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by Bryan Price
September 14th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 506
Views: 33785

Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

Bryan - I would definitely hold on to a few and try them at the 10 year mark. The 09 is one of my favorite Zins right now - wish I had saved more. Adam- I just did a quick tasting at Ridge yesterday. The 17 Geezer is great. If they still have the 2014 Lytton Estate Syrah I would strongly recommend ...
by Bryan Price
September 14th, 2019, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 506
Views: 33785

Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

Just popped a 2015 Geyser and it's so lush and tasty. Any reason to wait on drinking my other 5 bottles?
by Bryan Price
September 12th, 2019, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: New Boheme Release...(long/boring)
Replies: 13
Views: 836

Re: TN: New Boheme Release...(long/boring)

Drinking the 2015 English Hill Pinot and loving it. Does Boheme have a tasting room in Sonoma county? I think I picked up a sixer during the berserker sale....but then again I've bought a lot of wine this year and my memory is foggy. Bryan, Thanks for your compliments. The '15 (and '16/ current rel...
by Bryan Price
September 11th, 2019, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Rochioli - Pinot Noir River Block (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 7
Views: 430

Re: TN: 2011 Rochioli - Pinot Noir River Block (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

2011 Sweetwater pinot popped at a tailgate yesterday. Bears / Packers. Great tailgate. Not so great outcome. No detailed notes. But the Sweetwater is in a very nice place right now. About 1/3 of a bottle left for tonight, hasn't lost a step. Are you drinking this at the ACTUAL tailgate?!! Never see...
by Bryan Price
September 11th, 2019, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: New Boheme Release...(long/boring)
Replies: 13
Views: 836

Re: TN: New Boheme Release...(long/boring)

Drinking the 2015 English Hill Pinot and loving it. Does Boheme have a tasting room in Sonoma county? I think I picked up a sixer during the berserker sale....but then again I've bought a lot of wine this year and my memory is foggy.
by Bryan Price
September 10th, 2019, 9:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of 17 CA/ OR Pinot Noir
Replies: 8
Views: 1238

Re: Blind tasting of 17 CA/ OR Pinot Noir

Loved these tasting notes, and appreciate you posting pics! These notes were especially fun for me as I've had at least 1/8th of the bottles. Was that Hilliard Bruce's last vintage?
by Bryan Price
September 10th, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?
Replies: 154
Views: 8618

Re: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?

I think it was a 2010 or 2012 Rhys Alpine vineyard that my father "accidentally" gave to me.
by Bryan Price
September 5th, 2019, 9:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?
Replies: 112
Views: 4428

Re: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?

Uh hem, up to 102. Various WineBid purchases the last 6 months (Rochioli, Morlet, Ridge) - love that I can let them store until the summer is over. Sea Smoke, Williams Selyem, Carlisle, and Bedrock releases.
by Bryan Price
September 2nd, 2019, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations
Replies: 45
Views: 2592

Re: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations

If you like a small production Pinot, make sure to check out cartograph. The owners are so lovely and the tasting room is very inviting. I think Reeve does a great job with their tastings and makes a fantastic Riesling (apt necessary) another good Pinot and Chardonnay spot would be Gary farrel, als...
by Bryan Price
September 2nd, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations
Replies: 45
Views: 2592

Re: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations

I had one of the best meals of my life at Guiso Latin Fusion. Chalkboard is really fun, and also immensely enjoyed Bravas. We had The French Laundry in the same week and I ranked it my third favorite meal of the trip (too hard to live up to the hype).
by Bryan Price
September 2nd, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RHYS, Open Forum on Rhys and other Darlings
Replies: 289
Views: 14114

Re: RHYS, Open Forum on Rhys and other Darlings

I for one am batting less than .500 with the Rhys wines - I just don't think the pinots are in my wheelhouse but the Chardonnays express exactly what I want out of that varietal. The major exception is any Chard or Pinot from the Alpine vineyard. The 2010 Pinot was a revelation and I think one of th...
by Bryan Price
September 2nd, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 6004

Re: Worst wines you've had?

