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by Jim Cowan
September 19th, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: US Chardonnay Producer Recommendations
Replies: 28
Views: 807

Re: US Chardonnay Producer Recommendations

If you prefer more austere less oak influence, Scribe makes a dandy - their Estate version.
Best, jim
by Jim Cowan
August 21st, 2020, 11:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Smoke taint 2020...
Replies: 246
Views: 22399

Re: Smoke taint 2020...

The real difficulty for those in the biz is that the customer will perceive this as a smoke taint year, even if it winds up having no or little impact.
Best, jim
by Jim Cowan
August 17th, 2020, 6:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Experiments continue . . .
Replies: 0
Views: 364

Experiments continue . . .

Dinner wines: 2019 Jadot, Beaujolais-Villages - character without artifice; fruit without spoof and a backbone that’s the envy of every politician. Under $20 and more than worth it. 2019 Jadot, Macon-Villages - a bit sulfurous coming out of the bottle but that blows off and this broadens and lengthe...
by Jim Cowan
August 8th, 2020, 1:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?
Replies: 111
Views: 5357

Re: Is California Finally Making Great White Wines?

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
August 7th, 2020, 7:08 pm
Then of course there is Stony Hill Chardonnay.
Especially with 20-30 years on it.
They have been making great wine a very long time - a heck of a track record.
They just don’t come up in conversation much.
‘Kind of like Kalin Cellars.
Best, jim
by Jim Cowan
August 6th, 2020, 6:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acidification of Pinot Noir
Replies: 45
Views: 2389

Re: Acidification of Pinot Noir

Beware the term “everybody.”
I worked in a Pinot/chard custom crush with 27 other wine makers - some did, some didn’t.
Best, jim
by Jim Cowan
August 6th, 2020, 6:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Acidification of Pinot Noir
Replies: 45
Views: 2389

Re: Acidification of Pinot Noir

Beware the term “everybody.”
I worked in a Pinot/chard custom crush with 27 other wine makers - some did, some didn’t.
Best, jim
by Jim Cowan
July 29th, 2020, 6:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The kindness of friends
Replies: 8
Views: 822

Re: The kindness of friends

Cibonne does semi-oxidized version that is similar to LdH, I think.
This one was not it.
Best, jim
by Jim Cowan
July 28th, 2020, 7:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The kindness of friends
Replies: 8
Views: 822

The kindness of friends

An evening to remember. 2018 Tibouren, Clos Cibonne Rose: Beautiful rose; dry, flavorful and balanced. Very easy to drink. 2015 Vincent Girardin, St. Aubin, En Remilly: Solid Chardonnay and nothing to sneeze at but, also, nothing to get excited about. 2013 Raveneau, Chablis Montee de Tonnerre: Treme...
by Jim Cowan
July 20th, 2020, 10:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine, ordered in
Replies: 8
Views: 1011

Re: Wine, ordered in

I'm a big fan of the Michel, Vissoux, and Vajra. I think the Vajra has Freisa, Pinot Noir, and some others in addition to the three you mention. I like it quite a bit but buy the Nebbiolo Langhe more often, which is also excellent. Yep, the Rosso has a kitchen sink list of inclusions and I’ve heard...
by Jim Cowan
July 19th, 2020, 9:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: To Share or Not to Share...That is the Question...
Replies: 25
Views: 1841

Re: To Share or Not to Share...That is the Question...

Everything changes and there is a lot of very good wine being made.
I’m happy to share knowing full well that I’ll find something new and delicious if I try.
Best, jim
by Jim Cowan
July 19th, 2020, 7:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine, ordered in
Replies: 8
Views: 1011

Wine, ordered in

With a little help/advice from friends, these are the wines arriving now days (all under $25): 2017 Louis Michel, Chablis - utterly Chablis; flint and mineral lead with lemon zest and white fruit filling out the mid-palate; everything supported by a bright acid spine and such lovely overall balance ...
by Jim Cowan
July 14th, 2020, 4:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Orange wine
Replies: 25
Views: 1240

Re: Orange wine

They also seem to age pretty well, becoming more complex and mellow.
Big fan here.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
July 11th, 2020, 1:05 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Sonoma cabs from the '80s and '90s...
Replies: 28
Views: 1403

Re: Sonoma cabs from the '80s and '90s...

