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by Tom DeBiase
April 26th, 2019, 9:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Celebrating CellarTracker's Fifteenth Anniversary
Replies: 60
Views: 1681

Re: TN: Celebrating CellarTracker's Fifteenth Anniversary

Congratulations Eric, besides your well deserved success with Cellartracker over the years you were always a voice of reason which one could always depend on. A very important quality.

One day I actually need to start using Cellartracker (too lazy)

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
April 24th, 2019, 4:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some New Releases..Whites&Reds....(long/boring)
Replies: 9
Views: 548

Re: Thanks..

Tom - note the Misteri is a blend of the Nerello Misterese and Grenache, co-fermented. That really does tone things down and contribute to some of what you perceive. On it's own it's much more intense. Bryan got the cuttings from one of the top growers. Even after the DNA test, the grower insisted ...
by Tom DeBiase
April 24th, 2019, 10:39 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: MUSINGS FROM AMSTERDAM UPDATED VERSION WITH A FALL 2019 UPDATE
Replies: 65
Views: 3370

Re: MUSINGS FROM AMSTERDAM FALL 2018 UPDATED VERSION

I'm back for another visit, now starting the 2nd of 3 weeks. Should I produce some new musings, they will be separately posted under a new thread. Meanwhile, Spring has sprung and the trees are leafing and flowers are everywhere. The locals in the Centrum put out colorful flowers including a wide v...
by Tom DeBiase
April 24th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some New Releases..Whites&Reds....(long/boring)
Replies: 9
Views: 548

Re: TN: Some New Releases..Whites&Reds....(long/boring)

Thanks for the notes Tom, especially the Harrington Wines. Have been trying to figure out a tasting schedule for them and your notes help with that. We recently had the 2018 Ryme Hers Vermentino and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a magnum consumed by a group of us over 5+ hours. The wine fleshed out ...
by Tom DeBiase
April 23rd, 2019, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dynamic Duo, 2014 Ultramarine Rose, 1989 Chateau Lynch Bages
Replies: 5
Views: 436

Re: TN: Dynamic Duo, 2014 Ultramarine Rose, 1989 Chateau Lynch Bages

Don, Jon, yeah, the 89 is one of my all time favorite Bordeaux. What totally surprised me was how youthful tasting last nights bottle was. Heck, it tasted younger than my first bottle of 89 Lynch-Bages tasted in 2005!

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
April 23rd, 2019, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dynamic Duo, 2014 Ultramarine Rose, 1989 Chateau Lynch Bages
Replies: 5
Views: 436

TN: Dynamic Duo, 2014 Ultramarine Rose, 1989 Chateau Lynch Bages

With a colorful tasty salad, shrimp cocktail and rib roast, we had some yum wines. It's always nice when a couple bottles perform as well or better than you expect. Life is good [cheers.gif] 2014 Ultramarine Rose: A chameleon for a short time last night but tasty all the way. Nice pinkish - salmon c...
by Tom DeBiase
April 21st, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 9420

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

But Mark's not a bad guy in person. I've met him a few times and even had wine with him and he's actually quite funny. He's not a left-wing liberal so if that's a dealbreaker, I guess that's a sign of the times, but he's not a bad sort. He would tend to be picky on line and would get into stupid de...
by Tom DeBiase
April 20th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Guy disillusioned with WA
Replies: 167
Views: 9420

Re: New Guy disillusioned with WA

But Mark's not a bad guy in person. I've met him a few times and even had wine with him and he's actually quite funny. He's not a left-wing liberal so if that's a dealbreaker, I guess that's a sign of the times, but he's not a bad sort. He would tend to be picky on line and would get into stupid de...
by Tom DeBiase
April 19th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s this wine flaw
Replies: 8
Views: 647

Re: What’s this wine flaw

Some sulfur compounds are tenacious such as those responsible for "bad breath". They can be broken down through specific reactions but are normally very stable. Could be responsible for the wine flaw. An interesting note on some coffee sulfurs. Some are so oxidative that they oxidize faster than ant...
by Tom DeBiase
April 19th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Bevy of Bedrocks in Milwaukee (Unicorn Sightings)
Replies: 33
Views: 1308

Re: A Bevy of Bedrocks in Milwaukee (Unicorn Sightings)

Heck of a line up. Well done gents!

