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by Chris Seiber
July 14th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine consumption changed?
Replies: 37
Views: 1600

Re: Wine consumption changed?

In the early full shutdown months, we were drinking quite a bit more. We have a 12 and 15 year old, and in a normal time we are constantly driving them everywhere, including weeknights. So a bottle or two a night was no problem once we were just staying home every night. And while we didn't open our...
by Chris Seiber
July 14th, 2020, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?
Replies: 38
Views: 4066

Re: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?

The breaking point came in the couple of years after I read an article somewhere about a senior KB person being in New York, and a sommelier was pushing a bunch IPOB-styled, restrained California wines...and that guy had no idea who KB was. At that point, the baby was thrown out with the bathwater....
by Chris Seiber
July 14th, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me get into Bordeaux
Replies: 54
Views: 2500

Re: Help me get into Bordeaux

My advice is to taste and keep notes on what you like, or not, and why. I’d do a lot of that before buying much of anything. This is an important point. Bordeaux isn't generally difficult to get, and very few bottles get snapped up such that you have to act quickly or not miss out (though I'm speak...
by Chris Seiber
July 13th, 2020, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me get into Bordeaux
Replies: 54
Views: 2500

Re: Help me get into Bordeaux

Some labels to keep an eye out for, as far as inexpensive Bordeaux that can be a great value. I think with these kinds of petit chateaux, you're more likely to find them and to want to buy them from the better vintages like 2010, 2015 and 2016 -- in Bordeaux, those better vintages really are a risin...
by Chris Seiber
July 13th, 2020, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir
Replies: 7
Views: 243

Re: TN: 2018 Giant Steps Yarra Valley Pinot Noir

Thanks to Jan Janas for the tip! This might hold the QPR crown for the year thus far; luscious and surprisingly perfumed, the fruit quality is an inviting dense raspberry and black cherry. Well-balanced with energizing acidity and silky tannin, it's the savoury elements that are the most compelling...
by Chris Seiber
July 13th, 2020, 3:35 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Time to define what we mean by terms such as lowest price on Wine Searcher.
Replies: 22
Views: 994

Re: Time to define what we mean by terms such as lowest price on Wine Searcher.

WSPro's "lowest price" is not always clear cut, even to someone intending to be honest about it. Some of the lowest prices may be listed on sites that don't actually have it in stock anymore, or be at a retailer who doesn't ship, or doesn't ship outside of the city or state, or from whom you have to...
by Chris Seiber
July 13th, 2020, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me get into Bordeaux
Replies: 54
Views: 2500

Re: Help me get into Bordeaux

if you gravitate towards lighter reds, the "blockbuster" years might not be where its at for you. I like the wines from "cool" or "classic" years like 08 more than the banner years like 15. the good ones are fresher with lower ABVs in those years. This is great advice. If you find that the bigger-s...
by Chris Seiber
July 13th, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me get into Bordeaux
Replies: 54
Views: 2500

Re: Help me get into Bordeaux

I forgot to mention that I gravitate more towards lighter reds like Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo, and wonder how I should approach the region with my tastes in mind. For my two cents, I would suggest you may want to explore Bordeaux with an open mind earlier on, rather than going in with the perspective...
by Chris Seiber
July 12th, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Time to define what we mean by terms such as lowest price on Wine Searcher.
Replies: 22
Views: 994

Re: Time to define what we mean by terms such as lowest price on Wine Searcher.

To me, the most important thing is that the seller list the Wilfred Wong score For each bottle offered.
by Chris Seiber
July 11th, 2020, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Old World vs New World tasting
Replies: 29
Views: 976

Re: Old World vs New World tasting

This was one I put together. I think it’s a great idea for blind tasting. Not so much to declare a winner and loser, but to learn from how a grape expresses in one region and tradition compared to another.

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by Chris Seiber
July 11th, 2020, 4:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Merlot (USA, California, Napa Valley, Coombsville)
Replies: 5
Views: 423

Re: TN: 2017 Sandlands Merlot (USA, California, Napa Valley, Coombsville)

Any sense whether it will improve with age? Sounds to me like it probably would.

