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by Sean Malloy
March 4th, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?
Replies: 48
Views: 2192

Re: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?

M.Kaplan wrote:
March 4th, 2019, 7:42 am
Tom DeBiase wrote:
March 4th, 2019, 7:20 am
Leo Steen Jurassic Vineyard is a favorite.
...
Tom
+1
Another +1. The Leo Steen Chenins are excellent across the board. I mean, when you name your winery after a grape, you must care about it.
by Sean Malloy
January 29th, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Expanding my horizons
Replies: 12
Views: 909

Re: Expanding my horizons

Chuck: I'd suggest a Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco. There are single vineyards out there for $60ish, but the regular "normale" bottling is $25-$32 depending on your region. It's very different than what you've been drinking, but it is a great wine, a standard for Italy at a great price point....
by Sean Malloy
January 5th, 2019, 5:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Would you take advantage of a winemaking service or experience?
Replies: 42
Views: 1469

Re: Would you take advantage of a winemaking service or experience?

As I read the original post, "if money were not an issue" just means setting aside the cost, how much interest is there in a service that helps you make a barrel of wine "yourself" with their help on the infrastructure and actual grungy bits. After all, anyone with an unlimited amount of money for ...
by Sean Malloy
January 4th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rose in winter
Replies: 13
Views: 1031

Re: Rose in winter

I had half a leftover bottle of Rioja Joven in the fridge and poured an ounce into my glass of Rose and the Rose got even better. A good idea, if I do say so myself. There are a lot of very pale Roses out there and darker ones with substance, if not an endangered species, might getting thin on the ...
by Sean Malloy
January 1st, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year
Replies: 189
Views: 7810

Re: Now that 2018 is over: your wine of the year

2004 Vega Sicilia Unico. Just had it last night...last minute winner.
by Sean Malloy
December 31st, 2018, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wines do you plan on opening on New Years Eve?
Replies: 68
Views: 1933

Re: What wines do you plan on opening on New Years Eve?

Ron Erickson wrote:
December 31st, 2018, 11:05 am
I'm kind of surprised to see the lack of things ending in 8's and 9's.
Good point. I think during dinner prep starting in a few minutes I may go with a 2018 Bell's Two Hearted.
by Sean Malloy
December 31st, 2018, 5:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wines do you plan on opening on New Years Eve?
Replies: 68
Views: 1933

Re: What wines do you plan on opening on New Years Eve?

NV Agrapart & Fils Champagne Les 7 Crus Brut
2004 Vega Sicilia Unico
by Sean Malloy
December 30th, 2018, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYE Dinner Wine Choice Help
Replies: 2
Views: 215

Re: NYE Dinner Wine Choice Help

The 2008 Rinaldi in March was outstanding, though it will likely continue to be for many years to come. I haven’t had the 2004 Unico, but I’ve had the 1998, 2000, and 2006 within the past few months or so and wouldn’t hesitate to drink any of them now. I haven’t had the 2012 Chave, but the 2011 ear...
by Sean Malloy
December 30th, 2018, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYE Dinner Wine Choice Help
Replies: 2
Views: 215

NYE Dinner Wine Choice Help

I'm planning on breaking out something really nice for New Year's Eve. We're having lamb (prepared with dijon/rosemary/olive oil, then grilled) and roasted potatoes. I'd love to go old world, and special occasion wines I have in the cellar that could match the food include 2004 Vega Sicilia Unico; 2...
by Sean Malloy
December 26th, 2018, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Wineries Have Dropped Off Your Radar Screen??
Replies: 59
Views: 4183

Re: What Wineries Have Dropped Off Your Radar Screen??

Off my radar for new buying/dropped off list: Siduri: My first mailing list. When KJ purchased, couldn't legally ship to Ohio any more bc of a weird law we have. Kosta Browne: Pricing and style. Still like them once in a while. Sea Smoke: Lost my taste for this. Turley: Hit and miss between really ...
by Sean Malloy
December 25th, 2018, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you serving with your holiday dinner?
Replies: 39
Views: 1736

Re: What are you serving with your holiday dinner?

