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by Albert R
January 20th, 2020, 6:51 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Washington State Wine Trip - Recommendations Needed!
Replies: 15
Views: 444

Re: Washington State Wine Trip - Recommendations Needed!

We flew into Seattle (I will consider Portland next time) got in early and spent the afternoon in Woodinville. That was plenty for us as we prefer being out in the vineyards (YMMV). We headed out early the next day (8am) towards Richland. We stopped and did a couple of tastings in Yakima on our way ...
by Albert R
January 19th, 2020, 5:38 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Washington State Wine Trip - Recommendations Needed!
Replies: 15
Views: 444

Re: Washington State Wine Trip - Recommendations Needed!

Excellent advice from Sean. We also visited most from his list. Some of our favorites from his list: Rotie Rulo Va Piano Amavi Mark Ryan * Brasserie Four-messes up our reservation and were rude. We turned around and walked-out. Saffron-was excellent! Ended-up eating there twice as we went there afte...
by Albert R
January 19th, 2020, 5:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7413
Views: 459590

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

They are usually pretty good but they have messed up my last two orders. One has yet to be received. According to an email they have had staffing issues.
by Albert R
January 18th, 2020, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Quilceda Creek - yay or nay?
Replies: 31
Views: 1763

Re: 2017 Quilceda Creek - yay or nay?

We had a 2014 CVR last week. Gave it a 5 hour decant and it was very good. While still young it was very enjoyable. A solid QPR compared to their other bottles.
by Albert R
January 13th, 2020, 7:33 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Where should we go in Italy?
Replies: 38
Views: 2546

Re: Where should we go in Italy?

Leaning towards Lake Como in early June. Need recommendations for hotels, restaurants and maybe a wine bar?
by Albert R
January 5th, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anderson Valley recs?
Replies: 48
Views: 1516

Re: Anderson Valley recs?

Dan is the man for AV! Reach out to him.
I recommend a visit to Halcon on the way to or from AV.
by Albert R
January 3rd, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: PSA - use eye protection for pruning!
Replies: 6
Views: 521

Re: PSA - use eye protection for pruning!

^^^excellent advice Paul.
by Albert R
January 2nd, 2020, 6:44 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Traveling to Florence, looking for Tuscany Tour
Replies: 16
Views: 1258

Re: Traveling to Florence, looking for Tuscany Tour

I am also considering a June visit therefore keep the suggestions coming. Thank you.
by Albert R
December 29th, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chris Freemott's Zaltos & Grassl
Replies: 15
Views: 1875

Re: Chris Freemott's Zaltos & Grassl

+1,000. Chris is now my go to for glassware. I appreciate his responsiveness and overall customer service.
by Albert R
December 21st, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Spirits QPR?? -- Diplomatico Rum Riserva Exclusiva
Replies: 15
Views: 765

Re: Best Spirits QPR?? -- Diplomatico Rum Riserva Exclusiva

My Dad and a few friends drink Barcelo Imperial as their QPR sipper. My Dad finds the Diplomatico a bit too sweet. Albert, get your dad a bottle of Brugal 1888 for a much higher caliber drink. It’s about $15 than the Barcelo. My money is on Agave de Cortes Mezcal Reposado. Amazingly good for under ...
by Albert R
December 21st, 2019, 7:07 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best Spirits QPR?? -- Diplomatico Rum Riserva Exclusiva
Replies: 15
Views: 765

Re: Best Spirits QPR?? -- Diplomatico Rum Riserva Exclusiva

My Dad and a few friends drink Barcelo Imperial as their QPR sipper. My Dad finds the Diplomatico a bit too sweet.
by Albert R
December 20th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 a shipping odyssey
Replies: 38
Views: 2076

Re: 2019 a shipping odyssey

I prefer no wine shipments between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Way too many variables and possibilities for problems.
by Albert R
December 18th, 2019, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 a shipping odyssey
Replies: 38
Views: 2076

Re: 2019 a shipping odyssey

Every year brings a different challenge!!! Very frustrating.
by Albert R
December 7th, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Mike Smith wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 392
Views: 30384

Re: What Mike Smith wine are you drinking tonight?

Becklyn 2016, give it a 2 hour decant and you will be glad you did. The nose really kicks in and the fruit comes alive and the oak takes a back seat. Tannins are not harsh at all for being so young. I will allow the rest of my bottles rest a few years and probably check in on a 2012 or 2014 next.
by Albert R
December 5th, 2019, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paso Robles Trip Suggestions
Replies: 42
Views: 2318

Re: Paso Robles Trip Suggestions

Adelaida & Epoch
by Albert R
November 23rd, 2019, 6:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.
Replies: 78
Views: 4784

Re: Shipping season, when things come home to roost.

