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by Ian H
October 13th, 2019, 1:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: My Bedrock welcome shipment
Replies: 50
Views: 2408

Re: My Bedrock welcome shipment

We had a 2016 Sodini last night and I thought it was excellent. I haven't had any of the other single vineyards earlier than this, but this was really good at 3 years on.
by Ian H
October 7th, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Newark Airport
Replies: 40
Views: 1380

Re: Newark Airport

Bad take by Ross. Newark is actually pretty good as far as airports go. Certainly better than LGA and I'd argue better than most of JFK.
by Ian H
October 6th, 2019, 5:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Patricia Green Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard 2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1126

Re: TN: Patricia Green Pinot Noir Balcombe Vineyard 2014

I had a 2007 Patty Green Balcombe a few months ago and it was just terrific almost 12 years on. Was my first of this bottle and would gladly re-up.
by Ian H
October 5th, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: “Bigger, Bolder” Oregon Pinots
Replies: 24
Views: 1844

Re: “Bigger, Bolder” Oregon Pinots

I've never thought of Big Table Farm as that big and bold. I wouldn't call it light and shy or necessarily AFWE, but is it consensus this is a big Oregon Pinot? Not really the first impression I've had.
by Ian H
September 28th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Joseph Phelps...thoughts?
Replies: 30
Views: 2403

Re: Joseph Phelps...thoughts?

Insignia was the wine that turned me onto wine early on in my journey. I can't remember the specific vintages I had but they would have been late 90s thru to about 2003. Really, really liked them. Also, I was drinking mostly dreck at the time so this stuff would naturally really stand out. I have 20...
by Ian H
September 27th, 2019, 4:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2017 Arterberry Maresh Chard
Replies: 21
Views: 2171

Re: 2017 Arterberry Maresh Chard

I was in Portland two weeks ago for a bicycle trip out of Oakridge but managed two visits; Goodfellow and Kelley Fox. At both, I focused on the chards. We all go through our personal evolutions/explorations and right now Oregon chard is mine. You can't visit at Kelley Fox without Maresh the vineyar...
by Ian H
August 25th, 2019, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?
Replies: 92
Views: 4918

Re: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?

Back in the 80s, I thought that Oregon Pinot started to fall apart after about 5 years (with the exception of Eyrie). By the 2000s, I was thinking the outer limits for most was 10 years. Now it seems more like somewhere between 15 and 20 years. I had a 2002 Eyrie Reserve that, to this point, is my ...
by Ian H
August 25th, 2019, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?
Replies: 92
Views: 4918

Re: Do you typically drink Oregon pinot 10+ years past vintage?

Drank a 2002 St. Innocent Freedom Hill over Memorial Day weekend that was just phenomenal. One of the best domestic pinot's I have ever had. Great vintage for St. I, good to know they are holding up well. I had a 2002 St. Innocent Shea about a month ago and it was really good. Still had some tannic...
by Ian H
August 25th, 2019, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Walter Scott Fall Release
Replies: 11
Views: 1571

Re: Walter Scott Fall Release

Thanks for the PSA. I have loved the very few Walter Scott Pinot's I've had, and just signed up and bought some wine off their web-site. Little starter pack; got 3 of the La Combe Verte, 2 of the Cuvee Ruth (what turned me onto them) and 1 of the Freedom Hill Chard.
by Ian H
August 23rd, 2019, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wineries to visit around Calistoga CA
Replies: 24
Views: 1365

Re: Wineries to visit around Calistoga CA

Calistoga Ranch is one of my favorite places in the world. Have you been before? Haven't been in several years but coincidentally was recently working on planning a trip for next year.
by Ian H
August 13th, 2019, 3:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What 5 Oregon Producers Do You Think Are Firing On All Cylinders Over the Past Few Vintages for Under $65?
Replies: 110
Views: 5270

