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by Edward H. Earles
February 26th, 2013, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amador County Wineries
Replies: 25
Views: 774

Re: Amador County Wineries

AND - It is shocking to me how some threads on this sight can go south so fast - and this thread is a classic example - A simple question about Amador wineries suddenly turns into a badly graded homework assignment. I mean, who the f*ck cares? Good thing we are not all in the same room with a bunch...
by Edward H. Earles
February 26th, 2013, 8:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sagrantino
Replies: 17
Views: 700

Re: Sagrantino

Folks, how about letting us know where you got the 2008 Montefalco Sagrantino Campo alla Cerqua and the 2007 d`Arenberg The Cenosilicaphobic Cat? WineSearcher.com doesn't reveal any American source for these.
by Edward H. Earles
February 25th, 2013, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sagrantino
Replies: 17
Views: 700

Re: Sagrantino

I don't have much experience with Sagrantino, but at both the Slow Wine and Tre Biccheri tastings in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago I was blown away by the Sagrantinos of Giampaolo Tabarrini. http://www.tabarrini.us/ Crazy single-vineyard stuff, with incredible concentration and deep, complex ...
by Edward H. Earles
February 25th, 2013, 7:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sagrantino
Replies: 17
Views: 700

Sagrantino

We had a "Bot Luck" style tasting at my house last night, and one of the participants brought the Jacuzzi Family Vineyards 2010 Sagrantino. We had a lot of serious wines, but that one was the wine-of-the-night for most of us; most of us had never had a Sagrantino before and were very impressed. Who ...
by Edward H. Earles
February 25th, 2013, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Amador County Wineries
Replies: 25
Views: 774

Re: Amador County Wineries

Sean Devaney wrote:Terre Rouge and Easton Wines for great rhones and Zins. Vino Neceto is right next store and a fun stop. Another nice stop is Dobra Zemlja.
Ditto on the Dobra Zemlja. Their Zinfandel is high-octane Nectar-of-the-Gods; my favorite Zin. [cheers.gif]
by Edward H. Earles
February 24th, 2013, 5:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14943
Views: 747808

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Picked up my 6-bottle allocation from Proper (WineBerserkerDay deal) from my sommelier friend who drove down from Ohio (had to ship there since the *%&@$!! KY legislature makes it so difficult to ship wine here), and after dinner also bought a couple of bottles of Domaine Grand Veneur Les Champauvin...
by Edward H. Earles
February 23rd, 2013, 5:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine were you most wrong about?
Replies: 54
Views: 2264

Re: What wine were you most wrong about?

Boy do I need to eat some crow here. This afternoon, I went to a wine tasting to sample wines from a local winery. One of them was a blend that was primarily Norton, and it was...quite good, a lip-smacking 90-point wine that tasted like a well-made Rioja Reserva. This has caused me to rethink the po...
by Edward H. Earles
February 23rd, 2013, 9:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12553
Views: 490456

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Bernard Baudry 2010 Domaine Chinon (opened and double-decanted, but not yet tasted).
by Edward H. Earles
February 23rd, 2013, 3:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wedding & Birth Year Wines.......
Replies: 34
Views: 1068

Re: Wedding & Birth Year Wines.......

My birth year was 1959, which was, by all accounts, a spectacular year for Bordeaux. I'll have to win the lottery to purchase the 1959 Bordeaux I'd love to have......
by Edward H. Earles
February 22nd, 2013, 6:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2010 QPR Thread
Replies: 12
Views: 883

Re: Burgundy 2010 QPR Thread

The 2010 Faiveley Mercurey 1er Cru Clos des Myglands looks like it should be a winner, but I haven't tasted it yet...I can't find anyone who ships it to KY besides Macarthur Beverages, where it is overpriced. Anyone know of a better source? I've purchased 6 bottles from Costco for $30@, but I haven...
by Edward H. Earles
February 22nd, 2013, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2010 QPR Thread
Replies: 12
Views: 883

Re: Burgundy 2010 QPR Thread

I found out that the 2010 Jean Fournier Marsannay Clos du Roy (red) is available here. Anybody tried that one yet?
by Edward H. Earles
February 22nd, 2013, 10:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2010 QPR Thread
Replies: 12
Views: 883

Re: Burgundy 2010 QPR Thread

Speak of the Devil, and he appears:

http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/48073
by Edward H. Earles
February 22nd, 2013, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Southern Rhone 2010 QPR Thread
Replies: 10
Views: 567

Re: Southern Rhone 2010 QPR Thread

I hope the 2010 Lex Deux Albion revvs me up like in prior years. I have a 6-pack coming in. Have not been liking the Southern Rhone releases lately. The scale is becoming ridiculous. If the Les Deux works for me, I will load up. It's always been a multi-case order for me. Wilkinson Wine Cellars sti...
by Edward H. Earles
February 22nd, 2013, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rating the raters
Replies: 72
Views: 3000

