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by Andrew Demaree
February 25th, 2020, 4:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winter Cabernet - what tastes like it?
Replies: 5
Views: 678

Re: Winter Cabernet - what tastes like it?

I’ve only had the ‘05 Winter, at age 10. I liked it quite a bit, but it was definitely a big, fruit forward, higher octane wine (above 15%, I believe). I’d say Mike Smith’s Myriad Napa cab is a closer approximation than Merrill’s Black Cat.
by Andrew Demaree
February 18th, 2020, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring 2020 Release Save The Date
Replies: 143
Views: 12328

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring 2020 Release Save The Date

Same here. Three more in the offer now than when I placed my order (when I was offered only one and had to wishlist a second bottle).
by Andrew Demaree
February 17th, 2020, 5:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring 2020 Release Save The Date
Replies: 143
Views: 12328

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Spring 2020 Release Save The Date

Me, too. The wedding wine sounds terrific. Morgan, it’s a joy to read your release notes. To think of all the different wines you produce, from all the different grape varieties, from so many different vineyards - each with its own story...I always smile while reading them, and think you and Chris m...
by Andrew Demaree
February 15th, 2020, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 421
Views: 25374

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Opened my lone bottle of the 1991 Ravenswood Sangiacomo Merlot tonight. The cork was moist half way up, but I was able to extract it without issue. I’d been standing this bottle up for more than 2 months, so its sediment had settled and it poured translucent. The nose was very musty on opening, so I...
by Andrew Demaree
February 14th, 2020, 9:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11797
Views: 440644

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2014 Orma Toscana IGT - off a restaurant wine list for Valentine’s Day dinner #30 together. No notes but it was ready to go and we both quite liked it.
by Andrew Demaree
February 13th, 2020, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 84
Views: 5109

Re: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread

2013 Old and Mature Vines Zinfandel This is an exceptional Zinfandel in a red fruited, medium bodied, more elegant style. Some acidity is present to provide lift but it does not seem obtrusive in any way, and the tannins are nicely rounded at this stage. Truly delicious! Consistent with other Scher...
by Andrew Demaree
February 13th, 2020, 9:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 2638
Views: 174347

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

2013 Dolinsek - Seemed a bit out of balance to my palate, with strong peppery notes on the front end and a gush of acidity taking over on the back end. Not really in my wheelhouse, either alone or with food. Followed over almost 5 hours; it held up just fine but didn’t improve.
by Andrew Demaree
February 12th, 2020, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm done*
Replies: 383
Views: 23374

Re: I'm done*

Congratulations, Neal. I hope retirement offers more time with your loved ones and opportunities to pursue new interests.
by Andrew Demaree
February 9th, 2020, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip
Replies: 24
Views: 1833

Re: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip

Andrew A r n t f i e l d wrote:
February 9th, 2020, 11:50 am
Anton D wrote:
February 5th, 2020, 8:37 am
Retro is the Dunn of Petite Sirah.
Literally. 👍🏻
Except stylistically. Retro makes delicious Petite Sirah, but it’s approachable early, not something you need to cellar for a decade or two to enjoy.
by Andrew Demaree
February 6th, 2020, 4:55 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread
Replies: 204
Views: 11352

Re: 2020 West Coast Weather and Farming Thread

Posting for Merrill:
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by Andrew Demaree
February 4th, 2020, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip
Replies: 24
Views: 1833

Re: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip

Wasn’t aware of that, Brandon, as we haven’t visited since 2015. That’s a real a loss for both sides.
by Andrew Demaree
February 3rd, 2020, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip
Replies: 24
Views: 1833

Re: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip

Reach out to Mike Lamborn. He’s a super nice guy, a warm host, and will pour three delicious wines for you to try in a laid back setting. You won’t regret it.
by Andrew Demaree
February 2nd, 2020, 6:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Cali Cab to Age 25 Years
Replies: 79
Views: 3990

Re: 2015 Cali Cab to Age 25 Years

I agree, Craig. I’ve had both their ‘94 and ‘96 at 20+ years of age, and one was delicious while the other was well past it’s prime. In fact, the over the hill bottle was opened by the winery from their library stock.
by Andrew Demaree
February 2nd, 2020, 6:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Short Montelena TN and a tribute to a friend
Replies: 6
Views: 455

Re: Short Montelena TN and a tribute to a friend

My condolences to you, Ed.
by Andrew Demaree
February 2nd, 2020, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11797
Views: 440644

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2015 Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva - young but tasty.
by Andrew Demaree
February 1st, 2020, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 I. Brand & Family Grenache Brosseau Vineyard
Replies: 23
Views: 998

Re: TN: 2016 I. Brand & Family Grenache Brosseau Vineyard

The website looks nice, but I couldn’t find pricing anywhere (not just nowhere to order).
by Andrew Demaree
January 31st, 2020, 11:06 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Florida “Fish” of the Week - Revisited
Replies: 18
Views: 1828

Re: Florida “Fish” of the Week - Revisited

Loved the whole post, Jim, including the nostalgia. Thanks for sharing.
by Andrew Demaree
January 28th, 2020, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Current thoughts on CellarBid auctions?
Replies: 2
Views: 694

Re: Current thoughts on CellarBid auctions?

