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by markjchambers
August 11th, 2020, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are magnums worth 3X. the price.
Replies: 30
Views: 1406

Re: Are magnums worth 3X. the price.

Great responses. I get a couple of takeaways:
1) wines are not necessarily better in mags or larger formats, but wines will age longer in mags vs 750s
2) mags are better for Champagne because of the secondary fermentation in bottle.

Do I have that right?
by markjchambers
August 11th, 2020, 6:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are magnums worth 3X. the price.
Replies: 30
Views: 1406

Are magnums worth 3X. the price.

I bought my first magnums from Alban years ago and I occasionally buy some from Saxum. Those wineries price their magnums 2X the cost of a 750. Makes sense. When I bought my first SQN magnum set, two 750s cost $340, but magnum set was $950. I know magnums often come in nice wood boxes, but even the ...
by markjchambers
August 11th, 2020, 5:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Critic Palate Guide
Replies: 36
Views: 1481

Re: Wine Critic Palate Guide

I would like that very much also. I was in sync with Parker for decades. Now there is a patchwork of critics and its difficult to find that one critic. Maybe impossible.
by markjchambers
August 6th, 2020, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban Winter Release
Replies: 40
Views: 2344

Re: Alban Winter Release

I think Reva is in the sweet spot -best QPR of Alban reds. Seymours and Loraine are great, but not worth the premium price. I like the Grenache. Pandora is also very good, but not sure it is worth the premium. You can usually find Patrina at retail, same with the Viognier.
by markjchambers
August 6th, 2020, 6:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite Wine Movie
Replies: 74
Views: 2611

Re: Favorite Wine Movie

Sideways has it right. Maya's monologue about wine being a living thing, Miles' description of Pinot being a difficult grape, drinking out of the spit bucket. So many great scenes. And a great score. No other wine movie has near as much heart.
by markjchambers
August 5th, 2020, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban Winter Release
Replies: 40
Views: 2344

Re: Alban Winter Release

Interesting… I got a case of Reva and the shipping to Ohio was $64. A case of SQN shipped to Ohio is $180.
by markjchambers
August 5th, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache
Replies: 79
Views: 5272

Re: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache

I've been bumped up to 9+9 plus mags. I've never left any on the table before, but the full allocation delivered to Ohio comes to ~$4700. That's a chunk of change.
by markjchambers
August 3rd, 2020, 6:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache
Replies: 79
Views: 5272

Re: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache

The standard Spring allocation is 6 + 6. You can wish for more, but I've never gotten any extra. After many years, you might get offered the magnum set. I've been on >10 years and I was just offered magnums last year. I have been getting two estate boxes for several years. Not sure what the next lev...
by markjchambers
August 2nd, 2020, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where to look for a savory domestic Syrah
Replies: 146
Views: 8608

Re: Where to look for a savory domestic Syrah

OP said Cayuse was too funky. I find Reynvaan to be similar, but both are better with some age and much better when decanted for at least a day. That gets rid of the funk and leaves you with a savory wine.
by markjchambers
July 31st, 2020, 3:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache
Replies: 79
Views: 5272

Re: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache

Sorry for my typo, it is Aug. 4.
by markjchambers
July 31st, 2020, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with Saxum?
Replies: 67
Views: 5388

Re: What's wrong with Saxum?

When I got on the list, they made Broken Stones, James Berry, Bone Rock, Heartstone, Booker and occasionally Rocket Block. Since then, they've added Paderewskil, Terry Hoage, G2, Hexe and Four Hearts. Unless they've cut production, they're making more wine. But new wines have come gradually so I thi...
by markjchambers
July 31st, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache
Replies: 79
Views: 5272

Re: 2018 Sine Qua Non Syrah/Grenache

My e-mail says "save the date" and says the store is open on Aug. 5. I don't think they do waves. With shipping and tax, it will cost me ~$200 a bottle. I agree that the age of flipping SQN is pretty much gone. You can get many of the recent releases on winebid for about a 20-30% premium over releas...
by markjchambers
July 25th, 2020, 6:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban Winter Release
Replies: 40
Views: 2344

