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by dsimmons
January 23rd, 2021, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Exposition Series
Replies: 15
Views: 1148

Re: Bedrock Exposition Series

I have a set of the '12's and will wait at least a few more years.
by dsimmons
January 23rd, 2021, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1786
Views: 127771

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2010 Carlisle Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley - USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley (1/22/2021) WOW! i wish I had the patience to allow my Carlisle zins to age longer. This was my last bottle of this beauty. Loads of elegant dark fruits. Great balance. Just all round delicious. (95 pts.) Po...
by dsimmons
January 23rd, 2021, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1786
Views: 127771

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Has anyone opened a 13 Rossi Ranch Grenache lately? I pulled it from the cellar for tonight but it's my last one. *Edit. I was also eyeing a 13 Montafi zin. Carlisle website say drink through 2021 but recent CT reviews indicate it has plenty of room to grow (which would have been my thought given p...
by dsimmons
January 19th, 2021, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Venison Wellington food pairing...
Replies: 21
Views: 768

Re: Venison Wellington food pairing...

I would go with a good Cab or Bordeaux,
by dsimmons
January 15th, 2021, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15688
Views: 812090

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Carlisle and Quilceda Creek offers!
by dsimmons
January 13th, 2021, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1786
Views: 127771

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Had the'13 Papera last evening with dinner. Drinking the leftovers as we speak. Delicious as expected.
by dsimmons
January 11th, 2021, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bedrock Zin MonteRosso '19...(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 617

Re: TN: Bedrock Zin MonteRosso '19...(short/boring)

Hi Tom,

Didn't Gallo cut off outside sales of MonteRosso fruit?
by dsimmons
January 11th, 2021, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Lucia Garys
Replies: 7
Views: 388

Re: 2013 Lucia Garys

I bought quite a few '07 and '08s. Drank through them except for one remaining bottle of Gary's Syrah. Very well made and enjoyable wines.
by dsimmons
January 9th, 2021, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Cayuse - Syrah "En Cerise Vineyard" (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley)
Replies: 10
Views: 768

Re: TN: 2007 Cayuse - Syrah "En Cerise Vineyard" (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley)

Brian. et al. I am allocated Armada and BF Syrahs and, as I have a clear preference for aged syrah, I try to hold them at least ten years before we drink them. My experiences with the Armada has been spectacular. The BF's have not yet hit the 10 year mark.
by dsimmons
January 9th, 2021, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon East Ridge
Replies: 8
Views: 337

Re: TN: 2007 Dehlinger Cabernet Sauvignon East Ridge

Love older Dehlinger wines. Have had the '04 and '05 Cabs and the '06 Claret in the past few years and all have been really good.
by dsimmons
January 9th, 2021, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm
Replies: 19
Views: 1444

Re: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

Jordon, thank you for the note. I still have one in the cellar. Good to hear there is no rush. [cheers.gif]
by dsimmons
January 7th, 2021, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?
Replies: 213
Views: 9210

Re: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?

dsimmons wrote: January 6th, 2021, 1:41 pm Q Creek orders start 1/14... so then.
I lied... picked up a few 2012 Piper Heidsieck Brut today.
by dsimmons
January 6th, 2021, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?
Replies: 213
Views: 9210

Re: How long can you go till you buy wine in 2021?

Q Creek orders start 1/14... so then.
by dsimmons
January 6th, 2021, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Leoville Barton, 2001 Cos D'Estournel
Replies: 6
Views: 746

Re: TN: 2000 Leoville Barton, 2001 Cos D'Estournel

Thanks for the note Bob. I have the 2000 LB and drank one back in '11 and it was no where near ready. I will continue to hold off on my remaining bottles. May be one of those my son will get top enjoy.
by dsimmons
January 4th, 2021, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Consumption in 2020
Replies: 46
Views: 2150

Re: Consumption in 2020

Our 2020 consumption was on a pretty even keel at a little less than a bottle per day.
by dsimmons
January 4th, 2021, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An Amazing Wine I Strongly Recommend Buying
Replies: 42
Views: 10147

Re: An Amazing Wine I Strongly Recommend Buying

I am half way through my six-pack and have also noted bottle variation. Some are good; some have been great. Will have to queue up a bottle.
by dsimmons
January 1st, 2021, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 1091
Views: 57845

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Five plus years ago when my cellar size was approaching 3000 bottles I set a goal of winnowing it down to <2000 bottles. Last night I reached my goal!! Pretty happy about that. for December we drank 30 and purchased 6 for a net -24. For the entire year we drank 303 and bought 143 for a net reduction...
by dsimmons
December 31st, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1902
Views: 128607

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2006 Taittinger Champagne Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut to celebrate New Years tonight.
by dsimmons
December 28th, 2020, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be
Replies: 147
Views: 6182

Re: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be

I have followed Howards trajectory. My cellar today is smaller and less diverse than when I was younger but at the same time it is more focused on the wines I like. That said I have wines from over 300 producers in my cellar.
by dsimmons
December 28th, 2020, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: how do you pick the bottle you are opening?
Replies: 23
Views: 915

Re: how do you pick the bottle you are opening?

