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Snooth User: outthere

Whatcha drinking tonight?

Original post by outthere, Jun 11, 2012.

There hasn't been one of these threads here in quite some time so I thought I'd start it up again. Weather is warm here so I popped a Rosé.

What are you drinking?

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Reply by EMark, Nov 3, 2012.

NG, as I suspected the '08 Titus Cab opened up later in the evening.  It is a very good, not a great, wine.  Also, it is reasonably priced.

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Reply by outthere, Nov 3, 2012.

Was pick-up day at Bedrock today. Popping a Sonoma Valley Old Vines and an Evanghelo Heritage blend to enjoy with some Rib Eyes!

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Reply by EMark, Nov 15, 2012.

I cannot believe this thread has been relegated to the second page of recent Forum contributions.  To the chagrin of some, I'm sure, I am bringing it back to Page 1.

Some time ago I made a comment about people drinking esoteric wines.  My good friend, Foxall, who I've never actually met though I hope we can remedy that, someday, assumed I was pointing my finger at him because he likes to try different wines.  In fact, I am guilty of the same.  Like Mr. Foxallall, while I certainly love wines made from most of the traditional and, clearly, popular grapes, I do like to try new things.  Today I was in one of my favorite stores filling up a cart.  I stumbled onto this--Tilia 2011 Bonarda from the Mendoza in Argentina.  I'd never, ever heard of Bonarda before.  So, for $9 I put it in my cart.

As I was checking out the clerk, who had tipped me off to a couple other ideas as I'd been walking around, did a double take when he saw this one.  I explained that I'd never heard of the Bonarda grape, before.  He said the wine is similar to a Zinfandel.  I'm thinking, "Yippee.  This is going to be great and cheap."

Well, it's nothing like my kind of Zinfandel--very fruity and pretty light-bodied, not much acid or structure.  It might be the kind of a red wine that a white wine drinker might take to.

Now I know.  The research continues.

 

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Reply by jamessulis, Nov 15, 2012.

Just finished a local, 2010 Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a beautiful Cab with mouth bursting lush of berry, soft hint of rose petal, well balanced, slight oak and smoke and a satisfying long finish. I had this wine with some of my Smoked ribs which take me 4 hours to smoke and were the perfect marriage with this lovely wine. Aaaaah yea

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Reply by JonDerry, Nov 15, 2012.

Tough luck Mark, but you tried. I'm tinkering with the idea of opening something tonight...

That's a great value wine James, I bet that was no more than $20 and maybe as low as $10, but tasted much better than the price would indicate.

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Reply by jamessulis, Nov 15, 2012.

2010 Columbia Crest Horse Heaven Hills Cab bought off the shelves for $14 smackers!

 

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Reply by outthere, Nov 15, 2012.

We popped one of these on Sunday and it was wound up tight as a ball of twine so I recorked it and left it on the counter until last night.

 

After being open for 3 days it was ready for business. What a bruiser it was though. Huge, huge fruit and a ton of mocha or like my friend Todd likes to say a Blackberry Mochachino. Just hugely over the top. Could have spent 10 years in the bottle and still been massive. Maybe it's says more to a palate shift than a problem with the 2008 vintage as I thought the '07 Buccella mica was ripping good bottle and in hindsight it had many of the same features as this one except it was ready to go after a couple hours rather than a few days. Can you say run-on sentence?

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Reply by JonDerry, Nov 16, 2012.

The only Buccella experience I've had was with their 2006 and 2007 Merlot...really one of the few cases where I've truly disliked a wine in an over the top way - flabby, syrupy, and definitely got some coffee notes. I thought maybe the 06' was a bad bottle so I grabbed (3) of the highly rated 07', what a mistake that was. Still holding an 07' Merlot, which has been passively stored for almost a year in not very good conditions so I can't imagine what it'll be like when I get around to opening it. For a while it was the highest (CT) rated wine I owned and probably my least favorite.

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Reply by EMark, Nov 16, 2012.

Nothing ventured, nothing gained, Jon.  As I said, now I know.  And, shoot, for $9 I really did not venture much.

I have heard a lot about wines made from Horse Hills Heaven fruit--all of it good.  I'm going to have to look more carefully for it.

OT, for those of us who are totally not in the know, what kind of wine was that Mica?  I can see through the bottle that it is red, and that, certainly, matches your description, but there are no clues on the label as to what it is.  I assume it is not made from the group of sheet silicate (phyllosilicat) minerals that includes several closely related materials having close to perfect basal cleavage.  (Credit to Wikipedia)

 

 

 

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Reply by JonDerry, Nov 16, 2012.

Mark - It's Cabernet Sauvignon from Buccella

How'd you come accross the bottles OT?

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Reply by outthere, Nov 16, 2012.

They are available locally. ACME Fine Wines in St Helena and Napa Valley Wine & Cigar in Napa both carry it.

It's a Cabernet consisting of wine that did not make the cut for the high end Buccella bottlings.

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Reply by jamessulis, Nov 16, 2012.

EMark, I think Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon is worth the trip to the store. Just finished a 2010 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, paid $14 but sometimes it's on sale for $12. Here's my take on it.

Quite full in the mouth with dark berry, slight hint of roes petal (nice) a little touch of oak and smoke and the finish is moderate to long depending on how open your buds are. I guess Horse Heaven Hills at one time had wild horses roaming on it prior to the winery which I'm guessing was in the early 80's. It's nice

Lefty and regards!

 

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Reply by EMark, Nov 17, 2012.

James, I will look for it.  I noticed in WS that multiple wineries use their fruit.

Epilog to the Tilia Bonarda adventure.  I finished off the bottle, last night, and I have to say that it was much more satisfying, last night--it actually seemed to have better integration of components, or, maybe, those components were better masked.  So, I don't feel I wasted my $9.  However, if I were to characterize or compare this wine to something more familiar, I would say that it is more like a Pinot Noir.   

Second epilog.  Mrs. EMark read the back label of the empty bottle.  "Tilia, the Latin name for Linden, is a traditional tree in Mendoza whose flowers are used to make a relaxing herbal tea, enjoyed after a long day's work among the vines."

"Screw that,"  she said.  "If I spent a long day's work among the vines, I want to drink the product of the vines."

 

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Reply by Eric Guido, Nov 17, 2012.

 

I have no work tonight, and so I'm going to cook up some oversized Hamburgers and pop open a 2010 Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Réservée

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Reply by Eric Guido, Nov 17, 2012.

Sorry for the crazy text above... strange.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Nov 17, 2012.

I think a Sabon CdP reserve is worthy of a crazy font. 

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Reply by Eric Guido, Nov 18, 2012.

It certainly was, this wine is everything I love about CdP, and not too bad of a price either.

http://www.snooth.com/wine/roger-sabon-chateauneuf-du-pape-cuvee-reservee-2010/

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Reply by zinfandel1, Nov 18, 2012.

Eric

You made my day. Now I don't feel bad about drinking a 2007 Domain Drouhin-Laroze Gevrey-Champertin 1er cru Clos Prieur last night with hot dogs and beans.

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Reply by Eric Guido, Nov 18, 2012.

I'm sure you can imagine that when I'm cooking for myself, that it's the simple things I crave.  

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Reply by outthere, Nov 18, 2012.

Slacking here, need to get current.

Popped this Thursday night but saved most for Friday. Lovely! 

Funny thing is that this was getting boxed up to be a Secret Santa gift until I realized it did not meet the cost requirements. Only a mid 20's wine but a real bargain at that price.

 

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