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by Ryan A
March 30th, 2021, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GOOD Napa Valley Restaurant with Best Corkage Policies
Replies: 27
Views: 1509

Re: GOOD Napa Valley Restaurant with Best Corkage Policies

Compile in downtown Napa is excellent for both policy and food. Will be there again this week.
by Ryan A
March 29th, 2021, 9:15 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Best wine critic for Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 15
Views: 762

Re: Best wine critic for Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

Some critics IMO seem to be much easier graders than others which allows them to potentially receive first or perhaps the only review on specific wines (if I owed a winery would I provide samples to the hardest graders or easiest when general population only sees scores?). Since many wine buyers buy...
by Ryan A
March 28th, 2021, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Best wine critic for Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 15
Views: 762

Re: Best wine critic for Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

I agree on the above. Also some general guidance as none of them may grade according to your standards. I tend to use a very hard combined with a closer to the middle grader as goal posts as too often many give out high scores only to be disappointed. Then I use Cellar Tracker, again users with simi...
by Ryan A
March 26th, 2021, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bevan Cellars Spring release
Replies: 12
Views: 921

Re: Bevan Cellars Spring release

Could not recommend Bevan’s juice strong enough as it is and has been my guilty pleasure. I am so so excited to see the Syrah is back! I am going to get me some!
by Ryan A
March 24th, 2021, 11:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Next MACDONALD?
Replies: 211
Views: 26123

Re: The Next MACDONALD?

Headed to Napa on a dream trip with a side agenda to taste as many of the Thorevilos wines as possible. Should really help expand my ‘18, ‘19 & ‘20 knowledge as well as the new Thorevilos winemaker styles.
by Ryan A
March 20th, 2021, 12:41 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 300
Views: 40840

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

Thank you both.
by Ryan A
March 18th, 2021, 6:03 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Total Wine Pappy Offer
Replies: 300
Views: 40840

Re: Total Wine Pappy Offer

How did you find the sign up area? I clicked the email but it takes me to my account page with nothing re: the Bouron there.

Thank you for your help.
by Ryan A
March 17th, 2021, 8:20 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Looking for an olive oil recommendation
Replies: 36
Views: 1563

Re: Looking for an olive oil recommendation

For what it’s worth, wineries in prime growing areas like Napa (and others around the world) tend to make incredible fresh cold pressed EVOO. A few references are Abreu and Eisele and they are killer- can’t get enough. Olive oil like wine have different flavor profiles, some more subtle while others...
by Ryan A
March 11th, 2021, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vice Versa vs scarecrow
Replies: 25
Views: 1689

Re: Vice Versa vs scarecrow

They are great people with great wine.
by Ryan A
March 11th, 2021, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impensata - Kinsman winemaker Abreu vineyard manager
Replies: 35
Views: 3293

Re: Impensata - Kinsman winemaker Abreu vineyard manager

Thanks Owen. Curious what he had to say?
by Ryan A
March 11th, 2021, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impensata - Kinsman winemaker Abreu vineyard manager
Replies: 35
Views: 3293

Re: Impensata - Kinsman winemaker Abreu vineyard manager

Yes Maybach is releasing a 2019 Ecotone which should be amazing! Headed up to Napa to taste as much of the Thorevilos offerings as I can. Will report back on thoughts.
by Ryan A
March 4th, 2021, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert vs Vice Versa Platt
Replies: 7
Views: 598

Re: Aubert vs Vice Versa Platt

Rivers Marie might be another good option.

Love Maxem and VV but they might have a more mineral style than you are looking for.

Rodrigo - nice lineup!
by Ryan A
March 4th, 2021, 7:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert vs Vice Versa Platt
Replies: 7
Views: 598

Re: Aubert vs Vice Versa Platt

For what it’s worth, based on the Aubert and Maxem comment, they are very different styles. Aubert is more lush and round (very Napa) vs Maxem which is more a Burg/Napa cross of that makes sense.

Perhaps focus on that rounder lusher style yet not buttery?
by Ryan A
March 2nd, 2021, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Continuum
Replies: 8
Views: 604

Re: 2018 Continuum

Thanks Zachary for sharing. What’s a tasting there like since it’s only 1/2 wines?

Also did you happen to taste the ‘17 (trying to determine how umm not as good as ‘18 it really is).
by Ryan A
March 2nd, 2021, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vice Versa fall offering
Replies: 56
Views: 4919

Re: Vice Versa fall offering

Offers now live. This year the offering and tiering (IMO) are exactly as it should be doing away with the three tiers. Now Mag 7 and SVDs. Love it.
by Ryan A
March 1st, 2021, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vice Versa fall offering
Replies: 56
Views: 4919

Re: Vice Versa fall offering

When I am there I will find out the details but am positive they no longer have access to the grapes.
by Ryan A
March 1st, 2021, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vice Versa fall offering
Replies: 56
Views: 4919

Re: Vice Versa fall offering

Sadly no
by Ryan A
March 1st, 2021, 7:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vice Versa fall offering
Replies: 56
Views: 4919

