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by Chris Seiber
March 30th, 2020, 1:17 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: 2014 Switchback Ridge 30% off a case w/free shipping
Replies: 3
Views: 281

Re: 2014 Switchback Ridge 30% off a case w/free shipping

Crazy deal. The merlot is my favorite, and the W-S Pro national low for that in $59, plus you'd pay full shipping ordering from a retailer.
by Chris Seiber
March 30th, 2020, 1:14 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Kelley Fox Wines – Two great offers with Free Shipping
Replies: 10
Views: 1522

Re: Kelley Fox Wines – Two great offers with Free Shipping

I saw an email from Kelley Fox saying I got money refunded, which made me have the sadz thinking they had sold out or couldn't fulfill my order. Lo and behold, they were just refunding me the sales tax on my purchase. How cool of them.
by Chris Seiber
March 30th, 2020, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Notes from Video Chat with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar
Replies: 13
Views: 435

Re: Notes from Video Chat with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar

Great notes, Chris! Thanks for being a part of the event, and for transcribing all of that for the forum. Well done and much appreciated indeed... Big thanks to VinConnect for making that happen. I also had no idea there was a service like VinConnect to offer direct purchases from Musar, so I'm int...
by Chris Seiber
March 30th, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett
Replies: 6
Views: 407

Re: TN: 2001 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett

Smart man to let that wine age and mature.
by Chris Seiber
March 29th, 2020, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Notes from Video Chat with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar
Replies: 13
Views: 435

Notes from Video Chat with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar

Yesterday's video conversation with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar was truly amazing. As it got going, I quickly realized I would want to remember much of what he was sharing with us, so I started scribbling some notes. They are quite incomplete, and probably not 100% accurate (any others, please corr...
by Chris Seiber
March 29th, 2020, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...
Replies: 58
Views: 4556

Re: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...

The Winery restaurant in Newport Beach is doing that. 50% off everything. Given there are roughly (but very inexactly) 2X markups, many fall roughly around retail price. But some are more and some are also less - in fact, I think as you go up to mid and higher priced wines, the number of bottles th...
by Chris Seiber
March 29th, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux
Replies: 24
Views: 733

Re: TN: 2016 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux

I had a 2010 of this a few nights ago, and it was a beauty. Such pure, focused fruit, and the signature Loire cab franc elements like tobacco and gravel, but as a secondary player (at this age) to the purity and freshness of the fruit. Long life ahead, but awesome right now.
by Chris Seiber
March 28th, 2020, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LIVE THIS SATURDAY! Video Chat with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar
Replies: 63
Views: 1448

Re: LIVE THIS SATURDAY! Video Chat with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar

Son had a melt down so had to hop off. Glad it was recorded. Any discussion of recent (last 4-5 years) vintages and how they’re progressing? He did say that the 2010 is a cinsault-dominant vintage, and as such, it will mature earlier and be more approachable near release than the typical vintage. H...
by Chris Seiber
March 28th, 2020, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LIVE THIS SATURDAY! Video Chat with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar
Replies: 63
Views: 1448

Re: LIVE THIS SATURDAY! Video Chat with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar

I took notes from many, though not all, portions of the discussion since I quickly realized I'm not going to want to forget the things I learned today.

I'll type up my notes here, probably tomorrow, for those who are interested.
by Chris Seiber
March 28th, 2020, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LIVE THIS SATURDAY! Video Chat with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar
Replies: 63
Views: 1448

Re: LIVE THIS SATURDAY! Video Chat with Marc Hochar of Chateau Musar

This is one of the best winemaker discussions I’ve ever gotten to participate in, and I’ve been to a great many wineries around the world and met many interesting people. Marc, and the Musar story and his family's story, it's as interesting and distinctive as anything I've ever encountered in the wi...
by Chris Seiber
March 28th, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1995 Chateau Musar
Replies: 7
Views: 308

Re: 1995 Chateau Musar

91 and 95 Musar are some of the best wines I’ve ever had. You’re blessed to get to have one today. Keep the commentary coming.
by Chris Seiber
March 28th, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?
Replies: 19
Views: 1223

Re: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?

