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by rfelthoven
October 31st, 2017, 2:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: help me differentiate '14 and '15 wines in Oregon
Replies: 16
Views: 1107

help me differentiate '14 and '15 wines in Oregon

If the conclusion turns out to be that there are no generalizations about the vintages that hold up (aside from them being warm years relative to the past), that’s fine. If this thread can reinforce the notion that warm-ish years shouldn’t be discounted or generalized too far, that’s good too. I rec...
by rfelthoven
October 31st, 2017, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Maillard reactions?
Replies: 16
Views: 1575

Maillard reactions?

Interesting. I learn something every day. I would have argued that the Maillard reaction only happens above 300 degrees. This is new to me.
by rfelthoven
October 31st, 2017, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: help me differentiate '14 and '15 wines in Oregon
Replies: 16
Views: 1107

help me differentiate '14 and '15 wines in Oregon

This came up in a recent thread about 2017. I haven't tasted much or compared the two vintages. I recognize the 2016s haven't been released but if you're a winemaker and have some insight about 2016, too, that would be great. Much appreciated.
by rfelthoven
October 30th, 2017, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 530
Views: 35446

What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Michael Davidson wrote:Thanks, Ron. I did succumb to a 14 Close Electrique this weekend, but that's for another thread. (No regrets, though. Stunning.)

Michael
I'm hoping that was the blanc?
by rfelthoven
October 29th, 2017, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: to budding collectors: wine is not magic
Replies: 44
Views: 3454

to budding collectors: wine is not magic

Agreed
by rfelthoven
October 28th, 2017, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 530
Views: 35446

What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

2007 Martello Whistling Ridge Pinot. Drank over two nights and was more expressive on day 2. Bricking and showing some secondary character. Bright acidity and intensity, more savory than sweet. Exactly what I crave in Oregon Pinot. These were never terribly fruit forward so the lack of juicy fruit d...
by rfelthoven
October 27th, 2017, 10:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Strong in Oregon?
Replies: 11
Views: 738

2017 Strong in Oregon?

For anyone, how would you rate the past four vintages i.e. 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017? TIA I'd actually be interested in hearing about the differences among 14, 15 and 16 (obviously it's too early for 17). I've admittedly and probably unfairly lumped them all together as warm years and have limited my ...
by rfelthoven
October 25th, 2017, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: to budding collectors: wine is not magic
Replies: 44
Views: 3454

to budding collectors: wine is not magic

Victor Hong wrote:Wine is a reflection of human life, with alcohol added.
So, along with joy, one would find envy, deceit, wealth, power, impoverishment, health, and overindulgence. For reference, use the Search function.
That's some deep shit...

by rfelthoven
October 25th, 2017, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: to budding collectors: wine is not magic
Replies: 44
Views: 3454

to budding collectors: wine is not magic

I forgot to mention in my OP that when we do experience magic, it's often due to the company with whom we share the wine or the particular occasion. I have heard people say that life is too short to save great wines for special occasions, and that one should open great wine and create special occasi...
by rfelthoven
October 24th, 2017, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which of the two major US regions does Pinto Noir Best?
Replies: 80
Views: 3070

Which of the two major US regions does Pinto Noir Best?

My perception is that WB talks Oregon, but drinks California. Anytime you ask this question, most of your answers are going to be stridently pro Oregon, but most of our cellars and drinking are California. By a wide margin. That isn’t to say that specific individuals don’t prefer Oregon or mostly d...
by rfelthoven
October 23rd, 2017, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: to budding collectors: wine is not magic
Replies: 44
Views: 3454

to budding collectors: wine is not magic

I love Pinot Chardonnay!
by rfelthoven
October 23rd, 2017, 11:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: to budding collectors: wine is not magic
Replies: 44
Views: 3454

to budding collectors: wine is not magic

I've thought about making this post for some time. I am not trying to discourage anyone's enthusiasm over wine or building a nice inventory of wines, but I don't see very many threads dedicated to helping new collectors avoid getting overzealous or over-committed financially. So hopefully this will ...
by rfelthoven
October 23rd, 2017, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which of the two major US regions does Pinto Noir Best?
Replies: 80
Views: 3070

Which of the two major US regions does Pinto Noir Best?

