Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments

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Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments

#1 Post by Frank Murray III » February 15th, 2019, 7:29 am

I'd like to use this thread as a placeholder for tomorrow's event. For those attending or for those who can't make it or simply wanted to see some comments, TNs and other sharing of info, let's use this thread. To get us started....

I want to share with everyone the wineries who donated to make 2019 Falltacular possible this weekend. Some of these wineries are new to the event, others have been with us for more than a decade as donating supporters. I share this list because I want you to see the names of wineries who give back, donating their craft to ultimately help us raise money to protect women and children from domestic violence, providing emergency shelter, counseling, housing and transitional services so they can change their lives. In some instance, even save them from begin killed in the relationship they are fleeing. To learn more about the charity, Laura's House, please click here. https://www.laurashouse.org/

I ask that you consider these wineries among a list of those who give back, and who are doing something to help within the Falltacular community. If you are spending $$ with them already, know that they are helping do good.

Here is the list of the wineries and the wines being poured tomorrow in Falltacular.

2005 ALCINA The Sorceress Petite Sirah
2016 ALESIA Chardonnay
2016 ALESIA Chardonnay
2016 ALESIA Pinot Noir
2016 ALESIA Pinot Noir
2017 AUGUST WEST Graham Family Pinot Noir
2017 AUGUST WEST Peterson Pinot Noir
2017 AUGUST WEST Pinot Noir
2017 AUGUST WEST Pinot Noir
2017 AUGUST WEST Cortada Alta Pinot Noir
2016 BELHARRA Las Madres Syrah
2017 BELHARRA The Search Chardonnay
2018 BELHARRA Las Madres Rose of Syrah
2016 BETWIXT Boer Grenache
2016 BETWIXT Steiner Chardonnay
2014 BIG BASIN Gabilan Mountain GSM Blend
2015 BIG BASIN Altitude 2292 - Coastview Vineyard Bordeaux blend
2015 BIG BASIN Coastview Terraces Syrah
2016 BIG BASIN Coastview Pinot Noir
2016 BIG BASIN Alfaro Pinot Noir
2016 BIG BASIN Coastview Chardonnay
2015 BOHEME Taylor Ridge Pinot Noir
2015 BOHEME English Hill Pinot Noir
2015 BOHEME Stuller Pinot Noir
2015 CALLUNA Calluna Estate Bordeaux blend
2015 CALLUNA Cuvee CVC Bordeaux blend
2017 CARLISLE Compagni Portis White Field Blend
2016 CARLISLE Papera Zinfandel
2017 CATTLEYA Rose of Pinot Noir
2016 CATTLEYA Chardonnay
2016 CATTLEYA Pinot Noir
2016 CATERWAUL Regusci Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 CATERWAUL Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 COBB WINES Mariani Chardonnay
2016 COBB WINES Monticue Pinot Noir
2016 COBB WINES Rice-Spivak Pinot Noir
2017 DARREN DELMORE Pinot Noir
2017 DARREN DELMORE Syrah
2016 DIRTY and ROWDY Antle Mourvedre
2017 DIRTY and ROWDY Evangelho Mourvedre
2016 DIRTY and ROWDY Skinner White Oak Flats Mourvedre
2016 DUNSTAN Durell Pinot Noir
2016 DUNSTAN Durell Chardonnay
2015 DV8 CELLARS White Hawk - Overdrive Syrah
2017 DV8 CELLARS Camp 4 - Victory Viognier
2017 FOGLINE Zephyr's Block Chardonnay
2017 FOGLINE Spring Hills "Flora" Gewuerztraminer/Semillon
2016 FOGLINE Starscape Pinot Noir
2016 FOGLINE Hillside Block Pinot Noir
2016 FOGLINE Rocky Ridge Zinfandel
2016 FOGLINE Grist Zinfandel
2015 GRIMM'S BLUFF Petite Verdot
2015 GRIMM'S BLUFF Contango Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 GRIMM'S BLUFF Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
2017 ISKARANU Pinot Noir
2017 ISKARANU Mimma Pinot Noir
2017 ISKARANU Secret Clone Pinot Noir
2017 ISKARANU Putnam Pinot Noir
2017 KUTCH Bohan Pinot Noir
2017 KUTCH Bohan Graveyard Pinot Noir
2017 KUTCH McDougall Ranch Pinot Noir
2017 KUTCH Falstaff Pinot Noir
2017 KUTCH Pinot Noir
2017 KUTCH Chardonnay
2017 KUTCH Trout Gulch Chardonnay
2016 LADD CELLARS Chardonnay
2013 LADD CELLARS Cuvee Abigail Pinot Noir
2015 LADD CELLARS Moore Ranch Pinot Noir
2012 LADD CELLARS Pinot Noir
2015 LADD CELLARS Avio Zinfandel
2014 L'ECOLE Estate Perigee--Seven Hills Vineyard Bordeaux Blend
2014 L'ECOLE Apogee--Pepper Bridge Vineyard Bordeaux Blend
2015 L'ECOLE Estate Merlot
2015 L'ECOLE Cabernet Sauvignon
2015 LIQUID FARM (MAG) Pinot Noir
2015 LIQUID FARM (MAG) Golden Slope Chardonnay
2015 LIQUID FARM (MAG) White Hill Chardonnay
2014 LORING WINE COMPANY Brut Rose Sparkling
2017 LORING WINE COMPANY Rosella's Vineyard Chardonnay
2017 LORING WINE COMPANY Sierra Mar Vineyard Chardonnay
2017 LORING WINE COMPANY Sierra Madre Vineyard Chardonnay
2017 LORING WINE COMPANY Kessler-Haak Vineyard Chardonnay
2017 LORING WINE COMPANY River Quinn Chardonnay
2017 LORING WINE COMPANY Rosella's Vineyard Pinot Noir
2017 LORING WINE COMPANY Sierra Mar Vineyard Pinot Noir
2017 LORING WINE COMPANY Clos Pepe Vineyard Pinot Noir
2017 LORING WINE COMPANY Kessler-Haak Vineyard Pinot Noir
2017 LORING WINE COMPANY Rancho La Vina Vineyard Pinot Noir
2017 LORING WINE COMPANY Cooper Jaxon Pinot Noir
2014 LUCIA Susan's Hill Syrah
2017 LUCIA Pinot Noir
2017 LUCIA Chardonnay
2018 LUCIA Lucy Rose of Pinot Noir
2017 MARNET Alder Springs Pinot Noir
2015 MATTHIASSION White Wine Sauv Blanc, Ribolla Gialla, Semillon, Tocai Friulano
2015 MATTHIASSION Cabernet Sauvignon
20XX MENDING WALL Palisades Petite Sirah
2017 MODEL FARM Syrah
2016 MODEL FARM Chardonnay
2016 MYRIAD CELLARS Halcon Syrah
2016 MYRIAD CELLARS Steltzner Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 PAX Buddha's Dharma Chenin Blanc
2016 PAX Testa Carignane
2015 PAX The Vicar Grenache, Syrah
2016 PAX The Hermit Syrah
2014 PAX Griffin's Lair Syrah
2016 RASI Rancho La Vina Pinot Noir
2016 RHYS Family Farm Pinot Noir
2016 RHYS Alpine Pinot Noir
2016 RIVERAIN Cardiac Hill Syrah
2016 RIVERAIN Tench Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 RIVERS-MARIE Bearwallow Chardonnay
2017 RIVERS-MARIE Thieriot Chardonnay
2017 RIVERS-MARIE Summa Pinot Noir
2017 RIVERS-MARIE Occidental Pinot Noir
2016 SANDLER Boer Grenache
2016 SANDLER Lazare Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 SANDLER Heintz Chardonnay
2017 SAY WHEN Spanish Springs Pinot Noir
2016 SOJOURN Riddle Pinot Noir
2016 SOJOURN Gap's Crown Pinot Noir
2016 SOJOURN Pinot Noir
2015 SOJOURN CELLARS Beckstoffer Georges III Cabernet Sauvignon
2017 Sōnō vino Sierra Madre Chardonnay
2015 SWITCHBACK RIDGE Peterson Petite Sirah
2015 SWITCHBACK RIDGE Peterson Cabernet Sauvignon
2015 SWITCHBACK RIDGE Peterson Merlot
2016 TABLAS CREEK Esprit Rouge de Tablas--MAG GSM + Counoise
2016 TABLAS CREEK Esprit Blanc de Tablas--MAG Roussanne, Grenache/Picpoul Blanc
2017 TABLAS CREEK Picpoul Blanc
2016 TABLAS CREEK Cotes de Tablas Rouge Grenache, Syrah, Counoise, Mourvedre
2014 TERCERO Mourvedre
2015 TERCERO Verbiage (Blanc)
2014 TERCERO Verbiage (Rouge)
2018 TERCERO Mourvedre Rose
2016 TERCERO Cinsault
2018 TERCERO Aberration Cinsault/Grenache/Carignane
2017 VELVET BEE Queen Bee Blanc Sauv Blanc/Semillon
2015 VELVET BEE La Encatada Pinot Noir
2015 VELVET BEE Rita's Crown Chardonnay
2016 WILLIAM & MARY Shifflett Ranch Proprietary Red
2016 WILLIAM & MARY Shifflett Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
2015 YOUNG HAGEN Platt Chardonnay
2014 YOUNG HAGEN Riddle Pinot Noir
2015 YOUNG HAGEN Riddle Pinot Noir
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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Re: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments

#2 Post by Frank Murray III » February 15th, 2019, 7:31 am

And for the Silent Auction tomorrow, to thank the winery and Berserker community donations/generosity that powers the money we raise in the garage. I'd like us to raise $25,000 on these items, that would be a terrific goal.