Prisoner wine company comes to mind. Low 80s for me. I have even convinced people who thought they liked it to hate it! Oh dear. There is a bottle in the cellar, we were given it last Christmas. I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Regifting brings moral quandaries plus the risk of an awful mishap if ...
by Bryan Price
September 2nd, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 6004

Re: Worst wines you've had?

Meiomi Pinot Noir was awful. No varietal character whatsoever, it tasted like chewing tobacco. +1 Had this alleged wine for the first time on the weekend. I’m quite certain that had it been blind I would not have identified it as Pinot Noir. Or as wine, for that matter. Chewing tobacco is plausible...
by Bryan Price
September 2nd, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits
Replies: 35
Views: 2598

Re: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits

Stem inclusion appeared to be all the rage 4-5 years ago, but I always found the nose off-putting. Glad to hear Rhys is dialing it back.
by Bryan Price
September 1st, 2019, 9:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anderson Valley Brief Visit and a Few Notes -- Added Photos
Replies: 28
Views: 2120

Re: Anderson Valley Brief Visit and a Few Notes -- Added Photos

This AVA sounds VERY appealing to me for a trip! Relaxing country atmosphere, hardly the need to make many appointments and a beautiful coastline? Sign me up! Sounds like Santa Ynez valley, one of my favorite places to visit. I recently realized after opening a 2014 Rhys Anderson and a 2012 WS Morni...
by Bryan Price
September 1st, 2019, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 6004

Re: Worst wines you've had?

Wait I just remembered I passionately disliked every single wine in the tasting room at South Coast Winery in Temecula. My dad and I stopped by after having lunch in the restaurant on site and we quickly spat about 4 wines until tapping out.
by Bryan Price
September 1st, 2019, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst wines you've had?
Replies: 128
Views: 6004

Re: Worst wines you've had?

Not sure if this qualifies as wine, but I tried Stella Rosa about 5 years ago and nearly spit it out on my sofa. Truly a once in a lifetime experience.
by Bryan Price
September 1st, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?
Replies: 112
Views: 4428

Re: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?

I shared this thread with the wife. Somehow she wasn’t convinced to let me buy more based solely on the fact that some people have more pending than our whole cellar. Either we don’t buy enough or we drink too fast, regardless I shall do my part to lighten our bank account! You appear to be of simi...
by Bryan Price
September 1st, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?
Replies: 112
Views: 4428

Re: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?

96 - should I be posting this in the young and spend-y thread?
by Bryan Price
August 31st, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1443
Views: 96846

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Popped a 2015 Esola two days ago....it was muted on day one. Put a repour on, day two it was a it more forthcoming but I'm not sure I even liked it more than day one. Maybe an off bottle?
by Bryan Price
August 30th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What price per bottle do you use in cellar tracker?
Replies: 73
Views: 1711

Re: What price per bottle do you use in cellar tracker?

I'm starting to give up tracking cost or even tracking inventory at this point. It's nice to see what's ready to drink, but it's starting to get time consuming entering in ~300 bottles per year! If you enter it as you buy it, it is not very time consuming. Probably less time consuming than pulling ...
by Bryan Price
August 29th, 2019, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 506
Views: 33785

Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

Benny P wrote:
August 23rd, 2019, 10:14 pm
I went with a 2015 Geyserville tonight. After drinking this, I regret not loading up on these. Fantastic!
Just bought a sixer for $45 per on Kogod.
by Bryan Price
August 29th, 2019, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What price per bottle do you use in cellar tracker?
Replies: 73
Views: 1711

Re: What price per bottle do you use in cellar tracker?

I'm starting to give up tracking cost or even tracking inventory at this point. It's nice to see what's ready to drink, but it's starting to get time consuming entering in ~300 bottles per year!
by Bryan Price
August 23rd, 2019, 8:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off mailing lists to buying retail?
Replies: 30
Views: 2715

Re: Off mailing lists to buying retail?

