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by Jonathan Essner
June 21st, 2018, 1:00 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTT: 2009 EMH Black Cat Cabernet x4
Replies: 2
Views: 386

WTT: 2009 EMH Black Cat Cabernet x4

Silly me.

Oakland, CA
by Jonathan Essner
June 20th, 2018, 10:12 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTT: 2009 EMH Black Cat Cabernet x4
Replies: 2
Views: 386

WTT: 2009 EMH Black Cat Cabernet x4

I have 4 bottles of EMH Black Cat cabernet left from 6 that I bought through an auction on KL Wines in late 2015 (discussion https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=119095&start=0 ) . My wife and I enjoyed one bottle in mid 2017 and one earlier this year. The wine was excellent (I t...
by Jonathan Essner
June 16th, 2018, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 495
Views: 50151

Official WTSO thread

Some Robert Storey Dry Creek cabernet up right now. 2016. I've bought this two times before (previously Rutherford, not Dry Creek). Great QPR.
by Jonathan Essner
April 1st, 2018, 10:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wow that's harsh
Replies: 22
Views: 2290

Wow that's harsh

In 2004, I spent a week in Croatia. Each night at each restaurant, we drank grappa. I couldn't stand the stuff on nights 1, 2 and 3. By night 4, i started developing an appreciation for it. By the end of the week, I was hooked. Try the grappas from Nonino. Outstanding stuff.
by Jonathan Essner
February 17th, 2018, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10832
Views: 392916

What bottle of wine did you open today?

Merrill - I know you say decant, decant, decant but what our your thoughts on how much air the 2009 Black Cat needs. I would give it 3 hours in the decanter, if you can. It will continue to smooth out after that, too. If you only have an hour, just get it in your glass while the rest opens in the d...
by Jonathan Essner
February 13th, 2018, 9:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Dinner in Oakland
Replies: 18
Views: 719

Dinner in Oakland

Belotti has excellent homemade pastas and is walking distance from Rockridge Bart. They get crazy crowded but you might luck out at the bar if you go early. The pappardelle is a favorite, as well as the beef tartare. Wood Tavern is a staple and the crispy pork belly is a classic. You can hedge your...
by Jonathan Essner
February 13th, 2018, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11884
Views: 568985

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2 bottles of 2014 Grand Puy Lacoste at $51 per thanks to recommendation in another thread. Trying to get more.
by Jonathan Essner
December 5th, 2017, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11884
Views: 568985

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2 bottles of 2013 Duckhorn Cabernet at $40/per. I'll take it.

After a little research, seems this vintage is a mixed bag. Guess I'll lay them down for a while.
by Jonathan Essner
November 19th, 2017, 9:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Wine(s) of 2017
Replies: 48
Views: 2354

Best Value Wine(s) of 2017

Safeway is currently discontinuing 2014 Gundlach-Bundschu Merlot at $22.49/bottle. Really like this wine.
by Jonathan Essner
October 9th, 2017, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 91432

Catastrophic Fires In Napa

I booked an AirBnB for Thursday through Sunday this week in Healdsburg. Can anyone offer some advice on how I can tactfully inquire if the wineries/roads/restaurants will remain closed? Or should I bother at all to even ask and just assume I should cancel my trip? I do not want to take the focus aw...
by Jonathan Essner
October 1st, 2017, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 514
Views: 34610

Which RIDGE are you drinking?

2012 Ridge Estate Cabernet last night with pork belly, roasted chicken, fettuccine. It was outstanding. Loved every sip.
by Jonathan Essner
October 1st, 2017, 8:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the "great" roses you've had?
Replies: 127
Views: 4579

What are the "great" roses you've had?

Antica Terra Angellicall. $100/bottle. No joke. Someone else did the buying. Very interesting pinot-based rose.
by Jonathan Essner
September 27th, 2017, 10:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1468
Views: 174786

Official Costco Thread

Notice it doesn't say what the error is, which is sort of a non-denial denial. I think maybe they were right, somebody got upset and this is how the PR office chose to handle it.
by Jonathan Essner
September 25th, 2017, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1468
Views: 174786

Official Costco Thread

I've opened the Pauillac. I have no problems with it. It's better now than it was when I opened it 45 minutes ago. That said, I'm laying the other three bottles down for a few years.
by Jonathan Essner
September 25th, 2017, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1468
Views: 174786

Official Costco Thread

It's interesting that the winery is kept secret but I did notice something strange a short time back. Costco had a Pauillac 2014. Kirkland Signature Series. It was rated in either wine E or wine Spec. In the review, they said it was made by Lynch-Bages. The next issue had a correction on the review...
by Jonathan Essner
September 14th, 2017, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Raised some $ for a sick friend, need a special wine or two
Replies: 10
Views: 1097

Raised some $ for a sick friend, need a special wine or two

Jonathan: Your thoughtful gesture resonated with me. Having several friends who have recovered from serious cancer surgery, I know how important friendship and support are to successful recoveries. Please send me a PM with your address and I will send you a special bottle to share with your friend....
by Jonathan Essner
September 6th, 2017, 10:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Raised some $ for a sick friend, need a special wine or two
Replies: 10
Views: 1097

