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by Gabe Berk
January 14th, 2021, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS Has Gone Berserko...
Replies: 44
Views: 3507

Re: UPS Has Gone Berserko...

It's FedEx, too. Shipped 2 cases to a restaurant. They're twinned packages, one master shipment, i.e. should never be separated. One gets delivered swiftly, the other one goes on a trip around NorCal, sits in a warehouse for over month only to finally get returned as "unable to deliver". ...
by Gabe Berk
January 13th, 2021, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sine Qua Non Ziehharmonika
Replies: 6
Views: 1121

Sine Qua Non Ziehharmonika

Interesting email from SQN. Looks like squeezebox name got the squeeze. Now renamed Ziehharmonika. "One of the wines we offered you that is on the below order and we are preparing to ship has had a name change – the 2018 Syrah "Squeezebox." For a variety of reasons, we decided to chan...
by Gabe Berk
January 12th, 2021, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How about a slightly harder wine pairing: Kalbi beef
Replies: 51
Views: 3831

Re: How about a slightly harder wine pairing: Kalbi beef

Rhone. Preferably syrah dominant.
by Gabe Berk
January 11th, 2021, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Lucia Garys
Replies: 7
Views: 369

Re: 2013 Lucia Garys

Huge fan of Lucia Syrah's. Try and find their Susan's Hill Syrah. Its a block within the Pisoni Vineyard and is one of my favorite Syrah's in California. Killer bottle for $50-$60.
by Gabe Berk
January 11th, 2021, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Austin Hope, anyone?
Replies: 32
Views: 2146

Re: Austin Hope, anyone?

They are well made wines. Not my style as they are the posterchild for overripe fruit bombs. That said, I can see why the brand is very well received. Drink up!!!
by Gabe Berk
January 11th, 2021, 10:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TURLEY RECOMMENDATIONS
Replies: 39
Views: 2570

Re: TURLEY RECOMMENDATIONS

Turley is no longer massive over extracted fruit bombs as they were in the 90's. Tegan has kept the fruit that Larry enjoys, but the wines are now more in balance (fruit, acid, oak, structure). They are all delicious. I'd try at least 2 of each and pop some open in the coming months so you have an u...
by Gabe Berk
January 8th, 2021, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Retailer check: Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA
Replies: 17
Views: 1466

Re: Retailer check: Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA

They are my favorite retailer. If you go in person they have quite a bit of wine that is mailing list only and restaurant only that is very hard to find online. As mentioned before, its a warehouse type building and is very cool in there year round. Fantastic selection, especially with hard to find ...
by Gabe Berk
January 7th, 2021, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert 2019 Vintage - Spring Release
Replies: 85
Views: 7264

Re: Aubert 2019 Vintage - Spring Release

Ryan Gilmour wrote: January 7th, 2021, 1:56 pm
Matt A wrote: January 7th, 2021, 1:40 pm
ChrisL wrote: January 7th, 2021, 11:58 am 6 bottle or 12 bottle cases? Thanks in advance
+1
12
[wow.gif] 12 bottle minimum order?
by Gabe Berk
January 7th, 2021, 10:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert 2019 Vintage - Spring Release
Replies: 85
Views: 7264

Re: Aubert 2019 Vintage - Spring Release

If anyone cares, here are the scores for the Spring release wines from Parker's Wine Advocate : 2019 Lauren Estate Sonoma Coast Chardonnay $120 (97-100 pts) 2019 CIX Estate Sonoma Coast Chardonnay $100 (96-98 pts) 2019 Powder House Estate Sonoma Coast Chardonnay $100 (97-99 pts) 2019 Sugar Shack Est...
by Gabe Berk
December 28th, 2020, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 Napa Cab Quality?
Replies: 29
Views: 5136

Re: 2019 Napa Cab Quality?

What Roy said :) Regardless of 2020 not producing much if any Napa Cab, I'm stocking up on available 2018 and 2019 Cabernet as they are both A++ and A+ vintages. So far of the 2018 Napa Valley Cabernets that have been released, my favorite QPR is the 2018 Bevan Ontogeny. $95 for that wine is incredi...
by Gabe Berk
December 28th, 2020, 3:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does the size and weight of a wine bottle matter?
Replies: 55
Views: 2202

Re: Does the size and weight of a wine bottle matter?

