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by Kris Patten
September 17th, 2020, 8:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 98
Views: 4707

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

So our favorite critic scored it 98 on two separate events. I’m excited, provided the price is “reasonable”. Most likely it will come out initially expensive and then work its way down. This is a high production wine. Lots to go around and minimal Restaraunt purchases It's 150k to 300k bottles how ...
by Kris Patten
September 17th, 2020, 7:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3749
Views: 210783

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Kris knows bourbon better than most to be sure. And I’m on record as loving ER10. It’s my house pour. And makes a great cocktail. Very kind. We sell a lot of it, so I probably get to taste a lot and tell lots of people we don't have BTAC, Pappy, etc....but this is pretty close stylistically. I reme...
by Kris Patten
September 17th, 2020, 7:19 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3749
Views: 210783

Re: The Bourbon Thread

If you like Blantons try Rock Hill Farm. It’s my favorite of theirs that isn’t BTAC. Way to pick one that is even harder to find! Little bit of Blanton's Gold will hit WA, I am sure everyone will mark it up standard retail...... I like regular Blanton’s more than the gold, and it really isn’t that ...
by Kris Patten
September 17th, 2020, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 98
Views: 4707

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

William Kelley (Parker) just hung a 98 point score on it...... "the finest Comtes de Champagne since the brilliant 2002" Gave it the same score a year ago, so I don't think this is particularly revelatory! But it's true that I haven't left much space for the others... champagne.gif Any idea on 2008...
by Kris Patten
September 17th, 2020, 6:48 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Private Barrels have long jumped the shark???
Replies: 2
Views: 156

Re: Private Barrels have long jumped the shark???

http://brettatlas.com/be-smarter-buying-private-barrel-picks/ Once upon a time, a private selection sticker on a bottle of bourbon actually meant something. Private selections were made by people ‘in the know’, who could identify a honey barrel and deliver something exceptional when compared to the...
by Kris Patten
September 17th, 2020, 6:44 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3749
Views: 210783

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Adam Noble wrote:
September 17th, 2020, 6:20 pm
If you like Blantons try Rock Hill Farm. It’s my favorite of theirs that isn’t BTAC.
Way to pick one that is even harder to find!

Little bit of Blanton's Gold will hit WA, I am sure everyone will mark it up standard retail......
by Kris Patten
September 17th, 2020, 6:19 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1641
Views: 87736

Re: What did you cook tonight?

K_F_o_l_e_y wrote:
September 2nd, 2020, 12:35 pm
Cauliflower florets roasted at 750°F with dukkah, Aleppo peppers and tahini
That looks awesome? How did you prep it?
by Kris Patten
September 17th, 2020, 6:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques Vieille Vigne
Replies: 1
Views: 277

Re: TN: 2002 Domaine Fourrier Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos St. Jacques Vieille Vigne

I was buying all the wrong things in 2005!

Good to see others weren't.
by Kris Patten
September 17th, 2020, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 98
Views: 4707

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

I'll just wait to see what Envoyer and Lopa offer it at. If it's over $135, I'll probably pass completely. Envoyer offered the 2006 at $119. Finally saw some looks at pricing. I think you'll see it between $179 and $219 depending on what a retailer really wants to make. There isn't much of it curre...
by Kris Patten
September 17th, 2020, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rousset-Peyraguey : a really strange Sauternes ...
Replies: 5
Views: 344

Re: Rousset-Peyraguey : a really strange Sauternes ...

The beauty of Sauternes is you don't really need to go value hunting/exploring outside top names as outside of Yquem and Doisy-Daene Extravagant they all offer great value if you enjoy dessert wines.
by Kris Patten
September 16th, 2020, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 77
Views: 2702

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 Kris Patten
September 16th, 2020, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2037
Views: 266488

Re: Official Costco Thread

Ron Erickson wrote:
September 16th, 2020, 4:01 pm
2016 Renato Ratti Marcenasco for 45.99
Which country? [help.gif]
by Kris Patten
September 14th, 2020, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lokoya
Replies: 13
Views: 1350