Calluna. They own the top of Chalk Hill and have planted to only Bordeaux varieties. David Jeffrey, winemaker, was trained in Bordeaux and has that sensibility to his wines. The Colonel’s Vineyard is the one to lay down; 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, but all the cuvées are worth trying. And their white i...
by Jim Cowan
June 21st, 2020, 3:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and logistics
Replies: 19
Views: 1465

Re: Wine and logistics

Mike Evans wrote:
June 20th, 2020, 11:20 am
I like the Vincent Chardonnay Tardive a lot, but find it more similar to ouillé Jura than to Chablis as it has a cool funk to with the crispness.
Actually, I like that comparison better.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
June 18th, 2020, 3:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and logistics
Replies: 19
Views: 1465

Re: Wine and logistics

Dan,
No PM received.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
June 17th, 2020, 4:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and logistics
Replies: 19
Views: 1465

Re: Wine and logistics

Actually, my wife’s folks lived in Banner Elk until their recent passing. Diane and I now go up often to take care of getting the property in shape to sell and to handle other final affairs. We were just there for two weeks and will likely head back in a week or so. Pretty hot in FL so the mountain...
by Jim Cowan
June 17th, 2020, 4:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and logistics
Replies: 19
Views: 1465

Re: Wine and logistics

So you brought 25 cases / 300 bottles with you and you’ve already run out. And I presume not even due to entertaining in these times of social distancing. RESPECT! Sounds different than it is. Some of what we bring back was sold to customers in FL and we just serve as transport. I always find it ha...
by Jim Cowan
June 17th, 2020, 4:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and logistics
Replies: 19
Views: 1465

Re: Wine and logistics

Jim, Good to see the post. I've been a fan of Louis Michel forever. Surprised at the lactic note in the 2016. I've never had a '16 Louis Michel, but I've had at least a dozen wines from other vintages and never experienced anything like that. What I love about Louis Michel is the uncompromising fli...
by Jim Cowan
June 12th, 2020, 1:27 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and logistics
Replies: 19
Views: 1465

Re: Wine and logistics

Actually, my wife’s folks lived in Banner Elk until their recent passing. Diane and I now go up often to take care of getting the property in shape to sell and to handle other final affairs. We were just there for two weeks and will likely head back in a week or so. Pretty hot in FL so the mountains...
by Jim Cowan
June 12th, 2020, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine and logistics
Replies: 19
Views: 1465

Wine and logistics

As you may know, Diane and I spend 6+ months in FL and 5+ months in CA. We drive back and forth with essentials in our pick-up and, along the way, spend time with friends. This past November when we left CA, we had no idea what was coming and, as usual, packed about 25 cases of wine to bring south. ...
by Jim Cowan
May 20th, 2020, 4:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Mid-month Tasting Notes: Corona Edition, May 2020
Replies: 14
Views: 830

Re: Mid-month Tasting Notes: Corona Edition, May 2020

Thoughtful and helpful.
Thanks, jim
by Jim Cowan
May 16th, 2020, 3:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Whites -- What Are You Drinking?
Replies: 42
Views: 2028

Re: California Whites -- What Are You Drinking?

K Kl@dder wrote:
May 15th, 2020, 6:44 am
My wife is digging the Calluna Estate Blanc picked up on BD
Fabulous wine.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
May 15th, 2020, 5:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Whites -- What Are You Drinking?
Replies: 42
Views: 2028

Re: California Whites -- What Are You Drinking?

Scribe Estate Chard. is pretty much domestic Chablis.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
May 10th, 2020, 5:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Prototypical Chablis ?
Replies: 8
Views: 615

Re: Prototypical Chablis ?

