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by Michael Martin
January 16th, 2020, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Spring release
Replies: 21
Views: 1728

Re: Saxum Spring release

The standard release price is $98 for most bottlings, including JBV. This includes shipping, you pay your state sales tax. In Ohio, it' s $106 a bottle delivered to my door. newer wines tend to price higher, but in this release the four hearts and JB white are $98. Bone Rock took a big leap to $148...
by Michael Martin
January 16th, 2020, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2341
Views: 154589

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Robert, you’ve inspired me to have a 2018 Dolinsek on deck I suggest you hold the '18's. They are not like previous vintages. They need time. Learned that the hard way with the Dolinsek. Lots more structure than in 2017 or even 2016. Much better on day 2. Still have two bottles left. I was surprise...
by Michael Martin
January 16th, 2020, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2341
Views: 154589

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
January 10th, 2020, 4:08 am
Robert, you’ve inspired me to have a 2018 Dolinsek on deck
I suggest you hold the '18's. They are not like previous vintages. They need time.
by Michael Martin
January 14th, 2020, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Spring release
Replies: 21
Views: 1728

Re: Saxum Spring release

Went with the Grenache heavy wines. I think that is where Saxum shines.
by Michael Martin
January 2nd, 2020, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?
Replies: 37
Views: 2334

Re: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?

If we’re naming individual wines, Jaffurs Santa Barbara County Syrah, year in, year out. $22 ish.
by Michael Martin
January 2nd, 2020, 9:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2020 Wine Resolutions
Replies: 60
Views: 2665

Re: 2020 Wine Resolutions

After years of drinking more and more narrow and ending up with a cellar of California Zins, blends and over priced cabs, I want to drink more broadly. Too much good wine in the world.
Also want to procure more locally. Time to give the locals guys my business.
by Michael Martin
January 1st, 2020, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?
Replies: 37
Views: 2334

Re: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?

I voted for Rhône’s. While the Zins are good, they don’t stand out like some of the better Rhône producers. When I can buy an unbelievable $30-$40 Syrah, that strikes me as a great deal compared to a nice Zin at $20-$30.
by Michael Martin
December 30th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I need help - Ojai vineyards
Replies: 10
Views: 906

Re: I need help - Oaij vineyards

Ok, thanks ;-) And what about the wine himself ? ;-) How is this Grenache ? Are we close to the Chateauneuf du Pape Grenache ? ;-) Thx I love southern Rhone Grenache and Santa Barbara County Grenache, but I wouldn't say the two are close. I would expect less mineral and earth on the Ojai and potent...
by Michael Martin
December 22nd, 2019, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give CO wine a taste...
Replies: 156
Views: 6629

Re: Give CO wine a taste...

Ok, just opened the Estate Pinot from Qutori. We actually like this better than the double gold Syrah.
We will be making a return visit to these folks.
by Michael Martin
December 22nd, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you serve at parties?
Replies: 46
Views: 2025

Re: What do you serve at parties?

I open good stuff because who better to share the good stuff with other than family and friends.
Later most usually comment about how they love my wines.
by Michael Martin
December 22nd, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give CO wine a taste...
Replies: 156
Views: 6629

Re: Give CO wine a taste...

Drove over to Paonia in the West Elks wine region yesterday. A cute granola arty kind of town with some good restaurants. The main purpose was to find the Governor’s Cup Double Gold winning Qutori Syrah.... Nice! Are you based out of Colorado? Im new to the forum and in Boulder. Yes, main home on t...
by Michael Martin
December 22nd, 2019, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give CO wine a taste...
Replies: 156
Views: 6629

Re: Give CO wine a taste...

Drove over to Paonia in the West Elks wine region yesterday. A cute granola arty kind of town with some good restaurants. The main purpose was to find the Governor’s Cup Double Gold winning Qutori Syrah. The winery is so new there is no tasting room, but the winemaker’s mother runs a fun little eate...
by Michael Martin
December 17th, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 112
Views: 10086

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

Thanks Morgan for the non styrofoam shipper. I LOVE the egg crate style and it does not go unnoticed. The wines arrived today. Can’t wait to enjoy them.
by Michael Martin
December 16th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1739
Views: 210732

Re: Official Costco Thread

Anyone seen the Kirkland Gigondas yet? Loved last years. heads up: this showed up at my store today, along with the next vintage of the Chablis Premier Cru Thanks for the heads up! I picked up some of the 2017 Kirkland Gigondas at $14.99 and I noticed that also had the 2017 Domaine Saint-Damien Gig...
by Michael Martin
December 16th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whatever Happened to The Zucc??
Replies: 3
Views: 924

Re: Whatever Happened to The Zucc??

