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by R. Smith
August 6th, 2020, 6:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WA 100/100 and the price of 2016 Sandrone Barolo le Vigne
Replies: 18
Views: 1406

Re: WA 100/100 and the price of 2016 Sandrone Barolo le Vigne

Thanks for sharing the data! It’s incredible to see how quickly the price skyrockets. I dread when WA/WS give 99/100 point scores to a wine I like. It means in many cases I will never be able to buy it again for a reasonable price. Case in point, 7-8 years ago, I bought the 1986 Ygay blanco in an au...
by R. Smith
July 30th, 2020, 8:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: When Will All White Burg Producers Begin To Use Diam?
Replies: 42
Views: 1945

Re: When Will All White Burg Producers Begin To Use Diam?

Michael S. Monie wrote:
July 30th, 2020, 3:32 pm
I can't remember having a premoxed wine since Bouchard started using Diam. When will other producers follow?
They won’t. If you’re a producer likeCoche-Dury, DRC, Leroy/D'Auvenay, Raveneau, etc. and haven’t had any premox to speak of, why change?
by R. Smith
July 30th, 2020, 8:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Wilson Zin - Tori's Reserve
Replies: 4
Views: 190

Re: TN: 2013 Wilson Zin - Tori's Reserve

Rich Brown wrote:
July 30th, 2020, 12:12 pm
Thanks for the note! A producer I'm not familiar with and will have to look into
I was actually pretty surprised at the note. The 2007 Tori’s was an alcoholic mess at 16.1%. Other Wilson Zins have been similarly situated.
by R. Smith
July 20th, 2020, 7:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2343

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

You’re asking the winemaker to water back. You could just do it yourself. I'm not sure why you and Victor are giving OP such an attitude. It's a perfectly legitimate question and no reason for being a jerk. Ryan, thanks for having my back but it's OK, I don't sweat the small stuff any more. :-) I'm...
by R. Smith
July 19th, 2020, 6:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2343

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions, the hunt is just beginning. It can sometimes be a little difficult to find alcohol levels when wineries don't include the number on their websites. However I've found Cellar Tracker tasting notes to be another good source, thanks to those who have includ...
by R. Smith
July 19th, 2020, 6:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?
Replies: 70
Views: 2343

Re: Are there any good, lower alcohol Zinfindel producers out there?

Steve Crawford wrote:
July 17th, 2020, 3:55 pm
You’re asking the winemaker to water back. You could just do it yourself.
I'm not sure why you and Victor are giving OP such an attitude. It's a perfectly legitimate question and no reason for being a jerk.
by R. Smith
July 17th, 2020, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Louis Latour Chassagne Montrachet Rouge??
Replies: 10
Views: 799

Re: 2007 Louis Latour Chassagne Montrachet Rouge??

Adam G wrote:
July 17th, 2020, 9:25 am
Pasteurized wine? Kosher mevushal is a (terrible) thing, but I don't think that's this...
"There’s been some ongoing controversy about Louis Latour’s red wines. These are all flash pasteurised by heating them to 70 °C for three seconds before bottling."
by R. Smith
July 2nd, 2020, 8:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Domaine producers have only made one variety color EVER?
Replies: 76
Views: 1759

Re: What Domaine producers have only made one variety color EVER?

Curtis Chen wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 8:22 pm
B. Buzzini wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 8:20 pm
Curtis Chen wrote:
July 2nd, 2020, 8:06 pm
Georges Noellat
Ahhh...you deleted Anne Gros...I saw some Beaune Blanc being produced. [wink.gif]
I knew I was being too ambitious by mentioning two producers! I ain't that good. [cheers.gif]
Georges Noellat actually makes a makes Meursault Cras.
by R. Smith
June 23rd, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge - Unusual or Rare Bottlings?
Replies: 108
Views: 5912

Re: Ridge - Unusual or Rare Bottlings?

Larry Stein wrote:
June 23rd, 2020, 1:22 pm
!!!

Has Ridge ever made a Pinot? Off the top of my head, I don't think so.
They did. In 1971 Dave Bennion made a Ridge “Coast Range” Pinot.
by R. Smith
June 23rd, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lopez de Heredia NV 100 Year Centenario
Replies: 13
Views: 913

Re: Lopez de Heredia NV 100 Year Centenario

Well, "Primer Centenario" mean "first Century" and I'd wager that wine is made in 1977, if Heredia is founded in 1877. Back then Heredia made NV Tondonias, so most likely that is such a wine if it doesn't have any vintage designations. I have no idea if that is a normal NV Tondonia, or if that Prim...
by R. Smith
May 23rd, 2020, 6:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best CA Pinot Noir
Replies: 23
Views: 1600

