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by MikeHill
June 18th, 2020, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2722
Views: 180074

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2018 Old Hill Ranch. Such a pretty wine that’s great out of the gate with pop n’ pour. Continuing my resolution to drink more Bedrock, 2018 Old Hill Ranch Heritage in the glass tonight. Decanted an hour. Dark, but transparent purple. An elegant zin field blend, you can tell right from the nose of f...
by MikeHill
June 17th, 2020, 9:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Passive wine cellar in Virginia?
Replies: 49
Views: 2256

Re: Passive wine cellar in Virginia?

Anthony C wrote:
June 17th, 2020, 8:40 am
Followed by, "Anyone know a good divorce lawyer?" :)
You will know you are approaching divorce lawyer status when you are anxiously waiting to intercept FedEx so you can rush the boxes down before the wife notices.

pileon
by MikeHill
June 8th, 2020, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Di Costanzo, Farella Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 6
Views: 799

Re: 2015 Di Costanzo, Farella Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon

I have been purchasing based on the positive press, and really enjoyed the '16 DI CO. But I wanted to try the flagship, so I opened a 2015 Farella, and wow! I decanted for an hour, but it took a few before it really showed. Restrained nose of wild red berries. Medium body, blackberry and black tea. ...
by MikeHill
June 6th, 2020, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 William & Mary Cabernet Sauvignon Shifflett Ranch
Replies: 2
Views: 394

TN: 2017 William & Mary Cabernet Sauvignon Shifflett Ranch

PNP. Dark color, almost opaque. Nose and taste of cassis, blackberry, other dark fruit. Youthful, pure fruit, but not ripe, a lovely restrained medium body, good structure, and enough acidity for lift. Vanilla, but not distracting. Approachable now with decant, this will be extraordinary with a few ...
by MikeHill
May 29th, 2020, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Keep your CellarTracker inventory up to date
Replies: 26
Views: 1746

Re: PSA: Keep your CellarTracker inventory up to date

“Missing, presumed drunk “ Soooo many of these. This has two meanings. Missing presumed drunk is when I'm trying to find a bottle that must have been pulled at the end of a long social. It is also what my wife tells my kids when it's their bedtime and I'm still not home from said social...
by MikeHill
May 23rd, 2020, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Walter Scott Wolfpack
Replies: 58
Views: 3714

Re: Walter Scott Wolfpack

This is not a poke at Walter Scott, but the idea of buying 2 cases of wine every single year from a single winery baffles me. I drink a lot of wine (every night), and have a fair bit of wine stored, and I don’t think there is a single winery from anywhere in the world where I buy that much wine eve...
by MikeHill
May 13th, 2020, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: first go with the new Grassls...
Replies: 47
Views: 3558

Re: first go with the new Grassls...

I have bought and repurchased. Started with the 1855 and added the cru. We absolutely love them. So light and graceful and really showcases the wine. We had some Riedel on the patio this weekend and they felt like 5 pounds each. Night and day. I also love the decanters. Light and the little base on...
by MikeHill
May 13th, 2020, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tablas Creek blog - effect of temps on wine shipping
Replies: 15
Views: 1208

Re: Tablas Creek blog - effect of temps on wine shipping

Nice post, very timely.
by MikeHill
May 6th, 2020, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert Waiting List
Replies: 9
Views: 1258

Re: Aubert Waiting List

I signed up last summer (July 2019) and was offered this past spring release (Jan 2020), so there doesn't seem to be a long line as of now. I believe there was a 6 bottle minimum, so I passed because I don't drink enough white for that. Don't know if I've been dropped or not, these are unique times.
by MikeHill
May 6th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural Wines: Made by Large Wineries??
Replies: 20
Views: 742

Re: Natural Wines: Made by Large Wineries??

