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by F.Daner
January 14th, 2020, 5:49 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 16
Views: 2162

Re: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford

Robert- Total Wine, ABC and Leukens have it for $50 in Tampa. Have to think TW and ABC should have in Orlando. I've retasted and conitnue to add when I see it. Damn this is great juice. Thanks for the note which I largely agree with! Reminds me of a slightly less stern and structured Mayacamas Caber...
by F.Daner
January 3rd, 2020, 4:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fogline Vineyards Visit
Replies: 35
Views: 2183

Re: Fogline Vineyards Visit

Hey Evan- couldn't agree more with you on the 2014 Syrah. It is excellent. Look forward to the Berserker day offer. Thanks guys. It has been a challenging year personally and while we are fine business wise I have seen a big decline in visitors to Sonoma County, I imagine due to the fires and flood ...
by F.Daner
December 30th, 2019, 6:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fogline Vineyards Visit
Replies: 35
Views: 2183

Re: Fogline Vineyards Visit

Great thread. Had a Syrah tonight to check in on it and will be doing one of the pinots this week. Have yet to try a Bacchus so probably will go with the 13.

Evan- looks like you guys are doing well. Hope to see you in 2020.
by F.Daner
December 30th, 2019, 6:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Fogline Vineyards Syrah Grist Vineyard
Replies: 1
Views: 243

Re: TN: 2013 Fogline Vineyards Syrah Grist Vineyard

I had the 14 Grist tonight. It was terrific from the get go with meaty dark fruit notes. It has some structure and a bit of tannin so still young. The wine really shined though with food as we had Shepards Pie with Lamb and it was an awesome combination. I don't drink a lot of Syrah and I think the ...
by F.Daner
December 29th, 2019, 4:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Miami Restaurant Reccos
Replies: 28
Views: 3300

Re: Miami Restaurant Reccos

We ended up going to Macchialina on South Beach. Our group for night 2 actually grew to 15 and the restaurant did a fantastic job on short notice. We did a 6pm seating and a multi course tasting menu for $59 per. 4 courses and 10 different dishes. Great food and service and quite the value especiall...
by F.Daner
December 28th, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 300
Views: 13753

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Olivia V #2. Love this size and the robusto

For the College playoffs today when finished with wine: My Fathers Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo. Afficiando gave it Cigar of the year in 2015. We'll see how good it is and post back.
by F.Daner
December 28th, 2019, 6:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1738
Views: 210427

Re: Official Costco Thread

Sherri- it's a good value at its regular price and a great value at $60. Modern style but very well made and polished. It really opened up with food and will reward a few more years of aging. 2016 Tenuta Argentiera for $60 in Tampa. Great Super Tuscan at the lowest cost I've seen in the states. I'm ...
by F.Daner
December 28th, 2019, 4:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Who Makes The Best Merlot In California?
Replies: 56
Views: 3390

Re: Who Makes The Best Merlot In California?

At the top end of the market Blankiet and Kapcsandy as I loved Denis Malbec's wines. I opened the 2008 Kap Roberta's Reserve for Christmas dinner. It had about 8 hours of air and 2+ hours decant. One of the best wines I've had this year. Still young but in a great spot. I thought it lost a touch of ...
by F.Daner
December 26th, 2019, 3:59 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2016 Tenuta Argentiera Bolgheri Superiore - BestBuy
Replies: 4
Views: 510

Re: 2016 Tenuta Argentiera Bolgheri Superiore - BestBuy

We had on Christmas eve with pasta. It was excellent with a few hours in the decanter. Costco in the states has it for $60 so picked up a few more. We visited in Sept as well. Beautiful winery and location on Bolgheri.

Cheers
by F.Daner
December 26th, 2019, 3:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 1738
Views: 210427

Re: Official Costco Thread

2016 Tenuta Argentiera for $60 in Tampa. Great Super Tuscan at the lowest cost I've seen in the states. I'm going back for a few more bottles.
by F.Daner
December 23rd, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visit w Di Costanzo Wines
Replies: 12
Views: 1890

Re: Visit w Di Costanzo Wines

I am going to open one tomorrow with some friends. I have 13-16 so not sure yet but the 16 is so good right now.
Chris Atkins wrote:
December 19th, 2019, 9:18 pm
I mistakenly opened a bottle of 2016 Farella Vineyard recently, rather than the intended 2013. No regrets however, I thought I was drinking Chateau Lafite!
by F.Daner
December 22nd, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 16
Views: 2162

Re: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford

I would make an appt but if you go off season and not a weekend you might be able to walk in. They do charge a fee but ours was waived as we bought wine and joined the wine club. We did the patio tasting which you do need to reserve. This is from memory but believe we tasted Current release SB, Char...
by F.Daner
December 22nd, 2019, 5:21 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Need Atlanta restaurant rec under specific circumstances...
Replies: 7
Views: 449

Re: Need Atlanta restaurant rec under specific circumstances...

