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by JohnP
March 20th, 2020, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100-pointer for Bill Easton
Replies: 18
Views: 2527

Re: 100-pointer for Bill Easton

With all the madness this week, I'm very excited to have made this investment! Order in on 2016 Ascent. Two bottle max, highly recommend procuring a bottle of the first perfect wine to come out of the Sierra Foothills [welldone.gif]
by JohnP
March 10th, 2020, 3:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100-pointer for Bill Easton
Replies: 18
Views: 2527

Re: 100-pointer for Bill Easton

Received confirmation the 2016 Ascent offering is going out next week. Three more cheers for gold country Syrah!
by JohnP
March 9th, 2020, 12:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow allocation
Replies: 118
Views: 10531

Re: Scarecrow allocation

Is there another wave of buyers this week? If not, it appears that "many" did not take their allocation, based on limited intel- only 700 bottles are showing in CT for 2017, whereas the other small harvest (2015) is showing over 4000 bottles.
by JohnP
March 6th, 2020, 1:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Napa/ Sonoma Tasting Experience?
Replies: 57
Views: 3174

Re: Best Napa/ Sonoma Tasting Experience?

Private tasting at Spring Mountain Vineyards. Great experience and awesome opportunity to taste back vintage wines in the cave from the 80's. 90's and early 2000's. One of the best tasting experiences I've had was a library tasting (might be $100) at Spring Mountain Estate. Such a lovely property w...
by JohnP
March 5th, 2020, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Spottswoode 2017 release
Replies: 4
Views: 553

Re: Spottswoode 2017 release

Got the early release email yesterday. $210 for the 2017 Estate Cab and $85 for the 2017 Lyndenhurst. $42 for the Sauvignon Blanc. Price goes up to $225 on the Estate Cab after the offer closes. 97 points from WA - LPB. Gotta say I have more Spottswoode Napa cab than any other CA winery. I love the...
by JohnP
March 4th, 2020, 9:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow allocation
Replies: 118
Views: 10531

Re: Scarecrow allocation

Order in!
by JohnP
March 3rd, 2020, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NINE SUNS Save the Date
Replies: 29
Views: 2234

Re: NINE SUNS Save the Date

fwiw. 2020 offer Grenache $600/3 pak Sauvignon Blanc $270/3 pak (up $10/bottle) Houyi 100% Cabernet $900/3 pak This is my favorite SB in Napa Valley. Memento Mori and Eisele make amazing whites too, but if I had to choose, this is #1. The Cab is stellar. Favorite Houyi vineyard cab. Grenache is goo...
by JohnP
March 3rd, 2020, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: James Suckling: Great Wines of Italy
Replies: 39
Views: 4058

Re: James Suckling: Great Wines of Italy

Would love to hear reviews of the top 2015 Brunellos from this tasting? I have to imagine someone was wow'd by one of JS's 100-pointers.
by JohnP
March 3rd, 2020, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm Bard 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 879

Re: Realm Bard 2018

Eh, ‘18 doesn’t come out until October and there are lots of ‘13-‘15 selling on auction for close to release price. I would pick ip some of those to drink now and give the ‘18s a little time to sit. I just got on the list and have picked up recent Bard on KL in the $115-$140 range. I highly recomme...
by JohnP
March 3rd, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Promontory
Replies: 24
Views: 2580

Re: Promontory

Has anyone visited recently? What did they pour? Was the experience similar to JonathanG's comments above? Sure sounds epic! I'm thinking of visiting this summer and would love to hear any add'l feedback. I unfortunately couldn't get a visit at Harlan, been calling each year for five years and keep ...
by JohnP
March 1st, 2020, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ageability of Cali Pinot
Replies: 81
Views: 3665

Re: Ageability of Cali Pinot

I don't plan to open any of my Ceritas or Calera Selleck before 10 year. Tried a 2011 Ceritas Costalina last year and was still far from peak. These producers definitely make 15 to 20 year old age-ability pinots. Also, Peter Michael and Morlet make robust pinots that have similar age-worthy trajecto...
by JohnP
February 28th, 2020, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Produttori del Barbaresco Riservas 2015
Replies: 7
Views: 1066

Re: Produttori del Barbaresco Riservas 2015

Loaded up on 13' Rabaja & Asili, skipping 15' and will be stocking up 16'. It might be greatest PdB ever ;)
by JohnP
February 27th, 2020, 8:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow allocation
Replies: 118
Views: 10531

Re: Scarecrow allocation

Have any previous buyers of SC had experience with missing an allocation (maybe 2011) and still received SC offer the next vintage? I've heard that if you miss a single offering, you're off the list the following year, even if you've been a longtime buyer.
by JohnP
February 24th, 2020, 6:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Scarecrow allocation
Replies: 118
Views: 10531

Re: Scarecrow allocation

Just logged in...second wave I guess.

