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by Mike Francisco
September 11th, 2020, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stirm Wine
Replies: 14
Views: 744

Re: Stirm Wine

I love Ryan's wines, been on the list for a few years now and try to sample a little of everything I'm offered. A few of the wines have been a little strange but that happens when you push the creative envelope. The vast majority have been great and a hole lot of fun. His Pet-Nat is my wife's favori...
by Mike Francisco
August 6th, 2020, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Commercials
Replies: 16
Views: 878

Re: Wine Commercials

Also a cable cutter, I see all the above plus Josh and not quite wine but Barefoot Spritzers.
by Mike Francisco
July 22nd, 2020, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2622

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

Not anything like Bedrock or Carlisle but Craig Haarmeyer's Zinfandels are well under 13%, most under 12%, all his reds are crunchy, delicious (more like Dirty & Rowdy) and can even take a little chill on hot days. All the wines are affordable to boot. [cheers.gif]
by Mike Francisco
June 2nd, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fine Disregard 2020 Spring Offer
Replies: 2
Views: 536

Fine Disregard 2020 Spring Offer

In late April I got the Spring release offer from Mike Schieffer & Kara Maraden from Fine Disregard and ordered a mixed case of the three wines on offer; 2018 Napa Semillon $22 2018 Sonoma Gernache $30 2018 Pato Vineyard Mataro, Contra Costa $26 I let the wine rest for a few weeks then tried a bottl...
by Mike Francisco
May 27th, 2020, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2863
Views: 190998

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2015 Gibson Ranch Nose of cooked blueberry, spice cake and olive tapenade with rosemary, wet cement and soy jerked beef. In the mouth dense black fruit and cold strong coffee with molasses and tires on hot blacktop. Full bodied with soft to OK acid and firm but powdery tannin. I don't know what this...
by Mike Francisco
May 4th, 2020, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How does Riesling Kabinett change with age?
Replies: 75
Views: 3274

Re: How does Riesling Kabinett change with age?

Paul, I with you on 8-10 years being the sweet spot for me and most Kabinett, I think that gives them a chance to unwind but not lose their lively energy. I also think it's not just the top line, and therefore more expensive, producers wines that gain from this time, even wines from more humble prod...
by Mike Francisco
April 30th, 2020, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gilman's new issue - essay on serving wine
Replies: 103
Views: 5042

Re: Gilman's new issue - essay on serving wine

That’s one view. Another is that it’s part of the fun. Something like thinking about what wine to bring to a fun Barolo tasting planned 2 months out and standing it up or decanting for a dinner with friends is part of that fun. To give a nod to what came to mind — a great foodie movie, Ratatouille ...
by Mike Francisco
April 30th, 2020, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gilman's new issue - essay on serving wine
Replies: 103
Views: 5042

Re: Gilman's new issue - essay on serving wine

Sarah K, I think your thoughts at the beginning of this tread are spot on. The stuff about 40, 50 & beyond year old Nebbiolo, I will leave to those with far more experience with them, then I. On a bit of an aside, I am always amazed how people turn things like wine, something for fun and relaxation,...
by Mike Francisco
April 27th, 2020, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with tacos al pastor?
Replies: 45
Views: 1703

Re: Pairing with tacos al pastor?

I don' know why my mind went to Italy on this but what about Frappato or a good dryer style Lambrusco served well chilled? The big red fruit, low alcohol, high acid and spritz sound refreshing and delicious here.
by Mike Francisco
April 23rd, 2020, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: food/wine pairings
Replies: 3
Views: 235

Re: food/wine pairings

I think you are at a good starting point but after a few bites and sips this may get a little boring (all the same). Using the same starting point how about chopping the ripe papaya into chunks tossing it with arugula, salty toasted almond slices or pumpkin seeds, red onion, tangy goat cheese and a ...
by Mike Francisco
April 22nd, 2020, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calder Wine company reviews/opionins?
Replies: 1
Views: 186

Re: Calder Wine company reviews/opionins?

