EP 952 Tasting with Tim Spear from Clos Mimi Part 2

Gary Vaynerchuk and Tim Spear conclude the tasting of the Clos Mimi wines.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2007 Clos Mimi Mcginley Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
2004 Clos Mimi Mcginley Vineyard Syrah

Links mentioned in todays episode.


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luca bercelli

83/100

Slightly better than part one but someone should have told this guy that he was on Wine Library TV and not a visit with his shrink. ‘Put some strain on my marriage’. No one wants to know matey.

Tags: cabernet, california, review, Video, wine, wines

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  • http://www.drunkandunemployed.com MelbaLI

    Oh the Thunder is gonna be HUGE on Monday! Hey, don’t forget to mention the incredible VT Hokies win over the Hurricanes!

  • Cabfrancophile

    Worry about debt as it pertains to inflation in the near future . . . . what Obama has done in two years primarily will be felt down stream primarily. It took easily a decade to build a large real estate bubble, along with all the attendant financial shell games. No matter what your political affiliation, you need to understand that is something that cannot be undone quickly. Basically we borrowed against the future in the private sector via a bubble, then the gov’t borrowed to soften the blow of the implosion. Now we move into an austerity period.

    Spear’s problem is more that he out-priced his wine, plain and simple. Unless you are Napa 95+ point wineries, you need to get the wine in folks’ hands. At $75 for SBC wines, you are swimming upstream, pure and simple.

  • ALLAN

    Like HUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGEEEEEEEEEEE ?????? Looking forward to it. Gary will go bananas on high-octane energy. It will be fun.

  • ALLAN

    Politics elsewhere, please.

  • ALLAN

    Politics elsewhere, please.

  • ALLAN

    I think, they have to know, that they’re stepping into The House of Horrors…. :P
    My two cents gone…

  • Anonymous

    tim has great passion and respect for historic wineries.

    I wish him and his family all of the best and hope to try clos mimi soon!!

  • Robert

    Thanks a lot for that nice and funny post. We make wines ourselves and are very interested in such tastings. Maybe you guys have heard of us.
    http://www.wirwinzer.de/weingut-artur-steinmann-jetzt-auch-bei-wirwinzer-de
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    Come and visit us. If you want – leave a comment, too.

  • Anonymous

    Come on Gary, pull some strings and bring in the wizard of OZ CLARKE!!!!!!!!! Hey it is “THUNDERING” here in NWIndiana. I hope it will be “Thundering” later in NJ! ;)

  • Alexandre Savoie

    Why is there so many people drinking cabernet sauvignon?

  • ALLAN

    IIIIIII WAAAANTTTSSS MYYYY CHHHHOOOOCCCOOOOLAAAAAATTTTEEEEE TVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV………oops, wrong website :/

  • ALLAN

    IIII WAAANNTTSSS WIIIINOOOOOOOOOOOOOO INNNNSTEEEAAAADDDDDDDDD!!!!

  • ALLAN

    Oz Clarke is da man

  • Anonymous

    I really don’t get this guy. At first he talks about becoming the next Celebrity Winemaker. Then taking the year off to run a marathon? Hopefully Bush doesn’t fly in and force him to file bankruptcy.

    Could we get some refreshing vintage G please? Gary and wine, sans ridiculous industry personalities.

  • Anonymous

    lol@biodynamics

  • Anonymous

    oh…it all comes together with the gaga connection. Bono, Madonna, Gaga. Three names that ring of taste and class

  • Anonymous

    Are you sleeping Gary? We need some new stuff. :)

  • Anonymous

    “bailouts and stimulous bull crap adding trillions to the deficit with zero results or job creation.”

    You mean the bailouts which were passed under George Bush? You mean the “stimulous” bull crap that worked, and according to the CBO report has so far been confirmed to have created 750,000 jobs and is expected to have created roughly 1.4 million jobs in the second quarter of 2010?

    You’re an idiot:

    http://cboblog.cbo.gov/?p=1326

  • Cabfrancophile

    Not politics in my post, it’s economics my friend! And actually related to the wine if you ask me. $75 for 1st vintage from a lesser-known vineyard is pre-recession pricing. As I said, we are entering an austerity period. Wine producer’s still operating on “bubble” pricing need to reevaluate their business model. It is fact there was an economic bubble that burst, no politics need be invoked.

    High end wine has everything to do with economics, unfortunately. If I cannot discuss economics, then discussing $75 auslese Santa Ynez Syrah is not possible.