dsGriswold wrote:I still think Pinto does Syrah and Riesling best. [highfive.gif]
Not a fan of his riesling...tastes too much like apple juice.
by rfelthoven
October 22nd, 2017, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 530
Views: 35446

What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Yes. I’d wait.
by rfelthoven
October 22nd, 2017, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 530
Views: 35446

What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

2010 Souris. Upon release I felt this was the best Martello Pinot I had tasted and it was in my top one or two wines of the great 2010 vintage. I’ve tried to be patient but had to revisit this. Upon opening the wine it was somewhat closed, but blossomed over the next hour. The intensity is still the...
by rfelthoven
October 19th, 2017, 2:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Awesome new Apothic!
Replies: 27
Views: 1694

Awesome new Apothic!

andy velebil wrote:
Nolan E wrote:Are there non-charred whiskey barrels?

That's like saying used Tequila barrels (not really a 'new' Tequila barrel) or assless chaps (otherwise they're just leather pants).
IIRC, by law they have to be charred.
It's illegal for me to wear non-charred assless chaps?
by rfelthoven
October 19th, 2017, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard
Replies: 7
Views: 861

TN: 2014 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard

Mike -- I'm putting the bottle on deck for this weekend.
by rfelthoven
October 18th, 2017, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma
Replies: 1217
Views: 92990

Catastrophic Fires In Napa and Sonoma

Whoa is me
by rfelthoven
October 18th, 2017, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard
Replies: 7
Views: 861

TN: 2014 Sandler Wine Company Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard

Mike -- 6 months ago you wrote: "This is a very serious wine. After the 2015 version I enjoyed a few weeks ago, I wanted to check in on this one. Glad I did. What I learned is to stay away. Deep and dark, this one goes ominously into the abyss in a good way. Nose of macerated black berries and black...
by rfelthoven
October 18th, 2017, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemaking Industry Salary Survey
Replies: 14
Views: 1167

Wine Industry Salary Survey

These salaries are probably about 50% lower than what I would suspect for most folks on this board (it's a weird distribution though, with all the lawyers that seem to be on here probably creating some bi-modality). That's kind of a bummer, but it's also clearly a decent living wage for someone who ...
by rfelthoven
October 18th, 2017, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Open a bottle of Napa/Sonoma/Mendocino wine...show your SUPPORT!!!
Replies: 76
Views: 2763

Open a bottle of Napa/Sonoma/Mendocino wine...show your SUPPORT!!!

I'm sure many people on this board (myself included) have made cash donations, or donated time, a place to stay, etc. There's nothing wrong with showing support of the wine community as well. They're not mutually exclusive. Definitely not mutually exclusive. I actually had the same thought original...
by rfelthoven
October 17th, 2017, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Open a bottle of Napa/Sonoma/Mendocino wine...show your SUPPORT!!!
Replies: 76
Views: 2763

Open a bottle of Napa/Sonoma/Mendocino wine...show your SUPPORT!!!

Scott Fitzgerald wrote:I'm sure many people on this board (myself included) have made cash donations, or donated time, a place to stay, etc. There's nothing wrong with showing support of the wine community as well. They're not mutually exclusive.
Drink up. Cheers.
by rfelthoven
October 17th, 2017, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Open a bottle of Napa/Sonoma/Mendocino wine...show your SUPPORT!!!
Replies: 76
Views: 2763

Open a bottle of Napa/Sonoma/Mendocino wine...show your SUPPORT!!!

I have to echo the sentiment that there are much more meaningful and impactful ways to show support. I know of several family friends who lost everything last week and they need food, clothing and shelter right now. Me toasting them while popping a $100 bottle of wine doesn’t help. Call me a party p...
by rfelthoven
October 12th, 2017, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Cameron Ribbon Ridge
Replies: 17
Views: 1139

2014 Cameron Ribbon Ridge

Since I am too lazy to post a separate TN, I opened a 2010 Cameron Abbey Ridge the other night that really showed well. No rush on those but the acid on this is starting to integrate, and very little funk is showing. Lovely stuff.
by rfelthoven
October 12th, 2017, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 530
Views: 35446

What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

That is most definitely not me... I may have to buy some new clothes now ;) Just a quick update on 2017, I do think it's much more of a Felthoven, Tallman, Trimpi type of vintage. It felt like forever waiting for Marcus to see that photo and respond. He must be busy w/ his day job. Glad to hear 17 ...
by rfelthoven
October 11th, 2017, 12:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette Valley Trip Report
Replies: 14
Views: 937