The wines from Calder are very good, so I would say go for it. Now keeping the budget in line, that's the hard part. A few other Wineries who make really good (& not to weird) low intervention wines on the more affordable side are Ian Brand, Haarmeyer and Brea. Good hunting and welcome aboard.
by Mike Francisco
January 29th, 2020, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves
Replies: 194
Views: 6969

Re: Cellar Tracker notes - pet peeves

I don't get how anyone could be peeved by someone's honest assessment, that they believe a wine is to old or to young. It is their opinion and isn't that what they should be giving? Now back to the fun! Third Place: Flawed 95 (corked, re-fermenting, VA, loads of brett, premox) If it's flawed don't b...
by Mike Francisco
December 18th, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--TABULATIONS COMPLETE (OP)
Replies: 193
Views: 15907

Re: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year

WOTY 2005 Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape (great bottle opened at the just right time)

Runner up 2005 Marcarini Barolo Brunate (again perfect timing)

Discovery Sterm out of the central coast (i think still finding his way but some of the wines are stallar)
by Mike Francisco
December 10th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alice Quixote rides again
Replies: 54
Views: 2328

Re: Alice Quixote rides again

There are and have been lots of natural producers making really good to great wine and a lot of others making bad wine. The ones make good wine can trade on the wine being, well good. The ones making bad wines need to find something else to hang their hats on, so they market the natural aspect, this...
by Mike Francisco
November 26th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 6656

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

2018 Stirm Los Chuchaquis Sparkling Albarino
2017 Bastide Blanche Bandol Rose
2019 Pierre Marie Chermette Griottes Beaujolais Primeur
2015 Vinca Minor Old Vines Carignan
by Mike Francisco
November 15th, 2019, 6:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite USA Gamay?
Replies: 50
Views: 3053

Re: Your favorite USA Gamay?

Jim Cowan wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 12:47 pm
ESJ
Preach brother
by Mike Francisco
November 15th, 2019, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Place to buy a good cold bottle of Champagne in Naples Fl?
Replies: 2
Views: 383

Re: Place to buy a good cold bottle of Champagne in Naples Fl?

Thanks, John
Leaving in about an hour looking forward to it. It's all snow and ice in Michigan.
by Mike Francisco
November 14th, 2019, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Place to buy a good cold bottle of Champagne in Naples Fl?
Replies: 2
Views: 383

Place to buy a good cold bottle of Champagne in Naples Fl?

Heading to Naples for my in-laws 50th this weekend and wanted to pick up a bottle on the way from the airport, any ideas?
by Mike Francisco
September 5th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Le P'tit Paysan 2016
Replies: 14
Views: 911

Re: TN: Le P'tit Paysan 2016

Ian Alper wrote:
September 4th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Agree with Wes, Ian really is a great winemaker and does a great job sourcing fruit in our area.
+1
Hard to miss with any of Ian's wines.
by Mike Francisco
August 29th, 2019, 6:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Phases of Aging Riesling
Replies: 57
Views: 2713

Re: Phases of Aging Riesling

Age is the #1 most important thing for German riesling, in my opinion. I think $20 90 point kabinett at age 20 is not only better, but far better, than $60 95 point spatlese when young. Young riesling is a sweet grape beverage which tastes nice, but isn't really a wine experience to me. And I think...
by Mike Francisco
August 27th, 2019, 5:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Châteauneuf-du-Pape producers
Replies: 46
Views: 2295

Re: Châteauneuf-du-Pape producers

I would add Raymond Usseglio's regular bottling to that list.
by Mike Francisco
August 7th, 2019, 5:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?
Replies: 90
Views: 4750

Re: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?

Howard,
It's just the man trying to keep you down, he's always going to try and keep you down. Fight the power!
by Mike Francisco
July 17th, 2019, 5:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Asimov on Wine Lexicon
Replies: 12
Views: 1091

Re: NYTimes: Asimov on Wine Lexicon

Do tasters reach for ever more esoteric and therefore worthless and often bafflingly specific terms? Yes If descriptors are overly vague are they equally useless? Yes Minerality, is just an example, salty, wet cement, flinty & chalky tell me very different things about a wine. On the other hand do I...
by Mike Francisco
June 19th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 156
Views: 12141

Re: Top US Syrahs

Edmunds St. John Big ol' +1 on ESJ Arcadian Arnot Roberts (a little more hit or miss but when they're on, they're really on) Bedrock (same as A-R) Gramercy (same as BR & A-R) Less serous but a whole lot o' fun to drink frech and with a slight chill Haarmeyer Stirm (carbonic) I know that's more then...
by Mike Francisco
June 10th, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2863
Views: 190998

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2014 Sherman's Gold Zinfandel all dried up and lacking energy. Kind of early for this to be slipping down hill don't you think?