Re: Best CA Pinot Noir

Hanzell all the way. The best of old and new world.
by R. Smith
May 22nd, 2020, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2018 Ridge Charbono - Impressions and Lab Results
Replies: 5
Views: 477

2018 Ridge Charbono - Impressions and Lab Results

2018 Ridge Napa Valley Charbono - Deep ruby color. Palate is a wonderful mix of cherry, black plum, blueberry and blackberry. The fruit is well complemented by excellent weight on the palate, bright acid, slight dustiness, supple tannins and a long finish. An exceptional wine that will age for 15-20...
by R. Smith
March 31st, 2020, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge 2019 Monte Bello Futures
Replies: 43
Views: 2914

Re: Ridge 2019 Monte Bello Futures

Here’s what the prices were for past releases:

2011 $90
2012 $95
2013 $98
2014 $105
2015 $110
2016 $115
2017 $124
2018 $132

The prices are starting to get rather steep for me.
by R. Smith
January 26th, 2020, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of Wine
Replies: 121
Views: 3240

Re: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of

Should we not be calling the wines of Rolland, Cambie, Derenoncourt, Heidi Barrett, et al, these newer style wines, “post-modern” rather than “modern”? And you may know where I fall on my appreciation of this style, especially after my comments above, but this is really meant to be non-judgmental. ...
by R. Smith
January 26th, 2020, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of Wine
Replies: 121
Views: 3240

Re: On the Lexicon of Traditionalism, Modernism, Post-Modernism and Perhaps Deconstructivism in the Characterization of

Should we not be calling the wines of Rolland, Cambie, Derenoncourt, Heidi Barrett, et al, these newer style wines, “post-modern” rather than “modern”? And you may know where I fall on my appreciation of this style, especially after my comments above, but this is really meant to be non-judgmental. ...
by R. Smith
January 25th, 2020, 6:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?
Replies: 164
Views: 10732

Re: Sandlands 2020 — Anyone know when?

Thank you everyone for the interest in the release. We are hoping to send out the winter release this coming week (hopefully Wednesday) This year we will return to two releases per year. Here is what we hope to release next week. 2018 Lodi Chenin blanc- 9 barrels 2018 Lodi Cinsault- 8 barrels 2018 ...
by R. Smith
January 5th, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!
Replies: 42
Views: 3333

Re: Alas..

Alas, the old-vine Demostene Ranch (half Carignane/Zin) which was used by Dave Demostene for many yrs to make his rather rustic Sausal Zin, is gone/gone. Purchased by SilverOak and pulled out to grow Cab/Merlot. No more Ridge Demostene. Tom Hi Tom, The source for this wine were the vines owned by E...
by R. Smith
January 5th, 2020, 10:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!
Replies: 42
Views: 3333

Re: TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!

I've always wondered what the 12/13% Ridge wines from the 70's were like when young. With the 2016 Ridge Demostene, I finally got my wish! 13.0% and 50/50 Zin/Carignane - intensely scented nose with cherry, cranberry and violets. The palate is lively and fresh with plum, cherry, cranberry, strawber...
by R. Smith
December 12th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tn: 2001 Ridge Lytton Springs
Replies: 9
Views: 523

Re: Tn: 2001 Ridge Lytton Springs

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
December 12th, 2019, 6:49 pm
Fixed the title for you (from 'Rudge' to 'Ridge')...and jealous because I can't keep my Lytton Springs long enough to know how they develop!!! I buy probably a dozen bottles a year, not a single bottle older than 2013 remains.
Let’s do some older Ridge next time you’re in Chicago! [cheers.gif]
by R. Smith
December 6th, 2019, 10:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Martinelli Pinots
Replies: 35
Views: 2841

Re: Martinelli Pinots

James Cross wrote:
December 4th, 2019, 10:49 am
One that I like is the plain Sonoma Coast. It is around 14% alcohol and a nice drinking wine for the $.
Are you sure about this? The 2013 and 2015 Pinots are 15.2% alcohol.
by R. Smith
November 24th, 2019, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Martinelli Pinots
Replies: 35
Views: 2841

Re: Martinelli Pinots

Tonight is night 2 of tasting the 2002 Martinelli 7 Mules Vineyard. Totally enjoyed with dinner. Nice fruit, raisiny, chocolate prune finish, easy to enjoy. I tend to like rich, fruity Califonia zins and pinots. And I like them with age. I am enjoying this a bit more than other older Martinneli pin...
by R. Smith
November 23rd, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!
Replies: 42
Views: 3333

Re: TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!