2014 Dunstan Chardonnay Durell Vineyard Sonoma County 3L Chris Towt
Private tour and tasting for up to 6 people with Chris
2017 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir The Three California 750 Brian Loring
2017 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir The Three California 750
2017 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir The Three California 750
2017 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Cooper Jaxon California 750 Brian Loring
2017 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Cooper Jaxon California 750
2017 Loring Wine Company Pinot Noir Cooper Jaxon California 750
2007 Copain Pinot Noir Kiser En Bas Anderson Valley 5L Sean Kennedy
2014 Velvet Bee Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 750 Phil Kaplan/Velvet Bee
2015 Velvet Bee Pinot Noir La Encatada Vineyard Santa Rita Hills 750
2016 Velvet Bee Pinot Noir La Encatada Vineyard Santa Rita Hills 750
2017 Velvet Bee Queen Bee Blanc Santa Rita Hills 750 Phil Kaplan/Velvet Bee
2014 Velvet Bee Chardonnay Rita's Crown Santa Rita Hills 750
2015 Velvet Bee Chardonnay Rita's Crown Santa Rita Hills 750
2010 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Armagh Vineyard Sonoma Coast   750 Frank Murray III
2013 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Majik Vineyard Sonoma Coast   750
2013 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Sonoma Coast    750
2012 Wind Gap Wines Syrah Sonoma Coast 750
2006 Arcadian Pinot Noir Francesca's Cuvée Santa Lucia Highlands  750 Frank Murray III
2008 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands   750
2000 Arcadian Syrah Robert O. Fleming Cuvée Garys' Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands 750
2000 Arcadian Pinot Noir Francesca's Cuvée Santa Lucia Highlands  750
2005 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands  750 Frank Murray III
2003 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands 750
2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands 750
2000 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands 750
2014 Kutch Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch Sonoma Coast Mag Jamie Kutch
2014 Kutch Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains 750
2016 Kutch Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch Sonoma Coast Mag Jamie Kutch
2016 Kutch Pinot Noir Falstaff Sonoma Coast Mag Jamie Kutch
2014 Kutch Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains 750 Jamie Kutch
2014 Kutch Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains 750
2016 Rasi Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 750 Rachel Silkowski
2017 Rasi Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 750
2016 Grimm's Bluff Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Happy Canyon 750 Jeff Chaney/Grimm's Bluff
2015 Grimm's Bluff Contango Cabernet Sauvignon Happy Canyon 750
2015 Grimm's Bluff Petit Verdot Happy Canyon 750
Tour, tasting and lunch for up to 6 people at Grimm’s Bluff’s certified Biodynamic Estate Vineyard in Happy Canyon of Santa Ynez Jeff Chaney
1 copy of Lucky Country: Confessions of a Vagabond Cellarhand by Darren Delmore Darren Delmore
2017 Darren Delmore Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 750
2017 Darren Delmore Syrah Cambria 750
2016 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Adelaida District 750 Tablas Creek/Darren Delmore
2015 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Adelaida District 750
2014 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Adelaida District 750
2013 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Adelaida District 750
2012 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Adelaida District 750
2011 Tablas Creek Esprit de Tablas Adelaida District 750
2017 iskaranu Pinot Noir RRV 750 Greg Piatigorski/iskaranu
2017 iskaranu Pinot Noir RRV mimma 750
2017 iskaranu Pinot Noir RRV Secret Clone 750
2017 iskaranu Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast Putnam Vineyard 750
Hand-knitted cool shawl JoAnn Erfer
Hand-knitted 'resistance' hat
Hand-made cork wine trivet Craig Behrens
Hand-made cork wine trivet
Hand-made cork wine trivet
Hand-made cork wine trivet Craig Behrens
Hand-made cork wine trivet
Hand-made cork wine trivet
Hand-made cork wine trivet Craig Behrens
Hand-made cork wine trivet
Hand-made cork wine trivet
Hand-made cork wine trivet
2015 Quintessa Napa Valley 750 Eric Kitei/Brian Bohr
2011 Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon Monsieur Ètain 750
2008 Rivers Marie Cabernet Napa Valley 750 Arnie and Lisa Caplan
2008 Rivers Marie Cabernet Napa Valley 750
2008 Rivers Marie Cabernet Napa Valley 750
2010 Cayuse The Lovers (Cab/Syrah) Walla Walla 750 Arnie and Lisa Caplan
2011 Cayuse The Lovers (Cab/Syrah) Walla Walla 750
2012 Cayuse The Lovers (Cab/Syrah) Walla Walla 750
2010 Cayuse The Lovers (Cab/Syrah) Walla Walla 750 Arnie and Lisa Caplan
2011 Cayuse The Lovers (Cab/Syrah) Walla Walla 750
2012 Cayuse The Lovers (Cab/Syrah) Walla Walla 750
2011 Cayuse The Lovers (Cab/Syrah) Walla Walla 750 Arnie and Lisa Caplan
2012 Cayuse The Lovers (Cab/Syrah) Walla Walla 750
2013 Mark Ryan Cabernet Walla Walla 750
2015 Cayuse The Lovers (Cab/Syrah) Walla Walla 750 Arnie and Lisa Caplan
2015 Cayuse The Lovers (Cab/Syrah) Walla Walla 750
2015 Cayuse The Lovers (Cab/Syrah) Walla Walla 750
2016 Cayuse Viognier Cailloux Vineyard Walla Walla 750 Arnie and Lisa Caplan
2016 Cayuse Viognier Cailloux Vineyard Walla Walla 750
2016 Cayuse Viognier Cailloux Vineyard Walla Walla 750
2016 Cayuse Grenache Edith Rose Walla Walla 750 Arnie and Lisa Caplan
2016 Cayuse Grenache Edith Rose Walla Walla 750
2016 Cayuse Grenache Edith Rose Walla Walla 750
2006 Viader Red Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750 Arnie and Lisa Caplan
2006 Viader Red Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750
2006 Viader Red Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750
2006 Viader Red Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750 Arnie and Lisa Caplan
2006 Viader Red Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750
2006 Viader Red Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750
2006 David Arthur Elevation 1147 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 750 Arnie and Lisa Caplan
2006 David Arthur Elevation 1147 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 750
2006 David Arthur Elevation 1147 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 750
2006 David Arthur Elevation 1147 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 750 Arnie and Lisa Caplan
2006 David Arthur Elevation 1147 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 750
2006 David Arthur Elevation 1147 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 750
2006 Robert Foley Claret Napa Valley 750 Arnie and Lisa Caplan
2006 Robert Foley Claret Napa Valley 750
2006 Robert Foley Claret Napa Valley 750
2006 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 750 Arnie and Lisa Caplan
2006 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 750
2006 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley 750
2010 Clos Pepe Pinot Noir VS Santa Rita Hills 750 Arnie and Lisa Caplan
2012 Clos Pepe Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 750
2009 Clos Pepe Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 750
2013 Clos Pepe Pinot Noir VS Santa Rita Hills 750 Arnie and Lisa Caplan
2013 Clos Pepe Pinot Noir VS Santa Rita Hills 750
2013 Clos Pepe Pinot Noir VS Santa Rita Hills
2014 Clos Pepe Pinot Noir Dark Side Santa Rita Hills 750
2014 Clos Pepe Pinot Noir Santa Rita Hills 750 Arnie and Lisa Caplan
2014 Clos Pepe Pinot Noir VS Santa Rita Hills 750
2014 Clos Pepe Pinot Noir VS Santa Rita Hills
2014 Clos Pepe Pinot Noir Dark Side Santa Rita Hills 750
2012 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 750 Arnie and Lisa Caplan
2012 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 750
2012 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 750
2012 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 750 Arnie and Lisa Caplan
2012 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 750
2004 Caymus Special Select Napa Valley 750 Arnie and Lisa Caplan/Sidney Stone/Steve Anderson
2015 Ridge Monte Bello Santa Cruz Mountains 750
2015 MacDonald Cabernet Oakville 750
2005 Vineyard 29 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750 Arnie and Lisa Caplan
2005 Vineyard 29 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750
2005 Justin Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 750 Arnie and Lisa Caplan
2005 Justin Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 750
2006 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750 Arnie and Lisa Caplan
2006 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 750
Visit to the Pax winery and tasting for 4 people Helen Sinor/Pax Wines
2016 Chenin Blanc Buddha's Dharma Vineyard Mendocino County 750
2016 Carignan Testa Vineyard Mendocino County 750
2015 The Vicar Grenache-Syrah North Coast 750
2016 The Hermit Syrah North Coast 750
2014 Syrah Griffin's Lair Vineyard Sonoma Coast 750
2015 DV8 Cellars Syrah Overdrive White Hawk Vineyard Santa Barbara County 750 Marc and Dominique Simon (DV8 Cellars)
2 wine bottle custom candles (Saxum and SQN)
2015 DV8 Cellars Syrah Overdrive White Hawk Vineyard Santa Barbara County 750 Marc and Dominique Simon (DV8 Cellars)
2 wine bottle custom candles
2000 Pride Mountain Vineyards Petite Sirah Napa Valley 750 Greg Piatigorski/iskaranu
2005 Alcina Petite Sirah The Sorceress Lake County 750
2006 Carlisle Syrah James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles 750 David Lewin
2006 Copain Syrah James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles 750
2006 L'Ecole Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 750 Constance Savage/L'Ecole
2007 L'Ecole Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 750
2012 L'Ecole Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 750
2015 L'Ecole Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 750
2008 L'Ecole Apogee Pepper Bridge Vineyard Walla Walla Valley Mag Constance Savage/L'Ecole
2012 L'Ecole Estate Merlot Walla Walla Valley Mag Constance Savage/L'Ecole
2009 L'Ecole Estate Perigee Seven Hills Vineyard Walla Walla Valley 3L Constance Savage/L'Ecole
2006 Copain Syrah Thompson Vineyard Santa Barbara County 750 Paul Hiyake
2006 Copain Syrah Hawks Butte Vineyard Yorkville Highlands 750
2006 Copain Syrah James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles 750
2006 Copain Syrah Madder Lake Lake County 750
2007 Copain Syrah Thompson Vineyard Santa Barbara County 750 Paul Hiyake
2007 Copain Syrah Hawks Butte Vineyard Yorkville Highlands 750
2007 Copain Syrah James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles 750
2007 Copain Syrah Brosseau Vineyard Chalone 750
2009 Ceritas Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard Russian River Valley 750 Paul Hiyake
2009 Ceritas Chardonnay Porter-Bass Vineyard Russian River Valley 750
2010 Ceritas Chardonnay Heintz Vineyard Sonoma Coast 750
2010 Ceritas Chardonnay Porter-Bass Vineyard Russian River Valley 750
2005 Paul Lato Syrah Cinematique Larner Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley 750 Paul Hiyake
2006 Paul Lato Syrah Cinematique Larner Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley 750
2007 Paul Lato Syrah Cinematique Larner Vineyard Santa Ynez Valley 750
2017 Rare Barrel Another World - blended red sour beer aged in foeder and oak barrels Paul Hiyake
2017 Rare Barrel Ensorcelled - dark sour beer aged in oak barrels with raspberries
2017 Rare Barrel Supermassive - dark sour beer aged in oak barrels with blackberries and black currants
