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by Gabe Berk
September 17th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Anniversary Wines - Recommendations?
Replies: 58
Views: 1815

Re: 1997 Anniversary Wines - Recommendations?

Probably no one will remember this wine, but it was delicious a couple of years ago when I tried it. 1997 St. Francis Reserve "Kings Ridge Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon. Grown at 2,000 feet on the Sonoma Coast in Cazadero (think Flowers or Hirsch). If you can find it and like aged Cabernet, this migh...
by Gabe Berk
September 17th, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 77
Views: 2697

Re: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc

Bevan. Napa Cabs are killer and their $32 single vineyard SB is extremely delicious (from Sonoma county though :-D). I've seen Bevan SB on the shelves at retailers here, and each time I've seen it the wine looked really cloudy and that turned me off from purchasing. Is that just what these look lik...
by Gabe Berk
September 16th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 77
Views: 2697

Re: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc

Bevan. Napa Cabs are killer and their $32 single vineyard SB is extremely delicious (from Sonoma county though :-D).
by Gabe Berk
September 15th, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald release is imminent!!!
Replies: 145
Views: 12434

Re: MacDonald release is imminent!!!

What is this mythical MacDonald wine you all speak of? [dontknow.gif] [beg.gif]
by Gabe Berk
September 10th, 2020, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard (USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros)
Replies: 18
Views: 820

Re: TN: 2016 Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard (USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros)

Ordered some 2017 Hyde Chardonnay from Ramey a few weeks ago. Looking forward to trying it. Master of Chardonnay + California Grand Cru site always makes for delicious wine. Love Ramey Chards!!!
by Gabe Berk
August 29th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12316
Views: 466861

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2013 Hidden Ridge Slope- Cabernet DIAM cork. Wine already showing signs of age which is odd considering this was a beast last year. Ever so slight bricking on the edge, but still very dark core. Primary fruit and dark chocolate is still abundant but the finish indicates first stage of age and second...
by Gabe Berk
August 29th, 2020, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 5 pinot noir wines from California
Replies: 176
Views: 11713

Re: Top 5 pinot noir wines from California

Pisoni Estate
Calera
Littorai
Williams Selyem
Occidental
by Gabe Berk
August 27th, 2020, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple Question?
Replies: 31
Views: 945

Re: Mega Purple Question?

I can taste it and I hate it. And it makes me feel like crap hours later. Even after a glass or two I get a particular type of semi-hangover feeling. Wretched stuff. What is the taste you get? Open a can of frozen grape juice concentrate. Let it thaw. Reduce said can in a saucepan by half. Taste it...
by Gabe Berk
August 27th, 2020, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 8047
Views: 538448

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Markus Molitor Kinheimer Hubertuslay Riesling Auslese *** Gold Capsule 2017 $69. Wish I was faster... [cry.gif]
by Gabe Berk
August 25th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley 2018 Fall Release
Replies: 30
Views: 2137

Turley 2018 Fall Release

Just came out. Very excited to try some of these wines as I have heard for quite some time that the 2018's are incredible across the board. From reading the descriptions in the Tasting Notes, I'm going to have to show some restraint from buying more than my wallet should allow. [cheers.gif]
by Gabe Berk
August 20th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My Favorite Neighbor @ Costco
Replies: 14
Views: 2260

Re: My Favorite Neighbor @ Costco

I'd imagine Constellation is there to help Booker facilitate MFN to be widely distributed hence its own separate brand, bottlings, website and 10,000+ case production. I'm sure the Booker brand & label will continue to produce high end small lot production wines at the price points it has historical...
by Gabe Berk
August 20th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a "size bonus" in wine scores?
Replies: 51
Views: 2166

Re: Is there a "size bonus" in wine scores?

