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Chateau d'Abalone Verdejo (4) & Shell

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Cesare


quality posts: 1614 Private Messages Cesare

Chateau d'Abalone Verdejo 4-Pack + an Abalone Shell
$59.99 $115.00 48% off List Price
2013 Chateau Abalone Verdejo
CT link above

Winery website

Previous offer:
10/29/12 (2012)

-il Cesare
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rjquillin


quality posts: 173 Private Messages rjquillin

Yeah, 1st sucker.
This just drinks way too easily for my good, so better notes will have to come later, I have them; really. Big fruit, but the shell is small, really.

Tropical fruits, some citrus, touch of mineral. Very smooth entry but still got plenty of acid to make it food friendly. Opens with additional floral notes as it warms. Fruit from Twin Coyote vineyards I understand. Glass and steel, no wood, straight to bottle.

Buy this, SWMBO will approve.

Cesare, PM.

CT

cortot20


quality posts: 139 Private Messages cortot20
rjquillin wrote:Yeah, 1st sucker.
This just drinks way too easily for my good, so better notes will have to come later, I have them; really. Big fruit, but the shell is small, really.

Tropical fruits, some citrus, touch of mineral. Very smooth entry but still got plenty of acid to make it food friendly. Opens with additional floral notes as it warms. Fruit from Twin Coyote vineyards I understand. Glass and steel, no wood, straight to bottle.

Buy this, SWMBO will approve.



Would you recommend this is consumed using the shell or our more traditional stemware?

CT

rjquillin


quality posts: 173 Private Messages rjquillin
cortot20 wrote:Would you recommend this is consumed using the shell or our more traditional stemware?

The shell leaks from three holes, but you could rig some type of drip system and likely make Stillman proud.

CT

stillmanbrown


quality posts: 141 Private Messages stillmanbrown

Thanks! Yes, the shell is ornamental, but real purty. I suppose it could be used as an ashtray if you roll 'em small, but it's nobody's idea of a shot glass.

avontron


quality posts: 1 Private Messages avontron

I've never had this varietal and I'm wondering if it's flavor palate is anything like a pino gris or grenach blanc. I see it has sauv blanc in it, which I typically like, but the other two varietals I listed I can't stand for some reason, and I have tried a few of each.

stillmanbrown


quality posts: 141 Private Messages stillmanbrown
avontron wrote:I've never had this varietal and I'm wondering if it's flavor palate is anything like a pino gris or grenach blanc. I see it has sauv blanc in it, which I typically like, but the other two varietals I listed I can't stand for some reason, and I have tried a few of each.



It's 100% Verdejo - I blended some Sauvignon Blanc in last year, but not this year. Verdejo is more like Sauv Blanc or Albarino, i.e. bigger, than it is like Grenache Blanc or Pinot Gris, as a rule, but don't write the latter two off. It's not grassy, however.

avontron


quality posts: 1 Private Messages avontron
stillmanbrown wrote:It's 100% Verdejo - I blended some Sauvignon Blanc in last year, but not this year. Verdejo is more like Sauv Blanc or Albarino, i.e. bigger, than it is like Grenache Blanc or Pinot Gris, as a rule, but don't write the latter two off. It's not grassy, however.



It sounds like I could really enjoy this wine! Now, could you do me a favor and convince my wife that we have plenty of free space for wine, because I'd really love to try this ;)

MarkDaSpark


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Darn flying monkeys!! There I was, walking this painted road with my buds, Pinhead and Hairball, when this evil flying Woot Monkey flew down and dropped off a bottle of Stillman's CdA and an Abalone shell.

Luckily, I still had my trusty bottle opener, albeit a trifle rusty (luckily, a nearby oil can helped). Poured around 49° and continued tasting til warmer.

Notes of Lemon Grass wafted up from the glass upon pouring. Very nice nose on swirling, and a nice pale yellow color.

Some candied pear on tasting, and a very nice finish. Very similar to a Sauvignon Blanc, but not quite the same.

It went well with the Garlic Shrimp I had, but was also nice without food.

Two Thumbs up on the Sparky scale!


I found the Abalone shell a trifle dry and crunchy however.


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avontron


quality posts: 1 Private Messages avontron
MarkDaSpark wrote:
Notes of Lemon Grass wafted up from the glass upon pouring. Very nice nose on swirling, and a nice pale yellow color.



