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by Barry Sunderland
May 15th, 2019, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Liparita V Cabernet-$20 ‘Solid’.
Replies: 8
Views: 451

Re: TN: 2014 Liparita V Cabernet-$20 ‘Solid’.

Victor Hong wrote:
May 15th, 2019, 3:44 pm
No resemblance to the real Liparita.
Victor,
20 bucks.
by Barry Sunderland
May 13th, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Liparita V Cabernet-$20 ‘Solid’.
Replies: 8
Views: 451

TN: 2014 Liparita V Cabernet-$20 ‘Solid’.

‘Normally’ $60...This is being sold at K&L for $20. While a quite good ‘$20 find’ for Yountville cab, I can see why it’s not being sold for $60...no one would buy it. As a PnP... Med-dark... A very red-fruited, earthy nose. On the palate, this runs somewhat medium-bodied, ‘crunchy’ acidity, more red...
by Barry Sunderland
May 12th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 205
Views: 9742

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

God, I miss cigar smoking...
I quit, mostly, for health reasons.
Some people may say, “Just have one, here and there.”
Like Lay’s, I ‘can’t just have one’.
It’s a slippery slope for me.
by Barry Sunderland
May 12th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Teldeschi Petite Sirah
Replies: 3
Views: 176

Re: TN: 2000 Teldeschi Petite Sirah

PS continues to impress me with its ability to last the long haul.
I recently found an 11 year-old, $5 PS ‘cheapie’ in my cellar (It WAS a screwtop, though). It still had grippy tannins and fresh fruit.
by Barry Sunderland
May 12th, 2019, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drunk people/children/leggings always tell the truth and now also…
Replies: 12
Views: 1012

Re: Drunk people/children/leggings always tell the truth and now also…

Ian - there may be a parallel universe somewhere where your comment makes sense. Craig - as a parent I guess I have to agree. No doubt someone will say something similar about drunks. So I retreat to the ineluctable core - leggings. I’m not sure what the definition of leggings is, but there are som...
by Barry Sunderland
May 5th, 2019, 7:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Carlisle Bedrock Zin
Replies: 0
Views: 189

TN: 2012 Carlisle Bedrock Zin

PnP...
Dark as night in color.
Ominously shadowy-dark, red fruit nose..tinge of citrus tossed into the melange.
Quite extracted, but bouyed by upbeat acidity and tannin...compact, but gobs of flavor.
A long, bright, satisfying finish.
92 pts.
by Barry Sunderland
March 31st, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Hunter Bastides Miraflors
Replies: 19
Views: 1051

Re: Wine Hunter Bastides Miraflors

I reviewed this wine a couple of weeks ago.
Easily, 91-92 pts.
‘Rich, bright’...
And for $13.
So, at that price, one needn’t be ‘Rich’ nor ‘bright’ to find value.
by Barry Sunderland
March 20th, 2019, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Carlisle Petite ‘Dry Creek’
Replies: 0
Views: 119

TN: 2008 Carlisle Petite ‘Dry Creek’

PnP
Dark as midnight purple; opaque.
Big, black fruit aromas...tinges of reds.
Wonderfully chewy, bright.. juicy deep berries, anise, verve...long finish.
Amazing that this is older than 10 years-old.
Truly glacier-aging stuff.
92 pts.
by Barry Sunderland
March 13th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Sherry & Madeira
Replies: 5
Views: 192

Re: Some Sherry & Madeira

Thanks for the heads-up.
I love dry Sherry, and I’ve always blown off the easy-to-find Los Arcos, assuming, at its price range, as it being pedestrian. I’ll check it out.
by Barry Sunderland
March 10th, 2019, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Possibly the best $13 bottle
Replies: 64
Views: 5931

Re: Possibly the best $13 bottle

Drinking a glass of the ‘16 as I write. PnP... Very dark, opaque purple in color. Deep, satisfying aromas black fruits, a tinge of citrus, and a gentle touch of spice. Out of the gate, this is rich, full-bodied, but NOT jammy...some structure of light, grippy tannins, AND some sing-songy, bouncy aci...
by Barry Sunderland
March 5th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $300 for Oregon Pinot
Replies: 50
Views: 3848

