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by Stephen Faulkner
November 9th, 2019, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10992
Views: 401956

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Congruence cabernet sauvignon 2009 - Another excellent bottle of this fully mature CA cab that was a perfect match with grilled Flannery hangars. Lots of tobacco on the nose; seems like less fruit, a little softer than previous bottle; starting to slide? While I subscribe to the only great bottles a...
by Stephen Faulkner
October 25th, 2019, 2:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice Needed: Young Nervi
Replies: 14
Views: 1120

Re: Advice Needed: Young Nervi

I follow Sarah's approach. When we were in Alba and ordered young Nebbiolo at a restaurant, they never decanted. Since we were neophytes and typically decanted other wines, the waiter was surprised when we asked for a decanter and we had to argue and insist the first time. While it didn't shut down ...
by Stephen Faulkner
October 16th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is your Barolo of the year ?
Replies: 50
Views: 2382

Re: What is your Barolo of the year ?

2001 Cascina Bruni Barolo Rivasotto This was a beautiful rendition of a great drinking Barolo. I have one bottle left but am not sure how it can get any better. Should I hold out?
by Stephen Faulkner
October 14th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10992
Views: 401956

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Loring Pinot Noir Mateo Santa Lucia Highlands 2015 - last bottle from a case of one of the best QPR's I've had at $16. The first bottle was a little tight with pronounced acidity, but had a core of nice red cherry fruit. That all integrated with time and they have been drinking great for the last ye...
by Stephen Faulkner
October 14th, 2019, 4:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Carlisle, Pavelot, PG, Campesino . . .
Replies: 3
Views: 527

Re: TN: Carlisle, Pavelot, PG, Campesino . . .

Stephen, when red Burgundy is in its 'closed' stage, there isn't any fruit flavors or aromas to speak of, regardless of how 'big' a vintage it is. Some RB never close down, but they are the exception. Try your 2005 in 5 or 10 years time and see if it has opened up if you have any more. Thanks, Jame...
by Stephen Faulkner
October 13th, 2019, 3:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10992
Views: 401956

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Roasted Robert - Roasted in a bad way or what? Hard to tell what you thought of it. Thanks. Not good at all. Overly-ripe fruit with a bitter note and some astringency. I did not finish the bottle. Tried over two nights. Never had this cuvee of Faury, but have always really liked the syrahs. especia...
by Stephen Faulkner
October 13th, 2019, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10992
Views: 401956

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
October 10th, 2019, 5:20 pm

Roasted
Robert - Roasted in a bad way or what? Hard to tell what you thought of it. Thanks.
by Stephen Faulkner
October 13th, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Carlisle, Pavelot, PG, Campesino . . .
Replies: 3
Views: 527

TN: Carlisle, Pavelot, PG, Campesino . . .

Recent interesting bottles: Pavelot 1er Cru Les Gravains Pinot Noir 2005. No nose, tart, light cherry on the palate, acidic. I don't get anything resembling the dense fruit, earthy notes on CT. Doesn't seem to have enough fruit to age into something better. Little pleasure in this so maybe I'm not c...
by Stephen Faulkner
June 7th, 2019, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?
Replies: 130
Views: 7301

Re: Does Modern Bdx Need 20-Years of Aging to Drink Well?

I have to say that this thread represents the best of WB to me. Great informed discussion with a diversity of opinions on an interesting topic that I have little in-depth knowledge of, so I can use this information to improve my Bordeaux drinking/purchases. Thank you!
by Stephen Faulkner
April 24th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7232
Views: 444836

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Where do you see that there's an upcoming marathon? Are they usually good? I'm new to LBW. I'll give you my take: it may be for you if you are okay with taking chances on unfamiliar wines that generally are average at best. I had a few more good deals than total busts, but not enough to make it wor...
by Stephen Faulkner
April 23rd, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A smattering
Replies: 3
Views: 621

Re: TN: A smattering

Thanks, Steve. I think your attempts worked as these are both delicious wines right now and I'm glad I have them in my cellar. Thanks, Drew. I wish I was better at posting notes, but mostly drink them with friends and family with food and generally don't take the time/remember to take notes at the t...
by Stephen Faulkner
April 23rd, 2019, 12:53 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them
Replies: 247
Views: 18547

Re: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them

Chris Freemott wrote:
April 23rd, 2019, 10:23 am
We have stock. Did I not fulfill your order?!
Decanters still not in.
I haven't seen any shipping notice nor glasses. Do you need me to resend my order?
by Stephen Faulkner
April 23rd, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them
Replies: 247
Views: 18547

Re: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them

Glasses have landed. Will be at my home today or Monday. Dispatch coordinating with my admin. I return from France Sunday and we will be packing and shipping all week. Glasses in hand inside 7–10 days folks. Thanks for the patience. Decanters are 40 days behind. Hi Chris -any updates on this? Thanks.
by Stephen Faulkner
April 19th, 2019, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A smattering
Replies: 3
Views: 621

TN: A smattering

2010 Carlisle Bennett Valle Syrah - Pleasant nose of darker red fruit, but palate is muddled, little fruit, slight acidic/harsh note, clipped finish. Not helped by spices in Moroccan chicken dinner. No change on day 2. Probably better than the notes suggest, but Carlisle has a high bar. Why did I ce...
by Stephen Faulkner
April 12th, 2019, 3:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?
Replies: 470
Views: 37866

Re: Has Anyone Been Drinking BerserkerDay Wines Lately?

