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by Ian H
February 20th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POVs on Mazis
Replies: 41
Views: 2130

Re: POVs on Mazis

Talk about random....just stumbled upon this thread, and can say that I had never had a Mazis (let alone a 2014, per the OP), until literally 30 minutes ago. I'm in London and popped into Hedonism. Talk about a jaw dropping shop (wall of chateau d'yquem, tons of DRC, screagle, etc etc). Anyways on a...
by Ian H
February 20th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Exploring Goodfellow and Kelley Fox PN
Replies: 16
Views: 609

Re: TN: Exploring Goodfellow and Kelley Fox PN

Great notes, that sounds like my kind of night!

I also really enjoyed that '15 Maresh Vineyard Kelley Fox. Interesting that Jim notes that that vineyard and his Mysterious are close together; gets me even more interested in popping one of those Mysterious bottles sometime soon.
by Ian H
February 19th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food and Wine Pairing is Bullsh*t . . .
Replies: 46
Views: 1611

Re: Food and Wine Pairing is Bullsh*t . . .

The only part of the article I agree with (and I think he's making this point) is that people don't need to follow stuffy rules if they don't care to. It's your dinner - eat and drink whatever you like! Even though I would never choose to drink Sancerre with a big porterhouse doesn't mean you should...
by Ian H
February 16th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The taste and smell of rocks
Replies: 33
Views: 1120

Re: The taste and smell of rocks

I've used wet rock, gravel and chalky. I usually notice wet rock or gravel more in the nose as opposed to the palate. Chalky to me has been more of a textural element.
by Ian H
February 12th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 95
Views: 3318

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)

How is this a bad thing? You can give "free gifts", or not, as a winery and still have great customer service. They are not mutually exclusive. Most people appreciate little extra things that makes it feel like they're being taken care of. But, the title of the post is a little off to me. It implies...
by Ian H
February 11th, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help a newbie with 2016 BDX in the ~$50-$75 range
Replies: 27
Views: 810

Re: Help a newbie with 2016 BDX in the ~$50-$75 range

I picked up some Branaire-Ducru and Gruaud Larose this weekend, both in that range, the latter close to being over. It's easy enough to backfill Bordeaux but I want to start laying some stuff down from strong vintages and sampling my own bottles purchased on release, in 5, 10, 15, 20 year intervals....
by Ian H
February 9th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 321
Views: 9372

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

So right now, impacting policy right now, 68% of boomers vote and 45% of millennials vote, proving my point. Depends on what the overall point is. Yes, people are more likely to vote the older they get. But, I thought the overall discussion revolved around whether millennials are currently economic...
by Ian H
February 9th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Musar Distribution in The States
Replies: 11
Views: 566

Re: 2011 Musar Distribution in The States

Interesting topic as I've noticed a bunch of 2003's in a couple wine shops here in Northern NJ over the past 6 months. Was trying to figure out how distribution worked. Maybe they were just bottles they had in inventory? Or some type of release of that year?
by Ian H
February 9th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod / Barthod-Noëllat Bourgogne Les Bons Bâtons
Replies: 15
Views: 961

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod / Barthod-Noëllat Bourgogne Les Bons Bâtons

Does anyone have an opinion on the Philippe Leclerc Bons Batons (cw the MG version)? I'm not among the Burg experts on this forum but I've had it, and think it's good for the price. Have picked up recent-ish vintages for around $30. Definitely picked up a big oak influence on it, in front of nice e...
by Ian H
February 6th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT+ WS + Vivino???!!!!
Replies: 42
Views: 1657

Re: CT+ WS + Vivino???!!!!

Somehow I have started getting emails from Vivino and they take quite a bit of license to establish the pedigree of a wine to the point of sensationalism. Agree. It's marketing all the way, and probably clever marketing at that. I know people who use Vivino. But also at times it can be a little rid...
by Ian H
February 6th, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT+ WS + Vivino???!!!!
Replies: 42
Views: 1657

Re: CT+ WS + Vivino???!!!!