Willamette Valley Trip Report

I like the fact that you didn't candy coat the trip. Well done.
by rfelthoven
October 8th, 2017, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 530
Views: 35446

What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Scott Tallman wrote:Kudos to Marcus for expanding his empire beyond wine! :)

https://www.target.com/c/men-s-clothing/-/N-5xu2fZrcv2g
Is this Marcus?
by rfelthoven
October 3rd, 2017, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills
Replies: 12
Views: 1091

TN: 2014 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills

For most of my time drinking Oregon pinot I was all about Dundee Hills. It's so aromatic and forward. In retrospect maybe a bit easier to grab than other AVAs. But I do think that with some age Eola-Amity is really complex and interesting, and might just be where I end up buying a lot more wine.
by rfelthoven
October 2nd, 2017, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 530
Views: 35446

What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

I don’t think you can lose buying Marcus’s wines unless you drink them too soon. He’s increased his pricing to be able to earn a living for his family, but it’s becoming special occasion Pinot for my limited budget and soon to be college age kids. Ron, just so you know, the 2015 Willamette Valley P...
by rfelthoven
September 27th, 2017, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 530
Views: 35446

What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

I don’t think you can lose buying Marcus’s wines unless you drink them too soon. He’s increased his pricing to be able to earn a living for his family, but it’s becoming special occasion Pinot for my limited budget and soon to be college age kids.
by rfelthoven
September 19th, 2017, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zinfandels: Where is the pepper?
Replies: 40
Views: 2301

Zinfandels: Where is the pepper?

Bought a 2012 Joseph Swan Zeigler Vineyard zin recently that was noticeably and distinctly peppery. 13.0% abv. This. In earlier vintages when I first had this wine (late 1990's) the pepper in Zeigler zins was incredibly pronounced. The last bottle I had (a couple of years ago) was not as pronounced...
by rfelthoven
September 19th, 2017, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it me or are most CT scores centered around 90?
Replies: 51
Views: 2124

Is it me or are most CT scores centered around 90?

Ron, I've seen similar things when I've browsed it on my phone when I'm looking at something in a store that I don't know about and I think you're onto something because it does seem to be a very narrow scoring band. Because of the inconsistency in scoring, I've moved to just scoring wines on a sca...
by rfelthoven
September 18th, 2017, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is it me or are most CT scores centered around 90?
Replies: 51
Views: 2124

Is it me or are most CT scores centered around 90?

I'm sure this has been discussed ad naseam, but are you tired the seemingly inflated scores and limited point ranges people use on CT? I don't apply points to my tasting notes, but sometimes it's a nice to quickly click on one of my wines to see how others seem to "like" it. It seems like if the tas...
by rfelthoven
September 18th, 2017, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another Willamette Question (non-AFWE)
Replies: 22
Views: 1352

Another Willamette Question (non-AFWE)

I think it's great for you to branch out a bit and learn more about the wines being produced in the new region in which you'll reside, but ultimately you may find you prefer California wines over OR wines that lean Californian. Personally I find that even the ripest of OR pinot noirs are just differ...
by rfelthoven
September 18th, 2017, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are you getting irritated by James Suckling's scores?
Replies: 55
Views: 6050

Are you getting irritated by James Suckling's scores?

What I find even more irritating is Suckling in a scarf, puffing on a cigar; it's when he's most pretentious:

by rfelthoven
September 7th, 2017, 1:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm a 100 points on that...
Replies: 36
Views: 3473

I'm a 100 points on that...

48 second mark:

by rfelthoven
September 5th, 2017, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Oregon Pinot
Replies: 33
Views: 2973

2015 Oregon Pinot

Jim Anderson wrote:
rfelthoven wrote:Based upon weather to date I am excited for the '17s. It could be a cooler year.
To paraphrase a hero of mine, Winston Wolf, "Well, let's not start sucking each other's long term weather forecasts quite yet."
Looks like I put the jinx on 2017 being a cool year. Sorry. Jim was right. I said it.
by rfelthoven
August 30th, 2017, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3719
Views: 366736

