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by Eric S n y d e r
September 8th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?
Replies: 154
Views: 8618

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

2016 Whitcraft Presqu’ile Vineyard. Primo
by Eric S n y d e r
August 30th, 2019, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday poll: Bordeaux Rouge vs. Burgundy Rouge
Replies: 52
Views: 1774

Re: Friday poll: Bordeaux vs. Burgundy

D@ve D y r 0 f f wrote:
August 30th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Côte Rôtie, with dinner from my favorite sushi place, Kobayashi Maru. [wink.gif]
Well played.

I said Burgundy, but it wasn’t easy. Great Bordeaux hits higher heights in my price range. But, I mostly drink wine with food, and Pinot Noir pairs better with what I commonly eat, soooo...
by Eric S n y d e r
August 5th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?
Replies: 24
Views: 1255

Re: A-Hunting We Will Go - Lodi?

Just visited Klinker Brick and Prie. Klinker Brick had a really cool hang out / outdoor space, decent Albariño and Zin. Highly recommend Prie, especially the Carignan and Picpoul Blanc, nice grounds too.
by Eric S n y d e r
July 25th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?
Replies: 112
Views: 4428

Re: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?

Holy hell thats a lot! I’ve been making a concerted effort to halt spending in 2019 (budget + out of storage) so I’m happy to be a little under two cases. Mostly a garagiste accumulation that I forgot about.
by Eric S n y d e r
June 30th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1441
Views: 169502

Re: Official Costco Thread

Geoff F. wrote:
June 28th, 2019, 10:28 pm
Picked up the 2017 Kirkland Signature Columbia Valley red blend for $17. This was a pretty phenomenal value, made by the winemaker overseeing Long Shadows. If you see it in your local Costco, give it a try.
Snagged one today - will open it tonight!
by Eric S n y d e r
June 26th, 2019, 9:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 00`,13`, 17` Whitcraft Pinots + 94` Williams Selyem Olivet Lane Pinot Noir et al
Replies: 5
Views: 565

Re: 00`,13`, 17` Whitcraft Pinots + 94` Williams Selyem Olivet Lane Pinot Noir et al

I enjoyed this post so much that i opened a 2017 Whitcraft Shokrian PN. Outstanding!!
by Eric S n y d e r
June 19th, 2019, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 154
Views: 10556

Re: Top US Syrahs

Jaffurs - just opened a 2002 Jaffurs Melville! Carlisle Piedrasassi Bedrock Pax Honorable mentions: Alban Saxum SQN Not my preferred style, but I still have a lot in my cellar and enjoy them. Up and comer: Melville I believe 2016 is the first vintage with Chad as winemaker? Tasted recently and reall...
by Eric S n y d e r
May 22nd, 2019, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Calif Cabs...(long/boring)
Replies: 6
Views: 1097

Re: TN: Some Calif Cabs...(long/boring)

Thanks for the early look at the ‘16 Monte Bello. I went deep on this one for daughter’s birth year. Sounds like it will hold up just fine!
by Eric S n y d e r
May 21st, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?
Replies: 62
Views: 3329

Re: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?

It’s only a “problem” to me if a given producer could have made a better wine by blending.
by Eric S n y d e r
May 19th, 2019, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most complex wines under <$50
Replies: 50
Views: 3231

Re: Most complex wines under <$50

If I’m picking only one, Lopez de Heredia Tondonia or Bosconia
by Eric S n y d e r
May 17th, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A lineup that Alfert would approve
Replies: 18
Views: 851

Re: A lineup that Alfert would approve

Claus Jeppesen wrote:
May 17th, 2019, 5:33 am
oak/vanilla taint
[rofl.gif] one man’s trash...
by Eric S n y d e r
May 14th, 2019, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial
Replies: 5
Views: 269

Re: TN: 2009 Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial

Very nice note. I have a 2007 on deck, so if I like it, I’ll spring for the readily available 2009 instead of seeking out more 2007’s.
by Eric S n y d e r
May 11th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines
Replies: 80
Views: 3037

Re: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines

Keep an eye out for quality half bottles. I’m often in the same boat as you, know I won’t drink a whole bottle, but want something that isn’t plonk.
by Eric S n y d e r
May 10th, 2019, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2565