This sounds amazing, I love lemon grass!

Cesare


quality posts: 1614 Private Messages Cesare
stillmanbrown wrote:It's 100% Verdejo - I blended some Sauvignon Blanc in last year, but not this year. Verdejo is more like Sauv Blanc or Albarino, i.e. bigger, than it is like Grenache Blanc or Pinot Gris, as a rule, but don't write the latter two off. It's not grassy, however.



I heard this is from the Twin Coyote Vineyard. Was the 2012 also?

-il Cesare
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MarkDaSpark


quality posts: 181 Private Messages MarkDaSpark
avontron wrote:This sounds amazing, I love lemon grass!



It wasn't a heavy SB lemon grass, but a nice light aroma.


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stillmanbrown


quality posts: 141 Private Messages stillmanbrown
Cesare wrote:I heard this is from the Twin Coyote Vineyard. Was the 2012 also?



Yes, it's the only producing planting in the county, though I hear the Smiths(Saxum)have just put in some. There are also a few rows in Santa Barbara County.

ob1knob


quality posts: 0 Private Messages ob1knob

The 2012 version of this was great - I think I drank 2 full cases of it. Looking forward to trying this. I've yet to find a Stillman wine I didn't like.

stillmanbrown


quality posts: 141 Private Messages stillmanbrown
ob1knob wrote:The 2012 version of this was great - I think I drank 2 full cases of it. Looking forward to trying this. I've yet to find a Stillman wine I didn't like.



Thanks - don't look in my garage!

kccad


quality posts: 0 Private Messages kccad

Why dont you ship to kansas?? We had the voigner that was on woot and it was simply amazing, and it was shipped here...

I guess i will just have to find a friend in another state and take a roadtrip...

polarbear22


quality posts: 35 Private Messages polarbear22

Had a chance to taste this wine last night with some friends. We had this after a tasting at out local wine shop while waiting for dinner. So after 20+ wines, we were warmed up.

This was in the fridge until about 2 hours before we opened, so it still was at a nice chill.

This had a nice nose which was fresh and notes of tropical fruit and apple. The entry was similar to Sauvignon Blanc, but changed after that. We all noted some sweetness from the fruit in the middle and then a nice mineral finish. With the crisp finish, the sweetness is not RS. Overall, it was well liked and a unique wine for us. If not our first Verdejo, our second.

We discussed what it would pair well with. Fish and shrimp were the top suggestions. My suggestion of chicken was shot down. Due to the fruit in the middle, some dessert pairings like panne cotta were also mentioned.

As we finished up the bottle with some Honey BBQ wings, and vindication was mine. It paired very well. The acidity cut through the sweetness of the BBQ very well. Any hint of sweetness in the wine was gone, and it was crisp and mineral.

Another great wine from Stillman.

The shell makes a poor drinking vessel. It is very shallow and has too many holes. A waste of good wine. However, it is very colorful on both sides. We will find a place for it

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stillmanbrown


quality posts: 141 Private Messages stillmanbrown

Good morning, and thanks for the comments! I'll be here an hour or so, then off to press the '13 Pinot Noir, but once at the winery I can answer questions in minimal depth on my tiny, ancient iPhone 4.

exlaxer


quality posts: 0 Private Messages exlaxer

Cousin Swilly - what is the drinking window on these? Meaning, beyond October?

I hope you can sleep at night knowing that you just made me buy 3.

cortot20


quality posts: 139 Private Messages cortot20
stillmanbrown wrote:Good morning, and thanks for the comments! I'll be here an hour or so, then off to press the '13 Pinot Noir, but once at the winery I can answer questions in minimal depth on my tiny, ancient iPhone 4.



Stillman, having recently suffered an eye injury will the shell serve as an appropriate eye patch and if I drink enough of the wine will I appear to have two eyes again? I know your not a doctor but you know things.

CT

cortot20


quality posts: 139 Private Messages cortot20

Looking at the previous offer we are getting the extra bottle and shell for last years price. Woot! Woot!

CT

North316


quality posts: 107 Private Messages North316
cortot20 wrote:Looking at the previous offer we are getting the extra bottle and shell for last years price. Woot! Woot!



Was just about to mention this. Hopefully this is a trend that continues until I can buy wine again!

