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by NoahR
February 16th, 2014, 1:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Online Wine Rating/Review Websites
Replies: 13
Views: 599

Online Wine Rating/Review Websites

I've found that the quality of the reviews on CellarTracker tend to vary with the quality of the wine. If you're looking at Parkerized wine, the reviews will reflect Parkerized tastes and, conversely, the higher end burg reviews are typically exceptional. What are thoughts on Jancis Robinson 'a site?
by NoahR
February 16th, 2014, 8:01 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Domaine Wine Storage - DC Thread
Replies: 2311
Views: 90204

Domaine Wine Storage - DC Thread

So this is either on topic or off, but how many cases can you actually fit into a 38 case locker and actually be able to get at it to pull a bottle? About to pull the trigger on ordering one (mostly to meet you guys, but it also turns out I have some wine to store)...
Cheers,
N
by NoahR
February 16th, 2014, 3:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 Williams Selyem
Replies: 33
Views: 1823

2012 Williams Selyem

Just visited the winery. The tasting was great, especially their library wines. They mentioned nothing about Cabral leaving. I didn't bring it up.
by NoahR
February 15th, 2014, 5:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Sojourn, Altamura, Martin Estate, Bond (brief)
Replies: 2
Views: 394

TN: Sojourn, Altamura, Martin Estate, Bond (brief)

Doing the MB library tasting at Ridge. Excited for that! Real question is how to avoid spending too much at Copain and W-S...
by NoahR
February 14th, 2014, 10:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2014 Sojourn Spring Release Wines
Replies: 29
Views: 2079

2014 Sojourn Spring Release Wines

Just tasted all the 2012's except Gap 's Crown. Really enjoyed the earthy Rodger's Creek and strawberry-and-structure Sangiamcomo. Rutherford cab very, very good as well. Buy it and enjoy
by NoahR
February 14th, 2014, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Sojourn, Altamura, Martin Estate, Bond (brief)
Replies: 2
Views: 394

TN: Sojourn, Altamura, Martin Estate, Bond (brief)

A whirlwind tour from Sonoma to Napa up to Angwin. First stop was Sojourn, where Sherry, the marketing director, led us through a tasting. The 2012 pinots were all good. The Sonoma coast offering was bright and well balanced, good QPR, with some elegance but not the body of either the Roger's or the...
by NoahR
February 13th, 2014, 6:01 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Syrah vs Pinot
Replies: 9
Views: 2093

Syrah vs Pinot

Nguyen, Based on your Pinot likes, I would suggest you try some of the Walla Walla and Horse Heaven Hills syrahs. Washington makes some bright and structured but still rich and fruit- laden syrahs. If you were to check out Bunnell Family Cellars, for example, there are some great wines that might be...
by NoahR
February 13th, 2014, 5:53 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: DC Area Offline - March 2014 (now maybe April)
Replies: 36
Views: 2083

DC Area Offline - March 2014

I guess I'm way late on this one. Put me on the wait list? And in for future meets!
Cheers,
Noah
by NoahR
February 13th, 2014, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: cali pinots from light to heavy-a list?
Replies: 36
Views: 2316

cali pinots from light to heavy-a list?

Robert, thanks for the detailed response. Exactly what I needed to hear. Will be in Sonoma this weekend to taste Copain, Sojourn and Williams-Selyem. Hoping to find the power and concentration in "light on its feet" wines at one of those places...
by NoahR
February 12th, 2014, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: cali pinots from light to heavy-a list?
Replies: 36
Views: 2316

cali pinots from light to heavy-a list?

I am struggling with this as I try to adjust my palate and figure out exactly what I like. I don't understand why the original poster uses burgundy as the touchstone for light as, in my little experience, every good burg I've had (and these are all PC not GC level) has serious body and depth and ric...
by NoahR
February 12th, 2014, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3985
Views: 411810

The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

Experiences have been fine for me as well. Have received two shipments of 3-5 cases and two shipments of foods/oils. I think they are full of it when the estimate when the wine will arrive unless it's already there or local, but no long waits or bait-and-switches with me this far on a sample of 100+...
by NoahR
February 12th, 2014, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3985
Views: 411810

The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life

I bit at Fay as well. Seemed too good a deal to pass up.
by NoahR
February 12th, 2014, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Spring Release 2014
Replies: 309
Views: 18722

Bedrock Spring Release 2014

Save some Kamen for us waitlisters!
by NoahR
February 12th, 2014, 9:44 am
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Clark Smith 2/10/14 - 2/15/14
Topic: Solution Chemistry
Replies: 9
Views: 1588

Solution Chemistry

I see whole cluster being touted mostly by Pinot winemakers, not whites. And was under the impression that it was de rigueur in Burgundy because they did not have equipment for destemming.
by NoahR
February 12th, 2014, 4:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Salon des Vins de Loire 2014 - Savennières
Replies: 6
Views: 701

Salon des Vins de Loire 2014 - Savennières

Anyone happen to know the importer for FL/Chamboureau? Would love to try a few bottles and stash away in the cellar.

