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by Frank Z
July 19th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pronunciation
Replies: 39
Views: 1103

Re: Pronunciation

Markus S wrote:
July 19th, 2019, 6:39 am
Eisele, like 'essel'?
I believe its 'eyes-lee'.
by Frank Z
July 18th, 2019, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11241
Views: 508836

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Picked up some more 2018 Myriad Semillon from K&L for $25/per. champagne.gif
by Frank Z
July 18th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarlett Reserve 2014 - rereleased
Replies: 2
Views: 268

Scarlett Reserve 2014 - rereleased

If anyone's interested, Scarlett Wines (winemaker: Mike Smith) is doing some library releases, which includes their 2014 Reserve Cabernet (96 JS, 96 RP) for $128.

https://scarlettwines.com/collection/red-wine/
by Frank Z
July 18th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 67
Views: 6930

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

WOW. I had stepped to use the restroom and when I came back the Rose is sold out...
by Frank Z
July 16th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: This is an expensive day of mailers
Replies: 11
Views: 1042

Re: This is an expensive day of mailers

Just got 'my' release for 2015 Hundred Acre 'Wraith' ...

and this is why I take my allocation at Rivers-Marie instead!
by Frank Z
July 14th, 2019, 10:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10573
Views: 352114

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2016 Quivet Beckstoffer Las Piedras. Yummy.
by Frank Z
July 14th, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 67
Views: 6930

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

Got mine yesterday as well. Don’t remember when I signed up, but I got excited when I read Nancy Silverton and Michael Cimarusti
by Frank Z
July 10th, 2019, 11:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your recent auction purchase?
Replies: 41
Views: 1960

Re: What is your recent auction purchase?

2014 Myriad Georges III
by Frank Z
July 9th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 79
Views: 4609

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

Really enjoyed the PN release earlier this year, so equally excited, if not more excited for this Cab release. Will be going in for a couple.
by Frank Z
July 5th, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So what mailing list offerings are you still anticipating this year?
Replies: 36
Views: 2629

Re: So what mailing list offerings are you still anticipating this year?

MacDonald (2016)
Vangone (2016)
Memento Mori (2017)
Realm (2016 Absurd)
by Frank Z
July 3rd, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favourite Quality in a wine
Replies: 61
Views: 1560

Re: Favourite Quality in a wine

The people behind the wine.
by Frank Z
July 2nd, 2019, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Ch. Calon-Ségur - what a beauty
Replies: 49
Views: 3814

Re: 2016 Ch. Calon-Ségur - what a beauty

Picked up 4 more from TW for 87/bottle. Great wine, and drinking beautifully.
by Frank Z
June 29th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 32
Views: 1672

Re: Another Flannery PSA

YES! Thanks for the heads up! I did grab a lot of hangars during the last sale but I just placed my order for 4 Jorges! Perfect for sharing and really impressive centerpiece at the dinner table!
by Frank Z
June 21st, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Maxem Release
Replies: 13
Views: 870

Re: Maxem Release

MAXEM is a new project from Sam and Nancy Kaplan. Sam makes the wine for Arkenstone, Vangone, and Memento Mori. He also used to make Nine Suns up until 2017 vintage. The grapes are sourced from Sonoma (UV Vineyard, I believe). I had these wines back in April and they were delicious. I will be in fo...
by Frank Z
June 21st, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Maxem Release
Replies: 13
Views: 870

Re: Maxem Release

Basically, its Sam Kaplan's (Arkenstone, Memento Mori, Vangone) personal venture/label, where he makes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the UV Vineyard from the Calera and Wente clone, respectively. Burgundian in style.
by Frank Z
June 20th, 2019, 11:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Maxem Release
Replies: 13
Views: 870

Re: Maxem Release

Bought three of each! Tasted with Nancy earlier this year and really enjoyed them!
by Frank Z
June 18th, 2019, 11:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Broken cork on champagne bottle
Replies: 16
Views: 748

Broken cork on champagne bottle

I was trying to open a new bottle of champagne this evening, and during the process, the cork broke off, leaving a piece lodged in the neck of the bottle. Given the huge pressure, I have placed it outside for the time being but was hoping to get some advice on how to rectify the situation. I don’t h...
by Frank Z
June 14th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Carter Cellars Offering
Replies: 31
Views: 2887

Re: 2017 Carter Cellars Offering

Hossfield $90 Fortuna $105 Weitz $150 Carter $165 La Bam $185 La Verdad $195 Three Kings $185 Grandad $185 OG $195 GTO $650 magnum Thanks David for the full spectrum of prices! May end up grabbing some of the Hossfeld since you said it was better than the 2016, and I really enjoyed the 2016 (and I ...
by Frank Z
June 14th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Ch. Calon-Ségur - what a beauty
Replies: 49
Views: 3814

