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by Ian Alper
July 9th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1947 Chateau Caillou Barsac. An experience!
Replies: 18
Views: 715

Re: 1947 Chateau Caillou Barsac. An experience!

Robert, thanks for sharing that. Today was a rough one for me and this gave me a much needed smile. Congrats on the experience!
by Ian Alper
July 9th, 2020, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 538
Views: 37979

Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

Great tasting note Charlie and wonderful first post! Hope you stick around!
by Ian Alper
June 26th, 2020, 12:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding
Replies: 90
Views: 7905

Re: 2018 Zinfandel is outstanding

I think someone posted a link previously of Eric gushing over the 18. I am looking forward to trying it!

Here you go:

by Ian Alper
June 4th, 2020, 2:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine tasting at home - how to store unfinished bottles
Replies: 39
Views: 1568

Re: Wine tasting at home - how to store unfinished bottles

Do the split trick - pour into 1/2 bottle as soon as you open. Should be fine.
by Ian Alper
June 4th, 2020, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine tasting at home - how to store unfinished bottles
Replies: 39
Views: 1568

Re: Wine tasting at home - how to store unfinished bottles

I immediately pour 1/2 into a split, put cork in and put in refrigerator.

I got a pretty good deal on an unused coravin on e-bay. You can look at previous threads on the subject but I think it is well worth it, especially if you are only trying to keep the bottles for a few weeks.
by Ian Alper
May 27th, 2020, 9:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1647
Views: 114604

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2013 Kirschenmann - Elegant, almost tasted like a beefy pinot. Red fruit, strawberry, cherry and red rasberry with wonderful balance. Much lighter in color than most Carlisles. Really enjoyed this. Wanted to use the adjective "feminine" but not really comfortable with using that as a descripton only...
by Ian Alper
May 15th, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Definition of Everyday Wines - "Daily Drinkers"
Replies: 93
Views: 3395

Re: Definition of Everyday Wines - "Daily Drinkers"

The Coravin has really changed this for us. We can have a glass or two of a $30-$40 bottle rather than drink a whole bottle of the cheaper stuff. Better for our health too!
by Ian Alper
May 8th, 2020, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1647
Views: 114604

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Don - great note. Will have to see if I have one of these. No inventory so need to search!
by Ian Alper
April 29th, 2020, 12:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA - Copain Mag Blowout at K&L
Replies: 4
Views: 748

Re: PSA - Copain Mag Blowout at K&L

Thanks. Trying to resist but no point on this one!
by Ian Alper
April 22nd, 2020, 9:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Carlisle Virtual Zoom Tasting with Mike Officer--Thursday, April 30th @ 5PM PT / 8PM ET
Replies: 132
Views: 4395

Re: Carlisle Virtual Zoom Tasting--You Vote For The Date

I will try and make either work. Thanks Frank!
by Ian Alper
April 22nd, 2020, 8:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1647
Views: 114604

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2009 Martinelli -porty, slightly hot, unbalanced, alcohol poking out - somewhat better with a little air. Mike's suggested drinking window of 2011-2016 seems correct. Should have listened. 2010 Rossi Ranch "100th anniversary" - now we are talking. Great balance and red fruit. Opened up nicely and di...
by Ian Alper
April 18th, 2020, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Very Disappointing Showings of Raveneau and Ramonet
Replies: 60
Views: 2262

Re: Very Disappointing Showings of Raveneau and Ramonet

Have you had subsequent wines that you enjoyed? Any chance it is virus related? I hope not! Would rather you just had an off bottle!
by Ian Alper
April 11th, 2020, 4:45 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Non-virtual post-shutdown gathering: Older Ridge, SF Bay Area, Sept-Oct 2020
Replies: 53
Views: 3002

Re: Non-virtual post-shutdown gathering: Older Ridge, SF Bay Area, Sept-Oct 2020

I'm in depending on the date. Thanks. Really missing these gatherings - I was just starting to get the hang of things.
by Ian Alper
April 6th, 2020, 3:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 Carlisle Two Acres
Replies: 9
Views: 383

