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by bradkaplan
March 29th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty & Rowdy interactive wine tasting ENZ vineyard
Replies: 10
Views: 283

Re: Dirty & Rowdy interactive wine tasting ENZ vineyard

What a fascinating opportunity to compare these two wines from the same vineyard picked four weeks apart - has anyone ever had similar from any other (red) vineyard? I can't recall seeing anything similar.

I'm on night two of both of them now and loving them even more.
by bradkaplan
March 28th, 2020, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...
Replies: 54
Views: 4085

Re: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...

Picked up a couple good things at Empire State South in ATL - '15 Dauvissat Chablis La Forest for $82, & '09 Prum Bernkasteler Badstube Auslese $46! He as pimping some '00 half bottles of Cristom reserve pinot noir for $22, too, among other interesting things. I think they blew threw quite a bit pre...
by bradkaplan
March 25th, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Shake Ridge Ranch
Replies: 3
Views: 180

Re: TN: 2012 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Shake Ridge Ranch

That was the last of my 12s. And no 13s left (the traditional sparkling was my favorite from that vintage).

I've got a few 14s left - including a mag of Evangelho. I bet we could raid the Rowdy cellar, too : )
by bradkaplan
March 24th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Shake Ridge Ranch
Replies: 3
Views: 180

TN: 2012 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Shake Ridge Ranch

2012 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvèdre Shake Ridge Ranch - USA, California, Sierra Foothills, Amador County (3/24/2020) A few days after having the 2018 Shake Ridge, I went back to 2012. Definitely see the lineage, though the 12 is a heftier wine. Pop n pour, deeper ruby than the 12 in color, a bit of bric...
by bradkaplan
March 12th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 R. Lopez Heredia Rose - Vina Tondonia
Replies: 62
Views: 3695

Re: TN: 2009 R. Lopez Heredia Rose - Vina Tondonia

Why is the price variation so high on this? Is it purely retailers taking advantage of scarcity? Can anyone name another wine in this price range that sees multiples of 3-4x at retail???

(A local store just got a bit in and is holding a bottle for me - $32.)
by bradkaplan
February 22nd, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Tradizionale
Replies: 9
Views: 419

Re: TN: 2017 Montenidoli Vernaccia di San Gimignano Tradizionale

I'm a fan. And I actually prefer the Tradizionale to the Fiori - the former (if I recall correctly) bringing a bit more earth and funk from the skin maceration. Found a bottle of their Canaiuolo while in Tuscany and it hit the spot on a hot summer day.
by bradkaplan
February 20th, 2020, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1971 wine - what to look for?
Replies: 69
Views: 2833

Re: 1971 wine - what to look for?

My birth year, too - 9 years ago had a Corton which was in good shape, a BA, and Coteaux du Layon - all of which were in good shape. Have a Madeira, more Coteaux du Layon, and a Fontanafredda Barolo on deck to enjoy next year (the first bought from Rare Wine Co, the latter two from Envoyer, both man...
by bradkaplan
February 20th, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Croatia Recommendations?
Replies: 19
Views: 837

Re: Croatia Recommendations?

My friend from Dubrovnik recommended staying in Lapad area - near the old town, easily accessible by bus (frequent and cheap), mostly on the water. Fresh Sheets was recommended if you want to be in the old town.
by bradkaplan
February 20th, 2020, 4:40 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Croatia Recommendations?
Replies: 19
Views: 837

Re: Croatia Recommendations?

Also planning a trip right now and happy to trade notes. In Dubrovnik, Pantarul comes recommended for dinner. Just outside Zagreb, a small town called Samobor has a winery/vermouth-ish/mostarda producer called Filipec that is supposed to be really interesting - and they happen to be next door to a p...
by bradkaplan
February 14th, 2020, 5:04 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3580
Views: 198290

Re: The Bourbon Thread

I'm not sure I understand the demand for Uncle Nearest - isn't it Dickel juice? (nothing against Dickel, but you can get the Dickel barrel select for half the price, right?)
by bradkaplan
February 11th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1312
Views: 76371

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I bought some of their '14 Gevrey a while back, opened a bottle, and bought more as soon as it popped up again. Agreed, fantastic value (the '14 was $40, and $20 for halves) - probably should have gotten some of the Bourgogne, too.
by bradkaplan
February 9th, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Donating wine- how to calculate tax deduction?
Replies: 32
Views: 1502

Re: Donating wine- how to calculate tax deduction?

