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by Mike Francisco
December 11th, 2018, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker archetypes
Replies: 69
Views: 2223

Re: Cellar Tracker archetypes

I lost track of the numbers so let's go with [wow.gif] 13) The Shill: hypes wine after wine from the same one or two wineries like they're the best thing sense pants with pockets. "Are you sitting down? Well you should be because this the best wine I have ever tasted. This wine proves that God does ...
by Mike Francisco
December 3rd, 2018, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who are the star up and coming US winemakers
Replies: 33
Views: 2050

Re: Who are the star up and coming US winemakers

Frank Murray III wrote:
December 2nd, 2018, 6:14 pm
Sam Sheehan, Ian Brand and Steve Clifton are not new to this. Nor is Jamie in comparison if those names are part of the photo.
Well I guess we in the fly over Midwest are just a little late to the party. champagne.gif
by Mike Francisco
December 2nd, 2018, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who are the star up and coming US winemakers
Replies: 33
Views: 2050

Re: Who are the star up and coming US winemakers

Mike Francisco wrote:
December 2nd, 2018, 7:06 am
Here are a few from California I think are worth watching.
Jason Charles (Vinca Minor)
Ian Brand (I Brand & Family, La Marea, La P'tit Paysan)
Craig Haarmeyer (Haarmeyer)
Samantha Sheehan (Poe)
There you go. [cheers.gif]
by Mike Francisco
December 2nd, 2018, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who are the star up and coming US winemakers
Replies: 33
Views: 2050

Re: Who are the star up and coming US winemakers

Here are a few from California I think are worth watching.
Jason Charles
Ian Brand
Craig Haarmeyer
Samantha Sheehan
by Mike Francisco
November 16th, 2018, 3:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your worst wine of the year? Well, mine's blue!
Replies: 44
Views: 1935

Re: What is your worst wine of the year? Well, mine's blue!

2013 Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Meritage Yountville It smelled of burned bacon fat, cocoa powder and sweet ceder with no fruit. Tasted mostly of landscaping mulch fresh from the chipper with a little bit of milk chocolate and dried fruit maybe plum, hard to tell, very faint. Incredibly over oaked...
by Mike Francisco
November 5th, 2018, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I hate big bottles - I cannot lie
Replies: 32
Views: 1811

Re: I hate big bottles - I cannot lie

The carbon footprint alone irritates me. Impressive maybe, but it has nothing to do with what's in the bottle. +1 Take away the first world problems of storage, it's just wasteful without any added value. Extra material, extra fuel needed to ship to market (so added cost to the end user). I would l...
by Mike Francisco
November 2nd, 2018, 1:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines of 2018
Replies: 31
Views: 2445

Re: Best wines of 2018

Either my tastes or my budget are much more humble then many here, but so far in slightly descending order 2011 Domaine du Vissoux Fleurie Poncié 2011 Chapelle St. Theodoric Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Guigasse 2014 Arnot-Roberts Syrah, Sonoma Coast 2012 Talley Vineyards Pinot Noir Rosemary's Vineyard 20...
by Mike Francisco
October 30th, 2018, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wondering about Charvin
Replies: 23
Views: 1399

Re: Wondering about Charvin

I don't think they show that well until 10 to 15 years from vintage, depending on the vintage. If you have some or can find it, the 08 is drinking beautifully right now. Was going to say the same thing, particularly with regards to CDP - I'm enjoying my '08's right now I envy you, drink my last of ...
by Mike Francisco
October 30th, 2018, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Who am I? Wine-wise
Replies: 4
Views: 356

Re: Who am I? Wine-wise

Hey everyone! I've been drinking wine for far too long to not understand what kind of wine Im actually drinking. I drink at least 2-3 bottles a week during fall and winter, then switch to beer for summer. I stick to the Trader Joe's selection under $10 and its always hit or miss for me since I kind...
by Mike Francisco
October 30th, 2018, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lisa Perotti Brown - 34 x 100 p in the new WA issue
Replies: 164
Views: 7352

