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by Brandon R
May 21st, 2019, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?
Replies: 52
Views: 1781

Re: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?

All I mean is that I can't foresee a situation in which a winery would actually go from producing a dozen different cuvees and charging $60 per bottle to three different appellation wines at four times the production and charging less.
by Brandon R
May 21st, 2019, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?
Replies: 52
Views: 1781

Re: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?

Just for fun I would like the OP to tell Ted Lemon at Littorai that he has too many single vineyard wines, then fly to France and say the same thing to Aubert de Villaine. ;) Hey, Man, I simply posed a question. I do like what some others have said in that it depends. If all of the various cuvees a...
by Brandon R
May 21st, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?
Replies: 52
Views: 1781

Re: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?

After reading so far, I should've used the term "cuvees" instead of "bottlings." Darn it. Part of the reason I posted this question is that it can be frustrating as a consumer to have to guess what cuvees to buy because, unless you have an unlimited wine budget, buying one (or more) of each isn't po...
by Brandon R
May 21st, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?
Replies: 52
Views: 1781

Re: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?

A few of these numbers are crazy, though! For example, it appears that Williams Selyem release twenty distinct Pinot Noirs in 2017. Twenty! Rivers-Marie has eight. Aubert looks like it's releasing eight Chardonnays. Maritnelli has seven Pinots. Slackers! [cheers.gif] Adam Lee Awesome! [cheers.gif]
by Brandon R
May 20th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?
Replies: 52
Views: 1781

Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?

I have been browsing the recently published Exploring The Best New Releases from Sonoma and Beyond article on Vinous by Antonio Galloni. I was amazed by how many wineries are cranking out a crazy number of different bottlings each vintage, many of them from single vineyards. I'm noticing this is far...
by Brandon R
May 20th, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?
Replies: 38
Views: 965

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

EVER? Sure. I think some already compete with classified growth Bordeaux. In other words, with the same cost, I'd opt for a Bdx blend from the Yakima Valley in some instances over a Bordeaux. However, I think the best in Bordeaux currently outshine the best from the Yakima Valley. That said, I expec...
by Brandon R
May 20th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most complex wines under <$50
Replies: 41
Views: 1843

Re: Most complex wines under <$50

John Kight wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 8:50 am
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 8:35 am
Thivin
Foillard
These two immediately popped into my mind when I read the title of this thread.
Thivin for me as well. The 2017 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly is already so good and shows great early complexity.
by Brandon R
May 16th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin
Replies: 32
Views: 2359

Re: OOPS! Diner gets wrong wine £4500 le Pin

[mic drop]
by Brandon R
May 15th, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 95
Views: 5456

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

I have always been confused over this question/thread idea - If you purchased a case of 1900 Margaux in perfect condition, and had one bottle per year, would that be your #1 Wine of the Year for the next ten years? Shouldn't this category be 'the finest wines' released in 2019? That would be in inh...
by Brandon R
May 14th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")
Replies: 618
Views: 29978

Re: It's critic bingo! ("pixelated fruit")

If someone can tell me what "built on texture, power and resonance" or "vertical in feel" mean, I'll ... tell them they're full of BS. Moccagatta Barbaresco Bric Balin 2016 "The 2016 Barbaresco Bric Balin is a prototypical Moccagatta wine built on texture, power and resonance . Black cherry and plu...
by Brandon R
May 14th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Washington State Beer Help
Replies: 23
Views: 393

Re: Washington State Beer Help

Great recap, Mark. Thanks for circling back and updating the thread.
by Brandon R
May 13th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1095

Re: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?

i don't understand a big cheese plate before the meal. However we sometimes start with a caprese salad or a burrata and broccolini- (recipe from Suzanne Goin at Sunday Suppers at Lucques) Just looked that recipe up...holy hell that sounds tasty. I'm going to do it this weekend! it is really great. ...
by Brandon R
May 10th, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1095

Re: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?

scamhi wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 5:44 am
i don't understand a big cheese plate before the meal. However we sometimes start with a caprese salad or a burrata and broccolini- (recipe from Suzanne Goin at Sunday Suppers at Lucques)
Just looked that recipe up...holy hell that sounds tasty. I'm going to do it this weekend!
by Brandon R
May 10th, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?
Replies: 42
Views: 1095

Re: Why do Americans eat cheese before a meal ?

