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by Cris Whetstone
February 27th, 2021, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ridge Zin WildCattleCreek '18...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 205

Re: TN: Ridge Zin WildCattleCreek '18...(short/boring)

I thought '17 was the first but there is a listing and notes in CT for 2016 as well.
by Cris Whetstone
February 24th, 2021, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When did you last inventory your cellar/collection, or at least a good part of it.
Replies: 55
Views: 1879

Re: When did you last inventory your cellar/collection, or at least a good part of it.

I try to do it once a year. I end up pulling things and not 'consuming' them in CT. I forget and then wonder where that bottle is. Or I sometimes move things and do not remember to update CT. So once a year to confirm things. I also use an offsite where I tend to bury the boxes with the stuff for ag...
by Cris Whetstone
February 23rd, 2021, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Rhys 2007 Family Farm PN
Replies: 10
Views: 482

Re: TN: Rhys 2007 Family Farm PN

I thought Home was on the floor, but FF was on Skyline which is a ridgeline maybe 1500' up? FF is down off Portola Rd, not up in the mountains. Hmm, I know that area well as a cyclist. The vineyard I presume it to be smells intensely of sulfur for large parts of the year. I didn't think that was th...
by Cris Whetstone
February 23rd, 2021, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine's naturalistic fallacy
Replies: 146
Views: 5582

Re: Wine's naturalistic fallacy

Thanks for the article, William. It distills many of my thoughts over the years in a more coherent and expressive way than I ever could. I've often been very frustrated with the tenor expressed when it comes to winemaking and "intervention" over the years. I think many lost sight of what a...
by Cris Whetstone
February 23rd, 2021, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Rhys 2007 Family Farm PN
Replies: 10
Views: 482

Re: TN: Rhys 2007 Family Farm PN

Family Farm is basically a 'valley floor' vineyard. Many of the other Rhys vineyards are mountain tops or slopes: Alpine, Horseshoe and Skyline. I don't think the Family Farm has ever really show the sort of depth or structure where I would be tempted to give it much aging.
by Cris Whetstone
February 22nd, 2021, 12:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have wine auction lots become much more scarce....?
Replies: 187
Views: 10028

Re: Have wine auction lots become much more scarce....?

I was surprised that the Beringer Merlot Bancroft Ranch 1993 and 1994 did not jump so much from initial pricing. I just bid for this, but another person topped me. https://www.winebid.com/BuyWine/Item/7756481/1994-Chateau-Souverain-Alexander-Valley-Cabernet-Sauvignon Wow. Somehow I missed that one....
by Cris Whetstone
February 20th, 2021, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I haven't complained about this recently, so . . .
Replies: 44
Views: 3340

Re: I haven't complained about this recently, so . . .

The chances of you and I ever bidding on the same wine are pretty low, so it cannot be me. He was born in 1979. They had not yet discovered how to make my kind of wine by then, so of course I am almost enirely limited to that weak swill that you love. neener I was bidding on a 1979 Amarone, if you ...
by Cris Whetstone
February 20th, 2021, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have wine auction lots become much more scarce....?
Replies: 187
Views: 10028

Re: Have wine auction lots become much more scarce....?

Food fight, en route. https://www.winebid.com/BuyWine/Item/7751730/1994-Beringer-Bancroft-Ranch-Howell-Mountain-Merlo~ It is kind of odd to worry that prices are skyrocketing on gems that could formerly be had for a song and then broadcast about them on the most widely read forum about wine. Maybe ...
by Cris Whetstone
February 20th, 2021, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective
Replies: 74
Views: 3358

Re: Corked Bottles on CellarTracker: A winemaker’s perspective

Thanks for the perspective Michael. I have contacted wineries in the past about this issue. But I always feel hesitant because I don't want to guilt or pressure them into acting on my behalf. TCA is part of the game and in many cases things are just not replaceable anyway. If I do have a new release...
by Cris Whetstone
February 19th, 2021, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ridge Zinfandel Buchignani Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County)
Replies: 3
Views: 365

Re: TN: 2016 Ridge Zinfandel Buchignani Ranch (USA, California, Sonoma County)

The atypical quality and nerviness may come from the 21% carignane. The proportion can be even higher in Ridge Geyserville. I love what it brings there -- a fresh, red-fruitedness that adds complexity to the darker, richer fruit profile of zin. Yes. Buchignani is the source of the Ridge straight Ca...
by Cris Whetstone
February 15th, 2021, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me understand why some wine tastes off to me
Replies: 11
Views: 1034

Re: Help me understand why some wine tastes off to me

I would agree your issue does not sound like TCA. It's a tough call given what you've written. The first thing that jumps out in my mind is something I usually notice as a smell first. It's caused by some sort of detergent leftover or similar from machine washing stemware. I think some machines leav...
by Cris Whetstone
February 15th, 2021, 12:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have wine auction lots become much more scarce....?
Replies: 187
Views: 10028

Re: Have wine auction lots become much more scarce....?

