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by Lee Braem
February 26th, 2021, 4:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Detert- Why not more chatter?
Replies: 78
Views: 7957

Re: Detert- Why not more chatter?

The 16 and 17 cab sold for $95 a bottle. The last time I bought the regular CF was the 15 and that was $95. I personally find these wines need more years to open up compared to others.
by Lee Braem
February 11th, 2021, 12:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanks, all. Scotch obtained (Orlando help - for scotch)
Replies: 9
Views: 459

Re: Orlando help - for scotch

You could try ReserveBar. ReserveBar.com. They deliver wine and spirits.
by Lee Braem
February 2nd, 2021, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vine Hill Ranch
Replies: 6
Views: 1164

Re: Vine Hill Ranch

I’ve been a fan for years. And a great visit if you’re in Napa Valley. Galloni really likes them. The 2016 was phenomenal. I’m all in for 2018.
by Lee Braem
January 28th, 2021, 11:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Constellation v Vineyard House ("To Kalon" Trademark in Jeopardy???)
Replies: 29
Views: 2708

Re: Constellation v Vineyard House (Over To Kalon Trademark)

Crap! I was hoping the faults from the original trademark filing by Mondavi (and Constellation’s tactics) would have lead to a different ruling. I’ll be reading the court’s ruling over the next day or two. The whole AVA system is based on sense of place and localized conditions - therefore the name ...
by Lee Braem
January 19th, 2021, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VHR Library Release
Replies: 16
Views: 1943

Re: VHR Library Release

When I first started visiting CA wine country in the 90s I was told multiple times that wineries don’t discount on-site or direct sales because they don’t want to upset their major distributors or retailers. Not sure if this is legal or business practice. Others may know better than I.
by Lee Braem
December 29th, 2020, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Herb Lamb Vineyard Cabernet
Replies: 2
Views: 600

Re: Herb Lamb Vineyard Cabernet

I would not rank them with the Colgins, but they are pretty good. I purchased from the estate in late 90s to 2010. Only have a few 2010s left and I expect them to last a few more years. Early 2000s may be fading a bit but still respectable. IMHO.
by Lee Braem
December 28th, 2020, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need for wine foil?
Replies: 46
Views: 2043

Need for wine foil?

I just opened a Bedrock Syrah tonight. To those who don't know, Bedrock places no foil (or wax, yippee) on top of the bottle.

If Bedrock and other wineries can package their wine without the foil, why don't more do it? Is there really any reason to keep sealing up a bottle with the foil?
by Lee Braem
December 23rd, 2020, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Windfall wine purchase
Replies: 56
Views: 3763

Re: Windfall wine purchase

Soldera.
by Lee Braem
November 22nd, 2020, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Current List of California Vineyard’s Not releasing 2020 Wines
Replies: 33
Views: 4029

Re: Current List of California Vineyard’s Not releasing 2020 Wines

Lamborn. At least not from estate fruit. They just sent out notice that they got fruit from another vineyard in central coast.
by Lee Braem
November 2nd, 2020, 6:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mis-labelled. How many potential bidders will squint and notice?
Replies: 21
Views: 1586

Re: Mis-labelled. How many potential bidders will squint and notice?

Ok, I’ll bite. What’s wrong with the label? Other than why celebrate 11th anniversary. Odd year.
by Lee Braem
October 30th, 2020, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What ONE BOTTLE from your cellar will be your special occasion wine in five years?
Replies: 97
Views: 4065

Re: What ONE BOTTLE from your cellar will be your special occasion wine in five years?

I just retired in September and I was planning for this for about 5 years. In the two weeks after retired, I enjoyed the following: 2006 Hillside Select, 2009 Lewelling Wight, 2013 Roy Piper, 2006 Soldera, and a 2011 VHR. All great.
by Lee Braem
October 27th, 2020, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Offer for Lewelling 2018 Cab next week
Replies: 21
Views: 1584

Offer for Lewelling 2018 Cab next week

Does anyone have any tasting notes or info on the vintage? I’m a buyer every year but wanted to see what people thought of this vintage.
by Lee Braem
October 5th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 61793

Re: #GlassFire

Merrill, good news and good luck.
by Lee Braem
September 29th, 2020, 5:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: #GlassFire
Replies: 539
Views: 61793

Re: #GlassFire

So horrible. Hard to express the thoughts for those I know in the area. Does anyone know the fate of the Lamborn buildings and home?
by Lee Braem
September 15th, 2020, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald release is imminent!!!
Replies: 201
Views: 20984

Re: MacDonald release is imminent!!!

