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by Mattstolz
December 3rd, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Produttori del Barbaresco vertical 2016-1970
Replies: 7
Views: 155

Re: TN: Produttori del Barbaresco vertical 2016-1970

I’m wondering if you held on to any of the older bottles that you noted felt tired? I’ve had produttori that felt like that even at the 4 hour mark that eventually came around to be beautiful wines. Some even from the same vintages you noted
by Mattstolz
December 2nd, 2020, 5:40 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 10
Views: 443

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

Here we gooooooo! Todd when do you think we'll be able to start getting a running list of participants? You never get that! You should know - you ain't no BerserkerDay rookie, come on neener Preview Day is your first shot at seeing everyone. That's part of the fun! shoot. was hoping to sneak it in....
by Mattstolz
December 2nd, 2020, 5:29 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 10
Views: 443

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

Here we gooooooo!

Todd when do you think we'll be able to start getting a running list of participants?
by Mattstolz
November 29th, 2020, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 201
Views: 6125

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

Happy to participate! TN: 2015 Leroy Bourgogne Rouge We've had a few bottles of the whites before, but this was our first experience with Madame Bize-Leroy's reds. Unpopular opinion; not impressed. There are much better examples of AOC Red Burgundy and some that are both far better and far cheaper....
by Mattstolz
November 29th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Immense Pleasure Or Profundity?
Replies: 18
Views: 975

Re: Immense Pleasure Or Profundity?

id choose profoundly pleasurable every time. but typically the two go hand in hand to me
by Mattstolz
November 29th, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 114
Views: 5629

Re: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year

I may whittle this down a little as it gets closer, or leave it as is: Sparkling: Ruinart Blanc de Blancs 2007. no contest here White: Between Donnhoff Hermannshole GG 2016 and Schafer Frohlich Felseneck GG 2014, probably with the edge to Donnhoff. Red: 1996 Ravenswood Cab Franc. Toss up for 2nd bet...
by Mattstolz
November 29th, 2020, 6:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Notes (added P. Scavino Prapo and Carobric)
Replies: 71
Views: 5490

Re: 2016 Barolo Notes (added Cogno Ravera)

2016 GD Vajra Barolo Albe This wine is always a great QPR, and is always a good choice for an early check in on a vintage because of style, even though its still got all the classic notes of berries, roses, some leather, but dominated by the fruit at this time. its not a shy wine, but its a really ...
by Mattstolz
November 28th, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Notes (added P. Scavino Prapo and Carobric)
Replies: 71
Views: 5490

Re: 2016 Barolo Notes (added Cogno Ravera)

2016 GD Vajra Barolo Albe This wine is always a great QPR, and is always a good choice for an early check in on a vintage because of style, even though its still got all the classic notes of berries, roses, some leather, but dominated by the fruit at this time. its not a shy wine, but its a really ...
by Mattstolz
November 28th, 2020, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 201
Views: 6125

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

Peloton wine crew, i have failed you. Put on the wrong hoodie! Posting selfie anyways for charity.. I do have a few other pinots lined up for this week, so will come back strong. See you on the leaderboard gang! 2011 Domaine Dujac Morey St. Denis - France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis (...
by Mattstolz
November 28th, 2020, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most impractical wine in the cellar?
Replies: 75
Views: 3064

Re: Most impractical wine in the cellar?

I can only imagine eiswein is like sauternes where it could be open and still hold its own well... I would second the idea of rebottling (and regifting?) smaller splits haha but that is the king of impractical.

except who was it that had the 28L or something?
by Mattstolz
November 28th, 2020, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 201
Views: 6125

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

Chantreves Bourgogne Rouge 2018 So much enjoyment for the level. Bright and energetic with ripe red cherries and some nice spice notes underlying. Second bottle of the 2018 I've had and both have been really open and fun to drink. Should be fun as it picks up some bottle time, but if bright and fru...
by Mattstolz
November 23rd, 2020, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 201
Views: 6125

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

Hi All, This Swan was very nice. Yet, I'm still thinking of the 1996 Dehlinger Pinot Noir Reserve from last week. Never have had old Dehlinger or Swan until recently but I'm definitely now a fan. Here's to you Rich Gibbons! Sean 1987 Swa This wine is drinking really nicely. A classic fully resolved...
by Mattstolz
November 23rd, 2020, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Current List of California Vineyard’s Not releasing 2020 Wines
Replies: 30
Views: 2962

Re: Current List of California Vineyard’s Not releasing 2020 Wines

List will probably be just as long or longer for Oregon this year as well
by Mattstolz
November 22nd, 2020, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 201
Views: 6125

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

Hiyu Tzum ‘Oak Ridge’ 2019 Definitely on the wild side here. The first night the nose is pretty funky but it’s got a great dark cherry candy note underneath it on the palate that balances it out well. First night there’s also just a little prickle of effervescence which I think helps lift it above ...
by Mattstolz
November 22nd, 2020, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three New Bedrock Whites...(short/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 519

Re: TN: Three New Bedrock Whites...(short/boring)

thanks for the notes Tom!

