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#51 Post by Nate Simon » October 6th, 2019, 6:44 pm

I cannot emphasize enough what an amazing opportunity this is. I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed.

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#52 Post by Robert M yers » October 6th, 2019, 7:43 pm

I’m trying o save some $$$ for the upcoming Ravenswood sale or I’d go back for another case. I’m wondering what kind of pricing that offering may have though?

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#53 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » October 6th, 2019, 7:51 pm

Yeah there was another nice sale this fall; between them I got 2 cases of 375 and made a dent in the first case already; perfect midweek wine.

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#54 Post by Nate Simon » October 6th, 2019, 8:40 pm

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I’m trying o save some $$$ for the upcoming Ravenswood sale or I’d go back for another case. I’m wondering what kind of pricing that offering may have though?
That’s a good question. I’m in the same boat. The BD prices are so low, though, that it’s easy to grant it a special-case exemption and cognitively not have violated your vow to wait for the Ravenswood release. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

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#55 Post by G. D y e r » October 6th, 2019, 10:05 pm

In for 4 each of the 2012 and 2013 X Block Syrah. As Larry noted, Qupe's X Block is world class, and generally any Bien Nacido Syrah is outstanding. Plus a coupon code knocked it down to $16 per bottle--crazy! Though I'm not getting the case shipping, but still . . . .
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#56 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » October 7th, 2019, 4:47 am

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
October 6th, 2019, 7:51 pm
Yeah there was another nice sale this fall; between them I got 2 cases of 375 and made a dent in the first case already; perfect midweek wine.
Just grabbed 24 half bottles. Impossible to pass up.
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#57 Post by DavidFrankil » October 7th, 2019, 10:31 am

I'm getting a $138 shipping quote - is there a special code to use to get the $20 a case flat rate?
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#58 Post by Robert M yers » October 7th, 2019, 10:34 am

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I'm getting a $138 shipping quote - is there a special code to use to get the $20 a case flat rate?
It should adjust (credit) on the final page if you have the right number of bottles. For me it didn’t count Magnums as 2 bottles.

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#59 Post by Nate Simon » October 7th, 2019, 10:37 am

I didn’t get the $20 rate...more like $37 GSO to NorCal. With the crazy low prices, though, I wasn’t gonna be miserly and inquire/complain. $138 seems crazy, though, and I’d inquire.

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#60 Post by John Glas » October 7th, 2019, 2:54 pm

Their Syrah X-Block is the one to buy.
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The one I had my eye on. What is it similar to from Cali?

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#61 Post by TomHill » October 7th, 2019, 3:47 pm

John Glas wrote:
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Their Syrah X-Block is the one to buy.
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The one I had my eye on. What is it similar to from Cali?
Well, John....probably the Qupe X-Block or Hillside Reserve. Maybe a bit simpler than those.
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#62 Post by Tom G l a s g o w » October 7th, 2019, 6:17 pm

DavidFrankil wrote:
October 7th, 2019, 10:31 am
I'm getting a $138 shipping quote - is there a special code to use to get the $20 a case flat rate?
Double check my order has a $138 shipping charge showing but I only paid $20 a case.

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#63 Post by Ian Alper » October 7th, 2019, 6:22 pm

Had to go back for a few more Sunday. They had popped a few corks (actually screwed a few screws?) and I was able to try a Le Cigar Volant 1995 and 2000. The 95 was good though, for my palate, on the downward slope. The 2000 was really nice, bright and alive.

When I got home I read though some of the literature that was passed out. News to me was Randall's suggestion that wine under screwcap goes through a fairly immediate dumb phase different than under cork. Anybody else with this experience? He commented that when the 03 was released many did not like it but several years later it really blossomed.

From their website:

Wines sealed with screwcaps, while emphatically capable of long, indeed brilliant ageing, often go through a longer and perhaps deeper (or darker) “dumb” or “closed” period. (N.B. Virtually every great wine, no matter what its closure goes through this so-called “backward” phase – it is in fact prima facie evidence of its ability to age and complex.)

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#64 Post by Ian Alper » October 12th, 2019, 8:56 am

My wife opened a 375 of the Le Cigare Blanc and liked it. "Honey, you did not buy to much wine this time!. This was a first. :)

We had a pizza party last night with some old friends (grilled pizza though we cheated and bought pre-made crust). I figure this was a good chance to try out some of the bottles.

