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by Leonard Maran
June 7th, 2018, 5:46 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: Carricante dinner SF Bay Area Los Gatos Tues June 19
Replies: 38
Views: 1294

Carricante dinner SF Bay Area in June

I'd very much like to join if it's in San Francisco.
by Leonard Maran
May 27th, 2018, 2:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 1989 spottswoode-paging Blake brown
Replies: 11
Views: 675

1989 spottswoode-paging Blake brown

I enjoyed a 1991 Spottswood recently and it was fresh and beautiful.
by Leonard Maran
May 22nd, 2018, 5:06 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Some Ojai Spring releases (I'm not ITB)
Replies: 1
Views: 300

Some Ojai Spring releases (I'm not ITB)

https://store.ojaivineyard.com/spring-release-c2.aspx There areWine Advocate reviews on site if interested~ Price: $55.00 2011 “Apricots” Sangiovese and Grenache might be an unusual coupling; no precedent drove me to craft this blend. For awhile I’d been thinking of our original Apricots blends from...
by Leonard Maran
May 17th, 2018, 12:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Was The Single Greatest 1970s CA Wine?
Replies: 121
Views: 5274

What Was The Single Greatest 1970s CA Wine?

1975 Joseph Phelps Eisele Cabernet
1975 Cuvaison Togni Selection (label clearly identifies Spring Mountain grapes) Cabernet
1978 Diamond Creek Volcanic Cabernet
1974 Conn Creek Eisele Cabernet.
by Leonard Maran
May 17th, 2018, 12:01 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which Carlisle are you drinking?
Replies: 1671
Views: 119087

Which Carlisle are you drinking?

Alicante Bouchet makes Zinfandel look noble in comparison.
by Leonard Maran
May 16th, 2018, 11:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Adam Gopnik: On Randall Grahm
Replies: 39
Views: 1941

Adam Gopnik: On Randall Grahm

After many a year I again subscribed to the New Yorker (I am from the East Coast). Does Adam Gopnik know anything at all about wine? This was one of those long, long pieces, so I admit I did not get beyond the following (and by the way I love French wine)~ Pinot Noir just cannot be grown in Californ...
by Leonard Maran
May 16th, 2018, 3:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Silvaner, a Lovely yet Unloved Spring Wine, Needs Friends~NYTimes
Replies: 20
Views: 842

Silvaner, a Lovely yet Unloved Spring Wine, Needs Friends~NYTimes

By Eric Asimov, May 10th, 2018 THE POUR "With the overwhelming number of wines available today from all over the world, in a vast diversity of styles, many made from grapes virtually unknown a generation ago, consumers have had to resort to shortcuts and workarounds to slice through the confusion. S...
by Leonard Maran
May 16th, 2018, 1:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: A magnificent 2004 Brunello
Replies: 27
Views: 1696

TN: A magnificent 2004 Brunello

This may have nothing to do with opening this bottle, but I have found that some Italian bottles have a smaller aperture. No Ah So for Italian wines for me.
by Leonard Maran
May 16th, 2018, 1:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What was the best California 1970s non Cabernet red
Replies: 22
Views: 840

What was the best California 1970s non Cabernet red

1973 Ridge Geyserville..
by Leonard Maran
May 3rd, 2018, 10:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)
Replies: 5
Views: 565

TN: 2009 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco (Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco)

In the 2008 vintage, this was the only Produttori made, which really elevated this wine.
by Leonard Maran
May 3rd, 2018, 10:20 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco City Offline Wednesday May 2
Replies: 50
Views: 1798

San Francisco City Offline Wednesday May 2

Great night; not only wonderful wines (without a single clunker), but the venue lent itself to really enjoyable conversation, also thought out; such that we had a sparkler and Chablis to start, two Rhone and 2 Bordeaux, with a formidable Sauternes not only for dessert, but to enjoy with starters and...
by Leonard Maran
May 3rd, 2018, 10:12 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Dolcettos and a couple ringers. Yum, yum!
Replies: 29
Views: 1244

TN: 2016 Dolcettos and a couple ringers. Yum, yum!

