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by Mark Chatwin
September 11th, 2019, 6:00 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Top notch red burg
Replies: 0
Views: 313

Top notch red burg

I have a few bottles of perfectly stored red burgundy. Stored since release in my 55 degree Breezaire cellar. Photos are available if you message me your email address. Bottles, fills and labels are great with no signs of any trouble or seepage. Trouble free transactions with Everett at Liquid Asset...
by Mark Chatwin
September 11th, 2019, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7171
Views: 434125

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

A shout out to the frozen ice pack for $4 (I think) offered by Last Bottle in my Xavier delivery yesterday. I thought about not getting it since delivery from their East Coast site on Monday usually lands at my place on Tuesday. Temps hit the 80's yesterday and the UPS truck driver decided my office...
by Mark Chatwin
June 13th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Killer Red Burgundy for sale
Replies: 3
Views: 1401

Re: Killer Red Burgundy for sale

Bump - Leroy (sold), DRC (sale pending), Dugat, Mugnier, Lignier still available...
by Mark Chatwin
May 26th, 2019, 4:47 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Killer Red Burgundy for sale
Replies: 3
Views: 1401

Re: Killer Red Burgundy for sale

I have experience with only the Dugat Charmes '96 which was phenomenal. This is a bump to say the Leroy CDR is a sale pending.
by Mark Chatwin
May 21st, 2019, 11:09 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Killer Red Burgundy for sale
Replies: 3
Views: 1401

Killer Red Burgundy for sale

Selling a few of my "stored since release" in my temp controlled cellar, "pristine" bottles: 1999 - DRC Echezeaux "The spectacular 1999 Echézeaux may be the finest vintage I have tasted of this offering. A tremendously fragrant nose of raspberries, cherries, strawberries, new oak, and gamy scents le...
by Mark Chatwin
January 24th, 2019, 10:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7171
Views: 434125

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

Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - 93 pts. COMMENTARY: After I tasted the 2014 Rodney Strong Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, I thought that the apex had been reached, but the 2015 vintage is an even better wine. TASTING NOTES: This wine surpasses many Cabernets in the $75+ range. Its aromas and flavors of black...
by Mark Chatwin
April 13th, 2018, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7171
Views: 434125

LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Man they must have a boatload of that Albin Jacumin Chateauneuf? Or they do like to drink early in the morning...
by Mark Chatwin
April 13th, 2018, 4:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lastbottle Spring Marathon
Replies: 148
Views: 8623

Lastbottle Spring Marathon

Yeh got that Verdet Condemennes as well. Availability seemed scarce. Besides Spectator not much out there on the wine except these notes from Vivino... "Lovely and approachable. Cherry fruit bomb" "Earth, red fruit, refreshing acidity. Delicate and generous, very long finish". Also got the Delamotte...
by Mark Chatwin
June 22nd, 2017, 6:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7171
Views: 434125

LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

So finally a Last Bottle winner, and big time. 2013 Head Honcho Paso Robles Syrah (McPrice Meyers). Cracked it right off the truck and it is a big 15% alcohol wine with deep blackberry flavors and complexities of Syrah-pepper notes (very classy pepper). It's reminiscent of Sine Qua Non with it's per...
by Mark Chatwin
June 19th, 2017, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7171
Views: 434125

LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

That is in reference to the finish of this wine - when you experience it you are taken back to a summer BBQ and a slightly tough New York Strip slathered in Montreal Steak Seasoning.
by Mark Chatwin
June 17th, 2017, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7171
Views: 434125

LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Unfortunately I can say, based on the first bottle of the Infinito Cab 2012, that I am stuck with feeding my other 5 bottles to friends and family at BBQ's and marinating duties. I had it for the second taste last night and though there is a pretty good core of ripe structured Cab fruit the finish i...
by Mark Chatwin
June 15th, 2017, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7171
Views: 434125

LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

The infamous Infinito Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza 2012 mentioned in earlier posts, Vinous 91, is now tested. Popped one of these right off the truck today. (One of the perks of a $14 wine). Who cares... The Vinous notes are spot on. However it is a controversial wine. The peppery notes were immediate...
by Mark Chatwin
June 5th, 2017, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7171
Views: 434125

LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Well Tanzer can be stingy so this will be interesting to see if I was astute or a fool. At my local store there are cases on display as you walk in of many 90-92 pointer reds from many countries. Spain, Italy, Portugal... Reviewed by Enthusiast, Suckling, Decanter, WS and WA. All priced from $10-$15...
by Mark Chatwin
June 4th, 2017, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7171
Views: 434125

LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Yes bit as well on this. When I see a 91 point cab for $14 and has the description provided by Vinous then I'm in. Last Bottle quotes: Vinous - (spent 24 months in French oak): Bright ruby-red. Vibrant aromas of crushed blackberry, licorice, mocha and peppery herbs, with a hint of violet emerging wi...
by Mark Chatwin
February 15th, 2017, 5:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the cusp at SQN!
Replies: 92
Views: 8266

On the cusp at SQN!

I have never seen the scores for any of the wines for the last bunch of vintages. With SQN they are always big, rich, pure and structured. Early on when I got the RP publication I checked and yeh the vintages with high scores were fun to get but honestly IMO the basic profile is the same year after ...
by Mark Chatwin
February 11th, 2017, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers with provenance guarantee on older bottles
Replies: 32
Views: 2764

Retailers with provenance guarantee on older bottles

I wish I remembered the name of the salesperson from K@L but based on me looking for an older Brunello he felt the 2001 Casanova di Neri Tenuta Nuova would be the call. I asked if him if I had any guarantee on the provenance of the wine and protection against a bottle with TCA and definitely said it...
by Mark Chatwin
February 9th, 2017, 3:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 2014 Barahonda Campo Arriba - Parker 93?
Replies: 0
Views: 118

TN - 2014 Barahonda Campo Arriba - Parker 93?

I'm trying to see the 93 points in this wine but also trying to get my head around this wine. This is one of those wines that brings to mind the pro critics vs CT drinkers scoring debate. I fell for the Last Bottle $12 deal and gambled on the high score low price. Firstly describing and scoring wine...
by Mark Chatwin
February 9th, 2017, 5:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the cusp at SQN!
Replies: 92
Views: 8266

On the cusp at SQN!

I remember just calling Elaine at SQN when I couldn't afford an offering now and then and I stayed on the list. But I think being a customer a long time has helped. It's also possible that my calling allowed her to sell the allocation to another eager customer rather than seeing it on WineCommune fo...
by Mark Chatwin
February 3rd, 2017, 6:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers with provenance guarantee on older bottles
Replies: 32
Views: 2764

Retailers with provenance guarantee on older bottles

Reflecting on what the Benchmark guarantee says, the wine shows signs of damage due to improper storage - I believe this theoretically could cover a corked bottle if you can prove to Benchmark that the taint could be caused outside the winery. And you're right - just because the current cellar where...
by Mark Chatwin
February 3rd, 2017, 3:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers with provenance guarantee on older bottles
Replies: 32
Views: 2764

Retailers with provenance guarantee on older bottles

Yep - picked the wrong word. I guess I thought provenance guarantee meant that the wine was guaranteed to have been treated properly from 1st owner to current status. i.e. - that every step along the way the wine was stored in ideal conditions. Reading the Benchmark guarantee leads me to think it pr...
by Mark Chatwin
February 2nd, 2017, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow In Feburary
Replies: 131
Views: 12470

Scarecrow In Feburary

I kind of look at it from the "wine as an investment" perspective. I like having wines in my cellar that not only taste good, are age worthy, but also are worth the same or more than you pay for them. Then if I should have a change in financial situation or change in health situation I have an asset...
by Mark Chatwin
January 30th, 2017, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Daou Vineyards The Pessimist (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)
Replies: 5
Views: 673

TN: 2014 Daou Vineyards The Pessimist (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)

