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by P Intag
November 11th, 2019, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Arns Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 4
Views: 312

TN: 1999 Arns Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (USA, California, Napa Valley)

1999 Arns Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - USA, California, Napa Valley (11/9/2019) 14.0% abv. Recent auction purchase. I opened this after a corked bottle of Copain Pinot, and poured a small glass to taste, but the TCA from the Copain was persistent and I couldn't get a read on this. So, I vacuum ...
by P Intag
November 11th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any experience with Martin Estate wines?
Replies: 4
Views: 335

Re: Any experience with Martin Estate wines?

That price is certainly very right, but the 06 is the least delicious vintage of the 1/2 dozen I have tried over the years. Wines lean towards old school Rutherford but don’t often lead with the dust. It’s a very interesting visit as Greg Martin made his wealth in antiquities and there are many on ...
by P Intag
November 10th, 2019, 7:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any experience with Martin Estate wines?
Replies: 4
Views: 335

Re: Any experience with Martin Estate wines?

Andrew Demaree wrote:
November 9th, 2019, 7:30 pm
My only experience was with the 2010 and the oak treatment was just way too heavy handed for me to enjoy it.

I hope your ‘06s show better.
Thanks Andrew. That is bad news - my palate falls into the very oak-intolerant end of the spectrum. Crap.
by P Intag
November 8th, 2019, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Berserker Abroad...
Replies: 19
Views: 1163

Re: A Berserker Abroad...

Jason T wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 3:14 pm
P Intag wrote:
November 8th, 2019, 2:54 pm
How did you get the Flannery steaks to Bordeaux? You just put them in your carry on luggage?
They ate them at home. “The adventure started at home”.
blush
Would probably help to pay attention when reading posts. Incredible trip though, even without Flannery steaks!
by P Intag
November 8th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Berserker Abroad...
Replies: 19
Views: 1163

Re: A Berserker Abroad...

How did you get the Flannery steaks to Bordeaux? You just put them in your carry on luggage?
by P Intag
November 8th, 2019, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any experience with Martin Estate wines?
Replies: 4
Views: 335

Any experience with Martin Estate wines?

So I picked up a lot of 6 bottles of 2006 Martin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Collector's Reserve from the last Spectrum auction for about $19/bottle (after buyer's premium). I know the newer vintages (since 2012?) are under Aaron Pott, and now command $150+/bottle. There are very few notes on CT regar...
by P Intag
November 6th, 2019, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best US Pinot for $30 or under
Replies: 68
Views: 4071

Re: Best US Pinot for $30 or under

"Best" is a silly word to use when talking about wine, but that's a topic for another day. In any case, I'll put in another vote for Sandler. They are typically on the fruit forward end of the spectrum, but are not over-the-top, which is a good choice for gatherings with both wine geeks and casual w...
by P Intag
October 12th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 301
Views: 15063

Re: Ravenswood library offer

I'd be surprised if there's anything below $40.
by P Intag
October 12th, 2019, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Valley’s Stony Hill Vineyard sells to Long Meadow Ranch -- SF Chronicle
Replies: 21
Views: 1526

Re: Napa Valley’s Stony Hill Vineyard sells to Long Meadow Ranch -- SF Chronicle

Very timely for this thread to show up, as I just picked up a bottle of the 1995 LMR Cabernet at auction last week and drank it with dinner last night! I don't know what LMR is up to these days, but this 1995 was great old-school Napa Cabernet. Here's my note: 1995 Long Meadow Ranch Cabernet Sauvign...
by P Intag
October 1st, 2019, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 6109

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

I'm surprised that there is no mention of vibration on this thread. If the cooler has excessive vibration when the compressor is on, that might affect all of the bottles in the cooler. I don't have any experience with this, but the topic of vibration does come up here on WB from time to time. BTW, ...
by P Intag
September 29th, 2019, 8:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: wine cooler ruined all my wine?
Replies: 122
Views: 6109

Re: wine cooler ruined all my wine?

