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by Cris Whetstone
April 1st, 2020, 12:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie virtual Zoom tasting event next week w/ Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui
Replies: 79
Views: 1916

Re: Rivers-Marie virtual Zoom tasting event next week w/ Thomas Rivers Brown and Will Segui

Oh my gosh. These guys again!? This could be fun. I need to test drive the newly delivered 18's. I'll pop the SC for this.
by Cris Whetstone
March 31st, 2020, 10:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1736
Views: 104463

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I haven't done much buying lately, but bit on a couple of the 2002 Drappier Réserve de l'Oenothèque. I think it's like the Carte d'Or with 20 years on the lees. Cheers, Warren This one made me chuckle. It's quite interesting that a Champagne from 2002 could have spent 20 years on it's lees. I'm gue...
by Cris Whetstone
March 30th, 2020, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Ridge Lytton East Hills (USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley)
Replies: 1
Views: 155

Re: TN: 2014 Ridge Lytton East Hills (USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley)

I haven't tried this bottling but up and down the Ridge lineup I started noticing the '14 Zins were very strong. At least in terms of build. I'm an ATPer so I had a good amount sent my way.
by Cris Whetstone
March 30th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos de L'Olive - Chinon - 1989 - Couly-Dutheil
Replies: 24
Views: 681

Re: Clos de L'Olive - Chinon - 1989 - Couly-Dutheil

The 89 and 97 are indeed great Echos, Eric. I've never tried the 90, though. As a footnote, I tasted the rest of the Olive 89 alongside the rest of a Boyd-Cantenac 2000 last night - admittedly, the Boyd was a slight disappointment (plenty of upfront, sweet fruit but not as complex as I hoped), but ...
by Cris Whetstone
March 29th, 2020, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TWA William Kelley on several 2018 Beaujolais (Bouland, Metras, Foillard)
Replies: 24
Views: 1378

Re: TWA William Kelley on several 2018 Beaujolais (Bouland, Metras, Foillard)

Very cool coming on the heels of the thoughts he shared in the recent thread here. Thanks for sharing.
by Cris Whetstone
March 28th, 2020, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos de L'Olive - Chinon - 1989 - Couly-Dutheil
Replies: 24
Views: 681

Re: Clos de L'Olive - Chinon - 1989 - Couly-Dutheil

Julian Marshall wrote:
March 28th, 2020, 8:43 am
I didn't realise at the time that any Chinon could "achieve" that sort of level.
I had the same reaction when I read the label. I guess 2005 was hotter in France than I thought.
by Cris Whetstone
March 28th, 2020, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Clos de L'Olive - Chinon - 1989 - Couly-Dutheil
Replies: 24
Views: 681

Re: Clos de L'Olive - Chinon - 1989 - Couly-Dutheil

Thanks for the note. This bottle is the best of the wines I've had from this estate. I also bought one of these and one of the '90 Echo that were sold a few years back. I had the 90 Echo twice and found it passable but probably better a while ago. This '89 L'Olive was quite lovely. Though I would re...
by Cris Whetstone
March 27th, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: ***EXTENDED*** Veleta Gourmets BD11 DEALS!! ***FREE SHIPPING
Replies: 144
Views: 4768

Re: ***EXTENDED*** Veleta Gourmets BD11 DEALS!! ***FREE SHIPPING

Got my goods today! Great packing job, Nola. I will eat my last tin from last year to celebrate. [berserker.gif]
by Cris Whetstone
March 27th, 2020, 6:24 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: ***EXTENDED*** VELETA WINES - 11 DEALS FOR 11 YEARS ***FREE SHIPPING
Replies: 27
Views: 1203

Re: ***EXTENDED*** VELETA WINES - 11 DEALS FOR 11 YEARS ***FREE SHIPPING

Got my goods today! Great packing job, Nola. I will eat my last tin from last year to celebrate. [berserker.gif]
by Cris Whetstone
March 27th, 2020, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??
Replies: 36
Views: 1666

Re: Coldest Syrah Vnyd in Calif??

Maybe John Cabot or Andrew Morris will see this thread. I think most of the Humboldt vineyards are up the valley far enough they wouldn't qualify. There might be something towards the coast though.
by Cris Whetstone
March 27th, 2020, 6:04 pm
Forum: Berserker Quarantine Relief
Topic: Coffee Time--It's live and ready to order
Replies: 23
Views: 1308

Re: Coffee Time--It's live and ready to order

Got my beans today. I never received a shipping notice so I was wondering if I got processed. But they made it. Well stocked for the 'shelter in place' that is likely to get extended.

Thanks Eric. [cheers.gif]
by Cris Whetstone
March 25th, 2020, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FedEx Just Delivered Wine and .....
Replies: 111
Views: 4434

Re: FedEx Just Delivered Wine and .....

