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by Mark Christenson
August 5th, 2020, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 239
Views: 30251

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

Gray G wrote:
August 5th, 2020, 5:39 am
Congrats to Nik and Julia champagne.gif
FIFY :-)
by Mark Christenson
July 23rd, 2020, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban Winter Release
Replies: 40
Views: 2491

Re: Alban Winter Release

Jeb likes the '16s, too :-)
by Mark Christenson
July 20th, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the deepest vertical in your cellar?
Replies: 164
Views: 5106

Re: What is the deepest vertical in your cellar?

I have 20 vintages of SQN.
by Mark Christenson
June 12th, 2020, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Covid and corkage
Replies: 21
Views: 1437

Re: Covid and corkage

We took a bottle to Fort Oak (stellar food if you’re in San Diego) and brought a bottle and there were zero issues.
by Mark Christenson
June 8th, 2020, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Next of Kyn
Replies: 20
Views: 1947

Re: 2017 Next of Kyn

R. Gleiberm@n wrote:
June 8th, 2020, 7:39 pm
Spaced on this until tonight. Of course the Touriga was gone. A bit annoyed. I got no email announcing the opening of the offer. Anyone else get an email?
I got a heads up email last week, and another one today.
by Mark Christenson
June 8th, 2020, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Next of Kyn
Replies: 20
Views: 1947

Re: 2017 Next of Kyn

Did a 4 pack of both. Wasn't going to get the Touriga as I didn't want to spend a ton of money, but then relented. I hope I'm glad I did. I've only had the '15 Touriga, but it was excellent. Hard to compare because I've only had maybe 2 other varietal Touriga wines before, but it was delicious, whi...
by Mark Christenson
June 2nd, 2020, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Next of Kyn
Replies: 20
Views: 1947

Re: 2017 Next of Kyn

I know they're related, but what's the difference between SQN and NoK? Different grape sources (I think the grapes are all, or virtually all, from their Cumulus Vineyard in Oak View), NoK makes a varietal wine from Touriga Nacional, they blend in some TN along with Petite Sirah, barrel aging tends ...
by Mark Christenson
June 2nd, 2020, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Next of Kyn
Replies: 20
Views: 1947

Re: 2017 Next of Kyn

I think the SQN 2017s are dynamite, so expecting the same from NoK. Price increase is modest as you said. If my math is right it's about a 6% increase.
by Mark Christenson
May 24th, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Livestream Session - Bryan and Katie Flannery! May 23rd, 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern
Replies: 105
Views: 4320

Re: Zoom Livestream Session - Bryan and Katie Flannery! May 23rd, 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern

I somehow missed this thread, but did cook a hanger last night (and two pavés).

Peace,

Mark
by Mark Christenson
April 8th, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version
Replies: 143
Views: 4057

Re: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version

Brandon R wrote:
April 6th, 2020, 8:51 am
3. Martinis with anything besides traditional pimento-stuffed olives (citrus, cocktail onions, bleu cheese-stuffed olives, etc.)
Isn’t a “Martini” with a cocktail onion a Gibson?
by Mark Christenson
April 8th, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version
Replies: 143
Views: 4057

Re: Facebook "10 things others like but I don't" challenge - adult beverage version

Adam Frisch wrote:
April 7th, 2020, 8:59 pm
I have the weirdest outlier: I hate water melon. I've never met a person in the world who doesn't love water melon.
I share that with you—never have liked it.
by Mark Christenson
March 23rd, 2020, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 239
Views: 30251

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

Steve Crawford wrote:
March 23rd, 2020, 2:15 pm
Mark Christenson wrote:
March 23rd, 2020, 12:22 pm
Steve Crawford wrote:
March 19th, 2020, 12:31 pm


right, thank you.
i just bought the 4 pack, my guess the beautiful box is empty by 2024.
What number was your box?
5 less than james bond, 002.
Coolio--I was just wondering. I saw that the 001 box also was a "winner winner chicken dinner" :-)
by Mark Christenson
March 23rd, 2020, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 239
Views: 30251

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

Steve Crawford wrote:
March 19th, 2020, 12:31 pm
Peter Petersen wrote:
March 19th, 2020, 8:10 am
Steve, Very cool! Congrats!
right, thank you.
i just bought the 4 pack, my guess the beautiful box is empty by 2024.
What number was your box?
by Mark Christenson
March 14th, 2020, 10:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roald Dahl’s short story Taste
Replies: 6
Views: 746

