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by Tom Lee
January 20th, 2020, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley
Replies: 12
Views: 2052

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: 562

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: 562

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
by Tom Lee
December 22nd, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1739
Views: 211003

Re: Official Costco Thread

Costco in south Seattle (SoDo) has '08 Dom in gift box for $145. Couldn't resist.

Tom
by Tom Lee
December 20th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Château Lynch-Bages (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 4
Views: 601

Re: TN: 1996 Château Lynch-Bages (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

Went to Cellartracker to see if I had any left. Drank my last bottle 7 years ago. Damn! Still have plenty off the 89 and 90. January 28, 2013 - Ruby in color and just starting to fade ever so slightly on the edges. 13% ABV. Cedar, pencil and sweet pipe tobacco on the nose. Pure black currants, cassi...
by Tom Lee
December 6th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunnuck Top 100 2019
Replies: 50
Views: 4641

Re: Dunnuck Top 100 2019

Rich Brown wrote:
December 6th, 2019, 8:10 am
Think the only zin-based wine is the Geyserville. Seems like a massive miss

*says the guy who drinks more zin than probably any other varietal
Agreed but probably for the better.

Tom
by Tom Lee
November 28th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has anybody started trying Bordeaux 2005s? What are your views?
Replies: 65
Views: 3313

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

I had an 05 Fleur Cardinale recently that was exceptional. November 16, 2019 - 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...
by Tom Lee
November 27th, 2019, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting recommendation needed – 2007 Domaine de Ferrand Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 6
Views: 330

Re: Decanting recommendation needed – 2007 Domaine de Ferrand Châteauneuf-du-Pape

I really did not care for this wine the last time I had it. Over the top on the ripe side. An 06 recently was much better. Decant as long as possible (at cellar temp ideally) and bring a back up bottle would be my advice.

Tom
by Tom Lee
November 9th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne Christophe Baron
Replies: 86
Views: 5658

Re: Champagne Christophe Baron

Mine arrived yesterday. Earmarked for New Years but would love to get a sneak peek if a group gets together in Seattle.

Tom
by Tom Lee
October 25th, 2019, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: new carlisle offer cab and pinot!
Replies: 106
Views: 5749

Re: new carlisle offer cab and pinot!

Gotcha! Well congrats man - havent tried it obviously, but I'd be pretty confident your first purchase was a solid one ;) You're welcome to the single bottle of Cab I got. Happy to let Mike know and have him ship it straight to you. You sound like you'll enjoy it more than I ever would. My only reg...
by Tom Lee
October 25th, 2019, 12:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 168
Views: 14188

Re: Downstream Wines

I got an offer today. Must be in the second wave.

Tom
by Tom Lee
October 23rd, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Russian River valley recommendations
Replies: 23
Views: 1169

Re: Russian River valley recommendations

If the weather cooperates it does not get much better sitting on the back deck at Rochioli, overlooking the stunning vineyard, and drinking a bottle you bought in their tasting room. We usually bring some snacks to accompany the wine.

Tom
by Tom Lee
October 12th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Thomas letter??
Replies: 18
Views: 2384

Re: 2017 Thomas letter??

My mailer arrived today. $770 for a case including shipping.

Tom
by Tom Lee
October 4th, 2019, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Releases From Ridge Vineyards
Replies: 1
Views: 833

New Releases From Ridge Vineyards

Ridge is a board favorite for good reason. The new releases are better than ever. 2017 Ridge Petite Sirah Lytton Estate Vineyard – Pitch black. 13.8% ABV. 94% Petite Sirah and 6% Zinfandel. Savory nose of black fruits, creosote, wet pavement and spice. Full bodied with strong acidity. Dark and brood...
by Tom Lee
October 3rd, 2019, 6:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '16 Cepparello vs '16 Tignanello
Replies: 11
Views: 1303

