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by Tyler McAfee
December 13th, 2013, 4:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3529
Views: 192126

The Bourbon Thread

"Whiskey of the Year:" Four Roses 125th Anniversary. No argument here. http://whiskyadvocate.com/whisky/2013/12/12/whisky-advocate-award-american-whiskey-of-the-year-2/ Have 2 bottles...one of which was opened a couple hours ago. Very complex and long...the high rye takes some getting used to for t...
by Tyler McAfee
December 13th, 2013, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question re: the Arcadian Hommage a Max Syrahs
Replies: 6
Views: 417

Question re: the Arcadian Hommage a Max Syrahs

I've had the 03, 04, and 05. The 03 is awesome, but the 05 I drank two years ago was absolutely stunning after decanting a few hours.
by Tyler McAfee
December 13th, 2013, 3:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Arcadian Syrah Sleepy Hollow Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 353

TN: 2007 Arcadian Syrah Sleepy Hollow Vineyard

I had this twice over the last year or so and didn't pick up any Brett in either bottle. I'd definitely give it another shot, Ken.
by Tyler McAfee
December 1st, 2013, 5:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 08 Rhys Horseshoe
Replies: 10
Views: 818

08 Rhys Horseshoe

sounds like pinot to me
by Tyler McAfee
November 24th, 2013, 8:07 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Bourbon Thread
Replies: 3529
Views: 192126

The Bourbon Thread

Conventional wisdom is the later batches of of JPS18 are overly oaky and not that great. Hi, Scott. What do you mean by later, and do you know what the current batch number is? I'm trying to figure out where, batch-wise, this purported drop-off in quality is; I've got a couple of JPS18 batch #9 bot...
by Tyler McAfee
November 8th, 2013, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Futures Tweet
Replies: 205
Views: 11139

Rhys Futures Tweet

Is this offer completely sold out? When I log in, I get the "no allocation at this time" message. I received the futures email though.
by Tyler McAfee
October 31st, 2013, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll - RHYS 375ml vs 500ml
Replies: 90
Views: 2728

Poll - RHYS 375ml vs 500ml

Depends on price. I want the lowest price per mL regardless of bottle size.
by Tyler McAfee
September 24th, 2013, 11:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Fall 2013 release date?
Replies: 214
Views: 12014

Rhys Fall 2013 release date?

The link to the newsletter hasn't been posted yet, but it is www.rhysvineyards.com/fall-2013-newsletter
by Tyler McAfee
September 23rd, 2013, 10:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard
Replies: 37
Views: 1084

TN: 2005 Arcadian Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard

I last had this in April and ranked it up there with some of the top domestic pinots I've had. Not cheap, but this one was worth every penny. Joe is, in my mind, the most overacheiving and underrated producer of Pinot in the US. I know some of us on WB, and previously eRP, have been singing his prai...
by Tyler McAfee
August 28th, 2013, 7:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: EWG Rhys Vertical and Horizontal Tasting
Replies: 21
Views: 1876

EWG Rhys Vertical and Horizontal Tasting

The '06 Hillside went through a similar ugly duckling period. '06 Alpine is in a good spot, but I'm still holding onto my remaining '06 Alpine, Swan, and Hillside for another year or two minimum. Let's put it this way...I have yet to taste what I felt was a Rhys (or Alesia for that matter) that was ...
by Tyler McAfee
August 28th, 2013, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anthill 2011 Release
Replies: 33
Views: 1585

Anthill 2011 Release

Scott, if you're unsure and want to cherry pick, go for the Abbey-Harris and Comptche. I like all of their AV pinots though.
by Tyler McAfee
April 15th, 2013, 10:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Prince of Pinot Newsletter April 15, 2013 and Rhys
Replies: 21
Views: 2051

Prince of Pinot Newsletter April 15, 2013 and Rhys

CWun wrote:the 2012s may end up a 3-release vintage.
My credit card would certainly appreciate that.
by Tyler McAfee
April 6th, 2013, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2002 Rhys "Home" PN
Replies: 11
Views: 728

2002 Rhys "Home" PN

Curious to hear what bottle Paul traded for this. A magnum of "left nut"?
by Tyler McAfee
April 6th, 2013, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle Shipment
Replies: 13
Views: 820

Carlisle Shipment

Alan Rath wrote:Picked up today, tasted the 2011 Sonoma County Zin, which is one of the best QPR wines I can remember. Wouldn't hesitate to open one of those today, or probably quite a few years from now.
Huge +1. Would have bought a case or more had I known how good this was going to be.
by Tyler McAfee
March 3rd, 2013, 8:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine discoveries from reading WB'ers (or other wine boards)?
Replies: 70
Views: 3673

Re: Best Wine discoveries from reading WB'ers (or other wine boards)?