+1

Thx for that list. I’ll have to stop buying High West.
by Lee Braem
September 2nd, 2020, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Had a wine moment tonight that I’ll never forget
Replies: 20
Views: 1942

Re: Had a wine moment tonight that I’ll never forget

How about this one. We were at at byob restaurant in New Jersey. My friend bumped his wine glass and when he reached to grab the stem, the leveraged motion propelled or shot almost the entire content of his glass onto the back of a nearby diner (pre-COVID days). Luckily the “target” was good humored...
by Lee Braem
August 31st, 2020, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TOR “pure magic” bottlings
Replies: 1
Views: 337

TOR “pure magic” bottlings

Does anyone have any background on these wines? For the ‘18 vintage.
by Lee Braem
July 20th, 2020, 3:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2823

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

Lamborn. Label of the 16 says 15.3% but it doesn’t taste like it.
by Lee Braem
June 16th, 2020, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 21320

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Ditto on Constellation/Mondavi - because of dishonesty on To Kalon.
by Lee Braem
May 17th, 2020, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75
Replies: 157
Views: 12550

Re: Favorite Cabernet Producers Under $75

Lewelling
by Lee Braem
May 15th, 2020, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 Keenan CS - Best QPR ever
Replies: 12
Views: 631

Re: 2002 Keenan CS - Best QPR ever

Their cabs age well. Just had a 12. Have a few more and won’t open for another 5 years or so.
by Lee Braem
May 10th, 2020, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greer Cab 2018
Replies: 36
Views: 2114

Greer Cab 2018

Anyone have any advance word on the 2018s?
by Lee Braem
April 23rd, 2020, 2:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Let's see if all of the hype is worth it." Your stories...
Replies: 145
Views: 8520

Re: "Let's see if all of the hype is worth it." Your stories...

To me, not worth the hype:
Sea Smoke
Buccella
Scarecrow
by Lee Braem
April 10th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Open the Cellar
Replies: 3
Views: 761

Open the Cellar

by Lee Braem
March 31st, 2020, 7:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone Still Drink Mondavi Reserve Cab?
Replies: 49
Views: 3591

Re: Anyone Still Drink Mondavi Reserve Cab?

Won’t buy, due to their corporate position on the To Kalon name.
by Lee Braem
March 28th, 2020, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 8152

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

Saw that the Wine Institute posted a summary of how The Care Act May help wineries. https://wineinstitute.org/news-alerts/c ... r-wineries

Hoping all the best for those in the trade.
by Lee Braem
March 17th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 8152

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

I know my budget is stretched, but if online ordering is still possible from the west coast wineries, could we try to promote some virtual purchasing efforts to help the biz? For those wineries more dependent on tasting room purchases, some way to virtually promote? Just saw Merrill’s follow-up. Yeah.
by Lee Braem
March 15th, 2020, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 8152

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

I just got this message from Rombauer. Rombauer Vineyards is committed to the health and safety of our employees and our community. In accordance with the guidelines issued on Sunday, March 15th by the Governor of California, all winery tasting rooms are being asked to close their doors immediately....
by Lee Braem
March 15th, 2020, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 8152

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

Just heard on national news that California is closing down “wineries”. I assume this means the tasting rooms. Too bad. Anyone have details?
by Lee Braem
March 12th, 2020, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 8152

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

I have a week long trip planned to Napa and Sonoma in late October. I plan to make that trip, god willing. I also plan to be a good consumer and buy stuff. Hope this is all a bad nightmare by then.
by Lee Braem
March 11th, 2020, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?
Replies: 106
Views: 8152

What’s the mood re Coronavirus in wine country?

