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by John Ammons
December 4th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Martinelli Pinots
Replies: 22
Views: 1701

Re: Martinelli Pinots

I thought I would continue drinking and writing up some aged Martinelli Pinots. Tonight is night two for a bottle of Martinelli 2000 Three Colts Pinot Noir. Night one notes: Good fruit but tight. Austere relative to the fruity 2002 7-Mules I wrote about above. Night two: Way better. A pleasure. Nic...
by John Ammons
November 25th, 2019, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sonoma trip including Kosta Browne Top Chef dinner
Replies: 4
Views: 775

Re: Sonoma trip including Kosta Browne Top Chef dinner

Now that's how to do a weekend in Healdsburg! Not to mention how beautiful the weather was. I went to Barn Diva for lunch last week (wife and I went up for the day) and I was shocked when I learned they'd been open for 15 years and it had slipped under my radar that whole time. Mark, you must have b...
by John Ammons
November 20th, 2019, 10:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 118
Views: 12928

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

$300,000 a month interest payments. Now there's a bad dream for you.
by John Ammons
November 7th, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Paul Pernot et ses Fils Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos des Folatières
Replies: 6
Views: 383

Re: TN: 2012 Paul Pernot et ses Fils Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos des Folatières

Don - did you find the wine more evolved than you'd expected? I think the 2012 Pernots, while they can still be good, are in the "drink them up" category.
by John Ammons
October 21st, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers
Replies: 163
Views: 6392

Re: Wineries please note - I am sick of styro shippers

The obvious answer, for buyers of CA wine, is to move to Northern CA and pick everything up at open houses. neener
by John Ammons
September 26th, 2019, 10:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 75
Views: 11015

Re: Marcassin

"One shall drink no chardonnay before its time." -Helen Turley
by John Ammons
September 18th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Wine List of any US Brewery? Suggestions welcome on improvements.
Replies: 38
Views: 1468

Re: Best Wine List of any US Brewery? Suggestions welcome on improvements.

That list is insane for a brewery! People actually walk into a brewery ready to buy wine by the bottle at well north of $100? Interesting that the 2013 Marcassin Chardonnay went through distribution prior to being offered directly to customers. More importantly, how's the hazy IPA? Ever do anything ...
by John Ammons
September 13th, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wednesday night wines in West Chester
Replies: 5
Views: 603

Re: Wednesday night wines in West Chester

Not typical for Jeremy Holmes. Too much Bordeaux and only 1 DRC. [wink.gif] Although if you're going to drink a '71 La Tache, then why not pop a magnum?

But seriously, Bob, that sounds like an incredible night. [worship.gif]
by John Ammons
September 7th, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Wine Cellar
Replies: 11
Views: 1270

Re: New Wine Cellar

Well there you have it. Alan, it would be folly to go to the trouble of building a new cellar and moving your wine. Sell it all immediately.

That's the advice you were secretly seeking, right?
by John Ammons
August 26th, 2019, 8:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $3000 bottle
Replies: 89
Views: 9305

Re: $3000 bottle

Let's be fair. It's a magnum, and it's $3,500. So, $1,750 a bottle. And there's a fence that borders Screaming Eagle's vineyard!
by John Ammons
August 23rd, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 15 Fourrier, 17 PYCM
Replies: 16
Views: 1374

Re: TNs: 15 Fourrier, 17 PYCM

I've had some of the Fourrier village VV and really liked them. But certainly you're right that the '15 should be much improved down the road.

As for '17 PYCM, the couple different St. Aubins I've had were stellar, showing much better than the Bourgogne you drank.

And yes, age that Littorai!
by John Ammons
August 22nd, 2019, 11:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 15 Fourrier, 17 PYCM
Replies: 16
Views: 1374

Re: TNs: 15 Fourrier, 17 PYCM

Did you just rag on Littorai?
by John Ammons
August 20th, 2019, 10:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: An unknown winery: JCB Wines.
Replies: 36
Views: 2220

Re: An unknown winery: JCB Wines.

I was in Healdsburg recently and poked my head in here. Wow. Wine bling galore. But there were no red Burgundies for the sommelier series red burg glasses that were littering the joint. I'm in Nate and Robert's camp.
by John Ammons
August 20th, 2019, 7:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations
Replies: 45
Views: 2918

Re: Healdsburg winery and restaurant recommendations

Has anybody mentioned Seghesio??? Enjoyed the tasting there a couple weeks ago so much we signed up for their wine club! My first wine club ever. This made sense on several levels, including attractive pricing for club members, access to wines you otherwise can't find, and most importantly the wife...
by John Ammons
August 19th, 2019, 9:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Turley Fall Release
Replies: 17
Views: 1474

Re: Turley Fall Release

Wow there's plenty new names there. It's been about 10 years since I've bought Turley, and wines on that list I don't recognize are Fredericks, Judge Bell, Salvador, Heminway, and Dupratt.

