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by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 24th, 2021, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you still have the FIRST bottle...
Replies: 41
Views: 1448

Re: Do you still have the FIRST bottle...

Nope. Closest I get is a bottle of 2004 Chappellet - Cabernet Sauvignon Signature purchased in June of 2007, six months after I started building our cellar.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 24th, 2021, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Guiberteau - Saumur Blanc "Brézé" (France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur)
Replies: 0
Views: 36

TN: 2014 Guiberteau - Saumur Blanc "Brézé" (France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur)

2014 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc Brézé - France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur (1/27/2021) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over 2.5 hours on Day 1; revisited on Day 2 and Day 4 -- NOSE: much more expressive from Grassl Liberté than the Mineralité. rich; reductive; oak; banana R...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 24th, 2021, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine's naturalistic fallacy
Replies: 74
Views: 2469

Re: Wine's naturalistic fallacy

My signature on the Cellartracker discussion forum is, "Terroir is not a flavor." It seems germane here. :) There is something to be said for varietal, or site-specific, "typicity"; but it's not the end-all be-all. And that's said without even touching the third rail of "de...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 24th, 2021, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective
Replies: 70
Views: 2909

Re: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective

Very gracious of the OP. Flawed closure accounts for 2%-5% of lost product. If the cost increase from cork to a screw cap or DIAM isn't much, I'd go unconventional closure as a vineyard/winery owner. Just me... Hi Gabe, A couple questions: 1. did you mean flawed closures account for 2% - 5% of lost...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 24th, 2021, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective
Replies: 70
Views: 2909

Re: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective

Thanks, Marshall. "Under 1%" is what I would have guessed, too, if not "significantly under 1%." Assuming that to be true, it strikes me as a terrible business decision to deny returns of legitimately flawed bottles because a certain percentage of "TCA" returns aren't ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 23rd, 2021, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine's naturalistic fallacy
Replies: 74
Views: 2469

Re: Wine's naturalistic fallacy

My signature on the Cellartracker discussion forum is, "Terroir is not a flavor." It seems germane here. :) There is something to be said for varietal, or site-specific, "typicity"; but it's not the end-all be-all. And that's said without even touching the third rail of "def...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 23rd, 2021, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top five German wine producers
Replies: 93
Views: 2101

Re: Your top five German wine producers

1. Schaefer-Frohlich (by a reasonable distance) 2. Willi Schaefer 3. Selbach Oster 4. von Schubert 5. Probably Donnhoff, but recent vintages of Weiser-Kunstler may change that. I don’t have Keller here mostly because I’ve not had enough of it to be able to definitively place it in my hierarchy as I...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 23rd, 2021, 11:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top five German wine producers
Replies: 93
Views: 2101

Re: Your top five German wine producers

Emrich-Schonleber Heymann-Lowenstein Keller Willi Schaefer Dr. Loosen (soft spot for Ernst Loosen as he is a super nice man). On a side note, I wish quality German Riesling was better imported into the US. You can find it, but much harder than Italian, Spanish, French, etc. What part of the U.S. do...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 23rd, 2021, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective
Replies: 70
Views: 2909

Re: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective

Thanks, Marshall. "Under 1%" is what I would have guessed, too, if not "significantly under 1%." Assuming that to be true, it strikes me as a terrible business decision to deny returns of legitimately flawed bottles because a certain percentage of "TCA" returns aren't f...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 23rd, 2021, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective
Replies: 70
Views: 2909

Re: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective

Just curious how you know they’re “just fine.” Do they taste returned bottles? I worked in the distribution industry for almost 10 years, and would smell a lot of the wines that were returned just to see how many were actually noticeably flawed. Only about 10% of our returns were actually flawed. M...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 23rd, 2021, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top five German wine producers
Replies: 93
Views: 2101

Re: Your top five German wine producers

JJ Prum Carl Loewen Fritz Haag Donnhoff ******************* Prum and Donnhoff are the only two I really seek-out; given the wide array of excellent other options, I'm happy to play with whatever my local retailers have --- I still feel like I'm in the exploration stage, even though I've been buying ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 22nd, 2021, 3:10 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: TN: Pliny the Younger
Replies: 12
Views: 726

Re: TN: Pliny the Younger

I hope everyone here takes the following comment in the spirit with which I offer it, which is in pure jest. That disclaimer aside, I have to chuckle at the irony of a bunch of wine-geeks who, by 99% of the World's standards, spend way too much money on wine sitting around commenting about the luna...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 22nd, 2021, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #rieslingstudy - Age your Kabinetts!
Replies: 41
Views: 2008

Re: #rieslingstudy - Age your Kabinetts!

