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by Peter Valiquette
August 14th, 2020, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: tn: 2016 Nervi-Conterno Gattinara
Replies: 6
Views: 130

Re: tn: 2016 Nervi-Conterno Gattinara

This is widely distributed enough that my local Total Wine has a couple of bottles available at around $50. What’s the production of this wine?
by Peter Valiquette
August 14th, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine has the most prominent forest notes?
Replies: 13
Views: 373

Re: What wine has the most prominent forest notes?

Retsina...if you really want pine sap.
by Peter Valiquette
August 11th, 2020, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Coupla Cornas
Replies: 24
Views: 2656

Re: A Coupla Cornas

The 2016 Geynale is already drinking beautifully.

We opened one last weekend along with a 2016 Cayuse En Chamberlin...fun comparison.
by Peter Valiquette
August 7th, 2020, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Pinot Blanc fans here?
Replies: 53
Views: 1552

Re: Any Pinot Blanc fans here?

Kelley Fox makes awesome Pinot Blanc and it’s a bargain.
by Peter Valiquette
August 1st, 2020, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upcoming 2020 Burgundy vintage
Replies: 65
Views: 4447

Re: Upcoming 2020 Burgundy vintage

It’s supposed to hit 100 degrees in Beaune this week.
by Peter Valiquette
August 1st, 2020, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where to look for a savory domestic Syrah
Replies: 146
Views: 8616

Re: Where to look for a savory domestic Syrah

Arnot-Roberts Syrah Que Syrah Vineyard is a pretty solid bet for savory Syrah.
by Peter Valiquette
April 25th, 2020, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What red Burgundy under $150 ...
Replies: 60
Views: 2639

Re: What red Burgundy under $150 ...

Briailles Ile
by Peter Valiquette
February 18th, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 240
Views: 30583

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

Got the rejection email this afternoon. Hope everyone else fared better!
by Peter Valiquette
February 6th, 2020, 8:22 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 240
Views: 30583

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

Anyone know when TW will start drawing names? Their e-mail just said February.
by Peter Valiquette
February 2nd, 2020, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Marcel Juge, Cornas - Stream of Consciousness Thoughts
Replies: 36
Views: 1950

Re: TN: 2014 Marcel Juge, Cornas - Stream of Consciousness Thoughts

I’ve been fortunate to taste quite a few 2014 N. Rhône’s, including Allemand Reynard, and found them all to be wonderfully perfumed and pure expressions of Syrah that are already drinking well. I’ve concluded that the critics only like big tannic vintages.
by Peter Valiquette
February 1st, 2020, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Burgundy?
Replies: 87
Views: 4873

Re: QPR Burgundy?

Didier Fornerol is my pick for bargain burg.

Haven’t had much luck with Lumpp...acidity was like nails on a chalkboard.
by Peter Valiquette
January 18th, 2020, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on 2016 Jean-Marc Roulot Bourgogne Blanc?
Replies: 10
Views: 774

Re: Thoughts on 2016 Jean-Marc Roulot Bourgogne Blanc?

I've had it...just ok. Proper profile and good balance, but not very interesting.
by Peter Valiquette
January 17th, 2020, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Sauternes Vintage -- Good or Bad?
Replies: 19
Views: 1075

Re: 2016 Sauternes Vintage -- Good or Bad?

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
January 17th, 2020, 12:55 pm
Did Yquem make a sauternes in 2016?
Yes they did. It may be lighter weight than "bigger" vintages (perhaps due to the youth), but it has great intensity.
by Peter Valiquette
December 22nd, 2019, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 31
Views: 4158

Re: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford

Local Costco had this wine for $45 and it is a bargain at that price.
by Peter Valiquette
December 18th, 2019, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allemand Bretty?
Replies: 87
Views: 4146

Re: Allemand Bretty?

I enjoyed a 2014 Reynard last week that was clean and beautiful.
by Peter Valiquette
November 22nd, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Chilean wines?
Replies: 35
Views: 1398

Re: Best Chilean wines?

Almost all Chilean cab's I've had are heavy on the espresso and pyrazines. Even the last 2014 Don Melchor I had was like this. Any suggestions for wines with better balance?
by Peter Valiquette
November 3rd, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys
Replies: 70
Views: 4618

Re: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys

There's better information available for free on this forum than any issue of Wine Spectator.
by Peter Valiquette
October 24th, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 240
Views: 30583

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

Maintaining my Grand Reserve level for the annual bottle of Pappy has become pretty much the only reason I still shop at TW. Over the years, the coupons have steadily become less valuable and my wine exploration has expanded beyond what TW has to offer. My TW purchasing will probably be significantl...
by Peter Valiquette
October 1st, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: William and Mary 2017 Save the Date
Replies: 55
Views: 5110

Re: William and Mary 2017 Save the Date

I bought 6 of the 2016 Cab's last year and I'm already down to my last bottle. They started off fantastic and got even better over the course of the year.

