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by Brandon J.
September 22nd, 2016, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Alexana Pinot Noir Revana Vineyard (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills)
Replies: 2
Views: 218

TN: 2013 Alexana Pinot Noir Revana Vineyard (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills)

Boy I am really surprised by your notes. I pulled my notes up from 6 months ago and the first word on my notes for nose and palate was OAK. There was SO MUCH oak on this wine, I couldn't get past it and it ruined it for me. I wasn't able to detect much of anything else other than the oak. I think I ...
by Brandon J.
September 21st, 2016, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN's: Aged Joe Swan Zin and a 16yr old MTP Pinot
Replies: 18
Views: 1291

TN's: Aged Joe Swan Zin and a 16yr old MTP Pinot

I have access to a few older Zins of Swan but have been hesitant because they've exceeded 15% ABV and I feared they wouldn't hold up at all. This makes me want to go try a few!
by Brandon J.
September 21st, 2016, 11:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Assistance With Birth Year Wine - 1986
Replies: 26
Views: 1038

Assistance With Birth Year Wine - 1986

Thank you everyone for all the help, greatly appreciated!
by Brandon J.
September 20th, 2016, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Assistance With Birth Year Wine - 1986
Replies: 26
Views: 1038

Assistance With Birth Year Wine - 1986

I have 3 good friends who will be turning 30 this year and would like some help with getting some fun birth year wines. White or Red suggestions are OK. Burgundy, Bdx, rieslings, etc. I'm not picky on the grape or region. Price: I want to stay below $100/bottle if possible. I use Benchmark often and...
by Brandon J.
September 16th, 2016, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Evesham Wood E-A pinot $19 at Garagiste right now
Replies: 3
Views: 430

Evesham Wood E-A pinot $19 at Garagiste right now

What is Garagiste? The website is rather confusing...
by Brandon J.
September 16th, 2016, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Introducing myself to Washington
Replies: 15
Views: 955

Introducing myself to Washington

What is your style OP? More modern and fruit forward? Or slightly more hands off, traditional wine making? I've been trying these and really enjoyed them: Bunchgrass Rulo Trio Wines Syncline All skirt new/old world and are all well made. I'm excited to hear other's input as I'm not all that familiar...
by Brandon J.
September 10th, 2016, 10:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Westrey Pinot Noir Abbey Ridge (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills)
Replies: 40
Views: 1826

TN: 2010 Westrey Pinot Noir Abbey Ridge (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills)

As Marcus already stated, hype on those "big" vintages like '08, '12 and probably '14 are absolutely needed (in my opinion) to keep our winemakers in business. I love '07, '10, '11 and '13. That's what's in my cellar. BUT I still find myself enjoying a lot of the other vintages and to be honest the ...
by Brandon J.
September 5th, 2016, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Westrey Pinot Noir Abbey Ridge (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills)
Replies: 40
Views: 1826

TN: 2010 Westrey Pinot Noir Abbey Ridge (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, Dundee Hills)

Boy that is quite the high praise especially considering who else you fancy....

I don't have a single Westrey Pinot in my cellar, I'm going to need to do something about that.
by Brandon J.
September 1st, 2016, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The word "smooth", or, 'How I Know Your Palate Sucks'
Replies: 107
Views: 6239

The word "smooth", or, 'How I Know Your Palate Sucks'

Interesting. We all have a level of "skill" or natural ability in our plates just like we all have natural ability to throw a baseball or football. But if you PRACTICE, you will improve. From my personal experience, I know I have become a MUCH better taster in the last 5 years. I am not 100% sure if...
by Brandon J.
August 30th, 2016, 7:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Briceland Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Humboldt County
Replies: 1
Views: 180

TN: 2015 Briceland Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Humboldt County

We spent half a day with Andrew on our recent trip to California and picked up a mixed bag of his wines. We served his Sauv blanc with a salmon dish tonight and it was a perfect pairing. The nose is very aromatic to me. Lots of grapefruit and citrus, grassy notes and even some tart/sour pineapple/tr...
by Brandon J.
August 26th, 2016, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Oregon Notes.
Replies: 14
Views: 1361

TN: Oregon Notes.

....and THAT is why this board is awesome.

