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by Frank Z
October 28th, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best $150-200 Champagne?
Replies: 27
Views: 1313

Re: Best $150-200 Champagne?

I would choose either Pierre Peters Les Chetillons, Philipponnat Clos de Goisses, or Selosse Initial. All unique and superb Champagnes. champagne.gif
by Frank Z
October 23rd, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 1740
Views: 174615

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Who picked up this bottle yesterday?

https://m.klwines.com/p/i?i=1502159

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by Frank Z
October 19th, 2020, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do people track their wine inventory in a Eurocave?
Replies: 34
Views: 1181

Re: How do people track their wine inventory in a Eurocave?

I split each "row" into a bin, and then for each bin I add notes for bottle location. For example, I would have "Bin C, bottle f2-1", which would indicate the 1st bottle on the 2nd level (since I stack multiple bottles in each row) in the front of the 3rd row.
by Frank Z
October 14th, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Fall offer
Replies: 33
Views: 3161

Re: Rhys Fall offer

Thanks for the info. Ended up grabbing two each of the Alpine Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Looking forward to trying one of each in the next couple years and laying the other down for much longer.
by Frank Z
October 13th, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Fall offer
Replies: 33
Views: 3161

Rhys Fall offer

Not too sure if this offer is already past for most, but just got an email this morning getting onto the mailing list after about 1.5 years. I copied the email below, but I wanted to ask if anyone knew about the "Limited production sparkling wine made in collaboration with renowned Champagne produce...
by Frank Z
October 7th, 2020, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 6649
Views: 392965

Re: de Negoce offer

No comments about Cam's letter that he just sent out? I understand what he is saying regarding microbial stability and filtering - but that is not the same as potential heat damage. This is NOT to say that he isn't right, but it's just not something I've heard any other winemaker talk about in the ...
by Frank Z
October 7th, 2020, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 6649
Views: 392965

Re: de Negoce offer

I do want to propose a new question though. Simply because the wine is cheap or that we’re getting a great deal, does it mean that customer service no longer matters as much? For example, I simply can’t imagine purchasing from William and Mary or Maybach and have them push back (in any way) if the c...
by Frank Z
October 7th, 2020, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 6649
Views: 392965

Re: de Negoce offer

In fact, seeing a response like this from a winery who can’t even get their facts straight between cooked and corned wine is enough for me to stop buying. And yet you made a mistake as well. It happens. [snort.gif] Hahaha nice catch! I completely didn’t notice and I reread my draft too! [thankyou.g...
by Frank Z
October 7th, 2020, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 6649
Views: 392965

Re: de Negoce offer

I had 6 bottles of N.09 arrive in July with some corks pushing. I believe they were shipped 2-day air at the time. I emailed dN with a photo and this was the reponse: "If there is no seepage, it is likely the effect of negative air pressure. My suggestion is that you lay it down for 60 days and try...
by Frank Z
October 7th, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 6649
Views: 392965

Re: de Negoce offer

OG #1 and #9 showed up today as expected since I got the tracking email late Monday night. 100 degrees here on the nose. UPS guy made a comment like "don't usually start to see wine deliveries for a few more weeks when it cools off. Hot in the back of the truck, but nothing like our distribution ce...
by Frank Z
October 6th, 2020, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 6649
Views: 392965

Re: de Negoce offer

With Cam indicating that post-maturation winemaking has been performed, including stabilization and clarification, I don't think Cam has indicated that he has done anything to the wine that the original winemaker does not already do with their releases. Stabilization and clarification are fairly co...
by Frank Z
October 6th, 2020, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 6649
Views: 392965

Re: de Negoce offer

Does anyone truly think at this point that any of these OG wines can be the same as the the winery’s release? With Cam indicating that post-maturation winemaking has been performed, including stabilization and clarification, I think there is a possibility that these wines don’t have as much potentia...
by Frank Z
October 5th, 2020, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Thoughts on WSET Levels 1-3?
Replies: 20
Views: 2563

Re: Thoughts on WSET Levels 1-3?