2017 Rare Barrel Small Acts - Grisette aged in oak barrels
1992 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 750 Blake Brown
1992 Williams Selyem Zinfandel Russian River Valley 750
2015 Calluna Estate Chalk Hill 750 Jim Kuhner/Calluna
2015 Calluna Vineyards Cuvee CVC Chalk Hill 750
2016 G Pierre Gonon St. Joseph 750 Alan Rath/Brian Bohr
2000 Château Saint-Pierre St. Julien 750
2016 Cobb Chardonnay Mariani Vineyard Sonoma Coast 750 Jim Kuhner/Cobb Wines
2016 Cobb Pinot Noir Monticue Vineyard Sonoma Coast 750
2016 Cobb Pinot Noir Rice-Spivak Vineyard Sonoma Coast 750
A Vermont specialty foods basket Thomas Melloni
2013 Arnot-Roberts Chardonnay Trout Gulch Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains 750 David Bueker
2013 Arnot-Roberts Chardonnay Watson Ranch Napa Valley 750
2013 Arnot-Roberts Chardonnay Watson Ranch Napa Valley 750
2013 Ceritas Chardonnay Porter-Bass Vineyard Russian River Valley 750
2014 Ceritas Chardonnay Peter Martin Ray Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains 750
2014 Ceritas Chardonnay Trout Gulch Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains 750
2013 Arnot-Roberts Chardonnay Trout Gulch Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains 750 David Bueker
2013 Arnot-Roberts Chardonnay Watson Ranch Napa Valley 750
2013 Arnot-Roberts Chardonnay Watson Ranch Napa Valley 750
2013 Ceritas Chardonnay Porter-Bass Vineyard Russian River Valley 750
2014 Ceritas Chardonnay Peter Martin Ray Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains 750
2014 Ceritas Chardonnay Trout Gulch Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains 750
2013 Kutch Pinot Noir Bohan Vineyard Sonoma Coast 750 David Bueker
2014 Kutch Pinot Noir Bohan Vineyard Sonoma Coast 750
2014 Kutch Pinot Noir Falstaff Vineyard Sonoma Coast 750
2013 Kutch Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch Sonoma Coast 750
2013 Kutch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 750
2013 Kutch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 750
2014 Kutch Pinot Noir Bohan Vineyard Sonoma Coast 750 David Bueker
2014 Kutch Pinot Noir Bohan Vineyard Sonoma Coast 750
2014 Kutch Pinot Noir Falstaff Vineyard Sonoma Coast 750
2014 Kutch Pinot Noir Falstaff Vineyard Sonoma Coast 750
2013 Kutch Pinot Noir McDougall Ranch Sonoma Coast 750
2013 Kutch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 750
Belching Beaver Me So Honey Blonde: honey wheat blonde ale, brewed with honey of course. 32 oz Anonymous
Belching Beaver Mexican Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout. 32 oz
Belching Beaver Hop Highway: West Coast India Pale Ale. 32 oz
2015 Andremily Syrah Santa Barbara County 750 Steve Anderson
2016 Sami Odi Hoffman Dallwitz Shiraz Barossa 750
2002 Pax Pangea (Etched) Mag Steve Anderson
2013 Bevan Syrah Rusty's Blend Mag Steve Anderson
2013 Bevan Syrah Rusty's Blend Mag Steve Anderson
NV Swanson La Ti Da Oakville (Etched) 3L Steve Anderson
2004 DuMol Syrah Russian River Valley 3L Steve Anderson
2017 August West Pinot Noir Russian River Valley 750 Ed Kurtzman/August West
2017 August West Pinot Noir Cortada Alta Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands 750
2017 August West Pinot Noir Peterson Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands 750
2017 August West Graham Family Vineyard Russian River Valley 750
2017 August West Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 750
2016 Sandler Chardonnay Heintz Ranch Cuvee Ma Belle Russian River Valley 750 Ed Kurtzman/August West
2016 Sandler Cabernet Sauvignon Lazare Vineyard Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley 750
2016 Sandler Grenache Boer Vineyard Chalone 750
2011 Saxum James Berry Vineyard Willow Creek Mag Bruce Weimer
2012 Saxum James Berry Vineyard Willow Creek Mag Bruce Weimer
2015 Matthiasson Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Mag Jill Matthiasson/Matthiasson
Pliny The Elder Russian River Brewing Company 500 Brian Bohr
Pliny The Elder Russian River Brewing Company 500
Pliny The Elder Russian River Brewing Company 500
Pliny The Elder Russian River Brewing Company 500 Brian Bohr
Pliny The Elder Russian River Brewing Company 500
Pliny The Elder Russian River Brewing Company 500
2013 Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout 500 Brian Bohr/Megan Bastuba
2016 Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout 500
2017 Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout 500
2018 Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout 500
2017 3 Floyds Dark Lord Russian Imperial Stout
1989 Anchor Steam Brewing Christmas Ale Brian Bohr
1990 Anchor Steam Brewing Christmas Ale
1991 Anchor Steam Brewing Christmas Ale
1996 Anchor Steam Brewing Christmas Ale
1999 Anchor Steam Brewing Christmas Ale
2008 Anchor Steam Brewing Christmas Ale
2007 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau 750 Brian Bohr/Chris Seiber/David Lewin
2001 Domaine Tempier Bandol Cuvée Spéciale Cabassaou 750
1998 Domaine Grand Veneur Chateauneuf du Pape Les Origines 750
2009 Copain Roussane James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles 750
2008 Joh. Jos. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spätlese 750 Brian Bohr
2008 Dönnhoff Schloßböckelheimer Kupfergrube Riesling Spätlese 750
Custom printed colored Falltacular double wine tote Ted Erfer
Custom printed colored Falltacular single wine tote
Custom printed colored Falltacular double wine tote Ted Erfer
Custom printed colored Falltacular single wine tote
2012 Riverain Syrah Cardiac Hill Bennett Valley Mag Steve Nordhoff/Riverain
2015 Riverain Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Mag Steve Nordhoff/Riverain
Visit and tasting for up to 4 people at Belharra in Carneros with winemakers Anne Fogerty and Camille Gaio Anne Fogerty/Belharra
2016 Belharra Las Madres Syrah 750
2016 Belharra Las Madres Syrah 750
2017 Belharra "The Search" Knights Valley Chardonnay 750
2017 Belharra "The Search" Knights Valley Chardonnay 750
2018 Belharra Las Madres Rosé of Syrah 750
2018 Belharra Las Madres Rosé of Syrah 750
Private tasting with me (I will bring the event to your home if you are nearby) for up to 6 people Larry Schaffer/Tercero
2017 Tercero Mourvedre Rose Santa Barbara County Mag
2017 Tercero Mourvedre Rose Santa Barbara County Mag Larry Schaffer/Tercero
2015 Switchback Ridge Petite Sirah Peterson Vineyard Napa Valley Mag Kelly Peterson/Switchback Ridge
2015 Switchback Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Peterson Vineyard Napa Valley Mag Kelly Peterson/Switchback Ridge
2014 Young Hagen Pinot Noir Riddle Vineyard Sonoma Coast Mag Tim Beranek/Young Hagen
2016 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Mag Jeff Brinkman/Rhys
2016 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains 3L Jeff Brinkman/Rhys
2014 Carlisle Zinfandel Limerick Lane Vineyard Russian River Valley (in OWC for all 4 bottles) 750 Mike Officer/Carlisle
2015 Carlisle Zinfandel Limerick Lane Vineyard Russian River Valley 750
2016 Carlisle Zinfandel Limerick Lane Vineyard Russian River Valley 750
2017 Carlisle Zinfandel Limerick Lane Vineyard Russian River Valley 750
2013 Melanson Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Matthew’s Block Napa Valley 750 Brian Tuite
2014 Stone the Crows Cabernet Sauvignon Three Twins Vineyard Napa Valley 750
2015 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Napa Valley 750
1993 Ravenswood Zinfandel Wood Rd Belloni Russian River Valley Mag Brian Tuite
2004 Scherrer Zinfandel Old and Mature Vines Alexander Valley Mag Brian Tuite
Private tasting and tour for up to 6 people at the Big Basin Estate in the Santa Cruz Mountains Ruthie Guido/Big Basin
2016 Big Basin Pinot Noir Alfaro Family Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Mag
2018 Lucy Rose of Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 750 Jeff Pisoni/Pisoni
2018 Lucy Rose of Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 750
2018 Lucy Rose of Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 750
2018 Lucy Rose of Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 750
2018 Lucy Rose of Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 750
2018 Lucy Rose of Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 750
2018 Lucy Rose of Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 750 Jeff Pisoni/Pisoni
2018 Lucy Rose of Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 750
2018 Lucy Rose of Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 750
2018 Lucy Rose of Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 750
2018 Lucy Rose of Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 750
2018 Lucy Rose of Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 750
2016 Lucia Pinot Noir Garys' Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Mag Jeff Pisoni/Pisoni
2011 Cameron Pinot Noir Reserve Dundee Hills 750 Beth/Rob Bastuba
2011 Cameron Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 750
2011 Cameron Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 750
2011 Cameron Pinot Noir Dundee Hills 750
Colonel E. H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon 750 Beth/Rob Bastuba/Eric Kitei
Garrison Brothers Single Barrel Bourbon 750
Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon 750
2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Evangelho Old Vine Contra Costa County 750 Hardy Wallace/Dirty and Rowdy
2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Antle Vineyard Chalone 750
2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Enz Vineyard Lime Kiln Valley 750
Tasting in Napa or Santa Rosa for up to 6
2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Shake Ridge Ranch Amador County 750 Hardy Wallace/Dirty and Rowdy
2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Skinner White Oak Flats El Dorado County 750
2016 Dirty and Rowdy Mourvedre Skinner Stoney Creek El Dorado County 750
2016 Betwixt Grenache Abba Vineyard Lodi Mokelumne River 750 Tim Telli/Betwixt
2016 Betwixt Grenache Boer Vineyard Chalone 750
2010 Boheme Wines Pinot Noir Stuller Vineyard Sonoma Coast Mag Kurt Beitler/Boheme
Handmade Piggins art--Evangelho Vineyard Larry Piggins
Handmade Piggins art--Kirschenmann Vineyard Larry Piggins
2017 Marnet Pinot Noir Alder Springs Vineyard Mendocino County Mag Daniel Ricciato/Marnet
2015 Sojourn Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard Rutherford 750 Sherrie Perkovich/Sojourn
2016 Sojourn Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard Sonoma Coast 750
2016 Sojourn Pinot Noir Riddle Vineyard Sonoma Coast 750
2016 Sojourn Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 750
2014 Mending Wall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Mag Nancy Hamill/Mending Wall
2015 Mending Wall Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Mag
Private tasting for 4 at the tasting room in St Helena
2014 Liquid Farm White Hills Chardonnay Santa Rita Hills Mag Brian Evans/Liquid Farm
1 night stay at Casa de Liquid in Santa Ynez - 2 bedrooms (up to 4 people) 
2012 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Trailside Vineyard Rutherford 750 Nancy Hamill/Mending Wall
2013 Heitz Cabernet Sauvignon Martha’s Vineyard Oakville 750
Tasting in St Helena Tasting Room for 2
2016 Myriad Cab Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr Crane Elysian Mag Mike and Leah Smith/Myriad
Private tasting and lunch with Mike Smith for up to 6 people
2013 Cirq Pinot Noir Bootlegger's Hill Russian River Valley Mag Michael Browne/Cirq
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My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#3 Post by larry schaffer » February 15th, 2019, 7:38 am