Re: Lisa Perotti Brown - 34 x 100 p in the new WA issue

Neal.Mollen wrote:
October 30th, 2018, 5:11 am
I know others take glee in TWA's downfall, but I don't. It was not on;y the most important wine-related periodical of all time, but it had a direct and on-balance enormously positive influence on my appreciation of wine. It saddens me to see what has happened there.
Same here.
by Mike Francisco
October 30th, 2018, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wondering about Charvin
Replies: 23
Views: 1399

Re: Wondering about Charvin

I don't think they show that well until 10 to 15 years from vintage, depending on the vintage. If you have some or can find it, the 08 is drinking beautifully right now.
by Mike Francisco
October 27th, 2018, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do we think about this tasting note from a not-ready wine?
Replies: 55
Views: 1812

Re: What do we think about this tasting note from a not-ready wine?

I would rather read this person's honest assessment of a young wine, then fanboys gushing about wines from their favorite wineries that are either way to young to enjoy (that much anyway) or just not that good, but are still scored in the mid 90s.
by Mike Francisco
October 26th, 2018, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do we think about this tasting note from a not-ready wine?
Replies: 55
Views: 1812

Re: What do we think about this tasting note from a not-ready wine?

Name and date removed to protect the, well if not quite innocent, at least good faith taster. The wine in question is a 2017 red wine, that very few would expect to be all that good right now. I was entering it into CT and was surprised to see the CT "consensus" (from this one note) at an 87. I say...
by Mike Francisco
October 20th, 2018, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinca Minor Wines?
Replies: 14
Views: 813

Re: Vinca Minor Wines?

2015 Old Vines Carignan, Redwood Valley Black cherry, lilac and cola on the nose with dark chocolate, fresh herbs, talc, hand cream and railroad gravel. Tasted of brambly raspberry, apple skin and fruit leather with herbal tea, bay leaf and Cracked black pepper. Bright acid with soft tannin way in t...
by Mike Francisco
October 17th, 2018, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 1958
Views: 116968

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2013 Alder Springs Syrah Cranberry, blood orange and lilac with sweet tea, mint and a hint of olive on the nose. The mouth explodes with fruit, very ripe plum and peach, black cherry and blackberry with weak coffee and sweet tobacco. Tannin takes a back seat to the bright lively acid, mid-weight and...
by Mike Francisco
October 13th, 2018, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haarmeyer Wines
Replies: 10
Views: 621

Re: Haarmeyer Wines

Offer is live for those of you on the list: 2017 Cresci Chenin 2017 Pet-Nat Chenin 2017 Wirz Riesling 2017 Mataro (David Girard Vineyard) 2017 Mokelumne Syrah Thanks for the heads up. Orders already in. champagne.gif Case and a half to Michigan $30.00 shipping. flirtysmile Fun unique wines, great s...
by Mike Francisco
October 8th, 2018, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thread deleted
Replies: 40
Views: 2757

Re: Thread deleted

Larry People like GregT, AlexS, ERpark etc like to make fun of my threads, its easier to delete than try and have a sensible thread with these guys. We are indeed the Heroic Trio, doing our utmost to save WBers from the nefarious postings of Alan/Welshturd!!! Now excuse me while I rolleyes at blami...
by Mike Francisco
October 3rd, 2018, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clive Coates on the age worthiness of Beaujolais
Replies: 61
Views: 2344

Re: Clive Coates on the age worthiness of Beaujolais

In the last year, the tasting group I am part of, tasted about a dozen older Cru Beaujolais blind. Many from the 90's the rest scattered either side of that, the youngest 2005. Though the wines had developed along a similar paths as Nuits Pinot and to a lesser extent the Northern Rhone, I found them...
by Mike Francisco
October 2nd, 2018, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shelving/Racking Suggestions
Replies: 11
Views: 469

Re: Shelving/Racking Suggestions

These are very sturdy and connectable. I have 10 of them in my cellar. You can also add more shelves for $10, of which I bought a lot of to expand the capacity. https://www.sevilleclassics.com/wine_rack_zinc_SHE16473Z?pid=461 +1 I couldn't get this link to work but got these though Amazon and love ...
by Mike Francisco
September 28th, 2018, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Wine speak"
Replies: 58
Views: 1223