Raised some $ for a sick friend, need a special wine or two

So I went with the 2006 Casanova di Neri "Cerretalto" Brunello di Montalcino.

https://www.klwines.com/p/i?i=1063226

http://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=1197111

Thanks for the help everyone.
by Jonathan Essner
August 29th, 2017, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Raised some $ for a sick friend, need a special wine or two
Replies: 10
Views: 1097

Raised some $ for a sick friend, need a special wine or two

He's not in chemo and it's unclear whether he will be, although I think he said it was unlikely. Hoping the cancer was localized. We'll know more in a few weeks, I think. Funny about the Monte Bello. He lives in Sacramento and picked up a magnum of 2012 that I had ordered from Total Wine a year or s...
by Jonathan Essner
August 27th, 2017, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Raised some $ for a sick friend, need a special wine or two
Replies: 10
Views: 1097

Raised some $ for a sick friend, need a special wine or two

A work colleague and a friend recently had surgery for cancer and he had a couple important organs removed. He's in a long recovery. I took up a collection at work and got about $230 together to get him a special bottle of wine or two. He has taught me a lot about wine. His interests vary, but I kno...
by Jonathan Essner
May 29th, 2017, 6:44 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: Veleta Gourmet - Berserker Blowout - FREE SHIPPING!!
Replies: 160
Views: 10764

Veleta Gourmet - Berserker Blowout - FREE SHIPPING!!

Got my jamon. So excited. Going to wait for a party in Tahoe in early July. Sooooooo long from now. Anyone had it yet?
by Jonathan Essner
January 29th, 2017, 9:57 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: Veleta Gourmet - Berserker Blowout - FREE SHIPPING!!
Replies: 160
Views: 10764

Veleta Gourmet - Berserker Blowout - FREE SHIPPING!!

Yeah. Had to buy the ham. Cannot wait.Thank you!
by Jonathan Essner
January 29th, 2017, 12:25 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: Signal Ridge Vineyard- What Altitude Tastes Like
Replies: 35
Views: 2811

Signal Ridge Vineyard- What Altitude Tastes Like

Deal is still going thankfully. Mom's 70th yesterday and I totally spaced on BD! Thank you SR. Looking forward to trying your wine. And what a beautiful aerial picture!
by Jonathan Essner
October 24th, 2016, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Vineyards wines today at Safeway.
Replies: 22
Views: 2145

Ridge Vineyards wines today at Safeway.

Recently got some Geyserville from Total Wine at $28/bottle with a 6 pack price.
by Jonathan Essner
September 22nd, 2016, 10:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Daou Cabernet is out
Replies: 4
Views: 720

2015 Daou Cabernet is out

Must be right off the truck. Picked up a bottle of the 2015 Daou cabernet at Costco for $19.99/btl. Just got one bottle thinking there's no way they can hit a home run on a <$20 bottle two years in a row. PNP two glasses on Tuesday night. Nice, maybe a little tight but drinkable. Poured a glass toni...
by Jonathan Essner
September 19th, 2016, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11884
Views: 568985

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2012 Ridge Monte Bello magnum
by Jonathan Essner
June 12th, 2016, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 10 Rose List for Summer
Replies: 25
Views: 2350

Top 10 Rose List for Summer

A friend brought a bottle of 2012 Angelicall last night. Superb. Trying to find something similar I can get around here in the Bay Area at a cheaper price point.
by Jonathan Essner
June 12th, 2016, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Orin Swift Sold to Gallo
Replies: 30
Views: 2478

Orin Swift Sold to Gallo

Big fan of Papillon when I can get it under retail.
by Jonathan Essner
May 23rd, 2016, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the wine that changed your life?
Replies: 166
Views: 8285

What's the wine that changed your life?

PaulMills wrote:1989 Pichon Baron.
1988 for me.
by Jonathan Essner
April 25th, 2016, 8:21 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB: 2013 Cameron Hughes Lot 600 CS
Replies: 1
Views: 248

WTB: 2013 Cameron Hughes Lot 600 CS

I can probably make this happen for you.
by Jonathan Essner
March 27th, 2016, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1943 Bordeaux
Replies: 19
Views: 1108

TN: 1943 Bordeaux

Beggars Banquet
Let It Bleed
Exile on Main Street
Sticky Fingers

Masterpieces. Each one.
by Jonathan Essner
March 24th, 2016, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AG's Clos Du Val score 95 points
Replies: 251
Views: 27152

AG's Clos Du Val score 95 points

I hear what you're saying RS. For my $20, I'll go with the Daou over the CdV however.
by Jonathan Essner
March 22nd, 2016, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11884
Views: 568985

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Jonathan Essner wrote:2004 Ridge Monte Bello 1.5L on eBay.
Dang. The guy rescinded the offer. Said he couldn't ship wine out of NY. I guess a taste of Monte Bello will remain elusive. Anybody want to sell me some? Bummed.
by Jonathan Essner
March 21st, 2016, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11884
Views: 568985

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2004 Ridge Monte Bello 1.5L on eBay.
by Jonathan Essner
March 10th, 2016, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7179
Views: 437539

LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Pulled the trigger on the Luna Napa Valley Merlot they had today at $13 per.
by Jonathan Essner
March 8th, 2016, 9:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for a $30 California Cabernet
Replies: 52
Views: 3571

Recommendations for a $30 California Cabernet

Another vote for Daou.
by Jonathan Essner
March 3rd, 2016, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess - Who Are They?
Replies: 21
Views: 2102

WineAccess - Who Are They?

