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by Mark Morrissette
February 20th, 2020, 5:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne (update from the caves)
Replies: 14
Views: 1249

Re: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne (update from the caves)

R. Frankel wrote:
February 19th, 2020, 10:58 pm
Thanks for the info and pics. I can’t believe this is all done by hand. Amazing. I wonder which bottles are mine (I already bought 6!).
That is what I kept thinking as I was walking through the caves! champagne.gif
by Mark Morrissette
February 18th, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne (update from the caves)
Replies: 14
Views: 1249

Re: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne (update from the caves)

The riddler turns the bottles and increases the angle somewhat as he turns it. Each rack should have all bottles in a similar position, moving towards more vertical. Does Taittinger still use manual riddling for CdC (and others)? A lot have moved to automated riddling, which is quicker. Ah, that ma...
by Mark Morrissette
February 18th, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne (update from the caves)
Replies: 14
Views: 1249

Re: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne (update from the caves)

A few photos... Here is a closeup of the sign with the 2008 CdC label. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49552849048_50bed3e9f0_z.jpg This is a wider view shot in the caves. This is all 2008 CdC https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49552849018_fd72c81e63_z.jpg Finally, not that anyone cares what ou...
by Mark Morrissette
February 18th, 2020, 6:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne (update from the caves)
Replies: 14
Views: 1249

Re: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne (update from the caves)

If theyre on riddling racks, doesnt that mean theyre still on the lees? Dont the bottles have to rest 6 mo or so post disgorgement before they are released? Definitely don't want to pretend to be an expert, but that is not the way the described their process. Many/most probably already know most of...
by Mark Morrissette
February 18th, 2020, 3:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne (update from the caves)
Replies: 14
Views: 1249

2008 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne (update from the caves)

I had the pleasure of touring Taittinger yesterday, and tasting in their tasting room. A great experience overall. The 2008 CdC were lining the hallways of the caves, all on the riddling racks. The guide said he expected they would be released "in about 2 months." I am no expert, but based on their ...
by Mark Morrissette
February 11th, 2020, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Terlan Pinot Bianco 'Vorberg' Riserva
Replies: 30
Views: 898

Re: 2015 Terlan Pinot Bianco 'Vorberg' Riserva

But what I've noticed is that these wines tend to shed off their baby fat with age. They might be big and bold when they're young, but they lose quite a bit of weight when they age without compromising any of their remarkable sense of concentration. These certainly are not wines to be drunk young, ...
by Mark Morrissette
February 11th, 2020, 5:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine cellar flooring
Replies: 27
Views: 1062

Re: Wine cellar flooring

That is fantastic! What was your source for so many staves, properly flattened? That is art....
by Mark Morrissette
February 10th, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3598
Views: 348641

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

I have a growing collection of Felsina Rancia that I am patiently aging. I was pleased to see today's offer for the 1995 Rancia. I have not tried one that old before, and this seems a good opportunity to do so. Only picked up one bottle, but looking forward to trying it.
by Mark Morrissette
January 26th, 2020, 8:14 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Terrien Wines - dynamic pricing and 50% disco
Replies: 43
Views: 1713

Re: Terrien Wines - dynamic pricing and 50% disco

An amazing deal (and very cooly buying process!) on a great wine. I have bought and drank these wines several times, and they are great value at $35/each. I just bought 6 for $5/each!!!! (with the BD11 code). They drink well now, but if you can wait and cellar them for a few (or several) years, you ...
by Mark Morrissette
January 25th, 2020, 6:27 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Di Costanzo Wines
Replies: 29
Views: 2572

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Di Costanzo Wines

Sounds great, and excited to try these. Can anyone offer thoughts on agreeability or drinking window? (I have checked CT, but curious if there are any specific opinions.) Better still, Erin, what do you recommend? Thank you! Does anyone know what wine they're offering for BD11? neener Mark, I will ...
by Mark Morrissette
January 25th, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Di Costanzo Wines
Replies: 29
Views: 2572

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Di Costanzo Wines

Sounds great, and excited to try these.

