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by dsimmons
September 16th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1442
Views: 96690

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Drank a '16 Papera Zin a few nights ago. Good but I will wait a year or two for next bottle.
by dsimmons
September 15th, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1442
Views: 96690

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

11 Sonoma Co. Zin - just shaking my head, this is my early drinking go to Carlisle yet this was so alive and fresh after 8 years. As this bottle was stolen from my dads cellar (I'll make it up to him - trust me) but I need to find a way not to drink my stash of these so quickly after release, is th...
by dsimmons
September 14th, 2019, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines for 25+ years of aging
Replies: 39
Views: 1620

Re: Wines for 25+ years of aging

I did not see them mentioned above but CA Cabs like Ridge Monte Bello, Chateau Montelena, Seavey and Togni will go the distance. I have never really tried to buy wines for my son but as a matter of course there is a large percentage of my cellar that will likely go to my son. I would focus on buying...
by dsimmons
September 4th, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '07 Tablas Creek Esprit, Rouge, brett or Mourvedre?
Replies: 6
Views: 306

Re: '07 Tablas Creek Esprit, Rouge, brett or Mourvedre?

I had one in April '18 that was excellent. Have three more in the cellar. Guess I better pop one to see if they are going down hill.
by dsimmons
September 2nd, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10739
Views: 387487

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Had a really good bottle of O' Shaughessey Cab last night. 2005 O'Shaughnessy Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain - USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain (9/2/2019) Drank my next to last bottle last evening with Osso bucco. Opened about one hour before drinking. Delicious mature cab. Very ele...
by dsimmons
September 2nd, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More cab than zin in California?
Replies: 24
Views: 1265

Re: More cab than zin in California?

I was surprised by the relative positions or Merlot and Syrah. I would have been believable to me if their positions were reversed.
by dsimmons
September 1st, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1442
Views: 96690

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Had an '08 Dry Creek Syrah last night. WOW! 2008 Carlisle Syrah Dry Creek Valley - USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley (9/1/2019) This is my first bottle of this delicious Syrah. Drank with slow cooker pot roast. The color was very inky. This mature Syrah was well balanced and concentra...
by dsimmons
August 31st, 2019, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 534
Views: 26787

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Did Okay in August. Case purchase of Cayuse wines my biggest add.

Consume Purchase Net
August 28 15 -13
Year to date 229 120 -109
by dsimmons
August 29th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)
Replies: 59
Views: 1779

Re: 8 Favourite Varieties (4 red, 4 white)

Reds:
Rhone Blends
Cabernet
Pinot
Zin

Whites:
Rhone Blends
Chardonnay
Champagne Blends
Voignier


The red selection is rather arbitrary. Bordeaux Blends and Syrah could easily be substituted.
by dsimmons
August 29th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best cheap glasses?
Replies: 17
Views: 745

Re: Best cheap glasses?

I would check your local Costco. The usually carry wine glasses in this price range. I have used them for everyday glasses for a long time.
by dsimmons
August 26th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1442
Views: 96690

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Drank my last bottle of '10 Old Vines Zin yesterday at a barbecue. Still going strong.
by dsimmons
August 25th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Ridge Monte Bello - Why oh Why?
Replies: 26
Views: 2580

Re: TN: 2001 Ridge Monte Bello - Why oh Why?

My only issue with MB is that my stash may not be anywhere near ready in my lifetime. My son will enjoy them. I have bought them since 2007 and the only bottle I opened so far (an '07 several years ago) was still pretty primary. Dan, I’m with you on this concern. But I have tried the 2006 and 2007 ...
by dsimmons
August 24th, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Ridge Monte Bello - Why oh Why?
Replies: 26
Views: 2580

Re: TN: 2001 Ridge Monte Bello - Why oh Why?

My only issue with MB is that my stash may not be anywhere near ready in my lifetime. My son will enjoy them.

I have bought them since 2007 and the only bottle I opened so far (an '07 several years ago) was still pretty primary.
by dsimmons
August 24th, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Columbia Crest Syrah Grand Estates (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)
Replies: 2
Views: 321

Re: TN: 2016 Columbia Crest Syrah Grand Estates (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)

I have always found that it is hard to beat Chateau Ste. Michelle/Columbia Crest for inexpensive quaffers.
by dsimmons
August 21st, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Replies: 8
Views: 503

Re: TN: 2000 Robert Mondavi Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

I bought these from '04 thru '07. I would say they over deliver for a $20 wine. Similar values from L. Martini, Berringer, Sebastiani and others in good vintages.
by dsimmons
August 21st, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11670
Views: 556855

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Bought my Cayuse allocation today: Bionic Frog, Camaspelo, Armada, and God only Knows [cheers.gif]
by dsimmons
August 20th, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10739
Views: 387487

