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Whatcha drinking tonight- part 2 (for Zuf)

Original post by napagirl68, Apr 28, 2013.

 

 

 

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Reply by JonDerry, Sep 19, 2013.

Lots to catch up on here...looks like some good stuff.

That's one of the more handsome pictures you've posted Fox, way to go Deb!

What year Gonon were they offing, price?

Had a 2010 D'Armhailac yesterday evening...hadn't been to my folks in over a month so it was nice to kind of catch up and make some rare use of the old back patio. 

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Reply by EMark, Sep 19, 2013.

Rockpile Winery (Mauritson) Madrone Vineyard Syrah 2010.

I'm too lazy to take a pic, tonight.  Besides, Mrs. Foxall's effort with her telephone puts me to shame.

I'm on a streak.  Two really good wines in a row.  I am so loving wines that don't blast my mouth with fruit and this is another one.  Fairly tannic, but I am very OK with that.  Some spice--hint of, get this, clove.

Better news:  I have another bottle that will stay into the cellar.

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Reply by outthere, Sep 19, 2013.

Chicken Tacos tonight with a 2012 Franz Etz Gruner Vetliner. Time to buy an iPhone EMark.

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Reply by EMark, Sep 20, 2013.

Time to buy an iPhone EMark.

How many bottles of Alturas can I buy for a the price of an iPhone?  No, I'm probably not going to buy that many bottles of Alturas, but you get the idea.

Many people are surprised at how averse to technology I am.  (Forgive me father for I have sinned.  My TV is a CRT.)  Then, when they learn what I did to earn a living for 40 years, they shake their heads.

My opinion, which I know really isn't worth two cents, is that a SmartPhone the perfect solution for which there is no problem.

That being said, Mrs. EMark does love her iPad.  I'm very OK with that, also.  Heck she let's me drink red wine with fish.

Returning to the thread topic, I'll probably finish off that Rockpile/Mauritson Syrah, tonight.

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Reply by outthere, Sep 20, 2013.

My iPhone cost me nothing. I settled for a 4 when everyone was/is spending $400 on a 5/5s/5c.

 

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Reply by EMark, Sep 20, 2013.

Touche.  8-)

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Reply by vin0vin0, Sep 20, 2013.

One of the best Pinots we've had:

2010 ArborBrook Vineyards Pinot Noir Origin 1866

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Reply by zufrieden, Sep 21, 2013.

A nice, middle-of-the-road Pauillac hits the mark this afternoon... the much underrated 2008 vintage this time from Chateau Pibran... which actually tastes like Pauillac unlike some of the richly baked 2009 examples...

BTW, while a world citizen when it comes to wine, for me personally there's nothing like Bordeaux, notwithstanding the criticisms of the Aquitaine French and their supposedly patrician attitude toward wine and wine making in general  However, let us just say that a lot of our complaining resides with the price factor; we like marketing success as long as it is our own and not someone else's.... right?

Also, I just have to return to this thread given its title.

Cheers, and bottoms up.

 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 21, 2013.

Nicely said, Zuf.

VinoVino, seems like you would be a good one to advocate for OR at the West Coast PN throwdown, but since that's probably not in the cards, maybe we'll look for that wine and add it to the melee.

Emark, I have not opened any of my 2010 Madrone Springs Syrah, because I still have some '09 and it seems a little soon.  I like a good tannic grip in my Syrah, so I'm looking forward to that.

Last night we had Shabat with a bunch of families from the synagogue.  (For those who don't know, my wife is Jewish and, although I didn't convert, we are raising the kids in the faith.  I really like Shabat--any ritual that tells you it's time to stop working for profit and have a glass of wine is good by me.)  There was lots of wine, but my favorites were the Duende Cab Franc from Amador County that I brought--a richer but not overdone style--and a dolcetto (yep, love my dolcetto) that another non-convert (half Italian, no less) brought.  It was surprising tannic and rough when we opened it, but after a short while it was fantastic.

Tonight we are grilling chicken after the first quite drenching rainstorm.  The sun came out, dried things up, and hopefully the grapes north of us don't get nailed by any mold, rot, or other pestilence.  While I have a bottle of PN open, I might go grab a grenache.

But before I do that, I might duck out to WineMine and grab another Cab Franc.

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Reply by outthere, Sep 21, 2013.

Tonight it's a First Light Grass Fed Wagyu Tri-Tip and I'm the only one drinking. Finishing of the last glass of the Gruner from the other night contemplating my next move...

and the winner is...

2008 Baker Lane Estate Syrah
This one is black as night with a lovely rich nose of blue fruit, menthol, barrel char and allspice with extra nutmeg. Man is this ever savory. Lots of meaty notes, good length, moderately acidic and tannic on the finish. Paired wonderfully with grass fed Wagyu Tri-tip and also with the chocolate chip cookies for dessert. Have a good 2/3 bottle left for day 2/NFL Sunday. Righteous bottle of Syrah.

VinoVino, this is featured at the tasting bar, Vinoteca, at Vinify Custom Crush in Santa Rosa in the industrial park that Carol Shelton, Donelan, Jemrose, Sojourn and others call home. You need to try this.

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Reply by vin0vin0, Sep 22, 2013.

Fox, I'd love to share some of the Oregon PN we picked up in our July trip at your Pinot Throwdown, unfortunately my timing is off - we'll be coming to the west coast the 1st weekend in Oct. Guess I'll just have to have my own PN throwdown here on the east coast and compare notes afterward.

