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by markjchambers
October 20th, 2020, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trader Joes Overrated?
Replies: 82
Views: 3657

Re: Trader Joes Overrated?

I like TJs for their unique products. Love the frozen croissants you bake yourself. I occasionally look for a good value wine, but I'm usually disappointed. Our Costco in Dayton isn't much better. But TJs does a have a few gems. The Lazy Bones Cab Franc is about the best bottle of red wine I've had ...
by markjchambers
October 18th, 2020, 1:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Trader Joes Overrated?
Replies: 82
Views: 3657

Re: Trader Joes Overrated?

If you're going to spend $20+, I'd look elsewhere. Most of their cheap wines are just that, but there are a few bright spots. At $8, Honeymoon Viognier is very drinkable and a decent food wine. I've bought it to many parties and never had anyone scoff at it. We go through cases of it every Summer. A...
by markjchambers
October 17th, 2020, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: cooked with no signs of seepage?
Replies: 23
Views: 1022

Re: cooked with no signs of seepage?

I had a bottle that unintentionally sat in the sun in the back seat of my car for a while. The cork was
pushed up. I chilled it for a couple of hours and we drink it that day and it was fine. I figured that it wouldn't stay
fine for very long, but I didn't think it would be ruined immediately.
by markjchambers
October 17th, 2020, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fait-Main absurdly high shipping rates
Replies: 26
Views: 1716

Re: Fait-Main absurdly high shipping rates

I've purchased a case of wine from a retailer in California and had it shipped to Ohio at a cost of $40. I've purchased directly from a California winery and had a case shipped to me for $64, just now. I also have a case coming from another winery that cost me $200 to ship. The winery charging $64 i...
by markjchambers
October 9th, 2020, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aack! Shipment notices have started
Replies: 41
Views: 1670

Re: Aack! Shipment notices have started

About 10 cases, but it's all coming to my local UPS store. They receive it and I come by and pick it up at my convenience. Then I sneak it into the basement when my wife is sleeping. I got a box so I would have a "business" address to receive wine and no one would have to wait for packages to be del...
by markjchambers
September 26th, 2020, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2941
Views: 197509

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Has anyone opened a Wedding Cuve? I have one and I'd like to take it to a zin tasting, maybe after several hours of air. Would that be infanticide?
by markjchambers
September 23rd, 2020, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Harlan Estate + 2017 Harlan Maiden
Replies: 27
Views: 2139

Re: 2018 Harlan Estate + 2017 Harlan Maiden

The 2004 Harlan was a revelation for me. I had it at the California Wine experience in 2006. My friend and I thought it was clearly the best of the cult cabs on display (including Screagle and Colgin). The release price for the 04 was $375 and the after market was $750. At that time you could get Le...
by markjchambers
September 22nd, 2020, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Latest Wine Spectator Issue
Replies: 5
Views: 1193

Re: Latest Wine Spectator Issue

I thought it was curious also. QC has been a top10 wine at WS multiple occasions. They like Reynvaan and he is pupil of Baron. They list the major wine areas of Washington (Walla Walla, Col. Vally, etc.) and the top producer in each area and don't list QC or Cayuse. Most of the wines listed in the "...
by markjchambers
September 22nd, 2020, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Cailloux to bring?
Replies: 6
Views: 502

Re: Which Cailloux to bring?

2010 it will be. Looking forward to my cellar purchase arriving soon which includes a 10 Frog.
by markjchambers
September 22nd, 2020, 7:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Cailloux to bring?
Replies: 6
Views: 502

Re: Which Cailloux to bring?

I agree they need age, just not sure how much. My first Cayuse was 04 Frog, discovered at Hospice du Rhone in 2006 and it was drinking well young. I was slow to sign up for the list so I didn't get an allocation until the 09 Cailloux. While I was waiting I found bottles of En Chamberlain and Armada ...
by markjchambers
September 20th, 2020, 9:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Cailloux to bring?
Replies: 6
Views: 502

Which Cailloux to bring?

