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by verne batchelor
July 24th, 2010, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge's Paul Draper circa 1983 and Julia Child video.....
Replies: 16
Views: 523

Re: Ridge's Paul Draper circa 1983 and Julia Child video....

I received a bottle of estate chard from the 78 vintage from Paul on one of my visits. Not sure when it was first offered for sale. VB
by verne batchelor
June 29th, 2010, 4:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1997 Caymus Napa & 2002 Dehlinger Estate Pinot
Replies: 0
Views: 99

1997 Caymus Napa & 2002 Dehlinger Estate Pinot

Had the 97 at the club yesterday at lunch. Luckily my lunch guest couldn't drink so it be ALL mine. This kick-patootie bottle has come out of its funky period and now is really showing its' true colors. One of the true superior Napa bottlings has come into its' own in this great vintage. Still a 1-3...
by verne batchelor
June 24th, 2010, 5:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Scherrer Vineyar
Replies: 7
Views: 255

Re: TN: 2002 Scherrer Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Scherrer Vin

Lou I've been pimping Freds' wines since he broke away from Dehlinger. Think the 1st vintage if my memory is correct(90/10 against) was the 1998. Had a sip from a bottle that had been opened 8 days without a cork in it on a bench in the warehouse and ordered a case on the spot. He and Tom are, IMHO,...
by verne batchelor
June 20th, 2010, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ch Montelena Estate cab
Replies: 9
Views: 394

Re: Ch Montelena Estate cab

Also to clarify my position I've been an ardent fan of the Barretts since their early 70s' product. However the aforementioned producers have bottled some formidable juice since the early 70s' also. Caymus, DC, Stags, and Chappellett have all made and are still making some great wines. Have never be...
by verne batchelor
June 19th, 2010, 5:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ch Montelena Estate cab
Replies: 9
Views: 394

Re: Ch Montelena Estate cab

Sorry Randy but my distorted SOH showing up. You certainly made the point I was trying to make. And Harry C Al and Boots were/are close friends and as Al told me on his pricing/quality" I make from 2500 to 4000 bottles from the 4 vineyards a year. Lafite, Margaux, Latour, Et. Allmake around 40000 an...
by verne batchelor
June 19th, 2010, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ch Montelena Estate cab
Replies: 9
Views: 394

Re: Ch Montelena Estate cab

Al Braunstein, Warren Winarski, Donn Chappellett and Charlie Wagner might rap your knucles. VB
by verne batchelor
June 19th, 2010, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1999 La Rasina Brunella di Montalsina Marco Mantingoli Esta
Replies: 0
Views: 72

1999 La Rasina Brunella di Montalsina Marco Mantingoli Esta

Have about as much knowledge of Italian wines as rocket prorulsion but can definately affirm this is one kick-patootie bottle. Our local pusher had a chance to buy this at approx 50% off and after tasting a friend and I put this sucker off the shelf.Great aromatics, supple entry, weighty center and ...
by verne batchelor
June 12th, 2010, 5:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best wine store in Phoenix
Replies: 6
Views: 282

Re: Best wine store in Phoenix

Just in case David, if you want a nice lunch spot with good sandwiches, appetizers, and salads Sportsmans at 32 and Camelback in Phoenix or at Shea and Scottsdale roads in Scottsdale serve nice food with the added bonus you can buy a bottle and for a modest corkage drink it with your choice of food....
by verne batchelor
June 9th, 2010, 10:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN - 2003 Joseph Swan Vyds Trenton Estate Pinot Noir (RRV)
Replies: 7
Views: 284

Re: TN - 2003 Joseph Swan Vyds Trenton Estate Pinot Noir (RR

Jay IMHO ( and many others) the Swan vineyard is one of the finest in the RRV and Rod has done a remarkable job in fostering the high quality that Joe set for it. Have been drinking this killer juice since the 70s and have many great memories sitting on the screened-in porch with Joe and listening t...
by verne batchelor
June 5th, 2010, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Dehlinger High Plains Pinot Noir
Replies: 7
Views: 203