I'm surprised that there is no mention of vibration on this thread. If the cooler has excessive vibration when the compressor is on, that might affect all of the bottles in the cooler. I don't have any experience with this, but the topic of vibration does come up here on WB from time to time. BTW, h...
by P Intag
September 28th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2009 Ronan By Clinet Bordeaux Superieur
Replies: 4
Views: 563

Re: 2009 Ronan By Clinet Bordeaux Superieur

I picked up a few bottles of the 2015 for $12. Nothing but raves on CT for this stuff, but it tasted to me like oak soup. I guess people love the taste of heavily toasted oak [scratch.gif]. It gets under my skin a little when I see great reviews for this type of oak-infused dreck. I just don't get it.
by P Intag
September 24th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 EMH Black Cat Classic
Replies: 19
Views: 2071

Re: TN: 2012 EMH Black Cat Classic

I picked up a bottle of the 2004 EMH Black Cat on WineBid yesterday ($50 before premium). Was surprised that it went that low, with no other bids. I'm really excited to try EMH after reading so much about it here on WB! I hope it's a sound bottle... The 2004, when properly stored, should be awesome...
by P Intag
September 24th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: need help finding the right Syrah/shiraz
Replies: 29
Views: 1209

Re: need help finding the right Syrah/shiraz

Check out Tercero's lineup of Syrah. Especially Larner Vineyard, my personal favorite.
by P Intag
September 24th, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers
Replies: 76
Views: 4179

Re: Sane, old-school Napa Valley Cab producers

Have purchased and tasted some Bougetz Cellars Cabs on past BerserkerDays (Eminence, Amaryllis) and they seem to fit the bill. Under 15% abv, good structure, not spoofed, ~$60.
by P Intag
September 23rd, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 EMH Black Cat Classic
Replies: 19
Views: 2071

Re: TN: 2012 EMH Black Cat Classic

I picked up a bottle of the 2004 EMH Black Cat on WineBid yesterday ($50 before premium). Was surprised that it went that low, with no other bids. I'm really excited to try EMH after reading so much about it here on WB! I hope it's a sound bottle...
by P Intag
September 21st, 2019, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Minnesota Wine Cellar Home Assistance Requested
Replies: 12
Views: 928

Re: Minnesota Wine Cellar Home Assistance Requested

Beautiful home and amazing wine cellar! Must be difficult to part with this place...
by P Intag
September 21st, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 524
Views: 29885

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Albert R wrote:
September 19th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Wishing everyone a smooth and great harvest. Thank you all for taking the time contribute to this thread.
+1
by P Intag
September 20th, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV
Replies: 9
Views: 662

Re: TN: 2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

Frank Murray III wrote:
September 19th, 2019, 2:42 pm
Paul, doing a glass per night allowed me to work through the bottle at a good pace, finishing it last night. In my house, it's just my wife and I and she doesn't drink all that much, and never red wine.
You show remarkable restraint, Frank. Kudos.
by P Intag
September 19th, 2019, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV
Replies: 9
Views: 662

Re: TN: 2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

How come it took you five days "working through it" to finish the bottle? Usually a bottle that's "friggin dynamite" won't last half an evening in my household. 3.0L bottle maybe?
by P Intag
September 6th, 2019, 1:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Replies: 19
Views: 1931

Re: TN: 2015 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico

Tried the 2016 Isole e Olena CC last night. I liked the 2015 as much as the OP did, but I think the 2016 is even better, with similar flavor profile but a bit more depth and perhaps slightly coarser tannin.
by P Intag
September 4th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '07 Tablas Creek Esprit, Rouge, brett or Mourvedre?
Replies: 6
Views: 355

Re: '07 Tablas Creek Esprit, Rouge, brett or Mourvedre?

I bought two bottles of this on release. Drank one in 2013 and one in 2017 and both were similarly flawed per your description (though I have never tried Kriek). More than a few other notes on CT like this as well. 4000 cases were produced - there must have been a bad batch somewhere in the mix.
by P Intag
August 28th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard
Replies: 7
Views: 826

Re: TN: 2014 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard

Cracked my last last bottle of this excellent Sandler Pinot: 2014 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Maria Valley (8/24/2019) This was open and ready for business on the pop 'n pour. My last bottle of this was almost 4 years ago - it was very...
by P Intag
August 28th, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to judge a baby Bordeaux?
Replies: 19
Views: 1279

Re: How to judge a baby Bordeaux?

It's a Rolland-influenced wine - it should drink well young.
by P Intag
August 27th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on SOMM TV?
Replies: 8
Views: 1137

Re: Thoughts on SOMM TV?

If you liked the movies, then I suppose it's worth while. I hated the movies. Caught a few snippets on various airlines and couldn't stand the whole concept of turning wine into a contest between a few frat boys I wouldn't want to hang out with. The idea that quickly learning as much as you can is ...
by P Intag
August 27th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on SOMM TV?
Replies: 8
Views: 1137

Thoughts on SOMM TV?

