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by markjchambers
June 15th, 2021, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Goodfellow
Replies: 55
Views: 3484

Re: Goodfellow

It is interesting that this thread is moving your mail list numbers when there's already a long-running "What Goodfellow/Matello wine are you drinking?" thread. Look like it's been going for four years.
by markjchambers
June 12th, 2021, 8:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert
Replies: 24
Views: 1940

Re: Aubert

Search the forum. There was a thread about the chards early last year.
by markjchambers
June 11th, 2021, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My first Mexican wine...
Replies: 43
Views: 2399

Re: My first Mexican wine...

Turley made a wine from Baja grapes a while back that was OK, and I’ve tasted a few other Mexican wines. Not to cast shade, but my advice would be to shop for California and French wines at the Cabo Costco. Or drink beer. I thought that was a pretty good Zin. At least as good as Turley's other offe...
by markjchambers
June 5th, 2021, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Statute of limitations on corked bottles from mailing list
Replies: 38
Views: 1965

Re: Statute of limitations on corked bottles from mailing list

Just replaced a bottle of 2009 for a customer. Not from this year’s library sale but one she’s had since released. Not a corked bottle either. Just off. She’s local and brought it by and it was definitely off. Better to make people unexpectedly happy than to allow a poor showing to fester. I had a ...
by markjchambers
May 24th, 2021, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah (USA, California, North Coast)
Replies: 15
Views: 1435

Re: TN: 2019 Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah (USA, California, North Coast)

How does it compare to the 18? I just opened an 18 after reading the "What Bedrock are you drinking?" thread and I was very impressed with the depth and structure. Definitely not grapey. I was able to find more for $25.
by markjchambers
May 23rd, 2021, 7:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Saxum James Berry Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 546

Re: TN: 2011 Saxum James Berry Vineyard

My 11s are already gone, but I thought they were better than the 12s. People have such a negative view of 2011 across the board in California. I've seen 11s on auctions sites way cheaper than recent vintages.
by markjchambers
May 23rd, 2021, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your suggestions for soulless wines with poor QPR
Replies: 79
Views: 4238

Re: Your suggestions for soulless wines with poor QPR

Lots of soulless Zins out there: 7 deadly Zins, etc., but I can't think of any going for as much as $40. Most of what I see at that price point is from the best producers (including Carlisle,
Turley, Bedrock, etc.)
by markjchambers
May 21st, 2021, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Andremily Grenache Release
Replies: 51
Views: 3125

Re: 2018 Andremily Grenache Release

I took all that was offered and wished for more. Shipping and tax adds $20 per bottle. Ouch!
by markjchambers
May 20th, 2021, 4:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Andremily Grenache Release
Replies: 51
Views: 3125

Re: 2018 Andremily Grenache Release

They seem so new, but they've been making wine for at least 7 years. I'm surprised the waitlist isn't a lot longer. The price point is right in the range of Saxum JBV,
Alban Reva and Cayuse BF. They easily hold their own in comparison. And their Mourvedre is outstanding.
by markjchambers
May 16th, 2021, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next of Kyn 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1764

Re: Next of Kyn 2018

Good question- for those that have had both, is your preference SQN or NOK? They’re different—not sure it’s fair trying to choose one over the other. But I like the fact they are different, and I enjoy them equally for their differences. If you want to add a third component to the mix, I'm curious ...
by markjchambers
May 16th, 2021, 6:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grenache Curious
Replies: 66
Views: 4167

Re: Grenache Curious

The OP asked about Aussie OV Grenache and no one has mentioned Torbreck Les Amis. 100 y/o vines. The 03 was amazing when I last had it 3 years ago It was my first "Wow!" Grenache wine. Expensive but still less than half the price of Rayas. And I don't see how you can discuss the range of G...
by markjchambers
May 15th, 2021, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andremily Release: No. 7 + 2018 Mourvèdre
Replies: 54
Views: 4870

Re: Andremily Release: No. 7 + 2018 Mourvèdre

There is a blend they started making this year called eaba plus the rose I searched and found the offer in my inbox. It said allocation guaranteed until May 18 so I went to the website and there was no allocation. Then I realized the guarantee date was in 2020. I'm a little late. I notice that ther...
by markjchambers
May 15th, 2021, 5:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andremily Release: No. 7 + 2018 Mourvèdre
Replies: 54
Views: 4870

Re: Andremily Release: No. 7 + 2018 Mourvèdre

Did anybody see on Instagram that Andremily are now also making a grenache? I saw this on their instagram stories earlier this week. Wondering if anyone has tried it besides the JD 97-99 score he has on his site. Do you mean the EABA? I'm confused. Are we talking extended barrel aged, like SQN? I t...
by markjchambers
May 15th, 2021, 4:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why do pro critics think Orin Swift Wines are good?
Replies: 209
Views: 10208

Re: Why do pro critics think Orin Swift Wines are good?

