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by Chris Seiber
January 17th, 2020, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have any of the superripe Aussies changed their style?
Replies: 3
Views: 245

Re: Have any of the superripe Aussies changed their style?

Honestly Chris you would be better off with the 100s of Aussie wineries that never chased big Parker scores in the first place. Kent Comley and Jeremy Holmes can give you heaps of suggestions. I stopped buying the Aussies more than 10 years ago so am out of date Brodie Fair point. Though so many of...
by Chris Seiber
January 17th, 2020, 5:07 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Haut Brion, Cristophe Baron
Replies: 11
Views: 730

Re: FS: Haut Brion, Cristophe Baron

I bought from Andre on this sale. Very prompt, helpful, bottles look great. Had several transactions with Andre. He's fantastic and trustworthy. Also, you'll be popping this with me, right Seiber? [cheers.gif] Sure. But the subject line used to be “ FS: Haut Brion, Christophe Baron, Yellow Tail ” b...
by Chris Seiber
January 17th, 2020, 2:02 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Haut Brion, Cristophe Baron
Replies: 11
Views: 730

Re: FS: Haut Brion, Cristophe Baron

I bought from Andre on this sale. Very prompt, helpful, bottles look great.
by Chris Seiber
January 17th, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have any of the superripe Aussies changed their style?
Replies: 3
Views: 245

Have any of the superripe Aussies changed their style?

Have any of huge fruit / huge oak Aussie wines which got big scores from Parker back in 90s and early 2000s change their style to something more moderate? Now that the market has shifted and there isn't as much demand for that style of Shiraz (or is there? Tell me if I'm wrong), it seems to me that ...
by Chris Seiber
January 17th, 2020, 1:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR: NV Matthiasson Village Cabernet Lot 1
Replies: 7
Views: 393

Re: TNR: NV Matthiasson Village Cabernet Lot 1

I enjoyed several bottles over the last few months. I find it be a fruitier, leaner and fresher expression when compared to the regular Napa Cabernet. I’m not the best at writing tasting notes. . . You just did. And it was much more useful than saying that one had nuances of cast iron pan, or had d...
by Chris Seiber
January 17th, 2020, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?
Replies: 33
Views: 793

Re: Should we be evaluating natural wine differently?

Sincere question: how much are the makers and consumers of natural wine (1) actually desirous of those outcomes (oxidized, cloudy, bretty, volatile), versus (2) how much are they into the idea/philosophy/pose/whatever of making wine that certain way and according to those strictures, and then the ou...
by Chris Seiber
January 17th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I guess they don’t want you bringing mags
Replies: 24
Views: 1842

Re: I guess they don’t want you bringing mags

I’m guessing that’s a mistake or misunderstanding. But who the hell knows, there is a lot of illogical stuff (both favorable and unfavorable to the diner) in the world of corkage. I thought so too, so called the restaurant (first info was through email) and confirmed the $225 corkage fee. I'll try ...
by Chris Seiber
January 17th, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC
Replies: 43
Views: 2257

Re: 2020 Falltacular Main Event--Saturday, 2/22/2020 at my place in the OC

Hello to the Falltacular family. Want to share some cool event news with you about next month. Every year, and for many years passed, we have asked a survivor of domestic violence to share their personal story during Falltaular Saturday. For many of you, this has been a moving moment, calling on yo...
by Chris Seiber
January 16th, 2020, 11:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I guess they don’t want you bringing mags
Replies: 24
Views: 1842

Re: I guess they don’t want you bringing mags

I’m guessing that’s a mistake or misunderstanding. But who the hell knows, there is a lot of illogical stuff (both favorable and unfavorable to the diner) in the world of corkage.
by Chris Seiber
January 16th, 2020, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greenock Creek Creek Block
Replies: 18
Views: 801

Re: Greenock Creek Creek Block

Greenock Creek was sold last year by the Waughs. Not sure how the new owners will progress the style. Maybe this should be its own thread, but for those here in this one -- are many of the labels that were the high-scoring ultraripe Aussie wines from 10-20 years ago adjusting their styles? If so, w...
by Chris Seiber
January 16th, 2020, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Pecorino prognostications
Replies: 12
Views: 907

Re: TN: Pecorino prognostications

I read the whole note the first time thinking it was a cheese.
by Chris Seiber
January 15th, 2020, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 82
Views: 8178

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

This being my first offer, is this a deal where I need to buy right away on Tuesday when the email comes in, or is there some time to think?
by Chris Seiber
January 15th, 2020, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Mascarello Monprivato
Replies: 13
Views: 1110