Re: Alban Winter Release

I figured out the Ginyard. It is a separate offer because it’s brandy. They are limited as to where they can ship it. I can’t get it unless I go through an intermediary. I would like to try it, but too much hassle.
by markjchambers
July 23rd, 2020, 6:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alban Winter Release
Replies: 40
Views: 2344

Re: Alban Winter Release

I just got a the letter today. The e-mail came on the 19th. I'm surprised because I haven't bought for a couple of years. I was offered Reva and a bit Pandora and Rousanne. The Ginyard is mentioned in the letter. He calls it a botanical brandy. It says it is included in the offer (@$39), but there's...
by markjchambers
July 23rd, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about this older SQN
Replies: 4
Views: 493

Re: Question about this older SQN

Since SQN has only been made since 1994, it's possible to collect every wine they've ever made. I doubt that anyone buying wines from the 90's intends to drink them.
by markjchambers
July 22nd, 2020, 12:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with Saxum?
Replies: 67
Views: 5388

Re: What's wrong with Saxum?

I agree with the general sentiment. Since they make so many different wines, taking your full allocation can easily exceed $2K. 10 years ago, my allocation was a case in the Spring and a case in the Fall. Now they have almost doubled the number of different wines they make and my allocation is 3-4 ...
by markjchambers
July 21st, 2020, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's wrong with Saxum?
Replies: 67
Views: 5388

Re: What's wrong with Saxum?

I agree with the general sentiment. Since they make so many different wines, taking your full allocation can easily exceed $2K. 10 years ago, my allocation was a case in the Spring and a case in the Fall. Now they have almost doubled the number of different wines they make and my allocation is 3-4 c...
by markjchambers
July 19th, 2020, 2:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The world's finest Grenache is from ...
Replies: 163
Views: 5756

Re: The world's finest Grenache is from ...

Forgot to mention Torbreck Les Amis. Serious OV Grenache. The 2003 can hold it's ground with the best CdPs. Not a whole lot cheaper than Rayas. I haven't had any recently.
by markjchambers
July 19th, 2020, 7:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The world's finest Grenache is from ...
Replies: 163
Views: 5756

Re: The world's finest Grenache is from ...

No mention of Usseglio CDP Mon Aieul? 100% Grenache, generally beloved by Parker, especially the 07.

And, how can you talk about California Grenache without mentioning Alban? Alban Grenache and Grenache-dominat Pandora are excellent - in the same vein as SQN and Saxum Rocket Block.
by markjchambers
July 15th, 2020, 7:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Summer 2020 Release
Replies: 46
Views: 3708

Re: Saxum Summer 2020 Release

I ordered when the offer opened and took most of my allocation. There were more wines first come first served than usual. I wonder if any have sold out.
by markjchambers
July 15th, 2020, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert Fall Release - Save the Date
Replies: 50
Views: 3977

Re: Aubert Fall Release - Save the Date

This was my first offer for pinots after two years on the list. I bought a lot of chards in the Spring offering and the special sale, so I went with a case of the pinots. If you got a
Spring offer, you'll probably get a pinot offer in a year or two, maybe sooner if the economic downturn continues.
by markjchambers
July 8th, 2020, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale
Replies: 58
Views: 4272

Re: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale

GOK was the second wine I was offered after getting the Cailloux for several years. It's never done a whole lot for me, but I kept buying while waiting for the
Frog. I have it back to 2012. Maybe I've been popping them too soon.
by markjchambers
July 8th, 2020, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paso Robles Trip Suggestions
Replies: 71
Views: 5336

Re: Paso Robles Trip Suggestions

Can't add much to what has already been said. Calcareus has a great location on a hill with views. Wines were decent 10 years ago, not sure now, but a nice place to have a picnic. Saxum visit is a must if you can snag it.
by markjchambers
July 8th, 2020, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 J.A. Ferret Pouilly-Fuissé
Replies: 14
Views: 525

Re: 2017 J.A. Ferret Pouilly-Fuissé

Visited there five years ago. Audrey was the winemaker. Not sure if she still is. It was a thoroughly enjoyable visit. I had a 2012 last year and it was excellent.
by markjchambers
July 7th, 2020, 7:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert
Replies: 22
Views: 2048

