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by dsimmons
June 16th, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 750Daily: The Next Big Thing: Mondeuse
Replies: 13
Views: 819

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: 1400
Views: 88075

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: 1561

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: 819

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: 11091
Views: 494958

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: 2444

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: 1554

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: 1912

Re: Decent Chardonnay reccos?

My pick at $25 would be the Walter Hansel Estate Chard.
by dsimmons
June 1st, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 437
Views: 19719

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

alan weinberg wrote:
June 1st, 2019, 8:43 am


I take solace in that I have made no June purchases.
Amazing willpower! [cheers.gif]
by dsimmons
May 31st, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 437
Views: 19719

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

May was good. Consumed 25 and bought 5 for a net of -20. My purchases this year have swung dramatically toward White wine and Champagne.
by dsimmons
May 28th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sonoma Cabs - aging and characteristic questions
Replies: 36
Views: 2122

Re: Sonoma Cabs - aging and characteristic questions

Don't have a lot of experience with Sonoma Cabs but I have had exceptional bottles of aged Dehlinger and Audelssa Cabs.
by dsimmons
May 27th, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Windward Vineyard Pinot Noir Monopole
Replies: 6
Views: 436

Re: TN: 2014 Windward Vineyard Pinot Noir Monopole

i have visited Windward several times over the years and have enjoyed numerous bottlings of their Pinot. I especially enjoyed the small, family run atmosphere of the winery. Very nice people and fun stories.
by dsimmons
May 26th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most inexpensive wine by the best wine makers.
Replies: 31
Views: 2154

Re: What’s the most inexpensive wine by the best wine makers.

Carlisle Sonoma Zin and Syrah
Beaucastel Coudoulet
Hansel Estate Chard
Le Clos du Caillou Caillou Les Quartz CdR
by dsimmons
May 25th, 2019, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County)
Replies: 18
Views: 1213

Re: TN: 2009 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County)

Love Geyserville. Had an '09 several months ago with similar impressions. It was my first of 5 since I especially like them with some cellar time.
by dsimmons
May 25th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?
Replies: 37
Views: 1444

Re: Why is Sauv Blanc so much cheaper ?

A. So wrote:
May 24th, 2019, 11:31 am
Because it sucks
+1 [cheers.gif]
by dsimmons
May 25th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Biodynamic taste better?
Replies: 81
Views: 2736

Re: Does Biodynamic taste better?

I believe that the primary benefit of Biodynamic farming practices is sustainability. I think it would be difficult to attribute changes in taste to these techniques.
by dsimmons
May 23rd, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10512
Views: 344544

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2001 Seavey Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - USA, California, Napa Valley (5/23/2019) Drank this beautiful mature Cab last evening with grilled beef tenderloin. Delicious mature dark fruit, earth and graphite. Amazingly, this 18 year old Cab still has some unresolved tannin. Drink now or hold for furt...
by dsimmons
May 17th, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't I buy more Louis Michel Chablis?
Replies: 19
Views: 1102

Re: Why don't I buy more Louis Michel Chablis?

I had a bottle of the 2006 Domaine Louis Michel Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume last night that was delicious, I was surprised to see in Cellar Tracker that there were only a total of 20 bottles owned and guilty that I hogged 10 of them. [wow.gif]
by dsimmons
May 17th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1345
Views: 145786

Re: Official Costco Thread

Picked up a few more '08 Cristal at the South Anchorage Costco. They had three remaining.
by dsimmons
May 17th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 7109

Re: Robert Parker retires

Best in Retirement to Robert Parker Jr. He certainly was my go to critic when I started enjoying wine and up until his semi retirement several years ago. I appreciate that taste preferences for wine are extremely diverse but consider myself fortunate that my preferences have always aligned well with...
by dsimmons
May 16th, 2019, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't I buy more Louis Michel Chablis?
Replies: 19
Views: 1102

Re: Why don't I buy more Louis Michel Chablis?

