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by Jim McCully
July 24th, 2020, 2:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban Winter Release
Replies: 25
Views: 1785

Re: Alban Winter Release

Got 12-3-2 on the offer. The Reva is the JD standout with the Fall tasting (10/31) 97-100. He also stated he thought the Roussanne was the finest vintage yet of that cuvée. He thought the Pandora superior to the (earlier) Grenache but still that price point I have to wonder if the flame is worth the...
by Jim McCully
March 28th, 2020, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K&L Website Down
Replies: 12
Views: 1864

Re: K&L Website Down

I’m having a tougher time sticking with K&L than I wish. Shipping to Hawaii has gotten ridiculous with the requirement to use a 3rd party. If I don’t spend time with the clerk processing the order my cost per bottle can approach or break $10/ea. Shipping Mags can be even more absurd. When IA gives m...
by Jim McCully
March 28th, 2020, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K&L Website Down
Replies: 12
Views: 1864

Re: K&L Website Down

I noticed that as well, no doubt saving me a bunch of money. Hmmm...what’s my wife been doing on the computer with all this down time ?

I noticed Sandler Wine down as well, and when I first tried to reply here I got attacked by a ATT false flag bot
by Jim McCully
March 27th, 2020, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1988
Views: 255883

Re: Official Costco Thread

Len, agreed on the '15 Kirkland Barolo. Not worth flying over to Hawaii for....a bit of a stewey mess on the first attack, improved with air and came a bit more into balance. Would not have called out Barolo blind....will revisit tonight with some optimism. Anyone try the '16 Penfolds 311 Chard ? Ha...
by Jim McCully
March 26th, 2020, 10:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1988
Views: 255883

Re: Official Costco Thread

There’s cases of Kirkland Barolo in Costco Kona....picked up some today and pulled the cork 5 min ago. Got the ‘17 Chablis as well.... If you come out you can get a couple cases and then hole up in a hotel room for the mandatory 14 day Quarantine. Plenty of cheap seats to get here and plenty of room...
by Jim McCully
March 26th, 2020, 10:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What SHIPMENT did you receive today?
Replies: 515
Views: 24939

Re: What SHIPMENT did you receive today?

Ridge: 1 mag Monte Bello Tablas Creek: 3 can mixed whites/reds primarily Grenache Blanc and Grenache (always 6 Esprits = free shipping) Costco P/U : 2cs primarily ‘13 Northstar Merlot @$16 ! but trials of ‘15 Kirkland Barolo and CSM ‘15 Canoe Cab and some more ‘16 BDX Yesterday DeLille: 1 cs ‘18 Cha...
by Jim McCully
March 13th, 2020, 9:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point
Replies: 45
Views: 3141

Re: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point

DeLille....great Bordeaux blend, D2, is well under $50, the Quintessence is too, a BDX buy especially if you appreciate Malbec. There’s a 4 Flags Cab that’s excellent as a “Cab” and if you’re in their Club (a very good value) it’s just under $50. However their Best Buy (wine?) is their white Bordeau...
by Jim McCully
February 14th, 2020, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1988
Views: 255883

Re: Official Costco Thread

Kona today had 2013 Beringer Cabs; Private Reserve @ $99 Knights Vly Rsv. @$49 Nice to get a little bottle age for the price. Also, first time Penfolds; ‘16 389 @$49 ‘17 407 @$49 ‘16 Bdx’s all gone but for the Clerc-Milon @$79 and a bunch of les Orme’s de Pez @$33 Tony, the new wine guy, is helpful ...
by Jim McCully
February 11th, 2020, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban Winter Release
Replies: 25
Views: 1785

Re: Alban Winter Release

I just got mine....my 2nd year on the list. I thought last year, for my first year, was "generous" in the allocation. This year is the same; 3, 6, 3, 6, 12 in the OP's list of releases. I'm not gonna run the table, for sure, but I loved the Patrina and Viognier I got last year, so I'm tempted to go ...
by Jim McCully
January 15th, 2020, 11:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1988
Views: 255883

Re: Official Costco Thread

They also had 1 last 3.0 Freemark Abbey 2015 cab at $99
Seemed like a great party bottle in a few years so I scooped it up. 3.0 of 2017 Cambria Chard Kathleen’s 2017 for $69....and they still have 1/2 doz 3.0’s of 2015 Stags Leap at $259....hard pass )
by Jim McCully
January 15th, 2020, 11:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1988
Views: 255883