Re: Aubert

This is my firs crack at the pinots also, so my window opens on the 14th, too. I bought 18 bottles of chards in the Spring so I'll be happy with just a few pinots.
by markjchambers
July 3rd, 2020, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale
Replies: 58
Views: 4272

Re: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale

I got 4: 2010 BF, 2012 Armada, 2013 Widowmaker and 2014 Camaspelo. I'm pleased.
The Frog was $170 which is almost double the release price, but the others were not marked up much.
by markjchambers
July 3rd, 2020, 2:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Okanagan (Western Canadian) Superlative Wines
Replies: 29
Views: 842

Re: Okanagan (Western Canadian) Superlative Wines

I've had Okanagan wines every time I've been to Vancouver, and I want to visit the area. But the last time I tried to get any in the US (a few years ago), I was stymied. Is there a cost effective way to buy and get them delivered in the US?
by markjchambers
July 1st, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Summer 2020 Release
Replies: 46
Views: 3708

Re: Saxum Summer 2020 Release

I made the list a couple of releases ago and have been buying. I have learned I prefer their white over the reds, but no whites this release. If I skip a release, do I move to the back of the line? I have buying for > 10 years. I always took everything that I was offered. That was usually a case in...
by markjchambers
June 30th, 2020, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Saxum Summer 2020 Release
Replies: 46
Views: 3708

Re: Saxum Summer 2020 Release

This seems a little different than usual. Normally if you get an offer, it's good for a couple of weeks and and only the magnums are first come, first served. This time the Hoage and Rocket Block are first come. They must be in short supply. The Rocket Block isn't made that often. In 2013, it was th...
by markjchambers
June 28th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine Luggage
Replies: 27
Views: 997

Re: Wine Luggage

This has probably been covered before, but a styrofoam shipper is a cost effective solution. That and a roll of packing tape have served me well. I've brought back many cases of wine from multiple trips to California and Europe. Since the box is light, a case is usually ~42 lbs. They've always come ...
by markjchambers
June 23rd, 2020, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 118
Views: 22070

Re: Marcassin

Twenty years ago, I mailed in a check for my wine purchases from Alban and Turley. Today, I go to their website and buy with a few clicks. You can't tell me that is less efficient and more expensive than what Marcassin is doing. People who sell jewelry n Etsy use e-commerce platforms and manage to m...
by markjchambers
June 20th, 2020, 5:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19675

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

I think there is a difference between supporting Trump and willfully destroying the environment for financial gain. The latter is a cold business decision. They gain more by destroying the environment than the fine costs them, so they do it. Rhys is not the only winery to do this and I wouldn't buy...
by markjchambers
June 18th, 2020, 6:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 19675

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

I think there is a difference between supporting Trump and willfully destroying the environment for financial gain. The latter is a cold business decision. They gain more by destroying the environment than the fine costs them, so they do it. Rhys is not the only winery to do this and I wouldn't buy ...
by markjchambers
June 18th, 2020, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel
Replies: 81
Views: 3279

Re: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel

I've bought from all of the major producers. People talk about the OV blends, but the single vineyards are my favorites. With Turley, I never thought Hayne was worth it at $75. Uebroth was my favorite. You can't beat the Carlisle single vineyards, especially at the pre-release price. You can get the...
by markjchambers
June 9th, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chianti fakes me out. . . again!
Replies: 25
Views: 1498

Re: Chianti fakes me out. . . again!

Maybe it was that particular wine. Try some different Chiantis with the tortellini. There are so many good 15s and 16s. Volpaia CCR is great. After visiting Chianti and then Ribera del Duero, I have to say Tempranillo was made for cured meat, but we had Chianti or Brunello with almost every meal we ...
by markjchambers
June 8th, 2020, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: LastBottleWines.com (Last Bottle Wines) Deal Discussion Thread
Replies: 7823
Views: 511824

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

Current offer is 17 Jigar PN Graham. $24 for RRV pinot, I'll give it a shot. Temps in the high 70's so I'll take a chance on shipping.
by markjchambers
June 8th, 2020, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Next of Kyn
Replies: 20
Views: 1918

