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by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 27th, 2017, 8:40 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: Navarro Vineyards, Anderson Valley - a long history of quality and value
Replies: 106
Views: 8422

Navarro Vineyards, Anderson Valley - a long history of quality and value

Went for the mystery 6-pack and added six more bottles for the $0.01 shipping. Sweet deal. Thank you!

Looking forward to seeing what's inside the box.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 26th, 2017, 5:25 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VIII (January 27, 2017)
Topic: EMH Vineyards Black Cat Cabernet Verticals - see you next year! thank you.
Replies: 58
Views: 5713

EMH Vineyards Black Cat Cabernet Verticals

I am in for a three-pack. Always meant to try EMH but never have. Thanks Merrill.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 22nd, 2017, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 55
Views: 5821

TN: 2010 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard

Based on this thread, I also opened one of these tonight. I have followed it for a few hours now, and it does seem advanced compared to other Rhys Chardonnay with comparable bottle age that I have tried. My bottle is enjoyable, and I don't regret buying it or opening it with tonight's dinner. Howeve...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 15th, 2017, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Le Vieux Donjon CDP
Replies: 6
Views: 420

TN: 2005 Le Vieux Donjon CDP

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:Donjon is no longer traditional. Cambie has put his stamp on it.
Precisely.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 15th, 2017, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Le Vieux Donjon CDP
Replies: 6
Views: 420

TN: 2005 Le Vieux Donjon CDP

Being a traditional styled wine, shouldn't it reflect the vintages? If you want a leaner, more rustic, more acidic VD, there are lots of other vintages for you. Maybe I would enjoy '04 or '06 Donjon more than the '05. But this producer's wines seem to be evolving toward a larger, riper style (are y...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 15th, 2017, 5:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Le Vieux Donjon CDP
Replies: 6
Views: 420

TN: 2005 Le Vieux Donjon CDP

My second of three bottles, this confirms for me that one of my favorite traditional CDP producers has changed course. This wine is big, ripe and bold, with a touch of alcohol showing through. I would not say that the fruit notes are stewed, but they certainly are ripe. This seems more modern in sty...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 10th, 2017, 12:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Ch. Yon-Figeac, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Replies: 4
Views: 336

TN: 2000 Ch. Yon-Figeac, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

Claus -- I can't claim to have compared many vintages of the two estates' wines side by side, so I will for the most part defer to others with more knowledge than I have in that regard. That said, I believe the land making up the Yon-Figeac vineyard was at one time long ago owned by Figeac. If I am ...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 8th, 2017, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Ch. Yon-Figeac, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
Replies: 4
Views: 336

TN: 2000 Ch. Yon-Figeac, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru

From 750 ml, purchased as a future and stored at home since delivery. After about an hour of air (no decant), the wine is opening up nicely now. The nose reminds of blackberry and saddle leather, and the wine appears still quite dark in the glass. In the mouth, the wine seems just ready to shrug off...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 1st, 2017, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The road never smelled so good...
Replies: 56
Views: 3205

The road never smelled so good...

Tonight, we had authentic Chinese from a local source along with a 2010 J.J. Christoffel Erdener Treppchen Riesling Kabinett. After clearing the plates, I refilled my glass in the kitchen. As I walked back toward the dinner table, my 12-year-old daughter, unaware of my presence, stood up just as I w...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
August 29th, 2016, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Mostly Bordeaux dinner with Bob
Replies: 141
Views: 9076

TN: Mostly Bordeaux dinner with Bob

Rauno E (NZ) wrote:DavidZ - Please plan a trip to Wellington some time so we can pointedly ignore you...
Well said, and funny too! [cheers.gif]
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
August 17th, 2016, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Mostly Bordeaux dinner with Bob
Replies: 141
Views: 9076

TN: Mostly Bordeaux dinner with Bob

DavidZ wrote:[T]he other is to acknowledge that gluttony has been frowned upon for a long-ass time.
LOL. Here we go again with the deadly sins. What about envy? That's bad too, right?

Hey Kevin -- thanks for the notes, you excessibe balla!
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
July 28th, 2016, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Copain 2011 Pinots--Very Different! Monument Tree and Wentzel
Replies: 9
Views: 792

Two Copain 2011 Pinots--Very Different! Monument Tree and Wentzel

Opened another '11 Wentzel tonight to accompany the DNC. Wow, this is smoking. Not as bright as I remember it (though still very vibrant), but more loamy/earthy. Red cherry and earth tones. Not heavy, but mouth-coating, penetrating and persistent. A wine to contemplate. There will be no Day 2 report.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
March 11th, 2016, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I love that vintage!
Replies: 26
Views: 1026

I love that vintage!

