Originally posted by chum lee:
Originally posted by lizardking:
I was in Anderson Valley last weekend and tried through a number of wines from Jim Ball, Lula, Drew, Phillips Hill and a few others. There wasn't one wine from '08 I would pay money for, actually, now that I think about it, there isn't one wine I would voluntarily taste again for free.
Jim Ball and Lula aren't pouring 08's, are they? Not too impressed with PH either, and I'm surprised you felt that strongly about the Drew. While they aren't their best wines ever, I don't find them offputting and certainly not smoky. Try Breggo next time you're up there. I think they did the best job in the Valley with their 2008's. The Ferrington (90IWC) and Donnelly Creek (88WS) are really good.
You're right chum, Jim Ball and Lula aren't pouring 08's. I should have made that more clear. I think Lula declassified theirs and Jim Ball's are sitting in a tank while they figure out what to do with it.
The 08's I am referring to were poured by Phillips Hill and Drew.
On another note, if anyone has a chance to visit the Anderson Valley, I highly recommend stopping in at Jim Ball and tasting through their lineup. All of their wines are good, with a special nod to the 09's in barrel, especially the Boonville.