I have a crawl space wine cellar plus I store about 50 bottles comprised of a dozen varietals in my garage. I use Cellar tracked resources (drinkability report, tasting notes and other screening methods) to queue up bottles too be moved from the Cellar to the garage. I make queued bottles every week...
by dsimmons
December 28th, 2020, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the size and weight of a wine bottle matter?
Replies: 55
Views: 2273

Re: Does the size and weight of a wine bottle matter?

If I were king everything would be bottled in a standard Bordeaux style bottle. Big bottles are a huge PITA.
by dsimmons
December 26th, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 3
Views: 584

Re: TN: 2002 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Had this with Xmas dinner. 2002 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, Washington (12/26/2020) Opened about an hour before drinking with Xmas rib roast dinner. Can't ask for much more from a Cab. Concentrated flavors of dark fruits, licorice, and smoke with earthy undertones. For those who like th...
by dsimmons
December 26th, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Christmas wine?
Replies: 95
Views: 4230

Re: Your Christmas wine?

2011 Roederer Estate L'Ermitage Brut - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (12/26/2020) drank with Xmas dinner. Fresh and bright. Drinking at peak. Good value. (91 pts.) Posted from CellarTracker 2002 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, Washington (12/26/2020) Opened about an hour be...
by dsimmons
December 25th, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The zenith of score inflation?
Replies: 64
Views: 5512

Re: The zenith of score inflation?

IMHO, even though Suckling may be the worst, I believe wine ratings across the universe of ratters have crept up over the years. Partly because wines overall have improved and partly because of score inflation. They are what they are and to me the key is to find raters with palates similar to your o...
by dsimmons
December 25th, 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Embrace your cellar diversity
Replies: 114
Views: 4953

Re: Embrace your cellar diversity

US 56.4% France 35.3% Italy 3.1% Aus 1.7% Port 1.1% Everywhere else <1% I have really curtailed my wine purchases so things will likely not change too much. Since I like aged wines and am 70 years old I buy no Bordeaux, Cab, Burgundy,, port, stickies and have cut way back on Syrah and Zin. The only ...
by dsimmons
December 24th, 2020, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker wine scores
Replies: 75
Views: 4256

Re: Cellar Tracker wine scores

Once you understand how to interpret CT scores they are very useful. I use them as a data point when considering a wine purchase and as a primary data point when deciding which bottles to queue up for drinking. The scores combined with getting to know other CT members and how they score wine is a po...
by dsimmons
December 16th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Chardonnay Can Age Beautifully
Replies: 31
Views: 2650

Re: California Chardonnay Can Age Beautifully

If you enjoy aged CA Chard you should source a bottle of Kalin Chardonnay. Not something I would want everyday but a very interesting expression of CA Chardonnay. I believe that most of their Chardonnay is 20+ years past vintage when released.
by dsimmons
December 14th, 2020, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1786
Views: 127771

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2008 Rosella's Syrah last night. Drinking at peak IMHO.
by dsimmons
December 10th, 2020, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Is Bordeaux 2000 still going strong?
Replies: 96
Views: 5239

Re: TN: Is Bordeaux 2000 still going strong?

Had a 2000 Haut-Bergey last night whish was good. 2000 Château Haut-Bergey - France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Léognan (12/10/2020) Last bottle PnP and drunk with meatloaf. Very nice mature Bordeaux with nice fruit, secondary flavors and good balance. Drink or hold. (91 pts.) Posted from CellarTracker
by dsimmons
December 10th, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Better than expected 2003 Clerc Milan
Replies: 6
Views: 465

Re: Better than expected 2003 Clerc Milan

Alan,

You must be thinking of the Clericesse Milano... This is the can't spell worth a s%# Bordeaux version. [cheers.gif] [cheers.gif]
by dsimmons
December 8th, 2020, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Better than expected 2003 Clerc Milan
Replies: 6
Views: 465

Better than expected 2003 Clerc Milan

One of the joys of a wine collection are these unexpected bonuses. 2003 Château Clerc Milon - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac (12/8/2020) What an unexpected surprise. Second of three bottles PnP and drank with meatloaf dinner. Prominent fruit. great concentration of black current and dark berry fr...
by dsimmons
December 5th, 2020, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Temp and Humidity Levels
Replies: 5
Views: 553

Re: Cellar Temp and Humidity Levels

IMHO while the ideal may be 55 degrees with 75% humidity the variances you are talking about will make no practical difference.
by dsimmons
December 5th, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Inexpensive 2006 Montes Alpha Syrah a pleasant surprise
Replies: 6
Views: 491

Inexpensive 2006 Montes Alpha Syrah a pleasant surprise

When I buy and cellar premium wines my expectation is to be rewarded with an excellent bottle down the road. What does not happen very often is to have a wine that you bought as a daily drinker become a major league player. Back in 2009 I bought 4 of the 2006 Montes Alpha Syrah for daily drinkers. I...
by dsimmons
November 30th, 2020, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 1091
Views: 57845

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

I did pretty good this month. Drank 18 and bought only 2 for a monthly count of -16. YTD I am -136 and only about 20 bottles shy of getting my cellar down to < 2000 bottles... a goal I have been working on for 5+ years.
by dsimmons
November 28th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving leftover wine
Replies: 2
Views: 484

Re: Thanksgiving leftover wine

We had a Henriot Champagne and a DuMol Pinot for the main event. at last nights leftover dinner we drank a Carlisle Grüner Veltliner .

