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by Gabe Berk
December 9th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alice Quixote rides again
Replies: 38
Views: 1283

Re: Alice Quixote rides again

I wish I liked "Natural Wines" more. I completely understand the innocence and romanticism of it all, but still waiting for that "ah ha" moment taste wise...
by Gabe Berk
December 9th, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Schrader
Replies: 27
Views: 1857

Re: 2018 Schrader

First full year under Constellation. According to the allocation verbiage, this will be the first time Schrader and TRB have been given access to "Heritage" NS2 blocks of To-Kalon allowing them the prime of prime blocks. 2018 was a very good growing season, so couple that with "better" fruit source,...
by Gabe Berk
December 6th, 2019, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine de la Janasse Côtes du Rhône Les Garrigues
Replies: 1
Views: 175

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine de la Janasse Côtes du Rhône Les Garrigues

Incredible stuff for $39. Love this wine too!
by Gabe Berk
December 2nd, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?
Replies: 47
Views: 2359

Re: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?

I buy one at the airport when flying just to kill time and get a sense of what others are writing about wine. Rarely do I see the amount of 97-100 pointers from WS as often as you do with Dunnuck, Galloni, Parker, Suckling, etc.
by Gabe Berk
November 22nd, 2019, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: York Creek Winery (Fritz Maytag)
Replies: 31
Views: 1984

Re: York Creek Winery (Fritz Maytag)

Purchased a bottle of the 2002 Merlot for $12 and it was surprisingly good! 17 year old California Merlot had great color, still has a lively fruit component, nice acidity and soft tannin. For sure had subtle signs of age but could still go for another 5 years or so I’m sure. Ironically I used to se...
by Gabe Berk
November 22nd, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 5911

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

2012 Roederer Estate L'Ermitage
2013 Kongsgaard Judge
2013 Pisoni Estate Pinot Noir
1989 Mondavi Reserve Pinot Noir (should be interesting)

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by Gabe Berk
November 22nd, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The label for 2017 Mouton is, well, titillating
Replies: 42
Views: 2297

Re: The label for 2017 Mouton is, well, titillating

Trump would probably LOVE and approve that label for the US market. He's automatically attracted to beautiful as he mentioned once before... [whistle.gif]
by Gabe Berk
November 22nd, 2019, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weightless, Red Fruited and Pure....Name Your Poison
Replies: 50
Views: 2182

Re: Weightless, Red Fruited and Pure....Name Your Poison

First thing that comes to mind is Italy. Nebbiolo in particular...elegant, lightweight mouthfeel, red fruit, higher acid with high tannin. Pure!!!
by Gabe Berk
November 19th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: an outstanding icewine from WA State ('03 Ste. Michelle)
Replies: 13
Views: 539

Re: TN: an outstanding icewine from WA State ('03 Ste. Michelle)

I believe that is right around the time they started bringing in Ernst Loosen as a consultant for their higher RS Rieslings. Good stuff, especially for the $.
by Gabe Berk
November 19th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer
Replies: 48
Views: 3717

Re: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer

As time goes on, I'm less and less shocked by any of these acquisitions. If the grapes are still grown by world class farmers, the wines still made by world class winemakers and the wine is still excellent, I don't really care what the parent company does. Case in point Siduri. Fruit source and wine...
by Gabe Berk
November 13th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Wings - positive review
Replies: 14
Views: 1040

Re: Wine Wings - positive review

I just lay a t-shirt out flat on a bed, roll each bottle in one t-shirt to wrap it, pack them tight together in a standard suitcase. I use other items to pad the edges of the suitcase (shoes, toiletries), then use larger clothing items to pad between layers of bottles. In a medium suitcase I can fi...
by Gabe Berk
November 13th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article
Replies: 31
Views: 1050

