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by MikeHill
November 9th, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AG: 2016 And 2017 Barbaresco And Point Inflation
Replies: 31
Views: 2077

Re: AG: 2016 And 2017 Barbaresco And Point Inflation

The same might be true of Vivino, but Vivino is much more difficult for me to suss out - I don't have a strong visceral sense of the difference between 4.3 vs 4.5 vs 4.7 vs 4.9 at Vivino. More thread drift, but I had the same questions about Vivino ratings. 9842E528-B0C2-48BD-A137-90B163C8D6EC.jpeg
by MikeHill
November 4th, 2019, 4:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Space aging wine? NASA
Replies: 19
Views: 831

Re: Space aging wine? NASA

How long does the board recommend they let the wine sit after the return trip to ensure no bottle shock?
by MikeHill
November 3rd, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10928
Views: 398158

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Friends dinner last night in LA. No formal notes, but everything drank true to form over five hours. The Opus was lean and well made, despite being overhyped. The Chave, while young, was open for business and took WOTN, edging out the Vietti.
by MikeHill
October 22nd, 2019, 8:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 EMH Black Cat Classic
Replies: 19
Views: 2066

Re: TN: 2012 EMH Black Cat Classic

Thanks to the board (and BD day), I’ve got some ‘12, ‘13 and ‘14 but had not tried any yet. This thread inspired me to pop open the 2012 and it was a treat! Beautiful nose of dark cherry. Cherry and raspberry on the palate and just a little earthy. Fruit was well balanced with good acidity and mediu...
by MikeHill
October 15th, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?
Replies: 56
Views: 1891

Re: POLL: What is your primary connection to wine? ITB or other?

Reasonable, imo. After all, without the income gained through the ITB connection would there be any money that would allow them to be a consumer? In other words, if your ITB status is what brings in the money used to buy wine for personal consumption, then ITB is your "primary" connection to wine. ...
by MikeHill
September 25th, 2019, 8:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6451

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

This thread has gone so wrong regarding R.E.Lee It's just so easy to judge the past when you're not living it. I find based on past experience that most people that "judge" the behavior of the past don't really know much of the actual history of the time... As one of the few blacks on this board, m...
by MikeHill
September 20th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10928
Views: 398158

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1979 Domaine de Chevalier. Slightly bricked color. Talc on the nose. Red cherry on the palate, light notes of leather and forest floor. Medium weight, nice acidity. Long finish. Not complex, but still alive, for a 40 yr old wine, delightful!
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by MikeHill
September 11th, 2019, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 18252

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

What's the ageability of MacDonalds? Nobody knows, but my guess is it will age like Ch. Latour. That was the thing I thought of when I first tasted it. The wines are really compelling. In a 2014 “I’ll Drink to That” podcast, Graeme mentioned a goal of making a wine for aging, with a window that ope...
by MikeHill
August 27th, 2019, 9:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Rapid, Unfortunate Decline of Bobby Orlando’s Palate
Replies: 40
Views: 2268

Re: The Rapid, Unfortunate Decline of Bobby Orlando’s Palate

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
August 27th, 2019, 6:42 pm
I popped a Lanessan today!

I am AFWE, I swear. I’ve been framed.
I also popped a Lanessan tonight (‘02). I was enjoying the classic profile, and at such a great price.

But now all I taste is ash in my mouth. It was all lies...pass me the Caymus.
by MikeHill
August 12th, 2019, 9:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spanish Wine Regions
Replies: 18
Views: 832

Re: Spanish Wine Regions

Greg, thanks for the history lesson, you are correct I was referring to the late 1800's as "traditional"! My comment about Riscal was not meant to be pejorative towards the winemaking, just that we were looking to visit smaller scale producers unavailable back in the US. Regarding the building, the ...
by MikeHill
August 12th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spanish Wine Regions
Replies: 18
Views: 832

Re: Spanish Wine Regions

Only a few bodegas are set up like Napa. You should check first. If you go to Haro, you can walk from one bodega to another. The bigger ones have regular tours. Literally next door to each other are Muga, Rioja Alta, Lopez de Heredia, CVNE, Cruzado, and Roda. You can walk to all of them. Farther ea...
by MikeHill
August 2nd, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kata folded into Realm
Replies: 5
Views: 1150