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Drank my last bottle of a case last evening. This wine has been consistently good through the years. 2005 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (8/20/2019) My last bottle of this wine. Still drinking well with grilled pork loin chop. Best with an hour of air...
by dsimmons
August 14th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations
Replies: 45
Views: 2572

Re: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations

Many great visits to be had in or around Healdsberg. Since you like Pinot and Chardonnay I would put a tasting at Ramey high on my list. It is right in Healdsberg. You will need to make a reservation.
by dsimmons
August 11th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on making this Crude Basement space a cellar
Replies: 14
Views: 868

Re: Thoughts on making this Crude Basement space a cellar

I've had a passive cellar in my crawl space for almost 25 years. The temps vary form 53 to 65 (rarely). It has performed well and I have some bottles that have been stored for over 20 years.
by dsimmons
August 10th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Just hit the 1K milestone
Replies: 64
Views: 2894

Re: Just hit the 1K milestone

Scott, since you are on cellar tracker you can get a good ball park of a desirable cellar size by looking at your consumption history by variety. If you add your preferences for aging each variety the optimal cellar size becomes a math problem. e.g. I drink 30 Cabs per year and I like them with an a...
by dsimmons
August 9th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 68
Views: 2904

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

Forget clubs. Get on lists where you choose what and how many to buy.
by dsimmons
August 3rd, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the perils of sharing allocations
Replies: 39
Views: 3788

Re: the perils of sharing allocations

I do share allocations with local friends and they share with me. The obvious benefit is to make bottlings available from producers with long waiting lists. A secondary benefit and an important one when living in Alaska is the economy of full case shipments.
by dsimmons
August 1st, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?
Replies: 112
Views: 4397

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

I was routinely over a hundred for years but have winnowed it down to 55. Yea!!
by dsimmons
August 1st, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 534
Views: 26787

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Another good month for me:

Consumed Purchased Net
July 35 15 -20
YTD 202 105 -97
by dsimmons
July 25th, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit
Replies: 52
Views: 1971

Re: Wine list buying vs. corkage habit

Mark Golodetz wrote:
July 25th, 2019, 10:32 am
Unless the restaurant has an amazing cellar, I bring my own. I like older wine, and 99% of all restaurants have young wines with horrible mark ups. Happy to pay a reasonable corkage
+1
by dsimmons
July 23rd, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best review site
Replies: 33
Views: 2301

Re: Best review site

I use WA and Cellar Tracker plus the reviews provided by internet retailers. Lots of reviews available free. The trick is discovering how to gauge a reviewer to your palate.
by dsimmons
July 17th, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release
Replies: 71
Views: 5108

Re: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release

My order in for my favorite producer. Although I don't take my full allocation anymore it is still my biggest buy each year. My cellar is deep and wide with vintages back to '05.
by dsimmons
July 16th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you break today?
Replies: 14
Views: 734

Re: What bottle of wine did you break today?

Knock on wood... In all my years of handling bottles in and out of a crawl space cellar I have only broken two bottles of relatively inexpensive zin when I dropped a case. I take it as proof the God approves of wine as the chosen beverage.
by dsimmons
July 16th, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006, 2009, 2015 Ridge Monte Bello
Replies: 13
Views: 1393

Re: TN: 2006, 2009, 2015 Ridge Monte Bello

Chris H. wrote:
July 15th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Great notes!! Much appreciated.
+1
by dsimmons
July 5th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Misleading quoting of reviews: Doing the right thing
Replies: 18
Views: 1709

Re: Misleading quoting of reviews: Doing the right thing

Misleading information is common. Your merchants actions uncommon and commendable.
by dsimmons
July 5th, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone opening good wine for the 4th, or is it a beer day ?
Replies: 57
Views: 2191

Re: Anyone opening good wine for the 4th, or is it a beer day ?

A '13 Carlisle Dupratt Zin went well with July 4th picnic fare. Also opened a '17 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc because it was 90 F%^*#g degrees in Anchorage, AK.
by dsimmons
July 4th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: North Coast wines in $30-$50 range?
Replies: 23
Views: 1089

Re: North Coast wines in $30-$50 range?

If you like Syrah I would certainly get on the Carlisle waiting list. It will take a while but you will be rewarded with a long list of fairly priced premium wines.
by dsimmons
July 1st, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 534
Views: 26787

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Another good month for me: Consumed 32 and only purchased 3 for a reduction of 29. My year to date reduction is 78 and I am down about 600 bottles since beginning this "rightsizing" effort about 5 years ago.
by dsimmons
June 30th, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner with Family. My wine options are...
Replies: 18
Views: 1224

Re: Dinner with Family. My wine options are...

etomasi wrote:
June 28th, 2019, 9:20 am
Given there are 5 people my initial thoughts are .. bring 2 bottles, a red and a white.
+1
by dsimmons
June 30th, 2019, 4:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 10
Views: 869

Re: TN: 2014 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon

Congratulations to your son.

