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by F.Daner
October 21st, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Frog's Leap Estate Cabernet
Replies: 11
Views: 1086

Re: TN: 2015 Frog's Leap Estate Cabernet

Great tasting and highly recommend visiting if you never had. I will post some thoughts on a new thread on the plane later today. We had some great library wines 2012 Cabernet 2008 Cabernet 2003 Merlot Along with the entire current lineup Chard SB 2015- Merlot 2017-Zin 2016 Cab Nice incentive and pr...
by F.Daner
October 21st, 2019, 10:30 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The right place at the right time: An afternoon w Myriad
Replies: 7
Views: 712

Re: The right place at the right time: An afternoon w Myriad

Yep that's it.
New wine for 2018 lineup.
Steve Crawford wrote:
October 21st, 2019, 9:29 am
Andrew Demaree wrote:
October 20th, 2019, 8:04 am
Thanks for posting the impressions, Fred. Sounds like a great time.

Interested to hear more about the Peterson Family Vineyard, if anyone knows more about that property.
see switchback ridge, south of eisele.
by F.Daner
October 20th, 2019, 7:44 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visit w Di Costanzo Wines
Replies: 0
Views: 156

Visit w Di Costanzo Wines

I was introduced to Di Costanzo and Massimo by Mike Smith in Saint Helena a few years back. Mike suggested I try the wines as he thought I would really enjoy Massimo's style and his project. Well he was right as usual and I've been following the wines since the 2013 vintage. I had a tasting lined up...
by F.Daner
October 20th, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Frog's Leap Estate Cabernet
Replies: 11
Views: 1086

Re: TN: 2015 Frog's Leap Estate Cabernet

Tasting today at Frog's Leap and very excited to try there wines based on the notes I've read here. I've seen the label for years but never got to know the story and the wines. Looks like the 16 Cab is still for sale on their website so will see what they are pouring.
by F.Daner
October 20th, 2019, 5:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The right place at the right time: An afternoon w Myriad
Replies: 7
Views: 712

Re: The right place at the right time: An afternoon w Myriad

Hi Merrill Agreed, especially with the majority of small producers discussed here. Way to much care about what goes into the bottle. So far the 17's we've tried have all been quite good. Sounds serendipitous, Fred. Thanks for touting a 2017 Napa Cabernet - so many are afraid, and to my experience, t...
by F.Daner
October 19th, 2019, 8:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Di Costanzo "Di Co" - anyone buying?
Replies: 45
Views: 3583

Re: Di Costanzo "Di Co" - anyone buying?

Chris- your going to be very happy with your purchase. We tasted with Erin yesterday and the wine is excellent. Glen is right that this has a slightly more savory note than the 16 Di Co. I'll be writing up some notes later but the 16 Farella is off the charts. I bought earlier in the year and this w...
by F.Daner
October 19th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The right place at the right time: An afternoon w Myriad
Replies: 7
Views: 712

The right place at the right time: An afternoon w Myriad

We took a break from traveling to Napa the past 3 years but work brought me to San Fran this week and no way we were not going to take advantage of being so close to one of our favorite places. We're doing a quick weekend that started Friday in Saint Helena. I reached out to Leah to let her know we ...
by F.Daner
October 19th, 2019, 7:37 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: 2017 Myriad Cabs, Napa Valley and Round Pond
Replies: 15
Views: 1400

Re: TNs: 2017 Myriad Cabs, Napa Valley and Round Pond

Hi Jeff, yes they allow pick up so you can schedule a visit with Leah if you like and take home your wine. They will be sharing a tasting room right in the middle of Yountville that should open later this year. I’m intrigued by these wines, especially the base Napa valley. However, the shipping char...
by F.Daner
October 19th, 2019, 7:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2005 Myriad Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Replies: 5
Views: 581

Re: TN: 2005 Myriad Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Thanks for posting. I have one bottle left of the original release. Have been wondering when to open it.
by F.Daner
October 15th, 2019, 5:17 pm
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB 2014 Kutch Chardonnay
Replies: 6
Views: 471

