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by Vince T
September 25th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $1 per ton 2020 mt Veeder cab grapes for sale
Replies: 29
Views: 2378

Re: $1 per ton 2020 mt Veeder cab grapes for sale

David K o l i n wrote:
September 25th, 2020, 6:11 am
How about Marc, grappa or brandy? Would the snake show through?
David, the sf chronicle link I posted was about exactly that (making grappa from tainted grapes).
by Vince T
September 23rd, 2020, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommend Bordeaux Blancs?
Replies: 38
Views: 1218

Re: Recommend Bordeaux Blancs?

+1 on Blanc de Lynch Bages, although it needs some time sideways to integrate the Oak.

Not mentioned yet is le blanc sec de Suduiraut, which is a lovely bargain for ~$20. No oak on this one.
by Vince T
September 23rd, 2020, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: LdH Viña Gravonia 2011-1993 vertical
Replies: 13
Views: 587

Re: TN: LdH Viña Gravonia 2011-1993 vertical

Wow, great notes as always Otto - and you always have the best vertical tastings! My problem is I always drink Gravonia too young and find they need time to integrate - even the 2006 last year seemed like an awkward toddler. I've also never had a Gravonia with 20+ years on it, although I've had many...
by Vince T
September 17th, 2020, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA Cab Franc recs?
Replies: 59
Views: 2183

Re: CA Cab Franc recs?

The one time Larry Schaffer made his 2016 Tercero aberration from Cab Franc, it was insanely good. Tom, if you are exploring cab franc and haven't had them from the Loire, it's worthwhile to see the comparison. It's a different style than most CA CFs, but one huge difference is that you can get out...
by Vince T
September 17th, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA Cab Franc recs?
Replies: 59
Views: 2183

Re: CA Cab Franc recs?

The one time Larry Schaffer made his 2016 Tercero aberration from Cab Franc, it was insanely good. Tom, if you are exploring cab franc and haven't had them from the Loire, it's worthwhile to see the comparison. It's a different style than most CA CFs, but one huge difference is that you can get outs...
by Vince T
September 16th, 2020, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Zins '07 (RadioCoteau/ChestersAnvil)...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 202

Re: TN: Two Zins '07 (RadioCoteau/ChestersAnvil)...(short/boring)

Hi Tom, I had the Von Weidlich a couple weeks ago, and my bottle didn’t show any signs of slowing down - I would have guessing ‘14 or ‘15 blind. Chalk it up to bottle variation I guess. Cheers, Vince.
by Vince T
September 15th, 2020, 10:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Precedent Kirschemann & Evangelho
Replies: 1
Views: 262

Precedent Kirschemann & Evangelho

Has anyone had them? TomHill maybe? [cheers.gif] Came across this article while trying to get info https://www.lodiwine.com/blog/Precedent-s-latest-vineyard-designate-Lodi-Carignans-and-Zinfandels-are-the-epitome-of-transparency Fruit from old vines (Evangelho, Kirschenmann, Schenker 120yo Carignane...
by Vince T
September 15th, 2020, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company
Replies: 73
Views: 8977

Re: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company

In the lawsuit by Constellation against Nickel, they claim they reserve the right to call ANY wine made from ANY fruit ANYWHERE in the WORLD, To-Kalon, if they choose. Perhaps we have a $9.99 Central Coast Chardonnay in our future. I mentioned in the MacDonald thread, but if anyone is interested in...
by Vince T
September 14th, 2020, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva
Replies: 7
Views: 399

Re: 2010 Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva

Thanks Dan. I've never had their GR, but it sounds like time to pick some up. I've always enjoyed their reserva as a solid <$20 version of classically made Rioja.
by Vince T
September 13th, 2020, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald release is imminent!!!
Replies: 166
Views: 14825

Re: MacDonald release is imminent!!!

The Bedrock Wine Conversations podcast released a new episode 3 days ago, this time featuring Graeme MacDonald. Wonderful chat and highly enjoyable for anyone interested in MacDonald or the history of To-Kalon... even if you’ve heard it before, it’s worth a listen.
by Vince T
September 13th, 2020, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 584
Views: 48245

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

JeremyMullman wrote:
September 13th, 2020, 6:20 am
2017 Liquid Farm La Hermana Chard Thursday. Yum.
My favorite in their lineup - i've been through a few this summer!
by Vince T
September 11th, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Chateau Thébaud
Replies: 33
Views: 1424