Why am I not surprised that a single Dolcetto gets a 90 "rating".
by Leonard Maran
May 2nd, 2018, 4:55 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco City Offline Wednesday May 2
Replies: 50
Views: 1798

San Francisco City Offline Wednesday May 2

We'll have the 2000 Château Malescot St. Exupéry..
by Leonard Maran
April 18th, 2018, 2:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa's Heitz Cellar Sold to Arkansas Billionaire Gaylon Lawrence
Replies: 32
Views: 2719

Napa's Heitz Cellar Sold to Arkansas Billionaire Gaylon Lawrence

"Heitz Wine Cellars, one of Napa Valley’s leading wineries, is being purchased by Arkansas Billionaire Gaylon M. Lawrence Jr. Lawrence serves as a director of Tennessee Bank & Trust, is principal investor in The Lawrence Group, a 75-year-old farming operation, and serves on about a dozen boards, acc...
by Leonard Maran
April 12th, 2018, 11:58 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa & San Francisco Wine Shop Recommendations
Replies: 18
Views: 1154

Napa & San Francisco Wine Shop Recommendations

K&L Wines do not need a specification for the San Francisco store, as, if you want a wine from one of the other stores they will send it up for free. The delivery is trustworthy too.
by Leonard Maran
April 10th, 2018, 1:46 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco City Offline Wednesday May 2
Replies: 50
Views: 1798

San Francisco City Offline Wednesday May 2

How about a 2000 Bordeaux? I've many to choose from.
by Leonard Maran
March 30th, 2018, 12:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Heitz Martha's vertical 74-77 with an absolutely CURSED line up of chardonnay.
Replies: 19
Views: 1393

TN: Heitz Martha's vertical 74-77 with an absolutely CURSED line up of chardonnay.

Actually the 1977 Bella Oaks was better than Martha's in that vintage. Drank a bottle with the Heitz family.
by Leonard Maran
March 29th, 2018, 1:57 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: San Francisco City Offline Wednesday May 2
Replies: 50
Views: 1798

San Francisco City Offline Wednesday May 2

I'm interested and assume we'll have more info as time goes by.
by Leonard Maran
March 15th, 2018, 12:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid prices softening
Replies: 73
Views: 7838

Winebid prices softening

I’ve pretty much switched to K&L; 5% premium and no shipping for me. I also think there is more competition from K&L, as they have really expanded their offerings.
by Leonard Maran
March 15th, 2018, 12:29 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ideas for Sauvigon Blanc tasting?
Replies: 60
Views: 2278

Ideas for Sauvigon Blanc tasting?

My suggestion would be to not do a SB tasting. I was in a group for a dozen years and our least attended and worst were SB. I happen to like the variety too, but we all felt a bunch of them was too much.
by Leonard Maran
February 15th, 2018, 11:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Brander - Best Sauvignon Blanc in the USA?
Replies: 26
Views: 1476

TN: Brander - Best Sauvignon Blanc in the USA?

I am very fond of Dragonnette Cellars, about the same price point as the Brander.
by Leonard Maran
February 15th, 2018, 1:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Birth Year Wines: 1985
Replies: 37
Views: 1274

Birth Year Wines: 1985

True, certainly, that 85 was a very good year for port. However, many do not go for them because of the sugar and high alcohol.
by Leonard Maran
February 5th, 2018, 1:19 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula Offline Feb 5 - Paul Martin's
Replies: 119
Views: 2436

SF Bay Area/Peninsula Offline Feb 5 - Paul Martin's

"Start a new thread. There's some overlap, but most of this group live mid-peninsula down to the south bay. A lot of the SF people won't see it here. (They're above slumming it down the peninsula, and if they want psychotic ramblings, all the have to do is step outside." Wes Barton I guess I'm slumm...
by Leonard Maran
January 26th, 2018, 9:45 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?
Replies: 14890
Views: 743299

What is YOUR most recent wine purchase?

