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Snooth User: outthere

I hate to rub it in...

Posted by outthere, Apr 26, 2012.

Nah, not really. I kinda like it. ;-)

Life is good here in Sonoma County. I took half the day off today to drive over to Carneros for a 2011 syrah barrel tasting from 8 different winemakers who source their fruit from Las Madres Vineyards. The vineyard hosted the tasting and made all of us feel right at home.

 

Aside from the beautiful setting we got to taste through the samples,

 

From smalll production artisan labels:

  • Apsara
  • Eric Kent
  • Myriad
  • Vanité
  • Orin Swift - well, not all small production
  • Lois Rae
  • VIE
  • Quivet

We also had a selection of library wines from the vineyard from the likes of:

  • Nicholson Ranch
  • Eno
  • Las Madres
  • Myriad
  • Apsara
  • VIE
  • Lois Rae

Before diving into a spectacular lunch.

 

I could think of way worse ways to spend a Wednesday afternoon. Cheers!

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 26, 2012.

Quit rubbin' it in....   ;-)

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Apr 26, 2012.

Wow, that looks great!

So, how were the wines? What library vintage were poured?

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Reply by outthere, Apr 26, 2012.

The barrel samples were obviously all 2011 Syrah.

The library wines were:

  • 04 Nicholson Ranch "Cosentido"
  • 04 Nicholson Ranch Las Madres
  • 05 Nicholson Ranch Las Madres
  • 06 Eno "In Your Own Time"
  • 02 Las Madres Syrah (Johns homemade label)
  • 06 Myriad Las Madres
  • 08 Apsara
  • 10 Vanite
  • 10 Lois Rae

My notes

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Reply by JonDerry, Apr 26, 2012.

Very nice, this is a good motivator for me...looking forward to that kind of weekday life style some day.

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Reply by spikedc, Apr 26, 2012.

If only !,

Food looks good to, what was it ?

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Reply by EMark, Apr 26, 2012.

That looks awesome.  How very cool.

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Reply by outthere, Apr 26, 2012.

Food looks good to, what was it ?

Braised short ribs topped with orange zest, shaved parmesan and cilantro.Serrved over fusilli pasta. Such a great paring for the savory wines.

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Reply by lakenvelder, Apr 26, 2012.

Wow! That looks  really good. 

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Reply by Craig Bilodeau, Apr 26, 2012.

And I am here in Texas why?...

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Apr 26, 2012.

So, Craig, I was thinking of suggesting you not build the wine cellar and just move to someplace with a climate that's mild, like the Bay Area, and get one of those rare homes with a basement, or a partial like I have.  Now there's another reason to put Texas in your rearview mirror (and not return, as Mac Davis said he would--notice how that didn't really happen?).

outthere, enjoyed the tasting notes.  In those hot years, maybe a Syrah Port would be more in order to go with that Vanilla ice cream, or a cheese course.  Those olive/meaty/violet combos are what get me going in Syrah, with the fruit just behind it.  Best Syrahs I've had from Napa tended to be from Carneros, and make me think the growers should tear up some of the PN and replace it with Syrah. PNs from the Truchard vineyards have usually not impressed me the way Syrahs from their grapes have, which is the only direct comparison for a vineyard that I can think of and have had.  Congrats on getting an invite to such a winner of an event.  Thanks for sharing it here.  Even if it is rubbing our noses in it.

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Reply by Craig Bilodeau, Apr 26, 2012.

Foxall - When compared to selling my house and moving to CA, suddenly the building of my own wine cellar sounds extremely affordable and effortless, though in the end, I would still be here in TX.  :-/  Believe me, I have considered moving to a climate that is little more to my liking, which is why I was thinking about the Northwest Territories.  I have young teenage daughters and they could flirt with the elk all they like...  Seriously though, I am originally from Maine, so was looking to get back up to New England.  Its where my heart lies.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Apr 26, 2012.

ME ain't TX, lucky for it, but it's still too far from the vines for me. But the wild blueberries, can't beat those.  And the blackflies and mosquitoes, pretty much in a class of their own, too.

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Reply by Craig Bilodeau, Apr 26, 2012.

Yes, blackfly season... I had conveniently forgotten all about that!  Late spring/early summer when the sun goes down, don't be caught outdoors...

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Apr 26, 2012.

No blackflies and hardly any mosquitoes here in CA, at least near the coast.  No snow to shovel.  You can surf in the morning and drive to Tahoe and ski in the afternoon, if you're more than usually ambitious.  As we've discussed, passive cellaring is possible.  40 minutes to Napa from my house if I get up early.  Not a lot more to Sonoma wine country.  

So a two bedroom/two bath cottage like mine goes for $600k.  Still sounds cheap for what I get. Other problems, sure, but what place doesn't have 'em?  Might be why my parents, my sister and I, after living in just about every area of the country, all wound up back here when we were in control of our own destinies.

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 26, 2012.

Plenty of mozzies (you can tell I spent too much time dodging the divebombing female monsters down in Oz and SE Asia) in the Sierras unless you stay only in the sanitized resort areas of Tahoe, even if none on the coast. Very little mildew and mold, too, as I've discovered compared to most anywhere else in the world (one reason why Japan has never done well in vini-viticulture). Other than in old urban areas almost no palmetto bugs, and those cute baby-dwarf ants seem almost like a pest in sunny CA climes, since there are so few others. Etc., etc., though you might lose a pet to a coyote if you're not careful. Since I was born in Berkeley, perhaps this old salmon may end up swimming upstream at some point. Have been resisting it to the best of me, even if most of the rest of my family is in the East Bay.

And that braggard outthere has pointed to some of the pleasures of the flesh in Sonoma--though the cynic in me can't help but wonder about syrahs that stand up to orange slices!  ;-)

Craig, just settle in B.C. instead of NW Territories. Pulchritudes of wine there, and access to other examples of civilization when you want it....

 

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Reply by outthere, Apr 26, 2012.

Orange slices intermingled with roasted red beets which balanced out the citric acid. You're just jealous. ;-)

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 26, 2012.

Well of the beets, anyway.  ;-)  

Almost impossible to get good versions in Japan. Seems, though they're great (if pricey) with so much agriculture, that a few things Californians take for granted haven't made it easily across the Pacific. In my personal experience, the crazily broad CA cornucopia of agricultural bounty is unique worldwide.

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Reply by outthere, Apr 26, 2012.

I guess we are blessed here. Being a Bay Area native I really don't know anything else. It's always been this way and I bet most of us don't realize how good we have it.

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Reply by JonDerry, Apr 27, 2012.

Yeah, that's a good point. I hear it's tough in Singapore as far as natural resources go.

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Reply by shsim, Apr 27, 2012.

Wow that looks great! How did you like the wines?

JonDerry, Singapore imports everything. Much of their produce comes from Malaysia. They have a land problem too obviously but they are still doing great!

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