Re: Rating the raters

Alex Stewart wrote:I like CT.
I do too. Wine Spectator is OK as a starting point, but I don't buy anything without checking out the CT reviews. I've turned down a lot of WTSO offerings lately because I couldn't find tasting notes for them on CT.
by Edward H. Earles
February 22nd, 2013, 10:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Southern Rhone 2010 QPR Thread
Replies: 10
Views: 567

Re: Southern Rhone 2010 QPR Thread

Has anyone here yet tried the Chateau de Saint Cosme COTES DU RHONE BLANC 2010? This looks like it may be a good buy too, at $16.90/bottle...
by Edward H. Earles
February 22nd, 2013, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Limestone....????
Replies: 69
Views: 3589

Re: Why Limestone....????

http://www.avocadosource.com/tools/fertcalc_files/pH_file/pH.jpg I guess it depends upon which pH range we are talking about here. Soils with free carbonates are buffered to pH values of 8.2 (or above), at which Iron, Copper, and Manganese may be deficient. Most vineyards are on soils with pH value...
by Edward H. Earles
February 22nd, 2013, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2010 QPR Thread
Replies: 12
Views: 883

Re: Burgundy 2010 QPR Thread

Auduoin Marsannay's have been nice. Not sure where you are in KY - but if Nashville is not too far of a drive - check out Hoyt at Village wines. He won't always be the best priced (TN has a similar problem with our laws to KY), but he gets a ton of burgs - young and old and knows them backwards and...
by Edward H. Earles
February 22nd, 2013, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine were you most wrong about?
Replies: 54
Views: 2264

Re: What wine were you most wrong about?

Not so much a wine, but a grape: Back in the 1990s, when I couldn't afford even to contemplate buying wine that cost more than $20/bottle, I tried a number of California Merlots and found them all insipid and flabby....so I didn't drink Merlot, AT ALL, for almost 20 years. Recently I have discovered...
by Edward H. Earles
February 22nd, 2013, 7:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Southern Rhone 2010 QPR Thread
Replies: 10
Views: 567

Re: Southern Rhone 2010 QPR Thread

Robert.Fleming wrote:From what I have tasted so far, it seems as if you can throw a dart at a map of the Southern Rhône and buy with confidence wherever it lands - whatever the price point.
I don't know whether that news is good or bad. Better cash in the 401K.
by Edward H. Earles
February 22nd, 2013, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cab Hunter. - 2006 Burgess Estate Cab
Replies: 3
Views: 193

Re: Cab Hunter. - 2006 Burgess Estate Cab

Would love to bite but I got another warning from the wife this morning about all of my recent internet wine purchases.... blush rolleyes
by Edward H. Earles
February 22nd, 2013, 7:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Limestone....????
Replies: 69
Views: 3589

Re: Hmmmmm..

On the other hand, when grapes are properly grown in a proper climate , the stone underlying the soil does show through. I can taste limestone, schist, granite, basalt, andesite, etc in the various wines (mostly French and Spanish, the Californians haven't quite figured Terroir out yet ) from class...
by Edward H. Earles
February 22nd, 2013, 7:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Southern Rhone 2010 QPR Thread
Replies: 10
Views: 567

Southern Rhone 2010 QPR Thread

While we're at it, we might as well create a QPR thread for Southern Rhones, what with CdP and Gigondas prices now at or near Burgundy levels. I've ordered a case of St. Cosme 2010 Les Deux Albion, but it hasn't arrived yet; I'll be sure to post a note in this thread. Those of you who already have b...
by Edward H. Earles
February 22nd, 2013, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Burgundy 2010 QPR Thread
Replies: 12
Views: 883

Burgundy 2010 QPR Thread

OK, here it is....following on from the Burg QPR 2009 thread. I'll start... Domaine Jean Fournier 2010 Cuvee St. Urbain Marsannay--Great stuff. Case price of about $24/bottle where I shop, probably less expensive for most of you. Just what I like in a villages-level Burgundy. The 2010 Faiveley Mercu...
by Edward H. Earles
February 22nd, 2013, 4:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR 2009 Red Burgundy thread
Replies: 39
Views: 2557

Re: QPR 2009 Red Burgundy thread

OH, and one more thing....the Drouhin 2009 Chorey-les-Beaune can be a bargain (I bought a case of it), but there seems to be a good bit of bottle-to-bottle variation in this one....when it's "on", it's wonderful, but it needs air to shine, and some bottles are too oaky.
by Edward H. Earles
February 22nd, 2013, 4:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR 2009 Red Burgundy thread
Replies: 39
Views: 2557

Re: QPR 2009 Red Burgundy thread

Edward, You might want to start a thread about QPR 2010s - which I find to be a much better vintage than 2009. Also can you name a few of the retailers that do ship to you? I'd be happy to look at their sites and give you any feedback I have on their available burgs. OK, I'll attend to a new thread...
by Edward H. Earles
February 22nd, 2013, 3:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Limestone....????
Replies: 69
Views: 3589

Re: Why Limestone....????