Re: "Wine speak"

To Mike Francisco, I found your post on 'linear' interesting. We have different takes. To me, 'linear' is a slightly pejorative term. When somebody uses it, I infer a wine that lacks subtlety, texture, nuance, one that offers a simple range of flavors that do not evolve in the mouth or the finish, ...
by Mike Francisco
September 28th, 2018, 3:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Wine speak"
Replies: 58
Views: 1223

Re: "Wine speak"

I think it's super weird when people describe wine using actresses/singers or adjectives usually used to describe women's bodies, honestly. I think a lot of the women I know who are serious wine people find it pretty alienating whether or not they speak up about it. I'm not trying to be a scold, I ...
by Mike Francisco
September 27th, 2018, 6:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Wine speak"
Replies: 58
Views: 1223

Re: "Wine speak"

I will take a stab at defending linear as I use it quite a bit. A wine is linear when it shows a persistent focus throughout the experience. This is not to indicate a lack of complexity but to suggest all the elements working together from beginning to end.
by Mike Francisco
September 26th, 2018, 5:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants Keep Destroying my Corks - Help!
Replies: 39
Views: 1235

Re: Restaurants Keep Destroying my Corks - Help!

I have two strategies 1) bring Durand with you and make a show of showing the staff how to use it (teaching moment with a gadget it is unlikely they have used before) or 2) remove capsule and cork and replace with Vinolok (handy to save from bottles finish with them i.e. Austrian whites) at home and...
by Mike Francisco
September 24th, 2018, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: At what age should your parents have given you birth wine?
Replies: 53
Views: 1134

Re: Poll: At what age should your parents have given you birth wine?

My nephew was borne in 2016 and I have been gathering wines from that year with varying drinking windows to share with his parents at family event as he grows. My guess they will need a drink from time to time over the next twenty something years. [cheers.gif]
by Mike Francisco
September 14th, 2018, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leelanau Peninsula recommendations?
Replies: 10
Views: 373

Re: Leelanau Peninsula recommendations?

9 Bean Row is a very good restaurant in Suttons Bay, not wine but Hop Lot (beer) & Tandem (cider) are a lot of fun.
by Mike Francisco
September 7th, 2018, 4:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What kind of wine do you drink when people come to your house during Shiva?
Replies: 43
Views: 1061

Re: What kind of wine do you drink when people come to your house during Shiva?

Jay,
I am sorry for your loss. The posters before me have said it better then I ever could, but good job.
by Mike Francisco
August 15th, 2018, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your dumbest purchase
Replies: 206
Views: 9770

Re: Your dumbest purchase

I spent about $100 on Trader Joe's Brand Napa Reserve wines about a year ago, because they where all cheap (between $12 & $15) and how bad could they be....boy did they show me. [oops.gif]
by Mike Francisco
August 10th, 2018, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "traditional" California wines
Replies: 61
Views: 2577

"traditional" California wines

Smith Madrone
by Mike Francisco
July 26th, 2018, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yowsa! 2016 Fleurie "Les Garants" (P-M Chermette)
Replies: 13
Views: 650

Yowsa! 2016 Fleurie "Les Garants" (P-M Chermette)

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:Yeah it’s crazy have a glass, realized you’ve finished the bottle good.
+1
And a steal! If you have a retailer smart enough to still be selling it. This "Oldveau" is one of my go to red this summer.
by Mike Francisco
July 10th, 2018, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your One Most Favorite 'New' Wine For 2018...So Far.
Replies: 33
Views: 1824

Your One Most Favorite 'New' Wine For 2018...So Far.

2017 Haarmeyer Rorick Heritage Zinfandel (taste it and try not to smile)

2017 Edmunds St John Bone Jolly Gamay Rose (absolutely electric)
by Mike Francisco
June 27th, 2018, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haarmeyer Wines
Replies: 10
Views: 621

Haarmeyer Wines

Just wanted to give credit for great customer service. I wanted to get some more of the Calaveras Zinfandel to enjoy over the summer (yummy crunchy red built for summer foods), so I ordered it and forgot about it. Well, I screwed up and set the order for pick up at the winery (talk about a long trip...
by Mike Francisco
June 22nd, 2018, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good wine match for pesto?
Replies: 43
Views: 1726

Good wine match for pesto?

