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by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 21st, 2015, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any big name Wine Critics you do trust?
Replies: 51
Views: 2278

Are there any big name Wine Critics you do trust?

Sadat X.

I prefer FUF to points.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 3rd, 2015, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you wine goals for 2015?
Replies: 77
Views: 2265

What are you wine goals for 2015?

Buy and drink more Champagne.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
December 13th, 2014, 7:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest
Replies: 10
Views: 594

TN: 2007 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis 1er Cru La Forest

I am drinking this wine tonight, and Jeremy's note is spot on in my opinion. This wine is fantastic. I am glad to have two more bottles in my cellar. I think I will hold one of them for five more years at least to see where it goes.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
December 13th, 2014, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Estate Old Vine Ribbon Ridge
Replies: 17
Views: 874

TN: 2011 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Estate Old Vine Ribbon Ridge

Nice note, Mike. I bought some of these in a BerserkerDay offering a few years ago, and I reloaded immediately after drinking my first bottle. Wonderful stuff.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
November 17th, 2014, 7:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pleasant Surprise: 2003 Oliverhill Winery Jimmy Section Shiraz (McLaren Vale)
Replies: 0
Views: 52

Pleasant Surprise: 2003 Oliverhill Winery Jimmy Section Shiraz (McLaren Vale)

Australian wines (some of them, anyway) seem to have taken quite a beating in recent years, so I thought a note on this wine might provide an interesting discussion point. I acquired the bottle, along with some other assorted Australian wines, from an Aussie neighbor who moved back home for work-rel...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
October 27th, 2014, 7:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard
Replies: 12
Views: 1186

TN: 2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

Many say the wine perhaps is not ready. I had this a month or so ago, and I thought the wine needed more time in bottle. Relative to other Alpine PN vintages I have tried, I thought this wine had a lot of baby fat that needed to subside. Probably as a result of the vintage, I also thought it was bi...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
October 20th, 2014, 6:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemaker / Importer Beware!!
Replies: 120
Views: 13568

Winemaker / Importer Beware!!

Count me among those who no longer have space in my cellar for Kutch wines. In my opinion, Kutch's attack on Nola in this thread was nasty, unprovoked and unwarranted. On the other hand, I probably will buy Nola's wines soon. The Berserkerday olive oil, vinegar and sardines sure are good . I was go...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
October 20th, 2014, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winemaker / Importer Beware!!
Replies: 120
Views: 13568

Winemaker / Importer Beware!!

Count me among those who no longer will purchase Kutch wines. In my opinion, Kutch's attack on Nola in this thread was nasty, unprovoked and unwarranted.

On the other hand, I probably will buy Nola's wines soon. The Berserkerday olive oil, vinegar and sardines sure are good.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
October 9th, 2014, 7:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 26
Views: 928

TN: 1994 Dominus Estate Napanook Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Tim Heaton wrote:
Howard Cooper wrote:Thanks. There are certainly some California wines that age very well.
without a doubt, this is still on the upswing. Enjoy [cheers.gif]
I'm in the same boat as Howard -- one bottle in the cellar. I appreciate your take on this.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
September 30th, 2014, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 3 grapes do you drink most often?
Replies: 54
Views: 1353

What 3 grapes do you drink most often?

Ryan Caughey wrote:1. Pinot Noir
2. Riesling
3. Chard
4. Syrah

Everything else is way behind.
Same here. Thanks for posting for me.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
September 25th, 2014, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Offering?
Replies: 310
Views: 28353

Rhys Offering?

Just got an offer yesterday, even though I've ordered quite a bit of Rhys in the past. Only included two wines, so easy pass. I think I might be done with Rhys. Sorry fanboys... Insult Rhys' allocation system and its customer base all in one post. Well done. I seriously doubt your definition of “qu...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
September 24th, 2014, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Offering?
Replies: 310
Views: 28353

Rhys Offering?

A few minutes ago, I happily ordered a case of what I was offered. I had to stick with the svds, but I'm glad to have eight assorted PN along with a few bottles each of the Syrah and Chard. I would love to have purchased everything and maxed my wish list, but reality has to set in at some point (eve...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
September 17th, 2014, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Sandler Boer Vineyard Pinot Noir
Replies: 3
Views: 246

TN: 2012 Sandler Boer Vineyard Pinot Noir

I haven't posted many notes lately, but I felt like this wine deserved some mention based on how much I enjoyed it. Light ruby color in the glass, it looks like a much older wine. The nose is equal parts tart red fruit and dirt. The excitement happens in the mouth, when the flavors start to pop. Red...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
September 12th, 2014, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR: 2008 Chidaine Le Bouchet
Replies: 4
Views: 280

