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by Rich Brown
June 24th, 2019, 10:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1986 Cabernet Suggestions
Replies: 32
Views: 980

Re: 1986 Cabernet Suggestions

Welcome Russ!

Just wanted to say I'm a huge WineBid fan. Love your platform (seamless/easy to use), unique selection of wines.....and a huge shout out to your team who has always provided nothing but great customer service for years. Please keep up the great work!
by Rich Brown
June 22nd, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)
Replies: 19
Views: 637

Re: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)

Jim Brennan wrote:
June 22nd, 2019, 9:12 am
I've got something like 25 cases of Huet, and then some other Loire chenins as well, so that might put my pickiness and attachment to more structure into context.
I'd happily come drink at your house any day Jim! Dont worry....I won't bring a Sandlands ;)
by Rich Brown
June 22nd, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)
Replies: 19
Views: 637

Re: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)

Yeah, I too max the reds and have been passing on the Chenins but only because they've never really appealed much to my palate (nothing related to any perceived lack of structure). I still have some older vintages of Sandlands Chenin, will open a bottle or two this summer and report back. It's like...
by Rich Brown
June 22nd, 2019, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)
Replies: 19
Views: 637

Re: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)

The Sandlands chenins are no doubt different animals compared the Loire, but I guess thats true when you compare wine across any region (burgundy vs. CA pinot, etc). Regardless, I love the wines and always find myself wishing I had more after finishing a bottle. Side note, I'm surprised you both des...
by Rich Brown
June 21st, 2019, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)
Replies: 19
Views: 637

Re: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)

I generally find them soft and would prefer more structure. However, I've not had the most recent years. How would you say these fair relative to previous years? Huh. Interesting. Are there other domestic chenins that you feel show substantially more structure? Many here have probably consumed a la...
by Rich Brown
June 21st, 2019, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1980 Inglenook Petite Sirah
Replies: 4
Views: 241

Re: TN: 1980 Inglenook Petite Sirah

B. Buzzini wrote:
June 21st, 2019, 7:35 pm
They could embalm with PS...lasts forever!
I might actually request that ;)
by Rich Brown
June 21st, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1980 Inglenook Petite Sirah
Replies: 4
Views: 241

Re: TN: 1980 Inglenook Petite Sirah

Thanks Mike! Pretty sure you'd dig this wine :)
by Rich Brown
June 21st, 2019, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)
Replies: 19
Views: 637

Re: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)

Nice note Scott! I probably favor the Amador chenin from Sandlands but you really can't go wrong with any of them. Agree, they're both excellent. Wish I had a case buried away to see how these evolve. Same here!! I have 3 bottles of the 13 Amador I was able to scoop up on the secondary after plowin...
by Rich Brown
June 21st, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1980 Inglenook Petite Sirah
Replies: 4
Views: 241

TN: 1980 Inglenook Petite Sirah

This was excellent and currently in a perfect drinking window with some very light cherry fruit playing seamlessly with secondary notes of leather, damp earth, and smoke. The tannins are (believe it or not) almost fully resolved which makes for a lovely soft and plush mouthfeel....with just the slig...
by Rich Brown
June 21st, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)
Replies: 19
Views: 637

Re: TN: 2016 Sandlands Chenin Blanc California (USA, California)

Nice note Scott! I probably favor the Amador chenin from Sandlands but you really can't go wrong with any of them.
by Rich Brown
June 19th, 2019, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Broken cork on champagne bottle
Replies: 16
Views: 553

Re: Broken cork on champagne bottle

Another vote for a corkscrew. I've found it beneficial to go with a rabbit/lever style opener if you can (allows you to keep your face as far away from the bottle as possible while opening)
by Rich Brown
June 19th, 2019, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Lodi/CC/RRV Zins (Usual Suspects)..(long/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 463

Re: TN: Some Lodi/CC/RRV Zins (Usual Suspects)..(long/boring)

As always, thanks for the notes Tom! Bummer on that 15 Bedrock Schmiedt Rd. Have a few in the cellar but havent opened one yet. Based on your experience and recent CT comments, I'm not exactly chomping at the bit to do so. Guess they cant all be aces!
by Rich Brown
June 19th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Martinelli Muscat Alexandria Jackass Hill
Replies: 4
Views: 241

Re: TN: 2018 Martinelli Muscat Alexandria Jackass Hill

Nice Mike - appreciate the note! I have very little experience with these wines, but I wonder if they're actually better in their youth....as the 2004 I opened not long ago was absolute fire (not in a good way....think gasoline and a lit match). 14.8% alcohol Rich, no detectable alcohol at this poi...
by Rich Brown
June 18th, 2019, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Martinelli Muscat Alexandria Jackass Hill
Replies: 4
Views: 241