Jay Miller wrote:
May 10th, 2019, 7:54 am
Alan Eden wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Alex N wrote:
May 9th, 2019, 11:45 am
It's nice to be American (or Indian or Australian, etc) and not have to worry about following silly French and British etiquette. neener
You mean culture ?
lol, I certainly hope the pun was intended. [cheers.gif]
Ha! I see what you did there...
by Brandon R
May 10th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Togni Vertical: 1983 to 1996
Replies: 24
Views: 914

Re: Togni Vertical: 1983 to 1996

@Mark Fister - was this an "important" or "unimportant" tasting? Apologies in advance for being slow, but not sure that I understand the question. https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=160576 https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=160628 https://www.wineberserke...
by Brandon R
May 10th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2245

Re: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings

Less expensive wines may show better on release, higher end bottlings are often intended for longer aging. -Al Moreso than any other variety (save maybe pet), the idea that extended aging will allow a new world pinot to evolve to a point of beauty is false. Some rough edges may diminish, a wine tha...
by Brandon R
May 9th, 2019, 9:07 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: 4120

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

Fun exercise to think about for sure. Wouldn't the California First Growths be those along the lines of Beaulieu, Mayacamas, Chateau Montelena, Matanzas Creek, Mondavi, Inglenook, Charles Krug, Louis M. Martini, etc.?

[edit] Nevermind: I just reread the last line before your lists.
by Brandon R
May 7th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Asimov: is it time to go to the can?
Replies: 15
Views: 1088

Re: Asimov: is it time to go to the can?

I'm a huge proponent of canned wine for near-term daily drinkers. Taking cans to the beach, to a pool shindig, etc. is so much more convenient. I'm liking the trend of the quality bar going ever so slowly upward with wine in cans. One could also extend this discussion in terms of comparing the argua...
by Brandon R
April 30th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1285
Views: 60347

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Until this weekend, I hadn't ever attempted smoking anything. I've got a small house and a relatively small yard, so I really only have room for one outdoor cooking device: my Weber kettle charcoal grill. Simple and functional. However, I was jonesing for some ribs and thought, "What the hay...let'...
by Brandon R
April 29th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1285
Views: 60347

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Until this weekend, I hadn't ever attempted smoking anything. I've got a small house and a relatively small yard, so I really only have room for one outdoor cooking device: my Weber kettle charcoal grill. Simple and functional. However, I was jonesing for some ribs and thought, "What the hay...let's...
by Brandon R
April 29th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1285
Views: 60347

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Some excellent looking (and sounding!) stuff above.
by Brandon R
April 29th, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1899
Views: 152469

Re: Steak Porn

The pull at 125 and then sear worked great. When flying solo, these ribcap medallions are absolutely perfect. Paired with a 2012 No Girls Tempranillo - a nice match.
by Brandon R
April 27th, 2019, 12:13 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1899
Views: 152469

Re: Steak Porn

Thanks for the pointers. Tonight is the night...is 12:13 p.m. too early for dinner?
by Brandon R
April 26th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1899
Views: 152469

Re: Steak Porn

I'm doing a couple Flannery rib cap medallions this weekend and I plan to to reverse-sear. At what oven temp would you start it, and at what internal temperature would you remove it to then sear? Keep in mind, this is a trussed cross section of the cap, so very fatty...but oh so delicious. Your advi...
by Brandon R
April 26th, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1285
Views: 60347

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Sometimes a good rose, some simple cheese and charcuterie, and a good baguette is as fine a meal as one can ask for. Nicely done, Nola.
by Brandon R
April 26th, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Seven Hills Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley
Replies: 2
Views: 173

