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by MitchTallan
September 17th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 341
Views: 21137

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting Marcus and Meagan and tasting through a broad line-up of Marcus' wines. Marcus was incredibly generous with his time and is too easy to talk to; I should have listened more and talked less. I came away convinced that Goodfellow is the real deal-bound to find ...
by MitchTallan
September 5th, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 607
Views: 32083

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

Mitch, do you add a liquid when the ribs are foiled? I don't now. I played around with all the things you see on TV and read on BBQ-brethren.com and I have found that for ME, simply sprinkling on some finishing rub and wrapping is all you need. I found that adding liquid parkay besides being disgus...
by MitchTallan
September 4th, 2019, 6:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 607
Views: 32083

Re: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas

How did I just now find this thread? For dry rub, I use a mix from my hometown butcher. But since everyone can't get to small town TX, I recommend Bolner's Fiesta rib rub or Rudy's rib rub. Use the 3-2-1 method. I have a 24x36 pitts and spitts offset firebox smoker and probably smoke meat 10-12x a ...
by MitchTallan
September 3rd, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!
Replies: 51
Views: 2939

Re: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!

This board sure does have a lot of pricks on it. Perhaps he posted it to benefit some us who may have not received the email notice! I, for one, never received either the Carter nor Rhys offering emails earlier this year. Had it not been for fellow board members posting the notice/email, I would ha...
by MitchTallan
September 3rd, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!
Replies: 51
Views: 2939

Re: Kutch Fall Release, Save the date!

OK, I will likely buy some incoming (again) for this comment, but may I ask why fully 50% of your many posts are to alert fellow WB's of mailing list offers? If we exclude the topic of golf, it would be closer to 75%. What am I missing? Your fellow WB's who are on the list would see the same thing y...
by MitchTallan
August 30th, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT attorneys, interest in helping a winery collect
Replies: 29
Views: 2975

Re: CT attorneys, interest in helping a winery collect

Jim; I would take care of it for you gratis if it were in Ohio. That said, trying to levy a judgment from another state as against an incorporated entity is kind of a circle jerk for lack of a nicer description. The biggest hurdle is converting a judgment into motivation for payment. You probably kn...
by MitchTallan
August 26th, 2019, 10:32 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Rush Creek Reserve!
Replies: 211
Views: 11791

Re: Rush Creek Reserve!

That is very interesting. I also buy their Harbison and I have noted the herbaceous mustard profile you identify. It is outstanding and why I got hooked on this style of cheese. Maybe a good reason some folks choose to age their wheels a few months more. I regret to inform you that Harbison is made...
by MitchTallan
August 26th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Hug Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Booker Vineyard
Replies: 2
Views: 254

Re: 2008 Hug Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Booker Vineyard

Nice to see the reference. I still have some Hug Syrahs in my cellar. Early 2000s vintages. I have no idea how they are.
by MitchTallan
August 23rd, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Copain Hein PN Anderson Valley
Replies: 6
Views: 311

Re: TN: 2001 Copain Hein PN Anderson Valley

About a third of the bottle on day two turned brown but puzzling enough tasted more like pinot with a nice(r) finish. More velvet, let Syrah.
by MitchTallan
August 23rd, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Copain Hein PN Anderson Valley
Replies: 6
Views: 311

TN: 2001 Copain Hein PN Anderson Valley

TN: 2001 Copain Hein PN Anderson Valley; Well(s), it's alive. Quite alive. Very oaky though. The flavor is on the dark side of the PN spectrum leaning towards cola, tea, sassafras, and syrah but is from beginning to end subservient if not squashed by the oak component. Drinkable. I got a huge waft o...
by MitchTallan
August 17th, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTN: A Mixed Bag of ABC Whites...(long/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 282

Re: WTN: A Mixed Bag of ABC Whites...(long/boring)

Me too. ABC in my book means Au Bon Climat. "Anything but chardonnay" implies that there is something bad, simple, and cliche' about chard, like merlot. I rather like chard these days. Particularly French offerings from Robert Panzer/Down to Earth.
by MitchTallan
August 15th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?
Replies: 110
Views: 4969

Re: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?