Re: Vice Versa fall offering

Abreu lost the contract (they were leasing it vs owning) starting with the ‘19 vintage. Vice Versa, Accendo and Impensata are now sourcing fruit from there (there may be others but those are the three I am aware of).
by Ryan A
February 27th, 2021, 8:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: The ultimate thermometer from Chris Young
Replies: 23
Views: 1093

Re: The ultimate thermometer from Chris Young

Thanks for posting! Signed up (you should put your referral link since you found it). Will be curious on price as well, WiFi/bluetooth or both (hopefully) and water proof.
by Ryan A
February 24th, 2021, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Maxem Feb 23 Release
Replies: 9
Views: 1002

Re: Maxem Feb 23 Release

I was asking in general, thank you for that info.
by Ryan A
February 23rd, 2021, 9:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Maxem Feb 23 Release
Replies: 9
Views: 1002

Re: Maxem Feb 23 Release

JonathanG wrote: February 23rd, 2021, 9:06 pm
Ryan A wrote: February 16th, 2021, 4:28 pm Has anyone had silver eagle and/or lucky well and can speak to the vineyards? Thanks
Went in on a 3-pack of each of their offerings. Never had before but heard great things. [berserker.gif]
Same here. Hoping I can get my shipment to figure out if I want to buy more and of which ones.
by Ryan A
February 23rd, 2021, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Maxem Feb 23 Release
Replies: 9
Views: 1002

Re: Maxem Feb 23 Release

Thank you sir, much appreciated.
by Ryan A
February 22nd, 2021, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggest some French reds based on my Cali tastes
Replies: 35
Views: 2461

Re: Suggest some French reds based on my Cali tastes

If specifically focused on Bordeaux, I would suggest trying a few and then reporting back. Many of the initial wines you called out are more of the fruitier profiles but here are the quick suggestions -Troplong Mondott 2015 $125 -Beau Sejout Becot 2015 $80 -Smith Haut Lafitte 2015 or 2016 $125 See w...
by Ryan A
February 19th, 2021, 7:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Scarecrow Release
Replies: 240
Views: 22998

Re: 2018 Scarecrow Release

Couldn’t agree more (also AZ). I am done with the packaging that ends up costing us and the winery stupid money. Stick it in a shipping box and save the package and insane shipping costs. For each 12 bottle case, the packaging costs are probably $80 - $200 and shipping $100 - $150. Makes no sense. I...
by Ryan A
February 17th, 2021, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Potential Wineries to Visit in Napa
Replies: 63
Views: 7750

Re: Potential Wineries to Visit in Napa

Promotory
Vine Hill Ranch (VHR)
Dana Estates
Franzia
Vice Versa
by Ryan A
February 16th, 2021, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Maxem Feb 23 Release
Replies: 9
Views: 1002

Re: Maxem Feb 23 Release

Has anyone had silver eagle and/or lucky well and can speak to the vineyards? Thanks
by Ryan A
February 16th, 2021, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Maxem Feb 23 Release
Replies: 9
Views: 1002

Maxem Feb 23 Release

One of my favorites with an excellent QPR - plus launching two new labels this release Save this date for our 2019 vintage wine release. Crazier things have happened in the past year but we are thrilled to offer our 5th Vintage of wines, adding two new incredible vineyards to our family of wines. Th...
by Ryan A
February 15th, 2021, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Pelle Offer Out
Replies: 30
Views: 2963

Re: La Pelle Offer Out

Thank you. Look forward to it.
by Ryan A
February 14th, 2021, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th
Replies: 38
Views: 3363

Re: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th

Yikes I didn’t even see that. Maybe we can reach out to have them assemble with the other out ahead vs each tome new shipping cost?
by Ryan A
February 14th, 2021, 2:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “New” Eisele Altagracia vs “old”
Replies: 9
Views: 500

Re: “New” Eisele Altagracia vs “old”

100% believe that is true, just pointing out I would never refer to this wine as a typical Napa jammy wine IMO anyway.
by Ryan A
February 14th, 2021, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “New” Eisele Altagracia vs “old”
Replies: 9
Views: 500

Re: “New” Eisele Altagracia vs “old”

Zachary- I am not sure I agree with that comment- the Altagracia is not a fruit bomb in style or structure. I believe it’s more about taking previous Eisele Vineyard grapes and using those for Altagracia to reduce buying outsourced grapes (in theory much higher end grapes). This came about as they m...
by Ryan A
February 14th, 2021, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Pelle Offer Out
Replies: 30
Views: 2963

Re: La Pelle Offer Out

Thanks Maayan- and welcome. Love the labels and am very interested in the three SVDs as I don’t believe I have ever had these vineyards as standalone. How would you compare these to your regular Cabernet and the reserve? I ended up grabbing three of each, which is a typical purchase without having a...
by Ryan A
February 13th, 2021, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impensata - Kinsman winemaker Abreu vineyard manager
Replies: 35
Views: 3293

Re: Impensata - Kinsman winemaker Abreu vineyard manager

Thanks Roy, much appreciated!
by Ryan A
February 11th, 2021, 8:38 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Colgin Allocation
Replies: 9
Views: 1015

