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by Chris Seiber
January 15th, 2021, 5:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Desmirail and Siran - Margaux - 2005
Replies: 5
Views: 215

Re: Desmirail and Siran - Margaux - 2005

I had a 2005 left banker of similar price the other day — Larrivet Haut Brion. And it was a good showing for the wine. Pretty classical, maybe just getting near the beginning of its best years.
by Chris Seiber
January 14th, 2021, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I'm stunned I hadn't heard of Accendo Cellars
Replies: 36
Views: 2711

Re: I'm stunned I hadn't heard of Accendo Cellars

Markus S wrote: January 11th, 2021, 6:33 pm Not too stunned I hadn't heard of it, as it is Cali cab, something I really do not drink.
But how to pronounce it?

ACK-sen-doh
A-CHEN-doh
Ass-sen-doh
Which syllable has the accento?
by Chris Seiber
January 14th, 2021, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm
Replies: 14
Views: 985

Re: TN: 1999 d'Arenberg Shiraz The Dead Arm

Personally I think all these drank bast at release/young, and didn't develop well. Don't think I have any OZ in the cellar anywhere Are you referring to Dead Arm specifically, or Australian shiraz (or just wine) generally? Dead Arm ages quite well. I've had several bottles of the 2002 in the last f...
by Chris Seiber
January 12th, 2021, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tragedy at Celler Vall Llach in Priorat
Replies: 15
Views: 1633

Re: Tragedy at Celler Vall Llach in Priorat

Yeah, it's "valy lyac" where the "ly" is the "ll" in Spanish and Catalan and is the same as in a word like "quesadilla". Like Spanish and French, the "h" is unvoiced in Catalan but unlike the other two languages, when it's in a "ch", it do...
by Chris Seiber
January 12th, 2021, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How about a slightly harder wine pairing: Kalbi beef
Replies: 51
Views: 3747

Re: How about a slightly harder wine pairing: Kalbi beef

Patrick Comiskey from the LA Times on bulgogi: https://www.latimes.com/food/la-fo-wine-korean-bbq-bulgogi-20160906-snap-story.html "Most diners, either at Korean restaurants or at home — bulgogi is easily ordered as take-out or made in your own kitchen — wash down that first bite with often lac...
by Chris Seiber
January 11th, 2021, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How about a slightly harder wine pairing: Kalbi beef
Replies: 51
Views: 3747

Re: How about a slightly harder wine pairing: Kalbi beef

I don't really see this as a hard pairing if you're just talking about the marinated beef. However, if you're talking the 12-17 side-dishes that they usually bring with the beef in Korea, then I'd stick to Auslese or Spatlese Riesling from the Mosel or maybe a Vietti Moscatto d'Asti. For me this wo...
by Chris Seiber
January 11th, 2021, 1:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1968 Inglenook Charbono. Really Special
Replies: 43
Views: 1713

Re: TN: 1968 Inglenook Charbono. Really Special

I had a magnum of 1986 Inglenook Charbono in July of last year, and it was fantastic, one of the most notable wines of the year for me. I think I bought it for $40-50. Oh man, a well stored magnum must have been crazy-good! Love that Chris! You have any pics by chance?? Would love to see what a mag...
by Chris Seiber
January 11th, 2021, 12:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP
Replies: 145
Views: 8965

Re: Horrible news about a Berserker - Frank Drew, RIP

Such a terrible story in so many ways. But in an effort to look at the other side of it, he seemed like a bright, warm and happy gentleman, and I'm glad he got 74 good years, which is much better than most people get. If the reports of him stopping to help are correct, then he gave his life doing th...
by Chris Seiber
January 10th, 2021, 10:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys Chardonnay epiphany
Replies: 12
Views: 1374

Re: Rhys Chardonnay epiphany

I personally think the chardonnays are the best and most consistent part of the Rhys portfolio. But I have had uneven results (usually good, but just uneven) with them aging more than a few years from release, and even the ones that hold up well, I'm not really sure they were as good as they were wh...
by Chris Seiber
January 10th, 2021, 8:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TURLEY RECOMMENDATIONS
Replies: 28
Views: 1435