Love me some Sandlands, but not really keen on wines at an age where they are grapey / Gamay-ish.
by Chris Seiber
July 10th, 2020, 11:24 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Charity Wine Raffle
Replies: 42
Views: 1480

Re: Charity Wine Raffle

I even tried from my iPhone (including doing a C&P into the address bar) and still can only get the Loading wheel. CURSE YOU BIDPAL!!
by Chris Seiber
July 10th, 2020, 11:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Musar on Winebid.com
Replies: 50
Views: 2707

Re: 1990 Musar on Winebid.com

Looking back at this, hindsight is 20/20 & I should have reached out to the Wined Team first before posting here. I think that seeing something I had not seen in close to 15 years of drinking Musar made me want to reach out to our community first...but I should have spoken with the team at Wined.co...
by Chris Seiber
July 10th, 2020, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Cult
Replies: 109
Views: 6346

Re: California Cult

Newer Harlans since at least 2006 are more elegant and structured, with less overt ripeness. Peak ripeness for Harlan was 1997, in my view. There are a lot of premium California wines in that general category. They built both lovers and haters in the late 90s and early 2000s by pushing the high end...
by Chris Seiber
July 9th, 2020, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Musar on Winebid.com
Replies: 50
Views: 2707

Re: 1990 Musar on Winebid.com

It was a good discussion and learning experience for everyone, anyway.
by Chris Seiber
July 9th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Charity Wine Raffle
Replies: 42
Views: 1480

Re: Charity Wine Raffle

Awesome charity Thomas! I tried to enter both, but it just kept saying loading. I am guessing it has something to do with not having an account on One Bid yet. I will continue to try to enter both, but wanted to say this is an awesome idea. All I get is the spinning wheel and "Loading," including w...
by Chris Seiber
July 9th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?
Replies: 96
Views: 3420

Re: Approaching age 50 - is it too late for Burgundy?

@Scott - one question I have is - do you like Burgundy? You didn’t mention that. That was my takeaway from the original post as well. Do you like Burgundy and you're wondering if there's still time to get into it and how much would it cost? Or are you wondering if you will or should like Burgundy? ...
by Chris Seiber
July 8th, 2020, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Musar on Winebid.com
Replies: 50
Views: 2707

Re: Buyer Beware 1990 Musar on Winebid.com (Broadbent Selections on front label)

On a less serious note, what on earth would you put in the bottle if you were counterfeiting Musar? Not sure some other wine comes to mind that could pass for it.
by Chris Seiber
July 8th, 2020, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1990 Musar on Winebid.com
Replies: 50
Views: 2707

Re: Buyer Beware 1990 Musar on Winebid.com (Broadbent Selections on front label)

I'd wager people will fake anything to make a buck. I laughed reading when people faked common Beanie Babies and that's not quite an aged Leroy lol. So nothing would surprise me. Musar has a following with a consistent demand, I can see some folks testing the waters on pushing some bottles through....
by Chris Seiber
July 7th, 2020, 11:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County)
Replies: 10
Views: 600

Re: TN: 2010 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County)

I’m trying really hard to save some of my Geezers to let them age, but it doesn’t go over well. I have to put them in the offsite wine storage so my wife won’t open them. I really look forward to trying some of the secondary characteristics as they develop. Interesting there still is a liveliness i...
by Chris Seiber
July 7th, 2020, 10:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Cult
Replies: 109
Views: 6346

Re: California Cult

The lists evaporated because prices skyrocketed and demand plummeted. Consumers got smart and the Cults were blindsided! I think it's more that, gradually over time, the wineries raised prices so that they were realizing closer to the market value of the wines. If you look at retail and auction pri...
by Chris Seiber
July 6th, 2020, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Cult
Replies: 109
Views: 6346

Re: California Cult

Interesting that I actually had this conversation with a respected California Cabernet winemaker today. He thinks there’s only one “cult” cab left, Screagle. There are lots of expensive wines, but none left that are cult status. I can see this view, but I can also see including MacDonald as the new...
by Chris Seiber
July 6th, 2020, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Giaconda Chardonnay 2008
Replies: 21
Views: 773

Re: TN: Giaconda Chardonnay 2008

Heck of a good tasting note, at least.
by Chris Seiber
July 6th, 2020, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best 2018 Vintage for LONG term cellaring?
Replies: 56
Views: 2212

Re: Best 2018 Vintage for LONG term cellaring?

99 grand cru burg is about 2x what current releases are and I imagine a great deal more than what they were when released in 2002 or so. I think some posted a premier cru email from the mid 2000s listing 99 Rousseau Chambertin for 300 or something, as opposed to ~4K now. Yes, as I noted, we will lo...
by Chris Seiber
July 6th, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best 2018 Vintage for LONG term cellaring?
Replies: 56
Views: 2212

Re: Best 2018 Vintage for LONG term cellaring?

