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by S. Rash
February 17th, 2021, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 147
Views: 10017

Re: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?

2018 Tercero Spear Vineyard Grenache Curious to hear your take on this wine. It is still so young and the first time I worked with this wonderful vineyard in the Sta Rita Hills. It definitely shows the 100% stem inclusion upon opening but I feel it integrates pretty quickly. Cheers. Day 1 PnP, very...
by S. Rash
February 16th, 2021, 8:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 147
Views: 10017

Re: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?

2018 Tercero Spear Vineyard Grenache
by S. Rash
February 11th, 2021, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1985 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses rouge
Replies: 14
Views: 659

Re: TN: 1985 Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses rouge

I didn't know they would age that long! I just picked up a '14 on Wine Bid wish I could have gotten multiple bottles.
by S. Rash
February 11th, 2021, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines 2021 Spring Release
Replies: 19
Views: 1160

Re: Desire Lines 2021 Spring Release

2016 Desire Lines Syrah Griffin's Lair - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (2/10/2021) Dark and brooding. The nose is classic Griffin’s Lair, with all those wonderful earthy/briny notes of the Syrah, with a slight sweet grapiness. Decanted for 3 hours, this is still showing a bit of toug...
by S. Rash
February 10th, 2021, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines 2021 Spring Release
Replies: 19
Views: 1160

Re: Desire Lines 2021 Spring Release

Love their take on Griffin's Lair. The 2015 was delicious but still quite young in November. Going to open a 2016 tomorrow to check in and celebrate the release. Edit: And obviously wonderful people! Interested to see how it’s developing! 2016 Desire Lines Syrah Griffin's Lair - USA, California, So...
by S. Rash
February 9th, 2021, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines 2021 Spring Release
Replies: 19
Views: 1160

Re: Desire Lines 2021 Spring Release

Luca Giupponi wrote: February 9th, 2021, 6:36 pm In for Griffins Lair, Winds of Change, and the Riesling (which I also wishlisted). I've never had anything from this producer so thanks everyone for the recommendations!
You won’t be disappointed. Desire Lines makes up the biggest chunk of my cellar.
by S. Rash
February 9th, 2021, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines 2021 Spring Release
Replies: 19
Views: 1160

Re: Desire Lines 2021 Spring Release

In for the Griffins Lair and Winds of Change
by S. Rash
February 9th, 2021, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines 2021 Spring Release
Replies: 19
Views: 1160

Re: Desire Lines 2021 Spring Release

AD Northup wrote: February 9th, 2021, 12:05 pm Love their take on Griffin's Lair. The 2015 was delicious but still quite young in November. Going to open a 2016 tomorrow to check in and celebrate the release.

Edit: And obviously wonderful people!
Interested to see how it’s developing!
by S. Rash
February 4th, 2021, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Domaine du Haut Bourg Muscadet-Côtes de Grandlieu Sur Lie (France, Loire Valley, Pays Nantais, Muscadet)
Replies: 6
Views: 265

Re: TN: 2019 Domaine du Haut Bourg Muscadet-Côtes de Grandlieu Sur Lie (France, Loire Valley, Pays Nantais, Muscadet)

I really liked the youthfulness on this, but definitely think it will improve with several years of age. 2019 Domaine du Haut Bourg Muscadet-Côtes de Grandlieu Sur Lie - France, Loire Valley, Pays Nantais, Muscadet-Côtes de Grandlieu (1/31/2021) Pale yellow in color and clear in the glass. Aromas of...
by S. Rash
February 1st, 2021, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Arcadian Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard
Replies: 20
Views: 704

Re: TN: 2005 Arcadian Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard

larry schaffer wrote: January 30th, 2021, 7:28 pm So if a wine is listed at 13.7% alcohol, what are you thinking the grapes were picked at? And remember this was 15 years ago . . .

