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by Dan Sch
September 20th, 2020, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don’t trust my Coravin anymore
Replies: 56
Views: 3243

Re: I don’t trust my Coravin anymore

Out of curiosity I opened one that we used the coravin on in 2016... and forgot. We took a glass and a half out that night. Last night the wine was superb, fresh, wonderful. It was a Turley Library Petite Sirah 2014, so doesn’t address the whites that were mentioned. Overall we have had good results...
by Dan Sch
August 19th, 2020, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick pinot question...black tea!
Replies: 15
Views: 950

Re: Quick pinot question...black tea!

Care to mention which "black tea"?? (hey, you asked and this is a food site!) Closest in flavor would be Gongfu Black Tea. Does that Help? I usually get it from those with stem inclusion, but not from all with stem inclusion. To my taste, I have noticed it in every single Cerise vineyard Pinot Noir...
by Dan Sch
August 3rd, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Frappato recs other than Occhipinti and COS?
Replies: 8
Views: 479

Re: Frappato recs other than Occhipinti and COS?

Paolo Cali — all of his wines, various frappatos and blends. Great wines and a really nice guy!
by Dan Sch
July 29th, 2020, 7:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Halcon 2018s
Replies: 23
Views: 1376

Re: Halcon 2018s

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by Dan Sch
July 29th, 2020, 5:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Halcon 2018s
Replies: 23
Views: 1376

Halcon 2018s

Paul had us up to Halcon for an outside and well distanced tasting on our way out of Anderson Valley last week. Overall, it was a very different visit than in times past, but great to see and taste with a few of our favorites. Halcon was a real winner with the 2018 reds and the 2019 white. I recentl...
by Dan Sch
July 28th, 2020, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sonoma County Rhône Producers? - Another winery recommendation request thread
Replies: 22
Views: 1013

Re: Sonoma County Rhône Producers? - Another winery recommendation request thread

PORTER CREEK

Aforementioned Syrah but also a gutsy and beautiful Carignane and my personal favorite domestic viogner. Also really great place to taste, superb staff in Jonathan and Paul.
by Dan Sch
July 16th, 2020, 9:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?
Replies: 41
Views: 5071

Re: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?

The real question is why a wine from the same vineyard that Knez owned and sold for $48 at release in its last vintage (2014)... and it was meticulously farmed back then... why this wine would cost more than double? And why cancel their contracts with a lot of smaller wineries, which they did? Ceris...
by Dan Sch
June 24th, 2020, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Trimbach CFE - premox arrgh
Replies: 6
Views: 441

Re: 2007 Trimbach CFE - premox arrgh

I had one Last year that I found “advanced” at minimum, too. I had tasted it a year earlier from a “good” bottle and thought it was phenomenal. Kind of reassuring to know that it isn’t just me. I only had the one bottle...
by Dan Sch
May 15th, 2020, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Guillemot-Michel, Burgundy
Replies: 56
Views: 3513

Re: Domaine Guillemot-Michel, Burgundy

Really nice timing on this write up here as the neighborhood shop that stocks your wines just reopened. I grabbed a couple bottles and really enjoyed the one I opened last night (2016 Quintaine). This had a lot to offer, was quite forward and rich but also full of just enough tension. Great stuff an...
by Dan Sch
April 28th, 2020, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Solminer - Grüner Veltliner Spear Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Los Olivos District)
Replies: 10
Views: 267

Re: TN: 2018 Solminer - Grüner Veltliner Spear Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Los Olivos District)

I will offer that their GV wines have been stellar in my experience and compare favorably with the best Austrians. So not sure what happened here and hope it’s an off one off.
by Dan Sch
April 20th, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Lichen Estate: 50% (Half Off!) Until Lockdown is Over
Replies: 10
Views: 2361

Re: Lichen Estate: 50% (Half Off!) Until Lockdown is Over

Seconding the positive reviews of the sparkling wines and the whites, especially!

All of the wines are solid, and I have liked many of the estate PN over the years as well.