I don't think it necessarily is about size of winery but of actual approach to winemaking; from a lot of people's perspectives, this likely smacks of "greenwashing" and an attempt to make money and gain publicity off the backs of many other people who have been committed to making wine this way and...
by MikeHill
May 3rd, 2020, 10:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 538
Views: 37854

Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

My first Ridge Monte Bello, a 2004, as a treat for my birthday stuck at home. Decanted an hour. Dark magenta color. Early on I got the scent of dill, but this settled into an elegant nose of black currants. More dark fruit, blackberry on the palate, hints of vanilla and cocoa and wet stone on the sl...
by MikeHill
April 27th, 2020, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Biggio Hamina Quarantine Fun!
Replies: 15
Views: 684

Re: Biggio Hamina Quarantine Fun!

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
April 27th, 2020, 4:17 pm
Damn, I was going to give these at least a week to stand to let the fine sediment settle.
I think don’t worry. I cracked my 2007 after two days upright without issue, besides it needing an hour to open up. Kriete’s note above I think captures this wine well, just a lovely experience.
by MikeHill
April 27th, 2020, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Biggio Hamina Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
Replies: 3
Views: 192

Re: TN: 2011 Biggio Hamina Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

I had the 2007 last night. After an hour of air it was lovely, very similar notes to Dennis, except the fruit wasn't as shy. I've got the 2011 on deck, so I'm glad it showed well. Looking forward to working my way through my BD quarantine order.
by MikeHill
April 22nd, 2020, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon PN vs. Santa Barbara PN <<< Kelley Fox, Whitcraft
Replies: 35
Views: 1965

Re: Oregon PN vs. Santa Barbara PN <<< Kelley Fox, Whitcraft

I know with my wines, for instance, that most show really well on Day 2 - but are always 'judged' on first taste/smell and then over the next hour or two. It's 'challenging' to say the least, but it is what it is. Cheers. Larry, a bit of thread drift, but your comment raised a question to me: does ...
by MikeHill
April 18th, 2020, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?
Replies: 116
Views: 3503

Re: Capsules: Does anyone really mind going topless?

The capsule is like the appendix. Serves no purpose and you might cut yourself trying to remove it. +1 I think there is another thread for stupid things done with wine. I've cut myself multiple times removing capsules in haste. I do think capsules are probably preferred in a retail setting by more ...
by MikeHill
April 13th, 2020, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Zoom event????
Replies: 65
Views: 1573

Re: Champagne Zoom event????

Cris Whetstone wrote:
April 13th, 2020, 5:31 pm
Weekend, yes. Weekday, no.

I've always needed an excuse to open Champagne at 10am while sitting on my butt at home.
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by MikeHill
April 13th, 2020, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FedEx Just Delivered Wine and .....
Replies: 130
Views: 6321

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

I received a shipment of wine this morning - Fedex driver was on the porch away from the door, and asked if he could sign for me, which I agreed. Same here, delivery guy couldn’t have been nicer, all the email updates were accurate also. Imma Pobega one of those Scherrer’s can’t decide between the ...
by MikeHill
April 10th, 2020, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12036
Views: 449758

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

09 BV Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet PNP. Decanted for a couple of hours. Opaque purple. Very expressive nose of cassis, ripe plum and chocolate. Full bodied, mouth coating tannins, chewy and sweet, but not overly dry or biting. On the palate, the same dark fruit, with cocoa and earthy d...
by MikeHill
April 10th, 2020, 9:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12036
Views: 449758

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Scott Brunson wrote:
April 10th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Rosemary Crackers with Charleston (Bull’s Bay) Sea Salt.
(Veleta oil in the crackers)
Veleta Mackerel
09 Veleta Tempranillo is drinking great!