Re: TN: 1999 Mascarello Monprivato

I had a 2000 Monprivato on Monday night. wine of the night at our wine dinner. which was Castiglione Falletto vs Serralunga 05 and Older. It was a stunner, in a great spot imo. I had one magnum of 2000, which I opening in November, and it was a star. Wish so much I had bought more heavily back then...
by Chris Seiber
January 15th, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Mascarello Monprivato
Replies: 13
Views: 1110

Re: TN: 1999 Mascarello Monprivato

Patrick should hit up his brother Armand for some other reds to drink while he waits on his last bottle of 99 Monprivato.
by Chris Seiber
January 15th, 2020, 12:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?
Replies: 70
Views: 3208

Re: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?

Check out Cellartracker comments. Still going strong. Probably good for another 3 to 5 years. My guess would be yours is good to drink now and the next several years. Beyond that, I guess you could gamble on whether more complexity emerges versus whether it just gets more tired. Not sure which it w...
by Chris Seiber
January 15th, 2020, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 82
Views: 8178

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

It's weird, I signed up for their mailing list early in 2019, plus some friends who know Will Segui have reached out to him at least on two occasions to make an introduction. And on their website, I show being signed up. But I've never gotten any offer or other email from them. It'll be interesting...
by Chris Seiber
January 15th, 2020, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pontet Canet in Napa?
Replies: 26
Views: 2026

Re: Pontet Canet in Napa?

Alex Rychlewski wrote:
January 15th, 2020, 11:32 am
I've had the last couple of vintages at Ponet Canet during the en primeur tastings.

It remiinds me of Anne Gros showing her Minervois wines at her domaine in Vosne Romanée.
Can you explain to us Plebes what that means? Thanks.
by Chris Seiber
January 15th, 2020, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 82
Views: 8178

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

It's weird, I signed up for their mailing list early in 2019, plus some friends who know Will Segui have reached out to him at least on two occasions to make an introduction. And on their website, I show being signed up. But I've never gotten any offer or other email from them. It'll be interesting ...
by Chris Seiber
January 15th, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?
Replies: 70
Views: 3208

Re: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?

I've got a bunch of Switchback Ridge PS in my cellar... and they usually start singing with about 8 - 10 years of age on them. I've got a sole bottle of the '01 which I retained as an "experiment" (to see if it ever developed into anything). Thoughts on whether it's time to drink that one up, or wh...
by Chris Seiber
January 14th, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who isn't drinking their share?
Replies: 33
Views: 1604

Re: Who isn't drinking their share?

I agree Howard, globally. This article was about US consumption. If domestic consumption flags while elsewhere sales remain strong, there is a risk that some of the things we like might no longer be imported. But the vast bulk of sales, and the related decrease, probably has less to do with the win...
by Chris Seiber
January 13th, 2020, 10:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 82
Views: 8178

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

brigcampbell wrote:
January 13th, 2020, 12:25 pm

AG is late to the game. The 2017 crushed too.

FMIII on the point https://www.cellartracker.com/wine.asp?iWine=3200846

I tasted the wine that night and it was fantastic.
How many points did Frank give it????
by Chris Seiber
January 12th, 2020, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine "budgeting" - tips?
Replies: 64
Views: 2939

Re: Wine "budgeting" - tips?

3 is a good number. But don’t let the number stop you from buying some great wine you can only afford 1 or 2 of.
by Chris Seiber
January 10th, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Bohème Wines Syrah Occidental Hills
Replies: 5
Views: 346

Re: TN: 2012 Bohème Wines Syrah Occidental Hills

I'm picturing Joseph getting his things inventoried at the police station.

Officer: "One bottle of bo-HEEM."

Joseph: "It's bo-(h)em. It's an artisanal cuvee."

Officer (sarcastically, rolling his eyes): "It's an artinisanal cuvee."
by Chris Seiber
January 10th, 2020, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine "budgeting" - tips?
Replies: 64
Views: 2939

Re: Wine "budgeting" - tips?

On a much smaller level, one thing that would help is to give yourself a mandatory waiting period, as though you were buying a pistol in a blue state or something. Whenever you are going to to buy, make yourself wait two days or something before you go click buy. You’ll be amazed how many of them do...
by Chris Seiber
January 9th, 2020, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chardonnay recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 1183

Re: Chardonnay recommendations

Ramey Done and done... Ramey seems like the most perfect suggestion considering the price guideline, the types of wines OP likes, and being something reasonably available at retail. You can go from their basic RRV Chardonnay (around $30-35) up to the SVDs (around $50-60). The Hyde Vineyard Chardonn...
by Chris Seiber
January 9th, 2020, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Questions you ask on a winery tour/tasting visit?
Replies: 26
Views: 965

Re: Questions you ask on a winery tour/tasting visit?