They were all delicious and worked well with the turkey.

I am going to make a turkey rice soup tomorrow and will likely open a Chablis or Chardonnay.
by dsimmons
November 27th, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most impractical wine in the cellar?
Replies: 77
Views: 3784

Re: Most impractical wine in the cellar?

Anything over a magnum size. I have actually given them all away.
by dsimmons
November 27th, 2020, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?
Replies: 181
Views: 8191

Re: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

2006 Henriot Champagne Brut Millésimé
2012 DuMOL Pinot Noir Ryan Widdoes Vineyard

Both were great - Perfect accompaniment to T-day dinner for two.
by dsimmons
November 26th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12776
Views: 519952

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2014 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir The Three Rows - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (11/26/2020)
Delicious Pinot drank with parchment paper baked silver salmon. Cherry, earth, some cranberry, Great acid balance. Drink or hold. (95 pts.)

Posted from CellarTracker
by dsimmons
November 24th, 2020, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Asimov on Grape Variety Caste System
Replies: 64
Views: 3651

Re: NYTimes: Asimov on Grape Variety Caste System

Thanks for posting. Good read. totally agree.
by dsimmons
November 24th, 2020, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12776
Views: 519952

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2005 D'Arenberg Dead Arm. Good solid mature Shiraz but not amazing.
by dsimmons
November 23rd, 2020, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Cayuse Bionic Frog
Replies: 13
Views: 1194

Re: TN: 2017 Cayuse Bionic Frog

I try to give their Syrah's 10 years in the cellar.
by dsimmons
November 19th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Scharffenberger Brut Excellence QPR SHOCKER!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 490

Re: TN: NV Scharffenberger Brut Excellence QPR SHOCKER!!!

This is my wife's go to bubbly for the last few years.
by dsimmons
November 14th, 2020, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somethings gotta go- Carlisle, Bedrock, O and F?
Replies: 47
Views: 2967

Re: Somethings gotta go- Carlisle, Bedrock, O and F?

I have been buying from Carlisle for over 15 years and continue to buy their wine although less of it. I passed on the Bedrock and O&F lists because I have so much Zin and Syrah in my cellar. I do have friends who buy Bedrock and O&F and I get some exposure that way. As I have said here many...
by dsimmons
November 4th, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille
Replies: 20
Views: 725

Re: TN: 2006 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille

Brandon,

The 2006 vintage was the first vintage that I purchased Betz. I bought a 6 pack of the Père de Famille and have thoroughly enjoyed this wine over the years. I still have one bottle in the cellar that I am looking forward to drinking in the next few years.
by dsimmons
November 4th, 2020, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille
Replies: 20
Views: 725

Re: TN: 2006 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille

For everyone who still buys Betz, because I haven't had any since the sale, I don't think, have you seen any differences since 2010 vintage? I'd be curious too. I haven't really bought in quite a while (pre-2010), but would be surprised if it changed a lot knowing how dedicated Bob Betz was to the ...
by dsimmons
November 4th, 2020, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Geriatric Cellar Planning
Replies: 70
Views: 4075

Re: Geriatric Cellar Planning

Glenn, Much of what I have done is a repeat of what others have said. First, I adopted the view that my cellar will be a legacy for my son. Although my buying has certainly slowed significantly I still buy wine. After all building a vibrant cellar is part of the fun. Second, I focus on quality. No m...
by dsimmons
November 4th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Geriatric Cellar Planning
Replies: 70
Views: 4075

Re: Geriatric Cellar Planning

When I 1st saw the thread title, I thought you were going to say something about accessing your cellar when you're too old. I have 2 cellars, one is passive deep in my 'finished' crawlspace. I'm 50 and in shape and hate crawling in there now to deposit or occasionally grab something to move into my...
by dsimmons
November 1st, 2020, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 1091
Views: 57845

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

HenryB wrote: November 1st, 2020, 1:51 am Bought - 33 for October

Sold - 30
Drank - 12
Dropped - 1


Net 0!
Math Check [cheers.gif]
by dsimmons
October 31st, 2020, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12776
Views: 519952

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2005 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Corton-Perrières Vieilles Vignes - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Corton Grand Cru (10/31/2020) WOW!! My second of three. PnP and drunk with slow cooker pheasant. One of the best burgundies I have had. Earthy cherry, integrated tannin, wonderful balance. Ve...
by dsimmons
October 31st, 2020, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 1091
Views: 57845

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Well for me October was an okay showing. I consumed 30 and purchased 9 for a net reduction of 21. Right now I am on track to reach my cellar size goal of 2000 bottles by year end. I am really enjoying the resulting roominess in the cellar. I have transferred almost all of the wine stored in shippers...

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