I'm supposed to bring a Cayuse wine to a WA syrah tasting. I have 2009-2017 Cailloux and I haven't touched any so I don't know which are drinking the best. CT scored are fairly consistent in the 93 range (except 2011 gets docked a point), but the notes are all over the place: "pronounced funk," "no ...
by markjchambers
September 18th, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert Fall Release - Save the Date
Replies: 58
Views: 4891

Re: Aubert Fall Release - Save the Date

I signed up for Aubert about two years ago. I was offered a "tide you over" lot of 6 SV 2017 Chards which I took. A year later, I got a full a full allocation of Chards and I got all of the pinots in this Fall release. So the wait is not long. Knowing how good the SV Chards are, I would think the So...
by markjchambers
September 18th, 2020, 6:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Realm save the date (Sept 1st)
Replies: 198
Views: 17456

Re: 2018 Realm save the date (Sept 1st)

Well… I was wishlist only since I have not bought for a couple of years. So I was pleased to get 9 Bard and 6 Tempest. Not pleased that they are charging $200 to ship 15 bottles of wine, but beggars can't be choosers. Cayuse and SQN are almost as bad. Nothing to do but pay up.
by markjchambers
September 14th, 2020, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN : A few recent wines
Replies: 3
Views: 589

Re: TN : A few recent wines

I have several bottles of the 03 d'Ampuis. Sounds like I should keep holding.
by markjchambers
September 14th, 2020, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release
Replies: 82
Views: 3998

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release

Wow, you guys are selling it! I'll start hunting.
by markjchambers
September 14th, 2020, 6:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 610

Re: TN: 2009 Cayuse Syrah En Chamberlin Vineyard

I opened an 09 Cailloux a couple of weeks ago. Gave it about 3 hours of air. It was muted and never filled out over the course of 3 more hours. Thanks for that animal fur descriptor. I never would thought of that, but I agree it is there. It wasn't bad. I just expected more. Before I got on the list...
by markjchambers
September 14th, 2020, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release
Replies: 82
Views: 3998

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall Release

I'm also a newbie when it comes to D&R. If not for berserkers, I would have no idea. They seem to be in the vein of Carlisle and Bedrock. Is that right? If I was going to hunt down some of their wines to see what they are about, what should I look for?
by markjchambers
September 10th, 2020, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wait list times
Replies: 138
Views: 13031

Re: Wait list times

If you're waiting on SQN, you might find the wait shorter for Manfred's other labels. Next of Kin is maybe a little faster at 6-7 yrs, but Third Twin might be an easier get.
The same with Cayuse branching out with Horsepower and Hors Categorie
by markjchambers
September 3rd, 2020, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10664

Re: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?

Did this turn into an SQN bashing thread? There have been lots of big scores given to Napa cabs that make SQN look cheap. I guess those wines deserve their 99+ scores.

WA lost it's mojo for me when the BB died. But the final straw was JD leaving.
by markjchambers
September 1st, 2020, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Realm save the date (Sept 1st)
Replies: 198
Views: 17456

Re: 2018 Realm save the date (Sept 1st)

I was surprised to get notice of the offering since I have not bought for a couple of years. Turns out I only get to wish, no guarantee and wishing is limited and no Absurd.
I'll see what, if anything, I get.
by markjchambers
August 29th, 2020, 7:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 5 pinot noir wines from California
Replies: 176
Views: 12050

Re: Top 5 pinot noir wines from California

Wow! No love for Marcassin or Aubert. And lots of love for Wm Selyem under the original owners. I enjoyed WS in the 90s but stopped buying many years ago.. Are people saying that WS from the 90's is still drinking well? I recently had the opportunity to try a few early aughts: 2002, -03 and -04 Hirs...
by markjchambers
August 27th, 2020, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finger Lakes and NOTL trip/suggestions
Replies: 63
Views: 2959

Re: Finger Lakes and NOTL trip/suggestions

I plan to be in the FLX region in mid-October for a short time. I was there 20 years ago and I'd like to see how things have changed. I will go back to Dr. Frank for sure, but I'd like to try some place that is new and different. Looking for decent wine and a good tasting experience. ... I would re...
by markjchambers
August 27th, 2020, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finger Lakes and NOTL trip/suggestions
Replies: 63
Views: 2959

Re: Finger Lakes and NOTL trip/suggestions

I plan to be in the FLX region in mid-October for a short time. I was there 20 years ago and I'd like to see how things have changed. I will go back to Dr. Frank for sure, but I'd like to try some place that is new and different. Looking for decent wine and a good tasting experience. Previous posts ...
by markjchambers
August 27th, 2020, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse is Live
Replies: 178
Views: 10759

Re: Cayuse is Live

My first offer was a 3 pack of 2009 Cailloux. Then I got offered 2012 GOK and finally 2017 Frog. At first I took the mags, but not lately. I dropped GOK last year so my offer is just a 3 pack of Cailloux and one of Frog, and the mag. A little price creep with Cailloux at $88 and BF at $115. The ship...
by markjchambers
August 26th, 2020, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite QPR wine under $25
Replies: 70
Views: 4445

