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by George Chadwick
January 24th, 2019, 1:58 am
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Topic: Help me pick the wines post #38. Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
Replies: 38
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Re: Help me pick the wines post #38. Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27

I deleted a lot of my notes from this thread including several TN's but tonight is 2004 Cirillo "1850" Old Vine Grenache Barossa. Upon opening no excess oak but too tired and herbal. Two hours later not tired, no excess oak, unusual flavors of tar and herbs along with driving dark fruit. 168 year ol...
by George Chadwick
January 24th, 2019, 1:07 am
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Topic: Help me pick the wines post #38. Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
Replies: 38
Views: 802

Re: Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27

Betty C wrote:
January 23rd, 2019, 11:55 pm
I have to bow out. Turns out my MIL’s birthday is on Sunday and I’m making her lunch.

Have fun!
Betty, Betty, Betty....ok fine...does she like wine?
by George Chadwick
January 24th, 2019, 12:57 am
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Topic: Help me pick the wines post #38. Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
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Re: Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27

Here are the wines I'm thinking of opening. No HOG or Grange. I need an Ares or Aphrodite..Randy Bowman? The cabernets make a nice flight and I'll bring them all, I marked them with an @ sign...the shirazes with an asterisk I'm definitely bringing... But what else do I bring? Opinions pro and con? _...
by George Chadwick
January 15th, 2019, 10:24 pm
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Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - January 28
Replies: 40
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Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - January 28

I'm probably bringing a magnum of Hubert Lignier 1990 Morey St. Denis Premier Cru. I know a magnum is a lot but if I bring it I won't bring a second bottle which would be a first for me. Good idea. When you drop it, we can rescue about a bottle's worth neener Before it hits the sidewalk drain
by George Chadwick
January 15th, 2019, 6:38 pm
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Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - January 28
Replies: 40
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Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - January 28

I'm probably bringing a magnum of Hubert Lignier 1990 Morey St. Denis Premier Cru. I know a magnum is a lot but if I bring it I won't bring a second bottle which would be a first for me.
by George Chadwick
January 10th, 2019, 11:17 am
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Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - January 28
Replies: 40
Views: 734

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - January 28

That was Park and Howard. We'd have to skip appetizers and dessert.
by George Chadwick
January 9th, 2019, 11:10 pm
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Topic: Help me pick the wines post #38. Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
Replies: 38
Views: 802

Re: Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27

Yao C wrote:
January 9th, 2019, 10:20 pm
I'll be there with Winfred! Looking forward to it :)
Winfred will definitely like a couple of these
by George Chadwick
January 9th, 2019, 10:50 pm
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Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - January 28
Replies: 40
Views: 734

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - January 28

Divino's side room was indeed great. I'll avoid the horrible French onion soup and the horrible short ribs at Paul Martin's . They were crap. Sounds like I'll order a steak.
by George Chadwick
January 9th, 2019, 8:05 pm
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Topic: Help me pick the wines post #38. Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
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Re: Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27

Michael O'Brien wrote:
January 9th, 2019, 3:20 pm
I have a couple of magnums of 2003 d'Arenberg but have no idea if I should open them. Any recommendations. Bought them on a whim at a very low price.
Show up without them I'll have a lot of wine there. It'll give you an idea of when to open them. Dead Arm ages well.
by George Chadwick
January 9th, 2019, 1:06 pm
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Topic: Help me pick the wines post #38. Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
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Re: Older Australian reds SF Bay Area late January

Confirmed today with our usual venue for 3:30 Sunday January 27th on the water in the Marina district in SF. All are welcome.
by George Chadwick
January 8th, 2019, 7:38 am
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Topic: Help me pick the wines post #38. Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
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Re: Older Australian reds SF Bay Area late January

Darren that would be great. He stayed at my house once many years ago when he was selling wine but not yet making it .
by George Chadwick
January 4th, 2019, 12:03 pm
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Topic: Help me pick the wines post #38. Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
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Re: Older Australian reds SF Bay Area late January

Last night 1998 Maxwell Lime Cave Cabernet. Very good acidity, getting leaner , no oak, clean and balanced, very good cab.
by George Chadwick
January 3rd, 2019, 1:28 pm
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Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - January 28
Replies: 40
Views: 734

