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by JLuch
June 26th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7789
Views: 506489

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

From a CellarTracker post: "Récoltant is a collaboration of declassified barrels of premium Cabernet that didn’t quite fit into Le Pich or Purlieu. The final blend was stitched together from several celebrated regions throughout Napa Valley, & Julian Fayard made the wine with the same standards of e...
by JLuch
June 25th, 2020, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad 2018 Portfolio Cabernet Release
Replies: 51
Views: 3599

Re: Myriad 2018 Portfolio Cabernet Release

I can only see the NV cab on my offering, plus whatever is left from the GIII offer. I do not see the other cabs to be included in this months release.
by JLuch
June 16th, 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Carter Release
Replies: 96
Views: 5504

Re: 2018 Carter Release

Agreed on the popularity of the release. I had initially expected it to be as frenzied as 2016, but I guess it isn't so surprising that it hasn't been. I myself bought less than I expected for very identifiable reasons. I personally bought a lot during the beginning of the Covid crises when there we...
by JLuch
May 28th, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery
Replies: 67
Views: 2771

Re: Has anyone tasted wines from Trump Winery

Kelly, the topic was also discussed extensively on an older post regarding the 2016 Cabernet: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=169526&p=2971403&hi ... p#p2971403
by JLuch
May 26th, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Temperature Fluctuations In Passive Cellars
Replies: 97
Views: 6689

Re: Temperature Fluctuations In Passive Cellars

David, I am not as scientific as the previous posters on this thread, but all the literature I have read on passive cellars (as I have one myself) and ideal climate for wine storage, a key takeaway has always been this: Seasonal changes seem to be acceptable, 52 winter to 62 summer as an example, as...
by JLuch
May 25th, 2020, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $225 Cab discussion
Replies: 99
Views: 5402

Re: $225 Cab discussion

Wes, the point you made on whether a wine excites you years later is one that I am sure resonates with a lot of QPR hunters and certainly for myself. I found this issue most prevalent when buying off mailing lists where bottles tend to sell out within an hour or two of release. Carter OG, Verdad, Ri...
by JLuch
May 6th, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Becklyn 2018 Release
Replies: 24
Views: 1542

Re: Becklyn 2018 Release

Thanks Brent. Do you recall what the score for 2017 NV was? I found that to be quite delicious, especially for the vintage. Wondering how 18s rating aligns with 17.
by JLuch
May 6th, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Carter Release
Replies: 96
Views: 5504

Re: 2018 Carter Release

I'll be getting a few (but will likely wait for the full release). I've been a big fan of Mike Smith wines for some years now (Myriad, Quivet, Becklyn), I bought Carter for the first time in 2017, and have only popped one O.G. earlier this year, it was tremendous. I'll be a buyer for sure. So there...
by JLuch
May 6th, 2020, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Carter Release
Replies: 96
Views: 5504

Re: 2018 Carter Release

I plan to wait for the regular release, I would rather cherry pick OG and Verdad. If this 18 release is anything like 16, I would recommend everyone hop on as soon they can. I remember OG and Verdad selling out within an hour or less of the release window.
by JLuch
May 5th, 2020, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Becklyn 2018 Release
Replies: 24
Views: 1542

Re: Becklyn 2018 Release

In for 6 NV, passed on everything else, but mainly because of budgeting.
by JLuch
April 21st, 2020, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vice Versa Spring Release 2018 Vintage
Replies: 16
Views: 1188

Re: Vice Versa Spring Release 2018 Vintage

Received an offering and really wanted to get in on the 2018 vintage, but it is a hefty price increase from Myriad/Quivet/Carter all of similar vineyard designations. In the interest of my wallet, I might have to pass.
by JLuch
April 2nd, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FedEx Just Delivered Wine and .....
Replies: 130
Views: 6315

Re: FedEx Just Delivered Wine and .....

Have received several wine shipments from both FedEx and UPS, neither even attempted to get my signature, nor see if an adult was present. They both just dropped the boxes off at the top of the porch and scanned and signed. This was fine by me as I did not have to rush to the door or come in close p...
by JLuch
March 22nd, 2020, 1:14 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: *LAST DAY* Up to 50% off on all wines in Shop
Replies: 34
Views: 2923

Re: *UPDATED* 50% off on 2014 Saunter 750MLS

In for three each of everything, thank you for the offer!
by JLuch
January 15th, 2020, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad Down?
Replies: 36
Views: 3304

Re: Myriad Down?