I ask about the amount of Mega Purple and oak chips used in making the wine, how much they pay Wine Spectator to inflate their scores, how much Syrah they sneak into their pinot noir, and stuff like that.
by Chris Seiber
January 9th, 2020, 9:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere
Replies: 26
Views: 1689

Re: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere

I'm actually curious to try similar bottlings blind to see if i'm biased by the label. Has anyone blinded the same vintage of say the MSD village and see? I suspect the difference isn't as night and day, but i wouldn't be surprised the Domaine is better. That would be a cool blind tasting. I wouldn...
by Chris Seiber
January 9th, 2020, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on this list of PYCM lower end 2017’s
Replies: 29
Views: 2846

Re: Thoughts on this list of PYCM lower end 2017’s

I bought a few bottles of the Rully in the low $30s a year or two ago and they were killer. This really seems like a producer where you can't go wrong, and you don't have to worry about the vineyard sources being too modest in reputation. They seem to make great wine across the board. I totally unde...
by Chris Seiber
January 9th, 2020, 9:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere
Replies: 26
Views: 1689

Re: Domaine Dujac vs. Dujac Fils & Pere

Can someone explain the general relationship/difference between the two labels? Other than one being better and more expensive than the other, why are there the two labels, and what do the two different labels mean? For example, is one estate vineyards and the other purchased fruit, or do they have ...
by Chris Seiber
January 9th, 2020, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Booze Spectator
Replies: 30
Views: 1706

Re: Booze Spectator

Chris - As I said, you're right to demand proof over insinuation. I was addressing your suggestion that WS's reviews couldn't be compromised by commercial interests because that would be suicidal from a business standpoint. My point is that it happens all the times with publications that devote the...
by Chris Seiber
January 8th, 2020, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Booze Spectator
Replies: 30
Views: 1706

Re: Booze Spectator

It's fair enough to ask for proof and not just insinuation. That said . . . . WS is not the New York Times. Second, it's not at all unusual in parts of the magazine business for favorable coverage to be linked to advertising, even if it's only with a nod and a wink. Where the advertiser base coinci...
by Chris Seiber
January 8th, 2020, 2:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: End 2019 dinner (Petrus 95, d'Yquem 88, Trotanoy 99, Pontet-Canet 47, Gruaud-Larose 28, ...)
Replies: 5
Views: 605

Re: End 2019 dinner (Petrus 95, d'Yquem 88, Trotanoy 99, Pontet-Canet 47, Gruaud-Larose 28, ...)

Thank you for the notes! I have got to get more 1988 Yquem Google Translate rendered part of your Cahors note as: led by fairly authoritarian but classy tannin Which gave me an unexpected laugh [cheers.gif] Yeah, you get some good chuckles via the Google translation. the grape variety stands out wi...
by Chris Seiber
January 8th, 2020, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?
Replies: 54
Views: 2747

Re: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?

But white Rhone can do that! Whether you look or not, they can transform. Ones that I had written off sometimes will come back to a life you wouldn't have envisioned earlier. I might just try this with my last bottle of 2001 Beaucastel Blanc, the last two bottles of which have been massively disapp...
by Chris Seiber
January 8th, 2020, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Styro shippers in Chicago area - anyone need them?
Replies: 6
Views: 346

Re: Styro shippers in Chicago area - anyone need them?

Victor Hong wrote:
January 8th, 2020, 12:16 pm
Check with Binny's or Total Wine.
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I drive mine over periodically to Hi Time, so they can get reused at least once.
by Chris Seiber
January 7th, 2020, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?
Replies: 54
Views: 2747

Re: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?

One other thing I'd point out is that, increasingly in today's world, when people don't approve of or agree with something, they often feel the need to go all the way to the extreme of hating everything about that thing. You don't just disagree with a politician's views and positions, he or she also...
by Chris Seiber
January 7th, 2020, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Booze Spectator
Replies: 30
Views: 1706

Re: Booze Spectator

I do not know what full page ads cost these days, but it was $20,000+ in the 80's. Small fish were not players, even if they sold out and yes that still holds today. Back in those less sophisticated days, it was rather obvious to us that when an article mentioned a wine and there was a display for ...
by Chris Seiber
January 7th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?
Replies: 54
Views: 2747

Re: Is "Down the drain" the NEW HOBBY?