Re: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article

If "Joe" or "Susie" were pouring me wines to taste and took the time telling me about the winery, clonal selection, layout of the land, barrel selections, etc. while serving me food, it's highly likely I'd tip. That said, I wouldn't be surprised in the least if others didn't tip. Many large winery t...
by Gabe Berk
November 8th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Paloma Merlot from the recent fire sale
Replies: 21
Views: 1214

Re: TN: 2012 Paloma Merlot from the recent fire sale

The Son is making the wine I believe. Tried a 2013 a few months ago and it was nothing the caliber of the late 90's early 2000's. Everything Otto mentioned was on point. Muted fruit with higher acid. Last really good Merlot I've had was 2016 Freemark Abbey, 2016 Andrew Will and 2016 Hudson Phoenix.
by Gabe Berk
November 8th, 2019, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN fun: what variety is this?
Replies: 36
Views: 1329

Re: TN fun: what variety is this?

Syrah or Cabernet. Odd descriptive notes for a Pinot Noir.
by Gabe Berk
November 6th, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 101
Views: 8532

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

Tasted some of the Winter Release wines a couple weekends ago when picking up the Summer Release wines. Morgan was pouring and sharing info. 2018 Wirz Riesling was great. Screamed Cienega Valley with all it's rocky minerality. Had a very floral nose with zippy lemon-lime acidity. Low RS and is perfe...
by Gabe Berk
November 1st, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews
Replies: 83
Views: 5542

Re: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews

If that pastrami isn't first class, then first class pastrami no longer exists. The claimed parallel between Katz' and Luger's doesn't work for me at all . $30 for a deli sandwich and Dr. Browns soda screams tourist trapping, which for the most part it is. Good pastrami at Katz, good steak at Luger...
by Gabe Berk
November 1st, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews
Replies: 83
Views: 5542

Re: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews

Katz’s >>> Luger’s I still love Katz’s. Best part of Luger’s has always been the bacon. You don't feel ripped off at Katz's, even if the pastrami isn't first class. It's still real -- glaring fluorescent lights and all. My only complaint the last time I was there, a year or so ago, was that it was ...
by Gabe Berk
October 31st, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews
Replies: 83
Views: 5542

Re: Peter Luger's - no corkage and bad reviews

Luger's is a place to take out of towner's akin to going to Katz Deli. It's a destination rather than an gastronomic life changer. Not being able to bring your own wine its banana's though. Charge $50 corkage at least to allow people to bring in special stuff...
by Gabe Berk
October 31st, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 101
Views: 8532

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

Went to a house in West Sonoma last Saturday and picked up my Spring release wines. Morgan was there in a shed pouring some wines (including the Bien Nacido Syrah) and chit chatting with everyone. First time I've ever picked up a wineries release from a house. Kind of cool. Looking forward to the up...
by Gabe Berk
October 30th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions
Replies: 21
Views: 1209

Re: # 1840 Tokaji and # 1770 Madeira created one of the best ever emotions

Unreal that fermented juice from hundreds of years ago coupled with a cork closure could hold up so well over that time frame. Thanks for sharing such a unique opportunity virtually no could experience.
by Gabe Berk
October 29th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '16 MacD ship date
Replies: 65
Views: 4405

Re: '16 MacD ship date

What is this MacDonald you speak of? [dontknow.gif]
by Gabe Berk
October 29th, 2019, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards
Replies: 42
Views: 2188

Re: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards

Chamisal Winery, San Louis Obispo. Formerly Domain Alfred, pioneer of Edna Valley AVA. Wines are better than ever. Chard, Pinot & Syrah Chalone Vineyard, Soledad (Monterey County). Vineyards and winery perched within the Pinnacles National Park. Rich in history and one of the original estates in Cal...
by Gabe Berk
October 29th, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore
Replies: 57
Views: 3544