Didn't someone post about 6 months ago that John Z had a run-in with the law? I could be mistaken, but that is what I remember. There was even a link to an article about it.
by Michael Martin
December 14th, 2019, 1:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1739
Views: 210732

Re: Official Costco Thread

Mattstolz wrote:
December 14th, 2019, 11:24 am
Michael Martin wrote:
October 1st, 2019, 8:35 pm
Anyone seen the Kirkland Gigondas yet? Loved last years.
heads up: this showed up at my store today, along with the next vintage of the Chablis Premier Cru
Thanks for the heads up!
by Michael Martin
December 13th, 2019, 8:43 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Deals to Europe in winter/spring
Replies: 1
Views: 392

Re: Deals to Europe in winter/spring

Barcelona in March through Costco Travel. 6 nights at the Barcelona Podium, airport transfers, breakfast, United from Denver. All in for 2, $2433. We’ll also get 2% back with our Executive membership.
by Michael Martin
December 5th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Domaine de la Janasse Côtes du Rhône Les Garrigues
Replies: 1
Views: 212

TN: 2016 Domaine de la Janasse Côtes du Rhône Les Garrigues

2016 Domaine de la Janasse Côtes du Rhône Les Garrigues - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Côtes du Rhône (12/5/2019) Had to change my note twice as this wine evolves. Starts with bright raspberry and cranberry, white pepper and mint, but evolves into a black fruited beauty with anise, black tea and ...
by Michael Martin
December 3rd, 2019, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?
Replies: 47
Views: 2401

Re: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?

Markus S wrote:
December 3rd, 2019, 9:30 am
Michael Martin wrote:
December 1st, 2019, 5:41 pm
Paul Miller wrote:
December 1st, 2019, 5:21 pm
How are you getting it for free?
Miles
Miles are not really "free", as there is a cost and value to them, usually between 1-2 cents per mile.
If they are about to expire and the airline offers you magazines instead of them going into the waste can, that’s free.
by Michael Martin
December 1st, 2019, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?
Replies: 47
Views: 2401

Re: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?

Paul Miller wrote:
December 1st, 2019, 5:21 pm
How are you getting it for free?
Miles
by Michael Martin
December 1st, 2019, 5:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?
Replies: 47
Views: 2401

Re: so who still gets wine spectator? and why?

Free here too. There has also been many posts regarding this same topic over the years and people either hate it, get it for free or read it at their dentist’s office.
by Michael Martin
November 29th, 2019, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Black Friday Deals
Replies: 78
Views: 7706

Re: Black Friday Deals

30% off a case at West of Temperance.
by Michael Martin
November 28th, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any experience with Martin Estate wines?
Replies: 11
Views: 775

Re: Any experience with Martin Estate wines?

I’ve had a couple bottles of the 2005 Bacchanal and I loved them. $30 on Winebid. As good as any other Napa Cab I’ve had.
by Michael Martin
November 28th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts from Colorado: Denver/Evergreen tasting rooms.
Replies: 21
Views: 668

Re: Thoughts from Colorado: Denver/Evergreen tasting rooms.

Stopped in Palisade yesterday and had lunch at the Palisade Cafe, which I highly recommend, but they also carry wines from every maker in the Grand Valley. Might be hard to see in my photo, but behind the bar are bottles of at least one offering from every local winery. Great one stop tasting option...
by Michael Martin
November 27th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?
Replies: 187
Views: 11493

Re: What producers are you suprised dont get more mention on WB?

