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by J. Rock
July 16th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SAXUM OPEN
Replies: 11
Views: 516

Re: SAXUM OPEN

I'm suffering from acute FOMO. How long does it typically take to get on the list?
by J. Rock
July 15th, 2019, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10564
Views: 350685

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Last night I opened a 2001 P. Licht Bergweiler Erben Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese. It was very good (maybe 88 pts), but probably the worst Auslese I've had thus far. However, it's hard for me to complain when the bottle (750ml) only cost about $23.
by J. Rock
July 14th, 2019, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese
Replies: 12
Views: 377

Re: TN: 2009 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese

Yum, I really enjoy aged Auslese with steak after someone turned me on to it. That sounds like a crazy pairing to me. How old was the Auslese and how was the steak prepared? Anything around the 20 year mark where the baby fat has receded and all that acidity balances it out with any highly marbled ...
by J. Rock
July 14th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese
Replies: 12
Views: 377

Re: TN: 2009 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese

Kris Patten wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 10:00 am
Yum, I really enjoy aged Auslese with steak after someone turned me on to it.
That sounds like a crazy pairing to me. How old was the Auslese and how was the steak prepared?
by J. Rock
July 12th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Penfolds Yattarna chardonnay
Replies: 9
Views: 434

Re: 2016 Penfolds Yattarna chardonnay

That was actually very helpful. Thanks!
by J. Rock
July 12th, 2019, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Penfolds Yattarna chardonnay
Replies: 9
Views: 434

Re: 2016 Penfolds Yattarna chardonnay

Has anyone shipped from Penfolds to the States? I imagine it would be very expensive and potentially damaging to the wine. But why would it be damaging? All Penfolds wine sold in the States has been shipped to the States. I figure/hope Penfolds distributed to retail in the States is shipping in a v...
by J. Rock
July 12th, 2019, 12:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Penfolds Yattarna chardonnay
Replies: 9
Views: 434

Re: 2016 Penfolds Yattarna chardonnay

Has anyone shipped from Penfolds to the States? I imagine it would be very expensive and potentially damaging to the wine.
by J. Rock
July 11th, 2019, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11218
Views: 506299

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

I was happy to find and buy a bottle of 2007 J. Schram for $80.
by J. Rock
July 11th, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red wine in cola: no longer a joke or stereotype
Replies: 18
Views: 1129

Re: Red wine in cola: no longer a joke or stereotype

We went to Chile recently and were surprised to discover that this is popular (with their lower end wines).
by J. Rock
July 11th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 837
Views: 40783

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Going to the Broad, which is recommended - Otium or Water Grill across the street? (I love fish). I admittedly haven't been to Otium, but would be excited to go. I haven't been to WG in years, but when I went I thought the raw and chilled selection and execution was great, but the cooked seafood I ...
by J. Rock
July 11th, 2019, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Brut champagne dying out?
Replies: 70
Views: 2399

Re: Is Brut champagne dying out?

The idea of 0 or extremely low dosage doesn't sound appealing to me, but, honestly, as the article argues, it just comes down to the balance of the particular wine. I've had brut nature wine that has seemed more pleasant and balanced, and not quite as bone dry, as some brut wines. I guess I've learn...
by J. Rock
July 11th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report
Replies: 55
Views: 2732

Re: Terry Theise’s 2018 Germany Vintage Report

Is 2015 considered a more acidic year for German Riesling? I've been loving how electrically acidic a lot of the 2015s I've tried have been.
by J. Rock
July 10th, 2019, 10:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 102
Views: 4606

Re: Downstream Wines

Oh, it's 3 750s AND a magnum in one box. I could bite for $750, but $1,000 might be too much for me.
by J. Rock
July 10th, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 102
Views: 4606

Re: Downstream Wines

$1,000 a box??? Are there 5 others that would like to split it with me? [rofl.gif]
by J. Rock
July 10th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11218
Views: 506299

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2016 Tablas Creek Vineyards Esprit de Tablas - @$30 per on closeout. Never had it but seemed too cheap to pass up a few. I just did a vertical tasting of for 6 vintages from 2016 - 2010 of Esprit de Tablas at Tablas Creek. This isn't my most preferred style of wine, but I still think they're very g...
by J. Rock
July 8th, 2019, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11218
Views: 506299

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Picked up a few bottles during a recent trip to the Central Coast. 2017 Dragonette Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Grimm's Bluff Vineyard 2015 Foxen 7200 Volpino 2017 Clos Solène Hommage Blanc 2017 Clos Solène Sweet Clementine (x2) 2015 Epoch Estate Wines Estate Blend 2013 Epoch Estate Wines Tempranillo Res...
by J. Rock
July 5th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Hexe
Replies: 21
Views: 2405

Re: Saxum Hexe

We recently visit Booker and really liked My Favorite Neighbor, but they wouldn't sell us a bottle, even though we visited. We could only be guaranteed a bottle if we joined their My Favorite Neighbor only club or if we joined the general Booker club and there was MFN left over. We did gladly sign u...
by J. Rock
July 4th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 134
Views: 7395