Very disappointing.
by Mike Francisco
March 20th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Foreign Language CT Notes
Replies: 57
Views: 1965

Re: Foreign Language CT Notes

Just read them to yourself very loudly and slower!!!
by Mike Francisco
March 20th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine chemistry question?
Replies: 17
Views: 870

Re: Wine chemistry question?

Mike - In simplest terms my guess is that your wine has a higher pH(3.0-3.5) and some residual sugar that cuts some of the acidity you might taste. The solubility of tartaric acid is a function of pH, concentration, and pairing ions. It's not the only acid found in wine. Gary, Greg & Larry Thank yo...
by Mike Francisco
March 19th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine chemistry question?
Replies: 17
Views: 870

Re: Wine chemistry question?

harmless tartrates that precipitate out in cold. Tartaric acid. The loss of this acid, to my palate, doesn’t change overall wine acidity perception. I get that, but to my understanding of the chemistry involved is that acid in the liquid needs to reach a level of supersaturation for the cold to for...
by Mike Francisco
March 19th, 2019, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine chemistry question?
Replies: 17
Views: 870

Wine chemistry question?

I recently opened a 2015 Russian River Chardonnay that had thrown a significant amount of acid crystal deposit. No biggy, just means I should look forward to a high acid wine right? To my surprise the wine was rich, round and very ripe, it lacked energy and brightness. As far as I know the wine was ...
by Mike Francisco
March 12th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fine Disregard Spring Release
Replies: 19
Views: 1320

Re: Fine Disregard Spring Release

First timer, but looking forward to trying all three. Price points are reasonable & Ian Brand recommended them.
by Mike Francisco
March 4th, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?
Replies: 48
Views: 2422

Re: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?

I have been really liking most of what I have had from Haarmeyer.
by Mike Francisco
February 19th, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food and Wine Pairing is Bullsh*t . . .
Replies: 60
Views: 3102

Re: Food and Wine Pairing is Bullsh*t . . .

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
February 19th, 2019, 2:29 pm
That "article" contributes nothing to the ongoing conversation on this topic. The article is terribly short, conclusory, and condescending. Click-bait garbage.
+1

Tim Hanni is just throwing a bunch of Bullsh*t against the wall and hoping some will stick.
by Mike Francisco
February 19th, 2019, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The taste and smell of rocks
Replies: 33
Views: 2452

Re: The taste and smell of rocks

So much of this really comes down to your reference point. If you are a geologist and you spend or spent months or years studying rocks and soil and immersed yourself in the smells of these, you are bound to 'find them' in wines more than folks who really never concentrated on those smells. Are the...
by Mike Francisco
January 20th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hangover Prevention - supplements
Replies: 45
Views: 1918

Re: Hangover Prevention - supplements

I don't think it's thought police to suggest avoiding a hangover in the first place. For thought police we have the politics forum and the asylum. I drink wine every day and haven't had a hangover since I was a kid and thought the point of drinking was to get drunk. If you end up with a hangover, w...
by Mike Francisco
January 20th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hangover Prevention - supplements
Replies: 45
Views: 1918

Re: Hangover Prevention - supplements

This whole site is dedicated to the enjoyment of an alcoholic beverage, so the level of self-righteousness is a little surprising. I would bet that many here have "over done it" at least once, in the last year. So I would give 2 bits of advice to those who would judge. 1. If you don't care about the...
by Mike Francisco
January 16th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology
Replies: 35
Views: 1604

Re: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology

We need to start a group who will adhere to the same guidelines when rating a wine. 85 is not a score that says do not swallow. That is a 70-75. But people don't want to attach these low scores to a wine and then their user identity. Don't forget about ego, so many tasters on CT don't want to admit...
by Mike Francisco
January 11th, 2019, 2:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Second-Favorite Wine with Scallops
Replies: 50
Views: 1918

Re: Your Second-Favorite Wine with Scallops

Good fresh Albarino like Granbazan Verde or even La Marea from Monterey
by Mike Francisco
January 9th, 2019, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology
Replies: 35
Views: 1604

