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by Vincent Fritzsche
January 27th, 2018, 2:22 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Liquid Farm - WBD deepest discounts of the Year of the Dog!!
Replies: 32
Views: 2580

Liquid Farm - WBD deepest discounts of the Year of the Dog!!

No dogs here! I was a BD buyer last year, then visited with the crew when I was in SB county last July. Liquid Farm is the real deal, stoked to have many bottles in the cellar. Go for it people.
by Vincent Fritzsche
January 27th, 2018, 1:31 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Weinbau Paetra -Willamette Valley Riesling, PN, PG, ROSE.
Replies: 76
Views: 3897

Weinbau Paetra -Willamette Valley Riesling, PN, PG, ROSE.

These are ridiculous deals, the K is outright unlawful. Love seeing Berserkers getting in on Paetra.
by Vincent Fritzsche
January 27th, 2018, 10:51 am
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Goodfellow Berserker Day IX offers
Replies: 31
Views: 2264

Goodfellow Berserker Day IX offers

Winner, best named offers. [worship.gif]
by Vincent Fritzsche
January 27th, 2018, 9:16 am
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Vincent - Oregon 3-packs
Replies: 31
Views: 2763

Vincent - Oregon 3-packs

Nice, thanks guys.

But Clisson?!?! Even in a way?!?! [worship.gif]
by Vincent Fritzsche
January 26th, 2018, 6:30 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: EXTENDED The Wine Check - 20% discount AND freebie AND raffle!!!
Replies: 42
Views: 2397

The Wine Check - 20% discount AND freebie AND raffle!!!

I'm in, a repeat BD purchase because I WORE OUT MY FIRST because I use it so much. Thanks for a great, very reliable product that has been invaluable!
by Vincent Fritzsche
January 26th, 2018, 4:39 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Balanced Wine Selections - BDIX Offer
Replies: 11
Views: 1191

Balanced Wine Selections - BDIX Offer

Whoa, 25% off is awesome.

FYI, I can highly recommend the Marchard de Gramont burgs from Nuit and Vosne. Visited the maker this past summer, we have the same importer in Quebec and was I so impressed with the wines and the people. I bought a case before but should add more!!
by Vincent Fritzsche
January 26th, 2018, 4:31 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Vincent - Oregon 3-packs
Replies: 31
Views: 2763

Vincent - Oregon 3-packs

Thanks everyone, love to see so many new buyers. I'm making some adjustments in the offer to account for things that are sold out, but fear not, there are some cool 3-packs remaining. [berserker.gif]
by Vincent Fritzsche
January 26th, 2018, 8:40 am
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Vincent - Oregon 3-packs
Replies: 31
Views: 2763

Vincent - Oregon 3-packs

Thanks for the preview day love. I'm already culling the library to make some more verticals of Bjornson, but BerserkerDay is worth it. I'm a little slammed today with regular life but email me any more orders, I will reply in order ASAP and confirm things. I'll invoice late today so just deal with ...
by Vincent Fritzsche
January 24th, 2018, 10:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions
Replies: 20
Views: 1084

Impressions

I’ll check out that one Jim, I think Chris Brockway is making terrific stuff but haven’t tried his Cab franc. Thanks.
by Vincent Fritzsche
January 24th, 2018, 6:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Cloudy" young red wine - like or dislike?
Replies: 14
Views: 525

"Cloudy" young red wine - like or dislike?

No worries at all. I always say all comments are welcome. Glad you like the wine.
by Vincent Fritzsche
January 24th, 2018, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP - Jim Barr
Replies: 10
Views: 1173

RIP - Jim Barr

Wow, hadn't heard. RIP Jim.
by Vincent Fritzsche
January 24th, 2018, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions
Replies: 20
Views: 1084

Impressions

Jim, that Chat Fou is exactly what I love about Grenache. Stony, peppery, red fruits, that's the kind of wine I cut my teeth on back in the early '90s. Seems like that kind of Grenache has gone out of style.
by Vincent Fritzsche
January 23rd, 2018, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who drank some Giacosa in memory of Bruno?
Replies: 8
Views: 560

Who drank some Giacosa in memory of Bruno?

