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by Chris H.
August 18th, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 62
Views: 2725

Re: Napa Cab under $100

The 2016 Rivers-Marie Napa Cab (base bottling) is drinking very well at the moment, as well! So much so, that I've drunk through my allocation and had to seek out more on the secondary market. The 2016 Lore was very good too, but built for the long haul (and over $100).
by Chris H.
August 18th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 62
Views: 2725

Re: Napa Cab under $100

Good call on the Bevan Ontogeny ($95), and really tasty right now!
by Chris H.
August 18th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 62
Views: 2725

Re: Napa Cab under $100

I'd also add O’Shaughnessy Napa bottling, exceptional for $75.
by Chris H.
August 18th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 62
Views: 2725

Re: Napa Cab under $100

Are you looking for more old school traditional Napa, or fruit forward, lush, but quality Napa cabs? A few options more old school: Corison Napa Valley (around $100), can order from the winery if there aren't local options Chappellet Signature (around $60 in my area) Frog's Leap (around $60 in my ar...
by Chris H.
August 14th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations
Replies: 38
Views: 1867

Re: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations

I try to start the day out at A. Rafanelli (need to call ahead a reserve a time, but a favorite of mine going back years), then just down the road is Quivera, nice zins and whites. I'd also suggest Ridge, fun tasting, and many options, including a Monte Bello flight (last year it was 2006, 2007, 201...
by Chris H.
August 13th, 2019, 9:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Summer Heat: Who has the Most Wine 'Pending Delivery'?
Replies: 97
Views: 3277

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

Rough guess, at about 64. This is spread out between: Carlisle, Bedrock, Myriad, Quivet, Becklyn, Rivers-Marie, and Carter. October will be a busy (and fun) month!
by Chris H.
August 1st, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad - Save the Date
Replies: 54
Views: 3770

Re: Myriad - Save the Date

C Simmons wrote:
August 1st, 2019, 8:15 am
Steltzner and Twins are the standouts in 2017 hands down in my opinion. Tasting notes posted in Cellar Tracker.
Thanks! I'll go check your notes on Cellar Tracker, I always enjoy reading them.
by Chris H.
July 29th, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 11877

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

This release looks awesome, and so it was difficult to choose, and limit to a case. There are just too many releases coming out in the Jul-Aug time frame, and to maintain a semblance of a budget tough decisions had to be made :-) This year I went with: 3 Bedrock Heritage 2 Limerick Lane 3 Old Hill R...
by Chris H.
July 23rd, 2019, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2210
Views: 141820

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

I opened up a bottle of 2016 Evangelho while I debate what I'll order for the Bedrock offering. So many options!
by Chris H.
July 22nd, 2019, 9:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 80
Views: 5436

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

I finally got around to ordering, 3 Napa, and 3 Panek. Wish I could have gotten a few Lore, but oh well. I really enjoyed popping a bottle of the 2016 Lore a few months ago. The 2016 Napa Cab has been showing fantastically over the last few months.
by Chris H.
July 22nd, 2019, 9:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 136
Views: 8209

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

Terribly sorry to hear this news, I always enjoyed his posts, and polls. RIP, and deepest condolences to his friends and family.
by Chris H.
July 20th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 11877

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

Alan Newman wrote:
July 20th, 2019, 10:01 am
Morgan- any chance we can get the release notes early? I personally enjoy planning my purchases. :-)
Seconded!!
by Chris H.
July 16th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 80
Views: 5436

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

Michael Francis wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 12:37 pm
Just logged on. Will, is the Lore completely gone? If so, I think I am out this year.
I just logged on as well, and it looks like Lore is gone? Bummer, I was planning on maxing that out (even considering it may only be a few bottles).

I'll likely order a few Napa's.
by Chris H.
July 15th, 2019, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006, 2009, 2015 Ridge Monte Bello
Replies: 13
Views: 1314

Re: TN: 2006, 2009, 2015 Ridge Monte Bello

Great notes!! Much appreciated.
by Chris H.
July 9th, 2019, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 80
Views: 5436

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

I’ve opened one 2016 Lore and I felt it was amazing but very young. I cannot wait to see how it shows with more bottle age. The 2016 Napa Valley bottling has been great, and similar to the Becklyn Napa, such is to say very good.
by Chris H.
July 9th, 2019, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Quivet Release?
Replies: 35
Views: 2628

Re: 2017 Quivet Release?