Re: TN: 2018 Martinelli Muscat Alexandria Jackass Hill

Nice Mike - appreciate the note! I have very little experience with these wines, but I wonder if they're actually better in their youth....as the 2004 I opened not long ago was absolute fire (not in a good way....think gasoline and a lit match).
by Rich Brown
June 12th, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sierra Foothills Wine Visits, May 2019 – Deaver Vineyards and Sumu Kaw Vineyard: old vines and mystery vines
Replies: 10
Views: 557

Re: Sierra Foothills Wine Visits, May 2019 – Deaver Vineyards and Sumu Kaw Vineyard: old vines and mystery vines

That was an amazing post Ken - thanks so much for taking the time to write it up! Really enjoyed reading about what must have been an incredible day!
by Rich Brown
June 12th, 2019, 12:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Heat Ruin Old Madeira??
Replies: 18
Views: 795

Re: Will Heat Ruin Old Madeira??

B Thorne wrote:
June 11th, 2019, 9:19 pm
Agree with all the above sentiment.

Also jealous it sounds like you're landing some quality madeira.
Ha! I hear that- damn near impossible to find old Madeira for reasonable prices anymore, which is why I figured it was worth the gamble either way with the heat/shipping.
by Rich Brown
June 11th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Heat Ruin Old Madeira??
Replies: 18
Views: 795

Re: Will Heat Ruin Old Madeira??

Probably fine, but you want a long multiday decant before drinking. The heating occurs in cask while these were in glass. Madeira revels in air so in glass may develop some bottle stink. The long decant helps with that. Eric is, of course, correct. Our rule of thumb is a day for every decade it's b...
by Rich Brown
June 11th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Heat Ruin Old Madeira??
Replies: 18
Views: 795

Re: Will Heat Ruin Old Madeira??

Thanks all - really appreciate it! And Jay, I've heard the same about keeping madeira upright so will definitely do so with these bottles as well.
by Rich Brown
June 11th, 2019, 1:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Heat Ruin Old Madeira??
Replies: 18
Views: 795

Re: Will Heat Ruin Old Madeira??

Ahhh! Gotcha, thanks guys - really appreciate the feedback/education/assurance! Nice to know these bottles should be fine, and I'll look forward to hopefully opening one sooner than later (and will of course post notes).
by Rich Brown
June 10th, 2019, 10:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Heat Ruin Old Madeira??
Replies: 18
Views: 795

Will Heat Ruin Old Madeira??

Hoping to lean on the cumulative knowledge of the board here. I recently scored some great deals on few bottles of older 19th Century Madeira.....but the only downside is that it's from a private seller who lives out of the country, and does not know anything about wine/proper shipping/etc (believe ...
by Rich Brown
June 10th, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 9
Views: 768

Re: TN: 2015 Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Awesome note! Scooped a 3L of the 2013 for pretty cheap from Costco a couple years ago, so love hearing positive reviews on the winery. Thanks for posting.
by Rich Brown
June 5th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Once & Future Wine Zinfandel Old Vine Bedrock Vineyard
Replies: 7
Views: 666

Re: TN: 2015 Once & Future Wine Zinfandel Old Vine Bedrock Vineyard

Nice note David. I've been super happy with the O&F bottles I've tried so far, and feel like you described the zin perfectly (both flavor profile and winemaking). Tom, I opened two bottles of the 14 PS late last year and was shocked at how accessible/well they were drinking (opened the 2nd one to ma...
by Rich Brown
June 2nd, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?
Replies: 69
Views: 2601

Re: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?

Ok ... had to pipe in on this one since I love Washington wines. Latitude for Bordeaux is approx 45 degrees while that of the Walla Walla region is 46 degrees. Types of soil are different as previously stated with Bordeaux being at essentially sea level and Washington wines tend to be produced in "...
by Rich Brown
June 1st, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Once & Future March 2019 Release
Replies: 22
Views: 1660

Re: Once & Future March 2019 Release

More props to Erika and the O&F team, as they quickly Replaced my corked 15 Mataro as soon as I mentioned it was flawed. Good peeps for sure!
by Rich Brown
May 31st, 2019, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Turley Cinsault Bechthold Vineyard (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)
Replies: 12
Views: 737

Re: TN: 2018 Turley Cinsault Bechthold Vineyard (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)

You had me at Cru Bojo Buzz. Havent had a Turley cinsault in a bit but will keep me eyes peeled for one. As always, thanks for the killer note.
by Rich Brown
May 31st, 2019, 5:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Father's day wine 2019? Help me 'wow' dad with a monster Cali cab
Replies: 47
Views: 1684

Re: Father's day wine 2019? Help me 'wow' dad with a monster Cali cab

Welcome to the board! I'd find a Schrader Beckstoffer To Kalan from a solid year with some age on it. I did a 2009 blind tasting last year with a Shafer Hillside, a Tor Kenward Beckstoffer, and a Schafer Beckstoffer, and the Schrader was the unanimous WOTN. Definitely a 'wow' cab for everyone there....
by Rich Brown
May 28th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A few photos for old vine fans
Replies: 18
Views: 1129