Even though I stopped buying White burgs several years ago because of premox issues I have drunk and enjoyed quite a bit of Chablis from Louis Michel. Mostly from the '05-'07 vintages. I found the wines very good to excellent and did not see as much premox as some other producers. I bought all of mi...
by dsimmons
May 16th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting
Replies: 44
Views: 2293

Re: Tipping your Host on a Paid Tasting

In my years of tastings I have never done it and never felt that it was customary or expected.
by dsimmons
May 12th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1969...DP, Heitz, Freemark Abbey, Yquem
Replies: 25
Views: 1087

Re: TN: 1969...DP, Heitz, Freemark Abbey, Yquem

Happy 50th. Not many could come up with such a delightful line up.
by dsimmons
May 7th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting--PINOT NOIR from anywhere. May 5th - May 12th
Replies: 58
Views: 2145

Re: Virtual Tasting--PINOT NOIR from anywhere. May 5th - May 12th

2006 Domaine / Maison Vincent Girardin Pommard Les Vignots - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Pommard (5/5/2019) Very nice drunk with salmon sushi. This wine was loaded with cranberry / current fruit. For me good alone but really stood out with the food. Still plenty of tannin to go more years. (9...
by dsimmons
May 5th, 2019, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1345
Views: 145786

Re: Official Costco Thread

Just bought an '08 Cristal for $199 at the South Anchorage Costco. It was their last bottle.
by dsimmons
May 4th, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?
Replies: 66
Views: 2604

Re: Are you buying white burg to cellar for 10+ yrs?

Quit buying White Burg several years ago. Wy to expensive when premox factored in.
by dsimmons
May 1st, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 437
Views: 19719

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

April not so good for me. Consumed 20 and bought 43 for a net of +23.

I have excuses of course. Bought two cases of rhone white summer sippers and we were out of town for a week.
by dsimmons
April 28th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pitching in to buy a rare bottle (questions?)
Replies: 16
Views: 1103

Re: Pitching in to buy a rare bottle (questions?)

Our tasting group (four couples) has bought several expensive bottles together. I allows us to experience wines that we would likely never buy individually.
by dsimmons
April 27th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Clarendon Hills Syrah Moritz (Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Clarendon)
Replies: 11
Views: 373

Re: TN: 2002 Clarendon Hills Syrah Moritz (Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Clarendon)

J a y H a c k wrote:
April 27th, 2019, 6:32 am
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    PS - I am coming to really love well-made older Aussie Shiraz. [/b][/i]
Posted from CellarTracker
+2
by dsimmons
April 26th, 2019, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there ever a stay of execution?
Replies: 18
Views: 937

Re: Is there ever a stay of execution?

I stage about 40 bottles in my garage for near term drinking. If I start seeing a lot of CT notes saying that the wine ins entering a dumb phase or needs more cellar time I will return them.
by dsimmons
April 26th, 2019, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Theme ideas for tasting that I will host?
Replies: 26
Views: 816

Re: Theme ideas for tasting that I will host?

Trying to identify different varietals and their variations blind is always fun and humbling.
by dsimmons
April 26th, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Celebrating CellarTracker's Fifteenth Anniversary
Replies: 60
Views: 1194

Re: TN: Celebrating CellarTracker's Fifteenth Anniversary

Eric, Congratulations on your success and thank you for developing this wonderful tool. I can't remember exactly where or when I heard about Cellar tracker. I think there was a thread on the old Squires BB about a new Cellar Tracking App. I signed up on 3/6/04 and never looked back. I was and is the...
by dsimmons
April 23rd, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Daou Patrimony
Replies: 4
Views: 323

Re: Daou Patrimony

Daou has a killer view from the winery but in general their wines are pretty expensive.
by dsimmons
April 22nd, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11091
Views: 494958

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Just bought a couple of cases of Tablas Creek Rhone whites for summer sippers.
by dsimmons
April 22nd, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 658
Views: 38908

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

2008 Veuve Clicquot with Easter ham. Very nice. Crisp and bright.
by dsimmons
April 20th, 2019, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11091
Views: 494958