Re: TN: 2014 Seven Hills Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley

Nice, clear note John. I have long loved Seven Hills' wines, but have admittedly backed away from buying them some since they were bought by Crimson Wine Group. I remember a 1998 Reserve Cab and a 2001 Pentad blend were both really special wines that aged quite well. For what I would imagine set you...
by Brandon R
April 26th, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Friendly Restaurants in Seattle
Replies: 13
Views: 700

Re: Wine Friendly Restaurants in Seattle

Yes, like other have said above, Seattle tends to be very corkage-friendly. I think your bringing Cali wines with you is a good idea also because wine lists tend to be very Washington-heavy. Some of the big steak houses have California-heavy lists, but I wouldn't recommend going to those necessarily...
by Brandon R
April 25th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: what do you mean when you write "struck match" as a descriptor?
Replies: 16
Views: 663

Re: Poll: what do you mean when you write "struck match" as a descriptor?

I've come to learn that GregP in that other thread is a good dude, so I'll stop being an ass about it an get over being miffed. In the above poll, I chose, "A sulfury/skunky aroma of some kind." Struck match was / is what jumps to my mind when I get that smell simply because it's the closest thing I...
by Brandon R
April 25th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?
Replies: 48
Views: 1418

Re: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?

Since I'm clearly such a moron what with my lack of education in chemistry and winemaking, I have another question. Are Chardonnays produced in a more creamy, lush style exposed to more oxygen in the winemaking process? I assume part of the recipe is riper grapes, likely also some malolactic ferment...
by Brandon R
April 25th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: what do you mean when you write "struck match" as a descriptor?
Replies: 16
Views: 663

Re: Poll: what do you mean when you write "struck match" as a descriptor?

[wink.gif] Watch out, Alan, you might bring down the wrath of GregP!
by Brandon R
April 23rd, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?
Replies: 48
Views: 1418

Re: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?

Thanks, Alan. I didn't take any offense to your earlier post and found it informative.
by Brandon R
April 23rd, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?
Replies: 48
Views: 1418

Re: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?

I'm glad you tacitly acknowledge being condescending, GregP. I stand corrected: mercaptans aren't the "struck match" and similar aromas in Chardonnays produced in an intentionally reductive winemaking process. You're correct there, and I mis-typed. That being said, you're missing my point altogether.
by Brandon R
April 23rd, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?
Replies: 48
Views: 1418

Re: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?

Most of this has been great discussion but, to me GregP, you're being pretty condescending. Just because people didn't take your "hint" in another discussion doesn't mean it, "....went 'whooosh' over people's heads." Wine (or Chardonnay in my OP), made in a strictly reductive STYLE, throws off merca...
by Brandon R
April 23rd, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?
Replies: 53
Views: 2209

Re: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?

Knowing you want to get out of the country changes things. I've been to wine country in Chile and, while there is certainly the low cost factor, there is also a lot of dreck wine produced. It's also not as easy to just drive around and drop into any tasting room and taste without a tour or, at minim...
by Brandon R
April 23rd, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille
Replies: 20
Views: 754

Re: TN: 2004 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille

Joshua-

Yes, likely a good buy. They're pretty brooding and quite unyielding in their youth, though, especially the Bordeaux-style blends (in this offer, the Pere de Famille and Clos de Betz), so I'd strongly suggest buying if you're willing to wait for quite some time for them to show their best.
by Brandon R
April 23rd, 2019, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Rivers-Marie Occidental Pinot Noir
Replies: 13
Views: 1157

Re: TN: 2017 Rivers-Marie Occidental Pinot Noir

Way to Pobega one for the team, FM3. Sounds very tasty.
by Brandon R
April 23rd, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?
Replies: 53
Views: 2209

Re: Best wine travel destinations for the budget-minded?

