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Snooth User: tabednar

Thanks Greg for another great virtual tasting!

Posted by tabednar, Sep 21, 2011.

You keep finding these great sites to do the tastings! I look forward to the next tasting all month, haha. Very interesting discussion and I can't wait to try more of their wines.

I'll be waiting for the next one...Can't wait!

What did other people thinkl? Just curious. I like to discuss things after the tasting too becuase I always think of more questions...


Reply by napagirl68, Sep 21, 2011.

Hi there!  I LOVE the virtuals as well... a look-forward to thing after work.

It is always interesting to taste wines the you would not normally buy.  We all get into our preconceived notions (or ruts).  In some cases, I have found my prejudice to be founded; in others, well, I was pleasantly surprised.  My recent surprise that I enjoyed was the Carmenere from Chile.  I, normally, do not like wines that from Chile.  So I have become, ahem, a bit prejudice.  But the carmeneres I tasted were both drink-worthy to me, and I would actually seek them out:-)

This tasting:   I liked the SB... I usually like NZ SBs.. a specific taste, especially Dashwood.  I really enjoyed this Brancott for what it was... a big grapefruit, green herbal wine.  Not my fav region for SB (sonoma is), but enjoyable for sure.

The 2010 Estate Pinot noir  was decent.  Not quite my personal style of pinot tho.  I do like a lighter pinot (like this one was), but with a bit more earthiness and depth, along with more asian spices.  I am still a fan primarily of RRV and sonoma coast pinots.  Oregon and Burgundy is hit or miss for me.  I have faves from both regions, and horrible ones too.  The mean lies in sonoma for me....  I found the 2010 Brancott to be pleasant, dry, nice red fruit, clear, a teeny bit of oak..   Let's just say, it finished a bit quick for my liking ;-)  Absolutely decent wine for food, but my OWN personal policy is:  If I do not like a wine for sipping alone, and have to pair it with food to make it good, I don't want it.  This pinot  is a lower range pinot for sure, but TONS better than some of the low end Cali crap you can buy in grocery stores. Soo... while not my favorite, I think it is a GREAT bargain for those on a budget or serving an event.

Reply by smithdaj54, Sep 22, 2011.

So, anyone know where on this site I can find the replays???  I hate missing them, but being on the west coast it's hard to make them considering my often longer days.  :-)

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Sep 22, 2011.

We weren't able to link them into the new site redesign yesterday, but they still live here:

Unfortunately due to connectivity issues yesterday's virtual tasting was not archieved. Looking forward tot he next one, and the one after that, and....

Reply by ScottLauraH, Sep 22, 2011.

I hope to be able to make a virtual tasting soon! 

Reply by Lucha Vino, Sep 23, 2011.

The virtual tastings are great.  You try new wines, learn something about them from the wine maker and GdP and get to chat with some of the Snooth community.  I find them to be a great way to learn.

I'm with NG on the wines from Chile and the NZ Pinot. 

I liked the Carmenere and the Cabs.  All were good and I would definitely drink them again if the opportunity presented itself.

The NZ Pinot was a bit light and dry.  I like the more robust Pinots from Oregon.  One of my recent discoveries was the Cristolm Sommers Reserve.  Check it out if you get a chance!

Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 27, 2011.

NG, carmenere is still a relative bargain.  I've been a fan for a while.  And you can't get it anywhere else, except a little from Italy.  I like it's cab franc like properties, a tiny bit of green pepper/leafiness, but then that chocolaty thing.  I thought the two in the tasting were good, but there are many more to try.  The Castillero del Diablo at Trader Joe's is worthy, and I generally don't buy wine there anymore.  Try it with beef stew with cumin from one of the Silver Palate cookbooks--might be the second one, but it's in there.  Every winter we do that combo a couple of times.  Perfect on a cold night with orzo under the stew.  In general, I agree about Chilean wine--the inexpensive cabs aren't worth the time and the expensive ones aren't a huge bargain.  But the Carmenere is enough to justify the whole business down there for me, and Snooth also sent a pinot one time that was pretty good, as I recall. Sadly, we couldn't log on for the VT of the Chilean because we had to go to back to school night, but my nephew and his g/f came over and babysat the kids, so we actually opened all four and did a real tasting before we left. 