Re: Colgin Allocation

Colgin is now slightly more expensive than Abreu and significantly more expensive than Eisele, Scarecrow, Dalla Valle Maya, etc. That's a tough sell IMO. Ya IMO it’s not worth more than Abreu, so this price increase helped make the decision for me. Great wine but any excuse not to buy a $500 wine i...
by Ryan A
February 11th, 2021, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th
Replies: 38
Views: 3363

Re: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th

Unfortunately it was a ‘17... it gave me enough sense of what it was, a second wine, but wasn’t good enough for me to pull the trigger and buy that vintage however it did have me wanting to taste a better vintage... and assume without tasting it’s worth taking a flyer.
by Ryan A
February 11th, 2021, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th
Replies: 38
Views: 3363

Re: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th

I actually have had at a restaurant in AZ. That’s about the only thing I can add.
by Ryan A
February 10th, 2021, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th
Replies: 38
Views: 3363

Re: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th

Wow they closed the offer in 24 hours- I guess demand is off the charts.
by Ryan A
February 10th, 2021, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Pelle Offer Out
Replies: 30
Views: 2963

Re: La Pelle Offer Out

Just took a look at the other bottles, super cool idea to represent the soils on the bottles.
by Ryan A
February 10th, 2021, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: La Pelle Offer Out
Replies: 30
Views: 2963

Re: La Pelle Offer Out

Very excited - and the labels do look super cool. I am in for a three pack of each at a minimum. Wish I could get up there to taste before they sell out. If these are anything like the other wines they will be a great QPR. I can’t believe they are $125 for SVD.
by Ryan A
February 9th, 2021, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th
Replies: 38
Views: 3363

Re: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th

Allocations were much smaller this year as demand must be off the charts. Got half the allocation this time.
by Ryan A
February 7th, 2021, 8:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Design your own Champagne glass
Replies: 49
Views: 2217

Re: Design your own Champagne glass

Robert.A.Jr. wrote: February 7th, 2021, 7:37 pm So will these be for sale, when done?

Serious.

Name it A.So-93.

I’m in for 6.
Me too
by Ryan A
February 7th, 2021, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th
Replies: 38
Views: 3363

Re: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th

Blarm- awesome! Super jealous. Although to be honest, I would be jealous even if you went to the Dakotas at this point... I had them in barrel and they were killer. Can’t wait to taste out of bottle. Such good juice.
by Ryan A
February 7th, 2021, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th
Replies: 38
Views: 3363

Re: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th

I just have to ask. The above wines are all $200 and higher. My higher end wines are Carter, Maybach, MCDONALD, Myriad, and Schrader. In the case of Carter, Myriad, and Schrader I own Dr Crane and Las Piedras. Since these are the premier vineyards, is there that much of a difference in taste that m...
by Ryan A
February 7th, 2021, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th
Replies: 38
Views: 3363

Re: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th

Well, I feel that MM, Realm, and VV are all high quality wines. It’s hard to pinpoint the difference because if you like one......you’re sure to like the other. It comes down to price and availability. If I had to pick, Memento Mori is probably my favorite. Their main Cab is my favorite and the peo...
by Ryan A
February 6th, 2021, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th
Replies: 38
Views: 3363

Re: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th

Owen- I am not a good person to be able to clearly articulate styles as I don’t want anything to be misconstrued as I speak to one style or another. Sam K (winemaker) has a unique style that lends itself to deliver on the terrior (you should really try his Pinot/Chard label called Maxem and I am not...
by Ryan A
February 3rd, 2021, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th
Replies: 38
Views: 3363

Re: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th

The email I received about this said they wouldn’t be able to give me an allocation but that I’d be able to wishlist. Does anyone know if they typically are able to grant wishlist requests for these? I thought the single vineyards are pretty small production so I’m not holding my breadth. David- no...
by Ryan A
February 3rd, 2021, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th
Replies: 38
Views: 3363

Re: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th

Matt A wrote: February 3rd, 2021, 7:35 am Always look forward to this one. I thought I might see Sam’s new “RTL” wine release too, maybe in the fall...

Crane
99 WA
98+ JD

LP
97 WA
98 JD
Matt- thanks for the added info. What is the RTL wine you reference above?
by Ryan A
February 2nd, 2021, 9:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th
Replies: 38
Views: 3363

Memento Mori 2018 Dr Crane & Las Piedras Release Feb 9th

Release Feb 9th at 10am

2016 MM Dr Crane was a top wine of the vintage for me. Can’t wait to open the 2018s!
by Ryan A
February 2nd, 2021, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cedric Bouchard - Thoughts and Knowledge Dump
Replies: 4
Views: 733

Re: Cedric Bouchard - Thoughts and Knowledge Dump

Thank you very much. Love the journey and appreciate the wisdom.
by Ryan A
February 2nd, 2021, 6:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cedric Bouchard - Thoughts and Knowledge Dump
Replies: 4
Views: 733

Re: Cedric Bouchard - Thoughts and Knowledge Dump

Thank you- I will delete this!

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