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by Br@d S w @ l l o w
September 6th, 2019, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Copain Chardonnay Brosseau Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Chalone)
Replies: 20
Views: 842

Re: TN: 2011 Copain Chardonnay Brosseau Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Chalone)

Opened a bottle of this wine tonight and found this thread. Nothing "weird" about this bottle at all. It is fresh, vibrant and youthful. Pit fruit, saline and a touch chalky (all in a good way), with a bit of a lemon-peel pucker on the back end. This is a pleasure to drink now. If any of you Copain-...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
July 22nd, 2019, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Alan Eden
Replies: 138
Views: 9797

Re: R.I.P. Alan Eden

Wow. Condolences to Alan's loved ones.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
July 22nd, 2019, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Rhys Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay
Replies: 2
Views: 338

Re: TN: 2010 Rhys Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
July 22nd, 2019, 6:15 pm
Sounds delicious.
That's exactly what it is. Much better than the descriptors I used in my TN! [cheers.gif]
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
July 22nd, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Rhys Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay
Replies: 2
Views: 338

TN: 2010 Rhys Alpine Vineyard Chardonnay

It has been a while since I subjected the Wine Talk forum to one of my tasting notes, but I was inspired by Dave Bueker today to post a note. This wine poured a few shades darker than I expected and is sort of golden-honey colored in the glass. Nothing wrong with the wine, though. It is still youthf...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
April 3rd, 2019, 5:21 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Chester's Anvil - SOLD OUT The last few cases, 63% off!
Replies: 46
Views: 2938

Re: Chester's Anvil - SOLD OUT The last few cases, 63% off!

My HH case arrived several days ago. Travel shock be damned, I am drinking one now and am very impressed! Thank you so much, Carole, for this excellent Berserkerday treat. What a great value for such wonderful wine. I wish I had doubled down and ordered a case of the zin too.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 27th, 2019, 3:29 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Wilde farm BD 10 - Sold Out!
Replies: 31
Views: 2261

Re: Wilde farm BD 10 - 50% off and free shipping!

The last few years, I have gone out of my way to buy something from the WF BD offer. The reasons are (i) because every wine I have ever opened from WF has been excellent; and (ii) every interaction I have had with the people of WF has been positive. This year, I am ordering the Heritage offer (even ...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 27th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Biggio Hamina Cellars Berserker Day #10. (OFFERS #2 & #3 are SOLD OUT) Offer is closed.
Replies: 109
Views: 4232

Re: Biggio Hamina Cellars Berserker Day #10. (OFFERS #2 & #3 are SOLD OUT)

Just wanted to add -- I have purchased a BD offering every year for the past 3 or 4 years, and these wines never disappoint. Thank you, Todd.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 27th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Chester's Anvil - SOLD OUT The last few cases, 63% off!
Replies: 46
Views: 2938

Re: Chester's Anvil - SOLD OUT The last few cases, 63% off!

I tried to pretend that Berserkerday was not happening, but this (and two other offers) was too good to ignore. I got a HH yesterday during the sneak preview time. I have enjoyed every L-M wine I have ever had, so this seemed like -- wait for it -- a no-brainer (as has been mentioned by my fellow lo...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
December 10th, 2018, 4:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many bottles when purchasing? (with poll)
Replies: 50
Views: 2175

Re: How many bottles when purchasing? (with poll)

To cellar I usually buy 3-6 but im not spending more than $50 btl. To enjoy with family and friends usually buy singles of different bottles to fit the occasion. My approach is almost the opposite of yours -- which probably means I am doing it wrong. For cellar bottles (particularly at higher price...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
October 25th, 2018, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '15 PG Marine Sedimentary thoughts
Replies: 32
Views: 1744

Re: '15 PG Marine Sedimentary thoughts

I have looked through the discussion above and agree that the '15 Marine Sedimentary is fantastic. People with far more Oregon Pinot experience than I have extolled the virtues of this wine even in the short time since it was shipped. I think it is dark, brooding, sorta mushroomy, but hard to put do...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
August 18th, 2018, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 292
Views: 15658

Re: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)

I deleted it. Just wanted to see if it would work. You should delete it in your quote of my post.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
August 18th, 2018, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 292
Views: 15658

Re: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)

I edited the post to delete the malfunctioning link. Let's se if it works now.