2013 Three Graces Clos du Val for what seems like a great deal. $25 per if you buy a case. Drops a bit from there. In for 6.

https://beta.wineaccess.com/discovery-209890/
by Jonathan Essner
February 27th, 2016, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Friday Wine Deals??
Replies: 18
Views: 2124

Black Friday Wine Deals??

You are an evil man JC.

(eyeballing the Ducru-Beau)
by Jonathan Essner
February 26th, 2016, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Ridge Estate Cabernet and 2013 Rombauer Zin
Replies: 7
Views: 628

2012 Ridge Estate Cabernet and 2013 Rombauer Zin

Really nice deals at Safeway right now. $35 for 2012 Ridge Estate Cabernet when you buy six or more bottles of any wine.

And magnums (not all stores have these) of Rombauer 2013 Zin for $44. I'm not a big zin guy but even this seems like a deal that's hard to pass.
by Jonathan Essner
February 26th, 2016, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 495
Views: 50151

Official WTSO thread

Long Meadow Ranch 2014 Rutherford Cabernet Reserve at $30 a pop. In for 6. Seems like a very good deal. Second time I've seen it in a couple weeks. They might have some inventory to blow through. That's a LMR 2014 Rutherford Estate Napa Valley Red Blend Reserve. In for a few myself. Yes thanks for ...
by Jonathan Essner
February 26th, 2016, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official WTSO thread
Replies: 495
Views: 50151

Official WTSO thread

Long Meadow Ranch 2014 Rutherford Cabernet Reserve at $30 a pop. In for 6. Seems like a very good deal. Second time I've seen it in a couple weeks. They might have some inventory to blow through.
by Jonathan Essner
February 26th, 2016, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11884
Views: 568985

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

On WTSO, Long Meadow Ranch 2014 Rutherford Cabernet Reserve at $30 a pop. In for 6.
by Jonathan Essner
February 22nd, 2016, 10:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Hardin Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Replies: 7
Views: 451

TN: 2012 Hardin Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

For those digging the Daou, it's available in Bay Area Costcos for $20. I'm a fan.
by Jonathan Essner
February 19th, 2016, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11884
Views: 568985

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A mystery case from Scott Harvey offered on Woot. Includes two library wines. All for $200.
by Jonathan Essner
February 17th, 2016, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying Pre-Arrivals, Currency Fluctuations, Bordeaux Bargains (Maybe?)
Replies: 11
Views: 871

Buying Pre-Arrivals, Currency Fluctuations, Bordeaux Bargains (Maybe?)

I am pretty much a newbie when it comes to wine, but I know what I like and the single-most pivotal wine moment in my life was drinking a bottle of 1988 Pichon Baron at Le Train Bleu in 1997 with my parents and one of two brothers. I try to buy the wine when I can, but Daddy Warbucks, I am not, so I...
by Jonathan Essner
February 15th, 2016, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine shops in San Francisco, California
Replies: 58
Views: 1976

Wine shops in San Francisco, California

IMO, skip Slanted Door. Was an institution once upon a time. Now it's overpriced and just decent.

I'd go to Coqueta if I were you.
by Jonathan Essner
February 9th, 2016, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with 1947 birth year wine
Replies: 23
Views: 1191

Help with 1947 birth year wine

what is this wine like? considering purchasing for my mother's 70th next year.
by Jonathan Essner
January 31st, 2016, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Costco Reds
Replies: 61
Views: 7187

Costco Reds

Provenance 2013 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon for $22.50/btl ($5.50 coupon in play). Haven't had it and few notes out there but I am guessing this will be a good deal. Also Cameron Hughes Lot 600 for $25/btl. Should have bought more. Finally, 2014 Daou Cabernet for $20/btl. Great deal. Richmond Costco
by Jonathan Essner
January 30th, 2016, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So, What's Your BerserkerDay Damage?
Replies: 108
Views: 4413

So, What's Your BerserkerDay Damage?

Several years ago, I had a glass of Kistler Chardonnay and have wanted more ever since but always felt the price was more than I can pay. Now thanks to BD, I've got 4 bottles coming my way. $200.
by Jonathan Essner
January 28th, 2016, 10:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Current Concannon Releases
Replies: 9
Views: 563

Current Concannon Releases

Resurrecting an ancient thread, I received today a Concannon PS bottling I haven't seen before; 2013 Petite Sirah "San Francisco Bay" $15.00; dark brown label with copper-colored lettering and copper foil top. Looks like a giant Duracell battery! http://shop.concannonvineyard.com/product?productid=...

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