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by mattbillet
November 2nd, 2021, 9:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2006 Turley Pesenti Zinfandel
Replies: 4
Views: 291

Re: 2006 Turley Pesenti Zinfandel

Happy to add detail… alcohol by label is 15.9%… and the wine was decanted for approximately 90 minutes. To taste the alcohol really didn’t play a significant role… perhaps it would be different initially as a pop and pour. I have a 2005 set aside for Thanksgiving on the basic principle that 2005 see...
by mattbillet
November 2nd, 2021, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2006 Turley Pesenti Zinfandel
Replies: 4
Views: 291

2006 Turley Pesenti Zinfandel

pileon So this was a grab off of the rack… and so nice to have random aged single vineyard Turley Zinfandel to plunk out of a rack… not a hint of over powering alcohol… lush rich old tannins… tart old fruit … a blend of blackberries, dark cherries and black currants well aged and ready to charge out...
by mattbillet
August 15th, 2021, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Linne Calodo 2000 LC Red “JBV”
Replies: 1
Views: 196

Linne Calodo 2000 LC Red “JBV”

[cheers.gif] Folk, this bottle was mid-labeled in an auction lot as a bottle of Cherry Red. It is actually a blend of 37% Syrah, 33% Grenache and 30% Mourvèdre! Every time we have visited the winery it has been an incredible WB experience! This wine just completely blew us away… as in incredible! So...
by mattbillet
June 30th, 2021, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 3 Bottles of Linen Calodo 2000 Cherry Red... What am I in For?
Replies: 6
Views: 564

Re: 3 Bottles of Linen Calodo 2000 Cherry Red... What am I in For?

Just wanted to get back to you having let the bottles settle and cracked the first one. Chris and Paul were on the right track. This definitely was a bottle that surprised me! Not at all hot. It was opened and left to breath but not decanted for about 90 minutes. It was decidedly still quite alive w...
by mattbillet
June 26th, 2021, 7:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 3 Bottles of Linen Calodo 2000 Cherry Red... What am I in For?
Replies: 6
Views: 564

3 Bottles of Linen Calodo 2000 Cherry Red... What am I in For?

Just acquired these three bottles as part of an auction lot... have enjoyed my visits to this winery and with its owner... but haven't had older vintages of these wines. Wondering what they will bring! I am not overly hopeful, but I do tend to enjoy older wines so I look forward to the potential of ...
by mattbillet
April 24th, 2021, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Myriad
Replies: 110
Views: 8312

Re: 2019 Myriad

I generally buy one of each every time... but my palate preference has been to hold for at least ten years. I have tried to drink some of these after say 5 years... just seems too young! Nothing worse to me than a great wine drunk too early to be truly appreciated... but I prefer to drink cabs that ...
by mattbillet
April 7th, 2021, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FedEx Craziness
Replies: 68
Views: 4669

Re: FedEx Craziness

I beg folks not to send me anything via FEDEX. They will tell you the same package is being delivered tomorrow 3-4 days in a row... and then claim they attempted delivery and no-one was there when you were not only present... but in the parking lot to see no-one came there.
by mattbillet
April 7th, 2021, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum James Berry Vineyard ... Collectible ?
Replies: 41
Views: 1766

Saxum James Berry Vineyard ... Collectible ?

I am not as much of a Wine Spectator or Parker hater as some ... and being a fan of Paso Robles I am someone still with a deep respect for the great wines of the world including both white and red Burgundy... it still irked me in a recent Wine Spectator issue that rated at 97 points (WS points) the ...
by mattbillet
November 16th, 2020, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Somethings gotta go- Carlisle, Bedrock, O and F?
Replies: 47
Views: 3125

Re: Somethings gotta go- Carlisle, Bedrock, O and F?