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Hey, it works. This is the Youtube video I tried to repost in one of the politics threads. If I ever get the same message again, I will link to the post.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
August 18th, 2018, 6:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)
Replies: 292
Views: 15658

Re: Do you have questions on any of the new features? Ask here! (Also some instructions inside)

Fixed the latter one, super easy (instructions posted elsewhere as well, like the 'media' thread) - just put the entire URL in between the 'media' code (which shows up when you click the media button, right next to spoiler - looks like a monitor) All in all the media button works across a MASSIVE a...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
July 6th, 2018, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations Similar to PGC Berserker’s Cuvée
Replies: 88
Views: 4321

Recommendations Similar to PGC Berserker’s Cuvée

Phew! Glad I ordered a case the moment the email came. I still have some of my '13 and '14 Berserker Cuvee bottles to compare against these!

Thank you Jim and everyone else at PGC.

Brad
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
May 11th, 2018, 6:12 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Biggio Hamina Cellars Yummy Stuff
Replies: 32
Views: 2297

Biggio Hamina Cellars Yummy Stuff

How about me? Still good for the #1 offer? Thanks, Todd. I know I am late to the party if they are gone. Just picked the first bottle at random from the No. 1 six-pack, and it was the '14 Youngberg. This is still opening up in the glass, but I am already a YUGE fan. Dark garnet color, loamy nose, w...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 26th, 2018, 6:10 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Biggio Hamina Cellars Yummy Stuff
Replies: 32
Views: 2297

Biggio Hamina Cellars Yummy Stuff

How about me? Still good for the #1 offer?

Thanks, Todd. I know I am late to the party if they are gone.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 26th, 2018, 5:35 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Wilde Farm Wines - 50% off on 5 limited wines!
Replies: 50
Views: 3059

Wilde Farm Wines - 50% off on 5 limited wines!

I thought I replied to this thread earlier today, but I guess I didn't push "send." Anyway, I tried Wilde Farm for the first time after last Berserkerday and was impressed by the quality of all of the wines. Each one has been memorable. This offer is very generous, and i am in for a case. I probably...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
September 21st, 2017, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Buck Chuck Is Live!
Replies: 35
Views: 1617

Two Buck Chuck Is Live!

Mel Hill wrote:
JDonner wrote:

Well we are in Life during Wartime...
this thread has stopped making sense
I am going to get crosseyed and painless on 2BC tonight!
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
August 18th, 2017, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Copain Brosseau Chalone Chardonnay
Replies: 14
Views: 655

2012 Copain Brosseau Chalone Chardonnay

Opened on a whim, hoping for something refreshing on a warm summer evening: Notes of honey and sweet meyer lemon. Gorgeous floral component, reminiscent of honeysuckle and orange blossom. Acidity very restrained, which for me is a plus on a wine like this. ABV 13.4%. Glad I have more. Just a beauti...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
May 26th, 2017, 4:13 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: 4 Offers from Wilde Farm
Replies: 25
Views: 2772

4 Offers from Wilde Farm

I have been remiss in posting BD notes because I have gotten trapped inside the Politics forum. Two days ago, I opened a '14 Cardiac Hill Syrah, and it blew my mind. I have no tasting note to offer, but I keep thinking about the smoky, cool-climate character of the wine. Some bacon fat, seems like w...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
March 8th, 2017, 12:30 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: Navarro Vineyards, Anderson Valley - a long history of quality and value
Replies: 106
Views: 7168

Navarro Vineyards, Anderson Valley - a long history of quality and value

Berserkerday Sampler in: 2013 Riesling Anderson Valley 2013 Zinfandel Mendocino 2015 Edlezwicker 2014 Gewurztraminer Dry 2012 Cabernet 2013 Chardonnay My box came today. Same wines. Must be a NY thing. neener My mystery 6-pack also contained the same wines, and it also arrived today (in Maryland) a...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
February 3rd, 2017, 3:16 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: Arcadian Classics
Replies: 66
Views: 5589

Arcadian Classics

Joe called. All good.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
February 1st, 2017, 6:32 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: Arcadian Classics
Replies: 66
Views: 5589

Arcadian Classics

K e v i n B. wrote:
Jeremy C wrote:Still no word...
ditto...

re: cc, since I ordered via e-mail I didn't include my CC, but rather provided my phone# as a means to get my CC info (similar to other offers).
Ditto. Still not worried, though.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 30th, 2017, 5:08 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: What Did You Buy on Berserker Day?
Replies: 86
Views: 5901

What Did You Buy on Berserker Day?

