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by Tom Lee
July 3rd, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?
Replies: 36
Views: 3361

Re: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?

This Wine is not Kosta Browne. A company paid a lot of money to buy the name Kosta Browne, for many reasons (The main one being to make money) I’m sure. Why anyone would expect anything resembling (The operation) Original KB always amazes me. Quit buying Kosta Browne. Find a farmer who tends good v...
by Tom Lee
July 2nd, 2020, 10:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?
Replies: 36
Views: 3361

Re: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?

Regardless of what one thinks about KB and its changes over the recent past, $120 for a prestige Napa Cab would be a bargain. Those wines start at $200. Funny, I remember Barbara Winiarski telling me--this was around 1974-- that Joe Heitz was her hero because he showed you could sell Napa Cab for m...
by Tom Lee
July 2nd, 2020, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?
Replies: 36
Views: 3361

Re: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?

I guess it would be counter productive to this thread to point out that Michael sold the Cirq wines for $125.

Tom
by Tom Lee
July 2nd, 2020, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?
Replies: 36
Views: 3361

Re: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?

Thanks for posting. It has been at least 6 months since we’ve had an excuse to shred Kosta Browne. Any chance you could start a similar thread for Quilceda Creek?

Tom
by Tom Lee
June 16th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1962
Views: 249869

Re: Official Costco Thread

SoDo Costco still has ‘08 Dom for $145. Bought more yesterday.

Tom
by Tom Lee
May 21st, 2020, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Limerick Lane offer
Replies: 16
Views: 1459

Re: Limerick Lane offer

Glad you posted this. In addition to great wine, great price I would add great people. Whats happening to small wineries with restaurants being shut down and the loss of that portion of distribution really sucks.

Tom
by Tom Lee
May 7th, 2020, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale
Replies: 45
Views: 3332

Re: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale

I was not able to pick up my order from 2018 because the release party was cancelled last month. So I guess I’m picking up my order from 18 and 19 in the Spring of 2021. All this too say I’d me more tempted to order if I wasn’t already waiting on so much wine from Cayuse to begin with.

Tom
by Tom Lee
May 7th, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Lynch Bages
Replies: 6
Views: 633

Re: TN: 1990 Lynch Bages

Nick Christie wrote:
May 7th, 2020, 8:58 am
Beautiful note, Tom. Made me smile so hugely when reading this just now.
Thanks Nick!

Tom
by Tom Lee
May 2nd, 2020, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1990 Lynch Bages
Replies: 6
Views: 633

TN: 1990 Lynch Bages

Decanted for about 4 hours and served with steaks. Noticed I left the price tag on this when I bought the bottle at retail in the early 90's. $36.99 (sigh). To think I only bought a half case.... Dark crimson in color. 12.5% ABV. Stunning aromas of red fruits, cigar box, forest floor and saddle leat...
by Tom Lee
April 29th, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When is a Wine Worth Too Much to Drink?
Replies: 90
Views: 4160

Re: When is a Wine Worth Too Much to Drink?

I've never understood wine drinkers who wear the "I've never sold a bottle of wine" badge. I was once offered $1000 for a bottle of 07 Schrader CCS. I sold it and never looked back. Just common sense in my opinion.

Tom
by Tom Lee
April 14th, 2020, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
Replies: 17
Views: 758

Re: TN: 1994 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

John Glas wrote:
April 14th, 2020, 3:02 pm
Hey you can get the 2003 for $250 a bottle on that terrible Napa Valley Sale!
I sell you mine for $225. champagne.gif

Tom
by Tom Lee
April 14th, 2020, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
Replies: 17
Views: 758

Re: TN: 1994 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

Rich Brown wrote:
April 14th, 2020, 7:38 am
Man, you have been on fire my friend! Keep em coming!!
Thanks my man. Lots of time on my hands to drink those killer bottles.

Tom
by Tom Lee
April 14th, 2020, 6:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
Replies: 17
Views: 758

TN: 1994 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

Purchased on release. Decanted for 1 hour. Drank during the stay at home order. Crimson in color. 13.5% ABV. Spellbinding nose of red fruits, cedar, leather and graphite. Full bodied, powerful and concentrated. Rich, youthful fruit in spades. Black cherry, currants, creme de cassis and mint on the p...
by Tom Lee
April 12th, 2020, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1998 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 1
Views: 219

TN: 1998 Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Opened on Friday as we continue to pull good bottles while in stay at home mode. Pop and pour. Light red in color. 14% ABV. Tremendous nose of red fruits, roasted herbs, blood and garrigue. Medium body with perfect acidity. Powerful and concentrated. Clean and well balanced. Somewhat rustic with an ...
by Tom Lee
April 10th, 2020, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding
Replies: 90
Views: 7676

Re: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding

Has anyone tasted the Kreck Wines Zins? The Kreck Zins are very good. I really like the '17 Del Barba Vineyard. 2017 Kreck Wines Old Vine Zinfandel Del Barba Vineyard – The vineyard is situated in Oakley and the vines date back 130 years. Dark crimson in color. 14.7% ABV. Pretty nose of black fruit...
by Tom Lee
April 10th, 2020, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?
Replies: 120
Views: 6153

Re: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?