Lore Olds is an all time great name.
by Chris Seiber
March 27th, 2020, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos
Replies: 23
Views: 875

Re: TN: 2010 Christian Moreau Chablis Les Clos

Another victim dashed upon the shores of the Island of Christian Moreau.
by Chris Seiber
March 27th, 2020, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers Marie order hijacked?
Replies: 9
Views: 838

Re: Rivers Marie order hijacked?

The police are after him as we speak:

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by Chris Seiber
March 27th, 2020, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Kutch Chardonnay Sonoma Coast (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Re: TN: 2015 Kutch Chardonnay Sonoma Coast (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

Great note, Dennis. Jamie makes fantastic chardonnay, and at a great value for the dollar. Even though one might say "but just for fans of the style," I think even your mainstream California chardonnay drinker is likely to appreciate Kutch chardonnays, and maybe even to love them. As a broader state...
by Chris Seiber
March 26th, 2020, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 MP Integrity - Ode to an Oz Oozer
Replies: 4
Views: 234

Re: 2001 MP Integrity - Ode to an Oz Oozer

I always enjoyed the Velvet Glove wines a few years after release. Usually if it got 98 or more from Parker best to drink right away. A friend poured me an early 2000s Velvet Glove a year or two ago. It was still drinking decently, in its ultraripe lush style. I'm guessing it wasn't as enjoyable as...
by Chris Seiber
March 26th, 2020, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Bellefont-Belcier
Replies: 1
Views: 150

Re: TN: 2000 Château Bellefont-Belcier

I had several bottles of the 2005 in its youngish years, and it was really delicious then, with great purity and intensity of fruit. I'm not sure if it was going to transform into complex classical Bordeaux with enough age, but it sure was a tasty wine.
by Chris Seiber
March 26th, 2020, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 MP Integrity - Ode to an Oz Oozer
Replies: 4
Views: 234

Re: 2001 MP Integrity - Ode to an Oz Oozer

I had a 2002 a couple of weeks ago. I hope yours is a lot better than the one I had. https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=2936971#p2936971 I will note that my friend had it in a decanter for some unknown amount of time before I arrived - I don't know if it would have been better just...
by Chris Seiber
March 26th, 2020, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vintages that have surprised you to the upside
Replies: 58
Views: 1726

Re: Vintages that have surprised you to the upside

2011 in California is a vintage that got low marks almost everywhere, but I think it's a great vintage, at least if you like redder fruits, lower ABV and higher acids. I think it might be the best zinfandel and Rhone varietal vintage I've ever had, for my tastes. It's also excellent for pinot noir. ...
by Chris Seiber
March 26th, 2020, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the deal with the 2014 Chidaine wines?
Replies: 34
Views: 2354

Re: What is the deal with the 2014 Chidaine wines?

I'll join the chorus here and say that 2014 was definitely an off vintage for Chidaine. I liked them immediately upon release but felt they very quickly lost their initial verve and just seemed more flat and listless with each successive bottle (and I've had about a dozen from across their lineup)....
by Chris Seiber
March 26th, 2020, 1:48 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Kelley Fox Wines – Two great offers with Free Shipping
Replies: 10
Views: 1522

Re: Kelley Fox Wines – Two great offers with Free Shipping

I think Mirabai means "must buy" in Hindi.

So I'm in. What a beautiful label, too. Looking forward to trying these.
by Chris Seiber
March 26th, 2020, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle
Replies: 144
Views: 9239

Re: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle

PaulMills wrote:
March 21st, 2020, 4:07 pm

1998 Ravenswood Teldeschi Zin

1992 Ravenswood Cabernet, Gregory vineyard
How were these wines?
by Chris Seiber
March 26th, 2020, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hacks for evaluating current release wine
Replies: 39
Views: 1550

Re: Hacks for evaluating current release wine

CellarTracker is probably the best hack. Look at past vintages of the wine, particularly vintages which seem more similar to the young one in question, and see what people are experiencing of that wine as it aged. Of course, it's not a guarantee of anything for a number of reasons (unreliability of ...
by Chris Seiber
March 26th, 2020, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France
Replies: 52
Views: 1334

Re: Natural wine - now an officially recognized designation in France

Critical question -- do we wine snobs start pronouncing it like "naturel" in French?
by Chris Seiber
March 26th, 2020, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...
Replies: 58
Views: 4556

Re: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...

