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by Jud Reis
September 29th, 2020, 6:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Rhys Horseshoe Pinot Noir
Replies: 6
Views: 219

Re: TN: 2010 Rhys Horseshoe Pinot Noir

I think it is drinking nicely right now, but it wasn’t just a different color of the wine, but a rusty, different faded color at the rim, combined with a little bit subdued note to the flavors on the palate. Admittedly a guess, not a definitive statement. I had a 2009 Horseshoe not that long ago and...
by Jud Reis
September 28th, 2020, 2:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Rhys Horseshoe Pinot Noir
Replies: 6
Views: 219

TN: 2010 Rhys Horseshoe Pinot Noir

Really elegant expression of Horseshoe. Savory sandalwood, Asian spices, white pepper and cranberry fruit on the nose. Elegant savory spice, lavender and sweet cranberry fruit on the palate with nice balancing acidity. Some bricking on the rim and more tertiary than primary flavors on the palate mak...
by Jud Reis
September 24th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Arcadian Jill’s Cuvée Pinot Noir
Replies: 3
Views: 409

Re: TN: 2007 Arcadian Jill’s Cuvée Pinot Noir

Thanks for the follow up Brian, sounds like a very similar impression we both had.
by Jud Reis
September 5th, 2020, 6:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top Cellar Holdings by Producer and Some Thoughts on how/why that's Changed
Replies: 101
Views: 5911

Re: Top Cellar Holdings by Producer and Some Thoughts on how/why that's Changed

My list still reflects a lot of mailing list wines from wineries I like, but over time I am continuing to buy more from other sources that you will see creeping into the list - love all these wineries and think they produce great wines year in and year out: Rhys 16.6% Scherrer 6.6 Arcadian 3.2 Paix ...
by Jud Reis
August 30th, 2020, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The best seal
Replies: 46
Views: 2516

Re: The best seal

MG’s would be even higher, so I guess there are a few....
by Jud Reis
August 30th, 2020, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The best seal
Replies: 46
Views: 2516

Re: The best seal

One data point - did a blind side by side tasting of the 97 Plumpjack cab under cork and screw cap about 4-5 years ago. Pretty unanimous that the screw cap wine tasted younger and less developed, but was progressing and maturing. Might be that aging curves would change under screw cap, but well wort...
by Jud Reis
August 21st, 2020, 4:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Château Cantemerle
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Re: TN: 2005 Château Cantemerle

Really in a good spot Mike. I have 4 more, but I could see drinking them in the next 5 years. Not sure if this is going to be a super complex older wine.
by Jud Reis
August 21st, 2020, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Château Cantemerle
Replies: 7
Views: 571

Re: TN: 2005 Château Cantemerle

Drank my last one of these 8 years ago and time has done it good. Cedar, tobacco and dark earth on a somewhat restrained nose. Nice smoky black fruit on a very balanced palate - nice acidity and still some tannic backbone, but tannins have softened considerably. Really punches above its price point....
by Jud Reis
August 19th, 2020, 5:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Arcadian Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard
Replies: 1
Views: 194

Re: TN: 2011 Arcadian Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard

Great note Phil. Joe did great things with Clos Pepe fruit, and yes 9 years for his pinots is very early on the aging curve.
by Jud Reis
August 18th, 2020, 6:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard
Replies: 19
Views: 678

Re: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

One left, it may be time. Thanks for the note Brian. This is one of Joe’s WOW wines.
by Jud Reis
August 15th, 2020, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Ravenswood Zinfandel Vintners Blend
Replies: 0
Views: 193

TN: 2003 Ravenswood Zinfandel Vintners Blend

Very nice for a 17 year old zin. Brambly smoky black fruit on the nose. Very similar flavors on the palate with a nice balance of sweet fruit and balancing acidity. Certainly not going to get better, but not in danger of falling off a cliff. Still had the $8.00 original price tag on it.
by Jud Reis
August 10th, 2020, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch
Replies: 6
Views: 862

Re: TN: 2018 Ridge Zinfandel Pagani Ranch

One of the great Zins year in and year out.
by Jud Reis
August 6th, 2020, 5:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Nervi-Conterno Gattinara (Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Gattinara)
Replies: 4
Views: 497

Re: TN: 2015 Nervi-Conterno Gattinara (Italy, Piedmont, Northern Piedmont, Gattinara)

I have been holding off drinking mine, sounds like dipping a toe I might be a good idea. Thanks for the note.
by Jud Reis
July 30th, 2020, 6:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 859
Views: 32065

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Love the short story - my go to when I don’t have time for a full cigar...
by Jud Reis
July 28th, 2020, 3:47 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is charcoal in short supply?
Replies: 36
Views: 1572

Re: Is charcoal in short supply?