There are many threads about this over the years. Just some "big picture" thoughts for you to consider: - These days and going forward, it's easy to source back vintages of wines from both auctions and retailers, so you might question whether it's necessary to buy things now to store for decades lat...
by Chris Seiber
July 3rd, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?
Replies: 38
Views: 4066

Re: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?

What vintages of KB are reflected by the post Kosta and Browne ownership? I've continued to like the wines as an occasional change-up from the pinots I usually drink (Rhys, Kutch, Arcadian, Clos Saron, etc.), and they've changed considerably from the early 2000s vintages that made their initial spla...
by Chris Seiber
July 3rd, 2020, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?
Replies: 38
Views: 4066

Re: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?

This Wine is not Kosta Browne. A company paid a lot of money to buy the name Kosta Browne, for many reasons (The main one being to make money) I’m sure. Why anyone would expect anything resembling (The operation) Original KB always amazes me. Quit buying Kosta Browne. Find a farmer who tends good v...
by Chris Seiber
July 3rd, 2020, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?
Replies: 38
Views: 4066

Re: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?

This Wine is not Kosta Browne. A company paid a lot of money to buy the name Kosta Browne, for many reasons (The main one being to make money) I’m sure. Why anyone would expect anything resembling (The operation) Original KB always amazes me. Quit buying Kosta Browne. Find a farmer who tends good v...
by Chris Seiber
June 29th, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about sweet tobacco/cigar box notes in Bordeaux
Replies: 52
Views: 1668

Re: Question about sweet tobacco/cigar box notes in Bordeaux

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
June 29th, 2020, 9:24 am
Chris I have always thought Raats made the most Loire Cab Franc Clone outside of Loire. It’s gotten pricier, but I used to buy a lot of it. Raats is South African.
Does it have the Loire outhouse character, or just the normal Loire character? :)
by Chris Seiber
June 29th, 2020, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about sweet tobacco/cigar box notes in Bordeaux
Replies: 52
Views: 1668

Re: Question about sweet tobacco/cigar box notes in Bordeaux

In the 80s the Bordelais fermented their wines in tank, put it through ML in tank, and barreled the wine down in January and February. The cleaner wine picked up more oak notes from the barrels..hence the cigar box notes. In the early 90s winemakers started to copy what was happening here, ML in ba...
by Chris Seiber
June 26th, 2020, 11:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking Much 2003 Red Burgundy?
Replies: 42
Views: 1599

Re: Drinking Much 2003 Red Burgundy?

Josh Grossman wrote:
June 26th, 2020, 8:44 pm
how I like my meat hung.
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by Chris Seiber
June 26th, 2020, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 05` Cristal and 95` Williams Selyem Allen Pinot
Replies: 12
Views: 503

Re: 05` Cristal and 95` Williams Selyem Allen Pinot

I could have guessed the thread author just from seeing the two wines. Glad you had a great experience and thanks for sharing.
by Chris Seiber
June 23rd, 2020, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting Impressions - 2018 Sandler Pinots - Over The Course Of A Week
Replies: 8
Views: 467

Re: Tasting Impressions - 2018 Sandler Pinots - Over The Course Of A Week

I opened a 2013 Sandler Boer Vineyard a few weeks ago, and it was really singing.
by Chris Seiber
June 23rd, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting Impressions - 2018 Sandler Pinots - Over The Course Of A Week
Replies: 8
Views: 467

Re: Tasting Impressions - 2018 Sandler Pinots - Over The Course Of A Week

Paul, would you expect wines to have evolved much over 7 days using Coravin? I know the idea of Coravin is that they would not, but it sounds like these did, and you expected them to. I'm not sure if you can give some big picture context on that. Thanks.
by Chris Seiber
June 21st, 2020, 11:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19170

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

And now the thread should be moved to Politics. I don’t expect that, but it’s gone WAY beyond wine or the winery’s email. At the very least it should go to Asylum, off of the wine feed. Here is the text of the rule, as copied from the Wine Berserkers rules: Politics: Simply, NOT allowed on any foru...
by Chris Seiber
June 21st, 2020, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mother-in-Law Drops Ice Cubes in my Mouchey :(
Replies: 41
Views: 2169

Re: Mother-in-Law Drops Ice Cubes in my Mouchey :(

I brought two bottles of wine to a small gathering a few weeks ago. Tercero Grenache Blanc and Vincent Chardonnay. A woman was about to top up a partial glass of Tercero with the Vincent, and I told her they’re not the same wine. She just shrugged and said it didn’t matter to her and topped up her g...
by Chris Seiber
June 19th, 2020, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 688
Views: 41374

Re: de Negoce offer

So still nobody has tried any of these, right?