The Winery restaurant in Newport Beach is doing that. 50% off everything. Given there are roughly (but very inexactly) 2X markups, many fall roughly around retail price. But some are more and some are also less - in fact, I think as you go up to mid and higher priced wines, the number of bottles tha...
by Chris Seiber
March 25th, 2020, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Avalanche of e-mail wine offers
Replies: 50
Views: 3412

Re: Avalanche of e-mail wine offers

I stopped by Hi Time on Monday. I guess they are still open, but you can't go in the store, you can only order things on their website and then come pick it up. That must knock their revenues down to a small percentage of what they are when the store is open, even before you factor in the softening ...
by Chris Seiber
March 25th, 2020, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Spectrum Wine Storage in Irvine open?
Replies: 8
Views: 301

Re: Is Spectrum Wine Storage in Irvine open?

Got an email reply, great news. +++++ We are still open, so it is business as usual for all incoming and outgoing shipments. ... rest assured if we are forced to lock the doors, we will send an email notification to all customers. Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Thank you an...
by Chris Seiber
March 25th, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Spectrum Wine Storage in Irvine open?
Replies: 8
Views: 301

Re: Is Spectrum Wine Storage in Irvine open?

I would love to head over there and pull a Chave for my birthday but I assume they are shut down - definitely 'non-essential' though social distancing is quite the norm there. Most times when I go I'm the only one there (other than Scott or Jen) My concern is about shipments arriving. Any idea what...
by Chris Seiber
March 25th, 2020, 11:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Spectrum Wine Storage in Irvine open?
Replies: 8
Views: 301

Is Spectrum Wine Storage in Irvine open?

I called about a week ago and they were still open, but unsure of the future. I just got an email saying a package was delivered there, but it says the Delivery Location was DOCK - SPEC CVD. I take it that means it was just left there somewhere without signature? Does the delivery person have some a...
by Chris Seiber
March 25th, 2020, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first premoxed German riesling
Replies: 10
Views: 453

Re: My first premoxed German riesling

Chris, this is a fascinating subject. I have had dozens of the most delicious German rieslings -- from trocken to auslese and beyond -- with decades of age, sometimes badly beaten up in shipping, and not once have I experienced what you describe. Just lucky? Yet on the other hand my "problem bottle...
by Chris Seiber
March 25th, 2020, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first premoxed German riesling
Replies: 10
Views: 453

Re: My first premoxed German riesling

Thanks everyone. I actually didn't realize it was a trocken until I started typing the post today.

The aging of German rieslings has been so bulletproof for me over the years, I guess I got complacent thinking about whether certain bottles should hold up or not.
by Chris Seiber
March 25th, 2020, 10:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first premoxed German riesling
Replies: 10
Views: 453

Re: My first premoxed German riesling

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by Chris Seiber
March 25th, 2020, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first premoxed German riesling
Replies: 10
Views: 453

My first premoxed German riesling

2002 Weingut Max Ferd. Richter Mülheimer Sonnenlay Riesling "Selection." I can't even find this wine in CellarTracker. It's 11.5% alcohol and the back label says it's dry, but corresponds to Spatlese dry. Anyway, the cork was great, although it had completely blackened on the outer edge, as though y...
by Chris Seiber
March 24th, 2020, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great value plays in 2016 Barbaresco
Replies: 20
Views: 1456

Re: Great value plays in 2016 Barbaresco

Looking to stock up on this vintage. I don't have access to any '16 Produttori at this time so I'd like to take the opportunity to try some others, in the sub $40 category. My strategy is buy some good performing wines that are excelling due to this great vintage and save some money. And cellar wor...
by Chris Seiber
March 23rd, 2020, 10:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Aging
Replies: 16
Views: 1021

Re: Wine Aging

AndrewH wrote:
March 23rd, 2020, 12:04 pm
^ You're still running CT in classic mode?!?
I never could get on board with the new version. It feels like more clicks and layers to get to the same things.

I know Eric hates that, but he is kind enough to leave it as an option for us holdouts.
by Chris Seiber
March 23rd, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: How much will 2016 Lafite cost in 6 months?
Replies: 25
Views: 1784

Re: Poll: How much will 2016 Lafite cost in 6 months?

