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by Saul Mutchnick
April 7th, 2021, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ponzi Vineyards purchased by Bollinger
Replies: 48
Views: 2217

Re: Ponzi Vineyards purchased by Bollinger

It's interesting... the fact that it's Bollinger is definitely eye-catching, and probably adds to a bit of glamour to the valley as a whole, but the list of wineries they own/run is not exactly awe-inspiring. Delamain (the Cognac producer) is definitely the crown jewel of their operations, and they ...
by Saul Mutchnick
April 7th, 2021, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Edi Keber Collio DOC Bianco
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: TN: 2018 Edi Keber Collio DOC Bianco

That wine is so good every vintage—one of the best deals in Friuli for its combination of deliciousness+complexity, IMO. They age nicely over the short term, as well (and I suspect longer, but my experiments on that front are still sleeping), if you can keep your hands off them.
by Saul Mutchnick
March 28th, 2021, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind
Replies: 160
Views: 8324

Re: Oregon will eventually be better than Burgundy; change my mind

The time horizon I worry about is the end of the decade. I am skeptical burgundy will survive the current rate of global warming. Any discussion about the future should recognize that Burgundy will continue to heat up, future grapes will not be today’s grapes. I hope I’m wrong. If you believe in co...
by Saul Mutchnick
March 14th, 2021, 10:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '00" Corton-Charlemagne 2017...$325!
Replies: 28
Views: 3111

Re: '00" Corton-Charlemagne 2017...$325!

Sometimes it is better to say nothing about your competitors. Then he would have very few posts. You know, most of Marcus' posts about other producers are positive. He's definitely a cheerleader for other Willamette producers 99% of the time. I suppose he shouldn't say positive things about his com...
by Saul Mutchnick
February 13th, 2021, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shout out to your local wine shop gal/guy!
Replies: 49
Views: 2739

Re: Shout out to your local wine shop gal/guy!

I will give a shout out to Hoyt Hill at Sunfish Cellars for doing Zoom Tastings of some of the better wineries around the world. Not sure how many wine ships in the US are doing these events but they are informative and for a shop in MN to do this it is always cool to see. Didn't Hoyt used to own a...
by Saul Mutchnick
February 3rd, 2021, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 261
Views: 13918

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

One thing to remember about the weight of pulp vs. styro shippers is that only counts for the final shipment. From the manufacturer to the distributor of shipping supplies to the winery, styro is incredibly bulky, whereas the inserts for laydown-style pulp shipper can be stacked into a much smaller ...
by Saul Mutchnick
February 2nd, 2021, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 La Grange Tiphaine Côt Touraine Vieilles Vignes
Replies: 28
Views: 1069

Re: TN: 2018 La Grange Tiphaine Côt Touraine Vieilles Vignes

I think a lot of what you're describing re:richness in the '18s is a product of the vintage. I've tasted more Loire wines from 2018 that could be mistaken for Napa than I ever thought possible. (There's a bunch of 14.5% Cab Franc out there, even if it's not all labeled that high, I'd bet...) Deleche...
by Saul Mutchnick
January 28th, 2021, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserker Day debriefing thread....whoooo!
Replies: 69
Views: 4127

Re: Berserker Day debriefing thread....whoooo!

I too spent too much the correct amount of money, and could have spent more--I swear the number of offers is going up exponentially!

Next year, I'll have to save some wine to participate with and add to the, err, problem!
by Saul Mutchnick
January 21st, 2021, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 325
Views: 25494

Re: Grassl Glassware

I'm just going to chime in that I love the stems, across the board. The Liberte has become my go-to stem for just about everything, and it's also what I use when I pour tastings. They present whites and most light-to-medium+ reds really beautifully, both from a feel-in-hand and organoleptic perspect...
by Saul Mutchnick
January 19th, 2021, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Championship Bottle Sauvignon Blanc Lost Verses Durant Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 394

Re: TN: 2018 Championship Bottle Sauvignon Blanc Lost Verses Durant Vineyard

Thank you all for the kind words. It's funny how "unique," like "interesting," can be double-edged, depending on the inflection. That said, I feel like if I'm not making unique wines, there's not really a reason to do this. There are definitely a ton of wineries in the Willamette...
by Saul Mutchnick
November 2nd, 2020, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AMA - William Kelley edition - 12/09/2020 5:30PST
Replies: 175
Views: 10424