The 05 Fleur Cardinale I opened late last year exceeded my expectations. Dark Crimson in color. 14% ABV. Stunning nose of red and black fruits, molten licorice, leather and earth. Full bodied and opulent with layers of gorgeous fruit. Roasted cherries, black currants, plums and minerals on the palat...
by Tom Lee
April 7th, 2020, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Sky Vineyards Zinfandel
Replies: 6
Views: 334

Re: TN: 2014 Sky Vineyards Zinfandel

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
April 7th, 2020, 8:48 am
Killer note. Been meaning to grab some Sky, but this note inspired me to buy the 2014 today. Thanks!!
Thanks. I think they sold out on wine.com but I know it is still available at a handful of stores on winesearcher.

Cheers, Tom
by Tom Lee
April 6th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Sky Vineyards Zinfandel
Replies: 6
Views: 334

Re: TN: 2014 Sky Vineyards Zinfandel

Vince T wrote:
April 6th, 2020, 9:17 am
Tom, in case you haven't already checked it out, the Bedrock Wine Conversations podcast with Skyla Olds from Sky is pretty great (and they discuss the label artwork as well). Cheers, vince
Thanks Vince. I will definitely check that out.

Tom
by Tom Lee
April 6th, 2020, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Sky Vineyards Zinfandel
Replies: 6
Views: 334

Re: TN: 2014 Sky Vineyards Zinfandel

Sounds so damn good my friend - really enjoyed reading this note on your blog and Insta. I'll post my thoughts on the 09 after I open it (hopefully soon). As you know I am not a huge fan of bottle age on Zinfandel but I think Sky is built in a way that time in the bottle is not a detriment. Look fo...
by Tom Lee
April 5th, 2020, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Sky Vineyards Zinfandel
Replies: 6
Views: 334

TN: 2014 Sky Vineyards Zinfandel

Sky just released their 2014 Zinfandel. I picked up some bottles on wine.com and my tasting note is below. Crimson in color. 14% ABV. Sublime nose of jammy red and black fruits, licorice and pepper. Full bodied with mouth watering acidity. Big and jammy but still somewhat rustic. Somehow this Zinfan...
by Tom Lee
April 5th, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding
Replies: 90
Views: 7676

Re: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding

Zin berries are very susceptible to heat spikes, where the berries attach to the stem. They will pull back from the stem and then it's over. The berries that survived were very good but that required aggressive sorting. No sorting, no good. Carlisle sorted 3 times. Once in the field then back at th...
by Tom Lee
April 4th, 2020, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding
Replies: 90
Views: 7676

Re: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding

I've had a chance to taste a few - Carlisle "Piner Olivet," A. Rafanelli, Scherrer OMV, Turley "Pesenti," Martinelli "Guiseppe and Louisa" ... 2016 and even 2017 were excellent, 2018 seems to be a cut above. I’m not concerned about the producers I buy from but Jeb Dunnuck went out of his way to say...
by Tom Lee
March 29th, 2020, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?
Replies: 21
Views: 1486

Re: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?

Hey just a heads up that the 2014 Sky Zinfandel is available on Wine.com. I got my order in and was able to use a $50 promo code. [cheers.gif] Tom Thanks Tom! I've got a couple bottles of 09 from Winebid but have not opened one yet. Hopefully sometime soon You outbid me on that lot.... Tom
by Tom Lee
March 28th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: March Wine Consumption
Replies: 16
Views: 749

March Wine Consumption

Perusing Cellartracker it looks like we have opened more bottles out of the cellar this month than in any month since March of 2013 and there are still 4 days to go! Not surprised. With business travel curtailed there are way more nights in the month where the cellar beckons.

Tom
by Tom Lee
March 28th, 2020, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?
Replies: 21
Views: 1486

Re: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?

Hey just a heads up that the 2014 Sky Zinfandel is available on Wine.com. I got my order in and was able to use a $50 promo code. [cheers.gif]

Tom
by Tom Lee
March 24th, 2020, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 445
Views: 36465

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

Tom Lee wrote:
March 24th, 2020, 6:09 pm
Any current discount codes that we should be aware of on wine.com?

