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by Ian Alper
February 12th, 2021, 10:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: No wine in my cellar is safe from getting its cork pulled
Replies: 86
Views: 4248

Re: No wine in my cellar is safe from getting its cork pulled

I am willing to open almost anything but have a hard time doing it without being able to share the moment with others who will appreciate it.
by Ian Alper
February 7th, 2021, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need Advice: Opening a 1975 Ca Cab.
Replies: 19
Views: 915

Re: Need Advice: Opening a 1975 Ca Cab.

You might want to try a poor man's Durrand - combine an ah so and corkscrew. Awkward but it works!
by Ian Alper
February 6th, 2021, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Sandlands Zinfandel
Replies: 24
Views: 1083

Re: TN: 2018 Sandlands Zinfandel

Kevin - agree that it is similar to Birichino's zin (or even in some ways to their Grenache). Also agree with Tom - our bottle had no reduction at all.
by Ian Alper
February 5th, 2021, 8:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2018 Sandlands Zinfandel
Replies: 24
Views: 1083

Re: TN: 2018 Sandlands Zinfandel

Had this last week and really loved it. The lower alcohol seemed to allow the flavors to really play on the palate with no heat but rather waves of changing flavors. Wish I had more. So different from the many higher alcohol zins I still love. Almost pinot like in the lightness.
by Ian Alper
January 31st, 2021, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Lagier Meredith Syrah (USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder)
Replies: 3
Views: 362

Re: TN: 2009 Lagier Meredith Syrah (USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder)

Matt- this is such a great note. Really captured it. We finished an '05 last night. Really opened up after a few hours. I tried to find descriptors but was at a loss to describe the flavors.
by Ian Alper
January 29th, 2021, 2:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shakeup at Ridge
Replies: 40
Views: 6658

Re: Shakeup at Ridge

It will be tough for me to stay in the MB futures program without the pickup parties. I am getting to old to be buying MB futures but the parties (I mean tastings :) ) made it worth it!
by Ian Alper
January 25th, 2021, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12764
Views: 519120

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

2004 Alesia Syrah, Chileno Valley. Pop and pour at a bonfire party (it was pretty cold out). At first weird astringent flavors, but also earth and mushroom underneath. Opened up nicely in about 20 minutes and became very interesting/unusual. An intellectual experience, not an easy sipping wine but c...
by Ian Alper
January 24th, 2021, 8:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1786
Views: 127727

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Rich - looking forward to hearing how it shows.
by Ian Alper
January 23rd, 2021, 8:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1786
Views: 127727

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

We just had the 13 Montafi. Found it enjoyable but just that. Not much going on and I felt it was just past peak. Nice balance but soft fruit and no tannin. Not much acid either. No better on day 2. I would drink these up even though I usually enjoy my Carlisle with a little age.
by Ian Alper
January 20th, 2021, 10:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1786
Views: 127727

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2004 Carlisle Knights Valley Pelkan Ranch Syrah Never know what you will get when you pop a cork on an older Carlisle. More often than not it leaves me smiling. Pop and pour. Dark color, no bricking. Muted nose. First taste, no heat or prune. Tastes promising. One dimensional - one note that is plea...
by Ian Alper
January 10th, 2021, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Rivers Marie wine are you drinking?
Replies: 31
Views: 2981

Re: Which Rivers Marie wine are you drinking?

2014 RM Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. Amazing. Quite the surprise. Crisp, balanced, great flavor. I expect this will continue to improve for several more years. Really enjoyed this. Hard to believe how classy this was for an entry level offering.
by Ian Alper
December 11th, 2020, 10:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1786
Views: 127727

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

David - Birth year for the kid and I have one bottle. How long do you think this might last?
by Ian Alper
December 2nd, 2020, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2002 Lagier Meredith Syrah (USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder)
Replies: 5
Views: 404

Re: TN: 2002 Lagier Meredith Syrah (USA, California, Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder)

Love this wine and have two more bottles left. Agree it really needs some bottle time. Not sure if you noticed but every year's label has a slightly different picture (I think).
by Ian Alper
November 29th, 2020, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1996 Domaine Huet: Vouvray Le Mont Sec (Loire, France).
Replies: 10
Views: 571

Re: 1996 Domaine Huet: Vouvray Le Mont Sec (Loire, France).

