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by Kris Patten
April 7th, 2021, 9:37 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Buying Premium Bourbon
Replies: 14
Views: 1781

Re: Buying Premium Bourbon

Go to Oregon or Idaho.
by Kris Patten
April 7th, 2021, 9:32 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Irish Whisky Are You Drinking?
Replies: 29
Views: 1381

Re: What Irish Whisky Are You Drinking?

Been flirting with a bunch of new Irish whiskey releases....to see what my preferences are

The Busker Releases
Hinch Releases
McConnell's
by Kris Patten
April 7th, 2021, 9:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: How Do You Guys Get Your Rare Bourbon?
Replies: 22
Views: 1521

Re: How Do You Guys Get Your Rare Bourbon?

I was lucky and joined a small private group about 10 years ago with some killer connections. That gets me access to some great stuff (Weller SB, WT, 4R SB) but the general release high end stuff (BTAC, 4RLE's, etc) - I'm lucky to get a bottle every couple of years through a long standing relations...
by Kris Patten
April 7th, 2021, 9:25 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What's Your Favorite Widely Available Bourbon / Rye?
Replies: 19
Views: 958

Re: What's Your Favorite Widely Available Bourbon / Rye?

Eagle Rare 10 Year

Old Fo Rye 100 Proof
by Kris Patten
April 5th, 2021, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series
Replies: 22
Views: 1190

Re: TN: 2018 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series

Dang! They will barely have slapped the Stelvins onto these puppies yet! I picture Jeremy standing at the end of the bottling line and grabbing one of the first bottles to try each year. You know, just in case it's slightly more or slightly less brilliant than usual :)! Remarkably consistent. FWIW,...
by Kris Patten
April 5th, 2021, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series
Replies: 22
Views: 1190

Re: TN: 2018 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series

Kris, was it sealed with a screw cap? Yes, Stelvin. Still have 98, 02, 03 in cork. Kris. Thanks. That stacks up with my assumptions about Leeuwin switching to screw caps aroundc2004-2005. Good luck with the dreaded pox. [beg.gif] Been selling Leeuwin in WA since 2001, our first stelvin vintage was ...
by Kris Patten
April 4th, 2021, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blankiet STIll deserves more attention on board ! Long and slightly interesting
Replies: 11
Views: 1336

Re: Blankiet STIll deserves more attention on board ! Long and slightly interesting

I felt burned with the early 2000s versions, 03, 04, 05....haven't tried since, unbalanced across the board. May be time to revisit.
by Kris Patten
April 4th, 2021, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series
Replies: 22
Views: 1190

Re: TN: 2018 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series

James Billy wrote: April 4th, 2021, 4:45 pm
Kris Patten wrote: April 4th, 2021, 10:56 am Opened the 2005 over the holidays....to be more accurate my MIL opened it, thinking it was Sonoma Cutrer.....utterly delicious, rich, yet balanced with a nice beam of acidity.
Kris, was it sealed with a screw cap?
Yes, Stelvin. Still have 98, 02, 03 in cork.
by Kris Patten
April 4th, 2021, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series
Replies: 22
Views: 1190

Re: TN: 2018 Leeuwin Estate Chardonnay Art Series

Opened the 2005 over the holidays....to be more accurate my MIL opened it, thinking it was Sonoma Cutrer.....utterly delicious, rich, yet balanced with a nice beam of acidity.
by Kris Patten
April 4th, 2021, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN of a rare one (for Europeans) - Goodfellow Willamette Valley ‘17
Replies: 6
Views: 646

Re: TN of a rare one (for Europeans) - Goodfellow Willamette Valley ‘17

As good as his Pinot's are, the Chardonnay's are equally excellent.
by Kris Patten
April 4th, 2021, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Ch. Monbousquet
Replies: 18
Views: 990

Re: TN: 2005 Ch. Monbousquet

I’ve got a single magnum of this vintage and that’s it. There is no popping a bottle from a full case to see where it’s at. I was planning on opening it at the first post-covid party at my house. The comments here have me thinking it should sit for several more years. Yeah, 3 pack of mags here and ...
by Kris Patten
April 4th, 2021, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Virage Vineyards (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 15
Views: 757

Re: TN: 2007 Virage Vineyards (USA, California, Napa Valley)

This wine very much reminded me of the style in Napa in the mid-80s thru 94.

