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by Greg Gardner
August 3rd, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2798
Views: 185959

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

What did you think of the Enz? I popped one early in Covid times, decanted, and followed it over 4-5 hours. It didn't really budge and I couldn't believe how shut down it was. I'll be holding my other bottle for several more years.
by Greg Gardner
August 3rd, 2020, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2798
Views: 185959

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2012 Cuvee Karatas (from the spring supplemental release): I found this was excellent right out of the gate and didn't really change that much after the first 15-20 minutes open. I see why this was released this past spring, as it's really right in the zone. The Semillion dominates the nose with wax...
by Greg Gardner
July 31st, 2020, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!
Replies: 102
Views: 4632

Re: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!

Yikes Buzz, very glad to hear you are on the mend. Your positivity and enthusiasm has been clear since the WCWN days, and I'm sure your glass half full outlook on life was a factor in your ability to beat this stuff. I would echo David's thought to start with cellar defenders as a low stakes way to ...
by Greg Gardner
July 29th, 2020, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock fall 2020 release Tues. July, 21
Replies: 97
Views: 8869

Re: Bedrock fall 2020 release Tues. July, 21

Got a 375 and mag of Evangelho and mag of Old Hill. Now to figure out if any 750s should be added...
by Greg Gardner
July 27th, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Joh Jos Prum 2019
Replies: 31
Views: 1191

Re: Joh Jos Prum 2019

Panzer had an offer out a couple of weeks back, pretty comprehensive across the range.
by Greg Gardner
July 24th, 2020, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2798
Views: 185959

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2016 Evangelho in the freakin’ zone right now. The citrus aromatics are so enticing...
by Greg Gardner
July 24th, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock fall 2020 release Tues. July, 21
Replies: 97
Views: 8869

Re: Bedrock fall 2020 release Tues. July, 21

Haha, good to hear that I'm not the only person who adds random additional bottles after the fact. Jackie and Emily are always very patient with my endless emails.
by Greg Gardner
July 20th, 2020, 4:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has KLWM Lost Their Collective Minds?
Replies: 146
Views: 8320

Re: Has KLWM Lost Their Collective Minds?

Was the departure of Chave and Zind Humbrecht from the KLWM portfolio due to disagreements over pricing?
by Greg Gardner
June 24th, 2020, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Clos Roche Blanche Touraine Cuvée Pif (France, Loire Valley, Touraine)
Replies: 8
Views: 341

Re: TN: 2013 Clos Roche Blanche Touraine Cuvée Pif (France, Loire Valley, Touraine)

I opened a 2014 about a month ago. Some noticeable brett but not overpowering. This was the second of 6, and I'l be waiting another couple of years before checking in on it again.
by Greg Gardner
June 16th, 2020, 8:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and logistics
Replies: 19
Views: 1431

Re: Wine and logistics

We need more FL Jim TNs, now more than ever!
by Greg Gardner
June 14th, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Brunellos
Replies: 57
Views: 3516

Re: Best Brunellos

I’m a big fan of Lisini, and they are typically good value too.
by Greg Gardner
June 13th, 2020, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Shake Some Action...
Replies: 12
Views: 771

Re: TN: Shake Some Action...

Popped a Cole Riesling last night. No formal TN, but my take is: hold. This is pretty tight right now and there is clearly a good deal of excellent underlying material. Lots of petrol on the nose, a ginger note on the palate, but mostly I kept thinking “this is not a simple summer quaffer. Hold rema...
by Greg Gardner
June 13th, 2020, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Guimaro Ribeira Sacra Finca Capeliños (Spain, Galicia, Ribeira Sacra)
Replies: 3
Views: 234

Re: TN: 2017 Guimaro Ribeira Sacra Finca Capeliños (Spain, Galicia, Ribeira Sacra)

I picked up one of the more entry level bottlings, the Camino Real, from a Panzer offering a few months back. Looking forward to trying it soon. IIRC, it was about $30.
by Greg Gardner
June 11th, 2020, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Shake Some Action...
Replies: 12
Views: 771

Re: TN: Shake Some Action...