Re: Roald Dahl’s short story Taste

Mark Golodetz wrote:
March 13th, 2020, 8:44 am


A dramatized version of the great wine related short story.
Have fun
That’s excellent!
by Mark Christenson
March 14th, 2020, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roald Dahl’s short story Taste
Replies: 6
Views: 746

Re: Roald Dahl’s short story Taste

Dale McClaran wrote:
March 13th, 2020, 9:00 am
Thanks for sharing this Mark, very cool. Danny Champion of the World is probably my #1 favorite book of childhood.
Yes!
by Mark Christenson
March 14th, 2020, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 122
Views: 24288

Re: Marcassin

Opened the ‘07 Marcassin Vineyard Chardonnay last night and it was singing. It could easily have been a new release in terms of how fresh it was. The only thing we didn’t do that we should have was decant it.
by Mark Christenson
March 12th, 2020, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 The Third Twin offer is out
Replies: 51
Views: 6062

Re: 2016 The Third Twin offer is out

I opened a bottle the day after it arrived it was frickin' insanely delicious. I may open another soon, despite the fact it is so young :-)
by Mark Christenson
March 9th, 2020, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 122
Views: 24288

Re: Marcassin

One of the best "old" Chardonnays I've had was a '99 Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard in 2014. At 15-years old it was incredibly fresh and vibrant, and it made me realize that well-made domestic Chardonnays can live well past my previously assumed 5-7 years.
by Mark Christenson
February 11th, 2020, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban Winter Release
Replies: 40
Views: 2491

Re: Alban Winter Release

Today apparently is the day :-)
by Mark Christenson
January 2nd, 2020, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker Barcodes
Replies: 63
Views: 3876

Re: Cellar Tracker Barcodes

I have the same printer (450) and have printed thousands of labels over the years. It's definitely a bit of a time-suck up-front, but if you put your bottles into racking and each space has a unique code/label that you associate with each specific bottle, then it's not much additional work to print/...
by Mark Christenson
December 19th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert-Save the date
Replies: 70
Views: 5389

Re: Aubert-Save the date

Been buying since the 2001 vintage—love them! Not that they’re the same, but if you like the Peter Michael style I believe you’ll enjoy these.
by Mark Christenson
December 7th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 The Third Twin offer is out
Replies: 51
Views: 6062

Re: 2016 The Third Twin offer is out

Kyle N wrote:
December 7th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Aside from the tasting notes within the mailer, has anyone seen actual scores yet for the 2016 NSdTG beyond the “99+” noted by K_F_o_l_e_y above?
Jeb = 98
by Mark Christenson
November 27th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two JCCellars Reds '10...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 341

Re: TN: Two JCCellars Reds '10...(short/boring)

I loved the ‘96 Rhodes Zinfandel he made. And his original Philary Vineyard Syrah was (despite the minuscule production—maybe 10 cases?) one of my favorite Syrahs at that time. I never held his wines long enough to know how they aged, but still have a soft spot for him and Alexandra when they welcom...
by Mark Christenson
November 27th, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12335
Views: 469056

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2006 SQN A Shot in the Dark Syrah.
by Mark Christenson
November 27th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting recent experience at a restaurant that allowed corkage...
Replies: 33
Views: 2151

Re: Interesting recent experience at a restaurant that allowed corkage...

I had a not—too-dissimilar experience recently. Brought a bottle, the server said they charge corkage, I said no problem, then she handed me a corkscrew and that was that. Like most/all on this post I was pleased as punch, but I’ve never had them hand me a wine key before :-)
by Mark Christenson
November 21st, 2019, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions Offer
Replies: 84
Views: 8303

Re: 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions Offer

Excellent! I have a friend who may be driving through on Saturday. He/you could do the hand-off if you’re okay with that. We could coordinate it such that when you and he meet, I can, at that time, send the payment via PayPal and you could confirm, then both you and I are protected. Unless you’re co...
by Mark Christenson
November 21st, 2019, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions Offer
Replies: 84
Views: 8303

Re: 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions Offer

Feel free to send an offer then but I'm guessing you won't put your money where your mouth is when it is in fact your money... Hi Joseph, No offense intended. Kris’ comments that I was agreeing with were “drink ‘em, my favorite bottle is the one first off the truck” and “estate wines are awesome”. ...
by Mark Christenson
November 21st, 2019, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions Offer
Replies: 84
Views: 8303

