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by Ian Alper
September 19th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 11711
Views: 559502

Re: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Michael, we had the 2000 Lanson Champagne Noble Cuvée de Lanson Blanc de Blancs Brut last week. It was drinking very nicely and did open up as the meal progressed. Quite the QPR. Enjoy!
by Ian Alper
September 18th, 2019, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?
Replies: 34
Views: 2171

Re: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?

That was a tasty bottle Sean!

Tom - so where do you live these days? I have a few older bottles and it would be great to do a KK offline!
by Ian Alper
September 14th, 2019, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 506
Views: 33793

Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

I have been purchasing Monte Bello futures for more that 15 years but have only opened a handful or so. I am lucky to live close enough so I get up there several time a year and drink theirs while mine age. Special occasion yesterday so wanted to try one. I read over the cellar tracker reviews and t...
by Ian Alper
September 14th, 2019, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which RIDGE are you drinking?
Replies: 506
Views: 33793

Re: Which RIDGE are you drinking?

Bryan - I would definitely hold on to a few and try them at the 10 year mark. The 09 is one of my favorite Zins right now - wish I had saved more. Adam- I just did a quick tasting at Ridge yesterday. The 17 Geezer is great. If they still have the 2014 Lytton Estate Syrah I would strongly recommend i...
by Ian Alper
September 14th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: which SQNs are drinking well right now
Replies: 25
Views: 1748

Re: which SQNs are drinking well right now

You need to use a filter when reading the reviews. Many don't like the style and if you do, then their input is meaningless.
by Ian Alper
September 14th, 2019, 9:20 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot
Replies: 62
Views: 2328

Re: How German Wine Found Its Sweet Spot

Ian S. - I had not tried saying it out loud until you pointed that out! Thanks, that did give me a laugh! Great read. While I appreciate the technical debate that followed, I was surprised no one mentioned the wonderful story told, with the book, the journey, the old man and his kids, and the bottle...
by Ian Alper
September 14th, 2019, 9:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?
Replies: 34
Views: 2171

Re: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?

I was honored to be invited to her memorial. She was a pioneer. The 3 liter cabs, most with 20+ years on them, all drank wonderfully. What struck me more were some of the slides showing her planting the vineyard. In the back-round, no homes at all could be seen. Now it is probably some of the most e...
by Ian Alper
September 14th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys with Kevin
Replies: 133
Views: 3988

Re: Bring cash and stems: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys

Glad you are enjoying life George! Look forward to seeing you.
by Ian Alper
September 13th, 2019, 9:21 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys with Kevin
Replies: 133
Views: 3988

Re: Please re-confirm: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys

Preference - 06 Swan or 08 Bear?
by Ian Alper
September 10th, 2019, 9:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 MacDonald release
Replies: 169
Views: 13466

Re: 2016 MacDonald release

Save the date just landed- September 17th. 369 cases produced.
by Ian Alper
September 5th, 2019, 2:53 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys with Kevin
Replies: 133
Views: 3988

Re: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys

Thanks!
by Ian Alper
September 4th, 2019, 10:38 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys with Kevin
Replies: 133
Views: 3988

Re: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys

Oops, thought I had been more definitive. My bad. I am in if there is room. Looks like a choice from the menagerie- 06 Swan or 08 Bear. Also older Alesia for backup. Please let me know if there is room. I have really been looking forward to it. If not, another time.
by Ian Alper
September 4th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Le P'tit Paysan 2016
Replies: 14
Views: 751

Re: TN: Le P'tit Paysan 2016

Agree with Wes, Ian really is a great winemaker and does a great job sourcing fruit in our area.
by Ian Alper
August 9th, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: It’s been too long, Old Vines Offline #6 - Aug 31st, Forestville - The Round-Up
Replies: 98
Views: 3939