Is this a competition?...LoL
by Leonard Maran
January 26th, 2018, 9:42 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Less known Bordeaux QPRs
Replies: 82
Views: 4192

Less known Bordeaux QPRs

[quote="Neal.Mollen”] I agree with most of this, but it is surprising that one who so vigorously fights the canard that bdx is expensive would repeat it for burgundy. Yes, like bdx, the top names are expensive and getting more so, but you can easily find really enjoyable burgs to drink in the same ...
by Leonard Maran
January 26th, 2018, 9:32 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me build a mixed case of vintage 2000 Bordeaux: UPDATE 4/3/18
Replies: 99
Views: 3609

Help me build a mixed case of vintage 2000 Bordeaux (classic)

PCLIN wrote:Tertre Rotebeouf, maybe not “classic” but that’s the only 2000 Bordeaux I bought.
Are you aware of the fact that, if you can find it, the tariff is now $380.00 per bottle?
by Leonard Maran
January 26th, 2018, 3:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2003 JJ Prum Wehlener Sohnenuhr Auslese - What happened?
Replies: 42
Views: 1784

TN: 2003 JJ Prum Wehlener Sohnenuhr Auslese - What happened?

Precisely my feeling Kirk. I had a couple of mags of Pavie and sold them.
by Leonard Maran
January 25th, 2018, 8:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite Instant Pot recipes?
Replies: 110
Views: 7694

Favorite Instant Pot recipes?

I have both a pressure cooker and a crock pot, so why would I need this new sensation?
by Leonard Maran
January 25th, 2018, 7:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: ORECCHIETTE Babbo
Replies: 5
Views: 624

ORECCHIETTE Babbo

Reads like an easy and enjoyable dish, however, the finale pic looks quite unappetizing. I guess that's why the food professional photographers goose it up with various techniques (and not the genuine finished dish).
by Leonard Maran
January 25th, 2018, 1:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: List the wines YOU are the ONLY owner of according to CT
Replies: 44
Views: 2642

List the wines YOU are the ONLY owner of according to CT

1975 Cuvaiso Cabernet Sauvignon ~Philip Togni Selection, Spring Mountain Vineyards.
by Leonard Maran
January 22nd, 2018, 9:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Any US winery do decent 375 bottles
Replies: 40
Views: 1971

Any US winery do decent 375 bottles

Not American, and I'm not really a champagne kind of fellow but I recently had the Franck Bonville Brut Rosé Champagne and loved it. I now see 375's on K&L's site (I am no more than a happy consumer of K&L for over 40 years).
$22.00~
by Leonard Maran
January 22nd, 2018, 8:49 pm
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: SF Bay Area/Peninsula Offline Feb 5 - Paul Martin's
Replies: 119
Views: 2436

SF Bay Area/Peninsula Offline Feb 5 - Paul Martin's

Let me know if there are cancellations. I won't take the train!
by Leonard Maran
January 22nd, 2018, 8:40 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Help me build a mixed case of vintage 2000 Bordeaux: UPDATE 4/3/18
Replies: 99
Views: 3609

Help me build a mixed case of vintage 2000 Bordeaux (classic)

I recently popped the cork on Château d'Armailhac and was quite disappointed. I thought the Chateau d'Aiguilhe (a bargain) was better, at least for now.
by Leonard Maran
January 14th, 2018, 2:15 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: FS @ Cost: January Saxum Release 2015s *Now Live*
Replies: 2
Views: 728

FS @ Cost: January Saxum Release 2015s (Broken Stones, Paderewski & Heart Stone)

For sale is my allocation of the January saxum release at cost. I can have the wines directly shipped to you from the winery. The wines being release are the 2015 Broken Stones, 2015 Paderewski Vineyard, and 2015 Heart Stone Vineyard. Release goes live on Tuesday morning the 16th. Magnums are first...
by Leonard Maran
January 5th, 2018, 11:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: To Kalon Creek~Graeme MacDonald
Replies: 2
Views: 759

To Kalon Creek~Graeme MacDonald

"Which brings us to the second recent To Kalon-related development. The creek that runs through the To Kalon Vineyard is now officially named To Kalon Creek, thanks to a proposal that Graeme MacDonald, whose family owns a section of the vineyard, submitted to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. This...
by Leonard Maran
January 4th, 2018, 10:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: One Market restaurant~wine lists at half-price
Replies: 0
Views: 446

