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by M Mager
May 24th, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: TN: 2010 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille

N1CKW0LF wrote:
May 24th, 2019, 9:05 am
What are the big 4 from Cadence?
They produce 4 single vineyard wines:

Bel Canto - Cara Mia Vineyard
Camerata - Cara Mia Vineyard
Ciel du Cheval Vineyard
Tapteil Vineyard


Michael
by M Mager
May 24th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille
Replies: 4
Views: 122

Re: TN: 2010 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille

2010 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley (5/20/2019) Opened by a friend. Uncorked but not decanted 3 hours before drinking. The best of the 3 Washington reds we drank that last weekend. 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot. Rich purple ...
by M Mager
May 20th, 2019, 9:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?
Replies: 38
Views: 992

Re: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?

Chuck Miller wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 8:32 pm
I am not convinced WA wines will age quite as long nor develop the same complexity as Bordeaux can, but they can and do age 20-30 years, and the quality is excellent.
Point taken; however, if any current winemaker in WA can, I would put my money on folks like Ben & Gaye....

Michael
by M Mager
May 20th, 2019, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?
Replies: 38
Views: 992

Re: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?

Kris Patten wrote:
May 20th, 2019, 7:01 pm
I'd like to see you make a Horse Heaven Hills...
For me, this is without a doubt the most underrated AVA in WA state (especially for Cab Sauv, as well as for Mourvedre...)

Michael
by M Mager
May 20th, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?
Replies: 25
Views: 780

Re: Age-worthy, classic Portugese wines, not Port?

Colares! Some threads here about these wonderful, idiosyncratic wines. And they age so effortlessly. I’ve had a few from the 1960s over the last couple of years. Yep. These are about as close to immortal as you can get, besides Madeira. Been thinking about opening a '69, but worried it's still a ba...
by M Mager
May 3rd, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed
Replies: 69
Views: 3548

Re: 2012 Huet secs have shit the bed

I opened a 2012 Le Mont Sec a couple months ago. I remember thinking that wine was in a really good place when I tasted it, but maybe just a bit more evolved than I would have expected. No where near what you describe in the one you had, and certainly nothing I would have thought of as impending pre...
by M Mager
April 27th, 2019, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3407
Views: 299728

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

For those who are interested in this stuff... The "Tuscan Surprise" mystery wine offer from Oct 2018 = 2013 Castello di Gabbiano CC Gran Selezione "Bellezza". Seems like a pretty good buy at $20/per. Michael Here's an excerpt of the original offer e-mail: Ok folks, this one is a doozy! Amid the Rhon...
by M Mager
April 24th, 2019, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille
Replies: 20
Views: 754

Re: TN: 2004 Betz Family Cabernet Sauvignon Père de Famille

Joshua- Yes, likely a good buy. They're pretty brooding and quite unyielding in their youth, though, especially the Bordeaux-style blends (in this offer, the Pere de Famille and Clos de Betz), so I'd strongly suggest buying if you're willing to wait for quite some time for them to show their best. ...
by M Mager
April 7th, 2019, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia
Replies: 53
Views: 1765

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia

One question I have: why are the Bosconia Gran Reservas so much more expensive than the Tondonia Gran Reservas? The regular Reservas are similar in price. For the Reservas, that is not the case for new release pricing here in the PacNW. In almost all vintages, I see the red Tondonia priced higher t...
by M Mager
April 6th, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia
Replies: 53
Views: 1765

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia

81 and 82 were fantastic years in Rioja. Unlike 2006. LdH will make and bottle in years like 2002 and 2006, and the wines are good, but those are wines I'd drink younger rather than older. Interesting then that RLdH did not declare any GRs (at least as far as I know) in '82 - neither of the Tondoni...
by M Mager
April 6th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia
Replies: 53
Views: 1765

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia

Bought a case of '06's a month or so ago, the evening after drinking a really beautiful '81 at lunch with a friend. It was truly a revelation on how mouth filling & feminine these Bosconia's become with time. So, following the formula - hold until 2044. Oops. The 81s are by far the best wines I've ...
by M Mager
April 5th, 2019, 2:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia
Replies: 53
Views: 1765

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia

Bought a case of '06's a month or so ago, the evening after drinking a really beautiful '81 at lunch with a friend. It was truly a revelation on how mouth filling & feminine these Bosconia's become with time. So, following the formula - hold until 2044. Oops. The 81s are by far the best wines I've ...
by M Mager
April 5th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia
Replies: 53
Views: 1765

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia

Anyone try the 06 Tondonia Reserva? Opened one a couple months ago, just after this vintage finally hit the market locally here in Seattle. As usual, when I crack a bottle of a new release Reserva, I find myself saying "... yep, tastes like an RLdH reserva, but it's way too young to drink now ..."....
by M Mager
March 23rd, 2019, 9:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buy Every Vintage of X? Why or why not?
Replies: 51
Views: 2592

Re: Buy Every Vintage of X? Why or why not?