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - January 2019

I'd prefer the 28th if I have my event on the 27th so I can bring my leftovers for Craig the next day.
by George Chadwick
December 31st, 2018, 8:49 pm
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Topic: Help me pick the wines post #38. Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
Replies: 38
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Re: Older Australian reds SF Bay Area late January

Tonight was the 2002 Aquilon Garnacha, which is basically Alto Moncayo Reserve. Same winemaker as the 2002 Hobbs. Oakier but great deep complex wine. Much better than on release.
by George Chadwick
December 31st, 2018, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Yorker article on supertasters
Replies: 5
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Re: New Yorker article on supertasters

Both entertaining and interesting. Seriously doubt I am a supertaster but would not be at all surprised if my wife is one. https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/how-science-saved-me-from-pretending-to-love-wine Brodie Very fun to read. I did the circle-reinforcement blue food coloring...
by George Chadwick
December 30th, 2018, 8:24 pm
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Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - January 28
Replies: 40
Views: 734

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL - January 2019

I'm planning on an Old Aussie thing for the 27th in SF and you all are invited. I'm open to all suggested dates.
by George Chadwick
December 30th, 2018, 12:12 am
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Topic: Help me pick the wines post #38. Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
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Re: Older Australian reds SF Bay Area late January

Tonight I had the 2002 Hobbs Shiraz (no, not Paul Hobbs, this is the next door neighbor of Chris Ringland's Three Rivers vineyard). Calmed down, great acidity (!!), outstanding wine. I sampled at the restaurant (Prima) glasses of Barolo, Banyuls, and Etna Rosso, and this was clearly on a much higher...
by George Chadwick
December 28th, 2018, 9:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retail is dead
Replies: 15
Views: 1076

Re: Retail is dead

Nobody goes into retail wine stores any more, they're too crowded.
by George Chadwick
December 28th, 2018, 3:10 pm
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Topic: Help me pick the wines post #38. Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
Replies: 38
Views: 802

Re: Older Australian reds SF Bay Area late January

Eric Ifune wrote:
December 27th, 2018, 10:28 am
Won't be able to make it. Sounds like a fun tasting. I've a few older Aussies myself.
Ok. After the Aussies, the next narrow-themed dinner I host will probably be Rhys because I have so many.
by George Chadwick
December 28th, 2018, 3:08 pm
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Topic: Help me pick the wines post #38. Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
Replies: 38
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Re: Older Australian reds SF Bay Area late January

George here's a partial: Cabernet: 2000 Katnook Estate Odyssey Coonawarra 2002 Troll Creek Barossa Valley 2003 Rusden Boundaries Barossa Valley 2005 Two Hands Aphrodite Barossa Valley Shiraz: 2000 Dutschke Oscar Semmler Barossa Valley 2001 Oliver's Taranga 2002 Greenock Creek Seven Acre Barossa Val...
by George Chadwick
December 26th, 2018, 4:49 pm
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Topic: Help me pick the wines post #38. Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
Replies: 38
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Re: Older Australian reds SF Bay Area late January

Found some more 1998's in my cellar it'll be quite the retrospective
by George Chadwick
December 26th, 2018, 1:40 am
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Topic: Help me pick the wines post #38. Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
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Views: 802

Re: Older Australian reds SF Bay Area late January

Eric Lundblad wrote:
December 25th, 2018, 11:10 pm
I'm in if it's in SF or oakland! Woo Hoo.
Good on ya mate
by George Chadwick
December 24th, 2018, 6:14 pm
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Topic: Help me pick the wines post #38. Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
Replies: 38
Views: 802

Re: Older Australian reds SF Bay Area late January

Eric if it's in SF it will probably be the last Sunday in January. It depends on who wants to attend and when. So far it's unanimous meaning Richard.
by George Chadwick
December 23rd, 2018, 9:48 am
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Topic: Help me pick the wines post #38. Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
Replies: 38
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Re: Older Australian reds SF Bay Area late January

Last week I had side by side the 1997 Roennfeldt and a 2006 Alban Reva syrah. The former was an exact ringer for a 2001 La Mouline but better, and the latter an exact ringer for a too young and therefore still too oaky Chris Ringland but not as good. I mean exact.
by George Chadwick
December 23rd, 2018, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Leroy | Grivot | d Auvenay | Sauzet
Replies: 6
Views: 503

