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by dsimmons
February 13th, 2018, 12:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Chard...holy cow, that's a lot of wine...
Replies: 5
Views: 628

Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Chard...holy cow, that's a lot of wine...

This areas consistent weather allows this massive production of industrial wines. Although rarely exceptional they are generally passable. I often by their Erocia Riesling as a summer quaffer. They are owned by Altiria (the tobacco company formerly known as Phillip Morris). they inn turn own Columbi...
by dsimmons
February 12th, 2018, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paso Wine Tasting trip - Dec 27, 2017 (Law, Calcareous, Daou, Justin, Lone Madrone)
Replies: 33
Views: 1919

Paso Wine Tasting trip - Dec 27, 2017 (Law, Calcareous, Daou, Justin, Lone Madrone)

I would not say any of the wines from Law, Daou or Calcareous would seem to appeal to a true AFWE palate per se, but many are pretty well balanced, well structured and delicious. Based on my experience Paso and Walla Walla are in a contest to see which one can be designated AFWE hell. [cheers.gif]
by dsimmons
February 11th, 2018, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Night of the Bad Beaucastels
Replies: 38
Views: 2435

The Night of the Bad Beaucastels

Both bottles of the '07 that I have drank have been excellent (for my tastes). that was two and three years ago. I have not had the 2010 or 2011.
by dsimmons
February 11th, 2018, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 00 Dauvissat La Forest / 05 Cristom Jessie Pinot / Krug 164
Replies: 10
Views: 668

TN: 00 Dauvissat La Forest / 05 Cristom Jessie Pinot / Krug 164

I have one bottle of the '05 Jessie left. Cristom is my favorite WV producer.
by dsimmons
February 9th, 2018, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beringer/Treasury wines Estates on the road -NYC
Replies: 2
Views: 225

Beringer/Treasury wines Estates on the road -NYC

Jim, I have always been a fan of the Beringer PR and have also enjoyed their less expensive wines as everyday drinkers. I have also had pretty good luck with the Tapestry and GDL. I had an '05 Tapestry back in November that was superb.
by dsimmons
February 8th, 2018, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dipping our toes in Oregon Pinot (not literally)
Replies: 94
Views: 5201

Dipping our toes in Oregon Pinot (not literally)

Cristom is my favorite Oregon Pinot and here are a few others that i have enjoyed that have not yet been mentioned:

Belle Pente
Eyrie
White Rose
Argyle
by dsimmons
January 31st, 2018, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dropping off wine lists and it feels........good!!
Replies: 85
Views: 10261

Dropping off wine lists and it feels........good!!

I have doped off several lists but even better there is a group of four friends that share allocations. That allows more reasonable purchase amounts while still staying on the list and retaining allocations. So far the strategy has worked out very well.
by dsimmons
January 31st, 2018, 1:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many different Burg producers are represented in your cellar?
Replies: 122
Views: 3275

How many different Burg producers are represented in your cellar?

42 with 14 producers with more than 6 bottles. I have all but stopped buying Burgundy due to premox of whites and my preference for domestic PN.
by dsimmons
January 12th, 2018, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question on wine storage
Replies: 13
Views: 1028

Question on wine storage

Count me as one who doesn’t think humidity is a huge concern. +1 I live in Alaska and have had a passive cellar is in my crawl space for 20 years. The humidity is relatively low especially in the winter months. Low humidity has never been a problem for me or any of my friends who have similar situa...
by dsimmons
January 12th, 2018, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Quilceda Creek?
Replies: 12
Views: 1304

2015 Quilceda Creek?

Anyone tried it? Not even sure how broader WA cabs fared in 2015. Looks like release is $140, I was thinking about passing but when you put it in context of Napa the price isn't bad. thoughts are appreciated. thanks -paul Hi Paul, QC is a very consistent producer. If you are a fan of the style (I a...
by dsimmons
January 10th, 2018, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Replies: 1
Views: 136

TN: 2004 Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape

2004 Domaine de Cristia Châteauneuf-du-Pape - France, Rhône, Southern Rhône, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (1/10/2018) This is my third of 4 bottles and the best to date.. Pop and pour. The color is garnet with no browning or cloudiness. On the nose big time cherry with floral and vanilla notes. The flavors ...
by dsimmons
January 10th, 2018, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dauvissat Clos
Replies: 48
Views: 2525

2008 Dauvissat Clos

Until recently I thought Chablis was less prone to premox than other White Burgundy but a string of premoxed Chablis has changed my opinion.
by dsimmons
January 6th, 2018, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some 2011 Napa Cabs (Schrader, Piper, Congruence, EMH)
Replies: 13
Views: 1184

