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by Steve Costigan
April 1st, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Weekend
Replies: 85
Views: 4151

Re: Cayuse Weekend

Many of my favs already mentioned but I’ll add my two cents. Aryn Morrell is very tallented and makes wines for a number of labels. He pours his Alleromb label and may have Morrell-Lawrence at his tasting room next to the bike shop on Main St. Also, Va Piano just down the street from Sleight of Hand...
by Steve Costigan
March 14th, 2019, 6:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Château Pontet-Canet (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 4
Views: 457

Re: TN: 2001 Château Pontet-Canet (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Thanks for the TN. The 2001s have over performed and gotten better and better. The 01 Branaire was one of my wines of the year in 2018. Montrose hasn’t emerged yet.
by Steve Costigan
March 3rd, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grand Vin Wine Merchants
Replies: 13
Views: 816

Re: Grand Vin Wine Merchants

Thanks to everyone for the recommendations. Sounds like a great place to do business.
by Steve Costigan
March 3rd, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grand Vin Wine Merchants
Replies: 13
Views: 816

Grand Vin Wine Merchants

Does anyone know what kind of track record Grand Vin Wine Merchants in Olympia WA has on delivery of futures/pre-arrivals? They seem to have great prices but I've got no experience buying pre-arrivals from them. After the Premier Cru debacle, lost a few hundred $$, I'm a little wary particularly whe...
by Steve Costigan
January 6th, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Clos de Sarpe (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Replies: 9
Views: 352

Re: TN: 2000 Château Clos de Sarpe (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)

Doug
Based on a small sample size that I've had (2 vintages, single bottle each), I agree generally with Parker's notes of this wine. I think it is sort of unique within Bdx, big extraction but not necessarily over ripe. I have 05, 10, and 11 in the cellar. 05 will be sampled in 2020. Regards.
by Steve Costigan
January 5th, 2019, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux’s Equivalent to Old School Napa Cab?
Replies: 35
Views: 1974

Re: Bordeaux’s Equivalent to Old School Napa Cab?

To the original post:
Haut Bages Liberal
Branaire Ducru
ring that way for me. HBL is never spectacular but it sure drinks well above its price point after 10-12 years. Regards
by Steve Costigan
January 5th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Clos de Sarpe (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Replies: 9
Views: 352

Re: TN: 2000 Château Clos de Sarpe (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)

Thanks for the notes. Sounds like a great wine.

PSA. Just saw an offering from Grand Vin Wine Merchants for the 03 in magnum at $75. If you dare.
by Steve Costigan
December 21st, 2018, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste
Replies: 146
Views: 4664

Re: Busting terroir myths: The science of soil and wine taste

Is anyone aware of any studies showing how much soil gets deposited on grape surfaces and stays there? I wonder how much character we recognize as terroir (chalk, minerality, non-brett earthiness) isn't just resuspended soil. Microscopic particles get suspended in the air by wind, impact of rain dro...
by Steve Costigan
December 20th, 2018, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2003 Pontet Canet & 2015 Black Ankle Crumbling Rock
Replies: 37
Views: 1701

Re: TN 2003 Pontet Canet & 2015 Black Ankle Crumbling Rock

Not surprised PC is still showing well. Tried the following 03s not that long ago. While undoubtedly there were many failures in France in 03 due to the heat, the generalizations about the vintage I found to be more wrong than correct in bdx at least. While you could note the softness/ripe fruit in ...
by Steve Costigan
December 13th, 2018, 10:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Riesling from USA ?
Replies: 84
Views: 3245

Re: Favorite Riesling from USA ?

Claiborne and Churchill makes oustanding Alsatian whites, best I have had from the US. I like riesling from Sleight of Hand and Trust bothnfrom WA. There is an amazing volume of riesling produced in WA. Most don’t have enough backbone but those two are above the fray.
by Steve Costigan
December 13th, 2018, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your worst wine of the year? Well, mine's blue!
Replies: 45
Views: 2259

Re: What is your worst wine of the year? Well, mine's blue!

Worst wine of the year is typically an Arnot Roberts. I can’t remember which one as I go to my happy place when faced with a 2 oz pour. A friend continues to sample them and while a handful are good, too many resemble a hypothetical blend of battery acid + high school biology experiment gone bad + $...
by Steve Costigan
December 1st, 2018, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Washington reds in general (via TN rants on CT)...
Replies: 66
Views: 2316

Re: Thoughts on Washington reds in general (via TN rants on CT)...

