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by Matt Mauldin
June 28th, 2020, 10:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - Three Pinot Noirs: Rhys, Wind Gap, Domaine Armelle et Bernard Rion
Replies: 0
Views: 208

TN - Three Pinot Noirs: Rhys, Wind Gap, Domaine Armelle et Bernard Rion

The Rhys was disappointing - a little too dense and rough. The Domaine Armelle et Bernard Rion was good enough, nice to be drinking Burgundy but nothing to write home about. The Wind Gap was excellent - sleek and stylish. 2015 Wind Gap Wines Pinot Noir Sun Chase Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma Co...
by Matt Mauldin
June 22nd, 2020, 9:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel
Replies: 81
Views: 3055

Re: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel

I'd buy a mixed case of Storybook Mountain Estate Reserve & Eastern Exposure, and a mixed case of Ridge Lytton Springs & Geyserville.
by Matt Mauldin
June 11th, 2020, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA if you are looking for large format Von Strasser
Replies: 2
Views: 340

Re: PSA if you are looking for large format Von Strasser

I've followed them intermittently since the 2006 vintage. Always very solid wines.
by Matt Mauldin
May 30th, 2020, 9:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Dominio de Atauta Ribera del Duero (Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero)
Replies: 0
Views: 128

TN: 2011 Dominio de Atauta Ribera del Duero (Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero)

I read about the Atauta village of Ribera del Duero in the most recent Wine & Spirits and decided to check this out. Under $35 - wow, what a wine. I need to do a deeper dive into Ribera del Duero and Rioja. 2011 Dominio de Atauta Ribera del Duero - Spain, Castilla y León, Ribera del Duero (5/30/2020...
by Matt Mauldin
May 29th, 2020, 4:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caymus cries foul
Replies: 48
Views: 2361

Re: Caymus cries foul

Matt, Tasting rooms are now allowed to offer tastings in SB County as of this afternoon. And SLO County has already been offering tastings as of last weekend - and this does not seem to jive with what the ABC has been saying, but so be it. I have no problem with Catmus filing this, as this is an is...
by Matt Mauldin
May 28th, 2020, 9:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caymus cries foul
Replies: 48
Views: 2361

Re: Caymus cries foul

I don't really envy lawmakers here. It's kind of obvious what the intent is here unless you really need to paint some picture of your own biases. They are saying restaurants are cool but barhopping and roaming from place to place to drink are not. It's pretty obvious that tasting rooms have people ...
by Matt Mauldin
May 28th, 2020, 9:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caymus cries foul
Replies: 48
Views: 2361

Re: Caymus cries foul

Can't stand Caymus, but many wineries are adding food to their menu just so they can open and do tastings (just got an email from Melville to that effect). I kind of get his point. Either you are open and have safe distancing protocols or you are not. I'm not an expert on this issue, but what does ...
by Matt Mauldin
May 28th, 2020, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Caymus cries foul
Replies: 48
Views: 2361

Re: Caymus cries foul

Can't stand Caymus, but many wineries are adding food to their menu just so they can open and do tastings (just got an email from Melville to that effect). I kind of get his point. Either you are open and have safe distancing protocols or you are not. I'm not an expert on this issue, but what does ...
by Matt Mauldin
May 26th, 2020, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most beautiful wine labels?
Replies: 130
Views: 4879

Re: Most beautiful wine labels?

Agree on Ridge - such a timeless design and never in need a brand refresh. I'm also a big fan of the Hirsch Estate wine labels. Locally in Santa Barbara County, my favorites are Tyler, Melville, and the classic quirkiness of Au Bon Climat (maybe not "beautiful" but I like the design). Others favorit...
by Matt Mauldin
May 24th, 2020, 12:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Southern Rhone visit - May 2, 2014
Replies: 7
Views: 690

Re: TN: Southern Rhone visit - May 2, 2014

Wow, blast from the past. Thanks, Arv. I went back in 2016 and had some other great stops.

