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by ChrisJames
February 25th, 2021, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine's naturalistic fallacy
Replies: 139
Views: 4957

Re: Wine's naturalistic fallacy

But wine is not just a human invention. We didn’t invent fermentation at all, it’s a natural process. One we can direct a bit but really don’t control. Even inhibiting it from happening takes an absurd amount of effort to actually do. I give you that. Fermentation is a natural process and as such y...
by ChrisJames
February 23rd, 2021, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2021 Under $15.00 Wine Thread
Replies: 52
Views: 3439

Re: 2021 Under $15.00 Wine Thread

Found 2016 Vallana Campii Raudi for under $14. Stupid good value at that price.
by ChrisJames
February 18th, 2021, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Today is National Drink Wine Day
Replies: 19
Views: 796

Re: Today is National Drink Wine Day

Glicine...nice. That's a good producer that you don't see around much. What vintage? We had a '99 Marcorino on Valentine's Day and it was delicious with risotto. It’s the 2015. I love Cantina del Glicine's Barbarescos, especially their Vignesparse. It’s elegant, light and delicate, yet bursting wit...
by ChrisJames
February 13th, 2021, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Patricia Green Cellars are you drinking?
Replies: 10
Views: 833

Re: What Patricia Green Cellars are you drinking?

2008 Patricia Green Whistling Ridge-opens a little cranky in the nose but great energy in the palate. Very vibrant, lots of movement, excellent red fruits under lots of other nuances, good acidity and very fine tannins. The nose settles in after 20-30 minutes, but the overall perception for me was ...
by ChrisJames
February 11th, 2021, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for White Wine lovers
Replies: 58
Views: 2238

Re: Question for White Wine lovers

My guess is that you prefer your coffee black, right? It that is the case, you are generally not going to dig a lot of white wines as many will seem 'too sweet' to you compared to other folks. I would think you'd like high acid and 'minerally' whites like Chablis - or rich Rhone whites like Roussan...
by ChrisJames
February 11th, 2021, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes XXX
Replies: 12
Views: 1323

Re: A Few Recent Tastes XXX

2018 Le Piane Maggiorina. Reddish purple core, wide blood red rims, good hue vibrancy. While there is a mentholated cleansing aspect to the nose it’s pretty much fruit-driven with plum, black cherry, blackberry in abundance, black earth, slate, grapefruit mixed in while remaining user friendly. Med...
by ChrisJames
February 10th, 2021, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: PGC Library wines, 2002 Balcome, (added 2004 Estate)
Replies: 18
Views: 1244

Re: TN: PGC Library wines, 2002 Balcome, (added 2004 Estate)

Patrick T a y l o r wrote: February 10th, 2021, 6:26 pm Maybe we should create a: "What Patricia Green Cellars are you drinking?" topic.
Sounds good. I was just focusing on the recent library release wines.l
by ChrisJames
February 10th, 2021, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: PGC Library wines, 2002 Balcome, (added 2004 Estate)
Replies: 18
Views: 1244

Re: TN: PGC Library wines, 2002 Balcome, (added 2004 Estate)

Next up is the 2004 Estate Vineyard . I did not take detailed notes as this wine was quite similar to the 2002 Balcome. It has a similar sediment level although the cork was perfect for its age. It too was highly inviting right from the opening pour. Whereas the Balcome was surprising delicious, thi...
by ChrisJames
February 4th, 2021, 9:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?
Replies: 168
Views: 4971

Re: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?

