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by Bryan Carr
January 14th, 2019, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Determining flawed/bad/corked wine directly from restaurant cellar
Replies: 23
Views: 896

Re: Determining flawed/bad/corked wine directly from restaurant cellar

Are you extremely sensitive to TCA? I am admitted relatively insensitive to TCA but rarely have a single bottle that’s corked at a restaurant much less 3 of the same wine. I'm quite sensitive to TCA and have had the bad fortune to get two in a row at a restaurant one time at which point I just orde...
by Bryan Carr
January 11th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great wines, fugly labels
Replies: 64
Views: 2433

Re: Great wines, fugly labels

FYI, I think Cayuse uses that ugly avatar/papyrus font as well Yeah the Cayuse labels are absolute garbage. On the other hand, I sort of think the Hors Categorie labels are so bad they're good. Ridge labels are classic, but not in an old world "this wine has been made here since time immemorial" se...
by Bryan Carr
December 3rd, 2018, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consumption if wine had no alcohol
Replies: 46
Views: 1434

Re: Consumption if wine had no alcohol

I'd absolutely drink it more often as I'm mostly into wine for the sensory aspect. When I want to drink and party I almost never reach for wine, it's usually cheap beer or cocktails in that case. 9 times out of 10 if I decide not to drink wine at home it's because I either don't want to be fuzzy tha...
by Bryan Carr
November 30th, 2018, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Washington reds in general (via TN rants on CT)...
Replies: 66
Views: 1896

Re: Thoughts on Washington reds in general (via TN rants on CT)...

Thanks for the suggestions Bryan! I will definitely look for some of those. I do think on the Rocks score, Rotie is one of the best deals around. Their Northern Blend really is a delicious wine. I also like their Hommage and DRE. Cayuse single vineyards are I think 80 a bottle now? So not over 100 ...
by Bryan Carr
November 29th, 2018, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2018 Edition -- TABULATIONS COMPLETE
Replies: 120
Views: 5767

Re: WOTYs--2018 Edition and your Discovery of the Year

Discovery of the year... it's late breaking actually: we actually kind of "get" Italian wine now! It was hard won! Second place is that we found an Aussie wine we like that isn't Riesling: Torbreck Woodcutters Shiraz for $25 is decidedly not terrible! Our WsOTY: 1998 Les Vins de Vienne Sotanum 1997 ...
by Bryan Carr
November 28th, 2018, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Washington reds in general (via TN rants on CT)...
Replies: 66
Views: 1896

Re: Thoughts on Washington reds in general (via TN rants on CT)...

bryan - I have had some of the post-2013 K Vintners Syrahs and really like them, as I think I mentioned. I wouldn't classify them as light, but could see elegant. To me, they strike a fine balance between those wanting definite fruit but with some Syrah typicity but are turned off by the (sometimes...
by Bryan Carr
November 28th, 2018, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Washington reds in general (via TN rants on CT)...
Replies: 66
Views: 1896

Re: Thoughts on Washington reds in general (via TN rants on CT)...

I had the good fortune to taste a large line-up of Cayuse wines recently (OK, technically, they're Oregon, but still Walla Walla Valley). They were excellent and balanced. But the prices!?#*? Completely outlandish. Many times what you'd have to pay for equivalent quality in a Rhone. John -- can you...
by Bryan Carr
November 28th, 2018, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Washington reds in general (via TN rants on CT)...
Replies: 66
Views: 1896

Re: Thoughts on Washington reds in general (via TN rants on CT)...

I think, like most regions, you have to be choosy, and that while the WA wines that I love I love a TON, I'd say that in general it IS fair to say that the state makes big, syrupy, boozy wines on the whole. That's not the style I like, and I choose the producers I buy from carefully to suit my palat...
by Bryan Carr
November 28th, 2018, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking Rudi's treasures in NYC
Replies: 102
Views: 6311

Re: Drinking Rudi's treasures in NYC

JasonHernandez wrote:
November 28th, 2018, 9:21 am
I’m interested in attending.

Jason Hernandez
Lol
by Bryan Carr
November 28th, 2018, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 47
Views: 2073

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

Hi Bryan, I would offer that the AVAs function as a form of “patent” with TTB as the role of Patent Office. It’s not protectionism to hoard prosperity for Oregon wineries, it’s to stop disingenuous companies from putting out shady plonk with names like Willametter Journal. Take a moment to google t...
by Bryan Carr
November 27th, 2018, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Friday deals 2018
Replies: 60
Views: 4629

Re: Black Friday deals 2018

There's a $125 Sagrantino in CA? Napa is a wild place, man.
by Bryan Carr
November 27th, 2018, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite restaurant wine program
Replies: 27
Views: 1213