Re: Favorite QPR wine under $25

The OP's wine was a gewurz. I really like Cantina Terlan's gewurz which can be had for ~$25. For ~$20, Black Slate is pretty consistent. I always look for the Porrera version. Many other Spanish garnachas fall into the at range also. If you want to go sub $10, Trader Joe's has you covered. Lazy Bone...
by markjchambers
August 24th, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sine Qua Non Tectumque / 2015 Grenache Le Chemin Vers L'Heresie
Replies: 4
Views: 526

Re: TN: 2017 Sine Qua Non Tectumque / 2015 Grenache Le Chemin Vers L'Heresie

How do you feel this compares with other SQN whites? Is it more accessible in its youth versus other whites (Lightmotif, Resiste, etc.)?
by markjchambers
August 22nd, 2020, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2014 SQN Lightmotif
Replies: 66
Views: 4105

Re: TN 2014 SQN Lightmotif

Interesting thread. SQN whites don't get nearly as much love as the reds. I'm guessing that there isn't anyone else blending rhone varietals with chard. I buy when they are offered, but I'm never sure what to do with them. Some seem approachable early, like Deux Grenoullies. And some reward cellarin...
by markjchambers
August 21st, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Finger Lakes and NOTL trip/suggestions
Replies: 63
Views: 2959

Re: Finger Lakes and NOTL trip/suggestions

I live in Ohio, too. Unless there's a roadblock on I-90, I think I'll be able to get there (also in October). It's been about 20 years since I was last at the FLX. I remember going to Frank's on Keuka Lake. I'll have to go back for sure. My time for wine touring is limited, so maybe one or two more ...
by markjchambers
August 16th, 2020, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How best to appreciate 09 La Las
Replies: 11
Views: 577

Re: How best to appreciate 09 La Las

I appreciate the responses.

There are just 4 of us. I don't want to wait 10 years so probably we'll go for a long decant. My hope was that, if we really like the style, we could find something similar
that was less than $500 a bottle.
by markjchambers
August 16th, 2020, 4:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum - Should I buy?
Replies: 15
Views: 1347

Re: Saxum - Should I buy?

Broken Stones is a good introduction. There is a bunch of Saxum on winebid so you could pick up some that are 8-12 years old to see how they age. 2006 BS is showing $100 bid. That will cost you ~$125 to actually get it delivered, but that is a hallmark Saxum wine; their first to get a big score. If ...
by markjchambers
August 16th, 2020, 4:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How best to appreciate 09 La Las
Replies: 11
Views: 577

How best to appreciate 09 La Las

My wine group just came into a set of 09 La Las at a decent price and we are going to do a tasting. We have a lot of experience with new world Syrah, but almost none with northern Rhone wines. We only know that La Las are supposed to be the pinnacle of Syrah and 2009 is great year, but that's about ...
by markjchambers
August 11th, 2020, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are magnums worth 3X. the price.
Replies: 51
Views: 3258

Re: Are magnums worth 3X. the price.

Great responses. I get a couple of takeaways:
1) wines are not necessarily better in mags or larger formats, but wines will age longer in mags vs 750s
2) mags are better for Champagne because of the secondary fermentation in bottle.

Do I have that right?
by markjchambers
August 11th, 2020, 6:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are magnums worth 3X. the price.
Replies: 51
Views: 3258

Are magnums worth 3X. the price.

I bought my first magnums from Alban years ago and I occasionally buy some from Saxum. Those wineries price their magnums 2X the cost of a 750. Makes sense. When I bought my first SQN magnum set, two 750s cost $340, but magnum set was $950. I know magnums often come in nice wood boxes, but even the ...
by markjchambers
August 11th, 2020, 5:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Critic Palate Guide
Replies: 36
Views: 1913

Re: Wine Critic Palate Guide

I would like that very much also. I was in sync with Parker for decades. Now there is a patchwork of critics and its difficult to find that one critic. Maybe impossible.
by markjchambers
August 6th, 2020, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban Winter Release
Replies: 40
Views: 2520

Re: Alban Winter Release

I think Reva is in the sweet spot -best QPR of Alban reds. Seymours and Loraine are great, but not worth the premium price. I like the Grenache. Pandora is also very good, but not sure it is worth the premium. You can usually find Patrina at retail, same with the Viognier.
by markjchambers
August 6th, 2020, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wine Movie
Replies: 74
Views: 2948

Re: Favorite Wine Movie

Sideways has it right. Maya's monologue about wine being a living thing, Miles' description of Pinot being a difficult grape, drinking out of the spit bucket. So many great scenes. And a great score. No other wine movie has near as much heart.
by markjchambers
August 5th, 2020, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban Winter Release
Replies: 40
Views: 2520

