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by John Ammons
April 12th, 2016, 9:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Is the Deal with Carneros?
Replies: 61
Views: 3452

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: 1002

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: 1207

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: 702

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.
by John Ammons
March 24th, 2016, 11:27 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB: Littorai Pinot Noir
Replies: 4
Views: 309

WTB: Littorai Pinot Noir

Al Osterheld wrote:I think Littorai didn't produce a commercial wine from The Haven until 2004
Correct - first Haven release was 2004.

The winery does indeed do fairly extensive library releases, but they tend to be quite expensive.
by John Ammons
March 17th, 2016, 9:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Big Decision
Replies: 41
Views: 2471

The Big Decision

I'm curious to know what Zinfandels have optimal drinking windows spread out over 20-30 years. My sweet spot with Carlisle is 3-5 years from vintage date. Other will of course disagree. I'd be inclined to let Ridge Zins go a bit longer than that. PS is another story entirely. Do those wines ever ma...
by John Ammons
March 16th, 2016, 6:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Influence of oak versus whole cluster / stem
Replies: 153
Views: 6112

Influence of oak versus whole cluster / stem

I'm the one who posted a TN finding a hint of brett on a 2008 Alpine PN, but no one else's notes from that tasting that I've been able to find mention brett nor did I note it in a more detailed note from another bottle a few months later, so it is entirely possible that I mistook something else for...
by John Ammons
March 16th, 2016, 11:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rochioli finds new lightning delivery system!
Replies: 8
Views: 654

Rochioli finds new lighning delivery system!

Man, even pick up at the winery isn't offered until after April 1st.
by John Ammons
March 14th, 2016, 10:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Dirty & Rowdy Yountville Semillon--eh
Replies: 31
Views: 2400

TN: 2014 Dirty & Rowdy Yountville Semillon--eh

Hold on a minute. Wasn't it just determined on a recent thread that aeration is meaningless? ;) newhere
by John Ammons
March 14th, 2016, 8:06 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Interesting thread on other board...
Replies: 77
Views: 5000

Interesting thread on other board...

Score compression taken to its logical conclusion will be binary: 1, you should buy it; 0, you shouldn't. I often use and quote the Zanotti binary system of wine scoring, 1 is worth drinking and 0 is not. I like the "enhanced binary" system, allowing for a third tier: 0 = not worth drining 1 = happ...
by John Ammons
March 9th, 2016, 2:50 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Great Berkeley restaurant?
Replies: 22
Views: 1259

Great Berkeley restaurant?

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:Comal is fun and energetic Mexican if you want to party a bit.
I went to Comal last week and loved it. Fun is right, and loud, but their Meyer Sound cancellation system makes it seem intimate despite the hyper activity.
by John Ammons
March 8th, 2016, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: RJonWine: Grocery Store Chards
Replies: 38
Views: 2299

RJonWine: Grocery Store Chards

Those Safeway 30% sales are wild. Some of the wines are actually nicely discounted, while on others the 30% discount seems to get you in the ballpark of what the bottle should cost.
by John Ammons
March 8th, 2016, 7:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The long journey home - my own wine cellar (finally)
Replies: 28
Views: 2319

The long journey home - my own wine cellar (finally)

Cool story. That '82 Grange can be some pretty captivating stuff.
by John Ammons
March 2nd, 2016, 9:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Special Bottle: Price Point $100
Replies: 19
Views: 2001

Special Bottle: Price Point $100

Well in the early to mid 90s Harlan sure was a hell of a wine investment. Maybe the site is also running low on up-to-date?
by John Ammons
February 29th, 2016, 9:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The last bottle
Replies: 10
Views: 881

The last bottle

To expound upon the "last bottle" concept, there's a preponderance of lines on my wine inventory with a 1 in the quantity column. I need to work on that...
by John Ammons
February 27th, 2016, 11:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Aging St Aubin whites
Replies: 12
Views: 523

Aging St Aubin whites

2011 PYCM St Aubin's are in a b=very good spot right now. I'd say age short term at least.
by John Ammons
February 21st, 2016, 12:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Martinelli & Turley Zins
Replies: 52
Views: 3837

Martinelli & Turley Zins

Craig G wrote:Each bottle of Martinelli was 50% great wine and 50% cough syrup.
Although I don't necessarily dispute that statement, somehow the allocation system drove me away before this had quite sunk in.
by John Ammons
February 18th, 2016, 3:11 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: I HATE EVERYTHING. BUT . . .
Replies: 43
Views: 2781

I HATE EVERYTHING. BUT . . .