Best discovery from the Squires board: Rhys and Arcadian (thanks TTT, Brian G, and several others)
Best discovery from WB: Digioia-Royer (thanks Berry)

I'll add two more discoveries from the Squires board...CELLARTRACKER and WINEBERSERKERS!!!
Two life altering websites.
by Tyler McAfee
March 2nd, 2013, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The BEST sub $30 CA Pinot available!
Replies: 20
Views: 1565

Re: The BEST sub $30 CA Pinot available!

Right there with you on this one Tico. This is a "back up the truck" wine.
by Tyler McAfee
February 17th, 2013, 7:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Top 10 Producers in your cellar?
Replies: 364
Views: 14783

Re: Top 10 Producers in your cellar?

Rhys
Arcadian
Carlisle
Anthill Farms
Digioia-Royer
Littorai
Mugneret-Gibourg
Clavelier
Pavelot
Chateau de Saint-Cosme
by Tyler McAfee
February 17th, 2013, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WS Harvey Steiman on CA wine styles
Replies: 245
Views: 7060

Re: WS Harvey Steiman on CA wine styles

Craig kind of beat me to this, but I'll reiterate... Not many people have the financial freedom to find, purchase, and farm vineyard land in areas capable of consistently ripening pinot at lower brix and, in my opinion, producing World Class quality the way Kevin has. Producers who have made a consc...
by Tyler McAfee
February 17th, 2013, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WS Harvey Steiman on CA wine styles
Replies: 245
Views: 7060

Re: WS Harvey Steiman on CA wine styles

Having drank plenty of Rhys and my fair share of Siduri, I can say that the interesting dynamic between Kevin and Adam is that their wines are closer in style than their comments might lead one to believe. Rhys wines are some of the "bigger" sub-14% pinots due to the sheer density of flavor and rich...
by Tyler McAfee
February 17th, 2013, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Resolved: The Finest Village Red Burgundy Is...
Replies: 69
Views: 4542

Re: TN: Resolved: The Finest Village Red Burgundy Is...

Who can tell us the vineyard sources for the M-G Vosne village? By the way, while this thread has brought out a number of heavy hitters, I would be remiss to not mention the lovely and deep, mineral inflected 2010 Digioia-Royer Chambolle drank a couple of nights ago. It just edged out the '07 Bachel...
by Tyler McAfee
February 16th, 2013, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WS Harvey Steiman on CA wine styles
Replies: 245
Views: 7060

Re: WS Harvey Steiman on CA wine styles

Liking certain styles is one thing. The backlash occurs when a wine writer, producer, or consumer promotes their preferred style by dismissing or trashing another. Kramer did it recently. Steiman just did. And Kevin did it in reaction to Steiman's comments and in defense of the type of wine he striv...
by Tyler McAfee
February 16th, 2013, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WS Harvey Steiman on CA wine styles
Replies: 245
Views: 7060

Re: WS Harvey Steiman on CA wine styles

So if a wine writer wrote that a CA Pinot Noir isn't likely to get a good score from him/her if it was under 13% alcohol, can you imagine the outcry on this board? Though I am sure most of you would say that he/she was just being honest with that answer. Adam Lee Siduri Wines You're countering the ...
by Tyler McAfee
February 16th, 2013, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WS Harvey Steiman on CA wine styles
Replies: 245
Views: 7060

Re: WS Harvey Steiman on CA wine styles

Right now I'm imagining Steiman and Kramer in a "The Walking Dead" style death match. Makes it much easier to not give a shit about what these Whine Writers have to say. Look at that, I just coined a new term.
by Tyler McAfee
February 6th, 2013, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Domaine Eden Pinot Noir
Replies: 4
Views: 396

Re: TN: 2010 Domaine Eden Pinot Noir

Drinking my 2nd bottle of this right now. If this isn't the best $30 domestic pinot around these days, I don't know what is...and I'm BEGGING you to tell me.
by Tyler McAfee
February 3rd, 2013, 9:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard
Replies: 135
Views: 10385

