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by Alan Rath
September 19th, 2010, 7:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Palate fatigue doesn't exist?
Replies: 167
Views: 4329

Re: Palate fatigue doesn't exist?

A little Brett now can lead to a lot of Brett later. You can't really know, of course, what the timescale of the bloom will be like. But when it comes to a moderately Bretty wine and a wine with "a kiss of Brett", there is no difference in the likelihood that Brett will "take over the wine" in the ...
by Alan Rath
September 19th, 2010, 7:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Palate fatigue doesn't exist?
Replies: 167
Views: 4329

Re: Palate fatigue doesn't exist?

Alan -- I take it you hadn't read further down the thread when posting this. I had not, but it turned out not to matter. I still think you were twisting Bob's point too far. I know I didn't interpret his words to mean comparing and ranking wines of vastly different types. At any rate, I believe the...
by Alan Rath
September 18th, 2010, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Palate fatigue doesn't exist?
Replies: 167
Views: 4329

Re: Palate fatigue doesn't exist?

Claude, this is kind of curious response. Obviously, these wines aren't all in the same style, I'm sure you'll agree that's not what Bob meant at all with his comment. Without trying to be argumentative, how is judging and ranking a group of wines any different than what you do in reviewing and scor...
by Alan Rath
September 18th, 2010, 3:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Peay Vineyards Chardonnay Estate (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 7
Views: 219

Re: TN: 2005 Peay Vineyards Chardonnay Estate (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coas

Nice note. I agree it's hard to hang onto them, but it's worth doing for at least a few years. A recent 04 we opened was fantastic, glad to have a couple more.
by Alan Rath
September 18th, 2010, 3:26 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Carlisle Zinfandel Montafi Ranch
Replies: 8
Views: 403

Re: TN: 2007 Carlisle Zinfandel Montafi Ranch

Mike, great note, and a reminder I should maybe dig out one of my bottles. This is what I wrote about my first bottle last year: Dark berry compote nose, dark, intense zinberry, touch of sweetness in the middle, then a wash of complex dark berry flavors, touch of anise and savory herbs, just the rig...
by Alan Rath
September 16th, 2010, 2:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How did Bandol do in 2002 -- specifically, Tempier?
Replies: 4
Views: 191

Re: How did Bandol do in 2002 -- specifically, Tempier?

Decent wines, not the best vintage, but shouldn't be painted with the 2002 CdP brush. The few I've tasted were nice, if lacking a bit of the stuffing expected from a good Bandol vintage.
by Alan Rath
September 15th, 2010, 12:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Copain open house, Sept. 2010
Replies: 17
Views: 819

Re: TN: Copain open house, Sept. 2010

Jim, no 08 syrahs poured. But from my notes on the barrels about a year ago, you should expect some phenomenal wines when they are offered.
by Alan Rath
September 14th, 2010, 8:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Copain open house, Sept. 2010
Replies: 17
Views: 819

TN: Copain open house, Sept. 2010

COPAIN OPEN HOUSE, SEPT. 2010 A beautiful day in the Russian River for Copain's open house, with a nice array of wines, both previous and new releases. Wells Guthrie is really on his game now, making the best of every vintage. Copain is in the mix for me as one of the top 2 or 3 California producer...
by Alan Rath
September 13th, 2010, 10:36 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Rome Questions
Replies: 57
Views: 4698

Re: Rome Questions

Thanks, I'll chat with you some more for details. We'll be driving to the airport from Castellina, which will be our base in Chianti. Andrew, sending you a PM. If you were going back to downtown Rome I would definitely have suggested returning the car in Florence or Siena, and taking the train. But...
by Alan Rath
September 10th, 2010, 6:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2001 Carlisle Syrah Dry Creek Valley
Replies: 0
Views: 129

