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by Mark Christenson
December 7th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 The Third Twin offer is out
Replies: 29
Views: 2175

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: 304

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: 11010
Views: 402901

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: 2061

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: 7474

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: 7474

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: 7474

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: 1222

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: 7474

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: 1222

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: 715

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: 2335

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: 75
Views: 11178

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: 1656
Views: 198177

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: 3153

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: 3153

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: 3153

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: 863

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: 3153

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: 3153

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: 3153

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: 3153

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: 3153

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: 3153

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: 322

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: 359
Views: 27630

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: 359
Views: 27630

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: 359
Views: 27630

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: 359
Views: 27630

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...
by Mark Christenson
August 8th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27630

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

There are tests you can take to see if you are a racist. They're pretty damned clever. [...] I seriously doubt that more than a tiny minority of Americans could pass those tests with flying colors. Those tests are fascinating, and for people willing to submit to taking one (or more) and acknowledgi...
by Mark Christenson
August 2nd, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: They really do exist...SQN
Replies: 27
Views: 3511

Re: They really do exist...SQN

markjchambers wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 1:59 pm
Poker Face was my first - a "wow" syrah. Not sure I remember the accompanying grenache. Loved the T-shirt. I bought two and they're both lost.
The 2004 Grenache was “Into The Dark” and it came in a cool, squat bottle :-)
by Mark Christenson
July 24th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Replies: 49
Views: 2786

Re: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

I wouldn't be surprised if your Peter Michael Point Rouge suggestion is correct. It is quite limited — it is a reserve blend of the best lots from their various vineyards — and priced accordingly. If you weren't looking for the most expensive single bottle, but rather expensive line up of CA Chardo...
by Mark Christenson
July 24th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Replies: 49
Views: 2786

Re: CA/OR most expensive DTC Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

Mike Q wrote:
July 24th, 2019, 7:17 am
Marcassin may be more on the secondary market but the release price is $90 (3 sisters, BSL) - $125 (estate) per.
Pretty sure the Marcassin Estate wines, both Chard and Pinot, have been $150 starting with the 2010 vintage.
by Mark Christenson
July 22nd, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Misleading quoting of reviews: Doing the right thing
Replies: 18
Views: 1793

Re: Misleading quoting of reviews: Doing the right thing

I have never heard of Marty's, but I have now and will attempt to order things that I cannot source locally--what a great example of integrity.
by Mark Christenson
July 14th, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 97
Views: 11837

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

I did not get a letter in the mail, but I checked my junk folder today and I had received an email offer.
by Mark Christenson
May 28th, 2019, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: London wine bar recommendations sought
Replies: 19
Views: 1261

Re: London wine bar recommendations sought

dbailey wrote:
May 28th, 2019, 2:34 pm
By far the best would be for your friend to ring up 67 pall mall, say they are considering becoming an overseas member and ask for a tour...
Second that :-)
by Mark Christenson
May 20th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Calif Syrahs..(long/boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 1455

Re: TN: Some Calif Syrahs..(long/boring)

If you have any more of those Inaugurals at $177 I'd be happy to take them off your hands!

(I know that was the release price :-)
by Mark Christenson
April 16th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Producer
Replies: 132
Views: 7157

Re: Favorite Producer

Such an interesting list of wines - and definitely not what the 'average' drinker would say, right? I'd be curious to ask the same question of 'average' drinkers and may do this on social media to 'compare and contrast'. Cheers! ill save you the time larry. red: the prisoner white: rombauer j/k i h...
by Mark Christenson
April 4th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with liver
Replies: 48
Views: 1692

Re: Pairing with liver

Oliver McCrum wrote:
April 4th, 2019, 11:23 am
Mark Christenson wrote:
April 4th, 2019, 8:40 am
Neal.Mollen wrote:
April 4th, 2019, 8:26 am


I am shocked it took 8 posts to get here.
Especially because the correct answer is Amarone (in the book).
It's a regional food and wine pairing from the Veneto, which is a nice touch.
That's interesting! Thomas Harris must've done his research :-)
by Mark Christenson
April 4th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with liver
Replies: 48
Views: 1692

Re: Pairing with liver

I am shocked it took 8 posts to get here. Especially because the correct answer is Amarone (in the book). There is no "correct" answer - only opinions. Although a Grüner Veltliner Smaragd or similar niveau would be a good choice I would take a (close to mature) traditional Chateauneuf-DP - Bois de ...
by Mark Christenson
April 4th, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with liver
Replies: 48
Views: 1692

Re: Pairing with liver

Neal.Mollen wrote:
April 4th, 2019, 8:26 am
Matthew King wrote:
April 4th, 2019, 8:23 am
A nice Chianti ... with some fava beans.
I am shocked it took 8 posts to get here.
Especially because the correct answer is Amarone (in the book).
by Mark Christenson
March 25th, 2019, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jacques Selosse Initial
Replies: 12
Views: 1232

Re: Jacques Selosse Initial

Kris Patten wrote:
March 25th, 2019, 6:34 pm
Wine sounds great.

Mark,

Surprised anyone here uses flutes, unless you had company or some ritualistic event.
I use ours for making French 75s :-)
by Mark Christenson
March 25th, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jacques Selosse Initial
Replies: 12
Views: 1232

Re: Jacques Selosse Initial

Sounds tasty! And love the “non-Champagne” stems—we often use “regular” stems for bubbles, too.
by Mark Christenson
March 19th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2016 Aubert ES, 2012 Marcassin, 2015 Maybach Amoenus
Replies: 7
Views: 646

Re: TNs: 2016 Aubert ES, 2012 Marcassin, 2015 Maybach Amoenus

Sounds like an awesome night all the way around--well done!
by Mark Christenson
March 16th, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oops, I did it again
Replies: 3
Views: 631

Re: Oops, I did it again

That’s funny :-) At least you didn’t play with their heart or get lost in the game.
by Mark Christenson
March 14th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next of Kyn - Numero Um
Replies: 2
Views: 368

Re: Next of Kyn - Numero Um

I think I may drink one tonight :-)
by Mark Christenson
March 13th, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New here: tips on SQN aging
Replies: 19
Views: 1285

Re: New here: tips on SQN aging

I did a quick check in CellarTracker and apparently I've opened over 300 bottles, and I've probably had another 75+ through the generosity of friends. Those may not be Justin Bonner or Duncan Bastin levels of consumption, but I do buy this stuff to drink and I do try to drink it regularly. With that...
by Mark Christenson
March 9th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WSJ wine article
Replies: 37
Views: 2558

Re: WSJ wine article

I was actually going to delete my post but given you captured it in your quote, I’ll just say my post was way too much tongue in cheek (e.g., I wasn’t using King James Version to refer to an original, but rather playing on LeBron’s branding himself as King James), obliquely poking fun at too many a...
by Mark Christenson
March 9th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WSJ wine article
Replies: 37
Views: 2558

Re: WSJ wine article

I was actually going to delete my post but given you captured it in your quote, I’ll just say my post was way too much tongue in cheek (e.g., I wasn’t using King James Version to refer to an original, but rather playing on LeBron’s branding himself as King James), obliquely poking fun at too many as...
by Mark Christenson
March 9th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WSJ wine article
Replies: 37
Views: 2558

Re: WSJ wine article

I totally prefer the King James Version of wine criticism, augmented (if you will) by the exquisite tastes of the Kardahsians to tell me what to buy vs. the backwater “tastes” of some attorney.

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