Really enjoyed it.
by Kris Patten
February 28th, 2021, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the current situation with Torres Gran Coronas Black Label?
Replies: 18
Views: 992

Re: What is the current situation with Torres Gran Coronas Black Label?

Mas La Plana is single vineyard Cabernet in a Burgundy bottle, Gran Coronas is Cab/Tempranillo in a BDX bottle . As far as distribution goes Torres partnered with Ste. Michelle and all the focus was on the lower priced Sangre de Toro tier. Now with recent move to WD we should see more premium wines ...
by Kris Patten
February 11th, 2021, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.
Replies: 204
Views: 9745

Re: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.

I haven't read a single post, but I love the 100 point scale for one reason.....it conveys passion for a particular wine. Regardless of style it's a moment in time.
by Kris Patten
February 11th, 2021, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got offered Ovid Experiment
Replies: 21
Views: 1576

Re: Got offered Ovid Experiment

Robert.A.Jr. wrote: February 11th, 2021, 4:46 am
Kris Patten wrote: February 10th, 2021, 9:31 pm Ask #1 fanboy Alfert....

Ha, that’s cold, but I did get the card!

I would not recommend this pairing.....


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;)
What'd you cut the Ovid with some Sauv Blanc?
by Kris Patten
February 10th, 2021, 9:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got offered Ovid Experiment
Replies: 21
Views: 1576

Re: Got offered Ovid Experiment

Ask #1 fanboy Alfert....
by Kris Patten
February 5th, 2021, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you all think about White Bordeaux?
Replies: 25
Views: 1789

Re: What do you all think about White Bordeaux?

In the lower price spectrum Marjosse is quaffable, and Picque Caillou is very good. 2017 DDC Blanc was the best wine I tasted at the 2017 BDX tasting in Seattle, red or white.

Don't overlook Sauterne producers dry whites.
by Kris Patten
February 4th, 2021, 6:54 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4185
Views: 245897

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Jorge Henriquez wrote: January 31st, 2021, 8:42 pm
Their barrel selections are excellent. Hi Time barrel you have there is 12 years 5 months at 60%, for what $79.99-84.99?
by Kris Patten
February 4th, 2021, 6:51 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 4185
Views: 245897

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Recently started buying various bourbons to try. I was able to grab my first bottle of Blantons, for retail. I had a decent pour two nights in a row but I am not impressed. At the 60 bucks I paid, its fine, but I would be pretty upset at tasting this for some of the secondary prices. It's overrated...
by Kris Patten
February 4th, 2021, 6:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Shouldn't the Negroni rate its own thread?
Replies: 97
Views: 5819

Re: Shouldn't the Negroni rate its own thread?

I've been altering my Negroni lately to use Empress, Campari bitters, Carpano vermouth, and a splash of Q Pink Grapefruit.
by Kris Patten
January 29th, 2021, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 SQN Eleven Confessions Estate Offering
Replies: 86
Views: 8145

Re: 2017 SQN Eleven Confessions Estate Offering

J. Galang wrote: January 29th, 2021, 7:10 pm
Kris Patten wrote: January 29th, 2021, 6:26 pm
J. Galang wrote: January 29th, 2021, 11:50 am How was the overall vintage for 2017 in the central valley?
"off vintages" tend to be my long term aging favorites from SQN, Saxum, etc....
Are you saying 2017 was an off-vintage for SQN's general appellation?
I don't think SQN has off vintages, but I love cooler years.
by Kris Patten
January 29th, 2021, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 SQN Eleven Confessions Estate Offering
Replies: 86
Views: 8145

Re: 2017 SQN Eleven Confessions Estate Offering

J. Galang wrote: January 29th, 2021, 11:50 am How was the overall vintage for 2017 in the central valley?
"off vintages" tend to be my long term aging favorites from SQN, Saxum, etc....
by Kris Patten
January 26th, 2021, 8:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk Riesling from the Nahe region.
Replies: 41
Views: 2004

Re: Let's talk Riesling from the Nahe region.

Not much to add to above....agree I find more pit fruit in Nahe, plenty of underlying acidity, and power, and a bit more wet cement stoniness. Pardon the pun, but my sweet spot here is Kabinett and Spatlese. Some nice Trocken wines too. Not as big of a fan at the Auslese levels and up. Donnhoff and ...
by Kris Patten
January 26th, 2021, 8:08 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WineBerserker Shirts for BerserkerDay?
Replies: 4
Views: 434

Re: WineBerserker Shirts for BerserkerDay?