Wait. This is something new? Been going on for 15+ years! I just read two big scores notes by Galloni, and he was fixated on “unctuousness”. Big jammy yummy low acid new oak crap. I had one of them tonight and moved on. LOL. Definitely wasn't claiming it was something new, more like a universal hum...
by Gabe Berk
August 18th, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hennessey Fire, Napa
Replies: 62
Views: 7684

Re: Hennessey Fire, Napa

Rakes were in the mail via USPS, but have been delayed for some reason [snort.gif]. All ribbing aside, really hope the fire gets contained. The humidity has been 2-3X the norm and the winds have been low, so hopefully that helps a bit. Its officially fire season again. Really friggen hope its a tame...
by Gabe Berk
August 14th, 2020, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Penultimate (Harlan...Promontory)
Replies: 54
Views: 6958

Penultimate (Harlan...Promontory)

Just got a rather schmaltzy mailer akin to the letter I received from Promontory saying I was still not on their list. This letter though, was an offering for what appears to be another Harlan bottling called PENULTIMATE. Perhaps declassified Promontory? Says for its inaugural release, they will be ...
by Gabe Berk
August 14th, 2020, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?
Replies: 225
Views: 15102

Re: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?

Kicking thy self in arse for waiting 3 days to pull the trigger. DANG?!!! Its all gone...I never have enough patience on waiting to pulling corks for Sandlands, so all I have is a Merlot from earlier in the year. Guess I'll have to wait till next release to buy more... [cry.gif]
by Gabe Berk
August 12th, 2020, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's a fair resolution to a shipping snaffu?
Replies: 27
Views: 1655

Re: What's a fair resolution to a shipping snaffu?

Glad to hear the retailer made you whole. On their end, they will file a claim with FedEx which will take weeks to get an answer on and will receive a maximum of $100 for the claim. Basically eating the loss. Wineries deal with this too by eating a loss when FedEx and UPS fouls things delivery wise ...
by Gabe Berk
August 7th, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Increased corkage post-COVID?
Replies: 265
Views: 10183

Re: Increased corkage post-COVID?

Pretty logical to see an increase in corkage now. I've gone to 3 restaurants since March. 2 of the 3 wouldn't open the wine I brought as a health precaution. Feel horribly for the all in the restaurant industry. Its brutally hard to own a successful restaurant, let alone during a global pandemic.
by Gabe Berk
August 6th, 2020, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opus One
Replies: 25
Views: 2219

Re: Opus One

There is no denying their wines are outstanding. Visited a couple years ago and had some 2007, 2013 and 2014. Afterwards, we had a 1997 with pizza of all things (great pairing). After tasting 3 previous vintages earlier in the day and the '97 being 21 years old, you could tell there was a common thr...
by Gabe Berk
August 4th, 2020, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations Please for Petite Syrah
Replies: 54
Views: 1582

Re: Recommendations Please for Petite Syrah

I think year in and year out Turley makes the best Petite Syrah. They are all bursting with flavor and great acidity to balance things out and tannin's that aren't too obtrusive. And they come from all over little nooks of Napa County and Paso Robles. They can be pricey, but are a welcome treat to b...
by Gabe Berk
August 3rd, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley bottles finally slim down
Replies: 30
Views: 2027

Re: Turley bottles finally slim down

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by Gabe Berk
July 31st, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Limerick Lane and shipping in hot temps
Replies: 32
Views: 1998

Re: Limerick Lane and shipping in hot temps

I applaud the winery for trying its best. But what I don't understand is why anyone (buyer or seller) would ship in the summer. If the buyer requires it, then it's their risk. And if the seller essentially requires it, even via cold chain, then shame on them. But why not ship in October? Seems simp...
by Gabe Berk
July 31st, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got the RONA...no smell, no taste, no WINE!
Replies: 109
Views: 5941

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

Glad to hear you are healthy and survived! Sounds like in time smell comes back according to the article linked below. Promising...

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/293 ... -diagnosis
by Gabe Berk
July 30th, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So what allocations are left for all you geeks?
Replies: 78
Views: 11559

Re: So what allocations are left for all you geeks?

Just this morning I've gotten save the dates for Ceritas, Sine Qua Non and Turley. Let thy Fall releases commence!
by Gabe Berk
July 28th, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pairing with a little different kind of pizza?
Replies: 19
Views: 992

Re: Pairing with a little different kind of pizza?