I’m quite curious to hear once people get some of these into a glass. Interesting narrative here.
by Chris Seiber
June 18th, 2020, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay
Replies: 1
Views: 166

Re: TN: 2003 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay

I’ve had a 70-30 mix of great old bottles and oxidized bottles when drinking Montelena chard at around that age.

I’m all out of them now, though. Thanks for the note.
by Chris Seiber
June 18th, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel
Replies: 81
Views: 3156

Re: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel

No love for Fred Scherrer?? I was just going to say: - Carlisle and Ridge are the most obvious omissions in the OP's zin budget - Also, if you buy Scherrer zin on futures, they're $300/case, which is a crazy good deal. You do have to buy them on futures to get that pricing, and frankly, the wines r...
by Chris Seiber
June 17th, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19170

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Thanks Sean for the lecture on privilege...you are illustrating my point, exactly. I'm here for the wine conversation, not to hear you pontificate. i'm sure you're an intelligent guy, i just don't feel like listening to it on a wine blog. You can choose not to listen! It really is that easy! I also...
by Chris Seiber
June 16th, 2020, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Cristal, Marguet, Leroy, Collin, Prevost, Rhys, Big Basin, Marcassin, Diamond Creek...
Replies: 16
Views: 1063

Re: TNs: Cristal, Marguet, Leroy, Collin, Prevost, Rhys, Big Basin, Marcassin, Diamond Creek...

Blake, you are such a good soul. Whenever I spend time with you, I feel like a better person, dude. You make people better. [worship.gif] So what was your WOTD? Answering for myself and not Blake, of course, my favorite of the wines you poured (i.e. excluding the Cristal) was the 2015 Ulysse Collin...
by Chris Seiber
June 16th, 2020, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19170

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

There is a lot of great wine in the world. It's pretty easy to ignore purchasing certain labels. I can't even buy all the ones I want to. No doubt. If you want not to buy from some winery because of something they did or said, that's totally fine and it's your money, but people probably flatter the...
by Chris Seiber
June 16th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?
Replies: 164
Views: 5429

Re: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?

"Great" is an overstatement here, and it's not in the league of these first growths and all in the thread. But as far as a wine that was $90, got huge scores, and comes from a grape (cab franc) and region (Tuscany) both of which I generally love, I was horribly disappointed by Le Macchiole Paleo. So...
by Chris Seiber
June 16th, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Cristal Go Through A "Lemony" Stage?
Replies: 39
Views: 1482

Re: Does Cristal Go Through A "Lemony" Stage?

Ripe, creamy lemon seems like the predominant initial flavor I get from Cristal, but I don't have tons of experience over many vintages. I don't mean that comment to suggest the wine isn't complex or that lemon is the only thing or main thing. But yes, that seems like a significant marker for Crista...
by Chris Seiber
June 15th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Cristal, Marguet, Leroy, Collin, Prevost, Rhys, Big Basin, Marcassin, Diamond Creek...
Replies: 16
Views: 1063

Re: TNs: Cristal, Marguet, Leroy, Collin, Prevost, Rhys, Marcassin, Diamond Creek...

Excellent tasting, so good for the soul to gather with friends and great wines on a beautiful day. Big thanks to Frank and Jill for hosting, and a special tip of the cap to Blake Brown for making the long trip down and for gracing us with his positive spirit and energy. Also, fantastic food from Mai...
by Chris Seiber
June 13th, 2020, 12:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White Bordeaux and Premox
Replies: 28
Views: 1112

Re: White Bordeaux and Premox

It’s true, Premox is probably just as prevalent in Bordeaux, Rhone and elsewhere as Burgundy — it’s just so rare we taste aged bottles of those it doesn’t seem like the same issue.
by Chris Seiber
June 13th, 2020, 12:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA:PYCM...
Replies: 11
Views: 1195

Re: PSA:PYCM...

Jeff_M. wrote:
June 12th, 2020, 8:44 pm
I know Hi-Time in SoCal just got a nice shipment of them in. They have them listed online
Website doesn’t show any. Snapped up already?
by Chris Seiber
June 12th, 2020, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Limerick Lane Zinfandel Russian River Valley
Replies: 22
Views: 1614

Re: TN: 2018 Limerick Lane Zinfandel Russian River Valley

Great description - I know exactly what you mean. It’s as if the flavors are in high-definition compared to analog. Would you give these a year or two? Since joining WB, I try not to open wines too young... The "high definition instead of analog" line is perfect. Here's the weird thing. There have ...

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