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by Mattstolz
November 18th, 2019, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 88
Views: 5387

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

just tried my first wine from Sylvain Pataille... definitely a discovery of the year for me!
by Mattstolz
November 16th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there objectively good and bad wines?
Replies: 81
Views: 2360

Re: Are there objectively good and bad wines?

I would say yes there are objectively good and bad wines. First, as mentioned, flaws. If the wine has bacteria problems, is re-fermenting, has TCA, is cooked, etc. Second there are wines that are just bad, as there is food that is just bad. Henry mentioned it. But I made cookies the other day. Butt...
by Mattstolz
November 16th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there objectively good and bad wines?
Replies: 81
Views: 2360

Re: Are there objectively good and bad wines?

Henry Kiichli wrote:
November 16th, 2019, 10:01 am
I tend to not shit on other's opinions, but...

Yes.

Think of food. Is a microwaved HotPocket covered in LuckyCharms and CaptnCrunch just as viable as "good food" if someone likes it?
i can think of several people I know who would choose the hot pocket over Alinea.
by Mattstolz
November 16th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there objectively good and bad wines?
Replies: 81
Views: 2360

Re: Are there objectively good and bad wines?

i dont think there can ever be objectivity in something where everyone perceives it differently.


except for the wine that my wifes distant uncle makes and brings to thanksgiving each year. we can all agree that is terrible stuff.
by Mattstolz
November 16th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 5196

Re: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

6 cabs, no pinot, no nebbiolo, no syrah (short of a GSM blend), no riesling?

especially with how good 2015s and 2016s released this year are in some of those varieties...



#notmytopten
by Mattstolz
November 14th, 2019, 3:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco - its all about BALANCE
Replies: 3
Views: 625

Re: TN: 2016 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco - its all about BALANCE

this is gonna be a good release overall from produttori when it rolls around... 2016 normale and 2015 riserva... planning to grab a bunch of both.
by Mattstolz
November 13th, 2019, 3:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 140
Views: 6800

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

Wes, Thanks for the reply. Pax was pretty clear that 17 was not fully carbonic but 16 was. That alone would create a marked different wine, no? I think we just need to share a few bottles when we get together next . . . reading what you posted from Pax, it sounded like both had LOTS that were fully...
by Mattstolz
November 12th, 2019, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 101
Views: 8328

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

excited I got notification that my wish listed Oakville Farmhouse was a yes!
by Mattstolz
November 12th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Charleston Offlineorama V
Replies: 18
Views: 669

Re: TN: Charleston Offlineorama V

wow!

also, next time you have an offline, please let me and Paul mills know! We're close in Greenville, I'm sure we'd make the trip!
by Mattstolz
November 11th, 2019, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 140
Views: 6800

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

new data point: opened another bottle of this tonight and it is very enjoyable with food. acid seems to have integrated somewhat and no flaws to be seen. keep describing it as occhipinti-like nose of herbs de Provence, but the palate has some smoky olive notes and bright fruit as well. now I'm even ...
by Mattstolz
November 11th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping companies hates me
Replies: 60
Views: 2417

Re: Shipping companies hates me

Tom G l a s g o w wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 3:43 pm
But are the tippers, tipping the full 20%?
oh no here we go. [popcorn.gif]
by Mattstolz
November 11th, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping companies hates me
Replies: 60
Views: 2417

Re: Shipping companies hates me

your UPS/Fedex guys are lucky. Mine has to deal with wine shipments AND orders from Rogue Fitness. having to deliver a box filled with olympic kilo plates? I'll take the case of wine any day.
by Mattstolz
November 10th, 2019, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2411

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

How do you put the cork all the way back in? I have had one or two situations like this, and both times the restaurant let it slide "this one time". Can't say I've gone back to either place. For what it's worth, I tried my best to look up and see whether this law exists and I can't find it. There a...
by Mattstolz
November 10th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Arianna Occhipinti Il Frappato (Italy, Sicily, Terre Siciliane)
Replies: 5
Views: 468

Re: TN: 2016 Arianna Occhipinti Il Frappato (Italy, Sicily, Terre Siciliane)

this wine, chicken with a fig and herbs de Provence sauce... nothing better out there.

