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Whatcha drinking tonight- part 2 (for Zuf)

Original post by napagirl68, Apr 28, 2013.

 

 

 

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Reply by EMark, May 23, 2013.

Grilled Tri-tip and Zinfandel.   Mmmmmmmm.

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Reply by napagirl68, May 23, 2013.

About those Huets, let's slow down a little.  Those babies are built to age.  I intentionally buried mine so that 1) NG can't break into my cellar and find them easily and 2) I don't rush to drink them.

Yeah, can you just see it?  I can put a new spin on crime in Oaktown...  cat burglar sniffs out wine... good headline, and IMO, worth the punishment if I get caught ;-) 

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Reply by napagirl68, May 23, 2013.

THIS was my FAVORITE Huet- 2001 Vouvray Petillant.. I had 6 or 7, but they are gone.  I had no patience at all.  I was a glutton.  And I can't find anymore :-(

 

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Reply by napagirl68, May 24, 2013.

It's my Friday!  Whoo hoo!

2011 Birichino Grenache Vielles Vignes, Besson Vineyard Central Coast

 

 

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Reply by EMark, May 24, 2013.

Tonight is one of those "clean out the refrigerator" nights.  So, it's leftover grilled chicken, leftover lasagna and, probably, leftover whatever else we find.  This looked like the universal match.

 

Initial impression is that it it much fruitier than I prefer, but, I have to say, it has a smooth feel in my mouth.  It's going to be just fine.

It's a holiday weekend here in the U.S.  Wishing everybody an enjoyable time.

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Reply by napagirl68, May 24, 2013.
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Reply by outthere, May 24, 2013.

 Time for something different. Haven't opened a Burg in a while.

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Reply by outthere, May 25, 2013.

Burgers, Corn on the Cob, Potato Salad and a couple good party friends!

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Reply by JonDerry, May 26, 2013.

Trying some new things yesterday...first an '09 Grillo Friulano. Lovely nose of apple, peach, honey, and almonds. The powerful acidity overwhelms the fruit by a pretty wide margin on the palate...might be a nice pair with seafood, but I just couldn't hang with this son of a gun in the end. My mouth is still burning this morning, and this is the no doubt the reason why.

My wife cracked a german riesling later on that was delicious, and great relief after braving the Friulano. Definitely appreciated the additional few years of bottle age, which softened the attack on the palate. Sweet, but not too sweet apples, pears, balanced acid. The only thing that bothered me was some kind of off taste, not sure how to describe it...musky, metallic, chemical, brett are all possibilities, but it called in to question the purity of the winemaking. 

This Josef Friederich isn't very widely available apparently...was picked up at a german deli by my mother-in-law. Leave it to her to pick out my wife's favorite wine!

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Reply by EMark, May 26, 2013.

Report to Foxall.  Last night I had my first example from Mauritson.  My brother invited us over for a little get-together.  I was a couple glasses into a Lucia Syrah when I took a second look at an unopened bottle of a rose on the counter--Maurtison Rockpile Rose.  It turns at that my nephew and his sweetheart visited Mauritson last February, and this was the last bottle left.

I would not say that I have any anti-rose bigotry, but the fact is that I really do not drink it very often.  This one was really tasty.  Even after the Syrah that I had been enjoying, I was able to find excellent flavor in this very refreshing dry rose. 

I'm pretty sure that the wine we had last night was from the 2011 vintage, and I see that the winery is now selling the 2012 bottling.  I recommend it. 

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Reply by outthere, May 26, 2013.

D is making Fajita's so she popped a Cline. This s a nice QPR GSM. A regular at Cost Plus Imports.

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Reply by napagirl68, May 27, 2013.

 

 

 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, May 28, 2013.

All kinds of funny coincidences:  JD, I noticed the party at the table next to ours on Saturday drinking Grillo Friulani.  I wanted to send them a desert just for drinking something interesting.  (We were at Tra Vigne--our wine was a too young but still amazing Bell Clone 6 we had just bought.)

OT, I like that Cashmere, agree it's a bargain, but try it blind against Rubystone from Ventana or one of Terre Rouge's GSMs.  Tell me what you think.

