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by Alan Rath
November 16th, 2019, 7:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me understand this flaw.
Replies: 19
Views: 753

Re: Please help me understand this flaw.

Stinky, cheesy somehow doesn’t sound like mercaptans to me, which in my experience are more likely to be skunks, rubbery, coffee type aromas. Cheesy feet sounds bacterial.
by Alan Rath
November 15th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 44
Views: 3612

Re: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

I'm generally in agreement, 2014 I definitely preferred the PB (it was my wine of the UGC tasting). Who knows, if I tasted them again might be different, just the one side by side experience.
by Alan Rath
November 15th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 44
Views: 3612

Re: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

LOL, now it's like $30 more expensive than the 2016 Pichon Baron. I like LB but I would pick PB over LB any day of the week It all comes down to personal preference, but when I tasted both side by side at UGC, I thought the LB was the better of the two. Who knows if that will still be true in 20 ye...
by Alan Rath
November 15th, 2019, 12:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: POTATO GRATIN
Replies: 2
Views: 186

Re: POTATO GRATIN

Looks wonderful. That's a standard in our house as well, especially on Christmas. I add a very generous helping of finely sliced and sauteed onions/shallots to each layer as well.
by Alan Rath
November 15th, 2019, 8:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie
Replies: 36
Views: 1010

Re: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie

I think it's safe to say people confuse just about everything for just about everything else ;)
by Alan Rath
November 15th, 2019, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .
Replies: 44
Views: 3612

Re: And the Wine Spectator Wine of the Year is . . .

There is so much of it, tons in Europe, more will come in - though at higher pricing, because of tariffs, and now WOTY designation. I just watched a case of mags, and another case of 750s disappear from online stores in about 3 minutes.
by Alan Rath
November 14th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie
Replies: 36
Views: 1010

Re: TN: 2009 Charles Joguet Chinon Clos de la Dioterie

Last time I had this was 2012: deep, dark, complex, dark plum, dried cherry, maybe some oak? Might need to try one now.
by Alan Rath
November 14th, 2019, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile
Replies: 18
Views: 809

Re: 2008 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile

Anyone had the 2010?
by Alan Rath
November 13th, 2019, 8:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Tasting with TNs
Replies: 43
Views: 2324

Re: Rhys Tasting with TNs

Been meaning to post notes from a dinner a bunch of Bay Area Berserkers did back in September. Kevin joined us, and offered a unique and special bottle: 2001 Pinot Home Vineyard. I'll drop these in here, unless Frank tells me to get my own thread ;) 2011 Rhys Chardonnay Horseshoe Vineyard - USA, Cal...
by Alan Rath
November 13th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 140
Views: 6776

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
November 13th, 2019, 5:17 am
The Hillsides did remind me a bit of very young Gonon (regular, not VV).
My description of the 2016 was "the best St Joseph you have ever had".
by Alan Rath
November 12th, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Chave Hermitage
Replies: 19
Views: 1477

Re: 2013 Chave Hermitage

Somethings off on winebid. A 2012 Ravenèau Foret went for $550 last week. Doesn’t sound right to me especially based on recent sales of the same wine and wine searcher pricing and availability. This example also leads me to believe something is going on. As Russ says, sometimes bidders just get... ...
by Alan Rath
November 11th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Chave Hermitage
Replies: 19
Views: 1477

Re: 2013 Chave Hermitage

A fool and his money?
by Alan Rath
November 9th, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on Buying and Consuming BURGUNDY
Replies: 132
Views: 13353

Re: Thoughts on Buying and Consuming BURGUNDY

And more times than not you will find that the wine you overspent for was really excellent but not necessarily worth $500 or $800 or $1500 or whatever you spent on it. Let’s make that every single time [wow.gif] There are too many excellent wines for a LOT less than that. But that won’t stop people...
by Alan Rath
November 8th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Berserker Abroad...
Replies: 19
Views: 1154

Re: A Berserker Abroad...

Fantastic!
by Alan Rath
November 8th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: CARROTS à la Eric Ripert/Le Bernardin
Replies: 13
Views: 1083

Re: CARROTS à la Eric Ripert/Le Bernardin

Why does that sound like the carrots are going to be way overcooked? But it sounds tasty!
by Alan Rath
November 8th, 2019, 1:14 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 124
Views: 5575

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

I took a PTO day to run errands today and there was no line when I passed by my local Popeyes at 11:00am. Very good sandwich, great value. Not me :-( I showed up at 10:55 and there were about 20 people lined up outside (and more inside as they opened at 10:45). I went and had Taiwanese beef noodle ...
by Alan Rath
November 8th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Space aging wine? NASA
Replies: 19
Views: 831

Re: Space aging wine? NASA

In any case, there is no way they are experiencing anything like "normal aging". What if it's better than normal aging? We could start a niche. S & M Wine. Here's another suggestion: wrap each bottle with expensive speaker cable, and play different kinds of music around them. I'll bet that does won...
by Alan Rath
November 8th, 2019, 12:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Space aging wine? NASA
Replies: 19
Views: 831

