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by Michael Martin
July 17th, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 19
Views: 1683

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

Mattstolz wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 7:58 pm
Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
July 16th, 2019, 7:07 pm
Any preview from MTP? Need to plan this purchase out :D
I think that normally comes after the STD. but there are/have been some Instagram posts about it
Sexually Transmitted Disease?
by Michael Martin
July 17th, 2019, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release
Replies: 57
Views: 3062

Re: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release

Got the usual stand by Zins, but I also picked up a few of the Grenache. My taste for Grenache has increased since touring around southern Rhone. If done right, it presents an intriguing wine.
by Michael Martin
July 17th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release
Replies: 57
Views: 3062

Re: Carlisle 2019 Summer Release

Order in
by Michael Martin
July 16th, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SAXUM OPEN
Replies: 21
Views: 1734

Re: SAXUM OPEN

I just checked. First Saxum release I bought was in 2013 and I got 2 Gratias. Thank you again Justin.
by Michael Martin
July 16th, 2019, 4:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 19
Views: 1683

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

Going big on this one.
by Michael Martin
July 16th, 2019, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SAXUM OPEN
Replies: 21
Views: 1734

Re: SAXUM OPEN

Wow on the Gratias. Super nice gesture on Justin's part. Thank you!
by Michael Martin
July 15th, 2019, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?
Replies: 57
Views: 2689

Re: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?

Not sexy, but based on what I see around me, it’s local wine served in a fun atmosphere. I see more urban wineries, cocktail, drink me now type wines. In Colorado they are popping up all around me. Wine on tap with bar game, painting group, lounge like serving rooms some mix in food trucks and bands...
by Michael Martin
July 15th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano
Replies: 27
Views: 709

Re: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano

I know you sort of poo poo Positano for food, but one of the best meals I've had was at Le Tre Sorelle right off the beach. Funny you say that, we were so close to going Le Tre Sorelle the last night and just didn't make it. It felt and looked like it was a place to be, but we we ended up on the ot...
by Michael Martin
July 15th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Wine Fridge Recommendations?
Replies: 31
Views: 4671

Re: Wine Fridge Recommendations?

Pretty happy with this. 50 or so will fit, no vibration, quiet and keeps consistant temp. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Magic-Chef-23-4-in-W-50-Bottle-Wine-Cooler-in-Stainless-Steel-HMWC50ST/300509607 +1 good friend of mine has two of these and been going strong for two years now...and honestly at th...
by Michael Martin
July 15th, 2019, 9:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano
Replies: 27
Views: 709

Re: Eating Italy 2019: Rome, Montalcino, Positano

I know you sort of poo poo Positano for food, but one of the best meals I've had was at Le Tre Sorelle right off the beach.
by Michael Martin
July 14th, 2019, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?
Replies: 57
Views: 2689

Re: Okay, what’s the next HOT wine?

Howard Cooper wrote:
July 14th, 2019, 12:37 pm
wine in cans
I usually leave my glass at the bar before entering the lavatory.
by Michael Martin
July 14th, 2019, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit
Replies: 87
Views: 2272

Re: Stranded on a deserted island - 1 wine, 1 beer, 1 spirit

I need a wine I can keep cool in the ocean, open without a cork screw, works well when warm out and does not tire my palate. So I will go with an Ode to Lulu from Bedrock. Beer? I never tire of Collette from Great Divide. Belgium Farmhouse with a unique smokiness. Spirits, an oaked tequila. So let’s...
by Michael Martin
July 13th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 105
Views: 5119

Re: Downstream Wines

The most expensive Zin I'd previously heard of was Grgich Hills Miljenko's Old Vine Zinfandel at $130, but I think 2014 was the last vintage produced. Here you go ...Mazzocco, the most expensive Zin I have ever seen (or drank :)) 2016 ZINFANDEL RESERVE KENNETH CARL, DRY CREEK VALLEY Special Reserve...
by Michael Martin
July 11th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Syrah blind tasting
Replies: 28
Views: 1679

Re: TN: Syrah blind tasting

Fun notes. Wish we had more like this where impressions are first, then the reveal.
by Michael Martin
July 11th, 2019, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 105
Views: 5119

Re: Downstream Wines

Gray G wrote:
July 11th, 2019, 7:56 am
hahahahahaha
Sorry couldn't resist. [cheers.gif]
by Michael Martin
July 11th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your recent auction purchase?
Replies: 41
Views: 1924

Re: What is your recent auction purchase?