Sounds like you're receiving my question in the manner I was hoping it would be received, Sarah. Curious to see what others have to say, too! To add a bit - I think that spatlese, auslese, kabinett have not only different levels of RS, they have different textures, structures and shapes, if that ma...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 22nd, 2021, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #rieslingstudy - Age your Kabinetts!
Replies: 41
Views: 2008

Re: #rieslingstudy - Age your Kabinetts!

Sounds like you're receiving my question in the manner I was hoping it would be received, Sarah. Curious to see what others have to say, too!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 22nd, 2021, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggest some French reds based on my Cali tastes
Replies: 27
Views: 1432

Re: Suggest some French reds based on my Cali tastes

Scott,

I just noticed you joined the forum today; welcome! Cool to see you jump right in right away. Hope you find it fun and interesting to hang out and participate here. Cheers! [cheers.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 22nd, 2021, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective
Replies: 70
Views: 2909

Re: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective

I make note of corked bottles in CT. My tasting note will simply be "TCA", and I do that because CT marks them as "Flawed," and there are other types of flaws beyond TCA. I've recently started indicating in my "TCA" tasting note that the winery replaced the bottle if, i...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 22nd, 2021, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #rieslingstudy - Age your Kabinetts!
Replies: 41
Views: 2008

Re: #rieslingstudy - Age your Kabinetts!

Do Kabinett, Spatlese, and Auslese all converge with age (even if on different timelines)? Curious about what you mean, Brian. Do you mean converge in terms of sweetness? Quality? Characteristics becoming similar? Good question, Sarah. Frustratingly, I'm not sure I know the answer. [wow.gif] Perhap...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 22nd, 2021, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #rieslingstudy - Age your Kabinetts!
Replies: 41
Views: 2008

Re: #rieslingstudy - Age your Kabinetts!

Thanks, David. So, in your opinion, can one reasonably substitute a 20 yo Kab. for a 30 yo Spat.? Or is there enough difference to merit buying and ageing both? Up to this point, I've not bought Kabinett with the intention of extended cellaring (except for one bottling, in particular, of which I've ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 22nd, 2021, 12:29 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Cabot Vineyards- Something old, something new
Replies: 63
Views: 2646

Re: Cabot Vineyards- Something old, something new

Received my order late last week. They are impatiently resting for a couple weeks now ... thanks, John! [cheers.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 22nd, 2021, 12:26 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: BEAU RIVAGE WINES - 6PK VERTICAL
Replies: 160
Views: 6321

Re: BEAU RIVAGE WINES - 6PK VERTICAL

Dang ... I'd be pretty unhappy with my shipping company right about now if I were Frank and William --- sorry you guys got burned like this. I only saw one person mention it, but it bears mentioning again: tartrate crystals. I avoid storing white wines (all wines, really, but I'd never consider it w...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 22nd, 2021, 12:15 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: TN: Pliny the Younger
Replies: 12
Views: 726

Re: TN: Pliny the Younger

Seeing this resell for $150 a bottle is laughable. Glad to see you didn’t get robbed at secondary. The buzzkill of the first sip of a $150 IPA must be earth shattering for those who paid anywhere near that price. First time I had it during a release for under $10 for a pint I ordered Blind Pig and ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 22nd, 2021, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggest some French reds based on my Cali tastes
Replies: 27
Views: 1432

Re: Suggest some French reds based on my Cali tastes

Chateau Lascombes. The 2005, if you can find it, is a perfect gateway bottle, imo.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 22nd, 2021, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #rieslingstudy - Age your Kabinetts!
Replies: 41
Views: 2008

Re: #rieslingstudy - Age your Kabinetts!

Do Kabinett, Spatlese, and Auslese all converge with age (even if on different timelines)?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 22nd, 2021, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best value elite Bordeaux?
Replies: 96
Views: 9842

Re: Best value elite Bordeaux?

Brian Have you ever tried the Pichon Baron 2nd wine? Les Griffons 2018 I grabbed a couple of these and am eager to try. The Pinchon Lalande 2015 2nd wine...Reserve de Comtesse I wasn't impressed with. I actually returned them for a couple Barnett's and Chapp Signatures. LOL So maybe the Baron 2nd w...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 20th, 2021, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best value elite Bordeaux?
Replies: 96
Views: 9842

Re: Best value elite Bordeaux?