Re: 5 Best Oregon Pinot Noir Producers under $65

I did a quick search on CT of my Oregon pinot tasting notes, and the producers that appear more frequently at the top of my ratings that have great bottles that meet the price target are:

Big Table Farm
Patricia Green
Kelley Fox
Walter Scott
by Ian H
August 10th, 2019, 2:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another Shitty '07 Oregon Pinot Noir
Replies: 481
Views: 41257

Re: Another Shitty '07 Oregon Pinot Noir

I saw a 2007 Cristom Jessie Vineyard on a list at a restaurant last week and thought of this thread and pulled the trigger on it. It was really good. Interesting and complex, and still delicious.
by Ian H
August 6th, 2019, 6:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country
Replies: 36
Views: 1804

Re: 24 Hours In Oregon Wine Country

Yeah definitely get out of Portland right away and down into the Valley. It's a pretty easy/quick drive. Nothing against Portland, good city, but might as well do it right and you have enough time.
by Ian H
July 31st, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date
Replies: 182
Views: 12583

Re: Bedrock Fall 2019 Release - Save the Date

Bedrock might be the gold medal winner for me in quality for price. I went deep on the Old Hill Ranch as the description sounds like cat nip to my palate.
by Ian H
July 14th, 2019, 2:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese
Replies: 12
Views: 566

Re: TN: 2009 Joh. Jos. Prüm Graacher Himmelreich Riesling Auslese

Does Prum ever take off into the price stratosphere like so many seem to have, or does it stay an amazing value for a long time?
by Ian H
June 9th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BYOB bottle for dinner tonight- seeking feedback on a couple of options
Replies: 10
Views: 894

Re: BYOB bottle for dinner tonight- seeking feedback on a couple of options

I'm too late to this but the Voge jumped out at me. I had the 2011 last year and it blew my socks off. Sounds like you've had before and enjoyed it too. On that subject, I made a random stop at a wine store near me this afternoon and first time ever they've had any Voge there. They had 4 bottles of ...
by Ian H
June 2nd, 2019, 3:06 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Turks & Caicos
Replies: 24
Views: 2505

Re: Turks & Caicos

We just got back from Grand Cayman. Stayed at the Kimpton Seafire. Very nice. Lots of families and kids. Good service. Pretty good food. I'd go back, but also swayed by the fact I love golf and there a couple decent courses on the island. Rumor is a four seasons is being built on seven mile beach, b...
by Ian H
May 17th, 2019, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: ISO Wine Shops: Northern NJ / New York
Replies: 29
Views: 1099

Re: ISO Wine Shops: Northern NJ / New York

Definitely check out the Gary's in Wayne, about 30 minutes from where you are. Pretty solid. Wine Library in Springfield is a good 45 minute drive but also one to visit.
by Ian H
April 21st, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon pinot vintage update?
Replies: 69
Views: 4171

Re: Oregon pinot vintage update?

I've had very few 2007's but had a Patricia Green 2007 Block 1B Balcombe tonight and it was gorgeous. Knockout of a nose and drinking so nicely.
by Ian H
March 19th, 2019, 4:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?
Replies: 61
Views: 1816

Re: Whats your favourite wine characteristic ?

If I had to pick just one it's that feeling of energy and being alive which I guess I'd attribute to the acidity.

More narrow, lately I've been really digging what I consider to be the pepper aroma that you (or at least I) get from Northern Rhone.
by Ian H
March 14th, 2019, 3:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What wine did you not buy today?
Replies: 70
Views: 3427

Re: What wine did you not buy today?