Not sure how many were available when you tried to access, I secured 4 each of the 750ml (out of 6 offered) @ around 2pm EST when they relaunched yesterday. When I logged back in shortly (30mins or so), the remaining 2 I was offered had disappeared. So they must have had a sliding scale lowering the...
by JLuch
January 14th, 2020, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad Down?
Replies: 36
Views: 3304

Re: Myriad Down?

I got to the menu to add bottles and when I continued it crashed. I logged in right after I got the email at 12EST. Hopefully we are still able to access are allocations during the initial login.
by JLuch
January 14th, 2020, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad Down?
Replies: 36
Views: 3304

Re: Myriad Down?

Yes
by JLuch
November 12th, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you always taste before you buy?
Replies: 27
Views: 1430

Re: Do you always taste before you buy?

It’s a tricky question. I’ve tasted before buying and bought before tasting, it always varies. Highly sought after wines that have little allocation (Carter OG for example) are always purchased without tasting. Secondary market and wine shops I try and taste before buying unless I am familiar with t...
by JLuch
August 27th, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Construction Question
Replies: 26
Views: 1195

Re: Cellar Construction Question

Alan Rath wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 3:09 pm
JLuch wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 3:02 pm
My wife and I are expecting our first child, so I am more focused on getting things set up for that.
Congratulations! That also requires a moisture barrier...
Haha, thanks Alan. And well played.
by JLuch
August 27th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Construction Question
Replies: 26
Views: 1195

Re: Cellar Construction Question

Rajesh, Do you have a budget in mind for this project? If you are trying to find the path of least resistance and have easy access to two of the walls without having to remove racking, installing batt insulation would be adequate and provide enough R-Value to meet recommended specs for in wall chil...
by JLuch
August 27th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Construction Question
Replies: 26
Views: 1195

Re: Cellar Construction Question

Yea, my moisture has been fine in the room before I did this when it was cinder block and now that it is finished months later. Relative humidity was over 50% before I added the water to the room and after it bumps it up to the 70's. I have a aprilaire permanent dehumidifier in my basement for purp...
by JLuch
August 27th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Construction Question
Replies: 26
Views: 1195

Re: Cellar Construction Question

Yea, my moisture has been fine in the room before I did this when it was cinder block and now that it is finished months later. Relative humidity was over 50% before I added the water to the room and after it bumps it up to the 70's. I have a aprilaire permanent dehumidifier in my basement for purpo...
by JLuch
August 27th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Construction Question
Replies: 26
Views: 1195

Re: Cellar Construction Question

Here is a progress pic when I was setting up some stackable racking.
by JLuch
August 27th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Construction Question
Replies: 26
Views: 1195

Re: Cellar Construction Question

Rajesh, Do you have a budget in mind for this project? If you are trying to find the path of least resistance and have easy access to two of the walls without having to remove racking, installing batt insulation would be adequate and provide enough R-Value to meet recommended specs for in wall chill...
by JLuch
August 20th, 2019, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 77
Views: 6256

Re: Napa Cab under $100

Ben, Had some questions. Were you expecting to purchase something and have it shipped or find it locally? If locally, what are some vendors you would use in terms of available inventory. As an aside, the bevan is quite delicious, it is rich dense and darker profiled cab, but quite delicious none the...
by JLuch
August 13th, 2019, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 72
Views: 5007

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

Schramsberg, palmaz (state of the art facility), Barnett on spring mountain if you like great views, round pond also does a nice job as others mentioned. Alpha Omega does a nice job but you could also stop by without a reservation if you want to hang out and try a few wines.
by JLuch
August 9th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 68
Views: 3253

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

Adam, I, as others, am not a member of any clubs for a number of reasons. Mainly I do not like the economics of it, having set fees/structures minimum purchases etc. My general predicament with wine and why I avoid clubs or any winery that forces you in to minimum purchase, is that my want/wish list...
by JLuch
August 6th, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad - Save the Date
Replies: 54
Views: 4565