Mr. Selber-what prompts you to weigh in here? I have never known you to participate much in Oregoncentric threads. Your statement that you have never heard of Vincent bears that out. Wtf already! I admitted that I was being a curmudgeon. Why is Mr. Kaforne (hell if I can make out what his real name ...
by MitchTallan
August 14th, 2019, 1:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?
Replies: 110
Views: 4969

Re: 5 Best Oregon Pinot Noir Producers under $65

Sorry you were so bothered. I invite you to take your own advice from the nearly worthless "Best Oregon Pinot" thread from Fall, 2018 in which you stated simply "I refuse to participate in this thread." Like the best Oregon pinot producers, I am fairly consistent regardless of vintages. Unlike the ...
by MitchTallan
August 14th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?
Replies: 110
Views: 4969

Re: 5 Best Oregon Pinot Noir Producers under $65

I hate to be a curmudgeon, but I am what I am. Have you used the search function? Have you read this Board at all over the last five years? What is the point? You may as well ask "what are the five best PN producers in Oregon" because the few that charge more than $65/bottle aren't better. That sill...
by MitchTallan
August 13th, 2019, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26879

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

Brian, I am not sure what my point is although I don't think Kevin used slave labor up there in Laytonville. I am just ruminating about things. It seems that if something bad was done in the past and something good came out of it, we are all down with it...Nobody here is in favor of bringing back p...
by MitchTallan
August 9th, 2019, 5:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26879

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

It's a bottomless well.
We're digging a tunnel to China.
We're trying to swim upstream.
We're shedding tears.
"Yellow Rivers" by I.P. Daily
by MitchTallan
August 8th, 2019, 10:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Vanishing Corned Beef Rounds
Replies: 10
Views: 821

Re: Vanishing Corned Beef Rounds

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/brisket-shortage-has-texas-barbecue-lovers-facing-rising-costs/ I saw this article in the WSJ but now I am only seeing it here-no matter-same blurb. Made me reach out to my special super-secret Wagyu brisket supplier for another load. Luckily, his supply remains unfazed...
by MitchTallan
August 7th, 2019, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26879

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

I am not a Rhys customer as expensive Caly pinot is just not my thing (over $40), but I am very impressed by Kevin's responses and this thread along with another not so long ago (about overrated wineries IIRC) must have been painful for Kevin to read. FWIW, I had a good friend read the report. He is...
by MitchTallan
August 5th, 2019, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 26879

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

I just want to make one very cogent and insightful observation; Stormer and Skyler.
by MitchTallan
July 26th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Petite Sirah is pretty boring
Replies: 94
Views: 4614

Re: Petite Sirah is pretty boring

I would respond but what's the use? What Tom Hill says.
by MitchTallan
July 19th, 2019, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 93
Views: 10567

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

mitch - i take it you didnt order A month or two back, Florida Jim Cowan tasted through three or four SQN's and expressed my sentiments. I've tasted about ten of them. I was right there when Rudy drove in at the exact moment a half-barrel of HdR SQN Grenache came up at auction to scoop it up irresp...
by MitchTallan
July 18th, 2019, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl
Replies: 93
Views: 10567

Re: Faethm Wine - Nikolas Krankl

Gil H wrote:
July 18th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Does anyone have pictures of the labels and box?
Classic. When you get your first shipment, be sure to take pics for your scrapbook. In the privacy of your abode you can even rub yourself on the bottles.
by MitchTallan
July 9th, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pinots with some age, a surprise and a shocker
Replies: 20
Views: 2143

Re: Pinots with some age, a surprise and a shocker

Jim Prosser's wines don't get much mention here, not as much as they deserve. I have a hard time keeping up with the vineyard designations. I have them in the cellar dating back to '02 and other than the Provocateur (a little too monolithic and fruit forward though enjoyable enough), I have loved ev...
by MitchTallan
July 5th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 154
Views: 10543

Re: Top US Syrahs

IMHO, the saying "there are no great old wines, just great bottles of old wine" applies equally to Syrah. To a lesser extent, Tom Hill's saying about pet that you "need to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince(ss) applies too. When a Syrah misses the mark, it is incredibly boring. But when Syrah hits...
by MitchTallan
June 29th, 2019, 6:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Is the Weber Genesis still the best?
Replies: 25
Views: 1491

Re: Is the Weber Genesis still the best?

I picked up one of these this Spring and love it https://www.amazon.com/Weber-15502001-Performer-Charcoal-22-Inch/dp/B00N634VD0/ref=asc_df_B00N634VD0/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=167145798705&hvpos=1o3&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8475776126421578765&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvloc...
by MitchTallan
June 21st, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Norlan whiskey glass
Replies: 10
Views: 1322

Re: Norlan whiskey glass

I have 4 of these I received for my birthday last year. I don’t notice a difference as compared to a normal glencairn type glass Bob Same here. My wife bought me a set and I don't think they do anything. They are annoying though; if you soak them or place them in a dishwasher, there is a small hole...
by MitchTallan
June 16th, 2019, 7:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette/McMinnville
Replies: 21
Views: 1827