I learned about the Related-Use Rule AFTER I donated a highly sought after bottle of bourbon to a non-profit a couple years ago - thought I would get a nice tax deduction, but, um, no.
by bradkaplan
February 5th, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Dirty and Rowdy Confession
Replies: 49
Views: 4102

Re: A Dirty and Rowdy Confession

Super curious on the outer limits... what a BIG D&R mourvèdre might be?? Excited for all the rest.
by bradkaplan
January 25th, 2020, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1312
Views: 76371

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I'm just saving up for Dirty & Rowdy : ) been tempted buy those Heresztyn-Mazzinis because I REALLY liked the '14
by bradkaplan
November 24th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3580
Views: 198290

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Otto Dobre wrote:
November 24th, 2019, 5:11 pm
Costco has a 2 bottle package of Old Forester for $64.99. Includes the 1920 Prohibition and the 100 proof bottle.
Wut? I need to check that out. That's basically the price of 1920 by itself.
by bradkaplan
November 21st, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Chilean wines?
Replies: 35
Views: 1359

Re: Best Chilean wines?

Borago is awesome and had some excellent wines on my visit there (I do recommend the pairing option), including a stellar oxidative riesling hand bottled for the restaurant from Sierras de BellaVista. I dig natty unusual wines and loved Bodegas Re's Pinot Noir velado - another oxidative style wine, ...
by bradkaplan
November 6th, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Unicorn Wine: D&R Legends...Where to find?
Replies: 18
Views: 2377

Re: Unicorn Wine: D&R Legends...Where to find?

Well, it just got a 99 on Cellartracker! (still awaiting my bottles, but I am 100 on the Legends no matter what)

Seriously, eagerly awaiting my fall shipment, and glad the recent fires weren't worse.
by bradkaplan
November 2nd, 2019, 5:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Entire list by the glass with a catch...
Replies: 18
Views: 1553

Entire list by the glass with a catch...

The new Hazel Jane's wine (and coffee) bar in Atlanta just opened, with a brief by the glass menu (roughly 10), but the offer that anything on the much larger bottle menu can be ordered "by the glass" if you commit to two glasses. The cool aspect of that is the remainder of the bottle then becomes a...
by bradkaplan
October 2nd, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Good Tuesday, Vol III: The MixTape (Billecart, Rayas, ESJ (x2), Kalin, Shafer-Frolich GG, Noble Wine)
Replies: 8
Views: 869

Re: TN: A Good Tuesday, Vol III: The MixTape (Billecart, Rayas, ESJ (x2), Kalin, Shafer-Frolich GG, Noble Wine)

Btw, a note on the Noble Wine Petit Manseng - the vineyard is technically in North Carolina, within a mile or so of the GA-NC border, in an AVA (Upper Hiawassee Highlands) which spans the two... and the winemaker is based in Georgia and produced the wine in Georgia. For Atlanta peeps, I first tried ...
by bradkaplan
September 25th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard
Replies: 13
Views: 1202

Re: TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard

I’ve only got one more! Day 2 by the way... more slate on the nose (and the savory notes are much more subdued), more mineral and steely overall, still a burst of lemon peel on the finish.
by bradkaplan
September 24th, 2019, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard
Replies: 13
Views: 1202

Re: TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard

Seriously, the nose on this? Insane. Now leaning in to chicken broth (what???) with sage, as much as any chardonnay can smell like chicken broth with sage. And the way the acid rounds out on the tongue is glorious. I'll probably be back in 15 minutes with an entirely new direction this wine is headi...
by bradkaplan
September 24th, 2019, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard
Replies: 13
Views: 1202

TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard

2014 Dirty and Rowdy Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County (9/24/2019) Y'all, I'm drinking this to the Dead on news of R Hunter's passing, to set the stage... the finish on this simply melts into your soul, a long lasting lemon wax and shine, that's what...
by bradkaplan
September 19th, 2019, 4:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life
Replies: 72
Views: 5357

Re: A Humble Evening at Bern's, Some Observations, and the Omnipresence of Rolland in My Life

Always fun to look at the by-the-glass menu - last time I was there you could get a '83 Bouchard Julienas for $4.55 a glass!!! Listed right above Apothic "Sweet Red Blend" at $6.90!!!
by bradkaplan
September 17th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine List of any US Brewery? Suggestions welcome on improvements.
Replies: 38
Views: 1582

Re: Best Wine List of any US Brewery? Suggestions welcome on improvements.

Wait a minute - is this for the brewpub that serves burgers, tacos, and flatbreads? It seems wildly off target if so. (but yeah, those are some nice wines!)
by bradkaplan
September 15th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: More Bottom Feeding @ Total Wine...(short/boring)
Replies: 33
Views: 1805

Re: TN: More Bottom Feeding @ Total Wine...(short/boring)

"Crafted by multi-talented winemaker, Allison Crowe for Plata Wine Partners, she has crafted a long-term relationship with the vineyards to craft wines that are unique to its appellations." - https://www.totalwine.com/wine/brand/buttercream OMG that sentence is quite possibly worse than the wine it...
by bradkaplan
August 31st, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: BYO Forum - Wine at Restaurants
Topic: Atlanta
Replies: 339
Views: 42865

Re: Atlanta

Redbird - $20, 2 bottle limit.

I have an ask out to Aziza to reconsider their $35 fee : )
by bradkaplan
August 23rd, 2019, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please Help me Navigate this Massive Wine List -- Roscioli Restaurant in Rome
Replies: 56
Views: 2235

Re: Please Help me Navigate this Massive Wine List -- Roscioli Restaurant in Rome

Their somm at Rimessa is great - tell him what your hoping for and he will find something cool.
by bradkaplan
August 22nd, 2019, 2:42 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: A world's best list that is actually interesting...
Replies: 8
Views: 2483

A world's best list that is actually interesting...

Despite the awkward publishing of the list on two different websites (split in half by geography), this from Besha Rodell for Food & Wine + Travel & Leisure is a fascinating map to what is a clear departure from other world's best lists. For those of you not familiar, Besha is a fantastic food write...
by bradkaplan
August 16th, 2019, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release
Replies: 77
Views: 5456

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release

(by the way, I'm drinking a '18 Familiar Blanc right now and it is sooo nice, dynamic floral nose, super lush with the acid and stone to keep it in check - looking forward to the Chenin!)
by bradkaplan
August 15th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1312
Views: 76371

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Props to Envoyer on including this note from Allen M on the latest wine... "This too displays a hint of the skunkiness that plagues several of the preceding wines so I repeat my advice to be sure to give this a thorough aeration as well as that my rating assumes that it will eventually dissipate"
by bradkaplan
August 2nd, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release
Replies: 77
Views: 5456

Re: Dirty and Rowdy Fall 2019 release

(that was a very nice ten minutes plus 4:20)
by bradkaplan
July 31st, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tues Night Impressions: Dom, Veuve LGD, Trimbach 375, Dauvissat x2, Claire Naudin x2, Muller Catoir
Replies: 7
Views: 511

Re: Tues Night Impressions: Dom, Veuve LGD, Trimbach 375, Dauvissat x2, Claire Naudin x2, Muller Catoir

Thanks for the notes, Dennis. Just broke out the leftover Naudins from last night - the Myosotis is both lighter and cloudier in color than the Viola, with a nose that is pretty stunning on day 2, strawberry and lilac maybe? Something floral, followed by a light herbal hash-y note. Not sure if I've ...
by bradkaplan
July 28th, 2019, 3:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting Atlanta Retailers
Replies: 16
Views: 1111

