losthighwayz


quality posts: 61 Private Messages losthighwayz

2009 Wilson Jaxon ZinfAndel. Wilson is my favorite Dry Creek Valley producer of New World, in your face, fruit bomb Zinfandels, albeit a bit too expensive.

"The older I get the better I was"

noslensj


quality posts: 43 Private Messages noslensj

2008 Facelli Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Dionysus Vineyard. Delightfult cabernet from a small Washington producer.

cmaldoon


quality posts: 62 Private Messages cmaldoon
tytiger58 wrote:It smells like Cabernet tastes like Classic Cabernet very pure fruit and delicious! The tannins are strong and exceptional acid right now, for me I think it will be perfect in a couple more years, as some might know I am not a fan of fully resolved tannins in well aged cabs, I like some grip but I think this will go the distance if that is what you want.

Oh and to answer your question it is fantastic and by far the best buy lot18 ever had..imho



It sounds fantastic and right up my alley. I too enjoy some real texture to my wine.

How would you describe the tannins right now? Hard, dry, round, or chalky? Tons, lots, some, or a hint?

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.
My Cellar

tytiger58


quality posts: 74 Private Messages tytiger58
cmaldoon wrote:It sounds fantastic and right up my alley. I too enjoy some real texture to my wine.

How would you describe the tannins right now? Hard, dry, round, or chalky? Tons, lots, some, or a hint?



How about tons of drying tannins but not impenetrable (does that make sense?)

The tannin structure reminds me of the last time I had the 06 SRT, a wine I believe you like as much as I do?? It seem to me to be just a year or two out. And don't forget to throw in a nice two inch thick ribeye cooked rare to pair it with

What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch? ~ W. C. Fields

“Freedom is something that dies unless it's used” Hunter S Thompson




bsevern


quality posts: 110 Private Messages bsevern

Trying to tune up my palate for the upcoming NorCal Cab Franc tasting party, so I cracked open a bottle of 2001 Moon Mountain Vineyard Estate Grown Cabernet Franc.

My experience with Cab Franc is limited, but this isn't bad at all.

Long, slow developing large legs, dark garnet in color. Spicy clove, raspberry, tobacco leaf, and a green herbal element on the nose. Round, full mouth fill with a dusty chalk component. Chocolate covered raspberry, and slightly tart cranberries, still has a nice tannin structure, with a long slightly tart finish. Interesting wine!

I was concerned that this 2001 bottle would be over the hill, but I must say it's quite a nice surprise, alive and well, drinking far beyond Invino's fire sale prices!

moondigger


quality posts: 11 Private Messages moondigger

2009 Hesketh Cruel Intentions Shiraz

Recommended by a wine shop employee as a great bargain. Said wine shop employee usually does pretty well with recommendations I will like.

Not this time. I want my $7 back.

losthighwayz


quality posts: 61 Private Messages losthighwayz

Banned in 'Bama, baby!

"The older I get the better I was"

jmdavidson


quality posts: 58 Private Messages jmdavidson

2006 Spelletich Cellars Reserve Merlot. Out of the bottle...not too good. Will let it decant for a while however, before I pass judgment on it.

richardhod


quality posts: 261 Private Messages richardhod

Gigondas, Chapoutier 2007. Very good S Rhone indeed. The nose is dustily exquisite.

tytiger58


quality posts: 74 Private Messages tytiger58

2010 Drew Family Cellars Pinot Noir Talfryn & Calder

What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch? ~ W. C. Fields

“Freedom is something that dies unless it's used” Hunter S Thompson




bsevern


quality posts: 110 Private Messages bsevern

Hmmm...a good pinot or this 1995 Pine Ridge Merlot sitting on my counter....

klezman


quality posts: 129 Private Messages klezman
bsevern wrote:Hmmm...a good pinot or this 1995 Pine Ridge Merlot sitting on my counter....



Now if that latter was a sampler bottle....oh dear...

Tonight was a bottle of 2011 Merlot from Lodi - much more balanced and nicely ripe (not overripe) than most! Then the first half of my last bottle of 1999 Arcturus.

2014: 42 bottles. Last wine.woot: 2012 Iron Horse Estate Chardonnay
2013: 66 bottles, 2012: 91 bottles, 2011: 92 bottles, 2010: 74 bottles, 2009: 30 bottles, 2008: 3 bottles My CT

bsevern


quality posts: 110 Private Messages bsevern
klezman wrote:Now if that latter was a sampler bottle....oh dear...
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Nope not a sampler(???). It's a 750ML bottle of 1995 Pine Ridge Crimson Creek Merlot, which appears to be the first vintage of this single vineyard bottling. I've heard that Pine Ridge wines typically age pretty well.

