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by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 26th, 2021, 10:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy 2018 Chalone AVA MSG Release
Replies: 14
Views: 1521

Re: Dirty and Rowdy 2018 Chalone AVA MSG Release

Indeed, I did. :) Thank you, Hardy! [cheers.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 26th, 2021, 6:01 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16936
Views: 480331

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

As of earlier today, Monkish had TIPA 4-packs available on their website. I passed because I'm not usually a TIPA guy, but ... yeah. :)
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 26th, 2021, 3:59 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: 'Twas The Night Before Berserker Day
Replies: 58
Views: 4726

Re: 'Twas The Night Before Berserker Day

Love it! Can't wait to see all the crazy fun tomorrow!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 26th, 2021, 3:46 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: 'Twas The Night Before Berserker Day
Replies: 58
Views: 4726

Re: 'Twas The Night Before Berserker Day

Holy schniekies!! We set a Most Users Online record today, the day **before** Berserker Day! Hope the server is all stretched-out and warmed-up for tomorrow! [wow.gif] I think 3 offers are completely sold out right now, a handle sold out specific offerings, a couple are down to a few cases total. T...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 26th, 2021, 3:21 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 12 (Jan 27, 2021) "The Black Friday of Wine Commerce" - Forbes
Topic: 'Twas The Night Before Berserker Day
Replies: 58
Views: 4726

Re: 'Twas The Night Before Berserker Day

Holy schniekies!! We set a Most Users Online record today, the day **before** Berserker Day! Hope the server is all stretched-out and warmed-up for tomorrow! [wow.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 26th, 2021, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk Riesling from the Nahe region.
Replies: 18
Views: 664

Re: Let's talk Riesling from the Nahe region.

re: Donnhoff:

The Oberhauser Leistenberg Kabinett is quintessential Kabinett, and is nearly an annual purchase for me. Same with their estate Trocken. So so so so good, and extremely affordable, ta boot. I'll leave it to others to comment on the more expensive bottlings. [cheers.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 26th, 2021, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ON NEW WB GROUP - MONOPOLE CRU
Replies: 80
Views: 3219

Re: IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ON NEW WB GROUP - MONOPOLE CRU

Is there anywhere we can go to see our payment history? I know I paid more than $25 but less than $100, and would like to upgrade. Thank you!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 26th, 2021, 1:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1841
Views: 120301

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I would start a poll, but just curious to see, what are everyone's favorite half bottles from Envoyer, say in the past 3-4 years? So far, I'm highest on Gosset rose. Understanding that they can't all be Krug, what have been your very best buys? I especially love the idea of half bottles for champag...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 25th, 2021, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Grassl Glassware
Replies: 321
Views: 23008

Re: Grassl Glassware

I can't imagine anyone would make a decanter that doesn't hold a 750mL.

According to Grassl's website, the "decanter" holds 1L and the "carafe" holds 800 mL.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 25th, 2021, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Marie Courtin - Champagne "Resonance" Extra Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 5
Views: 362

Re: TN: 2015 Marie Courtin - Champagne "Resonance" Extra Brut (France, Champagne)

I've had the 2014 Concordance and liked it a lot, Steve. [cheers.gif]

p.s.: A quick perusal of past notes shows I enjoyed the 2014 Resonance.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 25th, 2021, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Marie Courtin - Champagne "Resonance" Extra Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 5
Views: 362

Re: TN: 2015 Marie Courtin - Champagne "Resonance" Extra Brut (France, Champagne)

Rick,

To be fair to the producer, I do note others have pretty different opinions about this, as reflected in CT TNs.



Jay,

Yep. Of the four or five Courtins I've had, this is the only one that has been less-than-excellent.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 25th, 2021, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Tablas Creek - "Esprit de Beaucastel Panoplie" (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)
Replies: 4
Views: 276

Re: TN: 2004 Tablas Creek - "Esprit de Beaucastel Panoplie" (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)

Hi Anthony,

You really do need to try the Tablas lineup. They are, imo, one of the best CARhone producers, and have been for quite some time. [cheers.gif]
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 25th, 2021, 12:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2004 Tablas Creek - "Esprit de Beaucastel Panoplie" (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)
Replies: 4
Views: 276

TN: 2004 Tablas Creek - "Esprit de Beaucastel Panoplie" (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)

