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by Eric S n y d e r
August 7th, 2020, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py
Replies: 62
Views: 2431

Re: TN: 2018 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py

Well, although my TN was not as extreme as Alex's, I found the wine quite heavy and ponderous with the alcohol coming across as rather boozy most of the time. I dubbed the wine as CdP-CdP (Châteauneuf-du-Pape-Côte-du-Py) for a good reason. Just curious... if the bottle were labeled CdP, would you h...
by Eric S n y d e r
July 18th, 2020, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The world's finest Grenache is from ...
Replies: 163
Views: 5732

Re: The world's finest Grenache is from ...

I know as much about Grenache as I do about the social structures of dung beetles, but I did enjoy the extremely slutty Alto Montcayo a few years back. Almost new world for a spaniard (which I suppose isn't that much of a stretch with an Aussie winemaker at helm). My go-to burger wine [thumbs-up.gif]
by Eric S n y d e r
June 25th, 2020, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: French naturalistas and other curiosities (Foillard, Dauvissat, Desjourneys, Vini Viti Vinci, etc.)
Replies: 18
Views: 975

Re: French naturalistas and other curiosities (Foillard, Dauvissat, Desjourneys, Vini Viti Vinci, etc.)

Whoa, did the 2018 Foillard Morgon really come in at 14.5% ABV? I loved the 2016 at 12.5 or so...
by Eric S n y d e r
June 21st, 2020, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Father’s Day Wine Selections
Replies: 75
Views: 2229

Re: Father’s Day Wine Selections

‘05 Pontet Canet and Flannery Jorge!
by Eric S n y d e r
June 10th, 2020, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite lower alcohol wines
Replies: 33
Views: 879

Re: Favorite lower alcohol wines

13% is a pretty easy bar to clear assuming you’re not too attached to Napa Cabs and CdP. For me: Lots of low alc Pinot and Chard producers on CA (Ceritas, Whitcraft, and Chanin are in my wheelhouse) Lots of OR Pinot “New wave” favorites like Dirty & Rowdy, Sandlands, Broc Lots of French, Italian, Sp...
by Eric S n y d e r
May 28th, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bad luck streak in dancing school or what happens when your wine cellar is over capacity
Replies: 21
Views: 1404

Re: Bad luck streak in dancing school or what happens when your wine cellar is over capacity

Guilty of attempted overcrowding here too. Whenever I visit my locker I open the door very slowly...
by Eric S n y d e r
May 27th, 2020, 10:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most beautiful wine labels?
Replies: 130
Views: 5564

Re: Most beautiful wine labels?

Vince L. wrote:
May 27th, 2020, 6:35 pm
I'd put in a vote for Chanin. He paints the artwork himself.
Was about to put in a vote for Chanin. I’m partial to the landscape labels (eg the two you posted), but the actual art ones are pretty unique.
by Eric S n y d e r
May 23rd, 2020, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75
Replies: 139
Views: 8346

Re: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75

Hrm, just checked my Amex offers and I have wine.com, benchmark and vinfolio, but no wine access. Are these targeted offers?
by Eric S n y d e r
May 19th, 2020, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!
Replies: 42
Views: 3333

Re: TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!

Meant to open this a couple months ago, but lagged on visiting my locker. Not sure if I would call this closed, but it wasn’t super expressive. I liked it overall, the Carignan really sets up a different profile from the usual Sonoma Zins. 2016 Ridge Demostene Ranch - USA, California, Sonoma County ...
by Eric S n y d e r
May 9th, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Livestream Session - Bryan and Katie Flannery! May 23rd, 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern
Replies: 105
Views: 4239

Re: Zoom Livestream Session - Bryan and Katie Flannery! May 23rd, time TBD

bryan flannery wrote:
May 8th, 2020, 9:37 am
Jeff_M. wrote:
May 8th, 2020, 8:57 am
Need a meat sale now to restock :)
insider tip: hanger steak sale launches tmrw :) -k
Ha, just took delivery of a few Hanger packs this week. Just might need a few more!
by Eric S n y d e r
May 9th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 D&R Especial Old Friends Red
Replies: 7
Views: 490

Re: TN: 2019 D&R Especial Old Friends Red

Thanks for the notes on this. It is such a snappy, juicy wine. I wish we could have made all lot more of it! Maybe 2020? The breakdown on this different than any other Especial we've ever made (no Mourvèdre)- Whole cluster old vine Petite Sirah (from Fred & Dora's), old vine Barbara, and whole clus...
by Eric S n y d e r
April 28th, 2020, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1448
Views: 86818