Re: '16 Cepparello vs '16 Tignanello

John, the '03 Cepparello is one of the very best European 2003 reds I have had. Brilliant from the onset and so fresh. Cheers Jeremy Had the 03 Cepparello last week and agree. Crimson in color. 14% ABV. Breathtaking nose of red fruits, menthol, road tar and flowers. Medium to full bodied with exqui...
by Tom Lee
September 21st, 2019, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: cayuse 2012 Cailloux
Replies: 34
Views: 1720

Re: cayuse 2012 Cailloux

It seemed relevant when I saw "overwhelming funk", and especially "stewed vegetables". I guess I wasn't aware that facts have an expiration date. I also have had many of these wines and found those characteristics. Thank goodness you were here to set me straight, though. Internet crusader to the re...
by Tom Lee
September 20th, 2019, 11:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: cayuse 2012 Cailloux
Replies: 34
Views: 1720

Re: cayuse 2012 Cailloux

Cayuse wines can be super funky. I've found huge bottle variation in wines that I purchased on release and have stored in a wine storage facility since. In one case, a bottle of a Cailloux (I forget the vintage) was so flawed that I dumped it down the drain. A bottle of the same wine only a couple ...
by Tom Lee
September 14th, 2019, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Ridge East Bench Zinfandel
Replies: 5
Views: 798

Re: TN: 2017 Ridge East Bench Zinfandel

Pretty much any of the Ridge Zins don't seem to really hit their stride until at least age 20. And then drink well for another 10-20+ years..... 15 year old Ridge zins are still extremely primary and not showing much age at all. YMMV but all the Ridge Zins hit their stride well in advance of 20 yea...
by Tom Lee
September 14th, 2019, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 518
Views: 35152

Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

2017 Ridge Pagani. Pretty sure this is the best young Zin I have had from Ridge.

Tom
by Tom Lee
July 16th, 2019, 11:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jack Winery Purchases Herb Lamb Two Old Dogs.
Replies: 1
Views: 531

Re: Jack Winery Purchases Herb Lamb Two Old Dogs.

This is cool. Thanks for sharing.

Tom
by Tom Lee
July 11th, 2019, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SoDo UrbanWorks wineries?
Replies: 23
Views: 1111

Re: SoDo UrbanWorks wineries?

Efeste is a mile from SoH. Worth a visit.

Tom
by Tom Lee
June 19th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Lodi/CC/RRV Zins (Usual Suspects)..(long/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 743

Re: TN: Some Lodi/CC/RRV Zins (Usual Suspects)..(long/boring)

IIRC Williams Selyem bought Saitone several years ago. The 2017 version should be released this Fall.

Tom
by Tom Lee
May 24th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille
Replies: 5
Views: 567

Re: TN: 2010 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille

We opened the ‘04 a few nights ago. Crimson in color. Slight bricking. 14.5% ABV. Fantastic nose of black fruits, leather and cedar. Medium body with cascading dark fruits and firm tannins. Somewhat concentrated but certainly taking on some secondary characteristics. The wine can be monolithic even ...
by Tom Lee
May 22nd, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some Calif Cabs...(long/boring)
Replies: 6
Views: 1125

Re: TN: Some Calif Cabs...(long/boring)

Tom, thanks for the notes. Regarding the Montecillo Cabs ... You were there from the beginning when the fruit went into the Kenwood "Artist Series" cabs of the 70s and 80s. I had a few of those myself, which, at the time were made by a family friend named Bob Koslowski. I've been buying these cabs ...
by Tom Lee
May 19th, 2019, 10:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Five New DryCreekVnyds Wines...(short/boring)
Replies: 6
Views: 334

Re: TN: Five New DryCreekVnyds Wines...(short/boring)

Thanks Tom. I’m a fan of the Heritage Vines Zin. Well made and fairly priced.

Tom
by Tom Lee
May 5th, 2019, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most useful CT stat
Replies: 11
Views: 1021

Re: The most useful CT stat

Sometimes I wonder about reliability here because it does not account for inactive users. I often see users who have not logged in for years.

Tom
by Tom Lee
May 2nd, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Huntington Beach store recommendation
Replies: 7
Views: 322

Re: Huntington Beach store recommendation

Phillip Franks house.

