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by rfelthoven
October 22nd, 2017, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 347
Views: 21434

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: 347
Views: 21434

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: 1669

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: 785

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: 91298

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: 785

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: 1141

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: 2720

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: 2720

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: 2720

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: 1111

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: 347
Views: 21434

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: 918

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: 347
Views: 21434

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: 1065

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: 347
Views: 21434

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: 347
Views: 21434

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: 2011

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: 2056

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: 2056

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: 1302

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: 3997

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: 3407

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: 2950

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: 3513
Views: 328052

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: 347
Views: 21434

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: 5579

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: 347
Views: 21434

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: 1344

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: 4618

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: 4402

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: 4402

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: 1290

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: 46762

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: 1546

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
Topic: Copper River - Incoming
Replies: 224
Views: 13819

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...
by rfelthoven
June 29th, 2017, 10:29 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Filet mignon - to grill or not to grill?
Replies: 21
Views: 1188

Filet mignon - to grill or not to grill?

I typically grill a filet if I'm planning on eating it without a sauce, and pan sear it and finish it in the oven if I'm planning a sauce. I'm not really into the whole SV thing with steaks. Tried it. Meh. Prime rib and other tougher cuts of meat, yes.
by rfelthoven
June 9th, 2017, 11:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What does this wine characteristic mean?
Replies: 22
Views: 813

What does this wine characteristic mean?

At least we know there are exactly 36 grams per liter
by rfelthoven
May 30th, 2017, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 3 from Oregon - Matello and Biggio-Hamina
Replies: 10
Views: 639

TNs: 3 from Oregon - Matello and Biggo-Hamina

Nice notes. Thanks for sharing. I haven't posted any in a while. I need to step up my game, though it won't be as informative as yours. Cheers.
by rfelthoven
May 24th, 2017, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Kiona Lemberger RedMtn '13...(short/boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 370

ClueLess...

Interesting Tom. Have they changed wine makers/wine making in the last 10 years? That's about how long it's been since I last tried it and didn't care for it. ClueLess, as usual, Greg. But I think JohnWilliams is stepping back and the next generation is taking over...so it could very well be. Last ...
by rfelthoven
May 23rd, 2017, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Kiona Lemberger RedMtn '13...(short/boring)
Replies: 12
Views: 370

TN: Kiona Lemberger RedMtn '13...(short/boring)

My experience has largely been the same. About 5 or so years ago I bought some that was really over-oaked but that was an outlier.
by rfelthoven
May 17th, 2017, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest Vintage of Oregon Pinot
Replies: 117
Views: 7179

Greatest Vintage of Oregon Pinot

Todd F r e n c h wrote:I thought '07 had LONG been established as the GOAV for Oregon Pinot Noir, by one Bob Wood...
That's not what he said...
by rfelthoven
May 16th, 2017, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Greatest Vintage of Oregon Pinot
Replies: 117
Views: 7179

Greatest Vintage of Oregon Pinot

Not to be a negative Nancy, but I never really feel like these type of posts are very definitive or useful. Some people have a very short window to evaluate (I've only been drinking these wines consistently since about the 2007 vintage) and others have a very long window, and it seems the latter alm...
by rfelthoven
May 11th, 2017, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 347
Views: 21434

What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Tonight I opened the 2012 Richard's Cuvee Chardonnay to pair with baked halibut encrusted with chopped walnuts & fresh thyme. I don't drink a lot of chardonnay, but I have to say that this wine is drinking really well right now!!! The nose draws you in with aromas of Meyers Lemon, some matchstick, ...
by rfelthoven
May 9th, 2017, 1:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Oregon Pinot
Replies: 33
Views: 2950

2015 Oregon Pinot

Jason Hagen wrote:
Pulp Fiction - Top 10 all time. Amazing dialog. And Jim, nice pull.

Jason
Does that mean I "got served"? [wow.gif]
by rfelthoven
May 4th, 2017, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Oregon Pinot
Replies: 33
Views: 2950

2015 Oregon Pinot

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." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NlrgjgOHrw I didn't know Jim was superstitious...he just ...
by rfelthoven
May 4th, 2017, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Oregon Pinot
Replies: 33
Views: 2950

2015 Oregon Pinot

Based upon weather to date I am excited for the '17s. It could be a cooler year.
by rfelthoven
April 25th, 2017, 9:26 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: Ladd Cellars Pinot + Chardonnay
Replies: 38
Views: 3836

Ladd Cellars Pinot + Chardonnay

I haven't heard anything either. I guess this makes me a whiny bitch. Wasn't Berserker Day in late January?
by rfelthoven
April 12th, 2017, 1:42 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: Ladd Cellars Pinot + Chardonnay
Replies: 38
Views: 3836

Ladd Cellars Pinot + Chardonnay

I've heard nothing.

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