Can anyone offer thoughts on agreeability or drinking window? (I have checked CT, but curious if there are any specific opinions.)
Better still, Erin, what do you recommend?
Thank you!
by Mark Morrissette
January 25th, 2020, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day Buzz on New Wineries
Replies: 20
Views: 1716

Re: Berserker Day Buzz on New Wineries

Peter Kleban wrote:
January 24th, 2020, 9:31 am
Michael Terrien makes a really nice Chard. Very high quality. From Sonoma, but it's more Burgundian style.

He does Pinot Noir too, but I haven't had one yet.
I'll second this one. Very good, "old school" chardonnay that ages really well.
by Mark Morrissette
January 17th, 2020, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Psa: 2009 cristal mags at JJ Buckley
Replies: 6
Views: 997

Re: Psa: 2009 cristal mags at JJ Buckley

Interesting how JJB works. (First, I am customer and fan of JJB). I have a different "private client" rep than Michael. I did not get the Cristal 2009 Mag offer (even though I have bought a lot of Cristal from JJB in the past). I don't really care, as I am not looking to add more Cristal at the mome...
by Mark Morrissette
January 16th, 2020, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred Brand for Cellar Vapor Barrier
Replies: 30
Views: 1374

Re: Preferred Brand for Cellar Vapor Barrier

Thanks, Michael. I see your point. The key difference is closed cell foam (more expensive), which if I'm not mistaken, also serves as a vapor barrier. I am using R-19 batt insulation (cheaper), which by default needs a proper/separate vapor barrier. That's why I'm trying to educate myself and make ...
by Mark Morrissette
January 15th, 2020, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pontet Canet in Napa?
Replies: 26
Views: 2169

Re: Pontet Canet in Napa?

Anybody know what did they did with these grapes when Williams still owned it? Lesser known, but for a couple of years right before Tesseron took full control of their grapes (2014 and 2015), there was also a Pym-Rae bottling by a very small wine maker called Pilcrow, which was excellent (IMHO). Pi...
by Mark Morrissette
January 14th, 2020, 1:36 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Terrien Wines
Replies: 7
Views: 1225

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Terrien Wines

CJ Beazley wrote:
January 11th, 2020, 1:40 pm
A dry blueberry sparkler sounds unique.
It is quite unique, and very fun to make cocktails with. But, his blueberry sparkler is made under a different label (Bluet) and I don't think is going to be part of this offer. Terrien Wines makes Chards from Sonoma, and Pinots.
by Mark Morrissette
January 14th, 2020, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 190
Views: 20464

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

I have no opinion on the Rivers Marie in particular. But, here is some data. Between Friday and Monday, AG posted approximately 750 reviews on Napa and Sonoma. Of those, by my count 6 received outright 100 point scores, and one more received a 98-100 point range. So, a little less than 1% of reviews...
by Mark Morrissette
January 11th, 2020, 1:14 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Terrien Wines
Replies: 7
Views: 1225

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Terrien Wines

I will second that! I had my first Terrien Chardonnay earlier this year, when I found a 2008 on a restaurant wine list. Not really sure what I was getting, I took a flyer and got a bottle. How often do you see 10+ year-old chardonnay on a restaurant wine list for about $65....? Long story short, I w...
by Mark Morrissette
January 6th, 2020, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: January Offerings
Replies: 59
Views: 6200

Re: January Offerings

Aubert
Occidental
by Mark Morrissette
January 2nd, 2020, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 108
Views: 8870

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

John Morris wrote:
January 2nd, 2020, 12:59 pm
Thanks for the update, Mark. Very similar to my results, though my temp range is a bid wider, probably because it's cooler in the summer up in your parts.
Yep. We do kind of have a near-ideal geography for the passive cellar.
by Mark Morrissette
January 2nd, 2020, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 108
Views: 8870

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

Makes sense David. I am not too worried about the humidity in the whole house. Those levels are in the passive cellar, in the basement, which has a vapor barrier. But, I do want to avoid mold on the labels if at all possible, for the reasons you suggest. In the winter, I have been adding a tub of wa...
by Mark Morrissette
January 2nd, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 108
Views: 8870