Re: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology

If you have a totally different impression of the wine, then indeed you should not have the same score. But if you think similar things as another taster's note, the better outcome is for two similar point scores versus one at 90 and one at 80. There are so many reasons why that is just not reality...
by Mike Francisco
January 9th, 2019, 5:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology
Replies: 35
Views: 1604

Re: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology

So your goal is for your scores to conform to those of the average CT poster? That isn’t a goal I would personally pursue. Scores and TNs are primarily for me. That may be a bit selfish, but I’ll usually add some context to give a reader an idea of where my palate is. That’s more important than a s...
by Mike Francisco
January 8th, 2019, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology
Replies: 35
Views: 1604

Re: CellarTracker Scoring Methodology

[winner.gif] Tasting Notes and Ratings Tasting notes are one of the core components of CellarTracker; in fact, we currently have over 5 million user-generated reviews in our database! They offer a way for users to share their thoughts on how a particular wine is tasting at any given point in time. T...
by Mike Francisco
January 6th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with cherry-picking?
Replies: 95
Views: 4103

Re: What's wrong with cherry-picking?

For me, had I done this I would have missed some of the best and sometimes profound wine experiences I have had. Just a few that come to mind; 1964 Mouton (from a magnum it the 1980s) 1975 Beaulieu George de Latour (also in the 1980s) From resent vintages 2008 Charvin Chateauneuf du Pape 2010 Heyman...
by Mike Francisco
January 5th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker archetypes
Replies: 121
Views: 5944

Re: Cellar Tracker archetypes

One thing I will be doing more of this year as I did last year is having a wider range on scoring. An 85 is a good score if the wine is $15. The WA, Suckling, WS have a range of about 90 to 100. I have seen 90 point scores on Cellar Tracker where the reviewer points out several flaws. Really that i...
by Mike Francisco
January 3rd, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year
Replies: 189
Views: 8498

Re: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year

For me it was a tie.
2011 Vissoux Poncie Fleurie
2014 Poe Sparkling Rose
by Mike Francisco
January 3rd, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rose in winter
Replies: 13
Views: 1109

Re: Rose in winter

Bandol Rose has everything you need to warm a Michigan soul this time of year. [cheers.gif]
by Mike Francisco
December 25th, 2018, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unpopular tasting note?
Replies: 22
Views: 1695

Re: Unpopular tasting note?

Damn Mike you got me there man!! Didn’t realize that on CT’s scale. I stand corrected then. B+ it is :) Perhaps an 85 would of been more appropriate to just good. Joe, Sorry, if I came off harsh, that was not my intent. I was more interested in, after reading the note, how you came to the score. I ...
by Mike Francisco
December 24th, 2018, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unpopular tasting note?
Replies: 22
Views: 1695

Re: Unpopular tasting note?

It’s not a bad wine Oliver just not totally my style. Mike I wish you were my teacher in school. An 86 is a B+? Haha, I could of used you for my math grade in high school!! It’s a well made wine and has some good characteristics such as good fruits and not an oak bomb. I am typically a generous sco...
by Mike Francisco
December 24th, 2018, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unpopular tasting note?
Replies: 22
Views: 1695

Re: Unpopular tasting note?

Oliver V wrote:
December 24th, 2018, 8:55 am
86 points for a wine you couldn't drink more than a glass of? That's pretty generous.
+1
that's a solid B+?
by Mike Francisco
December 21st, 2018, 3:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Congrats to Ian Brand...
Replies: 19
Views: 2116

Re: Congrats to Ian Brand...

I think they did a nice job of relaying both the dream and challenge of making and selling real wine with a sense of place at affordable prices. Keep up the good work and congratulations! champagne.gif
by Mike Francisco
December 20th, 2018, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bonne: The Wines Must Tell a Story
Replies: 22
Views: 1176

Re: Bonne: The Wines Must Tell a Story

I think "the story" Jon is referencing is as much in the bottle as on the winery website. There a allot of wines out there that are engineered to please but say nothing about where they are from and are manufactured for no other reason then to sell and make money. Yes a wines first job is to taste g...
by Mike Francisco
December 11th, 2018, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Tracker archetypes
Replies: 121
Views: 5944

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 ...

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