Re: Top US Syrahs

Has anyone had Torrin Akasha? I just visited their winery and thought all of their wines were fantastic, but we were unable to get any Akasha. I thought their Syrah driven GSM (Banshee) was excellent.
by J. Rock
July 3rd, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 107
Views: 6613

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

Jordan, Let me know when you are up next. My TR is next door to Dragonettes, and btw, Grimm's Bluff is opening their own TR on the other side of me soon. Cheers. Thanks, Larry! We'll be back in a few months I'm sure. We signed up for the list at Dragonette and a relative lives on a ranch in Los Ala...
by J. Rock
July 3rd, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 107
Views: 6613

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

I had an absolutely wonderful visit to Dragonette's winery this weekend and liked their wines quite a bit. The Grimm's Bluff Sauvignon Blanc really stood out the most to me. EDIT: Also, I had the pleasure of visiting Torrin this last weekend and their Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills Lagom Pinots REALL...
by J. Rock
July 3rd, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favourite Quality in a wine
Replies: 61
Views: 1510

Re: Favourite Quality in a wine

Mouthfeel (usually looking for something substantive, viscous, mouth-coating, silky/velvety)
by J. Rock
July 3rd, 2019, 12:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Booker Vineyard Tempranillo Extended Age 22 Months
Replies: 2
Views: 421

Re: TN: 2016 Booker Vineyard Tempranillo Extended Age 22 Months

I was at Booker this weekend, but unfortunately, they weren't offering this wine at the tasting. I was fortunate to taste the Epoch 2013 Reserva Tempranillo, which I thought was great, and I picked up a bottle of that. Have you tried that wine?
by J. Rock
June 28th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon
Replies: 47
Views: 2218

Re: Total Wine-Winery and Spirits Direct Coupon

I really love the 2014 Austin Hope GSM (from Paso). It's fruit forward and bold, but also had nice complimentary spice flavors.
by J. Rock
June 27th, 2019, 6:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friend of a Friend wants to park his RV at Barefoot Cellars
Replies: 41
Views: 2962

Re: Friend of a Friend wants to park his RV at Barefoot Cellars

I don't read many things, especially on message boards, that make me laugh out loud, but this did it. May want to visit the 16 bottle chardonnay blowout challenge thread. https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=107484 Admittedly, I was skeptical, but that was very funny. Hopefully ...
by J. Rock
June 27th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friend of a Friend wants to park his RV at Barefoot Cellars
Replies: 41
Views: 2962

Re: Friend of a Friend wants to park his RV at Barefoot Cellars

I don't read many things, especially on message boards, that make me laugh out loud, but this did it.
by J. Rock
June 27th, 2019, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7046
Views: 403972

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Wil they hold shipping until the fall? First Bottle does... so maybe? I kind of suspect that they share the same warehouse space and I think they are ran by the same people. Unless LB's business model doesn't work if they hold the bottles, I think they'd do it. If you ask them, please let us know w...
by J. Rock
June 27th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7046
Views: 403972

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

the nicer 6 bottle mystery case though...
by J. Rock
June 27th, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.
Replies: 14
Views: 1113

Re: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.

I'm visiting TC for the first time on Monday. I have a collector's vertical tasting scheduled and cannot wait!!!
by J. Rock
June 26th, 2019, 10:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2021

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

This just seems incredibly inefficient (especially for the winery) and I can't really see it making any sense, except mayyybe with respect to consumers who are buying a large amount (at least several cases) of wine.
by J. Rock
June 21st, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Half-Bottles
Replies: 18
Views: 1038

Re: Aging Half-Bottles

Thank you everyone! I'm going to start loading-up my offsite storage with plenty of wonderful half bottles with confidence!
by J. Rock
June 20th, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Half-Bottles
Replies: 18
Views: 1038

Re: Aging Half-Bottles

I've heard that magnums age the best or longest, I believe due to the different ratio of oxygen to wine contact/interaction (however, this could be inaccurate), so I was wondering if the inverse was true as well -- that smaller bottles are less suitable for long term aging. I am still a wine novice ...
by J. Rock
June 20th, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Half-Bottles
Replies: 18
Views: 1038

Aging Half-Bottles

I'm sorry if this has been discussed on here before (or if this is a silly question), but I couldn't find anything after a couple of searches. I've noticed that some 2018 Rieslings are going to be available soon, and since 2018 is my wedding year and I love Riesling, I'm going to stock up. A lot of ...
by J. Rock
June 20th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.
Replies: 14
Views: 1113

Re: Tablas creek now has complete collection of 14 CdP grapes.

This is pretty cool. Is this the only place in the USA to do/have this?
by J. Rock
June 16th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Zilliken Saarburger Rausch GG.
Replies: 7
Views: 469

Re: 2017 Zilliken Saarburger Rausch GG.

