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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 JonDerry, Jul 30, 2013.

GDP's article really had me craving Piedmont tonight, but I ran out of time to stop anywhere for some Produttori DB so I had to rely on the little wine I had at home. Fortunately, I unearthed my missing 2nd bottle of '10 Chionetti Dolcetto di Dogliani Briccolero the other night from a rarely inspected patch of passive storage in my kitchen. Had been there for 7 months (where many bottles go to die), and the temp sometimes pushes 80 degrees there.

All that said, this showed awesome tonight. Nose sported aroma's of roasted red and black fruits and baking spices, just bursting from the glass tonight. Love the fleshy texture on the palate, from light to medium bodied, but more towards medium and has just enough fat to provide some luxury and insolation. There's good freshness and energy, along with the slight bitterness and soil expressions you'd expect. Finishes slightly dry, with humble intensity but good persistence. Significantly better showing than with the previous bottle. A classy Dolcetto...recommended. Unfortunately looks like it's sold out in the U.S.

Thanks for the rec Foxall, what a comeback this made!

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Reply by outthere, Oct 8, 2013.

Sunday night was a birthday party for my Step-son. These are the ones we didn't quite finish, not pictured are '11 Apsara Sauv Blanc, 12 Quivet  Sauv Blanc, '12 Bedrock Old Vine Zin, '10 Gracianna Zin, 2x '11 Gracianna Chardonnay. I'm officially on the wagon for the rest of the week.

 

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Reply by EMark, Oct 8, 2013.

:-(

Well, if OT is abstaining, I have to question if there is any reason to hang around the Forum, this week.  I am also abstaining because of some sort of stupid bug.  So, all my enjoyment has to come vicariously.

 

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Reply by JonDerry, Oct 8, 2013.

Bug's got me too Mark. Looks like a mild week needed for us to get back on track.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Oct 9, 2013.

Not me.  We split a bottle of 2009 Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva tonight.  Really tasty old-school Chianti with the extra refinement of a Riserva.  Yesterday for my daughter's d-day we had Prather Ranch NY Strip steaks on the grill and opened that 1990 Spottswoode Cab.  At first it reeked of camphor and other weird things, but then it settled down and was pretty good, if a bit faded and over the hill.  We drank a 2007 Madrone Springs Cab, too, which was just a tannic beast.  I am leaving the other three at the bottom of a stack somewhere so I don't get tempted into thinking they are approachable before, say, 2017.  Anyone need an '07 birth year bottle?  This might be your candidate.  We also opened a 2009 Hammersky Red-Handed (mostly merlot), given to me by my nephew. The S-M could use a little merlot (it's 100% cab), but this was like a lot of merlot-dominated wines, IMO--fine but nothing special.  Going back to Sunday, we had fried ling cod (my wife bought a Southern Living cooking magazine, don't know what possessed her) and drank an Albarino that was okay.

Rest up and get well, every one.  We're two weeks and change from PN throwdown time. 

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Reply by JonDerry, Oct 10, 2013.

Easing back in to it the only way I know how, via Germany. For a little background on why this is in the glass tonight...I sampled my first Schafer-Frohlich last Thursday during a great "bring your own bottle" roundtable tasting at my cellar club and was impressed by this same wine from the 2005 vintage. After looking around for it, I couldn't really find more than an odd bottle available in the U.S., but shortly thereafter I got an e-mail from Best Wines Online who were offering this 2010 vintage at basically half off (just under $20). Couldn't pass this deal up, so here we go...hopefully this bottle isn't much worse for wear after all the travel around Southern CA in the last few days.

Green apple, pear, and a good mineral streak on the nose. Shows some richness and a sappy underbelly upon entry, with a burst of tart green apples on the mid-palate. Finishes medium in length, and low intensity. This is a little more sweet than it is fresh, but the fruit is pure and delicious. After trying the '05 just last week, I have an idea of how this will round out, and I'm sure I'll enjoy this a little more with some age on it. Still, it's very good right now.

 

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Reply by outthere, Oct 10, 2013.

Fell off the wagon tonight. It was D's birthday and I needed something to pair with the Soba Noodle Salad with Mango/Guava Vinaigrette that I made from a recipe in the Hali'imaile General Store Cookbook.

The pairing of choice was the 2011 Huet Vouvray Le Mont Sec

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Reply by outthere, Oct 16, 2013.

Got a couple of shiners from Mike Smith today.

Patiné Cellars is a label he does Pinot Noir for. He had done a tasting of 30 wines this morning for Antonio Galloni and had some bottles open. Timing is everything and I ended up coming home with the two Patiné.

Tonight was the 2012 Patiné Cellars Sagiacomo Roberts Rd Vineyard Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

Open 10 + hrs. Black cherry, raspberry, sarsaparilla and spice on the nose. Dark cherry, pomegranate and a hint of leather on a full round mouth. Finishes with a touch of smoke, black cherry liqueur and strawberry. Mild acidity and tannin.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Oct 17, 2013.

Sure is nice to live up there in wine country and be driving by as AG leaves! 

Glad you enjoyed that Huet, I just ordered a six pack of the 2012 Secs from Rare Wine. 

Last night we drank a Periquita from Fonseca.  Great with sausages, peppers and onions--really a basic red table wine.  I'm digging these inexpensive dry wines from Portugal, although their bounding exuberance could wear me out.  Like the labrador retrievers of the wine world--a big welcome home, and you want to kick back but you keep throwing the ball (or sipping the wine) past the point of reason. 

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Reply by outthere, Oct 25, 2013.