Re: A few photos for old vine fans

Nice photos Ken. A great vineyard. I have a Harbor Deaver Zinfandel 1975 that I really want to open Same here actually! Please post notes if you do, and I'll be sure to do the same. And thanks for the pics Ken! Have enjoyed quite a few great zins from this vineyard so it's cool to see the vines.
by Rich Brown
May 26th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2130
Views: 131142

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

AlexS wrote:
May 26th, 2019, 10:18 am
Alright guys, you win - I'm digging out a 2010! Pretty sure I still have 1-2...
There he is ;)

Looking forward to the notes my man!
by Rich Brown
May 26th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2130
Views: 131142

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2011 Monte Rosso Showed some heat but one of the best Bedrock Monte Rosso's I've had, just a killer nose. Completely murders the 2010, imo. Your positive take on the 2011's almost makes me wonder how we can be friends ;) On a serious note, I only have a couple Bedrock vineyards 11's left that I'm h...
by Rich Brown
May 25th, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2130
Views: 131142

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2014 Bedrock Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard. Great wine ready on PnP. That's the 2nd strong review I've seen on this wine recently. Going to have to open one soon. Thanks for posting! I would imagine the first one was Tom Lee’s. That is why I opened it. Tom said drink in the next 2-3 years. I think it...
by Rich Brown
May 25th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2130
Views: 131142

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Steve Gautier wrote:
May 24th, 2019, 6:23 pm
2014 Bedrock Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard. Great wine ready on PnP.
That's the 2nd strong review I've seen on this wine recently. Going to have to open one soon. Thanks for posting!
by Rich Brown
May 19th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you sort of loose your producer label mojo drinking in Europe?
Replies: 21
Views: 1089

Re: Do you sort of loose your producer label mojo drinking in Europe?

LOVE this thread - heading to Spain with my wife next Saturday so really appreciate the feedback around drinking well/cheap over there!

Sorry for the thread drift....but if anyone has any great Barcelona restaurant recos, please feel free to PM me , as I would definitely appreciate it. :)
by Rich Brown
May 18th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed
Replies: 69
Views: 3600

Re: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed

2005 Huet Le Mont demi-sec. Absolutley zero worry of oxidation on this wine. Nice medium straw color, and singing on the palate with wooly orchard fruit, lovely acidity, and a light hint of honey on the very long finish. Seriously just soooo good! [media] https://www.instagram.com/p/BxnzwsxlSaj/?igs...
by Rich Brown
May 18th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed
Replies: 69
Views: 3600

Re: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed

Frank Murray III wrote:
May 18th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Rich, I have a couple 2005 Secs that I have queued to drink up. Not sure how those will drink but I am going to find out.
Sounds good Frank - in going to open a demi later today and will report back. :)
by Rich Brown
May 17th, 2019, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed
Replies: 69
Views: 3600

Re: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed

Just had a 2008 Le Haut Lieu Sec which was great. No significant oxidation, and just delicious. Seems like some botrytis though, even in the sec (and seemed more like a demi-sec than a sec). Which I don't mind at all... Nice - love that! No 08's currently in my stable though. 05's, then I skip up t...
by Rich Brown
May 17th, 2019, 9:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed
Replies: 69
Views: 3600

Re: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed

FWIW, I had a brief trade of comments with 'winchester-xi' over on Cellartracker. He has run into an oxidized 2010 Sec LM and Sec CdB in the past week. There are inputs as to the why, and I am not knowing all of those, but his bottles were not good. Ughhh. Saw that. Gotta feel bad for the dude/gal....
by Rich Brown
May 12th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1969...DP, Heitz, Freemark Abbey, Yquem
Replies: 25
Views: 1090

Re: TN: 1969...DP, Heitz, Freemark Abbey, Yquem

NIIIIICE man! Just a killer lineup, and exactly the type of bottles I'd reach for if i could find em to celebrate a big birthday!

Side note, the 69 DP I had a few years ago is easily the best champagne I've ever had, and a top 5 wine ever. Wish I had another!