Re: TURLEY RECOMMENDATIONS

There are many threads on here about it you could search. For me, Ueberroth and pesenti are my favorites over time. And then the Juvi and OV are great QPRs and good ones to bring to BBQs, give as gifts etc. Hayne is the most refined, elegant and age worthy one. But there are many different styles wi...
by Chris Seiber
January 8th, 2021, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread
Replies: 123
Views: 5458

Re: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread

I'm not doing dry January (but fear not, I'm not here to be critical of it, either). But I am trying to lose some of the "COVID 19" I packed on last year, so I'm eating well and only drinking a couple days a week. Anyway, I had the second half of a bottle sitting around last night while I ...
by Chris Seiber
January 8th, 2021, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1968 Inglenook Charbono. Really Special
Replies: 43
Views: 1713

Re: TN: 1968 Inglenook Charbono. Really Special

I had a magnum of 1986 Inglenook Charbono in July of last year, and it was fantastic, one of the most notable wines of the year for me. I think I bought it for $40-50.
by Chris Seiber
January 7th, 2021, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines with damaged labels...should they sell for a discount?
Replies: 36
Views: 1661

Re: Wines with damaged labels...should they sell for a discount?

Jeremy C wrote: January 7th, 2021, 7:17 am I actually am happy to see older bottles with signs of mold, etc. on the label. Suggests to me the potential for having been stored properly.
I agree, mold and bin tears are probably a good sign in terms of how the wine was stored.
by Chris Seiber
January 6th, 2021, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is wine-searcher.com the last word on search?
Replies: 10
Views: 1372

Re: Is wine-searcher.com the last word on search?

I read the WS Insider and often go with their "value of the week" pick. Many have been very good, like the 16 Volpaia CC reserva and the 17 Colene Clemmons Margo. Last week they highlighted 2017 Merum Priorati Desti. They said 1600 cases imported. So I went looking for it on wine-searcher...
by Chris Seiber
January 5th, 2021, 11:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BevMo Accused of Bait and Switch
Replies: 73
Views: 5985

Re: BevMo Accused of Bait and Switch

Costco labels give the ratings of the past three vintages. Making it fairly clear to check the vintage and if they dont have a rating for that vintage it says NR They are pretty clean in my book. Costco doesn't literally lie on their shelf talkers, but they are quite aggressive where needed to crea...
by Chris Seiber
January 5th, 2021, 11:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread
Replies: 123
Views: 5458

Re: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread

Day 4 now for me, as we always start on Jan 2 to allow for some favorite New Year's Day traditions. I've been in light dietary ketosis since the first afternoon. My body is used to the switch and accommodates quickly, with few or no side effects. I do, however, need a week to get adjusted to differ...
by Chris Seiber
January 5th, 2021, 11:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Billecart-Salmon Sous Bois, Le Mesnil BdB, 07` Booker Red, 95` Leonetti Cab, 05` Hewitt Cab
Replies: 4
Views: 399

Re: Billecart-Salmon Sous Bois, Le Mesnil BdB, 07` Booker Red, 95` Leonetti Cab, 05` Hewitt Cab

I think the significant difference in the Billecart Sous Bois bottling is that the wine is entirely vinified in oak. And thus, the wood veneer on the label. I was really excited to try that, but the one bottle I had was really disappointing. Not in an oaky way, but big bubbles, not precise, kind of ...
by Chris Seiber
January 4th, 2021, 8:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1996 Château Montus Madiran (France, Southwest France, Madiran)
Replies: 24
Views: 980

Re: TN: 1996 Château Montus Madiran (France, Southwest France, Madiran)

Is this wine that good? I've been passing up cases of this(current vintage maybe 2014?) at Costco for closeout $9??? That's a good price for any Madiran...but I'd note that I don't think these are mass market tastes. I've never understood why Costco would carry this (I see it in mine too, other pro...
by Chris Seiber
January 4th, 2021, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Others Don't...Chap 37
Replies: 27
Views: 2056

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Others Don't...Chap 37

I don't know if it would pay off, and the answer certainly varies from one particular winery to the next, but it seems like you could get an independent contractor (e.g. stay at home parent, someone looking to add something onto their primary job, retiree, young person interested in a little work a...
by Chris Seiber
January 4th, 2021, 7:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Replies: 21
Views: 1395