For the most part I am cutting back on size of orders! I also rather enjoy older wines so turnover can become an issue. I will stick with Bedrock and Turley! I buy a disproportionate amount of PS from Turley! I ran into a couple forgotten boxes of ATP Ridge and Carlisle recently. Enjoying those! I t...
by mattbillet
November 16th, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Durand let me down
Replies: 26
Views: 2168

Re: Durand let me down

I was using an ah-so the other day and ran up against a cork that was just so hard and wide it equaled an exceptionally Tight Fit requiring exceptional torque. I think it was also a younger wine with a fairly heavy glass bottle... so it didn't break... but I am relatively certain an older or less st...
by mattbillet
September 21st, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Name a wine you consistently rate higher than the critics
Replies: 49
Views: 3157

Re: Name a wine you consistently rate higher than the critics

Jordan, Tercero, and Ojai in the US, and Spanish wines generally!
by mattbillet
September 11th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wait list times
Replies: 201
Views: 30785

Re: Wait list times

I have let more than half of my mailing lists go! I still get some Turley, Bedrock (where I think increased sourcing and production has balanced out the waiting list issue... and they are terrific folks), Under the Wire, Myriad, Saxum, Hirsch, Torrin, Daou, and Sojourn. I think that Saxum is quite c...
by mattbillet
July 23rd, 2020, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Bedrock Vineyard Sonoma Valley 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 1
Views: 259

The Bedrock Vineyard Sonoma Valley 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

This is just exploding in the glass. Morgan, this is really just wonderful! My wife Lisa said this would have been incredible in ten years, but I feel no guilt for drinking this rich and textured tart currant wine with the earmarks of place and organic material From a unique and special site!
by mattbillet
July 18th, 2020, 9:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with Saxum?
Replies: 68
Views: 6964

Re: What's wrong with Saxum?

Justin is an extremely decent and kind individual. Waiting lists are inescapable for wines of this caliber beyond his control. That said when you are a member with an allotment, they are very flexible and decent about sorting things out. I tend to purchase a certain group of wines and have been cons...
by mattbillet
July 18th, 2020, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the deepest vertical in your cellar?
Replies: 229
Views: 10129

Re: What is the deepest vertical in your cellar?

There are a number of wines of which I have many vintages. It is staggering at some point. But, when they are really truly ready to drink...! And, there are a number of wines that I will purchase specifically in better vintages. I would rather have a six or twelve pack of a wine from a terrific vint...
by mattbillet
July 18th, 2020, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with Saxum?
Replies: 68
Views: 6964

Re: What's wrong with Saxum?

When I brought my son and his now wife to Paso Robles for the Hospice and a Berserker event we had the opportunity to visit the cellar/cave. (Thanks Bill) I have to say that Saxum really made them step back and say WOW! They aren't new to wine. And, generally my son tends toward old school, aged and...
by mattbillet
July 15th, 2020, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 18682
Views: 1004501

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Most recent orders for 6 bottles of Saxum from most recent offer. Before that 2015 Gaja Spers Nebiolo (don't label it Barolo). Also grabbed a little R Lopez Heredia (Whites).
by mattbillet
June 19th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad 2018 Portfolio Cabernet Release
Replies: 114
Views: 11154

Re: Myriad 2018 Portfolio Cabernet Release

At this point Myriad is really the last Napa Cab wine list I am on! I haven't been buying the basic, but the rest!
by mattbillet
June 19th, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad 2018 Portfolio Cabernet Release
Replies: 114
Views: 11154

Re: Myriad 2018 Portfolio Cabernet Release

At this point Myriad is really the last Napa Cab wine list I am on! I haven't been buying the basic, but the rest!
by mattbillet
April 12th, 2020, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Azienda Agricola Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino
Replies: 4
Views: 263

Re: TN: 2006 Azienda Agricola Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino

Really enjoy Le Ragnaie. Would also recommend as a place to stay as it is beautifully located outside the city of Montalcino... but really not far... and well situated for visiting this area of Italy!
by mattbillet
April 5th, 2020, 10:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your ten most influential wines
Replies: 154
Views: 14543

Re: Your ten most influential wines

Ten Wines (I am not going to try to remember vintages of wines from decades back): LeFlaive Puligny Montrachet Margaux Borgogno Barolo 1996 D'Arenberg Dead Arm Gaja (anything) Paul Hobbs (anything) Stag's Leap Petite Syrah Chateau Beaucastel Drouhin Echezeaux Penfolds Grange (runners up.... R Lopez ...
by mattbillet
November 17th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there objectively good and bad wines?
Replies: 100
Views: 3954

Re: Are there objectively good and bad wines?

My first observation is that there is no requirement of an educated palate in discerning good/bad wines objectively or subjectively (if that is even a major thing... subjective/objective dichotomy). Years of drinking wine amongst highly trained and novice palates has taught me that if we taste wine ...
by mattbillet
October 27th, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad drinking windows
Replies: 29
Views: 2708

Re: Myriad drinking windows

Thank you all for these thoughtful responses... and thanks Leah for your comment.