Glad you had a great time, Oregon is a beautiful place. Paul's a great guy to have as your tour guide!
by Brandon J.
August 24th, 2016, 8:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is this flaw?
Replies: 50
Views: 2019

What is this flaw?

Very interesting. I just opened a 2011 from one of my favorite producers and it had a very similar effect. Pretty nose, good color, good mid-palate, but the finish, was really REALLY short (from a fruit and tannin standpoint) and then all that was left was this bitterness. This particular winery ha...
by Brandon J.
August 23rd, 2016, 8:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is this flaw?
Replies: 50
Views: 2019

What is this flaw?

Very interesting. I just opened a 2011 from one of my favorite producers and it had a very similar effect. Pretty nose, good color, good mid-palate, but the finish, was really REALLY short (from a fruit and tannin standpoint) and then all that was left was this bitterness. This particular winery has...
by Brandon J.
August 16th, 2016, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What lesser known California wineries surprised you the most?
Replies: 52
Views: 4129

What lesser known California wine surprised you the most?

If you like pinot and chard....there's one clear answer in the 25+ wineries we visited a few months ago.

Boheme wines. Beautiful higher acid driven chards and pinot. Higher elevation coastal wines that are extremely well done. Kurt is also a board member and was beyond hospitable.
by Brandon J.
August 16th, 2016, 7:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How long would you store at 70 degrees?
Replies: 33
Views: 3726

How long would you store at 70 degrees?

OK maybe this is my naivete again but I really don't see 2-4 year storage at that temp bad for a lot of newer wine. If you're buying older wine, that is more delicate than sure, those conditions are not ideal and shouldn't be kept that way more than a few months. We have some local grocery stores th...
by Brandon J.
August 7th, 2016, 10:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why do people buy really old undrinkable Bdx
Replies: 84
Views: 308273

Why do people buy really old undrinkable Bdx

Are "bad/terrible" vintages really just a relative term for you guys? I don't know anything about old Bordeaux but I hear this "terrible vintage" or "undrinkable vintage" all the time and I think you're all full of it. I would venture to guess France has some of the better wine makers in the world c...
by Brandon J.
August 6th, 2016, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA - Zachys Burgundy Sale
Replies: 58
Views: 6696

PSA - Zachys Burgundy Sale

So how often does something like this come up?

I never really check Zackys. I'm trying very hard to resist buying anything right now.

If I were to get a half case, what are some good starter burgundies for someone who's not all that familiar with them?
by Brandon J.
August 4th, 2016, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting Notes: 6th Annual Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Throwdown, August 1st 2016, Carlton OR
Replies: 134
Views: 6708

Tasting Notes: 6th Annual Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Throwdown, August 1st 2016, Carlton OR

Richard what I tasted in both EW bottlings had nothing to do with handling or storage. It wasn't a cooked, oxidized bottle....something was just off. Brandon...to me, the EW Puits smelled like a hamster cage that needed to have the cedar shavings changed. Mild cedar (from the oak) and "poopy", for ...
by Brandon J.
August 4th, 2016, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is it with "traditionalist" wines?
Replies: 59
Views: 3026

What is it with "traditionalist" wines?

Vincent, thank you. You have summarized what I have been trying to articulate for a long time. My explanation of my preferences in wine styles has always been "balance". If there is too much oak, extraction, alcohol, brett or lees it is completely distracting from all those subtle notes. I've begun...
by Brandon J.
August 4th, 2016, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Modern vs Traditional
Replies: 49
Views: 1958

Modern vs Traditional

Wow... thank you for all the responses. As you can see, I'm still fairly new here and am still drinking my way through the wine world trying to find what I like. I'm trying to become better at describing what I like so I can ask for more suggestions when I'm either at a restaurant or a wine shop. I...
by Brandon J.
August 4th, 2016, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting Notes: 6th Annual Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Throwdown, August 1st 2016, Carlton OR
Replies: 134
Views: 6708

Tasting Notes: 6th Annual Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Throwdown, August 1st 2016, Carlton OR

I curious to hear more feedback on the Arterberry-Maresh, Maresh Vineyard Loie's. I found the oak to be a bit strong and the wine a bit more forward than typical for this winery. I also, didn't get the darker toned fruit I normally get. Some of you picked it in your top half/top 10, etc--what did y...
by Brandon J.
August 3rd, 2016, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is it with "traditionalist" wines?
Replies: 59
Views: 3026

What is it with "traditionalist" wines?

