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by PHuff
December 16th, 2018, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard
Replies: 1
Views: 114

Re: TN: 2015 Cristom Pinot Noir Jessie Vineyard

Thanks for the note......

These wines age wonderfully too. I recently had a bottle of the 2008 Marjorie and it was sublime.......a great Pinot drinking at its prime, but with many years ahead of it
by PHuff
December 14th, 2018, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AG scores for Napa 2016 Part 1
Replies: 46
Views: 2827

Re: AG scores for Napa 2016 Part 1

Jim F wrote:
December 14th, 2018, 4:29 pm
Maybe more noteworthy is William&Mary getting a pair of 94’s. Congrats, Will.
For which specific wines?
by PHuff
December 5th, 2018, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Winery with Covered Patio?
Replies: 12
Views: 495

Re: Napa Winery with Covered Patio?

We were in Napa last January and loved Tamber Bey. It's situated right outside of Calistoga. It used to be an old horse farm, they built a winery on the property, but kept the horse farm, so it's pretty unique to Napa. The people at the winery were laid back and the tasting we did was fun and no-str...
by PHuff
December 2nd, 2018, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: William & Mary Wine Co.
Replies: 117
Views: 8677

Re: William & Mary Wine Co.

Mine arrived at my office last week. Can't wait to pop one for my bday (Christmas Eve). This is my first order so I'm really looking forward to trying one. You guys are killing me......I was planning on waiting at least a couple of years before I opened one of the 16's.........My willpower is being...
by PHuff
November 29th, 2018, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hey Joe - Where'd you go with that fruit in your hand? Part II.
Replies: 10
Views: 792

Re: Hey Joe - Where'd you go with that fruit in your hand? Part II.

Nice.....

The 2001 Arcadian Pisoni was one of the best Pinot's I have ever had.......
by PHuff
November 29th, 2018, 4:44 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Hiking in Napa
Replies: 11
Views: 322

Re: Hiking in Napa

Are you flying into SFO? If so and if you don't mind hiking up and down a long winding hill, I think one of the best views in all of NoCal is at the Marin Headlands. It's just on the Marin side of the Golden Gate Bridge. Spectacular views looking Southwest back towards San Francisco, and then of the...
by PHuff
November 28th, 2018, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite restaurant wine program
Replies: 27
Views: 1179

Re: Favorite restaurant wine program

Being in NJ where BYOB is big, BYOB. The Legal Sea Food post hit a note with me; there is one in Short Hills, about an hour drive, and we go there several times a year for the very reason of reasonably price food and wine, and it is all very good at a minimum. I would not have thought about it with...
by PHuff
November 25th, 2018, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Court ruling allows NJ BYOB restaurants to advertise
Replies: 22
Views: 629

Re: Court ruling allows NJ BYOB restaurants to advertise

I do not think spirits are legal in BYOW restaurants in NJ. They were not BYOB when I lived there. You are correct. Some enforce that rule. Many don’t, just don’t try to mix cocktails. I just mix-up a Manhattan at home in a shaker, I bring my own martini glass, and ask for ice when I arrive. No mus...
by PHuff
November 25th, 2018, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Court ruling allows NJ BYOB restaurants to advertise
Replies: 22
Views: 629

Re: Court ruling allows NJ BYOB restaurants to advertise

Oddly, BYO isn't wildly popular in NJ. Not sure most people understand you can do it. BTW it's not just wine and beer. We ate in a great Italian restaurant and the table next to us brought a bottle of Titos vodka and 3 mixers. Party. When visiting we always do it. Lubrano's Trattoria 2439 New Jerse...
by PHuff
November 25th, 2018, 4:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Court ruling allows NJ BYOB restaurants to advertise
Replies: 22
Views: 629

Court ruling allows NJ BYOB restaurants to advertise

Our liquor laws here in NJ are archaic, to say the least.......It's really hard and very expensive to get a liquor license to sell even beer and wine. The scarcity of available licenses means that they sometimes command $1M+ price tags, which pretty much prices the little guy out of the market. This...
by PHuff
November 23rd, 2018, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Kutch Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 8
Views: 431

