UBlink


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2004 Astrale e Terra Estate Syrah. Amazed at the fruit that is still there. Es bueno.

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moondigger


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2010 Project Paso Red Blend. I'm making some notes in case it ends up being offered here on woot. (It might well be.)

Just opened it, bottle a little bit warmer than proper serving temperature. Nonetheless I can say already that I like it more than I liked the Project Paso Sauvignon Blanc.

kylemittskus


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cortot20 wrote:Thoughts? I had the robert hall rose de robles which is the same price from TJ's and thought it wasn't great. Maybe im just spoiled.



Going back for 3+ more. Drinks at twice its price. French-style (duh! it is French). Completely dry, could use a bit more acid but nice, a hint of tannin at the end. Watermelon jolly rancher, strawberry, and almost a vegetal/methol thing. Easy buy for $6, IMO.

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neilfindswine


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...so much for "no wine Mondays".

'11 Wertzberger McDowell Valley/Mendocino Grenache.

(Bill Wertzberger is the interesting fellow who assistant winemakes Dan Teldeschi's wines).

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tytiger58


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neilfindswine wrote:...so much for "no wine Mondays".

'11 Wertzberger McDowell Valley/Mendocino Grenache.

(Bill Wertzberger is the interesting fellow who assistant winemakes Dan Teldeschi's wines).



Never heard of no wine Monday??

2011 Ceritas Costalina pinot.

Started singing in hour 3

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neilfindswine


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tytiger58 wrote:Never heard of no wine Monday??



Yeah, it's quickly joined the ranks of unicorns, leprechauns, sasquatch and the tooth fairy; rumors abound but doesn't seem to really exist. Maybe next Monday.

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jmdavidson


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neilfindswine wrote:...so much for "no wine Mondays".


We open a bottle every night. We're just trying to support the wine industry and seem to be succeeding.
Tonight: 2005 White Rock Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Laureate

neilfindswine


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jmdavidson wrote:We open a bottle every night. We're just trying to support the wine industry and seem to be succeeding.



...the wine industry is most appreciative... at least in my office. Sadly, my better half doesn't partake, so I sometimes struggle with opening a bottle on a early weeknight. And I'm trying to slim down with swimsuit weather around the corner. Apparently wine contains 'empty calories'.

I may have to go 'retro' this swim season

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rjquillin


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neilfindswine wrote:...the wine industry is most appreciative... at least in my office. Sadly, my better half doesn't partake, so I sometimes struggle with opening a bottle on a early weeknight. And I'm trying to slim down with swimsuit weather around the corner. Apparently wine contains 'empty calories'.

I may have to go 'retro' this swim season

Vertical strips will do more good then.

CT

neilfindswine


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rjquillin wrote:Vertical strips will do more good then.



point taken.

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tytiger58


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jmdavidson wrote:We open a bottle every night. We're just trying to support the wine industry and seem to be succeeding.
Tonight: 2005 White Rock Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Laureate



Not to mention your keeping the economy rolling and people working..well done!

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chipgreen


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2008 Pacific Wine Works Gewurztraminer

redwinefan


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neilfindswine wrote:. Apparently wine contains 'empty calories'.



Eat less food, drink more wine. Problem solved.

I'm drinking a 2008 Tercero Cuvee Loco tonight.

"You need to invest in a corkscrew. Wine is for drinking." -- Peter Wellington

cortot20


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kylemittskus wrote:Going back for 3+ more. Drinks at twice its price. French-style (duh! it is French). Completely dry, could use a bit more acid but nice, a hint of tannin at the end. Watermelon jolly rancher, strawberry, and almost a vegetal/methol thing. Easy buy for $6, IMO.



I'll have to check it out. I saw it in the store a week or two ago and I was wary at that price point.

CT

bsevern


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2004 Château d'Arricau-Bordes - Madiran.

Very interesting, big wine, lots of juicy tannins, dark fruit, well balanced, mostly made from the tannat grape.

ddeuddeg


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UBlink wrote:2004 Astrale e Terra Estate Syrah. Amazed at the fruit that is still there. Es bueno.

Scott sure does great things with mountain fruit. Sadly, that association is likely about to end, as I understand the property is for sale. If I could afford the reputed $7M price tag, I'd but it and turn over every aspect of the winemaking to him.

"Always keep a bottle of Champagne in the fridge for special occasions. Sometimes the special occasion is that you've got a bottle of Champagne in the fridge". - Hester Browne


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loveladyelectric


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I'm going to try one of the four 2011 Halcon Esquisto GSM that I bought from LB. Hopefully they're drinking good already.

kylemittskus


quality posts: 231 Private Messages kylemittskus
loveladyelectric wrote:I'm going to try one of the four 2011 Halcon Esquisto GSM that I bought from LB. Hopefully they're drinking good already.



Please post notes. I won't open mine for a couple years, but I want to know what I'm getting.

"If drinking is bitter, change yourself to wine." -Rainer Maria Rilke

"Champagne is a very kind and friendly thing on a rainy night." -Isak Dinesen

tdedek


quality posts: 4 Private Messages tdedek

Finally getting some spring weather...

2012 Domaine de Triennes Vin de Pays du Var Rosé

moondigger


quality posts: 11 Private Messages moondigger

2010 Project Paso Red Blend (Day 2)

kylemittskus


quality posts: 231 Private Messages kylemittskus

2009 Rock Wall Wine Co. Zin Sonoma County (thanks to tyger)

"If drinking is bitter, change yourself to wine." -Rainer Maria Rilke

"Champagne is a very kind and friendly thing on a rainy night." -Isak Dinesen

jmdavidson


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kylemittskus wrote:2009 Rock Wall Wine Co. Zin Sonoma County (thanks to tyger)


Any tasting notes?

kylemittskus


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jmdavidson wrote:Any tasting notes?