Steve L Gellman wrote:
March 25th, 2020, 5:11 pm
Is everyone wiping down their packages
Up and down.
by Cris Whetstone
March 25th, 2020, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Berserkers Video Social/Tasting - TONIGHT 3/25 @5:30 PM PDT/8:30 PM EDT
Replies: 25
Views: 621

Re: Wine Berserkers Video Social/Tasting - TONIGHT 3/25 @5:30 PM PDT/8:30 PM EDT

I just heard about that on NPR. Classic. I thought they could just see her in the background. I didn't realize she took the laptop in with her!!! [rofl.gif]
by Cris Whetstone
March 25th, 2020, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FedEx Just Delivered Wine and .....
Replies: 111
Views: 4434

Re: FedEx Just Delivered Wine and .....

It's a difficult situation. There are laws about delivering to people of age. So drivers not wanting to get dinged is completely understandable. Plus, I get annoyed if I don't at least get a knock on the door when someone drops a package. Porch thiefs are real. It's wine after all. We joke about "es...
by Cris Whetstone
March 24th, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Rivers-Marie Summa Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Replies: 10
Views: 810

Re: TN: 2017 Rivers-Marie Summa Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

c fu wrote:
March 24th, 2020, 1:01 pm
i'm still sitting on 3 btls of summa, 3 btls of OV summa from back to 2007. Time to open some lol
The 07 OV has a fantastic nose. I'd get in there though. I'm not sure the palate is going to go real long.
by Cris Whetstone
March 24th, 2020, 12:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Rivers-Marie Summa Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Replies: 10
Views: 810

Re: TN: 2017 Rivers-Marie Summa Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

I try to drink my SC bottlings before the next shipment comes. They will certainly hold but I think the fresh fruit that makes them really shine is best within a year or so. I always lay down the Old Vines. They are for a 6-12 year window. The Occidental seems variable. It used to be a quick drinker...
by Cris Whetstone
March 23rd, 2020, 9:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First TN (short/boring/probably inaccurate)
Replies: 23
Views: 1135

Re: My First TN (short/boring/probably inaccurate)

Just messing with you. To be an honest taster you have to have a high tolerance for surprises. Always taste the wine. Not the label. Looks like you've succeeded. [cheers.gif]
by Cris Whetstone
March 23rd, 2020, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First TN (short/boring/probably inaccurate)
Replies: 23
Views: 1135

Re: My First TN (short/boring/probably inaccurate)

Nicely done.

I'd say if you are calling an 03 S Rhone Burgundy like, you have a high tolerance for pain. [wink.gif]
by Cris Whetstone
March 23rd, 2020, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Berserkers Video Social Meet/Tasting #4 - TODAY, 5:30pm PDT
Replies: 28
Views: 753

Re: Berserkers Video Social Meet/Tasting #4 - TODAY, 5:30pm PDT

I had suggested a Berserker Day XI wines theme, but open to anything. That's right! You called it, I'll make it so, as I promised Wednesday, in honor of my birthday, shall be deemed 'One of Your Top 5' - either producers, specific wines, vineyards, etc. Gotta be a favorite. I'm not yet sure what I'...
by Cris Whetstone
March 22nd, 2020, 4:37 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 Forum - (Jan 27, 2020) 'The Black Friday of Wine Commerce' - Forbes
Topic: ***EXTENDED*** Veleta Gourmets BD11 DEALS!! ***FREE SHIPPING
Replies: 144
Views: 4768

Re: ***EXTENDED*** Veleta Gourmets BD11 DEALS!! ***FREE SHIPPING

Awesome Nola! I was wondering what the shipping notification was from. Looks to be you.

Can't wait for the goods. [cheers.gif]
by Cris Whetstone
March 22nd, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Aging
Replies: 16
Views: 1048

Re: Wine Aging

Before you consider the answers above please understand that the point of aging wines is because you want them to change from what they are at bottling. That means you have to like what aging does to them. Not everyone does. You'll find more answers about aging wines by actually trying some aged ver...
by Cris Whetstone
March 21st, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]
Replies: 294
Views: 22307

Re: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]

John O' wrote:
March 21st, 2020, 3:20 am
I've been following the cooking directions on the website. Direct Heat on the Weber. For a 1.5" NY Strip 10 minutes on one side and 4 on the other. It comes out a perfect medium rare. So easy.
Did the same with a couple CA NY's last night. Tender, juicy and flavorful.
by Cris Whetstone
March 18th, 2020, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Estate Cab: '16 or '17?
Replies: 8
Views: 689

Re: Ridge Estate Cab: '16 or '17?

