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by Doug Ackerman
February 18th, 2010, 9:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cinderellawine.com (merged)
Replies: 417
Views: 18643

Re: Cinderella - '03 Dal Forno Valpolicella $70

yeah, this is almost too hard to resist...
by Doug Ackerman
February 16th, 2010, 9:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Most you've ever spend on a bottle of wine!
Replies: 92
Views: 2520

Re: Most you've ever spend on a bottle of wine!

$400 for a bottle of 82 Petrus. Still have it by the way. Not counting Screaming Eagle.

In general, if I'm paying more than $50 it better be Burgundy or Champagne and it better be good.

best,

Doug
by Doug Ackerman
February 14th, 2010, 6:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Valentines night. What are you drinking and eating?
Replies: 33
Views: 807

Re: Valentines night. What are you drinking and eating?

Making a Beef Short Rib Dinner...haven't tried the recipe before: odd concoction of ingredients including wine, stewed tomatoes, celery, chili powder, worcestershire sauce and lemon juice. I'm not kidding...but it smells good simmering away on the stove top! Pop and pour: 97 Togni --Cabernet with mi...
by Doug Ackerman
February 12th, 2010, 8:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: WINE!!
Replies: 17
Views: 808

Re: WINE!!

One of the most interesting wine evolutions I can remember was the 95 Rancia: for years, this wine was painfully tight, brooding, heavy and unyielding. I recall getting really frustrated with this wine, wondering if it would ever come around...and boy did it ever. Similar to your description of the ...
by Doug Ackerman
January 31st, 2010, 9:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '99, '02 OR PNs, which to buy?
Replies: 10
Views: 333

Re: '99, '02 OR PNs, which to buy?

02 St. Innocents are terrific. If you bump into the White Rose, this is a must purchase in 02 OR Pinot. I threw it into a blind Chambolle tasting as a ringer because this wine struck me as the most Chambolle-like OR wine I've ever had. Many great palates at this tasting: near unanimous result--1st p...
by Doug Ackerman
January 28th, 2010, 8:56 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN- 2004 Thierry Allemand Cornas "Chaillot"
Replies: 19
Views: 674

Re: TN- 2004 Thierry Allemand Cornas "Chaillot"

Just want to chime in and say that I completely agree with the extraordinary quality consistently found in the Allemand wines, especially the Sans Souffre. Of the three I've been lucky enough to try, two were remarkable but one was funked out (perhaps b/c of the lack of sulfur?). Love the Reynard an...
by Doug Ackerman
January 17th, 2010, 12:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visit to DRC
Replies: 17
Views: 1115

Re: Visit to DRC

Wow, thank you for sharing this magnificent experience. Mr. Noblet seems to have quite the colorful personality. I very much enjoyed your writing style.

best,

Doug
by Doug Ackerman
January 14th, 2010, 10:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Oregon Chardonnay-
Replies: 63
Views: 1613

Re: Oregon Chardonnay-

My 3 favorite Oregon Chards: in no particular order 1. Brickhouse Cascadia 2. Cameron Abbey Ridge (06 is killer! needs a few years to strut its stuff) 3. Anderson Family (07 is terrific, and a good value at $25--order from the winery if you are not local). In general, the natural acidity of the 07 v...
by Doug Ackerman
January 13th, 2010, 5:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner & Burgs w/ Alan Weinberg
Replies: 31
Views: 1241

Re: Dinner & Burgs w/ Alan Weinberg

Todd, Great notes, thanks for sharing. It made me think of the first time I had dinner with Alan, who is indeed a very generous guy. The hostess was seating us and asked us how we knew each other. Alan said "we met on the internet". As she looked puzzled, without missing a beat and with a totally s...
by Doug Ackerman
January 13th, 2010, 3:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 Seven of Hearts Pinot Noir Crawford-Beck Vineyard
Replies: 7
Views: 353

Re: TN: 2007 Seven of Hearts Pinot Noir Crawford-Beck Vineyard

Having tasted through the 07s, I thoroughly agree with all the notes posted above. I'm also a big fan of the Luminous Hills line of wine Byron is crafting from his own vineyard.
Exciting to have a 'new' talented, passionate winemaker afoot.

best,

Doug
by Doug Ackerman
January 12th, 2010, 6:20 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner & Burgs w/ Alan Weinberg
Replies: 31
Views: 1241

Re: Dinner & Burgs w/ Alan Weinberg

Sounds like fun Roger--I look forward to seeing you.

best,

Doug
by Doug Ackerman
January 11th, 2010, 11:34 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Alice picks up our stuff...
Replies: 27
Views: 1449

Re: Alice picks up our stuff...

In this age of cut and paste, it is way too easy to copy someone else's brilliant work:
by Doug Ackerman
January 11th, 2010, 7:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Dinner & Burgs w/ Alan Weinberg
Replies: 31
Views: 1241

Re: Dinner & Burgs w/ Alan Weinberg

Todd: I know of one other urologist who would have enjoyed the party.
best,

Doug
by Doug Ackerman
January 10th, 2010, 5:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Piedmont, Piedmont
Replies: 8
Views: 401

Re: Piedmont, Piedmont

John: thanks for the info. I believe it was the normale. I look forward to trying the Sylvio Grasso wines down the road. Jeff: you are correct on two accounts. the 82 had been open for some time before it reached our table. No doubt it would have helped to get to it earlier. If I owned any of these ...
by Doug Ackerman
January 10th, 2010, 12:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mostly CdPs from last night
Replies: 10
Views: 562

Re: Mostly CdPs from last night

Funny how those 99s are showing so well. Always loved that 'underrated' vintage.
Funny how Pegau just kicks everything else in the a$$ so often.