I'm curious to know if anyone has popped either of the JB Neufeld Cabs. I'm wondering if I should let them sleep or try one soon? I am letting mine sleep for at least another year or two. I recently opened the 2014 Two Blondes from last year's BD and it was drinking well with a decant, nice fruit a...
by Stephen Faulkner
April 5th, 2019, 3:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia
Replies: 54
Views: 2296

Re: TN: 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Bosconia

Neal.Mollen wrote:
April 3rd, 2019, 3:07 pm
Thanks for this. I have a bunch of these in 375.
I have some of those as well. I was thinking they might be ready now, but then keep seeing these notes indicating holding. What are you thinking, Neal?

Thanks, David, for the note as I don't have much experience with older rioja.
by Stephen Faulkner
March 9th, 2019, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Possibly the best $13 bottle
Replies: 64
Views: 6448

Re: Possibly the best $13 bottle

Anton D wrote: ↑ Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:02 am Only 210 dollars at French Laundry. As the the wine itself, I was surprised by liking the 2014. I saw Jeb's score and despite liking him I kind of eye-rolled the 93, but the wine was really quite solid and I didn't find it over-the-top for my mostly old wor...
by Stephen Faulkner
March 9th, 2019, 5:48 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them
Replies: 247
Views: 18547

Re: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them

Stephen, 3/15/19 is the word from Schenker on USA arrival. so, call it 2 weeks or so from there to get them out...WHICH...of course, has a flaw...I'm in Bordeaux 3/30 - 4/7 for E.P. Working on coordinating an alternative to me overseeing all of this while I travel. I have to play that by ear as the...
by Stephen Faulkner
March 9th, 2019, 3:51 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals
Replies: 216
Views: 10620

Re: Veleta EVOO & Gourmets of Spain Berserker Day 10 Deals

I emailed Ashley and got a quick response they are shipping next week. Have been waiting for better shipping weather.
by Stephen Faulkner
March 8th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them
Replies: 247
Views: 18547

Re: Grassl Wine Glasses, and a few Zaltos if you need them

Okay, all these reports on how much better wine tastes out of these glasses has triggered a FOMO attack. What's the latest on shipping? Thanks
by Stephen Faulkner
February 1st, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Bargain Champagne
Replies: 64
Views: 3731

Re: Best Bargain Champagne

Neither my wife nor I are Champagne drinkers and I certainly don't need another wine to chase. But my wine buddy neighbors do like it so I'm trying to find decent values that won't disappoint them so this thread is helpful. I took a flyer on the recent Envoyer offer on the Gosset Grand Reserve Brut ...
by Stephen Faulkner
January 18th, 2019, 6:36 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Riedel Glassware Sale
Replies: 13
Views: 2008

Re: Riedel Glassware Sale

Eric Michels wrote:
January 17th, 2019, 8:46 pm
Chris - I sent a pm a couple of weeks ago but didn’t hear back. What’s the best way to reach you?
I also sent a pm yesterday. thanks.
by Stephen Faulkner
December 31st, 2018, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wines do you plan on opening on New Years Eve?
Replies: 68
Views: 1951

Re: What wines do you plan on opening on New Years Eve?

I was thinking of one of these, but it seems a waste to just enjoy them alone as the 15 year old is not there yet. I’m making lamb chops for dinner. Treat yourself, Nola, you deserve it [cheers.gif] I would go with the Sebastiani myself since it is not likely to get any better/more likely to declin...
by Stephen Faulkner
December 23rd, 2018, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update: FEDERAL INDICTMENT - Safe Harbour Wine Storage and Bill Holder – CRIMINAL
Replies: 140
Views: 27553

Re: Update: FEDERAL INDICTMENT - Safe Harbour Wine Storage and Bill Holder – CRIMINAL

While I understand the owners position, he admitted he was in possession of wine he knew was stolen. Wow, you are one understanding guy given what they have done to you. It takes some stones/depravity to admit to someone you have their stolen property but will let them buy it back out of the goodne...
by Stephen Faulkner
December 14th, 2018, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another Stupid Storage Question - Room Temperature
Replies: 48
Views: 1661

