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by Mark Morrissette
September 10th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Caterwaul - Save The Date
Replies: 18
Views: 1050

Re: 2017 Caterwaul - Save The Date

I have not tried them, so some blind faith involved. You can (and probably should) take it with a grain of salt, but the winery says they are better than the 2016. Jeb Dunnuck says, "Both of the 2017s showed beautifully and are certainly in the same ballpark as the 2016s. The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon...
by Mark Morrissette
September 10th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Caterwaul - Save The Date
Replies: 18
Views: 1050

Re: 2017 Caterwaul - Save The Date

Order placed! The Napa Valley is a great value.
by Mark Morrissette
August 31st, 2019, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Voting Process for Wine BID
Replies: 11
Views: 787

Re: Voting Process for Wine BID

(Also I would suggest defining an acronym before its first use, some can figure it out from context, but not everyone) That would be me. Especially since WineBid is such a well known site. For those as clueless as me: Wine Business Improvement District Here is the website: https://www.sbcountywines...
by Mark Morrissette
August 25th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Jean Foillard - Morgon "Côte du Py" (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)
Replies: 23
Views: 1493

Re: TN: 2011 Jean Foillard - Morgon "Côte du Py" (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)

I have a sneaking suspicion this new TN (which was great), is responsible for me just being outbid on a bottle of '11 on Winebid.....

Behold: the power of WB.
by Mark Morrissette
August 19th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley Fall Release
Replies: 17
Views: 1392

Re: Turley Fall Release

Likewise, I had not gotten a notice yet that the site was open, so this was quite helpful.

Ended up with a little less than a case of PS (all three: Hayne, Pesenti and Library), and Zin (Pesenti and Fredricks), with a wishlist of more PS, and DuPratt Zin.
by Mark Morrissette
August 19th, 2019, 5:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NY Times "From Wild Blueberries and Maine Terroir, Fine Sparkling Wine"
Replies: 4
Views: 505

Re: NY Times "From Wild Blueberries and Maine Terroir, Fine Sparkling Wine"

The winemaker, Michael Terrien, is a good guy (met him once). From Maine, but lives in Napa now, and makes a really nice burgundy-style, meant-to-age Chardonnay:
http://www.terrienwines.com/

I have had the Bluet as well. It is fine as a novelty, but really is at its best when mixed into a cocktail.
by Mark Morrissette
August 18th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 64
Views: 3425

Re: Napa Cab under $100

Tom DeBiase wrote:
August 18th, 2019, 2:46 pm
This one is easy. Frogs Leap 2016 Estate Cab (current release) is $65.00 and for me tastes way better than most Napa Cabs costing 2X or more.

https://store.frogsleap.com/

Tom
FWIW, Jonah Beer VP at Frog's Leap, and his wife, Sara, are the winemakers of Pilcrow.
by Mark Morrissette
August 18th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tesseron Pym-Rae Vineyard
Replies: 0
Views: 231

Tesseron Pym-Rae Vineyard

Very nice article on the farming and transformation of Pym-Rae Vineyard (formerly owned by Robin Williams) by the Tesseron (Pontet-Canet) family. https://napavalleyregister.com/wine/pym-rae-from-pauillac-to-mount-veeder/article_48cdfd72-37e6-5064-ace0-6413ed4f5439.html Similar to Pontet-Canet, they ...
by Mark Morrissette
August 18th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 64
Views: 3425

Re: Napa Cab under $100

Have a look at 2015 Pilcrow Pym-Rae Cabernet. It is $95, and the peak of Mt. Veeder. I have had it, and really liked it. The Pym-Rae vineyard was owned by Robin Williams, and as I understand it the fruit was sold to multiple wineries. In late 2015 Alfred Tesseron of Pontet-Canet fame bought the wine...
by Mark Morrissette
August 8th, 2019, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 48
Views: 2494

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

I saw that. Definitely an interesting and informative article. Always fun to try to understand another aspect of the wine making process.
by Mark Morrissette
July 12th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3513
Views: 327924

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Dave H. wrote:
July 12th, 2019, 6:50 am
Toby P wrote:
July 11th, 2019, 3:32 pm
any guesses on the Chianti?
2016 Felsina would fit the bill, I think. Looks like 93 JS and 91 Vinous. Would be about a 50% discount from what's available online. I asked for two--seemed low risk.
Seems like a good guess.... I would be pretty happy with that.
by Mark Morrissette
July 12th, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3513
Views: 327924

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

any guesses on the Chianti? Not much to go on. Interestingly, he did not even note that it was the "best price int he galaxy" or that is sells in some obscure wine shop for $125. No price comparison at all, other than "deal of the decade.... (could be)" So, high risk. But, low entry fee, and I am s...
by Mark Morrissette
July 11th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 109
Views: 6654

Re: Downstream Wines

Most Turley is in the $30 - $50 range.