Have they stopped making any others, or are these simply expansions to the portfolio?
by John Ammons
August 9th, 2019, 2:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.
Replies: 68
Views: 3054

Re: Let's talk wine club/mailing list structures.

Funny timing for this thread, as I just signed up for my first wine club yesterday! (I've been on numerous mailing lists over the past 20 or so years.) We stumbled by Seghesio is Healdsburg and stopped in. The wife loves Zin. I buy/collect almost no Zin; maybe a 1/2 dozen or fewer Carlisles each yea...
by John Ammons
August 4th, 2019, 1:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley
Replies: 359
Views: 27593

Re: Rhys fined $3.76M for illegally diverting water in Anderson Valley

The real story is that with all of the resources and wealth that Kevin brings to Rhys, the wines are complete dog sh!t. This brand has PERENNIALLY UNDERPERFORMED, and all of the money, and land, and apparently water has not made a damn difference. Taking away the hyperbolic nonsense about "complete...
by John Ammons
August 3rd, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kosta Browne
Replies: 16
Views: 1728

Re: Kosta Browne

Had one of their Chardonnay tonight with dinner and can’t belive this is at the same price point as a ceritas or Aubert. Ceritas and Aubert are not at the same price point as one another. Ceritas Chardonnay runs 65, Aubert about 80 and KN was 72. Pretty much same price point. Aubert vineyard design...
by John Ammons
August 3rd, 2019, 9:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kosta Browne
Replies: 16
Views: 1728

Re: Kosta Browne

Jmigliano wrote:
August 2nd, 2019, 5:56 pm
Had one of their Chardonnay tonight with dinner and can’t belive this is at the same price point as a ceritas or Aubert.
Ceritas and Aubert are not at the same price point as one another.
by John Ammons
July 29th, 2019, 8:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?
Replies: 85
Views: 3766

Re: Is Avocado Toast just...avocado on toast?

For Bay Area folks: Picco in Larkspur has the greatest avocado toast. It's hard to only split 1 order. I think the tiniest drizzle of aged balsamic is key, and of course good salt.
by John Ammons
July 26th, 2019, 1:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rochioli small block offering
Replies: 17
Views: 2085

Re: Rochioli small block offering

I was on the list many years ago. I was offered "picnic" wines for a couple of years and finally got one offering of small block wines. The next year I got offered more "picnic" wine and got thrown off the list when I didn't buy all of it. A classic example of a winery pushing its crap on their cus...
by John Ammons
July 26th, 2019, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rochioli small block offering
Replies: 17
Views: 2085

Re: Rochioli small block offering

Len - East and West blocks are definitely the class of the group, although East was pulled out after the '08 vintage for replanting. 3 Corner is also a favorite. Perhaps less structured but such beautiful, pure, hedonistic pinot fruit expression. And don't confuse hedonistic with big. All the wines ...
by John Ammons
July 24th, 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rochioli small block offering
Replies: 17
Views: 2085

Re: Rochioli small block offering

Looks like you're either on the list or you're not. Those allocations are identical to mine, and I've been buying since I think the 2001 vintage. Although I usually take only 12-18 bottles, which is always less than I'm offered.
by John Ammons
July 18th, 2019, 3:50 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Sold
Replies: 9
Views: 495

Re: WTB: Pappy 10 or 15

Piling on, I agree that the difference between 10 and 12 is vast, possibly as large as the difference between 12 and 15.

That said, it's well worth the price of its standard retail mark up, which isn't much more than $50!
by John Ammons
July 16th, 2019, 10:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calistoga wineries
Replies: 64
Views: 3374

Re: Calistoga wineries

Merrill Lindquist wrote:
July 15th, 2019, 5:30 pm
And anyone who goes there at any time should get the fish tacos...trust me on this one.
I did get the fish tacos which are also offered poolside. They were awesome. Breading the fish in a fish taco is a risky proposition, IMO, but they nailed it.
by John Ammons
July 15th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calistoga wineries
Replies: 64
Views: 3374

