 17th, 2020, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A drinkers best friend- a healthy choice for many of us
Replies: 27
Views: 1892

Re: A drinkers best friend- a healthy choice for many of us

Your body can absorb antioxidants and amino acids through the skin? [scratch.gif]
by R Roberts
August 11th, 2020, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Back in the biz
Replies: 44
Views: 2467

Re: Back in the biz

"Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!" - Larry Corleone
by R Roberts
August 9th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?
Replies: 279
Views: 8320

Re: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?

Mollydooker has playful labels like that, but I'm guessing no one here would admit to drinking it.
by R Roberts
July 24th, 2020, 6:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1483
Views: 85127

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Interesting, thanks for the suggestions. I'll give that a shot next time. I could certainly see an extended ferment, as well as a "strained" one in colder temps adding complexity. Its probably similar to winemakers letting wines ferment without added yeast, though I think a lot of them do it for the...
by R Roberts
July 24th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1483
Views: 85127

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Can you share your process? I am curious. I fire my pizzas in an Ooni Koda, and use Caputo 00 flour. The process varies a bit- sometimes I'll add more or less yeast depending on how much time I have to ferment. Sometimes I'll ferment at kitchen temp, sometimes cellar temp, sometimes fridge temp (th...
by R Roberts
July 24th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1483
Views: 85127

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

I tried 10% spelt, the remainder Caputo 00. Lots of other variables however, including the ferment time and % hydration, so the results were inconclusive. What I found interesting is several of the bubbles collapsed 1-2 minutes after it was pulled from the oven. I've never seen that before. Any ide...
by R Roberts
July 23rd, 2020, 7:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1483
Views: 85127

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

I tried 10% spelt, the remainder Caputo 00. Lots of other variables however, including the ferment time and % hydration, so the results were inconclusive. What I found interesting is several of the bubbles collapsed 1-2 minutes after it was pulled from the oven. I've never seen that before. Any idea...
by R Roberts
July 20th, 2020, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2627

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

Broc "Vine Starr" That was the first wine that came to mind for low ABV zin. Though nothing about it reminds me of Carlisle. Peter, if the Carlisle profile is what you enjoy when you think "zin". it will be hard to find a suitable low alcohol replacement made with zin grapes that scratches that itc...
by R Roberts
June 19th, 2020, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shaoxing wine
Replies: 3
Views: 407

Re: Shaoxing wine

Lemme guess, you're watching Chinese Cooking Demystified?
by R Roberts
June 18th, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1483
Views: 85127

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Craig G wrote:
June 17th, 2020, 7:27 pm
It looked like Pro was backordered almost to the delivery date of Koda 16, so either might work.
I've never used the Pro, but if they're only going to use it for making pizzas, my leaning would be towards the Koda 16.
by R Roberts
June 18th, 2020, 9:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1483
Views: 85127

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Kenny H wrote:
June 17th, 2020, 7:27 pm
Try using 10% spelt, it will make your stretching worries a thing of the past. Makes window panes with zero effort, just make sure the bulk ferment is advanced to about 3x volume and incorporates some cold ferment time.
Thanks, just picked some up and will try on the next batch.
by R Roberts
June 17th, 2020, 9:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel
Replies: 81
Views: 3392

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

Sc0tt F!tzger@ld wrote:
June 17th, 2020, 8:09 pm
Ridge Geyserville, Bedrock Bedrock Heritage, and Carlisle Papera Ranch
I echo that +Scherrer OMV.

Tegan's Sandlands zin is very exciting too, but compared to these others, likely difficult to source.
by R Roberts
June 17th, 2020, 6:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1483
Views: 85127

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Does anyone have a recommendation between Ooni Koda 16 and Ooni Pro, assuming gas usage only? I have a Pro but a friend is looking to buy one for her husband and I’m not sure which to recommend. AFAIK, the Koda 16 hasn't shipped to mere mortals yet. I've only seen them in the hands of Youtube celeb...
by R Roberts
June 17th, 2020, 4:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1483
Views: 85127

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

A recent pie on the Ooni Koda. Too puffy to be called Neapolitan, but my dough stretching technique needs work when I go high hydration. Its certainly a skill that needs practice!
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by R Roberts
June 17th, 2020, 4:49 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1483
Views: 85127

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Linda Baehr wrote:
May 26th, 2020, 3:59 pm
I have the Caputo Blue, and my dough balls turned to blobs.
Have you given Caputo Red a shot? The links are all dead now, but this suggests the Blue is for 700F+ which I presume your oven doesn't reach:
https://cooking.stackexchange.com/a/41612
by R Roberts
June 9th, 2020, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux - WOW WOW
Replies: 42
Views: 1826