Re: It’s been too long, Old Vines Offline #6 - Aug 31st, Forestville

Brian please do. And if you find yourself down in the Santa Cruz area please get in touch. Would love to have you come up to the farm and crack some bottles with you!
by Ian Alper
August 8th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: It’s been too long, Old Vines Offline #6 - Aug 31st, Forestville - The Round-Up
Replies: 98
Views: 3939

Re: It’s been too long, Old Vines Offline #6 - Aug 31st, Forestville

Brian - A neighbor passed and I will be going to a memorial service that weekend. Hope I can make it next time! Thanks for the offer.
by Ian Alper
July 16th, 2019, 9:13 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys with Kevin
Replies: 133
Views: 3988

Re: Dinner at Golden Triangle in Los Gatos in Sept. or Oct. and the theme will be...

"And just over the hill" - I meant the location not the wine. [cheers.gif] [cheers.gif]
by Ian Alper
July 16th, 2019, 8:43 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Los Gatos CA Sept 17: Older Rhys with Kevin
Replies: 133
Views: 3988

Re: Dinner at Golden Triangle in Los Gatos in Sept. or Oct. and the theme will be...

Now we are talking - SCM quality wines that go with food! Older Rhys or maybe even a Kathryn Kennedy! And just over the hill! I would love to attend if the date works.
by Ian Alper
July 2nd, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: It’s been too long, Old Vines Offline #6 - Aug 31st, Forestville - The Round-Up
Replies: 98
Views: 3939

Re: It’s been too long, Old Vines Offline #6 - How About Aug 31st?

Brian - I would love to make this. Please put me down as a maybe. I have some older Carlisle to choose from. I need to dig but I am pretty sure I also have older Turley Hayne Vineyard.

How old is old vine? Does Palisades work (planted in the 60's)?
by Ian Alper
July 2nd, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions 7-1-19
Replies: 13
Views: 1473

Re: Impressions 7-1-19

Tom- I had one of Darren Delmore's syrahs at a local wine tasting (Soif). Was very impressed and was trying to figure out his name when I read Jim's Stolo review. The vineyards sound very similar.
by Ian Alper
June 26th, 2019, 11:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Nice write up on Santa Cruz Mountains wineries.
Replies: 1
Views: 549

Nice write up on Santa Cruz Mountains wineries.

Found this article and thought it was a great intro to those wishing to explore our area.

https://www.winetraveler.com/california ... itinerary/
by Ian Alper
February 13th, 2019, 6:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge Monte Bello. Putting it back on the shelf.
Replies: 23
Views: 2349

Re: Ridge Monte Bello. Putting it back on the shelf.

Sorry to hear about your health. I wanted to echo what others have said. You are local and the ability to get free tickets to their special tastings really makes this a great deal. If you have never had the chance to go to an assemblage event you really should try to get tickets to the next one avai...
by Ian Alper
January 31st, 2019, 9:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10759
Views: 389086

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

J. Davis - how was the I. Brand Cab Franc?
by Ian Alper
January 27th, 2019, 1:55 pm
Forum: BerserkerDay 10 Forum (January 27, 2019) #BD10 "the Black Friday of wine commerce" - Forbes
Topic: I. Brand & Family Back in the Game for BD10
Replies: 29
Views: 1922

Re: I. Brand & Family Back in the Game for BD10

Looking forward to trying the Albarino and the Grenache. I think the Grenache comes from the same vineyard used by Birichino and I really enjoy that version.

Good luck getting back on-line!
by Ian Alper
October 24th, 2018, 2:52 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Pre-1998 Williams Selyem: Mountain View (SF Bay) Tues.10/23
Replies: 85
Views: 2729

Re: Pre-1998 Williams Selyem: Mountain View (SF Bay) Tues.10/23

George -thanks so much for pulling this off. It was great to meet some of the folks from the board and pop some corks. Very impressed with everyone - from the wines they brought to the fact that there always seemed enough to go around. The list above missed the 1992 Santa Cruz Mountains Estate that ...
by Ian Alper
October 8th, 2018, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 02` Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois and 97` Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Pinot Noir
Replies: 5
Views: 280