Re: AMA - William Kelley edition - 12/09/2020 5:30PST

Sounds awesome--will the video be posted afterwards?
by Saul Mutchnick
November 1st, 2020, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Championship Bottle Pinot Blanc Hard Promises
Replies: 3
Views: 231

Re: TN: 2018 Championship Bottle Pinot Blanc Hard Promises

Thank you both for the kind words! As a bit of background, I picked the Blanc fairly early, with a lot of acidity, and then it built texture over 18 months in barrel--and it needed every one of them. It really turned the corner around the one year mark and ended up being one of the better surprises ...
by Saul Mutchnick
September 13th, 2020, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Championship Bottle 2018 Sauv Blanc "Lost Verses"
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: TN: Championship Bottle 2018 Sauv Blanc "Lost Verses"

Thank you both for the kind words. I'm definitely making a different sort of lineup than many people locally and I'm glad you both have enjoyed the bottles. Lee--as far as the tropical fruit thing goes...that wine showed an absolute boatload of passionfruit from when it went dry in barrel until well...
by Saul Mutchnick
August 24th, 2020, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Viticoltori De Conciliis Fiano Donnaluna Paestum IGT
Replies: 5
Views: 254

Re: TN: 2018 Viticoltori De Conciliis Fiano Donnaluna Paestum IGT

Dale, Glad you liked it! There's an absolutely incredible picture of Bruno in the A16 cookbook that made me say "who is this guy? a decade ago. He's in some sort of tunic and they had jumped the ropes and so were standing right at the base of the Paestum ruins (which are incredible in themselve...
by Saul Mutchnick
August 24th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: “Gravity Pulls” Chardonnay from Championship Bottle
Replies: 12
Views: 1765

Re: TN: “Gravity Pulls” Chardonnay from Championship Bottle

Thanks for the kind words, Marcus--glad you liked it! Sean (and others): Gravity's Pull is going to be released in the fall mailing-list offering at the end of September/early October. It's one barrel plus one stainless keg of wine, so only about 28 cases in total (there should be ~75 cases of the 2...
by Saul Mutchnick
April 17th, 2020, 7:19 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Championship Bottle: A First Vintage of Willamette Whites in the Time of Coronavirus
Replies: 11
Views: 2129

Re: Championship Bottle: A First Vintage of Willamette Whites in the Time of Coronavirus

Thanks all for the kind words and I hope y'all are doing well. Also, for anyone on the fence: shipping windows are closing soon. Thanks again to everyone who's bought wine so far! These kinds of purchases really help small wineries, especially right now as distribution and restaurant sales aren't an...
by Saul Mutchnick
March 27th, 2020, 8:32 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Championship Bottle: A First Vintage of Willamette Whites in the Time of Coronavirus
Replies: 11
Views: 2129

Re: Championship Bottle: A First Vintage of Willamette Whites in the Time of Coronavirus

As this thing is winding down, I wanted to thank everyone who's purchased so far. I know times are tough, but these direct purchases make a big difference for me (and for everyone else posting in the forum). I really appreciate your support!
by Saul Mutchnick
March 21st, 2020, 8:09 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Championship Bottle: A First Vintage of Willamette Whites in the Time of Coronavirus
Replies: 11
Views: 2129

Re: Championship Bottle: A First Vintage of Willamette Whites in the Time of Coronavirus

Thanks Todd! And another thanks to everyone who's ordered so far. I know it's a gamble to buy wines untasted from a new winery and I'm floored by all the support!
by Saul Mutchnick
March 18th, 2020, 7:04 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Championship Bottle: A First Vintage of Willamette Whites in the Time of Coronavirus
Replies: 11
Views: 2129

Re: Championship Bottle: A First Vintage of Willamette Whites in the Time of Coronavirus

Thank you Marcus for the kind words and thank you to all who have ordered so far. It's humbling to get this much support from a community I've valued for so long!
by Saul Mutchnick
March 17th, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Championship Bottle: A First Vintage of Willamette Whites in the Time of Coronavirus
Replies: 11
Views: 2129

Championship Bottle: A First Vintage of Willamette Whites in the Time of Coronavirus

Greetings fellow Berserkers! I want to introduce you to a brand new, mostly-very AFWE, teeny-tiny winery of Oregon: Championship Bottle. Launching a new winery label in the time of the Coronavirus is practically farcical, but I didn’t see this coming, either. We’re a very small (250 case) bootstrapp...
by Saul Mutchnick
October 29th, 2018, 11:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Oregon Pinot?
Replies: 81
Views: 7149

Re: Best Oregon Pinot?