Re: TN: 2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux - WOW WOW

Julian Marshall wrote:
June 9th, 2020, 7:35 am
I need to find some older Grézeaux to try! Not easy, even here!
So many of the wines in my cellar could easily be found on the secondary market now. In retrospect, I wish I collected more wines like this, Cru Beaujolais, etc that are delicious but near impossible to find with age.
by R Roberts
June 7th, 2020, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GERD and Champagne
Replies: 20
Views: 857

Re: GERD and Champagne

Champagne tends to me more acidic than most other wines as well.
by R Roberts
June 3rd, 2020, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Awesome Bourgogne Blanc
Replies: 48
Views: 3238

Re: Awesome Bourgogne Blanc

I'm talking in elevage, not in bottle. Interesting if my simple logic is off base, but I thought that that was sort of a common sense real thing..... Any winemakers want to chime in? CO2 while in elevage could help avoid some oxygen exposure, sure. Primarily (I would think) when there's headspace d...
by R Roberts
June 2nd, 2020, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Awesome Bourgogne Blanc
Replies: 48
Views: 3238

Re: Awesome Bourgogne Blanc

Robert Panzer wrote:
June 2nd, 2020, 5:11 pm
naturally protected from oxygen as long as there is outbound gas.
I don't think positive gas pressure prevents oxygen ingress.
by R Roberts
May 31st, 2020, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1974 Nervi Gattinara (Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Gattinara)
Replies: 3
Views: 352

Re: TN: 1974 Nervi Gattinara (Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Gattinara)

I'm surprised to see these readily available in quantity by retailers. Were these most likely cellared by the producer and released later?
by R Roberts
May 22nd, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot Noir vine genetics in Burgundy: some photos
Replies: 34
Views: 1930

Re: Pinot Noir vine genetics in Burgundy: some photos

Yeah, when I used to review California wine I was quite alive to those differences, and it is more common for producers to tell you what you are tasting there than in Burgundy. Obviously, there is a lot of clonal Pinot Noir in Burgundy, too, but it is not foregrounded in the discourse in the way it...
by R Roberts
May 16th, 2020, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Louise (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 1
Views: 241

TN: 2002 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Louise (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

2002 Domaine Drouhin Oregon Pinot Noir Louise - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (5/16/2020) From my first (and only to date) visit to the Willamette Valley. PnP. Dark ruby and brick colored. Inviting lavender and concentrated sous bois secondary aromas. Sweet black fruit surprisingly intact given it...
by R Roberts
May 10th, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Elio Sandri Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)
Replies: 11
Views: 708

Re: TN: 2017 Elio Sandri Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)

From: https://chambersstwines.com/Products/73156/2017-sandri-elio-cascina-disa-barbera-dalba Sandri’s 2017 Barbera is a beauty. I might as well say tell you now: it has 15° alcohol. This is becoming quite common in Piedmont; some winemakers / some wines can handle it, and Sandri seems to have it fig...
by R Roberts
May 10th, 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Elio Sandri Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)
Replies: 11
Views: 708

Re: TN: 2017 Elio Sandri Langhe Nebbiolo (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Langhe DOC)

I was surprised to see a Elio Sandri (not this one) recently clock in at 15% ABV!
by R Roberts
April 27th, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: a pair of new release rosso di Montalcino wines
Replies: 10
Views: 471

Re: TN: a pair of new release rosso di Montalcino wines

Is that the same Terre Nere from Sicily? No, it is not; no relation whatsover. This is a totally under the radar producer that's over-delivered for more than a decade, in my experience. Just as exciting, and quality-focused as its unrelated, Sicilian colleague. Thanks for the notes and clarification.
by R Roberts
April 23rd, 2020, 7:54 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Scherrer: 'Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe...' 50% off select wines and free shipping. Nevermore.
Replies: 56
Views: 6216

Re: Scherrer: 'Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe...' 50% off select wines and free shipping. Nevermore.

I had the Grenache last night and enjoyed it. It has a lot in common with the 2012 Syrah, though the Syrah seemed to improve on night 2 whereas the Grenache seemed to fade, though just slightly. 2014 Scherrer Winery Grenache Kick Ranch Vineyard Sonoma County - USA, California, Sonoma County (4/22/20...
by R Roberts
April 21st, 2020, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2015 Pepiere Sur Lie Gorges & 2015 Pieropan Classico Calvarino
Replies: 5
Views: 371

Re: TNs: 2015 Pepiere Sur Lie Gorges & 2015 Pieropan Classico Calvarino

Thanks for the notes, I love Soave.