I popped a 16 last week. Surprising accessible at this age. I still prefer my Cabs when they get the secondary characters going strong but this didn't smack me with structure like I expected. Fruit was there and not sleeping. It's a very strong value at $45. I don't think it's really a 25 year wine ...
by Cris Whetstone
March 15th, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newsom orders all California wineries to close
Replies: 52
Views: 3109

Re: Newsom orders all California wineries to close

Seems like a very obvious for first rounds of closures. I think the tasting rooms as others have mentioned are the target here. Again, seems like a very obvious thing to start with. There will be wider closures on many more types of businesses to come. On the 65 year plus doctors, given the way thi...
by Cris Whetstone
March 15th, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Living alone with a wine cellar: a small anecdote
Replies: 14
Views: 2146

Re: Living alone with a wine cellar: a small anecdote

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:
March 14th, 2020, 10:30 pm
Put ‘em upright today.85BC902F-A0D1-44BB-84A8-8E758E627630.jpeg
Wow! That's a drool worthy lineup.
by Cris Whetstone
March 15th, 2020, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newsom orders all California wineries to close
Replies: 52
Views: 3109

Re: Newsom orders all California wineries to close

Seems like a very obvious for first rounds of closures. I think the tasting rooms as others have mentioned are the target here. Again, seems like a very obvious thing to start with. There will be wider closures on many more types of businesses to come. On the 65 year plus doctors, given the way this...
by Cris Whetstone
March 14th, 2020, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oh no, I just learned I'm a placomusophile
Replies: 21
Views: 1336

Re: Oh no, I just learned I'm a placomusophile

Hopefully Frank Murray will see this. He and Jill had a hanging lamp made of Champagne cages and caps.
by Cris Whetstone
March 9th, 2020, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Rhys/Aeris release - Stunning Customer Appreciation
Replies: 58
Views: 2650

Re: New Rhys/Aeris release - Stunning Customer Appreciation

I would just like to chime in on the grapes. I welcome any new experiments in grapes other than the standard varieties made famous in France. California is very unexplored in comparison to Europe for grape variety.
by Cris Whetstone
March 9th, 2020, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.
Replies: 72
Views: 4267

Re: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.

Respectfully, I am going to disagree with you on your remark about the red wines. I host the event, and I am also a wine lover. Aside from a few years when we had Santa Ana conditions, and the upstairs got warm one year, I don't see how you can assert a number of "100%" when the inside of the house...
by Cris Whetstone
March 9th, 2020, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.
Replies: 72
Views: 4267

Re: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.

I do think the serving of the whites could use an upgrade. But it's not really about temperature. They might be too cold(and they might not) but if you pour as small as you are supposed to you can palm it a bit or wait a minute and it will be just fine. The issue with the whites is that the buckets ...
by Cris Whetstone
March 8th, 2020, 10:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Baudry - Chinon "Le Clos Guillot" (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)
Replies: 17
Views: 963

Re: TN: 2015 Baudry - Chinon "Le Clos Guillot" (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)

Reeeeeallllly ... okay. I'll have to give one a shot. I liked the '14 Grezeaux, but it was a bit too "modern" for me to want to re-buy; I assume(d) (perhaps incorrectly) that the '15 would be even moreso in that direction. Doubling down! Bretty AND modern!? [wow.gif] https://youtu.be/P5y6C-v5-j0 Do...
by Cris Whetstone
March 8th, 2020, 11:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Baudry - Chinon "Le Clos Guillot" (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)
Replies: 17
Views: 963

Re: TN: 2015 Baudry - Chinon "Le Clos Guillot" (France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Chinon)

I opened one of these yesterday and took to a small gathering of mostly non wine geeks. I noticed quite a bit of brett on the aromatic, and it was an education moment for a few in there group to explain what the aroma was and why. I left the rest of the bottle with the host, as he really liked it, ...
by Cris Whetstone
March 1st, 2020, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 08 Dom, MacDonald, Dominus, Oremus, Forman, Liger-Belair, Dirty & Rowdy + more
Replies: 7
Views: 1238

Re: TN- 08 Dom, MacDonald, Dominus, Oremus, Forman, Liger-Belair, Dirty & Rowdy + more

Nice to hear the '98 Forman is chugging right along. Good wine making can trump vintage.
by Cris Whetstone
February 29th, 2020, 11:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageability of Cali Pinot
Replies: 81
Views: 3665

Re: Ageability of Cali Pinot

It's less about the grape and more about things like vineyard sources and wine making. Cabernet is generally considered age worthy but so little of it these days even on the high end seems to need more than 10 years of age to me. Most of it is just not made in a style that requires age for it to be ...
by Cris Whetstone
February 29th, 2020, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses
Replies: 91
Views: 3901

Re: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses

In general, the suck it up and chill out suggestions are the best. But if they really are "good friends" and know you have wine geek tendencies bringing a new set of decent stemware is not out of line at all. Don't go for a cheap, 'on sale' from a discount store set. Get something that looks real ni...
by Cris Whetstone
February 27th, 2020, 8:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1736
Views: 104463