Some 2011 Napa Cabs (Schrader, Piper, Congruence, EMH)

Haven't drank very many CA '11's yet but the ones I have had were disappointing for my taste preferences. Generally thin acidic and lacking fruit. I am hoping that some cellar time will bring the fruit out on these even though I am not particularly optimistic.
by dsimmons
December 31st, 2017, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate
Replies: 21
Views: 710

TN: 2002 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

9/27/2014 rated 92 points: Earth, red peppers, softer fruit, minerals and earth. Well integrated and drinking near peak. Medium finish. I don't see this evolving beyond where it is and I enjoyed it. (2317 views) Only had it in 2014 and thought it would not evolve beyond what I tasted. Coincidentall...
by dsimmons
December 31st, 2017, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate
Replies: 21
Views: 710

TN: 2002 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

Thanks for the note. I would be curious to hear from folks who have lots of experience with Montelena pre and post 1997 to see if they age as well. There have been lots of discussions about 1997 being a 'watershed year' in Napa for making 'riper' style wines - and even though Montelena has more tha...
by dsimmons
December 31st, 2017, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best corkscrew?
Replies: 81
Views: 4416

Best corkscrew?

Waiters friend with a double lever for me as an everyday corkscrew. Durrant for old bottles.
by dsimmons
December 30th, 2017, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So, is your cellar heated?
Replies: 52
Views: 2348

So, is your cellar heated?

Neal.Mollen wrote:Do you crawl in your crawl space to get your wine?

Yes I do. It's about 4' high. I am not sure this will work but I will post a link to a photo.

https://photos.google.com/search/wine%2 ... VdpejxBHyv
by dsimmons
December 30th, 2017, 1:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So, is your cellar heated?
Replies: 52
Views: 2348

So, is your cellar heated?

I have a passive cellar in my crawl space that stays between 53-64 degrees year round. It is actually warmest in the winter when the temperatures are the coldest because the heating vents for the house are also in the crawl space.
by dsimmons
December 30th, 2017, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate
Replies: 21
Views: 710

TN: 2002 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

Rich Brown wrote:I had a 97 Montelena Estate last week out of a 375ml that was drinking incredibly well.

Maybe it needs more time??

I hope you are right Rich.
by dsimmons
December 30th, 2017, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1992 Stag`s Leap Wine Cellars Fay Cabernet
Replies: 19
Views: 608

1992 Stag`s Leap Wine Cellars Fay Cabernet

I ended up with two bottles of the '98 Fay which was supposed to be a poor vintage. I remember how delighted I was when I opened these in 2007. They turned out delicious.
by dsimmons
December 30th, 2017, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate
Replies: 21
Views: 710

TN: 2002 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

Bdklein wrote:Have you tried any bottles without a decant ? Drink earlier after opening and see how it develops in the glass?

I actually always taste a wine when I open it. This wine was better after the decant as the bitterness note faded but otherwise it did not change much.

Don
by dsimmons
December 30th, 2017, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate
Replies: 21
Views: 710

TN: 2002 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

2002 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate - USA, California, Napa Valley (12/30/2017) This is my 6th bottle of a case and I must say it has been a troubling journey. After a 5 hour decant this bottle was not completely out of balance but mostly showed acidic and tannic notes an...
by dsimmons
December 24th, 2017, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée
Replies: 9
Views: 807

TN: 2006 Domaine du Pégaü Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

Thanks for the note Dale. I had a 6 pack of the '06 but the two bottles I have drank so far have disappointed. Last was 18 mouths ago so maybe it is time to try another. Anytime a Beaucastel does not perform my thought is always heat damage since they seem to be a pretty consistent producer. Hope my...
by dsimmons
December 23rd, 2017, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quick thoughts on Vieille Cure - Fronsac
Replies: 12
Views: 500

Quick thoughts on Vieille Cure - Fronsac

I have the '04 an '05 of this wine. I have drank most of the '04 and consider it to be mediocre with tannins overshadowing the fruit. I have not drunk any of the '05's yet.
by dsimmons
December 23rd, 2017, 1:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which wine to pair for Christmas Dinner? UPDATED!!!!!!!
Replies: 56
Views: 2043

Which wine to go with our Beef Tenderloin for Christmas Dinner?

