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by R Roberts
April 7th, 2021, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ponzi Vineyards purchased by Bollinger
Replies: 48
Views: 2218

Re: Ponzi Vineyards purchased by Bollinger

I'm not ITB, but in tech its the minority that can make M&A make 1+1=3. For those involved, I hope that's the case.

And for a bit of brevity, here's a photo I took at Bridgeport, back when smoking indoors was allowed:
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by R Roberts
April 7th, 2021, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why California Wine Companies See Opportunity in IPO Boom
Replies: 0
Views: 265

Why California Wine Companies See Opportunity in IPO Boom

That's the WSJ headline. The video comes off as more off a cautionary tale however, rightfully so. Joel Peterson on Ravenswood and Once&Future around 3:50 in, if you feel like jumping ahead:

by R Roberts
March 26th, 2021, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 1035
Views: 118409

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

N.69: tasty with a decant. Lots of potential, though seems too early so will be sitting on the remaining.
N.135: delicious as a PnP. It will be hard (nor do I see the need) to keep my hands off these.
by R Roberts
March 22nd, 2021, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any love for Loren's Wilde Farm?
Replies: 23
Views: 1457

Re: Any love for Loren's Wilde Farm?

2017 Wilde Farm Wines Heritage Bedrock Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley (3/22/2021) My first bottle of this, as I find Wilde Farm need time sideways. Decanted 1 hour, and it helped immensely. Of the Pax wines I've had as of late, this is the ripest- which is to say its of me...
by R Roberts
March 18th, 2021, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High QPR Nebbiolo?
Replies: 59
Views: 3719

Re: High QPR Nebbiolo?

La Ca' Nova Barbaresco is a great one too that can usually be found around $30, and the Montefico and Montestefano crus aren't much more. The fruit used to be sold to Gaja years ago. Recent vintages have been especially good. I have tried 2 recent bottlings and found them both to be punishingly tan...
by R Roberts
March 18th, 2021, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High QPR Nebbiolo?
Replies: 59
Views: 3719

Re: High QPR Nebbiolo?

That said, the answer is Vallana. ;-) +1 Just popped this one about 30 minutes ago, and it again proves that Sarah is correct. There are loads of good recommendations in this thread, but this can be had for like $18? Wha? Sarah knows of what she talks about. The only thing I don't like about Vallan...
by R Roberts
March 13th, 2021, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?
Replies: 127
Views: 6933

Re: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?

2014 Sky Vineyards Zinfandel Mt. Veeder - USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder (3/13/2021) Decanted 2 hours. Musky flower aromas I typically think of as stem inclusion. Bright fruit frontal attack- a combination of Andersen Valley-esque creaminess and crunchy acidity with some dusty tannin to k...
by R Roberts
March 13th, 2021, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nerello Mascalese!!!
Replies: 43
Views: 1933

Re: Nerello Mascalese!!!

John Morris turned me onto this grape maybe 2 years ago with a thread here- search for that. +1 on Terre Nere. 2010 Calabretta Nerello Mascalese Sicilia Vigne Vecchie can be had for <$30. Be mindful many producers blend this grape. I don't mind a little Nerello Cappuccio in the mix, but I'm not conv...
by R Roberts
March 12th, 2021, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 9285
Views: 729368

Re: de Negoce offer

Robert M yers wrote: March 12th, 2021, 6:04 pm So can we conclude that a Jeb 95-98 does not move markets...
Nor does a fancy consultant winemaker, apparently.

Business is a harsh mistress. Without some luck, timing, and marketing, it really doesn't matter how good your product is.
by R Roberts
March 12th, 2021, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 9285
Views: 729368

Re: de Negoce offer

French oak isn't cheap, but if you're sourcing grapes from Platt and paying a high caliber consultant winemaker, you're all-in already.
by R Roberts
March 12th, 2021, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 9285
Views: 729368

Re: de Negoce offer

The new French oak % doesn’t match up for the Platt PN, but regardless, I love the wines coming from Platt so we’ll see how this goes. Different vintages, could be a different oak regiment. Given how quickly the chard and cab went, I'm a bit surprised the pinot is still available. You’re not wrong,...
by R Roberts
March 12th, 2021, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 9285
Views: 729368

Re: de Negoce offer

Frank Z wrote: March 12th, 2021, 1:20 pm The new French oak % doesn’t match up for the Platt PN, but regardless, I love the wines coming from Platt so we’ll see how this goes.
Different vintages, could be a different oak regiment.