I think about this often. I've liked a bunch of stuff I've seen in e-mail in recent weeks but have shown restraint. Includes: 2016 Daniel Rion Beaux Monts 16 Felsina Rancia 15 and 16 Memento Mori Responded to a flatiron burg offer a couple weeks ago and they never got back to me. Saved me several hu...
by Ian H
March 1st, 2019, 4:19 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wine Shop Recommendations - International
Replies: 14
Views: 699

Re: Wine Shop Recommendations - International

London Hedonism, central (mayfair), stunning shop with huge range Harrods, central (knightsbridge), good range Fortnum & Mason, central (Piccadilly), good range Jeroboams, central ish (knightsbridge), good range Sampler, central ish (south ken yes, islington less so), good/interesting range Handfor...
by Ian H
February 20th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: POVs on Mazis
Replies: 47
Views: 2889

Re: POVs on Mazis

Talk about random....just stumbled upon this thread, and can say that I had never had a Mazis (let alone a 2014, per the OP), until literally 30 minutes ago. I'm in London and popped into Hedonism. Talk about a jaw dropping shop (wall of chateau d'yquem, tons of DRC, screagle, etc etc). Anyways on a...
by Ian H
February 20th, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Exploring Goodfellow and Kelley Fox PN
Replies: 24
Views: 1385

Re: TN: Exploring Goodfellow and Kelley Fox PN

Great notes, that sounds like my kind of night!

I also really enjoyed that '15 Maresh Vineyard Kelley Fox. Interesting that Jim notes that that vineyard and his Mysterious are close together; gets me even more interested in popping one of those Mysterious bottles sometime soon.
by Ian H
February 19th, 2019, 2:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Food and Wine Pairing is Bullsh*t . . .
Replies: 60
Views: 2916

Re: Food and Wine Pairing is Bullsh*t . . .

The only part of the article I agree with (and I think he's making this point) is that people don't need to follow stuffy rules if they don't care to. It's your dinner - eat and drink whatever you like! Even though I would never choose to drink Sancerre with a big porterhouse doesn't mean you should...
by Ian H
February 16th, 2019, 3:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The taste and smell of rocks
Replies: 33
Views: 1552

Re: The taste and smell of rocks

I've used wet rock, gravel and chalky. I usually notice wet rock or gravel more in the nose as opposed to the palate. Chalky to me has been more of a textural element.
by Ian H
February 12th, 2019, 3:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)
Replies: 95
Views: 4064

Re: Some Wineries Get It...And Some Don't...(Part 27)

How is this a bad thing? You can give "free gifts", or not, as a winery and still have great customer service. They are not mutually exclusive. Most people appreciate little extra things that makes it feel like they're being taken care of. But, the title of the post is a little off to me. It implies...
by Ian H
February 11th, 2019, 4:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help a newbie with 2016 BDX in the ~$50-$75 range
Replies: 47
Views: 2295

Re: Help a newbie with 2016 BDX in the ~$50-$75 range

I picked up some Branaire-Ducru and Gruaud Larose this weekend, both in that range, the latter close to being over. It's easy enough to backfill Bordeaux but I want to start laying some stuff down from strong vintages and sampling my own bottles purchased on release, in 5, 10, 15, 20 year intervals....
by Ian H
February 9th, 2019, 3:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 13339

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

So right now, impacting policy right now, 68% of boomers vote and 45% of millennials vote, proving my point. Depends on what the overall point is. Yes, people are more likely to vote the older they get. But, I thought the overall discussion revolved around whether millennials are currently economic...
by Ian H
February 9th, 2019, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Musar Distribution in The States
Replies: 11
Views: 726

Re: 2011 Musar Distribution in The States

Interesting topic as I've noticed a bunch of 2003's in a couple wine shops here in Northern NJ over the past 6 months. Was trying to figure out how distribution worked. Maybe they were just bottles they had in inventory? Or some type of release of that year?
by Ian H
February 9th, 2019, 11:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod / Barthod-Noëllat Bourgogne Les Bons Bâtons
Replies: 15
Views: 1131

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine Ghislaine Barthod / Barthod-Noëllat Bourgogne Les Bons Bâtons

Does anyone have an opinion on the Philippe Leclerc Bons Batons (cw the MG version)? I'm not among the Burg experts on this forum but I've had it, and think it's good for the price. Have picked up recent-ish vintages for around $30. Definitely picked up a big oak influence on it, in front of nice e...
by Ian H
February 6th, 2019, 5:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT+ WS + Vivino???!!!!
Replies: 42
Views: 2034

Re: CT+ WS + Vivino???!!!!