No. Wine matters. Not glass...
by Gabe Berk
December 18th, 2020, 11:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 15348
Views: 786501

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2018 Joel Gott California Cabernet Sauvignon. $13 We shall see how it is. Hoping the stellar vintage and glut of available declassified fruit and made wine from otherwise higher quality vineyards made their way into this bottling. Always looking for a good California Cabernet Tuesday night wine. [ch...
by Gabe Berk
December 17th, 2020, 12:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wrong cork?
Replies: 11
Views: 860

Re: Wrong cork?

I've heard of that happening. I've only seen it on once. Hidden Ridge cork in Immortal Estate bottle. Happened when Hidden Ridge sold and was rebranded.
by Gabe Berk
December 16th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Esther Mobley on Shipping Costs, Supporting Small Wineries
Replies: 134
Views: 7947

Re: Esther Mobley on Shipping Costs, Supporting Small Wineries

Throw in FedEx and UPS provide virtually no shipping insurance for the wineries either and often don't pay claims leaving wineries vulnerable to eating the cost of replacing wine if the shipment is lost in transit, not delivered or is damaged upon delivery including heat/freezing, popped corks, etc.
by Gabe Berk
December 2nd, 2020, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2233
Views: 307174

Re: Official Costco Thread

2018 Ridge Three Valleys $22
2012 Dr. Loosen Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett $16

Cellar Defenders for sure. Back up the truck...
NorCal
by Gabe Berk
November 17th, 2020, 9:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 MacDonald Cab
Replies: 10
Views: 1974

Re: TN: 2018 MacDonald Cab

Roy Piper wrote: November 17th, 2020, 9:54 am I think you can, but they need a few hours decanted. They all seem to get better right now with more air.
Had a Chappellet 2018 Signature Cabernet. Upon first few sips it tasted like a barrel sample. After 4 hours of a decant, the fruit started to peak out. Will wait a year and try another...
by Gabe Berk
November 17th, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite Thomas Rivers Brown wine?
Replies: 63
Views: 4691

Re: Your favorite Thomas Rivers Brown wine?

2009 Schrader RBS
by Gabe Berk
November 12th, 2020, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 377
Views: 29537

Re: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

I was listening to the Bedrock 2020 Winter release podcast and they brought up that the Salvador vineyard (RIP) produced a 98 point (Parker) wine with the 2013 Turley Salvador. Aside from being bummed out that the vineyard was ripped up, it got me thinking about scores from Contra Costa. Is 98 the ...
by Gabe Berk
November 12th, 2020, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Colgin Jubilation Offer
Replies: 15
Views: 1690

Re: Colgin Jubilation Offer

adam landa wrote: November 10th, 2020, 9:22 pm I would add Realm The Bard alongside Bevan Ontogeny.
Spot on. $95 for Ontogeny and $110 for Bard seems OK considering. An early drinking styled declassified Cabernet for $225 is a sign of the times I guess. Regardless, they will sell out most assuredly which is why they are charging so much.
by Gabe Berk
November 12th, 2020, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Carlisle Zin PaganiRanch '18...(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 913

Re: TN: Carlisle Zin PaganiRanch '18...(short/boring)

Used to work at St. Francis Winery who made an incredible rendition of Pagani Zinfandel in the 1990's. At the time, St. Francis Winery vineyard mgr. Dino Amantite farmed and managed Pagani Vineyard as his mother was the owner. Fell in love with that vineyard (and their bass pond) and is my favorite...
by Gabe Berk
November 11th, 2020, 4:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Carlisle Zin PaganiRanch '18...(short/boring)
Replies: 10
Views: 913

Re: TN: Carlisle Zin PaganiRanch '18...(short/boring)

Used to work at St. Francis Winery who made an incredible rendition of Pagani Zinfandel in the 1990's. At the time, St. Francis Winery vineyard mgr. Dino Amantite farmed and managed Pagani Vineyard as his mother was the owner. Fell in love with that vineyard (and their bass pond) and is my favorite ...
by Gabe Berk
November 5th, 2020, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert question please
Replies: 6
Views: 749

Re: Aubert question please

Here's what their website says:

https://www.aubertwines.com/vineyards/cix/
by Gabe Berk
November 2nd, 2020, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is More Consistently Good: Burg or Bordeaux?
Replies: 61
Views: 2367

Re: What is More Consistently Good: Burg or Bordeaux?

If wanting to know which is more consistent to how the producer wants the wine to taste over time, Bordeaux is more consistent IMHO.