The Turley Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel was $75 to the list, I think. Looks like it is a little over $100 retail.
by Mark Morrissette
July 10th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 109
Views: 6654

Re: Downstream Wines

Yep, I hit the blue line and singed up. Too much FOMO not too....

My confirmation email came 14 minutes after the original, and same confirmation that Adam posted.
by Mark Morrissette
July 8th, 2019, 6:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 87
Views: 5801

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

If nothing else, the passive cellar project does lead to some interesting/fun sleuthing to determine where the hot spots are coming from!
by Mark Morrissette
July 4th, 2019, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 87
Views: 5801

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

Mike Curran wrote:
July 4th, 2019, 5:48 am

Great advice. Building in Scarborough now and plan to build one once the house is completed.
Excellent! You are just down the road from me. Good luck with the build. Keep us posted!
by Mark Morrissette
June 29th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 87
Views: 5801

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

Thank you! There is a flaw with them... The builder kept trying to convince me I wanted a different size, but I stuck to my guns, and am glad I did. Gold's suggested dimensions are perfect. BUT... If you notice on the top of each box, there is a piece of wood. (In the picture It kind of looks like a...
by Mark Morrissette
June 29th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 87
Views: 5801

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

One thing I notice here is that the backs of your shelves are enclosed. As I recall, Gold says that air flow up from the floor (and walls if they're cool) is important, and he recommends setting your racking/shelves a few inches out from the wall to facilitate that. I'll be using metal shelving, wi...
by Mark Morrissette
June 29th, 2019, 5:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 87
Views: 5801

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

I had to go back and check my notes, but I think we got the ceiling to +/- R47, and the walls (both room facing, and outside facing) to R30, floor to ceiling. That was all then covered in plywood (and a poly vapor barrier behind it). Gold's suggestions on size of boxes worked very well for the way I...
by Mark Morrissette
June 28th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 87
Views: 5801

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

My ceiling is quite similar. Fiberglass, with board over it, and the joists. As I recall, we actually did two layers of fiberboard. My daily temperature swings don't seem to be quite a severe as yours, but the overall trend is the same... (Like you, the spikes show time I was in the cellar.) https:/...
by Mark Morrissette
June 27th, 2019, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pescatarian/Vegetarian Pairings with aged Bordeaux
Replies: 36
Views: 1168

Re: Pescatarian/Vegetarian Pairings with aged Bordeaux

I eat primarily plant-based meals, with some occasional fish, and I love red wine. There are some great suggestions above, but to add another if you are someone who feels you really need to have meat with a meal, and you want to please a plant-based friend: the new meat substitutes from Beyond Meat ...
by Mark Morrissette
June 20th, 2019, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Bordeaux Futures retailers?..
Replies: 14
Views: 916

Re: Best Bordeaux Futures retailers?..

I have used JJ Buckley with always good results.
by Mark Morrissette
June 20th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 87
Views: 5801

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

I trust you're talking about adding flooring/insulation on the areas outside your cellar. That's what I'm considering with the cabinets on the outside. Just so no one is confused. With a passive cellar, you don't want to insulate the floor inside the wine room at all because that's the primary cool...
by Mark Morrissette
June 19th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 87
Views: 5801

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

Excellent report John, thank you! The tip about the heat gun is a good one. I did not realize they were that inexpensive. I may have to pick one up to test my own passive cellar. I started loading up my passive cellar at the end of last summer. I am quite interested to seeing what happens when the h...
by Mark Morrissette
June 19th, 2019, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Horsepower Vineyards
Replies: 19
Views: 2047

Re: Thoughts on Horsepower Vineyards

Mark - I was doing a little browsing and came up on this . Did you ever pop that '12 Tribe you bought from Winebid? What did you think? I traded some Cayuse for a solo bottle of each '12 Syrah Sur Echalas and '12 Grenache Sur Echalas, so I'd like some perspective (I haven't opened mine yet, and did...
by Mark Morrissette
June 19th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 56
Views: 3702

