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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz

Upcoming Syrah tasting

Posted by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 13, 2012.

I had posted the list of wines that I was going to be tasting for my upcoming Syrah evening, but as I posted elsewhere, things have changed a bit.

 

After finding, and then losing, a bottle of 1990 Cline Syrah, and spending almost an hour looking for the damn thing, I discovered a few other bottles of Syrah lying about so my previous list now looks like this, subtle changes bt hey!

 

1988 Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde

1988 Edmunds St John Sonoma Syrah

1994 Columbia Crest

1994 Swanson

1995 Charles Melton

1995 Delas Bressandes

1996 Columbia Winery Red Willow Vineyard

1996 Chave Hermitage

1997 Edmunds St John Fenaughty

1990 Jaboulet Cornas

Go figure, I was realy doing a good job of building flight, then I dropped the ball. Damn it!

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Reply by EMark, Feb 13, 2012.

I first started learning about Syrah in the mid 90s.  So, I will be interested in hearing your report on these wines that, for the most part, came onto the market about the time I started tasting Syrah.  Most of the wine that I bought during this discovery period has been consumed, but, behold and lo, looking at my inventory, which I just had reason to update, it looks like I have a lone bottle of '92 Bonny Doon Santa Cruz Mountains.  I admire Randall Grahm, and, so, I look forward grunging through the storage cabinet to find this and try it.

As a Californian I have favored Syrah from the Central Coast.  Over the years I have typically enjoyed samples from Ojai and Qupe.  A couple years ago my wife and I joined another couple for a day of tasting near San Luis Obispo.  The little gem we discovered was Wolff Vineyards.  I'd never heard of Wolff Vineyards and have since never seen their wine in a retail store, but I really think these people "got it right."  They know how to run a tasting room--gracious and welcoming.  It happened that Jean-Pierre Wolff was behind the counter the day we were there.  I really do not know if that is customary.  They also make darned good wine.  Last week in recognition of the Syrah GTI, I opened a bottle of the Wolff 2006 Syrah that I bought that day.  I immediately recognized why I bought it--a terrific wine, fruit to satisfy my "faux sweet tooth," slight acid that made me look forward to having it with dinner, some roughish tannin edges.  This wine can stand more age, but not anything to suggest that you have to wait 20 years to drink it.  Finally, very reasonable pricing--$20.

So, Greg, is this upcoming event going to be a virtual tasting?

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 13, 2012.

Wonder how the Jaboulet Cornas will be holding up. Fully expect the Chave Hermitage, minus any bottle/cork issues, to be doing just fine. Don't have enough experience with the Delas, so will look forward to hearing about it. Will also be curious to hear how the Guigal shows, though Chave is generally more my style.

Can't speak to the Edmunds St. Jean at all. So also curious about it.

So Greg, am I correct in guessing you are or have been a bit of a Swanson fan?

If it is meant to be a virtual tasting, good luck sourcing most of those bottles... ;-)

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Reply by jamessulis, Feb 13, 2012.

Nice selection but are any of these older dates available to the public, now? Looks like the latest is a 1997 and thats great but most of the liquor stores/grocery stock more recent wines.  It's almost hard now to find even anything older than a 2009. How about tasting some later vintages Suggestion, Layer Cake 2009 Syrah.

Lefty The Great Pacific Northwest

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 13, 2012.

EMark,

 

Not this time, just a few friends chilling in the conference room here. If anyone is really interested I can livestream it somewhere. Sadly it will be bring, but at least this time I can turn the sounds on. Google+ hangout?

Dm,

I used to really love Swanson wines. They were one of my favorite California peoducers in the early 90s. along with Eberle, Alexander Valley Vineyards, and just to round things out Simi, Newton and Ridge!

I have a few odd bottles left, but not much and I noticed that my list above is now 10 wines long, but I only brought back 8 wines, not sure which but I think I ma have screwed things up a bit there!

Lefty,

I've tasted Current rleease Aussie Shiraz, and the notes are coming tomorrow, plus will taste all the domestic examples I have around here, results to be published next Tuesday. I've got a lot of older wine, and as a way to help force me to drink some I'm breaking them out during the GTi series! It's motivating me to share too!

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Reply by JonDerry, Feb 13, 2012.

GDP - Eberle in Paso, one of your fave CA producers of the early 90's?

Are they still up there?

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 13, 2012.

Jon,

I think they're still making mighty fine wine. In fact I would say the wines are much the same as they were 20 years ago, so the landscape has shifted and they might be appearing at a different level but I remain a fain of their wines. Really good values in my opinion.

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 13, 2012.

Similar story to a number of places in Napa that continue to make their wine the way they always have (as in BRPE).

I hadn't even known of Swanson's existence until the end of the '90s. Drank a bit of their product for a few years before and after the millenium. Lost track of them again, it would seem, around the mid-naughties. As indicated above, will be interested to see your notes for this tasitng...

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 13, 2012.

So evidently I can't even pack a box correctly.

I just checked and what I do have is:

1988 Guigal Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde

1988 Edmunds St John Sonoma Syrah

1994 Columbia Crest

1994 Swanson

1995 Charles Melton

1995 Delas Bressandes

1996 Columbia Winery Red Willow Vineyard

1996 Chave Hermitage

It was late, and I was confused. That damn Cline through me for a loop!

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 14, 2012.

So Greg, who absconded with the Jaboulet Cornaus and the ESJ Fenaughty??

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 14, 2012.

Good question.

I must have put them in another case, and let that case in the cellar. Really very strange, but it looks like we'll drink well none the less!

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 14, 2012.

I'll take the Cornas if you don't really need it--asuming you find it, of course...  ;-)

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 14, 2012.

I'll find it someday. It now probably hiding with the Cline, which will go down as one of the most maddening episodes in cellar clean up I'll ever experience. It's tough to deny one's brain going to pot when you have a bottle in your hand, put it down, and then, withing maybe 100 square feet, you fail to find it after searching for almost an hour!

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 14, 2012.

So what's with this mysterious Cline bottle, anyway? Should we assume your cellar's pretty full these days?

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 14, 2012.

It's the white whale. Just my last bottle of the 90 Contra Costa Syrah.Something I wanted to drink, and that evidentally does not want to be drunk.

The cellar is 99.9% full.I was moving wine to another cellar, that somehow was born 20% full.

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 16, 2012.

Were you planning on setting a date for the evening? Not that I'll, unfortunately, be able to make it. Just perpetually curious about all sorts of things.

And are you taking bets on how fast the other 80% fills up?

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Feb 16, 2012.

This one is taking place next Tuesday. Just posted a little list in another thread.

It looks like it'll only take another 77%. Had to buy some 2009 Bize on sale!

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Reply by dmcker, Feb 16, 2012.

So is the overflow cellar closer to town? And what's it's capacity? Need a little more info before staking out a position...  ;-)


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