TNR: 2008 Chidaine Le Bouchet

Thanks for your thoughts, gents. I just pulled the cork, and I am pleased to say the wine, while still cold, is fresh and alive. Perhaps it is leaner and less opulent than it was when I first tried a bottle, but it seems to be taking on a more complex flavor profile with age. In any case, the wine w...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
September 12th, 2014, 5:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNR: 2008 Chidaine Le Bouchet
Replies: 4
Views: 280

TNR: 2008 Chidaine Le Bouchet

I am looking for recent Berserker experiences with this wine. The last few Cellartracker notes were not terribly enthusiastic, suggesting that the wine may be softening and losing its energy. Hopefully, this is not the case as I have a few more and plan to open one this afternoon. Thanks in advance.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
September 10th, 2014, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: We're screwed! LF is making a PN + more Chards
Replies: 59
Views: 3947

We're screwed! LF is making a PN + more Chards

I have not seen this "new email" of which all of you speak (not sure why). Liquid Farm PN and more Chard sound interesting, though, so I will look into it. Thanks for the heads up.

EDIT: I sent this and then saw Nikki's post. All good.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
September 6th, 2014, 5:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You can only buy from two producers . . .
Replies: 114
Views: 5493

You can only buy from two producers . . .

Josh Kurek wrote:Rhys and ridge...
I was thinking Copain and Ridge, but I could survive with Rhys and Ridge too.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
August 25th, 2014, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 11
Views: 1106

TN: 2010 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard

Jay Miller wrote:Ridiculously good.
I would be satisfied with that. Thanks everybody for all the thoughts.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
August 24th, 2014, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 11
Views: 1106

TN: 2010 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard

David,

Thanks for the note. Do you think now is the ideal time to open this wine, or would it be better to wait a few more years? TIA.

Brad
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
August 22nd, 2014, 8:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas Fall 14' Release: Monday Aug 18
Replies: 77
Views: 5941

Ceritas Fall 14' Release: Monday Aug 18

I am drinking a 2012 Pinnacle Chardonnay right now, and it is nothing short of spectacular. Steely, energetic, a bit of lemon curd, this just rocks. Haha, I'm literally finishing up the remains of a bottle from the other night. Here's the TN: http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
August 22nd, 2014, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas Fall 14' Release: Monday Aug 18
Replies: 77
Views: 5941

Ceritas Fall 14' Release: Monday Aug 18

I am drinking a 2012 Pinnacle Chardonnay right now, and it is nothing short of spectacular. Steely, energetic, a bit of lemon curd, this just rocks.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
August 21st, 2014, 8:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas Fall 14' Release: Monday Aug 18
Replies: 77
Views: 5941

Ceritas Fall 14' Release: Monday Aug 18

I took my entire allocation (6 Chardonnay, 3 each of the PN).
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
July 31st, 2014, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs from Saturday night: Pisoni, Copain, Jacquesson and Rhys
Replies: 21
Views: 1441

TNs from Saturday night: Pisoni, Copain, Jacquesson and Rhys

Just polished of another bottle of the '10 Copain Brosseau Chardonnay (we opened it last night). It really is full of energy. The wine is so engaging now, I'll probably never get to test your prediction that it will drink well through 2017.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
July 28th, 2014, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard
Replies: 5
Views: 503

TN: 2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

Thanks for the note. I also only have one, and you just convinced me not to open it for a very long time.

For what it's worth, I opened a '08 Alpine six months (or so) ago, and I thought it was way too soon. Fortunately, I have a bunch more of those.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
July 26th, 2014, 5:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Chidaine, Dauvissat, Liquid Farm, Kutch, Bachelet, etc
Replies: 11
Views: 1192

TNs: Chidaine, Dauvissat, Liquid Farm, Kutch, Bachelet, etc

I've always scratched my head when I hear the WH compared to Chablis. I understood the comparison with the '11 WH (which had some Chablis-like characteristics), but not the '12. That said, I enjoy both and never expect either to be interchangeable with Chablis. I have yet to open a Four and have a ...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
July 23rd, 2014, 5:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Galloni on Liquid Farm
Replies: 10
Views: 1495

Galloni on Liquid Farm

Saw on the Liquid Farm FB page that Antonio Galloni provided some very flattering praise for the LF Chardonnays. 92 on the White Hill and 94 on each of the GS and Four. Well deserved praise, and a good reminder I have a few of those lying down awaiting to be consumed. Well done Jeff and Nikki champ...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
July 22nd, 2014, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Last 10 wines you drank? A window into your wine soul?
Replies: 247
Views: 13725

Last 10 wines you drank? A window into your wine soul?