Re: Lokoya

I’m guessing that Rutherford fruit might go into Freemark Abbey now that they’ve pivoted to all mountain fruit. I can’t recall if it was Lokoya or Cardinale but one shifted some of their valley floor fruit to Freemark Abbey (since they are all Jackson Family). It used to be a pyramid for fruit sele...
by Kris Patten
September 13th, 2020, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some recent '05 Bdx
Replies: 8
Views: 998

Re: Some recent '05 Bdx

Had 2005 Pichon Baron and Pontet Canet recently. PB was good, but too young....PC was just too young and never really showed much. Will check back in at age 20.
by Kris Patten
September 13th, 2020, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A great dinner (Rayas, Accomasso, Rousseau, Palmer, Ausone, Germain Perrières, Grillet, ...)
Replies: 10
Views: 1042

Re: A great dinner (Rayas, Accomasso, Rousseau, Palmer, Ausone, Germain Perrières, Grillet, ...)

I believe it is actually a great vintage for Rayas. Look for comments on WB from William Kelley and others. BTW, for a good laugh, compare Jeff Leve’s and Keith Levenberg’s CT notes on 2007 Rayas. I had a great Rayas red 2008 two years ago. And a great Rayas red 2007 recently. Today, the Rousseau C...
by Kris Patten
September 12th, 2020, 6:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: a surprisingly nice 1997 Tuscan
Replies: 2
Views: 359

Re: a surprisingly nice little 1997 Tuscan

Part of the Antinori stable of properties across Italy. I don't think heat affected Vino Nobile like it did regions like Bolgheri and Tuscany.

Cool note on a wine I don't think I've ever seen a note on.
by Kris Patten
September 12th, 2020, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 77
Views: 2702

Re: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc

Wow! A lot of great replies, including old faves, names I know for wines other than SB and completely new names. I have to comment that most of you misread my OP. I set $30 as a ceiling , not a floor ! Some comments on some specifics: Spotteswoode has been a special-occasion go-to for me for decade...
by Kris Patten
September 12th, 2020, 2:32 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: LTB: 1951 Vintage Wines
Replies: 2
Views: 311

Re: LTB: 1951 Vintage Wines

Bump
by Kris Patten
September 12th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 98
Views: 4707

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

Taittinger seems to be milking the strength of the vintage and critical acclaim for everything that it's worth! Seems like you are speaking without any actual information or data. In the US it could very well be their importer or retailers seeing what people will pay before price settles once relea...
by Kris Patten
September 12th, 2020, 12:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?
Replies: 98
Views: 4707

Re: At What Price Point Will You Boycott The 2008 Taittinger Comtes?

FWIW, DP wholesale is cheaper than European negotiants where CDC is cheaper in Europe. CDC has been cheaper than DP historically by $20 or more. I say wait. Euro vs $ is 10% higher so this is a factor as well. One issue is that you have to buy equal amount of the 07 to get to the 08. Taittinger see...
by Kris Patten
September 12th, 2020, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pernand Vergelesses
Replies: 31
Views: 1770

Re: Pernand Vergelesses

Odd, I have always considered PV to be more of a sour cherry note young with higher acid. Haven't had any 2017s.
by Kris Patten
September 12th, 2020, 9:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Heitz buys Burgess
Replies: 14
Views: 1762

Heitz buys Burgess

The Lawrence Family, Heitz Cellar owners, acquire Howell Mountain's Burgess Cellars

https://napavalleyregister.com/news/loc ... cc50c.html
by Kris Patten
September 12th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc
Replies: 77
Views: 2702

Re: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc

Frankly, I think the best in Dan's actual price range is Mondavi Reserve, also a nod to Flora Springs and Charles Krug, and St. Supery and Rutherford Ranch as a sleeper both under $15.
by Kris Patten
September 11th, 2020, 7:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Remembering 9/11....
Replies: 22
Views: 910

Re: Remembering 9/11....

