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#1 Post by Peter Petersen » February 19th, 2019, 6:01 pm

There really is not much to say as sometimes the wines speak far more more eloquently for themselves.
I've now tried '16 Claygate, '15 Holmas Gap (twice), and '08 XIV Syrah.

There is a theme to these wines: enticing subtle aromas, harmonious textures, structured but gentle, exotic but never in your face. And need I say perfect with food!

Last night some of us tried Holmes Gap against '12 Kutch McDougall. Opinions were evenly divided between which was the favorite. For me the Kutch was more overt but the acids were not integrated. The B-H by comparison was lithe, elegant, perfectly balanced, and to me the clear winner. [cheers.gif]

Now I just need some better PN glasses from Chris!

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#2 Post by Todd Hamina » February 20th, 2019, 11:33 am

Glad you are enjoying your Berserker Day wines Peter. My wines really are never going to win a blind tasting, or serve well as cocktail styled offerings. But, if you married a chef like I did...
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#3 Post by ky1em!ttskus » February 20th, 2019, 4:45 pm

I’m a fan, too. [cheers.gif]

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#4 Post by Nick Ellis » February 20th, 2019, 5:56 pm

Todd Hamina wrote:
February 20th, 2019, 11:33 am
My wines really are never going to win a blind tasting...
Not true. B-H outclasses more “prestigious” wines wines at my house every time I open one (blind and not).

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#5 Post by Peter Petersen » February 20th, 2019, 6:31 pm

Finishing the XIV right now and it is delicious without food. Why can’t more syrah be like this?

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#6 Post by Todd Hamina » February 20th, 2019, 8:20 pm

Nick Ellis wrote:
February 20th, 2019, 5:56 pm
Todd Hamina wrote:
February 20th, 2019, 11:33 am
My wines really are never going to win a blind tasting...
Not true. B-H outclasses more “prestigious” wines wines at my house every time I open one (blind and not).
Thanks Nick.
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#7 Post by GregT » February 20th, 2019, 8:22 pm

Same here. And Peter - he's not making any more Syrah. Too bad, it was really great stuff.
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#8 Post by dsGriswold » February 20th, 2019, 11:22 pm

I started buying OR Syrah when looking for some less jammy than the WA versions. B-H was the first and probably take the longest to come around, ten years and they start to show really well. Some of his older PN are really growing on me which is an advantage of buying inventory reductions, they are aged well and affordably priced. [wow.gif]
I'm really interested in the Sangio.
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#9 Post by Todd Hamina » February 26th, 2019, 9:20 am

There are a handful of cases left of the XIV, but I will wait until I have shipped all the Bday orders before putting out an offer. The 07 and the XVII are sold out.
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#10 Post by Karl K » February 27th, 2019, 8:03 pm

Why did you stop making Syrah?
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#11 Post by Todd Hamina » March 1st, 2019, 9:48 pm

Karl, there are a few reasons why. Foremost was that as a brand new winery most distributors didn't even want to see samples of Syrah. I made the 07 and it only appealed to folks who were familiar with the Northern Rhone. New World drinkers didn't understand it. The next two vintages were named after the percentage of Viognier. A blend was easy for people to wrap their heads around, but I am still making a wine that has more in common with Crozes-Hermitage than anything else. Plus these wines are 100% whole cluster and aged in Oregon oak rather than French oak. The whole exercise was fun, but from a business stand point... I aged the 2009 XVII in barrel for almost five years because I just loved how it was evolving. So, I made a wine which did a fine job reminding people of where Syrah comes from that takes awhile to come around.


Then Marcus got the fruit, in 08 I slid him some and in 09 he returned the favor. I am not sure how long he made Syrah for, but Brianne Day gets the fruit now.
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#12 Post by Todd Hamina » March 8th, 2019, 10:17 am

I have 4 cases of the 2008 XIV Syrah available at $250 including shipping. And then no mas. Finito. Gone. Thanks!
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#13 Post by John Osburn » March 8th, 2019, 4:39 pm

Todd Hamina wrote:
March 8th, 2019, 10:17 am
I have 4 cases of the 2008 XIV Syrah available at $250 including shipping. And then no mas. Finito. Gone. Thanks!
Yo, 1 cs here if you please. If you can hang onto it a bit longer you can skip shipping.

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#14 Post by Todd Hamina » March 8th, 2019, 5:37 pm

Ok John. Done.
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#15 Post by Peter Petersen » March 8th, 2019, 7:31 pm

Had two bottles of this Syrah and loved both. Great aromatics with a seamless palate. What’s not to like?
Glad I too got to snag another case at this ridiculous price.

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#16 Post by Larry Weitzner » March 10th, 2019, 10:09 pm

Can I get a case as well. You should have my information from the berserker purchase

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#17 Post by Todd Hamina » March 11th, 2019, 2:15 pm

All good. Thanks.
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#18 Post by Brian Glas » March 12th, 2019, 8:05 pm

Save some. We are coming in May and would like to try some.

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#19 Post by Todd Hamina » March 14th, 2019, 1:07 pm

A smidge, that's it Brian.
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