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by Jim F
February 23rd, 2020, 4:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?
Replies: 106
Views: 4981

Re: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?

On a date with the woman who is now my wife, at a BYO restaurant, the waitress started to refill our half-empty glasses of nicely aged Beringer PR cab with the tap water. I recall shrieking in horror.
by Jim F
February 15th, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ski trip - Three wino familes
Replies: 13
Views: 1634

Re: TN: Ski trip - Three wino familes

Did you actually ski too? The relatively few bottles, compared to many of your notes, suggests you did! [dance-clap.gif]

Full disclosure: I drink nothing on the mountain, and lightly apres. Not too talented, and so, very careful.
by Jim F
February 11th, 2020, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]
Replies: 215
Views: 13725

Re: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach?

FWIW, I did NOT buy Flannery, did make a couple other Visa purchases on BD, and no issues.
by Jim F
February 4th, 2020, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Cali Cab to Age 25 Years
Replies: 78
Views: 3239

Re: 2015 Cali Cab to Age 25 Years

Beringer PR is another not mentioned and generally requires 10+ years aging....... Beringer PR is one of my favorite casual drinking wines. We've been enjoying the '95s and '96s for the last several years but in my opinion, their best days are behind them. the '97 might make his 25yr mark but I thi...
by Jim F
February 3rd, 2020, 9:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip
Replies: 24
Views: 1708

Re: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip

Call Chris Jambois at Black Sears. Tell him you are a Berserker. See if you can talk your way in. They have no tasting room and no organized events, BUT it's at the top of the mountain just beyond the "DO NOT ENTER" sign. My wife and I tasted in the office standing there with glasses of wine in 201...
by Jim F
February 1st, 2020, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Cali Cab to Age 25 Years
Replies: 78
Views: 3239

Re: 2015 Cali Cab to Age 25 Years

Beringer PR is another not mentioned and generally requires 10+ years aging.......
by Jim F
January 30th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 Master Thread - FAQ/Updates/Info - RECORDS SET YET AGAIN!
Replies: 161
Views: 16637

Re: BerserkerDay 11 Master Thread - FAQ/Updates/Info - RECORDS SET YET AGAIN!

While it has been touched upon in other threads, I want to share another personal story that has been sent to me, showing just how significant BerserkerDay can be for a small winery. It really has become a way to champion tiny producers, and connect eager wine lovers with promising young winemaking...
by Jim F
January 29th, 2020, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?
Replies: 178
Views: 8349

Re: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?

Impressive haul!
by Jim F
January 27th, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?
Replies: 178
Views: 8349

Re: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?

Well managed so far; stems, Di Co, Liquid Farm.
by Jim F
January 23rd, 2020, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 240
Views: 22051

Re: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)

Only days away .... champagne.gif
by Jim F
January 23rd, 2020, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley
Replies: 66
Views: 7358

Re: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley

I am a happy paying customer of Vinous. One of my areas of interest is Napa cabs. If they can't or won't access some of the bigger names on a consistent basis, I probably wouldn't need the product as much. Up to AG and co. to decide how to handle. I agree with his perception of fragility out there....
by Jim F
January 6th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: January Offerings
Replies: 59
Views: 6203

Re: January Offerings

Nate Simon wrote:
January 6th, 2020, 7:06 am
Berserker Day.
+1
by Jim F
December 31st, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Wine Tasting Room rule
Replies: 13
Views: 1486

Re: Napa Wine Tasting Room rule

Napa Wine Co.? Didn’t they have, or still have, a tasting bar?
by Jim F
December 27th, 2019, 5:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard
Replies: 17
Views: 673

Re: TN: 1991 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard

The 1991's which I have drunk recently are still very robust. If this is an off bottle, that is still fortunate, and a testament to an under-recognized vintage. https://www.winebid.com/BuyWine/Item/7258340/1991-Beringer-Knights-Valley-Red-Meritage Why do you call it underappreciated? It was highly ...
by Jim F
November 27th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Beringer Knights Valley Reserve
Replies: 4
Views: 571

2016 Beringer Knights Valley Reserve

To start, a full disclosure that I have been a Beringer Cabernet fan for a long time, and therefore maybe biased. Having said that I find recent PR cabs to be bigger than the good old days, and waiting for them all to come around. And, the KV regular bottling has been more of a dog than the classics...
by Jim F
November 22nd, 2019, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Stream of Consciousness Wine Thread - or, a wine thread about nothing
Replies: 79
Views: 2682