Re: Myriad - Save the Date

2 each of the NV, Steltz, and Three Twins. Trying to keep my costs reasonable for other projects at home. @Josh, I purchased earlier for the GIII and Dr. Crane release as well. From my perspective, I didn't skip because I have last years offering and want to keep the vertical going. I also like vint...
by JLuch
July 26th, 2019, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gary’s Wine & Marketplace coming to former Dean & DeLuca space in St. Helena
Replies: 5
Views: 1037

Re: Gary’s Wine & Marketplace coming to former Dean & DeLuca space in St. Helena

I live near the original Gary’s, so hoping this move to Napa further increases what I can get my hands on without having to fly coast to coast. Seems like a good plan for Gary, spend more time in Napa without retiring. Not to mention a plethora opportunity being directly in the valley. Congrats
by JLuch
July 9th, 2019, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Quivet Release?
Replies: 35
Views: 2935

Re: 2017 Quivet Release?

In for 3 LPV, trying to cut back as others are. Thinking I might pass on the upcoming Myriad offer. Already grabbed some Dr. Crane/GIII earlier in the year. Steltzner seems compelling though, so might be a game time decision.
by JLuch
June 18th, 2019, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Carter Cellars Offering
Replies: 31
Views: 3468

Re: 2017 Carter Cellars Offering

I was in for 2 of each anyway. there is 700 units of OG and 500 units of Verdad still remaining, so a decent amount of inventory.
by JLuch
June 12th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Carter Cellars Offering
Replies: 31
Views: 3468

Re: 2017 Carter Cellars Offering

I agree that it is worth paying attention to a downward trend in scores/reviews on CellarTracker, but I wonder if the negativity given to the 2017 vintage as a whole is playing any role in why they are coming out lower. While the 2017 vintage might not live up to its older brother, I’m sure it will ...
by JLuch
June 12th, 2019, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Carter Cellars Offering
Replies: 31
Views: 3468

Re: 2017 Carter Cellars Offering

There are notes on CT posted recently, if that helps at all.
by JLuch
June 6th, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone tried the 2017 Becklyns yet?
Replies: 35
Views: 3561

Re: Anyone tried the 2017 Becklyns yet?

3x Napa, 2x MH, 1x Pangkarra for me as well. Figured if the Pangkarra turns in to a hit, at least I have one I can pride myself on.
by JLuch
May 18th, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ISO Wine Shops: Northern NJ / New York
Replies: 29
Views: 1232

Re: ISO Wine Shops: Northern NJ / New York

Would be very surprised if you find Carlisle, Bedrock, Alpha Omega in any appreciable quantity or selection..These are primarily mailing list wines. Jon, Gary’s wine and marketplace carries Carlisle, Bedrock, and Alpha Omega. A fair amount of the GF wines or white label wines Gary’s offers are from...
by JLuch
May 17th, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ISO Wine Shops: Northern NJ / New York
Replies: 29
Views: 1232

Re: ISO Wine Shops: Northern NJ / New York

Echo Gary's Wine and Marketplace. He has been an acquaintance of mine for 15 years and runs a great business. A few things worth noting in addition to the fact he has a great selection of domestic and international wines: 1) If the store doesn't carry something you want, in a lot of cases it can sti...
by JLuch
May 3rd, 2019, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Riedel on sale
Replies: 6
Views: 1086

Re: PSA: Riedel on sale

Regarding Heart to Heart and Vinum. In terms of glass shape, they are fairly similar. However, the Heart to Heart are thicker crystal compared to Vinum, which is more elegant feeling in the hand. I believe the heart to heart is their lead free crystal. If you have ever handled other lead free crysta...
by JLuch
November 9th, 2018, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone tasted any 2016 Mike Smith cabs ?
Replies: 10
Views: 919

Re: Anyone tasted any 2016 Mike Smith cabs ?

