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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz

GTi - It's back!! - Cabernet Sauvignon - 4/12/2010 - 4/25/2010

Posted by Gregory Dal Piaz, Apr 12, 2010.

It's time again to focus and share our collective thoughts on wine. I'm re-kicking off the GTi program with a Cabernet Sauvignon theme, right now.

 

I'm going to add a wine a day to this thread and you should to, within reason.

 

So ready, steady, go!

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 12, 2010.

Great idea, Greg, but any way to extend the length of each GTI, and make it, say, a month rather than two weeks? During any monthly period I'm sure we all have times where other commitments keep us from participating, so two weeks could end up being totally blacked out. I remember that happened to me both times you had one after I joined last year. Not as likely over the course of an entire month, though.

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Reply by penguinoid, Apr 12, 2010.

Agreed, a good idea. I don't have any Cabernet Sauvignon lying around at the moment, so I'll have to go look for some. I assume Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends are okay too?

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 12, 2010.

And can we hope that the GTI threads stay in the forum, and not disappear into back-article databank oblivion? I think one issue Snooth needs to deal with intelligently to ensure intellectual effort and social linking not just be dissipated, is how to link the articles back into the forum. But that's a subject for another thread...

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Apr 13, 2010.

OK, good idea Dm.

Let's make them month long forrays, I won't be able to post a bottle a day for something like this but for everyone else it does make so much more sense.

 

And yes Peng, particulalry in loight of the extended length of time this will run for let's open it up to all sorts of Cabernet based blends.

 

Looks like we'll be wrapping this up on Mother's Day then, Sunday May 9th.

 

If anyone is in NYC and interested in some festivization just prior to the wrap up, I can put togehter a tasting of 1979 California Cabernet from Magnums that would be fun! Or for a smaller group a verticle of Caymus Cabernet from 1975-1984 should we need less wine.

 

Plenty of time to plan but something to think about!

 

 

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 13, 2010.

Nice tasting themes. Wish I was in NYC...

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Reply by jamessulis, Apr 13, 2010.

The world is full of acronyms OK, but I would love to know what GTi stands for?  RSVP

TYVM

Lefty Great Pacific Northwest

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Apr 13, 2010.

Global Tasting initiative

 

 

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Reply by penguinoid, Apr 13, 2010.

Okay, glad to hear that blends are okay. I saw an interesting Spanish Cabernet Sauvignon (85%)/Tempranillo (15%) blend yesterday, I'll have to go back and get a bottle of that. I also noticed that I have a 2002 De Bortoli Sacred Hill Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot that I was given late last year. Not sure how well it will have lasted, but anyway...

BTW (by the way), I think that TLAs (three letter acronyms) are great ;-)

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 13, 2010.

Who did that cab/temp blend? I might be able to save you some trouble... ;-(

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Reply by penguinoid, Apr 13, 2010.

From memory, it's a 2004 Torres Gran Corona Cabernet Sauvignon. Front label doesn't mention the use of Tempranillo, but the back label does.

Are there any in particular you would avoid?

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 13, 2010.

Not either of the sad versions of that blend I've had in the past month, so buy away... ;-)

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Reply by penguinoid, Apr 14, 2010.

Okay, thanks. I'd not seen this particular blend before, so it'll be interesting to try out...

BTW, what were the ones you had that were no good?

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Reply by rhill2990, Apr 15, 2010.

I am going to add my favorite Cabernet at present.  It is The Colonial Estate Etranger 2006. It is a Barossa Valley (Australia) product.  I like this wine for several reason's including it's cost.  It is reasonable enough to be an "everyday" wine selection. I also like the smooth tannins.  This is my idea of a good Cabernet. 

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Apr 15, 2010.

We followed up our first Cab with a test. The 2006 Emblem Oso Vineyard out of mag. I had a magnum that was already leaking and needed to find out why.

 

The cork in this mag was simply too small for the bottle neck, an issue with some of these wines evidentaly.

 

Anyway, the wine, while more advanced than out of a 750 was close to what i remembered. My co-workers were a bit underwhelmed, but they finished off that mag when sometimes we have dregs from a 750!

 

That's what I'm talking about!

 

This is great cab in that it smells like cab with a subtle underlay of herb and chili buttressed by oaken spice. In the mouth it's a bit lean, fresh, and crisp with well measured tannins and that earthily tinged fruit that comes from Howell Mountain. I still love this wine. It's balanced, typical, and so damn drinkable!

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Reply by penguinoid, Apr 15, 2010.

I'd be interested to see tasting notes for the Colonial Estate Etranger 2006. Cabernet Sauvignon from the Barossa can be pretty good or fairly indifferent. I guess it depends where abouts in the valley it's grown. Rockford also make good Cabernet Sauvignon, as does Peter Lehmann.

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Reply by cigarman168, Apr 15, 2010.

So GTi hv to talk about wine of Cab drinking this month?

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Reply by rhill2990, Apr 16, 2010.

I connected with The Colonial Estate Etranger 2006 through Wine Library.  They may have some tasting notes out there if they are still selling this, I think it's probably still in stock.  I guess I should add a caution that I like fruit forward styles of wine with smoother tannins.  I do not like to feel like my tongue is dry after drinking.  My tasting notes suck, as I just do not taste all of the flavors that others seem to detect.

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 16, 2010.

rhill, no need to be bashful. None of us are writing Nobel award-winning literature. My descriptions have evolved over the course of my year on this forum as I've taken the time to write about the setting where I have the wine (e.g. food involved) and impressions from the wine itself and info about its background. These are all part of the gestalt of wine degustation for me, and I assume others, too. Take the time to tell us in your own words what you are feeling, liking, not liking and so forth about the wine and I'm sure you'll be able to communicate your experience to us pretty well....

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Apr 18, 2010.

I had a Palouse Winery 2007 Cab last weekend that I really liked.  Here are my tasting notes.  I purchased this for $29 at the winery.

Deep purple color with black cherry and mineral nose with some hints of black pepper. The palate is black cherry, cola, pepper and cedar that leads to a long subtly floral finish. Pepper spice is accentuated when paired with marinara sauce.

I gave this one 3 1/2 glasses, link to my review.

 

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Reply by wlstiles3, Apr 18, 2010.

Had the Cellar No. 8, 2007 Cab with a nice sea salt, peppercorn encrusted KC Strip. Was a nice pairing.  Wine had nice dark cherry, currant opening, also had a little spice working in and a tincture of smoke.  It had nice balance.  3 glasses.  

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