Re: TN: 2016 Kutch Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

We drank the 2016 Sonoma Coast Chard with apps before dinner yesterday and it was beautiful........Great fruit density but light and balanced on the palate, with a lemon tinge and a mineral finish. It's young and will be even better with some bottle age. I love what Jamie is doing with his Chards......
by PHuff
November 14th, 2018, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Domaine Eden Chardonnay
Replies: 1
Views: 156

Re: 2010 Domaine Eden Chardonnay

I never had the 2010 Domaine Eden Chard, but the 2010 Pinot is a great bottle of wine. It is drinking great right now, and is a nice bottle to open while waiting for the 2010 Estate Pinot to flesh-out........
by PHuff
November 14th, 2018, 2:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Sunday fodder: Your highest rated or most memorable bottle of domestic Pinot Noir EVER
Replies: 150
Views: 5204

Re: Some Sunday fodder: Your highest rated or most memorable bottle of domestic Pinot Noir EVER

2005 Kistler Cuvee Catherine........ Had a bottle last year at Thanksgiving. That bottle was damn near perfect......fruit was energetic, and it was still on the larger side for Pinot, but it was just incredibly balanced and ethereal. Each sip seemed like I was drinking silk. 2nd place would go to a ...
by PHuff
November 5th, 2018, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Anderson Valley
Replies: 8
Views: 639

Re: TN: 2016 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Anderson Valley

2016 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Anderson Valley - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (11/4/2018) Bright red fruit with good balancing herbal and earthy notes, is framed by ample acidity, and subtle tannins. Rhys wines are notable for early approachability, so this is a good cellar defender t...
by PHuff
November 5th, 2018, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 16
Views: 1136

Re: TN: 2014 MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon

Steve, Interesting comments. At what point did RMP stop purchasing the majority of his samples at retail? Curious . . . I personally have no issues with reviewers getting complimentary samples in which to review. I also, in general, have no problem with reviewers reviewing Wines in the region in wh...
by PHuff
November 5th, 2018, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Anderson Valley
Replies: 8
Views: 639

Re: TN: 2016 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Anderson Valley

2016 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Anderson Valley - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (11/4/2018) Bright red fruit with good balancing herbal and earthy notes, is framed by ample acidity, and subtle tannins. Rhys wines are notable for early approachability, so this is a good cellar defender t...
by PHuff
November 3rd, 2018, 6:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT ready to drink report
Replies: 8
Views: 356

Re: CT ready to drink report

Does anyone know exactly how the 'begin drinking' and 'end drinking' dates are determined in CT? Looking at my cellar, I have a 1996 Pahlmeyer Merlot. CT states that it should have been consumed from 2002‑2013. But looking at Community Holdings, it appears that 50% of CT bottles are still being hel...
by PHuff
November 2nd, 2018, 5:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Ancegnières 2010
Replies: 16
Views: 591

Re: TN: Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey Ancegnières 2010

Charlie Gierling wrote:
November 2nd, 2018, 2:21 am
Here's the vineyard: https://weinlagen-info.de/#lage_id=2610
That is a pretty cool vineyard map Website......

Thanks for posting that
by PHuff
October 29th, 2018, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Neat/New UPS Service.....
Replies: 32
Views: 1692

Re: Neat/New UPS Service.....

I used that feature last week as well. I was expecting a delivery, my UPS guy usually hits my house very late afternoon, like between 4-6pm. I was out of the house and got back around 3pm, and sure enough, there was a door tag on the front door. So I used the new feature and tracked the driver down ...
by PHuff
October 28th, 2018, 7:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2003 Napa Cabernets
Replies: 11
Views: 823

Re: 2003 Napa Cabernets

There is variation in 2003 depending on the where the fruit is from. If you get mountain wines (Howell, Spring Mountain, Veeder, etc), i've seen the structure typical of the higher elevation wines, while still getting the warm fruit from the warmer vintage. Those wines i've tasted recently (Dunn, L...
by PHuff
October 25th, 2018, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 6769
Views: 373102

