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by Brandon J.
August 15th, 2019, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: South African Cabs really a contender?
Replies: 39
Views: 1491

Re: South African Cabs really a contender?

For me personally, they are absolutely worth it and their QPR is FAR better. Personally, I think paying for Napa/Washington cab and in many cases BDX is not worth it. Forking over $100+ boggles my mind when there's such strong values elsewhere. As others have mentioned, your dollar goes a long way. ...
by Brandon J.
August 1st, 2019, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okanagan Valley, BC Recommendations?
Replies: 19
Views: 578

Re: Okanagan Valley, BC Recommendations?

Thank you everyone for your insights and recommendations. Keep them coming! Brandon, besides wineries, we would like to kayak, bicycle, go to interesting places, museums, and historical sites. As always, we’re looking for good restaurants. They don’t necessarily have to be high end.🙂 Where did you ...
by Brandon J.
July 31st, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okanagan Valley, BC Recommendations?
Replies: 19
Views: 578

Re: Okanagan Valley, BC Recommendations?

Doug, What are you looking for? The wife and I spent a week there and tasting about 40 different wineries. There is a LOT of "big", high alcohol, extracted wines up there and a lot of resort-like wineries. If that's your cup of tea, you'll be all set! I would strongly suggest NOT staying in Kelowna ...
by Brandon J.
July 31st, 2019, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Bob Wood Memorial Pinot Noir Throwdown Tasting Notes
Replies: 37
Views: 1870

Re: 2012 Bob Wood Memorial Pinot Noir Throwdown Tasting Notes

I don't know how feasible it would be, but it'd be fun to have 3-5 "control" wines that could always be in every tasting. Pick 3-5 different wineries that have been around for 20+ years and have library wines and always have the same 5 bottlings in each event every year.
by Brandon J.
July 30th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Bob Wood Memorial Pinot Noir Throwdown Tasting Notes
Replies: 37
Views: 1870

Re: 2012 Bob Wood Memorial Pinot Noir Throwdown Tasting Notes

I'll add some more notes later this evening hopefully but here's a high-level overview of my thoughts: The 2012 vintage has yet to peak my interest. There were only a handful of wines that I'd want in my cellar. That's not to say that these wines won't come around and be beautiful in 5-10 years, but...
by Brandon J.
February 13th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great Wine Regions You Neglect
Replies: 45
Views: 1838

Re: Great Wine Regions You Neglect

Washington. Everything time I have one I like I say I’m going to explore this region more and I never do. Unless you dig extracted, higher alcohol, oaked wines...you're not missing a whole lot there. I've come to learn there's very little value in Washington with the exception of the Gorge area. Fo...
by Brandon J.
January 31st, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Maybach on Deck
Replies: 66
Views: 5720

Re: Maybach on Deck

Will they drop me if I don't buy? I got my first offering as well and just can't justify buying. I joined really for trading purposes.
by Brandon J.
December 24th, 2018, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste
Replies: 146
Views: 5524

Re: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste

Fascinating. There's a Guild Somm podcast episode on this very thing that was very informative and covered similar topics. At first I was almost angry at the notion that soil types doesn't matter but as I thought about it more, it just makes things even more interesting to me. That means it's not th...
by Brandon J.
December 13th, 2018, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Never drink a Bordeaux that is less than 20 years old" just a silly idea.
Replies: 57
Views: 3667

Re: Is "Never drink a Bordeaux that is less than 20 years old" just a silly idea.

With most if not all wine rules "it depends" right? I've been buying cases upon cases of 2005 for $10-$50 and 80% of them are smack in the middle of their perfect drinking window for me. Secondary flavors are developing, there's still plenty of primary fruit, tannins are nicely integrated etc. If yo...
by Brandon J.
December 10th, 2018, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 EMH ‘Black Cat’ Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 16
Views: 1044

Re: TN: 2008 EMH ‘Black Cat’ Cabernet Sauvignon

I really wish these were in my price range for buying. Would love to see how the older ones do.
by Brandon J.
December 10th, 2018, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Riesling from USA ?
Replies: 84
Views: 3779

Re: Favorite Riesling from USA ?