I ordered:

Wilde Farm eight-pack
EMH three-pack
Navarro case
Arcadian four-pack
Random sixer (cab franc)

I thought I would stay on the sidelines this year, but I couldn't help myself with some of the offers being as good as they were.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 27th, 2017, 7:54 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: Arcadian Classics
Replies: 66
Views: 5589

Arcadian Classics

I am in on this one and am very excited to try the wines. Thank you for the offer.

Brad
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 27th, 2017, 3:36 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: 4 Offers from Wilde Farm
Replies: 25
Views: 2772

4 Offers from Wilde Farm

Mixed eight-pack for me. Looking forward to giving these a shot.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 27th, 2017, 8:40 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: Navarro Vineyards, Anderson Valley - a long history of quality and value
Replies: 106
Views: 7168

Navarro Vineyards, Anderson Valley - a long history of quality and value

Went for the mystery 6-pack and added six more bottles for the $0.01 shipping. Sweet deal. Thank you!

Looking forward to seeing what's inside the box.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 26th, 2017, 5:25 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: EMH Vineyards Black Cat Cabernet Verticals - see you next year! thank you.
Replies: 58
Views: 5020

EMH Vineyards Black Cat Cabernet Verticals

I am in for a three-pack. Always meant to try EMH but never have. Thanks Merrill.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 22nd, 2017, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 54
Views: 5586

TN: 2010 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard

Based on this thread, I also opened one of these tonight. I have followed it for a few hours now, and it does seem advanced compared to other Rhys Chardonnay with comparable bottle age that I have tried. My bottle is enjoyable, and I don't regret buying it or opening it with tonight's dinner. Howeve...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 15th, 2017, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Le Vieux Donjon CDP
Replies: 6
Views: 409

TN: 2005 Le Vieux Donjon CDP

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:Donjon is no longer traditional. Cambie has put his stamp on it.
Precisely.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 15th, 2017, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Le Vieux Donjon CDP
Replies: 6
Views: 409

TN: 2005 Le Vieux Donjon CDP

Being a traditional styled wine, shouldn't it reflect the vintages? If you want a leaner, more rustic, more acidic VD, there are lots of other vintages for you. Maybe I would enjoy '04 or '06 Donjon more than the '05. But this producer's wines seem to be evolving toward a larger, riper style (are y...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 15th, 2017, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Le Vieux Donjon CDP
Replies: 6
Views: 409

TN: 2005 Le Vieux Donjon CDP

My second of three bottles, this confirms for me that one of my favorite traditional CDP producers has changed course. This wine is big, ripe and bold, with a touch of alcohol showing through. I would not say that the fruit notes are stewed, but they certainly are ripe. This seems more modern in sty...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 10th, 2017, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Ch. Yon-Figeac, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Replies: 4
Views: 329

TN: 2000 Ch. Yon-Figeac, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Claus -- I can't claim to have compared many vintages of the two estates' wines side by side, so I will for the most part defer to others with more knowledge than I have in that regard. That said, I believe the land making up the Yon-Figeac vineyard was at one time long ago owned by Figeac. If I am ...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 8th, 2017, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Ch. Yon-Figeac, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Replies: 4
Views: 329

TN: 2000 Ch. Yon-Figeac, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

From 750 ml, purchased as a future and stored at home since delivery. After about an hour of air (no decant), the wine is opening up nicely now. The nose reminds of blackberry and saddle leather, and the wine appears still quite dark in the glass. In the mouth, the wine seems just ready to shrug off...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 1st, 2017, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The road never smelled so good...
Replies: 56
Views: 3158

The road never smelled so good...

Tonight, we had authentic Chinese from a local source along with a 2010 J.J. Christoffel Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett. After clearing the plates, I refilled my glass in the kitchen. As I walked back toward the dinner table, my 12-year-old daughter, unaware of my presence, stood up just as I w...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
August 29th, 2016, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Mostly Bordeaux dinner with Bob
Replies: 141
Views: 9040

TN: Mostly Bordeaux dinner with Bob

Rauno E (NZ) wrote:DavidZ - Please plan a trip to Wellington some time so we can pointedly ignore you...
Well said, and funny too! [cheers.gif]
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
August 17th, 2016, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Mostly Bordeaux dinner with Bob
Replies: 141
Views: 9040

TN: Mostly Bordeaux dinner with Bob

DavidZ wrote:[T]he other is to acknowledge that gluttony has been frowned upon for a long-ass time.
LOL. Here we go again with the deadly sins. What about envy? That's bad too, right?