Jim, I don’t believe there is a prototype much beyond your impressions. And when you taste premier and grand cru Chablis, I think you learn more about the differences in terroir than the similarities. So I’m not much good to you on that issue. Suggestions include several producers with good track re...
by Jim Cowan
May 8th, 2020, 5:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1992 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 5
Views: 485

Re: TN: 1992 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (USA, California, Napa Valley)

“Barolo-like violets”
In one phrase you just crystallized a concept that I have been searching for nearly every time I taste Dunn.
Thanks, jim
by Jim Cowan
May 5th, 2020, 10:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: A Vincent and A GoodFellow
Replies: 18
Views: 916

Re: TNs: A Vincent and A GoodFellow

Dennis, I have limited experience with Goodfellow but agree with Richard about the need to bottle age. My tastes of some of the Pinots early showed lots of stuffing but not much integration. Thanks for the note on the Chard - haven’t tried those . . . yet. The Vincent stuff I’m pretty familiar with ...
by Jim Cowan
April 19th, 2020, 1:41 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast
Replies: 171
Views: 9754

Re: Best Syrah Producer on West Coast

there's a lot of really great options out there. Arnot Roberts does a great job, Pax and Wind Gap do really well. Piedrasassi makes some tasty ones. Enfield does well with just about every variety they make. Morgon and Chris at Bedrock do a great job, but I'm not sure I would say they're exactly N ...
by Jim Cowan
April 11th, 2020, 12:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Executive order temporary revision of the Pobega Rule.
Replies: 13
Views: 771

Re: Executive order temporary revision of the Pobega Rule.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, New York Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order yesterday at the request of the Wine Beer and Spirits Law Committee of the NYS Bar Association granting a three day extension of the Pobega Rule. The text of the EO follows: WHEREAS, the Pobega Rule requires that, when ...
by Jim Cowan
April 7th, 2020, 12:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: California and Oregon PN - Ceritas and Vincent
Replies: 2
Views: 378

Re: TN: California and Oregon PN - Ceritas and Vincent

Tom, That Vincent bottling is my go to but I haven’t had my wine shipped yet so I appreciate the snapshot. FWIW, I have had a couple bottles of the 2018 Chardonnay Tardive and found the same CO2 element, so perhaps that’s typical for this producer. As you say, it dissipates quickly (and bodes well f...
by Jim Cowan
March 28th, 2020, 5:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: U.S. Winemakers - What Overseas Wines do you Drink?
Replies: 41
Views: 2689

Re: U.S. Winemakers - What Overseas Wines do you Drink?

Chablis.
A lot of it.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
March 25th, 2020, 6:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Happiness is...
Replies: 5
Views: 668

Re: Happiness is...

Bob,
I’m not familiar with the label; what are they?
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
March 10th, 2020, 7:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vincent Wine Company release
Replies: 51
Views: 3302

Re: Vincent Wine Company release

David, It depends upon how soon you want to drink it. Everything is good on release but many will be much more if aged properly. I always buy a case of the Ribbon Ridge Pinot and drink most of it way to early. The ones that I give time show I should do that more often. Jeremy C notes above that he j...
by Jim Cowan
March 9th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Best Napa/ Sonoma Tasting Experience?
Replies: 57
Views: 3755

Re: Best Napa/ Sonoma Tasting Experience?

Bevan Cellars.
They only do private tastings, if you ask well in advance you may get Russell In the mix, and, for Napa Valley wine, his stuff stands with anyone’s.
If you get Russell to attend, it will be the most unforgettable wine experience you could imagine - believe it!
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
February 22nd, 2020, 5:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Buying strategies
Replies: 29
Views: 2817

Re: Buying strategies

Taste everything you can.
Buy only what you love.
Buy a lot of that.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
February 20th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1971 wine - what to look for?
Replies: 70
Views: 3259

Re: 1971 wine - what to look for?