I really like the idea of a light fruity red especially if you mix a good dollop of hot pasta water into the sauce before you add the hot pasta then mix in chopped tomatoes at the last minute.
Frippatto, Bardolino or even a dry Lambrusco.
by Mike Francisco
June 16th, 2018, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No Way! It's Time To Rethink Rose . . .
Replies: 28
Views: 1120

No Way! It's Time To Rethink Rose . . .

Who cares how much crap rose is out there? What matters is there's more excellent rose being made than ever, and it's much easier to attain than not so long ago. It's quality dry rose that brought this resurgence. The dreck that's followed in that wake was inevitable. Preach on Brother! [cheers.gif]
by Mike Francisco
June 15th, 2018, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michigan retail with online storefront
Replies: 5
Views: 449

Michigan retail with online storefront

What are the best wine stores in Michigan that also provide for online shopping? I have volunteered to help a Grand Rapids area based friend with her exploration of wine. Preferably, I am able to do this with a store that is local to them. Thanks in advance for any guidance you can give. Russo's & ...
by Mike Francisco
June 14th, 2018, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Parkerization Lie
Replies: 180
Views: 6947

The Big Parkerization Lie

-He helped popularize wine for a generation of (mostly American) wine drinkers, providing them with the courage to get started on their journey through the wine wilderness. This is the real myth. Most American wine drinkers had never heard of Parker. You had to be a real geek or hobbyist to know he...
by Mike Francisco
June 14th, 2018, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Parkerization Lie
Replies: 180
Views: 6947

The Big Parkerization Lie

The question is, why did Parker become popular? Parker became popular because his taste is similar to that of many Americans. We are a people who grew up on cheeseburgers, soda pop, etc. We are not a people that grew up on sole with champagne sauce. So it's natural that the wines we love 'explode w...
by Mike Francisco
June 14th, 2018, 5:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Parkerization Lie
Replies: 180
Views: 6947

The Big Parkerization Lie

But he also convinced me to buy a bunch of Spanish stuff that I ended up not liking in the least. Here's the thing: no one would care or object if Parker had just convinced you to buy some wines. What some of us criticize is that this influence on buyers also influenced too many producers to change...
by Mike Francisco
June 13th, 2018, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Braised Short Ribs - pair with Burgundy?
Replies: 26
Views: 709

Braised Short Ribs - pair with Burgundy?

Agree with the comments above... you're golden with the pinot, IMO. Post your short rib recipe! I've been looking for a good one and if you're making this one monthly, it must be good! Here's the recipe, and it's extraordinary (and incredibly simple) https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/claire-robin...
by Mike Francisco
June 13th, 2018, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Braised Short Ribs - pair with Burgundy?
Replies: 26
Views: 709

Braised Short Ribs - pair with Burgundy?

Agree with the comments above... you're golden with the pinot, IMO. Post your short rib recipe! I've been looking for a good one and if you're making this one monthly, it must be good! Here's the recipe, and it's extraordinary (and incredibly simple) https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/claire-robin...
by Mike Francisco
May 21st, 2018, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Why Bibimbap with Beaujolais Is the New Normal," by Jon Bonne
Replies: 16
Views: 1054

"Why Bibimbap with Beaujolais Is the New Normal," by Jon Bonne

I don't understand why people insist on wine with Asian food. Just drink beer or whatever the local alcohol is like sake for sushi. I've been eating at Old Mandarin Islamic since it opened and their food does not go well with wine. Ice cold Tsing Tao. Or tea. Consider for a moment the name of the b...
by Mike Francisco
May 14th, 2018, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JamieGoode: Our Wines Must Taste True
Replies: 77
Views: 2408