R_Gilbane wrote: October 29th, 2018, 10:17 am Yeah this is all well and good but who makes the best Oregon gamay?
None of them are expensive enough to be any good.
by Saul Mutchnick
July 29th, 2018, 11:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Cameron Chardonnay Dundee Hills (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills)
Replies: 22
Views: 1196

TN: 2015 Cameron Chardonnay Dundee Hills (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills)

I'm pretty sure JP is using all neutral oak on these bottles. Maybe it's the vintage pushing these aromatics? Or maybe I'm crazy and he is using new oak. My understanding is that the DH Chard sees new oak so that he can have properly seasoned/used wood for the higher end cuvees. Not coincidentally,...
by Saul Mutchnick
May 11th, 2018, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tell me about DRC Marc de Bourgogne
Replies: 7
Views: 1805

Tell me about DRC Marc de Bourgogne

That seems about going rate for DRC marc at a restaurant. If I were looking for marc/grappa of high quality that wouldn't be the first I'd seek out, though. I'd try and find Capovilla's Marc from the Clos des Goisses (done for Philipponnat, under their label), which is done in an eau-du-vie style, o...
by Saul Mutchnick
January 27th, 2018, 8:57 am
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Vincent - Oregon 3-packs
Replies: 31
Views: 3710

Vincent - Oregon 3-packs

Great stuff! I love the verticals of each vineyard. Also if anyone is on the fence, the Blanc Tardive is really fantastic--the leanness of the grape/ripeness is buttressed by the extended lees contact in a way that reminds me of Clisson, to some degree.
by Saul Mutchnick
January 22nd, 2018, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Maggie Harrison and Roussanne
Replies: 11
Views: 575

Maggie Harrison and Roussanne

Larry, Just out of curiosity--when does Roussanne ripen relative to Syrah/Grenache/Mourvedre (and does it's budbreak/bloom time correlate with any of those grapes? I guess what I'm really asking is how much more/less hang time does it need vs. red Rhone grape varieties. Thanks for the informative th...
by Saul Mutchnick
January 8th, 2018, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Henri Gouges Nuits-St.-Georges Chenes Carteaux
Replies: 5
Views: 727

TN: 2014 Henri Gouges Nuits-St.-Georges Chenes Carteaux

Martin, When you say that the importer you acquire Gouges from sold out--is it coming from a source other than Vineyard Brands? The reason I ask is that the only bottle of this I've tried was horribly, horribly reduced. Bottle-not-finished-after-four-days reductive. Never blew off. I would have assu...
by Saul Mutchnick
September 23rd, 2017, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Music in Wine Shops
Replies: 17
Views: 740

Music in Wine Shops

Inspired by a conversation with someone who thinks that the best music for a wine store is classical or piano-based jazz (as well as by an interview with Sid Mashburn, who plays a variety of stuff at his men’s clothing stores), I wanted to know how the Berserker community feels about music in wine s...
by Saul Mutchnick
September 4th, 2017, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vincent Wine Company Fall 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 1197

Vincent Wine Company Fall 2017

Just got my order in--a full 24 hours before the deadline, too! (I'm improving). Gamay, Chard and Pinot--in for a bit of everything--these are always some of my favorite wines in the valley, though I'm biased. Vincent's a great guy.
by Saul Mutchnick
August 13th, 2017, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about insuring a wine shipment
Replies: 35
Views: 1783

Question about insuring a wine shipment

Although I know re-selling heat damaged bottles goes on, I'd suspect the reason that a merchant might want the bottles back is so that they can prove damage when they file a claim with UPS/FedEX. I know that for most insurance policies on shipments (if it's over a certain dollar amount) you have to ...
by Saul Mutchnick
June 15th, 2017, 11:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageing Rose & Decanting Rose
Replies: 6
Views: 344

Ageing Rose & Decanting Rose

I think most good rose is better the year after it's released and some are better 2+ years down the line. Some, like the Clos Cibonne Vignettes, seem to be able to age really well, though they turn into different beasts than "fresher" styled wines (the 2009 was really spectacular last fall...
by Saul Mutchnick
April 29th, 2017, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Oregon Pinot
Replies: 33
Views: 3129

2015 Oregon Pinot

The 2015's I've tried (from ~12 producers, so far) seem to be mostly brighter and fresher tasting, by a not-insignificant margin, than their counterparts in 2014. It seems as though the cooler run in to the harvest (combined, I think, with growers hanging more fruit as response to what happened in 2...
by Saul Mutchnick
March 14th, 2017, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: William & Mary Wine Co.
Replies: 117
Views: 11922

William & Mary Wine Co.

