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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: 302

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: 246
Views: 17901

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: 563

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: 246
Views: 17901

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: 89
Views: 7477

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: 1482

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: 7358

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: 937

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: 836

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: 1705

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: 9388

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: 6131

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!
by Eric S n y d e r
November 19th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: York Creek Winery (Fritz Maytag)
Replies: 31
Views: 2378

Re: York Creek Winery (Fritz Maytag)

So far I’ve had the 1997 Meritage and 2006 “Lake” Cab. The 1997 was drinking like an older wine, probably on the downslope but still very complex and interesting. The 2006 was definitely more extracted and bigger, you can tell it’s not the same winemaker as the 1997. Integrated at this point, lots o...
by Eric S n y d e r
November 13th, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zalto…takes a lickin…..
Replies: 83
Views: 7985

Re: Zalto…takes a lickin…..

A guest broke a Zalto Universal last week. It was full, fell about 4 feet to the hardwood floor. I didn’t see the fall, but it must have hit at an odd angle because it completely shattered. Surprised me.
by Eric S n y d e r
October 22nd, 2019, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 80
Views: 5812

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

So many good suggestions already (I favorited this list)!

I would add Chanin’s SB County Pinot Noir and second the Arterberry Maresh PN.
by Eric S n y d e r
October 15th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge announcement - White Rhone Release
Replies: 28
Views: 1737

Re: Ridge announcement - White Rhone Release

Was happy to see this too. Will definitely add to my next order.
by Eric S n y d e r
September 24th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: William and Mary 2017 Save the Date
Replies: 55
Views: 4853

Re: William and Mary 2017 Save the Date

CT has some early (positive) reviews for these.
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: 9311

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: 1944

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: 33
Views: 2282

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: 121
Views: 5365

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: 1789
Views: 221259

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: 582

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: 156
Views: 11666

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: 1128

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: 3403

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: 3354

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: 868

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: 306

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: 3203

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: 2659

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: 6176

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: 6176

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: 327

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: 2390

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: 3119

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: 1864

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: 1864

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: 2334

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: 6506

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: 3172

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: 2995

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: 246
Views: 17901

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: 2422

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: 83
Views: 9388

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: 1407

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: 1407

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.

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