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
April 18th, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Ryme Vermentino, 2018 Ryme Sangiovese Friulano
Replies: 1
Views: 226

TN: 2018 Ryme Vermentino, 2018 Ryme Sangiovese Friulano

2018 Ryme Cellars Vermentino "Hers" Las Brisas Vineyard: Aromatic aromas of apple, citrus, tropical fruit. Flavors follow the nose with golden apple, citrus and tropical flavors with added spicy and floral notes alongside nice minerality. Nice acidity and finish, this is seriously good vermentino t...
by Tom DeBiase
April 18th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...
Replies: 161
Views: 5090

Re: Why is the level of fervor is uneven: old world versus new world palates...

Neal.Mollen wrote:
April 18th, 2019, 2:33 pm
What a thoroughly depressing thread. Two groups of people pissing on each other and arguing about who has the bigger stream.
Totally agree Neal, kinda sad.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
April 18th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dirty and Rowdy Trifecta
Replies: 3
Views: 362

Re: TN: Dirty and Rowdy Trifecta

Ha ha! Awesome notes Tom! But I agree.....weve gotta get you some new stemware man! Hey Rich thanks. There is actually a cool story behind those shi**y glasses. Out in Bodega Bay there is a dive bar, old creaky building, pool tables, jukebox etc. I've been to lots of them this one is near the top:)...
by Tom DeBiase
April 17th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Dirty and Rowdy Trifecta
Replies: 3
Views: 362

TN: Dirty and Rowdy Trifecta

Tasted these wines over the past few weeks and like every wine Hardy makes these were all terrific even with drinking the two whites out of the worst possible glasses :). 2018 Dirty & Rowdy Familiar Blanc: This is sinfully good and very crushable. Pour this into your glass and you are treated to lem...
by Tom DeBiase
April 15th, 2019, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Impressions 4-15-19
Replies: 16
Views: 1222

Re: Wine Impressions 4-15-19

Had that 95 Fisher Coach Insignia with a juicy rare steak a couple years ago and it was a damn good pairing.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
April 15th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2989

Re: Well..

Well, I guess I agree w/ Otto's comment...to an extent. But also w/ John's take as well. I've been tasting as many skin-contact whites as I can. Depending (somewhat) on the length of skin-contact, they have a distinct character that I refer to as "phenolic". A sort of savory/saline character. Somet...
by Tom DeBiase
April 10th, 2019, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Embarrassment Of Riches, Wines Of Emidio Pepe, Valentini and Torre Dei Beati
Replies: 8
Views: 864

Re: Embarrassment Of Riches, Wines Of Emidio Pepe, Valentini and Torre Dei Beati

Valentini has been life changing stuff for me. However a recent bottle of 2011 Cerasuolo was reduced and never truly came around even with airtime. The Valentini wines can certainly be thrilling when you catch them at the right time. That is a bummer about the 2011 Cerasuolo. The 2016 was so unusua...
by Tom DeBiase
April 10th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Embarrassment Of Riches, Wines Of Emidio Pepe, Valentini and Torre Dei Beati
Replies: 8
Views: 864

Re: Embarrassment Of Riches, Wines Of Emidio Pepe, Valentini and Torre Dei Beati

Thanks for the notes. Had a 2005 Valentini Trebbiano over the weekend that was fantastic with years to go. Need to see if my local supplier will bring in any of the fancy Torre Dei Beatti, I've only had the basic wines (which are great). On the Pepe, those seem to be pretty young. Are they the Euro...
by Tom DeBiase
April 9th, 2019, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Some More New Calif Wines...(long/boring)
Replies: 7
Views: 765

Re: TN: Some More New Calif Wines...(long/boring)

I have two bottles of that Oakville Farmhouse. Worth checking on one soon, or do you think time is a potential friend? David, for sure I would wait. I have not had the 2017 but have had the 2016 when a friend opened one and though it was perfectly balanced, it was still a baby. I have one 2016 and ...
by Tom DeBiase
April 9th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Embarrassment Of Riches, Wines Of Emidio Pepe, Valentini and Torre Dei Beati
Replies: 8
Views: 864