And don't forget the food, my friend . . . .

Couldn't sleep and made two batches of cookies to bring down for the event tomorrow - salted dark chocolate chip and oatmeal and peppermint dark chocolate chip. Can't wait to take part once again - it's truly and privilege and honor to do so, and it's quite a moving day, realizing why we are all there.

It's all one of my favorite days of the year because this is kind of the 'ultimate' offline for many in the WB community - instead of 'talking' online, we are instead face to face, sharing stories and laughter, discussing wines and family, shaking hands and hugging. A truly epic day!

Kudos in advance to Frank and Jill for hosting once again, and for Margaret and her staff for being omnipresent and sharing their stories . . .

Cheers.
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#4 Post by B Thorne » February 15th, 2019, 7:45 am

This is such an awesome event put on by Frank & this community. I have not attended, ever, but maybe someday I'll try to make it on the guest list.

Looking forward to following this thread and living vicariously through the TNs and comments.
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#5 Post by Brian Tuite » February 15th, 2019, 9:28 am

Now boarding at Gate 2, destination Falltacular!
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#6 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » February 15th, 2019, 9:32 am

Wow. That's a heck of a list!
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#7 Post by Frank Murray III » February 15th, 2019, 10:12 am

David, we are blessed and fortunate to have so many people bought into this event. The generosity from so many corners of the wine community is truly amazing. I have reached a point where both the inside of the house (wine is placed in several rooms up and down stairs) as well as the space in my garage for the auction, cannot handle any more items. So many people have embraced this event, which is why we can do this now year after year.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#8 Post by Margaret Bayston » February 15th, 2019, 10:24 am

Huge thanks to Frank and Jill Murray and all the amazing wine makers and supporters who make Falltacular such a magical day for Laura’s House. It is one of the most enjoyable events of the year- spending it with big hearted and generous people, drinking fabulous wines and raising awareness and money for families affected by domestic violence. You are making a very positive impact and have become some of our strongest advocates in the community. I am proud to know many of you and call you friends and look forward to meeting the new people tomorrow! CHEERS😍

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#9 Post by Chris Seiber » February 15th, 2019, 10:44 am

I may need to take out a home equity loan for all the auction items I'm going to want to buy. And use part of it to buy a new storage cabinet for the bottles.

See you all there. I've got meat marinating, a box full of bottles to bring, trying to get hydrated in advance . . .

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#10 Post by Frank Murray III » February 15th, 2019, 12:14 pm

Margaret, we're all in this with you. Thank you for your leadership of Laura's House and letting us partner with you again another year.

Counselor, the garage is really loaded this year. We have about the same amount of lots as last year (125), but about 70 more items. So, you and those attending will see very quickly that the single bottle lots are now replaced this year with lots that have 2, 4, even 6 bottles. This will mean you get more wine for your winning bid, although it may cost you a little more to play because of the larger lots. My reality is that I simply cannot make the garage work unless I kept the total lot count the same, and allowed each lot to grow larger. There will be a large # of single lot magnums being auctioned, more than we have ever enjoyed. I want people to remember that this strategy ultimately benefits Laura's House.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#11 Post by brigcampbell » February 15th, 2019, 2:22 pm

Chris Seiber wrote:
February 15th, 2019, 10:44 am
I may need to take out a home equity loan for all the auction items I'm going to want to buy. And use part of it to buy a new storage cabinet for the bottles.