I ended up cracking open a bottle of 2003 Domaine Carneros Famous Gate Pinot Noir. Once it opened up, it was excellent, still lots of fruit, nice complexity, age has done it well.

bdlsmoran


quality posts: 2 Private Messages bdlsmoran

Advice needed for a dinner party not necessarily tonight but coming soon
Here is the scenario: My parents are celebrating their 49th wedding anniversary. The restaurant allows corkage and I am in charge of wine. It is at the beach so the restaurant is heavy on seafood but there will be some meat eaters too. My family are not wine snobs but there are some educated palates. There will be 10 adults drinking, averaging five glasses per bottle.
Here is what I am thinking:
• Main drinking wine 2011 Domaine de la Vauvise Sancerre (everyone like SB)
• 2 bottles of 2010 Domaine Leflaive Mâcon-Verzé, bit of a homage to my father who no longer drinks but white burgundy was one of his favorite wines
My challenge is red. I need a crowd pleaser but not something that will overpower the meal.
The options are (keeping in mind these will be PNP):
• 2007 ÀMaurice Cellars Syrah
• 2005 Renard Tres Niños (leaning toward this)
• 2007 ÀMaurice Cellars Red Blend
• 2010 Luminous Hills Pinot Noir Estate Grown
• 2006 Ty Caton TyTanium Caton Vineyard (worried this may need too much time breathe)
• 2010 Truchard Pinot Noir

Your thoughts and opinions are welcomed.

kylemittskus


quality posts: 231 Private Messages kylemittskus
bdlsmoran wrote:• 2005 Renard Tres Niños (leaning toward this)



For PnP purposes, this is the only one I'd feel comfortable with.

"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

cortot20


quality posts: 158 Private Messages cortot20

Last night a cooked bottle of 2009 Kent Rasmussen Petite Sirah Esoterica Chavez-Leeds Vineyard

Tonight Sam Adams Baltic IPA.

CT

kylemittskus


quality posts: 231 Private Messages kylemittskus

Is that the dark IPA of the pack, Cory?

Tonight: Cote de Provence rose (Trader Joe's) after a LONG da with Emers.

"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

cortot20


quality posts: 158 Private Messages cortot20
kylemittskus wrote:Is that the dark IPA of the pack, Cory?

Tonight: Cote de Provence rose (Trader Joe's) after a LONG da with Emers.



It is. It's like a hoppy porter. Definitely odd but not bad.

CT

jmdavidson


quality posts: 58 Private Messages jmdavidson
jmdavidson wrote:2006 Spelletich Cellars Reserve Merlot. Out of the bottle...not too good. Will let it decant for a while however, before I pass judgment on it.



Recorked it and put it back in the cellar. Day 2: tannins are starting to soften, but this is still a tight beast. Flavor profile is starting to improve. Could be it's one of those wines needing 3 days to open up, or just keep it in the cellar for a few more years.

cmaldoon


quality posts: 62 Private Messages cmaldoon
bdlsmoran wrote:
My challenge is red. I need a crowd pleaser but not something that will overpower the meal.
The options are:
• 2007 ÀMaurice Cellars Red Blend

Your thoughts and opinions are welcomed.



The Horiuchi is a very dark, brooding wine last time I had it. It is more of a sipping than dinner wine. very good but I think it will run foul of both your pop and pour as well as your overpowering restrictions.

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.
My Cellar

cmaldoon


quality posts: 62 Private Messages cmaldoon

Tonight:
Friends home made chard: been in the fridge a few days, lost its pleasantness from before.

White cottage ranch 2009 Risa Cabernet: Corked, requested a refund from WTSO

McClean 2005 Syrah: Ah! Just what the doctor ordered. Aromas of dark berries, cedar, and strangely, peppermint. Palate of those dark berries fronted by good acidity, a bit of tobacco and chocolate leading into an espresso finish. I love this stuff!

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.
My Cellar

rjquillin


quality posts: 182 Private Messages rjquillin
cmaldoon wrote:
White cottage ranch 2009 Risa Cabernet: Corked, requested a refund from WTSO

I grabbed some of these as well. Is this your only bad bottle so far?