Our two favorites, hands down, are the Pinot Noirs et Gris and the Blancs de Noir bubbly. Order in for a case!
by Dan Sch
April 17th, 2020, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Quarantine Wines
Replies: 45
Views: 2315

Re: Best Quarantine Wines

1981 Pichon Lalande 2007 Levet Chavaroche 2012 Lignier Clos de l'Ormes 2010 Domaine Des Monts Luisants 1er Monts Luisants Interesting. The 2012 version of this wine is one of the most vile bottles of Pinot I've ever opened. I couldn't make it through half a glass before it became an offering to the...
by Dan Sch
April 16th, 2020, 3:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Quarantine Wines
Replies: 45
Views: 2315

Re: Best Quarantine Wines

I’ve been liking most of what I’ve opened. I really liked all the Sabelli-Frisch wines so far, but was thrilled with one this week.

2010 Domaine Des Monts Luisants 1er Monts Luisants
by Dan Sch
April 3rd, 2020, 5:47 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Sabelli-Frisch Wines quarantine offer - almost 50% OFF!
Replies: 50
Views: 5527

Re: Sabelli-Frisch Wines quarantine offer - almost 50% OFF!

Great service from Adam and so far, the wine I tried was full of intrigue and charm. The Flame Tokay rose was basically a pnp for us the other night and immediately reminded us of a Frappato Rose (called Osa!) from Paolo Cali in Sicily. Really minerally and full of fresh strawberry. As I believe he ...
by Dan Sch
March 21st, 2020, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anderson Valley vs Yorkville Highlands soils
Replies: 14
Views: 752

Re: Anderson Valley vs Yorkville Highlands soils

Paul, Didn’t know about Cerise having the same composition as yours, but interesting given that it has been my favorite vineyard over the years. Do you know if Roma’s and Deer Meadows and Demuth are the same, too? Quite like wines from those as well. Great mention for your Syrah! Along with the Vale...
by Dan Sch
March 10th, 2020, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA Pinot vs Burgundy — why are critics kinder to CA?
Replies: 112
Views: 4643

Re: CA Pinot vs Burgundy — why are critics kinder to CA?

Tanzer covered pinot across the globe for many years, so there is a lot of data there. When he hired Josh Raynolds, I remember him saying that he and Josh generally scored very closely to each other on the same wines, so there is more data there, as Josh covers Oregon and some California. There is ...
by Dan Sch
March 9th, 2020, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CA Pinot vs Burgundy — why are critics kinder to CA?
Replies: 112
Views: 4643

CA Pinot vs Burgundy — why are critics kinder to CA?

First; while I read tasting notes from publications, I have never bought a wine because of its score. Second, I get that sometimes/often these are different reviewers for the two regions. However, if you’re running a publication that uses the old 100-point scale, and you’re reviewing pinots from all...
by Dan Sch
February 28th, 2020, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anderson Valley Brief Visit and a Few Notes -- Added Photos
Replies: 34
Views: 3029

Re: Anderson Valley Brief Visit and a Few Notes -- Added Photos

Bryan thanks for stopping by on your last trip and reenergizing me to get back on the board. I finally got my new avatar photo up and will try to check in here more regularly. Dan, thats for sharing info on what the valley has to offer, keep spreading the good word! Hey Joe, Sorry for leaving you o...
by Dan Sch
February 19th, 2020, 5:47 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Needing Family Friendly Recs for Washington DC
Replies: 21
Views: 1935

Re: Needing Family Friendly Recs for Washington DC

Since you’re staying in dupont, you should really try to make it to LITTLE SEROW if you get a chance! You have to stand in line at about 4pm but it’s is one table I will gladly wait for. Also I am in Cleveland Park and when have several solid and reasonably affordable spots (Siam House, Dolan, Coppi...
by Dan Sch
February 14th, 2020, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Littorai Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard
Replies: 11
Views: 847

Re: TN: 2012 Littorai Pinot Noir Cerise Vineyard

Good note and similar to my impressions of well made wines from Cerise. I am just now getting to my Knez 2009 Cerise soon. 2011 Witching Stick Cerise has been very good lately, but the Knez was still quite closed. Interesting to see the Littorai 2012 already drinking well.
by Dan Sch
January 25th, 2020, 3:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?
Replies: 226
Views: 15344

Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?