I think the sentiment in this thread applies to those highly expensive type lists like Shafer HSS, Alban, Harlan, etc. But if you like a winery like Kutch, Carlisle, Rhys, Arcadian, Limerick Lane, etc., it still makes sense to buy from them directly, get the wines you want, not have to buy from ass...
by Bryan Price
August 22nd, 2019, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Curran Grenache Gris (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley)
Replies: 5
Views: 336

Re: TN: 2013 Curran Grenache Gris (USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley)

I met Kris and Bruno recently at their warehouse and had an amazing time. Gracious hosts, extremely knowledgeable, and keeps it light an airy. Loved Bruno's pinots, but was very surprised to love the entire lineup of whites (louirero, vinho verde, grenache blanc). Much more reasonable pricing compar...
by Bryan Price
August 22nd, 2019, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Southing (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)
Replies: 9
Views: 1023

Re: TN: 2007 Sea Smoke Pinot Noir Southing (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)

Love me some Sea Smoke, although the Ten is reaching the upper range of my spending limits.
by Bryan Price
July 30th, 2019, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits
Replies: 35
Views: 2598

Re: Short Nor Cal Trip: TNs from Rhys and Kutch Visits

Love me some McDougals! Jamie was such a gracious host for me and my friends up in Sonoma, making for a very memorable trip.
by Bryan Price
July 27th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release
Replies: 71
Views: 5120

Re: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release

My first purchase of Carlisle and I'm in for a case! I always hedge my bets when I'm unfamiliar with the wines and grab one of each varietal/vineyard. Happy to support a fellow Sagehen!
by Bryan Price
July 24th, 2019, 9:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 12412

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

Anyone pick up 3 cases of the OVZ?!!
by Bryan Price
July 13th, 2019, 9:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?
Replies: 57
Views: 3039

Re: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?

Those fruity low cal spritzer drinks.
by Bryan Price
July 7th, 2019, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered
Replies: 38
Views: 3329

Re: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered

It was too expensive even by Napa standards.
by Bryan Price
July 5th, 2019, 10:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paso Wine Tasting trip - Dec 27, 2017 (Law, Calcareous, Daou, Justin, Lone Madrone)
Replies: 33
Views: 1777

Re: Paso Wine Tasting trip - Dec 27, 2017 (Law, Calcareous, Daou, Justin, Lone Madrone)

I'm not sure what it says about me, but when I got to Daou and saw the beautiful view, and all of the well-dressed hip people, I knew immediately the wine wouldn't be my cup of tea. We sped through the tasting as fast as possible, which took a very long time.
by Bryan Price
July 3rd, 2019, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 107
Views: 7062

Re: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?

My wife and I joke we will retire in Santa Barbara once we are done raising kids in the rigors of Orange County. You can't beat the proximity to wine country and the fun atmosphere of downtown SB. Just popped a 2009 Arcadian Francesca. Burgundy Al described it best in his tasting note on CT: "8/16/2...
by Bryan Price
June 28th, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...
Replies: 145
Views: 6911

Re: Some random thoughts, mainly about alcohol...

This is interesting to me especially, considering champagne usually does not agree with me, but the heavy reds do!
by Bryan Price
June 26th, 2019, 9:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat
Replies: 67
Views: 3947

Re: Next week Europe is going to get hammered by heat

Feels like winter here in Southern California. All those Teslas are starting to reverse global warming locally!
by Bryan Price
June 26th, 2019, 9:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Bedrock Dolinsek Ranch field blend
Replies: 5
Views: 696

Re: TN: 2013 Bedrock Dolinsek Ranch field blend

Loved the 2012.
by Bryan Price
June 10th, 2019, 8:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Ridge East Bench Zin
Replies: 3
Views: 648

Re: 2016 Ridge East Bench Zin

Bought two of the 2012s on WineBid. Still loads of intense fruit, delicious.
by Bryan Price
June 5th, 2019, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 8981

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

My wife and I earn healthy incomes, even by California standards, and I still find it very hard to buy any wine pushing $100. I know "value" is based on personal, subjective standards, but when do diminishing returns set in?!!!! I can drink a wine for $50, I enjoy it, I'm not likely to love a wine f...
by Bryan Price
May 5th, 2019, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A great review of the original Williams Selyem and a derivative winery, WesMar
Replies: 18
Views: 1157

Re: A great review of the original Williams Selyem and a derivative winery, WesMar

I ordered a sixer of WesMar with my father on a lark (well, we were drinking together) and was very happy. I've ordered from the last 3 vintages - great pinot and a reasonable price! Bryan, can you elaborate on the style, weight and fruit profile? I'm tempted to go for some blind just knowing that ...
by Bryan Price
May 1st, 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!
Replies: 60
Views: 3776

Re: WineBid Updated Terms and Conditions Sale tax for everyone!