Im not sure what kind of time from to drink the Judge. hold for a while or drink it when the occasion arises?
by Mattstolz
November 22nd, 2020, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The zenith of score inflation?
Replies: 36
Views: 2548

Re: The zenith of score inflation?

one thing I will say is I think it makes sense that their 100 pointers are at the top of the list at least. I never understand how a publication can give out 100 point scores during the year that DONT make their top 100 list. there's some cognitive dissonance going on when your number 1 wine got 94 ...
by Mattstolz
November 22nd, 2020, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Doh! Ever do this before?
Replies: 34
Views: 2255

Re: Doh! Ever do this before?

Slightly off topic; I love the Il Carnasciale olive oil. I buy that almost every year. I really like the '04 CdP vintage, although it was initially not critically acclaimed. I'm curious where you buy it from? is it easier to track down than the wines? I just did this with a 2018 Bedrock Heritage v....
by Mattstolz
November 21st, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)
Replies: 201
Views: 6125

Re: Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House (11/20 - 11/29)

Matt Taylor Wines Cuvee Kaela 2017 Admittedly, Sonoma Pinot is not typically my thing. But I grabbed this at the suggestion of my ITB friend who gave it a very strong reach and I'm glad I did. The nose alone is worth pouring a glass, its youthful and bright and full of happy red fruit. The palate i...
by Mattstolz
November 21st, 2020, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1970 Produttori del Barbaresco (normale)
Replies: 24
Views: 1356

Re: TN: 1970 Produttori del Barbaresco (normale)

Great pics and note. I have one bottle of this and have been waiting to open. Soon perhaps. Really appreciate the detailed post. Thanks! FWIW: every older Produttori I've had has only just been starting to open up at the four hour mark, and has only gotten better from there. OPs pics do a great job...
by Mattstolz
November 20th, 2020, 3:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1970 Produttori del Barbaresco (normale)
Replies: 24
Views: 1356

Re: TN: 1970 Produttori del Barbaresco (normale)

Great pics and note. I have one bottle of this and have been waiting to open. Soon perhaps. Really appreciate the detailed post. Thanks! FWIW: every older Produttori I've had has only just been starting to open up at the four hour mark, and has only gotten better from there. OPs pics do a great job...
by Mattstolz
November 18th, 2020, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia
Replies: 21
Views: 1700

Re: TN: 2004 Fattoria di Fèlsina Berardenga Chianti Classico Riserva Rancia

Rancia is one of my favorite bottlings of wine from anywhere. consistent, well priced, delicious every single time, ages ridiculously well. at the price point, I dont know that there is consistently a better buy year after year.
by Mattstolz
November 17th, 2020, 3:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?
Replies: 181
Views: 7236

Re: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

depends a little bit on what we're eating, but for the weekend of the holiday I have lined up 2013 Sky Zin, Chantereves Bourgogne, Castellina Villa 2016, Faury St Joe VV, and Vajra Albe 2016
by Mattstolz
November 15th, 2020, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Burgundy Report from Fine & Rare
Replies: 26
Views: 2263

Re: 2019 Burgundy Report from Fine & Rare

very good read of a newsletter. thanks for sharing!
by Mattstolz
November 14th, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somethings gotta go- Carlisle, Bedrock, O and F?
Replies: 47
Views: 2728

Re: Somethings gotta go- Carlisle, Bedrock, O and F?

I would really consider staying on O&F if nothing else just for the hope that there is another Ravenswood library dump at some point. makes it worth the list for that alone if nothing else. those wines are killer.

also agree that Bedrock will be legendary
by Mattstolz
November 14th, 2020, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't we talk about Big Table Farm more?
Replies: 15
Views: 990

Re: Why don't we talk about Big Table Farm more?

Has anyone ever gotten a chance to try their Earth or Queen Bee bottlings? both sold out this year to allocations and I've never been able to track any down locally.
by Mattstolz
November 14th, 2020, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't we talk about Big Table Farm more?
Replies: 15
Views: 990

Re: Why don't we talk about Big Table Farm more?