Re: Calistoga wineries

I'll recommend Solbar again, and yes, big time for breakfast. My favorite is a tortilla with chorizo, salsa, sour cream, fried egg on top...I forget what else...I get it about once or twice a month. But there are fresh berries, crabmeat and avocado, lots of stuff. My opinion - go there. Although I'...
by John Ammons
July 7th, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NAPAleon complex
Replies: 12
Views: 1207

Re: NAPAleon complex

Bring on that king crab mac 'n cheese. Nice!
by John Ammons
July 3rd, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mark Squires' BB to close for good - UPDATED (WA sold to Michelin)
Replies: 319
Views: 20750

Re: Mark Squires' BB to close for good

One of the sillier things I recall about the Squires board was the enormous perceived importance of one's post count. You got a new moniker at a certain threshold, like from an "Executive Oenophile" to a "Senior Executive Oenophile". I want to say there was some ridiculous title of "Grand Poobah" if...
by John Ammons
June 30th, 2019, 9:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend
Replies: 90
Views: 2930

Re: Friday Poll time, $1000 to spend

The reason I'd go bourbon is it would yield 15+ great servings of 100% known quality. The wine (which would be some color of Burgundy if the choice was limited to wine) has variable potential. Anywhere from all you could ask, to good but maybe the bottle seems a little off, to down the drain because...
by John Ammons
June 25th, 2019, 10:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calistoga wineries
Replies: 64
Views: 3374

Re: Calistoga wineries

That's great to hear SolBar can be good, because I'd love to walk to dinner while staying there. The meal I had there last summer was objectively bad. Not possible a person could love at least several of the courses we were served.
by John Ammons
June 25th, 2019, 7:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Calistoga wineries
Replies: 64
Views: 3374

Re: Calistoga wineries

Eat at Solage Strongly disagree. I'll be staying at Solage next month, and while I'd love to not leave the property we'll be going to dinner elsewhere. Ate at their restaurant last year while staying there and it was very underwhelming. Especially given the general standards of their property. pete...
by John Ammons
June 25th, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 3
Views: 387

Re: TN: 2011 Rhys Pinot Noir Horseshoe Vineyard

I think Home and Horseshoe did the best in 2011 out of the Rhys line up, although looking at my list I see I haven't tried the Skyline yet.
by John Ammons
June 18th, 2019, 11:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 118
Views: 12928

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

Article in today's San Francisco Chronicle on this matter:

https://www.sfchronicle.com/wine/articl ... 008534.php
by John Ammons
June 13th, 2019, 11:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Marcassin
Replies: 75
Views: 11015

Re: Marcassin

Anyone know how long the waitlist is for these? Presuming one signed up now. I don't really think there is one. I signed up last summer and got an offering as well last summer. There was an offering to a new wave of folks last summer. But it hardly came without qualifications, nor did it do anythin...
by John Ammons
June 10th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?
Replies: 162
Views: 9209

Re: $175+ is the new $125 in Napa, will market support ?

Agree that aged Zin can converge with aged Claret. Will that happen with the likes of Carlisle and Bedrock? Not sure. The oldest Carlisle I've had was perhaps 8 years old, and convergence was not underway. As for young Zin vs young Napa cab, I'm in the camp that does not see that as a substitution w...
by John Ammons
June 5th, 2019, 9:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's critic bingo! (Black Forest cake and tapenade)
Replies: 866
Views: 41697

Re: It's critic bingo! ("vertical in feel")

We return you now to our regularly scheduled programming. I supposed the brick wall is part of one of those brick houses: 2018 Ch Pichon Comtesse Lalande Pauillac WA 97-99 "The grand vin represents 50% of the crop this year. The 2018 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is made up of 71% Cabernet...
by John Ammons
May 31st, 2019, 3:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Decent Chardonnay reccos?
Replies: 38
Views: 2371

Re: Decent Chardonnay reccos?

Don't hate on me, but Mer Soleil Chardonnay, Silver, Unoaked chard is quaffable. The wife brought one of these home recently and we both found it undrinkable. Bad bottle possibly but if there was a flaw, it wasn’t one I’m familiar with. Not sure if vintage but think it’s the current one. For the OP...
by John Ammons
May 21st, 2019, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?
Replies: 113
Views: 4141

Re: If you have 250 or more btls in your cellar, why are u not on CT?

Well, with over 100 responses thus far it may be safe to say I'm the only person who uses FileMaker Pro. It works well enough for my ~750 bottles, although I'd undoubtedly be far better served if I migrated to CT. So I guess I'll go with 50% apathy and 50% already using a system that more or less wo...
by John Ammons
May 16th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give up salt or give up wine?
Replies: 52
Views: 1854

Re: Give up salt or give up wine?