So you have really gotten recommendations for just about anything and everything which only means that the only thing that really counts is what you like. My personal preference is big reds. For our Christmas standing rib we will have Cabs and Bordeaux but will also have a white wine open for some w...
by dsimmons
December 22nd, 2017, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The size of YOUR ideal Wine Cellar
Replies: 35
Views: 1937

The size of YOUR ideal Wine Cellar

For me, it really depends on how mature my cellar is. If most of the wines in my cellar are ready to drink, I dont think that I would find a need for much more than 750 bottle capacity. Since my cellar is so young and I'm buying wines on release and letting them mature before I drink them, I am thi...
by dsimmons
December 22nd, 2017, 12:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The size of YOUR ideal Wine Cellar
Replies: 35
Views: 1937

The size of YOUR ideal Wine Cellar

At circa 1.5 k so far, think you need around 7.5k if you want to drink mature wines that you purchased on release. If you drink a bottle of wine each day 7500 bottles is 20 years worth. I would guess that you would need to do a lot of entertaining to warrant this size cellar. Well, my ambition is t...
by dsimmons
December 22nd, 2017, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The size of YOUR ideal Wine Cellar
Replies: 35
Views: 1937

The size of YOUR ideal Wine Cellar

William Kelley wrote:At circa 1.5 k so far, think you need around 7.5k if you want to drink mature wines that you purchased on release.
If you drink a bottle of wine each day 7500 bottles is 20 years worth. I would guess that you would need to do a lot of entertaining to warrant this size cellar.
by dsimmons
December 22nd, 2017, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The size of YOUR ideal Wine Cellar
Replies: 35
Views: 1937

The size of YOUR ideal Wine Cellar

Over the last 3-4 years I have picked up the pace in buying age-worthy wines from regions I love because the time is coming -- in fact to a large degree is already here -- where new vintages are of no use to me no matter how good or attractively priced they are. When I retire, I want a well-stocked...
by dsimmons
December 22nd, 2017, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The size of YOUR ideal Wine Cellar
Replies: 35
Views: 1937

The size of YOUR ideal Wine Cellar

Ideal would be probably be massive, but realistically at ~ 120-140 bottles drunk a year, and let's say an average of a decade in the cellar, maybe 1200 would be ideal in purely logistical terms. It's never going to get that high though. Ian, I agree with your 10 times your annual consumption algori...
by dsimmons
December 22nd, 2017, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The size of YOUR ideal Wine Cellar
Replies: 35
Views: 1937

The size of YOUR ideal Wine Cellar

brodie thomson wrote:
This!

I have more than 4k now and my target is lower (more like 3k). Not sure of this is the cellar size trajectory OP meant?

cheers brodie
Actually Brodie I am in exactly the same situation with 2500 bottles looking at 2000 as the right size.
by dsimmons
December 22nd, 2017, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Chardonnay recommendations needed
Replies: 63
Views: 2613

California Chardonnay recommendations needed

My favorite producer for CA Chardonnay is Hansel. Their Chardonnays range from $30-45.
by dsimmons
December 21st, 2017, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The size of YOUR ideal Wine Cellar
Replies: 35
Views: 1937

The size of YOUR ideal Wine Cellar

Given your life style, wine consumption habits and preferences what would be the ideal cellar size to provide an appropriate inventory of the wines you love. Assume for this poll that you are not constrained by storage space. For me the joy of a cellar is being able to select the "perfect" wine for ...
by dsimmons
December 21st, 2017, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Cayuse Grenache God Only Knows
Replies: 0
Views: 161

TN: 2009 Cayuse Grenache God Only Knows

2009 Cayuse Grenache God Only Knows - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley, Walla Walla Valley (12/21/2017) This wine is drinking beautifully. Pop and pour and it was delicious right from the start. Wine is a blackish ruby color. Nose of Raspberry, smoke and vanilla. On the palate licorice, blackberry,...
by dsimmons
December 20th, 2017, 1:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Wine Goals
Replies: 87
Views: 3706

2018 Wine Goals

Scott,

Yours is a good list. I could subscribe to all but #4. I would replace it with a goal to reduce my cellar size by an additional 200 bottles.
by dsimmons
December 20th, 2017, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does that golden yellow color always mean premox?
Replies: 11
Views: 732

Does that golden yellow color always mean premox?

A. So wrote:Could be botrytis. Not sure about Chablis but lots of rot in 2006 white Burg.
Interesting. I did notice a bit of "sweetness" not characteristic of Chablis.
by dsimmons
December 19th, 2017, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does that golden yellow color always mean premox?
Replies: 11
Views: 732

Does that golden yellow color always mean premox?

Jonathan Favre wrote:We could ask our Urologists on WB this question and they'd say you're probably dehydrated :).
That is about the color [shock.gif]
by dsimmons
December 19th, 2017, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does that golden yellow color always mean premox?
Replies: 11
Views: 732

Does that golden yellow color always mean premox?