Re: TN: 2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard

Drank my first of a case in Dec '11 and thought it was pretty good - just a little stemmy. Had my second last September, and it was bretty for sure. I'm not trying to pile on, just offering some data points. It would be interesting to hear if anyone with mixed results like this had a bretty bottle s...
by Tyler McAfee
February 1st, 2013, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: scarecrow
Replies: 45
Views: 4238

Re: scarecrow

Bill, 2007 was my last purchase.
by Tyler McAfee
January 31st, 2013, 9:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: scarecrow
Replies: 45
Views: 4238

Re: scarecrow

Last year, my 2007 Scarecrow was worth more than 2x the pennies I paid. ;)
by Tyler McAfee
January 31st, 2013, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there wines you don't get that everyone else loves ???
Replies: 133
Views: 4943

Re: Are there wines you don't get that everyone else loves ???

The white ones...with VERY few exceptions.
by Tyler McAfee
January 31st, 2013, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why the fuss over "clones"?
Replies: 56
Views: 1731

Re: Why the fuss over "clones"?

I think the degree to which site overwhelms clones is a good measure of the quality of the site. (ie if the site has little to say, it's not that great). There are certainly many sites that are overwhelmed by clonal character while it is nearly impossible to see clonal influence in others. So my ba...
by Tyler McAfee
January 31st, 2013, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why the fuss over "clones"?
Replies: 56
Views: 1731

Re: Why the fuss over "clones"?

Let's look closer at the argument "site trumps clone". Two adjacent vineyard blocks with the same soil, aspect, climate, etc, - each block planted to a different clone - will surely produce two different wines if vinified separately. This is the influence of clone, and the greater the difference in ...
by Tyler McAfee
January 31st, 2013, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Matt Kramer on New World Pinot
Replies: 117
Views: 5493

Re: Matt Kramer on New World Pinot

But Ryan, those dead squirrels are part of the 'terroir' - why would you pull them out?!??!?! (-: good point. damn, back to the drawing board. My very first visit to a winery, long ago, Mondavi, and on the tour as fruit was being dropped off so we watch. They dumped a tote into the hopper and there...
by Tyler McAfee
January 31st, 2013, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Matt Kramer on New World Pinot
Replies: 117
Views: 5493

Re: Matt Kramer on New World Pinot

Kramer just wrote a piece last week claiming Central Otago to be one of a few areas in a "Golden Age" of wine (along with Burgundy, Oregon and the Mornington Peninsula), so the fact that this latest presentation occurred in NZ is certainly ironic. By the way, this link is to a much more thorough tra...
by Tyler McAfee
January 31st, 2013, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Arcadian "Sleepy Hollow" PN
Replies: 15
Views: 662

Re: 2007 Arcadian "Sleepy Hollow" PN

I think the "young vines" bottlings were all Chardonnay and haven't been made for some time now.
by Tyler McAfee
January 31st, 2013, 12:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Matt Kramer on New World Pinot
Replies: 117
Views: 5493

Re: Matt Kramer on New World Pinot

Ray, I don't think anyone is suggesting Burgundy is a function of clones - at least I didn't get that from what has been said. I think the argument being made is that the large number of young pinot vineyards that are planted to a handful of popular clones is not necessarily helping to identify what...
by Tyler McAfee
January 31st, 2013, 12:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Matt Kramer on New World Pinot
Replies: 117
Views: 5493

Re: Matt Kramer on New World Pinot

So many pinot vineyards planted in the last 10 to 20 years are based largely on 115, 667, and 777. This lack of diversity surely diminishes some of the subtle nuances that a difference in climate and/or soil would reveal, no? Wouldn't using the same clones everywhere make terroir more apparent sinc...
by Tyler McAfee
January 30th, 2013, 8:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Burgundy 2012 Day 6: Visit to Francois Bertheau
Replies: 6
Views: 903

Re: TN: Burgundy 2012 Day 6: Visit to Francois Bertheau

Have some of his 2010 "Charmes" (my first ever Bertheau purchase) arriving this week, and couldn't be more excited.

