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by Chris Atkins
September 25th, 2020, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $500 Heitz Martha's?!?
Replies: 24
Views: 1450

Re: $500 Heitz Martha's?!?

When you go from family owned to corporate this is often the result. Any surprise?
by Chris Atkins
September 24th, 2020, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 304
Views: 26658

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Interesting that Black Sears dumped their 2018’s because of the “Mendocino and Camp Fires”. Tbe Mendocino fire 🔥 began in July and while it was the largest fire in modern California history, it’s proximity to Napa Valley and Howell Mtn in particular was quite a distance, and I wasn’t aware of any ne...
by Chris Atkins
September 23rd, 2020, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 304
Views: 26658

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

I have plenty of faith in my producers as well, and I am confident that will not risk their brand by producing a compromised product. The good news is that we have two strong vintages in 18 and 19
by Chris Atkins
September 23rd, 2020, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 304
Views: 26658

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

Jeff, a highly doubt “there will be great wine made” in 2020. Does every vintage have to produce some great wine? No Does Mother Nature always comply with favorable conditions? No. There are great winemakers out there but sometimes it’s just out of their control. Mother Nature didn’t throw a curveba...
by Chris Atkins
September 17th, 2020, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 8
Views: 499

Re: TN: 2016 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon Kronos Vineyard (USA, California, Napa Valley)

These are really well made but last I checked it was like a buck seventy five. Uggghh, tough Purchase to justify. It’s a pass here. Sadly there are so few Napa Cabs that are this good, but reasonably priced.
by Chris Atkins
September 1st, 2020, 1:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Di Costanzo '18 Fall Release
Replies: 83
Views: 4882

Re: Di Costanzo '18 Fall Release

I thought I read where the allocation is guaranteed for a specific time period. Gonna get some Caldwell!
by Chris Atkins
August 20th, 2020, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Realm save the date (Sept 1st)
Replies: 173
Views: 15071

Re: 2018 Realm save the date (Sept 1st)

I don't receive Realm, no postcards here, just curious about Farella price?
by Chris Atkins
August 20th, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Realm save the date (Sept 1st)
Replies: 173
Views: 15071

Re: 2018 Realm save the date (Sept 1st)

How much is their Farella going for?
by Chris Atkins
August 4th, 2020, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dunn 2017 release
Replies: 29
Views: 2175

Re: Dunn 2017 release

Yes they offer the buy 4 vintages and get the 5th for half price. This equates to a 12.5% discount, but you must commit to a full case each year which including the discount is $1,500 annually. It’s a good deal but a big commitment. I just had the 2013 Howell Mtn and it’s a monster needing another 5...
by Chris Atkins
July 7th, 2020, 1:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Cult
Replies: 113
Views: 8548

Re: California Cult

I doubt the newer Harlan’s are bigger than the older ones. Certainly the 90’s Harlan’s were extravagant wines, and pleasing to me.

Bryant however made perhaps the finest Cult wine for with their 1994 and 1995. Helen Turley!
by Chris Atkins
July 7th, 2020, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Cult
Replies: 113
Views: 8548

Re: California Cult

At least with Harlan and Bryant, for a 4 year run some folks cashed in and got to drink half their allocation for free.
by Chris Atkins
July 7th, 2020, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Cult
Replies: 113
Views: 8548

Re: California Cult

The lists evaporated because prices skyrocketed and demand plummeted. Consumers got smart and the Cults were blindsided!
by Chris Atkins
July 7th, 2020, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Cult
Replies: 113
Views: 8548

Re: California Cult

“Cult wines” are defined by the by the decade in which they emanated from, and folks there is only one, The Nineties! Prized heavyweights grew up that decade. The other criteria of course being a lengthy waiting list. The latter of which have all evaporated save for Screaming Eagle 🦅 Most of the cul...
by Chris Atkins
June 13th, 2020, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Covid and corkage
Replies: 21
Views: 1439

Re: Covid and corkage

If we had reservations and showed up with a bottle in hand, and we're informed "Sorry we cannot open your bottle" because they may be afraid of their own shadow with regard to the virus, I would respectfully tell them "Sorry we cannot keep our reservation" and go elsewhere.
by Chris Atkins
June 6th, 2020, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2047
Views: 268762

Re: Official Costco Thread

Just picked up 4 bottles of 2016 Clos Du Marquis for $55.99
by Chris Atkins
June 6th, 2020, 3:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa wineries cleared to open
Replies: 1
Views: 227

Re: Napa wineries cleared to open

It's about time! Last weekend at a restaurant in Yountville at least 75% of the customers were not wearing masks, both indoors and out! Good luck enforcing that? Halloween is one evening, not four months! Our kids need to be back in the classroom this fall! Ready to support my favorite producers, in...
by Chris Atkins
March 13th, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roederer to buy Diamond Creek
Replies: 13
Views: 1384

