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by Kris Patten
March 27th, 2020, 8:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...
Replies: 21
Views: 1656

Re: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...

Travis @llen wrote:
March 27th, 2020, 8:41 pm
Kris Patten wrote:
March 27th, 2020, 8:28 pm
Krug NV for $110 and 2002 for $185 near me, also 1990 Lynch Bages and 2000 Bonneau Celestins for $195.
Where? Love me some
Bonneau
After I get 'em. PM me.
by Kris Patten
March 27th, 2020, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...
Replies: 21
Views: 1656

Re: Restaurants selling wine carry-out at great prices...

Krug NV for $110 and 2002 for $185 near me, also 1990 Lynch Bages and 2000 Bonneau Celestins for $195.
by Kris Patten
March 24th, 2020, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '06 vs. '07 Barolo?
Replies: 11
Views: 894

Re: '06 vs. '07 Barolo?

Opened a 2006 Elio Grasso Gavarini Chiniera....stellar bottle of wine, only thing I'd change is stand it up for 2 weeks as it threw a bunch of sediment.

Could have been a single bottle issue.
by Kris Patten
March 24th, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FYI: Gramercy Cellars Deal
Replies: 15
Views: 1459

Re: FYI: Gramercy Cellars Deal

Everything I've had from Gramercy has been fantastic, if it wasn't such a bitch to get 6 bottles of wine back to Canada even in the best of times I'd be all over this. Ship them to me in Seattle, if I drink them I will send you detailed tasting notes so you don't miss the experience or excitement.
by Kris Patten
March 23rd, 2020, 10:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My First TN (short/boring/probably inaccurate)
Replies: 23
Views: 1070

Re: My First TN (short/boring/probably inaccurate)

Rayas did very well in 2003 and avoided many of the pitfalls so many fell into in 2003 from the Rayas label to Fonsalette to Domaine des Tours.

All were very light colors, intense aromatics, with kirsch and strawberry.

Great note Ryan.
by Kris Patten
March 23rd, 2020, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.
Replies: 325
Views: 24551

Re: Best deal/coupon for on-line wine shopping.

Yes I doubt they are lacking sales volume. With shelter in place growing across the country, people will need their wine!! This recession should result in a lot of wine sales. No rush to buy. I'd prefer to support people before the "going out of business sale", worth a couple bucks to avoid profiti...
by Kris Patten
March 23rd, 2020, 7:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FYI: Gramercy Cellars Deal
Replies: 15
Views: 1459

Re: FYI: Gramercy Cellars Deal

I'll be supporting Greg. Great wines, great people, great deal.
by Kris Patten
March 23rd, 2020, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had
Replies: 95
Views: 4659

Re: Best overperforming wine you’ve ever had

Biggest surprise vs. expectations was a magnum of 1983 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Cabernet in 2007. It was sublime aged claret.
by Kris Patten
March 23rd, 2020, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 96 Dom Oeno (P2)
Replies: 6
Views: 484

Re: TN: 96 Dom Oeno (P2)

Be safe Alan.
by Kris Patten
March 22nd, 2020, 3:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Corn Wine?
Replies: 13
Views: 571

Re: Corn Wine?

Corn wine....better known as Tito's after distillation!
by Kris Patten
March 22nd, 2020, 12:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Langhe Nebbiolo
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: TN: 2017 Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Langhe Nebbiolo

Looks great....we had an Elio Grasso Langhe Nebbiolo 2014 last night. These wines can offer great value and Nebbiolo charm. Will scoop up a Mascarello next time I see one. Thanks Dennis. Right on, Kris. Langhe Nebbiolos have become a go-to for me for value, earlier drinking, reliability and charm. ...
by Kris Patten
March 22nd, 2020, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Langhe Nebbiolo
Replies: 5
Views: 284

Re: TN: 2017 Giuseppe E Figlio Mascarello Langhe Nebbiolo

Looks great....we had an Elio Grasso Langhe Nebbiolo 2014 last night. These wines can offer great value and Nebbiolo charm. Will scoop up a Mascarello next time I see one. Thanks Dennis.
by Kris Patten
March 21st, 2020, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When this all ends . . . .
Replies: 19
Views: 1546

Re: When this all ends . . . .

