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by Chris Atkins
March 9th, 2017, 11:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow In Feburary
Replies: 131
Views: 13062

Scarecrow In Feburary

Let me get this straight. Scarecrow charged you $473 for shipping two 3 packs plus a Mag. You have got to be kidding! You're shipping cost alone about equaled the first 5 bottles of my Forman purchase last year, and yes my shipping charge was $0. Again lets analyze this, 5 bottles of Forman, or ship...
by Chris Atkins
March 6th, 2017, 11:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Levy and McClellan Offer
Replies: 39
Views: 3868

Levy and McClellan Offer

Where does L&M go from here? Clearly they are reaching out to new buyers, many of whom have never bought it, and at $450 never will. Tough situation for this proprietor. I have no idea what their annual production is? Perhaps they can keep the label alive by reducing production?
by Chris Atkins
March 5th, 2017, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Levy and McClellan Offer
Replies: 39
Views: 3868

Levy and McClellan Offer

This debuted before the recession at a very reasonable price of only $350 per bottle. Now after a decade of dominance equaled by no other in Napa, Levy and McClellan has reached the peak of the cult wine hierarchy! Harlan nor Bryant nor Screaming Eagle can match up to L&M. It's the pinnacle of produ...
by Chris Atkins
February 11th, 2017, 8:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Colgin IX offering
Replies: 16
Views: 1315

2014 Colgin IX offering

I haven't purchased any Colgin in over a decade, just received the offer today. What does that say about sales?
by Chris Atkins
February 6th, 2017, 8:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Abreu Open
Replies: 8
Views: 984

Abreu Open

Yeah Abreu is not in favor these days. Doesn't matter the scores, if there are Cabs of equal quality for one third the price then the QPR is poor!
by Chris Atkins
February 3rd, 2017, 9:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa valley winery recommendations
Replies: 26
Views: 1953

Napa valley winery recommendations

You should try and schedule a Sunday appointment with Corison. They may still have their 2013 Cabernet available which from the sound of your preference "not full on fruit bombs" a "perfect fit". This is indeed a thought provoking and structured Cabernet! I have these in my cellar, could be as good ...
by Chris Atkins
February 3rd, 2017, 8:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Dominus @259...
Replies: 104
Views: 8688

2013 Dominus @259...

No bottle of wine is worth $259 for me these days, and this includes fabulous bottles of 1997 and 2008 Dominus that we shared recently. I wouldn't doubt that their 2013 is equally impressive, but for $259? Certainly not when I can get Dunn Howell Mountain, Corison, and Forman, all for less than half...
by Chris Atkins
January 5th, 2017, 10:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Schrader - 2nd round offer
Replies: 27
Views: 2645

2015 Schrader - 2nd round offer

The Dunn may not be better for you Nick, but for those of us with a sophisticated palate, it is!
by Chris Atkins
January 5th, 2017, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2015 Schrader - 2nd round offer
Replies: 27
Views: 2645

2015 Schrader - 2nd round offer

Yeah why would you get this when you can buy 7 Dunn Howell Mountain's. Did I mention its better too!
by Chris Atkins
December 17th, 2016, 9:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Dominus (Et tu, Christian?)
Replies: 23
Views: 1382

TN: 2002 Dominus (Et tu, Christian?)

We just had the 2008 Estate last weekend and was beautiful, showing off perfectly ripe fruit with harmony and balance. Same experience with a 1997. Interestingly we had a flawed bottle of 2002 a few years back but the winery refused to replace it for us??
by Chris Atkins
December 16th, 2016, 7:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is schrader Past its Prime? Seems to be lots for sale in Commerce Corner
Replies: 16
Views: 1927

Is schrader Past its Prime? Seems to be lots for sale in Commerce Corner

Schrader is what it is. Been around the block for quite some time, and stylistically like the herd. I think its more trophy status for the millennials.
by Chris Atkins
December 10th, 2016, 12:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 5
Views: 610

TN: 2010 Corison Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Someone recently wrote on CT for the 2013 "an elegant CabSav but needs more depth for a higher score" Really? I can only imagine the depth this person yearns for which for me likely would indicate a lower score. Corison gets it, the 2010 is indeed a great bottle!
by Chris Atkins
November 19th, 2016, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Schrader "heat recall"
Replies: 6
Views: 1463

Schrader "heat recall"

This is a major and avoidable mistake on Schrader's behalf. When shipping to Southern California anytime of the year, check the three day forecast! Even in the middle of Winter, Santa Ana winds can cause temperatures to spike into the mid 80's. Last week in So Cal some areas broke 90 degrees, while ...
by Chris Atkins
November 5th, 2016, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TRB and Mike Smith wines?
Replies: 43
Views: 4293

TRB and Mike Smith wines?

