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Snooth User: outthere

I hate to rub it in...

Original post 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 zufrieden, Apr 27, 2012.

So Craig, (light-heartedly)  thinking of relocating to the NWT, eh? That must be a fantasy brought on by August heatwaves in the Staked Plains. I think this desire is something akin to counter-irritation theory if your desire originates in TX.  Intriguing idea, though.  Just be sure to bring along insurance for your wine in case your heating should fail somewhere between mid-October and Mid- April...

I enjoyed that reference. Cheers!

Reply by Richard Foxall, May 1, 2012.

outthere, couldn't have said it better myself.  We just kind of take it for granted sometimes... But I've moved away from the Bay Area (and probably will again), so I get reminded and keep coming back.  So did my folks, my sister... and I have had no trouble convincing my New Yorker wife that this is the Land of Milk and Honey and our home for life.

No doubt, D, lots of mozzies in the Sierra.  Got a story about camping at Shasta (technically in the Cascades) one time and getting eaten alive.  I'm not a pet owner and if I had one, it would be a coyote! Or something too big for one to digest.  I've definitely gotten too close to bears and crossed paths with mountain lions (didn't see it, though--huge regret!) and a few rattlers up in the Santa Ynez, Castle Crags and my parents' old neighborhood. And there's our sclerotic political situation--the model for the rest of the country, apparently.  

All that said, if you can stay away from this place indefinitely, you're a stronger man than I am. ;-)

Reply by napagirl68, May 4, 2012.


How did the syrahs stack up to the 2006 RRV Balletto we both liked at taste of sonoma?  I am drinking one right now and it is absolutely heavenly...

Reply by outthere, May 4, 2012.

You need to put it into perspective since we are comparing barrel samples that just finished malo to wines that have been in bottle for 4 years. With that said, Las Madres is ones of the premier cool climate Syrah vineyards in California. It produces wines with a different flavor profile than those of the RRV. More cured meat, olive and savory notes than the Balletto. I like both wines but when comparing similarly aged wines I feel Las Madres really shines as a fruit source.

 Hey,, welcome back!

Reply by napagirl68, May 4, 2012.

Thanks for that info...  since I only really like cooler climate syrahs, I was curious how this vineyard compared with some of the RRV fruit.  I will have to get my hands on some of this Las Madres!! 

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