People are cooking at home a lot more and supply chains are struggling to keep up with the changes....
by Jud Reis
July 27th, 2020, 5:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 453

Re: TN: 2016 Rhys Pinot Noir Alpine Vineyard

David - my note from last year. From 375. Sassafras, dusty plums and some underbrush on the nose. Nice spicy cranberry fruit and balancing acidity on the palate. Definitely sense some structure that says this can age for a while, but seems a little more fruit forward than other Alpine vintages when ...
by Jud Reis
July 26th, 2020, 5:56 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 859
Views: 32065

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Montecristo #2 from a buddy in Europe. In the humidor about 6 months. Just so smooth but pungent at the same time. Beautifully constructed - very fine ash and tons or mocha and pepper. Nice hot evening on the porch listening to some old Ray Lamontagne.
by Jud Reis
July 26th, 2020, 5:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: If Everything were Normal, and Teleportation were Possible....
Replies: 45
Views: 1773

Re: If Everything were Normal, and Teleportation were Possible....

I would be sitting under the trees at Sigalas winery in Santorini having a crisp Assiyrtiko and a lovely cheese and olive plate. Someday soon....
by Jud Reis
July 26th, 2020, 5:48 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3774
Views: 213205

Re: The Bourbon Thread

Andrew - I saw the 4 roses small batch select in a local store. That big a step up from the regular small batch (which I enjoy very much) ?
by Jud Reis
July 25th, 2020, 6:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Open Table vs. tock Vs. Resy
Replies: 17
Views: 965

Re: Open Table vs. tock Vs. Resy

Nick - used to use Open Table very regularly, but so many options now that you miss too much if you lock in there. Still think it has the best interface and is easiest to use. Tough choice for the owners...
by Jud Reis
July 23rd, 2020, 7:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Bel-Air (Domaines Martin) (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)
Replies: 6
Views: 321

Re: TN: 2000 Château Bel-Air (Domaines Martin) (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)

Todd - I think it will last for another 5-10 years, just not sure you are going to see improvement from here - it is in a good spot. Dan, I can’t take credit for the aging. Bought a cellar from a gentleman who was moving. Good temperature and humidity control and a wide variety of wines in ones and ...
by Jud Reis
July 22nd, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Château Bel-Air (Domaines Martin) (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)
Replies: 6
Views: 321

TN: 2000 Château Bel-Air (Domaines Martin) (France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc)

2000 Château Bel-Air (Domaines Martin) - France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc (7/22/2020) In very good shape for a relatively inexpensive 2000. Cedar, leather and a bit of earthy funk on the nose. Nice meaty, leathery palate with fully resolved tannins and nice dark fruit. Not going to improve, but ...
by Jud Reis
July 13th, 2020, 6:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Saxum Terry Hoage
Replies: 5
Views: 478

Re: 2011 Saxum Terry Hoage

Godspeed Glenn - take care of yourself!
by Jud Reis
July 13th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Rhys Pinot Noir San Mateo County
Replies: 10
Views: 1243

Re: TN: 2010 Rhys Pinot Noir San Mateo County

Lovely nose of orange peel, sandalwood, rose petals and white pepper. Nice sweet cranberry/raspberry fruit on the palate with good balancing acidity. Very good wine for the price, but lacks some of the stuffing of the single vineyard wines. Not sure how much more complexity this will pick up with ag...
by Jud Reis
July 12th, 2020, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 98
Views: 6452

Re: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread

Adam - Fred doesn’t make those any more, but that was one of my favorite vineyards he worked with. You are in for a treat.
by Jud Reis
July 12th, 2020, 6:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Great Champagnes From Magnum
Replies: 11
Views: 927

Re: Two Great Champagnes From Magnum

Danius - I have no scientific basis for this, but my experience has been that champagne is almost always better - fresher, livelier and more flavorful from a magnum than a 750. It also ages better in that format.

