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by Jim F
July 1st, 2020, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?
Replies: 83
Views: 2520

Re: Your best Pandemic bottle consumed?

Wow, good question and I have not been keeping track. But, I recall.....
- 2012 Larkmead LMV
- -2007 Anderson’s Conn Valley Eloge
- 2009 Branaire Ducru
by Jim F
June 27th, 2020, 7:21 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 278
Views: 15167

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Pretty disappointed that there are so few contributors to this thread. Don't know if there are some lurkers who don't care or others that don't see a monetary payout for posting. When I jumped in many years ago I seemed to see an opening that many wine geeks were wanting to hear about the daily lif...
by Jim F
June 25th, 2020, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Bordeaux suggestions
Replies: 58
Views: 3263

Re: 2019 Bordeaux suggestions

Robert thinks he's too old to buy young Bordeaux. I’m a decade older and either braver or crazier. My 2019 buys: Clinet Conseillante Carmes Haut Brion Haut Bailly Haut Brion Lynch Bages Montrose Palmer Pichon Baron Pichon Comtesse Pontet Canet Talbot And to serve to the ripe fruit junkies: Tour St....
by Jim F
June 24th, 2020, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Bordeaux suggestions
Replies: 58
Views: 3263

Re: 2019 Bordeaux suggestions

Robert thinks he's too old to buy young Bordeaux. I’m a decade older and either braver or crazier. My 2019 buys: Clinet Conseillante Carmes Haut Brion Haut Bailly Haut Brion Lynch Bages Montrose Palmer Pichon Baron Pichon Comtesse Pontet Canet Talbot And to serve to the ripe fruit junkies: Tour St....
by Jim F
June 20th, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve
Replies: 12
Views: 495

Re: TN: 2002 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve

Gotta share some love here for the ACV wines.......
by Jim F
June 20th, 2020, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 941
Views: 50877

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

I have been pretty quiet on this topic in part because I am too old to seriously consider buying Bordeaux anymore....but, and a bit embarrassed to admit it, but I went in. I have a couple observations. One, an old friend of mine who has been into Bordeaux for longer than me and has far greater patie...
by Jim F
June 10th, 2020, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.
Replies: 941
Views: 50877

Re: The 2019 Bordeaux are coming out.

TW just posted Mouton at $400 if people are looking for it still at that pricing. I was a generally satisfied TW futures customer for the 2015 & 2016 campaigns, but was taken aback by their current disclaimer: The price reflected on your order form is subject to change after the order is placed if ...
by Jim F
June 6th, 2020, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me
Replies: 70
Views: 2957

Re: Moving Past Veuve: Initiate Me

I like the recommendation to seek out grower champagnes. One way to simplify that search is to find champagnes distributed by Skurnik. Their name will be on the back label. Not fool proof, but I have found it helpful.
by Jim F
May 27th, 2020, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Adhesive Technology...
Replies: 13
Views: 762

Re: New Adhesive Technology...

I used to save labels. Ended up making a few poster boards and gave a bunch to a friend who finished a coffee table with them, under a clear epoxy finish. I recall some labels came off easily with a soak in water, some after boiling in water, and then there were some with this awful gummy adhesive t...
by Jim F
May 21st, 2020, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Rivers Marie wine are you drinking?
Replies: 25
Views: 1819

Re: Which Rivers Marie wine are you drinking?

2015 Pinot SC-This was quite dark and very aromatic, with pine needles, macerated cherries and some damp earthiness. More complex on the palate than the 2018 of the same wine recently, but that may well just be bottle age. Very nice and a steal for $30. Steve, I opened the same bottling within the ...
by Jim F
May 17th, 2020, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75
Replies: 120
Views: 5851

Re: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75

I have mentioned these before: Beringer Winery Exclusive, and Anderson’s Conn Valley Napa, and a bit better, their Cave Dweller cuvee. Closer to the upper limit identified, and possibly requiring some form of sale or discount: Blankiet Prince of Hearts, Lail Blueprint, Drinkward Peschon, Robert Crai...
by Jim F
May 16th, 2020, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First drink after recovering from COVID-19
Replies: 37
Views: 1508

Re: First drink after recovering from COVID-19

Good news indeed and welcome back.
by Jim F
May 14th, 2020, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Whites -- What Are You Drinking?
Replies: 42
Views: 1942

Re: California Whites -- What Are You Drinking?