12-13.5%. I love drinking wine; I hate getting drunk. The older I get, the more easily I feel the affects of alcohol. A wine being balanced isn't going to reduce the mental impact of alcohol. Amarone is out of the question now. While Barolo and Barbaresco were my wines of choice for decades, at 14-1...
by ChrisJames
February 3rd, 2021, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard Red Barn Blocks
Replies: 9
Views: 644

Re: TN: 2015 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard Red Barn Blocks

Hi Brian Thanks for the note. Yum... Another favorite Oregon producer. Her Maresh is better than the Maresh Maresh Vineyard if you like AFWE wines. Hope your doing well. Sean i think I remember the main difference is Arterberry Maresh is completely destemmed and Fox is the opposite. Kelley's is als...
by ChrisJames
February 2nd, 2021, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Domaine du Collier - Saumur Blanc (France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur)
Replies: 6
Views: 303

Re: 2015 Domaine du Collier - Saumur Blanc (France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur)

Your note made me "gulp" about the oak as I just got some of the 2016. However, I read that this wine is aged for 3 years in a combination of used Burgundy barriques (1-3 years old).
by ChrisJames
February 2nd, 2021, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Violin Coastal Range Chardonnay
Replies: 1
Views: 239

TN: 2018 Violin Coastal Range Chardonnay

It hard for me to resist a winery named Violin when my wife conducts/teaches orchestra. It’s even harder when this guy named Marcus (who happens to be a huge booster for Oregon wines) tells me Violin is the next winery I need to explore. Violin is one of the Tiny Wineries of Oregon. We had a chance ...
by ChrisJames
January 27th, 2021, 9:02 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Thank you! Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages
Replies: 238
Views: 11266

Re: Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages

Marcus, I've really liked your commitment to this community & all you've shared with this forum. That was what prompted me to buy the 6 pack of 2019 BD cuvee. I'd be happy to change that to a case if you want to include 3x of two other Chards from 2019. It's not much, but if it would help to in...
by ChrisJames
January 27th, 2021, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 874
Views: 56584

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Nice Just popped a 2019 Whistling Ridge Blanc to celebrate my financial disaster. Yes as Todd says Budget is a rental car company Sean Thanks a lot Sean. I finished the Bishop Creek and opened a 2019 WR Blanc. After all, it's a Wednesday. I hate calling this wine Crack - an evil substance. This is ...
by ChrisJames
January 27th, 2021, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 874
Views: 56584

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

2014 Bishop Creek Pinot Noir. What better way to celebrate a finance-crushing Berserker Day than with a Goodfellow? I confess that I am not a fan of 2014 or Jamhill Carlton AVA wines in general, but Marcus made another fine wine here as expected. It would never be confused with a 2013 Whistling Rid...
by ChrisJames
January 27th, 2021, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 874
Views: 56584

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

2014 Bishop Creek Pinot Noir. What better way to celebrate a finance-crushing Berserker Day than with a Goodfellow? I confess that I am not a fan of 2014 or Jamhill Carlton AVA wines in general, but Marcus made another fine wine here as expected. It would never be confused with a 2013 Whistling Rid...
by ChrisJames
January 27th, 2021, 6:34 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Thank you! Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages
Replies: 238
Views: 11266

Re: Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages

James Lyon wrote: January 27th, 2021, 1:28 pm Dang, my namesake offer is getting crushed by the Stotter. At this pace, I'll need to add 50 James Lyon's to my request from yesterday.

Wonderful wines across the board. I'll be in touch.
I with on the WR block wines! Patience in the cellar wins every time.
by ChrisJames
January 27th, 2021, 11:28 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Violin Wine Pinot noir and Chardonnay Offers
Replies: 46
Views: 1528

Re: Violin Wine Pinot noir and Chardonnay Offers

Will Hamilton wrote: January 27th, 2021, 10:00 am
ChrisJames wrote: January 27th, 2021, 9:43 am Hi Will,

We loved tasting all of the Chards with you this Spring.

In for Saline City Twelver (four of each)!!!!
It's a pretty salty town!
Will, I am curious what your anticipated drinking window for the Chards are.

Thanks
by ChrisJames
January 27th, 2021, 9:43 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Violin Wine Pinot noir and Chardonnay Offers
Replies: 46
Views: 1528

Re: Violin Wine Pinot noir and Chardonnay Offers

Hi Will,

We loved tasting all of the Chards with you this Spring.

In for Saline City Twelver (four of each)!!!!
by ChrisJames
January 27th, 2021, 7:54 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Thank you! Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages
Replies: 238
Views: 11266

Re: Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages

Marcus,

As if I didn't buy enough yesterday....