Re: $300 for Oregon Pinot

Half of the proceeds are supposed to go to a charity. WS has reviews in the new issue 93-94 points IIRC. Even with half supposedly going to charity (define "charity"), that still makes it a $150 bottle. Can we deduct half the price we pay as a charitable donation? [wow.gif] This is silly. Why shoul...
by Barry Sunderland
March 2nd, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Carlisle RRV Syrah
Replies: 0
Views: 156

TN: 2005 Carlisle RRV Syrah

A relative oldie. PnP... Dark, nearly opaque ruby red. Spice, citrus, red fruits on nose. On the palate, tarry, with a shot of Rosella’s-like grapefruit tossed into the mix. Good tannins and acidity provide grip to the medium-long finish. Compared to its more voluptuous 2007 brethren, this rocks mor...
by Barry Sunderland
February 25th, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storage in SF Bay Area
Replies: 23
Views: 959

Re: Storage in SF Bay Area

Wine Bank in Menlo...Awesome storage and people!
by Barry Sunderland
February 25th, 2019, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Quarles Harris Vintage Porto
Replies: 0
Views: 62

TN: 1994 Quarles Harris Vintage Porto

Got these for under $30 per, 20 years after vintage. 1 Hour decant. Dark ruby translucence. Aromas of red fruits and licorice. Medium in weight, good acidity, some grippy tannins, a relative to Porto medium-long finish. A bit of heat on the back end. For the price, a solid bargain. A good, serviceab...
by Barry Sunderland
February 21st, 2019, 9:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 VHR Release
Replies: 42
Views: 3414

Re: 2016 VHR Release

No Beta, eh?
🤓
by Barry Sunderland
February 18th, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving dinner mishap - 1982 Mouton
Replies: 48
Views: 3572

Re: Thanksgiving dinner mishap - 1982 Mouton

I think that you’re being too nice to these guys! At that $$$ price, I’d be FRIGGIN’ pissed! At the VERY least, they should have responded back to your last query. What dicks. Besides not standing by their product, on principle, I will never order from these indifferent Bozos. Thanks for the heads-up.
by Barry Sunderland
February 11th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Trader Joe’s Reserve Rose Sparkling North Coast
Replies: 1
Views: 264

TN: NV Trader Joe’s Reserve Rose Sparkling North Coast

I know...I was the guy who RIPPED the TJ’s Platinum Yountville cab. So if this sucked, too...No one to blame, but moi. Produced and Bottled by Rack & Riddle Lt. pink hue, enthusiastic bubbles. Red fruit aromas, bread Good acidity, med. dry, med. finish. A nice ‘little’ bubbly; nothing significant, n...
by Barry Sunderland
February 7th, 2019, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TB: 2007 Carlisle RRV Syrah
Replies: 2
Views: 229

TB: 2007 Carlisle RRV Syrah

My last bottle.
Sad.
I’ve enjoyed its wonderful, lush beauty over the last decade many, many tines over.
This bottle, while quite good, is very subtly showing some wrinkles of age. Not as rich as past bottles.
Goodbye, old friend.
by Barry Sunderland
February 5th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: DavidBruce Chard RRV '13...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 149

Re: TN: DavidBruce Chard RRV '13...(short/boring)

I’m sorry to hear about David’s ill health and rumors of winery issues.
I fondly remember meeting David in the late 90s. I loved his Shell Creek petites...deep, flavorful wines at a very fair price.
by Barry Sunderland
February 2nd, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Carlisle Papa’s Block Syrah
Replies: 4
Views: 386

