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by Chris Seiber
July 3rd, 2020, 12:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?
Replies: 35
Views: 3017

Re: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?

What vintages of KB are reflected by the post Kosta and Browne ownership? I've continued to like the wines as an occasional change-up from the pinots I usually drink (Rhys, Kutch, Arcadian, Clos Saron, etc.), and they've changed considerably from the early 2000s vintages that made their initial spla...
by Chris Seiber
July 3rd, 2020, 9:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?
Replies: 35
Views: 3017

Re: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?

This Wine is not Kosta Browne. A company paid a lot of money to buy the name Kosta Browne, for many reasons (The main one being to make money) I’m sure. Why anyone would expect anything resembling (The operation) Original KB always amazes me. Quit buying Kosta Browne. Find a farmer who tends good v...
by Chris Seiber
July 3rd, 2020, 7:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?
Replies: 35
Views: 3017

Re: Has Kosta Browne lost their mind?

This Wine is not Kosta Browne. A company paid a lot of money to buy the name Kosta Browne, for many reasons (The main one being to make money) I’m sure. Why anyone would expect anything resembling (The operation) Original KB always amazes me. Quit buying Kosta Browne. Find a farmer who tends good v...
by Chris Seiber
June 29th, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about sweet tobacco/cigar box notes in Bordeaux
Replies: 52
Views: 1588

Re: Question about sweet tobacco/cigar box notes in Bordeaux

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
June 29th, 2020, 9:24 am
Chris I have always thought Raats made the most Loire Cab Franc Clone outside of Loire. It’s gotten pricier, but I used to buy a lot of it. Raats is South African.
Does it have the Loire outhouse character, or just the normal Loire character? :)
by Chris Seiber
June 29th, 2020, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question about sweet tobacco/cigar box notes in Bordeaux
Replies: 52
Views: 1588

Re: Question about sweet tobacco/cigar box notes in Bordeaux

In the 80s the Bordelais fermented their wines in tank, put it through ML in tank, and barreled the wine down in January and February. The cleaner wine picked up more oak notes from the barrels..hence the cigar box notes. In the early 90s winemakers started to copy what was happening here, ML in ba...
by Chris Seiber
June 26th, 2020, 11:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinking Much 2003 Red Burgundy?
Replies: 42
Views: 1554

Re: Drinking Much 2003 Red Burgundy?

Josh Grossman wrote:
June 26th, 2020, 8:44 pm
how I like my meat hung.
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by Chris Seiber
June 26th, 2020, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 05` Cristal and 95` Williams Selyem Allen Pinot
Replies: 12
Views: 465

Re: 05` Cristal and 95` Williams Selyem Allen Pinot

I could have guessed the thread author just from seeing the two wines. Glad you had a great experience and thanks for sharing.
by Chris Seiber
June 23rd, 2020, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting Impressions - 2018 Sandler Pinots - Over The Course Of A Week
Replies: 8
Views: 447

Re: Tasting Impressions - 2018 Sandler Pinots - Over The Course Of A Week

I opened a 2013 Sandler Boer Vineyard a few weeks ago, and it was really singing.
by Chris Seiber
June 23rd, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting Impressions - 2018 Sandler Pinots - Over The Course Of A Week
Replies: 8
Views: 447

Re: Tasting Impressions - 2018 Sandler Pinots - Over The Course Of A Week

Paul, would you expect wines to have evolved much over 7 days using Coravin? I know the idea of Coravin is that they would not, but it sounds like these did, and you expected them to. I'm not sure if you can give some big picture context on that. Thanks.
by Chris Seiber
June 21st, 2020, 11:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 18889

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

And now the thread should be moved to Politics. I don’t expect that, but it’s gone WAY beyond wine or the winery’s email. At the very least it should go to Asylum, off of the wine feed. Here is the text of the rule, as copied from the Wine Berserkers rules: Politics: Simply, NOT allowed on any foru...
by Chris Seiber
June 21st, 2020, 5:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mother-in-Law Drops Ice Cubes in my Mouchey :(
Replies: 41
Views: 2132

Re: Mother-in-Law Drops Ice Cubes in my Mouchey :(

I brought two bottles of wine to a small gathering a few weeks ago. Tercero Grenache Blanc and Vincent Chardonnay. A woman was about to top up a partial glass of Tercero with the Vincent, and I told her they’re not the same wine. She just shrugged and said it didn’t matter to her and topped up her g...
by Chris Seiber
June 19th, 2020, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: de Negoce offer
Replies: 419
Views: 26181

Re: de Negoce offer

So still nobody has tried any of these, right?

