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by StephenM.
January 4th, 2021, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15378
Views: 788135

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2012 Chateau Bouscasse Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh 'Les Jardins' blanc - going on nine years old, still fresh with no oxidative note. Green hay color in glass, nose and palette of subtle honey and herbs de Provence. Wonderful wine, pairs great with savory leek and mushroom crudités.
by StephenM.
December 20th, 2020, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12695
Views: 510709

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2008 Greer Cabernet Sauvignon - sublime!
by StephenM.
December 9th, 2020, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Top 100 Thread
Replies: 141
Views: 15954

Re: Wine Spectator Top 100 Thread

It won't beat this top 100 from Haskell's in Minneapolis!!! Never seen a top 100 at this caliber. https://info.haskells.com/2020-haskells-100-list-0?utm_campaign=2020%20Haskell%27s%20100&utm_content=147572126&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&hss_channel=fbp-30925793358 Back up ...
by StephenM.
December 6th, 2020, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite Thomas Rivers Brown wine?
Replies: 63
Views: 4693

Re: Your favorite Thomas Rivers Brown wine?

We had a 2017 Riverain Tench Vineyard tonight that was terrific!
by StephenM.
December 3rd, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Third Twin Offer
Replies: 35
Views: 3411

Re: The Third Twin Offer

Andrew Dodd wrote: December 3rd, 2020, 12:04 pm
markjchambers wrote: November 22nd, 2020, 10:07 am I don't think I can maintain SQN, NOK and TT. That's well over $10K per year. Thought I was going to drop NOK, but I did order.

The Graciano is stellar. I might go for it, but I'll have to pass on the cuvee set.
Plus Chimere
Plus offspring... Fingers Crossed and Andremily
by StephenM.
November 30th, 2020, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shout out to your local wine shop gal/guy!
Replies: 29
Views: 1903

Re: Shout out to your local wine shop gal/guy!

In Twin Cities, shout out to Christy and Tom at the Wine Store at Lunds & Byerly's in White Bear Lake. Taking grocery store wine shop to another level: from Chave tasting, to a broad selection of Turley zins, to great pricing on international QPRs (LaFage Bastide Miraflors, Landskroon Chenin Bla...
by StephenM.
November 23rd, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15378
Views: 788135

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Another case of 2016 Virage Rose (Cab Franc) - boy that first case went fast, what a great rose!
by StephenM.
November 20th, 2020, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Third Twin Offer
Replies: 35
Views: 3411

Re: The Third Twin Offer

Email from The Third Twin this afternoon: We sent out an offering for The Third Twin wines yesterday and would like to provide some clarification of the wines being offered. These wines are all new and have not previously been sold or released. The 2017 Nuestra Señora del Tercer Gemelo is dominantly...
by StephenM.
November 20th, 2020, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Local Wine Shop Sales???
Replies: 13
Views: 1057

Re: Local Wine Shop Sales???

Jake Dvoskin wrote: November 19th, 2020, 6:43 pm John, this what i talk to my wife today, north loop did two day sale. thanks to BRAD @ winestreat we can get a good deals
+1 Winestreet, Brad gets some great wines in at great prices - and he is a terrific guy.
by StephenM.
November 20th, 2020, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Local Wine Shop Sales???
Replies: 13
Views: 1057

Re: Local Wine Shop Sales???

Have you noticed in your area that wine shops are not doing the sales of a year ago? In Minneapolis, other than WineStreets in North Oaks, no one has offered much in terms of a good wine sale. Maybe liquor stores are doing so well in the lockdown that they don't need to offer great sales however wh...
by StephenM.
November 19th, 2020, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andremily Release: No. 7 + 2018 Mourvèdre
Replies: 34
Views: 2553

Re: Andremily Release: No. 7 + 2018 Mourvèdre

Bill James wrote: November 19th, 2020, 4:23 pm Lately, Andremily and Saxum have become my goto's for Syrah. Never a bad bottle (for me at least).
+1 Andremily and Saxum... Booker is great too, their 'Fracture' is another of my favorites.
by StephenM.
November 19th, 2020, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Third Twin Offer
Replies: 35
Views: 3411

