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by Jud Reis
March 29th, 2020, 6:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Notes from Video Chat with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar
Replies: 13
Views: 438

Re: Notes from Video Chat with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar

Fantastic notes Chris - thanks for doing this.
by Jud Reis
March 29th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1997 Chateau Poujeaux
Replies: 0
Views: 83

TN: 1997 Chateau Poujeaux

From 375. Lovely dark translucent color with just a little bricking on the rim. Appealing nose of mint, olives and loamy earth. Nice palate with fully resolved tannins, nice acidity but a little dilute on the mid palate and finish. For a 23 year old bargain wine in a difficult vintage a very nice ef...
by Jud Reis
March 29th, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LIVE THIS SATURDAY! Video Chat with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar
Replies: 63
Views: 1449

Re: LIVE THIS SATURDAY! Video Chat with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar

Thanks to everyone for setting it up. Marc did a wonderful job and it was a very interesting discussion. When you think about how hard it is to make wine consistently in normal circumstances, the things that his family has had to deal with in Lebanon are mind boggling. Through it all they produce on...
by Jud Reis
March 27th, 2020, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 476

Re: TN: 2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard

Absolutely gorgeous fragrant nose of roses, cranberry, silky underbrush and sun baked clay. Very tart red fruited palate with an undercurrent of spicy oak. Lovely texture and acid filled finish. Early days and plenty of life left, but drinking beautifully.
by Jud Reis
March 26th, 2020, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 63
Views: 3502

Re: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread

Another note on the 2013 Helier Chardonnay: Nice powerful nose of tropical fruit, white flowers and lemon. Silky supple texture. Nice lemon and tropical fruit on the palate with a good balance of acidity and sweet fruit. Lovely.
by Jud Reis
March 25th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rhys Aeris Rosso
Replies: 11
Views: 816

Re: 2017 Rhys Aeris Rosso

Having homemade pepper, onion and sopressata pizza tonight, so thought I would pop this sample bottle to give it a whirl. Nice translucent garnet color. Very appealing nose of tar and wood smoke, plummy fruit and earth. Interesting palate with olives, smoky, tarry black fruit and roses - very Nebbio...
by Jud Reis
March 25th, 2020, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Michael Broadbent RIP
Replies: 32
Views: 2194

Re: Michael Broadbent RIP

RIP - a giant in the field, and a wonderful writer
by Jud Reis
March 24th, 2020, 9:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First TN (short/boring/probably inaccurate)
Replies: 23
Views: 1107

Re: My First TN (short/boring/probably inaccurate)

Great note Ryan - keep them coming.
by Jud Reis
March 24th, 2020, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Rhys Horseshoe Syrah
Replies: 4
Views: 327

Re: TN: 2016 Rhys Horseshoe Syrah

Popped and poured. It didn’t last more than a couple of hours and didn’t change much. No harsh edges or tannins, so was enjoyable from start to finish. Stupidly, I decided to focus on Pinot and Chardonnay and not buy much Syrah - mistake in retrospect.
by Jud Reis
March 23rd, 2020, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Rhys Horseshoe Syrah
Replies: 4
Views: 327

TN: 2016 Rhys Horseshoe Syrah

From 375. What a lovely wine - soy, bacon, limestone and blueberry fruit on the nose. Nice slinky texture, lovely balance of minerals and blue fruit on the palate. Still young, but drinking great.
by Jud Reis
March 23rd, 2020, 1:25 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Paetra Buy one, get one free
Replies: 19
Views: 1438

Re: Paetra Buy one, get one free

Bill - thanks that is an awesome deal. Order in.
by Jud Reis
March 22nd, 2020, 5:58 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 540
Views: 21557

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Had a lovely H Upmann Banker Toro yesterday walking the beach with friends - amazing how cigar smoke helps enforce social distancing! Crisp sunny day was lovely to have a smoke and a conversation in the midst of all this craziness.
by Jud Reis
March 20th, 2020, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder)
Replies: 22
Views: 1059