Re: TN: 2012 Carlisle Papa’s Block Syrah

larry schaffer wrote:
February 2nd, 2019, 3:44 pm
Had an 06 Russian River Valley Syrah on Thursday night. Big and bold and almost impenetrable. If you have them, I would either hold or the cat for a very very long time.
FWIW, I’ve REALLY enjoyed the ‘07 RRV Syrah over the last 10 years. It never disappoints. I’m down to my last bottle...sad.
by Barry Sunderland
February 1st, 2019, 8:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk about Sherry
Replies: 27
Views: 1043

Re: Let's talk about Sherry

I LOVE Sherry!
For most, it IS an acquired taste.
BUT once you luckily acquire that taste...ENJOY!
by Barry Sunderland
January 31st, 2019, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Carlisle Papa’s Block Syrah
Replies: 4
Views: 386

TN: 2012 Carlisle Papa’s Block Syrah

PnP...
Opaque ruby with purple sheen
Bright red fruits, citrus aromas
Deep, rich, and with a lovely acid balance.
Long, satisfying finish
For 15.1 % alc., not a shade of heat.
92-93
by Barry Sunderland
January 28th, 2019, 5:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais
Replies: 8
Views: 322

Re: TN: 2015 Georges Deboef Beaujolais

Dubeouf accounts for around a quarter of the entire production of Beaujolais, and many small farmers depend on them as a market for their grapes, so it's in everyone's interests that they succeed. I get the sense that the wine making may soon evolve in a more exciting direction. yes, even if neithe...
by Barry Sunderland
January 27th, 2019, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais
Replies: 8
Views: 322

TN: 2015 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais

Found for $6.99. Translucent ruby. Aromas of crushed red fruits. Light-medium bodied, a slightly ‘dusty’ element, a shot of bright and crisp acidity, but just a tad short of being a ‘medium finish’. It steers away from ‘tasting cheap’, but it’s certainly not serious...Just a gulpable, bistro additio...
by Barry Sunderland
January 26th, 2019, 4:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eto - a new way to preserve wine
Replies: 46
Views: 2711

Re: Eto - a new way to preserve wine

I am curious as to how big the "left over wine" market is. Our longest "save" is usually 24 hours. I don't know how I would keep up with an array of 'open and saved for later' wines. Anyways....this device only works with one bottle at a time, while a Coravin system can save multiples. It sure is l...
by Barry Sunderland
January 25th, 2019, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Champagne Ernest Rapeneau-Epernay-Good Quality, Little Entry Fee
Replies: 0
Views: 86

TN: Champagne Ernest Rapeneau-Epernay-Good Quality, Little Entry Fee

I’m drinking from a .375 of NV Champagne Ernest Rapeneau-Epernay...$9.99 per .375 @ TJ’s Very light brass Fresh aromas, bread and a shot of tropical Good acidity and length. On par with a Gloria Ferrer in quality, but with a bit more traditional Champagne dryness and austerity. At this price, especi...
by Barry Sunderland
January 23rd, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mondavi Reserve 1974 in Mag
Replies: 18
Views: 715

Re: Mondavi Reserve 1974 in Mag

After I turned 21 in 1983, I used to haunt Liquor Barns in Northern CA. I remember, about this time, seeing at just about every Liquor Barn, in locked, black wine ‘cages’, extremely large bottles of the ‘78 Mondavi Reserve. And for a few years, those bottles would sit...and sit.
by Barry Sunderland
January 21st, 2019, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 3 Champagnes
Replies: 16
Views: 784

Re: TNs: 3 Champagnes

Cris Whetstone wrote:
May 3rd, 2009, 2:44 pm
The Camille-Saves is the best rose on the market for my money. Excellent balance and lacking all the koolaid candy fruit so many seem to cherish.
Agreed. Total strawberry juiciness!
by Barry Sunderland
January 20th, 2019, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Wente Riesling Auslese '73...(short/boring)
Replies: 8
Views: 224

Re: TN: Wente Riesling Auslese '73...(short/boring)

Tom,
Is this one of the old Wentes with a printed, yet hand-written style label?
by Barry Sunderland
January 20th, 2019, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ugly Vineyards
Replies: 19
Views: 858