Cheers
Probably 23.3 to 23.5 Brix
by S. Rash
January 27th, 2021, 2:06 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Dusty Nabor Wines - Bolt To Wines - NSO by Dusty Nabor
Replies: 37
Views: 1896

Re: Dusty Nabor Wines - Bolt To Wines - NSO by Dusty Nabor

Ordered two Ballard Canyon Syrah's and a Ballard Canyon Roussanne
by S. Rash
January 14th, 2021, 7:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Ridge Evangelho (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County)
Replies: 23
Views: 1049

Re: TN: 2018 Ridge Evangelho (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County)

Thanks for the tasting note Adam. I would love to try a side by side tasting with Ridge, Bedrock, and Desire Lines Evangelho Funny you should mention that. I have now built a tasting flight that includes all of those plus Dirty & Rowdy Evangelho Mourvedre. Should be fun - whenever I can get my ...
by S. Rash
January 14th, 2021, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc
Replies: 4
Views: 369

Re: TN: 2019 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc

Thanks for the note! I will definitely have to look for some to order for my delve into the Loire this year
by S. Rash
January 14th, 2021, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Ridge Evangelho (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County)
Replies: 23
Views: 1049

Re: TN: 2018 Ridge Evangelho (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Contra Costa County)

Thanks for the tasting note Adam. I would love to try a side by side tasting with Ridge, Bedrock, and Desire Lines Evangelho
by S. Rash
January 13th, 2021, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS Has Gone Berserko...
Replies: 44
Views: 3593

Re: UPS Has Gone Berserko...

I have absolutely loved GSO of late. My shipment left K&L Monday afternoon in CA and arrived at my doorstop shortly before noon on Tuesday in Las Vegas. They have been very reliable throughout the pandemic
by S. Rash
January 7th, 2021, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines with damaged labels...should they sell for a discount?
Replies: 36
Views: 1808

Re: Wines with damaged labels...should they sell for a discount?

My local Total Wine has three 2015 Ridge Geyserville's that have wine splatter all over the labels. They are on the bottom shelf and I know a bottle above it got knocked off and broken causing the splatter. Those three bottles have been there well over a year and probably won't sell because of the l...
by S. Rash
January 5th, 2021, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Others Don't...Chap 37
Replies: 27
Views: 2138

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Others Don't...Chap 37

I became a big fan of a winery, not going to mention their name, but after several years of visiting the tasting room and posting their wine tasting notes on Inatagram I received a package in the mail with two free bottles of wine and a hat. Now they get it!! But they are a small winery and probably...
by S. Rash
January 4th, 2021, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Apsara Cellars Syrah 100% Whole Cluster Las Madres
Replies: 2
Views: 263

Re: TN: 2012 Apsara Cellars Syrah 100% Whole Cluster Las Madres

Thanks for the tasting note. Sounds like my kind of Syrah
by S. Rash
January 2nd, 2021, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your cellar's core strength?
Replies: 104
Views: 5148

Re: Your cellar's core strength?

Predominantly California Syrah (Desire Lines, Tensley, Halcon) and Zinfandel (Pagani Ranch and Rockpile AVA)
by S. Rash
January 2nd, 2021, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you want to try in 2021????
Replies: 100
Views: 3846

Re: What do you want to try in 2021????

Red: Rioja especially LdH Vina Tondonia

White: Loire!!! My region to explore in 2021
by S. Rash
December 31st, 2020, 12:47 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ
Replies: 598
Views: 47445

Re: BerserkerDay 12 Master Thread/FAQ

I'm excited! This will be my first Berserker Day
by S. Rash
December 28th, 2020, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
Replies: 22
Views: 722

Re: TN: 1991 Souverain Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

This makes me happy!! I just picked up the ‘97 on Wine Bid. Great tasting note!
by S. Rash
December 23rd, 2020, 7:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2267
Views: 316714

Re: Official Costco Thread

My Favorite Neighbor $44.99
CVNE Cune Rioja Reserva 2015 $14.99
by S. Rash
December 18th, 2020, 10:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)
Replies: 10
Views: 772

Re: TN: 2018 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)

This would be a nice one to do a side by side tasting with Carlisle, Bedrock and any other Pagani Ranch zins. There was a HVS Zoom tasting of Ridge, Bedrock, Seghesio and Biale Zins last night. Discussed all aspects of the site, winemaking, the vintage, etc. I'll try and get a link for this. It was...
by S. Rash
December 14th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Top 100 Thread
Replies: 141
Views: 16153

