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by AlexO
March 24th, 2020, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acker Merrall Condit (Are they working?)
Replies: 5
Views: 863

Re: Acker Merrall Condit (Are they working?)

Got in touch with them. Sounds like they are a little short staffed, but working.

Thanks all!
by AlexO
March 23rd, 2020, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acker Merrall Condit (Are they working?)
Replies: 5
Views: 863

Acker Merrall Condit (Are they working?)

Tried reaching someone there this afternoon about a shipping questions. I know that NY is under the stay at home order, but does anyone know if they are still working remotely?

Thanks,

Alex
by AlexO
February 23rd, 2020, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Christopher Tynan Release
Replies: 12
Views: 1373

Re: 2016 Christopher Tynan Release

This is one of the releases that I am most excited about every year. I went all in on both the syrah and cab. It's one of the easiest buys I make every year. I also wished the max, but then I heard from a buddy who was in Napa for PNV that met up with Chris, who told him that he will most likely sel...
by AlexO
February 23rd, 2020, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SQN Spring 2020 offer
Replies: 59
Views: 5719

Re: SQN Spring 2020 offer

I have been loving Sine Qua Non for years, however, only became active on the mailing list early last year - after a ten year wait. For years I would buy bottles on the secondary market, through others selling their share. I will never sell mine and adore them, and yet I am grateful for others who ...
by AlexO
October 16th, 2019, 9:18 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: LTB united airlines vouchers
Replies: 2
Views: 527

LTB united airlines vouchers

Taking a trip with the family and hoping to find some vouchers I can acquire for cash or wine. Preferably wine.

Thanks!

Alex
by AlexO
October 6th, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 76
Views: 6772

Re: Winebid revised.....

Thanks Russ. Looking forward to hearing your update.

-Alex
by AlexO
October 2nd, 2019, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seepage on 1970 Taylor
Replies: 19
Views: 1338

Re: Seepage on 1970 Taylor

I have a ton of old port, mainly birth year '77. Seepage is very common with most port and not an issue because the wine is fortified. Make sure you use an Ah So or a Durand to open!

Had a mag of '70 fonseca this summer. Still super tight and was better on days 2-5. Great bottle though!
by AlexO
September 16th, 2019, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard
Replies: 58
Views: 5484

Re: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard

Historically the Mondavi Reserve Cabernet was a blend of vineyards. I believe To Kalon always served as the core part of the blend, but I think they also may have incorporated grapes from other vineyards. Either way, the Reserve was never a vineyard designate. That changed starting with the 2011 vi...
by AlexO
September 16th, 2019, 6:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mold on my Off-Site OWC
Replies: 7
Views: 788

Mold on my Off-Site OWC

I have a problem at one of my off-site storages. I noticed about a year ago that an owc had light green mold over a large part of the wood. I took the bottles out of the OWC and I didn't think much of it until the other day, when I noticed a different owc that had developed the same thing. I suspect...
by AlexO
September 15th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard
Replies: 58
Views: 5484

Re: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard

Historically the Mondavi Reserve Cabernet was a blend of vineyards. I believe To Kalon always served as the core part of the blend, but I think they also may have incorporated grapes from other vineyards. Either way, the Reserve was never a vineyard designate. That changed starting with the 2011 vi...
by AlexO
September 11th, 2019, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 19159

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

I think it's pretty fair to say that MacDonald has reached a plane that was occupied by the likes of Screaming Eagle and Scarecrow about 10-15 years ago. I heard stories about both from a former business partner that involved both brands being rather draconian in their tracking down and policing of ...
by AlexO
September 10th, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 19159

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

I have an acquaintance who had been on the MacDonald list for the last few years. I learned today that he didn’t receive the save the date email. I also know from experience that only those who are receiving an allocation receive that email. Given that he had been somewhat less that covert in the re...
by AlexO
August 24th, 2019, 6:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stony Hill!???
Replies: 12
Views: 1889

Re: Stony Hill!???