My extended family primarily favors sweet white wines, but I up the quality level for Thanksgiving and Christmas (switching them from their normal Barefoot Moscato to German Riesling (which they do really love now). There are also some people who like a variety of good wines, but normally domestic e...
by Sean Malloy
December 22nd, 2018, 5:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Wineries Have Dropped Off Your Radar Screen??
Replies: 59
Views: 4183

Re: What Wineries Have Dropped Off Your Radar Screen??

Off my radar for new buying/dropped off list: Siduri: My first mailing list. When KJ purchased, couldn't legally ship to Ohio any more bc of a weird law we have. Kosta Browne: Pricing and style. Still like them once in a while. Sea Smoke: Lost my taste for this. Turley: Hit and miss between really d...
by Sean Malloy
December 13th, 2018, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Kirkland Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Signature Series Rutherford
Replies: 14
Views: 1556

Re: TN: 2016 Kirkland Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Signature Series Rutherford

I don’t think it’s as bad as the note above but I certainly won’t be getting anymore. Plus for $14/bottle it’s hard to imagine the product that went into the bottle. Yeah, who's selling Rutherford fruit at a price where Costco can produce it in enough quantity to brand it Kirkland and make money at...
by Sean Malloy
December 11th, 2018, 5:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm DONE - Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 66
Views: 3245

Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

Just caught up on the thread, and now I'm really upset. I get that it's cheap and they are saving money, but c'mon. No self respecting advent calendar has repeats. Darn it.
by Sean Malloy
December 4th, 2018, 5:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm DONE - Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine
Replies: 66
Views: 3245

Re: Aldi Advent Calendar - or 24 Days of Cheap Wine

Love this thread...keep it going. We saw this but were way too late to get it...great marketing idea for Aldi....I'm sure it will be bigger next year. We did get an advent calendar of cheese from a local artisanal cheese shop. Three for three delicious....but wish I had a wine calendar to go with it.
by Sean Malloy
December 2nd, 2018, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: William & Mary Wine Co.
Replies: 117
Views: 10184

Re: William & Mary Wine Co.

Opened a bottle of 2014 William & Mary recently. What struck me about this bottle was its uniqueness in the large sea of often good but somewhat indistinguishable Napa cabs. There were two things about this that stood out to me. One was the "oily" texture, mentioned above, which was definitely ther...
by Sean Malloy
December 2nd, 2018, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FINAL TALLY Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4
Replies: 101
Views: 3273

Re: Week 2 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Back to its roots: California Zinfandel for Jason Hagen 11/28 - 12/4

2014 A. Rafanelli Zinfandel. Bright, juicy, with lots of stuffing without being jammy. Nose and palate are what I refer to as "mixed red/black fruit bramble." Very tasty. Exactly the opposite of one recent CT tasting note that said it was jammy without being big...not jammy at all. Lovely wine.
by Sean Malloy
November 30th, 2018, 4:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rasa
Replies: 6
Views: 489

Re: Rasa

I love Rasa and recommend going them a try. I was out in Washington early this year and tasted with Billo (one of the brothers who own Rasa) with my group. He met with us on almost no notice and was a great host. The wines are great and so is the story. Billo dropped out of the tech world and did UC...
by Sean Malloy
November 29th, 2018, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How far do wineries routinely ship grapes to make wine???
Replies: 50
Views: 1841

Re: How far do wineries routinely ship grapes to make wine???