I have enjoyed the Ramey Cabs that I have drank but I too normally take my own bottles to restaurants. Wine list rarely have the aged wines that I prefer. And if they do they are usually expensive.
by dsimmons
June 30th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many wines a day?
Replies: 31
Views: 1857

Re: How many wines a day?

The wife and I normally share a bottle with dinner. However in the summer we frequently pop a white wine in the late afternoon to enjoy on the deck. This is usually a second bottle.
by dsimmons
June 27th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Leoville Barton and 2001 Lewelling Wight
Replies: 29
Views: 1480

Re: 2000 Leoville Barton and 2001 Lewelling Wight

I drank one of my 4 LB's in '11 and it was way too young. Hopefully your bottle was an exception.
by dsimmons
June 21st, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yearly Budget
Replies: 43
Views: 2022

Re: Yearly Budget

No budget just realistic limits on the size cellar I want (current target is 2000 bottles); how much I am willing to pay for any given wine (this number has continually crept up over the past 20 years); and the "deals" that keep popping up in my inbox. My peak buying years were 2007-2010 and I am cu...
by dsimmons
June 21st, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.
Replies: 14
Views: 1217

Re: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.

I am a big fan of this producer, especially some of their very affordable Rhone white wines.
by dsimmons
June 20th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 87
Views: 5759

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

I am with James, it appears that your cellar is preforming admirably. My passive cellar is in my crawl space in Alaska and I get approximately the same temperature ranges that you are seeing. I have had my cellar for 20 years and I have noticed no ill effects from small daily fluctuation in temperat...
by dsimmons
June 19th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pisoni gets no love here
Replies: 38
Views: 1778

Re: Pisoni gets no love here

I have very much enjoyed the few Pisoni pinots that i have had. So many good pinots out there.
by dsimmons
June 19th, 2019, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 154
Views: 10537

Re: Top US Syrahs

So many great Syrah's out there. It's hard to narrow to only five. I list the ones I have most experience with. I factor in value in my list. Carlisle Betz Dehlinger Lagier Meridith Cayuse As an aside I had a bottle of '05 Carlisle Sonoma a few weeks ago that was amazing. This was a $20 bottle that ...
by dsimmons
June 16th, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 750Daily: The Next Big Thing: Mondeuse
Replies: 13
Views: 1115

Re: Yup...

I actually had a bottle of '04 Carlisle Mondeuse Noir that I drank in 2017. I enjoyed the bottle but it is something you rarely see. Yup....that was a year that Mike was able to make a barrel of Mondeuse off of TwoAcres. I thought it spoke more of Mike's winemaking and only quietly of Mondeuse vari...
by dsimmons
June 16th, 2019, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1442
Views: 96690

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Bud Carey wrote:
June 16th, 2019, 11:03 am
2014 Compagni Portis... stunningly good.
I've liked each vintage but I believe that the '12 Compagni Portis was my favorite Carlisle white wine to date.
by dsimmons
June 13th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best Young Beaucastel!
Replies: 19
Views: 1985

Re: The Best Young Beaucastel!

I have a few in the cellar and have noticed that the '15 and '16's seem to get nearly universal rave reviews. Have not drunk any of mine yet.
by dsimmons
June 12th, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 750Daily: The Next Big Thing: Mondeuse
Replies: 13
Views: 1115

Re: 750Daily: The Next Big Thing: Mondeuse

I actually had a bottle of '04 Carlisle Mondeuse Noir that I drank in 2017. I enjoyed the bottle but it is something you rarely see.
by dsimmons
June 9th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11670
Views: 556855

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2016 Pegau Reservee. Not buying much these days but I really like this producer and have several vintages in the cellar.
by dsimmons
June 7th, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Napa - What are the winemakers saying??
Replies: 33
Views: 2813

Re: 2018 Napa - What are the winemakers saying??

Brian Tuite wrote:
June 7th, 2019, 10:00 am
Anton D wrote:
June 7th, 2019, 9:44 am
Vintage of the century!
This
This is like the 4th one in the last 5 years right [cheers.gif]
by dsimmons
June 2nd, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where please?
Replies: 23
Views: 1759

Re: Where please?

Welcome aboard. Lots to be learned here. Lots of knowledgeable posters with diverse interests and tastes.
by dsimmons
June 1st, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decent Chardonnay reccos?
Replies: 38
Views: 2333

Re: Decent Chardonnay reccos?

My pick at $25 would be the Walter Hansel Estate Chard.

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