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Asked for some Tempier... at 4 minutes past the email send time, was probably too late! Lol, we’ll see.
by Eric S n y d e r
April 23rd, 2020, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon PN vs. Santa Barbara PN <<< Kelley Fox, Whitcraft
Replies: 35
Views: 1997

Re: Oregon PN vs. Santa Barbara PN <<< Kelley Fox, Whitcraft

Hey Mitch - I hear your scuttle. The 'farmer not winemaker' is my grandpa Jim Maresh describing himself. His last year farming was 2018 but he's still strong at 94. I hadn't seen that page. I love making wine but promotion doesn't feel natural. Hard to take serious and I'd rather troll it. Not real...
by Eric S n y d e r
April 22nd, 2020, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon PN vs. Santa Barbara PN <<< Kelley Fox, Whitcraft
Replies: 35
Views: 1997

Re: Oregon PN vs. Santa Barbara PN <<< Kelley Fox, Whitcraft

I can't count how many times I have seen the same phenomenon. It is the wine equivalent of "the bigger they come, the harder they fall". With wine, a new-ish winemaker or hidden gem starts getting a lot of buzz. All the chatter starts a domino effect-the denizens fear they will miss out if they don...
by Eric S n y d e r
April 22nd, 2020, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon PN vs. Santa Barbara PN <<< Kelley Fox, Whitcraft
Replies: 35
Views: 1997

Re: Oregon PN vs. Santa Barbara PN <<< Kelley Fox, Whitcraft

Great notes indeed - but it did seem like a bit of 'apples and oranges' to me. As you said, the Whitcraft is drinking well now - but the Fox seems to have the legs to go out awhile. That's always the 'joy' and the 'challenge' of capturing a wine at one specific time, eh> Interesting comment that yo...
by Eric S n y d e r
April 22nd, 2020, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon PN vs. Santa Barbara PN <<< Kelley Fox, Whitcraft
Replies: 35
Views: 1997

Re: Oregon PN vs. Santa Barbara PN <<< Kelley Fox, Whitcraft

Nice. The old adage amongst winos that CA is somehow incapable of producing good Pinot can get a little old at times. I think those “in the know” are aware that there’s more to CA Pinot Noir than what shows up on supermarket shelves. I’m extremely picky, and there’s still more great options than I’...
by Eric S n y d e r
April 21st, 2020, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon PN vs. Santa Barbara PN <<< Kelley Fox, Whitcraft
Replies: 35
Views: 1997

Oregon PN vs. Santa Barbara PN <<< Kelley Fox, Whitcraft

Took delivery of some new releases and thought it would be fun to compare two Pinot Noirs in a similar price range from different areas. It's always interesting comparing wines against one another - recently I rated the Kelley Fox higher against a different Pinot that was stylistically outside my wh...
by Eric S n y d e r
April 20th, 2020, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Heritage blends: general advice around drinking window?
Replies: 29
Views: 1600

Re: Bedrock Heritage blends: general advice around drinking window?

Any of them should be good with air. Of those, I think the Evangelho is most ready and would be delicious, but also the least similar to the other 3 (Contra Costa vs. Sonoma). I’m guessing the Lorenzo is least likely to show well at this stage (but I haven’t tried this vintage yet). Pagani and Bedro...
by Eric S n y d e r
April 17th, 2020, 3:02 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy 6 Pack + Interactive WB Tasting
Replies: 43
Views: 3166

Re: Dirty and Rowdy 6 Pack + Interactive WB Tasting

Does anyone know if the 3/29 event was recorded?
by Eric S n y d e r
April 15th, 2020, 5:15 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Rasa Vineyards - WA State special bottling, excellent QPR
Replies: 24
Views: 2318

Re: Rasa Vineyards - WA State special bottling, excellent QPR

A little confused as well, but interested. Is the final blend going to be a 2018 Cab/Syrah blend?
by Eric S n y d e r
April 13th, 2020, 7:12 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Vitamix Alternatives?
Replies: 7
Views: 945

Re: Vitamix Alternatives?

My refurbished Vitamix 7500 was just delivered today. Looks brand new, haven’t fired it up yet though. At $280, I thought it was worth a shot. Also, go through Rakuten for a few more % back.