Re: Space aging wine? NASA

On the MRI, he's FOS, that I can assure you. CT or radiation therapy can cause real chemical changes, so it wouldn't surprise me to find "something" - though both (particularly CT) are intended to deliver low doses of radiation. In any case, there is no way they are experiencing anything like "norma...
by Alan Rath
November 8th, 2019, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel
Replies: 83
Views: 4688

Re: Burgundy 2018, impressions from barrel

Jürgen Steinke wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 12:10 pm
BTW: Sounds like a vintage when so called lesser wines from cooler climates can perform. Good for consumers. Wines could be had for fair money with good quality. Perfect.
Exactly. Can't wait to load up on good quality village wines.
by Alan Rath
November 8th, 2019, 12:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Space aging wine? NASA
Replies: 19
Views: 831

Re: Space aging wine? NASA

It would seem to me that we would have to have a solid scientific base of understanding about the aging process on earth for a study of aging in space to have any scientific value. And we don't. It would be cool to find a way to let all that cosmic radiation bombard a bottle for that time in space ...
by Alan Rath
November 8th, 2019, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages (USA, California, Sonoma County)
Replies: 8
Views: 484

Re: TN: 2014 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cépages (USA, California, Sonoma County)

Kris Patten wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 8:24 pm
Loved this wine in the mid-90s when it was $35 before the WSWOTY nod.
You could get the 94 for $16 at costco back then, 95 was $22. Even the 96 WOTY was "only" $28 at the winery (though limited). Those were the days :)
by Alan Rath
November 7th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amazing Rhones - so good, it ended with a Climax
Replies: 61
Views: 2690

Re: Amazing Rhones - so good, it ended with a Climax

Oh come on, I know you've used it. As in "take a jog to the right at aisle 9, the Klondike bars are about half way down" Please, Alan, you are insulting me. Landed gentry does not shop for basic staples. Can we get back to these unicorn wines and how they paired with sexy jeans? Now I need clarific...
by Alan Rath
November 7th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amazing Rhones - so good, it ended with a Climax
Replies: 61
Views: 2690

Re: Amazing Rhones - so good, it ended with a Climax

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 11:42 am
And who the heck uses the term “joggers”? It’s called running, unless you are fat and slow.
Oh come on, I know you've used it. As in "take a jog to the right at aisle 9, the Klondike bars are about half way down"
by Alan Rath
November 6th, 2019, 10:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys
Replies: 70
Views: 4186

Re: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys

Are you sure you have current information? I am fairly certain Wells along with all of the original members of copain at the time of purchase have been replaced with people from within Jackson Family Wines. Wells retired and sold. Ryan Zepaltas took over as winemaker. He's an excellent Pinot maker ...
by Alan Rath
November 6th, 2019, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys
Replies: 70
Views: 4186

Re: Wine Spectator Cover Story on California Pinot has no mention of Rhys

I am not sure why people are complaining. I am sure that they hit every pinot made by Jackson Family Estates. Should be enough for the readership of the WS. That's a low blow. We can have a discussion on the differences between a larger company, and a small family owned producer. But Jackson has a ...
by Alan Rath
November 6th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL Nov19 -Yuzu
Replies: 63
Views: 1136

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL Nov19 -Yuzu

Sorry I'll have to miss this, headed to San Diego that day.
by Alan Rath
November 5th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Chave Hermitage Vintage Preferences?
Replies: 14
Views: 976

Re: Domaine Chave Hermitage Vintage Preferences?

I remembered tasting a couple of these at a dinner last year:

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by Alan Rath
November 5th, 2019, 11:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Chave Hermitage Vintage Preferences?
Replies: 14
Views: 976

Re: Domaine Chave Hermitage Vintage Preferences?

Rouge: 13. 14 is quite good, in a more lean and sinewy way, if you find it at a good price.
by Alan Rath
November 5th, 2019, 8:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 124
Views: 5575

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

It's the same chicken, regardless if it's on a bun, or on a plate, right?
by Alan Rath
November 5th, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich
Replies: 124
Views: 5575

Re: Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

Brian Tuite wrote:
November 5th, 2019, 7:59 am
I value my time more than that and would not compare a fast food restaurant to waiting for a table at Diavola. Different strokes I guess.
That's bogus. Diavola doesn't even serve chicken sandwiches. Who even goes to a restaurant that doesn't have chicken sandwiches? neener
by Alan Rath
November 4th, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Space aging wine? NASA
Replies: 19
Views: 831

Re: Space aging wine? NASA

That is the ultimate travel shock test!
by Alan Rath
November 4th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18980

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

I'm not too sure the climate has much of an effect on it to be honest. Tragically, you're wrong. Martin, it's a complicated topic. I certainly believe that greenhouse gases are affecting the climate, that's relatively simple chemistry. But how that translates into local weather is much more difficu...
by Alan Rath
November 2nd, 2019, 12:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18980