Re: The Third Twin Offer

roybehr wrote: November 19th, 2020, 12:20 pm When I called to ask what was in the Graciano box set, they told me there was 1 bottle of each. Possible I misheard, but my email doesn't specify the amounts.
Manfred's letter says that the Graciano is packaged as two vintages of 2 bottles each.
by StephenM.
November 19th, 2020, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Third Twin Offer
Replies: 35
Views: 3411

Re: The Third Twin Offer

FMansfield wrote: November 19th, 2020, 12:24 pm Wish I took a screen shot as when I ordered it stated 2016. Once I completed the order it stated 2017. It’s my first offer for TTT so I bit the bullet, along with the $110 S/H!!
OWC is a work of art though.
by StephenM.
November 18th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andremily Release: No. 7 + 2018 Mourvèdre
Replies: 34
Views: 2553

Re: Andremily Release: No. 7 + 2018 Mourvèdre

I have been a buyer since Andremily's inaugural release, and have loved every vintage of this Syrah.
The Mourvedre is great, the perfume on this wine is really out of this world.
And if you get a chance to try the Rose, it too is outstanding!
by StephenM.
November 17th, 2020, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?
Replies: 181
Views: 7818

Re: Thanksgiving Day - What are you drinking?

A different Thanksgiving in our small bubble and zooming in the older kids, but determined to press on:

- with appetizers: 2003 Bollinger Champagne RD

- with turkey dinner: 1997 Angelus and 2001 Pape Clement

- with dessert: 2006 Mr. K Strawman
by StephenM.
November 3rd, 2020, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine for election night? (Mod- next political post gets a 24hour suspension)
Replies: 270
Views: 11364

Re: Wine for election night? (Mod- next political post gets a 24hour suspension)

2014 Greer Cabernet Sauvignon... after 10 cst now, probably should have done a mag.
by StephenM.
October 26th, 2020, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allocations Ranked Against Each Other
Replies: 41
Views: 5833

Re: Allocations Ranked Against Each Other

So many have come and gone, however, here’s the coveted few, that I truly enjoy indulging in... -Sine Qua Non -Next of Kyn -Saxum -Andremily -Carlisle -Faethm/Fingers Crossed Waiting on MacDonald and Scarecrow. Great mailing lists - for SQN hat trick, add Third Twin. While you're waiting for the tw...
by StephenM.
October 21st, 2020, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe
Replies: 13
Views: 1026

TN: 2014 G.D. Vajra Barolo Albe

Overwhelming nose of menthol and eucalyptus, palate very thin and acidic. This wine has pretty good reviews, I was surprised how bad this was. Would a spoiled Barolo give off this kind of profile?
by StephenM.
October 18th, 2020, 4:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which compressor to buy for Wine Cellar - Converted Bathroom
Replies: 24
Views: 1340

Re: Which compressor to buy for Wine Cellar - Converted Bathroom

I have a 1/4 ton Wine Guardian ducted unit in the mechanical room next to my small cellar - a little over ten years old, quiet, and zero issues. Stupid question, why a ducted instead of a thru wall since it went straight to the room next door? I just went with the unit the cellar designer recommend...
by StephenM.
October 18th, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which compressor to buy for Wine Cellar - Converted Bathroom
Replies: 24
Views: 1340

Re: Which compressor to buy for Wine Cellar - Converted Bathroom

I have a 1/4 ton Wine Guardian ducted unit in the mechanical room next to my small cellar - a little over ten years old, quiet, and zero issues.
by StephenM.
October 18th, 2020, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15378
Views: 788135

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

3 x 2017 Riverain Cabernet Sauvignon Tench Vineyard
1 x 2017 Riverain CS Reserve
by StephenM.
October 15th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12695
Views: 510709

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Andremily No. 3 (2014) - big and rich, just what I wanted tonight. Andremily never fails to impress.
by StephenM.
October 12th, 2020, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recs for a CA Horizontal Tasting
Replies: 6
Views: 470

Re: Recs for a CA Horizontal Tasting

Greer '14, '15, '16 - with 6 to 8 hour decant. Fantastic!
by StephenM.
October 11th, 2020, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Hall of Fame
Replies: 72
Views: 5336

Re: QPR Hall of Fame

Super QPRs:
Landskroon - especially Chenin Blanc and Rose of Pinotage
Domaine Lafage - Narassa and Bastide Miraflors
Maze - Sauvignon Blanc and SB Clew
Hourglass - GIII and Sauvignon Blanc
Obsidian Ridge - Cabernet Sauvignon
by StephenM.
October 7th, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Falanghina interest you?
Replies: 10
Views: 472

Re: Which Falanghina interest you?