On the Pepiere, how would you compare the Gorges to the Briords? I've only had the later.
by R Roberts
April 20th, 2020, 8:50 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Halcon Rhone Pack
Replies: 73
Views: 7168

Re: Halcon Rhone Pack

So many kind words about these wines. Time to give it a shot. Paul, will send you an email.
by R Roberts
April 19th, 2020, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast
Replies: 171
Views: 9754

Re: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast

One that never gets mentioned in the West Coast Syrah threads is Rhys. I love them. Are they still making them? Didn't see this answered- yes they are. You might be thinking of their Skyline Syrah that was ripped out to get replanted to pinot (I think), but they still make a syrah from another vine...
by R Roberts
April 19th, 2020, 6:16 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Scherrer: 'Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe...' 50% off select wines and free shipping. Nevermore.
Replies: 56
Views: 6216

Re: Scherrer: 'Quaff, oh quaff this kind nepenthe...' 50% off select wines and free shipping. Nevermore.

The 2012 is ready to roll right now as well, and dangerously quaffable: 2012 Scherrer Winery Syrah - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (4/19/2020) PnP and totally accessible right now. White pepper and soft purple flowers on the nose. Full bodied black fruit, medium acid, remarkab...
by R Roberts
April 18th, 2020, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vendor check: WHWC
Replies: 17
Views: 1130

Re: Vendor check: WHWC

David Russell, their senior buyer for French wines, reached out to me via email. With his permission, I'm posting an excerpt of his reply. Needless to say my anxiety is quelled and I'll likely be a repeat buyer going forward: I noticed your post on the Berserkers board and am sorry for the suboptima...
by R Roberts
April 18th, 2020, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Very Disappointing Showings of Raveneau and Ramonet
Replies: 60
Views: 2289

Re: Very Disappointing Showings of Raveneau and Ramonet

Almost sounds like low level TCA--I would expect the Raveneau to show better, at least some nose for a 12.5 year old wine. It is certainly a possibility I'd considered. I would have expected low level TCA to become more and more evident with air, but sometimes that doesn't happen. No way of knowing...
by R Roberts
April 18th, 2020, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?
Replies: 116
Views: 3599

Re: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?

While you're at it +1 for switching to screw cap, or if not at something like DIAM.
by R Roberts
April 15th, 2020, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vendor check: WHWC
Replies: 17
Views: 1130

Re: Vendor check: WHWC

Thanks, all. I guess its just their communication that's shoddy. No, they are not shoddy at all. They respond very well to calls, with no problems. When they encourage you to use email to contact them, and don't respond to two separate emails a week apart, then its accurate to say their communicati...
by R Roberts
April 15th, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vendor check: WHWC
Replies: 17
Views: 1130

Re: Vendor check: WHWC

Thanks, all. I guess its just their communication that's shoddy.
by R Roberts
April 15th, 2020, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vendor check: WHWC
Replies: 17
Views: 1130

Vendor check: WHWC

My first order with them was back in August for some wines that were pre-arrival. I'm still waiting, despite seeing these wines available from other retailers for the past few months. They seem reputable, didn't answer my email but did say they were coming soon when I called a month or so ago. I'd l...
by R Roberts
April 14th, 2020, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?
Replies: 107
Views: 2265

Re: Can an AFWE wine lover like strong IPAs?

If you *only* like AFWE wines, then yes, you should be embarrassed for liking "strong" IPAs. If AFWE are your favorites, but you're really an omnivore, I see no problems.
by R Roberts
April 10th, 2020, 10:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Library Issues?
Replies: 12
Views: 1121

Re: Wine Library Issues?

I haven't had any problems like that and have bought from them for the past 2 years or so. I think they might be based in NJ and if so, staffing could be impacted particularly hard by the pandemic.
by R Roberts
April 10th, 2020, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands/Vinous interview tomorrow
Replies: 11
Views: 694

Re: Sandlands/Vinous interview tomorrow

Vinous also made it available on Youtube:
by R Roberts
April 7th, 2020, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Old Vines Summa
Replies: 5
Views: 342

Re: TN: 2006 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Old Vines Summa

As good as it gets for me!
followed by:
(97 pts.)
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by R Roberts
April 7th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands/Vinous interview tomorrow
Replies: 11
Views: 694

Re: Sandlands/Vinous interview tomorrow

Some quick notes I took- thanks again Antonio and Tegan. He feels most of his wines are ready to go in 3-5 years, though the 2011 Chenin Blanc is finally hitting its stride. On the 2018 vintage, he compares it to 2013 but with greater density and plush fruit. His reds (other than the mission and mer...

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