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by H Wallace Jr
February 8th, 2019, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette
Replies: 104
Views: 3394

Re: Restaurant - Waiter pouring etiquette

Hello I wanted to see what others had to say about this topic. 12 of the extended family were out to dinner at a typical Italian restaurant. Most people weren't wine drinkers or knew much about wine. I ordered several bottles of "good" wine. The waiter would stop by every 15 minutes or so and take ...
by H Wallace Jr
February 8th, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer
Replies: 35
Views: 1768

Re: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer

Thank you Noah and John!
Just a PSA to anyone on the fence- 6 bottles of Especial left and then it is gone....

EDIT: Especial now sold out--
by H Wallace Jr
February 8th, 2019, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Old Vine Enz Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: TN: 2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Old Vine Enz Vineyard

AH, the D&R strawberry! I almost always pick of a strawberry note when I open a Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre. It must be something about their elevage techniques, as it's consistent across most of the vineyards. David- A few years ago, I would have thought it was purely from some of the whole berry / pa...
by H Wallace Jr
February 8th, 2019, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Old Vine Enz Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: TN: 2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Old Vine Enz Vineyard

Opened this given the current releases from Dirty & Rowdy and Sandlands as both make wines from the Enz Vineyard and reminds me why I'm a buyer of both regardless of what wines are being released. Just pure quality at an excellent price-point. 2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Old Vine Enz Vineyard - ...
by H Wallace Jr
February 8th, 2019, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer
Replies: 35
Views: 1768

Re: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer

Thanks Jeff, Brian, John, and Rich!
J.Vizuete wrote:
February 7th, 2019, 5:54 pm
H Wallace Jr wrote:
February 7th, 2019, 1:50 pm
J.Vizuete wrote:
February 6th, 2019, 2:23 pm
In for one of each. I’m very eager to try the semillion...
Thanks, John! I hope you enjoy them!
No Hardy, thank YOU! Can’t wait to drink some Mourvèdre with you out of some GGGs next time we make it to CA.
Let me know! I'd love to see you.
by H Wallace Jr
February 7th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer
Replies: 35
Views: 1768

Re: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer

J.Vizuete wrote:
February 6th, 2019, 2:23 pm
In for one of each. I’m very eager to try the semillion...
Thanks, John! I hope you enjoy them!
by H Wallace Jr
February 6th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer
Replies: 35
Views: 1768

Re: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer

Thank you so much for your help, Hardy!! [cheers.gif] As I have yet to open my only bottle of Dirty & Rowdy 2014 skin-contact Semillon, I lack a frame of reference anticipating how the higher percentage of this variety would play into the 2018's flavors, texture, body. Your description checks the r...
by H Wallace Jr
February 5th, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I have a glass problem: Zalto - WS - Now JR
Replies: 39
Views: 2306

Re: I have a glass problem: Zalto - WS - Now JR

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
February 5th, 2019, 4:48 am
Did you ever think of using machine gg in the winery?
I think the machine ones are nice glasses, but it was never a thought. Though fragile, I want visitors to have the best possible stems. It makes up for having to dump in a winery bucket and stand around an old barrel ;)
by H Wallace Jr
February 4th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 128
Views: 3919

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

Cris Whetstone wrote:
February 3rd, 2019, 5:45 pm
Welcome Hardy! Look forward to seeing you.
Thanks Cris! Same here. [cheers.gif]
by H Wallace Jr
February 3rd, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer
Replies: 35
Views: 1768

Re: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer

Drew- A good question that is a tough one for me to answer as all of the blends have been pretty different both in %s and in some of the varieties that are in there. Our goal with all of them has been to make a killer, fun, distinctive, white table wine that hopefully way overdelivers. It is a our w...
by H Wallace Jr
February 3rd, 2019, 10:21 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC
Replies: 128
Views: 3919

Re: Falltacular 2019--Saturday, 2/16/2019 @ My Place In The OC

Yeeeeeha! Dirty and Rowdy will be participating for the first time. I am psyched to participate and donate to the cause.It will be great to meet a number of people I've known online for years IRL and to see some fine folks I haven't seen in a long time. We are putting 6 vineyard designate Mourvèdre ...
by H Wallace Jr
February 3rd, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I have a glass problem: Zalto - WS - Now JR
Replies: 39
Views: 2306

Re: I have a glass problem: Zalto - WS - Now JR

I'm a GGG fan. We use them at home and at the winery. In a side by side on our wines vs. a few comparable stems- The GGG showed more savory, earthy, mineral elements (where I nerd most) where the others showed more intense fruit... I do find the GGG the most delicate of all the stems- I have watched...
by H Wallace Jr
February 2nd, 2019, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer
Replies: 35
Views: 1768