I'm a newer user of WineBid, but I consider the small mark up (~$5-10) on the bottles I purchase as the price of having more freedom of choice. I like not having to be on 50 mailing lists to try 50 different producers. The ability to backfill older vintages is also worth the tariff to me.
by Bryan Price
May 1st, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A great review of the original Williams Selyem and a derivative winery, WesMar
Replies: 18
Views: 1157

Re: A great review of the original Williams Selyem and a derivative winery, WesMar

I ordered a sixer of WesMar with my father on a lark (well, we were drinking together) and was very happy. I've ordered from the last 3 vintages - great pinot and a reasonable price!
by Bryan Price
April 30th, 2019, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ten years mailing list retrospective - the Road to Perdition
Replies: 43
Views: 4167

Re: Ten years mailing list retrospective - the Road to Perdition

Loved reading this thread. Sea Smoke is in danger of being dropped this year, but if I open an older vintage just to check on things......
by Bryan Price
April 29th, 2019, 9:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind Tasting 16 CA Pinot Noir incl. Williams Selyem, Brewer-Clifton, Pisoni, Mount Eden, Calera
Replies: 11
Views: 1012

Re: Blind Tasting 16 CA Pinot Noir incl. Williams Selyem, Brewer-Clifton, Pisoni, Mount Eden, Calera

A local purveyor, Hi-Time, had the 2014 Mt. Eden available by the glass when I stopped by a year (maybe two) ago. My first thought was it was outrageously good, before I even considered the price (which is such a good value).
by Bryan Price
April 13th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How is your average cost per bottle trending?
Replies: 27
Views: 1026

Re: How is your average cost per bottle trending?

Trended up for about 5 years, now trending down as I'm branching outside of drinking mostly pinot noir and chardonnay.
by Bryan Price
April 10th, 2019, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir vs. the 2012
Replies: 7
Views: 375

Re: 2011 Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir vs. the 2012

2011 is one of my favorite vintages post 2010, however, RRV has to be my least favorite appellation bottling. I drink those up first.
by Bryan Price
March 9th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 12355

Re: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread

I'm 34 with two kids, ages 5 and 2. My wife and I both make good money (sugar mommas and daddys) and I plan on buying 200+ wines per year for the next 5 decades, if I'm fortunate enough to continue these good times. We are playing with the idea of building a cellar, but I think it will decrease the...
by Bryan Price
March 2nd, 2019, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 12355

Re: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread

Have had a similar trajectory but had a bit of a later start. 2016: Bought a 36 bottle wine fridge 2017: Bought a 180 bottle wine fridge 2019: Just completed a small cellar build in the house that fits about 400 bottles with some room for OWC on the floors. I can definitely relate to the quick esca...
by Bryan Price
March 2nd, 2019, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 12355

Re: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread

33 with 2 kids under 3. Been at this a little over a year and just cracked 100. The kids are actually what got us into wine - the hour after bedtime is the only adult dignity time we have. The wine has evolved into a bigger and bigger part. Plus, it’s got to be a pretty pricey bottle to cost more t...
by Bryan Price
March 2nd, 2019, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread
Replies: 236
Views: 12355

Re: Don't Stop Me Now... OR The Young and Spend-y Thread

Bumping this thread back to the top since the "cellar reduction" thread is bumming me out. Also, this escalated quickly: 2010: Bought an 18-bottle wine fridge 2016: Bought a 175-bottle Eurocave. 2018: Bought a 175-bottle Eurocave. 2019: Contemplating building a cellar. But do I need the storage in t...
by Bryan Price
March 2nd, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shifting My Cellar
Replies: 41
Views: 2883

Re: Shifting My Cellar

Frank, First off I wanted to mention that I was sorry to miss Falltacular, but have it on my radar to sign up early next year. I've only been drinking wine about 8-9 years now, and in that span I've gone from overbuying Chardonnay to overbuying Pinot and now wait for it.....buying a lot of Zinfandel...

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