We opened the 2016 Le Cigare Blanc Reserve which everyone loved. Excellent white with a wonderful mouthfeel, great balance and tropical fruit. (67% Grenache Blanc and 33% Roussanne) Next was the 2012 Le Cigare Reserve and the 2013 Bien Nacido X. I was frantically trying to keep up on the grill so just had a brief impression but really liked both of them and glad I have more. Finally opened up CA Del Solo 2004 Nebbiolo. Took awhile to open up but it really did blossom and was great with the pizza. This can go for many more years. Wish I had purchased more of this. This was the oldest wine I have ever had under screw-cap and really showed that the closure did not prevent it from aging. Would love to do a side by side with an older bottle of the same wine to compare screw-cap to cork development.

I think everyone who took advantage of this opportunity will be happy with the results. I have always enjoyed BD wine but thought they were a little over-priced. Glad I had a chance to check these out.

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#65 Post by Mel Knox » October 13th, 2019, 10:09 am

I would love to get a report card of the sparkling vermentino.
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#66 Post by robert creth » October 13th, 2019, 1:22 pm

Mel Knox wrote:
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I would love to get a report card of the sparkling vermentino.
Clean and citrus flavor, more grapefruit then lemon. Very soft bubbles which gives it a creamy note. Not the most complex wine but one full of enjoyment. Only bought 3 and should have doubled it. Fun stuff.

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#67 Post by Mel Knox » October 13th, 2019, 3:26 pm

Thanks
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#68 Post by John Glas » October 13th, 2019, 3:51 pm

Some really good deals. The mags were a bit more for shipping as expected.

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#69 Post by David Baum » October 23rd, 2019, 4:27 pm

Arrived this morning

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#70 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » October 23rd, 2019, 5:00 pm

Just got an email saying that despite taking my order, they are having issues registering the wines for shipment to Connecticut.
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#71 Post by joeduncan » October 23rd, 2019, 5:05 pm

Got mine last week :). Haven't popped any yet.

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#72 Post by Glenn L e v i n e » October 23rd, 2019, 7:19 pm

After getting a six pack between Ravenswood & Carlisle cool offers I’m glad I bought two cases here.
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#73 Post by Paul Miller » October 23rd, 2019, 7:30 pm

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
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Just got an email saying that despite taking my order, they are having issues registering the wines for shipment to Connecticut.
Same for Illinois

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#74 Post by Greg Gardner » October 23rd, 2019, 7:53 pm

Mine is meant to arrive tomorrow. Definitely popping one of the Semillons despite the warning that it’s meant to be a long ager. I got a bunch.

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#75 Post by Ron Slye » October 23rd, 2019, 8:25 pm

UPS tried to deliver twice -- once while we were here all day -- they appear not to have knocked on our door. Afraid that it may all go back to the winery. So others may be able to buy our lot if interested.

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#76 Post by Robert M yers » October 23rd, 2019, 8:27 pm

Ron Slye wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 8:25 pm
UPS tried to deliver twice -- once while we were here all day -- they appear not to have knocked on our door. Afraid that it may all go back to the winery. So others may be able to buy our lot if interested.
I just logged on and paid UPS 8 bucks to deliver my 3 cases in a two hour window. Seems like money well spent, so I won’t have to wait around all day or go pick it up at the hub.

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#77 Post by joeduncan » October 23rd, 2019, 8:35 pm

I'm so glad my storage accepts shipments for me, so much easier!

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#78 Post by Adam Frisch » October 25th, 2019, 5:23 am

Greg Gardner wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 7:53 pm
Mine is meant to arrive tomorrow. Definitely popping one of the Semillons despite the warning that it’s meant to be a long ager. I got a bunch.
Got mine last week. Tried the Semillon, but didn't get excited about it. Felt a little thin. But at that price, still a good buy. I look forward to the older Le Cigare Volant's.
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#79 Post by Greg Gardner » October 25th, 2019, 7:41 am

Yeah, the low ABV is gonna be interesting. Popping one tonight.

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#80 Post by larry schaffer » October 25th, 2019, 8:21 am

Adam Frisch wrote:
October 25th, 2019, 5:23 am
Greg Gardner wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 7:53 pm
Mine is meant to arrive tomorrow. Definitely popping one of the Semillons despite the warning that it’s meant to be a long ager. I got a bunch.
Got mine last week. Tried the Semillon, but didn't get excited about it. Felt a little thin. But at that price, still a good buy. I look forward to the older Le Cigare Volant's.
How low is the ABV and what vintage? These are wines that historically are lower in ABV but pick up body in bottle over years and years . . .