I does not surprise me given that the regular 2014 Cab is a lot like the description of the wine you had without the tannin. The 2014 Cab is probably a baby version of what you had and therefore I cannot call it cough syrup but rather blueberry pie juice. Still way too sweet and no structure...
by Mark Chatwin
January 30th, 2017, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 96 BV 'Tapestry' [Napa]
Replies: 13
Views: 684

TN: 96 BV 'Tapestry' [Napa]

I remember a wine called "Special Burgundy", specifically the 1990, which was awesome. My brother and I bought it based on some review at the time, maybe WEnthusiast, and it was awesome. I think Rhone varietals.
by Mark Chatwin
January 30th, 2017, 2:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailers with provenance guarantee on older bottles
Replies: 32
Views: 2764

Retailers with provenance guarantee on older bottles

I'n my search for an older Brunello: http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=137312 I called a couple retailers and found for example that Jaime at Chamber St. Wines offered a provenance guarantee for the older bottles I was interested in (thanks George, fellow berserker, for the tip...
by Mark Chatwin
January 29th, 2017, 10:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ideas on an aged killer Brunello
Replies: 22
Views: 1787

Ideas on an aged killer Brunello

Well since I want a barnstormer then I'm thinking up to $300... Something with a little body... I was thinking 2001 but should I be thinking older? Or can 15 year old Brunello be resolved? Many of the CT notes I have been reading suggest 2001's are still youngish... There have been a few that are re...
by Mark Chatwin
January 29th, 2017, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ideas on an aged killer Brunello
Replies: 22
Views: 1787

Ideas on an aged killer Brunello

Lately my wife has gone hog wild for Brunello Di Montalcinos. She has liked every single one of them from Ciacci to La Serena to Tenuta Di Sesta. All young vintages like '10 and '11. However most have been painfully young and I tell her, "Wait till you try one with some age"! Her birthday is coming ...
by Mark Chatwin
January 18th, 2017, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CellarTracker and the problem of groupthink.
Replies: 71
Views: 3391

CellarTracker and the problem of groupthink.

I guess I have the 80-100 pt. scale burned into me by reading WS RP a lot back in the day. For me 90 points starts with a wine that is enjoyable and has all the attributes of a well-made wine in it's category. 2013 Markham Merlot fits this bill. It has ripe flavors of cherry, Cherry Garcia oak, and ...
by Mark Chatwin
January 15th, 2017, 5:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best second wine(s)
Replies: 50
Views: 2620

Best second wine(s)

The 2nd wine of La Gaffeliere is Clos La Gaffeliere and it is fantastic in 2012. It's about equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Franc. I believe the 1st wine is more like 80% merlot. So there is this cherry component along with earthy loamy notes but it is oh so clean tasting. Haven't had the 2nd wine o...
by Mark Chatwin
January 11th, 2017, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker: Best Red Wine Value of the Year
Replies: 99
Views: 8129

Robert Parker: Best Red Wine Value of the Year

Lee - I never said bananas exist in 3 simple categories. That's a new concept you are putting forth. Of course there are "in-between" bananas. I used the examples of the green banana, yellow banana, and the brown-spotted banana to keep my argument simple. The perception of the difference in sweetnes...
by Mark Chatwin
January 10th, 2017, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker: Best Red Wine Value of the Year
Replies: 99
Views: 8129

Robert Parker: Best Red Wine Value of the Year

So following your reasoning Jeff the green banana could be perceived as ripe and sweet because that is the taster's personal opinion or taste. I can't agree to this. If we allowed that reasoning into other artistic venues such as judging and providing opinions for dance or gymnastics or restaurant r...
by Mark Chatwin
January 10th, 2017, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker: Best Red Wine Value of the Year
Replies: 99
Views: 8129