Really appreciate the reviews! For Chamboureau - I see some 2008's available that I could order - any idea on ideal drinking window?
by NoahR
February 11th, 2014, 11:00 pm
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Clark Smith 2/10/14 - 2/15/14
Topic: Solution Chemistry
Replies: 9
Views: 1588

Solution Chemistry

Thanks for this. Touring the glossary while I wait for the book to arrive. In the meantime, another Q relative to tannins: What are the postmodern winemaker's thoughts about whole cluster, partial destemming, carbonic maceration etc, and how it changes or what it adds to wine with respect to specifi...
by NoahR
February 11th, 2014, 7:36 pm
Forum: Special Wine Guests - Clark Smith 2/10/14 - 2/15/14
Topic: Solution Chemistry
Replies: 9
Views: 1588

Solution Chemistry

I just ordered your book. Have been excited by your discussions so far and only wish I had picked it up in time for your visit here. Sorry if this is rehashing the contents in your book, but could you talk a bit about what you consider the elements of good and bad structure, in dry reds for example?...
by NoahR
February 11th, 2014, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pride Reserve List
Replies: 15
Views: 1134

Pride Reserve List

The number came directly from a rep from Pride, though she did say it was an average. The list closed in 1999 so if it was near that time one could probably get on it fairly quickly. I've gotten on the Harlan and other lists quickly and never bought bottles because I find the tariff offensive and wa...
by NoahR
February 11th, 2014, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pride Reserve List
Replies: 15
Views: 1134

Pride Reserve List

I was just informed that, to go from Pride's regular list to be offered their Reserve bottlings takes about $6500 in purchase history.

Anyone out there with corroborating or differing experience?
by NoahR
February 10th, 2014, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Avoiding Palate Fatigue
Replies: 24
Views: 1085

Avoiding Palate Fatigue

Oliver, that's awesome!

Wondering how best to bring a re-openable crappy beer with me, driving around Napa... May have to stick with bread and seltzer.
by NoahR
February 9th, 2014, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best QPR wines from Beckstoffer G3 and To Kalon
Replies: 11
Views: 1227

Best QPR wines from Beckstoffer G3 and To Kalon

Mike,

Thanks for links to those tasting notes! Makes me wish I were in New York.

The current Sojourn offering sounds like it's mostly GIII fruit but with some blending grapes from elsewhere as well. Hoping it compares favorably when I taste there next week...
by NoahR
February 9th, 2014, 12:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Avoiding Palate Fatigue
Replies: 24
Views: 1085

Avoiding Palate Fatigue

Will be doing a marathon (for me) two days of winery visits and tasting this weekend, not something I regularly do. I'll probably taste 20-30 wines each day. Will be spitting for the most part and will, of course, be carrying water. What are best ways of avoiding palate fatigue in between wines and ...
by NoahR
February 9th, 2014, 11:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best QPR wines from Beckstoffer G3 and To Kalon
Replies: 11
Views: 1227

Best QPR wines from Beckstoffer G3 and To Kalon

Having heard so much about these specific vineyards, what are the best QPR wines made from Beckstoffer George's III and To Kalon? I see a number of $125-150 offerings, and am wondering what the relative bargains are.

Cheers!
N
by NoahR
February 9th, 2014, 5:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 vintage recommendation
Replies: 33
Views: 1227

2004 vintage recommendation

Also a decent year for Barolo.
by NoahR
February 9th, 2014, 5:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 vintage recommendation
Replies: 33
Views: 1227

2004 vintage recommendation

I have seen some very well-priced bottles of 2004 Malescot St-Exupery (including large formats) on Winebid.

For what was considered a less than stellar Bdx vintage where good producers still made very good wines, CT reviews seem to suggest this is a good one.
by NoahR
February 7th, 2014, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tell me about Rivers-Marie PN.
Replies: 158
Views: 11238

Tell me about Rivers-Marie PN.