Message from the FedEx Store....... I picked up a total of 7 cases.
by Albert R
November 13th, 2019, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 112
Views: 10104

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

I did not get the wish-listed T5 therefore I am bummed but hey more $$$ for other favorite producers. For the record I have been purchasing since 2012 and the last two years at a rate of 1 1/2 cases per release minimum.
by Albert R
November 11th, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you always taste before you buy?
Replies: 27
Views: 1410

Re: Do you always taste before you buy?

I have a lot of Bedrock in the cellar that I have not tasted.
by Albert R
November 10th, 2019, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2602

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:
November 10th, 2019, 3:04 pm
I have seen this both enforced and ignored in CA. I always stuff the cork back in deep for the trip to the restaurant.
THIS^^^^^
by Albert R
November 9th, 2019, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping companies hates me
Replies: 60
Views: 2662

Re: Shipping companies hates me

I have 99% of my wine delivered to the local FedEx Store. They are great! During the holidays I get the manager and some staff if they have been there long enough gift cards. What do you do for UPS shipments? Matt, UPS is horrific in South Florida. If the winery or vendor does not ship FedEx I don’...
by Albert R
November 9th, 2019, 4:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping companies hates me
Replies: 60
Views: 2662

Re: Shipping companies hates me

I have 99% of my wine delivered to the local FedEx Store. They are great! During the holidays I get the manager and some staff if they have been there long enough gift cards.
by Albert R
November 6th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Tale of Two Berserker 10th Anniversary Cuvees
Replies: 19
Views: 1528

Re: A Tale of Two Berserker 10th Anniversary Cuvees

Thanks for the note Sean. I almost popped the Sandler Cuvée last week.
by Albert R
November 6th, 2019, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No more space, do you keep buying?
Replies: 53
Views: 2394

Re: No more space, do you keep buying?

PARTY !!!!! champagne.gif [cheers.gif] [wow.gif] champagne.gif I voted Other. Run out of space, gotta drink it down. Off-site ain't happening. I feel the same way. Finally got everything in controlled storage at home now I have 4+ cases of wine between Bedrock, Desire Lines and Carlisle to pick up....
by Albert R
November 6th, 2019, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 112
Views: 10104

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

I casted a wide net (although I am out of cellar space). I am weak when it comes to Bedrock! A case and half of just about every red and I wished the T5.
by Albert R
November 4th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 112
Views: 10104

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

Thank you Morgan! Although I am out of cellar space this will be at least a case purchase. Wow!
by Albert R
November 4th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19513

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Brian Tuite wrote:
November 4th, 2019, 7:02 am
That was close!


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Clockwise from upper left: Sodini Ranch, Limerick Lane, Windsor Oaks
Thanks for the pic/reference point. These first responders are true hero’s. Truly amazing!
by Albert R
November 3rd, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 EMH Cabernet Sauvignon Black Cat (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 11
Views: 1288

Re: TN: 2006 EMH Cabernet Sauvignon Black Cat (USA, California, Napa Valley)

2006 EMH Cabernet Sauvignon Black Cat - USA, California, Napa Valley (11/1/2019) Pop and poured. This is in a great place right now. It has shed any harsh tanin. Sweet without sugar, moderately fruity but not over the top. Some level of spice. A bit of earthiness but no tertiary leathery type stuff...
by Albert R
October 27th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards
Replies: 42
Views: 2259

Re: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards

Brian Tuite wrote:
October 26th, 2019, 9:12 am
Halcon Vineyard 2300’ above Anderson Valley in Mendocino County. Weather to mimic Northern Rhone and producing world class Rhone Varieties.
+1,0000000 [winner.gif]
by Albert R
October 27th, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore
Replies: 57
Views: 3643

Re: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
October 27th, 2019, 4:45 pm
This thread prompted me to pop a 2017 Bedrock Dolinsek Ranch Heritage. Flat out delicious, I defy you not to like it. My wife, who rarely comments on red wine, is loving it. Quite aromatic, very bright and peppery red fruits.
Consistently an excellent early Bedrock drinker! [cheers.gif]
by Albert R
October 27th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You’re being evacuated from your home, what wine do you grab?
Replies: 84
Views: 2955

Re: You’re being evacuated from your home, what wine do you grab?

The 3L Becklyn! It would be one heck of party that night. Be safe Brian!
by Albert R
October 27th, 2019, 5:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19513

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Prayers and positive vibes to all in the affected region. This hits home after going through multiple hurricanes in Florida and losing a cabin in Tennessee to a wild fire.
by Albert R
October 26th, 2019, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 117
Views: 9907

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

Greg, I would not disagree with it being a bit thin, but that nose had me hooked. It was a perfect Thursday wine after a hard work week. I also would not re-purchase at full price.
by Albert R
October 26th, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 117
Views: 9907

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

We had the 12 x block on Thursday. Fantastic nose that continued to get better. Similar medium weight and nicely balanced. Very good.
by Albert R
October 24th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Walgreens Fedex
Replies: 45
Views: 1553