Oregon and Washington have some nice wines:

Trisaetum - Has become popular but for good reason. They make 8+ different bottlings
Idiot's Grace
Savage Grace
Teutonic - He does a LOT of fun white varietals that are really nice
Cristom
Brooks
Failla - New to Oregon but is making nice wine
by Brandon J.
December 6th, 2018, 9:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We're not normal : )
Replies: 29
Views: 1781

Re: We're not normal : )

$30? We drink fantastic wine for $20 frequently. If you're spending $30, you can get a very nice bottle of wine with some shopping. Fantastic, Barbera, Beaujolais, riesling, Loire, Languadoc, Rioja, bubbles etc etc...I think you can find really well done wine for $30 and have hundreds of options at ...
by Brandon J.
December 1st, 2018, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard
Replies: 18
Views: 895

Re: TN: 2008 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard

Please forgive me for veering off track, but do you Oregon experts have any thoughts on when the 2008 St Innocent White Rose might be ready to drink? I had that a year ago and it was a very nice wine. Still had plenty of tannin and primary fruit to go another 3-5 years depending on how you like you...
by Brandon J.
December 1st, 2018, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard
Replies: 18
Views: 895

Re: TN: 2008 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard

I just relocated a half case of '08 ladies, I figured they'd need at least another 3 years before I should even consider opening them. I went with a '04 Eileen and it was gorgeous but could CLEARLY go longer since it hardly had any secondary notes as of yet! Cristom's ability to age is incredible!
by Brandon J.
November 30th, 2018, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Washington reds in general (via TN rants on CT)...
Replies: 66
Views: 2735

Re: Thoughts on Washington reds in general (via TN rants on CT)...

I forgot to mention something I found very interesting when we visited Walla Walla. Among the 30+ wineries we visited, there were four different winemakers who had a very interesting observation about the region: It's an incredibly wealthy town, many people have money from agriculture and aspire to...
by Brandon J.
November 28th, 2018, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Washington reds in general (via TN rants on CT)...
Replies: 66
Views: 2735

Re: Thoughts on Washington reds in general (via TN rants on CT)...

I forgot to mention something I found very interesting when we visited Walla Walla. Among the 30+ wineries we visited, there were four different winemakers who had a very interesting observation about the region: It's an incredibly wealthy town, many people have money from agriculture and aspire to ...
by Brandon J.
November 27th, 2018, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Washington reds in general (via TN rants on CT)...
Replies: 66
Views: 2735

Re: Thoughts on Washington reds in general (via TN rants on CT)...

One point that isn't really brought up much is....Washington is REALLY young in the wine scene. These guys are for the most part, at least 20 years behind California and of course centuries behind Europe. The misses and I dove heavily into Washington this year and learned that we really don't care f...
by Brandon J.
November 21st, 2018, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IG (Instagram) from WBers?
Replies: 170
Views: 8181

Re: IG (Instagram) from WBers?

by Brandon J.
November 21st, 2018, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on stems / whole cluster...
Replies: 67
Views: 3117

Re: Thoughts on stems / whole cluster...

That's interesting about stems increasing the pH, I've not heard that. For Oregon, in cooler vintages like '07, '10 and '11 it seemed winemakers were using LESS stems on higher acid wines but I'm assuming that's more about the stem itself being ripe enough? I'm generally very partial to stem inclusi...
by Brandon J.
November 13th, 2018, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Top 10 2018
Replies: 83
Views: 8061

Re: Wine Spectator Top 10 2018

Wow, very cool to see Colene Clemens on there!! I'm not familiar with that vineyard/bottling but curious to try it!
by Brandon J.
November 13th, 2018, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations Similar to PGC Berserker’s Cuvée
Replies: 88
Views: 4345

Re: Recommendations Similar to PGC Berserker’s Cuvée

I like that the moniker you are going with is the 2014 BS Cuvée. Shit, that might be the most honest thing ever typed on this entire site in some ways. Okay, that had some whole cluster element to it (chance in the grand scheme of things) but, yes, there is definitely an aspect to that wine of stem...
by Brandon J.
November 12th, 2018, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations Similar to PGC Berserker’s Cuvée
Replies: 88
Views: 4345

Re: Recommendations Similar to PGC Berserker’s Cuvée

Brandon--you forget that these are still young wines. I suspect you are just finding some tannins that haven't really integrated yet. the expectation that a 2014 will be showing a mature profile is a bit much to expect. As I've said in other threads, I've never really gotten any bitterness in the p...
by Brandon J.
November 12th, 2018, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations Similar to PGC Berserker’s Cuvée
Replies: 88
Views: 4345

Re: Recommendations Similar to PGC Berserker’s Cuvée

Just opened one of these up last night for one of our Friendsgiving dinners (widely mixed crowd). This wine really does deliver for the price point. It's really drinking quite nicely now and should for another 3-5 years. Loads of fruit, spice and other lovely secondary aromatics on the nose. There'...
by Brandon J.
November 12th, 2018, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations Similar to PGC Berserker’s Cuvée
Replies: 88
Views: 4345

Re: Recommendations Similar to PGC Berserker’s Cuvée

Just opened one of these up last night for one of our Friendsgiving dinners (widely mixed crowd). 2014 - Patricia Green Cellars Berserker's Cuvee This wine really does deliver for the price point. It's really drinking quite nicely now and should for another 3-5 years. Loads of fruit, spice and other...
by Brandon J.
November 8th, 2018, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Library Pass- Game Changer
Replies: 152
Views: 12724