The slightly more basic Explorian was $199 last week.
by Eric S n y d e r
April 13th, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Kelley Fox Mirabai Pinot Noir
Replies: 13
Views: 1108

Re: TN: 2018 Kelley Fox Mirabai Pinot Noir

At $30 shipped, I thought it was pretty darn great (91-92 in my book). Maybe I got lucky in that it’s stylistically in my wheelhouse - it was up against a $40 Sta Rita Hills PN from a well known producer and the Mirabai blew it away. I haven’t tried anything else from Kelley Fox yet, but that will c...
by Eric S n y d e r
April 9th, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Prices Reset Due to Covid-19 Recession
Replies: 79
Views: 5151

Re: Wine Prices Reset Due to Covid-19 Recession

My totally anecdotal take: I think retailers are trying to ride this out without major public discounting — while offering the steep discounts to private clients or through back channels. I get the sense many are hopeful that this can be weathered without a major disruption. But I think the dam wil...
by Eric S n y d e r
April 7th, 2020, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui
Replies: 304
Views: 9794

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

Would love to have joined, but I just got back from work. Any chance this can be uploaded to YouTube or sent to me? I promise to drink R-M while I watch it!!
by Eric S n y d e r
April 5th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wanted an Oregon wine that tastes like a Burgundy.
Replies: 82
Views: 4434

Re: Wanted an Oregon wine that tastes like a Burgundy.

Just ordered a couple bottles of Domaine Glennon, made by Marcus Goodfellow here. Per Envoyer: This wine sees about 70% whole cluster fruit, fermented with native yeast, and sees a long elevage in 450 liter barrels with about 1/3 new oak This Pinot Noir is bottled unfined and unfiltered, with only 1...
by Eric S n y d e r
April 3rd, 2020, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3804
Views: 379318

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

New mystery Oregon offer up. Perhaps Domaine Serene Evenstad reserve? I think that meets the hype as far as credibility of the producer, but I'm just not sure if he's ever offered wine from them before. That’s what I was thinking too. He threw out a hint that they might have offered something from ...
by Eric S n y d e r
April 1st, 2020, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers Marie shipping issue resolved
Replies: 11
Views: 1227

Re: Rivers Marie shipping issue resolved

Shipping SNAFUs do happen, but R-M (Will) handled my one-time issue flawlessly as well.
by Eric S n y d e r
March 30th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monte Bello 2017 ( yeah I know)
Replies: 7
Views: 923

Re: Monte Bello 2017 ( yeah I know)

I bought more of the '17 than I really need and was thinking of popping one early. I think I'll wait - I've got more well aged MBs than I really need too! Will be visiting my locker this week to move my MB shipment from package to locker... awfully tempting to take one home for an early peak. I’m s...
by Eric S n y d e r
March 28th, 2020, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K&L Website Down
Replies: 12
Views: 1867

Re: K&L Website Down

No Insider Advantage yesterday, right? I was planning on taking a peak for some back vintage gems.
by Eric S n y d e r
March 28th, 2020, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying, selling or keeping out of the wine market?
Replies: 57
Views: 3479

Re: Buying, selling or keeping out of the wine market?

I’ve been selectively buying from smaller producers that I would hate to see go under, plus my LWS.
by Eric S n y d e r
March 27th, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trying to decide...
Replies: 6
Views: 587

Re: Trying to decide...

what to open with my Flannery beef NY strip tonight (at 50% off thank you Bryan!) Choices are: 2003 SQN Papa 2004 Colgin Cariad 2005 Bryant family Any recent experiences with any of these? All good choices. For some reason the Colgin jumped out at me. More importantly, what is this 50% off Flannery...
by Eric S n y d e r
March 26th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!
Replies: 42
Views: 3333

Re: TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!

Anybody else find this wine having changed quite a lot since January? We loved this wine, I purchased another 9 bottles as part of a mixed case, and lately they've been really thin, acidic, lacking fruit and the structure that really made this wine stand out. Could it be entering a 'dumb' or closed...
by Eric S n y d e r
March 21st, 2020, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When this all ends . . . .
Replies: 19
Views: 1595

Re: When this all ends . . . .

