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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: 19
Views: 236

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: 11
Views: 810

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: 11
Views: 810

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: 1134

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: 1443

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: 101
Views: 8327

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: 2051

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: 101
Views: 8327

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: 101
Views: 8327

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: 101
Views: 8327

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: 53
Views: 3000

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: 1115

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: 53
Views: 3000

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: 327

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: 163
Views: 6270

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: 13514

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...
by Michael Martin
October 22nd, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Home Bar Question
Replies: 55
Views: 5315

Re: Home Bar Question

Just went through this exercise. Besides the staples, you need fun stuff like Campari, Luxardo, Creme de Violet, Chartreuse, Aperal, different bitters and don’t cheese out on the Vermouth.
by Michael Martin
October 22nd, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 163
Views: 6270

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

Thanks Morgan for taking the time to respond and act.
by Michael Martin
October 21st, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 163
Views: 6270

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

My dislike of little white static balls on my bottles has degraded into this. Only here.

My vote for an alternative are the pulp shippers. Never had a broken bottle and other than some dust, the bottles can go right into storage rather needing a vacuum.
by Michael Martin
October 18th, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 163
Views: 6270

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

The 'problem' in many cases is cost and expectation here, folks. Folks that have zero problems spending $150+ on a bottle of wine complain that it's gonna cost $75 to ship that case to them across the country using temp controlled trucking - and that's with the winery basically covering costs or lo...
by Michael Martin
October 18th, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aglianico
Replies: 65
Views: 2648

Re: Aglianico

These guys (and fellow Berserkers) make an excellent domestic rendition of Aglianico. Especially the 2014.

http://westoftemperance.com/
by Michael Martin
October 17th, 2019, 8:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 163
Views: 6270

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

Steve Gautier wrote:
October 17th, 2019, 6:58 pm
Bedrock shipments seem to always be worst than others.
I agree. Just got done vacuuming 2 cases of bottles.
by Michael Martin
October 17th, 2019, 8:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2312
Views: 150256

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Sh@n A wrote:
October 17th, 2019, 8:07 pm
Thanks. Picked up a 2012 Monte Rosso and a 2016 Dolinsek.
Nice choices.
by Michael Martin
October 17th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2312
Views: 150256

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Hard question to answer. O&F is different from Bedrock and even within Bedrock, Morgan produces so many wines that are site specific. MR’s are good, but usually are better with some age. Limerick never really captured my attention. If you can find a Bedrock Heritage with a few years on it, I would ...
by Michael Martin
October 17th, 2019, 5:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2312
Views: 150256

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Can anyone please recommend a top 2015 or 2016 Bedrock to get a sense of the style? I have picked up two Once and Future to try out as well (2016 Franks Block Teldeschi and 2015 Old Vine Bedrock). A local store has bedrock 2016 Monte Rosso for 80, 2015 limerick lane for 60. Not sure which wines are...
by Michael Martin
October 16th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 298
Views: 14802

Re: Ravenswood library offer

How do the O&F offerings differ from Ravenswood and Bedrock, stylistically? I've seen comments elsewhere that the O&F may not be able to go the distance we may see with this offering? I can’t comment on Ravenswood, but I would say generally O&F are more restrained than Bedrock. They have complexity...
by Michael Martin
October 16th, 2019, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 298
Views: 14802

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Been buying from O & F since day one and I got skunked on this one, but there will always be another good wine to buy. Always.
by Michael Martin
October 15th, 2019, 6:23 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: barcelona 3 nights enough?
Replies: 26
Views: 883

Re: barcelona 3 nights enough?

Nice timing on this thread. Just booked our vacation today for next Spring.
7 days, 6 nights, 3 star hotel with airport transfers...$2309 total for two through Costco Travel. Screaming deal.
by Michael Martin
October 15th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 298
Views: 14802

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Everything I selected went to wish list. I gave up.
Just went back on now. All but two are SOLD OUT.
by Michael Martin
October 12th, 2019, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 3153

Re: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines

Anton D wrote:
October 12th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Michael Martin wrote:
October 11th, 2019, 11:30 am
David_K wrote:
October 11th, 2019, 10:46 am
Wines like this are why people hate Napa. Just saying.
Sorta true, isn’t it.
Yup, that’s why I like to focus my wine buying on wines produced by those with multi-generational wealth. And, of course, wines produced by corporate conglomerates, as well!
You missed my point, but that’s OK.
by Michael Martin
October 11th, 2019, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My Bedrock welcome shipment
Replies: 50
Views: 2581

