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by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 9:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 2004 Babcock Cabernet Sauvignon Nucleus Estelle Vineyard
Replies: 2
Views: 499

Re: TN- 2004 Babcock Cabernet Sauvignon Nucleus Estelle Vineyard

For those of you who like the huge fruit, big bodied SQN and like syrahs, this is a great choice. It has tremendous sweet dark fruits, huge mouthfeel with mostly rounded out tannins. Not my cup of tea, but great with some Manchego, and an easy drinker. Curious...have you had this bottle for awhile,...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 9:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 2004 Babcock Cabernet Sauvignon Nucleus Estelle Vineyard
Replies: 2
Views: 499

TN- 2004 Babcock Cabernet Sauvignon Nucleus Estelle Vineyard

For those of you who like the huge fruit, big bodied SQN and like syrahs, this is a great choice. It has tremendous sweet dark fruits, huge mouthfeel with mostly rounded out tannins.

Not my cup of tea, but great with some Manchego, and an easy drinker.
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 7:00 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cod Worms
Replies: 4
Views: 544

Re: Cod Worms

Jorge Henriquez wrote:Shit.....for a second there I thought Hong had landed here.
You are thinking of Cod PIECES!
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 6:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3804
Views: 379949

Re: Garagiste Blog

Sweet, so here it is: http://www.montalcinoreport.com/ Pretty good reading, IMO I assumed this board was a bit more flexible than, um, "other boards", but thought I would err on the safe side. I'm all about information/knowledge exchange as well! I'm banning you. Sweet, Day 1, that's gotta be a rec...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 6:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3804
Views: 379949

Re: Garagiste Blog

Kevin Klym wrote:Sweet, so here it is:

http://www.montalcinoreport.com/

Pretty good reading, IMO

I assumed this board was a bit more flexible than, um, "other boards", but thought I would err on the safe side. I'm all about information/knowledge exchange as well!
I'm banning you.
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 6:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Arcadian 2003 Stolpman Vyd Syrah
Replies: 6
Views: 698

Re: TN: Arcadian 2003 Stolpman Vyd Syrah

Nose of pepper and smoked meat. The mid-palate is a lighter red fruit profile with some definite pepper/spice. Balanced with nice acidity. 15% alcohol is pretty well concealed. This will improve over the next 5 years but is drinking well at present. Is this a Doris purchase, or an 'old school' mail...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 6:11 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Family Winemakers O/L, Del Mar, 3/15, UPDATE IN POST 1!
Replies: 141
Views: 4920

Re: Family Winemakers Offline in Del Mar, March 15th

I could probably make this - those of you coming from up north can meet at my place and we'll take the 'slade on down together...

Wouldn't you want to be ballin' it in this street cred machine? I know the new Jan Brekke would...

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by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 6:09 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Diego Mini Offline
Replies: 243
Views: 7232

Re: San Diego Mini Offline

jan.brekke wrote:I'll be getting into town the afternoon of March 7th and leaving March 12th. Staying near the gaslamp district at the U.S. Grant hotel. Right now all of my evenings are open.
I know Otto registered, just haven't seen him posting yet - hopefully, we'll get some confirmation and make this happen.
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 6:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Funny notes from Cellar Tracker
Replies: 64
Views: 2067

Re: Funny notes from Cellar Tracker

I'm glad, I guess, that my notes were funny to you and caught your eye. Some of these caught my eye. Feel free to post some other funnies. 2005 Alban Vineyards Pandora A fantastic wine. Possibly my WOTD. [He] kept reminding me that it wasn't a traditional grenache profile - doesn't matter to me! I ...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN:2001 Justin Isosceles
Replies: 12
Views: 1321

Re: TN:2001 Justin Isosceles

Hell who cares about the price, you are missing the fact he got rack of lamb AND got to drink a bottle at lunch...I slave at my desk, leaving my screen just long enough to grab a sandwich for lunch usually, with a Diet Dr Pepper to go along with it... Can't remember the last time I had a sit down l...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 5:42 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Steak Porn
Replies: 2255
Views: 192791

Re: Steak Porn

This thread is NSFP

(Not Safe For Poppy - and other vegetarians)
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 5:41 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Spaghetti w/ Sicilian Eggplant Sauce and Sangiovese
Replies: 5
Views: 613

Re: Spaghetti w/ Sicilian Eggplant Sauce and Sangiovese

I didn't notice the wine you had posted at the old WB board, but I'm interested that Vino Noceto lasted that long. I've got maybe a bottle or two left, and never thought of letting them sit in the cellar for a while...good to know.
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 5:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Cod Worms
Replies: 4
Views: 544

Re: Cod Worms

Oh come on, Bill - did you really have to...?
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 5:39 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Saturday Lunch Porn : Italian Yellow Stuffed Peppers
Replies: 5
Views: 609

Re: Saturday Lunch Porn : Italian Yellow Stuffed Peppers

I didn't comment on this last time, but your pic RULES.

