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by Brandon R
April 6th, 2021, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Five Syrah, blind (three WA, two OR), plus two Reynvaan non-blind
Replies: 14
Views: 891

Re: TN: Five Syrah, blind (three WA, two OR), plus two Reynvaan non-blind

Okay, so this has clearly and unintentionally become a discussion of winery vs. vineyard vs. production, etc. The point of the tasting was NOT to get lost in those details but, rather, compare and contrast Syrah from the PacNW.

Thanks for breaking this open, Chris! deadhorse champagne.gif
by Brandon R
April 6th, 2021, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Five Syrah, blind (three WA, two OR), plus two Reynvaan non-blind
Replies: 14
Views: 891

Re: TN: Five Syrah, blind (three WA, two OR), plus two Reynvaan non-blind

Nice notes, and looks like a fun and educational tasting. I am more and more convinced that Delmas is making some of the best syrah in.....the area. Ha! What's the, "in.....the area" all about? I agree, they're excellent. I haven't had any aged examples, though, and I'm genuinely curious ...
by Brandon R
April 5th, 2021, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Five Syrah, blind (three WA, two OR), plus two Reynvaan non-blind
Replies: 14
Views: 891

Re: TN: Five Syrah, blind (three WA, two OR), plus two Reynvaan non-blind

Haha, whoops! The Delmas wasn't my wine, so I have no idea where the winery is...I assumed in Walla Walla. I should've been more accurate, though, with the SJR Vineyard. Edited. Thanks, Chris! It's tricky, though, becuase the Delmas fruit is in the Walla Walla AVA, but the fruit for the Matello was ...
by Brandon R
April 5th, 2021, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Five Syrah, blind (three WA, two OR), plus two Reynvaan non-blind
Replies: 14
Views: 891

TN: Five Syrah, blind (three WA, two OR), plus two Reynvaan non-blind

FIVE SYRAH, BLIND (FOUR WA, ONE OR), PLUS TWO REYNVAAN NON-BLIND - (4/3/2021) Since this was the first time getting a lot of family together in quite some time due to Covid, we decided to throw together an informal outdoor Syrah tasting. The weather was bright and sunny, but cool with a slight bree...
by Brandon R
April 5th, 2021, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay Purrington Rued
Replies: 4
Views: 772

Re: TN: 2019 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay Purrington Rued

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D'oh!! This is the one of the current Chardonnay release that I DIDN'T buy! Sounds great.
by Brandon R
April 5th, 2021, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommend some slightly "riper" Côtes du Rhône...
Replies: 34
Views: 1404

Re: Recommend some slightly "riper" Côtes du Rhône...

Popped one of the Dauphins last night and quite liked it, but it wasn't very similar to the wine in the O.P. I'd love to do a side-by-side with that wine and this, and some others, but that takes me back to my sourcing problem. I liked this a lot, though, and it's a buy for the $13 I paid. Good rec...
by Brandon R
April 1st, 2021, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Savory Syrah
Replies: 64
Views: 2533

Re: Recommendations for Savory Syrah

When I think of "lighter bodied" (note: not light bodied, lightER) with an emphasis on savory, I can't think of a better match than Reynvaan . There are quite a few available under $75 at retailers whos ship to CT. I've never had one because they are so pricey but always wondered what the...
by Brandon R
April 1st, 2021, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Savory Syrah
Replies: 64
Views: 2533

Re: Recommendations for Savory Syrah

When I think of "lighter bodied" (note: not light bodied, lightER) with an emphasis on savory, I can't think of a better match than Reynvaan . There are quite a few available under $75 at retailers whos ship to CT. I'd be interested in who those retailers are. I saw Reynvaan on shelf rece...
by Brandon R
April 1st, 2021, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Savory Syrah
Replies: 64
Views: 2533

Re: Recommendations for Savory Syrah

When I think of "lighter bodied" (note: not light bodied, lightER) with an emphasis on savory, I can't think of a better match than Reynvaan. There are quite a few available under $75 at retailers whos ship to CT.
by Brandon R
April 1st, 2021, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 52
Views: 2003

Re: TN: 2007 Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon

Nice score! That ought to be drinking really well right now.
by Brandon R
April 1st, 2021, 9:19 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4185
Views: 245907

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Great! Thanks, Andrew. It was around $75 OTD as I recall.
by Brandon R
March 31st, 2021, 2:40 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4185
Views: 245907

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Anyone had this? Grabbed one on a lark today...

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by Brandon R
March 31st, 2021, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommend some slightly "riper" Côtes du Rhône...
Replies: 34
Views: 1404

Re: Recommend some slightly "riper" Côtes du Rhône...