For the reasons already mentioned in several earlier posts, for me it's 2001. If the poll accommodated more options, I would strongly consider 1990.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
February 25th, 2016, 5:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1947 Château Cheval Blanc (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)
Replies: 17
Views: 2017

TN: 1947 Château Cheval Blanc (France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru)

http://ct-static.com/labels/360930.jpg I'd be surprised if that bottle was a real 47 Cheval Blanc. It's sad and true that the majority of the famous bottles available today are fake. Perhaps Don will see this and comment. Are you talking about the pictured bottle? The OP already said upthread that ...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
February 25th, 2016, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Copain 2011 Pinots--Very Different! Monument Tree and Wentzel
Replies: 9
Views: 792

Two Copain 2011 Pinots--Very Different! Monument Tree and Wentzel

Frank, Interesting notes. Reading them made me think about why I stopped buying MT but always bought Wentzel when it was offered. I generally felt that the MT wines were outliers in the Copain portfolio because they tended to be bigger and darker than the others. It wasn't really a '11 thing for me,...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
February 25th, 2016, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Berserker Cuvée
Replies: 278
Views: 20820

TN: 2013 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Berserker Cuvée

Gary L wrote:I bought 2 sixers last year. No email either :(
Have any of you "no email" people tried to log in and buy?
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
February 25th, 2016, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Berserker Cuvée
Replies: 278
Views: 20820

TN: 2013 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Berserker Cuvée

I ordered just a case because I still have a case-and-a-half or so of last year's version (that after giving away some bottles to friends who wanted to try). I am convinced that last year's wine will benefit from age, so I am trying to keep my hands off of them. I will probably wish I ordered two ca...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
February 23rd, 2016, 4:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Berserker Cuvée
Replies: 278
Views: 20820

TN: 2013 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Berserker Cuvée

I opened one of these last night after catching up on this thread. It was my third bottle of two cases. I think the wine is still pretty primary, so I am going to wait a while before opening another one. The bottle was enjoyable, and the potential clearly is there for much improvement with more cell...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
February 22nd, 2016, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The 90ies - Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone ...
Replies: 14
Views: 869

The 90ies - Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone ...

Thank you for your notes. Some friends and I had the '90 Leoville Barton on Saturday night with a few other fairly old wines, and I agree it showed somewhat dark, but long and mature (though I never thought of it as sweet). I enjoyed it very much; it was probably the wine of the night in the lineup ...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
February 12th, 2016, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A really nice Tuesday night of wines
Replies: 2
Views: 521

TN: A really nice Tuesday night of wines

[*] 2010 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains My wife's favorite white producer. Pop and pour. I took it out of the fridge about an hour ahead but it still needed a bit more time to warm up. golden in color. The nose has vanilla, peaches, sli...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
February 6th, 2016, 8:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys drops January 19
Replies: 194
Views: 13996

Rhys drops January 19

I passed on some earlier offers and wondered whether I was still on the list. I was, and I couldn't resist the Skyline and Porcupine Hill this time. I also added a few Bearwallow and a Horseshoe Chardonnay. It was an expensive 8-pack. The '08 Skyline still stands as the best domestic PN I have ever ...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 31st, 2016, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copain 2016 release schedule posted
Replies: 34
Views: 1373

Copain 2016 release schedule posted

I am pretty sure I drank the last of my '07 and '08 years ago. Then again, the way I organize my cellar I suppose anything is possible. . . .
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 31st, 2016, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copain 2016 release schedule posted
Replies: 34
Views: 1373

Copain 2016 release schedule posted

I haven't opened a Brosseau in a while. I have bottles going back to '09, but I tend to let them age more than Baker Ranch. The Brosseau definitely is a bigger, more structured wine. I'll dig one out soon and report back.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 30th, 2016, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copain 2016 release schedule posted
Replies: 34
Views: 1373

Copain 2016 release schedule posted

I like Baker Ranch the least so I've adjusted how I allocate my order. This jumped out at me when I read it a week ago because I have always really enjoyed the Baker Ranch Syrah for its pepper/spice profile. I am drinking the '11 tonight, and it really hits the spot for me. Light, lean, and full of...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 28th, 2016, 6:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: So, What's Your BerserkerDay Damage?
Replies: 108
Views: 4462

So, What's Your BerserkerDay Damage?

I was more restrained than I have been the last few years. I bought: A six-pack of Veleta Stickies A six-pack of Veleta Sherry Vinegar Two two-btl. sample packs of Lichen Estate grower bubbles The Briceland five PN and a Zin pack The Sandler six-pack A mixed six-pack of Zalto Bordeaux (4) and Burgun...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 27th, 2016, 7:17 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VII (January 27, 2016)
Topic: Briceland Vineyards • 30-40% off Humboldt Pinots, BXD and More...
Replies: 36
Views: 3743

Briceland Vineyards • 30-40% off Humboldt Pinots, BXD and More...