Re: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore

The shift has happened it sounds. Used to drink a lot of Pinot Noir and haven't really opened much over the past few years in comparison to other varietals. Wait 2 years, then pop a Ridge, Turley, Carlisle, Bedrock, Limerick Lane or any of the other top producers and you'll probably find them enjoya...
by Gabe Berk
October 25th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Heritage Blind Tasting Competition
Replies: 5
Views: 387

Re: 2019 Heritage Blind Tasting Competition

Bravo! It's always humbling when getting the varietal off, but all the more fun to try again.
by Gabe Berk
October 25th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19235

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Not looking good for the Windsor/Santa Rosa area. Fears of 2017 all over again... "Extremely strong north to northeast winds are forecast Saturday night through Sunday morning. Sat Night... Sustained 30-55mph Gusts 60-80mph... Sun Day... Sustained 20-35mph Gusts 40-60mph..." Sending good vibes their...
by Gabe Berk
October 24th, 2019, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19235

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

I am perplexed that the state doesn't clear brush in these areas. Its sad to see these fires devastate every year. PG&E cut the power off too before the fire even started out there. Really hope this fire gets contained soon and mother nature helps with the winds dying down and humidity rising. Feel...
by Gabe Berk
October 18th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Shipment Insurance
Replies: 2
Views: 313

Wine Shipment Insurance

On a semi related note from a recent thread, https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=164259 on Styrofoam, I was wondering the following: 1. Has anyone ever been offered insurance by a winery when they are mailing out your allocations or recent wine order? Many of the large carriers ...
by Gabe Berk
October 14th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My Bedrock welcome shipment
Replies: 50
Views: 2658

Re: My Bedrock welcome shipment

Zinfandel young or with 2-3 years of age on it is fantastic. Pop a couple open to get a sense of the world of Bedrock, then start opening them over the next year or three. Killer stuff!!!
by Gabe Berk
October 9th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 3986

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

We can have a discussion about how much is climate related, and how much is the creep of human civilization out into rural areas more prone to fire. But the immediate cause is poor maintenance of power lines and the vegetation around them. If you run power lines through forested areas where trees c...
by Gabe Berk
October 8th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 3986

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

Russ Williams wrote:
October 8th, 2019, 10:22 am
Nothing like a collapsing infrastructure.
And like that PG & E website has been down for a few hours. Still down... Ugh! hitsfan
by Gabe Berk
October 8th, 2019, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Losing Power During Harvest
Replies: 56
Views: 3986

Re: Losing Power During Harvest

But PG&E needs to be able to punish customers. Are they playing that game in your area, as well? We get it here, too. No game here. 80 mph winds in Atlas Peak, Napa combined with charged power lines resulted in catastrophic loss in Napa/Sonoma. 60 mph winds in Jarbo Gap, Butte County combined with ...
by Gabe Berk
October 7th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Releases From Ridge Vineyards
Replies: 1
Views: 812

Re: New Releases From Ridge Vineyards

Pagani Vineyard is my favorite Zin/mixed blacks vineyard in NorCal. Glad to read the 2017 was a stunner!
by Gabe Berk
October 7th, 2019, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living
Replies: 93
Views: 3864

Re: Another needle in the bubble: The cost of Wine Country living

Many of the field workers are from Mexico or 2nd generation Americans and live with multiple families and or generations in one condo or house to offset the cost or rent/mortgage. Think of 5 children in one small bedroom. And the workers drive from out of town or on the edges of the Napa/Sonoma Coun...
by Gabe Berk
October 2nd, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.
Replies: 28
Views: 1149

Re: Some of California's most famous wines came from a science experiment.