Phelps.
The old Napa bottlings are pretty tasty.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
February 19th, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: First time wine fridge buyer
Replies: 29
Views: 2003

Re: First time wine fridge buyer

Anything that uses a Cellar Pro cooling unit.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
February 8th, 2020, 1:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 13 Calluna Merlot Aux Raynauds
Replies: 2
Views: 188

Re: 13 Calluna Merlot Aux Raynauds

That vineyard yields some of the most perfect fruit I’ve seen.
And the wine follows that kind of quality.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
February 7th, 2020, 2:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vincent Wine Company release
Replies: 51
Views: 3302

Re: Vincent Wine Company release

Vince,
I mentioned to Diane that I had ordered a case of Pinot from you and she said, “this year, we need to go see him.” So . . . be careful what you wish for.
‘Hope to back in CA in June - I’ll be in touch.
Is the Joel Palmer House near you?
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
February 6th, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vincent Wine Company release
Replies: 51
Views: 3302

Re: Vincent Wine Company release

This should date me . . .
Chacon a gout = to each his ever lovin’ blue-eyed own.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
February 5th, 2020, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vincent Wine Company release
Replies: 51
Views: 3302

Re: Vincent Wine Company release

D@vid Bu3ker wrote:
February 5th, 2020, 5:38 am
There is something about Pinot Noir from the Ribbon Ridge area that just hits my palate the right way.
Me, too.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
February 4th, 2020, 4:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vincent Wine Company release
Replies: 51
Views: 3302

Re: Vincent Wine Company release

Kevin Porter wrote:
February 4th, 2020, 1:43 pm
Thanks for the heads-up.

Off topic (but this is Berserkers) would you be willing to name your other must purchase? I have you to thank for my interest in Birichino and I'm very glad for that.
Dirty and Rowdy, especially the Evangelho.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
February 4th, 2020, 1:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vincent Wine Company release
Replies: 51
Views: 3302

Re: Vincent Wine Company release

Alan, I buy a case of the Ribbon Ridge Pinot every year. On pre-release, it’s $22/bottle. I have found that I drink them too fast but when I get down to 4-5, I start pushing them back in the cellar so that, several years later, I can witness their development - and they always do. I also get some of...
by Jim Cowan
February 4th, 2020, 10:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vincent Wine Company release
Replies: 51
Views: 3302

Vincent Wine Company release

I buy from two mailing lists a year, this is one of them.
Character driven wines that last and develop at sane prices.
Highly recommended.
(I have no affiliation with the winery.)
Best, Jim


https://mailchi.mp/89aec3c3a565/new-vin ... ac25395138
by Jim Cowan
January 26th, 2020, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......
Replies: 101
Views: 3852

Re: If you had to pick 2 Champagne Producers......

Roederer, because both the domestic and imported line up is solid at all price points, and, Cedric Bouchard, because he made the bubbly I liked the best.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
January 19th, 2020, 6:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Does There Come A Time When The Search For Epiphany Experiences Ceases?
Replies: 61
Views: 3603

Re: Does There Come A Time When The Search For Epiphany Experiences Ceases?

I don’t think so.
I’ve been doing this 50+ years and I still get dazzled.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
November 13th, 2019, 12:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Your favorite USA Gamay?
Replies: 50
Views: 3062

Re: Your favorite USA Gamay?

ESJ
by Jim Cowan
November 3rd, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Terry Theise Champagne Tasting (Chicago)
Replies: 22
Views: 1968

Re: TN: Terry Theise Champagne Tasting (Chicago)

Thanks.
Well written and communicative.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
September 17th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let Your Saxums Age!
Replies: 20
Views: 1346

Re: Let Your Saxums Age!

Jay,
Tasting at Saxum we did current releases and the same wines, ten years old.
The decade old versions were so much better, I asked if the wine making regimen had changed - nope, that’s just bottle age.
I agree with your title.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
September 16th, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Why is Vatan Clos la Neore so expensive?
Replies: 23
Views: 2669

Re: Why is Vatan Clos la Neore so expensive?

Demand.
Best, Jim
by Jim Cowan
September 9th, 2019, 9:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The New Yorker on Orange Wines
Replies: 41
Views: 1947

Re: The New Yorker on Orange Wines

Orange wine is not necessarily oxidative or natural.
Lots of it “looks” oxidized and presents atypical for the variety. Since it is not the norm, one must expect abnormal.
But I love them, I make them and my wife and I drink them . . . often.
Amazingly good food wines.
Best, Jim

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