Somehow I have started getting emails from Vivino and they take quite a bit of license to establish the pedigree of a wine to the point of sensationalism. Agree. It's marketing all the way, and probably clever marketing at that. I know people who use Vivino. But also at times it can be a little rid...
by Ian H
February 6th, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: CT+ WS + Vivino???!!!!
Replies: 42
Views: 2034

Re: CT+ WS + Vivino???!!!!

I just noticed that cellar tracker now has 2 options 'where to buy' linked to each wine: Wine-Searcher and Vivino. I'm rather surprised as I would have thought that Vivino was a direct rival to CT and sending users there might end up losing them. I guess the dollars add up and this is an extra reve...
by Ian H
February 5th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any Wine related Podcasts worth giving a go?
Replies: 47
Views: 2944

Re: Any Wine related Podcasts worth giving a go?

I’ve been looking for good wine podcast to complement the golf podcasts I enjoy (Fried Egg, No Laying Up, Shane Bacon). I’ve listened to Levi Dalton some but the back catalog doesn’t show up in the iPhone Podcast app. What app do folks use to get back episodes? I’ve also enjoyed Life Between the Vi...
by Ian H
February 5th, 2019, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard Star of Bethlehem Flower Block
Replies: 9
Views: 914

Re: TN: 2016 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Noir Maresh Vineyard Star of Bethlehem Flower Block

This is a very interesting thread and I think instructive for me. Last year I tasted the 2015 Maresh Star of Bethlehem with her and it blew me away. Just amazing. I bought four bottles and they shipped them across the country for me. I tried one not long after returning from that trip. Pop n pour. W...
by Ian H
February 4th, 2019, 5:31 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: Double decant question
Replies: 9
Views: 789

Re: Double decant question

This is an interesting one I honestly hand't thought about until reading this. How much would the residual droplets of water inside a bottle impact the wine that has been poured back into the bottle from the decanter? Thinking the volume of 750ml of wine would render the small amount of water in the...
by Ian H
February 4th, 2019, 5:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?
Replies: 138
Views: 5023

Re: [Poll] Who has the better $20-30 wines? Oregon or Burgundy?

I was listening to the newest episode of one of my regular wine podcasts today (Wine for Normal People) on Oregon. From the outset the host laid the groundwork that she was possibly not happy about some things with Oregon. The claim ended up being that Oregon really struggles with quality consisten...
by Ian H
February 4th, 2019, 4:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dundee in April - where should I taste?
Replies: 20
Views: 758

Re: Dundee in April - where should I taste?

Just kidding, but you should think more in terms of McMinnville than Dundee if your tastes align with most on this forum. Right in Dundee, Le Cadeau would be my first recommendation. If you like white wines, maybe Four Graces. You can taste a lot of different wines without driving around if you cen...
by Ian H
February 4th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dundee in April - where should I taste?
Replies: 20
Views: 758

Re: Dundee in April - where should I taste?

Belle Pente and Shea aren't far from where BF and PGC are, but not sure if they routinely take visitors.
by Ian H
February 2nd, 2019, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Memorious
Replies: 53
Views: 3163

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Memorious

Hell, I didn’t even know it was a real word. I actually had to look it up. Well, if we need another -ious suffix wine I will know not to choose that. We have Notorious, Nefarious (can’t use that anymore), Mysterious and Perspicacious (all the sales people hate me for that one). Parsimonious and sup...
by Ian H
February 2nd, 2019, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Memorious
Replies: 53
Views: 3163