Kata folded into Realm

Got this email this morning. I was a buyer of Kata, on the waitlist for Realm...wonder if this will help? "In 2011, Benoit Touquette and I set out to make a special wine from an unusual blend of grapes telling the story of an extraordinary historic site, the Beckstoffer Bourn Vineyard in St. Helena....
by MikeHill
August 1st, 2019, 10:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12106
Views: 580430

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

3x Clos l’Eglise 2001
6x Saxum Heart Stone 2015...because I didn’t make the list but still wanted in on the fun.
by MikeHill
July 24th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNS: 2000 Chateau Leoville Barton, 1999 Chateau Musar
Replies: 29
Views: 2034

Re: TNS: 2000 Chateau Leoville Barton, 1999 Chateau Musar

+1 I just had the 1999 Musar last night from a 375, and Alfert's TN nails it. I tried it based on the noise from this board, and man it was killer. I don't know how much was psychological (a recent blind tasting reminded me how much I project when I know the label), but this was such an intriguing b...
by MikeHill
July 23rd, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 12755

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

Mixed case. Hurts the wallet, but this came just in time, I've been getting low on Zin I am excited to drink.
by MikeHill
July 22nd, 2019, 9:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Wine-Centric Title for our Fearless Leader?
Replies: 45
Views: 1591

Re: New Wine-Centric Title for our Fearless Leader?

William Segui wrote:
July 22nd, 2019, 8:47 pm
Board Man Gets Paid
+1!
by MikeHill
July 17th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release
Replies: 71
Views: 5254

Re: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release

In for a half case of zins
by MikeHill
July 16th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 87
Views: 7001

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

2 each Napa, Panek, Lore
by MikeHill
July 14th, 2019, 9:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10928
Views: 398158

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1998 Raymond-Lafond Sauternes. Beautiful amber color. Honey, apricot caramel. Rich mouthfeel. Finish of tropical fruit, even a little tart. Short finish. I only drink Sauternes when I’m flying internationally, usually on an Air France flight. I always ask myself, why don’t I drink this at home? I ev...
by MikeHill
July 13th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your recent auction purchase?
Replies: 41
Views: 2337

Re: What is your recent auction purchase?

1979 Heitz Martha's Vineyard Cab. No deal, but it's a birth year wine, so I paid up to win what turned into quite a competitive bidding process.
by MikeHill
July 11th, 2019, 11:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10928
Views: 398158

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1995 La Conseillante. Lovely nose of earth and plums, along with some floral notes. Lush and even a bit savory, but enough structure with soft, fine tannins. Medium body.
Long, clean finish. At 12.9%, so easy to drink and enjoy. Drink or hold, this still had a lot of fruit to give.
by MikeHill
July 6th, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 7.1 Richter -> Ridgecrest, CA: How did your cellar fare?
Replies: 10
Views: 1468

Re: 7.1 Richter -> Ridgecrest, CA: How did your cellar fare?

I hope everyone is safe. I had a bit of a surreal experience, at a hotel in Oxnard, room starts shaking, while I’m watching NBA summer league game in Vegas, and they stop play because the arena is shaking. So I’m watching an earthquake live, while I’m living through the same earthquake. Weird. This ...
by MikeHill
July 6th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?
Replies: 57
Views: 3635

Re: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?

Not leaving a designated drinking wine for the wife when I went out for a wine dinner with the guys. When I got home she was drinking a 2005 Alban Lorraine. +1 I’ve learned this lesson as well. In my version the wife said, “we started grabbing from the bottom because we figured that’s where the cra...
by MikeHill
July 4th, 2019, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?
Replies: 57
Views: 3635

Re: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?