Not to mention the fact that 750’s of champagne go way too quickly....
by Jud Reis
July 9th, 2020, 7:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paso Robles Trip Suggestions
Replies: 71
Views: 5626

Re: Paso Robles Trip Suggestions

If the Elephant seals are there, that is a must see. The beach is just up the road from Cambria.
by Jud Reis
July 1st, 2020, 6:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Rhys Chardonnay ‘Horseshoe Vineyard’ - headed for perfect?
Replies: 14
Views: 1091

Re: 2012 Rhys Chardonnay ‘Horseshoe Vineyard’ - headed for perfect?

Dan - I have a magnum left. When we finally get clear of Covid, let’s do our long promised Boston Rhys dinner and I will crack it open...
by Jud Reis
June 27th, 2020, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Arcadian Pisoni Pinot Noir
Replies: 10
Views: 583

Re: TN: 2005 Arcadian Pisoni Pinot Noir

Spicy creosote, black cherry and forest floor on a young lively nose. Still a young wine on the palate with coiled blackberry fruit, lots of acidity and a long crisp finish. Lovely wine, it should pick up more complexity with some more time in the cellar. I won’t open another for 3-5 years.
by Jud Reis
June 22nd, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Chateau Puy-Blanquet
Replies: 0
Views: 167

TN: 1999 Chateau Puy-Blanquet

Very nice for a 21 year old bargain Bordeaux. Graphite, blackberry fruit and cedar on the nose. Still nice dark color with just a hint of bricking on the rim. Flavors very consistent with the nose, nice balance of fruit and minerals with fully resolved tannins. Great everyday drinker.
by Jud Reis
June 19th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 859
Views: 32065

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

I don’t remember which of you recommended the Ashton VSG, but a great recommendation. Full bodied, spicy, beautifully constructed - excellent cigar.
by Jud Reis
June 19th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Rhys Chardonnay Mt. Pajaro Vineyard
Replies: 3
Views: 526

Re: TN: 2017 Rhys Chardonnay Mt. Pajaro Vineyard

From 375. Lovely clean nose with white flowers and a hint of honeysuckle. Nice acid filled palate with some finishing white peach fruit. Not sure this is the most complex Rhys Chardonnay, but really lovely to drink - crisp and refreshing.
by Jud Reis
June 7th, 2020, 3:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2006 Arcadian - Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard (USA, CA, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands)
Replies: 13
Views: 700

Re: TN: 2006 Arcadian - Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard (USA, CA, Central Coast, Santa Lucia Highlands)

Last bottle and still a gorgeous bottle of wine. Translucent but still some robust red color and that interplay between elegance and power carries through to the nose and palate. Sandalwood, rose petals and dark cherry on a restrained nose. Lovely texture and acid with a solid core of sweet dark che...
by Jud Reis
June 2nd, 2020, 4:32 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 859
Views: 32065

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

No formal notes, but a lovely My Father Flor de Las Antillas Toro Box Press on the golf course today. Really beautiful cigar.
by Jud Reis
May 31st, 2020, 2:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN:1998 Chateau Saint-Go Saint-Mont
Replies: 1
Views: 114

TN:1998 Chateau Saint-Go Saint-Mont

This is a pleasant surprise for a modest wine from south West France.. I believe this is mainly Tannat, which explains how it has aged so well. Lovely notes of licorice and herbes de Provence on the nose. Acid filled palate with licorice, black fruit and still some lingering tannins on the finish. G...
by Jud Reis
May 30th, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard
Replies: 5
Views: 293

Re: TN: 2001 Arcadian Pinot Noir Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

Thanks for the note Doug, I have one left- was waiting for its 20th anniversary, but perhaps it is time soon. Joe and Sleepy Hollow fruit are one of the great all time combos.
by Jud Reis
May 25th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Inman Family Pinot Noir Olivet Grange Vineyard
Replies: 0
Views: 176

TN: 2014 Inman Family Pinot Noir Olivet Grange Vineyard

Lovely nose of dark cherry fruit, sandalwood and orange peel. Good texture, nice sweet dark cherry fruit with some balancing acidity on the finish. Kathleen has such a deft touch with Pinot. Great way to end the day.
by Jud Reis
May 24th, 2020, 5:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them
Replies: 112
Views: 4453