Re: Wine Library Pass- Game Changer

I opted in, couldn't pass that up. If folks see any deals please post! I picked up a few rieslings and Austrian items they had.
by Brandon J.
November 7th, 2018, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Library Pass- Game Changer
Replies: 152
Views: 12724

Re: Wine Library Pass- Game Changer

Brandon, Where do you live? This thread was started in 2015. Not sure what WL is up to these days with shipping but it's getting tougher to ship to many states from a retailer, so it might not be worth it. Yes, definitely look into shipping to your area before purchasing. I'm in Oregon so there's r...
by Brandon J.
November 7th, 2018, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Library Pass- Game Changer
Replies: 152
Views: 12724

Re: Wine Library Pass- Game Changer

That seems like a no-brainer right? Am I missing something??
by Brandon J.
November 6th, 2018, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Patty Green/Winebid
Replies: 34
Views: 4019

Re: PSA: Patty Green/Winebid

Yeah--I don't think I've ever had a Patti Green wine that had any significant bitterness. Or for that matter any excessive or late tannic elements, particularly those specific bottlings. Maybe you are just super sensitive to tannins, or it was a result of bottle mistreatment (which seems a little w...
by Brandon J.
November 6th, 2018, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Patty Green/Winebid
Replies: 34
Views: 4019

Re: PSA: Patty Green/Winebid

There were no stems used in the 2010 Reserve. Cannot speak to bitterness as I have not had that wine in years. Would not think of that wine, of all our wines, showing any sort of bittering character so I don’t know what to say there. Strange, I wonder what else could contribute to that. I've only n...
by Brandon J.
November 6th, 2018, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Patty Green/Winebid
Replies: 34
Views: 4019

Re: PSA: Patty Green/Winebid

Jim - Do you find that the really bitter finish tends to fall out or integrate after time? I've noticed this exact same thing on a few Cristom wines and have seen it fall out with older wines like '04 - '06 but have had three 2011 Sommers Reserves in the last 3 years and it's still very apparent. I ...
by Brandon J.
November 6th, 2018, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Patty Green/Winebid
Replies: 34
Views: 4019

Re: PSA: Patty Green/Winebid

Sometimes I wish my handle didn't have my name tied right to it so I can say exactly what I want to say.... $100+ for a brett bomb is crazy. Sorry the two wines have not worked out for you. Sounds like the 07 Ana was poorly stored. Nothing we could do about that after the fact. We don’t make an Est...
by Brandon J.
November 5th, 2018, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Patty Green/Winebid
Replies: 34
Views: 4019

Re: PSA: Patty Green/Winebid

EDITED for making a misleading comment in the WRONG THREAD.
by Brandon J.
November 5th, 2018, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Patty Green/Winebid
Replies: 34
Views: 4019

Re: PSA: Patty Green/Winebid

I picked up a half case also and have not had the best of luck yet. 2007 Ana - Clear signs of heat damage with pushed cork and lots of staining. Luckily the wine was alive, but very unbalanced with loads of oak and toast that didn't quite have the fruit to round it out. The nose was intense at first...
by Brandon J.
October 29th, 2018, 11:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Oregon Pinot?
Replies: 81
Views: 5524

Re: Best Oregon Pinot?

Strange thread....It seems that you're confusing folks and beating around the bush. Just say you want a BSD wine Bill! If you're genuine in that you want to know if the $100+ wines are "worth it" in Oregon, then in my opinion the answer is "no". Burgundy will still beat most, if not all Oregon wine ...
by Brandon J.
August 6th, 2018, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8th Annual Post-IPNC Bob Wood Memorial Throwdown, July 30th 2018, Salem OR
Replies: 32
Views: 2223

8th Annual Post-IPNC Bob Wood Memorial Throwdown, July 30th 2018, Salem OR

I think the most important note I can make is that Paul TOTALLY LOVED the Cristom before he knew it was Cristom! :P
by Brandon J.
July 29th, 2018, 10:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Cameron Chardonnay Dundee Hills (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills)
Replies: 22
Views: 1090

TN: 2015 Cameron Chardonnay Dundee Hills (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills)

I'm pretty sure JP is using all neutral oak on these bottles. Maybe it's the vintage pushing these aromatics? Or maybe I'm crazy and he is using new oak.
by Brandon J.
July 25th, 2018, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?
Replies: 92
Views: 5008

Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?