I have become a fan of Liquid Farm!
by Jim F
May 14th, 2020, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 Keenan CS - Best QPR ever
Replies: 12
Views: 577

Re: 2002 Keenan CS - Best QPR ever

Go to their website and keep an eye on it. They have been offering various 50% discounts for members, 25% for non-members, but if not a member, call:you might get lucky.
by Jim F
May 11th, 2020, 4:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Liberte vs GGG?
Replies: 14
Views: 718

Re: Grassl Liberte vs GGG?

The glasses are similar. Ours has a taller and thinner (diameter) chimney. Gabriel likely has a weight advantage of your objective is less fatigue during a long tasting event. (Sarcasm) I think Gabriel makes a hell of a good glass and as a single choice is pretty hard to argue with. I do think the ...
by Jim F
May 10th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Liberte vs GGG?
Replies: 14
Views: 718

Re: Grassl Liberte vs GGG?

I have found the Grassl to break easier. And the larger base to be a bit annoying.
by Jim F
April 22nd, 2020, 5:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Beringer winery Exclusive Cabernet 2016
Replies: 1
Views: 425

PSA: Beringer winery Exclusive Cabernet 2016

50% off by the case. I have had the wine and like it a lot. I believe it is composed of Lots earmarked for the PR but ultimately not blended in. Good price. Beringer web site.
by Jim F
April 16th, 2020, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2014
Replies: 47
Views: 2590

Re: Bordeaux 2014

That is good to know. I have seen those favorable CT reviews also. I will continue to hold.
by Jim F
April 13th, 2020, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Zoom event????
Replies: 65
Views: 1568

Re: Champagne Zoom event????

I would try like hell to make it [dance-clap.gif]
by Jim F
April 9th, 2020, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Craig Howell Mtn, 2010
Replies: 1
Views: 172

Robert Craig Howell Mtn, 2010

Really liking this. The aromatics explode from the glass, with cloves and black fruit. On the palate, huge structure, with those black fruits and a lot of spices. Tension between the fruit and structure, some savoryness in there. 30-40 second finish. Very youthful, this will continue to age for year...
by Jim F
April 8th, 2020, 3:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui
Replies: 304
Views: 9664

Re: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui

I'll try, yeah...when I did Jay's recording for the SBA thing, it recorded slightly differently, so I'll work on Speaker View next time, see if I can do it. Might need two browsers open, though, as it's hard to moderate with Speaker View (so I either maximize for video or for moderating!) Ahem........
by Jim F
April 7th, 2020, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui
Replies: 304
Views: 9664

Re: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui

Will Thomas, Will or the moderators be selecting any questions from the chats, e.g., if the love talk is too busy to get a word in?
by Jim F
April 7th, 2020, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beringer Distinction Series 2015 Cabernet
Replies: 5
Views: 362

Re: Beringer Distinction Series 2015 Cabernet

I thought Beringer had some offerings they only sold on site - like the components of their Private Reserve. That might be one of them? Good question, but I suspect not. But Beringer has shifted their offering names a bit. I think the Distinctions cab is what used to be called the Napa cabernet, an...
by Jim F
April 5th, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top ten events that really spurred your interest in wine
Replies: 36
Views: 1339

Re: Top ten events that really spurred your interest in wine

- subscribing to WS, and then WA - subscribing to Prodigy and the wine board there, on which RP was the resident expert - going to local wine tastings hosted by the local retail shops; at the time, some of these were really good, e.g., horizontal 1985 (and later, 1990) Bordeaux tastings - going to ...
by Jim F
April 4th, 2020, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top ten events that really spurred your interest in wine
Replies: 36
Views: 1339