Re: The Stream of Consciousness Wine Thread - or, a wine thread about nothing

Hmmmm, nothing specific here. Kinda wine dreamin’. What sould I have bought that I did not? What should I not have bought? Get some more ‘16 Bordeaux? How about ‘18- the guy at Spec’s in Houston- Bear- thinks it is the best ever. Then, upcoming ‘18 napa cab.....decisions, decisions.
by Jim F
October 31st, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '16 MacD ship date
Replies: 65
Views: 4586

Re: '16 MacD ship date

On another note, how long until Alex and Graeme tell Constellation to f*ck off and they start bottling those grapes that they are sending across the road? How much would production increase if this were to happen? Max potential production is around 1000 cases but wouldn't expect them to do that any...
by Jim F
October 31st, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--TABULATIONS COMPLETE (OP)
Replies: 193
Views: 15098

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

I do not keep notes anymore, and so, based on recollection.....I would have to say my discovery of the year was the Anderson’s Conn Valley Eloge 2007. Absolutely gorgeous right now. Now, I am quite familiar with ACV so if that disqualifies it as a discovery, let me know, but I never had this particu...
by Jim F
October 27th, 2019, 5:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19677

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Sitting here in the east, this is very scary. Good luck to you all.
by Jim F
October 24th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Walgreens Fedex
Replies: 45
Views: 1688

Re: Walgreens Fedex

I am now on a first name basis at the local Walgreens. [highfive.gif].

Also, UPS now offers a similar service, via their “Access Points”. My local p/u is a Michaels Arts and Crafts, believe it or not.
by Jim F
October 21st, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 557
Views: 33693

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Roy Piper wrote:
October 19th, 2019, 10:03 pm
Came off two nights ago at 3am. Two tons of Houyi.

26.1 brix, 3.4 TA, 3.81 pH. Surprisingly high YAN of 173 (I am usually sub-100.)
Stupid question from a consumer regarding night harvest- no worries with unseen snakes?
by Jim F
October 16th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some wine impressions from last several days- not full TNs
Replies: 0
Views: 400

Some wine impressions from last several days- not full TNs

Some wine impressions from the last several days, a couple of which were visiting retired friends in Delaware. Night 1 was bordeaux night: 2000 Leoville Barton, 2001 Montrose, 2008 Larcis Ducasse, 2016 Dame de Montrose (decanted 1 hr prior): the last time I had the LB, only a few months ago, I said ...
by Jim F
October 14th, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blankiet STIll deserves more attention on board ! Long and slightly interesting
Replies: 7
Views: 718

Re: Blankiet STIll deserves more attention on board ! Long and slightly interesting

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
October 14th, 2019, 6:29 am
I have a client that would likely love this. And I know he has not tried Blankiet. How do I find it?
You might also try Total wine. They tend to get the entey level Prince of Hearts for sure, maybe the higher end stuff too.
by Jim F
September 29th, 2019, 9:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Reserve Oakville
Replies: 3
Views: 556

Re: TN: 2014 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Reserve Oakville

Yes, good wines, and the pticing is pretty sane by napa standards. I have not had the 14 Reserve recently, but have been giving them some time. Maybe time to crack one. Drank a ‘13 Fortuna about a month ago which was fantastic.
by Jim F
September 27th, 2019, 10:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 176
Views: 16974

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

I could not resist the temptation and bought a glass at a Milan restaurant. Heavy pour thankfully, and very special. All class.
by Jim F
September 21st, 2019, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12729
Views: 616131

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2007 Andersons ConnValley Eloge. Absolutely beautiful right now. Aged very nicely.
by Jim F
September 18th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard
Replies: 58
Views: 5426

Re: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard

Given that Mondavi also owns a huge chunk of premium land in Stags Leap off of Silverado Trail, it would stand to reason that the reserve really isn't all that much To Kalon. [/quote] I think it depends on the year. My understanding was that the 2013 Reserve, and even the Oakville, were 100% TK. Hav...
by Jim F
September 12th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard
Replies: 58
Views: 5426

Re: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard

I can only imagine all of the subplots vis a vis TK. I happened to notice last winter, perusing the PNV lots for fun, a lot for auction identified as Schrader Monastery Block. Same brand and wine maker, different grape source from Beckstoffer to what was/is what I thought was considered one of the b...
by Jim F
September 10th, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What happened to Beringer Knights Valley cabernet?
Replies: 35
Views: 3499

Re: What happened to Beringer Knights Valley cabernet?

