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by Scott Jameson
October 7th, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB 2014 Kutch Chardonnay
Replies: 6
Views: 447

Re: WTB 2014 Kutch Chaedonnay

Huge fan of Kutch, but never tried...will pay top dollar. You can PM me, email, or text. Thanks in advance...lenstevens02@gmail.com....502-299-0260 Where are you located, and what do you consider "top dollar" ? I have a few bottles, purchased on release and properly stored since. I'm in the Houston...
by Scott Jameson
October 7th, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?
Replies: 52
Views: 1728

Re: How can I track the temperature along a shipping route?

Richard Albert wrote:
October 7th, 2019, 7:13 am
Jason, a couple of posts made me think use of rail was not universally known.
I think it is safe to assume that rail is used without crossing a time zone as well.
As I understand it, UPS uses rail, but FedEx (Ground & Home) doesn't. They use trucks.
by Scott Jameson
October 2nd, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Ridge Dinner @ Pig+Fig...(long/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 452

Re: TN: A Ridge Dinner @ Pig+Fig...(long/boring)

Tom, great notes from what sounds like a great tasting ! I'm a bit shocked at how the 2007 MB showed, though. It's been about 2 years, but the last one I drank was very primary and youthful, with what seemed to be years of life ahead of it. Any thoughts on if this bottle was representative ?
by Scott Jameson
September 16th, 2019, 7:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard
Replies: 58
Views: 5012

Re: Fear And Loathing In ToKalon Vineyard

Historically the Mondavi Reserve Cabernet was a blend of vineyards. I believe To Kalon always served as the core part of the blend, but I think they also may have incorporated grapes from other vineyards. Either way, the Reserve was never a vineyard designate. That changed starting with the 2011 vi...
by Scott Jameson
September 15th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any recs for lunch in or around Beaune?
Replies: 22
Views: 1165

Re: Any recs for lunch in or around Beaune?

We had a very nice dinner at La Dilettante when we visited Beaune in early July, and I'm sure lunch would be equally excellent. I'm not sure what Alan meant by "wine list" though. The available wines are on shelves that run almost the entire side of the restaurant.
by Scott Jameson
September 11th, 2019, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 17998

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

I have an acquaintance who had been on the MacDonald list for the last few years. I learned today that he didn’t receive the save the date email. I also know from experience that only those who are receiving an allocation receive that email. Given that he had been somewhat less that covert in the r...
by Scott Jameson
September 5th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1983 dunn napa
Replies: 26
Views: 1457

Re: 1983 dunn napa

Those older Dunns are indestructible! I've sourced a few from the 80s and all have been fantastic. 88' was the WOTN upset a couple years ago in a tasting against several big Napa names. Been saving a 85' mag for a special occasion. The bottle is so pretty looking with the painted etched glass. If t...
by Scott Jameson
September 5th, 2019, 8:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1983 dunn napa
Replies: 26
Views: 1457

Re: 1983 dunn napa

i wonder if the 1985 napa is similarly affected - i got a few of those with this same lot... In my experience, it was only the Howell Mtn that showed the great bottle variation. I went through a similar quantity of the '85 Napa (minus the 5L) and they were much more consistent. While a typical long...
by Scott Jameson
September 5th, 2019, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1983 dunn napa
Replies: 26
Views: 1457

Re: 1983 dunn napa

Those older Dunns are indestructible! I've sourced a few from the 80s and all have been fantastic. 88' was the WOTN upset a couple years ago in a tasting against several big Napa names. Been saving a 85' mag for a special occasion. The bottle is so pretty looking with the painted etched glass. If t...
by Scott Jameson
September 3rd, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Question - dual cooling units
Replies: 16
Views: 1055

Re: Cellar Question - dual cooling units

Reviving this thread. Not many responses, so I’ll assume most fortunate to have wine rooms in their homes don’t have such redudancy in place. How many have experienced cooling uints malfunctioning to the point of damage to their contents? Jeremy, I'm in the Houston area, and we were without power f...
by Scott Jameson
August 20th, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1981 Joseph Swan Vineyards Zinfandel
Replies: 4
Views: 480

TN: 1981 Joseph Swan Vineyards Zinfandel

1981 Joseph Swan Vineyards Zinfandel Sonoma County - USA, California, Sonoma County (8/19/2019) Purchased at or near release, based on the $10 tag on the bottle. High shoulder fill, with evidence of long past seepage. Cork wet almost to the top, and cleanly removed with an Ah-So. Dull red in color,...
by Scott Jameson
August 18th, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 77
Views: 4924