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Chateau Thébaud

I missed this thread the first time around, apparently ... nice note, Dennis. I liked this wine about as much as you did (assuming we score wines similarly), but I actually prefer the Briords. The Thebaud struck me as being on the softer side of Muscadet, whereas the Briords (particularly from '15)...
by Vince T
September 8th, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Chianti Classico Riservas drinking great
Replies: 16
Views: 1604

Re: 2010 Chianti Classico Riservas drinking great

Frank, 1988 was a fantastic vintage in Tuscany. Il Poggione Brunelli, normale and Riserva were fantastic as many other wines from the area. I am not surprised about the Felsina. BTW: I love the CCR more than Rancia because it is made with a lighter hand and not so extracted. I agree with you on all...
by Vince T
September 3rd, 2020, 9:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva
Replies: 10
Views: 589

Re: TN: 2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva

Glad to have a couple bottles of this left. Just had a 2010 Fontodi CC last night, which is also singing now. Zero danger of decline for the next 5-7 years.
by Vince T
September 2nd, 2020, 9:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Chianti Classico Riservas drinking great
Replies: 16
Views: 1604

Re: 2010 Chianti Classico Riservas drinking great

Had the ‘10 Fontodi last night. So good. I feel these ‘10s will easily last another decade.
by Vince T
September 1st, 2020, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Enfield Wine Co. Chardonnay Heron Lake Vineyard
Replies: 14
Views: 506

Re: TN: 2018 Enfield Wine Co. Chardonnay Heron Lake Vineyard

'18 Citrine was a smash hit in my household. Went back for more but the well was dry.
by Vince T
August 31st, 2020, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Lanzarote/CanaryIslands
Replies: 5
Views: 398

Re: NYTimes: Lanzarote/CanaryIslands

I’ve wanted to visit ever since I saw the Almodovar film Broken Embraces with Penelope Cruz. The island features prominently and the cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto captures the windswept vineyards in an achingly beautiful and seductive way.
by Vince T
August 28th, 2020, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birth Year Wine 1980
Replies: 49
Views: 1375

Re: Birth Year Wine 1980

Yao C wrote:
August 28th, 2020, 9:22 pm
My spouse is a 1980 vintage. I suggest Yquem :)
+1. Also, the '80 Climens is lovely at a fraction of the price. You could get a bottle of classic napa cab (1980 Heitz Martha's or Ridge MB maybe) AND the climens? [cheers.gif]
by Vince T
August 27th, 2020, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Philadelphia Area Off-site Storage Options
Replies: 26
Views: 934

Re: Philadelphia Area Off-site Storage Options

Congrats on your pending purchase Tim. What area will you be in?

And thanks for the survey link Phil - it would be great if they manage to make it happen!
by Vince T
August 26th, 2020, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A big rosé bonanza! (R.L.d.Heredia, Musar, Valentini, Emidio Pepe, Biondi-Santi, Enderle&Moll etc.)
Replies: 11
Views: 695

Re: TN: A big rosé bonanza! (R.L.d.Heredia, Musar, Valentini, Emidio Pepe, Biondi-Santi, Enderle&Moll etc.)

Otto, great notes as always. Though, I have to ask how you have time for your day job considering how much time you spend crafting all your detailed notes! :)
by Vince T
August 22nd, 2020, 12:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A toast with 2001 Beaucastel & W-S LH Gewurz
Replies: 6
Views: 338

A toast with 2001 Beaucastel & W-S LH Gewurz

Today was a big day for me, as we held a memorial service for my father, who passed away 2 weeks ago. A strange day, held in an outside socially distanced format with no more than 20 people, at a cemetery in the hills above Half Moon Bay, blanketed in smoke from the fires that incinerated Big Basin ...
by Vince T
August 21st, 2020, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a "size bonus" in wine scores?
Replies: 51
Views: 2171

Re: Is there a "size bonus" in wine scores?

Although I've never met another musician who agreed with me, I have to say I much prefer Prokofiev, who wrote in the same period with a 'bite' and freshness I often (though not always) find lacking in Shostakovich. I'm not a musician or even especially knowledgeable about music so my agreement does...
by Vince T
August 20th, 2020, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a "size bonus" in wine scores?
Replies: 51
Views: 2171

Re: Is there a "size bonus" in wine scores?

Also, I’ve only ever come across one wine that has an Average score of 100 with more than 5 reviews... with those reviews coming from WB-ers with respected Burgundy palates. The 100-point descriptors from our Esteemed WBers include “full throttle”, “fully dialed up”, “unbelievably intense”. Any gues...
by Vince T
August 20th, 2020, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a "size bonus" in wine scores?
Replies: 51
Views: 2171

Re: Is there a "size bonus" in wine scores?

