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by R Roberts
January 18th, 2020, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance
Replies: 14
Views: 596

Re: Impact of Crawlspace Encapsulation on Cellar Performance

I'm no expert, but could closing the vents cause a build up of radon?
by R Roberts
January 1st, 2020, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Rhys Blancs de Blancs Bearwallow Vineyard - too much coin for too little wine
Replies: 41
Views: 2341

Re: TN: 2015 Rhys Blancs de Blancs Bearwallow Vineyard - too much coin for too little wine

Wes Barton wrote:
January 1st, 2020, 12:14 pm
As far as the winemaking, as I said, it speaks of site.
As I mentioned earlier in this thread, it didn't strike me as Bearwallow chard.
by R Roberts
January 1st, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Rhys Blancs de Blancs Bearwallow Vineyard - too much coin for too little wine
Replies: 41
Views: 2341

Re: TN: 2015 Rhys Blancs de Blancs Bearwallow Vineyard - too much coin for too little wine

Is it possible that there's too much expectation for a BdB sparkling wine that did not spend more than a few years in cellar? Aren't most of the better known champagnes stored for ~5-7 years before disgorging? For the Rhys BdB I would consider storing it for the same length of time it had at Rhys b...
by R Roberts
January 1st, 2020, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Rhys Blancs de Blancs Bearwallow Vineyard - too much coin for too little wine
Replies: 41
Views: 2341

Re: TN: 2015 Rhys Blancs de Blancs Bearwallow Vineyard - too much coin for too little wine

Seems to be the going take on this wine. Too bad, but their first shot, so perhaps things will trend upward from here. Sure, I'd expect an upward trend on all Rhys wines as they learn process, site, vines mature, etc. I also expect a reasonable baseline for new initiatives that bare the Rhys label,...
by R Roberts
January 1st, 2020, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Rhys Blancs de Blancs Bearwallow Vineyard - too much coin for too little wine
Replies: 41
Views: 2341

Re: TN: 2015 Rhys Blancs de Blancs Bearwallow Vineyard - too much coin for too little wine

I was also disappointed last night:
by R Roberts
December 26th, 2019, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines of Etna
Replies: 58
Views: 4349

Re: Wines of Etna

I forget to mention Terre Nere! I have only ever had the basic Etna Rosso but I really liked it as well. Im curious from both of you, have you had the other bottlings (Sottana, PrePhyloxera, etc) and are they worth the price jump? 100% yes. I've tried most (if not all) of them in various vintages a...
by R Roberts
December 14th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wife Just Got A Case of Wine Delivered, Am I alllowed to look?
Replies: 56
Views: 2308

Re: Wife Just Got A Case of Wine Delivered, Am I alllowed to look?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
December 14th, 2019, 8:06 am
David K o l i n wrote:
December 14th, 2019, 7:55 am
Wait til you try the Martinelli Zin

16.4% ABV baby! Just add ice cubes.
You mean after the ice melts? This was gifted to me years ago. 17.3% !!!
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by R Roberts
December 11th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?
Replies: 247
Views: 4925

Re: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?

I am pleased to see this label posted among the aristocrats. I recently bought a single 2017 "Cuvee des Ambassades" to test drive. Aristocrat? I’m so low-down country. Sorry, Robert, no offense. I was actually referencing some of the other labels that have been posted, and not the posters. Probably...
by R Roberts
December 11th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?
Replies: 247
Views: 4925

Re: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?

Henry, I don't know either of those labels but I'd bet they make a Trollinger.
by R Roberts
December 7th, 2019, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?
Replies: 247
Views: 4925

Re: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
December 7th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Clerc Milon
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by R Roberts
December 7th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?
Replies: 247
Views: 4925

Re: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?

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by R Roberts
December 7th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?
Replies: 247
Views: 4925

Re: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
December 7th, 2019, 1:03 pm
R Roberts wrote:
December 7th, 2019, 10:54 am
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Plouzeau Ante Phylloxera
Why am I not surprised you would be the one to get it. [cheers.gif]
by R Roberts
December 7th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?
Replies: 247
Views: 4925

Re: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?

The name celebrates the fact the vineyard survived a severe blight.
by R Roberts
December 7th, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?
Replies: 247
Views: 4925

Re: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?

Kirk.Grant wrote:
December 7th, 2019, 11:38 am
R Roberts wrote:
December 7th, 2019, 10:54 am
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Owen Roe? He does a lot with old archways & old castles...
No. This one might be a bit too obscure, so I can drop clues if wanted.
by R Roberts
December 7th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?
Replies: 247
Views: 4925

Re: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?

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by R Roberts
December 7th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?
Replies: 247
Views: 4925

Re: Wine Games: Who’s the producer?