+1 Ridge, I really enjoyed too!
by StephenM.
October 2nd, 2020, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 8292
Views: 589344

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

Has anyone gotten their wines from the Marathon a month ago? Mine just shows as "shipped" on the website, with no tracking - and the email response I got from Last Bottle regarding this was generic & unhelpful. ' FYI - that is normal as you cant track when the wines are being cold shi...
by StephenM.
September 27th, 2020, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wood boxes-what to do?
Replies: 31
Views: 1541

Re: wood boxes-what to do?

Thread drift, but what OWC can you just not bear to throw away/firewood/etc.? For me, these have just become part of my office decor:
- Next Of Kyn
- Bond
- M. Etain
- Third Twin

And then there was the OWC for Fairchild’s Stones No. 1 - that box was built like a piece of furniture.
by StephenM.
September 26th, 2020, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Cellar Holdings by Producer and Some Thoughts on how/why that's Changed
Replies: 101
Views: 7156

Re: Top Cellar Holdings by Producer and Some Thoughts on how/why that's Changed

Interesting exercise - almost 80% of my cellar in 7 producers:

SQN (+ NoK and Third Twin) 24%
Greer 13%
Roy Piper 11%
Saxum 9%
Andremily 9%
Ridge (Montebello) 7%
MacDonald 5%
by StephenM.
September 24th, 2020, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker goes Full Booty
Replies: 28
Views: 1918

Re: CellarTracker goes Full Booty

I don't get any ads on Cellar Tracker.
by StephenM.
September 16th, 2020, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 79
Views: 3274

Re: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc

Bevan. Napa Cabs are killer and their $32 single vineyard SB is extremely delicious (from Sonoma county though :-D). I've seen Bevan SB on the shelves at retailers here, and each time I've seen it the wine looked really cloudy and that turned me off from purchasing. Is that just what these look lik...
by StephenM.
September 15th, 2020, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Greer
Replies: 25
Views: 1680

Re: 2017 Greer

I did a Greer vertical in 2018. Notes posted below. In 2019, we went back and did a full vertical of every vintage from 2007 through 2018 barrel sample with Rob and Aaron Pott (who is still the winemaker). The 2017 was late in the night, so had stopped taking notes, and all i wrote down was "a...
by StephenM.
September 15th, 2020, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald, Realm and Greer offerings
Replies: 14
Views: 1902

Re: MacDonald, Realm and Greer offerings

Macdonald and Greer. Realm is pretty available at retail here in Twin Cities (except for Moonracer, Absurd) - I stay on list for Fidelio.
by StephenM.
September 15th, 2020, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Greer
Replies: 25
Views: 1680

Re: 2017 Greer

I've been on the mailing list since the 2008 vintage (which may have been their first commercial vintage?), and I have found Greer to be consistently outstanding. I look forward to this release every year.
by StephenM.
September 11th, 2020, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 79
Views: 3274

Re: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc

Maze Clew SB is really good.

North of your price point, Realm Fidelio is really really good.
by StephenM.
September 11th, 2020, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wait list times
Replies: 151
Views: 17299

Re: Wait list times

I responded to the original sign-up email from Next Of Kyn in 2010 about two hours after it hit my inbox... I received first allocation in 2019.
by StephenM.
August 25th, 2020, 12:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite QPR wine under $25
Replies: 70
Views: 4857

Re: Favorite QPR wine under $25

Textbook Cabernet ~$24 Napa

Lafage Narassa ~$14 Grenache/Syrah from Cotes Catalanes

Landskroon from Paarl, South Africa:
Chenin Blanc ~$11
Pinotage Rose ~$10
by StephenM.
August 8th, 2020, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Bevan Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Dry Stack
Replies: 6
Views: 571

Re: TN: 2019 Bevan Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Dry Stack

Before you throw in the towel on SB... try Realm Fidelio.
If that doesn't convince you, then you truly hate SB.
by StephenM.
August 5th, 2020, 10:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: books ?
Replies: 78
Views: 5082

Re: books ?