Thanks Robert Parker! Another vote for California Reserve. Required, whatever the cut. As for Parker, he actually did help introduce the online wine world to Bryan as I recall. Somewhat true, though it was other folks talking about it on the board that got his attention (my recollection is Manlin, ...
by John Ammons
February 17th, 2016, 9:32 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: I HATE EVERYTHING. BUT . . .
Replies: 43
Views: 2781

I HATE EVERYTHING. BUT . . .

jcoley3 wrote:Thanks Robert Parker!
Another vote for California Reserve. Required, whatever the cut.

As for Parker, he actually did help introduce the online wine world to Bryan as I recall.
by John Ammons
February 16th, 2016, 10:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Michael release
Replies: 31
Views: 2028

Peter Michael release

Anton - I think I will try at least one, if a wine geek ever buys just one.

The chards I know I really like, and that's why I signed up.

Do the pinots drink well young?
by John Ammons
February 16th, 2016, 6:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Michael release
Replies: 31
Views: 2028

Peter Michael release

Sebastian C. wrote:Are the PN in the same price range?
Le Caprice is $115, although I think it is on the low end of the Estate pinots.
by John Ammons
February 16th, 2016, 3:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine shops in San Francisco, California
Replies: 58
Views: 1996

Wine shops in San Francisco, California

Walter Nissen wrote:My guess is that, cost-wise, you'll save the price of an Uber by heading to K&L, but the walk down the Embarcadero to Ferry Plaza Wine Merchants will be more rewarding, not least because you can taste before you buy.
That was my thought exactly, especially if it's nice weather.
by John Ammons
February 16th, 2016, 3:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Peter Michael release
Replies: 31
Views: 2028

Peter Michael release

How about the Estate pinot on this release, Le Caprice? Any experiences with the Sonoma pinots that folks want to share?
by John Ammons
February 15th, 2016, 7:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine shops in San Francisco, California
Replies: 58
Views: 1996

Wine shops in San Francisco, California

I'd do Ferry Building because (a) location, (b) while nothing near the likes of K&L the selection is almost certainly sufficient to find a couple bottles that will interest you and (c) the Ferry Building, and its immediate vicinity, are awesome. Plenty to check out, and you can satisfy your dining n...
by John Ammons
February 9th, 2016, 8:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Littorai Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 14
Views: 770

TN: 2014 Littorai Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

My experience mirrors that of DavidZ. There are "fortunate exceptions" where the SVD pinots drink surprisingly well in their youth (the 2010 Hirsch, for example, was stunning out the gate), but these are for the most part 10+ year wines.
by John Ammons
February 8th, 2016, 8:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cali Pinot Noir Rankings
Replies: 148
Views: 7856

Cali Pinot Noir Rankings

rfelthoven wrote:This is one of the most subjective topics I can imagine with a huge range. Any one person's list is meaningless without a lot of context.
Yep, that's spot on.
by John Ammons
February 5th, 2016, 10:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bizarro Wine Cartoon
Replies: 21
Views: 3465

Bizarro Wine Cartoon

I was just going to post this - it's a good one!
by John Ammons
February 3rd, 2016, 9:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Moldovan Cellar 10K Race
Replies: 1
Views: 178

Moldovan Cellar 10K Race

What a bizarre "race" - has anyone seen this 75 mile long cellar?