Assuming this is a stupid question but asking it anyway as the offer has been around this time the past 3 years.
by Dan Sch
January 5th, 2020, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anderson Valley recs?
Replies: 49
Views: 1774

Re: Anderson Valley recs?

Mendocino, Anderson Valley is a little too quiet Figured that. Stayed at Heritage House a couple of times before it closed. So not sure where to start looking. JD Thinking of staying at Heritage house myself - looks like it reopened. How was it driving back and forth from the wineries, or did you j...
by Dan Sch
December 28th, 2019, 5:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Qupe Mags at KL
Replies: 11
Views: 1376

Re: PSA: Qupe Mags at KL

As we say in my country: Dude. These are amazing deals, assuming the wines are on par with the usual Qupe wines. Anyone have an idea why they're priced so low? No clue, but I have had the 2012 Sonnie's recently and at least a handful of the others. All were in line with expectations. Shipping to DC...
by Dan Sch
December 27th, 2019, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Knez Winery Pinot Noir (USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley)
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Re: TN: 2014 Knez Winery Pinot Noir (USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley)

Day 3: Burg like with funk, light fruits, floral and earth. Good acidity. Short to medium finish. 91 points Recommendation: if you get this less than $25.00 buy unless it is from K & L. (91 points) If you’re ever in DC let me know! Have a few from each vintage and the 09/10s are showing great recen...
by Dan Sch
December 26th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Qupe Mags at KL
Replies: 11
Views: 1376

PSA: Qupe Mags at KL

Some pretty great offers with various mags at $30, and the rousanne magnum at $20. They have a decent stock... big fan of the Sonnies Syrah here. Enjoy!
by Dan Sch
December 25th, 2019, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Knez Winery Pinot Noir (USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley)
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Re: TN: 2014 Knez Winery Pinot Noir (USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley)

The two vineyards used were Cerise and Demuth, and their brix at pick is waaaaaaaaay lower than a lot of RRV Pinot. But then again, most AV stuff is. These vineyards sit up a fair amount on the eastern hillside of the valley on somewhat steep slopes. 2014 was a pretty generous year, but the Cerise p...
by Dan Sch
November 23rd, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Louis Barthélémy Champagne Brut Saphir
Replies: 2
Views: 244

Re: TN: 2008 Louis Barthélémy Champagne Brut Saphir

So true! I went in for a case and wish I’d doubled that!

Oh well... one case is pretty good!
by Dan Sch
November 12th, 2019, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three Skin-Contact Whites...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 360

Re: TN: Three Skin-Contact Whites...(short/boring)

Gotta say that I, too, didn’t really get the skin contact GV. The regular GV, both at tasting room and at dinner, I put up there with some of the better pichler wines I’ve tasted in the past few years. Good on them for trying something, but I recall the most prominent note was something along the li...
by Dan Sch
November 4th, 2019, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: a couple lightweight 2016 Tercero wines (Carignane & Cinsault)
Replies: 5
Views: 728

Re: TNs: a couple lightweight 2016 Tercero wines (Carignane & Cinsault)

We really liked the carignane both out in Los Olivia and then again a few months later at home. Good stuff!
by Dan Sch
October 4th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle
Replies: 29
Views: 1859

Re: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle

"Please let this zombie idea die. There are measures of all of those items, each of which has been measured the same way for a long time. The headline unemployment number is one of many measures. If you want to talk about trends in “underemployment” then go for it. BLS publishes all of these consta...
by Dan Sch
October 4th, 2019, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle
Replies: 29
Views: 1859

Re: Eyeing a possible recession, California wineries cut back on production — and farmers suffer: SF Chronicle