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

anyone biting on the 2015 Chateau Graves de Rabion ? JS 92 for $16. Looking at CT previous vintages look to be at the 87-88 range. Wine searcher shows only one place carrying it for $19 but CT shows people paid around $11. Whats everyone's take on this? I grabbed 6-bottles......How bad could it be ...
by PHuff
October 25th, 2018, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K and L shipping to certain states
Replies: 25
Views: 1825

Re: K and L shipping to certain states

Is the third party shipping more? No, but it takes the better part of 2 weeks and seems to get routed through places they can't predict like Dallas. This. The only downside with third party shipping is rush orders, which (seemingly) can't happen. That said, if you're like me and looking to source w...
by PHuff
September 26th, 2018, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How is the Durand wine opener?
Replies: 51
Views: 1472

Re: How is the Durand wine opener?

Neal.Mollen wrote:
September 26th, 2018, 5:05 pm
Expensive. Awesome.
+1
by PHuff
September 26th, 2018, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Passionfish wines: Huet and Gonon
Replies: 76
Views: 3643

Re: Passionfish wines: Huet and Gonon

Geez Merrill.......I don't know you, but you always came across to me on this Board as a chill person, a winemaker who loved nature and cats and people and food and wine......Your original post and follow-up posts on PassionFish seem way out of character for you. Did you just have a bad day? It's ok...
by PHuff
September 25th, 2018, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1994 Lewis Cellars Reserve Cabernet
Replies: 12
Views: 395

Re: 1994 Lewis Cellars Reserve Cabernet

Nice note Blake..... I remember being turned on to Lewis Cellars by a young Gary Vaynerchuk at the old Wine Library back in the day......On his recommendation I bought some of the 94 Reserve. It was a special wine back then, but I drank all of my stash long ago. It was a relative bargain back then a...
by PHuff
September 23rd, 2018, 4:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A bunch of wines with a bunch of Berserkers in Philadelphia
Replies: 9
Views: 724

Re: A bunch of wines with a bunch of Berserkers in Philadelphia

Tell me more about the W&M Proprietary Red.......... Nice notes of cedar, leather and tar. The first time I tasted it was alongside the 2016 W&M Caband it was a lean and mean in comparison. On this night being up against some wines with more age on them it showed a sweet ripe fruit core which gave ...
by PHuff
September 23rd, 2018, 4:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A bunch of wines with a bunch of Berserkers in Philadelphia
Replies: 9
Views: 724

Re: A bunch of wines with a bunch of Berserkers in Philadelphia

Tell me more about the W&M Proprietary Red..........
by PHuff
September 22nd, 2018, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Pavie, or how predictions are hard, especially about the future
Replies: 42
Views: 1467

Re: 2001 Pavie, or how predictions are hard, especially about the future

I had a bottle about 6-months ago that was frigging awesome.......deep fruit, with a mineral backbone, and classic Bordeaux dirt. It is definitely a wine on the bigger side, I wouldn't call it elegant, but is sure was tasty
by PHuff
September 18th, 2018, 5:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon trip . . . walkers in the city
Replies: 5
Views: 368

Re: Oregon trip . . . walkers in the city

Go to "Tasty and Alder" for breakfast!.......
by PHuff
September 13th, 2018, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Kutch
Replies: 52
Views: 2945

Re: 2016 Kutch

Thanks David for the question. We do NOT custom crush. We have our own winery inside a winery. We own all our own equipment. 36 tanks including open tops stainless, closed top pressurized bottling tanks, wood tanks from Beaune, 1 ton basket press, cat walks, settling racks, tank heater etc etc. We ...
by PHuff
September 12th, 2018, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help an amatuer impress his wife?
Replies: 37
Views: 1389

Re: Help an amatuer impress his wife?