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

I made the list as well. I am kind of curious... anyone who entered the lottery NOT get an allocation?
by Mark Morrissette
June 3rd, 2019, 5:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 87
Views: 5801

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

LED’s can are installed. The LED fixture allows for the color temperature to be adjusted. Any suggestions? I have it on 3,000k which is a soft white. Don’t think I want the blue daylight look, but any reasons to go higher on the K scale? I think it is pure preference. I would agree with you though,...
by Mark Morrissette
June 2nd, 2019, 5:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terrien Chardonnay 2007 Sonoma Valley
Replies: 3
Views: 455

Re: Terrien Chardonnay 2007 Sonoma Valley

Mark, I've worked with Michael Terrien in various capacities. He used to make wine at Acacia and Hanzell and now works with the Molnar Family--Obsidian Ridge, Kazmer and Blaise, and Poseidon-- and creates his own wine....including a blueberry wine from Maine. The Molnars are managing partners of a ...
by Mark Morrissette
May 30th, 2019, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 56
Views: 3702

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

If nothing else, he is a great marketer.

Pretty smart to make the first release very limited, and make lots of us run to sign up for the list, even if we are not really sure we want it!
by Mark Morrissette
May 30th, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terrien Chardonnay 2007 Sonoma Valley
Replies: 3
Views: 455

Re: Terrien Chardonnay 2007 Sonoma Valley

Resurrecting a 5-year old thread/tasting note... Curious to know if anyone has any experience with this Sonoma Chardonnay? I was not familiar with it, but had a couple of bottles of the 2008 recently at a restaurant. Pretty unusual for me to see a 10+ year old California Chardonnay on a wine list, a...
by Mark Morrissette
May 18th, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contrary to many others, I have no love for Bob Parker...
Replies: 19
Views: 1428

Re: Contrary to many others, I have no love for Bob Parker...

Brian Glas wrote:
May 18th, 2019, 10:57 am
I couldn't even get through a quarter of what the OP wrote. Some one care to post the cliff notes version?
tl;dr
He likesRobert Parker, and loves irony.
I think.
by Mark Morrissette
May 17th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 207
Views: 13527

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

I agree with many of the comments here - not cool how they handled this. That said, I'd leave you with: - These wines are iconic and some of the best North America has to offer - The discount, when you're able to order, is pretty solid - Their entire lineup is first rate, so yes...sucks to be force...
by Mark Morrissette
March 27th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tn: 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py
Replies: 50
Views: 4519

Re: Tn: 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py

The 2017 Côte du Puy just hit the shelves here in Beaune, and I have a bottle open in front of me. It's richer than the 2016, showing warmer, sunnier fruit tones on the nose—strawberry preserve, dark cherries and licorice—though some lovely floral top-notes are emerging with air. The tannins seem j...
by Mark Morrissette
March 21st, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3513
Views: 327924

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Nothing worse than buying 3 different Mystery Wines and having them all show up as the same bottle!! 6/18/18 From Offer: 2015 Mystery 12/29/18 From Offer: Saturday: Odds and Ends 8/29/18 From Offer: NightLite #857 – 2015 Tuscany Top Well, now I've have plenty of 2015 Felsina Fontalloro! edited for ...
by Mark Morrissette
March 20th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3513
Views: 327924

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

JDavisRoby wrote:
March 20th, 2019, 3:35 pm
Anyone jump on the Wind Gap Syrah for $19?
I did, for a few bottles.
Worst case, it will make a good daily drinker or party wine while I wait for others to age!
by Mark Morrissette
March 20th, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments
Replies: 48
Views: 1716

Re: CellarTracker: Entering Cost of Wine Shipments

Judging by the answers so far, I think it is safe to say your question is confusing as written. I am interpreting your question like this: You bought 6 bottles of wine from Pax, but the 6 bottles are not the same. Maybe some syrah, maybe some gamay, whatever. Pax sent you an invoice with one price: ...
by Mark Morrissette
March 19th, 2019, 5:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eto - a new way to preserve wine
Replies: 57
Views: 3698

Re: Eto - a new way to preserve wine

New eto's arrived, this time not broken. Customer service was very good.

I have not used them yet, but they sure do look nice.
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by Mark Morrissette
March 17th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have a wine cellar? Probably the answer is YES: But do you have...
Replies: 24
Views: 2148

Re: Do you have a wine cellar? Probably the answer is YES: But do you have...