Embarrassment Of Riches, Wines Of Emidio Pepe, Valentini and Torre Dei Beati

The March Sunday School at the Idlewild Wines Cantina was a beauty. The Title of the Presentation and Tasting was "The Bold And Unapologetic Wines Of Emidio Pepe, Valentini and Torre Dei Beati" and I can tell you it did not disappoint. Unfortunately I lost my notes when leaving so no detailed notes,...
by Tom DeBiase
April 9th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two More With Dinner...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 337

Re: TN: Two More With Dinner...(short/boring)

" Like peeing on an electric fence".

Hey Tom, now that is a descriptor that will get ones attention :)

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
April 7th, 2019, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TCA Has No Smell..
Replies: 30
Views: 1790

Re: TCA Has No Smell..

They state that the panelists had roughly the same TCA concentration threshold for noticing a decrease in other odors or for detecting the musty TCA odor. The authors didn't have an explanation for how an extremely low concentration of TCA can cause perception of a musty odor even if it did not see...
by Tom DeBiase
April 4th, 2019, 12:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!
Replies: 73
Views: 3573

Re: Gallo buys Clos du Bois, Black Box, Estancia, Mark West, Wild Horse, Franciscan, Ravenswood + 23 more!

Just wondering if Gallo wrote a check? I've been ITB for many many moons and in my experience no one can beat Gallo when it comes to marketing. For $1.7B - IMHO Gallo made out like a bandit. This. Have worked with Gallo for many years, they are patient and fanatical about quality. No, they are not ...
by Tom DeBiase
April 3rd, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your top italian whites ?
Replies: 92
Views: 2989

Re: Well..

It's funny when people say this, but they'd never say how a Provencal rosé shows more grape complexity and less of the monolithic character than the wines made in, say, Châteauneuf-du-Pape. But yeah, I agree with you, at least up to a point - for example many producers try to coax out more varietal...
by Tom DeBiase
April 2nd, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When’s the last time you cracked 12% in Cali?
Replies: 25
Views: 1422

Re: When’s the last time you cracked 12% in Cali?

12% and below is very much a common occurrence these days but even more important is that the wines are almost always delicious. Off the top of my head producers that have wine (wines) at 12% or below, Dirty & Rowdy, Ryme, Jolie-Laide, Idlewild, Martha Stouman, Broc, Harrington, Leo Steen and many m...
by Tom DeBiase
April 1st, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ceritas Pinot Noir Costalina
Replies: 4
Views: 415

Re: TN: 2016 Ceritas Pinot Noir Costalina

Not particularly enthusiastic about the 4 I bought on Friday given this note. Hoping it comes around and turns into something a bit more complex. You have nothing to worry about. This is how a young quality Pinot Noir should taste. I would really be concerned if it was showing more complexity at th...
by Tom DeBiase
March 31st, 2019, 8:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Three Arneis..(short/boring)
Replies: 5
Views: 387

Re: TN: Three Arneis..(short/boring)

Tried these three Arneis over the weekend: 1. Matteo Correggia Dd'OCeG: Roero Arneis (13%; GiulianaImports) Canale 2017 : Med.light yellow color w/ slight tiny bubbles; strong floral/Arneis/carnations/lemony/grapefruity/citric light stony/chalky/bit minerally nose; quite tart/acid/citric/grapefruit...
by Tom DeBiase
March 31st, 2019, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ceritas Pinot Noir Costalina
Replies: 4
Views: 415

TN: 2016 Ceritas Pinot Noir Costalina

Very early peak at this wine as I have a bunch. Well the good news is that the wine was fully open. The bad news is it was like tasting a barrel sample. Not harsh or unbalanced, just very young and grapy. We opened this at a local restaurant. Expressive aromas and flavors of red raspberry, Bing Cher...
by Tom DeBiase
March 29th, 2019, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle
Replies: 56
Views: 3130

Re: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle

I respectfully disagree with the Calluna choice. Those are really tight, lean wines. With age and aeration, probably good to many here on WB, but definitely not what I'd serve to a big group of civilians. This is not my experience. Granted my dataset consists of one group of 5 civilians that I intr...
by Tom DeBiase
March 28th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking advice from Riesling fans: Mosel/Rhine Cruise
Replies: 12
Views: 770