So did Peter and Jay. Sorry, not you Nola. I thought the responses were a bit condescending for someone just looking for help for a special evening. Sure, his wife likes white zin, so what? I like plenty of cheap roses. The OP was gently chided for pointedly mentioning white zin, knowing in advance...
by PHuff
September 8th, 2018, 4:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 938
Views: 100736

Re: Official Costco Thread

Capbern for $20 is a billy bargain! What CostCo was that in, Karl? I'm sorry. I just saw this. Costco in Delaware. Haut Bages Liberal 2015 for 38.99 as well. Great story on the Capbern. They have dramatically improved the wine. Here... https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/bordeaux-wine-producer-pro...
by PHuff
September 4th, 2018, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Frost in cellar (on compressor)?
Replies: 7
Views: 255

Re: Frost in cellar (on compressor)?

Check the drain hose (or drain pan) where the condensation goes. I had that issue once and cleared the drain and it was fine after that.
by PHuff
September 1st, 2018, 7:39 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Looking for 2006 Uccelliera Brunello
Replies: 2
Views: 243

Re: Looking for 2006 Uccelliera Brunello

Jeff Vaughan wrote:
August 30th, 2018, 9:11 am
Paul, I might be willing to part with 2-3 bottles depending on what you have to trade. I'd be interested in left bank Bordeaux, Barolo, or Burgundy.
Hey Jeff,

I sent you a PM

Thanks, Paul
by PHuff
August 29th, 2018, 10:41 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Looking for 2006 Uccelliera Brunello
Replies: 2
Views: 243

Looking for 2006 Uccelliera Brunello

I am looking for up to a case of 2006 Uccelliera Brunello. I would prefer to trade if possible, I have lots of high-end Cali-Cabs and Bordeaux to trade. Let me know if you have any to part with.

Thanks, Paul
by PHuff
August 25th, 2018, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on William & Mary release
Replies: 47
Views: 2424

Re: Thoughts on William & Mary release

I just placed an order for a 3 pack, wish I could have sprung for more, but it's been a brutal few months wine wise on the card... At any rate, I am very excited, based on the talk on this board as well as Cellar Tracker. One thing that was a bit surprising, is it looked like on the shipping page o...
by PHuff
August 24th, 2018, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lastbottle Spring Marathon
Replies: 148
Views: 7495

Re: Lastbottle Spring Marathon

Mike Walsh wrote:
August 24th, 2018, 9:54 am
Almost pulled the trigger on that 92 Spottswoode but just missed it.
I didn't see that one as I just logged on. What was the price of the Spottswoode?
by PHuff
August 21st, 2018, 5:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2014 Pepiere Briords and 2014 Rhys Porkie Hill
Replies: 9
Views: 756

Re: TNs: 2014 Pepiere Briords and 2014 Rhys Porkie Hill

Have any of you tried the 2014 Pepiere "Gorges"? A local retailer sent out a note on that wine and it was intriguing to me, but I have never tried one. I'm not that familiar with Muscadet in general, so any insight would be appreciated!

Paul
by PHuff
August 20th, 2018, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eleven Madison Park Wine List Help
Replies: 41
Views: 2494

Re: Eleven Madison Park Wine List Help

I think wine pairing is $175 and I'd probably rather do that than be confined to one bottle for an 8-10 course meal. Though I don't like to overly fuss over "perfect" pairings, the right wine at the right time can be superior to the "better" wine at the wrong time. That said, I totally agree on ros...
by PHuff
August 13th, 2018, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 8-12-18
Replies: 24
Views: 1131

Re: Wine Impressions 8-12-18

Howard, I loved the 94 Insignia on release. The best thing Jim Laube ever wrote that I read was his comparison on release of the 94 Insignia versus the 94 Shafer HS, both wines entering a new style and new era that vintage. And I mentally compared both to the 1994 Galleron. Of the three, the 94 Ins...
by PHuff
August 13th, 2018, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MASSIVE site overhaul (finished!!!) THANK YOU!!!
Replies: 190
Views: 7823

Re: MASSIVE site overhaul (almost finished - still tweaking stuff)

I can access the Site on my iPhone, but neither I nor my wife can access it via our Mac’s using Safari or Chrome..... What’s up? remove the S from http: So use this link http://wineberserkers.com/forum Thanks, that works (I am posting this from my Mac). When the secure Website is completed, will we...
by PHuff
August 13th, 2018, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MASSIVE site overhaul (finished!!!) THANK YOU!!!
Replies: 190
Views: 7823

Re: MASSIVE site overhaul (almost finished - still tweaking stuff)

I can access the Site on my iPhone, but neither I nor my wife can access it via our Mac’s using Safari or Chrome.....