Re: Another Stupid Storage Question - Room Temperature

And you probably have more on the way, lol! I agree with Doug, 1-2 yrs. But I don't understand the problem since 12 cases won't even make it a year at your house right?
by Stephen Faulkner
December 8th, 2018, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cost plus World Market
Replies: 7
Views: 895

Re: Cost plus World Market

Brings back fond memories of the beginnings of the sickness :). I traveled regularly to the Bay area for work and would always hit World Market to load up on cabs like Caymus, Sterling, BV Rutherford for $8-$12.
by Stephen Faulkner
October 27th, 2018, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Jadot Savigny 1er Cru 'Dominode'
Replies: 59
Views: 1725

Re: 2011 Jadot Savigny 1er Cru 'Dominode'

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
October 27th, 2018, 5:46 pm
I have some of those from 05, anyone try that lately?
I am also sitting on a few bottles wondering if they are open for business yet. I was holding until 2020 because somewhere I read there was a 15 year rule. Bueller? Anyone?
by Stephen Faulkner
October 20th, 2018, 9:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Smoking Prime Rib
Replies: 9
Views: 721

Re: Smoking Prime Rib

Don- I haven’t smoked one, but can’t imagine it meanders too far from the basics - good rub, low and slow, use desired temp as your guide. Since you aren’t rendering fat like a brisket, shouldn’t take too long. You don’t want it to dry out. Since I sous vide mine now with reverse sear, I would smoke...
by Stephen Faulkner
September 26th, 2018, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine shops DC/Alexandria area
Replies: 24
Views: 784

Re: Wine shops DC/Alexandria area

MacArthur, Chain Bridge, Calvert Woodley are all well known shops.
by Stephen Faulkner
August 26th, 2018, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery recommendations in Virginia near D.C.
Replies: 22
Views: 760

Re: Winery recommendations in Virginia near D.C.

David - If you are going to be in Leesburg, Linden is an hour+ away. I haven't visited Linden, but there are no WB-level wineries in the area, imho. Your expectation should be to see the area, have fun with friends and family. If a nice day, pack a picnic lunch and buy a bottle to enjoy the view. Bl...
by Stephen Faulkner
July 15th, 2018, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some recent Carlisle, Loring, Produttori, Samsara, Baudana
Replies: 3
Views: 599

TN: Some recent Carlisle, Loring, Produttori, Samsara, Baudana

Yes, Rich, I've enjoyed your notes on the 2012's and they helped convince me to pop this now.

Markus - yes, I think you are right; my notes show it is a blend from both the Ceretta and Baudana vineyards. Mine were part of a Berserker Day deal.
by Stephen Faulkner
July 14th, 2018, 4:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1148
Views: 64003

Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Ahh, got it. Thanks for the clarification.
by Stephen Faulkner
July 14th, 2018, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1148
Views: 64003

Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Sorry, Yao, I’m not following. Michael seems to be saying he is not impressed with Envoyer. Are you saying the wines and provenance are good but there are no bargains, you have to pony up to get that?
by Stephen Faulkner
July 14th, 2018, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1148
Views: 64003

Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

With a few exceptions most older wines on envoyer aren’t a great deal. Why do you say this? Experience? They were recommended as a good source and I have bit on a few that are on weather hold so I haven't tried any yet. Do you have other retailers you prefer for older wines? A little surprised by h...
by Stephen Faulkner
July 14th, 2018, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR: 2006 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia
Replies: 6
Views: 485

TNR: 2006 2006 R. López de Heredia Rioja Reserva Viña Tondonia

I also picked up a few as I love older riojas and you can never have enough 375's!
by Stephen Faulkner
July 14th, 2018, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some recent Carlisle, Loring, Produttori, Samsara, Baudana
Replies: 3
Views: 599

TN: Some recent Carlisle, Loring, Produttori, Samsara, Baudana

Carlisle Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel 2012 - Only have a few older Carlisles and was really looking forward to this one. Corked, arrgghhhh, neighbors heard my scream! Carlisle Montafi Zinfandel 2013 - Opened this after the corked Monte Rosso. This is what I was hoping for: delicious concentrated b...
by Stephen Faulkner
April 19th, 2018, 3:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Wash D.C. and Pittsburgh restaurant reccos??
Replies: 20
Views: 880

Wash D.C. and Pittsburgh restaurant reccos??

We really enjoyed a recent meal at the Red Hen. Corkage per the web site is $20 but the list is 2x wine searcher ave so not bad markup considering. Food isn’t fancy but everything we had was well done and in balance. Place is a bit noisy and reservations can go quick. Brian - we have a reservation ...
by Stephen Faulkner
January 27th, 2018, 11:17 am
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Keller Estate – Greatest Deals EVER! Up to 65% off!
Replies: 21
Views: 1951

Keller Estate – Greatest Deals EVER! Up to 65% off!