CT

moondigger


quality posts: 11 Private Messages moondigger
cmaldoon wrote:McClean 2005 Syrah: Ah! Just what the doctor ordered. Aromas of dark berries, cedar, and strangely, peppermint. Palate of those dark berries fronted by good acidity, a bit of tobacco and chocolate leading into an espresso finish. I love this stuff!


This wine is so good. I had a hard time convincing myself not to open a bottle from my recently-received shipment tonight.

bsevern


quality posts: 110 Private Messages bsevern

2011 Nicholson Jones Sauvignon Blanc , Napa Valley.

I was hesitant to try this as I'm typically not a fan of Napa Sauvignon Blanc's, which typically are grapefruit/grass bombs (good if that's your thing), but the LB writeup on this painted it more with a crisp stone fruit profile, and it's very good. Enjoying it with some home made spicy guacamole and it's standing up beautifully.

losthighwayz


quality posts: 61 Private Messages losthighwayz
rjquillin wrote:I grabbed some of these as well. Is this your only bad bottle so far?



I've had three, none corked.

"The older I get the better I was"

cmaldoon


quality posts: 62 Private Messages cmaldoon
rjquillin wrote:I grabbed some of these as well. Is this your only bad bottle so far?



I've Had 1 good and 1 bad thus far with 2 remaining. The one I had was decent but not nearly as good as their estate which I had a bottle of on Sunday. Given their estate is $45 on sale and the risa was $19.

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.
My Cellar

bdlsmoran


quality posts: 2 Private Messages bdlsmoran
kylemittskus wrote:For PnP purposes, this is the only one I'd feel comfortable with.



Thanks kylemittskus

kylemittskus


quality posts: 231 Private Messages kylemittskus

Stone IPA

"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

cortot20


quality posts: 158 Private Messages cortot20

Fridays offer and so far it's pretty yummy.

CT

North316


quality posts: 107 Private Messages North316

2007 Lang Zinfindel

My CT
"Trust your homies on the net", Clark Smith.
R.I.P. Inkycatz - Feb. 2013

cmaldoon


quality posts: 62 Private Messages cmaldoon

2006 Ardente Cab

Way too damned young!!!

Like licking a cherry flavored slab of slate, texture and all!

It is still quite good but WOW infanticide.

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.
My Cellar

klezman


quality posts: 129 Private Messages klezman

2009 Red Zeppelin Petite Sirah. Surprisingly happy and not such a baby. Nicely done by Stillman.

2014: 42 bottles. Last wine.woot: 2012 Iron Horse Estate Chardonnay
2013: 66 bottles, 2012: 91 bottles, 2011: 92 bottles, 2010: 74 bottles, 2009: 30 bottles, 2008: 3 bottles My CT

bsevern


quality posts: 110 Private Messages bsevern

2010 Pine Ridge Carneros Chardonnay - Definitely oaked, but not bad.

tdedek


quality posts: 4 Private Messages tdedek

2011 Donelan Nancie Chardonnay

This is the project Joe Donelan moved on to after parting ways with Pax Mahle (Pax Wine Cellars). I've heard good things, hope to experience the same. If the wine is as good as their customer service, I should be in good shape.

North316


quality posts: 107 Private Messages North316

Tonight will be Gatorade and water. Softball night FTW.

My CT
"Trust your homies on the net", Clark Smith.
R.I.P. Inkycatz - Feb. 2013

jcarlton03


quality posts: 6 Private Messages jcarlton03
North316 wrote:Tonight will be Gatorade and water. Softball night FTW.



I am a bourbon and ginger guy on softball nights.... To each his own.

It's great to be a Florida Gator!

losthighwayz


quality posts: 61 Private Messages losthighwayz

2008 Core Grenache Reserve

"The older I get the better I was"

tytiger58


quality posts: 74 Private Messages tytiger58

2001 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon The Montelena Estate

I love budget busting Thursdays

What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch? ~ W. C. Fields

“Freedom is something that dies unless it's used” Hunter S Thompson




jmdavidson


quality posts: 58 Private Messages jmdavidson

2007 I Giusti & Zanza Dulcamara Toscana IGT

bsevern


quality posts: 110 Private Messages bsevern

2004 Domaine de l'Hortus Coteaux du Languedoc Clos du Prieur.

Nicely aged Rhone red blend. Some funk, earth, raspberries on the nose. Leather, red current, spice, medium finish. Went well with homemade spicy turkey burritos