Just tried to order a 5 Pinots and a Zin pack. Hope I made it in time!
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 27th, 2016, 6:54 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VII (January 27, 2016)
Topic: Lichen Estate - Anderson Valley Grower Producer Bubbles
Replies: 30
Views: 2959

Lichen Estate - Anderson Valley Grower Producer Bubbles

Ordered two of the two-bottle package. Seems like a great deal, and interesting to try. Love me some bubbles.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 27th, 2016, 10:29 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VII (January 27, 2016)
Topic: Sandler BDVII 6 Pack and 4 Pack
Replies: 64
Views: 6528

Sandler BDVII 6 Pack and 4 Pack

In for a sixer. The Sandler PNs are among the best values in California PN, and I'm really looking forward to trying the Chardonnay. Thanks, Ed!
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 26th, 2016, 4:47 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay VII (January 27, 2016)
Topic: Zalto & Gabriel Wine Stems
Replies: 43
Views: 4983

Zalto & Gabriel Wine Stems

I sent an email. Great Zalto prices. I already have Unis, so I went for some Burgundy and Bordeaux stems.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 26th, 2016, 10:41 am
Forum: BerserkerDay VII (January 27, 2016)
Topic: VELETA WINES **Offering 9 Deals & FREE SHIPPING!!!!!
Replies: 44
Views: 4409

VELETA WINES **Offering 8 Deals & FREE SHIPPING!!!!!

I bought the stickies and sherry vinegar packages. I have had the vinegar before, and it was great.

Thanks for the offer!

Brad
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 24th, 2016, 7:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copain 2016 release schedule posted
Replies: 34
Views: 1373

Copain 2016 release schedule posted

Andrew Christiansen wrote:(My 5-year old son Kian wanted to add them...)
My daughter is 11 now. A few years ago, she was the primary reason behind any emoticon in a post of mine. I am sure people were confused by some of them.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 24th, 2016, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Copain 2016 release schedule posted
Replies: 34
Views: 1373

Copain 2016 release schedule posted

No Monument Tree Pinot? I had not even noticed, Mike. bummer Happy to see the Trousseau, though. I definitely will check that out. Monument Tree was not an annual buy for me anyway, as the other PNs in the portfolio have always been better for my palate. My interest in Copain started because of the...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 22nd, 2016, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are you drinking in the blizzard of 2016?
Replies: 62
Views: 3147

What are you drinking in the blizzard of 2016?

Probably some kind of grower Champagne tonight to celebrate the onset of winter. I have no plan beyond that and just hope the power stays on.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 20th, 2016, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wines This Board Made Me Buy
Replies: 60
Views: 4094

The Wines This Board Made Me Buy

WB ....... the Ultimate Power in the Universe. The Death Star was the Ultimate Power in the Universe: [video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zzs-OvfG8tE[/video] Fortunately, The Force is strong with Todd. [cheers.gif] Todd could have f*cked the Death Star up using nothing but The Force. It is stron...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 20th, 2016, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Backfilling on Togni and Dunn - Best, classic vintages?
Replies: 50
Views: 2284

Backfilling on Togni and Dunn - Best, classic vintages?

Neal and/or Olivier, when did you drink the '01 Togni, and did you think it was at or near its peak? I have three bottles but have been hesitant to open one because of my general experience with Togni's wines needing significant age. Thanks in advance, and I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the wine...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 20th, 2016, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wines This Board Made Me Buy
Replies: 60
Views: 4094

The Wines This Board Made Me Buy

Interesting question. I had my eye on both Rhys and Copain before the Parker board imploded, and I have been a buyer of both producers' wines for many years. I don't remember when I signed up for those lists in relation to when WB replaced that board as the Ultimate Power in the Universe. However, I...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 18th, 2016, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Big Basin Vineyards Pinot Noir Coastview Vineyard
Replies: 12
Views: 602

TN: 2010 Big Basin Vineyards Pinot Noir Coastview Vineyard

Copain and Kosta Browne are quite far apart in style. My first thought on this. EDIT: Reading your last post, maybe try to find a Peay Scallop Shelf 2007, which a year ago or so was drinking in a way that might please both of you. Have you explored Oregon PN much? There might be some common ground ...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 18th, 2016, 6:53 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Paris - Need Restaurant Recommendations
Replies: 53
Views: 3365