Re: Sweet/Dessert Wines - I Own them, but Never Open them

Sarah - I find when I have a bigger group for dinner, 6 or more, it is the perfect occasion to open one, particularly with a group of non wine geeks. We usually will do it after dessert or as a dessert alternative for those who want it. I almost always find someone who insists they hate dessert wine...
by Jud Reis
May 23rd, 2020, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 98
Views: 6452

Re: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread

2011 Platt Vineyard Pinot - Lovely red fruit, spice and sprucy underbrush on the nose. Nice red fruit, sour cranberry and spicy pepper on the palate. Not sure this is going to be the most long lived vintage of this wine, so I would drink in the next few years.
by Jud Reis
May 21st, 2020, 5:55 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 859
Views: 32065

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Had a lovely Don Pepin Garcia Original, sitting out with an old friend in the yard at a good social distance. Lovely mix of pepper and mocha, good draw and even burn. The best conversations go along with a good cigar.
by Jud Reis
May 19th, 2020, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Storing 3L & Larger....
Replies: 33
Views: 1986

Re: Storing 3L & Larger....

The few bottles I have had at that size all had wax over the cork, so no worries about storing on their side. Finding a spot for them was a bigger issue.
by Jud Reis
May 17th, 2020, 2:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Rose Side By Side Tercero and Scherrer
Replies: 1
Views: 265

TN: 2018 Rose Side By Side Tercero and Scherrer

Interesting side by side. 2018 Scherrer Dry Rose: Beautiful pale salmon color. Strawberry, a hint of oregano, spice and limestone on the nose. Lovely texture, strawberry on the attack with nice bracing acidity. 2018 Tercero Mourvèdre Rose: almost identical salmon color. Definite feral Mourvèdre note...
by Jud Reis
May 16th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread
Replies: 98
Views: 6452

Re: The Big Scherrer Tasting Note Thread

2015 Scherrer Old & Mature Vines Zinfandel - This is really nice and just starting to enter its drinking window. Blackberry/blueberry fruit compote, black pepper and a touch of limestone on the nose. Lovely texture, resolved tannins and blackberry fruit with some prominent acidity on the finish. Wil...
by Jud Reis
May 12th, 2020, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1961
Replies: 38
Views: 1421

Re: 1961

Well stored Lynch Bages is superb
by Jud Reis
May 10th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zoom Event--Laurent Champs of Vilmart & Brad Baker--Saturday, May 9th @ 10AM PT, 1PM ET
Replies: 81
Views: 2497

Re: Zoom Event--Laurent Champs of Vilmart & Brad Baker--Saturday, May 9th @ 10AM PT, 1PM ET

2012 Vilmart Grand Cellier d’Or- Opened for the zoom conference with Laurent Champs. Beautiful nose of lemon oil, granite, and just a hint of white pepper. Still very tight on the palate, with lovely bracing acidity lemon peel and a nice full texture with an earthy undercurrent. Just entering its dr...
by Jud Reis
May 10th, 2020, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 La Tulierie des Combes
Replies: 0
Views: 101

TN: 2001 La Tulierie des Combes

Still quite dark core with a touch of bricking on the rim. Nice nose of smoky graphite, leather and dark earth. Smoky blackberry fruit with nice balancing acidity and still some tannic backbone. A little hole in the mid palate would be my only quibble, but in general very nice for a 19 year old affo...
by Jud Reis
May 9th, 2020, 6:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Arcadian 2007 Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay
Replies: 33
Views: 1655

Re: TN: Arcadian 2007 Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay

Abbie - Joe’s wines are usually quite long lived, so patience will usually be rewarded.
by Jud Reis
May 9th, 2020, 3:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 William Hill Merlot Napa Valley
Replies: 0
Views: 279

TN: 1999 William Hill Merlot Napa Valley

This was a surprise. Still hanging in there quite well. Lovely dark purple color with just a hint of bricking at the rim. Nice nose of blackberry fruit, menthol and just a hint of black pepper. Good texture and nice balance of fruit and structure. Old school California merlot.
by Jud Reis
May 6th, 2020, 2:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Two Inexpensive 2000 Bordeaux Side By Side
Replies: 1
Views: 290

TN: Two Inexpensive 2000 Bordeaux Side By Side

2000 Chateau Saint Suplice - Lots of cedar, tobacco and black pepper on the nose. Nice body and texture with very consistent flavors on the palate. I actually think the 20 years in the bottle have done it some good. Not a blockbuster, but a very solid wine. Reminds me a bit of an old school Talbot. ...

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