I don't know for sure but I heard from someone I trust that Daddy Warbucks is not a good business partner. Seriously, though, can you purchase any quality dirt in California these days for less than about $150,000 per acre? Some "quality" wineries are purchasing land in Lake County (boarders Napa C...
by Gabe Berk
October 2nd, 2019, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chappellet Pritchard Hill Release Party
Replies: 17
Views: 1168

Re: Chappellet Pritchard Hill Release Party

Looks like Wine Advocate also gave the 2016 a 100 pointer too... Rating 100 Release Price $235 Drink Date 2021 - 2054 Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill has a very deep garnet-purple color. To smell the nose is like hearing angels trumpeting at the pearly gate...
by Gabe Berk
October 1st, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chappellet Pritchard Hill Release Party
Replies: 17
Views: 1168

Re: Chappellet Pritchard Hill Release Party

@Brandon R, the Viognier was from the Cold Creek Vineyard in Carneros. It went well with the oysters on the half shell and caviar you could spoon on top. The chefs highly encouraged to see how much caviar we could get on an oyster. I hung out at that station for a good ten minutes!!!
by Gabe Berk
September 30th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chappellet Pritchard Hill Release Party
Replies: 17
Views: 1168

Chappellet Pritchard Hill Release Party

IMG-8671.jpg The Chappellet family are some of the most genuine, down to earth, humble and appreciative people in the wine world that I have come across. The winery is still owned and operated by the family who now have 3 generations working for them in some capacity. They threw a spread for their ...
by Gabe Berk
September 27th, 2019, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ultramarine Save the Day
Replies: 61
Views: 4569

Re: Ultramarine Save the Day

One day hopefully... "Dear Gabe, We are writing to provide you an update regarding your Ultramarine allocation. Due to a limited quantity and an enthusiastic response, unfortunately we do not have enough of the 2015 vintage to go around. Growing is a slow and measured process. And although we are un...
by Gabe Berk
September 25th, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6579

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Volkswagon, Hugo Boss, Bayer...Nazi's.
by Gabe Berk
September 24th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers
Replies: 76
Views: 4319

Re: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers

BV Tapestry is one that was left off...
by Gabe Berk
September 19th, 2019, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company
Replies: 65
Views: 6935

Re: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company

[popcorn.gif] This should get interesting...Constellation found a $200 home for some of their declassified Zin and Pinot?
by Gabe Berk
September 19th, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company
Replies: 65
Views: 6935

Re: Announcing the Launch of To Kalon Vineyard Company

The website is up and running. It’s not taking orders but you can create an account, and it lists a 3 pack at $600. The wine is 80% Cab., 10% Zin., and 10% Pinot, I can’t remember seeing that combination before. Wonder where the Pinot Noir is sourced from? Some of the vineyards Mondavi gets its fru...
by Gabe Berk
September 18th, 2019, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11004
Views: 402585

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2017 Turley Estate Zin. Lighter style, zippy raspberry with some good old fashioned spiciness. Went well with the pulled pork sando's...
by Gabe Berk
September 17th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cabernet Harvest
Replies: 17
Views: 1580

Re: Napa Cabernet Harvest

Most likely no one has harvested much Cabernet at all. There will be a little heat spike this week/weekend that should have a few vineyards ready to pick. Most will be 2-3 weeks out...Should be a solid year again.
by Gabe Berk
September 17th, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any impact from early rains?
Replies: 15
Views: 1163

Re: Any impact from early rains?

Rained hard out here in Napa/Sonoma area, but with the wind and heat all is good. Shouldn't be an issue at all in majority of vineyards.
by Gabe Berk
September 17th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 18650

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

YOUR ALLOCATIONS You currently have no available allocations. Nooooooooooooooooo!!! [cry.gif] Maybe one day...Maybe. Wha? Did u have an allocation before but not this year??!! Never had an allocation. Wish I did. Respect the hell out of their land, story and the wine they make. Maybe one day...Maybe.
by Gabe Berk
September 17th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 18650

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

YOUR ALLOCATIONS
You currently have no available allocations.

Nooooooooooooooooo!!! [cry.gif] Maybe one day...Maybe.
by Gabe Berk
September 17th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines Save the Date
Replies: 16
Views: 1053

Re: Desire Lines Save the Date

Great story-great wines...Contra Costa County and Amador representing!!!

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