Re: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings

Often, yes. I think it depends on the producer’s target style. A producer whose aim is to make weightless, complex, light bodied Pinot will often make a bigger, fruitier, “crowd pleasing” style entry level wine. A producer going for big jammy Pinot might declassify some of the less intense fruit, us...
by Eric S n y d e r
May 9th, 2019, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 5381

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

Kind of fun to look at the same place using both models. There’s certain wineries that are going to turn out top tier juice from any of their sites (or combination of). To take this one step further, when you remove the estate component from a winery, what are we really talking about? The winemaker...
by Eric S n y d e r
May 9th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines)
Replies: 104
Views: 5381

Re: The Comprehensive Hypothetical Napa Classified Growth Lists (and what we might consider to be the current cult wines

The OP uses Classified Growths (Bordeaux) but then lists them by vineyard a la Burgundy. I think the Burgundian model works better here (ie: many folks make great wine from ToKalon, like many folks make great wine from Clos de la Roche) *I also sense a 10,000 word Piper post coming soon! Kind of fu...
by Eric S n y d e r
May 2nd, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Huntington Beach store recommendation
Replies: 7
Views: 308

Re: Huntington Beach store recommendation

David Baum wrote:
May 2nd, 2019, 12:06 pm
Yup that is all you'll need at Hi Times
Hi Times in an experience even if you just walk through the store! Highly recommend.
by Eric S n y d e r
April 8th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin
Replies: 50
Views: 2300

Re: Wine Glasses for Rental Cabin

I have friends that use these for parties. A little more expensive, but near indestructible, the lip isn’t too thick, the right shape, and if they break its just plastic instead of glass.
https://m.wineenthusiast.com/indoor-out ... of-12).asp
by Eric S n y d e r
April 6th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This seems a little excessive, no? (UPDATED - it's not)
Replies: 41
Views: 3043

Re: This seems a little excessive, no?

Only one way to find out! Open one bottle with the prescribed method, and PnP another for side by side blind comparison! [berserker.gif]
by Eric S n y d e r
April 6th, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acquisition vs Consumption
Replies: 29
Views: 1838

Re: Acquisition vs Consumption

Noting Eric's post above, I would like to see how that works out with 250 bottles. We go through more than that each year. A 250 bottle “cellar” is probably small by Berserker standards, but in the real world, people can’t believe I’m storing so much wine. It’s also an off-site locker, so I don’t p...
by Eric S n y d e r
April 6th, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acquisition vs Consumption
Replies: 29
Views: 1838

Re: Acquisition vs Consumption

I’ve spent the last three years building up a cellar of about 250 bottles, mostly new releases and in need of 5+ years minimum. As a young guy, I’m good with that size for now (and out of space!), so I plan for acquisition to roughly equal my annual consumption, which is about 30-40 bottles per year...
by Eric S n y d e r
April 5th, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia
Replies: 54
Views: 2251

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia

PSA: while I like LdH wines, I find them unusual in flavor and elevage. Definitely a try-before-buy style. I have some wine buddies who are very put-off by the acetic- saison notes that seem ubiquitous in younger LdH wines-- but maybe that integrates with time? There’s always been something in thes...
by Eric S n y d e r
April 1st, 2019, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Possibly the best $13 bottle
Replies: 64
Views: 6390

Re: Possibly the best $13 bottle

Opened my bottle today. Slow-ox for 3 hours. Not for me. Flabby, no complexity, not much on the nose and felt almost as if I was drinking wine mixed with bit of water. Very boring wine. Definitely not the best $13 wine. Definitely not a 94 point. I gave it a 83. Maybe it's bottle variation. The fir...
by Eric S n y d e r
March 28th, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle
Replies: 56
Views: 3006

Re: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle

Otto Dobre wrote:
March 28th, 2019, 6:23 pm
Mount Eden is available at Costco for $25, at least in San Diego.
Assuming you mean Domaine Eden? Even then, that’s a fantastic price for a great bottle.
by Eric S n y d e r
March 28th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé
Replies: 41
Views: 2784