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Picked p another 6-pack of the 2006 Taittinger Comtes
by dsimmons
April 20th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cork recycling day
Replies: 13
Views: 545

Re: Cork recycling day

Surprised to see only a few champagne corks in the mix... they must sink to the bottom. champagne.gif
by dsimmons
April 18th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jeb Dunnuck on 2016 Washington State
Replies: 34
Views: 2392

Re: Jeb Dunnuck on 2016 Washington State

Like the OP, my palate is fairly aligned with Jeb's. I do however agree with the "point creep" issue among nearly all critics. I would say point creep is partly unwarranted and partly due to better wine making.
by dsimmons
April 18th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1400
Views: 88075

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Had a 2016 Derivative last night. It was really singing. Fruity, crisp with great balance.
by dsimmons
April 17th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar rack individual bottle slot sizes?
Replies: 25
Views: 997

Re: Cellar rack individual bottle slot sizes?

As someone who constantly struggles with racking that is too narrow I would agree with those who suggest the wider racking.
by dsimmons
April 15th, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille
Replies: 20
Views: 756

Re: TN: 2004 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille

Kris Patten wrote:
April 14th, 2019, 1:06 pm
D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
April 14th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Betz makes some wonderful wines. They don’t get much play. Not sure why.
Just like lots of great WA wineries that don't get much play....Cadence, Gramercy, Betz, Januik, Andrew Will....list goes on.
I agree. IMHO the best bang for the buck in domestic wines.
by dsimmons
April 15th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille
Replies: 20
Views: 756

Re: TN: 2004 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille

I meant to also ask how the recent vintages are doing since Bob Betz left? Like Todd, the last PDF I purchased was the 08, and the newest vintage I have is the 09 La Cote Rousse. I still buy some Betz but don't drink them until they have some age so I can't give an opinion on their merits. The have...
by dsimmons
April 14th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Heft- Do you care?
Replies: 65
Views: 1988

Re: Bottle Heft- Do you care?

I wish EVERY wine was in the simplest, lightest Bordeaux bottle. So much easier for lifting, storing, handling in every way. I don't choose wines by the shape of their bottles (or labels, except in one case: Jadot, because it's so damn ugly). But I get that a lot of people do, and a lot of producer...
by dsimmons
April 13th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How is your average cost per bottle trending?
Replies: 27
Views: 858

Re: How is your average cost per bottle trending?

2002 - $31
2019 - $60

It has been pretty stable last 5 years.
by dsimmons
April 12th, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar
Replies: 36
Views: 1347

Re: Earthquake Proofing Wine Cellar

I have a passive cellar in my crawl space with several thousand bottles. Because it is a crawl space the racking is only 8 bottles high. During the Nov 30th 7.1 earthquake we had here I had over 100 bottles fall from the racking and not a single bottle broke. I attribute this to three things: 1. The...
by dsimmons
April 12th, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?
Replies: 71
Views: 2351

Re: What's your average spend per Champagne bottle in your collection?

The average for my 47 bottles is almost exactly $100. This does not include the $20 bottles we buy for my wife to drink with her girlfriends. I have have just recently started buying vintage champagnes so I expect this average will creep up.
by dsimmons
April 2nd, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1400
Views: 88075

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2010 Carlisle Zinfandel Sonoma County - USA, California, Sonoma County (4/2/2019) Drank my last bottle of this last night with Burgers. It has been a good one and a great QPR. Still sporting big zin fruits and beautiful balance. Gaining the elegance I enjoy in high quality aged zin. (93 pts.) Poste...
by dsimmons
April 2nd, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How much do you drink
Replies: 54
Views: 2414

Re: How much do you drink

A bottle a day with dinner - shared with wife.
by dsimmons
April 1st, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Carlisle Petite Syrah Yorkville Highlands
Replies: 1
Views: 176

Re: 2008 Carlisle Petite Syrah Yorkville Highlands

Thanks for the note Dan. I have not opened one of these yet and it sounds like that is okay. We get plenty of "negative Fahrenheit" weather here so i will have plenty of opportunity in the years to come [cheers.gif]

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