I've always wondered what the 12/13% Ridge wines from the 70's were like when young. Very similar to the 15/16% Ridge wines from the 70's. neener I liked the greater range of styles in the 1970's, everything from sub 12% to 16+% late harvest. It's nice to see ridge step out of the 14% range for the...
by R. Smith
November 23rd, 2019, 4:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New plantings in Barolo to be halted for 3 years starting in 2020
Replies: 18
Views: 1441

Re: New plantings in Barolo to be halted for 3 years starting in 2020

I disagree. You can pretty much assume that any new plantings at this stage are not on the best sites. So it is a protection of quality. Doesn't climate change change that equation? My assumption (and to a lesser extent, experience) is it will. Aldo Vacca from Produttori says climate change is abso...
by R. Smith
November 22nd, 2019, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!
Replies: 42
Views: 3333

Re: TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
November 22nd, 2019, 12:50 pm
Thanks for the tip - I"m in! Was looking for another Ridge zin to buy along with my mixed case of Geyserville/Lytton Springs
You're very welcome! Let me know what you think.
by R. Smith
November 22nd, 2019, 12:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!
Replies: 42
Views: 3333

TN: 2016 Ridge Demostene Zinfandel - An incredible AFWE wine from Ridge!

I've always wondered what the 12/13% Ridge wines from the 70's were like when young. With the 2016 Ridge Demostene, I finally got my wish! 13.0% and 50/50 Zin/Carignane - intensely scented nose with cherry, cranberry and violets. The palate is lively and fresh with plum, cherry, cranberry, strawberr...
by R. Smith
November 18th, 2019, 6:28 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)
Replies: 32
Views: 3087

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)

I spoke with the owner he is going to look at putting together a menu for us. Is everyone good with @$50 per person for dinner all in ? That should include tax and tip. We could also just order off the menu but figured this might be a nice option to have him curate it, try to pair a few things and ...
by R. Smith
November 16th, 2019, 7:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $6500 for this poxed Monty?
Replies: 27
Views: 3544

Re: $6500 for this poxed Monty?

This one is downright terrifying! Image
by R. Smith
November 8th, 2019, 7:04 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)
Replies: 32
Views: 3087

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Reisling-November 19th (Coalfire)

adam caldwell wrote:
November 7th, 2019, 11:47 pm
Ryan I think we are open, at least I am. Good Piedmont is always welcome wherever I’m at.
Thanks Adam! I’ll be bringing a TBD 1970’s Piedmont. How does 6 PM work for everyone?
by R. Smith
November 7th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Chicago-Pizza and Riesling (and Piedmont)-November 19th (Coalfire)
Replies: 32
Views: 3087

Re: Chicago-Pizza and Reisling-November 19th (Coalfire)

I’m excited to go but don’t have much in the way of Riesling in the cellar unfortunately. If you were open to also including Piedmont though, I have much to offer!
by R. Smith
October 8th, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 4063

Re: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
October 8th, 2019, 11:41 am
R. Smith wrote:
October 8th, 2019, 11:30 am
90 Points James Suckling for a $185 Cabernet...I'd recommend running far far away.
Do you otherwise follow/respect Suckling's ratings?
He's usually a few points high for my palate, I usually subtract 3-4 points.
by R. Smith
October 8th, 2019, 11:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines
Replies: 54
Views: 4063

Re: Danica Patrick's Somnium Wines

90 Points James Suckling for a $185 Cabernet...I'd recommend running far far away.
by R. Smith
October 3rd, 2019, 9:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: cheap wines
Replies: 9
Views: 1048

Re: TN: cheap wines

2017 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir: Fruity and jammy and on the sweeter side. Good structure that doesn't fall off, decent mouthfeel. For $6.99 at Albertssons, it's a steal. I've had $30+ PN's that were much worse. FWIW, the Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir is only ~75% Pin...
by R. Smith
September 21st, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines
Replies: 64
Views: 6101

Re: Two Very Disappointing, $75 California Wines

Alan Rath wrote:
September 21st, 2019, 10:38 am
I’m shocked there could be a $75 chard from a dry creek producer. Haven’t been up there in years, used to be the place to tool around and find some good, affordable zins and red blends.
Me too! You can get Hanzell, Ridge, Mt. Eden and Stony Hill all day for under $75.
by R. Smith
September 13th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kathryn Kennedy: Where have you been all my life ?
Replies: 34
Views: 2608

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

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
September 13th, 2019, 7:29 am
New releases not cheap, around $200+. I do not think she’s the winemaker now.
Kathryn Kennedy passed away in 2009. :(
by R. Smith
September 1st, 2019, 3:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Viña Gravonia
Replies: 15
Views: 1187