Thanks in advance, Tom
Never mind. Found this one (FBPRO50) for $50 off $150 and ordered the 14 Sky Zinfandel and 17 Felsina Chianti.

Tom
by Tom Lee
March 24th, 2020, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?
Replies: 445
Views: 36465

Re: Chateau Palmer 2016 for $274, what the what?

Any current discount codes that we should be aware of on wine.com?

Thanks in advance, Tom
by Tom Lee
March 21st, 2020, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First 100 Point Wine
Replies: 6
Views: 1548

Re: My First 100 Point Wine

Rich Brown wrote:
March 20th, 2020, 8:57 pm
My man! As usual, a great note that I very much enjoyed reading. Glad that you're drinking well and staying healthy!
Cheers my friend! Take care!

Tom
by Tom Lee
March 18th, 2020, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Became of Bedrock Sodini?
Replies: 11
Views: 807

Re: What Became of Bedrock Sodini?

I believe it may be the main component of OVZ. I think this is the case but what was the thought process from walking it back from an SVD? Tom I think they are rehabbing the vineyard and will make a SVD when it makes sense So maybe Morgan was underwhelmed by the 15 and 16? Drinking the 15 now. Tom
by Tom Lee
March 18th, 2020, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Became of Bedrock Sodini?
Replies: 11
Views: 807

Re: What Became of Bedrock Sodini?

Bedrock made a 16 Sodini but has not made one since. Are these grapes now going into the larger appellation wine? I think Morgan farms the property so he must still have access to the grapes. Thanks, Tom I believe it may be the main component of OVZ. I think this is the case but what was the though...
by Tom Lee
March 18th, 2020, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Became of Bedrock Sodini?
Replies: 11
Views: 807

Re: What Became of Bedrock Sodini?

AD Northup wrote:
March 18th, 2020, 6:48 pm
Looks like Rochioli maybe

https://historicvineyardsociety.org/vineyard/sodini
Rochioli used to do a Ranch Red from Sodini but that was many, many years ago.

Tom
by Tom Lee
March 18th, 2020, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First 100 Point Wine
Replies: 6
Views: 1548

My First 100 Point Wine

2002 Dalla Valle Cabernet Sauvignon was absolute perfection the other night. Crimson in color. 13.5% ABV. Sublime nose of black and blue fruits, violets, cedar and leather. Full bodied and well balanced. Immense and concentrated. Blackberry, blueberry, cassis liqueur and licorice on the palate. The ...
by Tom Lee
March 18th, 2020, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Became of Bedrock Sodini?
Replies: 11
Views: 807

What Became of Bedrock Sodini?

Bedrock made a 16 Sodini but has not made one since. Are these grapes now going into the larger appellation wine? I think Morgan farms the property so he must still have access to the grapes.

Thanks,
Tom
by Tom Lee
March 12th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 7870

Re: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

I’m surprised the Wine Spectator Grand Tastings in late April have yet to be cancelled. Can’t imagine winemakers would fly in from France and Italy.

Tom
by Tom Lee
March 8th, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zin recommendations?
Replies: 60
Views: 3041

Re: Zin recommendations?

Hi everyone, If there's an appropriate older thread to point me to, please feel free, and I've got some mileage from the great old-vine zinyards thread, but I'm wondering if any of the zin lovers on here could provide me with a few producers to focus in on in exploring more of this wonderful grape....
by Tom Lee
February 26th, 2020, 9:16 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: More Scarecrow at Cost - Sold
Replies: 0
Views: 262

More Scarecrow at Cost - Sold

Email me if interested.

nwtomlee@gmail.com

Thanks,
Tom
by Tom Lee
February 23rd, 2020, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1274
Views: 86835

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Really enjoyed the 2008 René Geoffroy Champagne Empreinte Brut Premier Cru on Friday night. I think I will go back and reload on this one.

Tom
by Tom Lee
February 8th, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 10 List of Old Vine Zin Vineyards
Replies: 45
Views: 2442

Re: Top 10 List of Old Vine Zin Vineyards

Glenn P wrote:
February 8th, 2020, 7:06 am
Black Sears has to be on that list!
To the best of my knowledge Black Sears was mostly planted in the 70's so it doesn't really qualify for this list. Let me know if you other information on the vineyard. Maybe Mike Dildine or Tom Hill know otherwise?