Robert Parker: Best Red Wine Value of the Year

Yeh Jim - Thanks for clarification. I won't seek it out when wines like Mondavi Napa Cab and this excellent ripe Chateau Andrea I scored from Last Bottle are rocking me. Perfect balance of fruit and oak at it's price point. Mondavi is the wine I go to when I'm walking through a store with many unkno...
by Mark Chatwin
January 10th, 2017, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker: Best Red Wine Value of the Year
Replies: 99
Views: 8129

Robert Parker: Best Red Wine Value of the Year

Hi Jim - No I have not tasted the Steakhouse - I mentioned that above. Yes I speculated but it was founded on reading other's TN's of the Stackhouse that mentioned words like "massive fruit bomb", "residual sugar". Here's Joe's TN from his 1st posts: "2014 Stack House cab is unctuously delicious, mo...
by Mark Chatwin
January 10th, 2017, 6:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker: Best Red Wine Value of the Year
Replies: 99
Views: 8129

Robert Parker: Best Red Wine Value of the Year

I agree Ian with your assessment when it comes to wine novices/hobbyists but not experienced tasters. The poster who says it is "oaky and under-fruited" also prefers Mondavi Napa Cab which I'm sure compared to the Stackhouse is under-fruited. Mondavi is more an elegant French-styled Cab. Though not ...
by Mark Chatwin
January 9th, 2017, 8:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Robert Parker: Best Red Wine Value of the Year
Replies: 99
Views: 8129

Robert Parker: Best Red Wine Value of the Year

One poster says "massive fruit bomb", another says, "oaky and under-fruited". This wine can't be both. Which taster is wrong?
by Mark Chatwin
January 9th, 2017, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most indulgent description - by the winery...
Replies: 19
Views: 1254

The most indulgent description - by the winery...

Post by Thomas Keim » Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:51 pm 2013 CABERNET SAUVIGNON "Napa Valley" - CLOS DU VAL WINERY "The wine is standard "I'll spring for it" restaurant fare. Approachable maybe after I have gotten plastered on some microbrewed mountain IPA. This stuff will not be ready for at least 5 years. ...
by Mark Chatwin
January 9th, 2017, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most indulgent description - by the winery...
Replies: 19
Views: 1254

The most indulgent description - by the winery...

I sort of agree with someone's mortgage is on the line concept, to make the description as "larger than life" as possible to max out their sales. But yes get the punctuation right, get the grammar right and get the description based in reality. How could the winemaker not read the back label descrip...
by Mark Chatwin
January 7th, 2017, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The most indulgent description - by the winery...
Replies: 19
Views: 1254

The most indulgent description - by the winery...

Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 "Charateristic of Clos Du Val's world-class style, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon continues the winery's tradition of producing truly elegant wines of balance and complexity. It's opulent, brooding purple hue is accentuated with aromas of ripe black and purple fruit...
by Mark Chatwin
January 7th, 2017, 1:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion
Replies: 506
Views: 26380

Post your Unpopular Wine Opinion

Most local wine stores are out of touch with wine world. And furthermore most local wine store managers/owners know far less about wine than most of us Berserkers. In my town just about every shop owner only knows what is presented to them by the distributor. And their favorite wine is the Chateau t...
by Mark Chatwin
December 20th, 2016, 4:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are good wines to have with a city ham?
Replies: 21
Views: 807

What are good wines to have with a city ham?

One wine that is soupy sweet, tannin free, a decent taste and has gone with anything I throw at it is the 2014 Daou Cabernet. I can't drink it on it's own though. Think of it as blueberry pie juice. It's about $25...
by Mark Chatwin
May 27th, 2016, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking for a killer Champagne experience
Replies: 86
Views: 4148

Looking for a killer Champagne experience

I think that is why I was looking at that Bollinger VVF. I have almost always had Chard-based Champagne. Would love to have a Pinot-based ass kickin'...
by Mark Chatwin
May 26th, 2016, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking for a killer Champagne experience
Replies: 86
Views: 4148