The Italian's love their Chianti with pizza.
by Gabe Berk
July 28th, 2020, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sonoma County Rhône Producers? - Another winery recommendation request thread
Replies: 22
Views: 1011

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

Arnot-Roberts in Healdsburg would be a fun set of wines to try. The Syrah's I had from them are very balanced and elegant.
by Gabe Berk
July 28th, 2020, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert Fall Release - Save the Date
Replies: 57
Views: 4524

Re: Aubert Fall Release - Save the Date

No Hudson Chardonnay it appears :( . Nonetheless, very excited to be able to purchase some wine.
by Gabe Berk
July 25th, 2020, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Failla Chardonnay Chuy Vineyard (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)
Replies: 1
Views: 216

Re: TN: 2015 Failla Chardonnay Chuy Vineyard (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)

Love that Chard year in and year out from Failla. Sandlands 2018 Sonoma County Chard came from that vineyard and I believe it no longer exists. :(
by Gabe Berk
July 25th, 2020, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First Real Tribidrag??
Replies: 27
Views: 1469

Re: First Real Tribidrag??

Fascinating study on the DNA of what we here call Zinfandel and end discussion on "clones" in general. Bravo to all involved! On a side note, love that the Heritage Vineyard clones were planted in the heart of Cabernet gold coast of Oakville. [cheers.gif]
by Gabe Berk
July 25th, 2020, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So what allocations are left for all you geeks?
Replies: 78
Views: 11559

Re: So what allocations are left for all you geeks?

Sc0tt F!tzger@ld wrote:
July 25th, 2020, 8:57 am
MacDonald
The one I'm hoping I get an offering of [beg.gif]
by Gabe Berk
July 23rd, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Elena Walch Pinot Bianco
Replies: 3
Views: 253

Re: 2018 Elena Walch Pinot Bianco

Aromas have fine intensity, with white fruit, floral and a touch of green herbal notes. The palate is surprisingly rich, but with good, mouth-watering acidity and excellent balance. There is density without weight. The finish is long, the flavors are savory, this is fine and seamless. Rated 90.5, f...
by Gabe Berk
July 21st, 2020, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle Summer Pre-Release
Replies: 29
Views: 2665

Re: Carlisle Summer Pre-Release

Put in an order for Carlisle [winner.gif]
Put in an order for Bedrock [winner.gif]
Next is Turley release then time to cool off on Zin... [truce.gif]
by Gabe Berk
July 21st, 2020, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Geyserville, where to start?
Replies: 41
Views: 2684

Re: Ridge Geyserville, where to start?

2010-2013 is a great start at seeing what a little age will do. If you like aged tertiary flavors, then start further back say 2007 and earlier. Being you can buy more of the 2018, I'd pop and pour one now to see what all the noise is about. Its an incredible wine year in and year out!!! [cheers.gif]
by Gabe Berk
July 20th, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The World's Finest Pinot is from . . .
Replies: 41
Views: 2551

Re: The World's Finest Pinot is from . . .

Old World: DRC
New World: Pisoni
by Gabe Berk
July 17th, 2020, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Is the Deal with Carneros?
Replies: 81
Views: 5531

Re: What Is the Deal with Carneros?

Gabe, I must have tasted your fruit a lot when we did cooper tastings at Mondavi. Jean Francois of Francois Freres has frequently poured Mondavi Reserves for his Burgundian buddies blind and completely messed with their minds. Sometime in the early 80s somebody from Acacia visited Burgundy and gave...
by Gabe Berk
July 16th, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Is the Deal with Carneros?
Replies: 81
Views: 5531

Re: What Is the Deal with Carneros?

Grew up in Carneros on my family's Pinot vineyard. Vines are now 48 years old and still producing high quality fruit. Sold fruit to Saintsbury in their early years, Etude and Mondavi for their Reserve. There are still some vineyards that are absolutely world class (Hyde, Hudson, Sangiacomo) which ar...
by Gabe Berk
July 10th, 2020, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VHR Library Release
Replies: 14
Views: 1213

Re: VHR Library Release

Sign of the times. Back vintage direct from the winery with free shipping. Brutal times for the wineries with On-Premise completely dead. Hope this helps them out in the long run. Incredible wines...
by Gabe Berk
July 2nd, 2020, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gary V. Again.
Replies: 79
Views: 8633

Re: Gary V. Again.

