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by Jud Reis
February 20th, 2020, 11:51 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Croatia Recommendations?
Replies: 12
Views: 269

Re: Croatia Recommendations?

Chris - if you would check the name, that would be great. The other recommendation I have received is to stay a little bit outside the center of the city proper in Dubrovnik to avoid the crush. Does that make sense?
by Jud Reis
February 13th, 2020, 12:39 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Croatia Recommendations?
Replies: 12
Views: 269

Re: Croatia Recommendations?

Thanks for the thoughts - please keep them coming!
by Jud Reis
February 12th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Cave Dog Red
Replies: 3
Views: 288

Re: TN: 2014 Cave Dog Red

Craig - drank mine at cellar temp and agree that is best. It is bigger than the old wines and still a little primary, but I think it will pick up more elegance and secondary characteristics with age.
by Jud Reis
February 12th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Croatia Recommendations?
Replies: 12
Views: 269

Re: Croatia Recommendations?

Bumping - any advice out there?
by Jud Reis
February 12th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Cave Dog Red
Replies: 3
Views: 288

TN: 2014 Cave Dog Red

Beautiful nose of menthol, cranberry, graphite and blackberry liqueur. Still quite tart and acid filled on the attack with loads of minerality. Even though cab franc is only 30% of the blend, it is very prominent in the experience of this wine. I think some more bottle time will do this good, especi...
by Jud Reis
February 12th, 2020, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm done*
Replies: 383
Views: 21667

Re: I'm done*

You also have to admit that buying is a significant part of the fun. Not as much fun as the drinking, but there is a lot of satisfaction in it.
by Jud Reis
February 11th, 2020, 11:39 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Croatia Recommendations?
Replies: 12
Views: 269

Croatia Recommendations?

Going to be in Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik in June, would appreciate any recommendations for places to stay and restaurants. Thanks in advance!
by Jud Reis
February 9th, 2020, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 0
Views: 179

TN: 2017 Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard

From 375. Lovely nose of cranberry, underbrush, flinty limestone and just a hint of tobacco ( I know weird for Pinot). Beautiful texture, lots of sour cherry and acid on the palate. I think as much as I like Horseshoe, I am starting to lean more and more to Alpine as my favorite of the original vine...
by Jud Reis
February 8th, 2020, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 496
Views: 40899

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

Got my first shipment of this year’s wines this week and cracked a 2017 Hersly Sauvignon Blanc - Grassy nose with just a bit of gooseberry and white peaches. Similar flavors on the palate with a nice blend of texture and white peach fruit. Very nice, could use just a bit more acidity would be my onl...
by Jud Reis
February 7th, 2020, 3:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Valentines Day Dinner Recipes for Horizontal Cristom tasting
Replies: 2
Views: 208

Re: Valentines Day Dinner Recipes for Horizontal Cristom tasting

Love Anton’s menu, particularly the chicken. I would also add gougeres as a possible amuse bouche - go fantastically with Pinot and pretty easy to make.
by Jud Reis
February 7th, 2020, 9:32 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 461
Views: 17338

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

You guys are killing me - can’t wait for warmer weather....
by Jud Reis
February 7th, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I love these American pinot noirs. Maybe only these.
Replies: 80
Views: 5064

Re: I love these American pinot noirs. Maybe only these.

George - have you ever tried Mount Eden’s Pinots? From your list, a bottle with some age on it might be right up your alley.
by Jud Reis
February 4th, 2020, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Tercero Grenache Larner Vineyard
Replies: 1
Views: 167

TN: 2013 Tercero Grenache Larner Vineyard

Funky nose - underbrush, black pepper and plums with just a hint of cola on the nose. Really interesting palate, sweet plum fruit, nice texture, balancing acidity and a ton of spices - hints of pepper, lavender, oregano and rosemary. Lovely wine. Way to go Larry.
by Jud Reis
February 3rd, 2020, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Chateau Peyraud
Replies: 0
Views: 138

TN: 2000 Chateau Peyraud

Quite nice for an inexpensive Bordeaux at 19. Olives, dried cherries and cedar on the nose. Not a blockbuster on the palate, but some nice cherry fruit, savory olive and balancing acidity. Not going to improve, but certainly not over the hill. A good quaff for a Monday night.
by Jud Reis
February 3rd, 2020, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Cali Cab to Age 25 Years
Replies: 78
Views: 3154

Re: 2015 Cali Cab to Age 25 Years

Eric White wrote:
February 2nd, 2020, 1:37 pm
Here's another slightly off-the-wall suggestion - Smith-Madrone. Old school mountain Cabs that go the distance, without breaking the bank.
Totally agree. The Smith brothers still make very old school cabs that age very well.
by Jud Reis
February 2nd, 2020, 10:36 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 461
Views: 17338

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Larry - I would add the H. Upmann Banker cigars to the list Jason gave you. One of my go to cigars for friends who don’t smoke that much and want something on the milder side.
by Jud Reis
February 1st, 2020, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Short Montelena TN and a tribute to a friend
Replies: 6
Views: 422

Re: Short Montelena TN and a tribute to a friend

Lovely tribute Ed, sorry for your loss, but it always best to remember the good times!
by Jud Reis
January 28th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?
Replies: 177
Views: 8107

Re: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?