I thought of this thread last night while I was aggressively salting the vegetables and the chicken for a roasted chicken dish. Then I opened a beer. :-D As for giving up garlic vs wine, here's some garlic trivia: this ingredient appears all of one time in the index of the French Laundry cookbook. S...
by John Ammons
May 2nd, 2019, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Rhys Syrah Horseshoe Vineyard
Replies: 4
Views: 369

Re: TN: 2010 Rhys Syrah Horseshoe Vineyard

It was showing off the charts in 2015. The bottle I opened that summer was the most impressive Rhys wine I've consumed to date.
by John Ammons
April 29th, 2019, 9:51 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Maturing Craft Beer Market
Replies: 43
Views: 1455

Re: The Maturing Craft Beer Market

The Russian River Brew Co founders took a big bet on flourishing amidst all the increased competition. Their Windsor expansion cost $50 million, and they managed to do it with no outside investors. Sure they have a cult brand, but that's bold!
by John Ammons
April 28th, 2019, 10:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on this list of PYCM lower end 2017’s
Replies: 14
Views: 1517

Re: Thoughts on this list of PYCM lower end 2017’s

I've had 2 of these. The St Aubin Le Blanc is pretty coiled up, but unwinds beautifully. The Santenay La Comme is fully open for business and a sensational drink today.

What Jeremy said.
by John Ammons
April 25th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Behren's & Hitchcock - today's Flickinger offer
Replies: 3
Views: 448

Behren's & Hitchcock - today's Flickinger offer

Flickinger is offering a boatload of B&H wines from '94 through '09. I don't know what years they used those dreaded purple corks, but they did when I bought them from '98 through '00. And virtually every one of those bottles turned into a steaming mess. I can only guess they are that much more disg...
by John Ammons
April 3rd, 2019, 11:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rochioli Single Vineyard
Replies: 6
Views: 435

Re: Rochioli Single Vineyard

We are still drinking them from the later 90's and they hold up well, as well. Anton - I assume you're referring to the reds here? I agree with Douglas that the chardonnays are best within 6 years from vintage and I don't think I've ever gone past 10. The pinots, on the other hand, are just hitting...
by John Ammons
April 1st, 2019, 9:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: French Laundry's Bong Water Course
Replies: 3
Views: 499

French Laundry's Bong Water Course

In reaction to the infamous Pete Wells NYT review of Per Se a few years back. This is just awesome!

https://www.sfchronicle.com/restaurants ... 718607.php
by John Ammons
March 26th, 2019, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty, Rowdy, and Hardy Wallace
Replies: 2
Views: 458

Re: Dirty, Rowdy, and Hardy Wallace

David Glasser wrote:
March 26th, 2019, 8:05 pm
Also posted here:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=159586
Yep. And 4 minutes earlier. I even looked before I posted!
by John Ammons
March 26th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dirty, Rowdy, and Hardy Wallace
Replies: 2
Views: 458

Dirty, Rowdy, and Hardy Wallace

Not sure if this is behind a paywall or not, but here's the link:

https://www.sfchronicle.com/wine/articl ... ate-result

A tragic yet uplifting story.
by John Ammons
March 21st, 2019, 3:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1969 vs. 1970
Replies: 27
Views: 1198

Re: 1969 vs. 1970

I was recently at a 50th birthday party hosted by someone with a ridiculously deep cellar. So the theme was loosely 1969. He brought out a '69 Champagne (Roederer Cristal, which was interesting but barely so) and a '69 red Burg (Leroy Chambertin, which was quite good if not anything epic), but for t...
by John Ammons
March 20th, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Atlanta Does Rhys Yet Again
Replies: 19
Views: 1261

Re: TN: Atlanta Does Rhys Yet Again

I also had a 2011 Alpine pinot last weekend. It was better than the Skyline Syrah, which didn't take much, but just. So I'm in David's camp re: 2011 Rhys reds. I still have a Home, a Horseshoe pinot and a couple of Skyline pinots (and sadly, another Skyline syrah) from 2011 so I guess I'll just cros...
by John Ammons
March 19th, 2019, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Atlanta Does Rhys Yet Again
Replies: 19
Views: 1261

Re: TN: Atlanta Does Rhys Yet Again

I've also had high hopes for the Rhys syrahs based on a few late 00s Horseshoes. But I too has a 2011 Skyline over the weekend and while the nose had some mild intrigue on the palate there was just nothing to hang your hat on. Either a dumb phase or just not a wine for me. Honestly my first thought ...

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