I've seen the sort of posts that prompted Robert's OP. Hard to be sure how many were employing hyperbole or simply didn't bother to post details of how much of a try they gave the wine. I doubt very many pour a displeasing wine down the drain after just a sip or two. Maybe a flawed poll is in order...
by Chris Seiber
January 7th, 2020, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Booze Spectator
Replies: 30
Views: 1706

Re: Booze Spectator

Jason T wrote:
January 7th, 2020, 12:23 am
I’d almost rather they take money from the booze folks, rather than the wine folks. Gives at least a patina of objectivity then...
As soon as I saw the OP, I knew Wine Spectator Advertising Conspiracy Guy would make an appearance.
by Chris Seiber
January 6th, 2020, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Ultimate Backfill Thread
Replies: 62
Views: 3085

Re: The Ultimate Backfill Thread

Ron Erickson wrote:
January 6th, 2020, 3:51 pm
500 respondents will give you 500 different answers.
Glad we have that one out of the way, only 499 left to go!
by Chris Seiber
January 6th, 2020, 4:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Ultimate Backfill Thread
Replies: 62
Views: 3085

Re: The Ultimate Backfill Thread

There can be good or even great value sometimes in backfilling, but if you're looking for that, you want to find good drinkers that are not hot names, collector wines, trophy wines, hot brands, etc. And there are plenty that are like that. Also look for varieties/regions that people may mistakenly t...
by Chris Seiber
January 6th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly
Replies: 14
Views: 664

Re: TN: 2016 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly

Speaking my language. IMHO, Thivin is the best QPR on the planet. Arguably one of the most consistent as well. I cannot recall a vintage that I have not liked, obviously some more than others. Recently, Thivin has been slaying every vintage. I have bought every vintage since 2007. And over the year...
by Chris Seiber
January 6th, 2020, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Few Recent Tastes VIII
Replies: 8
Views: 869

Re: A Few Recent Tastes VIII

I've really liked the Fogline zins that I've tried, and none were in the Martinelli range of styles. I especially liked the Grist zin from a few years ago. But I haven't had that Mattei one.
by Chris Seiber
January 6th, 2020, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?
Replies: 99
Views: 2813

Re: Has Bourbon Impacted Your Wine Spending?

I've always found it interesting that the same WBers who are obsessive about wine not having any noticeable oak and alcohol then turn around and love mega-hops hipster IPAs, plus scotch and bourbon. It's not that you can't like something in one thing and dislike it in another, but it does seem a bit...
by Chris Seiber
January 6th, 2020, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Wine Resolutions
Replies: 60
Views: 2665

Re: 2020 Wine Resolutions

David Glasser wrote:
January 2nd, 2020, 12:54 pm
So far, 1.5 days down and 0 bottles. Winning!
Reminds me of a classic Mitch Hedberg line: "I plan to live forever. So far, so good."
by Chris Seiber
January 5th, 2020, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Understanding the dumb phase and aging
Replies: 64
Views: 2912

Re: Understanding the dumb phase and aging

It’s always a relief to discover that an old quote of yours that gets dredged up wasn’t of the embarrassing stupid ones! Question for the group: In my understanding, there has to have been a young open phase which ends beforehand, in order for it now to be a dumb phase. If the wine has just always b...
by Chris Seiber
December 29th, 2019, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne consumption down in France
Replies: 9
Views: 952

Re: Champagne consumption down in France

Isn't wine consumption overall (not just Champagne) trending downward in France? Particularly with the ultra-low DUI standard there.
by Chris Seiber
December 22nd, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 16
Views: 2184

Re: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford

I would make an appt but if you go off season and not a weekend you might be able to walk in. They do charge a fee but ours was waived as we bought wine and joined the wine club. We did the patio tasting which you do need to reserve. This is from memory but believe we tasted Current release SB, Cha...
by Chris Seiber
December 22nd, 2019, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 16
Views: 2184

Re: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford

Do you mean in general ? We had a great visit from when I posted this original note. Rory Williams reached out as well to connect but unfortunatley we just missed him. He offered to show us around and we'll definetly take him up on that when we visit next year. Had the 16 from half bottle this week...
by Chris Seiber
December 17th, 2019, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Finder: Stater Bros. 40% off 08 Dom
Replies: 5
Views: 917

Re: Wine Finder: Stater Bros. 40% off

alan weinberg wrote:
December 17th, 2019, 8:39 pm
Chris Seiber wrote:
December 16th, 2019, 3:33 pm
I doubt any Stater Bros is going to have six
we will see. My six are supposed to be there tomorrow.
Well of course, in your neighborhood.

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