For me, all the RLdH wines. Gran Reserva, Reserva, and Crianza. Red, white, and rose. Tondonia, Bosconia, Cubillo, and Gravonia. Every vintage I've been able to get and, for the foreseeable future, every one I can. Everyone with the common attributes of the family, yet distinctive in some ways. Drin...
by M Mager
March 22nd, 2019, 8:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)
Replies: 3
Views: 240

Re: TN: 2013 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)

John, along with Cadence and Betz, Abeja is one of my reference producers from my home state. I'd posit that your drinking windows is vastly conservative. the 2006 of this wine that i opened a while ago was no where near at peak.

Michael
by M Mager
March 22nd, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3407
Views: 299728

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Thanks for the vote of confidence. And the excellent hindsight, I'll have you predict last week's lotto numbers for me. My post was intended to educate others about the risks of the Mystery Wine deal. I guess I buy from Garagiste for variety (been buying from him since 2006 when I saw his offer on ...
by M Mager
March 22nd, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3407
Views: 299728

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

1) he does not sell wine unless he gets it at a significant discount... I'm not sure this is universally the case. Rimmerman moves a lot of classified Bordeaux, Prum, Huet, et al. I would be very surprised if any of those cellars are cutting Jon any deals. Well, at least from my perspective, his Hu...
by M Mager
March 22nd, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3407
Views: 299728

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

It seems there are a lot of Rimmerman bashers here in the forum. I bought quite a bit of wine from him several years ago and was overall pleased with my purchases, including the prices. Some I liked more than others but there wasn't anything I'd consider bad or not worth it. He does know how to hyp...
by M Mager
March 22nd, 2019, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3407
Views: 299728

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

I'm flummoxed by the outrage on this one. Makes me wonder if anyone actually read those three offer e-mails... First mystery offer was June 2018. After discounting the usual Rimmerman hype and blathering, there isn't anything in that offer that I would say is not true. And, at least to me, $39 for 2...
by M Mager
March 5th, 2019, 2:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amore for Amarone?
Replies: 28
Views: 1301

Re: Amore for Amarone?

Marshall H wrote:
March 4th, 2019, 11:48 am
I'd also love to hear pairing suggestions.
One of my favorite pairings for Amarone is with any sort of larger game - wild boar, elk, venison, etc.

Michael
by M Mager
February 24th, 2019, 8:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best $20 Rioja
Replies: 71
Views: 5320

Re: Best $20 Rioja

an 8 vintage gap + traditional Rioja being "rediscovered" during that gap...
by M Mager
February 24th, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1300
Views: 140096

Re: Official Costco Thread

I see a stray stack of Gouges there once every blue moon. Problem for me is that I'm 55, and just not sure I'll be here long enough before these vintages are ready...
by M Mager
February 23rd, 2019, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best $20 Rioja
Replies: 71
Views: 5320

Re: Best $20 Rioja

John Glas wrote:
February 23rd, 2019, 2:42 pm
M Mager send in 11 of your friends.
Problem is that many of my friends also like this wine. Three of them grabbed a bottle each for themselves. Doubt that the other 8 stayed around for long...

Michael
by M Mager
February 23rd, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best $20 Rioja
Replies: 71
Views: 5320

Re: Best $20 Rioja

Vina Alberdi is my go to at around $20. Marques de Murrieta Reserva is also a nice option. I haven’t seen LdH Cubillo under $24 in ages.... Keep in mind this thread is from 2012 ;)... I realized that when someone suggested Tondonia rosado for <$25 Well, the Tondonia rosado hasn't gone up all that m...
by M Mager
February 22nd, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best $20 Rioja
Replies: 71
Views: 5320

Re: Best $20 Rioja

Dav1d S@wyer wrote:
February 22nd, 2019, 10:48 am
I haven’t seen LdH Cubillo under $24 in ages....
That's about what I've paid over the last couple years for both the 2008 and 2009 vintages of Cubillo. Still available here in Seattle area for $25 or less...

Michael
by M Mager
February 19th, 2019, 8:13 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Updated Loire Chenin, CDP, Washington & CA Chard - For Seattle pick up only
Replies: 15
Views: 1763

Re: FS: Various wines (WA, S Rhône & CA Chard) - For Seattle pick up only

Scott Tallman wrote:
February 19th, 2019, 6:44 pm
Adam Noble wrote:
February 19th, 2019, 6:09 pm
I'd love that LdH
Unfortunately that bottle & the Huets are spoken for.
:-)
by M Mager
February 12th, 2019, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?
Replies: 77
Views: 6277

Re: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?