Re: 02` Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois and 97` Williams Selyem Rochioli Riverblock Pinot Noir

Neal - it was your praise for the '99 that inspired me to track some of it down. One of my favorite older Champagnes I have had the fortune to try. Still have one left!
by Ian Alper
October 8th, 2018, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Tasting With Dave & Gena..(long/boring/historical)
Replies: 18
Views: 743

Re: TN: Tasting With Dave & Gena..(long/boring/historical)

Someone can/will correct me if I am wrong but I believe the '98 was Carole and Steve's first commercial release. A bottle we had a few years ago was exceptional as was the 99 we opened up a few months ago.
by Ian Alper
October 4th, 2018, 4:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else
Replies: 1022
Views: 56334

Re: Envoyer Thread #2: Everything else

Neal - I just got the no soup for you email. Hope they do get more!
by Ian Alper
September 27th, 2018, 9:00 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Pre-1998 Williams Selyem: Mountain View (SF Bay) Tues.10/23
Replies: 85
Views: 2729

Re: Burt Williams era (pre-1998) Williams Selyem inexpensive dinner Sf Bay Area late Oct..

I would really like to try and carve this out in next months schedule so I can make it. Any updates or thoughts on when this might take place if it is still being considered?

Thanks.
by Ian Alper
September 26th, 2018, 6:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ghostwriter Wines
Replies: 11
Views: 546

Re: Ghostwriter Wines

Really like these wines. Agree on the Bates Ranch Cab. I think I recently saw it on the shelf here in Santa Cruz - if anyone wants send me a PM.
by Ian Alper
September 18th, 2018, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Value $100-$150 US wines
Replies: 66
Views: 3830

Re: Best Value $100-$150 US wines

Some great suggestions so far. But just to challenge the idea that it has to be over $100, lay down some Ridge Geyserville or Lytton Springs for 8-10 years. Save a great deal of money and have some mighty fine juice!
by Ian Alper
September 11th, 2018, 9:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1999 Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 9
Views: 428

Re: TN: 1999 Karl Lawrence Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

A '98 KL we had last year was sublime. Perfectly balanced and harmonious. Light but with waves of flavors and a lasting finish. A place that few Napa Cabs I have opened have achieved. Quite the surprise.
by Ian Alper
September 11th, 2018, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1443
Views: 96861

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Gary - totally agree. I love the Derivative with some age on it. Drinking the 10 and 11 now. I slowed down on my Carlisle white wine purchases a few years ago but after drinking the '11 Derivative last year I began to load up again.
by Ian Alper
September 8th, 2018, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1441
Views: 169551

Re: Official Costco Thread

2012 Lagier-Meredith Syrah for $19.97 [wow.gif] Where? - that is a contender for deal of the year!
by Ian Alper
August 25th, 2018, 10:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "traditional" California wines
Replies: 62
Views: 3521

Re: "traditional" California wines

Sean - great bit of trivia! Do you know how large the vineyard is? When I drive by Katherine Kennedy I always imagine it to be some of the most expensive vineyard land in the world considering what nearby homes are selling for in Saratoga.
by Ian Alper
August 24th, 2018, 5:13 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Pre-1998 Williams Selyem: Mountain View (SF Bay) Tues.10/23
Replies: 85
Views: 2729

Re: Burt Williams era (pre-1998) Williams Selyem inexpensive dinner Sf Bay Area late Sept.