Occhipinti makes some of the best wines for the money I can think of
by Mattstolz
November 10th, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 88
Views: 5387

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

New addition for a champagne revelation for me:
Cedric Bouchard Roses de Jeanne, the most recent release. Just the best champagne I've had period.
by Mattstolz
November 9th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AG: 2016 And 2017 Barbaresco And Point Inflation
Replies: 31
Views: 2099

Re: AG: 2016 And 2017 Barbaresco And Point Inflation

A little off-topic, but the guys at Cellar Tracker are TOUGH SCORERS. If you can find a wine there with 20 or 30 unique tasters [and not just two or three guys each posting ten different tasting notes on the same wine], and if those 20 or 30 unique tasters are converging on a score of about 94 poin...
by Mattstolz
November 9th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 140
Views: 6800

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

larry schaffer wrote:
November 9th, 2019, 8:18 am
Just curious - is that what Pax has to say - at it's peak now and drink them near term? Just curious . . .

Cheers
i wonder this too. they might be low/no sulfur but theres enough acid even in the non-faulty bottles to protect these things for quite a while.
by Mattstolz
November 9th, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping companies hates me
Replies: 60
Views: 2417

Re: Shipping companies hates me

i just have all of mine held at the local Fedex/UPS shipping centers or shipping stores. i dont have to wait for it and they dont have to carry it around. seems to make everyones life easier.
by Mattstolz
November 9th, 2019, 5:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 140
Views: 6800

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

I think it's bottle variation. The wine is intended to be at a peak now, and then age into something else. The good bottles and most of the bad ones didn't note being too acidic. You had what appeared to have been a good bottle, open 4 days. Could the harsh one you had have had moderate acetic acid...
by Mattstolz
November 8th, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 140
Views: 6800

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

My guess is that there's only one bottling of this wine. Where would the massive bottle variation come from? The real question is whether it is variation or perception? Anyone care to Venture a guess on that? Ive been thinking its just a polarizing wine. Nope. The '16 and '17 are the same style. So...
by Mattstolz
November 6th, 2019, 3:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 101
Views: 8328

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

so I think I did a pretty good job restraining due to lack of space:

6x cali Syrah (its just an easy call on this)
then 1 each of Pato, Hudson, and pagani
wish listed an oakville farmhouse

wish I had more room for these 2018s! and also that I had been faster on the farmhouse
by Mattstolz
November 5th, 2019, 3:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 101
Views: 8328

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

AD Northup wrote:
October 31st, 2019, 1:40 pm
Anyone cracked one of the 2017 Bien Nacido X-Block's yet?
I opened one up just a few weeks after they arrived with the rest of that offer and it was great. its got a long life ahead and was a baby but yum
by Mattstolz
November 5th, 2019, 3:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shipping from CA to East Coast
Replies: 14
Views: 744

Re: Shipping from CA to East Coast

J. Rock wrote:
November 4th, 2019, 1:18 pm
Does Benchmark ship with insulation or ice packs or just cardboard? I haven't shipped anything with them yet, but I'm getting ready to do so soon.
my last shipment from Benchmark came in a styro case shipper.

FWIW, it was 10 days ago and it was just fine.
by Mattstolz
November 4th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 101
Views: 8328

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

thank you so much for the breakdown Morgan!

this is a crazy list of wines. definitely need to grab as much Cali Syrah as possible... plus the farmhouse... and the Bien Nacido... and the Hudson... and Monte rosso....

this is gonna be a major issue for my wallet.
by Mattstolz
November 4th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Nikolaihof fans?
Replies: 22
Views: 929

Re: Any Nikolaihof fans?

it was a great offer. id be on it if I wasn't already getting angry looks with every wine shipment I get in this season
by Mattstolz
November 3rd, 2019, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 140
Views: 6800

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

Matt, Bacteria is responsible for the creation of VA, but no usually LAB. LAB can certainly cause it, but the main reason VA occurs is due to oxidation over time in a wine - usually due to higher pHs, not topping on a regular basis, or not enough SO2 usage. Cheers! thanks for the explanation. I'm a...
by Mattstolz
November 2nd, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 140
Views: 6800