Far be it for me to argue with a professional musician, but would have thought that Tchaikovsky is far more Parkerized than the other two. Which composerS are Gilmanized? Disclaimer: all of my posts on music are completely subjective, regardless of how much I try to separate those judgements from o...
by Vince T
August 19th, 2020, 10:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a "size bonus" in wine scores?
Replies: 51
Views: 2171

Re: Is there a "size bonus" in wine scores?

I spent part of college in music school studying trumpet performance (classical focus) and I am now working in the wine industry. My favorite wines are those with finesse, elegance, subtlety, and freshness, yet being a brass player, of course I loved Mahler and Shostakovich...so I have mixed feelin...
by Vince T
August 19th, 2020, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Geyserville, where to start?
Replies: 41
Views: 2698

Re: Ridge Geyserville, where to start?

Popped a 2012 Geezer tonight. Ugh, so good. At the early end of its prime drinking plateau. Maybe still on the upslope. Sad I only have one left. Will try to hold for another 5 years unless I can backfill.
by Vince T
August 19th, 2020, 8:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a "size bonus" in wine scores?
Replies: 51
Views: 2171

Re: Is there a "size bonus" in wine scores?

its like music - louder is not always better even if it more noticeable. Mahler fanatics are the Robert Parkers of classical music, and second in annoyance only to Shostakovich fanatics. I spent part of college in music school studying trumpet performance (classical focus) and I am now working in t...
by Vince T
August 19th, 2020, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a "size bonus" in wine scores?
Replies: 51
Views: 2171

Re: Is there a "size bonus" in wine scores?

Tomás Costa wrote:
August 19th, 2020, 5:21 pm
Arv R wrote:
August 19th, 2020, 5:01 pm

its like music - louder is not always better even if it more noticeable.
Mahler fanatics are the Robert Parkers of classical music, and second in annoyance only to Shostakovich fanatics.
[rofl.gif]
by Vince T
August 17th, 2020, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2867
Views: 191838

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2017 Esola Zinfandel. Popped one after seeing some recent TNs on CT. The nose is pretty subdued, just a hint of ripe black fruit, but on the palate there are layers of blackberry, black cherry, strawberry, anise, cocoa powder, and baking spices with a core of brambly zin character. Good lift and ac...
by Vince T
August 17th, 2020, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 2003
Replies: 13
Views: 753

Re: Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 2003

Great description, Julian!

Given the infamous heat across the continent in 2003, I'm curious what other wines you have in your daughter's birth year collection?
by Vince T
August 16th, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Heatwave......
Replies: 120
Views: 7367

Re: Napa Heatwave......

Brian Tuite wrote:
August 16th, 2020, 8:01 am


I may have spoke too soon.
That’s a beautiful sight Brian. Any reports of fires up around you? Saw some reports around Mt Diablo and in the South Bay.
by Vince T
August 13th, 2020, 10:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rioja experts: does any producer make wines similar to LdH?
Replies: 55
Views: 4069

Re: Rioja experts: does any producer make wines similar to LdH?

Oh one other traditionally made blanco is the Carlos Serres Onomastica reserva... good value. though i'm not not sure i've ever seen it in the US. I think it was about 20 GBP when i had it in Cambridge. I almost never see any mention of the producer Carlos Serres here, but I'm enjoying a 2018 Carlo...
by Vince T
August 13th, 2020, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley)
Replies: 16
Views: 976

Re: TN: 2015 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley)

I'm glad to see you've recovered and your exuberant reviews back in action Buzz!
by Vince T
August 12th, 2020, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Asili
Replies: 8
Views: 515

Re: TN: 2007 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Asili

Thanks for taking one for the team!
by Vince T
August 10th, 2020, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Mike Smith wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 444
Views: 34483

Re: What Mike Smith wine are you drinking tonight?

Vince Brian Tuite will know for sure, but I do not think Mike used any stems on his 2014 Halcon. He did 2015 onwards. Paul That is correct Paul. No stems in the ‘14 50% foot tread (my feet) whole cluster In the ‘15. Thanks for the info Brian. As curious as I am to find out what flavor impact your f...
by Vince T
August 9th, 2020, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 93
Views: 4634

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

Unless someone out there produced wine from same rows, same vintage, same vinification down to barrels, but grown differently, how do you gauge it, one way or the other? In the Anthony Hansen episode of IDTT (#472) he talks about a blind tasting he did with Anne-Claude Leflaive as she was in the pr...
by Vince T
August 9th, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Mike Smith wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 444
Views: 34483

Re: What Mike Smith wine are you drinking tonight?