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

With one full calendar year complete on my passive cellar, I am satisfied with the performance. Low Temp: 53.2F High Temp: 64.2F 11 degrees us acceptable to me, and the 64 is a smidge higher than I would like, but not bad. Humidity average was just about 80%. (the one big spike in December in the pi...
by Mark Morrissette
December 31st, 2019, 5:26 am
Forum: Commerce Corner Feedback
Topic: Michael Fess A+
Replies: 6
Views: 357

Re: Michael Fess A+

Ditto Ditto! Mike was fantastic to deal with.
by Mark Morrissette
December 28th, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Foillard with some age
Replies: 4
Views: 555

Re: Foillard with some age

Very helpful, thank you. I am relatively new to this (collecting and cellaring wine), and have stashed a bunch of 2015 and 2016 Folliard in the cellar. Glad to know my efforts are likely to be worthwhile...
by Mark Morrissette
December 28th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and Data Science
Replies: 23
Views: 1081

Re: Wine and Data Science

Roald, I think they are trying to do something different than you are, but here is another team of data scientists working to apply their craft to wine: https://www.globalwinescore.com/ Their approach is more about aggregating and then normalizing critics scores (not words), and determining the leve...
by Mark Morrissette
December 28th, 2019, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Qupe Mags at KL
Replies: 11
Views: 1321

Re: PSA: Qupe Mags at KL

As we say in my country: Dude. These are amazing deals, assuming the wines are on par with the usual Qupe wines. Anyone have an idea why they're priced so low? I have not particular inside information, but I know in May of this year, they did a massive "warehouse sale." When Bob Lindquist sold Qupe...
by Mark Morrissette
December 23rd, 2019, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will paying sales tax & higher shipping cost cause you to buy less online?
Replies: 24
Views: 1321

Re: Will paying sales tax & higher shipping cost cause you to buy less online?

In some ways this goes to the old Cellar Tracker debate: when you enter a price in CT, do you include shipping and tax, or not? (It is like arguing whether that stupid dress from a few years ago was blue or gold; I am not trying to re-open the debate!) Point is, I always consider shipping and tax. B...
by Mark Morrissette
December 19th, 2019, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3598
Views: 348641

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

My favorite part of this Mystery Barolo post:
"(post tariff possibility: $80-100+)"

So... $40 today?

He certainly has a way with words.
by Mark Morrissette
December 18th, 2019, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3598
Views: 348641

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

The 2016 Tuscan mystery seems to be back. If it is the same bottle as before, then it is the Paglierese CC for 15.71. If it is that wine, it is on winesearcher from 16.99 and up -- so definitely a competitive price if you like the wine. Very helpful, thank you. I like it and it is a good price, but...
by Mark Morrissette
December 13th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3598
Views: 348641

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

Current offering for La Ca Nova Barbaresco Montestefano 2016 is a heck of a good deal, on what promises to be a heck of a good wine.
by Mark Morrissette
December 13th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7431
Views: 463888

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

I got La Peira La Peira Terrasses du Larzac 2014 because it was a GSM from a region I'm not familiar with. Excited to try something new, but don't really know what to expect. I am sorry I missed this one. I have had La Peira from 2007 and 2013. Both were great. I have not seen the 2014 in the marke...
by Mark Morrissette
December 13th, 2019, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7431
Views: 463888

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

I got La Peira La Peira Terrasses du Larzac 2014 because it was a GSM from a region I'm not familiar with. Excited to try something new, but don't really know what to expect. I am sorry I missed this one. I have had La Peira from 2007 and 2013. Both were great. I have not seen the 2014 in the marke...
by Mark Morrissette
December 1st, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taittinger Comtes 08 $125 - $135
Replies: 54
Views: 4198

Re: Taittinger Comtes 08 $125 - $135

I am going to visit Reims in February (first time), and have reservations for a tour and tasting at Taittinger. Anyone have any idea how their pricing for CdC at the house might compare to pricing in the US? (And, i know I would have to figure out shipping as well...) I was there a year and a half ...
by Mark Morrissette
December 1st, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taittinger Comtes 08 $125 - $135
Replies: 54
Views: 4198

Re: Taittinger Comtes 08 $125 - $135

I am going to visit Reims in February (first time), and have reservations for a tour and tasting at Taittinger. Anyone have any idea how their pricing for CdC at the house might compare to pricing in the US? (And, i know I would have to figure out shipping as well...) We visited Taittinger last Jul...
by Mark Morrissette
November 30th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taittinger Comtes 08 $125 - $135
Replies: 54
Views: 4198

Re: Taittinger Comtes 08 $125 - $135

I am going to visit Reims in February (first time), and have reservations for a tour and tasting at Taittinger.