My first thought when I saw the title was that W&M added a viticulture/enology program (and I was confused). It'll be interesting to see if they run into any trademark issues with the College.
by Saul Mutchnick
March 10th, 2017, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red pinot gris. Say what?
Replies: 7
Views: 555

Red pinot gris. Say what?

Cameron also makes one, called Rouge de Gris. Or rather, started in 2014 and has released one vintage. Really cool stuff as well. John Paul also makes a more "traditional" rose style with Gris, called "ramato" after the Italian style (which is named after the color of onion skin,...
by Saul Mutchnick
November 14th, 2016, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: tell me about Ganevat
Replies: 42
Views: 2689

tell me about Ganevat

Not gonna weigh in on whose wines are how ripe, but if you are using stated alcohol levels on a label as the basis for an argument, you might want to rethink that position. Under 14%, a producer can legally vary by 1.5% and so a lot of people just pick a number to print every year (like 12.5, which ...
by Saul Mutchnick
November 2nd, 2016, 4:10 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Abreu olive oil
Replies: 26
Views: 2653

Abreu olive oil

Following the Tuscan model, I guess, of charging a premium for oil with a winery label. If you say so...I've bought Isole e Olena for the last few years and this year it was only for $25/500ml which included shipping. (From Giuliana, no connection). La Spinetta isn't that expensive, either. The Ros...
by Saul Mutchnick
July 8th, 2016, 5:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Welcoming a berserker back to the city
Replies: 6
Views: 776

TNs: Welcoming a berserker back to the city

1985 Emidio Pepe Montepulciano d'Abruzzo - Cork was branded 2013, so this was either reconditioned or counterfeit. It was also massively flawed with acetaldehyde. Cider vinegar in a glass! Everyone dumped. According to WineTerroirs ( http://www.wineterroirs.com/2014/12/emidio_pepe_abruzzo_italy.htm...
by Saul Mutchnick
July 7th, 2016, 5:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Oregon chardonnay so expensive?
Replies: 206
Views: 14981

Why is Oregon chardonnay so expensive?

If you are only thinking about money then perhaps this isn't the job for you. I don't know what kind of salary you folks are adjusting for, but I am sure you could live on less. The lifestyle probably accounts for a good portion of psychic rewards you get from having a winery, and I am sure adds si...
by Saul Mutchnick
July 6th, 2016, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Oregon chardonnay so expensive?
Replies: 206
Views: 14981

Why is Oregon chardonnay so expensive?

$3500 a ton is pure misery. My belief is that the one good outcome of KJ coming to town is that prices go down as they lock up acre contracts and then put on the squeeze. Easy math is $3500 divided by 60 cases, so $58 a case before the lights get turned on. It's bullshit. I feel like this could tur...
by Saul Mutchnick
June 15th, 2016, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 10 St. Joseph Producers
Replies: 33
Views: 3296

Top 10 St. Joseph Producers

Matthew, I know you work with/for Lyle at Fass Selections, but I think you should at least acknowledge that what you're posting was copied/pasted off his blog (unless you're writing the copy for his blog, in which case, sorry). I think it's a fine list and really respect Lyle's opinion (and I'm sure...
by Saul Mutchnick
June 9th, 2016, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Patrick Jasmin Cote Rotie?
Replies: 9
Views: 1074

2014 Patrick Jasmin Cote Rotie?

They have a small touch of new oak, but really lovely, elegant Cote-Rotie. In my experience, they aren't 'powerful' wines, but they can be super-seductive after some bottle age. If the price is reasonable, I'd definitely pull the trigger.
by Saul Mutchnick
June 7th, 2016, 8:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tempier, Bandol, rose, 2012 (& Tavel discussion)
Replies: 40
Views: 2244