I've had both the 16 Myriad and Quivet Napa blends over the past week. They were just delivered so bottle shock could always be an influence here. With that said, the Myriad performed a bit better/more accessible with an hour+ decant, although obviously still very young. I tasted the Quivet at Pnp a...
by JLuch
November 5th, 2018, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Pott Wine
Replies: 25
Views: 2811

Re: 2016 Pott Wine

Pott release is live, for those that are interested.
by JLuch
September 6th, 2018, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Pott Wine
Replies: 25
Views: 2811

Re: 2016 Pott Wine

I like Aaron's style and have enjoyed his single vineyard wines in the past. My last vintage was 2012 though and I have already spent a good amount on other allocations so far this year, so was hoping to see if anyone has had a sneak peek at 2016 to sway my decision. That and there are have been a l...
by JLuch
September 5th, 2018, 11:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Pott Wine
Replies: 25
Views: 2811

2016 Pott Wine

The purchase window is open for the 2016 Napa Valley Pott Wine, has anyone had a chance to try it or any of the single vineyards coming up in the fall?
by JLuch
August 8th, 2018, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many allocation lists are you on?
Replies: 111
Views: 6172

How many allocation lists are you on?

Even though I started signing up for a lot of allocations 2-3 years ago, I find myself passing on the recent offers. The current vintage of SVDs at a favorite winery of mine is now pushing $100 per bottle, however, I'm able to find that same SVD, 5 vintages ago, on WineBid for $63. Since I don't ha...
by JLuch
August 8th, 2018, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many allocation lists are you on?
Replies: 111
Views: 6172

How many allocation lists are you on?

In my 12 years of being old enough to buy wine and start collecting (which I did immediately when I turned 21), I was never on a mailing list until this years releases. That said, I am now on and have purchased from the following: Carter (although worth noting this isn't an allocation list like othe...
by JLuch
August 7th, 2018, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad 2018 release 8/7
Replies: 41
Views: 2806

Myriad 2018 release 8/7

3 Napa
3 Steltzner

Budget did not allow for more.
by JLuch
July 20th, 2018, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A year of data from my passive cellar
Replies: 35
Views: 3518

A year of data from my passive cellar

John, yes, the entire cellar is only cinder block, so no formal insulation outside of the foundation. I am sure I could squeeze out a few degrees with some rigid insulation, the house has been a bit of a fixer upper and am currently tapped out with other projects the wife has me doing, so unfortunat...
by JLuch
July 20th, 2018, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A year of data from my passive cellar
Replies: 35
Views: 3518

A year of data from my passive cellar

I am a little late this this thread, but, that is a wonderful passive cellar, both for average temp and humidity. I live in Northern New Jersey and have a passive cellar in my home. It is currently cinder block and is not insulated at all, but it used to be an older wine cellar of the Italian family...
by JLuch
July 19th, 2018, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Last Minute Napa Visit Help Needed
Replies: 67
Views: 2215

Last Minute Napa Visit Help Needed

Also heard great things from Bistro Jeanty.

I am sure there are also plenty of stuff I am omitting, the places I mentioned were more from personal experience/research.

Agreed with Anton, hope to hear how it goes.
by JLuch
July 19th, 2018, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Last Minute Napa Visit Help Needed
Replies: 67
Views: 2215

Last Minute Napa Visit Help Needed

Mike, regarding the dinner portion. I was honestly a little disappointed with both Ad Hoc and Thomas' other restaurant, Bouchon. Perhaps my expectations were too high after hearing glowing reviews, I am not sure. But thought both did not deliver on the tariff. Mustards was another place I considered...
by JLuch
July 19th, 2018, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Last Minute Napa Visit Help Needed
Replies: 67
Views: 2215

Last Minute Napa Visit Help Needed

Barnett is one I would try and make regardless of the time. Breathtaking views and the portfolio is also very good. Only downside is, I do not believe they taste the Rattlesnake for non-members, which is definitely my favorite of what they produce. Alpha Omega is easy to drop in and out if you are g...
by JLuch
July 19th, 2018, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's Talk About Crémant, Cava and Other Sparklers
Replies: 44
Views: 2437

Let's Talk About Crémant, Cava and Other Sparklers

I think it also depends on what you are looking for. The inexpensive vintage Cavas I have found tend to have a bit more going on flavor wise than some of the NV cremant juice out there. Where typically, the cremants I have consumed tend to be a bit cleaner and crisper, which has its merits as well. ...
by JLuch
July 10th, 2018, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quivet
Replies: 26
Views: 1785

Quivet

Partially related, but the Carter LPV Verdad sold out within a matter of 12 hours or less. Looked like there were around 300 bottles of Quivet LPV in 2015 logged on CT when it was released. So far only 134 have been logged for 2016. Not sure if that is a good gauge since CTers and production can var...

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