I just had a bottle of 2006 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Bougros. When I poured the wine the color was that golden yellow that is so characteristic of PREMOX. After a bit of profanity I tasted the wine to discover that it was good, in fact really good. So my question is whether or not the...
by dsimmons
December 19th, 2017, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bottle you enjoyed most fequently in 2017
Replies: 82
Views: 2931

Bottle you enjoyed most fequently in 2017

By far the '15 and '16 Tablas Creek Patelin de Tablas Blanc 18 Bottles. Great summertime afternoon on the deck wine. We also go through lots of La Crema Sonoma Chardonnay and Kirkland Brut Champagne for my wife and her girl friends. Beyond that mosty oneses and a few twoses.
by dsimmons
December 17th, 2017, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Betz Family Clos de Betz (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)
Replies: 7
Views: 369

TN: 2007 Betz Family Clos de Betz (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)

Drew Goin wrote:I enjoy many Washington Rhône-style wines as well as Bordeaux/Meritage blends.

Which is the the Clos de Betz?

Drew,

It is the Bordeaux blend.
by dsimmons
December 17th, 2017, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Betz Family Clos de Betz (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)
Replies: 7
Views: 369

TN: 2007 Betz Family Clos de Betz (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)

Under-appreciated winery. Bob is not only a great person, and winemaker, but one of most knowledgable wine people ever.... he's forgotten more than I know. Every 2007 I ever had is long gone. Thanks for the note. Under appreciated winery in an underappreciated region. IMHO WA wines represent some o...
by dsimmons
December 16th, 2017, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Betz Family Clos de Betz (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)
Replies: 7
Views: 369

TN: 2007 Betz Family Clos de Betz (USA, Washington, Columbia Valley)

2007 Betz Family Clos de Betz - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley (12/16/2017) It has been about 3 years since my last bottle of this wine and it has improved markedly. This was a pop and pour. The color is dark ruby with no signs of age at all. On the nose graphite, earth, cherry, smoke and some va...
by dsimmons
December 16th, 2017, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 5 pinot noir wines from California
Replies: 163
Views: 9455

Top 5 pinot noir wines from California

I may have missed it but hard for me to believe that no one mentioned Hansel which is one of my top three.
The others that I woulld include are Siduri, Delinger, Calera and Pisoni.

My choices are tempered by what I consider affordable,
by dsimmons
December 12th, 2017, 4:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Premox changed your White Burgundy buying strategy?
Replies: 65
Views: 3269

Has Premox changed your White Burgundy buying strategy?

Yea, my experience with premox the past few years has pretty much stopped my purchases. I would say that 75% of my flawed bottles are premox white burgundy.

Someone else said it above but if it is not age-worthy why pay the premium?
by dsimmons
December 12th, 2017, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Pertimali (Livio Sassetti) Brunello di Montalcino
Replies: 2
Views: 161

TN: 2003 Pertimali (Livio Sassetti) Brunello di Montalcino

2003 Pertimali (Livio Sassetti) Brunello di Montalcino - Italy, Tuscany, Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino (12/11/2017) Wow this may be my best ever bottle of Sangiovese. Pop and pour. The color is deep garnet with no signs of age. On the nose graphite, cherry fruit, and vanilla. The palate shows ...
by dsimmons
December 8th, 2017, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will FedEx/UPS ship wine to Hawaii?
Replies: 40
Views: 1275

Will FedEx/UPS ship wine to Hawaii?

Because of the problems associated with shipping IMHO your best option is extra luggage; even with the stop in CA. Just rent a luggage buggy at the airport. It will cost you less and it will be a lot more stress free as you will have better control of the shipment. I do this quite often and find fai...
by dsimmons
December 6th, 2017, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The BEST damn wine that I will never taste!
Replies: 18
Views: 2435

The BEST damn wine that I will never taste!

Knock on wood in advance but in my 20 years cellaring wine I have broken only one bottle of a relatively inexpensive zin when I dropped a case into my crawl space. This is a testament to the toughness of wine bottles and not to my sure handedness as I have dropped and banged many bottles over the ye...
by dsimmons
December 3rd, 2017, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Unholy Trinity
Replies: 4
Views: 780

The Unholy Trinity

I have had a lot of disappointment due to POX but you really had a bad day.
by dsimmons
December 3rd, 2017, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)
Replies: 16
Views: 992

TN: 2001 Ridge Monte Bello (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)

My run of Monte Bellos starts in 2007. Hope I live long enough to enjoy them.
by dsimmons
December 3rd, 2017, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why I cellar wines...
Replies: 17
Views: 1750

Why I cellar wines...

FOR MY TASTES that prefer older wines, I can't even imagine not having a cellar. There are very few wines that I buy that don't spend at least a year or two in the cellar and I would say the average red that I drink is 8-9 years old. My cellar is in Alaska and when I go to Texas for the winter I fee...

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