I agree that it's difficult to be well informed from out of state and that if you want to understand WA better you need to go there and find what you like. A NYT article (last year?) concluding "gee WA syrah isn't too bad after all" was a step in the right direction but a little frustrating to read ...
by Steve Costigan
November 13th, 2018, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides - offer is live
Replies: 48
Views: 2451

Re: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides - offer is live

Totally agree that it would be difficult to describe a Pax “house style”. Another way of saying you don’t always know what to expect. The term was simply a euphemism for the degree to which a producer's influence on the consistency of what goes into the bottle. There are examples of great wines alon...
by Steve Costigan
November 13th, 2018, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Three great new(ish) wineries in Walla Walla to check out...
Replies: 4
Views: 437

Re: Three great new(ish) wineries in Walla Walla to check out...

Thanks for the recs. I try to get up to WW at least once a year and am always looking for a few new places to try each time in addition to the regular favs.
by Steve Costigan
November 13th, 2018, 6:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides - offer is live
Replies: 48
Views: 2451

Re: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides - offer is live

Pax has a less consistent "house style" than most, but when it's on - it's on. Catch a Griffin's Lair syrah at the right time, I think it can be one of CA's greatest Syrah experiences. TN from the last GL opened (2010 vintage): Terrific, comes across very masculine, almost severe in its structure, s...
by Steve Costigan
November 11th, 2018, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 K Vintners Syrah The Beautiful
Replies: 28
Views: 1466

Re: TN: 2015 K Vintners Syrah The Beautiful

Charles' syrahs (K vintners labels) are getting better and better over time. Definitely moving in a more savory/aromatic direction from 2012 on. The Royal City is the best of the bunch, and most expensive, and I think needs 7-8 to show its stuff. There are a bunch of Syrahs from various vineyards al...
by Steve Costigan
September 23rd, 2018, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 97
Views: 5888

Re: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?

FWIW, just noticed WS insider just gave the Jaffurs SB syrah a 92 (that's 2 points below their score for the Alban Reva). That Jaffurs SB has been a buy-by-the-case bargain in the past. Anyone try the 16 yet? Thoughts? Thanks.
by Steve Costigan
September 23rd, 2018, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 97
Views: 5888

Re: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?

Recently popper the cork on an 09 ojai melville vyd syrah. Really terrific (4+ out of 5). This has blossomed amazingly aromatically since I last tried in 2016. I was a little skeptical when Ojai started dialing back the ripeness since about the 06 vintage but recent experiences are telling me that i...
by Steve Costigan
September 23rd, 2018, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Southern Rhone Lovers... Where Can They Be Found
Replies: 43
Views: 1899

Re: Southern Rhone Lovers... Where Can They Be Found

I understand the barb but it's not all that elucidative. Returning to the subject, I've observed the increasing retail availability and time on the market for high-end CdPs, feedback from friends and acquaintances who now avoiding CdP primarily over value, and the comments in multiple WB threads and...
by Steve Costigan
September 22nd, 2018, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Southern Rhone Lovers... Where Can They Be Found
Replies: 43
Views: 1899

Re: Southern Rhone Lovers... Where Can They Be Found

I too love the Southern Rhone, especially CdP which when done well may be my favorite genre (traditional rather than so-called modern style). That said, I am wondering if CdP is heading for some type of price correction if not a significant crash. A few reasons: 1. There has been an increasing numbe...
by Steve Costigan
September 18th, 2018, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value $100-$150 US wines
Replies: 66
Views: 3399

Re: Best Value $100-$150 US wines

Lots of cab recommendations here, and agree with the Ridge MB recs, but I've been absolutely stunned by the K Vintners (previously C smith) Royal Slope Syrah with 7-8 years on them. In your price range and well worth it.
Happy hunting.
by Steve Costigan
September 18th, 2018, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sleight of Hand
Replies: 7
Views: 695

Re: Sleight of Hand

First post to WB but had to respond because I like these guys so much. I've tasted virtually everything they produce over multiple vintages. Very solid and definitely worth looking into. Love their Levitation syrah and the funkadelic syrah but I've got a huge soft spot for WW syrah, especially for t...

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