I opened a 2010 Montpertuis Secret de Gabriel that I got on this trip a few months back. Still liked the style, but needed more time.
by Matt Mauldin
May 22nd, 2020, 8:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Giulia Negri
Replies: 1
Views: 210

Re: 2015 Giulia Negri

Just the 2015 Tartufaia and really liked it, but haven't had these. I think your description of the style is spot-on.
by Matt Mauldin
May 17th, 2020, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - Giulia Negri Barolo La Tartufaia 2015 & Calluna CVC 2013
Replies: 0
Views: 171

TN - Giulia Negri Barolo La Tartufaia 2015 & Calluna CVC 2013

I was curious about trying Giulia Negri Barolo, so I picked up a bottle from Kermit Lynch and opened it right away - very elegant and charming bottle. Calluna CVS 2014 is showing very well. 2014 Calluna Vineyards Cuvée "CVC" - USA, California, Sonoma County, Chalk Hill (5/17/2020) Deep garnet color....
by Matt Mauldin
May 2nd, 2020, 9:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 340

TN: 2006 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard

2006 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Pritchard Hill Estate Vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley (5/2/2020) 2.5 hour decant. Deep garnet color. Classic aromas - cassis & currant fruit, allspice/clove/paprika spices, leather, worn cedar, hints of tobacco. Richly layered palate of ripe cassis & cherr...
by Matt Mauldin
April 20th, 2020, 8:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - some Shelter-In-Place favorites
Replies: 6
Views: 519

Re: TN - some Shelter-In-Place favorites

I recently had a very underwhelming bottle of 2010 esprit. Initially I thought it might just be the vintage as it seemed very stewed. But since have had a wonderful 2010 En Goblet so was thinking more that it was a bad bottle. Your note seems to confirm that, so thanks. It was austere at first serv...
by Matt Mauldin
April 19th, 2020, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - some Shelter-In-Place favorites
Replies: 6
Views: 519

Re: TN - some Shelter-In-Place favorites

Thanks Mark.

I tend to like AFWE-styled California Chardonnays. That said, I'm a sucker for Napa Valley mountain AVA Chardonnays. The Smith-Madrone is fairly rich, but has enough acid to lift it.
by Matt Mauldin
April 19th, 2020, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - some Shelter-In-Place favorites
Replies: 6
Views: 519

TN - some Shelter-In-Place favorites

Opening cellar bottles for some extra home entertainment while sheltering in place. 2010 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (4/18/2020) Two hour decant before serving, noted at three hours. Deep ruby color. Savory secondary aromas of bay leaf, smoked papr...
by Matt Mauldin
April 19th, 2020, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast
Replies: 171
Views: 9345

Re: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast

Some great suggestions so far. Adding Lagier-Meredith, Drew, Terre Rouge, Whitcraft. Also opened a recent Tercero that showed great.
by Matt Mauldin
March 22nd, 2020, 9:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California now allows cocktail and spirit home delivery from your favorite restaurant or distillery
Replies: 14
Views: 1362

Re: California now allows cocktail and spirit home delivery from your favorite restaurant or distillery

I've seen some on-sale 'to-go' wine menus online. Some are still trying to sell bottles with a 3x mark. I feel for them, but they're going to want to adjust that in order to generate revenue.
by Matt Mauldin
March 20th, 2020, 9:21 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Bien Nacido Estate - Chardonnay 2017 + Private Vineyard Tour
Replies: 4
Views: 600

Re: Bien Nacido Estate - Chardonnay 2017 + Private Vineyard Tour

Wonderful as it ages too!

(Disclaimer - I work with Will)
by Matt Mauldin
March 10th, 2020, 5:32 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 266
Views: 13039

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

I'm working on rebooking my Italy trip originally end of April.
by Matt Mauldin
March 1st, 2020, 10:59 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 266
Views: 13039

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

I've got work travel to Oahu March 31 - no change of plans there.
by Matt Mauldin
March 1st, 2020, 10:57 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Washington Wine Route suggestions?
Replies: 9
Views: 966

Re: Washington Wine Route suggestions?

Red Mountain AVA is on the way to Walla Walla from Seattle (or not too far out of the way). Definitely good options there.
by Matt Mauldin
February 29th, 2020, 10:45 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Washington Wine Route suggestions?
Replies: 9
Views: 966

Re: Washington Wine Route suggestions?

