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by Brian Lynch
April 30th, 2020, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle Virtual Zoom Tasting with Mike Officer--Thursday, April 30th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
Replies: 132
Views: 4210

Re: Carlisle Virtual Zoom Tasting with Mike Officer--Thursday, April 30th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET

That was an incredible event. Thanks for hosting!

We had a storm that disrupted our internet connection and could not connect in Q&A by phone but all good!
by Brian Lynch
April 28th, 2020, 3:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellar Insurance
Replies: 15
Views: 903

Re: Cellar Insurance

Does Chubb do a standalone wine collection policy or only if they insure the home? I have an old stone home and their quote to insure the home was astronomical. I would do a separate policy on wine if they do that since I have heard great things about their coverage/payment if there is a loss.
by Brian Lynch
April 23rd, 2020, 5:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Spring Valley Vineyard Frederick
Replies: 3
Views: 233

Re: TN: 2015 Spring Valley Vineyard Frederick

Good wines that often get discounted by retailers and then they become a silly good buy.
by Brian Lynch
April 23rd, 2020, 5:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Garretson Bulladoir Syrah
Replies: 7
Views: 301

Re: TN: 2002 Garretson Bulladoir Syrah

His wines had some Parker buzz so I bought some. Agree with John that the Aisling was the best of the bunch. Cool label too
by Brian Lynch
April 22nd, 2020, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Rivers Marie wine are you drinking?
Replies: 25
Views: 1768

Re: Which Rivers Marie wine are you drinking?

'14 Corona Cab, Zoom night. Came out of the gate smoking and had layers of dark and red fruit and impeccable balance. No need to rush to open this but if you do, it will deliver a ton of hedonistic flavor. '18 SC Pinot a few nights later. Tasted like a Cab lover's pinot, which is just fine by me. Re...
by Brian Lynch
April 21st, 2020, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PLCB turning off the lights...
Replies: 51
Views: 3338

Re: PLCB turning off the lights...

If you are in Pa and in need of a fix, just reach out to a fellow Berserker. They surely have enough to share and still have enough to survive and withstand a Cold War era supply shutoff. If you live in the People’s Republic of PA, you learn how to hoard and adapt. :-)
by Brian Lynch
April 20th, 2020, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast
Replies: 168
Views: 8274

Re: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast

I have bought a lot of Carlisle and Tensley, and they age well and always over-deliver.
by Brian Lynch
April 18th, 2020, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle Virtual Zoom Tasting with Mike Officer--Thursday, April 30th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
Replies: 132
Views: 4210

Re: Carlisle Virtual Zoom Tasting--You Vote For The Date

A little PSA here. If you want to pop something and can't decide, just go to Mike's notes on the Carlisle site. They are dead on. Case in recent point. I opened a '16 zin recently and was worried I might have popped it too early after opening so I looked at TWA and Vinous site notes. Neither had the...
by Brian Lynch
April 8th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui
Replies: 304
Views: 9258

Re: Rivers-Marie Virtual Tasting--Tuesday, 4/7 @ 5PM PT with Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui

For my own sanity...I watched the whole show yesterday, saw myself on video, chatted a few times...but when I re-watched the taped show, I didn't exist?? Was I there? Brian, with 100 people, the Zoom software spreads across 25 people per screen. So, you're not appearing unless the screen where your...
by Brian Lynch
April 7th, 2020, 1:24 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16611
Views: 439660

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

https://i.imgur.com/Baxe2cZl.jpg The Alchemist Brewing Co. Heady The Topper. DIPA 8% ABV. No hop bill listed, rumor is that it's a combo of 6 different hops LOL, kinda like KFC's 17 herbs and spices. Listen, we've all had this beer, some more than others, but for us west coasters it's a treat when ...
by Brian Lynch
March 25th, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow OWC Issues?
Replies: 116
Views: 10119

Re: Scarecrow OWC Issues?