See you all there. I've got meat marinating, a box full of bottles to bring, trying to get hydrated in advance . . .
Today is your lucky day my friend. I have beautiful wood vinotemp cabinet w/redwood racking for 550 bottles in my garage. It's all yours!!! Here it is viewtopic.php?f=7&t=151408&p=2508439

I've been trying to get FMIII to take it so I can use his house as offsite storage. [cheers.gif]

I just printed up all the badges for tomorrow so everyone will remember their own name after 5pm neener

I've already secured proper authorization from the warden to get after a few of the auction items, something is going home with me this year just not sure what...

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#12 Post by Brian Tuite » February 15th, 2019, 10:10 pm

1996 Venge Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Oakville

Yum! This was gorgeous!
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2012 Andremily 1 Syrah

For being so young and for the fact that the winemaker came from SQN I was expecting something completely different. This was awesome, well balanced, great perfume, nice restraint. Double decanted 4 hrs in advance.
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Andremily 4 on deck for tomorrow.
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#13 Post by Frank Murray III » February 16th, 2019, 9:15 am

And we begin....
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My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#14 Post by larry schaffer » February 16th, 2019, 9:15 am

Can't wait!
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#15 Post by Frank Murray III » February 16th, 2019, 9:25 am

One of the Pinot tables taking shape.
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My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#16 Post by johngonzales » February 16th, 2019, 9:29 am

Have fun everyone. Looks like the rain is gone, right? It’s a great event that everyone who hasn’t, should make a point of getting to one year. The silent auction booty is copious this year. Looks like Arnie and Lisa really stepped up.

I’m going to enlist my friends that are regulars to make sure I don’t snooze and lose next year.

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#17 Post by Robert Pavlovich » February 16th, 2019, 9:33 am

Great seeing the gang last night.
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A few mental notes...I tried to avoid the super higher alcohol (aka: rocket fuel) wines as much as I could. As a result, was in good shape for the after party, thanks to the Bohr’s for hosting again. Impressive streak going!

2002 Calera Selleck Pinot Noir
Rarely find CA Pinot that impresses, but this surely did for its clean, cool fresh fruit. Very subtle in its pinosity, there are no cola notes here, rather it leads with its clear, bright acidic freshness, with the impression it will continue to age and evolve beautifully for many years to come. What an outlier! Kind of reminds me of old Sanford Pinot’s that were built to last decades. Thanks to Chris for pointing me here.
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2014 Once & Future Zinfandel Bedrock Vineyard
This was a treat to taste after listening to Joel’s interview with Levi Dalton. It’s just a well built Zin, with a real nice undercurrent of acidic freshness, showing that mix of good, flavorful fresh fruit with natural edges and lines, and devoid of any overrripe character. We sampled quite a few wines over dinner, but we kept coming back to this as our preferred dinner wine.
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2010 Catherine & Pierre Breton Bourgueil Perrieres
Brought this and it was also one of the better wines with food, kind of a bistro wine, lighter bodied than the Zin above, but still good medium. Fresh and rather light impact, expected a little more boldness from the fruit on this, but still made for a nice drink. Thought it best upon opening and through the first hour or so. Recall having the 12’ a year or two back and preferred where that was in its development.
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2001 Vieux Telegraph (From Magnum)
Showing quite a bit more balance than the rocket fueled reds, this was really singing, in that sweet spot that no other wine seemed to be in. Drink now, especially if you have 750’s.
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2012 Fekete Pince Juhfark (White)
Was in the mood to promote Hungary, and this wine always does a good job, even got to meet Brandon and Sandy, who is Hungarian. Shows succulent white peach and lychee flavors, with good freshness, and mellow, Complex spices. I tried to keep this cool, but I think it was warmer than ideal most of the night.

1995 Rancia Riserva
After Brian T extracted the cork beautifully, we found it was corked, brutal!

Lots of other good wines tasted, and appreciated all the pours and sharing.

Here are some of the fun inanimates from the after party.
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#18 Post by brigcampbell » February 16th, 2019, 7:03 pm

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#19 Post by Brian Tuite » February 17th, 2019, 6:58 am

Madness!

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#20 Post by brigcampbell » February 17th, 2019, 8:33 am

The Laura’s House fan club
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#21 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » February 17th, 2019, 8:42 am

Excellent!

I hope the fundraising went well.
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#22 Post by Frank Murray III » February 17th, 2019, 12:34 pm

Good morning to all of you. It's humbling for us to do this event, that all of you keep coming back year after year to support Laura's House. As we consider yesterday, some thoughts I want to pass along.....

The fellowship and relationships that are in the core of this event are powerful. The generosity, warmth, sense of family and all the threads that tie these important things together were on display yesterday. An amazing group of people you are.

Thank you to the wineries for the support, as well as the individual donators who made the inside of the house and the garage successful. When I have a firm # to share with all of you, I will post it in the coming days. And for those who spent $$$ in the garage auction, we will surely break any existing record we had for the total.

As we put a close to this year, please send a winery (or more) a note if you enjoyed their wines yesterday. What we want to remember is that without the wineries, there is no wine being poured. Email or message them to show them their wines were appreciated. I always thank them but I need for you as a group to do the same. Please.

And again, THANK YOU!
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#23 Post by Frank Murray III » February 17th, 2019, 1:05 pm

I was remiss yesterday in thanking Neudesic and fellow Berserker Mark Jones for the support in providing all of the custom glasses not only for the Friday dinner, but the event last night too. Mark, really appreciate the dedication you and the firm show Laura's House. Rock solid man and we appreciate it and you.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#24 Post by Chuck Miller » February 17th, 2019, 1:25 pm

Is that a garage or an airplane hangar? Wow, that's a lot of wine!
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#25 Post by Andrew Christiansen » February 17th, 2019, 1:25 pm

I hope this thread helps to illuminate what a unique and special event this is. I can sincerely say that I am fortunate to live near this group of people and to be able to attend this event.

I cannot imagine the effort and coordination it takes to pull off this event, and the patience required to allow 175-ish people to eat/drink (and spill wine:food) throughout your house for 10 hours. Frank and Jill do it on an annual basis, and for some (likely many) of us it’s one of the happiest events of the year!

Thank you’s almost seem too subdued...we all get back so much more than we put into this event. Anyway...a sincere thank you!

Oh, yeah, and this event will likely raise $50K to help change the lives of abused women and their children.

We always hear an inspiring speach at the event from a victom of abuse who was provided shelter and guidance towards a second chance by Laura’s House.

We should be similarly inspired by Frank/Jill, the women in red in the photos above, the winery participants who donate their wines, and many others who make this event possible. In these polarizing and exceedingly self/greed-oriented times, selfeless efforts like these should also be an inspiration.

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#26 Post by Frank Murray III » February 17th, 2019, 1:41 pm

Andrew, well said. You're a beautiful friend and a long-time supporter of the event. Thank you, man.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#27 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » February 17th, 2019, 2:19 pm

Three cheers for Frank, Jill and everyone who supports the event, near and far.

Domestic abuse is a scourge upon society, and it’s heartening to see how the community supports those who are suffering its effects.
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#28 Post by brigcampbell » February 17th, 2019, 3:30 pm