"The economy is strong right now. This recession talk is just talk for now." Lets see: manufacturing plummeting (check) services trending down (check) consumer sentiment falling from highs (check) (this is always the last data point to begin declining) unemployment weakening (check) (see above, con...
by Dan Sch
October 2nd, 2019, 6:40 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Looking for a friendly tasting group in DC
Replies: 8
Views: 3849

Re: Looking for a friendly tasting group in DC

Thank you so much guys! Much appreciate the help. I'll look forward to wining with you too soon. Jay - I will definitely keep an eye on the board :) Leonard - I've left a note on your email. Hey there, Would be good to have another person in our small group as well. In NW DC, and similar tastes to ...
by Dan Sch
September 30th, 2019, 4:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Halcón Vineyards Roussanne Halcón Vineyard
Replies: 16
Views: 764

Re: TN: 2018 Halcón Vineyards Roussanne Halcón Vineyard

Right on par with notes we made in early August. Very cool wine!
by Dan Sch
September 26th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Paris
Replies: 306
Views: 23668

Re: Eating and Drinking in Paris (Updated July 2019)

On a tip from a resident of the neighborhood, we went to and really loved Stephane Martin. Well off the beaten path and a charming quiet place. Food was really excellent. https://stephanemartin.com/en On another note, we really liked Spring back in the day, and were very sad to see it close when Dan...
by Dan Sch
September 18th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines Save the Date
Replies: 16
Views: 1186

Re: Desire Lines Save the Date

Would really like to try these wines but shipping cost is prohibitive to DC apparently. $36 for 3 bottles via ground 😳
by Dan Sch
September 5th, 2019, 6:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]
Replies: 257
Views: 24192

Re: Grassl Glass reviews/evals [merged]

Have now had my Cru glasses for a few months and did a quick round of wines with the new Liberte glasses I got just a week ago. These are hands down my favorite glasses, having used but not owned GGG. The Liberte were wonderful with Riesling and some NV bruts this past weekend. The balance and elega...
by Dan Sch
September 2nd, 2019, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anderson Valley Brief Visit and a Few Notes -- Added Photos
Replies: 34
Views: 3029

Re: Anderson Valley Brief Visit and a Few Notes -- Added Photos

This AVA sounds VERY appealing to me for a trip! Relaxing country atmosphere, hardly the need to make many appointments and a beautiful coastline? Sign me up! Sounds like Santa Ynez valley, one of my favorite places to visit. I recently realized after opening a 2014 Rhys Anderson and a 2012 WS Morn...
by Dan Sch
August 21st, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Halcon Vineyards Visit August 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1151

Re: Halcon Vineyards Visit August 2019

Thanks for the write-up. Halcon is a special place, Paul and Jackie are awesome and the wines are fantastic. We did a vertical of the vineyard production of Syrah a couple years back. That drive up the hill makes one appreciate the price point of the wine before you ever take a sip. Brian, Just rea...
by Dan Sch
August 21st, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Calif Pinots/Mostly Drew...(long/boring)
Replies: 18
Views: 1280

Re: TN: Some Calif Pinots/Mostly Drew...(long/boring)

Thanks for the notes Tom. I’ve really liked these wines over the years, and really enjoy the Valenti from Drew (both PN and Syrah). I had the pleasure of a 2011 Morning Dew a couple months ago and it was just phenomenal. A ton of depth and concentration in a “tough” vintage. So my experience matches...
by Dan Sch
August 21st, 2019, 5:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Halcon Vineyards Visit August 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 1151

Halcon Vineyards Visit August 2019

First off, a big thanks to Paul for inviting me and fellow berserker Ben M out to Halcon vineyards during our whirlwind one day tasting tour of the Anderson Valley earlier this month! Ben agreed to drive us up from Santa Rosa in his Prius. Turns out a slightly larger-wheeled car would have been the ...
by Dan Sch
August 17th, 2019, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley Fall Release
Replies: 17
Views: 1587