Aria or dining at The Chefs Table at the Four Seasons are probably your best bet. If your paring wines and drinking Uber is plentiful in Buckhead. Bacchinalia in Midtown could also be a good option. https://www.fourseasons.com/content/fshr/pages/en/properties/atlanta/dining.html Given your highly sp...
by F.Daner
December 22nd, 2019, 3:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 16
Views: 2162

Re: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford

Do you mean in general ? We had a great visit from when I posted this original note. Rory Williams reached out as well to connect but unfortunatley we just missed him. He offered to show us around and we'll definetly take him up on that when we visit next year. Had the 16 from half bottle this week....
by F.Daner
December 15th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 16
Views: 2162

Re: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford

RoberT- Luekens in Tampa has it for $55 which is around the wine club price if you make it over this way. Damn this is great juice. Thanks for the note which I largely agree with! Reminds me of a slightly less stern and structured Mayacamas Cabernet. Just a hint of green bell pepper if you really wa...
by F.Daner
December 14th, 2019, 4:54 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Larger group visit to Napa / Sonoma
Replies: 9
Views: 540

Re: Larger group visit to Napa / Sonoma

Mending Wall and Alpha Omega would be great choices on the higher end. Clos Du Val would be a good option for moderate priced Cabs. DiCostanza also has access to a larger tasting room at COPIA in Napa and could set up a private tasting there. Cab's range from $55-115 and they are some of my favorite...
by F.Daner
December 8th, 2019, 6:19 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Balanced, non fruit bomb cabernets?
Replies: 54
Views: 2806

Re: Balanced, non fruit bomb cabernets?

B-21 in state is a great option but many of the wineries mentioned will ship directly to Florida. Ruston, Frogs Leap, Calluna( Sonoma) and other now reguarly ship here. We have an open window now till April other than potential cold fronts out west. Lots of great suggestions so far and a lot of grea...
by F.Daner
December 7th, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Miami Restaurant Reccos
Replies: 28
Views: 3300

Re: Miami Restaurant Reccos

Thanks Richard. I may an evening when it's a much smaller group that we'll target. You confirmed what I was thinking.
richard ritter wrote:
December 7th, 2019, 8:37 am
I ate there and the food was excellent.However, the room was noisy so it might not be great for a business meeting of 10.
by F.Daner
December 7th, 2019, 4:22 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Balanced, non fruit bomb cabernets?
Replies: 54
Views: 2806

Re: Balanced, non fruit bomb cabernets?

+1 on these and they should be pretty accessable in the market place. Frogs Leap is also a great spot to visit. Long Meadow Ranch is another good one and excellent price point if you join their wine club. +1 on Frog's Leap and Ridge Estate. I would also add Keenan, which is not quite old school, but...
by F.Daner
December 7th, 2019, 4:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Miami Restaurant Reccos
Replies: 28
Views: 3300

Re: Miami Restaurant Reccos

Macchialina on South Beach sounds very good. Anyone been ? I have a business dinner the week of 12/16 but right now the host is leaning towards STK. Very different experience and price points. Macchialina sounds like it might not be a great spot for a group of 10 ?
by F.Daner
December 6th, 2019, 5:12 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix? Is that that good?
Replies: 16
Views: 1156

Re: Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix? Is that that good?

I've have seen and read reviews for the last few years and was able to go last night. I thought it was very good but would not rank it above Keste in NY. We loved this app that Bryan describes below. We went to the Town and Country location. Got there early and by the time we left it was full. Great...
by F.Daner
November 30th, 2019, 4:18 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Italy itinerary - does this work?
Replies: 25
Views: 3253

Re: Italy itinerary - does this work?

Looks like it was a great trip. Plenty of wine for sure. Glad you enjoyed Pitti Gola. One of the great finds from this board.
by F.Daner
November 30th, 2019, 4:14 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Charlotte
Replies: 11
Views: 423

Re: Charlotte

Love Fig Tree. I've done a few dinners there and also gone solo at the bar. They usually have some nice BTG options and the bartender makes a killer Manhattan, great guy as well. Aria Tuscan Grill has been a nice surprise downtown. Solid food and good Italian list. I'll have to check out Carpe Diem ...
by F.Daner
November 24th, 2019, 4:28 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Drinkward Peschon Holiday Release
Replies: 0
Views: 288

Drinkward Peschon Holiday Release

Nice holiday release by DP. 2010-2015 6 year vertical set for $650.

2016 and 2015 750 and Mags available at regular release pricing along with 2014 Mags.