Re: 2000 Dehlinger High Plains Pinot Noir

The reason I opened the High Plains 00 is that I had opened the 3rd bottle of the 99 a couple of months ago and it is really needs another 2-4 IMHO. Haven't gotten into anything past this 00 but will open an 01 shortly. VB (This was before I came on the board here)
by verne batchelor
June 5th, 2010, 12:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Denver Examiner wine columnist rips Asimov for Syrah piece
Replies: 185
Views: 7225

Re: Denver Examiner wine columnist rips Asimov for Syrah pie

I'm really not too familiar with Eric but I've had the pleasure of debating and corresponding with Randy ever since he was a principal in a major chaain restaurant and have always found him to possess 2 strong opinions; the belief in his palate and a strong desire to help educate the masses in wine ...
by verne batchelor
June 5th, 2010, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Dehlinger High Plains Pinot Noir
Replies: 7
Views: 203

2000 Dehlinger High Plains Pinot Noir

Seemed to be getting close to the ole' down-hill slope for the 00s so took this to the club for lunch yesterday. Brite ruby with no bricking. Great nose with the red berries, spices, barny, and some smoky meat that all came over on the palate. About as complete as a domestic Pinot gets. Keen bottle ...
by verne batchelor
June 4th, 2010, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Oxford Landing GSM
Replies: 2
Views: 125

Re: 2007 Oxford Landing GSM

No Dave this is the GSM (Grenache-Shiraz-Mourverde) 2007 from So. Australia. Clean, nicely focused, and as stated above a nice summer quaffer. VB (by-the-by Yalumba and Oxford Landing are 2 separate vineyards)
by verne batchelor
June 3rd, 2010, 10:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Oxford Landing GSM
Replies: 2
Views: 125

2007 Oxford Landing GSM

My local pusher called and said I needed to try this new arrival as it was on special. Was in the neighborhood so stopped by. Nice brite ruby. Very pleasant clean nose. While not a sock-roller it was really a P/Q winner at 6.99 per clatter. Perfect for a nice summer red and will be a daily drinker i...
by verne batchelor
May 30th, 2010, 11:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2006 Clos St. Jean CDP non-filtre
Replies: 9
Views: 311

Re: 2006 Clos St. Jean CDP non-filtre

Sorry guys I musta' completely mis-read your posts. Thot you said " Big mistake. Not buying more". VB [oops.gif]
by verne batchelor
May 30th, 2010, 5:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Château Lagrange St. Julien (France, Bordeaux, Médo
Replies: 5
Views: 300

Re: TN: 1996 Château Lagrange St. Julien (France, Bordeaux,

The GL should start peaking in 5-8 and the Calon in 3-5. No big hurry on either. Opened a GL in Feb and tho tasty as the blazes left it in bottle opened in the cellar for 18 hours and it came together. Of course these are IMHO. VB
by verne batchelor
May 29th, 2010, 5:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1994 Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve (USA
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Re: TN: 1994 Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

I agree with Merrill on this Serge. I had 2 cases of this that I've been drinking over the last 6-10 and the last bottle from my cellar drunk around the 1st of the year was spectacular, I'll go back on my notes on another board and post. VB
by verne batchelor
May 29th, 2010, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Château Lagrange St. Julien (France, Bordeaux, Médo
Replies: 5
Views: 300

Re: TN: 1996 Château Lagrange St. Julien (France, Bordeaux,

Serge-i-poo have you had your nose in the vinegar early today? QUOTE:(96 was one of my favorite wines from the vintage) VB [snort.gif]
by verne batchelor
May 29th, 2010, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A couple of 1997 Cabernets
Replies: 4
Views: 218

A couple of 1997 Cabernets

Thursday at the club opened a 97 Napanook. This wine definately cements the "terrior" aspect connected to quality. IMHO Joe the Plumber could make good juice from this property. Aging with dignity and pizazz. No bricking just brite ruby thru 'n thru. Mouth-coating and a long 4&1/2 lapper finish. Gre...
by verne batchelor
May 28th, 2010, 4:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Jeff, congratulations!
Replies: 33
Views: 2139

Re: Jeff, congratulations!