Popped one of the Dauphins last night and quite liked it, but it wasn't very similar to the wine in the O.P. I'd love to do a side-by-side with that wine and this, and some others, but that takes me back to my sourcing problem. I liked this a lot, though, and it's a buy for the $13 I paid. Good reco...
by Brandon R
March 30th, 2021, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 5
Views: 329

Re: TN: 1995 Altamura Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Love that label...very classic and appealing. Sounds like a nice wine, too.
by Brandon R
March 29th, 2021, 2:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Oranges
Replies: 37
Views: 864

Re: Oranges

I absolutely LOVE the Sumo mandarins. What I don't love is how damn expensive they are! When I buy citrus fruits, I tried to buy ones that are "heavy in the hand". That means juicier. I bought one Sumo and had no idea what it cost . When I bought the second one , I bought it at a differen...
by Brandon R
March 29th, 2021, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?
Replies: 125
Views: 6838

Re: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?

https://i.imgur.com/qpGA8Vul.jpg First time trying, and I'm not glad I bought some based on this thread. I didn't take formal notes, but it was delicious. Oddly enough, based on the discussion, my palate was ready for an even more rustic wine, but this straddled the line very well: good fruit, cert...
by Brandon R
March 29th, 2021, 9:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1974
Views: 110552

Re: What did you cook tonight?

That looks amazingly delicious, Alex.

And, Milton, those eggs look outstanding and a dish MADE for Champagne!
by Brandon R
March 29th, 2021, 9:36 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Oranges
Replies: 37
Views: 864

Re: Oranges

I absolutely LOVE the Sumo mandarins. What I don't love is how damn expensive they are!
by Brandon R
March 29th, 2021, 9:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2571
Views: 223121

Re: Steak Porn

Wow, that looks amazing. Nice, Andrew. Flannery Hangers last night...grilled over charcoal, with grilled zucchini and pan fried Yukon Gold spuds. Salted for 24 hours: https://i.imgur.com/Dhdv0NIl.jpg Resting: https://i.imgur.com/AfBp5Pfl.jpg Paired with this: https://i.imgur.com/qpGA8Vul.jpg
by Brandon R
March 26th, 2021, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommend some slightly "riper" Côtes du Rhône...
Replies: 34
Views: 1404

Re: Recommend some slightly "riper" Côtes du Rhône...

John Morris wrote: March 25th, 2021, 12:54 pm Please report back, Brandon!
Will do. Picking them up today.
by Brandon R
March 26th, 2021, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommend some slightly "riper" Côtes du Rhône...
Replies: 34
Views: 1404

Re: Recommend some slightly "riper" Côtes du Rhône...

Good stuff, Arv, thanks.
by Brandon R
March 26th, 2021, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Horsepower - first bottles
Replies: 6
Views: 617

Re: Horsepower - first bottles

John Morris wrote: March 26th, 2021, 9:14 am
JViolini wrote: March 26th, 2021, 8:52 am I had a 2011 Grenache 2 weeks ago and I let it slow ox in the bottle for about two hours. My tasting note was basically it's like eating tapas & berry pie while you have a bloody nose & gave it a 94. ...
Tasting note of the year?
Seriously! That's awesome.
by Brandon R
March 25th, 2021, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommend some slightly "riper" Côtes du Rhône...
Replies: 34
Views: 1404

Re: Recommend some slightly "riper" Côtes du Rhône...

Cellier des Dauphins Reserve CdR might be worth pursuing. 60/40 Grenache/Syrah, $13 (at K&L, at least), and one of the few CdRs I’ve tried recently that I was compelled to reorder. Maybe my taste is just changing, or I’m just buying the wrong stuff, but lately I’ve found a lot of CdRs I’ve open...
by Brandon R
March 25th, 2021, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Strange cork in 2019 St Cosme CdR
Replies: 17
Views: 847

Re: Strange cork in 2019 St Cosme CdR

Super helpful, Victor.

That's odd. My guess is that you're right: cork surplus from the 2017 vintage. Why waste them on a low-margin CdR I suppose?
by Brandon R
March 24th, 2021, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommend some slightly "riper" Côtes du Rhône...
Replies: 34
Views: 1404

Re: Recommend some slightly "riper" Côtes du Rhône...

Yep, good choice for a slightly riper (but by no means over the top) CdR Exactly what I was thinking given the request. I think of Beaucastel and Charvin as more for old world palates. I personably drink a lot of these, the CDRs are excellent. Yes, the Coudolet de Beaucastel is usually a pretty den...
by Brandon R
March 24th, 2021, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommend some slightly "riper" Côtes du Rhône...
Replies: 34
Views: 1404

Re: Recommend some slightly "riper" Côtes du Rhône...

