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by Kris Patten
April 22nd, 2019, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michelin restaurants and fabulous wines: Inside the secret team dinners that have built the Spurs' dynasty
Replies: 29
Views: 1971

Re: Michelin restaurants and fabulous wines: Inside the secret team dinners that have built the Spurs' dynasty

A friend told me Pop’s private label is made by A to Z. Anyone know if that’s correct? Well, he is a partner in A to Z. Looked up Baxter’s (OKC native done good in the big city) Instagram that William posted. It’s made by Rex Hill which I believe is owned by the same partners as A to Z? Yes, it is....
by Kris Patten
April 22nd, 2019, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michelin restaurants and fabulous wines: Inside the secret team dinners that have built the Spurs' dynasty
Replies: 29
Views: 1971

Re: Michelin restaurants and fabulous wines: Inside the secret team dinners that have built the Spurs' dynasty

JDavisRoby wrote:
April 21st, 2019, 10:05 pm
A friend told me Pop’s private label is made by A to Z. Anyone know if that’s correct?
Well, he is a partner in A to Z.
by Kris Patten
April 22nd, 2019, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Buzz Special - 2007 Mondavi Fume Blanc To-Kalon Reserve
Replies: 3
Views: 446

Re: TN: Buzz Special - 2007 Mondavi Fume Blanc To-Kalon Reserve

Tom Reddick wrote:
April 21st, 2019, 10:30 pm
Thank you for the note. Is this the Fume Blanc that is only available from the winery?
That one is the I-Block in the frosted bottle that is from the very old To-kalon vines in that section.
by Kris Patten
April 21st, 2019, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad, MacDonald, Ridge, Dalla Valle
Replies: 8
Views: 1090

Re: Myriad, MacDonald, Ridge, Dalla Valle

1994 - 1996 Dalla Valle was a terrific trifecta.
by Kris Patten
April 21st, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac
Replies: 35
Views: 1039

Re: TN: 2000 Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac

GPL still represents one of the best values in Left Bank reds. Oddly they seem to make solid wines in "epic" vintages and over-perform in cooler years.

Can't really think of a vintage since 1996 that wasn't enjoyable, maybe 1997 and 2003?
by Kris Patten
April 21st, 2019, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 117
Views: 4630

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

Beauty of wine Jim, we can disagree and it's just wine, although if vintages like 2004 and 2008 are your favorites for Northern Rhone stylistically, I get why 2003 could be a total whiff. Ultimately those days at TWA and Parker were my formative years in wine and getting in the business and I learne...
by Kris Patten
April 20th, 2019, 10:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 117
Views: 4630

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

A lot of 2007 CdPs were killer young. Most were not built to age. 2007 Rayas is in a high echelon of wines for me. 2003 Northern Rhones were a bit New World, but there were some really good wines in the vintage. Both were 92-ish for me as the highs were really high, the lows were cough syrup.
by Kris Patten
April 20th, 2019, 9:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Buzz Special - 2007 Mondavi Fume Blanc To-Kalon Reserve
Replies: 3
Views: 446

TN: Buzz Special - 2007 Mondavi Fume Blanc To-Kalon Reserve

Made dinner tonight, fish piccatta, and dug this up in the cellar. Poured with a young pale straw and has a beguiling nose of meyer lemon, pink grapefruit, lemon curd, and papaya. Palate is lithe with citrus fruits, balanced acidity but on the high side and a long finish. Wine seems impermeable to a...
by Kris Patten
April 20th, 2019, 9:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille
Replies: 17
Views: 527

Re: TN: 2004 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille

Joseph,

I haven't found that up thru 2012, I stopped buying them around then. 2003 was brutally hot and I thought Bob handled it very well. I have always found balance in his wines, regardless of varietal or vintage.