Hey Kevin -- thanks for the notes, you excessibe balla!
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
July 28th, 2016, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Copain 2011 Pinots--Very Different! Monument Tree and Wentzel
Replies: 9
Views: 779

Two Copain 2011 Pinots--Very Different! Monument Tree and Wentzel

Opened another '11 Wentzel tonight to accompany the DNC. Wow, this is smoking. Not as bright as I remember it (though still very vibrant), but more loamy/earthy. Red cherry and earth tones. Not heavy, but mouth-coating, penetrating and persistent. A wine to contemplate. There will be no Day 2 report.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
March 11th, 2016, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I love that vintage!
Replies: 26
Views: 1021

I love that vintage!

For the reasons already mentioned in several earlier posts, for me it's 2001. If the poll accommodated more options, I would strongly consider 1990.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
February 25th, 2016, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1947 Château Cheval Blanc (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Replies: 17
Views: 1902

TN: 1947 Château Cheval Blanc (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)

http://ct-static.com/labels/360930.jpg I'd be surprised if that bottle was a real 47 Cheval Blanc. It's sad and true that the majority of the famous bottles available today are fake. Perhaps Don will see this and comment. Are you talking about the pictured bottle? The OP already said upthread that ...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
February 25th, 2016, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Copain 2011 Pinots--Very Different! Monument Tree and Wentzel
Replies: 9
Views: 779

Two Copain 2011 Pinots--Very Different! Monument Tree and Wentzel

Frank, Interesting notes. Reading them made me think about why I stopped buying MT but always bought Wentzel when it was offered. I generally felt that the MT wines were outliers in the Copain portfolio because they tended to be bigger and darker than the others. It wasn't really a '11 thing for me,...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
February 25th, 2016, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Berserker Cuvée
Replies: 278
Views: 20673

TN: 2013 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Berserker Cuvée

Gary L wrote:I bought 2 sixers last year. No email either :(
Have any of you "no email" people tried to log in and buy?
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
February 25th, 2016, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Berserker Cuvée
Replies: 278
Views: 20673

TN: 2013 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Berserker Cuvée

I ordered just a case because I still have a case-and-a-half or so of last year's version (that after giving away some bottles to friends who wanted to try). I am convinced that last year's wine will benefit from age, so I am trying to keep my hands off of them. I will probably wish I ordered two ca...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
February 23rd, 2016, 4:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Berserker Cuvée
Replies: 278
Views: 20673

TN: 2013 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Berserker Cuvée

I opened one of these last night after catching up on this thread. It was my third bottle of two cases. I think the wine is still pretty primary, so I am going to wait a while before opening another one. The bottle was enjoyable, and the potential clearly is there for much improvement with more cell...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
February 22nd, 2016, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 90ies - Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone ...
Replies: 14
Views: 858

The 90ies - Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone ...

Thank you for your notes. Some friends and I had the '90 Leoville Barton on Saturday night with a few other fairly old wines, and I agree it showed somewhat dark, but long and mature (though I never thought of it as sweet). I enjoyed it very much; it was probably the wine of the night in the lineup ...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
February 12th, 2016, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A really nice Tuesday night of wines
Replies: 2
Views: 511

TN: A really nice Tuesday night of wines

[*] 2010 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains My wife's favorite white producer. Pop and pour. I took it out of the fridge about an hour ahead but it still needed a bit more time to warm up. golden in color. The nose has vanilla, peaches, sli...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
February 6th, 2016, 8:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys drops January 19
Replies: 194
Views: 13924

Rhys drops January 19

I passed on some earlier offers and wondered whether I was still on the list. I was, and I couldn't resist the Skyline and Porcupine Hill this time. I also added a few Bearwallow and a Horseshoe Chardonnay. It was an expensive 8-pack. The '08 Skyline still stands as the best domestic PN I have ever ...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 31st, 2016, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copain 2016 release schedule posted
Replies: 34
Views: 1355

Copain 2016 release schedule posted

I am pretty sure I drank the last of my '07 and '08 years ago. Then again, the way I organize my cellar I suppose anything is possible. . . .

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