"Thank you for checking in. Your Scarecrow 2017 offer will open on Wednesday, March 4th at Noon Eastern. We look forward to your support!"
by JohnP
February 20th, 2020, 1:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Interesting Italian Wine Articles...
Replies: 3
Views: 515

Re: Some Interesting Italian Wine Articles...

That super nebbiolo article about Sandrone was very interesting. I'd been seeing lots of hype on the Facebook Barolo/Barb fan page about the 2013 Sandrone Vite Talin. Hope to try one day...
by JohnP
February 19th, 2020, 8:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1971 wine - what to look for?
Replies: 69
Views: 2835

Re: 1971 wine - what to look for?

Loved the 1971 Produttori de Barbaresco Rabaja, F. Rinaldi and G. Rinaldi. If I could choose one, it would have to be the Rabaja, an incredible perfume on the nose, smooth from end to end.
by JohnP
February 19th, 2020, 11:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 100-pointer for Bill Easton
Replies: 18
Views: 2527

Re: 100-pointer for Bill Easton

Glad to see the Sierra Foothills getting the attention it deserves! Luckily, I picked up a two-pack of 2006 and 2016 Ascent, can't wait to try. Btw, if you stop in Plymouth, you must try Taste, we had a wonderful dinner there last Dec.
by JohnP
February 16th, 2020, 2:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Verite wines
Replies: 17
Views: 1082

Re: Verite wines

I had a glass of 2012 Verite La Joie at Flemings on V-day. The aromatics and floral elements reminded me of Opus One. Definitely well crafted, and I wish I could fast forward 20-30 years to know what the perfume would be like. This is very Bordeaux-style for new world, I'd give it 97pts. I've had th...
by JohnP
February 9th, 2020, 1:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip
Replies: 24
Views: 1811

Re: Howell Mountain focused Napa trip

Anyone try Castiel Estate?
by JohnP
February 5th, 2020, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm Spring 2020 Release
Replies: 42
Views: 4036

Re: Realm Spring 2020 Release

The SB is pricey but sounds tasty and the bottle looks beautiful. I look forward to 19 Fidelio. Sounds like they made it a little different this time around. Please share your intel. Hopefully, they will blend in some semillon and muscadelle. That would be epic if Benoit made a bdx-style white.
by JohnP
February 5th, 2020, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm Spring 2020 Release
Replies: 42
Views: 4036

Re: Realm Spring 2020 Release

Order in!
(1) Dr. Crane (Thank you!)
(1) Fidelio Magnum
(3) Fidelio
by JohnP
February 5th, 2020, 9:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm Spring 2020 Release
Replies: 42
Views: 4036

Re: Realm Spring 2020 Release

17' BTK - 97
17' DC - 98 (Tried it at the property last May,definitely worth the 97-98 ratings)
17' MOON - 96
17' HOUYI - 95
Fidelio has never been reviewed by JD.
by JohnP
February 5th, 2020, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm Spring 2020 Release
Replies: 42
Views: 4036

Re: Realm Spring 2020 Release

T-minus 1hr...love that damn clock. Let's go!! Six years of being on the list, hoping for at least one Dr. Crane to be allocated..
by JohnP
January 29th, 2020, 8:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?
Replies: 178
Views: 9097

Re: BerserkerDay 11 - How did you do?

Two Gabriel Glas Gold for $114 after tax (& free shipping), score!!!!
by JohnP
January 29th, 2020, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Abreu Spring Release
Replies: 14
Views: 1706

Re: Abreu Spring Release

Anyone try their olive oil?
by JohnP
January 14th, 2020, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad Down?
Replies: 36
Views: 3268

Re: Myriad Down?