I decided to pop my first bottle of this tonight and it's certainly ready to go. 2014 Myriad Cellars Syrah Halcon Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands (8/8/2020) Such a Mike Smith wine - large, almost huge in scale and full throttle on the flavor-meter. It has freshness and ...
by Vince T
August 8th, 2020, 10:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Mike Smith wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 444
Views: 34483

Re: What Mike Smith wine are you drinking tonight?

2014 Myriad Cellars Syrah Halcon Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands (4/9/2016) Gave this about 4 hours of slow ox, then into decanter for another 10 hours. Drank alongside a '14 Quivet Las Madres (Hulda). This was the "frutier" of the two, but in no sense a fruit bomb - ju...
by Vince T
August 7th, 2020, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Pinot Blanc fans here?
Replies: 53
Views: 1713

Re: Any Pinot Blanc fans here?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
August 7th, 2020, 6:38 pm
Boxler Pinot Blanc is amazing if you can find it.

Vincent Pinot Blanc is delicious.

Selbach-Oster makes a nice PB that is quite inexpensive.

Another vote for Vincent's Pinot Blanc, especially the tardive edition.
by Vince T
August 7th, 2020, 4:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The world's most expensive wines- from Wine Searcher
Replies: 41
Views: 2333

Re: The world's most expensive wines- from Wine Searcher

far as I'm aware, ignoring random old vintages that are ridiculous expensive because of rarity, this is the most expensive 750ml wine in the world - https://www.decanter.com/wine-news/liber-pater-release-worlds-most-expensive-wine-421048/ no idea if the secondary market supports its pricing, or if ...
by Vince T
August 6th, 2020, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Nervi-Conterno Gattinara (Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Gattinara)
Replies: 4
Views: 497

Re: TN: 2015 Nervi-Conterno Gattinara (Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Gattinara)

I really enjoyed this last year - it was heavenly with roast duck. I’ll probably wait 3-4 years before opening the next one.
by Vince T
August 5th, 2020, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2867
Views: 191838

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

If I wanted to only get 6 bottles of this great offering, which ones would you guys recommend? I did a case a few months ago and got 4x Heritage, 3x Ode Lucien Red Wine, 2x Old Vine Zin, 3x Ode to Lulu Rose. Any recs appreciated! this is a great release because there are some great foundational bed...
by Vince T
August 3rd, 2020, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Book Review: The Finest Wines of Rioja (and Northern Spain)
Replies: 3
Views: 347

Re: Book Review: The Finest Wines of Rioja (and Northern Spain)

Great book review Arv- sounds like something I’ll need to pick up a copy of. Well stored bottles from the 60s and 70s pop up at k&l (both auction and retail) with some frequency and at decent prices. Have picked up several 1970s there (partner’s birth year), including LRA Ardanza, CUNE imperial, and...
by Vince T
July 31st, 2020, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12338
Views: 469985

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2018 Patty Green Estate. Young but oh so good.
by Vince T
July 31st, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14476
Views: 711626

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Robert... I think you'd approve of most of these orders.

3x 1990 Figeac
3x 1995 BAMA
3x 2000 BAMA
3x 2018 Bernabeleva Vina Bonita

The BAMAs were $70 but subject to tariffs. The vendor will hold them in the EU, so I'll hold out to see if things change by next year.
by Vince T
July 30th, 2020, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PYCM Never Fails Me
Replies: 34
Views: 1814

Re: PYCM Never Fails Me

I’ve had oxidized bottles of 2010 and 2008 Chidaine. At the time, I thought of them as just oxidized and not part of premox ... but this thread is having me reconsider.
by Vince T
July 30th, 2020, 5:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Liquid Farm Chardonnay La Hermana
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Re: TN: 2015 Liquid Farm Chardonnay La Hermana

I’ve enjoyed LF chardonnays for a while, but when I visited the tasting room last year, I was most surprised by how much I liked their SBC Pinot. One of the most Burgundian I’ve had from CA.
by Vince T
July 29th, 2020, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????
Replies: 53
Views: 1920

Re: Most reds don’t benefit from room temp????

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
July 29th, 2020, 12:14 pm
Depends on the room.

My house in winter is too cold for most reds.
The reverse is true for me in the summer... thermostat is set to 78.
by Vince T
July 29th, 2020, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Liquid Farm Chardonnay La Hermana
Replies: 5
Views: 297

Re: TN: 2015 Liquid Farm Chardonnay La Hermana

La Hermana is my favorite of Liquid Farm's Chardonnay line up. Had the 17 last week and it was singing as well - such great balance and purity, without any annoying oak signatures.

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