Will search out a couple recent releases and see what is going on.
by Kris Patten
April 20th, 2019, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 117
Views: 4630

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

alan weinberg wrote:
April 20th, 2019, 4:28 pm
93 red Burgs were originally scored 57 Cote de Beaune and 63 Cote de Nuits.
They probably were in 1995 when released.... [pwn.gif]
by Kris Patten
April 20th, 2019, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 117
Views: 4630

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

I think it's interesting to look back on Parker's big calls in his last few years at the helm - most of which have turned out to be highly debatable. Like the "great" 2003 vintage, the supposedly tannic and overrated 2005 vintage, and 2009 being better than 2010. I am not sure that is exactly fair....
by Kris Patten
April 20th, 2019, 6:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jeb Dunnuck on 2016 Washington State
Replies: 34
Views: 2164

Re: Jeb Dunnuck on 2016 Washington State

Not sure about point creep, but there is definitely pressure to only review the best and offer up high scores to get viewership. If you aren't reviewing unicorns I'd assume the value decreases and the unicorn hunt drives people to be first. Still remember the WTF moment when Parker debuted a 98 poi...
by Kris Patten
April 19th, 2019, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10371
Views: 335901

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2012 Jadot Beaune Chouacheaux with chicken piccatta.
by Kris Patten
April 19th, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 117
Views: 4630

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

Welcome Mark, I still have a subscription, but that place is just sad now.

Plus my favorite there, William Kelley slums here. [pwn.gif]
by Kris Patten
April 18th, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jeb Dunnuck on 2016 Washington State
Replies: 34
Views: 2164

Re: Jeb Dunnuck on 2016 Washington State

Not sure about point creep, but there is definitely pressure to only review the best and offer up high scores to get viewership. If you aren't reviewing unicorns I'd assume the value decreases and the unicorn hunt drives people to be first. Still remember the WTF moment when Parker debuted a 98 poin...
by Kris Patten
April 18th, 2019, 8:18 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 6
Views: 422

Re: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)

Went to Violet tonight, William Belickis' new venture after Mistral. The theme is American Omakase with seasonal ingredients. You can order off the menu or a 5 course chef menu. Thoughtful wine selection, mostly European, had a glass of Bieler 2016 Bandol Rose, followed by 1995 Charles Heidsieck Bla...
by Kris Patten
April 17th, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jeb Dunnuck on 2016 Washington State
Replies: 34
Views: 2164

Re: Jeb Dunnuck on 2016 Washington State

Brian Glas wrote:
April 17th, 2019, 8:03 pm
John Glas wrote:
April 17th, 2019, 2:18 pm
2016 Andrew Will Sorella (99).
That seems high. I love Andrew Will wines and they need time. Hard to believe a pop and pour is a 99 point wine.
I'll serve you one blind when you come in June. See how many points you give it when it is served blind.
Not really blind now, is it?
by Kris Patten
April 14th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille
Replies: 17
Views: 527

Re: TN: 2004 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
April 14th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Betz makes some wonderful wines. They don’t get much play. Not sure why.
Just like lots of great WA wineries that don't get much play....Cadence, Gramercy, Betz, Januik, Andrew Will....list goes on.
by Kris Patten
April 13th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pessac/Graves
Replies: 40
Views: 1689

Re: Pessac/Graves

Haven't had it in a few years but a good value play was Couhins Lurton, both Blanc and Rouge.
by Kris Patten
April 12th, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Make Wine.... Then Tell Lies....
Replies: 15
Views: 1743

Re: Make Wine.... Then Tell Lies....

Markup of 18% at the wholesale level? That is amusing. Why? Not sure what I'd have to gain by putting a false number. Pretty sure 50-100% is not abnormal. Depends on a myriad of factors (producer, price, volume, etc., etc.) but 18-25 would be miraculously low. Maybe I am misunderstanding the tier h...
by Kris Patten
April 11th, 2019, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Make Wine.... Then Tell Lies....
Replies: 15
Views: 1743

Re: Make Wine.... Then Tell Lies....

I wish wholesalers marked up wines 50% as Tom asserts, 18-25% is more accurate. What I do agree with is this is not an accurate portrayal, my SIL is getting into wine and asked me if a few of these different clubs were worth it, so they do get people's attention and I am sure they recruit subscribe...
by Kris Patten
April 11th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Make Wine.... Then Tell Lies....
Replies: 15
Views: 1743

Re: Make Wine.... Then Tell Lies....

