A Tale of Two Berserker 10th Anniversary Cuvees

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A Tale of Two Berserker 10th Anniversary Cuvees

#1 Post by Sean_S » November 5th, 2019, 11:20 pm

Hi All,

Was up at August West wines in San Francisco last week helping out with the harvest and hanging with fellow Berserkers Wes Barton, Ken Zinns and Ed Kurtzman. I got a chance pickup my BDX Cuvee from Ed and brought him a bottle of Goodfellow Berkersker Cuvee. Ed wanted to pop both and do some side by side tasting. I wasn't about to argue with that.

Both are lovely and delicous wines, stylistically similar but different. I expect no less from two excellent veteran pinot makers.

The 2017 Sandler Berseker Cuvee was drinking nice very well. Open for business out of the box. This wine is softly shouting "Bien Nacido" with its early ready to drink character. Beautiful red fruit with wonderful mushroom and earthy notes on the nose and the palate. Soft delicate finish. Round without being lush. This wine is approachable now and ready to drink. I know Ed's wine can age and expect this to be no different but why wait when it's this good now.

The 2017 Goodfellow Bersker Cuvee. Was really tight on the nose that day. Needed a good decant which it didn't get. Subtle strawberry but tight. On the palate juicy red fruit with nice balancing acidity. Some added spiciness from the whole cluster and a nice long finish. This wine needs some time and has the structure but seems to be closing down compared to the previous bottle.

Glad to have a bunch of each of these to enjoy now and long into the future. Kudo's to two awesome winemakers for stepping up and continuing a tradition Jim Anderson started. In a few years, I will be sure to have a 3-way Berseker Cuvee tasting.
Here's a picture of winemaker Ed Kurtzman with the goods... (Ken Zinns in the background on the ladder cleaning out the hopper). champagne.gif
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#2 Post by Kirk.Grant » November 6th, 2019, 5:21 am

Did I miss the release and sale of the 2017 Goodfellow Bersker Cuvee?? I've never tried their wines...but I'd certainly be interested to try it.
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#3 Post by mattcitrang » November 6th, 2019, 5:41 am

Kirk.Grant wrote:
November 6th, 2019, 5:21 am
Did I miss the release and sale of the 2017 Goodfellow Bersker Cuvee?? I've never tried their wines...but I'd certainly be interested to try it.
BD#10 - at the end of the offer

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#4 Post by Kirk.Grant » November 6th, 2019, 6:05 am

mattcitrang wrote:
November 6th, 2019, 5:41 am
Kirk.Grant wrote:
November 6th, 2019, 5:21 am
Did I miss the release and sale of the 2017 Goodfellow Bersker Cuvee?? I've never tried their wines...but I'd certainly be interested to try it.
BD#10 - at the end of the offer

viewtopic.php?f=73&t=157845&start=50
Oh wow...I wish I hadn't missed this. Thanks for the link. That clears things up.
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#5 Post by James Lyon » November 6th, 2019, 7:31 am

Thanks for the notes. I can't wait to open a 2017 Goodfellow Berserker Cuvee in the next week or so.

Speaking of the Goodfellow Cuvee, I've seen a couple of recent posts about availability including above. Marcus, is the 2017 Goodfellow Berserker Cuvee still available or sold out? Just asking for folks who seem to have an interest.

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#6 Post by Todd F r e n c h » November 6th, 2019, 8:10 am

I haven't tried either! Hope to change that, soon! Marcus and Ed - any more available???
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#7 Post by Anton D » November 6th, 2019, 8:20 am

Great note, thank you for posting it!
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#8 Post by PaulMills » November 6th, 2019, 9:38 am

Marcus told another Berserker he had about 15 cases remaining.

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#9 Post by Todd F r e n c h » November 6th, 2019, 9:40 am

PaulMills wrote:
November 6th, 2019, 9:38 am
Marcus told another Berserker he had about 15 cases remaining.
BerserkerDay 11 - let's go!!!
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#10 Post by Sean_S » November 6th, 2019, 9:42 am

Pretty confident Sandler has some left as well. You can reach out to Ed at info@sandlerwine.com

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#11 Post by Albert R » November 6th, 2019, 7:27 pm

Thanks for the note Sean. I almost popped the Sandler Cuvée last week.
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#12 Post by Adam G » November 6th, 2019, 8:15 pm

I had no idea these even existed! Totally missed them on BD.
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#13 Post by Marcus Goodfellow » November 7th, 2019, 6:22 pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
November 6th, 2019, 8:10 am
I haven't tried either! Hope to change that, soon! Marcus and Ed - any more available???
Todd and James,

I do have around 15 cases, although we are cutting into that a bit. I know BD11 is coming up fast but we also have a few Berserkers coming to visit over the next month.

Let me know if you want me to save you some!
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#14 Post by Marcus Goodfellow » November 7th, 2019, 6:24 pm

Sean,

Any chance Ed wants to trade a 6-pack?
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#15 Post by Wes Barton » November 7th, 2019, 9:21 pm

Marcus Goodfellow wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 6:24 pm
Sean,

Any chance Ed wants to trade a 6-pack?
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#16 Post by Ed Kurtzman » November 8th, 2019, 12:35 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
November 6th, 2019, 8:10 am
I haven't tried either! Hope to change that, soon! Marcus and Ed - any more available???
Todd, yes, there is some left, I'll make sure you get to try it.

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#17 Post by Ed Kurtzman » November 8th, 2019, 12:38 am

Marcus Goodfellow wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 6:24 pm
Sean,

Any chance Ed wants to trade a 6-pack?
Good idea, Marcus, let's trade a 6 pack. Thanks for starting this thread, Sean, and thanks to Wes for alerting me about this. I was finishing up a Breaking Bad tour of Albuquerque when Wes emailed me. It was actually the end of a short sales trip, but I did make it to some of Walter White's old haunts.

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#18 Post by Jim Anderson » November 8th, 2019, 6:47 am

Tales of Invnetory. Amidst a pallet of random bottles that are odds and ends of things I came across 8 bottles of 2014 Berserker Cuvée. One doesn’t even have a label beyond a handwritten note on it what’s more Berserker Cuvée than that!? Round it up to a case with something else and it’s yours to the first one who emails me. I would suggest the 2017 Fat Cat as the 4 other bottles. Was wine for a friend but he passed away insanely unexpectedly earlier this year. Portion of proceeds goes to an education fund in Monterey area. We retail it at $45. Delicious stuff. $300 before shipping? Mini-Berserker Day minute?
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