"its 12% alcohol easily carrying the wine across my tastebuds." I like the way you put this. I recently experienced this with a Sandland Zin (I know, much higher than 12%) and this really captures my feelings as I swished this in my mouth.
by Ian Alper
November 25th, 2020, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 584
Views: 37803

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Two more over the weekend. 1994 Merlot and 1998 Barricia Zin. Both were enjoyable, not over the hill and not "pruney". The Zin improved after about an hour and opened up quite a bit. Liked the previous pair better but no complaints on these.
by Ian Alper
November 16th, 2020, 7:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 584
Views: 37803

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Steve, I hope your bottles show as well as ours did. We used a "poor mans" Durrand = an ah so and cork screw, and the corks came out with just a little effort. Enjoy. A real special treat.
by Ian Alper
November 16th, 2020, 7:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 584
Views: 37803

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Sean - recovery has been slow. County finally came and tagged hazzardous waste for removal. Still waiting for final haz waste cleanup. No idea how long it will take to get all the debris removed and we are concerned about the rain. Irrigation and fence mostly repaired. Still don't have all the water...
by Ian Alper
November 15th, 2020, 10:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN; 2018 Ridge Geyserville
Replies: 46
Views: 4752

Re: TN; 2018 Ridge Geyserville

Eric agrees with y'all!
by Ian Alper
November 15th, 2020, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 584
Views: 37803

Re: Ravenswood library offer

The first two I opened were both winners! Socially distanced work party in the orchard was the excuse. Still dealing with damage from the recent fire. So glad these showed so well. I was very excited to open these for my friends, several of whom have not experienced older wines before. 1990 Sonoma Z...
by Ian Alper
October 25th, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When do you return wines to a retailer?
Replies: 26
Views: 1477

Re: When do you return wines to a retailer?

Last year I had a corked wine purchased winery direct a few years back. I like supporting the winery and did not want to hassle them. The next week it was still bugging me so I reached out to the winery and asked them if they could make a donation to a local fire relief effort rather than replace th...
by Ian Alper
October 25th, 2020, 8:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1786
Views: 127727

Re: Which Carlisle are you drinking?

2007 Dry Creek Valley Syrah- nice but time to drink up. Opened up with black fruit and decent balance but after a few hours the alchol began to detract. Looked it up on Mike's drinking chart and he agrees- drink by 2020.
by Ian Alper
September 16th, 2020, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aged Cali Cab
Replies: 235
Views: 21276

Re: Aged Cali Cab

I posted in another thread on the magnum of 1992 Karl Lawrence Napa Cab we enjoyed over the weekend. Perfectly balanced and no sign of pruney decline.
by Ian Alper
September 14th, 2020, 10:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12764
Views: 519120

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

We were finally able to visit our property after over 3 weeks of mandatory evacuation. Great to be home but somewhat overwhelmed by all the destruction. So thankful our home still stands. We are truly blessed but grieving for those that lost so much. A few neighbors came by and we popped some corks....
by Ian Alper
September 8th, 2020, 11:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Mount Eden Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains
Replies: 13
Views: 1192

Re: 2008 Mount Eden Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains

I was wondering who scored the 94's! Should be good juice.
by Ian Alper
August 27th, 2020, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns
Replies: 110
Views: 8522

Re: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns

I live at Molino Creek Farm, in the hills above the town of Davenport. Thanks for the love folks. Miss you all as well. It is a time to count your blessings if you are in good health and have enough to eat. My neighbors say they think my wine is OK - will have to do some extensive sampling when I ge...
by Ian Alper
August 27th, 2020, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns
Replies: 110
Views: 8522

Re: CZU Complex Fire - Santa Cruz Mtns

So much devastation and loss! Three home on our farm have been destroyed. We lost some out-buildings. Water system damaged and fences down. Smoke today is very bad. Many of us are still unable to return to our property. A few brave souls are watering the other crops and trying to put out the spot fi...
by Ian Alper
July 9th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1947 Chateau Caillou Barsac. An experience!
Replies: 18
Views: 773

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: 563
Views: 42784

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: 116
Views: 12486

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: 1831

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: 1831

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: 1786
Views: 127727

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 descr...
by Ian Alper
May 15th, 2020, 2:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Definition of Everyday Wines - "Daily Drinkers"
Replies: 93
Views: 3532

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: 1786
Views: 127727

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: 772

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: 4860

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: 1786
Views: 127727

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 nic...
by Ian Alper
April 18th, 2020, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Very Disappointing Showings of Raveneau and Ramonet
Replies: 60
Views: 2356

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: Event Planner - Online or Offline
Topic: Non-virtual post-shutdown gathering: Older Ridge, SF Bay Area, month TBA
Replies: 53
Views: 5241

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: 432

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: 3215

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: 711

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: 711

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: 711

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: 4308

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: Event Planner - Online or Offline
Topic: Burt Williams dinner, SF Peninsula Divino Restaurant, Feb 26
Replies: 140
Views: 8281

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: 22375

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.

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