When this ends, another pandemic will be around the corner....welcome to the new normal of a full planet. When times are good we all make excuses of why we should wait for ideal moment, when times are bad we all discuss seizing the moment.....I'd suggest you seize the moment and live in the moment, ...
by Kris Patten
March 21st, 2020, 3:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Dalla Valle Cabernet - Bordeaux in Napa
Replies: 6
Views: 396

Re: 2011 Dalla Valle Cabernet - Bordeaux in Napa

Not sure about producers like Dalla Valle, but the mid-90s for this winery were awesome, both Cab and Maya.
by Kris Patten
March 20th, 2020, 9:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva
Replies: 26
Views: 895

Re: TN: 2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

Hopefully Chris meant LRA and not LdH. I used buy this wine in the 1970's in medical school and it was fabulous for what must have been about $8 per bottle. but I haven't been able to drink much since because it all tastes like dill pickle juice. (to be honest my last I think was a 2001). But if Sa...
by Kris Patten
March 20th, 2020, 7:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva
Replies: 26
Views: 895

Re: TN: 2009 La Rioja Alta Rioja Viña Ardanza Reserva

I'll be the dissenter, but I hated the 2009. Bought a 375ml and it was all dill and vanilla.....got worse over 3 days. I like the other LRA cuvees, but this was possibly the worst, non-flawed wine, I had in 2019.
by Kris Patten
March 19th, 2020, 9:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1828
Views: 229450

Re: Official Costco Thread

Went a couple nights ago close to closing, other than being out of TP and dry grains, it really wasn't that crazy here in Seattle. It FELT super weird, social distancing inasmuch as it is possible in a Costco was in full effect, and everyone was avoiding eye contact but it wasn't what I would call ...
by Kris Patten
March 17th, 2020, 7:07 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 82
Views: 4484

Re: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)

And the massacre begins... Tom Douglas closing 12 of 13 places (bakery is attached to a hotel) and Canlis is switching to a bagel, burger and home delivery model - see: https://canlis.com/ I’m looking forward to tryin that bagel and burger!! Canlis had line down 99 for burgers. Prior to shutdown I ...
by Kris Patten
March 16th, 2020, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's the best $20 dollar bottle you know of?
Replies: 97
Views: 5186

Re: What's the best $20 dollar bottle you know of?

No chance I read thru all these so I am sure I'll be redundant.

Substance Cab
Pepiere Muscadet
Tres Picos Garnacha
La Fleur Morange Mathilde
Every Producer of Morgon Cote du Puy
Lanessan
Bolaire
by Kris Patten
March 15th, 2020, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3613
Views: 353226

Re: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

All the Lardy wines I have gotten from Garagiste have been great value. It was a new producer to me, lured in by price. Now I buy them when offered.
by Kris Patten
March 15th, 2020, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Pomerol picks from 2016 in bottle
Replies: 26
Views: 1990

Re: Some Pomerol picks from 2016 in bottle

Opened a 2016 Tour Saint Christophe on Friday. Definitely Merlot and BDX with a touch of glossiness. For the $20 a bottle I paid it's worth a multiple case purchase, but definitely shows the gap between the icons of Pomerol and value plays.
by Kris Patten
March 15th, 2020, 9:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 96
Views: 16006

Re: Marcassin

One of the best "old" Chardonnays I've had was a '99 Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard in 2014. At 15-years old it was incredibly fresh and vibrant, and it made me realize that well-made domestic Chardonnays can live well past my previously assumed 5-7 years. I have one of these in the cellar I need to ...
by Kris Patten
March 14th, 2020, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle
Replies: 141
Views: 8791

Re: Time to treat ourselves. Open a precious bottle

Will have to start digging around and see if I have anything I consider precious enough to not consider opening. Only too young to enjoy would dissuade me.
by Kris Patten
March 14th, 2020, 1:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Woodinville
Replies: 9
Views: 513

Re: Woodinville

Scott G r u n e r wrote:
March 14th, 2020, 9:25 am
Savage Grace, Avennia, and Kevin White would make my list
Savage Grace is a bad recommendation based on his tastes leaning towards Napa Cab and CC Rhones, but I would stop there too for some Franc.
by Kris Patten
March 14th, 2020, 8:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Woodinville
Replies: 9
Views: 513