Drink Burgundy younger for less variation in taste/experience.
by Gabe Berk
November 2nd, 2020, 1:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine for election night? (Mod- next political post gets a 24hour suspension)
Replies: 270
Views: 11364

Re: Wine for election night?

given that we might not know the results for a few days I'll probably take another glass of 2005 Musar from 3 oz bottle and do the celebrating/drowning of sorrows at dinner on Saturday. 1.5 Litre of Fortaleza Anejo Tequila. A little to sip each night until we find out the winner...might be a while ...
by Gabe Berk
November 2nd, 2020, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Got a disappointed bottle, but Problem Resolved
Replies: 211
Views: 9587

Re: Don't waste your money on K&L wine at Redwood City

Wine most likely had some sort of heat damage either during delivery or while being kept wherever that may have been (home?). Wine with heat damage often tastes very muted without much fruit and can be very austere. K&L would have no insurance in place for such a loss. FedEx or UPS has $100 of i...
by Gabe Berk
October 22nd, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NYT: How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines
Replies: 67
Views: 4270

Re: NYT: How Income Inequality Has Erased Your Chance to Drink the Great Wines

I feel this, hard. Unfortunately, millennials like me have to either bankrupt ourselves to not only get the coveted bottles but just a wide-reaching classical wine education that previous generations had access to. That said, it's definitely the best time to be alive for finding great $20-50 bottle...
by Gabe Berk
October 21st, 2020, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Insight Into Baseline Shipping Costs
Replies: 2
Views: 488

Re: Insight Into Baseline Shipping Costs

Add into the fact that FedEx and UPS have virtually no insurance in case of heat/freezing damage, popped corks, non-delivery, theft and returned shipping costs, yet increase their rates every year... [scratch.gif]
by Gabe Berk
October 19th, 2020, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red Wine Pairing when White is Best
Replies: 57
Views: 1932

Re: Red Wine Pairing when White is Best

Bubbles to start and a Mourvedre, Grenache or Carignane with the meal. Medium body, acid and tannin.
by Gabe Berk
October 16th, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bacigalupi- 2018 Renouveau Chardonnay
Replies: 0
Views: 195

Bacigalupi- 2018 Renouveau Chardonnay

Always love Chardonnay from this vineyard regardless of the producer. Own rooted 50+ year old vines. Was the major fruit source for Montelena's Chardonnay that won the 1976 Judgement of Paris. For the first time, the Bacigalupi family that farms the fruit and owns the vineyard gets to make their own...
by Gabe Berk
October 15th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stacking Riesling bottles
Replies: 44
Views: 3128

Re: Stacking Riesling bottles

+1 on Turley bottles pre 2019. Colossal pain in the rear...

Perhaps a stand alone German Riesling fridge? Kaleidoscope of blue, green and brown bottles abound.
by Gabe Berk
October 14th, 2020, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR Hall of Fame
Replies: 72
Views: 5335

Re: QPR Hall of Fame

Red: Domaine Lafage Côtes du Roussillon Bastide Miraflors
White: Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier Blend
Bubbles: Mumm Blanc de Blancs

All $15 or less
by Gabe Berk
October 5th, 2020, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette
Replies: 179
Views: 5503

Re: General Corkage guidelines / etiquette

Most people don't bring in wine because they don't have a wine collection they're sitting on for years and years. Once you've brought in wine after a few times, the unsettling or awkward feeling will go away. Instead you'll be very excited that the wine you bought 3 years ago can finally be opened a...
by Gabe Berk
September 28th, 2020, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2019 German Riesling
Replies: 315
Views: 21117

Re: 2019 German Riesling

Had a 2019 Dr. Loosen Urziger Wurtzgarten Kabinet on the weekend. Had to stop myself from drinking the whole bottle. Went well with the 102 heat outside...
by Gabe Berk
September 17th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Anniversary Wines - Recommendations?
Replies: 68
Views: 2861

Re: 1997 Anniversary Wines - Recommendations?

