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by G. D y e r
April 12th, 2021, 10:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 9288
Views: 729656

Re: de Negoce offer

Cam, please explain why you are charging tax on shipping within California, even though it's a separate line item. I just bought n.186 N.186 - $96 Shipping - $29 Tax - $11.56 (that's a rate of 12%) Hi Mike - yeah, this was recently brought to my attention. Its complicated but you can see why here h...
by G. D y e r
April 11th, 2021, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2330
Views: 327869

Re: Official Costco Thread

I saw the 2016 Kirkland Barolo at the SoDo Seattle Costco on Thursday’s. And I bought a couple. $20. Any sightings in the SFO Bay Area? RWC had 3+ cases this morning Interesting, it's making inroads to California. Its demise via 'discontinued SKU' on the West Coast was not the whole story--I'll kee...
by G. D y e r
April 11th, 2021, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYTimes: Jersey The Next Napa???
Replies: 67
Views: 3240

Re: NYTimes: Jersey The Next Napa???

Because NJ is flat Is a slope necessary for excellent wine? There are reasons why hillsides can be beneficial: Providing south facing exposure in marginal climates Providing non-south facing exposure in warmer climates Drainage of water Eroded, less fertile soils up slope Wind exposure (stress and/...
by G. D y e r
April 7th, 2021, 7:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ponzi Vineyards purchased by Bollinger
Replies: 48
Views: 2218

Re: Ponzi Vineyards purchased by Bollinger

I think Bollinger does a lot more for the local brand than KJ, that's got to be at least part of it Jim. KJ is a big plus for our little town of McMinnville. Locals are positive about it. Wine folk are snobs, so it makes sense they view the French attributes with more panache. Of the larger winery ...
by G. D y e r
April 7th, 2021, 12:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning first time trip to Santa Barbara County, tips/advice?
Replies: 38
Views: 1090

Re: Planning first time trip to Santa Barbara County, tips/advice?

Your plan is solid except for the whole walking distance thing. Los Olivos has one/maybe two hotels?, And is walking distance to a few tasting rooms but otherwise you'll be driving as everything is fairly distanced from each other Yes, this is the tricky logistical challenge. Downtown Santa Barbara...
by G. D y e r
April 3rd, 2021, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we BYOB? (Post-COVID)
Replies: 115
Views: 5007

Re: Should we BYOB?

No restaurant is required to allow corkage. They presumably choose to do it because they believe it’s a net plus for their overall business. So I don’t really understand why so many wine geeks are guilt-ridden about doing it, as though we are taking advantage of the restaurant or getting away with ...
by G. D y e r
April 3rd, 2021, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we BYOB? (Post-COVID)
Replies: 115
Views: 5007

Re: Should we BYOB?

We are planning to take it on a case by case basis. We went to a restaurant in NYC recently, one we love and want to support, and the 4 of us brought 5 bottles, at $75 each corkage. Had we been buying off the list, we would have drunk a lot less, so we felt okay about that. The next night we went j...
by G. D y e r
April 1st, 2021, 11:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche
Replies: 11
Views: 1708

Re: TN: 2008 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

robert creth wrote: April 1st, 2021, 9:08 pm
TimF wrote: April 1st, 2021, 8:01 pm The biodynamic calendar says that 4/1 is a terrible day to open a bottle of wine.
This!
So the CT note will come down after April Fool's day passes?
by G. D y e r
April 1st, 2021, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Savory Syrah
Replies: 64
Views: 2538

Re: Recommendations for Savory Syrah

+1 on the Melville donna's block suggestion. I just had the 18 tonight--it's excellent, and the most savory CA syrah I've tried. +2. The '18 is really something, it's an umami bomb, though not short on purity of fruit. Concentrated, yet lithely textured, structured, yet open, feral, but not rustic....
by G. D y e r
March 30th, 2021, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (butter-softened herbs on fudge cake)
Replies: 1471
Views: 71372

Re: It's critic bingo! ("voices from the orange grove.... Sermons of flinty stone")