Was the Caillou Quartz a bit too much on the new worldy side? I've found some to be just too sticky-sweet and vanilla.

nice lineup for sure.

best,

Doug
by Doug Ackerman
January 10th, 2010, 10:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Piedmont, Piedmont
Replies: 8
Views: 401

Piedmont, Piedmont

By sheer coincidence we had wonderful Piedmont wines for Fri lunch and Sat dinner: (notes mostly from memory, trying to enjoy great food and conversation) Friday Lunch: (Portland Racquet Club, delicious food prepared from Matt Kramer’s Passion for Piedmont book by chef Robin Kelley): 1. 2008 Vietti ...
by Doug Ackerman
January 8th, 2010, 9:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Wednesday Night Blind - January 2010
Replies: 16
Views: 506

Re: TN: Wednesday Night Blind - January 2010

You know, I like blind tastings as much as the next guy. Maybe more. Problems occur, IMO, when you start mixing varietals. I think it is almost impossible to fully appreciate the subtle features of Pinot Noir or Nebbiolo, for example, when you are drinking it after a large scale Merlot or Cab. Also,...
by Doug Ackerman
January 7th, 2010, 2:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2007 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Replies: 74
Views: 1520

Re: 2007 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

...what Bob said...for sure.
by Doug Ackerman
January 7th, 2010, 10:32 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Blind Pinot Night in rural SE PA with Bob Hughes and a 1986 Lafite-Rothschild (or two)
Replies: 17
Views: 785

Re: TNs: Blind Pinot Night in rural SE PA with Bob Hughes and a 1986 Lafite-Rothschild (or two)

I haven't tried the Cameron 08s in barrel or bottle (only one released is the Dundee Hills Chard, according to wine-searcher) but look forward to it. Am very anxious to try the 'high end' Oregon 08 PNs--a lot of hype, but some of the earlier releases are in a strange stage right now: big fruity wine...
by Doug Ackerman
January 6th, 2010, 7:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Blind Pinot Night in rural SE PA with Bob Hughes and a 1986 Lafite-Rothschild (or two)
Replies: 17
Views: 785

Re: TNs: Blind Pinot Night in rural SE PA with Bob Hughes and a 1986 Lafite-Rothschild (or two)

"I also thought the Cameron was from California. After 2 particularly ripe 06 Camerons in a row, I'm now officially concerned about how they'll cellar. Probably should put them into the "sooner than later" queue." Fear not, my friend. Actually, let me qualify that somewhat: The Cameron Abbey Ridge P...
by Doug Ackerman
December 12th, 2009, 3:54 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN; An interesting week, Raveneau, Humbert, Les Cailloux, Gaja, Pavelot, etc.
Replies: 2
Views: 141

Re: TN; An interesting week, Raveneau, Humbert, Les Cailloux, Gaja, Pavelot, etc.

Ironically we drank a Pieropan Soave Classico La Rocca today with lunch. Delicious, reliable--more than just serviceable. the 98 Vietti Castiglioni was always light and pretty and I think has developed significantly complexity without depth or power over the years. Any experience witht 88 Gaja Spers...
by Doug Ackerman
December 9th, 2009, 10:14 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Screw WOTY, this is the end of the decade. What are your top wines over the last ten years?
Replies: 36
Views: 1339

Re: Screw WOTY, this is the end of the decade. What are your top wines over the last ten years?

Do barrel samples count? If so, I'd have to toss out a few: 2005: Liger-Belair La Romanee Rousseau Chambertin, Chambertin CDB and CSJ de Vogue Musigny and Bonnes Mares Lafon Montrachet, Meursault Perrieres, Volnay Chenes etc Lafarge Clos de Ducs..... Burguet CDB Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin VV my bes...
by Doug Ackerman
December 9th, 2009, 9:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1995 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 10
Views: 364

Re: TN: 1995 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon

Bob: funny, I almost posted an identical reply. I've been blown away by some wines from Togni (the 90 and 91 were especially memorable). The best examples seem to have a richness that complements the natural structure of the wine, with a noticeable mint component that doesn't overwhelm the wine. The...
by Doug Ackerman
December 9th, 2009, 9:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2008
Replies: 28
Views: 1007

Re: TN: Evesham Wood Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2008

This too is almost always my favorite QPR wine from Oregon (Cameron's WV also comes to mind). I buy a lot of this wine year in and year out b/c it always drinks well up front and also seems to improve in the bottle for years. Recent examples of the 05 were delicious, the 06 perhaps flatter and less ...
by Doug Ackerman
December 7th, 2009, 8:44 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: ? regarding Pinot Noir clones
Replies: 18
Views: 1953

Re: ? regarding Pinot Noir clones

Hi John: as Vincent mentioned, we are on Lewis Rogers Lane, just down the hill from Brickhouse and Ayres -- both of which are constant inspirations for me. Vincent: Regarding the presence of Leafroll Virus: certainly in the short term the grapes and resultant wines may have improved complexity and i...
by Doug Ackerman
December 6th, 2009, 9:34 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: ? regarding Pinot Noir clones
Replies: 18
Views: 1953

Re: ? regarding Pinot Noir clones

Hi guys. First post on this wine board. We have a 16 acre vineyard in Oregon, Ribbon Ridge AVA. I strongly believe in clonal diversity as I believe complexity from blending clones is real. That being said, I certainly have some favorite clones based on drinking experience. I also think site ultimate...

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