Another angle on this: Many of the large Champagne houses are not willing to transport grapes to their main winery facility even though they buy from all over the region. The main reason in addition to retaining freshness is that they are making white wine from black/red grapes (in addition to Chard...
by Sean Malloy
November 29th, 2018, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying Non-750ml Formats...Regrets and Advice
Replies: 109
Views: 3153

Re: Buying Non-750ml Formats...Regrets and Advice

375s: I like having some 375s around for school nights where my wife and I only want a glass+ each. I don't have many though, because finding good 375s at a reasonable price compared to 750s is hard, plus the selection is not nearly as diverse. I'd love to have a 375 of Arneis, or Greco, or Albarino...
by Sean Malloy
November 28th, 2018, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Under counter cooler
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Re: Under counter cooler

Thanks folks
by Sean Malloy
November 27th, 2018, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Under counter cooler
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Under counter cooler

Hey all, I'm looking for advice on an under counter cooler (or two). First, this is not for my primary wine storage; I already have a temp/humidity controlled cellar. This would be for keeping whites and sparkling at drinking temperature, along with some 750s of beer that can age more than a few wee...
by Sean Malloy
November 27th, 2018, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Flowers Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch
Replies: 4
Views: 295

Re: TN: 2002 Flowers Pinot Noir Keefer Ranch

Thanks for the note. I don't have any of this, but it is always nice to see Cali Pinot holding up well over the years. IIRC, Flowers is usually in the 13.x% abv...do you know what this one was at?
by Sean Malloy
November 23rd, 2018, 4:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are people drinking for Thanksgiving?
Replies: 216
Views: 8918

Re: What are people drinking for Thanksgiving?

We went with a little something for everyone based on family tastes:

Bollinger Brut NV
Two different Prum Spatlese 2016
Evening Land Summum Chard 2015
Williams Selyem Weir Pinot (in Mag)
Graham's 1985 vintage
by Sean Malloy
November 19th, 2018, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Vietti Barolo Castiglione
Replies: 2
Views: 515

Re: TN: 2013 Vietti Barolo Castiglione

Thanks for the note, and good to hear. I tried the 2014 at a tasting and it did not show well. Obviously the vintage was more irregular than 2013, and it could just be young and closed, but it didn't seem to be hiding much. It just wasn't very good. Will look for the 2013.
by Sean Malloy
November 18th, 2018, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2018 Edition -- TABULATIONS COMPLETE
Replies: 120
Views: 7122

Re: WOTYs--2018 Edition and your Discovery of the Year

My wine of the year: 2013 Szent Tamás Szőlőbirtok és Pincészet Nyulászó 1-es hordó Tokaji Édes Szamorodni at Tigris Restaurant in Budapest. I drank two glasses with our dinner there, then returned twice to drink it again over the next few days. The restaurant closes in the afternoon after lunch ser...
by Sean Malloy
November 18th, 2018, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some 2018 Musings
Replies: 36
Views: 2536

Re: Some 2018 Musings

Thoughtful post. 1. Your stuff: (a) Champagne: I've similarly experienced a pull toward sparkling wine, in my case more generally than just Champagne. Good U.S. sparkling, Cremant, Franciacorta, etc. We are starting to drink it more and more as a wine with food rather than just a "before" kind of th...
by Sean Malloy
November 16th, 2018, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Idlewild Nebbiolo Fox Hill Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 207

Re: TN: 2013 Idlewild Nebbiolo Fox Hill Vineyard

Thanks for the note. I have one of these sitting in the cellar and have been wondering if it would be ready yet.
by Sean Malloy
November 9th, 2018, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Suggestions - Grenache (update!)
Replies: 60
Views: 2231

Re: Need Suggestions - Grenache (rules apply)

Let us know how the event goes, and good luck!
by Sean Malloy
November 9th, 2018, 4:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Never ending wine releases
Replies: 66
Views: 3513

Re: Never ending wine releases

Take a few slow, deep breaths. Highlight the offers. One more deep breath. Press the delete key. You can do it. One small motion. There you go. Another deep breath. In through the nose. Hold it. Out through the mouth. Now take your hand off the mouse. Step away from the keyboard. Turn around. Breat...
by Sean Malloy
November 9th, 2018, 4:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions
Replies: 108
Views: 5279