Tom
by Tom Lee
May 2nd, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Sky Vineyards Zinfandel
Replies: 7
Views: 360

Re: TN: 2013 Sky Vineyards Zinfandel

Rich Brown wrote:
May 2nd, 2019, 8:53 am
Nice Tom! I need to find a bottle of this as well - was damn impressed with a barrel sample of the Bedrock Sky Vineyard. Thanks for posting!
It wasn't the easiest wine with shipping just to California and limited retail. Worth the search though.

Tom
by Tom Lee
May 2nd, 2019, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Sky Vineyards Zinfandel
Replies: 7
Views: 360

TN: 2013 Sky Vineyards Zinfandel

Finally tracked down a bottle of this. I was intrigued after Morgan at Bedrock made a Sky Vineyard designate. Crimson in color. 13.4% ABV. Brilliant nose of brambly red fruits, pepper and a hint of peach. Medium body with mouth watering acidity. The embodiment of a Claret style, mountain grown Zinfa...
by Tom Lee
April 28th, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood Tasting Room to Close
Replies: 1
Views: 389

Ravenswood Tasting Room to Close

Really surprised to see this. https://www.pressdemocrat.com/lifestyle/9538770-181/end-of-an-era-sonomas "Constellation retained Ravenswood’s 12-acre eastside property and its tasting room. And earlier this month, employees of the tasting room say they were informed that they are being let go as of M...
by Tom Lee
March 23rd, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT - Access Denied, you make me cry
Replies: 66
Views: 3510

Re: CT - Access Denied, you make me cry

I'm of the opposite mindset as well. I use it for inventory purposes and to mine some data on what may or may not be drinking well. Why would everyone want to publicize what for many would be a multi $100 thousand asset and their location? Stealing the contents of a home wine cellar may not be easy...
by Tom Lee
March 23rd, 2019, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT handles
Replies: 412
Views: 19630

Re: CT handles

My handle is tomlee and I am happy to add any fellow Berserkers as a Buddy but otherwise the contents of my cellar are not viewable.

Tom
by Tom Lee
March 21st, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow OWC Issues?
Replies: 109
Views: 9185

Re: Scarecrow OWC Issues?

My 9 bottles arrived today. No issues.
by Tom Lee
March 21st, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow OWC Issues?
Replies: 109
Views: 9185

Re: Scarecrow OWC Issues?

If wine is shipped in OWC, odds of damage are very high. Many wineries ship their wood box suspended in plastic wrap and foam which minimizes damages. You have to understand that the shipping companies have employees paid by the hour with an expectation of getting the work done as quickly and cheap...
by Tom Lee
March 20th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IG (Instagram) from WBers?
Replies: 170
Views: 8407

Re: IG (Instagram) from WBers?

Chuck J o r d a n wrote:
March 19th, 2019, 8:00 pm
Tom Lee wrote:
August 16th, 2018, 10:47 am
Where did you get your cellar racks? If you don't mind my asking.
I just hired a local contractor and gave him the specs. He built the racks and installed. This is the 3rd cellar I have had built like this w/o purchasing racks.

Tom
by Tom Lee
March 2nd, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine stores in Vancouver
Replies: 20
Views: 872

Re: Wine stores in Vancouver

I usually shop at Marquis Wine Cellars when I visit Vancouver.

Tom
by Tom Lee
March 1st, 2019, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 17736

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

anthonyshideler wrote:
March 1st, 2019, 10:35 am
Over the phone they said 8.125% and were startled to learn that they were charging more. I know the rate in Rutherford is 7.75%.
You called the winery over a tax rate being off by less than 1%? Seriously?

Tom
by Tom Lee
March 1st, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation
Replies: 166
Views: 17736

Re: 2016 Scarecrow Allocation

Order placed. My all in cost per bottle was $455. Somewhat below the $500 cited earlier in this thread.

Tom
by Tom Lee
February 19th, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How has Kosta Browne changed over the last few years
Replies: 31
Views: 3156

Re: How has Kosta Browne changed over the last few years

Always fashionable to bash KB. I tasted many of the ‘16’s at the winery and my scores would echo those of Jeb Dunnuck and not the commentary of Galloni.