2004 Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Panoplie - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (12/25/2020) -- decanted 1.5 hours before initial taste -- -- tasted non-blind over 2 to 3 hours -- -- 69% Mourvedre, 21% Grenache, 10% Syrah -- -- magnum -- NOSE: expressive; red-fruited; floral; showing ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 25th, 2021, 12:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Marie Courtin - Champagne "Resonance" Extra Brut (France, Champagne)
Replies: 5
Views: 362

TN: 2015 Marie Courtin - Champagne "Resonance" Extra Brut (France, Champagne)

2015 Marie Courtin Champagne Resonance Extra Brut - France, Champagne (12/25/2020) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over a couple hours -- -- 100% Pinot Noir -- -- May 2019 disgorgement -- NOSE: smells nice: peach and a hint of mango; moderately expressive. BODY: light to medium-light bo...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 25th, 2021, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty and Rowdy 2018 Chalone AVA MSG Release
Replies: 14
Views: 1521

Re: Dirty and Rowdy 2018 Chalone AVA MSG Release

2018 Dirty and Rowdy MSG Chalone - USA, California, Central Coast, Chalone (12/23/2020) -- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over 4 hours on Day 1; revisited on Day 2 -- -- 41% Mourvedre; 39% Syrah; 10% Grenache -- NOSE: initially tight with blackberry jam aroma; a bit carbonic; very pretty,...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 24th, 2021, 10:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me love Chenin Blanc
Replies: 74
Views: 3343

Re: Please help me love Chenin Blanc

Popped a 2019 Huet "Le Haut Lieu" this evening. I thought it was "good," but massively disappointing considering all the hype. Lighter and less acidic than I was expecting, given others' notes.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 24th, 2021, 10:14 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 850
Views: 58267

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Bowmore 15! Oh, yes!! My wife has a sentimental story about Bowmore 15 --- that's pretty much her pet favorite. It's a nice dram. :) So, no liquor sold at Costco in MD? That's a bummer! Yes, excellent dram, still one of my favorites. Turns out Costco doesn't sell liquor in VA either [swearing.gif],...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 24th, 2021, 10:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Camus-Bruchon - Savigny-lès-Beaune "Aux Grands Liards" Vieilles Vignes (France, Burgundy, Savigny-lès-Beaune)
Replies: 1
Views: 168

TN: 2016 Camus-Bruchon - Savigny-lès-Beaune "Aux Grands Liards" Vieilles Vignes (France, Burgundy, Savigny-lès-Beaune)

2016 Domaine Camus-Bruchon & Fils Savigny-lès-Beaune Aux Grands Liards Vieilles Vignes - France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Savigny-lès-Beaune (1/24/2021) -- decanted immediately before initial taste -- -- tasted non-blind over approx. 3 hours -- NOSE: extremely tight; a touch savory; just not g...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 24th, 2021, 11:41 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 850
Views: 58267

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Bowmore 15! Oh, yes!! My wife has a sentimental story about Bowmore 15 --- that's pretty much her pet favorite. It's a nice dram. :)

So, no liquor sold at Costco in MD? That's a bummer!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 23rd, 2021, 8:58 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 850
Views: 58267

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

I normally reach for the Islay's like, Lagavulin, Bowmore, Ardbeg and Laphroaig but I also enjoy on occasion Macallan, Balvenie and Abelour. Prices are really skyrocketing, I swear the last time I bought Lagavulin 16 it was around $65 and now it's $105. I'm jealous of those that can find the GOT fo...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 23rd, 2021, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard
Replies: 3
Views: 392

Re: TN: 2016 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

Nice! I just took delivery of this wine a few days ago. Normally I would straight-away sock it away in the cellar for a few years, but this is inspiring me to open one of my two early. Thanks, Mike.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 22nd, 2021, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Worst Bordeaux Vintage 1980-2013
Replies: 36
Views: 1949

Re: Poll: Worst Bordeaux Vintage 1980-2013

Robert M yers wrote: January 22nd, 2021, 5:57 pm Isn’t 01 which which is missing generally thought inferior to 02?
Ummmmmmmm, No.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 22nd, 2021, 5:37 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16936
Views: 480331

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Sounds like it didn't come across as tired/tiring. Cool stuff, Tim. Thanks for the post!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 22nd, 2021, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Halcon style.
Replies: 71
Views: 3822

Re: The Halcon style.