Yes, I would say this Smith & Hook wine on Winebid does overdeliver. 92Wine Enthusiast Truly a wine that overdelivers, this packs molten fudge cake, vanilla-laced black-currant syrup and chocolate pudding with a fresh sprig of mint on the nose. The palate is soft and dynamic, with ripe black cu...
by G. D y e r
March 28th, 2021, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR
Replies: 74
Views: 3180

Re: QPR

On the other hand, the single smartest moves I've made in my wine collecting history have been loading up on value wines that went on to age beautifully and get more and more expensive to replace. It's almost a cliche to warn on this board - and not without good reason - that your tastes may change...
by G. D y e r
March 27th, 2021, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2330
Views: 327869

Re: Official Costco Thread

Have you tried the 2016 yet? I picked one up the other day to try - let it breathe for about an hour and was impressed. Kinda crazy QPR. Will go back and get more for sure. Yes, I've had the '16 and agree that it's a great QPR for under $20. I still hope to try it side by side with the '15, but my ...
by G. D y e r
March 20th, 2021, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Melville Pinot Noir Estate (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)
Replies: 16
Views: 610

Re: TN: 2013 Melville Pinot Noir Estate (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)

+1 on the above. The change in winemaker from Brewer to Melville is significant. I believe that took effect starting in 2016, so the long term aging is not yet demonstrated. But I can say with confidence that the current vintages' style is dissimilar to what is described in the original post. Otherw...
by G. D y e r
March 18th, 2021, 11:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for a California Syrah tasting?
Replies: 91
Views: 3569

Re: Recommendations for a California Syrah tasting?

Holus Bolus would be at the top of my list: Presqu'ile Vineyard - Elegant cool climate, lots of pepper. Franc de Pied: More of a brut but still cool climate I’ll second this. The regular Syrah is a real crowd pleaser that my wife and daughter love but the Franc de Pied 2017/2018 are really serious ...
by G. D y e r
March 18th, 2021, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High QPR Nebbiolo?
Replies: 59
Views: 3719

Re: High QPR Nebbiolo?

Plenty of good advice above. Ones I think shine and are approachable, and on the cheap: Runchet Langhe Nebbiolo Vietti Perbacco Sandri Langhe Nebbiolo Funsu Langhe Nebbiolo (a little more vintage dependent) Roagna Langhe nebbiolo (top of your price range, but more pleasurable than most BB/Baroli) P...
by G. D y e r
March 17th, 2021, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for a California Syrah tasting?
Replies: 91
Views: 3569

Re: Recommendations for a California Syrah tasting?

Holus Bolus would be at the top of my list: Presqu'ile Vineyard - Elegant cool climate, lots of pepper. Franc de Pied: More of a brut but still cool climate Ojai and Melville are good as well. Have gone through two cases of Melville Estate since I got a good deal on it. I second the above. Holus Bo...
by G. D y e r
March 16th, 2021, 12:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Terrane Nebbiolo Paso Robles (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)
Replies: 2
Views: 201

TN: 2013 Terrane Nebbiolo Paso Robles (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)

I've been on a Nebbiolo thread recently, and pulled a bottle of Bryan Harrington's unsulfured Nebbiolo from Luna Matta Vineyard in Paso Robles. From what I recall, these have a grape or fruit based additive to inhibit microbes and oxidation. Indeed, this was very clean and showing no incipient loss ...
by G. D y e r
March 14th, 2021, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Guido Porro Barolo Vigna Lazzairasco (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)
Replies: 14
Views: 670

Re: TN: 2005 Guido Porro Barolo Vigna Lazzairasco (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo)

Here are my notes on this wine from quite some time back. Certainly the fact that the earlier bottle had sur-maturity notes, while the later one didn't, hints at some variability (though I'm fairly sensitive to Zin-like dried fruit and my 'calibration' taste to taste is not perfect). In 2010 I was t...
by G. D y e r
March 10th, 2021, 11:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Piedmont suggestions
Replies: 73
Views: 2982

Re: 2014 Piedmont suggestions

I think I should take that back giving the strong correlation between "modern" and "Parkerized". I first tried Porro's wines when I visited Piemonte back in 2015, but that time they were releasing the 2011s in Barolo, his Lazzaraisco was very delicate and super enjoyable on rele...
by G. D y e r
March 10th, 2021, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Clean Wine Movement...
Replies: 44
Views: 2216

Re: The Clean Wine Movement...