$50 donated. No interest in shirts, and thanks for sharing a good cause.
by Kris Patten
January 26th, 2021, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vermouth?
Replies: 77
Views: 2677

Re: Vermouth?

Jeff_M. wrote: January 26th, 2021, 7:07 am Had some Vermouth at Trinchero 2 years back and it was really good.
They actually sell it now, Trincheri Vermouth.
by Kris Patten
January 26th, 2021, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vermouth?
Replies: 77
Views: 2677

Re: Vermouth?

Our house is pretty much Dolin all the time. Especially with Negronis being the most prevalent cocktail we drink. That said, there are quite a few locally produced Vermouths, and the recipe for success mostly seems to be the same as for small wineries. Stay enthused in your work, and plan on/hope f...
by Kris Patten
January 25th, 2021, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vermouth?
Replies: 77
Views: 2677

Re: Vermouth?

Kris, Are you familiar with St Agrestis out of Brooklyn? They have really taken off. They started with an amaro, moved into RTD cocktails, and now have an apertivo and RTD spritz. That is definitely the way to go! I'm not, but the Scrappy's team build a spritz out here with Fasel Shenstone and Manc...
by Kris Patten
January 25th, 2021, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2330
Views: 327684

Re: Official Costco Thread

Southcenter today:

2018 KS Oakville $19.99
2017 Carbonnieux Blanc $39.99
2016 Larrivet Haut Brion $46.99
2016 Lynch Bages $129.99
2017 Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow $199.99
2015 Valdicava BdM 375ml $57.99
2012 Flaccianello $99.99
MV Lebrun Grand Cru Brut $25.99
by Kris Patten
January 25th, 2021, 11:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vermouth?
Replies: 77
Views: 2677

Re: Vermouth?

A couple of points: Red vermouth does not necessarily mean 'sweet' vermouth. There are red vermouths that are drier and I tend to prefer them. Carpano Antica is much too sweet for me. Also, 'red' vermouth is not necessarily made from red wine-Lustau is sherry based and Montanaro uses a Marsala base...
by Kris Patten
January 24th, 2021, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 4228
Views: 461731

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Today's offer seemed like a pretty good price on a wine I wanted to try. The 2015 Clos du Val “Three Graces” . I loved the line about how the wine-making has taken a 360 degree turn. It's been a little while since I took geometry, but ... [scratch.gif] Tried to go more modern and flashy a few years...
by Kris Patten
January 24th, 2021, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vermouth?
Replies: 77
Views: 2677

Re: Vermouth?

Our house is pretty much Dolin all the time. Especially with Negronis being the most prevalent cocktail we drink. That said, there are quite a few locally produced Vermouths, and the recipe for success mostly seems to be the same as for small wineries. Stay enthused in your work, and plan on/hope f...
by Kris Patten
January 24th, 2021, 5:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best carbonara recipe?
Replies: 56
Views: 5757

Re: Best carbonara recipe?

Dennis Atick wrote: January 24th, 2021, 4:27 am This worked well! And followed the technique and recipe in the video Jan posted on first page of thread.
Dolcetto or Barbera are sentimental favorites. I also like Barolo or Chianti Classico/Riserva.

I could see Arneis or Gavi working too.
by Kris Patten
January 24th, 2021, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Trio of Chablis
Replies: 3
Views: 528

Re: TN: Trio of Chablis

D@ve D y r 0 f f wrote: January 24th, 2021, 11:36 am Hah! I ordered all three of these as well (also the '16 Race Montmains), though only the Vrignaud has been delivered. Thanks for the notes - looking forward to all of them!
$20 1er Chablis is pretty much an error proof purchase.
by Kris Patten
January 24th, 2021, 3:21 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Cellar sell off
Replies: 18
Views: 3567

Re: Cellar sell off

Great reason to sell off wine. Look forward to seeing list.
by Kris Patten
January 24th, 2021, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 9279
Views: 727910

Re: de Negoce offer

lol @ when people thought this was a potential ponzi scheme There is 0% chance in my mind that Cam set this up as a scheme. It is naive to think any wine business can't become insolvent quickly....a pandemic only enhances that risk. Good reason for the old saying "how do you make $1 million in...
by Kris Patten
January 24th, 2021, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Beze and Suchots
Replies: 3
Views: 530