JamieGoode: Our Wines Must Taste True

Also, I'm not arguing that wines should be true to their variety. Variety isn't that interesting. I would like them to be truer to their vineyard origin. Intelligent interpretations of place. Jamie, I think you may want to clarify this a bit. What I read you saying is that two wine from Monte Rosso...
by Mike Francisco
May 14th, 2018, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux
Replies: 135
Views: 4143

Carignan Renaissance, Part Deux

OK, so a lot of comments, but here's THE question: Please list every great wine you have had that is mostly or wholly made from Carignan. Obviously definitions of 'great' will vary, but just list whatever is great to you. Thanks in advance. Dan Kravitz The 2016 Vinca Minor Carignan is very good.
by Mike Francisco
May 10th, 2018, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JamieGoode: Our Wines Must Taste True
Replies: 77
Views: 2408

JamieGoode: Our Wines Must Taste True

He doesn't use the word typicity or say anything that indicates that's what he's advocating. He's saying don't be a cynical winemaker by just making another mediocre wine or using trickery to pander to cheap tastes. By "true" I think he means to strive to make the best wine from the given site and ...
by Mike Francisco
May 9th, 2018, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandler
Replies: 11
Views: 785

Sandler

B. Jenny wrote:Have had a lot of Kurtzmans wines but really liked the 2016 Boer. Thought it was a delicious wine. Any thoughts.
Are you referring to the Pinot Noir or Grenache Ed makes doth from Boer. I was very taken with the 2015 Grenache and have yet to open the 2016.
by Mike Francisco
May 6th, 2018, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some New Calif Rhones...(long/boring)
Replies: 26
Views: 1240

TN: Some New Calif Rhones...(long/boring)

Justin S wrote:FYI, I believe the new release 2014 Edmunds St. John Syrah, also single vineayrd, is around 12% as well. May just be a characteristic of the vineyards, rather than picking artificially early?
Though restrained this wine is really lovely and not at all harsh or green.
by Mike Francisco
May 4th, 2018, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you use the Cellar Tracker Tasting Note feature??
Replies: 43
Views: 1386

How do you use the Cellar Tracker Tasting Note feature??

For all I know, the guy's (assuming) scale goes from 88 to 93. When I encounter a tasting note which seems discordant like that on a wine I like, I go look at that members other tasting notes to get a better read on where his tastes lie and how he scores wine. It may be that he overstates his posit...
by Mike Francisco
May 4th, 2018, 3:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you use the Cellar Tracker Tasting Note feature??
Replies: 43
Views: 1386

How do you use the Cellar Tracker Tasting Note feature??

Here is a good example that goes to the heart of the issue with crowd sourced ratings. 2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Cuvée Karatas 5/3/2018 - **** DOES NOT LIKE THIS WINE: 88 points I am generally a fan of Semillion (and, separately, Bedrock), but this is not particularly good. Unbalanced, with all the over...
by Mike Francisco
April 29th, 2018, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Haarmeyer Wines
Replies: 10
Views: 621

Haarmeyer Wines

Just wanted to see who out there has experience with these wines. I have had slightly mixed results with the Chenin Blancs, 2 really good, 1 OK. Last night I opened the 2017 Calaveras Zinfandel as the website gave the impression of a forward easy drinking wine and Wow was I happy with the wine. Burs...
by Mike Francisco
April 17th, 2018, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Ready to Drink - aka the CT Drinkability Report
Replies: 66
Views: 1646

Wine Ready to Drink - aka the CT Drinkability Report

AAgrawal wrote:I like it as well. I generally use community dates until I try a bottle, then I always put in my own start/end dates based on my own palate.
+1
It is like a blunt tool that you can sharpen and refine with your oun input.
by Mike Francisco
April 13th, 2018, 5:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you use the Cellar Tracker Tasting Note feature??
Replies: 43
Views: 1386

How do you use the Cellar Tracker Tasting Note feature??

Hi Mike, One of the limitations for sure. However, if it is a wine with a lot of notes the average score sorta overcomes this limitation. Also when you use it a lot you start to recognize individual raters and how their tastes compare to your own. Don, I understand it will take time to get who's sc...

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