Re: I’m New and have 1,000 Questions

Clay: Two things that are important here, both of which have been mentioned above but worth reiterating and adding a little context. 1. As a couple people have said above, there is a huge difference in what is available at the $15+ price point compared to the $10 price point. It all revolves around ...
by Sean Malloy
November 6th, 2018, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WOTYs--2018 Edition -- TABULATIONS COMPLETE
Replies: 120
Views: 7122

Re: WOTYs--2018 Edition and your Discovery of the Year

Discovery of the Year: 2006 Renato Keber Friulano Collio. Just wow, amazing complexity, full bodied with good acid, spicy and stony while still showing nice "stone fruitiness." Wine of the Year (so far): 1999 Gaja Langhe Nebbiolo Sorì Tildìn. Nose for days...smelled so good I didn't want to drink th...
by Sean Malloy
November 5th, 2018, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Suggestions - Grenache (update!)
Replies: 60
Views: 2231

Re: Need Suggestions - Grenache (rules apply)

I don't know who your friends are and what styles they like. in the company of people other than devoted AFWE types, bigger is often better to win blind tastings. So if you want to win, consider Alto Moncayo Veraton. It's big for my tastes but definitely has good Garnacha fruit and can be a crowd pl...
by Sean Malloy
November 3rd, 2018, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Benchmark/Cellartracker Selling Process
Replies: 27
Views: 1691

Re: Benchmark/Cellartracker Selling Process

Everyone: Thanks for all the helpful replies. I think I may give this a try. Mark's point above is key to me: headache saving is the most important; a few percent of dollar maximization is not, as long as the offer is fair. I've been planning to rebalance my cellar from stuff that is really good but...
by Sean Malloy
November 2nd, 2018, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 Gravner Breg Orange wine
Replies: 31
Views: 1026

Re: 2004 Gravner Breg Orange wine

Chris Blum wrote:
October 29th, 2018, 7:12 am
The orange wine thing is something she’s kinda stuck on. At least stylistically I need to stay in that lane. Thanks guys.
If you're still looking for recommendations, and willing to go new world, I really like Ryme Cellars for orange wine. Ribolla or Vermentino (the "his" not the "hers").
by Sean Malloy
November 2nd, 2018, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Benchmark/Cellartracker Selling Process
Replies: 27
Views: 1691

Benchmark/Cellartracker Selling Process

I hadn't noticed this when it first came out, but saw it referenced in another thread. Benchmark and Cellartracker have partnered to provide that you can check off the wines you want to sell on Cellartracker and then submit through that site to Benchmark for evaluation and eventual sale if the parti...
by Sean Malloy
October 10th, 2018, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Master Somm Invalidation
Replies: 207
Views: 16401

Re: Master Somm Invalidation

Not to disparage Master Somm's or their court, but 103 Master Somms in the USA? Who was the qualified Master Somm who created the Master Somm program and courses? After all the training and testing, who hires them? What does the diploma provide the successful Master Somm? I know dozens of Somms who...
by Sean Malloy
October 9th, 2018, 5:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your wine "magic number"?
Replies: 50
Views: 2189

Re: Your wine "magic number"?

In all seriousness though, Scott, I'm close to where you are. The right number for me is about 1000, which is about what I have. But I really need to rebalance, of course.
by Sean Malloy
October 9th, 2018, 5:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your wine "magic number"?
Replies: 50
Views: 2189

Re: Your wine "magic number"?