TN: 2001 Carlisle Syrah Dry Creek Valley

2001 Carlisle Syrah Dry Creek Valley - USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley (9/10/2010) Still very young, dark in color, though not opaque, medium/full bodied, nice nose initially of ripe berries, then roasted mushrooms, grilled meat; palate is dark and juicy, plenty of lush fruit but i...
by Alan Rath
September 7th, 2010, 9:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help Me Organize a Wine Locker
Replies: 21
Views: 3399

Re: Help Me Organize a Wine Locker

Trouble is, all those approaches waste a substantial amount of the usable volume. So it really depends on how you answer the question: do I have more than enough room in the locker for my current and future wine plans? Though if your locker has no shelves, you're in a tough spot, since dealing with ...
by Alan Rath
September 7th, 2010, 11:31 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Rome Questions
Replies: 57
Views: 4698

Re: Rome Questions

Andrew, If you get to Florence, don't miss La Pentola dell'Oro restaurant. Absolutely fabulous food, nothing particularly fancy but very nice. Do not miss this place. http//www.lapentoladelloro.it/ Perseus restaurant for Bistecca Fiorentina. Fun place, nothing fancy, good food. http//www.tripadvisor...
by Alan Rath
September 7th, 2010, 11:27 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Rome Questions
Replies: 57
Views: 4698

Re: Rome Questions

I would drop the car in Firenze or Pisa and take the train from there. It is a relatively short journey, unless there is a strike. This is excellent advice. Once outside of Tuscany, the driving isn't particularly interesting. And if you do drive, don't be fooled into following what looks like a maj...
by Alan Rath
September 7th, 2010, 10:44 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Brazil visa
Replies: 11
Views: 631

Re: Brazil visa

Roberto Rogness wrote:PS: Where are you going?
Rio. Been "in" Brazil many years ago, but that was to Iguazu, coming over from Paraguay. This time the big city ;)
by Alan Rath
September 6th, 2010, 10:14 pm
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Brazil visa
Replies: 11
Views: 631

Brazil visa

Anyone gone through the process of getting a visa for Brazil? I need to go for work, but plan to just get a tourist visa, as I've heard it's nearly impossible to get a work visa, and I don't need to bring any work-related materials. I can go to their consulate in San Francisco, wondering how long it...
by Alan Rath
September 6th, 2010, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zinfandel - Which Sonoma producers should I look for to visit and buy?
Replies: 45
Views: 1417

Re: Zinfandel - Which Sonoma producers should I look for to visit and buy?

Mike, I'll bet they have a web site. We stopped in there a few years ago on a Barrel Tasting weekend, must have been the first time they were open. Wines were decent, probably even better by now.

Here it is:
http://www.zichichifamilyvineyard.com/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by Alan Rath
September 6th, 2010, 4:04 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Zinfandel - Which Sonoma producers should I look for to visit and buy?
Replies: 45
Views: 1417

Re: Zinfandel - Which Sonoma producers should I look for to visit and buy?

Let me give a strong second to Mike's Scherrer recommendation, though the winery is out to the south west, near the intersection of Guernville Rd and Hwy 116. I'll balance that by saying I probably wouldn't waste any time at Martinelli ;) And yes, Swan makes some nice Zins as well. Seghesio is anoth...
by Alan Rath
September 6th, 2010, 11:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vintage Port-1970 Taylor
Replies: 14
Views: 405

Re: TRY AGAIN_LOST TOPIC_1970 Taylor

The only '70 Taylor I've had recently was a few years ago, and it was still painfully young and primary. The cork in that bottle was in very good condition, often it's more about the individual bottle.
by Alan Rath
September 5th, 2010, 10:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 Peay Vineyards Syrah Estate (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 0
Views: 90

TN: 2003 Peay Vineyards Syrah Estate (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

2003 Peay Vineyards Syrah Estate - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (9/5/2010) Very dark, opaque garnet, oozes deep, intense blackberry, meaty, peppery, brooding and sultry, with good acidity, and some fine tannins for balance. Later vintages start to show a little more complexity, but ...
by Alan Rath
September 3rd, 2010, 3:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Mailing List to Drop?
Replies: 63
Views: 2309

Re: Which Mailing List to Drop?