Brian Have you ever tried the Pichon Baron 2nd wine? Les Griffons 2018 I grabbed a couple of these and am eager to try. The Pinchon Lalande 2015 2nd wine...Reserve de Comtesse I wasn't impressed with. I actually returned them for a couple Barnett's and Chapp Signatures. LOL So maybe the Baron 2nd w...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 19th, 2021, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best value elite Bordeaux?
Replies: 96
Views: 9842

Re: Best value elite Bordeaux?

Thanks everyone- this is exactly the sort of answer I was hoping for. Any thoughts on second labels? Also, isn’t La Mission Haut Brion basically proved like a first growth? I don't think you can really speak about second labels in general terms; it's a case-by-case basis. I have never flirted with ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 19th, 2021, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 90` Clicquot Rose, Billecart-Salmon Rose, Krug 168; 12` Delamotte, 12` Bara Club; 08` L-P, 17` Giradin CC, Donnhoff Kab+
Replies: 9
Views: 543

Re: 90` Clicquot Rose, Billecart-Salmon Rose, Krug 168; 12` Delamotte, 12` Bara Club; 08` L-P, 17` Giradin CC, Donnhoff

Totally agree with you on the Delamotte, which represents somewhat of a rare departure from my usual bubbly preferences. Thanks for posting, Blake!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 19th, 2021, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine des Roches Neuves Saumur-Champigny Franc de Pied
Replies: 9
Views: 393

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine des Roches Neuves Saumur-Champigny Franc de Pied

Sounds like a pretty big bummer for a $60+ bottle of Loire Cab. Franc. That kind of money in the Loire should easily land you an excellent wine. Hope the next bottle is better (or at least cheaper!).
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 19th, 2021, 2:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot: Rhys v. Rochioli v. Aubert v. CA Others v. Burgundy
Replies: 91
Views: 5312

Re: Pinot: Rhys v. Rochioli v. Aubert v. CA Others v. Burgundy

Rhys is damn good, but I'm getting increasingly confident in my opinion that they are not built to age... Interesting, as I am becoming more confident that they are made to age. The mountain of Rhys in my cellar hopes I turn-out to be wrong. Maybe some of the '09s, '10's, and '11's (yes, I know '11...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 19th, 2021, 12:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot: Rhys v. Rochioli v. Aubert v. CA Others v. Burgundy
Replies: 91
Views: 5312

Re: Pinot: Rhys v. Rochioli v. Aubert v. CA Others v. Burgundy

Rhys is damn good, but I'm getting increasingly confident in my opinion that they are not built to age, and they are not a reasonable Burgundy substitute. Meaning you think they should be drunk by what age generally? Some recent threads have suggested they shouldn't be drunk before 7 or 8 years of ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 18th, 2021, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinot: Rhys v. Rochioli v. Aubert v. CA Others v. Burgundy
Replies: 91
Views: 5312

Re: Pinot: Rhys v. Rochioli v. Aubert v. CA Others v. Burgundy

... What California Pinot Noir gets you excited as either a SUBSTITUTE for Burgundy (i.e. "It's Burgundian!") or a COMPLEMENT (i.e. "It's clearly not Burgundy, but I love it")? ...Aubert and Rhys and .. Rochioli ... I'm particularly curious on thoughts on these producers, but I'...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 16th, 2021, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's Talk Rheingau
Replies: 64
Views: 2601

Re: Let's Talk Rheingau

I've had, and still have, a few Kesseler's from the early-to-mid 2000s. They've been hit-or-miss; they first one I ever had was a hit, which is why I ended-up with a couple handfuls. The variability I've experienced as I've worked through them has left me without a desire to seek them out further. I...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 11th, 2021, 9:10 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16985
Views: 485889

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

When fresh, Jai Alai is pretty good.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 10th, 2021, 12:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Fried eggs
Replies: 68
Views: 2933

Re: Fried eggs

My favorite way to fry an egg is to cut a circle out of a piece of bread and fry the egg in that hole. I’m sure there’s a name for it. Egg In A Hole is what my Mom called it. Good stuff. As to the OP: I like the crispy brown edges and runny yolk. but how *I* cook mine is to first caramelize some fi...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 9th, 2021, 11:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?
Replies: 168
Views: 4958

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

I know folks want to jump on Greg P again and again - but I think his points are valid, especially on places like this board, and especially in a thread like these where people are 'drawing a line in the sand' when that line may not be accurate. That's all - nothing more. I understand that folks ne...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 9th, 2021, 11:30 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16985
Views: 485889

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Monkish - Double Wrapped
Monkish - Funny Papers
PP - Swami's

The Double Wrapped is too boozy for me. The Funny Papers is awesome. And Swami's is Swami's. [drinkers.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 9th, 2021, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2267
Views: 316385