I checked my allocation this morning, and again after meetings this afternoon, and it looks like my quantity of wines has gone down, must be selling nicely already. I am in for a mixed case after quite a bit of back and forth between various combinations.
by Chris H.
July 9th, 2019, 2:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Substance Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, Washington)
Replies: 11
Views: 1095

Re: TN: 2017 Substance Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, Washington)

(And also get a few bottles of the 2017!)
by Chris H.
July 9th, 2019, 2:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Substance Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, Washington)
Replies: 11
Views: 1095

Re: TN: 2017 Substance Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, Washington)

Thanks for the note, I'll have to dig out a 2015 and see what's happening!
by Chris H.
July 8th, 2019, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Quivet Release?
Replies: 35
Views: 2628

Re: 2017 Quivet Release?

Quivet wines are supposedly made in a slightly more "lean" style but I've never really found this to be the case. That said, if you're into Myriad you'll definitely dig Quivet - fantastic wines, Syrah from the latter might even be better than the former (which is truly saying a lot). I would agree....
by Chris H.
July 8th, 2019, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Quivet Release?
Replies: 35
Views: 2628

Re: 2017 Quivet Release?

I'll probably be in for a mixed case, plus a few extra. I am not concerned about the 2017 vintage fears (though maybe in my case, it's ignorance is bliss). I had a few 2011 Myriad Dr. Crane's and they were pretty good, from a maligned vintage. I usually don't let Quivet or Myriad get much bottle age...
by Chris H.
July 8th, 2019, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions
Replies: 56
Views: 2827

Re: Old School Napa Valley Tasting Suggestions

Not sure if Heitz still offers the free tasting, but a few years ago we did the tasting, and they poured a nice selection of the Napa Cab, Trailside Vineyard, Martha's Vineyard, along with their Zin, and a few others. Not very personal, but it was zero cost, and pretty fun to taste the Trailside and...
by Chris H.
July 8th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Old Vines Summa
Replies: 6
Views: 684

Re: TN: 2005 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Old Vines Summa

Thanks for the note. I've just started buying the Old Vines Summa with the 2017 vintage, is there a drinking window I should look at for this bottling? I found even the 2017 Sonoma Coast in need of bottle time.
by Chris H.
July 7th, 2019, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)
Replies: 18
Views: 1456

Re: TN: 2011 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)

Thanks for the review. I am a member of the Monte Bello futures club but didn't receive my 1st shipment until the 2016 vintage this past fall. Over the past few years I have sought out older MBs and have built a nice vertical. However, I didn't have the 2011 in my collection. After reading this pos...
by Chris H.
July 5th, 2019, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)
Replies: 18
Views: 1456

Re: TN: 2011 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)

Thanks for the descriptive tasting note! I opened a 2011 Ridge Monte Bello and a 2013 Ridge Monte Bello (Chardonnay) for the 4th of July, and found the 2011 to be fantastic! I should have watched it evolve over 6 hours, but it was gone with and after dinner quite quickly. I think it's drinking bette...
by Chris H.
July 5th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?
Replies: 57
Views: 3444

Re: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?

Perhaps not the dumbest, but the most recent, was at a party I hosted, after dinner (and several bottles of wine, and cocktails with my friends), I decided to open up another bottle of wine. I was thinking, let's check in on the 2016 Myriad Napa Valley Cab, nothing crazy expensive, but quality. Afte...
by Chris H.
June 28th, 2019, 8:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2210
Views: 141820

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Have the 17 Chuy Chard for tonight, what should i expect ? Cali butter/oak bomb or more Chablis style It’s not a butter bomb, but it’s definitely Oaked and it’s definitely CA chard. Perhaps my least favorite Bedrock. I found that a little bottle age has brought things together, I opened a bottle of...
by Chris H.
June 24th, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Podcast on Ridge Monte Bello
Replies: 2
Views: 682

Re: Podcast on Ridge Monte Bello

Checking it out now, thanks for the heads up!
by Chris H.
June 20th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carter wine to buy
Replies: 15
Views: 1091

Re: Which Carter wine to buy

I just picked up 3 OGs, and 1 La Verdad. After several years of buying Mike Smith wines (primarily Quivet, Myriad, Scarlett, and Becklyn), I decided to try a few of the Carter Cellars bottlings. Based on the talk here, it sounds like some special wine, and a tick above the others that he makes.
by Chris H.
June 17th, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?
Replies: 50
Views: 1711

Re: Happy Father's Day - whatcha drinkin'?