I was at this particular NY wine experience. When the 14 Machete was presented, no one booed, no one trashed it. Maybe the wines have changed. I recall thinking the Prisoner was OK about 10 years ago, ditto on The Abstract. What I've noticed are the price increases. Many of the wines are up >50% in ...
by markjchambers
May 12th, 2021, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm Rosé “La Fe”
Replies: 83
Views: 7408

Re: Realm Rosé “La Fe”

Just got mine yesterday. Gotta rest a bit. Who's going to take the plunge?
by markjchambers
May 11th, 2021, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next of Kyn 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1764

Re: Next of Kyn 2018

So I searched the thread from last year and I was reminded that they did two separate offerings for the 2017 release - one 4-pack of standard NOK blend (similar to what is offered this year) and a 4-pack of Touriga. The Touriga sold-out immediately. I missed out. The year, there is no separate offe...
by markjchambers
May 11th, 2021, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next of Kyn 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1764

Re: Next of Kyn 2018

So I searched the thread from last year and I was reminded that they did two separate offerings for the 2017 release - one 4-pack of standard NOK blend (similar to what is offered this year) and a 4-pack of Touriga. The Touriga sold-out immediately. I missed out. The year, there is no separate offer...
by markjchambers
May 10th, 2021, 5:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Next of Kyn 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1764

Next of Kyn 2018

Received the e-mail and the letter the same day. A box containing 3 NOK #12 plus 1 Touriga Nacional (Numero Quatro). If I recall correctly, last year's offering was similar. No change in pricing. The ordering window is 10 days but he warns that the wine may sell out before the end. That did happen w...
by markjchambers
May 4th, 2021, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm Rosé “La Fe”
Replies: 83
Views: 7408

Re: Realm Rosé “La Fe”

I am in 3, not a fan of Rose at all but I'd like to try Realm's Rose. btw, the shipping cost is a little high, $30 for shipping in bay area. Thanks Chris. Still experimenting with various shipping methods. Send me a note after you receive your package from VinDelivery. I think you'll enjoy their le...
by markjchambers
April 29th, 2021, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?
Replies: 3414
Views: 239300

Re: What Bedrock wine are you drinking tonight?

Last week was rockin’...four bottles of 2018 Syrah and our last ‘19 Ode to Lulu. That Syrah seems to have hit an extra gear, it’s crazy good. After reading this, I opened a bottle of the syrah. Agree 100% it is drinking well. I only have 4 bottles, but I was able to venture into the market and get ...
by markjchambers
April 26th, 2021, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Recommendations for Savory Syrah
Replies: 69
Views: 3726

Re: Recommendations for Savory Syrah

Cayuse and Reynvaan > 10 yrs old are the definition of savory. You need that much age to get past the funk. I had an 07 Bionic Frog recently which was totally in the savory mode. That would be a budget buster, but other Cayuse releases, like En Chamberlain are cheaper. And Reynvaan can often be be f...
by markjchambers
April 26th, 2021, 5:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wait list times
Replies: 176
Views: 24385

Re: Wait list times

Wow, that $700 asking price is more than the 3 pack with tax and shipping. I've killed some youngins recently but haven't opened one of those yet. I can only find articles on Kinsman Eades, a boutique winery that crushed their first fruit in 2016. How does someone get $700 a bottle for wine when th...
by markjchambers
April 24th, 2021, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rant: Unprompted vintage substitution
Replies: 27
Views: 2409

Re: Rant: Unprompted vintage substitution

The next best thing is when they make you open an account, take you payment and then you find out they don't have you wine. This has happened to me more than once. By the time I found that I wasn't getting what I ordered and paid for, it was sold out everywhere.
by markjchambers
April 23rd, 2021, 5:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Saxum Syrah Booker Vineyard
Replies: 14
Views: 587

Re: TN: 2017 Saxum Syrah Booker Vineyard

Are all 17s this approachable? Normally, I wouldn't touch Booker for 7-8 years, but your note makes me want to open one now.
by markjchambers
April 20th, 2021, 4:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus
Replies: 168
Views: 17614

Re: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus

Ordered 6 bottles of Rabaja for $69 from them. Checked out and paid. Two days later, my order was cancelled. The cheapest I can find it now is $100 and some places are charging $119. Other crus in small quantities are ~$75 at wine.com. Seems like Rabaja is what everyone wants.
by markjchambers
April 16th, 2021, 5:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Touriga producers in California?
Replies: 22
Views: 895

Re: Touriga producers in California?