I've had a nasty cold so no bevs for me, but I bartered recently for a '79 Barbaresco Santo Stefano white label that's going to get opened soon enough. RIP Bruno.
by Vincent Fritzsche
January 23rd, 2018, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Cloudy" young red wine - like or dislike?
Replies: 14
Views: 525

"Cloudy" young red wine - like or dislike?

It’s funny because I saw this thread and clicked on it because I don’t exactly love cloudy young red wine myself. Funny because this was prompted by one of my wines. In this case, I honestly just had a bad day of racking and picked up too much lees. My Willamette Valley bottling is mostly press wine...
by Vincent Fritzsche
January 16th, 2018, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Big Changes at St. Innocent
Replies: 17
Views: 1444

Big Changes at St. Innocent

I don’t know any inside scoop, but I think Mark’s gotten to the point where he doesn’t need to make as much wine as he did. That plus having their own place on their own vineyard where they might focus on even more direct to consumer than they already likely do...that sounds lovely. I’m sure Vineyar...
by Vincent Fritzsche
January 14th, 2018, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Taylor Vintage Port - 1977 or 1983 - which to open?
Replies: 8
Views: 448

Taylor Vintage Port - 1977 or 1983 - which to open?

Was going to say ‘83 and not from specific experience but yeah, the vintage is ready now vs ‘77s.
by Vincent Fritzsche
January 14th, 2018, 6:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beware them out of state shipping costs
Replies: 47
Views: 3240

Beware them out of state shipping costs

Shipping is expensive. If you get a deal, enjoy it. The lesson for businesses is that people don’t understand what shipping costs, so just charge less than your actual costs (not to mention time including compliance) and call it good. I’m not fighting the fight, but people really need to understand ...
by Vincent Fritzsche
January 14th, 2018, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Massican Annia (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 25
Views: 741

TN: 2016 Massican Annia (USA, California, Napa Valley)

A BerserkerDay offer from Massican wouod be awesome.
by Vincent Fritzsche
January 12th, 2018, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Massican Annia (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 25
Views: 741

TN: 2016 Massican Annia (USA, California, Napa Valley)

I tried a similar blend of theirs from Friuli and it was delicious over three nights. 2015 vintage Gaspari. I guess they have a partnership with a winery over there, and produce wines from the two countries under the Massican label? Sorry if this has been discussed before.
by Vincent Fritzsche
January 11th, 2018, 1:15 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IX (January 27, 2018 - it was a doozy!)
Topic: Vincent - Oregon 3-packs
Replies: 31
Views: 2763

Vincent - Oregon 3-packs

I've participated in BerserkerDay every year since 2011, happy to be back again. Thanks to everyone who makes BerserkerDay happen. This year I'm offering a few different Vincent 3-packs , all ridiculous values in the spirit of BerserkerDay madness. Shipping is cheap, and even free if you put a few 3...
by Vincent Fritzsche
January 11th, 2018, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot
Replies: 165
Views: 8145

The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot

Todd, that's one bag I won't be grabbing! neener I like Scott G's change to the original thread title - it ain't JUST Pinot. Oregon is one of the best spots on the planet to grown Pinot Noir. We now have decent stock of 20+ year old vines and lots more close to that age. All the reasons people are g...
by Vincent Fritzsche
January 9th, 2018, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot
Replies: 165
Views: 8145

The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot

I’m thinking you might be able to do better with $20-25 Gamay at 4 tons/acre than trying to match that price with lower yielding Pinot Noir. With Beaujolais prices finally catching up to quality at the top domaines, I think our potential for good drinking Gamay at $20 and perhaps Cru rivaling wines ...
by Vincent Fritzsche
January 8th, 2018, 8:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot
Replies: 165
Views: 8145

The Future of Oregon Wine: It Ain’t Pinot

Richard’s comment about Gamay not providing the return per acre is very common, but I’m not sure I understand it. If you can find Gamay at $2500/ton these days you’re doing pretty well. And you can easily get 4 tons an acre and make quality wine. A lot of growers would LOVE to get $10k an acre for P...
by Vincent Fritzsche
January 5th, 2018, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sutter Home....
Replies: 19
Views: 1218

Sutter Home....