I've been listening to Jason Wise's (director of the Somm movies) new podcast, which has been really enjoyable during my long daily commute. On the podcast, he promotes the his new streaming service, SOMM TV, which contains lots of content that didn't make it into the films + some other original con...
by P Intag
August 26th, 2019, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do I buy from people's cellars?
Replies: 31
Views: 2286

Re: How do I buy from people's cellars?

Online auctions are a good source of aged wines. WineBid is the one I use most frequently.
by P Intag
August 26th, 2019, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Jean Foillard - Morgon "Côte du Py" (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)
Replies: 25
Views: 1774

Re: TN: 2011 Jean Foillard - Morgon "Côte du Py" (France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon)

Mark Morrissette wrote:
August 25th, 2019, 2:35 pm
I have a sneaking suspicion this new TN (which was great), is responsible for me just being outbid on a bottle of '11 on Winebid.....

Behold: the power of WB.
Yes, bad timing. I had my eye on those bottles on WB, but saw the late bidding and decided to pass...
by P Intag
August 24th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Copain Hein PN Anderson Valley
Replies: 6
Views: 361

Re: TN: 2001 Copain Hein PN Anderson Valley

I drank a bottle of the 2000 Hein late last year and it was drinking very well: 2000 Copain Pinot Noir Hein Family Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (11/23/2018) 14.0% abv. Recent purchase from WineBid. Cork came out in one piece but was quite spongy and completely soaked thro...
by P Intag
August 24th, 2019, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 77
Views: 5069

Re: Napa Cab under $100

BerserkerDay participant Bougetz Cellars makes several stellar Cabs for much less than $100. I like them for their balanced, middle-of-the-road style -- not uber-ripe and over-oaked.
by P Intag
August 23rd, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)
Replies: 83
Views: 2843

Re: Sulfur isn't such a bad thing (TN: La Clarine Farm mourvedre)

Remind me again what's so incredibly horrible about sulfur that it needs to be avoided at all costs--I forget? I've had a couple of conversations with wine novices who mentioned that they can only drink red wine in Europe because they don't use sulfur there. I tried explaining why this was not accu...
by P Intag
July 24th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Bordeaux
Replies: 20
Views: 1484

Re: 2015 Bordeaux

Mark Y wrote:
July 24th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Justin b wrote:
July 24th, 2019, 9:35 am
I'm looking for recommendations that fall in line with Cali cabs pricing($50-75).
Are there still decent Cali cab in the $50-75 range? :(

Anyhow. I really like Chateau clerc milon in that range!
Bougetz
by P Intag
July 23rd, 2019, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Léoville Poyferré (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)
Replies: 30
Views: 1402

Re: TN: 2014 Château Léoville Poyferré (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)

My brother pulled out a bottle of 2010 La Vielle Cure at a family gathering for my mom's 91st birthday last Sunday. After two sips, I immediately suspected Michel Rolland's influence, so I looked it up and indeed, he had a hand in the wine making. These Rolland wines have an easily identifiable vene...
by P Intag
July 15th, 2019, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Copain Pinot Noir Wentzel Vineyard
Replies: 11
Views: 474

Re: TN: 2007 Copain Pinot Noir Wentzel Vineyard

From that recent bonanza of Copain on WineBid: 2007 Copain Pinot Noir Wentzel Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (7/13/2019) Second (and last) of my recently purchased bottles from WineBid. This bottle was in great shape. Good Anderson Valley character, with bright acidity and ...
by P Intag
July 15th, 2019, 7:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County)
Replies: 22
Views: 1818

Re: TN: 2009 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County)

Seems I'm more of a Lytton Springs type of guy. Was pretty disappointed in this Geezer. 2009 Ridge Geyserville - USA, California, Sonoma County (7/7/2019) Seems this is a polarizing wine. As usual, I find myself somewhere in the middle. I found this to be somewhat enjoyable, with nice mouthfeel and ...
by P Intag
July 11th, 2019, 2:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Downstream Wines
Replies: 168
Views: 13546

Re: Downstream Wines

And people wonder why prices keep rising unabated...
by P Intag
July 10th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Quivet Release?
Replies: 35
Views: 2786

Re: 2017 Quivet Release?