Given how quickly the chard and cab went, I'm a bit surprised the pinot is still available.
by R Roberts
March 11th, 2021, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?
Replies: 127
Views: 6933

Re: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?

Ok, the 2014 is even better than the 2013. I love that 2013, this 2014 is the same profile with just a little bit more ripeness to the fruit, a bit higher ABV for some heft, but still a broad range of tangy red fruits (even some blood orange tossed in) and venturing into the darks, with a gravelly ...
by R Roberts
March 6th, 2021, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: For Berserker eyes first- new WineBid feature coming soon
Replies: 442
Views: 13895

Re: For Berserker eyes first- new WineBid feature coming soon

That's sort of it though isn't it? Bid your max. Snipers are irrelevant if you do that. I am arguing there is no sniping in online auctions because of that. You can set a max that is greater than the current bid. No one can snipe you other than people who are willing to pay MORE than your max. You ...
by R Roberts
March 2nd, 2021, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 9285
Views: 729368

Re: de Negoce offer

Timothy B a l l a r d wrote: March 2nd, 2021, 5:43 pm R Roberts:

94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, 2% Petite Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
82% Calistoga, 18% St. Helena
50% new French oak
14.8% alc.
125 cases available
Bottled January 27th, 2021
Bottled
Thanks, I must have lost it in the flurry of % signs.
by R Roberts
March 2nd, 2021, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 9285
Views: 729368

Re: de Negoce offer

So N.138 is the reserve of the reserve?? [blink.gif] Also what's the ABV?
by R Roberts
February 23rd, 2021, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Rhys 2007 Family Farm PN
Replies: 10
Views: 508

Re: TN: Rhys 2007 Family Farm PN

Family Farm is basically a 'valley floor' vineyard. Many of the other Rhys vineyards are mountain tops or slopes: Alpine, Horseshoe and Skyline. I don't think the Family Farm has ever really show the sort of depth or structure where I would be tempted to give it much aging. I thought Home was on th...
by R Roberts
February 23rd, 2021, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Rhys 2007 Family Farm PN
Replies: 10
Views: 508

Re: TN: Rhys 2007 Family Farm PN

Family Farm is basically a 'valley floor' vineyard. Many of the other Rhys vineyards are mountain tops or slopes: Alpine, Horseshoe and Skyline. I don't think the Family Farm has ever really show the sort of depth or structure where I would be tempted to give it much aging. I thought Home was on th...
by R Roberts
February 23rd, 2021, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 1035
Views: 118409

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

Catching up on this thread, was wondering what this mention of 146 was about since I didn't see it. Searching the site, I see it was offered to "top De Négoce customers" and is now sold out. I don't have a problem with that, but am curious what the cut off is for "top De Négoce custom...
by R Roberts
February 23rd, 2021, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 1035
Views: 118409

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

2018 de Négoce Zinfandel OG N.61 - USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley (2/23/2021) I think I experienced bottle shock first hand- and I'm really excited about this wine now. In November, it was still a bit open showing its fruit, but not much. In January my notes show primarily muted s...
by R Roberts
February 21st, 2021, 6:29 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1632
Views: 98599

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

5 day cold fermented dough, mushroom and caramelized onions.
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by R Roberts
February 16th, 2021, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand why some wine tastes off to me
Replies: 11
Views: 1062

Re: Help me understand why some wine tastes off to me

It's not really "wet cardboard", per se. It's that cardboard left outside can get wet and develop TCA. Common enough to make the association to some wet cardboard people have smelled - a particularly impactful aroma. I've heard of TCA tainted cardboard wine shippers, but haven't experienc...
by R Roberts
February 16th, 2021, 9:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Variation Question
Replies: 18
Views: 858

Re: Bottle Variation Question

I believe natural corks are up there, if not at the top. Sadly Wes Hagen's website is now defunct, but there's an old thread on this: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=104159
by R Roberts
February 15th, 2021, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer
Replies: 84
Views: 7290

Re: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer

mostly because I was running around the house in a panic wondering how I lost a case and a half of Rhys (“honey did you THROW AWAY the Rhys?!”)...thankfully they didn’t ship it. Seems like a common theme. I thought I lost half a case of 2016 Horseshoe Syrah some time last year, turns out it hasn't ...
by R Roberts
February 13th, 2021, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Nellessen Vineyard
Replies: 0
Views: 215

TN: 2012 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Nellessen Vineyard

2012 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Nellessen Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (2/13/2021) Decanted 1 hour. Smells of wet iron, brined black olives, hard candy. The red fruit is there though not in the foreground- its more savory. Medium/high acid, medium/high tannin, medium bodied. Qu...
by R Roberts
February 11th, 2021, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer
Replies: 84
Views: 7290