You must have used a DSLR on this shot...the plate and the texture of the filling really pops
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 5:38 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Glazed bagels
Replies: 21
Views: 1026

Re: Glazed bagels

Not a Jew, but I can out-guilt even an old Jewish mother, (Catholic Midwestern upbringing) so I can say that I, as a near-Jew, also am repulsed.
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 5:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tasting at JC Cellars: Viognier, Marsanne, Syrah & Zinfandel
Replies: 9
Views: 839

Re: Tasting at JC Cellars: Viognier, Marsanne, Syrah & Zinfandel

These wines seem rather reasonably priced. Still, I'd like to see CA wineries in the $20-30 range more, and I think the consumer demand might force it.
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: dessert wines
Replies: 4
Views: 718

Re: TN: dessert wines

Melissa M c C a l l wrote:Was the '89 out of 750 or 375? For my money, Rieussec is a very reasonable alternative to Climens, and I love the '89. I'm also a big fan of Kracher TBAs. Great notes!
The few times I've had either Rieussec or Climens, I have always preferred the Rieussec...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 5:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3804
Views: 379949

Re: Garagiste Blog

Doesn't 2004 fall under the time when Brunello wineries were caught using fruit from other areas? Did they nail down whether that was a "few bad apples" or a common practice across the region? I'd have to defer to others for info on the vintage but I've roundly heard 2004 was good in Italy. Don't r...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 5:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN:2001 Justin Isosceles
Replies: 12
Views: 1321

Re: TN:2001 Justin Isosceles

I've had Isoceles in the past, and enjoyed the '01 or '02 (can't remember) but the '97 I had recently was NOT a favorite wine of mine, that's for sure.

For $24, however, I would have jumped on it.
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 06 Alcina Russian River
Replies: 18
Views: 882

Re: 06 Alcina Russian River

I had half a dozen bottles of '06 and all had the black synthetic corks.

Doesn't bother me at all, but it's not impressive if you are at an event and pull out some black rubber cork deal...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: dessert wines
Replies: 4
Views: 718

Re: TN: dessert wines

Thanks for reposting this over here - I was hoping you might.

This will be great to have as a searchable reference for a LONG time...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 2:07 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: No really. Someone buy my Kosta Browne Allocation.
Replies: 10
Views: 559

Re: No really. Someone buy my Kosta Browne Allocation.

Rick Smith wrote:You can have it directly charged and shipped to you.
Here we go...

:roll:
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 1:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Garagiste Thread (The Great Enabler) Back to Life
Replies: 3804
Views: 379949

Re: Garagiste Blog

Someone else started on the last Berserker forum, so I figured I'd get it going over here.... Anyone biting on the 2004 Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino that was just emailed out. Being another vintage of the century, I am tempted to, but will pass on this. It truly is most convenient that each ye...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 1:55 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: I've got a thumb tack for sale.
Replies: 14
Views: 703

Re: I've got a thumb tack for sale.

He's my technical help

You sure need it, since you can't figure out how to post an image. Nobody else seems to have trouble but you...go figure.
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 1:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Wine w/tuna
Replies: 7
Views: 776

Re: Wine w/tuna

Wow, with capers and all the rest of the bold flavors, a big white would have to be it, or a zinfandel, maybe...

We eat those a lot, so this is an interesting pairing to discover.
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Funny notes from Cellar Tracker
Replies: 64
Views: 2067

Re: Funny notes from Cellar Tracker

I love the ones that are either glowing notes and a super low rating (beautiful fruit, excellent structure, long finish, gorgeous nose - 81 points), or just the opposite (tannic, bitter, no finish, smells of petrol - 94 pts)
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 1:41 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Diego Mini Offline
Replies: 243
Views: 7232

Re: San Diego Mini Offline

WetRock wrote:Brian London had a post right before the change over about doing something on March 14th right before Family Winemakers.
Uh...are you totally clueless today, bud?

See the ONE other thread in here?

I'm talking about a mini offline when Jan Brekke comes to town, I think it is March 3-6
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 1:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Red Car wines - Who Loves em?
Replies: 34
Views: 1603

Re: Red Car wines - Who Loves em?

I've never seen nor heard of this winery...

Red Car?
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 1:32 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Diego Mini Offline
Replies: 243
Views: 7232

San Diego Mini Offline

March 7th - Wine Vault (5:00 - 8:15), $30.00 for the meal, bring your wines bagged... Otto and Mel (1996 Krug and 1982 Montrose) Jan Brekke (1994 Fisher Cab Wedding Vineyard and/or 1995 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto di Serralunga d'Alba) Todd ('83 Dominus, with a '99 Pahlmeyer backup) Charlie Fu (CA...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 1:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Can Merlot make a comeback?
Replies: 43
Views: 2218

Re: Can Merlot make a comeback?

The QPR (I always wanna say SPQR) thread on the Louis Martini Cab got me thinking. Since Merlot is/has been generally priced less than Cab, do you think Merlot can make a comeback in sales? No, it's not Cab, but it's red, wet, and includes alcohol. I couldn't stand Merlot until I had the French stu...
by Todd F r e n c h
January 27th, 2009, 1:15 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Vintages in CA
Replies: 8
Views: 880

Vintages in CA

I really wanted to bring this thread topic back - hopefully the winemakers and those in-the-know will post again regarding the vintages '07 and '08 in CA...

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