Re: Leroy | Grivot | d Auvenay | Sauzet

Last year I opened at different times my only bottle of Jadot Montrachet and my only bottle of 2005 Jadot Demoiselles. The former was exactly as you describe and the latter was easily one of the best Chardonnays I will ever have. From what I've read, Grivot improved exponentially starting with 2005,...
by George Chadwick
December 23rd, 2018, 9:31 am
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Topic: Help me pick the wines post #38. Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
Replies: 38
Views: 802

Re: Older Australian reds SF Bay Area late January

If you run short of wines, we still have some older vintages, 1999 to 2005 in the back room. Odds and ends from Two Hands including Aphrodite, Cape d'Estaing, Hazy Blur, Burge Family Draycott, Rusden, Langmeil, Oliver's Taranga, Tatiarra, Greenock Creek and Hundred Acre Ancient Ways. Maybe more tha...
by George Chadwick
December 22nd, 2018, 7:02 pm
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Topic: Help me pick the wines post #38. Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
Replies: 38
Views: 802

Re: Older Australian reds SF Bay Area late January

Craig G wrote:
December 22nd, 2018, 4:34 pm
I have to check my dingo for ticks that day.
And every day. They hide in the bush from whence the dingo springs.
by George Chadwick
December 22nd, 2018, 6:48 pm
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Topic: Help me pick the wines post #38. Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
Replies: 38
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Re: Older Australian reds SF Bay Area late January

What's the new place in MV? Sommelier said he'd be happy to have us. Very enthusiastic knowledgeable guy in an unusual venue. They don't usually waive corkage but he said he would if we ever go there. Not sure he's allowed to follow through with that so that's all I'll say for now. Not sure he's ev...
by George Chadwick
December 22nd, 2018, 9:52 am
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Topic: Help me pick the wines post #38. Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27
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Help me pick the wines post #38. Older Australian reds San Francisco Marina district Sunday January 27

Update January 22: confirmed Sunday January 27 3:30 pm free parking, informal, $20 to the venue plus any food (optional) plus tips. Venue on the water in the Marina district, PM me if needed. ******************* Recent data points are overwhelming: it's the perfect time. Shiraz and Cabernet. Locatio...
by George Chadwick
December 22nd, 2018, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Riesling from USA ?
Replies: 84
Views: 2826

Re: Favorite Riesling from USA ?

My two favorites. Both on the chalky/minerally side

Stirm 50 year old Vines
1995 Renaissance in magnum tried this year
by George Chadwick
December 21st, 2018, 3:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Congrats to Ian Brand...
Replies: 16
Views: 981

Re: Congrats to Ian Brand...

Glad I went to the Ian Brand dinner at Deetjens last month. I knew him when.
by George Chadwick
December 18th, 2018, 1:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Virage
Replies: 15
Views: 537

Re: TN: 2007 Virage

Just drank the 12 over several days, got better each day, a young wine, delicious!
by George Chadwick
December 10th, 2018, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 12-9-18
Replies: 16
Views: 1158

Re: Wine Impressions 12-9-18

Re the 1991 cask 23: I was predisposed to be underwhelmed but it was a really beautiful wine. The Beaux Monts: agree on the overall impression that just because a Leroy merchant gets $1000 for her bottling does not make it a great vineyard. Inferior to Suchots eg IMO. Meh. But I liked 1999 and 2002 ...
by George Chadwick
November 19th, 2018, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Laurent Black Label Significance?
Replies: 7
Views: 353

Re: Laurent Black Label Significance?