Thank you all...great suggestions so far! Relating to the posts immediately above, I have a TN in CT on the 2010 Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône Les Deux Albion and liked it then. I can't find any of the Charvin in the Seattle market unfortunately, as I'd really like to try it. I think some of the earlie...
by Brandon R
March 24th, 2021, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommend some slightly "riper" Côtes du Rhône...
Replies: 34
Views: 1404

Recommend some slightly "riper" Côtes du Rhône...

My wife and I just drank our last bottle of the 2018 Les Vignerons d'Estézargues Côtes du Rhône Cuvée des Galets. We both loved it. I can't find it anywhere and even other vintages are scarce. So, my thought was to ask you all about wines you might think are of a similar profile. I like some CdR, do...
by Brandon R
March 24th, 2021, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Robert Foley Claret (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 5
Views: 464

Re: TN: 2004 Robert Foley Claret (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Nice TN, Jay. I've only got a magnum of 2001 left and the last bottle I had in 2016 was great but, like your wine above, didn't show much age at 15.
by Brandon R
March 23rd, 2021, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Vintners Wnry/Two Vini Macerati...(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 315

Re: TN: Two Vintners Wnry/Two Vini Macerati...(short/boring)

Nice to see Two Vintners get some mention. Nice notes, Tom. I've never had those two wines from them. But I have had their mega-high alcohol Zin...and liked it! From their site, "Big, bold, unapologetic Zinfandel!"
by Brandon R
March 23rd, 2021, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Since when did CA chardonnay reach 18.5 abv?
Replies: 55
Views: 2958

Re: Since when did CA chardonnay reach 18.5 abv?

Eric Ifune wrote: March 23rd, 2021, 2:41 pm MD 20/20 is fortified, not from fermentation.
Some Fino Sherry can be unfortified and reach 17+%.
Eric, I'm going to take a wild guess and say that Dave knows that. Just a hunch.
by Brandon R
March 23rd, 2021, 9:07 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4185
Views: 245907

Re: The Bourbon Thread

I grabbed a bottle of Old Scout Bourbon last week and had a bit over the weekend. Good stuff! It's a relatively inexpensive bottle and was tasty by itself. Apparently there is a Single Barrel bottling too, but this was just the regular stuff. Recommended.
by Brandon R
March 23rd, 2021, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Since when did CA chardonnay reach 18.5 abv?
Replies: 55
Views: 2958

Re: Since when did CA chardonnay reach 18.5 abv?

JDavisRoby wrote: March 22nd, 2021, 9:26 pm The only good ending for this story is Ramon was doing an airplane bottle Chardonnay blowout challenge and these wines ended up in the plane’s thunder bucket.
[rofl.gif]
I still can't read, "thunder bucket" without laughing. Marc B!!!
by Brandon R
March 23rd, 2021, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Harlan vs BOND
Replies: 21
Views: 1909

Re: Harlan vs BOND

Have 3 Mascots in my cellar and popped one not long ago. Not my thing. To me, the Napa MO of "22 months on french new oak" and picked ripe makes every single wine there taste pretty much exactly the same. I don't see a lot of variation. Wow did you edit quickly before I got what you wrote...
by Brandon R
March 22nd, 2021, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Since when did CA chardonnay reach 18.5 abv?
Replies: 55
Views: 2958

Re: Since when did CA chardonnay reach 18.5 abv?

Ramon is due for a surprise next time he logs into WB! [dance-clap.gif]
by Brandon R
March 22nd, 2021, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Since when did CA chardonnay reach 18.5 abv?
Replies: 55
Views: 2958

Re: Since when did CA chardonnay reach 18.5 abv?

Jason T wrote: March 22nd, 2021, 12:33 pm
Brandon R wrote: March 22nd, 2021, 11:05 am I'm flying on the wrong airlines! I've never had a granite tray table.
Looking at the background... bottle might have been handed out by flight attendant but pic doesn’t look like an airplane cabin.
I had the same thought, but it appears to be an airline style cup!
by Brandon R
March 22nd, 2021, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Marquis Philips Shiraz Integrity
Replies: 7
Views: 545

Re: TN: 2002 Marquis Philips Shiraz Integrity

Fun TN. This is the exact wine and vintage that got me really into wine back upon release. A co-worker to was a wine nut shared some and it knocked my doors off. I remember really liking their S2 Cab back then as well.
by Brandon R
March 22nd, 2021, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Since when did CA chardonnay reach 18.5 abv?
Replies: 55
Views: 2958

Re: Since when did CA chardonnay reach 18.5 abv?