I kept buying this unopposed for $35 until recently. I can think of many wines with very similar ratios of past and current bidding. But I do not buy DRC or Chave. Not a baller. Same. I meant wines within the realm of formerly bargain basement old CA wines. Nearly all of them are getting pumped. So...
by Cris Whetstone
February 14th, 2021, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have wine auction lots become much more scarce....?
Replies: 187
Views: 10028

Re: Have wine auction lots become much more scarce....?

Victor Hong wrote: February 14th, 2021, 7:07 pm I kept buying this unopposed for $35 until recently.
I can think of many wines with very similar ratios of past and current bidding.
by Cris Whetstone
February 14th, 2021, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have wine auction lots become much more scarce....?
Replies: 187
Views: 10028

Re: Have wine auction lots become much more scarce....?

Victor Hong wrote: February 14th, 2021, 6:49 pm This bottling is great drinking now.
Interesting. I've never really looked at those. I haven't had the pleasure of trying any older ones and my experiences with older BV in general has been mixed to 'meh'.

But I do eye the 90's stuff every week. [wink.gif]
by Cris Whetstone
February 14th, 2021, 9:45 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Microlot Coffees--An African Adventure--
Replies: 53
Views: 2178

Re: Microlot Coffees--An African Adventure--

DR Congo- SOPACDI - Pygmies' Coffee Project Micro-Station Region: Mishebere and Ruhunde villages, Kalehe territory, South Kivu Farmer: 105 smallholder farmer members of SOPACDI Variety: Bourbon, grown at 1500 masl Method: Washed Notes: Rich cocoa, toffee, lemon and lemongrass flavors with tart citr...
by Cris Whetstone
February 11th, 2021, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wine Movie
Replies: 118
Views: 6854

Re: Favorite Wine Movie

I think it shows the great irony of him drinking a wine that is almost half f-ing merlot. That too!!! I don't think they thought that through [rofl.gif] Simple search of Cheval Blanc would have made them change the hated grape variety! I'm pretty sure using Cheval Blanc as his trophy bottle while h...
by Cris Whetstone
February 11th, 2021, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Love for new world Sémillon?
Replies: 13
Views: 670

Re: TN: Love for new world Sémillon?

William Kelley wrote: February 11th, 2021, 9:38 am Did you ever try the Kalin Cellars Sémillon from old vines in Livermore, California? I think you'd love it.
I was going to suggest this. The caveat being that I've seen strong bottle variation. When it's on it's quite good.
by Cris Whetstone
February 11th, 2021, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wine Movie
Replies: 118
Views: 6854

Re: Favorite Wine Movie

do you feel sad for him or happy for him? Happy. I thought it was a "good for him" moment. He stopped being so anal and neurotic, and just did what he wanted. He didn't feel obligated to go through all the expected protocol, and enjoyed his prized bottle with exactly what he felt like eat...
by Cris Whetstone
February 9th, 2021, 4:48 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Another Flannery PSA
Replies: 700
Views: 47929

Re: Another Flannery PSA

What would be the point of chili without beans? Don't they call that "meat sauce"?
by Cris Whetstone
February 7th, 2021, 5:21 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Microlot Coffees--An African Adventure--
Replies: 53
Views: 2178

Re: Microlot Coffees--An African Adventure--

Fedex told me it was again delayed until Monday but then they delivered today, Sunday, anyway.
by Cris Whetstone
February 7th, 2021, 5:20 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Berserker Day Wineries of yore
Replies: 24
Views: 1328

Re: Berserker Day Wineries of yore

I don't remember if mentioned before but Ian Brand/Petit Payson wines was a listing I looked forward to. He might be too big for us now since he was named winemaker of the year by Ester Mobley.
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by Cris Whetstone
February 6th, 2021, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A more 'contemporary' designed wine bottle basket - any reccs?
Replies: 79
Views: 2267

Re: A more 'contemporary' designed wine bottle basket - any reccs?

JDavisRoby wrote: February 6th, 2021, 11:43 am Why can't there be one that is a simple, clean design without looking like a wicker or floral cradle?
I think Matt's 'loaf pan and rock' fits the bill to a tee.
by Cris Whetstone
February 6th, 2021, 8:09 am
Forum: Event Planner - Online or Offline
Topic: Berserkers 'Social' Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside
Replies: 336
Views: 19554

Re: Berserkers 'Social' Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside

That's was great. Thanks to everyone who showed up. Nice to see old friends and put faces to some of you. Plus, it's just nice to be social at all given the current world.