Vincent, thank you. You have summarized what I have been trying to articulate for a long time. My explanation of my preferences in wine styles has always been "balance". If there is too much oak, extraction, alcohol, brett or lees it is completely distracting from all those subtle notes. I've begun ...
by Brandon J.
August 3rd, 2016, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting Notes: 6th Annual Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Throwdown, August 1st 2016, Carlton OR
Replies: 134
Views: 6708

Tasting Notes: 6th Annual Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Throwdown, August 1st 2016, Carlton OR

Drinking another 2010 EW Puits right now...same case. The hamster cage is yesterday's news, replaced by subtle sweet wood (not overt cedar) and a typically balanced expression of estate fruit. Quite tasty. No explanation other than a different bottle and a different day. RT Richard what I tasted in...
by Brandon J.
August 2nd, 2016, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting Notes: 6th Annual Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Throwdown, August 1st 2016, Carlton OR
Replies: 134
Views: 6708

Tasting Notes: 6th Annual Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Throwdown, August 1st 2016, Carlton OR

I can get Paul's disdain for brett....I'm somewhat torn on brett myself. It's often times VERY distracting for me. I can't smell the fruit. With Cameron, it blows off for me. I love a lot of Cameron wine and I love a lot of the Beaujolais and Burgundies that have similar qualities but it has to be i...
by Brandon J.
August 2nd, 2016, 8:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting Notes: 6th Annual Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Throwdown, August 1st 2016, Carlton OR
Replies: 134
Views: 6708

Tasting Notes: 6th Annual Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Throwdown, August 1st 2016, Carlton OR

Thank you again Ian for hosting this event, it was really informative and extremely fun. I do not have near the experience of most, if not all other attendees but here are my thoughts: I still really love the 2010 vintage. The vast majority of these wines were, elegant, acid driven and yet still had...
by Brandon J.
July 21st, 2016, 7:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me fill my last minute Napa itinerary
Replies: 23
Views: 1895

Help me fill my last minute Napa itinerary

I'm a big fan of Pine Ridge not too far from that area on Silverado- great wines, pretty spot- have tasted there several times- though as a guest of my sister who is in their club OP I don't know what your palate is like or your friends but Pine Ridge is VERY new world....their wines were....not my...
by Brandon J.
July 19th, 2016, 9:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Mirabai (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, McMinnville)
Replies: 15
Views: 1355

TN: 2013 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Mirabai (USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, McMinnville)

So is Kelley Fox pretty consistent year-to-year? Seems like top producers usually are. I've been a little gun shy of Oregon Pinot since I have formed an opinion (maybe not correctly) that they are so vintage dependent. I see the 2014 Mirabai is available? Has anyone tried it? I would like to hear h...
by Brandon J.
July 13th, 2016, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon Vintages
Replies: 50
Views: 3295

Oregon Vintages

So what exactly happens to the grapes when you get that much rain near harvest? I know flavors dilute, there's new introduction to disease with prolonged exposures to moisture and the grape itself tries to absorb all that water and they can literally split or burst. So is it a waiting game then afte...
by Brandon J.
July 10th, 2016, 7:48 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS: Domestic Pinot Noir & Zin (Cellar Thinning)
Replies: 2
Views: 850

FS: Domestic Pinot Noir & Zin (Cellar Thinning)

Sheesh, I wonder what your tastes have evolved into after drinking these wines!

I may PM when we do our next trip down to Santa Rosa. I would like to pick up some of the wines you have for sure if they're still around and if you're still selling.
by Brandon J.
July 8th, 2016, 8:42 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: 6th Annual Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Throwdown, August 1st 2016, Carlton OR
Replies: 28
Views: 2185

6th Annual Post-IPNC Oregon Pinot Noir Throwdown, August 1st 2016, Carlton OR

I hope folks don't have to miss this but man would I love to attend!
by Brandon J.
July 7th, 2016, 10:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon Vintages
Replies: 50
Views: 3295

Oregon Vintages

You winemakers and your horse trading makes me so jealous :) OP - If you're generally into Oregon pinot, I don't think you'll be disappointed by any available vintage. If you can do an appointment with a winery, they most likely would be willing to coravin or open a few different vintages for you. 2...
by Brandon J.
July 4th, 2016, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shameless plug for board member's wine
Replies: 22
Views: 2971

Shameless plug for board member's wine

Very cool. I'm totally unfamiliar with this label. I thought my goal of drinking all the chardonnay in Oregon was nearly complete.