Katherine is a Portland, OR, based wine writer with several books to her credit, though she's probably best known for her book on biodynamics called Voodoo Vintners. I think last year or the year before she wrote on focused on Rose. I first came upon her as a columnist in the Oregonian newspaper mor...
by Vincent Fritzsche
December 20th, 2017, 1:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1970 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Viña Real Gran Reserva
Replies: 19
Views: 839

TN: 1970 C.V.N.E. (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) Rioja Viña Real Gran Reserva

Had this once in 2000 or 2001 and I still remember it. Didn't know CVNE at that point, never forgot them since. Legendary wine for me.
by Vincent Fritzsche
December 6th, 2017, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thomas Fire in Ventura....
Replies: 64
Views: 4708

Thomas Fire in Ventura....

The fire in LA by the Getty Center off 405 looks absolutely worst case. Video I’m seeing is shocking. I hope people were able to evacuate. It’s not the first thing we should think about but Moraga vineyard is right there, I can’t imagine how it could fare in such a situation. And the masterworks at ...
by Vincent Fritzsche
December 2nd, 2017, 5:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Arcadian Syrah Purisima Mountain Vineyard
Replies: 12
Views: 660

TN: 2007 Arcadian Syrah Purisima Mountain Vineyard

Great to hear, I have a bottle of this in the cellar. When I last tried this wine this past summer on a visit to CA it was just as you describe. I certainly paid more but quite worth it.
by Vincent Fritzsche
November 17th, 2017, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A great Semillon from Oregon!
Replies: 10
Views: 808

A great Semillon from Oregon!

The Ode to Chuck (Coury) bottling is noticeably barrel marked, making me think of good white Bordeaux more than anything else in comparison. Essentially a reserve level wine. I have seen it at tastings in London so you never know where bottles will turn up.
by Vincent Fritzsche
November 16th, 2017, 11:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A great Semillon from Oregon!
Replies: 10
Views: 808

A great Semillon from Oregon!

Yes, Golden Cluster is the label you want to look for. Fascinating wines.
by Vincent Fritzsche
November 14th, 2017, 10:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are people drinking for Thanksgiving?
Replies: 216
Views: 9010

What are people drinking for Thanksgiving?

I'm going with some Champagne, probably Perseval Farge NV Brut, then a couple of my own which I never do. First the 2014 Chardonnay Willamette Valley, which was all Johan Vineyard. Then my first vintage officially, the 2009 Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard. I only bottled one barrel and I sold most of it ...
by Vincent Fritzsche
November 14th, 2017, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills
Replies: 8
Views: 419

TN: 2015 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills

Coffee cup with lid is actually the specific Riedel recommended shape for this wine!!

Seriously, this one is a good example of how 15s (in my cellar anyway) have lovely ripeness with fine structure at very modest alcohol. 12.2% from a lab sample done after the labels were run.
by Vincent Fritzsche
November 14th, 2017, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills
Replies: 8
Views: 419

TN: 2015 Vincent Pinot Noir Eola - Amity Hills

Just seeing this note, glad it’s showing well. I love the ‘15s in general and this one is no exception. For those keeping score, this bottling is mostly Bjornson vineyard and the west block at Silvershot vineyard, with a bit of Zenith and Temperance Hill in there too.
by Vincent Fritzsche
November 7th, 2017, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: R.I.P. Patty Green
Replies: 124
Views: 5238

R.I.P. Patty Green

So sorry to hear this. Love to you all.
by Vincent Fritzsche
October 31st, 2017, 10:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: help me differentiate '14 and '15 wines in Oregon
Replies: 16
Views: 1091

help me differentiate '14 and '15 wines in Oregon

I like 15 of the 14/15/16 trio. All warm years but 15 was cooler at the beginning of harvest and the wines in my cellar anyway have more tension and freshness. I really like the year.
by Vincent Fritzsche
October 29th, 2017, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Arcadian Syrah Robert O. Fleming Cuvée Garys' Vineyard
Replies: 8
Views: 355