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2016/0 ... s-cellars/
by John Ammons
February 3rd, 2016, 9:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What constitutes a 'big' cellar? (quantity of bottles)
Replies: 67
Views: 2627

What constitutes a 'big' cellar? (quantity of bottles)

Anton D wrote:When I had 70 bottles at the bottom of a basement closet as a young teen...
You had a wine collection as a teenager?!?
by John Ammons
January 29th, 2016, 11:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cali Pinot Noir Rankings
Replies: 148
Views: 7856

Cali Pinot Noir Rankings

I would rank my personal favorites from this list as follows: Littorai Rhys Kutch Ceritas Copain WS Rivers Marie Sojourn Interesting - I wouldn't have taken a stab at this, but if forced to I think you have my list right there. With the exception that I'd be tempted to move WS up a couple notches. ...
by John Ammons
January 26th, 2016, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Littorai Winter Release Offering
Replies: 38
Views: 2802

Littorai Winter Release Offering

I think Littorai hit that ceiling for me with the Chards at $80. I just bought new release Henri Boillot Clos Mouchere for that price and there are other CA chards I really enjoy in the $35-55 range. Even the lovely Rhys chards are $65 when you factor in free shipping. I'm more tolerant of the Pino...
by John Ammons
January 21st, 2016, 8:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Harlan Estate Vintage Advice
Replies: 33
Views: 3755

Harlan Estate Vintage Advice

Chris - whatever decisions you make about Harlan, when I was 22 I was just discovering that Red Tail Ale was vastly more interesting than Miller Genuine Draft, so you're way ahead of the curve. Scott - I also had a '94 Harlan recently, and while I really liked it I don't know that it was better than...
by John Ammons
January 20th, 2016, 11:52 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rhys drops January 19
Replies: 194
Views: 13944

Rhys drops January 19

George Chadwick wrote:...silly Unicorns like the one time Burt Williams made a Summa and even longtime customers got shut out.
That is one unicorn I would love to try. Was it 1992?
by John Ammons
January 19th, 2016, 8:17 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Wines This Board Made Me Buy
Replies: 60
Views: 4082

The Wines This Board Made Me Buy

Taking this more globally to "what wines have you bought because of wine boards", the names that come to mind for me are Kutch, Ceritas, and Rhys (perhaps technically more due to eRP than Berserkers) for direct purchases.

And then of course there is the occasional commerce corner buy.
by John Ammons
January 19th, 2016, 10:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Littorai Winter Release Offering
Replies: 38
Views: 2802

Littorai Winter Release Offering

Matthew King wrote:As to pricing, it is creeping near the $100 a bottle mark. I'm no Tom Hill, but I do remember $50 for the Hirsch and Savoy.
The first vintage I bought direct was 1997. One Acre was $38.
by John Ammons
January 13th, 2016, 6:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kistler Release
Replies: 5
Views: 862

Kistler Release

I've been buying 3 bottles per release via a friend of the list. Chardonnay only, as every once in a while I'm in the mood for one. The pinots don't interest me.
by John Ammons
December 31st, 2015, 9:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Parker California Report part 2
Replies: 59
Views: 5203

Parker California Report part 2

18 100 pointers and this is "Part 2"? Of the 2013 vintage? How many 100 pointers did part 1 yield?!?
by John Ammons
December 30th, 2015, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why do wineries fall out of favor with WB?
Replies: 59
Views: 3099

Why do wineries fall out of favor with WB?

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:Specific to initial post we really enjoy our aged Sea Smoke when we open them these days. Stopped buying as we got less interested in PN in general.
Glenn, it sounds like you are implying that you and the Mrs operate with a single palate. I sure wish that was the case in my house!
by John Ammons
December 26th, 2015, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Online Retailer BP Wine
Replies: 20
Views: 1267

Online Retailer BP Wine

Good folks to deal with and top notch logistics as to holding/consolidating orders to make a full case - which ships for $9 to Northern CA.
by John Ammons
December 25th, 2015, 8:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: PYCM, Lamy, Mugnier
Replies: 10
Views: 1038

