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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 Bargranch, Jun 21, 2012.

La Crema Los Carneros Chardonnay.

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Reply by napagirl68, Jun 22, 2012.

Mmmm... had a great Charbono tonight at a wine bar...

2008 Guglielmo charbono, santa clara county

cherries up front followed by dark chocolate... basically a non-sweet black forest cake here!.. yummmm

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Reply by napagirl68, Jun 23, 2012.
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Reply by outthere, Jun 24, 2012.

Snooth, iPads and photo uploads... Nuff said.

  • 2010 Wind Gap Trousseau Gris Fanucchi Wood Road
  • 205 WesMar Pinot Noir Olivet Lane

Both rocked.

 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jun 24, 2012.

Mining the metadata of NG's photo, I now know where she lives. ;-)

I had a funny wine, a Tempranillo from El Dorado County that was bottled for the now-defunct wine club My Wines Direct.  It was okay with our sausages and peppers, more like a simple CdR in some ways.  I'm just killing a couple bottles before we go to Europe, so I stashed everything in the basement in case of a heatwave while I'm gone. I've got a red from the Loire and half a bottle left of Clay Mauritson's Sauv Blanc.  (It's a little more NZ gooseberry and grass than I remembered, but not overwhelmingly.) I think my taste may be off a little because I've been taking lots of Naproxen for my back, had an epidural cortisone shot, and am sleeping kind of poorly.  But I'm working through it.

Now if NG can mine my posts for my IP address and trace it to a real address, she can come over while I am gone and steal all my Ramey, Bell, Dunn, and Roar. Unless my nephew beats her to it.

Three days of work, then off to Europe.  Woo hoo.

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Reply by outthere, Jun 26, 2012.

Tonight I'm trying to keep drinking what I opened last night. 2003 Parker Family Vineyards Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This thing is a huge fruit bomb though. Big ripe fruit nose, ripe fruit palate to the point of having RS, stewed fruit, syrupy texture, lots of mocha from the oak and resolved tannins (if there were any to begin with) on a short sweet finish. Maybe I could find a real green tannic Syrah that I could do a blending experiment with. This one is just too over the top for me and I have 3 more bottles left. Yikes!

 

 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jun 26, 2012.

Get some underripe cab franc maybe?  I'm finishing a Saumur-Champigny (cab franc) from the Loire or the Mauritson SB that we opened a day or two ago--depends on what's for dinner when I get home.

Don't think that Parker is going to make old bones, as they say.   A little pricey for cooking, but wouldn't kill to use a little when braising something.  You could drink the remaining bottles in the winter before the food comes out and use it to deglaze the pots, too, while you make beef stew, then switch to something with a little more acid when it's time to eat the stew.  Some wines just don't hold up when we go back to them and there's nothing we can do.

I moved everything down to the basement in case it gets hot while I'm gone.  Maybe I can convince my wife that we're low on wine when we get back and fill the dining room rack (36 bottles) with new purchases. 

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Reply by outthere, Jun 26, 2012.

Not pricey for cooking at all when I can't drink them. Last night I finished that Matthew Talyor PN I opened the week before and it was still real nice after the weekend in the fridge. It's cedar nose tannic finish gave me a woody for some Cab so I popped this hoping it would suffice. Bad choice. I think this one is going into a pot to reduce and then into an ice cube tray to be frozen and then into a seal-a-meal for easy storage. I see short ribs in its' future!

Have fun in the EU!

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Reply by EMark, Jun 26, 2012.

1997 Carmenet Dynamite North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon.

A fairly low dollar investment in 1999--$11.99.  I've had a glass already and it is pretty darned good--especially considering that North Coast is not one of the generally accepted preferred AVAs (GAPAVA) for cab. 

Grilled Tri-tip steaks tonight with grillrd asparagus.

Get a load of this label.  That is the Hale-Bopp comet swooshing above.  Not sure about the things with the bears, but it certainly is comical.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jun 26, 2012.

That's a collector's item--the bottle, not the wine inside, EMark.  The wine sounds like a winner, too.  "North Coast" includes Napa and a host of other AVAs, so this could be a blend from some top vineyards.  You never know.  Also, some areas like Rockpile weren't recognized in 1997, so there's another possibility.  I think the labels on Husch, produced in Mendocino County, said North Coast for a while in the '90s. It was good Cab that came from outside their regular borders.