Re: Willamette/McMinnville

I guess your BSA summer camp does not have scary ghost stories told in grave yards late at night. Ours did. My parents had to make a three hour drive in the middle of the night to rescue my younger brother who was unconsolable with dread that zombies would enter his tent and that his throat would be...
by MitchTallan
June 15th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Gems from OR (under $40 too) 16 B. House 'Cascadia' Chard - 16 Kelley Fox Momtazi Pinot
Replies: 4
Views: 538

Re: TN: Two Gems from OR (under $40 too) 16 B. House 'Cascadia' Chard - 16 Kelley Fox Momtazi Pinot

Drinking the '13 KF Momtazi as I type this and it is similar to what you describe though I must ask you, what are the characteristics of aldehyde? (other than chubbiness). Or to ask it differently, how does one detect aldehyde? Anyhow, the '13 poured the lightest shade of red one will see this side ...
by MitchTallan
June 12th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Patricia Green Estate
Replies: 5
Views: 846

Re: 2017 Patricia Green Estate

Mitch, great note. The Balcombe vineyard is in the Dundee Hills and the PGC Estate is in the Ribbon Ridge. The Bonshaw and Etzel bottlings are from the PGC Estate. James Aww crap. You are right of course. As I was typing I was questioning myself on that but felt confident enough to hit send without...
by MitchTallan
June 12th, 2019, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Patricia Green Estate
Replies: 5
Views: 846

Re: 2017 Patricia Green Estate

The '17 Estate is unusually "classy". I don't know how to define what makes a certain wine "classy" as opposed to most other similar wines though I know what I mean. Powerful, graceful, refined, and polished all at the same time. I have 2002 Balcombe 1B left in my cellar and this wine reminded me of...
by MitchTallan
June 12th, 2019, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Patricia Green Estate
Replies: 5
Views: 846

2017 Patricia Green Estate

I believe there was a thread on the '17 Reserve recently. Haven't had it. But I did open a bottle of this last night. Picked up at an Ohio retailer for $37. Being a wine club member I have two cases of upper tier '17 PG's in the cellar and don't intend to open any of those for a while. Having been a...
by MitchTallan
June 10th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: When Tom Hill comes to town
Replies: 11
Views: 1173

Re: TN: When Tom Hill comes to town

I hope he did not show your kids his codpiece. They would need intensive psychiatric intervention. My first sight of Tom was at a Templeton B&B at HdR 2001 and he was playing basketball with the host's son whom I want to recall as "Connor" or "Spencer" but I am sure I am wrong. Tom was wearing short...
by MitchTallan
June 2nd, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jaffurs futures release
Replies: 13
Views: 1076

Re: Jaffurs futures release

Drank a Jaffurs Viognier five or six nights ago. 2016 I think. I have grown pretty critical of most Viogniers. This one made the grade. It had cut to it.
by MitchTallan
May 28th, 2019, 4:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy treachery
Replies: 68
Views: 4230

Re: Burgundy treachery

1) Ever since my first older red burgundies I had as a teenager, red burgundy has always had both the reputation and the practical effect of being 'beautifully inconsistent.' Bottle variation, vintage weirdness, a bottle that Sings angelically followed by a wine from the same case that is 'fine.' T...
by MitchTallan
May 16th, 2019, 5:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two From Prima IlConsorzio..(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 168

Re: TN: Two From Prima IlConsorzio..(short/boring)

I just had the '17 Chidaine Touraine last night. Picked it up for $13.99 Ohio Unfair Trade Maximum pricing. I noticed no bubbles or metallic character but otherwise had the exact same impression. The fleshy body and yet evident minerality was a very nice surprise given the price. I would rank this a...
by MitchTallan
May 15th, 2019, 5:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: HORL - knife sharpener - Made in Germany
Replies: 36
Views: 2160

Re: HORL - knife sharpener - Made in Germany

Mine arrived yesterday. First, it is a beautiful product and is designed incredibly well. It comes with a card that appears to bear the genuine signatures of the father and son team behind it. Please trust me, I would not let it's outward appearance affect my appraisal of its performance. It takes s...
by MitchTallan
May 10th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2563

Re: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings

First, I am probably stirring the pot a little and for that I apologize. I mean well. Promise. acid peeks through a bit more as the tannins subside I think I know what you meant to say, but tannins are acidic. and the aromatics absolutely blossom This does sometimes happen but the adjective "absolut...
by MitchTallan
May 10th, 2019, 4:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2563

Re: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings

Less expensive wines may show better on release, higher end bottlings are often intended for longer aging. -Al Moreso than any other variety (save maybe pet), the idea that extended aging will allow a new world pinot to evolve to a point of beauty is false. Some rough edges may diminish, a wine tha...
by MitchTallan
May 9th, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2563