TRB has that many clients!? Wow! How much time and attention to detail can he really give to each and everyone of them? I would have to believe that RM is his top priority, and other clients are on cruise control. Do ya think that the Dunn's and Forman's are focused on anything other than Dunn and F...
by Chris Atkins
October 29th, 2016, 6:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Parker Kapcsandy 2013 - 100, 100, 99 and 97 pts
Replies: 32
Views: 2140

New Parker Kapcsandy 2013 - 100, 100, 99 and 97 pts

When so many of your peers score 100, how do you stand out? Of course you try to make the best wine you can, and I have no reason to doubt the Kapcsandy's quality. Parker has awarded a lot of perfect scores in 2013, lets see where they all are in 2025. I know one thing, I am not sure what he gave th...
by Chris Atkins
October 29th, 2016, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Parker Kapcsandy 2013 - 100, 100, 99 and 97 pts
Replies: 32
Views: 2140

New Parker Kapcsandy 2013 - 100, 100, 99 and 97 pts

When the 2016 vintage hits the market in a few years, I predict that Parker's grossly inflated scoring will reach its pinnacle. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see 50 separate Napa Cabs hit 100 points.
by Chris Atkins
October 1st, 2016, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine tasting - Inside vs. Outside
Replies: 27
Views: 1491

Wine tasting - Inside vs. Outside

Air temperature is far and away the biggest factor for wine tastings. Yes cooking in the house, or environmental factors outside do play a minor role, however its the air temperature that is critical for maximum enjoyment. I fluctuate from our living room, to the patio or balcony, depending in large...
by Chris Atkins
September 29th, 2016, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Larkmead Fall offering
Replies: 36
Views: 2686

Larkmead Fall offering

Ian, I am certainly aware that replanting comes at a cost, but these price increases are aggressive, if not bordering on radical! The bigger risk to Larkmead is high customer turnover. Yes there will be new customers that come in and buy Solari for 2 bills, but will they remain for long? The higher ...
by Chris Atkins
September 28th, 2016, 10:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Larkmead Fall offering
Replies: 36
Views: 2686

Larkmead Fall offering

In 2012 my friend and I bought some 2009 Solari, and I believe we paid $90 per bottle. Now only four years later the price has more than doubled. Vineyard re-devolopement and refining what's going on, doesn't even come close to justifying this radical of a price increase.
by Chris Atkins
September 17th, 2016, 5:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sigaro
Replies: 14
Views: 1135

Sigaro

Fred, you are correct "(new release is now $ 115)" although I bought in at $95. I have only tried one vintage of Sigaro, 2010, and its indeed a very good wine, but its no Forman! For me the 2010 Sigaro was big and bold with earthy nuances, and ripe blackberry liquor fruit, even a bit pushy ripe. Sol...
by Chris Atkins
September 17th, 2016, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sigaro
Replies: 14
Views: 1135

Sigaro

Okay Dennis, I'll give you one. How about Forman, superior wine! and by the way, half the price.
by Chris Atkins
September 16th, 2016, 12:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sigaro
Replies: 14
Views: 1135

Sigaro

Certainly better opportunities are available elsewhere.
by Chris Atkins
September 16th, 2016, 12:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Larkmead Fall offering
Replies: 36
Views: 2686

Larkmead Fall offering

I think the mistake that Larkmead made was in their quality to price ratio assessment. They honestly believed that their wines were undervalued for years, an assessment shared by only a minority of connoisseurs.
by Chris Atkins
September 3rd, 2016, 10:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Forman Cab thoughts
Replies: 4
Views: 686

2012 Forman Cab thoughts

Agree with everyone here. I had it last fall and it was showing very well with excellent depth. For $75 just go out and buy all you can.
by Chris Atkins
August 31st, 2016, 11:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Harlan
Replies: 22
Views: 1884

2013 Harlan

From a historical perspective Harlan Estate was very difficult to get from around 1996-2007. There was a long waiting list which fueled a strong secondary market. Harlan and others didn't like the so called flipping of their wines so they increased prices at an unprecedented rate. Then the recession...
by Chris Atkins
August 27th, 2016, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It is now a felony for out-of-state retailers to ship into Illinois
Replies: 87
Views: 5643

It is now a felony for out-of-state retailers to ship into Illinois

More bull crap bureaucracy. Can't ship in Cabernet, but Marlboro, Cool and Camel are just fine. Illinois get a f------ clue!
by Chris Atkins
August 20th, 2016, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whatever happened to Merus?
Replies: 6
Views: 1495

Whatever happened to Merus?