Re: 2004 Carlisle Two Acres

Mike, we had the 02 a few years ago and I agree with others that have said this should be drinking great.
by Ian Alper
March 27th, 2020, 1:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice article by wine writer Laura Ness on Ken Burnap and Jeff Emery of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard
Replies: 25
Views: 3046

Re: Nice article by wine writer Laura Ness on Ken Burnap and Jeff Emery of Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard

Thanks for posting the link. I read this and meant to post about it. I think Edible Monterey has been hitting it out of the park these days. Great article and worthy praise for some of our pioneers. Mike and Wes - agree with you regarding Matteson Pinot. I am still haunted by an early 90s' version d...
by Ian Alper
March 13th, 2020, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Assemblage - Cancelled
Replies: 7
Views: 697

Re: Ridge Assemblage - Cancelled

No, when I tried to sign up for April.
by Ian Alper
March 12th, 2020, 10:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Assemblage - Cancelled
Replies: 7
Views: 697

Re: Ridge Assemblage - Cancelled

Did everyone else only get the ability to get 1 free ticket?
by Ian Alper
March 12th, 2020, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Assemblage - Cancelled
Replies: 7
Views: 697

Ridge Assemblage - Cancelled

Just got the email. I really look forward to this event every year but not surprised. Maybe final assemblage will still take place.
by Ian Alper
February 29th, 2020, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses
Replies: 91
Views: 4126

Re: Guest etiquette: Wine glasses

Greg, I would normally agree with you but I think since he was asked to bring nice wine, and they are into food, it would not be out of place in this situation. If the request was just to "bring some wine" then I would agree it would be inappropriate to bring your own stems.
by Ian Alper
February 6th, 2020, 8:05 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Burt Williams dinner, SF Peninsula Divino Restaurant, Feb 26
Replies: 134
Views: 5978

Re: Finalized: Burt Williams dinner, SF Peninsula Divino Restaurant, Feb 26

I am still hoping to get bumped off the wait list. I have some older SC Mt. Pinot I can bring (If I am bumped up) but was thinking that maybe someone would want to go in with me on another mag of nice Champagne to cap the celebration. Just a thought.
by Ian Alper
February 6th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer
Replies: 256
Views: 21339

Re: 2018 Ridge Monte Bello futures offer

I think the '11 is one of the best for "early" drinking - they were pouring it last year at the assemblage which inspired me to open a 375 a few months ago. Really enjoyable and did not get the "too young" feeling.
by Ian Alper
December 15th, 2019, 6:40 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Burt Williams dinner, SF Peninsula Divino Restaurant, Feb 26
Replies: 134
Views: 5978

Re: Goodbye Burt Williams dinner, SF Peninsula, Feb or March

Please add me as a maybe depending on the final date. The last one was an eye opener. I think I still have few older SC Mt. Pinots with some age on them. I will have to crawl around and check.
by Ian Alper
December 10th, 2019, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 118
Views: 10462

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

Sad update. Looks like they are closing the Davenport tasting room. Another sale though does not look as good as the last one. https://shop.bonnydoonvineyard.com/?method=pages.showPage&PageID=008343F4-FC60-0523-832F-8A5A8CF855E0&originalMarketingURL=Shop&utm_source=Master&utm_campaign=c823c229c6-EMA...
by Ian Alper
December 9th, 2019, 8:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2003 Eaglepoint Ranch Syrah, Copain
Replies: 0
Views: 336

2003 Eaglepoint Ranch Syrah, Copain

I find it challenging to write tasting notes. Last year, Frank Murray encouraged those of us not writing tasting notes to try and this bottle was the inspiration I needed. It was fun to get my friends around the table to chime in. 14.3% Expressive nose of violets and herbs. Dark purple with little b...
by Ian Alper
December 4th, 2019, 10:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12178
Views: 456527

