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by MitchTallan
November 16th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Worst QPR wines? Old and New World.
Replies: 86
Views: 5642

Re: Worst QPR wines? Old and New World.

https://www.ghosthorseworld.com/product/2013-Spectre Does anyone really want to find this guy? https://www.ghosthorseworld.com/Find-Todd And then there is this; SPECTRE DINNER Celebrity Winemaker, Todd Anderson, will come to you and co-host a dinner for you and your friends in your home, at your vi...
by MitchTallan
November 16th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there objectively good and bad wines?
Replies: 85
Views: 2429

Re: Are there objectively good and bad wines?

Yes.
Like Matt's comment above, we must have some undeniable truths or life loses a compass.
I am reminded of Walter Sobchak: "Nihilists! F#@k me. I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos."
by MitchTallan
November 7th, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amazing Rhones - so good, it ended with a Climax
Replies: 61
Views: 2700

Re: Amazing Rhones - so good, it ended with a Climax

18 oz Iron Heart is au-courant RA. Ask that son of yours (assuming he is not a nerd like me). They are also the opposite of Fu's lulu's. They are named "iron" for good reason-they feel like you are wearing medieval armor. They have to be bought so tight you can barely get them on. They are a total b...
by MitchTallan
November 7th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amazing Rhones - so good, it ended with a Climax
Replies: 61
Views: 2700

Re: Amazing Rhones - so good, it ended with a Climax

Fu must have made an impression on my impressionable son, he now wears Lululemon. And who the heck uses the term “joggers”? It’s called running, unless you are fat and slow. As I explained it to your unfashionable self - joggers are a hybrid of regular pants + sweatpants. Basically fitted tapered s...
by MitchTallan
November 1st, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 383
Views: 23895

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

My shipment arrived yesterday and I popped a '17 Whistling Ridge Chardonnay last night and if this juice didn't make the cut then wow. I Can't wait to taste the Richards this vintage. When I tasted there in September, I was so bowled over by the '17 WR chard that even though I had a case of mixed G...
by MitchTallan
October 23rd, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 68
Views: 4063

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

For me, those would be precisely the selling points of the wine - soft, delicate, light on its feet, sippable, contemplatible, food friendly. A few years ago, we tried one of the monster Cal Pinots for a big holiday - I seem to recall it was a Belle Glos Clark & Telegraph - and that "wine" was simp...
by MitchTallan
October 22nd, 2019, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 68
Views: 4063

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

I opened a '16 or '17 (not sure which-not paying much attention) Sandler Bien Nacido PN last Friday for my son's girlfriend and my son. They wanted an easy to like engaging red and it fit the bill-for them. I found it to have a bit too much jolly rancher/cotton candy for my taste but I find that cha...
by MitchTallan
October 21st, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Harrington Alvarelhao
Replies: 4
Views: 263

Re: TN: 2016 Harrington Alvarelhao

I opened a '16 grenache a week ago and meant to post a bittersweet TN. Bittersweet because it had a one-of-a-kind silky mouthfeel to it for a grenache and I loved it. Really a shame. We on this Board should have been touting his wines more. If Bryan had gotten the word out, I am sure a groundswell o...
by MitchTallan
October 19th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: HORL - knife sharpener - Made in Germany
Replies: 40
Views: 2726

Re: HORL - knife sharpener - Made in Germany

Chris E wrote:
October 19th, 2019, 6:00 am
For the people who have it are you still liking it? Thanks I’m interested in getting one.
Yes. Very much. Without a doubt.
by MitchTallan
October 17th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge announcement - White Rhone Release
Replies: 28
Views: 1679

Re: Ridge announcement - White Rhone Release

Jeez Rob my cycling doppelganger (but I can [halfway] climb); this is kinda repetitive. I think I am pretty damned sensitive to excessive oak and so are many others on this Board and you are mostly alone afaik in your being so vocally opposed to the Ridge flavor profile. You are not wrong, but you a...
by MitchTallan
October 16th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best Pinot Grigio?
Replies: 66
Views: 1307

Re: What's the best Pinot Grigio?

Popular culture is an amazing thing. A sub-topic of popular culture is how important a name is. Would Beats by Dr. Dre be half as successful with some less appealing name? So when we talk wine, we have to remember all of the wines throughout history that were inexplicably successful not due to intri...
by MitchTallan
October 16th, 2019, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge announcement - White Rhone Release
Replies: 28
Views: 1679

Re: Ridge announcement - White Rhone Release

I dunno. I fell for a case of the '15 Lytton Estate House TOM Hill bottling because they claimed it was a one-off deal and the price with my club discount was an imminently reasonable (given the track record of the winery) $29.75/bottle. What I dunno about is the sudden deluge of surprising new bott...
by MitchTallan
October 15th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
Replies: 28
Views: 956

Re: TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

The 2015 cab appears to be available on their website, $66. Which is my "problem". As good as the above referenced 2001 was, I have a hard time paying $66 for an Alexander Valley Cab direct from the winery. I am not saying that the price charged is elevated, I am only talking about my own sticker r...
by MitchTallan
October 15th, 2019, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
Replies: 28
Views: 956

Re: TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

I opened a 2001 Scherrer Cab Alexander Valley this weekend. It was stellar. Showed no signs of age, had a soaring aroma, everything in harmony and balance. It was served at a dinner party with two women present who were interested in wine but largely buy big bottled, big blends from Costco. The Sche...
by MitchTallan
October 12th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Patricia Green Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard 2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1208

Re: TN: Patricia Green Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard 2014

You guya are newbs-I have B!B back to '02. Once you get experienced, all PG roads end at Etzel. Just my humble op. But even in most difficult years, Etzel always makes me smile.
by MitchTallan
October 3rd, 2019, 11:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6455

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

Also, and now I am really gong to sound sensitive, but your timing is not the best Tom.
L'Shana Tova to you.
by MitchTallan
October 3rd, 2019, 11:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??
Replies: 149
Views: 6455

Re: Would You Drink a Nazi Wine??