Probably no one will remember this wine, but it was delicious a couple of years ago when I tried it. 1997 St. Francis Reserve "Kings Ridge Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon. Grown at 2,000 feet on the Sonoma Coast in Cazadero (think Flowers or Hirsch). If you can find it and like aged Cabernet,...
by Gabe Berk
September 17th, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 79
Views: 3266

Re: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc

Bevan. Napa Cabs are killer and their $32 single vineyard SB is extremely delicious (from Sonoma county though :-D). I've seen Bevan SB on the shelves at retailers here, and each time I've seen it the wine looked really cloudy and that turned me off from purchasing. Is that just what these look lik...
by Gabe Berk
September 16th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 79
Views: 3266

Re: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc

Bevan. Napa Cabs are killer and their $32 single vineyard SB is extremely delicious (from Sonoma county though :-D).
by Gabe Berk
September 15th, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: MacDonald release is imminent!!!
Replies: 201
Views: 20659

Re: MacDonald release is imminent!!!

What is this mythical MacDonald wine you all speak of? [dontknow.gif] [beg.gif]
by Gabe Berk
September 10th, 2020, 11:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard (USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros)
Replies: 18
Views: 1015

Re: TN: 2016 Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard (USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros)

Ordered some 2017 Hyde Chardonnay from Ramey a few weeks ago. Looking forward to trying it. Master of Chardonnay + California Grand Cru site always makes for delicious wine. Love Ramey Chards!!!
by Gabe Berk
August 29th, 2020, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12689
Views: 510135

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2013 Hidden Ridge Slope- Cabernet DIAM cork. Wine already showing signs of age which is odd considering this was a beast last year. Ever so slight bricking on the edge, but still very dark core. Primary fruit and dark chocolate is still abundant but the finish indicates first stage of age and second...
by Gabe Berk
August 29th, 2020, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 5 pinot noir wines from California
Replies: 176
Views: 12694

Re: Top 5 pinot noir wines from California

Pisoni Estate
Calera
Littorai
Williams Selyem
Occidental
by Gabe Berk
August 27th, 2020, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mega Purple Question?
Replies: 31
Views: 1077

Re: Mega Purple Question?

I can taste it and I hate it. And it makes me feel like crap hours later. Even after a glass or two I get a particular type of semi-hangover feeling. Wretched stuff. What is the taste you get? Open a can of frozen grape juice concentrate. Let it thaw. Reduce said can in a saucepan by half. Taste it...
by Gabe Berk
August 27th, 2020, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 8289
Views: 588789

Re: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread

Markus Molitor Kinheimer Hubertuslay Riesling Auslese *** Gold Capsule 2017 $69. Wish I was faster... [cry.gif]
by Gabe Berk
August 25th, 2020, 8:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley 2018 Fall Release
Replies: 34
Views: 2817

Turley 2018 Fall Release

Just came out. Very excited to try some of these wines as I have heard for quite some time that the 2018's are incredible across the board. From reading the descriptions in the Tasting Notes, I'm going to have to show some restraint from buying more than my wallet should allow. [cheers.gif]
by Gabe Berk
August 20th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My Favorite Neighbor @ Costco
Replies: 14
Views: 3478

Re: My Favorite Neighbor @ Costco

I'd imagine Constellation is there to help Booker facilitate MFN to be widely distributed hence its own separate brand, bottlings, website and 10,000+ case production. I'm sure the Booker brand & label will continue to produce high end small lot production wines at the price points it has histor...
by Gabe Berk
August 20th, 2020, 8:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a "size bonus" in wine scores?
Replies: 51
Views: 2287

Re: Is there a "size bonus" in wine scores?

Wait. This is something new? Been going on for 15+ years! I just read two big scores notes by Galloni, and he was fixated on “unctuousness”. Big jammy yummy low acid new oak crap. I had one of them tonight and moved on. LOL. Definitely wasn't claiming it was something new, more like a universal hum...
by Gabe Berk
August 18th, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hennessey Fire, Napa
Replies: 62
Views: 7840

Re: Hennessey Fire, Napa

Rakes were in the mail via USPS, but have been delayed for some reason [snort.gif]. All ribbing aside, really hope the fire gets contained. The humidity has been 2-3X the norm and the winds have been low, so hopefully that helps a bit. Its officially fire season again. Really friggen hope its a tame...
by Gabe Berk
August 14th, 2020, 12:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Penultimate (Harlan...Promontory)
Replies: 54
Views: 9060

Penultimate (Harlan...Promontory)

Just got a rather schmaltzy mailer akin to the letter I received from Promontory saying I was still not on their list. This letter though, was an offering for what appears to be another Harlan bottling called PENULTIMATE. Perhaps declassified Promontory? Says for its inaugural release, they will be ...

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