Started the evening with a small pour of Russell's Reserve Single Barrel, while grilling baby back ribs and NY Strips. Decanted a 2015 Quivet Cellars Kenefick Ranch, it was very good, and still pumping out dark fruits, and spice. As it opened up some tannin and acid become apparent, but this is stil...
by Chris H.
June 17th, 2019, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone tried the 2017 Becklyns yet?
Replies: 35
Views: 3105

Re: Anyone tried the 2017 Becklyns yet?

I finally got around to ordering, and bought 6 Napa Valley (with an additional 4 wish listed), and 2 Missouri Hopper (never had it). The Pangkarra looks to be sold out. I like the Becklyn Reserve, but have 4 of the 2014 still aging away, so didn't order.. I really like the Napa Valley bottling, and ...
by Chris H.
February 25th, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date
Replies: 138
Views: 10447

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date

Same here! I cannot wait to try one!
by Chris H.
February 25th, 2019, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date
Replies: 138
Views: 10447

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date

Same here! I cannot wait! I'll probably Pobega a Sonoma Cab when I get the shipment.....
by Chris H.
February 25th, 2019, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The search for a “wow” Rosé
Replies: 129
Views: 5309

Re: The search for a “wow” Rosé

Domaine Tempier has been my favorite, but for QPR, Bedrock's Ode to Lulu is one that is always in my cellar, or wine fridge (until I run out!).
by Chris H.
February 25th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date
Replies: 138
Views: 10447

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date

Thanks for answering the question about the Sonoma Cab, hopefully everyone will be able to get some, I am very interested in trying it!! I haven't had the 2016 Montecillo cab for some time, but here is my Cellar Tracker response to Wino_Tim's tasting note (Jazz Nut on that site): "I think this will ...
by Chris H.
February 24th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date
Replies: 138
Views: 10447

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring Release Save-The-Date

Hi,

I wanted much more, but whittled it down to:

1 2016 Sky Vineyard Syrah Mt. Veeder


2 2017 Chuy Chardonnay Moon Mountain District

1 2017 Montecillo Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon Moon Mountain District

7 2018 Ode To Lulu Rose California

6 Sonoma Cab wishlisted.
by Chris H.
February 12th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preparation recommendation for 2016 William & Mary Cabernet
Replies: 8
Views: 592

Re: Preparation recommendation for 2016 William & Mary Cabernet

I decanted it for an hour, but pop and pour (based on the small glass I poured) would work too. I think the fact you'll be starting with another wine first, I'd just decant at the restaurant. Bottom line, the wine was special at PNP, and even more so with some air. I cannot wait to see how the wine ...
by Chris H.
February 12th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines Wine Release
Replies: 6
Views: 345

Re: Desire Lines Wine Release

I'll be picking up the Riesling, at least. I did clarify with the winery that the closure is natural cork, as I've not ordered from Desire Lines before, and I like to coravin a glass or two during weeknights.
by Chris H.
January 31st, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quivet wines
Replies: 14
Views: 1288

Re: Quivet wines

I recently had a Quivet SB, and it was very tasty. Yes, ripe, but balancing acidity. The Syrah's (both from Quivet and Myriad) are fantastic.
by Chris H.
January 26th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Few Wines With Dinner, Littorai, Bedrock, Frogs Leap
Replies: 10
Views: 784

Re: TN: A Few Wines With Dinner, Litteroi, Bedrock, Frogs Leap

Thanks for the post! I especially found the tasting note on the Frog's Leap Petite Sirah useful, as I received a bottle of this in the Frog's Leap shipment this fall, and was wondering if it was too early to open, but it sounds like it showed well! I'll plan on opening earlier than later (as origina...
by Chris H.
January 21st, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Rivers-Marie Spring Offer
Replies: 66
Views: 7727