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Kid's 12th birthday so had some of our friends over to celebrate :) I set up the order and did most of the pouring which worked out quite well. 2007 Le Cigare Volant (from the recent sale). Screw cap. Wonderful balance and fairly complex. Mostly Grenache. Very enjoyable and an incredible deal. Wish ...
by Ian Alper
November 23rd, 2019, 9:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs from tonight: 2006 comtes, 2016 Beaucastel, 2001 Suduiraut
Replies: 6
Views: 758

Re: TNs from tonight: 2006 comtes, 2016 Beaucastel, 2001 Suduiraut

Robert - I agree on that one. Picked it off the list in a restaurant and really impressed the group I was with. One of the least expensive wines on the list and it rocked!
by Ian Alper
November 20th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2012 $50 California Cab-off
Replies: 16
Views: 3215

Re: 2012 $50 California Cab-off

What a great follow-up! Interesting to have folks thoughts confirmed and also see in real life the changing bottle dance through time. Fun.
by Ian Alper
November 13th, 2019, 7:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: York Creek Winery (Fritz Maytag)
Replies: 31
Views: 2688

Re: York Creek Winery (Fritz Maytag)

I saw these at our Grocery Outlet a few weeks ago but passed since I am really trying to cut back on purchases. This post inspired me to go back and I bought 2000 Cab Franc and Meritage and the 03 Cab estate. Opened them up blind for a party and what a treat. The Meritage has some brett that was dis...
by Ian Alper
November 10th, 2019, 7:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date
Replies: 112
Views: 10924

Re: Bedrock Wine Co. Winter Release Save The Date

I was feeling so proud of myself keeping it to less than a case. Then last night we had a dinner party and the 2014 Wirz was one of the highlights. E-mailed them this morning and they were willing to add three more.
by Ian Alper
November 8th, 2019, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Paloma Merlot from the recent fire sale
Replies: 25
Views: 1686

Re: TN: 2012 Paloma Merlot from the recent fire sale

Memory lane Asher. On one of our visits Barbara said she needed to get some work done after we had finished tasting. We said our goodbyes and she got out her quad with a gun on her hip to go down to the vineyard below her house. I asked her what the gun was for and she said "rattlesnakes"! At least ...
by Ian Alper
November 7th, 2019, 10:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Paloma Merlot from the recent fire sale
Replies: 25
Views: 1686

Re: TN: 2012 Paloma Merlot from the recent fire sale

Interesting. I was a buyer years ago with fond memories of tasting at the home with Barbara. A 99 I had a few years ago was stunning.
by Ian Alper
November 7th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 155
Views: 10115

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

"That sound bottles of the '17 should be very similar to the '16, not "stylistically different" Wes - per post #38 it appears that '16 was carbonic and '17 was not. Perhaps I missed something but wouldn't this be stylistically different if this is the case?
by Ian Alper
October 31st, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1647
Views: 114604

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2013 Santa Lucia Highlands Sierra Mar Syrah- very enjoyable, no heat opened up over an hour.

2005 Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah - Still black with no bricking, great nose, wonderful balance and flavor. Seems like it will age forever. Some complexity but will it increase with more time????
by Ian Alper
October 30th, 2019, 7:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12178
Views: 456527

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2009 Rivers Marie - Panek Vineyard. We rarely open cabs these days and this was a treat. Good friends over and want to get a little "higher" with what was in the glass. Opened for 30 minutes and then disappeared quickly. Exquisite fruit, balance and depth. Silky tannin, no heat. Would be great to sl...
by Ian Alper
October 29th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards
Replies: 42
Views: 2486

Re: Where are the Most off the beaten path and interesting vineyards

Agree with above that Windy Oaks is a nice drive and sweet spot. Another local one would be Big Basin Vineyard. Seems like you are driving to a State Park and you actually are!
by Ian Alper
October 25th, 2019, 1:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 155
Views: 10115