Having tasted some 09 KB barrels, all I can say is they're off the charts. And this from a semi-AFWE drinker ;) And I'm a die-hard Copain fan, so (though a biased opinion) that would be one of my last to be dropped. To be honest, all of the producers you've listed are quality, you just have to decid...
by Alan Rath
September 2nd, 2010, 1:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Williams Selyem new facility
Replies: 22
Views: 788

Re: Williams Selyem new facility

Marshall Gelb wrote:It did not seem very "over the top" to me as it is not even noticeable from Westside Road.
Might not be visible from Westside Road, but it is very prominent from the Copain vantage point. Seems quite out of place in the RRV environment.
by Alan Rath
August 31st, 2010, 8:51 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Cep Vineyards Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
Replies: 0
Views: 105

TN: 2007 Cep Vineyards Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

2007 Cep Vineyards Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (8/31/2010) Fairly dark, medium/light body, this is packed with rich dark cherry, currants, deep raspberry, some nice earthy woodsy character, all in a lean and muscular frame, finishes with mouth watering aci...
by Alan Rath
August 31st, 2010, 6:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Chester's Anvil release letter
Replies: 5
Views: 473

Re: Chester's Anvil release letter

Craig, I tried all but the Gretna Green at Family winemakers. All excellent. Actually, I tried them multiple times, as I was helping Carole and Steve pour ;) The chardonnay is on the crisper, learner side, Pinot is dark and flavorful and very well balanced, Hattori is a blast of fun, juicy and inter...
by Alan Rath
August 30th, 2010, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Winebid Site - Keep it or lose it?
Replies: 31
Views: 808

Re: TNs: Bubbles

Alan, can you post the suck-an-egg email here? Just curious. Just to be clear, it was a perfectly polite response, but I interpreted the gist essentially as we really don't care what you think ;) Here is what I wrote, and the response: Dear Alan, Thank you for your comments. We made the enhancement...
by Alan Rath
August 30th, 2010, 11:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Winebid Site - Keep it or lose it?
Replies: 31
Views: 808

Re: New Winebid Site - Keep it or lose it?

When the beta version went live, I tried it out. Emailed them my concerns and frustrations, and got a nice email back essentially telling me to go suck an egg. I used the site last night to do my periodic search for a few wines of interest. It works, but is not nearly as clean or easy as the old sit...
by Alan Rath
August 27th, 2010, 5:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Carlisle Syrah Rosella's Vineyard
Replies: 5
Views: 165

Re: TN: 2007 Carlisle Syrah Rosella's Vineyard

Haven't opened one, but out of barrel this was fabulous. I thought it might have been Mike's best Syrah of that vintage, along with the Cardiac.
by Alan Rath
August 25th, 2010, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Pott Wines - Which one to open first
Replies: 21
Views: 920

Re: 2007 Pott Wines - Which one to open first

Bill Tex Landreth wrote:Pantagruel.

I had it in July with Aaron at his place in the hills. Oustanding Cab Franc. I would open it and give a four to six hour decant.
+1
by Alan Rath
August 24th, 2010, 6:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A pox on oak
Replies: 54
Views: 1238

Re: A pox on oak

That seems like a large leap from your initial post ("a pox on oak") to this one, where you admire a producer because they only use 100% new oak in some vintages, and sometimes as little as 40% new oak. Hey, can't a guy have a little fun? ;) I think I've expressed my thoughts earlier in this thread...
by Alan Rath
August 24th, 2010, 11:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A pox on oak
Replies: 54
Views: 1238

Re: A pox on oak

That is all. Be sure to report back on how that steel-tank Musigny and Haut Brion work out for you. Neal, I know you were a little TIC, but I found this interview from Tom Cannavan's Wine-pages.com of interest: "M. Delmas has been in charge of winemaking for fully forty years; the position he inher...
by Alan Rath
August 24th, 2010, 11:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A pox on oak
Replies: 54
Views: 1238