Re: TN: 2007 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder)

Did not decant. Very classic Napa cab. Lots of cool menthol, pepper, tobacco and dark black fruit on the nose. More red fruited on a somewhat restrained attack. Tannins have mellowed somewhat, but are still very present. Lovely texture and bright acidity. Just starting to enter its drinking window, ...
by Jud Reis
March 17th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 509
Views: 42392

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

2018 Jean Edwards SB - Very nice, a different take on Sauvignon Blanc. White flowers, a hint of hay and vanilla on the nose. Nice crisp acidity with lots of texture, white fruit and a vanilla note - not sure how much oak this sees, but definitely sense an oak presence. Some more time in the bottle w...
by Jud Reis
March 10th, 2020, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 09' Rhys Alpine Pinot noir
Replies: 13
Views: 933

Re: TN: 09' Rhys Alpine Pinot noir

Lovely nose of underbrush, cranberry and white pepper. Beautifully balanced palate with red fruit, minerals and crunchy acidity. Just getting into its drinking window with plenty of time left.
by Jud Reis
March 9th, 2020, 4:30 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 540
Views: 21557

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Randy - what is cigar goo?
by Jud Reis
March 8th, 2020, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brief TN 100th Poker PYCM, Chave, SQN, Monte Bello, Angelus and More
Replies: 2
Views: 505

Re: Brief TN 100th Poker PYCM, Chave, SQN, Monte Bello, Angelus and More

Actually a chopped pot at the end with an agreement between the two competitors on who was going to host. I’ll let them name names if they want...
by Jud Reis
March 8th, 2020, 1:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brief TN 100th Poker PYCM, Chave, SQN, Monte Bello, Angelus and More
Replies: 2
Views: 505

Brief TN 100th Poker PYCM, Chave, SQN, Monte Bello, Angelus and More

A group of Boston area winos has been playing a regular texas hold em game and wine tasting for years now. Winner of the game takes the pot and has to host the next one. Tom (with contributions from others) really outdid himself with the line up to commemorate our 100th game. As always, a great time...
by Jud Reis
March 1st, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Croatia Recommendations?
Replies: 19
Views: 837

Re: Croatia Recommendations?

Marie - thank you for the recommendations. The guides sound great and right up our alley. We are actually spending a couple of nights on Hvar.
Thanks to everyone for their thoughts.
by Jud Reis
February 28th, 2020, 12:06 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 208
Views: 7401

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Still planning on a trip to London and Croatia in June. Tickets are non-refundable and will likely go unless there is a huge outbreak in either area. I think at a certain point either this will get better with warmer weather or it will be so widespread that it will be impossible to quarantine and we...
by Jud Reis
February 21st, 2020, 12:55 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Croatia Recommendations?
Replies: 19
Views: 837

Re: Croatia Recommendations?

Thanks for all the recommendations!
by Jud Reis
February 21st, 2020, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1984 Field Stone Hoot Owl Vineyard Cab Sauv Alexander Valley - Balthazar
Replies: 5
Views: 412

Re: 1984 Field Stone Hoot Owl Vineyard Cab Sauv Alexander Valley - Balthazar

Jason - corks for that big a bottle are custom made and so poor fits are not unheard of. You really won’t be able to know until you open the wine whether it is sound or not. Older wines can surprise you and seem over the hill upon first opening and then improve with some time open. So don’t give up ...
by Jud Reis
February 20th, 2020, 11:51 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Croatia Recommendations?
Replies: 19
Views: 837

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: 19
Views: 837

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: 363

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: 19
Views: 837

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: 363

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: 23276

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: 19
Views: 837

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: 245

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: 509
Views: 42392

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: 428

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: 540
Views: 21557

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: 5624

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: 179

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: 206

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: 79
Views: 3836

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: 540
Views: 21557

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: 450

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: 178
Views: 9097

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: 247

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: 247

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: 103
Views: 5103

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: 89
Views: 4765

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!

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