Imagine your disappointment if you bought six of these. I did. I’ve opened two bottles so far and never finished either. On the other hand, I had an '07 Anderson Valley last weekend and it was terrific.
Not to beat a dead horse, but this is exactly how my first 2 bottles showed and I insisted that there was no bottle variation. After seeing notes where people didn’t pick up on the smoke I opened my last one and sure enough no smoke. I don’t know how many bottles the AF guys opened before they decided to release it, but I agree it shouldn’t have been released.
At this point as much as I’ve loved the '06 and '07 AF pinots I will no longer be a buyer. You would think after so much talk on the boards over the last year about this they could have stepped up and offered a refund or some sort of break on the next release for those of us who bought these.
I agree their wines are good, like I said I have loved everything I’ve had, but the '08 AV. I just think there’s a lot of good wine out there and these weren’t even discounted. There’s no way they didn’t know about the taint.
I’m confused Joe. Did you write or call and ask for restituition due to perceived smoke
damage (very reasonable), or are you saying you expect them
to give you one based on negatives here on the board? Do the Anthill Farms people post here?
No I have never contacted them and that isn’t something that I would ever do. This started a long time ago ( back on ebob) there was a 3 page thread over a year ago. Web posted there, so it’s not like they don’t know about it. Just check the CT notes and you will see what I have to believe are the most different notes for any single wine. I don’t want to be compensated, but after selling these for a full $33 you would think they would it least comment on the matter.
Worst wine of the year - that I had the high expectations for - was the 2004 Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah. The Cayuse funk blew me away, and never went away. Maybe it was me, maybe not. Either way, over the course of three days, I didn’t have a glass that I liked. To put it into context, my personal WOTY is the Cayuse 2006 God Only Knows grenache. As a huge Cayuse fan, it was, to say the least, disappointing.
Ignoring flawed bottles it was a 06 Riesling from terry theise that I cant remember the producers name. It had a synthetic cork and it was awful. Maybe the sweetest wine Ive ever had (and it was a spatlese).