Re: 2016 Ch. Calon-Ségur - what a beauty

I agree. I looked into grabbing some 2016 Calon Segur after I missed the futures release this year for the 2018s (never really followed Bordeaux until I saw everyone discussing the Calon). Glad I found a few bottles at my local TW. Ended up grabbing them all. When I decided to pop one open it was si...
by Frank Z
June 13th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Where are people eating in Calistoga/Yountville these days?
Replies: 2
Views: 719

Re: Where are people eating in Calistoga/Yountville these days?

Would recommend Acacia House, Charter Oak, Cook St. Helena, Redd Wood. But I really enjoyed Acacia House when I went in May for lunch. Enjoy your trip!
by Frank Z
June 12th, 2019, 9:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Carter Cellars Offering
Replies: 31
Views: 2887

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 Frank Z
June 12th, 2019, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Carter Cellars Offering
Replies: 31
Views: 2887

Re: 2017 Carter Cellars Offering

Even though the wines I'm sure are exceptional, I personally think the reviews on Cellar Tracker were slightly disappointing when compared to the 2016s, both taking into account the heat spikes (not concerned about smoke overall) in 2017, as well as the $20 price increase for the O.G. and La Verdad...
by Frank Z
June 12th, 2019, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MACDONALD For The Win
Replies: 44
Views: 3152

Re: MACDONALD For The Win

The 2016s are indeed magical, IMO. Tasted with Alex in mid-May, and the raw intensity completely blew me away. Really pure representation of To Kalon, but in addition has this dark and earthy quality that shines through, leaving an incredibly complex and rich finish. First 100 pointer.
by Frank Z
June 12th, 2019, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Carter Cellars Offering
Replies: 31
Views: 2887

Re: 2017 Carter Cellars Offering

Even though the wines I'm sure are exceptional, I personally think the reviews on Cellar Tracker were slightly disappointing when compared to the 2016s, both taking into account the heat spikes (not concerned about smoke overall) in 2017, as well as the $20 price increase for the O.G. and La Verdad....
by Frank Z
June 10th, 2019, 5:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10573
Views: 352114

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2006 Dom Perignon. Drinking nicely. Better than the 2009, IMO. Still need to get my hands on an '08. Heard from the DP ambassador that the 08 is best of both worlds.
by Frank Z
June 4th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: What's your favorite mustard? Fallot mustard photo added.
Replies: 55
Views: 2605

Re: What's your favorite mustard?

I order Maille as well - LOVE their black truffle with chablis or something like that. Works well on anything.
by Frank Z
June 4th, 2019, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sunday TNs: Cristal, Vilmart, Rivers-Marie, Sanford +
Replies: 8
Views: 894

Re: Sunday TNs: Cristal, Vilmart, Rivers-Marie, Sanford +

Just wanted to chime in on the 2017 Rivers-Marie Platt Vineyard PN. Completely agree with you. Truly excellent.
by Frank Z
June 4th, 2019, 9:54 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: 2015 Realm Cellars Moonracer Estate Cabernet Sauvignon MAGNUM
Replies: 4
Views: 619

Re: FS: 2015 Realm Cellars Moonracer Estate Cabernet Sauvignon MAGNUM

Reduced to $675.

Gotten a few offers to trade, which I am considering/will consider, but my preference would be to negotiate to sell.
by Frank Z
June 3rd, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone tried the 2017 Becklyns yet?
Replies: 35
Views: 3008

Re: Anyone tried the 2017 Becklyns yet?

Grabbed 3 NV Cabernet. Had added a Pangkarra but couldn't go through with the purchase without hearing anything about it. Looking forward to seeing how they fare at that price point against other heavy hitters.
by Frank Z
June 3rd, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone tried the 2017 Becklyns yet?
Replies: 35
Views: 3008

Re: Anyone tried the 2017 Becklyns yet?