Wondering how long waiting list is. Sadly at the bottom...
by NoahR
February 7th, 2014, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Martin Estate wines
Replies: 13
Views: 652

Martin Estate wines

Thanks everyone for thoughts. Will be visiting next week and will try some wines and take notes
by NoahR
February 7th, 2014, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14943
Views: 747814

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Altamura 2006 cab, Negroamaro as well. Got a mixed six pack on recommendations from here (said I was looking for something Bond-like).
by NoahR
February 7th, 2014, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Kamen Cabernet
Replies: 42
Views: 4529

Bedrock Kamen Cabernet

Morgan - save some for us sad sacks at the bottom of the wait list!
by NoahR
February 7th, 2014, 7:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cellarvu App. update
Replies: 36
Views: 2058

Cellarvu App. update

I run my entire life through my iPhone. I use Cor.kz because I love everything about CellarTracker (thank you, Eric!) but it is - appallingly- slow. I mean molasses, 1200 baud modem slow.

Would love something, anything faster. Joakim , can you please port to iPhone???
by NoahR
February 6th, 2014, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your score distribution?
Replies: 29
Views: 856

What's your score distribution?

If 85 and below isn't worth drinking, and almost nothing rates beyond 95 in a meaningful and reproducible way, why not rescale to 0-10, 0 being "85 or below", 5 corresponding to 90, and 10 being a "95 or above". This takes into account the inherent superiority of our wine choices, given that most Wi...
by NoahR
February 6th, 2014, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Martin Estate wines
Replies: 13
Views: 652

Martin Estate wines

Anyone out there with significant experience with this estate in Rutherford? QPR? Style? Comparison to other winemakers?

Thanks!
by NoahR
February 2nd, 2014, 2:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Vintage Port. Do you have a favorite?
Replies: 22
Views: 683

2011 Vintage Port. Do you have a favorite?

Bought two magnums of the Calem 2011. Not planning to touch them for decades. By that time I may be senile and unable to rate. This is the problem with buying young port.
by NoahR
February 1st, 2014, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lambert Bridge (And nearby wineries?)
Replies: 16
Views: 460

Lambert Bridge (And nearby wineries?)

If it helps, I would say I'm looking for Pinot, Syrah and not overly expensive cab, mostly for cellaring. Like a good zin but find most of them too big in youth and lacking backbone for aging. Does that later your choice of alternates?
by NoahR
February 1st, 2014, 11:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lambert Bridge (And nearby wineries?)
Replies: 16
Views: 460

Lambert Bridge (And nearby wineries?)

Do any Berserkers have any experience with their wines? My wife is in charge of planning a day trip in the area and we're hitting Ridge for a library tasting, Copain, and the third scheduled (on recommendation by a concierge) was Lambert Bridge. Any recommendations in that immediate area, as well, i...
by NoahR
January 31st, 2014, 5:29 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Domaine Wine Storage - DC Thread
Replies: 2311
Views: 90204

Domaine Wine Storage - DC Thread

So have been thinking of picking up a locker at Domaine, mostly because I've heard about all these great Saturday gatherings. How to get involved? PM me? Hope to meet all of you soon...
by NoahR
January 30th, 2014, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1992 Ridge Carignane Whitten Ranch ATP
Replies: 13
Views: 320

1992 Ridge Carignane Whitten Ranch ATP

Just got a bottle of '96 Buchignani Carignane at auction. Hoping it was stored well. Any experience with long bottle age on other Ridge ATP wines?
by NoahR
January 29th, 2014, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Our visit to Chateau Cos d'Estournel
Replies: 19
Views: 1075

Our visit to Chateau Cos d'Estournel

This is really great information - thanks for sharing!

For those of you who buy Bdx futures - from whom do you buy? I had bought through MacArthur Beverages, which is a great store, but I wonder if others are getting better deals by getting closer to the source. Any advice?
by NoahR
January 29th, 2014, 2:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to compare to Bond or Hundred Acre at <1/4 price?
Replies: 18
Views: 1367

What to compare to Bond or Hundred Acre at <1/4 price?

Thanks to all for suggestions. Just ordered some Altamura (also trying their Sangiovese and Negroamaro) and have been on the Pride list for a while but have never been offered any of their reserve bottlings. Signed up for Lewelling and Mascot but unsure when I'll ever hear from them... Looking into ...
by NoahR
January 28th, 2014, 7:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What to compare to Bond or Hundred Acre at <1/4 price?
Replies: 18
Views: 1367

What to compare to Bond or Hundred Acre at <1/4 price?