Re: Rhys Spring 2021 Offer

mostly because I was running around the house in a panic wondering how I lost a case and a half of Rhys (“honey did you THROW AWAY the Rhys?!”)...thankfully they didn’t ship it. Seems like a common theme. I thought I lost half a case of 2016 Horseshoe Syrah some time last year, turns out it hasn't ...
by R Roberts
February 10th, 2021, 8:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 9285
Views: 729368

Re: de Negoce offer

I cracked an N.125 to see if I wanted to go in on the N.126. Yes I realize this is a very young wine, but if it showed well, that would bode well for the "reserve" version. 2019 de Négoce Pinot Noir OG N.125 - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (2/10/2021) Vigorously decanted an...
by R Roberts
February 8th, 2021, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You know the market is peaking when Zachys....
Replies: 5
Views: 1592

Re: You know the market is peaking when Zachys....

Visa and Mastercard tend to charge merchants between 1.5% and 2.5% to accept their credit cards, whereas American Express charges between 2.5% to 3.5%. While this may not seem like a significant difference, the gap in fees can make accepting American Express an unattractive proposition - https://ww...
by R Roberts
February 6th, 2021, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Sandlands Zinfandel
Replies: 24
Views: 1157

Re: TN: 2018 Sandlands Zinfandel

Also, what is Sandland's "house style?" I JUST got my first Sandland offer earlier this week, so I'm still a virgin. Great notes! I'd say red fruited, light in color, low to very low alcohol (for the applicable variety), no noticeable oak influence, crisp acids. And many of the wines are ...
by R Roberts
February 6th, 2021, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K&L
Replies: 71
Views: 5143

Re: K&L

Jeremy C wrote: February 5th, 2021, 7:33 pm What do you find is a good value play at K&L?
I've found good value in domestic wines lately. Qupe, Copain, Wind Gap all with a few years of age. Signal Ridge and Sky were both really good (and unique to K&L) deals lately if those are your thing.
by R Roberts
February 1st, 2021, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the deal with double decanting?
Replies: 73
Views: 2852

Re: What's the deal with double decanting?

I do it to get the wine off any sediment and where leaving the wine in a decanter is impractical logistically.
by R Roberts
January 30th, 2021, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where do you get cardboard storage cases?
Replies: 18
Views: 705

Re: Where do you get cardboard storage cases?

Sounds like you're near K&L. Their local delivery has been done in very nice cardboard boxes since the pandemic.
by R Roberts
January 25th, 2021, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Sandlands Carignane Contra Costa County
Replies: 2
Views: 368

TN: 2014 Sandlands Carignane Contra Costa County

With the Sandlands offer hitting tomorrow, it was time to dig one out of the cellar: 2014 Sandlands Carignane Contra Costa County - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County (1/25/2021) Dusty country road on the nose. Red fruited, medium juicy acid, gentle tannin, luscious body. Not ov...
by R Roberts
January 24th, 2021, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands??
Replies: 297
Views: 25307

Re: Sandlands??

What goes into the table wines? Is it declassified fruit and/or barrels that didn't make the cut, or is it independently vinified?
by R Roberts
January 23rd, 2021, 9:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?
Replies: 127
Views: 6933

Re: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?

I finished the bottle tonight (night 2), and got distinct Willy Wonky Runts. To me it tastes a lot like borderline ripe stemmy-ness. Zinfandel tends to ripen very unevenly, which is why I presume most producers wait for longer hang time which results in higher overall ripeness and ABV. Maybe skirtin...
by R Roberts
January 22nd, 2021, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?
Replies: 127
Views: 6933

Re: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?

2013 Sky Vineyards Zinfandel Mt. Veeder - USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder (1/22/2021) Flowers and tree sap on the nose. Savory, crunchy red fruit. Medium/high acid, medium/high drying tannins, medium/full body despite a low (for zin) ABV. Despite the lovely nose, and acid/tannin structure ...
by R Roberts
January 21st, 2021, 9:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco
Replies: 139
Views: 16757

Re: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco

Max S. wrote: January 21st, 2021, 7:58 pm When will the Riservas come out? Besides Morrell putting them on the market for $99.
Historically I've bought them in late April. No idea if that's consistent year to year.
by R Roberts
January 18th, 2021, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Alzinger Riesling Smaragd Dürnsteiner Liebenberg
Replies: 8
Views: 338