Michael The issue with the Lopez Rose is that they stopped making it for a moment. It’s popularity skyrocketed when The NY Times wrote an article about the winery and rose. At that time I think they were a few vintages of already not making it. They then started back up. It was always held back bef...
by M Mager
February 11th, 2019, 4:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?
Replies: 77
Views: 6277

Re: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?

It is definitely highly allocated But what do you mean by that? There's a big difference between a small-production wine and an odd-ball one that's hard to sell so the importer and distributor don't have much of it. It’s not an import problem - it’s production. It’s highly sought after even in Spai...
by M Mager
February 11th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?
Replies: 77
Views: 6277

Re: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?

And what's weird is that prior to the 2008 release it just sat on the shelves. I bought it and a bunch of our friends bought it but there was very little demand. I remember seeing the 2000 on shelves years ago too. I guess it's kind of a microcosm for how much the wine world has changed in eight ye...
by M Mager
February 9th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?
Replies: 77
Views: 6277

Re: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?

Lopez de Heredia rosado. Barely any of the most recent vintage (2008) came into the Seattle area. my usual local retail source couldn't get any (even though I buy a bunch of RLdH through him). Finally found a different source who got all of 1 case. One bottle per person limit. Michael How much was ...
by M Mager
February 9th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?
Replies: 77
Views: 6277

Re: Example of highly allocated, yet inexpensive wines?

Lopez de Heredia rosado. Barely any of the most recent vintage (2008) came into the Seattle area. my usual local retail source couldn't get any (even though I buy a bunch of RLdH through him). Finally found a different source who got all of 1 case. One bottle per person limit.

Michael
by M Mager
February 8th, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What unusual wines/regions do you love?
Replies: 126
Views: 4821

Re: What unusual wines/regions do you love?

Morgex et de la Salle on the northernmost sub-region of the Aosta Valley in the Alps between Italy/France - one of, if not the highest vineyards in Europe. What that means? Deliciously fresh white wines mostly from Prie Blanc. Ermes Pavese Blanc de Morgex et de la Salle - One of the best $30 values...
by M Mager
February 6th, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What unusual wines/regions do you love?
Replies: 126
Views: 4821

Re: What unusual wines/regions do you love?

Marcillac. Big fan of the Fer Servadou...

Michael
by M Mager
January 28th, 2019, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where's the good, cheap Sangio?
Replies: 48
Views: 2976

Re: Where's the good, cheap Sangio?

In the Seattle area, have been able recently to get the 2016 Felsina CC for $14/bottle, and the 2016 San Felice CC for $15. Both are solid "Wednesday night with pizza" QPR partners.

Michael
by M Mager
January 19th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Substance Merlot Super Substance Northridge Vineyard
Replies: 20
Views: 608

Re: TN: 2013 Substance Merlot Super Substance Northridge Vineyard

Kris here is a very good 2013 wine for under $30 in Minneapolis. 2013 Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley (1/18/2019) Day 1: Nice overall. Menthol, vanilla, oak, cherry, blueberries and burnt toast. Medium plus finish. Outstanding 2013 effort. This on a pop a...
by M Mager
January 15th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roseburg, OR - Coravin to borrow??? (Also, '15 Abacela Graciano)
Replies: 4
Views: 199

Re: Roseburg, OR - Coravin to borrow??? (Also, '15 Abacela Graciano)

Up here in the PacNW hinterlands, my understanding is that there is a bit of Graciano planted on Snipes Mountain (Upland Vineyard) and in the Horse Heaven Hills (Coyote Canyon Vineyard). Could be more... A few producers releasing varietal Graciano wines. By far the best I've had are the ones from Id...
by M Mager
January 8th, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Idlewild Sunday School: Val d'Aosta..(long/boring)
Replies: 6
Views: 328

Re: TN: Idlewild Sunday School: Val d'Aosta..(long/boring)

Interesting... Had no idea there was a rouge version of Prie. Have had some very nice Prie Blancs from the Cave Mont Blanc de Morgex et La Salle (both still and sparking blancs).

Also, have you tried any of the VdA Petite Arvine's from Les Cretes? Very enjoyable wines.