Quite sweet for my palate. Red fruits, pepper, mild tannin. It's actually very similar to SH's Old Vine Zin except even more sweet on the palate.

"If drinking is bitter, change yourself to wine." -Rainer Maria Rilke

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jmdavidson


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kylemittskus wrote:Quite sweet for my palate. Red fruits, pepper, mild tannin. It's actually very similar to SH's Old Vine Zin except even more sweet on the palate.



Thanks.

rjquillin


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2011 Wellington Sonoma Valley Sauvignon Blanc
and still working on that
2001 Ty Merlot
Ar rules, this hasn't changed a bit since I pulled the cork weeks ago.

CT

UBlink


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Buena Vista 2011 Carneros Pinot Gris. Nice pairing with some spicy Thai.

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neilfindswine


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'11 Sojourn Cellars Campbell Ranch Pinot

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cmaldoon


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2007 McLean Syrah

Still love this stuff. So different. Such a great acidity, meatiness, and coffee

2014 - 20 Btl. Fjellene (10 bot), Urraca Chard (10 bot)
Last purchase: 5/3/14

2013 - 75 btl. 2012 - 98 btl. 2011 - 112 btl. 2010 - 30 btl.
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chemvictim


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Oppressive budget and cheapass wine...year...continues. Fetzer cabernet, pleasant enough, don't judge me.

cmaldoon


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chemvictim wrote:Oppressive budget and cheapass wine...year...continues. Fetzer cabernet, pleasant enough, don't judge me.



May we feel sorry for you? Actually Fetzer makes a perfectly palatable Gewürztraminer. Never tried their cab.

2014 - 20 Btl. Fjellene (10 bot), Urraca Chard (10 bot)
Last purchase: 5/3/14

2013 - 75 btl. 2012 - 98 btl. 2011 - 112 btl. 2010 - 30 btl.
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klezman


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neilfindswine wrote:'11 Sojourn Cellars Campbell Ranch Pinot



A little on the young side? Or are these wines meant for early drinking? I got a couple Sojourns during Berserker Day...

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kylemittskus


quality posts: 231 Private Messages kylemittskus
klezman wrote:A little on the young side? Or are these wines meant for early drinking? I got a couple Sojourns during Berserker Day...



Young but likely drinking nicely. Hoping this is a clue as to what's to come... but hopefully they come in a few weeks.

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chemvictim


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cmaldoon wrote:May we feel sorry for you? Actually Fetzer makes a perfectly palatable Gewürztraminer. Never tried their cab.



I used to love the Gewurtz but lately I'm finding it too sweet. I don't know if the wine changed or I did.

My grocery store adventures lately have given me some decent $5 wines - I liked the Gnarly Head merlot and Mondavi cab, but then I'm not a big cab drinker so I'm not evaluating it by any sort of cabernet standard. What I'm looking for is an inoffensive table wine for every day, and it's working out okay.

I'm still happy about the $3.50 Chandon sparklers I got the other day. Not my favorite California sparklers but again, not offensive.

chemvictim


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oops

tdedek


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kylemittskus wrote:Young but likely drinking nicely. Hoping this is a clue as to what's to come... but hopefully they come in a few weeks.



Would be great to have them here...

bsevern


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neilfindswine wrote:'11 Sojourn Cellars Campbell Ranch Pinot



Never had a Sojourn that I can recall, how was this???

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bsevern wrote:Never had a Sojourn that I can recall, how was this???



Nice wine (admittedly, I'm a fan of their wines and a friend of the proprietors and winemakers). Young, vibrant wine. Lots of fruit, good acidity and like all of their wines, nice texture/mouthfeel.

Again, a young one, but it was a nice, 'drink now' pinot. Some of their other offerings- Gaps Crown Vineyard, Sangiacomo and Rogers Creek are the more age-able ones, IMHO.

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kylemittskus


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neilfindswine wrote:Nice wine (admittedly, I'm a fan of their wines and a friend of the proprietors and winemakers). Young, vibrant wine. Lots of fruit, good acidity and like all of their wines, nice texture/mouthfeel.

Again, a young one, but it was a nice, 'drink now' pinot. Some of their other offerings- Gaps Crown Vineyard, Sangiacomo and Rogers Creek are the more age-able ones, IMHO.



Time to start pushing those friendships... get 'em on wine.woot!!!

"If drinking is bitter, change yourself to wine." -Rainer Maria Rilke

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redwinefan


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neilfindswine wrote:Nice wine (admittedly, I'm a fan of their wines and a friend of the proprietors and winemakers). Young, vibrant wine. Lots of fruit, good acidity and like all of their wines, nice texture/mouthfeel.

Again, a young one, but it was a nice, 'drink now' pinot. Some of their other offerings- Gaps Crown Vineyard, Sangiacomo and Rogers Creek are the more age-able ones, IMHO.



Sojourn is great juice. Can't wait to crack into the bottles I got from them during Beserker Day.

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loveladyelectric


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kylemittskus wrote:Please post notes. I won't open mine for a couple years, but I want to know what I'm getting.



It was good, but I wasn't crazy about it. I loved the 2010 Halcon syrah, and this definitely had similar characteristics, but the fruit was more closed off. It had a great wet stone minerality that I get from the syrah, but the mourvedre and grenache had little to add.

All this being said, I prefer grenache and syrah single varietal wines over GSM blends 90% of the time.