Is this distributed anywhere or in any local Portland shops?
by Brandon J.
June 25th, 2016, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Portland/Willamette Recommendations Needed
Replies: 27
Views: 1726

Portland/Willamette Recommendations Needed

Don't worry Scott, it's a beautiful view of the city. They just need a new chef/menu. OK food carts... Tidbit food farm - I would check this place out...You can't go wrong here. There are several really good carts here, pizza, dogs, latin, waffles, BEER. Really great beer bus. Holy Mole Güero - Dedi...
by Brandon J.
June 20th, 2016, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Portland/Willamette Recommendations Needed
Replies: 27
Views: 1726

Portland/Willamette Recommendations Needed

If you haven't been, Portland City Grill is good for a little more upscale dinner and a great view of Portland from the 30th floor of one of the downtown buildings. They have a decent wine list and the food and service were both very good. I'd second the hood river recs. It's a small town but with ...
by Brandon J.
June 19th, 2016, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Portland/Willamette Recommendations Needed
Replies: 27
Views: 1726

Portland/Willamette Recommendations Needed

If you can, I would try to come middle/late September VS October. Just so you get a better chance for great weather. I don't know what your budget is like or what your food interests are but here's what I'd suggest: You can change it a bit depending on if you're from midwest or east coast and have m...
by Brandon J.
June 19th, 2016, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Planning Napa/Sonoma Trip, What do you think of this list?
Replies: 9
Views: 1304

Planning Napa/Sonoma Trip, What do you think of this list?

Just as a heads up, Wind Gap is a wine bar and not really a "tasting room". You have to order 2 oz pours I think? It's still most likely worth the trip but it's not a tasting room. I think a lot of those places will be closed. To list a few that are in your area who might be open: Paul Mathew Benovi...
by Brandon J.
June 18th, 2016, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite reds under $50?
Replies: 25
Views: 1134

Favorite reds under $50?

$50 gets you a long way in a lot of places. You'll get so many suggestions from all the knowledge here you won't know what to do :) I know Oregon pretty well so I'll suggest that. You better get drinking :) If you like pinot, here are some of my favorite producers of Oregon Pinot: (Just to name a fe...
by Brandon J.
June 16th, 2016, 9:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurant Pet Peeves
Replies: 31
Views: 1415

Restaurant Pet Peevesf

Some of these complaints are legit, but some can easily be answered by noting that if you have a bottle that requires very gentle serving, drink it at home. Don' expect everyone else to live up to your standards. Restaurant employees work hard and are under lots of time pressure. You are not royalt...
by Brandon J.
June 15th, 2016, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Produttori del Barbaresco - Barbaresco Riserva "Muncagota" (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe)
Replies: 5
Views: 499

TN: 2009 Produttori del Barbaresco - Barbaresco Riserva "Muncagota" (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe)

Great notes sir. We just opened the 2009 a few weeks ago and the 2008 a few weeks before that. The 2008 was good, but it almost tasted over the hill. I don't know how that's even possible as it still had tannin and a LOT of fruit but there was a ripeness that I didn't care for. Maybe 2008 was just a...
by Brandon J.
June 11th, 2016, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Briceland Vineyards - Zinfandel - Ishi Pishi Ranch
Replies: 7
Views: 379

TN: 2013 Briceland Vineyards - Zinfandel - Ishi Pishi Ranch

This was one of my favorites when we went and visited Andrew. It's so easy to drink it's dangerous. Very uncharacteristic of a zin and I would have never guessed it blind. It reminds me of a bigger Beaujolais in a way. We had our bottle slightly chilled (not on purpose) but it was really great that ...
by Brandon J.
June 10th, 2016, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Posting A Negative Note on a Board Favorite
Replies: 92
Views: 5298

Posting A Negative Note on a Board Favorite

I'm glad to see this thread. I have tried a lot of wine from winemakers here on the board and I'm often hesitant to post notes (good or bad). Mainly because I'm not as experienced as some but I don't want to come off in the wrong way. I would think if I were a winemaker, I would be really interested...
by Brandon J.
June 3rd, 2016, 11:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Oregon chardonnay so expensive?
Replies: 190
Views: 12440

Why is Oregon chardonnay so expensive?