Re: Seeking advice from Riesling fans: Mosel/Rhine Cruise

Joseph MR wrote:
March 28th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Breuer had a walk-in tasting room in Rudesheim, reservation recommended at Leitz for sure.
Kunstler in Hocheim is near Mainz. Also, Das Weinhaus in Trier.
Das Weinhaus is also an excellent restaurant and as mentioned has an extensive wine list.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 28th, 2019, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle
Replies: 56
Views: 3130

Re: "Steak" wine for party around $30 bottle

This is an easy one. Contact Calluna Vineyards and pick up 6 bottles of the 2015 Calluna Vineyards Cuvée (CVC). The 2015 is the current release and is excellent. 51% Merlot, 19% Cabernet, 15% Cabernet Franc, 8% Malbec, 7% Petit Verdot. A Bordeaux blend that is perfect with a steak. You may find it l...
by Tom DeBiase
March 27th, 2019, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SF Chronicle Article: Dirty & Rowdy Tragedies in 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 2069

Re: SF Chronicle Article: Dirty & Rowdy Tragedies in 2017

Hardy is one heck of a winemaker, as honest and forthcoming with knowledge and information about wine and vineyards as one can be. And Hardy's bond with his family is beautiful to see,

So happy to see the medical issues in the rear view mirror.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 26th, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Seeking advice from Riesling fans: Mosel/Rhine Cruise
Replies: 12
Views: 770

Re: Seeking advice from Riesling fans: Mosel/Rhine Cruise

Schloss Lieser is a 4 minute taxi ride away (4 km) from Bernkastel. We were there in July and had a wonderful tasting. Very relaxed and informative tasting of 8 wines. Set a reservation and enjoy!

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 26th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Idlewild Cortese Fox Hill Vineyard
Replies: 1
Views: 104

Re: TN: 2016 Idlewild Cortese Fox Hill Vineyard

Thanks David, love this wine. Unique and so versatile with food. Here is my note from last fall just after the release of the wine. 2016 Cortese Fox Hill Vineyard: 75% directly pressed and barrel fermented / 25% fermented on skins with a total maceration of nearly three months. Orange oil, fresh app...
by Tom DeBiase
March 24th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Neyers '14 "Evangelho Vineyard" Carignan
Replies: 4
Views: 280

Re: TN: Neyers '14 "Evangelho Vineyard" Carignan

Hey Drew, thanks for the note even though it doesn't sound like it was in your wheelhouse. Back in the 90's we enjoyed vintages of Neyers syrah but its been a long time since consuming any Neyers wine.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 24th, 2019, 12:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Charity Tasting Blowout! (Ramey, Bevan, Once & Future, Bedrock, Matthiasson, Betz, etc.)
Replies: 12
Views: 801

Re: TN: Charity Tasting Blowout! (Ramey, Bevan, Once & Future, Bedrock, Matthiasson, Betz, etc.)

Nice notes David. It always feels good when most or all of the wines show well. We all have been in that ugly place where the majority of wines are off, closed, corked etc.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
March 9th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Best place to buy a Le Creuset Dutch Oven?
Replies: 19
Views: 997

Re: Best place to buy a Le Creuset Dutch Oven?

Outlet for sure. Each one in the photo was 30-60% off and each was bought at an outlet.
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by Tom DeBiase
March 4th, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?
Replies: 48
Views: 2255

Re: Favorite US Chenin Blanc?

Leo Steen Jurassic Vineyard is a favorite. Just had a bottle of the 2014 last night at The Brass Rabbit in Healdsburg and it was delicious. Leo also makes two lower priced Chenin Blancs from the Saini Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley and the Peaberry from Mendocino. The Peaberry is a fun Chenin, lots of...
by Tom DeBiase
March 3rd, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Ultramarine Blanc de Noirs Heintz Vineyard Sonoma Coast
Replies: 9
Views: 402