I was able to blast through a few TNs before the insanity set in. I saw Grammar, FMIII, Seiber and a few others scratching on crumpled pieces of wine stained paper so more notes should arrive over the next few days.
  • 2016 Sandler Wine Company Grenache Boer Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Chalone (2/17/2019)
    Dark garnet pushing black. Excellent herbs and spices across the palate. Dark cherry and a tannic blast follows the attack. Big green note during the finish. Well built in the style of age worthy Grenache from southern France. This requires more age to blossom. It's tasty just aggressive.
  • 2014 Ladd Cellars Chardonnay Cuvée Voile - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (2/17/2019)
    Love this wine. Really strong mineral as the basis for strong citrus flavors. Lemon, lime, and pineapple. Supposedly there was 20% new oak but it's nowhere to be seen. Clean, lean, and mean the way I like my chardonnay.
  • 2015 Big Basin Vineyards Altitude 2292 Coastview Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Monterey County (2/17/2019)
    I didn't even know they made this type of wine, shame on me. Really nice dark plum notes with black cassis and coconut/oak note. I like it.
  • 2015 Bohème Wines Pinot Noir Taylor Ridge Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (2/17/2019)
    Distinctly dark color compared to a few of the light PN previously tasted. There's medium level of toasted oak with bright red cherry and muddled Raspberry.
  • 2015 L'Ecole No. 41 Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley (2/17/2019)
    Really nice cabner Sauvignon in a style I prefer. The tannins are quite forward at this age so cellar time is required if that's an issue. Beautifully flavored cassis and light toasting. Additional red fruit note at the finish. Nice QPR.
  • 2015 Liquid Farm Chardonnay Golden Slope - USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills (2/17/2019)
    Burgundy nose. I haven't tasted GS in a few vintages, this seems to have more acid and less of the heaviness I remember. Medium oak wtih lime and lemon rind. Very tropical finish.
  • 2015 Young Hagen Pinot Noir Riddle Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (2/17/2019)
    I tasted this wine 6 months ago but didn't write up a tasting note. I knew I like it. Cool Pinot. There's a smokey luxardo cherry flavor, if you like old fashions then you know what I'm referring too. Dark fruit/Black cherry/blackberry. Foundation of medium+ minerality. Very good.
  • 2016 Big Basin Vineyards Pinot Noir Coastview Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Monterey County (2/17/2019)
    You can taste the redwoods in this wine, really neat. The wood treatment results in sandalwood but since this is near the redwoods, I'll defer to the mighty tree. Red fruit profile and slightly drying finish. Age worthy here.
  • 2016 Carlisle Zinfandel Papera Ranch - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (2/17/2019)
    Nose was a little disappointing, it's muted compared to the field. Don't worry, the palate is ridiculously good. Great concentration and intensity of mineral and red berries. Superb.
  • 2016 Fogline Vineyards Pinot Noir Hillside Block (Estate) - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (2/17/2019)
    I like everything Evan does and he's a great and entertaining person to talk with. The wine is dark garnet and it sparkles. Great balance of acid and fruit with gentle oak notes. Think Zinfandel but with a cranberry and rhubarb kicker. Great wine.
  • 2016 Fogline Vineyards Zinfandel Rocky Ridge Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Rockpile (2/17/2019)
    Very dark color of a zin which led me to believe it would be concentrated but not the case, this is a feminine and graceful zin of pomegranate fruit.
  • 2016 Grimm's Bluff Sauvignon Blanc Reserve - USA, California, Central Coast, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara (2/17/2019)
    My first Grimm and I'm a fan, not just of this wine, but everything I tasted. Explosive nose, aromas are tropical, yellow pear, juniper berry, and pine tar. I haven't even tasted it yet and I like it. Palate shows a solid chalky mineral base with a long finish. Great complexity for SB, this isn't your New Zealand acid bomb which I do like too.
  • 2016 Myriad Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Steltzner Vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District (2/17/2019)
    This is a glass strainer, wow... Looks like a petite Sirah. Nose is a big fruity Napa cab. Thick cassis wrapped in cocoa and roasted vanilla coffee. Not my thing but it's certainly a popular style.
  • 2016 Tablas Creek Esprit Blanc de Tablas - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles Adelaida District (2/17/2019)
    Nose is interesting and then the palate was just okay with a big hole in the middle. I moved on.
  • 2017 August West Pinot Noir Peterson Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands (2/17/2019)
    I'm loving the mossy nose, the earth tones are refreshing. Red cherry and tart cranberry flavors with a fresh cut pine finish. I always like Peterson and Ed is an awesome person. Win win.
  • 2017 Delmore Limited Release - USA, California, Central Coast, Sta. Rita Hills (2/17/2019)
    Hey, Darren! Nice wine. Deep violet color with a perfume and Raspberry aroma. Reminds me of a nice Sanford wine, makes some sense since it is SRH fruit. Tart Raspberry and pomegranate.
  • 2017 DV8 Cellars Viognier Victory Camp 4 Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Ynez Valley (2/17/2019)
    Mango and pear fruit with a hint of jasmine. Medium weight and good mouthfeel. Would I call it Viognier blind? Probably not but what do I know?
  • 2017 Fogline Vineyards Gewürztraminer Flora Spring Hills Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (2/17/2019)
    Winner and a standout in the lineup of whites. Nose has a flint aroma and something I could only classify as "unique". It's old world, it's complex with flavors of matchstick, sage, and parsley. Excellent wine.
  • 2017 Iskaranu Pinot Noir Secret Clone Russian River Valley - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (2/17/2019)
    The 50% new oak shows in this wine immeditely with a maple syrup nose. It's big and powerful. If you like your dark fruited and sweet toasted oak/maple notes then this is perfect.
  • 2017 Kutch Pinot Noir Falstaff Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (2/17/2019)
    Last tasted 6 months ago. Wow, this is evolving and getting better in my opinion. There's an earthy clay pot and pulverisded lava rock aroma. Tart red fruit and white chalk.
  • 2017 Kutch Pinot Noir Graveyard Block Bohan Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (2/17/2019)
    This caught everyone off guard, the citrus notes are omnipresent. It wasn't like I was the only one pulling this marmalade profile. Specifically, an orange note much like you'd get off Summa Old Vine from Rivers-Marie but even more prevelant. The flavors are cranberry and lean but a general citrus flavor. Great stuff.
  • 2017 L'Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc Old Vines - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley (2/17/2019)
    Yellow fruited core with a light lime as the basis of the finish. I wonder how old "old Vine" Chenin might be? Nice.
  • 2017 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay B. Thieriot Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (2/17/2019)
    Interesting discussion between the geeks over this and the bearwallow. Very different styles. This wine is more in the modern big California style with lots of oak influence. Nose is red apple. Immediately the mouthfeel is obviously medium plus and slick. The oak is toasted and there's a clear sawed wood finish.
  • 2017 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard Anderson Valley - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (2/17/2019)
    This was more my style versus the Theibiot. Sweet pear aromas with a fun lychee nut. This comes across much higher in acid and angular which I prefer. Mid palate is tropical, pineapple, and light smoke note at the finish. Very good.
  • 2018 Tercero Mourvedre Rosé Camp Four Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County (2/17/2019)
    Always a favorite Rosé for the house. This continues a string of very strong and consistant vintages. Love the peach aromas and flavor with an earthy foundation.
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#29 Post by Frank Murray III » February 17th, 2019, 3:48 pm

Brig, good set of TNs. That period in the morning is really a gem to allow some wines to be tasted. Funny, the 2017 Kutch Falstaff....in Cellartracker, there are 4 TNs--your 2 and my two. It likes a game of TN tag.

The dog just went to sleep and god forbid I walk into the front of the Falltacular Mansion and walk by his pen. Once I can get up there to that wing, I will grab my TNs and post them. I think I got about 10 done before it got crazy in here yesterday. I suspect Sweater Boy Grammer got close to 100, as he usually busts out most of the house. Maybe Counselor and Rock, too.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#30 Post by brigcampbell » February 17th, 2019, 4:42 pm

Frank Murray III wrote:
February 17th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Brig, good set of TNs. That period in the morning is really a gem to allow some wines to be tasted. Funny, the 2017 Kutch Falstaff....in Cellartracker, there are 4 TNs--your 2 and my two. It likes a game of TN tag.
Looks like I will have the privilege of writing more Kutch notes in the future. The warden got a little excited during the auction and took down two Kutch auction lots. There was a mag in there too.

I won two of the three Clos Pepe Estate lots.

We were big winners. LOL

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#31 Post by Brian Tuite » February 17th, 2019, 7:24 pm

My “Haultacular”
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#32 Post by brigcampbell » February 17th, 2019, 7:54 pm

Brian Tuite wrote:
February 17th, 2019, 7:24 pm
My “Haultacular”

LOL

I got the "oh, don't think you're leaving those there."

"Baby, you bought most of them" fell upon deaf ears...
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#33 Post by Frank Murray III » February 17th, 2019, 8:07 pm

Brigger, between you and Rat, you took down a portion of Mr Bueker's 2 case donation. Also, John Webber got some of the Ceritas, too.

Buek, thanks for the generosity. As you can see, the wine you sent me translated into real benefit for Laura's House, with the wines ending up in the hands of Berserkers. Bravo, man.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#34 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » February 18th, 2019, 4:27 am

Glad to see it, and glad a bunch of it got into the hands of fellow Berserkers!
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#35 Post by larry schaffer » February 18th, 2019, 8:30 am

Brig,

Great seing you and the Jersey Girls once again - and thanks for posting your notes. I dug many of the wines that you wrote note on but definitely had some different expressions - and part of this may be due to the timing of the notes. The Carlisle Zin, for instance, was quite muted when I tried it when I arrived, but a few hours later and it certainly was more 'open for business'. And the Tablas Espirits - both Red and White - were certainly in the running for my wines of the day - just pure elegance in a bottle . . .

Looking forward to seeing more notes - I saw more folks this year with notebooks than I've seen in quite some time!

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#36 Post by M. Dildine » February 18th, 2019, 10:14 am

Well done Frankie and team! A vicarious thrill for this reader!
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#37 Post by Frank Murray III » February 18th, 2019, 11:29 am

So, a final total is in order. We did crush the record from 2018, beating it by about $7,000.

We did $17,000 and change at the front door.
We did $30,000 and change in the silent auction. Of note, we had an opening bid total of about $15,500 and so we damn near doubled that with your bidding and winning totals.

These are both records. Big time. $47,000 raised.