Too bad. I like the Cab. But, isn’t the winemaker (Mike Chilini) retiring anyway? I was there last year and mike said he was retiring as of March of this year. That really is sad news about the cab. I rode ATVs up to that vineyard with Mike a few years ago and it is stunning! Elevation is almost 20...
by AlexO
July 27th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Alan Eden Memorial Poll - What Saxum Magnum should I open at BF 10.2
Replies: 56
Views: 2299

Re: The Alan Eden Memorial Poll - What Saxum Magnum should I open at BF 10.2

Jay,

I know very well from my years of friendship with Alan that James Berry Vineyard was his favorite Saxum. I would strongly advocate for the 13 JBV mag. I opened a bottle of 13 JBV in his honor the other night (only because I didn't have any mags in the house!)

Wish I could be there!

-Alex
by AlexO
July 22nd, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 138
Views: 10231

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

Jason, about a month apart actually. It wasn't that coincidental.
by AlexO
July 22nd, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 138
Views: 10231

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

very sad news. Does anyone know what happened? I found out today because my text messages to him had gone unanswered for over a week, which was uncharacteristic for him. A co-worker of his actually called me to tell me of his passing. I later spoke with Alan's boss an one of his best friends. Alan ...
by AlexO
July 22nd, 2019, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 138
Views: 10231

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

That is awful. I hope this was something that we convinced him otherwise over his final month. :-( A lot of people seem to hate me, should i go away https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=161470 Eric, I actually reached out to Alan about that thread and I can say with certainty th...
by AlexO
July 22nd, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 138
Views: 10231

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

That was really good - Alan would have appreciated it for sure. +1 True Alan spirit would be him immediately reacting to this thread by asking if he could have his MACDONALD allocation. I suppose I can actually say this now: (hilariously) Alan was actually on the active MACDONALD list and receiving...
by AlexO
July 22nd, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 138
Views: 10231

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

Neal.Mollen wrote:
July 22nd, 2019, 2:43 pm
Wow! That's just awful! Are we sure?
Neal, I am also disbelieving of this. Alan was a dear friend. I was hoping that there was someone in Chicago that knew Alan locally that could provide confirmation.
by AlexO
July 22nd, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 138
Views: 10231

R.I.P. Alan Eden

I heard today from a co-worker of Alan's that he passed away on July 15th. Is there anyone else on the board that was a local friend / acquaintance of Alan's that can confirm this? While Alan could be provocative on this board, he was a good friend and we enjoyed many of the same wines. He will be s...
by AlexO
July 20th, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting Atlanta Retailers
Replies: 16
Views: 1111

Interesting Atlanta Retailers

Going to be in Atlanta in a few weeks. Always interested in perusing retail shops with great inventory. Usually looking for CA wines and Burg. Any recommendations?
by AlexO
July 20th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 167
Views: 20887

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

It would seem that it was indeed priced right for an inaugural release. Unlike some other recent releases that come to mind (i.e. Accendo, Per Us, etc...)
by AlexO
July 19th, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 167
Views: 20887

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

Does anyone know if the white and rose are sold out?
by AlexO
June 22nd, 2019, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 118
Views: 13436

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

Mel tangentially touched on this issue, but I think there is a bigger issue of generational shift than most people realize. Let's look at the history. Bryant / Dalla Valle / Colgin / Harlan / Abreu / Araujo / Grace (with the notable exception of SE) all rode the cult wave of the 90's. While I wasn't...
by AlexO
June 22nd, 2019, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 118
Views: 13436

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

R M Kriete wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 10:22 am
GregT wrote:
June 13th, 2019, 12:56 am
Once your brand is devalued, you're pretty well screwed. It's really hard to come back.