Sorry Serge but I thot you'd copyrighted "Viral". VB
by verne batchelor
May 28th, 2010, 4:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2006 Clos St. Jean CDP non-filtre
Replies: 9
Views: 311

Re: 2006 Clos St. Jean CDP non-filtre

Dan & Mo I think if you look at the sucker as a 20-Buck-Chuck it is really not a complete flop. Went really well with some burgers off the grill smothered in sweet onions and some honey mustard. Didn't ring any bells as a "stand-alone" but have twittered off 20 bucks per for a lot less enjoyment. VB
by verne batchelor
May 28th, 2010, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2006 Clos St. Jean CDP non-filtre
Replies: 9
Views: 311

Re: 2006 Clos St. Jean CDP non-filtre

Thanks for the comment G and understand that many people underestimate the ageing prowess of Rhones. I, howm-so-ebberly, don't be one of them. I've been drinking these lovely suckers since the late 60s and have many fond memories of some older bottlings from Guigal, Mont Redon, and Rayas. All I was ...
by verne batchelor
May 26th, 2010, 5:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2006 Clos St. Jean CDP non-filtre
Replies: 9
Views: 311

2006 Clos St. Jean CDP non-filtre

Thot I'd posted on this hummer but dint find it. For those of you who bought this at the 19.99 per IMHO you have a very solid P/Q bottle. Not sure about the long-range future of this sucker but makes for solid drinking now. Shy nose. On the palate you get solid CDP notes of gaminess, plum, spices an...
by verne batchelor
May 22nd, 2010, 12:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mailing lists for a new collector
Replies: 49
Views: 1749

Re: Mailing lists for a new collector

Totally agree with Scherrer and Dehlinger. You mite also see if Swan has any room on his list. Sounds as if you've been drinking long enough to have narrowed the types and varietals you prefer. All of the above make superior juice that ages like Moses. VB
by verne batchelor
May 22nd, 2010, 12:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gary, Alex R., you gonna love that. Burgundy myth shattered.
Replies: 37
Views: 1683

Re: Gary, Alex R., you gonna love that. Burgundy myth shatte

By off I was talking about that the bottle failed to meet your expectations. You might adopt my policy for Burgs. Assume most will suck that way when one is good you are pleasantly surprised. Just kidding. Mostly. I try to be civil as much as possible. I doubt others will be able to do this. I have...
by verne batchelor
May 14th, 2010, 10:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1999 Sebastiani CherryBlock Vineyard
Replies: 0
Views: 81

1999 Sebastiani CherryBlock Vineyard

From their Sonoma estate vineyard planted in 1919. Producer of killer fruit that ages its' patootie off, this bottle is no exception. Deep ruby with black fruits, bakers cocoa, spices and saddle leather on the nose all hit the palate running. Will probably improve for the next 4-8 and hold longer th...
by verne batchelor
May 13th, 2010, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Dehlinger Syrah Estate (USA, California, Sonoma Cou
Replies: 3
Views: 190

Re: TN: 1995 Dehlinger Syrah Estate (USA, California, Sonoma

Hi Alan. Totally agree with your notes. In the last 2 weeks I've opened a 97 and 99 of this number and they are both progressing swimmingly. Have had the pleasure of having every (red) wine released by Tom since 1976. Haven't found anyone with more expertise in handling them red berries than he and ...
by verne batchelor
May 8th, 2010, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Arrowood Special Selection & 2000 Casalferro Baron Ricasoli
Replies: 0
Views: 57

2000 Arrowood Special Selection & 2000 Casalferro Baron Ricasoli

Had these 2 dudes at our weekly meeting at the club yesterday. Have been following boths development for 5 years now and both of them suckers have finally put on some long pants. At these meetings wine isn't the primary focus as we are diligently solving the immenint dangers to health, wealth, and s...
by verne batchelor
May 7th, 2010, 8:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Reignac
Replies: 10
Views: 626

Re: TN: 2001 Reignac

Haven't had the pleasure of the 01 version of this neat property but absolutely think the 00 bottling is killer. VB
by verne batchelor
May 7th, 2010, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Are you a member of the Anti Flavor Elite?" Tom Hill is here...
Replies: 18
Views: 1055

Re: "Are you a member of the Anti Flavor Elite?" Tom Hill is here...