  • rwino

    Mcginley (ex Westerly) produces some great syrah grapes, but you can get them in wine form from Arcadian and others for under 25 claims. I say “off with his head” for picking late and charging $75 for his mistake.

  • NY Pete

    so … it’s Monday … another miracle win … where’s the thunder????

  • LurkerKing

    You are not alone my friend.

  • http://twitter.com/skiwithjustin Justin Decker

    Tim, you’re solid! Love your honesty. The business section (and the stresses that come with it) of the conversation was freak’n awesome.

    After a good hockey win … it’s a sparkling rose!

  • Cabfrancophile

    Seriously, I’m with you on this. The prices he’s charging out of this vineyard aren’t competitive with other vintners.

  • Anonymous

    QOTD: After a big sports win, I can’t help but think of the plastic-wrapped locker room that is prepped for extreme sparkling wine explosion. SO, I’m going with sparkling wine, but since most of it will end up on the floor and poured over the heads of sweaty athletes, let’s go with some value bubbles like Cava or Cremant de Bourgogne.

  • Geoalb

    Very good two part episode. I love Tim’s drive and passion. Crazy as it may be, he gets results (from what I hear). I would love to try his wines someday.

    QOTD: Dominus

  • http://www.falconlara.net oscarfalcon

    QOTD: A sweet sparkling red wine (a good one), or something with a punch.

  • Anonymous

    As I stated earlier, an interesting guest. I would like to try his wines. Do not know if they are in the DFW, Texas area but will try to find them.

    QOTD – Do not have a clue.

  • Anonymous

    As I stated earlier, an interesting guest. I would like to try his wines. Do not know if they are in the DFW, Texas area but will try to find them.

    QOTD – Do not have a clue.

  • Anonymous

    I really don’t know what to make of the guest.. he seems very honest, but also a little too concerned with being a celebrity.

    If he is so ingrained with the love of French wine, why not just make the wine in France? Also, you can’t really complain about the economy when you’re charging $75 for a bottle of wine.

    $75 for a sweet red wine must be pushing it in anyone’s books, but good luck to him.

    QOTD – no idea.. never followed hockey and I imagine most wouldn’t be allowed to drink.

  • Anonymous

    I enjoyed this. Enough to try the wine if I can find it. Sounds like a standup guy. I didnt read too much into the “politics” but agree with him on the printing of the money. At the end of the day, if the wine is good and worth the $75 then how can anyone complain.
    When I heard smokey, my pallete did jumpingjacks. Can’t wait!

  • Anonymous

    It seems that there are as many comments about politics as wine. Very interesting guest and different than any others I can think of. I am not sure I understood him some of the time, but he makes good wine and has a passion for it so that’s all that matters. I am not a hockey fan, but I would expect them to drink big bold red wines.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve gotten behind… as for this 2 parter – ???

  • Anonymous

    GV – Super interesting and intense guest! I’ve never quite left an episode of WLTV with such an interesting and serious, yet curious feeeling!

    QOTD: Hockey players drink PORT!

  • Anonymous

    couldnt agree more. very confused by this guy.

  • Anonymous

    looks like the guy has some pretty serious bottle variation problems with his massed produced wine. http://www.cellartracker.com/list.asp?Table=Notes&iUserOverride=0&szSearch=2006+Clos+Mimi+Syrah+Petite+Rousse
    there is an article in either this months or last months WS; it talks about the AOC telling failing wine producers in france to basically get better or get out. its as simple as that…and the whole former life DRC wine maker thing…come on gary, it had to all you could do from laughing in the guys face. this guy is a looney toon…sorry, i know thats not nice but call a spade a spade

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/SSBF3YKOXIPRUMFYZDUJ3632ZE Carlos

    Tim is a total character! Man!

    I’ll try to seek out some of his wines, although the high alcohol concerns me. And that 16.5% DRC excuse doesn’t convince me. That was a once in a century fluke! Rein it down, Tim!

  • Anonymous

    Still on the fence about Tim. He seems a little self-concerned.

    QOTD: Much respect for Marty Brodeur going with the Super-Tuscans, sounds like my kind of guy. You know, I’m not sure if I’d be able say what they like to drink. It sounds like Gary has Brodeur pegged but probably a big California red otherwise.

  • http://www.discoveryofwine.com Alexandre Savoie aka Sniffysix

    Tim seems to make good wine but I don’t know if he’s weird or trying too hard to look marginal.

  • luca bercelli

    83/100

    Slightly better than part one but someone should have told this guy that he was on Wine Library TV and not a visit with his shrink. ‘Put some strain on my marriage’. No one wants to know matey.

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