I just got my shipment from the supplemental release yesterday, and these notes are making it difficult to let my bottles be! A Cole Riesling is definitely going down very soon.
by Greg Gardner
June 4th, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bad luck streak in dancing school or what happens when your wine cellar is over capacity
Replies: 21
Views: 1404

Re: Bad luck streak in dancing school or what happens when your wine cellar is over capacity

I had something similar happen, but with a storage locker that was above larger ones. Had to be accessed by a ladder. I moved a single bottle around and suddenly found myself using my entire upper body (chest, both arms, head) to push back against about 18 loose bottles that REALLY wanted to let gra...
by Greg Gardner
May 27th, 2020, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Late Spring Impromptu Release - April 21
Replies: 194
Views: 13321

Re: Bedrock Late Spring Impromptu Release - April 21

Mine had styro this time too, after having pulp shippers the last two shipments. Maybe they decided to err on the side of providing some sort of thermal protection?
by Greg Gardner
May 21st, 2020, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Late Spring Impromptu Release - April 21
Replies: 194
Views: 13321

Re: Bedrock Late Spring Impromptu Release - April 21

Just received my shipment - trying very hard not to pull a cork on the Shake Ridge Barbera immediately...
by Greg Gardner
May 19th, 2020, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 334
Views: 16489

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Did anyone taste Arnaud Lambert's reds, Clos Mazurique and Terres Rouges ? Seems to be picking up steam online (in France anyways) and price point is quite low. I have ordered some that should get there soon but I was curious to know if others had tried it. I've tasted both, the 2017s and 2018s. Th...
by Greg Gardner
May 15th, 2020, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr (besides JJ Prum)?
Replies: 62
Views: 2065

Re: Who Makes the Best Wehlener Sonnenuhr (besides JJ Prum)?

The 2001 Willi Schaefer W-S Kabinett was absolutely stunning last year. That was my last bottle, but it certainly didn't seem in any danger of dropping off. I agree that his best wines are from Graacher Domprost (and Himmelreich, to a lesser degree) but I would definitely snap up any WS bottlings I ...
by Greg Gardner
May 8th, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom event with Morgan Twain-Peterson and Joel Peterson--Thursday, May 7th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
Replies: 129
Views: 4638

Re: Zoom event with Morgan Twain-Peterson and Joel Peterson--Thursday, May 7th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET

So bummed I ended up falling off the call after just 10 minutes (my own technical issues) but grateful that it's recorded so I can watch it now!
by Greg Gardner
May 7th, 2020, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking in Place
Replies: 10
Views: 774

Re: Drinking in Place

Had a similar experience with the 2000 Clos du Marquis last fall - I was surprised at how young / unevolved it showed. There was a parcel of this that came on the market about a year ago (I recall seeing offers from several shops), though I don't recall if it was ex-chateau or what exactly the prove...
by Greg Gardner
May 7th, 2020, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Store Websites Are Terrible
Replies: 49
Views: 2777

Re: Wine Store Websites Are Terrible

K&L definitely seems like the gold standard. There are others that are solid, with reliable real time inventory, etc but none as good as K&L.
by Greg Gardner
May 3rd, 2020, 8:45 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Sabelli-Frisch Wines quarantine offer - almost 50% OFF!
Replies: 50
Views: 5312

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

We had the Marsanne a few days ago and I thought it was lovely right out of the gate. It kept evolving as it warmed up, but it was tasty at each point in time from fridge cold to room temp a couple of hours later.
by Greg Gardner
April 27th, 2020, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR: 2018 Bedrock Enz Heritage
Replies: 1
Views: 281

TNR: 2018 Bedrock Enz Heritage

Site search and CT don't yield anything...anyone popped one of these yet? I recall in one of the spring release threads, people mentioned this was being poured at the pickup event.
by Greg Gardner
April 20th, 2020, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Heritage blends: general advice around drinking window?
Replies: 29
Views: 1600

Re: Bedrock Heritage blends: general advice around drinking window?

I've had the 2016 Evangelho 3 times over the past two months and with 1-2 hours of air, it's drinking beautifully right now. The 2017 Lorenzo's is probably the most structured of the ones you picked up and maybe needs another 1-2 years to hit prime time.
by Greg Gardner
April 19th, 2020, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?
Replies: 116
Views: 3555

Re: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?