I know the feeling here on the east coast, but how are people in the wine biz feeling? I take it “hospitality” is slowing down a bit. I just don’t want the wine business to take a hit when it needs visitors and customers.
by Lee Braem
February 16th, 2020, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Cali Cab
Replies: 235
Views: 21276

Re: Aged Cali Cab

Just drank a bottle of Michel-Schlumberger Reserve 92. Good cork, color still on red side, adequate fruit and great nose. A very good bottle of wine.
by Lee Braem
February 16th, 2020, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WS: To-Kalon as vineyard vs brand
Replies: 17
Views: 2036

Re: WS: To-Kalon as vineyard vs brand

No, not those specifics. I was just recalling a recent article about the Macdonalds and the history of selling grapes to Mondavi.
by Lee Braem
February 14th, 2020, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WS: To-Kalon as vineyard vs brand
Replies: 17
Views: 2036

Re: WS: To-Kalon as vineyard vs brand

Location and history for AVAs should always win over corporate branding. Go Graeme and Alex.

I believe they have two years left on their current supply contract with Constellation.
by Lee Braem
February 6th, 2020, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blankiet Proprietary Red 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 836

Blankiet Proprietary Red 2017

Any impressions, tastings, or thoughts? Especially as Graeme MacDonald is the winemaker.
by Lee Braem
January 10th, 2020, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US wines on restaurant wine lists
Replies: 3
Views: 652

US wines on restaurant wine lists

If you’ve dined out recently and ordered something new in the US wine category, red or white, any surprises or new discoveries?
by Lee Braem
December 10th, 2019, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And Round 1 goes to the MacDonald brothers
Replies: 10
Views: 2061

Re: And Round 1 goes to the MacDonald brothers

I want to bump this up. In the legal world, precedent matters. One step can start the wall crumbling. And you combine this with the importance of place, and the whole concept behind AVA designation, you get a sense of how history and geography has a chance to overrule some very questionable corporat...
by Lee Braem
December 8th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And Round 1 goes to the MacDonald brothers
Replies: 10
Views: 2061

Re: And Round 1 goes to the MacDonald brothers

Great, great, great. One small step.
by Lee Braem
November 20th, 2019, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Announcing the Formation of a Wine, Beer and Spirits Law Committee
Replies: 12
Views: 1131

Re: Announcing the Formation of a Wine, Beer and Spirits Law Committee

I’d join, but I’m licensed in NJ. Good luck.
by Lee Braem
September 4th, 2019, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greer 2016
Replies: 27
Views: 3273

Re: Greer 2016

I’ve just started popping the 11s and 12s. Tasting real good. With an hour or two of decant.
by Lee Braem
August 14th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Roy Piper Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 3
Views: 1100

Re: TN: 2013 Roy Piper Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Couldn’t let this tasting note go without any comment. I haven’t opened a 13 yet, but love the wines - and Roy’s contributions to this board and the innards of winemaking.
by Lee Braem
June 13th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Roy Piper
Replies: 11
Views: 3575

Re: 2017 Roy Piper

Just what I’ve seen on Roy’s video, as he tasted just before bottling. He loved it.
by Lee Braem
May 27th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Traverse City, Mackinac Island tips
Replies: 14
Views: 788

Re: Traverse City, Mackinac Island tips

Stayed at Hotel Iroquois on M.I. And loved it. Paid extra for one of the rooms overlooking harbor (lots of windows). Got turned off by close to $900 + room rates at Grand Hotel. Turns out you even have to pay to visit the hotel. We paid visitor fee and had lunch.
by Lee Braem
May 26th, 2019, 4:38 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Berlin recommendations?
Replies: 11
Views: 678

Re: Berlin recommendations?

Katz Orange restaurant. Or Facil. I posted about Katz earlier - hopefully the link is attached. Had a problem with a fill-in somm at Facil, but food is great.

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by Lee Braem
May 14th, 2019, 3:47 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Ubud Bali
Replies: 0
Views: 289

Ubud Bali

Had a great meal at the Bridges Bali, just outside Ubud center. Also great wine list. Worth checking out is Locovore ( in Ubud center ). Wine list not as good as Bridges, but their tasting menu pairs cocktails with the courses. We stayed at the Komaneka Tanggayuda. It’s a short drive out of Ubud but...
by Lee Braem
February 28th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Once & Future March 2019 Release
Replies: 23
Views: 2141

Re: Once & Future March 2019 Release

Does anyone know if the petite sirah is from what used to be the vineyard for Carver Sutro?
by Lee Braem
February 28th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa in Newport
Replies: 31
Views: 1812

Re: Napa in Newport

Thought it was Rhode Island too. But Newport Beach (although the invite says Dana Point). Totally different vibe.

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