Not Scarecrow, but had a similar problem with a Schrader OWC, pre-sale. I was more worried about the wine but wasn't thrilled with the box damage. Schrader was not responsive at all. It was like, we sold out, can't help you. Hope Scarecrow is more helpful. Just received a Backus 6-pack from Phelps. ...
by Brian Lynch
March 24th, 2020, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FYI: Gramercy Cellars Deal
Replies: 34
Views: 3542

Re: FYI: Gramercy Cellars Deal

Has anyone tasted the Lower East that could offer a view versus the mailing list labels?
by Brian Lynch
March 24th, 2020, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Rivers-Marie Summa Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Replies: 10
Views: 828

Re: TN: 2017 Rivers-Marie Summa Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

Nice note. Had similar taste experiences a few weeks ago with the '14 SOV. William makes a good point that 8 years is a sweet spot because I thought I pulled the '14 a bit early. I have a few more so will revisit in a few years.
by Brian Lynch
March 23rd, 2020, 9:46 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16611
Views: 439660

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

https://i.imgur.com/mfB6Epnl.jpg If you can, try to support your local breweries, be safe and stay as far away from people as you can !!! Highly Recommended, Cheers, Bud In Pa, a few local microbrewers are doing home delivery. Most PA businesses are closed, but you can buy beer from a beer retailer...
by Brian Lynch
March 22nd, 2020, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 536
Views: 35627

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Brian, I presume those were 2017s? The straight Willamette Valley bottlings offer lots of early enjoyment. I've generally found that patience is rewarded with most all of Marcus's Pinots, so yes...a few years early. Momtazi vineyard has always puzzled me. Many have been disappointing, some have bee...
by Brian Lynch
March 20th, 2020, 7:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And my Wife said “Quick buy more wine!”
Replies: 34
Views: 2105

Re: And my Wife said “Quick buy more wine!”

Carl Steefel wrote:
March 19th, 2020, 8:49 am
Just ordered another case of 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti. UPS store will sign for it...
Had that two weeks ago and popped an 03 last night, which was delicious. Be patient if you can; it will pay dividends.
by Brian Lynch
March 19th, 2020, 6:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT on Drinking Wine Alone...Now
Replies: 36
Views: 2155

Re: NYT on Drinking Wine Alone...Now

The first rule of Berserkers is the no finger wag rule.

The second rule of Berserkers is the no finger wag rule.
by Brian Lynch
March 18th, 2020, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 548
Views: 44577

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

JonathanG wrote:
March 15th, 2020, 1:10 pm
I've been through a couple of Scherrer's 2013 Platt pinot. Stellar in my book. Smells so good I could wear it.
My mag just arrived. Look forward to opening it for a group taste when things calm down.
by Brian Lynch
March 18th, 2020, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]
Replies: 294
Views: 23301

Re: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]

I still have some frozen steaks bought from BD for the long haul quarantine, but getting them fresh next week will be like a COVID mini-Christmas celebration, thanks to St. Bryan (Nick's cousin)!
by Brian Lynch
March 17th, 2020, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine cellar progress
Replies: 100
Views: 4845

Re: Wine cellar progress

Beautiful design and finishes. Enjoy!
by Brian Lynch
March 17th, 2020, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PLCB turning off the lights...
Replies: 51
Views: 3338

Re: PLCB turning off the lights...

From what I saw, consumers literally emptied the shelves.
by Brian Lynch
March 16th, 2020, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had
Replies: 98
Views: 5258

Re: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had

I'm drinking it right now: 2010 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a wow wine. The last time that I had it a couple of years ago there was a strong cedar component that I found to be distracting. No longer. This has integrated and is at the beginning of what I'm sure will be a long and graceful evo...
by Brian Lynch
March 15th, 2020, 3:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 536
Views: 35627

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

I opened two BD wines for some guests. First up was Kelley Fox Momtazi. Next was MG Heritage No.10 Whistling Ridge Vineyard, Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir. Both were pop and pour wines and probably a little early to open, but I was curious. No detailed tasting notes as the wines went quickly. Enjoyed both...
by Brian Lynch
March 14th, 2020, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Due' Baroli (and a late arriving Brunello)
Replies: 15
Views: 671

Re: TNs: Due' Baroli

Well played, Bob.
by Brian Lynch
March 9th, 2020, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Napa/ Sonoma Tasting Experience?
Replies: 57
Views: 3296

Re: Best Napa/ Sonoma Tasting Experience?