I have resisted reading this thread until just now. When it kept surfacing near the top, I decided to see why it was getting attention. Tom, you know I love you man. I don't mind the topic. I just hate the thread title. I buy German cars-the "worst" in fact, VW's. I love German wine. There is no suc...
by MitchTallan
October 3rd, 2019, 8:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thomas Pinot 2007 Bottle Variation
Replies: 11
Views: 716

Re: Thomas Pinot 2007 Bottle Variation

Patience young grasshopper; A meaningless story that one might ponder; I have a friend (roommate from Freshman year of college) who just takes my word sometimes and buys wines I buy. He started buying Thomas. He waited until five years into buying Thomas every year before opening his first bottle. H...
by MitchTallan
October 2nd, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chappellet Pritchard Hill Release Party
Replies: 17
Views: 1142

Re: Chappellet Pritchard Hill Release Party

Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill has a very deep garnet-purple color. To smell the nose is like hearing angels trumpeting at the pearly gates! The most incredible and evocative scents come spilling out of the glass, conjuring notions of freshly crushed blac...
by MitchTallan
October 2nd, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Thomas letter??
Replies: 18
Views: 2266

Re: 2017 Thomas letter??

No. There is no need for anyone to worry. Like finding out who died lately in the Asylum forum (not who died among the members of the Asylum but who among the supposedly famous in this World has died), you can count on someone declaring the receipt of the postcard. At that point, all you need to do ...
by MitchTallan
October 1st, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chappellet Pritchard Hill Release Party
Replies: 17
Views: 1142

Re: Chappellet Pritchard Hill Release Party

You recall incorrectly. It was $125 back then and like every other wine and product inflation over 15 years later has doubled the price. 2015 release price was $235and it's a 100 PT wine more often than not. Very fair and consistent as compared with most of the new high end cabs out of Napa made fr...
by MitchTallan
September 29th, 2019, 5:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 514
Views: 34678

Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

Robert is strangely immune to Geyservil ... l Rolland.

Indubiously, particularly if you tell his it is Lascombes.
by MitchTallan
September 28th, 2019, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 514
Views: 34678

Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

Opened one of many '14 Geezers in my cellar Wednesday night to go with Dayton Ohio's most excellent Flying Pizza Sicilian (Fly-Pie as the locals call it). This might well be my death-row meal. The '14 is drinking beautifully now and will for many years to come. Powerful, graceful, intriguing, delici...
by MitchTallan
September 27th, 2019, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Arterberry Maresh Chard
Replies: 21
Views: 2215

Re: 2017 Arterberry Maresh Chard

I was in Portland two weeks ago for a bicycle trip out of Oakridge but managed two visits; Goodfellow and Kelley Fox. At both, I focused on the chards. We all go through our personal evolutions/explorations and right now Oregon chard is mine. You can't visit at Kelley Fox without Maresh the vineyard...
by MitchTallan
September 24th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers
Replies: 76
Views: 4177

Re: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers

I only buy Ridge and Forman cab and recently stopped buying Forman due to price, so what I say is suspect; Freemark Abbey Mayacamas Hess Family ZD Grgich Forman Keenan Long Meadow Ranch Outpost Nichelini Peter Franus Whitehall Lane (not including Ridge since not in Napa). (not including Smith Madron...
by MitchTallan
September 21st, 2019, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 White Cottage Ranch Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 3
Views: 293

Re: TN: 1997 White Cottage Ranch Vineyards Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Brings back memories. Tasted there what seems like eons ago. Back then the wines were a bit on the rustic and coarse side. Looks like they closed sometime between 2009 and 2010 and then were acquired by Adler Fels. A guy named Dennis Johns ran the place and I vaguely remember meeting him way back in...
by MitchTallan
September 21st, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 383
Views: 23895

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

I came away convinced that Goodfellow is the real deal - bound to find a place at the very top tier of Oregon pinots and chards. [cheers.gif] No substitute for 1st hand experience. Welcome aboard Mitch. RT I've been buying Goodfellow for a little while Richard. I have three cases in my cellar and t...
by MitchTallan
September 21st, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 72
Views: 4280

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

Whomever you might be Rob.A.Jr., I could sooner help you if you asked for information as to the mating rituals of aboriginal red-striped silver-backed Orangutans in 1542 BC.
by MitchTallan
September 21st, 2019, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 383
Views: 23895

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Mitch I am a huge fan of everything he does from Whistling Ridge. It is a very special site and seems perfect for his style. Did you get to try any vintage by vintage comparisons? Yes, 2017's vs 2016's. To me, place dominated over vintage with Marcus' wines. The Whistling Ridges held true to form d...
by MitchTallan
September 17th, 2019, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 383
Views: 23895

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 32993

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: The Smoker Thread - recipes, techniques, ideas
Replies: 608
Views: 32993

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: 55
Views: 3787

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: 55
Views: 3787

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: 3050

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Rush Creek Reserve!
Replies: 217
Views: 12393

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: 281

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: 361

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: 361

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: 318

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: 5454

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: 5454

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: 5454

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: 27403

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: 27403

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Vanishing Corned Beef Rounds
Replies: 10
Views: 1417

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: 27403

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: 27403

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: 4681

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: 97
Views: 11627

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...

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