Re: Roederer to buy Diamond Creek

I pay for journalism that I want to read! If someone posts an article then yes it needs to accessible for all to read, no dead end pay walls!
by Chris Atkins
January 21st, 2020, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley
Replies: 66
Views: 7690

Re: A.G. On 2017 And 2018 Napa Valley

Okay Schrader, Eisele, Maybach, and Realm. You're denying access to a professional wine critic because?? I am just curious what each these wineries found objectionable? and if anyone here would so kindly furnish any of these reviews which may be in question?
by Chris Atkins
January 13th, 2020, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tench Winery
Replies: 56
Views: 6896

Re: Tench Winery

With all this hype does anyone really think it will offered for anything south of $250 per? I seriously doubt it!
by Chris Atkins
December 26th, 2019, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1991 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard
Replies: 17
Views: 729

Re: TN: 1991 Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Backus Vineyard

"Ho hum" and "Had higher hopes" parallels mediocrity and melancholy in my book. Twenty eight years is pretty risky for a Napa Valley Cab.
by Chris Atkins
December 19th, 2019, 9:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visit w Di Costanzo Wines
Replies: 13
Views: 2519

Re: Visit w Di Costanzo Wines

I mistakenly opened a bottle of 2016 Farella Vineyard recently, rather than the intended 2013. No regrets however, I thought I was drinking Chateau Lafite!
by Chris Atkins
September 30th, 2019, 11:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chappellet Pritchard Hill Release Party
Replies: 17
Views: 1489

Re: Chappellet Pritchard Hill Release Party

Actually I didn't recall incorrectly, as I was offered a 30% industry discount! The 2001 was spectacular on nearly every occasion. Over the past decade its become too big and ripe for my liking and if now at $235, that only solidifies my decision to stop buying.
by Chris Atkins
September 30th, 2019, 6:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chappellet Pritchard Hill Release Party
Replies: 17
Views: 1489

Re: Chappellet Pritchard Hill Release Party

I used to be buyer until the pricing got out of control. I recall paying just under $100 for the 2001-2004. Where are they now?
by Chris Atkins
September 27th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 19780

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

What link? There’s nothing there!
by Chris Atkins
September 23rd, 2019, 12:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Anyone Buying/Following Kapcsandy?
Replies: 42
Views: 3551

Re: Is Anyone Buying/Following Kapcsandy?

"Really extreme" as in how much?
by Chris Atkins
September 12th, 2019, 2:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What happened to Beringer Knights Valley cabernet?
Replies: 35
Views: 3600

Re: What happened to Beringer Knights Valley cabernet?

What do you really expect from a large production corporate wine 🍷? Honestly this is slightly North of plonk!
by Chris Atkins
September 8th, 2019, 4:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 220
Views: 19780

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

Are some customers allocated 2 cases? I find that hard to believe with so many people waiting.
by Chris Atkins
August 30th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm Cellars Fall Release
Replies: 88
Views: 11431

Re: Realm Cellars Fall Release

In 2017 all the fruit at Corison was harvested a week before Oct 1, that is two full weeks before the fires! At Dunn all the fruit was in. At Montelena 100% of the Estate fruit was in, with only a few blocks of second label fruit that was left for compost. Fruit still hanging on Oct 8, 2017? Wines d...
by Chris Atkins
August 27th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm Cellars Fall Release
Replies: 88
Views: 11431

Re: Realm Cellars Fall Release

2017’s in the same league as 2016’s? I rather doubt it!

And why was fruit still hanging when the fires 🔥 erupted?
by Chris Atkins
August 27th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Harlan Estate - 2016 The Maiden
Replies: 29
Views: 4192

Re: Harlan Estate - 2016 The Maiden

I just realized that a case of Estate plus Uncle Sam and shipping, will send someone back about $12,000! I don’t think too many of us are going to make that mistake!
by Chris Atkins
August 26th, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Harlan Estate - 2016 The Maiden
Replies: 29
Views: 4192

Re: Harlan Estate - 2016 The Maiden

Did you reverse the years?

The Maiden for $300, holy mackerel!

What are they asking for the Estate?

I just bought 2016 Chateau Pichon Comtesse Lalande for $180, how do you think the Harlan’s compare to that?
by Chris Atkins
August 25th, 2019, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2016 vs 2018
Replies: 33
Views: 3066

Re: Bordeaux 2016 vs 2018

Jurgen,

I am drinking not investing!