It would appear that they are still producing these days, but is there any excitement that this once esteemed outfit garnered a decade ago? With Mark Herold at the helm, Merus Cabernet possessed personality and pedigree, and it was certainly in demand, really not sure if there is any demand these da...
by Chris Atkins
August 14th, 2016, 12:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Ramey Jericho Canyon and a Lesson Learned... Yet Again!!
Replies: 15
Views: 1181

TN: 2001 Ramey Jericho Canyon and a Lesson Learned... Yet Again!!

I recall this exact wine being rich but somewhat jammy and flamboyant in its youth. We drank a few bottles about a decade ago and while they were rewarding at the time, we didn't feel the urge to cellar them for long. In 2008 we had the 2004 Ramey Pedregal in a blind tasting and it was the clear los...
by Chris Atkins
July 24th, 2016, 4:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Beltramo's Wine Theft/Burglary
Replies: 11
Views: 1815

Beltramo's Wine Theft/Burglary

In the movie "Goodfellows" this kind of thing occurred regularly. Just before they would "blow the joint", inventory would move out the back door.
by Chris Atkins
July 4th, 2016, 9:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Cabs: Need an update
Replies: 18
Views: 1883

California Cabs: Need an update

Robert, I know exactly what you mean. Too much oak, alcohol, and ripeness has become the excepted standard in the making of high end Cabs. Apparently a lot of folks like this style, not me! With regard to the suggested wines, I have to disagree with Ramey, too over the top for me. I do agree with La...
by Chris Atkins
June 18th, 2016, 12:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Single greatest American wine ever made?
Replies: 221
Views: 13979

Single greatest American wine ever made?

1985 Heitz Martha's Vineyard is my number one choice!

Followed closely by 1987 Spottswoode, 2001 Chappellet Pritchard Hill, and 2010 Forman.
by Chris Atkins
June 18th, 2016, 12:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help with 2005 Dominus
Replies: 15
Views: 943

Help with 2005 Dominus

Jerome, I know you didn't mention taking it to a restaurant, but Alan did. My recommendation would be to enjoy this bottle at home where you have control over the environment. Pushy waiters trying to overfill your glasses, too warm of a temperature, and excessive noise can substantially diminish you...
by Chris Atkins
June 15th, 2016, 2:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Dominus @ $319 Pre-arrival
Replies: 58
Views: 5284

2013 Dominus @ $319 Pre-arrival

Of course nobody is knocking the quality. I had my first Dominus, the 1985, in 1990, and it was a cut above everything else in Napa except for Martha's Vineyard. The price however is the issue. If the winery has a suggested retail price of $249, that should be the FINAL price. It all works backward ...
by Chris Atkins
June 13th, 2016, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Dominus @ $319 Pre-arrival
Replies: 58
Views: 5284

2013 Dominus @ $319 Pre-arrival

Tom, I was informed by the winery earlier today that the suggested retail quote of $199 that I, and others were given last week was incorrect. Today they are quoting the suggested retail price for the 2013 Dominus to be $249. They now claim that they were in error, and after some confusion have made...
by Chris Atkins
June 13th, 2016, 3:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Dominus @ $319 Pre-arrival
Replies: 58
Views: 5284

2013 Dominus @ $319 Pre-arrival

Peter, You clearly know nothing in regard to wholesale and retail pricing in the wine business, so I will give you the facts. The retail price is 150% of the wholesale price. Example, retailer buys a case of wine for $800, and prices each bottle at $100 to the consumer. The standard commission paid ...
by Chris Atkins
June 13th, 2016, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Dominus @ $319 Pre-arrival
Replies: 58
Views: 5284

2013 Dominus @ $319 Pre-arrival

Does work this way! Price was quoted directly from staff at Dominus. Distributors are indeed to blame. One retailer I spoke with said the wholesale price they are paying exceeded the suggested retail price. Wholesale price is 66.67% of retail, which in this case is $132.67. This is why you use dedic...
by Chris Atkins
June 12th, 2016, 11:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Dominus @ $319 Pre-arrival
Replies: 58
Views: 5284