I have too much wine so was going to pass entirely:

Bought Scherrer, Jean Edwards and Hersley

Last two are new to me. This qualifies as passing entirely, n’est-ce pas?
by Jud Reis
January 28th, 2020, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Story Of Soil Pinot Noir Duvarita Vineyard
Replies: 3
Views: 232

Re: TN: 2016 Story Of Soil Pinot Noir Duvarita Vineyard

Sorry I missed you as well Larry. Hope you will be back soon...
by Jud Reis
January 27th, 2020, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Story Of Soil Pinot Noir Duvarita Vineyard
Replies: 3
Views: 232

TN: 2016 Story Of Soil Pinot Noir Duvarita Vineyard

I know this will get lost in the BD11 madness, but this is too good not to share. Beautiful translucent red. Lovely nose of cranberry, underbrush and a hint of oregano. Very savory palate, mix of delicate red fruit, savory, salty texture and lovely acidity. In a good drinking spot, but don’t think t...
by Jud Reis
January 27th, 2020, 2:05 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Scherrer Winery - BD 11 only special on Mini-Verticals
Replies: 102
Views: 4310

Re: Scherrer Winery - BD 11 only special on Mini-Verticals

In for the Chardonnay. Fred - we need to get you and Judi back to Gloucester sometime!
by Jud Reis
January 26th, 2020, 1:14 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: SHIPPING UPDATES - JEAN EDWARDS CELLARS
Replies: 87
Views: 3966

Re: JEAN EDWARDS CELLARS: CAB, SB, LIBRARY + BIG GAME BONUS!!!!!

In on the Sauvignon Blanc - haven’t tried it, but sounds right up our alley and BD is always about trying something new!
by Jud Reis
January 24th, 2020, 8:05 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Scherrer Winery - at last!
Replies: 39
Views: 1858

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Scherrer Winery at last

Joe - I would describe Fred’s pinot winemaking style as a cross between Dehlinger ( where he worked previously) and Arcadian. His wines age extremely well and are beautifully constructed, like Arcadian, but are a touch bigger and riper, more like Dehlinger. He also makes super age worthy Sonoma char...
by Jud Reis
January 23rd, 2020, 6:19 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Scherrer Winery - at last!
Replies: 39
Views: 1858

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Scherrer Winery at last

Have been drinking Fred’s wines for almost 20 years - he is a genius and has a deft touch with a multitude of grapes. Buy with confidence...
by Jud Reis
January 20th, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73231

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on many European wines; but 100% tariff called off

Be prepared for a boatload of ups and downs and back and forth. This is not over until it is over and will remain fluid and uncertain. I know that uncertainty stinks for business owners, but that is the way trade policy is being made at the moment.
by Jud Reis
January 19th, 2020, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does There Come A Time When The Search For Epiphany Experiences Ceases?
Replies: 61
Views: 3327

Re: Does There Come A Time When The Search For Epiphany Experiences Ceases?

Kris Patten wrote:
January 18th, 2020, 7:43 pm
I find epiphany moments come with people and company driving the moment and wine is involved vs. wine being the source of the epiphany.
Kris put it perfectly.
by Jud Reis
January 18th, 2020, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73231

Re: US to impose 25% — and now 100% — tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Be prepared for a boatload of ups and downs and back and forth in the course of this negotiation. The very definition of a fluid situation.
by Jud Reis
January 16th, 2020, 10:12 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 461
Views: 17338

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Randy - don’t have a smoking room and not much fun to sit and shiver with a cigar in a NE winter. Keep posting - living vicariously through your posts.
by Jud Reis
January 15th, 2020, 1:42 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Visiting Boston - Impromptu Offline? Jan. 13th or 14th
Replies: 14
Views: 768

Re: Visiting Boston - Impromptu Offline? Jan. 13th or 14th

So glad this worked out - Larry hope to see you next time you are in town!
by Jud Reis
January 12th, 2020, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1982 Pichon Lalande
Replies: 20
Views: 1392

Re: 1982 Pichon Lalande

This is the wine that 20 years ago got me on this crazy journey, shared by a generous friend at a party to celebrate NYE 1999. Thanks for the note and bringing back that memory.
by Jud Reis
January 12th, 2020, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine "budgeting" - tips?
Replies: 64
Views: 3101

Re: Wine "budgeting" - tips?