Re: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings

I would hope this is false for the majority of wineries in the world. “Lighter,” maybe in terms of acid and tannin structure but “better”? Someone is doing a poor job if that’s the case. I sure hope my winery is not falling into that category as that would make me question my palate in an enormous ...
by MitchTallan
May 9th, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2563

Re: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings

Well, I think there is a lot of truth to this. It does not hold true with Au Bon Climat; the less expensive bottlings are not as elegant as the top. But it holds true more often than not, even in Oregon. I mostly ignore Calif pinot. Cameron and Belle Pente get more elegant as you go up the hierarch...
by MitchTallan
May 9th, 2019, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2563

Re: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings

Well, I think there is a lot of truth to this. It does not hold true with Au Bon Climat; the less expensive bottlings are not as elegant as the top. It’s funny you should say that. ABC is exactly the winery I was thinking of where I agree with the premise. La Bauge is my favorite. The higher end Pi...
by MitchTallan
May 8th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings
Replies: 42
Views: 2563

Re: Less expensive Pinot Noirs from many producers are often lighter and better than the more expensive bottlings

Well, I think there is a lot of truth to this. It does not hold true with Au Bon Climat; the less expensive bottlings are not as elegant as the top. But it holds true more often than not, even in Oregon. I mostly ignore Calif pinot. Cameron and Belle Pente get more elegant as you go up the hierarchi...
by MitchTallan
April 25th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Hosting a Hi Fi Club meeting, what to cook?
Replies: 18
Views: 796

Re: Hosting a Hi Fi Club meeting, what to cook?

They listened to stuff from Meatloaf, Fiona Apple, Phish, and Humble Pie. Then they got into an argument about whether cables matter and someone got a shotgun blast of Salt-n-Pepa to the face. Anton is freaking out because his homeowners policy won't cover it and he no longer sees retirement in his ...
by MitchTallan
April 8th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 4-8-19
Replies: 19
Views: 1494

Re: Wine Impressions 4-8-19

Thank you Jim. I won't give particulars as to why I am move to thank you, but thank you, thank you, thank you.
by MitchTallan
April 6th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
Replies: 25
Views: 1595

Re: TN: 2013 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

Consumed the 2013 over a period of 3 days. My particular bottle was unflawed and showed fresh and red fruited...lots of cranberry and red briar fruit with secondary OR "woodsy" notes and hints of black cherry. The fruit is sweet but not jammy or raisined. Plenty of balancing acidity. No noticeable ...
by MitchTallan
April 4th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
Replies: 25
Views: 1595

Re: TN: 2013 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

Flawed bottles are par for the Thomas course. The highs can put them near the top of the OR heap. On average, they're on par with a fairly large group of producers that I consider to be the "usual suspects". You'll also encounter appreciably more duds. John Thomas is eccentric, fairly reclusive and...
by MitchTallan
April 4th, 2019, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills
Replies: 25
Views: 1595

Re: TN: 2013 Thomas Pinot Noir Dundee Hills

Searching the Berserker site for mentions of Thomas Pinot, I saw this. I bought a case of the 2014 and interestingly I also noted the spritz/tang (not the usual nomenclature to describe wine, but apt!). I thought this made the wine very unique and that it actually had a positive contribution toward...
by MitchTallan
April 2nd, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Forlorn-Hope Nodosaur '13...(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 118

Re: TN: Forlorn-Hope Nodosaur '13...(short/boring)

I was a big fan at one time and my enthusiasm has waned. I have a lot of FH and I'm drinking them up except for the Tennebrink Pet. They are hit and miss, IMO, particularly the whites. I have always liked Matthew Rorick's grenache and carignan. His small lot offerings and handwritten thank you notes...
by MitchTallan
March 29th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN; '17 Biale Party Line North Coast Zin
Replies: 3
Views: 218

TN; '17 Biale Party Line North Coast Zin

TN; '17 Biale Party Line North Coast Zin; medium dark, big black fruited fresh fruit nose bordering on primary, slightly sweet and viscous, full bodied but a bit simple, slight kick of tannic grip and acid on the finish. Stayed the same over four hours. Fun to drink and solid for the price point but...
by MitchTallan
March 22nd, 2019, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Sineann Pinot Noir Resonance Vineyard (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)
Replies: 15
Views: 665

Re: TN: 2002 Sineann Pinot Noir Resonance Vineyard (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley)

Good to hear that the 2002 Resonance has finally turned the corner! Like Mitch, I've found it short in the finish. I was kicking myself every time I opened one as I was committing infanticide. 2002 was one of our great vintages here in Oregon (like 1999 and 2008), and like those vintages, the wines...

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