Re: 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions Offer

Your loss. Estate wines are awesome. +1 to both Kris' comments :-) Feel free to send an offer then but I'm guessing you won't put your money where your mouth is when it is in fact your money... Hi Joseph, No offense intended. Kris’ comments that I was agreeing with were “drink ‘em, my favorite bott...
by Mark Christenson
November 20th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Saxum Gratias 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1346

Re: TN: Saxum Gratias 2017

Seeing as how I have bought Saxum since 2004, my wife may answer no, it's not a good QPR. Isn't it called Gratis, not Gratias? It is, indeed, Gratias, I think for "thanks", IIRC the offering note (as opposed to Gratis and "for free"--which, although inexpensive, it was not :-) The original offering...
by Mark Christenson
November 20th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions Offer
Replies: 84
Views: 8303

Re: 2015 SQN Eleven Confessions Offer

Kris Patten wrote:
November 18th, 2019, 11:59 am
JosephW wrote:
November 17th, 2019, 10:31 pm
Kris Patten wrote:
November 16th, 2019, 6:00 pm


Drink 'em, my favorite bottle is the one just off the truck.
I thought about it and I'm just going to sell it. Finally getting on the list was more exciting than receiving the wine.
Your loss. Estate wines are awesome.
+1 to both Kris' comments :-)
by Mark Christenson
November 20th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Saxum Gratias 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1346

Re: TN: Saxum Gratias 2017

But is it a good QPR? [snort.gif] Seeing as how I have bought Saxum since 2004, my wife may answer no, it's not a good QPR. Isn't it called Gratis, not Gratias? It is, indeed, Gratias, I think for "thanks", IIRC the offering note (as opposed to Gratis and "for free"--which, although inexpensive, it...
by Mark Christenson
November 11th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Saxum James Berry Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)
Replies: 10
Views: 784

Re: TN: 2011 Saxum James Berry Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)

This wine shines in cooler years for me personally, 2008 and 2011 are 2 of my favorites, it has more energy vs. sheer power. I like your "energy vs. sheer power" comparison and totally agree--I think in years like those (2011 in particular) the top producers made superb wines. We just opened a Dark...
by Mark Christenson
October 22nd, 2019, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Royal Nonesuch Farm
Replies: 29
Views: 2599

Re: Royal Nonesuch Farm

Received and opened one of the 2017s. My first experience, and an excellent one so far!
by Mark Christenson
October 22nd, 2019, 8:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 122
Views: 24288

Re: Marcassin

Switch to Aubert. Considerably less expensive and every bit as good, if not better. Aubert and Marcassin do not exist in the same dimension. Agree to disagree on that one. Try them blind side by side, they're different stylistically but qualitatively on par. Love them both. Agree with that. I love ...
by Mark Christenson
October 21st, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2042
Views: 267961

Re: Official Costco Thread

2008 Dom Perignon was at the local Carlsbad location. It was $148+tax. When I found the stack, I thought it was just '09s, but when I looked behind there were plenty of '08s.
by Mark Christenson
October 11th, 2019, 9:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: which SQNs are drinking well right now
Replies: 43
Views: 3358

Re: which SQNs are drinking well right now

While it's not SQN, it's still in the family (ha!). The '07 Next of Kyn from mag was really, really tasty last night. Only decanted for about an hour, but it showing well and I'd imagine has lots of life left.
by Mark Christenson
September 29th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: which SQNs are drinking well right now
Replies: 43
Views: 3358

Re: which SQNs are drinking well right now

OwenB wrote:
September 29th, 2019, 11:01 am
What was the ballpark release price on the Ratsel? Just trying to get a sense for the secondary markup.
$170 (plus tax/shipping)IIRC.
by Mark Christenson
September 28th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: which SQNs are drinking well right now
Replies: 43
Views: 3358

Re: which SQNs are drinking well right now

Never had SQN Syrah before but have been wanting to try one. These are all available for <$300 on a reputable site. Anyone have thoughts on which to try for drinking in the next 6 months? I’m not opposed to drinking a wine on the younger side, but would like to get one that’s in the zone. 08 B-20 0...
by Mark Christenson
September 22nd, 2019, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caol Ila 18
Replies: 11
Views: 924

Re: Caol Ila 18

The first Scotch I liked was a Lagavulin, and since then I’ve preferred the Islay malts over the others. A friend gave me a bottle of the Caol Ila 12 which I realize is a much “lesser” bottle, but I’ve really enjoyed the reduced peat intensity while still offering that smokiness. I will try to remem...
by Mark Christenson
September 21st, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: which SQNs are drinking well right now
Replies: 43
Views: 3358

Re: which SQNs are drinking well right now

Jeff D a v i e s wrote:
September 21st, 2019, 2:39 pm
Just decanted a 2011 Dark Blossom Grenache ....