Re: 2017 Next of Kyn

By the time I logged in (20mins after offer recieved) the mags and Touriga were already sold out. [swoon.gif] Same here. I was a little surprised; it didn't seem like there was that much enthusiasm here or on vinous. Same for me. I was really interested in the Touriga. I have not tried the 15 yet, ...
by markjchambers
June 7th, 2020, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: GERD and Champagne
Replies: 20
Views: 830

Re: GERD and Champagne

As mentioned by others, any alcoholic beverage can trigger heartburn. I get it with wine episodically, usually when tasting without food. I don't normally have GERD symptoms so I can't speak to any drugs preventing it with wine, but in general PPI drugs like Nexium and Protonix are great for heart b...
by markjchambers
May 27th, 2020, 7:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine And A-Fib?
Replies: 37
Views: 3082

Re: Wine And A-Fib?

I assume you are talking about a sore throat from the intubation. Not uncommon, but it should be self-limiting. This is an interesting thread, but I think trying to connect atrial fibrillation to drinking x number of glasses of wine per week is way over simplifying things. Heart disease is very comp...
by markjchambers
May 26th, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most beautiful wine labels?
Replies: 130
Views: 5573

Re: Most beautiful wine labels?

It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but M Krankl does original artwork for every SQN release.
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by markjchambers
May 24th, 2020, 2:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: UPS really screwed up? What are my options?
Replies: 38
Views: 1886

Re: UPS really screwed up? What are my options?

Go to your local UPS store and rent the cheapest box they have. Then have all of your wine deliveries sent to you UPS box. There will never be a missed delivery. The staff will accept your deliveries and store them under good conditions until you come pick them up. You don't have to worry about bein...
by markjchambers
May 22nd, 2020, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best CA Pinot Noir
Replies: 23
Views: 1611

Re: Best CA Pinot Noir

Agree with Arista, but if you really don't like the extracted style, you should be looking at Oregon
by markjchambers
May 21st, 2020, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: National Chardonnay Day! What are you drinking?
Replies: 52
Views: 1794

Re: National Chardonnay Day! What are you drinking?

Virtual Chard tasting with my group:
2001 Boillot Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru, 2009 Marcassin Three Sisters, 2017 Aubert CIX
by markjchambers
May 20th, 2020, 2:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Sine Qua Non Syrah ♂ (USA, California, Central Coast)
Replies: 12
Views: 840

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

I get the impression that regular, Spring releases drink well young. Ratsel was a good example. But the EBAs need more time. I liked Dark Blossom as soon it came off the truck, but I heard enough to make me hold off on my Patines. Just now starting to open them and I'm glad I waited. Then there's th...
by markjchambers
May 15th, 2020, 3:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Graciano?
Replies: 24
Views: 1056

Re: Graciano?

Thanks for recs. I will seek them out. The descriptions of spanish graciano are nothing like I experienced with TT. There's no question of ripeness there I was in Ribera and Rioja and tasted at many places, including Rioja Alta and CVNE, and there was no mention of graciano. Even in Rioja everyone s...
by markjchambers
May 15th, 2020, 6:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Graciano?
Replies: 24
Views: 1056

Graciano?

I had my first graciano wine. For better or worse, it was Third Twin 2014. Ripe and massive, as you would expect from Krankl. Dark berries, chocolate, leather and a whiff of pine forest. 4-hr decant and the last glass was the best so I will wait on my other 14. I suspect this graciano is not your ty...
by markjchambers
May 12th, 2020, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andremily #6
Replies: 63
Views: 6871

Re: Andremily #6

They have put out a follow up e-mail saying how tough things are for them as a small winery with limited production. Their pockets are not deep. I think a lot of people will get off the waiting list. I will buy what I've been buying. It has the best QPR if you like the SQN style - cheaper than Saxum...
by markjchambers
May 11th, 2020, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale
Replies: 58
Views: 4272

Re: Cayuse Ex-Cellar Sale

Seems odd. Spam folder? Nothing in my spam folder. And I logged into their website and there's nothing available to me. But…Last Fall was the first time that I didn't take everything that I was offered. There was discussion in a thread here where people said, "just order what you want and you won't...
by markjchambers
May 11th, 2020, 12:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Andremily #6
Replies: 63
Views: 6871

Re: Andremily #6

SQN style for a fraction of their price. Best QPR if you’re a fan of the style.

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