"For the record":
2012 Huré Frères Champagne L'Instantanée
2016 Halcon Vineyards Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard
by Cris Whetstone
February 5th, 2021, 11:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: K&L
Replies: 71
Views: 4982

Re: K&L

Good stores. Strong service. Pricing is strong on some things but less strong on others. The selections can be pretty good at times. Definitely someone I can trust and buy from. Not exclusively but as good as anyone in California I've found. We have several good retailers and K&L is one of them.
by Cris Whetstone
February 5th, 2021, 7:37 pm
Forum: Event Planner - Online or Offline
Topic: Berserkers 'Social' Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside
Replies: 336
Views: 19554

Re: Berserkers 'Social' Video Meets - Schedule/Info inside

Mel Hill wrote: February 5th, 2021, 6:36 pm CE586A31-8512-4169-A5C6-39697F48A36C.jpeg

On the zoom now, super fun!
That looks way less impressive than I expected.
by Cris Whetstone
February 5th, 2021, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A more 'contemporary' designed wine bottle basket - any reccs?
Replies: 79
Views: 2267

Re: A more 'contemporary' designed wine bottle basket - any reccs?

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote: February 5th, 2021, 2:14 pm
ybarselah wrote: February 5th, 2021, 2:05 pm this is what you want

https://www.kogodwine.com/products/port ... adle-black
$337!?! [wow.gif] [rofl.gif] [rofl.gif] [rofl.gif] [rofl.gif]
They should call it the iCradle.
by Cris Whetstone
February 5th, 2021, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?
Replies: 128
Views: 6407

Re: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?

I get the feeling this thread got a bit out of topic. The question was which region can deliver the same heights as Bordeaux and Burgundy for a fraction of the price, not which regions in the $20-25 range offer the best value. In this sense, I think Germany's case is hard to ignore: Mosel (JJ Prum,...
by Cris Whetstone
February 5th, 2021, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 18 Lytton or geyserville?
Replies: 13
Views: 970

Re: 18 Lytton or geyserville?

I found the Lytton to be the more forward, ripe classic Zin in profile of the two. The Geyserville that drinks more like an older school balanced wine. It will benefit from age more than the Lytton in my estimation. Drinks fine now but I would decant first.
by Cris Whetstone
February 3rd, 2021, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.
Replies: 204
Views: 9427

Re: The 100 point scale is pretty useless.

Chuck Miller wrote: February 3rd, 2021, 2:26 pm This ‘groundhog day’ thread was posted a day late.
Scores are eternally useless.
by Cris Whetstone
February 3rd, 2021, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 - Offer feedback from the community
Replies: 207
Views: 8383

Re: BerserkerDay 12 - Offer feedback from the community

Definitely didn’t see Repour and even a few others I purchased on the list during preview day. Maybe I was careless newhere I missed it first pass while I was compiling order. Read someone mention them and went back in to see if they had an offer....and still missed it. I'm fine for the year likely...
by Cris Whetstone
February 3rd, 2021, 1:05 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: *Flannery Beef* Back Again!
Replies: 227
Views: 11529

Re: *Flannery Beef* Back Again!

My Flannery has always shipped unfrozen. But it's also tightly packed in a small container with frozen ice packs.
by Cris Whetstone
February 2nd, 2021, 10:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the deal with double decanting?
Replies: 73
Views: 2752

Re: What's the deal with double decanting?

Chris, why do you think that? Whatever exposure and intake of air into the solution happens during the first decant, will happen again during the second decant back into the original bottle, no? If the wine has already been saturated with air during the first decant, then you would be right, but I ...
by Cris Whetstone
February 2nd, 2021, 9:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Forgotten order placed at Zachys in 2010...
Replies: 15
Views: 1892

Re: Forgotten order placed at Zachys in 2010...

The funniest part to me is that they still have it. Did it get lost behind things? Did they source these wines to complete your order? Hilarious given the stories we see about recent orders not being fulfilled, etc.
by Cris Whetstone
February 2nd, 2021, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the deal with double decanting?
Replies: 73
Views: 2752

Re: What's the deal with double decanting?

I've always thought the 'double' was a really bad use of the term. The decanting is done with the first pour. You don't get double the effect by putting back in the bottle. Chris, why do you think that? Whatever exposure and intake of air into the solution happens during the first decant, will happ...
by Cris Whetstone
February 2nd, 2021, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the deal with double decanting?
Replies: 73
Views: 2752

Re: What's the deal with double decanting?