What’s up?
by PHuff
August 11th, 2018, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Big CA Lineup Recap w/Brief Notes
Replies: 15
Views: 1178

TN: Big CA Lineup Recap w/Brief Notes

I bought a 6-pack of the Bevan Sauvignon Blanc at release and still have 3 bottles left. That wine is very interesting to me, it's unlike any SB I have ever had. I'm not sure if I like it or not. It's incredibly fruity and strong, not a SB for the faint of heart for sure.......And every bottle of th...
by PHuff
August 7th, 2018, 6:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 2006 Woodward Canyon Old Vines
Replies: 4
Views: 180

TN 2006 Woodward Canyon Old Vines

So did you like it? .......

I had a bottle of the 2001 a while ago and it was fantastic
by PHuff
August 5th, 2018, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: They're havin' a heat wave
Replies: 52
Views: 3318

They're havin' a heat wave

Forecast high temperatures for the next five days: Bordeaux - 98,98,99,96,83 Beaune - 96,95,96,98,92 Any word on the likely impact to the vineyards? We scoff at those low temps here in Oregon. 90, 91, 96, 98, 97 Yesterday, today, next 3 days. Jim, No negative affects from those high temps on your P...
by PHuff
August 5th, 2018, 5:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon pre-trip ramblings . . .
Replies: 11
Views: 1008

Oregon pre-trip ramblings . . .

Jim, Hope your trip is memorable, it sounds like fun. I posted a while ago in another Willamette Valley thread about our trip there 2-September’s ago. It was our first trip to Oregon and we had an incredible time. My one piece of advice to you is to enjoy all the winery visits and tastings, but don’...
by PHuff
August 3rd, 2018, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?
Replies: 122
Views: 5076

The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?

Had one that has been mentioned in this thread the night before last. Will post on it tomorrow (both here and new thread with other wines). My first 100 point California Chardonnay. No shocks, revelations or discoveries, just a consistently great wine opened at perfection. Dan Kravitz My bet: Mount...
by PHuff
August 2nd, 2018, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?
Replies: 122
Views: 5076

The Best California Chardonnay That You've Had In The Last 5 Years?

2014 Kutch Santa Cruz Mountain, without a doubt. That wine is bee-yoo-tee-ful, and it shows that way every single time I have one open, so that gives me confidence in my post and belief, as well. I would also say the 2015 Rhys Alpine Santa Cruz Mountain I had last month was pretty spot on too, yet ...
by PHuff
August 2nd, 2018, 4:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa/Sonoma Tasting Blitz Cirq, Rhys, Carlisle, RM and more
Replies: 78
Views: 3956

Napa/Sonoma Tasting Blitz Cirq, Rhys, Carlisle, RM and more

Great notes on the Kutch wines......I have been on Jamie's list pretty much from the beginning, I love his wines. I totally agree on the 2014 SC Chard, that is a spectacular wine, probably the best Cali Chard that I have ever had, right next to the 94 Peter Michael Cuvee Indigene that I drank one b...
by PHuff
August 1st, 2018, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa/Sonoma Tasting Blitz Cirq, Rhys, Carlisle, RM and more
Replies: 78
Views: 3956

Napa/Sonoma Tasting Blitz Cirq, Rhys, Carlisle, RM and more

Great notes on the Kutch wines......I have been on Jamie's list pretty much from the beginning, I love his wines. I totally agree on the 2014 SC Chard, that is a spectacular wine, probably the best Cali Chard that I have ever had, right next to the 94 Peter Michael Cuvee Indigene that I drank one bo...

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