What about the Rausch Spatlese? Half the price and rated higher in CT. I was recently at a tasting where we did a blind tasting of the '17 Zilliken Rausch Spatlese vs 2017s Spatlese from Wille Schaefer and Fritz Haag, and the Zilliken, while quite good, was unanimously ranked in last place. It was ...
by J. Rock
June 15th, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: First Bottle Wines Sale
Replies: 11
Views: 1174

Re: PSA: First Bottle Wines Sale

At 15% off, I'd look at: https://www.firstbottlewines.com/product/detail/AA1052 Comtes is at a good price too. It's nice to hear that you like the Henri Billiot 2012, because I scored a bottle during the Last Bottle Marathon Sale for $59, but I have yet to taste it as it's currently laying down in ...
by J. Rock
June 14th, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11218
Views: 506299

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2015 Markus Molitor Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Beerenauslese
(x2) 2015 Schloss Lieser Riesling Spätlese Trocken SL Helden
2015 Schloss Lieser Riesling Kabinett SL

It seem that I cannot get enough Rieslings lately.
by J. Rock
June 14th, 2019, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: First Bottle Wines Sale
Replies: 11
Views: 1174

Re: PSA: First Bottle Wines Sale

I'm not familiar with most of the Champagne they have, but I've had the PIERRE MONCUIT BLANC DE BLANCS GRAND CRU NV and I think it's great and punches far above it's weight class (i.e., great value buy). I'd be very surprised if you were disappointed with this Champagne at this price.
by J. Rock
June 14th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: First Bottle Wines Sale
Replies: 11
Views: 1174

PSA: First Bottle Wines Sale

Just a heads up, FirstBottleWines.com is having a 15% off sale on everything site wide from now through Monday with the promo code SUMMER2019. I already got my Rieslings (being held until it cools down though), so have at it!
by J. Rock
June 10th, 2019, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine with grilled octopus?
Replies: 47
Views: 1961

Re: What wine with grilled octopus?

I'm not sure if the olives will throw this pairing off, but if they weren't there, I think a dry or young off-dry (depending on how much heat you're getting from the salsa) Riesling would be great.
by J. Rock
June 10th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle condition - signs of seepage
Replies: 38
Views: 1956

Re: Bottle condition - signs of seepage

I just bought a 2004 Spatlese from a reputable wine shop this weekend and only noticed that the neck was a bit sticky once I got home. See the above comments about Rieslings seepage make me feel better (although, it wasn't an expensive bottle and if it's bad, the store will likely make it up to me).
by J. Rock
June 7th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Copper River - Incoming
Replies: 224
Views: 13178

Re: Copper River - Incoming

Maybe I haven't had it prepared especially well, but I don't see how CR salmon is worth the premium compared to the normal King Salmon I get.
by J. Rock
June 6th, 2019, 12:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 2456

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

Eh, I think the whole place is grossly overrated and their burgers are mediocre at best. I don't get the seemingly huge appeal of their burgers, unless you're only comparing them to other fast food burgers, which wouldn't say much.
by J. Rock
June 5th, 2019, 11:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11218
Views: 506299

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

08 Winston Churchill. If it’s as good as 96, that’s damn fine champagne. I split a case of this with a buddy recently and am hoping the same as you!!! I had some 08 SWC a month or so ago at a Pol Roger tasting. I thought it was great (and the best wine in their lineup), but it didn't blow me away a...
by J. Rock
June 5th, 2019, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is too much good German Riesling available
Replies: 77
Views: 3104

Re: There is too much good German Riesling available

I haven't had nearly as much as most of you, but I've yet to have bad Riesling, whether sweet, super sweet, or dry. Sure, some don't wow me or could be more balanced, but I don't discriminate based on style of Riesling. They are all great and just depend on my mood or the situation.
by J. Rock
June 5th, 2019, 12:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 837
Views: 40783

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Maude has wide-open reservations?!? Damn. I've been wanting to go there for awhile ---- just haven't made the time. Sounds like now is as good a time as ever. Anyone know their corkage policy offhand? I was just there for their Sonoma menu. Free corkage if you bring a bottle from the region that th...
by J. Rock
June 4th, 2019, 9:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 837
Views: 40783

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Do you guys think Cut is better than Spago? I think Cut is an exceptional steakhouse, but I think Spago (the tasting menu) offers a much better dining experience.
by J. Rock
June 4th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is too much good German Riesling available
Replies: 77
Views: 3104

Re: There is too much good German Riesling available

I've only discovered an appreciation for German Rieslings within the past 9 months. Over this time period, I'd say approx. 20% of my total wine purchases have been Rieslings. As others voiced, the only problem is my wife does not care much for them. I'm working through different producers, regions ...
by J. Rock
June 4th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: There is too much good German Riesling available
Replies: 77
Views: 3104

Re: There is too much good German Riesling available

I've recently been hit incredibly hard by the Riesling bug and can't seem to get enough of it (seriously, I need another job to afford all of this wine). I think Riesling may be my favorite varietal and as there is so much great diversity within the varietal, I can see it taking up a very large port...
by J. Rock
June 4th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7046
Views: 403972

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

For future reference, ask for an ice pack in the comments section when you place your order. My 9 bottle Marathon shipment arrived with ice packs (pursuant to my request [and an additional $4] and the bottles were cool -- probably between 55 and 60 degrees.

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