Re: A pox on oak

I am sure Alan was trying to be provocative and that's fine, but I think condemning the use of oak in all wines as a sort of religious precept is, um, wrong. As are most other religious precepts, in wine as well as in religion. Yep. Oak has it's place. New oak has its place, in moderation. But havi...
by Alan Rath
August 23rd, 2010, 11:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A pox on oak
Replies: 54
Views: 1238

A pox on oak

That is all.
by Alan Rath
August 21st, 2010, 8:16 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bunch o' TNs: Huet, Clos Pepe, August West, Matrot and a Savoie
Replies: 12
Views: 595

Re: Bunch o' TNs: Huet, Clos Pepe, August West, Matrot and a Savoie

Frank, glad to see you're drinking well! Glad you enjoyed the Huet and Matrot, two good ones.
by Alan Rath
August 20th, 2010, 9:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Peay Vineyards Viognier Estate (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 5
Views: 193

Re: TN: 2008 Peay Vineyards Viognier Estate (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

Todd, it's beautiful wine for any time of the year, but particularly summer :) Unfortunately, I think they make something like 80-100 cases of this each year, and it sells out pretty quickly on release. As another suggestion, look for the Copain Tous Ensemble Viognier, which is a really nice, fresh ...
by Alan Rath
August 19th, 2010, 10:31 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Peay Vineyards Viognier Estate (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)
Replies: 5
Views: 193

TN: 2008 Peay Vineyards Viognier Estate (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast)

2008 Peay Vineyards Viognier Estate - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast (8/19/2010) Opened this for a family BBQ, and wow did it disappear fast. Just beautiful, crisp, floral, slight tropical, just a hint of Viognier sweetness, but well restrained from the often overblown ripeness and de...
by Alan Rath
August 19th, 2010, 10:23 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Peay Vineyards Pinot Noir Scallop Shelf (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma C
Replies: 11
Views: 457

Re: TN: 2007 Peay Vineyards Pinot Noir Scallop Shelf (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sono

Eric, I think you'll like the 07 Titans, a spectacular syrah! No offense meant in my earlier post, and please do keep posting whatever you feel, of course. I have often (well, when it happens) contacted producers, either when I've had an outstanding bottle and just wanted to say thanks, or an obviou...
by Alan Rath
August 18th, 2010, 9:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Peay Vineyards Pinot Noir Scallop Shelf (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma C
Replies: 11
Views: 457

Re: TN: 2007 Peay Vineyards Pinot Noir Scallop Shelf (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sono

Hmm, I confess to not having had this bottling in probably a year, but have had it several times and never experienced anything like this. Sounds like an off bottle. For a winemaker, I'm a little surprised to see this post, instead of an email to Andy Peay.
by Alan Rath
August 18th, 2010, 9:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Zinfandel Old and Mature Vines Scherrer Vineyard Alexander Valley
Replies: 7
Views: 486

TN: 2007 Scherrer Winery Zinfandel Old and Mature Vines Scherrer Vineyard Alexander Valley

2007 Scherrer Winery Zinfandel Old and Mature Vines Scherrer Vineyard Alexander Valley - USA, California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley (8/18/2010) Fabulous. Classic Zin, loaded with deep red-fruited Zinberry, touch of spice and woodsiness, bit of a throwback wine, elegant and refined, as opposed...
by Alan Rath
August 15th, 2010, 2:50 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Carlisle Two Acres (USA, California, Sonoma County,
Replies: 4
Views: 201

Re: TN: 2005 Carlisle Two Acres (USA, California, Sonoma Cou

Making me wish I had brought one with us down here to San Diego :)
by Alan Rath
August 14th, 2010, 4:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: OH NOOOOOO!!! 2004 Rhys Home Vineyard Pinot
Replies: 14
Views: 1349