Re: Turley Fall Release

I’ve generally really liked Salvador, but recently had one of the 2014s and the fruit tasted stewed/cooked, which I’ve never noticed before. It otherwise tends toward the red fruits more than so comes off quite different to me than the Pesenti/Ueberroth. The two must buys for me are the Library Peti...
by Dan Sch
July 31st, 2019, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations
Replies: 45
Views: 3245

Re: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations

Some recent visits... Porter Creek -- Pinot (3 or 4), Chard (2), Syrah, Carignane, Zinfandel, Viogner (1 of each) -- really old vines on the carignane, great people Limerick Lane -- Zin and Syrah Harvest Moon -- some great zin and a lot of other odd lots mixed in, including a sparkling gewurz Not su...
by Dan Sch
July 30th, 2019, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anderson Valley Brief Visit and a Few Notes -- Added Photos
Replies: 34
Views: 3029

Re: Anderson Valley Brief Visit and a Few Notes -- Added Photos

Great pictures; they remind me of how I am drawn to this place! I have never been but have a love affair with the wines from AV, and the pictures just reinforce this. It seems like a most beautiful place! Yeah, it is beautiful! But more importantly it’s not overrun with party busses. And just about...
by Dan Sch
July 28th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anderson Valley Brief Visit and a Few Notes -- Added Photos
Replies: 34
Views: 3029

Re: Anderson Valley Brief Visit and a Few Notes -- Added Photos

Hey Casey, headed up there August 10 (and maybe 11, too) with another berserker. Any chance you'll be around and not too busy? Very sorry Dan, but that's the opening weekend of deer season. My brother and I host a group of 6-7 buddies that weekend which has been going on for over 25 years. Pretty m...
by Dan Sch
July 28th, 2019, 5:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Report back on a few days in the Jura and Beaujolais
Replies: 10
Views: 821

Re: Report back on a few days in the Jura and Beaujolais

Just back from a week in France where I made good use of a bunch of good advice and promised to report back. First Day: My wife and I were headed to a wedding in the middl-of -owhere Central France, and on the way stopped by the village of Sancerre after taking an all-night flight from D.C. Sancerr...
by Dan Sch
July 27th, 2019, 4:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tell me what I should be looking for in California besides Cabs
Replies: 65
Views: 3409

Re: Tell me what I should be looking for in California besides Cabs

In terms of diversity, Sonoma offers a crazy amount of diversity. The pinned thread on Sonoma County has a ton of good suggestions. I am deficient in my SCM knowledge or experience, but we really like Anderson Valley for both restrained pinots (not every producer) and a fair amount of grape diversit...
by Dan Sch
July 23rd, 2019, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anderson Valley Brief Visit and a Few Notes -- Added Photos
Replies: 34
Views: 3029

Re: Anderson Valley Brief Visit and a Few Notes -- Added Photos

Nice pic of the Apple dryer/Philips Hill tasting room and lavender. I manage that building as it's part of Day Ranch. I think their wines are very good across the board. I sell them Gewurtz, Chard and two different lots of Pinot. Super nice folks who have paid their dues in AV to become solid citiz...
by Dan Sch
July 22nd, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Washington DC
Replies: 227
Views: 27686

Re: Washington DC

Himitsu in Petworth: $35 -- really good food, fun and creative Bresca near 14th+T: went twice in the last month, was not charged either time (once for one bottle, once for two bottles). Food is great; almost every dish was very exciting. And for whatever reason, you can actually get a table and the...
by Dan Sch
July 20th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Five recent wines
Replies: 11
Views: 1270

Re: Five recent wines

Kevin, If you are limiting it to vintages from 1990 and forward, then in my mind you would have a better case, although I'm not 100% sure the '08 will be better than the '96. But, I think it probably will. Also, I think the '95 is as good or better than the '90. But declaring the '08 to be better t...
by Dan Sch
July 17th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Washington DC
Replies: 227
Views: 27686

Re: Washington DC

Himitsu in Petworth: $35 -- really good food, fun and creative Bresca near 14th+T: went twice in the last month, was not charged either time (once for one bottle, once for two bottles). Food is great; almost every dish was very exciting. And for whatever reason, you can actually get a table and the ...

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