Just wanted to report back here that I took my WSET L3 exam in Napa last weekend (right before the fires) and I think it went alright. Thank goodness there wasn’t a short answer question on Australia! Now the wait begins...

Good luck to everyone who’s taking courses now!
by Frank Z
October 3rd, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 6649
Views: 392965

Re: de Negoce offer

You guys are still buying cases of wine after the multiple stories of misinforming customers and shipping issues that have come up recently? Doesn't bother you at all? The shipping issues definitely bother me. More importantly, the amount of post-winemaking modifications that Cameron is doing (impl...
by Frank Z
October 3rd, 2020, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 838
Views: 44480

Re: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.

Picked up a few 2018 Bevan Ontogeny
by Frank Z
October 2nd, 2020, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Save The Date- 2018 Scarecrow M'Etain
Replies: 64
Views: 4050

Re: Save The Date- 2018 Scarecrow M'Etain

Alex N wrote:
October 2nd, 2020, 9:23 am
Passing on this one. Four 2packs, one 6 pack and two mags. Curious what the 18 crow will sell for.
As much as I hope not the case, I predict $1350/3-pk.
by Frank Z
October 2nd, 2020, 7:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 6649
Views: 392965

Re: de Negoce offer

Received a reply back from them saying they will hold my wines until Nov 1 (I’m in SoCal). I also inquired regarding their stabilization techniques and they responded that “our wines are sterile filtered which means they can withstand getting warm in the bottle without any damage. Unless the wine ha...
by Frank Z
October 1st, 2020, 9:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Save The Date- 2018 Scarecrow M'Etain
Replies: 64
Views: 4050

Re: Save The Date- 2018 Scarecrow M'Etain

R. Serafin wrote:
October 1st, 2020, 6:26 pm
Frank

How did you find out you may make the list for Feb?
I got an email sometime before the Scarecrow release indicating the wait was around 3 years and that since I signed up in early 2018, that I should expect my first offer in 2021.
by Frank Z
October 1st, 2020, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Save The Date- 2018 Scarecrow M'Etain
Replies: 64
Views: 4050

Re: Save The Date- 2018 Scarecrow M'Etain

Also ended up grabbing a 2 pack. Had a 2016 a few weeks ago that made passing more difficult. Hoping to make it onto Scarecrow's mailing list next February (that's what they told me at least...)
by Frank Z
October 1st, 2020, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Save The Date- 2018 Scarecrow M'Etain
Replies: 64
Views: 4050

Re: Save The Date- 2018 Scarecrow M'Etain

Just got an email offering purchase of magnums. I wonder if they’ll also be ridiculously priced similar to those of Scarecrow. I expect so. The 87.5% premium over 2 750mls that scarecrow had this year was the largest I had seen from any producer! If they keep the same premium would mean the M.Etain...
by Frank Z
September 30th, 2020, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Save The Date- 2018 Scarecrow M'Etain
Replies: 64
Views: 4050

Re: Save The Date- 2018 Scarecrow M'Etain

Just got an email offering purchase of magnums. I wonder if they’ll also be ridiculously priced similar to those of Scarecrow.
by Frank Z
September 30th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: deNegoce email re: heat stabilization
Replies: 30
Views: 1838

Re: deNegoce email re: heat stablization

This is extremely disappointing to hear.
by Frank Z
September 28th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 59946

Re: #GlassFire

I saw a fire developing behind Grace Family a bit ago that looked ominous. And I hear a car just drove into the Oakville Grocery Store, which if true, seems like a good sum-up of 2020 for Napa. Wow. I was just there approximately 2 hours ago. Words cannot describe how devastating these fires are fo...
by Frank Z
September 28th, 2020, 7:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 59946

Re: #GlassFire

Woke up today in American Canyon and the smoke is now significant down here. Looking to the north, it’s bleak orange skies. Thoughts go out to all those affected.
by Frank Z
September 25th, 2020, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seven Apart Inaugural Release
Replies: 22
Views: 1845

Re: Seven Apart Inaugural Release

Was interested at $75, but unfortunately won’t be taking the risk at $135. I’m sure it can be a great wine but would rather get others instead at that price point.
by Frank Z
September 24th, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 2017 THE MAIDEN HARLAN ESTATE
Replies: 5
Views: 451