Re: Woodinville

Delille, Mark Ryan, J. Bookwalter, Ste. Michelle Reserve room and Col Solare component tasting, Januik, Betz to start.
by Kris Patten
March 13th, 2020, 8:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Well done, Vinous Media: new article on Chile published in both English and Spanish
Replies: 3
Views: 308

Re: Well done, Vinous Media: new article on Chile published in both English and Spanish

Forefront of reporting on wine....the biggest issue I have, and this has nothing to do with Vinous, is no one has filled Parker's shoes when it comes to moving markets. No reviewer or team has been able to take the lead, and maybe no one ever will, but it would be nice to see a true leader in wine c...
by Kris Patten
March 10th, 2020, 9:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 82
Views: 4484

Re: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)

Brandon R wrote:
March 9th, 2020, 12:39 pm
Nice to hear about Assaggio...a longtime Seattle stalwart. I haven't been in ages, but should go. It's all of two blocks from my office.
I'd go just to get a Giacosa Arneis and a couple bowls of fried olives.
by Kris Patten
March 10th, 2020, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 02/08 Marcassin Chards, 78 Phelps Pinot, NV BV Burgundy, 02 Ch.Latour.....
Replies: 12
Views: 804

Re: TN: 02/08 Marcassin Chards, 78 Phelps Pinot, NV BV Burgundy, 02 Ch.Latour.....

I still have 1 Marcassin Marcassin Vineyard 1999 Chard....time to pop it?
by Kris Patten
March 9th, 2020, 7:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”
Replies: 88
Views: 6473

Re: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”

In terms of sheer value, I think Rivers-Marie SC Pinot & Chard and Napa Cab, Carlisle Appellation wines, and Macdonald off for mailing list prices are a screaming deal. I still buy some SQN, Saxum and that will be about it moving forward. To Howard, I buy and drink a lot of Heitz as we sell it, but ...
by Kris Patten
March 8th, 2020, 6:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Ducru-Beaucaillou
Replies: 2
Views: 340

Re: TN: 1996 Ducru-Beaucaillou

One of the few wines where I think I prefer 1995 to 1996. Both very good though.
by Kris Patten
March 8th, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Anyone try The Macallan No 5 Special Edition?
Replies: 6
Views: 256

Re: Anyone try The Macallan No 5 Special Edition?

No. 6 will be the last release in series, I really liked 1 and 3, haven't tried 5 yet, we do sell Macallan so take it for what it's worth.
by Kris Patten
March 8th, 2020, 8:25 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 82
Views: 4484

Re: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)

Went to Assaggio last night, surprised the place was packed as all week restaurants were dead. Very good service as usual and food was good too, fried olives stuffed with sausage continues to be a favorite dish in WA, meatballs were good and the chicken over roasted vegetables and pappardelle with b...
by Kris Patten
March 6th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2005 d'Yquem 750s for $199
Replies: 25
Views: 1872

Re: 2005 d'Yquem 750s for $199

Chuck Miller wrote:
March 6th, 2020, 12:44 pm
I understand that. It’s a good price. So why does a merchant need to blatantly lie?
To balance out the removal of eligibility for case discounting......
by Kris Patten
March 4th, 2020, 8:52 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 82
Views: 4484

Re: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)

Duck fat fries at RN74 tonight were awesome, as was Ramonet 2015 Chassagne Montrachet for just over $100.
by Kris Patten
February 25th, 2020, 11:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 82
Views: 4484

Re: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)

Nice bite at Spinasse/Artusi tonight. Meatballs are killer, pasta special was duck ravioli...killer, carbonara was good, cavatelli with venison was awesome. Great bottle of Elvio Cogno 2012 Barbaresco and a glass of 2013 Coppo Gavi that was young and fresh.
by Kris Patten
February 25th, 2020, 8:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1828
Views: 229450

Re: Official Costco Thread

South 4th...

Castello Nieve 2016 Barbaresco $28.99
Lillian Ladouys 2016 $22.49
Jaboulet Crozes Thalabert 2017 $25.99
Chateau Gloria de Gloria 2016 $9.99
by Kris Patten
February 24th, 2020, 8:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winter Cabernet - what tastes like it?
Replies: 5
Views: 668

Re: Winter Cabernet - what tastes like it?