Just picked up 2016 Pichon Comtesse Lalande for $180 each.
by Chris Atkins
August 23rd, 2019, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bordeaux 2016 vs 2018
Replies: 33
Views: 3066

Bordeaux 2016 vs 2018

Bordeaux 2016 vs 2018. Without the luxury of tasting these, but tempted like never before to buy, what are the experts here at Berserker's thoughts on which vintage will reign supreme? or is it a toss up? Thus far I have bought a case from each vintage, and now I would like to secure one more case f...
by Chris Atkins
August 21st, 2019, 11:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Pichon Lalande - Réserve de la Comtesse (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)
Replies: 6
Views: 932

Re: TN: 2016 Pichon Lalande - Réserve de la Comtesse (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Pauillac)

I am buying the 2016 Grand Vin. This Reserve might make it into my cellar as well.
by Chris Atkins
August 18th, 2019, 3:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 77
Views: 6536

Re: Napa Cab under $100

Go get the 2011 Dunn Howell Mountain. It appears to be available on the K&L website for $99. That is a steal for a wine of this caliber.
by Chris Atkins
August 16th, 2019, 11:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Shafer HSS offer
Replies: 45
Views: 4890

Re: 2015 Shafer HSS offer

The Shafer is $310 while the Dunn HM is $130, and not too alcoholic.
by Chris Atkins
August 8th, 2019, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1969 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 20
Views: 1384

Re: TN: 1969 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Rich,

No It wasn't Mayacamas. It was a Cabernet from a producer on the trail, who's name I cannot mention because they are a good family.
by Chris Atkins
August 6th, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 118
Views: 14705

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

$300 is too much. $200 would get things rolling again. Some of the very best Napa Cabs are priced between $100-$200.
by Chris Atkins
August 5th, 2019, 9:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 118
Views: 14705

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

I’ll never forget how great this wine was in the mid nineties, at the hands of Helen Turley. If they would have maintained customer loyalty, and y’all know what that entails, then they wouldn’t be in this mess that they are in today.
by Chris Atkins
August 5th, 2019, 1:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1969 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 20
Views: 1384

Re: TN: 1969 Mayacamas Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

50 year old Napa Cab still drinking well! Compare that to the 2010 Cab that I had last month that was already over the hill. Amazing
by Chris Atkins
July 17th, 2019, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Château Léoville Poyferré (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)
Replies: 30
Views: 1579

Re: TN: 2014 Château Léoville Poyferré (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, St. Julien)

Oxidation on day two is something I do occasionally encounter with ripe Napa cabs.

I considered Léoville Poyferre for 2018 Futures but opted for Léoville-Barton instead.
by Chris Atkins
July 9th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release
Replies: 87
Views: 7514

Re: 2017 Rivers Marie Cab release

With regard to the “Calistoga”, why were the grapes still hanging? Oct 8, in a hot growing season.
by Chris Atkins
July 4th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Quivet 2011 Kenefick - Something for Everyone
Replies: 7
Views: 774

Re: Quivet 2011 Kenefick - Something for Everyone

“Less than optimal ‘11 Napa vintage” by who’s standards? I cannot believe how many people still regard ‘11 as being a poor or underwhelming vintage? I guess some of the esteemed wine critics were looking for another blockbuster year, and 2011 didn’t have the ripeness they were looking for. Oops!
by Chris Atkins
June 25th, 2019, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Shafer HSS offer
Replies: 45
Views: 4890

Re: 2015 Shafer HSS offer

$310 from the mailing list when it sells for substantially less in the seconady market? They have to know it’s too much! Léoville Las Cases 2016 for less as well, they need to know this, and they also need to know that as good as Hillside Select is, it’s not 2016 Las Cases!
by Chris Atkins
June 24th, 2019, 10:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calistoga wineries
Replies: 64
Views: 3601

Re: Calistoga wineries

I totally agree with Howard on this one. Château Montelena is the call. Matt Crafton has elevated the Estate Cabernet up another level.
by Chris Atkins
June 22nd, 2019, 11:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 118
Views: 14705

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

Alex you nailed it! I am exactly that demographic you referenced, in my early thirties in the mid nineties and I was told by Harvey Bushbinder at Marin Wine Cellar to go get Bryant Family and Harlan Estate. I paid only $85 for 1993 Harlan at retail. I was first offered the 1995 Bryant which was only...
by Chris Atkins
June 22nd, 2019, 6:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 118
Views: 14705

Trouble in Bryantville

While reading the Lauren Ridenhour lawsuit against Bettina and Donald Bryant Jr (Bryant Family Vineyards) the following allegation immediately caught my attention. "The winery has suffered from excessive back inventory as of July 2018 of over $14 million in prior vintages, and an approximate 40% dec...
by Chris Atkins
June 21st, 2019, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Greer Cabernet-unusual incident
Replies: 11
Views: 1171

Re: 2014 Greer Cabernet-unusual incident

Imagine pricking a Lafite or Mouton cork this week and revisiting in a decade. Not a risk I would be willing to take.
by Chris Atkins
June 17th, 2019, 10:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter
Replies: 33
Views: 3743

Re: Eisele Vineyard allocation letter

"Overstated eloquent horse manure" This is going to be entertaining, Please do post the letter.

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