Ok, my confusion; thanks, Ana, for clearing it up. Looking forward to trying these wines.
by Stephen Faulkner
January 27th, 2018, 9:05 am
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Keller Estate – Greatest Deals EVER! Up to 65% off!
Replies: 21
Views: 1951

Keller Estate – Greatest Deals EVER! Up to 65% off!

Hi Ana,

I tried it both all caps and lower case and I got "Sorry, coupon does not apply to your order". I went ahead and ordered figuring it will all work out.
by Stephen Faulkner
January 26th, 2018, 12:59 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Wilde Farm Wines - 50% off on 5 limited wines!
Replies: 50
Views: 3160

Wilde Farm Wines - 50% off on 5 limited wines!

Great offers, thanks Loren! In for a sixer.
by Stephen Faulkner
January 23rd, 2018, 3:24 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anova Nano (pricing expires tomorrow June 8th)
Replies: 34
Views: 1961

Anova Nano (pricing expires tomorrow June 8th)

I took the BT offer last fall and am glad I did since the timeline seems to be slipping again and I've enjoyed using mine in the interim. The Christmas dinner crowd was glad I did as they loved the sous vide prime rib. I also don't know what multi cook does/would do for me. I only cook one item for ...
by Stephen Faulkner
January 20th, 2018, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle Incoming
Replies: 57
Views: 3947

Carlisle Incoming

P. D e r d e y n wrote:
Hopefully this just means they will be included in the July release instead.
Unfortunately, no. According to Mike O., no SC Syrah or Zin in 2016. The fruit quality was too high across the board.
by Stephen Faulkner
January 18th, 2018, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle Incoming
Replies: 57
Views: 3947

Carlisle Incoming

William Segui wrote:What happened to SC Zin? How can I keep my 3-4 btl/mo Carlisle average w/o it?
So, it looks like no SC Zin as it all went into Piner-Olivet instead?

And no SC Syrah either? What happened to that?
by Stephen Faulkner
December 31st, 2017, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is the "tension" in wine
Replies: 43
Views: 1543

What is the "tension" in wine

I mostly experience this drinking delicious upper-end reds when the last drink in the bottle ends up in my glass rather than my wife's. [cheers.gif]
by Stephen Faulkner
December 27th, 2017, 1:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1465
Views: 99526

Which Carlisle are you drinking?

ky1em!ttskus wrote:‘14 Sonoma Coast Syrah

Shut down hard on the PnP...
Yes, mine did the same and never really opened up the entire evening, so I wish I had seen your note before I popped it. A little perplexing (and disappointing) given the CT reviews. Will let the rest sleep.
by Stephen Faulkner
December 17th, 2017, 2:48 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Wine Delivered to Wrong Address - Advice?
Replies: 14
Views: 1411

Wine Delivered to Wrong Address - Advice?

Just curious as to what prevails here, the name or the address? I would assume the recipients name was on the package and the wrong person signed for it at the mistaken address. Did they sign their name? If so, isn't it GSO's responsibility to check that? If Larry is on the hook to make this right, ...
by Stephen Faulkner
December 14th, 2017, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's time for the first (and hopefully annual) Berserker of the Year Award!!!
Replies: 108
Views: 4275

It's time for the first (and hopefully annual) Berserker of the Year Award!!!

Congrats and a clear choice. Amazing job to pull all that together for people in need.
by Stephen Faulkner
December 14th, 2017, 2:53 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Trastevere area- Rome
Replies: 19
Views: 1037

Trastevere area- Rome

My wife and I were in Rome last fall and stayed here http://www.hotelvillasanpio.com on the Aventine Hill across the river from Trastavere. The area was very nice, upscale residential, easy walk to the Trastavere, which was a fun area to explore. It started raining one night so we ducked into a near...
by Stephen Faulkner
November 28th, 2017, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House
Replies: 163
Views: 4442

Week 1 - Virtual Tasting for Charity - Empty My Wallet, Help Me Support Laura's House

Thanks, Frank, for all of your good deeds in this cause. We opened a 2013 PG Berserker Cuvee to salute Patty; what a talented wine maker. Splash decanted. Red fruit, strawberry/raspberry nose follows through on the palate; crispy, earthy red fruits with noticeable acidity that mellows with air and t...
by Stephen Faulkner
November 17th, 2017, 4:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Too much wine...
Replies: 121
Views: 5853

Too much wine...

My solution has been to start buying smaller quantities of more expensive wines. Since most of us here do not have an unlimited wine budget, the volume is more easily constrained by the budget. You still get to indulge in all the obsessive aspects of the hobby (except, by design, the Annual Alfert B...

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