Nothing?
by Andrew Demaree
January 26th, 2020, 6:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your most memorable wine experience
Replies: 50
Views: 2765

Re: Your most memorable wine experience

A bottle of Silvio Nardi Brunello (vintage long since forgotten) shared with my dad and wife after our first child was born.
by Andrew Demaree
January 25th, 2020, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Current thoughts on CellarBid auctions?
Replies: 2
Views: 694

Current thoughts on CellarBid auctions?

Looks like the last thread on them is 3+ years old and I’m looking for some more recent impressions. Are they reputable? No? It’s complicated?

Thanks in advance.
by Andrew Demaree
January 23rd, 2020, 3:57 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Scherrer Winery - at last!
Replies: 39
Views: 2458

Re: NEWBIE INTRO: Scherrer Winery at last

I’ll just chime in to say that Judi is also a pleasure to deal with, on the customer service side of things.
by Andrew Demaree
January 20th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley
Replies: 66
Views: 7606

Re: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley

If a wine critic with whom my palate aligns pans a particular vintage from a winery, that’s helpful information to me as a consumer. If the winery finds that intolerable and cuts off access to the critic in future years, I probably wouldn't have much interest in continuing to purchase their wines. I...
by Andrew Demaree
January 20th, 2020, 5:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11797
Views: 440644

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2012 Quivet Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon This doesn’t look or drink like a 7+ year old wine. It pours deep purple and gives a bouquet of primary dark fruit and baking bread (which reminds me of visits to barrel rooms). The plush mouthfeel and up-front fruit mask any tannins that might be ...
by Andrew Demaree
January 19th, 2020, 5:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7737
Views: 499133

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

Mine shows they shipped (no date listed), but I didn’t receive tracking info. I can’t recall whether I have in the past or not.
by Andrew Demaree
January 18th, 2020, 7:21 am
Forum: BerserkerDay 11 NEWBIE INTROS! :)
Topic: NEWBIE INTRO: Di Costanzo Wines
Replies: 29
Views: 2920

Re: Di Costanzo Wines

Great to see the high praise here for the wines (and the people, which is also important to me). As someone who joined the list but hasn’t yet tried the wines due to too many competing offers around the same time, BD 11 may just be the right time to dive in. So glad to see you participating here.
by Andrew Demaree
January 15th, 2020, 4:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11797
Views: 440644

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2017 Myriad ‘McGah Family Vineyard’ Sémillon I consume whites so infrequently that I tend to only buy a bottle here or there. Well, I wish I had bought more of this one. It was just lovely with roasted chicken last night. Mike Smith is justifiably renowned for his red wines, but his whites (sémillon...
by Andrew Demaree
January 15th, 2020, 4:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Davenport Cellars is Closing 65% off all Wines
Replies: 118
Views: 11194

Re: Davenport Cellars is Closing 65% off all Wines

Oops, I missed Antonio’s post this morning. Sorry for the repetition.
by Andrew Demaree
January 15th, 2020, 4:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Davenport Cellars is Closing 65% off all Wines
Replies: 118
Views: 11194

Re: Davenport Cellars is Closing 65% off all Wines

Per the posting above by one of the owners, the sale was set to end on 12/29/19.
by Andrew Demaree
January 11th, 2020, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?
Replies: 70
Views: 3450

Re: Do You Find Petit Sirah To Be Monolithic?

Andrew A r n t f i e l d wrote:
January 11th, 2020, 7:21 pm
Adam Frisch wrote:
January 11th, 2020, 5:21 am
I've never had much luck with PS. In fact, the very opposite. What would be a good, fresher, lower alcohol producer in CA?
Retro Cellars. Mike Dunn’s winery. Awesome stuff. And affordable.
Good call.
by Andrew Demaree
January 10th, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 EMH Black Cat Classic
Replies: 41
Views: 6491

Re: TN: 2012 EMH Black Cat Classic

Wow - that’s quite a note!
by Andrew Demaree
January 9th, 2020, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: January Offerings
Replies: 59
Views: 6470

Re: January Offerings

I’m curious, Jeff’s - what’s the pricing on the Neal?