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I’ve got the 09 Tempranillo queued up, good to hear it showed well for you.
by MikeHill
April 10th, 2020, 9:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12036
Views: 449758

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Dave McIsaac wrote:
April 10th, 2020, 6:29 am
tpetty wrote:
April 9th, 2020, 6:57 pm
The 2008 Virage from Berserker Day. A cab frank heavy red blend - it was great!
You should track down a bottle of the 2007 - You won't regret it
+1 Love me some Virage. ‘07 drank beautifully for me last fall.
by MikeHill
April 8th, 2020, 10:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12036
Views: 449758

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2014 Kanonkop Pinotage. PNP, for the first several hours had a sharp smell and unpleasant burnt tar. But this blew off and the wine opened up very nicely. Deep purple color. Nose of plum and blackberry, plush but not jammy. Same fruits on the palate, along with some raspberry. Bold, sweet tannins wi...
by MikeHill
April 3rd, 2020, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle
Replies: 160
Views: 11092

Re: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle

2012 Schrader LPV. I have several Schaefer’s, never opened one before, so why not? Decanted over several hours. Color of dark ink. Fragrant nose of black cherry. On the palate black cherry, cherry, blueberry, plum, cassis. Cedar. Fine grained tannins, enough acid, still fruit forward, but what fruit...
by MikeHill
March 29th, 2020, 9:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Notes from Video Chat with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar
Replies: 15
Views: 715

Re: Notes from Video Chat with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar

I missed this, but was very interested in learning more about Musar. Sounds like a great event. Thanks for the notes!
by MikeHill
March 18th, 2020, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Franny Beck Pinot Noir (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 24
Views: 1198

Re: TN: 2016 Franny Beck Pinot Noir (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

I opened the 2015 Pinot last Thanksgiving for some wine drinking non geeks and we all loved it. Trying to keep my hands off the latest BD shipment, good to hear the 2016 is showing well.
by MikeHill
March 17th, 2020, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long should I wait after transit
Replies: 7
Views: 448

Re: How long should I wait after transit

More importantly, where did this bottle travel from? Travel from Europe is banned, and at a minimum your bottle needs to self quarantine for several weeks to see if it develops any symptoms.
by MikeHill
March 14th, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 548
Views: 44876

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

2010 Veleta Cab from BDX.

PNP. Approachable from the start. Dark in color, slight bricking. Nose of cassis and cedar. More red fruited on the palate, raspberry, along with more oak. Medium body, grippy tannins, balanced with acidity. Classic style but with a Spanish intensity. Great QPR.
by MikeHill
March 7th, 2020, 10:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12036
Views: 449758

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2011 KB, Kanzler Vineyard The thread about ageability of Cali Pinots got me concerned. Glad to report this one is drinking beautifully. After reading some of that thread, I had a similar thought to check in on some of my few remaining Kosta Browne pinots. I opened a 2014 KB Russian River and was no...
by MikeHill
March 5th, 2020, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: a couple lightweight 2016 Tercero wines (Carignane & Cinsault)
Replies: 5
Views: 722

Re: TNs: a couple lightweight 2016 Tercero wines (Carignane & Cinsault)

Cracked the 2016 Cinsault tonight (Berserker day purchase).

Lovely aromatics of tart red berries, ripe strawberry, carried through on the palate. Nice brambly element, I believe from the whole cluster and stems. Medium high acidity runs through this. Such an easy drinker, in a good way. Bravo!
by MikeHill
February 9th, 2020, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 92
Views: 5688

Re: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread

2013 OMV. PNP. Such an elegant zin. I got savory aromatics (Grassl Liberte), went great with Flannery burgers. blackberry, blueberry and cherry, with the earthy, brambly hallmarks of zin. Bold, but not jammy or hot. Fine tannins balanced with medium acidity. Red cherry finish. Sally would have enjoy...
by MikeHill
February 8th, 2020, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 445
Views: 36523

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

Received another 10 375 of krug today, all 168 At this point I think you are trolling the board...you must be the only guy able to buy these Krug 375s with coupons. After every one of your posts I check and keep seeing the dreaded .97 price The only decent thing to do is for you to buy these for th...
by MikeHill
February 7th, 2020, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 445
Views: 36523

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

Received another 10 375 of krug today, all 168 At this point I think you are trolling the board...you must be the only guy able to buy these Krug 375s with coupons. After every one of your posts I check and keep seeing the dreaded .97 price The only decent thing to do is for you to buy these for th...
by MikeHill
February 5th, 2020, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?
Replies: 149
Views: 9171

Re: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?