I’m quite curious to hear once people get some of these into a glass. Interesting narrative here.
by Chris Seiber
June 18th, 2020, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay
Replies: 1
Views: 153

Re: TN: 2003 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay

I’ve had a 70-30 mix of great old bottles and oxidized bottles when drinking Montelena chard at around that age.

I’m all out of them now, though. Thanks for the note.
by Chris Seiber
June 18th, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel
Replies: 81
Views: 3047

Re: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel

No love for Fred Scherrer?? I was just going to say: - Carlisle and Ridge are the most obvious omissions in the OP's zin budget - Also, if you buy Scherrer zin on futures, they're $300/case, which is a crazy good deal. You do have to buy them on futures to get that pricing, and frankly, the wines r...
by Chris Seiber
June 17th, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 18889

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

Thanks Sean for the lecture on privilege...you are illustrating my point, exactly. I'm here for the wine conversation, not to hear you pontificate. i'm sure you're an intelligent guy, i just don't feel like listening to it on a wine blog. You can choose not to listen! It really is that easy! I also...
by Chris Seiber
June 16th, 2020, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Cristal, Marguet, Leroy, Collin, Prevost, Rhys, Big Basin, Marcassin, Diamond Creek...
Replies: 16
Views: 1049

Re: TNs: Cristal, Marguet, Leroy, Collin, Prevost, Rhys, Big Basin, Marcassin, Diamond Creek...

Blake, you are such a good soul. Whenever I spend time with you, I feel like a better person, dude. You make people better. [worship.gif] So what was your WOTD? Answering for myself and not Blake, of course, my favorite of the wines you poured (i.e. excluding the Cristal) was the 2015 Ulysse Collin...
by Chris Seiber
June 16th, 2020, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ever boycott a winery?
Replies: 400
Views: 18889

Re: Ever boycott a winery?

There is a lot of great wine in the world. It's pretty easy to ignore purchasing certain labels. I can't even buy all the ones I want to. No doubt. If you want not to buy from some winery because of something they did or said, that's totally fine and it's your money, but people probably flatter the...
by Chris Seiber
June 16th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?
Replies: 164
Views: 5324

Re: Most disappointing 'great' wine you've ever had?

"Great" is an overstatement here, and it's not in the league of these first growths and all in the thread. But as far as a wine that was $90, got huge scores, and comes from a grape (cab franc) and region (Tuscany) both of which I generally love, I was horribly disappointed by Le Macchiole Paleo. So...
by Chris Seiber
June 16th, 2020, 11:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Cristal Go Through A "Lemony" Stage?
Replies: 39
Views: 1472

Re: Does Cristal Go Through A "Lemony" Stage?

Ripe, creamy lemon seems like the predominant initial flavor I get from Cristal, but I don't have tons of experience over many vintages. I don't mean that comment to suggest the wine isn't complex or that lemon is the only thing or main thing. But yes, that seems like a significant marker for Crista...
by Chris Seiber
June 15th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Cristal, Marguet, Leroy, Collin, Prevost, Rhys, Big Basin, Marcassin, Diamond Creek...
Replies: 16
Views: 1049

Re: TNs: Cristal, Marguet, Leroy, Collin, Prevost, Rhys, Marcassin, Diamond Creek...

Excellent tasting, so good for the soul to gather with friends and great wines on a beautiful day. Big thanks to Frank and Jill for hosting, and a special tip of the cap to Blake Brown for making the long trip down and for gracing us with his positive spirit and energy. Also, fantastic food from Mai...
by Chris Seiber
June 13th, 2020, 12:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: White Bordeaux and Premox
Replies: 28
Views: 1086

Re: White Bordeaux and Premox

It’s true, Premox is probably just as prevalent in Bordeaux, Rhone and elsewhere as Burgundy — it’s just so rare we taste aged bottles of those it doesn’t seem like the same issue.
by Chris Seiber
June 13th, 2020, 12:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA:PYCM...
Replies: 11
Views: 1192

Re: PSA:PYCM...

Jeff_M. wrote:
June 12th, 2020, 8:44 pm
I know Hi-Time in SoCal just got a nice shipment of them in. They have them listed online
Website doesn’t show any. Snapped up already?
by Chris Seiber
June 12th, 2020, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Limerick Lane Zinfandel Russian River Valley
Replies: 21
Views: 1361

Re: TN: 2018 Limerick Lane Zinfandel Russian River Valley

Great description - I know exactly what you mean. It’s as if the flavors are in high-definition compared to analog. Would you give these a year or two? Since joining WB, I try not to open wines too young... The "high definition instead of analog" line is perfect. Here's the weird thing. There have ...
by Chris Seiber
June 11th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Limerick Lane Zinfandel Russian River Valley
Replies: 21
Views: 1361