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rjquillin


quality posts: 173 Private Messages rjquillin
stillmanbrown wrote:Yes, it's the only producing planting in the county, though I hear the Smiths(Saxum)have just put in some. There are also a few rows in Santa Barbara County.

So if these are both from Twin Coyote, why not a vineyard designate?

CT

North316


quality posts: 107 Private Messages North316
rjquillin wrote:So if these are both from Twin Coyote, why not a vineyard designate?



I'm going to guess because Stillman doesn't like to clutter his labels. He doesn't even like labels to begin with.

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InFrom


quality posts: 31 Private Messages InFrom
North316 wrote:Was just about to mention this. Hopefully this is a trend that continues until I can buy wine again!

Another good trend is the prevalence of wineries that manage to find a way to accommodate Wooters in no-ship states -- maybe Stillman will want to get out ahead of the pack?

fredrinaldi


quality posts: 35 Private Messages fredrinaldi

think a cab guy would like this? is is real sweet?

MarkDaSpark


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fredrinaldi wrote:think a cab guy would like this? is is real sweet?



It's dry, not sweet at all. The acidity fools you into thinking that.


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Winedavid39


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stillmanbrown wrote:Thanks! Yes, the shell is ornamental, but real purty. I suppose it could be used as an ashtray if you roll 'em small, but it's nobody's idea of a shot glass.



Love Stillman.

AndDale2


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rjquillin wrote:The shell leaks from three holes, but you could rig some type of drip system and likely make Stillman proud.



AERATOR!!!!!!

Bione


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AndDale2 wrote:AERATOR!!!!!!



Now that is a post of high quality. I'm just extremely sad that shipping to NY still isn't possible (I know why - it just makes me sad). The abalone shell is an inspired inclusion, but I was rather looking forward to trying this oft-discussed, much-loved, dry white.

neilfindswine


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AndDale2 wrote:AERATOR!!!!!!



QUALITY.

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polarbear22


quality posts: 35 Private Messages polarbear22
fredrinaldi wrote:think a cab guy would like this? is is real sweet?


Agree with Sparky. It is not sweet, just the fruit coming through. So yes, I think you would like it, but would want to watch what you pair it with more.

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rjquillin


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fredrinaldi wrote:think a cab guy would like this? is is real sweet?

Totally dry, but the fruit ~may~ be perceived as a bit sweet. This has great acidity and balance, complex enough to ponder and just a pleasure to drink.

CT

fredrinaldi


quality posts: 35 Private Messages fredrinaldi

Thanks all for the reponses, trying to "expand" a bit, just might take a chance on this.
Have a good weekend all

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rjquillin


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fredrinaldi wrote:Thanks all for the reponses, trying to "expand" a bit, just might take a chance on this.
Have a good weekend all

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This is a historic day on Wine Woot

And the second event would be you actually showing up at a gathering, but you might just find out others you also like. Humm, could be expensive, better just play safe and stay away.

CT

neilfindswine


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fredrinaldi wrote:Thanks all for the reponses, trying to "expand" a bit, just might take a chance on this.
Have a good weekend all

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ddeuddeg


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FWIW, last week we had a bottle of what is likely a very similar wine from Spain, from a producer that concentrates on the local varietal, Verdejo. Lovely bright acidity, nice citrus nose and palate. Stillman is known for well-made wines. If his is as authentic in style as the comments suggest, I'd consider this a good opportunity to check out a really fine white wine. Wish I could get my hands on some to compare.

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stillmanbrown


quality posts: 141 Private Messages stillmanbrown
kccad wrote:Why dont you ship to kansas?? We had the voigner that was on woot and it was simply amazing, and it was shipped here...

I guess i will just have to find a friend in another state and take a roadtrip...



Did I say I didn't ship to Kansas? Ahem.

stillmanbrown


quality posts: 141 Private Messages stillmanbrown
rjquillin wrote:So if these are both from Twin Coyote, why not a vineyard designate?



First vintage had some SB in it that wasn't from Twin Coyote, over 5% (vineyard designate is 95%). And the label was approved even though TTB doesn't list Verdejo as an 'approved' variety yet. If I only change the vintage and the alcohol % (and that alcohol % is in the same tax class, in this case 11-14%) I don't have to resubmit the label to them. And they were running slow even before the COMPLETE SHUTDOWN OF ALL GOVERNMENT SERVICES this week.