Well I have blown up the bubbly in the freezer, but the dumbest thing was several years ago, getting talked into buying an 82 Margaux at a Tokyo restaurant after we had already had too much wine and whisky. Can’t tell you what it tasted like, but I can tell you what I paid for it...
by MikeHill
June 29th, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10928
Views: 398158

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2012 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. PNP. Muted nose, hints of flowers and spice. Black cherry, oak and a little smoke. Tightly wound, but well made and balanced. Not your typical fruity Cali cab, but I do think this is a bit shut down.
by MikeHill
June 26th, 2019, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 469
Views: 37597

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

PNP a BD10 2017 Princess and the Peasant Carignan. Don’t have much experience with this varietal, but I really enjoyed this, especially after an hour to breathe. Bright cherries, slight earthiness, fresh acidity. I suspect this will be even better with a little more time, but don’t know my bottles w...
by MikeHill
June 23rd, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house (San Clemente CA), September 7 2019 - NEW START TIME
Replies: 100
Views: 4345

Re: Mini-BerserkerFest 10.4 at my house, September 7 2019 (Kane comes to town)

I'm in (plus 1). I've gotten so much out of this forum, I can't pass up the chance to share a glass in person with the people responsible for the ruination of my bank account.
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by MikeHill
June 11th, 2019, 9:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10928
Views: 398158

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2014 Laderas de Sedella Red blend (Garnacha based).

Intense nose, black cherry, raspberry. Lush and fruit forward, but not jammy or over the top. Medium body, chewy. Good acidity, I think 13.5% alcohol. Long, tart finish. Simple, but enjoyable and nice QPR. I would drink this again.
by MikeHill
May 18th, 2019, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Mike Smith wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 383
Views: 29634

Re: What Mike Smith wine are you drinking tonight?

2010 Carter O.G. with Flannery. Needed to treat myself after a rough week.
by MikeHill
May 11th, 2019, 12:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Virtual Tasting - Red Blends 3 or more Varieties
Replies: 10
Views: 510

Re: Virtual Tasting - Red Blends 3 or more Varieties

2012 Perez Cruz Liguai. Lush Chilean blend of Syrah, Cab and Carmenere. Dark red velvet color. Blackberry, currant. Pepper, eucalyptus. Solid tannins, mostly integrated, but a bit oaky.
by MikeHill
May 3rd, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10928
Views: 398158

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

1979 Pichon Laland. 40th bday wine, and by far the oldest bottle I’ve had. I was very excited and researched the board on how to handle such a bottle. Bought an Ah so to use after standing the bottle up the day before. Promptly pushed the cork into the bottle, and clumsily gurgled the wine into a de...
by MikeHill
April 25th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12106
Views: 580430

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Grabbed some birth year wine for my upcoming 40th:

1979 Margaux, Palmer, Pichon Lalande, recommended by the board. Also got some '79 Mouton on auction.

Fingers crossed most (some?) end up drinkable, I'm not sure how much longer '79s are an option for a secondhand buyer like me.
by MikeHill
April 22nd, 2019, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10928
Views: 398158

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2012 Realm Farella, paired with Game of Thrones. Because I drink, and I know things.

Deep dark purple. Blue fruit on the nose. Black cherry and cocoa with a little gravel. Rich and tannic, but balanced and well integrated. PNP, settles down after a couple of hours. Long finish.
by MikeHill
April 19th, 2019, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BS pricing
Replies: 15
Views: 1571

Re: BS pricing

$40,000 wine is dead at retail
by MikeHill
April 13th, 2019, 10:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's a person to do? So many threads. One confession.
Replies: 28
Views: 1877

Re: What's a person to do? So many threads. One confession.

I think the OP was meant to inspire some "real cellars of WB" pics that you won't find in a magazine. Here you go. I decided to spend the $$ on the juice instead of the finishing...a decision I may come to regret. And yes, that's a wine.com box smack dab in the middle. Please don't flame me, the go...
by MikeHill
April 13th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 469
Views: 37597

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

2013 Loring Russell Family Vineyard Pinot Noir. Classic pinot color, light rhubarb, clear edges. Nose is something quite different, with spice almost like a syrah. Big but balanced, with ripe red fruit, fresh acidity and notes of baking spices. Long finish. Different from what I was expecting, but r...
by MikeHill
April 13th, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's a person to do? So many threads. One confession.
Replies: 28
Views: 1877

Re: What's a person to do? So many threads. One confession.

I think the OP was meant to inspire some "real cellars of WB" pics that you won't find in a magazine. Here you go. I decided to spend the $$ on the juice instead of the finishing...a decision I may come to regret. And yes, that's a wine.com box smack dab in the middle. Please don't flame me, the goo...
by MikeHill
April 9th, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Heft- Do you care?
Replies: 65
Views: 2380

Re: Bottle Heft- Do you care?