2012 Domaine Brusset Gigondas Les Hauts de Montmirail
2009 Domaine Saint-Damien Gigondas Vieilles Vignes
2016 Famille Brechet Domaine Des Bosquets Gigondas La Colline
2010 Xavier Vignon Gigondas
by Michael Martin
July 11th, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 105
Views: 5119

Re: Downstream Wines

Gray G wrote:
July 11th, 2019, 7:50 am
Rob Herried wrote:
July 11th, 2019, 6:22 am
I guess someone should post the rules about who is allowed to post on certain topics.
that is funny
I'll go first. You are not allowed to post about CT. pileon
by Michael Martin
July 10th, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 105
Views: 5119

Re: Downstream Wines

Received and deleted the email. You’re welcome.
by Michael Martin
July 10th, 2019, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Pimps
Topic: Is CT free?
Replies: 6
Views: 303

Re: Is CT free?

Your poll question and your post title are sort of the opposite and might be confusing.
by Michael Martin
July 9th, 2019, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 79
Views: 4593

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

I am sure I am the outlier here, but the cabs just don’t capture my attention. I sold off all the ones I bought. Just not my style. Can you elaborate? Just curious . Thanks I like black cherry, tobacco, leathery cabs with complexity that are approachable in the near term. The RM’s to me seem more d...
by Michael Martin
July 9th, 2019, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 79
Views: 4593

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

I am sure I am the outlier here, but the cabs just don’t capture my attention. I sold off all the ones I bought. Just not my style.
by Michael Martin
July 9th, 2019, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Auction Finds
Replies: 39
Views: 2413

Re: Auction Finds

I think I have had better luck with flawed bottles from Winebid than I have had with bottles purchased direct. I don't think I ever have had a flawed bottle after years of buying.
by Michael Martin
July 7th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered
Replies: 38
Views: 3052

Re: Dean & Deluca's St. Helena Store is Shuttered

Sign of a market top.
by Michael Martin
July 6th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Wine.com fail; what’s the best for online wine delivery?
Replies: 9
Views: 414

Re: Wine.com fail; what’s the best for online wine delivery?

As others have said, shipping wine is best done in Fall and early Spring. That is when most wineries ship.
by Michael Martin
July 5th, 2019, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 107
Views: 6626

Re: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?

Motivated by a post in another thread we popped a 2012 Jaffurs’ Verna’s. Licorice, black raspberry and tapenade. Exquisite.
by Michael Martin
July 5th, 2019, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 134
Views: 7633

Re: Top US Syrahs

Michael and Mitch, The vineyard is now called the Sokrian Vineyard. I believe Coastal is still farming it and I know that at one time, Morgan Clendenon and Drake Whitcraft were helping to produce 'Estate' wines for the new owners, who continued to sell fruit to others. No idea whether Jaffurs or Sa...
by Michael Martin
July 5th, 2019, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 134
Views: 7633

Re: Top US Syrahs

IMHO, the saying "there are no great old wines, just great bottles of old wine" applies equally to Syrah. To a lesser extent, Tom Hill's saying about pet that you "need to kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince(ss) applies too. When a Syrah misses the mark, it is incredibly boring. But when Syrah hit...
by Michael Martin
July 4th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?
Replies: 47
Views: 2380

Re: Dumbest wine related thing you have done ?

Joined the Tobin James wine club.

Rectified that a few months later.
by Michael Martin
July 4th, 2019, 5:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Hexe
Replies: 21
Views: 2512

Re: Saxum Hexe

$148, really? And that's probably not for a magnum. Hopefully that's just for Hexe They've held at $97 for >10 years. From the release letter The offering will include our 2017 Broken Stones ($98), 2017 Paderewski Vineyard ($98), 2017 Terry Hoage Vineyard ($98), and our extended age 2016 The Hexe (...
by Michael Martin
July 3rd, 2019, 5:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 107
Views: 6626

Re: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?

Mel Knox wrote:
July 2nd, 2019, 7:04 pm
I've enjoyed two older Qupe Syrahs this year:
2002 Bien Nacido and 2005 Bien Nacido Hillside Reserve..the latter wine coulda won a Cote Rotie tasting...
Most Bien Nacido Syrahs that I have had with age on them are spectacular.
by Michael Martin
July 2nd, 2019, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Hexe
Replies: 21
Views: 2512

Re: Saxum Hexe

At $148...
by Michael Martin
June 30th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?
Replies: 107
Views: 6626

Re: What Santa Barbara County/South Coast Wine Are You Drinking?