Re: OH NOOOOOO!!! 2004 Rhys Home Vineyard Pinot

It's fine, put it in the fridge between now and then just for a little added protection. You didn't damage the wine seriously for short term drinking. Enjoy and stop worrying :)
by Alan Rath
August 13th, 2010, 9:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: It's Carlisle Day: 08/12/10
Replies: 59
Views: 3196

Re: It's Carlisle Day: 08/12/10

I'm out of town until next Thursday, without access to the email this goes to. Anyone have the deadline for ordering handy?
Thanks,
Alan
by Alan Rath
August 11th, 2010, 11:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Shane wine dinner, June 2010
Replies: 15
Views: 583

Re: TN: Shane wine dinner, June 2010

Andrew, send a PM to Frank above, he's also OC (southern OC I think)
by Alan Rath
August 11th, 2010, 12:13 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Please identify this wine flaw for me
Replies: 19
Views: 698

Re: Please identify this wine flaw for me

A sweetness does not sound like any kind of sulfur compound, and a lot of reduction is not something I experience very often in whites, particularly Chablis. Acetone has a distinct chemically sweet aroma, but that seems unlikely. In a 99 Kongsgaard, I'd expect to find a fair amount of oxidation, whi...
by Alan Rath
August 10th, 2010, 9:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir East Block (USA, California,
Replies: 1
Views: 136

Re: TN: 2007 J. Rochioli Pinot Noir East Block (USA, Califor

Nick Ryan wrote:I notice this now isn't available from anyone at any price, so too bad if you're not on the list...
Nick, thanks for the peek. Haven't touched mine. Though they are available, for a price ;)
Cheers
by Alan Rath
August 10th, 2010, 8:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Winebid Website
Replies: 53
Views: 1763

Re: New Winebid Website

No, that was me. Hey, no offense. We were just bought by Agilent, first thing they did was swoop in and replace all our Dells with HPs, and part of that was an upgrade to Office suite (I'd been happily sitting at 2000 for along time). So now I have 2007, and I can't find ANYTHING. There's no file o...
by Alan Rath
August 10th, 2010, 7:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Winebid Website
Replies: 53
Views: 1763

Re: New Winebid Website

I've designed software for 20 years and it's ALWAYS this way Ah Ha! So you're the guy that made Office unusable! ;) Yeah, it's all personal taste. In this case, the few things I do are immediately more difficult, by enough of a margin that it will be painful to do every single time I visit the site...
by Alan Rath
August 10th, 2010, 4:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Shane wine dinner, June 2010
Replies: 15
Views: 583

Re: TN: Shane wine dinner, June 2010

Larry, nope. I buy at the regular price, including sales tax and shipping. I like what Shane has been doing the past three vintages, think the wines are excellent and reasonably priced. Believe me, this thread won't go even a fraction of what a NextofKyn or SQN release thread would ;)
by Alan Rath
August 10th, 2010, 3:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Shane wine dinner, June 2010
Replies: 15
Views: 583

Re: TN: Shane wine dinner, June 2010

Well, be thankful you don't have to pay the 9.25% sales tax here in CA :( I guess Shane has to make the choice to pay someone to take care of the shipping, which does increase the cost a bit. The guy does have a day job, making the Kosta Browne wines :) It's about $2 more per bottle to the east coas...
by Alan Rath
August 10th, 2010, 2:03 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Zind-Humbrecht '05s and '06s: Premox and other concerns
Replies: 55
Views: 2574

Re: TN: Zind-Humbrecht '05s and '06s: Premox and other conce

Sorry to have missed this, being out of town, and disappointed to read your report on the wines. I remember the 05 Hengst Gewurz (which I own) being one of the most spectacular young wines I've ever had. I need to pull one and check on it. It may not be just ZH, having recently tasted an 04 Weinbach...

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