Re: WTB 2014 Kutch Chardonnay

Ok i will shoot you a note to connect
Len Stevens wrote:
October 15th, 2019, 5:02 pm
F.Daner wrote:
October 14th, 2019, 4:24 am
I don't have the chard but have 10 bottles of the 13 Pinot- SC, Falstaff and McDougal I'm looking to sell. Been stored in temp cellar since receiving from Jamie. If your interested I'll reach out and connect.
interested
by F.Daner
October 15th, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 911
Views: 47847

Re: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles

Marshal and others- Suggestions for Redondo Beach to Playa Del Ray area ? In town for one night for a quick trip. Hatchet Hall sounds like a good option for what I'm looking for but was also thinking of some place near the water. Open to all cuisine.

thx !
by F.Daner
October 14th, 2019, 6:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blankiet STIll deserves more attention on board ! Long and slightly interesting
Replies: 7
Views: 599

Re: Blankiet STIll deserves more attention on board ! Long and slightly interesting

Robert- It looks like it's available at Benchmark in Napa. I think this is one you might like and if you make it to Tampa and not at Bern's happy to open one up. I haven't checked on them since 2015. I have a client that would likely love this. And I know he has not tried Blankiet. How do I find it?
by F.Daner
October 14th, 2019, 6:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Blankiet STIll deserves more attention on board ! Long and slightly interesting
Replies: 7
Views: 599

Re: Blankiet STIll deserves more attention on board ! Long and slightly interesting

Thanks for the note Jonathan and agree that they should get more attention. Price points could have something to do with it ?? We've had a couple of great visits with Claude but stopped buying after 2013 along with all wines at those price points. I love Denis Malbec wines and luckily have a decent ...
by F.Daner
October 14th, 2019, 6:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 6
Views: 572

Re: TN: 2014 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (USA, California, Napa Valley)

I'm looking for some more to do the same.
Chris Seiber wrote:
October 13th, 2019, 8:28 am
I thought it was a good wine at the time. I stashed half a case away.
by F.Daner
October 14th, 2019, 4:24 am
Forum: Commerce Corner - Wine Classifieds
Topic: WTB 2014 Kutch Chardonnay
Replies: 6
Views: 471

Re: WTB 2014 Kutch Chardonnay

I don't have the chard but have 10 bottles of the 13 Pinot- SC, Falstaff and McDougal I'm looking to sell. Been stored in temp cellar since receiving from Jamie. If your interested I'll reach out and connect.
by F.Daner
October 14th, 2019, 4:04 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2016 Kirkland Signature Series, Stags Leap District Cabernet
Replies: 114
Views: 8998

Re: TN: 2016 Kirkland Signature Series, Stags Leap District Cabernet

My local Costco in Tampa had one bottle of the 17 which we opened and tasted before and after decanting. Josh's note is pretty spot on. Lot's of red fruit though I did get some plum notes on the back end. It had decent acid and is medium bodied. It didn't improve really with decanting and is quite r...
by F.Daner
October 13th, 2019, 4:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 6
Views: 572

TN: 2014 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (USA, California, Napa Valley)

I remember all the notes on the 13 bottle variation. I still have a few of those but found this digging around the cellar. I'll be looking for more. 2014 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley - USA, California, Napa Valley (10/13/2019) Dark in color with a nose of red and black fruit. Taste ver...
by F.Daner
October 12th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Valley’s Stony Hill Vineyard sells to Long Meadow Ranch -- SF Chronicle
Replies: 21
Views: 1512

Re: Napa Valley’s Stony Hill Vineyard sells to Long Meadow Ranch -- SF Chronicle

Very nice ! Looks like they do a library tasting at the general store at Farmstead. We will definitely be stopping by to try. I believe the current style is pretty similar. Very timely for this thread to show up, as I just picked up a bottle of the 1995 LMR Cabernet at auction last week and drank it...
by F.Daner
October 12th, 2019, 8:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Valley’s Stony Hill Vineyard sells to Long Meadow Ranch -- SF Chronicle
Replies: 21
Views: 1512