OT, I spotted your picture above and went to the Baker Lane website, looks like Vinoteca is open on Fri thru Sun and by appt. otherwise.  We'll be arriving late on Sun and already have tastings set up for the 3 days we're there, although Tue afternoon is not yet booked, hmmm.

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Reply by EMark, Sep 25, 2013.

Well, OT, I dug out the Brownie and wiped off the counter for a pic.

I'm on a campaign to thin out the cellar, and this one popped up to the top.  

From the picture you might notice a few things right off.  Long time Forum readers who have good memories might remember a little wine cellar fiasco I had about a year ago.  This is one more of the labels that sucked up some nice Cabernet Sauvignon juice from that event.  Also, you can see that I had to wrestle the cork on this one.  Sort of a mystery, I could see no reason why this cork broke, but, obviously, it did.

Strange wine--very fruity, and by that I mean dried fruits like figs and apples and raisins--on the tip of the tongue.  Then there is a hit of tannin.  Then a discomforting oxidized thing.  I suspect that people who argue that Zins do not age well point to this one

Well, in all honesty it's not my favorite, but not totally sucky.

Tonight, we are grilling some stuffed rolled flank steaks that Peggy found at Trader Joe's.  I have the feeling that everything is going to be OK.

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Reply by outthere, Sep 25, 2013.

The color looks OK EMark, let us know what happens after an hour or two of air.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 26, 2013.

For those of you who don't know what a Brownie is, it's an old fashion film camera--one of the first that an amateur could handle, in a style called a "box camera."  Here it is, the original point and shoot:

 

That's actually a later model, but such a nice picture.  We actually have some old cameras at our house, but no Brownies. 

Emark, you can always open a second bottle.  And that cork did look like it should survive, but that's the nefarious thing about corks.

As for us, we had a Two Mile Wines 2008 Founders Rock, 60% pet sir, 40% syrah.  We didn't finish the bottle because I had to drive to my wife's office and pick up our Halcon that Paul had just delivered.  Turns out the building replaced the keypads and changed the entry system and my wife didn't have the new codes, so my trip was for naught.  Lucky everything is out of the sun and it was cool last night.  Funnniest thing:  Paul shows up with the wine and my wife's assistant director, who is used to taking delivery of wine (I work in a government building, alas) says, "You're not the FedEx driver."  Paul says, "No, I'm the winemaker," and smiles. Talk about service.

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Reply by EMark, Sep 26, 2013.

Sorry to say, OT, air did not help and may have hindered.  All in all, it was OK, but certainly not great.  I will finish the rest of it--maybe tonight, maybe tomorrow.

you can always open a second bottle

Fox, I have previously explained my single-bottle-at-a-time purchasing philosophy here on the Forum.  In fact, I did originally buy multiple bottles of this one.  A friend of mine who is a big Cabernet bigot visited the winery and came back raving about this Zin.  Also, I have notes that CGCW, to which I subscribed for many years, really praised this one.   It looks like I opened four other bottles between 2002 and 2009.  It looks like either 10 years was the max aging for this one, or it was a bad bottle. Or maybe there really was something wrong with that cork. 

I love the winemaker/deliveryman story.  Was he delivering the '11 Alturas?

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Reply by outthere, Sep 26, 2013.

Paul always hand delivers wine within the greater Bay Area. Very nice touch!

 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Sep 26, 2013.

Indeed it was the 2011 Alturas, which I am splitting with JD and OT. 

What I meant was that you can open a different bottle.  Sometimes I try to figure out if the odd funky bottle just needs a little air, but I'm less willing to keep drinking in the name of wine science than you are, Emark.  As I have said elsewhere, I appreciate your willingness to take one for the team.

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Reply by outthere, Sep 27, 2013.

Tonight and probably over the course of the next 3 or 4 nights. I got a pre-releasa bottle of this D&R Petite Sirah from Hardy Wallace today. Only 30 cases being sold, Need to see how I want to move on it.

Actually stopped by to pick up my wines from their last release. Hardy and I sampled some of the 2013 wines. The Semillon 2 ways, one was in oak barrel, whole cluster fermented.  Lean and mean, with a tropical nose and some lemon lime. Semillon in concrete egg, this one had lots of grapefruit on the nose and palate. Both samples were pre-malo, the egg version was not dry yet. Then it was on to Alder Springs Chardonnay in another egg. This was still at about 7 brix, quite sweet yet, but showing great floral motes. Lastly it was Shake Ridge Mourvèdre which was almost dry. Great savory nose, splintery tannins, wonderful so far.  Damn I love living here.

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Reply by JonDerry, Sep 27, 2013.

Great stuff OT...I've really enjoyed the D&R '12 Semillon in concrete egg. Love the purity and restraint, in contrast to the Myriad which I found over the top. That's alright, Myriad is all about the Cabs and Syrah.

Hardy seems like he's on a roll, good to see him find success.

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Reply by zufrieden, Sep 28, 2013.

Digging into the 2010 Bordeaux now - a bit late for some of my American friends (and certainly my friends in France), but from what I have seen, I am impressed and like the grip that seems to be absent from some of the heat-treated 2009 vintage.  I begin with a Chateau Carignan (Prima) tonight as a possible candidate for immediate consumption and affordable to most.

Anyway, I am thoroughly enjoying this juice; it is actually quite reminiscent of Washington State Merlot in a good vintage - a little New World in and Old World package, so to speak.  While I have a few pricier numbers about, I really like what these Entre Deux Mers (Cadillac) producers are doing... it is really quite amazing.

You might call this wine a poor man's Saint-Émilion... or something similar... but why insult the point of production?  The wine is excellent and does duty for me tonight.

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