Put me down for one Package #3: “The James Lyon”.

And please don't let me buy anymore until you release the 2019s. [swoon.gif]
by ChrisJames
January 26th, 2021, 11:11 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Patricia Green Cellars Berserker Day Muscat Ottonel Re-Run
Replies: 48
Views: 2413

Re: Patricia Green Cellars Berserker Day Muscat Ottonel Re-Run

Ah PGC Muscat....It's not just for breakfast anymore!

In for a case. Be well Jim.
by ChrisJames
January 26th, 2021, 9:01 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Thank you! Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages
Replies: 238
Views: 11266

Re: Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages

Marcus, Please add on one Grand Cru Crü; "The Scott Tallman" 2018 Cabernet Franc, Whistling Ridge 12 cases produced (first commercial release) 2018 Upper Bench, Temperance Hill Pinot Noir 24 cases produced (first commercial release) Just because... How about that. Same total order as Sean ...
by ChrisJames
January 26th, 2021, 8:48 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Thank you! Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages
Replies: 238
Views: 11266

Re: Goodfellow Berserker Day XII packages

In for a six pack of the 2019 Berserker Cuvee Chardonnay!

Wait....let's make that a case!!! [cheers.gif]
by ChrisJames
January 21st, 2021, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 874
Views: 56584

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Rodrigo, I thought Marcus said somewhere that Lewman would end up being a one-off for him - something about the vineyard being sold and no longer having access to the fruit. I'm not so sure. In Goodfellow's August "Terroir Series II" release notes, Marcus wrote: "While it is unlikely...
by ChrisJames
January 21st, 2021, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me love Chenin Blanc
Replies: 76
Views: 3940

Re: Please help me love Chenin Blanc

I have had a whopping two Chenin Blanc ever in my life, both of them in the last two weeks: 2019 Pinon Vouvray and 2019 Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu. All I can say is bummer for the OP, because damn this stuff is good! I will also add that I don't really find it particularly similar to Chardonnay, so C...
by ChrisJames
January 21st, 2021, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dundee Hills Signature in Chardonnay
Replies: 16
Views: 1549

Re: Dundee Hills Signature in Chardonnay

Can someone explain to me what causes tropical flavors in Oregon Chardonnay? While I love the flinty/mineral presentation of Chards (i.e. Goodfellow RR or Walter Scott) I keep encountering ones that have that pineapple/coconut profile. That is definitely not a flavor I am desiring to drink expect ma...
by ChrisJames
January 19th, 2021, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: PGC Library wines, 2002 Balcome, (added 2004 Estate)
Replies: 18
Views: 1244

TN: PGC Library wines, 2002 Balcome, (added 2004 Estate)

These library wines are a really special treat to time travel back to the early days of PGC. I never had a chance to meet Patty. Only when we made our very first trip appointment to visit the winery did we discover that Patty had passed three months earlier. Through a stroke of great personal fortun...
by ChrisJames
January 16th, 2021, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The World's Biggest Wine Lovers
Replies: 35
Views: 2068

Re: The World's Biggest Wine Lovers

Dan Kravitz wrote: January 16th, 2021, 4:17 pm
Last time I looked, the US wine consumption was at about 12 bottles per person annually, well off of this 'top 20' list.
12 bottles per person monthly. Yeah, that sounds about right. Maybe a bit light.
by ChrisJames
January 14th, 2021, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dundee Hills Signature in Chardonnay
Replies: 16
Views: 1549

Re: Dundee Hills Signature in Chardonnay

One thing that will be great is that Marcus is going to make 2019 Chardonnays from Durant, Whistling Ridge, and Temperance Hill. That will give us a chance to taste the same vintage, same producer, and three different AVAs. Apples to Apples to Apples.
by ChrisJames
January 14th, 2021, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dundee Hills Signature in Chardonnay
Replies: 16
Views: 1549