Re: Interesting Atlanta Retailers

But damn I miss Le Caveau : (
by bradkaplan
July 26th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano
Replies: 37
Views: 4099

Re: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano

Just back from similar trip. Rome: - Emma: great pizza, good pasta, awesome burrata plate (surprisingly interesting Italian craft beer list, but went with a cheap white) - Rimessa Roscioli: excellent all around, especially enjoyed chatting w the somm and the wine list - Hostaria Farnese: simple and ...
by bradkaplan
July 16th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Best of the Bay Area (SF and non-SF)
Replies: 5
Views: 2409

Re: Best of the Bay Area (SF and non-SF)

I really liked a visit to tiny little Fig & Thistle wine bar in Hayes Valley a couple months ago - they have a shop as well at their 14th St location.
by bradkaplan
July 8th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano
Replies: 37
Views: 4099

Re: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano

Glad you weathered the withering heat wisely with white wines. : )

Packing my bags next week...
by bradkaplan
June 18th, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Rome: RIMESSA ROSCIOLI Wine Tasting Options
Replies: 8
Views: 2983

Re: Rome: RIMESSA ROSCIOLI Wine Tasting Options

I'll be there in July, no plans for what if any tasting we might do - definitely ordering a la carte for food. Please do report back!
by bradkaplan
May 29th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Savannah, GA
Replies: 31
Views: 1442

Re: Savannah, GA

Dennis Atick wrote:
May 29th, 2019, 1:08 pm
That is some funny shit! [cheers.gif]
No shit!
by bradkaplan
May 29th, 2019, 6:44 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Savannah, GA
Replies: 31
Views: 1442

Re: Savannah, GA

by bradkaplan
May 23rd, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 06 Billecart-Salmon "Cuvee Louis" Brut Blanc de Blancs
Replies: 4
Views: 572

06 Billecart-Salmon "Cuvee Louis" Brut Blanc de Blancs

Anyone tried this? Surprisingly few notes on CT, despite it being out for a little while now and some very nice critic reviews. I'm honestly not very familiar w B-S beyond the brut rose, so any intel appreciated.
by bradkaplan
May 22nd, 2019, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1312
Views: 76371

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

I had to check my tasting notes because I know I've had a great Gaunoux... it was a Jean-Michel Gaunoux though, and not from Envoyer! ('95 Domaine Jean-Michel Gaunoux Meursault 1er Cru Les Perrières)
by bradkaplan
May 8th, 2019, 2:04 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: How do you prepare popcorn?
Replies: 29
Views: 1324

Re: How do you prepare popcorn?

Semi-related - Rancho Gordo's popcorn is excellent (and really well priced for the quality vs. grocery store popcorn), we buy about six bags at a time, which lasts maybe a couple of months in our house!

https://www.ranchogordo.com/products/cr ... pping-corn
by bradkaplan
May 8th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Heresztyn Mazzini Gevrey Chambertin Clos Village
Replies: 12
Views: 1110

Re: TN: 2014 Heresztyn Mazzini Gevrey Chambertin Clos Village

C Chen wrote:
May 8th, 2019, 11:04 am
Greg K wrote:
May 8th, 2019, 9:49 am
That's a really good description - also why I didn't like it. pileon
Same same.
Either of you got some I can take off your hands!? : )
by bradkaplan
May 7th, 2019, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Heresztyn Mazzini Gevrey Chambertin Clos Village
Replies: 12
Views: 1110

Re: TN: 2014 Heresztyn Mazzini Gevrey Chambertin Clos Village

Just popped a 375 from Envoyer and thrilled with this wine, wish I had more. It's on the gulpable side, almost Cru-Boo'ish in that sense, but the floral/cherry notes with a touch of earthy funk are just fantastic.
by bradkaplan
April 23rd, 2019, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer
Replies: 37
Views: 2605

Re: Dirty and Rowdy winter offer

No intel on these, but just popped my last of 3 bottles of the 17 Alder Springs viognier and very happy with this wine. Ready for the new vintage. (17 felt a bit more typically viognier than 16 to me, loved them both). Haven't touched my 16 Enz yet.

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