Victor Hong wrote:
September 10th, 2019, 6:29 pm
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Nice one, wish I had some left. FWIW, the 2016 is IMO the best one at least back to 2010, maybe more....but no 1991.
by Jim F
September 5th, 2019, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heritage Auction - Familiar Cellar Name
Replies: 104
Views: 7585

Re: Heritage Auction - Familiar Cellar Name

I enjoyed learning a bit more about Mark. Am certainly familiar with his posts here, but knew little of the man behind the avatar.
by Jim F
August 22nd, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Ridge Monte Bello - Why oh Why?
Replies: 26
Views: 2804

Re: 2001 Ridge Monte Bello - Why oh Why?

It's not like I have a reason to forget about Ridge Monte Bello. This board and the old one provided tons of reminders via tasting notes and comments. But I rarely buy a Monte Bello and I'm not sure why. (I may have just six of these of different vintages in my cellar). Opened and poured, dark red,...
by Jim F
August 21st, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Replies: 8
Views: 608

Re: TN: 2000 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2014 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - USA, California, Napa Valley (7/30/2018) 4 Napa Cabs at various price points (St. Paul, MN): Like most of these anniversary wines they make way too much and they underwhelm. Remember Caymus. Stewed fruits, earth, subtle oak and spices. Med...
by Jim F
August 19th, 2019, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 87 Magdelaine, 85 Lynch Bages, 03 Clos des Goisses, 08 Winston Churchill, 10 Silex, 01 Weil Auslese
Replies: 7
Views: 611

Re: TN- 87 Magdelaine, 85 Lynch Bages, 03 Clos des Goisses, 08 Winston Churchill, 10 Silex, 01 Weil Auslese

The 1985 LB is what turned me on to Bordeaux, but decades ago. It was delicious always. Thank you for reminding me!
by Jim F
August 16th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best place to buy Bordeaux futures online?
Replies: 21
Views: 1073

Re: Best place to buy Bordeaux futures online?

I now use Total; competetive pricing and the 50% down is attractive.Through 2016, was using Gary’s, but they do not consistently offer futures, and, their customer service declined quite a bit in the 2015-2016 vintages with the loss of their primary Bordeaux guy. Back in the 80’s-90’s, I went with C...
by Jim F
August 14th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 72
Views: 4892

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

Well, seeing what seems to maybe scratching the itch here, how about Coppola/ Inglenook? Lots of wine country history, film memorabilia and some of the wines may be ok!
by Jim F
August 4th, 2019, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 Phelan Segur is killing right now...
Replies: 5
Views: 615

Re: 2005 Phelan Segur is killing right now...

Have not had the 2005, or a lot of the other vintages, but have always enjoyed the ones I have had. One of my regrets many years ago was the 1990. Tried a bottle, was wowed and when I went back for more, it was gone.
by Jim F
August 2nd, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kata folded into Realm
Replies: 5
Views: 1440

Re: Kata folded into Realm

I am not sure I am happy about this. I am all in favor of maintaining those old PS vines, but I am not a big fan of blending it into cabernet, as Kata has done, and I hope Realm does not expand that practice into other bottlings, especially The Bard which is a blend of a lot of several sourcings of ...
by Jim F
July 27th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 140
Views: 10249

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

2014 Ramey Hyde chardonnay, easily the best California chard I have had in some time. Beautiful.
by Jim F
July 24th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNS: 2000 Chateau Leoville Barton, 1999 Chateau Musar
Replies: 29
Views: 2181

Re: TNS: 2000 Chateau Leoville Barton, 1999 Chateau Musar

Good to hear! I think I was one of the recent disappointed TNs, but I have one bottle in my cellar......
by Jim F
July 22nd, 2019, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 138
Views: 10147

Re: Alan Eden

Wow! Last post was July 14.
by Jim F
July 19th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impression of 2015 Meyney....and thinking back to the ‘86
Replies: 15
Views: 1329

Re: Impression of 2015 Meyney....and thinking back to the ‘86

Funny thing with those 1986 Cordiers: the Talbot was a star really early on- I had quite a few of those fairly early, and the Gruaud, as I recall, was pretty delicious after about year 10. Wish I had them both now!
by Jim F
July 19th, 2019, 4:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impression of 2015 Meyney....and thinking back to the ‘86
Replies: 15
Views: 1329

Impression of 2015 Meyney....and thinking back to the ‘86

Neal Martin just gave a pretty glowing review to the 2015 Ch. Meyney, and considering its very reasonable price, decided to buy one and try it. The wine is 13.5%abv. What I tasted was kind of charming, with fine tannins, black fruits, not great length. Pretty middling weight and concentration, and b...

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