I've had a few, good stuff. Berserkerday? Let's get them engaged. Anyone know them? PM me and I'll handle the rest. just shot them an instagram message to see about gauging interest. I cant claim to KNOW them, but I have messaged with them a moderate amount recently. EDIT: sounds like they would be...
by Mattstolz
November 13th, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why don't we talk about Big Table Farm more?
Replies: 15
Views: 990

Why don't we talk about Big Table Farm more?

Big Table Farm makes some absolutely fantastic wines. They are good stewards of their land. They do a good job with several different grapes, and they make a good variety of price points. In our house tonight we are drinking the recently released 2018 "House Blend" Pinot and it is delicious. Incredi...
by Mattstolz
November 13th, 2020, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dujac MSD '17 and Boillot CC '11
Replies: 2
Views: 250

Re: TN: Dujac MSD '17 and Boillot CC '11

thanks for the check in on the Dujac.

only slightly related: Jeremy's wife has been on a couple of podcasts I listen to recently talking about carbon as it relates to wine and constructing their new winery and she's a badass. She's also in charge of Snowden winery in CA
by Mattstolz
November 13th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Current release temptation....
Replies: 25
Views: 2086

Re: Current release temptation....

I’ve been struggling on this with a lot of my shipments this year. So far I’ve Pobega’d bedrock evanghelo, dirty and rowdy ‘Wear It!’ And big table farm house blend this year.

So far.
by Mattstolz
November 12th, 2020, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus
Replies: 38
Views: 3566

Re: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus

heck even the $80 mentioned above is a pretty steep jump from the past 3 vintages, which have all been very good quality. granted, I think we all know 16 is the best of the bunch, but a 25% jump compared to a very good vintage in 15? I still get emails from retailers trying to sell the 13s, 14s, and...
by Mattstolz
November 12th, 2020, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett
Replies: 4
Views: 407

Re: TN: 2018 Egon Müller Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett

im sitting on a few slightly older vintages right now and im itching to open them but theyre my precious. haha
by Mattstolz
November 12th, 2020, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kelley Fox - no 2020 reds
Replies: 32
Views: 2444

Re: Kelley Fox - no 2020 reds

I'm really interested to hear more about the Vermouth though! In emailing with Dustin, I did also get a confirmation that they're in for Berserker Day this year and that there will be a lot of cool whites from them, which she does really well IMO. I'm not in the loop. Why? Fires? Smoke. The Dundee H...
by Mattstolz
November 11th, 2020, 6:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Waygu beef from Costco. Too Much Fat!!!
Replies: 45
Views: 2170

Re: Waygu beef from Costco. Too Much Fat!!!

Stephen Faulkner wrote:
November 8th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Not being judgmental, but why? Sounds like a lot of finagling just to make it worthwhile. In a similar vein, I stopped ordering octopus at restaurants a long time ago after learning more about them.
I think im with you. just give me a good piece of well marbled dry aged prime and im happy.
by Mattstolz
November 10th, 2020, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release
Replies: 95
Views: 4599

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release

just wanna say that I opened a "Wear it!" the first day it got here and that wine is delicious. so glad its not my only bottle!
by Mattstolz
November 10th, 2020, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Save the Date Winter 2020 Release
Replies: 164
Views: 11929

Re: Bedrock Save the Date Winter 2020 Release

I would say its a regular enough occurrence that I try not to go crazy with wish list items in case I get them all. but some of the smallest production stuff does go fast, and I do think the email goes to the longest standing customers a little bit earlier. if you don't get an allocation for what y...
by Mattstolz
November 10th, 2020, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Save the Date Winter 2020 Release
Replies: 164
Views: 11929

Re: Bedrock Save the Date Winter 2020 Release

Curious, as a new buyer (this is only my second order), what are my chances on the wish list, and how long does it take to get an allocation that includes everything? I would say its a regular enough occurrence that I try not to go crazy with wish list items in case I get them all. but some of the ...
by Mattstolz
November 9th, 2020, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most beautiful wine labels?
Replies: 157
Views: 8868

Re: Most beautiful wine labels?