I just noticed that cellar tracker now has 2 options 'where to buy' linked to each wine: Wine-Searcher and Vivino. I'm rather surprised as I would have thought that Vivino was a direct rival to CT and sending users there might end up losing them. I guess the dollars add up and this is an extra reve...
by Ian H
February 5th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Wine related Podcasts worth giving a go?
Replies: 43
Views: 2155

Re: Any Wine related Podcasts worth giving a go?

I’ve been looking for good wine podcast to complement the golf podcasts I enjoy (Fried Egg, No Laying Up, Shane Bacon). I’ve listened to Levi Dalton some but the back catalog doesn’t show up in the iPhone Podcast app. What app do folks use to get back episodes? I’ve also enjoyed Life Between the Vi...
by Ian H
February 5th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard Star of Bethlehem Flower Block
Replies: 9
Views: 760

Re: TN: 2016 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard Star of Bethlehem Flower Block

This is a very interesting thread and I think instructive for me. Last year I tasted the 2015 Maresh Star of Bethlehem with her and it blew me away. Just amazing. I bought four bottles and they shipped them across the country for me. I tried one not long after returning from that trip. Pop n pour. W...
by Ian H
February 4th, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Double decant question
Replies: 8
Views: 272

Re: Double decant question

This is an interesting one I honestly hand't thought about until reading this. How much would the residual droplets of water inside a bottle impact the wine that has been poured back into the bottle from the decanter? Thinking the volume of 750ml of wine would render the small amount of water in the...
by Ian H
February 4th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 133
Views: 3292

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

I was listening to the newest episode of one of my regular wine podcasts today (Wine for Normal People) on Oregon. From the outset the host laid the groundwork that she was possibly not happy about some things with Oregon. The claim ended up being that Oregon really struggles with quality consisten...
by Ian H
February 4th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dundee in April - where should I taste?
Replies: 20
Views: 497

Re: Dundee in April - where should I taste?

Just kidding, but you should think more in terms of McMinnville than Dundee if your tastes align with most on this forum. Right in Dundee, Le Cadeau would be my first recommendation. If you like white wines, maybe Four Graces. You can taste a lot of different wines without driving around if you cen...
by Ian H
February 4th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dundee in April - where should I taste?
Replies: 20
Views: 497

Re: Dundee in April - where should I taste?

Belle Pente and Shea aren't far from where BF and PGC are, but not sure if they routinely take visitors.
by Ian H
February 2nd, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Memorious
Replies: 49
Views: 2006

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Memorious

Hell, I didn’t even know it was a real word. I actually had to look it up. Well, if we need another -ious suffix wine I will know not to choose that. We have Notorious, Nefarious (can’t use that anymore), Mysterious and Perspicacious (all the sales people hate me for that one). Parsimonious and sup...
by Ian H
February 2nd, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Memorious
Replies: 49
Views: 2006

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Memorious

I had the 14 domaine de la cote SRH and liked it. Found it to be fruit-forward for sure but did see some earthiness too. High acidity. If I had a critique it would be that component was a little too high and I think of myself as somebody that likes the acid.
by Ian H
February 2nd, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Memorious
Replies: 49
Views: 2006

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Memorious

“Memorious,” the -ious word that Jim and Patty were smart enough not to use when naming cuvées. Hell, I didn’t even know it was a real word. I actually had to look it up. Well, if we need another -ious suffix wine I will know not to choose that. We have Notorious, Nefarious (can’t use that anymore)...
by Ian H
February 1st, 2019, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for J.J. Prum Collectors...
Replies: 29
Views: 1695

Re: Question for J.J. Prum Collectors...