Re: Napa Valley’s Stony Hill Vineyard sells to Long Meadow Ranch -- SF Chronicle

This is an awesome story and so hard to pull of what the Mcrea's did to find the most optimal solution for their employees, business and family. I can't believe we've never visited before but solving that soon. I'm surprised we don't see more talk about LMR and their wines. I've eaten at Farmstead m...
by F.Daner
October 12th, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TNs: Friday Night at Bern’s
Replies: 13
Views: 923

Re: TNs: Friday Night at Bern’s

Sounds like an awesome visit and Brad was reaching deep into his cellar.
by F.Daner
October 12th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stony Hill!???
Replies: 11
Views: 1358

Re: Stony Hill!???

Looks like Long Meadow Ranch has a somewhat similar style. We're going to try and visit both next weekend.
Howard Cooper wrote:
August 24th, 2019, 3:48 am
Too bad. I like the Cab. But, isn’t the winemaker (Mike Chilini) retiring anyway?
by F.Daner
October 12th, 2019, 3:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: North Detroit Area- Farmington Hills
Replies: 6
Views: 254

Re: North Detroit Area- Farmington Hills

Bacco was spot on. We sat at the bar with Andrew the bartender and had a great meal.
F.Daner wrote:
October 8th, 2019, 3:06 am
Thanks Jim.
Jim Friedman wrote:
October 8th, 2019, 1:59 am
Bacco
https://baccoristorante.com/

Prime 29
http://www.prime29steakhouse.com/
by F.Daner
October 11th, 2019, 2:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stony Hill!???
Replies: 11
Views: 1358

Re: Stony Hill!???

Anyone been recently ? I'm thinking of scheduling a visit for a quick visit I have coming up.
by F.Daner
October 8th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Di Costanzo Cabernet Sauvignon Farella Vineyard
Replies: 3
Views: 418

Re: TN: 2014 Di Costanzo Cabernet Sauvignon Farella Vineyard

Good to hear you had a similiar experience Bob. I've enjoyed the 13 and 14 and have 15 and 16 at home. I'll be doing a tasting soon and will post back on the wines we taste. I just had this bottle at Del Friscos in Boston with my wife and agree, this wine is really good glad I have a few in the cell...
by F.Daner
October 8th, 2019, 3:06 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: North Detroit Area- Farmington Hills
Replies: 6
Views: 254

Re: North Detroit Area- Farmington Hills

Thanks Jim.
Jim Friedman wrote:
October 8th, 2019, 1:59 am
Bacco
https://baccoristorante.com/

Prime 29
http://www.prime29steakhouse.com/
by F.Daner
October 7th, 2019, 8:38 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: North Detroit Area- Farmington Hills
Replies: 6
Views: 254

North Detroit Area- Farmington Hills

I have 2 business dinners this week and in Farmington Hills. I'm looking for anything within a 15-20 minute drive for good food and decent wine list.

Thanks for the help.
by F.Daner
October 6th, 2019, 6:02 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Di Costanzo Cabernet Sauvignon Farella Vineyard
Replies: 3
Views: 418

TN: 2014 Di Costanzo Cabernet Sauvignon Farella Vineyard

This was terrific and even better with the Veal chop my wife and I shared. I'll let my others sleep a bit more but Massimo really hits my sweet spot for Napa Cab. 2014 Di Costanzo Cabernet Sauvignon Farella Vineyard - USA, California, Napa Valley, Coombsville (10/6/2019) I brought to dinner and deca...
by F.Daner
October 5th, 2019, 3:28 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Napa Transport
Replies: 7
Views: 469

Re: Napa Transport

Thanks Nick
Nick F. wrote:
October 5th, 2019, 8:37 am
Uber x was pretty available daytime, but 15-20 min wait
by F.Daner
October 5th, 2019, 6:29 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Napa Transport
Replies: 7
Views: 469

Re: Napa Transport

Bumping this topic to see what the latest is for both Uber and Lyft in Napa and Sonoma. Mostly day time.

thx
by F.Daner
October 5th, 2019, 6:26 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Italy (Rome/Florence/Venice) - June 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 435

Re: Italy (Rome/Florence/Venice) - June 2020

Rodney- plenty of time to plan. Michael posted some good threads including my report. Wish we would have had one more day in Florence. Here's another good one to review and make sure to check out the CT link embedded in the last post. Colin has an amazing write up on his trip with pics and wine revi...
by F.Daner
October 5th, 2019, 6:11 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 52
Views: 3804

Re: Winebid revised.....