Said Robert Mondavi

+1
by AlexO
June 22nd, 2019, 9:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 118
Views: 13436

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

See post 31. Jim - I was thinking numbers like yours too, but it was all guesswork. I looked for the Colgin sale too but couldn't find anything. In the past, Bryant has said they get between 1.1 and 2.8 tons per acre, but it's usually on the low side. So for math purposes assuming 2 tons an acre at...
by AlexO
June 22nd, 2019, 9:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 156
Views: 11806

Re: Top US Syrahs

SQN
Tynan Syrah
Bedrock Weill a Way Exposition Series
Alban Lorraine
Cayuse Bionic Frog
Booker Fracture EXT


My best under the radar Syrah: Stony Hill Syrah
by AlexO
June 19th, 2019, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter
Replies: 33
Views: 3641

Re: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter

Bought some at costco for $325/bottle. I'll just be patient. As for the letter, I agree, I've seen worse. Jason's missives from Hundred Acre are always a hoot. Also laughable is anyone that "truly humbled and honored to offer their wine". [snort.gif]
by AlexO
May 20th, 2019, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon Vertical
Replies: 5
Views: 1014

Re: MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon Vertical

The Texas Non-Partisan MacDonald Appreciation Society (TNPMAS), hosted Alex in the spring of 2017 for what was at the time the first ever complete MacDonald vertical tasting. We tasted the 2009 - 2014. The OP's notes on the 2009 rang true then as well, which while it was certainly a fun and special ...
by AlexO
May 9th, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 6390

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 5:29 pm
Lack of track record is a disqualifier, unless the exercise is a complete joke.
If you read the OP, you'll notice I also created the opportunity for a modern list for wines that don't quite have the 10+ year track record. Hence, I tried to classify them as Modern Cults
by AlexO
May 9th, 2019, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 6390

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

I would argue that for cult status, MacDonald checks all the boxes that Screaming Eagle / Harlan / Maya / Bryant / Grace / etc... all checked 15-20 years ago.
by AlexO
May 9th, 2019, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 6390

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

This is fascinating. First Growths are First Growths in Bordeaux because of an 1855 ranking (with an amendment for Mouton). We're ranking these today, right? If we looked at Napa today and said, let's take the past 20-30 years because many have changed hands and many up and comers have since establ...
by AlexO
May 9th, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 6390

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

The OP uses Classified Growths (Bordeaux) but then lists them by vineyard a la Burgundy. I think the Burgundian model works better here (ie: many folks make great wine from ToKalon, like many folks make great wine from Clos de la Roche) *I also sense a 10,000 word Piper post coming soon! I agree co...
by AlexO
May 9th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 6390

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

Overall First Growth: Screaming Eagle Shafer Hillside Select Colgin IX Estate Lokoya Mt Veeder Scarecrow Overall Second Growth: Harlan Hundred Acre Few and Far Between Lokoya Howell Mtn Dominus Hobbs To Kalon Lokoya Mt Veeder over Harlan? I (personally) wouldn't put anything Lokoya has ever made in...
by AlexO
May 9th, 2019, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 6390

The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)

A while back, I remember when they tried to redefine the wonders of the world. In order to make sure the classifications were fair, they came up with multiple lists, like the natural wonders, and the medieval wonders, etc... I'm sure there are other threads that have attempted this, but I thought we...
by AlexO
May 7th, 2019, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release
Replies: 37
Views: 3296

Re: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release

C. Bowman wrote:
May 6th, 2019, 7:51 pm
NickRut wrote:
May 5th, 2019, 4:20 pm
6 syrahs is enough... right??
No! Christopher's Syrah is delicious
+10
by AlexO
May 5th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release
Replies: 37
Views: 3296

Re: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release

PSA *This is a follow up to the email sent Monday April 29th reminding 2015 Advance Release Members that the allocation period ends tomorrow Sunday May 5th at 5pm PST. Any remaining wine will be released to new sign ups to the mailing list. If you've already purchased your allocation, please disrega...
by AlexO
April 30th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vegas Dining....Wine Related
Replies: 12
Views: 1139

Re: Vegas Dining....Wine Related

We do our fantasy football draft in Vegas each year and I am in charge of the wine. I usually bring two 3L's to dinner for the group. Last year we did Delmonicos but the quality of the food was pretty far under our expectations and my previous experiences there. Delmonicos is the only place that i ...
by AlexO
April 29th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release
Replies: 37
Views: 3296