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#81 Post by Greg Gardner » October 25th, 2019, 8:58 am

It’s around 11%. I’m definitely gonna hold most of my bottles for quite a while before opening...

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#82 Post by Ron Slye » October 25th, 2019, 10:11 am

Robert M yers wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 8:27 pm
Ron Slye wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 8:25 pm
UPS tried to deliver twice -- once while we were here all day -- they appear not to have knocked on our door. Afraid that it may all go back to the winery. So others may be able to buy our lot if interested.
I just logged on and paid UPS 8 bucks to deliver my 3 cases in a two hour window. Seems like money well spent, so I won’t have to wait around all day or go pick it up at the hub.
UPS got it to us yesterday, so no complaints any more!

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#83 Post by Robert M yers » October 25th, 2019, 11:07 am

Ron Slye wrote:
October 25th, 2019, 10:11 am
Robert M yers wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 8:27 pm
Ron Slye wrote:
October 23rd, 2019, 8:25 pm
UPS tried to deliver twice -- once while we were here all day -- they appear not to have knocked on our door. Afraid that it may all go back to the winery. So others may be able to buy our lot if interested.
I just logged on and paid UPS 8 bucks to deliver my 3 cases in a two hour window. Seems like money well spent, so I won’t have to wait around all day or go pick it up at the hub.
UPS got it to us yesterday, so no complaints any more!
Haha, now I have a complaint!
UPS didn’t come in the 2 hour window I paid for and I missed the delivery, so I had to go to the hub this am (not that big of a deal as it’s only 5mi). I want to get my 8 bucks back but don’t want to spend An hour doing it.

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#84 Post by Ron Slye » October 25th, 2019, 4:34 pm

Lol. Sounds like your good planning slipped over to me. Sorry!

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#85 Post by Adam Frisch » October 26th, 2019, 6:46 am

Hmm. So far not much luck with them. Opened the 2012 Syrah, Bien Nacido Vineyard, “X-Block" yesterday and it felt tired and past it's prime. A little flabby and with a thin, almost metallic end. I have one bottle left of that as well as the 2013, so hoping it was just a less excited showing.
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#86 Post by Robert M yers » October 26th, 2019, 7:33 am

I had the 13 X block last night. Thought is was really great and wish I’d have bought more. Tons of Olive and brine on the nose and start. Medium weight and balanced so well and was a very enjoyable CA Syrah. I wish I would have bought a case.

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#87 Post by Albert R » October 26th, 2019, 8:26 am

We had the 12 x block on Thursday. Fantastic nose that continued to get better. Similar medium weight and nicely balanced. Very good.
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#88 Post by John Glas » October 26th, 2019, 8:42 am

I just logged on and paid UPS 8 bucks to deliver my 3 cases in a two hour window. Seems like money well spent, so I won’t have to wait around all day or go pick it up at the hub.
Good call. Always seems to be the end of the day on those situations.

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#89 Post by G. D y e r » October 26th, 2019, 9:19 am

Adam Frisch wrote:
October 26th, 2019, 6:46 am
Hmm. So far not much luck with them. Opened the 2012 Syrah, Bien Nacido Vineyard, “X-Block" yesterday and it felt tired and past it's prime. A little flabby and with a thin, almost metallic end. I have one bottle left of that as well as the 2013, so hoping it was just a less excited showing.
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We had the 12 x block on Thursday. Fantastic nose that continued to get better. Similar medium weight and nicely balanced. Very good.
I really enjoyed the nose on the 12 X Block like Albert--it was wide open and exciting in that cool climate Syrah way from the very beginning--but did find the palate less exciting, similar to Adam, albeit nothing seemed off. At full price, not such a good QPR, but the nose alone was worth the sale price.

Looking forward to the 13 next!
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#90 Post by Albert R » October 26th, 2019, 10:28 am

Greg, I would not disagree with it being a bit thin, but that nose had me hooked. It was a perfect Thursday wine after a hard work week. I also would not re-purchase at full price.
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#91 Post by Robert M yers » October 26th, 2019, 12:18 pm

The nose on the 13 is the bomb too. I thought the weight/palate was good too. It’s just not full throttled CA Syrah...quite a refreshing bottle. Their pricing must be what kills them because if they would sell this @$30-ish I’d probably be a regular buyer. $60 is a tough nut and of course $20 was a steal.