There’s nothing wrong with drinking them earlier (my wife is plowing through our 2001s), but the extra age adds another level of complexity. This is great....speaks to the longevity I suppose. The oldest Prum I've yet had was a 2001, a couple years back. For me that qualified as a bottle with some ...
by Ian H
February 1st, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill Vineyard
Replies: 17
Views: 909

Re: TN: 2017 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill Vineyard

Kelley makes some of my favorite Pinot Noirs in Oregon. She’s incredibly smart, self deprecating, and is quietly doing some absolutely lovely work. Thread drift but on a whim I tried to stop by your place that same weekend! We were having lunch at 1882 Grille and when we wrapped up I googled what w...
by Ian H
January 31st, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 321
Views: 9372

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Interesting article on Wine-Searcher written by Blake Gray... https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2019/01/millennials-now-ruining-wine-as-well Some callouts I found interesting: - Overall wine sales in the US are actually down over the last six months – the first such drop in 25 years - Sales are down ...
by Ian H
January 31st, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill Vineyard
Replies: 17
Views: 909

Re: TN: 2017 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill Vineyard

Kelley makes some of my favorite Pinot Noirs in Oregon. She’s incredibly smart, self deprecating, and is quietly doing some absolutely lovely work. Thread drift but on a whim I tried to stop by your place that same weekend! We were having lunch at 1882 Grille and when we wrapped up I googled what w...
by Ian H
January 31st, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill Vineyard
Replies: 17
Views: 909

Re: TN: 2017 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill Vineyard

I discovered Kelley Fox pinots in the last year and really have enjoyed them. Chatted with her over Thanksgiving weekend at the winery and found her to be funny and irreverent. Sounds like I should try some of the whites too.
by Ian H
January 21st, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ugly Vineyards
Replies: 19
Views: 815

Re: Ugly Vineyards

I went to Willamette Valley the first time last year. My reference before that was Sonoma, Napa, and the Santa Cruz Mountains. WV was beautiful in its own way, but definitely didn’t stack up to those areas of Cali. That said, for me it doesn’t need to. I’m not going for the views, I’m going for the...
by Ian H
January 21st, 2019, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: State of Your Cellar
Replies: 53
Views: 1592

Re: State of Your Cellar

Timely revival of this old topic for me personally. We had a small (~320 bottle) custom cellar installed into a portion of our basement a couple years ago. That is getting pretty full. I have a passive room down there as well that I've outfitted with some cheap wooden racks for more storage, but the...
by Ian H
January 20th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wife in Hong Kong. Any suggestions?
Replies: 6
Views: 228

Re: Wife in Hong Kong. Any suggestions?

I was there a week ago and had a nice dinner one night at Tokyolima. Nobody there at 6pm but jam packed by 7:30. Also had a nice quiet bar dinner at the Chinnery which is inside the Mandarin Oriental. High-end British pub is how I'd describe it. Great Indian food, great service and a huge single mal...
by Ian H
January 20th, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rieslingfeier 2019 Egon Müller Momofuku Ko Dinner
Replies: 13
Views: 734

Re: Rieslingfeier 2019 Egon Müller Momofuku Ko Dinner

Thanks for the notes, sounds epic. Paid close attention to your sentence on the '83. I have exactly one in my cellar and I eyeball it often, but haven't pulled the trigger yet. Any other recollections of that one from the dinner?
by Ian H
January 19th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon pinot vintage update?
Replies: 67
Views: 3302

Re: Oregon pinot vintage update?

I've had some great experiences in the last year with youngsters from 16 and 17 which makes me excited about near, medium and long-term potential of these vintages. Thinking about some Kelley Fox, Patricia Green and Shea single vineyard bottlings I've sampled. Haven't had tons of "middle-aged" Orego...
by Ian H
January 17th, 2019, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jasper Morris podcast
Replies: 15
Views: 1358

Re: Jasper Morris podcast

Listened to this today, 1st half on my morning commute and 2nd half on my evening commute. I'll add to the chorus, just a great listen. I would happily listen to Jasper Morris talk about Burgundy all day. His book is great too.
by Ian H
January 17th, 2019, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 10 years of Wine Berserkers--what does it mean to you?
Replies: 95
Views: 2242

Re: 10 years of Wine Berserkers--what does it mean to you?