Since you mention a spectrum, I assume you have more choices than just the "cheap Bordeaux" and "heavyweight". I'll say the heavyweight is not a favorite of mine. It feels wasteful to throw all that away with every bottle. And very often they fit terribly into a wine fridge (taller, higher shoulder,...
by MikeHill
April 9th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad Release today
Replies: 43
Views: 3417

Re: Myriad Release today

In for two Empyrean and one regular GIII
by MikeHill
April 6th, 2019, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10928
Views: 398158

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2012 Saxum Heart Stone Vineyard. Delicious spicy cherry.
by MikeHill
March 29th, 2019, 12:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12106
Views: 580430

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Based on the positive press on this board for Produttori, I pulled the trigger on some 2014 single vineyard Riservas (Paje, Rabaja, Ovello, Asili). I'm a novice when it comes to Italian wines, so I was somewhat embarrassed/excited to realize that Barbaresco was a region for Nebbiolo, and not the sam...
by MikeHill
March 26th, 2019, 11:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post Parade Wines (Another TRB Project)?
Replies: 9
Views: 1248

Re: Post Parade Wines (Another TRB Project)?

My notes for the 2014, openedDec 2018:

Beautiful dark purple color. Dark red fruit, cherry and plum. Well balanced, and good mouthfeel, but still a little tighter than I hoped, lacking a bit on the finish. I popped and poured, probably a mistake, better with decanting, this is a well made wine.
by MikeHill
March 24th, 2019, 9:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1459
Views: 99006

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2012 Monte Rosso Zin. Can’t imagine this being any better, a wonderful spectrum of fruit, some spice, not hot or jammy at all. Crowd pleaser for sure. Went great with some home made Trinidadian food, although I had to stay away from the hot sauce.
by MikeHill
March 19th, 2019, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10928
Views: 398158

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Big day yesterday with some long time wino friends in town and late night BBQ: 2017 Tercero Mourvedre Rose. From Berserker Day X, lovely way to start out on a hot Pasadena afternoon 2011 Domaine de la Mordoree Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Mostly Grenache, great balance of fruit and earthiness. 2011 Scarecro...
by MikeHill
March 8th, 2019, 10:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10928
Views: 398158

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2014 Shafer One Point Five Cabernet. More sour cherry than I was expecting but still enjoyable. Drink with decant or hold.
by MikeHill
February 28th, 2019, 9:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10928
Views: 398158

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2010 Gargiulo Money Road Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon. Blackberries, with elements of pepper and smoke. A little thin, but well balanced and integrated, with a smooth finish. A lovely wine.
by MikeHill
February 26th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar recommendation - EuroCave FranceCave (Wine Enthusiast) vs EuroCave Artevino III (Costco)
Replies: 14
Views: 2279

Re: Cellar recommendation - EuroCave FranceCave (Wine Enthusiast) vs EuroCave Artevino III (Costco)

Agree with the comments on the Artevino III from Costco. I bought one last fall, and had no issues. I believe it is manufactured from Eurocave. From my day job (involved in high value manufacturing similar to this) it is quite likely this is functionally identical to a "branded" Eurocave...it's ofte...
by MikeHill
February 23rd, 2019, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10928
Views: 398158

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2005 Ontanon Gran Reserva...85% Tempranillo, 15% Graciano. Needed some time to let the earthiness get through the acid. Still, a nice complement to bacon wrapped cod.
by MikeHill
February 10th, 2019, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10928
Views: 398158

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2012 Myriad Three Twins. I’ve been stocking up a bunch of Mike Smith wines, without much tasting. This didn’t disappoint, perfect with some Flannery burgers off the grill.
by MikeHill
February 7th, 2019, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!
Replies: 55
Views: 3488

Re: Who is the BerserkerDay 10 MVP?? Come and see!

Well, it was a glorious five days while it lasted. Congrats Lee! Luckily for me, as a consolation prize my BD10 wines have started rolling in. I am currently crying into a lovely Arcadian Syrah... Thanks, Mike! You win in that regard as mine haven't made it to the east coast yet, but they should st...

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