JordanL - Like Hank, if you're already in NY, you're going to save the most by going to Finger Lakes. If you'd like to travel to a destination that fits all of your other criteria (lower-cost wines, ample selection of non-barnyardy, non-funky reds, cheap lodging and food), I'd suggest Eastern Washin...
by Brandon R
April 23rd, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's your favorite Pu-Erh tea?
Replies: 2
Views: 154

What's your favorite Pu-Erh tea?

I'm trying to drink more tea and I'd like to add this to the rotation. What are your favorites? I'm not trying to spend too awfully much money in the process until I 1.) am sure I really like it and 2.) better understand the tea and can differentiate between quality and age. TIA!
by Brandon R
April 22nd, 2019, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 95
Views: 5456

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

By my quick count, Laurent, that's +/- 33 "best" wines of the year so far for you in 2019, and it's only late April!
by Brandon R
April 22nd, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?
Replies: 48
Views: 1418

Re: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?

Got it. That's helpful...thank you. Do winemakers purposefully adjust exposure to oxygen in the winemaking process? It would seem to me that, in general, oxygen exposure would be avoided at almost any cost in most winemaking situations. Do some Chardonnay producers allow a little bit of exposure, an...
by Brandon R
April 22nd, 2019, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?
Replies: 48
Views: 1418

What do reductive notes indicate about the quality of a Chardonnay (if anything)?

I'm not necessarily looking to understand more than what I already think I do from a scientific standpoint. As I understand it, reductive notes in a Chardonnay (and any wine, for that matter...I just tend to find it and read about it most often in white Burgs and some newer new world Chards) are bor...
by Brandon R
April 19th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1899
Views: 152469

Re: Steak Porn

Kenny H wrote:
April 18th, 2019, 5:47 am
Look. At. That. Crust!
Seriously, Tex, that's outstanding on that NY strip. All on a stainless skillet, too? Well done.
by Brandon R
April 19th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 1899
Views: 152469

Re: Steak Porn

I noticed that too, Eric. Large advertising budget (i.e. some VC somewhere along the way)?
by Brandon R
April 17th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...
Replies: 161
Views: 4140

Re: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...

David_K wrote:
April 17th, 2019, 10:25 am
Because new world drinkers are not the brightest bunch, and have literacy issues. It is difficult to criticize old world wines when you're limited to grunting and mashing the keyboard. Also, they can't read the labels.
[highfive.gif]
by Brandon R
April 17th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...
Replies: 161
Views: 4140

Re: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...

Very interesting point that several above have made that I hadn't considered: old world wines, by and large, haven't changed (stylistically speaking) and their wines are much like they've been for decades or longer. New world wineries, in many cases, have gone through a stylistic metamorphosis, argu...
by Brandon R
April 16th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...
Replies: 161
Views: 4140

Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...

In a post over on the CT forums, someone re-posted a TN on a well-respected California Bordeaux-style blend (2012 Insignia). The original TN author was clearly not a fan of the wine and, among other things wrote, "I can't for the life of me understand how anybody could be willing to part with 250€ f...
by Brandon R
April 15th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cadence Vertical 1998-2015, mostly Bel Canto
Replies: 7
Views: 369

Re: Cadence Vertical 1998-2015, mostly Bel Canto

Over the weekend, I opened up a 2002 and 2003 Bel Canto to compare and enjoy. Initially, right out of the gate, the 2003 impressed with its shockingly full fruit. However, I ended up preferring the 2002 due to its superior balance and complexity. The fruit on the 2003 started to turn slightly porty ...
by Brandon R
April 15th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemaker to Watch - Travis Allen - Kobayashi Wines
Replies: 25
Views: 2093

Re: Winemaker to Watch - Travis Allen - Kobayashi Wines

Congratulations to you, Travis, on a series of very strong reviews from Jeb Dunnuck! Three 93s and a 94? Damn!
by Brandon R
April 15th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 4-15-19
Replies: 16
Views: 1078

Re: Wine Impressions 4-15-19

"2008 Jamet, Côte Rotie (magnum) - angry about being opened and sulked all night; hold."

I loved this...

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