Re: Favorite restaurant wine program

Big fan of the republique and Valentino programs. Had a great experience with the wine program at Republique a while back, so +1 for them. I think Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen does a good job at the Seattle RN74, they tend to have cool stuff btg and are pretty interactive with regards to pairing if you see...
by Bryan Carr
November 27th, 2018, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 47
Views: 2073

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

Also, I feel like I should say, that as someone who has made a lot of friends and friendly acquaintances in the wine (drinking, retailing, making, distributing, geek) community here in the Northwest, I totally get the feeling of solidarity and camaraderie that comes from feeling like you're part of ...
by Bryan Carr
November 27th, 2018, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 47
Views: 2073

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

Somehow I have a feeling many would feel differently about this issue if this wasn't a crappy macro winery that we all hate. The way I see it, from a consumer perspective this can either be meant to imply that: a) winemaking facilities have terroir too, or b) that AVAs are only a regional marketing ...
by Bryan Carr
November 21st, 2018, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your worst wine of the year? Well, mine's blue!
Replies: 45
Views: 2122

Re: What is your worst wine of the year? Well, mine's blue!

'99 Dujac Aux Combottes, just trumped those Jap Rose today. Were you in the war or something? [pwn.gif] (hint: "j-rose" might scan better...) Worst wine of the year... probably: 2016 Tomàs Cusiné Costers del Segre Auzells kitchen sink spanish white blend (macabeo, sauv blanc, muscat, chardonnay, al...
by Bryan Carr
November 21st, 2018, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tales of Actual Heat Damage
Replies: 27
Views: 1286

Re: Tales of Actual Heat Damage

We had a '11 Guado de Gemoli a week or two back and when I popped the foil off the cork was making a slight "T" shape over the lip of the bottle which led me to believe that maybe it had gotten hot early on in its life, and lo and behold, it was mostly stewy and alcoholic and never resolved over the...
by Bryan Carr
November 20th, 2018, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1 for 3: A Nice 2010 Daniel & Julien Barraud Pouilly-Fuissé En Buland Vieilles Vignes
Replies: 7
Views: 203

Re: 1 for 3: A Nice 2010 Daniel & Julien Barraud Pouilly-Fuissé En Buland Vieilles Vignes

Dennis Atick wrote:
November 20th, 2018, 3:06 pm
Dampt doesn't have a great track record. Don't wait too long [cheers.gif]
Looks like I know what I'm bringing to thanksgiving! [cheers.gif]
by Bryan Carr
November 20th, 2018, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some 2018 Musings
Replies: 36
Views: 2219

Re: Some 2018 Musings

Visiting wine regions is one of the best travel experiences you can have. However, for whatever reason, the wine has a tendency to taste a lot better when someone is telling you the story, seducing you with the different cuvees, etc. Once back home, in the harsh light of reality, some things disapp...
by Bryan Carr
November 20th, 2018, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some 2018 Musings
Replies: 36
Views: 2219

Re: Some 2018 Musings

Great thread, got me thinking about not only some of what you bring up (which mirrors our year a lot to some extent), but also our own evolution. w/r/t Champagne , we definitely caught the bug after visiting the region this year and pre-ordered heavily from the Thiese catalog this time around to aug...
by Bryan Carr
November 20th, 2018, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1 for 3: A Nice 2010 Daniel & Julien Barraud Pouilly-Fuissé En Buland Vieilles Vignes
Replies: 7
Views: 203

Re: 1 for 3: A Nice 2010 Daniel & Julien Barraud Pouilly-Fuissé En Buland Vieilles Vignes

Damn, I've got a '14 Dampt Fourneaux in the cellar and you're making me nervous!
by Bryan Carr
November 20th, 2018, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are people drinking for Thanksgiving?
Replies: 216
Views: 7176

Re: What are people drinking for Thanksgiving?

We always want champagne and kabinett with meals like that, though the champagne will just get guzzled no matter the quality and the sugar in the riesling will get eye-rolls so turkey day is always a bit of a challenge. We're fairly AFWE so not really fans of zinfandel and the MIL hates pinot ("wimp...
by Bryan Carr
November 6th, 2018, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever stored a wine shipment and been surprised
Replies: 20
Views: 1110

Re: Ever stored a wine shipment and been surprised

had a friend order his mom a half case of a white one time and when she opened the box, she saw red wine, so assumed they shipped her the wrong wine. he informed the retailer who told her to keep it and they'd ship what he'd actually ordered right away. Long story short, the mom drank the 6 bottles ...
by Bryan Carr
October 29th, 2018, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do we think about this tasting note from a not-ready wine?
Replies: 55
Views: 1830

Re: What do we think about this tasting note from a not-ready wine?