Re: 2017 THE MAIDEN HARLAN ESTATE

Matt Hruska wrote:
September 24th, 2020, 11:24 am
Really wanted to buy my allocation of 2018's Harlan but that price is insane this year
Same. Couldn’t gulp down over 1k per bottle after tax and shipping
by Frank Z
September 23rd, 2020, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Harlan Estate + 2017 Harlan Maiden
Replies: 27
Views: 2160

Re: 2018 Harlan Estate + 2017 Harlan Maiden

I'm not really asking if the price is worth it (I'm sure we can all agree that it isn't) or what I should be purchasing instead (I just placed my order for Greer!). I just want to know if the style is drastically different from what it was around 13 years ago. There must have been a reason that the...
by Frank Z
September 22nd, 2020, 10:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: William & Mary - September 22nd!
Replies: 179
Views: 12741

Re: William & Mary - September 22nd!

I was just able to add 3 Shifflett to my cart about an hour ago, but then I got distracted and now it’s truly gone! Ha!
by Frank Z
September 22nd, 2020, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Harlan Estate + 2017 Harlan Maiden
Replies: 27
Views: 2160

Re: 2018 Harlan Estate + 2017 Harlan Maiden

Price increase is most definitely to line the pockets of Bill. The VA and over the top ETOH and extraction has been the Harlan calling card for over a decade now. The last bottle that I actually enjoyed was a 2004 last year. Go buy a mixed case of William & Mary. Bill, thanks for the input regardin...
by Frank Z
September 22nd, 2020, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Harlan Estate + 2017 Harlan Maiden
Replies: 27
Views: 2160

Re: 2018 Harlan Estate + 2017 Harlan Maiden

I'm not really asking if the price is worth it (I'm sure we can all agree that it isn't) or what I should be purchasing instead (I just placed my order for Greer!). I just want to know if the style is drastically different from what it was around 13 years ago. There must have been a reason that the ...
by Frank Z
September 22nd, 2020, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Harlan Estate + 2017 Harlan Maiden
Replies: 27
Views: 2160

2018 Harlan Estate + 2017 Harlan Maiden

First time receiving an offer from such a “cult” winery... Not surprised by the price, but just wanted an opinion from people - are the new Harlan styles really that much better than the older styles (2001-2008), or is the price increases simply inflation (rather than demand)? The release price I go...
by Frank Z
September 19th, 2020, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US Chardonnay Producer Recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 974

Re: US Chardonnay Producer Recommendations

Maxem makes a killer Chardonnay champagne.gif
by Frank Z
September 18th, 2020, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Save The Date- 2018 Scarecrow M'Etain
Replies: 64
Views: 4050

Re: Save The Date- 2018 Scarecrow M'Etain

J.Durham wrote:
September 18th, 2020, 4:27 pm
First time getting this offer. Does buying here affect your place on the scarecrow list?
I do not think so. (That's what Scarecrow says at least).
by Frank Z
September 17th, 2020, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Save The Date- 2018 Scarecrow M'Etain
Replies: 64
Views: 4050

Re: Save The Date- 2018 Scarecrow M'Etain

Was there a price increase? I believe the 2016 was priced at $195 per as well.
by Frank Z
September 16th, 2020, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Greer
Replies: 25
Views: 1585

Re: 2017 Greer

I did not know this was going on sale until this morning. I had the 2017 Greer two weeks ago. Since everyone is going to wonder, the 17 fires broke out the night before their scheduled pick, so they had to push out a handful of days. But as we learned in 2017 and in 2020, a week or so of smoke, as ...
by Frank Z
September 16th, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ultramarine Email
Replies: 162
Views: 10351

Re: Ultramarine Email

Order in! If only we could wishlist for more!
by Frank Z
September 16th, 2020, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ultramarine Email
Replies: 162
Views: 10351