2013 Dominus @ $319 Pre-arrival

Is this the fault of Dominus entirely or only in part? They certainly have control over who distributes their product, and perhaps this is their problem. According to Dominus, the suggested retail price for their 2013 Estate is $199. But why $319 now? Distributors, perhaps you can enlighten everyone...
by Chris Atkins
June 3rd, 2016, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Insignia
Replies: 21
Views: 1828

2013 Insignia

Rob, I agree that Corison is not in the same league as Insignia. Insignia is in the standard league, while Corison in the major league. I'll admit that I've had some great Insignia's from 1984-1987, but I am not impressed with the recent vintages, outside of 2001. Corison wines usually need a few ye...
by Chris Atkins
June 3rd, 2016, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Insignia
Replies: 21
Views: 1828

2013 Insignia

Jerome, I think you are correct with respect to the 2013 made in similar fashion to the 2008, and perhaps maybe not that appealing to you. You may want to try the 2013 Corison Napa for less than half the price. This will not tire out your palate. Its fresh lively and complex.
by Chris Atkins
June 3rd, 2016, 1:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Insignia
Replies: 21
Views: 1828

2013 Insignia

It's a no brainer pass. Sure it has pedigree, but this has evolved over the years into a more modern, mega ripe style. I am sure its bold and flamboyant as this bottle usually is, but for two bills, I would seek something with more personality and precision. Much smaller production, and price tag too.
by Chris Atkins
May 27th, 2016, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 4
Views: 508

2013 Corison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

This Cabernet opens up rather slowly, but man does it evolve into something special in about an hour. Deep and rich with luxurious wild berry, crushed rock, creme brûlée and black licorice nuances. Firm with gripping tannins and vibrant acidity on the palate, leading to a pure, lingering finish of r...
by Chris Atkins
May 26th, 2016, 1:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2 07 Heavyweights- Kapcsandy Grand Vin vs Larkmead Solari
Replies: 6
Views: 621

2 07 Heavyweights- Kapcsandy Grand Vin vs Larkmead Solari

Fred, I found your note on the 2007 Larkmead Solari to be somewhat incongruent. You begin with "this is hitting on all cylinders" and you finish with "It's somewhat one dimensional and almost a bit too much. It finishes with a slightly sweet note." We had this wine on multiple occasions and I have t...
by Chris Atkins
May 12th, 2016, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 vs 2013 Napa
Replies: 14
Views: 1956

2014 vs 2013 Napa

Always preferred 2008 over 2007 in Napa. Many 2007's, including ones with strong track records have grossly underperformed.

From those I have talked to, 2013 is nothing like 2007 in Napa.

2014? I am not sure.
by Chris Atkins
May 4th, 2016, 12:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 California cabernet sauvignon and merlot: Good as those in 1994?
Replies: 27
Views: 2588

2007 California cabernet sauvignon and merlot: Good as those in 1994?

If you want a vintage to compare to 1994 in Napa or California, I would suggest 2001 or 2010, not 2007. There are sometimes exceptions but I have had some disappointing 2007's.
by Chris Atkins
April 29th, 2016, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA:2013 Forman
Replies: 33
Views: 3199

PSA:2013 Forman

Yeah Mike, I was tipped off, and a case of 2013 now rests in my cellar. If it's as good as the 2010 we had a couple of weeks ago, which I suspect it may indeed, then I will be one happy connoisseur!
by Chris Atkins
April 27th, 2016, 12:57 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS 2007 Scarecrow
Replies: 0
Views: 244

FS 2007 Scarecrow

I have one bottle of 2007 Scarecrow for sale. Received directly from the winery and cellared ever since. 100 points, asking price $650, prefer local Nor Cal buyer.
by Chris Atkins
April 8th, 2016, 12:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Phelps 2014 Insignia Futures Pricing
Replies: 8
Views: 1210

Phelps 2014 Insignia Futures Pricing

So the 2013 Insignia futures sold for $160, that hardly sounds like a deal. For the 2013 Montelena futures I paid $90.
by Chris Atkins
March 11th, 2016, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I love that vintage!
Replies: 26
Views: 1029

I love that vintage!

2001 for Napa Cabernet
by Chris Atkins
February 18th, 2016, 11:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Drinkward Peschon
Replies: 19
Views: 1472

2013 Drinkward Peschon

For you guys looking to split an allocation, in time you'll wish you had them all.

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