Re: Napa Cab under $100

You may want to get in touch with board member Merrill Lindquist. She's in Calistoga and her Black Cat Cabernet Sauvignons sound like they're right in your wife's wheel house.
by Scott Jameson
August 8th, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 champagne question
Replies: 46
Views: 3705

Re: 2008 champagne question

In my market, Houston, TX, DP is less than half the cost of the other 2 - about $135 vs $300 for the Winston Churchill. If I found the Churchill significantly cheaper, I'd probably pick up a few bottles, but I don't expect that to happen. I've had the DP a couple of times and while it's very enjoyab...
by Scott Jameson
August 7th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Hillsides
Replies: 69
Views: 5754

Re: Rhys Hillsides

Jim Brennan wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 11:55 am
Has anyone heard what the tariff is going to be?
IIRC, the 2013s and 2014s were $149 plus tax, so I'd expect that to be a floor ...
by Scott Jameson
August 7th, 2019, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Hillsides
Replies: 69
Views: 5754

Re: Rhys Hillsides

Was an email sent about this release? Yes, I received it around noon EDT yesterday. Here's the text: After two long years, the Hillsides are back with the 2016 vintage offering!! Shortly after the 2016 harvest we were excited to see that the vintage had produced some barrels of truly exceptional qu...
by Scott Jameson
August 7th, 2019, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Hillsides
Replies: 69
Views: 5754

Re: Rhys Hillsides

Has anyone tried the 2013 and 2014 vintages of these wines ? There's only a couple of notes on CellerTracker ...
by Scott Jameson
August 6th, 2019, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long were you on the Monte Bello waiting list?
Replies: 33
Views: 1919

Re: How long were you on the Monte Bello waiting list?

oh also she mentioned that the 2016 pre-release email should be going out on Tuesday! The email is out … The "sticker price" is $225/750, although Ridge club members get a 10% or 15% discount, depending on the quantity purchased. Shipping is also included for this "members only" pre-release. The fu...
by Scott Jameson
August 1st, 2019, 5:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long were you on the Monte Bello waiting list?
Replies: 33
Views: 1919

Re: How long were you on the Monte Bello waiting list?

I definitely will for some current releases. from what I can tell, the benefit of futures is that the futures price of the 2014s was less than 120 (I believe?) and bassins lists it for 199. The 2014 futures were offered at $105/750 in February 2015. The wine was released 2 years ago, and I'd guess ...
by Scott Jameson
August 1st, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long were you on the Monte Bello waiting list?
Replies: 33
Views: 1919

Re: How long were you on the Monte Bello waiting list?

Check out bassins.com. Ridge shows there every year and I believe wine is available on the website. I definitely will for some current releases. from what I can tell, the benefit of futures is that the futures price of the 2014s was less than 120 (I believe?) and bassins lists it for 199. The 2014 ...
by Scott Jameson
August 1st, 2019, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long were you on the Monte Bello waiting list?
Replies: 33
Views: 1919

Re: How long were you on the Monte Bello waiting list?

The "wait list" is new, so no one has been on it long. I assume this is a way to temper expectations following this year's offering. As best I can tell, this year was the first time that some club members, for whom the futures offering was a stated benefit, weren't able to purchase futures. When the...
by Scott Jameson
July 27th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Older Mount Eden Cab Sav
Replies: 9
Views: 814

Re: Older Mount Eden Cab Sav

Our tasting group recently did a vertical of '73-'82 (sans '78). Jeffrey was happy the '73 was the group favorite, because that's the vintage that showed him the potential of the site, inspiring him to stay on. (He'd worked there a couple years before being hired as winemaker.) Wes, sorry if I miss...
by Scott Jameson
July 27th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Older Mount Eden Cab Sav
Replies: 9
Views: 814

Re: Older Mount Eden Cab Sav

We've enjoyed 84 and '86 Mount Eden Cabernets in the past year or so. Both were excellent examples of fully mature Santa Cruz Mtns Cab, but were very different from the massive Cabs made in '73 and '74. I have one bottle of the '74 left in the cellar, and I'm confident it will be an amazing wine in ...
by Scott Jameson
July 22nd, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1981 wine
Replies: 37
Views: 1463

Re: 1981 wine

We were married in 1981 and have enjoyed a number of different CA Cabs (and others) over the years. I'm still holding Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill, Dunn Howell Mtn, and Ridge Monte Bello for future anniversaries. In the past few years, the other 2 Diamond Creek bottlings, Gravelly Meadow and Red Rock...
by Scott Jameson
July 10th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying Burgundy in Texas
Replies: 15
Views: 997