Re: TN: Beze and Suchots

I am a big fan of Suchots....had a couple 2014 Drouhin Laroze wines that need a lot of time, lots of crunchy red fruits and high acid. Don't think they'll ever be generous fruit driven wines, not the style, but will age into something in a decade+.
by Kris Patten
January 24th, 2021, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Trio of Chablis
Replies: 3
Views: 528

TN: Trio of Chablis

Dug into some recent arrivals from Garagiste. 2017 Denis Race 1er Mont de Milleu definitely shows the acid driven, mineral, citrus side of Chablis. Loads of lemon and green apple. Killer for $20. 2017 Denis Race 1er Montmains riper, rounder version that remains tamed by the vintage. Far from flabby,...
by Kris Patten
January 23rd, 2021, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm
Replies: 19
Views: 1489

Re: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

Well I'm just looking at it from the end customer perspective. If these were $39 back in the 90's and they're $37 today, flat over a generation is a soft market the way I see things. I do respect that for true lovers of their wine, this is a feature not a bug. (I feel that way about the wonderful c...
by Kris Patten
January 23rd, 2021, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Bollinger PN VZ15
Replies: 11
Views: 676

Re: TN: Bollinger PN VZ15

We sold every bottle we got in a heartbeat...I should have held on to a few.
by Kris Patten
January 23rd, 2021, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm
Replies: 19
Views: 1489

Re: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

Rimmerman is flogging this today - 2017 Dead Arm for $37 . That's less than what I remember paying back in the 90s. Sounds like the market for these has collapsed. Wholesale on these hasn't really changed in 20 years. Only retail pricing has returned to normal margins, not sure why you'd think mark...
by Kris Patten
January 23rd, 2021, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BBM: Bienvenue Batard Montrachet.
Replies: 52
Views: 2638

Re: BBM: Bienvenue Batard Montrachet.

I would say that the insider choice here, which hasn't even been mentioned, would be Jean-Claude Bachelet et Fils. Great viticulture, serious winemaking with two winters on the lees. They made the best BBM that I tasted in the 2017 and 2018 vintages. Their Blanchot Dessus is fast becoming one of my...
by Kris Patten
January 22nd, 2021, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumées Clos de la Truffière
Replies: 2
Views: 295

Re: TN: 2018 Domaine Michel Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chaumées Clos de la Truffière

Niellon whites are at top of their game....17s are pure, crystalline Chards, look forward to 18s. Don't skip the reds if you want a more masculine expression compared to Ramonet reds.
by Kris Patten
January 19th, 2021, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy
Replies: 100
Views: 4327

Re: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy

My suggestion is to put aside two sets of wines. One set is a gift to give them and they can do what they want with it-sell it if it makes sense for them. One set is wines you can drink with them when they and you are older. I would choose wines from a variety of classic regions that could age base...
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 9:40 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Mangalitsa boneless strip loin
Replies: 3
Views: 939

Re: Mangalitsa boneless strip loin

Where'd the meat come from?
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Venison Wellington food pairing...
Replies: 21
Views: 784

Re: Venison Wellington food pairing...

Cornas came to mind or Hermitage.
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Cuvée Marcel Lapierre - WOW
Replies: 9
Views: 583

Re: TN: 2014 Marcel Lapierre Morgon Cuvée Marcel Lapierre - WOW

Awesome note. I wish I had 50 cases of Cru Bojo in my cellar....maybe 100.
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WB 'Wine Rules' To Consider
Replies: 25
Views: 1590

Re: WB 'Wine Rules' To Consider

Michael Martin wrote: January 18th, 2021, 4:54 pm Wines not from CA, OR or WA can’t be good.
Is that a double negative....so a positive?
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WB 'Wine Rules' To Consider
Replies: 25
Views: 1590

Re: WB 'Wine Rules' To Consider

My favorite that I see people post on is "drinking corked wine is okay, and you can sense the quality thru the TCA."

I have never once found that to be the case.
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Corton so inexpensive?
Replies: 24
Views: 2505

Re: Why is Corton so inexpensive?

DRC farmed the vineyard before just taking over and producing their first vintage the first year they farmed it. Tried the inaugural vintage and a couple more.....it has always been an outstanding Corton as DRC is excellent at tannin management and their viticulture practices produces ripe fruit tha...
by Kris Patten
January 18th, 2021, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy
Replies: 100
Views: 4327

Re: Your Birth Year Buying Philosophy

My process has been to buy reds in magnum, German Riesling and Huet Vouvrays in 750ml and then 3 bottles of Sauternes.

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