I have a strong preference for non-capsuled/non-waxed bottles. Wax of any kind really is the worst. It makes me less likely to pull a given bottle. If I’m choosing between two bottles, I’ll skip the waxed one. It’s never easier to remove than a capsule.
by Greg Gardner
April 14th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Burlotto Dolcetto d’Alba
Replies: 11
Views: 427

Re: TN: 2017 Burlotto Dolcetto d’Alba

Glad to hear this was drinking well. I had the 2017 Barbera 'Aves' a couple of weeks ago, listed as 15.5% on the label, and it was the hot mess you would expect at that level. Then I had the 2017 Langhe 'Mores' this past weekend, which was listed at 15% and it was similarly disjointed. These are the...
by Greg Gardner
April 3rd, 2020, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling
Replies: 54
Views: 2298

Re: Washington Bordeaux Blends and Riesling

+1 on DeLille Chaleur Blanc, consistently a fantastic wine. Another WA white worth checking out is Two Vintners Grenache Blanc. And Robert Ramsay makes a Rhone style white blend called Woodsman White that is solid for around $17. Robert Ramsay is a good choice in general for lighter bodied everyday ...
by Greg Gardner
March 27th, 2020, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Davenport Cellars is Closing 65% off all Wines
Replies: 118
Views: 11358

Re: Davenport Cellars is Closing 65% off all Wines

I opened an '08 RHD last night, and it was...delicious. In a great drinking window right now, lovely aromatics. No brainer for $15.
by Greg Gardner
March 27th, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What SHIPMENT did you receive today?
Replies: 515
Views: 24947

Re: What SHIPMENT did you receive today?

Bedrock arrived on Wednesday, Sabelli-Frisch arrived last Friday. I think Once and Future is my only 'pending' shipment.
by Greg Gardner
March 25th, 2020, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FedEx Just Delivered Wine and .....
Replies: 130
Views: 6337

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

My Bedrock shipment arrived today. I opened the door when I saw the FedEx truck. Driver immediately said “I can sign for you” and left the boxes on the porch. I hadn’t thought about wiping boxes down since from what I’ve read, cardboard is a poor surface for viruses to persist, but I’ve been washing...
by Greg Gardner
March 16th, 2020, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2798
Views: 185959

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

With Santa Maria tri tip last night, we had the 2016 Evangelho. This is drinking great right now and just got better over the course of three hours. Good as a pop and pour and probably even better if you give it a couple of hours in the decanter first.
by Greg Gardner
March 14th, 2020, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Conversations
Replies: 39
Views: 3424

Re: Bedrock Wine Conversations

Both Morgan and Joel’s interviews on I’ll Drink to That are well worth a listen. Joel is an amazing Napa / Sonoma wine historian.
by Greg Gardner
March 9th, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: anybody traveling in France?
Replies: 99
Views: 6490

Re: anybody traveling in France?

We were supposed to leave for Alsace on Wednesday, but are cancelling due to concerns others have noted: getting stuck in a quarantine or lockdown on one end of the trip or the other (we're from Seattle so who knows what will happen here in the coming weeks). Also it sounds like most museums and cul...
by Greg Gardner
March 6th, 2020, 11:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12158
Views: 455149

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Last night, we opened the 2018 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette. This particular bottle was much less expressive - both aromatically and on the palate - than a bottle we opened on Thanksgiving (which was fantastic, loaded with juicy fruit and perfume). Maybe these are going into a closed phase?
by Greg Gardner
March 4th, 2020, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 334
Views: 16489

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

I stumbled across a small cache of 03 Clos de L'Echo (about 3 each of the regular and Crescendo) on crazy closeout ($7.99 per bottle) in maybe 2007 or 2008. The alcohol didn't stick out but I found the Crescendo noticeably oaky. I didn't have the foresight to save a bottle of each - I assumed the 03...
by Greg Gardner
March 3rd, 2020, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sabelli-Frisch Wines
Replies: 46
Views: 4118

Re: Sabelli-Frisch Wines

All sound very interesting - wish I had bit on the 5 pack BD offer now.
by Greg Gardner
February 5th, 2020, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day
Replies: 92
Views: 5676

Re: Barolo: no more need to wait forever and a day

Interesting...I had the Giacosa '98 San Stefano about a year ago and thought it was in a great place, not tired at all. I wonder how much of this is just palate preference, and one person's over the hill bottle is another person's spot-on bottle?
by Greg Gardner
February 4th, 2020, 10:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point
Replies: 45
Views: 3144

Re: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point

I've always liked stuff from Basel as everyday drinkers:

https://www.baselcellars.com/wines
by Greg Gardner
February 3rd, 2020, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Tissot (Bénédicte et Stéphane / André et Mireille) Poulsard Arbois Vieilles Vignes
Replies: 7
Views: 440