OT, I was actually thinking that very thought.  If it's just not drinkable, it doesn't matter anymore what you paid for it.  I think dmcker vinegars some pretty pricey bottles, too.  It's good to have a bottle on hand that you've given up on so you don't use something you really like to sip for cooking.  Wine quality makes some difference in cooking sometimes, but wines that didn't drink well can have attributes--fruit bombiness or too much VA--that work in glazes and marinades, IMO.

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Reply by outthere, Jun 26, 2012.

I went to a cooking class at the Culinary Institute at Greystone Cellars in St Helena and the chef said explicitly, cook with what you don't want to drink and don't waste good wine on cooking. Think about this, what does heat do to wine? I rest his/my case.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jun 27, 2012.

Gotta say, I've heard of beef braised in barolo and wondered why I'd use such an expensive wine for it.

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Reply by JonDerry, Jun 27, 2012.

Just catching up on this thread...loving all the pics lately. Unfortunately haven't been opening many bottles during the week, seems to get late real fast after my long and late commute. 

By the way, you're out of control Fox! Especially with pegging NG's whereabouts, and mentioning your potential treasure map. I'm actually in the process of moving in to a real reputable storage facility in Irvine. 16 cs/ $330 - 14 months. They also have some facilities for drinking your wine there and hanging out.

 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jun 27, 2012.

Don't know how much I pegged about NG's whereabouts, but suggested she could decipher mine. Not a secret she lives in the greater Bay Area, but I won't go further, and I don't know much more anyway.  I make no secret of living in Oaktown and storing my bottles in my quarter basement. I've had many watches and laptops stolen (now I have a bang-up security system, so get no ideas), but no wine.  Too bulky, and most of mine wouldn't jump out either because it's not that expensive or it's relatively obscure.  No Silver Oak or even Caymus.

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Reply by JonDerry, Jun 27, 2012.

The "No Silver Oak or even Caymus" sounds like a good tagline, except the right banker in me will enjoy a good Caymus from time to time - even if they get their Merlot qualities from mostly Cabernet.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jun 27, 2012.

I don't want to go the reverse-snob or obscurantist route, but I buy wines like I bought records when I was young:  If you can get it in a restaurant pretty easily (or hear it on the radio often, for music), there's less need to own it yourself.  So, I own no Rolling Stones, Beatles, or Springsteen LPs, but Little Johnny Taylor?  Indie Bay Area music from the mid '80s? A rare and great copy of Portrait of Ray?  Coming right up. I love the Stones, somehow lack the gene for the Beatles, and think driving and hearing a Springsteen tune is pretty much what it means to be alive.  So put Silver Oak in with the (Silver) Beatles, and you can call the others what you like.

Nowadays, winemakers and growers are like indie rockers Chuck Prophet and Steve Yerkey were for me in my youth:  If I love your stuff, I want to get to know you and be on the guest list, have backstage passes.

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Reply by JonDerry, Jun 27, 2012.

Good analogy, but those stones and beatles records are great for the deep tracks and just so that you can listen all the way through. Understood about the back stage passes and connections to be made with smaller wineries though.

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Reply by outthere, Jun 27, 2012.

After last nights debacle I had to make things right. I can't go too long without a Syrah anyhow but it's been a couple weeks at least. Yikes!

But alas I have 3 of these and Cellartracker says I only have 2. That means I'm in the bonus round right?

Been open 1-1/2 hrs and still kinda tight. Nose is showing off some great black and blue fruit aromas, smoked cured bacon and white pepper. Palate is tight. Big chewy finish

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Reply by jamessulis, Jun 27, 2012.

Went to the rack and grabbed blindly, up popped a 2009 Two Vines Merlot/Cabernet from Columbia Crest. Now this pricing is amazing at under $10. Columbia Crest up in Paterson, Washington does most all their wines well. Ample deep aroma of blackberry/raspberry. Upon entry, deep flavorful fruit and a smooth taste of vanilla and a tiny touch of floral at the end. The finish is way down satisfying and long.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jun 28, 2012.

I used to get a Columbia Crest in splits or halves--super value wine.  Our babysitter, a preschool teacher/guitar teacher really appreciated that I left them out for him.  Good memories. 

OT, you are not in the bonus round--those wines have some future!  Save the others a while.  That just sounds like 1) going to be even better tomorrow 2) going to be amazing in a few more years and for a while after.

JD, I get about the "deep tracks," although I can do without the stuff Keith sings on.  But every track on a Little Johnny Taylor record is a deep track, and I can hear the Stones, et al. at other people's houses, too.

No wine at all tonight because it's packed away.  The hours dwindle down.

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