Re: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer

I'll fix that this am! Thanks for pointing that out.
by H Wallace Jr
February 2nd, 2019, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Enfield Release Open
Replies: 21
Views: 860

Re: Enfield Release Open

really excited for this new cab release. 13.5% napa cab only 600 bottles because John did everything himself. I can't imagine its anything short of fantastic. The syrah is also very interesting. I tasted the '16 Napa Cab with John about 2 wks ago-- It is a hell of a wine-- so so pure and beautiful....
by H Wallace Jr
February 1st, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer
Replies: 35
Views: 1768

Re: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer

Jeremy C wrote:
February 1st, 2019, 2:47 pm
Hmmm... No offer. Maybe I missed the last offering and am now off?
Hi Jeremy- It looks like we had an unsubscribe request in Dec. '18. If in error, we can easily fix that. If not, we'd love to have you back!
by H Wallace Jr
February 1st, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer
Replies: 35
Views: 1768

Re: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer

I'll be putting in my order tonight when I get home from work. Mostly likely just a Familiar Mourvedre and Semillon order split 6 and 6. The especial isn't my style, though I appreciate the craft and quality behind it and I have a few of the blancs from '16 left. I always appreciate these wines and...
by H Wallace Jr
February 1st, 2019, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer
Replies: 35
Views: 1768

Re: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer

Hardy, I'm planning to stock up and curious how you think the Semillon and Familiar will age; is it best to drink relatively soon or worth it to lay some down for a while? Chris- I think the Sem will age for a number of years. The '11-'14s are still babies and this seems to be in the same vein. The...
by H Wallace Jr
February 1st, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer
Replies: 35
Views: 1768

Re: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer

Thanks for the support everyone. This has been a great AM. I am really really happy with these. As Kate and I went through the wines yesterday, we felt they captured the raw exuberance of the '11s and '14s with the clarity of more recent vintages. The Fam Blanc is the sleeper of the release. It was ...
by H Wallace Jr
January 29th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural Wine & Whole-Cluster Ferments??
Replies: 16
Views: 658

Re: Natural Wine & Whole-Cluster Ferments??

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by H Wallace Jr
January 29th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre Antle Vineyard
Replies: 18
Views: 1049

Re: TN: 2015 Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre Antle Vineyard

There are Mourvedre vines up there that are somewhere around 50 years old already. I know Windy Oaks pulls from them. As to whether Antle/Rodnick Farm is special -- all of Chalone is special, it's one of a handful of truly special appellations in California. It's just no longer a Pinot Noir locale....
by H Wallace Jr
January 25th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre Antle Vineyard
Replies: 18
Views: 1049

Re: TN: 2015 Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre Antle Vineyard

Mike Grammer wrote:
January 22nd, 2019, 10:31 am
Fine note and exposition, Tom. I have only had the D&R Mourvedre from the property (not this vintage) but it was memorable. Although I love what Hardy does with the Evangelho fruit, I think this is a remarkable site for consistency of just what you've described.

Salud

Mike
Thanks, Mike!
by H Wallace Jr
January 25th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre Antle Vineyard
Replies: 18
Views: 1049

Re: TN: 2015 Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre Antle Vineyard

JDavisRoby wrote:
January 22nd, 2019, 5:36 am
I’ve enjoyed several bottles of the Unfamiliar. I know several others that have as well. Your local broker/distributor is a friend and he’s a tireless promoter. Please keep the bottles coming our way.
Awesome! He'll be out here in about a week and will taste through some of the new stuff.
by H Wallace Jr
January 20th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre Antle Vineyard
Replies: 18
Views: 1049

Re: TN: 2015 Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre Antle Vineyard

D&R has recently become available at retail in my state (Oklahoma). Is this specific wine mailing list only? I haven’t seen it in the local wine shops. Glad you have seen it, as not much made it to OK. We sent a few cases of Unfamiliar Mourvèdre (our declassified '17 Mourvèdre) and a couple cases o...
by H Wallace Jr
January 15th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre Antle Vineyard
Replies: 18
Views: 1049

Re: TN: 2015 Dirty & Rowdy Mourvedre Antle Vineyard

Tom, Thanks so much for the notes on this wine. The '15 Antle is special. The mineraity in this site never ceases to amaze me. If served blind, it would be like an accent telling you not just the city it grew up in, but practically the block. That shines through in the Jolie-Laide, the Enfield, and ...
by H Wallace Jr
December 31st, 2018, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Dirty and Rowdy Petite Sirah Fred & Dora's Vineyard
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: TN: 2015 Dirty and Rowdy Petite Sirah Fred & Dora's Vineyard

David, Thanks for the note. The '15 comes across as the most polished of our Fred & Dora's. There was a difference in '15 winemaking that is part of this. Across the board, for us, and many others in N. CA, '15 was a very structured year. I love the vintage and it is more firm than giving. Fred & Do...
by H Wallace Jr
December 25th, 2018, 7:14 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Video: Dirty and Rowdy Happy Holidays Bloopers
Replies: 7
Views: 269

Re: Video: Dirty and Rowdy Happy Holidays Bloopers

Thank you Peter, Paul, and Brian!!!