Google turns up...maybe try Lewelling? Notes from the Winemaker: Winter is an ultra luxury wine brand in the Napa Valley that creates highly-coveted wine in small quantities. Hand-made using the finest techniques and processes, the wine has been rated as one of the Napa Valley’s top Cabernet Sauvign...
by Kris Patten
February 23rd, 2020, 9:33 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)
Replies: 82
Views: 4484

Re: Eating and Drinking in Washington (mostly Seattle area)

Had a good dinner at Bangrak Market in Belltown. Eclectic little place, food was very good and unlike so many places 3 stars out of 4 was spicy and consistent across all dishes.
by Kris Patten
February 22nd, 2020, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico
Replies: 4
Views: 432

Re: TN: 2017 Castello di Volpaia Chianti Classico

Volpaia has been on quite a run the past few vintages.
by Kris Patten
February 20th, 2020, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What was your wine board path to Wine Berserkers
Replies: 174
Views: 7498

Re: What was your wine board path to Wine Berserkers

Spec to Parker to WB/Bordeaux/Vinous
by Kris Patten
February 20th, 2020, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sine Qua Non delivery to Europe
Replies: 12
Views: 916

Re: Sine Qua Non delivery to Europe

There's a importer/distributor that posts on WB periodically that is based (I believe) in Sweden (or Norway). His name escapes me, and posted a lot on eBob as well. I think most of his postings here have been on the upper-end Napa Cab threads. I took a quick look, but couldn't find him . If someone...
by Kris Patten
February 18th, 2020, 8:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Save The Date: 2018 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay
Replies: 31
Views: 2478

Re: Save The Date: 2018 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay

Grabbed some SC and Platt.
by Kris Patten
February 16th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: What did you cook tonight?
Replies: 1420
Views: 77251

Re: What did you cook tonight?

Made a pot of split pea soup for folks tonight and a stone ground mustard vinaigrette for a salad.
by Kris Patten
February 16th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Irish Whiskey Thread
Replies: 49
Views: 2773

Re: Irish Whiskey Thread

Cool bottles Mark, thanks for sharing.

We just picked up Glendalough, all single malt/single grain, Pot Still, and finished in a unique 2nd cask, Irish Whiskey, was a little late setting them up, so missed out on their 13 year Mizunara finish and their 7 year finished in Black Pitts Porter barrels.
by Kris Patten
February 15th, 2020, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WS: To-Kalon as vineyard vs brand
Replies: 17
Views: 1950

Re: WS: To-Kalon as vineyard vs brand

I can't stop worrying about the legal claim by Constellation that they can make any wine from anywhere in the world of any varietal, and call it ToKalon. I believe this is their intent, eventually. "2022 To-Kalon Wine Company Central Coast Chardonnay. $19"... anyone? $19 is probably too high....$9....
by Kris Patten
February 14th, 2020, 7:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Verite wines
Replies: 17
Views: 1082

Re: Verite wines

If price isn't an issue, they are awesome wines. Very much a European take on Napa fruit.

Le Desir was always my favorite when we were selling KJ.
by Kris Patten
February 14th, 2020, 3:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3580
Views: 198251

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Just sold our last bottle of a 22 case lot.
by Kris Patten
February 14th, 2020, 3:22 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS/FT: Henry McKenna Single Barrel 10 Yr - San Francisco only SOLD
Replies: 8
Views: 577

Re: FS/FT: Henry McKenna Single Barrel 10 Yr - San Francisco only

Mike Maguire wrote:
February 6th, 2020, 6:10 pm
That’s a good deal, refreshing to see a fair price on a hard to find bourbon.,wish I was local.
We sell this to Costco each allocation, I'll try to remember to give you a heads up. I think they sell for $34.99.
by Kris Patten
February 13th, 2020, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SQN Spring 2020 offer
Replies: 59
Views: 5698

Re: SQN Spring 2020 offer

SQN isn't holding its value on the secondary market. So buy it to drink; not to flip. My wife and I drink 18 or so bottles of SQN a year. If you're looking to flip, buy stock, if you want a great bottle of wine EVERY time you open one, buy SQN. If one gets 100 and you can sell it, that's your perog...

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