The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

I have bought from Garagiste over the last 10 or so years with varying degrees of frustration. If I was to recommend a strategy it would be to only buy items from Jon that you're familiar with and for which he has a fair price. Buying mystery wines or those that he claims are from the "coolio set" o...
by rfelthoven
August 24th, 2017, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 530
Views: 35446

What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Popped a 2012 Souris last night. Though the acid is razor sharp (thanks Marcus -- I love to see that in a 2012!), it was surprisingly approachable as a pop and pour. The wood could use a bit more integration with bottle age (more caramel showing than overt wood), but other than that this was a reall...
by rfelthoven
August 21st, 2017, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best American Riesling
Replies: 122
Views: 5946

Best American Riesling

I will jump in super late. If history and legacy matter, Brooks in Oregon has to be on any short list. But admittedly I haven't had any recent releases. Trisaetum has great riesling, highly complex stuff, lots of different bottlings; Bank Atcharawan (formerly of Lotus of Siam, a riesling expert) sai...
by rfelthoven
August 18th, 2017, 12:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 530
Views: 35446

What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

2013 Matello Fool's Journey Deux Vert Syrah (94%)/Viognier(6%). To add to Bob H's notes, tasted blind I would not have guessed Syrah. Definitely lighter than Syrah, esp new world Syrah (only 12.8%). The nose subtly gives off typical N Rhone Syrah characteristics, but it initially tasted to me like ...
by rfelthoven
August 17th, 2017, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The POINT of wine-drinking
Replies: 20
Views: 1352

The POINT of wine-drinking

I think if this is why you drink wine and how it makes you feel, great. Others with a larger cellar, more disposable income and less time may simply enjoy drinking when and what they can, regardless of consequence and without guilt or shame. Building a nice cellar is a great luxury and does require ...
by rfelthoven
August 8th, 2017, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seattle Food & Wine Recommendations! (Updated with Highlights)
Replies: 82
Views: 4728

Seattle Food & Wine Recommendations!

It's a terrior thing, Jim -- you wouldn't understand :)
by rfelthoven
August 7th, 2017, 12:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visit with John Thomas - Carlton, OR
Replies: 52
Views: 4487

Visit with John Thomas - Carlton, OR

Greg Malcolm wrote:
rfelthoven wrote:My oldest Thomas is 09 btw so I am holding.
If you have a few bottles, no foul for cracking one soon. The '09's are drinking nicely now.
Thanks Greg. I did open one about 2 years ago and it was very nice. The other 2 may deserve a bit more patience.
by rfelthoven
August 2nd, 2017, 11:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visit with John Thomas - Carlton, OR
Replies: 52
Views: 4487

Visit with John Thomas - Carlton, OR

As far as aging, he said his wines generally show very well st 6-8 years, with 10 years being the "sweet spot". Having said that, he thought the '14 was drinking well now-- and it will be interesting to see how the very warm vintages 2014, 2015, and 2016 age. (less) Thanks for the post Gary. 10 yea...
by rfelthoven
July 13th, 2017, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Useless wine item # 4,332!!!
Replies: 30
Views: 1301

Useless wine item # 4,332!!!

This isn't that dissimilar to the things grocery stores put on hard liquor bottles to decrease theft. They don't have combination locks but need a special tool to remove the mechanism from the top.
by rfelthoven
July 12th, 2017, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Allen Meadows, Burghound.
Replies: 632
Views: 48685

Allen Meadows, Burghound.

KatrinaBI wrote: Anyway, I am glad this conversation seems to be able to remain civil.
Did I just read a different thread??
by rfelthoven
June 29th, 2017, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Fruit in California - this is really a 'thing', isn't it?
Replies: 23
Views: 1580

Mountain Fruit in California - this is really a 'thing', isn't it?

Cooler temperatures? Bigger diurnal temperature swings? Poorer and/or better drained soils? John Actually in mid-summer the diurnal temperature swings are narrower at altitude - higher low temps and lower high temps. There is night time ripening during warmer periods. I agree that mountain fruit se...
by rfelthoven
June 29th, 2017, 10:35 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Copper River - Incoming
Replies: 224
Views: 14240

Copper River - Incoming

I pat dry then season liberally and wait an hour or so before broiling. Do you like to eat the salmon skin? I've ordered skin at Japanese restaurants as an appetizer, but find that when I cook salmon at home for my entrees I tend to discard the skin (often leaving it on the grill and slide the fles...

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