Re: Alban Winter Release

Interesting… I got a case of Reva and the shipping to Ohio was $64. A case of SQN shipped to Ohio is $180.
by markjchambers
August 5th, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache
Replies: 82
Views: 6768

Re: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache

I've been bumped up to 9+9 plus mags. I've never left any on the table before, but the full allocation delivered to Ohio comes to ~$4700. That's a chunk of change.
by markjchambers
August 3rd, 2020, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache
Replies: 82
Views: 6768

Re: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache

The standard Spring allocation is 6 + 6. You can wish for more, but I've never gotten any extra. After many years, you might get offered the magnum set. I've been on >10 years and I was just offered magnums last year. I have been getting two estate boxes for several years. Not sure what the next lev...
by markjchambers
August 2nd, 2020, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where to look for a savory domestic Syrah
Replies: 147
Views: 9179

Re: Where to look for a savory domestic Syrah

OP said Cayuse was too funky. I find Reynvaan to be similar, but both are better with some age and much better when decanted for at least a day. That gets rid of the funk and leaves you with a savory wine.
by markjchambers
July 31st, 2020, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache
Replies: 82
Views: 6768

Re: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache

Sorry for my typo, it is Aug. 4.
by markjchambers
July 31st, 2020, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with Saxum?
Replies: 68
Views: 6342

Re: What's wrong with Saxum?

When I got on the list, they made Broken Stones, James Berry, Bone Rock, Heartstone, Booker and occasionally Rocket Block. Since then, they've added Paderewskil, Terry Hoage, G2, Hexe and Four Hearts. Unless they've cut production, they're making more wine. But new wines have come gradually so I thi...
by markjchambers
July 31st, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache
Replies: 82
Views: 6768

Re: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache

My e-mail says "save the date" and says the store is open on Aug. 5. I don't think they do waves. With shipping and tax, it will cost me ~$200 a bottle. I agree that the age of flipping SQN is pretty much gone. You can get many of the recent releases on winebid for about a 20-30% premium over releas...
by markjchambers
July 25th, 2020, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban Winter Release
Replies: 40
Views: 2520

Re: Alban Winter Release

I figured out the Ginyard. It is a separate offer because it’s brandy. They are limited as to where they can ship it. I can’t get it unless I go through an intermediary. I would like to try it, but too much hassle.
by markjchambers
July 23rd, 2020, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban Winter Release
Replies: 40
Views: 2520

Re: Alban Winter Release

I just got a the letter today. The e-mail came on the 19th. I'm surprised because I haven't bought for a couple of years. I was offered Reva and a bit Pandora and Rousanne. The Ginyard is mentioned in the letter. He calls it a botanical brandy. It says it is included in the offer (@$39), but there's...
by markjchambers
July 23rd, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about this older SQN
Replies: 4
Views: 517

Re: Question about this older SQN

Since SQN has only been made since 1994, it's possible to collect every wine they've ever made. I doubt that anyone buying wines from the 90's intends to drink them.
by markjchambers
July 22nd, 2020, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with Saxum?
Replies: 68
Views: 6342

Re: What's wrong with Saxum?

I agree with the general sentiment. Since they make so many different wines, taking your full allocation can easily exceed $2K. 10 years ago, my allocation was a case in the Spring and a case in the Fall. Now they have almost doubled the number of different wines they make and my allocation is 3-4 ...
by markjchambers
July 21st, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with Saxum?
Replies: 68
Views: 6342

Re: What's wrong with Saxum?

I agree with the general sentiment. Since they make so many different wines, taking your full allocation can easily exceed $2K. 10 years ago, my allocation was a case in the Spring and a case in the Fall. Now they have almost doubled the number of different wines they make and my allocation is 3-4 c...
by markjchambers
July 19th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The world's finest Grenache is from ...
Replies: 163
Views: 6284

Re: The world's finest Grenache is from ...

Forgot to mention Torbreck Les Amis. Serious OV Grenache. The 2003 can hold it's ground with the best CdPs. Not a whole lot cheaper than Rayas. I haven't had any recently.
by markjchambers
July 19th, 2020, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The world's finest Grenache is from ...
Replies: 163
Views: 6284

Re: The world's finest Grenache is from ...

No mention of Usseglio CDP Mon Aieul? 100% Grenache, generally beloved by Parker, especially the 07.

And, how can you talk about California Grenache without mentioning Alban? Alban Grenache and Grenache-dominat Pandora are excellent - in the same vein as SQN and Saxum Rocket Block.

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