Also, let me interject an educated guess into this discussion. I'm not an oenologist, but here is a conjecture for what it's worth. It may be instructive to compare soils derived from acid felsic crystalline rocks (gneiss, schist, granite) to those derived from carbonate rocks (limestone, chalk, dol...
by Edward H. Earles
February 22nd, 2013, 3:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why Limestone....????
Replies: 69
Views: 3589

Re: Why Limestone....????

During his MonteBello seminar Fri, Paul commented on the prevalence of limestone in the soils at MB. It is well know that JoshJensen searched far & wide until he found a large outcroping of limestone on MtHarlan, which he apparently thought more important than climatic issues. Soil trumps climate i...
by Edward H. Earles
February 22nd, 2013, 3:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14943
Views: 747808

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

A whole bunch of stuff during WTSO's "cheapskate Wednesday", followed by a case of St. Cosme 2010 Les Deux Albion CDR [cheers.gif]
by Edward H. Earles
February 22nd, 2013, 3:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: QPR 2009 Red Burgundy thread
Replies: 39
Views: 2557

Re: QPR 2009 Red Burgundy thread

I just discovered this thread after a google search and decided to resurrect it. I live in an area where red Burgundy of any grade (good, bad, or indifferent) is nearly impossible to find. The largest wine store in my area...which carries thousands of different labels of wine....has 8 red burgundies...
by Edward H. Earles
February 14th, 2013, 5:51 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: PSA for Cincinnati wine geeks
Replies: 5
Views: 279

Re: PSA for Cincinnati wine geeks

I live in KY, about 90 miles south if Cinci...I'll check it out sometime, as I get up there occasionally (we go to Jungle Jim's about 2 or 3 times a year).
by Edward H. Earles
February 14th, 2013, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Grape(s) Do NOT Reflect Terroir???
Replies: 43
Views: 1088

Re: What Grape(s) Do NOT Reflect Terroir???

Henry Kiichli wrote:Concord??
You beat me to it. We might as well add Norton.

On the other side of the spectrum, I'll vote for Cabernet Franc as the one that best expresses terroir. Mourvedre, Syrah and Grenache are all pretty good too, which explains (to some extent) the appeal of Rhones.
by Edward H. Earles
February 14th, 2013, 5:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Questions about Oregon Pinot Noir...
Replies: 21
Views: 972

Re: Questions about Oregon Pinot Noir...

What vintages in the last 20 years would be best for a Burgundy lover? What producers would be best for a Burgundy lover? Ive been wanting to explore the region but a little bit of a framework would be helpful. I am a Burgundy lover and I am favorably impressed with the 2010 Pinots from J.K.Carrier...
by Edward H. Earles
February 14th, 2013, 5:08 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Should a restaurant charge corkage on a corked bottle?
Replies: 77
Views: 2498

Re: Should a restaurant charge corkage on a corked bottle?

Beliefs of corkage charge for corked bottles??? The question should have been, "should restaurants be allowed to charge corkage fees?", and the answer is, NOT JUST NO, BUT HELL NO. Any restaurant that sells wine should be required, by law, to permit patrons to bring their own wines, and forbidden t...
by Edward H. Earles
February 14th, 2013, 4:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A question for Burgundy lovers and all others
Replies: 81
Views: 2390

Re: A question for Burgundy lovers and all others

... What took me aback was the guy that commented that, along with the [Sea Smoke] Southing, the Ten was probably the best pinot noir in the world. I'm guessing every burg-ler on this board would have shit themselves upon reading that. It took immeasurable restraint to avoid commenting on his asser...
by Edward H. Earles
February 8th, 2013, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Faiveley Mercurey 'Clos Du Roy' 1er
Replies: 13
Views: 638

Re: TN: 2010 Faiveley Mercurey 'Clos Du Roy' 1er

Thanks for posting this note. I was thinking about trying to acquire some of this wine (not available locally, but I can find it among certain internet retailers). Now I'll pursue purchase.
by Edward H. Earles
February 8th, 2013, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wow..fight for market share down under gets nasty
Replies: 14
Views: 1174

Re: Wow..fight for market share down under gets nasty

My wife and I drink more NZ SBs than all other white wines combined. Not to disparage other whites, but I think the NZ SB wines represent excellent values generally. It is only a matter of time before producers of white wine in other regions make wines that are more fruit-forward than they have trad...
by Edward H. Earles
February 8th, 2013, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12553
Views: 490456

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2010 Falesco Merlot. Great QPR on that wine.
by Edward H. Earles
February 5th, 2013, 9:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fortune favours the brave!
Replies: 10
Views: 903

Re: Fortune favours the brave!