This is such an interesting thread in many ways. First of all, many wineries do release wines well before their prime drinking windo w. Some consumers realize this and some don't at all. I don't blame wineries for doing this, but it might be good for them to note this, especially with those who are...
by Bryan Carr
October 26th, 2018, 3:05 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Sold
Replies: 0
Views: 274

Sold

Spoken for
by Bryan Carr
October 9th, 2018, 9:48 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle (gauging interest): Aged Oregon Pinot Noir offline?
Replies: 103
Views: 2403

Re: Seattle (gauging interest): Aged Oregon Pinot Noir offline?

Late to the party and late back to the thread, but thank you again Peter and Carol for hosting a great night! Tacos were out of this world, thanks Jim! As for our WsOTN, I think the fav was the '01 Shea, followed by the '02 Laurene and the '05 De Ponte, but the '93 Laurene was impressive for how tog...
by Bryan Carr
September 27th, 2018, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Wine speak"
Replies: 58
Views: 1233

Re: "Wine speak"

Greg: so some women winemakers use that term, Bill Cosby doesn't like baggy pants, I'd still rather err on the side of not making anyone feel unwelcome when it doesn't really make my life any harder to be considerate of others experiences. We're talking about how people feel about how describe wine ...
by Bryan Carr
September 27th, 2018, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don't like QPR
Replies: 51
Views: 1963

Re: I don't like QPR

Chris Seiber wrote:
September 26th, 2018, 5:20 pm
Nobody is actually doing a math problem to figure it out.
THAT'S WHAT YOU THINK! *pushes up glasses, rolls out chalkboard
by Bryan Carr
September 27th, 2018, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Wine speak"
Replies: 58
Views: 1233

Re: "Wine speak"

I think it's super weird when people describe wine using actresses/singers or adjectives usually used to describe women's bodies, honestly. I think a lot of the women I know who are serious wine people find it pretty alienating whether or not they speak up about it. I'm not trying to be a scold, I j...
by Bryan Carr
September 27th, 2018, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 544
Views: 24348

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Joe Chanley wrote:
September 26th, 2018, 6:15 pm
Bryan Carr wrote:
September 26th, 2018, 3:08 pm
There was a bunch of '14 Foillard a few weeks back that I missed out on, anyone here snag it?
Scooped one mag
Nice work!
by Bryan Carr
September 26th, 2018, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don't like QPR
Replies: 51
Views: 1963

Re: I don't like QPR

QPR isn't linear, it has more to do with marginal utility or elasticity of price/enjoyment, for example, if you'd rather have the $50 wine that's twice as good as the $20 wine, it doesn't tell me that you're crazy, it tells me that your marginal utility of enjoyment is larger than your marginal util...
by Bryan Carr
September 26th, 2018, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What. Is. This.???
Replies: 25
Views: 1663

Re: What. Is. This.???

So how does it taste?
by Bryan Carr
September 26th, 2018, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst QPR ever
Replies: 59
Views: 3011

Re: Worst QPR ever

I know they have a lot of fans but... for me, Reynvaan is up there, at least when buying direct. I really like their wine but would totally agree. The fact that you can get it for ~65% of the winery direct price any day of the week implies that it's absolutely mispriced at release. It's like buying...
by Bryan Carr
September 26th, 2018, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3353
Views: 288256

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

I'm sure what's his name with the duck in a suit avatar would pooh-pooh the Wind Gap wines, in my experience they're fairly brambly, med/light bodied, nice acidity (on the high end for California reds), with very aromatic fruit profiles. I find them pretty, refreshing, and imminently quaffable, but ...
by Bryan Carr
September 26th, 2018, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Wine speak"
Replies: 58
Views: 1233

Re: "Wine speak"

Like others have said (and I think you too, Jim!), having a sort of defined vocabulary can be very good for getting the point across to someone else (like WSET or Guildsomm tasting grid descriptors, etc), HOWEVER, I'm a big fan of using whatever non-standard flavor or aroma descriptor really jumps o...
by Bryan Carr
September 26th, 2018, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 544
Views: 24348

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

There was a bunch of '14 Foillard a few weeks back that I missed out on, anyone here snag it?
by Bryan Carr
September 26th, 2018, 3:04 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle (gauging interest): Aged Oregon Pinot Noir offline?
Replies: 103
Views: 2403

Re: Seattle (gauging interest): Aged Oregon Pinot Noir offline?

