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by Brian Lynch
September 23rd, 2020, 8:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: William & Mary - September 22nd!
Replies: 150
Views: 9725

Re: William & Mary - September 22nd!

Holy cow! The Shifflett Cab shows to be SOLD OUT! If that's accurate, congrats to Will! The next "Wait List" producer??? I bought a mixed case a half hour before your post so count me lucky to have gotten the last of the remaining Shifflett Cab. Will is so awesome that we are really happy for him a...
by Brian Lynch
September 15th, 2020, 4:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three Carlisle PetiteSirahs '07...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 303

Re: TN: Three Carlisle PetiteSirahs '07...(short/boring)

I have good number of these so thanks for the timely note. Will definitely enjoy outside in a month or two when temps go down a bit and I can get some savory fall meals on a slow cook cycle. Cheers!
by Brian Lynch
September 15th, 2020, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald release is imminent!!!
Replies: 166
Views: 14883

Re: MacDonald release is imminent!!!

Buy MacDonald, and if you are (or aren’t) on the list, boycott Constellation brands*. If you do, good karma will follow. They just have no respect for family winemaking or traditions that make wine making and wine sharing so rewarding. * Robert Mondavi, Richards Wild Irish Rose, Ravenswood Winery, W...
by Brian Lynch
September 7th, 2020, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald release is imminent!!!
Replies: 166
Views: 14883

Re: MacDonald release is imminent!!!

The 17 was smoking in January after a few hour decant so line up. Some Herculean efforts of the team and some local friends to stave off the fire made this possible. Saw some pics re the course of the fire while in the vineyard and it really made an impact on how real and imminent the threat was. Un...
by Brian Lynch
September 1st, 2020, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Caterwaul: Any 411 For The Upcoming Release?
Replies: 16
Views: 1444

Re: 2018 Caterwaul: Any 411 For The Upcoming Release?

When is it live?
by Brian Lynch
September 1st, 2020, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Di Costanzo '18 Fall Release
Replies: 83
Views: 4896

Re: Di Costanzo '18 Fall Release

In for another case.
by Brian Lynch
August 20th, 2020, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ISO Boston wine friends
Replies: 16
Views: 1027

Re: ISO Boston wine friends

Nestor, Kevin Foley is your man for pizza and may even have mad (sous vide?) cheesesteak skills
by Brian Lynch
August 18th, 2020, 3:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Di Costanzo '18 Fall Release
Replies: 83
Views: 4896

Re: Di Costanzo '18 Fall Release

Should be great. I remember Erin really looking forward to the Caldwell release when we visited in January and had the 16 and 17 lineup which was bonkers great. Will check in a 16 this weekend.
by Brian Lynch
August 17th, 2020, 3:07 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16790
Views: 454424

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
August 13th, 2020, 11:47 am
Andrew Kotowski wrote:
August 4th, 2020, 10:04 pm
REALLY enjoyed this one - Trillium and Other Half collab.
More of this. Just fantastic. Not a 100, but damn close.
Good to hear. They did a few last year that were slightly disappointing relative to each brewer's beers. Glad they fixed that.
by Brian Lynch
August 12th, 2020, 5:00 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16790
Views: 454424

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Had a Mind the Hop Citra from Aslin this week. Highly recommended from VA if you can source it. Had about six other labels from Aslin the last two months including a cool homage to Neil Young, but this one really stood out
by Brian Lynch
July 21st, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Offer
Replies: 143
Views: 12676

Re: 2018 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Offer

Went long for a case. Ouch today, Yum in a few years!
by Brian Lynch
June 18th, 2020, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve
Replies: 12
Views: 549

Re: TN: 2002 Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve

Personality controversy aside, all of the ACV wines I’ve had over the last 20 years have been in the 92-96 point zone. A few vintages could have been a Bordeaux ringer in a blind tasting. As you say, they age well too but are also enjoyable at six years IMO
by Brian Lynch
June 9th, 2020, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sunday "TNs": Felsina's Rancia
Replies: 17
Views: 1175

Re: Sunday "TNs": Felsina's Rancia

Bob, I've had very good success with Rancia from '04-'06 recently. This past weekend I popped a 2016 Felsina CC; really fine wine for a mid $20s bottle. Terrific producer!
by Brian Lynch
June 8th, 2020, 9:54 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16790
Views: 454424

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Fieldwork Brewing Co. DDH Pulp IPA, 6.9% ABV. hopped entirely with Citra hops. The good old regular Pulp could very well be my favorite single hopped IPA. I have heard stories of this in DDH form but it has always eluded me. Thanks to Will Segui who kindly gave me the heads up that this was going t...
by Brian Lynch
May 28th, 2020, 5:45 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16790
Views: 454424

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by Brian Lynch
May 28th, 2020, 9:59 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16790
Views: 454424

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Eviscerated.jpeg Enjoying this all Citra DIPA right now. I love Monkish and try to get their beer whenever I'm in LA which will be from next week on. However, I'll be sad to leave behind Tired Hands who regularly crank out great hazies like Eviscerated Pathway of Beauty. Definitely a citrus forward...
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: 4500

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: 35
Views: 1948

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: 236

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: 326

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: 28
Views: 2406

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: 3445

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: 171
Views: 9792

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: 4500

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: 310
Views: 10575

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: 16790
Views: 454424

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: 10253

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: 3614

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: 841

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: 16790
Views: 454424

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: 592
Views: 41283

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: 2164

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: 2299

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: 584
Views: 48581

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: 24961

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: 5007

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: 3445

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: 5565

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: 592
Views: 41283

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: 707

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: 3781

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: 16790
Views: 454424

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: 1883

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: 1538
Views: 101371

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: 16790
Views: 454424

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: 1538
Views: 101371

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: 227
Views: 19208

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: 2597

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.

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