At $24/bottle for Vin de France and Spain appellations, no doubt Avaline wines are overpriced by 50% to 100%. But it's refreshing on the other hand that there is a mass market brand that is eschewing the Mega Purple + oak dust + RS formula that dominates the aisles of grocery stores. It will be inte...
by G. D y e r
March 7th, 2021, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on "Wine is just a beverage"
Replies: 35
Views: 1199

Re: Thoughts on "Wine is just a beverage"

And, yeah, I do consider wine to be art. People will travel the world to see a painting from someone who died hundrerds of years ago - does that not also apply to people who spend money on (ever-decreasing) bottles of wine made by a master who may have died? I'm sure 1945 Lafite is never going to b...
by G. D y e r
March 7th, 2021, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on "Wine is just a beverage"
Replies: 35
Views: 1199

Re: Thoughts on "Wine is just a beverage"

I will take the 'no' side of the debate. What differentiates wine from 'just a beverage' is that it stimulates multiple senses via aroma, flavor, texture and appearance. In terms of flavors, excellent wines can effectively span the sweet, sour, bitter, and umami spectrum well. And let's not forget i...
by G. D y e r
March 7th, 2021, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Piedmont suggestions
Replies: 73
Views: 2982

Re: 2014 Piedmont suggestions

That doesn't mean that every single 2015 Barolo is as I described above; I've had many a lovely, stern and and varietally absolutely correct Barolo and Barbaresco from 2015. However, the odds are against them, seeing how too many 2015 Nebbiolo I've tasted has been just too sweet, low in acidity and...
by G. D y e r
February 26th, 2021, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Detert- Why not more chatter?
Replies: 129
Views: 13024

Re: Detert- Why not more chatter?

I would encourage anyone that likes Cab Franc to buy Domaine Olga Raffault Chinon Les Picasses. This is the archetype of Loire Cab Franc. It’s benchmark. And around $30. Robert, I think they are apples and oranges. Or maybe apples and fudge brownies . Here's Galloni on the 2014 Detert Cab Franc: &q...
by G. D y e r
February 25th, 2021, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most useless tasting note I've ever seen...
Replies: 57
Views: 3286

Re: Most useless tasting note I've ever seen...

Man, that guy went to a lot of work writing >1k 'meal notes' just to troll us WineBerserkers.
by G. D y e r
February 24th, 2021, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggest some French reds based on my Cali tastes
Replies: 35
Views: 2496

Re: Suggest some French reds based on my Cali tastes

There's a French restaurant/wine shop in town but I didn't spot anything that looked familiar. The guy that runs the place is a little intimidating and I didn't want like to look stupid so I ended up leaving with a The Mascot instead of anything French. I'd encourage you to give the French wine sho...
by G. D y e r
February 23rd, 2021, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suggest some French reds based on my Cali tastes
Replies: 35
Views: 2496

Re: Suggest some French reds based on my Cali tastes

Yeah, what the others said: Southern Rhone (Cotes du Rhone, Gigondas, Chateauneuf du Pape, Vayqueras) and Languedoc-Roussillon. I'd focus less on producer and visit a local wine shop to see what they have at price points of interest to you. That will narrow the choices a bit, and if you are willing ...
by G. D y e r
February 20th, 2021, 11:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the top wines near Santa Barbara?
Replies: 39
Views: 2440

Re: What are the top wines near Santa Barbara?

