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Whatcha drinking tonight- part 2 (for Zuf)

Original post by napagirl68, Apr 28, 2013.

 

 

 

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Reply by Ivesreeves, Jun 5, 2013.

A blast of earth, minerals and leather greets you as the inky dark wine swirls in the glass. Entry is just as pleasant for those who prefer an earthier wine. Even some green pepper mid-palate adds to the enjoyment. Despite the quick finish, this can easily be enjoyed alone or with a spicy dish. It made a great tapas caliente companion for the two of us tonight.  Anyone else enjoy Montes Alpha wines?

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Reply by EMark, Jun 6, 2013.

NG, thanks for the input.  If I stumble onto that Syrah I'm going to pick it up so that I can break the tie between you and your sweetheart.

Ives, I am aware of the Montes Alpha label, but have never had one of their wines.  Wine has been my avocation for 40 years not my profession.  One of the main reasons that I hang out here is so that I can experience different wines at least vicariously. Thanks for your report.  Since I am a Syrah buff, if I see the M A that you tried, I may be inclined to pick it up. 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jun 7, 2013.

We had sirloin tips from Prather Ranch--at $7-ish a pound and 20% off if I buy five or more, a steal for pasture raised beef--and drank our neighborhood's namesake wine, a Temescal Cab from 2004.  At first, I was a little worried--candied and simple, but with air it filled out and reminded me why Cab is so great.  This is a big wine, at 15.6 ABV, but my take is that this is Silver Oak without the over the top oakiness.  My understanding is that they tried to sell it at SO prices, but I got it for $25 at our favorite discounter.  Not hot, but you should think twice about driving after a bottle.  Tomorrow we have chicken, but because JD is coming for dinner on Saturday, we'll skip the PN and drink a 2002 Clos de l'Echo Cab Franc.  Gotta say it's been a good wine week here.

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Reply by zufrieden, Jun 7, 2013.

Had Dr. Oetker Pizza tonight, and paired with two wines; one from Minervois (Chateau Serame 2007), the other from north of Santa Barbara (Vina Robles).  Both are superb in terms of QPR; but I would recommend that those of you who can fiddle through the bins to look for 2009 Vina Robles Red 4.  That wine is an excellent candidate for a party, so buy a case and have a good North American BBQ. Your luck would have to be exceptional to find the Serame.

If you share my palate, have a boo at my reviews.

Yes, I do indeed cook those boxed pizza once in a while... but the wine pairing, well, 'nuf said.

 

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Reply by outthere, Jun 8, 2013.

We had a Dr as well. Had dinner with JD and his wife and young son. Popped a 2009 Myriad Beckstoffer Dr Crane Cabernet that I slow ox'd for 21 hrs that was devilishly good. We started off with another 2009, a Ceritas Escarpa Pinot. Didn't have enough in us to pop the '11 Gonon St Joseph. I'll save it for the next time he comes up.

Great weather, mid 90's, great dinner, great company, great wines. JDs son is just the cutest little guy. Was a pleasure to dine with them.

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Reply by Ivesreeves, Jun 8, 2013.

A splendid offering. Generous berries on the nose with all the earthy undertones one would expect from a South African wine including a soft summer foot funk which doesn't offend but enhances the overall profile. Full-bodied, this wine treats the drinker to a rich variety of flavor including day old coffee, tobacco,blacktop tar and anise. I don't know anything about this Ernie Els fellow, but he sure makes a good wine.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jun 9, 2013.

Pretty sure that we've sussed out who that Els guy is somewhere, like maybe this thread.

I got second shot at JD and family--they had dinner over here in Oakland last night.  I made a leg of lamb and some chicken because I heard that Mrs. JD might prefer that, but JD wound up eating some bird after a healthy dose of the lamb.  Really delightful meal, sorry that NG, who was rumored to be heading this way, wound up in Santa Cruz instead--there was plenty of food and wine, and even a few extra chairs.  But it was the company that made it special.  JD described his partner as a sipper rather than a drinker, but a trip to the basement (what a trouper, crouching through the door and duck walking to the one area where you can stand up) had her pretty inspired.  My kids will attest to the cuteness of JD's son--they are still going on about him this morning--and JD' wife is charming and beautiful.  We owe them a visit in Southern Cal and are looking forward to it already.

JD sent a bottle of 2005 Lignier Morey-St. Denis a while ago, and I contributed a 2007 F. Magnien Gevery Chambertin Echezaux.  I had a 2002 Santenay, but it had received some unfavorable reviews on CT, so we went with the younger wine.  Before dinner, while eating cheese and olives, we had a Chateau Maligny Chablis, keeping it all in the Burgundy region.  The Magnien was really accessible, with just enough acidity to pair well with the food and cut through the richness of the lamb.  The Lignier, in spite of being older, was still pretty tight, but opened up with time.  Chalk it up to vintage variation--I'd say the Lignier has years ahead of it.  I'm going to hang onto that second Magnien until I see OT again, but I'm not playing it as a long ager. 

 

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Reply by JenniferT, Jun 10, 2013.

Ivesreeves: love your description of "summer foot funk"! Wine has the greatest phrases and descriptors! Sorry - you'll have to forgive me; I'm still new to this. I've only just gotten to the point where I can say "barnyard" with a straight face. But that one makes sense to me now :)

Another sparkling wine for me tonight. This one is from the Russian River Valley - J Cuvee 20.

 

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Reply by outthere, Jun 11, 2013.

Fresh off of yesterday's LastBottleWines offer! Gotta love Golden State Overnight.