So very much enjoy all/every Myriad wine I have ever opened/tasted.

The best is yet to come!
by mattbillet
October 21st, 2019, 9:11 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Hawaiian island to visit
Replies: 38
Views: 5801

Re: Hawaiian island to visit

Another vote for Kauai... we rented a waterfront condo in Princeville! The road had just opened when we were there... but they are restricting access to an extent. Strongly suggest arranging to see the Napali coast from a boat!
by mattbillet
October 21st, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad drinking windows
Replies: 29
Views: 2708

Myriad drinking windows

Folks Wanted to gather some opinions as to drinking windows for Myriad wines... cabernets and syrahs! I have been collecting for some time... but I tend to prefer aged wines ... so I am thinking I should figure out when to start drinking them. Seems like a silly subject almost... but some wines are ...
by mattbillet
October 21st, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NY Wine experience Review
Replies: 17
Views: 1902

Re: NY Wine experience Review

I live in MA, and other than the seminars... I think the Boston Wine Expo is pretty much done. I have been to a handful of Wine Experiences in Las Vegas and New York. It is excess... but the opportunity is there to taste incredible wines. I have also enjoyed gathering with some Berserkers at and aro...
by mattbillet
August 3rd, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Boston Retail Scene?
Replies: 35
Views: 2670

Re: Boston Retail Scene?

Jay et al! Marty's and Gordon's and all above mentioned. However, the gem of a store I have found is all of the way out in Lenox (far west of the State). Owned by Jim NeJaime (not to be confused with NeJaimes in Stockbridge or Downton Lenox) is Spirited of Lenox. Jim is a tremendous wine guy! He is ...
by mattbillet
July 19th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help a newbie with 2016 BDX in the ~$50-$75 range
Replies: 47
Views: 2595

Re: Help a newbie with 2016 BDX in the ~$50-$75 range

I do think that your palate now is relevant, as opposed to how it will evolve. When I first started drinking Bordeaux back in the 80's it was just another red wine to me, and I was splashing down 82 first growths like a fish while my friends were questioning me for spending $25 + on a bottle of wine...
by mattbillet
July 7th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help needed: Napa/Sonoma trip with a twist
Replies: 16
Views: 1628

Re: Help needed: Napa/Sonoma trip with a twist

Paul Hobbs, Morgan @ Bedrock, Ramey, Martinelli, Togni, Turley, Carlisle, Robert Foley, Pride Mountain (where Napa and Sonoma meet), Mike and Randy Dunn. So many... but these are all individuals or wineries who have interesting backgrounds that would tend to complement the task of teaching.
by mattbillet
July 7th, 2019, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 156
Views: 13095

Re: Top US Syrahs

Saxum, Bevan, Myriad, Ramey, Torrin with Bedrock and Carlisle being my plus ones because I truly am passionate about the field blends and single vineyard source swapping they get involved with. I love seeing what various winemakers can do with grapes from adjacent rows in the same vineyards. I truly...
by mattbillet
July 7th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Hexe
Replies: 21
Views: 5017

Re: Saxum Hexe

All of my immediate family love these wines. Bill Gibbs generally has his thumb on what is going on over there. I will likely stay with the $98 wines simply because I'm not expanding the range of all of my purchases generally. However, my son and his lady partner really are passionate about these wi...
by mattbillet
March 31st, 2019, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recognise this stemware mark?
Replies: 5
Views: 846

Re: Recognise this stemware mark?

Isn't there another producer... Zaalto???
by mattbillet
June 16th, 2018, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UNDER THE WIRE, NEXT ITERATION
Replies: 21
Views: 2589

UNDER THE WIRE, NEXT ITERATION

Morgan, Chris, those in the know... any thoughts or words with regard to the impending release of Under The Wire bubbles? I feel that they have always been good, the first release being a tough younger child... and with each subsequent release showing more sophistication, balance and joie de vivre! ...
by mattbillet
April 14th, 2018, 4:21 pm
Forum: Event Planner - Online or Offline
Topic: Hospice du Rhone 2016, Paso Robles
Replies: 72
Views: 5562