Re: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release

2015 Vintage Overview The 2015 vintage was a wonderfully classic year for both Sonoma and Napa Valley wines. This was the last of the drought-like winters that marked the 2012-15 vintages. A dry, moderately warm winter followed by warm spring temperatures, led to an early bud break that set the stag...
by AlexO
April 29th, 2019, 6:54 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS
Replies: 5
Views: 626

Re: FS 2015 Phelps Napa Cab

Tom,

Where are you located?
by AlexO
April 29th, 2019, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you rank the five first growths
Replies: 54
Views: 2662

Re: How would you rank the five first growths

MacDonald
Tynan
Lokoya
Scarecrow
Shafer Hillside

Oh wait...people actually still care about Bordeaux???

[stirthepothal.gif]
by AlexO
April 24th, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Friendly Restaurants in Seattle
Replies: 13
Views: 846

Wine Friendly Restaurants in Seattle

Traveling to Seattle for the first time next week for work. Hosting a dinner at least 1 night. I plan on bringing wine as the client is getting serious about CA wine. Is Seattle corkage friendly? Since I know nothing about the restaurant scene, i don't want to be too edgy for the dinner. What would ...
by AlexO
April 24th, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another Napa Thread....
Replies: 22
Views: 2368

Re: Another Napa Thread....

It's not necessarily new, but Blankiet is going to crush it with Graeme MacDonald as their new winemaker. The 2016 vintage (which is already epic) was his from bud-break to bottle. Had the chance to taste there earlier this year and I think they are going to heat up considerably. Their vineyards are...
by AlexO
April 20th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Need 1 bottle of 2008 Shafer Hillside (Local Dallas/Fort Worth pickup preferred, but will pay for overnight shipping)
Replies: 1
Views: 302

Need 1 bottle of 2008 Shafer Hillside (Local Dallas/Fort Worth pickup preferred, but will pay for overnight shipping)

Need 1 bottle of 2008 SHS. Happy to pay Wine-Searcher low or trade something of greater value.

It’s real short notice, but I need the bottle by Monday. I will pay for overnight shipping if anyone has one they can ship tomorrow.

If anyone can help, please PM!

Thanks!
by AlexO
April 18th, 2019, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dig through this wine list challenge.
Replies: 41
Views: 1845

Re: Dig through this wine list challenge.

So this is basically a restaurant list backstopped by a private cellar right?
by AlexO
April 10th, 2019, 6:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..
Replies: 465
Views: 47958

Re: Post your CELLAR PIC time…..

Joe Raymond wrote:
April 9th, 2019, 10:39 am
Happy with the outcome of mine. Took a lot of planning and making sure it was done the way I wanted it :) Very popular hangout spot during the warm summer months
Love the wine barrel! I want to do something similar with the barrel I have. Is the top glass? how did you stabilize it to the barrel?
by AlexO
April 9th, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Stone Crab claws: way overrated
Replies: 46
Views: 1954

Re: Stone Crab claws: way overrated

normally I wouldn't let environmentalism affect an eating decision, but one thing that I do love about stone crab claws is that it is a very sustainable fishery. When the crabs are caught, the fisherman cut off the largest of the two claws and throw the crab back to let the claw regrow, which it doe...
by AlexO
April 5th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The best wine in the world (according to the Washington Post and Vivino)
Replies: 23
Views: 2371

Re: The best wine in the world (according to the Washington Post and Vivino)

AlexO wrote:
April 5th, 2019, 10:10 am


Never heard of Scarecrow cabernet? Neither had I, though I’ve been a fan of its winemaker, Celia Welch, for the past 20 years.
I liked this part. There's a part of me that finds that statement to be slightly dubious.
by AlexO
April 5th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The best wine in the world (according to the Washington Post and Vivino)
Replies: 23
Views: 2371

Re: The best wine in the world (according to the Washington Post and Vivino)

By Dave McIntyre April 5 at 12:00 PM What’s the best wine in the world? Every winemaker would love to produce it. Every wine lover would love to drink it and hoard a few bottles in the cellar. Every wine writer would love to anoint it and tell you to buy it. Vivino, the popular wine app with 35 mill...

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