Anyone have any idea how their pricing for CdC at the house might compare to pricing in the US? (And, i know I would have to figure out shipping as well...)
by Mark Morrissette
November 26th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."
Replies: 61
Views: 2257

Re: When you say, "This wine is undrinkable..."

I was afraid I was one of the guilty parties, but I just did a search of all of my CT tasting notes, and have never called a wine "undrinkable." I have, however, said a wine is "hard to drink." For me, that usually means: I don't really like this wine at all, I won't buy it again, if I have another ...
by Mark Morrissette
November 15th, 2019, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GaryVee Wine Club
Replies: 90
Views: 10057

Re: GaryVee Wine Club

I was on the wine text list for about two months, did not buy anything, and just dropped off.
If there is a "cellar text" or some other list for higher end wine, I may be more interested in that. Anyone have a link?
by Mark Morrissette
November 6th, 2019, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3598
Views: 348641

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

Any thoughts on today's $20 2015 CCR? "A wine we've never carried"... I am a little late responding, but I had a guess as soon as I read the email. I would go with Pagliarese Chianti Classico Riserva. If I understand correctly, he recently sold the straight Pagliarese CC, but not the Riserva (so, "...
by Mark Morrissette
October 24th, 2019, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Walgreens Fedex
Replies: 45
Views: 1681

Re: Walgreens Fedex

Yep, LOVE it. I request FedEx shipping over UPS whenever I can, simply because of the Walgreen convenience.
by Mark Morrissette
October 24th, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73347

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

"We don't know when these massive price hikes will be applied. We certainly hope they are not applied retroactively to products already in the country...but they certainly could be. [Could they...?] As to this, no. The tariff is due on imports on/after 10/18, not on products previously entering the...
by Mark Morrissette
October 24th, 2019, 5:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73347

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Mark, I do not understand reluctance to name the retailer. As far as I can see, the e-mail does not contain any outright lies, but I find the tone sleazy in the extreme. Dan Kravitz Not trying to be coy. It was Saratoga Wine Exchange. I have bought a little bit from them in the past, and they were ...
by Mark Morrissette
October 23rd, 2019, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73347

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Mark, That is a stupid marketing approach, but when a large segment of a commodity is subject to unavoidable price increases, all competing fungible products usually also go up in price because of the "umbrella" provided. That is happening right now in the business I'm involved in, sporting goods. ...
by Mark Morrissette
October 23rd, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73347

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

I got an email today from a retailer, that is one of the most disingenuous emails I have gotten from a retailer since Premier Cru. Subject: "Buy your Italian wines now, before the massive tariff takes effect." [Yes, that says Italian] The email goes on to say: "Starting last week, the U.S. will impo...
by Mark Morrissette
October 3rd, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beta Wine Release?
Replies: 43
Views: 3295

Re: Beta Wine Release?

It may be comparing apples and oranges, but I noted with interest the difference on this board between the Hors Categorie release (Christophe Baron exclusive project $500/ two-pack), and the Beta release, which happened on the same day. Zero comments on the HC release. Many on the Beta release, and ...
by Mark Morrissette
October 2nd, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 'Hors Categorie' offer - new Christophe Baron project
Replies: 61
Views: 5838

Re: 'Hors Categorie' offer - new Christophe Baron project

2016 Release is live.

Are people buying?
by Mark Morrissette
September 26th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar
Replies: 108
Views: 8870

Re: Finishing off a Passive Wine Cellar

Looks like ineffective standard 3.5” Batt. I haven’t gotten to the meat of the book yet but from these forums I surmise I’ll need better insulation, moisture barrier and a much better door. My goal is to have passive temp control and only minimal intervention to retain higher humidity. And buy nice...
by Mark Morrissette
September 10th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Caterwaul - Save The Date
Replies: 20
Views: 1626

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: 20
Views: 1626

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: 869

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: 25
Views: 1791

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.

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