Co-sign so many options above - if you like cool climate Syrah check out holus Bolus too they have a tasting room a stones throw from Tercero Enjoy +1 on this. They are absolutely killing it with terroir driven Syrah from vineyards in cooler, more marginal sites. I was in their club, dropped for a ...
by G. D y e r
February 19th, 2021, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 9288
Views: 729656

Re: de Negoce offer

Interesting, the Rocks Syrah is a slow mover and still available. 22 months in neutral oak is a nice departure from the higher oak Walla Walla releases. Very tempted to grab this one.
by G. D y e r
February 15th, 2021, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Young vine wines that are epic
Replies: 74
Views: 4610

Re: Young vine wines that are epic

Young vines produce very fruit forward wines. I believe you Marcus, but it'll be very hard for the average consumer to pick that out. In a blind tasting of young vs. old vine wine from the same (or very close) vineyard, similar clones, similar vine maintenance/harvesting, same vintage, same winemak...
by G. D y e r
February 14th, 2021, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 1035
Views: 118449

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

N.82 Walla Walla Meritage/Red Blend - going out of order here as these are sister wineries. Pungent with oak and brooding fruit, again, totally ass backwards right now. Its a monster on the palate and a bit more approachable than N.50 but clearly still a baby. Give this another 6-8 months. Thanks C...
by G. D y e r
February 14th, 2021, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy aging rule of thumb
Replies: 39
Views: 2991

Re: Burgundy aging rule of thumb

Kind of skimming through this, it seems the closest to a generalization is as follows: Drink within a year or two of release to avoid the wine being shutdown, but you are paying a premium for a wine that is basically primary Hold through ages 5-15, generally not worth the risk due to bottle, vintage...
by G. D y e r
February 14th, 2021, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 751
Views: 66219

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

Been active on the BD wines this last week. Both the Solomon Hills (Bien Nacido) Pinot Noir and Tercero (Larry Schaffer) Larner Mouvedre were winners, though admittedly the former I picked off on the young side since I have multiples. I picked up my Tercero BD Grenache/Mourvedre order directly from ...
by G. D y e r
February 13th, 2021, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No wine in my cellar is safe from getting its cork pulled
Replies: 86
Views: 4472

Re: No wine in my cellar is safe from getting its cork pulled

Back to the OP's original comments, I'm nearing a similar position after collecting for about 12-ish years. Other than picking off the odd bottle in the interest of science, I have maintained a mix of Loire Franc from warm years, mid-range Barolo/Barbaresco, and a few interesting singletons (Tempier...
by G. D y e r
February 8th, 2021, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 1035
Views: 118449

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

N.82 Walla Walla Meritage/Red Blend - going out of order here as these are sister wineries. Pungent with oak and brooding fruit, again, totally ass backwards right now. Its a monster on the palate and a bit more approachable than N.50 but clearly still a baby. Give this another 6-8 months. Thanks C...
by G. D y e r
February 8th, 2021, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 1035
Views: 118449

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

For PN, some of my favorites include Scherrer, Sandler, and Walter Scott - depending on mood/meal. High quality, balanced, generally mid weight Pinot Noir--I'll let mine rest then for a few more months based on your assessment and tastes. Just to elaborate a bit more, although I don't take detailed...
by G. D y e r
February 8th, 2021, 8:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 1035
Views: 118449

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

The Pinot's continue to disappoint. Had a 70D last night and found it lacking in every dimension. I had a very similar experience with 70A 4-6 weeks ago which I wrote off as bottle shock or just too young, and youth may be the case here. Don't plan on opening another 70 before mid-summer. I also di...
by G. D y e r
February 7th, 2021, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Notes (added Vajra Barolo Ravera & Coste di Rose)
Replies: 159
Views: 17678

Re: 2016 Barolo Notes (added Vajra Barolo Ravera & Coste di Rose)

I think what makes 16 such a terrific vintage is the quality of many of the base/normale Barolo's from many producers. There are many outstanding wines in the $30-50 price range and a bunch are drinking great now but will be even better in 5-8 years. Yes, this is going to drive a few purchasing dec...
by G. D y e r
February 7th, 2021, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?
Replies: 128
Views: 6706

Re: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?