I LOVE that Cameron WV chard. It's so good for $15. There's so much good fruit along with a hint of RS (I don't know if there is or not) but the acid washes everything away. I wonder if the '15 is similar. If that bottling had a little less fruit and sharper acid....I would have bought as many cases...
by Brandon J.
May 31st, 2016, 10:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you protect the special wine from gulpers ?
Replies: 87
Views: 4422

How do you protect the special wine from gulpers ?

I have kind of a unique situation that hasn't been mentioned. Everyone is talking about the wino/gulper dichotomy, what happens when your only wine friends are also inconsiderate guzzlers? The only problem is, we try and share nice stuff with them since they're the only ones who would care most of ...
by Brandon J.
May 31st, 2016, 6:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How do you protect the special wine from gulpers ?
Replies: 87
Views: 4422

How do you protect the special wine from gulpers ?

I'm glad I'm not the only one with this dilemma. I have two strategies. I will be a really interesting wine (at least to me) to a party with wine geeks and gulpers. It typically isn't very expensive but unique and difficult to get a hold of. That way, if the gulpers grab it, I don't worry about it a...
by Brandon J.
May 29th, 2016, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 Cliff Creek Syrah
Replies: 1
Views: 135

2004 Cliff Creek Syrah

Cliff Creek has some nice wine particularly their syrahs. Joe Dobbes most likely was making for them in 2004. They have a new winemaker (name escapes me right now) as of 2014 I think. Good stuff. They have a "White White Wine" and a "Pink Pink Wine" that's around $14 and they're quite nice for the p...
by Brandon J.
May 27th, 2016, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When to drink 2011 Oregon Pinot?
Replies: 9
Views: 557

When to drink 2011 Oregon Pinot?

I've been investing pretty heavily into 2010 and 2011 as well and have had half a dozen wines over the past few months from both vintages. As stated, the WV blends are quite nice and have some body to them. Several of the other single vineyard wines just need more time. 3 years minimum and MANY will...
by Brandon J.
May 26th, 2016, 9:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Here's how to pay less than $10 on top-rated wine
Replies: 29
Views: 2080

Here's how to pay less than $10 on top-rated wine

That is the worst piece of crap I have read from a link on WB, and considering that I follow the politics forum, that's saying a lot. Kung Fu Girl, which I have suffered through two or three times, is AWFUL. I tasted Two Buck Chuck single blind against a $10 Cabernet and I picked out the TBC just b...
by Brandon J.
May 25th, 2016, 9:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Here's how to pay less than $10 on top-rated wine
Replies: 29
Views: 2080

Here's how to pay less than $10 on top-rated wine

I'm not offended at all. I am not fond or partial of Kung Fu Girl.... I just found his post a really bad representation of what this forum (I think) is supposed to be about. I'm clearly new around here, I don't know the guy, I don't know his situation, experience, palate or personal preference but t...
by Brandon J.
May 25th, 2016, 6:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Here's how to pay less than $10 on top-rated wine
Replies: 29
Views: 2080

Here's how to pay less than $10 on top-rated wine

That is the worst piece of crap I have read from a link on WB, and considering that I follow the politics forum, that's saying a lot. Kung Fu Girl, which I have suffered through two or three times, is AWFUL. I tasted Two Buck Chuck single blind against a $10 Cabernet and I picked out the TBC just b...
by Brandon J.
May 22nd, 2016, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: The worst tasting we've done in years (CA Pinots)
Replies: 320
Views: 20691

TNs: The worst tasting we've done in years (CA Pinots)

David, From my minimal experience asking winemakers about pyrozine. I've been told that MP presents itself in MANY different ways with regard to scent. Green beans is one of the primary noses it can produce. It really just all depends. This article was interesting: http://www.practicalwinery.com/mar...

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