I believe the black label means something about his access to the vineyard source for that wine.
by George Chadwick
November 14th, 2018, 2:08 pm
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Topic: Offline SF Marina Dec. 9 Sunday afternoon informal Richard Leland moves on
Replies: 6
Views: 469

Re: Offline SF Marina Dec. 9: Richard Leland Retires

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Our last gathering in August. There were people there also.
by George Chadwick
November 14th, 2018, 1:39 pm
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Topic: Offline SF Marina Dec. 9 Sunday afternoon informal Richard Leland moves on
Replies: 6
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Offline SF Marina Dec. 9 Sunday afternoon informal Richard Leland moves on

Richard Leland has sold Vintage Wines after 28 years, 42 in the wine biz. Whether he likes it or not, we are having an informal offline in his honor Sunday December 9 at 3:30 PM on the water in SF. Usual place, free parking. Location by PM only. You don't need to know Richard to attend but you do ne...
by George Chadwick
November 10th, 2018, 2:02 pm
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Topic: Old Nebbiolo and White Truffle Dinner - Fri Nov 16 at Oliveto (Oakland, CA)
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Re: Old Nebbiolo and White Truffle Dinner - Fri Nov 16 at Oliveto (Oakland, CA)

Im interested for two people (edited one day later..can't make it sorry)
by George Chadwick
October 25th, 2018, 2:40 am
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Topic: Pre-1998 Williams Selyem: Mountain View (SF Bay) Tues.10/23
Replies: 85
Views: 1813

Re: Pre-1998 Williams Selyem: Mountain View (SF Bay) Tues.10/23

Yes Ian thanks, I get to eat real tomatoes for a change.
by George Chadwick
October 24th, 2018, 9:35 am
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Topic: Pre-1998 Williams Selyem: Mountain View (SF Bay) Tues.10/23
Replies: 85
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Re: Pre-1998 Williams Selyem: Mountain View (SF Bay) Tues.10/23

Andreas thanks for the list. Yes, besides the wrong sized crowded table which irritated me as soon as I arrived, I was especially disappointed in the corkage. Common courtesy to me means we should have been charged $150 less than we were. But Mike, the guy who has always hosted me, with great kindne...
by George Chadwick
October 24th, 2018, 12:05 am
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Topic: Pre-1998 Williams Selyem: Mountain View (SF Bay) Tues.10/23
Replies: 85
Views: 1813

Re: Pre-1998 Williams Selyem: Mountain View (SF Bay) Tues.10/23

I felt that a couple of the Williams Selyems were great microcosms of the whole Burt Williams era and style and I'm grateful for that. The whites and bubbles people brought were awesome and no two were alike. 93 RRV, 96 Allen were great examples of delicious WS wines. Hedonistic three dimensional. 9...
by George Chadwick
October 23rd, 2018, 4:27 pm
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Topic: Pre-1998 Williams Selyem: Mountain View (SF Bay) Tues.10/23
Replies: 85
Views: 1813

Re: Pre-1998 Williams Selyem: Mountain View (SF Bay) Tues.10/23

Does anyone have a beaker or two? That will prevent overpouring. Also, I suggest they be Bott poured (one person pours one wine for everyone, keeping the bottle horizontal the entire time so as to not shake up the sediment) I prefer one person stands up and pours each. It won't delay anything becau...
by George Chadwick
October 23rd, 2018, 3:57 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Pre-1998 Williams Selyem: Mountain View (SF Bay) Tues.10/23
Replies: 85
Views: 1813

Re: Pre-1998 Williams Selyem: Mountain View (SF Bay) Tues.10/23

Very helpful, thanks, three (perhaps four) nonblind flights it is. My only reason for blind was so that people wouldn't take giant pours of the Rochiolis or the 94 Allen while others got none. Three flights are a great idea and accomplish the same thing. My preference for flights: First flight (1) o...
by George Chadwick
October 23rd, 2018, 12:45 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Pre-1998 Williams Selyem: Mountain View (SF Bay) Tues.10/23
Replies: 85
Views: 1813

Re: Pre-1998 Williams Selyem: Mountain View (SF Bay) Tues.10/23

I packed 11 bottles this morning, 9 WS and two old US pinots, and I'm happy about the lineup and the fills. Definitely includes some of the best wines Burt Williams made.
by George Chadwick
October 22nd, 2018, 9:03 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Pre-1998 Williams Selyem: Mountain View (SF Bay) Tues.10/23
Replies: 85
Views: 1813

Re: Pre-1998 Williams Selyem: Mountain View (SF Bay) Tues.10/23

Craig G wrote:
October 22nd, 2018, 8:38 pm
I have a scheduling problem and will probably not be able to get there until about 8-8:15pm, but I’ll be there. I have a 1997 Dehlinger Reserve Pinot Noir.
Sounds good, thanks.

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