Thanks, Tom
by Tom Lee
February 6th, 2020, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 10 List of Old Vine Zin Vineyards
Replies: 45
Views: 2442

Re: Top 10 List of Old Vine Zin Vineyards

Peter Petersen wrote:
February 3rd, 2020, 7:55 am
Tom, Not a huge Zinfanatic, but that is an excellent list of the top vineyards. I'm also 10/10.
Thanks Peter!

Tom
by Tom Lee
February 3rd, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 10 List of Old Vine Zin Vineyards
Replies: 45
Views: 2442

Re: Top 10 List of Old Vine Zin Vineyards

How do Geyserville and Lytton Springs not make the top ten. Many of the greatest Zins in California history come from those two vineyards. Well to be fair I did include Pagani Ranch. For me, at least in the 2017 vintage, the Ridge Pagani was better than the Ridge Lytton Springs by a comfortable mar...
by Tom Lee
February 2nd, 2020, 8:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 10 List of Old Vine Zin Vineyards
Replies: 45
Views: 2442

Re: Top 10 List of Old Vine Zin Vineyards

Rich Brown wrote:
February 2nd, 2020, 8:25 pm
Nice write up as always Tom! For all the zin fans out there (and really wine-lovers in general), if you dont already follow Zinfandel Chronicles, you definitely should.

10/10 for me as well....although think I've only had 1 or 2 Turley Ueberroth's.
[thankyou.gif]

Tom
by Tom Lee
February 2nd, 2020, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 10 List of Old Vine Zin Vineyards
Replies: 45
Views: 2442

Re: Top 10 List of Old Vine Zin Vineyards

I made that list many years ago. A 2020 version of this list would slot Papera Vineyard in at number 2. This vineyard, located at the intersection of Piner and Olivet in the Russian River Valley, never disappoints regardless of the winery using the fruit. It is notable that Papera is not as old as ...
by Tom Lee
February 2nd, 2020, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 10 List of Old Vine Zin Vineyards
Replies: 45
Views: 2442

Re: Top 10 List of Old Vine Zin Vineyards

Ed Steinway wrote:
February 2nd, 2020, 6:29 pm
I am surprised that Whitton Ranch is not on the list, as well as Lytton Springs. Otherwise, I am 10/10 for trying wines from those vineyards.
Lytton Springs got an honorable mention at the end of the blog post [cheers.gif]

Tom
by Tom Lee
February 2nd, 2020, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 10 List of Old Vine Zin Vineyards
Replies: 45
Views: 2442

Re: Top 10 List of Old Vine Zin Vineyards

I made that list many years ago. A 2020 version of this list would slot Papera Vineyard in at number 2. This vineyard, located at the intersection of Piner and Olivet in the Russian River Valley, never disappoints regardless of the winery using the fruit. It is notable that Papera is not as old as o...
by Tom Lee
January 26th, 2020, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley Spring Release
Replies: 10
Views: 1666

Re: Turley Spring Release

DavidDay wrote:
January 21st, 2020, 6:40 am
What is happening with Mead Ranch, has it been sold?
Caymus is now getting all the fruit from Mead Ranch.

Tom
by Tom Lee
January 26th, 2020, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rochioli Single Vineyard Wines?
Replies: 4
Views: 476

Re: Rochioli Single Vineyard Wines?

The Rochioli Pinots are less fruit forward than the wines you mentioned but they do not lack for fruit. I consider Rochioli to be more elegant. My tasting notes for Rochioli consistently mention cherries, cranberries, cloves and baking spices. I reviewed dozens of their wines on my blog including ma...
by Tom Lee
January 25th, 2020, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?
Replies: 149
Views: 9144

Re: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?

Tegan, will the Sandlands Zin be on the Fall mailer then?

Thanks,
Tom Lee
by Tom Lee
January 20th, 2020, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley
Replies: 66
Views: 7629

Re: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley

Interesting that Schrader, Eisele and Maybach will no longer let him visit.

Tom
by Tom Lee
January 2nd, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley Mead Ranch (Attn Tom Hill & Mike Dildine)
Replies: 5
Views: 608

Re: Turley Mead Ranch (Attn Tom Hill & Mike Dildine)

Thanks Tegan. Not the most satisfying answer but good to know. Might have to revisit a Caymus Zinfandel in the years to come.

Tom
by Tom Lee
January 1st, 2020, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley Mead Ranch (Attn Tom Hill & Mike Dildine)
Replies: 5
Views: 608

Turley Mead Ranch (Attn Tom Hill & Mike Dildine)

In last springs mailer Turley said the 17 Mead Ranch was the next to last vintage of Zin they would be making from Mead Ranch. I assume the 18 will come out on the upcoming mailer. My question is who is using this fruit with the 19 vintage?

Thanks,

Tom

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