Re: Buying Burgundy in Texas

A newbie looking for some help here.... As you saw in the title, I live in Texas and Burgundy is generally hard to find (especially for the mid-range). Lately, I have been purchasing Burgundy through xxx and they have been wonderful to work through. However, I am hoping to find it "more direct". Is...
by Scott Jameson
June 20th, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter
Replies: 33
Views: 3506

Re: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter

Bought some at costco for $325/bottle. I'll just be patient. As for the letter, I agree, I've seen worse. Jason's missives from Hundred Acre are always a hoot. Also laughable is anyone that "truly humbled and honored to offer their wine". [snort.gif] I was about to ask how this compares to Scarecro...
by Scott Jameson
June 19th, 2019, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ruby cabernet
Replies: 11
Views: 1245

Re: ruby cabernet

Ridge have produced it up at Monte Bello in the past as part of the ATP. I tried the 1984 last year. Very good but probably not great. I think there's a reason it hasn't persisted as a varietal in SoCal. Ridge "inherited" a number of grape varieties up there. A few vintages of the Ruby Cab were clo...
by Scott Jameson
June 18th, 2019, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pisoni gets no love here
Replies: 38
Views: 1794

Re: Pisoni gets no love here

Seems like nobody pays attention to Pisoni pinot’s yet i would suggest they are some of the best and most structured pinots in California. They age really well and do not fall into the cherry cola style in any way. The estate is an epic wine. Why arent they talked about more ? Probably because you'...
by Scott Jameson
June 18th, 2019, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1986 Cabernet Suggestions
Replies: 35
Views: 1659

Re: 1986 Cabernet Suggestions

Howard Cooper wrote:
June 18th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Chateau Montelena did well in 1986. Don’t know current pricing.
Winebid has a 3L of '86 Ch Montelena this week. Currently uncontested, with a starting bid of $480. Over your budget, but go in with one or two others and have a nice celebration !
by Scott Jameson
June 9th, 2019, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No dosage champagne
Replies: 20
Views: 1469

Re: No dosage champagne

No longer relevant ...
by Scott Jameson
June 9th, 2019, 4:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone and Barolo (Update)
Replies: 57
Views: 5701

Re: Wine visits - Chablis, Burgundy, Northern Rhone (update) and Barolo

Thanks for the great notes and pictures !

We have an afternoon in Beaune in a few weeks, and I'm trying to decide between Bouchard and Drouhin. Which would you recommend if you could only visit one ?
by Scott Jameson
June 8th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?
Replies: 62
Views: 3345

Re: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?

Anton D wrote:
June 8th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Me? I'm just waiting for vine by vine bottling. I mean, a whole row can make for big differences in soil, drainage, sunlight, etc.
Aren't we seeing this in Napa Cab now ? I passed on a single row, single vineyard bottling earlier today.
by Scott Jameson
June 8th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anyone tried the 2017 Becklyns yet?
Replies: 35
Views: 3163

Re: Anyone tried the 2017 Becklyns yet?

I just placed my order for an assortment of everything except the Pangkarra. While I still buy a few Cabs at or above that price level, I'm cutting back and not looking to add another one that's approaching $200.
by Scott Jameson
June 5th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2201
Views: 131018

Re: New York City Restaurants

If you can get a rez at Manhatta for say 8:00 or 8:30 on the 4th, might be best possible views and food combo https://www.manhattarestaurant.com/menus/ Both you and Wilfred mentioned Manhatta. It looks like a great choice. I've eaten at a couple of Danny Meyer's restaurants and have always been ver...
by Scott Jameson
June 3rd, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: 1983 Ridge York Creek Cab Sauv - Only Napa Cab From Ridge
Replies: 2
Views: 395

Re: 1983 Ridge York Creek Cab Sauv - Only Napa Cab From Ridge

Ever hear of Eisele Vineyard ? Ridge has made several different Napa Cabs over the years, including multiple vineyard designates and appellation wines.
by Scott Jameson
May 21st, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?
Replies: 62
Views: 3345

Re: Is the number of single vineyard Pinot Noirs being produced in Cali out of control?