Re: Wine Spectator Top 100 Thread

2018 was an incredible vintage in California and I am surprised not to see more on this list
by S. Rash
December 9th, 2020, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines Dec 2020 Release
Replies: 4
Views: 601

Re: Desire Lines Dec 2020 Release

Day 2 of 2018 Shake Ridge: Same as Day 1 except a little more open and the tannins lost some of their edge. Before I knew it the glass was gone, if that tells you something. I cant wait to open another bottle in several years.
by S. Rash
December 8th, 2020, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desire Lines Dec 2020 Release
Replies: 4
Views: 601

Re: Desire Lines Dec 2020 Release

I just opened up a 2018 Shake Ridge Syrah last night to see how it was since I had three in the cellar. Pnp and it was very restrained and muted upon opening with just slight aromas of cocoa and dusty florals. Full bodied with medium(+) grippy tannins. Opened up after an hour to blackberry, plum, we...
by S. Rash
December 7th, 2020, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15679
Views: 811045

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Picked up a 2016 Bedrock Pagani Ranch Heritage on Wine Bid for $35
by S. Rash
December 7th, 2020, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Top 100 Thread
Replies: 141
Views: 16153

Re: Wine Spectator Top 100 Thread

Maybe a Ridge? 2018 Geyserville or Pagani Ranch
by S. Rash
December 2nd, 2020, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Half tonight; the remainder tomorrow night. Preservation?
Replies: 80
Views: 3237

Re: Half tonight; the remainder tomorrow night. Preservation?

I just put the bottle in the fridge. If I know the remainder will be drunk the next day, I don't even bother with transferring it to a smaller container. If you want to protect the wine from oxidation, temperature is your friend, as all reactions slow down with temperature. Most likely there's enou...
by S. Rash
November 30th, 2020, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year
Replies: 181
Views: 14860

Re: WOTYs 2020 Edition -- and your Discovery of the Year

2016 Ex Post Facto Syrah
2016 I. Brand & Family Brosseau Vineyard Grenache
2013 Ferrer Bobet Vinyes Velles Priorat
by S. Rash
November 30th, 2020, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do world-class California Rieslings exist?
Replies: 106
Views: 4679

Re: Do world-class California Rieslings exist?

Cody at Desire Lines is making one of the best California Rieslings from the Cole Ranch AVA.
by S. Rash
November 22nd, 2020, 9:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 147
Views: 10017

Re: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?

2016 Ex Post Facto Syrah. One of my 2020 WOTY candidates. Balanced and elegant. I was Wowed!!
by S. Rash
November 18th, 2020, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Christmas Comes Early! WineBid Rebates ONLY for Wine Berserkers!
Replies: 111
Views: 9977

Re: Christmas Comes Early! WineBid Rebates ONLY for Wine Berserkers!

Wow! This is great. Thanks Todd and Russ
by S. Rash
November 18th, 2020, 3:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California’s great old vine Zinfandel vineyards
Replies: 538
Views: 55899

Re: California’s great old vine Zinfandel vineyards

I don't think so. Sonoma Valley AVA northeastern edge is at Santa Rosa. My guess would be around 38.4673712, -122.6108284 based on this article. It looks like it was a victim of the Glass fire. The 2011 Bedrock Rowe references Chuck Rowe on the back label. https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/news...
by S. Rash
November 18th, 2020, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California’s great old vine Zinfandel vineyards
Replies: 538
Views: 55899

Re: California’s great old vine Zinfandel vineyards

That would put it just north of Cloverdale in Mendocino County
by S. Rash
November 17th, 2020, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Desire Lines Carignan Evangelho
Replies: 10
Views: 684

Re: TN: 2018 Desire Lines Carignan Evangelho

90% Carignan and 10% Mourvedre is our best guess at the blend from the section of the vineyard that we get, but with all the usual field-blend caveats. There are a few Palomino vines in our section, and even the exceedingly rare Calomino - Carignan and Palomino grafted together into one vine. And y...
by S. Rash
November 16th, 2020, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Preferred daily use corkscrew?
Replies: 83
Views: 3172

Re: Preferred daily use corkscrew?