$32 shipping to SoCal on 4 bottles, also feels a little on the higher side but what can I do... It’s what it costs for a fulfillment center, Styro shipper and shipping. Amazon has made people numb to actual shipping costs. Typical WineBid shipping to SoCal for an entire 12-bottle case in styro is $...
by P Intag
June 19th, 2019, 4:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top US Syrahs
Replies: 156
Views: 11356

Re: Top US Syrahs

BobMilton wrote:
June 19th, 2019, 2:50 pm
OK, my list:

Epoch Estate
Tablas Creek
Tercero (how did no one mention this yet?)
Tensley
Andrew Murray
I'll second the Tercero - especially Larner Vineyard!
by P Intag
June 18th, 2019, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Elouan PinotNoir OR '17...(short/boring)
Replies: 14
Views: 1278

Re: TN: Elouan PinotNoir OR '17...(short/boring)

Here's my note on the '16:

2016 Elouan Pinot Noir - USA, Oregon (12/30/2017)
Kind of what one could expect from Oregon "Meiomi". Tons of oak char, vanilla, rich overripe fruit, no Oregon Pinot character whatsoever. (75 pts.)
by P Intag
June 4th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?
Replies: 82
Views: 4297

Re: Will the Yakima Valley AVA Ever Produce Wines that Rival Great Bordeaux Blends in Cali & France?

Not Yakima, but I was damn impressed by a 2007 Chateau Rollat "Edouard de Rollat" (Walla Walla) that I tried last year. Beautiful wine and definitely Bordeaux leaning, style-wise.
by P Intag
June 3rd, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 524
Views: 29885

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Whether you're flowering or not, this weather is probably having an adverse on next year's fruitfulness. Supply could tighten up beyond this year. Can you share a little more information about this? Next year's crop is being formed inside the canes of this year's growth. The spring and early summer...
by P Intag
May 29th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scout and Cellar?
Replies: 15
Views: 1183

Re: Scout and Cellar?

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:
May 29th, 2019, 2:05 pm
Keto friendly? If any available sugar, natural or added, is fermented to dry, isn't it keto friendly by definition?

Of course I am no keto expert, so feel free to correct me.
I believe alcohol is not a Keto-approved substance.
by P Intag
May 29th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scout and Cellar?
Replies: 15
Views: 1183

Re: Scout and Cellar?

I am not buying wine from anyone whose main palate criteria is that it "...tastes smooth...". Absurd.
by P Intag
May 27th, 2019, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1459
Views: 99032

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2013 Carlisle Zinfandel Old Vines - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (5/26/2019) 15.7% abv. This has come together since my last bottle about three years ago, with the oak integrating a bit and the tannin and structure resolving as well. Very rich and brooding, full through the ...
by P Intag
May 27th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine country vacation suggestions.
Replies: 35
Views: 2120

Re: Wine country vacation suggestions.

Mosel Valley in Germany would be a good choice. Lots of great Riesling, quaint towns, riverboat tours, great hiking, and castles.
by P Intag
May 11th, 2019, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines
Replies: 80
Views: 3092

Re: Sub $20 Cabernet based wines

For affordable Cabernet, I look to Australia. I'm talking about Yaldara (base bottling), Vasse Felix Filius, Leeuwin Prelude, Kilikanoon Killerman's Run, Kaesler (base bottling), Thorn-Clarke Terra Barossa, and maybe a few others. These are not the Aussie fruit bombs from days of yore, but nicely ba...
by P Intag
May 9th, 2019, 3:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Cube Project - Anyone here taste these?
Replies: 0
Views: 173

The Cube Project - Anyone here taste these?

I came across this interesting project yesterday, "The Cube Project": Has anyone tried these wines? [Description from Anne Amie website https://shop.anneamie.com/xe/xe.asp?page=viewitem&p=167&cat=cube%2Dproject ] Concept Three Winemakers, Three Vineyards, Nine Wines: An Experiment in Terroir with An...
by P Intag
May 2nd, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Huntington Beach store recommendation
Replies: 7
Views: 316

Re: Huntington Beach store recommendation

A bit further away than Hi-Times is Wine Exchange in Santa Ana. Warehouse style, but great prices and huge selection.
by P Intag
April 11th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beautiful Tasting Room, Unique Wines, Gone in Hours
Replies: 14
Views: 1861

Re: Beautiful Tasting Room, Unique Wines, Gone in Hours

That's too bad. Ravenswood was the first tasting room I ever visited, back around 2002-- great experience. Am hoping the single vineyard stuff will end up on WTSO or somewhere at good prices. A bunch of the 2013 Barricia Zin has shown up in SoCal retailers a couple of weeks ago. For example, WineX ...
by P Intag
April 5th, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: what is too hot for shipping?
Replies: 18
Views: 1048

Re: what is too hot for shipping?

I experimented with styro and cardboard shippers in my hot garage a couple of summers ago (I posted these results, and some others, here on WB at that time): CardboardStyroChart.png Bottom line, for me, with 2 day shipping, I'm comfortable with ambient temps that are below 80F as daily high temp. Es...

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