Happy Bday!
by Rich Brown
May 11th, 2019, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1351
Views: 147287

Re: Official Costco Thread

No judgement here! You're in the wine trust tree ;) That means we don’t tell each other’s wives what we report on these here boards, right? Gentle reminder that not everyone on this board that buys tons of wine is a man . . . Sorry Sherri - you're spot on and my apologies for not doing a better job...
by Rich Brown
May 11th, 2019, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Teldeschi Petite Sirah
Replies: 3
Views: 186

Re: TN: 2000 Teldeschi Petite Sirah

Nice note Stephen - big fan of this wine and the 2001 as well. Heres my note from Dec. 17 . Sounds like we had pretty similar impressions - good stuff!! 'Not shocking, but still black as night in the glass, and with notes of deep black fruits, and leather on the nose.  In the mouth this is tasty, an...
by Rich Brown
May 11th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Turley Zinfandel Kirschenmann Vineyard (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)
Replies: 7
Views: 367

Re: TN: 2014 Turley Zinfandel Kirschenmann Vineyard (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)

Gotcha! Yep, I'm with you on the above, and will probably pop a 13 Bedrock Kirschenmann soon to check in and see if it captures any of the magic that the 12 did. Havent tried a Turley or Carlisle version yet but hopefully will soon.
by Rich Brown
May 10th, 2019, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Beduccini (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)
Replies: 11
Views: 952

Re: TN: 2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Beduccini (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)

Worth noting, the Beduccini isn't straight Puccini fruit. I bought this, will give it a few years or more before opening. Yep, I'm with you my man.....but still has Puccini and Bedrock fruit....both which seem to shine with more age. Regardless....for my tastes (and I know yours as well)....I'm not...
by Rich Brown
May 10th, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Turley Zinfandel Kirschenmann Vineyard (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)
Replies: 7
Views: 367

Re: TN: 2014 Turley Zinfandel Kirschenmann Vineyard (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)

That vineyard and those that usually make wine from it kicks out very structured, medium bodied spicy wine. Very Rhone(y) type wine. Big fan! It'd not your typical jammy, glycerol, fruit bomb Lodi Zin. Yes, compared to your typical Lodi zin. Having said that I also think wine from Kirschenmann is d...
by Rich Brown
May 10th, 2019, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Bollinget La Grande Annee
Replies: 2
Views: 277

TN: 2004 Bollinget La Grande Annee

Excellent wine and some of the better bubbles weve had in some time. Clear and precise citrus with enough stuffing to keep it very interesting....and more importantly.....delicious. drank over the course of an hour with the last 2 glasses being the best.....although bubbles were pretty much gone at ...
by Rich Brown
May 10th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Turley Zinfandel Kirschenmann Vineyard (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)
Replies: 7
Views: 367

Re: TN: 2014 Turley Zinfandel Kirschenmann Vineyard (USA, California, Central Valley, Lodi)

Nice note David and the alcohol can do that. Trust me :) I had a 2012 Bedrock Kirschenmann Zin that was a revelation for me. All red fruited, very claret in style. For me a perfect zin. Every other Kirschenmann zin I've had since that 12 Bedrock has been very good, just not the same "lighter" style...
by Rich Brown
May 10th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1351
Views: 147287

Re: Official Costco Thread

San Francisco has finally received the 08' doms. $145 a bottle. Had plenty out when I went today, left with 24. (not all for my self) No judgement here! You're in the wine trust tree ;) That means we don’t tell each other’s wives what we report on these here boards, right? That is 100% part of bein...
by Rich Brown
May 10th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1351
Views: 147287

Re: Official Costco Thread

Degarmo.j wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 5:19 pm
San Francisco has finally received the 08' doms. $145 a bottle. Had plenty out when I went today, left with 24. (not all for my self)
No judgement here! You're in the wine trust tree ;)
by Rich Brown
May 8th, 2019, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Turley WhiteCoat '16...(short/boring)
Replies: 9
Views: 542

Re: TN: Turley WhiteCoat '16...(short/boring)

Nice note Tom! Like you/others have pointed out, earlier versions of this were disjointed, hot, and just not that pleasurable. Local spot here has the current release so I'll probably give it another shot based on your note. Thanks!
by Rich Brown
May 7th, 2019, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Beduccini (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)
Replies: 11
Views: 952

Re: TN: 2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Beduccini (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)

For a little context, the 2011 Bedrock Puccini I had with Alex Stewart last month was insanely good and the WOTN against 4 other Bedrock unicorns. It was drinking very well but you could tell the best was probably still to come....and this was from the 11 vintage. Appreciate the early look Bueker bu...
by Rich Brown
May 6th, 2019, 10:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1351
Views: 147287

Re: Official Costco Thread

dsimmons wrote:
May 5th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Just bought an '08 Cristal for $199 at the South Anchorage Costco. It was their last bottle.
Nice!! Still $229 here. Would definitely grab another one at that price
by Rich Brown
May 6th, 2019, 9:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Turley Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena)
Replies: 5
Views: 354

Re: TN: 2008 Turley Petite Syrah Hayne Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley, St. Helena)

Just an awesome note Mike! Big fan of Turley Hayne PS and have a couple of these in the cellar still. Opened one last year in a blind flight of 4 petites of various ages and it tied for 1st. Great stuff with tons left in the tank!

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