I drank the Brancott Pinot last week and it was fine--must have been, since we finished it off at one sitting--and would consider it an okay option when visiting some place without lots of good wine--a vacation wine, as I've called them. It grew on me over the course of the evening, was kind of light and thin at first, but fleshed out a bit.  Not a Roar from Santa Lucia Highlands, or even a J from RRV, but a good regular wine.  Haven't cracked the SB, but, after reading Oz Clarke's Grapes and Wines recently, I am looking forward to revisiting NZ SB after a long hiatus.  Gotta say, almost all the whites I am drinking these days are from the Loire, except the Tahlbik Marsanne from Australia I had recently.

VV: I had a really tasty Penner-Ash PN from OR for my birthday--thanks to the nephew--and visited Amity over the summer and thought their fairly basic Will Valley bottling was a bargain, and their single vineyard bottlings a steal.  But many of those OR PNs have gotten a little pricey. 

I've gotta find more time to actually participate in the tastings, although I do enjoy just following the commentary, too.

Reply by spikedc, Sep 28, 2011.

Thumbs up for the Brancott Estate SB,  drank a few now and always enjoyed it, get it for a reasonable price here as well around £6.99 a bottle.

Might have to get some more, having a bit of a heat wave in the UK at the moment temps in the high 20's (tropical for us at this time of year), maybe the last chance to sit outside and enjoy a nice cool glass !

Reply by StevenBabb, Sep 30, 2011.

i usually have to work on wednesday's, and as luck would have it, i had to work on the thursday tasting of the chilean wines, and i actually had my laptop out behind the bar! 

but i love the whole concept of the virtual tasting, and i think it could definitely change the way the wine world holds tastings, and i'm happy to be a part of it, when my work schedule doesn't interfere

i can't wait for the next one.... and the next...

GDP-maybe on your next trip to california, we could broadcast one from here... i've mentioned it to a few wine makers at some tastings, and there is definitely some interest... 

Reply by lingprof, Oct 10, 2011.

GDP: any chance of doing South Africa at some point??  Even if it had to be over the web (although I'm sure you wouldn't mind going, lol!).  I am so excited and curious about up and coming wines from there and would love, love, love to learn more.  I think a lot of people would want to participate!

just my two pesetas....

p.s. Mr Lingprof loved the Brancott SB, and we just picked up some more at our local shop, so thanks!

Reply by JonDerry, Oct 10, 2011.

I'll second the interest in South African wines LP. 

Also enjoyed the Brancott's, especially the Pinot Noir.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Oct 11, 2011.

The PN was okay.  The SB was exactly what NZ SB can be when it's good.  Which still won't please everyone, but it's exactly the upfront, in your face boldly fruited wine that Oz Clarke says gets people who know nothing about wine to sit up and take notice.  And I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Not the oaky, smoky, tropical taste of Cal, and not the lean minerally, why is this different from any other stony white of the Loire.  And certainly not Bordeaux. Just crisp, dry, refreshing, not quite citrusy.  Like a date where you don't know if you'll fall in love with her, but you have a great time and want to do it again soon.

Reply by lingprof, Oct 14, 2011.

Look what you started, Foxall, with your comments about the date, and so forth!  He heh, I actually loved the metaphor, though....

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 14, 2011.

Modest got the best of me. I removed my friends from this thread!

Reply by dmcker, Oct 14, 2011.

So are there some missing posts between Fox's and yours, Greg, that you deleted?

OK, lingprof, how about a thread hijack discussing similes vs. metaphors?  ;-)

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