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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: 676

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: 665

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: 665

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: 665

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: 3901

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: 4636

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: 20736

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: 4636

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: 10340

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: 314

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: 11394
Views: 425855

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: 706

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: 3167

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: 2438

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: 10575

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: 21
Views: 1314

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: 21
Views: 1314

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: 154
Views: 9684

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: 1549
Views: 108343

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: 11394
Views: 425855

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: 2373

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: 154
Views: 9684

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: 3721

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: 3721

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: 3721

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: 442

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: 1549
Views: 108343

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: 3721

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: 1549
Views: 108343

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: 3721

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: 3725

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: 3721

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: 1749

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: 10340

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...
by Ian Alper
October 11th, 2019, 7:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ravenswood library offer
Replies: 395
Views: 23876

Re: Ravenswood library offer

Ok, I am guessing $50 a bottle - just a guess. How many think over, how many under? (just for fun)
by Ian Alper
October 7th, 2019, 10:17 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area /Peninsula OL Oct 21 - Donato
Replies: 84
Views: 3721

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

If anyone cancels please let me know. I might be able to make it. Thanks.
by Ian Alper
October 7th, 2019, 7:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Need a great American wine suggestion
Replies: 52
Views: 2482

Re: Need a great American wine suggestion

I second the Geyserville suggestion. Try to find an 09 - this will be ready to drink. Unless you find an older Monte Bello, a more recent vintage does not make sense for her unless she has a wine cellar. If you go for the Geyserville, you can still get her some nice bubbles.
by Ian Alper
October 7th, 2019, 7:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Dom Pérignon
Replies: 186
Views: 18671

Re: 2008 Dom Pérignon

Douglas Breen - when I was there last week I only saw the 2009. I will have to go back. Thanks! (If you are local, lets do a Santa Cruz offline sometime - I am tired of driving over the hill!)
by Ian Alper
October 7th, 2019, 6:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides (USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley)
Replies: 154
Views: 9684

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

For those thinking this will improve over many years, do you have any experience with other wines, made using this method, that have aged well?
by Ian Alper
October 7th, 2019, 6:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 118
Views: 10340

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

Had to go back for a few more Sunday. They had popped a few corks (actually screwed a few screws?) and I was able to try a Le Cigar Volant 1995 and 2000. The 95 was good though, for my palate, on the downward slope. The 2000 was really nice, bright and alive. When I got home I read though some of th...
by Ian Alper
October 6th, 2019, 3:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 46
Views: 4104

Re: Mountain Lions

Here is a great website for those interested. Lets me see who is in my neighborhood!

http://www.santacruzpumas.org/
by Ian Alper
October 5th, 2019, 7:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 118
Views: 10340

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

Quite the head spinning selection on site. Was lucky to get there when they first opened. You had to buy by the case but could mix it up so it took them awhile to pick and then price. Scored a 3L of the 2013 Le Cigare Volant Réserve. Used the excuse of "I will buy it for friends" to purchase way too...
by Ian Alper
October 4th, 2019, 10:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale
Replies: 118
Views: 10340

Re: PSA: Kinda ridiculous Bonny Doon sale

I am lucky to live in the area and will head down tomorrow morning to see what is left! Agree that the X Block is worthy juice - had it at the tasting room last month for a local school fundraising event. I think I paid $50 for a bottle and thought it was worth it. For the sale price I am planning t...
by Ian Alper
September 19th, 2019, 2:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 12944
Views: 630209

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: 2472

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: 521
Views: 36094

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: 521
Views: 36094

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: 43
Views: 3288

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: 88
Views: 4457

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...

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