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by John Ammons
December 24th, 2016, 10:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Rhys Alpine PN
Replies: 4
Views: 555

TN: 2008 Rhys Alpine PN

I had an 08 Alpine last week and I agree with Glenn #1 that if you have more than a couple (which I do) then it's a good time to check in on one. But I think various '06s, at 8 years or fewer, have been more mature examples of Rhys. I also agree with Glenn #2 that a theme in opening these pinots, ev...
by John Ammons
December 5th, 2016, 2:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Cali Zin
Replies: 89
Views: 4264

Uhhhhh....

TomHill wrote:..the rudeness that Patty Rafanelli...
I knew that by reading enough of Tom's post someday I'd catch him putting a space between someone's first and last names. Busted!
by John Ammons
December 5th, 2016, 9:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Cali Zin
Replies: 89
Views: 4264

Best Cali Zin

The wording of the question brings to mind a related question: are there great Zins not from California?
by John Ammons
November 17th, 2016, 8:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vintuition - WB competition?
Replies: 32
Views: 1773

Vintuition - WB competition?

Adam Lee wrote:Don't confuse twitter and Instagram with winemaking.
Hold on a minute. Having followed the Ray Walker saga, I thought they were one and the same. [shrug.gif]
by John Ammons
November 4th, 2016, 11:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: a few gems from 1961 and the winner is Haut Brion
Replies: 14
Views: 694

a few gems from 1961 and the winner is Haut Brion

Herwig Janssen wrote:Indeed John . Except when you compare prices...
Ah - I see. The Narvaux indeed costs more than many (or perhaps even most) Montrachets.
by John Ammons
November 4th, 2016, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: a few gems from 1961 and the winner is Haut Brion
Replies: 14
Views: 694

a few gems from 1961 and the winner is Haut Brion

Herwig Janssen wrote:I think that even her Meursault les Narvaux is better than 90 % of all Montrachets .
Well that blows the Burgundy hierarchy clear out of the water. Narvaux doesn't even have 1er Cru status IIRC.
by John Ammons
November 3rd, 2016, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Kutch Chardonnay (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)
Replies: 5
Views: 575

TN: 2014 Kutch Chardonnay (USA, California, San Francisco Bay, Santa Cruz Mountains)

I too cracked one of these a few days after it arrived. I more or less agree with your note, although "flesh out" seems far more likely than "collapse into a sour mess." One thing I will echo is the Burgundian nature of the nose. In fact, I don't think I've ever had a CA chardonnay that would serve ...
by John Ammons
October 26th, 2016, 9:39 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: Empty Salmanazar bottle of 1984 Silver Oak signed by Justin Meyer
Replies: 0
Views: 224

Empty Salmanazar bottle of 1984 Silver Oak signed by Justin Meyer

Empty Salmanazar bottle of 1984 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon signed by Justin Meyer. Stands 25 inches tall. Original wooden case included. Good for store front display or can be made into a table lamp. Rare! $99 and buyer pays shipping.
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by John Ammons
August 31st, 2016, 3:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Harlan
Replies: 22
Views: 1934

2013 Harlan

Cody J wrote:One year sure seems like a quick turnaround, especially compared to the "no soup for you" e-mails I've received from Cayuse and SQN for the past several years...
I think one could say with confidence that if SQN charged $750 a bottle for their wine it would solve the no soup emails in short order.
by John Ammons
August 24th, 2016, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: General thoughts on Dehlinger Winery?
Replies: 45
Views: 4300

General thoughts on Dehlinger Winery?

The pick up parties are great. Tons of good food, and in the Fall you get an unlimited selection of Carole Dehlinger's gourds, squash, and pumpkins.
by John Ammons
August 18th, 2016, 11:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lunch at Bouley: Australian truffles and some gorgeous wines.
Replies: 8
Views: 819

Lunch at Bouley: Australian truffles and some gorgeous wines.