George Chadwick wrote:
March 7th, 2020, 3:57 pm
For Napa, Viader has the best view, and the most underrated misunderstood cab-based wine I've ever had because it's all fruit on release so you think that's the wine, nope, it needs more than ten years to show its stuff.

I agree. It's all due to the Franc component.
by Brian Lynch
February 25th, 2020, 9:53 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16611
Views: 439660

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Just had my 1st Bissell Brothers Swish from Portland Maine. Definitely in the top 5 IPA's I've ever had. Canned 2/19 They just sent a contingent to some Philly bars, and I had Swish and a few others last night. Excellent "next level" stuff. Hopefully they like our market response and will send some...
by Brian Lynch
February 17th, 2020, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Steakhouse wine, pick one
Replies: 23
Views: 1819

Re: Steakhouse wine, pick one

That's a high class problem. You could make a case for all. Without the decant time available I wouldn't use up a precious Mac Donald.

I'd go with the 14 Elysian for a steak house.
by Brian Lynch
February 17th, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1208
Views: 82584

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Brian, I just took delivery of my Laherte Crayeres too. Need to try one in the next few weeks so thanks for the note. Might be worth you trying Marguet Crayeres too if you have not yet had a bottle of it. I think in 2014 that Crayeres is the best wine of the single plots, too. Agree. I have some Ma...
by Brian Lynch
February 15th, 2020, 4:21 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16611
Views: 439660

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Blowin Up The Spot Growler from a recent Other Half visit. Collab from Monkish and Other Half. The best beer I have had in the last 12 months, hand down!
by Brian Lynch
February 15th, 2020, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Champagne are you drinking?
Replies: 1208
Views: 82584

Re: Which Champagne are you drinking?

Laherte Les Grandes Crayeres and Extra Brut Rosé de Meunier. Both are smoking good!
by Brian Lynch
February 14th, 2020, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Cali Cab
Replies: 180
Views: 15127

Re: Aged Cali Cab

Recently drank a ‘59 Charles Krug at Press in St. Helena that someone purchased off their list and sent over to the table for me as a gift. It was the wine of the night, a real feat considering we had an ‘89 Haut-Briton and several other treasures sitting on the table. What struck me the most was h...
by Brian Lynch
February 11th, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Save The Date: 2018 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay
Replies: 31
Views: 2517

Re: Save The Date: 2018 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay

All should be excellent based on past tastings I have had and the promise of the '18 vineyard. I've not encountered butter in the RM Chards, just beautifully balanced fruit with food friendly acidity. It's not as food friendly as a white burg, but it's very food friendly for California IMO.
by Brian Lynch
February 7th, 2020, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point
Replies: 45
Views: 3085

Re: Pacific NW Cabs/blends vs California - at the $50 price point

in WA, Januik is great young and ages well for a long time.

I also like Owen Roe at that price point.

There is a ton at 60 and above.
by Brian Lynch
February 5th, 2020, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 256
Views: 21053

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

Thinking of joining futures of Monte Bello, about how long would I need to wait to drink them upon arriving. Ideally, 10 years or more. Oh man, "ideally" I'd say double that. Personal tastes and all, and you can enjoy them younger, but these wines are (or at least seem to be) made with aging in min...
by Brian Lynch
February 5th, 2020, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 10 List of Old Vine Zin Vineyards
Replies: 45
Views: 2416

Re: Top 10 List of Old Vine Zin Vineyards

Have had a good # of 2-10. Probably had #1 in a Ravenswood, but it's been a while. Montafi is my fave.
by Brian Lynch
February 4th, 2020, 11:20 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16611
Views: 439660

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

I had a bunch of Other Half Collabs on tap last week. Unfortunately they had little in the way of cans after a massive 6th anniversary special. My faves were collabs with (1) Monkish (HDHC Blowin Up the Spot), Trillium (Quadrangle Test) and Equilibrium (Lab Daydream) (all top tier) and (2) not far b...
by Brian Lynch
February 4th, 2020, 11:08 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Irish Whiskey Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 2964

Re: Irish Whiskey Thread

LMD, how'd you like the Wild Geese? I have not seen that one before.
by Brian Lynch
February 4th, 2020, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Passive wine cellar in Virginia?
Replies: 42
Views: 1600

Re: Passive wine cellar in Virginia?