Re: TN: 2018 Limerick Lane Zinfandel Russian River Valley

I joined the list but can’t seem to get it at this time. Found that wine.com has it for $43.99, or $29.32 each with one of the coupons. Bought 3 and can’t wait to try one! It's well worth that price. I just had a 2017 RRV the other night and it was superb. Their zins just really pop somehow, and I ...
by Chris Seiber
June 11th, 2020, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Limerick Lane Zinfandel Russian River Valley
Replies: 21
Views: 1361

Re: TN: 2018 Limerick Lane Zinfandel Russian River Valley

I joined the list but can’t seem to get it at this time. Found that wine.com has it for $43.99, or $29.32 each with one of the coupons. Bought 3 and can’t wait to try one! It's well worth that price. I just had a 2017 RRV the other night and it was superb. Their zins just really pop somehow, and I ...
by Chris Seiber
June 11th, 2020, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Covid and corkage
Replies: 21
Views: 1341

Re: Covid and corkage

We took a bunch of bottles to The Winery restaurant in Newport Beach last week, and they were cool about it in a normal way. Good stemware, wine service, decanters, ice buckets, all of that. That's my only data point, though. Earlier in the process, we'd had a reservation for that same dinner at Mor...
by Chris Seiber
June 10th, 2020, 11:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weird grape blends
Replies: 27
Views: 840

Re: Weird grape blends

Early in my wine journey, I had a real liking for the Rubaiyat by Cakebread. It was a syrah / pinot noir blend. Maybe 30/70 or so? I haven’t had it in a long time, though.
by Chris Seiber
June 10th, 2020, 11:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Weird grape blends
Replies: 27
Views: 840

Re: Weird grape blends

Ethan Abraham wrote:
June 10th, 2020, 2:01 pm
Syrah/cab is fairly rare, the main ones are in Provence (trevallon and others?) And clos Saron makes an awesome one.
It’s a reasonably common blend in Australia, though. There are also some Super Tuscan blends of Syrah with cab and/or merlot.
by Chris Seiber
June 10th, 2020, 11:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: American Cancer Society - no drinking allowed
Replies: 55
Views: 2297

Re: American Cancer Society - no drinking allowed

Obviously I think we all somewhat know and accept that alcohol, including our beloved wine, is not a healthy hobby. I've chosen to accept this risk, and limit my wine consumption to a few days a week. I'm okay with a bit of risk if it means a life well lived. If one’s overriding goal in life were s...
by Chris Seiber
June 10th, 2020, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Hubert Lamy profile
Replies: 28
Views: 868

Re: Domaine Hubert Lamy profile

That's awesome. Really fun to get a glimpse into the wine world in different parts of the world. Rock on.
by Chris Seiber
June 10th, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Hubert Lamy profile
Replies: 28
Views: 868

Re: Domaine Hubert Lamy profile

Actually PYCM is the PYCM of St. Aubin! [snort.gif] Matthew King is the Matthew King of Wine Berserkers. [cheers.gif] Just teasing you dude! Love the Lamy wines ... Of course, and it was always all good. I think the similarity between PYCM and Lamy would be that they are wineries on the forefront o...
by Chris Seiber
June 10th, 2020, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite lower alcohol wines
Replies: 33
Views: 840

Re: Favorite lower alcohol wines

And of course, this all assumes folks are 'honest' about their wine labeling, too - including those overseas. Cheers A big assumption, I think. And it's not even that people are lying for marketing purposes, but many just don't want to redo labels year to year so they leave "12.5%" or something on ...
by Chris Seiber
June 10th, 2020, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Hubert Lamy profile
Replies: 28
Views: 868

Re: Domaine Hubert Lamy profile

Stas, you live in Latvia? My late and very dear friend Alex Auseklis was a Latvian American. So sad to have lost him too young.

What is the wine world like in Latvia? What access do you have to wines, and generally from where in the world?
by Chris Seiber
June 10th, 2020, 8:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Favorite lower alcohol wines
Replies: 33
Views: 840

Re: Favorite lower alcohol wines

Most Champagne is, I suppose, but it's not really interesting just to list a bunch of Champagnes.

Kutch is consistently sub 13% and excellent.

Ditto for Sandlands.
by Chris Seiber
June 10th, 2020, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Hubert Lamy profile
Replies: 28
Views: 868

Re: Domaine Hubert Lamy profile

Matthew King wrote:
June 9th, 2020, 7:15 pm
Chris Seiber wrote:
June 9th, 2020, 6:57 pm
Excellent wines. Someone once told me he’s the PYCM of the St Aubin. Reasonable comparison.
Actually PYCM is the PYCM of St. Aubin! [snort.gif]
Matthew King is the Matthew King of Wine Berserkers.