Had been lurking around here fer derned near a month 'afore I decided to join. I knew I'd be able to get onboard when I saw they let you, Serge, and Roberto post. I moved my primary from Denver to Phoenix over 25 ago and have really become a desrt rat. Now I spend time here and in San Diego. Don't k...
by verne batchelor
May 6th, 2010, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Are you a member of the Anti Flavor Elite?" Tom Hill is here...
Replies: 18
Views: 1055

Re: "Are you a member of the Anti Flavor Elite?" Tom Hill is here...

Hi Tom. I was a frequent visitor to Robertos' den whenced I was going to San Fran and Napa 5-6 times yearly and have had many educational bottles frum his Rogness. Fun jernt and mity educational for we mere drinkers. Nice site here. BPR, VB
by verne batchelor
May 5th, 2010, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hey, What's The Rules For Taking Wine Into Mexico?
Replies: 10
Views: 260

Re: Hey, What's The Rules For Taking Wine Into Mexico?

Have no experience with flying wine into Mexico but we drive to Puerto Punesco 2-3 times a year and take 1-2 cases with us. Have never had any problem taking juice into the country just they get testy as all get-out with the amount you take OUT without paying duty. VB
by verne batchelor
May 5th, 2010, 8:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1995 Ch. Fierrere
Replies: 3
Views: 122

1995 Ch. Fierrere

Have been following this neat Margaux bottling for the last 6 years. Opening a bottle a year and checking its' progress. This lil' hummer is just about at TTOIG. Lovely brite ruby with red fruits, meat, saddle leather and sweet spices hitting the schnozz and all coming over on the palate. Neat entry...
by verne batchelor
May 5th, 2010, 8:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Riedel Sommelier Bourdeaux - Need Input
Replies: 11
Views: 1150

Re: Riedel Sommelier Bourdeaux - Need Input

I've been using the Vinium XL for a year now and only have broken one and that was definately from careleass handling. Same bowls as the Somms but the stems are about 4xs as durable plus they cost 1/2 as much. VB
by verne batchelor
May 4th, 2010, 5:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Updated: Direct Wine Shipping Bill reintroduced H.R.1161
Replies: 436
Views: 39727

Re: WSWA wants an end to direct shipping from wine stores lo

Sent my note in to John Shaddeg. He does listen to his constituents. VB
by verne batchelor
May 3rd, 2010, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Glamis Castle and wine storage temperature
Replies: 28
Views: 2054

Re: Glamis Castle and wine storage temperature

Heck-fire there Keith I want to say that at the tender age of 84 I'm just getting my drinking wings under me. Must admit that after my 75th birthday I cut down to 1 bottle a day at lunch and ceased opening the 2nd for dinner. VB [tease.gif]
by verne batchelor
May 3rd, 2010, 6:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1999 Dehlinger Syrah and Estate Pinot Noir
Replies: 2
Views: 115

1999 Dehlinger Syrah and Estate Pinot Noir

Pulled these for the weekend juice and to check their progress. The Syrah has finally started developing. Black fruits, grilled meat, some spice(pepper), and asphalt are showing on the nose and palate. Nice entry, solid center and a 4&1/2 lapper finish that is barely shut down by some background tan...
by verne batchelor
May 2nd, 2010, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Cotes du Rhones
Replies: 4
Views: 246

2007 Cotes du Rhones

Was in San Diego most of this week and as the pickings have been slim here in Phoenix for the 07 Cotes du Rhones called John at Vintage and asked him to gather his 4 favorites of this species from stock. Took all 4 to lunch with some close friends and the decisions from all of we leather-tongues was...
by verne batchelor
May 2nd, 2010, 6:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Sea Smoke Southing
Replies: 11
Views: 410