Re: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)

I brought the 16 to that dinner and agree with others that the 17 was not very enjoyable. I thought the 16 was nice but not as exceptional as earlier bottles had been. Also agree with I think Wes who said the 16 tasted better a year ago (though I might be misquoting him on that). Opened my first two...
by Ian Alper
October 24th, 2019, 5:33 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato
Replies: 84
Views: 4822

Re: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato

Agree with Wes that Ian makes some great wine from that site (I. Brand). Have any of you had the Ghostwriter Bates Cab? I tried it last year and really liked it.
by Ian Alper
October 23rd, 2019, 10:22 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato
Replies: 84
Views: 4822

Re: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato

Wes - that was a fun bottle. Never heard of Sandar and Hem. Where are they located? Thanks everyone for a great evening! I think my favorites were the 86 Gruaud Larose and the 97 Bien Nacido.
by Ian Alper
October 21st, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato
Replies: 84
Views: 4822

Re: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato

Looking forward to seeing everyone. Tomatoes are packed. If anyone has any styrofoam full case shippers they want re-used I could use a few more. Thanks.
by Ian Alper
October 20th, 2019, 7:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNS: GALLEON FINE WINES ODYSSEY 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 470

Re: TNS: GALLEON FINE WINES ODYSSEY 2019

Great notes. Thanks for sharing. I wish I could focus as well as you seem to at a large tasting!
by Ian Alper
October 17th, 2019, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1647
Views: 114604

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Andrew, your comment made me want to see what Mike had to say about the subject. I really like his data base of when to drink but must admit I seldom reference it. 09 Montafi: 2014 -2018 06/07/2019 So he agrees with us on that one. But I must say, it is not like you need to rush on this. I would thi...
by Ian Alper
October 17th, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato
Replies: 84
Views: 4822

Re: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato

I am not sure I will have the time to get down and pick, but if I do, do folks want enough to process?
by Ian Alper
October 17th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1647
Views: 114604

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2009 Montafi Zin - drinking great, wonderful balance and combo black/red fruit. No heat, opened up over 30 minutes, smoothe tannins. For me, drinking at peak and I would not want to wait much longer. 2012 Three Birds, opened up beautifully over an hour. Big, explosive mouthfeel with red fruits and g...
by Ian Alper
October 16th, 2019, 9:48 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato
Replies: 84
Views: 4822

Re: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato

I have the 2016 PAX that got the high scores or an older Lagier Meredith Syrah? Requests? Could also bring a Bonny Doon BN Syrah 12 or 13 to go with Robert's 10. Let me know if anyone has a preference.
by Ian Alper
October 16th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: John Fox (PC) Update
Replies: 33
Views: 3775

Re: John Fox (PC) Update

Slight thread drift - I thought there was word that there would be some checks coming from the bankruptcy to those that lost money. Was I mistaken or?
by Ian Alper
October 16th, 2019, 2:59 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato
Replies: 84
Views: 4822

Re: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato

Free for all or theme? I know many of you are in to big fruit bombs (which I have many of) but if we are going for the subtle side I need to dig around. :)
by Ian Alper
October 15th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge announcement - White Rhone Release
Replies: 28
Views: 1766

Ridge announcement - White Rhone Release

Tom Hill will be happy to hear that he can now order this on line.

Highly Anticipated Release - Adelaida White Rhône.

50% Grenache Blanc, 25% Picpoul, 25% Roussanne
First Vintage, Only 20 Barrels Produced

Looking forward to trying this.
by Ian Alper
October 12th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 118
Views: 10462

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

My wife opened a 375 of the Le Cigare Blanc and liked it. "Honey, you did not buy to much wine this time!. This was a first. :) We had a pizza party last night with some old friends (grilled pizza though we cheated and bought pre-made crust). I figure this was a good chance to try out some of the bo...

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