I wish wholesalers marked up wines 50% as Tom asserts, 18-25% is more accurate. What I do agree with is this is not an accurate portrayal, my SIL is getting into wine and asked me if a few of these different clubs were worth it, so they do get people's attention and I am sure they recruit subscribers.
by Kris Patten
April 11th, 2019, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1223
Views: 130734

Re: Official Costco Thread

Dale Bowers wrote:
April 11th, 2019, 7:44 am
Finally went into my CostCo yesterday. What a disappointment: Not a single wine over $25. Even the booze was low end.
Costco more than anyone listens when you write comment cards about things like selection and assortment.
by Kris Patten
April 11th, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 2897

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

Coincidence? I've seen some pretty hefty discounts on Estancia, Mark West, Black Box and Clos du Bois the last couple of weeks. Probably not coincidental. This would be distributors that don't have Gallo getting all the dollars out of the brands they can before transition vs. Constellation liquidat...
by Kris Patten
April 11th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 2897

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

That's tragic. Did they say if there will be a new one somewhere? Probably on the Sonoma Square, where wineries are taking over all the real estate. No. The long-time employees were pretty bummed. I imagine all the Constellation contracts for Zin will now go to boost Prisoner production. I imagine ...
by Kris Patten
April 9th, 2019, 8:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 2897

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

Jim Brennan wrote:
April 9th, 2019, 5:52 pm
In short, they do a great job stuffing restaurants and store shelves with the wines "brands" they own.
I don't sell them, but that is not true. Any view of a member of WB should be who cares.
by Kris Patten
April 8th, 2019, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 2897

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

What you don't see as a consumer is the fact that Gallo has one of the best National Off and On teams, the best CatMan team and still writes the sets in most places. Add the skills above that you mention and this is a very big deal, expect to see a lot more of these in National restaurant and Groce...
by Kris Patten
April 7th, 2019, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 2897

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

Um, this is a wine forum. This is the largest deal in the history of the wine business. We all get that you and Brian don't care. I'm not ITB but my Step-Son works for Gallo so every deal they make may or may not affect his livelihood. Perhaps there is a more pertinent wine thread you could visit, ...
by Kris Patten
April 7th, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1223
Views: 130734

Re: Official Costco Thread

Costco has a max markup of 13.9% on BevAlc.

They can't go higher, Total Wine will price lower to stay competitive or use items as a loss leader.
by Kris Patten
April 7th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3309
Views: 164488

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
April 4th, 2019, 8:02 am
any idea about aging?
I'll ask, but I'd guess it is 9 to 10 years, as it would likely sit under Weller 12 in age and over Weller 107 in proof but above its 7 year age.
by Kris Patten
April 6th, 2019, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10371
Views: 335901

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2017 RM Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, fresh out of shipping box
by Kris Patten
April 6th, 2019, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 2897

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

Just wondering if Gallo wrote a check? I've been ITB for many many moons and in my experience no one can beat Gallo when it comes to marketing. For $1.7B - IMHO Gallo made out like a bandit. This. Have worked with Gallo for many years, they are patient and fanatical about quality. No, they are not ...
by Kris Patten
April 5th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 2897

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

Brian,

It is completely useless info to 99.99% of this board. For the wine industry it's a big move.

You are correct you shouldn't care.
by Kris Patten
April 3rd, 2019, 9:13 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3309
Views: 164488

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Newest Bourbon coming is Weller Blue Label called Full Proof bottled @ 114 proof.

$50 from legit markups, curious to see what people ask for it.
by Kris Patten
April 3rd, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 2897

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

Aside from Ravenswood, is there a name on that list anyone around here ever cared about? And speaking of bad taste: the new "Prisoner" winery/tasting room on Hwy 29 is a disgrace. How Napa County allowed that, I have no idea. I think they can revive Ravenswood VB, Franciscan and maybe Clos du Bois ...
by Kris Patten
April 3rd, 2019, 6:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amarone questions / Decanting
Replies: 17
Views: 754

Re: Amarone questions / Decanting

I wouldn't decant an 81 for more than an hour and only for sediment. Bertani makes traditional Amarone, not in a syrupy way. Should be a very restrained wine. I definitely wouldn't decant all day as suggested. No clue what is on tap for dinner, but a young Amarone and older seems like a lot of Amaro...
by Kris Patten
April 2nd, 2019, 6:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2144

Re: What are your top italian whites ?

Bucci Verdicchio
Antinori Guado al Tasso Vermentino
Jermann Vintage Tunina
Pieropan Calvarino
Donnafugata Zibbibo

Some interesting wines I haven't had listed throughout, that I will have to look for.