Re: Walgreens Fedex

Most of my deliveries go to the FedEx Store but I have used Walgreens a few times without any issue.
by Albert R
October 17th, 2019, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2343
Views: 154891

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Can anyone please recommend a top 2015 or 2016 Bedrock to get a sense of the style? I have picked up two Once and Future to try out as well (2016 Franks Block Teldeschi and 2015 Old Vine Bedrock). A local store has bedrock 2016 Monte Rosso for 80, 2015 limerick lane for 60. Not sure which wines are...
by Albert R
October 17th, 2019, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2343
Views: 154891

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Can anyone please recommend a top 2015 or 2016 Bedrock to get a sense of the style? I have picked up two Once and Future to try out as well (2016 Franks Block Teldeschi and 2015 Old Vine Bedrock). A local store has bedrock 2016 Monte Rosso for 80, 2015 limerick lane for 60. Not sure which wines are...
by Albert R
October 13th, 2019, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2343
Views: 154891

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

The 14 & 16 OVZ are drinking good. The 15 needs time.
by Albert R
October 12th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My Bedrock welcome shipment
Replies: 50
Views: 2702

Re: My Bedrock welcome shipment

For us it’s 3 years for the OZV and 5-8 years for the SVD’s. As some have mentioned, go ahead and try some. Just give them at least an hour decant and save some to follow over 2-3 days.
by Albert R
October 12th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 3316

Re: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines

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Anton D wrote:
October 12th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Paul McCourt wrote:
October 11th, 2019, 5:52 pm
I've had it.

Beautiful color, lovely long legs, beautiful nose, great mouthfeel, full bodied...wait for it...disappointing finish.
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by Albert R
October 12th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington State Trip
Replies: 32
Views: 1408

Re: Washington State Trip

I also recommend scheduling a tasting at Rotie with Maddie. Excellent wines and host. Saffron as mentioned above was excellent. Brasserie Four was a bust for us as the service left much to be desired.
by Albert R
October 12th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington State Trip
Replies: 32
Views: 1408

Re: Washington State Trip

We stayed at the Cameo Heights Mansion last year. It does not over look a vineyard and it’s about 25 mins from Walla Walla but it’s fantastic! I highly recommend you look it up. We will definitely be back.
by Albert R
October 7th, 2019, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah North Coast (USA, California, North Coast)
Replies: 5
Views: 674

Re: TN: 2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah North Coast (USA, California, North Coast)

Thanks for this note. Apparently I have 4 bottles of this somewhere! Morgan's appellation bottlings give me such cognitive dissonance. On one hand, the great pricing invites early drinking. On the other hand, at that price it's easyq to forget that they generally have excellent ingredients, and can...
by Albert R
October 7th, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah North Coast (USA, California, North Coast)
Replies: 5
Views: 674

Re: TN: 2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah North Coast (USA, California, North Coast)

We had this last month. Gave it an hour decant and drank over 3 hours. It did keep getting better. We ended up with an 89-90 rating. Some time in the cellar will help. Nonetheless it was enjoyable but there is more in the tank.
by Albert R
October 4th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 530
Views: 54840

Re: Official WTSO thread

Any insight on Robert Storey '16 Private Reserve Black Label cab currently offered for $22.99? I'm looking for some $25-ish Napa cab but the description calls it "ultra ripe" and "fruit driven", which I fear might mean 'syrupy'... Although Mr Jonathan Newman does not seem to be featured as often as...
by Albert R
October 4th, 2019, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 530
Views: 54840

Re: Official WTSO thread

They just had the 2014 Anderson Conn Valley Reserve Cab for $59 with free shipping on one bottle. In my neck of the woods that's a good price/shipping combo. I use them to explore new wines and for daily drinkers. Excellent price. Have they started charging tax to certain states? No tax to Florida ...
by Albert R
October 3rd, 2019, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release
Replies: 37
Views: 3142

Re: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release

No urgency on my part. Hold them until we are in a good shipping window. Still HOT in South Florida.
by Albert R
October 3rd, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 530
Views: 54840

Re: Official WTSO thread

Haven’t had the Robert Storey specifically, but my experiences with Napa from WTSO has been mediocre at best. Seems like French wine has been the sweet spot for me from there. Other than Anderson's Conn Valley (price really not that attractive) I agree with the Napa statement. Just not what they us...
by Albert R
September 26th, 2019, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beautiful Morning With Champagne Jérôme Blin
Replies: 17
Views: 741

Re: Beautiful Morning With Champagne Jérôme Blin

Looks and sounds awesome Charlie! Yes, it’s starting to get really nice down here. About time!!!
by Albert R
September 22nd, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 9
Views: 887

Re: TN: 2012 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford

Nice note for a solid QPR wine. Thanks.
by Albert R
September 19th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 32839

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Wishing everyone a smooth and great harvest. Thank you all for taking the time contribute to this thread.

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