I'm flying on the wrong airlines! I've never had a granite tray table.
by Brandon R
March 17th, 2021, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: when drunk how to sober up ?
Replies: 71
Views: 4451

Re: when drunk how to sober up ?

I must be the only one but, WTF IS THIS THREAD ABOUT?!? Did someone, a first time poster, come on an ask about hangover cures or something? I must have missed it. That, or I'm a moron...which is entirely likely.
by Brandon R
March 17th, 2021, 9:35 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4185
Views: 245907

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Andrew Kotowski wrote: March 16th, 2021, 4:09 pm Have been busy the last couple of weeks!
Nice scores! I've never had that Early Times...how do you use it? What's the price point?
by Brandon R
March 17th, 2021, 9:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Shepherd’s pie
Replies: 28
Views: 2471

Re: Shepherd’s pie

Forgot to take pictures but, truth be told, it's not exactly the most photogenic of dishes. It was fantastic and the five of us darn near finished the thing off. This was the recipe, which I followed directly with one exception: I thought I had beef broth but didn't so used chicken. https://www.thew...
by Brandon R
March 16th, 2021, 9:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Shepherd’s pie
Replies: 28
Views: 2471

Re: Shepherd’s pie

I made a cottage pie (my mother-in-law and kids don't like lamb...almost grounds for disownment) last night to bake and serve for dinner tonight. The version was a shot-in-the-dark recipe that had good ratings online. Ground beef (I bought chili grind), onion, garlic, several herbs, and corn/peas/ca...
by Brandon R
March 16th, 2021, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Ar.Pe.Pe, Cayuse & Gaja
Replies: 4
Views: 494

Re: TNs: Ar.Pe.Pe, Cayuse & Gaja

Ryan, I totally connected with your descriptor of, "the smell of the packing up camp after you just put the fire out." Awesome way to describe what, for me, brought back an immediate sensory recall.
by Brandon R
March 15th, 2021, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Davenport Cellars Patch (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Re: TN: 2015 Davenport Cellars Patch (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)

Oh well...didn't notice that. Happy to have some regardless.
by Brandon R
March 15th, 2021, 9:23 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2571
Views: 223121

Re: Steak Porn

On Friday, I had a smaller but still outrageously delicious 12 oz. Flannery CA Reserve ribeye. After being salted for 24 hours on a rack in the beer fridge: https://i.imgur.com/mlOSNcZl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/xNRjeaol.jpg https://i.imgur.com/ImA039Tl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/WSKi8mhl.jpg I went cast...
by Brandon R
March 15th, 2021, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Davenport Cellars Patch (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Re: TN: 2015 Davenport Cellars Patch (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)

Nice TN. I bought a case of this and a case of the 2014 Mr. B after all of the praise for the latter wine here. What I don't get is the "$11" or some everyone keeps talking about. These were $16.50 per bottle. Don't get me wrong: they're fantastic and worth every penny, but you're saying y...
by Brandon R
March 15th, 2021, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa vs Washington
Replies: 98
Views: 5193

Re: Napa vs Washington

As Ron noted above, we swapped some wine and tasted blind. It was a very fun tasting and I realized that nearly all of the blind tastings I have done were with the same region. I tasted Ron's wines first and will echo what he said. Here's a quick snapshot of the two wines: https://i.imgur.com/aopAhy...
by Brandon R
March 12th, 2021, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa vs Washington
Replies: 98
Views: 5193

Re: Napa vs Washington

cabernet sauvignon is my wife & I's favorite Washington is a big place. Napa is a small place. One is a state, the other a region within a large state. This point isn't new to anyone on this thread, GregT. Napa was used in the OP because he's referring specifically to Cabernet and blends and th...
by Brandon R
March 12th, 2021, 8:27 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1974
Views: 110552

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Those are indeed BIG SALADS (love that episode). Do you use those for lunch through the week, or guests, or...? I like blanched broccoli in salads occasionally too, which it appears to be above.
by Brandon R
March 11th, 2021, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa vs Washington
Replies: 98
Views: 5193

Re: Napa vs Washington

This does sound fun. I haven't tasted in Napa since the 90s so I'm not really familiar with the current state of wines there. That being said, I do have two candidate Napa Cabs in the cellar with WA Cabs from the same vintage: CA - Stag's Leap Artemis 2007 WA - Abeja, Cougar Crest, Rulo, or Tero Es...
by Brandon R
March 11th, 2021, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa vs Washington
Replies: 98
Views: 5193

Re: Napa vs Washington

G. Bienstock wrote: March 11th, 2021, 12:37 pm I have been enjoying 2016 Terra Blanca Arch Terrace CS, unbeatable for $8 on closeout.
The Terra Blanca Arch Terrace lineup is very strong for the price!

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