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by Chris Seiber
November 19th, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Napa/Sonoma Blind Tasting Contest
Replies: 14
Views: 629

Re: Recommendations for Napa/Sonoma Blind Tasting Contest

Much thanks to everyone! After some research and deliberation, I decided to go with a 2013 Kamen Estate Cab. I'll let everyone know how it goes. Thanks again I haven't had that, but I just read the notes on CellarTracker, and it sounds like a great choice for your event. I look forward to hearing a...
by Chris Seiber
November 19th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Château Gruaud Larose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)
Replies: 10
Views: 291

Re: TN: 2003 Château Gruaud Larose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)

J.W. Smith wrote:
November 19th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Tasting the '04 next to Shafer '04 Merlot was a lovely eye opening experience.
How so?

And welcome to the board, I hope you'll continue posting here.
by Chris Seiber
November 19th, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Sea Smoke - Pinot Noir "Ten" (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)
Replies: 15
Views: 923

Re: TN: 2007 Sea Smoke - Pinot Noir "Ten" (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)

I am afraid for me this is the poster child for Pinot as syrah winemaking. Do they really want to pursue this style? Is it just the site? Competition for the Meiomi slice of the market? Just seems like the opposite of what Pinot can be It's funny how syrah is the bogeyman people use when they want ...
by Chris Seiber
November 19th, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer
Replies: 24
Views: 1084

Re: Gallo Purchases Pahlmeyer

I've actually had a few Pahlmeyer merlots in the last year or two. Definitely in the big, plush, well-oaked Napa style, but not off the deep end. Because they're merlot, the tariff is more moderate than buying the cab. They're good and fun when you have the mood and/or company for that kind of wine.
by Chris Seiber
November 19th, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Tasting with TNs
Replies: 45
Views: 2490

Re: Rhys Tasting with TNs

Been meaning to post notes from a dinner a bunch of Bay Area Berserkers did back in September. Kevin joined us, and offered a unique and special bottle: 2001 Pinot Home Vineyard. I'll drop these in here, unless Frank tells me to get my own thread ;) 2011 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard - USA, Ca...
by Chris Seiber
November 19th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Sea Smoke - Pinot Noir "Ten" (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)
Replies: 15
Views: 923

Re: TN: 2007 Sea Smoke - Pinot Noir "Ten" (USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills)

The "Ten" is pretty heavily oaked, and sometimes that resolves nicely with 10+ years aging, but even then, I'm less a fan than the Southing and Botella bottles. Those wines age well and are significantly better at age 7-15 than in their early years.
by Chris Seiber
November 19th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Château Gruaud Larose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)
Replies: 10
Views: 291

Re: TN: 2003 Château Gruaud Larose (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)

I'm particularly interested when I occasionally get to see notes about 2003 BDX from blind tastings. I think people often go into trying 2003s non-blind with a lot of preconceptions about overripeness and alcohol that can make it hard to judge them on their own merits. That's not to suggest that eve...
by Chris Seiber
November 18th, 2019, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Martinelli Pinots
Replies: 9
Views: 781

Re: Martinelli Pinots

This is a great thread, Paul. I’m a bit surprised that these are doing well at this age, and of course “doing well” is a subjective thing where others might disagree, but you’re the one actually tasting them, so I give you the nod.
by Chris Seiber
November 18th, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decanting White Wine
Replies: 15
Views: 581

Re: Decanting White Wine

Most of my older white Burgundy appears to have already been decanted for several months, so I don’t need to do it.
by Chris Seiber
November 18th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Napa/Sonoma Blind Tasting Contest
Replies: 14
Views: 629

Re: Recommendations for Napa/Sonoma Blind Tasting Contest

Questions: 1. Is your goal to try to compete for bringing the wine that will get the most votes? (zero judgment or criticism implied by the question, but it's relevant to what you ought to pick) 2. What types of wines tend to appeal to the others in the group? What style (big/modern, traditional, sa...
by Chris Seiber
November 18th, 2019, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Martinelli & Turley Zins
Replies: 31
Views: 2456

Re: Martinelli & Turley Zins

I love both wines though Martinelli zins need a little more time. I have been a big fan of T-vine Black Sears vineyard easily ranks as one of the best zins. Is T-Vine still around? I really enjoyed their wines in my early years (back when my palate was more oriented towards bigger fruit), but I can...
by Chris Seiber
November 18th, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 5195

Re: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

I liked seeing the Bodegas Mas Alta Black Slate Priorat "La Vilella Alta" come in at #24. I've had most of the last 6-7 vintages of this and it's a great introductory wine; but the "Porrera" bottling is even better. A recent 2015 was far more restrained than previous vintages, and I suspect worth a...
by Chris Seiber
November 17th, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there objectively good and bad wines?
Replies: 81
Views: 2352

Re: Are there objectively good and bad wines?