The 2018 PS was extremely enjoyable with a decant immediately before tasting a couple months ago. My TN is posted on the board.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 22nd, 2021, 5:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Halcon style.
Replies: 71
Views: 3822

Re: The Halcon style.

Crazy to think I bought my first Halcon bottles because I had a dream wherein I greatly enjoyed some wines by this new-to-me winery, Halcon. I think the setting was some kind of outdoor tasting event. I woke up the next day and figured, "Hell, that might mean something," and promptly email...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 22nd, 2021, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1526
Views: 96759

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Good gosh! When did Chevillon start commanding those prices? I paid $90 for the 2016 Pruliers less than 2 years ago, and now we have the NSG V.V. approaching that price mark. Is this all tariffs? It’s not all tariffs. Those are only 25%. But Chevillon is now off my list. Same here. Hell, at those p...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 22nd, 2021, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1526
Views: 96759

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Good gosh! When did Chevillon start commanding those prices? I paid $90 for the 2016 Pruliers less than 2 years ago, and now we have the NSG V.V. approaching that price mark. Is this all tariffs?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 21st, 2021, 3:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1841
Views: 120301

Re: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

Another big fan of the Jose Michel Rose 375s. Can't think of another Rose at the same price that I like more.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 21st, 2021, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me love Chenin Blanc
Replies: 74
Views: 3343

Re: Please help me love Chenin Blanc

Thanks for all the great suggestions everyone! Some posters asked why I am interested in liking Chenin at all, since I have had examples and been underwhelmed. The reason is that everything I read about it seems like it is a grape that should be up my alley. I have made my peace with not being craz...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 20th, 2021, 2:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please help me love Chenin Blanc
Replies: 74
Views: 3343

Re: Please help me love Chenin Blanc

I think the key here may be knowing the answer to, "Which Chardonnays do you most prefer?"
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 19th, 2021, 1:05 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 850
Views: 58267

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Thanks for all the extra input on the GoT Lagavulin. I love Lagavulin, and I loved GoT, but the tie-in seemed way too gimmicky, and I have zero interest in buying a whisky that is selling on the strength of a popular TV show tie-in than on its own intrinsic merits. and, Yes, at $25 I'd probably buy...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 18th, 2021, 5:13 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 850
Views: 58267

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

Thanks for all the extra input on the GoT Lagavulin. I love Lagavulin, and I loved GoT, but the tie-in seemed way too gimmicky, and I have zero interest in buying a whisky that is selling on the strength of a popular TV show tie-in than on its own intrinsic merits. and, Yes, at $25 I'd probably buy ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 18th, 2021, 5:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Top Red Bordeaux vintage of the Century
Replies: 75
Views: 3149

Re: Poll: Top Red Bordeaux vintage of the Century

The idea that folks are writing-off the structured 2005s after a mere 15 years in the cellar (absolutely *perfect* storage conditions for most here, I would bet) strikes me as absurd and silly. We all **knew** when we bought them that they would need many years to come around, so what gives with all...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 18th, 2021, 4:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Top Red Bordeaux vintage of the Century
Replies: 75
Views: 3149

Re: Poll: Top Red Bordeaux vintage of the Century

Having tasted the 2016s listed below, my out-of-the-blocks impression about '16s thus far is that they're not massive wines: Reserve de la Comtesse (this was the heaviest of the group) Cantemerle Malescot St. Exupery d'Armailhac Senejac Sociando-Mallet Yes, I acknowledge that is a grand total of 6 w...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 18th, 2021, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2019 Frank Cornelissen Susucaru Rosato (Italy, Sicily, Terre Siciliane)
Replies: 19
Views: 1319

Re: TN: 2019 Frank Cornelissen Susucaru Rosato (Italy, Sicily, Terre Siciliane)

Got up to like 80 today! Calls for this wine again... https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50850105468_7177057ef6_c.jpg Pretty consistent showing. A little cleaner with less funk...but totally bright and refreshing. Would love to get a bubbly out of this! Open enough bottles and you'll come across s...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 18th, 2021, 3:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Top Red Bordeaux vintage of the Century
Replies: 75
Views: 3149

Re: Poll: Top Red Bordeaux vintage of the Century

Craig G wrote: January 18th, 2021, 3:06 pm
Brian G r a f s t r o m wrote: January 18th, 2021, 1:03 pm ok ... who voted for 2007?
We must assume it was a vote for 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape.
Reasonable conclusion.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 18th, 2021, 1:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not much Australia talk here...
Replies: 88
Views: 4337

Re: Not much Australia talk here...