One Market restaurant~wine lists at half-price

I've no affiliation with the restaurant; in fact I've never been. "We can't think of a better way to say "Thank You" as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary! Enjoy our full menus, including lunch, dinner, dessert, and bar menus along with our cocktail, beer, and wine lists at half-price for one day onl...
by Leonard Maran
December 23rd, 2017, 2:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: California Chardonnay recommendations needed
Replies: 63
Views: 2712

California Chardonnay recommendations needed

The Chasseur RRV 2014 is killer.
by Leonard Maran
December 23rd, 2017, 2:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How to pair weed and wine
Replies: 39
Views: 2669

How to pair weed and wine

I pair it this way, weed alters my palate, so if I do have a toke, it is after dinner.
by Leonard Maran
December 23rd, 2017, 2:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Is the Deal with Carneros?
Replies: 81
Views: 5638

What Is the Deal with Carneros?

I don’t care for Anderson Valley Pinot; I went up one year and bought a couple of cases and did not like the way they aged in the short term. Donum Pinots can be excellent, Ancien Mink Vnyd,and Saintsbury Brown are both excellent IMO.
by Leonard Maran
November 26th, 2017, 2:52 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who do you trust (Flawed Poll Redux)
Replies: 30
Views: 1878

Who do you trust (Flawed Poll Redux)

Wine Enthusiast shouldn’t even be listed.
by Leonard Maran
November 20th, 2017, 11:52 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Pizza... Without Cheese
Replies: 16
Views: 765

Pizza... Without Cheese

New Jersey has a longstanding tradition of the Tomato Pie. It is not referred to as a pizza. I'd say go a little easier on the toppings.
https://www.epicurious.com/expert-advic ... pe-article
by Leonard Maran
November 20th, 2017, 11:24 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 1981-1984 Dehlinger Pinot Noir
Replies: 15
Views: 456

TN: 1981-1984 Dehlinger Pinot Noir

This refrain about Dehlinger moving to a riper style is lost on me when sampling the 2015 vintage. 2015 Octagon and even the 2015 Goldridge~wow!
by Leonard Maran
October 21st, 2017, 5:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 78 Chave Hermitage vs. 74 Heitz Martha
Replies: 13
Views: 1157

78 Chave Hermitage vs. 74 Heitz Martha

I'm not a drunk!
"I believe gender is a spectrum, and I fall somewhere between Channing Tatum and Winnie the Pooh." Stephen Colbert
by Leonard Maran
October 21st, 2017, 12:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: AG's 95 points versus RP's 97 points
Replies: 13
Views: 1781

AG's 95 points versus RP's 97 points

Good grief, given his health issues, Parker is no king.
by Leonard Maran
October 21st, 2017, 12:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 78 Chave Hermitage vs. 74 Heitz Martha
Replies: 13
Views: 1157

78 Chave Hermitage vs. 74 Heitz Martha

But these wine have nothing to do with each other.
by Leonard Maran
October 13th, 2017, 3:02 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Pizza - what is the Best Pizza in NYC? Wishing a NYC Pizza tour suggestions
Replies: 95
Views: 6594

Pizza - what is the Best Pizza in NYC? Wishing a NYC Pizza tour suggestions

A couple of these are shrines (in particular, Di Fara) and I'm not waiting 2 hours. The nice part about Roberta's is that it is open all day, and in warm weather they have a backyard. I guess I'm spoiled out here in San Francisco with the Napoletana pies; I thought the slice at Joes was good but tha...
by Leonard Maran
October 13th, 2017, 2:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How are 1997 California cabernet and merlot, twenty years later?
Replies: 37
Views: 1740

How are 1997 California cabernet and merlot, twenty years later?

I had a 1997 Etude a couple of weeks ago which was just superb; so much better than I had expected. Even fine the next day..
by Leonard Maran
October 13th, 2017, 2:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: How are 1997 California cabernet and merlot, twenty years later?
Replies: 37
Views: 1740

How are 1997 California cabernet and merlot, twenty years later?

I had a 1997 Etude a couple of weeks ago which was just superb; so much better than I had expected. Even fine the next day..
by Leonard Maran
October 5th, 2017, 3:15 am
Forum: Offline Planner
Topic: New date SF offine: 10/22
Replies: 15
Views: 1175

New date SF offine: 10/22

Interested!

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