Seattle's such a great city, and it's a nice drive over the Cascades. Plus flights to Seattle will be more direct. I'd fly into Seattle. Walla Walla is a great wine area to visit.

Have a great trip!
by Matt Mauldin
February 29th, 2020, 10:42 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Coronavirus and Summer Travel
Replies: 266
Views: 13039

Re: Coronavirus and Summer Travel

Italy trip planned for end of April. Flying into Milan and out of Rome. Studying all my arrangements I'm sure it would be feasible to reschedule without losing much of what I've already paid, just the hassle of rescheduling. Like others, I'm more concerned with getting back home rather than the viru...
by Matt Mauldin
February 28th, 2020, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I need 2015 Barolo and Barbaresco recommendations please...
Replies: 15
Views: 1434

Re: I need 2015 Barolo and Barbaresco recommendations please...

I tasted the 2015 Burlotto Monvigliero last year at the winery and thought it was otherworldly. Would be great as a special occasion bottle if you can find it.
by Matt Mauldin
February 24th, 2020, 8:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?
Replies: 106
Views: 5913

Re: What’s the most egregious thing you have seen done while serving wine?

I was staying at a hipster hotel in Koreatown/LA that actually had a decent restaurant and interesting BTG options, but served the BTG wine in gaudy antique ornamental goblets. I ordered a Gruner-Veltliner but when the glass came out I took a big gulp thinking it was water (the room was dark and the...
by Matt Mauldin
February 1st, 2020, 10:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Cali Cab to Age 25 Years
Replies: 79
Views: 4030

Re: 2015 Cali Cab to Age 25 Years

Tons of great suggestions here. I'd also throw White Rock into the mix - the Laureate or Cave Hill.
by Matt Mauldin
February 1st, 2020, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Burgundy?
Replies: 87
Views: 4735

Re: QPR Burgundy?

I've really enjoyed Domaine d'Ardhuy Côte de Nuits Villages 'Clos des Langres' Monopole as a solid QPR, but it's been a few vintages since I had one.
by Matt Mauldin
January 31st, 2020, 11:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving across country this summer: how to ship wine?
Replies: 18
Views: 1388

Re: Moving across country this summer: how to ship wine?

alan weinberg wrote:
January 31st, 2020, 1:58 pm
wine in cases in air-conditioned car. Wife and kids strapped to roof rack. They can help you unload each night into hotel and reload each morning.
This
by Matt Mauldin
January 27th, 2020, 10:45 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: Calluna Vineyards BD11 - Chalk Hill AVA, Sonoma County
Replies: 15
Views: 1160

Re: Calluna Vineyards BD11 - Chalk Hill AVA, Sonoma County

Visited yesterday and had this lineup, great stuff. Loved the 2018 Blanc. Thanks David!
by Matt Mauldin
January 12th, 2020, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Merryvale Suing Marketing Partners - This Will Get Interesting
Replies: 6
Views: 1556

Re: Merryvale Suing Marketing Partners - This Will Get Interesting

There were some real gems in that article...
by Matt Mauldin
January 5th, 2020, 8:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The New Up-To-100% Tariff & What You Can Do
Replies: 73
Views: 4619

Re: The New Up-To-100% Tariff & What You Can Do

That sounds closer to the mark.
by Matt Mauldin
January 5th, 2020, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The New Up-To-100% Tariff & What You Can Do
Replies: 73
Views: 4619

Re: The New Up-To-100% Tariff & What You Can Do

Great work, Dave.
by Matt Mauldin
January 5th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anderson Valley recs?
Replies: 49
Views: 1758

Re: Anderson Valley recs?