Double-hinged waiter's corkscrew
by S. Rash
November 13th, 2020, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN; 2018 Ridge Geyserville
Replies: 46
Views: 4753

Re: TN; 2018 Ridge Geyserville

I have the '18 Geezer and Pagani in my cellar, but this makes me want to get more bottles!! Thanks Mitch
by S. Rash
November 13th, 2020, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1996 Ridge Lytton Springs info
Replies: 3
Views: 290

1996 Ridge Lytton Springs info

Has anybody opened a 1996 Ridge Lytton Springs lately? It will be at 25 years and my daughter is turning 25 as well. I would like to open and share a bottle from her birthyear on her birthday and was wondering how this was aging?
by S. Rash
November 12th, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Halcon Vineyards Syrah Alturas
Replies: 11
Views: 737

Re: TN: 2018 Halcon Vineyards Syrah Alturas

I have the 2017 Alturas in my cellar, but didn't purchase any of the '18, but I did get the Elevacion, Esquito, and PS this last release. Your note makes me think I need to try and fine some '18 Alturas soon.
by S. Rash
November 12th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greg Brewer of Brewer-Clifton Named Winemaker of the Year
Replies: 4
Views: 454

Re: Greg Brewer of Brewer-Clifton Named Winemaker of the Year

I just had his side project 2016 Ex Post Facto Syrah the other night and was stunning. One of my WOTY candidates!!
by S. Rash
October 29th, 2020, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Conversations
Replies: 53
Views: 4842

Re: Bedrock Wine Conversations

Anyone have other good wine podcasts to recommend? I’ve been hoping to find something akin to the podcast equivalent of this message board, but I also haven’t looked very hard. “I’ll drink to that” with Levi Dalton. A huge source of information. I haven't seen a new podcast from Levi since June 30t...
by S. Rash
October 29th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What ONE BOTTLE from your cellar will be your special occasion wine in five years?
Replies: 97
Views: 4065

Re: What ONE BOTTLE from your cellar will be your special occasion wine in five years?

Collecting anniversary wines now from 1997 so probably one of those or maybe a 2014 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas
by S. Rash
October 27th, 2020, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Anniversary Wines - Recommendations?
Replies: 68
Views: 2910

Re: 1997 Anniversary Wines - Recommendations?

Ended up getting from Wine Bid:

1997 Pride Mountain Merlot
1997 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino


But will keep looking to purchase more. Probably Napa Cabs and wines from the Loire Valley
by S. Rash
October 27th, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15679
Views: 811045

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

From Wine Bid:

1997 Pride Mountain Merlot
1997 Argiano Brunello di Montalcino
by S. Rash
October 26th, 2020, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 K Vintners Viognier Art Den Hoed Vineyard
Replies: 11
Views: 531

Re: TN: 2014 K Vintners Viognier Art Den Hoed Vineyard

Thanks John for the tip. I will have to check out Alexandria Nicole. Always love teacher discounts!
by S. Rash
October 21st, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Skunked! A note related to wine
Replies: 11
Views: 1107

Re: My Solution..

Great wines are to be shared with great friends, Dan. I have no compunction on open a great btl. Sometimes even 2-3 btls. Drink a little and if they're good, stick the cork back in, then the next morning take the remains down to Pig+Fig restaurant, who has a great wine program, for their breakfast ...
by S. Rash
October 18th, 2020, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Vintage, other than smoke
Replies: 15
Views: 1717

Re: 2020 Vintage, other than smoke

Thank you Russell for starting this post and your perspective. With all of the negative and horrible things talked about and focused on, this is the type of post that is needed! Thank you for the view point from the inside. Thank you for your input as well Adam, Fred, Roy, and Larry. I cannot wait t...
by S. Rash
October 17th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 61796

Re: #GlassFire

It does not matter one bit of anyone picked before the Glass Fire, although I have serious doubts if you picked AFTER. We had 36 days of smoke before the glass fire and either the die is cast or it is not. So far I am not tasting taint anywhere, which needless to say, is a bit of a shock. But taint...

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