TN: 2001 Arcadian Syrah Robert O. Fleming Cuvée Garys' Vineyard

I think Joe told me he was an early investor (?) and had opinions about Syrah and got his name on a cuvée label. I had one, maybe the ‘01, visiting Joe this summer. Incredibly good wine, just as this note suggests. Uncommon wine.
by Vincent Fritzsche
October 26th, 2017, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Strong in Oregon?
Replies: 11
Views: 713

2017 Strong in Oregon?

I was expecting the heat would have been damaging to the grapes but in the end we had to wait into October for good ripeness and not too low pH. In one vineyard, I work with mostly north south rows but one upper block has east west rows. That upper area usually comes in a week later than the lower b...
by Vincent Fritzsche
October 24th, 2017, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions
Replies: 7
Views: 869

Impressions

Agreed on Vajra, and your notes in general. More please.
by Vincent Fritzsche
October 9th, 2017, 7:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Et Fille Winemaker killed in Tractor accident (in May 2017)
Replies: 8
Views: 1005

Et Fille Winemaker killed in Tractor accident (in May 2017)

Howard was a good acquaintance, someone I'd known for years but honestly didn't know too well. He had a big impact on me, probably more than he knew. He was an inspiration to me as another former home winemaker who made it his life. The first wine dinner I ever did as a maker was with Howard and Jes...
by Vincent Fritzsche
October 4th, 2017, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help-Willamette Trip
Replies: 74
Views: 5087

Help-Willamette Trip

Clifton, yes, by all means get in touch with me if you're coming to the Willamette Valley. Invitation extends to all Berserkers, I've really enjoyed getting to know people here over the years.
by Vincent Fritzsche
October 4th, 2017, 11:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RIP Richard Sauret
Replies: 6
Views: 860

RIP Richard Sauret

Wow, sad to hear this. +1 on thanks to Tom for his reflections on Richard.
by Vincent Fritzsche
September 22nd, 2017, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1984 Hooper's Vintage Port
Replies: 4
Views: 133

TN: 1984 Hooper's Vintage Port

I had an '84 Infantado LBV - traditionally bottled - and it was decent enough, a survivor more than anything. I remember Hoopers closing out a bunch of VP from the 1980s at Trader Joe's in the '90s, I was eager to find bargains but really found the wines uninspiring.
by Vincent Fritzsche
September 22nd, 2017, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Chapoutier Cote Rotie La Mordoree
Replies: 7
Views: 479

TN: 1991 Chapoutier Cote Rotie La Mordoree

Jbray23 brought a mid-60s Chapoutier Cote Rotie multi vintage blend, some special cuvee they used to do. It was fantastic. Based on that I'd give a '69 a look, I have no idea of vintage quality but wasn't shabby a little further north in Burgundy so maybe a nice year in CR?
by Vincent Fritzsche
September 6th, 2017, 10:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon Chardonnay
Replies: 49
Views: 2569

Oregon Chardonnay

Lots of good recommendations here, myself excluded. Very cool to see Oregon Chardonnay getting lots of love. It's truly a special thing, the story of the old plant material here being bad is wrong, and the newer plant material I think is only adding to the mix. Taste as widely as you can and decide ...
by Vincent Fritzsche
September 4th, 2017, 11:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1984 Quinta Do Infantado Porto Late Bottled Vintage (Portugal, Douro, Porto)
Replies: 1
Views: 94

TN: 1984 Quinta Do Infantado Porto Late Bottled Vintage (Portugal, Douro, Porto)

I bought one of these too (Winebid). Super solid port, just what I was hoping for in an older LBV that's more than ready to go. I'm a sucker for odd things like this.
by Vincent Fritzsche
August 27th, 2017, 12:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Brick House Visit?
Replies: 19
Views: 1350

Brick House Visit?

Doug's the best.

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