I saw it across Napa Cab, Barolo and Burgs. I was batting about 60/40 so lost interest. May be just bad luck.... I have experienced the opposite. I with Victor, my experience has been solid, acceptable. Not perfect, but that’s not expected either when you are buying wines with some years on them fro...
by F.Daner
October 5th, 2019, 5:14 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Winebid revised.....
Replies: 52
Views: 3804

Re: Winebid revised.....

Haven't bought or been on the site in quite some time but no longer a buyer. I was hitting too many duds after trying them after time in the cellar. The bottles all looked fine. No signs of damage but many were dull and not representative of the same wines purchased from the Winery or retail.
by F.Daner
October 5th, 2019, 4:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: '16 Cepparello vs '16 Tignanello
Replies: 11
Views: 1165

Re: '16 Cepparello vs '16 Tignanello

Thanks Jeremy for putting Cepparello on my radar. My local retailer has them both. Quite the difference in price. Isn't the Cepparello generally 100% Sang where the Tignanello will blend in a small amount of Bdx varietals ? What are your thoughts on the Cepp Chianti Classico ? Seems like a great val...
by F.Daner
October 2nd, 2019, 4:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Napa Cab under $100
Replies: 77
Views: 4943

Re: Napa Cab under $100

To meet the criteria of what to drink now this would be my recommendation especially the 2009. My other thought since she liked the RC Affinity is 2010 or 2012 Robert Craig Howell or Mt Veeder. These might be the best $100 cabs out there and should be drinking great now. Benchmark has 1 bottle of th...
by F.Daner
October 2nd, 2019, 3:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Reserve Oakville
Replies: 3
Views: 489

Re: TN: 2014 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Reserve Oakville

Definitely worth a visit Jeff and their wine club pricing is pretty attractive for their top end bottles in comparison to others. I have yet to open one of those but they really impressed when I tasted with them 3 years ago.
jeffruggels wrote:
September 29th, 2019, 7:23 pm
sounds like right up my alley
by F.Daner
September 30th, 2019, 2:16 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 50 Top Pizzeria Europe and North America
Replies: 14
Views: 738

Re: 50 Top Pizzeria Europe and North America

I would imagine Pete Wells article about best pizza in NYC caused an uptick in business ?? I'm definitely going before the year is over. Saw a tweet from James Beard about this organization out of Naples and their Top 50 Pizzeria's in North America. Razza in NJ takes the top spot for North America. ...
by F.Daner
September 30th, 2019, 6:28 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 50 Top Pizzeria Europe and North America
Replies: 14
Views: 738

Re: 50 Top Pizzeria Europe and North America

Oh people will always disagree. That's what makes it fun but agree the quality of pizza has risen dramatically in North America. One of the best places I've had pizza recently was in Tulsa Ok at Andolini's. Haven't finished the list to see if it make top 100 but it sure should have. The reality is t...
by F.Daner
September 30th, 2019, 3:46 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: 50 Top Pizzeria Europe and North America
Replies: 14
Views: 738

50 Top Pizzeria Europe and North America

Saw a tweet from James Beard about this organization out of Naples and their Top 50 Pizzeria's in North America. Razza in NJ takes the top spot for North America. It makes for some good reading and debate. Looks like I have a lot of places I need to check out. Calling Mike P.... https://www.50toppiz...
by F.Daner
September 29th, 2019, 5:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Di Costanzo "Di Co" - anyone buying?
Replies: 45
Views: 3583

Re: Di Costanzo "Di Co" - anyone buying?