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Brent S wrote:
February 27th, 2020, 8:42 pm
Didn’t get that email and not on the website. Must be some secret offer
Very secret. Can you tell them we didn't tell you?
by Cris Whetstone
February 27th, 2020, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1736
Views: 104463

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote:
February 27th, 2020, 12:08 pm
Anyone know anything about the 2008 Rigot-Caillez Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut that was just offered? It sounds interesting, and I might take a flier on a couple...
2008 Champagne that spent 10 years on it's lees and was raised at least partially in oak for $30? Wheelhouse met.
by Cris Whetstone
February 26th, 2020, 9:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ridge Zin BuchignaniRanch '15....(short/boring)
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Re: TN: Ridge Zin BuchignaniRanch '15....(short/boring)

I haven't picked mine up yet. Too bad to hear as I am also a fan of this bottling. In general for the Ridge zins, the 2014's seem to have been quite strong. 2015's not so much.
by Cris Whetstone
February 26th, 2020, 9:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting visits...trifling questions.
Replies: 28
Views: 1597

Re: Tasting visits...trifling questions.

This seems a bit odd to me unless you have some sort of lunch or other set up with a winemaker or other important individual. Even then, I would want to bring something the person that lives those wines every day probably doesn't get to drink every day. Unless you had some super rare bottling from d...
by Cris Whetstone
February 25th, 2020, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.
Replies: 72
Views: 4267

Re: Falltacular 2020 - Tasting notes, thoughts and impressions.

While have become almost secondary to the rest of the experience for a lot of us I did take a bit of time this year to jot down some quick impressions. I got through some whites and Pinots before I got more distracted or at least less interested in trying to note take while tasting. Favs of only tho...
by Cris Whetstone
February 11th, 2020, 11:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1992 Liparita Cellars Howell Mountain Merlot
Replies: 13
Views: 1125

Re: 1992 Liparita Cellars Howell Mountain Merlot

Yeah. There has been a glut of Liparita on there for a few weeks now. I didn't see enough notes on CT to really bother taking a flyer on any of it. $15 to $30 after fees/shipping is an exaggeration. I usually figure about +25% of hammer price. Granted I live in CA but I can't imagine the shipping b...
by Cris Whetstone
February 10th, 2020, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1992 Liparita Cellars Howell Mountain Merlot
Replies: 13
Views: 1125

Re: 1992 Liparita Cellars Howell Mountain Merlot

Yeah. There has been a glut of Liparita on there for a few weeks now. I didn't see enough notes on CT to really bother taking a flyer on any of it. $15 to $30 after fees/shipping is an exaggeration. I usually figure about +25% of hammer price. Granted I live in CA but I can't imagine the shipping be...
by Cris Whetstone
February 10th, 2020, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach? [UPDATE in First Post 2/14/20]
Replies: 294
Views: 22307

Re: PSA--possible Flannery Berserker credit card breach?

I also had some fraud which started late night/early morning after BD11 Preview Day and I got a call midday concerning the card. I also had a purchase of like $0.72 which was the last of four charges before the card handling company called me. All other charges were caught and declined prior to that...
by Cris Whetstone
February 6th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me convert my casita into a wine cellar/wine room!
Replies: 84
Views: 3428

Re: Help me convert my casita into a wine cellar/wine room!

That's a decent amount of window for such a small room. Do any of them see direct sunlight most of the day? You will want to cover the sun facing windows from the interior for certain. They are going to be an energy suck no matter what. That door is also scary for efficiency. When you replace it you...
by Cris Whetstone
February 5th, 2020, 8:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1313
Views: 76518

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

My one and only shipment from Envoyer was over a year ago when they proactively reached out and said they needed to ship to clear space. I have 126 bottles pending with them (I’m sure not all have landed in their facility), but haven’t heard from them. Should I reach out and arrange a shipment or h...
by Cris Whetstone
February 4th, 2020, 11:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 190
Views: 21158

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

Would anyone be making this fuss if a famous critic hadn't given this particular bottle 100 pts in a year they didn't make so much? Get a grip folks. Remember how much you cared about getting a bottle of Platt Pinot a month ago.
by Cris Whetstone
February 2nd, 2020, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your SUPER BOWL WINES and PICKS here
Replies: 44
Views: 1699

Re: Post your SUPER BOWL WINES and PICKS here

Going to a party with some board regulars and mere readers so there should be lots of good wine and beer.

Taking:
NV Camille Savès Champagne Grand Cru Brut Rosé
2010 Ridge Geyserville or maybe 1997 Beringer Bancroft Ranch Merlot

I might check in on the game from time to time. [wink.gif]

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