Happy holidays to you and your families!

PS- Paul- only considered up for sale when she misses a nap! ;)
by H Wallace Jr
December 24th, 2018, 2:12 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Video: Dirty and Rowdy Happy Holidays Bloopers
Replies: 7
Views: 269

Re: Video: Dirty and Rowdy Happy Holidays Bloopers

Dan Hammer wrote:
December 24th, 2018, 11:24 am
I'll give you lots of extra rope since the kid stole the show. flirtysmile champagne.gif
Ha- Thanks! She's got some spirit!
by H Wallace Jr
December 24th, 2018, 11:02 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Video: Dirty and Rowdy Happy Holidays Bloopers
Replies: 7
Views: 269

Video: Dirty and Rowdy Happy Holidays Bloopers

https://youtu.be/5OcB-JVSZIY We take pride in sending out thousands of handwritten holiday cards each year, but with a new baby who showed up a few weeks late, we failed miserably and didn't send any out. We tried to shoot a straight ahead family video card, but with sleep deprivation, a spirited t...
by H Wallace Jr
December 23rd, 2018, 1:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Animal Farm Butter For Sale
Replies: 42
Views: 2369

Re: Animal Farm Butter For Sale

I know this primarily goes to Thomas Keller, but is this the same butter served at Bouchon? Or does it just go to TFL and Per Se?
by H Wallace Jr
December 22nd, 2018, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?
Replies: 105
Views: 2749

Re: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?

What do I want? Well, I'd like to think that any winery would read their email and then send a reply to a customer that took the time to reach out. It may have to wait given the time of year we are in, assuming the winery gets back to those who contact them. As I said, I am over in Champagne next y...
by H Wallace Jr
December 22nd, 2018, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?
Replies: 105
Views: 2749

Re: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?

Hardy, my position on this, and clearly I am not in the swim lane that many of you think I oughta be in, is that the producer owns the fly paper for the wine. Whether I hear back from Savart or not, it is the holidays and maybe the winery will never reply. Who knows. I don't hold the retailer accou...
by H Wallace Jr
December 20th, 2018, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Congrats to Ian Brand...
Replies: 16
Views: 1014

Re: Congrats to Ian Brand...

Amazing and well deserved!!!!!!
by H Wallace Jr
December 20th, 2018, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting OldVines in Whites??
Replies: 34
Views: 756

Re: Tasting OldVines in Whites??

Tom, you always toss me the hard questions! As you know, the universe of old-vine white vineyards is much smaller than for reds. I can tell you that I drank an '07 Chalone Estate Chenin (my last bottle) two weeks ago in Tahoe that was perhaps the best white wine I've ever tasted. Last night I taste...
by H Wallace Jr
December 20th, 2018, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?
Replies: 105
Views: 2749

Re: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?

Frank- I may have missed this, but what is the resolution you would like here?
by H Wallace Jr
December 20th, 2018, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?
Replies: 105
Views: 2749

Re: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?

Thank you Hardy for providing perspective from a vintner point of view. Let's assume I opened a bottle of D&R and it was clearly corked. Assume I sent you an email about the issue, seeking some sort of redress. Also, assume that I'm not a VIP, in your DB etc., and just bought it off the shelf while...
by H Wallace Jr
December 20th, 2018, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?
Replies: 105
Views: 2749

Re: Corked Champagne--what is the right recourse?

I gave this topic more thought last night and landed back with the premise of why isn't the winery responsible? Why in this space do the other parties have to take ownership, such as the retailer or distributor? The product was made by the winery, based on their freedom to decide how to make it, an...
by H Wallace Jr
December 11th, 2018, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downtown Napa Tasting Rooms?
Replies: 14
Views: 605

Re: Downtown Napa Tasting Rooms?