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

larry schaffer wrote:
November 2nd, 2019, 10:10 am
The former, my friend . . .
ok that was my thinking but the posts are all mentioning LAB and labs! haha

so LAB would be the bacteria responsible for VA in many cases correct?
by Mattstolz
November 2nd, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2312
Views: 150256

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

anyone happen to have any deeper insight into this next offering past what was in the Save the Date email?
by Mattstolz
November 2nd, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 140
Views: 6800

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

Wes, Thanks for the reply - and my comment about 'power of suggestion' was not meant as an insult at all. I've seen this happen with very experienced drinkers as well. If you look back at the tech notes, the 16 clearly stated carbonic whereas the 17 did not - perhaps I am 'assuming' something here,...
by Mattstolz
November 1st, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2019 Edition--and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 88
Views: 5387

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

So far:

1995 Cos d'Estournel (thanks Lori!)
1983 Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle (thanks Paul!)
1970 Bodegas Olarra Rioja Reserva
2013 Radio Couteau Dusty Lane Syrah
1986 Adelsheim Elizabeths Reserve
2016 Kelley Fox Maresh Vineyard Pinot
1993 Felsina Vin Santo (vin santo was my discovery of the year)
by Mattstolz
November 1st, 2019, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Walter Scott X Novo and 2017 Kelley Fox Red Barn Blocks
Replies: 20
Views: 1149

Re: TN: 2016 Walter Scott X Novo and 2017 Kelley Fox Red Barn Blocks

The 2017 Maresh Red Barn Block from Kelley is so beautiful. I love that wine. The 2018 I just received is her last vintage with this block. She has lots of other great terroir but this one to me is special. Great note. sad to hear that is the last vintage, but I do love this bottling! I've only ope...
by Mattstolz
November 1st, 2019, 3:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best red Burgs for 2019
Replies: 25
Views: 1804

Re: Best red Burgs for 2019

D. Laurent-1995 Musigny Produced from old wines, the dark colored Musigny has an enticingly gorgeous nose of Asian spices, violets and sweet plums. Earthy, minerally and floral on the palate, this is a full bodied, stupendous wine - powerful yet refined, muscular yet elegant. Highly structured and ...
by Mattstolz
October 30th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Walter Scott X Novo and 2017 Kelley Fox Red Barn Blocks
Replies: 20
Views: 1149

Re: TN: 2016 Walter Scott X Novo and 2017 Kelley Fox Red Barn Blocks

Kelley fox deserves every high rating her wines get. you are dead on with the purity note.
by Mattstolz
October 29th, 2019, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 140
Views: 6800

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

larry schaffer wrote:
October 28th, 2019, 5:32 pm
My guess is that there's only one bottling of this wine. Where would the massive bottle variation come from? The real question is whether it is variation or perception? Anyone care to Venture a guess on that?
Ive been thinking its just a polarizing wine.
by Mattstolz
October 20th, 2019, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei
Replies: 81
Views: 3953

Re: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei

Keith A k e r s wrote:
October 20th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Nope. It’ll be a PITA, but, at the end of the day, I enjoy the wines too much and I’m not going to start buying a lot more domestic or Aussie wines because Sancerre got more expensive
I know one person who thinks we all will. Make Napa Great Again!
by Mattstolz
October 20th, 2019, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei
Replies: 81
Views: 3953

Re: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei

I definitely expect a good amount of this. especially when it so easily falls within EU labelling laws And if it is discovered that under 14% wines were relabeled to deliberately avoid the tariffs there will be serious consequences from US Customs for the importer of record. Even the labeling allow...
by Mattstolz
October 20th, 2019, 6:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei
Replies: 81
Views: 3953

Re: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei

dcornutt wrote:
October 20th, 2019, 3:19 am
I think this will get solved quickly. This all has to do with Airbus subsidies not food products.
solving issues and disagreements seems to go against everything happening in politics pretty much everywhere in the world at this point in time
by Mattstolz
October 19th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei
Replies: 81
Views: 3953