Not that I agree with Mark's general point, but I do agree that the toaster analogy is a poor one. A toaster is a tool, a means to an end, and the question is about measuring the end product. The better analogy would be whether there are objective measures to what is good toast. Paintings, however,...
by Chris Seiber
November 17th, 2019, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 3538

Re: When your partner/SO goes dumpster diving in “your” cellar . . . .

Kris Patten wrote:
November 17th, 2019, 3:31 pm
My wife has free reign
Good Freudian slip there
by Chris Seiber
November 17th, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley
Replies: 28
Views: 926

Re: TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley

Brian, Paul but if you go to the Scherrer website you'll see that there are indeed three different cabs, however when you look at the Specifications for each one all of the fruit comes from the Scherrer Vineyard just different sections with different rootstock. https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4178/34...
by Chris Seiber
November 16th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there objectively good and bad wines?
Replies: 81
Views: 2352

Re: Are there objectively good and bad wines?

I think wine, like art, movies, food, they have both objective and subjective natures. There are objective differences between a Rembrandt painting and something your kid draws for art class. Skill, difficulty of composition. But there is a subjective dimension at the same time - maybe you just don’...
by Chris Seiber
November 15th, 2019, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 14
Views: 852

Re: TN: 2004 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia

Well, this bottle is no exception, but thinking that this would have paired well with Cantonese lobster noodles, I brought this along. Indeed, the pairing is brilliant. Good thing you didn't ask the board what to pair with that Cantonese dish - otherwise you would have been stuck drinking tea or Ts...
by Chris Seiber
November 15th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 58
Views: 5195

Re: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

I was pissed to see Ramey chard on it, good luck finding that on sale again. I've watched this over many years, and other than the actual #1 wine, the top 10 doesn't really affect pricing. Actually, what often happens is that the other top 10 (and top 100) wines, at least the ones that are still av...
by Chris Seiber
November 14th, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article
Replies: 31
Views: 942

Re: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article

People don't understand the concept of "corkage" in these establishments. From my experience many people don't like to be told that $15 will be added to the sticker label of the bottle they have in their hands. And often, at these kinds of hybrid places, the prices are already higher than at pure r...
by Chris Seiber
November 14th, 2019, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your top 10 Chenin Blanc bottlings
Replies: 48
Views: 2467

Re: Your top 10 Chenin Blanc bottlings

I had a 2017 Huet Sec Le Haut Lieu a few weeks ago. Just so-so, not really enough acid or energy to it, a little flabby. I've felt for several years like the price and quality of Huet were both trending in the wrong direction.
by Chris Seiber
November 14th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article
Replies: 31
Views: 942

Re: Hybrid wine shops/bars - Vinepair article

A similar thing I encounter is going to Santa Monica Seafood. They are a retail store and fish counter, but they also have a small dining area, and they sell prepared food you can eat in or take out. So I buy a salmon filet and whole Loup de Mer from the fish counter, maybe the fish counter guy clea...
by Chris Seiber
November 14th, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Raj Parr Wine Club?
Replies: 14
Views: 1153

Re: Raj Parr Wine Club?

Robert M yers wrote:
November 14th, 2019, 10:14 am
John reading too fast and politely explaining “a la carte” [rofl.gif] good for you John, very unberserker of you [rofl.gif]
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by Chris Seiber
November 14th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Raj Parr Wine Club?
Replies: 14
Views: 1153

Re: Raj Parr Wine Club?

John W Osgood wrote:
November 14th, 2019, 9:40 am
Larry - the prices for which you can buy the wines direct without joining the club. You won't be able to get some of the wines that are for club members only.
But what are the prices like, in terms of dollars?
by Chris Seiber
November 13th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines helped by climate change
Replies: 45
Views: 1301

Re: Wines helped by climate change

I can't say I've observed if there is a change or if it's for the better, but I could imagine Alto Piemonte wines improving if the growers are able to get the grapes a bit riper.
by Chris Seiber
November 13th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines helped by climate change
Replies: 45
Views: 1301

Re: Wines helped by climate change

I think its sometimes hard to disentangle improved (or, rather, modified) wine-making from climate change. Also it will be a while before we have info on the impact on how the wines age. Definitely. Vineyard management, winemaking technologies and techniques, combined with customer preferences, hav...
by Chris Seiber
November 13th, 2019, 11:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Tasting with TNs
Replies: 45
Views: 2490