Re: Official Costco Thread

J Diven wrote: February 4th, 2021, 5:43 pm Today at Shoreline (North Seattle)
2015 Louis Michel Butteaux Premier Cru $24.89
Whoa!! That's a buy 'em all situation!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 9th, 2021, 10:12 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: GLASVIN (Best Products of 2020 - Food & Wine Mag) *New Product Launch - Decanter*
Replies: 137
Views: 6441

Re: GLASVIN (Best Products of 2020 - Food & Wine Mag) *New Product Launch - Decanter*

Been using these Expressions for a week. So far, they've seen Pinot, Syrah, and Mourvedre. All worked well. It will be interesting to me to see how I continue to get along with these, as I am not accustomed to using such a large bowl for non-Burgundy varieties -- although the bowl is approximately t...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 9th, 2021, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White wines comparable to Lopez de Heredia blancos?
Replies: 21
Views: 1079

Re: White wines comparable to Lopez de Heredia blancos?

I support the Musar and Honorio Rubio recs.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 8th, 2021, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Pichon Baron $165
Replies: 11
Views: 1389

Re: 2016 Pichon Baron $165

$165 is a very fair price. Might you find it elsewhere a bit cheaper? Sure. Might you *not* find it elsewhere a bit cheaper? Yep, that could happen, too.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 8th, 2021, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Radikon - Ribolla Gialla (Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT)
Replies: 24
Views: 973

Re: TN: 2013 Radikon - Ribolla Gialla (Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT)

The phenomenon you describe, Otto, I've experienced with sherry-finished whiskies...it can be damning. Well, that must be something completely different. I doubt THP is a compound that could survive through distillation and since whisky is made from a malt mash that doesn't see any brett or lactic ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 8th, 2021, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?
Replies: 168
Views: 4958

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

I AM ALL FOR CORRECT NUMBERS. Not sure why so many misread that. I am saying that many do not specify correct numbers, some by a way greater margin than legally allowed, to boot. Labeling a 15.6% wine as 13.9% is illegal, no? Some check out at over 16%. VIEW DAVID RAMSEY INTERVIEW. Winemakers in CA...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 8th, 2021, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?
Replies: 168
Views: 4958

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

This conversation reminds me of one of the Falltaculars a number of years back. There were a couple of very low alcohol syrahs that were being poured that were, at least in my and others around opinions', out of balance - so low that the wine lacked any kind of body and had screeching acidity, but ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 8th, 2021, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?
Replies: 168
Views: 4958

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

Not make assumptions? O.K. And then what? Become a psychic? Not gonna happen, Larry. And you and Greg and others continue to persist with **your** assumption that consumers are making assumptions re: alcohol. When I put that 15%+ wine back on the shelf, I am not making an assumption, rather I am ma...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 7th, 2021, 11:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Radikon - Ribolla Gialla (Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT)
Replies: 24
Views: 973

Re: TN: 2013 Radikon - Ribolla Gialla (Italy, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Venezia Giulia IGT)

The phenomenon you describe, Otto, I've experienced with sherry-finished whiskies...it can be damning.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 7th, 2021, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?
Replies: 168
Views: 4958

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

Some also assume that what's on the label is an actual number. And many don't make that assumption. It's not up to the consumers whether there is an accurate abv listed on the label -- that's up to the producers. The consumers have no choice but to go with what's on the label, absent personal exper...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 7th, 2021, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ideal alcohol level for a medium/full bodied red?
Replies: 168
Views: 4958

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

I also hate the concept that a number should determine 'balance' - some many wine consumers look at a label and 'pre-suppose' based on that number - and I see it all the time. ... What else is a customer supposed to do? Not make assumptions? O.K. And then what? Become a psychic? Not gonna happen, L...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 7th, 2021, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birthday Tasting - White Burgundy vs Oregon
Replies: 7
Views: 646

Re: Birthday Tasting - White Burgundy vs Oregon

Very cool. That Chassagne sounds tasty!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 5th, 2021, 8:31 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Old Beer - Results
Replies: 113
Views: 10112

Re: Old Beer - Results

Wow. I won't begrudge you your own opinions --- that would be ludicrous --- but I am amazed. Cantillon is above all others, by themselves, in my opinion. That said, you'll never see me kicking any of the ones you named outta bed. I am particularly impressed with Tilquin; less so with 3F since they s...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
February 5th, 2021, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K&L
Replies: 71
Views: 4942

Re: K&L

Been a K&L customer for decades, it’s a really good operation. I think people make the mistake of blaming the retailer for price increases, when the truth is that wine prices have just gone up over the years, way up in some categories. The internet, global wealth, and fixed amounts of certain w...

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