Re: TN: 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico

Sean, have you tried the 2016 Monsanto CCR or the Felsina CCR? While I really enjoyed the Isole e Olena, I thought both of those were a couple steps ahead of it in terms of depth and nuance. Same classic profile with a bit more earth and finer tannins. The 2015s were wonderful but the 2016s are eve...
by Chris Seiber
January 4th, 2021, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Replies: 21
Views: 1395

Re: TN: 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico

Just popped another - and my last - bottle of this and, man, I wish I had bought more. This'll go the distance, too, if desired. I really get "Baby Bordeaux" vibes - the fruit quality is different, but the structure and overall harmony (along with just the fainest touch of green) is quite...
by Chris Seiber
January 4th, 2021, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico
Replies: 21
Views: 1395

Re: TN: 2016 Isole e Olena Chianti Classico

Just popped another - and my last - bottle of this and, man, I wish I had bought more. This'll go the distance, too, if desired. I really get "Baby Bordeaux" vibes - the fruit quality is different, but the structure and overall harmony (along with just the fainest touch of green) is quite...
by Chris Seiber
January 4th, 2021, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Others Don't...Chap 37
Replies: 27
Views: 2056

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Others Don't...Chap 37

I don't know if it would pay off, and the answer certainly varies from one particular winery to the next, but it seems like you could get an independent contractor (e.g. stay at home parent, someone looking to add something onto their primary job, retiree, young person interested in a little work an...
by Chris Seiber
January 4th, 2021, 10:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: German Dornfelder...what is this bottle???
Replies: 20
Views: 931

Re: German Dornfelder...what is this bottle???

Robert Sand wrote: January 4th, 2021, 2:07 am

You should be content if it turns out to be "drinkable" - I have no higher hopes.
So probably just 90 points from Buzz?
by Chris Seiber
January 4th, 2021, 9:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?
Replies: 75
Views: 5503

Re: Terpines from cannabis and vineyards-any experience?

Why is it necessary to plant weed in wine country? Can’t that crap grow anywhere? I keep wondering this same thing. I guess there must be a reason why they blight beautiful vineyard land in Santa Barbara, Willamette Valley and elsewhere with its plastic dome tents, chemical odors, armed thugs and t...
by Chris Seiber
January 4th, 2021, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Poll - off vintages in Bordeaux
Replies: 61
Views: 2461

Re: Poll - off vintages in Bordeaux

The highly variable pricing of Bordeaux vintages further clouds the notion of these more moderate vintages being "off." You can buy 2014 Leoville Barton for $90 today, but you'll pay $170 for the 2016. So to the buyer, for your $90, you're really choosing 2014 Leoville Barton versus 2016 G...
by Chris Seiber
January 3rd, 2021, 6:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch 2019 lineup with Jamie and the crew
Replies: 19
Views: 1805

Re: Kutch 2019 lineup with Jamie and the crew

It was a great tasting, and as usual, Jamie is a firehose of knowledge, information and opinion, as to the subjects of the tasting and many other things as well. It was a great conversation, connection and learning experience. My notes (always sucks to have to go after Frankie in these things, but y...
by Chris Seiber
December 31st, 2020, 12:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.
Replies: 252
Views: 10287

Re: Let's end 2020 with some fun! Controversial opinions- Burgundy is overrated.

Dale Bowers wrote: December 30th, 2020, 10:23 am Craft beer has gone way overboard with hops. Enough already.
Craft beer is like a dick measuring contest. “Oh yeah, well this one has triple hops, plus coffee grounds and orange rinds. What a real man I am. Oh, have you seen this killer giant beard in growing?”
by Chris Seiber
December 29th, 2020, 11:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Off vintages that took you by surprise.
Replies: 66
Views: 2222

Re: Off vintages that took you by surprise.