Re: Rhys Tasting with TNs

The quality is apparent as is the craft. I wish I had remembered to make this point in my earlier post. Regardless of the extent to which certain bottles of these may be more or less your thing, there is no doubting the earnest and diligent commitment to quality at Rhys. And "commitment to quality"...
by Chris Seiber
November 12th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2407

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

I rolled into Water Grill in OC last night with nine bottles, eight already opened (for aeration and/or to check on their condition). No problem at all. Plus, it's much easier not to have to get the server over repeatedly to open bottles.
by Chris Seiber
November 12th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Sine Qua Non Syrah Trouver l'Arene (USA, California, Central Coast)
Replies: 4
Views: 628

Re: TN: 2015 Sine Qua Non Syrah Trouver l'Arene (USA, California, Central Coast)

Did you aerate it? For how long? At what stage did it seem best?
by Chris Seiber
November 12th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Tasting with TNs
Replies: 45
Views: 2490

Re: Rhys Tasting with TNs

Overall impressions: (1) I don't know if Rhys's chardonnays are "better" than their pinots, but I think in any crowd from geeks to civilians, they are going to make a much bigger impression. Great wines which are both cerebral and delicious. Sometimes the pinots are too much of the former and not en...
by Chris Seiber
November 12th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 72
Views: 4277

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

DanielP wrote:
November 12th, 2019, 10:17 am
So that's who buys WS Gruner...
[rofl.gif]
by Chris Seiber
November 12th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you always taste before you buy?
Replies: 27
Views: 1286

Re: Do you always taste before you buy?

I remember some of those threads where the rich jet setters who whisk over to Bordeaux for en primeur events and to be hosted by a line of elite chateaux would sneer at us regular guys for not tasting everything before we buy. It would be a nice luxury to have, but it's not how the real world works ...
by Chris Seiber
November 12th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 72
Views: 4277

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

I’ve seen many WS chards at over 15%, which is really weird considering their house style for reds.
by Chris Seiber
November 12th, 2019, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wine tastings for my wife
Replies: 72
Views: 4277

Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Wtf. No Pinot. And she said, “I don’t recall buying this.” Lol. I ask no questions.


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What’s the alcohol on that Chardonnay?
by Chris Seiber
November 11th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Tasting with TNs
Replies: 45
Views: 2490

Re: Rhys Tasting with TNs

was there more than one 750ml bottle of each wine? Mostly one of each. Which I worried wouldn’t work before we started, but with everyone being experienced and conscientious about it and taking just 1.5 ounces or so, plus so many bottles that most people didn’t get to them all, it strangely worked ...
by Chris Seiber
November 11th, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2407

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

In some states [such as New Jersey, and maybe Pennsylvania], restaurants are awarded their alcohol licenses by the Mafia, in cahoots with Mafia-owned politicians & Mafia-owned regulators. There is tremendous competition amongst restaurants to purchase the goodwill necessary to receive an alcohol li...
by Chris Seiber
November 10th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opening wines before reaching restaurant
Replies: 70
Views: 2407

Re: Opening wines before reaching restaurant

I do it all the time and I’ve never gotten any objection. I doubt there is a law about that, and if there is one, it’s probably never been enforced in this context (aerated full bottle of fine wine) once in history. Of course, restaurants and their employees will sometimes claim there to be a law wh...
by Chris Seiber
November 10th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Arianna Occhipinti Il Frappato (Italy, Sicily, Terre Siciliane)
Replies: 5
Views: 468

Re: TN: 2016 Arianna Occhipinti Il Frappato (Italy, Sicily, Terre Siciliane)

Very nice and interesting wines. Reminds me of Trosseau with the light color, brisk acids, spice, weightless energy. Interesting that the 2012 was in such a good place. In one thread about Occhipinti Frappato, I asked about how they might age or hold up, and one guy harrumphed about what a ridiculou...
by Chris Seiber
November 10th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ladd Cellars Zinfandel Avio Vineyard Sierra Foothills
Replies: 13
Views: 559

Re: TN: 2015 Ladd Cellars Zinfandel Avio Vineyard Sierra Foothills

Another wine somewhat in that style was the zins which Cabot made in Humboldt. It looks like 2011 and 2013 were the last vintages of those, but John might still have some in stock. Actually, we are going to release 3 new Zins from the 2016 vintage for Berserkerday! Fantastic. Are they from the same...
by Chris Seiber
November 8th, 2019, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Louis Roederer Brut Nature Starck - new vintage out in regular and rose
Replies: 13
Views: 480