Next of Kyn (a la Sine Qua Non) started making a Touriga in 2015 and putting a bottle in their box set. Last year they did a separate box set of Touriga and it sold out immediately (to my chagrin). Well-reviewed and high CT scores, as you would expect, but $$$$.
by markjchambers
March 28th, 2021, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus
Replies: 168
Views: 17614

Re: Criminal (EDIT: or silly, if you like) pricing on 2016 Produttori Crus

The 15s are outstanding. A friend was able to get some Rabaja for $57. I tried but was too late. Can the 16s be that much better?
by markjchambers
March 26th, 2021, 4:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Scarecrow Release
Replies: 240
Views: 23643

Re: 2018 Scarecrow Release

$450 this year and, no doubt, $500 next year. And 234 posts on this thread, most eager to pay up. JD gave 100 points to other Napa cabs less half the cost and freely available. Go figure. I haven't had Scarecrow, but I've tried most of cult cabs. All great for sure, but so are Latour, Petrus and DRC...
by markjchambers
March 26th, 2021, 2:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bevan Cellars Spring release
Replies: 12
Views: 953

Re: Bevan Cellars Spring release

Been curious about the Bevan Bennett Valley Syrah. One of my favorite CA Rhone bottlings was Greystack's Muldoon (variable GSM mix) from the late 2000's. I think they lost control of the vineyard when the owners split up. Greystack is back to making a fabulous Sauv Blanc from Bennett Valley, but I ...
by markjchambers
March 25th, 2021, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bevan Cellars Spring release
Replies: 12
Views: 953

Re: Bevan Cellars Spring release

I was only allocated 3 bottles of the Syrah. I guess they don't have much, but I don't see much enthusiasm for their non-cab line up in general.
by markjchambers
March 25th, 2021, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bevan Cellars Spring release
Replies: 12
Views: 953

Re: Bevan Cellars Spring release

No vineyard designation, which is little concerning. Huh? Why? Are you concerned about the Ontogeny, which also bears no vineyard designation? Tons of posts about Ontogeny vs SVD cabs. Much less coverage of their syrahs If you look at posts about the syrah most have been from me and I know very lit...
by markjchambers
March 25th, 2021, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bevan Cellars Spring release
Replies: 12
Views: 953

Bevan Cellars Spring release

Got a "save the date" email a week ago and the website just today has info about the offering. It is their non-Cabernet stuff. I am excited to see their 2018 Syrah. The 2013 Moaveni is an amazing wine. This new release is also Bennet Valley, but not labeled Moaveni. No vineyard designation...
by markjchambers
March 23rd, 2021, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traveling with older wine/dealing with sediment
Replies: 38
Views: 1181

Re: Traveling with older wine/dealing with sediment

All of this discussion has seemed to reference "old" wines. I wonder at what age sediment becomes an issue for red wines? Does it matter for California vs Spanish vs French? I have travelled with wines many times. Usually they are California reds, 5 to 10 years old. I am flying to Denver i...
by markjchambers
March 19th, 2021, 3:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: when drunk how to sober up ?
Replies: 71
Views: 4582

Re: when drunk how to sober up ?

Hydration, sugar, aspirin or motrin. A big glass of OJ. Hypoglycemia is a big contributor to hangovers. Alcohol and pain killers are a bad combo, especially if taking the latter to forestall a hangover. Tylenol/Acetaminophen is the one that you really, really, really do not want to take in combinat...
by markjchambers
March 18th, 2021, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Chimere
Replies: 22
Views: 1856

Re: 2018 Chimere

Is there a separate mailing list for Chimere, or will you eventually get an offer if you are on the SQN list long enough? Separate list. As I mentioned, I got my first offer and almost missed because I had been waiting so long that I had forgotten about it. The wait might be shorter now that they h...
by markjchambers
March 17th, 2021, 8:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2001 Guigal LaLas
Replies: 16
Views: 838

Re: 2001 Guigal LaLas

I did this with friends. Unfortunately we did 2009s. Even with a lot of air, they were too young. I agree with not putting in a new world syrah. So different.
by markjchambers
March 17th, 2021, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: when drunk how to sober up ?
Replies: 71
Views: 4582

Re: when drunk how to sober up ?