Years of overblown glop monsters turned many off of Australian wines. I'm intrigued by this line of thought. Are not many of Napa reds glop monsters? Yep. They are. Had some Sine Qua Non syrahs and cabs, and Colgin Cariads as well (all RP100 jobs) a while back, and they were extremely gloopy, turbo...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 18th, 2021, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Top Red Bordeaux vintage of the Century
Replies: 75
Views: 3149

Re: Poll: Top Red Bordeaux vintage of the Century

ok ... who voted for 2007?
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 18th, 2021, 12:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for Bordeaux Lovers
Replies: 46
Views: 1861

Re: Question for Bordeaux Lovers

Robert Sand wrote: January 18th, 2021, 4:00 am Haut-Brion
Leoville Las Cases
Palmer
Talbot *
Lynch-Bages

*would prefer another 5th growth like GPLacoste
Same here. For my preferences, and buying power, 2nd growth and 5th growth are the most loaded "divisions," if you will.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 18th, 2021, 11:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Not much Australia talk here...
Replies: 88
Views: 4337

Re: Not much Australia talk here...

Years of overblown glop monsters turned many off of Australian wines.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 18th, 2021, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Have wine auction lots become much more scarce....?
Replies: 53
Views: 2263

Re: Have wine auction lots become much more scarce....?

No. They're just dead at retail.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 17th, 2021, 11:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for Bordeaux Lovers
Replies: 46
Views: 1861

Re: Question for Bordeaux Lovers

I can't comment on first growths because they've always been too expensive to be a part of my life. 2nd: Leoville Barton (edging-out Pichon Baron, due to QPR) 3rd: Malescot St. Exupery 4th: Branaire-Ducru 5th: Grand Puy Lacoste (hard to choose between GPL, Pontet Canet, and Cantemerle ... just depe...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 17th, 2021, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite non-red with 10+ years of age
Replies: 16
Views: 851

Re: Your favorite non-red with 10+ years of age

both Riesling options.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 17th, 2021, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Top Red Bordeaux vintage of the Century
Replies: 75
Views: 3149

Re: Poll: Top Red Bordeaux vintage of the Century

Cool. Your explanation does go a long way in clearing-up my confusion. I need to do a better job of remembering that Bdx. has a right bank, as I am primarily a left bank drinker.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 17th, 2021, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for Bordeaux Lovers
Replies: 46
Views: 1861

Re: Question for Bordeaux Lovers

I can't comment on first growths because they've always been too expensive to be a part of my life. 2nd: Leoville Barton (edging-out Pichon Baron, due to QPR) 3rd: Malescot St. Exupery 4th: Branaire-Ducru 5th: Grand Puy Lacoste (hard to choose between GPL, Pontet Canet, and Cantemerle ... just depen...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 17th, 2021, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Top Red Bordeaux vintage of the Century
Replies: 75
Views: 3149

Re: Poll: Top Red Bordeaux vintage of the Century

I favor the earlier vintages. I think the jury is still out on the more recent. I actually loved 2004, more classic to my tastes, underrated, can find it for a fair price, and it ages well. 2005 was over-ripe and the more recent have been more hit and miss inconsistent for being over-done. 2000 is ...
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 17th, 2021, 4:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard
Replies: 15
Views: 1483

Re: TN: 2014 Rhys Chardonnay Alpine Vineyard

That's a shame, Sam. Sorry to hear, but thank you for reporting about it.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 17th, 2021, 4:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll: Top Red Bordeaux vintage of the Century
Replies: 75
Views: 3149

Re: Poll: Top Red Bordeaux vintage of the Century

2005 for me, but I haven't tasted enough to have an opinion on post-2015 vintages. 2010 a close second. 2014 or 2000 third.
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 16th, 2021, 5:13 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16936
Views: 480331

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

That looks beautiful, Mel!
by Brian G r a f s t r o m
January 16th, 2021, 5:12 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What SCOTCH are you drinking?
Replies: 850
Views: 58267

Re: What SCOTCH are you drinking?

I've seen that one around, Al. Quite frankly, the GoT tie-in scared me away.

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