1998 Napa, widely panned. I’ve had some really good bottles of ‘98 I think they just needed lots of time. I actually have found more enjoyment out of 2000, but there are some gems from 98 too. I agree, 98 and 00 Napa overachieved significantly compared to what the press said, particularly if you li...
by Chris Seiber
December 28th, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be
Replies: 147
Views: 5694

Re: Is wine cellar diversity all it is cracked up to be

I am not going to buy wines I don't really like just to say I have a diverse cellar. No, I don't just like a couple of producers and no I don't just drink the same few wines over and over again, but I think to some extent over-diversity in a cellar purely for diversity's stake or overly glorifying ...
by Chris Seiber
December 27th, 2020, 11:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The zenith of score inflation?
Replies: 64
Views: 5306

Re: The zenith of score inflation?

It's difficult for me to consider Sucling a "critic" anymore and it's been that way for a long time. I think he's an 'influencer' without the trappings of being a trust fund, jobless college grad on Instagram. He promotes not only wineries making wines that will sell to wide audiences but...
by Chris Seiber
December 27th, 2020, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: German wine law and climate change
Replies: 44
Views: 1826

Re: German wine law and climate change

I guess my first question would be “is there really a problem that needs solving?” It sounds like most recent vintages of riesling have been really good and customers are excited. Is the problem just that what constitutes kabinett, spatlese et al isn’t what it used to be decades ago? Is that a signi...
by Chris Seiber
December 27th, 2020, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series - Bordeaux - Jud Reis - Kijabe Children’s Education Fund - DEC 23-DEC31
Replies: 63
Views: 2058

Re: Week 5 Virtual Tasting Series - Bordeaux - Jud Reis - Kijabe Children’s Education Fund - DEC 23-DEC31

2005 Reignac. This has really had no positive development with its 15 years of age. Pretty simple medium black fruit with some oak. Considering it was $18 or whatever, I don’t think it’s especially poor value, and it still is reasonably drinkable and compares okay with merlot you might buy for the s...
by Chris Seiber
December 27th, 2020, 5:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The zenith of score inflation?
Replies: 64
Views: 5306

Re: The zenith of score inflation?

Cable sports networks, cable news/politics networks and the internet are full of people who do some exaggerated and/or deliberately polarizing schtick as a shortcut to getting ratings and clicks. I think it’s right to criticize the practitioners of that stuff, including (especially) when they speak ...
by Chris Seiber
December 25th, 2020, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Embrace your cellar diversity
Replies: 114
Views: 4770

Re: Embrace your cellar diversity

Keep in mind that your cellar composition is different from, and may be very different from, your actual consumption percentages. For example, you might drink NZ Sauvignon Blanc fairly often, but you might have little or none of in inventory. Among more serious wines, some (not all) people may tend ...
by Chris Seiber
December 22nd, 2020, 9:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Virage Vineyards (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 23
Views: 1225

Re: TN: 2012 Virage Vineyards (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Emily Richer wrote: December 22nd, 2020, 8:56 am
Chris Seiber wrote: December 8th, 2020, 7:51 pm Emily, are you doing a Berserker Day offering next time around?
Hell or High Water, Tornado or Fire (and I had both in 2020), I would never miss a Berserker Day :-)
It’s on top of my shopping list then.
by Chris Seiber
December 21st, 2020, 10:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine pairing with goose: Moose!
Replies: 48
Views: 2042

Re: Wine pairing with goose?

Rich K0rz€nk0 wrote: December 21st, 2020, 12:51 pm I always enjoy Rose with game birds, Provence, Grenache-based. Yummy.

Accompaniments weigh in here as well.
While the match is probably good, it’s goose for Christmas dinner — are you really having rose with the main course? Seems like he might want a more important wine.
by Chris Seiber
December 20th, 2020, 12:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Côte-Rôtie under 100$.
Replies: 110
Views: 6795

Re: Côte-Rôtie under 100$.

Looks like nobody sells Gallet in the USA. Too bad.