I would love to make this if I can. End of October would be great. I promise to follow the rules!
by Ian Alper
August 23rd, 2018, 6:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lastbottle Spring Marathon
Replies: 148
Views: 8624

Re: Lastbottle Spring Marathon

Josh - agree, I could not resist the Pleiades.
by Ian Alper
August 23rd, 2018, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "traditional" California wines
Replies: 62
Views: 3521

Re: "traditional" California wines

Wes - great info on SCMV. Still enjoying their wines. Other than Arcadian, I can think of no other producer's pinot that has a track record for aging so well. And yes, they did a wonderful job with the Bates Cab. I was invited to the pick-up party a few years ago even though I was not in their wine ...
by Ian Alper
August 21st, 2018, 9:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 10759
Views: 389086

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

Opened two Biale Zins last night for my mother-in-law who really enjoys zin. I had low expectations but both were very enjoyable. 2009 Black Chicken - Tart and disjointed at first. After an hour it settled down and was quite nice. No heat or jammy flavor. Bright with good balance.- 2009 Grand Vineya...
by Ian Alper
August 9th, 2018, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1443
Views: 96861

Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Peter - great to hear about the 2005 TA developing so nicely. I have quite a few older Carlisles and so far have been very happy with them. This week- 2011Carlisle Bedrock Zin - excellent from the start and did not need any air to find balance which I often find to be the case with Carlisle. No heat...
by Ian Alper
August 5th, 2018, 12:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another corked bottle gripe
Replies: 36
Views: 1480

Another corked bottle gripe

I was going to say what Chuck just said. Usually easier to bring a back-up bottle, but when that is not an option using your Coravin is a great alternative.
by Ian Alper
July 31st, 2018, 7:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2004 Pegau réservée
Replies: 52
Views: 2084

2004 Pegau réservée

Have to agree on the 08. The two I opened were undrinkable. One left. Hoping for a miracle. I would not mind "light" but the brett has been off the charts.
by Ian Alper
July 26th, 2018, 10:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: NV Sean Thackrey Pleiades XXV Old Vines (USA, California)
Replies: 5
Views: 357

TN: NV Sean Thackrey Pleiades XXV Old Vines (USA, California)

I have enjoyed this bottle over the years. Recently saw his rose -anyone ever try it?
by Ian Alper
July 11th, 2018, 3:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2006 Rhys Alpine - Crumbled Cork / Sturdy Pinot
Replies: 4
Views: 396

2006 Rhys Alpine - Crumbled Cork / Sturdy Pinot

Thanks for the note. I think I have one of these left and have been wondering about it.
by Ian Alper
May 15th, 2018, 8:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1443
Views: 96861

Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2011 Three Birds- very enjoyable, well balanced, no heat or jam. Opened up over 20 minutes. For my taste this is at peak but I will keep my last bottles for a few more years to see.
by Ian Alper
May 1st, 2018, 9:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Give me your screaming good under $20 red or white every day wine
Replies: 94
Views: 5763

Give me your screaming good under $20 red or white every day wine

Two from Charles Neal: Coteaux Des Travers La Mondona Rasteau (2014, $17) and La Grange de Piaugier Cotes du Rhone (2016, $12). Served both at a party over the weekend and both disappeared quickly. Charles Neal imports some affordable gems but I am not sure how wide the distribution is outside of th...
by Ian Alper
April 18th, 2018, 4:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Paloma Merlot from magnum :wow!
Replies: 15
Views: 912

TN: 2001 Paloma Merlot from magnum :wow!

Had the 99 Merlot last year and it was amazing. A real surprise!
by Ian Alper
March 18th, 2018, 10:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1443
Views: 96861

Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2011 Papa's poured with a Coravin. Drinking really well. Balanced with no heat and no porty flavors. Great fruit and mouthfeel. Will try another glass next week but try and give it some air-time. Perhaps will develop more complexity with air.
by Ian Alper
March 1st, 2018, 2:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days
Replies: 1600
Views: 89171

Envoyer is crushing it with Champagne these days

I signed up awhile ago due to this thread. I have been so proud of myself for just reading and deleting until today - couldn't resist the 2005 Lopez de Heredia’s Bosconia Rioja Reserva in today's email. I talked to Heaven and she said when she asks how people found out about them, almost all of them...
by Ian Alper
February 10th, 2018, 2:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Impressions
Replies: 5
Views: 652

Impressions

I also really like the Birichino, especially the Grenache.

They recently opened a tasting room in Downtown Santa Cruz - anyone tasting in this area should make it a point to stop by.

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