Wines that can challenge those $25-30 Saint Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage and Cornas wines in both value and quality? This is so subjective, I think in general, CA Syrah is going to be more generous and showing more fruit and N Rhone being more savory and austere. So it depends on which style suits you....
by G. D y e r
February 7th, 2021, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 1035
Views: 118449

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

N.70 has been one of my favorite releases thus far. I actually think it's pretty cool that Cam had 4 separate bottlings instead of just blending them all together. Sure would have been simpler logistically that way. I bought a second case during the black friday sale. I do wonder a bit if the produ...
by G. D y e r
February 7th, 2021, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 1035
Views: 118449

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

The Pinot's continue to disappoint. Had a 70D last night and found it lacking in every dimension. I had a very similar experience with 70A 4-6 weeks ago which I wrote off as bottle shock or just too young, and youth may be the case here. Don't plan on opening another 70 before mid-summer. I also di...
by G. D y e r
February 7th, 2021, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 1035
Views: 118449

Re: What de Négoce wine are you drinking tonight?

Took one for the team in the OG n.82. I think a lot of people are going to be very happy with this, especially if they can be patient, though at this price it's fun to track evolution without feeling like it's a waste. Overall, this is not a style of wine for which I'm generally willing to pay retai...
by G. D y e r
February 5th, 2021, 11:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Barolo Notes (added Vajra Barolo Ravera & Coste di Rose)
Replies: 159
Views: 17678

Re: 2016 Barolo Notes (added Vajra Barolo Ravera & Coste di Rose)

On the basis of this thread, I bought a few bottles of the 2016 Vajra Albe and opened one tonight. Have I opened Pandora's box in terms of the start of my exploration of Nebbiolo and Barolo? I thought it was excellent, popped and poured - strong tannins, bright acidity, light strawberry that moves ...
by G. D y e r
February 3rd, 2021, 8:43 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

That's a good point. I shouldn't judge a wine based on the 2018 version. Damn, Jay, this is my first 2019!! C63DB37E-EE22-4092-8131-D65CEB2ABC49.jpeg 14.5%. Reminds me of the 2005 version. I need to backfill on 2014, such a classic Loire CF vintage. Whoa! In less than a couple of decades it seems l...
by G. D y e r
February 2nd, 2021, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 9288
Views: 729656

Re: de Negoce offer

Hertelendy posted in the other thread and said they have not sold any wine to negoce. So we can take them off the list for the 27/28/29 I didn't read it quite that way. If the wine was sold through a 3rd party broker as shiners, then the proprietor would neither have sold bulk wine nor sold to dN w...
by G. D y e r
February 1st, 2021, 10:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name
Replies: 109
Views: 5857

Re: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name

I would drink it, but I wouldn't serve Gorgeous Victim at a dinner if my wife was present. The tasting notes in an active discussion of this wine reinforces the, uh, nonconsensual undertones: "It was hard to keep my hands off of it and kept teasing me to come back for more. I tried to show som...
by G. D y e r
February 1st, 2021, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name
Replies: 109
Views: 5857

Re: Wines you have trouble buying because of the name

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by G. D y e r
January 31st, 2021, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 9288
Views: 729656

Re: de Negoce offer

Lingua franca also is both organic and biodynamic. isn’t all biodynamic organic? Do you mean some of their vineyards are organic and some biodynamic? Interesting question. Are we talking about organic viticulture or organic wine? Winemaking itself doesn't typically qualify as organic, so it's commo...
by G. D y e r
January 30th, 2021, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Squirrel Preservation Decanter. Am I Nuts....
Replies: 36
Views: 2033

Re: Wine Squirrel Preservation Decanter. Am I Nuts....

Looks promising, though I'm skeptical of gadgets that rely on a plug or seal in contact with the wine. Even if the plug fully inert, over time my worry is that wear reduces the efficacy of the seal or the mechanism that induces the seal. After loosely following the whole discussion on Boston rounds,...
by G. D y e r
January 27th, 2021, 11:20 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Harrington Wines BD12: Love for the Lost ***OFFER EXTENDED!***
Replies: 26
Views: 1655

Re: Harrington Wines BD12: Love for the Lost

In for a Nebbiolo 3-pack. I was weighing the vertical offer Bryan had floated a few months ago, but this is optimal for my budget and storage space! I have a 2013 and 2015, so now can expand that vertical a bit. More or less depending on what the 2 library wines turn out to be :) Shoot Bryan an ema...

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