Re: TN: 2018 Tissot (Bénédicte et Stéphane / André et Mireille) Poulsard Arbois Vieilles Vignes

Ji pigu (chicken butt) was one of the more desirable parts of the bird when I lived in Taiwan. I don't think I ever gave it a sniff, though.
by Greg Gardner
February 3rd, 2020, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Tissot (Bénédicte et Stéphane / André et Mireille) Poulsard Arbois Vieilles Vignes
Replies: 7
Views: 440

Re: TN: 2018 Tissot (Bénédicte et Stéphane / André et Mireille) Poulsard Arbois Vieilles Vignes

I've found Tissot's 'DD' rogue, (which I believe is a cofermented blend of Trousseau, Poulsard, and Pinot Noir) to be very reductive. It's clearly intended to be a glou glou, but it's so stinky due to the reductive aspect that it's kind of hard to take.
by Greg Gardner
January 31st, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another one bites the dust...Noon Eclipse 2001
Replies: 36
Views: 1621

Re: Another one bites the dust...Noon Eclipse 2001

I have one 98 Dead Arm left. I guess I should open it soon.

On the other hand, I have a small stash of 97 - 98 - 99 Wendourees that I picked up on Winebid in the early 00s, and those have been consistently excellent.
by Greg Gardner
January 21st, 2020, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What would your classification of Loire reds be?
Replies: 334
Views: 16489

Re: What would your classification of Loire reds be?

Another one that hasn't been mentioned yet is Pallus, in Chinon. I would put them maybe as a 4th? Guiberteau and Collier I would both put as 3rd growths. Both of their whites are incredible, too. Finally, Lambert in (Saumur) merits mention. His Breze bottlings would be in the conversation for me.
by Greg Gardner
January 17th, 2020, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Davenport Cellars is Closing 65% off all Wines
Replies: 118
Views: 11358

Re: Davenport Cellars is Closing 65% off all Wines

I had the Orange Muscat last night. Very good, done in a dry style and only 11% alcohol. The nose is intensely floral and reminded me of some of the lighter bodied examples I've had from Alsace. This would have been a good one to get a case of for a summer sipper - I think it would be a big crowd pl...
by Greg Gardner
January 7th, 2020, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allemand Bretty?
Replies: 87
Views: 4129

Re: Allemand Bretty?

matthew c wrote:
January 7th, 2020, 8:21 am
OP - I can save you all the trouble of figuring out whether you like the wine or not. Just let me know where the deal is and I'll take it! haha
I made the purchase on the offer a few days after starting the thread! The thread has certainly gone places I did not expect.
by Greg Gardner
December 22nd, 2019, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allemand Bretty?
Replies: 87
Views: 4129

Re: Allemand Bretty?

Was going to move on some Allemand that I found for a decent price...and then a friend (I absolutely trust this person’s palate) mentioned he had always found the wines to be bretty. I’ve never come across that in tasting notes and am curious if others concur. Who cares if Allemand is bretty or not...
by Greg Gardner
December 19th, 2019, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allemand Bretty?
Replies: 87
Views: 4129

Re: Allemand Bretty?

Agree that brett doesn’t really blow off. Hmmm. Also never associated reductive aromas with barnyard stank - that’s classic brett in my book.

Anyway, sounds like I need to grab these Allemands in the name of science.
by Greg Gardner
December 18th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allemand Bretty?
Replies: 87
Views: 4129

Re: Allemand Bretty?

I drink a decent amount of Loire Cab Franc so I'm down to freak the funk. I just can't hang with the strong diaper notes. I had a 2014 Texier Brezme a few weeks ago that was just straight baby poop. It blew off for the most part after a couple of hours in the decanter, but by that time I had already...
by Greg Gardner
December 18th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allemand Bretty?
Replies: 87
Views: 4129

Allemand Bretty?

Was going to move on some Allemand that I found for a decent price...and then a friend (I absolutely trust this person’s palate) mentioned he had always found the wines to be bretty. I’ve never come across that in tasting notes and am curious if others concur.
by Greg Gardner
December 17th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bedrock Syrah Calif '18...(short/boring)
Replies: 16
Views: 1433

Re: TN: Bedrock Syrah Calif '18...(short/boring)

The QPR on this one is off the charts. Wish I had gone for a case instead of a six pack...

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