Bdklein wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 9:45 am
mattcitrang wrote:
January 14th, 2020, 9:42 am
This is embarrassing for Myriad I'm sure.
Embarrassing? Shit happens .
This vintage is so high in demand, we broke the system champagne.gif

All good! Order in..
by JohnP
January 13th, 2020, 2:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rivers-Marie 100pts
Replies: 190
Views: 21159

Re: Rivers-Marie 100pts

Congrats to Rivers Marie! I've only known about the Platt vineyard from Vice Versa. Hopefully, there will be some left when I receive my offer...
by JohnP
January 8th, 2020, 12:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Screaming Eagle
Replies: 61
Views: 7979

Re: 2017 Screaming Eagle

I also heard magnums only, limited supply. Just for the record this is from AG's report (06/15/18) on first impressions of 2017- [For some winemakers, the vintage was immediately compromised. “I got to the vineyard early on Monday morning [the first morning of the fires] and started tasting through ...
by JohnP
January 3rd, 2020, 10:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What are your wines of the 2010s?
Replies: 46
Views: 2155

Re: What are your wines of the 2010s?

1971 Produttori Rabaja (nose was off the charts! Been a fan of PDB ever since, backed-up the truck on 2013s) 2014 Morlet La Proportion Doree (best new world bdx-blend I've ever had. This vintage specifically. None of the newer vintages have risen to this level) 2002 Krug Vintage (nothing has compare...
by JohnP
January 1st, 2020, 8:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Holiday hits and misses
Replies: 7
Views: 1274

Re: Holiday hits and misses

Hit
1979 Spring Mountain (mag)
2006 Caymus
2016 Maybach Amoenus
2014 Peter Michael Au Paradis (WOTH)
2008 Colin Vintage Champagne

Misses
2013 Kathryn Hall Cab
1990 Livio Sassetti Pertimali (mag)
1987 Louis Martini Monte Rosso Zinfindel (mag)
by JohnP
January 1st, 2020, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?
Replies: 37
Views: 2500

Re: What do you think is the single best value in CA wine?

AG's annual report- Turnbull Napa cab was his best value under $50 in 2019.
by JohnP
December 29th, 2019, 1:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 128
Views: 11342

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

Scarecrow Tynan Alban Ultramarine Kinsman Drinkward Not for cellaring - Aged BDX from the local wine store and misc from local wineries. Maybe fork out for a case of Merry Edwards SB. Are we sure Scarecrow is releasing their 2017? I don't think Scarecrow had any issues, and will be releasing 2017. ...
by JohnP
December 28th, 2019, 10:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?
Replies: 128
Views: 11342

Re: What’s your “definite buy” in 2020?

2015 Brunello (Fuligni & Ciacci Piccolomini)
2015 Produttori Rabaja & Montefico
Allocated Napa
Maybe more 2008 Champs (Cristal & DomP)
by JohnP
December 26th, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Everybody wants a wine to show well . . .
Replies: 23
Views: 1488

Re: Everybody wants a wine to show well . . .

I think one item needs to be included in your set of variables- Palate Fatigue. For the last couple of weeks, I must admit, I've had plenty of rich foods, more wine than normal and sweets....plenty of sweets. It's the one time of year, I don't give a #@&! I'm fully convinced now that too much sugary...
by JohnP
December 5th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Paso Robles Trip Suggestions
Replies: 61
Views: 4012

Re: Paso Robles Trip Suggestions

You'll definitely want to add Torrin to the list. Their Syrah is world class! JebD thinks so too, gave their Akasha 100pts in 2015.
by JohnP
December 2nd, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 6431

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

How was the 2012 Roederer Estate L'Ermitage? Deserving on the high WS praise? [/quote] It's pretty good. It has a nice, rich, spicy leesy profile with good apple and poached pear and pie crust. Good enough acid keeps it all pretty well balanced. I think it's in the 93 point range, and is a very good...
by JohnP
December 2nd, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 6431

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

What are you popping? I'm thinking our lineup will look about like this for a slow burn lead up to brined, injected, roasted turkey and smoked pork ribs (with traditional fixings). 2009 Louis Roederer Brut 2012 Roederer Estate L'Ermitage 2008 Billecart Extra Brut 2016 Franny Beck La Chenaie 2008 Be...
by JohnP
November 26th, 2019, 6:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup
Replies: 139
Views: 6431