Re: 2013 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Pajé

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
March 28th, 2019, 9:41 am
I would open a bottle, but I was only allocated 2 bottles of Pajé.
Same for the Paje. I have almost a case of assorted 2011 and 2013 Produttori Riservas in the cellar, but I haven’t popped one for fear of brutal tannins. Now that i read this note I’m sorely tempted though...
by Eric S n y d e r
March 27th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 207
Views: 13527

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Estate wines arrived today by FedEx: 2017 Ridge Chardonnay Estate 2016 Ridge Merlot Estate 2016 Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Estate what are they getting for the cab estate? My 2016 Monte Bello arrived today, for those wondering when the east coast shipping would commence $58.50 Monte Bello Collector p...
by Eric S n y d e r
March 26th, 2019, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More reasons to hate FedEx
Replies: 53
Views: 2325

Re: More reasons to hate FedEx

Fedex wine shipments can be redirected to Fedex Office locations ; UPS wine shipments cannot be redirected to UPS stores but can be to UPS distribution centers . That’s what I think/recall. My experience as well. There’s a UPS store in walking distance for me, and a 24 hr Fedex very close. I don’t ...
by Eric S n y d e r
March 21st, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Third Twin
Replies: 78
Views: 7614

Re: The Third Twin

Crazy! Current bid is $2350 plus bp. Hard to say that is the market with just one data point and so few actually delivered. But with production as low as it was these will be virtually non-existent in the secondary market. Do you guys think that the folks buying at auction plan to drink theirs, or ...
by Eric S n y d e r
March 21st, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Tasting
Replies: 22
Views: 1330

Re: Santa Barbara Tasting

I second Larry’s suggestions for Los Olivos and nearby. In Santa Barbara proper, I like: Melville* Jaffurs* Whitcraft* Kunin Ah Bon Climat* Margerum Grassini Municipal Winemakers The * are my favorites, and there’s several in the Funk Zone that I haven’t visited yet. Special mention to Les Marchands...
by Eric S n y d e r
March 20th, 2019, 8:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Santa Barbara Tasting
Replies: 22
Views: 1330

Re: Santa Barbara Tasting

Do you know if you’ll have time to head up to wine country (about 45 mins from downtown SB)? Or are you staying downtown? Great choices either way, but wine country is really beautiful and fun.
by Eric S n y d e r
March 20th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Foreign Language CT Notes
Replies: 57
Views: 1863

Re: Foreign Language CT Notes

CJ Beazley wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 5:46 am
T. Williams wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 4:31 am
No more irritating than notes that say “opened with Elsie, Bob, and Jane on Thursday night during Yahtzee”
“Took this to Rick’s house, and you know how Rick is” seriously?
I’m convinced they do this just to rile up us nerds. [swearing.gif]
by Eric S n y d e r
March 20th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments
Replies: 48
Views: 1716

Re: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments

When buying direct, I include my cost with shipping, but no tax. My personal reasoning is that if I later find a bottle locally at retail, I want to know whether I paid more or less than retail including shipping. I may decide to drop a direct list if shipping is killing the value, and I can buy loc...
by Eric S n y d e r
March 19th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NINE SUNS Save the Date
Replies: 26
Views: 1553

Re: NINE SUNS Save the Date

Justin Wittkopf wrote:
March 19th, 2019, 10:13 am
Is this the Ghost Horse equivalent of Grenache in Napa? This is pretty wacko to me.
If you search for it, I think Roy Piper posted enthusaistically about a barrel sample taste of this (don’t quote me on that).

But even then, $200 is way up there.
by Eric S n y d e r
March 18th, 2019, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you view the money you spend on wine
Replies: 42
Views: 2394

Re: How do you view the money you spend on wine

I don’t view the money as “spent” until I pull the cork. It’s not a good view. Don’t recommend it.
by Eric S n y d e r
March 18th, 2019, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help Requested: Central Coast Wine Suggestions for Tasting Group
Replies: 17
Views: 858

Re: Help Requested: Central Coast Wine Suggestions for Tasting Group

No Rhone’s or Pinot, eh? Bishop’s Peak Cab @ $18ish Justin Cabernet @ $20 (less at Costco) Notary Public Cabernet is easy to find @ $25 Jonata’s The Pairing Cab / Red Blend is mostly Central Coast grapes @ $25 Halter Ranch Cab @ $35ish Domaine Eden Cab $40ish (if we’re counting Santa Cruz) Brave & M...
by Eric S n y d e r
March 16th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When your mother turns 75...
Replies: 34
Views: 1997

Re: When your mother turns 75...