To do $47,000 in one day is tremendous. Again, think about it...this is a completely volunteer-based event. All of you donate willingly, from the wineries to the guests, and it all goes to Laura's House.

When you think about Wendy's survivor story from Saturday that you heard live, these are the women and people you are helping to save and turn their lives around.

In a world where ego, division and narcissism defines leadership, where collaboration and leadership is missing, we proved as a family of people we can beat back that dynamic and for one day, regardless of what you believe and putting aside differences, we came together as one to do something important. Jill Murray and I are humbled by all of you in showing the leadership, generosity and kindness to do something bigger than ourselves for Laura's House.

In service, thank you.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#38 Post by David Lewin » February 18th, 2019, 12:07 pm

Given all the work that you and Jill did, it hardly seems like "one day." I did not sense the exuberance of last year, and am glad that I was wrong. It looks like several wineries included events at their wineries, which must have helped. Great job, Frank!

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#39 Post by William Segui » February 18th, 2019, 12:49 pm

A great time as always, so many familiar names/faces - thank you for hosting. I'm not a note taker but thanks to Todd I tried my very first Picpoul, which was unexpected to see and rather enjoyable.

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#40 Post by Frank Murray III » February 18th, 2019, 3:32 pm

As the host for the event, it is nearly impossible for me to taste as I am running around the house the entire event. But, there is always a small window after we set up when we can taste the front bottle (we always have at least 2 bottles of every wine in the event). I typically try and do 10 or so wines before I have to stop and start doing my thing. So, I gravitate to the wines that I may have tasted during my last Nor Cal trip, for example. Nearly all the TNs that follow are in that narrow lane of things, aside from the August West Graham, which is always close to my palate's heart.
  • 2016 Rhys Alesia Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (2/18/2019)
    Pretty similar in showing to my bottle from this past July. Little smoky in the aroma, with pineapple and citrus cutting through the wine and ending with some mineral in the finish. Good length, balanced well. It doesn't have the intensity and depth of the single vineyard 2016 Chards, but hell, that's the point. Bottle the wine that doesn't make the SV cuts but yet still represents the quality that comes through on the Rhys wines. Quibble for some who want to argue the strategy, for me it makes sense and for around $45 bucks, I like it.
  • 2016 Rhys Alesia Pinot Noir Anderson Valley - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (2/18/2019)
    3rd bottle since 2018. What I continue to appreciate about this wine is the equal balance of acidity and fruit, which gives the wine a terrific energy. Raspberry, red apple that are both vivid and zesty, with the same lively quality in the finish. Terrific showing again.
  • 2016 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (2/18/2019)
    Third bottle of this wine since 2018. This bottle was the most distinctive and compelling of the three. Like with the 2017 Kutch Falstaff I tasted a few mins prior, this Rhys Alpine made me stop and pause, too. The aromatics and even a bit of the core remind of syrah. No, not the previous decade of CA stuff that was the big, ripe 16% syrah that my comment may get you thinking.....not that style. What I mean is the gamy note, both in the aromatic and the core of the wine. This gamy nuance is then married with a deep cherry, light herb and soil. Then, it finishes long and clean. This is a superior vintage for Alpine, for sure.
  • 2016 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, San Mateo County (2/18/2019)
    This is juicy and approachable. Blue and red fruited, crunchy and zesty. Reminds me some of the 2015 that I drank a few weeks ago. A wine not to really ponder and study but instead enjoy.
  • 2016 William & Mary Cabernet Sauvignon Shifflett Ranch - USA, California, Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District (2/18/2019)
    These were slow oxed for maybe an hour before they hit my glass. Plum, shoe leather, graham cracker, cedar and primary, deep/ripe fruit. Polished and approachable.
  • 2016 William & Mary Proprietary Red Shifflett Ranch - USA, California, Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District (2/18/2019)
    I tasted this next to Will's other wine, which is his 2016 Shifflett Ranch Cab. For me, I prefer this Proprietary and this was my same opinion when we tasted the wines together last summer. It's juicer than the Cab, less primary in tone, too. It has perfumey, floral note and yet possesses the same cedary note as the Cab. Whereas for me the Cab is more approachable, the Proprietary has more structure and is also more vivid and brighter than the Cab. Palate preferences do matter and some may dig the Cab more, but to me that other wine comes off as more modern whereas the Proprietary is built more to my style.
  • 2017 August West Pinot Noir Graham Family Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley (2/18/2019)
    I have been fond of this wine for so many years. I remember drinking the 2005 vintage of this wine and loving it then and even with my palate shift since that time, I still enjoy what Ed does with Graham Family. This is zesty, with creamy red fruit, rose petal and that pale red color that always seems to be this vineyard. Delicious.
  • 2017 Kutch Chardonnay Sonoma Coast - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (2/18/2019)
    Damn, first TN. Cool. Jamie put this into Falltacular 2019 and this was my first wine of the day. Light toast aromatic and what seems like a kiss of oak in the wine too. Lightly creamy with a deep cut of lime zest, tangerine and slate in the core of the wine. Powerful at this stage and should be another strong vintage of Kutch Chard.
  • 2017 Kutch Chardonnay Trout Gulch Vineyard - USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains (2/18/2019)
    I tasted this alongside the 2017 Sonoma Coast, FWIW. Leomny, lemon oil and medium weight I really like. Intense with slate, citrus and grapefruit. It doesn't have the depth of the Sonoma Coast, which I prefer.
  • 2017 Kutch Pinot Noir Falstaff Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (2/18/2019)
    Damn. Jamie really hit the home run with this vintage of 'Staff. Each time I have it I find myself pausing and just appreciating what a genius of a wine this turned out to be. This bottle showed a lift of stems and perfume from the cluster that I didn't remember from the last few bottles, which is fine because it adds that extra factor to what is already a dynamic wine. Tasting this, at one moment it is crunchy and then the next a pure push of black and red fruit that follows into a long finish that also offers structure, too. The length, purity and complexity of this vintage of 'Staff is simply gorgeous. For me, clearly the best wine Jamie Kutch has ever made. No question, and one of the best CA pinot noirs I have tasted. Bravo.
  • 2017 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay Bearwallow Vineyard Anderson Valley - USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley (2/18/2019)
    Brig and I tasted from the same bottle--see his note below mine. I found this creamy with yellow apple, lemon meringue and some pie crust from the oak. It does have some good acid running through it to help cut the richer core, which I found pretty true to the RM house style.
  • 2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (2/18/2019)
    Classically RM Ox. Dark fruit, sexy, tangy with some loam and citrus to refine it all together.
  • 2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Summa Vineyard - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (2/18/2019)
    Orange rind, blueberry, with a purity of fruit that reminds me of the 2016 that shot out of the gate last year with so much polish. Also here is red apple, then a finish that has spice and a brushing of caramel. This is delicious Summa, with that sexy, pure quality that makes this vineyard so cool to drink.
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I do hope that of all the Berserkers that were here on Saturday that we will see some more people post some comments. I challenge you guys to get on your computers here and post some TNs or impressions. Please.
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

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2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#41 Post by Darren Delmore » February 18th, 2019, 7:57 pm

My sixth year supporting Laura's House on behalf of Tablas Creek, and second with my own Delmore wines on the table. Really great seeing those I've met through Falltacular over the years and some Tablas wine club members as well! I knew nobody on year one, but thankfully got seated by Paul Hiyake, and cut to this year I didn't taste everything because I knew a good chunk of the folks at Frank's pad and was just digging seeing familiar faces, catching up and reveling in the good vibes of a good cause. Everyone that supported or attended deserves a bravo, as the testimony this year again drove home how essential Laura's House is for people who feel they're alone in an unsettled world and have nowhere to climb out of it. Thanks to Frank and Jill!!

As for what I tried, my standouts were Carlisle's 2017 Compagni Portis White Field Blend (intense floral, muscat-bursting, fruit laden nose, crystalline-fruit sweet palate that turns amazingly dry and mouthwatering), Cobb's 2016 Mariani Chard (undercover Meursault), Kutch 2017 McDougall Pinot Noir (touch more richness than the other Kutch wines and the stems really worked here... when I was at Hirsch in 2010 we worked with that vineyard; as good as Hirsch!), Dirty and Rowdy Antle Vineyard (showing elegance and purity of Mourvédre, not too natty either), and the Grimm's Bluff Contango Cabernet (Rich and savory at the same time, not as gripping as the other Cabs on hand).

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#42 Post by JDavisRoby » February 18th, 2019, 8:27 pm

Frank, I’m new around here but not to planning and hosting fundraising events for local causes. I know the work it takes and this sounds like a great event.