Re: TN: 2012 Ultramarine Blanc de Noirs Heintz Vineyard Sonoma Coast

Thank goodness that Ultramarine is wife approved. No matter how much of it I can buy, she wonders if we can get more. Then I tell her about secondary market prices, and she is satisfied with our allocation. That sounds familiar [cheers.gif] Keep thinking the next Ultramarine I open will finally be ...
by Tom DeBiase
March 1st, 2019, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Flooding in Sonoma County
Replies: 53
Views: 3387

Re: Flooding in Sonoma County

Remove the tidal surge (I know that's impossible) and the flooding would decrease dramatically. That is why Brian's photo of the bridge is so dramatic. Tremendous amounts of water flowing down the river hitting the resistance of the incoming tide. The river can only rise and eventually spill over a...
by Tom DeBiase
March 1st, 2019, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Flooding in Sonoma County
Replies: 53
Views: 3387

Re: Flooding in Sonoma County

There is an element to why the Russian River floods that many people don't know about. The river flows from way up in Mendocino down to the Pacific ocean and that is where the problem is. The Pacific tides come in and out. When there is heavy rain and the river starts to rise flooding can occur when...
by Tom DeBiase
February 28th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Flooding in Sonoma County
Replies: 53
Views: 3387

Re: Flooding in Sonoma County

10.2 inches of rain in Windsor over the 2 days of rain. There is some flooding in Healdsburg but minor compared to Sebastopol, Forestville, Gurneville and other towns on or near the Russian River. Other towns like Santa Rosa, Windsor etc had isolated street flooding. We had dinner last night in Glen...
by Tom DeBiase
February 26th, 2019, 9:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ryme Vermentino "Hers" '18...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 256

Re: TN: Ryme Vermentino "Hers" '18...(short/boring)

I tasted the new Ryme Sangiovese Friulano at the February Idlewild Sunday School featuring Sangiovese based wines. Ryan snuck his in. BTW, it was a hell of a tasting. Here is a photo of all the wines tasted, quite a diverse group and a LOT of wines! You would have enjoyed it. IMG_20190210_192200.jpg
by Tom DeBiase
February 26th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Ryme Vermentino "Hers" '18...(short/boring)
Replies: 3
Views: 256

Re: TN: Ryme Vermentino "Hers" '18...(short/boring)

Thanks Tom, have some on order as well as the Co-Fermented Sangiovese Friulano combo that I recently tasted and thoroughly enjoyed. The Ryme Vermentino, hers and his, are always consistent, tasty and show that unique contrast that some skin contact provides.

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
February 23rd, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Skewis Pinot Noir Ridley Vineyard
Replies: 0
Views: 147

TN: 2014 Skewis Pinot Noir Ridley Vineyard

Here is a producer of high quality Pinot Noir that just doesn't get much publicity. The 2014 vintage of Skewis Pinot was their last as Hank and Maggie Skewis decided to retire. With dinner last night, pop and pour the wine delivered aroma of cherries, strawberry and spice. On the palate a nicely res...
by Tom DeBiase
February 22nd, 2019, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Skinner Stoney Creek Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Re: TN: 2014 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Skinner Stoney Creek Vineyard

Thanks David. My note on this wine from a year ago reads a lot like yours. Very floral nose, maybe the most aromatic D&R which is saying something!

Tom
by Tom DeBiase
February 22nd, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?
Replies: 62
Views: 2170

Re: What's your 'Wonder Grape'?

Schioppettino!
by Tom DeBiase
February 19th, 2019, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Idlewild Wines Spring Release
Replies: 6
Views: 455

Re: TN: Idlewild Wines Spring Release

Just ordered six bottles of the 2018 Bird. It's my most commonly consumed wine for each of the last 3 years, working through 2014-2017 vintages. Pretty much what I did, plus add a mix of the others. The Idlewild Release Schedule works really well for us. This Spring Release of Red Blend, White Blen...
by Tom DeBiase
February 19th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Middle Eastern restaurant in Philadelphia
Replies: 8
Views: 509

Re: Middle Eastern restaurant in Philadelphia

Did not make it to Zahav, required me to be there at 4-4:30 but Sunday was the day for museums, and Philadelphia has some extraordinary museums. We started out with the Barnes Foundation. Incredible collection from a single individual. Then you take it up a notch at the Rodin museum. And when when ...

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