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Outside of the area we forget how much was disrupted along the lines you describe. So it makes good sense to take things slowly for a while. I just want to get up there as soon as possible to help businesses get back on their feet.
by Alan Rath
November 2nd, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 140
Views: 6776

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

Larry, to be clear, that statement was about the 16, not 17. 17 was fine, 16 was amazingly good. It’s not for the SQN crowd, but I stand by the statement :)
by Alan Rath
November 2nd, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18980

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

This was a grim reminder that Tubbs wasn’t a one-off/once in a lifetime event in this immediate area and I have to be more aware of things I can do to protect my family and home in the case of a repeat performance. Good plan. Even I am busy collecting everything I can that’s important and easily tr...
by Alan Rath
October 31st, 2019, 7:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 140
Views: 6776

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

As far as your group goes, did one person start mentioning the flaws of than everyone else started to agree? That tends to happen with lots of groups. That was me. IMO (obviously) there was nothing wrong with the 17, I detected no flaws*. I did try it at the very end of the evening, so it had been ...
by Alan Rath
October 31st, 2019, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18980

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Someone mentioned goats? https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50248549 Goats will eat most vegetation. Alameda county water district brought in a herd of goats to clear out the flood control channel of vegetation the past couple of years, so I've watched that process pretty closely. Took hundred...
by Alan Rath
October 30th, 2019, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18980

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Here's the best map resource I've found that shows the extent, and current activity of the fire: https://sonomacounty.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=2cb4401e1fc0494dbf9d9e22aa794617 Haven't seen the latest news, but it looks like things are pretty well contained now on the northern ...
by Alan Rath
October 30th, 2019, 10:17 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL Nov19 -Yuzu
Replies: 63
Views: 1136

Re: SF Bay Area/Peninsula OL Nov?

Larry Stein wrote:
October 29th, 2019, 8:25 pm
Either date is fine, but my preference is for the 25th.
Same
by Alan Rath
October 30th, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18980

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Interesting short piece on the air tankers, one of which (914) has been flying frequently over Kincade

by Alan Rath
October 29th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18980

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

I saw a report of some calculation of what the cost would be to bury all the electrical lines, and it was huge, far more than PG&E (or the state) could afford. They clearly need to be working on doing that with the risky lines and areas, but that will take time. It does seem like the risk should gra...
by Alan Rath
October 29th, 2019, 1:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18980

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

I believe the east, midwest, and plains have been re-shaped much more than has California, with the exception of the introduction of Eucalyptus trees. Redwoods need cooler, foggy climate, and grow along the band of the coast. Lots of other fir and evergreens grow more inland. The dominant tree type ...
by Alan Rath
October 29th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18980

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

This is crazy. Friends who lost their house in the Tubbs fire two years ago look like they will be burned again, a little north of Safari West. I'm scratching my head how, with winds mostly from the north and east, the fire has managed to grow eastward so far.
by Alan Rath
October 28th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18980

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Some good news for the western Sonoma county folks: "2:13 p.m. Cal Fire downgrades some evacuation orders to warnings: Cal Fire officials said evacuation orders for all areas affected by the Kincade Fire west of East Side Road throughout the Russian River Valley to Bodega Bay had been reduced to war...
by Alan Rath
October 28th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18980

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Wow they have lots of air attack building defensive control line with retardant drops today - 8 tankers working the mountains with ground crews and dozers following up. East of Windsor helicopters are hitting it hard. Amazing the coordination of all agencies involved. Charles, where are you seeing ...
by Alan Rath
October 28th, 2019, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18980

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Spent the morning driving back and forth between Forestville and Santa Rosa picking up an empty gas can, refueling the generator and then refilling the can and bringing it back to the house. Perfect driving conditions. Nobody on the roads. Power in Larkfield so I didn’t have to go far for fuel. Foo...
by Alan Rath
October 27th, 2019, 4:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: You’re being evacuated from your home, what wine do you grab?
Replies: 84
Views: 2784

Re: You’re being evacuated from your home, what wine do you grab?

I don't really have any irreplaceable wines. I am pretty sure I'd rather be grabbing pictures and such. This. Was actually just thinking this morning I need to do a better job of collecting high priority items into a couple of boxes that are easily accessible if we ever had to get out quick. But in...
by Alan Rath
October 27th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18980

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Kincade Fire has jumped Hwy 128 and is heading toward Healdsburg and Windsor. Watching news reporting this morning, and interview with calfire spokesman. Yes, there are numerous spot fires and some structure losses, but for those watching from a distance, it’s not a wall of flames bearing down on t...
by Alan Rath
October 26th, 2019, 7:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 18980

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Darren, your expertise is welcome. Apologies for the armchair quarterbacking.
by Alan Rath
October 26th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Hudelot-Noellat’s
Replies: 19
Views: 1325

Re: 2010 Hudelot-Noellat’s

About 1/3 of mine had actual leakage. Though every bottle I've opened has been fine. I've now inspected any remaining 2010 H-Ns, and stood up what I have remaining. I've wondered what might have gone wrong during bottling of these wines. Hadn't considered "too cold", but I kind of doubt that's it, ...

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