Re: Dundee Hills Signature in Chardonnay

Lately we've been drinking a lot of Oregon Chardonnay, mostly from my "holy trinity" of Walter Scott, Goodfellow, and Cameron. A recent back to back nights of 2018 Goodfellow Dundee Hills and Ribbon Ridge Chardonnays got my wife and I talking about the differences between the two, and whe...
by ChrisJames
January 12th, 2021, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon
Replies: 252
Views: 20555

Re: Teeny Tiny Wineries of... Oregon

Let's get them both on the list. Also, this weekend I was wondering why the whites from Cameron, especially the Clos Electrique, were not getting much attention... top shelf juice. No need to talk about any of that. If you must focus on Cameron, talk about Abbey Ridge. Nothing to see with Clos Elec...
by ChrisJames
January 12th, 2021, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: "It's Freisa out there!" (brief/uninteresting)
Replies: 2
Views: 225

TNs: "It's Freisa out there!" (brief/uninteresting)

A nod to Cheese Master Marshall Manning [cheers.gif] 1. 2019 La Miraja Freisa d’Asti. Marshall recommended this one. This was really an enjoyable wine, both easy to drink and with plenty to hold one’s interest. Light and subtle, but with nice layered complexity. Bright red fruit (strawberry, of cour...
by ChrisJames
January 10th, 2021, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Generosity of Berserkers
Replies: 47
Views: 2543

Re: The Generosity of Berserkers

On the New Year’s wine resolutions thread, I posted that one of my resolutions this year was to try riesling kabinett from Von Schubert Maximin Grunhaus and other classic Mosel/Ruwer/Saar producers with serious age on it (20+ years). These are nearly impossible to find at retail or auction since ev...
by ChrisJames
January 7th, 2021, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PATRICIA GREEN LIBRARY RELEASE
Replies: 37
Views: 3273

Re: PATRICIA GREEN LIBRARY RELEASE

This is such an AWESOME way to taste aged wines with a perfect provenance. The fact that the winery has not marked up the wines at all as they get older is such a gift to wine geeks like ourselves. What a great way to start 2021! It is pretty incredible to be getting 10+ years of age for basically ...
by ChrisJames
January 2nd, 2021, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Vajra Freisa & Dr.Parce Banyuls....(short/boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 353

Re: TN: Vajra Freisa & Dr.Parce Banyuls....(short/boring)

My first exposure to Freisa was back in the late '70's when DarrellCorti brought in the ones from Scarpa.Fizzy & off-dry, I did not realize that Scarpa made this in the fizzy style. I know a retailer who has the 2006. What would you expect of this? I know Scarpa wines live a really long time, b...
by ChrisJames
January 2nd, 2021, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?
Replies: 53
Views: 2831

Re: What's Your Favorite Buy-and-Drink Red?

For domestic Pinot Noir under $30 Goodfellow Willamette Valley or Ribbon Ridge. Cameron Dundee or Ribbon Ridge Patricia Green Riserve Vincent Eola Amity or Ribbon Ridge Evesham Wood Eola Amity Violin Willamette Valley. Right now, I am also really diving into Alto Piedmonte reds that are under $30. I...
by ChrisJames
December 31st, 2020, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 6 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Sparklers - Nate M for International Justice Mission - DEC30 - JAN6
Replies: 80
Views: 2197

Re: Week 6 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Sparklers - Nate M for International Justice Mission - DEC30 - JAN6

Jean Vesselle Brut Reserve Champagne 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay. I never drink Champagne, not for moral, political, or cultural reasons, but because I am too busy drinking other stuff. My retail said this was a killer deal on Grower Champagne for $39. My wife wanted a bottle, so here we are. ...
by ChrisJames
December 31st, 2020, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Matello Pinot Noir Whistling Ridge Vineyard Ribbon Ridge
Replies: 16
Views: 596

Re: TN: 2010 Matello Pinot Noir Whistling Ridge Vineyard Ribbon Ridge

D@vid Bu3ker wrote: December 30th, 2020, 3:40 pm
Brian S t o t t e r wrote: December 30th, 2020, 2:56 pm You should be a poet
I only do limericks.
Sorry about this.