I picked up some 2016 as I missed earlier in the year. Passed on the vertical as I have all those wines already.

cheers
by F.Daner
November 23rd, 2019, 4:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales
Replies: 118
Views: 13210

Re: Suit against Bryant Family alleges falling sales

I gave it a quick read but it looks like she saved them $3.2 mil in interest costs. I'd say that's a pretty good job. I probably would have fired her too but not over this valuation dispute. Paying someone 400k to renegotiate a loan with the same bank is silly. Also if 300m in assets already backs u...
by F.Daner
November 23rd, 2019, 3:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 16
Views: 2162

Re: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford

Good to hear you enjoyed Peter. I really expect this to improve with time and pick up a bit of weight. I'm going to be buying some back vintages that are still out there. Worth joining the mailing list as well for pricing and access to library wines. Damn this is great juice. Thanks for the note whi...
by F.Daner
November 14th, 2019, 10:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visit w Di Costanzo Wines
Replies: 12
Views: 1890

Re: Visit w Di Costanzo Wines

Just got a note from Erin that they are making the 16 Farella and 17 DICO available for the Holidays. I enjoyed them both quite a bit and the 16 Farella was one of my favorite wines tasted from our trip this year.

Cheers
by F.Daner
November 10th, 2019, 4:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Recent New Orleans Eats
Replies: 118
Views: 8353

Re: Recent New Orleans Eats

Nice work Jim ! Hoping to head back in the next few months. So many new places to try. Just adding some notes from our late October visit. Dinner: La Petite Grocery - This is a good solid offering if you have not been. Modern american restaurant with southern influenced ingredients. Ricotta Dumpling...
by F.Daner
November 2nd, 2019, 4:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a better Halloween wine than EMH Black Cat ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1523

Re: Is there a better Halloween wine than EMH Black Cat ?

Loved the 09 Merrill and it's still has a ton of life in it. I am supposed to have 1 of the Special Selection left but haven't been able to find it in the cellar. My 2009 EMH Black Cat is, in my opinion, the best wine I have made. Particularly the Special Selection. Number 2 is the 2001, which is st...
by F.Daner
November 1st, 2019, 2:17 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a better Halloween wine than EMH Black Cat ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1523

Re: Is there a better Halloween wine than EMH Black Cat ?

WOTN for us !
Merrill Lindquist wrote:
October 31st, 2019, 8:49 pm
C Chen wrote:
October 31st, 2019, 5:33 pm
Yes, there are plenty of better wines to drink on Halloween. neener
I'll try very hard to not take offense at this comment. [cheers.gif]
by F.Daner
October 31st, 2019, 5:09 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a better Halloween wine than EMH Black Cat ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1523

Re: Is there a better Halloween wine than EMH Black Cat ?

All good ones but would did you open ?

The Black Cat was singing after a 3 hour decant.
by F.Daner
October 31st, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Is there a better Halloween wine than EMH Black Cat ?
Replies: 28
Views: 1523

Is there a better Halloween wine than EMH Black Cat ?

Not in my cellar

2009 EMH Black Cat open and in the decanter. Already smells wonderful.

What are you drinking tonight ?

Happy Halloween everyone. Hopefully everyone in Sonoma is making there way back home and can enjoy a glass of wine.

Cheers
by F.Daner
October 31st, 2019, 12:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19507

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

Beautiful news ! If anything can be done to recognize the work of the amazing firefighters please post here. We have some friends in Windsor and would be happy to contribute. Headed very much in a direction towards normalcy. It was actually a beautiful day in Alexander Valley today. I never thought ...
by F.Daner
October 27th, 2019, 10:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Bressler Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 19
Views: 786

Re: TN: 2009 Bressler Cabernet Sauvignon

Sherri- understood and I have the same issue with many Napa wine these days when you compare to what you can get in other regions. I have to think at some point consolidation or reckoning will eventually happen.

Cheers
by F.Daner
October 27th, 2019, 8:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Bressler Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 19
Views: 786

Re: TN: 2009 Bressler Cabernet Sauvignon

Andrew- I believe Anomly wines
Andrew Demaree wrote:
October 27th, 2019, 7:18 am
Anyone know who they’re selling their fruit to?
by F.Daner
October 27th, 2019, 5:57 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville
Replies: 274
Views: 19507

Re: Fires in Sonoma...again - Geyserville

I will never complain about Hurricane season again. As stressful as it can be watching a storm track I can't imagine dealing with fire storms. The evac map that Hardy posted a link on is stunning. We are all hoping and praying for y'all. Prayers and positive vibes to all in the affected region. This...
by F.Daner
October 27th, 2019, 5:55 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Bressler Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 19
Views: 786