Re: Official Costco Thread

Kona store today had a new bin of Clerc Milon ($75)and Clos Marquis ($55), both 2016 Scooped both as well as a Kirkland’17 Chablis 1’er for tonight’s dinner The Clos Marquis is a definite buy, good now but potentially great after a long sleep. The Chablis is a QPR knockout, at $17 but only 2cs were ...
by Jim McCully
December 2nd, 2019, 1:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1988
Views: 255883

Re: Official Costco Thread

Was in Kona Costco yesterday and the odd label in the 2015 Ornellaia ($179) caught my eye. It was an art label and bore a “Carisma” cuvée. They only had the one bottle amidst 5 regular labels. I bought it for the novelty... They also just racked some additional 2016’s, this store has really gotten s...
by Jim McCully
December 2nd, 2019, 12:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Layout my wine cellar
Replies: 48
Views: 2927

Re: Layout my wine cellar

I just built a 12’x12’ to replace my 7’x18’. For the earlier I went utilitarian and got chrome racks at Costco. I fixed them to the long walls since we’re in a quake zone but left them on their casters. I trimmed them with clear Doug fir at the front and ends and let the walls seal the back. I doubl...
by Jim McCully
November 25th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1988
Views: 255883

Re: Official Costco Thread

Can’t match up with Morena, but....
Cos ‘ $179
Beychevelle $84
d’Armhailhac $49

all “.99” with an asterisk
by Jim McCully
October 20th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1988
Views: 255883

Re: Official Costco Thread

Aloha Ed

Whoops! I looked up the wines and you are correct.
I’ll assume my mind was in Saint Veran at that point of the night

Jim
by Jim McCully
October 19th, 2019, 11:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1988
Views: 255883

Re: Official Costco Thread

Kailua-Kona store had a full pallet end cap today of 2014 Conn Creek Anthology @ $49.99. Nary a bottle missing, so I took one out of sympathy....I’ve loved the Right Bank Red and Reserve Cab in the past, don’t know this cuvée at all though. Also dropped a full pallet of 2013 Northstar Merlot CV for ...
by Jim McCully
June 29th, 2019, 12:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Shafer HSS offer
Replies: 45
Views: 4857

Re: 2015 Shafer HSS offer

A buddy forwarded his "allocation" to a couple of us. Considered for a minute, went online to KL to check retail pricing and got sucked into an expiring auction for HSS 2008.....5 minutes later I've got two bottles reaching prime @$190 each. Provenance seemed solid and as I get older I'm losing pati...
by Jim McCully
March 31st, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1988
Views: 255883

Re: Official Costco Thread

Hawaii (Kona Store) now has the DP '08 but....at $165.99 . Same SKU, 21006. Ahhh, the price of paradise! The most interesting addition to inventory was the Guado al Tasso in OWC, 6 packs, closed case only, at $99. Not a discount, so I didn't grab one since this modern style Super Tuscan was at the s...
by Jim McCully
January 12th, 2019, 12:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sans Liege The Offering 2016
Replies: 0
Views: 220

Sans Liege The Offering 2016

Anyone taste this vintage yet? I'd really appreciate a tasting note from someone with multiple vintage experiences. For me it's always a great crowd pleaser, and my go-to cellar defender. I've loved this Grenache dominated GSM's new world fruit with its old world spiciness. It usually has great arom...
by Jim McCully
November 2nd, 2018, 11:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hammell Wine Alliance
Replies: 34
Views: 2223

Re: Hammell Wine Alliance

Do any of you know why Vinuous / AG had a
"Tasted, not recommended" for 3 vintages of True Believer tasted in 2016 ?
by Jim McCully
November 1st, 2018, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hammell Wine Alliance
Replies: 34
Views: 2223

Re: Hammell Wine Alliance

Reviving this thread rather than starting another, it's time again…my allocation was 3 TB's 750 and 1 wait list Mag. This is the last allocation based release, from this point forward it will be club based.
Loving the El Crue I picked up earlier this year, seems a solid keep on my list.
by Jim McCully
September 24th, 2018, 11:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Kirkland Signature Series, Stags Leap District Cabernet
Replies: 116
Views: 10308

Re: TN: 2016 Kirkland Signature Series, Stags Leap District Cabernet

Have a 2016 Kirkland SLD going side by side with another Costco Twenty-bucker, 2015 R. Mondavi Napa 3rd night for each, the SLD has pulled steadily ahead after the Mondovi showed slightly better on PnP SLD has balanced and deepened, and finish has extended. Mondovi shows thinner with more astringenc...
by Jim McCully
August 7th, 2018, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many allocation lists are you on?
Replies: 111
Views: 6219

How many allocation lists are you on?