Living in Tacoma at the time for some reason I woke up at an ungodly time around 330am PST and decided to go watch some TV, turned on the news and saw a "developing situation" and watched the first plane hit a tower and got sick to my stomach and the news was still positing it was a crash vs. terror...
by Kris Patten
September 11th, 2020, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône La Pialade
Replies: 20
Views: 689

Re: TN: 2012 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône La Pialade

The 2 Pialade bottles sound like heat damaged Based on what? Purchased on release, and stored at 55F. I have never had heat damage present as grapefruit peel. Agreed. Heat damage is stewed notes, grapefruit is something I have never had in a Rayas wine, and a likely fermentation by product, so I'll...
by Kris Patten
September 10th, 2020, 4:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Olena Pino Ovello Tua Rita Canalicchio Sassicaia
Replies: 1
Views: 155

Re: TN: Olena Pino Ovello Tua Rita Canalicchio Sassicaia

Nice notes Bill. Share your sentiments on Sassicaia, it speaks to Cabernet on Italian coast, no more, no less.
by Kris Patten
September 10th, 2020, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône La Pialade
Replies: 20
Views: 689

Re: TN: 2012 Château Rayas Côtes du Rhône La Pialade

Crazy that this is the last cut of fruit for Rayas and still delivers vs. normal SRP.
by Kris Patten
September 8th, 2020, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese
Replies: 23
Views: 1140

Re: TN: 2001 Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese

Just opened my first bottle of '01 ET Spatlese. It's not over the hill by any means, but I'll drink my remaining 3 bottles much sooner than later. It's not out of balance which is a good sign. Not a great wine, but certainly very good. Next up will be '01 GH Spat "Stablay". I've had a few vintages ...
by Kris Patten
September 7th, 2020, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lokoya
Replies: 13
Views: 1350

Re: Lokoya

Mt. Veeder is the best and hardest to find IMO, maybe the best expression of Mt. Veeder Cabernet produced.
by Kris Patten
September 7th, 2020, 12:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard (USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros)
Replies: 18
Views: 820

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

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
September 6th, 2020, 11:12 am
And so the only one with no love is Ritchie.

I am just not a fan of that site, from anyone.
I don't mind Ramey Ritchie, but it's way down my list from Ramey. Produces wines that are richer than I like nowadays, that seem to be missing a dimension.
by Kris Patten
September 6th, 2020, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard (USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros)
Replies: 18
Views: 820

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

His Platt was always a favorite of mine. The appellation wines are great too, SC and RRV. Truly one of the best winemakers in the US. The Sonoma Coast is now Fort Ross Seaview. Yes, since they stopped putting Platt in with the Martinelli vineyard and could call it FR-SV. Lost a little in the depth ...
by Kris Patten
September 6th, 2020, 9:24 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: HUMMUS
Replies: 9
Views: 393

Re: HUMMUS

Here comes a classic oriental side dish and perfect with SHAWARMA https://www.wineberserkers.com/content/?p=6073 43536221-0BAE-4AF0-89A3-701BF5868E34.jpeg Isn't hummus middle eastern? Where do you get the oriental reference? I find the best hummus comes from rehydrating chick peas vs. the canned ve...
by Kris Patten
September 6th, 2020, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ramey Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard (USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros)
Replies: 18
Views: 820

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

His Platt was always a favorite of mine. The appellation wines are great too, SC and RRV.

Truly one of the best winemakers in the US.
by Kris Patten
September 3rd, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinous Oregon Report
Replies: 21
Views: 2540

Re: Vinous Oregon Report

Nice follow up on Oregon in Vinous today with all the non-Pinot Noir wines.
by Kris Patten
September 1st, 2020, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Woodland Hills Wines Annual Sale- Old World day 1
Replies: 54
Views: 3372

Re: Woodland Hills Wines Annual Sale- Old World day 1

Elio Grasso Gavarini Chiniera 2016 for $80 is more than fair.
by Kris Patten
August 30th, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?
Replies: 63
Views: 2654

Re: Moving to Seattle area: Recommendations for wine shops, tasting rooms, wineries to visit?

Wine Shops: McCarthy and Schiering Ravenna

Tasting Rooms: K Vintners, Cadence, Latta, Kerloo, Waters, Seven Hills/Crimson, Rotie, Efeste are all in Seattle. Plenty more in Woodinville proper and the wine ghetto.