Re: Louis Roederer Brut Nature Starck - new vintage out in regular and rose

Yes, the 2009 Starck is a really good wine. Relative to the overall pricing of Champagne, it represents good value at $75 or so (at least I think that’s about what I paid for it).
by Chris Seiber
November 7th, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys
Replies: 70
Views: 4208

Re: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys

These are the potential scenarios, with expected Berserker reactions: 1. No mention of Rhys (the actual case) -"How dare they not include Rhys! Wine Spectator is a joke!" 2. Rhys reviewed poorly - "How dare they not understand the greatness of Rhys! Wine Spectator is a joke!" 3. Rhys reviewed well ...
by Chris Seiber
November 6th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fresh Air
Replies: 2
Views: 527

Re: Fresh Air

Theodora Lee wrote:
November 6th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Will the air quality in Sonoma & Napa ever rebound?
Yes, probably within a week after the nearby fires stop burning.

Forest fires don't have a long term effect on regional air quality. There have been fires around Lake Tahoe over the years, too.
by Chris Seiber
November 6th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ladd Cellars Zinfandel Avio Vineyard Sierra Foothills
Replies: 13
Views: 559

Re: TN: 2015 Ladd Cellars Zinfandel Avio Vineyard Sierra Foothills

Another wine somewhat in that style was the zins which Cabot made in Humboldt. It looks like 2011 and 2013 were the last vintages of those, but John might still have some in stock.
by Chris Seiber
November 5th, 2019, 10:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A Few Recent Tastes II
Replies: 5
Views: 578

Re: TN: A Few Recent Tastes II

What an interesting journey through those wines and notes. Thanks for writing them all down for us.
by Chris Seiber
November 5th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Ladd Cellars Zinfandel Avio Vineyard Sierra Foothills
Replies: 13
Views: 559

Re: TN: 2015 Ladd Cellars Zinfandel Avio Vineyard Sierra Foothills

The Ladd zinfandel was one of my favorite wines from Falltacular 2019. My note from the time: Ladd Cellars 2015 Zinfandel Avio Vineyard Sierra Foothills. This was a 13.8% zin picked at 23 Brix. I love zin, and I’m not at all against riper and bigger versions of it (at least if the oak is kept modera...
by Chris Seiber
November 5th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to Explain Auction Prices of Terrible Wines?
Replies: 31
Views: 2051

Re: How to Explain Auction Prices of Terrible Wines?

In perusing the catalogue of an upcoming auction at a prominent American firm I was flabbergasted first that they would even accept for sale Bordeaux from vintages like '65, '67, '69, '80, and some individual well-known drenched disasters from '64. Most of the wines in these years were bilge water ...
by Chris Seiber
November 5th, 2019, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New to the forum have aquired some old wines looking for information about them
Replies: 4
Views: 566

Re: New to the forum have aquired some old wines looking for information about them

How did you come to acquire the wines? Where, and in what storage condition, had they been during all that time? I'm afraid I don't think any of those have any resale value. Maybe if the color and fill level of the Rieussec look good, someone might pay $100 for it, but even then it's going to be har...
by Chris Seiber
November 4th, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dehlinger Garbro Ranch offering
Replies: 7
Views: 453

Re: Dehlinger Garbro Ranch offering

What is it? Pinot? What price?
by Chris Seiber
November 3rd, 2019, 10:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys
Replies: 70
Views: 4208

Re: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys

They don't review every wine made, just what they can get to or what is sent to them. It would be impossible to review every wine in CA and they have publishing deadlines so if they haven't reviewed a particular wine, it finds its way into their database later on and doesn't get included in their b...
by Chris Seiber
November 3rd, 2019, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Entire list by the glass with a catch...
Replies: 18
Views: 1466

Re: Entire list by the glass with a catch...

A restaurant in the twin cities did/does this, with a chaulk board somewhere in the bar showing what opened bottles are available. I think it's a a great idea. The Bachelor Farmer. Great restaurant with really good wines on their list. I’ve ordered Clos Saron and Jolie Laide the two times I’ve been...
by Chris Seiber
November 2nd, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Finca Sandoval (Spain, Castilla-La Mancha, Manchuela)
Replies: 8
Views: 317

Re: TN: 2004 Finca Sandoval (Spain, Castilla-La Mancha, Manchuela)

Brian Gilp wrote:
November 2nd, 2019, 5:32 am
Chris Seiber wrote:
November 1st, 2019, 11:06 pm
I went through a decent number of those from the early 2000s and enjoyed them, but it’s been a long time now.

Wasn’t it a project of some wine writer or critic?
Victor de la Serna
But go on, who was he or what did he do outside of that project?

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