Michael
by M Mager
January 7th, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 R. LOPEZ de HEREDIA VINA BOSCONIA RESERVA RIOJA
Replies: 16
Views: 915

Re: 2005 R. LOPEZ de HEREDIA VINA BOSCONIA RESERVA RIOJA

It's important to remember that the '06 Bosconia and '05 Tondonia Reservas are essentially (if not still literally) their current releases on both wines. Each time a new vintage becomes available locally, I always open a bottle right away. And, in all most every case, I find myself thinking "... yep...
by M Mager
January 1st, 2019, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Producer
Replies: 132
Views: 6268

Re: Favorite Producer

red and white (rose, too): Lopez de Heredia
by M Mager
December 15th, 2018, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3407
Views: 299728

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

And the "Mystery Holiday Send-off Rose" offer from 2018-11-21 is the 2017 Lioco Indica rose (at $9.98/per). I'm fine with that deal, too.

Michael
by M Mager
December 15th, 2018, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3407
Views: 299728

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

The "2016 Chianti Classico" mystery offer from 2018-11-09 is the 2016 Felsina Chianti Classico (at $13.82/per). I have no issues with that deal.

Michael
by M Mager
December 2nd, 2018, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Crowdsource Question: Disrupting the Three Tier Model?
Replies: 24
Views: 863

Re: Crowdsource Question: Disrupting the Three Tier Model?

How does garagiste do all this? Not quite sure what your question is here. If you look at the back labels of many of the wines that Garagiste sells, they come through the authorized U.S. Importer. For example, the Huet bottle I'm looking at was imported by Rare Wine Co. I assume (but don't know for...
by M Mager
November 9th, 2018, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3407
Views: 299728

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Any guesses on the Washington Bordeaux Blend mystery? Was initially hoping Delille D2 but the $25-30 referenced price point is a bit too low (ditto for a couple other Washington state blends that seemed to fit) If forced to guess, based on previous history, I would go with Waters. They seem to be t...
by M Mager
November 4th, 2018, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lodi Wineries and Wines that you Enjoy?
Replies: 9
Views: 356

Re: Lodi Wineries and Wines that you Enjoy?

Ken Zinns wrote:
November 4th, 2018, 4:07 pm
Bokisch would be my top pick in the Lodi area. They specialize in wines from Iberian grape varieties.
They were definitely one of the highlights for me - the Albarino, Tempranillo and, especially, the Graciano.

Michael
by M Mager
October 31st, 2018, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Latest Sips...older, newer, fresh off truck.
Replies: 5
Views: 395

Re: TN: Latest Sips...older, newer, fresh off truck.

Kris Patten wrote:
October 30th, 2018, 9:30 pm
WA Merlot is the great secret....in WA we joke that we cut Merlot tannin with Cab, where in Napa they cut Cab tannin with Merlot. Some great old Ste Michelle and Columbia David Lake Merlot's, even today if you like Cab, WA Merlot is great value.
Seven Hills Merlot, also...
by M Mager
October 12th, 2018, 3:42 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Recent Walla Walla dining? Dinner spots...
Replies: 3
Views: 293

Re: Recent Walla Walla dining? Dinner spots...

Don't forget to stop in for lunch one day at the combination of Mexican restaurant and bait shop out on the west side of town. Affectionately known as the "Worm Ranch". Seriously, this was really good Mexican food... https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g60992-d8457780-r377101427-Dora_s_Deli-...
by M Mager
September 26th, 2018, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3407
Views: 299728

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

And I got some ’07 Agharta syrah (red label) a while back and it is DELISH, especially for the ~$16/btl… I went in for a bottle of this one also. When I first tasted it, I was getting a familiar flavor/texture profile, but I couldn't quite place it. Then, after a while, I realized what is was -- if...
by M Mager
September 15th, 2018, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WTN: 2004 Bosconia reserva
Replies: 21
Views: 1095

Re: WTN: 2004 Bosconia reserva

El Bosque is my favorite vineyard in the entire f'in world!

If you like the 04 reserva, go find a bottle of the 81 Bosconia gran reserva. Will blow your mind.
by M Mager
September 15th, 2018, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3407
Views: 299728

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Not sure if it was previously disclosed earlier in this thread, but I picked up the following wine today:

Memorial Mystery Mayhem (MMM) #5 – 2013 Chianti Classico 750ml (Tuscany) - $13.96

It's the 2013 Fonterutoli Chianti Classico

Michael
by M Mager
September 13th, 2018, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rose made from red and white grapes
Replies: 18
Views: 502

Re: Rose made from red and white grapes

I think also Lopez de Heredia Rosado is garnacha, tempranillo, and viura; I am not sure from their description whether the grapes are fermented together or blended later. Yes, the RLdH Rosado is a grenache-dominant blend, along with tempranillo and viura. The blend % of the 2008 vintage is pretty c...

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