P.S. My precious 3 bottles of this will be escorted by a bunch of 2010 Digioia-Royer, which I'm also very anxious to taste.
by Tyler McAfee
January 30th, 2013, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Arcadian "Sleepy Hollow" PN
Replies: 15
Views: 662

Re: 2007 Arcadian "Sleepy Hollow" PN

Not sure exactly what the justification behind the low price on this one has been, but I'm not complaining. Perhaps Joe sees it as an early drinker, cause it's one of the nicest drinking young Arcadian pinots I've ever had. Tasty stuff.
by Tyler McAfee
January 30th, 2013, 8:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Matt Kramer on New World Pinot
Replies: 117
Views: 5493

Re: Matt Kramer on New World Pinot

He might use broad generalizations and exaggeration to make his point (what else is new?), but the message he is trying to convey, which I view to be more of a challenge to producers, is at least rooted in fact. So many pinot vineyards planted in the last 10 to 20 years are based largely on 115, 667...
by Tyler McAfee
January 24th, 2013, 6:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard Bubbly
Replies: 15
Views: 1053

2012 Rhys Horseshoe Vineyard Bubbly

According to Kevin's latest tweet. Hope this finds its way into a future offer.
by Tyler McAfee
January 22nd, 2013, 10:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch coming 1-28
Replies: 86
Views: 4797

Re: Kutch coming 1-28

I have found the RRV to be too warm and the soils too deep and rather common (goldridge). The wines come out "typical" and sugars bump before phenolic s are there. Green Valley is better but my preference is still the high altitude ridges on the Sonoma Coast. I couldn't agree more. [cheers.gif] Alt...
by Tyler McAfee
January 22nd, 2013, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Schrader vs Maybach
Replies: 22
Views: 1410

Re: Schrader vs Maybach

I dropped Schrader and stuck with Maybach for several reasons, including: Multiple bottles of the same wine Cost difference, particularly when you count packaging and shipping Depending on vintage, there is little to no drop in quality with Maybach Customer service I don't find myself considering se...
by Tyler McAfee
January 21st, 2013, 4:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What else do you keep in your cellar besides wine and other beverages?
Replies: 51
Views: 1313

Re: What else do you keep in your cellar besides wine and other beverages?

A few cigars and homemade charcuterie.
Speaking of which...it's the perfect time of year to get outside in the cold and stuff some hog casings!
by Tyler McAfee
January 20th, 2013, 8:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I have neither wine, nor glasses, what to do?
Replies: 25
Views: 942

Re: I have neither wine, nor glasses, what to do?

Jeez...looks like my wife pours their Chardonnay for them.
She can fit a mag into two standard glasses easy.
by Tyler McAfee
January 14th, 2013, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Robert Chevillon 1er Crus?
Replies: 14
Views: 462

Re: 2011 Robert Chevillon 1er Crus?

Craig, you're considering the 2011s when, other than the LSG, the 2010s are still somewhat readily available? Perhaps you've already stocked up. Has anyone other than Bill Nanson reported the so-called green meanies in 2011s?
by Tyler McAfee
January 14th, 2013, 8:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is this Board's single most favorite region?
Replies: 34
Views: 1128

Re: What is this Board's single most favorite region?

All things considered, it's still California pinot. Price, availability, and direct purchasing give it the edge over Burgundy.
by Tyler McAfee
January 13th, 2013, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Matt Kramer on aging wines
Replies: 60
Views: 2599

Re: Matt Kramer on aging wines

The problem with the article is that Kramer floats back and forth between two different points regarding the aging of fine wine...1) that the majority of today's fine wines do not REQUIRE extended aging (beyond 5 to 10 years)...and 2) that these wines do not IMPROVE beyond 5 or 10 years. It's theref...
by Tyler McAfee
January 8th, 2013, 6:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Rhys San Mateo County Pinot Noir
Replies: 25
Views: 1991

Re: TN: 2010 Rhys San Mateo County Pinot Noir

Plenty of stem characteristic in this one, but in the best possible way. I didn't notice the greenness that others have mentioned. Love this wine! Pop one now if you have three or more. Otherwise, let 'em rest.
by Tyler McAfee
January 5th, 2013, 5:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 01 Arcadian Sleepy Hollow & 06 Fevre Les CLos
Replies: 8
Views: 260

Re: TNs: 01 Arcadian Sleepy Hollow & 06 Fevre Les CLos

Love Arcadian, and Joe's Sleepy Hollow pinot is year in-year out my favorite of the lineup. IMO, the '01 is his best ever, but the '05 may surpass it. Time will tell.
by Tyler McAfee
January 2nd, 2013, 9:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Vaucrains 2007 Chevillon
Replies: 3
Views: 252

Re: TN: Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Vaucrains 2007 Chevillon

Crap, I was going to ask when I should open my lone '07 Cailles, but CT says I drank it in April! :(
The good news is my note says it was really good and more open than expected.

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