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Snooth User: denonymous

No Scholium Project talk?

Posted by denonymous, Oct 23, 2008.

I figured the forums here would be all over it, but I glanced through the topic lines and didn't see anything. Also can't find forum search functionality.

Anyway, I just got to try a couple Scholium Project wines and was wondering what others think about them. I think it was a little too hyped for me; I wasn't quite as blown away or even as confused or conflicted as I'd thought I'd be. I also think I'm not quite as much into the industry to "get" it -- I think they're really more to be appreciated by, as the guy pouring the tasting tonight said, "those who taste the same red after red after red all day, every day."

They had the sauvingon blanc and the petit syrah on hand. The white was definitely "huh, that's odd" -- absolutely not a sauvignon blanc, but just...I don't know, odd. Playful, almost. The petit syrah was even less surprising to me. Good, but not any sort of weird. It had also been opened a couple of hours before, though, and I'm told it was extremely smoky and colorful on opening. Wish I'd been there for that.

So yeah, just wanted to get this out there and see what folks around here were saying. I haven't heard so much about wines in a while, the buzz is a little odd though I'm sure it's bolstered by their rarity (at least out here in Massachusetts). I'm told they serve the petit syrah at Cleo and French Laundry as well as a few other places, so that's something right there.


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 24, 2008.

Funny timing. I was at dinner just last night talking about some of these wines. The last Scholium Sauvignon Blanc I tried was probably the previous year's release. It packed a wallop at 16% alcohol and did absolutely nothing for me. The other was a Cabernet that was just plain wierd. It reminded my of some of the Coturri Zins. High alcohol, VA, perhaps a touch of RS. Just not a usefull wine for me.

On the other hand Abe Schoener, the force behind Scholium, has turned out some pretty compelling whites at Vare. The Ribolla Gialla is very fine and really speaks of the grape while his Bianco Sulle Bucce is a great experiment. It won't appeal to everyong but is very complex in a Radikon/Gravner kind of way. These wines are enough to convince me that Abe has a vision he is pursuing and the abilities to achieve it. Still, based on what I've tasted from Scholium, he has yet to get there. Different strokes for different folks though.

Reply by Philip James, Oct 24, 2008.

Search - its long overdue and we'll be building it. Why are we so slow with such a basic feature? Well we want to wrap search across the entire site into one universal search: wines, groups (sssh, coming soon), friends, talk, myWines and some other little things...

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