Lauren will also be attending, so it'll be me +1 and we're bringing a 2005 and a 2006
by Bryan Carr
September 19th, 2018, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Chaleur Estate Blanc - Junior Under-Assistant Winehunter
Replies: 2
Views: 161

Re: 2015 Chaleur Estate Blanc - Junior Under-Assistant Winehunter

Wow, dang. Had a '13 the other night and it was in a great spot.
by Bryan Carr
September 19th, 2018, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sleight of Hand
Replies: 7
Views: 664

Re: Sleight of Hand

I'd say if you like Washington wine in the mold of Mark Ryan, Waters, Matthews etc. they're a solid choice. They're very much like many of the second generation of winemakers in the state that see less oak influence than say Betz, Fidelitas, Dunham, Va Piano etc. and are more approachable when young...
by Bryan Carr
September 17th, 2018, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: The worst tasting we've done in years (CA Pinots)
Replies: 320
Views: 18955

Re: TNs: The worst tasting we've done in years (CA Pinots)

David has an extreme aversion to stems, and can generally pick out wines where they were included, even in small measures. Having tasted in a group with him for a number of years, I can say he's a distant outlier on this. So you have to factor that in when you read his notes. I am this way with TCA...
by Bryan Carr
September 14th, 2018, 8:52 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle (gauging interest): Aged Oregon Pinot Noir offline?
Replies: 103
Views: 2403

Re: Seattle (gauging interest): Aged Oregon Pinot Noir offline?

Saturday works for us, we have a bottle or two we plan on bringing and will put a wild mushroom risotto together.
by Bryan Carr
September 11th, 2018, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help build a new collection
Replies: 74
Views: 3169

Re: Help build a new collection

Also, buying 50 cases in a very prescribed fashion off the bat sounds like a total drag, no offense. The journey is like 90% of the fun!
by Bryan Carr
September 11th, 2018, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help build a new collection
Replies: 74
Views: 3169

Re: Help build a new collection

You should start out by buying 250 bottles of Napa cabs, increasing in price and cult status in an exponential curve. You are allowed to spend an additional 50 bottles on monster zins, Napa chardonnay, domestic dessert wines, and an occasional domestic syrah or grenache, so long as they're massive....
by Bryan Carr
September 10th, 2018, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind Tasting Swings and Misses
Replies: 67
Views: 2064

Re: Blind Tasting Swings and Misses

Lauren is frequently very good at blinding wines, much better than I am. She's really good at the Spectator "What am I tasting" game; I have a good brain for trivia/minutia, which makes me think if I had her deductive skills I'd be a lot better, but I feel like I still jump to conclusions with my gu...
by Bryan Carr
September 7th, 2018, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3353
Views: 288256

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

I'm curious how many folks are going to see "California" and "Pinot" or "Syrah" from these Wind Gap offers and be completely baffled when they arrive. I personally really like Pax's style and mashed that "buy" button hard, but they're definitely an outlier.
by Bryan Carr
August 27th, 2018, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Benchmark wines
Replies: 40
Views: 2524

Re: QPR Benchmark wines

Olga Raffault Chinon "Les Picasses", cheap as heck, ages forever, nails the tomato-stem Loire CF to a t.
by Bryan Carr
August 27th, 2018, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: buying deeper or wider?
Replies: 31
Views: 1588

Re: Poll: buying deeper or wider?

We're still somewhat new to the hobby and still strongly in the discovery phase, so we largely buy widely in 1s and 2s, though we've gone in for decent quantities of stuff we've really liked from time to time. Our palates have definitely changed even in the 5-ish years we've been at it so in some pl...
by Bryan Carr
August 24th, 2018, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Where does your personal rating system bottom out?
Replies: 37
Views: 2035

Re: Where does your personal rating system bottom out?

We mostly (and infrequently) use numerical scores because that's what CT is coded for, mostly we just leave simple personal consumption notes when a wine is either above or below average for us, sometimes as simple as "HOLY f*ck SO GOOD", sometimes with a little more specificity ("over the hill, was...
by Bryan Carr
August 24th, 2018, 9:37 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle (gauging interest): Aged Oregon Pinot Noir offline?
Replies: 103
Views: 2403

Re: Seattle (gauging interest): Aged Oregon Pinot Noir offline?

That weekend (9/28-9/30) looks good for us too.
by Bryan Carr
August 15th, 2018, 10:38 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Seattle (gauging interest): Aged Oregon Pinot Noir offline?
Replies: 103
Views: 2403

Re: Seattle (gauging interest): Aged Oregon Pinot Noir offline?

Mark Y wrote:
August 5th, 2018, 5:21 pm
Saturday- Friday- Sunday. In preference order :)
Same
by Bryan Carr
August 8th, 2018, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?
Replies: 122
Views: 5192

The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?

My tasting group did a blind tasting of multiple vintages of Sandhi Sanford & Benedict vs. Roulot Meix Chavaux a few months ago. I was really impressed with how well the Sandhi showed. My go-to Napa Chard is HdV - very nicely walks the line between richness and elegance IMO. For Russian River, Roch...

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