Oldie, but a goodie. Haven’t had a Zaca Mesa wine in years, but I picked up a 2015 Z Cuvée on a whim.
As good as some of the less expensive French Rhône GSM blends I’ve had. Dark fruit, mineral, black tea, tobacco. Nice QPR for $17.
by Michael Martin
June 26th, 2019, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It`s time for Rosé - summertime and the living is easy
Replies: 20
Views: 1521

Re: It`s time for Rosé - summertime and the living is easy

Colorado peeps, try the rose’ of Cabernet from Colterris, 2017 Grand Valley. Good fruit, minerals, crisp, local, worthy.
by Michael Martin
June 26th, 2019, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2048

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

blarmston wrote:
June 26th, 2019, 6:43 pm
I dont check Last Bottle often, but every time I get a random email it’s some $15 zin or $25 $hitty Napa blend, not say a $150 bottle from a respected producer. I could be wrong, I am allll the time...
We’re going in a circle here...
The ones that sellout, sellout.
by Michael Martin
June 26th, 2019, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2048

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

Good point on library wines, but what if a winery doesn’t want to sit on the inventory for 3-5-10 years. And they are willing to forgo the higher potential price point down the road. And it is potential because wineries come in and out of vogue all the time. Simply adding 10% per year to the bottle...
by Michael Martin
June 26th, 2019, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2048

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

Good point David B. And David Bucker, you seem to be slightly upset by this thread. Maybe I’m misreading, but if I’m not, why? No clue who you are, or whether you may have a link to the business. Sure it may be a silly/idiotic/ unrealistic hypothetical, but I’m simply trying to get some dialogue go...
by Michael Martin
June 26th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2048

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

blarmston wrote:
June 26th, 2019, 4:29 pm
Good points. But what if wineries can’t sell out at their stated offer price?
1. They become “library wines” sold at an even higher price at a later date.
2. Last Bottle Wines, WTSO
3. Dumped into third world countries with their label blacked out with a Sharpie
by Michael Martin
June 26th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?
Replies: 64
Views: 2048

Re: Will Release Offers ever move to Negotiated Pricing?

Not as long as they sellout at their price.
by Michael Martin
June 26th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 134
Views: 7633

Re: Top US Syrahs

I drink very little US syrah, but have found Betz (although all my holdings are from the time Bob was winemaker or consulting) to be consistently excellent. Specific shout out to 2011 Saxum Heart Stone. A cooler vintage, viewed as “weak” produced a beautiful wine, no alcohol heat, complex, subtle e...
by Michael Martin
June 25th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Jaffurs Syrahs/BienNacido&Thompson '16...(short/boring)
Replies: 6
Views: 323

Re: TN: Jaffurs Syrahs/BienNacido&Thompson '16...(short/boring)

CJ Beazley wrote:
June 25th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Michael Martin wrote:
June 25th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Thanks for the futures reminder. I will place my order today. 25% off these wines is a deal.
Are the half bottles not available as futures?
No, they are not, but if you are a club member, you still get 15% off your purchases.
by Michael Martin
June 25th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Jaffurs Syrahs/BienNacido&Thompson '16...(short/boring)
Replies: 6
Views: 323

Re: TN: Jaffurs Syrahs/BienNacido&Thompson '16...(short/boring)

Thanks for the futures reminder. I will place my order today. 25% off these wines is a deal.
by Michael Martin
June 23rd, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Bedrock Dolinsek Ranch field blend
Replies: 5
Views: 631

Re: TN: 2013 Bedrock Dolinsek Ranch field blend

The Bedrock Dolinsek’s are always great. Never had a bad one. Good early drinkers.
by Michael Martin
June 21st, 2019, 3:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Yearly Budget
Replies: 43
Views: 1908

Re: Yearly Budget

My budget is based on my storage. It’s full. The overflow is full and my double secret storage is full. Forces me to buy far less than I used to.
YTD I am down 50% compared to last year.
by Michael Martin
June 19th, 2019, 4:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 134
Views: 7633

Re: Top US Syrahs

Alban
Jaffurs’ Bien Nacido and Upslope
Bedrock Griffin’s Lair
by Michael Martin
June 17th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Jaffurs Syrah ThompsonVnyd '05...(short/boring)
Replies: 1
Views: 252

Re: TN: Jaffurs Syrah ThompsonVnyd '05...(short/boring)

I've had really good luck with older Bien Nacido, Upslope, Verna's, Stolpman, Melville, but hit or miss with Ampelos, Larner & Thompson.
by Michael Martin
June 14th, 2019, 6:14 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Milwaukee Wine shopping
Replies: 2
Views: 577

Re: Milwaukee Wine shopping

It’s been a long time since I was there 5+ years, but Ray’s on North in Wauwatosa used to have some surprising stuff.
by Michael Martin
June 12th, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another stupid poll about wine drinking
Replies: 56
Views: 2439

Re: Another stupid poll about wine drinking

Surprising that a grape we have been told does not sell well is in the top 5.
by Michael Martin
June 11th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: In'n'Out Burger Fries
Replies: 57
Views: 2518

Re: In'n'Out Burger Fries

I ate at Five Guys once. The burger was Ok, but the fries were a bag of grease. I see no redeeming qualities there at all. 5 Guys puts their very hot fries in a paper bag and closes the bag before you get it. In my experience that tends to make them go pretty limp. But greasy? Not that I’ve seen. Y...

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