To me, the best thing about WB is that it's shown that we don't need (no friggin') moderating. Sure, there are some heated exchanges from time to time. But we've collectively established and stuck to a code of civility, mostly. The standards of decency are very high. it's a wonderful statement abou...
by Ian H
January 17th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paulee 2019
Replies: 23
Views: 1578

Re: Paulee 2019

How does the gala dinner work? Do they serve wines with dinner or do you bring your own? How does the whole sharing thing play out? Rob, this year will be my first Paulee and I'm not doing the gala dinner but just the tasting that same day. Many on this board have done the dinner and can tell you w...
by Ian H
January 16th, 2019, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Starting New
Replies: 20
Views: 1150

Re: Starting New

If you like Pinot but don't want to pop Kosta Browne on a random Tuesday, maybe look to Oregon pinot. For my money, quite good price / quality ratio can be found. I think in the ballpark sub-$25-$30 price range you could do pretty well with things like the folloiwng: Trisaetum WV Andrew Rich Prelude...
by Ian H
January 16th, 2019, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How did your tastes in wine change?
Replies: 30
Views: 1139

Re: How did your tastes in wine change?

In the years before I really started to appreciate wine and understand it more, if I was talking to a somm in a restaurant and they asked me what I liked, I would say I liked something "fruit-forward that was relatively soft". As I started to buy and keep more wine at home I gravitated to Oregon and...
by Ian H
December 31st, 2018, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wines do you plan on opening on New Years Eve?
Replies: 68
Views: 1408

Re: What wines do you plan on opening on New Years Eve?

The Lark was a very high end restaurant for 20 plus years. Each rack came with a numbered card. Best rack I ever tasted - google it a website has the recipe. http://hopfood.com/rack-of-lamb-genghis-khan/ Based on the history of the dish, shouldn't it actually be mutton? LOL, mutton doesn't sell at ...
by Ian H
December 30th, 2018, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wines do you plan on opening on New Years Eve?
Replies: 68
Views: 1408

Re: What wines do you plan on opening on New Years Eve?

I will go first: 2012 Numanthia Termes 2013 Cameron Hughes Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon NV Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noirs Rack of Lamb Genghis Khan is the main course. Interested in hearing what others are planning. champagne.gif Forgot to ask the OP, and slight thread drift, but what makes the r...
by Ian H
December 30th, 2018, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wines do you plan on opening on New Years Eve?
Replies: 68
Views: 1408

Re: What wines do you plan on opening on New Years Eve?

Happy NYE to all (almost). Will start the evening with a pour of 1970s vintage Four Roses Bourbon. Then we're going with a 2017 Far Niente Chard with Alaskan King Crab Legs w/melted butter. Main course wine will be 2013 Opus One with Roasted Beef Tenderloin and crispy duck fat potatoes. Dessert is g...
by Ian H
December 25th, 2018, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you serving with your holiday dinner?
Replies: 39
Views: 1395

Re: What are you serving with your holiday dinner?

Multiple dinners over the past several nights and fun to reach into my small but ever-expanding cellar with a few days off from work. For tonight with a roast chicken I've pulled a 2005 Rion Echezeaux. It's really quite nice. Cooked over the weekend for the family as well and opened up an '04 Pegau ...
by Ian H
December 23rd, 2018, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYC Storage / Domaine Storage New York
Replies: 19
Views: 1298

Re: NYC Storage / Domaine Storage New York

Is this the one that facilitates moving the wine around the country as well? Domaine that is. Someone had suggested they can do so at https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=127722&p=2004874&hilit=domaine+storage#p2004874 (see the last post) Sh@n, did you make a decision about who ...
by Ian H
December 18th, 2018, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are wine investment funds good investments?
Replies: 47
Views: 1649

Re: Are wine investment funds good investments?