2012 Ceritas Pinnacle Chardonnay 2010 Dom. Servin Chablis "La Forest" 2012 Francois Carrillon Aligote 2010 Foreau Dom. du Clos Naudin Vouvray Sec 2010 J. J. Christoffel Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese 2011 Rebholz Riesling Kastanienbusch GG 2008 Ch. de Beaucastel CDP 1994 La Jota Cabernet Sauvi...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
July 18th, 2014, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle - 2012's, The Offer
Replies: 106
Views: 7589

Carlisle - 2012's, The Offer

Order in for a case (all Zins except for one each of the Mourvedre and Derivative). I wish-listed some Limerick Lane as well.

The '11 Papera Ranch Zin probably is my favorite of all of the Carlisle wines I have tried, and I was pleased to be able to order 3 of the '12 Papera Ranch today.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
July 10th, 2014, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs from Saturday night: Pisoni, Copain, Jacquesson and Rhys
Replies: 21
Views: 1441

TNs from Saturday night: Pisoni, Copain, Jacquesson and Rhys

Find a real good glass of wine, then open this link and start it at about the 23:23 mark and let it rip. As it builds in, after a minute or so, what you'll see here is classic Bill Evans Trio live, with an Evans improv piano piece that leaves me pretty speechless, really. At his best. http://www.yo...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
July 6th, 2014, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs from Saturday night: Pisoni, Copain, Jacquesson and Rhys
Replies: 21
Views: 1441

TNs from Saturday night: Pisoni, Copain, Jacquesson and Rhys

Frank Murray III wrote:"Acid Is Good". [basic-smile.gif] [basic-smile.gif]
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by Br@d S w @ l l o w
July 6th, 2014, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs from Saturday night: Pisoni, Copain, Jacquesson and Rhys
Replies: 21
Views: 1441

TNs from Saturday night: Pisoni, Copain, Jacquesson and Rhys

I haven't tried the others, but I am with you in the Jacquesson and Copain. My preference between 2009 and 2010 Brosseau Copain is mood and food dependent, but as time progresses I think I prefer the '10 by a nod. The Jacquesson really is for the acid freaks (I am one). I have served it to some who ...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
June 30th, 2014, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rant alert - Why should I give a pass to the guy who brings white zinfandel to my house?
Replies: 80
Views: 4105

Rant alert - Why should I give a pass to the guy who brings white zinfandel to my house?

You served Bud Light and are still complaining about Beringer? How are they different? Michael The Bud Light was left over from a party my kids had two years ago so I put it out just in case, and most of it was gone by the end of the evening. Aged Bud Light? I know what I'm bringing to the next Whi...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
June 28th, 2014, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is your wine spend for the first six months; less, even or ahead of last year?
Replies: 48
Views: 1889

Is your wine spend for the first six months; less, even or ahead of last year?

craig v wrote:BTW, CT is "keeping track" for you if you use it.
In case you wrote this in response to my post, I'll add that I don't use CT.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
June 28th, 2014, 5:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is your wine spend for the first six months; less, even or ahead of last year?
Replies: 48
Views: 1889

Is your wine spend for the first six months; less, even or ahead of last year?

Other. I don't know because I don't really keep track. Maybe I'm in denial.

If I had to guess, I would say I probably spent a bit more than than I did in the first six months of last year.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
June 8th, 2014, 5:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13416
Views: 654062

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Sixer of '10 Chidaine Clos Habert.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
June 1st, 2014, 7:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "The perversion that is scoring wine" - Elitistreview NAILS it!
Replies: 377
Views: 18271

"The perversion that is scoring wine" - Elitistreview NAILS it!

And, finally, I won't be able to brag about the staggering number of people who message me because I will not be here to brag, be nice about someone sharing one of my my blog posts, or even read any PM's. I'll be on Elitistreview, consider my view of the Wine Berserkers board and the people who inh...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
June 1st, 2014, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "The perversion that is scoring wine" - Elitistreview NAILS it!
Replies: 377
Views: 18271

"The perversion that is scoring wine" - Elitistreview NAILS it!

alan weinberg wrote:the personal attacks into which so many threads degenerate disgust me. While I am certainly on Davy's side re the difficulty of using scores--I think his original post referenced a 5 point scale--the various personal attacks cover the wheat with all too much chaff. Davy, stick around.
Well said.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
June 1st, 2014, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Copain Pinot Noir "En Haut" Kiser
Replies: 20
Views: 1831

TN: 2011 Copain Pinot Noir "En Haut" Kiser

Thanks for the note, Frank. I have been pretending not to have any '11 Kiser as a strategy for not drinking them too soon. Maybe I should reconsider.