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#92 Post by Nate Simon » October 26th, 2019, 2:42 pm

Robert M yers wrote:
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The nose on the 13 is the bomb too. I thought the weight/palate was good too. It’s just not full throttled CA Syrah...quite a refreshing bottle. Their pricing must be what kills them because if they would sell this @$30-ish I’d probably be a regular buyer. $60 is a tough nut and of course $20 was a steal.
Looking at the price of X Block Syrah from other producers, I'm guessing the grapes don't come cheap.
Looking forward to these. Probably should've gone deeper, but the impending Ravenswood release caused me to be a bit restrained. champagne.gif

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#93 Post by Ron Slye » October 26th, 2019, 4:46 pm

Ok, popped open a Tuile. Forgot what it was about. So I thought, nice pinot gris to start the evening. Boy was I surprised.....least of all because it is not pinot gris. Quite nice. I find this very intriguing. Almost like sherry, but not quite as intense. The nose is quite beguiling. Definitely worth the $10 tariff!

Also opened the 2012 X block syrah. Agree that the nose is really compelling, and the palate a bit less so. But curious to see how it evolves over the evening. And at $20 a bottle I am very happy. At 60, this would have to do something amazing tonight!

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#94 Post by Greg Gardner » October 26th, 2019, 5:23 pm

Cracked one of the ‘14 Cigare Blanc...I’m digging it. It has that waxy lanolin thing that good Chenin and Trebbiano has. Not clunky/ flabby the way cheap CdR blanc can be. Glad I grabbed 6 of the 375s, will be a good weeknight sipper, or maybe solid pairing with potato/leek/sausage stew?

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#95 Post by Ron Slye » October 26th, 2019, 5:31 pm

Oh wow. I think we need a recipe for potato leek sausage stew!

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#96 Post by Dave H. » November 2nd, 2019, 7:14 pm

Opened a bottle of the vin gris tuile—the “brick wine” aged in glass vessels in the California sun. Back of the label warns that it has nutty, curry notes. I Was going for weird when I bought it, but oof.
Quite unpleasant. Good luck finishing a bottle. [truce.gif]
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#97 Post by larry schaffer » November 3rd, 2019, 10:15 am

Dave H. wrote:
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Opened a bottle of the vin gris tuile—the “brick wine” aged in glass vessels in the California sun. Back of the label warns that it has nutty, curry notes. I Was going for weird when I bought it, but oof.
Quite unpleasant. Good luck finishing a bottle. [truce.gif]
I sat next to Randall when he poured that wine as part of a Rose panel at an LA Rhone Rangers event a number of years back. It was such a 'distinctive' wine and it really stood out - and I could not take my nose out of it. It smelled like a meal - day old curry, herbs. No fruit whatsoever - but so darned interesting.

Was it 'unpleasant' because it was 'faulty' or just 'different'? Curious to see how this has aged . . .

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#98 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » November 3rd, 2019, 10:34 am

So this is turning into a bit of a PITA.

First I get the email that they need to finish up their Connecticut compliance requirements to ship my wine. Then I get an email asking me if I am enjoying the wines. I reply that I don’t have the wines. Dead silence.
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#99 Post by Dave H. » November 3rd, 2019, 4:56 pm

larry schaffer wrote:
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Dave H. wrote:
November 2nd, 2019, 7:14 pm
Opened a bottle of the vin gris tuile—the “brick wine” aged in glass vessels in the California sun. Back of the label warns that it has nutty, curry notes. I Was going for weird when I bought it, but oof.
Quite unpleasant. Good luck finishing a bottle. [truce.gif]
I sat next to Randall when he poured that wine as part of a Rose panel at an LA Rhone Rangers event a number of years back. It was such a 'distinctive' wine and it really stood out - and I could not take my nose out of it. It smelled like a meal - day old curry, herbs. No fruit whatsoever - but so darned interesting.

Was it 'unpleasant' because it was 'faulty' or just 'different'? Curious to see how this has aged . . .

Cheers.
I wouldn’t say it’s faulty by any stretch. You buy a kitchen sink blend aged in the sun and you go in expecting the idiosyncratic.
Curry notes, green beans, thyme maybe, notes of Madeira.
Poured it for a group of four, adventurous drinkers all, and it was basically sip, sip, drain. It wasn’t gross and it was fun to try, but life’s too short to drink wine that tastes like curry. [cheers.gif]
Hendrik

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Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

#100 Post by YLee » November 3rd, 2019, 5:04 pm

Curry wine. Sounds nasty.
-¥ 0 ñ 9

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