Used a passive cellar in NoVa from '00-06 and then in PA from '06-'09 (with each floor around 8' under grade). I built a temp and humidity controlled cellar space in '09. I have not seen any problems with the wines I kept in the passive space.
by Brian Lynch
February 4th, 2020, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip
Replies: 24
Views: 1831

Re: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip

I’d second Rutherford and a driver. I had no signal last month on the Mountain. I’ll also suggest visiting Tom Altemus at Red Cap Vineyards. Excellent Cabs from volcanic soils on a westward facing slope. He also supplies the fruit for J Davies Red Cap, which Galloni reviews in the 94 range. Super ni...
by Brian Lynch
February 2nd, 2020, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Cali Cab to Age 25 Years
Replies: 79
Views: 3984

Re: 2015 Cali Cab to Age 25 Years

Most of the wines mentioned will age 25 years with a few caveats based on experience. FWIW I just had a 91 Monte Bello and it was stunning at age 29. I have also had many wines mentioned above from 1999-2001 and they are definitely age able for 25. I also would add Larkmead to the list. The base Cab...
by Brian Lynch
February 1st, 2020, 11:21 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Flannery Beef x BerserkerDay11: Ribeyes, Porterhouse, Hangers and More!
Replies: 119
Views: 7479

Re: Flannery Beef x BerserkerDay11: Ribeyes, Porterhouse, Hangers and More!

Question for the Flannery gurus: I received mine and there's more than I need for short term consumption. Do they stay well in the cryo for a week after receipt or should I freeze the extras?
by Brian Lynch
January 21st, 2020, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 190
Views: 21453

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

Order in! As always I will attempt to lay down but temptation will be too great. I wonder when us "wishers" will find out? BTW did AG review all of these? Any idea of scores? 93-96 on the rest. can you break out by wine, if you don't mind? The Breakout is really like splitting hairs. All notes had ...
by Brian Lynch
January 20th, 2020, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville)
Replies: 12
Views: 1953

Re: TN: 2014 MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville)

8 hours if that is possible, but two hours works well if you can't execute on a long decant time. You will love it!
by Brian Lynch
January 12th, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Promontory
Replies: 24
Views: 2710

Re: Promontory

Is it $200 a head? Do they waive the fee or credit it against purchases on the day of visit?
by Brian Lynch
January 8th, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?
Replies: 88
Views: 4629

Re: Your Favorite Wines Inroduced to You by a Fellow Board Member - Top 3-5?

Is Tua their winemaker? I thought I read somewhere that how the 2020 ends up depends on whether Tua comes back? He makes a fantastic Tagovailoa Rouge. Crimson red in color, packs a huge punch, quite traditional in styling. You forgot to mention Left Bank styling. (Tua is a rare lefty QB) More like ...
by Brian Lynch
January 6th, 2020, 3:39 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Best beers 2019 edition
Replies: 15
Views: 1630

Re: Best beers 2019 edition

Scott, great post. I agree that Monk's is an incredible beer destination. The cellar list is amazing and the staff are really well educated and helpful. I have been drinking mostly IPAs, so will throw in a few best votes for various categories I recall from this year, with a heavy weight towards IPA...
by Brian Lynch
December 2nd, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16611
Views: 439660

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
November 29th, 2019, 1:50 pm
And it’s here! Round 1: At Long Last - MT/Societe DIPA collab. No description on the can.
They had just canned that when I was there, but they wouldn't budge when I begged for them to release a four pack. How was it?

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