Shay - I try to buy at least 3 bottles of something I want to cellar for a while, that way you can try the wine along its evolution. If you only have one, you have to wait for the “perfect” point on the aging curve and from experience it is very difficult to know where that point is. Cellar tracker ...
by Jud Reis
January 10th, 2020, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 6 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Big Red Wines for Kids' Kloset program of (914) Cares JAN 3-10
Replies: 47
Views: 1618

Re: Week 6 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Big Red Wines for Kids' Kloset program of (914) Cares JAN 3-10

Ok Jay, here we go. 2003 d’Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm - Deep purple color with just a hint of bricking at the rim. Nice nose of blackberry jam, smoky meat and oregano. Nice balanced attack with a hit of blackberry fruit balanced with a nice limestone mineral note. A little bit of a hole in the mid...
by Jud Reis
January 10th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine "budgeting" - tips?
Replies: 64
Views: 3101

Re: Wine "budgeting" - tips?

Take your time. There is always more mine. Your bigger regrets will be the wines you buy and don’t really like versus the offers you passed on.
by Jud Reis
January 10th, 2020, 4:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73231

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Nola - excellent point. These customer and supply chain relationships take a long time to build and once changed are going to change trade flows going forward. I think American farmers are going to learn that lesson the hard way when they try to get Chinese customers back from countries like Brazil ...
by Jud Reis
January 9th, 2020, 5:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BYO in Japan
Replies: 24
Views: 1740

Re: BYO in Japan

Others may have different experiences, but I don’t think BYO is commonly done anywhere in Japan.
by Jud Reis
January 2nd, 2020, 4:04 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Visiting Boston - Impromptu Offline? Jan. 13th or 14th
Replies: 14
Views: 768

Re: Visiting Boston - Impromptu Offline? Jan. 13th or 14th

Larry - so sorry I will be out of town. Hopes one of the Boston berserkers will step up to the task. Larry is good people!
by Jud Reis
January 1st, 2020, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Rhys Blancs de Blancs Bearwallow Vineyard - too much coin for too little wine
Replies: 46
Views: 3015

Re: TN: 2015 Rhys Blancs de Blancs Bearwallow Vineyard - too much coin for too little wine

David - with you as well. This was sweet and simple -not bad, but not worth the $. I detected nothing in the bottle that said it would improve with age. Have 2 bottles and a mag left, so not quite sure what I am going to do.
by Jud Reis
January 1st, 2020, 5:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard
Replies: 0
Views: 264

TN: 2017 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard

From 375. Sandalwood, kirsch and a very sweet full bodied, ripe nose. Still quite young, tart and tannic on the palate. A little rough and tumble at the moment - some time in the bottle will do it good.
by Jud Reis
December 31st, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Mount Eden Chardonnay Estate
Replies: 9
Views: 764

Re: 2013 Mount Eden Chardonnay Estate

From magnum. Still a baby, but lovely nonetheless. Beautiful golden color, nose of pears, quince and limestone. Excellent texture and body, nice blend of sweet apple/pear fruit and crisp limestone filled acidity. Has some coiled power that promises even better things down the road, but a great way t...
by Jud Reis
December 30th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Rhys Mt. Pajaro Pinot Noir
Replies: 1
Views: 289

TN: 2017 Rhys Mt. Pajaro Pinot Noir

From 375. Wow, this is a deep, dark, ripe version of a Rhys Pinot. Lovely nose of blackberry fruit, white pepper and sage. Nice black fruit and limestone on the palate. Lively acid and texture with a pretty stern mineral filled finish. I think this will be interesting to follow, but perhaps not s lo...
by Jud Reis
December 26th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Hipster Wines for Mechanics GoFundMe - Dec 25 - Jan 3
Replies: 57
Views: 1729

Re: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series for Charity - Hipster Wines for Mechanics GoFundMe - Dec 25 - Jan 3

2017 Le Grand-Clere (Francois Blanchard) Touraine La Presse - Very dark color - intensely grapey nose with a hint of tarragon and white pepper. Very sharp acidic palate with just a little hint of purple grape fruit. Not bad but not great either. Might be a little better with food. Would never in a m...
by Jud Reis
December 26th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere
Replies: 52
Views: 2392

Re: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere

Thank you Dan - that was a great tribute!
by Jud Reis
December 23rd, 2019, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1305
Views: 73231

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

If you have the time and energy, it may be worth trying to petition the USTR for an exclusion. There was a portal set up for the Chinese tariffs, not sure if there is one set up for the European tariffs. I was skeptical that the USTR would do anything, but my team did a great job putting together ou...
by Jud Reis
December 21st, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar
Replies: 263
Views: 12588

Re: Your lowest Cellartracker Scored Wine in Your Cellar

2003 Virasa Vinacola Utiel-Requena Cerro Bercial - 67 points. Only one note, but the likelihood of this being drinkable at age 16 is very low.

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