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Snooth User: outthere

Whatcha drinking tonight?

Original post by outthere, Jun 11, 2012.

The title is self-explanatory. What are you enjoying this evening? Or not?

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Reply by EMark, Sep 5.

Not too many people posting on Snooth, these days.  I'd best not speculate.

One of my favorite wineries.

 

VERY light-bodied red wine. Some red fruit--strawaberry--on entry and, OK, not red, a suggestion of blueberry.  Very lean and somewhat tart.  Of course, in my opinion that makes for an easy drinking wine.  I have to confess that there is not much in the way of complexitiy or sophistication in this wine, but, like I say, it is easy to drink, and I'm liking it.

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Reply by duncan 906, Sep 9.

The other day I had a bottle of Chateau Siran Margaux that I bought on my trip to Bordeaux back in May. Chateau Siran was the first place the tour took us to on our trip around the Bordeaux vineyards. I thought it lovely stuff so I bought a bottle. I wrote up a review on here. My opinion has not changed. I still think it a lovely claret.with plenty of fruit and flavour.I had it with my supper of roast pork while watching Bach's 'Well tempered Clavier' on www.bbc.co.uk/proms

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Reply by EMark, Sep 11.

 

Unusual wine.  Very bright, fruity nose.  On the tip of the tongue, again, red fruit, but, then, some serious tartness..  The next decriptor that comes to mind is lemon pith.  The edges of my tonge feel like I've been eating that white stuff right below the yellow zest of a lemon peel.  Now, if this were a light-bodied white wine,I would call it "refreshing," but it's not.  Not an awful wine experience, but perplexing..

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Reply by vin0vin0, Sep 11.

Mark, interesting notes for a Spanish red.  Looking at my CT inventory, we drank a bottle of the '10 vintage of this back in January but I didn't write any tasting notes, must not have made much of an impression. I have another bottle in the wine closet, might have to dig it out sooner rather than later.

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Reply by vin0vin0, Sep 12.

Fun grenache from Adelaida out of Paso.  Not overly complex but fresh and smooth mainly showing ripe black cherry but with with subtle notes of dark plum and just a touch of leather. There is a medium amount of acidity, smooth light tannins and a medium length finish.  (can y'all see the label?)

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Reply by EMark, Sep 12.

Uh, yeah, v v, I guess we can see the label.

Here's mine for tonight

An exemplary for the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.  Obvious dark fruit on entry.  Then some  things that make you think "rustic"--leaher, dustiness.  Still some very stiff tannins.  I'm liking that.  An enjoyable wine to dring, tonight, but if anybody is dedicating cellar space to this, I feel that's a reasonable investment.  There is no rush.

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Reply by dmcker, Sep 12.

Duncan, sounds like a nice night with the Siran, roast pork and Bach piano (or was it actually played on a clavier?).

Back in the '80s, when Bordeaux prices were a fraction of what they are now (go take a flying leap, RP et al.!), I used to buy Siran in case lots and it became a weeknight companion. I tended to look for more 'masculine'  knock-your-socks-off-yet-with-balance types for my special bottles then, while Siran tended toward the 'feminine' (for left-bank Bordeaux, anyway) with noticeable finesse. I must have liked it because I kept buying those cases....

Mark, yes on the laying Chappellets down. It pays off, though I'm not sure how much with whichever bottling they're now offering, compared to the fewer offerings in the past..

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Reply by Ivesreeves, Sep 12.

Dined at a small plate venue called Vernick's in Philadelphia tonight.  A few publishing colleagues and I enjoyed a bottle of Zin that was fall-off-my-chair delicious.  Had to snap a pic.  Remember those Hostess cherry pie snacks we devoured as kids? Tonight was the first time I ever picked up that note in a glass of wine. This wine not only offered that bit of nostalgia but also served as a suitable pairing with my veal shank and white asparagus.  Fun night. 

 

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Reply by dmcker, Sep 13.

Ives, those Hostess fruit pies (cherry, apple, blackberry) in the waxed paper wrappers were my 2nd dessert of choice (first was on the tray when sitting down inside) when we gathered in the quad outside the cafeteria after lunch in Jr. Hi and High School. A distant 2nd choice was Doritos (spicy hot taco flavor), which had just come out back then. Hell, I devoured most any and everything, while still being a bit picky, and those or fresh fruit did it for me among the choices available in that context. Still remained rail-thin, back then, anyway.