Thanks,
Andy
by Andrew Demaree
January 5th, 2020, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: January Offerings
Replies: 59
Views: 6470

Re: January Offerings

Carlisle
by Andrew Demaree
January 4th, 2020, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 421
Views: 25374

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Opened the 1994 Ravenswood Sangiacomo Merlot tonight. It’s a real treat. It has a mint and tobacco opening, and still sweet cherry fruit. Fascinating stuff. Never thought I would just casually sip 25 year old California Merlot. p.s. the cork was pristine I’ve got a single bottle of the ‘91 that’s s...
by Andrew Demaree
January 4th, 2020, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ok to ship FedEx Ground from east coast to west coast this time of the year?
Replies: 41
Views: 1620

Re: Ok to ship FedEx Ground from east coast to west coast this time of the year?

I wonder how they determine which route a shipment will take. My dad shipped had his last WineBid shipment out on Thursday, headed to me in upstate NY via FedEx Ground. So far, it’s gone from northern CA to AZ to TX.
by Andrew Demaree
December 31st, 2019, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Wine Tasting Room rule
Replies: 13
Views: 1509

Re: Napa Wine Tasting Room rule

I’m sure you’re right, David. I’m curious how many of those casual tourists visiting collective tasting rooms become regular buyers, though. I guess it becomes a question of the best way a small winery thinks they can build their business, and what sustains their existence over time. Maybe it’s a st...
by Andrew Demaree
December 30th, 2019, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11797
Views: 440644

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2010 Rivers Marie Cab. Great nose from the outset. Tannins suggest at least 4-5 years of fine drinking ahead.
by Andrew Demaree
December 30th, 2019, 5:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Davenport Cellars is Closing 65% off all Wines
Replies: 118
Views: 11194

Re: Davenport Cellars is Closing 65% off all Wines

Good to hear. I picked up 6 different vintages of the Continuity and 3 bottles of the Mr. B. Incredible sale, even if they turn out to just be okay (and it sounds like they’ll be much more than that).
by Andrew Demaree
December 30th, 2019, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Wine Tasting Room rule
Replies: 13
Views: 1509

Re: Napa Wine Tasting Room rule

Re: Jeff and Howard’s suggestion, that would be a nice way for someone new to the wineries to easily sample several small places at once, and could keep costs down a bit for the wineries. As a visitor, though, I’d much prefer to visit the actual small producer at their vineyard, talk to them persona...
by Andrew Demaree
December 26th, 2019, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 11797
Views: 440644

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Celebrating my parents’ 50th anniversary.
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by Andrew Demaree
December 25th, 2019, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere
Replies: 52
Views: 2535

Re: In Memoriam: A Tribute to my best friend, Claudine Kargere

Claudine sounds like a singular personality, and someone you truly treasured. How lucky she was to have as devoted and caring a friend as you in her life. My heartfelt sympathies to you, Dan, at her passing.
by Andrew Demaree
December 22nd, 2019, 9:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 25
Views: 3445

Re: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford

Here’s a link to their various tastings: https://www.frogsleap.com/visit.php

My wife and I visited there a few years ago and had a nice time. It’s a lovely property. The tour is highly informative for those who might be less knowledgeable about vineyard practices and winemaking.
by Andrew Demaree
December 22nd, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Fantastic Value!"
Replies: 83
Views: 6681

Re: "Fantastic Value!"

2015 Ruston Family “Cuvée Mahalia”
by Andrew Demaree
December 19th, 2019, 9:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 112
Views: 10735

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

My wine was also a seven day transit, as it always is, and I was a little worried about it given the late shipping date. We’re in single digits at night at this point, so shipping even just two weeks earlier would be a little safer. That said, I liked not receiving stryofoam, which I can’t recycle a...
by Andrew Demaree
December 15th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Fontodi "Flaccianello" - RED RIESLING
Replies: 17
Views: 1083

Re: 2016 Fontodi "Flaccianello" - RED RIESLING

Had the ‘07 in January with a 3+ hr decant. Definitely a more forward vintage for Tuscany and the wine was really in a great place, standing out among some very good competition.
by Andrew Demaree
December 13th, 2019, 9:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Balanced, non fruit bomb cabernets?
Replies: 54
Views: 2994

Re: Balanced, non fruit bomb cabernets?

Reach out to John Ruston at Ruston Family Vineyards. They make several cab blends, most of which are under $50. They taste like California wines, but are not unbalanced fruit bombs by any stretch. Thanks, I just ordered some wine from John. Seems like a great guy, can't wait to try them! John has b...

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