I had my first taste of Australian truffles last month and was quite impressed. Do they trade at a significant discount to European truffles?
by John Ammons
August 17th, 2016, 11:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gilman is crazy about Rhys "Hillside" wines
Replies: 204
Views: 20367

Gilman is crazy about Rhys "Hillside" wines

Right. And with the free shipping, it's effectively more like $145. Breathing easier now.
by John Ammons
August 17th, 2016, 11:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Gilman is crazy about Rhys "Hillside" wines
Replies: 204
Views: 20367

Gilman is crazy about Rhys "Hillside" wines

$150 per bottle. This hurts before the offer is even official!
by John Ammons
August 15th, 2016, 8:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Ramey Jericho Canyon and a Lesson Learned... Yet Again!!
Replies: 15
Views: 1185

TN: 2001 Ramey Jericho Canyon and a Lesson Learned... Yet Again!!

I also had this in the past year and it was quite good. There are no great wines, just great bottles.
by John Ammons
August 12th, 2016, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Healdsburg area tasting room recommendation for a civilian
Replies: 45
Views: 1797

Healdsburg area tasting room recommendation for a civilian

Ferrari Carano is a good suggestion - I don't love their wines but they're solid, and the setting which seems a little overly grandiose for my tastes is probably a hit with the casual visitor. I think this is a must for the folks you describe. Perfect spot for the casual visitor, not to mention for...
by John Ammons
August 9th, 2016, 9:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How many bottles of SQN do you own?
Replies: 130
Views: 5235

How many bottles of SQN do you own?

Thomas Keim wrote:As far as I am concerned, they are the epitome of the "who has the biggest 'd**k" contest.
Well, on that note there are a dozen folks on this very thread whose junk is swinging to the tune of 350+ bottles. [wow.gif]
by John Ammons
August 2nd, 2016, 8:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anderson Valley Vineyard Rumours!
Replies: 40
Views: 5136

Anderson Valley Vineyard Rumours!

Hate to see my beloved Littorai losing fruit sources - first Summa and now Cherise.

Memo to winery owners with deep pockets: please don't buy One Acre from Richard Savoy!
by John Ammons
July 27th, 2016, 3:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Dehlinger Winery Pinot Noir Octagon Russian River Valley
Replies: 12
Views: 523

TN: 2000 Dehlinger Winery Pinot Noir Octagon Russian River Valley

Craig and John, do you feel that way across the board or specifically about Dehlinger's Pinots? I've absolutely LOVED the Syrahs and Claret/Cab from 2005-2006, in particular, and most of my 2007's as well. I've never bought more than a cab or syrah here and there so I can't really say. My earlier c...
by John Ammons
July 27th, 2016, 8:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2000 Dehlinger Winery Pinot Noir Octagon Russian River Valley
Replies: 12
Views: 523

TN: 2000 Dehlinger Winery Pinot Noir Octagon Russian River Valley

I also had a 2000 Octagon recently and I concur. A beautiful and fully evolved RRV pinot noir. As for Dehlinger in general, I think Craig has it right. 2002 was the last "classic" vintage, and the wines were a shadow of their former selves starting in 2003. I finally stopped buying them after the 20...
by John Ammons
July 12th, 2016, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 297
Replies: 13
Views: 1370

297

Shouldn't a 99 Rousseau Clos St. Jacques still be a relatively young wine?
by John Ammons
July 12th, 2016, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Abreu, Aubert, Peter Michael !!
Replies: 10
Views: 1069

Abreu, Aubert, Peter Michael !!

No one would compare a Peter Michael pinot to an Aubert pinot stylistically, would they?
by John Ammons
June 21st, 2016, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Shills on CT/Vivino
Replies: 95
Views: 7933

Shills on CT/Vivino

Yelp is disgusting. And what's even more disgusting is that the wife and I will totally use it while on vacation. [shock.gif]
by John Ammons
June 21st, 2016, 9:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Jim Laube know how an old California wine should taste
Replies: 62
Views: 3781

Does Jim Laube know how an old California wine should taste

The only thing I fault Laube for is his influence. And that isn't even really his fault. [pile-on.gif]
by John Ammons
June 21st, 2016, 10:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Differences between Austrian, Alsatian, German Riesling?
Replies: 64
Views: 3134

Differences between Austrian, Alsatian, German Riesling?