Paris - Need Restaurant Recommendations

L'Arpege. My wife treated me to dinner there in the summer for my 50th b'day celebration, and we brought my daughter (who has severe allergies to several foods) along. We wrote in advance about the allergies, and Chef Passard designed a degustation menu that was safe for her in all respects. We mus...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 16th, 2016, 5:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Copain Chardonnay Brosseau Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Chalone)
Replies: 2
Views: 127

TN: 2010 Copain Chardonnay Brosseau Vineyard (USA, California, Central Coast, Chalone)

As another forumite might say, I have been following Copain Chardonnay from the beginning. I haven't had the '10 version of this wine for a while, but your note reminds me of it well. I think I have another bottle or two of this one, and I guess I will hold a while based on your note.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 16th, 2016, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Copain Laureles Grade Chardonnay
Replies: 24
Views: 618

TN: 2011 Copain Laureles Grade Chardonnay

Brad, me too. I just posted separately on the 2010 Brosseau, which continues to drink well. If you have a few bucks around and want to do a little legwork (I think as much as call the winery and speak to Mark or Alexis), get some of the 2013 Dupratt. That is really dynamite, as good as the Laureles...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 16th, 2016, 3:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Copain Laureles Grade Chardonnay
Replies: 24
Views: 618

TN: 2011 Copain Laureles Grade Chardonnay

Chris Seiber wrote:That is in the argument for best California chardonnay, in my opinion.
I don't think I have enough experience with Laureles Grade and the different vintages to say for sure, but I am fairly certain that Copain is my favorite California Chardonnay producer.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 14th, 2016, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Copain Laureles Grade Chardonnay
Replies: 24
Views: 618

TN: 2011 Copain Laureles Grade Chardonnay

Brad, if you have any experience with Myers Briggs (MBTI), I am an SJ. Being an SJ, I have no choice but to use Cellartracker and keep it current. [rofl.gif] PS--forgive me if this is not funny, but I figure someone in Berserker land will dig the MBTI reference. [wink.gif] ESTJ [cheers.gif] . No ex...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 14th, 2016, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Copain Laureles Grade Chardonnay
Replies: 24
Views: 618

TN: 2011 Copain Laureles Grade Chardonnay

Brad, I have to remember that not everyone here uses or visits CT. . . . Thanks for including the extra notes here. I think they add to the thread. I do visit CT sometimes, but I am too lazy to inventory everything I have (at home and elsewhere) and upload it to the site. I should do it someday, po...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 14th, 2016, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Copain Laureles Grade Chardonnay
Replies: 24
Views: 618

TN: 2011 Copain Laureles Grade Chardonnay

Ian -- Thanks for taking the time to post. Very interesting information indeed.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 14th, 2016, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Copain Laureles Grade Chardonnay
Replies: 24
Views: 618

TN: 2011 Copain Laureles Grade Chardonnay

PS--if you dig acid in your Ca chard, try the 2013. Frank, I have not opened a '13 yet, but all the notes I have seen (including yours) have been positive. As for acid in my Chardonnay, based on those notes I think I will enjoy that one quite well. For what it's worth, I probably drink more white w...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 13th, 2016, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Copain Laureles Grade Chardonnay
Replies: 24
Views: 618

TN: 2011 Copain Laureles Grade Chardonnay

Merrill Lindquist wrote:I had moved on to a Patricia Green Ribbon Ridge I had started yesterday, so just now back to the Laureles.
I am a fan of PGC too. Coincidence? I think not.
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 13th, 2016, 7:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Copain Laureles Grade Chardonnay
Replies: 24
Views: 618

TN: 2011 Copain Laureles Grade Chardonnay

My overwhelming first impression was of nuts: macadamia, hazelnut, walnut...that whole nutty progression. Merrill, I know from reading notes in the past that you are no stranger to this wine. But it is a testament to how imprecise a person's flavor descriptors in a tasting note can be when you (who...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 13th, 2016, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Copain Laureles Grade Chardonnay
Replies: 24
Views: 618

TN: 2011 Copain Laureles Grade Chardonnay

Rummaging around the cellar tonight in search of a white, I stumbled upon this bottle and was surprised because I thought I had none left. Evidently, I need to consider performing an inventory of my cellar at some point. In any case, this is just a flat-out great wine. It is a fairly light, straw co...
by Br@d S w @ l l o w
January 12th, 2016, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Rhys Alpine Vineyard PN
Replies: 5
Views: 581

TN: 2010 Rhys Alpine Vineyard PN

I wouldn't expect this wine to show any other way at this point in time than young and primary. Glad to hear it is tasty in its infancy. [cheers.gif] I hear you, but it was much more approachable than a '08 Alpine I had last year. I have a bunch of '10s, so I was not terribly worried about my blata...

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