Re: Ultramarine Email

Nick F. wrote:
September 16th, 2020, 6:10 am
Will the send another email when allocations open? I don't see any in my account
As per the email that was sent out yesterday, they will send an full release letter later this morning (presumably) with tasting notes when they open the allocation.
by Frank Z
September 15th, 2020, 9:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Realm save the date (Sept 1st)
Replies: 198
Views: 17616

Re: 2018 Realm save the date (Sept 1st)

$40 to pick up locally, WTF? I had the option to ship ground for $58 to go 35 miles to my house, or I can pickup at M7 Wine Solutions in Napa for $40. Over the past 10 years of picking up hundreds of allocations locally at either wineries or third party logistic companies I have never paid more tha...
by Frank Z
September 15th, 2020, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald, Realm and Greer offerings
Replies: 14
Views: 1851

Re: MacDonald, Realm and Greer offerings

Grabbed Macdonald without hesitation. I pared down my Realm order to just 3 Bard. Looking forward to grabbing the Greer as well. Expensive week.
by Frank Z
September 15th, 2020, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fait-Main Save the Date
Replies: 18
Views: 1875

Re: Fait-Main Save the Date

Just placed my order. Hard considering all of the other offers out, but just had my first sip of a Missouri Hopper wine earlier and knew I had to get this.
by Frank Z
September 15th, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ultramarine Email
Replies: 162
Views: 10351

Re: Ultramarine Email

Thanks Alex! Now I can jump directly into purchasing tomorrow...
by Frank Z
September 15th, 2020, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ultramarine Email
Replies: 162
Views: 10351

Re: Ultramarine Email

Could someone post the full notes/release letter - just want to get a better sense of everything... Thanks!
by Frank Z
September 15th, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Greer
Replies: 25
Views: 1585

2017 Greer

Just received the email for their release tomorrow afternoon. Anyone have any experience with these wines and how they compare to others at the same price point? Thanks! [cheers.gif]
by Frank Z
September 15th, 2020, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ultramarine Email
Replies: 162
Views: 10351

Re: Ultramarine Email

I looked back through my emails and I had signed up around August 2018. Not too sure how they determined who got an allocation.
by Frank Z
September 15th, 2020, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ultramarine Email
Replies: 162
Views: 10351

Re: Ultramarine Email

I got an email just now from Ultramarine! Looks like my allocation opens 9/16 and is first come first serve. Email doesn't mention a time, does anyone know what time the allocation opens for those of us in subsequent phases? Just got this email as well. Very excited to get onto the list and looking...
by Frank Z
September 12th, 2020, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald release is imminent!!!
Replies: 182
Views: 17226

Re: MacDonald release is imminent!!!

Got the letter yesterday in the mail. I definitely applaud Alex and Graeme for standing up against Constellation and hope that Constellation doesn’t actually succeed in getting the historical landmark of To Kalon “erased” since it would be a big blow to all of the Napa Valley vintners that made To K...
by Frank Z
September 10th, 2020, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fait-Main Save the Date
Replies: 18
Views: 1875

Re: Fait-Main Save the Date

Interested in this but curious about MH fruit as I’m not too familiar with it. Which vineyards would it be most similar to? LPV, Weitz, VHR, etc?
by Frank Z
September 10th, 2020, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wait list times
Replies: 138
Views: 13116

Re: Wait list times

When I joined the Scarecrow list in early 2018 they had sent me an email saying the waiting list was around 3 years and that I would expect to get on the list in Spring 2021. I guess that was inaccurate?
by Frank Z
September 4th, 2020, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Perchance Estates
Replies: 6
Views: 811

Re: Perchance Estates

I believe they’re using fruit from Beckstoffer GIII. On the other hand, if you’re interested in Mike’s winemaking style and curious about what he can do with mountain fruit, check out Glorious Revolution (another new Mike Smith Cabernet debuting this Fall) from Diamond Mountain. I believe it’s his f...
by Frank Z
September 3rd, 2020, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.
Replies: 838
Views: 44480

Re: WineAccess Thread - Wines, Tasting Notes, Deals, etc.

Got my Yesterday today and the bottles were warm, and the neck of the bottles very warm. Planning to will pop one open tomorrow after it comes down to cellar temp and see how they are.

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