Another first timer, took what I was allocated.
by MikeHill
February 4th, 2020, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 190
Views: 21602

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

Mike C. wrote:
February 4th, 2020, 11:11 am
Wished a Platt and got it today!
Same here!
by MikeHill
January 27th, 2020, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?
Replies: 178
Views: 9249

Re: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?

Riverain Syrah Tercero light reds Franny Beck Pinot Bricelands Pinot Virage Bordeaux reds Sandler Pinot* Halcon Rhone* Kelley Fox Pinot* Di Costanzo Cab* Scherrer Pinot/OVZ* Flannery beef Grassl decanter for good measure * first time ordering Mostly kept to my focus on non-Cabs to better balance my ...
by MikeHill
January 27th, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)
Replies: 206
Views: 14624

Re: Grassl Glasses (and a few Zaltos)

It seems the glasses are $5 more this year but oddly the decanter is $20 less. Correct. Last year we sold the glasses at a loss after accounting for shipping/boxes/labor. The $5.00 keeps me whole. The decanter frankly hasn't sold well. I wanted to see if a lower # would result in an increase in vol...
by MikeHill
January 26th, 2020, 4:29 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Sandler BD11 33% off 4 packs and 6 packs!!!
Replies: 59
Views: 3868

Re: Sandler BD11 33% off 4 packs and 6 packs!!!

In for the Central Coast Pinot 4 pack. A new label for me, looking forward to it!
by MikeHill
January 26th, 2020, 4:20 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Briceland Vineyards - Humboldt's Finest Since 1985
Replies: 59
Views: 3145

Re: Briceland Vineyards - Humboldt's Finest Since 1985

In for the Preview day offer. My second BD, and my second Briceland order!
by MikeHill
January 26th, 2020, 4:14 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Halcon Estate Rhone Pack - EXTENDED THRU FRI 1/31
Replies: 42
Views: 1971

Re: Halcon Estate Rhone Pack and some Pinot Noir

In for the Rhone, excited to try (well, looks like they need a little time first) Hey, Mike. Yeah, this stuff will last forever. I open the syrah the night before. I purchased 3 mags a few years ago, one left, and I open the night before serving and then it'll last a week easy afterwards. Thanks fo...
by MikeHill
January 26th, 2020, 3:45 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: tercero wines BD Offers - shipping update in last post
Replies: 47
Views: 2197

Re: tercero wines BD Offers - TWO Different Roses + Library Wines + More - Limited Quantities

In for an order of the Lighter Times! Wife and I both love them, different from the usual offerings. Larry, the shipping discount didn't apply, but I see above you seem to handling that manually.
by MikeHill
January 26th, 2020, 3:37 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Halcon Estate Rhone Pack - EXTENDED THRU FRI 1/31
Replies: 42
Views: 1971

Re: Halcon Estate Rhone Pack and some Pinot Noir

In for the Rhone, excited to try (well, looks like they need a little time first)
by MikeHill
January 24th, 2020, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12036
Views: 449758

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2009 Spottswood. My first from this winery and was not disappointed. Powerful and elegant from the fragrant nose through the long finish. Ripe black and red fruit. Light oak, cocoa and leather add complexity. Velvety tannins provide structure, enough acidity to keep things fresh. Balanced Napa cab i...
by MikeHill
January 9th, 2020, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine "budgeting" - tips?
Replies: 64
Views: 3329

Re: Wine "budgeting" - tips?

Tip: tell you’re wife how much you actually spent on wine in 2019. I just made that mistake and my 2020 budgeting concerns seem irrelevant all of a sudden. +1. Last fall, my wife shared a pie chart of her yearly expenses and asked to see mine. Turns out I spent more on juice than she spent on darn ...

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