Re: Ugly Vineyards

Paul Miller wrote:
January 20th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Saw some ugly vineyards in Turkey.
I saw some ugly stuffing in turkey.
by Barry Sunderland
January 20th, 2019, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ugly Vineyards
Replies: 19
Views: 858

Re: Ugly Vineyards

Hmmm... I thought, perhaps, this was a new winery.
by Barry Sunderland
January 20th, 2019, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Carlisle Dry Creek Zinfandel
Replies: 0
Views: 126

2012 Carlisle Dry Creek Zinfandel

PnP...
A solid Mike Officer rendition of appellation juice.
A good level of juiciness, extract, and length.
One can’t go wrong. It satisfies.
91 pts.
by Barry Sunderland
January 20th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beta wines 2011 Cabernet
Replies: 7
Views: 510

Re: Beta wines 2011 Cabernet

So, this Beta was an Alpha?
by Barry Sunderland
January 20th, 2019, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hangover Prevention - supplements
Replies: 45
Views: 1582

Re: Hangover Prevention - supplements

John Morris wrote:
January 20th, 2019, 11:44 am
If they're suffering hangovers regularly, then the same admonition applies to them: Treat the cause, not the symptom.
Yup.
by Barry Sunderland
January 19th, 2019, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SFChron Wine Judging Results
Replies: 35
Views: 1828

Re: SFChron Wine Judging Results

Has anyone heard of most of these winners? I have never tasted any of them. The only thing worse than these winners is that the general public will pay $70 to taste this crap. There are plenty of good wines poured at this event. Your crap comment is letting your inner wine snob show. Brian, YOU’RE ...
by Barry Sunderland
January 19th, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hangover Prevention - supplements
Replies: 45
Views: 1582

Re: Hangover Prevention - supplements

Chuck Miller wrote:
January 19th, 2019, 11:10 am
Not directed at anyone, but if you need to have an ongoing Amazon subscription for hangover pills, maybe you are drinking too much.
I agree. We all LOVE wine here...but NOT at the expense of health.
by Barry Sunderland
January 19th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hangover Prevention - supplements
Replies: 45
Views: 1582

Re: Hangover Prevention - supplements

Hangover Prevention:
1. Take a daily multi-vitamin.
2. Don’t drink so fuc#ing much, idiot.
3. If you continue to be an idiot, at bedtime, drink as many glasses of water as you did in wine.
4. Don’t drink so fuc#ing much, idiot.
by Barry Sunderland
January 15th, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SFChron Wine Judging Results
Replies: 35
Views: 1828

Re: SFChron Wine Judging Results

I’ve been BURNED one TOO MANY times on Wilfred Wong wine suggestions. I’m not sure if he still ‘works’ for BevMo...but his opinion...in MY opinion...SUCKS HARD!
by Barry Sunderland
January 14th, 2019, 8:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Bedrock Pagani Ranch Heritage
Replies: 0
Views: 193

TN: 2013 Bedrock Pagani Ranch Heritage

PnP
Opaque ruby with purple sheen
Aromas of fresh dark fruits, spices
Deep and satisfying, with balancing crunchy acidity...Bright and fresh throughout. Thoughtfully introverted, joyously extroverted.
93 pts.
by Barry Sunderland
January 14th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cheaper The Wine...Higher The Pesticide Residual?
Replies: 5
Views: 314

Cheaper The Wine...Higher The Pesticide Residual?