(Yes, I realize OP is in Europe.)
by Chris Seiber
December 19th, 2020, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pobega Notes: 2019 Kelley Fox Mirabai
Replies: 4
Views: 685

Re: Pobega Notes: 2019 Kelley Fox Mirabai

I always appreciate seeing people who are not constrained by the travel shock mythos. Glad the wine showed well for you.
by Chris Seiber
December 18th, 2020, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: mini blind Old World tasting (whereupon Flaccianello falls squarely on its face)
Replies: 5
Views: 705

Re: TNs: mini blind Old World tasting (whereupon Flaccianello falls squarely on its face)

I hate saying “sounds like a bad bottle” but it sounds like a bad bottle. I have drunk a lot of Flaccianello over the years, and it’s always delicious at a minimum. Current pricing sucks though. Me too. And while it evolves considerably over time, I've never seen one be in a shut down phase or anyt...
by Chris Seiber
December 18th, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Normandy Cidre in the DC Area?
Replies: 13
Views: 483

Re: Normandy Cidre in the DC Area?

I just had my first Bordelet at Thanksgiving -- very good stuff.
by Chris Seiber
December 17th, 2020, 11:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: mini New World blind tasting (2005 Don Melchor, and others)
Replies: 11
Views: 552

Re: TNs: mini New World blind tasting (2005 Don Melchor, and others)

Don Melchor in that 10-20 year old range really delivers well.
by Chris Seiber
December 17th, 2020, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Champagne...To Malo or not to Malo...that is the question?
Replies: 31
Views: 1522

Re: Champagne...To Malo or not to Malo...that is the question?

I've never thought of this issue in Champagne before, but now that I do, of course I should have thought of it. What is the key decision for the winemaker here? Obviously what resulting wine you want to make, but does it depend at all on the ripeness or acid of the still wine you had that year (e.g....
by Chris Seiber
December 17th, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of Oregon - D@vid Bu3ker for Dakin Humane Society - DEC9-DEC16
Replies: 268
Views: 9195

Re: Week 3 Virtual Tasting for Charity - Wines of Oregon - D@vid Bu3ker for Dakin Humane Society - DEC9-DEC16

I had this on Tuesday but I forgot to post on time (and so I understand if it falls outside the donation window and/or the offer from Patricia Green, no problem on either), but might as well anyway. 2013 Patricia Green Berserkers Cuvee. This has hit a nice age. "Despite" the 13.0% alcohol,...
by Chris Seiber
December 17th, 2020, 2:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '78 Magdelaine and '79 La Dominique
Replies: 11
Views: 586

Re: '78 Magdelaine and '79 La Dominique

Jayson Cohen wrote: December 17th, 2020, 8:37 am Ugh. Hopefully TCA didn’t affect that whole tranche, or you, Alfert, and I are screwed. Between the three of us, I think we bought most of those bottles.
Fortunately, I've never known TCA to cluster like that or had any reason to think it would be that way.
by Chris Seiber
December 17th, 2020, 12:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Tablas Creek Tannat (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)
Replies: 7
Views: 577

Re: TN: 2007 Tablas Creek Tannat (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)

But to my surprise tonight, the 2006 Tablas Creek Tannat showed well. Still some freshness to the dark purple berry fruit, graphite, medium acids. I don’t think this really gained complexity with age, maybe a bit more restraint and balance, but anyway it held up well to this age. I’d probably say 90...
by Chris Seiber
December 16th, 2020, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Tablas Creek Tannat (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)
Replies: 7
Views: 577

Re: TN: 2007 Tablas Creek Tannat (USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles)

I had a 2003 a month or two ago that I'd had since release. It wasn't really that good, and I probably should have opened it 5-10 years ago. It had become heavy, porty, hot, lacking freshness.

I have an 06 and 08 I should probably find some use for.
by Chris Seiber
December 16th, 2020, 2:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Chardonnay Can Age Beautifully
Replies: 31
Views: 2496

Re: California Chardonnay Can Age Beautifully

Lots of good suggestions in this thread. I'd add Au Bon Climat and Arcadian as producers whose chardonnays are built to age. They are too young to have the track record, but Kutch chardonnays would seem likely to age well. I will say, though, that disappointing results (including premox) are sometim...
by Chris Seiber
December 15th, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can a corked wine still be used in a marinade?
Replies: 34
Views: 1826

Re: Can a corked wine still be used in a marinade?

Don’t we all have several of those bottles various people have given us that we (while appreciative of the gesture of course) don’t actually want to drink?

Or the 5 ounces left in last night’s bottle?

Those are prefect for your marinades, no need to gamble on corked wine.

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