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Memorious

I had the 14 domaine de la cote SRH and liked it. Found it to be fruit-forward for sure but did see some earthiness too. High acidity. If I had a critique it would be that component was a little too high and I think of myself as somebody that likes the acid.
by Ian H
February 2nd, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Memorious
Replies: 53
Views: 3163

Re: TN: 2015 Domaine de la Côte Pinot Noir Memorious

“Memorious,” the -ious word that Jim and Patty were smart enough not to use when naming cuvées. Hell, I didn’t even know it was a real word. I actually had to look it up. Well, if we need another -ious suffix wine I will know not to choose that. We have Notorious, Nefarious (can’t use that anymore)...
by Ian H
February 1st, 2019, 4:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Question for J.J. Prum Collectors...
Replies: 29
Views: 1942

Re: Question for J.J. Prum Collectors...

There’s nothing wrong with drinking them earlier (my wife is plowing through our 2001s), but the extra age adds another level of complexity. This is great....speaks to the longevity I suppose. The oldest Prum I've yet had was a 2001, a couple years back. For me that qualified as a bottle with some ...
by Ian H
February 1st, 2019, 4:35 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill Vineyard
Replies: 17
Views: 1212

Re: TN: 2017 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill Vineyard

Kelley makes some of my favorite Pinot Noirs in Oregon. She’s incredibly smart, self deprecating, and is quietly doing some absolutely lovely work. Thread drift but on a whim I tried to stop by your place that same weekend! We were having lunch at 1882 Grille and when we wrapped up I googled what w...
by Ian H
January 31st, 2019, 5:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"
Replies: 328
Views: 13339

Re: "Millennials Now Ruining Wine As Well"

Interesting article on Wine-Searcher written by Blake Gray... https://www.wine-searcher.com/m/2019/01/millennials-now-ruining-wine-as-well Some callouts I found interesting: - Overall wine sales in the US are actually down over the last six months – the first such drop in 25 years - Sales are down ...
by Ian H
January 31st, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill Vineyard
Replies: 17
Views: 1212

Re: TN: 2017 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill Vineyard

Kelley makes some of my favorite Pinot Noirs in Oregon. She’s incredibly smart, self deprecating, and is quietly doing some absolutely lovely work. Thread drift but on a whim I tried to stop by your place that same weekend! We were having lunch at 1882 Grille and when we wrapped up I googled what w...
by Ian H
January 31st, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill Vineyard
Replies: 17
Views: 1212

Re: TN: 2017 Kelley Fox Wines Pinot Blanc Freedom Hill Vineyard

I discovered Kelley Fox pinots in the last year and really have enjoyed them. Chatted with her over Thanksgiving weekend at the winery and found her to be funny and irreverent. Sounds like I should try some of the whites too.
by Ian H
January 21st, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ugly Vineyards
Replies: 19
Views: 962

Re: Ugly Vineyards

I went to Willamette Valley the first time last year. My reference before that was Sonoma, Napa, and the Santa Cruz Mountains. WV was beautiful in its own way, but definitely didn’t stack up to those areas of Cali. That said, for me it doesn’t need to. I’m not going for the views, I’m going for the...
by Ian H
January 21st, 2019, 3:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: State of Your Cellar
Replies: 53
Views: 1854

Re: State of Your Cellar

Timely revival of this old topic for me personally. We had a small (~320 bottle) custom cellar installed into a portion of our basement a couple years ago. That is getting pretty full. I have a passive room down there as well that I've outfitted with some cheap wooden racks for more storage, but the...
by Ian H
January 20th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wife in Hong Kong. Any suggestions?
Replies: 7
Views: 549

Re: Wife in Hong Kong. Any suggestions?

I was there a week ago and had a nice dinner one night at Tokyolima. Nobody there at 6pm but jam packed by 7:30. Also had a nice quiet bar dinner at the Chinnery which is inside the Mandarin Oriental. High-end British pub is how I'd describe it. Great Indian food, great service and a huge single mal...

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