I just read the fine print for Vinculum: No liquidity : 5 years, locked for 2 years and subject to a redemption fee of 5% before the 5th anniversary of the date of subscription. Written notice must be received at least 90 days prior to the applicable redemption date. Placement Fee (taken off the to...
by Ian H
December 15th, 2018, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somm 3
Replies: 87
Views: 4824

Re: Somm 3

I just finished the film and generally enjoyed it. It did seem like a promotion for Domaine de la Cote, but I guess that's par for course as other films feature product placement more than you'd think. Regarding Jancis, I don't think she intentionally acts snotty. If you've watched her "Wine Course...
by Ian H
December 14th, 2018, 7:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somm 3
Replies: 87
Views: 4824

Re: Somm 3

I just watched Somm 3 and enjoyed it. Not looking for Citizen Kane but something light and interesting to pass the time while consuming some wine. Mission accomplished. Doubt it was a setup to sell Domaine De La Cote, but it certainly worked out well for the film makers in crafting some sort of loos...
by Ian H
December 7th, 2018, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine advice: Buenos Aires/Montevideo
Replies: 7
Views: 186

Re: Wine advice: Buenos Aires/Montevideo

Don't have winery or wine bar advice, but had a couple great dinners earlier this year. Manzanar in Montevideo (Sofitel across the street is the best hotel in town) and Gardiner in Buenos Aires where we sat in the wine room (pic attached). Great vibes in both. Didn't have control of the menu so can'...
by Ian H
November 25th, 2018, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument
Replies: 47
Views: 2146

Re: Copper Cane lost Oregon label argument

I've been out in Oregon for the past several days, visited some wineries and read some articles in the local wine press about this issue. I can't add anything on the legal aspect as not my expertise, but to me it's really bad from on Copper Cane's front on trying to rescind Willamette Valley Vineyar...
by Ian H
November 20th, 2018, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall Release - November 13th
Replies: 67
Views: 4708

Re: Bedrock Fall Release - November 13th

First time buying from the list so had the leftovers but picked up 6 bottles I'm excited to try. Have never had their whites so felt like exploring the Rieslings and Gewurtz. Also got the 16 Sodini and 2x 17 Papera
by Ian H
November 10th, 2018, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: d'Yquem vs. Tokaji & Others
Replies: 46
Views: 1712

Re: d'Yquem vs. Tokaji & Others

Had my first taste of d'Yquem last night (2017 Y and 2005 Sauternes) and the Sauternes was kind of an epiphany wine for me. So much mouthfeel, balanced acidity and such a long finish. Based on my quite limited data points, it had the unctuousness of a Rieussec, with more complexity, balanced acidit...
by Ian H
November 3rd, 2018, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Patty Green/Winebid
Replies: 34
Views: 3673

Re: PSA: Patty Green/Winebid

I picked up 2x of the 07 Balcombe Block 1B and 2x of the 07 Bonshaw in that auction. Haven't tried either yet but when they arrive I will rectify that situation. The only other PGC wines I've had to date are 15 and 16 (Reserve and Old Vine Ribbon Ridge) and I liked both a lot. Planning to visit over...
by Ian H
October 31st, 2018, 3:50 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: The best or memorable vacation spot was...
Replies: 47
Views: 1979

Re: The best or memorable vacation spot was...

Like all of you I just couldn't narrow this down to one spot. The ones that come to mind when I think back: Fly-fishing trip to Argentina, based out of central Patagonia about 3 hours south of a town call Esquel. Very remote, and as it was early Summer when we were there I saw more trout that people...
by Ian H
October 31st, 2018, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Oregon Pinot?
Replies: 81
Views: 4482

Re: Best Oregon Pinot?

Gary Ahearn wrote:
October 31st, 2018, 3:05 pm
Has anyone tasted the '16's from Kelley Fox?? Or the '16 Cameron Clos Electrique?
I had the 16 Mirabai. Loved it. Great nose, lovely but restrained red fruit. Bought a bunch of the 17s recently.

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