Re: TN: 2010 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Viña Gravonia

Tight allocations. Even Gravonia getting parsed out. First time I can't get as much as I wanted. Vinopolis still seems to be most reliable source north of CA. I had the same experience with getting Gravonia this year. My usual source said she was unable to secure any for me even though I buy a case...
by R. Smith
August 27th, 2019, 7:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Viña Gravonia
Replies: 15
Views: 1187

Re: TN: 2010 R. López de Heredia Rioja Blanco Viña Gravonia

Where did you get the 2010? It's only showing at one store in California. Everyplace else has the 2009. Hi John, I got this wine and the 05 Tondonia Blanco At Vinopolos In PDX Tight allocations. Even Gravonia getting parsed out. First time I can't get as much as I wanted. Vinopolis still seems to b...
by R. Smith
June 20th, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Predictions for Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Thomas
Replies: 2
Views: 475

Predictions for Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association v. Thomas

My prediction is Justice Alito will write the opinion affirming the Circuit Court's finding that Tennesse's Law violates the dormant commerce clause. What do the attorney's here think?
by R. Smith
June 16th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Tobin James California Champagne? How?
Replies: 5
Views: 657

Re: Tobin James California Champagne? How?

lleichtman wrote:
June 16th, 2019, 2:38 pm
France will stop this. Champagne is a protected name.
They can't, Tobin James has been making this since before the US/EU Labeling agreement. It's perfectly legal. Korbel, Andre, and Cooks do the same thing.
by R. Smith
June 15th, 2019, 1:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy
Replies: 40
Views: 4173

Re: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy

Looks like John hired an incredible law firm to take his case. They only have 2 attorneys but specialize in so many things! AREAS OF LAW General Practice Civil Litigation Personal Injury Automobile Accidents Dog Bites Head and Spinal Injuries Motorcycle Accidents Nursing Home Litigation Railroad Acc...
by R. Smith
June 15th, 2019, 12:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy
Replies: 40
Views: 4173

Re: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy

Here’s the towns response to John’s lawsuit:
by R. Smith
June 15th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy
Replies: 40
Views: 4173

Re: Winery Owner (most of you already know him) suing police deputy

Here’s a link to John’s complaint. It is well worth reading.

by R. Smith
May 24th, 2019, 12:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who’s the reddest of red Bordeaux :)
Replies: 17
Views: 1484

Re: Who’s the reddest of red Bordeaux :)

Brane-Cantenac would be my vote.
by R. Smith
April 9th, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Questions for Bern's steakhouse
Replies: 35
Views: 3185

Re: Questions for Bern's steakhouse

Hi Dan,

Your best bet would be to email the Somm, Brad Dixon in advance with a budget and what you're interested in. He's been very helpful in picking out wines for us. His email is: bshsommelier@bernssteakhouse.com
by R. Smith
March 16th, 2019, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $3000 bottle
Replies: 89
Views: 9875

Re: $3000 bottle

The picture above accompanied the pitch, cropped at the neck, but I have also cropped off that bottle with its zinc pewter label.


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by R. Smith
March 16th, 2019, 6:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: $3000 bottle
Replies: 89
Views: 9875

Re: $3000 bottle

If you have any questions, go to the web site: https://www.ghosthorseworld.com/ 2014 Cabernet $500 2014 Fantome $1500 2014 Apparition $2000 2014 Spectre $3500 2014 Premonition $5000 & Membership Into The Challenge Syndicate 2014 Zinfandel $600 2016 Chardonnay $400 Winemaker Dinner In Your Home $900...
by R. Smith
February 14th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2019 release date
Replies: 81
Views: 6966

Re: Sandlands 2019 release date

Vince T wrote:
February 14th, 2019, 1:34 pm
Can someone describe the style of the Sandlands wines, as compared to other board favorites that make Mataro, Chenin and Carignane, eg Bedrock, D&R, Etc.

Thanks!
They're in a similar wheelhouse to Arnot-Roberts or Birichino in terms of style.

Riper than Arnot but less so than a Ridge.
by R. Smith
February 6th, 2019, 1:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sandlands 2019 release date
Replies: 81
Views: 6966

Re: Sandlands 2019 release date

took a case but left bottles on the table. Have been on the list since the second release was allocated one of the mission and Refosco Similar (I think third release for me), and got 1 and 1. Been with Sandlands since the First release, allocated 1 Mission and 1 Refosco. Very Excited to try both!
by R. Smith
January 14th, 2019, 9:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Update: Chicago - What to DO Question..
Replies: 35
Views: 2135

Re: Chicago - a few Qs

Hi Mark,

Chez Simo is a great BYOB French restaurant in Chicago that I frequent. Please let me know when you're in town. I'd be happy to meet up.

Ryan

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