Constellation paid some $$$ for the current online DTC sales model Gary V created with that brand. As hinted before, Gary V probably put a lot of sweet equity into the project and gladly took some Millions of $ shortly after to let someone buy out the project. On to the next venture for Gary V. Snif...
by Gabe Berk
July 2nd, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2863
Views: 190951

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

I've had a case or so already...just reloaded again locally...this is two wines in one for me...I chill it down day one...drink it like a BOSS Rose'...then day two back to cellar temp...wonderful more elegant red fruited brambleberry, briary zin spice, sweet florals...10 bucks a pop! [highfive.gif]...
by Gabe Berk
June 30th, 2020, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ultramarine Email
Replies: 154
Views: 9357

Re: Ultramarine Email

At least they emailed to say you MAY not get an allocation. Glimmer of hope. Stuff is quite delicious and would love to be included on the allocation this time around. champagne.gif
by Gabe Berk
June 29th, 2020, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Shafer Hillside Select Offer
Replies: 24
Views: 2324

Re: 2016 Shafer Hillside Select Offer

Was at a high school sports booster crab feed/auction in January. One of the items was a magnum of HSS 2015. Winning bid was $150?!!! Kicked myself in the butt for not seeing it earlier. The parents were much more knowledgeable about circle change ups and weak side defense than wine. [wow.gif]
by Gabe Berk
June 29th, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa winery visiting status update please
Replies: 30
Views: 1991

Re: Napa winery visiting status update please

Booked a few tours & tasting in Napa for mid July back in January. Some of the people to join are from Texas. Thus far they aren't afraid of flying out and doing the tours & tastings, but I'm not feeling it too much. Hold on tight as things across the board most likely are going to change back to Ma...
by Gabe Berk
June 29th, 2020, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 49
Views: 2195

Re: What Sparkling Wine not named Champagne are you drinking?

Roederererer is very good QPR as others have mentioned.
Slightly higher price point, but good QPR is Domaine Carneros.
I also like Mumm Blanc de Blanc for $15 too when its hot and you want some bubbles in a pinch.
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by Gabe Berk
June 27th, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12316
Views: 466861

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2018 Turley Juvenile Zinfandel. QPR, back up the truck type stuff.
by Gabe Berk
June 26th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 4
Views: 359

Re: TN: 2013 Beaulieu Vineyard Tapestry Reserve (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Have a couple retail salesmen that put out eBlasts for crazy good deals. Got some 2015 for $29 last year. Killer deal and great Napa Valley QPR.
by Gabe Berk
June 26th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Importer of Joh Jos Prum. How to buy on release?
Replies: 37
Views: 2588

Re: Importer of Joh Jos Prum. How to buy on release?

I've been looking for Emrich-Schönleber upon release every year and seem to strike out all the time. I used to sell the their wine for a distributor years back, but have the hardest time finding any new releases. Probably my favorite Riesling producer.
by Gabe Berk
June 25th, 2020, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?
Replies: 51
Views: 1952

Re: What is the meaning of your wine hobby?

Drinking something really tasty from places near and far. [cheers.gif]
by Gabe Berk
June 25th, 2020, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boar's View offer
Replies: 8
Views: 683

Re: Boar's View offer

Prediction...online retailers for $139 a year from now. No doubt the wines are probably fantastic.
by Gabe Berk
June 24th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Bordeaux suggestions
Replies: 58
Views: 3594

Re: 2019 Bordeaux suggestions

Tour St. Christophe
Pontet Canet
Pichon Comtesse
Clinet 375's
Canon-la-Gaffeliere 375's

Until we meet in Fall 2022... [cheers.gif]
by Gabe Berk
June 23rd, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage
Replies: 43
Views: 1505

Re: Wine insurance for wines stored at offsite storage

Ironically, during delivery (highest potential for damage) from the winery to you, there is virtually no insurance for heat, freezing, popped corks, theft, non-delivery, lost in transit, etc. from FedEx or UPS "additional insurance". [swearing.gif] Just the same way lenders prefer to lend money to ...

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