Ordering some of the 2017 was an easy decision.
by Peter Valiquette
September 23rd, 2019, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers
Replies: 76
Views: 4822

Re: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers

I believe O'Shaughnessy meets all of your criteria.
by Peter Valiquette
September 22nd, 2019, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Getting corked out of my mouth
Replies: 38
Views: 1467

Re: Getting corked out of my mouth

Eat a spoonful of peanut butter.
by Peter Valiquette
September 4th, 2019, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Harvest 2019: Black Widows
Replies: 12
Views: 1320

Re: Harvest 2019: Black Widows

looks like a freakin grape with legs man!
by Peter Valiquette
September 2nd, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the wine that changed your life?
Replies: 166
Views: 8693

Re: What's the wine that changed your life?

It was a Brunello...producer and vintage unknown...consumed in a small restaurant somewhere near the German/Austrian border.

I remember that the waiter spoke virtually no English, but once my father ordered the wine, they assumed we wanted the lamb.
by Peter Valiquette
August 25th, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumées Clos de la Truffière
Replies: 43
Views: 2563

Re: TN: 2014 Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumées Clos de la Truffière

Glad I found this thread after buying two bottles of the 2017 vintage of this wine. Made me feel good about my decision and i'm looking forward to trying the wine. Love the pictures of the vineyard. I'm curious about how they control DO in the finished wine. Is this done through sulfur additions or ...
by Peter Valiquette
August 19th, 2019, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopawines.com Thread
Replies: 163
Views: 14315

Re: Lopawines.com Thread

I bit on Alain Graillot, Crozes-Hermitage "La Guiraude" offer.
by Peter Valiquette
August 17th, 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 73
Views: 4215

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

Why is it necessary to plant weed in wine country? Can’t that crap grow anywhere?
by Peter Valiquette
August 16th, 2019, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Balthazar from Juge vines.
Replies: 31
Views: 2258

Re: 2015 Balthazar from Juge vines.

Here's the crux of my tasting note on this wine:

"The nose was very reduced and bretty with notes of rubber eraser and barnyard. The palate was all savory with flavors of black olive, soy, and grilled meat finishing with a salty flip. Nary a blackberry to be found."
by Peter Valiquette
August 14th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith
Replies: 35
Views: 2585

Re: Dunnuck: Downstream w/ JustinSmith

He's all excited about a $200 zin. Does the label even say Zinfandel?
by Peter Valiquette
August 14th, 2019, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 170
Views: 15573

Re: Downstream Wines

crickey wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 6:13 am
For those guessing $200/bottle, you win!

https://jebdunnuck.com/2019/08/floating ... tin-smith/
And if you're not willing to pay up, you may be guilty of "grape racism" according to Jeb.

I wonder how much the "formidable and delicate" and "ethereal" packaging adds to the cost.
by Peter Valiquette
August 8th, 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 118
Views: 22166

Re: Marcassin

This thread reminded me that I needed to sign up for Marcassin, so I did, and I received a message that I was already signed up in their system, but I have no idea when since they don't send out a confirmation e-mail.
by Peter Valiquette
August 8th, 2019, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge American Oak Article
Replies: 48
Views: 2748

Re: Ridge American Oak Article

I wish they'd cut back on the oak with their chardonnay. I think it could be really great, but the fruit can't carry all that wood IMO.
by Peter Valiquette
August 6th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.
Replies: 39
Views: 3140

Re: Additive curious, looking for a Mega Purple source.

I imagine producers who use these concentrates laugh their ass off at tasting notes. “Beams of cassis”...ya we put that crap in there.
by Peter Valiquette
August 6th, 2019, 5:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness
Replies: 35
Views: 3153

Re: The ultimate in excessibe ballerness

Leve only gave the 2018 a 94 so it must be plonk.
by Peter Valiquette
August 5th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot
Replies: 165
Views: 8664

Re: The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot

I hope no one ever pulls out Pinot Noir to plant Gruner Veltliner.
by Peter Valiquette
August 5th, 2019, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28695

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

The articles made it sound like they just built some small ponds, but the report shows a much more extensive construction and grading project. It's pretty clear that this work would have required permits from multiple local, state, and federal regulatory agencies. An engineer should have been respon...
by Peter Valiquette
August 5th, 2019, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?
Replies: 90
Views: 4736

Re: Is it legitimate to post about expensive wines?