There's an equation for this. P=N+1. P is the perfect number of bottles, N is the number of bottles you have at any given time. Of course, once you add it, N is a new number and therefor P changes as well. (Borrowed from cyclists thinking about how many bikes they should have).
by Sean Malloy
September 23rd, 2018, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JonBonne: Texture in Wine
Replies: 42
Views: 1489

Re: JonBonne: Texture in Wine

R. Frankel wrote:
September 21st, 2018, 11:43 am
I’m enjoying this thread - very thoughtful and helpful material here.
Seconded
by Sean Malloy
September 23rd, 2018, 5:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: JonBonne: Texture in Wine
Replies: 42
Views: 1489

Re: JonBonne: Texture in Wine

This is an absolutely fundamental subject, and Dan Keeling and I wrote a piece about it in Noble Rot last year for folks who have that magazine. Our vocabulary for texture is indeed very limited, and to describe the textural profile of an old-style DRC Montrachet and a Rombauer Chardonnay in a way ...
by Sean Malloy
September 23rd, 2018, 5:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don't like QPR
Replies: 51
Views: 2353

Re: I don't like QPR

Yeah guys, I think many of you are thinking I'm making a point I'm not. Yes, drink what you like and for the price you are willing to pay. I just don't like using the wrong language. For those of you who replied that this is overthinking it and/or pedantic or whatever, you're probably spot on.I'll c...
by Sean Malloy
September 22nd, 2018, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don't like QPR
Replies: 51
Views: 2353

Re: I don't like QPR

ERPark wrote:
September 22nd, 2018, 7:50 am
Please start a movement against QPR wines. Would leave more for the rest of us.
Ha! I love good value wines, I just don't like the term.
by Sean Malloy
September 22nd, 2018, 10:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don't like QPR
Replies: 51
Views: 2353

Re: I don't like QPR

Brian Tuite wrote:
September 22nd, 2018, 6:59 am
Sean Malloy wrote:
September 22nd, 2018, 5:03 am
Another post got me thinking. I don't like the term QPR.

In QPR the R stands for ratio relationship.

FIFY! Changes the conversation a bit doesn’t it?
Sure does. If we could all agree that's what QPR means I'd be a happy user of the term.
by Sean Malloy
September 22nd, 2018, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don't like QPR
Replies: 51
Views: 2353

Re: I don't like QPR

I don´t want to contradict you, and generally I would agree, but the major problem is: what is "twice" as good? or "three times" as good? Some here boycott points (out of 100) to measure wine quality - but they have their virtues. At least we can say that a 95 point wine (in the eyes of the rater) ...
by Sean Malloy
September 22nd, 2018, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don't like QPR
Replies: 51
Views: 2353

Re: I don't like QPR

Matthew Brown wrote:
September 22nd, 2018, 5:32 am
You aren't alone. Nobody likes Queens Park Rangers.
Agreed. Spurs all the way.
by Sean Malloy
September 22nd, 2018, 5:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I don't like QPR
Replies: 51
Views: 2353

I don't like QPR

Another post got me thinking. I don't like the term QPR. In QPR the R stands for ratio and therefore math is implied. Under that analysis, if you have a really nice $20 wine and then a different wine that is twice as good, really screaming good, for $50, the better "QPR" is the $20 wine. It is half ...
by Sean Malloy
September 15th, 2018, 3:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Too much Pinot?
Replies: 22
Views: 1472

Re: Too much Pinot?

Okay everyone, make fun (and yes, it seems kind of obvious). But for me there's something behind the OP. I get palate fatigue when tasting Pinot Noir over and over in a way that I don't seem to get when tasting other varieties over and over.
by Sean Malloy
September 14th, 2018, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm The Absurd
Replies: 79
Views: 7641

Re: Realm The Absurd

I decided not to buy the Absurd. Before ordering my allocation I had a 2014 Bard, which was fantastic and I ordered a few of them and a couple Tempest and Falstaff. Realm is one of relatively few new world wines I'm buying regularly these days as I'm trying to rebalance my cellar to old world. Its g...
by Sean Malloy
September 11th, 2018, 9:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help build a new collection
Replies: 74
Views: 3873

Re: Help build a new collection

Ah, but you also asked for suggestions. In the cab area, try out Gramercy Cellars from WA state. Delicious stuff that really is not overpowering and overdone. I'm not sure crunchy is the right word, because they are polished wines, but they have tons of cab flavor without being overdone.

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