Drinking great wine is lovely, but I’m looking forward to drinking great wine with friends. Sounds like the OP is looking forward to a special event when we can all gather again.
by Eric S n y d e r
March 14th, 2020, 6:52 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB: Treehouse
Replies: 9
Views: 807

Re: WTB: Treehouse

Tom Blackwood wrote:
February 25th, 2020, 6:37 am
Thanks everyone. Looking forward to a resupply in the coming weeks.
Would love to get my hands on some. If anyone can ship to CA let me know!
by Eric S n y d e r
March 5th, 2020, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best $20 dollar bottle you know of?
Replies: 98
Views: 6081

Re: What's the best $20 dollar bottle you know of?

Anything from Hobo Wines / Folk Machine
by Eric S n y d e r
February 17th, 2020, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: EXPostFacto Syrah SBC '16...(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 359

Re: TN: EXPostFacto Syrah SBC '16...(short/boring)

I often wonder why I bother to buy anything other than Jaffurs SBC, and their handful of SVD’s... certainly a benchmark label for me.
by Eric S n y d e r
February 13th, 2020, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 256
Views: 21317

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Eric S n y d e r wrote:
February 3rd, 2020, 10:27 am
Has anyone ever added non-Estate bottles to the yearly Cab/Merlot/Chard shipment?
For anyone who was wondering, confirmed that you can and did just that. Now if only you could combine the year’s Estate and Monte Bello shipments...
by Eric S n y d e r
February 6th, 2020, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desert Island Wine Region...
Replies: 15
Views: 640

Re: Desert Island Wine Region...

Can I claim the Central Coast from Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz Mountains..?
by Eric S n y d e r
February 3rd, 2020, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 256
Views: 21317

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Has anyone ever added non-Estate bottles to the yearly Cab/Merlot/Chard shipment?
by Eric S n y d e r
January 22nd, 2020, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19
Replies: 98
Views: 9605

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 8/8/19

For someone who has never tried Ceritas Pinot or Chard, what’s a representative bottling to try? Can I get away with a younger bottle, or should I try to find one with age?
by Eric S n y d e r
January 21st, 2020, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Recommendation for Newbie
Replies: 25
Views: 1574

Re: Saxum Recommendation for Newbie

Of those three, I would go Heart Stone. Broken Stones is good and will show more Syrah character, but could use a little more time. I haven’t had the 2011 Bone Rock but I have had 2012 and 2014 - it seems to be long ager of the crew. That said, I’ve had a lot of Saxum too young, but never a James Be...
by Eric S n y d e r
January 17th, 2020, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley
Replies: 66
Views: 7661

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

”But for writing reviews, tasting blind is a waste of time.”

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by Eric S n y d e r
January 7th, 2020, 3:15 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Santa Barbara Area Food & Wine
Replies: 11
Views: 1954

Re: Santa Barbara Area Food & Wine

Did Les Marchands close???
by Eric S n y d e r
December 30th, 2019, 9:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Bevan Moaveni Syrah - are there more like it?
Replies: 13
Views: 892

Re: 2013 Bevan Moaveni Syrah - are there more like it?

I haven’t tried the Bevan Syrah, but the profile you described sounds pretty close to Myriad Las Madres
by Eric S n y d e r
December 9th, 2019, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Holiday dinner: Flannery, garlic noodles, Pichon Baron, Lynch Bages, Roulot, Chave, Prevost, Dom, etc.
Replies: 28
Views: 1742

Re: Holiday dinner: Flannery, garlic noodles, Pichon Baron, Lynch Bages, Roulot, Chave, Prevost, Dom, etc.

This was dteng’s house, so we were limited by his primitive equipment ;) Dan did the cooking, electric smoker at about 275 to 130, then seared on the gas Weber. Turned out perfectly medium rare. Also had Flannery hangers, which are always amazing. Love me some Flannery hanger... which was SOTN? [da...
by Eric S n y d e r
December 4th, 2019, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Third Twin
Replies: 83
Views: 9804

Re: The Third Twin

Just got the email offer - I assume the letter will have more information on the wine.

2016 Nuestra Señora del Tercer Gemelo, a Mourvèdre based wine.

5 bottles is the only quantity, shipped in OWC.
by Eric S n y d e r
November 28th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 6617

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

R. Gleiberm@n wrote:
November 28th, 2019, 5:17 pm
-Weller Bourbon
-2015 Saxum James Berry x 2
-2003 Butler Nephew Port
Very nice, we also popped a 2015 JBV + a 2014 Chanin Los Alamos PN.

How did you find the JBV? I found it stayed in the red fruit/cranberry/cinnamon spectrum and paired up even better than expected!

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