How ing do you think you will wait before opening another one?
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
May 27th, 2014, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Copain Syrah "Baker Ranch", Anderson Valley
Replies: 4
Views: 194

TN: 2010 Copain Syrah "Baker Ranch", Anderson Valley

This is about as feminine a Syrah as I can recall tasting. Same here. It really is very unusual (in a good way). I'm pretty sure I have a couple more, and I might save one for a few years just to see what happens. I also love the 2009, but I find it to be more typical of a new-style Copain Syrah.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
May 24th, 2014, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 13416
Views: 654062

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

6 x 2012 Domaine "La Garrigue" Cuvee Romaine
3 x 2012 Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Spatlese
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
May 23rd, 2014, 4:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Memorial Day Weekend - what are you opening?
Replies: 60
Views: 2030

Memorial Day Weekend - what are you opening?

Russ Williams wrote:Smoking a pork butt on the Egg Sunday.
I will be doing the same, and I'm really looking forward to it. I haven't decided what I'll be drinking, though. Maybe something German during the day and a Syrah later on.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
May 21st, 2014, 8:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Copain Brosseau Vineyard Syrah
Replies: 5
Views: 185

TN: 2007 Copain Brosseau Vineyard Syrah

M. Dildine wrote:Thanks for the note Brad - I have one left!
Good for you! It would be interesting to read your note on this wine a year or two from now, if you can wait that long. I think this was my last '07 Brosseau -- but at least I have a glass or two left for tomorrow.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
May 21st, 2014, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Copain Brosseau Vineyard Syrah
Replies: 5
Views: 185

TN: 2007 Copain Brosseau Vineyard Syrah

It has been a while since I opened a Copain wine. I had to take a break after opening one after another for FMIII's month-long, Copain charity thread back in February. But I made this huge pot of oxtail stew (at my nine-year-old daughter's request, if you can believe that) and wanted something to st...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
May 18th, 2014, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard
Replies: 9
Views: 1001

TN: 2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Bearwallow Vineyard

I had the '11 Bearwallow a month or so ago and did not post a note. I thought it was very young, tight and primary, but it showed significant potential. I have five more, and I don't think I'll open another one until late 2015.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
May 15th, 2014, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are the five greatest 'New World' wines you have ever had the pleasure of drinking?
Replies: 144
Views: 6819

What are the five greatest 'New World' wines you have ever had the pleasure of drinking?

I'm not too good at these "best all-time" lists, but here goes (in no particular order):

'77 Phelps Insignia
'92 Dominus
'95 Togni
'94 Dominus
'08 Rhys Skyline PN
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
May 9th, 2014, 6:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Château Montrose 1990 ....97 points
Replies: 6
Views: 477

TN: Château Montrose 1990 ....97 points

John Morris wrote:And I was hoping you were trying to pick a fight. [cheers.gif]
He does seem to want to go ellipsis-to-ellipsis with Parker.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
May 8th, 2014, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to pair with Vegetarian Chilli?
Replies: 24
Views: 548

What to pair with Vegetarian Chilli?

ChrisU wrote:A garbage can.
Full of what . . . your useful insights?
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
May 2nd, 2014, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite BerserkerDay wines so far??
Replies: 139
Views: 8709

Favorite BerserkerDay wines so far??

Tonight, I opened a BD wine from several years ago. The offering was called "Gewurz Gone Wild" from Beck-Hartweg. Tonight's wine was the Gewurz Grand Cru Frankstein 2006, and it is really interesting. Floral and a bit viscous on the palate, lychee and pear, hint of petrol, with a long finish. This i...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
April 24th, 2014, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What does the "second day" mean?
Replies: 32
Views: 1208

What does the "second day" mean?

It should be enacted into law at the earliest opportunity.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
April 23rd, 2014, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Fogline (first real WOTY aha moment), Cayuse, Copain, Hansell...
Replies: 33
Views: 3792

TNs: Fogline (first real WOTY aha moment), Cayuse, Copain, Hansell...

[*] 2011 Copain Chardonnay Laureles Grade - USA, California, Central Coast, Carmel Valley (2/9/2014) Pulled this from the cellar, right into the glass. The slate is noticeable in the aromatic and a bit less appears in the finish but it's there. What I enjoy about this first vintage of LG is the pur...

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