[cheers.gif]
by Chris Seiber
June 9th, 2020, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Domaine Hubert Lamy profile
Replies: 28
Views: 868

Re: Domaine Hubert Lamy profile

Excellent wines. Someone once told me he’s the PYCM of the St Aubin. Reasonable comparison.
by Chris Seiber
June 9th, 2020, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Counterfeit Grange
Replies: 2
Views: 1376

Re: Counterfeit Grange

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by Chris Seiber
June 8th, 2020, 5:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux - WOW WOW
Replies: 42
Views: 1677

Re: TN: 2010 Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon Les Grézeaux - WOW WOW

I have three of these, plus four 2010 Le Clos Guillot. Probably should enjoy at least a few of them this year.
by Chris Seiber
June 8th, 2020, 2:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sunday "TNs": Felsina's Rancia
Replies: 17
Views: 1137

Re: Sunday "TNs": Felsina's Rancia

I bought three bottles of the 97 several years ago. The first one was disappointing, though I made the key mistake of not doing the extended standing up, and the wine was clouded and bitter tasting. The second one I did the right standing up, and it still was just so-so. Maybe it's just not for me.
by Chris Seiber
June 8th, 2020, 2:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: heat-proof budget wines?
Replies: 6
Views: 357

Re: heat-proof budget wines?

Andrew K. wrote:
June 8th, 2020, 1:14 pm
There's a recent thread about wine and heat. For everyday drinking wines that you're going to drink soon, some mild short term heat is unlikely to cause any issues. Long term heat exposure on aging wines is a different story.
This is your most relevant answer, I think.
by Chris Seiber
June 8th, 2020, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you ever tell a friend the wine he proudly poured had died?
Replies: 38
Views: 1713

Re: Do you ever tell a friend the wine he proudly poured had died?

Went to small dinner party last night with 2 other couples socially distant. Host pulled a 2001 Pio Cesare Barolo that had mysteriously gone past prime. His storage is perfect so it was probably a bad bottle. I didn't say anything. Does anyone here ever say anything about the bottle? We just smiled...
by Chris Seiber
June 7th, 2020, 1:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you ever tell a friend the wine he proudly poured had died?
Replies: 38
Views: 1713

Re: Do you ever tell a friend the wine he proudly poured had died?

Close wine friends who are obviously into wine education. Sure I would raise it just to drive discussion. Family friend/dinner party. No just move on to another wine or some other drink. Yeah, that’s about right. Frankly, even wine geeks, and experienced ones, can be defensive or reluctant to ackno...
by Chris Seiber
June 7th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1 for 4, but (finally) this was a bases loaded home run: '99 Cepparello
Replies: 16
Views: 838

Re: 1 for 4, but (finally) this was a bases loaded home run: '99 Cepparello

Warren Taranow wrote:
June 7th, 2020, 10:51 am
Are these traditional, modern or in between?
Thanks
Warren
Highly “traditional” in its style. Red fruited, lighter colored, little oak presence, complex, very transparent to the Sangiovese grape.

If maybe not literally traditional as a Super Tuscan blend.
by Chris Seiber
June 7th, 2020, 7:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1 for 4, but (finally) this was a bases loaded home run: '99 Cepparello
Replies: 16
Views: 838

Re: 1 for 4, but (finally) this was a bases loaded home run: '99 Cepparello

A “bases loaded home run?” You’ve been living abroad for too long my friend. in terms relative to the other three experiences, I feel Grand Slam is warranted. Writer's license, and all champagne.gif Grand slam. Thank you! Great note. I’ve only first tried Cepparello in 15 and 16, and it’s wonderful...
by Chris Seiber
June 6th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1 for 4, but (finally) this was a bases loaded home run: '99 Cepparello
Replies: 16
Views: 838

Re: 1 for 4, but (finally) this was a bases loaded home run: '99 Cepparello

A “bases loaded home run?” You’ve been living abroad for too long my friend.
by Chris Seiber
June 6th, 2020, 8:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screw cap Le Pin
Replies: 16
Views: 1510

Re: Screw cap Le Pin

Doug Schulman wrote:
June 4th, 2020, 8:14 am
I've seen this type of thing before, where the producer wanted to say they had trialed screwcaps but seemed to not want them to work out.
That looks like exactly what happened here, to me.
by Chris Seiber
June 3rd, 2020, 3:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sub $25 Zinfandel
Replies: 40
Views: 1634

Re: Sub $25 Zinfandel

Most of the ones I and others recommended above are off mailing lists or maybe something you'd find at specialty stores. If you're looking for things that are widely available off shelves, maybe consider Seghesio Sonoma, Ridge Three Valleys, Dry Creek, Ravenswood.

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