If I recall correctly, the block UU is Chardonnay grafted onto Riesling rootstock. Drinks a bit like a hybrid of the two.
by Eric S n y d e r
March 7th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Possibly the best $13 bottle
Replies: 64
Views: 6390

Re: Possibly the best $13 bottle

I buy a few every Costco trip. Agreed, it’s near if not the top of the list of sub-$15 reds.
by Eric S n y d e r
March 6th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 207
Views: 13527

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

This blackmail tactic by Ridge is not good, wineries that tie lower level wines to get the allocated ones should be dropped. If enough people drop them then they will lose the arrogance, their are to many nice people to buy wine off in California to be putting up with this bullshit. It only seems t...
by Eric S n y d e r
March 5th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looks like the organic trend isn't really catching on in California
Replies: 41
Views: 2162

Re: Looks like the organic trend isn't really catching on in California

There is huge acreage that is not a source of fine, boutique wine. Not sure you can separate the vineyards we talk about here from the much larger vineyards. My initial thought as well. Given how much acreage goes into bulk wine, it’s not too shocking. Another reason to support growers and wineries...
by Eric S n y d e r
March 1st, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you double decant before BYO to restaurants?
Replies: 57
Views: 2346

Re: Do you double decant before BYO to restaurants?

James Billy wrote:
March 1st, 2019, 7:15 pm
You can use a T cut to remove the capsule. You can put it back after double decanting and and it's almost impossible to see what you've done.

High end Somm.-style! [highfive.gif]
Tell me more about this T cut...
by Eric S n y d e r
March 1st, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you double decant before BYO to restaurants?
Replies: 57
Views: 2346

Re: Do you double decant before BYO to restaurants?

WE are often told in our state of Washington by restaurants that it's not legal to do this (to bring an opened bottle to a restaurant). I still often try to do it with older reds. I check with the restaurant first. Or I do it and remove the capsule and ram the cork all the way back in flush--then i...
by Eric S n y d e r
March 1st, 2019, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you double decant before BYO to restaurants?
Replies: 57
Views: 2346

Re: Do you double decant before BYO to restaurants?

2001 Pavie on deck for tomorrow night’s wine dinner, alongside some bigger Napa and Paso Rhône competition... to DD or not DD...?
by Eric S n y d e r
March 1st, 2019, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you double decant before BYO to restaurants?
Replies: 57
Views: 2346

Do you double decant before BYO to restaurants?

Question for the masses: how often do you double decant your bottles before bringing the bottle out to a restaurant? I ask because I like to do this fairly often, but my wife thinks it’s tacky and embarrassing to walk in with an already opened bottle of wine. I see her point... but I do it anyways [...
by Eric S n y d e r
February 28th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 207
Views: 13527

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Question about MB futures and really futures in general where the wine is not expected to be consumed for 15+ years. Does the price savings of buying futures get eroded by the storage costs of holding a wine vs the cost of storing that wine for the duration? Based on today’s pricing it’s approx $10...
by Eric S n y d e r
February 28th, 2019, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Once & Future March 2019 Release
Replies: 22
Views: 1789

Re: Once & Future March 2019 Release

Thoughts on the Merlot? This is the second release of this, correct?
by Eric S n y d e r
February 28th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 506
Views: 33785

Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

2009 LS starting its long enjoyment window now with loads of smoke and vibrant black cherries. Decanted an hour and enjoyed over two, it barely budged. Delicious, and I think I have five more. 89B3C486-48FB-463F-86CB-275801B1D380.jpeg A timely note for me! I have one on deck for this weekend [cheer...
by Eric S n y d e r
February 27th, 2019, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1022
Views: 56304

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Neal.Mollen wrote:
February 27th, 2019, 6:07 am
Who bought the Magdelaine?
I didn’t see the email and reply until 90 minutes after it was sent. I was shut out, of course, but had to ask [cry.gif]
by Eric S n y d e r
February 25th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Skinner Stoney Creek Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 337

Re: TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Skinner Stoney Creek Vineyard

Very cool, was just thinking I should open my first 2015 D&R from this site.

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