Looking for a killer Champagne experience

Pretty much decided on Krug '96. I did so much reading and research on tasting notes from Cellartracker that I felt this wine is the "no brainer" of the bunch. I know the style and just about everybody ranks this wine at the top. I feel no matter what I will be "moved". It's amazing the dissenting o...
by Mark Chatwin
May 25th, 2016, 4:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking for a killer Champagne experience
Replies: 86
Views: 4148

Looking for a killer Champagne experience

I agree Brad - I can honestly say that I can drink Champagnes of many styles and be happy. I can say that the profiles I don't like are the lactic/milky style. I also don't like when a Champagne leaves an overly bitter note. Yes that Taittinger Comtes I had was the 1995 I believe and it was probably...
by Mark Chatwin
May 23rd, 2016, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking for a killer Champagne experience
Replies: 86
Views: 4148

Looking for a killer Champagne experience

StevenB - I hear you. The older I get the drier I want them. So which one of the 4 you recommended would you pick for complexity. Any chance of any "creaminess" without the sugar? Lately I have been drinking like the regular Piper Heidseik ($36) and yes I find it too "sweet". I will say that with th...
by Mark Chatwin
May 23rd, 2016, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking for a killer Champagne experience
Replies: 86
Views: 4148

Looking for a killer Champagne experience

In looking at the list of the wines recommended I decided to look into some pricepoints and availability. To add some info I also am generally a fan of low dosage and am not sure of the dosages of the following. I guess overall the perfect Champagne to celebrate would be one that does not need food....
by Mark Chatwin
May 22nd, 2016, 2:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Looking for a killer Champagne experience
Replies: 86
Views: 4148

Looking for a killer Champagne experience

I've been on the wagon a while (healing gall bladder) and I'd like to celebrate with the best Champagne I can find (well stored). If I think back to some great Champagne experiences I remember Krug 1990 being awesome, rich and that slightly oxidized sherry component but Oh So complex. I also remembe...
by Mark Chatwin
April 27th, 2016, 8:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Daou Cabernet - stumped...
Replies: 19
Views: 1579

2014 Daou Cabernet - stumped...

I'll be drinking another bottle of this on vacation this week and next and will report back. This wine seems to sit in the Caymus camp. How The Wine Advocate can give 96 and 95 points to Caymus 2013 and 1012 is quite telling. And how this Daou 2014 can get 92-95 points from critics is crazy. Sweet a...
by Mark Chatwin
April 26th, 2016, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Daou Cabernet - stumped...
Replies: 19
Views: 1579

2014 Daou Cabernet - stumped...

Bought this wine at my local store with a tag that said 94 points (think it said Wine Advocate). Expecting pretty great things I was shocked at how soupy and sweet this wine is. I expect a 94 point wine to have some structure. But it was a higher class version of Menage a Trois... Had a tomatoe juic...
by Mark Chatwin
April 9th, 2016, 6:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cab TN
Replies: 1
Views: 279

2012 Chappellet Pritchard Hill Cab TN

I was expecting great things from this 99 pointer. But no - it has a flaw and I believe it will always have it. It is rhubarb tart in its delivery. The body is full, the flavors ripe and deep. I believe the greatest wines show their "perfection" promise even at the first early taste. Petrus 2000 did...
by Mark Chatwin
February 19th, 2016, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Azienda Agricola Cos Pithos Bianco and 2012 Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay
Replies: 0
Views: 87

TN: 2012 Azienda Agricola Cos Pithos Bianco and 2012 Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay

1st the 95 pt. Italian 10% alcohol Bianco: This wine is an unusual almost red tinged gold wine. On the nose very reticent, almost no aromatics, just delicate peaches. On the palate it is a new taste for me. It is shells and minerals with a contemplative profile. Pretty quick on the finish, which is ...
by Mark Chatwin
November 20th, 2015, 5:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Schrader caution
Replies: 253
Views: 22429

Schrader caution

Yeh that Fred said the "reaching out to you" part bugs me. IMO that phrase is usually associated with trying to reach an agreement or amiable conclusion about some issue. i.e. - willingness to discuss an issue… Like maybe "stop selling my wines if they are not out yet". Winemaking to me is an art an...

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