Re: TN: 2009 Bressler Cabernet Sauvignon

No one is a fan of cost increases but they were $85 for a long time. I doubt any of us pay the same for anything we were purchasing 5 years ago. Every business has had to absorb higher costs to produce their products. Labor, insurance, storage, barrels, etc I imagine went up more than the $10 per bo...
by F.Daner
October 27th, 2019, 4:46 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2009 Bressler Cabernet Sauvignon
Replies: 19
Views: 786

Re: TN: 2009 Bressler Cabernet Sauvignon

One of our favorite wines for sure. We were lucky to try a 2000 which was their first vintage last weekend in Napa. It was in great shape with no signs of declining. A great wine for the vintage. We shared a bottle of the 12 last night with friends. They are not Cali Cab fans and they couldn't stop ...
by F.Daner
October 27th, 2019, 4:25 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Hooker House, Bedrock Wine Co. raises the bar.
Replies: 12
Views: 2354

Re: A visit to Hooker House, Bedrock Wine Co. raises the bar.

We popped in for a visit over a quick wknd last week thanks to this thread. The 18 Bedrock was outstanding and glad to be back on the list after taking a few years off. The guys have really done some nice work there. The sparklers were a nice treat. Our thoughts to everyone in the fire zone that are...
by F.Daner
October 26th, 2019, 4:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2013 Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault
Replies: 5
Views: 442

Re: TN: 2013 Hirsch Vineyards Pinot Noir San Andreas Fault

David- love those wines but would imagine 13 will need a good bit of time. Have you ever tried the Littorai bottling ?
by F.Daner
October 25th, 2019, 6:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 3
Views: 470

Re: TN: 2010 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Ed- Haven't tried one but think the 13 will be very similar. Last vintage i really loaded up on. I love 10 as a vintage and they are starting to come around. I've found I generally prefer 10 to 9 on many of my favorite wines. Completely agree, Fred. We had it side-by-side with the '09 when this wine...
by F.Daner
October 25th, 2019, 4:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2010 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)
Replies: 3
Views: 470

TN: 2010 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon (USA, California, Napa Valley)

Wine of the year for me so far. A classic Forman and one of my favorite Napa Cabs. Happy to have more as this will be fun to follow over many years. 2010 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon- USA, California, Napa Valley (10/24/2019): The 2010 I believe is just starting to enter it's drinking window. Brought t...
by F.Daner
October 23rd, 2019, 1:12 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Frog's Leap Estate Cabernet
Replies: 18
Views: 1867

Re: TN: 2015 Frog's Leap Estate Cabernet

Dan- good advice for sure. We tasted the 03 Merlot Sunday at the winery. One of the most interesting Cali wines I've ever tasted. Had a decent amount of bricking around the edges. The nose and palate had plenty of secondary flavors and reminded us of older Bdx that we've had at Bern's in Tampa. It's...
by F.Daner
October 23rd, 2019, 1:07 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The right place at the right time: An afternoon w Myriad
Replies: 11
Views: 1402

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

We were too ! Really cool to be able to taste side by side. Wish I had more in the tank to get through all the 18's. You ever going to make it to Tampa for a Bern's trip ? Any trip for me out there isn't complete without visiting Mike and Leah. So glad you were able to fit this in, Fred, and many th...
by F.Daner
October 21st, 2019, 3:37 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Upright or on its side: A Theory
Replies: 56
Views: 2469

Re: Upright or on its side: A Theory

well it sure wouldn't be practical for a home cellar. Is that a serious question? Shelving. Just like in the store. I've never been in a store that stored hundreds of bottles vertically. Bottles are stored vertically in most stores, at least on display shelves. The ones that aren’t on the shelf are ...
by F.Daner
October 21st, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Stony Hill!???
Replies: 12
Views: 1860

Re: Stony Hill!???

Howard- we had a great visit and it's a beautiful place to see such Valley history. We had tasted at Frog's Leap earlier in the day and an impromptu tasting at Long Meadow Ranch after our lunch at Farmstead. My palate was a bit worn out especially as the styles for all these wines are leaner with a ...
by F.Daner
October 21st, 2019, 2:46 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford
Replies: 16
Views: 2162

A visit to Frog's Leap TN: 2016 Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Grown Rutherford

What an awesome Sunday we had at Frog's Leap. We tasted on the back porch of the Vineyard house on a beautiful day. I highly recommend visiting. I'll add some more notes to this. They are quite generous and happy to open library wines. In addition, we tasted the 12, 08 Cabernet and 03 Merlot which w...
by F.Daner
October 21st, 2019, 10:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2015 Frog's Leap Estate Cabernet
Replies: 18
Views: 1867

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: 11
Views: 1402

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.

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