Hospice du Rhone 2016, Paso Robles

Bill, such gratitude for the opportunity to meet you and enjoy your hospitality on prior occasions. Sorry you won't be around, and your presence will be missed!!!
by mattbillet
April 14th, 2018, 4:15 pm
Forum: Event Planner - Online or Offline
Topic: 2018 Hospice du Rhone - Who's Going?
Replies: 15
Views: 1343

2018 Hospice du Rhone - Who's Going?

Larry... Lisa and I are definitely going to be around. We have a reunion group renting a home in the hills for a week. We are definitely attending the Morgan and Tegan show, and also the Barossa wine seminar. I am also attending the Friday grand tasting with two friends. I have to say that I don't s...
by mattbillet
November 26th, 2017, 2:49 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris restaurants - best value winelists
Replies: 21
Views: 2112

Paris restaurants - best value winelists

This may come as an odd suggestion. Certainly not mainstream. There is a Restaurant Called Frenchie. Takes about 2-3 months advance notice for a reservation. But, they have a lounge with same menu across the street where it is first come first serve and line starts forming around 5:30 isa and opens ...
by mattbillet
September 27th, 2017, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paso Rhones
Replies: 27
Views: 1278

Paso Rhones

Clos Selene, Torrin, Law Linne Colado, and Saxum if you can get access! I also strongly recommend that you contact and go visit Daou! Most beautiful location! All of their wines are great. They feature their Cabernets, but also have several Rhone blends and even Rhone Cab blends! Tablas Creek is a p...
by mattbillet
September 27th, 2017, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it me or are most CT scores centered around 90?
Replies: 51
Views: 2676

Is it me or are most CT scores centered around 90?

I find Cellar Tracker useful, and I would say that there are only a few wines I have ever really disliked and reported as such there. I am beyond whim purchasing, and my purchases are fewer and far between because I have plenty to drink and generally prefer older wines. For this very same reason, mo...
by mattbillet
September 27th, 2017, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Forgotten orders?
Replies: 35
Views: 2299

Forgotten orders?

I really only pre-order from one shop for wines to be delivered and they are great about notifying me when things are in, never gripe about how long it takes for me to get there, and never charge me until I show up to pick it up: Spirited in Lenox MA (Jim Nejaime ... not to be confused with the Neja...
by mattbillet
August 29th, 2017, 8:32 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Your NYC Reccommendations!
Replies: 31
Views: 2326

Your NYC Reccommendations!

There is an Eataly installation in direct proximity to the 911 Museum and One World Trade. There is a great seafood restaurant with a terrific view to the the entire landscape of the place. The entire place is all about food... but in a crazy sort of way this area, a bit more special, is calmer and ...
by mattbillet
August 29th, 2017, 8:21 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Experiences in the Loire
Replies: 6
Views: 769

Experiences in the Loire

Going to be in the Loire in just over a week for a few days. Were supposed to visit a great winery there but got bumped because of the Harvest! Looking for suggestions in the Loire for special experiences, dining and unique lesser known wineries you can walk into! We will be staying at a cottage sou...
by mattbillet
April 12th, 2017, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there an American Eschezeaux
Replies: 54
Views: 3613

Is there an American Eschezeaux

Folks: Playful question really! I am by no way experienced in the world of Pinot/Burgundy! Simply know what I like! And, for some reason, just being blessed to taste a volume of really good wines (Drouhin, Leflaive, Bouchard), I find that my absolute favorite Red Burgundy is Eschezeaux. I can't real...
by mattbillet
March 9th, 2017, 8:35 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Colorado Wine Shops
Replies: 4
Views: 450

Colorado Wine Shops

Thanks folks, and a special hello to Mel!!!
by mattbillet
March 9th, 2017, 6:18 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Colorado Wine Shops
Replies: 4
Views: 450

Colorado Wine Shops

Folks: My son is heading to Steamboat for a weekend. They are landing in Denver and heading via car to a condo timeshare in Steamboat! So he asked me to get a recommendation for a viable place to grab some wine for the weekend for a fairly large group. Better to stop in Denver or on the way? Or to g...
by mattbillet
June 19th, 2016, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: French Laundry wine list recs
Replies: 68
Views: 5380

French Laundry wine list recs

I have been once about six years ago as part of a trip thru Mendocino, Sonoma and Napa. We probably over did it with gourmet dining that trip. I have to say without reservation that if we had five great meals that trip, The French Laundry was at best #5 on the list. Their cuisine was high quality, b...

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