An Oregon lad named Goodfellow
who loathed wine which was cloying as jello
with a love of the land
and a lightness of hand
made wine like Yo Yo Ma on the cello.

[smileyvault-ban.gif]
by ChrisJames
December 31st, 2020, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan
Replies: 1091
Views: 57725

Re: Monthly check-in: Cellar inventory reduction plan

1/1/2020 - 969. A nice size cellar. Really no need to buy anything else.....
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12/31/2020 - 1284. And an average of one bottle per day consumed. [help.gif]
by ChrisJames
December 31st, 2020, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Matello Pinot Noir Whistling Ridge Vineyard Ribbon Ridge
Replies: 16
Views: 596

Re: TN: 2010 Matello Pinot Noir Whistling Ridge Vineyard Ribbon Ridge

2010 Matello Pinot Noir Whistling Ridge Vineyard Ribbon Ridge - USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Ribbon Ridge (12/30/2020) Instantly transported to a walk in the forest. It’s fall, and the leaves are down. They were wet from a recent rain, but that has seeped into the soil, so that the leaves crack ...
by ChrisJames
December 29th, 2020, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it just my palate, or is white wine (and bubbly) more consistently enjoyable than red?
Replies: 43
Views: 1882

Re: Is it just my palate, or is white wine (and bubbly) more consistently enjoyable than red?

David Dyroff and I were talking about this awhile ago. Personally, with the exception of a handful of red producers, I buy almost exclusively white, pinot noir (yes, I’m putting PN in a separate category from other reds), and some bubbly. For whatever reason my palate is able to detect more complex...
by ChrisJames
December 29th, 2020, 5:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need for wine foil?
Replies: 46
Views: 2043

Re: Need for wine foil?

Originally to prevent rodents from gnawing at the corks. Not too many rodent problems now a days... Well they're still around, but we have mousetraps for that. No need for the foil. Sometimes though, it is a nice place for the wine to seep (instead of on the bottle neck) when certain Germans become...
by ChrisJames
December 29th, 2020, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the size and weight of a wine bottle matter?
Replies: 55
Views: 2270

Re: Does the size and weight of a wine bottle matter?

Extra large bottles are a PITA (or back) to lug up and down stairs, cost more to ship, won't fit in many of my racks, and give the illusion of more wine, leading to disappointment when the heavy bottle turns out to be empty. Alas, one of my favorite producers uses over-sized bottles that don't fit ...
by ChrisJames
December 29th, 2020, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off vintages that took you by surprise.
Replies: 73
Views: 3120

Re: Off vintages that took you by surprise.

2007 and 2013 Oregon. Both great shitty vintages. Could probably add 2011 to that, but I don't have the tasting experience to say.
by ChrisJames
December 27th, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 874
Views: 56584

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

I think Goodfellow fans will really enjoy this great video interview with Patricia Gustafson, wife of Richard (namesake of Richard's Cuvee)and co-owner/farmer of Whistling Ridge Vineyard.

https://oregonwinehistoryarchive.org/in ... gustafson/
by ChrisJames
December 26th, 2020, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Christmas wine?
Replies: 95
Views: 4222

Re: Your Christmas wine?

Kirk.Grant wrote: December 25th, 2020, 11:12 pm
2017 Cameron Pinot Noir Silvestre Clos Electrique
How was this? I have two bottles but wasn't planning on opening one for five years.

Thanks
by ChrisJames
December 25th, 2020, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 874
Views: 56584

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Celebrating Winter Solstice with a 2016 Whistling Ridge Blanc. What better way to celebrate past and future bounty from nature than with a field blend?

Joyful libation. [cheers.gif]
by ChrisJames
December 25th, 2020, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 874
Views: 56584

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Christmas was good today! Special thanks to Marcus and Megan for the first class customer service which allowed these to get here by Christmas time. Suggestion on which Pinot is drinking best now? Going to be hard to keep hands off at least one of these. The Lewman is amazing and the only one I'd c...

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