Re: Top ten events that really spurred your interest in wine

- subscribing to WS, and then WA - subscribing to Prodigy and the wine board there, on which RP was the resident expert - going to local wine tastings hosted by the local retail shops; at the time, some of these were really good, e.g., horizontal 1985 (and later, 1990) Bordeaux tastings - going to N...
by Jim F
March 31st, 2020, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Valley Vintners - Open The Cellar 3/30-31
Replies: 58
Views: 3327

Re: Napa Valley Vintners - Open The Cellar 3/30-31

Not an interesting offer, especially compared to the WBer Quarantine relief.
by Jim F
March 26th, 2020, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Avalanche of e-mail wine offers
Replies: 50
Views: 4068

Re: Avalanche of e-mail wine offers

There are more deals out there than in the linked list. Keenan 20%. Seavey I think had free shipping. Howell Mountain vintners and growers association has a list of specials. And more...... I am not seeing the 20% discount on Keenan's website. Do you have to be in the club to get that? Not sure. I ...
by Jim F
March 26th, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Avalanche of e-mail wine offers
Replies: 50
Views: 4068

Re: Avalanche of e-mail wine offers

There are more deals out there than in the linked list. Keenan 20%. Seavey I think had free shipping. Howell Mountain vintners and growers association has a list of specials. And more......
by Jim F
March 25th, 2020, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FedEx Just Delivered Wine and .....
Replies: 130
Views: 6314

Re: FedEx Just Delivered Wine and .....

I had to sign today.
by Jim F
March 25th, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: *LAST DAY* Up to 50% off on all wines in Shop
Replies: 34
Views: 2921

Re: *UPDATED* 50% off on 2014 Saunter 750MLS *LINK FIXED*

Order in, but per PM and comments section in order, please ship ASAP; moving to a new state soon.
by Jim F
March 23rd, 2020, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Montrose
Replies: 31
Views: 1266

Re: TN: 2016 Montrose

You guys are chickens. I am 66 (63 at purchase) and took a half case. I plan to drink well in my 80’s [berserker.gif] I have bad genes! My dad drank classic wines, then his palate at 70, died. At 80 he loves drinking wine but it needs to be a cult Cali or something by Rolland or Cambie, lol. LOL. S...
by Jim F
March 23rd, 2020, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Montrose
Replies: 31
Views: 1266

Re: TN: 2016 Montrose

I have been buying a good number of 2016s recently, including Montrose. There seems to be a rare consensus among critics--everyone from the classicists to the big scorers love them. Everyone from Parker, to Neal Martin and Galloni, to Jancis Robinson all think they are great. At 35, I am hoping 201...
by Jim F
March 23rd, 2020, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Montrose
Replies: 31
Views: 1266

Re: TN: 2016 Montrose

You guys are chickens. I am 66 (63 at purchase) and took a half case. I plan to drink well in my 80’s [berserker.gif]
by Jim F
March 18th, 2020, 6:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Philip Togni vertical with new notes
Replies: 33
Views: 1430

Re: Philip Togni vertical with new notes

Here is an interesting tidbit on the 1997. I picked mine up, at the time, directly from the Togni’s. They mentioned that there were two bottlings, with the second getting 6 months additional barrel time. An experiment. I have never had the two side by side, although at one time I had both. No differ...
by Jim F
March 16th, 2020, 5:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Quarantine Relief forum posted
Replies: 15
Views: 1627

Re: Berserker Quarantine Relief forum posted

Good idea!
by Jim F
March 6th, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Napa/ Sonoma Tasting Experience?
Replies: 57
Views: 3472

Re: Best Napa/ Sonoma Tasting Experience?

Regarding views from Howell Mountain, Robert Craig is also hard to beat; they tastnthere Thursday- sunday I believe, maybe through Saturday only. Barnett on Spring Mtn has great views also. For an absolute blast of a tasting, Anderson’s Conn Valley; Maynard is a great host.
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: 5913

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: 1813

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: 294
Views: 24689

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: 79
Views: 4029

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: 1850

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: 79
Views: 4029

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: 18558

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: 9227

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: 9227

Re: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?

Well managed so far; stems, Di Co, Liquid Farm.

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