I like the sugar, hides head in shame... Count me in the crowd that's with Glenn. I love Auslese, although it's frustrating not knowing (of course one can always find out from those who do know) just how sweet a given one will be, as there is quite a gamut. What with all the stars, the gold caps, a...
by John Ammons
June 21st, 2016, 9:38 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does Jim Laube know how an old California wine should taste
Replies: 62
Views: 3781

Does Jim Laube know how an old California wine should taste

If one believes Jim Laube then one must believe that not only is Kosta Browne the best pinot in CA, but it is the best by a wide margin. At least that's what his scores reinforced across the entire portfolio for many years running.
by John Ammons
June 17th, 2016, 8:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Single greatest American wine ever made?
Replies: 221
Views: 14147

Single greatest American wine ever made?

Loren Sonkin wrote:Wonder if anyone will list a non-CA wine?
Somebody already did.
Anthony Lombardi wrote:1991 Eyrie Vineyards South Block Reserve PN. Bent my brain every way it could.
by John Ammons
June 17th, 2016, 8:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Single greatest American wine ever made?
Replies: 221
Views: 14147

Single greatest American wine ever made?

B. Buzzini wrote:It's got to be 74 Heitz Martha's right?
Based on the bottle I was lucky enough to partake in about 5 years ago, I would say yes.

But I'm sure happy to be sitting on a bottle of '91 Ridge MB based on the various responses here.
by John Ammons
June 16th, 2016, 3:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: French Laundry wine list recs
Replies: 68
Views: 4591

French Laundry wine list recs

Just make sure you don't bring anything that's on the list. They won't open it.

As for the likes of Saxum, it would obliterate the cuisine, at best paring with one course, silly mark-up or otherwise.
by John Ammons
June 9th, 2016, 2:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your worst wine deal
Replies: 37
Views: 2627

Your worst wine deal

jcoley3 wrote:Assorted Behrens & Hitchcock wines I picked up at auction for below their estimates.
Me too, except mine were from the mailing list at full price. Ouch.
by John Ammons
June 6th, 2016, 8:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on 2012 Rochioli SVD Pinots?
Replies: 3
Views: 347

Thoughts on 2012 Rochioli SVD Pinots?

What Tom said.

I just looked and I haven't tried a '12 yet (sometimes I drink one here and there on release just because, but I didn't do so with any of the 12s). While they're likely to show well now I'm sure patience would be even more rewarding.
by John Ammons
May 25th, 2016, 3:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)
Replies: 8828
Views: 1321390

RUDY KURNIAWAN & GLOBAL WINE AUCTION FRAUD THREAD (MERGED)

A new lawsuit emerges: http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Firm-Alleges-Rudy-Kurniawan-Sold-Fake-Burgundy?utm_medium=email&utm_source=WS_BreakingNews_052516&utm_campaign=WSBreakingNews052516 Um...look three posts up... Whoops. I'll rephrase that: a new report on a recently filed lawsuit...
by John Ammons
May 19th, 2016, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Whatever happened to Behrens & Hitchcock?
Replies: 29
Views: 2135

Whatever happened to Behrens & Hitchcock?

Barry P wrote:I bought those wines on Parker's recommendation back in the day (around the 1997-98 vintages). The wines were usually horrible, as was his advice.
This was my experience as well. Although to be fair I suppose we can't blame Parker for the purple corks.
by John Ammons
May 16th, 2016, 9:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Drew PinotNoir Estate '14...(short/boring)
Replies: 2
Views: 282

TN: Drew PinotNoir Estate '14...(short/boring)

Interesting note, Tom, as I had a 2014 Drew Morning Dew Ranch over the weekend. I was previously unfamiliar with this producer. The Morning Dew was opposite your Estate showing - open, delicious, and ready to go.

We Deadheads have a hard time resisting any of these Morning Dew wines, you know.
by John Ammons
May 5th, 2016, 10:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Blind 2007 California Pinot Tasting (Littorai, Rhys, Copain, Kutch, Rivers-Marie and Ringers)
Replies: 10
Views: 1377

TN: Blind 2007 California Pinot Tasting (Littorai, Rhys, Copain, Kutch, Rivers-Marie and Ringers)

Nice notes. The 2007 Rhys' are a bit touch and go, some are still pretty closed. The 2007 Home I opened recently was phenomenal. If you have one, it's drinking great with a brief decant. Nice to her that, Charles. I brought a 2007 Ryhs Home home from the locker recently, only to check the Rhys vint...
by John Ammons
May 4th, 2016, 7:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas May Release
Replies: 28
Views: 3054