Thanks for sharing.
by Kris Patten
April 1st, 2019, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Clisson
Replies: 22
Views: 712

Re: TN: 2012 Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Clisson

Think I still have some 2005, 2007 and 2008 of this, it's always great. Not sure why I don't just buy a case every year and bury it.
by Kris Patten
April 1st, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1223
Views: 130734

Re: Official Costco Thread

Nothing earth shattering in Seattle today. Casanova di Neri Brunello Tenuta Nova 2014 Canalicchio Rosso di Montalcino 2017 Mouton Rothschild 2015 Bastide Miraflors was out of stock, it had been $11.89. Kris, thanks for posting. Do you recall what the price was on the Mouton? $549.99, I believe.
by Kris Patten
March 31st, 2019, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Pinot noir you wouldn’t serve to your worst enemy
Replies: 22
Views: 2172

Re: TN: Pinot noir you wouldn’t serve to your worst enemy

Note doesn't count without historical thunder bucket dump photo....

Just sayin.
by Kris Patten
March 31st, 2019, 8:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3309
Views: 164488

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Nick Gangas wrote:
March 29th, 2019, 9:48 am
Hey Clayton, didn't remember you worked for them. Looks like we will be increasing your presence.
Wish I was in IL....🤣
by Kris Patten
March 31st, 2019, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10725
Views: 476513

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

B. Buzzini wrote:
March 31st, 2019, 7:23 pm
13 Brewer Clifton SRH Chard...$15
Cheap ass.


(unless I see a photo on your special cellar barrel)

[rofl.gif]
by Kris Patten
March 31st, 2019, 5:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1223
Views: 130734

Re: Official Costco Thread

Nothing earth shattering in Seattle today.

Casanova di Neri Brunello Tenuta Nova 2014
Canalicchio Rosso di Montalcino 2017
Mouton Rothschild 2015

Bastide Miraflors was out of stock, it had been $11.89.
by Kris Patten
March 31st, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Lost Friday afternoon gathering – Chave, Krug, Churchill, Trimbach, Mugnier and etc.
Replies: 6
Views: 589

Re: TN: Lost Friday afternoon gathering – Chave, Krug, Churchill, Trimbach, Mugnier and etc.

That Roulot Les Tillets is a rare bird for a bit as the land now lies fallow.

Cool afternoon.
by Kris Patten
March 31st, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 10725
Views: 476513

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

William Kelley wrote:
March 30th, 2019, 10:28 am
3x 2014 Macle Côtes du Jura
3x 2017 Ardoisieres Argille Blanc
3x 2016 Foillard Côte du Py magnums
Thanks for inadvertent reminder William, just grabbed some Foillard Côte du Py 2016 mags too, see how they do for my boys birthday at 10, 15, and 20.
by Kris Patten
March 31st, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle
Replies: 56
Views: 2567

Re: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle

If I needed a half case I'd buy 3 Felsina Chianti Classico or CCR and 3 Luca or Tikal Malbec. Nice Old World vs. New selection and see how people react since all are balanced.

Disclaimer: we rep Tikal/Luca.
by Kris Patten
March 31st, 2019, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Poderi Colla Barbaresco Roncaglie (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)
Replies: 7
Views: 223

Re: TN: 1996 Poderi Colla Barbaresco Roncaglie (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)

Having sold Poderi Colla back when Empson had them, I have always seen them as very traditional stylistically. Wines are always red fruited, and have ample tannin and acid, and to David's point, most years remind me structurally of 1996 in Corton having strong mineral notes, even years like 1997 at ...
by Kris Patten
March 30th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Bordeaux vintage since 2000?
Replies: 17
Views: 937

Re: Favorite Bordeaux vintage since 2000?

Why not check in, ones going on 20, the others on 15 and 10 years old?

Curious.
by Kris Patten
March 30th, 2019, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Bordeaux vintage since 2000?
Replies: 17
Views: 937

Re: Favorite Bordeaux vintage since 2000?

Hard to pick one....between 2005, 2008 and 2016. I skipped 2009 and 2010 because I didn't like pricing, I really like the tension in 2008 and the 2016s I have tasted so far.
by Kris Patten
March 30th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spanish wine recommendation
Replies: 15
Views: 579

Re: Spanish wine recommendation

Juan Gil Monastrell and Numanthia should fit your red needs. Agree on Godello and then Raventos Cava.

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