Will try to remember that Hartford Zin...

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Reply by rckr1951, Sep 30.

Went a little South American with steak, grilled veggies, etc and these:

Both of these were really good.  The 2013 Terra Noble PN was a lot like some of the Central Otago wines I've tried. Elegant, easy drinking, a touch of spice and smooth tannins.  Raspberry and dark cherry on entry. Great nose.

The CyT Serie Ribera Cabby was at it's prime. Plenty blackberry, dirt, a cedar note and chewy tannins made a good under the radar find. Well done and a solid QPR entry.  Let these sit for 3/4 yrs.

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Reply by Diego Andrés Díaz, Oct 2.

I been sipping this for about two weeks. Noe Pedro Ximenez sherry by Gonzales Byass.

Dark as ebony, thick as oil, and sweet as raisins. 

Although very intense, sometimes it´s a little cloying. Does anybody else love Sherry wines?

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Reply by dmcker, Oct 2.

Me! But more often in the fino direction than Pedro Ximenex or even Oloroso. 

Have you been to southern Spain?

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Reply by EMark, Oct 2.

I bought this on impulse a few weeks ago and I'm really liking it.

 

I like wines that "suggest" fruit on the tip of the tongue, not blast you with it.  This one suggest red plum.  So, we're off to a good start.  As the wine moves back there is is some savoriness and some earthiness.  VERY sedate on both the tannin and the acid.  This is a "drink me now" wine, not a "allocate wine cellar space for a few more years" wine.

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Reply by Diego Andrés Díaz, Oct 3.

No DMCKER, I have not been in Spain, althought Sherry country is part of my dream wine trip. I love Fino too, specially Tio Pepe, reliable and here it is very easy to find.

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Reply by duncan 906, Oct 5.

When I had a short break in Gibraltar a few years ago and I went to their tourist office I had a choice between a day trip to the Tio Pepe estate in southern Spain or one by boat across to Tangeir. I chose Morocco as many of those who had been on the Tio Pepe trip a couple of days previously returned considerably the worse for drink

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Reply by duncan 906, Oct 5.

The other day I hads a lovely right bank claret from a 'petit chateau' in the less fashionable appellation of the Cotes de Francs, a Chateau Puygueraud-lots of fruit with soft tannins.I did write up a review of course

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Reply by EMark, Oct 5.

The first one of these that I've ever had.

 

Clearly and easy wine to drink.  My objection to it is that it is too "civilized" or, maybe, "commercialized" is a better word.  Big red fruit on entry--almost jammy.  There are still some pretty stiff tannins and good acid, but it doesn't have that "rustic" feel that I like in Zinfandel.

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Reply by rckr1951, Oct 5.

EMARK - I'm glad someone thinks the that way....I just have a hard time with this wine when there are other wines that are more "rustic" to use your word - which is accurate I believe.

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Reply by rckr1951, Oct 11.

Tried this wine - I've had for a few months now.  Was looking through a Wine Spectator and saw that they gave it an 89  saying - "Rich and chewy, with dark berry, cedar, licorice, herb and earthy notes. drink through 2026."

Really?! We must have had different bottling of the 2014 California wine. This wasn't rich and chewy at all - rather transparent and red fruit dominated (at least to the 3 of us that tried it. A little sweet at the end also and not well balanced in my opinion. 

Was trying to see if I crazy and the weirdest thing happened - a link took me to Wine Align out of Canada.  Apparently, because it of the name Lindeman, they assumed that it was made in OZ.  It's not - it's made in Ca. Says so on the back and it's got "California" in it's back name. Don't know what they're thinkin' up there.

Anyway, this is not an 89 point wine - 83-84 points maybe - and it needs food to be any good at all.

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Reply by rckr1951, Oct 13.

Looking for something to lighten the mood - tried this:

And it worked! Sileni does a wonderful job at just about every level.  "The Straits" is really good for $14 more or less.

Found an old (for me) bottle of 19 Crimes sitting around...decided to try it with guy who helped me drink the Sileni...it was much better than we expected.  The fruit was big and lead to surprising tannins and balanced acidity.  There was a sweet dark cherry, viscosity that was bold and a little syrupy, putting a little port edginess to the finish.  Totally unexpected - but a decent surprise.

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