Ceritas May Release

PrestonS wrote:Went for six of the heintz chardonnay. It's my intention to have a Heintz showdown between Littorai, Ceritas, and Williams Selyem one of these years.
Don't forget to throw a chard made by Heintz Vineyards in there as well.

http://www.heintzvineyards.com/scripts/ ... fm?group=1
by John Ammons
April 28th, 2016, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aubert just canceled my order!
Replies: 112
Views: 9215

Aubert just canceled my order!

And if they see this tread there will be no future orders! This brings to mind discussions in the past where folks chimed in with bizarre mailing list practices. And for every one of these people there are several who stand by the Aubert Gold Standard of Service Excellence. Interesting. As for the w...
by John Ammons
April 27th, 2016, 9:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Phil Lesh's Wine Cellar
Replies: 26
Views: 2620

Phil Lesh's Wine Cellar

Thank you for this. Why doesn't he play with Dead & Co? I don't think he is interested in touring anymore. He plays shows at Terrapin Crossroads and a few runs here and there at the Capitol Theater with Phil and Friends, but that is it. Not only that, but he's reputedly not so chummy with the drumm...
by John Ammons
April 27th, 2016, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Phil Lesh's Wine Cellar
Replies: 26
Views: 2620

Phil Lesh's Wine Cellar

Heineken was his drink of choice for some time. In fact, he's referred to the early 80s as "the Heineken years."
by John Ammons
April 24th, 2016, 10:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: SF Chron Article: The Cult of Cab
Replies: 61
Views: 5499

SF Chron Article: The Cult of Cab

I thought it nice to see an article like that absent the word "Parker". Also interesting to note that, somewhat by chance but yet also by some sort of convergence, 5 of the core 90s cults were initially released within a 6 month period. I had a 2001 Harlan on Friday night with a plate of cheese. And...
by John Ammons
April 20th, 2016, 8:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do you ever bring wine to a wedding reception?
Replies: 137
Views: 5242

Do you ever bring wine to a wedding reception?

Generally, no. If it's a situation where you'd have to do it discretely, the answer is no. But, with the right group of friends and the right venue it can be no problem, or encouraged. At a casual venue where you happily share (and offer) with anyone interested, it can work well. I think this is th...
by John Ammons
April 20th, 2016, 7:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: FedEx sucks again
Replies: 29
Views: 1650

FedEx sucks again

Shipping to the office is the way to go! The thought of staying home all day for a package that doesn't arrive sounds horrific.

In San Francisco on the business route Fed Ex and UPS seem pretty interchangeable, although many wineries use GSO.
by John Ammons
April 12th, 2016, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Is the Deal with Carneros?
Replies: 81
Views: 5539

What Is the Deal with Carneros?

I had a '95 Paul Hobbs Hyde Cabernet last month (bought on release) that was shockingly good. That Hyde is quite the vineyard!
by John Ammons
April 6th, 2016, 3:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Do You Enjoy A Sour Component In Wine?
Replies: 54
Views: 1011

Do You Enjoy A Sour Component In Wine?

I do not like sour. Not in wine and not in beer. Sour beer is most certainly an acquired taste, and lately I've been coming around to the dark side. For me, the spectrum ran from "that's disgusting", while making a nasty face, to "that's actually not so awful", to "hmmm, I kind of like that", to "w...
by John Ammons
April 4th, 2016, 2:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2006 Rhys Alpine "Hillside" PN
Replies: 13
Views: 1215

2006 Rhys Alpine "Hillside" PN

2004 Family Farm might be my favorite Rhys pinot to date. I've also had good luck with my 2009 Family Farm, but the bottles have always stayed nice and cold.
by John Ammons
March 27th, 2016, 3:38 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A couple of promising 5 year olds from Rhys and Littorai
Replies: 2
Views: 707

A couple of promising 5 year olds from Rhys and Littorai

Thanks for the notes, Mike. Those descriptions are right in my wheelhouse. I have 2 bottles of each of those and while I probably won't wait 6-8 years nor am I in any hurry.

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