And it seems like they opened their ordering allocations early? I was able to login and order just now...
by Frank Z
May 31st, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10573
Views: 352114

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2016 Calon-Segur. Decanted and drank over the course of 6 hours. Definitely my ah ha moment that Bordeaux can be great (coming from Napa Cabs). Delicious and changed my perspective.
by Frank Z
May 30th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11241
Views: 508836

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Grabbed 2 more 2016 Calon-Segur! Now I can justify opening one tonight.
by Frank Z
May 30th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11241
Views: 508836

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
May 30th, 2019, 9:21 am
Frank Z wrote:
May 30th, 2019, 8:18 am
Found some 2016 Calon-Segur on clearance for under $100. Picked up a few bottles.
Wow. Killer deal.
There were still some more on the shelf but I've never had it so I didn't know if I should have gotten more... Maybe I'll go try again later today...
by Frank Z
May 30th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11241
Views: 508836

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Found some 2016 Calon-Segur on clearance for under $100. Picked up a few bottles.
by Frank Z
May 29th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: PSA - Flannery sale
Replies: 60
Views: 3953

Re: PSA - Flannery sale

Grabbed a good amount of each. Steakhouse quality at home.
by Frank Z
May 29th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: 2015 Realm Cellars Moonracer Estate Cabernet Sauvignon MAGNUM
Replies: 4
Views: 619

FS: 2015 Realm Cellars Moonracer Estate Cabernet Sauvignon MAGNUM

Trying to free up some space; selling an 2015 Realm Moonracer Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L (97 JD, 96 WA). $750.

Stored in a temperature controlled cellar. Open to ALL offers. Preferably, in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. Please DM if interested.

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by Frank Z
May 25th, 2019, 11:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10573
Views: 352114

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2011 Amuse Bouche. Drinking quite nicely. Basically, the only Merlot dominated blend we’ll drink...
by Frank Z
May 23rd, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone tried the 2017 Becklyns yet?
Replies: 35
Views: 3008

Re: Anyone tried the 2017 Becklyns yet?

I'm more concerned about the heat spikes than about the smoke. I will temper my buying in the '17 vintage (across the board). I need an excuse to conserve funds and space. Same. More concerned about heat spikes. I have bought 2017 Myriad and will be buying 2017 Carter, but given I have heard absolu...
by Frank Z
May 22nd, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone tried the 2017 Becklyns yet?
Replies: 35
Views: 3008

Re: Anyone tried the 2017 Becklyns yet?

Here's the letter: Friends, It's almost that time of year. The Becklyn Cellars release date is Tuesday June 4th beginning at 9am PDT. We will be offering the 2017 Napa Valley, Reserve, and Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Cabernets along with our 2018 Sauvignon Blanc. I have some exciting news. Mike and ...
by Frank Z
May 21st, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Juan Mercado stepping away from Realm - new Paso Grenache Venture
Replies: 22
Views: 2849

Re: Juan Mercado stepping away from Realm - new Paso Grenache Venture

They indicated there would be more roadshows - Looking forward to when they showcase the 2018 vintage next year.
by Frank Z
May 21st, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11241
Views: 508836

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2016 Myriad Beckstoffer Dr. Crane 'Elysian' Cabernet Sauvignon 3L Where the hell did you find that? [winner.gif] I logged into the Myriad website and there it was offered (along with a 3L "regular" 2016 Dr. Crane Cab). I've never bought a 3L before, but I couldn't resist! champagne.gif
by Frank Z
May 21st, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11241
Views: 508836

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2016 Myriad Beckstoffer Dr. Crane 'Elysian' Cabernet Sauvignon 3L
by Frank Z
May 21st, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Juan Mercado stepping away from Realm - new Paso Grenache Venture
Replies: 22
Views: 2849

Re: Juan Mercado stepping away from Realm - new Paso Grenache Venture

Tickets for the "Practical Dreamer" tour are out. Anyone going in Los Angeles?
by Frank Z
May 20th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone tried the 2017 Becklyns yet?
Replies: 35
Views: 3008

Anyone tried the 2017 Becklyns yet?

Got an email a few days ago regarding the 2017 Cabernet release, along with a new wine they are introducing using the best blocks of Missouri Hopper.

Can't find anything on CT - has anyone tasted these at all? I really enjoyed the 2016 but am not sure whether to jump in on the 2017s or not.

Thanks!
by Frank Z
May 19th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wines since the beginning of 2019
Replies: 112
Views: 7042

Re: Best wines since the beginning of 2019

Hands down 2016 Macdonald Cabernet Sauvignon. Perhaps the best wine I have ever tasted (in my limited experience).
by Frank Z
May 11th, 2019, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines
Replies: 75
Views: 2356

Re: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines

Vina Cobos Felino Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza?
by Frank Z
May 7th, 2019, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release
Replies: 23
Views: 1836

Re: Christopher Tynan 2015 Spring Release

C. Keller wrote:
May 7th, 2019, 4:14 pm
Anyone know when these are shipping?
They will be shipped the week of September 30th, 2019 (weather dependent).

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