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by dsimmons
October 15th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
Replies: 7
Views: 463

Re: TN: 2002 Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

Tom' I was buying a lot of Seavey cabs back in the 1999-2004 time frame. Still have about a case in the cellar including 4 of the '04's. The '04's have been delicious during the last 5 years. They take a while to come around but are really worth the wait. I have '01's that are just hitting their dr...
by dsimmons
October 14th, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
Replies: 7
Views: 463

Re: TN: 2002 Seavey Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

Tom' I was buying a lot of Seavey cabs back in the 1999-2004 time frame. Still have about a case in the cellar including 4 of the '04's. The '04's have been delicious during the last 5 years. They take a while to come around but are really worth the wait. I have '01's that are just hitting their dri...
by dsimmons
October 14th, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11898
Views: 569687

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2004 Charles Heidieck Blanc de Millenaires.
by dsimmons
October 14th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia
Replies: 12
Views: 746

Re: TN: 2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia

I have quite a bit of the '06. Drank a bottle in '14 that I loved but two bottles drank in thew last year have been disappointing. Hoping it is a dumb phase.
by dsimmons
October 14th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: new carlisle offer cab and pinot!
Replies: 35
Views: 1881

Re: new carlisle offer cab and pinot!

Too hard to resist, put my wish in.
by dsimmons
October 14th, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?
Replies: 54
Views: 1536

Re: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?

Neal.Mollen wrote:
October 14th, 2019, 10:33 am
Drinker, 0% for investment or speculation.
+1

In my 25 in the hobby I have sold or traded about 50 bottles, but never for a profit. On the other hand I have gifted or donated several hundred bottles to friends and good causes.
by dsimmons
October 12th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10842
Views: 393169

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2008 Ken Wright Pinot Noir Abbott Claim Vineyard - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley (10/12/2019) Delicious Pinot drank with red salmon sushi. My last of three and clearly the best. Wonderful earthy cherry, nice acid balance, good mouth feel. Wish this were my first instead of last bottle. This bottle...
by dsimmons
October 10th, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Heart of the Hill
Replies: 3
Views: 340

Re: TN: 2016 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Heart of the Hill

2016 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Heart of the Hill - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Red Mountain (10/8/2019) Consumed over two evenings, and it changed quite a lot from night one to night two. On first opening it was a wall of dark fruit, and nearly concealed its structure. Night two it opene...
by dsimmons
October 8th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Champagne of the year?
Replies: 92
Views: 3572

Re: What is your Champagne of the year?

2006 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne
by dsimmons
October 1st, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 562
Views: 28746

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

Continued to make progress in September.

September: Consumed 21 and bought 7 for a reduction of 14.
YTD: Consumed 252 and purchased 127 for a reduction of 125.
Since I started trying to cut back in 2015: Consumed 1433 and purchased 977 for a reduction of 456.
by dsimmons
September 30th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of good, not so much great
Replies: 54
Views: 1838

Re: Lots of good, not so much great

Scott, Another issue at work here is that "outstanding/exceptional" is an individual judgment and varies from one person to the next. What you might consider exceptional, I might not and visa versa. This was brought home to me a few years ago when I gifted a case of wine from my cellar to a neighbor...
by dsimmons
September 29th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNS: 2000 Chateau Leoville Barton, 1999 Chateau Musar
Replies: 29
Views: 1978

Re: TNS: 2000 Chateau Leoville Barton, 1999 Chateau Musar

I drank one of my four LB's in 2011 and it was still a monster. Guess I should try another in the next few years.
by dsimmons
September 28th, 2019, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bionic Frog: really better than other Cayuse Syrahs?
Replies: 10
Views: 1069

Re: Bionic Frog: really better than other Cayuse Syrahs?

I have been getting Armada since '07 and BF since '13. since I like my Syrah's with some age I have not had a BF yet. I will say however that if it is a cut above the Armada it will be a real treat because the Armada 's I have drunk ('07 and '08) have been outstanding.
by dsimmons
September 23rd, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11898
Views: 569687

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2009 Pol Roger Vintage Brut
by dsimmons
September 23rd, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Carlisle Syrah JamesBerry '08...(short/boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 829

Re: TN: Carlisle Syrah JamesBerry '08...(short/boring)

Thanks for the note Tom. I drank one of these in 2014 and loved it. I have one more for sometime in the next few years.
by dsimmons
September 23rd, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10842
Views: 393169

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2007 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (9/23/2019) I drank my second of six bottles last evening with braised pork shoulder. This was a significant step up from a bottle I drank in 2015. Delicious concentrated fruit, earthin...
by dsimmons
September 19th, 2019, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Grenache Blanc...Who Knew??
Replies: 25
Views: 1399

Re: Ridge Grenache Blanc...Who Knew??

I enjoy the Tablas Creek GB but have never had the Ridge; but am a big fan of Ridge.
by dsimmons
September 19th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some 2003 (yes 2003) Chateauneuf du Pape
Replies: 33
Views: 1683

Re: Some 2003 (yes 2003) Chateauneuf du Pape

I drank most of my '03's when they were young and only have one bottle left in my cellar. The best one I had was the 2003 Domaine de la Janasse Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin which I thought was really nice. Others of note include the 2003 Château Fortia Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée du Baron and the...
by dsimmons
September 16th, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1453
Views: 97961

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: 1453
Views: 97961

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: 1802

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: 339

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: 10842
Views: 393169

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: 1279

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: 1453
Views: 97961

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: 562
Views: 28746

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: 1905

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: 803

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: 1453
Views: 97961

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: 2685

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: 2685

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: 351

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: 541

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: 11898
Views: 569687

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: 10842
Views: 393169

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: 2794

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: 895

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: 2955

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: 2975

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: 3851

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: 121
Views: 4982

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: 562
Views: 28746

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: 2016

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: 2368

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: 5208

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: 766

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: 1422

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: 1750

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: 2235

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: 1109

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.

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