Restaurant Man by Joe Bastianich
The Perfectionist by Rudolph Chelminski
The Apprentice by Jacque Pepin
The Art of SQN by Manfred Krankl
by StephenM.
August 5th, 2020, 9:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opus One
Replies: 25
Views: 28455

Re: Opus One

I think that Opus One is a very good wine, especially releases beginning in the second decade of the 2000s. Pricing on recent vintages of $350+ I do feel to be absurd, but with wide distribution on a production of ~25K cases per year I've been successful in sourcing at retail for low-$200 +/- which...
by StephenM.
August 5th, 2020, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opus One
Replies: 25
Views: 28455

Re: Opus One

I think that Opus One is a very good wine, especially releases beginning in the second decade of the 2000s. Pricing on recent vintages of $350+ I do feel to be absurd, but with wide distribution on a production of ~25K cases per year I've been successful in sourcing at retail for low-$200 +/- which ...
by StephenM.
August 4th, 2020, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lets talk SA Chenin Blanc!
Replies: 16
Views: 726

Re: Lets talk SA Chenin Blanc!

This summer we have been enjoying Landskroon CB from Paarl, stainless fermentation and 13% ABV - medium body and decidedly crisp, and an outstanding QPR at $10.99.
by StephenM.
August 4th, 2020, 5:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations Please for Petite Syrah
Replies: 54
Views: 1698

Re: Recommendations Please for Petite Syrah

+1 Switchback Ridge
by StephenM.
August 1st, 2020, 11:07 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Interested in sharing my allocations in MN?
Replies: 0
Views: 311

Interested in sharing my allocations in MN?

At cost. I'm on several mailing lists that had long waits, staying on them all is causing a little bit of stretch and I'd rather share than have to prune back. If you are interested and live in the Twin Cities, PM me and I can share details. Local to Twin Cities only please, I'm not interested in sh...
by StephenM.
July 25th, 2020, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So what allocations are left for all you geeks?
Replies: 78
Views: 17124

Re: So what allocations are left for all you geeks?

MacDonald, Greer, Third Twin
by StephenM.
July 25th, 2020, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75
Replies: 157
Views: 12379

Re: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75

Obsidian Ridge, terrific QPR in low $30s
by StephenM.
July 23rd, 2020, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Amarone QPR
Replies: 38
Views: 2367

Re: Best Amarone QPR

+1 Zenato: both their Amarone and their Ripasso (which is an amazing QPR!)
by StephenM.
July 21st, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15378
Views: 788135

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2019 Ridge Falanghina - "from just over an acre of vines planted at the Alder Springs Vineyard in the far northern reaches of Mendocino County, our 2019 Falanghina exhibits the distinct minerality and bright acidity typical of the region. Only 9 barrels produced" - offered to club members ...
by StephenM.
July 19th, 2020, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The world's finest Grenache is from ...
Replies: 163
Views: 6699

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

I don’t have any Rayas in the cellar, but was inspired to open a ‘16 Saxum James Berry tonight. Very young, but wow!
by StephenM.
July 16th, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the deepest vertical in your cellar?
Replies: 164
Views: 5329

Re: What is the deepest vertical in your cellar?

Roy Piper cabernet sauvignon back to 2010.
Greer cabernet sauvignon back to 2008.
Andremily syrah back to 2012.
by StephenM.
June 24th, 2020, 10:14 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FT - Allocated Bourbons For Wine
Replies: 1
Views: 670

FT - Allocated Bourbons For Wine

Prefer local Twin Cities area.

Examples of available for trade: Old Fitzgerald 11 (decanter), Parker Heritage various, BTAC Handy, Elijah Craig 18.

Seeking various vintages of Scarecrow, Opus One, SQN.

Please PM me if interested.

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