Tom
by Tom Lee
February 10th, 2019, 10:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two from Oregon ('15 Morgen Long, '15 Thomas)
Replies: 5
Views: 565

Re: Two from Oregon ('15 Morgen Long, '15 Thomas)

Seeing many reviews of flawed ‘13 Thomas and this is the 2nd underwhelming review I have seen of the ‘15. Gives me pause as my experiences up through the ‘11 vintage are consistently good. Proof is in the bottle though so I will open both soon.

Tom
by Tom Lee
December 2nd, 2018, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FINAL TALLY Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4
Replies: 101
Views: 3336

Re: Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4

2015 Carlisle Zinfandel Mancini Ranch Mancini Ranch, planted in 1922, lies kitty-corner from Papera Ranch at the corner of Piner and Olivet Roads. Unlike Papera, this vineyard is relatively mixed in its composition with plenty of Carignane, Abouriou, Valdiguié, Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir, and Pet...
by Tom Lee
December 2nd, 2018, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FINAL TALLY Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4
Replies: 101
Views: 3336

Re: Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4

2016 Kreck Old Vine Zinfandel Teldeschi Vineyard Crimson in color. 15.7% ABV. Super nose of red fruits, cocoa powder and pepper. Medium body with perfect acidity. Bright and refreshing. Claret style Zinfandel. Raspberry, black cherry, vanilla and baking spices on the palate. The finish is long and ...
by Tom Lee
December 1st, 2018, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FINAL TALLY Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4
Replies: 101
Views: 3336

Re: Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4

2016 Kreck Old Vine Zinfandel Teldeschi Vineyard Teldeschi Vineyard is located in the Dry Creek Valley and dates back to the 1890’s. Teldeschi is a also a fruit source for Ravenswood and Once & Future. Crimson in color. 15.7% ABV. Super nose of red fruits, cocoa powder and pepper. Medium body with p...
by Tom Lee
October 14th, 2018, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Visit - Bucklin / Old Hill Ranch (long w/ pics)
Replies: 17
Views: 852

Re: Winery Visit - Bucklin / Old Hill Ranch (long w/ pics)

Once & Future and Bedrock will be joining Ravenswood as the wineries sourcing fruit from Old Hill Ranch.

Tom
by Tom Lee
October 8th, 2018, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Thomas
Replies: 38
Views: 3353

Re: 2016 Thomas

No mailer here yet and no mail since it is Columbus Day. Stupid holiday!

Tom
by Tom Lee
October 4th, 2018, 10:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Turley - Hayne - Zinfandel
Replies: 11
Views: 457

Re: TN: 2000 Turley - Hayne - Zinfandel

I think Ehren Jordan was the winemaker. He is now the owner at Failla. For me the Turleys from this era were best consumed on the younger side. A ‘10 Cedarman we opened tonight (at 15.6% ABV) was outstanding,


Tom
by Tom Lee
September 24th, 2018, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Limerick Lane's Turn - Fall Release Sept 24th
Replies: 12
Views: 638

Re: Limerick Lane's Turn - Fall Release Sept 24th

Outpost Zin is $50. Black Sears Zin is $70. Rafanelli Zin is $42. Turley Hayne is $75. Turley Ueberroth is $48. I never see these wines compared to Bedrock Old Vines as it pertains to pricing. I think comparing Limerick Lane to the Bedrock Old Vines (sourced from any number of vineyards) misses the ...
by Tom Lee
September 22nd, 2018, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zinfandel Alcohol creep
Replies: 26
Views: 1867

Re: Zinfandel Alcohol creep

Or how about trying a recent vintage of Carlisle (2013 Papera at 15.3% for instance) and coming to the conclusion that there is more to the story than ABV. This particular Zin is exceptionally balanced with no trace of heat.

Tom
by Tom Lee
September 22nd, 2018, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zinfandel Alcohol creep
Replies: 26
Views: 1867

Re: Zinfandel Alcohol creep

You could go through some old Cabernet labels and come to the same conclusion.

Tom

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