The first 5 votes are evenly distributed across the 5 options. Lesson: no one has any f'ing clue. The challenge here, too, is that you have to respond to the poll in order to see the results, but that forces people like me who don't really have any feel for the issue to give a poll response, thus m...
by Chris Seiber
March 23rd, 2020, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First wine I've opened to drink at home in months (maybe a year): 2000 Dauvissat Clos
Replies: 34
Views: 1749

Re: First wine I've opened to drink at home in months (maybe a year): 2000 Dauvissat Clos

is a 19+ year old chablis (even one with this pedigree) from half bottle (that has, I am assuming, come from the secondary market) that is oxidized "pre-mox"? I think ideally, an ageworthy white wine should age to old, and then too old, and then dead, without the end actually being oxidation. Howev...
by Chris Seiber
March 23rd, 2020, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Sandlands Mission Amador County Wine
Replies: 10
Views: 434

Re: TN: 2017 Sandlands Mission Amador County Wine

Thanks for posting your note, Tom. I'd be really curious to try this one. Any info on how the wine was made? Photo below of one of the old Mission vines at Deaver Ranch, where the fruit for this wine was sourced, from a visit there with Ken Deaver last May. As far as is known, these are the oldest ...
by Chris Seiber
March 23rd, 2020, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?
Replies: 33
Views: 1974

Re: VIRUS-SMELL LOSS?

It's good to know that this is an early warning flag for the illness. It might have added value to us wine enthusiast types, since maybe we're more likely to notice this warning flag early than the average person.
by Chris Seiber
March 23rd, 2020, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Aging
Replies: 16
Views: 1021

Re: Wine Aging

for a wine you're interested in, go to cellartracker and lookup the wine (name, vintage). CT will give you the drinking window for that wine, which IMO gets you a good idea of the aging potential. Then go look at the tasting notes for a few different vintages of that wine and see what people are sa...
by Chris Seiber
March 22nd, 2020, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 4
Views: 299

Re: TN: 2003 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia

It was amazingly good with food, too. Before dinner, I had some Manchego, cashews and almonds with it, and that went perfectly. Then at dinner, we got takeout from The Playground (who did a great job of it -- fellow OC foodies should support them through the shutdown if possible), and there was some...
by Chris Seiber
March 22nd, 2020, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Since when was entry level Meursault so damn expensive?
Replies: 87
Views: 5866

Re: Since when was entry level Meursault so damn expensive?

We periodically wonder why Burgundy producers haven't solved premox or, in many cases, appear even to have acknowledged and cared about it at all. As I've seen the prices of White Burg climb steadily upward during the premox era, I can sort of understand why. We consumers have a problem, but I'm not...
by Chris Seiber
March 22nd, 2020, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Aging
Replies: 16
Views: 1021

Re: Wine Aging

Hi Jelana. Welcome to the forum. Your question is a challenging one. Here are two past threads where the same question was asked, and you might read through them to get some of the responses: https://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=148759&p=2463101 https://www.wineberserkers.com/fo...
by Chris Seiber
March 21st, 2020, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT on Drinking Wine Alone...Now
Replies: 36
Views: 2097

Re: NYT on Drinking Wine Alone...Now

And Chris - some of us actually do always spit at big tastings! neener It’s not the first time Chris has been FOS! I often spit when I drink alone at home. I can only do it alone because it grosses out my wife :-) I'm glad my FOS-edness is being tracked, but I warn you, it could become a big job. I...
by Chris Seiber
March 21st, 2020, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 4
Views: 299

TN: 2003 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia

2003 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Reserva Viña Tondonia - Spain, La Rioja, La Rioja Alta, Rioja (3/21/2020) Medium gold color which would be somewhere between worrisome and fatal on a white from Burgundy or the Loire (and which we see all too often), but which is right in character for this win...
by Chris Seiber
March 20th, 2020, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Opened 5 bottles of wine and none taste right
Replies: 38
Views: 1995

Re: Opened 5 bottles of wine and none taste right

If I eat ice cream, gelato or frozen yogurt, the rest of that day, wine tastes metallic and bitter. Started when I was in my mid 30s, still happens. At first, I just thought certain bottles I’d had were bad bottles or bad wines. I finally made the connection on a visit to Montalcino, after having an...
by Chris Seiber
March 20th, 2020, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?
Replies: 164
Views: 12865

Re: Will stock market collapse equal lower prices at wine auctions?

Many in the restaurant/hospitality industry tend to be more social, and while probably not top shelf, are more likely to enjoy a glass of wine or two. With the massive layoffs, I expect their purchases will disappear. With depressed sales, there is going to be a glut of wine sitting on the market, ...

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