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by Peter Valiquette
November 22nd, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Chilean wines?
Replies: 35
Views: 1250

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: 4341

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: 201
Views: 21345

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: 4672

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: 4314

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: 1392

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: 1245

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: 8370

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: 2348

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: 80
Views: 6555

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: 3424

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: 2107

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: 2464

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: 168
Views: 13888

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: 75
Views: 11013

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: 2603

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: 32
Views: 2201

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: 3045

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: 8206

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: 359
Views: 27593

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: 4546

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: 3933

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: 1207

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: 1245

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: 3933

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: 2174

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: 359
Views: 27593

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: 359
Views: 27593

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: 359
Views: 27593

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: 4292

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: 12849

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: 342

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: 12849

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: 4695

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: 131
Views: 7601

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...
by Peter Valiquette
July 24th, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Hubert Lignier Morey St Denis 1er VV - best sub $200 burgundy out there?
Replies: 131
Views: 7601

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
by Peter Valiquette
July 24th, 2019, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rochioli small block offering
Replies: 17
Views: 2085

Re: Rochioli small block offering

I had no idea that the Rochioli list was this exclusive. 12 years???

What's the deal with the small block list?
by Peter Valiquette
July 24th, 2019, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy | Baie par Baie "technique"
Replies: 18
Views: 970

Re: Burgundy | Baie par Baie "technique"

Does the hand destemming occur right before crushing? If they crushed afterwards, it would defeat the purpose of destemming by hand. Interesting though the technique is, the danger is that it becomes a marketing gimmick. That already seems to be happening, unfortunately. I need to work on my sarcas...
by Peter Valiquette
July 24th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy | Baie par Baie "technique"
Replies: 18
Views: 970

Re: Burgundy | Baie par Baie "technique"

Does the hand destemming occur right before crushing?
by Peter Valiquette
July 24th, 2019, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war
Replies: 44
Views: 2465

Re: Sales drop by 25% due to trade war

Sounds like Napa is dead at retail in China.
by Peter Valiquette
July 14th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?
Replies: 57
Views: 3101

Re: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?

Apparently its Downstream...
by Peter Valiquette
July 12th, 2019, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Substance Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, Washington)
Replies: 11
Views: 1190

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

I picked up a bottle at Costco today and agree with the sentiment that it is a solid wine. At $13 it’s a great weekday Cab.

I tried it back to back with a Simi Cab, also from Costco at sale price of $13, and preferred the Substance Cab.
by Peter Valiquette
July 10th, 2019, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 168
Views: 13888

Re: Downstream Wines

I tried signing up less than 5 minutes after the email hit, but the website had crashed. By the time I got through and registered it was about 25 minutes after the initial email.

I figure those 25 minutes equals about 5 years on the waiting list.
by Peter Valiquette
June 23rd, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to buy NOW to drink 2030 onwards
Replies: 30
Views: 2109

Re: What to buy NOW to drink 2030 onwards

I would stick with high end red burgundy and maybe top level Riesling.

Back vintages of Bordeaux are easy to find, White burgs are risky due to premox, and I don’t think Rhone reds need that much age.
by Peter Valiquette
June 8th, 2019, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?
Replies: 62
Views: 3354

Re: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?

This is a challenge for the average consumer who may just buy the occasional bottle, but the enthusiast may buy one or several of each and enjoy tasting through the lineup looking for terroir.
by Peter Valiquette
June 8th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Inexorable Rise of Wine Prices
Replies: 30
Views: 2773

Re: The Inexorable Rise of Wine Prices

Ya, I don’t think they’re accounting for volume.
by Peter Valiquette
June 7th, 2019, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 9209

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

Talking to a customer/friend/vineyard owner in the RRV the other day and he said his cost of labor has increased drastically this year due to the housing construction boom from the Tubbs Fire. Guys are getting paid $30/hr to build houses. He had a crew weed whack last week and it was $28/hr/head to...
by Peter Valiquette
June 7th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 9209

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

I just opened an email from my glass (bottles) supplier, and they are informing us of an increase of 12%, in the form of a surcharge. This is due to tariffs/ocean freight increases. Can wineries absorb these increases any better than any other business? No. Whether to price a bottle of wine at $40 ...
by Peter Valiquette
June 7th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 9209

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

newsflash, there are tons of steakhouses in the US. Guess what their greatest wine sales are by a massive margin? I have no doubt, but this thread is about $175 cabs, not the Justin’s, Jordan’s, Caymus, and Silver Oaks which litter steak house wine lists. And high end Cabs from small producers are ...
by Peter Valiquette
June 7th, 2019, 4:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 9209

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

Keith A k e r s wrote:
June 6th, 2019, 11:15 pm


newsflash, there are tons of steakhouses in the US. Guess what their greatest wine sales are by a massive margin?
I have no doubt, but this thread is about $175 cabs, not the Justin’s, Jordan’s, Caymus, and Silver Oaks which litter steak house wine lists.

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