Priming the palate for tomorrow nights Throwdown. Dava got a bottle of 2010 Walter Hansel Cuvée Alyce Pinot Noir from her friend, who is the winemakers wife, as a birthday gift. So out came the cork! Sorry no pix. Big ripe Pinot which tasted blind could be mistaken for a Zinfandel. I don't think any of the wines I'm bringing tomorrow will even come close to this flavor profile, but I digress. Worked with the beer can chicken I smoked for dinner on the Big Green Egg. Would cut through the fat on those duck tacos too!

21hrs an counting!

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Reply by outthere, Oct 30, 2013.

Tonight we made tacos, no not Duck tacos just regular gr beef, so I figured we would pop a 2012 Mietz Zinfandel. I got this bottle as a gift from the vineyard owner when we were at an event back in May. Not his label but his fruit. The winery is actually on his property or at least touching it. Anyhow, I've been sitting on this bottle wondering what it's all about.

The vineyard itself, Sodini Ranch, is an old vine planting on the iconic Limerick Lane in Healdsburg CA where the RRV and Dry Creek Valley meet. It's a 108 year old field blend of Zinfandel, Alicante Bouschet, Petite Sirah among others.

Sodini Ranch

When I cut the capsule off the bottle I was surprised at what I saw. A black synthetic closure the likes of which I have never seen before.

Well, here's to saving a cork tree! The wine is not listed on the winery website so I imagine this is pre-release but based on historical pricing this should be around $25-30/btl.

After 3+ hours of air. White pepper and briary berry spice on the nose complementing rich blackberry/olallieberry aromas. Plush mouthful of slightly sweet blackberry, tobacco and oak. Juicy texture with lively acidity flowing into a grippy tannic finish. Really enjoyable bottle of Zinfandel that I'll be on the lookout for in the future. 14.2%abv

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Reply by EMark, Oct 30, 2013.

I guess last night was a Zinfandel night.  Sister-in-law is visiting this week and we had the Trader Joe's Spinach-Pepper-and-Cheese stuffed rolled flank steaks.  I had this Ridge Geyserville.  Another outstanding Ridge wine, although the initial blast of blackberry (to the point of sweetness) surprised me, that quickly diminished and all the things I love about Zinfandel (this was is 74% Zin along with Carignane, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Mourvedre and, who knows, there might be some Thompson seedless in there) take over--big, rustic, balanced acid and not terribly tannic.  I loved it.

The other wine in this pic is planned for tonight.  Yes, to honor the special guests from the Pinot Throwdown.

 

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Reply by outthere, Oct 30, 2013.

Well done Mark!

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Oct 30, 2013.

Hey, OT, making corks doesn't kill or even harm the trees! (Shearing sheep doesn't kill them, either, but they don't like it and I have to imagine they feel cold and naked afterward.)

Last night we finished off a Portugese red then re-visited the Ramspeck that JD opened at the end of Saturday.  Much better after 48 hours of air contact, IMO.  On Sunday, we had a Pinot Blanc from Trimbach (Alsace) that was pretty tasty, but not memorable.  Been opening them with my cool new corkscrew from James and Anne.  Thank you notes to them and Michelle went out this morning--the real kind on stationary.  I have a hunch my money won't be going to SLH as much in the near future.

We didn't have much in the way of leftovers from Saturday and we didn't go buy as many groceries on Saturday, so we'll probably cobble together pasta of some sort tonight.  I've got some of the latest Anna Maria Abbona dolcetto for tonight.  Then tomorrow it's pizza with the neighborhood parents while the kids trick-or-treat, so I'll probably open some Zin just because I've been drinking a lot of Italian wine already and I'm both low on Chianti and a little tired of it. Or, I could go pick up my Secret Santa bottle at WineMine and buy some Salice Salentino while I am there.

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Reply by outthere, Oct 30, 2013.

 Thank you professor Foxall. Did you know that corks trees are harvested something every 15-20 years due to the slow growth of their bark? Any bottle without a cork saves a natural resource.

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Reply by JonDerry, Oct 30, 2013.

Good to see life after the throw down resume. Took Sunday and Monday off before opening a Montirius Vacqueyras. 50% Syrah, 50% Syrah Has a lighter profile, lots of olive, herbs, and vegetal notes to it. Couldn't drink much more than a glass though before the Clipper game ruined my evening.

Glad the Ramspeck perked back up for you Fox, it was a little foolhardy opening that after 20+ Pinot's but the festive atmosphere got to me.

How was the Patz & Hall Mark?

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Reply by EMark, Oct 31, 2013.

The P & H was very good--a little more buttery than I usually like, but not over the top.  There was enough acid to allow me to enjoy.  So, maybe this was some sort of compromise Chardonnay between the heavily oaked, fat, buttery style that seems to sell a lot and the stark, tart, refreshing style that I normally enjoy.  I would say that it was my WOTN (several bottles of Chardonnay were opened last night to the pleasure of multiple white wine lovers, last night), but I also polished off that Geyserville, and thought it was even better on day 2.

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Reply by SecretSanta, Oct 31, 2013.

 Took Sunday and Monday off before opening a Montirius Vacqueyras. 50% Syrah, 50% Syrah

 

Would that make it 100% Syrah or a typo? 

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Reply by JonDerry, Oct 31, 2013.

50% Grenache, good looking out...

& thanks for the report Mark...I'm sure that would've tasted killer within the first month in barrel.

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Reply by gregt, Oct 31, 2013.

Having Plumpjack Estate right now. Felt like having a Cab after a lot of Spanish wine.

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