Re: 2019 Rivers-Marie Spring Offer

Due to a few work meetings I missed out on the Anderson Valley (2nd year in a row...oh well), but I am excited to try some of the single vineyard Pinots! It sounds like a great vintage, and I cannot wait to try a Summa! I assume that a bit of bottle age is advised? 1 2017 Rivers-Marie Bearwallow Vin...
by Chris H.
January 21st, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: State of Your Cellar
Replies: 53
Views: 1777

Re: State of Your Cellar

After several years of using my basement office closets (3/4 underground, and on an outside wall in Minneapolis) I've finally gotten an Artevino III from Costco, which I really like so far. It's only got a capacity of 200, and with California Cabernet bottles, probably around 150. With that said, I'...
by Chris H.
January 19th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perhaps my greatest "Pobega Exeprience" of all time...William and Mary!
Replies: 37
Views: 1709

Re: Perhaps my greatest "Pobega Exeprience" of all time...William and Mary!

Great notes! I've had a bottle of the Cabernet (didn't order the Proprietary Red, though I am now reconsidering), and it was tremendous. I really can't add much to your detailed and enthusiastic notes, other than to reemphasize that this is one of the most promising young Cabernets I've ever had.
by Chris H.
January 9th, 2019, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad Dr Crane Cabernet + Semillon Release - Jan 15th
Replies: 48
Views: 3505

Re: Myriad Dr Crane Cabernet + Semillon Release - Jan 15th

A quality producer, and quality people (Mike and Leah). Though I am far from Napa, I've heard that the 2017 vintage, if picked before the fires, will be very good. I'll be in for a few Dr. Crane's (as well as whatever else Quivet and Myriad will have for this next vintage), and as far the whites go,...
by Chris H.
January 9th, 2019, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad Dr Crane Cabernet + Semillon Release - Jan 15th
Replies: 48
Views: 3505

Re: Myriad Dr Crane Cabernet + Semillon Release - Jan 15th

A quality producer, and quality people (Mike and Leah). Though I am far from Napa, I've heard that the 2017 vintage, if picked before the fires, will be very good. I'll be in for a few Dr. Crane's (as well as whatever else Quivet and Myriad will have for this next vintage), and as far the whites go,...
by Chris H.
January 8th, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Rivers-Marie Spring Offer
Replies: 66
Views: 7727

Re: 2019 Rivers-Marie Spring Offer

Thank you for the replies! I appreciate it. I'll probably get the max of Sonoma Coast, Anderson Valley, and a few Summa, and a few Summa Old Vines.
by Chris H.
January 8th, 2019, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Rivers-Marie Spring Offer
Replies: 66
Views: 7727

Re: 2019 Rivers-Marie Spring Offer

Is the Summa Old Vines worth the premium over the regular Summa bottling? Last year I only got the Sonoma Coast, but will be picking up some extra this year.
by Chris H.
December 23rd, 2018, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Becklyn Previous Buyers
Replies: 38
Views: 3245

Re: Becklyn Previous Buyers

I've not received a notification yet, but it's been cold in Minneapolis. I'm looking forward to the wine (I've already had a few bottles of the 2016, and though young, it drinks well at this point with a decant).
by Chris H.
December 13th, 2018, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Becklyn Previous Buyers
Replies: 38
Views: 3245

Re: Becklyn Previous Buyers

I ordered additional bottles of the Becklyn Napa Valley Cab (which I heard was a blend from Three Twins, McGah, and Kenefick Ranch). I have not been patient, and already have opened 2 bottles, they have been great, albeit young. Quickly becoming my favorite Mike Smith Napa Cabernet (excluding the si...
by Chris H.
December 3rd, 2018, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: William & Mary Wine Co.
Replies: 117
Views: 9819

Re: William & Mary Wine Co.

Thanks for the notes, I'll plan on opening one over the holidays, and let the remaining gain some bottle age.
by Chris H.
December 3rd, 2018, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: William & Mary Wine Co.
Replies: 117
Views: 9819

Re: William & Mary Wine Co.

Thanks I'd be interested in hearing what your (and the other tasters) impressions are of the William & Mary 2016 vintage. I'll be picking up my 6-pack from FedEx today, I'll probably have to open a bottle over Christmas/New Year to see how it is.

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