I'm using this response as a therapy...will look long and hard at the list, hopefully recognize it as the addiction it is, and perhaps thereby begin the steps necessary to gain my release from all their releases. Cases per annum tiers 3 case + ; Tablas Creek Ridge (this one is on the shakiest ground...
by Jim McCully
August 7th, 2018, 2:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall Release 2018
Replies: 140
Views: 10848

Bedrock Fall Release 2018

Boom! Wishlist’s have hit;
3 mags Bedrock Heritage
3 mags BN X Block
(and another 3 750’s Dolinesk)
Call me in 10-20 years......
by Jim McCully
February 16th, 2018, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban Offering - First Time
Replies: 28
Views: 1365

Alban Offering - First Time

I was happily surprised with both the level and the availability for a first offering. I never got to more than one Jackass before i quit Martinelli....

So does Alban have more quitters than joiners?
by Jim McCully
February 15th, 2018, 8:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban Offering - First Time
Replies: 28
Views: 1365

Alban Offering - First Time

I just got an inital offering from Alban, 30 bottles worth; '13 Seymours and Lorraine, '14 Patrina and Grenache, and some '16 Viognier. I'm considering a mixed case My conflict is i was just deciding on my Bedrock order!!! I usually get about 2+ cases each offering (sometimes 3-4!) For comparative p...
by Jim McCully
January 12th, 2018, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ZAP Heritage Zin - 2015 Ridge version
Replies: 4
Views: 455

ZAP Heritage Zin - 2015 Ridge version

I got an offer from Ridge due to my membership in their ATP club. It's offered at $29.75/btl for the full case price, otherwise it's $31.50 At that price it needs to surpass a bunch of fave Zins; Scherrer OMV and Bedrock, besides the other Ridge offerings like Lytton and Geyserville. I'm interested ...
by Jim McCully
January 10th, 2018, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ZAP Heritage Zin - 2015 Ridge version
Replies: 4
Views: 455

ZAP Heritage Zin - 2015 Ridge version

Has anyone tasted this release? Anyone buying? There are scant few purchases of previous releases posted on Cellartracker. The 2011 release, by Scott Harvey, got the most love... The link Ridge provides to the ZAP project shows a veritable who's who of Zin producers and goes back to '97, for a viney...
by Jim McCully
June 27th, 2017, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eisele ( Arujao ) Vineyard 2014
Replies: 3
Views: 444

Eisele ( Arujao ) Vineyard 2014

A buddy has offered his allocation of cab and syrah at cost. I note low scores the last few years from Vinuous, and a reference to a new winemaker.
I've had older Arujao from the late '90's and earlier '00's but nothing recent. Any references or tastings of the '14, particularly the syrah?
by Jim McCully
December 19th, 2016, 12:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1988
Views: 255883

Official Costco Thread

I actually prefer the Kirkland label at half the price to Yellow Label V-C. I tasted them blind in a group and the Kirkland was preferred by the majority; 7/2 Less than half the price too! However it lacks in the perception and therefore the preference of many of my guests. If they have the rose Dom...
by Jim McCully
December 18th, 2016, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1988
Views: 255883

Official Costco Thread

Forgot to mention I also picked up this;
Louis Latour Volnay 'En Chevret' 2009
$46
Little concerned about provenance (sitting around the distributor watehouse) but perhaps Costco does direct buys now as well?
by Jim McCully
December 18th, 2016, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brewer Clifton 2015
Replies: 0
Views: 223

Brewer Clifton 2015

newhere 2nd posting, but same subject*. Anyone taste these wines yet? I'm interested in whether I should go deeper, though I'm already in up to my neck (4 mags each!!!) I've had BC from the early to mid '00's, including some single vineyards and I like the style and approach of BC. From some reading...
by Jim McCully
December 18th, 2016, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1988
Views: 255883

Official Costco Thread

newhere First posting.....I was a long time Wine Commune guy back in the day and have not participated in any online wine forums since. I was searching out the Premier Cru disaster when I stumbled upon this forum again and have been lurking for the past year or so. I was finally stimulated to join b...

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