Re: TN: 2013 Alzinger Riesling Smaragd Dürnsteiner Liebenberg

Alan shared an Austrian riesling with a bit of age at an offline, and I immediately fell in love. My mistake was not backfilling and stocking up on current vintages at that time a few years ago. Luckily 2019 seems to be about as good as time as ever to start!
by R Roberts
January 18th, 2021, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Alzinger Riesling Smaragd Dürnsteiner Liebenberg
Replies: 8
Views: 338

TN: 2013 Alzinger Riesling Smaragd Dürnsteiner Liebenberg

2013 Alzinger Riesling Smaragd Dürnsteiner Liebenberg - Austria, Niederösterreich, Wachau (1/18/2021) PnP, it was a bit closed aromatically. It took a few hours to open up, so decant or wait on these. Wet rock and white flowers on the nose. Stone fruit, orange peel, medium acid, full rich body. Swe...
by R Roberts
January 16th, 2021, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Turley Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena)
Replies: 4
Views: 414

TN: 2003 Turley Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena)

2003 Turley Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena (1/16/2021) Inky purple with no browning. Red jalapeno, fruit compote and a bit of heat on the nose. Brambly with medium acid makes this a mouth waterer. Long finish with a bit of drying dusty tannin remaining. At it...
by R Roberts
January 7th, 2021, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The glory of the 4oz/5oz tasting bottles. 79 Heitz Martha's opened 10 days ago - still drinking as good as when opened.
Replies: 79
Views: 4155

Re: The glory of the 4oz/5oz tasting bottles. 79 Heitz Martha's opened 10 days ago - still drinking as good as when open

Am I overthinking about sanitizing the tube? I boiled the bottles for 15 minutes so I guess they're fine. But I don't think I should boil the tube? Went to a local brewing supply store and was given a pack of Potassium Metabisulfite. From the page Wes shared it's a commonly used sanitizer. Just not...
by R Roberts
January 5th, 2021, 1:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rush Creek Reserve!
Replies: 241
Views: 15819

Re: Rush Creek Reserve!

Does anyone have a favorite source for Kunik with reasonable shipping costs? 2lbs shipped directly from Nettle Meadow Farms is $34 to California, and my local cheese mongers are not on their list of distributors.
by R Roberts
December 27th, 2020, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 9285
Views: 729368

Re: de Negoce offer

Icon Estates is Constellation Brands fine wine division. Thoughts on this offer coming from a winery in that portfolio? Yes, if you pay note to the capitalization used in the offer: A sublime Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon from one of the Icon Estates of Napa Valley I can't find anything newer than ...
by R Roberts
December 16th, 2020, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Never has a video encapsulated my wine loves more than this
Replies: 34
Views: 3440

Re: Never has a video encapsulated my wine loves more than this

This should be an automated response to any new thread about palate shift.
by R Roberts
December 13th, 2020, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not a cork, not a screwtop, but...
Replies: 24
Views: 1499

Re: Not a cork, not a screwtop, but...

Calera bottled their coastal pinot under that closure years ago, hopefully they still do. Natural corks suck.
by R Roberts
December 11th, 2020, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Walter Scott has raised the bar for how wineries interact with their clients during Covid with their 2019 barrel tasting
Replies: 79
Views: 4741

Re: Walter Scott has raised the bar for how wineries interact with their clients during Covid with their 2019 barrel tas

The closest I've seen was this from the Historic Vineyard Society. I'm not driving to Sonoma to pick it up though- a shipping option would have been awesome. Kudos to Walter Scott. Screen Shot 2020-12-11 at 6.42.40 PM.png Dunno why that's blurry, but here's the test if you prefer: We've missed you! ...
by R Roberts
December 11th, 2020, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AMA - William Kelley edition - 12/09/2020 5:30PST
Replies: 175
Views: 10424

Re: AMA - William Kelley edition - 12/09/2020 5:30PST

My wife wandered into the room where I was listening to the Wednesday WK zoom call and said (paraphrasing for profanity) “I’d be a LOT more into you if you had his accent”. She was talking about William and not Todd or Charlie. This is going too far. I mean, William is knowledgeable, personable, al...
by R Roberts
December 10th, 2020, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AMA - William Kelley edition - 12/09/2020 5:30PST
Replies: 175
Views: 10424

Re: AMA - William Kelley edition - 12/09/2020 5:30PST

Thanks for doing this William, Todd, Fu- very educational. I had to drop for family dinner time, but caught the remainder via the recording. I swore off domestic Chenin Blanc, but will swear it back on for the Berserker Day offering. ;) For those who don't have a good ear for French (like me), I bel...

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