TNs: PYCM, Lamy, Mugnier

Kent, funny as I opened a 2011 PYCM St Aubin En Remilly last night and it showed quite well. Would have been interesting to have the Lamy side by side!
by John Ammons
December 17th, 2015, 3:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Kistler Pinot Noirs
Replies: 22
Views: 1460

Kistler Pinot Noirs

There was a conscious decision by Steve Kistler to dial things back starting with the 2008 vintage, although this might apply more to the chardonnays than the pinot. I think the NYTimes wrote about this complete with an interview with Steve. He had become unhappy with how the wines were aging, as I ...
by John Ammons
December 8th, 2015, 8:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)
Replies: 7026
Views: 597304

Premier Cru Master Complaint Thread (MERGED)

Josh, you seem to be confirming Peter's assumption that the Silver Oak was substituted for pre-arrival wines.
by John Ammons
December 8th, 2015, 8:00 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Roederer Estate L’Ermitage cellaring
Replies: 4
Views: 354

Roederer Estate L’Ermitage cellaring

I had a few bottles of 94 from winebid a couple of years ago, certainly had some age on it but no where near over the hill at that point. I'm not a sparkling expert by any means but I opened a '94 last year (bought on release at Whole Foods with fancy box) and it drank quite well. I think 20+ years...
by John Ammons
November 18th, 2015, 8:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zinfandel Day Tomorrow
Replies: 52
Views: 1826

Zinfandel Day Tomorrow

Opened a 2009 Carlisle Carlisle Vineyard without knowing about the special day. How about that.

I don't drink much Zin, but when I do this is exactly what I look for. Huge, explosive fruit, but it doesn't come across as jammy whatsoever. Turns a bit brambly on the finish. Excellent showing.
by John Ammons
October 30th, 2015, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Morning Dew Ranch - an increasingly rare CA Pinot epiphany
Replies: 29
Views: 1620

2008 Morning Dew Ranch - an increasingly rare CA Pinot epiphany

Well, Littorai One Acre is my all time favorite CA pinot, and I've had some wonderful pinots from Ferrington and Cherise to name a couple others that I've greatly enjoyed, but point well taken.
by John Ammons
October 29th, 2015, 12:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Morning Dew Ranch - an increasingly rare CA Pinot epiphany
Replies: 29
Views: 1620

2008 Morning Dew Ranch - an increasingly rare CA Pinot epiphany

Chris,

Maybe I'm just jaded. CA pinots don't turn my head nearly as often as they once did. This was just had me sit upright and take notice.
by John Ammons
October 29th, 2015, 7:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Morning Dew Ranch - an increasingly rare CA Pinot epiphany
Replies: 29
Views: 1620

2008 Morning Dew Ranch - an increasingly rare CA Pinot epiphany

Blake, I would say the smoke has indeed dissipated in the two and a half years since your May '13 note. Certainly it was nothing dominate or at all bothersome.
by John Ammons
October 27th, 2015, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Morning Dew Ranch - an increasingly rare CA Pinot epiphany
Replies: 29
Views: 1620

2008 Morning Dew Ranch - an increasingly rare CA Pinot epiphany

Anyone owning bottles of this stuff is fortunate indeed.
by John Ammons
October 27th, 2015, 3:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2008 Morning Dew Ranch - an increasingly rare CA Pinot epiphany
Replies: 29
Views: 1620

2008 Morning Dew Ranch - an increasingly rare CA Pinot epiphany

Morning Dew Ranch Anderson Valley Pinot Noir 2008 Wow was this wine compelling. Spice box, bowl of fruit, and some hints of forest floor. Perfect balance and I can only imagine a fine future lies ahead of it, but it's a great drink now. I'm told Burt Williams only made wine commercially from this p...
by John Ammons
October 15th, 2015, 10:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2011 Shitty CA Pinot Noir Thread
Replies: 101
Views: 11115

2011 Shitty CA Pinot Noir Thread

P. D e r d e y n wrote:I've still got 06 Summa OV, planning to open that once it hits it's 10th anniversary and will report back on how it held up. [cheers.gif]
I had one of these a couple months back and it came across as somewhat tired. Not bad, just on the downswing.

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