I've always thought the 'double' was a really bad use of the term. The decanting is done with the first pour. You don't get double the effect by putting back in the bottle. So it's confusing if you haven't run across the term before. As others have mentioned I will return a wine to it's bottle for ...
by Cris Whetstone
February 2nd, 2021, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?
Replies: 128
Views: 6407

Re: Best Value Wine Region for Great Wine?

Places like Germany and the Loire are certainly leaders in this sort of category.

To a lesser extent there are famous regions where if you drop just below the top labels you can get some tremendous values. I'm thinking of things places like Chablis, Rioja, S Rhone and Sauternes/Barsac.
by Cris Whetstone
February 2nd, 2021, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the deal with double decanting?
Replies: 73
Views: 2752

Re: What's the deal with double decanting?

I've always thought the 'double' was a really bad use of the term. The decanting is done with the first pour. You don't get double the effect by putting back in the bottle. So it's confusing if you haven't run across the term before. As others have mentioned I will return a wine to it's bottle for t...
by Cris Whetstone
February 2nd, 2021, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?
Replies: 60
Views: 3529

Re: What Causes The "Cola" Aroma in Some Pinot Noirs?

Oak, acid and vanilla equals Kola. The oak provides the vanilla and spice, acid provides the “citrus”. I realize that you don’t need high acid for this aroma but any acid will help provide it. Add in some very ripe fruit and kola aromas emerge. That is one thing I remember from reading about cola r...
by Cris Whetstone
February 2nd, 2021, 5:08 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: ** Offer Closing Sunday! **. Morgan Ranch Wagyu Berserker Day 12 Deal!
Replies: 255
Views: 9364

Re: ** Offer Closing Sunday! **. Morgan Ranch Wagyu Berserker Day 12 Deal!

If there was a Berserker Bonus I neglected to mention it on my order. So hopefully you see this before it's shipped. No biggie if missed. I've got you down...only, there is a chance we'll run out of the Berserker Bonus by Wednesday. pileon [truce.gif] You guys have been great! [berserker.gif] group...
by Cris Whetstone
February 2nd, 2021, 5:07 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Slim Sadie's Beef Jerky - 25% OFF
Replies: 77
Views: 2599

Re: Slim Sadie's Beef Jerky - 25% OFF

Got mine today. I like the level of spice and the way it lingers a bit. Just enough to make you notice but not enough to distract. Thanks again!
by Cris Whetstone
February 1st, 2021, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 - Offer feedback from the community
Replies: 207
Views: 8383

Re: BerserkerDay 12 - Offer feedback from the community

One upshot of the event being in January is that you can actually have your wines shipped to your fairly quickly. If you have the event in July that means waiting a minimum of three months but more realistically four to six months.
by Cris Whetstone
February 1st, 2021, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jeb Dunnuck really loves 2018 Napa
Replies: 104
Views: 7583

Re: Jeb Dunnuck really loves 2018 Napa

Have the numbers outlived their usefulness? If applied the way Jeb did, probably. I'm not a subscriber, but if what was written here is true...that he had 70 wines scoring between 99-100, then how is that any different than just putting out a really good vintage chart. I had a thought along these l...
by Cris Whetstone
February 1st, 2021, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jeb Dunnuck really loves 2018 Napa
Replies: 104
Views: 7583

Re: Jeb Dunnuck really loves 2018 Napa

The problem with these types of comments against high-scores, or the number of wines hitting 100 is that most people commenting here do not score a lot of wine. Plus, I am willing to bet not one person making these comments has tasted the 30 wines in question. That is not to say anyone would, or wo...
by Cris Whetstone
February 1st, 2021, 12:14 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: ** Offer Closing Sunday! **. Morgan Ranch Wagyu Berserker Day 12 Deal!
Replies: 255
Views: 9364

Re: ** Offer Closing Sunday! **. Morgan Ranch Wagyu Berserker Day 12 Deal!

If there was a Berserker Bonus I neglected to mention it on my order. So hopefully you see this before it's shipped. No biggie if missed.
by Cris Whetstone
February 1st, 2021, 12:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 12 - Offer feedback from the community
Replies: 207
Views: 8383

Re: BerserkerDay 12 - Offer feedback from the community

Maybe request that anyone that needs a special code entered put it in large bright red lettering? Reading through the Morgan Ranch thread it sometimes felt like I was the only person who remembered to enter the code :). Uh, oh. There was a code? Crud! No code, they asked people to identify themselv...
by Cris Whetstone
January 31st, 2021, 7:20 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: *Flannery Beef* Back Again!
Replies: 227
Views: 11529

Re: *Flannery Beef* Back Again!

Fired up some hangers tonight I had frozen from whenever I bought last, in anticipation of this weeks delivery. Juicy, flavorful and tender as ever. Delish.

Thanks again for the great offer team Flannery!

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