Pepiere
by R Roberts
November 27th, 2019, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Langhe wine producers association proclaims '19 a "classic" year
Replies: 7
Views: 684

Re: Langhe wine producers association proclaims '19 a "classic" year

John Morris wrote:
November 26th, 2019, 9:01 pm
<...> it's interesting that they kind of downplay '18 as "precocious," even though lesser wines from '18 are in the market. That seems somewhat candid.
That was what I found most interesting, having not paid much attention to the '18 vintage as of yet. Doesn't sound promising!
by R Roberts
November 22nd, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day
Replies: 86
Views: 4148

Re: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day

The banal truism that each wine needs to be taken on its own timeline applies here, but I'm much more interested in drinking my Barolo (and Burgundy) younger (a view shared by Levi Dalton). I find that bottle sweetness and tertiary aromas and flavors tend to blur terroir signatures. I have a sweet ...
by R Roberts
November 14th, 2019, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines helped by climate change
Replies: 45
Views: 1536

Re: Wines helped by climate change

I thought Aldo Vacca mentioned in a podcast(?) its benefiting the wines of Produttori. For now.
by R Roberts
November 14th, 2019, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '05 Pegau - 3L
Replies: 10
Views: 810

Re: '05 Pegau - 3L

I barely find opportunities to open the magnums I have, can't imagine a 3L. These days I'd much rather open several different wines than one big bottle of the same. YMMV.
by R Roberts
November 6th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ladd Cellars Zinfandel Avio Vineyard Sierra Foothills
Replies: 13
Views: 622

Re: TN: 2015 Ladd Cellars Zinfandel Avio Vineyard Sierra Foothills

David, if you like that style, check out Broc Cellars if you haven't already.
by R Roberts
October 28th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19513

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Not to downplay the losses or grief at all, but I'm both impressed and relieved with the relatively low amount of damage reported so far. Given the conditions, I was expecting far worse by now. I know this is no where near over, but I have tons of respect for the crews putting themselves out there. ...
by R Roberts
October 25th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2321
Views: 140100

Re: New York City Restaurants

Just returned from a NY work trip with a relatively large group of people with dietary requirements and/or picky eaters. So not much exploration this time. Some quick notes on the meals: Catch NYC: generic mix of sushi and new American in a fairly obnoxious and loud setting. It served its purpose wi...
by R Roberts
October 18th, 2019, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 172
Views: 7129

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

None of the shipping services or wineries I've contacted want my used styro. And even if they did, I suspect they would only get used one more time before the next person puts them in a landfill. So while a minor victory, that's still a loss in my book. AFAIK, styro isn't recycled, its "down cycled"...
by R Roberts
October 17th, 2019, 10:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 172
Views: 7129

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

Philip N. Jones wrote:
October 17th, 2019, 9:33 pm
Then it becomes someone else’s problem.
That's not exactly how the environment works.
by R Roberts
October 17th, 2019, 10:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 172
Views: 7129

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

I'd pay for the insurance and accept any heat damage risk, but I've never once been given the option.

And +1 Bedrock shippers seem to be extra fragile. And also total bullshit to use styro. C'mon Morgan, enough.
by R Roberts
October 15th, 2019, 9:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Pegau - Not a TN, a comment about pricing
Replies: 53
Views: 3733

Re: 2017 Pegau - Not a TN, a comment about pricing

Found Dan's older posting describing the vintages: viewtopic.php?p=2549189#p2549189
by R Roberts
October 12th, 2019, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great restaurant, fine tiny terrifying wine list, 3 tns.
Replies: 13
Views: 1855

Re: Great restaurant, fine tiny terrifying wine list, 3 tns.

Dan Kravitz wrote:
October 12th, 2019, 6:04 pm
I didn’t taste the kimchi which had far too much red pepper apparent.
How can you say it had too much if you didn't taste it? Gochugaru (the red pepper blend) used in Kimchi is certainly atomic red, but its low/medium on the heat scale IMO.
by R Roberts
October 12th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 394
Views: 21893

Re: Ravenswood library offer

For the price curious, I've picked up several older bottles on Winebid in the past 1-2 years. They were quite affordable with limited to no bidder competition: 1991 Ravenswood Sangiacomo Vineyard Merlot $30 1996 Ravenswood Lalanne Zinfandel $24 1996 Ravenswood Wood Road/Belloni Zinfandel $30 2008 Ra...
by R Roberts
October 3rd, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Beaujolais
Replies: 38
Views: 4359

Re: 2018 Beaujolais

We opened a 2018 Thivin Cote De Brouilly tonight. Enticing nose, the ripe fruit was front and center, backed by good acidity and some dusty tannin that draws you back to the glass. Its certainly more lush and full than recent years. Not sure what the means for its longevity, but its certainly enjoya...
by R Roberts
October 2nd, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Warming up to Pixies tonight. 1985 Kabinett and Spätlese
Replies: 13
Views: 855

Re: Warming up to Pixies tonight. 1985 Kabinett and Spätlese

Rocket Espresso Appartamento?
by R Roberts
October 2nd, 2019, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Odd email from Aeris Wines re:2015
Replies: 29
Views: 2355

Re: Odd email from Aeris Wines re:2015

I don't buy white Burgundy because I don't want to play roulette. While I haven't opened my 2014s, the notes have been mixed, and now this. Somewhat troubling. It would be good to know if the issue(s) were resolved in 2016 going forward.
by R Roberts
October 2nd, 2019, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 34
Views: 2633