Re: TN: 2001 Sea Smoke Southing

I agree for the most part but IMHO Tom Dehlinger, his ex-winemaker Fred Scherrer and Joe Swans Pinots all have the structure to age their patooties off. Just opened a 99 Dehlinger Estate Pinot and it is still a young whippersnapper. VB
by verne batchelor
April 25th, 2010, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Le Vieux Donjon
Replies: 3
Views: 176

Re: 2000 Le Vieux Donjon

Understand theres' been a passel of price increases over the years (I hate to think of the 78 and 82 first growths) but in my area this really nice producer is now selling above the 50 per range. Not trying to start a "I bemeber when the price was...". VB
by verne batchelor
April 25th, 2010, 8:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Great vid about Wine Shipping Ban bill
Replies: 2
Views: 170

Re: Great vid about Wine Shipping Ban bill

They've used this nonsense for years as a scare tactic. I haven't run into any 16 year-olds latelty that have 50 or 60 to spend on wine but know lots of 40 and 50 year-old lil' buggers who manage to come over and raid me cellar a couple of times a month. Such absurdity! VB
by verne batchelor
April 25th, 2010, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2000 Le Vieux Donjon
Replies: 3
Views: 176

2000 Le Vieux Donjon

Have been this checking bottling for the last 3 years. IMHO it needs another 2-3 to get close to TTOIG. Medium brite ruby with no bricking, this hummer gives a whale of a lot in both the aromatics and in the mouth. Killer finish but still has enough tannins to shut it down. I originally scored this ...
by verne batchelor
April 24th, 2010, 3:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2003 Scherrer Pinot Fort Ross Vineyard "High Slopes"
Replies: 0
Views: 80

2003 Scherrer Pinot Fort Ross Vineyard "High Slopes"

Medium ruby with no bricking. Nose sets the stage for a kick-patootie bottle of juice. Lovely red fruits, spice, some forest stuff and a little bit of garriste. Enters like an old friend and the finish is as long as a winter visitors unwanted stay. Still has a few very supple tannins that will carry...
by verne batchelor
April 20th, 2010, 9:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Scherrer OMV Zinfandel
Replies: 13
Views: 471

Re: TN: 2005 Scherrer OMV Zinfandel

Fred has to IMHO rank in the top 10 of winemakers in the country. Having followed this talented young man from his 10 or so years with Tom Dehlinger to his first vintage of his own he has not only provided me with countless hours of intense gratification but the pleasure of his company both on his t...
by verne batchelor
April 20th, 2010, 6:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '07 Scarecrow
Replies: 28
Views: 1193

Re: '07 Scarecrow

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:I'd sell all three of mine for half of that price.

Welcome to WB.
I know you're spoofin' but just in case I'll buy. VB
by verne batchelor
April 19th, 2010, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two 2003 Cali Cabs. Ch. Montelena and Sbragia Monte Rosso
Replies: 3
Views: 171

Re: Two 2003 Cali Cabs. Ch. Montelena and Sbragia Monte Rosso

Unfortunately on these he only has 3 of the Montys and 2 of the Sbragias all of which I sold him as he was a tad late so that's why I brunged them dudes. And Brad there's a lot of difference in the structure and balance between the 02s and 03s IMHO. VB
by verne batchelor
April 18th, 2010, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1999 Cakebread
Replies: 0
Views: 96

1999 Cakebread

Have been checking the progress of this hummer for the lasr 4 and IMHO think this sucker is really starting to get to its' window. Lovely structure, great balance with all the thingies in the rite place. Nose really blossoms after 1 hr in the glass.Supple entry, nice solid center and a lovely 4&1/2 ...
by verne batchelor
April 18th, 2010, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two 2003 Cali Cabs. Ch. Montelena and Sbragia Monte Rosso
Replies: 3
Views: 171

Two 2003 Cali Cabs. Ch. Montelena and Sbragia Monte Rosso

A long-time friend and biz associate meets me either Thurs or Friday for lunch at what we lovingly refer to as "The Club". Actually it's Sportsmans Wines but they serve some tasty sammiches also. The big plus is that because we both are fairly good customers they allow me to bring wines from my cell...

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