I hope one day to have an experience like this. Where I live, I am lucky to find a young Pommard.
by Edward H. Earles
February 3rd, 2013, 12:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard
Replies: 135
Views: 10670

Re: TN: 2009 Rhys Pinot Noir Family Farm Vineyard

Gosh...where to start.... Some of us out here love wines with a Brettanomyces character. I drink Burgundies for exactly this reason, and Belgian Lambics also. For those of you who have had Brett-affected Rhys pinots....how did they express themselves? Was the flavor/aroma similar to horse blankets? ...
by Edward H. Earles
February 3rd, 2013, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any wines you really like/love that (almost) no one else gets?
Replies: 91
Views: 2544

Re: Are there any wines you really like/love that (almost) no one else gets?

I absolutely love wines with a strong Brettanomyces character. It amazes me that most people consider Brett a fault in wine....it's what makes for a memorable wine experience, for me. I also drink Belgian lambics for the same reason. I hardly drink any other beers, besides Belgian sour ales and lamb...
by Edward H. Earles
February 1st, 2013, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there wines you don't get that everyone else loves ???
Replies: 133
Views: 5144

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

Anything oaky. I'm not a termite.

Beyond that, though, I'll have to add, that I love all the stuff the rest of you hate. I could drink my weight in horseblankety Burgundy, musty Spanish reds or expensive champagne (assuming someone else is footing the bill). [cheers.gif]
by Edward H. Earles
January 29th, 2013, 5:06 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Happy Bobby Burns Day!
Replies: 2
Views: 213

Re: Happy Bobby Burns Day!

I need to do this next year.
by Edward H. Earles
January 29th, 2013, 5:05 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16838
Views: 465454

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Duchess de Bourgogne, from a 750-ml bottle. Good stuff. [cheers.gif]
by Edward H. Earles
January 29th, 2013, 5:03 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Next Week's Beer Focus - The Master thread for beer focus weeks
Replies: 161
Views: 13430

Re: Next Week's Beer Focus - The Master thread for beer focus weeks

Is this thread still active? Anybody doing any beer drinking?
by Edward H. Earles
January 29th, 2013, 4:32 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IV (January 27, 2013)
Topic: The "how I got caught" thread
Replies: 40
Views: 4786

Re: The "how I got caught" thread

My wife is cool with the wine hobby. The only thing she ever says is if I picked up more 96 Krug cuz she loves that bottle so much. She just had some Westvleteren XII this weekend that a friend shared with us and she says she can't drink any other beer now. Asked me to get some Westy...umm sure...m...
by Edward H. Earles
January 29th, 2013, 3:11 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IV (January 27, 2013)
Topic: The "how I got caught" thread
Replies: 40
Views: 4786

Re: The "how I got caught" thread

My wife is cool with the wine hobby. The only thing she ever says is if I picked up more 96 Krug cuz she loves that bottle so much. She just had some Westvleteren XII this weekend that a friend shared with us and she says she can't drink any other beer now. Asked me to get some Westy...umm sure...m...
by Edward H. Earles
January 29th, 2013, 3:00 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IV (January 27, 2013)
Topic: PLEASE VOTE: Keep BerserkerDay on the 27th...or a weekend day near it
Replies: 57
Views: 5558

Re: PLEASE VOTE: Keep BerserkerDay on the 27th...or a weekend day near it

The last Sunday in January works best for me. I have fewer responsibilities on Sunday and can hang around on this site all day.
by Edward H. Earles
January 29th, 2013, 2:32 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay IV (January 27, 2013)
Topic: Berserker Day IV - Final Thoughts
Replies: 93
Views: 9882

Re: ?!

I can't secure wineries around the country single-handedly, and even the committee has a tough time reaching out, so I think for situations such as this (which I would LOVE to see on BerserkerDay, btw), the best way is to put the wineries in contact with me when you think of them. When you find a w...
by Edward H. Earles
January 29th, 2013, 8:12 am
Forum: BerserkerDay IV (January 27, 2013)
Topic: Berserker Day IV - Final Thoughts
Replies: 93
Views: 9882

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I thought it was great and spent extra time and money on the newest, smallest labels (when I could - Nicora sold out in a heart beat!). I thought the variety was very good (agree on the pinot centric comment but not complaining) and would encourage even greater focus on variety if possible. So much...

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