Re: My Bedrock welcome shipment

I wouldn’t touch anything for at least 90 days. I would then open the Old Vines with a decant just for fun and then watch CT for updates on all the others.
Most likely you are going to want to sit on these for a bit.
by Michael Martin
October 11th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 3153

Re: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines

jeffruggels wrote:
October 11th, 2019, 11:36 am
Am sure true for many. if i was asked "what i wish was different" in napa, i doubt "wines like these" would make my list
How many new producer, $185 wines do you buy?
by Michael Martin
October 11th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 3153

Re: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines

David_K wrote:
October 11th, 2019, 10:46 am
Wines like this are why people hate Napa. Just saying.
Sorta true, isn’t it.
by Michael Martin
October 11th, 2019, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 298
Views: 14802

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Guess away, folks . . . And my impression with older zins in general is that they lose their 'zin exuberance' and remind me more of aged clarets. Anyone else experience this? Cheers. Your post made me look at some of my tasting notes from old Zins. I noted licorice, brown sugar, pomegranate. You’re...
by Michael Martin
October 10th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2312
Views: 150256

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2016 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah North Coast - USA, California, North Coast (10/5/2019) Day 1: Ok at best. Cranberry, spice, sour cherries and dirt. Not much on the finish. This is a pop and pour so I will wait to score it and see how it opens up later but right now not good! 84-86. Day 2: Hoping for mo...
by Michael Martin
October 9th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 3153

Re: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines

While i hate nascar in general I think it sucks to see people taking pot shots at her record, knowing how hard it must have been to be the first woman to break that glass ceiling She actually was an Indy driver well before NASCAR and was named rookie of the year in 2005. I agree, if you know her st...
by Michael Martin
October 8th, 2019, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 3153

Re: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines

Ian S wrote:
October 8th, 2019, 1:55 pm
She didn't quite make it as a model, didn't quite make it as a race car driver either, so what should be different when it comes to wine?
I am not going to defend her, but I bet there is a long line of folks behind her wishing they had "failed" the way she did. [snort.gif]
by Michael Martin
October 8th, 2019, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 3153

Re: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines

The 2016 got a 94. The 2014 has three notes on CT with a 94.7 rating.
I was just curious.
by Michael Martin
October 8th, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 3153

Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines

I ran across an interview with her where she talks about how she got into wines and now her Napa Valley winery.
Anybody been there or tasted the cab or rose'?

https://www.somniumwine.com/
by Michael Martin
October 4th, 2019, 8:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give CO wine a taste...
Replies: 148
Views: 6147

Re: Give CO wine a taste...

I'll be in Denver/ Boulder next weekend. Any close by recommendations? Bookcliff has a tasting room in Boulder. I highly recommend the 2017 Reserve Malbec and the Petit Verdot. West of Denver in the cute mountain town of Evergreen is Creekside Cellars. She makes great whites and reds, especially a ...
by Michael Martin
October 3rd, 2019, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give CO wine a taste...
Replies: 148
Views: 6147

Re: Give CO wine a taste...

I tried some Colorado wine once at a farmer's market in the Boulder area. I asked the pourers, how did you select the place from which to make the wine? I was interested in learning about the influence of elevation, soil type, etc. Response: "Oh, that's where the vines are!" It didn't inspire confi...
by Michael Martin
October 3rd, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give CO wine a taste...
Replies: 148
Views: 6147

Re: Give CO wine a taste...

Kyle, please give preference to first timers, but if you need a local, pinch hitter, let me know.
by Michael Martin
October 2nd, 2019, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 298
Views: 14802

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Dan Kravitz wrote:
October 2nd, 2019, 5:15 pm
Yes, but can we buy them, and how?

Dan Kravitz
I’ve bought the previous Once and Future releases. I assume Joel is using that list for the offer.
by Michael Martin
October 2nd, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 298
Views: 14802

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Curious and interested. There’s been some floating around. He sold some to Dry Creek Kitchen a few years back and they feature it in their wine list. A couple releases ago he poured and offered Mags of Wood Rd Belloni Zinfandel and I think Dickerson Merlot on pick-up day for. C-note each. I was sur...
by Michael Martin
October 2nd, 2019, 4:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 298
Views: 14802

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Curious and interested.
by Michael Martin
October 1st, 2019, 8:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1578
Views: 188191

Re: Official Costco Thread

Anyone seen the Kirkland Gigondas yet? Loved last years.
by Michael Martin
September 30th, 2019, 7:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lots of good, not so much great
Replies: 54
Views: 1882

Re: Lots of good, not so much great

What surprises me is the other direction. Opening a $20 wine and thinking it tastes like a $50 wine. Had a really nice Spanish Granacha that blew my socks off over the weekend...for $20.

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