And, NG, it happens to be my birthday today--we are going to Boulevard, so we'll take pictures of the wine if we remember.  But last night we finished a bottle of '10 Stolpman Estate Syrah.  Tasty, but not in a league with Halcon, Jemrose, Mauritson, Bell, or a few others I could name. 

Finally, Emark, that rose is nice, but it is not the flagship.  Next time we get together, you will get a mini-vertical of Mauritson to go with your tri-tip.  This year I got 9 bottles--I'm stoked.

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Reply by outthere, May 28, 2013.

Time for a Copain. This one was quite nice.

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Reply by napagirl68, May 29, 2013.

 

 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, May 29, 2013.

I bought the Curran Grenache Blanc from his sister Elizabeth for Seder this year and it went really fast.  White wine of the night, IMO.  I had to go back and get another bottle so I could enjoy it.  The bottles are so thick and heavy you could use one as a battering ram.  The winemaker is female, so points for that. 

We had a very nice dinner at Boulevard.  I had scoped the wine list ahead of time, so I knew what to expect.  We had nettle soup and a salad with mild goat cheese for apps,  halibut in an amazing coulis of favas and green chick peas and a lamb t-bone that had been deboned and was so tender you wondered if the thing could walk while it was alive.  To drink?  Well, they had a bunch of Fred Scherrer's wines, so we had cocktails first, then a half bottle of his RRV Pinot.  Silken and ethereal, as always.  We reined ourselves in and passed on dessert.

I saw quite a few bottles on the list that I own or have purchased before, and I would say the prices were double retail generally, although they had a Domaine Tempier that looked to be a little less marked up and a lot of older wines that were quite a bit higher--you pay for the cellaring, which is fair.

Wife is in NYC for a few days, so tonight will be ETOH free, then I'll nurse a bottle over the next three nights.  Probably drink something that she didn't like, or that has disappointed in the past.  Dois Irmaos Pinot, anyone?  (Garagiste's single most inflammatory Mystery Wine.)

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Reply by Richard Foxall, May 29, 2013.

OT, I looked back at your post and you were drinking a Lucia Syrah... Lucia is the "second" label of Pisoni to sell non-PN wines or non-Pisoni vineyard PN--so it has a lot of overlap with Roar.  You were drinking wines from some of my favorite soils already. 

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Reply by EMark, May 29, 2013.

We reined ourselves in and passed on dessert.

????? Why?  It was your birthday.  Best wishes by the way.

I would say the prices were double retail generally

Sounds reasonable for restaurant wine prices.

Mrs. Emark and I enjoyed a very nice meal at Boulevard several years ago.  The memory cells are declining and I don't remember the exact timeframe, but it was in their first year.  Sadly, I also don't recall the meal or the wine.  What I do recall was that we had a fairly early reservation and were seated at a primo table.  I know this because Mrs. EMark, who is quite aware of these things, tipped me off.  EMark is, pretty much, a dunce in that arena.

I think that was me that had the Lucia Syrah, Fox.  I was aware that it was made by Pisoni.  I did not realize that the purpose was to distinguish it from their PN.  Interesting.  For the record this one was from the Garys' Vineyard.

And, of course, I look forward to trying some more of Mauritson's wines.  I posted the above comment about the rose for a couple reasons.  I was pretty excited that I had finally tried a Mauritson, and the fact is that it was an excellent wine--this from a guy that will have, maybe, two roses in a year.  As I stated, above, it was brought to the party by my nephew and his sweetheart.  They had visited Mauritson in February and, in addition to enjoying the wines, were thrilled at the exceptional courtesy that was extended to them.  So, I'm looking at, maybe, driving up there in conjuction with the June Sears Point event.

 

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Reply by JonDerry, May 29, 2013.

Happy belated Fox...sounds like a nice dinner. What are you thinking of preparing in a couple weeks?

NG - Looks like a nice find. I always find domestic Tempranillo's intruiging, and not sure I've ever seen one from Santa Ynez.

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Reply by outthere, May 29, 2013.

Happy Birthday RF! Where did you see me drinking a Lucia Syrah? I have a couple '05 Roars I'm saving for you though. A SLH and a Gary's.

Now for something completely different. Yum!

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