I am fortunate in that I get to routinely drink and try older Oregon pinot. As others mentioned, the risk goes up but the risk is worth the reward if you make the right bet! We recently did a blind tasting dedicated to 90s Oregon pinot. We had about 12 wines, none were "bad". A few were not that enj...
by Brandon J.
July 24th, 2018, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA on Fass Selections - regarding policy on wines over 5 years of age
Replies: 251
Views: 14526

PSA on Fass Selections - regarding policy on wines over 5 years of age

Eloquent arguments all around, but it is also important to be practical. The practical fact is that the marketplace expects consumers of high end ageworthy wine to accept the risks of TCA, premox and other conditions unrelated to storage that will only become evident when a bottle is opened, and wh...
by Brandon J.
July 23rd, 2018, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA on Fass Selections - regarding policy on wines over 5 years of age
Replies: 251
Views: 14526

PSA on Fass Selections - regarding policy on wines over 5 years of age

My wife and I have pretty different TCA detection levels. To the point, she's sometimes embarrassed when I ask a wine rep to confirm the bottle is corked because she can't smell it. What's interesting to me is, if you're one of those individuals who can't detect TCA very well, does the wine still co...
by Brandon J.
July 20th, 2018, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA on Fass Selections - regarding policy on wines over 5 years of age
Replies: 251
Views: 14526

PSA on Fass Selections - regarding policy on wines over 5 years of age

Buying rare wine, auction wine, wine of unknown storage conditions etc. I do that often and fully accept the risk, but I have never seen a retailer/importer with this level of poor policy. Dude, you got credited for the shit bottle -- correct? And yet you're still here bitching simply because you d...
by Brandon J.
July 20th, 2018, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA on Fass Selections - regarding policy on wines over 5 years of age
Replies: 251
Views: 14526

PSA on Fass Selections - regarding policy on wines over 5 years of age

I like the idea that a retailer will take back any corked bottle purchased there, regardless of the age of the wine or when purchased. As suggested in some of the posts above, it seems pretty simple to me that any retailer that has been operating for some time could easily keep records of the avera...
by Brandon J.
July 20th, 2018, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA on Fass Selections - regarding policy on wines over 5 years of age
Replies: 251
Views: 14526

PSA on Fass Selections - regarding policy on wines over 5 years of age

c fu wrote:
was this bottle one of his direct import bottles from the domaine? or just something he acquired through euro-brokers?
I don't know the answer but as a consumer, that should be irrelevant unless clearly delineated in the terms and conditions.
by Brandon J.
July 20th, 2018, 7:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA on Fass Selections - regarding policy on wines over 5 years of age
Replies: 251
Views: 14526

PSA on Fass Selections - regarding policy on wines over 5 years of age

While i acknowledge Lyle is a polarizing figure for some people, I have had no problems with buying/shipping/receiving in the past. Total number of bottles well over a hundred, and our tastes generally align. I’ve had luck with older bottles from Lyle, but, old bottles are a crapshoot and risk is t...
by Brandon J.
July 19th, 2018, 9:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA on Fass Selections - regarding policy on wines over 5 years of age
Replies: 251
Views: 14526

PSA on Fass Selections - regarding policy on wines over 5 years of age

EDITED to add a bit more context to avoid tarnishing any future business relationships :) Well, this will be the first (and hopefully only time) I have to make a thread like this. Over the years I have enjoyed Fass selections wine from friends. I recently joined the mailing list and starting buying ...
by Brandon J.
July 14th, 2018, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Our Trip to Walla Walla (2018)
Replies: 6
Views: 779

Our Trip to Walla Walla (2018)

Interesting and honest notes indeed. Have you had many of these producers in the past? What domestic rhones do you normally enjoy and after how many years? This is certainly one thing I've noticed with lots of tasting rooms - they tend to pour such young wines that really need time to develop. They...
by Brandon J.
July 14th, 2018, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Our Trip to Walla Walla (2018)
Replies: 6
Views: 779

Our Trip to Walla Walla (2018)

The wife and I have been wanting to visit Walla Walla for a while now even though we rarely drink Washington wines. We were in desperate need of a slower paced getaway and wanted to see what WW had to offer. We were in town for 5 days and hit just about everything we had intended on. Here are the hi...
by Brandon J.
July 14th, 2018, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An interesting article re 100% Whole Cluster Pinot Noir discussion
Replies: 74
Views: 3195

An interesting article re 100% Whole Cluster Pinot Noir discussion

What is it about whole cluster that would encourage VA? As a consumer, I think whole cluster is incredibly interesting when done well. We recently did an Oregon 90's pinot tasting and you could tell on some of the wines that had done whole cluster. The aromatics were so complex and interesting. Old ...
by Brandon J.
May 22nd, 2018, 9:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Oregon Chardonnay Tasting
Replies: 16
Views: 930

2012 Oregon Chardonnay Tasting

This was a fun tasting. Rick summarized well. My top wines (With The Eyrie being 1st) were as follows: Cameron - Abby Ridge Johan - Visdom Johan - Konkret Eyrie - Reserve Brittan Goodfellow - Durant Overall, it was a great tasting. Frankly, I was a little surprised at how well balanced most of the w...

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