I still think its so interesting to see the differences in the labels people find appealing. I definitely lean towards the minimalist or elegant labels over the busy ones
by Mattstolz
November 9th, 2020, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Save the Date Winter 2020 Release
Replies: 164
Views: 11929

Re: Bedrock Save the Date Winter 2020 Release

sounds like a great set of wines Morgan! Love the addition of Bien Nacido Chard!

in general, 2019 is a drink-before-2018 vintage?
by Mattstolz
November 8th, 2020, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 St Innocent and a quick comment on Willamette aging
Replies: 54
Views: 2392

Re: TN: 1989 St Innocent and a quick comment on Willamette aging

What I should have added before is that I haven’t had any KW wines past ‘04 and the corks.... The Panther creek wines of ‘90-‘93 were magic and KW winery up to ‘00 was to me, unrivaled... Maresh wines are fairly new, I remember drinking wines made from this vineyard but don’t remember them on the s...
by Mattstolz
November 5th, 2020, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 3003
Views: 202311

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2019 Bedrock Evangelho not exactly a Pobega but pretty close (got it last week). impatient me: this is the only bottle I've got. Its definitely young, but already really accessible with just about 20 minutes in the glass, so not painfully so. Will it benefit from some bottle time? absolutely. but if...
by Mattstolz
November 5th, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 St Innocent and a quick comment on Willamette aging
Replies: 54
Views: 2392

Re: TN: 1989 St Innocent and a quick comment on Willamette aging

Just an FYI on the Eyrie certified wines. These are lovely, but it’s my understanding that most have been disgorged, had the sulfur levels adjusted. That is partof the high cost, along culling bottles that haven’t made the cut. Again, really lovely wines but different than a traditional cellared bo...
by Mattstolz
November 4th, 2020, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...
Replies: 64
Views: 2502

Re: The most helpful thing you can say in your tasting note...

depends a lot on the wine. I do think there is a lot of info to be gained from how long the wine was open and how it evolved over that time. almost literally everything else is completely subjective. although I do like to know if a wine felt youthful or tired, and what kind of fruit notes people wer...
by Mattstolz
November 3rd, 2020, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Save the Date Winter 2020 Release
Replies: 164
Views: 11929

Re: Bedrock Save the Date Winter 2020 Release

Geez, I just got the purchases from the last TWO releases like two weeks ago!
by Mattstolz
November 3rd, 2020, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help an Ignorant Fellow - Wines from Portugal?
Replies: 12
Views: 641

Re: Help an Ignorant Fellow - Wines from Portugal?

Tomas costa is a great board member to talk to here.
by Mattstolz
November 3rd, 2020, 3:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 St Innocent and a quick comment on Willamette aging
Replies: 54
Views: 2392

Re: TN: 1989 St Innocent and a quick comment on Willamette aging

Sssshhhh, let's keep this aging Oregon WV Pinot and Chardonnay thing a secret to this board. What's the first rule about fight club? I've enjoyed numerous bottles of 15-20 year old Oregon WV Pinot in the last few years. A couple of weeks ago we attended a horizontal tasting of 2009 Beaux Freres (BF...
by Mattstolz
November 1st, 2020, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 St Innocent and a quick comment on Willamette aging
Replies: 54
Views: 2392

Re: TN: 1989 St Innocent and a quick comment on Willamette aging

A couple of thoughts on this thread: First, just using the name "Willamette" is lazy and poor grammer. There is a river, valley, township, university, high school, and other entities all called "Willamette". If you Google "Willamette" by itself, most of the first page of links are related to Willam...
by Mattstolz
November 1st, 2020, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: How is Barolo 2016 coming along?
Replies: 17
Views: 1847

Re: TN: How is Barolo 2016 coming along?

is there any relation between the alessandrias you tasted and the Fratelli Alessandrias that make such a great Monvegliero? Super zooming in on the picture, it looks like a Silvio, not the producer you had in mind. [scratch.gif] I have the producers listed in the tasting notes, no need for any supe...
by Mattstolz
November 1st, 2020, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1989 St Innocent and a quick comment on Willamette aging
Replies: 54
Views: 2392

Re: TN: 1989 St Innocent and a quick comment on Willamette aging

Completely concur on the aging potential for Willamette Valley wines by the right artisanal makers that have been properly stored/transported. As an example, I opened two lovely Arterberry’s in the last month. A 1986 Arterberry Winemakers Reserve (the father of Jim Maresh) and a 2005 Arterberry Mar...
by Mattstolz
November 1st, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contemporary Barolo?
Replies: 27
Views: 1652

Re: Contemporary Barolo?

I think there could be two pieces here. first, we definitely have some threads like otto's earlier today about 2016 Barolo. I imagine that Otto is scoring some of those wines based on what they are now, but also their potential, understanding that they have heights they will achieve that they are to...

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