I thought this was covered in the excessible ballin thread.
by Peter Valiquette
August 4th, 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the perils of sharing allocations
Replies: 39
Views: 4007

Re: the perils of sharing allocations

SQN and Cayuse are both available on the shelf locally so I think the list pressure varies depending on where you live. I am assuming there is a bit of a mark up on both. Part of the list issue is getting the wine direct from the winery (i.e. provenance) and then the price. There are some wineries ...
by Peter Valiquette
August 4th, 2019, 7:45 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof
Replies: 8
Views: 1516

Re: Elijah Craig Barrel Proof

The A117 in my glass at the moment is a bit hot and harsh, but I just finished off the last of my Smooth Ambler Old Scout 11 year single barrel so the Elijah Craig really didn't stand a chance.
by Peter Valiquette
August 4th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Roulot Bourgogne Blanc (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc)
Replies: 22
Views: 1434

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Roulot Bourgogne Blanc (France, Burgundy, Bourgogne Blanc)

Wish I’d read this 24 hours ago...before I committed to buying some.

Oh well.
by Peter Valiquette
August 3rd, 2019, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: the perils of sharing allocations
Replies: 39
Views: 4007

Re: the perils of sharing allocations

SQN and Cayuse are both available on the shelf locally so I think the list pressure varies depending on where you live.
by Peter Valiquette
August 3rd, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Prince of Pinot Noir is retiring
Replies: 17
Views: 2309

Re: The Prince of Pinot Noir is retiring

I've always enjoyed his writing, but his avatar was a bit creepy.
by Peter Valiquette
August 3rd, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28695

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

The Press Democrat article is a bit more damning. Bulldozing and erasing a wetland is a bit different picture than I had of possibly diverting a stream around some of your land. Bear in mind, the government's definition of a wetland is probably different that you're imagining. If they'd hired a bea...
by Peter Valiquette
August 2nd, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28695

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

I think the only thing egregious is the penalty. 3 small ponds on a 4,500+ acre property isn’t going to significantly alter basin hydrology.
by Peter Valiquette
August 2nd, 2019, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 355
Views: 28695

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Was also surprised to read how many thousands of acres these greedy asshats are farming. I’ll do my best to try to make it cheaper for you but it sounds pretty blatant that they knew what they were doing. I guess I would encourage you not to support greedy pot farmers who destroy wetlands too? I’m ...
by Peter Valiquette
August 1st, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad - Save the Date
Replies: 54
Views: 4597

Re: Myriad - Save the Date

Is there a big wait list for Myriad? I just signed up so I figured I'd miss the '17's, but am hopeful for the '18's when they come around.
by Peter Valiquette
July 30th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 13696

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

The Old Vine Zin has never been on WS list. It was the Bedrock Bedrock Vineyard Heritage. Very different wines. Wrong, the OVZ was indeed on the list as stated. Josh is right WS gave the '17 OVZ a 93 which I think was over scored. The '17 was still great though, no doubt about it. More pepper, mine...
by Peter Valiquette
July 26th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Paolo Bea Umbria San Valentino (Italy, Umbria)
Replies: 4
Views: 394

Re: TN: 2009 Paolo Bea Umbria San Valentino (Italy, Umbria)

Thanks for the note. I’ve had the 11 and 12 of this wine and they were both fantastic.
by Peter Valiquette
July 25th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 13696

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

I haven't received my offer yet since I have not previously purchased from the winery directly. My only experience with Bedrock was through the 2015 OVZ which Wine Spectator built up with their 93 point rating and ranking as #12 on their top 100 wines of the year in 2017. I'm afraid that WS built up...
by Peter Valiquette
July 25th, 2019, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Petite Sirah is pretty boring
Replies: 94
Views: 4964

Re: Petite Sirah is pretty boring

I recently opened a 2014 Ridge York Creek Petite Sirah...it wasn't lacking in tannins or acid.
by Peter Valiquette
July 25th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?
Replies: 138
Views: 9466

Re: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?

Curious to learn if you find it better than a few of the other well known producers sub $200 Cote de Nuits bottlings such as: Mugnier Marechale Roumier Bussiere Dujac MSD 1er The Roumier is generally above $200 and is an idiosyncratic wine anyway. The Mugnier is very good, just not as good within t...

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