I think it has gone too far, but hopefully time and the consumer will have a net postive influence. Burgundy has had centuries for those vineyards to develop a track record/reputation/history. California's situation is single-vineyard=more $$$, so just invent vineyards and block names as you go alo...
by Scott Jameson
May 20th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2201
Views: 131018

Re: New York City Restaurants

If you can get a rez at Manhatta for say 8:00 or 8:30 on the 4th, might be best possible views and food combo https://www.manhattarestaurant.com/menus/ Both you and Wilfred mentioned Manhatta. It looks like a great choice. I've eaten at a couple of Danny Meyer's restaurants and have always been ver...
by Scott Jameson
May 20th, 2019, 1:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2201
Views: 131018

Re: New York City Restaurants

Curious why you don't want an amazing experience or incredible wine list? You are in the best restaurant city in the U.S. Sorry I wasn't clear … What I was trying to say was that those items weren't the priority, the location is. If I can get an incredible wine list and amazing food somewhere acces...
by Scott Jameson
May 17th, 2019, 3:27 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: New York City Restaurants
Replies: 2201
Views: 131018

Re: New York City Restaurants

We'll be in NYC over July 4th and are planning to brave the masses and try to watch the fireworks. Any restaurant suggestions in the Seaport area ? We 're not looking for an amazing dining experience or an incredible wine list, but hoping to hear some ideas here so I'm not stuck with TripAdvisor as ...
by Scott Jameson
May 17th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 208
Views: 14035

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

There's no wine that I would continue to buy after getting completely f*ck over like that. The current futures pricing isn't THAT good. As a 40+ year customer of Ridge, I'm not sure I'd go that far, but I understand the sentiment. I contrast what they did this year with what they did back in 2006, ...
by Scott Jameson
May 17th, 2019, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker retires
Replies: 125
Views: 7980

Re: Robert Parker retires

Hell, how else would I have known the importance of proper cellaring when I was just 22 years old? I think you have quickly figured it out. One trip to a wine shop and you'd have had that info. Not if you came of age in Chico. While the stacks of kegs of beer were kept well chilled, the wine sat on...
by Scott Jameson
April 16th, 2019, 7:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Producer
Replies: 132
Views: 6996

Re: Favorite Producer

Based on number of bottles in the cellar …

Red: Ridge
White: Aubert
by Scott Jameson
April 11th, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fedex Home Delivery
Replies: 42
Views: 1756

Re: Fedex Home Delivery

Al Osterheld wrote:
April 11th, 2019, 6:37 am
FedEx Ground and Home are separate operations, warehouses, and drivers from original FedEx.

-Al
Regardless, I've been able to have both FedEx Ground and FedEx Home wine shipments delivered to my local Walgreen's.
by Scott Jameson
April 10th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mount Eden visit - been there?
Replies: 12
Views: 1054

Re: Mount Eden visit - been there?

Welcome Sophie !
by Scott Jameson
April 9th, 2019, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle Heft- Do you care?
Replies: 65
Views: 2367

Re: Bottle Heft- Do you care?

The OP mentioned an $80 bottle of Cab. That's more than twice the price of The Prisoner, so I'm guessing the target market is closer to this board than the consumer who's picking up a bottle at Safeway to drink tonight. I think if you're spending that kind of $$, you do care about what's in the bott...
by Scott Jameson
April 5th, 2019, 6:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LSO - Lone Star Overnight
Replies: 15
Views: 713

Re: LSO - Lone Star Overnight

I've received a few shipments via LSO as the final carrier. I haven't found a reliable way to determine when they might deliver as I usually don't have any LSO tracking info, just that of the initial carrier, so the exact day is usually a surprise. Luckily (I think), LSO doesn't care if it's wine an...
by Scott Jameson
March 27th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: More reasons to hate FedEx
Replies: 53
Views: 2342

Re: More reasons to hate FedEx

I never knew about Walgreens, but that's not owned by FedEx obviously, so I wouldn't expect them to hold wine. In some states they're allowed to sell it - maybe that's why some will hold it, but I can't imagine they'd be happy to store large packages for people. My local Walgreen's is happy to rece...
by Scott Jameson
March 27th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Maybach Materium
Replies: 15
Views: 1123

Re: TN: 2016 Maybach Materium

NED VALOIS wrote:
March 27th, 2019, 8:07 am
Do any of you have a phone # for the winery ?
I don't have a phone number, but I've always found them very responsive to email.

By the way, great tasting note ! My wine is on the FedEx truck and I should get it in the next hour or so. I don't think I'll be pulling any corks soon, though.
by Scott Jameson
March 25th, 2019, 4:26 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Houston BBQ
Replies: 17
Views: 597

Re: Houston BBQ

Where in Houston will you be ? If you're north, I'll second Ryan's suggestions of Corkscrew and Tejas.

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