Other than Blake Brown nobody mentions Wms Selyem or Au Bon Climat, two wineries that have influenced many. I have never seen a mention of Saintsbury. Or anybody else in Carneros for that matter. Morgan is a very successful winery....have never seen them discussed. I second Au Bon Climat. Great Pin...
by Michael Martin
November 25th, 2019, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)
Replies: 193
Views: 13737

Re: BerserkerDay 11 is coming up!! (Jan 27, 2020)

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
November 25th, 2019, 1:34 pm
brigcampbell wrote:
November 25th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Working on getting some additional players to participate. Have confirmation from one today that will be awesome.

Should be a WB crowd pleaser.
The one we've been emailing today? If so, yeah, that one will be a big time crowd pleaser
Financial planning from Victor all in one blind link.
by Michael Martin
November 23rd, 2019, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts from Colorado: Denver/Evergreen tasting rooms.
Replies: 21
Views: 668

Re: Thoughts from Colorado: Denver/Evergreen tasting rooms.

Michael Fess wrote:
November 23rd, 2019, 7:15 am
Not blaming the restaurants. Maybe its time to change that law. Last time I was at CRU downtown just wish I was able to bring my own. Food was good, wine list was meh....
I agree. Would love to bring my own too.
by Michael Martin
November 23rd, 2019, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts from Colorado: Denver/Evergreen tasting rooms.
Replies: 21
Views: 668

Re: Thoughts from Colorado: Denver/Evergreen tasting rooms.

Michael Fess wrote:
November 23rd, 2019, 7:05 am
Lets hope someday we can get restaurants to allow us to bring our own with a modest corkage fee. If you can walk around Denver high on mushrooms, is bringing your own bottle too much to ask?
It’s not the restaurant’s fault, it’s the state law.
by Michael Martin
November 23rd, 2019, 7:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts from Colorado: Denver/Evergreen tasting rooms.
Replies: 21
Views: 668

Re: Thoughts from Colorado: Denver/Evergreen tasting rooms.

I agree on Carboy. Industrial wines. This is the impression I walked away with, but they've cultivated a nice night time atmosphere. I'll be holding on to all of the recommendations in here for our next trip out. Matt, We seem to be picking up a few more wine centric spots in Denver recently. We've...
by Michael Martin
November 22nd, 2019, 4:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts from Colorado: Denver/Evergreen tasting rooms.
Replies: 21
Views: 668

Re: Thoughts from Colorado: Denver/Evergreen tasting rooms.

Creekside makes really decent wines. Great antipasto platter as well, which the wines work well with. I only recommend Balistreri Vineyards as you can taste all 20 wines they make for free. Think we tried 13 or so and settled on the Malbec which was probably the best to me, plus after the many pour...
by Michael Martin
November 22nd, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts from Colorado: Denver/Evergreen tasting rooms.
Replies: 21
Views: 668

Re: Thoughts from Colorado: Denver/Evergreen tasting rooms.

My in-laws live in Evergreen and talk highly of Creekside. I don't know if I've had their wines though. Bookcliff is good. Infinite Monkey is decent enough and a fun spot. Not something I would buy for home consumption but OK as a restaurant house wine option. I've had Carboy at their Littleton win...
by Michael Martin
November 21st, 2019, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts from Colorado: Denver/Evergreen tasting rooms.
Replies: 21
Views: 668

Re: Thoughts from Colorado: Denver/Evergreen tasting rooms.

The quality level of Colorado wines has in my opinion really gone up. If you had a Colorado wine 5-10 years ago, most were what I would call "tourist" wines. Today, there are some strong contenders that I would put up against wines from more established states like OR, WA or CA. Creekside is always ...
by Michael Martin
November 20th, 2019, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Full body, black fruit, and funky...name your poison
Replies: 32
Views: 1309

Re: Full body, black fruit, and funky...name your poison

Cool climate Syrah. Bedrock Griffins Lair. Jaffurs Bien Nacido.
I would never put Gigondas in this class. More red fruited.
by Michael Martin
November 19th, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Stream of Consciousness Wine Thread - or, a wine thread about nothing
Replies: 75
Views: 2391

Re: The Stream of Consciousness Wine Thread - or, a wine thread about nothing

I thought based on the title this was going to be another open letter to the WB community.
by Michael Martin
November 18th, 2019, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Saxum Gratias 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1286