Was at a dinner with a friend a few months ago and he brought out a bottle of 2006 Bond (and I don't remember whether it was Pluribus or Vecina) and it was remarkably good. Not my standard style, but remarkably good, and I go in for that bigness sometimes. I had signed myself up for their offering 4...
by NoahR
January 28th, 2014, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Felsina Chianti Classico
Replies: 69
Views: 4942

2010 Felsina Chianti Classico

Any word on how the 2010 Rancia and Fontalloro compare to 2007 and 2008? Anyone taste these?

Also, as far as bad Felsinas, I had a 1994 CC (from Garagiste) that was utterly, undrinkably corked. Might have been a nice wine otherwise. Oh well.
N
by NoahR
January 26th, 2014, 7:44 am
Forum: BerserkerDay V!!! (January 27, 2014)
Topic: BERSERKERDAY IS COMING!!!!! (Jan 27, 2014)
Replies: 267
Views: 30344

BERSERKERDAY IS COMING!!!!! (Jan 27, 2014)

I'm literally checking email manually every five minutes. I feel like a child. Of course, were I a child I couldn't buy wine.
by NoahR
January 25th, 2014, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging Burgundy vs. Pinot Noir
Replies: 116
Views: 5930

Aging Burgundy vs. Pinot Noir

Considering how heavily invested members of WB seem to be in both GC Burg and big player Cali PN, can someone, maybe several people, for the good of the many, open some 10-15 year high end Cali and blind taste it alongside some decent 1e and GC burg and let us know? I know it would be a painful and ...
by NoahR
January 23rd, 2014, 7:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14943
Views: 747814

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

2004 Malescot St-Exupery 3L.
Good price. Hoping it doesn't suck.

Also 2009 Copain Monument Tree and 2007 Copain En Bas to try. Never had Copain before and hoping for good experience.
by NoahR
January 21st, 2014, 6:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kutch
Replies: 43
Views: 3291

Kutch

How long is the waiting list at this point?

I am, admittedly, a very new sign-up - based on what I've read on this board I tried a 2010 Sonoma Coast and loved it. Wondering if I'll have to wait months or years at this point.

Cheers,
N
by NoahR
January 21st, 2014, 11:28 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: DC Tasting Groups?
Replies: 2
Views: 227

DC Tasting Groups?

Hey folks, anyone part of or aware of friendly tasting groups in DC? My cellar is building thanks to auction purchases and I am very interested in exploring, but I have no interest in $200 wine dinners populated by one good bottle and five I wouldn't consider buying. Would love to meet some like-min...
by NoahR
January 21st, 2014, 11:17 am
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Winery Visit Purchase Etiquette
Replies: 27
Views: 6921

Winery Visit Purchase Etiquette

In my prior Napa trips I've largely ended up at "famous" commercial wineries with a charged-for tasting where I felt no obligation to buy. Outside of DC, the Virginia wineries often charge a modest tasting fee and prices per bottle are more than a comparable wine would be in California, and I just f...
by NoahR
January 14th, 2014, 9:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Age-worthy Burg for Idiots
Replies: 74
Views: 3963

Age-worthy Burg for Idiots

Thanks already for the great responses - they are much appreciated. I guess I am interested in both exploring different regions of Burgundy to taste the regional character as well as beginning a cellar. I know I like the flavors in mature Bordeaux, Rhone and Oregonian pinot, as well as Rioja so I fi...
by NoahR
January 13th, 2014, 7:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Age-worthy Burg for Idiots
Replies: 74
Views: 3963

Age-worthy Burg for Idiots

Brethren: I am relatively new to (good) Burgundy, most of my Pinot experience is with New World wines (mostly Oregonian) and my experience with Burgundy has been mostly Gevrey-Chambertin and a few Pommards, sometimes 1er but rarely. I don't have a great sense of what one should expect from different...
by NoahR
January 5th, 2014, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A Sad Closing in DC - Dino's
Replies: 36
Views: 2061

A Sad Closing in DC - Dino's

I don't know why a restaurant having a kickstarter campaign or similar would be a bad thing. Most restaurants don't have huge profit margins and Dino's wine markups weren't outrageous.

I wish him luck. Stopped there a week or two ago for some wonderful '04 Brunello.

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