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by F.Daner
November 30th, 2019, 4:18 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Italy itinerary - does this work?
Replies: 25
Views: 2686

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: 10
Views: 318

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: 268

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: 12927

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: 4
Views: 963

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: 1
Views: 660

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: 8199

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: 1492

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: 1492

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: 1492

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: 1492

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: 19124

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: 777

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: 777

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: 19124

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: 777

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: 777

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: 2281

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: 428

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: 455

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: 455

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: 1833

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: 1349

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: 2402

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: 1819

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: 4
Views: 963

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: 1833

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: 1349

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: 1
Views: 660

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: 18
Views: 1833

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: 11
Views: 1349

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: 4232

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: 11
Views: 1349

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: 1553

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: 659

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: 7
Views: 617

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: Eating and Drinking in Los Angeles
Replies: 937
Views: 50302

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: 669

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: 669

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: 617

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: 7
Views: 617

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: 116
Views: 9684

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: 617

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: 1526

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: 1526

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: 1002

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: 12
Views: 1819

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 - Food and Recipes
Topic: North Detroit Area- Farmington Hills
Replies: 6
Views: 719

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: 12
Views: 1819

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: 444

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...

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