Re: Mountain Lions

Jealous. I have yet to see one, thought given how much time I'm outdoors, I'm sure they've seen me.
by R Roberts
September 27th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Fran Bennion/Ridge
Replies: 1
Views: 665

Re: RIP Fran Bennion/Ridge

Hi Tom,

Hew Crane seems to have passed in 2008 according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hewitt_Crane
by R Roberts
September 21st, 2019, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines
Replies: 64
Views: 6009

Re: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines

Look on the bright side- it was just one bottle each! I bought in quantity once after a tasting room visit and it was not what I remembered. My wife and I ended up begrudgingly and slowly drinking each bottle before I learned about sunk costs. That’s why I loved the tasing experience at Ovid, so muc...
by R Roberts
September 17th, 2019, 7:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Madson Wines
Replies: 2
Views: 466

Re: Madson Wines

High praise, my curiosity is piqued! I'll give them a try, thanks for the heads up.
by R Roberts
September 12th, 2019, 9:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beaujolais, where have you been my whole life?
Replies: 42
Views: 2314

Re: Beaujolais, where have you been my whole life?

I never started aging them until 2009...but I've been lucky to have a few 96's & 2000's along the way. I don't think it will be too long before the better producers are allocated and buying history may impact your ability to get what you want (or 1/3 of what you used to). Do you think the demand is...
by R Roberts
September 12th, 2019, 9:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 barbaresco buying intentions?
Replies: 49
Views: 5301

Re: 2016 barbaresco buying intentions?

David_K wrote:
September 12th, 2019, 12:52 pm
I'll try them when I get a chance, but I'm not in any hurry. With the exception of the Produttori crus, these wines don't tend to move that fast.
When do the Produttori crus typically hit the market?
by R Roberts
September 9th, 2019, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 12
Views: 1070

Re: TN: 2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard

Thanks for the note. I cracked one tonight: 2012 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (9/9/2019) My last split, and from the most recent note, thought I'd try this as a PnP. It was aromatically closed and thin bodied this way and really took a...
by R Roberts
September 7th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Beaujolais
Replies: 38
Views: 4359

2018 Beaujolais

I see Thivin has started to hit the shelves, so I'm starting a new thread for this vintage and any tasting notes. From William Kelley's early notes (https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2746235#p2746235 and https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2790524#p2790524), he pr...
by R Roberts
August 13th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 72
Views: 4825

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

Stag's Leap (note, this is not "Stags' Leap" which is a different winery which I haven't visited.)
by R Roberts
August 11th, 2019, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Broc Cellars 'Wirth Vineyard' Zinfandel
Replies: 4
Views: 468

Re: TN: 2017 Broc Cellars 'Wirth Vineyard' Zinfandel

Thanks for the note, its been a couple of years since I've had Broc though I do enjoy them. Their wines are relatively AFWE.

Also 10 years?? Is zin not popular down under, or is it just typically not your thing?
by R Roberts
August 9th, 2019, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Siduri Pinot Noir Castro Vineyard (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 1
Views: 214

TN: 2013 Siduri Pinot Noir Castro Vineyard (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

2013 Siduri Pinot Noir Castro Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (8/9/2019) Wow does this punch above its price point. Dried flowers on the nose, sweet fruit, menthol and spice on the palate. Full bodied RRV pinot, with a lovely saline finish. It all comes together perfectly. B...
by R Roberts
August 7th, 2019, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27891

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Kevin, glad to see you weren't chased off by the pitchfork wielding mob. What about the people/companies that did the actual work? There certainly was a ton of it. Are they not liable? I was wondering the same thing. Maybe other parties are being looked at to should some monetary damages, and that's...
by R Roberts
August 5th, 2019, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27891

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Having just read through this whole thread, there's only one thing that's clear to me: I'm happy I'm not a public figure and subjected to having my character judged freely by people who don't know me.
by R Roberts
July 31st, 2019, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle weight
Replies: 40
Views: 1524

Re: Bottle weight

Energy expenditure to move heavy glass aside, at least glass is easily recyclable. Styro shippers I find egregiously unacceptable, especially when the wine never has to leave NorCal for me. I'll be dropping long supported producers this year for those unwilling to make the change.
by R Roberts
July 25th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2321
Views: 140100

Re: New York City Restaurants

I had a couple of dinners in NY this week. ABC Cocina: I've eaten at ABC Kitchen before a couple of years ago, first time at Cocina. There were pleasantly unconventional flavor combinations that just worked, and in retrospect made me think they were so obvious I shouldn't have been surprised by them...
by R Roberts
July 25th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2321
Views: 140100

Re: New York City Restaurants

Also concerned to hear about Cagen. They turned me on to flying fish, and I appreciated that they served fish that were not commonly found in the states.
by R Roberts
July 19th, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?
Replies: 91
Views: 3624

Re: Winemakers: what's the least "sexy" part of what you do?

Adam Lee back posted a photo a few years back when he was checking grapes for Siduri. It was something like a gas station microwaved burrito stuffed in the center console of his car at 4am, with a caption like "this is the winemaker's life". Keeping it real! I'm not ITB, so never had to deal with th...

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