Wow, one from the vaults. One thing is surely still true.... Joe Webb and Foursight - great wines and hospitality!
by Matt Mauldin
January 4th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 165
Views: 8460

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

Shay, 2016 CdP's aren't going to give a lot of pleasure right now whether they're higher in ABV or more to the traditional/elegant side. It's a very structured vintage with bigger wines, so they are likely going to be backwards young. A backwards young wine with a high ABV is going to show more alc...
by Matt Mauldin
January 3rd, 2020, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: High alcohol wines and aging
Replies: 165
Views: 8460

Re: High alcohol wines and aging

Shay, 2016 CdP's aren't going to give a lot of pleasure right now whether they're higher in ABV or more to the traditional/elegant side. It's a very structured vintage with bigger wines, so they are likely going to be backwards young. A backwards young wine with a high ABV is going to show more alco...
by Matt Mauldin
December 31st, 2019, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Year's Eve Champagne?
Replies: 65
Views: 2237

Re: New Year's Eve Champagne?

2002 Pol Roger Vintage Brut
by Matt Mauldin
December 30th, 2019, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The New Up-To-100% Tariff & What You Can Do
Replies: 73
Views: 4619

Re: The New Up-To-100% Tariff & What You Can Do

Very nice work on Bonne's part. Thanks for posting.
by Matt Mauldin
December 25th, 2019, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Decades of Decadence - "The 9's"
Replies: 11
Views: 1148

Re: TN: Decades of Decadence - "The 9's"

Thanks for the comments, guys. Alan, that sounds like an amazing wine and I love your description of the color. Larry - I'm always up for a redux! You were missed and hope to see you soon. I enjoyed the 'folded table in the office' space. A couple of follow up notes. The '09 Beaucastel Hommage and '...
by Matt Mauldin
December 24th, 2019, 8:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Decades of Decadence - "The 9's"
Replies: 11
Views: 1148

TN: Decades of Decadence - "The 9's"

A fun night in the back room of Industrial Eats in Buellton with great food, company, and an amazing lineup of wines. I'm thankful to have been able to be a part of it. DECADES OF DECADENCE - "THE 9'S" - Buellton, CA (12/21/2019) Reception: 2009 Dom Pérignon Champagne - France, Champagne Great inten...
by Matt Mauldin
December 23rd, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1348
Views: 80156

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Things such as wine are not generally covered in anti-price gouging laws, but the concept of gouging applies regardless of the commodity. I will be noting which of my regular suppliers are gouging and which are not. When all of this madness ends, I will concentrate my buying accordingly. Seems like...
by Matt Mauldin
December 19th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1348
Views: 80156

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

How can 100% tariffs be anything but potentially fatal to some of this BB's favorite specialty retail operations? There'll be inventory to work through but what happens after 3 - 6 months? I can't imagine how any small euro-wine centric retailer can sustain a 33% to 50%+ hit in sales revenue or eas...
by Matt Mauldin
December 19th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1348
Views: 80156

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

I don't think it's a good scenario for large distributors. Some of their most profitable volume items and categories are things like Champagne and imported spirits. Even if the consumer switches to another product they likely will be trading down. The dollar volume implications would be large, to m...
by Matt Mauldin
December 19th, 2019, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1348
Views: 80156

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

Long live the corporates! Despite the talk that small-business is the business of the US, modern life has been taken over more-and-more by corporations, so I am not surprised if this not a ploy to help them. Larger begets larger. Are the larger importers (and possibly retailers) actually behind lob...
by Matt Mauldin
December 18th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US 25% tariff on European wines; 100% "digital" tariff on French products called off for the moment
Replies: 1348
Views: 80156

Re: US to impose 25% tariff on European wine, cheese, etc.

They are up to nearly 2800 public comments on the Regulations.gov. It looks like there is about a week's lag time from when a person makes a comment to when it is posted. There are comments from people in all levels of the industry and engaged consumers. If you'd like to make a comment, here's the l...
by Matt Mauldin
December 15th, 2019, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burt Williams RIP with added remarks
Replies: 80
Views: 3346

Re: Burt Williams RIP with added remarks

Blake, I'm very sorry for yours and the wine world's loss. I very much enjoyed reading your tribute.
by Matt Mauldin
December 14th, 2019, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 White Rock Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 5
Views: 374

Re: TN: 2014 White Rock Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Love White Rock. Thanks for the note.

The Chardonnays are also really nice.

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