55% Syrah 45% Merlot, 100% delicious!

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Reply by JonDerry, Jun 11, 2013.

Nice OT, the sweet taste of success...

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Reply by EMark, Jun 12, 2013.

I haven't played in this game for a while.  So, it's about time to jump back in.

I bought this wine on the advice of JD while we were on a great retail adventure.  Apparently, this one gets a lot of raves on some other board.  And, heck, it was < $25.

 

I have to say it's a delightful wine--medium bodied, easy drinking without that big cherry hit that I seem to get in California PNs.  Here is the distinctive thing that I noticed.  On the bottom half of the sides of my tongue (Ya with me, here?) I get this lemony tartness which I really enjoy.  I don't think this is a long ager.  So, I'm glad I just popped it.

So, folks, keep the recommendations for Pinot Noirs coming in.  I'm not converted, yet, but I am still open to suggestions.

Oh, the other thing, I don't know if you've noticed, but I usually include the cork in my pics.  I also get a kick out of the corks that have the vintage year on the end.  Look at this one.  It has the vintage date in Roman.  At least that's what I think that "X" is.  I learned from Henry Jones, Jr. that "X" never, ever marks the spot.

 

 

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Reply by outthere, Jun 12, 2013.

Mark, the X is their trade mark. Look at the label and see where Orleans is on the map of Humboldt County. X marks the spot. They put that X on all their corks. The Cabots make some killer Syrahs as well as Rhone blends. All from some of the northernmost vineyards in California.

Now for something completely different. A local wine made by husband and wife team Ryan and Megan Glaab called RYME. Produced and bottled right here in Forestville Ryan was and I think still is a cellar rat and asst winemaker for a pax Mahle of Wind Gap, Agharta, PAX...

This Carneros based Vermentino from the Las Brisas Vineyard is simply name "Hers" as they di two versions of Vermentino in 2012. Hers is done with malolactic fermentation and slight barrel elevage whereas His is has no malo and is done in concrete. Two distinctly different wines from the same fruit of the same vineyard.

This one is uber refreshing with nice soft edges to balance out the snappy acidity. Really tasty juice!

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Reply by EMark, Jun 13, 2013.

OT, while I was having dinner, last night, I did notice the "X" on the topographical map on the label.  Gosh, I guess I was wrong.  As you say, "X" does mark the spot.

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Reply by JonDerry, Jun 14, 2013.

Glad to hear the Cabot was well received Mark...

Had a new world Cab the other night that was worth mentioning...would be interested in how it tastes in cooler years such as '09, and '10. This '08 was their 1st vintage, 100% Mt. Veeder fruit I believe. Good stuff, but it aint no Dr. Crane!

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Reply by outthere, Jun 15, 2013.

 It ain't eh? ;)

Tonight we enjoyed the backyard with a 2012 Myriad Semillon and followed it up during dinner on the deck with a 2010 Wind Gap Sonoma Coast Pinot.

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Reply by JenniferT, Jun 15, 2013.

I've been a bit preoccupied lately - it's been awhile since I've been posted anything about what I'm tasting.

No excuse really - I've become quite adept at typing with 9 fingers. I even grated more cheese today - a personal triumph :)

To celebrate (hey, I don't need much of a reason), an unusual pick: Stoneboat "Piano Brut".  Stoneboat is a well regarded winery in the Okanagan Valley of BC but I've never had this sparkling wine before (or anything like it). It's really good actually, it has an unusual sweet grassy nose and good complexity. Label indicates that it's done in a prosecco style. Regardless, I'm glad I've taken the leap.

The wine is 86% Pinot Blanc and 16% Muller Thurgau (whatever that is.) The "research" continues! :)

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Reply by JenniferT, Jun 15, 2013.

Apparently there's an interesting story for that sparkling wine :

"It was created with the help of a federal grant that enabled the winery to acquire the skill and the technology of the Charmat method."

The reasoning goes that no other Okanagan winery produces wine using the Charmat method.

So the government is partly responsible for this one, lol! Hard to associate them with anything other than onerous over-regulation. Guess I should go have some more before the magic wears off and I become cranky.

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Reply by EMark, Jun 28, 2013.

I can't believe I had to go to page two to retrieve this.

Today I am reliving last week's pilgramage up north.   This is the "standard" Mauritson DCV Zinfandel bottling.  If this is their standard, believe me they are special with the Rockpile SVDs.

 

I do have more of this.  It will be interesting to see how it ages.  In all honesty, I think this is a great drinking wine, today.

 

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Reply by zufrieden, Jun 28, 2013.

Downed a bottle of local grape juice tonight (Stoneboat Piano) to the accompaniment of some local Chinese.  This wine is in the Prosecco style in terms of method, but the comparison stops there - quite abruptly.  The powerful apricot flavors (old vines Pinot Blanc from the pocket desert of the south Okanagan) segued well with the Singapore noodles and worked exceedingly well - especially as an end-of-school year (in Canada) celebratory elixir.

Most of my American and European friends will be tested to find this interesting wine.  But not to worry; many cuvee close Prosecco will do the trick nicely... only drink quickly.

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Reply by napagirl68, Jun 29, 2013.

This is what I had to drink last night-  2010 "Shatter" Grenache, a French Languedoc-Roussillon wine made by Orin Swift's winemaker, Dave Phinney, and Joel Gott.  Can I just say that I was disappointed??  I should have known from my opinion of Prisoner, et al.   This was a BIG, HUGE wine.  Not the delicate Grenache I seek.   Not for the faint of heart.... you can stand a pencil up in this wine.

 

 

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