Cheers
Should be awesome!
by Mark Christenson
September 21st, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: which SQNs are drinking well right now
Replies: 43
Views: 3358

Re: which SQNs are drinking well right now

Anyone trying the Grenache wines? Yes—they are equally delicious :-) I just checked and it appears I’ve opened very little Grenache this year. A bottle of the Stein (2012) a couple months ago was, seriously, quite good. Probably had 15 bottles last year, the oldest being 2005’s The Naked Truth. I d...
by Mark Christenson
September 20th, 2019, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: which SQNs are drinking well right now
Replies: 43
Views: 3358

Re: which SQNs are drinking well right now

FWIW, we popped and poured a 2011 NOK last night at a restaurant (Campfire in Carlsbad—had the best pork chop I’ve ever had in my life). It was also outstanding—I would argue even better than the Dark Blossom we had last weekend. There is something about the 2011s that I love although I can’t put my...
by Mark Christenson
September 19th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: which SQNs are drinking well right now
Replies: 43
Views: 3358

Re: which SQNs are drinking well right now

Papa is a favorite when its one. Its also the only SQN bottling i have experienced more than 1 corked bottle. I am in the decant them all a fair bit. rarely decant less than 3 hrs if at all possible mark - hope you are well You are so right about long decants. The problem I find myself in is that I...
by Mark Christenson
September 16th, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: which SQNs are drinking well right now
Replies: 43
Views: 3358

Re: which SQNs are drinking well right now

Yao C wrote:
September 16th, 2019, 5:41 pm
Mark Christenson wrote:
September 16th, 2019, 4:55 pm
I had a Papa (2003 Syrah) in March that was fantastic.
Nice, I have one on deck for dinner with my parents at the end of the year (it seems appropriate to bring a wine called Papa). Did you open in advance or pnp?
I decanted about hour or so. And even then the last glass was the best :-)
by Mark Christenson
September 16th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: which SQNs are drinking well right now
Replies: 43
Views: 3358

Re: which SQNs are drinking well right now

I opened the Dark Blossom Syrah (2011) Saturday night and it was great popped and poured. That said, there was a little left that I just tried and I should have decanted it for several hours--it's actually better now :-) The 2012 Stein Syrah was really nice--a bit more approachable than the Touché (...
by Mark Christenson
August 28th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: JCCllrs Zin IronHillVnyd '09...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 350

Re: TN: JCCllrs Zin IronHillVnyd '09...(short/boring)

JC Cellars used to be one of my favorite wines. I have gotten away from drinking nearly as much Zinfandel as I did back in the day, but Jeff's original 1996 Redwood Valley Rhodes Vineyard was one of my favorites. I made a visit to the NAS (I thought, but maybe it was Jack London Square--it was quite...
by Mark Christenson
August 11th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28809

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

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
August 11th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Yes, it's true. Being environmentally-conscious is difficult, inconvenient, and expensive. It's also important and necessary. I'd rather sacrifice a little now, and have greater levels of success, than sacrifice more later with lower levels of success.
I agree.
by Mark Christenson
August 11th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28809

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

Pretty sure the net increase is due to foreign immigration. The immigration from other states is less than that of immigration to other states. And businesses are leaving. rolleyes Seriously, we are devolving this far? Foreigners - bad! It amuses me when people complain that California is anti-busi...
by Mark Christenson
August 11th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28809

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

No. False. Not true. In 2018, the population n CA grew by nearly 200,000. But try again. Pretty sure the net increase is due to foreign immigration. The immigration from other states is less than that of immigration to other states. And businesses are leaving. Right. Sorry. Forgot that "foreign imm...
by Mark Christenson
August 11th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28809

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

Truer words were never spoken.... TTT And why people are fleeing the state in large numbers. No. False. Not true. In 2018, the population n CA grew by nearly 200,000. But try again. Pretty sure the net increase is due to foreign immigration. The immigration from other states is less than that of im...

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