Re: Thanksgiving Day Wine Lineup

Picked up from the storage unit this afternoon. Please share any recommendations for decanting the reds. 2010 Stony Hill Chardonnay (Btw, popped one last weekend, it's singing!!) 2012 Limerick Lane Zinfandel Russian River 2007 Guigal Cote Rotie 2006 Il Poggione Brunello Riserva 2013 Bevan Pinot Noir...
by JohnP
November 25th, 2019, 7:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hundred Acre Wraith
Replies: 30
Views: 4196

Re: Hundred Acre Wraith

Well Hundred Acre has gone berserk, and increased pricing on the 2016 Few & Far to $1800 (3 pack). This Napaflation is insane! Why stop at 20%, might as well double it to $3000, then go to up $100 every year like Harlan ans Screagle to soften the blow each vintage. Jeez... 2015 - $1500 2014 - $1200 ...
by JohnP
November 17th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Corton-Charlemagne as grand a Grand Cru as the others? Please discuss!
Replies: 36
Views: 2201

Re: Is Corton-Charlemagne as grand a Grand Cru as the others? Please discuss!

Had a 2016 Louis Latour Corton Charlemagne last Thur and it was really delicious, significantly better than the 1er Crus and worthy of a Grand title IMO. Btw, has anyone tried the LL Montrachet? Would they hold their own among other Montrachets?
by JohnP
November 17th, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA - Zalto's at Barneys
Replies: 24
Views: 4331

Re: PSA - Zalto's at Barneys

Thanks for sharing. Last week, I order two Zalto burg glasses on WineEnthusiast's site. They're offering a $50 gift card to arrive in Dec for a $99 purchase. I'll be putting that toward another glass. That will bring the average cost under $50pp for three. Just a head's up... Wine Enthusiast Offers...
by JohnP
November 13th, 2019, 4:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PSA - Zalto's at Barneys
Replies: 24
Views: 4331

Re: PSA - Zalto's at Barneys

Thanks for sharing. Last week, I order two Zalto burg glasses on WineEnthusiast's site. They're offering a $50 gift card to arrive in Dec for a $99 purchase. I'll be putting that toward another glass. That will bring the average cost under $50pp for three.
by JohnP
November 1st, 2019, 7:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1985/1986 Opus One
Replies: 6
Views: 718

Re: 1985/1986 Opus One

If you're not much of a wine drinker, I can assure you that if those bottles are still good, you may have a spiritual experience trying one or at least think differently afterwards. Many people on this forum didn't have an aha moment until they tried a wine with significant age, and those Opus One c...
by JohnP
October 29th, 2019, 9:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19809

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Does anyone know if Verite or Trinite Estate are in danger? I believe they in the Chalk Hill area.
by JohnP
October 29th, 2019, 9:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: visit to Paolo Bea
Replies: 6
Views: 700

Re: visit to Paolo Bea

Did you happen to find out if Paolo Bea has a library of wine available for purchase? I tried a 96 Pagliaro a couple years and absolutely loved it. I'm noticing it's hard to find aged PB, so hoping the next time I'm out that way I can purchase some older bottles with great provenance.
by JohnP
October 25th, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm Cellars Fall Release
Replies: 88
Views: 10505

Re: Realm Cellars Fall Release

On a cooler note, I received the email heads up that the inaugural Realm (formerly Kata) Bourn will release on Oct 30. First come, first serve.
by JohnP
October 23rd, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Myriad drinking windows
Replies: 29
Views: 2486

Re: Myriad drinking windows

I reached out to Leah last Fri to hold my shipment this week and no problem. However, I can't say the same for a friend who ordered from Realm and it shipped to San Diego on Mon, ouch :(
by JohnP
October 23rd, 2019, 5:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Realm Cellars Fall Release
Replies: 88
Views: 10505

Re: Realm Cellars Fall Release

I’m surprised they shipped to the Bay Area today. 91 here today. When I took them into inventory they were warm to the touch. I know I picked the ship date, but normally it is not this warm. Likewise. I contacted them Monday morning to see if they could hold the shipment considering it was projecte...

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