Hydration, sugar, aspirin or motrin. A big glass of OJ. Hypoglycemia is a big contributor to hangovers.
by markjchambers
March 15th, 2021, 2:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 1997 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso
Replies: 7
Views: 603

Re: TN 1997 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso

Maybe it was heat damaged. I've had it so long I don't remember how or when I acquired it.
by markjchambers
March 14th, 2021, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A TJ's QPR Champ....(short/boring)
Replies: 14
Views: 2037

Re: TN: A TJ's QPR Champ....(short/boring)

+1 on the Florian Gruner. It is available in Ohio for $10. A good value. No W & M Syrah in Dayton. I asked and they had no idea what I was talking about.
by markjchambers
March 14th, 2021, 5:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN 1997 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso
Replies: 7
Views: 603

TN 1997 Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Pianrosso

This is gone. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Prunes and more prunes. Thick, syrupy, orange brick color with a green-tinged edges.
If this was a Barolo, it would be singing, but I guess 24 years is too long for a Brunello, even a 97.
by markjchambers
March 12th, 2021, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Sine Qua Non Syrah ♂ (USA, California, Central Coast)
Replies: 8
Views: 661

Re: TN: 2013 Sine Qua Non Syrah ♂ (USA, California, Central Coast)

How do you get those symbols on your keyboard?

Ready to open a Male, based on your timeline of posts. What about the Female?
by markjchambers
March 12th, 2021, 5:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rioja trip report
Replies: 31
Views: 1808

Re: Rioja trip report

Interesting fact: the wood for Muga's barrels comes from Ohio. I think Roda is under-appreciated. It doesn't get reviewed or mentioned on this Board. When I visited in 2019, Esperanza hosted, and it was a very personal experience. Roda seems to do a lot of science in their winemaking. Esperanza help...
by markjchambers
March 9th, 2021, 6:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best Gewurz for spicy Asian food?
Replies: 31
Views: 1297

Re: best Gewurz for spicy Asian food?

Navarro makes a great Gewurz, and it's 25% off right now, if you buy a case. In addition, free shipping (1 cent). $216 total! https://www.navarrowine.com/shop/2018-gewurztraminer-estate-bottled-dry Thanks so much your recommendation. I don' know why I didn't think of Navarro, before. I will jump on...
by markjchambers
March 6th, 2021, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bevan 2018 Bordeaux Release
Replies: 51
Views: 6388

Re: Bevan 2018 Bordeaux Release

Isn't it time for the Spring release?
by markjchambers
March 6th, 2021, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Extremely expensive wines
Replies: 151
Views: 9486

Re: Extremely expensive wines

I think $100-$125 is the top end of the range for wine I will buy in quantity, cellar and drink on a regular basis. There are tons of great wines at or below that price point including Alban, Saxum, Cayuse, Bevan, Realm, Booker, Andremily, Aubert, decent Bordeaux, Brunello, Barolo, Rioja, and so on....
by markjchambers
March 6th, 2021, 4:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why doesn’t Bevan sell out?
Replies: 91
Views: 7696

Re: Why doesn’t Bevan sell out?

Unpopular opinion here as Bevan has a lot of fanboys on this board. It is why I bought bottles of Bevan in the first place as everyone raves about the wines here. I didn’t find they lived up to the board hype. Maybe the wines weren’t ready, too young, closed down, etc. I just never experienced what...
by markjchambers
March 3rd, 2021, 4:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best Gewurz for spicy Asian food?
Replies: 31
Views: 1297

Re: best Gewurz for spicy Asian food?

Great recommendations. Thanks. No question Riesling Auslese works with Thai. I will go for that when Gewurz is not available. I've had most of the ZH and Weinbach Gewurz bottlings. I visited Weinbach when I was in Alsace. All good, but maybe a little steep for everyday drinking. I think Cantina Ter...
by markjchambers
March 3rd, 2021, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best Gewurz for spicy Asian food?
Replies: 31
Views: 1297

Re: best Gewurz for spicy Asian food?

Great recommendations. Thanks. I've had most of the ZH and Weinbach Gewruz bottlings. I visited Weinbach when I was in Alsace. All good, but maybe a little steep for everyday drinking. I think Cantina Terlan is a revelation. I'm told that Gewürztraminer actually originated in the Sud Tyrol. My first...
by markjchambers
March 2nd, 2021, 9:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: best Gewurz for spicy Asian food?
Replies: 31
Views: 1297

best Gewurz for spicy Asian food?

When you get the right Gewürztraminer, the right body, acidity, floral nose, with just a touch of sweetness, it is a perfect match for spicy Asian cuisine, especially Thai. But it's hard to find the right style. My best match, so far, has been Cantina Terlan. It checks all of the boxes and it is rea...
by markjchambers
February 27th, 2021, 6:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Newbie - Tannin and Red Varietals
Replies: 34
Views: 1409

Re: Newbie - Tannin and Red Varietals

Look at Washington cabs. They are definitely bigger and more tannic. Quicelda Creek is at the high end and takes a decade to be approachable, but there are many good choices at a reasonable prices.

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