TN: Tempier, Bandol, rose, 2012 (& Tavel discussion)

I get what you're asking, and the best way to think about it would be as a hypothetical---so imagine a saignee'd wine that was bled off 2 hours into production. The bled off juice would be fairly light in color and wouldn't be terribly tannic, or any of the things that you might think of w/r/t a &qu...
by Saul Mutchnick
June 6th, 2016, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tempier, Bandol, rose, 2012 (& Tavel discussion)
Replies: 40
Views: 2244

TN: Tempier, Bandol, rose, 2012

Not a winemaker, though hopefully someday... Also a lurker reminds me that saignee can also be a term for rose made by limited skin contact in any way, as opposed to by blending white and red wines together. I believe that's what Vouette et Sorbee mean with their Saignee de Sorbee, for example, even...
by Saul Mutchnick
June 6th, 2016, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tempier, Bandol, rose, 2012 (& Tavel discussion)
Replies: 40
Views: 2244

TN: Tempier, Bandol, rose, 2012

Heath, I see you edited your post while I was typing a reply, so sorry if there's a bit of ships passing. Vinification does not "have" to be saignee--see for example Trinquevedel (link here: http://kermitlynch.com/our-wines/chateau-de-trinquevedel/ ) or Mordoree (here: http://www.kysela.co...
by Saul Mutchnick
June 6th, 2016, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tempier, Bandol, rose, 2012 (& Tavel discussion)
Replies: 40
Views: 2244

TN: Tempier, Bandol, rose, 2012

Heath, I have no idea whether or not the "traditional" method of Tavel is saignee or not, just that most of the leading producers I know of (L'Anglore, Trinquevedel, Mordoree...) all use direct pressing. Saignee means "to bleed" and refers to the idea of siphoning off some of the...
by Saul Mutchnick
June 6th, 2016, 5:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tempier, Bandol, rose, 2012 (& Tavel discussion)
Replies: 40
Views: 2244

TN: Tempier, Bandol, rose, 2012

I love Tempier Rose and generally buy some each year. I would also drink it in the first year or two. In reference to Heath's comment, it is whole cluster pressed from early picked fruit and that's responsible for the fresh watermelon and floral character that Alan mentioned. I also love the Clos C...
by Saul Mutchnick
May 23rd, 2016, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Clos Cibonne Tibouren Cotes de provence Rosé
Replies: 11
Views: 594

TN: 2014 Clos Cibonne Tibouren Cotes de provence Rosé

I'll second the recommendation for the Cuvée Spéciale des Vignettes. Well worth the price difference, IMO, especially if you let it age for a few years. The 2009 is drinking great right now with about half an hour in the decanter and the 2013's have finally started to open up.
by Saul Mutchnick
May 16th, 2016, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine glass help requested
Replies: 20
Views: 1543

Wine glass help requested

Jim Cowan wrote:
NED VALOIS wrote:Schott Zwiesel Forte series
Is there a difference in the Tritan series?
Best, Jim
I believe that Tritan refers to the crystal itself, though Amazon seems to think differently.
by Saul Mutchnick
May 16th, 2016, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine glass help requested
Replies: 20
Views: 1543

Wine glass help requested

Another vote for Schott Zwiesel. We use the Forte line for whites at home. Great glasses, nice taper, strong as hell but they come across as elegantly made. I feel like they've renamed some of the line--we use the previously named 'red wine' glass, which is about 14oz (a touch bigger than Riedel zin...
by Saul Mutchnick
May 13th, 2016, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you could only buy one Riesling...
Replies: 121
Views: 5376

If you could only buy one Riesling...

Perhaps I'm sentimental or idiosyncratic, but to me, I don't know that I'd want to drink the "greatest" wine for the rest of my life. I love Donnhoff (less so for Prum) but for me, either Selbach-Oster's Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spatlese Feinherb or Carl Loewen's Laurentiuslay Spatlese---someth...
by Saul Mutchnick
May 12th, 2016, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN : 1994 Kalin Cellars Chardonnay LD Cuvee
Replies: 21
Views: 1021

TN : 1994 Kalin Cellars Chardonnay LD Cuvee

Mel Knox wrote:On the other hand, given Jon's prediliction for the quirky, why hasn t he mentioned htem??
http://www.sfgate.com/wine/article/Kali ... 720996.php

It's just been a couple of years since he wrote about them.

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