Actually, yes... Story goes something like this: The night my wife and I were engaged, we ordered this wine at a very chic restaurant in Boston. I was 24 at the time, and basically just ordered what the sommelier suggested. I had no idea what I was ordering. My brand new fiancé loved it. (Maybe she ...
by Mark Morrissette
March 17th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Mount Eden with a great vegetarian dinner (long)
Replies: 27
Views: 1552

Re: Aged Mount Eden with a great vegetarian dinner (long)

I will contribute to the thread drift... I have been a vegetarian, and in fact, primarily a vegan, for about 5 year. I love all things about it, other than the social aspect. I am not trying push my eating preferences off on anyone else, and I don't want others in a social setting to feel awkward (o...
by Mark Morrissette
March 10th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 87
Views: 5801

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

LED lights are great (either track or can), but they DO give off heat, just a lot less than incandescent.

There really is no better solution than LED, but for a passive cellar, you should not plan to leave the lights on all the time. It would materially raise the temperature.
by Mark Morrissette
March 8th, 2019, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tn: 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py
Replies: 50
Views: 4519

Re: Tn: 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py

WS Pro has the lowest prices as:
2016: $36
2017: $32

I just paid a bit less than the lowest WS price from JJB.
by Mark Morrissette
March 8th, 2019, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tn: 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py
Replies: 50
Views: 4519

Re: Tn: 2016 Jean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py

I got a nice offer on the 2017 Foillard Cote du Py, and decided to grab it before the scores come out.
by Mark Morrissette
March 6th, 2019, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 207
Views: 13527

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

This blackmail tactic by Ridge is not good, wineries that tie lower level wines to get the allocated ones should be dropped. If enough people drop them then they will lose the arrogance, their are to many nice people to buy wine off in California to be putting up with this bullshit. It only seems t...
by Mark Morrissette
March 5th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 87
Views: 5801

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

Yes, an important point. What did you use to stick the insulation board to the door? Good question, and honestly I was trying to remember exactly what I did as well. I think I started with some adhesive (you could use spray, a good tape, the right kind of glue), and held it in place with clamps. Th...
by Mark Morrissette
March 5th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 87
Views: 5801

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

I built my passive cellar last year, in Maine. I agree strongly with the advice of everyone above to insulate all four walls completely, and the ceiling even more. I would only add two things to the other comments. First, though it has been alluded to, I can't believe no one has specifically mention...
by Mark Morrissette
February 27th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)
Replies: 44
Views: 1846

Re: TN: 2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)

Watch out for Pagliarese. Felsina own this neigbouring estate (and Farnetella in Colli Senesi where half the fruit for Fontalloro comes from). Until 2014 the fruit of Pagliarese was mixed into the wines from Felsina, but no longer from 2015 when the fruit is sold under the estate name. But still ow...
by Mark Morrissette
February 27th, 2019, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)
Replies: 44
Views: 1846

Re: TN: 2010 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Fontalloro (Italy, Tuscany, Toscana IGT)

Watch out for Pagliarese. Felsina own this neigbouring estate (and Farnetella in Colli Senesi where half the fruit for Fontalloro comes from). Until 2014 the fruit of Pagliarese was mixed into the wines from Felsina, but no longer from 2015 when the fruit is sold under the estate name. But still ow...
by Mark Morrissette
February 21st, 2019, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 VHR Release
Replies: 42
Views: 3756

Re: 2016 VHR Release

Hey Mark if you are not comfortable with the price I get it. I have had to let a lot of wine lists go because my budget is just stretched to thin and I felt literally uncomfortable spending so much, that's when you know you gotta let it go. One great thing about VHR is you can typically get it on t...
by Mark Morrissette
February 20th, 2019, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 VHR Release
Replies: 42
Views: 3756

Re: 2016 VHR Release

Not expecting a whole lot of sympathy here from this board, but... Turns out VHR has a very odd shipping policy. Ground shipping is free, unless they do not ship to your state. In that case, you have to pay VHR an extra $10. That fee allows a third-party-shipper the right to go pick up your wine. T...
by Mark Morrissette
February 20th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: French wine and hotel funnies
Replies: 13
Views: 1472

Re: French wine and hotel funnies

Great notes Dan. A fun read.

The joys of travel. You never know what you are going to get!

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