Back in 2015, a class action suit was filed regarding about 30 ‘cheap’ CA wines that had ‘high’ levels of arsenic residual in them. Since then, I typically steer away from CA wines below $10. I just don’t want to think about the possibility of feeling crappy/getting a headache, etc. from cheap grape...
by Barry Sunderland
January 13th, 2019, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Carlisle Papa’s Block Syrah
Replies: 5
Views: 315

Re: TN: 2011 Carlisle Papa’s Block Syrah

John Glas wrote:
January 13th, 2019, 10:28 am
... which for the price point is amazing.
https://www.cellartracker.com/classic/l ... papa+block
THAT sums up just about EVERY bottle of Carlisle (dozens!) I’ve ever opened.
by Barry Sunderland
January 11th, 2019, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Carlisle Papa’s Block Syrah
Replies: 5
Views: 315

TN: 2011 Carlisle Papa’s Block Syrah

PnP...
Opaque ruby with a purple shine.
Deeply fruity, fresh, balanced, lifted, lovely acidity and a long finish. Nothing overly-done, and quite immensely satisfying.
92 pts.
by Barry Sunderland
January 11th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Ever "Doctored" a Wine?
Replies: 96
Views: 2982

Re: Has Anyone Ever "Doctored" a Wine?

‘Doctored a wine’?
I’ve wined to a doctor.
by Barry Sunderland
January 11th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Termite Tenting and Wine Storage
Replies: 28
Views: 1032

Re: Termite Tenting and Wine Storage

NED VALOIS wrote:
January 11th, 2019, 8:44 am
Much ado about NADA :
http://www.driskellfumigation.com/ToRemoveOrNot.pdf
Yeah, sure...Since Driskel Fumigation states it so, everything is good.
by Barry Sunderland
January 10th, 2019, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Andre Andrieux Cuvée Jules CdR...Parker Plonk!
Replies: 0
Views: 94

2007 Andre Andrieux Cuvée Jules CdR...Parker Plonk!

Back in the day, RP gave this ‘QPR’ a raving review. 9-10 years later, what do we have here? PnP... Opaque purple, ruby. Decent fruit, good acid, medium finish. Very ‘manufactured’. Nothing offensive, nothing exciting or memorable at all. Just decent plonk. Much like a wine served at a PTA evening g...
by Barry Sunderland
January 10th, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Termite Tenting and Wine Storage
Replies: 28
Views: 1032

Re: Termite Tenting and Wine Storage

I removed when I went through this. PITA. But worth it, only in that psychologically I couldn’t wrap my head around the idea that the wines wouldn’t be affected or tainted. The company assured me that chemicals couldn’t sleep through foil and cork. But I dreaded the thought of having creepy doubts ...
by Barry Sunderland
January 10th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OLD El-Cheapos That Surprise?
Replies: 23
Views: 1044

Re: OLD El-Cheapos That Surprise?

Have you ever found an OLD ’el cheapo’ wine, perhaps an orphan in your cellar; maybe you received as a white elephant gift or it was a left-over from a non-wine geek party...that totally surprises you with vitality, years later? Mine? An 11 year-old cheapie. 2007 Pets Clarksburg Petite Sirah-$5.99 ...
by Barry Sunderland
January 9th, 2019, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OLD El-Cheapos That Surprise?
Replies: 23
Views: 1044

Re: OLD El-Cheapos That Surprise?

Jayson Cohen wrote:
January 9th, 2019, 7:35 pm
1996 Goisot Bourgogne Aligote was $8.99 when I bought it on release. Aging it was an intentional experiment. Deliciously spiced, textured, and vibrant but hints of oxidation (which were still at the stage of adding complexity) in 2016.
Enjoyable at 20 years for an $8.99 entry fee.
Awesome.
by Barry Sunderland
January 9th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OLD El-Cheapos That Surprise?
Replies: 23
Views: 1044

OLD El-Cheapos That Surprise?

Have you ever found an OLD ’el cheapo’ wine, perhaps an orphan in your cellar; maybe you received as a white elephant gift or it was a left-over from a non-wine geek party...that totally surprises you with vitality, years later? Mine? An 11 year-old cheapie. 2007 Pets Clarksburg Petite Sirah-$5.99 @...
by Barry Sunderland
January 6th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ryan Cochrane has passed away
Replies: 6
Views: 955

Re: Ryan Cochrane has passed away

Oh, my.
He was ‘relatively’ young, wasn’t he?

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