Re: TN: Saxum Gratias 2017

I just unwrapped these. May have to pop one tonight.
by Michael Martin
November 18th, 2019, 3:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Saxum Gratias 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 1286

Re: TN: Saxum Gratias 2017

But is it a good QPR? [snort.gif]
by Michael Martin
November 17th, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A great Rose’ from an unlikely place
Replies: 8
Views: 1277

Re: A great Rose’ from an unlikely place

This winery was featured in this weekend’s Wall Street Journal.
by Michael Martin
November 12th, 2019, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Old Vine (USA, California)
Replies: 16
Views: 1582

Re: TN: 2018 Bedrock Wine Co. Zinfandel Old Vine (USA, California)

I’ve had two bottles as well. Love it.
by Michael Martin
November 6th, 2019, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 112
Views: 10086

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

Seems like a lot of folks are skipping the Schmiedt Road...while I know Zinfandel isn't exactly known as the poster child for elegance, anyone on the list who appreciates a more floral, elegant wine should consider buying some. According to Morgan's release, it includes grapes from Kirschenmann, wh...
by Michael Martin
November 5th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to Explain Auction Prices of Terrible Wines?
Replies: 31
Views: 2122

Re: How to Explain Auction Prices of Terrible Wines?

My experience is time heals the wounds of the winemaker and in many cases vintage.
by Michael Martin
November 5th, 2019, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 112
Views: 10086

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

Anyone cracked one of the 2017 Bien Nacido X-Block's yet? I opened one up just a few weeks after they arrived with the rest of that offer and it was great. its got a long life ahead and was a baby but yum Thanks Matt and Michael. I've had syrahs from this fruit from Bonny Doon, but hadn't dared to ...
by Michael Martin
November 4th, 2019, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 112
Views: 10086

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

AD Northup wrote:
October 31st, 2019, 1:40 pm
Anyone cracked one of the 2017 Bien Nacido X-Block's yet?
Yes, buy it.
by Michael Martin
November 4th, 2019, 8:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 112
Views: 10086

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

Bien Nacido, Pato, Dolinsek and Schmiedt will top my list.
by Michael Martin
October 28th, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore
Replies: 57
Views: 3637

Re: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore

I was up in Dry Creek Valley tasting this past weekend (until I was evacuated) and wasn't enjoying the Zinfandels. Go figure, since they make up a good portion of my cellar. My palate has really been liking the tastes of Grenache and Carignane lately and that is what I ended up buying a lot of this...
by Michael Martin
October 28th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blind tasting of 14 Paso Robles Cabs
Replies: 18
Views: 1174

Re: Blind tasting of 14 Paso Robles Cabs

I like posts like this. They are always fun to read.

Justin cabs and blends have always underwhelmed me and I see pallets of them at Costco which always makes me wonder. Of course its right next to the pallet of the Prisoner. LOL.
by Michael Martin
October 27th, 2019, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore
Replies: 57
Views: 3637

Re: What’s wrong with me - I don’t like zin anymore

For me it depends on the bottle. Some of my favorite producers had some so so years. Then I open another bottle and wow. I plan to stay the course.
by Michael Martin
October 24th, 2019, 4:53 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Provence: Where to Stay/Base
Replies: 4
Views: 894

Re: Provence: Where to Stay/Base

Just did this trip last Fall. Loved Gordes, St Remy, Bonnieux, Isle sur la Sorgue and Avignon. It depends on how big or how small of a city you want to stay in and what else you plan to do.
by Michael Martin
October 24th, 2019, 4:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 172
Views: 7121

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

I agree that my preference would be for styrofoam especially when I hear someone like Morgan worry about heat issues with the alternatives. I get plenty of shipments in styrofoam that are not filled with little pieces. Ship in the right weather, and styro does not matter. Ship in the wrong weather,...
by Michael Martin
October 24th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 168
Views: 14171

Re: Downstream Wines

I just wish they told me I wasn’t getting an allocation vs reading others did. Have been buying Saxum since 04. If I remember correctly, there was an original email from Justin that then required you to sign up for the Downstream allocation. If you missed the first one, you would not have gotten an...

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