Welcome back.
by Kris Patten
August 30th, 2020, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vinous Oregon Report
Replies: 21
Views: 2540

Re: Vinous Oregon Report

Marcus Goodfellow wrote:
August 29th, 2020, 8:12 pm
Thank you Fred. I completely agree that 2016-2018 is a remarkable three years for the Willamette Valley. Lovely wines all around. Kelley Fox is another that Josh reviewed well and is very much worth seeking out.
What are your feelings 2019, Marcus?
by Kris Patten
August 30th, 2020, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?
Replies: 113
Views: 10439

Re: Has the Wine Advocate basically given up at this point?

Jeb might taste the new releases, but he hasn’t the first idea of what he’s talking about, assuming you like wine not a cocktail in a bottle. Ha, damn man, what a hater... Just so I understand, what cocktail did I like that so offended you? My comments were unduly rude and I retract them with my re...
by Kris Patten
August 29th, 2020, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Taittinger Comtes
Replies: 18
Views: 1122

Re: TN: 1996 Taittinger Comtes

Jeremy Holmes wrote:
August 29th, 2020, 2:59 pm
Great stuff Alan.

Haven't had it in a while but the '95 is awesome as well.
Couple times, I have preferred 1995 to 1996.
by Kris Patten
August 29th, 2020, 8:04 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: LTB: 1951 Vintage Wines
Replies: 2
Views: 311

LTB: 1951 Vintage Wines

My dad turns 70 and looking for some wines to go with a 1951 Amontillado to take on a trip to Bandon Dunes.
by Kris Patten
August 29th, 2020, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When Your Neighbor Asks if You Like Wine
Replies: 39
Views: 2628

Re: When Your Neighbor Asks if You Like Wine

I give bottles of wine to my neighbor, she likes Cabs, and she gives us chocolate chip cookies whenever she bakes them.

Very equitable for my family.
by Kris Patten
August 27th, 2020, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shite Year, Nice Wine
Replies: 3
Views: 656

Re: Shite Year, Nice Wine

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
August 27th, 2020, 7:37 pm
Kris Patten wrote:
August 27th, 2020, 7:35 pm
I always refer to 1994 as doughnut wines, okay start, okay finish, hole in the middle.
So, doughnut buy?

Sorry, trying to get back in CRAIG G’s good graces.
Woof, what a howler.
by Kris Patten
August 27th, 2020, 7:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shite Year, Nice Wine
Replies: 3
Views: 656

Re: Shite Year, Nice Wine

I always refer to 1994 as doughnut wines, okay start, okay finish, hole in the middle.
by Kris Patten
August 27th, 2020, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Fortuneate Son...
Replies: 8
Views: 683

Re: TN: Fortuneate Son...

Reds and whites are both awesome, but long gone are the days of $20 whites and $25 reds. Still great value to be fair.
by Kris Patten
August 26th, 2020, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Simonnet-Febvre Les Clos
Replies: 3
Views: 231

Re: 2010 Simonnet-Febvre Les Clos

Josh Grossman wrote:
August 26th, 2020, 7:22 am
Kris Patten wrote:
August 26th, 2020, 7:16 am
...While I don't think it should taste like Meursault it could definitely have qualities to mirror Chassagne.
Sherry notes?
I don't get it why would Chassagne have sherry notes?
by Kris Patten
August 26th, 2020, 7:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What other Champagnes are similar to Krug?
Replies: 35
Views: 2817

Re: What other Champagnes are similar to Krug?

Rob_S wrote:
August 26th, 2020, 7:42 am
Overwhelmingly the biggest problem with Charles Heidsieck is that after 1985 they stopped making Charlie.

1985 Charlie will probably always remain my favorite champagne of all time.
That wine was awesome, and an unbelievable value for its meager price.
by Kris Patten
August 26th, 2020, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Simonnet-Febvre Les Clos
Replies: 3
Views: 231

Re: 2010 Simonnet-Febvre Les Clos

I think you are in the wrong vineyard for the notes you are looking for (saline, sea air), unless you have Louis Michel or another no oak producer, even then Les Clos is Grand Cru for its atypical depth and density vs. other Chablis Grand Crus. While I don't think it should taste like Meursault it c...
by Kris Patten
August 26th, 2020, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Domaine Denis Bachelet Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes
Replies: 4
Views: 578

Re: TN: 2008 Domaine Denis Bachelet Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes

Good to hear a 2008 shows fairly well. I have said prior this vintage feels like a modern version of 1996.

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