I know shipping could eat into profits but have you thought about doing an online auction of some of these lots? Maybe in lieu of bottles it could be winery tastings or dinners? We’ve used a couple sites geared toward charity auctions locally a few times.
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#43 Post by L e o F r o k i c » February 18th, 2019, 8:33 pm

brigcampbell wrote:
February 17th, 2019, 3:30 pm

[*]2017 L'Ecole No. 41 Chenin Blanc Old Vines - USA, Washington, Columbia Valley (2/17/2019)
Yellow fruited core with a light lime as the basis of the finish. I wonder how old "old Vine" Chenin might be? Nice.
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#44 Post by brigcampbell » February 19th, 2019, 7:10 am

JDavisRoby wrote:
February 18th, 2019, 8:27 pm
Frank, I’m new around here but not to planning and hosting fundraising events for local causes. I know the work it takes and this sounds like a great event.

I know shipping could eat into profits but have you thought about doing an online auction of some of these lots? Maybe in lieu of bottles it could be winery tastings or dinners? We’ve used a couple sites geared toward charity auctions locally a few times.

Humm... interesting idea. Brilliant actually. For items that you mention, it'd be perfect.

Laura's House already has access to an online auctioning application which they use for the big gala event every year. They use givesmart. Here's the Gala auction from 2016. https://e.givesmart.com/events/4Jc/i/_Auction/


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#45 Post by Mike Grammer » February 19th, 2019, 8:17 am

Hi everyone---another fantastic year, and so glad my friend Heather could again partake and share. Frankie---that is an amazing total--even if I did hope to hear $50k. As has been said, the best part about this event is how much everyone has embraced it organically. It has been a pleasure and privilege to come down from Toronto any year I have been able to make the event.

I have been super-busy [grin.gif] both Sunday (lunch with Bernie, Dave, Mark and Brad, dinner with Paul Hiyake and various others) and yesterday (SB tasting for a day, finishing dinner at Jim and Perry's). I promise to have notes up for all stuff (though the dinner notes will be more sketch-like than is my wont).

Online auction---we thought about it too at Sunday dinner, but one of my worries would be how it would impact the terrific dynamic of people being there at the live event---that and what might be hellish logistics. Maybe there can be separate lots for an online--espec. if there are duplicate-style lots. Certainly, still worth considering (the plus side being the ability of those who can't make it in person to still contribute to the event and cause).

An unmissable event for me now, thanks to everyone who helps make this happen

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#46 Post by brigcampbell » February 19th, 2019, 9:55 am

Mike Grammer wrote:
February 19th, 2019, 8:17 am

Online auction---we thought about it too at Sunday dinner, but one of my worries would be how it would impact the terrific dynamic of people being there at the live event---that and what might be hellish logistics. Maybe there can be separate lots for an online--

Mike
Exactly, my thoughts. You still have all the insanity of the live auction because that's just plain fun being there when it goes down.

But Frank could certainly have "online only" auction items dedicated to those not in attendance so they can play along. As JDR mentioned, things like dinners or winery visits are perfect items for that format.

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Re: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments

#47 Post by Frank Murray III » February 20th, 2019, 5:02 pm

I am open to looking at the auction idea and perhaps how technology could improve the event. What we have toyed with before unsuccessfully is addressing the online nature of auction versus the paper forms in the garage. If we're to truly bring the auction to something technology-driven, where there is no confusion and the interface of what's in play, who is bidding on it and where the person 'is' can be resolved, then it may work.

As an aside, we have a legacy attendee who has some ideas for getting more technology into the event, especially the garage's silent auction. We will explore some of her ideas in the coming weeks, as she may have some ability to put some resources against the ideas to make them happen.

More to come...

Now...let me ask the Falltac family once more. Everyone, post some TNs and some experiences please. I'm not asking for several paragraphs but I would like to see you step forward and share. One thing I want to make sure is that the wineries know you appreciate them. If our event is to go another 13 years, we cannot take for granted the wineries know how we feel about their donations, their craft. Brig, Mike and I cannot be the only folks who stand up this ship. Come on........take 15 mins to post something about what you liked, tasted, etc.
My WOTY candidates for 2019:
2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Occidental Ridge SC PN
2017 Rivers-Marie Pinot Noir Platt SC PN
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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Re: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments

#48 Post by Pat K » February 20th, 2019, 5:24 pm

This year, I chose to begin upstairs. Wanted to focus on Big Red Wine. Upstairs was the place.

For the big reds, here are those that were most memorable IMHO.

Riverain Tench Oakville, William & Mary Shifflett Ranch, Myriad Stelzner, Sojourn Beckstoffer Rutherford (All Cabernet Sauvignon), Fogline (Rocky Ridge and Grist Zinfandel). With respect to Syrah, I most enjoyed Darren Delmore Cambria and Myriad Halcon.

For PN, Darren Delmore SRH, Rivers-Marie Summa, and Sojourn Gaps Crown made a clear impression. Oh, and Alesia PN was quite nice. I believe that Alesia is Rhys second label?

Please note that I tasted about half as many wines this year. I chose to be very selective and to drink less. After maybe 2-3 hours of drinking much water between wines, using spit cups, pouring very light, etc. I just knew it was time to stop. Didn't even get to the whites nor rose'. Know and recognize limitations.

It was very difficult to be so selective with so many great wines available. It seems that the opportunities get better with each Falltacular.

Thanks to all participating vintners. The opportunity to meet some of you and to learn your backstories and approach is priceless.

Thanks to Frank and to Jill for another great Falltacular. We hope to be back!

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Re: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments

#49 Post by Carlos Delpin » February 20th, 2019, 5:45 pm

Dr., you are an inspiration and a beacon. Much respect.

This event is one of very few things on my bucket list.

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Re: Falltacular 2019...a thank you in advance/thread for TNs and comments

#50 Post by Paul Hiyake » February 20th, 2019, 6:09 pm

Many thanks to Frank and Jill for hosting such a wonderful event. I feel lucky to be a part of such a great community contributing to such a worthy cause.

Unfortunately I did not take any formal tasting notes (I was having too much fun talking and tasting and eating), but here are some impressions from what I remember...

This year I tried to focus on the newer producers at the event, and found a number of them quite noteworthy:

Cobb Wines - they had 3 wines (the 2016 Monticue pinot, the 2016 Rice-Spivek pinot, and the 2016 Mariani chard) and I thought all 3 were beautiful. The pinots were elegant and flavorful (I went back for a second taste later in the day to reconfirm how much I liked them), and the chard was on the leaner side and absolutely delicious.
Delmore - he offered up his 2017 Sta Rita Hills pinot and 2017 Cambria syrah - the syrah was well balanced, albeit a bit young, and the pinot (which I got to later in the afternoon) stopped me in my tracks - just a mouthful of pure red fruits with a touch of earth.
Marnet - 2017 Alder Springs pinot - I had this earlier in the day, so it was a bit tighter, but had a lot going on with a darker fruit profile. Got a chance to meet Daniel the owner/winemaker, who said he was only focusing on pinots, with the goal of making distinctive pinots - and this one certainly succeeded in catching my attention. I tried to get this at the silent auction, but sadly was outbid.
L'Ecole - not a new producer, but new to the event - i really enjoyed both their 2014 Apogee and 2014 Perigee Bordeaux blends - made in an old school cab style, both were extremely tightly wound up (it felt like the wines were ripping the enamel off my teeth as I was tasting them), but they both had great stuffing underneath. I would love to try these wines again in 10 years to see how they evolve.
Young Hagen - another new pinot producer, he was showing his 2014 and 2015 vintages of his Riddle pinot. I really enjoyed the 2014 pinot, which offered up dark cherries and spice. Another I tried to pick up at the silent auction, but again foiled by a higher bidder.
Grimm's Bluff - I only got a chance to try the 2015 Petit Verdot (he was also showing a cab and a Sauvignon Blanc which I did not get to try) - the flavor was big, mouthfilling black fruits and pepper, but it was not over the top - I have not had many 100% PV's , so it would have been interesting to spend more time with this wine to see how it opened up over time
Dirty & Rowdy - I know this is a board favorite, but it was my first time tasting Hardy's wines, and as an added bonus, got to spend some time talking to Hardy. I enjoyed all 3 Mourvedre's that he offered, though for my tastes, I might give a slight nod to the Skinner White Oak Flats. Hardy also pulled out I think a Petite Sirah later in the day which was also very nice.

In terms of other wines tasted, some of the ones that stood out to me were (again, sorry no specific tasting notes)
2015 Matthiasson Cabernet Sauvignon - I remember thinking to myself as I tasted this wine that "wow, this is so approachable for a young Matthiasson"
2016 Tablas Creek Espirit Rouge
2015 Ladd Cellars Avio Zin - totally made in Eric's style, very elegant but lots of flavor - glad I bought a couple of these during BerserkerDay
2016 Model Farm Chard
2016 Pax Testa Carignane
2016 Rhys Alpine Pinot
2017 Rivers Marie Summa Pinot

Larry Schaffer also pulled out a Petite Sirah later in the day that he had opened the previous day (I can't recall which vintage) which was amazing - dark, grippy and delicious.

Is it too early to start planning for next year's event? [cheers.gif]

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