Re: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei

Eric Sch wrote:
October 19th, 2019, 11:31 am
I know of one importer who is working with their sources to relabel just above the cutoff of 14.1 % to avoid the tarriffs.
I definitely expect a good amount of this. especially when it so easily falls within EU labelling laws
by Mattstolz
October 19th, 2019, 5:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei
Replies: 81
Views: 3953

Re: Are you going to stop buying European tariff affected winei

I probably will until those stateside stocks start to disappear and prices go up. hopefully this will be resolved before then, but with current political climates I don't see that happening anytime soon. no one is able to compromise and get things done anymore. edited to add that most of my European...
by Mattstolz
October 18th, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 50
Views: 2306

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

THis post just made me realize that I drink a lot of Nebbiolo but almost no Barolo. Interesting.

Anyways my favorite Nebbiolo this year was a 1970 Gaja Infernot.
by Mattstolz
October 17th, 2019, 3:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1976 Mouton, 1988 Cos d’Estournel
Replies: 34
Views: 1610

Re: TN: 1976 Mouton, 1988 Cos d’Estournel

I am with Greg here. There are many who love this wine, and many who don’t see what the fuss is about. I am one of the latter, and had maybe a couple of wines I consider great, the 1006 and 2005 . I do not think it is even in the top five candidates worthy of promotion. personally I think it should...
by Mattstolz
October 15th, 2019, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1106
Views: 61492

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
October 15th, 2019, 2:35 pm
It would appear part of Envoyer's tariff strategy is going to be a focus on Italy.
could be worse strategies.
by Mattstolz
October 14th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Frank Cornelissen - "Susucaru" Rosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)
Replies: 18
Views: 947

Re: TN: 2017 Frank Cornelissen - "Susucaru" Rosso (Italy, Sicily, Etna DOC)

luckily, I have had really good luck with this wine so far. it has just been awesome every time I've opened it. no signs of funk or flaw anywhere to be seen.

the rose, on the other hand...

but I would suggest not writing off the other two. when Cornelisson's wines are on, to me, they are SO good.
by Mattstolz
October 14th, 2019, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My Bedrock welcome shipment
Replies: 50
Views: 2581

Re: My Bedrock welcome shipment

Wow… Lots of good advice out there. I appreciate it. I did crack an 18 OVZ and it was fine. Not a revelation, but solid and enjoyable.Not a Turley fruit bomb. I've been a long-time buyer of Carlisle, and I can't keep my hands off of them. I'm trying not to drink my 16 Paparas right now (but failing...
by Mattstolz
October 14th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1106
Views: 61492

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

maybe they're already preparing for the tariffs?
by Mattstolz
October 13th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Patricia Green Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard 2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1208

Re: TN: Patricia Green Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard 2014

All the other Pinots are 99% club/wait list/tasting room wines. We try to make it as easy as possible for people to get what they want. Sometimes though given the scant production level on some of these wines it’s hard to do anything about it. hey Jim have you gotten much feedback on the Commemorat...
by Mattstolz
October 13th, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1106
Views: 61492

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

My email from them you had to buy it yourself by clicking the link. interesting. mine said "to order click the link below or email us back" I looked at the email again. You are correct. Im honestly not sure why I did it through email now that I think about it. old habit I guess... would probably ha...
by Mattstolz
October 13th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1106
Views: 61492

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I also requested this one. haven't heard anything yet... some of the offers recently have definitely been balla offers. Was glad to see a good QPR one come through. My email from them you had to buy it yourself by clicking the link. interesting. mine said "to order click the link below or email us ...
by Mattstolz
October 13th, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1106
Views: 61492

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
October 11th, 2019, 8:10 am
Picked up a few of the tardy; good producer in a good vintage.
I also requested this one. haven't heard anything yet...

some of the offers recently have definitely been balla offers. Was glad to see a good QPR one come through.
by Mattstolz
October 12th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Friday Night at Bern’s
Replies: 13
Views: 974

Re: TNs: Friday Night at Bern’s

too bad on the old Joe Swan. That woulda been a fun one

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