Gamling and McDuck, Outland (which had Forlorn Hope, Farella, and Poe), and Rebel Vintners are all open a bit later than norm.
by H Wallace Jr
December 10th, 2018, 9:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Skinner White Oak Flats Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 295

Re: TN: 2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Skinner White Oak Flats Vineyard

Slight thread drift but whilst your here Hardy - I ordered a 2014 Evangelho mag which I received today - intention is for Christmas day. Do you think it's too young still? Thank you! It will be fun and delicious. Yes, it will still be layered with some primary baby fat, and it is probably a long wa...
by H Wallace Jr
December 10th, 2018, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Skinner White Oak Flats Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 295

Re: TN: 2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Skinner White Oak Flats Vineyard

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
December 10th, 2018, 9:35 am
Been eyeing my mag of 2014 for a holiday party...
I think that is a good choice. The 2014 White Oak Flats in 750s is shining right now. It could continue to improve, but it is giving so much right now that it will hopefully make folks really happy.
by H Wallace Jr
December 10th, 2018, 4:03 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Last Minute Holiday Packs! (Ends 12/17)
Replies: 3
Views: 310

Dirty and Rowdy Last Minute Holiday Packs! (Ends 12/17)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjKeqn27KME In the spirit of finding the perfect last minute gifts for the holidays, I've put together two bite-sized Dirty and Rowdy packs both of which include shipping. 3 Pack Intro: 1 2017 Dirty and Rowdy Chenin Blanc 1 2017 Dirty and Rowdy Unfamiliar Mourvèdre 1...
by H Wallace Jr
December 10th, 2018, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Skinner White Oak Flats Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 295

Re: TN: 2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Skinner White Oak Flats Vineyard

Thanks Dennis! I had a 14-16 open side by side for production crew from Skinner a few weeks ago. I agree- I found the '16 of this pretty straightforward-- open, charming, and polished in texture- while the '14 was the wowza of the lineup. After a few days, the '16 kept on keeping on, and was my fav....
by H Wallace Jr
December 4th, 2018, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How do you control your alcohol intake?
Replies: 66
Views: 6244

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

For me- A healthy change in diet, early AMs at the gym, and having a pregnant (now nursing) wife. I still have wine almost every night, but often just a glass. I either share a bottle at dinner with my in-laws, or watch a bottle over multiple days. On the weekends, I am more apt to cook larger meals...
by H Wallace Jr
December 3rd, 2018, 12:47 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Quick TGV->CDG->Marriott question
Replies: 9
Views: 411

Re: Quick TGV->CDG->Marriott question

Stay at the Sheraton. It’s 100m from the station. I was staying at the Marriott only because I have a certificate for I believe at Cat 4 hotel (Marriott qualifies at 4) and the Sheraton is a Cat 5 property. I could burn points if you think it is well worth it. If it is a CAT 4, go for it. CAT 4's a...
by H Wallace Jr
November 30th, 2018, 1:03 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Quick TGV->CDG->Marriott question
Replies: 9
Views: 411

Re: Quick TGV->CDG->Marriott question

Marriott should be able to get you. I made this "trek" in Feb. during a heavy snowstorm and just grabbed a taxi as it was late and I didn't want to wait out in the snow. It was something like 30EU for about a sub 10min ride. Worth it that night, but in normal conditions, I would wait. It is a bit of...
by H Wallace Jr
November 29th, 2018, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying Non-750ml Formats...Regrets and Advice
Replies: 109
Views: 2341

Re: Buying Non-750ml Formats...Regrets and Advice

A 1.5L is dinner for 4. In most cases, I'm happier drinking the same wine over the course of a dinner and watching it evolve vs. getting 4 oz pours of a bunch of wines that I briefly experience for 15min or so. When I open mags, I usually tell guests not to bring wine for dinner (unless it is bubble...
by H Wallace Jr
November 29th, 2018, 5:50 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Hiking in Napa
Replies: 11
Views: 441

Re: Hiking in Napa

I think the best bang for your buck hiking option in Napa Valley is Table Rock above Calistoga. It has a pretty stunning view at the turnaround point and multiple vistas along the way. You park across the street from the trailhead to Mount St. Helena (it is a more exciting hike than St. Helena), and...
by H Wallace Jr
November 29th, 2018, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."
Replies: 81
Views: 3758

Re: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."

Agree - nothing like a fresh Rose right after it's been bottled. Ditto for a lot of Italian white wines, as well as much of the Maconnais - Rosé, it is. Kabinett is also a great choice. which roses are "truly amazing? (besides tempier) albarinos also please. i drink quite a bit of both but rarely f...
by H Wallace Jr
November 29th, 2018, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."
Replies: 81
Views: 3758

Re: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."

There was a board favorite wine that this may have applied to, and certainly did in my case. It was Dirty & Rowdy's 2012 Semillon. The first bottle I opened was on June 30th, 2013 and it was excellent. Tried another 5-6 months later, then a third bottle over a year later and didn't find the same fr...
by H Wallace Jr
November 29th, 2018, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."
Replies: 81
Views: 3758

Re: "There are truly amazing wines meant to consume very young."

This may be too tangential for this good thread, but for Tempier rose, curious on people's experience. Always been a huge fan of all of their wines but for the rose, interested if people think they go into a dumb phase and come out different/better? I have have accumulated some '15s and '16s recent...

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