Yes they are. You can contact Erin via their website.
MikeVenezia wrote:
September 29th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Are these available to purchase still? Seems right up my alley and a great QPR, would love to get my hands on some!
by F.Daner
September 29th, 2019, 5:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Anybody buying the latest Blankiet release ?
Replies: 12
Views: 953

Re: Anybody buying the latest Blankiet release ?

Anyone visit lately ?
by F.Daner
September 29th, 2019, 4:43 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?
Replies: 19
Views: 1552

Re: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?

Barry- we had a great meal at Il Palagio but don't make the same mistake I did and not check the pricing on the pours from the wines they were doing from Coravin. They were way over priced. The list in general is as well. They do have nice BTG selections which is what we'll stick with if we go back....
by F.Daner
September 29th, 2019, 4:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Another blind Sunday
Replies: 8
Views: 836

Re: Another blind Sunday

Nice line up Scott !
by F.Daner
September 29th, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is Anyone Buying/Following Kapcsandy?
Replies: 42
Views: 3130

Re: Is Anyone Buying/Following Kapcsandy?

Hi Vincent he is not. He did take on that role at Blankiet where Denis also made the wines. According to the Kapcsandy website Tony Arcudi is the consulting winemaker. Denis left behind some very big shoes to fill. He made some of my all time favorite wines and was quite the gentleman. He gave us a ...
by F.Daner
September 29th, 2019, 4:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2014 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Reserve Oakville
Replies: 3
Views: 489

TN: 2014 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Reserve Oakville

I'm not drinking nearly as much Napa Cabernet lately. I believe the 16 is getting released so wanted to revisit. Turnbull has some unbelievable vineyards in Oakville. Worth seeking out. 2014 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Reserve Oakville - USA, California, Napa Valley, Oakville (9/29/2019) De...
by F.Daner
September 29th, 2019, 10:29 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: October trip to Piemonte then to Florence
Replies: 7
Views: 565

Re: October trip to Piemonte then to Florence

Justin- I'm a Marriott Rewards member and have a lot of points. We used them at the Westin in Florence. Beautiful hotel right on the river Arno. Great location and service. I posted a bunch about our trip and restaurants. Enoteca Pitti a board favorite is a must. Are you going south into Tuscany at ...
by F.Daner
September 29th, 2019, 5:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Di Costanzo "Di Co" - anyone buying?
Replies: 45
Views: 3583

Re: Di Costanzo "Di Co" - anyone buying?

Opened the 16 yesterday with friends and it was very good but drained too quickly as I think it would have improved with some time in the decanter. I'll be tasting the 17 in 3 weeks though I've already made my purchase. I bought last year, but will likely pass this year. The style was a little too f...
by F.Daner
September 29th, 2019, 4:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?
Replies: 19
Views: 1552

Re: Rome, Florence, Tuscany Michelin Starred Restaurants w/ Kids?

Great to hear Barry. They are batting 1000 w board members. Where are you going next ?? At Enoteca Pitti &Gola right now,great recommendation! Drinking a 96 Selpvapiana vignetto Bucerchiale 96 riserva that’s drinking perfectly (85 euros). Food menu is short but I loved what I got (chicken liver terr...
by F.Daner
September 29th, 2019, 4:10 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anybody Tried Drinkward Peschon 2016 Cab??
Replies: 10
Views: 1266

Re: Has Anybody Tried Drinkward Peschon 2016 Cab??

Thanks David. I saw someone in a different thread had posted $95. Glad to see it stayed the same as last year.
David McMillen wrote:
September 28th, 2019, 5:15 am
$75
by F.Daner
September 28th, 2019, 3:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Has Anybody Tried Drinkward Peschon 2016 Cab??
Replies: 10
Views: 1266

Re: Has Anybody Tried Drinkward Peschon 2016 Cab??

What was the release price this year ?
by F.Daner
September 24th, 2019, 9:03 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Vine Hill Ranch "VHR" 2015
Replies: 8
Views: 1026

Re: Vine Hill Ranch "VHR" 2015

Assuming the 16 was released earlier this year ?

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